Homegrown Fruits & Vegetables

Well, in my folks home, which we have since sold, we used to have mangoes, gooseberry, bananas, breadfruit, coconuts & jackfruits. That’s right mango trees for both the ripe ones and the ‘kannimanga’ type, gooseberry trees, kadachaka (breadfruit) coconut trees – 3 large ones under which my dog used to fertilize with her droppings – and banana trees as well.

The banana leafs also had a purpose ofcourse – when we had sadhyas for Onam or any other special days, we’d cut the leafs, wash them in water and serve the sadhya on them (rice & various curries). Coconuts were for us as well as for selling; mom would use what was needed and sell the extra ones. The same goes for the jackfruit; to tell you the truth we rarely had much of the jackfruit and would instead sell them for a good price. After the first few years my family got tired of jackfruit and we rarely ate the fruit and only used it sparingly in some curries. The one who enjoyed it the most was my late dog Shawny – she had apparently attacked an over ripened jackfruit when she was 2 or 3 years old and seemed to like the taste. She would often eat some of the jackfruit that would fall from the tree when they became ripe and then she wouldn’t be hungry when I’d go to give her her normal food. Funny thing is is how she would leave the big seeds all piled up in a corner and also burp & fart a lot after eating jackfruit (oh it is terrible for gas) and look quite embarrassed about it as well!

My favourites towards my late teens were the breadfruit bajji or fritters which my mother used to make. I’d telling you that there is no better evening snack than some hot home made breadfruit bajji with coffee. Hmmm, hmm. With some ketchup – which you dip the bajjis in and not in the coffee!

The 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin

Here are the quaterfinal lineups for the Western & Eastern conferences and the head to head record during the season of the teams against their quaterfinal opponent. So who do you think looks good to go all the way and win the Stanley Cup? My Ottawa Senators have done amazingly well to get to the playoffs considering the fact that they were in season 1 of a team rebuilding and were expected to finish dead last by most experts. I think they could reach the second round but that would be it.

Prediction wise, I’d pick a Vancouver vs Detroit Western final and a Boston vs Philly Eastern final with a Vancouver vs Philly final again and this time, I’d pick Vancouver to in the cup.

WordPress For BlackBerry

For a long time I A little while ago I downloaded the WordPress app for BlackBerry from the BlackBerry app world store. Its a free download and its pretty simple to use. Although it won’t replace blogging from my laptop for me, it is still great to be able to blog from your phone. I hadn’t installed this app on my Curve 8320 and so this app, in use for 2 years (need confirmation here people) is still brand new for me.

I hate having to lug the laptop around and also there is only one place where I can currently get free wifi. All other places will require to carry a USB internet device which I am not going to spend money on again, unless I really needed to. I also downloaded a photo app and will be playing with it soon. Also got three themes for the phone.

Laptops & Coffeeshops

Hmmm good question. I think yes and at 2 hours or so. I would say yes because ordering a single coffee and maybe a muffin doesn’t mean that the customer should be able to occupy a table and use the free Wifi for hours at a stretch. Can the coffee shop afford to let that happen? And what happens when more customers come in and they are unable to get a free table because this one person has set up camp at a table for the past 7 hours? That is a definite no-no and should be frowned upon. I wouldn’t blame the cafe owners if they asked the camper to leave. Actually, instead the person shouldn’t allow such a situation to happen and be more sensible.

Here in India, or atleast in my city, I only know of one cafe that offers free wifi. There used to be two but the other one, the more fancier & better cafe, had to close down well over a year ago. Now the reason that they closed is obvious to me. They were in a prime location, in a new exclusive mall where they rent for stores are at a premium, they were in one of the choicest sections, i.e right at the back which overlooks a walkway and the Arabian sea and the walkway is always filled with tourists & local at all times of the day. With all that higher end shopping (clothes, watches, perfumes, electronics, gadgets, gifts, music, dvds/blu rays etc etc) a tired shopper will naturally want a refreshing beverage & a bite to eat.

Even others who would just want a coffee and a sandwich/muffin/pastry found the place to their liking. It was a good location, the food & coffee was really good, they had free wifi – what happened? The staff kept letting their friends and some other idiots, hang around all day long with ordering just one coffee and that too the cheapest and let the watch cricket matches on the big screen tv. Me & the others – we’d spend atleast Rs.150-190 on a good frappe & sandwich, read a book or use the wifi on our devices and stay for an hour or 2 at the most. Not theses guys! Poseurs, loud mouthed idiots and only there to waste almost an entire day. How do I know that they were there all day? Because one day I saw them there at 11am when I came in and I passed by the cafe again at 3pm with a couple of friends – they were still there crowding around on several chairs and watching the tv. Later that same day at 7pm, I was strolling on the walkway enjoying the breeze with my friends and those guys were still there! Serves the staff right that they had to close!

My point is that several other customers were uncomfortable at the idea of a bunch of guys all ganging up around a table, making it difficult for others to move around, yelling out loudly at the tv. This isn’t a bar! So even if they weren’t using the wifi, they were occupying tables and their purchases didn’t reflect the time they spent there and also they made it hard for other paying customers to come in and bring more business to the cafe.

What I normally do – whether I take a book to read in the coffeeshops that I visit or a laptop to the current only one that offers free wifi – is I usually order a big coffee and a sandwich (in some cases a muffin) and I’m there for 2 hours at the most. It’s usually 90 minutes or even less but I think that’s fair for the price of the sandwich + coffee. At times I have finished my coffee quicker if I feel that the place is filling up and people will need a table. But that’s my opinion, I dunno about yours.

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Madagascar & Escape 2 Africa

For a long time I didn’t like the animated movies that Hollywood put out with regularity and even refused to watch most of them. That changed with the first Ice Age movie and I actually feel that a lot of the animated movies are really good and we get some awesome voice work from the actors. Among the best IMHO are the Madagascar movies.

Featuring the voices of Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkette, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer & Sash Baron Cohen, Madagascar sees four best friends – Alex the lion, Gloria the hippo, Marty the zebra & Melman the hypochondriac giraffe – and inmates of the NYC zoo where Alex is the star attraction. When Marty, who yearns for the wide open plains & jungles of Africa, finds out that a group of penguins plan to break out of the zoo, he also decides to go. His friends don’t take his desires too seriously but find out that he has escaped. The four, along with the penguins and the chimpanzees eventually find themselves at Grand Central Station, but are quickly sedated by tranquilizer darts by the authorities. The zoo is pressurized to ship the animals to a Kenyan reserve but during he journey, the penguins escape from their enclosure and take over the ship, intent on taking it to Antarctica. Their antics on the bridge cause the crates containing Alex, Marty, Melmen, and Gloria to fall off the boat and wash ashore on Madagascar.

Once on land and reunited the four friends try to find out where they are and run into a village of lemurs led by King Julien (Baron in a hilarious Indianized accent) and are taken to be giants from New York an hailed as the NY Giants as they scared away a pack of hungry fossa who prey on the lemurs. Alex however blames Marty, who seems to be happy & settling in, and moves away from the rest when his hunger for meat and his natural predatory instincts kick in. While initially Alex scares the fossa away and is worshiped by the lemurs, he later falls under his instincts and attacks Marty. Alex barricades himself to avoid killing his friends. Meanwhile the penguins have landed the boat on the same shore and Marty goes to bring Alex back. The penguins, Gloria and Melman go to find Marty, but are trapped by the fossa. At the last minute Alex recovers and chase the fossa away for good. The lemurs regain their respect for Alex and the penguins help him satisfy his hunger through sushi instead of steak. As the lemurs throw a bon voyage celebration for the foursome, the penguins decide not to break the news that the ship has run out of fuel and that they are still stuck on the island.

Hilariously funny especially the highlight of the movie, King Julien leading the rest in a song & dance of I like to move it (in that Indian accent). True genius!

Escape 2 Africa starts off where the first one ended. Released three years later, we discover Alex’s origins as the cub of Zuba, the alpha lion of a big pride. Alex was captured by poachers when Zuba was being challenged by his rival Makunga. Alex and sent to the Central Park Zoo where he grew up, meeting Marty, Melman and Gloria. So now in the present the four friends with the penguins & the chimps and Julien, Maurice & Mort board a repaired airplane to fly back to New York. The plane however crashes in continental Africa where they see more of their kind in a large herd. Alex is reunited with his parents while Marty fits in with a herd of zebra who all look and sound exactly like him. Hypochondriac Melman becomes a witch doctor. Gloria, attracts the attention of a smooth-talking hippo named Moto Moto.

The penguins try to repair the plane and carjack several jeeps leaving tourists stranded in the jungle. Makunga, still determined to take the position of alpha lion, reminds Zuba that Alex must complete a traditional coming-of-age fight challenge that he did not complete. Alex thinks it is a dance contest competes against the strongest lion, Teetsi and loses quickly. Zuba relinquinches his crown to Makunga to avoid banishing his own son but father, son & mother are still banished.  Marty, meanwhile, begins to feel upset because there is nothing unique about him. Melman is happy until he learns that he has the same symptoms that apparently caused the previous witch doctor to die. Melman is also forlorn about Gloria dating Moto Moto, as Melman has secretly loved her for a long time. Gloria goes on a date with Moto Moto and quickly realizes that he only loves her for her large body.

When the waterhole dries up because the stranded tourists dammed the river Back on the reserve, King Julien suggests that the animals offer a sacrifice in the volcano, Mount Kilimanjaro, to appease the water gods. Believing that he will die soon, Melman volunteers to be sacrificed. Gloria stops him just in time and Marty arrives to tell them about Alex. The trio, the penguins, and several chimpanzees use the newly-fixed plane to execute a rescue. Alex & his father distract the humans and they are picked up by the plane and together they all destroy the dam, freeing the water. A shark that chases Mort falls into the volcano by accident making a sacrifice causing King Julien to think that he brought back the water. Alex manages to remove Makunga from power by tricking Nana into attacking him. Zuba gives the alpha position to Alex, but Alex refuses, resulting in both father and son becoming co-leaders. The movie ends as Skipper marries a bobble-head hula doll from the plane and leaves on a honeymoon in Monte Carlo with the chimpanzees, and a huge tub of diamonds and gold, leaving Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria and The Lemurs to happily remain in Africa with Alex’s parents.

Both funny and good to watch several times. I’d give Madagascar a 9.5 outta 10 and the sequel an 8.

Criminal Minds – Season 3

Grief stricken about the death of his girlfriend Sarah, Gideon retreats to his summer cabin to recover, while the rest of team investigate the death of several campus women in Arizona. After the UnSubs are killed,  Hotch gets a two-week suspension for his actions from Erin Strauss and Gideon’s leaves the BAU for good, leaving the team in shambles. Gideon leaves a letter for Spencer but no one knows where he has gone off to. With Gideon missing, and Hotch and Prentiss off the team, Prentiss having resigned and Hotch seeking a transfer, Morgan, Reid and JJ investigate one of its most difficult cases yet as they track a serial killer in Milwaukee who’s abducting women in public places by using his son as bait.

With Hotch & Prentiss back in the fold, the team minus Gideon go to assist assist local authorities in investigating the disappearances of people who are new to Portland and have no strong social ties in the city, home invasion murders in Denver and to locate a small girl who went missing in a huge shopping mall in Virginia (the last one is a really good episode). Retired SSA David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) rejoins the BAU having got tired of his 10 year fame as an author, just to time to find a serial killer in Dallas who scares his victims with “missing” flyers that display the soon-to-be victims’ photos and kills them by taking off their faces. Garcia meets a man who she thinks is her dream man but is shot by him at the end of their first date and left for dead.

As Garcia fights for her life in the aftermath of her shooting, the BAU rally around her and also begin searching for her attacker which leads them to believe the assailant could be someone close to the investigation. Next up is a comic book artist who is psychotic and then go to the investigation of a series of mutilation murders that appear to mimic similar crimes that had occurred over two decades earlier. Two teenage girls are abducted and one is killed while the other is tied up and happens to be in a witness protection program. Rossi must deal with the death he couldn’t solved 20 years ago of the parents of 3 kids. he is joined by Prentiss, JJ, and Morgan when they learn about the case. Meanwhile, Hotchner and Reid interview a death row inmate in a Connecticut prison, but the interview doesn’t go as they expected when the prisoner reveals his motive for calling them. The BAU is called to Pittsburgh after an unusually high suicide rate appears to be the work of an angel of death and to a Texas town where a teenaged boy & girl, both victims of bullying, are involved in a killing spree.

While in Miami to catch a gender confused killer, JJ finally ‘confesses’ about her affair with Will to her team (who already know). She is also pregnant. Hotch and Rossi are called as consultants on a possible battered woman syndrome murder case in Boston, while the rest try to identify a stalker before he can attack a woman. And in the toughest case yet, the team is called to NYC to determine if a series of random shootings is the work of one serial killer or a team of killers working together. The episode ends in a cliffhanger as everyone gets into their separate cars and then one of the SUV’s explodes. We don’t know who was in the car among the team until season 4. Really awesome season.

Nice Day For Shopping

Today was a busy day. I woke up early…..but was so tired that I went back to sleep . I also wanted to go out today and avoid the crowds for the next three days due to the rush of Easter. So today seemed like a good day to do a bit of shopping. Only thing is that is was a fucking hot day and just 5 minutes walking in the sun left me in a puddle of perspiration. But I had some stuff to do.

First things first – my SIM was showing signs of dying out so I needed to get a replacement. I had my bought my current Vodafone connection back in March of 2007 and had the SIM changed back in early 2010. I went over to the Vodafone store near the Ernakulam High Court and had my SIM replaced. And surprise, it is now free of charge! Awesome!

After that I headed out, in the hot sun again, to nearby Penta Menaka shopping mall where there are more mobile showrooms than you can need. How do all of them continue to do enough business to stay afloat and make a profit? Anyway, what I wanted was a swivel holster BlackBerry pouch with a magnetic thingy inside it that puts the phone in sleep mode when it is inside the holster. Along with the phone I got a sleeve but that thing is useless so I wanted the holster pouch. I had to go to 4 different stores and search their entire collection before I found the one I wanted. Neat. I love it. Only thing is – I’m never gonna hook it to my belt!

All that heat and I’m feeling hungry and thirsty. I need food. So off I went to CCD on Shenoy’s junction, placed my order and took a seat at a corner table. I immediately checked and saw that the old SIM was now deactivated so I popped it out and inserted the new one in. Tada, that only took 60 minutes to activate. I remember earlier that gap used to be a few hours. While there I had a nice thicker than usual Mocha Frappe and a corn & spinach sandwich (my fav). Yummy sandwich served hot and I enjoyed every bite of it. Frappe was good too.

While I was there two guys were discussing loudly almost all the major brand tablet pc currently available in the market here at the moment. Big loud discussion. They had two or 3 tabs with them at their table too and they were also discussing the speeds of the various carriers as well. The results of a shoot-out I guess. And you could tell that they were very rich. And what’s with all the earrings guys?

Seems like a trend over here now (after years of it being passe elsewhere); all of a sudden I see men with gold hoop earrings. Not too big ones but medium sized one. I counted atleast 10 today and 5 were in the cafe! Did I miss a memo? Maybe I should get one too. Nah, I’m getting old & fat and I’m balding. There was this one dude who came in with a 15in Macbook, a big beard, khol lined eyes, gold hoop earring and who knows what else!

Anyway after that it was off to Men’s Studio on the 2nd floor of Seemati and oh man was it crowded. Lots of families with kids. Kids crying, kids running, kid laughing, kids fighting and babies too. Babies crying all around me. I went in and bought 3 shirts as I really needed them. It’s been a while since I bought new clothes. I need new pants too but that will be another day. I paid my stuff and waited in line to pay for them and then left.

I needed beer and a little lunch. I went to Couchyn and had a nice cold Tuborg and a 330ml KF with some Trivandrum styled fried chicken. Great way to end a nice day out. I stayed for 2 hours, enjoyed the music (Bryan Adams and then a mix of other 80s soft rock) and watched some football on the telly at the bar. Nice day if it wasn’t s hot!

Marriage : The Biggest Cause Of Divorce :)

Marriage is a three ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, suffering.

There are two times a man does’nt understand a woman, before marriage and after marriage!

When a man opens the door of his car for his wife, you can be sure of one thing: either the car is new or the wife.

If your dog is barking at the back door and your wife is yelling at the front door, who do you let in first? The Dog of course…at least he’ll shut up after you let him in!

To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all !

A husband said to his wife, “No, I don’t hate your relatives. In fact, I like your mother-in-law better than I like mine.”

A man who muttered a few words in the church, found himself married. A year later he muttered something in his sleep and found himself divorced!

After a quarrel, a husband said to his wife, “You know, I was a fool when I married you.” She replied, “Yes, dear, but I was in love and didn’t notice.”

What’s Your Favourite Foreign Film?

Well being Indian, and watching mostly American, some Canadian & a few other English language movies from say the UK, Australia & 1 from New Zealand – my collection is almost all foreign films!!!

Well I’m gonna stick to foreign films as being foreign language films which are not in English, Malayalam, Hindi or any other Indian languages. I haven’t really watched that many but out of the ones that I have seen Apocalypto & Pan’s Labyrinth stands out. If push comes to shove I would pick Pan’s Labyrinth as my fav because that movie is so awesome and it moved me like few have done before. Not that Mel Gibson’s magnum opus is any slouch – infact it was a landmark film and will always be one of my favourites of all time. Other than these two magnificent beauties it’s hard to pick another one. Valhalla is good but it’s not something that I would want to watch again and again.

If I could add Bon Cop, Bad Cop to that list than it makes a great holy trio. Although Bon Cop, Bad Cop, a Canadian movie, is half French & half English and technically not completely a non-English language movie.

My New BlackBerry Bold 9780 Is Here

Finally – I got my BlackBerry Bold 9780. As I mentioned in a previous post, a friend of mine was helping me get a BB for a huge discount. I managed to get the one that I wanted and I have the white version of the 9780. I love it, I love it, I love it. It’s so easy to type on and I’ve already installed & used Twitter, Facebook and setup my emails on it. Actually all that was done with the first hour and then I spent some time gazing it adoringly.

At 3:30 pm…ooh a package!

Ripped all the package (and video taped it too) and got the phone out. Here she is after I inserted the battery in and started her up.

And then post all the setup. There she is. Pics are taken on my old BlackBerry Curve 8320. So say hi to Melissa!

Do You Visit Psychics or Palm Readers?

Here is my experience with the mumbo jumo known as astrology and palmistry. I have no time for it. People here in India spend crores of ruppees on getting their pal read, their kundali or jadhagam read, their future told and their palms read. No siree not me.

I’ve been asked or rather dared to have my palm read by some guy who was supposed to be good. The skeptic in me refused to back away from the challenge and so I sat with this dude. This must have been when I was 19-20. He read my palm, said a few generic stuff which he got half kinda right and the more specific stuff he got almost everything wrong. He did ask me some details like date of birth and some stuff. He got my birthplace wrong and he got some family details wrong and 20 minutes later me & my friends laughed and went away.

Another time I was invited to try out a free computerized numerology software and astrology software. Similar results. Once my dad & mom had tried to get my future told by some astrology guru but the details were sketchy at best. He said that I would work in the defence sector – he’s wrong and I’m 35 now so I no chance of me ever doing it (unless you count a few years playing a defenceman in football at school)!

He also said that I would live abroad. Now, he had said in the future but he had been told by my parents that we lived in Kuwait and that I was born there. So he was a little right in that aspect. I’m not sure that I will ever go abroad again but he wasn’t specific as to which country or atleast the region. Abroad could also mean Pakistan and who wants to go there? I wasn’t there during the reading so I couldn’t ask him any questions but I told my folks that I didn’t buy his bullshit. This was also around the age of 21-23.
One of the things that excited me about having my future read was one person, who says that he knew about reading people’s future (and some other people attested to this) told me that I would have two wives! I thought he meant that I would get divorced once and then marry another woman but he said no – two wives at once! And I went WTF? And then I went “Atta boy Roshan”

No, no bigamy is a sin. Unless I convert to Islam or Mormonism! No way I’m doing that. I have never been to a psychic. I don’t read horoscopes (or like my cousin Shalini says for me it should be horrorscopes). I don’t believe that the stars influence your life. They are giant balls of gases in the sky. Nice to see when they twinkle in the sky but influence my future

Oh and the best was an old friend Neeba’s dad – though Christians, her mom has had her husband’s (Neeba’s dad) future read by a famous astrologer and he said that he would die by the age of 50. And that he should avoid drinking, driving for long hours, smoking and do a lot of pooja to save his life. Neeba’s dad is an atheist and when he heard this he did the exact opposite – he would drink more often, took up smoking cigars, drove everywhere he went and lived his life happily. He is about to celebrate his 70th birthday and is alive and kicking. And still drinking & driving though not both at the same time.

Rango

This is one funny & exciting computer animated movie. Rango is a 2011 movie directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Graham King. Verbinski ropes in his Pirates Of The Caribbean star to give his voice to the main character Rango. The movie also features the voices of actors Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone, Timothy Olyphant and Ned Beatty. Rango won Best Animated Feature at the 84th Academy Awards.

The story is about the underdog who becomes the hero using his wit & gift of the gab. An unnamed pet chameleon, with a flair for acting & directing his own one-reptile play inside his his terrarium, is being taken in the back of his car. Said terrarium accidentally fall and breaks on the road when the car drives over a bump, stranding the chameleon in the Mojave desert. He meets an armadillo named Roadkill (Alfred Molina), who is seeking the mystical Spirit of the West and directs the parched chameleon to find water at a town called Dirt. While walking he avoids being eaten by a hawk and meets Beans, an iguana, who gives him a ride into town.

Once there, badly trying to blend in, the chameleon enters the town bar and fibs his way into making the folk believing that he killed 7 outlaw men with one bullet. He makes up a name for himself as Rango, seeing Durango on one of the bar patrons bags, and spins a believable tale. He also manage to get on the wrong side of outlaw Bad Bill who calls him out for a shootout when the hawk attacks. Rango manages to accidentally kill the hawk but knocking down an empty water tower. Hailed as a hero, the corrupt town major makes Rango the sheriff. Meanwhile, the townsfolk worry that with the hawk dead, the gunslinger Rattlesnake Jake (Bill Nighy) will return to terrorize them. The next day the townsfolk discover that Dirt’s water reserve – stored in the bank in a water cooler bottle – is running out. Beans demands that Rango investigate.

While out patrolling at night Rango inadvertently guides a trio of mole and prairie dog robbers to the bank, thinking them to be prospectors. The next day the people discover the water to be stolen so Rango forms a posse to go look for it. They find the bank manager dead in the desert and then track and fight the robbers’ clan of subterranean animals over the stolen water cooler bottle. However they discover the bottle to be empty, which is the way the robbers found it. The posse brings them to town for trial even though Rango & Beans suspects the town mayor to be the real culprit. Rango confronts the mayor, who denies any wrongdoing and shows Rango he is building a modern city with the purchased land. To get rid of Rango, the mayor calls in Rattlesnake Jake, who recognizes that Rango is a fake and humiliates him by making him admit that he made up all the lies to the town folk. Rango leaves the town ashamed and wanders out into the road. In a daze he meets the Spirit of the West (who looks like the Clint Eastwood character Man With No Name) who tell him that he cannot walk away from his own story.

Roadkill and some yuccas help Rango to learn that the mayor has shut off the water line flowing in from Las Vegas. He gets the help of the robbers clan, goes back to Dirt and challenges Jake for a duel with a single bullet. The robbers & the yuccas flood the town with water, destroying the mayor’s plot. The mayor traps Beans and gets Rango to surrender and puts them both in a glass vault & then tries to use the gun on Jake. Only it’s empty – Rango took  the bullet to crack the glass and shatter the vault, freeing himself and Beans. Jake acknowledges Rango as a worthy opponent and drags the mayor into the desert to take revenge for double-crossing him. The citizens of Dirt celebrate the return of the water and recognize Rango as their hero. The town of Dirt has become like a beach town in the desert.

Awesome fun and humorous. With a Mexican owl quartet singing verses in between, the whole story flows and keeps you entertained throughout. Johnny Depp does a find voice job for Rango as do most of the rest. 9 outta 10!

Playing The Lottery

I don’t like buying lottery tickets mainly because I don’t like gambling and I kind of put lottery in with the other forms of gambling. But I do understand lotteries and the effect it has on most people. My maternal grandmother used to buy lottery tickets on a semi-regular basis. Not for her but her idea was that if she wins and wins big, she would split the rewards amongst her children. And especially to help the ones that she knows aren’t doing as well as they had hoped. On occasion I have gone to buy tickets for a specific day & amount for her.

I have never bought a lottery ticket for myself except one day must have been back in 2000 or so when I was feeling quite down. Finances were tight at home for the first time and everyone was feeling the effect. I was in the city and planning on having a soft drink to quench my thirst and stopped at a small roadside shop near the bus stand. While I drank my lemonade, I saw that the shop also sold lottery tickets. That was the only time I felt like buying one and I did. It was for 30 lakhs and I didn’t think that I was going to win but I thought “What the heck?” and bought one with numbers that ended with the day & month of my birth.

Ofcourse I didn’t win. I went home and kept the ticket safe for 2 days and then checked the papers to see the winning ticket numbers. Wasn’t even close? Ah well, I can spend that money in my dreams. I have never even come close to buying another one since.

2012 Juno Award Winners List

The 41st Juno Awards (Canada’s music awards) ceremony was held in Ottawa on Sunday, April 1st. With the witty 81 year old William Shatner hosting (and singing a medley of Canadian rock classics in his patent spoken-word style), the somewhat lower profile show, compared to previous years, had some highlights and low including a Christmas album for Album of the Year (but I still like Buble) and Beiber for fan choice! Anyways, here are the list of winners:

JUNO FAN CHOICE: Justin Bieber

SINGLE OF THE YEAR: The Sheepdogs, “I Don’t Know.”

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Michael Bublé, Christmas.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Feist

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Dan Mangan

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: Dallas Green for “We Found Each Other” and “Weightless,” from Little Hell.

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Adele, 21.

NEW GROUP OF THE YEAR: The Sheepdogs.

GROUP OF THE YEAR: Arkells

COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Terri Clark, Roots and Wings.

ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Feist, Metals.

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Dan Mangan, Oh Fortune.

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Hedley, Storms.

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR: The Sheepdogs, Learn & Burn.

ROOTS AND TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR, SOLO: Bruce Cockburn, Small Source of Comfort.

ROOTS AND TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR, GROUP: The Wailin’ Jennys, Bright Morning Stars.

BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR: MonkeyJunk, To Behold.

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Kiran Ahluwalia, Aam Zameen: common ground.

JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: Brian Howes for Hedley, “Heavens Gonna Wait” (from Storms) and Nickelback, “Trying Not to Love You” (from Here and Now).

MUSIC DVD OF THE YEAR: Feist:Look What the Light Did Now.

METAL/HARD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR: KEN mode, Venerable.