• Lifestyle,  Lounge

    What’s your experience with lizards in your house?

    I am fine to share our house with lizards, not known to worry about them**, but I expect them to know their boundaries – they are not welcome on my cot (or the loft above the cot, waiting to fall down any time, they seem to lose their grip on wooden panels), sofa and most importantly my work table and computers. Living room and other areas are fine. For a week I have been observing a lizard (seen in the picture below) in the library area inside my office room. Every day in the morning, as I come into the room, pull the curtains apart, I meet him (or her).…

  • Flashback,  Lifestyle

    My room in 1999

    A picture of my room (den) at my house in 1999. I had two PCs and a whole load of accessories then. A group of friends used to hang out here and it was like a “free” community computer centre – had a boatload of fun! All of us were carefree, unmarried and with full of dreams. #nostlagic #1990s #desktoppc

  • Lounge,  Rostrum

    It is a boon to live with your mom, but not in these lockdown days!

    தாயுடன் வாழ்வது வரம், ஆனால் இந்த ஊரடங்கில் ரொம்ப கஷ்டம்! தினம் காலை எழுந்து சமையலறைக்கு வந்தவுடன் அம்மா ஏதாவது ஒரு வேலை எனக்கு யோசித்து வைத்திருப்பாள். இன்று காலை எழுந்து, நான் பால் சாப்பிடப் போன போது, என்னைத் தடுத்துவிட்டாள்: “என் குளியலறையில் இருக்கும் ஸ்விட்ச் உடைந்து வந்துவிட்டது, அதை மறக்காமல் சரி செய்துவிடு. அவசரம் இல்லை”. “சரி மா” என்று சொல்லி பால் பாத்திரத்தை எடுத்தேன். தள்ளியிருந்த என் மனைவி புன்னகைத்தாள், அவளுக்குத் தெரியும் இது எப்படிப் போகும் என்று, எனக்குத் தான் பட்டாலும் அறிவு வராது. அம்மா ஆச்சே! பாலை சுட வைத்து, தேனைக் கலந்து குடிக்கப் போனேன். அதற்குள் அம்மா “உனக்குப் பசிக்கிறது எனக்குத் தெரியும், கோவிச்சுக்காதே, உன் போன் காலுக்குப் போகும் முன், அந்த ஸ்விட்ச்சை சரி செய்துவிடு. நான் இருட்டில் கூட குளிச்சுடுவேன், எனக்குத் தேவையில்லை, ஷாக் அடித்திருமோ என்று தான் கவலையாக இருக்கிறது” எனக்கா எரிச்சல் எடுக்க ஆரம்பித்தது, “சரி, நிச்சயம் பண்றேன், இப்போ என்னைப்…

  • Electrical Switchboard
    Chennai,  Gadgets,  Lounge

    Theory to Experience – there is a huge gap!

    I always had an interest in electrical appliances and played (!) with our household wirings & experimented with electronic gadgets/kits from my school days and that led me to take up Electrical & Electronics Engineering for my graduation. In my school days, I was about to touch/contact live wires a couple of times, giving the scare of their lives to my parents! But those were decades ago. Over the years, as household electrical appliances and switchboards became complicated and finicky, I stopped doing DIY and leave it to experts (electricians) as it was cheaper, faster and safer for them to do. With the lockdown in India, I had to get…

  • Gadgets

    External Speaker for my LCD TV

    A few years ago (in 2016) for my living room I purchased a Micromax 42″ TV at a cost of Rs.35,990 (USD 500) and my mom is quite happy with it for her viewing needs. The one downside with the TV was the low sound and the poor audio quality – this is a widespread problem with most LCD TVs as there is no space to put a good speaker in such a thin frame. Disclosure: I write reviews about products that I have bought for my usage or my friends and paid in full. There were no sponsorship or advertisement, or commission of any sort involved in this post.…

  • Portico Memory Foam Pillow with a gel top
    Lifestyle,  Lounge

    The best pillow that I found

    From teenage days, I have been using big and thick pillows. From what I saw in films I tried two pillows (one over the other) and lying on them. Thanks to my Yoga practise, so far I have not hurt my neck. About two years back, a psychotherapist who I was visiting for a problem in my foot, casually suggested me to use only one pillow and it should not be thick. After trying a few in shops, I bought Portico Memory Foam Pillow with a gel layer on top to keep your head cool (we all need this). Earlier I had tried the contoured cervical pillows, after the first…

  • Lounge

    How I reduced my Satellite TV (DTH) spends?

    From spending ₹8300 per annum with Tata Sky for 1 TV, I have reduced my DTH / CableTV spend to ₹3100-3300 per annum. I had written this post first on 29th December 2018, but with TRAI introducing unbundling of channels, I had to update my packages with Tata Sky and this post too.  Update information  – 3rd April 2019 The package I had selected in December, ₹199 Tamil HD plan, had been retired by Tata Sky. I had to individually select the channels I want, which I prefer, as I can get rid of the SD channels when the HD equivalents of them are available. In this arrangement, there is…

  • Gadgets

    How to tidy up the wires connected to your Television

    As readers of this blog know I have quite a few electronics gadgets. As soon as you connect more than one gadget to your TV, with the miles of wires running everywhere, the whole area starts to resemble a mini powerhouse. It is the same in my son’s room with the XBOX and DTH Set-top boxes connected to the TV there. Recently I saw this item called “Tidy Up Wire Bin” that is basically a plastic box with a lid and two slots on either side for you to feed in and out as many wires as you. Costing about ₹600 it was the best gadget purchase in recent times.…