Where I Blog From & Where I Occasionally Work From


This my desk the way it usually looks like right now. So this is my small desk, right next to the foot of my bed and next to my door. And because it is a small desk, everything is kinda cramped up on it. I have my HP laptop, an Amazon Basics wireless mouse an a spare one behind the laptop. I also have my new Bluetooth speaker, my old one and my Alexa Echo.

I have 5 of my earpods on it (I have a 6th one still in it’s box on my bed) and 3 64GB thumb drives the left side of the desk I also have a spare battery on the right which is for my mouse. And yes ofcourse, gotta hydrate oneself, so I have my huge 1.2 L tumbler.

My Writing Place


This is it. This is the simple setup that I have at home and where, since 2007, I have been writing and posting my blog posts from. This is the usual stuff that you will see on this small desk. Bluetooth speaker, an Amazon Alexa, some earbuds, some thumbdrives, a coaster on which I have a cup of coffee or tea and my laptop.

This is where I concoct my titles, select the photos & images that I want to add to the posts and write up a post. This is also the place that I share Youtube videos that I create and feel like showing to you. This is my home station.

Prompt fromĀ 218 Creative Blog Post Ideas That Will Delight Your AudienceĀ atĀ Coschedule.com

Unplanned Going To The Office & A McDonald’s Visit

I had to go to the office for a couple of hours yesterday even though I was off. On Friday night I got to know about something that I had missed and that it was due on Monday. I wasn’t sure how I managed to miss this and hence I just had to go in on Saturday. So I woke up at 7 am, an hour later than I usually do for this shift and got ready by 10 am post having a shower, a shave and breakfast. I booked an Uber a little after that and reached the office by 10:45 am.


Most of the people from the night shift had already left by then and I only saw a handful of folks slowly making their way out of the elevator. I went in, put my bag and phone away and grabbed a work desktop on the 5th floor production floor and plugged in my laptop as well. I logged in and started on the 1st of 8 tasks. By 11:45 am I wanted a coffee but instead got a cold boost & banana smoothie, which did not taste all that well. I was feeling a bit hungry so I had a small bite to eat but I was saving room for lunch.

I had finished 3 tasks by then and got back to finishing the remaining 5 tasks. 3 of them were done very quickly, much to my surprise and I knew that I would finish much earlier than I expected. I was done by 1pm and then closed everything after making sure there was nothing else left. I was done at the front door 20 minutes later and booked a cab, which took over 20 minutes as there as a traffic block near the office. I got my cab and then headed to the McDonald’s in Vytilla.


I haven’t had an McDonalds in over 7 months, maybe almost 8. I haven’t been to a McDonalds since before the pandemic lockdowns. I wanted to go in and it was a busy afternoon for them. I ordered a new burger that they had, a Piri Piri Spicy McChicken and some 6 nuggets with a regular mocha frappe. Now I have never had any coffee from McDonalds other than a cappuccino before this. And I love their cappuccino. This one is really good as well. I enjoyed that with my burger and nuggets. Even though the place was noisy and crowded, I enjoyed my lunch and then came home to change, put on the ac as it was a hot day and slip between the sheets to watch Ace Ventura : Pet Detective.

Visit To The Blue Rock Restobar After Almost 2 Years

As stated a couple of days ago, I have been making plans to go out and enjoy myself with a couple of pints. About 3 times I have planned in recent weeks and wasn’t even sure until yesterday morning that I would go out. But go out I did as after I woke up and was feeling good. Yet I still took it easy and waited till 11 am before making up my mind. I also thought that a friend would join me as he called me at 9:20 am. Alone I would go.


At 12 am, after coffee and tea and some breakfast long done, I took a shave and a shower and got ready. I booked an Uber and made my way to Olive Downtown in Kadaanthara, which has a really nice bar called the Blue Rock Restobar. I really love this place but I must say that on this day it was a bit warm as if the ac had issues. I asked for some iced water before I could peruse the food & drink menu. Sipping my water I looked at the beers selection and decided on Budweiser.


For snacks I decided after a long look to start with the ole favourite of French fries. Their French fries were plentiful and good. Nothing like the awesome ones I get at Couchyn but good enough. Before I could finish the fries, my first beer was done, so I quickly ordered another. However a couple of bearded assholes were too loud and kinda ruining the mood at this point. Loud and boorish!


Fries done and halfway through the second Bud, I asked the hostess to get me some honey glazed sesame pork which was delicious. By this time the two loud mouthed boors had paid and then left as nosily as they were in here. As the door swung closed behind them, I was so happy. So I ordered another beer, yet another Bud.


I had to leave some of the beer unfinished but it was ok. I finished the pork and took my final sips of beer, used the toilet for the second time and then paid my bill. I went down and booked my Ola back to my home and came and took a little nap, satisfied and satiated.

Out For Some Beers, Jumbo Shrimp & Fries

So I rarely go out for drinking anymore or drink at home. Since like late August of 2021 at first because I was on a diet, then my illness and then I just stopped going out altogether. I haven’t also bought any beer or other alcohol since August of 2021. 2021 I only went out to have beer twice – once in February and then in December, the day before Christmas.


Since then I have a been following a diet. My plan was to stick to the diet and break it like once a month or so and enjoy some of my favourite food and drink. Since I started the diet on January 1st, I haven’t moved out of my diet much – maybe a cookie or two – and I was eager to have some beer. And I also wanted to eat some of my favourite food.


I initially planned this for Sunday but then I was battling a bad cold I caught on Friday and hence decided to rest Saturday and Sunday and if I was feeling up to it, I would go Monday afternoon (I had taken a personal leave well in advance for something else) and I would go and get some beer. So yesterday I got ready by 12:45 pm and booked a Uber to go to Couchyn. As soon as I got there, I ordered me a Corona Extra and a plate of their jumbo tempura prawns.


Next up I got a Hoegaarden Whit Beer. Something is different – the last two times I felt that the Hoegaarden was better than the Corona but this time it felt way off. I preferred the Corona over the Belgium beer. Maybe it was a bad bottle or something. And I never add lime or lemon to my Corona. So after that I got another Corona and that would be it as far as the beer was concerned. Instead of getting a meal I opted for another snack.


Once the prawns were done I was thinking of what to get next. I didn’t want a big meal and I thought about getting some beef or chicken. Instead I went with a large basket of their French fries. Why, because I haven’t had French fries in almost 2 months and had started to miss it. Also, Couchyn & the Grand Hotel makes some excellent fries that puts McDonalds, Burger King etc to shame. Really good ones! Once that and my 3rd beer was done, I booked an Uber and came back home.

My Laptop Back Where She Truly Belongs


It’s been a tad over a month since I returned my work system and started going back to the office for work. March 21st 2020 was when we had the first lockdown due to the Coronavirus and from that day till December 1st 2022, I worked at home. My small desk, as you can see from this photo, was now free for me. And my desk was happy to not bear the weight of the clunky CPU plus dual boot desktop that we need to handle the client’s work.

So I would say that the only positive thing about going back to the office for work is that I got to send the work desktop back and I could now properly keep my Boat Bluetooth speaker, my Amazon Echo (loving renamed “Computer” much as in Star Trek) and my laptop! Love having the laptop back on my desk where she rightfully belongs. So I have a couple of things else on the desk like a couple of thumb drives, my RealMe earpods and small stuff like that. It feels so good to be able to sit at my desk and use the internet on a laptop instead of the work desktop.

Drinking Beers After A Very Long, Long Time

After many, many months – close to 9.5 months, last weekend I had gone to get my hair cut. I am balding, have a bad bald spot on the back of my head and hence my hair doesn’t really grow that much but within the last couple of months my hair had grown so long that it was almost at my shoulder. It was difficult for to manage and drying my hair after a shower was a nightmare. So I went to Ole and got my hair cut short and it feels so much better now.

With that out of the way, it was just a couple of steps near to Couchyn, the lounge bar that is attached to the Grand Hotel. I went it as it was also 9.5 months since I had any drinks. I was only going to have some beer but as I got in, I started to really miss it. I quickly sat down and ordered a Corona and munching on some free hickory sticks, I quickly demolished that. Man, did I ever earn that beer. Now I needed another one and I asked for a Hoegaarden which I really, really love.


By then my first order of food had arrived. Delicious tempura prawns which is so good on it’s own but dipped in that delicious sweet & spicy Thai Chilli sauce that it comes with – oh my god, how I have missed this taste! So great to drink my beer and eat them prawns while listening to their excellent selection of 70s, 80s & 90s soft rock and folk music. The word chilling in the dictionary should have a clip of me drinking my beer, eating those shrimp and humming & singing softly to myself the lyrics of the songs that were playing.


A little later I ordered some tandoori chicken, a half plate and a Budweiser. Now the first two beers were 350 ml bottles but the Bud was a full bomber bottle of 650 ml. I thought I could finish that but I couldn’t complete the last bit more than a quarter of the bottle and the last piece of chicken. Well I culd have but I wanted to go back home and if I stayed back then I could have finished them off. So I paid via my credit card, washed my hands and mouth, took a leak in the washroom and then booked an Uber to come back home.

Where Do You blog? Share Your Space.

This is the place where from 2007 onwards I have been maintaining this blog and writing the vast majority of my blog posts. And before that for a few months on my old blogspot blog as well. This small table is what I bought back in 2006 just after I bought my assembled desktop pc. In 2010 as my system had many issues, I bought my first laptop which was a Lenovo and then in 2015 I bought a Dell and in 2019 I bought this laptop that you see here which is my current work horse HP.

However for the last 2.5 years or more I have not been using this as my space to blog. Since I have a large desktop from work, and the table is small, I use my laptop kept on a laptop stand on my bed and I use that to blog on and ofcourse play music, watch YT videos and Facebook etc. Someday I will get my former blogging space back and be able to keep my laptop on the table. Until then, ma cherie!

Prompt from 31 Blog Post Ideas for October at A Grande Life

Pics Of My New Phone – The IQOO 9T

Ok so I have now used the phone for a couple of days and I love it. I am sharing a few pics from the time of unboxing, which was on Tuesday. The IQOO 9t sells at a beastly price of Rs.49,999 or Rs.50k. I bought it off Amazon India, with a discount of Rs.1000 for taking it on EMI, another Rs.750 for buying it on a card, Rs.4000 which is an ICICI Bank discount – I don’t have an ICICI card but transferred money to a friend who does and placed the order using that card.


I also exchanged my 2+ year old RealMe X2 Pro for which I got a discount of Rs.13,053. Not bad eh? So even the box is so wonderful to look at. A well designed box with a slightly textured finish and an awesome pattern and rather stylish look. The top of the box is a diagonal cut and makes it stand out even more as the gap is slightly indented – looks nice!


Love that white finish on the phone with those beautiful three racing track stripes and it is so smooth to the touch. The stripes feel different enough on my fingers but overall it is so smooth but a little slippery. Hence it is always good to keep a case on the back, which is something I always do anyways. I choose to always go with the company provided clear TPU back cover so that I can enjoy the look of the original back cover. And I love the black rectangle on top which is for the camera part.


Overall it is a very smooth phone to use though since I have been very busy with work related stuff and others, I haven’t yet fully explored the phone. I plan to do so and finish installing all the apps I need tomorrow and on Sunday and will play around with it a lot more. I did install a couple of games and have played a few rounds when I got time. So far everything is top notch. And the battery charging – so damn fast!

How I Celebrated My Birthday Yesterday

Birthdays are no longer the big event that I or even some of my relatives had during our younger years. It’s now mostly just another day with me balancing the morning and evening by liking and/or thanking people for their wishes and then once in a while someone may call and hence I answer them and then thank them for the wishes and then later on in the evening getting a cake and ordering some good food.

That’s what I did yesterday. My aunt called me and a couple of others, who I haven’t spoken to in ages, also found some time in their busy day to make that call – which I absolutely appreciate. Post breakfast, I also responded to messages and liking the wishes on Facebook and Whatsapp. By 1 pm I was hungry and I decided to have lunch with mom & dad here at home. I had already messaged my sister to tell her to come for dinner.


I then watched some tv while relaxing on my chair, some Corner Gas and then some CSI. I had a coffee and a snack and then went to take a shower and change. I had also ordered in a cake – the one you see above – and a little later I went down to go and collect the cake from the delivery guy. That done, all I had to do was wait till 7 pm when my sister & niece would be in.

They came at exactly 7 pm and in 30 minutes after checking what people would be ok to eat I placed my order on Swiggy. From one of my current favourite restuarants, Urban Paratha, I ordered some naan, 2 veg pulaos, butter chicken & tandoori chicken. Then I went back to the living room and spent the late evening with my family. We also cut the cake and enjoyed a piece. The food arrived by 8:20 pm and we ate our dinner while chatting. My sister and niece left by 9:45 pm.


I sat and watched a bit more of tv until I had to go to bed. I then went to the washroom, then took my medicines and got my bottle of water filled. Then I went to bed after I switched the lights off and tried to sleep. Good birthday!

Drinking A Couple Beers After 6 Months & Long Overdue Haircut

Finally, after such a long time I was finally out and about. Post May and the second lockout which lasted for almost a month I haven’t been out for anything other than getting vaccines done in August. Then I had my hospitalization in October and then have only been out for hospital visits and doctor’s appointments. Today was the day that changed. What I needed most was two things and for the first I booked it via a phone call in the morning. A couple of days ago I had also called my cousin Sujith to see if he was game to meet up for a few beers and we arranged to do it today.


I was long, long overdue for a haircut. Even though I am balding very badly on the top, my hair does grow at the sides and back. My last haircut was…..steady yourselves folks……back in late April or early May! My hair was so long at the back that it was almost shoulder length. It was very difficult to dry my hair after a shower. Also it started getting in the way at times and it was curling at the ends and when I shave it would get in the way. I should have cut my hair back in August or September but then yeah, I wasn’t going out anywhere.

So I had booked my appointment for a haircut at a nice saloon which I have been going since the last 2-3 years. Expensive but it is very nice and comfortable and you don’t have to sweat while waiting for your barber to be free. Besides, I only have to do this once every 4 months or so, therefore a little pampering is ok in my book. I shaved and showered and then got dressed and got into an Uber by 12:40 pm and reached there by 12:55pm. I waited for all of 5 minutes before I was seated and then got my long locks chopped off. Man, it feels good!


While I was still getting my hair cut, Sujith reached the saloon and waited on one of the seats. Once my haircut was done, I paid and united with my cousin – we hadn’t met since July of 2020. Damn, that is such a long, long time. We walked over to Couchyn, my favourite bar which I hadn’t visited since February 2020, got a table and then checked the menu. Prices are so high these days but yeah once in a while it’s ok to enjoy yourselves. We ordered two Hoegaardens which was delicious and then two Coronos, which I had never had before. We munched on a bunch of French fries – which are way better than any fries from McDonalds, Taco Bell, Burger King, Chicking or KFC. Seriously!


Ofcourse we chatted up a storm. We talked about what he was doing and his personal life, what I have been doing at work and my lack of a personal life. We talked about the usual stuff – Star Trek shows, Marvel movies & tv shows, other new tv series, girls & women, etc. After that we ordered one more Hoegaarden each and ended up the afternoon with two scoops of ice cream each. He had vanilla and I had chocolate. Everything was great tasting and I really have missed beer. It has been 6 months since I had had a meal out of the home and since months since I had any beer. How I have missed you, beer!


Then I booked my Uber to come back home and we parted at the entrance. He walked to the Metro nearby and went home. I got into my Uber and had a nice chat with the driver who was also very kind. I came home and watched tv for a bit and took a nap before waking up for coffee.

Share A Favorite Breakfast Recipe


One of the breakfast options that I really have liked during the past couple of weeks is this that you see up here. This is button mushrooms that cut in half and cooked in butter, with some chicken salami that I also cooked in the same pan. Now the slightly spicy chicken salami that I bought was ofcourse tasty enough as a cold cut but when you cook it along with the mushrooms it takes on a whole new life of it’s own and the taste is enhanced.

So those two added together is delicious on it’s own but then I added a couple chunks of cheddar cheese and added it to the bowl. I didn’t want it to be melted but straight from the fridge and when I add it to the hot mushrooms and salami, it does become a little warm but does not melt. This breakfast in a bowl on a Sunday morning is just hmmmm with a cup of black coffee.

4 & A Half Decades On This Planet

Hello 45! I cannot believe that I am now 45 years old. A reminder of the deadly passing of time that you are unable to do anything about ā€“ stop, reverse or even slow down! A reminder to party like thereā€™s no tomorrow because you are slowly dying!

At times I feel like someone or something has cheated me and I lost the best years of my life. I did not get to do the things that I see other people enjoying in their 20s and 30s. I think I got left behind. Where did the time go? I want to be young again. Have a bright future ahead of me and go back to being 22-23. And make a lot of changes in my decisions that could have affected my life in more positive ways. If only I could go back in time and make those changes rather than play with these cards that I am dealt with.

Or I can be grateful for another 365 years of live on this planet and give a toast to the previous years that have gone by. The highs & the lows, the good & the bad, the achievements, the failures, the disappointments, the pleasant & no so pleasant surprises and the loves and losses and even the hates! This is a day for reflection and inner search for those few strands of positive things that have made a difference in your life and hopefully, the things that you did that meant something to others.


This is the cake that I bought from Pandhal cake shop for my birthday. My sister and niece also went and bought a cake from another place. Mine was this delicious Rich Chocolate that was so awesome and my sister bought a VanCho cake that was really good too. I had some candled and we enjoyed them just after coffee. I asked my mother to give some to our neighbours who always cook something for us.

By 8 I was sipping rum & Pepsis and we ate the dinner I had bought. Which was veg fried rice, dal makhni (since my sister is a vegetarian), naan, tandoori chicken and butter chicken. Post dinner I had another rum & cola and listening to music online.

Afternoon @ Blue Rock Bar

Finally! After over a year I went to a bar and enjoyed a few drinks and some food. Even though the bars opened in late December, I wanted to wait for a few weeks before going in as Covid isn’t going anywhere. But after my cousin went to Couchyn & Blue Rock bars last month I was really wanting to go to one myself.


So I planned to go in last weekend but I was feeling a bit tired and wanted to stay in all weekend and catch up on my sleep. This weekend my cousin was headed to Trivandrum to meet some friends and other relatives. Even on my own I thought I still want to go just because it’s been so long. I wanted a change of pace and it having been over a year, I was ready to go. So I went to Blue Rock yesterdat at 12 pm.


I went in and there is plenty of social distancing in the tables and I love the layout. I ordered 4 Smirnoff Vanilla vodkas and 7up. This is the first time that I am trying the vanilla flavoured ones and boy is it delicious. I love their espresso one, which tastes just like a light cold coffee and this one is like a vanilla flavoured 7up! Hmmmm.


And now let’s talk about food. Blue Rock & Olive Downtown (which the hotel that this bar is in) has excellent food. I first ordered me some golden batter fried prawns which are really delicious. They had this thick sweet chilli sauce to dip the prawns. I could drink that sauce everyday. It was that good. And I love prawns.


After that, and while I started my 3rd drink, I ordered some honey glazed pepper pork. I was thinking of sticking with seafood but this place has a lot of pork items on their menu. It was good and well cooked but a bit too oily and spicy for my taste. If they had gotten down that under control it would have been the perfect dish. I needed to cool my tongue down and I kept sipping 7up for that.

I ended the afternoon with a slice of cake as a dessert. I then went to buy some groceries and some medicines before coming back home and watching part of a movie.

Got A Star Trek Tattoo

I first got a tattoo back in 2015 (August 14 to be exact). While I was in Chennai, sent there from the office, and shopping on a Friday I spotted the store owner had a couple of big tattoos. I casually asked him where he got his, how much they were and if there were any tattoo parlours in the mall or nearby. When he gave me directions to the same one where he got his, very near the next stop I was headed too, which was a pub, I just had to get a tattoo done. Just like that, on the spur of the moment from me asking some guy I just met about his tattoos and asking for recommendations to me getting my first tattoo done at the ripe old age of 39.


Today, after a bit more planning for the past few days, I decided to contact a few tattoo parlous and check out their Instagram pages. I selected one which is not too far from me. I arranged for my appointment (as they are only doing it this way since Covid) at 12 pm today and I left by 11:30 am. I reached 10 minutes early but it took me 4 minutes to locate the building. I walked the steps to the first floor and rang the bell. I met the two artists who run the place and showed them the design I had finalized on. They took a print out and then a stencil of it which was stuck onto my hand.


I sat in a nice chair, relaxed (as much as you can when that needle is hitting you) as the artist (on seeing my ACDC inspired mask) and asked me what other bands I listened to. On hearing my tastes, he changed the music from the New Age stuff to more classic rock. I chilled to Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Guns n Roses,Ozzy Osbourne etc and we talked music and tattoos as he did the work on me. It does hurt but I can take it. I wasn’t expecting it to take almost 2 hours to finish. By the time he was done, I was close to wanting a break. I needed a cold drink.


I didn’t get on at that time though. I went to a grocery store and bought some supplies, then to an ATM to take out some cash and later on also buy some medicines. I then came home and wasn’t in the mood to eat a full lunch as it was almost 3pm, so I ate a meat samosa and am egg puff with a Coke and then logged in to my work computer as they needed me to check on some data. I was checking on it till about 5pm and then messaged the details. I was ready for some coffee and music blasting on my laptop, so I shut down my work pc and chilled till just about now.

I’ve got grilled chicken alfahm coming my way and I am drinking a beer. Things are good.