Going back to the motherland

India 2.0 by Mick Brown

Returning to the land of opportunity: Over the decades millions of Indians have emigrated in search of a better existence. Now increasing numbers of their descendants, born in the West, are heading in the opposite direction and establishing exciting new careers in the land of their forefathers.

A very interesting article by Mick Brown, link: http://s.telegraph.co.uk/graphics/india2.0/part-two/index.html

I’ve always thought about what it would be like to go back for good, but I’m just not sure I could do it.  More thoughts on this in another post.  Enjoy the article.


Product placement in books?

I just finished reading “The Red Pole of Macau” and was surprised or more like confused at first.  First of all, this is not a review, I’ll leave that for another post.  The book was not half bad, easy light reading with a Chinese female superhero, channeling Chung-li.  Just a little bit.  This is not a porno book, not that i read those kind of books, no matter what the title says and this is a family blog hahaha.

What got me was how detailed the author was in describing clothing or coffee, maybe detailed is not the right word, more like the brand is always mentioned.  She slipped into her Giordano shirt or she put on her adidas track pants or she drank her Starbucks instant coffee, among others.  Those were the ones that stuck out at me.  I was thinking why do these labels keep on recurring? If I got a £1000 every time I read those brands in the book, I’d probably have £100,000.  I thought it was weirdest thing.  It didn’t click until towards the end of the novel, when product placement went through my mind.

That couldn’t be it, could it? Only rappers and TV shows and movies did that sort of thing.  Only when I went to leave a review of this book on the library website did I discover the truth.  Other readers had noticed it as well and that’s not all.  In reviews of his other novels, product placement is front and centre.  I was pretty shocked.  When did this happen in literature? Is this a new trend, cause this is the first time I’ve noticed this.  I don’t know how I feel about this, fine I do know how I feel.  I weep for the written word and I will burn all novels.  OK that’s too much, I take it back.  I guess this has turned into some kind of book review.  Not my problem. 

Have any of you read books with product placement?

2nd but really my 1st post of 2013

What’s happening people.  My blog is back from the dead.  This is also my first post written on my tablet.  It’s not the same as writing from my phone which I enjoyed and actually produced more posts.  The reason: a physical qwerty keyboard.  But since wordpress decided to stop supporting my phone, this nexus 7 will have to do.  I hate touch screen keyboards and don’t think I’ll ever get used to them.  Oh well, first world problems I guess.

So it’s 2013 and everyone comes up with resolutions that they eventually break.  I’m going to try a different tactic this year and take a tweet out of Jack Dorsey (@jack) timeline:

twitter resolutions

My guideline: simplify.  I’m going to try and simplify my life.  Get rid of the things I don’t need.  Get rid of all the junk (the physical and mental) in my life.  Focus on what’s important, sometimes it gets lost in all the noise.

Lifestyle change: eat better and exercise.  Reduce the amount of junk food I eat and join a sports class.

Achievable milestones: average an A this semester.  Learn a language.  Find a job.  Write at least 1 blog post a month.

So there you have it people, my resolutions for the year.  I’m going to do my best to keep them.  They’re very doable, they just require some hard work.

What are yours? If you don’t have any, follow this guideline.  Good luck!

PS: my blog redesign is complete. I oversold it haha. It was just a theme change, but my header picture will change once I take some photos and learn how to use gimp :/

Mangoes Mangoes Mangoes!


Finally a decent internet connection, though still slow as @#$%, even though i have to “borrow” it from my neighbour.  So what have I been doing all these days? Eating MANGOES! I’m on a mango diet, I have a mango at every meal.  There is nothing like a Goan mango.  It has just the right amount of sweetness, very juicy, fleshy, it puts all the other mangoes to shame.  Everyone should try a Goan mango before they die.  This one is called Musrad/Monserrate (not sure about the spelling, but it’s pronounced “moose-raad” Smile with tongue out) These are my favourite because we make mango jam from these.  Last time we came, our tree was full, about 200 mangoes or more, we ended up giving a whole bunch to our family and we took 2 extra suitcases full of just mango jam Smile!


And this one is called Malcurad/Mankurad (pronounced “mul-coo-raad).  This one really sweet as well.  I’ll take a picture of my own once I go to the market, for now:

I’m making plans to grow an orchard full of mostly mango trees with a mix of jackfruit/cashew/custard apple/coconut trees!  For now, I’m off to eat another mango! bye.

Crap that annoys me

Why isn’t there a decent wordpress app for nokia? OK there is, just not for my phone, they had one before, but now it doesn’t work.  My phone isn’t even that old, just 4 years old, fine, it’s ancient but that’s besides the point.  I used to blog like crazy from my phone, late at night in my comfy bed, before I created this “new” blog.  It was convenient and really easy, no need to transfer photos to my laptop, just upload directly.  Nokia, you disappoint me.  Next phone is an android.  So long S60.