Let’s see… when did I get to know Jim? Somewhere in the late 90s when we worked together in a company in Texas. Then, over the years, he and I have met a few times and every single time I have learnt something from him. Then I had a big gap. Which closed today!! Had a few drinks with him this evening…
Picked up quite a few brilliant nuggets of learnings he has had ever since I met him last time. But enjoyed his famous one liners and come backs even more.
One of the most memorable comments from him today was… “Rajib, there is no such thing as a stupid question.” Now, who amongst us has not heard that or said that innumerable times? But I bet you that none of you have heard the caustic addendum he had… “Only stupid people asking questions”!!
I think I was in the process of falling at the bar floor laughing my guts out, when I heard him say “Yeah! Don’t blame the question”!!
I really wish I get to see this guy more often!!
We had just finished dinner and were wrapping things up around the kitchen when Sharmila, who had a flashback of a moment from her art show today, said: “Something very funny happened today…”
Interrupting her almost instantaneously, Nikita asked “What? Did you look in a mirror?”
I am not terribly sure what happened next – since I hightailed it from the kitchen area immediately so that nobody could hear me laughing my head off 🙂
Was there any need for that much specificity with the first three destinations when they would go “anywhere” anyways?
I can get them to light the fireplace for me so I can cuddle up and sleep. I can get them to follow me wherever I go. I can even get them to clean up my poop after me.
And I hear they are worried about Artificial Intelligence??
How about some Natural Intelligence like me?
[PS. Note added by the thoughtful dog’s so-called master – the proper sentence would have been “Natural Intelligence like mine” and not “like me”, but then no dog – with all their natural intelligence and all – has ever been known to construct grammatically correct sentences]
I was introduced to this gin a few years back by Neil Bhattacharya. Both Sharmila and I took an immediate liking to it. I am sure part of that was driven by our noses recognizing some aromas from the long past in India.
First, the root of the name “Rangpur”. Rangpur is an area (there is a city and a district by the same name) in north Bangladesh. There is a particular citrus fruit that is very popular there and the fruit itself is believed to have originated from there. Although it is referred to as “Rangpur lime”, in reality it is a cross between a lemon and a mandarin. It is reddish-orange and not green like a lime. The aroma is floral and is somewhat sour in taste like a lemon.
It is this Rangpur lime that lends this gin a memorable and a fiesty citrus profile. On top of that, this gin has bay leaves and ginger – something Sharmila and I grew up with all our childhood (very common ingredients in a Bengali kitchen). Of course, the gin has to have the juniper in it to be considered a gin.
Like the Harahorn gin, this gin met with great success in the San Francisco World Spirit Competition within one year of being born (2006). In fact, it bagged top awards three years in succession starting from 2007.
The nose, palette and finish – all are overwhelmingly citrusy – and a lot of different notes of citrus too. The juniper makes its bitter presence felt only towards the end. There is a chance that some puritans might consider the smothering of the juniper by the citrus in such a pronounced fashion to be rendering less of a “gin” character to this drink.
If you like citrus, you cannot go wrong with this. I tried on the rocks and it was delicious.
Just to take a break from gin based drink, tried this vodka based one. It has blue curacao (rendering the color and the “Blue” in the name), banana liqueur (giving the “Monkey” in the name), vodka and sour mix.
This is the traditional Martinez using the Harahorn gin.
Gin, Maraschino Liqueur, Sweet Vermouth and Orange Bitters.