In retrospective (how clich√©!)

I have already spoken about my journeys this year as part of the weekly photography challenge. So I thought, why not talk about other stuff.

WordPress: I wrote ~260 posts this year on this blog. Fewer posts since August but then I have tried and kept my weekly posts as much as possible.

Instagram: I posted ~215 photos on my Instagram. The number might have increased since last year, but that might be because I compensated my lack of blogging by photo blogging in Instagram ūüôā

Goodreads: 108 books recorded (which is less than last year but given my current work conditions I do take a very long time to read one book especially during school days) I also moved my Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited account from US to the one in the UK because payment was becoming an issue and I couldn’t get hold of any local novels that I find in some of the shops around here.

TV/Movies: Didn’t watch many movies except for the odd ones here and there. We recently watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We did complete a couple of series which we miss so dearly. Inspector George Gently & New Tricks were our favourites. A Touch of Frost is coming very close to the end. We miss the old group in Are you being served? The ones from Season 8 is alright, but they do miss something from the earlier seasons.

Apart from those, well, I moved to this new country, got my residence card, quit my 13-year job and an¬†18+-year-old career, moved to my favourite career of Teaching, gave up my Zumba creds (can no longer teach Zumba), travelled to a new city (Padua), missed a friend’s¬†wedding in India and she eventually moved to the US, enjoyed my snow for a couple of days and so on and so forth. Too many things crammed in a year. All exciting and leading the way to another hopeful year.

I am not going to talk about all the other news items that have happened over the year because those have been talked about everywhere. All I wish is that people be more sensible in terms of their own self and that of others, be more hopeful, be more truthful, be more supportive, be more considerate, and be healthier in the years to come.

Wishing you all a very Happy and a Healthy New Year.

 

SoCS: Points on Opposites

  • I hate people who drive on the opposite direction¬†of a lane especially on the highways when they want to save some time getting to the other side. I am not sure where else it happens, but it happens pretty frequently here and I feel like going and ramming my car into that person’s vehicle (unless it is a bigger vehicle than mine…)
  • Opposites attract each other, I have heard.¬†Attraction is fine, but does that help in a long term relationship? Won’t you be wasting time to try to find a middle ground where both can enjoy something ? I always had this doubt. Need to check out the psychology behind that saying and if it is really effective.
  • The opposite of love might be hate, but I believe that apathy has a more stronger reaction in people than hate. What do you think ?
  • As much as I might complain about the constant use of technology ( or social media or messenger in specific ) by people all over, it is amazing how they connect people from opposite parts of the world within a second. That really is something isn’t ?
  • And finally a quote,¬†‚ÄúIf you will look about you (which most people won’t do),” says Sergeant Cuff, “you will see that the nature of a man’s tastes is, most times, as opposite as possible to the nature of a man’s business.‚ÄĚ ¬†‚Äē Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone¬†Ain’t that right ?

Post for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: ‚Äúopposite.‚ÄĚ Let it flow from your fingertips. Enjoy!

SoCS Badge by Doobster @ Mindful Digressions

What’s that app?

I ain’t on Facebook, irrespective of the fact that I am there as part of my friend’s posts, but then since I ain’t being tagged and for the fact that I don’t have an account over there (pseudo or not) I can claim that I am not there, yet (even in spite of being pressured a lot recently). But ever since I joined gym last year, I am on Whatsapp (even when I had my old phone with access to very less data using 2G) because the timings or any updates to my classes were done through Whatsapp. I am not fond of texting and try to avoid it as much as possible. That in turn means that I don’t take part in the Whatsapp conversations unless and otherwise it is necessary.

I literally groaned my frustration when my brother created a Family Whatsapp group and included all of my family members (yup, the only one who was left was my Mom who got an Android phone as a gift from my brother for her birthday last year and he set it up for her with¬†an email account and loaded it with enough games for her to spend her free time). My brother is too much into all these social media stuff. He is the one who introduced me to blogging (even though he doesn’t do it anymore) and I will be grateful for that. But he texts too much for my comfort. But imagine my surprise when my sister also gets a little bit more involved in texting in Whatsapp, sharing the photos of kids, their daily activities, their fights, normal chit chat of the day and this inspite of them being in the same town and much closer to each other. No wonder my dad went running for the hills in a day or two , in other words , it means he left the group ūüėČ My mom is still figuring stuff out and I haven’t spoken to her yet on this to get her feedback on her view of this whole new text world. So yeah, suddenly everyone is on Whatsapp (well because every one has a phone now, duh!) irrespective of whether they are on Facebook or not. There are lots and lots of groups created to communicate (my brother told me that there is a 60+ member group he is part of , which consists of members of a whole village, imagine that), people share forwards and all those stuff they did earlier through FB using Whatsapp groups.

And not to mention the famous blueticks and the set of jokes and repercussions that it triggered when that got enabled. Blueticks should be used only when you really need to know if the other person received the message or not and not for why they haven’t replied. If you are able to disassociate receiving and replying you can live in peace with it. I just don’t care about it, blue or gray. What triggered this rant like post on Whatsapp ? Well this article, where they were talking about the growing numbers in Whatsapp. If every single person who has a phone and with the data getting cheaper (comparatively) start using Whatsapp instead of texting over Facebook it is obvious the numbers will grow exponentially. And I know¬†I am already part of that when I got added to the Family group in Whatsapp.¬†And I am already considering the mute option on them.

 

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Some just can’t resist taking Selfies

My brother was on a quick visit today (as part of his business visit to the city) carrying with him some Diwali sweets sent by my mother. I am happy that they came unharmed and packed. Usually if the train got delayed or if he is hungry he would help himself to the eatables my mother sends me. So there is no guarantee that they would ever reach me safely. ¬†But I digress. So he comes home, he sees my new phone, checks it out and what does he do to validate it is a good one ? He takes a selfie. And declares that the selfie has come out good and hence the phone is good. I was like ‘dude, really ?’ I did not pay 13k for the camera, even though it is good too. He is one of those who can’t resist from taking selfies. Earlier it used to be just him. Now that he is married, his selfies mostly includes his wifey too. No wonder there is a song for people like him in the new and upcoming Tamil movie ‘Kaththi’ (meaning knife).

This is just a small clip from that song, but the English translation  goes like this

I have Terabytes and Terabytes of love for you

Making me go crazy when I am consumed byte-by-byte by you

Lets live our life through Instagram

By shooting (using camera i.e.) every second of our lives

When we get together there is bound so much fun

That even the Facebook likes and shares are bound to breakdown.

Instagramming it

Now that I have got a new and cool smartphone with better camera and all, I decided to give Instagram (photos.by.kg)¬†a go. I sincerely hope it doesn’t go the Twitter way. I configured it yesterday night and uploaded a couple of photos. And I added the widget on the right hand side too (yay!). I still have to figure a few things out and play with it (right from how to post one). But if you have an Instagram account do let me know and I will look it up.

Have a great day ahead.