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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Christmas Week at the Windamere, Darjeeling (photo blog)

Windamere Hotel used to be a boarding house for British tea planters, and Christmas is celebrated here every year exactly the same way since..wait for it..1939! Friends from London who were visiting for the first time said that the vibe was very 1930’s London. I wasn’t there so I’ll take their word for it :)

Though Darjeeling used to be our annual summer holiday destination while growing up, for the first time I got to stay at this gorgeous property. The Windamere is truly an institution, where you can enjoy modern day luxuries while experiencing that beautiful old world charm.

All decked up for Christmas

This is called 'Sunny View' - for enjoying the beautiful view with a cup of Darjeeling tea.

This is called ‘Sunny View’ – for enjoying the beautiful view with a cup of Darjeeling tea.

Cottages at the Windamere. Guests who have stayed here include Bollywood biggies like Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra to all leading stars of Tollywood. Many Hindi and Bengali movies, including Barfi and Main Hoon Na have been filmed here.

Cottages at the Windamere. Guests who have stayed here include Bollywood biggies like Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra to all leading stars of Tollywood. Many Hindi and Bengali movies, including Barfi and Main Hoon Na have been filmed here.

This is my favorite cottage.

This is my favorite cottage.

See how pretty it is!

See how pretty it is!

Some more cottages

Some more cottages

I call this the Strawberry House.

I call this the Strawberry House.

Daisy's Music Room. You can play the piano here, sit and read, or socialize during afternoon tea.

Daisy’s Music Room. You can play the piano here, sit and read, or socialize during afternoon tea.

Inside a guest room

Inside a guest room

Interesting trivia on the back of the bathroom door.

Interesting trivia on the back of the bathroom door.

No dearth of places to lounge at for those who want to enjoy some sunshine.

No dearth of places to lounge at for those who want to enjoy some sunshine.

The cutest residents at the Windamere

The cutest residents at the Windamere

Thank you for stopping by and wish you a very happy New Year! :)

An Afternoon of Crafts & Colors in Delhi

It was my second visit to Delhi earlier this month. Many friends had advised that if I have time to visit only one place then that should be Dilli Haat. Which, unfortunately, did not happen during my previous trip, but in retrospect, doesn’t look too bad now, as my very first visit to Dilli Haat coincided with the ‘Women of India’ Exhibition, and it was a visual treat :)

There were stalls set up by women artisans from all over India, selling these beautiful craft items in lovely colors. Those handwoven baskets, sandals in oh-so-gorgeous colors, decor thingies in various shapes and sizes, and not to forget, delicious homemade chocolates from Sikkim :)

And this dude dressed in traditional dance costume happily posed for my camera! Namaste indeed :D

Needless to say, my visit to Dilli Haat was pretty ‘well timed” :)

And as colorful as it could get!

Thank you for stopping by :)

The First Sunset of November

The beginning of a spectacular month, and what more could I have asked for?

This beautiful pink in the sky reminds me of these lines by John Ruskin:

“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them.”

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