Winter Rains.

As usual, I went to sleep for my daily siesta after lunch and woke up to find incessant rain and petrichor.

I remembered an article in our local newspaper about the winter rains and also how my son left his motorcycle in his friend’s place yesterday and took an autorickshaw back home as it was raining heavily.

I caught up with my email and blog comments and finally opened Facebook and came across this image posted by my sister there!

Anything unusual about the weather where you live?

The Charles Schultz Philosophy.

The comic strip ‘Peanuts’ has been a favourite of mine for decades. I can’t remember even one which I did not enjoy reading and savouring.

The latest to come way is a  link to a blog on the philosophy of the late Charles Schultz, the creator of Peanuts, this blog post which I am sharing with my readers with the hope that they will enjoy it as much as I did.

New Year Greetings.


2021 is here with us and what better can lead us into it than the inimitable Lucy?

I do not have a Lucy in my life but, my daughter in love more than makes up for that lack. She bullied me into getting dressed “properly” and took me out to lunch at our local club earlier today.   I had gone for a drive only once before during this lockdown and this was my second outing after March 5, 2020. I thoroughly enjoyed it though, wearing the mask was quite a nuisance.

The outing has given me the confidence to make other forays and I intend doing that to catch up with some socialising and shopping soon.

I take this opportunity to wish my readers a very happy and certainly a much better 2021. I hope as I am sure they do too that the Covid problem will leave us soon and that we can get back to some semblance of normalcy soon.

Black Humour.

Black humour is defined as “a humorous way of looking at or treating something that is serious or sad.”  This cartoon falls well within that definition.

That is, for someone who is not facing that particular problem, it can be funny.

I now have to use two elbow crutches to walk and cannot walk long distances.  I most certainly will not be able to walk around the block here.

I used to be a rock and roller and was fairly good at jiving.  So while this cartoon resonates with me, it also makes me disappointed that I am no longer capable of rocking and rolling unless I now take to a rocking chair and start rolling my own grass.

Information Overload.


I recently saw a short clip of a speech by a well known medical practitioner about his experiences with patients with Covid.  Mind you, this was at a gathering of a club whose members encourage humour and all speeches are in that genre.

The doctor, a second generation medical practitioner,  was light-heartedly  suggesting that if he prescribed some simple medicine and treatment to a patient, the patient was dissatisfied and reeled off  a list of names of high power antibiotics that should be prescribed.

Though this was said in humour, the message could not be more descriptive of today’s internet addicted humans who consult the internet before going to a doctor.  Since the advent of Covid, the number of messages that I get about it on social media is simply mind boggling.  Although I simply delete them or skip them, the sheer number takes up time.

Similarly, I get messages about temples, religion, self improvement, politics, crime and so many other topics that if I were to read them all carefully I am sure that my brain will explode as its memory capacity will reach its limit all too soon.

Here is the latest one that two different friends have sent to me.   Please click on the image for a larger resolution.

Of what interest could this information be to me?  Or for that matter, the friends who sent them to me?  Am I or they, ever likely to walk this road, even partly?

A very dear friend of around my age, has solved this intrusion by junking his smart phone and switching to a primitive one that can be used only to make and receive phone calls; and send / receive SMS messages. He has been urging me to follow suit. I am seriously tempted to.

Should I?