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Thursday, December 17, 2015

A Pause button for a peaceful world!

It's been a while since I wrote anything for my Blog's theme - a soulful post. Reason - Many.
But the end result is I AM BLANK. Yes, that's how I am these days. Why? Because, I am confused looking at the changes I am going through. And I realize these are the changes every human being goes through.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The City Beautiful - Chandigarh

There are few places where the times spent call you over and over again, to re-live the experiences. I spent 3 years in one such place, a place where I spread my wings and soared in the sky literally. The city is Chandigarh - the city beautiful as the welcome plaque says.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

First time Baking a cake!

I feel that no matter how old we grow, birthdays are always going to be special. For me it is a day of celebration and just being the kid we used to be. And I am eternally excited not only on my birthday - but for birthdays for my entire family!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Top 5 Baby Care Brands Available Online in India

Parents develop a special bond with their baby even before the baby is born. People start to shop for the baby and decorate his or her room months prior to his or her birth. If you are a parent who has done all this too then you must want to make sure that you buy only high quality products for your baby.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

An epitome of #madeofgreat

The world around us is just a reflection of what we want to see. If you want to see good, you will find numerous reason to enjoy the goodness and if you feel things are bad, that is what you will find everywhere. Its all in the eyes of the beholder.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Transform Your Home With Carpets

In recent years, carpets and rugs haven’t been a large part of home interior decor. These days we like to show off our floor finishes. The concept of ‘less is more’ has become more common.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

5 ways to delight your wife this KarvaChauth


So, here again we have the festival when a woman professes her love for her man, KarwaChauth. (To know about Karwachauth read here.) And my phone is abuzz with hordes of messages -  congratulatory posts, advise posts on what women should eat in Sargi to help her with whole day of fasting, and even jokes like this one:

Sunday, October 18, 2015

A drive of Freedom


When he was 4 all he would do was to sit at the window side and gaze at the number of trucks standing in line outside his home. He would sit there for hours looking through his childish gaze at the different shades and models of the giant vehicles that were waiting to get the gunny bags unloaded and transferred to the huge storage building right opposite his house. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Are you scared of learning.. to drive a car?

Img courtesy here
Lots of people have congratulated me on my post "What I actually learned while learning to drive on Indian roads" and few have come forward to email me to share their personal fears towards driving.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

3 Hot picks- tweaked versions of Anarkali worth a try

Anarkali suits have flooded the market for quite some time, making it the flavor of the season. However, with the changing fashion, the style needs a little modification to stay in trend. Keeping the basics in place, here are some of the tweaked versions of Anarkali which though have the charm of the style are different in look and appeal.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A gratitude post for September

In this digital age, when you can get connected to almost anyone instantly, you hardly feel the need to meet people personally. And when life throws a chance where one get to meet someone personally with whom you got connected in the online world, one generally feels reluctant and confused.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Oops I read diary.. of a young girl!

Image courtesy here
Before you start thinking what a horrible person I am coz I invaded somebody else privacy let me tell you, it was an accident. Believe me! I just stumbled upon it and turned its pages to check what the book was about when suddenly I realized what it is. But by that time it was too late! The few pages were so interesting that I couldn't resist the temptation to read it complete. How can you stop yourself from eating the forbidden apple once you have taken the bite and tasted it?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My Journey of Blogging

I have many Blogger friends whom I adore and follow, but many of them might not know this as I am not consistent with commenting and other such activities to network (Well, I am mother to a toddler struggling with time and errr.. a lazy bum).

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A gentle goodbye!!


Once again the night has come
to haunt me of what they tell
There is no one who walk with you
Not to heaven and nowhere to hell

Monday, August 10, 2015

TV Button on my mobile

Living in a family of diverse interests, entertainment is something which goes by popular choice at my home. But the way I am, I might want to watch my favorite rom-com, while the world is biting its nails watching a cricket match.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Why Airtel 4G seems to be the truly fastest network!

**Breaking News**

Airtel 4G is in the market and guess what Airtel is challenging if your network is faster, they will pay your mobile bills for life.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Let's admire the Wildlife

"Look at it's skin. Isn't that magical and beautiful?", said Navpreet as I stood looking with a gaping mouth at her desktop in disgust. It had a wallpaper of a creepy looking Chameleon at full zoom. "This is ugly. Please change it to something actually beautiful." She shrugged and gave me a bewildered look, "Try to appreciate the beauty of nature, Roohi!" as I wondered what kind of species was my friend?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Why Car Seats For Kids Should Be Mandatory In India

Just like many Indian couples, till now my daughter, now 2.5 yrs, would sit in my lap, as my husband would drive the car. And so, it was unusual for her to see Momma driving and her restlessness was disturbing to me.

Friday, July 10, 2015

The magic potion Honey


Img courtesy here
We all love ourselves and being here in form the first thing that comes to our mind about ourselves is our body. We love our face, our shape, our size and always want to look and feel best. What? You are thinking how much you hate your growing weight or your short height or those acne on your skin.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

UC Browser - For the cricketer in you

This post is for you - the cricket lover and I am not a cricket fan. Wait, wait before you write me off and stop reading this page, let me tell you how earnestly I want you to follow your heart while still not upsetting your dear ones who are not crazy for the game.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The chains of your love..- FPFS2

Chains of your love- Done in Oil pastels

I want to break free,

Monday, June 22, 2015

Oyo Rooms Review : A day when I felt like Queen being an #Oyoxplorer

Can you imagine the life of a hosteler girl turned wife turned mother, staying at home all the time, while secretly longing in her dream to be an author of a story to inspire everyone, one day?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Desi Love affair with #LufthansaPremiumEconomy

"And I love these winds from the oceans blowing in my hair.", I told my husband as we were taking stroll along the coastline of Radhanagar beach in Andamans. It was our first trip together since our arranged marriage, as famously put - our honeymoon.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sometimes our deluded minds.. - FPFS 1


Delusion (Oil Pastels)

Sometimes we err, not because of intentions
                                     but our lack of attention.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Renault Lodgy - A gift of our time

They say time is the solution to all problems and I am a strong believer of this. Changing time, moving time, always going forward continuously, undeterred by any disturbance, it is the best vehicle forever. Time. When we are clueless about situations, it miraculously bring us the answers.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Diary of a woman who quit her job..

Ballerina by Roohi

 "So you quit because of your daughter?", ask almost everyone when I tell them I have quit my job.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A legacy of love

Courtesy here
To my Daughter,

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Unforgettable Nikki Beach, Bali

"Why didn't you order that till now?", Piyush asked me as I stood there before him sheepishly looking here and there. He was referring to Sarong, a garment wrapped on a Beach side. It was my dream to roam along the coastline of a beautiful beach wearing a Sarong one day.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

When a Woman loves a Man..

.. she watches a movie like Mad Max: Fury Road, arm in arm with him at a Multiplex, even though she is sitting on the edge of her seat ready to jump and run out if given just a moment of escape.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dying with dignity

My blogger friend Ravish had few days back asked in Indispire 

If you could plan your death, how would you plan it?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Amazing #MyAirtelApp

Ever since I got a mobile phone, the one name that has stuck with me to date is Airtel. Though I tried other services, but found the plans by Airtel and their services best for me. And when I switched to a smart phone, I found the internet services to be awesome as well.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

#EkNayiLeague - Lets solve the mystery behind

Well, well well I cannot feel more amused watching the videos of Kapil Praaji. I just love the way the guy speaks and he's looking so dashing too :P But lets not divert from main agenda. What exactly this #EkNayiLeague is about. Can it be some thing like IPL as Kapil Dev also had once upon a time floated such idea that was crushed down badly (by the powers to be shh shh)?

#AtoZChallenge - Reflecting on completing the challenge

I don't consider myself as a Blogger as I have seen the real Bloggers out there and how passionate they are about Blogging. Compared to them I am just an amateur. Posting only occasionally, networking not as frequently and commenting even less frequently. I am not even a writer for a writer needs to be disciplined about his work and I am one of the most in-disciplined character in this Universe.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Future of Travel and Fashion in the app-only world & what it means for the consumers

Today's silicon era is dominated by one overwhelming trend. Engineers have been busy packing more power per square nano/pico inch of that micro-processor. Thus our note-books have given way to net-books and now it is the time of world domination by smart-phones. The mind-set that your mobile is still a communication device and may be a small gaming console is now being shattered by extremely smart apps on mobiles.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Secret Potion Of Happiness

I remember when I sipped 'ek botal' Vodka for the first and unfortunately last time :), my reaction for the whole night was uncontrollable laughs!

Friday, March 20, 2015

A lesson taught by a Teacher - #1000speak

This post also appeared on The Huffington Post

The first day at a nearby day care for Pihu, now 2.5, was a disaster. The teacher could not handle her crying as my daughter missed me, my number was not reachable and by the time I came to check on her, the clueless, dumb teacher shouted at her.

US Polo T-Shirts that make you stand out!

I got some shopping vouchers applicable to specific brands. Since they were of good value, we wanted to use them. It had been more than 6 months but they were still lying with me as being parents of an active baby leaves you with less time to think anything other than essential. One day, as I was about to leave for an event, when I remembered one of the store mentioned in the voucher was nearby - it was a showroom of US Polo - how could I miss that after all, it's one of my fav brands to adorn my husband :).

Saturday, March 14, 2015

IS God some external entity?

"Are you sure you will be able to handle it?" I asked Piyush. "I won't say it would be an easy experience but I'll be there to support you", he assured me.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Successful Community Effort

This article also got featured in The Better India and The Huffington Post

The ladies in the picture by the side, appear to be kitty partying but they are doing far more serious work, a work which all of us might ignore but which makes a huge difference to the world we live in.
These are passionate women who are making a difference to the world we live in by actively doing their bit. They are the definition of the new-age women who apart from managing their households, families and even jobs are taking pains to make everyone in their community realize the importance of each one's participation to maintain a clean, healthy & sustainable environment. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Conscious Change

Few days back a fellow blogger commented that my impression was something else before my last Blog-post. That made me think whether I have changed!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

She needs a Closure to Rest in Peace!

I am a very sensitive person in the words of my father. So sensitive that I avoid talking too much to people, as I can get attached in just few minutes and start crying. Extreme personality? Perhaps, you are right! That also explains why my husband ensured that I don't see the newspaper when Nirbhaya 'case' happened as those days, I was nursing my then two months old daughter. But how could an ugly blot that tarnished and shocked whole country remain hidden from me? No word exists that can describe the horrors a person went through just for being a woman. I felt devastated! As a nation, we all were!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Five point something for my kid

What a wonderful feeling is to have a baby! Ever since I have taken a break from active professional life, I am marvelling at my toddler's itsy-bitsy activities each day. And I feel as if she too is enjoying having a happy Mommy at her service for full day. What else can explain her waking up smilingly every morning? The girl who was giving us tough nights till few months ago (read here), now wishes us Good-morning and showers us with hugs and kisses.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

God is a Trickster

                         
Sometimes, I lovingly call God as Mr. 420. There is an incident from my life which was nothing short of a miracle and that make me call God as the ultimate trickster.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Discovering Vivanta



Welcome to Vivanta, my realm. I am Ruhaan, just an ordinary guy here but that doesn't stop me in introducing you to the amazing society we have here.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Angels in my life

Every person who is living life through each day is an achiever. We all are fighting our own battles but can we compare our struggles and success with anyone? For what may be just a few centimetres for any human is a long tiring journey for an Ant. But does that make an Ant a lesser being or a human any superior?

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Buying Selling car through Quikr

It is an old news that Quikr is emerging out to be the best among all the selling-buying online platform.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I pray for your well-being

Top post on IndiBlogger.in, the community of Indian Bloggers
Strange even when we are angry with people we love, we wish all is well at their end...

O my heart, please don't be sad
I know you are hurt, times are bad
Just don't lose hope, hang on with me
Together we can change our destiny

Sunday, February 22, 2015

To Chaya Mam

This post is to acknowledge that one person who guided me in the toughest decision of my life.

Friday, February 20, 2015

I belong to you, you to me - Short story

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"Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike, each has their sufferings." - Buddha

For years I have lived envying the happiness of others. For years I have lamented over my fate. For years I have complained life is unfair to me. For years I have blamed others for all the bad things happening all around.  For years I have wanted a chance when I can prove I am superior. And one fine day I woke up to realize I have finally proved. Now the game was reversed - now others lamented while I rejoiced. I relished having it all.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pampering my little monster

Having a baby is more than a herculean task. No, I am not talking about all the going-through-labor-stuff. That is there too. But the real life starts after the birth of the little monster. Yeah, you read it right I am calling it a little monster,

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

It's all in my heart

I am a woman. I belong to middle-class family. I am a citizen of a developing country riddled with social as well as economic issues.

Needless to say, I live a life full of constraints. I grew up with a cobweb of rules around me. But heart is blind to worldly affairs.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The digital heartthrob - Asus ZenFone

I must admit I am blown away by Asus completely. I have reviewed its new ASUS All In One PCET2040 and ASUS EeeBookX205TA in this post.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Minions' Love story

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Happy Valentine's day :)

 There is no reason not to enjoy this love's day when I am immensely in love with my life-partner.
This post is about our expression of love. Piyush and I did our first movie together for this contest in less than half a day.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Dark Knight rises - A political commentary on AAP

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The recent Delhi elections results has brought the whiff of fresh air back into the lives of hopeful Indians.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Surprise Proposal

I am a little old fashioned when it comes to romance - a Jane Austen fan, feminine to the core. Hence, I have never proposed any guy or flirted with someone. For me it should always be the other way round. A prince charming should always sway away the lady of his dreams off her feet.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Forward this post to at least 10 people

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Few months back I was surprised to find a familiar but unexpected face sending me friend's request on my Facebook account. I should confess that more than surprised I was actually pleased to find the presence of my cook on the famous social networking site. He is a hard working guy from different part of the country migrated to Bangalore for regular income. We often advise him to take proper rest as he works in too many houses. But he needs money to send home! Where was the scope of anything else until the advent of cheaper and affordable smart phones? He asked us to order one for him online. And few days later after he got his new gadget he was on Facebook.

In a densely populated country like India where Per Capita Income is calculated around Rs 7,378/Month, owning a laptop is a luxury that only few percentage can afford. On top of that operating a laptop requires a basic understanding of computers and most importantly a relaxed life. With elementary education taking backseat in below poverty line's life, the former is impossible. And the relaxed life factor - well, you gotta be kidding! In our country we work like donkeys to make the ends meet.

So, I would say the invention of cheap smart mobiles is nothing short than a miracle to us. But we have more than the general reasons to celebrate Mobile social networking. Though in recent years, it has helped Indians to express themselves more candidly, handle their social as well as personal issues more maturely, given them voices to fight against issues, given them international exposure that has  broadened their mindset and perspectives, and above all given everybody an alternate source of entertainment. Still, there is another far greater effect of mobile social networking.

You see we used to make everyone around us uneasy with our poking gaze and brazen manners. We
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have this birth right of trespassing into the personal life of others. I used to get irritated when while waiting for a train at station, or my turn at a bank or traveling in metro, people waiting idly would just scan me from top to bottom and stare at me unabashedly. Only few would engage in static activities like reading or listening music using headphones. The national past-time was gawking. Men would stare for obvious reasons but even women were not left behind. Staring and making a mental note and comments about others lifestyle, would make anyone uncomfortable. I am sure all of us have been in such situation and unknowingly all of us have been doing the exact same thing. Sprouting from this seed of boredom was our impatient attitude that would drive us in breaking queues, getting into ugly scenes for space in a packed bus or trains and letting our creative streaks erupt as ugly graffiti at improper places.


But recently these things have begun to change. No more people are sitting idle and gaping at each
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other. With minds happily engaged in browsing through tweets, checking that little red icon in FB profile, or whatsapp an interesting PJ to old college friends, we have become tolerant while on move. We are no longer concerned if the lady sitting beside is wearing a saree or jeans, or if the swarm  outside passport office is swelling or if we are hanging on that pole in the overcrowded bus for more than an hour. We are no longer a nation of bored housewives who would sit before television cutting veggies or tired husbands whose world only revolves around work or family. We are no longer a nation of retired old men who sit idly counting hours in a day or MILs whose only goal is to exercise control on their DILs. Our ladies and men are now socialites, multi-talented, strong opinionated and confident lot. Because we are lot more connected anytime, anywhere. We take absolutely no worries and it looks like finally we are arriving to become a nation of cool people. 


After all, forwarding the forwarded message is the forward thing to do in these forward times.


P.S.: जल्दी फॉरवर्ड करो, मार्केट में नया आया है :D


"I am participating in the #SMWBangalore activity at BlogAdda in association with Social Media Week Bangalore"

Friday, February 6, 2015

To become a Lotus

Top post on IndiBlogger.in, the community of Indian Bloggers
Disagreements are part of life and anyone can end up in the middle of a heated conflict no matter how polite or political or understanding one is.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Wonders of Quikr NXT

Disclaimer: This post is written for Indiblogger

I was in the middle of this important meeting when I got a call from this private number. Being a family person esp. a mother of 2 year old all kinds of thoughts crossed my minds in just milliseconds and I picked the call disrupting the meeting, just to attend an unknown guy telemarketing about the new Spa opened in some remote part of the city. Anyone can guess the level of frustration I went through and the only thing that I wanted to say was, "How the hell did you get my number?".

My First Bloggers' Meet

I started my blog in 2006 when I got to know about the blogging platform and that I can be more public about my views and writings. Not a regular blogger until 2012, I was on and off blogging given my hectic real life.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Bolt Affair



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I am a self-dependent woman but in my 7 years of working life, I never bought an expensive thing for myself. But ever since I have gained confidence in driving, my interest in Cars have peaked. I want to own one. And mind you I am a sort of person who generally leads a simple life, do not buy expensive stuff but when buy, buy the best to my demand and use it for as long as possible. Yeah, that sounds like an impossible ME!!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Fanning the flames

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My blog is a reflection of my that part of my personality that I do not reveal just to anyone in person. I am an introvert and speak little to new people or you can say I take my own sweet time to open up with strangers. There are many reasons for it. The foremost reason is only when I am sure that the other person is going to respect my views even if we are not on agreeing terms, I speak frankly. Inviting conflicts is not my cup of tea. So when Piyush came to meet me for the first time, in just 5 minutes I concluded that I do want to speak my mind to him. He tried really hard but I didn't budge.

It was only later when he read my blog posts he realized I will make a good partner to him. And he struggled but finally convinced me of that too. Oh, how  grateful I am to my blog for showing me the right path that lead to him! This was the greatest compliment anyone could have given me. Accepting me as a life partner wholeheartedly.

Even when I am not sure of my writing capabilities, he remind me of this. But I tell you I was bowled over when I read his writings. Yes, he writes too! He has this uncomplicated mind and very broad views and that is his style of writing too. But unlike me, he is a dedicated software professional who doesn't miss his creative side much, probably because he is as creative in his job. Still, how can a talent like his fade away. So, after much pestering and inciting and forcing him to write guest posts on my blog, I am finally able to fan the flames. Yes, my Mr. Darcy has brought back his blog from its burnt and cool ashes. Introducing to all my friends in blogging community pseudorandomthoughts.in - a panorama of beautiful meaningful poems, thoughts, tech reviews and much more from this wonderful personality.

Here's are few of my favorite lines in one of his poem "Love":

True love is a joy 
But remember, in love do not fall 
Rise in love, love is for rising 
Grow in love to heights tall 

Let your love flow freely 
Never confining in expectations 
The joy lies in inexpressible feelings 
Eyes conveying speechless confessions 

When you love some one 
Just love truly without any bound 
And ask your sweetheart to tread softly 
Because your dreams lie all around 

Way to go Piyush! All the best..

Thursday, January 29, 2015

What I want

Writer's note: I was prompted to write this post “as a part of #UseYourAnd activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette Venus“. But as my honest writing progressed, I figured these views are not only limited for women but for everyone.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Just what I need

I am a person with multiple interests. One moment I am a writer, another one I am a painter, yet another I am a movie buff, or a blogger or a travelling soul or a pensive reader and yes, I forgot I am a professional software engineer. And recently I quit my job to pursue things on my own. With that gone is my office Dell laptop which though powerful but otherwise was boring to me.
 So I took out my personal laptop which was biting the dust all these years. But I was alarmed when it shouted at me, "Hello?? Don't you have some respect for someone's privacy and leisure hour?" And I was taken a back!! Somehow I am making the poor guy work to help me get my next best friend. But wait, will just one friend do for a Jack of all trades Me?
 My stint with computing devices has educated me a lot about ergonomics. With a portable device like laptop - I used to laze around anywhere, everywhere - from the coffee shop to awkward spaces of public transport to the comfort of my bed. With little regard to my posture, I spent long hours on my laptop which led to back and neck pains. This led to opening of my eyes about ergonomic computing.
I have come to realize that while a full-fledged laptop comes with lot of computing power and portability, it also makes us forego our physical discipline. I have also found the native keyboards on portable devices a tad pain for the wrist. So much so, that I ended up ordering an ergonomic keyboard for myself at office to soothe my aching wrist.
I find the good ol' desktop to be a better computing device in this context - for you just cannot take the huge machine to your bed, lie down and type in that position. You needed a table and a chair - and you would sit upright when you were using the machine. But the invasion of laptop has made this irrelevant. And gone are the requirements of proper posture whilst computing.
I feel that the new age devices - all-in-one PC which are replacing the conventional desktops are a very good option. They remove the bulk of the devices, portability is not entirely lost, yet while using these you are most likely to maintain better posture for you would be working on these in a standard table-chair setting.
 
Since one of my avatars is that of a test-automation engineer, and one of the items in my bucket list of life is to create automation frameworks which could have meaningful use to my community - I guess this ASUS All In One PCET2040 is something I most certainly need to take my dreams forward while ensuring that my computing habits are ergonomically right. Simple, versatile, yet powerful.

 19.5-inch All-in-One PC with built-in backup power, innovative hands-free gesture control and full I/O connectivity

I am definitely impressed by these points:
  • Windows 8.1 or other editions available
  • Smart backup power prevents data loss up to one hour
  • Intuitive gesture control for hands-free entertainment
  • Comprehensive array of I/O ports with three USB 3.0, three USB 2.0 and HDMI-output
Yes, this will certainly do for all my computing needs.
 
But what about my travelling vows - I shall abide by my dreams and travel for leisure once every two months at least. I can't carry a heavy laptop while in a bus, or a train, or a flight or bullock cart or whatever. So I have found a perfect gadget for my wandering soul. The new ASUS EeeBookX205TA with its high-end performance and Elegantly Crafted design, it is an affordable 11.6-inch Windows 8.1 notebook that weighs less than 1kg and has a sleek, compact, space-saving design. EeeBook X205 allows surfing the net for up to 12 hours on a full charge. What more is it has Windows 8.1 with Bing which will give me full compatibility with software and peripherals when compared to other operating systems. Geez that means I can have fun while travelling and it looks good too. Sleek on style, sleek in price. Have a look:



 Isn't that a real beauty??
 For more on specifications visit here: https://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/ASUS_EeeBook_X205TA/Features/


I guess I am on my way to become the Leonardo da Vinci of our time, with multiple talents and equipped with perfect gadgets :)


 
 

Shh! Its a secret valentine post :)

I am a little old fashioned when it comes to romance - a Jane Austen fan, feminine to the core. Hence, I have never proposed any guy or flirted with someone. For me it should always be the other way round. A prince charming should always sway away the lady of his dreams off her feet.

With modern times and loving the cosmopolitan life, my thoughts are changing though. But the main reason behind it is that the love of my life is perfect - a Mr. Darcy mixed with Rahul of DDLJ. And I am head over heels for him. So, I want to surprise him this time. Instead of him leading me as usual, I am going to lead him this Valentine's day. And I know he's going to love this deviation from routine.

Here's what I am planning to do:

We both are movie buff but it is always him who looks for new movies and books the tickets and takes me to the Cinema while I happily sit arm in arm with him and watch the show. Not this time.
I will get the tickets booked for the night show. This valentine day is on Saturday which is a holiday for us. So I will do a little drama on late Friday evening that I have missed an important document with my colleague, who is coming to a common point i.e. the secretly booked multiplex and since it is late in the night and being my knight in shining armour, he'll be hell bent to accompany me. I will fake a tussle and allow him only on the condition that he let me drive. Then I will drive straight to the Multiplex. I have spoken to my colleague friend who will be there holding the tickets and who'll insist on us to watch the movie. I know Mr. Darcy won't be able to refuse the attraction and hence, I will start with second phase of my plan.
Excusing myself for the restroom I will go and change into that pretty black one piece dress I have especially bought for the occasion and carried in my hand bag. And yes that glittering Swarovski pendant set which Mr. Darcy got me from his onsite visit last year will match it perfectly. With just a striking black kajal and shimmering lipper, I will be ready in not more than 7 minutes. My friend will take a video shot of Mr. Darcy and his reactions when I will surprise him with my makeover. I am sure by this time he'll be dead sure that I am up to something being a clever fox he is. My friend will say bye on pretext of some personal work and leave. We'll head to the gold class seats and the show will begin.

Now, he must be really smiley and all relaxed to sit back and enjoy his favourite genre movie without having to do anything. During interval, there will be flowers and his favourite snacks for him delivered by pantry guy. But the real fun will be in the end of the movie, past the midnight i.e.14th Feb technically. When the lights are about to be lit, there will be a surprise audio. No, it won't be some announcement but a song. A romantic one - You say it best, when you say nothing at all - our favourite number. I am already recording one with the help of his brother who is into music. He'll be all pleased to recognise my voice and before all turned heads and peeping eyes, I will then touch and hold his hands and say this, "You are my sun and my stars, my Valentine. And I am always yours forever in this life and others and beyond that where ever shall my soul go". He'll sense the platinum ring that I am holding and I will take my hand back and gently slid it in his finger, giving a peck on his cheeks and waiting for him to do the next best thing :)

img courtesy www.tootlee.com

Now I must hurry up for all the preparations and arrangement with the multiplex guys and yes this is a secret post so please don't share it anywhere lest he should know. :)

Thanks Close-up for prompting me to this little hearty cupid game. Mr. Darcy is sure going to love you guys.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The evening at Juhu Beach

"Now this is what I call a Beach.", I looked at my husband and said proudly. Standing on the sand err I mean trying to find a place to keep our feet on the sand. Sand err I forgot to mention it is black like tar. For few minutes we were confused whether we are on the famous spot of Juhu Beach or some drainage. Why on earth it is like that??

I was looking at Piyush who looked ice cold giving me his I-told-you-better-stay-at-room looks, ready to turn back and give the best run of his life. Hmm I should bring him here often for that run, at least he'll loose that extra fat, I mused.

Forget about him. I am here to enjoy my beach. After all I love sea and thanks to him I am enjoying one after 6 years. And Juhu BEach. I came here more than 15 years ago with my parents.

"Hey, would you mind to click a picture?", I asked him. "Picture?? Where and with whom??", he said rolling his eyes on the public around. Well, yeah there is lot of crowd as in the climax of the Hollywood flick "2012". But who cares? Its the famous Juhu Beach!! Everybody wanna come here and chill. CHILL. What is that under my feet?? Owwww.. Its an empty trashed beer bottle. Thank God, I didn't get a cut anywhere. Why the hell people drink Beer if they can't gulp down the bottles!!

Never mind I should not spoil my beach mood. Here I give my best shot on Camera. One more please. Like this. "Hey.. What is wrong? What are you searching for?" There I see Piyush turning yellow, purple and red. I didn't know my husband can change his skin color. And what is there in his hand. Wait.. Is that a used baby diaper?? Oh my god, I can't stop my hysterical laughs. I should better stop as Piyush is angry as he'll throw me deep inside the ocean. But before he could do any such thing, the rain God saves me. And we run towards the food stalls.

"I want those pav bhajis", I demand. Piyush looks relaxed being away from the waters or filthy beach as he remarked when we arrived there. I wait for him as he goes to pay for that. What a great culture we live in. Everybody is so friendly in India. I am just wondering when I hear some cries. It seems there has ensued some altercations. Oh, Piyush comes back looking disappointed. "Lets go back.. They don't have any hygiene sense. They are wiping the sweat and cooking using same hands". Now that gave me some jolly good shock. I am starving but not for someone's salt and pepper!!

Bye bye Juhu Beach. Will not come again!!

This post is for the Happy hour challenge for great Indian litterbug contest by Indiblogger  in association with http://greatindian.timesofindia.com/ 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thanks to Chyawanprash!

With much excitement we bought a cute white and pink wardrobe for Pihu when she was just 3 months old. I planned to set it with her pretty dresses, cute toys, footwear and other stuffs. She was a dream come true for me as my Barbie doll. Little did I imagined that one of  the wardrobe's shelf will get all full with different kinds of medications. And as I am emptying it today, I can notice how many prescriptions and medicines have filled the first two years of my darling's life. That is when she was born a perfectly healthy child and when we have taken extraordinary care to keep her fit and fine.

She is the first child to our generation in my family and her laughter as well as her playfulness keeps every body fresh in the house. But she has picked her father's allergic reactions to Bangalore unpredictable weather. And as such she would get stuffy nose every now and then. That affected her overall growth as she would stop eating and sleeping. I have seen my cutie pie go all weak and thin because of that. Not only her but it affected our lifestyles and health as well as we would be short on sleep and running after doctor's appointment in the middle of our working day. I tried all sorts of treatments on her - Home remedies told by relatives, homeopathy, and ultimately allopathic doses. Though I loved my Barbie in short and sleeveless dresses, yet I stopped dressing her in shorts and frocks and would cover her whole all the time. What began as a dream soon looked like an unmanageable nightmare!

My daughter is now 2 years 3 months and I am a very relaxed mother now as compared to what I was 6 months ago. Thanks to Dabur Chyawanprash. I did not gave her Chywanprash before as it was suggested to me that she should be more than 24 months. But I wasted no time as she crossed that limit. I could see the difference within days. It's middle of January and half of the winter season has passed. We have travelled all this while to all kinds of places and she is enjoying and we are enjoying. Moreover, she is a fussy child when it comes to food but she likes it a lot and calls it 'chawan' in her kiddish tongue. She believes it to be a version of Chocolate. Its a win-win situation for me as she has started building a good immunity to the changing weather conditions here and she relishes it. It doesn't have any side effects. What else can a mother ask!

More than anything, I can be a less worrying mother and can focus more on her other aspects of development. And the best part is I can enjoy her playfulness without getting bothered about her falling sick.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Back from Bali!!

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I am back from a week long refreshing and rejuvenating getaway to Bali. This was my first international trip. Thanks a ton to Piyush for making a dream come true. Travelling was introduced to me by my parents who would plan trips (as part of LTC allowance to my father, who worked in a Bank). I took it to my heart as such breaks would infuse me with vividness.

I aspire to travel a lot if and when time and Indian social obligations permit me.

Bali trip has ultimately inspired me to write my travelogues. It was by far the most meditating travel experience for me. I have returned calm like the sea and vibrant like the waves. What makes all such excursions all the more special is that I am accompanied by my minions - Piyush and Pihu.

Hence, I will be creating a separate section about my wandering soul which gets enriched by such travel experiences. As I am preparing to write the stories, here's a little sneak peek to my trip :





 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Of Feelings and Mankind - Short Story


- written by Piyush Bhatnagar

Once upon a time the earth 
really was a nice place. 
img courtesy http://www.kenlauher.com
Before the life forms we see today, it was occupied by energy forms, what we come to know now as feelings. So Happiness, Joy, Contentment, Wonder, Amazement - all the feelings we know of - used to occupy the realm of the ancient earth.