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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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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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