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Month: July 2018

Cook vs Eat – The Biryani Blunder
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Cook vs Eat – The Biryani Blunder

This was a weekday sometime last month, out of the blue – I wanted to cook Biryani (Indian Rice Pilaf or something similar). It is a dish that my husband loves(though not necessarily the veg version). So, I mentally devised a plan where in I would try and make my husband ask me to cook biryani. That way, I figured I could use the guilt points to my benefit some other day. How it transpired in my mind: Me: I feel like eating Biryani. J: Why don’t you cook some? Me: Sure. If you say so but you do know the amount of work that is involved…blah blah. How it transpired: Me: I feel like eating Biryani. J: Let me take you out for dinner tonight. You pick the restaurant. Me: What!!??!! He couldn’t stop laughing after I confessed my plans to score some brownie points by...
Vanguard Stock Market Index Fund Experiment
Money Matters

Vanguard Stock Market Index Fund Experiment

Does VTSMX\VTSAX really work? I am a millennial who has heard enough stories about those burned by stock markets. Over the past couple of decades, I have developed a fear (bordering Paranoia) about stock market investing. In early 2017, I discovered Mr. Money Mustache and the online FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) community. They all religiously invest in stock market. After reading tons of blogs all advising index fund investment, I decided to wet my feet before jumping in headfirst. The experiment: Keep money invested for 1 year in an Index Fund. See what happens. On July 24, 2017 I invested 3000$ in VTSMX. I would see where I stand a year from then and make up my mind based on trends. I was neither looking for a raise nor a dip, I was just curious to see what woul...
Keeping up with Dog Expenses
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Keeping up with Dog Expenses

How much Money does it take to keep a dog? I have been asked this question multiple times since we got our dog. I figured, it is easier to list it here and reference this when the question comes my way again. Below are most of our dog related expenses. Detailed Description Amount Comments Adoption Fees 150$ You might get this waived if you visit during any adoption drive Harness, Collar and 5ft Leash 25$ Bought at shelter. Overpriced as it is a donation. Lease modification and 1 time pet fees 325$ Only for those in apartments. Pill Pockets 10$ Our dog had medication when we got him. Found out later that Costco has better rates. Furminator Deshedding Tool 50$ Was suggested to us. Was an unnecessary expenditure Dog Bed 50$ Costco has good...
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Sacred Games | Netflix | A Indian Thriller that would go toe to toe with any other series out there !

A stellar cast, a fluid narrative and no over-the-top Bollywood heroism and lo we have the first India based Netflix Original that can truly compete with the rest of the world. Before we even go into the details of the series I would like to pause for a moment and express my awe for Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the true focal point of the entire series.  The series begins with Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan ) a honest-downbeat  Mumbai policeman who is going through a rough patch with his peers, superiors and life in whole, getting a call from a notorious gangster Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who gets him going on a wild goose chase. Ganesh claims that the country is going to burn in a matter of 25 days and with that he takes his own life. Anjali Mathur (Radhika Apte), a RAW analyst chance...
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Netflix Original | The Forest | La forêt | A french thriller circled around a beautiful village.

When a 16 year old school student Jennifer goes missing, Captain Gasper Decker (Samuel Labarthe) and  his team goes about investigating. All that they have as lead is the phone call received by the ever mysterious french teacher Eva Mendel (Alexia Barlier) right before the girls disappearance.  The series is entirely in french, but was riveting enough for me to ignore that fact.  It comes with the usual share of mystery, lies and thrill.  The 6 episode series starts pretty strongly with the first two episodes moving the story along at a brisk pace. All the characters are introduced and some of the prime suspects are introduced and nullified in quick succession. The story takes a turn when the missing child ends up dead and that is followed by two more girls going missing. The story,...