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.