Continued from Day 10660

Day 10661
Sunday, 28 October 2018

We went an whole hour back last night, and what did I do with the extra hour? Watch YouTube videos until 4 am. *epic facepalm*

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Today’s trip to Lousberg. It was -1°C when I left home, so today’s outfit was 4 layers on the top, 3 on the bottom. Have you ever heard the story of how Aacheners cheated the devil, twice? Head over to Too Smart For The Devil.

I went to a tandem German-English language meet today.

If you feel like practicing either language, you are welcome to our meetings. Here you can meet native speakers of both languages who will help you to express yourself well. We will talk in both languages, discuss and, if wanted by the group, read a small text in each language. So far, the focus has been on the ability to express oneself orally. Through additional learning with texts we want to increase our vocabulary treasure. We spend about 45 minutes each in one language. For grammar learning is more suitable for a course. How and with what is learned is decided democratically in the group. No matter if beginner or native speaker, every language level is welcome.

It was okay. Maybe it will be more helpful once I can actually contribute something. There was an American girl called Lexy, from southern California apparently. She is not the friendliest person but she made me feel better about my German because hers was worse than mine, haha. There was also a Ukranian (Sunish), a Syrian, a South African Portuguese, and two Germans. The Germans and the Syrian want to practice their English, the rest of us were there to improve our German.

Speaking of languages, I found this cool map on Facebook:


In other news, India’s mega tour is coming up. It is time for the Australian summer down under.

The hype is already building up. I like it! The current head-to-head in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is 18-17 in favour of India. Australia-India games are pretty intense, clearly. But the record in all formats (since 1947) is 119-81 in favour of Australia.

For all my obsession with cricket, I have never watched a single international match live in a stadium. I would love to someday, but I’m not holding my breath or marking my calendars.

Cricket, World Cup Qualifiers, Africa (South):
Match 1: 🇧🇼 Botswana beat Mozambique 🇲🇿
Match 2: 🇳🇦 Namibia beat Swaziland 🇸🇿
Match 3: 🇳🇦 Namibia beat Malawi 🇲🇼
Match 4: 🇸🇭 Saint Helena beat Swaziland 🇸🇿

🇵🇰 Pakistan beat Australia 🇦🇺

The Hockey Asian Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan was called off due to rain, and both teams were declared joint winners. (Source: NDTV Sports)

Day 10662
Monday, 29 October 2018

These are mesmerising to watch! I just can’t seem to be able to take my eyes off.

Sunish left for Stuttgart today. I made sardine curry and mackerel fry for dinner. I had chicken nuggets for lunch at the Mensa earlier in the day, before we went to C&A and Decathlon (Kerkrade). I bought myself a comfy winter cap.

NH66 is my most favourite highway in the world. Maravanthe is just one of the many major attractions that make it so pretty. Also, is it just me or does every Goan GSB temple look pretty much the same, at least from a distance? I think they built them all from the same construction manual.

Cricket, World Cup Qualifiers, Africa (South):
Match 5: 🇱🇸 Lesotho beat Swaziland 🇸🇿
Match 6: 🇸🇭 Saint Helena beat Malawi 🇲🇼
Match 7: 🇸🇭 Saint Helena beat Lesotho 🇱🇸
Match 8: 🇳🇦 Namibia beat Mozambique 🇲🇿

🇮🇳 India beat West Indies
🇦🇺 Australia beat Pakistan 🇵🇰

Day 10663
Tuesday, 30 October 2018

I cleaned the stove today. That is pretty much the most productive thing I did all day.

Cricket, World Cup Qualifiers, Africa (South):
Match 9: 🇧🇼 Botswana beat Saint Helena 🇸🇭
Match 10: 🇲🇼 Malawi beat Swaziland 🇸🇿
Match 11: 🇲🇿 Mozambique beat Lesotho 🇱🇸
Match 12: 🇧🇼 Botswana beat Malawi 🇲🇼

Day 10664
Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Technology these days, man. One can do practically anything with a handheld smartphone these days, can’t they?

You know, Dil Chahta Hai is the movie I must have watched the most number of times, even though it has been years since I last watched it. I was obsessed with it back in high school. The songs (“Shankar-Ehsan-Loy’s music was the highlight of the 2000s like Rahman owned the 90s, although Pritam’s plagiarism was also quite catchy“), the choreography, the actors, the costume design, Farhan Akhtar’s directorial debut… That movie was a trendsetter for post-2000 coming-of-age flicks.

Here’s a secret though- I always used to skip Dimple Kapadia’s scenes. I found them boring when I was a kid. But the last time I watched it, a few years ago, I watched her scenes too, and maybe because I hadn’t watched it carefully before, they were raw and I appreciated all the characters even more. Does that make sense?

Speaking of movies, I watched Gold today, about independent India’s first Olympic medal. Nice movie! I love sports movies. I always go to bed so inspired. Until next morning.

A party in Bombay 1946 be like:

I wonder who the lead stage dancer is. She’s cute. Let me know in the comments if you know her name. I want to do some stalking, haha. But I like this song better:

So melodious. I decided to do a little digging of my own into the 1948 Olympic hockey championship. I found this interview of Balbir Singh, reliving memories of the Olympic final:

Also, I found this in archives:

The Indian Express, Friday, August 13, 1948.

I have a ticket to the Alemannia Aachen – FC Viktoria Köln game on the 16th! Technically, it belongs to Gaurav, but I am hoping he won’t be using it so I can. Also hoping I get to go if I do get my hands on the ticket.

Sigh. I need to pass 7 exams in February. I see that I have less than 100 days to go. I cleaned the kitchen table, the kitchen floor, the toilet, the bathroom sink, the bathtub, the bathroom floor… I am so tired right now.

🇵🇰 Pakistan beat New Zealand 🇳🇿

Football, Indian Super League:
Bengaluru beat Atlético de Kolkata, 2-1

Day 10665
Thursday, 1 November 2018

I remember Lexy the American mention last week that one will not find watermelons with seeds in America anymore. I wonder if that is true. Anyway, my phone finally reset and updated. Fifth time lucky, baby! But now I have to get my phone up to date with the settings and apps and such. That is going to take some time and effort.

This (Disclaimer: It’s in Hindi) is one of my current favourite stand up comedy sketches:

Long time since I had gajar ka halwa. I want to have some now!

Diwali is coming (6-10 November). For those who do not know:

Diwali, or Dipawali, is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians. (Source: National Geographic Kids)

Wikipedia says:

Diwali symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance”.

Speaking of light, in Sanskrit, Bhāsa is light and kara is maker. Bhāskara means maker of light. But that’s not all. Bhāskara-I and II were two satellites built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) that formed India’s first low orbit Earth Observation Satellites, back in the 70s and 80s.

Today is Kannada Rajyotsava in my home state. It is the day the Kingdom of Mysore joined the Union of India and became the state of Karnataka.

I downloaded and installed Road Rash on my laptop today, and I am having a blast. I am on to Level 2 already! Speaking of nostalgia, Navchetan Rai decided to post this on Facebook. Why, just why?

I’m not sure Lord Ganesha can eat lamb, but that would be missing the point. Australia is owning it right now. This is indeed such a good commercial:

I loved the “elephant in the room” joke. For those who do not know how Lord Ganesha got his elephant head, here is the story:

The goddess Parvati had started preparing for a bath. As she didn’t want to be disturbed during her bath and since Nandi was not at Kailash to keep guard of the door, Parvati took the turmeric paste (for bathing) from her body and made a form of a boy and breathed life into him. This boy was instructed by Parvati to guard the door and to not let anyone in until she finished her bath.

After Shiva had come out of his meditation, he wanted to go and see Parvati but found himself being stopped by this strange boy. Shiva tried to reason with the boy saying that he was Parvati’s husband but the boy did not listen and was determined to not let Shiva enter until his mother Parvati finished her bath. The boy’s behavior surprised Shiva. Sensing that this was no ordinary boy, the usually peaceful Shiva decided he would have to fight the boy and in his divine fury severed the boy’s head with his Trishul thereby killing him instantly.

When Parvati learned of this, she was so enraged and insulted that she decided to destroy the entire Creation. At her call, she summoned all of her ferocious multi-armed forms, the Yoginis arose from her body and threatened to destroy all. Lord Brahma, being the Creator, naturally had his issues with this, and pleaded that she reconsider her drastic plan. She said she would, but only if two conditions were met: one, that the boy be brought back to life, and two, that he be forever worshipped before all the other gods.

Shiva, having cooled down by this time, agreed to Parvati’s conditions. He sent his Shiva-dutas out with orders to bring back the head of the first creature that is lying dead with its head facing North. The Shiva-dutas soon returned with the head of a strong and powerful elephant Gajasura which Lord Brahma placed onto the boy’s body. Breathing new life into him, he was declared as Gajanana and gave him the status of being foremost among the gods, and leader of all the ganas (classes of beings), Ganapati.


Cricket, World Cup Qualifiers, Africa (South):
Match 13: 🇲🇿 Mozambique beat Malawi 🇲🇼
Match 14: 🇳🇦 Namibia beat Lesotho 🇱🇸
Match 15: 🇧🇼 Botswana beat Swaziland 🇸🇿
Match 16: 🇲🇼 Malawi beat Lesotho 🇱🇸

🇮🇳 India beat West Indies

The title of the post is a word play on neunundzwanzig (twenty-nine in German, the writer’s current age) and his first name. Continue to Day 10666.


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