Is Microsoft Killing MS Paint After 32 Years?

After a barrage of emotional outpourings and rage resulting from reports suggesting that Microsoft is to “deprecate” MS Paint and remove it from future versions of windows - there is a sense of relief among netizens.

In a statement issued by Microsoft, the company has assured that it isn’t going to kill Paint, at least any time soon. In the past 32 years of its existence, MS Paint has captured the hearts of millions and garnered fans of all ages world over. Because of its simple interface, user-friendliness and utility it got universally loved and used by people from all walks of life. Right from kids who used it to display their creativity and learn painting to adults who used it for minor image editing and enhancing.

So, when a news that this globally loved product is to be axed, it provoked anger, sadness and nostalgia among netizens. This was evident in the memes, cartoons and MS Paint-created tributes that was widely shared ever since the news hit the internet. 

The company’s official blog said “ MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free”

Independent.co.uk reports that the app which has been a mainstay of Windows for 32 years, will be taken out of the main operating system and put in the app store. And it will be partially replaced by a new app called Paint 3D, which reportedly offers some of the same features. What used to come as a default app in windows will no longer be available but instead users could download it for free from the windows app store.  

The report also stated that Windows users can now use Paint 3D which comes bundled with the Creators Update to Windows 10. Paint 3D offers many of the same features as MS Paint and newer features will be added in future updates.

"In addition to the new 3D capabilities, many of the MS Paint features people know and love like photo editing, line and curve tools, and 2D creation are in Paint 3D," Microsoft said.


As Mercury Rises, Residents Get Creative. Watch This Guy Cook Egg In The Sun Like A Boss


The mercury has been steadily rising in UAE over the past few days and residents are getting creative, as always, to express their frustration and let out some fumes. 

Fatafeat TV an Arab lifestyle and food television channel recently posted a video on their Instagram channel that has gone viral on social media. 






The video which shows a man in chefs clothes cooking a sunny side up in the sun, has already garnered over 26 K views within only few hours of posting. Armed with merely a frying pan, the man cooks the egg in just under one minute. 

This is a great example of how a small change in thinking and some sense of humor can make a great difference, during difficult times. 

Making ripples in the digital landscape : Interview with Alexandra Maia, House of Social

Here are the excerpts of the interview with Alexandra Maia, The founder and CEO of House of Social - Dubai based Social Media Consultancy and Training center offering hybrid social media solutions and education to professionals and social media enthusiasts in the UAE.



Alexandra who headed social media departments in some of the leading agencies in the region quit her job and decided to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams by setting up House of Social. One of the most progressive startups creating ripples in the social media training circle, House of Social is all poised to change the way social is done in the region, for ever.

A creative person Alexandra started out in performing arts at the age of 15 travelling between London and New York. After toying with Journalism and Branding for a few years she took to digital media and from then on there was no turning back. Fascinated by this then new field of social - she started working on social media creative strategy, setting up social teams, training talent and integrating social media on 360 campaigns and briefs.  Then House of Social happened.

Through tailored consultancy solutions, Alexandra Maia's House of Social helps companies in the UAE counter their social media challenges. Through social media training it empowers individuals and businesses to transform their talent with the necessary skills to fill in the social media skills gap, while growing and staying competitive in a digitized world.

Alexandra Maia's House of Social

Empower > Transform > Grow



1.How would you describe House of Social in under 50 words?
The first institute in Dubai to focus on social media education! But it’s become more then that! In the short amount of time since I launched, it’s fuelled with positivity, empowerment and an amazing community that supports each other! Is that 50 words…haha? I’m so bad with these things! I could say so much more!!

2. What ignited the spark in you to start House of Social
For all the years being so involved in the industry here I started seeing a couple of trends:
1- people are so thirsty to know more about social / digital but had no clue how, or where to go get the knowledge. 2- There is really not much around for people to go learn the skills, the skills gap is still big around here!  And I’ll just push envelope a little more  I don’t think there is no one around deploying so much free educational content around this topic like I am or the way that I am doing! And that was one of the things I really wanted to do! And lastly because I love people, educating, sharing the knowledge, giving people the tools for them to go conquer whatever it is they want to do. HOS is and will continue to grow to be able to provide this!

3.What were the biggest initial hurdles while building your business and how did you overcome them?
Good question! Hum…. I can’t tell you I had initial hurdles… What I can tell you is that I have daily hurdles….hahaha!!! When you are an entrepreneur and in my case, I’m running HOS alone, I don’t have an investor or taken out a loan. HOS has been self-sustained since its 9 months something I’m so proud of. Every day I have hurdles, there is not one day, I’m not fixing a problem either with clients and projects or the  HOS side of the business but that’s what comes with the responsibility of running a business and you are either cut for it and have this mental discipline or you don’t. I don’t dwell on the hurdles, I just go into this ‘street smart’ mode of how can I find a solution and move fast on it, no stress, deploy positivity, fix it and move on and that is on a daily basis. There are bigger more important things to focus on

4. How have you differentiated yourself from competitors?
By being me! By staying true to my core values on everything that I do. This is the core for me. I will never sway from my core beliefs and never have till now. By deploying a huge amount of free content for people to learn so even if you never want to pay me a $ my content hopefully can still have an impact on you! And this region is still catching up to this concept! You have to give and give and give before you can really ask! And I just firmly believe no one else out here in this region is doing what I’m doing the way I’m doing it! I LOVE it every part of it!


5. Do you prefer to pursue funding or build organically, and why?
I love to be self-sustained, versus being depended on funding. I just feel it’s smarter because I don’t want to be in a position where I’m depended on someone else’s cash! What if they pull out? What if the marker hits a crisis and it affects the investor?! I’ll rather see if I can prof that my business can be good to self-sustain so I will always have the control. And it might mean a grow slower…But I’ll grow the right way and this is a long-term game. If money was handed out to me I never would have learnt all of what the market has been ‘teaching me’ these past 9 months of what consumers want! Will I never take an investor opportunity? I can’t fully say yes or no I’ll have to see at the time there are always contexts and opportunities that could be good for me to pursue but I will evaluate them when they come for sure.

6. What would you say is the most important factor of running a consultancy business in the region?
Understanding the context and the nuances of the region. This is a very particular place, nothing like the west. But even saying that… It cannot be an excuse to move slower, It just means for me you need to understand the context of how things are here! And there are so many micro nuances that can really make or break how you do business! It’s very interesting….

7. What is your favourite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
The daily adrenaline and rush I get every day when I think of something and I have the full power to go and just do or try!! Oh. this fills me with so much excitement and adrenalin! I can’t explain ahaha!!!

8. Describe/outline your typical day? How many hours do you work a day on average?
I start my day at 5.30 I go train at around 6 or 6.30 for me this is one of the most vital things to keep me sane, focused and energised!  It’s also my ‘me’ time. No emails at this time! From around 8 is my day starts and I’m usually on it till maybe 10 or maybe 11 it really depends! My typical day can vary, I’ll have days that I jam pack all my meetings or others dedicated to my work only, others I make sure I’m networking I invest a lot of my time in meeting people this is such a crucial part of building a business developing relationships! Some days I might work till super late then I might get up a little later. Weekends I’ll work but mainly from my phone so I can do ‘weekend things’ .. hahah and I try to keep Saturday’s off line as much as I can! So how many hours is that…16 hrs.. hahah I’ve never had done the maths!!

9. What do you do to recharge when you’re feeling drained?
Really good question! One that I am trying to figure out! I have a problem since I’m little I never know when to slow down so then I go into over drive and crash! Witch ofcourse this is not good! So… now I’m learning to self tune in with myself when I need to slow down! I love the beach or the sea it helps me a lot to decompress. And my closest friends spending time with them laughing and talking silly stuff hahaha!

10. To what do you most attribute your success? What would you say are the five key elements for starting and running a successful business?
  • Passion! You have to LOVE what you do!
  • Being ‘hungry” for it! – Meaning you got to really want it! You! From withing you! Call it drive I don’t know, but if you don’t have that no else will and it’s something you can’t buy or acquire!
  • Discipline – With running a biz comes discipline to keep consistency to ‘show up’ everyday! It’s a huge foundation building block. Because on the bad days discipline kicks in and the machine keeps going!
  • Execution – You have to do! Ideas are just ideas they are not the real thing! You have to go and play in the ‘dirt’ to really taste it!
  • Believing in yourself! – Be daring, don’t care, do you, push the boundaries! BE ready to fail and be ok with it so you learn and be ready to succeed to keep growing and have humility and be grateful! But it has to all come from the believe you can do it. No anyone else’s!
  • Can I just add a 6th ahahah? PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE! It’s a people’s business! You have to know how to emotionally deal with people
11. How do you believe evolving technology will impact the way we do business over the next 10 years?
Hopefully will bring us closer, smarter and moving faster! Can I ask Facebook via audio “Hey Facebook can you tell me what posts are performing better that you advise me to promote?” Wouldn’t that be so cool? I think it can happen! We still a long way but going by the last F8 with Mark we don’t seem to be that far away……!



12. If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
I would ask: “Do you believe in yourself” and yes! Then just go and do and live the journey because only then you will know!! Boom!

13. Where do you see House of Social in the next 5 years?
Bigger! With more people! With more stories! Going beyond Dubai for sure! Just watch this space that is all I have to say! Haha!

14. If the Internet had not existed – what do you think you would be doing?
Communicating with people in some way or another! I love people! Acting was my first carer! And I love psychology! Who know knows…?!?

15. What do you like best about the Internet?
The easy access to info and people! In one day, I can do business with Brazil or Australia

16. What do you like least about the Internet?
Nothing… my problem is how people are using it! The fake news or all the terrorism that goes on online that exists is because of how people are making use of it. And people are lazy in general…. It can take you an extra ten minutes to go do your homework to figure out if something is fake or not. But most people are just lazy…..


I would like to wish Alexandra Maia the very best in all her pursuits.

For social media training and consultancy inquiries get in touch with Alexandra on alexandra@house-of-social.com

You can also follow House of social on Instagram Facebook  Twitter or visit her website http://www.house-of-social.com

Vicks’ bold new ad is going viral, turning viewers emotional & at the same time making a strong statement



Vicks’ new advertisement, which got more than 4.6 lakh views within 4 hours, is the story of Gauri Sawant, a transgender who fought against all odds and raised an orphaned child as her own.

India is hailed as the world’s largest democracy. The spirit of a democracy lies in its diverse and inclusive nature. But, intolerance and prejudice against the LGBTQ community is still prevalent. Section 377, a law which criminalises consensual sex between homosexuals, still prevails in democratic India. The draconian law, based on the Victorian morality, which denies to recognize the identity of a particular section of the society is a clear cut violation of constitutional rights. 

“We believe that everyone deserves to feel what it means to be cared for and to care for someone.To experience the difference it makes in your life, to have someone that will unconditionally love you and care for you. In the hope that you, at your turn, can do the same and transform someone’s life with the #TouchOfCare,” Vicks said in a statement.

The movie is well crafted in a narrative form. It portrays the intense bond between a mother and daughter. Social media platforms are abuzz with appreciation of the movie’s depiction of such a sensitive subject. 

Fascinating Facts about India, that even many Indians may not know!



A fine documentary by Karolina Goswami in her very own and famous style which talks about Indian economy in depth. India, a country which was once colonized and looted by the British has bounced back and today India's companies like Tata are buying and taking over the top British brands like Jaguar,Range rover and Tetley. India, a country which is misrepresented by the world media who only show the poverty of India need a lesson here. Karolina Goswami has shown the modern side of India in a beautiful way in her documentary. A must watch and wait until the end of the video when it gets really emotional. 

Mind Blowing Film On Dubai Goes Viral On Social Media


  

Rob Whitworth, a prominent urban filmmaker from UK has produced a film on Dubai that is going viral on Social Media. Aptly titled Dubai Flow Motion, the three minute film seemlessly flows through various sequences and takes the viewers on a magical journey through the heart and soul of Dubai.

Well-known for pushing the boundaries of his medium to reveal locations in a compelling manner, Rob has truly struck gold with this mind blowing film. Dubai Flow Motion was shot over a period of three months across the Emirate of Dubai. 

Through the manipulation of time-lapse photography, Rob is known to lift the constraints of time and space to capture the vibrancy of destinations on a grand scale. Rob’s works are instantly identifiable, with gripping perspectives that create a profoundly transformative experience.

Rob’s recent major projects include shoots for the BBC Natural History Unit, McDonalds, The Catalan tourism board, Nike, Ford. His works have gained widespread critical acclaim, and received over 10 million online views. Originating from the UK, Robert gained his first-class honours degree in Photography from Norwich School of Art & Design.

Hug A Muslim Experiment Yields Heartwarming Results Amid Frigid Winter



The “Blind Trust Project” took place in downtown Toronto on a cold winter’s day. A Muslim man, arms outstretched, stands next to signs reading “I am a Muslim. I am labelled as a terrorist” and “I trust you. Do you trust me? Give me a hug.”
This three-minute video shows some touching responses from passers-by – especially the brother at the end, who certainly goes out of his way to show his support.

Finally A Video On Child Abuse That Every Kid Can Watch And Learn From. Show It To Your Kids Tonight



Probably the best video on Child Abuse, this short film named Komal is being released in 12 Indian languages. The videos will also be released in “Accessible” versions to ensure that speech/hearing/vision impaired children are also able to watch this film and learn.

Spread this message and let young children know that help is just a call away.


Design Firm Puts Up A Billboard Across From Ogilvy HQ To Secure Meeting


What’s the best way to advertise your service to an ad agency? 

For Washington-based design firm Intridea, they decided that the direct approach worked best, so they posted a billboard directly across from the Ogilvy & Mather’s headquarters in Manhattan. 

Featuring the headline “Ogle this, Ogilvy”, the billboard included the URL oglethis.co that leads viewers to a website where they can collaborate and work together with the firm. 

According to a Facebook post, their advertising stunt “worked like a charm” and they “were able to successfully secure a meeting” with the ad agency


Six-Year-Old Talks About The Meaning Of Life, The Truth Behind Facebook Likes




A group of kids, age six to nine came together to create an inspiring video about the true meaning of life. The five minutes stop motion animation challenges our thinking by starting with a question asked by a six-year-old girl, “How sad would it be to get to the end of your life and realized you never truly lived?” 

She then went on to address societal issues like being caught up with fitting in with the cool crowd, and people obsessed with garnering Facebook “Likes” on their posts when they don't even like themselves.

IKEA Creates A Fun Vertical Wall-Apartment That You Can Climb

To promote the opening of the 30th IKEA store in Clermont-Ferrand, France, the Swedish furniture giant teamed up with communications agency ubi bene to install a vertical rock climbing wall covered with IKEA furniture. 

The nine-meter-tall wall is decorated just like a showroom, except it is fixed in a vertical position. Hand grips and steps are even installed on the artificial wall for rock climbing purposes. 

Members of the public are invited to climb the wall, with a safety harness and guidance from a professional, to try out the furniture in a fun and unique way. 











Check out the vertical wall-apartment below: 



Google creates Doodle to mark 40th birthday of brain teasing puzzle - The Rubik's Cube



Google has created a doodle to mark the 40th birthday of the Rubik's Cube. The American internet giant has devised one of its iconic illustrations to commemorate four decades since the creation of the brain-teasing toy. The interactive doodle lets internet users try to solve the puzzle online.
The Rubik's Cube was initially known as the Magic Cube when it was invented in 1974 by Hungarian architecture professor Erno Rubik. Six years later it was relaunched as the Rubik's Cube and it has since it sold an estimated 350 million worldwide. The fastest time it has taken for a human to solve the puzzle is 5.55 seconds. A robot can do it in 3.253 seconds - and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband can do it in one-and-a-half minutes.

A Man Travels To 36 Countries In 600 Days Covering A Distance Of 125,946 Miles To Make This 1 Perfect Selfie Video



Alex Chacón traveled 125,946 miles across 36 countries for 600 days on five motorcycles, taking short selfie clips along the way on his GoPro camera. He compiled the clips into a three-minute YouTube video, documenting his journey as he travels the globe on a motorcycle. Chacón set out on his adventures to work with less fortunate children, selling off his worldly possessions to raise awareness and funding for charitable causes, while taking epic selfies along the way.

He Noticed a Public Piano, It Said ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ And He Did, Blowing The Whole Train Station Away. You Gotta See This.




This is what happens when you put a professional piano player on a public piano. Henri Herbert of Jim Jones Revue casually gave a mind blowing impromptu performance on a public piano at St Pancras station in London. This is proof that you don’t need a great piano to make great music, just fine talent. Henri is simply incredible.

Into The Woods: Rube Goldbergmachine

Great online video made for a festival in Holland. The agency, Studio Kartel, made this cool Rube Goldbergmachine, mainly made out of wood.

A Brilliant Hard Hitting & Hard To Ignore Effort From The Transgender Community Towards Road Safety. Must Watch. Must Share



A bunch of transgenders in India, usually referred to by the name Hijda's decided to take to the streets on a unique mission - the mission of educating motorists about road safety.  They are people that are hard to ignore and when they come out with such a brilliant campaign, they manage to garner the right attention and the message stays. I am sure the lessons these hijdas gave to the motorists that day would remain with them for the rest of their lives. This public service announcement is a unique initiative by SeatBelt Crew.

“Look Up”- A spoken word film for an online generation



This awesome spoken word film entitled, ‘Look Up’ has gone viral and it’s specifically aimed the “online” generation that types as it walks, reads as it chats and spends hours with someone without making an eye contact. 

Written, performed and directed by Gary Turk, Look up is described as a lesson taught to the online generation through a love story to "switch off the display of their devices" and "live in the moment".  We have now created a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another through social media, and while it’s easier to ‘meet’ people nowadays, it has also resulted in us spending more time alone.

What’s the use of spending quality time with one person when you can communicate with many people at the same time while you sit at home alone?


“We’re a generation of idiots. Smart phones and dumb people.”

This is What it Sounds Like When You Put Tree Rings on a Record Player

This is an excerpt from the record Years, created by Bartholomäus Traubeck, which features seven recordings from different Austrian trees including Oak, Maple, Walnut, and Beech. What you are hearing is an Ash tree’s year ring data. Every tree sounds vastly unique due to varying characteristics of the rings, such as strength, thickness and rate of growth.
Keep in mind that the tree rings are being translated into the language of music, rather than sounding musical in and of themselves. Traubeck’s one-of-a-kind record player uses a PlayStation Eye Camera and a stepper motor attached to its control arm. It relays the data to a computer with a program called Ableton Live. What you end up with is an incredible piano track, and in the case of the Ash, a very eerie one.
Hats off to Traubeck for coming up with the ingenious method to turn a simple slice of wood into a beautiful unique arraignment. It makes you wonder what types of music other parts of nature would play. (see video below) 

40 unforgettable signs that remind you of growing up in a hill station

Growing up in a Hill station is an experience of a different kind and I am pretty sure folks who have been lucky enough to be raised in a hill-station would agree with me.  I, for one consider myself to be extremely lucky to be born and raised in a beautiful hill-station like Nilgiris - rich in  flora & fauna, beautiful parks, lush green tea slopes and a pleasant climate most part of the year. I spent some of the best years of my childhood in a quaint town called Coonoor, near the famous tourist town of Ooty - also called the Queen of Hill-stations. I've also had the good fortune to go to some of the finest British institutions there. If you grew up in a hill station during the 80's and 90's you'll surely be able to relate to this blog. I am also hoping this blog will revive fond memories of your childhood and kindle nostalgia. 




















40 signs that remind you of growing up in a hill station

Growing up in a Hill station is an experience of a different kind and I am pretty sure folks who have been lucky enough to be raised in a hill-station would agree with me.  I, for one consider myself to be extremely lucky to be born and raised in a beautiful hill-station like Nilgiris - rich in  flora & fauna, beautiful parks, lush green tea slopes and a pleasant climate most part of the year. I spent some of the best years of my childhood in a quaint town called Coonoor, near the famous tourist town of Ooty - also called the Queen of Hill-stations. I've also had the good fortune to go to some of the finest British institutions there. If you grew up in a hill station during the 80's and 90's you'll surely be able to relate to this blog. I am also hoping this blog will revive fond memories of your childhood and kindle nostalgia. 




















1. Summer or Winter you wore sweaters all the time!






Being cold most part of the year even schools in hill stations have made the woolen cardigan a necessary part of their uniforms. Accessories included Monkey caps, woolen gloves and woolen socks. Everything to make you look like an igloo dweller from the ice lands but very effective in keeping the body warm.

2) Woolen gloves, Monkey caps and Mufflers were compulsory accessory in winter



























3) Tea time meant Bun and Chai!




Buns were very popular in the Nilgiris. We relished on these big rolls of joy with jam or butter or sometimes by simply dipping it in piping hot Nilgiri Chai. Both ways they tasted great and were a perfect tea time snack.

4) You grew up reading these...




Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew, Hardy boys and Famous Five were familiar household names for you and you read every series during your school life. You even got into trouble trying to read them during class hours. It was almost a norm to have one in your school bag or desk and flip it out during free hours.

5) Friendship bands were a rage in your school. The more on your wrists - the better.




Friendship bands were an in thing during those good old school days. The boarders - usually the Anglo Indian / Tibetan girls were known to make these colorful threads of friendship. Some for friendship sake and others in exchange of tuck or colored threads or other odd gifts.  Popularity depended on or rather was defined by the number of bands on ones wrist.




6) Summer camps meant treks to the middle of paradise 





Tents in the deep Jungle...



Camp fire dinners...

Kayaking...



7) Your town has a beautiful railway network. 




8) Sights like these were commonplace




9) Your Schools library and Chapel walls were adorned with such vintage portraits





10) Off-road adventure is not new to you!





11) You've enjoyed a steady supply of farm fresh vegetables all year round



12) You've lived amidst some of the most exotic people




13) Film crew from Tinsel Town thronged your hill station




14)...And some mega-hit Bollywood movies were shot in your quaint little town






15) Public Libraries were usually century old buildings like these...




16) Viewpoints were your favorite haunt, whether alone... or with company






17) Classic bungalows like these, were a common sight






18) Seeds from plants & trees where your favorite toys during childhood






19) You've played with these too at some point in your school life




20) Old British Bungalows with Fireplaces were common in your town




Fireplaces are so common in the hills and every other ancient cottage has them. What fun it used to be - sitting by the fireplace with friends, sharing ghost stories, girl talk and sipping piping hot chai.

21) You've tasted the finest tea in the country




Living in a place surrounded by tea estates, hill folks like me have tasted some of the finest tea and coffee in the country.

22) You've tasted some of the most exotic fruits




If you've lived in the hills, you've had the chance to taste some really exotic fruits and vegetables found no where else.


23) You've encountered wild animals. Yes in real. In person.





You've been fortunate to run into some rare wild animals, which kids growing up in plains only read about in textbooks or watched on discovery channel.

24) You've seen a lot of these, traveled on them. And possibly your grandpa or principal owned one




Vintage automobiles like Morris Minor and Plymouth were so common in the hills. Not sure if any of these exists today but I like to believe there are a few of these classic beauties languishing inside the garages of ancient bungalows.

25 ) You know what it feels like to travel on Ghat Roads with Hair Pin Bends



Travelling in the hills is challenging. Most often it rains, the roads are slippery, or you have visibility issues considering the climate is misty on most days. Travelling within the hills is something I enjoyed but travelling out of the hills, usually travelling down to plains was something that always made me feel pukish and sick.

26) You had enough flowers in the garden. Well, quite enough to grab a bunch for your girl friend, everyday!





I had a great garden with flowers in abundance. If I ever wanted to give someone flowers, I never had to buy then at all.

27) You waited eagerly for the monsoons and rainy season so your school declared Holiday




While we enjoyed walking back home in the rain despite having umbrellas or raincoats in our bags, we equally enjoyed monsoon holidays declared by our schools.

28) At least once, You rode a horse




In Ooty we see more stray ponies than stray dogs or cats.

29) Every one in your town knew each other




Life in a Hill station is often like being a close knit community. Everyone knows everyone else.

30) Your Town Made snacks were highly popular in the plains








Homemade chocolates, doothpeda and varkey, were normal snacks for me but when I went down to the plains for university studies, I realized they were extremely popular there and friends just waited for me to go back to hostel after a weekend in the hills.

31) You always believed your small town's bakery made the best cakes and pastries in the world




32) You had "Hidden Joints" in town that only YOU knew about




Coonoor was nothing short of haven. As kids growing up in the hills, we met up with friends during weekends and went on treks to our "Secret Joints" with chips, cutlets and cola. We even set our feet on soil deep inside the jungles where not many dared to go. With no mobile phones to disturb us or phone calls from parents, we spent hours there with our circle enjoying great conversations and occasional beer.

33) Your town has the most beautiful churches in the country. Usually 100 years old or more..



Arguably, some of the country's oldest and most beautiful churches are in the hills. Irrespective of your religious belief, you've been here at least once - if not for mass - at least for the carol service once in a year.


34) Your school is at least a Century old and most likely among the top schools in the country



Some of the country's finest educational institutions are in the hills. Doon School Dehradun is one. Lawrence School in Lovedale is another.  Seen in the pic above is Stanes High.. My school surrounded by finery of nature - trees.

35) Excursions meant visit to a local park or a trek right into the lap of nature






School picnics always meant visit to very beautiful places filled with rich greenery and jaw dropping landscapes. Usually it was a visit to a local park or a trek up the hill.

36) Your standard of English was far better than that of your friends from Plains - And you were proud of it!




We had more British schools and Anglo Indian teachers in the hills than anywhere else. We spoke English all the time and used less vernacular language and due to this felt we were far better in speaking English than the plains folks.

37) There was always an eerie Cemetery around the corner and lots of ghost stories around it




As kids we spoke about ghosts all the time and in Coonoor we had these very ancient churches and cemeteries that looked straight out of a novel or a Hollywood ghost movie.



38) There was always a haunted house around the corner and spooky tales




Abandoned quaint cottages were a common sight in the hills. We've tried scaling a wall or two to get a glimpse of these haunted houses but were often chased away by watchmen from the neighborhood or by that big bro who usually came there to consume alcohol or make out with his girlfriend.

39) Momos! You've eaten them at least once, during your school fete




Having studied in a school full of Tibetans, I've been lucky to taste this exotic Tibetan delicacy called MOMO.

40) Misty mornings were a very common sight on your walk to school



And not to forget, frost on the grass