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

10 Tips For Night Shift Work @ Home

The night shift. Most of us dread it and some fear it. There are some crazy souls who do like the night shift as they feel like their city takes on a whole different look and feel when they go out at the night time. I have trained a bunch of folks in Hyderabad who like the 9 pm to 6 am shift. That’s great for you crazy people. The rest of us have to prepare ourselves for it. So I am working a 10:30 pm to 7:30 am shift this week and possibly the next 2 more weeks as well.

Here are some of my tips for people in the night shift especially if you working from home:

1.Wear comfortable clothes – it doesn’t even matter if you are wearing you jammies. I wear my lungi, which are like Indian pyjamas, and a shirt. If I wore t-shirts then I would chose them instead.

2. Have you dinner by 8 or 8:30 pm. You do not want to feel very heavy right when you have to start your shift. And avoid heavy foods or spicy food as much as you can.

3. Arrange your breaks for every 2 hours, the same as you would have in a normal day shift. You need, deserve and have a right to those breaks. And walk around even if it just in your home or apartment during those breaks. Stretch if you can.

4. Make sure to drink a lot of water in between. Gotta stay hydrated. And avoid really cold water, though slightly chilled is fine.

5. For snacks try to get biscuits or fruit. I like what I call my “apple breaks” in that I keep chilled pieces of apple in my fridge and have them at 2 am or so. Keeps me feeling fresh. Grapes, pears and bananas are also awesome snacks.

6. Coffee or tea. Yeah, I need my caffine kick. But I have tried to keep it to just one coffee a night shift. Strong and black and usually at around 4 am which is when I start to feel a drowsy and tired.

7. Plan your breakfast. What I do is I give both myself and my batch of trainees, if I have one, a break at around 6 am. For them it will be breakfast is what I was told and for me it is to go and make my breakfast. I try to eat my breakfast at around that time or prepare something that I can eat quickly at 7:30 am. Soon as I finish the shift.

8. Don’t stay up after that. Breakfast done, I either go to bed straight away or lie in bed and watch a little tv until I feel my eyelids get heavy so I can sleep as much as I can.

9. Naps are great. If you haven’t got enough sleep during the day, a light nap will do wonders. This could be between the hours of 7 and 9. Not later than that.

10. Don’t go out during the day, unless it is a quick trip for groceries or anything else that you really need. I don’t want to feel even more tired than I actually need to be.

What Would You Do if You Won the Lottery?

What Would You Do if You Won the Lottery?

How much money? Let’s say that the money is Rs.609 million or Rs.60.9 crore; that is the largest lottery available in India accordingly to a Google search that I just did. So Rs. 60.9 crores is a huge amount of money. I would even be happy with 1 or 2 crore but for the sake of this blog post let’s take it that I do win that amount of money as lottery prize winnings.

Ok, so the tax will be around 30%, which be around 18 crores. Whew! that means I only get Rs.42.9 crores to take home. Still that is a huge, huge sum of money. Or what I could do is give some of it for charity meaning that it’s tax deductible and I can save some money there. But still I got over 42 crores! I am gonna get a huge mansion, decked out with all the bells and whistles. Luxury sofas, bed, massagers, huge pool, movie theatre, cars, Harley Davidsons, etc etc. And I’d get another one, a much bigger mansion and I’ll give that to my parents and sister and her family.

Then I would travel the world, on a big luxury liner and take my parents on a big ole holiday so they can see the places as well. Europe, parts of Asia, Australia and North America. And then I would retire and live out the rest of my life without worrying about money as I would have invested the rest of the cash and live off a luxury life with it.

Prompt from 650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing at The New York Times

Newspaper Waste

When I go down to the lobby waiting for a food or grocery delivery or to pick up my mail/packages one of the things I notice that is piling up and pushed to one corner are newspapers. Every few days I check them out and find that they dates keep changing but the pile is still there. For example, this evening when I went to pickup the groceries from the delivery guy, I checked out the big pile of newspapers – some of them were from Monday & Tuesday. Someone is not picking up their paper!

This has been going on for a while. I guess someone, perhaps the president or secretary of the building is getting them thrown away after it keeps piling up. I have no clue as to why you would still be subscribing to the newspapers if you do not plan to read them or even pick them up and take them to your apartment. It’s a waste of paper and it’s ridiculous that they are just being wasted.

I guess in a few years the newspaper industry as a physical paper will eventually die down. It may take a lot longer in the case of developing nations like India because older people and people in the below poverty levels will want to get the newspaper as they cannot get used to digital media or don’t have the means to. But it will eventually die down someday.

Weddings Are A Smaller Affair Now

In the middle of this pandemic, there have been a few weddings (that I know of). A new recruit to our office in Hyderabad (who I trained for 3 weeks) just got married yesterday. There were less than 50 people (split equally amongst his and her family and with Covid-19, weddings are restricted to 50 people per event), it was not done in a temple but in a hall (so that the gods don’t catch Corona) and it was a pretty dignified and quiet affair.

Weddings can happen this way too. I don’t like crowds and would prefer something like this – a quiet non-crowded way. You also don’t need a ton of gold and a poojari and a bunch of religious rituals that are nonsense at best. You need to have a 300 plus crowd and saying hello and namaste to people who you have barely met before and probably a ton of folks who you haven’t met either.

If you are for large weddings, more power to you. To each his own.

Pissed Off At India Post

Really irritated by India Post. At times I think the postmen’s brain is located in their assholes! Fucking morons.

Every other package and letter is left on the table in front of the building. I have been waiting for a package that has been hard to find and especially with a lot of sellers on Amazon & eBay not shipping to some parts of Asia and India. Then I find this item for sale from a seller and it’s cheap! Yay, but its been here in Kochi for several days and the postman leaves a note on the tracking “Door is closed”.

What the fuck, asshole? Leave it there and I will pick it up.

Coffee Table Books

I am confused by the nature of coffee table books. I mean, why would you have a book, that is probably more expensive that the regular ones, as a decoration item for your living room furniture? I mean, I like having nice books in my collection but coffee table books for the sake of having something on your table?

A coffee table book is an oversized, usually hard-covered book whose purpose is for display on a table intended for use in an area in which one entertains guests and from which it can serve to inspire conversation or pass the time. Subject matter is predominantly non-fiction and pictorial (a photo-book). Pages consist mainly of photographs and illustrations, accompanied by captions and small blocks of text, as opposed to long prose.

When I look at some of the titles and covers that some people have in their home, it looks like they bought those books because someone else told them to and not because they wanted to read it or go through it themselves. Or they wanted something pretty for the coffee table and someone suggested “Why not get some coffee table books” and they went into a book store or went online and bought some books based on the covers and not the content. Aren’t we not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover though. Granted some coffee table books, especially based on photography are gorgeous inside and out and so if you like the subject matter, go for it. I have a few that I would like as well.

What was that idea and book that Cosmo Kramer came out with in Seinfeld? A coffee table book about coffee tables. And it’s full of pictures of celebrities coffee tables and then Kramer responds with “if u dont have a coffee table, it turns into one!” Hahaha. Now that is a book I would want on my table.

What Animal Are You Most Like?

I am a loyal and good friend.

I can wait for hours and hours just to be with you and will welcome you with lots of love. I will also tell you how much I missed you.

I get upset when you are not around and will usually spend my time apart from you lying in wait for the moment that I see you again. I might nap during that time but I will have dreams of you.

I would love to play with you. I also love to cuddle with you and that is probably my favourite thing to do. I love to lay on the comfy bed and spoon with you as we watch movies and later drift off to sleep.

I just realized that I am a dog! A sweet, loving and loyal Golden Retriever!

Prompt from Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing at The New York Times

Finish this sentence: Life is to0 short to…

Life is too short to waste while worrying about pleasing everyone. Especially people who don’t care about you!

Life is too short to worry about death! Or what you think will happen after death!

Life is too short to pander to political & religious assholes!

Life is too short to worship a genocidal, ego maniacal, pedophile, war morning, mass murdering holier than thou asshole!

Life is too short to try and life it for someone else. No matter who! We got just one life to live!

Life is too short to waste it on bad music, bad movies & tv shows! Watch/listen to what you love, no matter if it was from a time before you were born!

Life is too short to not be yourself!

Prompt from 31 Days Of Writing Prompts For August at the SitsGirls

My Superpowers!

What superpower would you like to have?

The ability to transport myself to any place in the world in an instant. Think of the time I’ll save on the commute. I could spend all that extra time for myself and on myself. That would be a very cool ability to have.

I would also like the ability to create anything or maybe I should say, the ability to bring anything that I want and can think off appear in front of me. Like a replicator in Star Trek but this is with my superpower and not using technology. So I guess I should say that I would also like the ability to make things appear and disappear with just a thought. Anything at all!

I would also like to heal myself and anyone else with just my mind or a touch. Seriously!

Bear Hugs

Do women still like teddy bears? Young girls atleast I think will still love them. I know kids do and maybe young girls in the late teens and perhaps in their early 20s. What about beyond those ages?

The reason I ask is I haven’t bought a romantic gift for a woman in a long, long time. Atleast not the way I used to. I have bought the teddy bear or two for my girlfriend during my ages of 17 to 23 but since then I haven’t had a lover. I have bought a teddy bear for a couple of friends and colleagues on their birthday or like a farewell gift but it isn’t with a romantic intention. It’s only because they are nice cute people and I don’t really know what to gift a girl/woman.

So I fall back on stuffed toys or soft toys and to be honest who wouldn’t love a soft teddy bear or like any other animal toy like a dog or something to have in your room. Heck, even I have been gifted a small teddy bear twice in my life and both times after I hit 30. And both times it was by girls. I think they are trying to tell me something.

Cell Phone Useage & Politeness

What are your rules for courteous cell phone use?

Aha, one of my pet peeves! This prompt is good. I personally feel that you should be able to use your phone wherever you are and whenever you need to. But there are exceptions when it comes to disturbing other people. Just be courteous and we’re all good. I hate it when people leave their phones on full volume while in the theatre and the movie has started and you hear their stupid ring tone loud and clear.

I hate it when people let their phones ring in public for a long time. In the bus, in the mall, in the public bathroom. Pick up the damn phone, asshole! No one wants to listen to your stupid phone ring out all day! We have a lot of noise as it is. Trying to take a piss or a shit in the public bathroom stall and then your phone keeps ringing out and you do not pick up – only if you aren’t taking a piss yourself. Cause then I know your hands are busy and you may want to wash your hands first before picking up your precious phone.

Also speaking very loudly while in public. Please stop doing that. It’s so fucking rude. Other than that payday loans providers we are good. Have your phone, speak to people, use the apps. Just be courtesous.

Prompt by 31 Days Of July Writing Prompts at the SitsGirls

On Donuts

National Doughnut Day! Will you be celebrating with homemade doughnuts or picking up a box at the store? Share your best doughnut story or recipe.

I am not the biggest fan of doughnuts / donuts but on the odd occasion I get a craving for a nice & fresh donut. Very few times have I had a really good one and I find that it’s either average or really good. Ever since I can remember having donuts in India, it’s usually a very bad donut base with a chocolate glaze that kinda makes up for the lack of taste of the dough, just because it’s chocolate.

That leaves one less satisfied. Now, please understand that this is the case where I live. In the recent years we have had some improvement and there exists a few places – just a couple – where the donuts that they serve are mostly good to really good. Still we do not have them major chains in our fair state.

While in Chennai & Delhi respectively I was able to sample some really good donuts from Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts. The difference in taste is amazing! While I understand that the best donuts might not be from a chain but a small store run by a mom n pop in some small town, those towns and shops are nowhere near me. So I must rely on the major chains if I want a really good one or find a one of bakery or shop that does serve halfway decent wares.

Flip flops Or Bare feet?

Flip flops or bare feet? What does summer comfort look like in your world?

Why would you want to walk around bare foot? I mean there’s lots of things out there that could hurt the soles of your feet. You could get them cut and maybe get an infection if you step on something that is sharp and has dirty or germs or something else. You could step in shit or other disgusting things. Or plain just get your feet dirty. I would prefer to wear a comfortable pair of flip flops.

I rarely do wear flip flops unless my toe nails are neatly clipped and clean. I am not used to walking on the roads in flip flops and therefore I would prefer to use my shoes instead. But if it’s around the home or just to the corner shop nearby or riding in a car and just going to a relative’s house and then coming back home without having to walk outside a bunch, then I wouldn’t mind wearing flip flops. It’s very comfortable and easy to wear and your feet aren’t restricted by socks and the full cover of a shoe.

So yeah, flip flops is it and I wouldn’t mind getting a new pair for myself.

How Much of a Daredevil Are You?

How Much of a Daredevil Are You?

Apparently not at all. I am the opposite of a daredevil. I’m more like a boreangel. If that could be the opposite of a daredevil. I checked out this list of things to do that a daredevil wants to do, according to the website Whiskeyriff, and I gotta say that I haven’t even come close to doing any of these things.

  • Skydiving.
  • Bungee jumping.
  • Scuba diving.
  • Cage diving.
  • Cliff jumping.
  • Bull riding.
  • Powerboating.
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Hot air ballooning.
  • Go zero-gravity

Out of these I would love to go on a hot air balloon and definetely go zero-gravity. The latter is something I have wanted to alliance and leicester loans do for a very long time. Other than that I don’t want to try any of the others.

Prompt from The Living Network at The New York Times

Nothing Rhymes With Orange?

My whole world has come crashing down.

Apparently, the ageless rumor that orange doesn’t rhyme with any other word is (unfortunately?) incorrect. Orange rhymes with Blorenge  (a mountain in Wales) and sporange (a technical word for a sac where spores are made). Now I don’t know how well those would go in a song or a poem.

I went hiking up Mount Blorenge,

in search of the elusive juicy orange,

but I ended up getting deadly ill

as I stepped into a sporange

But there are words without a rhyming partner. Bulb comes from the Ancient Greek word for onion, bolbas. In the early 1800s, the word was applied to scientific instruments of a similar shape, including the thermometer bulb and the light bulb. It still hasn’t found a word to rhyme with though.

And, then there’s the rhymeless angel, which comes from the Greek word, angelos, which meant “messenger of God.” Finally, the common -th ending takes on many different pronunciations, but the one used for the word month renders it without a rhyming partner.

The Perfect Saturday?

What ingredients instant laons make a perfect Saturday?

I dunno, there are a lot of things. Like a day in can be…..maybe a late morning wake up having slept in very peacefully. Coffee and eggs for breakfast with toast. Some juice maybe. Order in a pizza for lunch and have a lazy afternoon while watching some scifi movie or tv show.

The evening I would like to go out with friends and have samplers and starters while drinking copious amounts of beer. Come home to a rainy night with a beautiful breeze and watch some more tv shows or movies as the night goes on and I finally fall asleep.

Oh I forget, I need some rock n’roll playing throughout the times that I am not watching tv.

Prompts from 31 Days of Writing Prompts at The SitsGirls

Paws For Thought

I wish I could keep a dog here in this apartment. I miss having a dog as my companion, pet and  best friend. Hell, I wish I could Shawny back.

Shawny, as some of you will know, was my beloved Golden loans for people on ssi Retriever who was with me from 1995 to 2004. I miss her a lot. I think about her every day and in my dreams in which I am in a nicer place or somewhere in a futuristic Star Trek-ish, traveling the universe in a sleek spaceship (with a crew or just a couple of robots) and Shawny is always there by my side. We are both alive and young in this time and so is every other human – no one ages and dies. Well ages a bit but we don’t die. So none of your pets die and neither do you as we have advanced medically to such a stage.

A few days ago, while waiting for a cab, I was standing outside the gate when a man who lives nearby was walking his dog. A male Beagle. The dog looked so regal and majestic and kinda big for a beagle but he was nice looking. I wanted to pet him but it’s kinda odd to go and pet a stranger’s dog. I just admired him from the opposite side of the road and asked the man if that was a beagle and he said yes. Ah, lucky bugger to have the dog in his life. I feel like a dog owner who doesn’t have a dog. I want a dog but then I want my Shawny too. If only…