Thursday, 24 May 2012

Summer Surprise

I'm loving it!

A few days back I (completely out of the blue) participated in the Lakme Sun Expert TVC contest on Facebook and surprisingly happened to be one of the winners. So finally this afternoon the Lakme Sun Expert Gift Hamper was couriered to me. I have always used and loved whatever Lakme had to offer, so I'm really excited about the hamper that I received. Love you Lakme! 

Here's a picture of the Hamper. 

Petrol price hike: Switch to cycling

Bam! Petrol has become dearer and more exquisite with a price hike of Rs.7.50 per litre. It will now cost Rs.78.57 per litre in Mumbai as against an earlier Rs 70.66. Opposition, protests,strikes to follow. But they hardly help.

So, friends its time to switch to cycles. Listed below are some of the benefits of cycling:

Source: Google images

1. Helps save money, as there is no requirement for petrol, gas or parking fees. Moreover, does not require insurance as well.

2. Is pollution free and does not contribute to global warming.

3. Cycling is good for over all health and helps reduce weight and keeps you in shape.

4. Improves the strength of your muscles and makes your legs stronger.

5. Strengthens the immune system, and helps prevent cardio vascular diseases.

6. Improves mental heath by reducing anxiety, depression and stress.

7. Saves time, as it is faster than walking and can easily breeze through heavy traffic.

8. Increases your life span.

9.  More cycles will lead to less traffic congestion and more space; thereby making our cities more livable.

10. Travelling becomes more enjoyable.

What more to say? With the repetitive price hikes what else can be done?

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Beti B finally has a name

The whole world (read country) waited with bated breath to hear the name of you-know-who.

"Just for once give us her name and our lives will be enriched, our existence made meaningful", cried the nation.

So here it comes, the legend, Amitabh Bachchan himself has for the first time officially confirmed his grand daughter's name as "Aaradhya ", on Twitter. And thus, Beti B (as named by the media) finally has a name of her own. This is after almost six months of her birth and even more anticipation and an even greater media frenzy.

From the time she was conceived, to her naming and to her first public appearance, she has been making news. Wonder how many more headlines will be made as the child grows up.

We, as a country definitely don't know how to mind our own business, and do you think we'd ever leave Bollywood's first family alone. Never. We are highly,intensely and intricately interested in the minute details of their lives. And yes, its not just them, we don't leave any of our celebrities alone. They deserve all our attention. After all, fame comes with a price. As a matter of fact, forget celebs, we don't even leave our neighbors or colleagues alone. We keep showering them with all our love and attention. And well, now that Beti B has a name, we can all sleep in peace.

Monday, 21 May 2012

I Crave Mangoes!

Its summer. Make way. Here comes the king of all fruits, Mango!

Ah, the smell of ripe yellow mangoes, there's nothing like it.

I love mangoes and keep waiting all throughout the year to gorge on some. Mangoes are just so perfect, the best fruit ever!

This yummilicious and fleshy, Magnifera Indica (scientific name) is believed to have originated in the Himalayan plains of the Indian subcontinent and are considered to be an excellent source of Vitamin A and C. Mangoes are also rich in fiber, potassium and anti-oxidants.

Mangoes can actually make you feel better and the satisfaction that you get after indulging in this fruit cannot be paralleled. 

Hmm...yum...just the thought of mangoes make me feel good...:)

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Saying Goodbye, Ammachi!

(1925 -2012)

You were always there,
So full of kindness and love.
Patient and compassionate,
With words of wisdom to share,
And hope and strength to build,
Having toiled hard for those you love,
You flew away to the heavenly abode.

Now you are no more.
But fond memories remain.
Of how you touched our lives.
And inspired us to live,
Holding on to God,
Never giving up on our dreams.

Ammachi, you were so special.
And you will always remain to be.
Here's saying goodbye for now,
Till we meet again.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Days gone by...

When I was a kid, I always wanted to grow up. But now I miss being a kid.  In spite of having spend my childhood across various places India, my memories are vivid and fond. 

Here are some things I loved doing as kid, but very rarely/never do it now :

travelling on a cycle rickshaw
playing caroms, ludo, snake and ladder and many other indoor games
and outdoor games like hide and seek, chor-police, skipping etc
quarreling over petty issues with my elder brother 
writing letters 
watching Doordarshan on a black and white
attending drawing classes
sharpening my pencils repeatedly
making faces
jumping around in an insane manner
licking and adoring "Little Hearts"
devouring a Tinkle/ Tintin/ Archie comic
staring at anything/ anyone
the long summer vacations
admiring and dressing up my Barbie and other dolls
riding a bi-cycle
smelling my books
having a collection of "silly" stuff
applying fevicol on to my fingers and later pulling it off
finishing off my homework early
writing on the black board
singing loudly in the bathroom
scribbling on the last page of a notebook
and many other things.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Fair and lovely...huh?

Its true. We are a nation obsessed with fairness.

Fair is lovely. Fair is beautiful. Fair is everything.

And thanks to all the celebrity endorsed fairness products and the aggressive marketing techniques, the obsession becomes even bigger.

Fairness creams can boost your confidence, take you from rags to riches, make you a star singer, a beautiful air hostess, a successful sportsperson and the most important; can get you married to Prince Charming!

If you've ever gone through the matrimonial adverts in the newspaper, they you'd know better.

I've known people who've used fairness creams since time im-memorable and if you calculate the number of "6 weeks" they have gone through, they ideally as promised by the manufacturers should have gone from dark to fair, fair to fairer and then the fairest. Woah!

An Aishwarya Rai, or a Hritik Roshan, one of a kind, one in a million, the rest of us are dusky in complexion, but still we keep striving hard to achieve the impossible.

We are born the way we are. We did not get a chance to choose our skin tone, or any thing else. However, when a baby is born in our country, the most asked question is, "Is he/she fair?"

Are the British to be blamed for engraving the "fair is superior" concept into our minds that even education and employment opportunities have failed to erase?

Women have always fallen prey to such discrimination based on complexion. The latest entry to the list of annoying fairness ads is that of the clean and dry intimate wash for women.

We're all made beautifully, wonderfully and uniquely. Then why do we have this irrelevant obsession with fairness? After all, a beautiful heart is all that matters.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

10 Interesting facts about Shakespeare

Picture source: Internet
This afternoon, I was reading about William Shakespeare and his works as a part of my course in English Literature and I came upon some interesting facts about him. Here's some for you.

1. After the writers of the Bible, Shakespeare is the second most quoted writer.

2. The word "assassination" was invented by Shakespeare. 

3. William Shakespeare, known to be the world's immortal poet and dramatist and  regarded to be one of the greatest figures of literature, has not attended university.

4. He wrote his first play, when he around 25 years old.

5. Shakespeare began his career by working as an actor.

6. On an average he wrote two plays a year, thirty seven in all. Apart from this he also wrote 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems.

7. He never published any of his plays. Shakespeare wanted his plays to be performed on stage, and was not interested in having them printed and read.

8. Shakespeare borrowed extensively from all possible sources which included earlier plays, histories and poems.

9. He married Anne Hathway at the age of 18. She was 26 and pregnant at the time of their wedding. They had 3 children together. His only grand daughter died childless. Shakespeare therefore does not have descendants. 

10. Nobody knows his actual birthday but he is believed to have lived till he was 52.

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