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The Coffee Journey

My deviation from the instant coffee route started when I accidentally bought filter coffee powder instead of instant coffee powder during the final stages of my bachelorhood in Trichy. I was forced to buy a South Indian filter and tried putting everything everywhere to brew some coffee – I drank whatever the  random positioning of the 3 parts of the filter, the coffee powder and hot water produced. All that changed when I surprised myself with a Breville coffee machine with a grinder for our 5th wedding anniversary. Suddenly pressing buttons produced the weirdest sounds and the nicest coffee. Pouring out the frothed milk was an art and soon I realised why I was never destined to be an artist….

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Coronavirus – What They Say And What We Think

Government order: 14 hours of curfewIndians: Coronavirus stays for 12 hours only. So if we stay indoors for 14 hours it will die. Government order: Lockdown for 3 weeksIndians: Coronavirus infectivity period is 2 weeks. So this lockdown will defeat the virus. Government order: Lockdown extended for 2 more weeks.Indians: Some reports saying incubation period is 28 days. So this extension will annihilate the Coronavirus Government order: We will carefully start easing some of the lockdown restrictions in…..Indians: Coronavirus is over. Lets get back to life as usual.

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Tha Paradox Of Easter 2020

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Hope – A Rose Blooming Among Dry Thorns And Leaves Sprouting From Dead Branches

The rose plant that I have in a pot perched on my balcony is a story of survival. It flowered, grew, withered, sprouted and just about survived. But it’s time had probably come. The branches were withered and the leaves were dry or unhealthy. I was willing to let go of it. I did the occasional pruning and deadwooding, but not regularly. I watered it nonchalantly almost everyday. It didn’t look heàlthy and its days seemed to be numbered. But it had its own plans and over the last few days a small bud appeared on a delicate branch. I saw 2 bright new twigs with leaves sprout out of drying stems. For unseen by me, my mom was carefully…

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Waters Turn Red – But It’s Not Biblical

A recent tweet created a small frenzy on the internet for a while. The Etobicoke Creek in Canada had red water flowing in it and the video captured by hikers was quite dramatic. @CP24 @CTVToronto Hi the Etobicoke Creek is all red??? pic.twitter.com/M3i1qvtAyW — the meatagain of my neighborhood (@adamcarson0205) March 24, 2020 The responses immediately warned people of end times and tied in recent events to create Biblical prophecy theories. However it turns out this red water was a result of 400 litres of red dye / ink that had spilt into the creek from a company. Peel Public Works clarified about this in a tweet Approximately 400L of red ink was spilled into the Etobicoke Creek. The Ministry…

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The wonder of it all

You didn’t pay your taxes. You didn’t question it when the government allotted a meagre percent for healthcare. You were busy buying IPL products and spending money on movies. You were assured that you were contributing to the economy. You questioned every rupee that was needed to treat you and your parents when you were all sick. You didn’t follow the advice to control your mom’s diabetes and didn’t heed the healthworker who wanted to help you stop smoking at home.Now you’re wondering why your mom can’t get an ICU bed with a ventilator and why your favorite doctor is not able to treat her –  because he was given a cloth mask instead of full protection and is now…

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Hectic

Hectic.Need a break.Thought of trekking up College hill and staring quietly at the sunset with my arms wide open, after work today.“Don’t do it”, they told me.“Why?” I asked puzzled.“You’ll get arrested” “Why?”. I was confused.“Because someone will think you are staging a silent protest” 2020 has just started.

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Yet Another Social Media Post

I remember the days when Facebook would be filled with fun messages, daily snapshots, birthday wishes, actual personal updates etc. That was social media then. There was so much to love and so much excitement to brag about to the world. Yup! Those daily breakfast photos, those weekly baby bump pics, those frequent (supposedly) cute-baby photos, checking into every small nook & corner and that detailed post on how to be a perfect parent were annoyingly entertaining. There was so much to love and plenty of time to show the world what all you loved. Who cared if that muffin was a little burnt and the restaurant you checked into has a 2/5 rating? Who cared if your friends thought…

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No Longer 18

I’m no longer 18. I can feel the difference. After decades of celebrating my 21st birthday, the strain on the bones, tendons, joints, muscles and ligaments is obvious. Every time I submit an ID document or fill in a form, the fact that I’m from the previous century hits me hard. With my bank balance smaller than my slim waist, my retirement seems too close for comfort. So how do I cope with the huge void that is created as my youth creeps away to give way to greyness, baldness and presbyopia.* My friend zips around in a BMW as he takes us to his beach facing holiday apartment. And me?  My trusty Hyundai Xcent is smaller, but has taken…

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Fretting and strung up about a cracked bridge

Is this the beginning of the end. My Pluto guitar is about 12 years old and has been the main guitar I have used in my life. You can read the short story of how I got the guitar here. When we were returning from Australia in 2014, it got damaged in transit – Malaysian Airlines refused to let me carry it on board and asked me to check it in. I had to sign a waiver and that was it. It still sounded great even after this damage – there were cracks on the body in front and probably one of the support beams inside. I’ve used it immensely till now. It continued to sound good, but recently the…

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