If I had a lot of money, like a Rs.80,00,000 or so then I would get my family to sell this small apartment we live in and buy us a house. Not that big but a new house with a little land at the side of front or back. With a lawn and a small garden. A two storey house with a living room / dining room, a nice kitchen, a bedroom with an attached bathroom in the ground floor and 2-3 bedrooms with attached in the first floor.
I would want to design a media room as well. A nice comfortable one with big recliners seats for 5-8 people. Display cases for dvds and blurays. Popcorn machine in one corner. A huge tv screen as well as a projector screen for watching movies, sports and tv shows. Surround sound speakers. A little bar at the back.
One of my regrets is not having moved away from home to a place like Bangalore for example when I was younger. I had the chance and the opportunity to get placed in a good company in Bangalore when I was 24-25 but I hesitated and I think I shouldn’t have. The price that I have paid is opportunity options, growth career wise and money wise. I could have more growth and made a whole lot more money if I had taken the chance and made the move.
Back then I was broke and things at home weren’t very good either. I went for an interview for a company and got through the first 3 rounds. Then I was asked to stay back and they told me that they liked me and wanted me to travel to Bangalore for the final round. I just didn’t have the money to go to Bangalore by bus or train and stay there for a night or two to finalize the process and see if I got hired. I wish I could have and the HR guys really wanted me to come but I just didn’t want to take the risk.
I’ve since not had that great opportunities to go and which have been great offers with really good salary packages. If I had I might have taken then 10 years ago or even 5 years ago. Now I feel it’s too late to make the move. But I wish I could have. I would have much more fun as well with all the pubs and entertainment options available for me.
Our days our organized around numerous small actions we repeat over and over. What’s your favorite daily ritual?
It may seem silly and even a bit sad but my favourite daily ritual is the one that I do immediately after I wake up, put my clothes on (as I sleep in the nude) and go to the bathroom to wash my face and then brush my teeth. All this will take about 15-20 minutes to get done and oh yeah there is also the morning peeing involved as well. Once I brush my teeth and wash my face, I come back to the inside of my bedroom and take a towel and wipe my face and hands dry.
Then I switch on my laptop and modem and then go to the kitchen to put the kettle on for my first cup of coffee as the laptop boots. As the kettle of water boils I go online on Firefox/Chrome and open my choice of websites – usually Facebook and Youtube. I look for updated on new videos by the various vloggers and channels I frequent and setup a couple of videos to load and then go make my coffee. Cup in hand, I sit back on my chair and open Facebook and go back to the videos I have setup, take my first sip of coffee and enjoy the vids.
I do it everyday in that same order and look forward to starting my day in this manner. It can’t be beat.
Today my area had a 9 hour power outage. 9 hours! Thanks KSEB for a bad Saturday! Anyways, I had plans to go for a movie, Alien : Covenant, in the morning (crazy I know) and then get some lunch with my cousin. I also wanted to get a few things at the Big Bazaar inside Center Square mall which also houses Cinepolis. I woke up at 8 am but having slept late at night I hit the snooze button three times and only got outta bed by 8:15 to go and get some coffee. After coffee and a little light reading online, I went to shave and take a shower and do my business in the loo.
But as I got out of the shower I noticed that the power was out. And it didn’t come back 30 minutes later when I had to get ready and go. So I walked down the 7 set of stairs and hailed an Uber and reached the mall. Cousin Sujith was waiting there for me. Having only had 1 coffee each we were hungry and despite the fact that it’s a 10:20 am movie, not having had breakfast meant we were starving and a Coke and popcorn sounded good. So we got two medium Cokes and cheese popcorn and went into the theatre screen which was showing the movie in the multiplex. I guess it was due to the early house but it was just us and 9 other people in the theatre.
We were the first ones in that particular screen but were soon joined by the 9 other folks. And usually we order and pay for the popcorn and coke and ask the staff to get it to us at our seats. This is because we have to stand at attention when the national anthem is played (before every movie as per the current government’s rule) and I don’t want to have the drinks and popcorn in my way as I stand at attention. And usually by the time they bring the food and drinks, the anthem would have already played and we can relax for the trailers. But as there were less people and hence less orders, they brought it to us quickly. In order to not drop the popcorn bucket as I stood up I told Sujith to keep it against the wall on the stand on his seat.
National anthem plays and we stand and dingus here drops the bucket as he sits down. His but hits the bucket and the popcorn falls onto his seat and on the floor. We were able to salvage most of the popcorn but the ones on the ground, we left it there. Post the movie, which we loved, we did a little shopping and then went in for burgers to The Burger Junction. On my way back I stopped at the self service BevCo outlet to buy 5 beers. But I had to walk 7 set of stairs at my building as the power was still out and the elevator was not working. Tired and sweaty I rested for a while after lugging the heavy bags of provisions and beers. At night it’s pizza and beer for me plus some football.
Bacon and chocolate, caramel and cheddar… Is there an unorthodox food pairing you really enjoy? Share with us the weirdest combo you’re willing to admit that you like — and how you discovered it.
Yes, everyone has their unlikely pairing of food, combos that others find weird and crazy. And if you don’t have atleast one, you are a boring individual.
I once used to have sandwiches of cheese and tapioca chips – called the Naveen sandwich after my younger cousin who came up with it. Another cousin accidentally came up with a double decker style sandwich – spicy prawn pickles (achaar) in one layer and sweet strawberry jam in the other. It was weird but oddly satisfying as the sweet jam cooled down the hot n spicy prawn mix.
At my current office, an earlier vendor used to bring egg or mixed veg noodles which I loved and if they had Kerala style chala (sardine) fry I would buy 2 or 3 and eat them along with my noodles. They do not make sense together as they are two different food styles but I don’t care. I love it!
Automation has made it possible to produce so many objects — from bread to shoes — without the intervention of human hands (assuming that pressing a button doesn’t count). What things do you still prefer in their traditional, handmade version?
Food. Handmade pizza is so much more better than the fast food version. Individually made for your taste, handmade is always gonna be better. So is bread and cake for that matter.
Now shoes; I saw this video about good handmade leather shoes in England and Italy where they measure your feet and make the shoes custom for you. They last longer and fit your feet much better. That is still awesome and I would love to get some.
Clothes too. I get my pants stitched and they are a much better fit and comfort for me. I am also extremely fat so there is the need but still, I know that tailored pants are much better comfort and fit wise.
I’ve been meaning to get a new wallet for myself. I think I bought my current wallet back in 2015, towards the end of May. So almost 2 years ago. I looked online and was checking out a few nice looking wallets. Then the Facebook app for Android recommended me a website called onlyimported.com which were advertising, among other items, some rather nice looking wallets. I checked them on the website and saw the types that you see above.
I had never heard of this website before but the items looked nice so I went with a cheaper one – in price but these look the best even when compared to most of the really expensive ones – and I liked the way they looked. They have these wallets in brown, dark brown and black as you can see on the pic on the right and I went with the dark brown one that you see on the right. The wallet should be with me in a week or so.
So due to Labour Day which falls on a Monday tomorrow, I was so looking forward to a nice event filled three day weekend. Don’t you just love three day weekends? So much more time to enjoy the good things in life, watch tv, watch movies, sleep in, go out and meet friends, eat some good food and drink some beer or go to the mall, watch a movie on the big screen, hang out and come in late. I was planning all that but alas, no!
I woke up on Saturday feeling a big ill and even 2 cups of coffee couldn’t get me upbeat. I planned to alter my plans and go out in the evening for some pizza or beer and food with my cousin. However by 12pm I knew that I was not going to be able to sit up for long and by 1pm it was a fever. Not too high or raging but still a fever with joint pains all over my body. I went to bed at 1pm and by 3pm I took some Paracetamol and slept for 2 hours in between catching up on my tv show episodes for the week.
By 7:30 I got some coffee and stayed up to watch some more tv shows and a movie which, being a comedy, made me feel a bit better and then went for a long sleep. This morning I feel better but won’t be going out. I could go out in the evening but there’s football that I want to watch so I will stay in tonight as well. Monday I plan to go out.
We all have songs that remind us of specific periods and events in our lives. Twenty years from now, which song will remind you of today?
I guess I haven’t really found songs for just today but if you ask me about the past month, I guess it will have to be the song “Drifting” by Andy McKee. It’s because of me changing processes at the job, attending an interview process and getting through and looking forward to the new challenge. Also a friend at work, who I am close with, is moving from this industry, the only one she has ever worked in, and moving to another. In a sense we are drifting a little bit.
Sometimes, we all need a break from these little glowing boxes. How do you know when it’s time to unplug? What do you do to make it happen?
When your head starts to ache or your eye start getting too blurry and you know that you want to move away. Seriously your body will start to tell you when it needs a break. And the best thing is to switch the laptop or desktop off and get up from your seat and don’t come back for a few hours or so.
Do other things that you’d normally do. I would suggest to go read a book, make some fresh juice (pineapple, apple, grape or watermelon come to mind) add some ice and relax near the window or balcony and take in the fresh air. Play some music in the background and let the instruments serenade your mind. Or if you don’t want the fresh juice, buy the ones that come in cartons and add ice and maybe some vodka to it.
Find some friends who want to hang and make some food and enjoy yourself. The glowing boxes will still be there in a few hours.
After a long day at work or school, what are your favorite ways to wind down and decompress?
Sure everyone has their own ways of winding down. Take a cup of coffee / tea and sit in the balcony. Drink some beer or vodka or rum or brandy. Watch some silly stuff on tv. Put some music on (some people like it slow and smooth, some people like it heavy and fast) and relax. Some people drink some wine and sink into a bubble bath.
I do none of that stuff. Usually I just come back home and change (I can’t relax with underwear on) and sit in front of the laptop. After a while of listening to music and checking out videos on Youtube I usually watch some tv show or a movie while lying in bed and hopefully will finish it and not fall asleep with all the lights on like last night (and several other nights in the past couple of months).
If I could get a more regular shift (meaning ending at a decent hour like 7pm or 8pm) then I might get a coke and some Bacardi rum or a Sprite and vodka (my fav drink) and relax with it for a while. Eat my dinner at leisure while watching tv before going to bed.
So day one of the three day weekend and I had some ideas on what to do but in the end I decided to just go to Edapally and have lunch & watch a movie in Lulu Mall. So that’s what I did. But 11:30 am I was off and away in an Uber to Edapally and got down at Lulu Mall. I like it the way it was today on the roads with hardly anybody out and barely any cars around what with it being both Vishu and Good Friday.
I went to a books & dvd/bluray store / gift shop on the 2nd floor before going to get a pizza for lunch. After the pizza and a strawberry / banana shake which was also very yummy, I went to wash up and wait until the movie started. Popcorn and Pepsi was my companion to the movie, which was Fast & The Furious 8. Now I haven’t seen any of the first 7 movies so why did I go in for this one? For lack of any good films that I wanted to watch in the afternoon. I decided to go for this film on a whim and I can’t say that it was a very enjoyable experience. Not the movie in itself, which was for sure just a 6 in the ratings for me. But I can’t stand it when you have assholes in the crowd and in India you tend to get them for action oriented loud bang movies.
Bunch of fans of Jason Statham, Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson in the theatre making a lot of noise and hooting. We also had a bunch of guys from the northern states who were making a lots of noise and creating a ruckus with their nonsensical loud talking. Idiots! Post the movie, I went for some shopping in the hypermart and then came back home. I reached back by 5:30 pm.
Another three day weekend is upon us. These are so rare that we need to really appreciate them because they are here and then they are gone! So……take a moment. Ok, thanks!
So Good Friday / Vishu is tomorrow the 14th of April and hence I have the day off and therefore the three day weekend. I want to enjoy it a lot, watch a few movies and get some nice food. Maybe go for a bit of shopping. I dunno what I can do but I am going to plan it later today.
I have to work from 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm so by then I will know if someone wants to join me for a movie at either Lulu PVR or Cinepolis. Problem is the only movie I really want to watch is at 6:30 pm and I am not sure if I want to wait till that long. Coming back by Uber is ok but I dunno if I want to wait that long – movie might end by 8:15 or so, and dinner after that will be done by say 9. That means I will reach back home by around 10pm! Hmmm maybe that is a plan.
I dunno but I shall tell you how it goes. If my folks weren’t home and could go away for a few days then I might even stay in for 3 days and only go out to buy some beer and then order some food in.
When was the last time you wrote something substantive — a letter, a story, a journal entry, etc. — by hand? Could you ever imagine returning to a pre-keyboard era?
Short answer – a resound no! It hasn’t been that long since I and most people like me stopped using pens and pencils for writing out words. The last time I wrote a letter? Good heavens, has it been 17 years since then?
I suppose if we had to do it people could easily move back to a pen or pencil – if we really wanted to write, we would. We just wouldn’t write as much though. I used to keep a journal and at the most I wrote about a small paragraph a day, if that much! The most I wrote was when I was recovering from a minor operation that kept me at home for a month. I write a lot more these days and that is because I can type it up.
I don’t think the world would crumble if we lost typing up stuff on a keyboard and computer or other devices and had to go back to a pen and paper situation. But only real writers would write for a few years, the rest of us would stop for a long time. Me included. But I would probably pick up a journal and start writing again after a few weeks of mourning.
Is there “junk” in your life? What kind? How do you get rid of it?
Ofcourse, who doesn’t? Well I have seen or heard of people who live very minimalist lifestyles and have only things in their home that they use on a regular basis and nothing else remains. I wish I could do that but I find that more junk accumulated as we get older. I have, for example, used and depleted batteries in my desk drawer. Not one or two – more than 20! Fuck that – I need to dump them tomorrow.
Old clothes, I dunno what I have more off – clothes that I currently wear or clothes that I do not wear at all as they are now old and do not fit me! What the heck! I need to throw them all out or give it to one of the guys who comes to collect stuff for people who are extremely poor and/homeless. There are atleast 13 shirts I can give away. 13 of them! I don’t have that many shirts that I do wear at the moment!
Strangely that is the extent of my personal junk lying about in the apartment. I used to have a lot more of them shitty stuff but I got rid of a bunch of stuff in 2015. Now it’s mostly the boxes of my Star Trek starship collection – which I do not want to get rid off as if I ever move it will be easier to put the ships back into the boxes as it will keep them relatively safe.