Want to Witness True Happiness? Go to an Airport

I am a huge fan of the movie Love Actually. It’s my Christmas season staple. I watch it at least once a year, and subconsciously, my screening criteria for the inner circle of close friends is them having the same level, if not more, admiration for the movie.  So naturally, I carry it everywhere with meContinue reading “Want to Witness True Happiness? Go to an Airport”

Why My Gym and I Don’t Like Each Other

 “When the waitress asked if I wanted my pizza cut into four or eight slices, I said, ‘Four. I don’t think I can eat eight.” – Yogi Berra Pizza, they rightly say, is a slice of heaven. And I have been known to indulge when it comes to that. And I think I have figuredContinue reading “Why My Gym and I Don’t Like Each Other”

What Happens When You Say that “Gray” is Your Favorite Color?

“What’s your favorite color?” This is probably one of the most commonly-asked questions on the planet. Thanks to its simplicity and sophistication, it finds a way to get into the lives of toddlers, teens, and adults alike. I distinctly remember being asked this question in my school admission test for Grade 1. So the examiner picksContinue reading “What Happens When You Say that “Gray” is Your Favorite Color?”

Miss Temptation by Kurt Vonnegut: Summary and Review

Kurt Vonnegut’s short story Miss Temptation was first published in the 1950s by Saturday Evening Post. It also appeared later in an anthology called Welcome to the Monkey House.  Miss Temptation by Vonnegut: Summary and Plot Analysis Miss Temptation, if the name doesn’t give it away, revolves around a temptress, a young actress named Susanna, who lives in aContinue reading “Miss Temptation by Kurt Vonnegut: Summary and Review”

After Visiting 20+ Countries, What’s the One Thing You Remember the Most?

I was watching The Graham Norton Show the other day. It seemed one of the older ones. That little episode featured Jack Whitehall, Jennifer Lawrence, and James McAvoy. One clip from that episode became somewhat famous, where Mr. Whitehall had a funny anecdote about poop.  Jennifer Lawrence burst out laughing when he was done. So did I, allContinue reading “After Visiting 20+ Countries, What’s the One Thing You Remember the Most?”

Mammon and the Archer by O.Henry: Summary, Analysis and Review

Mammon and the Archer is one of the more popular short stories by O. Henry. Published more than a century ago, the story is about wealth, love, and time and how one of those enables the others.  It is centered around a wealthy businessman who, by means of his wealth, creates circumstances for his son toContinue reading “Mammon and the Archer by O.Henry: Summary, Analysis and Review”

Do or DO NOT; There is No Try: Yoda

This character from Star Wars can be seen on T-shirts, Legos, games, soft toys, and miniature figurines, just to name a few. Now, I know a bunch of characters will come to mind, given the popularity of this movie series. But what if I told you, you had to pick the Ancient Wise one? Who will youContinue reading “Do or DO NOT; There is No Try: Yoda”

Is This Dream As Weird As It Gets?

You walk into a restaurant you like, not having eaten for the last 18 hours. The girl at the counter looks pretty, but you have no time to stop n’ chat. You are on a mission—a mission to get a table.  Immediately.  Right this second.  The restaurant seems like a stock market, with loud peopleContinue reading “Is This Dream As Weird As It Gets?”

The Last Leaf by O.Henry: Summary, Analysis and Review

The Last Leaf is one of the most popular short stories penned by O.Henry. First published in the early 1900s, this was part of his short story collection, The Trimmed Lamp. The Last Leaf by O Henry: Summary and Plot Analysis The story, set in Greenwich village, revolves around the lives of two young female artists –Continue reading “The Last Leaf by O.Henry: Summary, Analysis and Review”

How Often Should You Play the “I’m New Here” Card to get Out of Tough Situations

I have heard and read that our body regenerates almost completely every ten years while vital body organs regenerate faster. Thanks to the influence Three Men in a Boat has on me, I never had enough initiative to research it to vet the accuracy of this statement.  Like a fool, who errs in favor of more speakingContinue reading “How Often Should You Play the “I’m New Here” Card to get Out of Tough Situations”