Sunday, 17 August 2014

The Night!



"Yeah! Finally, the long weekend! So, as per our plan, we are going to Goaaaaa!" Ritu yelled!
She along with her friends packed and went to bed to sleep early and leave early for Goa on 15th August. 

Post mid-night, there was a knock at the door. Ritu woke up with sleepy eyes and answered. She tried to look who it was. She couldn't see anyone. She thought it must be one of her friends doing the usual prank. She opened the door. 

Standing there was a lady in torn and dirty clothes, sad face but the confidence, beauty and elegance on her face couldn't be ignored. Ritu anxiously asked, "Who are you?"

"I am Mother India. Can I come in, Ritu?" the lady spoke.

"Yeah!" Ritu replied. The lady walked in. Ritu held the door and stood there. Facing her back. 
Mother India spoke, "68 years have passed since I became free, but I still can't breathe. I feel so strained, deserted and alone."

Ritu stood in silence and was listening to the traumatic and deep voice.

She continued, "When I was not free, I was still clean. There was some laws which people feared. There was respect and love. There was humanity alive. People cared for me too. But now, law has become a joke. Look around. The roads are so dirty, the air is polluted, there is so much noise all around, trees are being cut! Safety of girls, children, child labour. Corruption at every level and there are so many other problems. Each and every problem, let me repeat, each and every problem is as big as being a captive."

There was silence. After a few minutes, she spoke again, "The only hope for me is you. The youth. Who has plans to enjoy the long weekend. Who is deserting me but has a lot of complains. In every other line, they say..arre India mein yehi hota hai....bahar settle hote hai yaar! 





She turned and faced Ritu. She looked into her eyes and continued, "I need you. Now!"
She walked out of the door and closed it behind. Ritu stood there. For long. 

Someone was shaking her. She opened her eyes. Her friend was telling her to get up and get ready for the Goa trip. She got up. She spoke, "We are not going to Goa."

Her friends were shocked. All of them together asked, "Are you all right? We are soooo going."

She said, "It's Independence day. Let's give this day to India. Let's do something for her. Let's reach out to the needy. Let's clean the city. Or something. For our India!"

One of her friends spoke, "Have you gone mad? We are really getting late. If you want to come then please, else we will start the trip."

She said, "You may. I won't. I want to live in this country forever. I want to stand up for her, today. Sorry, starting from today, till always."

She left the room. Her friends went out of the house thinking that she has become crazy. They sat in the car. 

After an hour Ritu was all set to start her day. Unsure what to do, feeling alone but determined. To her surprise, her friends were there. In the car, waiting for her. One of them spoke, "Mata ji, from where do we need to start? Can you direct us?"

She smiled. With tears in her eyes. She sat in the car happily. 



This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative by BlogAdda.
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Saturday, 2 August 2014

Poky Nose!

Bad habits...let's see! Among the long list which runs in my mind, one thing that is bad particularly about Indians and I just hate it, is - poking their nose in other's matter. Let me be a bit more specific - 

"अरे, बड़ी हो गई आपकी बेटी, कोई लड़का देखा ?" 
"अभी भी घर में बैठी है?"
"इसकी शादी के लिए रिश्ता लेकर आऊ क्या?"

Those nose-poking aunties and the extra-bothered uncles are a pain. Their own life might be in a complete mess, but they do come over to trouble the girl's parents and her life. 

I don't hear such things in other countries but India, OMG. It should be stopped. Please live your life and let others live in peace! 

What say!




And it rained that night!

We held our hands tight. Looked deep into each others eyes. And there was a shrieking whistle which shattered our lovely moment. 

Yes. The train arrived on the platform. With heavy heart, I boarded the train. 

His eyes just said, "Don't go!"

And in nick of the time, it rained that night. Like never before!

He looked up to the sky, soaked in rain in minutes, he looked at me and he finally broke his silence and said, "Even the city cries when you go!"

"Awwww!" I could barely say this and the train started moving. 

With tears in my eye, I was watching my city soaked in rain, passing by. I put on my ear plugs. Just then, FM played - "Duriyaaaa....Duriyaan bhi hai zaruri....zaruri hai ye duriyan!"

Oh yeah and I smiled ;)


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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Black is Beautiful!

A color which can add classiness and at the same time enhances the beauty of the product it is on, is undoubtedly BLACK! Black - my magical color, is indeed beautiful! Black - a color which embraces all colors, good or bad, but keeps its state same. It still remains black, whatever be it! This attribute of black, makes it the best color and unique in itself. Its name says it all:

B: Brilliant 


Nothing can be as brilliant and flawless as a God's creation. Well, I am a big animal person. There are these few animals I have always wanted to own or at least see with my own naked eyes. 

The black Panther - is a unique creature in itself. A loner which swims to relax and adjust itself according to the climatic adversities, it show all the characteristics which I can relate to. I really want to see a black panther with my eyes to believe the beauty of God's creation. 

Completely black German Shepherd: I have been a proud owner of one, a double coated and jet black German shepherd whom we called, Tigs! They come to your family as a dog and makes their space as a family member. They are just brilliant, beautiful and black! 


The black stallion: I saw this movie as a kid and since then I have wished to own this black stallion, run with him on the beach, sit on his back and just swim till I drop down and then I want to fly in water on his back till the shore! I have grown up, but the wish list still has meeting with the black stallion, on the top! 



L: Lustrous



There has been one game that makes me forget just about everything!  Chess! Not that I win every time, but the whole game creates an adrenaline rush! My wish list contains this - Chess Set: Charles Hollander! 

It is a hand-made set with gold, white and black diamond. The black diamond is what which adds it's beauty to the zenith. The entire set is simple lustrous, livid and lasting. 



A: ARDENT

A color - black, is a color which expresses the intense feeling. There are reasons why I believe in it's strength.

Mangalsutra - I always wanted a diamond studded mangalsutra, but wait, whatever be the style, whatever be the size, whatever stones are studded in it, the main part of this mangal-sutra will always remain - the gold beads in-between the black ones. This black-gold beads symbolizes the start of a beautiful relationship.

Kala tika: The kala-tika which saves from the so called buri-nazar ;) Not a very superstitious person, but my mornings start with applying a kala-tika on my little girl. It keeps all the bad/evil wishes away from her. Not only my child, even the beautiful bride applies it on her face to keep herself away from all the bad 'nazars' on her D-day.

Well, till date I have that traditional mangalsutra and not the diamond studded one. My wish list contains one diamond studded mangal-sutra. It also contains more of kala-tika. My daughter is getting cuter by the minute, you see! :)



C: Classy



Whether it is a black beauty running swiftly on the road much to the owner's pride, or a simple black rado in the wrist or a black IPad, this magical color always adds to the classiness of the end product. This color not only enhances the royal look and feel of these cars and gadgets but also makes you yearn for them! Totally!

My heart is set on all of them and yes, yes I want them all!

K: KILLER
                            
Whether it's the men who suit up in black or the ladies who dawn the black, it always, always sets them in fire and creates the magical killer looks!

It's such a color, which actually hides any deformities and fashions a absolute new you! The way you would want to look, the way you would want to feel. My wardrobe is filled with killer black clothes, but it's never enough, you know! My wish list contains more and more and many many more magical blacks :)



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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Zests of my life!

I love living in the moment and enjoying the ride of my roller coaster life as the turn takes me through! There are so many things which I love and they literally keeps me walking even in my sleep. Let me mention a few.


Of course, no guessing is required here. That's the first thing that adds the zest in my life. My daughter. A hyperactive and extremely naughty kid who knows how to test her mom's love. She generally tests it at wee hours in the morning and ask me to make something hot and fresh to eat. She takes a tiny-miny bite from that and goes back to sleep! :-/ 
 Yeah, I love you honey!


The unexpected trips!
Short or long trips, planned or surprise trips, with friends or with family trips keeps my smile intact and keeps me freshly energized. It's never about where I went and it is always about how much fun I had in the entire trip! The road trip, the dhaba food, the freshness of the new place, just helps me to feel alive! :)



My mumma-papa
When my life is clouded with problems and in midst of the thundering I don't see any ray of hope, I always know which number to dial which can bring back the sunshine in my life. Of course, I have grown up and I have a little baby to mother, but their love and pampering still keeps that little girl alive in me. It just helps me to live more and to laugh more! :)

My Friends!
Be it my husband or siblings and their better halves or my school/college/work/home friends, they are the magic creators in my life. They can make me smile when I am sad and can make me cry when I am extremely happy! Oh yes, I don't feel lack of enemies ever. ;)

Gol-Guppa
 This is one of that food, which the more I have, the more I want to have. The spicy, crunchy and yummy pani-puri is the best invention of mankind and I am and will be ever grateful to its inventor! This is that one food can brightens me up in my gloomiest mood. Well, my husband takes full advantage of this fact and this has become his most inexpensive way to woo his lady after every small and big fights! :-P

This post is a part of the #ZestUpYourLife activity in association with TATA Zest andBlogAdda.com

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Black me up!

I was just a kid when I was introduced to the water colors. It was more than fun, mixing different colors and making a complete new one. That was the exact time when I mixed almost all colors and made a new color - BLACK :: my magical color. 

A magical color indeed. As I grew up, this magical color grew up with me. Literally. As a kid, I just had my black hair, my black eyeballs and those black moles all over my face. But now, without my magical color, I don't even step out of my house.

Here is my black list.....

Hair:


As a kid, I always had that extra small oiled hair. Thanks to my mom. Actually. Now, my hair is long, shiny, beautiful and enviable! Weather I keep it tied or open, the naturally black shiny silky hair has become my flair!

The Kohl!

 

Since childhood I wanted to have big eyes like my mom's but alas! I had tiny-miny eyes which even disappears when I laugh aloud. Still they look dreamy and beautiful - thanks to the black kohl in my eye, which happily engulfs my imperfection in it.

My Black Shades!

It's not a style statement, nor it is a luxury! It is a necessity which is inevitable when I am in sun! Thanks to these black shades that I wear, is not shades, it's part of my existence.

Black pearl set
I am not much of a jewellery person, but I am crazy about those black pearl. Rarely found, unique in itself, it just adds to your classiness!

Black Magic!

Of course, I am not in a perfect shape...hello! Who says that! The black magic always works. Trust me. It ALWAYS works. Whether you are heading for a date or for a presentation, this black helps you to create the magic. Always!

This contest is a part of #WhatTheBlack activity at BlogAdda.com

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The full-family-moon!

Blame it on movies or my craze to travel to exotic locations, I always wanted a great Honeymoon! In movies, the just married couple would fly to an amazing tourist spot and the movie followed. But I stayed there. In those amazing tourist spots.

Some five years back, when I was to get married, I informed my would-be about my craze for an exotic honeymoon. He was for it. We zeroed up on a trip to Bali. A place with abundant natural beauty, beaches and much more. 

He told me to fix the flight and hotel as per my convenience and taste and let him know. Well, the entire drama started then. Tickets were expensive, at least the ones which I saw. I didn't know where to click on to compare the prices of the tickets. And then there was a bigger problem, hotel booking. 

Not knowing much about Bali, I had internet and a few friends for information. I tried to find out a hotel according to the popularity, price, location, facilities available, ratings and reviews. Finding out hotels in Bali, with all the details included was not just difficult, it became a menace.  

Finally, I gave up and I asked him to plan it out. In these you-do::you-do, we got married and we were packed to a near by hill station for few days.

It was absolutely what I didn't want. But things were happening still. Whether I like it or not. It's going to be five years now, I have a little daughter and yet that want for that exotic Bali Honeymoon, still lives in my heart, mind and soul.

Just a few days back, I narrated the same story to one of my friend and she told me an amazing site  - Skyscanner, which has every information I need for visiting any foreign location, within India or across. 

I opened the site form my phone, oh great, they had an application free in play store. Without much ado, I installed it. Using it was a cake walk for a novice like me. Of course, the first thing I checked was for a trip to Bali on my fifth wedding anniversary. 



Well, within a matter of few seconds, I knew the best route and the best deal for travelling to Bali. Then I checked the most dread part of any trip. The hotels. The rates, the popularity, ratings, locations and so many things which you would want to know before staying there. I was wondering if skyscanner would answer all my queries. 

I will let the pictures speak for it...

Sort it this way or that....its always your preference that matters here:

                                                  

Pre-compared prices and the best deals present at different sites are displayed: 


Ratings and reviews of various customers/users:


5 star or no star....you will know along with the name of the hotel:


The kind of room and the added services for the room available flashes in an instant:


Pictures...they always speak more than words...The hotel...the rooms and the surrounding, it all makes you want to stay there or not!


Location finder or look all the hotels in the map. This site has all the information present according to your convenience.



Further scanning the site, it added the fun. It has more information than you expect. These information are beyond your imagination.

The kind of hotel you are looking for:: without wasting your time, just click on the type of hotel and there you are with the sorted list.


Cities you would be staying in and the hotels present there can also be sorted as per your interest.


This option can totally spoil you, you want this or that or all ;)


A room or a resort or any other type of accommodation you are looking for! It's up to your own choice that you can get a super filtered list!


Whether you want to stay in a brand or a local....its all...all there!


Booking hotels. according to the specifications is just clicks away. It's more than amazing. Not only the hotel or accommodation facility that you are looking for, it also has tab for conveyance facility. 

Hire any cab or looking for public transport, its all there.

The conveyance is as easy as SCSB...well...Search..Compare..Select and Book!
Done - Dana - Done!




All this information. Just a few clicks away. COST CHARGED - ZERO. 

Well, I have it all sorted, now. 
May be a few years late. 
May be it will be two + half for the exotic vacation. 
May be it will be full-family-moon! 

But it will be worth it, I am sure!

Looking forward Bali!
Hail Skyscanner! 
Will be your faithful visitor, always :)



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