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Micky Fernandez
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Attended University of California, Berkeley
Lives in Kolkata, India
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An older post edited to include a very important section about Dabur Red toothpaste and powder
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My mother #myfirstexpert  in terms of communication, cooking, cleaning, organization and being an expat.
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A 7.1 earthquake--not as strong as that in Nepal--but one which we still felt here in Kolkata
Earthquake strikes North India again at 12:41 pm in India. Earthquake strikes again felt in India and Nepal - 7.1 magnitude!
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Or perhaps it was 7.8 in Iran. The report does state that 40 people have died.
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I am in Kolkata and I have just now felt another earthquake. Did anybody else feel it?
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  • University of California, Berkeley
  • San Francisco State University
    Classics
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October 11
Other names
The King of All Media (Oh wait; someone else has already taken that name.), http://mickyandrani.blogspot.in/
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What do I do? What I want to do.
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Faster than a speeding bullet; more powerful than a locomotive; and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound
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  • Freelancer.com
    Writer, Researcher, 2013 - present
  • Wells Fargo
    Personal Banking Officer, 1984 - 2008
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Bollywood's Most Finest Yet Underrated Actors
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View Bollywood's Most Finest Yet Underrated Actors on Yahoo Movies India. See Bollywood's Most Finest Yet Underrated Actors and find more pi

Who Should Read BBBB or Use Grandpa’s Consulting Services?
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Another advantage is that I can and will save you from all the crooks, con-men and useless Gurus and products on the NET.

KC cop threatened to destroy home and kill pets unless he was allowed to...
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Eric Crinnian, a lawyer in Kansas City, Missouri, says that a police officer threatened to destroy his possessions and shoot his dog unless

Film Review of Bhagam Bhag
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Since my review of Krrish 3, my views of comedy have not really changed. Even the impressive Chachi 420 (inspired by the Hollywood film Mrs.

NYPD cop busted with reputed gangster for shaking down Queens restaurant...
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The cop, Besnik Llakatura, along with Redinel Dervishaj, who stabbed a groom-to-be on Staten Island last year, and Denis Nikolla were arrest

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Read my blog for examples of my writing http://mickyandrani.blogspot.in/... [read more]

Favourite Places
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I suppose that this is how it should be. After all, this blog is not about me; it is about Kolkata, India, other places, film reviews, inter

All that jazz
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Carlos Bica and AZUL Trio

Genealogy (Dec 2013): St. John's Cemetery, The Journey
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It was both easier and harder (primarily harder) to get to St. John's Church and Cemetery in Sealdah, Kolkata. In preparation, I printed a G

My 300th Post
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When I received an invitation from Micky to write something to celebrate 300 posts on this blog, I was more than a little stumped. Like many

Government as Murderers (Nov 2013)
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A guideline--if not a rule--for these posts is that I use news articles from only from the specified month. For example, for my June 2013 po

Indian Culture and Incipient Westernism: The Other Side...
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I have been vehemently arguing that western mores are making inroads into our society; that the impact of "westernism" (to coin a new term i

Indian TV Commercials (2013)
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In writing, I often have the option of editing a previous post, or writing a new post. Almost two years ago, I wrote a post about Indian TV

Annoying Habits
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In my recent review of Krrish 3, I wrote that many people complain that Indian films often copy things from other films. To me, this is irre

Glossary
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I have already written three posts devoted to language in India--not of Hindi, Bengali, or necessarily of English, but primarily of Indian E

Film Review of Boss
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Caroline seems to go through different phases. She now seems to enjoy comedy and action films. I suppose that there is nothing wrong with th

All Events in your city
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All Events in your city, upcoming events happening in your city. Top cities and Top events.

On the 43rd Anniversary of the War on Civilians Pt.2
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21 May 1999 Jesus "Jessie" Rosendo Zapata (Abilene, Texas, G.A.) (Yes, this happened before the War on Civilians was fully formed, but I pro

Police in America: "Licensed to Kill"
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Miriam Carey is the latest victim. She deserved to live, not die. More on her below. Incidents occur daily across America. Blacks and Latino

Freight
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Perhaps first and foremost--because it is most associated with India--are people, who usually carry things on their heads. The stereotype is

I emailed this several days ago, and have yet to receive a response. To whom it may concern: My wife (your customer) has told me that several of your own employees have indicated that State Bank of India is a horrific bank and that you are doing everything to make banking extremely inconvenient to your customers. I find this difficult to believe (and certainly hope that it is not true) and am writing to you to verify this one way or another. My wife had residential proof of her time in the Kidderpore district of Kolkata. Even during that time, she chose to open a few accounts at your Middleton Row Branch. She still has the accounts there. However, after her parents passed away, she is no longer residing at that address, and going to Kidderpore isextremely inconvenient to her. However, she has been told that she cannot be helped by the Middleton Row Branch--her own branch--and that she must go to the extremely inconvenient Kidderpore office even thoughshe has NO accounts there to transact her business. When she banks with State Bank of India does she not bank with State Bank of India? If she visited Delhi would she have to travel thousands of kilometres just to make a withdrawal? Would she not be allowed to walk into a Delhi branch and not be inundated with rude and inconsiderate behaviour? Have you not heard of ATMs and ATM cards? These allow human beings (unlike some of your employees) to bank with State Bank of India when they have State Bank of India accounts. Assuming that you have heard of ATMs and the concept behind them, and assuming that you are not destructive imbeciles then I assume that my wife was misled or misinformed by your own employees, and that she is in fact free to continue to bank at the Middleton row Branch--where she has her accounts--and any other branch that she finds convenient Please email me with your confirmation
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reviewed a month ago
Throughout this time [the time that I was interviewing the film and stage actor Denzil Smith], the staff of The Bagel Shop impressed me as being tremendously helpful and professional (although one waiter was just about to take my unfinished muffin just as I was returning from the sea), and the epitome of service. It seemed that you are welcomed to stay as long as you like. If I ever return there then I will have to bring more money so that I can enjoy more of the items on the menu.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Similarly and technically, we [Gopal Kumar and I] are not friends; I am simply his customer and he is the Internet Cafe owner. However, we have known each other for several years, and he has shown great kindness, understanding and patience to me. I hope that I will know him for several years to come. I do know that he is getting married to a French woman, although I do not know if he will settle down there. In my Indians post, I wrote that there are a great many foreign women here (very many of whom are bloggers) who are married to Indian men. I already know that she has been here for about a year, so I think that both of them will be more happy here than in France. Another reason for Gopal's inclusion in this post is that all of his employees (various relatives) are wonderful, and treat me with great respect and service. I feel like a King whenever I come here. More reviews can be seen at my Person of the Year (2014) post at mickyandrani [dot] blogspot [dot] in.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
I recently went here because I was in the area and because I had seen that they offer cheap rolls (which are always delicious and filling). When I went inside, I realized that I had been there before. However, it may have been with another name or under a different ownership. One thing that I did notice was that it had been remodeled. The walls seem to have been tiled and, I believe, the tables and the chairs were different. The employees were different as well, with them wearing a uniform. The ambiance seemed to be more professional than what it was before. The menu seems to have been enlarged, with more favourable choices. I should emphasize that I am not exactly certain of anything here because the last time I was there was many years ago, but my general impression was that it was different, and better. The egg roll was delicious, but I did find the service somewhat slow. This may have been because I was very hungry and was impatient in wanting to eat. It may also have been because there seemed to be just one waiter at the time (and when almost all of the tables were filled) and the bread maker did not seem to be efficient. Nevertheless, I would like to go there again, provided I am not very hungry. More reviews at my Sept 2014 post at mickyandrani[dot]blogspot[dot]in Last night (23 Sept 2014), I did go there again, and my favourable impression changed. Last night, I ordered the egg roll, and it was slightly spicy, which was completely unexpected for an egg roll. However, my complaint is not about that. My complaint is that, because I was hungry, I ordered another one. A little while later, the waiter gave me a bottle of mineral water. I was perplexed. I waited a little while longer, and then pointed out that I had not received the egg roll. He then said that they had stopped making them for the evening. It would have been nice if he had told me that when I ordered it, and it would have been nice if he had not provided something which I did not order (the mineral water).
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
37 reviews
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Nevertheless, we were impressed with the service. Working at Wells Fargo, I learned that exceptional service can overcome flaws or slight mistakes, and this seems to hold true for Hotel Hill Palace. Everyone knows that first impressions count the most. I never held much stock in that, but it does seem to hold true for HHP. I was happy that they took foreigners, and that they had given us an enormous discount in order to woo us to stay there. The business card (which, by itself, is quite impressive: it seems to be laminated, coated with a plastic-type of material, or has a unique paper-stock that makes it very durable) states that a standard room for two is INR1,000. Yet, the manager charged us just half of that. Caroline was impressed by the attentiveness of one of the servants, and I liked the fact that it was 24-hour check-out. This is extremely advantageous if you check in late at night, as you do not have to worry about checking out a few hours later, or paying one day's tariff for just a few hours. However, it can be disconcerting if you check in very early in the morning (as we had) because you then have to check out very early in the morning. However, 24-hour checkout is still the best. We both appreciated the fact that they did not hold onto our passports as if we had to pay ransom, as many other hotels are wont to do. I suppose that I could give Hotel Hill Palace four stars as it generally exceeded our expectations, and Caroline was happy staying there (and it is often very difficult to please her). However, you would then have high expectations, which may not be met. Hence, my three stars, and if you can get a similar discount in price then I can assure you that it will be well worth it. For the complete review, see my March 2015 post at mickyandrani [dot] blogspot [dot] in.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
(I need to mention that although the address is correct, the map is extremely peculiar. His office is located nowhere near the pinpointed location; it is located close to Sudder Street.) Technically, we are not friends; he is simply my doctor. Technically, he is not my doctor; he is my wife's doctor (although he is the doctor whom I saw when I became mysteriously and severely ill for two months around my birthday in 2009, shortly after I arrived in Kolkata, and which I described in my Sick of India(?) post. I do not think that my wife was familiar with him before I went to him but afterwards, she started to go to him for all her maladies, including leg and knee problems, ear problems, eye problems and back problems. Most recently, she saw him last night (15 December 2014). Technically, she did not see him; I saw him because she could not walk. She walked while wearing some new shoes, her foot became cut, and she developed a severe infection. I took a few photos of her feet, and showed these to Dr. Halim. He prescribed some pills and some special lotion. Afterward, I had to return the smartphone to one of the employees of Gopal Kumar (see below). (My mobile phone has a radio, which is nice, but no camera, which is surprising as I had thought that all mobiles came with cameras. Moreover, my digital camera gave out for a second time in India, has become irreparable, and I have been unable to replace it). In returning the borrowed smartphone, I told him that I had to show photos of my wife's foot to Dr. Faud Halim. He was aware of this doctor and agreed that he is wonderful. At one point, he had developed jaundiced and had gone to a few doctors, without success. Then He went to Dr. Halim, who gave him two injections, and he was cured the very next day! (I, too, had developed jaundice, but I took the ayurvedic medicine Liv-52). When I returned to Caroline that evening, I related that story and she said that it confirms what she had always been saying: that he is a very good doctor and his prescriptions are spot-on. More reviews can be found at my Person of the Year (2014) post at mickyandrani [dot] blogspot [dot] in
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
I cannot recall the beginnings, but Caroline said that when I first visited Calcutta, this location was just a fruit stand. Regardless, it is now a good alternative to Blue Sky Cafe, which is just across the street. Moreover, it was remodeled a few years ago to let people go to the first floor. More restaurant reviews can be found at my Sept 2014 post at mickyandrani[dot]blogspot[dot]in
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago