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Weekend Flu & Fever

How quickly did my cold escalate into a fever! Friday morning I woke up with a bad old. I took a hot shower before I left for work in the evening but I was still feeling down because of it. Still I didn’t think it would continue till the next day but Saturday I was ill too and decided to stay back for the day. If I did feel better by Sunday I thought I’d go for a movie and lunch somewhere.

But it was not to be; while watching a movie late last night I started feeling the effects of a fever and struggled to go to sleep as I started shivering a bit. Yet I could not muster up enough strength to get up and go switch the fan off or reduce the speed, instead I just wrapped myself tightly in my sheets. This morning it was really bad and I managed to wake up by 9am even though I was awake before that. I switched the fan off and sat at the computer for a while, drinking coffee and eating a light breakfast. By 10:30 am I couldn’t sit up anymore so went to bed and watched three episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

And then I fell asleep for a while until my mother woke me up to eat lunch. My sister, younger nephew and niece were visiting as well. I did inhalation and then ate some rice and chicken curry. Then it was back to bed for 3 episodes of Star Trek Voyager and more sleep. By 7 pm I woke up and had coffee and medicine. I think the worst is over as I sit here with the fan on a lower speed.

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Would You Pay Extra for a 3-D Movie?

Would You Pay Extra for a 3-D Movie?

I hate the 3-D experience. Especially in the theatres I go to here. OK, Cinepolis is not that bad but man the 3-D in Lulu PVR sure does suck.

I suppose that the fact that I have to wear that clunky 3-D glasses on top of my own glasses is a pain in the wrong areas. And they keep sliding off. Once again, I must mention that the glasses as well as the screen in Cinepolis is a lot better and offers a more pleasant viewing experience than the one in PVR. PVR screens look darker in comparison and when it is 3-D I don’t even enjoy the film that much.

I get it when a film is made for 3-D effects in a theatre but sometimes the theatres here just add 3-D for no reason. It’s not worth it. I have to chose the 3-D option when they don’t have the same movie in regular 2D so when I get a choice then I will pick 2-D all the time.

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Diaries And Journals From Years Gone By

What Old, Worn Out Thing Can You Just Not Part With?

I do have a problem in throwing out stuff. Just look at the keyboard drawer of my desk (where I do not have a keyboard since I use a laptop) where I have a bunch of old, used batteries. For no reason that I can think off, I just haven’t gotten around to get rid of these. Not that I like them or have a connection with them. I just procrastinate or am plain lazy.

But some thing or some things that I just cannot part with? Some old diaries/journals. In a physical form. For a sentimental reason I just cannot bring myself to get rid of them. Even if some of them are torn and worn out. Even if there is a musty smell from some of them. Even if it has been 25 years in one case or 18 years in others. Geeze! I have kept journals/diaries since I was 15-16. Though I didn’t write in it everyday.

Just looking back at my thoughts and ideas and what I considered to be important back then is a rush of nostalgia for me. In some cases I have a few photos as well. At one point when I was 21, back in 1997, I was at home for 5 weeks recovering post a surgery and all I posted in my journal at the time was the songs and albums that I listened to each day as I was mostly resting in my bedroom and couldn’t go out much and the tv was downstairs. But I find it fun to go through those pages.

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Do You Eat Cafeteria Food?

Yes I do. From Monday to Friday I eat my dinner at the office cafeteria. Now, we have two cafeterias at the office. We have a building cafeteria that is on the 8th floor. It is run by a vendor that the building management hired. The cafeteria is non-ac and has options for open windows as well. At one end there is a path that leads to the smoking zone. They have juices and ice cream and a few soft drinks. The food quality isn’t that great and they don’t usually have much variety in their menu.

My employers take up the 5th, 6th & 7th floors and we have cafeteria on the 6th floor. There are 4 various vendors that serve food. Two serve food and two serve snacks, juices, ice cream, shakes, tea and coffee. The options are quite varied. There is vegetarian stuff and non-vegetarian stuff. Sandwiches and rolls and samosas and puffs and many, many other snacks. Some of the food is good and some is ok and some is not so good.

We have had the usual problems with vendors. Some complaints and then the vendor is changed. Foreign substances in the curries and hair in the food. All those kind of problems. Sometimes it’s good and all that. Others not so good.

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Are You Less Religious Than Your Parents?

Are You Less Religious Than Your Parents?

I’m an atheist. My parents are religious hindus. So I’d say that I’m definitely a heck of a lot less religious than them. By far. Here is the deal – if I ask them questions about their religion and what the gods have done and why they have done it, after a few minutes they admit that they have no clue as to why or how and they readily admit that they do not understand most of it but that they don’t question it.

I have also noted that as they have grown older they have become more religious to the point where they feel like it is expected of them. Mum started reading scriptures every morning at sunrise and at sunset – because that is what she feels she is expected to do. She didn’t do that a few years ago. She reads then aloud (not too loud) and she cries in between. She used to only light the lamps at the pooja section of the house (and now apartment) in the morning and the evening and that was it.

Dad too will watch any shitty tv program as long as there is a hindu god element to it. It doesn’t matter if it’s really, really bad. He will watch that shit. He goes for readings of Ramayana or Gita and listen to them many times – but if you ask him a few questions he won’t really know what to say. And that’s ok! Just not enough to convince anyone else. Or me.

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Another 365

Another 365 days of living on this planet. Another year has passed me by. Another 52 weeks have gone. Another 5,25,600 minutes have run down. Another four seasons and another monsoon, summer and holiday season have whizzed by.

I grow older by a year. And it scares and saddens me. Another year of life is over and I am nowhere where I want to be. Just a lonely guy who wants a different life. Who wants to move away and live alone if he cannot live with the love of a woman who is to be his partner for life. And that is getting more and more difficult as the years pass me by. And as each year passes me by I feel like I have wasted my life.

This is year 41. The newness of a new decade and of being 40 has worn off. I wanna go back. Let the next few years see be rewinding back in age. So 39 then 38, 37 and so on until ……..30! No wait, 25! Yeah, that’s it.

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Three Things You Can’t Go Without

Three things you can’t go without

Currently when I think about my life, I’d have to say:

  1. My inhaler – asthma struggles and all that. I shudder to think if I was stuck at home late at night or somewhere and my inhaler is empty. Just thinking about it gets me to have difficulty in breathing.
  2. Uber app – making going to and fro very easy in my city. I am dependent on Uber a lot. To the office, back to home. Getting to a bar, or a movie theatre or the mall or to a cafe or to get some pizza.
  3. The internet – my music, tv shows, movies, entertainment, access to various apps, blogging, connecting to friends and family across all the cities and countries – cannot live without it at all.

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To Sleep, Perchance To Dream

Sleep is one-third of our lives: write a post about it. Do you love naps? Have trouble falling alseep? Wish you could remember your dreams? Remember something especially vivid? Snuggle under a blanket, or throw the windows wide open? Meditate on sleep.

Sleep, is comfort at the end of a long day or a tiring week. I used to take naps when I was in my 20s but I started thinking that napping in the afternoon is not a good thing/habit to have so I forced myself to do so. When I am at home during the weekends or on a holiday I tend not to nap in the afternoon unless I haven’t slept well the previous night and did not get my 40 winks in and therefore I am tired and sleepy. Those days I will end up sleeping for an hour or so in the afternoon.

Now when I am ill that is a different matter all together. A really high fever and a bad cold and cough followed by a breathing issue can me feel very weak and rest is what I need. Then I could sleep for a few hours in a day other than my actual bedtime. I have done it a lot but not that often. I just I don’t take naps that much. Sometimes I feel that I wish I could, it would refresh me. But my brain is very active and easily distracted so I tend to think about a lot of things and this keeps me from falling asleep unless I am really sleepy and/or tired.

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Lust

Lust is a strong emotion or feeling. The lust can take any form such as the lust for sex, lust for expensive objects (extravagance) or the lust for power. It can take such mundane forms as the lust for food as distinct from the need for food. Lust is a psychological force producing intense wanting for an object, or circumstance fulfilling the emotion.

I lust for sex, I lust for certain women who appeal to me, I lust for wealth and power and the freedom to spend lots of money on whatever it is that I want to do! I lust for good food and wine, vodka, beer and other types of alcohol. I lust for the richness of chocolate or ice cream. I lust for more and more and I am not ashamed of it.

Screw the sins bullshit, screw the idea that lust causes suffering. In English-speaking countries, the term “lust” is often associated with sexual desire – I want sex, I crave sex and I lust after sex! I want it so much and I want orgies. I want a two-some, or a threesome or a 4some! Me and 4 women! 4 gorgeous, voluptuous women who are eager and willing. I trust my lust and I am not ashamed of it. Fuck you if you look down upon me. You can keep your frowning with yourself.

All people lust. Few act upon it. Even fewer admit it.

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Sweeping Motions

What’s messier right now — your bedroom or you computer’s desktop (or your favorite device’s home screen)? Tell us how and why it got to that state.

My computer’s desktop is relatively spic and span and spartan compared to my bedroom. Well, actually my bedroom is not that messy when you first see it because the mess is pushed to one side or a corner or is inside a cupboard and well hidden away from prying eyes.

I have a bunch of stuff that is in my cupboard all catching dust. Stuff I don’t need. Stuff on a chair that sits in one corner that I should have gotten kept away in a bookshelf or cupboard a long, long time ago. I have stuff on my bed, pushed to one corner. I have a plastic bag filled with stuff I should throw away sitting in my cupboard. And ofcourse I need to clean my shelf but that is another thing – it’s only dust! And I clean once every few weeks anyway.

A good cleaning will work wonders and everything will look great again.

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Bedtime Stories

What was your favorite book as a child? Did it influence the person you are now?

I never had a book that I read before I went to sleep as a kid. I read a lot of comics and no one ever read a story to me when I was a kid to make me go to sleep. However, ever since I became an adult or atleast by the age of 22-23, I have had this story in my head. I think about it before I go to bed and it’s last thing I think before I drift off into dreamland.

I dream and day dream of my futuristic world set 7000 years in the future, where mankind along with most of the animals and birds have relocated to 10 large planets and 7 moons in a distant star system. Everyone gets along because man’s needs and most wants are met. Everyone has a nice home to call their own, money is no longer an issue and food and drink is a plenty and every cat and dog have their own family and home to take care of them.  The rest of the animal kingdom have enclosed natural habitats with protection so they are out of danger and man will not encroach on them either.

Illness & diseases have been wiped away. No accidents, medical care is easily available to all and people work to better themselves and to gain knowledge and because they enjoy it and want to work – not for money or in a rat race. Space exploration is as easy as getting into a car and driving to another city – longer ofcourse and in a starship. People take vacations by going to another planet or moon and exploring. Suits are available to protect you from the elements on other worlds. We are out there, making friends with other alien races and avoiding ones that are hostile. It seems like a wonderful time to be in. And I want that!

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Three Things Lover

Three things you want in a relationship.

  • Love – ofcourse, what’s a relationship without love. It’s all about love and companionship and the need to be together and grow old together. Do things together, even the simple things like shopping, picking out clothes, things for the home, dinners, grocery shopping, driving to and from places, reading together, watching movies and going to bed.
  • Loyalty – loyalty and faithfulness is essential in any relationship. Fidelity to the one that you love is a mandate and I think that is the trust that your relationship is based on. If you have chosen someone to be your spouse and your partner then you owe it to yourself and to them to be faithful and loyal.
  • Humour – there is no point in being too serious as no matter how serious you take life, you will never get outta of it alive! I want humour in my life everyday and I refuse to be too serious that I can’t laugh. I want to crack jokes and make you laugh and I like silly, dirty jokes a lot! And in my relationship it’s not necessary that the woman is very funny as long as she loves to laugh and can laugh at my jokes and tolerates my groan inducing puns as well as looks forward to me making her laugh. That is important as well.

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I’m On The Night Train

Well we are back to a late evening shift once again. I will be working 8:30 pm to 5:30 am for this week. Well, atleast the next three days. Maybe Thursday and Friday I will move back to a 6:30 pm to 3:30 am shift, which is what I would like to do. Hmmm having said that a 3:30 pm to 12:30 is preferable but I guess it’s better to this shift instead just because of work reasons.

I don’t like coming home late or rather that early in the morning. This shift means that I will reach home by around 6am. I usually will buy some vada or pathiri from one of the tea shops next to my building and have them at home just before I go to bed. And usually I am able to sleep for 5 to 6 hours which is tough for me to do during the day. I will wake up around 12 or 12:30 pm and brush my teeth and have lunch. Then it will be back to bed where I will watch some tv shows until say 5 or 6pm. After which it will be a coffee, internet time, shave, shit and a shower before slowly getting ready.

It will always seem like I have more time for myself during this shift but I dunno. Is it just a feeling? I hope this shift is short lived and I can get back to a 3:30 pm or a 6:30 pm shift.

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Six Of One, Half A Dozen Of The Other

Write a six-word story about what you think the future holds for you, and then expand on it in a post.

Lonely nights eating takeout dinners alone.

I am 40 years old, about to turn 41. I am a single dude and not seeing anyone at the moment. I haven’t dated in ages and I guess I could try and go the arranged marriage route but I won’t since a) I don’t like family arranging a marriage / life partner for me and b) when you go that route 99% of the time they look into astrological stuff and I know that is bullshit so it’s not for me.

So it’s been a lonely path that I take. I don’t even think I am lucky enough to find my girl and I guess, atleast at a subconscious level I kind of resigned myself to being alone. Even by the time I was 35 or so. Once my parents are gone, in 5 to 10 years (more I hope) then it’s just gonna be me alone in this apartment. Other than work, the most I will have to look forward to is a few days when I go out and roam around, go to a mall, catch a movie and eat at a nice place. Maybe I will even do a little traveling once I save some money.

But for the most part it’s gonna me work to home and home to work. It means a lot of nights looking for a movie or tv series to watch before I go to bed. It means a lot of dinners for one as I collect the take out menu from restaurants nearby. In my 20s I would have done anything to have my own place and live the way I want to and have dinners on my own but as I dwell into the 40s and think of when I am completely alone, it makes me sad. But I guess that’s what’s in store for me.

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Nasty Cold & Fever

Well I guess I’ll live! I woke up this morning with a bit of a cold that soon escalated to a fever with a slight temperature and a nasty cold. Nose dripping, sneezing like crazy and unable to sit up for more than 30 minutes at a time. I was sick! by 12 pm I could no longer just be up and so I went to lie on my bed and watched some Buffy.

After lunch, and I was so hungry as I had skipped breakfast, I went back to bed again and watched some more tv shows before taking a 2 hour deep nap. I had also taken a pill for the cold which helped because by 6pm I was feeling better. Good enough to sit at my desk and watch Youtube aided ofcourse by two strong black coffees and I also had buns with them. Sweet buns not the other kind, you dirty mind!

I still have a bad cold and a sneezing all this much has given me a breathing issue as well. But I am on the road to recovery. I guess I will be good enough to go back to work tomorrow. I hope so, as I do not want to miss work for another day. I think I will watch a movie while lying in bed before I go to sleep.

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Hello Roshan, My Old Friend

Present-day you meets 10-years-ago you for coffee. Share with your younger self the most challenging thing, the most rewarding thing, and the most fun thing they have to look forward to.

Aha, let’s meet for coffee in a nice quite place where we can sit for a few hours and drinks cups after cups of mocha lattes. You and I love them, don’t we? Ok, sip sip ah! That’s good. Now, I bet you are surprised to see me aren’t you?

What advice I would tell 30 year old me? Be careful, your naivety and friendliness is not always reciprocated by everyone you meet and interact with. You have to realize that you are in the shitty side of doing work – a corporate enviornment. You will make a lot of friends and some people will really like you. Others are just waiting to drag you down at the drop of a hat. Watch out! Be prepared with adequate and accurate data.

The most rewarding thing – I dunno, the current pay off I guess. Though I feel the older I get and the more money I make, I feel that it is still less. I need more. So hold off on the most rewarding thing. I don’t see that much as having been very rewarding at all. I think I need more and I deserve more. And the most fun thing – is spending time with the people I care about. Going for movies (again after a gap of 11 years) and buying dinners for my folks. That is the best thing ever.

What to look forward to? Seriously nothing much. Hey, you start your own Star Trek ships collection. That is really something you will love.

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New Back Cover For My Phone

Although I was kinda disappointed when I got my phone that the store didn’t have the black version and I had to opt for the white colour, I knew ofcourse that I would soon get a back cover for my phone and hence it would not be an issue at all. I initially bought an almost plain, black rubberised grip semi-soft case which came cheap but knew I would look for a better design soon.

After going through multiple choices on Amazon India I narrowed my choices down to a few. Parallel Universe, a company in Bombay that makes cases and a lot of other stuff have some really good one among which I found 3 that were really awesome. Of those three I knew I had to get atleast one of two that were very similar in design but had different colour schemes.

I chose this one that you see here on the post. It’s the Parallel Universe Stitched Puzzle PU Leather Back cover for Moto G4 Plus – Brown Maroon colour scheme with a dark blue patch. The outside that you see is faux leather thought it looks like the cover for an expensive and classy large book. Or even leatheface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre (LOL)! The inside of the back case is hard matte for protection. The other colour scheme is here. and it is blue, black and a brown patch. I think they look awesome and at first I couldn’t decide which one I would get as they are both great. I picked this one as I think it will look better with a white phone.

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Ugh, Graveyard Shifts!

Well hello, how are you? Me, I am so tired and I don’t even know what day it is. I just went to the loo and for a second I wasn’t sure which day’s shift I was about to work. So after working 9:30 am to 6:30 pm on Monday and then 6:30 pm to 3:30 am on Tuesday, I changed shifts again. However Wednesday technically I only worked 2.5 hours as I was in the office at 11pm and my Thursday shift started at 1:30 am. My current training batch starts working at 1:30 am till 10:30 am hence this mess of a shift.

I am so confused – am I coming or going? LOL, I was so tired at 3:30 am that I needed a coffee badly. But after that till about 9 am I was ok but then I was almost nodding off. I left the office at 10 am, a half hour early as another training batch needs the room at that time. No problem, I just got my bag and bottle and booked an Uber and got in. I told the driver the location of my home and nodded off in spurts of fighting to stay awake. Before I knew it I was almost home. As soon as I came in, I undressed and got in between the sheets which have never looked more inviting or comfortable till date.

But then I found it hard to fall asleep ofcourse. The noises outside and the lighting streaming in from the gaps in the curtains did not help either but I managed a 5.5 hour sleep. I woke up a little after 4pm and not having had lunch (I had breakfast at the office cafeteria) I got coffee and some snacks. I have had another coffee but I am still tired as hell. Another two more days or rather nights of this shift.