Cornflakes and cola

I woke up after a nine hour long sleep ( Yea 9 hours.. that pretty long for me right now. I miss those days where I could sleep for 12 hours straight. :/ . But right now I am happy and satisfied even with a nine hour sleep 🙂 ). I was hungry, went into the kitchen. Nothing was “readily edible”you know all that raw ingredient stuff that should be cooked, combined and coagulated to make it edible – I was too lazy to cook and do stuff. I found the most edible raw edible food in the kitchen.. Cornflakes!! I could mentally imagine the yellow corn flakes swimming in a pool of white milk. After searching the entire kitchen I realised there was no milk.

I opened the fridge hoping to find juice (mentally speak to myself “healthy energy booster in the morning wow I am gonna have a productive day”) , instead what I found was the most famous carbonated drink in the universe – Coca-Cola.

I still was extremely hungry and lazy so weighed my possibilities of eating the cornflakes without any fluid and having it with a fizzy fluid. I had a few cornflakes and internally heard my teeth crush the shapeless flakes, but the coke kept urging me to pour into into the bowl of cornflakes. I looked at the bowl and the cornflakes looked so lonely. I did what anyone whit a heart would do.. poured coca-cola into the bowl of cornflakes and ate it.

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It fizzed a bit and it tasted all right. Its the after effect that one should worry about. Had a bit of nausea, drank water and now I fell alright.

I started googleing to find out if I could die after the stupid food stunt i pulled, didn’t find any thing supporting my death after consuming cornflakes with cola.

Water! Water! Why couldn’t I think of having cornflakes with water?! *face palm*

And the irony…… I was watching Masterchef Australia while I ate my breakfast.

This is the weirdest breakfast I have had. Have any one of you had something weirder than this for breakfast?

TRYST WITH FLUTE

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “First!.”


Today’s prompt: Tell us about your first day at something — your first day of school, first day of work, first day living on your own, first day blogging, first day as a parent, whatever.


I joined carnatic flute classes last summer to keep me engaged during the vacation. This was the first time i took classes to learn a musical instrument. Why carnatic flute? I had learnt carnatic vocals for a few years and discontinued because of school and lack of practise. I thought i would have a better hold at it (since i knew the basics).

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On my first day i was asked not to bring anything. Along with me there was another student who had learnt hisdustani flute and wanted to try his hands on carnatic flute. So we were handed out flutes of different scales and shown a demo on postioning of flute and blowing technique. We were asked to practise in a different room while the teacher delt with other students. Mr.X (the student along wuth me, i do not remember his name) caught up easily as there isnt much difference between hisdustani flute and carnatic flute when it comes to beginning lessons. After a few minutes i was left catching my breath. I never realised plating flute would be so tiering! i was so tired that i had mentally decided to forgo these classes and try something else.

Mr.X sensed my inability and tried helping me by first showering some words of encouragement and then giving out detailed procedure on channelizing the blow of air into a single point, with uniform pressure. Thanks to him the flute gave out faint sounds to my strained attempts. After a while we had a casual chat. He mentioned that hisdustani flute has only six holes while carnatic flute has eight. He was a working IT professional. When i told him i am an engineering student, he gave an shocked look masked by a faint smile. He explained his reaction by saying he thought of me as a school kid and not a student pursuing a bachelors degree. People usually say that i look younger than my age. When people pass such comments i really don’t know if i should take that as a compliment.

More time was spent infront of our teacher just blowing the flute. Towards the end he laid out the basic notes in melakarta raga, showed us the different fingerings and asked us to practise. I returned home completely exhausted and devoid of energy. Till then i thought it just requires practise to learn an intstrument, that day i realised it also requires a lot of stamina and energy.

Mr.X attended just two more classes and never came back. I think he wanted to carry on with hisdustani music and not carnatic music. Hmph, i was the only one student at the beginner level. And that bored me. I didnt have anyone to challenge and compare my progress with. It went on for four months after which i gave it up. Flute is a musical instrument that belongs to a category which when played by a beginner gives out melodies that cannot even remotely be called pleasent. You see the flute for beginners gives put superlatives of unbareble sounds which annoyed my brothers quite often. Though my parents were supportive my brothers often barged into the room asking me to stop the dischage of torturing frequencies of sound. This coupled with lack of interest on my teachers part (he was preparing for an important concert -that is what i was told) led to me giving up the instrument. Every now and then i catch a glimpse of the flute wrapped up in a red vevlet cover in a cupboard.

My tryst with flute lasted only four months. I do not know when it will cross my path again in life. But if that happens again i am willing not to give it up.

My first TedxGateway event.

Today i had the opportunity to attend the live streaming of the TedxGateway at my University, which was taking place in Mumbai, India.And i can tell you it has been an amazing experience. With Mr. Ralph Simons as the host, the event turned out to be very entertaining.

A huge applause for all the speakers who spoke and presented their ideas today!

A day of inspiration and learning.. of vibrant, practical and functional ideas.. Some of which i am going to elaborate here.

1.The event began with Sonam Kalra, who was also co-hosting the event. She spoke about THE SUFI GOSPEL PROJECT. A fusion of music, music not just to be labelled as “Fusion” but to mean every bit of what is meant by fusion.. to blend music making it universal. With a small demo that she showed us i sure can say that she has an amazing voice and talent.

2.Next came Arsh Shah Dilbagi, who inspired by the inability of mutes people to communicate created a device “Talk” Unlike other prevelent devices is both cheap and efficient, which could analyse the breath of user and synthesize a sentence in a fraction of a second. A boon for many indeed.

3.He was followed by Erica Hagen who spoke about the representation of slums on map.. representation of people on map.. the need for being represented.. and its development in areas implemented. Her initial work was in Kibera,Africa.

4.Literally rolling over to the next speaker, Cynthia Koenig. She devised a much needed solution to the problem of rural women spending hours collecting water over long distances. Her invention is the Wello Water Wheel

5.This for me was the best Talk today. Stuart Sender spoke about the F word, a word that affects people everywhere, people love using the F word, people believe and find happiness in practising the F word, The “F” word… FORGIVENESS. His project titled THE FORGIVENESS PROJECT reaches out to people and let them tell their stories of forgiveness. Forgiveness has a deep and powerful impact, we need to embrace it. His last words being “Live in peace and not in pieces”. Thank you Stuart for you advise and vision.

6.The next speaker was Sudha Kheterpal, a musician-percussionist, having a deep routed passion for music, she created something called the “SPARK“, she repeatedly asks us to “Shake your power”. Her device if shaken provides electricity which is used in areas with no power supply. It provides light, good example of applied Physics and Design to be learnt by kids.

7.Toby Shapshak an innovator from Africa, a very energetic speaker explained the need for innovations. The reason why most innovators are from Africa or India is that because they have faced the real problem and pain caused by it, he says. He goes on to say innovations solve real problems.

Though i have mentioned only a few names and projects here.. please feel free to visit TedxGateway 2014 Speakers for the list of 28 speakers and their ideas or present your thoughts on this topic.

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Hey there wanderlusters , 🙂

I am an  student, reader, music maniac and thinker.

Though i initially started this blog under the name “Travels of a wandering mind”.. i couldn’t blog regularly.. hopefully now i will..  🙂

This is my first blog and my attempt to organise my “thoughtlessness” into if not something productive, at least something to keep me from whiling away time.

I am not active on most of the “awesome” social networking platforms, My friends keep urging me to be a part of it. To bridge the communication gap between me and my friends from diffused locations as well as to keep them informed of the skills their crazy friend possesses. ( i highly doubt any of them even try stepping out of the networking sites and peep into my blog. Dear friends, if you ever do so please step forward leave a comment and a occasional “Hi“ or “You are crazy?!“ in the comments section. I would be happy to see you here.)

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