Minion Madness!!!

Those who follow my blog would know that I am a Minion Fan.. jabra fan actually.

And guess what, the latest addition to my Minion collection is  earphones.

I ordered them from Amazon and these are just so cute, arent these??

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Now i am eyeing a Minion soft toy next, followed by Minion pillow.

Gifts and Charity is welcome!! 😅😜

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No Matter How Old I Get I Always Want My Mom!

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This blog was first posted on mycity4kids.com

Mother is the first person you get close to when you are born. And it stays pretty much the same later in the life too 🙂

I remember that as a kid I was so attached to my mother that my dad used to tease that my mom should have had a kangaroo pouch and carry me close to her all the time. Well, I was really like that kid who would run around mom the whole day! I always ensured that i grabbed a little more pampering and attention from mom as compared to my sister.

We never had that relationship which is often described in novels and films, like, mother-daughter  friends or something like buddies. But my mother never failed to establish a relationship that made me feel loved, cared and pampered. For me, she is the best mother and I will tell you why!

1) She is “Love” personified. 

All mothers love their children selflessly and so does my mother! She has raised us with so much love and affection. I do not recall any ugly scene from childhood where she is beating or punishing me! I mean, I can’t imagine how much patience she must have had while raising us, endless perhaps. When I look at the moms of this generation I see them getting frustrated and angry at the drop of a hat and they do not think twice before exhibiting their anger and frustration on their children. I am sure that my mom was not devoid of any frustrations but it is commendable that she never bothered us with that. All that i recollect from my childhood is love, love and more love. Even today her heart is full of love and it is so pure that she easily forgives worldly mistakes of her daughters.

2) Fresh and Smiling face!

She is always fresh and smiling. There may be tonnes of tension and worry on her mind, but it will never show on her face. I have seen her facing difficult situations with a smile. 

3) Very Active:

I have always seen her racing through her schedule and I wonder where did she get all that stamina from! I just cook a little in the morning and then head to work and I am dead tired by the end of the day. I just can’t imagine from where my mom used to get the stamina to cook for a family of six, get us ready for the school, wash clothes, work at office, grocery shopping while returning from work, cooking dinner, and at the end of it all listen to my senseless and non-stop blabber 🙂

4) Pillar of Strength:

Yes, she is my pillar of strength. I am a grown up women now, but I still need her around. Lot of times there is nothing that she can help me with but just a chat with her that time eases my tension for sure. I am sure I have blown up atleast 100s of my tension over a chat with her.

5) Always there for me:

No matter what, my mom is ALWAYS there for me. Her plans, her hobbies, her everything comes after me. I remember my days of depression when I would call her up and cry for nothing in particular ending it with a statement “I am not feeling well” and there she wouldn’t mind coming over to my place just to make me feel better. I remember my sick days when she has nursed me and accompanied me to hospitals and toughest of medical examination. Whenever I tell her that I am going to drop by to see her she cancels all her plans without a shade of reluctance. This is indeed an epitome of selflessness.

6) Un-matchable upbringing:

She has provided us excellent upbringing. She has carved us out to be a good human being first and then assume the responsibility of various relations. She taught us politeness, patience and respect by setting an example herself. She has taught us to DEAL with the life as it comes, but with a brave heart and a smile on face. She has sowed the seeds of  love in us and this love has bloomed in our life. She has taught us to spread happiness.

I can’t imagine how I would have been had my mother been not around. My mom is a human form of God!

I am what I am today because of my mom. I hope to have at least an iota of her qualities. If I am able to follow her footsteps, I am sure to head to heaven!

Today I am not be able to cling to her like I used to as a child, but the love is still the same. Even today I cry when I miss my mom, the only difference is now i cry secretly versus the wailing I did as a baby 🙂 Even today I long to cuddle up with her while sleeping and even today I crave to eat food from her hands. Just like childhood days. The only difference is the ever running time which brushes a bit of maturity to you! My ways of demonstrating love to her may have changed over the years, the matured ways may not be as cute and loving as before, but the magnitude of love that myheart holds for her has only multiplied all these years. 

My mom is my inspiration!

Love you mom ❤ ❤

Here's fantastic quote I read which suits you to the core:

"Youth Fades,

Love Droops,

The leaves of friendship fall,

But a mother's secret hope outlives them all"

May God bless you with a healthy and long life!

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Sometimes Less is More!

Less is More

Once I asked my maid whether she is willing to work at an Ayurveda clinic. I used to go for a treatment to this clinic and I personally knew all the staff there. We had become friends over a period of time and that’s how they had assigned me the task of finding a maid and i could not find anyone better than my own maid.

I: Mavshi, there is this clinic near Yogi Nagar. They are looking for someone who can work for them. There won’t be much work. Just sweeping and mopping twice a day, washing utensils of kadha (medicines) and wiping the treatment beds and cleaning the bathroom at the end of the day. Would you like to work there?

Maid: No!

I was super surprised to hear a plain No from her. I tried to persuade her.

I: Are Mavshi, they are going to pay well. 6000 Rs a month. You can leave all your jobs and just do this one, you will earn more. If you want you can keep couple of your current jobs to do in the evenings, it will add to your income. Plus it is close by. You wont have to roam around in sun trying to reach from one house to other house. They are also providing tea and snacks daily.

Maid: No, i don’t want to work there.

I: Why not? Give it a thought please. You will earn a lot more with lesser efforts than you have to take right now.

Maid: I don’t want more money. I like working at my current households. They are dependent on me. They don’t find a replacement even if I take a week long leave or fall sick. They never treat me badly.  I am happy with my work. Money is important, but not everything. Most of these households have helped me during my financial crisis, I can’t leave them for a few thousands extra. I owe them my loyalty.

I was astounded with her reply. She had a beautiful thinking. I was wondering that this woman who is barely able to make ends meet is so contended and happy and what’s wrong with me? Most of us are never satisfied with the progress that we make, the more and more money that we earn. We are always running behind materialistic things. If i compare myself to her, I have a lot more money (Thank God!), lot more luxuries (Thank God!), lot more education (Thank God!) than my maid but if I compare happiness, i think she is way happier than me.

What i realized was, her’s is a small world. There is no entry for unnecessary things (read luxuries) in her life. She is very clear with the distinction between necessity and luxuries of life. And hence, her life is full of happiness and satisfaction. She has lesser necessities and more happiness.

Sometimes, Less is More, isn’t it? 🙂

Like A Love Song – Book Review

Like a Love Song

My friend Pooja gifted this book to me on my birthday and it was such a lovely gift I tell you!

Like a Love Song is a love story authored by Nikita Singh and she has done a good job. I had never read Nikita’s work before and this book set a good opinion about her in my mind.

The story is all about Mahi’s life, dream and the people important to her in her life. It is all about how she gets dumped and fucked up her life. Nikita has penned down Mahi’s first relationship to a great detail. She has perfectly captured the attitude a 17 yr old would carry. She has portrayed Mahi beautifully. I could see myself in her in bits and portions and I am sure you will relate to her too. She is more of a live person than a character in the story.

I liked the fact that she has shown the protagonist as one little kid who messes up her life, drops out of college, fucks her relationships and almost destroys her dream. It all feels so real unlike other novels where the lead character is “know it all” kinds with great looks and super brains.

The entire story is knitted together against a plot of Mahi’s relationships and dreams. It is interesting to unfold Mahi’s life and Nikita has done a great job in keeping reader’s interest alive till the end. It does get boring in between when Mahi is shown hell bent on dropping out of college the second time, this time to chase her dream. But i think such things could be happening  in reality.

I loved the intensity with which Nikita has narrated the “post breakup” Mahi (the first time) and all her efforts to put herself together. It will really move you. Another powerful narration is towards the end of the story where Mahi has blown out practically everything that was important to her like her family, best friend, her love and most importantly her dream. You will really feel bad to see her in that state.

The falling in and falling out of the love will consume you, it consumed me at least because I hate to see personal relationships falling apart even in movies and novels. I personally think the end could have been better because I believe in happy endings but yeah, life is not always that kind and Nikita has captured that really well.

I think Nikita could have done a better job for describing “falling in love again” phase of Mahi. She did show her inhibitions but i feel should could have elaborated more on that and shown how slowly yet beautifully she enters the world of love again, rather than jumping in love after a small phase of holding to inhibitions.

All in all, its a good book. There is no moment of “what a crap story” or “it is so boring” but there are no moments of a great high either, apart from some power pact pieces i already mentioned.

Over all Rating: 3.5/5

P.S: I loved the character of Laila in this book :). Do read this book to find out more about Laila and Mahi.

IPL Fever & Fun

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As soon as April sets in, a unique enthusiasm runs through the country. For the country who is in deep love with Cricket and bears unmatachable passion for the same, April brings in a treat of IPL (Indian Premeir League).

A lot has been said about IPL ever since its conception 10 yrs ago and hence topics like friendly betting, cheer leaders, Shipa Shetty, Nita Ambani, ALL cricketrs etc have been trending for a decade now. IPL now forms a part of India’s culture. And it is clearly evident that this culture invites and welcomes one and all irrespective of caste and religion.
How much ever I may not be a fan of any kind of cricket, IPL does grab at least some attention from me. This year it was in the form of this joke that is doing rounds on WhatsApp. Read and have some hearty laugh. This could might as well be a reality, you never know! 😂😁😀😉😅😆😄

Pl let me know if you can help – A friend of mine  bought tickets to the IPL match .. the problem is that he completely forgot that this Sunday is his wedding… coz he bought the tickets few months before fixing his wedding date …. Now he wants to know if anyone is interested in getting married….!

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The English Teacher

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“Mom, my English teacher has called you to meet him tomorrow” announced Abir as soon as he entered home.

“What for? I hope it’s not for reciting your mischief’s and complaints. What did you do?” I asked taking off the bag from my 6 yrs old son. I always dreaded when any teacher asks me to meet! And rightly so! How embarrassing it is to be told by (all) teachers that my son is very mischievous, plays pranks and talks a lot. But what to do? Like mother like son!

I checked Abir’s calendar for English teacher’s remark and saw the following note:

“Please see me tomorrow at 10:00 am, teacher’s room on the first floor”

It was signed artistically or that’s how it seemed to me! I thought the signature read Spaes. I couldn’t recollect that name as any of Abir’s teachers that i knew. This one could be a new teacher, i thought. I wondered what kind of a name that is, but didn’t ponder much over it. I put back the calendar in Abir’s bag, took out his tiffin only to see it half eaten, as always!

While the rest of the day passed away like normal routine, I couldn’t stop thinking about why the English teacher would want to meet me. Abir was good with language. He had great story telling abilities, was good at reciting poems and had just fine sense of pronunciations. He was a little weak in spellings though! I told myself that it must be because of the spellings only that his teacher wants to meet me. I prepared myself for a mini lecture about how important it is to spell words correctly and how i need to work more with Abir to make him learn spellings well. Huh, if teacher tells me that, i was sure it was going to fall on deaf ears because I am worse at spellings myself. I swear, had there not been computers which highlight a mis-spelled word with a red underline and also provide correct spelling at the right click, I think it would be difficult to differentiate my spellings from Abir’s. Like mother like son.

I reached Abir’s school at sharp 9:45 am next morning. I asked for “Spaes” teacher in the teacher’s room and I was asked to wait outside. I sat on the bench outside watching cute little children totting to their classrooms in a line maintaining one hand’s distance. I could see a teacher dragging a student out from another class and making him stand with his hands straight up. Awww! Suddenly a familiar voice reached my ears. Who was speaking? It was somebody inside the teacher’s room. That voice was strangely familiar. So familiar that it made me restless. “Where have I heard that voice before? Whose is it?” were the only questions crowding my mind. I wanted to peek in to the teacher’s room to see who was talking but I stopped myself. It wont be seen as good manners.

I was relieved when I was told that I can go and see the English teacher. It meant I was going to get a chance to enter the teacher’s room and see the person whose voice sounded so familiar. I quickly gazed around to find someone familiar, but hard luck! I quietly made my way to the place where I was directed to meet the English teacher.

I saw a man sitting on a chair, facing the cupboard behind his chair and bending down to reach the lowest of the cabinets.

“Hello Sir, I am Abir’s mom. Did you want to see me today?”

The English teacher turned around just said,”Yes please…….”

Moments of silence passed and we kept looking at each other.

“Savio!!!! What are you doing here?? Don’t tell me you are Abir’s English teacher!!!” I almost screamed in excitement and I am sure my eyes had popped out too! (My typical expression when I am excited 🙂 ) I was so happy to see Savio – my first blogger friend, some one who shared honest opinions on my blogs, always motivated me to write, shared plots and ideas for short stories and the same guy whom i used to take on a virtual grocery shopping spree!

“Hey Aditi!!! World is such a small place. Never expected I would get to teach your son”

“How did you land in Mumbai? I thought you hated this place.”

“I surely hate this place, but this school is a great institution. I really wanted to pursue this career opportunity. Plus, my training website is getting a great response. I am working on setting up an office here in Mumbai too. Here, the logistics and proximity to clients are far better than Goa you see!”

“Agreed. Welcome to “Amchi Mumbai” . See, i had told this to you 7 years ago! By the way, in the name of uninstalling WhatsApp, where did you disappear for all these years?” I tried calling you several times, shot some emails and also checked WordPress for your blogs, but you seemed to have vanished in thin air. If I am not wrong, the last conversation we had was a SMS that you sent telling me that you would call me back later.”

“Common Aditi. I was busy then. So many things were going on. And you can’t blame me for vanishing ok? I didn’t vanish. I had to change my number. I called you so many times from my new number but not once did you answer. I think you still have the habit of ignoring unknown numbers!”

“Yes…even today!” I chuckled. This calls for a coffee Savio! I think we should meet in a cafe and not in this teacher’s room!”

“Mam, we are here for an official meeting, so let’s just stick to the agenda” Savio tried to be serious, but failed 🙂

“Oh please Savio, I am not going to listen if you are going to complain about Abir’s language skills. And now that you are his teacher, please take some efforts on him. I am sure Abir is in the best hands now.” pat came my reply. So informal, and so assertive. This was the first time I may have spoken to any of Abir’s teacher like that. But who was considering Savio as a “teacher”? For me, he was still a dear friend, co-blogger and a nice guy 🙂 (He often complaints that he is tagged as a “Nice Guy” but can’t help, he is indeed one!)

I was lucky to strike chords once again with a close friend of mine, but all may not get that opportunity. Don’t let your career aspirations and other tensions in life ruin your friendship. Friendship exists beyond electronic medium of Whatsapp and blogging sites, just be sure to maintain that personal touch to it.

PS: This write up is my response to You & Me Tag that I was nominated for Savio.  Be sure to go over and check out his blog, The Extraaa Mile. Thank you Savio for this opportunity.  Always be the NICE GUY that you are! 🙂

Now to continue the legacy of this super tag I nominate Jothish Sumit Official and Elaine

All that you have to do is write a post on how i may influence your life or play any minisucle or important role in your life. This world is a small place and it is round. We shall bump into each other someday. How about imagining the same beforehand? I am sure you will have great ideas for this tag.
Looking forward to reading your post, and please do not forget to pass on the legacy like u did. ☺

Who says Cartoon are only for kids?

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Yeah… that’s how my face becomes when some one tells me cartoons are for kids!

Why i ask! I mean cartoons are so funny.. they make you laugh heartily (a rare occassion otherwise!). Whats wrong in liking cartoons even after you grow up?  Arent they a stress busters?

These days cartoons provide some gyan too… like my smart Minion 😍.. he comes up with such intelligent stuff…

I like cartoons and i watch them on tv, fb, youtube and any other possible medium. And i dont shy from accepting that i have fun watching them 😂😅

Does any one share my liking? Or am I the only cartoon (lover)?

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Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya aka Waste of Time!

BKD

I know I am late to watch this film but how i wish i had not watched it at all? After all, who likes to watch a film which has no story, no great music and not so interesting star-cast (except Alia Bhatt)

The plot of this movie is extremely mediocre where a guy falls for a girl, chases her, girl throws attitude and eventually realizes that she loves him. The story-line is pathetic. I wonder how did they manage to make a full 3 hr film on this? Entertainment factor is zero, literally! Varun needs to go back to acting school and Alia has wasted her talent over this movie, I am sure she can do better stuff.

The only interesting things are:

1 Alia Bhatt – She looks really cute in “Air Hostess” uniform

2 Seven Wonders of world in one place which is the hangout of Badrinath and Vaidehi.

3 Couple of scenes where Varun has flaunted his well toned body (the only good thing of him!)

I cant understand how this movie managed to get 3 and 3.5 ratings from renowned reviews, I will rate it only 1/5

If you have got nothing to do and are hoping to pass time watching this movie – God bless you!

World Water Day – 22nd March

World Water Day

I didn’t know 22nd March is celebrated as World Water Day, but, now that I came to know, I thought of sharing it with you all.

Water is such an important yet “taken for granted” thing in our life, inst it? While most of us are using water carelessly, there are many lives who are craving for a single drop of water. There are drought prone regions across the globe and people have to walk miles to fetch just one bucket of water. Can we do something for them? May be not directly, but indirectly we can, and we must! We must save water to the extent possible and use it more cautiously and make every drop count.

Below are some simple tips to save water.

  1. close the tap while you are brushing teeth
  2. do not use washing machine unless the load is full
  3. avoid using bath tub or shower daily. Instead limit your bath to a bucket or two! (Indulgence once in a while is welcome – after all who doesn’t like to relax in a bath tub with soft foam and scented candles! :))
  4. water your plants with a sprinklers rather than a water pipe.
  5. re-use water wherever possible

Reusing water is really a cleaver way to use water judiciously. For example, the water that is left over after you wash/soak in veggies for cleaning, pour it to your plants.the water that is left over after mopping the floor, use it for flushing toilets. These are just two basic examples, if you give a thought, you will come up with may more.

Let’s be more empathetic towards those who are less fortunate when it comes to the availability of water. Let’s do our bit by saving water and cautiously using it. When i say empathetic, i recall a great statement made by my husband. Many of you may not agree to it, but it just made me respect him more!

Once we were exploring some spots for an outing with friends. I happened to mention very excitedly about a water park. Pat came a reply from my husband “people are not getting water to drink and you want to play in water?” It is such a deep thought! I never visited a water park after that and never played Holi either.

I mean preaching about saving water is one thing and actually following it is a different ball game altogether!

Because we are talking about empathy here, I want to bring up another important action. Please leave some water for birds everyday in a container. Be sure that the container is not too deep or shallow and has enough rim on which the birds can rest or balance while they sip water. Many bird feeders are hanging but birds find it difficult to stay put on such hanging feeders because they cannot get a grip or cannot balance and hence cannot sip water to their heart’s content.

Let us all do our bit, without thinking whether it matters to anybody or not.

I do all of this, because it matters to me. How about you?

 

THANK YOU… FOR BEING WITH ME!

It was a pleasant surprise when this notification popped up. All 201  wonderful people out there, i really want to thank you for taking time to read my blog, especially because an amateur’s blog may not be as matured.

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Its been just a year at WordPress and I have made such wonderful friends, some even off WordPress. Each one of you is an inspiration! Please continue to shower your love upon me.

Happy blogging! 🙂