Yes! That’ll be my pet! ;)

 

In total love with this channel. Bravo! Panchino!

 

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Un Hermoso Blog

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Image courtesy: Fusion

“One lovely Blog” nominated by a lovely blogger, Fusion . Thanks for the nomination! I’m delighted! You already know my super-duper procrastination habit. So I hope you’ll bear with me for the delay! 🙂

A few words about Fusion Fusion has a lively and colourful blog littered with beautiful pictures. The blog posts are versatile and bubble with creativity. If you are reading this post, you ought to visit the blog. Ok, yeah, you people can thank me for introducing a good blog!

A little history about the award: “One lovely Blog” – I tried googling and digging up the history of this award. The result is the widely accepted perception that this award has no traceable origins. May be it was introduced by neanderthals of .com world! We don’t know yet! We may never know. If someone finds, please do share with me! Don’t rush to apply for a Nobel prize for this discovery cause Nobel is not awarded for paleontology works. Forget it, we can start our own e-Nobel!

Ok, I’ll stop rambling. Three things about “One Lovely Blog”

1) Thank the awesome blogger who nominated you (DONE)

2) Share seven facts about yourself

3) Nominate fifteen bloggers you admire and inform them by commenting!

My fact file:

1) Arsenal! I love the club. I’m not as fanatical as Fever Pitch protagonist but you can say that I’m a devoted follower of the club!

2) I just love movies. They are an entirely different world. My favorite movies are: 1) Matrix (all the three) 2) LOTR (again all the three) 3) A Few Good Men (“You want me on that wall…You NEED me on that wall”) 4) The Intouchables (Motivation! 😉 😀 ) 5) Meet the parents (“Can you milk me Focker! 😀 )

3) I like chocolate ice cream or for that matter anything with chocolate flavour!

4) I hate gym! I would rather run in an open ground rather than hit a tread-mill! But I do neither 😛

5) I’m learning spanish all by free internet tools. No formal class rooms. Lets see how far can I go!

6) A cool fact about me – At some or other point in my life, I had friends from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chathisgarh, Odisha, Punjab, Bihar, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh! That is whole of India minus J&K, north-east. I hope I will friends from these regions too!

7) A little scary fact – Last week, in the morning I saw a cobra from my balcony. It swiftly crossed the road and escaped into bushes. This is for the third time that I saw a wild snake in my life.

That’s that about me.

Finally, I surely can’t name 15 blogs. Most of the blogs I follow are non-award blogs. So for now I am nominating Saya…D Poet for her intense poems and funny anecdotes! Rest will be nominated when I increase my social skills on wordpress 🙂

El Perro

 

Imaginary Friend.Many of us had imaginary friends as young children. If your imaginary friend grew up alongside you, what would his/her/its life be like today? (Didn’t have one? write about a non-imaginary friend you haven’t seen since childhood.)

 

I always wanted man’s oldest friend as my friend. The love it has for you is unmatched. Unfortunately for this very reason I never had a dog as pet. My dad has an incident when his was a child. It was not easy for him to handle the loss of his friend. So to preempt my heart-break, my parents unanimously opposed of having a dog as pet. I was a victim of this classic case of protective parenting!

My closest association with a dog was when I stayed in Coimbatore. My neighbour had a young Dalmatian. Only then I realised the amount of care you have to give a dog. Poor fellow chewed up something and payed several trips to the vet. My neighbour too had sleepless nights! But when it came home after complete recovery I had sleepless nights because it never stopped barking all night!

So this post is to you, my imaginary perro!

“I am God!”

 

Grand Slam. The World Series starts tonight! In your own life, what would be the equivalent of a walk-off home run? (For the baseball-averse, that’s a last-minute, back-against-the-wall play that guarantees a dramatic victory.)

 

What should I say? I am a small guy in this big world. I have my daily share of small happiness and petty fights. To put my life in a pessimistic way, the best word would be “bourgeois”. A positive word would be “normal”! Yeah, smooth curvy ups and downs with no sharp hairpin curves. I am not sure how my perception of home runs are indeed viewed by others. Let alone the last gasp ones. But the life of top athletes have always intrigue me. As today’s prompt rightly suggests, I wonder how does one perform under such huge pressure. So I would dedicate this post to the top two tantalizing moments that etched indelibly in my memory.

The first one would be the 2011 cricket World Cup final between India and Lanka. It was some feeling. I have never experienced such joy and pride. The whole stadium – mind you, I am talking only about the stadium where it was projected on a giant screen, not the original stadium – erupted in joy when Dhoni hit the six of Kulasekara to finish the game in style. It was surreal. Never have I witnessed such a historic achievement. “Can you believe it, We are the world champs!!” The hell broke loose on to the streets. People danced in delirium. It was some night!

But before all this pandemonium, there was a dejavu feeling about Sachin’s early dismissal. It brought back the memories of the ill fated 2003 World Cup finals vs. the Aussies. In ’03 I was very young. But I vividly remember the build up to that final-day. It was as if a curfew was put in Hyderabad. All shops shut. Roads empty. Eerie silence. My worst fears came true and Aussies crushed India. So, some of my friends already lost hope after Sachin’s dismissal. Tears tumbled down their cheeks. Impatience set in. But unlike in ’03 the team reacted with aplomb and finished the task. Hats off to Dhoni, Gambhir and Co.! Literally the team attained God-status!

Next is Arsenal. How can I not mention about my love, The Arsenal!! They are some kind of specialists in giving their fans heart-attacks. I can never forget the 17th of May 2014 (for more than one reason!). Nine years trophy drought was ended in the most thrilling fashion. They went down two nil and snatched the victory under the noses of Hull City late in extra time. How can Arsene Wenger even sustain such pressure?? I almost passed away watching the game from million miles away! His nerves are surely made of steel! He is my greatest inspiration!

I don’t know if God exists or not. But I would not deny if these people tell me, “I am God.”

Procrastination 101

The Daily Prompt: Twenty-Five Seven.Good news — another hour has just been added to every 24-hour day (don’t ask us how. We have powers). How do you use those extra sixty minutes?

There are some tasks that I procrastinate endlessly. Since time immemorial I have been planning to follow an exercise schedule. I also plan to take time out to actually read a newspaper rather than glancing over the headlines. Or read a book in leisure. Or take my online classes regularly. I would rather use this additional hour to attend to this task.

PS: Adding another hour is not solution to my problems. A proper time management is the solution. There is every chance that adding additional hour in a may in fact wreck havoc in my schedule. Because now I can delay task by another hour. I would definitely not ask for further mess!

Black Sheep

The Daily Prompt: Counting Voices. A lively group discussion, an intimate tête-à-tête, an inner monologue — in your view, when it comes to a good conversation, what’s the ideal number of people?

I love a good conversation, where people hear what I say and respond to it. And so do I. This should be the norm of a discussion. But I have been in some dirty discussions where some people are fabulously in love with their own voice. They just go on and on without slightest concern for others. One person of this sort can turn the complete conversation boring and irritating for the rest, irrespective of the number of participants in the group!

Media Circus

The Daily Prompt: Ready, Set, Done.10 minutes. You and your keyboard (or smartphone. Or tablet. Or pen and paper). No pauses, no edits, no looking back: it’s free-write time!

So much freedom! The whole world seems to be fighting for this word. Yet WP guys give it away with so ease! Thanks for that!

In this ten minute sprint, I would give my opinion about a new trend in Indian news channels. The trend is about inviting panelists from across the border. The situation on the border is tense. I don’t know whom to blame. But the fighting has started. It looks to escalate day by day. Not at all looking good. Yet our media houses invite people from the other side, some of them members of ruling govt. and others retired army men. What kind of discussion can I expect? Of course no one will come on an enemy TV and accept that they were wrong and India is right. I don’t understand what point these media houses are trying to drive home.

I would appreciate if someone can through some light on this new trend!

The Snob

The Daily Prompt: Upturned Noses.Even the most laid back and egalitarian among us can be insufferable snobs when it comes to coffee, music, cars, beer, or any other pet obsession where things have to be just so. What are you snobbish about?

I have a very bad habit of becoming complacent too fast and hence acting snobbish. All I need is some part of my brain telling me, “I’m doing good”. If this message from brain remains or escalates in a couple of days, you will be lucky to see another of me. It is funny and embarrassing to recall all those incidents when my puffed up snobbishness was punctured. But some habits die hard. I keep on moving up and down this snobbish curve.

Kolkata!

Welcome, Stranger.Think about the town where you currently live: its local customs, traditions, and hangouts, its slang. What would be the strangest thing about this place for a first-time visitor?

Edition II

I am a complete stranger to Kolkata. I have heard so much about the city. It has been the football hub of the country. It has been the factory of great thinkers and freedom fighters. The food and sweets are much hyped about. These two songs, in Bengali and Telugu, enamors the city of joy! Hope I’ll get a chance to share some of that joy!