14 February 2016

The making of a cocktail…

The four stages of making a good cocktail…
a. Getting the right portions of the right ingredients.
b. The proper shake (or stirring or layering)
c. The preparing and decoration of the garnishing
d. The taking of the picture.

Well, actually, the fourth step is “drinking”. But for my blog, I throw in the Step “d”.

Speaking of taking pictures, if you have ever wondered how I take those pictures with perfect black background and drink color, here is what I do. I got a yard of smooth black velvet fabric (about $5) from Joann Fabric. I throw that on our dryer. (Well, the dryer part is not mandatory. Since I have to share Sharmila’s laundry for my bar space, it is convenient for me). Important thing is to just “throw the fabric” – meaning no creases or edges. Then I take the picture and crop out the part I do not need.


9 February 2016

The “Delta” between seeing and believing…

Apparently seeing is believing no more. This is in Dayton, OH. Note that the board helpfully points out that the flight to Detroit has been delayed from 10.21 am to 10.27 am. Funny part? It is 11:44 am now (see at he bottom of the board).

Even funnier? We are boarding now thru that gate. We are headed to Minneapolis!! The display as well as the sign above the door says “Detroit”!! I asked the gate agent as I boarded – “it says Detroit”. She nonchalantly said “I know” as she flagged me in to the plane.

This was one of those classic moments when, upon greeted by a ferocious looking dog relentlessly barking at me as I stood frozen at the gate of my friend’s house in Durgapur wondering what to do, my friend’s dad came out and reassured me the dog was harmless. In fact, his admonishing words were “Have you not heard that barking dogs seldom bite?”. I believe I had shot back with a “I have. Question is – has the dog heard it”?

I walked into the plane wondering “Does the pilot know?”