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In Remembrance of Eunice de Souza

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Although we would meet only twice or thrice a year Eunice de Souza (Aunty Nonie as I've always addressed her- she was my mother's cousin) never failed to leave a lasting impression on me. I enjoyed and cherished whatever little time I got to spend with her, as Aunty Nonie was a person whose very presence spoke volumes about her, or should I say, the genius that she was. 

 At the age of 2, Aunty Nonie lost her father. She did her schooling in Pune. From then on, her journey has been one of  hard work and sheer determination. A fiercely independent woman.

A woman of great character, she traveled to and taught students in England, Europe and the States and shared her profound knowledge with her students while she was Head of the English department and Professor at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai for 30 years. 

Every time I'd meet her for Christmas lunch I would look towards Aunty Nonie sitting on the sofa with a cigarette in her hand, half-filled ashtray and whiskey glass b…

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

The roots of the word have been defined as follows:
 super- "above"
cali- "beauty"
fragilistic- "delicate"
expiali- "to atone"
docious "educable"

These words roughly meant  "Atoning for educability through delicate beauty."

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocius



Thai Travels Day 3 - Nong Nooch Village & Gems Gallery

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Our last day in Pattaya. Nong Nooch Village is not a village in true Indian sense. *wink* The whole place actually belongs to one lady. It's private property and is named after her. The place is beautifully designed and well thought of. The entrance itself radiates positivity. Nong Nooch Village is something like a jungle safari; only difference being that here there are life-size-non-living animals. There is a dinosaur valley, animal walk and a temple for the four faced God. There is even a Butterfly Hill along with a pottery garden where all the structures are made with earthenware pots (which had sponge filled in them; I checked).





The remaining part of Thai culture can be seen in this place as they have an auditorium which shows you a performance. Almost same like the Alcazar show only difference I think is that there are no lady boys. But I can never be 100% sure.( I've never had a problem telling apart a girl from a boy). Next was the Elephant show which was the best. He…

Thai Travels Day 2 - Coral Island & Pattaya Park Tower

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Day 2 started really early because we had to leave for Coral Island. The only way to reach this place was by speed boat. The weather was beautiful when we started out. Unlike the Indian waters that I have seen so far, this one was a lovely shade of blue. Thailand is a country with 77 provinces (something like Indian states, like our tour guide said) Pattaya being one of them. Along with foreign tourists there are a lot of local people who flock to this place for their holidays, so it's always crowded.



When you reach the edge of the land, there are piers which lead you to the speedboats. Here you meet with another local guide who will take care of you till you come back. Here safety is given priority as water sports can be quite dangerous (afterall the very last thing they want is for you to be marooned on an island) Everyone advises you to put on caps or towels and lather on sunscreen lotion (you anyways tan btw). At this place, the majority of tourists are Indians so all the loc…

Thai Travels Day 1 - Pattaya - Alcazar Show

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My First International Holiday. Travelling in foreign countries where there is a big language problem is kind of risky especially if it's your first time abroad. To avoid any sort of trouble, we booked our travel tickets via Kesari (which is quite expensive by the way, but gives the best service ; so we don't regret that decision).  Our package was a 3 nights in Pattaya and 2 nights in Bangkok one and we were to travel along with 30 other people in the group.

Suvarna Bhoomi International Airport
Before we left, Kesari gave us a travel itinerary (which made packing tremendously easy *wink* *wink* ). Along with that we received a helluva lot of stuff. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 8:20 am from the international airport. Thailand has two airports; one being Don Mueang and the other one being Suvarnabhoomi Airport ( the one which we came and went by). When we arrived it was the onset of the monsoon season so the weather was cooler as compared to Bombay which was a huge plus…

#UninstallSnapchat - Really ?

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I once asked my friends. Given a choice between Snapchat, Instagram and Whatsapp, what would you uninstall ? Surprisingly, all three options got the same amount of votes. We are sooooooo attached to our apps, aren't we ?
Recently news came up that Snapchat's CEO had stated in a 2015 interview that he wasn't going to expand his Snapchat updates (the ones that all US people have but somehow is missing from India)  to India since it was a "poor country".



Now Indians would say that it was stupid statement to make. All sorts of memes came out trolling Evan Speigel. But I don't blame him for his ignorance. Afterall how would he know that Indian rickshaw drivers and dhoodhwalas own Rs.15,000 phones (now I can go on this, but I know the internet is free and you have the best phone in the world so go check this out  What the Wuck Facts )

Anyways, net result was a huge Twitter backlash from India. His twitter feed would have blown up by now ( Yes, the Snapchat guy use…

F.A.M.E

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Drugs, Alcohol, Cigarettes have always been and will always be considered as an addiction. This list just became longer. In the age of internet and photographs (primarily selfies) FAME has secured its place in the Top 5 Addiction List. Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat ; all these social networking sites require you to go public ( which is OK because nowadays people find out - legally or illegally). Today, every Tom, Dick and Harry has a Youtube channel to their name. But only they truly know how much they actually earn out of it. Now I am not referring to the stars with 1 million plus followers. They are on a totally different page.


Mumbai University - New e-lockers for students & alumnis

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Mumbai University has finally opened its DIGITAL LOCKER facility for all students and alumnis where they can store all their important documents such as degrees, details of AADHAR card, photographs, marksheets etc for use of higher studies and future job applications. This online process aims to reduce processing time by more than 80%.