ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Hurricane Hits, What Do You Grab?

If I had 15 minutes to evacuate my home before it was to be destroyed by a hurricane, what 10 things would I grab (not including people or pets)

  • My laptop, speakers, modem & mouse (obviously)
  • My external hard drives that have a bunch of my tv series, movies & mp3s
  • My BlackBerry
  • My clothes
  • My inhaler
  • A file with my documents
  • A bag to keep stuff in
  • A little box of emergency cash
  • Box of medicines
  • And…oh the dark chocolate flavoured coffee I got!

I know the prompt said 10 but I do things Roshan’s Eeven style.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Audiobook Narrator For My Blog

Your blog is about to be recorded into an audiobook. If you could choose anyone — from your grandma to Samuel L. Jackson — to narrate your posts, who would it be?

  • William Shatner
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Patrick Stewart
  • Kate Mulgrew
  • James Earl Jones
  • The voice over guy from Honest Trailers
  • Whoppi Goldberg
  • Christopher Lee
  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • Christopher Plummer
  • Bill Clinton

Prompt from the Daily Post at

Roshan’s Eleven : Robin Williams Movies

In honour of Robin Williams I am currently rewatching a bunch of his movies. It is highly unlikely that this list will change and so here is my list of fav 11 roles of the late Robin Williams.

  • Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Popeye
  • Aladdin
  • Patch Adams
  • Jack
  • Good Morning Vietnam
  • Jumanji
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Bicentennial Man
  • Insomnia
  • Dead Poets Society

The list is in no particular order although Mrs. Doubtfire is my personal favourite.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Best Albums By Rush

Rolling Stone has a  new article out in which they list the Best 10 albums by iconic prog rock band Rush, as voted by readers in a poll. As I normally put up a best of 11 list here is my top 11 albums of Rush from their 1974 debut through 2012’s Clockwork Angels:

  • Roll The Bones
  • Moving Pictures
  • Clockwork Angels
  • 2112
  • Counterparts
  • Vapour Trail
  • Snakes & Arrows
  • Signals
  • Permanent Waves
  • Test For Echo
  • Hemispheres

This is my list, you can have yours and disagree but this is what I love. Check out the Rolling Stone’s Reader’s Poll Best of 10 and compare them with my 11.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : What People In The Future Will Say About Us

What do you think people in the future, to  be safe and make it really distant let’s say people who live 5000 years from now, will look upon us and say about how we live now?

  • “Oh man, they believed in the stories of mythology and worshiped imaginary gods?” or “Man did they have some hokey religions back then! I can’t believe they believed in those gods/religions!”
  • “They used to kill living animals and cook their meat  and eat them? How disgusting & primitive!” or “They used to eat vegetables? How disgusting & primitive!”
  • “I can’t believe that all those humans lived just on the one planet!”
  • “They used WHAT to power their vehicles? Eww”
  • “Countries and borders? What are those?”
  • “What’s money/currency? No shit, they had to “work” for that and people had to buy things with them?”
  • “What’s rape/brutality/slavery/racism?”
  • “You mean they say in front of a display device and sat for hours? And that was entertainment?”
  • “What is this….politics that they had?”
  • “Body hair????? Yuck, ugh, gross!”
  • “They fought amongst each other and killed millions of themselves? They weren’t very evolved were they?”

Those are my top 11

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Items I Buy @ The Grocery Store

I wish I could take you with me to my local grocery store – the grocery stores I go to here are small shops that you can’t enter into but stand in front of the counter and call out the items or hand over a list and the store keeper gets them for you from his tiny shop. Some items might be within your reach as they are on the counter or hanging from the bar above (like stuff you get in packets – chips or mixture or nuts) and some veggies which he places on racks in the front of the store. When I go to buy stuff from there for our home I usually buy these things every 2nd or 3rd visit:

  • bananas
  • biscuits
  • rusk – for dipping into coffee and eating
  • pen torch or AA sized batteries
  • shampoo (I usually only get small sachets of Head n Shoulder that is for one shower)
  • bread
  • dosa mavu (dosa spread)
  • chappathis (ready made chappthis that a local company makes and sells in packets)
  • Maggi instant noodles
  • cutlets
  • lemonade (freshly made)

There you have it, the 11 most purchased items from me at my corner grocery store!

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Date With A Celebrity

You have won a contest, and the prize is a date with any famous person you choose! Who do you pick?

Here is my top 11 celebrity women that I’d pick. Some of the women are quite older than me, but still beautiful & sexy and I’d love to spend some time with them. So here goes:

  • Isabelle Boulay
  • Amanda Tapping
  • Virginia Madsen
  • Rhona Mitra
  • Antonia Collette
  • Bellamy Young
  • Melissa Archer
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Maxim Roy
  • Sonya Walger
  • Jeri Ryan

This is my current list, it can change from time to time but some of them will always remain and have been there for a while. Ta da, I love all these 11 women.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Women Singers

The bulk of my music collection is by male musicians, male singers, all-male band members, male musicians. While I love the female singers & musicians in my collection, they are a small minority. I used to have this theory that since I usually sing along with the songs that I play on my stereo system, cd player and now laptop in mp3 form, the lyrics are very important to me and I usually just connect better with the male point of view in the lyrics. I’m not so sure about that anymore but I still find a vastly male dominated collection of music. However here are my favourite women singers, my top 11 in no particular order;

  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Jann Arden
  • Isabelle Boulay
  • Tori Amos
  • Chantal Kreviazuk
  • Alison Krauss
  • Sheila Carabine (Dala)
  • Amanda Walther (Dala)
  • Terri Clark
  • Kathleen Edwards
  • Jessie Farrell

Notable mentions would be Alanis Morissette, Sarah Harmer, Dido, Tegan & Sara, Jewel, Katie Melua, Lisa Brokop & Regina Specktor.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN: Favourite SitComs Of All Time

  1. Corner Gas
  2. Friends
  3. The Big Bang Theory
  4. Seinfeld
  5. Fraiser
  6. Will & Grace
  7. Everybody Loved Raymond
  8. Mind Your Language
  9. Coupling
  10. Full House
  11. Gimme A Break

This is my top11  list of favourite sitcoms of all time. I almost put Little Mosque On The Prairie in there and I guess King Of Queens has fallen out of the top 10 when I remembered Full House & Gimme A Break. Also nostalgia favourites like The Jeffersons & The Bill Cosby Show is not in this list because I haven’t seen any episodes in ages and I can’t remember much. I’m hoping to get a few more shows in the near future.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : James Bond Movies

This is my top 11 James Bond movies out of the 23 that have been released so far. Since I just watched Skyfall, the latest movie in the franchise, this seems like the perfect time for it. While these are the top 11 for me, it’s not in an particular order.

  • GoldenEye
  • Octopussy
  • Casino Royale
  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • Moonraker
  • Goldfinger
  • The World Is Not Enough
  • Skyfall
  • The Living Daylights
  • Quantum Of Solace

This is my list, what’s yours?

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Nicolas Cage Movies

Here are my top 11 movies starring Nicolas Cage.

  • Raising Arizona
  • Con Air
  • Face/Off
  • Leaving Las Vegas
  • The Rock
  • Knowing
  • Trespass
  • National Treasure
  • National Treasure 2 : Book Of Secrets
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • Season Of The Witch

There’s a bunch of his movies that I want to see and haven’t yet, so this list might change in a couple of months or so.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Odd Questions

Q. Which food, when you eat it, instantly transports you to childhood?

A. Shawarma sandwiches and khuboos & hummus

Q. If you could become any type of animal, what type of animal would you choose to become? Why?

A. Hmmm, maybe a wolf cause they look so cool. Or a hawk so I could soar across the skies.

Q. If you could learn to play a musical instrument, which would you choose? Why?

A. First choice the guitar, second the drums.

Q. Describe your ideal job — where would you work? What would you do?

A. Provided money wasn’t the issue, I’d like to work in the music industry and work closely with musicians and bands.

Q. If you could have one superpower, what superpower would you choose? Why?

A. The power of invincibility

Q. If you could travel to any planet in our solar system, which planet would you choose and why?

A. Mars is where all the action is. But I also want to visit Pluto and console it for losing it’s planet classification.

Q. Would payment in the form of money sway you into doing something you wouldn’t normally do?

A. I must be honest and say absolutely!

Q . Sea or sky? Why?

A. I love the sea and would love to see the fish and animals that live under the waters but…the sky is my eternal love!

Q. Do you shower in the morning or at night before bed?

A. Usually in the morning. If I am not going out, I might only shower in the late afternoons, 5 or 5:30 pm. If it is a terribly hot day and I have traveled and am sweating like a pig, then I’d shower in the night as well.

Q. If you could travel through time, what period would you visit?

A. The time periods during which the great pyramids of Egypt were being built. 2560 BCE and before. I’m curious to see how the built them and if aliens were involved!

Q. What’s at the end of a rainbow?

A. One end of a rainbow. You travel to the other end you will find the other end of the same rainbow!

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : 21st December, 2012 Songs

If the world is going to end on the 21st of December, 2011 that is 3 days from now, this will be my playlist:

  • Thunderstruck – AC/DC
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  • Enter Sandman – Metallica
  • Living On The Edge – Aerosmith
  • Welcome To The Jungle – Guns n’Roses
  • 2 Minutes To Midnight – Iron Maiden
  • God Of Thunder – KISS
  • Crush ‘Em – Megadeth
  • Burn It To The Ground – Nickelback
  • Blackout – Scorpions
  • World Wide Suicide – Pearl Jam

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Favourite “Go To” Movies

I can’t create a list of favourite movies. It’s just too damn hard to select just 10 (or in my case 11) as I have so many favourites. So I chickened out and selected the top 11 “go to” movies from my collection. These are must haves and also movies that I can watch at any given day and at any time. Here we go:

  • Planet Of The Apes (original)
  • Apocalyto
  • Star Trek : The Wrath Of Khan
  • Enemy Mine
  • Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • My Cousin Vinny
  • The Departed
  • The Man From Earth
  • Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein
  • The Simpsons Movie

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Favourite Songs

This list can change from time to time but some of them remain always.

  • Thief – Our Lady Peace
  • Amongst The Waves – Pearl Jam
  • Robert McKenzie – Paul Gross
  • No Rain – Blind Melon
  • What A Good Boy (live version) – Barenaked Ladies
  • Limelight – Rush
  • Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bon Jovi
  • Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
  • Nonstop To Nowhere – Faster Pussycat
  • Winter – Tori Amos
  • I Will Remember You – Sarah McLachlan

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN: Things I Least Like About Myself

The things I least like about myself:

  • I’m careless and lazy
  • I’m fat and it’s too easy to gain weight rather than losing it
  • I feel that I have wasted my life by making way too many wrongs choices in my youth
  • I get depressed very easily
  • I can get really fired up over something today and the next day it will be of little importance
  • Bad luck seems to cling like a fierce lover to me while money is a fickle dame
  • On top of my weight issues I am also not tall
  • I don’t have a very serious sounding voice. A leader’s voice, a commanding voice. That matters as you go up the ladder.
  • I give up on things way too easily
  • I always fall for the wrong girl/woman. The unattainable ones. As a result I am sexually frustrated, single and lonely.
  • I just think I was born wrong