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Old April 6th, 2018, 07:13 AM
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On Things, "This and That"

I am opening a thread to talk to “this and that”…mainly comprising of my random observations. It’s a safe place to ramble I suppose. Feel free to share your ramblings here.

On Dating Single dads/Moms:

Some of my single girlfriends ask me if its ‘safe’ to date a single parent. 5 years ago, I would have said nope, don’t do that. It’s too much work with kids, you are always going to be second priority, what fun can you possibly have with a toddler and they fall sick all the time and jump in your bed just when you are starting to doze off.
Then I met Frank (pseudo name). He works in a different department. Not a head-turner but good company to have lunch with. He is in mid-40’s, doing some junior job and very happy where he is and he has no grand intentions of making it big. He has a 5 year old and he is a single dad. He would tell me, no, let me rephrase, he would instruct me about certain books I ‘should’ read. He would go on and on about a book with so much excitement that I would often forget to comprehend what he is saying…I would just be awestruck with his excitement. What’s attractive about him is the dad in him. He would ‘tell’ me I should drink more coconut water as its high in natural electrolytes.
Couple of years later, I would find a show or two based on the books he suggested. I would watch those shows and then I would look forward to more shows and more books from the list he suggested.

Would I have missed out on life if I handt met him? perhaps not. But boy would I have missed out out laughing out loud at certain lines from a book

So, now, when my girlfriends ask me if its safe to date a single dad, I tell them. Yes, as long as you don’t expect a bed of roses, I think you will find a mate.
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Old April 6th, 2018, 07:43 AM
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You could tell them it may be OK to date a married dad too
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Old April 6th, 2018, 08:16 AM
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Old April 6th, 2018, 08:21 AM
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Oh the bell sleeves and the golden meals…

The “in” thing right now, if you are not aware are the bell sleeved everything. Back in the days, women wore blouses that had bells/frill, bell pants etc. Now the trend started off again. We were getting late for a playdate. I think we called for a playdate more for us grownups than the kids. My 6 year old insisted she is “very” hungry suddenly and wants to eat before we leave. I give her idly and a bowl of sambar that is golden is color (but of course eh). She was eating spoonful’s and shaking her head as she was explaining about why its important to have late bedtime routines. She was shaking her head so hard that I anxiously started watching if the beads on her hair would fall into the sambar she is eating.

And then my carefully planned look of bell sleeves and golden heels took a backseat while I watched her with amusement. It occurred to me (like Vonnegut would put) then that
all along I had been trying build a life that made sense from the things that I found in gift shops.
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Old April 6th, 2018, 08:53 AM
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It occurred to me then that all along I had been trying build a life that made sense from the things that I found in gift shops.
Pretty philosophical. A lot of people are regular believers in the advertised things. Ultimately all of us succumb to it in some instance or the other, but some are affected more regularly.
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Old April 6th, 2018, 09:37 AM
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Pretty philosophical. Ultimately all of us succumb to it in some instance or the other,
Me: Raniraja, can I pick your brain?
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Me: I promise, I wont keep it long...wailing
RR: Are you going to return it in good shape?
Me: Yes yes. You will find it in better shape.
RR. The Siren's of Titan. Go feast.
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Old April 6th, 2018, 09:56 AM
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Me: Raniraja, can I pick your brain?
RR: Moorkh! you stick to biryani's and halwa's.
Me: I promise, I wont keep it long...wailing
RR: Are you going to return it in good shape?
Me: Yes yes. You will find it in better shape.
RR. The Siren's of Titan. Go feast.
Bouncer, all of the above.

But thanks. Searched for The Sirens of Titan and found this. Will keep an eye for it in the second hand book stalls

But don't let me keep you. Good thread. Carry on :thumb:

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A: Raniraja, can I pick your brain?
RR: Moorkh! you stick to biryani's and halwa's.
A: I am planning to diversify to Bheja Fry. Wanted to start with yours.
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Old April 6th, 2018, 10:39 AM
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On a Woman strong and beautiful.

Ananabai Joshee. Did you know Ananabai translates to "Joy of my Heart"?
She was the first women to enter United States in 1883 to study and practice medicine in India. Married at 9 to her tutor, leaving India at 18. She said, "there is a growing need for Hindu lady doctors in India, and I volunteer to qualify myself for one."
She received a donation of Rs.100 and along with the money she gained by selling the wedding jewellery her father gave her, she set out to America.

She entered University of Pennsylvania at a time when most universities are aiming for gender equality, mostly through Protestant Missionaries. The end goal was to let these doctors go back and practice as a Protestant doctors helping convert one person at a time. Ananabai wore sarees through out her time in America and continued practising Hinduism and maintain a vegetarian diet. She focused specifically on obstetrics and gynaecology with a vision to help women back home in India. By the time she was 22, she became the first lady doctor to hold a US degree, a feat quite unimaginable back then.
A day before she graduated, she was offered a job at Albert Edward Hospital in Kolhapur, India, to be the First Lady Doctor. Unfortunately, she passed soon after graduating with tuberculosis. She never practised medicine in India but paved way for 100's more.

Her personal life has never been too rosy. Her mother would give punishments to her that did not include timeouts or cutting down on fun-time. It was stones, sticks and live charcoal. When she was 6, Her father recruited a professor who would tutor his child. When she was nine, he took a better job opportunity and married Ananabai to take her with him. He continued tutoring her afterwards.

He wasnt non-abusive which I later came to know when she said in her journal, "It is very difficult to decide whether your treatment of me was good or bad … It seems to have been right in view of its ultimate goal; but, in all fairness, one is compelled to admit that it was wrong, considering its possible effects on a child’s mind."

enough writing for one day. Good weekend my lovelies.

Is your sister like you? A question I get asked frequently.
No, she is actually normal, I respond.

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her name was anandibai joshi . it means 'happy woman' .
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Old April 6th, 2018, 11:02 AM
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her name was anandibai joshi . it means 'happy woman' .
You seem right. Or wrong. or we are both right? Some journals call her Ananabai.

We are both right until one of us is wrong. Ananabai and Anandibai were both locked up in a steel vault. You release gas. One of them may die or both or none. So until you open it, they are both alive and dead.
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Bouncer, all of the above.

But thanks. Searched for The Sirens of Titan and found this. Will keep an eye for it in the second hand book stalls

But don't let me keep you. Good thread. Carry on :thumb:

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Choose your words...carefully.

Oh daddy, I am so sorry I made a mistake.
Oh daddy, I've been naughty.
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From snapchat to Zizek.

Welcome to our hippest and latest philosopher, Zizek. I sat there watching the snow fall (damn the Canadian winter), brooding over the lack of my literary education that can spin brooding words, much like the smoke coming out of a furnace cutting through the snow. If you are bored of Osho and his insatiable desire to change you, you can chance upon Zizek, accidentally; no one needs to know it came from me. What brought me to him is one line. That’s it. ONE. Decaffeinated sex. One who can play with words is the one whom I would …read.

“I saw this thing in an American store!” he explodes, lurching towards me in the quiet conservatory of a Bloomsbury hotel. “A total mask for the body! The ultimate in safe sex! So obscene! My God! But I do believe that by analysing this sort of phenomena you learn a lot about where we are. We want coffee without caffeine! Cake without sugar! And this is decaffeinated sex!”

I wish there exists a place like snapchat for words. You exchange word porn with the person you find interesting. Now that’s a good business plan.
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Toy R Us is shutting shop, my 5 year old kid is worried .. in his words .. daddy, what will the humans do for toys now? I'm like
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