WHAT IS IN THE NAME ?

When you look at her, she seems to be a very unassuming person, marred by malnutrition and her poor conditions, Shashi, the maid at our neighbor’s house. It was a daily routine for us, our morning was never peaceful because our neighbor use to start shouting Shashi’s name as if telling beads. “Shashi, do this, Shashi do that”, and the entire colony knew its morning. Shashi, a common name in Indian Hindu households. The name means night and people with such a name tend to be submissive and cool, hate violence and just calm like the night. And there she was completely in agreement with her name, well if it would have been.

Our maid was going to go her village and well the maid going is actually a more major event than anything else, we needed a temporary maid. And just like a bell rings in the mind, our neighbor said “Shashi!!!!!!!!!”. So we found our solution and that is when we met her, Shashi, or that is what she told us. We asked her if she would work temporarily at our place and she, always in need of money agreed for a small amount.

After joining the job we realised that she always was very morose and submissive and well my mother took it upon herself to inquire. After a lot of persuasion she opened up. Her husband had left her with 4 kids and she was living with hr brother-in-law, for financial support and well combining them both’s income, the entire family could have two square meals.

Now you might wanna know how Shashi dressed up. Obviously, it was not anything flashy but what why am I telling you this is because, she used to dress up as a Hindi bride, vermilion on her head, a symbol of a married Hindu women and also a sacred thread called a mangalsutra also a symbol for a married Hindu women.  And now let me drop the bombshell, her name was not Shahshi, it was Shabana, she was not a Hindu but a Muslim. Now that makes you think that why was she dressing up this way and living this completely different identity.

She was not able to find a job when she told people that her name was Shabana, and with no husband to support her, she had to come up with something and fast and that is when it struck her, if she dressed as a Hindu lady, maybe she might get a job and that is what happened. She landed our neighbor’s job and subsequently ours. Well still as Shakespeare said “What is in the name? “, frankly was it right that someone who is in desperate need of money has to live another life just to manage food in the bellies and working tirelessly without asking for any compensation and practically getting exploited.

How To Day-snack Without Letting Your Mom/Wife Know :)

Well, I know this is not something you ever thought of reading about but sometimes these tips might help you snack without anyone know and if you are a compulsive day snacker like me you know getting caught is not a good experience. This article is what I have learnt during my experiences of day snacking and  devising ways of not letting my mom know that I am experimenting in the kitchen. There are a few necessities to master this art :

  1. Ensure that your mom/wife are in a deep sleep, preferably snoring. You might even want to shut there doors, if the hinges don’t creak. This is necessary because women have great ears for everything and the slightest sound might get you caught.
  2. You need to know exactly where the things you need are kept. It helps as some ladies might just want a power nap and you don’t want to waste your time finding things.
  3. You need to practice being light on your feet and shutting doors of cupboards/closets slowly.

Now there are two types:

  1. You are heating something that is already cooked and
  2. you are making something by yourself.

1. The first type, here you might have to heat things. Make sure, you are not heating in something that pings, again we have to endevour to make things as silent as possible. So avoid microwaves, OTG’s and electric heaters. It is better to use our old friend, the gas stove. And when you take out things from the fridge, don’t let the door open, now-a-days, there are fridges that start singing if left open for long. Take a metal bowl and pour out your edible stuff in it and heat it.

You need to make sure that nothing falls on the burner, it is not very clever to leave trail marks. You may as well just wipe the burner with a wet cloth, it will help it in cooling quickly, Even science got me caught once, and voila no trace of you being there.

If its something like fruit cream or ice-cream you won’t obviously heat it, yet you will have to take of the part other than heating.

2. The second type, if it is something you are going to cook, like I like to make my favourite bread snack, keep everything handy and after cooking place everything back where they were.

A FEW THINGS THAT YOU OVERLOOK:

  1. Place everything in the exact same place, exact means exact because  something under the utensil might have left its mark underneath.
  2. While cleaning up after yourself, never over-clean i.e. if there was some flour, onion cover etc on the floor or slab let it be, ladies are very careful about how they left their kitchen.
  3. When you clean your utensil, which is a must, never clean it directly under the tap. Place an absorbent cloth underneath or on the side and wash on that, it will cut down the noise that will be created when water falls on the hose.

I hope this will be an enjoyable read.

James Bond

I don’t know and probably never will that what fascinates me to this character. The suave, sexy, and debonair guy of every girl’s dream. The first movie I ever saw was Die Another Day and since then its just been about him. I am crazy enough about him to stray away from my normal line of India. He is  just the guy to be.

 Ian Fleming is said to have created created James Bond in his beach house in Jamaica, called Goldeneye (Pierce Brosnan’s first film as Bond in 1995) and named it after a n ornithologist of the same name (Pierce Brosnan told Jacincta that he was an ornithologist in Die Another Day). He named his parents Andrew Bond, a Scotsman and his mother Monique Delacroix, Swiss, praising the Scottish descent of Sean Connery of his movies. The birth date is not very clear but his Bentley was bought in  1933 and he is said to have been born in the year of the rat in Live And Let Die.

  • He is a Commander in the Royal British Navy.
  • He was supposed to date Sylvia Trench between assignments (but it isn’t fun is it 😛 ).
  • Eon Productions have 23 movies with 24th and 25th in the pipeline.
  • He loves a large drink before he sleeps that has “three measures of Gordon  one of vodka, half a measure of kina lillet, shaken well till its ice cold with a tin large slice of lemon peel
  • Except for a few, all the James Bond movies have returned with almost 5 times their production costs .
  •  He kills first, asks question later.
  • He is a Double-0 that is he has the licence to kill, a position that is held by only three people at a time.
  • He shares a bitter-sweet relation with his boss M.
  • M’s secretary Ms Moneypenny is always trying to get a ring out of him (in Diamonds Are Forever, when he askes her what she wants, she replies “a diamond in a ring”. But the only romantic scenes have been in Die Another Day and Skyfall.
  • Skyfall is the most successful Bond film till date.
  • He studied at Oxford (Casino Royale, The World Is Not Enough) and took a course in Oriental Languages (You Only Live Twice).
  • He has been played by six actors they are :

              • Sean Connery
              • George Lazenby
              • Roger Moore
              • Timothy Dalton
              • Pierce Brosnan
              • Daniel Craig
  • Roger Moore has till date done the maximum (7) number of films and the minimum have been done by George Lazenby (1). But the figures might change as Eon Productions has signed Daniel Craig for a total of 8 films i.e. one more than Moore
  • With six actors as Bond, they have starred against more than 50 Bond girls.

Well, personally, my favorite Bond is Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig cause they both are a class apart as compared to the others. Many people say Connery was the best but frankly, for me he became old  after the third outing and should have stopped but well he is done and now its the swashbuckling Daniel Craig. Moreover, both of them were and are more equipped to a secret agent as compared to their predecessors. Better built, better gadgets, bringing Bond closer to the people is more like them whereas the others kept him emulated. I will ofcourse not undermine the others, Connery was raw and heroic, Lazenby was wellllllll Lazenby (can’t help it), Moore had his comedy, and Dalton had his style. And Brosnan and Craig just find the exactly measured way out between all of this.

Next I will be posting about the actors. Stay tuned!!!!!!!!