That’s me! Ice cream lover. Lover of all good things in life. Chicken biryanis, big Macs, potato fries, Coca Cola and pepperoni pizzas with lots of cheese are my absolute favourites. I love listening to music of the 70s — the Beatles, Boney M, Abba, Pink Floyd, Carpenters, Simon and Garfunkel — in fact all of them. I love comedy films, especially those of Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, The Three Stooges and I Love Lucy. Apologies if I have missed some; senile dementia is creeping in.
Oooops! I hope I have not revealed my age. Okay, here we go.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. — The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr
This has been the maxim of my life. It has helped me ward off illnesses, mental depression and kept me in a happy frame of mind. Today six and a half decades later, I am as fit as a fiddle (touch wood). No diabetes, no high blood pressure, no heart or other chronic ailments and no mental issues like dementia. …
The masked man behind the desk looked up at me. “ Sir, have you done your Covid test?” I handed him the test report done a couple of days earlier in Amsterdam. The report was negative.
“This is fine Sir but you still have to be quarantined for a week.”
I was stunned. I had assumed that if the report was negative for Covid-19, I would be permitted to walk out of the airport. “Why?”
“Sir you are coming from a country which has the new Covid strain. We are quarantining all passengers coming from Europe.”
I tried reasoning with…
Frankly, there is no need for me to write anything on this topic. If a picture is worth a thousand words, this would be it. I have no idea who took this picture as I received it on my What’s App number. I strongly suspect that it’s been photoshopped otherwise the monkey would never have gotten this close to a sleeping lion. But you get the picture. Most, if not all of us, are getting fooled by these so-called motivational speakers and writers. We spend enormous amounts of our hard-earned money attending their seminars or purchasing their books and tapes…
I’ve had it up to the gills with reading stories on how to make $50, $500, $5000 or even a million dollars on Medium. Everyday I am assaulted by emails from Medium writers — I don’t need to specify who because most of us know who they are. These guys urged me to write more, to flood Medium with so many stories that they cannot even turn around without falling over one or more of my submissions.
Maybe I am a poor writer. Maybe there are people out there who do make pots of money writing for Medium. Maybe I…
Alright, that’s a bit of an overstatement. I am not yet a sensation on Medium. But I am 12.
Today, I am 12 stories old. And, if my favourite editor publishes this story in her publication, then tomorrow I will be 13. The day after, hopefully, 14.
I saw a WhatsApp video where a man, probably in his sixties, was asked how old he was. This was at the first base camp on Mount Everest, 5000 metres above sea level. His answer: “I am five expeditions old.”
Attaboy! That’s the way to go. Why do we have to be called…
The wife came rushing in to my study one morning last month when I was trying to complete a bank transaction. She breathlessly waved her mobile at me.
Since the pandemic began, this was her source of news and hot gossip.
Wife (W): “Do you know what?”
I gave a dazed stare. It was difficult for my short-sighted eyes to focus so fast on a long distance object — such as the wife standing at the door. I removed my spectacles.
Me (M): “Who? James Watt? The steam engine inventor?”
W: “No, you idiot. What, not Watt!”
The mists cleared.
I must admit, I am a bit puzzled. I have been asked by a magazine to pen a story for the elderly. While that is fine, I am unable to define the word — ELDERLY.
Who do you call as an elder or older person? Someone who has crossed 60? Or 70? Or 50 or 40? There is a big generation gap every 10 years. My son, who is just reaching 25, thinks I am a fossil at 65. He even asked me, in all seriousness, when he was younger — “Dad, in your time, were there dinosaurs around?” …
Are you guilty of taking off a few years when someone asks you how old you are?
Scientists have shown that there are two types of ages — a calendar age, which is the age you are according to your date of birth — and a biological age, which is determined by your health and lifestyle. What has now been realized is that we can control how fast or how slowly we age by simply altering our diet, activity levels and emotional health.
Over time, what will possibly happen is that we may do away with birth dates altogether. Instead…
How does one motivate?
There are millions of inspiring blogs on the Net. Some of these stories make me wonder what an ordinary, boring life I have compared to these superheroes. Medium is filled to the brim with uplifting tales of those who have achieved extraordinary successes from humble beginnings. Will anyone be motivated by what I say or my life’s experiences which, by comparison, have been mundane, to say the least.
And yet, those who come in contact with me say that I am a very strong motivating factor for them. My students dote on me and claim that…
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