Mornings Right Out of Gold

Each morning brings another opportunity to live and another chance to make a difference, right in front of us. The time after getting enough sleep makes it a good morning, and in my case, I have a lot of time to sleep, and that makes sure that the morning is better. But we are not to be satisfied with just a few good mornings, as we need the better option – the gold mornings. The desire is to wake up to a better day every time, and as each day passes, we await the best of the beginnings, the gold mornings.

A gold day begins with a prayer, with being thankful about being alive, and as it is another chance for us to be useful. As another lovely breakfast awaits us, there is something that comes in between the sleep and the food. There is the time to find the tooth brush and let it save our world. It is not really an interesting adventure at the dental clinic with cavities in teeth being filled and the possibility of a root-canal treatment hanging over the head. It is a finish that we don’t want for our teeth.

Well, if you like the dentist so much, you should rather see him or her somewhere else, and not at the clinic. There are not many things more irritating than having multiple teeth which keeps giving you more and more trouble, and you have to keep visiting the dentist frequently. It is a situation which you will surely want to avoid to make sure that the morning is a gold one, and you will wish to make sure that the day will only get better with all the food that you have.

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A better morning, the one made of gold comes out of better dental health. There is heavy significance in making sure that the teeth works fine; I am someone who has cavities on more than fifty percent of my teeth, and so I know that well. There are also two root-canaled teeth also existing inside my mouth. I have visited the dentist so much that I am sure that he wnted to ask me if I don’t have any other job. This is where Colgate 360 Charcoal Gold toothbrush comes into the picture.

The colour of the brush is indeed gold, and this brush is quite an effective on as we begin the day with making an attempt to save our teeth, keeping it alive at least for this day, making it a gold one. The bristles are thin and soft – I remember using a tooth brush which had those kind of bristles which left me not able to speak well for more than a week, ruining that many number of days. But the Colgate 360 Charcoal Gold toothbrush becomes a fine choice here, as I already use the earlier Colgate Slimsoft Charcoal toothbrushes.

As the slim bristles reach the insides of the teeth easier, the brushing is smoother than ever. The black bristles in the middle are supposed to be charcoal infused. They provide the #Colgate360GoldMornings and it is the healthy as well as the refreshing addition to a good morning. Yes, those days of being lazy and not brushing your teeth in the morning will be over soon. If you value your teeth, this will actually come easier to you, no matter, how much you wish to get to the food right from bed.

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So, are you going to try to have your own #Colgate360GoldMornings? Lets make each and every morning the beginning to a lovely day with an option like Colgate 360 Charcoal Gold toothbrush. Having good teeth without cavities is something that we can cherish forever. I have only a few of such perfect teeth left, and I hope to make it count in making my day better. Well, Colgate 360 Charcoal Gold toothbrush is a warrior and it goes through to claim the golden morning for you in the form of #Colgate360GoldMornings!

***The photos of the tooth brush and the advertisement were taken by me only.

TeNy

Couponhaat: Deals and Offers

We know how much the strength of online shopping has increased in the last few years. I did my first online shopping by the end of last year, and now I do a lot of online shopping; that was from Flipkart, and it was followed by Snapdeal and Amazon in the later first half of this year. My mobile phone, battery-powered fan, electric kettle, the mobile phones of my parents, my tab, emergency lights, selfie stick, headphones, books, laptop bag and even water jugs and pressure cookers have origins through online shopping, and all these have happened within the period of one year.

Buying products online was not the usual thing to do around here at this part of the world, but things have changed, even though there will be people who will prefer buying things locally. Nowadays, a higher number of people are looking at the online websites first and then the rest. We are always looking for some interesting offers online. But often we miss such offers as we can’t keep searching for them everywhere all the time – we do have other things to do, and these offers just come and go.

I have myself wanted to find those offers at Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon, three of my most visited online shopping websites. I usually end up buying the needed product without offers, and there was the need to change that. It just happened last month with a Swipe phone! I have already bought too many products which had absolutely no offer associated with them, and at times I wondered if buying something from the local stores was better. But I recently came across Couponhaat, one of the fastest growing coupons and deals website in India.

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Couponhaat seeks to provide the best coupons and deals for online buyers in India. They choose the best from the popular online shopping sites. It always feels good to have earned some discount here or there, right? We have always loved buying something with discount or some other offer attached to the product. Along with the earlier mentioned websites, Paytm, ShopClues, Jabong, Pepperfy, Foodpanda, HomeShop18, Yepme, Zovi, eBay and many others are also there.

Couponhaat allows you to search through online shopping sites as well as products and the categories associated with them. You can specifically look for the offers from Amazon or Snapdeal or you can check at the categories like Electronics, Fashion and the others along with the subcategories like Books, Tablets, Cameras, Footwear, Laptops and many others. When you choose the option, you will see the best offers along with the name of the online shopping site and you can go there by clicking “Shop Now”.

Through registration at Couponhaat, one can receive e-mail alerts from the favorite stores or categories, at that moment when they become available. It is the easiest way to save some money as long as you are into online shopping. There will be newsletters with the best deals and coupons. There is the easy option to register with Facebook. The subscriptions can be personalized, with newsletters, and also choosing from the most popular stores and categories. It is quite an easy thing to do.

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There might be many options in the form of online shopping sites, but to make the best use of it according to our needs, we should be using something like Couponhaat, the website which has 80,000 coupons to redeem and 5200 live coupons and deals. Such an option not only saves one’s money by providing the best available deals but also saves the shopping time which is spent online. Using Couponhaat will make sure that the online shopping experience will get better.

***The images used in this blog post are screenshots of the website.

TeNy

Towards the End of MCR

Among the major roads of Kerala, Main Central Road (MC Road) has a major place, officially known as the State Highway One. Built by Raja Kesavadas, Dewan of Travancore and starting from Kesavadasapuram in Thiruvananthapuram and ending at Angamaly where it joins the National Highway 47 from Kanyakumari with its end at Salem. As the very much traveled road ends at Angamaly, there are a few restaurants which I would like to recommend during its last few thirty-fourty kilometres of its journey.

As you go past Muvattupuzha from Koothattukulam, you are into the last thirty five kilometres of the journey through MC Road. After you leave the town, the first interesting restaurant that you reach will be at Pezhakkappilly, the Aaryas Food Court which will cater to your vegetarian needs. There is a wide variety of special dosas and the menu is quite an interesting one. Tea is available at all times including noon, and the varieties of Paneer there have been among my favourites.

The closing of Indian Coffee House at Pezhakkappilly has been the most depressing thing for me. I used to go all the way there just for the food at ICH, but unfortunately, all that is lost to us now. But Aaryas is there, and there is enough parking for some cars while the rest can be parked a little bit away from there on the side of the road. A former vegetarian restaurant there has also been restarted there, and if I remember the name correctly, it was called Hotel Paragon Park, and that is also a good restaurant.

This kind of setting was also there for the restaurant mentioned above.

This kind of setting was also there earlier for the restaurant mentioned above.

You get more restaurants when you reach Perumbavoor. Saravana Bhavan is right there keeping the quality as usual as you enter the town. It should be the vegetarian restaurant which I have visited the most number of times, and Poori Masala and Paneer Masala Dosa there have been my long time favourites. Just after this restaurant, there is Hotel Woodlands which is a smaller, but nice choice at cheaper rates. Aryas Dosa Corner is there near the main junction; but the location makes parking here more difficult than around the previous two.

After the rush in the Perumbavoor town is over and you go on, you will notice Ammu’s Dosa Corner on the right side, just opposite the Saint George Latin Catholic Church. The food is cheaper here, and there are many varieties of dosa here – you might want to try a few types. After that, you can have food from Annapoorna which is a standard place for people who return home after the church mass. For non-vegetarian, there is Honeydew restaurant which is only a few metres from there. The last two provides a lot of parking area.

As you go past Vallom and reach Okkal, there is Kerala Food Court has the best Appam I have had for quite a long time, and the Poori Masala as well as the dosa items are good too. The place has a lot of parking available, and it is a comfortable place which is very neat. This restaurant is my latest find in that route. Then you reach Kalady, and there you have the Indian Coffee House which will make the right choice for food as usual. There is also an Aaryas restaurant right beside it.

Another Indian Coffee House is there inside the Little Flower Hospital which I am yet to try. If you are going to stop at Angamaly town, there is the Rassam restaurant inside the KSRTC Bus Station which is a fine place for having some nice vegetarian food. Another Indian Coffee House is there inside the bus station, and there exists a Saravana Bhavan in the town too. Well, these are only a few of my favourite places, and it is certain that there will be no shortage of good food during the last stretch of Main Central Road!

When you go through MC Road, you will know that this church has its own Redeemer.

When you go through MC Road, you will know that this church has its own Redeemer.

***The images used in this blog post were taken by me on my Samsung Cybershot DSC-W310 and Samsung Galaxy Duos.

TeNy

What Food Brings

We often wonder what it takes to bring a smile on the face of someone, especially with food. There is nothing which is equal to getting our precious loved ones smile. But it makes one wonder what it takes to bring that smile, and that too with food. A smile has to come with a snack on the plate; how difficult would that be? It is surely not among the easiest things around as people have different tastes. The same food item can’t bring the smile for all of them in the same way.

People choose their food, and sometimes, situations make the choice for them. People turn vegetarian or non-vegetarian, choosing to prefer whatever they like depending on the people and society around them. Even among these choices, they have the special interests, and only by knowing about the same, there can be smiles on their faces while getting the opportunity to have the food they like. An ideal situation is when they have the right to make that choice whenever they want, wherever they wish to do so.

Long ago, I asked my little cousin what made her happy, and she had replied ice cream. The next time, she added chocolates, and it was followed by the special interests, including a specific brand of chocolates and the particular flavours of ice cream including Spanish Delight, Butterscotch and Blackcurrant which often shocked her parents so much that they asked me to get the ice cream. I was interested in having a few myself, and never hesitated to bring the new flavours, and there were smiles with food!

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All those flavours were good for me, and all those brands. Later, she and her little brother wanted Milk Bikis, because this product had the smiley faces on them with white cream inside. I was also not out of this Milk Bikis love at that time, and had to get them too, with those Little Hearts biscuits which also made the impact among kids. Such things were successful in catching the attention of the kids all the time. They were indeed the special ones.

I would say that it was a really smart idea at that time when other biscuits were all simple round, square or rectangular in shape. This one scored better over those usual shapes with ease. Therefore, more packets were to be bought from the shop. There was nothing which matched the smiles of the Milk Bikis, but now we have the much needed replacement in the form of McCain Smiles. This one brings that nostalgia back and along with the same, all those happy faces on the food that we have to eat.

This time, it is the turn of potatoes to make us happy, and the kids are going to love it with these delicious potatoes with smiley faces. It is always nice to have the food smiling at us, inspiring us to provide a smile in return. The question is, if potatoes can remain so happy until being eaten, why can’t we humans heep the smiles going until we are taken to the grave? It is time to have some potato inspired smiles on our faces, as humans rarely inspire the same.

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The happiness can spread from there, with McCain Aloo Tikki, Veggie Burgers, Chilli Garlic Potato Bites, Super Wedges, Veggie Nuggets, French Fries, Veggie Fingers, Cheese and Jalapeno Nuggets, Potato Cheese Shots and more, because there is a little bit of that smile in the rest of the products too, even if not visible from outside. A smile on the face in never a bad thing, isn’t it? Unless it is a very evil smile which is going to bring the end of the world with chaos and destruction.

***All the images used in this blog post belongs to McCain India – see the link for more details: http://www.mccainindia.com/

TeNy

Discovering Togetherness

The world has been caught in the clutches of technology from which there seems to be no escape. It has only gotten worse in the last few years. The digital world has completely redefined the relationships, and the new meanings for the next generation are not really positive. There is so much of Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter which guide our lives. We are not really having the best future citizens for our nation. It has been some time since humanity has been slave to these machines, and it is time to make the grand return to the real world with some real emotions. It is time to get out of here.

What we need here is to be together, not while looking at our mobiles, and not by staring at the television or playing computer games. This togetherness has to happen outside, with nature, like a few of those moments which we remember from our childhood days. Things were much different at that time. There were trees to provide us with fruits and there were open grounds were we played cricket and football. But those days are clearly gone now with modernity taking over.

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So, the question remains about what we can do together. There was a 2014 Malayalam movie called How Old Are You, had Manju Warrier doing the main role of the lady who does vegetable cultivation on the rooftop and inspires many other women to join her. It was also remade in Tamil as 36 Vayadhinile with Jyothika playing the protagonist. Doing something useful along with being close to nature is something that brings a lot of relief to our daily stressful lives, and doing the same with others give one more satisfaction.

The thing about nature is that inspires us to continue what we have been doing. We have a number of trees planted around our home. There is not that much space around, but with what we have, we did manage to make something. There are also a few vegetables around. When our relatives away from the city arrives, they also join in helping with the same. There is a certain amount of happiness which is shared by doing such work together, that too being close to nature.

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A journey through nature will surely make us feel the same. May be we can visit some of our friends and relatives outside the city and town limits to witness some of the beauty. Nature is something which inspires not only our camera, but a wide variety of thoughts. It gives us reasons to love, and a chance to redeem the greenery which is being lost to us. Nature lets us know that we have the power to do something, and where we need to apply our thoughts. After all, we are part of nature too.

Still there will be people who won’t care, and it will up-to a small number of us. A recently released Malayalam movie Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi talks about the story of a few people who makes a different in saving a forest. It is a movie and they have done a lot more than what can be done in a usual situation. Still, in our current world, we should try and do what we can. It is all about trying, because this is not that much of a struggle as the whole thing is rather interesting!

There is something that we can do about it with ease. We can register at Kissanpur and get some tomato seeds for free. It is a fine interesting concept from Kissan. The advertisement nicely supports the idea too. There are some nice uses for tomato and as we already know, it is good for health in many ways. It always feels good to cultivate the healthy food at home at a time when all the fruits and vegetable comes mixed with the slow poison which will harm us one way or the other.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of Kissan. You can check the website for more information about these: http://www.kissanpur.com/

TeNy

What World Provides

It is a terrible world. We are judged by people for many reasons including our choices in what career we pursue, what we watch on the big screen, what we earn, what we browse on the internet, whom we worship, how much money we possess, where we live, what we eat, how we dress and similar things. No matter how much we try to be good, people will just judge us and try to put labels on us. Some of them use our personal opinions and interests against us to declare that we are bad or useless. It is a world which is not suitable for people with their own choices.

All the sadness in the world comes to us in huge baskets of disapproval. It only gets bigger as life goes on and on. We look for a smile and never find it, and then we look for a reason to smile and it is not there. Most of the people find faults and it is quite difficult for them to appreciate others; so it is not easy for us to trust them to bring the smiles. Even the relatives don’t really like us, and nobody tries to understand our situation. They never try to look at things from our perspective too.

It is a very difficult thing to bring smiles to our own face, as there is rarely anything positive that we find in the news that can do that. There is almost nothing that the people say to me that can make another happy. Nobody cares about the other, and the world is nothing but chaos or terror waiting to unleash. There is no freedom and there is no love. So, where can the smiles come from? How can we bring smiles to the face of others? Well, food can do that better than the others; it is a nice option.

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Well, taste has not always been a priority for me; neither has it been so with the choices. I still have my priorities about what I eat. There are two things that I love to have as part of my food, and they are paneer and potatoes. I am a big fan of Aloo Tikki and Vegetable Nuggets became my favourite due to the presence of potatoes. The smiles usually arrive when I see that the menu has somethiing like that includes a potato. This smile tries to come at all times, but it is not always there.

So, it is time to put a smile on the face of at least one person. In a world of hate, it is not something easily possible, unless it is about the artificial smiles. Thinking about the same, I had a look at this product called McCain Smiles. The mashed potatoes with happy faces make a nice effect, with smiles coming right from the plate. What we have to do after that is to eat the smiles with a smiles on the faces. With smile being reflected from the plate, the only thing that we can do is to smile back.

It is the smile that we forget and it is the smile that we find difficult to have. Remember those Milk Bikis Milk Cream Cookies which we used to have? Those were the biscuits which smiled at us. Then there were the Little Hearts biscuits which came up with the shape of a heart. They were consistent sources of relief to us at a time when people smiled and cared less. The same is with McCain smiles which brings the smiles on the packets as well as the products. There is a reflection of happiness right there.

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McCain brings extension to the smiles with Aloo Tikki and Vegetable Nuggets. The Chilli Garlic Potato Bites brings more smiles to what already exists. When you look at the Super Wedges from McCain, there is another addition. Potato Cheese Shots takes the same further. With McCain Cheese and Jalapeno Nuggets, the smiles are taken to the next level. Still, there is no smile like what McCain Smiles brings for us.

***The images used in this blog post belongs to McCain India. Check this link for further details: http://www.mccainindia.com/

TeNy

Temptation by Innovation

I was reading about LG Nexus 5X, and there were a number of innovative features that caught my attention at the first look itself. I have always been satisfied with the mobile phones which I had, and none of the changes were really inspired by frustration, but the hope for finding more innovation. There are not many things other than innovation that inspires one to change the trusted mobile and buy a new one; such is the power of the innovative features – it draws us towards buying the gadget like nothing else.

We can love the present mobiles as much as we want to, but we are still driven towards the temptation. Innovation becomes that best part of the temptation which we can’t resist and have to fall for. It is nobody’s fault though, as we are left with no choice considering our limitations against resisting the temptations. The end result is that we give up the existing mobile phone and buy the new one, thus beginning the new age. Here are the innovations which the LG Nexus 5X brings to us to consider another awesome mobile phone for buying.

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The USB Type-C charger is with the reversible feature is that first thing that comes to my attention as the thing of innovation. I currently got two mobile phones with me, an Asus Zenfone 5 and a Samsung Galaxy A5, both of them having the different side up when I try to connect the charger or data cable. It has been confusing also because I try to connect it without looking – with this new feature of LG Nexus 5X, this has become possible. I can just do the same without looking or thinking with this option.

The Nexus Imprint is the next factor which contributes to the list of innovative things, and it seems to be something that every mobile should try to have. The presence of this fingerprint sensor makes sure that things get more secure, and at the same time, ease of use is guaranteed with this facility. It is placed on the back of the phone and under the camera where it rightly fits and brings further quick access to the user. Turning on the screen and unlocking the apps have never been this easy. This is a real smart move.

Then there is the chance to love the camera which is innovative in itself. I would love to test that one day; because I haven’t known something as big as the one LG Nexus 5X possesses; it seems to be something of higher quality above the usual innovations which got more of the claim than the reality. I have been lacking a certain amount of knowledge concerning the technical side, but as it seems and from what is read, this one looks like another innovative one which can further add to that list.

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With the 5.2-inch display and the hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, LG Nexus 5X brings something strong and beautiful to the market. The looks are stylish with the light blue version bringing a stunning effect, and the black one is also a beauty which is not that much far behind. There also seems to be a lot of pre-installed Google Apps which will add to total happiness factor of the mobile phone owner. There is the promise of the best Android experience also present there.

So, the temptation that LG Nexus 5X brings with the help of innovation is rather a powerful one from which you can escape only with consistent prayers, and the realization of the truth that you have an empty pocket. Otherwise, there is no escape, as the beauty of innovation will take you on this day or another. It is not just the innovation that tempts, but also the innovation that inspires creativity. The LG Nexus has been there for some time, and only gets better.

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***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of LG Mobile.

TeNy

Smile on a Face

I have always believed in Vegetable Nuggets. Along with the French Fries, these have been my favourite whenever I wanted to have something light for the stomach whenever I visited a mall or multiplex. They were quite cheap, and just like popcorn, could be eaten while watching a movie on the big screen or television. I also used to have them with the rice just like vegetable cutlet. So McCain Veggie Nuggets is the first thing that catches my attention here too.

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Then there is the Aloo Tikki, and these two makes life better. As we usually have vegetarian food for most of time, there are these two things which can bring the change when we are having some time out or traveling. There can also be some French Fries to go with these, but the two things become significant in more than one way. I have often wondered how life will be without these two things, and it is nice to see that McCain Foods India is providing them and making sure that they are better available.

Both of these items are not readily available close to where I live, and it is another case of misfortune. The options with the vegetarian food haven’t been much, and when they are here, it has been mostly about the South Indian food items. I have only recently known about the existence of Aloo Tikki as what it is, reminding me of the Vegetable Cutlet along with Vegetable Nuggets also doing the same. It has been different for the local bakeries and restaurants though.

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The situation always brought something like Onion Vada, Uzhunnu Vada or Parippu Vada instead of the rest as some light food. Even otherwise, it could only bring the Vegetable Puffs, Vegetable Burger or Samosa as the biggest variety which has been with us all these times available at the bakeries. Having the same food has been part of our lives whenever there was no non-vegetarian option. We still hoped for more variety, but never really had them around here.

This brings a smile to our faces as they are the perfect light food items to have at any time, with the tea or just having in hand as part of the food while traveling to that place where food is not easy to get. The two food items can also be combined with rice to make up for a possible vegetable curry absence. It is a nice combination to have, and it brings happy times as the side dish not only for the usual rice, but also for the Biriyani Rice or Fried Rice, with or without gravy.

So, these snacks need to be there whenever there is the need. The presence of the same when we are looking, will only make sure of the smile on the face. This is the kind of food that most of us having been waiting to have when the need arises, and it has been so for quite a long time. So, the happiness is when they become available a lot more and at many more places. In a world of chaos, may be we can at least be happy about the food that we desire for.

When it is all about food, we have our interesting choices. They are not the same everywhere, but there will be the very few which we will always prefer to have. When we succeed in having them, it puts a smile on our faces, at least at that point of time. It is among of those very few things which can make us happy in a world which holds nothing much for humanity other than depression and sadness as McCain India brings them.

***The images used in this blog post belongs to McCain India, taken from their website: http://www.mccainindia.com/.

TeNy

Airtel 4G: Internet Flashback

So, I have been part of the Cochin and Trivandrum launching and preview of #Airtel4G and I have written long posts about it, four about my experience at the former and one about the same at the latter city. Being the fastest network as of now, Airtel being the only network having the 4G option, can continue to claim to be the fastest network around here, in those three Keralite cities, Cochin, Trivandrum and Calicut if we consider Kerala. There is surely going to be an expansion for the future, and I hope that it includes my current location too.

This speed brings me back to my past, to that moment when I got my first computer which was quite a slow one. It was called Zenith the One Up PC with an Intel Pentium Processor. I didn’t understand what they meant by the “up” because it was behind most of the computers of that time which looked the same. Nowadays, I don’t even know someone who has a PC from Zenith. I believe that it was in the year 1998 that the new computer arrived, I think I had access to slow internet very soon too. But we were satisfied with that at those times.

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Well, we still have the slow internet which is slower than ever, as some of the dongles do give us that slow speed for the unlimited connections after acertain limit – the speed has been reduced to 64Kbps these days which is no better than the dial-up connections of that time considering what all we have to load. So, we haven’t really improved from that time as long as we decide to suffer with the slow speeds. From just randomly using social networking sites like Friendster and Hi5, the situation has gone on through Orkut and Myspace to Facebook which has become the big part of life. So, the internet needs more.

At those times, there were two games, Claw and Hocus Pocus, the first one needing the CD to play. Then there was the CD featuring 99 games which changed my life with games including Blood and Alone in the Dark. At that time there was only that dial-up modem, I depended on these disks from Computers@Home, PC World, Chip, It, Efy, Fast Forward, Living Digital and the rest attracting us with headings like “Real War Games”, “25 Must Haves”,”Colour Your World”, “Paranoid Parent Kit”, “Go Picture Crazy”, “Print Adventure”,”Ultimate Utility Cache” – the games and utilities came from the disks only. Now it has gone beyond that.

The movies had to be rented too, and I created my first mail address at Yahoo and waited while having more and more biscuits with tea. The thoughts about downloading a game or watching a movie from the internet was not going to be something in the dream. Even in the later stages, playing an online game was tough for me considering the high-speed internet which the people from other parts of the world possessed. Games like Unreal Tournament and Quake 3 Arena asked for it, but the internet made sure that I never came first.

We were the people of the slow internet, and were limited to playing with local friends only. But everything is faster now, and still we will be behind in comparison. #Airtel4G can surely change that with its speed. The advantage of having the wired connection is that the speed remains the same all the time, and so I will keep the broadband, and would like to have the #Airtel4G for using during travel. As none of the USB dongles really do that well, this could prove interesting, especially as it can be used for the mobile too, with the portable Mi-Fi device.

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The #Airtel 4G speed has been excellent throughout both cities of Cochin and Trivandrum except for some pockets, even though it is quick to shift to 2G when it is outside the city limits. The consistency has been better at Cochin though, but that would depend on a lot of factors, I guess. I am not sure if I will recharge it with 4G right now though, because it is not there at my hometown right now. But I hope to use it with all its speed, as the distance from the place of availability of 3G to my location is less than twenty kilometres. The rates are supposed to be the same as 3G, and so I will need to look at it too.

***The images used in this blog post were taken by me at home.

TeNy

Colours and Variety

What are the usual colours that one chooses for the inside and the outside of a house? Some people keep telling us to choose the light colours and that the best colour is white. They say that everyone is choosing white or similar colours and so we should also choose the same. One of my uncles had once said “as we are part of a society and because they are choosing light shades, we should also do the same”. I immediately told him that I won’t, and that felt good. Yes, for some people, copying others is the only known thing.

Most of the houses in Kerala are defined by one thing, about how to build a house like somebody else, with a bigger size. Every day, people think about how to make huge houses which are good enough to make a lot of pre-British kings of India shocked. There are so many big houses in Kerala, which makes one wonder if they build houses to take photos and videos instead of living. Some people make houses, but do they classify as homes? Is this copying of others and showing vanity the right thing?

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Well, people will continue to do the same, because some people need to waste their money and the others will also get some housing loans. Having a big car and a big house determine just too many things. So, what we can change is the colour – we can at least choose different shades from our neighbours. Let me tell you something about my neighbourhood. Almost every house around here is white, and the remaining are all having some shade of yellow. No matter whose house they are, there is no variety here at all.

Even if we look at those churches, whether it is Catholic, Orthodox or some Pentecostal church, the colour is just white outside. That actually surprises me because it is usually the tomb which is whitewashed. Whenever I see something painted white, I feel a tomb – sorry Obama, that includes White House too. There got to be changes, and each building should have its own identity. There should be something special about each home, hall or place of worship.

Among all the available colours, I will choose red, because it is the colour of blood, and has high intensity. It is easily visible and its has a certain amount of energizing power. Blue is also my favourite colour, but for my room and the other bed rooms, red looks like the best choice. It should also be the colour outside, and the best would be the brick-red colour, because it gives an even better feeling. Actually my house is already painted red, and so the same colour works very well for me.

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The blue shade comes to the picture in other rooms, especially the dining room and the main hall. I was checking the colour for this particular room, and it looked very good right there. It has to be the purple variant. There is something royal about it, and most of the blue shades actually gives a certain happy feeling. It brings the blue sky and the blue ocean, keeping one close to the feeling to wander around and at the same time, be happy. May be one bed room can also have the same colour or some other shade of blue.

The red is strength while blue is peaceful inspiration for me. Actually, the #PaintFinder feature from the Bed Bath and More website allows you to choose a colour and recreate your dreams. There is also the availability of preview in a virtual room. This will be nice option which makes sure that you make the right choice with colours. Lets paint something wild with all these available options and see the preview, so that we can know what awaits us, a long time before.

I am participating in the #PaintFinder activity in Association with BlogAdda & Bed Bath & More

TeNy

Battle of Ten Vampires

The Great Vampire Library used to record almost all battles which the vampire kind had fought with the werewolves, zombies, dark elves, goblins, orcs, wood elves, satyrs, centaurs and high elves, but there was one battle which they fought among themselves. This particular battle was never recorded in any of the books, and so the gargoyles who guarded them never spread those stories among the masses of vampires. There was no word spoken about it inside or outside the vampire realm, but the vampires knew; at least all who fought or were witness to the battles.

It was the battle for the remote control of the television. It goes back to those years when television was first introduced in the vampire world which used dark magic to sneak into the cable television and bring the channels before that. This battle, which is often referred to as “Battle of Ten Vampires” in secret, had no blood involved, but there surely was the use of vampire powers for the possession of that one special weapon, the remote control. But the vampires were too ashamed to speak about such a meaningless battle.

The battle has actually turned more meaningless, with Tata Sky providing the option to record, transfer and carry the favourite movies and TV shows with the users. The Vampire Owl who created more problems than anybody else, really wanted to watch that match between Manchester United and Liverpool, but the Vampire Bat prevented the same by taking control of the remote control to watch US Open. It was the beginning of that battle which could have been prevented by Tata Sky+ Transfer, and it is still possible with the use of a time machine.

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The battle had wide spread destruction inside the room because the vampire apprentices had decided to join. Vampire Hamster wasn’t sure what he wanted to watch and so kept changing the channel. Vampire Crocodile went on biting everyone around hoping to get control of the remote control and Vampire Alligator joined from another side. Vampire Crow used its connection with the dead to summon a few undead and Vampire Raven contacted the other world directly through the portal. With Vampire Cat joining in, Vampire Panda and Vampire Penguin contributed heavily to the chaos.

With Kung Fu Panda on Star Movies, Vampire Panda had no option but to go berserk, and was stopped by Vampire Penguin who wanted to watch Happy Feet. With Vampire Cat’s desire to watch Puss in Boots gone awry Vampire Crow decided to sneak in and put on The Crow on HBO, but that was thwarted by Vampire Crocodile who managed to put the National Geographic Channel. Vampire Alligator tried to defend the Discovery Channel, but the Vampire Raven sneaked in. With the undead minions joining, and the sofas, tables and chairs thrown around, the television barely survived.

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Nowadays, things have calmed down and are getting more peaceful with #TATASkyTransfer being available, providing the customers with the option to watch the shows whenever we want to, with the programs stored in the devices in pockets. The shows can not only be watched in one of the rooms on one’s phone, laptop or tablet, but also while on a journey which might be too long. This surely seems like a better option than the internet download because things are rather more direct.

Now, there are wars to be fought outside, and it will be very good for the vampire community to have the internal problems solved. It is something that #TATASkyTransfer can bring everywhere and make sure that the fight for the remote is not there. The battle to watch a cricket, football or tennis match during the time of the television serials is something of epic proportions and there is the need for bring Tata Sky+ Transfer to save the day in most of the cases. So, this becomes a choice for peace and non-violence. Check here for more details about the same here: http://www.tatasky.com/transfer/

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of Tata Sky, and are used to support this post.

TeNy

For the Restaurants

I have had a long history with the restaurants of my favourite towns, and I had already written about those five towns already. The restaurants at Aluva, Perumbavoor, Muvattupuzha, Kothamangalam and Angamaly have been part of my life for quite a long time because they are part of the routes which I have traveled a lot. Yes, a good number of restaurants around the city of Cochin also got a big part to play in the same. Throughout my life, I have loved many restaurants and decided not to visit a few ever.

I have rarely hated any of the restaurants because I have always found one interesting item in one form or the other. Most of my favourite restaurants were vegetarian, with only a few exceptions in each town. I have already written about how much of an integral part of my life, Indian Coffee House has been. But talking about the restaurants, or at least most of them, there are a few things which I would like to see at all of them. I am sharing them here.

Try providing only the needed amount of curry: When there is only one person having food, I am surprised that there is so much of the curry being provided whether it is vegetarian or non-vegetarian. When I go outside with friends, if we are only two, we share one curry with the rice, Chappathi, Porotta, Appam or whatever we are having. This is the reason why I have some Dosa, Idli or Biriyani items which don’t require separate curry when I am alone. I am sure that I won’t be able to finish one full curry, but the restaurants can have the option of providing half-curry or sometimes even quarter-curry?

There Dal Fry which you see is usually enough for me and my friend :)

The Dal Fry which you see here with the roti is usually enough for me and my friend 🙂

Try not to make random assumptions: I have seen that many non-vegetarian restaurants bring Chicken Noodles, Chicken Fried Rice or Chicken Biriyani whenever we ask for Noodles, Fried Rice or Biriyani. This has happened to me on a number of occasions. There was a time when I had to chase the waiter to tell him that I actually meant Vegetable Biriyani only. This is really not fair. You can’t make me eat non-vegetarian just because the restaurant is non-vegetarian. I might have chosen this restaurant because of its location or due to the fact that someone who is with me wants to have non-vegetarian, and it needn’t be even chicken – it can be fish, mutton or anything else.

Make tea available at all times: Having anything cold might not be the right thing to do at all times, and so I would like to say, let there be tea! Yes, it has to be there all the time, from the moment the restaurant opens to the time when it closes. It has been a nice feature of restaurant chains like Indian Coffee House, but a lot of restaurants have failed to keep that property even as some combinations of bakeries and restaurants do manage the same. As the common man’s drink, tea should be available at all times, and at the cheapest possible price; it is rather a necessity.

Dosa means enough free sambhar, and tea at any time makes it better.

Dosa means enough free sambar, and tea at any time makes the situation a lot better.

Don’t hesitate to bring us the menu: Yes, please do bring that because even if you talk about what all are available in slower pace than that usual high-speed talk, we might not be able to follow that exactly as it is supposed to be. We might end up hearing something else, or may be you will just forget one name, and we won’t get that thing which we really want to have. It is really a loss on both sides, and lets keep things clear with the menu. Knowing the prices of all those things will also help. May be there can be a huge menu board on the wall like we usually see at the branches of Indian Coffee House – they are very useful.

Do have the restrooms for customers: Yes, this is very significant because when we are on the long drives, the presence of the same will only help to make sure that the customers make the visit. I have rarely been interested in visiting a restaurant without them, and hasn’t added them to my list of favourite restaurants. It is better to have them outside the restaurant too, or at least on the other side, quite far away from the kitchen. Some restaurants are really careful about the same, like the Carnival Food Court near Angamaly which maintains the cleanliness really well.

***The images used in this blog post were taken by me only.

TeNy

Airtel 4G Adventure IV

The adventures with #Airtel4G have been quite interesting so far. I have wrote about it already with two posts, one about the first day and also with day two and three. The fourth day was more like a continuation of the same incidents, but a few more locations were tested. Wherever the test was made, there was no compromise on speed as long as the 4G came up on the top bar. I have already mentioned a number of places in my recent posts, and I am going to add more, with further details here.

On the fourth day of #Airtel4G, I decided to check from where the 4G started at Aluva at least from one side. From the Perumbavoor side, it started from Thottumugham, a few seconds after passing the Mahilalayam stop. Yes, it doesn’t start from Kuttamassery as I had expected. The signal gets stronger and stronger until it reaches the centre of the town. There is maximum strength around the railway station, and it will work very good around the Zeenath theatre. It still needs to be tested inside the theatre.

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Then when we traveled to Edappally from Aluva, it remained 4G all the way through, even though it was the Container Terminal Road which we had chosen. I made sure about the main road during the return journey. 4G was clearly strong through the bigger roads, even though there should still be those pockets were there is trouble reaching, especially when inside the buildings. But a usual traveler should have no problems. Imagine someone traveling on the Kochi Metro which starts from Aluva with Airtel 4G – that should be great!

Then the test was done at the most significant centre of Kochi – the Lulu Mall. The signal was very good around there for 4G even though it lowered at some areas of the mall. There was no 4G at all inside the PVR multiplex while we tried to watch Kunjiramayanam on this day as it was often claimed to be the best Malayalam movie released for Onam. Jamna Pyari and Phantom were already finished. It was once again back to 2G inside the mall which make me wonder if I have to recharge with 3G only at times, but the availability should increase, and so may be I will keep that as a later option.

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The phone with 4G is surely working better than the Mobile Wi-Fi device and it is a clear thing. I have found the Samsung Galaxy A5 doing better with the connection speed, not only with the direct data transfer, but also as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Yes, the costlier ones have the advantage, don’t they? But the Mobile Wi-Fi device will also do fine. It is the cheaper option, and the right option if you have just bought a new mobile phone a few days, weeks or months ago. You really can’t really let the 4G experience go, right? Especially if you are someone addicted to speed.

Talking about this Mobile Wi-Fi device, it is a nice cheaper option to have high speed internet. This device from Airtel can stand for six hours without being connected to a power source, and we can connect up-to ten users. It can be considered during a journey in a car when we can transform the vehicle into a nice Wi-Fi zone with this portability. All those older and lower cost mobile phone users can be relieved about this one. As I got the broadband modem which works only on power, this has been something which I really needed.

But the device has problems with identifying the IP address on my laptop whhen connected through Wi-Fi. I am still trying to figure out why. Then when I connect it through the USB cable, it provides the internet connection. I will find the reason for that one day, and may be some of those people with more technical information can enlighten me about the same. I will connect with the cable for now. It is still available easily through the Wi-Fi for the mobile phone and so I can continue to use the device.

***The images used in this blog post were taken on my Asus Zenfone 5 and Samsung Galaxy A5.

TeNy

Airtel 4G: Day II and III

I had already made the post about the Day One of my Airtel 4G usage time, and I am adding my experience of high-speed internet from the next two days here. I hope to continue this usage, but as my journeys to Cochin are rather limited, I can’t be sure about the same and I am not certain about when there will be the details about a possible Day Four. All the photos used in this blog post were taken by me on my Asus Zenfone 5 and on the side of the road while checking the speed of #Airtel4G 😀

4G Day II: The second day takes the #Airtel4G first to Aluva which has been my home for most of my life. We stopped at the Mahnami Restaurant to have food and check the internet, and it gave very good speed there. This happens just a few months after we shifted from Aluva – a lot of things happened at the town after our shifting; Premam, Mumbai Taxi and now the availability of #Airtel4G, soon to be followed by the Kochi Metro which ends there. Aluva surely has the high-speed now, even though we didn’t check the insides of the town.

I always like to start by loading my Movie Review place :D

I always like to start by loading my Movie Review place! Hail Movies of the Soul 😀

After Aluva, the next stop was at Kalamassery, a little distance from the HMT distance where we could park the car in peace. There was the highest speed attained with the speed test, and we checked the Wynk Music and Youtube there; there was absolutely no lag at all. This is quite a lot for me as I have never really had high-speed internet in my dreams (It was mostly about just having internet all the time). Here is a reason to study at Saint Paul’s College – the Airtel 4G speed available around.

We stopped at Tripunithura and found a speed almost the same as Kalamassery. Later, I had a detailed check on the same at my cousin’s place and realized that once again it is not available inside the house as it became 2G again. The speed at the terrace was good, but returning inside home meant the loss of that speed – the location was on one of the pocket roads near SN Junction. I would guess that Tripunithura is the end of 4G at this side, and the entrance to Airtel 4G from the South. It is another thing that needed to be tested and known.

Watching the Phantom trailer here with speed!

Watching the new Phantom trailer here with the high speed @Kalamassery!

4G Day III: The third day was actually the official movie day. It could have been the second day with the movies, but I had to wait for all of the Onam weekend movies to release. I had to test this one inside a multiplex and so I decided to go for the movie Double Barrel for the first show of its release at Cinemax, Oberon Mall. It was also to add Edappally to the list of places where I had tried this. The mall has been my most visited place right from its beginning, and so I felt that this was the best place to give it a try.

So, that made sure that my local theatre wandering program took a break for the multiplex. I couldn’t get a ticket for the movie as they had cancelled the show (happens with me a lot) and so I decided to choose Phantom instead later to be followed by Jamna Pyari only. Well, people say that you have to watch a Malayalam movie for Onam, but this one was the next available best choice at that time. So, after seeing the higher speed in the mall, I waited for this movie to start. When it did, I immediately checked if 4G was there on the handset.

Checked the Airtel Wynk Music App; this was fast too!

Checked the Airtel Wynk Music App; this was fast too @Kalamassery!

Well, it was there at one second and then it switched out of it – the process continued and most of the time, it was just 2G. So, posting from inside is not going to be easy. May be PVR and Q Cinemas will have slightly different situations being closer to the Edappally Junction and the Vyttila Junction, but at the core, I believe that the things are going to be the same. I could get the speed back right after the movie, and I would love to have a get-together at the mall and see how fast the photos get uploaded.

TeNy

First Day of Airtel 4G

Most of you do know about #Airtel4G. Well, I have seen a lot of my friends talk about it on Facebook, Twitter and the blogs. Airtel has launched its 4G services at Cochin on August 25th and at Calicut on August 26th. Airtel has chosen Onam as the right moment here, and I couldn’t agree more about this choice. It is also available at the same price as 3G, and home delivery of SIMs is also known to be there. Airtel leads the way here, and being the first one here, holds the advantage. I was given a chance to preview #Airtel4G and I am going to give an account of what happened after that.

The 4G enabled phone - a Samsung Galaxy A5 [16GB]

The sample 4G enabled phone – a Samsung Galaxy A5 [16GB]

Even though it was made perfectly clear that this was for the city of Cochin only, I took my chances and tried this at Perumbavoor, and I am sure that the situation is the same at the other towns which are around the place – Kothamangalam, Muvattupuzha and Angamaly. At these towns the 4G device as well as the 4G mobile works only on 2G. There will be no shifting to 3G here as the switching is done directly to 2G. The Airtel 4G Mobile Wi-Fi device had some difficulties with my laptop, but worked perfectly with my mobile without 4G – on my Asus Zenfone 5.

So, I decided to return to the city on the first day and make sure that this 2G became 4G again. I made the decision to travel on the same route which I took on the day on which I attended the preview at Kaloor – the speed test had been a dream success at that time. Kaloor did seem to the place where the 4G was stronger than ever – it was so quick. But on this day, I decided to choose Thrikkakkara instead. It used to be one of my most visited places during the time I spent at Bharata Matha College. So, I thought that I would start the 4G adventure from the home of one my friends there.

Vampire Owl: So, what is the plan, soldier?

Vampire Bat: We attack the City of Cochin for #Airtel4G from all flanks. We desire and deserve high speed internet. See the map below for further information.

A simplified map of the attack plan to get the high speed :P

A simplified map of the very complicated attack plan to get the high speed internet 😛

The place was aroung Vazhakkala at Thrikkakkara, just about two or three minutes walk from the main road near Biriyani Hut. The 4G was not easy to find inside home, even though it was available outside home; and so we decided to go to the terrace to see if it could do more. The scene was a lot better there on the top, and the 4G was strong there. I had problems in connecting my laptop to the device there too (even though I realized later that I could do it with the USB cable when the Wi-Fi failed me). I apologize for my lack of knowledge related to technology – I am just not into it much.

I checked the speed on the mobile with the 4G SIM and also on my 3G phone connecting it to the 4G Wi-Fi device. It was excellent – I am not a person who has had a great experience with speed throughout my life, and I have tolerated the lower speeds with great patience – the only change to that was when I was in the UK (I don’t remember much from then though). Here with the Airtel 4G, I got 40-50 MB Android apps downloaded in around 30 seconds. Well, I am not used to such speed; never with any of the internet connections which I have used. This is surely my fastest internet experience so far, and the rest of my life has just got slower.

The Airtel 4G Mobile Wi-Fi device, or "the Mi-Fi"

The Airtel 4G Mobile Wi-Fi device, or “the Mi-Fi”

I connected my laptop to the Wi-Fi hotspot on the mobile with 4G SIM. My Windows 10 download just began again from where it had stopped at ten percent. I decided to wait for it to complete and the download took about fourty five minutes to finish the rest of the ninety percent of a total 2.7 GB as it was shown on the window. If I was to sit at home and use my usual broadband connection, it was to take a lot more time, and for the 2.5 GB, it would take me around eighteen to twenty hours – I might need to keep the laptop switched on for the whole night to make sure that things go smoothly for me during the day.

We actually stopped on the Seaport-Airport road on our way back, close to Bharata Mata College, and the speed test made it to the highest I had got. Well, I am not sure how that works, but returning home and checking the internet speed of my broadband made me feel that a return to the Stone Age was happening and I needed to resist the same. But unfortunately, 4G is not available at my town yet. I have to wait for it, and until now, I hope to use 4G during my regular visit to the theatres at Cochin – as long as there are multiplexes and movies, I can use this to my advantage.

Soon to follow with Day 2 of #Airtel4G: Hopefully with Aluva-Kalamassery-Kakkanad-Thrippunithura! 🙂 Lets also talk about the devices and how they have been/will be further helpful for me on the next few days.

TeNy

Internet and Speed

I have never really had a good experience with mobile internet, which is why I am not that much of a fan of having internet on my phone. It applies to almost every mobile network as there has been some problem here and there. I usually use my Wi-Fi for my mobile and even when I am going somewhere else, I try to keep my dongle with me with hope to connect it somewhere. The problems with my mobile internet connections were the high costs, slow speed and the lack of interesting plans.

I remember reading about 3G at one point. It was so big at that time, and now the time has come for 4G. I have never really been a consistent follower of a network, and has had my history of changing through them. 4G becomes a good reason to choose Airtel in this world of so many mobile phone networks when nothing really works with the mobile internet. We hope for something and we never really get them as we keep waiting. May be, 4G with its speed, can change this situation.

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We have wasted a lot of time with the lack of speed. With movie, music and video download, it has been quite natural. When something like that happens, we are provided with no option but to wait. There are times when we have trouble in loading some sites and it proves to be eternal – we wait and wait. At the end of the day, the only thing that we get is the opportunity to wait. Do we pay for that opportunity to wait, like paying for a dog which bites us? Is it the right thing to do when better options are available?

Well, vampires are supposed to be immortal and so are the angels. The Devil will also agree. But some network connections are those which test your mortality as a human being. Forget the downloads, because some cases cannot even come close to that – they make me afraid to download because we have to wait so much. Do we want to use that opportunity to wait as if it is what we get and it is what we deserve? Don’t we deserve better in this age of more modern technology?

In a world in which nobody has time to wait, Airtel 4G is going to be interesting. Patience is no longer considered a virtue as things happen so fast. There is a lot of value for time, unless you are jobless as I am; still I don’t have enough time in a day. The available 24 hours in a day never prove to be enough for me and I hope for me! So, I can guess how valuable it is for people who have jobs. So, this never-ending wait is never a good thing. Everything needs to be faster, and it should begin with the internet.

My hope about Airtel 4G is to change my idea about mobile internet in a positive way. It hasn’t been that great related to any mobile operator, as something terrible happens every time. The mobile internet has been my long time enemy with 2G and 3G, and it is something which should change with the new high speed 4G mobile internet from Airtel. I have seen the advertisement about the same already, and I believe that the most of the people have gone through that already.

The new option can get rid of a lot of problems as Airtel is the first telecom operator to come up with the 4G services and it happens across 296 cities across India as this goes nation wide. There is the option of free home delivery of the 4G SIM card and it is to be available at the same rate of 3G SIM too. It is actually just one tweet away – #GetAirtel4G. You can check for the 4G option from Airtel for more details about the same as you get the same data benefits of the existing 3G pack along with enjoying high speed 4G at no extra cost: http://www.airtel.in/4g/

***The image used in this blog post belongs to Airtel.

TeNy

My Room! My Room!

I have always wanted my room to be different and personal. Some people will call it weird, but I wouldn’t mind that. If my room doesn’t have something special compared to the others, it wouldn’t be mine at all. Even when we were staying at the flat, I had taken special care in having some variety with the colours, and now when we are at our house, I have tried to bring a lot of variety there too. My room is partially bed room, study room and kitchen, as you can divide my room into three.

Yes, I would like my room to be a lot different than any other. The current room was chosen by me because it was on the back side of the house, facing the green vegetation which surrounded the abandoned house there. It served as a certain kind of inspiration for me. There is no chance of me changing this room and choosing another. So, I hope to make this room my little dream world. I already got it coloured in three, in red, blue and yellow, and even though I would have preferred a little bigger room, I am hoping to make it more awesome!

The Godrej Interio photo actually inspires me to use another colour for my room, and it is purple. I believe that this colour can bring only positive feeling, and I haven’t yet seen the colour being used in the homes of my friends and relatives. People have always chosen the light colours, but I would choose the darker ones, and while brightening the red colour on one side of the wall, I would choose purple for the rest of the room. That should bring some more of the needed variety to the room.

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I already have facilities for placing a lot of items in my room even as the total size of the room is not that huge. There are enough cupboards here to keep my whole life in it, and what I would require now are open shelves where I can keep things which are needed regularly. For the same, I hope to make good utilization of the walls. I already have some wall shelves, but I hope to get a few bigger ones which can be used to the best advantage. I will need to have those of different sizes.

I would need to change the bed with something which is longer, and surely made of wood. I would need a new almirah to replace the big one which is present now. My favourite material for all these has been mahogany as usual. There is also space for an extra computer table along with the study table. I would have that made of the same material too. I have a hanging light right now, and I would like to use a chandelier instead of it so that I look up while I am on the bed and enjoy its beauty.

My room’s curtains are dark purple now, and with the change of colours of the wall, I would like to change this one to brown or red depending upon the designs which are available. I need a better stand for putting the recently used clothes along with an extra wardrobe on the side. I haven’t been a fan of fashion, but this will surely help in getting things in order. Some art on the wall will only do good. Some creatives pieces of art should also be places on the shelves to give some more of the special feeling.

My room is no awesome room as far as designers are concerned, because they can always use better rooms to create better output. But I have been so addicted to my room that sleeping somewhere else is not that easy. But if you visit the room, you will know that it is different, and there is a certain mixture of things that might seem interesting. With all which has been already set up, it will be easy to create something awesome out of it. There can be more variety than ever before.

I am participating in the  Upload and Transform #HomeCanvas activity in association with Godrej Interio and BlogAdda. If you are not blogging, you can still be a part of this activity. Here’s how

***The image used in this blog post is also from the BlogAdda activity page.

TeNy

Some of the Changes

In the last few months, I have made the changes that I thought that I never would. I still don’t know if there are positives or negatives because I still doubt them. Sometimes, I feel that there was no real point in the same and all the decisions were quite wrong. Then I think that change is good and can bring something fair in the variety. Well, life is very confusing as long as you decide to live it; otherwise things are quite easy and right into the grave. May be I should ask at the cemetery. These are the changes.

Buying a domain instead of using the free WordPress.com option: I never really wanted to buy a domain because I am a jobless person and I seem to go on without having a job or income forever; so this buying a domain might never stay forever as far as I am concerned. I still have no hope to continue having this domain because I have no salary, and I expect to lose that domain anytime and return to that WordPress.com site. Movies of the Soul might not stay with me forever as a separate domain.

But I had to buy that for now, because I thought that I needed it. Many of my friends has told me that it was better, and I was afraid that I might not be able to get that domain if I had chosen to delay – so I had to take that. May be it will bring something good for my movie reviews – it hasn’t done much until now, but I hope that it will be good some day. May be something will come up and I will get a job before I have to pay for the next one year. I would otherwise hope that parents won’t mind another year of Movies of the Soul.

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Using Bing instead of Google: This is surely what I never thought that I would do, as I have shifted from Google to Bing, thus permanently changing my Search Engine. I have used Google Search for a long time, but I later found out that even though we won’t really matter in the end, Microsoft’s Bing is rather more caring for the common users. Even though things will always be in favour of the corporate side and we are just those little cockroaches for them, I have found that even my blog links appear better on Bling than Google.

Bing uses a reward policy for searching, and I have found that inspirational in searching; I see no reason why it shouldn’t. It provides separate credits for computer as well as mobile. It took some time to let me into the program after registering for the Windows Live Account, and I haven’t completely figured it out, but everything looks nice as of now. There are also rewards for inviting friends. Well, I would like to keep my search useful rather than do it for no reason.

Using the other browsers consistently at least on the mobile: I still use Google Chrome on the laptop even though I have installed other browsers too. But at least in the mobile, I hope to use the other browsers by default, and I mostly use the UC Browser and Opera. I have been using them consistently and hope to continue doing so. I don’t know why, but Movies of the Soul looks a lot better on UC Browser when looking through the mobile. It also seems to be the faster browser among them all.

Getting a gamepad and speakers from Flipkart: I still have not understood about this – I don’t play computer games or listen to songs these days. The games have left me because I can’t even come close to winning any game of life. The music no longer makes me feel anything too. So, I wonder why I bought these. Still, I hope to play some games and listen to any song. May be, I will get some of my interest back. Things have been going mechanical these days, and I hope for some twist to happen.

TeNy

A Few Weird Wishes

I have had many wishes during my life-time, even though I have not retained many of them right now, not because they have happened, but because the chances are only becoming less as I become older; as I get older, I only become weaker. I haven’t been completely against miracles in my life, but when nothing really happens you have to cease believing in positive things – miracles is just one of them, and goodness can follow the route to extinction as there is a lot of time left for the world to end. At the same time, there will be wishes.

To see the world while falling down from the sky: I have been to a number of very tall towers, and even when I was standing at the top of those tall church towers here, I used to wonder about this. The view was very good from the top. What would happen if I jump from there, and how the image will be during my fall. I have only felt that during the first person shooter games which had quite a lot of buildings, and may be this real fall will help to have a more realistic view of the same.

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To go to sleep and never wake up: This still remains one of my wishes. With life having no real point, this might be the right time to have this wish. I thought about this yesterday, day before yesterday, and the day before, but nothing reall worked. Well, the nights never end, and so lets see what can happen on the days to come. After all, what happens more than the rest of things in my life is sleep. Can I at least go the other dimension like in the Insidious movies? That should also be fair.

To be adopted by aliens: When we are denied too much by the humanity, we have to look for the next species not belonging to this planet. With the basic human nature returning to evil with ease, we have to depend on the others for hope. The undead should be the first option, but as too many humans are in this planet who outnumber the undead, we have to look for the best option, which will be on another planet. So, I have been looking for a spaceship to appear for quite a long time.

To die and return from the dead: Being dead and back; I have always thought about it as a lot of fun. The other world might be something which can provide a lot of valuable experience to make us succeed in life. After all, they should have met a lot of interesting dead people who have passed or still remain in that world. We will just have to make sure that the return is made before our bodies are buried or cremated – otherwise, we will be caught in that world forever with no existence left here.

It is to the insides of Earth that we have to return, for we are dust.

To find a city underwater: I had special love for the underwater cities, a lot more than the cities built in the air, underground or on other planets. No, not under the smaller water bodies, but under the oceans rather than anywhere else, because the chance of being taken over by the saline water is more. The wish developed early, but got further strength after playing the game Bioshock, which had an underwater city of Rapture with enough horror to bring the enjoyment – the graphics remained so good too.

To have a detailed discussion with death: I have kept this on my wishlist for quite some time, and it still remains there. I have been interested with this since I read Emily Dickinson poetry for the first time. The interest had also developed earlier with Pappan Priyappetta Pappan, a Malayalam movie which features Yama and was the first movie of the famous Siddique-Lal team. Death is not the kind of person who has many friends, and so, I think that there will be no problem in having a discussion.

***The images used in this blog post were taken by me only.

TeNy

Mamma Mia! Food!

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We were returning from Thalayolaparambu, and instead of taking the other usual taken shorter routes through Muvattupuzha, Mulanthuruthy or Kolenchery, we decided to take another route, through South Paravoor and Udayamperoor, leading to Thrippunithura and then Thrikkakkara. There was the need to have food, but we couldn’t find a good restaurant in the rush at Tripunithura, but at Thrikkakkara, just a few metres before the Bharata Matha College, we managed to find a restaurant which I had heard about before, but could never visit until that moment – the place called Mamma Mia.

It was called the "Food Court" and they actually meant it :D

It was called the “Food Court” and it surely has that kind of a setting 🙂

The entrance was inspiring and so was what awaited.

The entrance was inspiring and so was what awaited inside in this case.

The one thing I knew better than the rest of the facts is that the restaurant belongs to Siddique – no, not the director of Bodyguard, but the actor who is also a well-known personality in Kerala. He is a person known for a variety of roles, from handling comedy with great skill, to being a villain as well as doing supporting roles; he has done them all. He has provided so much support to the superstars and the new faces of the Malayalam movie industry on the screen. So, when we took the right turn to this restaurant, we were expecting that kind of a variety with Mamma Mia.

There is variety in stalls, and you can be sure about that!

There is variety in the available stalls, and you can be sure about that!

You have the pictures of some great personalities to look at!

You have the pictures of some great personalities to look at while waiting!

We reached there around 12:55 PM. The crowd was not much, and even if there were more guests, there was plenty of space for them all. The setting was like that of a food court with different stalls around, and it made us wonder if we had to go for self-service. But as soon as we had chosen a table, the waiter was quickly there to take the orders. We were five, and so we ordered three plates of Kerala Meals, one Biriyani Rice and one Vegetable Noodles, along with out usual common curry of Paneer, this time the variant of Chilli Paneer. Yes, I am a proud vegetarian now, and I hope I can keep it that way.

Why is always Kerala Meals the first thing to come?

Why is Kerala Meals always the first thing to come? It makes me jealous.

The Kerala Meals remained the same, and we don’t usually find much differences related to that from different restaurants – we felt that it was overpriced. They were served almost instantly, followed by the Biriyani Rice. The Vegetable Noodles and Chilli Paneer took more time though. Biriyani Rice tasted very good, but I felt that it was a little too less in quantity. May be the rising hunger also played a part in that feeling. The Vegetable Noodles was also good with nice quantity, and I felt that Chilli Paneer was very fresh – and it wasn’t too spicy; I usually have different types of Paneer with too much of a spicy feeling, but this felt better.

Biriyani Rice comes second because it is also rice :D

Biriyani Rice comes second, may be because it is also rice and it is noon 😀

The time taken for serving was lesser than we thought, that too with more people coming in to have food. We finished the food program with Mango Shake and Vanilla Ice cream. The shake was good with both quality and quantity even as there was no ice cream scoop in it. The ice cream tasted the usual way, as vanilla has been the usual choice for very long. Well, there are actually a lot of choices here, and the menu book proves to be a good and interesting read. There are also a few things on it which I haven’t heard about, and I look forward to trying them on another day when I go for a movie at PVR, Cinemax or Q Cinemas through that route.

The last things to come might be the best, in most cases ;)

Still, the last things to come might be the best, in most cases; I can prove 😉

The ambience was actually very good. There were pictures of Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Sachin Tendulkar and other prominent figures on the wall in black and white. The service was actually the best thing here. The waiter assured us that the rest of the food will be ready in two minutes as there was a slight delay in the case of the Noodles and Paneer. He told us that the centralized billing system was not working and so he got separate bills from different counters. When he saw that I was staring at the bills and taking snaps, he took the payment to the counters, paid them and went back to each counter and also brought me the bills back after asking if I would need it. Well, I needed them to write this post!

Well, these were the ones which finished the good times!

Mango Shake and Vanilla Ice cream were the ones which finished the good times!

The price is fair here for most of the food items. There was also enough parking space and a guard to help us with the same. Even though the traffic was heavy, he made sure that he made a gap there so that we could go through. It usually takes us a lot more time to get through. The washroom and toilets were also clean. The location is very nice, on the Seaport-Airport Road close to the well-known Bharata Mata College where I had also studied for some time. You can also take a bus because the stop is quite near to this restaurant. There are other restaurants around, but this one catches attention better. It feels good to find a new place to have food and it turns out to be something for the favourites list! #AskmeFood

There is even some variety in bills! See and understand :P

There is even a lot of variety in the bills! See and understand 😛

***All photos used in this blog post were taken by me at the venue.

TeNy