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Weekend Chronicles – Blood Beer, Egg Rolls & Parties

So this weekend was crazy! We had multiple parties to celebrate Ritika’s & my father-in-law’s birthdays. So this time, we started clebrations on Thursday itself wherein post work we went to my in-laws’ where there was some awesome Jamesons Irish Whiskey & my favorite bhajiyas (vegeteable fritters) made for dinner. Post a fun drunk evening we wrapped the day as next day was work; though fortunately, we were in south bombay as there were some meetings to be attended. Morning bike ride started the day which was past Marine Drive & Nariman Point. Then through the day M&M happened (Meetings & Mails). Evening again was at the in-laws where in full on dhamal happened as both families were at full strength and there was a Pani Puri/Chaat vendor who’d come home who was serving food to all and then obviously there was loads of beers, whiskey, vodka & crazy bollywood music & dancing. Also it was Ritika’s birthday so there were crazy drunk calls which happened.

Our Bikes!

Das Boot & Ritika!

Also, on Friday, Ekta, my sister-in-law who taught me how to ride my awesomely cool bike, had planned a roadtrip off the Royal Enfield website to Pune so Saturday morning I went with her to dadar to give her company which was fun! Oh Ekta was not on any of the featured posts in the past few weeks as we had a falling out of sorts (though now things are better); post seeing her off, rode past Shivaji Park, Worli & got back home.The plan then was to go shopping with Rachita, though instead we ended up going to the in-laws again as my folks needed the car to go to the doctor. Chilled at peddar road till about 30 minutes past noon, had Blood Beer with Vishal, the pictures for the same are below. Went home, slept a bit, then we were meeting Ritika who was coming for like a mini birthday celebration. Also, Rachita had made the most awesome egg-roll frankie ever for dinner so the evening was showing killer promise. General chilling happened with Darira & then towards the end of the evening & before she left we did Southern Comfort Shots between Vishal, her & me which was too much fun! Also used some crazy shotglasses from my collection of over 100 to do the same… Then the inlaws came over for awesome egg-roll frankie, post which we watched Vampire Diaries & called it a night…

World’s Best Egg Roll!

Sunday morning which normally is bike clean-up day was overshadowed by the rain which was a bummer, though the bike got cleaned courtesy the rains :-). Most of the day was then spent lazing in bed & watching movies. We saw an awesome animated cartoon inspired from the game, Dragon Age; then watched Supernatural season 5 & Vampire Diaries season 3. Finally, post eating the amazing egg roll again, we ended the day by watching the Akshay Kumar – Sonakshi Sinha starrer, Rowdy Rathore, which was pretty entertaining with some awesome dialogues and funny scenes. All in all, too much fun!!!

Blood Beer!

Blood Beer Recipe:

1) Beer by the Pint (my suggestion a strong beer).

2) Rasberry Soda (my suggestion Rogers, if that isn’t there then buy a local one).

3) Mix about 25ml of Rasberry Soda in about a Pint of beer mix well.

4) Drop a few cubes of ice and blood beer is ready!

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Posted by on June 11, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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The 5 Step Approach

Generally out of it… Hmmmmm so the thing is that a lot of times you hear things like take a break or you should figure what you want to do or really like what you are doing, etc. etc… All of us have gone through the same thought process or had multiple discussions with friends on this topic; though, somehow, taking that step seems to be a big issue. Everyone has reasons why they can’t take that step or don’t want to basis all practical reasons.

Step 1 Bike Ride

So how does this work? I guess I am using today’s post to convince myself of this concept. Also if the same works for you then great. For me it has been a work & home approach & trying to treat the same as 2 different worlds. Also, the same has worked by trying to make both aspects fun! Let me also add that I have also watched a lot of TED videos, read material online, etc. which makes things seem like a cake walk but when you actually try to follow them things just kinda become worse… I have thought about the same during multiple bike rides in the past few months. Over a period of time, what I realized is that the bike ride is actually a part of the overall experience of making things fun, so for me that’s Step 1: Get up in the morning, take the bike ride past empty roads….nothing to bother you except the wind in your face and the sounds of the morning. What is interesting is also in the morning, the world somehow slows down and you notice a lot more, e.g. temperature changes like when you pass Haji Ali, the weather is always cooler; then when you hit worli copper chimney then when you start to ascend the flyover near atria, just before that there is always a heavy breeze; marine drive somehow, at least in summers, even in the morning isn’t cool at all – you can always feel the heat on your back or on chest. Marine drive if like me you travel to everyday, then you also notice people and small, small details about them like there is this group of men who come for a walk and are in all white all the time. There are people who are not regulars but are seen on weekends only. Over a period of time all of the above make the bike ride experience super!!!

WIP

Step 2: work with people who you get along with and enjoy being around so that even if you don’t like the work at least people make things brighter, and finding like minded people aint so tough! Bitch about work, bosses and everything around the world and you will find people who are happy doing the same and so for every hour of work there is loads of bitching, so TP which happens. Important to note, if the work is what you like, then thats like icing on the cake. That to my knowledge doesn’t happen & even if it does, from time to time you keep fluctuating between should I be doing this or maybe something else…

Home Securely Away from Work!

Step 3: Get home from work & then shut everything which is related to work & do some fun stuff! Spend time with family, watch TV but shut the work part out. I know for most if the payout is fat, the employer expects you to be connected all the time – my suggestion, kick the job or the employer as in try really hard to keep that time for just general chilling and other work beyond actual work. Shut all push mail notifications, try avoiding calls from work, if you are in a position of power, try not bothering people; if nothing else, you will get a shit load of blessings & goodwill.

Step 4: Take your interest and try giving the same some time. In my case food & video games. Weekends with Rachita are spent cooking, watching TV serials and playing video games. Also a big part of the week is spent deciding what to do over the weekend so then there is always something to look forward too. Also if you have have Saturday’s working, whether alternate or regulars, please quit your job with immediate effect – plain & simple. Trust me your lives will be much happier – a job you will get either today or tomorrow trust me on the same. Also on holidays, keep everything shut. Period. Life will be beautiful.

Always a Good Idea

 Step 5: Make it a point to go out once or twice a week for drinks or food, meet friends and all that jazz. Somehow this will just help you go through the week better as beginning of the week you have something to plan & look forward to and post the midweek meeting, the end of week will also be closer… ha ha ha ha ha! Also from time to time, try and do something which might be spontaneous & random….that definitely is an unmatched feeling which carries on for days…

All said and done, if anger & frustration gets the better of you, like it is for me, separate work life from personal life. Do fun things which you enjoy when you are not at work, don’t bring work home and even if you don’t have a choice there, try easing up the frequency. If you can create your own silver lining to the cloud, then you will be home safe & happy!!! Having said all of this, I got into a review meeting and got severly outraged basis an argument, and most of what I have written went for a toss so re-read it again now feeling a bit better…

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2012 in Bikes & Builders

 

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General Chilling Weekend

So there has been no update basis the weekend. This weekend’shappenings and the delay is totally because we had the NBA Playoffs happeningand also that post went up on priority. Having said that, the weekend was totallyawesome and spent with friends and family. The details for the same are mentioned – do have a read as they not only include bike rides, drinking and coolstuff, but also some awesome burritos & cheesecake happenings!

Nariman Point

King Fisher Ultra Time!!!

Awesome Beer Glass!!!

Started off on Friday, more or less planning Friday, as there were friends going to be over and the evening was planned around alcohol and general chilling. Saturday started off with a bike ride past Nariman Point, through Marine Drive also went in & around kemps corner, peddar road and mahalakshmi.Got home and finished the mundane chores and then spent the better half of the day with Rachita ordering food, alcohol & other things required for the party . Please note, Ritika, Suneel, Vishal & Ekta were going to be over forthe party. The best part of living in India is that everything is only a call away; called relevant stores, got veggies delivered home, got bloody mary mixes,philedelphia cheese, nacho chips and all delivered home! Didn’t need to move a muscle! Vishal was kind enough to order the magic box of beers which had 18 Kingfisher Ultras & about 6 Budweisers as Suneel drinks only Bud! Post watching Supernatural & Vampire Diaries Season 3 & a quick nap, 4 was the time by which everyone decided to come over and the party began!!! Started off drinking beers and trying to make sheesha with some bad flavours as the flavours in stock were exhausted… Ritika madesome decently bad sheesha which we had and then moved on to drinking more beers.

Cheese Cake!!!

World Best Nachos!

Post that, got ravenously hungry so Rachita was kind enoughto make us some awesome Tortilla Chips with Cheese Sauce (Nachos)! We got some ready made corn chips from a company called Cornitos and made some cheese sauce at home – killer combination people! You can try the same at your end with Doritos or any other local corn chips available. Also during the beer and sheesha session, Rachita was preparing an awesome cheesecake (check the pictures for the same above). Also dinner was being managed by her which was super bean burritos… Dinner was done which was absolutely sensational & delicious & post that camethe super dessert session which was unreal!!! Then all of us were zoning and decided to call it a night as we were decently high… Sunday morning started with cleaning the bike and sorting the bike cover, etc. as the rains arearound the corner. Decided to watch some D-grade movie called Hate Story which was pleasantly decent,post which most of the day was spent watching Supernatural season 4 which we finished where in Lucifer was being resurrected! Totally awesome, guys! Must watch! Can’t wait to get my hands on season 5.

Sensational Burritos!

Also, as mentioned, started Vampire Diaries season 3 which did turn out to be very interesting. Finally dinner was spent in true gujju style eating Khakhra Sandwich. Khakhra Sandwich is basically made using Roti’s whichare made crisp post double roasting like tortillas and then regular sandwich filling is put between 2 roti’s to make an ultimate khakhra sandwich! Finally, to close an awesome & well rested weekend, Rachita & I watched JohnCarter, which according to us was pretty damn good and closed the weekend…

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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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The Weekend with a Agenda

Saturday Morning Bike Ride View

Ritzzzzzzzzzzz!!!

The weekend was a roller coaster ride with a clear agenda this time – bike ride, movies & serials to be watched, good food to be eaten, beers & alco, Basketball & other sports, family time & general chilling… Friday began with a bang as the Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers in game 6 of their series. Lebron & Dwayne Wade played some inspired ball in this series. Post that, in the evening, kept it easy – watched Supernatural and called it a day. Saturday morning began with a bike ride past Marine Drive to Nariman Point twice over as the weather was spectacular and add to that there was zero traffic. Post which got home, made plans to go buy DVD’s; also by now had figured plans with Ritika to chill through the day at home, buy her phone and do some baking. Please note, the baking was being done by Rachita & Ritika who are both gifted cooks 🙂 .

Heat vs Pacers

Post going & buying oodles of DVDs with Mihir & Astro, came home & decided to go nowhere as the heat was killing. Decided after much debate to order Pizzas & Pastas from Karma, which were spectacular and were devoured in a matter of minutes. Post that had Sheesha & passed out while Ritika & Rachita baked the most amazing Lemon Tarts! After waking up, got Ritika’s phone delivered home, (yup this happens only in India type moment) where in you call a mobile seller tell him you want a XYZ mobile handset and want to sell your old handset; post pricing is agreed upon the guy delivers the phone home… Having said that, Ritika bought the Samsung Nexus which is an awesome phone. The evening was spent drinking beers with Vishal & cooking burgers; Bikes, Beers & Burgers is truly an amazing combination. The day was closed with another session of Supernatural.

Celtics vs Sixers

Budweiser!!!

Super Steak

Sunday morning was spent cleaning the bike; the same took a good hour also checked all the accessories like bags, foot rests, etc. to make sure everything is on track. Then watched Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers in game 7 of the eastern conference playoffs. A note here, my Dad, Mihir & I have  been following the NBA for over 25 years &  totally love it.  Boston vs. Miami in the eastern conference finals is going to be one killer series. Having said that, Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs is also going to be a legendary series. Sunday also is Astro’s oil massage and bath day, so finished that & confirmed brunch at Smoke House Deli with Ritika, Mihir, Rachita & Yooti. The same had been planned on Saturday itself. Ate like we had never seen food – bacon, fish, chicken, beef and beers were had I had an awesome steak, post which got home crashed. Woke up, decided to have an alcohol free evening, chilled for a bit, ate some Lemon tarts, helped the Mrs. with packing Pani Puri (Indian Street Food) for the in-laws then watched another episode of Supernatural. The IPL finals were also on where the Chennai Super Kings took on Kolkata Knight Riders. CSK was going for a 3peat while KKR was trying to win its first IPL Championship. Rachita & I are not big cricket fans and so we decided to watch a hindi movie. This was after we totally devoured the super awesome Pani Puris J. Watched the Karisma Kapoor starrer, Dangerous Ishq, which was decently interesting -seemed to be heavely inspired from the book, Many Lives Many Masters.

Bike Looking Cool Post Clean Up

All in all, the weekend which clearly had an agenda of bike ride, movies to be watched, serials to be watched, good food to be eaten, beers & alco, Basketball & other sports, family time & general chilling came to an end with each item being ticked off basis completion. This was like a mini bucket list, which was quite cool! Also to conclude KKR did win the IPL Finals & the San Antonio Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder and lead the 7 game series 1-0. Writing this post made me realize how much I am already missing the weekend & how much I hate Mondays… Nonetheless, tonight there are leftover Burgers for dinner with fries so Monday might just not be all that bad 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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Incidence & Coincidence

Friday evening, decided to go to the local drinking hole, Mini Club House with Mihir & Vishal; on reaching there, was told the place was shut and would open by 7pm. Oh! here i forgot to mention we went there by 4pm. Decided to dunk the idea of drinking out, saved some money and decided to drink at home. Bought Haywards 5000, went home, got shit-faced and closed the day.

St7 Totally Superb!

The Saturday morning bike ride as always, was past worli seaface, shivaji park, upto bandra reclamation and then back to nariman point; though on the way back, an interesting incident happened wherein, past shivaji park I noticed a Hyosung St7 – dude! that’s one killer bike! Like an excited kid, I started chasing the bike. This is where it got interesting – wherein the St7 rider and I started riding together without uttering a word. This was so super awesome! We also had enough people staring at us past prabhadevi and century bazaar. Finally, before he went his way at passport office and I went towards city bakery, we gave each other a thumbs up & cruised away… Total feeling of brotherhood had happened!

Pretty Average Pizzeria

That’s Vibha

Got home, decided to go to Pizzeria, a local pizza joint at marine-drive. They serve the most awesome Bombay masala pizza (regular cheese pizza with Indian herbs). Reaching pizzeria, we realized the place has been totally re-done and looked quite cool; the same, though, could not be said about their service and food as it was horrifying – firstly the service and then the food. They have changed the recipe for the Bombay Masala Pizza… Immediately called up a Shlok (friend) with whom we have eaten 5 Bombay Masala’s and have been regulars to this restaurant. Spammed social media about the disappointment and the general stuff.Also note Shlok has a Royal Enfield Twin Spark 350cc.  Coincidentally, also met  my old boss and friend, Vibha, who was visiting the place as well. She also had a feeling where she thought she would meet me (premonition moment)! Cribbed to her also about the service and food, then took a photo of hers to feature on this write up check the same 🙂 Post that, came home & crashed.

This is Sensational!

Evening was spent eating amazing frankie made by the Mrs. Also ate icecream bon bons and watched Gone starring Amanda Sefried to end the day. Sunday morning’s bike ride was past lower parel, dadar and back. Also took Mihir for some photography to marine-drive, grant road vegetable market and mahalakshmi. He also went to haji Ali Durga which was fun and scary & he is going to have a post on the same with some awesome photo’s soon. Most of the day was spent watching movies & lazing in bed having Caronas. Saw Runnning Man starring Arnold, a bit of Supernatural & then watched Limitless starring Bradly Cooper which was brilliant to end the day. Started off Monday by hating them i.e. Monday’s. Post that brilliant bike ride happened as the weather was awesome & to make the day interesting, have dinner planned at the in-laws. Hopefully, I won’t hate Mondays that much this week 🙂

Sunday Morning Photography

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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My Favorite Avenger – The Incredible Hulk

I am sure you have guessed this post is about the Hulk, before I get into other details, a quick background on the Greatest Super Hero of All Time –

Few of us know that Doctor Banner’s full name is Robert Bruce Banner. The Dr. was present in the instrumentation bunker at the test site for the first underground test detonation of the Gamma Bomb. Observing that a civilian had breached security and entered the restricted test area, Banner told his colleague Igor Starsky to delay the countdown while he tried to get the civilian to safety. Starsky, secretly a Soviet agent, did nothing, confident that Banner would die in the explosion, bringing the project to a halt. Reaching the civilian, a teenager named Rick Jones, Banner threw him into a protective trench. Before Banner could get himself to safety, the Gamma Bomb detonated, and intense waves of radiation reached the surface. Banner was irradiated with highly charged radioactive particles. Due to an unknown genetic factor in his body, Banner was not killed by the radiation, which instead caused him to frequently transform into the vastly powerful, humanoid monster named “the Hulk” There are various theories on how and why Banner changes into the Hulk the most popular being, he gets “MAD”.  Hulk joining the Avengers was more accidental then planned; he became a pawn of Loki who tricked Hulk into battling his half-brother, Thor. This plot was foiled, leading to Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp joining forces to form the Avengers and defeat Loki.

I have been a fan of the Incredible Hulk since I was a kid; I had one of those stretchy characters who’s arms and legs you could pull, from then on it was about watching The Hulk television series starring the legendary Lou Ferrigno and Bill Bixby – these  my relatives would send from the US – we did not have cable TV in India back then. It’s been a good 30 years and I am still a fan of Dr. Banner, have pretty much followed all his movies/cartoons, collected figurines, gadgets and so on.

I have always thought the Hulk movies were badly done. Ang Lee’s portrayal was the worst ever, showcasing a retarded Hulk, come on! Ed Norton did a good job of portraying the green monster, but his portrayal of Dr. Banner just did not work. The Avengers saw Ruffalo potray the Hulk; his attempt is the best so far even better than Bill Bixby; the character is the way it should be, period (try spotting your favorite Hulk in the image). The Avengers glorifies the Hulk like no other movie, the scene where the good Doctor rides in on his Bike and levels the Leviathan is unreal! I was very fascinated by this scene, purely because I have never seen the Hulk riding bikes, currently there isn’t much clarity on which bike he is riding – the rumor mill is buzzing between Harley Davidson & Triumph, I think it could be the Harley – they have tried up with the movie and also showcased a bike at the LA premiere.

Because we love bikes and the Hulk, I looked around to see how the green monster has inspired bike riders and builders across decades and found some really interesting stuff. Hulk bikes, some completely dedicated to the Goliath and others with minor tributes, also helmets and vinyls a plenty have been created in the great one’s image. Check the images around the blog and the gallery below, I am sure they will inspire you to dedicate your bike or at least some part of it to your favourite super hero. I have also added some of our collection in terms of figurines and gadgets, don’t miss the green cake created by Rachita (sister-in-law) post watching The Avengers. If you know which Bike Dr Banner is riding in the movie, do add your comments and let us know….

The Incredible Hulk Bikes and More….

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Bikes & Builders

 

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Beyond The Avenger(S)

Normally, all our pots are related to Bikes. This one is a tad bit different (like they say in Bollywood hut ke hai)

What do we do beyond Bikes? There is movies, sitcoms, video games, food and relaxing. Do note: we are not teenagers; clubbing, smoking up and the general testosterone/hormones from hell is really not our thing. This post focuses on movies… something which pretty much governs our lives most weekends – we end up buying a ton of DVDs and watching them on our home theatre systems. One of our favorite genres: Super Hero movies! We watch any movie that comes under this category – cartoons, anime, b-grade blockbusters…. does not matter.

So how does this tie in with bikes? Our first and current bike is called Avenger. This also happens to be the name of the biggest movie coming out this year (massive amounts of excitement in our lives has happened). Okay, moving back to the movie, the Avengers stars 6 super heroes all packed into one movie, four of the stars have actually had standalone blockbuster’s leading up to this movie.

The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Ironman, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Captain America form the mighty team…all of them assembled under one roof by Nick Fury. To appreciate the movie to its fullest, you have to have a little background on all it’s characters. Am penning down my opinion about each of them below; not to worry this will not be a long wiki type article –

  • The Incredible Hulk – Dr. Bruce Banner is transformed into the beast every time he loses his temper (I wish I could also), this due to a overdose of gamma radiation in a lab experiment.
  • Thor, is the son of Odin and his wife Jord – he is, for the lack of a right word, a God! Need I say more…?
  • Iron man, the flamboyant playboy, Tony Stark, moonlights as the metallic hero; this is part of his inventory spree and also a challenge where he is concerned.
  • Captain America, a super soldier experiment that actually worked in the 60’s. After tons of battles, the Captain froze in a block of ice, he then emerged hale and hearty in the present and Nick the slick convince him he will save America by joining the Avengers.
  • The Black Widow: she is your standard KGB operative gone wrong. Do note, gone wrong because currently she is fighting the good fight. Trained to kill, Natasha Romanoff is the most good looking member of the team…. or is it Thor, shit this is difficult….
  • Hawkeye, is the black sheep of the team, an orphan by the name of Clinton Barton, he is trained in a circus. Like all wannabe, he saw Iron man and decided to become a super hero. Trained in archery, Hawkeye uses both his eyes to battle the forces of evil, he also had a fling with the Widow.
  • Nick Fury, suddenly changed skin colour from white to a…….let’s say darker shade! He is a war veteran and the commanding force that got all these super egos under one roof.

If you still want to know more, check the blog in a day or two for details – bio on each of them. Milind, Rachita, Yooti and I have watched most Avenger movies out there: 4 feature length, 2 Animated and the very first television series; suffice to say we are Avenger veterans and can’t wait to watch the movie. Currently the plan is to watch it next Monday when the theatre is less crowded (we can’t handle crowds). Would suggest next time you are out on an early morning or late night bike ride, drive down to a theatre or rent a DVD; it will definitely add to the whole relaxing experience. If you are like us and love movies about bikes, here are a few recommendations, not in any particular order  –

Easy Rider

The World’s Fastest Indian (Must remember to watch this over the weekend)

The Motorcycle Diaries

Chopper Town (Documentary)

Sons Of Anarchy (Sitcom)

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man

Wild Hogs

Hell’s Angels on Wheels

Mad Max

Terminator

If you have a recommendation add it below in the comments. Now back to doing what we do best – Relaxing…do check the movie poster gallery below 🙂

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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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