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It’s My Spot!

Whenever I go to Cinepolis irrespective of which screen I have my usual seat. Row N seat 2. It’s mine all mine. Almost every time since I started to go to theatres again back in February of last year. That first two times I didn’t get this seat but from the third time onwards, I selected this seat as I liked the vantage point. I would like to chose from the central sections but there are usually lots of families in that section and I’d feel uncomfortable if I had to sit among them. Or large groups of friends who come together to make a lot of noise.

But N 2 is fine. Infact it has become almost perfect. When I go with my cousin Sujith we always get N1 & N2 and he sits in N1. It’s become like Sheldon Cooper and his “It’s my spot” joke. But yeah I have come to like N2. When I go to the PVR in Lulu I have a different seat as it’s not the same layout as Cinepolis. And their screens have various layouts themselves so it differs. Sometimes it’s M2 or it’s Q2 depending on the size of each theatre in the PVR. But Cinepolis is always N2.

One time I had to get M1 & M2 because a couple had booked N1 & N2 before Sujith and I could. And as we saw them sitting in our seats both of us gave them death stares that could have boiled blood. How dare they take our seats!

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Terminal Time

You’re at the airport, your flight is delayed for six more hours, and none of your electronic devices is working. How do you pass the time?

It wasn’t that many years ago that I had to stay for long waits at the train station without the aid of electronic devices like my laptop, ipad or my smartphone. I don’t travel much, infact I haven’t been on a train in several years. I have been on only 4 flights in the last decade!

But if I were stuck for six hours or more at an airport I would do what I would have normally done a while back. I’d find a book store and buy me a novel or I would have already bought me a novel with me from home that I’d love to read and pass the time. I’d also look for the concession stands and buy me a juice or a soft drink and a sandwich or some snack that I can munch on as I read the book.

Seriously, though I love the internet and playing on apps on my phone, I do not need it all the time to pass my time. I also can do without watching a movie or two or several episodes of a tv show or Youtube to keep me entertained. Although that is what I would prefer.

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Tattoo Me

I have just the one tattoo on me. The tribal Japanese style dragon that I got done in August, 2015. That too at the age of 39. I had just turned 39 a few days before I got inked and that remains my one and only tattoo. I want more.

I have so many ideas to get some tattoos. I was thinking of what would mean a lot to me than just a cool dark grey dragon tattoo. I would like something musical or like a guitar engulfed in flames. I once thought that I’d like to get the cover of Guns n’ Roses Appetite for Destruction album on my arm. That is a cool looking cover. Or maybe the Queensryche logo.

What else could I get? The Star Trek logo would be so appropriate and mean a lot to me. I have seen some awesome pics of people’s tattoos but I would avoid something that someone else has on them. I would want my own design. How about the Count Roshculla logo? That is so bad ass even if the skull was copied from a GnR logo we made enough changes to it to make it stand out as unique.

That would be cool.

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Movie Going Rant

Dear parents, stop bringing your babies to the movies.Here’s a fact, stupid : loud noises startle and make them cry!I too pay good money to come to the luxury or vip section of the cinema multiplex and I expect to relax and enjoy a movie. Not to be constantly interrupted by a crying infant whose parents are too dumb to know the fact I mentioned above. I know that couple with young kids also want to go and enjoy a good movie but here is the thing – the rest of us do not have to suffer just because of that! Get a babysitter or the baby’s grandparents to keep it at home. If not, don’t come to the theatre. Or better yet buy all the tickets so you and your baby can watch and cry in it to your heart’s content.

I wish I could enjoy this movie. Two stupid kids haven’t shut up since the movie started. They kept on talking about this and that and their parents are such idiots that they don’t think of other people and tell their kids to shut the fuck up. How rude is that? Is the entire theatre your domain? Teach your kids some manners, make them respect other people’s needs to watch a movie in peace. Or stay at home and watch the movie at home where only you are bothered by the incessant chatter that goes on.

Here is another pet peeve of mine. People standing at the escalator and not moving but just blocking your path. A family of 6 were just standing there having a discussion and not bothered that 3 of us were trying to get through. Now I am not saying that they should be shot or stabbed or anything as drastic like that. Maybe….imprisonment with hard labour, lashes and some hefty fines?

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Far From Normal

Many of us think of our lives as boringly normal, while others live the high life. Take a step back, and take a look at your life as an outsider might. Now, tell us at least six unique, exciting, or just plain odd things about yourself.

  1. That I sleep in the nude. Yes, I need to let Junior Roshan and the boys breathe at night. I cannot sleep with clothes on or even just an underwear on.
  2. That everyday I day dream, and sometimes dream in my sleep, of this exciting futuristic world I have created that is set out in space and set in the years 7000! It’s really exciting!
  3. I have a pet crow! Not really, but there’s this crow that comes to my balcony for breakfast and we feed him bits of whatever we have. Usually dosa and he likes the crispy ones. If he is late and our breakfast is already over he will come to my window and make a racket!
  4. I once spend the night on the streets of Bangalore. Well, on a steps of a store in a small residential area of Bangalore. Sat on the steps with a couple of friends who fell asleep but I stayed up waiting for dawn and the hostel doors to open. A friendly German Sheppard kept me company for an hour when his owner let him out for a walk at around 4 am.

I could only think of 4 and it’s late. If I do think of a couple more I will update this post later.

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First Crush

Who was your first childhood crush? What would you say to that person if you saw him/her again?

I don’t remember every liking a girl that way until I was 13 years old. As in I had my celebrity crushes and all that (some of them still to this day) but the first time I had a real crush was in 1989. There was this girl called Sophia who was a year older and in the grade above him at the time and I had a thing for her.

She was tall and fair and had thick curly hair which I loved. She was hot too! She was a bit of the silent type so I had difficulty in getting to know her. And ofcourse I was kinda shy and not really confident in my ability or lack thereof to win the heart of a girl like her. I think at one point of time I did tell her how I felt but she didn’t feel the same way. But that didn’t stop me from being friends with her. Eventually in a year or so I got over my little crush on her.

If I met her now I would say hi and catch up and then move on. She’s just another memory in a long line of memories.

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Practice Makes Perfect?

Tell us about a talent you’d love to have… but don’t.

Playing the guitar. Playing acoustic, classical, flamenco, finger style, blues, hard rock and heavy metal styles of guitar soloing and rhythmic playing that is top notch, just like the musicians I listen to on a regular basis. I have always wanted to be able to play awesomely on the guitar and took lessons when I was 12 but I quit within a few months and do not know how to play a chord now. I quit because we had a really bad teacher and he made me want to bash that acoustic guitar on his head.

I would love to play on stage or in front of friends or at the office or cafe or even just at home. I’d love to be creative and make my own music or just play covers. I’d love to be in a part time cover band and play in clubs or bars and have audiences sing along. Music is life. I would love to share it with people

Here I am….rock you like a Roshancainne!

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On The Stage

Have you ever played in a band? Tell us all about that experience of making music with friends. If you’ve never been in a band, imagine you’re forming a band with some good friends. What instrument do you play in the band and why? What sort of music will you play?

I was in a band actually…..for a few days! Hehehehe, I was the singer for a “band” that we setup at one of my previous work places, First Source Kochi all the way back in 2007. It was me, a guitarist, a bassist and a keyboard player and we had additional tracks (including guitar parts and drums) added to the keyboard.

We practised and performed three songs for a company function back in 2007 and it was great. For 15 minutes or so I was rocking on stage and it was fun. When it was over I was on such a huge high and it was intoxicating. And literally a few minutes later, a friend I went to smoke weed under a large tree. Yeah, just like rock stars! Hahahahaha

It was a very memorable and excellently radical time. I enjoyed every moment of it.

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If You Leave

Life is a series of beginnings and endings. We leave one job to start another; we quit cities, countries, or continents for a fresh start; we leave lovers and begin new relationships. What was the last thing you contemplated leaving? What were the pros and cons? Have you made up your mind? What will you choose?

I have not exactly quit the job I currently have but I have applied and gotten through to another process with a slight promotion as well. I had contemplated quitting my job but without a ready substitute to go to or fall back upon that would be considered foolish. It’s not like I have tons of money stashed away that I can rely on. No I don’t and I also have a large credit card debt!

I have wanted to quit my city and move away. I love Cochin but there’s a lot of stuff missing from this place, especially pub culture and a lack of rock music shows. Bangalore has that in plenty and I guess to an extent so do Delhi/Gurgaon and Chennai. My 2 week stay in Gurgaon showed me that I could easily settle in that city – with a lot more money than I am currently making though ofcourse – and make myself a happy life there. I would love to move but at age 40 I think it’s a little too late and I should have taken up chances earlier in my life.

I have left relationships – not the kind you are thinking of but just close relationships – but I do not want to talk about them. They are too recent and fresh in my mind so I am not comfortable yet in blogging about them. Someday though and soon.

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I Plead The Fifth

What question do you hate to be asked? Why?

My fellow Indians, well my fellow Malayalees atleast, are a very inquisitive bunch. No wait, that was waaaay too polite. I meant they are too fucking nosy for their own good. They are way too curious for their own good and do not think twice about asking questions that they should not ask. I have faced this issue with Uber drivers as well and it is awkward as I cannot get out of the car until I reach my destination.

The question that these morons tend to ask is – other questions are “where are you from?”, “where do you work?” “are you married and have kids?” – is “Why haven’t you gotten married yet?” Thanks dude I just met, when did you become my mother? This is an irritating question because I am not comfortable in answering that from people I know, forget about nosy jackasses I just met a few minutes ago.

I get so annoyed but I never say that I am pissed. I tell some lie and make them shut up for a few minutes as I curse the bugger’s parents for not having taught him some basic manners and the school teachers who failed him as well.

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Let It Be

A restaurant that removed your favorite item from the menu, a bad cover of a great song… Write a post about something that should’ve been left untouched, but wasn’t. Why was the original better?

Pizza Hut India. I am not sure about all the centers in India but certainly the two that are in my city (that I know off) are in Lulu Mall and Center Mall. The one in Center Mall, because it is in close proximity to me and because Cinepolis – my favourite multiplex – is in the same mall, is the one that I go to mostly. I have only been to the Pizza Hut in Lulu Mall once and that was last year in February.

So Pizza Hut had a pepperoni pizza that was with real pork pepperoni. And it was delicious! Sometime in late 2015 I went in and ordered the pepperoni pizza and they told me they don’t serve pork anymore. Why? “Because of religious reasons” was what I was told. Ofcourse the investment in the mall is with Gulf Investment and hence no pork as muslims don’t eat pork. “So don’t serve it to them!” Religious reasons! This is why I don’t try religion and stay away from it.

Well atleast Dominos still has it. And there’s 360 and other smaller restaurants that still serve pork.

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A Change Of Seasons

I’m going to be changing processes at work (I work for a BPO) by the end of the month. It’s a little bit of a promotion which also comes with a little bit of a pay increase. I applied for the post in January and completed two rounds – one of which was a presentation and the other was an interview – by the end of January and then had to wait till the 28th of February (there were some other applicants) to get the result.

I was told on Monday and show a mail declaring that I was through and that my release date from this process to the other one was to be on the 30th of March. I am happy about it. I hope I can do really well in my new post and I can succeed with some satisfaction. I wasn’t happy in my current process and really wanted a change. Truth be told I was getting impatient. I was in this process for 2 years and 2 years in a process that you do not like or enjoy is a bit too much. So I am happy about the change. I am going to have issues with not working next to the Training & Quality team that I have been with for these 2 years but we work in the same organization and will be just 2 floors apart and we only have the one main cafeteria so I will see them a lot.

So I will spend March getting the new guy, or guys if they add more folks, prepared to handle the stuff that I have been doing and mostly the administrative tasks which are many and has a lot of reports and stuff. And I will look forward to a new profile and process. I have a good feeling.

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Young At Heart

What are your thoughts on aging? How will you stay young at heart as you get older?

I have a favourite saying “You are only as old as the girls you feel” – so bring only the 18 year old chickies!

I would love to say that I truly believe in the song “18 Till I Die” by Bryan Adams. I know I am growing older, I am 40 and no longer the spring chicken I once was. But do I think like an older person? I dunno. For one, I see older folks thinking about certain things, speaking about certain stuff and in a certain manner and I am nothing like them. Atleast it seems like that to me.

I refuse to stop being silly, to stop dreaming, to stop not wanting or wishing and being a little silly. That will keep me young at heart. The moment I stop all these things then I am old and probably jaded.

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Old Photo Album

What’s the oldest thing you own? (Toys, clothing, twinkies, Grecian urns: anything’s fair game.) Recount its history — from the object’s point of view.

The oldest thing I own is probably a very old photo album that my parents gave me many years ago. It is pretty old maybe 30 plus years old as I remember I was not even 10 at the time. It is filled with photos of me, me with my sister and parents, me with my uncle and aunt and friends I grew up with during my childhood. These photos were all taken from the time that I was a baby to the age of 11.

This is my childhood in a large album. I will never be as innocent and cute as I was back then. I had a very happy childhood and I know that we can never be as happy and carefree as we were when we were kids. This is a reminder of a happier times and a more simpler and gentler times. When you felt safest and like nothing could ever go wrong with your world. When you did not know any better.

This is the oldest thing I own. And it could very well be the most precious thing I own.

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Litmus, Litmus on the Wall

If you had to come up with one question, the answer to which would determine whether or not you could be friends with a person you’ve just met, what would it be? What would the right answer be?

I dunno what question I could possibly ask. What one question can I put as a test to someone I’ve just met to determine if they could be a friend or not? “Are you going to be an asshole when we don’t agree on something?” I dunno but that might be a good starting point.

I guess a small conversation which reveals a lot about the person is something I would prefer. There are people who within one meeting I can gauge that they are a good person and are usually very reasonable and yet there are several other folks who it takes a long time to really get to know and only after a while what kind of person they really are and if you can be friends with them. So it really depends on the person you are talking about and even you.

Therefore I think it is best to give people a while and really get to know them before you trust them completely and open up to them.

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Spending An Afternoon In Lulu

So, I missed posting this on Saturday evening as my internet was down until late night and on Sunday I plum forgot about it. Anyways, I woke up at 10am on Saturday and post coffee, a shave and shower I booked an Uber and went to Lulu Mall in Edapally. I was there to watch a movie (Hidden Figures) which was at 2pm. As I reached there just before 1pm, I had enough time to have a leisurely lunch and went to Bloomsbury which is right next to the PVR section.

Although I had my heart set on one of their pizzas, looking at the size of them made me doubt if I could finish one on my own and hence I went with a delicious pasta instead. I had the spaghetti alfreddo which was delicious and creamy and had grilled chicken chunks in it along with black olives. It would have been amazing but it needed more salt and so I added salt and pepper. I also had a shake before my food. I relaxed and people watched and later I walked around a bit until 2pm and went in to the theatre with my caramel popcorn and pepsi and enjoyed a really good movie.

During the intermission, Gopika who was also in the theatre saw me and we met after the movie. We talked for a while after which we went to Hypermart and did some shopping. I bought a few essentials and a few food items like mushrooms and stuff and then I treated her to an ice cream at Cold Stone and then we parted ways at 6pm when I booked an Uber and came back home. It was a good visit to Lulu.

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The Extra Room

An extra room has magically been added to your home overnight. The catch: if you add more than three items to it, it disappears. How do you use it?

Hmm I guess I would make it a kind of media room and I will decorate it with just three items in order for it to remain here.

First I will get a really big and comfy sofa that comes with soft leather ottomans. In front of that I would have a 60 inch flat screen led smartv so I can watch cable or my movies/tv shows in style. That would be a great way to relax and get entertained. So now, what about the third?

For the 3rd item I am torn between a minifridge or bar area and a large DVD / BluRay shelf. I am not sure which one I would go for. Probably the latter since I only do some drinking at home. But it would be nice to have your own little bar area.

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Once More On The Same Road

Valentine’s day is hard for the single and lonely. It’s harder when you are single and lonely and you do have feelings for someone who does not share it. Over the years I have fallen in love, been loved and been heart broken. I have had unrequited love and affection and I have had my crushes. But I have always been the one at the losing end.

At times I have come to feel and even accept the fact that I will forever be alone. I am not good enough or lucky enough to find that one woman who will love me and be with me for the rest of her life. I have had incredible bad luck in this department which led me to understand that it will never work out for me. I have been searching….well not really searching more like waiting for the right one. But I always fall for the wrong one. I found myself at the age of 40 falling for a much young woman. She is everything I could have ever hoped for. But for several reasons, ofcourse the age being the biggest thing, I know it was not possible even from the very first day that I started feeling something for her.

It has made me feel guilty as well for having these feelings. I was ok for a while, having settles into bachelor life and my loneliness and suddenly it all turned tospy-turvy. I shouldn’t have to go through this yet again. But it did happen. Someday this will pass. But until that day that I can move on, I carry on. Once again.