Tuesday, September 29, 2015

To a fitter us, heart to heart

Metabolism slows down as we get older. I want my husband and I to start good habits now, when we are in our 30s. That way, we won’t blimp up and have health problems later. The problem is, eating healthy is boring. So is exercising.

When is it fun? When we compete with each other. We rival each other in seeing who will lose more weight first. If one of us gains weight, he or she forces the other one to stand on the weighing scale too!

If I refuse a sweet, my husband reduces the portion of the sweet that he has taken. I try to make healthy stuff, so that we are full and not tempted to have junk food too often. Weekends we usually take a break and eat what we like.

I like having oats for breakfast, which my husband likes too. Both of us are fond of fruits and shop for them on weekends so that we have them within easy reach during the week. Lunch and dinner are normal meals usually- roti, sabzi, dal, so that’s healthy. He takes a fruit to office to snack on, and has dry fruits too if he feels more peckish. I like having muri in the evenings.

We try to walk together on weekends, which is way more fun than me taking rounds while listening to the radio. He educates me about car models, pointing out the good ones as we walk by. I am able to maintain a good pace too if I walk with him, as he walks fast.

When we go out dancing, that’s definitely a fun way to burn calories! We also walk fast in the mall and while shopping at the hypermarket. Every little counts. We have an exercycle, so we pedal while watching TV. I also burn calories giving him massages!

I need to lose a couple of kilos according to the Saffola Weight-Heart Test and so does he, so we should go trekking! That;s a great way to trim the waistline and get refreshed too. I liked the diet and weight plans they suggested too- very sensible and doable.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Transfer happy

My sister-in-law has a tablet and wants to use it to watch her serials, so I suggested that she use Tata Sky Plus Transfer. Otherwise, we lose out in the war between Apple and Mac. She had trouble transferring her serials from the PC to her ipad.

You watch your serial, I mine
This way, we can keep the peace with our husbands. Otherwise, they get bored when we watch our chick flicks, and our eyes glaze when they watch their superhero serials. We can plonk ourselves on our beds, and watch our serials comfortably.

Always connected
When I went on holiday last week, I used Remote Record to record serials I thought would be interesting. I had been watching reruns for a while, so I didn’t want to miss out on new programs. It worked like magic!
I tested it out at home, and was overjoyed when Rosewood showed up on my Booked programs, when I had clicked Record from my phone. Someone from Tata Sky called the next day, to interest us in Live TV.

Live TV
Watching TV on my phone is definitely an idea I would consider, if my serial was at a particularly interesting point. It’s better than getting reviews on Twitter, which now seem to crop up almost before the serial is aired!

TV, but not on TV
Who watches TV on TV anyway? I see kids on their tablets and I think that’s the way to go. This way, you can watch your favourite show when you want to, as you want to. I hardly watch TV with ads these days.
TV before DVR is a distant memory. The time I save by fast forwarding ads, I can spend in watching another serial! If you haven’t seen Fargo, check it out. If you’re a movie buff, there are many oldie goldies being shown on TV, some of which you are sure to have missed. I had been wanting to watch Moulin Rouge for a long time, and finally managed to catch it on TV.

What to watch
A good comedy can really raise your spirits. I enjoyed watching Seinfeld, which I fortunately didn’t remember very well from the first time I had watched it, many years ago. I also loved watching Desperate Housewives, even though my husband claimed that he hated it. He would giggle along as I watched it, though.

In new serials, Fargo, as I said, was a corker. We can’t wait for the next season! Hope it’s as good as the first one. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Government Inspector by NCPA & Akvarious- Review: Awful

I had fond memories of the movie The Inspector General, which I watched as a kid on TV. Since some people I know had seen the performance of this Gogol play at NCPA, I stupidly did not research it and bought tickets. (They had said it was good).

The performance took the bare bones of Gogol's play. It used the play within a play device, which I found jarring. The jokes were hackneyed. We couldn't hear most of the dialogues. The acting was amateurish.

Came back home and researched it. Surprisingly, it mostly had glowing reviews online. Hope others don't get scammed like we did. On Book my show, the first two rows of the balcony were full when I booked, but at the performance they were mostly empty. Strange.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

One on One 2- Stand up comedy play review

The first act, I'm every woman, was funny but scarily true- about a woman struggling with kids.

The second was performed very well, with a desi American drawl- a Gujju bhai who wants to take over the US with theplas.

The third, surprisingly, was a bit of a let down. Written by Anuvab Pal, this act about a real estate guy moaning about Housing.com didn't quite click.

The fourth, also we had great expectations, but Rajit Kapur didn't quite deliver. a tirade against the system, about a funeral, this act was black comedy but hackneyed.

The ticket collector act was the best. Acted superbly and with a heart rending yet rib tickling story, it made me want to take a train ride immediately. Being in Hindi, it packed an extra punch.

After the interval, the acts were not so good. There was an Urdu act about soldiers at the border, but it was not very funny. The poetry saved it, though.

DJ Elvis was so so.

The marriage one hit home, but again, was not novel enough.

The Bollywood one was not bad. Seems like more hapless the performer, the more fun we have :)
The acts could have been woven better together. Some swear words were common, so they seemed repetitive. It was a bit Bombaiya and juvenile too in parts. Still, an entertaining evening.