22 February 2019

Friday evening relaxation

“Kafan mein khud ko chhupa liya hai
Ke tujh ko parde ki ho na zehmat
Naqaab apne liye banakar
Hijaab tera utha raha hoon”

Sung by Nusrat. Incredible words from the pen of Allama Muhammad Iqbal.

Roughly translated…
“I have hidden myself in my shroud
So you don’t have to take the trouble of putting on your veil
By making a veil for my own self,
I am lifting your veil”

22 February 2019

Going with the “flow”

Three years back Sharmila and I looked at the option of moving to the NorthWest. Portland and Seattle areas are what we evaluated. We concluded that it was too cloudy, foggy and rainy for us.

Boy, did we dodge a bullet!

If we had moved, we would have missed these three years of cloudier, foggier and rainier weather in Atlanta!

(BTW, as a matter of fact, Atlanta gets nearly twice the amount of rain as Seattle)

21 February 2019

Stranger than fiction!

Last morning, I swung by my friend Jacob’s desk when I was visiting their offices in San Francisco for some work. Less than half my age, he has twice my wisdom. Little wonder, I enjoy being around him and learning new stuff from him. (He is a trivia wizard too).

He was standing near his desk – talking to his neighbor – when I approached him. Who he introduced to me as “Raj Das”.

Jacob: “Believe it or not, Raj and I are born on the exact same day. And we went to the same college together. Now we work together.”
Me: “That is a coincidence!”
Jacob: “Do you remember Seena?”.
I immediately recollected Seena from about six months back. Jacob, Seena and I had worked on a project for some time then.
Me: “Of course!”
Jacob: “Here is the crazy part! All three of us share the same birthday!! And all three of us went to the same college”

Now, that was SOME coincidence!!

Me: “And what is that birthday?”
Raj: “March 5th”

Me (after gaining some composure): “Yeah! Here is something you will not believe either. That is my birthday too!”

I don’t think Jacob still believes me!!

We all believe I was not good enough to go to U. Va. though 🙂

That was one heck of a coincidence!!

15 February 2019

From the bartender’s corner – Smoky Spritz

Picked this recipe up from The Inspired Home. This has Mezcal, Aperol, Sweet Vermouth and Prosecco. Rather interesting experience. After the bitter sweet hit to the palate, I was not prepared for the strong smoky finish. Obviously, logically that is what you would expect with the ingredients but I do not believe I remember having this kind of a combination before.

9 February 2019

From the bartender’s corner – Mezcal #6: Scorpion Reposado

Scorpion mezcals are from Oaxaca and like many other mezcals is made from espadin agave and double distilled in copper stills. This being a Reposado, it is aged. In this particular case in French Oaks.

Here is an interesting fact. You know how certain mezcals will have a worm inside it? (BTW, tequilas NEVER have a worm – that belief is a myth). Well, this company’s slogan is “worm is for the wimps”.

They actually have a scorpion at the bottom of the drink. Every single bottle!!! (this is somewhat for marketing – it has no other value).