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Random Ramblings # 46 – Thailand insanity

It’s been an awesome couple of weeks till now travelling through thailand.
Visited Phuket for some fun time with cousins(technically my dads but who cares) then it was hua hin for the fantabulous wedding of didi dearestn finally culminating in a pocket emptying trip to bangkok which actually took shopping till you drop to a whole new level.

Phuket was awesome with the booze flowing and the fun times a rolling.
The islands around the place are beautiful and a sight one must visit,though I do think they need to get a lot more strict about littering et all cause the beauty is a fragile one and once a tourist swims up to one too many floating plastic bags the whole region might take a hit tourism wise cause the world loves to bitch and drag a place down. Went snorkeling to and it has become an experience I want to repeat for sure especially the last one afforded to us in which the fishes would swirl around us in a frenzy when fed like the fish in a thai foot massage spa.
Patong beach on phuket island was a just barely tested experience but has now become a must go place with my friends and I will definitely be trying to make that happen soon. The lady boys, the night life spilling onto the streets and everything in between the place just begs to be experienced.
Personal recommendation if you ever go to phuket is to never ever ever miss the lebanese food at cairo restaurant near bangla road. Hands down the best lebanese I have ever tested with beirut in bangkok a close second. However cairo Is an experience for the tastebuds and an awesome adventure which must be undertaken.

Shifting to hua hin was an experience on its own with a pleasant surprise thrown in when an unexpected wedding guest was bumped into at the airport and the three hour journey hence seemed to just speed by. The wedding it self was one of the most amazing experiences I have had and full credit goes to two people for that my amazing sister mansi who planned everything painstakingly for nine months and the wedding planner from gem weddings who pulled every vision of to perfection.
The wedding was one where the family bonding continued in full force but the drama never reached a point that it got annoying at all, actually till the morning of the actual wedding it just seemed like a big long party with fancy clothes and lots of booze. The feeling finally sank in for me when I saw the first inklings of wetness around the corners of my sisters eyes.
But the day ended well and my sister is happy and has got an amazing husband so I’m happy too.

Hua hin gave way to bangkok soon thereafter where we stayed in this lovely hotel called president park. We were a tad disappointed with the variety of food available for the vegetarians during breakfast but other than that we got way more than what we paid for.
In bangkok understand this ye indian tourist MBK is like gods shrine for you. Go there bargain hard and come away with almost everything you need. Its almost like you go to bangkok just to shop there and in its self its more than enough.
For the more fashion conscious amongst us(only ladies mostly) the platinum mall is a must go, with nearly 1500 shops selling all shapes and colours of womens clothes, size wise beware though most of the clothes are in sizes and styles which cater more to the slightly built amongst us as the girls in bangkok seemed overwhelmingly so, the styles also are a little more revealing than the average indian is used to but I have always been a firm proponent of the if you have it flaunt it brigade so I would like more Indians to shop there to be honest.

Would like to give a special shout out to the angel called Jayshree aunty who came and guided us through all our shopping blues through our trip helping us understand and navigate the madness of MBK and showing us the most awesome hospitality at the same time.

The food in bangkok was mostly nights only but to cover that will require a small post per restaurant which will come soon.

The last day in bangkok was an experience unique in itself with me buying buckets of booze and almost missing my plane in the bargain.

Ending this mammoth post I say Thailand is a must repeat and to all my friends reading this do phuket or any other thai party scene at least once you will never regret it. And mansi di and chirag wish you guys a happy married life, may god bless you both.

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Random Ramblings # 44 -A Possible Economic future

The world’s population just passed the 7 Billion mark! That’s a lot of people out there on this rock called earth which is already being strained to its limit when it comes to resources. The world population however is expected to begin stabilizing around 2050 with the 9 Billion mark being reached around then.

This might seem like an awful lot of people and believe me when I say I agree that it definitely is. It will place an alarming amount of pressure on our resources from a point of view which accounts for food, space and energy.

And this population will all want to march fervently towards living in a developed world where resources are plenty and goods cheap and easily available for consumption, this is due to the fact that this was the current model of the world economy which has been successful thus far.

I ask a different question though, till date the capitalist economic model has worked on one simple fundamental fact, increase in demand leads to an increase in production which leads to higher growth, this increase in demand was almost always present due to the fact that there were just more  people present in the world every single day so more resources were bound to be consumed but what about after the population has risen to its maximum? Where does the extra demand and feverish growth come from then? I will even agree to the point that just because the population has stopped growing it doesn’t mean that the developing nations would have stalled in their march towards a developed world and that will continue to push demand for say another 15 years till they are reasonably on their way. I say 15 years because this constantly connected small world has become faster in changing than ever before and I don’t think that aspect is ever going to change.

Coming back to the point I think we need to think up never more sustainable economic models for the future other wise we will be left printing useless bills just to artificially placate ourselves that more is indeed being sold etc, through the guise of increased revenue and that “growth” still continues. Such a model will collapse at some point under its own weight and the recession and mayhem it will cause then will be worse than anything before.

I don’t have a solution for the problem but I guess the first step is acknowledging the scenario and then developing a model for it.

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Average Opinions 4- John Grisham- The Litigators

Cover of "The Litgators by John Grisham"

Cover of "The Litgators by John Grisham"

It felt so so good sinking my teeth into a book again and finishing it lickedy split despite the crazy work + travel schedule was a very fulfilling experience for me.

THe book in question is John Grisham  “The Litigators and I must say its been a long time since I read a good Law Drama book and this one hit all the right notes for me.

The book is well researched and excellently paced which is something I have always appreciated in a John Grisham book. The crazy bickering characters at the Law firm of Finley and Figg are brought to life admirably.

The story goes a little like this, David ZInc is tired of his old life in the hellish dungeons of a prestigious Law firm in Chicago and finally cracks and bolts in a dramatic and excellently written part of the book. He finds himself at the door steps of a rundown law practice of the name Finley and Figg and decides to seek employ there for a chance at the easier life, little does he know however that he has come far away from the cushy offices and high pay of a big law firm, these are the streets where each case has to be snatched and you take what you can get. The firm plunges into unexplored territory by taking on a mass tort case hoping to finally score in the big league but the story of what happens next and the twists and turns is what form the bulk of this book.

There were unexpected pleasures peppered throughout the book with one of the biggest and most enjoyable coming almost at the end but not quite.

All in all it was a brilliantly fun read for me and I am glad I bought the book.

I give it 3.5/5 i.e *** 1/2 😀

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