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.

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***


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***

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***


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***

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***


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.
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NaBloPoMo November 2015

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.

Miss you

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. 

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.

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.  

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.

ChitrapaTa :: Kannada play

Kannada play directed by Venkatesh Murthy.

The play kicks off with the story tellers who discuss amongst themselves what should they narrate which makes the audience head bow down with shame. Each of the four decide what story and finally agree to narrate the story of Ramayana. 

The storyteller narrate why Lakshmana cut Ravana's sister, Surpanakha's nose and how she instigates Ravana to abduct Sita. The ten headed Ravana becomes aggressive to an extent that he abducts Rama's wife Sita. Sita is kidnapped by Ravana, suffers separation from her dear husband, an exile in exile. 

A war between the good and the bad begins and Ravana's death marks Rama's victory but Sita undergoes **Agni Pariksha though Ravana never touched her.

 **Agni Pariksha - sacrifice in the fire. A ritual followed during old days to test the person truthfulness.

The story takes a twist when Sita's childhood friend Parvati praises Ravana before her. Who is Parvati and why does she appear after ages? Watch this beautiful enacted play.

Choosing the right ingredient

Choosing the right ingredient

A few years ago, I stayed away from my family in another country and this was the first time I was away from them. Having been a laadli beti, my mother never allowed me to do the household chores nor I had to worry about the cooking.

When I travelled overseas, I had taken with me the required utensils like pressure cooker, rice cooker, frying pan and other rasam, sambhar powder and chutney pudi. If I had to cook something, I would utilize the calling card which allowed me to talk as long as an hour and I would note down what vegetables, masala and kind of dal to prepare the food. My parents found it very funny when I would ask how that particular dal or leaf looked like. Is it a small dal or big dal, yellow or brown dal. What does leaf look like, when the integredients should be stirred. Should any water to be added or not? They would patiently answer all my questions.

I found cooking very interesting and expetimented whatever I could starting from lemon rice, believe me its the easiest to prepare with just Tadka, sprinkle lemon and mix rice and there you go. With the love for food, I learnt the South Indian, North Indian and Italian pasta and few other recipes. I was very happy that not only I learned what to add and how much quantity to prepare.

Back home, there are hectic times and lazy days where you get sick of eating the food you prepare or while you're home alone and no one to accompany you, you end up sleeping hungry or eating bread and jam.

While in a gang, going to restaurant and waiting for a table is again killer. You order a starter and main course and by the time, it arrives in front of you, the hunger dies.

When guests pop in during lunch without an invite, you are stuck as to what to cook last minute and can't even let them go. Once added more salt in a hurry and the guest couldn't eat the food at all.

TinyOwl is a fastest food ordering service in major cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Gurgoan and Pune, where you could order food from your Android or Apple device sitting at home. TinyOwl app provides a friendly user interface for browsing the recipe and restaurants, along with the chef details. I have installed the app on both android and apple devices and the navigation works fine. While you place an order, you can see the estimated delivery. And can search based on your current location.

If your lazy to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner or arranging a house party, or when guests pop in with a surprise. Just order the food on TinyOwl and enjoy your food for the day without worry.

Come, experience the fastest speed with Airtel 4G

What's the use of a high end smart when the internet connection you use doesn't come handy when you require it the most. I have been using high end devices like iPhone and Nexus for years now and found that the though the device supports latest LTE or the so called 4G connection, which is an upgrade to the existing 3G and most of the service providers had not launched it, all these years. Low speed internet is very annoying and we lose patience thinking we did we even spend so much on a high end phone. Or even throwing away your phone due to anger. I have faced this while using Google maps on phone boarding the auto rickshaw and taxi.  The app would still keep fetching the routes to the destination while I would have  reached the place asking the route from the passerby. The old auto's speed was much better than my internet speed and the auto driver would ask, "Your phone so slow? Still your phone doesn't show the destination".

Gone are the days when people would go home and download the movies, songs during the night since no one would internet. Now a days, everyone wants to download what they like just at a touch. Though I am not a movie buzz, I do watch and download the self learning video tutorials. The connection would sometimes disconnect and I had start the download again wasting so many MB and even GB many times ending up paying huge bills. :(

 Finally, Airtel 4G is the first telecom operator to roll out 4G services in the country, with the best speed as LTE technology promised, nationwide rollout across 296 cities Airtel is offering 4G upgrade to their existing 3G customers free of cost at the same price as 3G connection. You can order and get a free 4G SIM card at your doorstep which is just a tweet away - #GetAirtel4G. That brings a wide smile on most of us. They are not only offering 4G connection for mobile users but also 4G wi-fi hotspot, 4G dongle and 4G wi-fi which is best suitable for home. It is definitely a blessing in disguise to the freelancers and travelers who share their experience via the social media on the go and have to meet the deadlines.

With so many options from Airtel to mobile users, on the go and home package. I would rather get connected to the WiFi, I can sit and Work From Home and finish off my work fast. Not only work from home, I can also work while I am traveling and with no risk of having the left over tasks. I am going to upgrade my plan to 4G connection soon.

Airtel is offering 4G plan to both postpaid and prepaid users. If you are a prepaid user use can still upgrade your plan to 4G. Find details here.

Airtel challenges to pay your mobile bills for free if you your network is faster. Are you ready for the challenge?

MY Cozy Little Room

Everyone dreams of owning a house these days and I dream of making my keeping my little cozy room clean and decorated as much as possible. I got my independent room solely for myself at 13 and ever since then its been my tiny tinsel world which has also served the purpose of guest room while I was away from home, partly store room to dump unused stuff. It's also been my music room where I practice my Veena, photographer's studio and reading room with over a hundred novels in the shelf. The more I try to arrange, I end up misplacing the stuff and end up wasting time searching for those items. I don't want to upload the picture of the room and scare you here. :)

Having visited my friends place and seen the latest interiors in the recent times, I wish my room would get a makeover to keep my valuable stuff organised and easily accessible, without having to search. The paint color on the wall, the curtains and the tiles on the floor should be matching and provide a soothing and a calming effect.

 Godrej Interio offers interior designing with their professional designers who realize your needs and come up with best solution for your home. They would understand my need of maintaining the things organized, such as a separate space to keep my music instruments like Veena and Keyboard, shelf to hold all my books - both read and unread, my small photo studio which houses the photography gears, camera body and the special lights, a table which is well lit for study and I could stuff all my souvenirs which I collected during my travel, a wardrobe to arrange the clothes, jackets and shoes for all seasons and occasions. A space for my clothes stand and iron stand where I dry and press  all my clothes...and a nice dressing table where I can place the makeup Kit, hair dryer and other stuff. It is space saving and nice to have foldable chair when my friends visit me.

Apart from this I need space to hang my huge 32 inches TV on the wall such that I can watch my favorite movies lying down on the cot. An adjustable light to read books while going to sleep is a must to have. Apart from these I would like to hang my Cuckoo Clock which I bought as memorabilia without nailing the wall. I would also like to have my travel postcards on the wall without having to glue them.

I know its not a tiny wish but its NOT an impossible task when you have professional designers for Godrej Interio who can solve any thing harder than a puzzle.

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RangiTaranga :: Kannada Movie Review

It's been ages I have watched a Kannada movie at a Cinema hall. Considering the quality of the Kannada movies, my interest was least and always preferred watching Kannada plays and TV serials though my mother tongue is Kannada.

The two movies were released on the same day  RangiTaranga and Bahubali across the entire state. Bahubali was my first choice seeing the trailers and moreover it was from the director of the previous hits which scored extremely at the box office: Magadheera and Eega. Bahubali faired well much beyond the audience expectation with the amazing settings and the well-woven screenplay and melodious music.

I watched RangiTaranga a week later, directed by entirely different crew. I wouldn't narrate the story here as I want you to watch the movie at a Cinema Hall and don't wish to be a spoil sport. The movie has lot of twists and twirls and you would cling on to the seat with your heart in your mouth until the truth is revealed. As the story continues, it leads to confusion but well connected and unfolds the hidden facts clearing the confusion. The director maintains the suspense until the end of the movie. The movie stars the newcomers Nirup Bhandari, Avantika Shetty and Radhika Chetan in the lead roles who have enacted well in their respective roles. It would be unfair if I don't mention Sai Kumar who adds spice to the story. The lyrics, music and the story theme go hand in hand. I loved all the songs written in "Achcha" Kannada words by the director, Anup Bhandari. 

All in all, a must watch movie to all the Kannada and non-Kannada speakers as it makes you realize that good movies are made in Kannada, too. The audience would highly appreciate the screenplay, cinematography and the choreography.

Dharbaranyeswarar Temple :: Thirunallar

Thirunallar, located in Puducherry or earlier called Pondicherry, is a famous town known for Lord Shani and Shiva Temple. The temple has devotees visiting all round the year, especially on Saturdays and one has to wait for 3-4 hours in the queue to see the deity. It is believed as per Hindu myth, people who have their saade saati or Lord Shani's cycle going on, are advised to visit the temple to reduce or ward off the ill effects. It is said, Lord Nala Maharaja, got Moksha or salvation post visiting this temple.
Way to Nala Theertham

Dance with Dhamaka

You cannot stop tapping your feet at some tunes though you wish to get up and dance. Sometimes, we are so conscious that we hesitate to dance in front of others. Or we don't know how to dance and afraid others would laugh and make fun at us. Watch this new music video, Tazgi ka Dhamaka, starring Allu Arjun and DJ Anushka Manchanda, who make everyone dance at their tune, no matter you are trained dancer or not. Hands up, feet on the floor and you are all set to be the rock star of the evening. While Anushka sings, Allu Arjun dances, the music video is mind blowing and you realize the freshness all around you.

Here are the screenshots of the steps that impressed me the most. Allu Arjun's entry jumping off the the roof and makes an entry to the wedding hall bringing all the taaza freshness with him. 

Mann lagake nacho

What's a wedding without a dhamaka, nach, shor and pataka. Come, lets join Anushka Manchanda and Allu Arjun, who try to keep the audience lively during the Marathi wedding ceremony with their high tempo song and dance. Musical tunes create freshness all around and we see everyone happy dancing at their own pace.

This is a new ad from Colgate, Tazgi ka Dhamaka, where dhoom dhamaka is created from the tazgi, the freshness. Apart from tazgi ka dhamakar, we also have the couple of musical hits which make the audience dance, no matter you can dance or not, they just dance, during the baaraat.

The sweet golden diet

All of us want to look perfect and often follow, the slimmer the better. We dream of wearing best clothes with slim fit and follow what not to achieve it. The most diet routine was the GM diet which was introduced by the employee of General Motors and everyone began following it. The craze of losing weight is common among women of all age to the cost of skipping healthy meals, eating less. The day I started GM diet, I begun to faint. The term 'diet' is often misunderstood that, only have to achieve slimmer look than having healthy food with proteins, vitamins, fat and carbohydrates. Too much intake of one over the other will have adverse effect on our body. Our everyday meal should include balanced diet with milk, eggs, fruits, vegetables.

Morning walk, aerobics, work out at the gym or sports of any kind, helps in shedding down the calories and we tend to avoid the high calorific food like potato chips, ice creams, smoothies, thinking that it would act as a spoil sport adding on to the calories which was burned down during the work out. Over the few years, I have become so calories conscious that I avoided adding sugar to coffee and tea and drink the strong coffee which had milk and coffee powder and even switched to green tea. I stopped having fruit juices outside which had high content of sugar and put a big No No to coca cola, Pepsi, fanta and frooti, that are rich in sugar. Eating ice cream or smoothie was once in an year! I would miss them a lot but to gain something, you have to lose something.

I came across Dabur Honey, which has been highly recommended by many fitness freaks for those who want to stay fit without having to give up the favorite food I always relished. Dabur recommends very simple procedure like adding honey instead of sugar. You can add sugar over the fruits as topping, same goes with smoothie. Add sugar to the hot water along with the lemon, stir it well and drink in the morning on empty stomach. This method has been followed by many and proved to be beneficial. Moreover, it hardly takes any time to prepare and can be a part of daily routine. I sometimes add honey to the hot lemon tea and it tastes yummy. The honey acts as a catalyst when we are trying to shed the weight.

It is also believed among old people that, when honey is fed to the new born everyday, it sharpens their tongue and the speech and pronunciation becomes perfect during their childhood.

Overall, the benefits of eating honey has a a great benefit in our daily routine. I have started my sweet golden diet with Dabur Honey, have you? #HoneyDietIsHere

Faster with UC Browser

In our country, cricket is followed as a religious and whenever there is a cricket match going on, no one dares to miss it, especially the World Cup or even tri series. You name the match and there are fans who support the players all time, good or bad. Cricket, in our country, is much infectious than any cold or cough. :P You wouldn't mind skipping meals, go sleepless, bunk classes and even miss your exams and we women, wouldn't mind missing the hair spas for the sake of cricket. Though, there are Televisions everywhere these days, be it at a bus stand, railway station and even the companies these days arrange for large LED TV's at the cafeteria so that the employees could watch the cricket match wholeheartedly without any regret of missing the score. :) How sweet is that! But one cannot afford to sit at the cafeteria and watch the match whole day leaving the work and one cannot afford to take a day off and watch the cricket match at home. Mom would ask, 'No work at office? How come taken a day off today!' Sometimes, I would feel, if I had to take a day off and watch the match on my big LED TV at home, then why not go to the stadium and watch along with friends.

The smart phones play an important role in everyone's life. With just a click, touch, you can actually take a tour of Melbourne Cricket Ground without having to book a flight to Australia. While travelling, watching the match becomes very handy. Unlike few years ago, when we used to refresh the sports page only to get the score. http://www.ucweb.com/ with its innovative technology has made it easier for the sports lover, I would rather emphasize on the "Cricket" lovers to watch the match without any interruptions. I have downloaded the UC Browser on my smart device and must say that, watching the high speed live video streaming, is truly a bliss. The streaming is very quick and does not lag unlike the other browsers. You could watch the match, get the latest scores using UC Cricket and other updates. Here is a quick video on how fast the UC Browser works and our Yuvaraj Singh looks happy using the UC Browser as well.

Now, my worry about never missing a live score or watching few clips of the match on TV,which was already over, are all gone. With the high speed browser, I will be more than happy to watch the upcoming match on the smart device no matter at office or while on trek or travel. Happy to see such innovations coming up and making the cricket fans life even more easier.

The healthy beautiful hair

During my primary school days, my father introduced me to reading habit. As a result, I begun reading short stories from Lady Bird edition. Whenever I would visit the library, my attention was caught by cover page, Rapuzel with long hair and I wished to grow my hair longer. Out of curiosity I borrowed the book which was full of colorful pictures and as a kid, fell in love with the book. :D Each time, I wondered, Rapunzel's hair was not only long but very healthy such that her price charming would climb to the top of the tower holding on to her long hair as if it was a rope.

As I grew older, maintaining long hair become tough. I would follow the home remedies and avoid going to the parlor which use the chemical products in turn damaging my hair. Hair Straightening, blow drying, coloring, using compb with narrow tooth and not massaging Scalp with oil, are all the primary causes of hair fall. I came across this nice set of articles by P&G on their website rewardme.in  It is not only important to have a long hair, it is also important to have a healthy hair. Tips for healthy hair throughout the year. I found this link which emphasis on maintaining healthy hair and measures to be taken when you witness hair loss or dandruff.  Why I love this article the most compared to the other ones? It is because it focuses on what's affecting our hair on daily basis and how we tend to ignore or take the small tips for granted, which protect the hair in a long run.

I used to swim a lot, but not anymore, the reason because, the chlorinated water causes hair fall and greying. I begun to massage my hair with hot coconut oil and wear a swimming cap which reduced both. How do you protect your beautiful hair against the harmful UV rays during the summer.

I play lot of sports and after the work out, I find sweat all over Scalp and the solution is to braid it loose or pony tail not being too tight. The main culprit which causes the damaged hair is using the tools like a Straightener and curler and not to forget the hair dryer of higher capacity say 2000 watts.

Earlier, I used a narrow toothed comb which resulted in hair fall while I tried to remove the tangles. Always use wide toothed comb which is much safer.

Over washing your hair can also remove the natural oil. Try not to wash too frequently, not more than 2-3 times a week.

The split ends often make the hair look ugly and a better way to tackle is trimming the ends on a regular basis.

Last but not the least, eat healthy food that are rich in proteins like egg and vegetables. And sleep well leaving behind the tensions and worries.

I know its hard to switch from some habits but its not impossible. It goes without saying, you would have fine healthy hair and someone saying

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.

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Hair is the richest ornament of women

The hair is the richest ornament of women.
~Martin Luther

How apt is the above saying. Yes, we women consider the long hair as the the precious gift. And we definitely worry when we lose or start losing that precious. Lengthy hair is definitely a boon and maintaining a long hair, is a lifetime challenge. It makes me happy when known or unknown compliment, 'You have such a long hair'. I reply to them, 'Gee, thanks :).'

Most of us are particular choosing the Shampoo, conditioner, hair serum, spa parlour and hair styles and end up buying based on word of mouth advise or seeing reviews on internet. I came across this wonderful website from P&G for hair care, rewardme.in, with a huge range of tips and coverage for dandruff control, spa treatment, to control the spilt end, home remedies. the website offers more than 150 tried and tested procedures along with video tutorials which makes learning easier. 

Initially, I had to book an  appointment at a salon and wait for long hours to get my hair styled for an occasion, paying huge money to the parlour and end up paying credit card bills. To get rid of this eventually, I would spend hours together searching for tutorials on YouTube which had step by step instructions to style long hair without needing anyone's help. But the time required to search and chose the best hair style was so much that I would've styled my hair by then. 

I was happy to see this initiative taken by P&G, which not only saves time on internet searching for gorgeous hairstyles, but also the tutorials provided are in such a way, that I can braid or style the hair by my own without any hassle or anyone's help.

Based on the inspiration from the tips what I captured, I tried this on my own and this is the outcome. Though, it might not appear that great, here is my attempt at styling my hair... and the outcome is not as bad I thought. ;) I started with with hair serum that makes my hair smooth and healthy and then  braiding my hair till the end. I have fringes in the front, so that was left as it is. Then I put this beautiful hair design. Doesn't it look elegant?

Next time when someone shoots a question, 'How do you manage such beautiful hair styles', 'Give me some tips'. You know, I have my answers ready.

Visit https://www.rewardme.in/beauty/hair-care for hair care and styling tips.

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Mane HoLige :: DVG Road

I was at the D.V.G Road during the weekend and my attention was caught by the crowd munching something from the paper plate, standing on the pavement in front of Mane HoLige.

Mane hoLige on DVG Road, Bangalore

HoLige is a traditional Karnataka sweet dish prepared during the festivals and special occasion. Though, yummy and mouth watering but takes efforts to prepare it. Mane hoLige, with a slogan "Live" hoLige, prepares the dish on spot in front of the customer and you will have the bisi bisi hoLige on your plate, relishing the dish. 
Live hoLige making @Mane hoLige, DVG Road, Bangalore
Mane hoLige offers with myriad range of hoLige like beLe(dal) hoLige, kaayi(coconut) hoLige, kharjoora(dates) hoLige, kova hoLige, gul kandh hoLige and the list goes on. The beLe hoLige is priced at Rs 12 which is affordable for the quality and taste they offer. Moreover, the place is hygiene. I have tasted these and have never missed buying the hoLige each time I visit DVG Road. Apart from hoLige, nipattu, chakli, koDbaLe, kajjaya are sold and these are typical evening snacks which every local loves to savour.
Here is the pamphlet I collected from the shop during my first visit. They offer the catering services based on your need. 

Lilith :: Book Review

Drafted: 11 July 2013

Title: Lilith

Author: N. Lalit

Price: Ebook Rs 164, Paperback: Rs 400

Publisher - Pulp Fiction

Genre: Fiction-Contemporary romance

ISBN: 978-93-5104-674-5 6

Availability - Amazon India, Kindle, Flipkart, Infibeam, Kobo etc.

Debashis Sahu, a young energetic artist arrives in Mumbai hoping to make a career in the field of art. He is ambitious of building a school for Patachitra, an art form from Oriss and not keen on making money. His close friend from hometown lives in Mumbai and had promised to provide accommodation to Sahu. But Sahu realizes he realizes how people change their attitude once they arrive in big cities like Mumbai, after his friend's wife argues why they should be accommodating Sahu while they were not living a luxury life.

Sahu does not give easily and spends his time in Mumbai visiting the chai shop and befriends the servers, frequent visitors and shop owner. He overhears fellow customers saying that the cheapest accommodation one could find is at the red light area of Kamathipura, near railway station. With no ulterior motive, he visits the place for the sake of getting an accommodation.

Sahu accidentally meets Sheetal, who is a business woman and has an upper hand in the field of art. Many artists had achieved a high status and recognition through her. Though, she initially is fond of Sahu, she is disturbed of the fact that, he is a handicap, with disability of limping. Sheetal, impressed with Sahu's paintings launches him as a star and earns huge profit. Ritu aka Ritwabhadra Munshi, works at Sheetal's office and is a caring person unlike Sheetal who is ready to do anything for the sake of money and men!

Ritu, an appreciator of art, encourages Sahu in his work. Meanwhile, they fall in love with each other.  I will stop here and let you discover the rest of the story yourself and how the title is linked to this. :)

The author, Lalit, whose name, I confuse with Lalith with a "h" suffixed. What I liked about this book is the story line and the connectivity, continuity and the flow and of course, excellent vocabulary and and grammar.

Verdict 4.5/5

This is an author requested review and the opinions are honest.

MaxFreshMove with Mr. Perfect

What do you do while you drive daily to work in the slow moving traffic or while you occupy window seat on the bus or local train, counting the taller buildings than the number of green trees. When you jog or run in the park, with the ear phones so tightly plugged into your ears and the high tempo beats outstanding the silence.

Music and dance have always been rejuvenating and relaxes the mind and the body when you dance or sing, no matter how bad you're at it. Step 1, step 2... shake your hands and toes on the floor and never miss the beat.

Few years ago, my Telugu speaking friends introduced the songs from Aarya-2, Mr Perfect and Ringa Ringa, which have been huge hits of all times. No matter you watch a Telugu dance show or an orchestra at a wedding, people who don't understand the lyrics, dance at his tune.

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Shanka Pola Bangles

Shanka Pola Bangles are of "High" importance in the Hindu Bengali Wedding. They signify the marital status of a Bengali woman.

Shanka means Conch Shell and Pola means red coral. SHANKA bangles are beautifully carved and are available with gold designs. While, Pola, also pronounce, Paula, are the red corals bangles but due to the ban on the Coral species, the red plastic bangles are being used as substitute. Pola bangles are also available with gold designs.

These are the pair of Shanka Pola Bangles my friend bought all the way from Kolkata. The Shanka Pola Bangles are purchased from local shop and are made of plastic. They have the beautifully engraved peacock. Bengali jewelerry have intrinsic designs which draws everyone's attention.

Kolhapuri Thushi

 I was in Kolhapuri during VaraMahaLakshmi festival, which is celebrated in a great grandeur in South India. It is believed that you would never suffer from lack of wealth, or fame, when you worship the goddess with utmost devotion.I consider myself lucky to have visited the Goddess on this auspicious day. The moment you hear Kolhapur, the first thing which passes your mind are the elegant Kolhapuri chappals or footwear, followed by the traditional Thushi, traditional necklace worn by every Mararashtrian women.Thushi is mainly from goldsmith from Kolhapur.

Kolhapuri Thushi with Pearls
Kolhapuri Thushi with Pearl Earrings

Kolhapuri Thushi with pearl and corals along with Pearl Earrings

Gifted by my dad 15 years ago. Have preserved this carefully.

 If you're visiting Kolhapur, then never forget to gift yourself and loved ones, the traditional Thushi, which are available in large variety of designs. Thushi consists of small golden colorl beads, with a pink dollar or with pearls and corals. The golden beads with black beads are worn by married women.

I bought four Thushi's for myself and matching earrings during my last visit to Kolhapur. Care should be taken not to spray perfume, deodorant or water since the golden color may vanish.

Barron River Rafting at Cairns

If you visit Cairns, Australia, then you shouldn't miss River Rafting at Barron river. We, a group of six, tried the Level 3 rafting and it was an amazing memorable experience. Our instructor was Atushi, a Japanese, who told us stories throughout the journey and all of us would giggle. :)

You can book online: http://www.cairnsrafting.com.au/ . They offer a pickup and drop facility from your hotel. For pricing and availability, check their website.

Things to do in Cairns :: Australia

Cairns, is an adventurous place in the state, Queensland, Australia. If you want to dive into the world famous, Great Barrier Reef, then you must arrive at Cairns. If you love adventurous, then Cairns is the place to be!

Here are adventurous sports and NEVER MISS things to do in Cairns:

  1. Bungy jumping (50m)
  2. Hot air ballon
  3. Sky diving
  4. Para sailing
  5. Bumper tube
  6. Jet Ski
  7. Snorkeling
  8. Scuba Diving

Details of each activity coming up in my next post! Keep watching. ;)

Super mom

Mothers are special gifts God has created. They have great patience and ability to make their children happy at the risk of making any sacrifice. Right from the time I was in her womb and till now, she has been a great mentor, a friend and a guide. I, sometimes, wonder how much patience she has to tolerate somethings. How much stress she handles with ease, with a smile on her face; without letting any of family members down.

While I was at school and college, she would help me with my homework, make sure I was well prepared for the exams and did not forget to take hall ticket along, pens were filled with ink, I arrive the exam hall without any tension, eat & sleep well the day before the exam. She would even skip going to family functions and stop watching TV, since it would disturb me. If I stayed awake for long time, she would accompany me so that I don't get bored studying alone. She would console me if I did not do the exam well. She prayed to the almighty that I score well in my exams and always wanted to see her daughter happy.

As I completed my engineering and begun to work, she would ensure, I eat regularly on time, never skip the food due to work.
She would call me at regular intervals to ensure that I am not overloaded with work nor worry too much about it.

In 2011, it was the first time I lived away from my family, 5,585 miles down under, in a continent country, she would constantly worry if I was safe, if I had adjusted to the new lifestyle, if I was fit and healthy in such harsh climate where the temperature would drop to 1 degree. She would listen to me with patience while I spoke to her for long hours while I described how clean the city was and my excitement seeing the trams, which would run for free, without having to buy any ticket.

She has been a pillar of strength, when father passed away. Though, it is hard to overcome the sadness and emotions losing a life partner to whom you've been bonded for past forty four years.

Mom, you have always been my idol and bestie. Being a woman, we face hardships in life and patience is most important. I am confident, I would overcome the hurdles of any size when you're with me.

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Ramayana-The Game of Life Shattered Dreams Book 2

Ramayana-The Game of Life Shattered Dreams Book 2
Author : Shubha Vilas
Publisher : Jaico Books
Price : Rs 350.
Pages : 387

Shubha Vilas has authored the book Ramayana-The Game of Life - Rise of the Sun Price, which is his first published book and is a National Bestseller. unfortunately, I haven't got a chance to read his first book but had a chance to read his second book. The book has been written in a detailed manner which emphasize on minute details which I have never come across. Say Ravana was earlier called Dasagriva and how he pleases Lord Bhola Shankar and manages to get his boon fulfilled. It is also interesting to know how peacock rescued Lord Indra of Devlok and how it was blessed by the Lord, with beautiful bluish green feathers that resemble Indra's Thousand eyes. There are instances where Ravana and his son Indrajit obtain boon from Lord Brahma in a smart way; another instance where Narada Muni goes to Ravana and asks him to pray Lord Vishnu which angers Ravana and takes his sword to kill him. The interesting part is how Ravana attacks the Lord of Death, Yama, and Brahma comes to his rescue. There are many narrations which we have never heard of or even aware of, which we learn reading this book. the author has carefully crafted this book that he has mentioned superscript numbering on every page and a detailed information at the bottom of the page explaining what exactly it means. What I liked the most at the end of every page is that, it has tiny image of pair of wooden wood, worn by Lord Rama. This image is seen at all temples where devotees bow down and seek the Almighty's blessing.

The author has penned down in such a way that you wouldn't close the book until you are done with the complete 387 pages. Though, its not the usual romantic novel nor a science fiction, Hindu mythology has been written in a very pleasing way and with excellent English vocabulary. I would definitely look forward to reading his books in future.

verdict : 4.5/5

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Elegance defines style

Fashion Magazine has always been glamorous and once you flip the page, you cannot stop flipping and looking at the designs, catchy colors, over and again. #LakmeSchoolOfStyle is India's first online video magazine which I can access at once click. A range of videos are available that provide tips and tutorials on hair styling, choosing perfect makeup for the best look.

This is an excellent video Lakmé School Of Style Vlogger Sahibba K Anand with a detailed make up procedure on how to use a bright red lip color for long stay hour, smokey eyes and use a concealer that blends with your skin tone. I love the way the red lipstick was applied with the lip liner and technique for long stay. The teal eyeliner with the smokey eyes look great for a party wear or a date. The best part was how important it is to chose a concealer which most of us mistake and end up buying a different one. With the range of makeup from Lakme and the right procedure, it's not too hard to nail a flawless makeup.

Nishka Lulla speaks on Bohemian Dressing that goes well with your date or for lunch or dinner party. The Bohemian Dressing looks simple, elegant and attractive. I must say, it's the best look I have seen and the gladiators Nishka wears are unique and I have started to search them online, hoping to find one. I loved all the four dressings along with the cute accessories.

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The Dear Departed

Last year, 2014, was an year of more sorrows than joy. Though the year was not a great start it wasn’t a great year to end, having lost my dear father, who was much more a friend and a guide, on whom I relied on always.  It has been a difficult phase and confident that I would overcome this, too.

Sleepless nights, that I am posting this at this time of the hour.