If there’s any fictitious character I’m like, it’s probably Chidi from “The Good Place”. If you’ve watched the show, you’re probably already chuckling at my indecisive personality. If you haven’t, I’d like to introduce you to the guy.
Heard of Sex Education? Not the Netflix series, which I confess to not having watched. (Sorry, Scully, it really should have been called Sex Files.) But the actual process of educating young ones about sex, sexuality, anatomy, reproduction, the whole shebang.
Someone I know has a unique YouTube fetish.
Let’s call it real estate porn.
Show and tell videos from real estate agents. Not the lives of the rich and famous or MTV Cr1bs, but a very specific genre – regular people’s houses. I don’t get it.
Every morning, I wake up to the sound of birds chirping. Spotted doves, common mynahs and sparrows conduct a symphony outside my window among the mango trees and Gulmohar branches.
No, I’m not making this up – I live in the suburbs of Kolkata, where avian habitats haven’t been completely destroyed. Yet.
Are you a ’90s kid? Did your school have a computer lab? Remember taking your shoes off before entering the “computer room”? The thrill of writing silly commands in MS-DOS? Or the pure artistic satisfaction derived from making the “two hills and a river” illustration in MS Paint? Yeah? You’re going to like today’s Just One Thing.
Do you think you’re a graceless dancer? Or that your paintings would make Dali turn in his grave? Ever burst into song, but your friends told you to turn the croaks down a notch?
No? Congratulations, you’re an artist!
Did you fly paper planes as a kid and dream of piloting a real airplane someday? Me too!
If like me, you’re fascinated by these marvellous flying tin pots, let me introduce you to GeoFS, a browser-based flight simulator that feels like, well, (I think) the real thing. (Pilots in the house, if it isn’t, don’t tell me). Simulator controls allow you to change the aircraft’s direction, speed, angle and altitude. You can even fly at night or in bad weather conditions. If you prefer you’re flying mobile, there’s an app too.
Because I love him so much, I’m always on the lookout for all things van Gogh. Or stan van Goghs. You know, the ones who acknowledge Vincent’s true genius wasn’t driven by severe mental illness but crippled by it. That he painted inspite of his illness. Kindred spirits.
Let’s begin with a little exercise.
Imagine your fifth-grade English teacher appears at your doorstep and gives you an assignment. You were just about to leave for work, but you are paralysed by the sternness in her eyes, and something inside you regresses to the 10-year-old you once were.
It has been more than 30 years since Bono and gang sang about not finding earthly satisfaction. And I suspect some of you are still in the same boat. And I don’t blame you.
Because it is only today that I’m sharing the one thing that will give you everything that you’re looking for.