Fantasy / Obsession / Intoxication.

My fantasy is to one day be able to understand quite how Pravin’s mind comes up with such topics. He is the LBC blogger who has come up with this topic for today’s posts. After some reflection, I could understand the combining of the latter two subjects but am stumped to find how logically the first one fits in with the other two. I hope that Pravin will write on this topic so that I can understand his take and the logic behind the choice.

Stretching a point we could say that these are two sides of the same coin but to confuse us, could also be mutually exclusive. The point however is that Obsessives often confuse their obsession as addiction and addicts do the reverse without really understanding the difference.

I know the difference at an abstract level but for the world of it, cannot put it in writing. I therefore went to my Guru, Google and found this very enlightening article by a psychologist.

In my younger days, I had many obsessions and addictions but, I am now clear in my mind that I am an obsessive only when it comes to cleanliness and order in my surroundings and am an addict when it comes to my morning tryst with my newspapers and crossword puzzles.

Pravin has suggested this week’s topic. I hope that he is back blgging so that I can access his take on the subject. You can see what the other writers of the LBC have to say in their respective blogs.  Maria, Pravin, Ashok and Shackman<

India Pakistan Partition.

My friend Anita sent me this message and the link to the video advertising a product that you will recognise soon enough.

“I have older  friends who have been victims of the India-Pakistan Partition, and many times, have been transported by their stories of the difficult times they went through.

This is one of the best videos that I’ve seen in a while, and it touched me deeply. Not only is it beautifully made to showcase the product without throwing it in your face, but it also runs like a short film, with subtle performances capturing emotion without turning maudlin.”

The story is of a Hindu who left Lahore and came to Delhi sharing his memories of childhood friend Yusuf whose family ran a sweetmeat shop from where the two young boys used to steal jajariya, a sweetmeat. The grand daughter decides to surprise her grandfather with an unusual birthday gift.

How Notorious Are You?


I am grateful to Mitch for inspiring me to write this post. His original post can be seen here. I wonder if Mitch has a Dr. before his name!  Comments Mitch?

I was intrigued and I googled my name and was stunned at the amount of stuff there is about me in the internet. There are 234 entries that the search found and I am also advised that many more entries of similar nature to those shown have not been listed!

Quite whether I should be flattered or amazed or worried is something that is now occupying my attention.

Just for a lark, and to see what will happen, I googled for our friend Maynard, and I find that there are many similar sounding entries but not quite the same number as I had when I searched for my name. I concluded that since Maynard does not blog, he is not as notorious as I am and decided to test another name. Yes, you guessed it, Conrad. Now this is a surprise with 640 entries, Conrad easily beats me on the notoriety race, but the problem is that there are too many Conrads and Hakes, not quite our own featuring in there. If you really want to know how notorious Conrad is, please do not miss using the link that I have provided here for him.  You will be in for a big surprise!

My name is unusual with its peculiar spelling of the surname, and the combination of first and surnames also being very unusual. So Google is more focused in my case.

It was fun on a lazy Sunday afternoon to do this. May be you should too.