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Bloggers, Unplugged

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.

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Have You Never Been Mellow?

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.

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Friday Movie, Shopping & Pizza

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.

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Three Day Weekend Ahoy!

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.

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Pens and Pencils

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.

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Whatcha Gonna Do With All That Junk?

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.

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Here’s To A New Start

And so ends my slightly more than 2 years tryst with working in the outsourced section of the customer care and billing support (as a trainer) for one of the world’s largest (probably the world’s richest) iptv, broadband internet, wireless and homephone provider. And now I am moving onto to another process which is for online shopping plus a bunch of other services and it’s a pretty big company in itself.

I had my last working day at the current process at the office yesterday. Being a Saturday we had a minimal staffing and I had a little work done. I sat for a leisurely coffee with some snacks at 4:45pm and worked with the guy who is going to be doing a lot of the reports I was doing and will be conducting training for the process I am leaving. After dinner I prepared to move a lot of my files from my current desktop system to my personal drive (which can be accessed from any system).

By 10:30 pm I shutdown my system and went to meet some folks in the process and tell them a quick bye (not really a goodbye since I am going to be working in the same building just 2 floors up and will see them during breaks and at the cafeteria) and then booked my Uber to come back home.

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This Is Your Life

If you could read a book containing all that has happened and will ever happen in your life, would you? If you choose to read it, you must read it cover to cover. 

No. Why would I want to depress myself even more than I already am? A book that contains all of my life events is just too depressing for me to read. I have some really good memories throughout the 40 years of existence and I have even shared several of them on this blog. But reliving all of my past regrets and bad times just isn’t worth it. Nope, not to me.

So why would anyone else want to read a book of it? Sadism? It’s not that good a read, I tell you. Ok there are a few things you might find interesting or entertaining but most of it isn’t that exciting at all. And it can be downright depressing. Atleast I think it does. I wouldn’t want to read in black and white some of my worst moments, the ones that make me cringe and the ones that make me sad and hang my head in shame.

Then again a lot of people enjoy reading stuff that is depressing. The goth in you will like it as will the Emo kid. Read it if you so want to. I won’t.

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Some Alone Time

Well it’s one of those weekends again. I know, I know it’s only Thursday but hear me out. Mum is ill and has a skin allergy and hence it was best that she goes and stays with one of her sisters who has had it before and can’t catch it from her. She needs rest and it was best that she goes there and relaxes with her sister and another sister who is in town for a few days too.

Due to mum not being at home, my sister and I are a bit apprehensive to have my dad alone at home here by himself until I get back. As I work late evening shifts I will be back home only 4 am. He tends to do unnecessary cooking by himself and had a tendency to forget to switch of lights, the tv or the fan and worse – the gas. It is with this fear in mind and that he might need someone there at night just to check up on him that we told him to go and stay at my sister’s place where he will also have the company of one of my nephews and my niece.

So it’s me all alone at home. The maid comes in the morning and will clean and cook and she will put clothes in the washing machine for me, before I even wake up, which is usually at around 10am. I can have lunch here before I have to go to work, which is fine for me. Rest of the time when I am at home I will be alone. Kinda like it that way.

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Speeds Up Or Slows Down

When you’re giddy with excitement, does time speed up? Slow down? Tell us about the experience of anticipation.

Time does speed up when you are having fun or just relaxing and enjoying the down time. A 9 hour work period can go so slowly while a 9 hour fun time can go by so quickly. I dunno why that is so. It just seems to go like that. Ask anyone and they will tell you the same.

When I am giddy with excitement, I think it depends on what I am excited about. Sometimes it can go by slowly and sometimes it speeds up. I think it depends on what it is that is making you happy and excitement. Most times I think I would say that it does speed up. And it is gone all too soon.

But then you get to recall it and enjoy the memory of it. Sometimes that is sweet too. Only wish that I could have so much more excitement than the boring times.

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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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