Monday, 30 April 2012

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Summer Blues

Bright and golden,
With patches of yellowish orange;
Burning and melting,
Sweltering her way through.
Fiery and zealous,
Pouncing with utmost might;
Wearing and draining,
Vexing away the vigor;
Even lemons and melons
Fail to calm the fervor,
Awakening fond memories
Of raindrops sweet;
Here comes with all her grandeur,
The sultry blistering summer.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Arms Wide Open - Misty Edwards

Love the lyrics of this song!

What does love look like? is the question Ive been pondering
What does love look like?
What does love look like? is the question Ive been asking of You
Once believed that love was romance, just a chance
I even thought that love was for the lucky and the beautiful
I once believed that love was a momentary bliss, but love is more than this
All You ever wanted was my attention
All You ever wanted was love from me
All You ever wanted was my affections to sit here at Your feet and tell me
What does love look like? is the question Ive been pondering
What does love look like? If all of life comes down to love then tell me
What does love look like? is the question Ive been pondering
What does love look like?

Then I sat down a little frustrated and confused
Your fire of life comes down to love. And love has to be more than sentiment,
More than selfishness and selfish gain
Then I saw Him there
Hanging on a tree, looking at me
I saw Him there
Hanging on a tree, looking at me
He was looking at me looking at Him, staring through me
I could not escape those beautiful eyes
And I began to weep and weep
He had arms wide open, heart exposed
Arms wide open, He was bleeding, bleeding.
Arms wide open, heart exposed
Arms wide open, He was bleeding, bleeding
Loves definition
Loves definition, was looking at me
Looking at Him. Hanging on a tree
I began to weep and weep and weep and weep
This is how I know what love is.
And as I sat there, weeping, crying, those beautiful eyes
Full of desire and love. And He said to me
You shall love Me..You shall love Me.
With arms wide open, heart exposed
With arms wide open, bleeding, sometimes bleeding
You shall love Me.. You shall love Me..

If anybodys looking for love in all the wrong places
If youve been searching for love, come to Me. Come to me.
Take up your cross. Deny yourself.
Forget your fathers house and run. Run with Me.
Cause you were made for abandon your heart and listen
Cause you were made for Someone greater, Someone bigger, so follow Me.
And youll come alive when you learn to die.
And He said to me
You shall love Me. You shall love Me
With arms wide open, heart exposed
With arms wide open, bleeding, sometimes bleeding

Monday, 23 April 2012

Identifying Prufrock

"LET us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming question…
Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”
Let us go and make our visit."

                              - T.S Eliot (The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock)

The lonely and insecure Prufrock of T.S Eliot's "The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock" has always captured my interest by drawing my attention to the striking similarities between the character himself and psyche of a 21st century modern man.

Earlier, in the 20th century the multi faceted developments in the field of science and technology coupled with the gruesome after effects of the First world War, none the less created an atmosphere of disillusionment.

Eliot heavily resorts to Imagism and Symbolism in capturing the mood of those times in his poetry and in his depiction of Prufrock as a modern intellectual.

Full of doubt, nervous and shy, extremely insecure about his appearance, Prufrock who claims to have measured his life with coffee spoons, is worried because people around him being immersed in the shallowness and superficialities of life have no interest in his words. Prufrock says that even if you tell them, " I am Lazarus", they would pay no heed to you. He finds himself lonely and cynical, not able to merge with the society of his times. Unable to bear the frustrations of modern life, Prufrock escapes into his fantasies of mermaids under the sea.

Today, our generation  has seen even greater technological developments. More of wars, unrest, chaos and violence. In a mad rush to cope up with Darwin's theory of survival of the fittest, we struggle, becoming more materialistic and shallow in the process. Selfish and self centered. Intellectual yet insecure. Life though ambitious is mundane, meaningless and mechanical. At the break of dawn, putting on our masks we pretend as if all is in control. While inside we're just like Prufrock, nervous, shy, insecure and lonely. Soulless and empty, we attempt to escape into our world of fantasies day in and day out.

Buck up, the time has come to mend our ways. Even in the midst of our disillusion, let us make efforts to bring back the warmth of genuine love and concern for each other. Let us put away our masks and be what we are, true to our self first and then to others, allowing the flicker of hope to burn brighter each day.

"Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love." ( The Bible - 1 Corinthians 13:13 MSG)

I, Me, Myself

Dreams to live, 
Battles to fight.
Songs to sing,
Words to speak.
Wages to earn,
Treasures to seek.

Tears to wipe,
A smile to adorn.
Love to spread,
Trust to gain.
Captives to free,
Hope to restore.

A task in hand,
A purpose in life.

This is I, me, myself...

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Para-sailing and other Adventure Sports in Goa

I dream of flying, of touching the cool blue sky.

And this dream came true on my visit to Calangute Beach, Goa. I'm not much of (read not at all) an adventurous person, but when friends insist, its difficult to say no. So I thought, fair enough, lets try something new, and signed up for the water adventure games.

First, was jet-skiing that was quite enjoyable and the least intimidating. Then came the the banana ride, in which my friends and I were put on to an inflatable boat that was actually shaped like a banana. This boat was then connected to a speed boat that took us across the sea and simply and very unexpectedly threw us all out into the water. Getting flung into the sea can be quite alarming and much like a nightmare that's come true. Never again.

Next came the bumper ride, the one that was the scariest of all. God, and it went on and on, into the water and out again, and I thought it would never end. Phew!

Then there was another ride on a speed boat and finally came the most awaited one, Para sailing.

 Para sailing was pure fun and was extremely enjoyable. It felt as if I was flying, high and above, and the best part was the mesmerizing view of the sea, the sky and the coastline. It was absolutely great!

At the end of the day, though I was scared and shivery, I had tried some new things and had come across the amazing experience of para sailing. So it was worth it and memorable indeed.

If you happen to visit Goa, then you should definitely try para sailing and also the other water games. The best time to visit Goa, and try water sports is soon after the monsoons, when the sky is clear and the water calm.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Blogging is FUN

I had taken up blogging initially as a PR class assignment. But once the Diploma was done with I stopped. The first blog that I had started with was left unfinished and later deleted. Too much to do and too little time in my hands.

Now that I have started it again, I'm liking and enjoying it. For those of us who like writing, there is no bigger a platform than this. And its fun playing around with words, asking friends for their suggestions, looking out for fresh ideas. In simple words, I'm loving it. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

10 Things I Love About Mumbai

At times the crowd, the noise and the traffic drives me insane, but Mumbai, definitely is one of the best places to live in. This city that never sleeps, has a place for anyone and everyone. Some things that I like about Mumbai:

Photo credit : Benjie Rajan (MediaHouse Mumbai)
  1. The resilience and the Spirit of Mumbai - Floods, riots, terror attacks. They've all come and gone. But Mumbai keeps moving on no matter what. Nothing at all has managed yet to dampen this enthusiasm of the Mumbaikars.
  2. Opportunities galore - This is one factor that makes Mumbai a favorite destination for beginners. Mumbai has a job for everyone, be it big or small. The opportunities are never ending which makes Mumbai, the city where dreams come true.
  3. Marine Drive - In the evenings and during the monsoons, this place is a must visit. A perfect place to go for a walk or simply relax and get some fresh air.
  4. The Bombay Duck or the "bombil"- The most delicious fish ever, found mostly in Mumbai, an all time culinary delight. There's nothing like some piping hot fried bombil starters.
  5. Safe and secure - The best thing about Mumbai is that you can wear anything you want, have a crazy haircut, sport a weird look, and live with it. Mumbai allows people of all kind to blend in. Moreover, women can travel at any time of the day or night without being bothered.
  6. Street shopping - Its fun to street shop in Mumbai and you sure can pick up some very good stuff at amazingly cheap rates. 
  7. Variety of food - The roadside stalls offer cheap food that tempt your taste buds and leave you craving for more. 
  8. The local trains - Running from one end of the city to another, the local trains are considered as the lifeline of the city. Though crowded during the peak hours, the trains are the easiest,cheapest and the least time consuming mode of transport.
  9. Variety of people -Different people, different races, different languages and culture. In short you can get a glimpse of the whole of India within this city. Also it is a wonderful experience getting to meet people from all walks of life.
  10. Bollywood - Mumbai is home to the world's largest film making industry with a production of  more than 1000 films every year. Wherever you go within the city, you can see the influence of Bollywood on the common man.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Nostalgia: Wilson College

Dropped in to Wilson College today after four long years and it hardly took seconds to rush through the old, yet vivid memories of college days. A heritage building, overlooking a beach. The best college ever.

Lectures, friends, canteen, hot samosas with chai, English Department, assignments, library, college chapel, long walks, its all coming back. Ironically, myself, my brother, all my cousins based out of Mumbai, people to whom my cousins are engaged to; we all went to Wilson. Very interesting!

Friday, 13 April 2012

Top 5 Places to Street Shop in Mumbai

Who doesn't like shopping? And who doesn't enjoy getting a good shopping deal? Everybody does. At least every woman does. So if you are a shopping freak, then Mumbai is the best place to be. Mumbai, often termed as the fashion capital of India is no doubt a shopper's paradise. Fashion boutiques, swanky malls, high end retailers, we have it all. However, it is street shopping in Mumbai  that can take you to an altogether different level of bliss. Here are some of the best places to explore and shop in the city.

Colaba Causeway
The Culture Square of Mumbai, Colaba Causeway, has innumerable small shops and footpath stalls that sell all types of apparel, shawls, kolapuri chappals, jewellery, bags, belts, cosmetics and minor antiques. One of the busiest shopping areas in the city, this place has something for everyone, be it college students, housewives or backpackers. More than the shopping it is the feel and color of this place that can make the experience extremely pleasureable.

Fashion Street
If you want to keep up with the latest Bollywood fashion trends, then Fashion Street or FS is the ideal place for you. Considered as a paradise for shoppers, one can  find over 100 stalls here that mostly sell export rejects that have minor defects. A favorite shopping destination for college goers, Fashion street offers clothes and fashion accessories at amazingly cheap rates.

Linking Road
Linking Road located in Bandra, is a cause for major traffic jams in the evenings, when shopping enthusiasts hit this spot in large numbers. Popular for shoes, bags, fake jewellery, both Indian and western clothes, this place is a shopping mecca and caters to all kinds of budgets.

Crawford Market
The most vibrant of all, the Crawford Market is famous for flowers, fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. Dry fruits, nuts, chocolates, fabric, decorative items and imported food items are also sold here at whole sale rates. This market, named after Arthur Crawford, the first Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai also boasts of pet stores, which is one interesting feature of this market.

Chor Bazaar
Mumbai's famous Thieves Market is a must visit for bargain hungry antique lovers. Over 150 years old, this market originally sold stolen goods. However, inorder to have a good deal in this bizzare market you have to make use of your bargaining skills. As goes a famous saying about this area," if you lose anything in Mumbai you can buy it back from the Chor Bazaar.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Top 10 Ways of Increasing Your Blog Traffic

If you are new to blogging, here are some incredible ways of increasing your blog traffic.

  1. Always publish quality content
  2. Publish content on a regular basis, at least one a day
  3. Proof read your articles and keep your blog simple
  4. Use images in your blog and keep polls
  5. Follow other blogs and leave your comments as well
  6. Share your blog on popular social networking sites
  7. Submit your blog to search engines
  8. Make use of SEO
  9. Build a strong relationship with your readers 
  10. Be positive and passionate about your blog

Why do Indians spit in public places?

The other day I was travelling in a public bus and had a very distasteful experience. As always, I was lost in my thoughts when I happened to notice that the girl sitting ahead of me was spitting away continuously from out of the bus window on to the road. It was around 7.30 pm and the road was heavy with traffic. For a while I kept quiet and when I saw her repeating her act I completely lost it.

I called out to her and asked her ," Aap kya kar rahe ho? tukh kyon rahe ho? She stared back at me and snapped, " Thukna aa raha hai isliye thukh rahi hu". I retorted back," Aap kho dik nahi raha hai, raste mein kitne sare log hai, unke upar gira tho? Without uttering a single word she turned away and later got off at the next bus stop.

She was well dressed and looked educated. If people like her don't think twice before spitting on to a busy road then what can I say about the uneducated rickshaw and taxi wallas.

A few years ago brand new compartments were installed in the local trains of Mumbai. Not even a month or two went by that there were red stains of paan spit in both the interiors and exteriors of the trains.

I have to share another gruesome incident. Once after my late shift at work I was heading back home. On reaching my station I got off the train and began walking in the opposite direction, when someone from the gents compartment spat. And he spat on me. I was paralysed with shock for a minute and then by the time i wanted to shout, scream and yell at whoever it was, the train had already started moving. Absolute disgust. I mean how could anyone do that. And that too paan. My clothes were completely stained and i was stinking of paan. Ew!! Since that day I stay away from moving trains as you never know when some jerk would be in a mood to spit.

As long as Indians are addicted to paan and gutka, spitting is bound to happen. And don't they realise that spitting causes the spread of hazardous diseases like pneumonia, tuberculosis, swine flu and the likes. 

According to Indian Law spitting in public places is strictly prohibited. But who cares? Recently the Western Railway introduced dustbins all across the different stations in Mumbai. Sadly these bins contain less of rubbish and are used more like a public paan spittoon.

Well its high time, Indians, wake up. Learn to keep your public places clean. Make India spit free.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Chetan Bhagat: A phenomenon?

“Nature designed with a random set of genes and circumstances in which we were born. To be happy, we have to accept it and make the most of nature’s design. Are you? Goals will help you do that. I must add, don’t just have career or academic goals. Set goals to give you a balanced, successful life. I use the word balanced before successful. Balanced means ensuring your health, relationships, mental peace are all in good order.”

The above stated is an extract from a speech delivered by Chetan Bhagat at an orientation programme for a new batch of MBA students at Symbiosis, Pune, in the year 2008. This speech, titled “Sparks” became quite a hit among the young students and professionals in India. It was fresh, focused and realistic and it appealed to the masses.

Chetan Bhagat has 5 books to his credit: Five Point Someone, One Night @ the Call centre, The 3 Mistakes of my Life, 2 States and the latest, Revolution 2020.
Where ever you go; in the trains, buses, libraries, campuses, canteens, you will find at least 2 or 3 youngster who is hooked to a Chetan Bhagat book. Note worthy.

A friend gave me a copy of Five Point Someone, and since I enjoy reading, I started off with the book thinking it to be a self- help book of some sort. A few pages, some more pages, some again, and I was literally glued to it. I liked it. And so I read all the other books. After doing so waited eagerly for the release of Revolution 2020, managed to pick a copy and devoured it with absolute delight or so.

Well, I’m not like a big fan of Chetan Bhagat. But what he writes appeals not just to me, but to every other Indian youngster. Each book has a positive message, a fast paced plot, a love angle/triangle (which is totally Bollywood style) within which Bhagat very cleverly weaves in the appalling realities of the educational and political system of our country. What is interesting about his books is the fact that it is plain simple, an easy read and has an Indian context to it. Every Indian boy /girl can relate to it from some point or the other. No wonder his books remain to be best sellers and have also been adapted into major Bollywood films. This man has made an impact. Though at times I actually wonder as to why he lacks a certain kind of literary eloquence in his writing, which is also at times irritatingly repetitive. But his books are selling. Let the sales speak for itself.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

The simple things in life

According to a recent research, it is the simple things of life that makes us the most  happiest. Surprisingly all these simple things come free and can prove to be immensely satisfying. In between the hustle and bustle of life, we often forget to take a minute in order to cherish such memorable moments. Some simple things that I have relished in my life:

  • the sound of laughter
  • smell of an old book
  • warmth of a hug from a close one
  • the smell that lingers from out of the kitchen when mom cooks something interesting
  • feeling that I get when I'm completely drenched in the rain
  • smell of the first rain
  • walking through rain puddles
  • the chirping of the birds
  • licking melted chocolate
  • hearing the right song at the right time
  • the realization that I get early in morning, that I have some more time to sleep
  • the view from outside my window
  • satisfaction of making someone smile
  • a ride behind my best friend on her bike
  • pure silence
  • an unexpected compliment
  • a quiet long walk
  • cuddling and tickling a baby
  • narrating a story to a little one
  • a picnic
  • an unexpected phone call from an old friend
  • the stories my grandma would tell me
  • a good book
  • a breath taking view
  • chilled water, when I'm really thirsty
  • a good laugh over a good joke
  • the cool early morning breeze
  • the smell of fresh coffee
  • sweetness of ripe, yellow mangoes
And the list goes on...

Jeremy Camp "You Are The Lord"

Love this song :)

Wednesday, 4 April 2012


My wonderful friends having gone through my first blog on the trip to Goa, absolutely loved it and are waiting eagerly for what is to follow. And so as i was thinking about what has to be put down, I'm suddenly overwhelmed with nostalgia.

Its only been 3 days.

And I'm already missing you guys. And the worst part is that things will never be the same.

The smiles, the hugs, the stolen tea breaks, the gossip, the laughter, the tears, the dreams, the long and most awaited lunch hour, the sharing ,the caring, the excitement, the sleepovers, the picnics, the trips, the walk from the office to the station...and many other "happy times" together.

Hope we'd still remain close friends. See you guys soon!


Dedicated to my best friend!

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