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 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 installment loans poor credit 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 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 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…

Talking About The Generation I Wish I Lived In

What generation do you wish you grew up in?

I wish I could have been born and raised in the Star Trek generation. Specifically the era from The Next Generation to the post Nemesis era. Infact let’s go even further and let’s just say that humanity & our allies have progressed even further.

Where humanity is not restricted to earth though it is almost like a paradise but you still have several beautiful planets where you can reside for a few years and then stay elsewhere and get to enjoy all these place. And where you can easily move from one place to another as easily as you travel from one city to another another but instead you travel in the luxurious comfort of a spaceship that is like a home or house or even like a nice hotel room. And you don’t have to worry about packing stuff or leaving pets behind.

No religion, no bullshit rules holding us back, no racism or bigotry and humans acting as one. Exploring the universe and seeing just what’s out there.

Prompt from 30 Days of April Writing Prompts at The SitsGirls

The Kids Are Happy

The school exams are over. Not that I was writing it but yeah the kids are all celebrating from this evening. For the last few weeks there has been less traffic on the streets as the parents of kids who have exams are also staying at home and ensuring that junior & Miss junior keeps their nose in those textbooks and study as hard as possible. But that is gonna change.

These kids, including my 12 year old niece, are now gonna enjoy their summer holidays. They will go out for movies, for sports, for activities that include participating in sports and learning one, learning arts and singing or maybe pick up an instrument and learn how to create music. They will go to the theme parks and play games and have sleepovers with their friends and cousins.

I miss that. I miss those simpler times. I loved the vacations and enjoy mine to the max. Have a great summer holidays kids. Things are only gonna get worse!

Melon Watermelon

Oh man, it is terribly hot and humid. I do not feel like drinking coffee or just plain water. I wanna bath in ice water and lie in a bathtub of ice water. I wanna jump into a pool filled with really cold ice cream milkshake and just let the stuff slip and slide all over my naked body. Ok I might want to have a full body shave or wax all over before I do that.

But what I really crave is cold watermelon. It is tasty and cools you down a lot. I remember thinking about this this whole day. Today has been hot & bloody humid. It doesn’t help that I just had a dinner that had had a really hot mushroom curry. It is burning in my chest and belly at the moment.

Anyways, coincidence – mom & dad happened to have visited the nearby fruit stall on their way home from a walk and they bought a large watermelon which is chilling in the fridge. I cut up a few slices which are too cold so I am waiting for it not be too cold so I can easily eat it. But it will be juicy and it will be sweet and it will down as a treat. And cool myself down really well.

Grouchy Be Gone

How do you cheer up a grouchy person?

It totally depends on the person. I have no set standards but a funny joke is usually the best option. Play some funny songs (music videos if you have them), funny fart noises always seem to work. Trust me, fart noises always do the trick.

Watch a funny movie always does the job. Off the top of my head I can think of 10 movies I would watch and make other people watch to chase away the grouchiness. Or sit and talk about the good times over a beer or two. Have some good food. Maybe some harder liquour as well.

Do all the things that the person likes to do and enjoy in the fun together. That always ensures smiles.

Prompt from 28 DAYS OF WRITING PROMPTS FOR FEBRUARY at the SitsGirls

Lonely For Valentine’s Day

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day, Rosh?

Well I am working from 9:30 pm till 6:30 am the next day but most of the day is wide open to do….absolutely nothing!

I will probably just watch a movie after I wake up and have had coffee. No lunch as I have been doing for these kinda shifts where I wake up late in the afternoon. A snack with my coffee, probably biscuits or something light like that as I watch the movie. Then onto the internet for Facebook browsing, watching Youtube etc. Dinner at home before hailing an Uber to get to the office.

Nothing else. I will not have things in red scattered around. I would love to be able to have someone to buy those Valentine’s day special chocolates and cards and gifts for. Have a nice dinner for two in a romantic setting, candles, soft music, blah blah blah. It’s been so long since I’ve made a woman feel special or being felt special myself.

Dr. Love-On-A-Budget’s Tips

5 Valentine’s Day date ideas for people on a budget.

Valentine’s Day is for the lovers. Those who have a spouse or a significant other. I do not have either. Yet….I do have some ideas about what I would do on a budget.

  • Stay in, have a nice dinner – take-away or cooked – while some soft music plays in the background.
  • Make it a movie night, with wine, chips & popcorn and watch your favourite rom-coms or romantics films of all time.
  • Go for a long ride. No place in particular, just drive.
  • Go on a picnic to a park
  • Lay in bed all day in each other’s arms

Nothing wrong with any of these.

Prompts from 28 DAYS OF WRITING PROMPTS FOR FEBRUARY at The SitsGirls

Are You Spending Too Much Money On Video Games?

Forget about how much time you’re spending on video games instant laons – many of us are also guilty of spending too much money on video games. As the price of games continues to increase and the amount of DLC increases, gaming is progressively becoming a more expensive hobby. However, there are ways to spend less on games. Here are just a few tips for lowering your gaming expenses.

Resist the urge to buy games as soon as they’re released

When it comes to new releases, many gamers want to be able to play the game the day it comes out so that they can be a part of the initial buzz. This often means pre-ordering the game and buying it at its most expensive. If you have the patience to wait out the hype, you could see the price drop and save money on these new releases. Besides, waiting it out can have its advantages – you’ll be able to read reviews and justify whether it’s really worth the money, plus initial bugs will have been ironed out.

Don’t buy brand new

Used games are always significantly cheaper than brand new ones. Whilst you can always head down to your local second-hand games store, you may be able to find cheaper rates online on sites like Glyde. Always make sure that you’re given information on the condition so that you know what you’re getting – games that are scratched or don’t contain the manual are likely to be cheapest.

Hit the sales

You could wait until a sale period to buy new games – Black Friday and the January Sales are popular times for slashing prices on games. There may also be bundles available during these sale periods that allow you to buy multiple games for a cheap price.

Be wary of DLC, in-game purchases and other extras

A lot of people end up frittering away their money on small extras. This is particularly the case with mobile games, many of which are free to download but contain lots of in-game extras to purchase. Try to resist constantly buying these extras and avoid purely aesthetic content such as character clothing (it may look cool, but it’s just digital clothing at the end of the day!). When it comes to PC-based MMORPGs you may be able to shop around for these purchases such as OSRS gold for Runescape. Always buy content from trusted sellers to avoid being ripped off.

Swap and share games with friends

You may not even have to buy games. Swapping and sharing games with friends is a great way to enjoy gaming on a budget. It’s also a great way to test out games and decide if you really want to own them yourself. How many of us have ever bought a game that we played for three weeks and never picked up again? Borrowing from friends can stop you from wasting your money on games that you don’t enjoy by giving you a free taster first.

Turkey Shoot!

Turkey. Dressing. Cranberry Sauce. Pumpkin Pie. What does Thanksgiving dinner look like at your house?

Turkey dinner. Lots of turkey. A big huge platter on which a hot, just baked in the oven turkey bird sits. With cranberry sauce in a bowl and some dressing stuffed both inside as well as surrounding the  bird. Hmmm delicious!

Well I have never had that but it does sound like it would be a great dinner. I have only see in it American and Canadian movies and tv shows. Hmm, I could really go for loans for people on ssi some turkey legs right about now. I wish I could have some. Unfortunately the only few times I have had turkey are the turkey slices I get in Subway’s sandwiches. Damn, I wish turkey wasn’t so expensive here.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving America – when is it in November? Canadians had theirs in October and I drooled at some of the pics.

Prompt from 30 DAYS OF NOVEMBER WRITING PROMPTS at The SitsGirls

Earth’s Time Running Out

That is what I truly believe and that the damage that we, humans, have done to our home planet may be more than we can handle and there might be no going back. Whether we will come up with a planet wide cleaning technology to get rid of the dirt, garbage, filth and pollution remains for the time being atleast a figment of science fiction (or more like fantasy).

Perhaps in the coming 100 years or so things change and the governments of the world invest in technology that will eventually clean up our planet and we end up with a “paradise like” earth, as seen in Star Trek. But again – science fiction right – it does not look likely. Unless we get that done, the best option for humans and animals is that we find another planet/moon or planets/moons where it is either already suitable for earthlings or we can terraform it (if such a technology can exist) and we can start afresh. There is a reason I say planets or moons for us to find and settle on.

We are overpopulated. The earth’s resources will dwindle down and eventually run out. With the way that us greedy humans are consuming, polluting and not giving back enough we and the animal kingdom will suffer in the long run. Let’s hope it never alliance and leicester loans comes to that but it will be good to find such planets and the race to colonize them will be critical.

DVD & Bluray – The Indian Debacle

Ok let me just say this out right – in India, when it comes to movies on Dvd & Bluray everyone, barring the really rich, goes to torrents or gets bootlegs. Though a lot of us have also turned to proper legal online streaming options like Amazon Prime, Sony LIV or Netflix, the vast majority of us illegally download our movies. Why is it so?

The price, which is ridiculous. Case in point a) this 6 film collection of the 4 Alien movies plus Prometheus & Alien : Covenant will cost me Rs. 3,399 in dvd format or Rs. 4,999 which are huge sums to spend on movies. Yes compared to direct currency conversions they may be on par or slightly below even perhaps but the differences in what a person has to spend from their salary for this versus what a person here has to spend. That just isn’t the same and it’s a huge difference in what it means to spend that kind of money for an Indian living and working in India.

I have decided to spend some money on getting dvds but for the most part creating a good sized collection is going to be a very costly affair for someone like me. And I earn a pretty good salary here. This is why I feel that they need to really look at the dvd & bluray prices in India for films from Hollywood, Canada & the UK.

Headline News!!

Write a headline you’d love to read in tomorrow’s newspaper.

Aliens exist and they are friendly and want to share their technology with us in reducing pollution, cleaning the air and waters, reducing heat and too much cold weather, obliterating poverty, hunger, famine, homeless and diseases and making everyone’s life a luxurious one! They want to do this and also share space travel with us so we can go out and explore the galaxies around us.

Religion is declared as false and people throw away their holy books and shun all gods!

Arsenal win the Champions League! The Ottawa Senators win the Stanley Cup! India wins the FIFA World Cup after Roshan scores 5 goals in the final!

Prompt from Cheryl Strayed’s writing prompts

World’s End

If the World were to end tomorrow, what would you do with your remaining time on earth?

So let’s take it as the world is ending in 24 hours from now (or the end of this post) and we are all going to be wiped out the face of the planet at the end of that 24 hours due to some large scale disaster of the natural kind or a large meteor or asteroid hurling towards earth that will hit and cause the end of all life as we know it.

I’d travel to all the place nearby that I like, place that mean something to me. I’d spend some time at the beach as that’s one of my favourite place to be. I’d go and say a big fuck you motherfuckers to all the shitty people and institutions.

I would order my favourite pizza, burgers, fried chicken, some pork, Pepsi, Coke, vodka and a few beers for the final dinner of my life. I would eat that final dinner with my dad, mom, sister and her family. During the night I’d try to watch a few of my favourite films for the final time. The next morning I’d shower, shave and dress in my last outfit forever and try to go see my friends and say my final goodbyes. I’d come back home by afternoon and stay with my family until the end.

Goodbye life!