July 29, 2012
Gold, India, Indians, London, North Korea, Olympics, UK
This Johnny foreigner did enjoy the olympic’s opening ceremony. Here are few of the things which caught my eye
1. Guard of Honour provided for the flame by workers who made the olympic park.
2. The olympic flame not being lit by some big shot but by junior athletes.
3 NHS full-time staff being made star of the show.
The underlying theme for me was that small matters. This was about the “Small” person.
I suspect India will win two golds both in boxing ( A big thing for us if you forget our size). Mary Kom from the small north-east will come back home with a gold along with one of the boys from Haryana’s Villages. The small theme continues
The biggest news for me in this olympics so far was a North Korean winning a bronze in weightlifting. She comes from a small derided country.
Ah Olympic Romanticism
July 24, 2012
Mood, Motivation, Poem
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
July 17, 2012
Crime, Molestation, Rape, Sex Offenders
Here are some of the headlines which caught my eyes in the past one week
a) A schoolgirl was molested in Assam,India.
b) A group of men in Derbyshire,England were paying girls, residing in a Home, for sex i.e grooming them.
c) A group of Mexicans raided a christian camp and raped a few girls there.
Obviously some men don’t have the balls to have proper balls. So should they retain their balls when they have committed such crimes?
June 5, 2012
British Food, Fish and Chips, Food, Pasty, Pie, Sunday Roast, Tourist
I guess i have been too busy or too lazy to blog for the past week. I didnt even realise the Jubilee had started until yesterday. Some of the pics brought back some wonderful memories of last years royal wedding and the fun my friends and me had on that day. However i must not digress. In honour of her jubilee i am going to tell you about five English dishes/foodstuff which you must try out if you happen to visit England.
Pork Pie – A pork pie is a traditional British meat pie. It consists of roughly chopped pork and pork jelly sealed in a hot water crust pastry. A lot of people go for Melton Mowbrays. I am not their biggest fan. If you can get yourself into pork pie festival at a local pub – great , otherwise go into your nearest co-op and try their pie with a gherkin/pickle inside the pie…Slrrrp…
Sunday Roast with Yorkshire Pudding – Beef or Pork as per your taste. This is a lovely dish with those yorkshire pies. Try a mild ale along with a roast when you are there. Beef is the traditional meat used but make sure you are eating in a good place else it may be a bit to hard. Pork is a safer option if you are not sure about the reputation of the place.
Fish and Chips – Need i say more ???? Dont try it at any corner. Find out from the locals where they get their fish and chips from.
Steak and Kidney Pie – Tried this one in the pie capital of Wigan. Made from diced beef, kidney from wherever and served in a smallish pie—slrrp
Cornish Pasty – The traditional Cornish pasty, which has (PGI) status in Europe, is filled with beef, sliced or diced potato, swede (also known as a yellow turnip or rutabaga) and onion, seasoned with salt and pepper, and is baked.
May 28, 2012
Eating, Fishing, Manali, Tirthan, Trout
I am sorry I was unable to update you all with any thoughts for the last week. Its been a busy week since I was out-of-town on a short holiday. I did some trout fishing and bird watching in Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh. And then spent a couple of days with a very loving family at their cottage in their orchard near Manali. Its been blissfull and you all can be jealous with a Big J.
I have never been good at casting the rod ( we were not doing fly fishing) but I finally got the hang of it. Unfortunately I could not get a single bite but all in all it was a good two productive days for me. I think it is time to take this hobby more seriously and buy myself some gear. Oh and if you are one of those who has never eaten any trout then you have not lived life.
Manali is one of the most visited towns in Himachal. But to be honest its a bit of dump. I am not referring to the valley, which is beautiful, but to the town itself. But within the town there is an oasis of joy named Johnson’s cafe. I have not eaten better European food in India than I have eaten in this place. Its even made the list of Lonely Planet and Rough Guide etc. Delicious food. Be sure to eat some Roast Lamb in Mint Sauce and Smoked Chicken Salad with a chilled lager. You will not regret it. In fact in conclusion what I say is be sure to visit Manali town just to enjoy their hospitality.