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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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Pause & Experience

If you could pause real life and spend some time living with a family anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Simple, I would want to get off here and go and live in Canada. What is this poutine you speak so highly off? A double double from Tim Hortons? Why is he giving us coffee? Maple syrup shacks? Sure. Donairs? Hockey on ice! A touque, a chesterfield and milk in bags? Coffee Crisp? Nainamo bars? Beeeeeerrsss!

Lol, no I like the country, I like their towns and cities and I like their musical bands and tv shows and I would love to live in Canada. My hope is that before I die, I get a chance to go and see Canada for a month or two if possible. Any others places? Sure lots of them.

Parts of the US – especially Seattle and San Francisco. Spain, Italy, Germany, Australis, England, Scotland, Ireland & Wales (yes all different), Belgium, Hong Kong, Japan, France, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Portugal and some cities in places like Latvia and Lithuania and Ukraine.

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Locked And Sealed

Can you keep a secret? Have you ever — intentionally or not — spilled the beans (when you should’ve stayed quiet)?

I think I am a good listener, have been told that on more than a few occasions. So I think after some folks get to know me then naturally I tend to become a person that they feel that they can confide in or just let out some of the issues that they are facing. Or if they just want to unload then they do that, over a cup of coffee or just hanging out.

But sometimes I think I am told something and I feel like I need to say that back to someone else. It’s usually because I feel like the second person can benefit from this knowledge as just information or something that they can really use. It just happens and usually afterwards I feel guilty about it. I don’t like to gossip and especially not at the office but it just comes out at times.

Unintentionally, yes I may have spilled the beans a few times – not too many but just enough to count on all 10 fingers and perhaps a toe or two – and that is usually one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Just hope that you can recover from them.

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First Sight

Whether a person, a pet, an object, or a place, write about something or someone you connected with from the very first second.

Well I think pets is the obvious one. Go to anyone who has had a pet and who loves them a lot and ask them about how you went to see them first. It will go similar to something like this : for me I was 18 when I went with my cousin sister to a house in Kaloor where they had a big backyard and were dog breeders and had placed an ad in the papers for golden retriever pups. They had just two of a litter remaining.

I went to the house and said that we were interested in getting one of the pups and the owners took us to the backyard where about 20 dogs were around. The son & wife of the owner shepherded in all of the dogs, including the momma golden, and left only the two pups – a boy and a girl. I didn’t know which one to pick as they both looked cute but I was leaning towards getting a girl pup from the get go.

My cousin and I went towards the two pups and the male pup wasn’t into us and moved off a little. But the girl pup was all over my feet. I petted her and she licked my hand and bit my shoelace. When I wasn’t paying attention I lifted my left foot and she came along with my foot. She was feisty and also friendly. My cousin said “She’s not gonna let you go” and I agreed. I was in love with the pup. I played with her for a bit and we agreed to buy her and take her home with me. She was a bit scared in the car ride home but stayed by me and soon fell asleep.

And that’s my Shawny came into my life all those years ago. She passed away in 2005 but I still miss her everyday.

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Me, Robot

Congrats — you’ve been handed a robot whose sole job is to relieve you of one chore, job, or responsibility you particularly hate. What is it?

Aha, finally my dream is coming true. So you give me a robot, an android. Ok, let’s make it that the robot is designed to look, sound and behave a lot like me so that everyone is fooled into thinking that he is in fact me, a human. He has my mannerisms, my voice and my walk. Everyone thinks that he is human and everyone who knows me think he is me. Infact only if you take a medical or if you cut him will you know that he is infact a robot.

So I would make him go to work for me. He would have all my skills and knowledge plus would not get tired and sleepy so he would do a great job. He would leave on time and get to the office on time and do the work, attend meetings and interact with people. But he won’t get tired or stressed out or upset and do everything I need him to do for me.

Meanwhile I will sleep in late, watch a bunch of movies and tv shows, go out and enjoy some good food or go with friends or go to the movies. Enjoy life. Because the money will still flow into my bank account. Robot does not need it. When he comes back home, I will switch him off and he need to be activated only when I need him to go out again. Cool life to live!

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Happiness Radar

Are you a good judge of other people’s happiness? Tell us about a time you were spot on despite external hints to the contrary (or, alternatively, about a time you were dead wrong).

I would think so. I can notice slight changes in mood for most people and know when it’s a good day or a bad day. It’s in the small things that they say or do. Or it can be in their facial expressions, especially if you are like me and have your emotions or heart on your sleeve.

I don’t think anyone can hide most of their emotions all the time and it is really unhealthy to hold things back and keep things bottled up and hide it. Because one fine day things will leak out or even explode and then it’s not a good things to be around at all. It’s not healthy and it’s not human.

I’d like to think that I can gauge when people are really happy and even want to share in that happiness. Because it is infectious and can even change someone else’s day when you share it. The little things, the big things anything really. Share it!

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Retarded Usage

If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?

Well there are quite a few ones. What the heck is the word attrited? There is no such word but the MNC world in India uses this word a lot. I guess we could make it a word, start a new dictionary and add this word in. But until then, stop using it.

Blessed is another one. What the fuck are you saying that for? To say that your god preferred you over all those other millions? Yesh! I feel “blessed”. I am gonna puke. To say the least a lot of very religion connected words ought to be banned. Blasphemy as in the religious term; not only should it be banned but it should be laughed outta society as a whole. No such thing as a blasphemy charge. Killing is bad, a cartoon or a joke isn’t!

Oh another thing, and it’s not just one word – it’s several, usage of Hindi words in English sentences. Words like gyan, dil, ishq do not belong in a sentence in English. Unless you are saying the name of a Hindi movie while speaking in English. Also stop mixing them up in your film titles. You sound retarded!

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Eye Of The Beholder

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 agree completely. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder though there are some things that are common throughout. Some women are considered classic beauties and mostly throughout the world most men and women would agree that those women are really beautiful. Same goes for men (though I have no interest in that aspect). But there are some women who may not seem all that beautiful to most folks or to some folks but I feel that they are absolutely gorgeous. Especially because they are kind-hearted, nice and sweet.

What about nature? I guess that is almost universal though I tend to like some places more than most. Sunsets, sunrises, animals, birds and even insects – I tend to find beauty in them. Snow capped mountains and even cities or towns; some shots of the fading light hitting the snow can look awesome. Waterfalls, forests, lakes, meadows, plateaus, planets, nebulas, galaxies, asteroid – they can all look beautiful too.

What about other things? Cars, bikes, boats, ships, buses, planes, trains, spaceships, starships! So many many things I find beauftiful

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Showdown At Big Sky

How do you handle conflict? Boldly and directly? Or, do you prefer a more subtle approach?

I think it depends on the situation and where you are and who is with you or without you. It blows my mind as to how confidently and arrogantly with a lot of boisterous aplomb some people, mostly guys, will strut and huff and puff when surrounded by a group of their cronies but when it’s them one on one or with just a single crony or two, they calm down and may seem quite docile and humble and reasonable.

So I would say let’s do more one on ones or small groups of around the same size to see what I would feel is a more balanced debate. Also let’s be bold but not harm anyone or make it seem too personal. Let’s try and keep it non-confrontational and respectful but also call a spade a spade.

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Evil Beings

Write about evil: how you understand it (or don’t), what you think it means, or a way it’s manifested, either in the world at large or in your life.

Evil – I do not believe in the traditional sense of evil. Evilness is not the outcome of the effect of a demon, devil or other supernatural beings on humans. Humans are capable of doing great deeds of kindness and humanity and also capable of unleashing massive destruction, chaos, cruelty and madness. Man is the evil that we frequently talk about. It’s in our nature. We are both good and evil; it’s a balance that needs to be more on the side of good.

There is no creature on the face of the earth that is more destructive than man. Animals would pale in comparison’ they hunt for food, fight when threatened of their property / territory / offspring or mate and kill for food. They are not evil. We are! We will kill for fame, gluttony, perversion, lust, greed, envy or for pure malice. Kill just because we can! To revel in the pain and anguish of others. If that is not evil, then what the fuck is? Killing in the name of politics or religion or because your point of view is supposedly better than the other. What a creature man is!

Look inwards when questioning evil. Evil is because of lack of knowledge, lack of empathy, lack of awareness, lack of guidance, lack of any sense of decency or humanity or because well, your parents and society just goddamn failed you. Or maybe you were raised to kill? Evil humans!

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Pick Your Gadget

Your local electronics store has just started selling time machines, anywhere doors, and invisibility helmets. You can only afford one. Which of these do you buy, and why?

A time machine, a time machine for my entire fortune. For that matter an anywhere door is also great. But traveling back in time or forwards into the future would be just awesome. I wanna see what it was like 2000 years ago. Or go even further and see what the dinosaurs were upto. Maybe even kill and eat a brontosaurus and make some brontosaurus burgers.

Check out the evolution of man from ape like creatures to modern man. See what it was like during the middle ages and maybe kill a few religious figures and dictators or tyrants before they can come into power and influence. Romance a few beauties of the past, check out Marilyn Monroe. Do a lot of debauchery and revelry with the Romans at the height of their powerful empire.

And the future, well that would be interesting. What will the world be like in a 100 years, a 1000 years? 5000 years from now, will we still be living on this planet? Or do we just have some off world colonies and stations? Will space travel be as easy as taking your car and going for a ride? Things could be exciting.

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A Posh Retreat

You just inherited a dilapidated, crumbling-down grand mansion in the countryside. Assuming money is no issue, what do you do with it?

Well get me all the money I need to make that into a swanky, posh hotel or a b&b and I will get it done. Fix the exteriors, rip up all the flooring and put new ones in. Whole new paint, tears some walls down if needed and put up new ones. Make sure that the building is solid.

Add a few extensions as well – place for tennis court, basketball or something like that. Swimming pool, bbq area with a lawn at the back. Like a big lawn. Hire the best interior decorates for paints, wall hangings, chandeliers, sofas, cushions, beds and mattresses, cupboards, shelves etc etc. Hire good chefs for the food and servers serving the food as well as the drinks. A good bartender. Maids and butlers. Musical performances in the evenings. The works.

So give me the money already!

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Stroke Of Midnight

Where were you last night at midnight? Would you have wanted to be somewhere else?

I was at work last night at midnight. I think I was hard at work on some audits and then at 12:30 am I went to get a refreshment with a colleague. We went to the cafeteria and drank a lemonade each instead of the usual coffee that we tend to get at that time of night to keep ourselves awake.

Where would I have wanted to be at that time instead? At home in my bed, naked between the sheets and having a gorgeous naked woman in bed with me. And ofcourse doing all the stuff that would make a child blush! Oh what the hell, we’d be making hot, passionate love. That’s where I’d rather be and what I’d rather be doing. A woman! LOL, instead I was sitting with a few really young girls who are cute but I am too old.

Anyways, back to reality!

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