Life Lessons from Uncle Charlie

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Uncle Charlie of Two and a Half Men.  If a fan of this show, you may agree that it’s difficult not to love that swashbuckling, whisky gulping man with a heart of gold. And though the new cast is doing a good job, the show is just not the same without him. And as I watch reruns of old episodes every other evening (it’s one of the best ways to unwind after a workday), I have to come to realize that irrespective of what the character is all about, there are quite a few life lessons to be learnt from Uncle Charlie. For instance, is this gold or what:We all want the shining red apple, but sometimes we got to settle for what’s on the lower branch, or in some cases we take what’s lying on the ground.”

So here are a few life lessons from Uncle Charlie that I think we can all use.

Lesson #1: It is important to enjoy time alone.

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Lesson #2: When in trouble, always call Mom.  

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Lesson #3: Napping equals recharging and we all could use some.

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Lesson #4: You should live life on your own terms.

Charlie: “I don’t have to face anything I don’t want to face, and I don’t have to feel anything I don’t want to feel, and that includes Mom’s vodka knockers.”

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Charlie: “When the phone rings at Uncle Charlie’s house, we don’t just willy-nilly pick up the receiver and answer it. No. What we do is check the caller ID, and only pick up if we want to talk to that person.”

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Lesson #5:  Everyone can be your friend. That includes your pizza delivery guy, your housekeeper and your stalker.

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Lesson #6:  As the older sibling, it is your responsibility to teach stuff to your younger brother.

Charlie: “Listen, you’ve got to do me a favor.”

Alan: “That’s what I live for.”

Charlie: “Sarcasm is for winners, Alan.”

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Lesson #7: It’s good to know exactly what you want from people.

Berta: “Alright, I ordered your pizza. I’m going home.”

Charlie: “Thanks, Berta. “I ordered your pizza, I’m going home.” Two of the three things you want in a woman.”

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And finally, another gem from the man:

Charlie: “No woman ever came home from a date complaining that all she did was talk about herself.”

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Writer’s Block

 

Our writer wants new ideas, so she turns to three wise men for help.

Writer: “Tony, I need help with my new book.”

Tony Soprano: “Sure, kid. You want me to clip someone?”

 

Writer: “Jerry, you’ve got to give me something.”

Jerry Seinfeld: “Let me tell you what I can give you – Nothing.”

 

Writer: “Red, I need some ideas.”

Red Forman: “Kid, once I put my foot in your ass, I bet the words will come tumbling out!”

 

Exasperated, our writer decides to approach a wise woman instead.

 

Writer: “Deb, what should I write about this time?”

Debra Morgan: “Jesus ……….. Christ, stop talking and start writing already!”

 

Fort Tiracol in a charming Goan village

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Moonlight, sea breeze, sounds of gentle waves, some white wine and delicious food – that’s what our first night at Fort Tiracol was all about. There is this smart young lad (I think his name is Carousel), who took ordinary patio furniture and set up this gorgeous looking table for our wine and food on the balcony of our suite, and it looked straight out of a glossy magazine! And sitting there, we just couldn’t help but be drawn into that eerily ecstatic feel, that where you are sitting is exactly the same place used to keep a watch on the sea hundreds of years ago!

We had chosen this place on a whim, as heritage properties intrigue us a lot, and Fort Tiracol lived up to expectations and then some! We had stayed at the ‘Sunday’ suite, a marvelous room with antique furniture, beautifully lit up spaces, and an uber luxe bathroom. The fort seems to be a favorite sightseeing spot too, and the restaurant a popular pitstop for these non-residents. Speaking of the restaurant, the decor is colorful, eclectic, and offers you fantastic sea views while you enjoy Goan, Portuguese and Indian delicacies. The property has old photos hung all over, so you get to know a lot of Fort Tiracol’s history from those displays.

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With just two days to make the most of our time, we had quite a choc-o-bloc itinerary, but it was very interestingly planned. The highlights were a rickshaw ride through the village to see some lesser known (but very pretty) beaches, typical Goan lunch at a local restaurant (the owner is the retired ‘sarpanch’ of the village, and over a glass of beer with my husband, he shared many interesting stories about local life), and finally a walk through all kinds of terrain that ended with some tea and pakodas served by our guide’s wife.

Fort Tiracol is the kind of place where you can feel the presence of 400-year-old history, that’s for sure. How they have kept that old-world charm intact and yet infused a feel of modern day luxuries is what makes the place so beautiful. The place also has an ‘inclusive’ feel, and by that I mean how the village people are involved with the business of running this place. One moment they are serving you in your room, and then when you are taking in the sights and sounds of Tiracol village, they’ll pass you by with warm ‘hellos’. Truly a delightful and different Goan experience.

Merge…

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In an episode of FRIENDS, Chandler wanted to put up a sign in the bedroom. It was supposed to say MERGE.

The question however is this: does “merging” truly happen in a relationship? Can two people really merge and become one? Can there be an absence of mental boundaries, the non-existence of walls, and an absolute lack of the need to lie or pretend?

When two rivers meet and begin flowing together, you can’t tell one from the other. Now that I suppose, is merging in its truest form. Can two human souls achieve that kind of merging too?

The Many Shades of Nature

Glorious Nature. One can never have enough of its splendor. Here are a few photos I have clicked this year, celebrating the beauty of ever inspiring Nature. 

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A random click from the vacation in the backwaters of Kerala. Reminds me of this quote by Oscar Wilde: “Mere colors can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.”

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And on a dull and gloomy morning, this beautiful bloom made us happy. As Hans Christian Andersen had said, “Just living is not enough. One must have freedom, sunshine and a little flower.” 

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This one is at home and pretty much symbolizes LIFE. It has some color, some darkness, and a few imperfections. And all these come together to make it beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by and have a nice day 🙂