Do Photos Count?

“What are you doing Nani?”

“I am measuring the rice for cooking.”

“Why do you ritualistically put in some extra rice grains and then put back some in the container?”

“Traditionally we cook a little extra for an unexpected guest and make sure to keep some for tomorrow.”

“As if that tiny bit will help!” I scoffed. “Superstitious nonsense.”

“No harm done…”

“My cook’s son lost his job. There’s an opening for a driver but she refused.”


“The astrologer advised against it.”

I scrolled down for the Friday Fictioneer photo.

 Damn. Where could I spot a flying crow at night?


Words 101


Photo (c) Douglas M. Macllroy

Note: For the uninitiated, myna birds are very powerful and accurate fore-tellers.

  • One for sorrow (which can be dispelled if you spot a flying crow)
  • Flying one for success
  • Two for joy
  • Three for letter
  • Four for boy
  • Five for gift

I have no idea where this originated from but it is 100 % true especially the one for sorrow. Although I’m not sure if photos count 😉 Psst just in case you can’t find a flying crow, make a circle with your forefinger and thumb and cut (open it) with something (thrice!). 😀

Well I confessed mine 😛 What’s yours?

Written for the Friday Fictioneers – a story in 100 words or less. Thanks to Rochelle for hosting it and Douglas M Macllroy for the photo prompt. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt, click here.


Just 4 Fun # 56

Hello! Didn’t the week just fly by? But of course it is festival season – Durga Puja Dusshera Diwali… Oh the list is too long and by the end of it my weighing scale would probably crash out 😦  😉


How true is that! But then again…


So anyone with a flat tummy and enjoying life – come on make yourself heard! Up next is a slideshow with a glimpse of a typical veggie market, particularly in small towns in India

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Notice anything special about it? This is from a display in a Puja Pandal at Siliguri all made of clay, including the vegetables. Amazing isnt it?


And now for something really fresh off the oven! Above is a vegetable instruction list handed by the lady of the house to her hubby as he went out to do some shopping 😀 Hilarious and educative – I too didnt know so much! And now the mystery about why women in India fast and pray for not only the long life of their husbands but also that they have the same husband in their next life as well. They have invested a lot into this one guy and who wants another novice in the next life 😀

In case anyone needs decoding : Methi : Fenugreek; Bhindi: Ladyfinger or okra; Mirchi: Green chilly; Palak: Indian spinach; Bhajiwala: Vegetable seller

Hope you found something that you enjoyed – none of which are mine by the way. I received all of them as forwards/shares and am just keeping the fun going.

Have a super week and don’t forget to have some fun as well 🙂

And do let me know your favorite – or better still post your own and leave me a link I will be along in just a bit. Btw if you are in the mood for some more fun visit Pradita’s hilarious collection of silly questions 😀



Just 4 Fun # 55

Hello folks! It’s fun time again but first a bit of gyan 😉




Now that we have that sorted, how about some pearls of wisdom from students 😉

Q: Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.
Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.
Q: How is dew formed?
A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.
Q: What is a planet?
A: A body of earth surrounded by sky.
Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?
A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.

Clearly the student is itching for a fight 😀

Anyway, I heard docs are beginning to lay down conditions for patients?


Could very well be true, psst so many times I too didn’t go to the doctor because I know just as much as he/she does 😉


Sometimes the best way to get everybody on the same page at home is to switch off the wifi 😀 Almost magically one by one the heads poke out of their cubbyholes…Ah well I am not complaining – I would probably be the first one out 😉

Anyway, care to go for a drive? In the original SUV?


Well, what do you think? Okay one more for the road – my personal favorite 🙂

tree girl

Amazing isn’t it?

Hope you found something that you enjoyed – none of which are mine by the way. I received all of them as forwards/shares and am just keeping the fun going.

Have a super week and don’t forget to have some fun as well 🙂

And do let me know your favorite – or better still post your own and leave me a link I will be along in just a bit.




WPS: All Worked Up

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Image from Google Maps

All Worked Up

 Words 150

“What’s up Sia? You look upset.” Her colleague, Nisha asked.

Sia made a moue. “The Boss is mad at me for taking leave at such a crucial juncture.”

“Damn that woman.” Nisha said. “Why were you on leave? All well?”

“Not exactly.” Sia said. “My father-in-law is in the hospital…”

“Oh I am sorry. What happened?”

“He had a heat stroke while exploring the Old Fort.”

“You went exploring in this heat? Are you crazy?”

“Don’t blame me! Explore your city is part of my son’s holiday homework.”

“Home*&%^#work!” Nisha cursed. “That took us to the brink of divorce.”


“I had to stay up till late to complete my 6-year-old daughter’s assignments.”


“Things came to a head when she had to make a family tree.”

“What happened?”

“My mother-in-law accused me of deliberately pasting a photo that made her look old and fat.”

“Did you?”

“Err, well…”


I was inspired by Penny’s double entry to What Pegman Saw and of course the view to attempt this challenge – a story in 150 words or less. Thanks to K. Rawson for hosting the challenge and Google Maps for the photo. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt click here.


Just 4 Fun # 52

Hey what’s up people? Oh that reminds me – one two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word.

Any guesses?


Without any further ado the word is UP. It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].

It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election (if there is a tie, it is a toss UP) and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.

At other times, this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is blocked UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To become more knowledgeable, about the proper uses of UP look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with (UP to) a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it soaks UP the earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now…… my time is UP!

So, did this whole thing, crack you UP? 😀

Wasn’t it completely insane? Actually that’s another word that gets me all worked up. Why insane? Why not outsane? Sigh


Anyway moving on, in a welcome and long overdue move, the Supreme Court of India has ruled that Right to Privacy is a fundamental right. Three cheers for this major step forward and the ripples are already being felt in all parts of the country.


😀 😀

ShapeThat reminds me I better get moving before that turns out to be my shadow. It’s not that I dislike exercising – it’s just that I am so good at making excuses.


That’s it from me today…unless you would like to read about Pedro?

Pedro was driving down the Panjim street in a swift because he had an important meeting and couldn’t find a parking place.

Looking up to heaven he said, “Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of my life and give up my Whiskey. I will give up Gambling and Womanizing too !”

Miraculously, a parking place appeared.

Pedro  looked up again and said, “Never mind, I found one ! Sorry I bothered you !!”

Cheers! 😀

Hope you found something that you enjoyed – none of which are mine by the way. I received all of them as forwards/shares and am just keeping the fun going.

Have a super week and don’t forget to have some fun as well 🙂

And do let me know your favorite – or better still post your own and leave me a link I will be along in just a bit.

Share this on to everyone you look UP in your address book… or not… it’s UP to you.

Just 4 Fun # 49

Hello everyone, how’s life? I was rather tied up the whole of last week – more than usual that is. Anyway I am back and I look forward to getting back on track with my writing and reading. But first time for some fun! 😀


Isn’t that true?

This week I have chosen my (and the world’s) favorite topic – woman bashing


Poor chap, wonder who’s his wife?


With apologies to da Vinci


That’s the kinda person I aspire to be 😀



There are other inspiring women too


Heheh – love them hate them but you can’t live without them can you 😉


Where’s your punctuation?


That looks just about right doesnt it? 😉


Hope you found something that you enjoyed – none of which are mine by the way. I received all of them as forwards/shares and am just keeping the fun going.

Have a super week and don’t forget to have some fun as well 🙂

And do let me know your favorite – or better still post your own and leave me a link I will be along in just a bit.


Just 4 Fun # 29


So how do you think this week’s gonna be? I had a long weekend and now I am double dreading the return to drudgery. If only I knew how things were going to turn out…


Speaking of which


Well, actually same goes for me too 😛 Oh well let’s not tread that path today…

A collection of some clever signages just for you

A sign in a shoe repair store: “We will heel you,  We will save your sole,
We will even dye for you!”

At an Eye Clinic : “If you don’t see what you’re looking for, You’ve come to the right place.”

On a Plumber’s truck : “We repair what your husband fixed”

On an Electrician’s truck : “Let us remove your shorts”

In a Non-smoking Area:  “If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and will take appropriate action”

In the front yard of a Funeral Home: “Drive carefully. We’ll wait.”

On the back of  Septic Tank Truck: “Caution – This Truck is full of Political Promises”

At a Car Dealership: “The best way to get back on your feet – miss a car payment.”

At the Electric Company:  “We would be delighted if you send in your payment on time. However, if you don’t, YOU will be de-lighted.”

In a Restaurant window:  “Don’t stand there and be hungry;  come on in and get fed up.”

Time to say goodbye before you get fed up – see you next week 😉

HoliThis Holi, here’s wishing you lots of color and flowers, joy and happiness

Hope you found something that you liked – none of which are mine by the way. I received all of them as forwards/shares and am just keeping the fun going.

Have a super week and don’t forget to have some fun as well 🙂

And do let me know your favorite – or better still post your own and leave me a link I will be along in just a bit.

Story Club #6: Knowing the Unknown

Oh shoot! It’s Story Club time and I clean forgot all about it. So much has been happening lately, travel, wedding, trying to capture scissors and ladders, studying art whew! No wonder it slipped my mind. Oh well, better late than never right?

So here’s Story Club number 6, the last one for this year. And in honor of that, I am tweaking the rules – since it’s already late, I am skipping the pre-announcement of the story. Besides, nobody seems to be reading them in advance in any case 😦

And instead of a short story, I am picking up a book this time.

Hey hey!! Pipe down will ya? I can’t hear myself type. Just read me out 😉 The thing is I am way behind in my reading target for this year, so I thought why not kill two birds with one post? Tick off a book (or two) from my list and get in the Story Club as well – great idea isn’t it? 🙂

What about you – you ask.

Well how about reading the review and then you make an informed decision whether or not you would like to read this book? Come on admit it, that’s what you usually do don’t you? Anyway, since this is a book and I know it is short notice, I won’t give away any spoilers.

Okay, all set?

On the same page?

Let’s go.

The book I have chosen for last Story Club of 2016 is Everything a Man Knows About a Woman by Alan Francis (1930) who is a comedian and writer from Scotland.Not much is known about Francis as an author but this book has an average rating of 4.3 on 5 on Goodreads and 49 reviews. He first published this book in 1987 in consultation with Cindy Cashman.

I read the book in one sitting. In fact I don’t think I wasted any time drawing any breath either. It was gripping right from Page 1. The book was particularly fascinating from a woman’s perspective. It was a real eye-opener and made me understand men better than before. I have to confess that exposure to this book has given me significant insight into the male psyche and softened my harsh attitude towards them. I am a softer and mellower person particularly towards my significant other. I thought of gifting this book to him. But then I thought no point, he already knows all this (he may not admit it of course), better to gift to my girlfriends. They are bound to benefit richly from this fresh and rich insight and vision into the minds of the men who matter. I can almost guarantee you won’t regret reading this book.

Amazon is offering a 25th Anniversary Edition (1995) as well and the E-book costs just over 3 $ while the paperback edition is just under 4 $

But tell you what – If you are interested, I would be happy to ‘give’ you a copy of the book for free this Christmas season – ahem ahem I have inside information 😉

So, if you are hesitant to purchase this slim book of 128 blank pages of what men know about women, do let me know 😀

On the other hand, if you are willing to spend a little bit more in this holiday season (and expand your reading list for the year 2016), you could try What Every Man Thinks About Apart from Sex by Sheridan Simove published more recently in 2012. This is a thicker volume, about 200 blank pages.

In an apparent bid to decode the female psyche Dr. Melissa J Marshall jumped on to the bandwagon and published What Every Woman Thinks About (June 2016).

However, I personally found this book rather misleading and self-contradictory. I mean the author must have thought about what women think? And only after thinking about the topic did she come up with book of blank pages – did she not? And hey come on – does she or every other woman not think incessantly and ad nauseam about shopping, diamonds, how to steal their girl-friends’ boyfriends, murder their mother-in-laws etc etc?

You might call me biased but in my defense, I would have lauded the book if it had been titled What Every Woman Knows About Man. Now that would have been an epic tale.

Inspired by these priceless books, I am tempted to publish, “What Every Woman Should Know About Men.”

A hardbound book with a dark handsome beautiful cover design but no – the pages wouldn’t be blank. I have some plagiarized (suitably edited) material (from somewhere on the internet):

Men have 2 interests: hunger and hanky-panky, and they can’t tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.”

Look forward to reading your reviews (and contributions to the above book) while I add 3 books to my list of books I read this year. Apparently I can add a few more before the year is over 😀

As a peace offering, here is a short film (20 min) in Marathi with English subtitles – it gives a glimpse of Indian culture, traditions and psyche. Even I was unaware of this particular ritual. I would go so far as to say this is one of the best short films I have seen in a long time. Seriously. No hanky-panky. Off to have a sandwich.

By the way, just in case something isn’t quite clear in the short film, please do read the comment section of the video or even better we could discuss it here 🙂

If anyone wishes to join the Story Club (including this one) most welcome. Just post a review and link back to this post. Or you could host the next month’s Story Club?

You can read the other Story Club posts and rules here. Or leave me a comment below or mail me at

Please free to discuss, comment, suggest and protest 😉