My Bucket List had a book in it and I was not sure as to what and how I should be writing one. Some well-wishers suggested to write a travelogue as I used to travel for work or otherwise.
I was also lucky that I am a member of this blog group and help came up instantaneously. The sum total was the realization that I should be writing from the heart.
Encouraged by the support I decided to start writing and brought up an idea of forming the ‘Book Writers’ Club’ which was joined by a few friends. And I wanted my first few pages to be seen and reviewed by the club members.
I got a real review, ably correcting the plenty of mistakes and telling what should be taken care of from one of the members. She had one book published and here I am talking about her second and lovely book ‘Love.Exe’
If you have downloaded a complicatd software on an unreliable computer with moody internet, you get a picture of how the author unfurls the story. The story progresses like the exact stages in the software download, with the several yes/no, true/false confirmations concluding with the finish button.
That alone would make the book a hit among the tech savvy new generation. Particularly since the background is set on the dream destination for Indians for study and work – the U S A and Ivy League colleges, full scholarships and dream jobs with new gen tech and online companies.
About the Author
Manju Nambiar, originally from Kerala in India, after higher education in USA, now works in a leading frim in San Jose California and lives there with husband and daughter. Her first book ‘The Money Lender’ has been a hit.
The book is available on Amazon
The main character is a bright and beautiful girl from an orthodox South Indian family with ambition set on the typical Indian youngster intention of living the American Dream.
Marriage is what the parents think of daughters and that is what the compromise for any dream.
There is a transition from an attempted arranged marriage to love led marriage. Imagine the situation when the parties involved are the same in both the scenarios.
As a reader, I have a weakness of getting attached to the lead character. That is not the problem. The problem is that whoever is a villain to the good character (mostly heroine) has a red mark on him from me. And when the author cleverly brings the two close to where they work, I am not happy to see the villain making any gains on the heroine.
But I am unique. Almost all the others love the twist and are fascinated by the details of a real Indian experience in the campus and workplace in USA, especially when the love dominates the details. The book is a complete success in meticulously detailing every steps in the life of Indian Americans living the American Dream in the University and work office.
That’s when, though I wouldn’t like the villain coming anywhere near my heroine, all except me will be thrilled at the way the two get closer and closer and closer.
That makes a reader to get hooked on the book. That is everybody, young, old and even me.
Great romantic book and highly recommended.
I just enrolled for the swimming competition by the Yacht Club here, where I am a member.
I am competing in the 50 meters freestyle and 50 meters breaststroke events for the 40+ age group.
I do swim, but for the last several years, I have been doing an endurance training where I have been swimming non stop for one to two kilometres with a mix of freestyle and breaststroke.
But the steady pace of that swimming will not get me anywhere near the other competitors.
That means I have to train for the speed swimming. And I have just a week before the event.
So, yesterday I did 5 sets each of 50 meters freestyle and breaststroke, trying to maintain a good speed.
Out of breath each time, but I hope to get into the correct pace in a few days.
There’s another issue also. For the endurance swimming, I get into the pool using the steps, but for the competition, I need to take the starting dive.
I did dive 10 times yesterday. Here also I should get better.
I made such a huge impact and splash of water on each dive. Perhaps a good strategy to upset the rhythm of the swimmers on the left and right. HAHA.
There’s a positive also. My intermittent fasting is best complemented with some interval exercise. Speed swimming and rest after each set is interval training.
The biggest exercise in the democratic process of free elections is coming to a close tomorrow. Spread over nearly forty days (arguably too long unnecessarily) involving hundreds of thousands polling stations and several hundreds of millions of voters, the Indian General Election is humongous in size.
The counting of all the polled votes will be completed in one day on May 23rd, thanks to the electronic voting machines used.
Social media played an important role in this election. Perhaps it diverted the focus to masala issues, driving more relevant issues out of focus. And there’s speculation that the print and visual media got influenced with money power.
Did the voters get influenced by these managed communications or did they chose to vote based on real issues! Well we will know on 23rd.
I have a feeling that the population at large exercised their franchise freely and wisely. And the power and independence of women will truly reflect in the results.
Congratulations to free India for a smooth election process in the complex and largest democracy in the world.
Christmas cake of my childhood days had Royal Icing which used to be a most coveted delicacy. The thick whitish icing covering the fruit cake had Marzipan with liberal amount of cashew.
It was so special that one had to attack the cake without anyone seeing, as at the end of it the cake will get fully exposed without the icing cover.
When we were living in London, we were introduced to Christmas Pudding, which is actually a matured fruit cake version, but without any icing.
I liked Christmas pudding as the distant second to my childhood Christmas cake with royal icing.
As such my second daughter, living in London brought this traditional Christmas pudding as one of the Christmas presents.
And I wanted to have it the traditional way, by setting it on fire before enjoying it.
This requirement made the pudding sitting in the refrigerator for all these five months.
Finally, yesterday I tried to set fire on it by pouring brandy and lightning it. I almost succeeded and it got fire but the blue flame of burning brandy lasted only a couple of seconds and could not be captured on the phone. (The experiment was performed alone and by the time camera was focused the flame went off).
Partial success then, and I saw the traditional blue fire, but couldn’t share with everybody as it went off before the click.
Maybe next year and on Christmas Day. And with a photographer ready!
Doris Day is no more. Que Sera Sera.
I don’t think anything is more remembered and fondly used than these lines.
And we remember it while saying RIP to Doris Day.
The Barbecue set up in the balcony has been idle for sometime and perhaps it’s time to activate it!
Somethings are required for a proper barbecue like the meat, friends etc. And since they were not available immediately, I decided to innovate.
That’s when I remembered Bangalore days and the occasional visits to ‘Barbecue Nation’ which has a riot of meat and fish constantly appearing on skewers on the grill in front of you, till you surrender by lowering the flag.
It was not meat alone and barbecued pineapple were as good. Hence I decided to use the pineapple I had.
How to marinate the cut pineapple! That’s where innovation comes in!
Just a minute, before innovation there’s google. It has mostly grilled pineapple and I found one under Barbecue.
And I looked for ingredients and couldn’t find anything other than salt and lime.
Marinated with available ingredients such as salt, lime juice, zest, pepper powder, chilli & date sauce.
In the recipe’s comments, someone suggested pouring some rum and I did.
And then the best judge is wife and I passed with flying colours. She liked it very much.
I have covered here newspaper reports of a historic meeting after 50 years between Australia based Anne Boyton and India based Sunu Kurian (my wife) in Sydney Australia.
They met and spoke for the first time after communicating only through letters for 50 years.
A Qatar based Radio Station, Radio Suno, a Malayalam language station interviewed Sunu over phone and here’s a link to the Radio’s Facebook page.
The interview is in Malayalam language, though my wife has a pretty good mix of English in it.
I am quite impressed with the interview and the interviewer and the video of it on Facebook.
It’s long 17 minuets and it’s mostly in Malayalam, and Facebook account is required to view it.
It’s done quite well. Hence I am giving the link here.
Last night in a function, I met two ladies who are amazing on what they are capable of doing. One is in her forties and the other in the fifties. One is almost a public figure and the second from a popular business family with strong planter background.
Diving is in my bucket list and one of them is an accomplished diver. In a brief conversation, she became eloquent on how diving in the deep sea gives her so much of mental peace and valuable learning.
Bungee Jumping is not in my bucket list. And I don’t think it will come in there at all. Having said that, whenever I see skydiving, I tell myself ‘I won’t do it voluntarily, but will without hesitation if I have to jump from a plane’.
Both the activities of these brave ladies are an inspiration to take a serious look at my bucket list.