09 September, 2014

Just Because I have so many things to say!

*while proof checking I realised that the post looks running from one topic to other but what to do had so much to say and one point reminded me of the other so grin, bear & read *

Some Random stuff that's going on in my mind

First thing first, Bro In Law & Father In Law are back home after the surgery and *touch-wood* they are healing. Thank you for all your wishes. There is still a long road ahead for full recovery but the steps towards right direction has been taken.

This Monsoon has been bad for me. The total number of times that I got drenched this year exceeds the total number of times I got drenched in all the monsoons that I have seen in Mumbai. The worst is I would be waiting for the bus and it would start raining like there is no tomorrow and as soon as I board the bus, it stops raining. Then as soon as I would get down at my stop it starts raining again. In fact for last two days I was at home and there wasn't a single drop of rain but as soon as I stepped out today, it started raining. Dear God, it isn't funny any more.

God reminds me, I visited Lal Baugh Cha Raja this year, took me total of 1.5 hours but it was worth the effort. And Ganpati reminds me of the 7th Day of visarjan when I had to walk more than a kilometer in heavy rains. It was so not funny! By the time I reached home it felt I had taken a dip in the lake & come. 

This season I had thought to take the brat pandal hopping but it has been raining so much that it isn't feasible, rather it wasn't. So yesterday took him to show the Visarjan (thankfully the lake is nearby only) and he had fun watching.

The past week has been good food wise. I tried few new dishes and they turned out sooo yummy that I can't tell you. I made egg birayni, banana cake, aloo dum, chilly paneer & yes Pizza! Not only home made this Saturday when we ate out the food there was so yummy that it was after a long time that I polished off the plate in a restaurant. Here is the image, Sigh!!!

BTW do you visit IBN Live ki website? Daily they come with a post on some hilarious spoof or things that we usually do in our daily life like for example they did a pictorial post on how people react when they get a middle berth in train or how people are getting addicted to online shopping and then that day they did this one on Teachers Day & funny signs on display at shops. These posts are just way too good and I look out for them daily. Here is a list of link do go through them, laugh and keep following. Laughing also reminds me of the Hilarious Video of Aila Bhat, Genius of the year. What a riot it was man and I loved the way it was done. Social Media these days has become too vella, nick picking and criticizing others is the latest fad. This video in a way tells them, "hello stop taking things so seriously because there is life beyond so called brilliance and not every body knows every thing, so chill!"

Before I forget, the links

05 September, 2014

Some Random Answers to Some Random Questions

So, I was awarded the Leibster Award by TP. Though I usually don't do tags and mostly ignore awards (There was a time when they were being distributed very liberally and I started ignoring them) but there is something about Tags, when you do one you can do another one immediately so here I go.
Here are the rules:

A. Thank the blogger who gives it to you.

Thanks TP for this award!! *wipes tears of happiness with the dupatta*

B. Answer the eleven questions he/she asks.

*cries more* *no more of happiness*

Here, we go!!

1. What made you start blogging?How is blogging different than keeping a diary for you or is it the same?

Well, I always had a lot to say and there were never enough ears to listen so I decided to tap the eyes. Its my MBA degree which made me think out of the box you see ;-)
Verrry different, there we use pen here we use keyboard!!!

2. Do you have a pet? If yes, which one? And if not, why?

Never! My Mom always said to me & My Bro, "first lest me rear you both then only we will think of getting any pet" :D not that I have been Pet-Inclined ever!

3. Which city do you think is the best to settle down in India? And why?

Ahmadabad, because it is the best and has given me some lovely memories of my life. In fact I have spent the best part of my life there :D

4. What is the one thing that you ordered in a restaurant and it turned out to be totally yuck and expensive?

Once, we had gone to this fancy place and had ordered a starter. It was some potato based thing, quite expensive. It took them forever to get it and when it came it was like a big plate main 6 small balls running around. Horrible it was.

5. If you see your enemy (or simply somebody you dislike) in a helpless situation, will you go forward and help them? Or leave them and enjoy mercilessly?


6. Have you ever been caught by your parents doing something totally inappropriate for your age? ;-)

Well, the most inappropriate thing that I used to do was reading a novel in my study time but I never got caught because my ears are very sharp and I could judge if someone was coming around!

7. What is that one thing that you criticize publicly, but do the same in private?

Ummmmm nothing really!!!
*thinks a lot more*
Nah! Can't think of anything.

8. Do you like water sports? Which one?


9. Have you ever thought (or actually did ) of harming somebody very badly in order to get back at them? How?

Ha ha ha!!! My brother! He used to irritate me so much that there were times when I wanted to grab him with his hair wishing to hit him on the wall!

What you expected something more? I am not a closet psycho murderer ;-)

10. Do you fart and behave like the other person is guilty of the crime?

*Giggles* Yes!!! Yay! this answers question 7 also. I make disgusting face when some one farts and then since its natural can't control mine also ;-)

11. Have you ever been caught by the police ( or worst locked up)? For what reason?

Traffic police waala once caught me without PUC. Paid him 50 Rs and regret even now!

C. Nominate eleven bloggers with less than 500 followers.

Am taking the safe route. DO it if you want it.

04 September, 2014

A Tag - My Top 10 Favorite Books!

There is an interesting tag that has been going around on Facebook where we are supposed to list our Top 10 Favorite books. The first one to tag me was Monika and when she first informed me about tagging I coolly replied, "I ignore Tags" ;). I really do. But then when I saw it was book related I relented a little but eventually when I was tagged by, Shilpa Garg  Ava & Prerna, I knew I couldn't skip this one any more.

So here are my Top 10 books in no particular order. I would say the cliched line, that its difficult to choose few books but then that's the truth. Also if you notice most of the books mentioned here are Masala books and that is how I love my them.

  1. Palace of Illusions - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. This is one book which I can never forget. In fact almost all her books are damn good.
  2. Arranged Marriage -  Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni again. Spell bounding is the word for this book. It is a collection of short series but a MUST READ.
  3. The Partner - Joshn Grisham. I chuckle when I think of this book. A smart con book!! Love it and have read it many times over.
  4. Not A Penny More Not a Penny Less -This is vintage Jeffrey Archer. A smooth & smart book like butter malai.
  5. The Complete Shopaholic Series - Sophie Kinsella! I have read the whole series so many times that I don't remember.
  6. The Zoya Factor - Anuja Chauhan. I love her books, even the last one Those Pricey Thakur Girls was damn good.
  7. The Vishpuri Series - Tarquin Hall If I have to choose one book from the series then it has to be "The Case of Love Commando" a 5/5 book!
  8. The Bridges of Madison County - Robert James Waller A classic this is.
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee. A friend had gifted this to me and it took me by surprise. I had just loved this sweet book.
  10. The Help - Kathryn Stockett. Another of those most talked about book which I was ignoring but glad that I didn't leave it unread. Awesome read it was.
  11. All books by my favorite Ruskin Bond. 
Aarrrgh!!! I had decided to let this list over flow but for once I will abide by rules. But I should mention few authors which I love but have not been mentioned up there. Aravind Adiga, Manju Kapur, Swati Kaushal, Anita Nair, Sidin Vadukut etc etc. I think you should refer to this old post of mine where I have listed my Favorite Indian Authors..My List

I am not tagging anyone but you can pick this up if you wish.

28 August, 2014

What's so special Today!

When you come with hands like these people are bound to ask question. Yes I am accepting the hard fact that people can come and ask anything, we are Indians you see.

So when a colleague asked "Ma'am attending a marriage today?" 
I quipped, "No, got married long back and paying Toll Tax for it, the annual Toll Tax" ;-)

Yes, its Hartalika Teej today, we women fast today for the well being of our husband log. Traditionally we aren't supposed to eat or drink anything till next morning but I keep a chilled out fast. Have coffee, sabudana khichdi or whatever is acceptable as traditional fast food. I added traditional because if I just say Fast food the meaning changes in today's context ;-)

Smart quip also reminds me of what happened yesterday. When I was getting the mehndi applied, a call came for me on my Mom's phone but with both my hands tied up (literally ;-)) I asked my Mom to take the call and say I haven't come from office yet.

As soon as the call was done my son quipped, "Kisko Ullu banaya?" (Whom did you fool?) We were like zapped!!! Thanking God that at least he didn't say any thing when the call was on.

Too Much I Say!!! Too Much! A little too much!

27 August, 2014

Blogging N Me!

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are entirely personal and I wouldn't expect you to feel offended with them because at the end of the day it is each to its own.

I started blogging in June 2008 and have completed almost 6 years. 6 lovely years I would say. I have written about my beginner years many a times so would not repeat it but what I want to write about is the present times. If you follow me regularly you will realize not only has my frequency of updating the blog reduced even the spontaneity has reduced. It isn't that I am short of ideas, I have enough topics to write on, enough books to review and more than enough blogs to read & comment on. Then what the hell is missing, you may ask.

Let me try analyse my thoughts. Let me try to pin point the reasons behind my disillusion towards blogging

How you behave or feel is sometimes directly related to the environment around you. To say that I am in love with the present Blogging atmosphere will be akin to lying. I have slowly slowly started hating the commercialization of blogging. The dozens of contests, numerous blogging platforms, innumerable blogging events are just too much for me to digest. When I had started blogging, it was for the passion of writing. I had always liked writing but it took me years to hone my writings (not that they are perfect even now) and this blog was my platform for honing my skills. I used to share what happens in my life and I had decent readership. The blogs that I used to read at that time were in similar vein. Simple writings but a wide range of topics. It was fun to read others as much as it was fun to write. However its no more as much fun to read others these days. On an average day at least 5 blogs (in my reader) would be writing on the same topic because they are all participating in a similar contest. Then there are blogs who would have shared a story and all of them on same them theme. Then there are days when I read a personal story but the last line says "this post is written for XYZ", basically a sponsored post and I would get bugged up. 

You must be wondering how does what others write affect me. To put it rudely, My Father what goes but the fact is I get affected. For me blogging is as much about reading as it is about writing. I have this WhatsApp group of Bloggers, (a closed group where we can talk about anything under the sun) where we have had numerous discussion on this issue. We always end up reminiscing the good old days of blogging when we used to rush to book the 1st place to comment, the days when the comments in themselves would make a separate post, the days when we were always in a hurry to update our blogs & read other blogs.

And then we also remember how we used to get excited about getting interviewed by various sites and platforms. How excited we used to be about becoming mini celebrities, we would share the interview link with family & friends etc. But things changed over time, at least for me. I started feeling that we bloggers are being used by various platforms to get clicks. I remember that I used to avoid giving interviews but then the bug bit me and I debuted with a technical website (I wrote about it here) called Webneetec. At that time it was putting up interviews of all bloggers and we were feeling blessed. We all have our mini celebrity moment you see! So, the interview was published, read, commented on etc etc. and then a year or so later it disappeared. Just Like That! The website exists, providing technical solutions etc but the interviews don't. I concluded that may be when they had launched the website they needed a specific number of clicks to get into search engines and may be they needed certain footprints on the blog etc for which they did all this tamasha. But the matter of fact is that I felt short changed. 

The above incident and other related incidents in concern with various blogging platforms disillusioned me big time. Before you ask me why am I bothered with what others do, I mean you can blog on what you want and I can on what I want and trust me you are absolutely right in that. Each of us blog for our own personal reasons. If I don't like what you write I can go take a hike (It rhymes ;-)). I can stop reading you or like in my case I can peep in, read a little and not comment. As is commenting is not a compulsion, I would rather read the post and not comment for the sake of commenting. And that is the very policy that I have been following. 

Before you start questioning my blabbering let me tell you the purpose behind this post. These thoughts have been weighing on my mind for a long time and I had to get it out of my system to may be re start blogging like old times & in times like these the blogs that I will mention below bring a smile to my face, these are the blogs for whom I refresh my reader, these are the blogs which make me want to crawl back to my old ways :-) and few of these are dormant blogs, I would love to see them come back to life!
  1. R's Mom - She is the best :-)
  2. From The Editions of Green Boochi -  She reminds me of my old self :-)
  3. TanduriPaniPuriLife - I love her honest posts and I keep waiting for her to update
  4. Zack & Visha -  I simply love her writings, she makes me laugh.
  5. A Dash of Pepper -  I love her straight from heart writings :-)
  6. Pixie's World -  This story woman has a lot more spice than she shows.
  7. Hitchy's World - This Man needs to start commenting like old times
  8. Monika's World - One of my old timers, we share a bond beyond blogging :-)
  9. Any Excuse to Write - Well she needs to find an excuse & write like old times.
  10. Mashed Musings - I am a fan of his blog but Man! you need to update
  11. The Song of Life - Madam, time you updated your lovely blog
  12. Perceptions - My Two Fulus - My Sakhi, I might not comment but I do read you :-)
  13. MentallyPresentPhysicallyAbsent - Reema you are taking your blog title too seriously ;-)
  14. Bedazzled - I love her writings but these days she just talks about books...I want the old Bhags back!
  15. Living My Imperfect Life - I might not comment but I do read you my dear :)
  16. The Girl Next Door - I might not comment but I do read you my dear :)
  17. V - Lokam - The best for the last....My Blog World is incomplete without you. Can you please join me in crawling back?
I hope to come back to my old self
I hope that my favorite blogs remain as unadulterated as they are right now
I hope I have not offended anyone
I hope I start minding my business and be less bothered about what others are writing, I always have the option to stop reading
I hope the first I hope happens :-)

The comment section is all yours :-)

P.S. Edited to Add that I also miss Cracking Saks for her cracker comments, Crafty for her super sweet hugs, Ashwathy (I know what keeping you busy :P) & many more old times whom I connected with....can you all please make an appearance?

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