Our help, just before she left home yesterday after finishing her chores, instructed me to convey some messages to the LOH (Lady Of the House).

On the return home from her work, I passed on the messages to the LOH, that is my daughter in love.  I was however informed by the LOH that the messages had already been conveyed to her through a phone call earlier from the help.

I asked the good lady this morning as to why she told me as well as the LOH. She promptly said that she remembered from an incident some months ago when I forgot to pass on a message due to absent mindedness; and that she did not want to take any chances. I was bemused and asked her why she thought that I would be absent minded this time too and she told me that she has noticed that I have aged somewhat faster during the lockdown and felt that I would also be forgetful!

Viva Lockdown!

Transactional vs Morality Driven … And Which Are You?

This is the question that Conrad The Old Fossil has asked to be addressed for this week’s Friday Four On One blog post.

For me it is a no brainer.

Transactional behaviour is determined by the ego states between two persons and Morality driven behaviour is determined by conditioned behaviour from a brain washed state of being,

Neither applies to me.

I am simply situational driven.

This is my take on this week’s Friday 4 On 1 blog posts where Conrad, Sanjana, Shackman and I write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been suggested by Conrad. Please do go over to the other two blogs to see what they have to say on the same topic. Thank you.


My friend Sandeep sent me a link to an article in The National Post. When I investigated further, I found another interesting article in the New York Times too!

I am bemused because I associate the word with people in prisons. I always enjoyed reading about our politicians, gangsters/murderers/rapists, etc languishing in jail without bail. To associate that word now with what people feel due to the Chinese pandemic is tragi-comedy, at least for me as, I don’t think that I or most people that I know, are languishing in our lives.

Perhaps it is our age or life-styles that even before the pandemic not being very much different to what we experience now but, I wouldn’t go so far as to call it languishing.  Frustrating may be but, languishing? Not in my book.

Perhaps it is just semantics but, what do you, my reader think about this definition?

Model And The Original.

My irrepressible nephew Jai posted this in Facebook.

“I bought a miniature 1952 Citroen – here it is alongside a snap of the real thing starring miniature versions of my three uncles.

The 1952 Citroen was a favourite of my father and uncle. My childhood friend Vela too was very fond of it and had one for many years. I still remember driving his car, trying to shift the gear shift on the dashboard with the handle coming off in my hands.

Saturday Treat!

One of my favourite street foods is Chhole Tikiya. The link will take you to a recipe by one of India’s great chefs Tarala Dalal. It is simply curried chickpeas and potato cutlets with chopped onions, tomatoes, green chillies and fresh coriander leaves.

Since the Chinese Virus entered into my life, this was one of my few indulgences and I would not miss any opportunity to have it. I therefore had it made for today’s lunch.

To add some interest to it, I also had freshly made potato chips which are locally made by a chain of shops specialising on it. I prefer this to the packaged stuff so readily available in all shops.
This is the shop from where we get the chips. You can see the stove and frying vessel on top right in the front. This shop is just 400 Mts away from our home.

That is not all the goodies that I had for lunch. My priceless daughter in love had sourced something that I had never had before, made by the family of a friend of hers.  Please click on the image for a larger resolution.
In case you are not able to read it clearly, it is Musk Melon Ice Cream. What a flavour! If you can possibly get hold of it, I strongly recommend it. I have every intention of having this treat many more times this summer before the season is over.

Needless to say, I over-ate but, have no regrets whatsoever.  I am grateful that at least such indulgences are not denied to us during this lockdown.

Books Vs E-Readers.

I thank Nick for the above image which hits the nail right on its head for him and me.

For me, it is not Books Vs E-readers but, Books AND E-readers. This post is to explain why.

My Kindle E-Reader was registered with Amazon India on July 18, 2013. Currently, I have 33 books loaded and waiting to be read on it and, I have archived 306 books that I have read on it.

This is a book shelf in my bedroom which contains all the books that I keep referring to on and off. Most of them are on Philosophy and religion with a few on history.
This is the library on the upstairs landing where all the books that I have read but which may need revisiting are kept. A few years ago, I had got rid of a couple of hundred books by donating to a good cause which enabled the fund raisers to get some badly needed cash for their NGO work. Despite that reduction and most purchases now being done for my Kindle, the shelf is already groaning.

Neither of these shelves contains any fiction. All the fiction is on my Kindle.

I also get six newspapers every day and six periodicals to read spread over each month.

I read a lot.

My first preference is the Kindle as I can adjust the font to be comfortable. I find that most hard copies of books nowadays use small print to minimise the total number of pages and that is very irritating. I buy hard copies only when the price is very much cheaper than the kindle version is the latter is available.

This is my take on this week’s Friday 4 On 1 blog posts where Conrad, Sanjana, Shackman and I write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been suggested by Shackman. Please do go over to the other two blogs to see what they have to say on the same topic. Thank you.