Not Permanent


About 6-7 years ago, if I needed to buy something for use in the kitchen, I thought along these lines –

  1. Try and do without it
  2. Look for the cheapest workable alternative
  3. See if my parents/others have an extra that I could take

My main logic was that I was renting, why have too much stuff  when I am moving around so much and am not here permanently. Why bother?

I made do without a blender for 3 years.

I did not have a proper cutlery set for 4 years.

I avoided getting an oven for almost 5 years (There really was no extra space for an oven in my rental kitchens).

I had very little cookware.

I used a knife I did not like for 3 years.

I had an epiphany – I kept on postponing buying things for years and lived without stuff because of some plausible move/settling somewhere else in the future. I was depriving myself of pleasure and ease for some point in future. I had been saying that ‘I was not permanent here‘ for 3 years! Even, if I did move and settle permanently somewhere, would it be wise to spend a lot of money buying everything I needed at one go? Knowing me and how much research, analysis and searching I do, it would take me months before I got everything I wanted. At least buying stuff and using them would let me know if I liked it enough to take it with me or buy the same when I moved.

This was how I started buying kitchen stuff I wanted about 4 years ago and stopped postponing to some indefinite point in the future when I had my ‘own house and was settled‘. Granted, I have made some mistakes along the way and bought stuff I never used much or did not like later on but I have also invested in some cookware that has made my life easier and made me quite happy because it is a pleasure to use.

I am not permanent here but I am not permanent anywhere. 

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Pokémon Go


Usually, I am a very late adopter and prefer to wait until the hype has died down before I even try out new things.

The latest craze here is Pokémon Go and everybody in public spots seems to be playing it. I downloaded the out of curiosity last Monday because:

  1. It is a game
  2. I did not have to queue for it
  3. No ‘sold out’ problems

I really enjoy playing it and am now one of those people crazy about Pokémon ha ha. It is fun and a great way to explore the city/town you live in. Now, I have become one of those people glued to my phone screen looking for poke stops and catching Pokémon. I am surprised how addicting it is (for me). This was the first time, my phone battery drained in less than a day because of constant GPS use and playing the game.

On top of that Uncle does not play this game but encourages me by sending me info about the game (like tips & tricks) as well as joining me on going to different places for catching Pokémon. Also, my orientation is not that great and Uncle tells me where we should be walking based on the map.

Last weekend, we went to Chinese gardens and we were surprised at the crowds there and almost every other person was playing Pokémon. We all were walking around catching Pokémon 😀

One good thing about playing the game here is that everything is connected by transportation and compact. Plus, I do not have to drive to far off places to catch Pokémon.

The good

  • I am we are walking more and a bit extra to catch pokemons and hatch eggs
  • Exploring new areas  and noticing landmarks which serve as Poké stopsand that increases the chances of catching different Pokémon.
  • I used to have a lot of data left over every month in my plan and now, I can utilize it more.

The bad

  • I am glued to my phone.
  • My reading has slowed down.
  • I am only partially listening at times because I am focused on the game.

I was a teen by the time Pokémon (anime) released in India and I never watched it, though I heard about it. Now, with Pokémon Go, I started watching it and I have to say it is fun and funny! Watching the series made me realise that catching Pokémon seems actually cruel even though it is fiction. It is like catching wild animals against their will and taming them and trapping them in balls. No animal rights  lessons in there, though the main characters are really kind to their Pokémon and there is some talk about freedom of Pokémon (Season 1 Episode 10 – Bulbasur and the hidden village).

Are you playing Pokémon Go?

Landline


Updated on 13 July 2016

It all started last December when I was reading Rainbow Rowell’s Landline. A landline phone features prominently in the plot and it filled me with so much nostalgia. I am not a sentimental person usually and I was surprised by my attraction to the landline. I really wanted a landline!

Here’s why I like landlines:

  1. I have a thing for all things retro including landlines, watches and paper calendars – Things an average person (I know) doesn’t use these days.
  2. Pure nostalgia – the hours spent talking on the landline phone!
  3. Avoid cell phone radiation – While I do not believe in overblown reports of dangers of cellphone radiation, I do believe that there is some truth to it.
  4. My ears hurt when I talk using cell phones for more than a few minutes for real.

I thought that this was a just a fleeting desire due to the book. Two months later, I still wanted a landline! I researched my options and realised that I couldn’t have a landline because

  1. I would have to get a new number and I don’t like clutter – why have 2 numbers?
  2. it was expensive – one can get a free local number with internet connection (depending on the offer) but international calls are expensive.
  3. I was renting. Was it worth getting a landline in my name?
  4. I was in office most of the day.
  5. I would still need to keep my cell phone.

Next I started exploring the options of transferring the calls from cell phones to landlines so that I could use the landline. There wasn’t anything like that.

During my search for landlines, I came across the retro handset which is essentially a speaker microphone which can be connected via the earphones jack in cell phones! This seemed like an ideal solution and I set out to search for it. I didn’t want to spend too much money on it because I was afraid I might get over it in a week or two.

Every single time I wanted to buy a retro handset for the price I wanted, something went wrong.

Try 1  ($8) – The product image showed a person speaking using a normal sized handset and I was sent the tiny version. I became wary of purchasing sets that did not state the measurements clearly.

Try 2 ($12) – I placed an order and later was informed that the item was out of stock.

Try 3 ($20) – Was regularly checking local websites for second hand retro sets. Contacted a seller and the seller kept changing the meeting time/date/ place and it drove me nuts.

Try 4 ($10) – Contacted another seller and asked for dimensions. No reply. I gave up. This was when I told Uncle the whole landline story. He messaged the seller again and they replied. We decided to buy it the next day. This was in May 2016.

It is on my desk!

I keep it in my office as I use my cell phone there mostly. It works great. My voice is clear and no more ear pain! I thought I would stop using it in a week or two after I got it in May but I still love using it 🙂

Note: My handset stopped working 2 days ago 😦  Looks like I will have to get a new one.

At The Library – 2


EVERY TIME WE GO TO THE LIBRARY

Not really  every time because the library does not have these kind of promotions all the time.

At the library - 2

Sisterhood of the World Q&A


Madh Mama has nominated me to participate in the Sisterhood of the World Q&A!
 
Madh Mama blogs about intercultural relationships and her life being married to an Indian and all the drama that comes along with it. I love reading her blog because it is an authentic account of the everyday life of a woman. I really hate it when people are fake and act like life is all hunky dory  on social media. Besides, I totally love gossip. Hmm.. maybe I should blog about my personal life more because people would love to know behind the scenes life of Boiling Wok 😛
Questions for me:
 
1. What’s your morning routine?
 My morning routine can be split into 2 parts which are not convergent at the moment – the real one and the fantasy one.
 
My fantasy routine:
  • I bounce out of bed without alarm around 6:00 AM
  • Do some yoga, meditation and journaling
  • Cook a healthy lunch and breakfast for the day
  • Have a nice breakfast in a mindful way
  • Get ready using my natural and healthy beauty routine
  • Go to office on time at 8:30AM

My real routine:

  • Wake up 10 minutes after turning off 2 alarms between 7:30-8:25AM
  • Rush to the bathroom and think of 3 things I am grateful for if I remember to.
  • Do 5 minutes of stretching sometimes but I always feel great when I do it, so I am trying not to skip it.
  • Have a quick shower
  • Wash my face with raw honey or milk – hey, at least part of my natural beauty routine is in place.
  • Drink water with saffron
  • Take my food and tea, if any which is usually prepared the night earlier
  • Reach office anywhere between 8:40-9:20 AM
  • Turn on the computer in office
  • Drink my chai and eat some snacks and fruits in office.
2. What are the best books you’ve read lately, and why?
I have been reading a lot lately and consuming a high number of graphic novels recently because they are quick reads and fun.
I am currently reading and enjoying more than expected – Blaft anthology of pulp fiction which I thought would be no fun and ToxinToxout.
The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction, Vol. I Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World
Graphic novel I read and liked in the last 3 months – 
Other books I liked are – 
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life Looking for JJ (Jennifer Jones, #1) Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion
3. What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
Dating and marrying my husband considering that he was not Indian 😀
 
4. What are you an expert at?
Organizing, decluttering, reading, making anything and everything into stepwise bulleted points and doing nothing and staring at the wall for a real long time.
 
5. In what way are you similar to your family, and in what way are you different?
Stubbornness is a trait we all share. I am different in terms of religious and cultural beliefs, my interest in holistic health, organic cosmetics and minimalism.
 
6. What’s your craziest goal?
Not a goal per se but I would love to set a lot of things right if I ever became the political leader of India but I am not interested in joining politics and I am aware that it is going to be one of the most draining experiences of my life.
 
7. In what ways do you hope the world will be different as you age?
I hope it becomes everything we wished for the in the 60s/70s with optimism like science improving our lives dramatically and not in a pessimistic way like earth destruction or some deadly virus spreading all over or our lives taken over by zombies. 
 
8. What’s on your travel bucket list?
A hell lot of places ranging from so many places in India to Americas – north and south to Europe to Australia. Basically everywhere.  I haven’t travelled much lately except going to the USA. Also, I like slow travel which means more time off needed 😛
 
9. What’s your biggest pet peeve about your spouse/partner?
Can be quite critical of  things and sometimes I just am not in the mood to listen.
 
10. Who would you cast to play you in a movie based on your life?
Frankly I cannot think of a single person for this role 😀

My nominations are:

  1. Pepper
  2. Princess-Butter
  3. Anawnimiss
  4. Ruth
  5. Blue bride
  6. Mersha
  7. Jocelyn
  8. My Era
  9. Carly
  10. Sarah Von
  11. Audrey
My questions are:
  1. One beauty product you would recommend to your girlfriends
  2. Three books everybody must read
  3. Favourite online shopping site
  4. Favourite phone app
  5. One dish you are really good at making and its recipe

Lots of stuff and strange creatures


This is a month of with lots of to-do’s:

  1. Every year during school holidays, the local libraries double the number of books one can borrow. This time,  I go into an overdrive and borrowed 10-12 books (Remaining 4 slots for Uncle). Now,  I have a huge pile of books waiting to be read and be returned by their due dates – talk about books making you feel guilty ha ha.
  2. I still have a lot of TV series  + movies to watch.
  3. Lots of blog posts to read. Usually I am on top of my emails and blog reading. Last week, I guess not.
  4. My cooking projects – kinda running along. Hey, at least I made a chocolate cake, so that’s great. 

    Dark Chocolate Cake
    We eat first and remember to photograph later which explains the cut cake.
  5. Packing Gathering stuff and+ shopping for an upcoming trip 
  6. Language practice – slowed down, I hope to pick it up.

Strange Creatures

Last night as I was walking home, I saw something stuck onto the stairs. I was not sure if it was a frog or a moth or a dried leaf/flower. I wanted to take a closer look at it but people were walking by. I used a leaf to poke it because I felt I was imagining things and it was live and it let out a tiny squeak but did not budge. I took a photo but did not really try to get a better one because:

  • people were walking by and I don’t want to seem like a creep taking photos of people’s legs.
  • my photography skills are not great.
  • I was very nervous that I was going to disturb it and it was going to fly in my face or scurry away (mainly this).

Upon close examination, it seemed like a baby bat to me! I haven’t seen one live before.

Baby bat

I check the stairs in the morning on my way to office and it was gone!