Sunshine 20.20

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone.
It’s not warm when she’s away.

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone,
And she’s always gone too long,
Anytime she goes away.

Wonder this time where she’s gone.
Wonder if she’s gone to stay.

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone,
And this house just ain’t no home,
Anytime she goes away.

I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know…hey, I oughta leave young thing alone…
But ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone.

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone,
Only darkness every day.

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone,
And this house just ain’t no home,
Anytime she goes away.

Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.

Songwriter: Bill Withers

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YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIdIqbv7SPo

The first time I heard this song was as a background score in the movie, Notting Hill. A beautiful song, lovely lyrics. And the lyrics go perfectly well with the scene that starts with a pregnant woman selecting clothes to ending with her smiling and carrying the baby in her arms, while throughout, there has been many changes—of seasons and relations, yet William Thacker (Hugh Grant) keeps walking, adjusting his jacket to the rising and falling temperature, and thinking, and reminiscing, and missing, Anna Scott (Julia Roberts). The Bill Withers song is from a 1971 album Just As I Am, over a decade before I was born. So my information is Wikipedia based, hence the link/hyperlink for those interested in the details. But the movie is my generation movie, one of my all time favourites.

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Those interested in the movie scene, can check the YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce_BXD_ONQ8

Well, no one has ever called me Sunshine. That made me think, “Do I have to be someone’s Sunshine?” and the answer was, “Yes, No, May be”. ‘Yes’ and ‘May Be’ means waiting. And waiting can mean worrying. And worrying is a wasted emotion; it brings nothing, while takes away time. Thus, ‘No’ point waiting. Hence, I have decided to be My Sunshine. And yes, if that sunshine fades then there will be darkness and coldness within and around me, and I wouldn’t want that, not now, not ever.

This New Year,
it is the New Me,
the Metamorphosed Me,
the Sunshine Me,
the New Version Me:
Version 20.20, Sunshine 20.20.

Wishing you all Sunshine, Warmth and Brightness, within and around you, every day.
Happy 2020 my friends!

…Ashu Bolar
ashubolar@gmail.com

SingleTON: Goa

What is SingleTON?
Single TravellingOverNight 🙂

For now, that is what I could think for the ‘TON’ in the word Singleton. In future, if my grey cells get creative, I may change the full form of the acronym.

Well, this section is on my short trips in India. It may-may not be an overnight stay, but for sure it is on a short vacation.

Destination: Goa, India
Days: 4 days 3 nights
Travel via: JetAirways (then it was operative. Now I would opt for Indigo Airlines)

Venue: Lotus Beach Resort, Benaulim, South Goa
Cost: Stay is Affordable in October-November as it is off-season. Very Affordable if you happen to be an Orchid Hotel member (I was, so got discounts on almost everything plus had utilized the member discount coupons for stay.)
Breakfast: Inclusive with the stay. Basic but good. (South Indian Menu, Eggs, Milk Shakes, Fruit Juice, Corn Flakes, Bread, Butter, Jelly, Tea, Coffee, Milk, etc.)
Food (Lunch/Dinner): Delicious

Cost of a car tour for North Goa: 10 am to 6 pm around Rs. 3000 (Please negotiate! I think I could have done better here.) Car/Cab cost from Goa Airport to Lotus Beach Resort would be some where around Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1200. Pre-Booked Cab/Taxi is expensive than private car. But safety is priority. So choose wisely.

Places Visited:
1. Big Foot Museum (It has got a gift shop inside which is worth visiting for souvenir shopping. Entry Tickets between Rs. 50 and Rs. 100 for Indian Citizens. I don’t remember the exact amount.)
2. Casa Araujo Alvares
3. Basilica of Bom Jesus
4. Fort Aguada
5. Benaulim Beach (A candle light dinner at Roger’s on the beach is a great experience and they serve very good sea food. I do not drink alcohol, so can’t comment on that. But Mocktail was good. That I remember. Food for two may cost Rs. 1000-2000 depending on what you order.)

What did I buy?
Good question. Important question when it is me, who likes, correction here, loves to shop. Zantye’s Cashew Nut packets, Bebinca,  Jute Bag, Maxi Dress, Floral Chappals, Anklets (from sellers at Benaulim Beach; Remember to Bargain) and Mario’s Picture Frame (There is an outlet inside the Goa Airport in case you miss the Mario shops in the city). Goa Airport has some interesting outlets of Brands — books, jewellery, souvenirs, and more.

And now, it’s time for some Goa Glimpses…

Big Foot Museum

Casa Araujo Alvares

Basilica of Bom Jesus 

Fort Aguada

Lotus Beach Resort

Random Clicks

Until my next SingleTON, take care and keep reading!

….Ashu Bolar

 

Women’s Day…

My day began with silencing the alarm vibration on my mobile phone, only to notice many good wishes, some motivational quotes, a few creatives–all wishing Happy Women’s Day.

A good start of the day.

Next, had a meeting. Went well.

Next, thought of carrying something for my colleagues; was wondering what, and there I saw a Mad Over Donuts (MOD) outlet. Ordered donuts, followed by the unexpected at the billing counter. The person asked me for identity proof, and I was thinking, “Since when did retail stores started asking for identity proof!” It took me by surprise, but on asking why, the reason stated made my day. It was to check my birth date as I get discount equal to my age.

Felt good to be old today! 🙂 😉

My next question was, “What if the customer is 75 years old lady?” It seems age limit for discount is 50, with conditions apply. But 50% discount too isn’t bad!

No, no…I am yet to be 50…long way to go, however, I liked the marketing initiative.

Well, donuts were great. They always are.

So far, the day has been good.

Have a great day ladies. And if you happen to come across an MOD outlet, I think it’s worth your time visiting today. 😉

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MOD Image Credit: MOD Facebook Page

Happy Women’s Day to all the ladies out there!!!

– Ashu Bolar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waffle Time!!!

A picture is worth a thousand words – therefore, some of my blog posts this year will have a few words and many pictures…and it begins with this post on Whatta Waffle!

In short newly opened outlet on Bonbon Lane, 7 Bungalows, Andheri – Mumbai…features…

#WafflyWaffles #PerfectBlend #StrawberryChocolate #PannyPancakes #TemptingOptions #MenuBeyondWaffles #SmallSweetHangoutPlace #QuickService #QualityEnsured #GoodExperience #1stJan2018

And here are some of Ashu-Dia waffly moments…

 

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…Ashu Bolar