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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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 :) 

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!🙂