My trip to France last year was an eye opener. It brought me face to face to a culture that has adorable styling sense. The city of Paris is actually one of the world’s most gorgeous city. Not only one can eye worlds’ beautiful, elegant, stunning landmarks and architectural masterpieces there but also get soaked in the elegant retreat in Old Paris, with its charming décor, romantic allure and, rarer still, great music. Everything had an individual flavor, be it traditional, opulent, period style,rustic, coloris but overflowing in elegance.
Since then, I have been enamored by French Provençal Style and have longed for the French influence in my home. I have been so spellbound by its charms that I have wanted to talk and spread the word about it. Its been in my heart and soul. And here I get a fab chance through FABFURNISH…lets gets rolling.
A Provençal decor has a perfect combination for all seasons be it beautiful spring, summer, fall or winters. It is known to be more of a lifestyle than a decor style. It is one of the warmest and most welcoming decorating styles known in and around France.
There is something special about the month of November as it happens to win the status of ‘travel month’ of the year. It has happened third time in a row when at this time of the year, I have been lucky. It is the time when I breathe in experiences and gorge on memories. First it was South East in 2011 then Europe in 2012 and now Middle East.
Yes! I am in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. Hubby has a good client here and he keeps coming back to them on and off. I have not been keeping well, have taken break from work and thus have tagged along with him. Needless to say I love traveling and I feel better now…
I know there isn’t anything terribly or plain exciting about Saudi but there wasn’t anything that made me less excited too. Not even the dress code that needs to be adopted when here. Did I tell you that all women, natives or foreigners are required to wear a burka, abaya or a hijaab in public places? I know its restricting but then its their religion and we must respect it. Foreign travelers are not compulsorily required to take a black scarf and can opt for any color scarf. Many of them avoid to cover head but I have had no inhibitions and I am carrying it all from India. I read blogs forehand and have come prepared.
This is the story of 7th day and 8th month(August) of the year in the past. That was the last time, I wished to do many things in life.
I told Mister, I wanted some fried Idlies with chocolate shake for the breakfast. I wanted to meet and say hello to Mrs. Sharma and Mrs. Bakshi and also a precious gift from him like he had never given me before.
I am sure he thought I had gone mad but he did not laugh at me. I who could hardly chew, walk or flaunt was asking for too much.
It was the day when I was in a mood to play with him for the last time.
The dream last night had shuddered me, something told me death was near and more so I wanted him to be free of me, off the burden he was forced to live with.
I wanted Mister to turn back and say, don’t throw these tantrums oldie darling, I have already been cooking, cleaning and doing much for the last four years, isn’t it enough? But, God’s messenger he was, he did not say a word and looked at me lovingly, maintaining his usual infectious smile. The cherubic face with the soft and sweet smile could cast the same charming effect on me, the one it had done forty one years ago when we had met for the first time. We had been married for forty years now and I feared it would never be fifty with him…
In the above, I wrote about the microscopic everyday issues like corruption nexus, bureaucratic failure, traffic, environment, neglect towards the poor, women being made victims of heinous crimes and road rage leading to several deaths each day. While on the macroscopic level, the bridge between the rich and poor is growing day by day. But I wish to draw attention and make suggestions to the most painful of all and that is WORTH OF LIFE which has become absolutely Zero.
Something that affects me everyday is our capital city’s growing insensitiveness. A city is made of its people, its infrastructure, its facilities and its governance. What happens when all of them conspire to be mute spectators to their surroundings and its sufferings? The value and worth of life depreciates to ZERO. Everyday there are cases reported when people lose their life in some form or the other and there are many cases which happen due to negligence of governance, people and us.
Everyday a jobless man ends his life, poor men on the streets die due to lack of food and shelter, children die due to malnutrition, patients die outside government hospitals because there are not enough medical services, young girls and boys die in road rage and women get killed because some men turned animals rape them and throw them to die. Not just this the close one’s of these people die multiple deaths due to prevailing corruption and delay of justice to them. They fight it till they can but its a painful and a long experience. Why isn’t anyone bothered? So basically all our senses have been crippled and we have lost feelings.
The Indiblogger Meet was organised in association with Zee TV’s much loved and entertaining show Dance India Dance. The venue was Oberoi’s Delhi and the event happened on 23rd October. I have been an ardent fan of this telly show and have not missed any of the seasons. Two of the three new judges Masters Mudassar Khan and Feroz Khan, made us groove and tap in the fun filled evening. On a weekday and a late evening event, bloggers made all good efforts to be there after the office hours and were not disappointed at all. It actually turned out to be a thrilling experience and an absolute stress beat Indi meet. Check out the pictures which do the talking INDIMEET PHOTOS .
To catch the latest updates from the channel, check here https://www.facebook.com/ZeeTvIndia
Whats New this time…. THE THEME…
It says DANCE IT OUT for a Cause…
I have made an attempt to shake a leg at poem creation for the Indi Meet and my cause…
Shopping, Saving and blogging, quite a stupendous combo it is! Here is the story about how all of it came together for me this festive season. Lots of blogging contests happening all around and it has almost turned like a writing festival for bloggers and I did some cool shopping for my blogging passion. Did I tell you I made a saving too… an earning from shopping?
Dusshera, Diwali, Id, Christmas, the usual festivals have already begun and the celebrations are on a roll. It signifies that time for lots of shopping and fun has arrived. But the rising price of dollars as well as onions have played a big spoilsport for everyone and budget/savings have gone for a toss. We shopaholics are worst affected. However, I have a good news and what if I tell you that lots of discounts are just here on the lappy screen… look around. Can I see the glee faces?
So let me tell you about my recent encounter. I came across this very interesting site called CasHkaro. It claims to give everyone loads of discounts coupons and cash-back too on multiple online sites. In this age, who isn’t bitten by this cool age shopping inside the house, in the office, on a trip just at the click of the mouse? I am sure we all are! The crowded markets no longer attract and we all love to explore the web.
Bizworld: The Complete Business Awareness Guide
Who are the people who are on a drive to dispense their accumulated learning on business, companies, brands and their headquarters?
Ravi Handa and Avinash Maurya
I mostly get my food for reading from Authors and publishers, however this one did not come from them. I came across this book in a bookstore and unlike other quiz books, I took an instant liking for it. I glanced through a few pages and since then had been craving to have it. There is actually loads of information at one place. Also, the foreword from Tech guru Rajiv Makhni at the outset ignites a desire to delve in deeper in Business niceties.
Back home I explored some reviews about it on the web and finally decided to order it. Smitten by the online shopping bug in the recent times, where comparisons and best rates can be found at the click of a mouse. It was easy peasy and I got it at the best price.
Does this thought ever irk you that why women are always dependent on their father, brother, friends, husband, male colleagues to guarantee them safety? I always claim that I am self sufficient but the fact is I cannot brave my movements alone in the night in my own city. To be honest, I feel scared to travel alone in Delhi. Its not that someone is ready to pounce on me the moment I step out of the house but there is a lurking fear and it has built in gradually with personal experiences and happenings. Do you feel the same?
Street sexual harassment, eve-teasing, molestation, stalking, lewd comments have become a part of our life where we have no choice at all. The atrociously disgusting crime like December 16 in Delhi has shocked and shamed us completely but that was just the one that got reported, otherwise most rapes do not get reported at all. Miserable it is!!! The need of the hour is that this ISSUE should be dealt strictly and it demands mass awareness, preparedness and strict judiciary. I am sure you think the same…
Some incidents cannot be averted because of heinous criminals and their deadly intentions but 3Ps Preparedness, Precaution and Prevention are key to safety. There have been numerous situations when women folks have acted smartly and saved their lives. My letter so far may sound scary but the aim is to prepare women from seemingly unlikely situations. It’s always good to be prepared in case you are ever in one of those situations. Lets exchange advises and tips for safety and Smart Suraksha. Knowledge is Power!!!
1. Anyone who steps out of the house, PG, hostel, hotel must ensure to keep friends and family INFORMED. One may not be in the same city but WHEREABOUTS must be known to trustworthy people. Specially young ones should not lie and misguide their parents and guardians. Preferably, move in groups. If you board a cab late night, call or sms one of your family members or friends and tell them the registration number of the vehicle.
On The Road…
2. On the road, in the bus, cab or while using any kind of public transport, be careful and not clumsy. Do not ignore eve teasing of any kinds, just get off the vehicle. Refrain from being HOOKED ON PHONE. My Mum always says one must always be alert and keep EYES and EARS open. REACT and ACT quick and if the place looks suspicious just leave it as soon as possible. Don’t board empty public transports, CROWDED ones are better any day. Avoid lonely routes.
Be Cautious In and Around Vehicles
3. While DRIVING on your own, wear a helmet on two wheeler always and keep the glass windows closed when in car. Do not get into roadside scuffles of any kinds. Vehicle parking should not be done at desolate places. Also once you return to your car in the parking, ensure that there is no one suspicious around you. Check there is no one hiding in the back seat. Don’t give lift to anyone if you are driving alone. WORKING WOMEN must not share any details with cab drivers and must ensure security guards travel with them after seven.
Trust your intuition and sixth Sense
4. Women have a STRONG SIXTH SENSE. If something seems fishy, just walk out of the situation SMARTLY. If alone, look around, judge your surroundings well and then mix up with people. In parties, ensure to make your own drinks. Don’t agree to be dropped by an UNKNOWN back home. Strangers can be non trustworthy.
Be Well Prepared
5. Learn any form of self defense MARTIAL ARTS. I would love to share my personal experience here. I learnt Judo for few months and at that time I felt I could bash anyone messing with me. It boosted my confidence immensely. Another way of being well prepared is to keep PEPPER SPRAY very handy so that it can be used in time of need. I am using one from Safetykart.
Be Smart and Technology Equipped
6. We are all tech savvy with latest gizmos in our bags and pockets. Keep the contacts updated with HELPLINE NUMBERS. Women must inform the transport department of their companies immediately if the cab breakdown happens or driver misbehaves. DOWNLOAD SAFETY APPLICATIONS like SMART SURAKSHA, with the push of a button an SOS alert with your GPS coordinates is sent to select emergency contacts and police via text message. This is a new application which promises safety at a PUSH OF A BUTTON.
SHOUT, PUSH and HIT
7. If you are attacked and have no help around, just shout out loud. Hit the culprit at vulnerable places and run. Don’t give up at all. Keep shouting, maybe someone may hear you. Even if someone doesn’t know martial arts, take some tips from YOUTUBE videos. You never know what may come handy. Use umbrella, keys, mobile or purse to hit hard rather carry a SHARP OBJECT in your bag always if you travel in dark hours.
Confident and Positive Body Language
8. If you are new to a place or are not sure about the route, don’t let nervousness come on your face. A Tourist should never roam around with ROAD MAPS because you may become SOFT TARGETS. Being loose and over friendly with strangers can be dangerous too. Hold a CONFIDENT LOOK on your face always and don’t trust anyone too soon. Keep purse and money intact. Dress well, try to avoid the focus on you on road.
Use Presence of Mind
9. If caught in trouble, try and run to the place which was crowded on the way. Generally ATMs can be safe because they have a guard there. Run towards the Mall or busy place nearby. If a thief enters your house, run towards your KITCHEN where there can be items to fight out for your safety.
Read, Learn and Be Aware
10. There is so much happening around so ensure to keep yourself updated with the events around your house, colony and the place where you work. Make sure you KNOW your city well where you may have shifted newly. Read details of such incidents to know what level of crimes are happening. This will prepare you for the worst. Live in harmony with neighbors so that they are keen to help in case of need.
Apart from all the tips, all parents and specially mothers must ensure to teach their boys to respect the other sex. This may not be possible overnight but this will bring the needed change. Men have always seen women being dominated and they think its their right to offend her. I am not saying there aren’t sensible men but the numbers are too limited.
HELP for all…
And if you don’t have Android phone…keep the helpline numbers intact.
Important Contact no. for DELHI where I live..
· DCP Night Duty Delhi Police Hotline – +91 875 0870 099
· Police Control room (All over India)– 100 (in case your phone can’t dial this add area code before 100 for example for Delhi 011 100)
- Suraksha with Technology (manjulikapramod.com)
Its been fifteen years when my Dad got transferred from Lucknow and we chugged to New Delhi. Who wouldn’t be excited to move to the capital city of the country that offered a promotion, better facilities, comfy amenities and some of the best options of education, growth and employment, so were we. Honestly, I did not take a liking for the city for the initial few years but gradually the magnanimity of its people took over me and I fell in love with the place. Hence, I would say it was not much about the place but its people who made it worth living and loving. Wish the love had lasted for long….
I have quite often felt uncomfortable under the scan of ogling eyes in my own city and after the 16 Dec incident, I have never felt so insecure and vulnerable. And what saddens me most is that there have been no measures to deter such crimes yet. The loss of worth and value of Life is what my heart feels for most. The neglect towards the poor dying on the road, women being made victims of heinous crimes and road rage leading to several deaths each day.
No doubt, I have been witness to Urban development which has led to mushrooming Toll Roads, Delhi Metro, Malls, Hospitals, Corporates, Colleges, Schools, Property etc. but there has been an exponential rise in the problems of a common citizen. Every day is a struggle for some. In many areas people get up to scarcity of water and sleep to power cuts while some do not even have a shelter on their heads. The bridge between the rich and poor is growing day by day. In monsoons roads are broken and diseases like dengue and malaria take a toll and come winters, there will be people shivering to death. Every year, it happens the same and no one is bothered at all. No wonder, the city has forgotten to value LIFE.
The POLITICAL BLAME GAME has been on a high, the LAW and ORDER has gone for a toss, SAFETY has lost its worth, WORTH OF LIFE has diminished considerably, TRAFFIC woes have multiplied, CORRUPTION has plundered us, ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES have penetrated deep in, ineffective urban MASS TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM pains us everyday….and the cycle goes on. Governance and its people have failed to fulfill their promises. They hardly bother to come out of their luxurious bungalows and cars to look into our root level problems.
But its not just them, the onus lies on us as well. We blame it all on others when it comes to problems in our own city but do we really do our part properly? Honestly, we don’t! Governance cannot teach us to treat each other well, they do not encourage rapes, road rage however there isn’t much done to deter it. Its the People who bother each other more than anyone. There is no law and order, no checks, no compliance, judiciary has failed to create fear among the culprits, thus there seems no resolution to these issues. We thrive in the ‘Chalta hai’ and ‘Juggaad’ formulae.
Every morning we rush to our offices and come back in the evening to neglect the issues that are created by us. What about the garbage that we litter around, the traffic snarls, parking disputes and unnecessary brawls that we lead, the environmental pollutions that we contribute to, the bribe that we encourage and most important our ignorance to our right to VOTE. Lets bring the change around us and in us. I know its easy said than done but at least lets give it a thought to act on it soon.
Last month Sandhya, a close friend called me at around 5 in the evening. Since I was engaged in a meeting, I ignored her call. I received a miscall from her number at around 9:30 p.m. again. I called her back with a delay of ten minutes but her phone declared dead. I blamed the battery and dismissed the idea casually to catch up with her next day.
When I called her the other day, I got to know of her story. She had been through a traumatic situation the previous night. She works on a global project with an MNC and thus has to keep up with odd timings, i.e. 12 p.m to 9 p.m. That night while she was returning home from work by her office cab, the incident occurred en-route Noida to Faridabad. She was the only employee in the cab. The driver was accompanied by a security guard, who slept all the way (most of them do the same and they are good for nothing because they are all over worked). On one of the lonely and low-lit road, fifteen minutes close to her house, the car suddenly came to a halt. She thought it was a malfunction but no it turned out to be driver’s mischief. He had stopped the car near the roadside Beer and Wine shop to buy some for himself. The lean and meek guard who should have acted instantly sat smug taking no action. Sandhya scolded both of them but all in vain. They were not in the right senses.
The cheapster cab driver said… Madam, don’t panic, its just a matter of two minutes. I will gulp a bottle of beer and be back soon. Sandhya started sweating as the surroundings made her uncomfortable, the men around began to eye her and it was an unsafe place. She fished out her phone to make a call to the transport but she could only press a few buttons before the battery drained out. DAMN IT!! (During this act, I got the call accidentally because my number was the last dialed number at 5 same day.) However, at the end of it all, she returned home safely soon enough because she acted boldly and got lucky with help. She dared to get down from the car instantly and looked for some helpful face in the dark. Though there were not many vehicles passing by but she stopped a man on scooter, requested him for help not sure if she could trust him but she trusted her instinct. Many thanks to the stranger who dropped her home safely.
While hearing all this, I could hear my heart beat loud and I was freakishly scared. My work too demands me to return home late evenings and many times I am at the mercy of the security guards. The cab drivers are unpredictable, unknown most of the times. This incident can happen with anyone any day. I wish Sandhya had the Smart Suraksha application with her that day because before the battery drain out of her phone, she could have at least managed to press that one single button sending SMS to her selected contacts.
Having lived in NCR for more than fifteen years, I can bet that every woman, young or old has felt unsafe at some place, point or time in here. Honestly, its not just about late evenings/nights because the fear lurks in broad daylight as well. And not just the lonely road, it can be scary in a room, a moving car or a bus, subway, metro station etc.
A young girl gets raped and thrown from a bus, another young girl gets raped and killed in her apartment, one girl gets stalked each day and then she is shot with pistol, yet another one is molested by her cab driver and thrown on road, another young lady gets raped by a self declared Godly person. Just a few lucky ones survive these incidents but others do not because HELP doesn’t come to them at the right time. We all know that none came for the help of Jyoti Singh Pandey and her friend. This application can get the much needed help at the right time. I wish I had this SMART SURAKSHA with me always to feel confident, safe and fearless.
THE SMART SURAKSHA APP… What is it?
It is a much needed solution for women folk in today’s dreadful time.This android mobile application will send an alert signal automatically, ‘seeking for help’ in troubled times. A press of a button will send a message to five pre chosen contacts, and police along with the location of the user even if the mobile gets switched off. This is an application for women to guarantee them safety. It can be downloaded from Google Play store.
Each day, there are several girls who get stalked, eve teased, molested, raped and killed. Whenever, I go for a walk around my house, I am always reminded about the young student, Radhika Tanwar, who was shot dead just outside the college in South Campus of Delhi University, just five minutes away from my house. She was stalked for days. Wish she had the Smart Suraksha app with her.
SHARING AND TALKING ABOUT IT…
I called Sandhya to tell her about it. I do not have an Android phone so I am not able to download it but I did it for my Mom. I am also sharing this information with everyone in my circle. I am glad to have come to know about it first. More than the help message, it will also give confidence to females that ‘HELP is just a button away’ and it will also ‘DETER’ the culprits for sure.
You can download smart Suraksha App on your phone from Google Play Store here.
Info from the developers: ‘An additional feature of this app, is that if you are in a situation where you are able to give details of the would-be offender, you can even record info like model of the car or clothes he is wearing, in your sms.’
- Safety Letter for my Friends (manjulikapramod.com)
Book Review : MY JOURNEY by A.P.J Abdul Kalam aka Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam
Today is Mr. Kalam’s birthday and I wish him grand birthday wishes through my blog. Writing about his book is an honor, as well as my way of extending great wishes to him. He is a True inspiration.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931.
My journey is a beautiful book and I am glad I read it. Ignited Minds and Wings of Fire have been my all time favorite. They inspired me and fueled my killing instinct but this one has been heart touching. In MY Journey, Mr. Kalam talks about his relationships and the learnings from the beautiful people who adorned his life. Through this book, he cherishes the lovable lessons that he learnt from his father, mother, brother in law, mentors, priests, boss etc.
Book Title: Catchy one! The journey of our scientist and the Rocket Man…
Book Cover: It carries his photo, more than enough to attract the readers.
Story: Each phase of life has its own story but the days of growing up are beautiful. Who doesn’t love to revisit the memories of childhood and so does our Mr. Kalam. The story of him as a young lad begins in Rameshwaram. He lovingly tells us about his father and his early morning walks, his healing touch and his connection with God. He remembers the soothing touch of his mother and her unconditional love as bliss. His sister’s husband, Ahmed Jalalludin’s friendship as well as mentor-ship is preciously looked upon by him. It was a big blow to him to lose all his loved ones.
The making of the boat were his first lessons of engineering and none knew that later he would apply them to shape rockets. A young boy selling newspaper to earn money and share some responsibility in the family was encouraging. The tales of temples and peaceful co existence of all religions in his village looks like the old times should come again. Mr. Kalam conveys much more through his personal thoughts by talking about his childhood and past. His anecdotes and stories have significant relevance in today’s times.
Rejection is never easy for anyone. The President too has to go through it in when he was denied his dream of becoming a pilot. But very soon he realizes the wish of God and takes up new assignments conferred on him. He enjoys his work, laboriously gives in his days and nights and comes out successful. All this while, from a young boy to a man, he remains rooted to his simplicity. The modesty that speaks out of the later chapters is amazing.
Thumps Up: The book has different chapters emphasizing on the lessons and teachings at different phases of his life. The thematic drawings at the start of each chapter are luring and thought provoking. The flow of language in the book is soft and simple minus the jargons. As a reader I felt that Mr. Kalam was talking about his life’s journey right in front of me. To know his personal side was an enriching experience.
Youngsters must read it to realize the importance of people around us and to instill believe in one’s own hard work and will power.
“All I know is that when I pray, coincidences happen; and when I don’t pray, they don’t happen.” – Dan Hayes
I strongly believe in the mystical power of Prayers and the above words hold true for me. Daily Prayers help me to heal and they give me the strength and courage to carry on in the dreary times. I do not use rich and verbose lingos to reach Him but an honest utterance to seek his blessings and offer my submissiveness. The prayers are my way to show my gratitude to God for providing me with great relations around me. Each day and its happenings give me a reason to pray. Whenever I see sufferings closely, the prayer happens on its own.
In childhood, the moment I was back from school, I would go on with my jabber till I had shared each and every happening of the day with my Mother. It made me happy and peaceful within. While listening attentively, Mum would stop me, ask questions, correct me and guide me. Similarly, Prayers are a way to communicate with God and empty ourselves. Its not a monologue but a dialogue wherein Almighty listens to us and helps us pave our path.
I have always believed in the power of Prayers and I prefer to do them in my own simple way. I am not a temple person but a silent worshiper of God within my own heart. My father taught me Gayatri Mantra when I was young and it has been my savior for years. I feel charmed by its wordings and my prayer begins and end with it always. It makes me powerful.
Lets Pray for.. sanity of thoughts and more…
Girls and their better treatment, each one deserves it.
Prosperity, peace and Happiness for everyone near and far as Diwali, Eid, Guru Purab, Christmas are all about it.
Cleansing sins because unknowingly we commit them so often.
To drive away evils and spread love and compassion.
Ward off diseases from family and friends.
Strength to the affected to face natural calamities.
To offer gratitude for everything God has provided with.
On an everyday basis, I pray for emotional, spiritual and physical healing for myself. Since I believe in karmic connections, I also pray to let my spirit be free from the cycle of life and death.
Sampoorna Lakshmi Pooja Pack looks appealing and is essential for my Diwali prayers as I will be celebrating it for the first time with my new family and in laws and I want it to be perfect. My Mom in law is a very spiritual person and she loves doing her prayers with a perfect methodology, is fond of incense sticks and camphor. The Lakshmi Puja pack contains all basic materials required for the pooja as mentioned in the Skanda Purana. When I will gift her the pack, I am sure it will make her happy and help her carry the puja in the traditional way that she has been doing always. She will not have to worry to take care of the needfuls and we will use the time to prepare delicacies and sweets. Also the audio CD will come useful for us young in reciting the shlokas along with prayers. I must say it gonna come very useful.
I must say, a pack like this is definitely helpful for those traveling outside India at this time. Last Diwali, I was in Europe and there were no elders to guide, hence I took help from youtube for the procedure and mantras. A Lakshmi Pooja Pack would have been of big help but I did not know about it then. But this year, it will be different.
We must pray everyday and not just for our own-selves. While I write about prayers, the two incidents come in my mind which have happened in the last two days. They have grieved me and need selfless prayers from one and all. The Cyclone Phailin which has hit one of our state Odisha, its neighborings and its people. Its trial of time for so many people and we must send them strength in our prayers. Secondly, the loss of lives caused due to stampede near the Ratangarh temple in Madhya Pradesh. It is time we understand religion with logic and not just be a part of the herd.
My post is a part of the blogging contest organized by Cycle Pure Agarbathies and Ripple Links. They have invited bloggers to post on the topic ‘Reason To Pray’ and tell them why the Sampoorna Lakshmi Pooja Pack is one of our prayer essentials this DIWALI. Check more here www.pureprayer.com
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Book Review: My Beloved’s MBA Plans by Disha
Acquiring a masters degree/diploma in business administration has been looked up to for quite sometime. To secure a place and go on to completion stage from reputed MBA colleges is not an easy affair. One needs 100 % dedication and 200 % hard-work. Generally aspirants prefer to take up the two year course just after graduation or with few years of experience. Being single, with less number of liabilities saves on the emotional turmoil. However, the idea of one year program which asks for 5 and more years of experience hits us somewhere in mid career and early marriage stage. Thus, the decision suddenly becomes demanding and requires sacrifice, courage, patience, thoughtfulness and revaluation. Post marriage, lot of things change around us and pursuing ones dreams may not be the only preoccupation of mind. I have been through the dilemma and thus could relate with the book very closely. At the same time it has instilled in me the desire to go for higher studies.
One sentence: A unique theme, handled delicately and uniquely by sharing stories of real and super romantic couples.
One Word: Inspiring!
BOOK TITLE: Initially I thought it was a story of a wife or a husband spoiling spouses’s MBA plans, though nothing like it… Nice Title!
BLURB: It helps to build an interest in readers mind. A campus read but not about childish romances but more about the decision of doing an MBA, its effect on relationships and sundry. There is a unique concept and theme assimilated in the pages. Blurb sets the mood… on the go!
COVER DESIGN: Depicts the crossroads of Love and Ambitions with a couple walking in a college campus. It should have had some colors. I did not find the dull grey and white look attractive.
STORY: The author, while studying In IIM Kolkata comes across many married people in her batch and decides to capture their real life stories in here. Its a collection of sixteen couples put up together wherein each has a story to tell. Right from the time of deciding to study, to selection and then taking the big decision with the spouse, kids and some cases without them has been put up crisply and honestly. Students in Long distance relationships, with working spouses or home makers, couple with kids, everyone has a story to tell. While I read, I really thought taking hubby along with me in campus would be so much support as well as fun..but only if he finds job there..though I know its just a thought.. However, it has busted many myths and stopovers that studies are difficult after marriage. And one story that is my favorite is about the young lady who decides to take up the course while she was expecting..Wat a courage! Many more lovely stories make the readers feel good as well as instill in confidence to do more..
LIKES : I liked the conversations coming right from the horse’s mouth. Real stories and characters are always impacting. The stories are crisp and sorted and each lend a learning in a unique way. Gives a peep into different and numerous mature relationships. The lessons can be applied not only for studies but in different walks of life.
DISLIKES: At times I felt there were similar kind of stories one after another just that the circumstances were different. And while it prepares you to face the separation with commitment and love, it does talk about scaring separation that one has to go with while taking up these courses.
LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST: Sixteen lovely and mature stories have something very sweet and powerful to convey in this pack of hundred pages.
A BOX of BOOKs at WRITERSMELON
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My Big Plan with Aviva…
Plans! They have always been there since times immemorial. They have been a part of our life. Mom would plan my day in childhood. The school had a system which stuck to a daily plan. Mum Dad planned my life which I cherish each day. When I grew up, I planned my studies, my preparations for examinations and my time to follow my special interests. Planning the marriage was eventful and career is something we plan each day; hence life has been through lovely plans.
Plans! They make us feel confident, secure and safe. They are absolutely important and savior of our life. We make the best by planning each minute of our life. In fact we must plan with a vision to avert the failures and manage well in time. There is much to do in life!
I plan to conquer my fears, follow my passion and make myself happy. I want to work towards making my life more meaningful and fulfilling. I want to simply live my life, spread happiness and discover the moments of satisfaction that come out of living ones dreams. To be able to live my passion and be my true self is something that I plan each day. I am an engineer by profession but a creative person by passion. I keep busy in the constant grind of work each day with a secret plan to quit the corporate life someday. Honestly, I am working because I want to make my future secure because money is important in present age. Once I have earned my financial independence, made enough savings, I wish to follow my heart…
I wanna dance to the tunes of the hit numbers. I wanna learn a new language. I wanna paint the world in my strokes of colors, capture my imaginations in words and sentences and dive deep in my world of creations. I wish to write poetry and books and travel all across the world. But, it’s a materialistic world and hence I also realize my needs and responsibilities towards my parents, my family and my child. To make the BIG PLAN happen, I do plan my investments, indulge in small and smart savings. Until n unless I have done enough for my people, for my future, I can never achieve the inner calmness. But my needs are far above greed in all cases…
So, My Big Plan is to unearth the extraordinary person out of me.
Lovingly, I dedicate a poem towards my BIG PLAN…
Happy and content!
A roller coaster ride so far,
So to tell everyone,
I say I am happy or I pretend?
Aren’t the laughs fake,
I ask myself,
Oh ya! they are…
The eyes which show the twinkle and gleam,
Often get flooded with pearls of tears,
The joys and cries, ups and downs,
Embracing it all,
I plan my life each day.
And keep the faith in me going.
Following ‘things to do’ as mundane as ever,
And crawling up the corporate ladder,
Sometimes, I feel lost in my life,
But I continue to plan my successes over failures,
One day it will happen,
I will follow my passion,
I will showcase my uniqueness,
The small moments will turn into big ones.
I will paint, write, travel, spread happiness,
The good things will fall in place,
The BIG PLAN will happen someday soon!
:) Happy Planning!!
What is it?
E-lection – country’s first virtual general elections.
ELECTIONS… the term is absolutely fascinating and damn powerful.
In simple words, it is a process through which we elect the representative of our country, face of the nation who is supposed to be the leader and in true words is meant to serve the nation. But its not as simple as said nor it has been taken as seriously as its name.
The politicians fail to impress, the parties mud-sling each other and together the people in power rape the country. They have been doing it forever now. Elections have come to be related more with violence, indifference and ignorance. Moreover, now the youth of our nation has come to refrain from voting entirely.
RIGHT TO VOTE: We all know we have this right but do we really take it seriously. Not really! I do not blame anyone for this because there are several reasons for it. Either we are too occupied with our lives and other times we are so fed up with the government and its governance that we have actually given up on its formation. We have all come to believe that politics is all corrupt and nothing can be done about it. Isn’t it?
I begin my day with reading the newspaper but most of the times the news about our country’s progress, its bureaucrats and its people holding the coveted positions is depressing and makes me feel miserable. The people who are supposed to serve the country are actually eating it up cruelly, I quote and forget. So, most of the time I crib and blame the politicians, but honestly there are few moments when I do ponder over, what can I really do. I know the answer too but then I am least bothered. I know I must cast my VOTE and have my say in the selection of my representative of the country. However, there is yet another feeling which says is it worth it? The ones who actually deserve to be at the coveted positions are not even in the race. They are all corrupt, good for nothing people and it hardly matters who gets selected. But then we have to give a chance to the better among them. So to prevent the country to go from… bad to worse… we have to be sure whom do we want to take care of the BIG RESPONSIBILITY, running the nation.
The purpose of these virtual elections is to set the mood and basically launch the mood of the nation that’s it is that time of the year when you have to step out to bring the much needed change. Virtual Elections will give the feel. Go AHead and get voting at a click!!!
It has gone live from Monday i.e. 23 September 2013. You can cast your vote for the national political parties till 23rd October.
So How can you do it?
The process is very simple.. There are three ways of casting the VOTE.
To cast your vote via mobile-Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
1. Dial in IVR @ 09699578006
2. Select the language (English/Hindi)
3. Select your region
4. Select your state
5. Choose your party and vote (there is also an option of do not want to vote)
To cast your vote via web
2. Pick your region to select your state or union territory (UT) to vote
3. Select your state or UT
4. Enter your mobile number to receive One Time Password (OTP)
5. Select the party you want to vote for (there is also an option of do not want to vote)
6. To cast your vote, enter the OTP sent to your mobile
(One can vote only once using one mobile number. So the mobile number is the unique identifier.
Landline users can vote using IVR only. Users can also cast their votes using India Today’s Windows app).
I have done it and it takes less than a minute to do it all.
And I loved doing it. Wish casting a vote was so simple and we dint have to stand in the queue. But then it is for the country and our future so lets stand up and get prepared for the D day. To confess I have never considered elections or my right to vote as important as this time. CHANGE IS NEED OF THE HOUR.
The results of e-lection will be showcased on TV, print and digital channels of India Today Group.
I am sure the drill run will help and prepare us for the final day. We got to do this for ourselves and for our country and definitely to oust the villains who have been plundering us for long long now.
The post is written to spread awareness about this new initiative taken up by India Group.
Today, Saturday was all about networking and learning about hair fashion. It was not the lazy one like other times…
I was invited by Ripple links to their event at the Wella International Studio at Select City Walk, Saket, New Delhi. In the last few months,I have been looking forward to getting my hair colored but then the inhibitions have refused to leave my mind. They have been there for always because there have been people, their myths and experiences that colors damage, hurt, react etc etc…. So it was important to know the truth and bust the clinging assumptions. So what best than getting to hear it from Maria Castan, a Senior Scientist at Procter & Gamble from Darmstadt, Germany.
How it started…
The event started off well. The bloggers from the fashion world were at one place and I was scared if the bibliophile would be the odd one out, however it did not turn out that way. After all fashion is all around and who doesn’t love to carry off well. So I am no different… After hearty and meaty introductions, we had a great session from the lady from Germany who works in the labs and knows the world behind the chemical reactions. It was actually quite convincing to hear from the horse’s mouth.
The truth unravels….
Maria was sweet and simple. She came straight to the point, putting it very clear that there is nothing like natural color because it does not have the ability to give a permanent color, but then there are ingredients and ways through which we can definitely know how the damage can be avoided. Some of the useful points picked by me during the session.
- Wella has been in hair color for about 130 yrs.
- Hair color has two components, Dye (Color pigmentation) + Alkanizer
- Two alkaline products have been in market, Ammonia and MEA.
- Ammonia, MEA added with oxidant is the spoiler.
- Among the two, Ammonia is far better.
- MEA being less volatile, odorless and its high concentration is more harmful.
- Ammonia evaporates and thus is less harmful.
- Alkaline product is used to open up the cuticles, so that’s like increasing the PH from 5.5 to 10 or 11.
- Just like skin, we have protection layer called lipids.
- Hair Lipids are better protected with Ammonia.
- For semi permanent MEA can be fine, but not for Permanent hair color.
So there was honesty which worked for me. Maria was not selling her product rather she was there to speak about the truth behind the color. I must say it was good on Wella’s part to come up with something like this. It also gave us a chance to peek into the science and chemical terminologies that work behind our hair color. Now, I know the ingredients and the mixtures which can be damage free and can make my hair look all colorful and trendy. The scare is gone to quite much extent….. so you can see me with trendy tresses soon enough.
I love their tagline : Ammonia free is not damage free!!! That’s the truth.
Wella Color Provides Superior Damage Protection.
Had a great day!! Did I tell you, I did some live blogging too. :)
Last but not the least…
Wella India Facebook Page launched with the bloggers today and that was indeed a cool way to start off something new…
Happy Blogging folks
When my friend, Daisy was here last year, she had loved everything traditional and Indian about our country. Amongst all the ethnic variety and funky stuff from different states, she had developed a fondness for Rajasthani handicraft and patchwork. I did take her around to some ethnic stores here and there but we could not really explore variety and pick much. And in the tight schedule, trip from Delhi to Jaipur could not happen. Ultimately she had bought herself some patchwork craft and bandhej design suit. So now when last week when I was introduced to this website RAJRANG, the first thing I did, I shared her the URL and she was quite happy about it.
The site looks quite interesting and you can explore everything at a click of a mouse. There is loads to check out from. The site is all about traditional wear and ethnic art-craft from Rajasthan. One gets to choose among four major themes Apparel, Accessories, Home Decor and Furnishings. I quite liked the furnishing stuff. Embroidered Wall hangings look cool and I plan to order soon.
Creative Old Sari Patch, embroidery, Zari & Sequins work wall hanging made in Cotton fabric make a great decoration for the room and there are quite many to choose from. Click here.
And more there is cool stuff coming soon for the decoration and feel good factor.
So you can make an account, order online, track your order and put up enquiry too.
Rajrang, is a subdivision of Genera Online Private Limited which began its quest in 2009 to bring the vibrant Rajasthan for everyone.Explore them everywhere before you order….
This is a sponsored post and I wrote about it because I liked the site. Personally I have been fond of Rajasthani handicraft always and hence I thought the one store that has all cool and good stuff must be shared. Happy Shopping folks….!!!
The memories of the time spent at MINDROCKS in New Delhi on Saturday 21st September 2013 are here to stay for long. I had an incredible experience at the fabulous youth summit organized by India Today group. I just cannot stop raving about it as not many Saturdays put together can make one of its kinds. The event which started at 8:30 a.m. in the morning and ended at 7:30 p.m. in the evening, hardly had any moments of boredom. On the contrary, the sequence of events, impressive youth icons and the power-packed stories of each of them kept me gleeful and enthralled at every tick tock.
On 21st Sept, Sirifort auditorium buzzed with energetic and enthusiastic young minds. At the entrance, I collected the Mindrock badge which was required to be worn and flaunted all day. There was a queue to the entrance which landed me inside the building premises. Very soon, I was given a cool trendy bag and later I discovered it had lot of goodies. The donut treat, a part of light breakfast flagged the day’s event on a sweet and steady note.
Tucked in with my smart Mindrocks yellow bag, I marched to my reserved seat. Yeah! the bloggers had a small corner to them close to the stage. Wow! I was thrilled at the idea of seeing my favorites at a distance of only a foot-length. (However, the camera setup on that very side spoiled the fun at times as the photographers would obstruct our view of the celebrities.)
The “Antarishk” band at the outset gave a great start to the event and set us all in the right mood. It infused energy for the day long show. Kaveree Bamzai,, editor in chief India Today welcomed us in impressive words. I absolutely loved the idea behind this summit wherein it aims to capture the young minds, young guns who are the future of India and make them realize the power of ‘We’ more than just being an ‘I’.
The first guest was Leander Paes and it was inspiring to hear him speak. He looked absolutely fit and his body language conveyed much more than his words. He spoke of wins and losses and honestly accepted that the cold nights of the loss always haunt a person but that should not deter him to perform well but always inspires him to do well.
Quotes from LP ‘Indians can be world leaders’
If you can handle triumph and disaster, the two imposter’s of life equally, lets play the game of life together.
Hard Kaur walked in next. The lady rapper took our hearts away with her jigs, dance grooves, straight and gutsy talk. It was evident in her words that she had been focused and strong-headed all her life. Her attitude was impressive and you know what she is Tarandeep kaur Dhillon originally.
HK said ‘To be a rapper, it is important to understand the technicalities, be strong, work on the diction and looks should be the last thing on the mind. Hard Work is most important thing.
Dhruv Shringi, co-founder and CEO Yatra.com shared his story of failure in business to studying in INSEAD, working again with a repute company, getting fired and one day taking that bold step of forming his own company Yatra.com, thanks to the Dutch courage (Dutch courage or liquid courage, refers to courage gained from intoxication from alcohol) moment. And I loved his quote, ‘ Don’t be afraid to take risks, they don’t happen on their own’. He put an end to the talk with the best line, ‘Entrepreneurship is a state of mind’.
The next that happened was the best episode of the first half, Dr. Kiran Bedi, Gul Panag and Nishtha Gautam shared their views about the juvenile law, the status of women and the rape case that brought us all together. The Police officer, Ms Bedi was very impactful all along. She concisely helped us to know that what should be our arguments for the change in the law that is required for juvenile crimes by talking about US and UK. The entire discussion was more about the crime than the age. Gul Panang was at her best when she said that we always saw patriarchal businesses as Mehra and sons and no one had ever dared to carry their legacy like Malhotra and daughters. And why should we say that our daughter is like our son, do sons come from Gods and we from somewhere else? Nishtha recited a wonderful poem about the vulnerability of a women.
There were brave parents to inspire us too. Jyoti Singh Pandey’s mother and father had the courage to talk, to mention thanks for being with them and quoting it precisely, that their daughter has lit the flame and we had to spread the fire all across. The moment was absolutely touching and I could actually feel some ounce of pain as them. If you had a daughter and she was so brutally dealt with, how painful it could be, we could see in their eyes. Juvenile Justice act needs a reform and now I aim to write about it too. ‘Theory of deterrence’ was a term that I learnt too.
After the glum and thought provoking session, the famous author Amish Tripathi walked in and talked about his journey to Shiva Triology. All authors to be, like me must have felt inspired and the thought to make the book happen would have doubled too. He quoted, one should continue to do with the mundane job to earn money, because that is important too, but must cut on the other activities to make your dream happen. Be focused and just chase it.
What followed next was an debating session where politics and the future of India was discussed. Deepender Singh Huda (member, Congress), Mr. Sanjeev Kaul (member, BJP) and Arvind Kejriwal (member, AAP) put up their views and talked about their parties. The other two parties were met with cold response and Mr. Arvind Kejriwal was the rock star of the show. He was absolutely true and had all the guts to challenge the two parties openly. The representatives could not answer him back because they knew the truth. He urged the young minds to use their right of vote and also promised that he would get the Lokpal bill implemented within fifteen days of his win. I loved his audacity.
:) THE LUNCH SESSION
I had a trio group of my blogger friends and I enjoyed the lunch with them. We had a great time together and it was definitely fun. The meal was sumptuous and I enjoyed the treat. Delhi had a good shower on that day while we had been indoors and very soon the rains were back again. However, we were done with our lunch. We checked out the fun at photo booth as well. The young crowd that comprised of school and college were enjoying the fun with friends and it actually reminded me of the carefree days that had gone by just five years back.
:) POST LUNCH
There was a small episode dedicated for the work of UNICEF and a young representative among them was chosen as winner who was merely a girl of thirteen. She talked about herself and how she taught other young girls of her village. It was impressive and inspiring both.
Jhalak Dikhla Jaa fans had a treat waiting for them. The winning choreographer Salman and first runner up Lawrene of this season walked in. The dancers entertained us completely with great steps, peppy talk, bowling-over moves and gyrating lifts. Lawrene was too cute, down to earth and utterly bubbly. It was so much fun to see them dance live. They two emphasized on the fact that focus and hard work are key to success.
The adrenaline rush was at its top when the vice captain of India walked in. Virat Kohli was welcomed with huge cheer up and hoots. The crowd refused to let the moment pass. Everyone just shouted and I am sure there were many who looked forward to him as their idol and dreamt of playing like him in the Indian cricket team. Virat had tough questions to bat as he was asked about his brat behavior and his other mistakes of the past but he played it all quite well. I would say, his persona this evening came out to be sobered down and sensible which he did accept that earlier he was 22 and now he was about to be 25 so he was maturing with time. He did display his Gangnam style dance moves with the RJ’s Rocky and Apaarshakti Khurana from Radio partners Oye 104.8 FM. The two guys were at their best here and in the fillers as well.
Aditi Rao Hyadri , the heroine of the upcoming flick Boss walked in. She was pretty and sweet but not impressive. Her talk about love was uninteresting.
Ajay Bijli, Chairman and MD PVR Cinemas, the man behind our entertaining weekends had a good chat with Kaveri Bamzai. He talked about his dream and the journey of turning one cinema hall into multiple multiplexes. So now there was more to ask him for 4D and 7D. He said he was waiting for the new technology and equipments to arrive and very soon we would have all the fun.
The most awaited moment and the one that I had been waiting for arrived in time. The latest heartthrob who has directed the movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, walked in wearing that ever infectious smile, our dear Farhan Akhtar. The crowd was once again in awe of him. There was so much that we wanted to know about him. He talked about his films, his passion, his self belief and his love for his work. The session was lovely but did not have meaty questions. However, Mr. Akhtar kept us fully entertained with his wittiness and good sense of humor. It was a treat to watch him so closely. And he was blunt to put it this way that , I don’t work for 100 crores or above, I work for myself, treat it all honestly and let my work do the talking.
And back again we had the rebellious lady, Hard Kaur with us in her grooving avatar for the final concert. She rocked the show and put an end to the whole event in the most rollicking manner.
I must say I had a great great time at the event. Its been one of its kinds. I have never seen so many celebrities in one single day. I felt inspired and the zeal in me to do something out of the rut became more powerful. I must say, it was put up quite well. This is a event that the youth should definitely not miss. I am glad India Today is doing it and it deserves to be called a hit. It was well timed and thoroughly entertaining.
Kaveree Bamzai, Editor, India Today was the best moderator.
On one note I would just say I felt bad when I did not get a chance to ask a question. There were the same people who got the chance to ask questions among the audience. And also there was not enough time spared for interactions. So my suggestion would be, good enough time should be dedicated for the Q and A where people from all sides of the auditorium can put forth their questions to the icons.
Check for all the sessions here
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