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Whats Up People? How Are You?

Hey you, Whats up? How are you doing? Is 2017 the year for you so far? I have been pretty busy for the most of 2017 so far. Today, I want to update you guys on whats going on with me so far and what I plan to do as the year passes. I wrote a post last year after the first quarter of 2016 passed. This year, I am on a different page altogether.

First off, I am in a pleasant mood and happy to be alive in this too much work too little rest no time for anything year. I am exhausting busy at work which is the second main reason for me not being online. First reason being, family affairs.

Since January, we have been quite busy with March closing month. For those who don’t know, I am an Assistant Manager working with one of the largest banks in India, ‘Bank of India”. Being the second in command I am learning to work in a whole new light. It’s rigorous work, there are too many people without bank accounts and my current branch being situated in an industrial area we are always busy with new accounts, advances, and other products. To those wanting to join banking sector in India, my advice is, learn to be tough and kind, it is very important in our country where more than 30% population is illiterate and don’t know banking at all. Banking is not for the faint-hearted in this era of evolution in India.

Whats up. A scene in General Banks in India

                       Any day, this amount of customers is nothing new to me now.

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Logan The Wolverine X Men Marvel Movies Superhero My Petridish

Logan. In The End, Time Beats Us All.

This post isn’t a movie review about Logan, the last Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) movie. It is about the abundance of thoughts springing through my mind after watching the movie. 17 Years of my life, Hugh Jackman’s life and Patrick Stewart’s life – one crazy obsession – the perfection of play and the heroism.

Precisely 3 years ago, X-Men sent Wolverine back to 1983 to stop Mystic from assassinating Bolivar Trask whose death leads to the creation of sentinels (robots designed to kill Mutants). Wolverine succeeds and future of X-Men changes.

Fast forward 3 years and you find that the future didn’t change so much. Somewhere along the time line things happened, time changed its gears and another enemy of X-Men appeared. In the movie timeline, no new X-Men have been born for 25 years, only those who were bred in labs to be rats to the hands of the same scientist who designed a virus that killed the real X-Men. Wolverine, Professor X (Charles Xavier) & Caliban are the only remaining (or so it seems) X-men.

So what changed? X-Men dies at the hand of seemingly normal humans anyway. What changed? TIME.

Time gives life to heroism and sucks it out too.

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Staycation... Discovering the known

Staycation. Ways to Avoid Vacation Deprivation Right At Your Home…

The origins of the word Staycation are unknown. It is widely used word nowadays. Recently I read an article on Tripoto about how ‘Indians are terribly vacation-deprived‘. In the same article, there’s a link to another article which is about the plans for long weekend getaways for the 14 long weekends that are in 2017.

I can not agree more, Indians are actually terribly deprived of vacations. Most professional people I know don’t take vacations, in fact, they will even work a few hours on the weekends because the work is too much at times. Yep, that’s how work in Indian Banking sector and other sectors are now. I myself work more than 10-12 hours daily. It sucks. We all want to take a vacation but we don’t. There is always one excuse or another. Family reasons, kids schools or office. Leaving our jobs and becoming full-time travelers is another possibility to dab in but then again there are reasons not to do that just now.

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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton – A Book Review

I have been a fan of Jurassic Park movies & Steven Spielberg for over 20 years and I never had a mental picture of me feeling so cheated after reading just ten pages of the novel. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jurassic park by Steven Spielberg so imagine my surprise when I started reading the book and it turned out to be a whole new level of adventure?

Dr. Alan Grant Jurassic Park Movie

It begins with a quick hospital visit to Costa Rica islands by suspicious people in the middle of the night for what looked like animal scratching but told otherwise by the men in the helicopter? Similarly, another incident takes place on the island where a girl is bitten by a lizard-like creature while visiting with her parents. An American doctor Martin Guitierrez living in Costa Rica tells them it’s nothing to worry about but gets curious when he sees the drawing of the lizard that the girl made. Later on, he goes to look for the creature and accidentally gets a carcass of the same lizard. He sends it to another researcher at a university lab.

Thus begins the hunt for Hammond’s mysterious island (Jurassic Park) and his suspicious activities by the government of America.

Welcome to… Jurassic Park

Hammond is a science lover who wants to bring back the pre-historic creatures in order to create a new business. A new kind of amusement park that will shock the world and make him a renowned thinker of the 20th century. He is working with Dr. Wu a top of the class in his days and someone who wanted to make legends with his genetic research. 

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Solemn Oath

The Awkward Solemn Oath I took at the beginning of 2017…

Solemn Oath means a dignified promise you make mostly to yourself or someone else. In other words, it also means, ‘you are screwed!’

Remember those tiny voices that start ringing in our heads as the New Year approaches? Yep! I have those too. Some call it New Year Resolutions, which I don’t make as I know I won’t be able to ride the resolution cart through the year.

Solemn Oath My Petridish Micky Mouse

Nope! Just can’t.

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Fotunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman. Illustration by Chris Riddell

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman begins something like this…

“No milk,” I said.

Fortunately, The milk by neil Gaiman

So begins the ordinary day of a dad.

“No milk,” said my sister.

I watched my dad think about this. He looked like he was going to suggest that we have something for breakfast that you do not need milk for, like sausages, but then he looked like he remembered that, without milk, he couldn’t have his tea. He had his “no tea” face.

“You poor children,” he said. “I will walk down to the shop on the corner. I will get milk.”

 


Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman. Illustrations Chris Riddell. – ReviewFortunately, the milk by Neil Gaiman

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Bob Marley Quote Facebook

Dear Facebook, This is Why I Don’t Quit You!

You are under no obligation to be the person you were yesterday, a month/a year ago or even a moment ago. You have every right to grow, no apologies to anyone.

That being said, in a world where technology changes every single day. It is hard not to have any feelings regarding your own social media persona when you are on many different social media platforms. Happiness is a state of mind but do we have time for it. Gaining presence in social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc is a dream come true. Having that Blue Verified mark is part of that dream. Today I want to talk about Facebook specifically. Over three years ago I myself stopped going online on Facebook for almost a year.

While I was going through a difficult phase of my life and truly I didn’t feel motivated enough to go online on Facebook. Previously I deleted my Facebook profile twice for a few days over some small fights with my then friends. I really don’t feel the need to use Facebook for more than an hour or 30 minutes a day then and I don’t feel the need to go online on Facebook at all now even though I have my own pages to manage.

Facebook. So many emotions gif

(Found on Giphy)

The usual posts on Facebook are like these, people getting married/engaged/having baby, getting new jobs or how they are tired of their jobs, How bosses are annoying little pricks, someone moving out of country, 5 people checking in at places you have (miraculously just now) wanted to go, someone scoring high in their boards etc. Compared to them your life seems so little, so pathetic and you wonder when will you get to do all of these as well. Sometimes, I do that too and I also whined about it at times. But now I realize, that Facebook posts by others about their lives only means they want to share it. All those people are your friends with whom you converse only once in a while or not at all.

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, surrounded by assholes. Well said by Sigmund Freud.

Are we indeed surrounded by assholes? All of them? Think it.

Many people take around 100-200 selfies and chose one of it after heavy editing to put as their profile picture only to replace it a week later with another amazing picture. Posing for selfies with groups is a trend. About that I am thankful that I am Selfie Owl. Facebook Selfieslazy. I hardly take selfies and I don’t have the time to indulge in editing activities for my pictures, happily. I don’t check in at any places I go to since I find it unnecessary to touch my phone during such times and also because I don’t have Facebook App installed. Teehee…

Just who are you trying to impress?

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The Spy A Novel by Paulo Coelho – Review

I was waiting eagerly for “The Spy by Paulo Coelho”. Due to work pressure, I was not able to read this novel when it arrived on a sleepy winter morning. I remember writing an essay about ‘Women who made history’ as an 8th grader. One of the books I referred to contained an entire section on women in espionage and the world-famous ‘Mata Hari’ aka ‘Marguerite Gertrude Zelle’ was in it.

I never felt so thrilled to read about a woman spy before, the three pages only told about who Mata Hari was & how she was accused of being a spy and later sentenced to death. Sadly, in those days I didn’t have access to the WEB of the internet and she slowly faded in my memory resurfacing from time to time when women & espionage were mentioned in one sentence.

Mata Hari The Spy Paulo Coelho

The beauty in all her GLORY like her name Mata Hari – SUN fully Shining.

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The THC Under a Gibbous Moon by Manoj V Jain – Review

Manoj V Jain is another IIM, Ahmedabad alumni turning an author, this is his second book. His book The THC Under a Gibbous Moon is about Samar, Sanjaneka & Varun…. Loss, Longing & Changing Circumstances.

Book Blurb: ( As it is on the back of the cover)

“Now look at the person in the mirror and tell her that you love her.”

Sanjaneka stared and stared, unable to utter the simple words aloud.

Why is Sanjneka unable to love herself? What past is she running away from?

How does a Uber ride help Samar save his marriage?

Why does the dull moonlight of a gibbous moon trouble Varun so much?

Three lives. One Utopian center.

The Total Holistic Center (The THC) welcomes the broken and those looking for closure through it’s doors and works its magic to return them to the world fulfilled. This is the story of these three troubled souls who seek solace at the center, indulge in its unusual treatment and find the cures to their ailments in surprising places.

A book on loss, longing and changing circumstances. The THC dives into uncomfortable topics that are usually swept under the rug: fragile relationships, deteriorating marriages, addictions, impotence, and the delicate bond between fathers and sons.

The THC Under a Gibbous Moon by Manoj V Jain - Review

Pages: 194

Publisher: Notion Press

Publishing Date: 23 October, 2016

                             Book Links: The THC: Under a Gibbous Moon

My Rating: 3/5 Moons

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Stardust a Novel by Neil Gaiman. A Sequel to an Unwritten Novel…

At the end of the novel Stardust, Neil Gaiman tells an interesting story about how he started writing Stardust. It’s funny how the books we never plan comes into existence, how stories come to life.

In his own words…

Late one night, a year or so late, in a desert, I watched a star fall like a burning jewel and, in a moment, the whole opening of Stardust presented itself to me.

It’s really fun how stories come to be, isn’t it? C.S.Lewis had the idea of Narnia walking along the Lake Town, watching the stone walls. J.R.R.Tolkien started writing The Hobbit as a bedtime story. J.K.Rowling conceived Harry Potter on a railway station. Out of thin air, words are born which gave shape to a story driving the writer mad until it comes to an end.

STARDUST, NEIL GAIMAN

Yvaine watched over the world, long before Tristran Thorn was born. Never in her wildest dreams, Yvaine could have thought that she will come to Earth, meet a weird, crazy boy, meet witches who want her heart as well as funny sky pirates and fall in love.

Septimus is one of the seven sons of the King of Stormhold. One night the king summons all his sons (or what remains of them) to decide the heir to the throne upon his death. He hurls the Topaz that gives one the power to rule Stormhold, into the sky, and dies, the topaz hits a star in the sky and the star falls. All the sons depart to get the Topaz for themselves.

Lillim a group of three witches learns of the fallen star in the remains of a goat’s entrails. The eldest of the witch departs to get the stars for themselves as they did the last. She eats remains of a heart which make herself young again. Which is later revealed to be the last of the heart of the last fallen star.

But they are not the main characters of Stardust. Neil Gaiman masterfully crafted the story into a ravishing magical faerie fable for the main character Tristarn Thorn, son of Lady Una of Stormhold and Dunstan Thorn. Oh! but how can a normal man from the village of Wall unbeknown to the Faerie world ever meet the only daughter of King of Stormhold? Well, all youngsters are born to defy what they are told not to do. Dunstan is no different. Tristran loves Victoria, the famous belle of his village. So he promises to bring her the fallen star in exchange for her hand in marriage. Young love blossoms in this dangerous faerie story.


What did I love about the story? EVERYTHING. Having seen the movie I was not expecting any surprises when I read the story, but I was so surprised. The novel is not much like the movie, it is charming, dangerous, fun, magical and lovely at the same time. I loved how Yvaine and Tristran live a different life then it is shown in the movie, this novel over the movie anytime.

Stardust Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman created magic once again with his book. He loves writing thriller/horrors for children.

Like any other craft writing stories requires a great deal of strength and love. Love drives us forward in a way nothing else can. Yvaine’s love story with Tristran is something similar.

We are lucky to receive any kind of love in our life. It is a magic unlike any other. Click To Tweet

You can buy the book here: Stardust

Every lover is, in his heart, a madman, and, in his head, a minstrel. Neil Gaiman, Stardust Click To Tweet

Finally, if you decide to give it a read, have magical time reading. 🙂

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