Saturday, August 13, 2016

Starry Night

Creativity always pulls me out of the mundane and all those not so pleasant thoughts from the different roles that we play to sustain. Every art that I create, every writing that emerges out of my thoughts, makes me feel happy about myself. And it reminds me of that beautiful person I can be; a personality that is always suppressed by a hypocritical and malicious society. Solitude enlightens you! Art enhances your internal beauty!  Thus over the years, it has become very important for me to embrace art to the fullest extent, not only to reach contentment but also to leave behind the type of society I have to deal with every day. The month of July was filled with such creativity. 

It began with my Spanish class assignment. I decided to get a little creative with my final assignment for A2 level. I had to make a portfolio mainly involving the imperfect tense telling what I used to do when I was 10 years old. Here is what came up. 

This gave me an idea to sketch the characters from the Greek mythology I was reading at the moment. I picked Hermes first for his interesting innovation.

I have always been thinking about how I could transform myself if I put my hundred percent attention into my interests. And often, with the kind of roles we play, it seems impossible to attain that. As I could not give myself fully to art, traveling, writing or any other of my interests. But it was while doing this assignment that I realised that I was completely wrong. 

With the given setup I find myself in, I did not have to give my cent percent to the interest but I had to do the same to that creation I am working on, at a given time. While I am painting, the focus must be the painting and not art as a whole. Eventually a pattern developed. Ideas boosted in my mind. 

A white gel pen and a book with black sheets did wonders and a theme of Starry nights emerged out of my complete involvement into my creation and not the interest as a whole. 

And who knows, this might not even be cent percent. As I realise my cycle of interests, I know that I shall be switching focus to a next one soon after having created some art. So I prepare myself to give my maximum to that side too. Days are thriving with positivity and creativity. As far as the hypocrisy of the society goes, my creativity has made me self involved to ignore them at times and has made me strong enough to challenge them when required. 

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Cats! Chats! Gatos!

Well, after our dear dog Tomy died, I have always wanted to have another one as pet. But in our busy city lives, the dogs only become a watchman's companion more than the owner's. So the idea of having a dog was always procrastinated. Until, one day, my cousins sister messaged me a picture of her cat and it's four sweet little kittens. We were downed by the idea of borrowing two of them. One weekend, we drove to the other side of Bangalore just to bring back these two lovely kittens. For a week, my niece was at home so she looked after their diet when we were off and later they just got adjusted to our routine. Mainly because they are a pair, they kept themselves engaged in their games.

Adorable little black and white coloured cat was named Happy to begin with but it is now called Gundu. It is more of a dog than a cat, very affectionate towards us and extremely disciplined. He is always following his sister in the pranks rather than taking the initiative.  Well, the white one, is a prankster. She is always curious and continuously exploring. She that makes her a monkey! So we have a dog and a monkey at home.

In pictures, I display the funny moments during their three months in our house. See them grow, see them in action, watch them caught between their pranks or a nap!

Monday, August 01, 2016

So Far!

It’s been a busy month. During the month of June, I mostly prepared for my A2 level Spanish exam. The classes were interesting too as all of us (7 students) bonded well. We brought food to share and chatted non-stop on every topic under the sky. Eventually, my Spanish improved and the confusion between the French and Spanish pronunciation slowly seems to have disappeared. I look forward to my B1 level classes starting next weekend.

My niece and nephew both were in Bangalore and we watched a lot of movies. I particularly liked the Kannada movies - U turn and Godhi Banna Sadarna Maykattu. I also watched the movie Thithi which was a good film but extremely raw. I loved Alia Bhatt's and Shahid Kapoor's performances in Udta Punjab.

Moreover, thanks to my Kindle, I can now read whenever I have some time. I finished reading "True Story" which is very interesting. Next, I read a lot of fascinating stories on Greek mythology and now I am reading "The Mahabaratha". The longest series comprising of 18 books! It will take me a while to complete this but it is super exciting and interesting. Kindle has truly made reading easy for me and I read much more than I used to. 

I also had to visit my site in Malur to get some documentation done. Being on the piece of land solely owned by me, gave me a lot of pleasure. 

On 22nd July, I drove to Mangalore. Left Bangalore at around 3:15 PM and reached Suratkal at around 10:45PM. That weekend, it rained heavily in Mangalore. Mission accomplished! as I had traveled particularly to witness the Monsoon showers. A weekend was well spent talking to my parents, eating the delicious food prepared by mother, planting some saplings in the farm and eating some tasty jackfruits from our garden after a long time. Nostalgia as usual was at the peak, at  all times.

Sadly, my favourite French teacher, Aisha mam passed away. She had been suffering from an incurable illness from past two years and had cut all contacts with Alliance and with the people she knew. There was no way to contact her during her illness. Which is sad. She will always remain special to me. She not only motivated me to continue with French but was also my role model as a teacher with infectious enthusiasm, unconditional compassion and child-like curiosity. Whenever she would walk into the room, she would lit up the class with a lot of excitement. I was fortunate, not only to have her as my teacher but also as a classmate in our Workshop on Contemporary art. We did a project together on Land art that shall now remain as a memory to cherish. In her voice, one can notice her passion for Art, French and Teaching. Rest in Peace, Aisha Mam. 

Le Land Art Finale from AJEYA on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

An Affair With Tea

Some bonding are eternal. One expects and hopes these to be between humans but it is often found to be more profoundly maintained between a man and his habit; his unconditional love for something he enjoys silently in his solitude. My perpetual love affair remains with my early morning tea that I enjoy making myself. Over the years, that affection has grown deeper and stronger to ultimately make us inseparable. 

Every morning, I enjoy the sight of the dry leaves divulge its flavour in to the boiling water. I take one last glance at the mixing before hurriedly closing the lid fearing it’s fragrance’s escape. Few impatient minutes pass by until I reappear before my beloved to add just the right amount of milk to enrich the flavour but to retain the essence. Some may disagree with the milk part and many might refuse the sugar. But in my opinion, they compliment the leaves like they were made for each other; to be united at my kitchen. A minute under the closed lid, a perfect melange appears and a perfect colour of a happy compromise emerges.Watching the morning news, as I take the first sip, it fills me with an aroma that takes me back in time, thus making me reminisce our several previous dates. I find myself transported to the backdoor steps of my Mangalore house, where I as a child enjoyed this special moment. Somewhere there our association had begun.

My maternal grandmother had this rule at home - The first thing one gets at home after brushing their teeth would be a cup of tea and some snacks or a slice of bread to chew along with that blissful sip. My mother introduced that tradition in our house. A morning tea thus became an integral part of my life even before I knew what this relationship meant. On Sundays and during holidays, my paternal grandmother boosted my infatuation further by offering me the mid morning tea that she was accustomed to. The evenings would end with another cup of tea with some tasty hot savouries specially relished during the Monsoon season while watching the rains soak our lush front yard. I also cherish some great tea moments with my Muslim neighbours. Everybody has their own style of tea making and the nuances are noticed when closely observed. I liked their tea a lot. But it always remained that early morning date, which I relished the most and could not refuse it even when I had to travel alone to other cities. 

Whether it is in those lonely rooms of Bangalore or in the US, this lovely relationship was never abandoned. There always had to be a cup of tea in my hand before I can think of anything else. When I am traveling in a different city or country, I always step out of my hotel to a local tea stall and I find myself privileged to be amongst many like minded lovers who are immersed in this enjoyable and unavoidable morning date. But, I must say that my affair elevated to its highest level when I met my soulmate in Ceylon tea.

I was introduced to Ceylon tea in Hong Kong youth hostel where I stayed. While, I was there, I also visited a lovely all-tea shop and bought a mud pot to enrich my tea drinking experience. For the first time I saw how there could be a store only dedicated to tea and there were a bunch of crazy lovers like me.

I did try a lot of Chinese tea but none fit my taste. After returning to India, I totally forgot about this encounter with Ceylon tea and continued with my Indian flavours. It was in last December that my backpacking trip to Sri Lanka turned this infatuation into a true love affair.

Ceylon tea was nothing like what I had tasted before. I was so fascinated by its natural flavour that during my travles in the country, I would have several cups of tea in a day. For the first time, I enjoyed black tea, lime tea, flavoured tea (Apple, Strawberry, Litchi etc) and the mild citric taste of Ceylon tea made this a refined experience. I had after all found my true love.  Moreover, a visit to a tea factory in Ella made me understand the different grades of tea (Pekoe, BOP, FBOP etc) thus allowing me to choose the right type of leaves for the respective tea I was preparing (With or without milk).

My romance with tea has thus found a delightful conclusion. Being aware of the fact that though we cannot be certain about our emotions towards another individual, I can affirm that this sentiment I share for tea is eternal. Sitting in a tea shop in Colombo, I enjoyed my almond tea along with a cheese cake. That was one royal date we were on.

My morning dates were often accompanied by other guests, such as snacks, savouries or biscuits; special Mangalore Sonte (A local snack made of friend sweet potatoes). These have lately been replaced by more healthier options such as Almonds, Pistachio and walnuts. But after all the tea is what that is the most important part of this date. And Ceylon tea has brought the right aroma into my life that no human can perhaps bring. Fortunately, there is at least one true affair to cherish in a lifetime. 

I leave you with this dialogue from the movie, "The Best Marigold Hotel" - 

"Dunking means lowering the biscuit into the tea and letting it soak in there and trying to calculate the exact moment before the biscuit dissolves, when you whip it up into your mouth and enjoy the blissful union of biscuits and tea combined. It's more relaxing than it sounds."

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Kapoor & Sons - Movie Review

When there is a Bollywood film that breaks the cliché and attempts to create something fresh and also scintillating at the same time, it becomes more than worth for a serious review. My 15 year old niece who lives in Mumbai visited us for a couple of days in March and she wanted to watch "Kapoor and Sons." Why? Because, her friends back home had decided to watch it that same weekend. That is how, I came to watch this movie which otherwise, I would have deliberately ignored considering it to be one of those typical romantic commercial Hindi movies. So, going without expectations made this viewing even more delightful.

For years, Bollywood has clung on to similar storylines. Serious and realistic subjects are either dealt diplomatically or made into a slow and sedating art film which not only requires immense patience but also mandates avidity. After all, not everyone can make enjoyable non-commercial movies like Shyam Benegal, Girish Kasarvali or Anurag Kashyap. In the recent past, there have been some attempts to make a commercial film more meaningful but, most of them tend to loose it to some form of over dramatisation to woe the audience. That is exactly where the movie, "Kapoor and sons" stands out. It is a perfect blend of relevant themes and entertainment, garnished with just the right amount of dramatisation required to keep the viewers intrigued. 

Spoiler Alert! If you have not watched the movie, please do so before reading this. Even though it is not a murder mystery, it is no less than a thriller that reveals some of the key notes in the end, thus bringing the story to a comprehensible conclusion.

Story - 

Story is one of the most important element of a film. This story carefully and interestingly creates flaws in the characters, thus originating problems within a family. The story seems so real that a similar situation can easily occur in any Indian family that you pick. However, one has to be matured enough to understand that to compress real life into a motion picture of two and half hours takes a lot of creativity. The story revolves around some key themes that has been haunting Indian society for ages - 

Biased parenting - Parents often, knowingly or unknowingly, commit one of the worst blunders during upbringing. They assume favourites. And as the children grow up, that affinity towards one child over the other only escalates. This is often seen in almost every family and becomes a reason for many kids turning rebellious in nature or looking out for the missing attention and love elsewhere. Not only does this cause sibling rivalry but also develops a sense of inferiority in the neglected child. It is a much complex issue than one would imagine and the story loudly and clearly puts it through. 

Sibling Rivalry - As indicated earlier, one of the main causes of sibling rivalry is biased parenting. But it could also occur due to jealousy. However, in this case, it is the former. There have been several hollywood films on this theme but it remains fairly new to Bollywood. Sometimes, it appears that the parents deliberately fuel this rivalry to seek attention from both children. 

Parental Expectations - "The Perfect Bachaa" tag is a very integral part of an Indian family. Every Indian parents want their son or daughter to be that perfect child. They must have the perfect education or perfect job, perfect behaviour and mannerisms, perfect family and so on. That list would never end. And often, kids find themselves suffocating under these expectations, specially if they fail to fulfil them. And one day, all that frustration explodes and in an outburst, the child would reveal to the parents that after all, he/she is not as perfect as they would want him/her to be and they do not want to be perfect in the first place. Since childhood, the Indian kids are groomed to be the perfect, specially by their mothers, like in the film.

Identity - Indian cinema has often stuck to the cliché of over feminising the homosexuals. Thus reducing homosexuals into a cheap joke. This movie does justice to the LGBT community and represents the people who succumb to the societal pressures and loose their own identity. Indian society is still far from accepting homosexuals and many like Rahul hesitate to come out of the closet and express themselves openly. 

Infidelity - Infidelity has always existed in the Indian society; whether we wish to accept it or not. Many movies have argued about its legitimacy but its high time that we learn to deal with it. This story makes an attempt to explore the actions rather than debating the subject itself.

Characters - 

All the characters in this movie seem real. They are as much flawed as we all are. And thus it makes it so interesting. Because without flaws there cannot be problems, and for those problems one needs to find solutions and thus the characters evolve in the end. The best character in the movie is undoubtedly Rahul, who is balancing his life between parental expectations and personal desires. He is complex beyond imagination because he has to constantly pretend to be someone else. That makes him unusually rude at times when he displays his frustration. I think, the character of the mother is also very carefully etched. A mix of emotions rule her; her disapproval and arrogance towards the husband, her love towards the children and her biased nature. Arjun is one of the most sympathised character until the climax as he yearns to gain affection and appreciation from his parents. He is clearly a spoilt child of the house, a rebel evolved out of biased parenting. Tia too seems like a very impressive character who is witty and playful but not forcibly so. She is sensible when required and perhaps lightens her mood to escape the deep regret and sorrow she silently suffers. 

Screenplay & Direction- 

I strongly feel that this is one of the best screenplays I have seen in the recent times. Being a writer myself, I could greatly appreciate the three-act structure in the film. The characters and the problem are introduced in the first act, the problem aggravates in the second and there is a conclusion and development in each character, in the final act. But, the strength of this screenplay is its crispness and its intense long scenes. It is very interesting to observe how the tension builds up in the house during the presence of the plumber. The scene takes of from being a normal day at home to a very intense dispute between everyone in the family. And that change is gradual and does not look like a force fit. The scene at the birthday party and the final long shot with series of revelation are two great examples of interesting and captivating screenplay. Director, Shakun Batra seems to choose a lot of natural lighting and it perfectly suits the story line. 

Performance - 

This is one film where you cannot pick one best performance. This movie has the best star cast I have seen lately. But, despite that, If  I have to pick one performance, it would be that of Ratna Patak. A seasoned actor that she is, she masterfully executes her complex role that displays multitude of emotions; that of a caring mother, a nagging wife, a home maker and a woman eager to pursue her ambitions. She seems effortless in every scene and appears extremely natural. She truly becomes the character and you can hardly see in her the humorous and witty Sarabhai or the naive Malti from the film Mandi. Very few actors can really do that. Rajat Kapoor compliments her with a very elegant and again effortless performance. In a very brief role that mostly emanates a thoughtful silence, he conveys a lot of emotions. Rishi Kapoor as the grandfather breaths life into the movie as and when it becomes a little serious. There is not a single flaw with his comedy timing and dialogue delivery. 

Coming to the three young performers in the movie who cannot be compared with the above - Alia bhatt enters the story like a fresh breeze and she elevates the story to more romantic and comedy tone. Since her first film, I have been a fan of her acting so my review on her might be a little biased. She is extremely spontaneous and natural in her acting, which reminds me of my favourite actress Kajol. Whether it is her prankster role at the restaurant or the emotional outburst on her birthday, she  gives a very believable performance. 

Fawad Khan as the elder son seems to steal the sympathy and the applause for being extremely convincing in his role. It is quiet interesting to watch his voice modulation depending on the mood and the tone. He is mostly calm in nature per the character but occasionally displays this vicious anger in him. His expressions and voice perfectly modulate to match the emotion. However, occasionally, I felt that he was a little over expressive. I also found his introduction scene a little unbelievable. His English accent and smile seems pretentious. However, he is one actor to look out for and his powerful performance is specially felt in the scenes towards the climax where he very convincingly expresses his anger, sadness and helplessness. 

Siddarth was a pleasant surprise for me in this film. When, I had watched "Student of the year", I had clearly noticed a superstar in both Varun and Alia. Though Siddarth was not bad in the film, I remained a little skeptical about Siddarth’s performance. It was a great debut but it seemed less believable. But, with K&S, he breaks that barrier and gives his best performance till date. A sense of maturity is clearly noticed in his acting. 

Apart from these lead actors, the supporting cast also leaves behind some impressionable moments despite their short screen time. May it be Wasim, Googly, the plumber or Kishore, they all leave back a memorable performance. 

Similarities - 

Though, having raved so much about the movie for its fresh feel, I would like to clarify that this is only true to Bollywood and not otherwise. The movie and its treatment, also its screenplay is not very unique or original. There is an alarming similarity between "Kapoor and Sons" and 2008 film "Rachel Getting married." In the later, the story revolves around a very similar dysfunctional family and two sisters reunite after a few years. The themes are very similar to K&S,  such as sibling rivalry, biased parenting and family secrets that haunt the kids as they grow up. But what is strikingly similar is the screenplay. The long shots with continuous conversation between the characters, that was the highlight of the movie seems very similar to that in the movie "Rachel getting married." However, K&S improvises on it to make it more interesting, thanks to the element of suspense in the story. 

Another scene that I believe has been copied directly from a 2005 movie called "London" is the one where Tia, Arjun and Wasim converse with each other in a restroom. However, in the movie London, two guys gatecrash a party and  not wiling to meet the people, try drugs in the restroom. They begin discussing various general topics. Many people walk in and out of the restroom and get dragged into the conversation. Long conversations between characters who do not necessarily agree with each other is also a key feature in this film. 

So, to say that "K&S" is completely original would not be right. It probably does take inspiration from other movies. Nevertheless, it shall remain a cult film in Indian cinema. It takes a heart warming story with some beautifully etched characters and brilliantly turns it into an enjoyable viewing.

Hence, despite the similarities with the other films that I mentioned above, I think that the movie is extremely well made and executed with brilliance. I might be completely wrong about the similarities and it could have been a mere coincidence but either ways, it only enriches the viewing of this incredible film. So, Go, Watch Again! Enjoy its brilliance!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Singapore Travel Tips

Planning - 

Two months in advance would be standard like any other place to get a reasonable flight ticket fare. I normally use Lonely pLanet guide book rather than sitting in front of the internet for hours to plan my travel. It helps to read this book once before you leave so that you can decide what to see and what to skip. However, I am always lazy to do that and end up reading about an area the day before I head there. 

Accommodation - 

There are a few cheap hostels in Little India and Chinatown. They account up to S$ 20 for dormitories. I found less hostels offering private rooms. Your next best option would be some cheaper hotels in the same location around  S$ 60-100. I chose Hotel Ibis in Bencoolen street for its location. I wanted to be away from places concentrated with certain communities and be located centrally. Surprisingly, Ibis was walkable distance from Little India, Downtown, Arab Street and many other central locations and thus made it the perfect place to stay. I would highly recommend this place if you are okay to spend a little more on accommodation. 

First thing to do after Landing - 

Like always, I withdrew money from ATM instead of going for an exchange counter. SIM cards are easily available at the airport. There are good tourist packages available. No matter if it is Singtel or Star hub, all have comparable rates and offers. Make sure you get some good data package to use it while you are traveling. 

The next very important thing would be to go to an MRT station and buy a EZlink card. This is a card used in Metro and buses for paying.  They are available in any MRT stations and you can top them up there. A non-refundable S$ 5 is charged and then a top up of your choice can be done. I would recommend about S$10 or 15 for the first few days. 

Traveling within Singapore - 

Bus is the most convenient and cheapest mode of transport in Singapore. The connectivity is too good. If you want to get to some place quicker, then MRT is preferred. There are bumboats and ferries to some of the islands like Pulau Ubin and Sister Islands. You may want to check the timings for the later. 

Hotel Ibis was offering free Bamboo bicycles for guests to travel around the city but there is no point bicycling there. For bicycling, I would recommend Pulau Ubin or some other islands. 

Exploring an area by foot has its own charm as you get to observe a lot. 

Surprisingly, taxis are not very expensive as well, as compared to other developed nations. Of course they are distance apart from buses or MRT. From and to the airport by Metro is your best option. I spent S$2.5 oneway to get there. A taxi would have cost me S$ 25. 

Food - 

Singapore is a heaven for food lovers. There are all kinds of food, available in all kinds of ranges. There are high end restaurants, mid range pubs and food joints and inexpensive Hawker centres. You will always find a Hawker centre very close to where you are. Here, you could find a lot of stalls selling really good food at an inexpensive price. Many Singaporeans eat here. It is also easy to find a few stalls that sell only vegetarian food. If you walk to Little India, you can find a lot of Indian restaurant. Almost any place in Singapore, would have at least one Indian option. However, to find pure vegetarian food could be challenging. 

I strongly recommend Kaya toasts in several Kaya toast joints. This Malay jam made of egg and coconut is yummy. Try Kopi, the local coffee. Also, the ice-cream sandwiches and of course the rice balls with interesting fillings. For non-vegetarians there are a lot of options  but unfortunately, I cannot be of much help. 

If you wish to have food from other countries, those are always available. KFC, McDonalds, Mexican restaurants, food joints  and several Italian restaurants are easily available.

Communication - 

Wifi is available in the hotels. The country is very well connected, network wise so your data package will have no issue. You can get to any place you want with the help of google maps. I would not recommend any other local apps. Make sure you put your iPhone (Assuming you are using one) to the "Low battery mode" if you use the google maps extensively while traveling. It works like magic. 

Culture and People - 

I found Singaporeans very friendly and warm. They are also more interactive than the people of HK. Almost everyone speaks English, including old people so it is not a problem to get around here. Since the country heavily relies on tourism, the people are extremely friendly to the tourists and travellers. 

There are a few Buddhist or taoist temples where you are expected to behave in a certain way. There are no signboards telling you anything, but I think its common sense.

What to buy - 

I found Singapore extremely expensive. I would rather buy in the US. I bought a few art material but not that they are popular there or anything. I would strongly recommend buying some bottles of Kaya jam and the local Kopi powder if you are a coffee fan and even if you ar not as it tastes brilliant and is not acidic. 

Daiso and IKEA are two places that would be of interest if you are a shopping freak but then they are not unique to this country anyways. I would recommend the stalls in first level at Lucky Plaza on Orchard road for the magnets and other gift items. They seemed of the best price and quality. 

There were lot of discount sales at every mall. So, you could pick some real good stuff for  a reasonable price. Electronics are also a good shopping option here. However, I prefer to buy all my electronic gadgets from the US; for it's reasonable pricing, variety and assured quality.

But, for me, it is impossible to return from anywhere without buying anything.

What not to miss - 

Bicycling in Pulau Ubin Island
Kaya Toast and Kopi
Eating at a Hawker Centres
View of the Singapore Skyline at night from Marinabay Sands
Gardens by the bay light show

Links to all my post related to Singapore -   All posts with Label Singapore  

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Last Day In Singapore

I continue From Here 


So, here was our last day in Singapore. We had explored almost all corners of this island. I am sure there is more to do but I think we got a descent experience of the country in this 10 days. This day was dedicated for all the pending shopping. We relaxed till noon and checked out from the hotel. Left our bags at the baggage counter at the hotel and left for some shopping. 

I went back to that little art store to grab some more material. 

Later walked on Bugis street to buy some magnets for a colleague. Tried some iced coconut water and Kaya buns, freshly baked at the street stalls on Bugis street. At a fair price and a store near our hotel, we bought some yummy Kaya bottles. I stopped at a Kopi Tiam (A local coffee shop) to try some hot Kopi. It tasted great. 

We returned back to the hotel at around 4 PM and collected our bags. We took MRT to Tanah Merah and changed to the airport line. We were at the airport by around 5:45 PM. At the airport there were several Indians from Singapore who had this really funny english accent - the Singlish accent. I tired some cold Kopi at the airport. It was brilliant too. Kofi is made of roasted coffee beans and some other flavours. It is not acidic and not as strong as the coffee found in other parts of the world. Thus is makes it easy to have this drink in larger quantity. That suits me well. I love the coffee taste but fear the after effects like acidity. 

The flight was uneventful. Next to me sat the Marketing head of Lenova who lost his business class seat due to some delay in the connecting flight. He was basically from Australia. We discussed a little about our work  and he told me how he uses our bicycle lock products to secure them after a recent theft in his apartment. He was very down to earth. He was hooked to this mobile game called Risk and he explained the entire game to me. 

The flight was on time. I will not say that I missed Singapore even though I enjoyed my stay there. I was happy to be back having experienced yet another country and look forward to experience another one soon. My over all impression about this country is that it’s a beautiful place to live in. There are a lot of stuff you could do while living there. There is a lot of scope for out door activities like Bicycling in an island or several trekking options within the city. Or, if you would just like to relax by the sea you could got to one of the quays or board walks which are easily accessible by metro and bus. You do not even have to drive. Hence living here would be really awesome. But, then everything is perfect here. 

The bus arrives at the same time every single day. The buildings look just the same every single day and everything seems to happen just the way it is meant to happen. I think, thats why, always, in the end, I like to return to India where nothing is constant. Even though it can be frustrating at times that there are no rules, the same can be interesting and adventurous sometimes. Mundane life can drive me crazy.