Premier League is back


Ronaldo woes


As a Manchester United fan, I must admit I’m not really happy with the way this Cristiano Ronaldo thing is being prolonged. He has achieved a lot in his career. Most of it is due to his commitment to achieving personal milestones. We cannot blame anyone for his desire to leave, to play for a Champions League team. At the end of the day, we all know that he’s at the end of his career and he wants to end it on a high.

The preseason of Manchester United has been very impressive. The new manager has been able to put a signature on the way he wants the team to play. He also has the advantage of a World Cup that is coming mid-season. This will encourage the players to actually put in a lot of effort. They all want to play for their countries. While we have definitely made great strides in offloading some key players. There is still a lot of room for improvement. If Ronaldo wants to leave, let it be. I would not be disappointed. I’m just glad that he did decide to come back and give us another wonderful season. I managed to watch the highlights of the 45 minutes Ronaldo played under the new manager. He was very impressive in linkup play.

There is no doubt that if Ronaldo stays that he would be fully committed to the cause. But it is highly doubtful that he will be sitting on the bench without muttering something. I would still put my money on him leaving before the window closes. But if he is around, fantastic.

Been a while..


Transitions are part of life. After all, that is what makes living exciting and challenging. For the first time, we are coming to terms with being a working couple who has to take care of kids. Time has been hard to come by. Juggling hours of work with hours at home with the kids. Sleepless nights due to the sleep regression of an infant. The crazy times that come along with having a toddler at home. It’s been quite some ride already and we are definitely feeling the pinch.

Nevertheless, returning to the loving hug and kiss of these little munchkins is fulfilling a dimension I have never experienced before. To have a part of me grow each day into a diverse entity is quite enthralling. I try not to be dogmatic. Life is all about the moment, having satiety and peace, and enjoying life as it should be. A rigid schedule at home is theoretically possible but I refrain from it. Probably cause I enjoy some creative liberty, I prefer my kids also to have the opportunity to express their strengths.

My 3.5-year-old is much wiser than I expect a child of her age to be (cliché from parents I suppose, nevertheless). The understanding loving nature, the maturity, and on top of it the fleeting interests (something she got from me) let me adorn my dad’s shoes, probably going through similar emotions as he watched me grow up.

No matter what cards we are dealt, one thing I am pretty particular about is, that we as a family should remain together. The bonding that forms being a close-knit fam is something that will keep us happy, healthy, and thriving.

Time to head for work. Until next time…

Keedam, Oruthee, Dear Friend, Jo and Jo


After a very long time, I binged on 4 movies in 30 hours. Holidays for Eid and days off from work, I decided to catch up on a whole set of movies. Of course, it is hard to lock full focus onto them with a toddler at home and an infant loitering around the apartment.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed the movies in this order – Jo and Jo, Oruthee, Dear Friend and Keedam.

Oruthee

Great acting by Navya Nair. Good to see her back in the mainstream. Her acting prowess was there for all to see in a role that seemed chiseled out for her. Some scenes were bit prolonged and painful, but overall it was an enjoyable story (after all, based on a true life incident).

Jo and Jo

Just sit back, all laid back and enjoy this teenage blockbuster. Just natural vibes, next door movie. The kids are growing up to become some really good actors, as evident in this one

Dear Friend

I like the way this story was built up. Firstly cause I did do my college in Karnataka. Any movies that spend some time there is nostalgic. Some strong actors in key roles in this one. I am not really sure I appreciate the way the movie ended, left me wanting, inquisitive about Vinod, an enigma. Lot of lessons to learn in this for startups, entrepreneurs though

Keedam

I am a great fan of Rajisha. She is a real good actor. Her screentime is worth it. The thread of the movie is nice, but it could be delivered in a better manner. Some of the exaggerations were a bit too filmy for my liking.

Bye Apple


My departure from Apple devices this time around might be a permanent one. One of the reasons I never associated myself with it was purely because it was just too expensive. Over the years, extrinsic circumstances made me a part of the Apple family. As late as last month, I made the big decision to part ways with Apple. It started with my Apple Series 4 watch upgrade to watch series 7 which turned out to be a big disappointment. The lack of Apple’s desire to provide many of its services (Apple pay, Fitness +) prompted me to leave this ecosystem. Remnants now are just the M1 Macbook Pro, air pods and some old gen Ipads/Ipods.

I made the jump to an M1 book purely because I was using an iPhone and was missing out on the integration and seamless communication with my DELL XPS 13. Dell XPS 13 still is a beast of a machine with great battery life and top-notch PC performance.

I am considering selling my M1 if I get a good deal. I sold my wife’s S20+ and my iPhone 12 mini to get a used Note 20 Ultra 5G. The purpose of getting this phone is one, it gets me back to android, two it allows me to enjoy the awesome camera capabilities and the lovely display screen. The S pen is an added bonus to typing on a big screen. I am very satisfied with over two weeks of use of this device. It definitely is bulky and protrudes through most of my pockets, yet am comfortable not having a smartwatch constantly beckoning me to open my phone.

My new Garmin Forerunner 55 aqua colour is a standout and is purely utilitarian for my fitness needs. Departure from ‘rings of fitness’ on iPhone has also allowed me to drop 4 kilos in the holy month of Ramadan, something I did not achieve tracking my fitness in Apple. Garmin of course plays a key role in enabling me to make me find my feet when it comes to calorie intake and burns.