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Let Go Of The Sour

You have to choose one flavor that your sense of taste will no longer be able to distinguish. Sweet, sour, bitter, salty, umami, spicy (not a taste per se, but we’re generous): which one do you choose to lose?

Hmmm, how do I pick the one flavour that my taste buds will no longer be able to distinguish? I kinda like all of them though especially sweet and sumami. Sometimes salty (like a nice bunch of french fries with the perfect amount of salt) and spicy. Tangy too! Savoury meats and stuff – ah!

I guess if I had to pick I would go with sour because well sometimes that hurts my tongue or my teeth and I don’t like the feeling but certain sour pickles or mangoes are really good but too sour for my tastes. Yeah, let’s go with sour. I guess I could let go of that taste forever.

Which one would you pick?

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Captive’s Choice

You’ve been kidnapped and given a choice: would you rather be stranded on an island, dropped into an unknown forest, or locked in a strange building?

I dunno what kinda of scenario is this; how can I have this kind of a choice after being kidnapped, an aggressive act against my will? And that too what kind of strange choices? Stranded on an island, dropped into an unknown forest or locked in a strange building!

Well off hand I guess the forest is the most dangerous one. There could be bugs, creepy insects and reptiles and predatory animals out to get my ass. I would make a delicious large meal so maybe that should be out. Although in a forest I would be able to find water (if there’s a river near by) and fruits from trees and small animals I could kill and eat for survival! Hmmm!

Now the island part – isn’t that the baseline for a lot of stories throughout history? Being stranded on an island with no way off as you have no plane or boat and are surrounded by ocean or sea on all sides. The thought of being cutoff from society is appealing at times provided I have enough supplies to last me for as long as I could live there. And ofcourse the necessities like running water, a home, beer, vodka, pizza (on a deserved island?), internet and cable tv. That does not seem likely but yeah if I could I would pick that.

In a strange building? Is it rotting and dilapidated? Are there strange creatures in it? Is it haunted? Werewolves or zombies piled up? Why would my captures put me in a building? This one seems strange.

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And Modest Too!

Some writers’ names have becomes adjectives: Kafkaesque, marxist, Orwellian, sadistic. If your name (or nickname, or blog name) were to become an adjective, what would it mean?

It would be called “Roshanism” or “Count Roshcullaism”. I dunno pick one. The adjective would be for honestly, integrity, writing from the heart, being open, unafraid, unapologetic about what one is writing (unless it’s actually an apology), understanding, passionate, picking topics for him and not for others, humourous, self-deprecating even and with a gaze towards the stars.

And there will be an award each year for the writer who showcases such fine displays of Roshanism once I am dead and gone. And the award will be the most prestigious in the world of literature.

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Naked with Black Socks

Are you comfortable in front of people, or does the idea of public speaking make you want to hide in the bathroom? Why?

I found the title to this prompt a bit odd. Naked in public? Ok very embarrassing and scary too. Naked with black socks on? Is it on the feet? Or one black sock placed on the…..manland area?

I guess it depends on the situation and the place. At times I am and I feel right in my element doing so. At times I am not. If my confidence level is up because I have control over the content and I have rehearsed everything then usually I am good to go. Otherwise I would sweat a lot and mumble and stray off topic and generally want the whole damn thing to get over as soon as possible and then make a hasty exit from there.

Hide in the bathroom? I’d build a spaceship and hide on a distant planet.

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All Or Nothing At All

“Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.” — Sylvia Plath. Which do you find more dangerous: wanting nothing, or wanting everything?

I think it’s a catch 22 type of situation if you want it all. Wanting everything means that you will likely never be satisfied because you are always planning and waiting for the things that you don’t have. If you want to keep the next achievement or award or whatever it is that you want as a way to challenge and motivate yourself then I think it’s pretty healthy to do so as long as you also appreciate what it is that you do have and take some moments to cherish them.

Wanting nothing at all is so dangerous. It’s not human at all to not want or desire. That is what fuels us and gives us purposes. It need not be money or fame or anything like that. It can be wanting a peaceful existence or wanting happiness and joy and having a wonderful family life. If you do not want anything at all then you are dead inside, a hollow shell of a being. How can you not want something? No way can a human being want nothing. If they do say so they are liars.

It’s a good balance to have though if you are satisfied with what you have and yet also look forward to something more. Means you will work on it. You will improve yourself and your surroundings. You have a passion to reach out for.

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When Will I Be Loved?

Have you dreamt of becoming famous? What would your claim to fame be? Comedy? Acting? Writing? Race car driving? Go!

Like a million, billion people throughout the years I have dreamed of being famous for something. Like being a beloved actor, singer or musician or a sportsman. To be praised and loved for my talent and art and capabilities and lauded for my achievements and get awards and adulations by the thousands.

In more recent years I have wished I had the ability to be a comedian and a stand up comic in particular. To be able to stand in front of thousands and have them laugh themselves silly and fall out of their seats with rib-tickling humour is awesome and I wish I could that for a living. Or a singer/musician and sing my songs and have the audience being moved to tears and sing the lyrics back at me. That would be amazing!

The oddest thing I would want to have been famous for – a porn star! Hehehehe yes I would love to be a porn star and “perform” for the ladies!

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Fictional Intruder

Go down the rabbit hole with Alice; play quidditch with Harry Potter; float down the river with Huck Finn… If you could choose three fictional events or adventures to experience yourself, what would they be?

Star Trek. The 24th century. If I could see what would the later centuries be like I might go and pick one further on down the years but the 24th century looks good enough for me. Be a young ensign assigned to a big starship and fly to alien worlds and moons and visit the various alien cultures across the galaxy. Neato!

If not that world then I would pick ……. Babylon 5. For much of the same reasons. Flights of fancy. And for a 3rd science fiction event or universe I would pick Stargate. Mainly Stargate Atlantis because I think it was more exciting!

Those are my three picks.

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Time Machine

Congrats! You’re the owner of a new time machine. The catch? It comes in two models, each traveling one way only: the past OR the future. Which do you choose, and why?

Oh this is so hard. Go back in time and see the secrets of this world, find out what really happened and watch things unfold through history or go to the future? Maybe even stop a few things from happening, see some kingdoms change shape and maybe even interfere and change parts of the events.

On the other hand going to the future and see what humankind will be upto is kinda more exciting. See what technology brings us and what strides in advancement we make. Will we evolve beyond what the human form we currently have? Do we improve and advance and make life much better for us or do we mess things up? Do we colonize alien worlds and visit other star systems and make contact with other life forms in space or do we get ourselves annihilated by bitter wars?

All in all I guess the future would be more appealing. Onwards and forward in time.

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Three Coins in the Fountain

Have you ever tossed a coin or two into a fountain and made a wish? Did it come true?

I have never found a fountain anywhere I have been in several years that I could toss a coin into. The ones that I have seen are all artificial ones within building enclosed areas and hence it might be frowned upon to toss a coin into it. I mean they have that for display and ambience purposes and some dude comes in and tosses coins into it just like that. And in these times when most people have trouble getting hard cash in hand and must resort to cashless or wireless transactions!

Anyways if I did believe in such fairytales I would find me a fountain where wishes do come true and I would toss my three coins into it. For my first wish I’d wish that everyone on earth, every human, bird and animal have peace, prosperity and long life never knowing what it means to feel pain, hunger, anger, pain or suffering. For my second wish I’d get rid of religious nonsense and let humanity and humanism prevail and everyone would be mindful of hurting others or pushing their ideas onto anyone else save themselves. And for my third wish I’d wish we’d all, those of us want to anyway, will get their ideal mate and know true love. Especially me.

I know not of any three greater wishes that a dreamer like me can ever wish for.

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Screw The Fates

Do you believe in fate or do you believe you can control your own destiny?

I don’t believe in fate. I mean it seems so depressing if everything is set out for you. I believe that you can make your own destiny and your future if you try hard enough, get the right help and have some luck along the way. Crush the fates, you can do it on your own.

Having said that, circumstances can ruin the best laid plans. You have choices that you made in your life that may affect you throughout the lifespan and it can hinder things that you wanted to get done. Sometimes there is no escaping them. But some really successful people have come through a ton of hardships and thrived. They did better than you or me and we read about them.

So why can’t we do it? I dunno perhaps we aren’t made up of the sterner stuff. We just don’t have the skills or the will power or the desire to achieve what we set out to do. If we can get over that we can control our own destiny.

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Absolute Beauty

We’ve all heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Do you agree? is all beauty contingent on a subjective point of view?

I guess so. I mean there are a lot of things that generally is termed beautiful and most people will agree on them. Be it an object or a person or a painting or whatever. But I think most things and people / animals will not fall under that category and it takes a certain kind of person to think that they are beautiful and not everyone might agree.

And I kind of prefer it that way. I like people, women, who not everyone thinks is beautiful or that beautiful and to be honest it is when I get to know them personally that they become more attractive in my eyes. And I am not sure that everyone else will agree but I do not care. For me someone or something is beautiful because I think that they are so. And that means more to me than anyone else and that’s ok.

I guess that’s what makes people or something special.

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Gone And I Don’t Care

Imagine yourself at the end of your life. What sort of legacy will you leave? Describe the lasting effect you want to have on the world, after you’re gone.

To be honest the way I feel right now, I wouldn’t care less if no one thought about me even for a second after I am gone. I couldn’t care less about leaving a legacy. I am done with life and expecting good things from it. I expect the worst. I have given up.

Nothing I planned with the best of intentions has ever worked out. I have been unlucky in most of the things that I set out to do. I have the worst luck possible and in the end I always end up feeling guilty, lost, lonely and with a terrible sense of regret. I do not want that anymore and I wouldn’t want that to be my legacy either. So why both with one.

So after I’m gone it should be like I never even existed. Gone out in fumes of my funeral pyre and never to be remembered. Done, dusted and dead.

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Judging a Book By It’s Cover

Does it ever make sense to judge a book by its cover — literally or metaphorically? Tell us about a time you did, and whether that was a good decision or not.

Sometimes yes. I know people will say that you can’t and it’s true for the most part. But I think as you gain experience and wisdom over the years a few things stick out. You will be able to point out certain things that stand out and you can say with a good degree of certainity what you can judge about this person or that.

Some cases you may get things incorrect but for the most part it isn’t that difficult. It’s not rocket science. I find myself getting it right over and over again, but mostly in the last 10 years or so. Ever since I turned 30 back in 2006. So I guess it can be seen as a loss of positiveness, naivety, innocence and I guess you could argue about that point but overall it’s gonna be good that you lose some of it.

Now what about books? It depends on the cover and sometimes I can pull up a book from the shelves in a library or book store and I know what I am in for if I were to choose it. Sometimes you can get surprised.

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The Fun Platform

If you were the new leader of your country and had the chance to transform something that’s currently an annoyance (or worse) into a very fun activity, what would it be? How would you go about the change, and why would you choose that particular thing?

So I get elected as the new PM, first thing I would do is make it mandatory for 3 day weekends. Everyone needs some extra time off. Maybe increase the working hours per week if needed but three days off for everyone. Making Friday part of the weekend is excellent.

Now what current annoyance can I make into a fun activity? Public transport. Indian buses, trains and metros are boring and dull. It’s crowded and smelly and mostly everyone not in first class seats in a train can’t wait to get off. SO we’ll make things entertaining and get musicians and entertainers like jugglers, mimes and others to keep things fun. No more boring journeys to work or back again.

I dunno what else. How about court cases that are in the form of musicals? Oh boy, I’d go to court to see those.

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Man Outta Time

Anachronism (noun): an error in chronology; a person or thing that’s chronologically out of place. Write a story in which a person or thing is out of place, or recount a time when you felt out of place.

I know I am not meant for this time. I am a person out of time. I wish I could live way way way into the future in a life which is much better than what we have now. I want to live in a time, say a few hundred or thousands of years in the future where religions do not exist and race, borders and other issues do not separate humans at all. Everyone lives in a society or societies – as we would have expanded out into space and colonized a few planets and moons in the galaxy.

We have no hunger, thirst, physical pain, illness or homelessness. Everyone lives comfortable lives and never lack for anything as we have devised ways to get all materials needed for a luxury life and not to mention food, drink and medicine. We all also have no need for making money and no one has to work to gain money and get these things. Which means no poor or destitute people. No animals who are in pain or hungry as they are all taken care off. Plenty of cats, dogs and other pets have loving homes and humans to take care of them. Traveling is easy as pie and traveling between planets in space is very easy, just like driving from one town to the other.

I want to live in that era. Visiting exotic new planets and meeting alien lifeforms. Getting to befriend many and have fun and avoid the bad ones. Exploring space would be what I want to do.

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I Accept This…

You are receiving an award –- either one that already exists, or a new one created just for you. What would the award be, why are you being honored, and what would you say in your acceptance speech?

I’d like to thank my immediate family members, everyone who believed in me and had faith & trust in me. I’d like to thank the handful of friends who have been my well-wishers and cheerleaders throughout the various stages of my life.

I’d like to thank everyone, living or alive, who have had some effect on me. No matter good or bad something that you said or did has shaped things in my life and made me the person I am today for better or for worse and perhaps without those events happening, I would not have made it here today to accept this award.

To everyone else, bugger off! Peace, out!

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Overload Alert

“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” — Gertrude Stein. Do you agree?

To be truthful, yes we do get an overdose of information on a daily basis, all day long. You go online you are bombarded with information left, right and center. You cannot escape it. You go to Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, BBs, Instagram, etc etc! On your phone you are sent dozens of links on Whatsapp and other chat apps. Can you escape it?

You can either go offline or do what I do or atleast try to do. Sift through the rubble and sewage and find the things that you can really use. Delete the stuff you do not want to read. Pick and choose the news articles and materials and ensure that they are from legitimate sources or people who share legitimate sources. In the end you have to decide what you want to consume on a daily basis. Make the choice! It’s a little hard, especially with confirmation biases instilled into all of us but we have to do it.

If not you end up like a 24hr consumer of garbage, unable to decipher what is genuine and what isn’t.

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From You to You

Write a letter to your 14-year-old self. Tomorrow, write a letter to yourself in 20 years.

Hello darkness my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again! Like it’s a science fiction situation and I can communicate with you from the future, so we are gonna change the timeline.

Ok, so 14 year old me, how you doin? 14 is a cool age, you don’t have too many problems and life is good. Weekends are spend in front of the tv or with your cousins. You can’t wait for the holiday breaks in August & December and the summer holidays because that means spending it with your cousins. Days spent playing football or cricket and evening spent listening to music and watching movies together.

Stay innocent and stay fresh. Go play games and sports and do not fall for that girl in the next year. Chose a different pre-degree college after that heck choose a different major altogether. Do not get caught in the blast and be very very careful. This is you from the future. I am 40 and not happy. We need to change things and you can make wiser decisions that will only benefit you in the long run. Do not make yourself a sorry, lonely guy who has a life full of regrets all these years later.

You can do it! Just stay on the path.

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