What If Memories Were Money? Would You Be Rich?

Yes. I would be a billionaire several time over and give people like Jeff Bezos serious competition for being richer beyond your comprehension. Infact several Arab countries would come to borrow money from me as they would see me as being richer than all of them combined. Why? Because my brain is nothing if not a reservoir of great memories, good memories, some not so good memories and some really bad memories. Ah, the life I have lived. It’s not for the faint of heart.

I would say that the good memories are ofcourse so sweet and precious that it brings a smile to my face. And maybe even a tear when I think back to these wonderful moments that will never come back again. The sad ones and not so good ones are different – it hurts to think about them but at times you can’t just not think about them because something that happened in the present just reminded you of what had happened 5 or 10 or 15 or 20 years ago.

So like I said, I would be rich though not very happy because there are a lot of bad memories or really sad memories in my 45 years. However I try and smile and not get too upset over these ones since I cannot control it or take a time machine and go back to fix things. I wish I could. Maybe if I did become a billionaire many times over, I could invest into getting a time machine and then I can go back in time and fix those wrongs.

Prompt from 31 Blog Post Ideas for September @ A Grande Life

If I Won The Lottery

If you won a lottery, what would you spend it on?

I think I pretty much have answered this question a couple of times on my blog but let’s go with this one. It also depends on how much I win on the lottery. On checking online I am finding different amounts but one of the biggest I could find in India is Rs.1,00,00,000 (which is the equivalent of USD 1,36,218.20) that the winner wins. So ok, let’s say that I win that lottery, minus the 30.90% tax cut, I will receive Rs. 69,10,000.

A new luxury apartment is what I would buy first. I have mentioned it a few times here that I wish I could sell this apartment and move to a new one. One of the biggest reasons I haven’t is that, well we don’t have much money. Either I have to sell first and then use that money to buy the new place. Finding a place to live in the meanwhile is a problem. I, dad & mum could stay at my sister’s place but I wouldn’t want to impose too much. So winning a lottery would be great.

I would buy a nice, big apartment in the city and move our belongings to it. A nice and spacious 3 bedroom place. Then I would sell this place and keep that money in the bank or spend it to buy a few furniture and decor for the apartment. The rest will ofcourse go into my bank account or as investment.

Prompt from 30 September Blog Post Ideas at The Frangipani Initiative

Lake Side Cozy Cabin Next To A Snow Capped Mountain

What’s your favorite activity to do at the beach or lake?

I would love to find a nice cozy cabin or home next to a lake next to a snow capped mountains. I don’t want to have too much snow on the ground level where the cabin is but there mountains can be heavily snow capped and it can be chili and a bit cold where the cabin is but ofcourse there will be a large fireplace and also electric heater to keep things warm and toasty.

Now I don’t want just a log cabin – I want the modern amenities inside the log cabin. Proper nice bedrooms with a big comfy bed. Bathroom with proper running water, shower, toilet and bidet, sink and mirror. High speed internet and a big screen tv. Proper kitchen, stocked to the brim with all sorts of meat & veggies, drinks and goodies. Nice living room with big sofas, lush carpet and yes that big ole fireplace. Some entertainment stuff like a pool table, darts etc.

I can imagine myself just sitting there on a big chair next to the lake, drinking my morning coffee. Enjoying the waters and the view of the snow capped mountains. Drinking coffee and fishing at the lake. Or taking the boat and cruising on the lake. Come the evenings and it’s family time in the living room, burning logs on the fire place keeping the rooms cozy and warm. Golden retriever, 2 cats and a black lab/Dalmatian dog all settling themselves on big pet beds in front of the fireplace, half asleep with the cold breeze outside but us feeling warm and safe inside.

Me cooking up some big old pork chops with grilled veggies while my female partner opens up a bottle of wine. She places a glass for me, while she takes a sip from her glass and goes to pet the fur babies who shower her with love. Food ready, we first serve the pets and the settle down for a nice meal and conversation. Dinner all done, the pets with their bellies full are back on the beds next to the fireplace while she and I cuddle with a blanket on the sofa facing the fireplace before picking a movie to watch.

Nice! I love that kind of life.

Prompt from SEPTEMBER BLOG AND JOURNAL PROMPTS From Living A Sunshine Life

If I Could Change The World & All Of Humanity

If you could change the world in one way, what would you do?

Hmmm this is a very interesting question and I guess the most obvious one, for me as I am an atheist, is to make everyone who is religious realize that they believe in one of the biggest lies ever created by man and that they stop falling for this farce. However, that alone will not help to change the current situation. Instead I would make a different wish and that is that every human falls in love with humanity and that they won’t be able to bear any fellow human to ever be in pain or suffering or live in poverty, hunger & illness.

This way I think everyone will work towards the betterment of humanity. The really rich people will donate most of their excess money in millions to the poor. Everyone will be able to live in a nice, safe and cozy house. People will all have enough money to feed themselves and to get medicines and enough to live on. Their kids will never be hungry. Their pets will be safe and happy and cozy inside the homes of their humans too. Because pets are family and they make us humans happy and loved. So yeah they took are safe and sound and humans only love them, feed them and play with them and never hurt them.

So we also won’t have wars or murders or fights or rapes because every human will want to keep other humans safe & happy. With this one wish I think I can help all of humanity and some cats, dogs and other pets.

Prompt from SEPTEMBER BLOG AND JOURNAL PROMPTS From Living A Sunshine Life

If Someone Just Gave Me A Million Dollars

What would you do if someone gave you one million dollars?

Well 1 million dollars US would be Rs.7,30,65,000.00. If someone gave me one million dollars, I am retiring! I would have enough money in the bank and invest a lot of it and yet life out a comfortable life as long as I don’t go crazy and spend it all. Heck, yeah I am retiring.

I would definitely host a party. The decorations will be something resembling this pic above. I would just have a nice big party and call all my relatives and close friends and make sure that it is a party they will never forget. There will be food and drinks galore. Ot will be a blast.

Then I will settle into a quiet life of living in peace. No excel sheets or Powerpoint presentations or dumb emails to reply to. No meetings or unnecessary conference calls. No having to listen and bear the egos of assholes in corporate offices. And I will enjoy my days with movies & tv shows and music and maybe get a new place to stay. Perhaps get a dog and go for long walks.

Prompt from SEPTEMBER BLOG AND JOURNAL PROMPTS From Living A Sunshine Life

Earth’s Population :It Can’t Go On Forever

Your thoughts on the state of the world’s population (World Population Day, 11th)- this can get a bit controversial!

Controversial my ass! This earth is overpopulated when it comes to humans. And, sorry to say this if you get easily butt hurt, but there are certain sections of humanity, especially belonging to a couple of religious sects, who seem to want to manufacture as many kids as they can and they even have their religious leaders encouraging their women to bear as many as they can to further their cause. This won’t last long!

There is only so much resources that this planet can bear to spare and it seems that we are so greedy, wanting more and more. The earth is doing as much as it can to try and provide all that we want & need but she too has her limits. One day things will start to get really difficult for us unless we can find ways of getting what we want without over taxing the earth. Or what we need to do is invest in space travel so we can find alternate sources out there in the galaxy, colonize a few planets and moons.

Sometimes I feel like the earth has had enough of us and from time to time lets loose a virus that leads to a pandemic and new diseases that can kill off huge sections of society. Mostly humans. Or a few earthquakes and tsunamis. Wipe out as much life as possible and start over again.

Prompt from 57 Fun Writing Prompts & Blog Post Ideas for July @ Pretty Opinionated

End Of The Earth?

There have been many end of the earth prophecies. In most cases it is just the end of life on earth as the planet continues to exist after all life is snuffed out. In extreme religious prophecies (which is nuttier than a 10kg bag of nuts) either all life is killed off or the planet itself gets destroyed. While I do not believe in any of that nonsensical religious drivel, I do think that it is possible that the earth could be destroyed and broken into fragments in the far future or that all life could die out and the planet be left to exist as a barren piece of rock.

Why? This is because I know that there are a lot more planets that are devoid of life and only 1 – that we know – of that has life. While it is possible that there is some planet or planets out there that has life and perhaps intelligent life, I have no proof of that. But I do see planets that do not have an life and some look like they have been decimated by changes. Like perhaps a huge catastrophic global event takes place and the volcanoes erupt, the oceans overflow and flood the lands and all life is destroyed. Or our earth gets peppered by asteroids or a giant meteor or two and life gets wiped out.

At the moment I don’t humanity has reached the kind of level to extinguish all life on earth but I guess some time down the line we might be capable of creation bombs and weapons that can destroy us all. Imagine two superpowers, run by mad politicians and leaders hell bent on all out war and drunk on power, pressing the button for sending out several such bombs out to hit their intended targets and the resulting blasts wipe out everything in it’s path and this causes every known animal, plant, insect and birds to get wiped out and it doesn’t even leave the tiniest of creatures alive. Can you imagine that? What if we don’t do any of this and continue to live out without pressing that button? How will the earth eventually die out?

In about one billion years, the solar luminosity will be 10% higher than at present. This will cause the atmosphere to become a “moist greenhouse”, resulting in a runaway evaporation of the oceans. As a likely consequence, plate tectonics will come to an end, and with them the entire carbon cycle. Following this event, in about 2–3 billion years, the planet’s magnetic dynamo may cease, causing the magnetosphere to decay and leading to an accelerated loss of volatiles from the outer atmosphere. Four billion years from now, the increase in the Earth’s surface temperature will cause a runaway greenhouse effect, heating the surface enough to melt it. By that point, all life on the Earth will be extinct. The most probable fate of the planet is absorption by the Sun in about 7.5 billion years, after the star has entered the red giant phase and expanded beyond the planet’s current orbit

The Spectacular Universe

If you were on a spaceship, what would you be most excited about seeing?

I wish I could actually do that. Long time readers and people who know me well enough know that I dream about going out to space in a Star Trek style spaceship. My ultimate dream is to fly in space or travel through space and visit various alien planets, moons and asteroids go through all the planetary systems in different star clusters across this galaxy and the others. So if I could be the first astronaut to arrive on a new, uncharted planet (what do you mean by new anyways? A newly formed planet or just new to us?) I would be ecstatic.

I would be in awe of the grandiose of the universe and the beauty, vastness and spectacle of space. Looking at the various planets, stars, star systems, moons, asteroids and comets. Do some of these planets and moons have life on them? Do they have intelligent life? Can we land on some of these planets and moons and meet these aliens? Can we talk to them and exchange pleasantries, exchange culture, food, history and technology? Strike up a friendship and alliance?

Or will it be the other way around? Will they see us as a threat or someone to fear or conquer? Maybe they are hostile and see any and all alien species as one to attack and victor over and then make into slaves. Will we have to form a force filled with starships armed with weapons to fight against them bad aliens? We would prefer not to but maybe we may have to just to defend ourselves and our way of life, after giving the bad aliens enough chances to reconsider their approach and instead make peace with us.

But mostly I want to explore the galaxy and the rest of the universe.

Prompt from Lalilo June ’21 Writing Prompt Calendar

Frustrating Customers

What type of customer email are you most frustrated with?

If you have worked in customer care you have probably dealt with all sort of types. Some of the worst human beings and entitled scum are contacting you face to face or on chat, phone or email. From really sarcastic emails to abusive contacts, you run the gamut. The whining and stupid questions and unrealistic demands are astounding.

Ok you ordered something and we have shipped it via UPS or FedEx or somebody and now you have changed your mind and want to cancel it. Once it is shipped the only thing you can do is to ask the carrier to return it if they can or ship it back. That is common sense. What? You upset about it? What do you want us to do – run behind the van carrying your package and grab the driver and tell him to stop? Are you that entitled or just that fucking stupid?

Another one that I hate is when someone sends just a screenshot or a pic and nothing else. No texts, no explanations. Nothing mentioned in the title or anything. We do not work with telepathy over here, asshole!

1000000

What would I do with 1 million USD? That would be Rs. 7,30,92,250 after the currency conversion.  First of all, I would quit. Just call up and say “I quit” and then accept retirement. What wouldn’t I do with that kind of money! Just to give you a perspective, some of the biggest luxury apartments (about the size of 2 large 3 bedroom regular apartments) are half a crore.

So I would buy 3 of those – 1 for my parents, 1 for my sister and her family and 1 for me. With the rest of the money, I’d invest some of it so that it gives me a bunch of savings off the interests. I’d travel a bit, live in luxury 5 star hotels and buy the latest gadgets. I’d enjoy seeing the places that I have always wanted to see but mostly I’d live a quiet life.

I’d want a quiet almost retired life. Stay in and enjoy not having to worry about money or work and all that stuff. I’d live my life and enjoy indulging in my hobbies and just relax for the rest of my life. I’d be a very boring rich guy but I don’t mind.

Prompt from Keeping a Journal in 2020: Journaling Prompts

My Secret Desire?

What’s your secret desire?

I have this wish that I find a very powerful genie who is trapped in a lamp. I set it free and in return I become it’s master and instead of just 3 wishes and then the genie can go free, this is different. This genie is now forever mine to command and he can make every wish of mine come true. Anything at all including changing looks and appearances and shapes.

So I make wishes and my life changed. I become 6 inches taller, slimmer and more athletic. And my dick becomes much bigger. My bank balance grows as if I have won this large lottery. I can now buy a large luxury apartment and decorate it as I want. Heck I can buy 3 or 4 apartments and some houses. My parents, sister and her family and my cousins, aunts & uncles are all well looked after and they all get plenty of money to burn through for fun, courtesy of my wishes.

I get an expensive private jet and travel to all the places I have wanted to go and spend money there enjoying stays in the best hotels and indulging in niceties. Rome, Milan, Vancouver, New York, Montreal, LA, Las Vegas, Vienna, Singapore, Sydney, London etc. I also can attract any beautiful gorgeous woman I set my eyes on and fuck them in my beds. Give them the best sexual pleasure that they can ever imagine, and in some cases more than they ever imagined was possible. That is the life!

And that is my secret desire.

Prompt from 119 Journal Prompts for Your Journal Jar

Never Believed In Santa

How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa?

Err.. zero? Not being from a Christian family in a Western country, I never did believe in Santa Claus. I remember learning about Santa, seeing him in movies and tv shows and seeing people dressed up in Santa outfits handing out gifts but I have never believed that he was a real figure. Heck, at the age of 14 I even dressed up as Santa for school.

It seems very odd to me that parents in the West, especially the mothers in my observations, make a huge deal about Santa Claus for their kids and then make another big fuss about telling them that Santa isn’t real. Like “when do I tell my kids? What age is the correct one? I don’t think I am ready for my kids to know about Santa not being real?” Seriously there are so much other stuff worth worrying about and focusing your time on.

So no I never believed in Santa Claus. I have always known that he is made up and infact I researched the origins of Santa by the time that I had turned 13-14. But….Rudolf is real, right? Tell me he is, please!

Prompt from 31 December Writing Prompts at Mama Kat’s Losing it

We Need Replicators

What Would You Invent to Make the World a Better Place?

I have a couple of ideas. Replicators as seen in Star Trek TNG onwards! Think about it; we could wipe out poverty, hunger, homelessness in one giant swoop. We would no longer have anyone hungry if I could come up with one replicator that can then conjure up replicators for all. So you can replicate parts for big homes for everyone. No homelessness! Food and drink – and most importantly, all kinds of food and drink so you have all the choice in the world – without having to cook will be available, so no one goes hungry. Build that house, get some luxury in your life and sleep in peace after a nice meal.

And you also get access to medicine easily. No more going to a store or waiting for it to get delivered to you. Press a button, name your item and boom it is now there with you. Medicine and food for your pets. Want to host a impromptu party for your friends or relatives coming over? No more slaving in the kitchen. Create your own menu or a buffet or let the individual folks decide what they want to chow down on that day. Drinks party! Pizza party! Beer party! It would be so much fun.

Prompt from The Learning Network At The New York Times

Some Day, I Too!

Why Do We Like to Watch Rich People on TV and in the Movies?

It’s the very human behaviour of trying to think of ourselves as being in that position of wealth and fame. We look at rich people, they way they live and spend money, their cars, the way they dress, the way they travel and play and we want that as well. It’s simple and it’s the reason why people strive to do better.

Why do we buy lottery tickets? It’s the glimmer of hope that someday, with a lot of luck, I too may win the big bucks and then I will swim in it. I want a whole lotta money so I can buy a big, new house. Or a couple of large apartments. Give my family a break and buy them all the things that they want. When the pandemic is finally over, take them on a holiday. Give them luxuries that they deserve. Have a big party, the party to end all parties!

That’s why we love to see how the rich people live. Cause we also want to live that way or do it bigger & better.

Prompt from 401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing at The New York Times

What Role Will Robots Play In Our Future?

This is a tricky question for a scifi fanatic like me. Because we all know what the cylons in the reboot BSG do to the humans once they evolve past a certain stage.

Anyways, what I truly wish and hope that we do is that we get robots to do some tasks for us that are or can be dangerous. We make the robots in such a way that they are not damaged or ‘harmed” in any way when they do those tasks and jobs. Like for example security jobs and driving vehicles at night. Hey, since they will be programmed well we can totally avoid any sort or accidents and mishaps.

Then we should also look for making robots to be working trains, planes, cars – they won’t fall asleep or get tired late at night. It would be much safer. Then look at getting robots for residential and domestic help. Dad & mom could use a robot or two – with softer hands yet strong bodies – to help around the house and also to raise the kids. You need a feminine looking robot for help around the house and cooking, being nanny and helping to take care of the kids, feed them and do some of the housework. Along with a more masculine looking robot to help dad with his work, do some of the driving and helping with chores around the house as well as being companion to the dad while the female one is companion for the mum.

Hopefully by this time humans would have united and gotten rid of the poverty and crime and stand united as one race. We can then fully expect to travel the galaxy and see other planets and we will need protection from possible hostile alien races or just need help from the elements in other planets and moons. For that we will need militarized robots or robots that can wield weapons and fly our ships and other vehicles and help us. That is what I hope happens.

Prompt from 401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing at The New York Times

4 Day Weeks? Yes Please

Should the Week Be Four Days Instead of Five?

Yes please. I think in Finland or somewhere they have started implementing it and making the 4 day work week and 3 day weekends possible for a few companies and they found that productivity has improved. Don’t you too want that India?

India is a sucking work nation because a) a lot of companies make you work 6 days (so only Sunday holiday) b) they expect you to extend your work beyond the 9 hours without extra pay and c) you can be expected to drop everything else and work if needed even if you aren’t scheduled to work at that hour or day.

It would be best to have 3 day weekends. All the time. Saturday to party and drink, Sunday to recover – we need one more day. So give us Friday as well. Friday to party, Saturday to recover and Sunday to relax.

Prompt From 130 New Prompts for Argumentative Writing at The New York Times

Do We Crank Up The A.C. Too High?

I don’t think so. And it depends on where in the world you actually live. Over here, if anything it has actually become hotter and more humid each year. While the monsoon season has been very pleasant, with hardly any thunder and lightning this year but we have needed the ac cranked up during the end of February, March & April!

Boy was it hot. It was the most & humid than the past few years. I feel that it is getting worse each year. Each year passes and the weather here gets more hot and more humid. How the heck do people have sex in this weather without an AC? I mean they will slip and slide off each other with all that sweat and effort they have to do to have sex? I bet accidents would happen a lot during the March & April months. Hospital staff attending to broken bones and sprains asking how it happened? “We were having sex!” Staff “In the middle of April? Are you too fucking stupid?”

So I think we will be depending more and more on air-conditioners as the years go on and summers get worse and worse. Eventually we might need a suit with a built in ac just to get out of the home!

Prompt from 401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing at The New York Times

Should Everyone Learn At Least One Other Language?

Absolutely. I think everyone should learn their own language and one other. If your native language isn’t English, then learn English. If you can learn one more language, I would suggest Mandarin/Cantonese or French. If English if your native language learn French or Arabic or Spanish or Italian or Russian or Farsi or Greek or Mandarin/Cantonese or Japanese.

I speak 3 languages, two fluently and the other, Hindi, I have less practice speaking it and hence it isn’t as good. I cannot read and write Malayalam but I can speak it. That’s because I never learned to read and write it in school but obviously living here since the age of 11 I picked it up and that is what I speak most of the time. Hindi I learned in school but after that I have barely used it at all since we don’t speak Hindi here. It’s Malayalam and English.

It’s good to know more languages, in my opinion as it broadens your understanding of other cultures and also improves your communication with people of other nations.

Prompt from 401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing at the New York Times