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by on June 24, 2022
Does anybody remember Phantom Sweet Cigarettes? In the 70s, it was mainly for a Phantom cigarette, anybody? a boy to strut around with one of these ciggies in the mouth. Like Amitabh Bachchan and his half-chewed beedi in ‘Deewar’. They weren’t tobacco-stuffed cigarettes, of course. Just white candy sticks made of chalky sugar with a red tip that looked like the real thing. They were sickly sweet. But popular. As far as my pocket money could stretch, I was a Phantom cigarette addict. Not because ...
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by on June 24, 2022
On my mother’s loft in her home that is currently under lock and key (she’s been staying with me all through Covid) is the frame of a racer cycle I had in the 1980s. It’s a Marco Polo bike. Of Dutch origin, I think, or English. Light as a feather. And fitted with accessories that back in the day were unavailable for love or money but could be got through the beg-borrow-steal practice. I was training to enter racing at the state and national levels. That didn’t happen. But the cycle remains with ...
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by on June 24, 2022
The Universe is standing by 24/7. Be needy if you need to be. Shout. Whisper. Don’t let up. Get up and ask Life for guidance tomorrow and for all tomorrows. Pray to whomever you pray to. The faith of your family, the God you trust, Mother Nature, your parent on the other side, angels, the Universe. And believe that they are not only waiting for your call, but they exist to assist, support, guide and cheer you on. Your needs are the vocation of these forces. That’s faith. And it’s been known to m...
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by on June 24, 2022
And on this Sunday, when it is raining and there are no cricket matches on TV, I’ve rekindled my acquaintance with the good old radio. Or, more precisely, the transistor. I come from a generation that grew up before television was there in our living rooms. And the Murphy Radio was the pinnacle of indoor entertainment. It had six valves and a green magic eye or tuning indicator that would miraculously light up when the radio was ready to receive an audio frequency transmission. It only had t...
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by on June 24, 2022
Fate is a great equalizer… … Knowing you are alone in the custody of the judicial system, despite your commitment to stay with those who said they would be by your side no matter what must be dreadful. A remand in police custody is only marginally less humiliating than being at the mercy of the courts. Interrogating the accused at odd hours and denying sleep is the way many crimes are solved. And it is this sentence that the Alibaug Police is seeking in Raigad Court. To be aware that you a...
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by on April 13, 2022
Sad Love story | When love becomes angry on Humans I wish I could see your soul, the way they describe it. Hear your eyes talk, see as honey spilt out of them. I wish you didn’t have to shy away. Really I wish, “I didn’t have to shy away.” Wishing I never loved you so I could look into your eyes again. The sad ending of this beautiful love story! If you wanna know more read this pure yet sad love story. Flashback ‘Rati, Eros, Aphrodite, Hathor, Parvati, Venus, Amor I don’t know who but ...
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by on April 13, 2022
A lesson from the Goalkeeper There are so many goalkeepers on the field of life whose goalposts we enthusiastically defend. However, when the situation turns like fog, they walk off the field and leave us alone. That is what happened during a December 1937 football match between Chelsea and Charlton football teams at the Stamford Bridge Stadium in London. The teams called off the match in the 60th minute, because of severe fog. But, Charlton’s famed goalkeeper Sam Bartram kept guarding the...
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by on April 13, 2022
Do you know what is the biggest barrier ever, to living a good life? Negative thinking. It steals our joy and keeps us busy doing absolutely nothing.  When we spend time worrying, we’re simply using our imagination to create experiences we don’t want. Often, we complicate life beyond what it is. All our battles are won from the inside. The mind is our battleground. Half of the things we feared eventually didn’t happen.  If we allow self-defeating thoughts to dwell in our minds, they wil...
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by on April 13, 2022
Don’t argue with the Donkey The Donkey said to the Tiger: “The grass is blue.” The Tiger replies: “No, the grass is green.” Their discussion heated up. So they submitted it to arbitration before the Lion, the King of the Jungle. Even Before reaching the clearing where the Lion king was sitting on his throne, the Donkey shouted out loud: “Your Majesty, the grass is blue, right?” The Lion responded: “Yes, you’re correct, the grass is blue.” The Donkey continues: “The Tiger contradicts and an...
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by on April 13, 2022
Listening to the Ocean I once loved living near the ocean, walking by it, listening to it. Now I find myself not caring if I ever see it again, but I do feel differently about you. Is it your voice, I would rather hear, your eyes, I want to drown within, your limpid pools of blue. Am I to feel this way, referring to what I have revealed? I could have kept it to myself as so many other thoughts and feelings I have at one time or another. All of which I long to remain secretive. ...
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by on March 24, 2022
 the Berlin Wall lesson   During the Cold War, Berlin got divided into parts, with the US in the western side and the Soviet Union on the Eastern side. Dividing Germany into two different countries. Naming Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) also known as West Germany is q parliamentary democracy. The other part was the German Republic (GDR) also known as East Germany. Which was a Marxist Leninist socialist republic. And these two countries were separated by a huge wall.   One day some...
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by on March 24, 2022
On the World Book Day Today is World Book Day. I intend to celebrate it by just reading. For me, one of the advantages of having locked down at home is the opportunity to bury myself in the ocean of my books. I don’t remember who, but somebody said to me that a room with no books seems as though a body without soul or life. So I made a bookshelf I can lose myself in for hours every day. It is one of my best investments. Just staring at the bookshelf, wondering what to read next, is meditative...
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