A Sunday Treat

Sunday O Sunday! How I wish it was everyday. I reluctantly open my eyes, the clock strikes eleven and the Sun shines the brightest. I wouldn't worry waking early and hitting the treadmill. All I have to worry is burning the extra calories eating ice cream yet I merrily relax. That's my perfect Sunday Treat.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

Crabtree & Evelyn :: Lily eau de toilette

Crabtree & Evelyn Lily Eau De Toilette 100 ml body mist is one of the best sprays I have used till now. This is my second body mist from Crabtree & Evelyn and I wouldn't regret splurging Ra 1,900 for 100 ml bottle which lasts less than a month.


The lovely logo imprint on top of the carton.


The scent is that of lily and is truly breathtaking. The lily has been blended with dewy greens, woodland masses, musk and ylang ylang, as CE claims. 


Pros:
I loved the fragrance and is prefect for any occasion. 
Small and handy.

Cons:
Expensive but worth the money.
Doesn't last long.

Overall verdict: 4/5

Wedding dresses from Wishesbridal

Wedding is a big day in a bride's life and it is definitely a memorable event to the bride's mother. While the bride decks up in the white flowing dresses, her mother loves to enjoy the day wearing the best outfit. It reminds of her wedding, flashback to few decades.

To fulfill every mother's wish, Wishesbridal, online wedding dress store, has launched the Mother of the Bride dresses. They have a wide range of satin, velvet, chiffon materials. She can chose from short or long dress, with or without sleeves, perfect fitting or gown.

For the modern mom's, I found lace mother of the bride dresses and mother of the bride dresses with sleeve very sexy and hot. ;)

Hot Fuchsia is a must for every women. I love this knee length pink dress with an elegant hat.
Formal V Neck Knee Length Hot Pink Lace Sheath Column Mother Of The Bride Dress With Jacket




I adore this soft color with the lace and perfect fitting dress. 


The golden long dress with the stunning work. Definitely an eye raiser

The bright and cheerful purple knee length dress makes the mom look younger.
As their name suggest, Wishesbridal, not only fulfills brides wish but also her mother's wish of choosing best dress within budget.


Wishesbridal is a reliable and famous brand in this industry. We have been in the business of wedding dresses and occasion dresses for many years. We provide popular style, high quality and custom-made service of the dresses for every customer. The store has its own factory and experienced workers. The workers could make the dresses for every customer as their own requests. We focus to make good quality dresses at a cheap price for our customers.
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Evening Dresses from Dressleaderau

Your best friend has thrown a party and you are worried as what to chose from the wardrobe full of clothes. Evening parties are memorable events to meet the near and dear ones and it is equally important to carry ourselves with perfection in makeup, hairstyle, dress, wellies and purse.

When it comes to choosing a dress, it should be a perfect fitting dress and yet comfortable. It would be awkward to adjust the dress every now and then during a party. No body wants to get noticed that way either. Dressleaderau is an online store that offers gorgeous long dresses for evening parties. Their store has a myriad range of dresses for all occasions and the cloth material like satin, silk, chiffon, velvet, netted cloth with the delicate lace work. Not only they are beautiful but they are affordable and pocket friendly.

Dressleaderau offers bright eye catchy long flowing dress for evening wear and the cheap formal dresses Australia, are a few which I loved the most.

1. Perfect fitting Floor Length Champagne Illusion Appliques Trumpet Mermaid Formal Dress

2. Deep neck Lace Floor Length Plum Sweetheart A Line Formal Dress


My picks from cheap long formal dresses are here.

3. Chiffon High Low Burgundy Sweetheart A Line Formal Dress with a slit.

4. The Soft Peach - Flowing Chiffon Floor Length Coral V Neck A Line Formal Dress

Aren't they beautiful and attractive? 

Wanna see more evening dresses? Have a look at the Cheap Long Formal Dresses and Cheap Formal Dresses Australia.

Dressleaderau is a reputed online dress store specializing in making custom wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, formal dresses, evening dresses and cocktail dresses. Their mission is to supply high quality handmade dresses at reasonable price. The wide selection of unique dresses includes all the hottest new trends and styles made by top fashion designers. what's more, first class Customer Team Service at our famous dress store in Australia. Follow them and find the best dress for your body and temperament to have a stunning appearance on your important occasion.
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A dive into the sea waters

In the middle of Great Barrier Reef, the beautiful corals in South Pacific Ocean, I was screaming and trying to float wearing the life jacket after I fell from a terrific banana boat ride. The waves were so mighty that the currents pulled me in the direction opposite. Helpless, I was shouting for help and the salt water found a passage down my throat. The team that ran the water sports was angry discovering the fact that none of us on the boat could swim.

"You guys can't even swim and wanna try adventures!!!" the captain of the boat, yelled at us.

A week later, I enrolled into the swimming classes but still feared taking a dip into the pool. My batch mates were kind enough to teach me each stroke and imbibe "I can do it" attitude and we practiced every day. Soon, my fear begun to vanish and I loved to dive into the water, relax whilst floating.

Come, let's hop on to the surf board and shoo off the fear.

***Published as a part of NaBloPoMo and NoMo***

XOXO

Height of a mountain and depth of a sea

Ever fallen on the street glaring at the limitless sky? When we stand up wounded, we regret if we had walked observing the street, we wouldn't have fallen.

We ambitious gogetters always aim to achieve dreams and work hard day and night. We forget the small things that fetch happiness into our lives. How many of us are truly contended and happy with what we have? The answer to this question is hard to say. We climb the mountain of achievements and someday we fall into the ocean.

My father taught me this secret to happiness; to be satisfied with what you have than brooding over things we don't have... and this has been the major lesson I have learnt.

***Published as a part of NaBloPoMo and NoMo***
XOXO

A family tree of engineers

Most of my cousins are engineers. If I scribble a family tree with my ancestors and name their professions, most are either engineers or teachers. I have a high respect to the teachers but I wasn't inclined or fascinated to chose teaching as a profession and thus chose to be an engineer. My father and uncles are also engineers in the field of electrical, automobile, civil and mechanical but I am a computer engineer as it has been trending today. My cousins and friends work at a software company. Apart from software, there are hardware, network, design engineers. With vivid specializations, the engineering stream has umpteen branches.

The family genetics passes on to the generations, you see!

***Published as a part of NaBloPoMo and NoMo***
XOXO

Softwareentwicklung

Softwareentwicklung, I read aloud without understanding what it meant when I was thirteen year old holding my father's friend's business card. Uncle, as I addressed him with great respect since he was on a vacation to India from Germany and appeared a German. I was struggling to follow his English accent and felt as though I met a celebrity who still remembered his good old friend after having lost contact and spending more than a decade in the Deutschland.

"Uncle, what does soft-wa-reeen-twik-lung, mean? I have never heard that before."

"It means Software Engineer in German."

He was an Electrical Engineer by education but Softwareentwicklung by profession employed in Nuremberg in 1990's. He explained how the life is different from here and his supper would end by 6.30 in the evening. Having worked on the computers throughout the day, he looked gigantic measuring beyond 6 feet! He drove to work on his convertible BMW. The photographs from Germany looked fascinating and it is a home to the world class automobiles: Audi, Mercedez, BMW, to name a few. He bid a good-bye the next day and wrote a letter enclosing six Deustche Mark coins that are an addendum to my numismatics collection.

Whenever I look at the coins from the distant land, it reminds me how I admired the software job during the teens and glad that I am a Softwareentwicklung, its been close to a decade now.

***Published as a part of NaBloPoMo and NoMo***
XOXO

The Penguins Parade

I was less than ten year old when my attention was dragged by the huge flightless species called Penguins. It was during my parents visit to their acquaintance, the little ones were playing with the toy which would come down all the way from the hill and the plateau looked like roller coaster rails.

"What is this peculiar toy called?"

"Its the tenguin", said the little one who was keying it.

"Who got it for you?"

"My uncle brought it all the way from America in flight!"

I questioned my father, why none of the zoos at Mysore or Bangalore did not own them and I had faint memories of never seeing it. He convinced me that they delve in the colder regions like Arctic region or Antarctica. Penguin was a bird which could never fly though it had wings. It would swim in the waters with the long wings and preyed on the fish. It had a rich navy blue fur mistaken to be black. They female penguins would dive into the oceans in search of food and come back home with their community members during the dusk whilst the male penguins would guard home.

I was eagerly waiting for this sophisticated toy to arrive home but it never did. But I am blessed to watch them dive into the Pacific Ocean and bring home the food holding tight in their beak, huffing and puffing after a tiring swim making stone cracking squawk; in a disciplined queue.

Thanks to the Australia and New Zealand government who has strictly undertaken the preventive measures to protect these species that the penguin hunting has been banned for a years now or they would have been extinct like the African Dodo.

***Published as a part of NaBloPoMo and NoMo***

XOXO

Noviembre Blogging Challenge

I have signed up the writing challenges for Noviembre. Every time I signed up, I would stop midway though I had uploaded the eye catchy logos on the scroll bar. So this time, I had made up my mind to flaunt off the writing challenges logos when I cross the finish line. But had to include them as a link back to continue further posts.
NoMo
  • NaBloPoMo
NaBloPoMo November 2015
NaBloPoMO
xoxo
 

Happy birthday, my old man

"Next week is my birthday and remember to wish me", "Where is my present on my special day", my old man would interrogate a week prior. 

He was always excited to celebrate his birthday. It's the same enthusiasm I see in the kids pestering their parents to celebrate bringing large cake and gifts. Though he grew an year older, he was always young and energetic. The repeated memorandum prompted my mother and me would giggle telling him that he was behaving like a five year old kid and that would upset him, "so what? Think what you like!"

On his special day, I would wish him during the midnight and in return, I was given a chocolate. He ensured that the celebration was a secret otherwise his friends would demand him a treat causing a huge hole in his pocket.

This time, there has been no memorandum from him unlike yester years but I am still the first one to be reminded and wish him during the midnight. There have been times, I had forgotten to wish inspite of umpteen reminders at times and it saddened him.

Even if there is no reminder here after, I shall be the first to greet you and relish the chocolate. 

No more to pen.

XOXO
Miss you

Lace Wedding Dresses from Landybridal

Landybridal is an online store that offers wide range of Wedding dresses for the most memorable day in a bride's life. If you're looking for affordable dress, you may get it for as low as $ 100. Had you imagined, you could save so much on a dress? You could buy two more dresses for the cost you spend at any other store.

We women delve for new clothing every time we shop, no matter how often you shop. Landybridal offers Vintage Lace Wedding dresses over which women go gaga. Here are my favorite picks and I am sure you would adore them, too.

I admire this delicate flowing dress with intrinsic hand work.

This one, I loved the most. :) Looks so elegant, hot and perfect. ;)

Landybridal is running a discounted sale offering 20% off on a wedding dress of your choice from 22.Oct.2015 to 21.Nov.2015. Hurry up! What are you waiting for?


Do not forget to check the Wedding dresses 2016.

A decade of blogging

On this auspicious day, my dearest blog completes a decade. Not just a journal but a true friend who has been with me through thick and thin. There were times when I would sit late night and fill up the blank pages and at times I felt like not writing a single word. As I count the total posts, the outnumbered drafts lying with one liners eagerly are awaiting to be released and I pledge to publish them.

While I look at the first two posts I penned ten years ago, it seems so amateur and childish. Thank you for being such a wonderful mate and hope to continue the friendship forever.

It has been a delight to meet wonderful people via this stupendous platform. It's not one or two, there are many who painstakingly read, commented and complimented. Blogger meets, contests, blog sale, book tours and pestering friends to click the Adsense even if the post did not make any sense. 

If you have a minute or two, do visit and say "Happy Birthday to you". 

P.S. Loyalty with Blogger continues... 

A dive into the golden hill

Sundays are happy days. As a brat, I would wait the whole week to watch my favorite cartoon show, Walt Disney's Duck Tales, on DoorDarshan channel. I would wake up early, brush my teeth, drink horlicks and sit right in front of the Television at 10 AM. Uncle Scoorge, the elder Duck was and is favorite character. He was a rich man whose nephews came in to stay with him. Though a strict uncle, he was, he was very amicable and jovial person. The spectacle glasses he wore always appeared as though they would slip off his nose if he looked down. The pride with which he walked as a majesty highness is adorable. The most unforgettable moment of the show was when Uncle Scoorge would get into the secret door which had uncountable gold coins and seemed to be a Himalayas made out of yellow metal and he would dive into it. 😀 How I was he was "my" Uncle too in reality and everyday would've been a Sunday, in my life.

Given a chance, I would spend a day with Uncle Scoorge, I would carefully ask for his advise on how to become Ms Billionarie and safeguard it. It's not only important to save the monies but it is equally important to splurge on luxury. I would definite make Uncle dine along in the posh restaurants and dive into the sea of waters. I shall also acknowledge him, how much I adored him ever since I was a child and how did he manage those naughty grandnephews. 

Last but not the least, I will ask his permission to dive into his golden hill.



McCain's Crispy snacks

I am a foodie and I don't regret confessing so. While I love to eat all varieties of food in my vegetarian diet, I worry I shouldn't gain fat and cholesterol which cause obesity and health hazard. I have abstained from eating rich oily food and potatoes. It's a taboo that the potatoes cause weight gain, so on and so forth.

Most fast food restaurants including McDonald and KFC are popular among the kids and teens for the french fries and potato wedges. It worries me what kinda oil they use while frying these high calorific food and have stayed away from fast food restaurants for a long time now.



It is hard to resist the temptations and you can't ignore the fried food 365 days. McCain India provides a wide range of lip smacking ready to cook and eat products. The products are cholesterol and trans-fat free and pre-cooked in vegetable oil. They offer frozen packed food such as French Fries, Smiles, Potato Nuggets, Super Wedges, Veggies Burger Patties, Aloo tikki, Cheese and Jalapeño, Potato Cheese Shotz. 


It is interesting to learn, that, potato contain 45%  of daily value for Vitamin C. It's also used a breakfast for Day 2 of the popular GM Diet.

I would love to prepare the Potato Wedges while at home and it is the easiest snack that I could without following any instructions.




1. Fry the potatoes in a pan containing oil
2. Add a pinch of salt 
3. Serve with Cheese Dip.

I would also enjoy preparing the Burger using the Veggie Burger Patty. 

Ingredients
1. Sliced bun
2. Chopped lettuce leaf
3. Sliced tomatoes ( one tomato)
4. Sliced onions ( one onion)
5. McCain veggie patty
6. Curd Sour sauce if you're vegetarian

How to prepare:
1. Fry the veggie patty on a non stick pan
2. Add the stuffings in between the sliced bun : onions, white sauce, tomatoes and the patty.

Your burger is ready. 



I enjoy the evening snacks and see how easy it is to prepare. 

With McCain's lip smaking products, anyone would enjoy a sumptuous food at home.



Have a look at http://www.mccainindia.com/  to choose what fits you best and don't worry about extra cholesterol. 



The Human Touch

"Our times were much better when we grew up", claims my mother while I stare at my smart phone, without a blink, at the dining table than looking at the dishes on the plate, without appreciating the effort she has taken to prepare the food for me.

While I compare the my childhood days to the present day, there has been such a drastic advancement in the technology. No one could imagine, a smart phone could be smarter than you are and gain the control of your life. We have become slaves of the technology and truly admit the fact that life was simpler and "happier"during childhood days. What we miss is the "Real Togetherness" and the "Human Bonding" is seen in the form of emails, whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter updates.

A few years ago, I met a lady at Singapore MRT station who was kind and helped me reach the destination safe. After reaching my hometown, I sent her a postcard, thanking her. She has still preserved that card with so much care, that, I had forgotten about the card I sent. She wouldn't have been happier as much as receiving a postcard than receiving an email. That was the instance when I understood, how small gestures could make big difference in the mean world.

To me happiness lies in bringing people together. 

  • Have dinner with family members and appreciate the food your mother or spouse has prepared for you. And make a note to turn off the TV during dinner.
  • Sipping coffee together and gossiping about movie stars. 
  • Watching a movie at a Cinema Hall with friends.
  • Going for trek and hike together.
  • Invite your Neighbours home to catch a glimpse of dolls that your arranged during Dasara festival.
  • Send handmade greeting cards during the new year and festivals. 
  • Arrange a potluck party at home and invite relatives and mandate that every family should get a dish of their choice.
  • Hold a book reading session, flip through the pages and bookmark the last read page using peacock feather. 
  • Arrange for Garba on your terrace and try the new steps.
  • Attend a musical concert together.
  • Smile, everyday, when you see your acquaintance rather than looking at your phone.
  • Arrange a get together with your school and surprise your teacher that you still remember her, narrating all the incidents of punishments and how much you disliked standing outside am the class.
  • Go on a picnic, pack your favorite meal and share it with your group.
  • Go on weak or jog with your Neighbour everyday.
  • Watch an old golden movie like Sholay on your big screen, lights off, dolby sound, pop corn and Coke. 
  • Go on a long drive together.
  • Lend your shoulders to a friend in distress, jaadu ki jappi is a great stress buster.

Last but the not the least, take time off from commenting, liking and stalking on Facebook. Before it is too late, get on your toes and start meeting old buddies and people who made a lasting impact on your life. 

A thoughtful video from Kissanpur worth watching on how human touch has priceless value that technology can never buy.


October My Envy Box

I came home after a tiring day at office and was surprised and happy to receive the October edition My Envy Box. The box had a beautiful floral design, oh, I love the painting so much! The box had 5 products this month as they are celebrating anniversary. Happy second  birthday to My Envy Box. May you celebrate many more Anniversaries.




1. Kerastase ELIXIR ULTIME Sublime Cleansing Oil-Enriched Shampoo 70ml -Full size product. Costs Rs 750.

2. Kerastase ELIXIR ULTIME MASQUE 75ml - Full Size product. Rs 1350.

3. L'occitane Arlseslenne Shower Cream 70ml - Full size product. Rs 490.

4. Sephora Eye Shadow tricolor. Full size product. Rs 1,280.

Last but not the least, sample product from Za. September's Box too had a Za sample product-Za Total Hydration Fresh Foamy Cleanser.
5. Za Total Hydration Amino Mineral Refreshing Gel. 5g
So this month's Envy Box had four full size products worth Rs 3,870. I have not used any product and the reviews will be up in the coming posts. Stay tuned!

Beach Wedding Dresses from CocoMelody

Meryl had worked hard day and night and saved every penny for her big day. As the D day of her life approached, she was anxious and worried to find the best dress she always dreamed of. With her friend, Meryl would enter every store that sold wedding dress, on each street of her town and would leave the store disheartened. She wasn't able to find anything that was within her budget. She walked down the street and reached home, buried her head in her arms.


The big day was just a week ahead and Meryl was scared. She had fancied the gorgeous dresses her cousins and friends wore. She sat on the chair and turned on the computer and started browsing the Internet and finally stumbled upon CocoMelody . She rubbed her eyes and ensured she wasn't day dreaming in anyway. Her smiled widened as she could browse through the Beach Wedding dresses and the Destination Wedding dresses. She was so happy that everything was within her budget and tears ran down her cheeks out of happiness. She wore the best dress she always dreamed of for the Beach Wedding the couple planned.

This is my favorite pick. Isn't it a lovely dress?

CocoMelody is running a sale campaign so hurry up and grab your favorite dress. The sale has $20 off on purchase of $200, $40 off on purchase of $300 and $60 off on purchase of $400 worth dresses. The more you spend, the more you save, too. 


Visit CocoMelody to find your subtle dress.

The Official Logo

I was designing a few logos and finally chose the "Young girl hold the Umbrella" as the official trademark of my blog. How is it guys?


Mashi and Other Stories :: Book review

A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon Project Gutenberg and found a list of books penned by Rabindranath Tagore. The e-books were lying unnoticed until I stored them on my android tablet and begun reading. 

Mashi and Other Stories is a collection of short stories in an elegant style that describes the lives of people, rich and poor, young and old, and how an incident becomes a turning point, which leaves behind a huge impact and scar. 

The most interesting fact about Tagore's writing is that, every story has an ending which leads to two contradictory conclusions. What you infer is left is assumed to be true. This makes me adore the his works and I completed the book at a single go.

Skeptical, I am if I have interpreted the endings correctly, for each story is thought provoking.  
XOXO
~manasa~

A Newlywed's Adventures in Married Land :: Book review

Title : A Newlywed's Adventures in Married Land
Author : Shweta Ganesh Kumar
Publisher : Indireads
Pages : 133

Mythili, is attending her sister's wedding and she is reminded her life was before she wedded, three years ago. A young energetic journalist, marries the love of her life, leaving behind her family and well paying job and lands miles apart, as a dependent, in Philippines. Her husband introduces her to a gang of Indian families residing over years and regularly socialize during the weekends, attend parties. She quickly learns she does not fit in the gang who gossip and have no aim left in life apart from starting family within an year of marriage.

Mythili gives her best to adopt to her new lifestyle, setting up her home though invariably broods to her husband reminding him, that she left everything behind for him; the most important being her crime reporter job which kept her occupied day and night. And she failed to find a job in that country.

The story dwells about the life of an Indian woman who leaves her family, friends and a job to start the second innings of her life with whom she would live the rest of her life. The author highlights the phase of adaption one undergoes while out of the comfort zone and the toughest part being called "dependent" and susceptible to boredom.

The author introduces you to set of vocabulary throughout the book and has maintained the flow of the story. Each story has a quote from the famous, Alice in Wonderland, in comparison to Mythili's present situation and feels the same as Alice does. How does Mythili overcome this or does she return to India, read the book and conclude.
XOXO
~manasa~