No longer mine


As of 8th Nov, when the elections were a hot topic in US, our PM decided to break it to our nation at a 8 pm national telecast that the 500 Rs and 1000 Rs shall be banned from use henceforth. In an attempt to curb black money, this extreme measure has been taken. I am no economist and I hardly use cash unless and otherwise required so I hope that this step helps in its purpose in the longer run. I had these two saved notes, along with other country currencies I have, as a memento. Now that these are no longer valid, I would have to deposit them in the bank and have a 100 Rs note in the memento box.

Titbits

8 cool travel jobs hiring right now – I wouldn’t say no to that Elf Post position. Rest of it is out of question, except may be the Buckingham palace job? That can do I suppose, as long as I am being fed some of those royal (vegetarian) food.

Father’s epic rant after taking his son to see Finding Dory leaves Twitter in stitches – This was hilarious. I am with him on this. I wasn’t too fond of Finding Dory movie either.

A Michael Bishop Mystery – Complete both the book in the series by last week. I liked it a lot. Gave it 4 stars in Goodreads. The protagonist is a old school teacher and he ends up investigating the murder of his colleagues in Trinity college. The parallels between the literature and life was interesting.

Horns – I chose this on Netflix because of Daniel Radcliffe, but it was surprisingly interesting, even though I could figure out the culprit much sooner. Not sure if that was the intention. Recently I got to know from an Instagramer that this is based on a book of the same name by Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son). That was news to me.

The Fall – My current TV series on Netflix. Very gripping and very interesting. Mr Grey (Jamie Dornan) is the antagonist in this series. He is scary but still, there could be some more expression on his face. Gillian Anderson has maintained herself so well. She is very sexy. The accent is very cute 🙂

Getting back to the groove…slowly

It has been a while since I posted (close to two weeks now to be precise) except for those two odd photo posts this week 🙂 Life has been as chaotic and peaceful as it can be. Peaceful at home, Chaotic outside. Perfect balance 😉 Since I am getting back to the blogging groove slowly (work starts only next week! yay!!!) here are some interesting news and events that happened.

The city I live in, Bangalore, had some interesting turn of events of late, mostly related to water sharing and violence, spoiling a lot of my plans for the two week, but eventually we figured our way around those events, as we all usually do, even though they weren’t very ideal. But at least we and all the people we know were safe. That counts a lot. Also got to show my non-Indian close friend how curfew over here looks like at least in this part of the town where we live. 🙂  He takes away with him some very interesting experiences. I hate that this happens every year and people aren’t ready to sit and find an ideal solution. Everyone want their piece of 15 min of fame and a lot of political gain through these situations when common men and women suffer (farmer or not).

Did a small trek in Munnar (was on a day trip there) which was interesting. Will share some photographs later. Witnessed a nasty monkey fight for the first time.  Now, I am very much convinced that we evolved from them. (See above paragraph for more references 🙂 )

Imagine my surprise with all that star signs and Zodiac changing news that came up in between all these. My friend (who knows astrology, mostly Indian, but he does know the difference between western and indian too) always insisted that I am more of an Aries than a Taurean because according to my birth chart (Indian astrological) my Sun is in Aries (or otherwise called as Mesha) and my moon in Virgo (or otherwise called as Kanni) and I would always disagree with him because I feel more like a Taurus than a Aries. And guess what, the new news tells me that my Sun sign is Aries. Now I would have to agree with him. Good Lord! I ain’t changing my tattoo. I feel like a Taurus than an Aries. And I stick by it. And I don’t like the name Ophiuchus. Can’t they have used a nicer one ?

Losing a baggage because of delayed flight, missed interconnected flights etc is not a good experience. Even though I haven’t been there, I got the first class view of the issues around it when my friend traveled to India a couple of weekends before through Etihad. Flight started late due to some or other issues from the source, arrived 2 hours later than scheduled in Abu Dhabi. Missed the connecting flight to Bangalore. Those in economy class were given tickets via Oman Air. So they traveled from Abu Dhabi to Muscat and from Muscat to Bangalore. But their baggage didn’t and they came to know about it only when they landed in Bangalore. Imagine their surprise. It was  very bad customer service. But hey, at least my friend only had one baggage (even though it had some important documents and gifts and we were scheduled for travel in a day or two). One of the other 65 year old passenger not only did not receive her baggage, she did not have a clue about her 75 year old wheel chair bound husband too. Since he was travelling in Business class, he was put in the next flight from Abu Dhabi to Bangalore. And the authorities weren’t sure which one (the one that arrives that night or the one that arrives the next day morning). That was much worse. We hope that her husband was back home the same evening. The baggage did come a day later for us (and hopefully for everyone else)

Sully was a very good movie to watch. We enjoyed it. As soon as I heard those folks in the movie talk about computer simulations and how they conveyed the news that the flight could have landed successfully, the first thought was…it’s just a machine, you idiot. It can’t think like a human being, at least not yet. Well… someone else also thought the same 🙂

Finished with ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – third season’ on Netflix, finally. Also finished ‘Top of the Lake’ series, which was different and interesting. I liked it. Thanks to my friend, I started on a new series of thriller , mystery, detective books by Michael Dibdin called the Aurelio Zen Mystery series. Finished the 2nd book (Vendetta) because my friend was still on the first book (Ratking). Now I have to find out the other ones and start reading them. They were quite interesting. Sadly the TV Series were made only for the first three of them. Have to watch them once I am done with the books.

Well, that’s it from me for now. I hope there is a little less violence in the world. We have enough of the natural disasters to keep us on our toes already. Be safe! Cheers.

Would you ever?

I have no clue as to why my Google News reader keeps me updated on this particular news item. Just writing about it gives me goosebumps. Yuck! I am sorry I am sharing this, but I don’t want to be left alone reading this article. 😛

Cockroach milk is the next big thing in health

Cockroach milk shows that it is more important than being the next superfood.

You read that right. Cockroach Milk. This isn’t the first time I have read an article related to it. It started around 2 weeks ago. I couldn’t even bring myself to read the whole article. Would you ever consider this alternate food option if it was available to you and if it was the next superfood? I know I would never. :add an emoji for showing disgust here: