Saturday, April 19, 2014

By The Way

Crystal Palace 1 West Ham 0

:)) We have not done this well in 20 years !!!

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I think....

I know some may find it unusual....... but I had a thought ;)

In India these days with consumerism gone mad I was wondering whether I should not start my own personal review site. I am a bit of a tripadvisor tag is Delhiglobalnomad for anyone interested.

I just thought why not build up an archive of reviews that people can read and decide whether they like the product or film or whatever I review. I know that it is being done a million times but I think if I can appeal in a broad manner I should get a little attention.

At the end of the day sites like tripadvisor are great but why not try and get an more tailored / individual following with my own review site.....?

Watch this space.

Peace and Love

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thank you CPFC..... Again !

At the risk of this becoming a football focussed blog I have to tell you the circumstances of how the result reached me.

Everton vs Crystal Palace at Goodison Park no less, was a late kick off, so India time at midnight. Being the slightly old ( Please note "Slightly";) fogey I went to bed not able to stay up thinking that I would wake up and check the scores on the BBC website as early as I could.

As luck would have it I stirred at about 2am just as the game was finishing. I picked up my phone to check the score....... I kid you not I had to rub my eyes, blink, rub my eyes again and blink again as I simply could not believe the score. Crystal Palace did over Everton at Evertons home ground........ 2-3. OUTSTANDING :)

The most memorable thing about all this is that I called my Dad straight away to chat with him about it as I knew he would have either watched it or kept a close eye on it. All I could hear on the other end of the phone was my Dad giggling.... :)) He giggled and giggled.

Marvellous !

Peace and Love

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Thank You CPFC

It was a match that dreams are made of !

Crystal Palace looked like a team who thoroughly deserve to stay up. I mean.... they were so much better than Chelsea. Granted, if it were not for 2 magnificent saves by Speroni the result could have be oh so different.

I watched the match in Delhi with a couple of mates who are Liverpool supporters. For the first time in a long time we were supporting the same team. A good omen :))

When the final whistle blew we all hugged each other in sheer bliss !

Thank you Crystal Palace you have made my season :))

Peace and Love

How to Live and Die Khushwant Singh

How To Live & Die -  Khushwant Singh (96),

I’ve often thought about what it is that makes people happy—what one has to do in order to achieve happiness.

First and foremost is good health. If you do not enjoy good health, you can never be happy. Any ailment, however trivial, will deduct something from your happiness.

Second, a healthy bank balance. It need not run into crores, but it should be enough to provide for comforts, and there should be something to spare for recreation— eating out, going to the movies, travel and holidays in the hills or by the sea. Shortage of money can be demoralising. Living on credit or borrowing is demeaning and lowers one in one’s own eyes.

Third, your own home. Rented places can never give you the comfort or security of a home that is yours for keeps. If it has garden space, all the better. Plant your own trees and flowers, see them grow and blossom, and cultivate a sense of kinship with them.

Fourth, an understanding companion, be it your spouse or a friend. If you have too many misunderstandings, it robs you of your peace of mind. It is better to be divorced than to be quarrelling all the time.

Fifth, stop envying those who have done better than you in life—risen higher, made more money, or earned more fame. Envy can be corroding; avoid comparing yourself with others.

Sixth, do not allow people to descend on you for gup-shup. By the time you get rid of them, you will feel exhausted and poisoned by their gossip-mongering.

Seventh, cultivate a hobby or two that will fulfill you—gardening, reading, writing, painting, playing or listening to music. Going to clubs or parties to get free drinks, or to meet celebrities, is a criminal waste of time. It’s important to concentrate on something that keeps you occupied meaningfully.

Eighth, every morning and evening devote 15 minutes to introspection. In the mornings, 10 minutes should be spent in keeping the mind absolutely still, and five listing the things you have to do that day. In the evenings, five minutes should be set aside to keep the mind still and 10 to go over the tasks you had intended to do.

Ninth, don’t lose your temper. Try not to be short-tempered, or vengeful. Even when a friend has been rude, just move on.

Above all, when the time comes to go, one should go like a man without any regret or grievance against anyone.  Iqbal said it beautifully in a couplet in Persian: “You ask me about the signs of a man of faith? When death comes to him, he has a smile on his lips.”
I don’t fear death. What I dread is the day I go blind or am incapacitated because of old age—that’s what I fear—I’d rather die than live in that condition. I’m a burden enough on my daughter Mala and don’t want to be an extra burden on her.

All that I hope for is that when death comes to me, it comes swiftly, without much pain, like fading away in sound. . Till then I’ll keep working and living each day as it comes.

- Khushwant Singh (96) in 2011
-Died Last Week

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