Friday, November 26, 2010

Kids these Days

Kids these Days….

I know I’m too young to say this and I think that I'm myself still a kiddo but every time I see these kids around me it just leaves me wondering how much the kids these days have changed…

A couple of days back I went to visit a cousin of mine… Her son is just 4 years old… While I was chit chatting with him, the tiny toddler picks up my cell phone from the table and begins to play with it… My sis warned me to take it right away but he was all set to dissect it… I thought let it be, he won’t be able to even unlock the phone so no issues but to my surprise in the next 5 minutes there he was playing the Shinchan tune in my phone and clicking pictures here and there (So now you guys know that I love Shinchan)… I was really surprised to see that and there was my sis giving me a Didn’t-I-Tell-You look… I mean even after using cell phone for so many years, you give me a new cell phone and I’ll be all confused to even unlock it forget about operating it and look at these kids, they are way beyond us…. (So now you also know how dumb I’m when it comes to gadgets)

I think we need to gear up….

Thursday, November 25, 2010

My Favorite Made By Me

Gulab Jamun is my favourite sweet and so I decided to try my hands over it... For the first 2 times the balls that I made broke but finally I managed to handle them carefully and keep them round without any cracks here or there... Thankfully it tasted good enough… Here is how it turned out to be in the end…..

Monday, November 22, 2010

It's all Non Sense

It’s all Non-Sense….

Cribbing, cribbing and more of it and yet I don’t seem to get enough of it… Yes I have so many complaints and questions hitting me hard as nail….

Why only me???

How could life take a turn this way in a flick of second???

How can an inseparable part of your life be taken away from you so ruthlessly???

Why can’t things happen for once as per our whims & wishes???

How can some people turn so cold and let you suffer in grief for almost no fault of yours??

How terrible does it feels to let everything shatter right before your eyes and be able to do nothing about it but feel helpless???

I’m tiered of listening to this non-sense that whatever happens, happens for good, and God surely has a better plan for us… I don’t want the better or the best, so please don’t care about that… I want the worst and I’ll be happy with that, as no matter its good or bad but it would be just the way I want it… Can this happen for once….

Sorry guys, I know it made no sense but I really had to get this out of my system and wanted to get the feeling that someone is listening….

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Whats your Rashee???

What’s your Rashee….??

Some say it’s true, some say its rubbish, some find it interesting while others think of it as nothing more than a word… But accept it or not we all are a little curious to know about our sun sign in detail…

I had always believed that sun sign is nothing but a mere tag which people impose on you owing to your date of birth until I met this friend of mine. Let’s call her Y…

I met Y during my graduation days; we clicked well from quiet the beginning of the college…. She always said that I’m a hard core Scorpion (My date of birth being Oct 24, 1987) and I hardly cared about it sticking to my belief that the concept of sun signs is all rubbish… After all there are so many people of each sun sign, how can you expect them all to have the same set of character traits… But as she came to know more about me she kept re-emphasizing on me being a scorpion to the core and insisted me to read about Scorpio woman….

Initially I didn’t quiet give in to the idea but finally I agreed to her and what better place then our dear internet… As soon as I typed Scorpio Woman in the Google search window there was an endless list of sites on the same… I began to read about it just as a formality to keep my promise but to my surprise within the first 10 minutes of my read, I was left amazed by the fact that each trait of a scorpio woman was so much there in me and she was absolutely right in saying that I’m a scorpion head to toe… Yes I’m passionate about everything that I take up, I can keep secrets till my last breath, I’m stubborn and short tempered, J factor comes into play easily in my case, I don’t give up easily, I begin to lose interest from things very quickly, I can never be neutral – either I love it or I hate it… It’s all so true… (Ohk now I’m not gonna bore you with all the traits of scorpions)

And since then I have believed that our sun sign does have a significant role in deciding the kind of person we are and it does influences our behaviour but I still wonder how is it possible that all the people with the same sun sign have same qualities… Just how???confused

So what’s your take on sun signs… Do you believe in them… And do let me know if you find an answer to my question….

P.S. - I don't know why but I simply love my sun sign....

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Happy Children's Day

Celebrate The Kid In You…

14th November…. The mere mention of this date spreads a smile across my face… There are so many sweet memories of my childhood attached with children’s day…. (not that I’m no longer a kiddo, I would always be one…)

Every year on this day our school used to take us for a picnic which was mostly to Nakhrali Dhani(a place situated on city outskirts) and trust me though we used to visit the same place every year still we used to go with the same excitement each time because it was not the venue that mattered rather there were other significant things (read silly now) that mattered like getting an opportunity to wear a coloured dress rather than the boring school uniform, a chance to play with my school friends till late in the evening, that drive from school to the picnic spot in school bus and playing antakshri or dumb shiraz on the way, playing numerous group games like hide and seek, water n ice and fighting about who would give the den this time and then resolving those fight by chanting those silly inky pinky ponky xyz is donkey, Sharing tiffins, fighting for the window seat while journey back home….

Oh I miss it all so much…. Times have changed and from a school going girl with 2 ponytails I have turned into a teacher myself but one thing that has not changed in all these years is celebrating children’s day…. Yes I still celebrate children’s day each year (and will always do)… My mom takes me for an ice cream or a chocolate fantasy treat every year till date and I love it veryyyy much….

Who says we are no longer kids…. After all age is nothing but a state of mind….. We all have a kiddish corner so this children’s day go and celebrate the kiddo in you… Go n pamper yourself…

Happy children’s day….

Friday, November 12, 2010

Just one Request

Just one Request…

I love rains and they have always been a turn on for me… I know it sounds a bit kiddish but I love love love them….. Every time it rains, my dil goes hmmmm…..And to my fortune it has been raining here for the last two days… A rain in winters is simply Amazing…. With those diamond like tiny droplets of rains everything around seems so beautiful… There is something very special about rains… I have always believed that rain is one the best gift given by god to us… It is god’s way to say “Go celebrate and dance your heart out” and trust me I never miss on that…dancing

With all of this there is just one more thing that I want to request God and that is “can’t the rain water be a little luke warmish”…. I mean I know it’s asking for too much but don’t you think it would be super fun if the rain water was warm… We could get drenched in the rains as much as we want without being scolded by mom, without catching any cold, in short without any worries…..

So what’s your idea of rains???

P.S. - Dear God, Please think over it.... batting eyelashes

Monday, November 8, 2010

Him and Her

Him and Her....

Here is a piece of conversation between mom and dad…. My daily doze of laughter….

Her : Why have you bought so many Bananas? Who is gonna finish them now??

Him : Oh I happened to meet our regular fruit vendor today, so I stopped to wish him happy Diwali….

Her : So... he gifted you these many bananas for free…..let me think

Him : No but he gave me in half the price

Her : How much did you pay??

Him : I paid Rs.20 for a dozen while the market rate is Rs.30

Her : I never knew that 30/2 is 20!!!

Him : rolling eyes confusednail biting

Me : laughing

The Beauty Of Togetherness.....

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Memory To Cherish

A Memory To Cherish….

Anything that happens for the first time is always special and becomes a part of the magical box called memories… This Diwali has gifted me with one such sweet memory for lifetime and would always remain close to my heart….

As a kid I always saw how dad used to go to our shop for Diwali pujan while mom used to take care of Diwali pujan at our home and somehow I always got this feeling that even I want to have a place which would be all mine and then I would do diwali pujan at my place…. Finally my dream took shape of a beautiful reality this Diwali…

Remember I told you about the education institute that we have started, yes I did my first Diwali pujan their, along with a few close friends… We did it with all the procedures to the best of our abilities… We decorated a corner of our room as Lakshmi Ji’s mandir along with all those puja ki thali, fruits, sweets and everything else… It was all very simple and yet seemed so special….

I can’t explain how proud I felt at that point of time and I wholeheartedly thanked God for blessing me with a place which I could call my own… God has really been kind to me…. I’m really thankful to him for always being good to me and wish that I continue to be his special kiddo… J

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Reason to Celebrate

A Reason To Celebrate…

Diwali, a symbol of victory of good over evil is one such festival which is celebrated in all parts of the world with great enthusiasm especially in India….

Diwali has always been one of my favourite festival because during these days you see all the places so beautifully decorated with all those colourful lights, those beautiful kandils and those breath taking rangolis…. And most importantly you get an opportunity to officially spend on dresses and footwear without any restriction…

Diwali surely has always been a reason to celebrate for all of us but why do we celebrate diwali….?? I’m sure each one of us has been told a story behind Diwali during our childhood and most of us know that we celebrate Diwali as home coming of lord Rama after defeating Ravana but do you know that this is just one story and there are several such stories behind Diwali celebration and so I decided to google it out… I found a lot of stories on this theme… There were some 8 to 10 stories but here are two of them which I found quiet interesting…

The defeat of Naraka…

In the ancient times, there lived an asura(demon) named naraka who obtained a boon from the great god Brahma, granting him power over males of all classes- asura, deva, and manusha (man). Having received this boon, Naraka began to trouble everyone. With time his evil activities began to increase and he attempted to conquer Devlok and attacked Lord Indra, the king of devas….

Being terrified by Naraka’s act, lord Indra approached Krishna to seek his help. Krishna agreed to help Indra and called for his chariot and requested his wife Queen Satyabhama to accompany them for the war as she was an excellent combat….

Krishna along with his wife and all devtas approached Naraka’s Palace fighting all odds… Naraka and Krishna fought for a while until one of Naraka’s bow struck Krishna’s shoulder because of which he fell on the chariots floor… Seeing this Queen Satyabhama came to Krishna’s rescue and picked up his bow and arrow and called out, "Naraka, your boon grants you power over all males. But dare you fight a woman….”

Naraka took the queens challenge lightly which was his biggest mistake…

The brave queen stood her ground and with careful aim begun to shoot her arrows. Like lightening, they sped through the air, finding their mark before Naraka could even string his bow! Naraka screamed out in pain and fell to the ground with a thud. And in this way Queen Satyabhama destroyed the demon…

To this day, Hindus in southern India remember Queen Satyabhama's victory over the wicked Naraka by joyfully lighting lamps to brighten the darkest night of the year.

Three steps of land…..

Long ago there lived a great king called Bali who, although he was an asura, was honorable, generous, and just.

He decided to carry out a pooja to please God Brahma and get a boon from him to become invincible. The devas, however, were greatly alarmed by Bali's devotion. "What if Lord Brahma grants him a boon that will make him invincible? He must be stopped before he can cause harm." And so they rushed to lord Vishnu to seek for his help, to which he agreed.

Meanwhile Bali’s yagna ceremonies were at its peak. Just then, a small dwarf entered the sacrificial hall. "0 great King," said the dwarf. "I see that you are giving away gifts. May I, too, have a gift?"

"Of course," replied Bali generously.

"No one is to be turned away. You can ask for anything and it is yours."

"All I want is a small piece of land," said the dwarf, bowing low. 'Just three steps will do."

"Is that all?" Bali was confused. The dwarf had such tiny legs. "You could ask for much more. A large estate, food, clothing, riches, perhaps even a beautiful bride"

"No, no," said the dwarf, shaking his head. "I have no need of such things. Just three steps will do."

"So be it!" pronounced King Bali, waving his hand generously. "Take your three steps, Dwarf."

At this point, the dwarf changed into Vishnu, and now he took his first step… To everyone's surprise, it covered the whole earth! He then took his second step. To Bali's alarm, it covered the whole sky!

Stretching once more, lord Vishnu raised his leg to take his third step. But there was nowhere to place it. He had already covered the whole world!

"You promised me three steps," he said. "Where should I place my foot now?" to which Bali replied . "I always fulfill my promises," he declared gravely. "I promised you three steps and three steps you shall have. Place the third on my head, 0 Lord."

Lord Vishnu then placed his foot on Bali's head and pushed him deep into the underworld. Petals fell from the sky as devas came out to rejoice.But the people of Bali's kingdom were far from being happy, for they loved their generous king. Vishnu, too, felt sorry for him, for, after all, he was good and kind. "Bali, you are a good king and your people love you. Therefore, you may return to visit them once a year," he announced.

And thus, once a year,Bali returns to visit his people, who greet him with great rejoicing and this day is celebrated as Diwali....

Different people, different stories but the base line is that the festival of Diwali has something for each one of us which could be in form of Diyas, lights, kandils, rangolis, crackers, sweets, gifts and the list goes on…. It has a reason to smile for everyone…

Here’s wishing you all a very happy, safe and prosperous Diwali….

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Inevitable

The Inevitable….

Weather it is for good or it’s for bad but it’s inevitable…. It’s the only thing which is constant…. It’s change…. Be it places, be it traditions, be it people or be it life as a whole, there’s just nothing on this earth which is untouched by this magical word…

Sometimes it is welcomed with a smile and sometimes with a frown, but with time we realize that there was some goodness in the change for sure even if it’s not good in entirety…

Life simply unveils all the changes before us and then leaves it on us to decide if we wish to blend it in our lives like sweetness of sugar or we wish to gulp it down like a pill….

Is it not better to welcome all the changes with open arms and attempt to discover the mysterious beauty that each change goes on to add into your life….

The choice is, has been and will always be yours…..