Monday, 31 December 2012

5 sound reasons for 'No resolution this year'

One and half more hours to go and viola! New year is all set to knock at your door. So many plans have been done in advance for Dec. 31st eve and Jan. 1st. So many resolutions are already dancing in your diary or on the sticky notes on your refrigerator. 'I will do this', 'I will do that', 'I will do something good this year', 'I will improve myself this year' blah blah. Resolutions are as versatile and charming as our day dreams but when they crackle before you can meet them, it hurts. Isn't it? Even if you do your best to stick with your resolution, you sometimes don't find enough motivation to go for it.

Applicable for everyone

So have you ever enjoyed a new year without any resolution? If no then read onnnn buddy. Planning helps but doing things randomly and instantaneously helps you better. I will answer your every 'How's and 'Why's.

Reason # 01 You can easily plan for a new thing anytime and any day of the year. Suppose you have decided to work onto yourself in terms of relationships. This is one of your resolutions. Why to work on this while you can do it without putting any effort in the process? Remember the number of people that hate/dislike you and automatically you will be on the right note on loving those who loves you back. This way you will inadvertently improve your relationships. Also, you can list new things in your life. New adventure, a hobby, travelling, fitness classes and the examples are endless depending upon your own choice.

Reason # 02 You will fly like a free bird. Why to chain yourself even before the new year start up? Just live freely and enjoy the freedom through out the year. That does not mean you can go on with all kind of your sins. With 'free bird' here I mean to say do whatever makes you genuinely happy. Birds never restricts themselves from flying here and there. The same you should do too.

Reason # 3 You will be able to get more options on your way. Assume you have decided to do something good this year like pursuing higher degree in Jewellery Designing. In later phases of the year, you may realize Diploma in Textile is actually your cup of tea not Jewellery Designing but you would already be in a dicey situation. Rule of thumb is always keep yourself open to more options. Decide you will do good not just this year but through out your whole life. This way you will get more options that can make you a happy soul and an evolved society person.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

I salute a Fighter

The first news I heard this morning was about the death of the rape victim in Singapore hospital (the girl who was raped brutally by six men in a moving bus in Delhi). This news came from my husband. As a natural reaction, I felt bad for her and expressed sorry. As every minute started to pass by, her death and the whole incident behind (and responsible for) her death started to cloud my mind like an involuntary action. The more I thought, the more I find myself connected to her, the more I can relate myself to her pain and suffering.

We had planned something special for today's evening but after hearing this, I asked myself, "Should we go ahead with the same plan?" At first the answer was tough to achieve because we had been planning it since two days but my mind threw another question in return, "Would you still go on with your special evening plan if the same had happened to you or your sister or your mother? Would you still celebrate today's evening?" and right then the answer of my question became a lot easier. We cancelled on our evening plan and decided to stay at home praying for the victim and her family. I was surprised to find my husband on the same note with me. That made me proud of him again because he can feel the pain of an unknown girl despite being a man. These feelings and fight for one another let us believe humanity is breathing somewhere inside us. We are westernizing keeping our humanity intact.

I cried for the girl. I wanted her to live, to survive her wounds. I wanted her to breathe a new life all over again and support her family. I wanted her to be with us again. But all the prayers are silent now, gradually shifting to her family to give them enough strength to bear this pain and loss.

Later when we switched on the T.V., all news channels were flooded with the same news. The rape victim (named as Nirbhaya to keep her real identity safe and intact) died last night at 2.15 AM (IST) in Singapore top notch hospital Mount Elizabeth. The reason were: Cerebral edema (swelling in brain) preceded by cardiac arrest, serious infections in lungs and in other vital organs resulting in their functionality failure. She died after fighting for 13 days. The entire nation is shocked and stunned and demanding for the justice. Till when women/girls have to roam with fear in this terror surfaced country? When will the people emerge out of their mental sickness for not doing such a inhumane thing to other human? When we will get our all such questions answered?

Friday, 28 December 2012

Movie talk: Talaash

I just now finished watching movie 'Talaash' starring Amir Khan, Rani Mukherjee and Karishma Kapoor. These actors are considered as top notch in Bollywood.

I liked this movie. It has a suspense plus thriller essence and let's you dive into the complexities of life. You think what you are seeing in the mirror is precise and crystal clear. You believe you know everything and there is no curtain left to look behind it. But life has its own magic; its own suspense. It never lets you live with the complete knowledge of it. It wants to surprise you; to take you completely off guard. It shows something that no one can see but YOU only and the tragic thing is: you can't explain it to anyone. Before I tell the story of this movie, I'd like to say don't read this post further if you haven't seen this movie otherwise you will end up cursing me for exposing the touche script written for it. Once again Amir Khan has proved he can take his audience in a completely different world.

The movie starts with an accident in Mumbai near red light area. A popular actor Armaan Kapoor died in it. No one knows what happened and why his car suddenly took the right turn while the road was completely empty, crashed with the stairs near by and jumped into the river. Surjan/Suri Shekhawat (Amir Khan) is a police inspector and took the case upfront. He had no clue about what happened, why happened and how happened. He and his wife Roshni (Rani Mukherjee) had lost their eight year old son during their one outing happened few years back. He sank into the river by starting off the river boat by mistaken. Since then, Roshni couldn't find herself in peace. It affected Suri too a lot. He couldn't sleep in nights properly. He thinks he could have saved his son that day. With this guilt, he got entangled in solving Armaan Kapoor's death case. One day he met a prostitute called Rosy (Kareena Kappor) and since then she used to give Suri the information he needed. Suri found peace being with her (he didn't have any wrong intention with Rosy).

Suri and Roshni's one neighbor called Frenny kept promising them their dead son Karan wanted to talk to them, Suri refused her all along while Roshni couldn't hold herself. She had been seen a psychiatrist but she wasn't taking her medicines at all. One day she went to Frenny and then she communicated with her dead son. Suri found this out and came to Frenny's house and scolded her for her non-sense ghost stuffs. Frenny tried to persuade Suri that Karan wanted to talk to him as well but he didn't listen. Later, he scolded his wife Roshni too for believing in ghosts and their stories.

There came several characters in the movie during the Armaan Kapoor death case investigation like Shashi, Temoor, Mallika, Sanjay etc. Whenever Suri needed help, Rosy always provided him the required information. In the last sets of the movie, Suri came to know that Rosy, whose name had been Simran, had died three years back in a car accident and no body cared to save or find her. He couldn't believe it because since many months he had been meeting her.

Suri got immensely disturbed and while he was taking the main culprit behind the death case Sanjay Kejriwal, he spotted Rosy in his car's back seat. He turned back but she wasn't there. Suddenly she appeared on the road right in front of their car and in order to save her, Sanjay turned the steering. Suri was in complete shock finding Rosy was a ghost all along. He couldn't believe the person who had been giving him all the information and peace of mind was actually a ghost. It was more shocking because he never believed in ghosts and because of this, he had a fight with Roshni few days back when she went to Frenny to talk to her son Karan. Realizing his belief was shattering down fast, he went petrified and couldn't move the steering. Thus his car hit the stairs nearby on the road and flung to the river (exactly like Armaan Kapoor's did). On the bottom of the river, Suri found out Sanjay is dead and he was trapped inside the car. Suddenly Rosy appeared and helped him to come to the surface. Later Suri found out Rosy was actually dead. He located her dead body, which was unknown to everybody and buried it in proper way.

Suri couldn't believe his this life experience and he couldn't explain this to anyone. When he returned home, highly disturbed, he found a letter from his dead son Karan. For the first time, he couldn't do anything but to believe in ghosts. He went to the place where his son died eight years ago and read that letter. Karan had soothed his guilt by saying he shouldn't accuse himself for the day he (Karan) died. It was destiny and it was supposed to happen. He wanted to see his both the parents happy. Suri started to cry. right at this point, Roshni came and saved her disturbing married life. Rosy did everything to punish people who were responsible for her death.

The movie ended here. I didn't explain much of its parts intentionally. Suri's no belief in ghosts was proven wrong at the end and he couldn't say this to anyone. Life had shown him a new world that he refused to see let alone believe.

When you think 'this' can not happen, life chuckles and let 'this' happen. I don't know why life do it but I think it plays with all of us. It keeps its secret and reveals them slowly, over the years or probably centuries. I have never come across such experience but when I do, I will share it here. I won't care at that point whether someone believes in me or not yet I will share.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

The story behind Santa Claus

Merry Christmas to all my readers, friends and family. Festivals are pipelines that bring joy and happiness to us. Christmas is also one such kind of pipeline that brings lots of happiness plus a magical belief of turning every wish come true by Santa Claus. Santa Claus is a symbol of GIVING. Whenever he goes, he always gives and never asks for any returns. But have you ever wondered who is Santa Claus? Is he a mythical character? Why people always hang their stockings, socks or shoes outside to get their wishes fulfilled? Why he always believes in giving? Let's get these questions answered and understand more about the symbol of Santa Claus.

Born around the year 270 A.D., there was a bishop named St. Nicholas living in Myra (now knows as Turkey). He was a very gentle and benevolent person. He always loved helping people especially children. He always presumed this as his all time duty that he had to fulfill to keep others happy. He helped impoverished girls with dowries. He also helped children by giving away coins, sweets or other things that could make them happy. He had a habit of leaving all such treats in their shoes, socks, stockings etc. Till the time he was alive, he continued serving poor and needy people. Until he died, he was canonized as the saint patron of children.

There is one famous story about his giving away nature. There was once a father who had three daughters. Because of the poverty, they were bound to sell their house to make both ends meet. To save their home, the three daughters decided to opt for the prostitution. When St. Nicholas heard this, one night he dropped three stockings with one gold coin in each. Those three gold coins later saved the family from their life miseries.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Girls! Time to be your own bodyguard

The inspiration behind writing this post comes straight away from the 'Moving bus rape case' in the capital of our country Delhi on December 16th 2012. The girl is fighting for her life. Although she has told she wants to live but her condition is very fragile. Doctors are fighting everyday to save her life, number of families are praying for the same, several high tidal waves of protests have been happening everywhere, thousands of articles and posts are written about it and higher than these numbers, millions of hearts are crying for this shameful act done by six two-bits of our society. Delhi, so called the heart of our nation, is now proved to bear highest number of rape cases in India. People from every direction move here in order to retrieve better opportunities and sophisticated lifestyle but now the results are crystal clear. What a city giving is like a mole in the comparison of the mountains of what it is taking back. It is taking back many girls' lives, silently witnessing endless number of crimes and shameful acts done every minute of the day. Girls are being accused by several ways like eve-teasing, molestation, abduction, sexual harassment, male aggravation and not to forget, rape cases. People agitate, protest, demands to make new tougher laws, come out on roads in the form of rallies, government promises to take even harder steps but truth to be told, everything will become senseless and will go in vain after few days. Our country has witnessed this before and the same will happen again. We all will move on with our lives. This is the brutal truth of our mental status.

Today the government is talking about increasing number of police patrolling, number of policemen in the city, making tough laws like chemical castration and capital punishment (hang till death) for the criminals but can we girls be safe 24x7? Can we be safe in the every minute of our day? Can the nearest policeman reach to us before a guy flies away after tossing sexual erotic comments to us? NO. What should we do then when no one can guarantee our safety? We all know what should we do. We have to make ourselves stronger. We have to make our every nerve resistible from breaking down by little pains. We have to be our own body guards in each and every aspect. Physically it's hard for the girls to win over a boy but making ourselves strong and capable of attack the attacker's mind can be done to reduce the chances of our vulnerability.

For this, I have done a little research on my own on how girls should protect themselves and here are the ways we can protect ourselves from the horrible crimes done against women not just in our country but anywhere around the world. Let's get armed with our strength and be our own body guards.

Safety Tip #1 Stay away from strangers. No matter how much a guy is looking friendly to you, never ever give him lift in your vehicle or talk to him. I don't say every guy is a bad guy but you never know a jackal hiding in a sheep's cloth. So be aware

Safety Tip # 2 Stop making friends easily. These days girls are quickly falling in love with the guys they meet in any restaurant, pub, disco or anywhere. Usually bad boys looks for a girl and in order to fulfill their own desires, they go overboard with extra-sweetness. When a stranger guy praises you for your outlook or attitude with extra flattering words, awaken your sixth sense and move away.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

December 21st, 2012? Not a doomsday for us :)

2012 and The Day After Tomorrow are such movies which give us a horrible idea of doomsday. Doomsday is the day when the earth will be destroyed mercilessly by some kind of apocalypse and date set for doomsday is not very far...just two days ahead on 21st December 2012. Doomsday is also known as The Judgement Day. In the flick 2012, it is shown that the earth will fall apart, humongous steroids will be showered from the sky, buildings will turn into dust, several earthquakes will let out their anger on earth by throwing hot molten lava on us but the major earth destruction factor will be water. The sequences bearing destruction of earth in the movie is quite capable of sending chills to your spine. It makes you literally imagine about the consequences if you were the part of this apocalypse. I know because every time I have watched this movie, I have imagined myself drowning in the water or being dead by some steroid or falling of a building. I have even felt tears into my eyes sometimes. It sounds funny but when you imagine a moment your family is dying right in front of you and you can do nothing about it, it is really heart breaking and lachrymal gland stimulating. When I watched The Day After Tomorrow, I have imagined myself dying from the global warming because this is the exact reason the earth will end up dead in the movie. And if I tell you the secret, imagination related with 2012 were more prominent than from the later movie.

But thankfully, none of this is correct. The world is not going to end on December 21st, 2012. The prediction of doomsday spread quickly because Mayan calender is finishing off in December 2012 and it has no more pages to continue with upcoming years (probably the calender maker ran out of pages :P). Just because Mayan calender ends in December 2012, that does not mean the world is going to end. It's just like when a year calender is done with all of its months, we replace with a new one. Mayan calender will also start with another year like any other calender. But I don't understand one thing that if the end of Mayan calender is in December 2012 and that definitely means 31st of it then by using which logic the doomsday is pre-set on 21st but not on 31st? Last day of December is always 31st then why not 31st? Why to scare people 10 days ago? I seriously need an explanation for this.

Other doomsday predictions- A huge rock called Nibiru will destroy the earth. Other one, extra-ordinary astronomical changes will happen in 2012. And how about this one, The Earth will cross the galactic plane (read about Galactic plane here) and this will be the reason for its destruction.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Riddles to tickle your brain

How about churning your brain by serving some fun riddles on your palate? Good pastime...right? Riddles are easy. They only need a little work out for your brain. So, let's see who gets to solve maximum of them.

  1. What would you call a frog's car if he has parked it in a NO PARKING zone?
  2. Why a skeleton had to climb up on the tree?
  3. How can you make a skeleton laugh?
  4. A lion was very hungry. He went to a self-service restaurant located deep inside the jungle. But when he reached there, he was highly disappointed. Why?
  5. An elephant and an ant were playing hide and seek. When the elephant closed his eyes, the ant hid himself in a temple but elephant found him very easily. How?
  6. My uncle was reading a book in his room while my aunt came and switched off the light. The strange thing happened was- my uncle continued reading even the room light was switched off. How is that possible?
  7. It always takes two sticks to create a fire. But how is it possible to do the same with only one stick?
  8. A mother rabbit, a father rabbit and the baby rabbit were crossing the road. When they did it successfully, the baby rabbit said cheerfully, "Wow! We all four are saved" but there were only three of them. Why the baby rabbit mentioned four?
  9. What vegetable would a cannibal buy in the market? [Cannibal- People who eat the flesh of other human beings]
  10. Divide 30 by 1/2 and add 10. Answer?
  11. What invention let's you look right through your wall?
  12. Which weighs less- A pound of feathers or a pound of rocks?
  13. What is so fragile even saying its name can break it?
  14. What can be swallowed but can also swallow you?
  15. I have a tongue that can't taste and a soul that can't die, what am I?
Yes...I DO know the all answers and some of them are real fun. Drop in your answers in the comment box below. They will be entertained only there, not elsewhere. 

Thursday, 13 December 2012

What if every door is locked up?

Usual question...right? Like the ones that are being asked in many personality development or 'Improve into a New You' sort of classes? But this question honestly is not jumping from any sort of these. In fact, it's making a steady way to my blog from my experience.

There was the time when life threw the same question to me and I replied. The reply was hard; very hard indeed but I stuck to my words no matter what were the consequences that I had to face; no matter how hard the life would slap me several times for my answer but I didn't let my answer down. What I said, I meant it and never departed from it. What if I throw the same ball to you? What if every door from which you can go out with the solution is locked up?

I know that many of us will reply like: Search for a window then. But are you answering my question with complete honesty and integrity? Such kind of answers I have been listening from many people, keep reading sometimes on my Facebook wall or in many books. They all retort back with the same so-very-common answer: Search for a window. And I am sure many of you are replying because you have read this answer somewhere not because you have actually tried to find the answer on your own.

But what if there is no any window? What if there is a window but a very sleek one which you couldn't jump out from? What if the window is sealed pack not allowing even a single sun ray to peek inside? What if you are left all alone with the question haunting you within the four jam packed walls of the life: What if every door is locked up?

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Celebration tips to keep you crisp

Guest list is done, party menu is set, holiday destination is already booked, rounds of beauty parlor appointments are noted down in the diary, wardrobe is updated, new cosmetics got a place into the dressing table, hair style to be done is decided in advance and now waiting for the day to come. What? No! You are wrong. I am not planning for any party or celebration bash. I am trying to peek into your holiday planning details as Christmas and New year both special occasions are already preparing themselves to knock at your door. You think everything is done but wait! Have you thought about taking care of yourself before the vacation starts up? These are one of the special times to let you indulge on different sort of celebrating ideas. Live the life to its fullest by following some tips to add that WOW quotient into your personality and to make the celebration merrier.

  • If I say stay hydrated, that does not mean you have to drink 8-10 glasses of water on the daily basis. Stay hydrated means to keep your body satisfied with liquids like water, fresh juices, herbal teas, smoothies, mojitos, fat free milk kind of healthy drinks. These adds up the extra glow on your face and help your body in letting out toxins that are a BIG no no for you to keep them inside. 
  • Stay away from fizzy drinks and alcohol. Even sugar free drinks pile up empty calories into you, letting your body gloat like a balloon.
  • Drink more liquid during the day and less in the evening.
  • Guests are expected in the party and so are different delicacies in the menu. While you can never have 100% complete control on the food items to be made, still you can do something to make you regret less afterwards. Serving salads, popcorn, roasted items are wise steps to stay away from extra calories. 

Monday, 10 December 2012

Jokes to ease your crease

Today I was smiling over jokes on the internet and thought to spread it by writing here. This way you will get a smile while easing up your forehead creases. I hope to take your all stress, sadness, worries and tensions away for few minutes. So here we go:

Son-in-law to father in law writes a letter:

Dear Dad,

I deeply regret taking a petrol car in dowry. Please take your daughter or car back. I can not afford both of them.

Yours loving,

A lady was trying to take control of her hair which was getting drier day by day. She treated her 
scalp with olive oil and then had several rounds of shampooing in order to get rid off its smell.

The same night, she asked her husband before going to sleep.

"Do I smell like olive?"

"No. Why? Do I look like Popeye?"

John asked her mom for Rupees 100/-. She clearly denied.

John: "If you give me rupees 100/-, I will tell you what papa was saying to our maid Ratna yesterday morning?"

Mom got hell curious and hurriedly gave away the demanded money.

Mom: "Now tell me"

John: "Yesterday morning when you were out to talk to your neighborhood friend for five minutes, papa told the maid to wash his socks nicely"

or Facebooking about it :P

Saturday, 8 December 2012

A night of games and laughter

Few nights back, I and my kid was enjoying the night time by playing some games. While my husband was soundly asleep, rest of us were completely devoid of its divine effect. Usually I send my kid straight to sleep after some stories or lullabies but never games. But I guess that night was different. To kill the time, I started playing with my son. We played few games and had a hell lot of laughter stock too. And also, there were few irritating 'Hmm's and 'God! go to sleep you two' sort of things flew from my husband to us but his plane crashed because we didn't listen. But we both (I and my son) were living up to our childhood years simply.

So...the first game commenced as 'Stone-Paper-Scissor". It is one of the widely played games and required no tools to play but your hands. Players can be of any number and its quite easy to play. We both were playing it cheerfully. Without a doubt, my kid beat me in this. He was clever or better I should say, lucky.

Second game we started was "Pick the tail and Start a trail". I know this sounds unfamiliar. But truth to be told, I came up with this new game...ta daaa. That's why its name sounds so cozy and curious. The game has simple rules. I had to say a word and my kid had to pick its last letter (the tail) and then he had to say a new word with that picked letter (start a trail). It's easy. We had to spell the words as well. It increases the vocabulary of the children certainly and also, it exerts a little pressure on your mind too because you have to say words according to your kid's level. I accept new words can be introduced (I did some) but you should not go overboard with this. Play like you are a child and then enjoy the game at its full length.

Enough lecturing now. Below are the trails that we made. As the game went on for 20 minutes for the least, our dictionary was falling empty but it was fun when you run out of words in front of your child. The joy on his face was quite cherishable. I started by saying Tiger.

Tiger-Rat-Thigh-Horse-Elephant-Top-Peacock-Kite-Earphone-Eel-Lovely-Yak-Kitchen-Nest- and so on...

Friday, 7 December 2012

The Brainstorm Theory

I came across a very interesting article named "When There's A Storm In Your Brain" in a newspaper written by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan. What I read is quite informative and the point of sharing the article here is to understand the phenomenon about one more complexity of our brain that can hugely impact the personality within.

The article entails about Maulana's journey and experience when he once visited Kigali (The capital city of Rwanda) in Central Africa. There he met a Gujrati Indian. He was a shopkeeper selling cloths and Maulana was amazed to see his ability to communicate in English. The shopkeeper was fluent in English and could speak at a fair level. Maulana couldn't hold his curiosity. To his rescue, a friend of the shopkeeper told Maulana about the story behind.

"Few years back, he (the shopkeeper) couldn't speak English at all while his customers were good in doing so. As English has been the main communication language in Kigali and to survive with his business over here, he was compelled to learn it. His naive mistakes resulted in mockery by some customers. Like once when one customer threw a sarcasm on his English speaking ability saying why he keeps trying to speak the language that he can't speak correctly to which he modestly replied, "I speak incorrect English so that I may be able to speak correct English" and in the span of two years, the shopkeeper learnt the language fairly well and became able to deal his customers in English language."

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

What would you do in your last 60 minutes?

Can you survive?
Once I got a golden chance to attend a one day seminar on Personal Glorification and Communication Development. The seminar was focused on different aspects of human beings, how and at what extent we communicate things non-verbally and to learn some de-stressing activities. Usually such things seems usual but the main attraction of this seminar was the training session done by a skilled corporate trainer Mr. Naresh Chhitija. He gave a warming head start to the session and as the session went on, we all were mesmerized by his words. At least I was. I was listening to him with my full attention and trying my best to settle his every word into my mind. His words were very inspiring and subjective to make me think on the different facets of life and attitudes. I penned down many things that could benefit me further in my life.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

An eclectic Saturday

What started as a normal Saturdy morning ended up in doing some wonderful things by the afternoon knocked at our world. Here it is how it all happened:

By the time my husband left for his Navodayan meeting after his breakfast, I also decided to go out and have some fun with my kid (Do not raise your eyebrows at 'fun'. It simply means to visit normal places like park, malls etc.) . After all, I am a lazy bird who sits mostly at home. So after finishing my work, I sat down with the breakfast plate into my hands. While relishing the chunks of delicious Aaloo parantha (Indian bread stuffed with tasty potato stuffing), I started to check my mails and Facebook of course. While Facebook has remained nothing but a sack of useless statuses and updates, I found a mail shooting the details of workshops/classes happening  in Bangalore in my mail box. Usually I ignore such mails but somehow I checked it and then I saw a one hour workshop pertaining X-mas tree decoration event happening today itself. It caught my attention as I was seriously looking out for some nice activity that I and my son could do together. I checked out the details and called up on the number given. Got the required details and I was decided to go for it. I was anticipating that my son Ashmit would enjoy this. I had one hour to finish off my due tasks before I could leave. I hurriedly did them all and left 20 minutes before the activity was supposed to start. After a little hassle, I found the venue and bang...the venue turned out to be a children's library named Discover Kids. It was established five years ago and is sprawled in a reasonably large space. They have separate sections for different activities. Anyway, I started to look out for the beautiful tall X-mas tree supposed to be decorated by the children with loads of Christmas related articles like Santa clause, bells, candy sticks, messages and all that. The tree was located near to the counter and I must admit, my high expectations mocked back at me. I had really thought high of this activity but the reality didn't disappoint me much either. Several kids took out the decorating articles from the tray nearby and started to decorate the tree. They were doing it happily. Ashmit was also doing it nicely with a shy smile on his face. I knew before leaving house that I was gonna click some pictures so I fished out my camera and indeed clicked some. Here are few of them:

Ashmit decorating the X-mas tree

Friday, 30 November 2012

Don't Lose Hope-- My one little creation

Above pic I found on my Facebook news feed and it caught my attention. This pic does not only depicts the golden message of never losing hope but it also says we grow better as the time passes by; time makes us stronger to find against the odds. After crunching my head a bit, I came out with few lines scribbled below as a poem. Isn't it wonderful that yesterday I said I often fail in making poems but see...I indeed made few today. How true it never know what tomorrow will bring. Today I am happy to get my poem writing skill back to me bit by bit. I hope my visitors will enjoy reading it too.

Life is beautiful,
Life is boon;
Live it to its best,
And see the magic soon.

Life has its way of teaching,
Only if you are are willing;
Live in today and dream about tomorrow,
Let's brush up your every sorrow.

Hope, passion and dream,
Three musketeers for you to win;
Don't lose hope,
And never lose YOU--
Get the best while you grow.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

All time weather proof beauty tips for all

If I say that I am gonna give you some beauty tips that will keep you young forever and that comes with all types of weather proof shield, I wouldn't be exaggerating. But let me first put a disclaimer here that this post is not like thousand other articles where you would find general beauty tips like flooding your organs with eight glasses of water on the daily basis or applying face masks twice or thrice a week made of the ingredients that are much higher in number than the faces you have seen in your life. This post is certainly not at all similar to those kind of articles. Here I am talking about real beauty tips that will keep you rejuvenating and charming through out your life irrespective of the age, skin types, gender etc. etc. These tips will keep the charisma of your personality maintained forever. Apply the required amount of these beauty potions onto your personality. See their magical effects and shine like a star...forever

So what's the delay folks? Let's start talking the business.

Be positive: If you genetically don't carry the blood group B +ve in your blood vessels (unlike ME), read it on. I strangely believe that we all create an arena around us by our actions and thoughts. This arena produces certain kind of vibes around us. These vibes act for you. To put my point precisely, I am giving you a minute to remember the moment when you had met a stranger and after few moments the words oozing out your mouth were "Man! I don't like that guy" nonetheless you both held simple conversations like on weather, party, business or even about your living room's wall paint color. Or, you have met a person for so many times but you still like to keep a certain distance from him/her no matter how friendly that person has appeared to you. In both the cases, you strangely find yourself unable to channel familiarity with the other person. This has happened with me sometimes. This all is the magic of two witchy spells like J K Rowlings': The arena of the person you are meeting with (who is sending out vibes) and your own (that is acting as a radar catching those vibes).

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Why should we celebrate anniversaries?

Many times I have heard people saying why to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries etc.? After all, it deduces one year of our lives and takes us closer to our death? Right? I wonder at such people. I agree that it certainly lessens up 365,1/4 days of our life but still...we should be thankful that we have gotten one more chance to live another year. We are way more luckier than those people who didn't get to see it. On our birthday, our well wishers and loved ones expresses their love and affection towards us in the form of calls, cards and various kind of texts. And those who loves us more may give away a gift too ;) But whoever is wishing us on our birthdays, we feel extremely good inside and it soothes our hearts too. We get to know again that there are so many people who loves us, who wants us happy and who wants to see us alive forever.Their words are dipped in love giving away lots of blessings as well.

It doesn't matter if our birthday eats one more year of our lives yet it gives us one more chance to live with our family and loved ones. We own this day; technically, literally, emotionally and completely this is our day to celebrate. We can do anything on this day (anything means things that bring joy) and the best part one gets hurt (unless s/he has some broken bones;) ).
Quite similar to this is the occasion of marriage anniversaries. Many people celebrate their marriage anniversaries like they are doing favors to each other. It feels like two enemy countries became successful living together for one more year with all means and wealth and they have won one more battle against each other. I chuckle when the same thing my father says on his anniversary. He says just to tease my mummy. He never mean it.  But I feel pity on those who seriously think like this. They shouldn't. Because there are countless people roaming out there with whom there is no one to take care of. They feel all alone. But if we are naturally gifted with one partner, we should spend every moment cherishing in happiness. One warm smile can cool down the anger; one sweet smile can bring loads of happiness. One small gift can easily tell our partner how importance he or she is for us. (And it also saves us from so many filmy dialogues and time)

All in all, we should always celebrate anniversaries with utmost happiness and exultation because we are lucky to spend one more year with our loved ones.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Yours Forever Part 3: It's all about a second chance

And here is the third and last part of my story Yours Forever. Without talking much, let's find out what Diya did after finding her husband's letter. But if you haven't read its previous two parts yet, fine it here:: Part 1 and Part 2

Part 3: It's all about giving a second chance

"I was stunned reading all this. When I started to analyze everything, his every word started to pour down cold water on my anger and hatred. His words bound me to go back to our five years of married life. Was it really my mistake? What Sanchit had described in his letter was really true after all? Had I been living up to such ill behaviorism that I refused to unravel his things even then when he communicated them too? No no…this couldn’t be true. I never did this. He must be lying. A selfish thought shouted in my head. My eyes flickered to the letter resting on my lap. No matter how much I shoved away the guilty growing within, I couldn’t ignore the letter and its content which was pointing towards the things that I had done in my vanity. His letter had shaken the deepest parts of my soul. There was only one way to find out the truth that I look back and realize my own behavior for Sanchit. I stopped crying and started to compartmentalize my life into the phases where I had been wrong with him. More I thought, more my anger turned towards me.

Sanchit indeed served himself as a good husband. And if he did any mistakes, what was wrong in this? None of us is flawless and so was he. I memorized our initial sweet years of marriage when Sanchit had endless reservoir of his love pouring down on me. Later on, his love got coated with a maturity and a deep understanding which my love failed to achieve. He was mum during the arguments while I accused him for everything. He kept my demands in check while I kept his' aside. Was I selfish I wondered? A hidden realization peeked out of my mind. There were certainly the times when I was completely aware of my own mistakes but instead accepting them in front of him, I cursed him for the things that he never did. He knew I was wrong but he never bothered to argue with me. In fact, he pampered me after every argument until I melted down and smiled at him. 

My goodness! Am I an egoistic person? My ego had been so big all the time that I kept hurting him with my wrong erratic behavior? He never wanted to put up a fight with me and I, many times, ignored this fact thinking myself superior to him. But eventually his love for me showed how much null and void I was in reality.

A great weekend went by

And now that one more weekend is gone and I am writing this post in the wee hours of Monday (it's 12.32 AM), I feel a blend of several feelings...again. I always feel good as well as bad when I realize the next day is actually a Monday. Feel good in terms of getting another five days of complete discipline through out my routine and bad because I will...again...have to wake up early in the morning for another five consecutive days (due to my son's school). I am not at all a morning bird and doing exactly the same makes me cry at the previous night. But life has it's own challenges and everyday I face this challenge sportingly when I DO get up  in the morning (Well...this is another matter that I put my alarm clock twice or thrice on snooze before I finally open my both the eyes;)).

But this post is especially about the lovely time we spent at our friends' house. Last Saturday, we had our dinner at one of our friends' place and it was simply outstanding. The occasion was really special as it was their first marriage anniversary and we all were very happy to be a part of it. We had cake cutting as well (O c'mon...adults are also suppose to cut cakes on their special days...aren't they? It's fun after all). Not only the food was delicious but also the companionship of lots of old friends, some new ones along with the neighbors was equally wonderful. The friend who had invited us over has been my husband's friend from the last seventeen years (yes folks...seventeen!!!) and old we all know is always...a gold. We laughed a lot, ate too much and teased one another like hell. I and my husband's friend's wife happen to share a lovely friendship. I was meeting her for the second time but the way we showed our teeth through the party time, no body could guess ever that we weren't the old girly buddies. At one point, my cheek muscles had started to pain because of too much giggles . We both shared some secrets and recipes...of course (and that makes both of us typical housewives :)). The food she cooked for all of us was wonderful and she gave us away some of her special 'Egg Biryani' along with its recipe.

I hope to see them again along with the other friends. It's always a nice feeling to meet your old buddies. It pulls back the old time when you had shared a special period of time that no one can ever bring it back. That's why they say Friendship is a never sinking ship that always gives you high tidal waves of happiness and laughter (Wait a minute!! That's some thing I said right now. No one has ever said it ;)). With my last yawn, wishing you all great days ahead. Enjoy your every day your way :)

Friday, 23 November 2012

Yours Forever Part 2 : The Letter

Two days back, I had decided to unveil a story that I wrote by myself. I am happy that my visitors did like its first part and bothered themselves to leave a comment down there. Also, many people told me personally that the first part was really interesting and they are looking forward to the next one. Today, I am gonna share its second part. But before I proceed, I Thank all of those people who chiseled their some time out for the story, read it and liked it. Thank you so much. It matters a lot for a writer (I am a Freelancer too :) ).

For those who haven't read the part 1 yet, I'd highly recommend to read it first because a story is like a chain and one missing link simply can not complete it. You won't feel properly connected to the story line. So here is the Yours Forever Part 1: Shattering Dreams. On clicking, a new tab will open to facilitate the reading so that you don't have to go back and forth for the Parts 1 and 2 on the same tab.

Part 1 at a glance: Sanchit had told his wife Diya about the other woman that he had started to like. This brought a major turbulence in their married life. Diya got hurt and stopped talking to him. One week later, she found her husband was gone without telling her in advance. Right there, she grew highly insecure and very lonely. She started crying when she found a piece of paper under the pillow. It was Sanchit's letter for her. She started to read it.

And this part finished right there. Now comes the second one. What would be in the letter? Had Sanchit really left his wife behind? What sort of twist and turn the letter will bring? Satisfy your all the questions by reading Sanchit's letter below. There are many tiny things about their life in the letter that gradually created a subtle crack in their relationship. Little, tiny-winy things are the biggest events to take care about if someone really wants to make a relationship to work forever. I hope you will enjoy this part too.

Part 2: The Letter 

Dear Diya,

I know I have hurt you a lot. I curse myself for this. But trust me. It was never my intention to betray you. I love you more than anything in this world. But one way love makes the relationship difficult to survive. I have been trying to tell you the reason behind my betrayal but you have shut down your ears for me. I waited patiently in the anticipation that you may think of the reason yourself regarding what went wrong in our five years of married life but it didn’t happen. I wanted to tell you the actual scenario but I didn’t get any chance last week. After suffering and cursing myself a lot and seeing you in enormous pain, I am pouring my heart in this letter for you to understand the things which should have been done from the early stage of our married life. I don’t say you are wrong. It’s just the way I felt our relationship should have been pictured like this. I hope you will understand my feelings written in here in words.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

"Did you leave me any choice dear?"

This interesting moment happened few days back and it still gives us a wide smile. Let me take you to the flashback :)

Movie: "Bits of life"

Scene: Did you leave me any choice dear?
Hero: Sumit Baranwal aka The husband; Heroine: Priyanka Baranwal aka The wife aka Me

Scene description: It was the breakfast time. I had prepared the breakfast and was going to ask Sumit about the drink accompaniment he would prefer with the breakfast.

I: "I have made poha for the breakfast. What would you like to drink with that? Tea or milk?" (Poha is a normal, easy to make dish that consists of rice flakes and potatoes/peas along with other Indian spices).

Sumit: "Milk" (Yes...he said milk)

I: "But I wanted to have tea. Poha will taste nicer with it. You can have milk 1-2 hours later"

Sumit: "No. I want milk but you can go on for the tea"

I (with face hung down): "Umm...okay. But let's have tea na. It will be nice to have it with you"

Sumit: "Okay. I will also have tea then" and he smiles.

Then we both had our breakfast with so much coveted tea. We chatted, watched funny shows on TV and laughed together. In short, we spent a nice breakfast time together. After finishing, I asked him about the breakfast that how was it. 

Sumit: "Good"

I (chirpily and with a hint of pride in my tone): "See. I had told you na. Tea will enhance the taste, not the milk. Now you also know"

Sumit (mockingly): "Did you leave me any choice dear?"

And then I realized that he was correct. I certainly didn't leave any choice for him. And the featured pic is a way to say it all. We laughed over it. We both had milk after a while too. 

From that day on, whenever I ask the drink accompaniment at the breakfast time, he says promptly, "First tell me, am I entitled to have a choice here?" and I say, "Yes" and then we again chuckle :)

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

"Your Forever" Part 1: Shattering Dreams

Today I am gonna share a story that I wrote for a story competition but unfortunately, it didn't get selected. And just because it didn't tickle the judges' minds, that does not mean at all that it is not a good piece of writing that can not be enjoyed with a hot cuppa. It is fairly good and I hope my visitors will like it. If so, don't keep your emotions up to you only; feel free to drop them as comments in the box given below.

Synopsis: The story is about a loving married couple. They lived happily together until their dreams started to dash when one day the husband named Sanchit told his wife Diya about the other woman he had started to like lately. Diya went mad, of course, after listening this naked truth. Then came several consequences and an unexpected turn eventually, especially then when the reader will start to lose the hope of getting both of them back together.

Let me tell you in advance that the story consists of a happy ending but how it was achieved, it'd be worth reading. The story is bit long. Therefore, I'd be posting it in few parts. A picture will be attached too to symbolize the relevant part of the story. The story title is same as the post's title: Yours Forever

Here is the part 1 titled as Shattering Dreams:

“How could you do this to me Sanchit? Why? Why you did this?” I was yelling at my husband Sanchit.  

“I am sorry Diya. I am so very sorry. I know I have hurt you a lot but trust me, it was never my intention to get involved with the other woman. Trust me with this Diya” Sanchit said gloomily, with his face hung down. He was feeling so guilty that he couldn’t see his loving wife eye to eye.

It was never your intention? Damn you Sanchit. You are a great liar and I don’t believe you at all. You have hurt me so much Sanchit. I can never forgive you” I said crying incessantly and walked out of the bedroom closing the door behind with a loud shut.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

A post for a father, about a father and dedicated to a father

We all know that a father is an ideal persona for his child. What he does, how he does, what he says, how he says everything affects the child. A father can be a walking example of a perfect human being or the sight of a dedicated hard worker or a loving symbol of the family. Whatever it is...a father is always an adorable part of a kid's life.

The reason for scribbling this post is to share some lovely things that my husband often does for our son. Despite being a mother, I think my son is too small to understand many things but right husband Sumit proves me wrong and I love it. He teaches Ashmit (our son) so many different concepts. Starting from this morning, Sumit was explaining him The Big Bang Theory while going to drop him for his school bus. I was standing in the kitchen wrapping up my tasks and I bit on a piece of their conversation. Ashmit was asking how we all are created and Sumit was explaining him the theory that explains it all. I wondered how much of it could Ashmit absorb but still, I felt nice. Kids are never too small to understand anything. They are normal little human beings who wants their curiosity satisfied every time they pop it. When Sumit returned to home after dropping him, he told that Ashmit swiped the theory out by saying that God has created us. Isn't that cute? As a child, we were also told the same.

Not just this theory, Sumit keeps telling him different stuffs too. Few days back he bought one India map for Ashmit. He was happy to see the map. Sumit showed the different places and asked questions too. He asked where your maternal mother lives, where your grand mother lives and where do we live. It was cute to see them doing this task. And the cuter thing was, that Ashmit was happily racing for finding those places on the map. Sumit also tells him about the weather, transport etc. He also explains him his bike functionalists. It's strange enough to raise one's eyebrow if I say this but it's true given his six years age. Because of Sumit's dedication, now Ashmit knows how to start a bike, its headlamps, where are the breaks etc. In fact, every time we hop on the bike for a ride, Ashmit loves to bring the engine into the action. He doesn't let his father do it.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Little inventions on Weekends special

Weekends have a special power to entertain you...isn't it? The magic of this power can be felt by only those people who have gotten their weeks divided into two groups: Weekdays and Weekends. Such people work dauntlessly from Mondays to Fridays; get tired at the end of the day and very much look forward to what it is called Weekends. Weekends' magic manifolds when you spend a quality time with your loved ones; or doing something that freshen up your mind.

Today we did something special. We had gotten a creative kit from McDonalds yesterday (our son is as fond of this eatery joint as he is for Ben10 games). It is called "Easel Card Photomaker Kit' and today...he went on making a photo frame using the stuffs given inside the kit. His father helped him along and I did the best part...gave away lots of appreciation. Here are the pictures taken after the completion of the photo frame:

Friday, 16 November 2012

Life is all about learning lessons

Now that all the gung-ho of Diwali is gone, it is the time to relax and go back to our respective works. I hope you all too would have enjoyed the festival at great extent like us.

My this post is about to share few things that I came across yesterday. Yesterday I and my husband Sumit  both went to watch the latest Bollywood flick Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Our son was gone to the school and Sumit had taken leave. We both went for the morning show and during the entire show, we learnt few things in a row.

  • First is first, we really missed our son. And when I say really, I mean it from all of my heart. This isn't something very unique or a wonder to scribble a post about but it is certainly a wonder and a unique thing to share on my blog. It is widely read, spoken and frequently analysed that couple should find some alone time to maintain the oxygen supply in their relationship. We did the same yesterday. But at the end of the show, we decided never to come for an outing without our son. We both missed his tantrums, endless rows of demands and the sound of his continuous munching (he is a foodie us :) ). Though he only watches cartoon movies and our movies doesn't click his mind but still, we missed him. We realized (again) that he is indeed the real oxygen of our relationship. With this beautiful learning, he will be with us on every ride from now on. Many events in our life happens that tells how important our son is to us. We love him beyond anything.

  • In the movie, there was a dialogue that touched my heart. I already knew it but hearing it again felt nice to my ears. The dialogue was: "If you are not happy, you can never make others happy". This line is pretty simple yet very effective. In our lives, we often tempt to do the things that may please others but at the end of the process, we break down into tears in a desperate trial to deceive our own selves. This sends painful waves to our loves ones. I have also realized it many times in my life. I find this is one of the most important learning in my life. Never ever try to make others smile if your heart is wincing with pain.

  • Another thing is, cut out some special time for you and your partner. It separates both of you from the outer world and give some moments to laugh be together. Squeeze the maximum out of these special cut outs. Mine is bringing our son along with us adds an extra inch to our ever sprawling relationship. Also, going with lots of smiles adds the spark. Enjoying delicacies, wearing the favorite outfit and matching accessories also brings joy into me. The excitement of an outing in all of us is quite cherish able. You too can do anything. It's up to you entirely. Do it once in a while and maintain the magic of your love.

And is the rangoli we made on Diwali which I promised to post on my blog. We made it in our porch. Because of some reasons, only one rangoli was possible for the day. Lord Ganesha is in the center. We loved it.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Happy Diwali!!!

Wish you all a very happy, prosperous and full of laughter diwali (I guess I am the first one to wish you all :) ).

It's 12.30 AM and I am awake doing some interesting chit chat with my beloved husband. He is such a great talker and an even better listener (later one goes in my favor of course ;) ). We are exchanging diwali wishes with our parents. I am really happy today as I'd be making a number of really delicious food items (you all are invited too), making two rangolis afterwards and then enjoying the evening with our friends along with firing crackers. I know I know crackers are unfriendly for our environment. Therefore, we all would be doing it in a limit :). My husband is such a great supporter. He loves doing chores with me which makes everything so special and quick of course. I find it sweet. I also enjoy his company pretty much. Yayyy!! We are going to squeeze the maximum joy out of our favorite festival....again.

And I had promised, I am sharing the two designs which we will make today (on Diwali):

This one for the porch

This one for inside home

I hope you all will like them too. I will share the clicks of our artistic skills too here (the outcome of the designs). Till then, wish you all again a happy and prosperous diwali. Enjoy the festival and share how you did it. It'd be pleasure to read your comments.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Wonderful rangoli desings

Hello everyone!

Diwali is just one day away (on 13th Nov.) and many Indians know the sheer importance of rangoli making on this auspicious occasion. Read a relevant post here. Yesterday I had been hunting for rangoli designs on the internet and apart from many usual designs, I found some interesting ones. There are many more verities in rangolis that you can make. I am gonna share my shortlisted designs too.

Sand or powder rangolis are very common yet famous among many households. These can be cleaned up very easily.There are paint rangolis as well. You can paint your ground with the desired pattern. This rangoli stays for many more days. There are some reusable rangolis too using beads, buttons, laces, pearls, stones etc. These kind of rangolis can be used again and again. Flower rangolis are made by flowers. They look beautiful and the entire pattern emerges at great extent. These rangolis also spread the flowery fragrance around. Candles and diyas are also an inseparable part of Diwali. They light up the place and epitomize the beauty of your house. There are many more diverse designs of candles and diyas in the market.

I am giving away some useful links on how to make rangolis and candles.

Get the idea of  making powder or sand rangoli.

Get the idea of making reusable rangoli here.

Fancy making candle on your own? Learn how to make gel candles.

An interesting idea to draw patterns on water. Click here.

Now here are the designs among which I will select two; one for the porch and one for inside home.

 Sand or powder rangolis:

Friday, 9 November 2012

Open the door and let the happiness come

They say: "Time and tide wait for none". I say: "If time waits for none of us, why should we wait for it?"

A couple was walking by to a shop. The girl saw a beautiful piece of table lamp in there and expressed how beautiful it was. The boy noted down this. The girl's birthday was two days later and he thought to come on that day to buy it. He wanted to give her a surprise. Two days later when he returned to that shop, that table lamp was already sold out. It was epitomizing the beauty of another girl's place now. He searched the similar lamp in other gift stores too but failed. With dull feeling he bought another table lamp which was also very beautiful. In the evening when he gifted that lamp to his girl, the girl went happy. She said:

"Wow. It's so beautiful. I like it but remember love? The lamp we saw two days before on a shop? It was the master piece and I loved its contour, the color and the way it was lighting up the area around but this lamp is also good". She added the last sentence only to make her boyfriend feel good about his present.

Boy said: "Oh! Actually two days back when you said you loved that lamp, I had already decided to get it for you as your birthday present. I didn't buy that day as I was afraid you would find that out. But when I went to that shop today, it was sold out. I am sorry"

Girl (with a warm smile): "See. Had you bought the lamp I loved that day, it would have been lighting up our place by now. But anyway, this lamp is also very beautiful. I will keep it next to my bed."

The boy kept thinking about his girl's reply. He found it's true. When we see the happiness knocking at our door, we should open the door and welcome it. We certainly must not wait for the right time to open the door. If we wait, the happiness might go knocking other's door and we can probably miss our chance. When you see a cherish able moment coming along, grab it so that you don't have to regret it later (like the boy in the story).

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Unique plan: Incoming free but outgoing not :P

Today I came across a very funny moment but unfortunately, I missed the beat when it happened. And when I realized, I found it worth blogging. Here it is how it happened:

This evening I was talking to my sister about her going to Bhopal for doing a research in IISER. This research opportunity came to her from out-of-the-blue. She was pretty happy and was telling me how excited she is to join it asap. My husband was in the office. At this very moment, the fun moment popped up. The conversation went by like this:

Sister: "Where is jijaji?"

I: "In the office obviously"

Sister: "Ohhkk! Today, may be, we all will got to restaurant to celebrate my this opportunity. So I might be in the restaurant. Tell him to call me for sure"

I: "Ok. But on which mobile? Yours or mummy's?"

Sister: "Tell him to call on my cell"

I: "Why? Won't you get roaming charges?" (She was studying in Dehradun and recently she had returned  after finishing her Masters. She is using the same number what she was using there).

Sister: "No. Outgoing costs me only. The incoming is free"

I: "Ok. Good plan. I will convey the message to him" and then we said good byes to each other.

Later when my husband came, I told him to call my sister on her cell because as per her call plan, incoming is free while outgoing is not. He listened and said, "But I also have the same plan with me. Mine incoming is also free while outgoing is not" and then he started laughing at me. I immediately got the meaning of what I had said because literally everybody has the same plan. It was so funny when I realized the meaning of my words. We both kept laughing for the next few minutes. It was hilarious.

Time to snooze!

Hey everyone!  

Here I am going to share something that I did for myself yesterday. It was quite helpful, rejuvenating and worth repeating once in a while. 
As I am a mother and wife, my everyday routine is quiet monotonous and I had been following it since past few years. I am also an active person who loves to do something special all the time. Since many days, I have been doing the same. It needs full attention, complete dedication and stupendous mental effort. I have to do it on the daily basis in my free time after my husband and son leaves for their respective places. I keep doing it and it eats so much time that I keep on doing even after my son has returned from his school. It is sometimes very frustrating. 

Therefore, I decided to take a snooze yesterday. I pushed back my own task and let myself enjoy. Here it is how I enjoyed myself yesterday:

Tea with a great movie: I had tea and snacks with my son when he returned from the school. Along with it, I watched the movie Taken telecasting on HBO (probably). I have already seen this flick but some movies in our life are like silver lining in the sky. When they happen, you just can't help yourself watching it. Taken is such sort of movie for me. It stars Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills. The story is about a stepfather saving her daughter Kim from prostitution world. While Kim went to Paris with her friend Amanda, they both were taken away by the people who carries prostitution rackets, drug dealing services etc. in the city. Bryan was a former CIA operative, specialized in certain set of skills. The journey of saving his daughter  is breathtaking. How he fought with the bad guys and used his head to get to the spot, it is worth watching. I immensely enjoyed watching this movie...again. 

Full course meal: Then I headed to the kitchen and made a full course meal comprising of Idli, sambhar and coconut chutney while my son went out to play with his friends. Preparation consumes a lot of time but I enjoyed cooking as well along with listening songs on the TV (I had switched to a music channel). Few numbers were like what-the-hell-this-song-is but others were really nice to my ears. I also prepared Puranpoli stuffing (a Maharashtrian dish) for today's lunch. There were few pings into the back of my head about my pushed back task but I had decided to take a break and did the same...successfully. And then I came out of kitchen before usual time. It was worth smiling.Then had family dinner. 

Other tasks: There were some other household tasks too that had been screaming from past few days to get my attention. Yesterday I completed my those pending works too. I kept myself completely away from my laptop (which is really hard to do for me). Believe it or not, no facebooking, no mail checking, no internet browsing...nothing.

Result: At the end, I had mental rest. My nerves were calm. Felt satisfied as I was done with my all the pending works and above all, I had a break which was very much required. Today I am feeling very fresh and ready to go back to my own work with double concentration.

We often do not realize the sheer importance of taking a Break or Snooze but it is as much required as a nap. Do your work but have some free time for yourself. Calm your nerves, relax your muscles and do anything that you like (except your work). This is one of the best thing you can give to your body and soul. DO IT TODAY. Say to yourself => Time to snooze :)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

What's your idea for Diwali preparation?

We all know Diwali is upcoming. Diwali is the festival of lights and victory of good over evil. It is one of the most sought after occasion for many Indians that usually falls in October or November every year.

Well...don't shrink your nose. I am not going to write a page length essay on Diwali. But I am sure going to discuss about the ways we are preparing for Diwali celebration.

Taking my account, I do normal stuffs along with something extra. Normal stuffs include cleaning of the house from every corner, making some home made delicacies, buying new set of clothing to enjoy the festival and of course, sweets and crackers to make the celebration lively and cheerful. And not to forget the traditional ritual of making colorful patterns on ground colloquially known as Rangolis. Every year I try to make a beautiful rangoli full of colors,strokes and sprinkles. Making rangoli is full of laughter, fun and a tremendous amount of family engagement sort of activity. I enjoy this act immensely. I will be soon searching for the rangoli designs and the one selected will share with all of you here on my blog.

Apart from it, to make the celebration a little extra special, I have invited many of our friends at home to manifold the joy of the festival, have set up some fun games to throw laughter busters and of course, making some really delicious food to pamper our taste buds...yummm.

Along with all this, Diwali is a symbol of winning over your negatives sides and making spaces for positives. We do this all along the year but I think, festivals and special occasions give us a step ahead chance to improve ourselves in special the form of celebration :)

Festivals are all about going a mile extra. Share some tips with me and enjoy your Diwali preparation along. :)

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

The ultimate inspiration: My parents

We all know how much our parents mean to us. They are the pivotal force in our lives.

One incident that happened this evening simply proved that turning to the parents can solve many of our issues. 

My six year old son was getting really kinky about going to his friend in our neighborhood. This isn't the matter to go worry about but he does the same in every now and then which becomes quiet annoying sometimes. So this evening again he was getting very stubborn about this matter and refused to listen me at all cost. I tried everything to persuade him that his friend was busy in something and meeting him wouldn't be a good idea. But given his age, my persuading acts were going in vain. Finally an idea popped up into my mind. I called my mother and explained the situation. She talked to him and convinced him about the same. After the call, he was better. However he was still asking to go but the stubbornness had reduced up to a great extent. I was relaxed to find my mother at my rescue. much our parents can help us in trivial things. I love my parents too...beyond a lot. They have just not given me the life I am breathing but also, a new life altogether. They have been standing beside me against every odd. . 

My father is a businessman and my mother is a housewife. My father being an avid reader showed me the ways one can achieve knowledge despite of hardships going around. Because of the family demands, he couldn't get a high education. But to this date he has molded himself into a vast pool of knowledge. His choice for reading is quiet diverse. He has read several novels, Koran, Geeta, all the four Vedas and still, he manages to get sometime for reading almost everyday. I won't be wrong if I say I inherit the writing and reading skills from him.

My mother is an outstanding housewife. She has got an incredible amount of tolerance in herself and because of this virtue, she has occupied a big space in everyone's heart. She is a wonderful cook, a wonderful mother and a dedicated wife. I got to learn how to save precious relationships in our lives from her only.

I love them from all of my heart. My entire life is dedicated to please them. But just one life is not enough to show it. I will keep trying things that will make them happy.