Pyramids & Street Culture

Around The Globe On A Festive Sleigh…

Whale and Hot Dog are gossiping about exotic countries today, whilst reading Shakespeare.
Whale:…and that is why Juliet was a maiden so pure of heart and words, Romeo forgot all about Rosaline!
Hot Dog: Mmmm…which would you say is your favourite exotic country? Point at our globe and say! I’ll spin it first for you! I like doing that sometimes!
The globe is spinning…
Whale: I like India.
Hot Dog: My favourite is Egypt!
Whale: Really? Why?
Hot Dog: They have pyramids, which I find very fascinating!
Whale: Aren’t you a little Howard Carter?
Hot Dog: I also love stories about the Nile and Pharaohs! What do you like about India?
Whale: I like the food, their love for colour and the culture!
Hot Dog: You mean the street culture?
Whale: Yeah! I also wanted to see it improve because it’s a helpless state!
Hot Dog: Yeah! We should really thank the bureaucracy present in the Indian subcontinent for doing that to a former British colony!
Whale: I think that they have only been interested in looting India because they feel that they are not worth a peaceful life!…the tragedy was just how Romeo felt because of Romeo’s estranged separation from Juliet!

Healthy Eating 101

The most difficult thing about eating healthy is the kind of dishes that you have to pick from. How do you know if the right dishes are going to be the real tasty ones or do you have to compromise again and suck a lemon, dive into a bowl of skimpy salad or drink a lot of apple juice?

Southwestern Black Bean Soup with Crunchy Tortilla Topping

This dish is vegetarian, so there’s no headache of calories but because of the spicy nature from the chiptole chilli, there’s Greek yoghurt thrown in for a cooling effect.

Adobo Chicken Fried Rice

Grilled rice as fried rice is served chilled, with spicy-sweet chicken, green onion rice. How exotic!

Seafood Risotto

Rich and creamy risotto is delicious and healthy. Serve it with salad and bread.

Pan-Seared Scallops on Linguine

Creamy and tangy, this is a dish of fish that sports a silky-smooth glow, which is just so perfect tasting with bread.

Chicken with Prosciutto and Tomatoes Over Polenta

This is a dish of breaded chicken thighs seasoned with sage and white wine, a tomato mixture, served on polenta.

Omelettes & Butter

The Provincial Village Dines!!!

Whale and Hot Dog are making omelettes today because it’s #TGIF.
Whale: How do you like your omelettes, baby?
Hot Dog: I like mine without butter!
Whale:…wot?
Hot Dog: Yeah! And baked!
Whale: I like mine with three spoons of butter!
Hot Dog: No wonder your so fat!
Whale: I’m not fat!!!! It’s really tasty to eat omelettes with a lot of butter!
Hot Dog: No it isn’t! It’s tastier to have them oozing yellow cream that is the yolk.
Whale: Oh! I adore that too but I like mine to have yolks oozing with butter as you dig in!
Hot Dog: Are you serious? People call you a cholesterol-factory!
Whale: That is just unfair! I don’t eat as much butter as those can be found in a good old paratha, that is toasted brown, instead of being white!
Hot Dog: But still! Your egg yolk falls with butter instead of falling naturally when you poke it with chopsticks!
Whale: I poke mine with a chopstick and melted butter and egg yolk falls…but if I’m honest I really do try to keep my butter as butter slabs in the egg yolk dressed with melting butter, yeah!

India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy 

Discover India for 60 Years

When you think about developing economies, the primary thought that springs to mind is how different the political landscape is from the West. In the West, it’s hard to imagine that there is no issue of political rivalry, there are no epic battles and there is no glory for those who are good at winning. In developing economies, such as Venezuela and India, there is all of that and more. Venezuela has had a troubled revolutionary past, where it has been led by so many colourful leaders but until recently the environment was a dangerous one. Now, there is more growth than before, there is a good and enlightened idea about the country, not only in the West but also the Far East. India, similarly has seen significant growth in the consciousness of many here and it has, in addition to all of that, seen a lot of shady politicians trying to exert their influence in government and this has left the country remain poor and devastated for decades. In neighbouring Bangladesh, the political climate has been more marred by corruption stemming from bureaucracy than for India because the state is weaker. These are the kind of legacies that the British Empire left to it’s former colonies because it found the states to be too difficult to rule.

But that was in the past and now there is a new resurgence of admiration for these countries and it’s culture nationally and globally, because of good development, pioneered by the West (and the Far East). In this book, as a reader you can imagine yourself stationed in that time frame in India, right after the country became independent from the British Raj and when the country saw signs of good development, miraculously. In the earliest days of the British Raj, the Muslim League was all about dividing Hindus and Muslims and ruling. They had a unique vision, where they believed that the two religions are not meant to communicate, they are not meant to marry, have friendly neighborhood relationships with each other and that is how the League will rule. Disagreements over this, with the British Raj led the Raj to declare the nation independent and they lost nothing and gained only the failures of the statesmen unable to govern India, which was no wound worth writing home about because Great Britain has seen so much of it, everywhere. In India today, Hindus and Muslims do eat in each other’s homes, they do play their favourite national sport, cricket, in a team built of men from different religions. The book is comprehensive in it’s painting of India from that time – what happened when the British Raj had no interest in leaving such a young, colonized state despite cries for self-government from Indians but left it all in a sudden in 1947, declaring it ungovernable and then India found means to see economic growth because of foreign policy.

Six months later Hindu extremists murdered Gandhi and religious violence made lives hard for people of the state; so many people were killed because of religious violence and India now had to think about honouring the Hindu majority and their demands just to survive and find ways to bring harmony to the Muslim population. There was only oppression and detaching India from good relationships with the West, as much as possible. Those sixty years were not about governing India with single-mindedness: it was about living in circumstances that made it possible to imagine only authoritative rule in India, filled with a population of only Hindus or become a state torn apart into numerous fragments. This legacy is set to torment India for years to come because that is what India was post-independence from the British Raj, that the book manages to bring back to life once more in a political angle. In my opinion, that is quite the rare thing because foreign policy can only develop and grow India, it cannot erase it’s hard past or the British Raj cannot come back and declare India to be a state worth governing politically.

Those Lunch Dates…

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Gisele Bundchen – The Supermodel

When you read about Gisele Bundchen so many thoughts come to mind. The first is that she is a supermodel, or was a supermodel. Gisele has not really seen as much success as a model as she has as a sex-symbol. Older contemporaries found more success and still maintains a good standing as one of the original supermodels, despite their age crossing a firm forty. In these climates, it’s not surprising to see why Gisele quit modelling despite being only 35 years old. As one of those special supermodels who lost her sex-symbol tag to Kim Kardashian, some couple of months back, Gisele is one rose who has most definitely withered in her mid-thirties. She only ever got hounded by the media because once upon a time she was Leonardo DiCaprio’s girlfriend, and the whole world wanted to know how she managed to date a guy that almost every teenager lusted after.

As childish as that thought sounds that is what Leonardo DiCaprio was all about in the late nineties and beyond and still is to so many women. This was when “Leo-mania” peaked and Gisele capitalized on all of that because she was so interested in being that trophy wife, that most heartthrobs wanted. She was a supermodel who has a career but it was subordinate to a man and the whole maternal instinct. Every guy in town wants to go out with a woman who can cook for them, who can make them fall in love with them with their child-like attitudes to everything – I call it foolish but I’m not a dude who has those problems of what to buy a supermodel for breakfast and dinner, just to score!!! Gisele could not tolerate Leo’s womanizing escapades, much like his heroines in all of his films, on screen ofcourse…where they all look so different from what is conventionally called beautiful.

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Leonardo DiCaprio & Gisele Bundchen = the #ideal “#supercouple” in #Hollywood!

Their five year relationship was all over the gossip columns and it was always make-up and break-up and make-up and break-up. Imagine! How annoying that must be when you are reading the gossip columns! As an avid reader of Daily Mail and it’s gossip sheets imagine what it feels like to see Leonardo DiCaprio bounce with one bikini babe after another on a yacht as you are having your breakfast tea! It feels pretty darn funny when you see how unattractive all his girlfriends (past and present) look in Gucci but I’m sure they’ll look “naturally beautiful” in those retarded concepts of vintage fashion, where it’s only vintage if it’s your friend’s light blue/white school uniform she wore to #Sekolah every single weekday.

Leo could not believe Gisele would not commit to him and that’s how the two broke up but if rumours are to be believed then Leonardo DiCaprio never got over Gisele Bundchen – he drunk-dials her and it’s not hard to see why he would because Gisele perhaps lay in bed and cried over losing him for perhaps forever. Men love to see women cry over them because it’s such an ego-boost to have a woman offer themselves upto you, like a plate filled with tasty dishes. Naturally, these women’s self-respect goes out the window when they meet and fall hopelessly in love with a man they must have at all costs. But that is besides the point to these women because all that matters is to have that man and his babies. Oh well! That’s Hollywood and heartthrobs for you! We must make room for all like Gisele Bundchen because of heartthrobs and their like totally “moronic” dates, that you would probably need God-damn binoculars to know more about if they became the new Prince William and Kate Middleton, with a baby on the tow! This is where you roll your eyes, put on lip gloss and declare that you love “Yellow” as the soundtrack to your life, just because you want to feel happy about the rain!

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The Fallen Sex-Symbol

The Sound Of Maths

Time for cupcake treats…

Hot Dog, Fat Pig and Jack are hanging out together at the fort because it’s their day off from school – they have no classes today but plenty of homework to do.
Fat Pig: So the sum of 2 + 2 is 0.
Jack: No that’s 4.
Hot Dog: Yeah, what you did was subtraction!
Jack: I have the perfect idea for the play…I just wanted to increase Juliet’s presence more in the play with the gold-loving dog!
Hot Dog: No Romeo does not belong with Rosaline! It’s not like it’s Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew that the male protagonist fell in love with an arrogant, snobby and evil girl and somehow miraculously she consented to the marriage after like making fun of him and his affections, all her life!
Fat Pig: That is my favourite story in the whole world! I love how she beeees evil in her attitude towards the guy!
Jack:…….you are making it impossible for me to end the story, you really are! I must now go back to the drawing board and do what Shakespeare could not do…
Hot Dog: What are you saying, you are Shakespeare?
Jack: Nope, maybe be another Hemingway!
Fat Pig: Yeah, like how Hot Dog is a mini-Einstein!

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Whale and Bart are busy working at the office today. They are busy reviewing the latest scientific publications.
Bart: Why is it so noisy today?
Whale: Random House is having construction works going on to build it’s new Shakespeare annex!
Bart: (yells) Tim!!! Tell them to pipe down!..
Tim: Yes, Miss!!!!!!
Bart: Tim is the new janitor!
Whale: Yeah! I can’t believe I’m going to do the cover for the new Albert Einstein book! He’s great!
Bart: I know! E = mc (square) isn’t even hard! Everyone found it so tremendously challenging but it really wasn’t. And I did that in my A-Levels!
Whale:……..you wot?
Bart: I did E = mc (square) in my A-Levels because I did EDEXCEL all my school life!…The kids who did Cambridge treated it like it was so basic like learning about what is an element and what is a compound, whilst doing semi-advanced Chemistry!
Whale: They would! Most of them go to uni, like to Oxbridge and don’t know what is India, except that it’s a country filled with poor people!

Hot Dog Gossips!

Hot Dog and Jack are hanging out together at the fort again!

Hot Dog and Jack are hanging out at Jack’s fort again, while the hunt for perfect materials for Romeo’s wardrobe goes on.
Hot Dog: Did you know that Alicia and Fred are going out?
Jack: No! Since when?
Hot Dog: Since three days. But that’s not the most surprising story…it’s that Jane cheated on her boyfriend who like lives in Philadelphia, with that gold-loving-dog, you hate!
Jack: OMG! That’s Alexander! How did that happen?
Hot Dog: Jane and her boyfriend went through a rough patch recently and it looked like they were gonna break up. He didn’t like her being in the school play with him. They are from the Juliet camp!
Jack: What? That guy’s in the play? There is no way you are going to play Romeo while he’s there!!!
Hot Dog: What? Yes, I was gonna say that he did a grand thing by making it difficult for her to be an actress. But really? You don’t decide that…Whale does!
Jack: I need to be there with you through the whole frame, on stage!
Hot Dog: WHAT?!?! There is no way that is happening!…btw, have you made out with #Gisele, the supermodel, yet? I saw on People mag everyone, in and out of Hollywood is!
Jack: Stop doing that when your mad!
Hot Dog: I’m not mad! Are you gonna cry again like the kind of girls Alexander really belongs with because I’m so bloody fierce?
Jack: Dog…shut up! I must get a bigger role in the school play now and it must be little bit different!

Hot Dog: What are you gonna play? Gonzalez in an altered Shakespeare?

Jack:……………….