The first thing I packed when I was moving to the UK was my 5-liter pressure cooker 😉 Even during my first visit to London this year in May, I got a 1-litre cooker with me. I cannot cook anything without my pressure cookers. It makes life lot easier. Rice, Dal, vegetables…cooks in very few minutes. Saves gas and time. Now I am trying to get pots to go inside the cooker so that I can cook more than one at a time like cook both rice and dal at the same time. It isn’t as easy as I thought and the hunt for a stainless steel cooker pot is still on. We will be going shopping today and that is on my list.
In India, just a few weeks before I left (the exact day when Trump got selected), the Government demonetized the 500 Rs and 1000 Rs notes in order to fight the black money in the country. The effects of it both politically and economically are still being felt. The cab driver who was dropping me home from the airport (during my short trip to my hometown) was all for it. He was all praise for the Prime Minister to take such a bold decision. Whether it is a good thing or a bad thing, in the long run, is a moot point for people who are bothered only about the short term solution for the lack of currency and how to go about their daily transactions. I am all for it, considering so much black money has been brought to light. But the execution could have been handled a little bit better. The corrupt bank and political people are making it a lot hard for people too. It is going to take a while for everyone to go cashless especially in a huge country like India where daily vendors still deal with a lot of cash. Let us hope that this is a step towards the right direction for the betterment of the country and these hurdles that are thrown in the way are managed effectively and efficiently.
I had to keep repeating this throughout the movie, Moana, to my second niece and to my nephew who wouldn’t keep quiet and kept laughing out loud and making comments about Maui (even though I had to translate half of the dialogues from English to Tamil) But they all loved the movie, so did us, elders. It was totally fun and very well made. The songs were very good. I couldn’t help but keep picturing Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson whenever I saw the Maui. I didn’t have enough time or space to actually analyze the movie, given that my niece and nephew were constantly asking me questions and keeping me busy and I was given the task of translating the very difficult scenes too. But I am sure they enjoyed it given the fact that they wanted to go back home and watch the songs again on YouTube. That sure is an indication that the movie went down well. And here I was being super skeptical about the movie when I booked it for them. It was a good day overall.
When I read the news headlines on my Google feed, Australia asks Turkey to extradite top IS terror suspect, I was wondering what a turkey (bird) is going to do about it. It took me a while to distinguish between Turkey (Country) and the turkey (bird). I blame it all on the Thanksgiving tweets and messages that I have been reading and the pretty bad headache I woke up with and the one that still is not ready to let go of me. Have you confused words like this? What is your excuse 😉 ?
Yesterday was a whirlwind of a day. Too many things happened. I get tired today thinking about it. All good news, though 🙂 I got a new laptop in my office because the old one was out of warranty. When I had to copy all the contents from the old one to the new one, is when I realized how much junk I have accumulated over the 5 years of using that laptop. Irrespective of the fact that most of the content are in their respective folders, there still were enough stuff lying around everywhere and I didn’t know where to categorize them. It was almost the same effort as vacating a house. I took three days to get things backed up, find out the programs I had installed and installed them in the new one, make sure I am set and nothing is left out etc etc. Phew! And then I realized that as of yesterday I completed 13 years in this company. Again, Phew! Looking back it doesn’t feel like it even though the journey had its own ups and downs. It’s going to be very weird for me when I leave it. But I have been here when I have to be, have enjoyed myself, worked smartly and hard enough. The journey will go on and it might even take me to more exciting places, who knows 😉 Am I looking forward to it? Of course, Yes!