Tim Hortons Finally Comes To India – A Little Bit Of Canada In India

Finally atleast part of one of my dreams is coming true. There are several fast food & coffeeshop chains from the Western world that I have not tasted and wish to have them come to India. Some UK, American & Canadian ones. Now in terms of Canada, I wish I could actually move there. Now that’s another story but when it comes to Canadian brands, they don’t come as big or iconic as Tim Hortons. And they are coming to India.

Tim Hortons, a coffee brand established in 1964 in Canada, will enter India as part of an exclusive agreement with AG CafĂ©, a joint venture entity owned by Apparel Group, a global fashion and lifestyle retail conglomerate and Gateway Partners, an emerging markets alternative investment manager.

Popular for its freshly prepared iconic beverages like the smooth and creamy ‘French Vanilla’ and its creamy blended frozen coffee, the ‘Iced Capp¼’ along with made-to-order food and baked goods offerings, like the delicious bite-sized morsels of traditional donuts called ‘Timbits¼’, Tim Hortons will open in New Delhi this year, quickly followed by Punjab and other parts of the country. With over 50 years of coffee expertise, the brand has captured the hearts and taste buds of many.

India is one of the world’s fastest-growing markets for specialty coffee retail chains. The growth can be attributed to the changing lifestyle of the young population, rising disposable income, and a keenness to explore global experiences. With this launch, India will become the brand’s fourth country in the Asia Pacific region, and plans to open over two hundred and fifty outlets over the next five years. Tim Hortons India will be led by Navin Gurnaney, an experienced and reputed professional who will serve as the  company’s India CEO. He was previously the CEO for Starbucks India. 

Paul & Mike’s SIMBA STOUT BEER CARAMEL CHOCOLATE

Named after two Latin American fine cocoa farmers, Paul And Mike would love to show you how great fine flavour chocolate can be. They believe that the purest chocolate doesn’t have to be bitter. And that everyone deserves great chocolate.  Headquartered in Kochi, Kerala (my hometown) they grow and ferment cocoa on their own farms in Kochi and Coimbatore. Also, they source wet cocoa beans from progressive farmers in Kerala and Andhra and take care of the entire post-harvest operations. The chocolate making unit is based in Kochi, just a km away from their cocoa farm. I’ve been seeing a lot of their brand on websites, Instagram and Facebook and I just had to try them out.

Simba is a craft beer company in India started in 2016 and selling their wares in Goa, Delhi, Bangalore, Assam & Kolkatta. Simba’s Stout is a dark and creamy beer with notes of rich espresso and cacao which we have blended with dark caramel and wrapped in Paul & Mike’s signature Farm to Bar dark chocolate. Simba Stout is actually India’s first bottled craft stout. Paul & Mike in collaboration with Simba Beers bring you a specially crafted chocolate for the beer lover in you. Combining dark beer, dark caramel and dark chocolate- genius! Shaped like beer bottles, the chocolate exterior hides the mouthful of stout inside it’s hollowed middle and oh my gods, you are not ready for that burst of stout that hits the insides of your mouth and tongue when you first bite into it. Really awesome!

I must rate this chocolate an 8.5 outta 10!

Getting A SmartWatch As A Gift : Zebronics ZEB-FIT6220CH

The digital revolution has brought many health devices to our shores including a fitness band. I am getting this one as a gift from my employers. This fitness band is called Zebronics ZEB-FIT6220CH, which has Bluetooth v5.0 syncing feature along with a undefined battery. It has real-time Sp02, blood monitoring, heart rate monitor. It comes with 8 sports modes, 7 days of data storage, dual menu UI, 100 pre-built watch faces so you can choose or customize it according to your liking or preference. Get your fitness groove on without the worry of splash and spills as the ZEB-FIT6220CH smart fitness watch is IP68 water-resistant. Inside the box the users get Fitness Band, User Manual, Warranty Card. The display type is TFT LCD and this fitness band charges fully in Up to 2 Hours.

Highlights

  • Large square display
  • Functional crown
  • Oxygen saturation SpO2 monitor, Blood pressure monitor, heart rate monitor
  • Call function
  • Voice assistant support
  • IP67 Waterproof
  • 8 sports modes
  • 7 days of data storage
  • Dual menu UI
  • 100 pre-built watch faces

Wordle: The Simple Word Game That Has Gone Viral

A simple word game that’s gone viral in 2022, with many people looking for what Wordle is and how to play the game. You might have seen those tiny red, amber and green tiles shared on the group chat or posted on social media and wondered what it could be.  Wordle is an online 5-letter word game. Each day a new word is released and players have six attempts to guess what the word of the day is. During the guesses, tiles will change colour to help players get the word. A grey letter means it isn’t in today’s word, whilst a yellow letter signals it is in the word but in the wrong position. Then there’s the green letter which means it’s in the word and in the right place.

Players select letters of the alphabet on the virtual keyboard and enter them into the 5 blank tiles. When they’re happy with their 5-letter word guess, they press the submit button. This then checks the word and lets you know if your word or some of the letters are correct. If it’s completely right – the full 5 letters turn green. If you correctly guess the word within the 6 attempts, then you win the game. If you win two days in a row or more, you automatically receive a winning streak. This keeps rolling over, unless you fail to guess the word one day and the streak is broken. 300,000 players reported at the beginning of January. It’s now believed that over 2 million users are playing Wordle globally.

The Captain James T Kirk In The Captain’s Chair Funko Pop

This Star Trek: The Original Series Captain Kirk in Chair Funko Pop! Vinyl Figure measures approximately 3 3/4-inches tall. Comes package in a window display box. Your collection of Star Trek: Original Series isn’t complete without Pop! Captain Kirk seated in the captain’s chair. Enlist Pop! Captain Kirk and the rest of the crew to serve in your Star Trek collection. I have ordered mine on 4th Jan and just received it today. I will do the unboxing later.

The Star Trek collection can’t explore the final frontier and discover new civilizations without its captain and crew! Funko is here to help you recruit your Starfleet personnel as Pop! vinyl figures for your Star Trek: The Original Series collection. There’s Pop! Captain Kirk in Chair, Pop! Khan, Pop! Kirk (Mirror Mirror Outfit), Pop! Spock (Mirror Mirror Outfit), Pop! Sulu (Mirror Mirror Outfit), and Pop! Uhura (Mirror Mirror Outfit). Capture and commemorate some of the most iconic moments of the original series for your set today! The Funko exclusive in this collection is Pop! Spock with cat. Pop! Gorn with weapon is a Target exclusive.

Origami : The Japanese Art Of Folding Paper

One popular practice that has left a particularly extensive paper trail across the globe is origami, the art of paper folding. Though most closely tied to Japan, origami also has roots in China and Europe. ts name derives from Japanese words ori (“folding”) and kami (“paper”). Traditional origami consists of folding a single sheet of square paper (often with a colored side) into a sculpture without cutting, gluing, taping, or even marking it. ts name derives from Japanese words ori (“folding”) and kami (“paper”).

Traditional origami consists of folding a single sheet of square paper (often with a colored side) into a sculpture without cutting, gluing, taping, or even marking it. Origami works often featured flowers, birds, and other nature-based motifs. These subjects are also prevalent in contemporary origami, which remains true to the traditional Japanese practice in all ways but one: originally, the practice allowed artists to strategically cut the sheets of paper. Today, however, true origami is sculpted entirely through folds—an attribute the Japanese adopted from Europe.

First time I even heard or seen origami was in the mid 90s in an episode of The X-Files. Ever since then I have admired them and hoped that I could try them out myself. I am not the most artistic person in the world – ok I stink at arts stuff. But I am gonna try it out. I have just placed an order for some origami paper, multiple colours, on Amazon. There are lots of tutorials I can find on websites and Youtube. I think I am gonna start a new hobby.

It can’t hurt to try it out, can it?

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN: Eleven Fun Things To Do On Halloween

Decorate cookies or cupcakes : It’s not Halloween without an abundance of sweets, right? Gather your kids, invite over neighbors, or host a bunch of your friends for a night of decking out cookies or cupcakes (or both!) with icing spiderwebs, candy corn graveyards, and marshmallow ghosts. Keep it outdoors and/or masked if your group includes both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Paint (or Carve) Pumpkins : It’s never too late to decorate pumpkins—even on Halloween night. If you’re stuck inside (or prefer to stay inside), spend the spookiest night of the year trying some no-carve pumpkin ideas. Kids love it, and it’s way less messy than carving pumpkins.

Host a Wine and Candy Tasting Party : Oh, yes, you read that correctly. We know exactly which wines to pair with which classic Halloween candies, and you’re going to want to invite over some friends for a very serious, very sophisticated wine-and-candy tasting, fit for a sommelier (well, maybe).

Have a Halloween Movie Marathon : Whatever your pleasure—funny, nostalgic, or absolutely bone-chilling—Halloween movies on Netflix are definitely in order if you’re staying in this October 31.

…or Go to the Movies : No need to watch a scary or festive movie if you’re not interested. You might just want to get away from the Halloween mayhem altogether—in which case, head to the movies (we might suggest a drive-in this year). Plus, even if you’re not a Halloween fanatic, you can still take advantage of the annual excuse to enjoy gobs of candy at the theater.

Curl Up With a Scary Book : On your own this Halloween? Set the mood by lighting a bunch of candles, grabbing a glass of mulled wine or hard cider, and curling up with a blanket and spooky page-turner. Need book recommendations? Here are a few of our favorite psychological thrillers and mysteries to inspire your Halloween read.

Mix Up Some Halloween Cocktails : Who says Halloween can’t be for the grownups? You may be living on your own now and wondering how to celebrate Halloween last-minute, right from your own house or apartment. Invite your pals over (or set up a virtual happy hour) and whip up a batch of Halloween-themed cocktails everyone will love. (They’re perfect for sipping on while the kids decorate cookies and pumpkins, too!)

Make S’mores : There’s nothing like toasting marshmallows over an open fire on a cold, October night (read: s’mores aren’t just for summer campfires!). If you and your family aren’t all sugared out by the end of the night, this iconic fall activity is the perfect thing to do on Halloween. No campfire handy? You can easily make s’mores in your oven.

Hand Out Candy to Other Trick-or-Treaters : You can still get in on the trick-or-treating action if you’re not going door to door yourself. Make sure you’re stocked up on Halloween candy and pass out goodies to the little neighborhood ghosts and goblins who ring your doorbell.

Have a Game Night : Whether you’re with the kids or adult friends, game night is always a good idea—but especially on Halloween. It could be as simple as playing a favorite board game, word game, or card game, but you could also hop on the Fright Night train and host your own Murder Mystery game night or plan a spooky scavenger hunt around the house, backyard, or neighborhood.

Costume Fashion Show : If you and the kids can’t make it around the block to trick-or-treat this year, let them wear their costumes at home anyway to keep the Halloween festivities alive. (We even have ideas for Halloween costumes with masks if you’re celebrating with a small group at someone’s home.) Set up a Halloween costume fashion show right in the living room or yard so your kids still get to show off their outfits, take photos, and get in the spirit.

6 Things You Can Do With Pumpkins During Autumn

Pumpkins are synonymous with the fall season, the months of September-October-Novemmber, Halloween and Thanksgiving in both Canada & the US. You cannot pass by houses, stores and buildings without seeing fall or Halloween decorations with pumpkins being one of the dominant pieces in the display. Here are 6 things you can do with pumpkins:

1.Decorate with them : The perfect pumpkin may very well not need anything done to it at all! Set beside a fall decoration, a bale of hay or even a whole set of decorating pumpkins (come see our selection!) your pumpkin will look perfect on a porch or in your yard.

2. Carve it : We all love carving pumpkins and playing with the gooey inside. So, break out that old carving set and get to work! Bonus points here if you turn your carved pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern.

3. Paint it : If you’re not so into the mess, painting your pumpkin is a good option. Pro tip: if you use glow in the dark paint you can create the illusion that you carved it!

4. Wax it : Now you might be confused. Wax it? Try melting some crayons down to liquid wax and dump the wax carefully over the pumpkin. You can make cool rainbow designs and have a unique pumpkin all of your own! Be careful letting the little ones do this on their own as the wax will be hot.

5. Cook with them : The best part about cooking with pumpkins is that you can actually use it as decoration for a while and then cook with it, so nothing goes to waste!

6. Pumpkin seeds : Have you ever thought about flavoring your pumpkin seeds? You can make them in so many different varieties! After you cook your pumpkin seeds, try salting them, adding brown sugar, or even Cajun seasoning. Whatever your favorite flavor is, we challenge you to try and make your pumpkin seeds with that flavor!

Fun Halloween Party Themes For Adults & Kids Alike

Now that Halloween is just around the corner, you might be trying to think up of interesting ways to host and have fun during this fun period. Here are some options you can try out other than just dressing up in a costume and taking the kids Trick ‘r’ Treating.

Murder Mystery Dinner Party : Who doesn’t love a good whodunnit story? For a memorable party theme, serve up a little mystery along with dinner. It’s a great way to keep guests engaged and entertained.

Spooky Skeleton Scavenger Hunt : Keep your little monsters entertained this Halloween by throwing a skeleton scavenger hunt party. Hide faux bones around your yard or house and send the kids out to find them all.

Backyard Horror Movie Night : Invite friends over for a backyard horror movie night this Halloween! (You could also screen It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for a more kid friendly event.) All you need to create your own outdoor theater experience is a blank wall or sheet and a portable projector (you’ll hook it up to your laptop or another device). Set up comfy seating and DIY a creepy concession stand.

Haunted House Party : Break out the spooky decorations and music, and recruit some friends to help you with the scaring.

Spooky Supper Party : Invite your bravest friends for a frightening, adults-only dinner party. For the most spooktacular setting, decorate your dining room table with black linens, dishes, utensils, serving pieces, and candleholders, as well as few creepy curiosities, like your child’s stuffed animals and passed-down antique tchotchkes. Then to make things even eerier, serve and eat your scary dinner—vampire cocktails, mummy baked brie, eyeball pasta, bloody cheesecake—entirely by candlelight.

Halloween Craft Party : Both kids and adults alike will enjoy a craft-making party. You pick the project and provide the supplies and guests can bring a snack for everyone to enjoy.

Pumpkin-Carving Party : Get into the Halloween spirit by hosting a pumpkin-carving competition. Winner takes home a freshly baked pie. Check out our clever pumpkin carving ideas here.

Ideas from the Oprah Daily.com’s 40 Best Halloween Party Themes for Adults and Kids 2021

6 Unique Facts About Halloween

1. Some Halloween rituals used to involve finding a husband. During the 18th century, single ladies devised Halloween traditions that were supposed to help them find a romantic match. According to History.com, women would throw apple peels over their shoulder, hoping to see their future husband’s initials in the pattern when they landed. When they bobbed for apples at parties, it was said the winner would marry first. Most spookily, they even used to stand in a dark room, holding a candle in front of a mirror to look for their future husband’s face to appear in the glass.

2. Immigrants helped popularize the holiday in the U.S. When the Irish fled the potato famine in their country in the 1840s, they brought their Halloween traditions with them. The tradition spread, until the mischievous Halloween pranksters reached an all-time high in the 1920s. Some believe community-based trick-or-treating became popular in the 1930s as a way to control the excessive pranksters.

3. Sugar rationing during World War II halted trick-or-treating. Because of the shortage of sweet stuff, trick-or-treating wasn’t as big of a deal during WWII. After the rationing ended, it was all systems go on the candy-collecting front. Candy companies began launching advertising campaigns to cash in on the ritual and make sure kids were clamoring for their products to show up in their candy buckets and spare pillowcases.

4. There’s also traditional Halloween bread in Ireland. It’s called barmbrack or just “brack.” The sweet loaf typically contains dark and golden raisins, as well as a small hidden toy or ring. Similar to the classic king cake at Mardi Gras, tradition dictates that the person who finds the item will come into good fortune in the coming year.

5. Disney almost made Hocus Pocus a completely different movie. Everyone’s Halloween fav nearly didn’t become the icon it is today. The original title, Disney’s Halloween House, also went along with a much darker and scarier script, according to IMDB. Not only that, but Leonardo DiCaprio was courted to play teenage heartthrob Max Dennison, but he turned it down to appear in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape instead.

6. New York City throws the biggest Halloween parade in the U.S. On an average year, the event draws more than 2 million spectators and includes thousands of participants joining in the route along the way. It all began as the brainchild of Greenwich Village resident and puppeteer! Ralph Lee, who just wanted to throw a whimsical walk from house to house for his kids and their pals. When a local theatre got wind of it, they joined in and grew the event. It’s gotten bigger, more creative and more theatrical ever since.

Samhain – The Pagan Religion Origins Of Halloween

Samhain is a pagan religious festival originating from an ancient Celtic spiritual tradition. In modern times, Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “SAH-win”) is usually celebrated from October 31 to November 1 to welcome in the harvest and usher in “the dark half of the year.” Celebrants believe that the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world break down during Samhain, allowing more interaction between humans and denizens of the Otherworld. Ancient Celts marked Samhain as the most significant of the four quarterly fire festivals, taking place at the midpoint between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. During this time of year, hearth fires in family homes were left to burn out while the harvest was gathered.

After the harvest work was complete, celebrants joined with Druid priests to light a community fire using a wheel that would cause friction and spark flames. The wheel was considered a representation of the sun and used along with prayers. Cattle were sacrificed, and participants took a flame from the communal bonfire back to their home to relight the hearth. Early texts present Samhain as a mandatory celebration lasting three days and three nights where the community was required to show themselves to local kings or chieftains. Failure to participate was believed to result in punishment from the gods, usually illness or death.

There was also a military aspect to Samhain in Ireland, with holiday thrones prepared for commanders of soldiers. Anyone who committed a crime or used their weapons during the celebration faced a death sentence. Some documents mention six days of drinking alcohol to excess, typically mead or beer, along with gluttonous feasts. As the Middle Ages progressed, so did the celebrations of the fire festivals. Bonfires known as Samghnagans, which were more personal Samhain fires nearer the farms, became a tradition, purportedly to protect families from fairies and witches.

Carved turnips called Jack-o-lanterns began to appear, attached by strings to sticks and embedded with coal. Later Irish tradition switched to pumpkins. In Wales, men tossed burning wood at each other in violent games and set off fireworks. In Northern England, men paraded with noisemakers. As Christianity gained a foothold in pagan communities, church leaders attempted to reframe Samhain as a Christian celebration. The first attempt was by Pope Boniface in the 5th century. He moved the celebration to May 13 and specified it as a day celebrating saints and martyrs. The fire festivals of October and November, however, did not end with this decree.

In the 9th century, Pope Gregory moved the celebration back to the time of the fire festivals, but declared it All Saints’ Day, on November 1. All Souls’ Day would follow on November 2.

6 Facts About Halloween You May Not Know


Halloween originated from an ancient Celtic festival. The origins of Halloween date back 2,000 years to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which was celebrated on October 31 on the eve of their new year, according to the History Channel. The Celts believed that the dead returned to earth that night, and so they lit bonfires and donned costumes to ward off the ghosts.

Jack-o-lanterns were inspired by an Irish legend. According to the History Channel, the name jack-o’-lantern is rooted in an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack who fooled the devil and in turn was forced to walk the Earth with only a burning coal in a hollowed turnip to light his way. The Irish began to call him “Jack of the Lantern,” and then just “Jack o’Lantern.”

Trick-or-treating has existed since medieval times. Trick-or-treating was inspired by the medieval English tradition of “souling,” which involved children going door-to-door on All Souls Day, offering prayers for residents’ deceased loved ones in exchange for food.

Candy wasn’t given out to trick-or-treaters until the 1950s. Halloween simply wouldn’t be the same without those fun (and king!) size candy bars to sweeten the day. But there was a time when trick-or-treaters didn’t receive candy at all, but rather pieces of cake, fruit, nuts, coins, and little toys, according to the History Channel. It wasn’t until the 1950s, when candy makers began to promote their goods for Halloween, that candy became a staple on the trick-or-treating circuit. These days, one quarter of all the candy sold in the U.S. each year is purchased for Halloween.

The fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia. Many people enjoy embracing the spooky spirit of Halloween, but for some, the fear is not all in good fun. Some people suffer from Samhainophobia, or the fear of Halloween, according to Newsweek. Now that you’ve learned about the origins of Halloween, you can probably guess that the word comes from Samhain, the Gaelic festival that inspired Halloween.

Everyone still loves a good spooky Halloween costume. Halloween looks can be silly, funny, or cute, but according to the National Retail Federation, scary costumes still reign supreme. In 2020, the top Halloween costumes for adults were: 1. Witch 2. Vampire 3. Cat 4. Batman 5. Ghost

I Have Just Purchased EA FIFA 21

Now I am not a gamer by any stretch of the imagination. As a kid I used to have an Atari video game and I loved it. My sister, dad & I took turns to play the games on the device which we bought while we were still in Kuwait. Circa 1985 or 86 I suppose. When we brought it with us to India in 1987 after my family moved back, some of my cousins also enjoyed playing it with us. It broke it 1989 and unfortunately we couldn’t find a place that could repair it. In 1995 I bought my first computer, a clunky desktop pc. It came with a few games and my sister and cousins and I enjoyed playing a few games on it. I never bought any just the free games or demo versions of games that you could get from a computer magazine.

Other than the iconic Doom and Duke Nukem, I had some other games that I loved a lot and I also remember when two of my younger cousins had come to stay at my place, we played a lot of them games. Back then for most of the late 90s I tried to get a good football game. I had a couple of good ones until in 1997 I got a copy of EA’s FIFA 1995. Man, I loved that game and I played it a lot. I also managed to get NHL 1995 as well and these were the two games I loved. My then computer died on me back in 2003 and then I stopped looking at games.

I bought my next pc in 2006 but I didn’t play much games on it. I had given away my copies of FIFA 95 & NHL 95 and never played any games since. However on my phone I have played a few games of Tennis Clash & Bowling King which I love a lot. It helps to pass the time. But other than that I haven’t been into the kinda of games that seem to be very big on XBox, Wii, Playstation or PCs. That will change as I have just made a purchase of EA’s FIFA 21. This is a long awaited return to playing my favourite game online. It will be here on Saturday and I cannot wait to play a few during the weekend.