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sleepwalking and hoonnnnnnnnkkkkkk!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Whoa!.”

I’ve always been a sleep walker.. If I am disturbed/tired/anxious, I walk around in my sleep. It used to happen a lot when I was a kid.. Not so much these days.. Maybe once a month..

This particular incident happened when I was about 22 years old. I was at my cousin’s place, just outside of Pine, India. It was summer, maybe sometime in late May/Early June. The monsoon hadn’t arrived yet and it was terribly hot. I couldn’t sleep inside the apartment and decided to sleep on the terrace, under the stars..

My cousin is a pediatrician and his clinic was just across a busy street. His juniors used to work the night shift and I was friends with them.

Sometime around midnight, in my sleep, I dreamt that the interns are heading out for a picnic. I wanted to go to so I went there to join them..except, I was really going there in my sleep.. I claimed down the stairs .. Walked down 4 floors.. Came to the road.. And I was about to cross the road when I heard a loud horn from a truck that was speeding towards me..

I woke up but couldn’t see because of the headlights ( deer in the headlights).. I froze.. The truck braked really hard and stopped maybe a foot away from me.. The truck driver hurled a few abuses..

I had my whoa! moment..I got out of his way.. The stream of cuss words continued.. I said to myself.. what the eff is wrong with you.. But couldn’t do anything.. Somnambulism is a disease and needs treatment!

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I see and hear you, Mr. Bin Laden!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Fly on the Wall.”

If I can think of one event, that had the most impact on the world as we know it, in the new millennium, it would be the attacks of September 11th, 2001.

That event had some major impacts on the international relations, the airline industry, our sense of security when we fly, the way we look at each other.

How nice would it be if the event did not sure occur at all? How would that have happened?

If I were a fly on the wall of the cave/room where Mr. bin Laden heard and approved the 9/11 plot, I would have alerted the authorities and prevented the event.

I would have let the world know about who all were in, on the conspiracy.

But most importantly, I would have saved thousands of lives..on 9/11 and in the wars that followed!


caffeinated zinger!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Ha Ha Ha.”

A customer goes to a coffee sshop, buys coffee.. He doesn’t like it one bit.He complains to the owner “Yuck, your coffee tastes like Mud”..

The owner calmly responds.. ” thank you, sir.. It is fresh ground”..


kesar-pista! (saffron – pistachio)

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “32 Flavors.”

Arguably, one of the most popular ice cream flavors in India.. Milk n cream with fragrant cardamom powder, a beautiful creamy- golden color brought about by the saffron and with crunchy crushed pistachios in every spoonful.. Heaven!!

Reena’s Ice Cream of this flavor, available in all Indian stores, is delicious.. Try it!


A Zoo!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Places.”

I love watching big cats.. Don’t have the resources to see them in the wild..so I catch a glimpse at my neighborhood zoo..

Dont let the calm fool you.. There is a raging beast underneath the surface!

Dont let the calm fool you.. There is a raging beast underneath the surface!


Love is consensus!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

In one word, love is consensus.. Its a mutual decision between two individuals ( humans, animals) to coexist, an implicit agreement to respect each other’s space, their individuality, while working towards a common objective. That objective maybe peaceful coexistence/nurturing and caring and working to create something new, that is an extension of themselves!


No K, OK?

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Twenty-Five.”

Interesting prompt.. I’m dropping the letter between J and L..

What a world it would be without this alphabet..

1. No more reality series with an infamous family without talent.. And guess what no more worrying about a talentless rapper.

2. No more soaps in India, whose names begin with this alphabet..

3. The f bomb loses its edge..

4. McDonalds regions supreme as its rival loses its crown..

5. The infamous street in Washington which houses the lobbyists has to go..

What a world it would be.. The only sad part is, I will have to file an affidavit to change my name.. That sux!


Thanks, but no thanks!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “I’d Like to Thank My Cats.”

Mom always said.. If you can’t speak well about somebody, don’t say anything at all..

With that thought in mind, I’d like to thank my cat(s) for not being there.. Your absence makes us both extremely happy!

Now if the prompt were for a dog, I could write for many pages with a guarantee of tears in my eyes!


Tea – Leo Babauta style!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Imitation/Flattery.”

Leo Babauta is my favorite blogger. His blog, zenhabits.net is my source of wisdom, ideas and inspiration. Leo is very relatable.. He seems very real.. With the same strength and weaknesses, that you and me have.

I have been following his guidelines on mindfulness and it has helped me a lot. Following his another advice, I have quit smoking.. Joined a forum of fellow quitters and so far it has worked wonders for me.

If I were to write a post about something.. Say how to make tea in Leo’s style, it would be in this format..

A quote.. Some wisdom about the topic:

“This morning’s tea, makes yesterday’s distant” – Author Unknown..

Followed by bullet points about the steps:

  • Take a clean kettle.
  • Fill it with water
  • Heat the water to the boil.
  • Pour water over tea.
  • Let it steep for 3-5 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Then a couple of pointers about benefits of drinking tea.

Drinking tea is good for you because you don’t have to drink coffee.

Followed by personal experience..

Earl Grey with honey works better for me.

Finally a note for you.. Make drinking tea a habit by treating it as a sacred ritual.


Its complicated!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Just a Dream.”

I had a really rough week.Friday evening seemed like a welcome relief. I poured myself a drink, lay on the couch dreaming about what’s waiting for me at workwork on Monday.. Dumbest thing to think of but when you have a rough week at a job that you have to do.. In the midst of a recession..its expected.  Work becomes the source of your biggest misery, but the fact that you have a job when millions don’t also makes you feel grateful to have that misery.

Speaking of dreams, in a nightmarish mood, the three recurring nightmares for me are:

1. Being chased by lions.

2. I fail in an exam.

3. I am running late for something that I absolutely cannot miss.

I dozed off on my couch.. The familiar lion came by to say hello.. It didn’t scare me as much today.. Donno why.. Had I stayed with him long enough, I could have sworevthat he purred and not roared..familiarity with the beast breeds confidence, I guess.

I walk past the lion to a news stand and the headline on the newspaper read “School board cancels all exams!”

Delighted, I walk to my scheduled appointment.. Time check..15 minutes to go before my appointment. I  say to myself.. Boy, somebody is taking my nightmares and shredding them..

I browse the magazine, waiting for the nurse to arrive. She does and takes me through the hallway and instead of  the usual “Dr. XYZ will see you in room … “.. She said, pick a door and pick a doctor..

I chose the corner room and the prettiest doctor.. I walk up to the room, open the door and..

And

Another nurse hands me a pill saying ” boy, you are tripping”.. You are a week late to your appointment, your test results are horribly wrong and getting hair extensions for your cat does not make him a lion “..