Great Gift Ideas for Loved Ones

We all celebrate different occasions. Whether that’s birthdays, religious holidays, cultural holidays or anything else. Often, these celebrations revolve around spending time with loved ones. But they can also often incorporate gifts, given as a token of love and appreciation. Sometimes, we just want to give gifts without any particular occasion. Regardless of why you’re giving a gift, there are plenty of different options out there. At the end of the day, only you will know the best gift for your loved ones – after all, you’re the one who knows their preferences and interests. But hopefully, some of the ideas listed below can get your imagination going and can help you to find the perfect gift that will really bring a smile to the recipient’s face!

Speakers and Headphones

If your loved one is techy and into their music, you could consider getting them some speakers or headphones. This can improve the sound they get when they listen to their favourite songs – inside and outside of their home. Price can vary depending on branding and quality, but generally speaking, there’s something to suit every budget. From home speakers like the fluance ai60 to wireless earphones or headphones for travelling and the gym. Browse different options out there and settle on what will best suit them and their lifestyle!

Subscription Boxes

If you’re looking for a gift that keeps on giving, you might want to consider subscription boxes. These come in all shapes and sizes with all sorts of different content, so will give your loved one something to look forward to each month. Take a look out there for what’s available. You could get a beauty subscription box, a flower subscription box, a magazine, a book box, a snack box, a pet box… the list goes on and on!

Sentimental Gifts

Sentimental gifts tend to be the best. They come from the heart and show that you’ve really thought this purchase out. Finding their favourite song on vinyl. Finding a first edition of their favourite book. Having a pet portrait made. One of those images that shows the constellation of the stars on the first night you met, the day they were born, or another special date. These tend to be some of the most heartwarming gifts.

Pamper Packages

Everyone likes to pamper themselves every once in a while. So why not pack up a little pamper package? Bath bombs, moisturisers, hair masks, face masks, foot masks, lip balms… the opportunities are endless and you can sculpt to box you make to match whatever they like – specific scents, specific brands, you name it!

Toys

If you’re buying for a kid, head straight to toys. Little ones love playing with everything from spaceships to cowboys to race sets and dolls. If you’re unsure what they might like, it’s easy to ask their parents for some suggestions. They’ve probably been circling things they like in a catalogue or jump about when they see certain adverts on the television.

Flowers

If you don’t know someone too well, but want to get them something to show appreciation – perhaps a relative stranger who has helped you, a partner’s parents, or someone else, flowers tend to almost always go down well. Select a nice bouquet and have it gift wrapped and delivered! You may also want to consider an option that comes with a vase, so the person receiving the flowers definitely has a way of arranging and presenting them nicely.

Chocolates

Like flowers, chocolates also tend to be a simple staple gift. Boxes, arrangements, bars, dark, milk, white, plain, filled, topped – there are so many different options out there! You can even get chocolate for people with special dietary requirements and preferences. For example, you could buy vegan chocolate for people who are vegan or lactose intolerant.

Edible Arrangements

If you want to combine something like a flower arrangement and a sweet treat, consider edible arrangements. These are pretty arrangements made from fruit. The fruit is carved and arranged to look like flowers. This is great and a real novelty! Just make sure to use a reliable supplier who has an extensive portfolio and can definitely deliver on time. You need to ensure the person is home to receive their delivery too – you don’t want the arrangement to go bad before they get it.

These are just a few different gift ideas to get the ball rolling. Your loved one may have more niche interests that you can cater to. They might not like any of the things above. But generally speaking, one of these options should be able to bring a smile to most people’s faces.

To My Cousin Before She Gets Wed

Dear Roshni,

On this last day before your wedding, I look upon the life, the joy & the pleasure that is your life. As the youngest amongst us cousins, you are special to us. As the innocent one, you are special. As the funny one, you are special. Your childhood exploits and gags were always the highlight of our evenings.

I remember how talkative you were – from a very young age. My then joke was that you started talking and saying ancient hymns at the tender age of 3 days old. An exaggeration no doubt but you could recite some play at the age of 3 or 4. The songs that you liked as a kid and sung to us are always gonna be special for us.Your comical dialogues, you wanting to change your name to Susan, you saying about “no daddys or mummies here”, you writing a sorry letter to your dad for your naughtiness (claiming that it is not something that you can control )your announcement about a certain E.T., etc etc etc too many funny things to state here, are all memory points for me and the rest.

But memories are what defines us. Like a great lyricist & drummer stated in a song from 1987

“I’m not looking back
But I want to look around me now
Time stands still
See more of the people
And the places that surround me now
Time stands still
Freeze this moment
A little bit longer
Make each sensation
A little bit stronger
Summer’s going fast
Nights growing colder
Children growing up
Old friends growing older”

I saw that last night while your cousins, uncles and aunts celebrated your upcoming wedding. They danced and sang and we drank and ate but I wanted to go back in time and freeze you as a little girl who was so precious, precocious, intelligent, smart & hilarious who was the center of attention for all of us. But you have grown up and become a young, successful woman who is ready to start her own family life. Life just isn’t fair 

All the best for the wedding and for a wonderful & happy life ahead. Your cousins – Kannan, Arun, Rakesh, Raakhee, Sherine, Shalini, Subin, Suraj, Manoj, Sandy, Navin, Priya, Balakrishnan, Jayakrishnan, Shekhar, Shankar & myself – will be proudly watching you and feeling nostalgic – a little sad but mostly happy for you!

Love
Roshan

Celebrating My Baby Cousin’s Final Single Days

So it’s my baby cousin Roshni’s wedding this Sunday. Tonight we had a family gettogether at her parents house. I was the last to arrive since I wanted to buy her a gift and had left it till the last moment. So I went to Oberon mall and bought her a nice watch. I then quickly hightailed it out of there as my cousins were calling me.

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I gave Roshni the watch and hugged and kissed her and joined my cousins, her dad and other uncles plus my dad in eating some beef and drinking. I had some vodka and we tried to all sit in the small bedroom with an ac that was the “bar” for the night.

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After a couple of hours of this we were getting hungry for dinner and we ate some fried rice, porota, fried cauliflaur and chilly chicken. Then we had a lot of ice cream. By 11 am I booked an Ola for my dad, mom and me to come home.

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Powder In My Glass

I was speaking with my mom about what milk we used while we lived in Kuwait. We left Kuwait back in 1987 when I was turning 11 years old and now 32 years later I remember a heck of a lot of things about my time there but for some reason I had forgotten how we got milk for drinking as it is or with something added. My mom ofcourse easily remembered as she was the person who made it for us. It was Nido.

Nido is a milk substitute powder and milk powder brand manufactured by Nestlé first introduced in 1944. The different varieties include instant dried whole, rather than skimmed or semi-skimmed, milk with Vitamins A & D, and are a good source of calcium. When my dad and mom got married back in 1968 and he moved my mom with him to Kuwait and she was recommended to use Nido for her tea or coffee as milk was difficult to get in Kuwait. When my sis was born and later on me, she relied on Nido for feeding us. I never drank coffee or tea until I turned 13 so Nido was mainly for milk and added some boost or other thinks for it and for morning cornflakes.

It is surprising that I do not remember it but it’s odd to now think of powdered milk as I haven’t had any – we don’t use it home not since we moved back to India and none of our relatives or friends use it – that I know off. I doubt if restaurants use it here either (we have plenty of cows in India).

Couchyn Meet With Anil

It has been a very long time. With his work schedule for his new employers and the fact that he is based out Thrissur and has to travel a bit, I haven’t met my buddy Anil in a long, long time. We chatted on Whatsapp a couple of days ago and he called me this morning and said he was coming to town and would I be free to meet him. I sure was and I was planning on going out anyway.

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We met at Couchyn and despite his pleas to go elsewhere I told him that we were here; let’s drink. I finally convinced him and we were hungry – I hadn’t had anything other than a black coffee all day and it was just after 12 pm – so we ordered some French fries and I finally got to have a Bira! I will talk about Bira brand of beers later but it is a first for me. And he ordered a couple Old Monk rums with a Coke.

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We talked and ate a bunch. After the French fries, we had some honey flavoured crispy chicken strips and chilly fish (which was awesome).

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We also ordered an Ammachi’s chicken which was terrible. We sent it back and instead got a cheese omelet each which were yum.

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By 5 pm we left and I went to get some groceries on my way back home and took a nap.

Look Who Came For Lunch

Look who came to my home and spent the early afternoon with me? Why, it’s Burfi the Pug. As some of you may know, Burfi is my sister’s pug. He lives with my sister, her husband and their 3 kids. He is almost 8 years old now and unfortunately since 2018 his eyesight has gone from bad to worse to the point that he is almost completely blind now.

I haven’t seen him since 2016, when my parents & I stayed in my sister’s apartment for a few weeks while there was work going on in my building (they had to change the elevator) and I spent a lot of time with the pug. Before that I had also babysat him a few times. But I haven’t seen him since May of 2016 as I hadn’t gone to my sister’s apartment since.They live close by and my sister visits my parents often and takes them out as well.

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Today my sister, niece and my parents had gone for a movie at a little after 11 am and Burfi was brought here. I had decided to stay in and order a pizza for lunch so I could babysit the little guy. He took a few minutes to get used to the place as he hasn’t been here in ages. He also needed to get to know me again by sniffing me and realized after a minute or two “hey, it’s uncle Roshan” and he calmed down. He explored the rooms to make sure he knew what was where and then plonked down to rest.

They left and he was chilling for a while. I scratched his ears and his head and his chin, which he loves. I ordered my food and then fed him by 1:15 pm. I even gave him some of my chicken from the chicken wings I had along with the small pizza. He slept for a while but wanted more pets and seemed to be looking for me (I was in my bedroom and online) and I spent some quality time with him. By 3pm they all came back and my niece took Burfi down with her in the elevator and get into the car with my sister.

Family Lunch @ Mercy Estate

Today I took the family out for a nice lunch at Mercy Estate. It had been a long time, Dec 31st last year, when I had actually joined for a meal with dad, mom, sis & her kids outside of the apartment.

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With my new nephews coming home for a few days from Bangalore, it seemed like the perfect time. I spoke to my sister a couple of days ago and we actually wanted to have a dinner at the club on Saturday night but I had to work due to an emergency.

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We then thought we’d have a big lunch at the club but it was crowded due to a function happening there and it would be hard to find some peace. Instead we went to Mercy Estate by 1:30 pm for a late lunch.

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Dad, mom and I reached first and we found their rather nice dining hall. Plush carpeting in the lobby and a nice elevator. I have never been to this part of the hotel but I have been to their roof top garden many times.

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A few minutes later sis and her kids came in and we ordered some starters and I had an ice tea.

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Honey flavoured crispy pork  was good as was the fish fingers and we also had some salads.

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For the main course I had a double roasted pork – delightfully juicy and soft pork with cabbage – and a naan. Butter naan was so good.

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We ended the afternoon with ice cream double scoops. So good. And then I came home.

Scifi Dreams About Family Trips

Many of you would know about my fascination with science fiction and futuristic worlds & universe in which space travel is so easy, it’s the equivalent of travelling in cars or buses or large ships on the sea. I want to live in that era and quench my thirst of exploring the universe, safe in a luxury setting with cushions, sofas, big beds, plenty of food via replicators, plush carpeting, robots to cater to our needs and help us, dogs and cats and other pets able to easy live along with us in the ships. I would like to see families able to just easily move around the planets and solar systems across the galaxy in large family themed spaceship that are more like large homes with 3-4 storeys and vehicles that we drive on an alien planet.

This morning I was dreaming, while half asleep about another situation. I, in this futuristic universe, work for a Starfleet like operation and go on this smaller spaceship with the team/crew under me on assignments. On a long 3 month vacation back home, I am asked if I would mind taking up a 3 week quick assignment that is kinda secretive. So it’s just me and my main robot and my dog Shawny that I place to take on this trip but when I tell my parents about it, they ask if they can come along since they only get to see me on my shore leave.

I tell them that if they want to join me it would be good so I can see them on the trip and I can take them across the galaxy. Then I ask if my mom would ask my sister if she and my bro-in-law would also want to join along with their kids. They too want to join as do 2 of my maternal uncles, their wives and daughters (my cousins). So now it’s a huge family trip, in the guise of a family holiday trip as well. Since all of them understand that I can’t allow them to disembark certain areas and planets due to the fact that they aren’t military and therefore not qualifies, I can let them visit some planets on my route as long as it is safe.

Now in this fictional universe I created (like Star Trek with even more technological advances) we have this forcefield that protects us from any harm like biological or any weapons that any aliens can throw at us making us invincible. So my family will be free from harm as long as they wear the suits encased with the forcefield but I also commission 10 military robots that carry weapons for my family’s protection and also to ensure that they don’t accidentally wander off while I am on my mission.

So in my dream I came up with this spaceship that resembles a large, comfy, luxury house with one floor that has living rooms, entertainment rooms and a large dining room, another floor with bedroom suites for everyone and even some work stations & library to keep everyone busy and occupied on the trip. The small bridge is off limits for everyone except me – ofcourse, my main robot and the two robot pilots and Shawny. The bottom section of the spaceship houses the vehicles that we can use on another planet. So on the night that I am to leave on the trip, my dad, mom, sis, bil, 2 nephews and niece, 2 uncles, 2 aunts and my 2 cousin sisters arrive and I assign them their bedrooms.

We leave in the ship and while just out of the Milky Way, we start dinner but I also give them the rules they have to abide by on the trip. They all readily agree but they are excited to see and experience what I do and want to be with me. Post a large dinner and family time talks, they retire to their respective bedroom suites (bedroom, bathroom and a small siting area) and get ready for bed, I go back to the bridge with Shawny and check with the robots on our course heading and when we will get to our first destination. While everyone is already asleep I finally do all the checklist activities, yawn and stretch and head to my bedroom which is separate from the others and close to the bridge and Shawny the dog trots along my side as we sign off for the night.

Exciting times ahead! Pure science fiction dream.

Games We Kids Played

What was your favorite game when you were a kid? Do you still play it today?

1)  Cricket was the sport we played the most as kids. I don’t like cricket anymore and I don’t think I played the sport since my late teens. I only followed, watched and played the sport since most of my cousins loved it and this is India after all. But in reality, I cannot stand the sport, I can’t stand most cricket players and I wish it got banned!

2) Football was the next big sport we played as kids. We didn’t have enough space to play it in my grandmother’s place which is where we cousins vacationed but I did play some at school and especially during my early years in Kuwait. In my later school years back here in India I played either defense or defensive midfield.

3) Badminton – we played it a lot. My mom played it a bit too. We usually played doubles with cousins and one year, age 12 in 7th grade my buddy Jimmy and I made it to the finals of the school badminton doubles tournament. We lost because we were not prepared for the finals.

4) Monopoly or Hind Trade which is the Indian version of Monopoly. I have blogged about this before. Loved the game and enjoyed the hours spent with my cousins playing the game.

5) Donkey (cards) which is a fun game to play with your cousins. Many, many evenings spent playing that game.

Prompt from 31 DAYS OF OCTOBER WRITING PROMPTS at The SitsGirls

The Games We People Played

Tell us what family game night looks like in your world.

Well I never played board games or card games with dad, mom & my sis but my cousins, my sister and I used to have long game sessions either board games or cards. And it was a lot of fun.

Growing up during our summer holidays, Onam & winter breaks we gathered in our grandmother’s large house and sometimes at my home or another cousin’s home. During the evenings and/or rainy days we played carroms, Monopoly, or the Indian version Hind Trade, Scrabble or card games like Donkey!

They were fun times and we’d had mock arguments that usually ended up in laughter. Or we’d play quiz competitions and listen to music. Those were the days!

Prompt from 30 Days Of September Writing Prompts at The SitsGirls

Surprise! How to Bring Joy to Your Friends, Family and Colleagues

We all love a good surprise. Whether it is a surprise party of all our friends or an unexpected perk at work, there is something just wonderful about the whole process. But what is even better, is that you can use the power of surprise to bring joy to those around you every day.

The best surprises are not the most lavish or complicated. In fact, it is the small acts of kindness that we appreciate most because they usually show an honest interest that can’t be found elsewhere.

Here are a few ideas you might like to try.

Surprises at Work

For most people, work is a bit of a grind. You go in, you do your thing and then you go home. It’s the same most days. A surprise is just what you need to break the monotony and it doesn’t even have to be expensive to succeed. As you can see on the http://www.proweatherstore.com/, introducing a little surprise every now and then can feel empowering for employees and motivate them to do even better.

So what sort of surprises work here? Well, if you’re the business owner, you have a lot of scope from ordering in a stack of pizzas to announcing an early home time. As an employee, you should probably check your boundaries first but it might be fun to organize an office playlist for the day or take in some snacks to share.

Surprises for Family

Kids absolutely love surprises and there are so many things you could do that they would just love. Fun breakfasts always go down well and even the simplest soft cheese-topped bagel can be improved with a bit of food coloring and sprinkles! Starting the morning well is a nice way to set the tone for the whole week and makes a big difference.

For a bigger surprise, you could turn the lounge into a fort to jazz up your family movie night or even take everyone on a day out together. To be fair, ordering in a stack of pizzas works pretty well at home too!

Whatever you do to surprise your family, just make sure that the experience will suit everyone and encourage you all to bond. After all, enjoying each other’s company is what family is all about.

Surprises for Friends

Keeping up with friends between work and family commitments can be tough but a little surprise once in a while can help things along. Again, the surprise doesn’t have to be big – especially if you live quite far away from each other. A postcard is a lovely way to check in with an old friend.

Organizing a spontaneous night out is a fun way to catch up but don’t just do what you usually do. Spice things up by trying a new place or stay in and try something different like cooking together. Once again, ordering a stack of pizzas works wonders every time but go wild – make sushi, buy a chocolate fountain. Have fun!

Pics From Dad’s 80th!

Not posting pics of the folks at the function as I decided to protect their privacy and I won’t post them here without the people saying ok (unlike on Facebook, anyone can view the pics here) so here are a couple of pics at the venue.

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This was the outside of the hall that my sister & I paid for at the BTH Sarovaram in Maradu. It wasn’t expensive and it was airconditioned. A small hall that could fit 40 people easily with chairs and probably even 50.

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LOL, can’t show you pics of the people at the event but I can show you this. This was the stones they placed around the roots of this tree in the grounds. I kinda like these stones and would love to have this if I had a house and a tree in the property.

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Lunch is served and was the traditional Kerala vegetarian meals. And it was really good.

Home Birth Or Hospital Birth: Which Is Right For You?

When it comes to making the decision of where to give birth, there are many more options available to women today, but there are certainly aspects of each option to be taken into consideration, and what works for one may not work for another since giving birth is a completely unique personal experience for each woman.

You may have looked at your options already and if you’re stuck when trying to decide if a home birth or hospital birth is right for you, then in this post, we’ve given some things to consider for each option so that you can have an easier time deciding which one is right for you.

Home Birth:

You’ll be in your own surroundings: One of the biggest reasons that many women choose to have a home birth is because they like the idea of giving birth in the comfort of their own home and surroundings. This is something you’re not going to get in a hospital, although you can certainly bring some things from home to make the experience more relaxing and like home, but nothing will compare to the comforts of your actual home.

You’ll be able to tailor your experience more: When giving birth at home, you have more freedom to tailor the experience to be just the way you want, and although there’s always going to be something that doesn’t go to plan, you can definitely create the atmosphere more to your liking than if you were in a hospital. This includes things like having a birthing pool or even having a doula to assist you with the birth.

You could be at risk if there’s an emergency: The downside of giving birth at home is that there’s always going to be a risk involved in giving birth and even in the most healthy and normal of pregnancies there can be things that go wrong or happen without warning that require medical attention, such as needing a C-Section. If this is the case, then time is always important, so you’ll need to be attended to quickly and if you live far away from a hospital or medical center, then this could put both you and your baby at risk. It could also cause problems if you were to try and claim on your insurance for a birth injury lawyer, since the advice would always be to give birth in a hospital.

Hospital Birth:

It perhaps won’t be as personal or relaxing: Hospitals aren’t exactly the most relaxing of places, and they’re not really supposed to be – they’re there for a reason and that’s to provide care in a safe and clean environment, so often the decor and lighting will reflect this. Many hospitals will allow you to bring thing like music and some comforts from home to help you relax, but it certainly won’t be the same as giving birth at home.

You’ll have emergency help on hand if needed: If anything were to go wrong, then you’d be fully cared for in a hospital and would receive urgent medical attention if needed, unlike if something were to happen at home and you needed to travel to a hospital.

Five Favorite Family Night Movies

What are your five favorite movies for a family movie night?

What family night? I am not married and no kids and no girlfriend(s) so it’s usually just me choosing the movie to watch. In this apartment it’s my dad, mom and me but it’s almost like it’s them and me sharing the apartment rather than us living together as the only things we do together is eat lunch or dinner together. I don’t watch their Malayalam tv shows and the rare movies that they watch.

And they don’t sit and watch movies with me. Anyways, I watch my movies & tv shows in my bedroom. So here is what I would pick as family movies, if I had a wife & kids:

  • Home Alone
  • Gremlins
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Goonies
  • Jurassic Park

How to Avoid Holiday Disasters This Year

If you are a family man or woman, you might already be excited about meeting your long distance relatives and friends and spending some quality time together. However, according to Murphy’s Law, if something can go wrong, it will happen at the worst possible time. If you would like to avoid disasters and make sure that you are relaxed and worry-free during the Christmas and New Year period, pay attention to these risks.

Safety

In case you are planning on spending a couple of days or even a week at your relatives, you will leave the house vulnerable to people with bad intentions. This is why you need to upgrade your security and safety around your home. It might be a good idea to ask one of your neighbors to collect the mail, or even park their car in your drive, so you being away is less obvious. Set up timers for your TV and your lights, so your home doesn’t look abandoned at all.

Appliances  

Next, if you are expecting guests over the Christmas period, you will need to make sure that your heating, air conditioning, and appliances are working correctly. There is nothing worse than having a broken heater or an oven that is only working when it feels like. You might want to get in touch with a hvac contractor before the holidays and get your appliances and heating system a good servicing and checkup.

Insulation

You are likely to spend more time at your home, which means that you will use your heating and your rooms more. If there are cold patches in your living room, this might be the time to get them fixed, so you don’t end up paying a fortune for heating your home for the couple of days you are spending there enjoying the company of your loved ones.

Trees and Branches

It is great to have a winter wonderland, but if you will have friends and family members visiting, you will need to tidy up your front yard and your driveway. Get rid of the fallen branches and the leaves that can get slippery when wet, so you can avoid accidents that will land you at the emergency services. If you haven’t had your trees and shrubs cut back or your old branches inspected, you can get in touch with a tree surgeon.

Weather

Before you plan any programs holiday fun, nights out, or visits to the local church, you should always check the weather. If you live in an area that has loads of snow, chances are that you will need to have the shovel and the snow chains ready, so you will not end up stuck in the middle of nowhere. Those in remote areas should always check the weather forecast and have enough food stored in the cupboards as well as a fully functional generator.

We all want a pleasant and carefree holiday season. Make sure that you check the risks and address them before it is too late.

Runs In The Family

What Hobbies Have Been Passed Down in Your Family?

Not so much as hobbie or a hobby but in my family we did get our earlier love for wrestling from my dad and a couple of uncles on my mom’s side. From the time I was a toddler we had wrestling in my life. Friends my age, family friends of my dad & mum and my cousins here all watched a lot of wrestling. I loved WCW & WWE for the longest time though it’s been over 10 years since I stopped watching them. But I still have a special place in my heart for the entertainment/sport.

Other than that in my family we loved Westerns, especially Clint Eastwood films and horror movies (though that hasn’t been the case for my parents since the early to mid 90s). Also the love for Arnold & Sly action movies. We watched them all at one time. Ah yes and also James Bond films, which my dad and I have a particular affinity for. Football is another and for a while tennis too. Watching them on tv that is.

It’s a shame I don’t share that much with my folks anymore. They have their interests and I have mine ever since I turned 20!

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

Pet Or Companion?

You’re going to adopt a pet other than the species you currently own – what would you adopt and why?

I add this to the category “Family” in my blog as pets are family. If you have a pet, they are part of your family. Currently I don’t have any pets, well except for the fish that my dad keeps in the home. Mom or he feed the fish and sit for a little while staring at them going around in the little tank. Oh yeah at the crows and pigeons that come to our balcony and whom we feed rice too. And in the case of the two crows, we give them bits of breakfast too.

If I could keep a pet, it will definetely be a dog. If I had more space, 2 dogs. If I had a wife, I’d get 2 dogs and 2 cats. Perfect, hum do hamare do do! I’m not too keen on kids or being a father but I like furkids. Ah to be the loving human to a loving dog or dogs again. Cats too. Cause I had two cats when I was a kid and they share a lot of love too. And both are entertaining.

A dog will do. Loyal companion who I can shower a lot of love on and be loved unconditionally back.

Prompt from November Blog Prompts at Blog Paws.com

Spare Engine

This is a classic joke, but this version is the one my uncle told me :

In England a middle-aged woman had just bought a Volkswagon Beetle and while driving home she stopped at a gas station to fuel up. As she was doing so, she popped up the hood and saw that it was empty and cried out “Oh no, someone has stolen the engine of my brand new car.”

A sardar who had bought a Beetle from the same showroom was at the same gas station and heard this. He came to console her and said  “But don’t worry, I have a spare one in the back.”