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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
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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...
Cheapest and Best Wireless Carrier in USA – TMobile
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Cheapest and Best Wireless Carrier in USA – TMobile

How I came to  realize that TMobile is the cheapest and best Cell Phone Carrier in the USA, that provides the biggest bang for your bucks. My monthly Cell Phone bill has taken quite a steep downward turn after I switched to TMobile One Plan.  I am on one of the best plans available and I pay less than 20$ a month (30$ if I use more than 2GB of LTE). The plan is not grandfathered as of 2018/March/06. The following are what I receive: Unlimited 4G LTE smartphone data Unlimited Talk & Text Free Netflix Standard Subscription Scam ID T-Mobile Tuesday Benefits Other benefits I am unaware of around in flight wifi and international roaming. If you have following, you can follow my hack and get your monthly payments down to ridiculously low amounts: Good Credit Sc...
Love Per Square Foot – Netflix Original Hindi – Worth a Watch
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Love Per Square Foot – Netflix Original Hindi – Worth a Watch

Netflix does it again! A much needed breathe of fresh air as far as Hindi movies are concerned. After getting used to the faster than average pace of English series these days, I had given up on Hindi movies when Netflix recommended this gem to me. The plot starts with character introduction of 2 bank employees, each with a mediocre salary and a dream to own a house in the expensive Mumbai. They run into each other quite by chance and enter a business deal where they pretend to be married so that they can qualify for a housing scheme. They jump head first into this dream considering themselves practical till they realize that their hearts have a different plan. Add to this weird deal two different religions, a little bit of confusion, traditional parents, original and lovely music and a...
Netflix: Altered Carbon: No Spoiler Review
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Netflix: Altered Carbon: No Spoiler Review

Altered Carbon: Author's Rating: 4.5/5 Our time on this earth ends due to the limitations of our human bodies? What if human consciousness could be transferred from body to body thus making us essentially immortal? And if this is indeed possible, then would the richest amongst us be nothing less than the New Gods? And what happens when ennui hits these new gods with human minds\bodies and too much time on their hands? This interesting concept is explored in delicious detail in this new Netflix Series. History is written from the perspective of the winners and survivors. A freedom fighter(of sorts) with special skills is woken up after 250 years to be branded a terrorist from the past. He is offered a chance at freedom with full pardon and a lot of money if he could but explain an int...
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Justice League: Must Watch! 4.5/5

NO SPOILERS ! I did not expect much from this movie and nor did I read any reviews before taking my seat. All I had to go on were the trailers. I was expecting another dark movie but I was determined to sit through it. But what followed was a pleasant surprise - my Christmas came early this year. Let me give my opinions of the characters first Flash: The arrogance of youth and the on-your-face humor are balanced in perfection. I have never liked flash before, Ezra Miller might have just changed my mind. Aquaman: His arrogance at being invincible was a joy to the eyes. Jason Momoa is here to stay. He has some drool worthy scenes sans his shirt. I am looking forward to his origins story as I don't have a lot of back ground on his character and do not want to ruin any surprise by...
A Hairy Tale Indeed
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A Hairy Tale Indeed

I am not a vain woman but I do have some weird tendencies that might make me seem like one. I would never share this story were it not for a friend who said that the trait is not unique to me and his wife possesses a similar tendency. With just a few discrete inquiries, I found out that several of my friends (or their wives) share this trait. So here goes nothing… Whenever I get my eyebrows shaped, I expect my husband to notice and compliment me (however undeserving the situation be).  Almost every time, he doesn’t notice. So, I get offended that the love of my life does not take an interest in my appearance. He says it is trivial enough not to matter on the grand scheme of things. Things usually go downhill from there. I would never in a million years have expected this to backfire ...
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Requirements Gone Wrong!

As an IT Consultant, getting and giving the right requirements mean the difference between success and failure. This is one example where my requirements weren’t as specific as I had hoped it would be. Growing up in India with my big family, cricket was a religion. It was sacred. When Team India played, everything else took a back bench. Everyone would gather around the television and the entire day was spent watching the match (sometimes 5 days in a row) and then the next few days will be spent dissecting the match. Though, at one point in time, I did enjoy the game – this utter dedication drove me to the brink of craziness. As I grew up and the thoughts of an ideal husband started evolving in my mind, 1 thing kept coming to me recurrently. I will under no circumstances marry someone ...
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HJ’s weekend

Written By: Harinee Jibeesh Written: 05/30/2017 My weekend was fun because I went bowling, went to the playground , played with my friends, watched a movie- Parent Trap. It was fun. There was a baby in the home that I watched it in.My parents friends had come to visit us from Richmond. I played with the 2 babies and that was my weekend.