Write About The Biggest Mistake – Not Making The Move To Bangalore

The last couple of days I have been trying to speak to a friend of mine & my cousins who live in Bangalore and one cousin who just moved from Bangalore back to Kochi, for leads regarding getting an apartment for rent in an area of Bangalore. This isn’t for me but a colleague & friend from my current place of employment who has resigned and is currently serving his notice period. He has found a new job in Bangalore (Whitefield area) and is looking to find a small apartment to rent there.

I asked my contacts about a possible contact and to see if I could help him and last night I spent a couple of hours speaking to a long time friend who is from Bangalore & my 3 cousins as well about if they know anyone who has a place to rent or maybe some Facebook group or website that focuses on renting places in the city. As I was doing it I felt a real sharp feeling of envy and sadness. I wish I had moved to Bangalore and had a place of my own. I have always regretted that I never made the move when I should have and it would have been a very different life that I would have had if I had.

I remember back in 2010 when I last visited Bangalore, due to a training that our company was sending us to attend, for 3 days we stayed at a service apartment that was used by the company for any employees traveling to Bangalore for work. I was with 2 other guys from our Kochi office and after the first day we were joined by a guy who was from the Bombay office who had come to Bangalore for a presentation. The four of us shared the 3 rooms in the apartment. It was an old building, probably built during the early 80s with the elevator being added much later. As soon as you enter the apartment, there is a small hall and on the right is a bug bed room with an amazing semi-circle area that has a reading area and the big windows.

That was the room that I was in and although the attached bathroom could use an upgrade, the large bedroom was gorgeous. Next was a small dining cum siting area, which was pretty small considering that this was a 3BHK but still nice with similarly pretty windows. On the left of the living room was the 2nd bedroom with it’s own bathroom attached and a small kitchen separated from the rest of the apartment. Then there were the second floor which had a bedroom with attached bathroom and a large terrace or balcony. More like a terrace. My colleagues used that room and all the bedrooms had their own tvs.

I would love to have moved to Bangalore after finding a cushy job that pays really well and find a place like this to rent out. I think I would have enjoyed living there, with all their malls, restaurants & fast food choices plus big rock bands that have performer there throughout the years. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kochi and am most comfortable here but the choices I would get in Bangalore would be much better. Plus I would love to move out but I can’t do that now. Sometimes I wonder what my life would have been like. It was a mistake not to have taken the early opportunities and moved to Bangalore.

Prompt from 121 LIFESTYLE BLOG POSTS IDEAS TO WRITE ABOUT IN 2022 at SheMeansBlogging

10 Weird Laws In Iowa

1. It’s illegal for mustached men to kiss women in public. Sorry fellas, rules are rules. If you want to give your lady PDA you have to shave the face.

2. It’s illegal for a kiss to last longer than five minutes. Hey — if you finally shave your ‘stache and get the chance to kiss your girl, make sure the kiss lasts under five minutes – or else!

3. It’s illegal to sell drugs without a drug tax stamp. It is a violation of the law to sell or distribute drugs or narcotics without having first obtained the appropriate Iowa drug tax stamp.

4. According to Iowa law, one-armed piano players must perform for free.

5. It’s a crime in Iowa to use a dead person’s handicapped parking sign or license plate.

6. Ministers must obtain a permit to carry their liquor across state lines.

7. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, it is illegal to read a person’s palms in the city limits. Fortune telling just isn’t tolerated in Cedar Rapids!

8. In Ottumwa, a man may not wink at any woman he does not know. Listen, guys: winking is kind of creepy regardless of whether or not you know the girl.

9. In Marshalltown, horses are forbidden to eat fire hydrants.

10. In Mount Vernon, one must obtain written permission from the City Council before throwing bricks or stones into a highway.

Unthinkable (2010)

Unthinkable is a 2010 American thriller film directed by Gregor Jordan and starring Samuel L. Jackson,  Michael Sheen and Carrie-Anne Moss. It was released direct-to-video on June 14, 2010. The film is noteworthy for the controversy it generated around its subject matter, the torture of a man who threatens to detonate three nuclear bombs in three U.S. cities.

An American man and former Delta Force operator, Yusuf threatens to detonate three nuclear bombs in separate U.S. cities if his demands are not met. A special interrogator, “H” (Samuel L. Jackson), is brought in to force Yusuf to reveal the locations of the nuclear bombs; his methods don’t sit well with everyone as the cruelty shown is more than the rest of the team can adjust to.

This Is What I Wish I Had As A Superpower

If you could have any one superpower, what would it be and why.

Well I have been asked this before and blogged about a couple of times as well. But this time, let me pick a different superpower. I want the superpower of teleportation! Or let me just say that I want to be able travel to any place that I want within a blink on my eye. Say I want to be at the mall and I just got ready – blink and there I am instantly.

No waiting around, no waiting for an Uber or a bus or anything. No waiting through the traffic and not having to wait for coming back home in time. Or any place. And that includes across the state, country and the glob. I want to attend a concert in Seattle – boom I am there! How about attend a football match in London? 2 minutes before kickoff, I am there! Feel like eating poutine in Montreal – right there in a flash and let’s get some beer too!

I hate traveling and I even hate the 20 to 30 minutes commutes, forget about 1 to 2 or more hours. So being able to easily transport myself from point A to point B in the same amount of time that it takes for you to say “Huh?” is one superpower I wish I had.

Prompt from 30 Random Blog Post Ideas at My Inner Shakti

Four Perks & Benefits Of Blogging & Maintaining A Blog

1. Blogging helps you make passive income

One of the BIGGEST benefits of blogging is that it helps you with passive income. That means you can make money even while you sleep. Of course, you will need to work upfront to earn passive income from your blog. But once you build up a following and traffic to your blog, you can start making money passively. There are a few ways to earn passive income from blogging. You can use affiliate marketing, sell products, or even place ads on your blog.

2. Helps you network with others

Networking is one of the most important skills you can build in life. Networking is all about building relationships with others. When you network with others, you create a web of contacts that can provide you with information, advice, and opportunities. Networking can help you find mentors, friends, and even business partners. It also allows you to learn from others and share your own experiences. When you network with others, it’s essential to be genuine and authentic. People are more likely to trust and respect someone honest about who they are and what they do. Here’s where blogging comes into play as a blog helps you build trust online.

3. Blogging can be fun

It’s no secret that most people don’t enjoy their jobs. It’s important to remember that your job doesn’t have to be a source of misery. There are many things you can do to make your work-life more enjoyable. One better way is to start your blog. It can be a lot of fun. You can share your thoughts and ideas or create content on any topic you enjoy. You’ll love writing more once you start getting comments from other readers. Once you start generating some money from blogging, you’ll want to work even harder. All in all, blogging can be a fun job. It can also be a side hustle if you work consistently.

4. Blogging can lead you to lucrative job offers

In today’s job market, most companies and startups are looking for people who have a strong online presence. Unfortunately, many job seekers have the same qualifications and experience. So how can you make yourself more attractive to potential employers? One way is to start a blog. If you have a solid presence online, you’ll have a significant competitive advantage in the job market. Many companies are now looking for candidates with strong written communications skills and deep knowledge of social media.

One way to demonstrate these qualities is by maintaining a blog. A blog is an effective platform for sharing your ideas and showing your writing skills. Not just that, a blog can help you to build a network of contacts and followers. If you’re ever searching for a new job, these contacts can be PRICELESS in helping you to land a job.

Arsenal 2 Fulham 1

Gabriel made up for a horrible error to score the winner against Fulham and maintain leaders Arsenal’s winning start to the Premier League season. The defender lost possession on the edge of his own box to allow Aleksandar Mitrovic to put Fulham ahead. But after Martin Odegaard equalised with a deflected strike, Gabriel redeemed himself with a scrambled finish from close range in the 85th minute. Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale then made a crucial save to deny Fulham’s Nathaniel Chalobah an equaliser in added time.

Victory ensured Arsenal kept up their 100% start to the season and stayed top of the table, despite being frustrated for large parts by the visitors. Mikel Arteta’s side controlled possession and had numerous chances, with Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus all coming close before Mitrovic stunned the Gunners with the opener. Substitute Eddie Nketiah added much-needed energy for Arsenal when he was introduced shortly after Arteta’s side fell behind and after the impressive Odegaard’s equaliser, Gabriel thumped the ball home after a scramble following a corner.

The result ends Fulham’s impressive unbeaten start to their return to the top flight while Arsenal strengthen their credentials as a growing force under Arteta. The cost of Gabriel’s mistake could have been a heavy one, with Arsenal appearing poised to fall behind Manchester City on goal difference in the table if they had dropped two points against the Cottagers. They needed some fortune to get over the line as well as a smart stop from Ramsdale in added time to push Chalobah’s effort away from goal. Odegaard was rewarded for his endeavour and creativity as his curling effort took a wicked deflection nine minutes after Gabriel’s mistake – and that gave Arsenal the impetus to drive forward in search of the three points.

Another Week Done, More Of The Same Happening

So this past 5 days have been somewhat ok, not too hectic but at the same time I did have a ton of work to complete as well. It’s becoming highly monotonous and irritating to be honest with the kind of work that we are doing at the moment and I am slowly becoming tired of it. However I did complete the training batch that I was conducting remotely for a set of 7 employees of our Mumbai office and that was the least of my worries as things were very smooth with them.

I was doing a 1:30 pm to 10:30 pm shift but ofcourse I usually switch off after 11:30 or past midnight. On Tuesday I even had to stretch till 2:30 am because of the corporate nonsense stuff that they expect us to  get done for them. And for what? Simple nonsense. Sometimes I think that as you grow up the ladder in corporate India, you lose your brain cells and make the stupidest ideas and decisions that make you seem really moronic. And except for brown nosers and ass lickers, the rest of us can see it.

So I rest this weekend and spent today relaxing and watched a movie in the afternoon while also managing a 30 minute power nap. I had McDonald’s for dinner and listened to a lot of music today. Tomorrow will be a lot of the same and just chilling at home.

Hey, Hey I Wanna Be A Rockstar

What did you want to be when you were a kid? And what do you do now?

What do I do now? I work for a large BPO, a corporate company that does outsourced work for many big multinational companies and focuses on customer care, working their customer accounts, mortgage, insurance, healthcare and anti-virus etc. I working in the customer care section for one of the largest companies in the world, as a senior trainer for new hire folks and continuous training for tenured folks. I’ve been doing this job for 7 years.

What did I want to be when I was a kid? From the time I was 12-13 years old I wanted to be a rock star. A lead guitar solo playing singer fronting a fantastic band or solo. I wanted to be bigger than Michael Jackson and Elvis and have tons of fans coming to my concerts and have groupies galore. I wanted them to stalk my hotel but not harm me or anyone in my entourage. I wanted to win all the awards and sell millions and millions of records and have a 100,000 stadium singing my lyrics back to me.

And then a movie star! Not just an actor but a multiple Oscar and other awards winning star. Whose’ movies make a billion dollars at the box office and I have throngs of adoring fans who want to have their pics taken with me and I get interviewed by the best and have photo shoots in exotic locales. I get to stay in the biggest & most expensive hotels and dine at the finest restaurants. And bed the glamorous women in the movie, music & modelling industry and they all rave about how excellent I am in bed!

Prompt from 130 Blog Post Ideas (and a Process to Find More Topics) at WordPress.com

Against The Wishes Of The Bridegroom

Well, I haven’t blogged about any of my dreams in a while and I had a really vivid one last night. In this dream, I apparently moved to a new house on rent or perhaps we bought it. It was a small house next to very similar homes like townhouses in a row. My parents settled in first and soon I joined them and we went about making the house our new home. And we also started meeting and getting to know our new neighbours. My sister & her family also would soon come to visit us.

And then I met this girl. Now, what I do want to say is that this is a young girl. Just 16 or so. And she was pretty, sweet, smart and kind. She would feed the stray cats and dogs nearby and also take care of most of the pets in the colony. She kept bird feed for the birds in the area. She was really a very nice girl. And in this dream, her parents were forcing her to get married to a 25 year old against her wishes. She tried to protest but they weren’t hearing her side of things. Many a times, I would hear her crying softly to herself when she thought she was alone but I would see her.

My sister and I decided to go and try to convince her parents to not force her at such a young age and they did feel ashamed that their new neighbours were telling them this but they did not relent. Finally on the day of the wedding, no one could find the girl. She was hiding in my house, in my room, but no one thought of checking in the houses. I would go back inside to my bedroom and see the girl hiding on my bed and I told her she could stay there.

That’s all I remember as I woke up at 8:30 am this morning. No clue how it all ends. Bummer!

7 Benefits Of Eating Pears

Highly nutritious

Pears come in many different varieties. Bartlett, Bosc, and D’Anjou pears are among the most popular, but around 100 types are grown worldwide. This same serving also provides small amounts of folate, provitamin A, and niacin. Folate and niacin are important for cellular function and energy production, while provitamin A supports skin health and wound healing. Pears are likewise a rich source of important minerals, such as copper and potassium. Copper plays a role in immunity, cholesterol metabolism, and nerve function, whereas potassium aids muscle contractions and heart function.

May promote gut health

Pears are an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber, which are essential for digestive health. These fibers help maintain bowel regularity by softening and bulking up stool. One medium-sized pear (178 grams) packs 6 grams of fiber — 22% of your daily fiber needs. Additionally, soluble fibers feed the healthy bacteria in your gut. As such, they’re considered prebiotics, which are associated with healthy aging and improved immunity. Notably, fiber may help relieve constipation. In a 4-week study, 80 adults with this condition received 24 grams of pectin — the kind of fiber found in fruit — per day. They experienced constipation relief and increased levels of healthy gut bacteria.

Have anti-inflammatory properties

Although inflammation is a normal immune response, chronic or long-term inflammation can harm your health. It’s linked to certain illnesses, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Pears are a rich source of flavonoid antioxidants, which help fight inflammation and may decrease your risk of disease. Several large reviews tie high flavonoid intake to a reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes. This effect may be due to these compounds’ anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. What’s more, pears pack several vitamins and minerals, such as copper and vitamins C and K, which also combat inflammation.

May offer anticancer effects

Pears contain various compounds that may exhibit anticancer properties. For example, their anthocyanin and cinnamic acid contents have been shown to fight cancer. A few studies indicate that diets rich in fruits, including pears, may protect against some cancers, including those of the lung, stomach, and bladder. Some population studies suggest that flavonoid-rich fruits like pears may also safeguard against breast and ovarian cancers, making this fruit a particularly smart choice for women. While eating more fruit may reduce your cancer risk, more research is needed. Pears should not be considered a replacement for cancer treatment.

Linked to a lower risk of diabetes

Pears — particularly red varieties — may help decrease diabetes risk. One large study in over 200,000 people found that eating 5 or more weekly servings of anthocyanin-rich fruits like red pears was associated with a 23% lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Additionally, a mouse study noted that plant compounds, including anthocyanins, in pear peel exhibited both anti-diabetes and anti-inflammatory effects. What’s more, the fiber in pears slows digestion, giving your body more time to break down and absorb carbs. This can also help regulate blood sugar levels, potentially helping prevent and control diabetes.

May boost heart health

Pears may lower your risk of heart disease. Their procyanidin antioxidants may decrease stiffness in heart tissue, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and increase HDL (good) cholesterol. The peel contains an important antioxidant called quercetin, which is thought to benefit heart health by decreasing inflammation and reducing heart disease risk factors like high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. One study in 40 adults with metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms that increases your heart disease risk, found that eating 2 medium pears each day for 12 weeks lowered heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure and waist circumference.

May help you lose weight

Pears are low in calories, high in water, and packed with fiber. This combination makes them a weight-loss-friendly food, as fiber and water can help keep you full. When full, you’re naturally less prone to keep eating.

Nicolas Pepe Joins French Side Nice On Loan For The Rest Of The Season

Arsenal’s record signing Nicolas Pepe has joined Nice on loan for the rest of the season, the clubs announced Thursday. The deal does not include an obligation or option to make the transfer permanent. Pepe has struggled since joining Arsenal from Lille for a club-record fee in 2019, scoring 27 goals in 112 appearances for the club across all competitions. The Ivory Coast winger scored 16 goals in 47 appearances in his most productive campaign for the north London side in 2020-21 and helped them lift the FA Cup in 2020.

But Pepe made just 23 appearances last season as he fell out of favour under manager Mikel Arteta, scoring three goals. The 27-year-old will hope he can revive his career in Ligue 1, where he burst through as an attacking talent at Lille from 2017-2019. He will join up with former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey at Nice after they signed the Wales international on a free transfer this summer. The French side also brought in Kasper Schmeichel from Leicester City, bringing the goalkeeper’s 11-year stay at the club to an end.

The winger is a regular for Ivory Coast but has failed to establish himself in Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s starting line-up, often coming on only as an impact substitute. Pepe, 27, has a contract with Arsenal until 2024 and Nice said it does not have a purchase option to make the transfer permanent. Pepe had a good record in Ligue 1 with Lille, scoring 37 times in 79 appearances. In his final season at Lille, he scored 22 goals and contributed 11 assists in the league. He did not play in any of Arsenal’s three league matches this season, all of which Arteta’s side won to top the table. Nice is 16th in Ligue 1 without a win in three games.

History Is A Good Place To Go & Visit

Blog Idea #69. If you could time travel to witness any event in history, which event would you choose, and why?

I’ve always thought that it would be great to go back in time and see some awesome shows, like the original Woodstock. I would only watch the bands & artists that I like and enjoy but it would be great to walk around and see the most famous musical event in history.

I would like to go back even further in time and see the birth of baby Adolf Hitler. And when I find myself alone with the little brat in his crib, I will break the fucker;s neck. Actually I would want to do that to several evil motherhumpers throughout history! Trump anyone?

I would like to go even further back in time and see if these so called gods and godmen actually had any powers that they are claimed to have or are they just aliens or the Rajnikanth/Chuck Norris memes of those era.


A Huge Negative Aspect Of Working From Home That Affect Some

Flexible working hours are one of the benefits of remote work. It lets employees structure their days according to their convenience. But, this can turn into a disadvantage for some employees. Some may forget to clock out and differentiate between work-life and home-life. This might lead to working longer than one should, thus; resulting in employee burn-out and added stress. Whereas working in an office helps to draw the line between professional and private life.

Getting taken advantage of is also a very real threat to your sanity. As long as their work systems and network connectivity is up, why not make the employees work a few more hours – is probably what most upper management have been thinking since the pandemic hit us. And usually it’s with no extra pay! So no benefits to the employees other than the fact that they can work from the comfort of home and their commute is cut.

The tendency for some employees to stay online and work till they have to sleep, eat their meals at their desk and take breaks only for bathroom breaks is going to kill them in the end. The life style is not sustainable and the health repercussions will not be worth it as what is all these extra hours doing for you or getting for you? Perhaps not even a pat on the back!