My regular readers will remember my pre Covid partner in crime Ramesh, with whom I used to go to the movies regularly. During almost the whole of last year we did not meet but were in regular telephone touch with each other. This year too we have not met personally yet, though we have seen and spoken to each other on a few occasions, with a fence separating us.
Ramesh rang me up last night to announce that a treat will be delivered to me at home for lunch today. It came just before lunch time and my day was made.
This is Sai Bhaji a dish popular among Sindhis and which Ramesh knows I like very much.
We had made idlies and onion chutney to go with it and the unusual combination was simply sensational.
I over ate and had a blissful siesta and as I write this am full of gratitude for Ramesh and our country’s varieties of cuisines.
Have you experimented with mixing up different cuisines during a single meal?
I received this image from a friend to describe a political figure in India who is our biggest joke.
I had a good laugh and shared with a number of my friends who too enjoyed learning a new word for our joke. One however pointed out that there was a lady politico too, who fits the bill and wondered if there was a special word for that species.
Lo and behold, I found one for that too.
I have enjoyed learning these two words. Have you come across any such words recently?
I am currently unable to pay for any shopping done online as I am going through a problem with my bank’s net banking service due to my telephone number not being able to receive OTPs from them. This matter will take a few days to resolve and till it does I would not be able to use the internet banking service.
In the meanwhile, thanks to modern targeted marketing I came across an online bookshop offering some books on Indian Spiritual matters. I decided to buy two books to see how good they are and completed all the formalities till I came to the payment section. I then remembered about my current internet banking problem and gave up the exercise without concluding the transaction online.
This happened yesterday and this morning I was pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call from the online books shop wanting to know why I did not complete the transaction.
On explaining the problem of online payment that I was currently facing, the lady offered to send me the books on Cash On Delivery basis but, that would cost more as the courier companies charged collection charges at the time of delivery.
I then suggested to the lady that she sends the books by VPP and she was stumped. I had to explain what it was and she said that it was the first time that she was hearing about it. I asked her if she was a very young person and she said yes and I understood the reason for her not knowing about VPP.
In any case, she was reluctant to use the VPP system as it perhaps would mean going to the local post office whereas the courier companies collected from their office. I reluctantly agreed to her sending on COD basis.
The world has changed. People like me need to find ways to adjust to new ways! Including COD instead of VPP at extra cost.
Have you had any such experiences?
Cheerful Monk has this post up in her blog which, as it so often happens to me, came at a time when I was looking for the correct word to describe something that came my way earlier today.
The famous Serenity Prayer goes like this.
I have liked this prayer for its simplicity and thrust.
What came my way was this quote:
“I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change.
I’m changing the things I cannot accept.”
~ Angela Davis.
This appeals to me and I am naturally chuffed for having learnt about this.
Do you like the quote?
My friend AA sent this to me on WhatsApp.
He further reminded me that in Japanese this is called Tsundoku.
And that, reminded me of another blog post that I had written earlier more than eight years ago.
It also took me to Nick who suffers from Tsundoku and Wisewebwoman who does not but, who reads a mind blowing number of books.
I am like Nick. I buy books as soon as I come across some reference to them somewhere and they wait to be read at some time in the future. As I write this, I have twenty two books waiting to be read on my Kindle and ten Hardcover ones on my book shelf.
As I was writing this post, another friend strongly recommended another book that I intend buying as soon as I finish writing this post.
This is one condition that I am perfectly content to be saddled with.
How about you, dear reader? Are you afflicted with Tsundoku as well?
My beard trimmer conked out and I had to go to the manufacturer’s service station located at a distance of 12 Kms from my home. I put on a mask, got into an autorickshaw, and went off to see a bit of Pune that I had not seen for near four years.
It was a great experience passing through many landmarks on the way that brought back many memories of my more mobile days and I thoroughly enjoyed the drive to and from the Service Center. So much so that the driver of the auto even asked if I was new to Pune!
The place that I had to go to is called Swargate and I was simply amazed at the changes that have taken place during the time that I had not visited that area. The major junction is now free of the long waits at the signal due to the flyovers that have come up and we were able to go pretty fast to where I had to go after the main junction.
The icing on the cake was the excellent customer service that I received at the Service Center and the very considerate driver of the auto who drove efficiently, helped me in and out of the auto and over all kept me entertained throughout the adventure.
An outing that has given me the necessary impetus to be more adventurous from now on and more importantly the confidence to my son and daugher in love that I can still be left alone to my devices!