Under Lock Down

So. How’s life under this lock down?

It’s all so new. It’s all so weird. And yes, it’s all too scary and real. Actually, let me scratch that. It’s not real yet. I think it will get really “real” when someone we know get the virus.

In the meantime we are doing what we can to lock ourselves down. The most hardcore person in our family is my daughter. Has only gone out to walk the dog. Nothing else. Wife has taken over the lead role as the grocer / shopper of the household. She is a dentist and has been asked to not work at all except emergencies. So far, she has been handled those scenarios via the phone. She is going crazy with boredom. She wants to work, she can work but has been told by the authorities, STAY HOME!

In my case, I have been working from home since 2012 so this is not new to me. The only thing new to me is that the house is always “full”. There is always someone or the other barging into my room. Wife / daughter always assume that I am available to do shit like “can you take the garbage out?” / “the tv is not working” / “can you clean some of the big utensils?” I love them to bits but come on! Am working!

Our daily routine is fairly common for suburbia. Day starts at 7AM and ends around 10PM. In between there is critical decisions like what to eat for lunch and dinner. Should we drink tonight or not? Should we take dog out for a longish walk or just around the block? Should I go for a run? Which tv series should we start watching?

Work has been insane lately! Am not sure where the work is coming from given that the global economy has slowed down substantially. Projections are at -3%!! IMF is estimating a loss of $9 trillion!! (visualize this : $1 million stacked up with $100 bills will be 1 m high. $1 billion stacked up with $100 bills will be 1 km high. $1 trillion stacked up with $100 bills will be 1,015 km high. Yes, someone did the calculation). So that is a very, very big number. Regardless, the company I work for is chugging along at a high speed. I sometimes have to stay up till midnight to meet with teams in China and HK for conferences. I am expecting there to be a slowdown in my work, eventually. But at the moment, it’s all-work-no-play mode here.

We did have a holiday in Feb just before the lock down. In hindsight, thank god we took that vacation else we would have gone mad by now. We went to St. Lucia with our friends for 7 days. Could not have asked for a better vacation. Sun, sand and friends. Had tonnes of fun.

That’s it for now. Let’s see if this quarantine will lead to more posts. Here are some recent pictures of the family and friends.

Halifax Trip

We love our neighbors.

Since our move to the neighborhood, we have steadily morphed from friendly neighbors to good friends.

We have out together all the time. Try new restaurants. Exchange good with each other all the time. Jump into each other’s hot tub or swimming pool. Go on vacations.

The last vacation was to Joanne’s home town Halifax.

Sure we chose the wrong month to go. It was COLD!!

But when you are with friends, everything is amazing.

On our way!

Phone therapy after the flight

On the boat to downtown Halifax.

Jo and Diane.

One of the stops during Joanne’s tour

Taking shelter from the brutal rain and wind

Yes. It was very cold!

Yes. There were lunatics oyster fishing

Simon. The photographer.

Bob and Diane. I know exactly what Bob’s hand is doing. The pervert.

Jo and Pre drunk Simon

In Halifax to celebrate Bob’s birthday

At the infamous Lower Deck

Bob’s birthday

Bob was everywhere

Everywhere

Old as shit

Waking in Jo’s neighborhood

Had a great time in Halifax.

Updates

So I have shun the social websites.

The unfortunate consequences of that has been that I have cut off my family and friends.

So, I will post randomly here and hope that my fabulous savvy family members will share with everyone one.

Comments are open and your feedback is always appreciated.

Here are some pictures of a recent wedding we attended.

A rare sight. Rhea in a dress!!

The love of my life.

Mehendi time.

The family

10 Songs That Define Radiohead (For Me)

Creep

Would I have paid any attention to the subsequent work by Radiohead without this song? As much as the band may hate my answer, no. I probably would not have cared (at least until OK Computer).

I still remember the chills this song created. Absolutely thrilling. It may have lost the lustre over the years but this is the song that put Radiohead on the map. It’s their legacy and they cannot escape it as much as they might want to.

Paranoid Android

Please could you stop the noise
I’m trying to get some rest
From all the unborn chicken voices in my head

And with this song, Radiohead elevated themselves, in my eyes, to rock gods.

The way the song maneuvers in and out various segments going from a hard rock to a soft melody and then back to a hard rock is done with the finesse of a painter delicately painting a masterpiece.

 

Everything In It’s Right Place

The switch in the music for a band that is at the top of it’s game is very very risky. Only bands like Beatles or Pink Floyd have come out of this transition with flying colours. And we can add Radiohead to that list.

The first time I heard this song it was jarring. “This can’t be Radiohead!!!”. “Are they selling out?”

But the haunting sounds of their record Kid A starting from “Everything….” were too addictive to ignore for long.

 

Street Spirit (Fade Out)

 
Cracked eggs, dead birds
Scream as they fight for life
I can feel death, can see its beady eyes

I think of this song that began the transition of Radiohead from a run of the mill rock band to mega stars.

 

There There

After Kid A and Amnesiac, it was refreshing to hear Radiohead pick up their guitars. Very very hard not to air drum to this song.

 

True Love Waits

Some sage advice from these poets.

And true love waits
In haunted attics
And true love lives
On lollipops and crisps

Just don’t leave
Don’t leave


 

Bodysnatchers

The song builds and builds to the point where it seems even the band wants to take a break and soothes the music to a beautiful bridge.

 https://youtu.be/OvLQnTDad1E

Reckoner

 This song was never going to be in my list. Only after listening to it again a few days ago, it but me, this is one of the most “perfect” songs by Radiohead. 

House Of Cards

 If you want to listen to a beautiful song that is both visually and sonically mesmerizing, this is it.

A Wolf At The Door

 Took me forever to decide the final song for this list.

Lyrically this song is meaningless. 

But the play of the words and the music and Thom’s voice is so intricate and yet so beautiful that you can do nothing but admire the band that came up with the song. 
 

 

Trip To Paris

The family visited Paris in last week of July. The trip was outstanding to say the least. Perfect weather. Crowded but not too much(I don’t think terrorism has impacted the tourism much. Especially people from China). Friendly people (for the most part. We did experience some famous French pouting).

Here are some pictures.

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Charu and Rhea exhausted after a trip to Versailles

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Resting at Eiffel Tower

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View from our room.

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These were everywhere!

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Notre Dame

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On the hop-on hop-off bus

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At Sacre Coeur

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Arc De Triomphe

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Jardin Du Luxembourg

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Jardin Du Luxembourg. Check out the trees.

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Jardin Du Luxembourg. Charu fighting with Rhea

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Jardin Du Luxembourg. Rhea thinks she looks dumb

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At Versailles.

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At Versailles. Garden at the back.

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At Versailles. The main view.

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Used metro quite a lot. Excellent service.

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At Lourve.

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Rhea trying a new look.

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On our way to the top

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A look from the bottom.

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Walking tour. The best part of the trip.

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Both very skeptical about the different kinds of cheeses.

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Walking through the small streets.

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Rhea refused to play with the bubbles. Until they came her way :)

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Found a great Thai place. My goofy was goofing off.

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Selfies galore!

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Last day. Waiting at the Metro.

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Security was intense. Soldiers everywhere.

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My baby.

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On a bridge along Seine river.

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The sleepy head was always catching a nap.

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Just walking about along Seine river.

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Fries and Algae juice.

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Napolean’s tomb.

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Cruising along river Seine.

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Rhea was exhausted by day 5.

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It was a fabulous trip. Love you Paris!

 

Runner’s Egos

So during my long run this Sunday I was about to cross a family with a little child planning on the path.

The father yells out “Hayley, get aside and let this jogger through”

WTF!! I wanted to yell back “I am not a jogger. I am a runner”.

Does anyone else have this problem?

#RunnersEgo