African Swine Fever

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African Swine Fever.
Not my standard post, but China’s CPI jumped 4.5% in November. This is rather astounding.
Apparently, ASF has ravaged China’s pig herds. This may have the unintentional effect of the State then having to raise interest rates or at least have less room to ease monetary policy. Which further means if there is a recession around the corner, the banks may have less room to deal with it. And in an interconnected global economy, notwithstanding Trump, this could easily reverberate around.
A bit ironic that it is the year of the Pig. Who knew how right they were?

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Daulatabad Fort

Here we are at the Daulatabad Fort which is a historical fortified citadel located in Aurangabad India. Interestingly Lord Shiva is believed to have stayed on the hills surrounding this region and the fort was called Devagiri, meaning Hills of Gods. 

The surrounding moat used to be filled with crocodiles to deter enemies.

The Chand Minar can be seen through the archway. This means tower of the moon and was erected in 1445 to commemorate the capture of the fort. One of the finest examples of  Indo-Islamic architecture in southern India.

 

Retirement: Why You Need To Start NOW. — This Intentional Life

Retirement isn’t something that is super fun or captivating to talk about, I know. But I must talk about it because what you have saved for retirement is literally all you’ve got to support you when you wish (or must) stop working. Now, I’m going to throw some words and numbers in that may have […]

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Retirement. What to do now? — Cool McCool’s Garage

“What are you going to do with your time when you retire?”, was a question I heard over, and over, and OVER from my co-workers and friends before I retired, 12 days ago. What indeed? So far, there hasn’t been a dull moment. I literally now do not have time for a job. The first […]

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Don’t Let Life Get Too Easy in Early Retirement — Our Next Life

In early retirement, we have the opportunity to make life easy, maybe too easy. And while that may sound great (no commute! no travel at the most crowded times!), a life that’s too easy is actually bad for us. Let’s dig into why that is and what we should all do instead.

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Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

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We arrived in Mumbai to stay at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. This is a heritage, five-star, luxury hotel built in the Saracenic Revival style in the Colaba region. The Gateway to India is in front of it.

The hotel has 560 rooms and 44 suites with 1600 staff.

This became one of the main sites during the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Ten men associated with the terror group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba stormed the building. After three days, nine of the gunmen were killed during the Indian commando raid. One attacker survived. Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman, was executed in November 2012.

The group apparently wanted to strike a blow against Indian wealth and progress. Security was much tighter when we stayed there.

Security was especially tight in the airports where security have heavily armored placements throughout. I didn’t have enough nerve to take a picture of such a placement since photos were quite forbidden.

 

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Leopold Cafe

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We were doing a simple walk about during our first days in Mumbai. This is when we came across this cafe. I was not aware of its notoriety at the time.

We generally knew that the cafe was mentioned extensively in the novel Shantaram and its sequel The Mountain Shadow, which is why we stopped. It was particularly known as a popular hangout for foreign tourists.

The cafe became an early site of gunfire and grenade explosions during the 2008 Mumbai attacks by terrorists on Nov 26, at about 9:30 PM. The terrorists sprayed the restaurant with bullets from inside the restaurant from outside. They killed 10 persons and injured many others. The restaurant was extensively damaged during the attacks.

Afterward, the cafe became popular with many Indians to commemorate the spirit of defiance. The Leopold Cafe has preserved some of the signs of the attack as a memorial.

 

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