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“A Lively Letter to Life”

Posted: November 11, 2016 in BlogAdda, Uncategorized

Dear Zindagi,

(My Dearest Life)

In today’s tech-savvy world, writing a letter seems to be a thing of past. Amidst the hustle bustle of the fast flying life, the mere thought of communicating with you, my life, especially in the written format is wonderful. We, humans seldom praise you, often curse you; complement you, criticise you; congratulate you, condemn you as a reaction to the day to-day happenings. It is in human nature to be grief-struck and panic while in tough times and forget the world in all good times and be deep immersed in one’s own self. We are ready to curse you for any and every small unfavourable incident but we forget to ‘Thank – You’ for the little pieces of happiness and those small chunks of smiles that you bestow on us. I don’t want to commit any such mistake, or shall I say a serious crime because if I do so, it shall we a well-informed mistake. Ironical, isn’t it?

So, here’s a small listicle of all that I am thankful for  –

  • To top the list are the ones who have given ‘you’ to me, my Life. Yes, you guessed it right, its my parents, the real visible god on earth. Let’s thank them together they let us meet. In the times, when a girl-child born to parents is considered a burden, she is killed well before she takes birth for the only mistake that she committed was being a girl, I was allowed to be born and moreover my birth was rejoiced and celebrated. This indeed is worth being thankful for.

 

  • Thank you for the wonderful childhood that I experienced in my grandparent’s arms. Maa-Dada (Paternal Grandparents) and Nanu-Nani(Maternal Grandparents) are like the four directions who have guided my path from times immemorial and shall continue to do so. I feel blessed to have their hands on my head always wishing my well-being.

 

  •  Thank you for the ‘Sizzling Siblings’, the name of my sibling gang as we call it (and I know you know it, Life; the clarification is for the readers. Don’t react strange). The bundles of joy that we have shared together, the good old times we lived together, the memories we created together run like a filmstrip in front of eyes as I write this. Thank you for all the small bunches of happiness that you imparted.

 

  • Thank you for the wonderful set of friends that you given me who know the deepest of my secrets and who dared to tolerate me in the craziest of the times and worst of my moods. Thank you for the not-so wonderful ones with whom I might not have many good memories but they have been some good lessons.

 

  • Thank you for letting me have the one who is synonymous to ‘You’, who is my soul-mate, my better half, my love, my ‘life’. He is one of the reasons I look upon you the way I do.

 

  • Last but not the least, I am thankful to have you, my life. Thank you for all the small teachings, the lessons you made me learn and the joyous memories  of the soulful journey called, life. Had I not had you, I won’t be writing this. Had I not been the me I am, how would I be talking to you in this late hour.So, I Thank You, Dear Zindagi for being what you are to me, for being just the way you are.

A big ‘Thank you’ for making me realise all that I just wrote. All of us know all of it but we forget these small yet important and meaningful things in our daily lives. The slightest expression of gratitude makes me feel the wealthiest, even in these times of demonetisation of our currency when everyone feels poor or say, in crunch.

And, next is a promise I want to make to you, that this realisation is not just for the sake of writing and not just till the time I write but I shall put the best of my efforts to keep reminding not to curse you but to count each small blessing. That’s the secret to what people call, ‘Happiness’.

Each day,

I’ll say,

“Today I count my blessings,

and not the troubles

that cross my paths.

That shall be the beginning,

to impart smiles

and spread happiness.”

Much Love,

Garima

P.S. – “I am writing a letter to life for the #DearZindagi activity at BlogAdda“.

P.P.S. – Dear Zindagi is an upcoming bollywood movie starring the romance king “Shahrukh Khan” and the cute “Alia Bhatt”releasing on November 25th. Have a look at the teaser –

 

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Doesn’t it sound like a nightmare not have internet access?

Indeed in today’s world it does seem like one, especially for us. Ask our parents and grandparents, they would be the happiest people alive on earth if that would have happened, since we would spare at least some of our time for them.

Oh! by saying that I’m looking towards the positive aspects of having no internet.

  • Yes, we would find more time for our loved ones.
  • We will create memories not just for the sake of posting on social networking sites but probably we will truly live the moment.
  • We will find some time for our hobbies, if there are some beyond internet.
  • Children would spend more time buying themselves candies, instead of playing candy crush. They would grow up playing the games their parents played growing up. That will probably establish a connection or say help remove the communication and generation gap.
  • Students will try to make their projects on their own instead of doing everything on ‘Google’ and ‘Wikipedia’. With no offences to any of the search engines, this will increase the creativity of the individual, although it has made life easier and less complicated.
  • Our long pending to-do-list can be accomplished.
  • More family and friends time, outings, get-togethers, etc.
  • Last but not the least, the divide which it has physically created will vanish. Take for example, four friends sitting together, each one on their respective phones, connected digitally but divided physically, even though being in immediate vicinity.

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Now, before I gain much of the opposition from the people who read this, since it has become possible due to internet that I am able to write and create content for my readers. Had internet not been there, we wouldn’t be here. That’s probably the saddest part of the world without internet. Adding more to this list –

  • No frequent updates about the happenings around the world. The ease of communication and connectivity will reduce.
  • No online shopping, overcrowded markets, long billing queues, etc (Phew..!)
  • No online business and services. The words like ‘E-commerce’ shall become extinct. Yes, ‘extinct’.
  • Those who have their dependency on internet as their ultimate source of living shall altogether suffer the most.
  • No Google and Wikipedia at our disposal. After having been accustomed to the easier resorts, it shall be pretty much difficult to revert back to the age old methods.
  • No social media 😦
  • No blogs, no bloggers, no ‘you’, no ‘me’. There shall remain no platform for  interactions at such a large scale.
  • No online discussion forums.
  • No e-learning through audio visual aids at your disposal every now and then.

To conclude I would say that life has become a lot easier and convenient with the advent of internet. If we prudently use it being within the frame of our priorities and responsibilities, it is a boon for the mankind as a whole. It is our usage that is good or bad not the technology. In today’s times it id difficult to imagine life without internet. If it is down even for a day, we tend to feel that the day is incomplete, something is missing, that is our level of dependence on internet.

My Evergreen Playlist..!!

Posted: July 13, 2015 in BlogAdda, Personal
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Undoubtedly, the above saying stands true for all of us. One would rarely find someone who doesn’t (or say cannot) connect to the above quote. The prompt asks a question “Is music the window to your freshness?”. I suppose, by now I am clear as regards the answer to this question. Yes, of course the answer is in affirmative.

Before I list down the magical musical playlist, have a look at ‘Allu Arjun and Anushka Manchanda in a fresh music video with sensational dance moves and magical vocals.’


Here’s a part of my evergreen playlist that cheers up my mood instantly anytime and every time along with the reasons or memories attached to the song to bring a clarity why and how they lend me ‘freshness’.

1. Maa-Meriii Maa-Pyaari Maa-Mumma – Just listen to this song, if you haven’t and make your mom listen to it, rest I don’t need to speak much, the bond you share with your mom (maa) will itself speak louder than any words would ever do.

2. Aas paas h khuda – This song from a bollywood movie ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ is in itself a power booster. When you feel drained out or taken aback, it is a wonderful song to motivate yourself and keep moving. At least, it does this to me. Vishal-Shekhar’s lyrics and the voice of the man himself, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, what else does a song require to touch one’s heart?

3. Hamdard – The magically magical voice of Arijit Singh & Mithoon is enough to keep you connected to the song. The song talks of the love so deep that if you are with me, even the pain is beautiful, as long as you smile, I’ll fight the world happily..love so deep where ones desires are another’s wishes, where it’s like two souls dwelling in one’ Just listen and feel it yourself –

4. Yaaro Dosti –  The ‘Forever Friendship’ song, that’s how I remember, re-live and rejoice this song. It reminds me of my school and college days and my lovely gang of friends. Howsoever far we might be or the touch might loose but you all will always form an undetachable part of my life.

5. Tum Mile – They say, “when you are happy, you listen to the music, but when you are sad, you understand the lyrics”. My addition to that, ‘when you are in love, you can feel the lyrics’. Don’t believe me, just lend a patient ear to this song and feel what happens when you meet your true love, your soul-mate.

6. Ambarsariyaa – This song from the movie, ‘Fukrey’ sung by ‘Sona Mohapatra’ has a special place in my life as this is one of those songs on which my bestie planned to dance in my wedding. We have infinite memories attached with it. Even a second of playing this song, reminds me of her.

7. Galla Goodiyaan – The most recent favourite and the most listened song these days, is this one. Just listen and dance to the tunes of this song, I bet you’ll get lost in the music.

8. Tum ho to gaata h dil – The song has some very respectable people associated with it,  lyrics by Javed Akhtar (undoubtedly, it has to be an awesome, more than awesome composition), sung by his son Farhan Akhtar and music by Shankar-Ehsan-Loy. Does it need any more description? Generally speaking, no, but talking personally I want to add to the list my husband’s name as this is a common favourite. And, to be very honest, my reason to love this song is ‘him’.

9. Gone Gone Gone –  This wonderful composition by Phillip Phillips steals my heart, every time I hear to this song. This song creates a feeling that someone somewhere is living for you, living because of you and trust me this feeling has no other comparison. My favourite lines from this song are –

“You’re my back bone.
You’re my cornerstone.
You’re my crutch when my legs stop moving.
You’re my head start.
You’re my rugged heart.
You’re the pulse that I’ve always needed.”

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P.S. -“I am blogging for #MaxFreshMove activity at BlogAdda in association with Colgate MaxFresh.“

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Rules for Relations..???

Posted: July 8, 2015 in BlogAdda

Rules for Relations..Can these be learnt or taught? Do they guarantee any success?

No, then why am I writing this?

Relax. You will find all your answers by the time I finish.

Basically, the very idea about learning the rules to make, maintain and cherish relationships is unacceptable. The bond we create and the efforts we put in it to keep that bond in existence and let it flourish has one thing at its centre and that is – “From the Heart, To the Heart and By the heart”, meaning whatever we do, should come from within, should be done whole heartedly, should reach the other end and touch his/her heart too, then only can we create “Happy Relationships”. And that’s the ‘Golden Rule’ , rest all is just a part of it.

Below are listed some guiding principles which we followed with the golden rule can be of great help. To help you memorise so that one can mould himself/herself accordingly while taking life – decisions, here is a shortcut –

The Mnemonic goes as – Auto Control Relations (ACR) 3A’s, 3C’s and 3R’s –

Accept. Adapt. Adjust.

Change. Compromise. Cherish. 

Rely. Respond. Refrain.

Going in to the details of these 3 ACR’s –

1. Accept – The first and foremost thing is to accept the person the way he/she is. If we aren’t able to accept we are in some way paving way for the negativity to take over us and the bond too.

2. Adapt – There are some negatives in each one of us. There are some habits that we can’t change. I am not distinguishing them as  good or bad as it is solely a matter of opinion and one’s own discretion. So, it’s better if we adapt ourselves accordingly, isn’t it?

3. Adjust – Once you have accepted others and adapted yourself, adjusting is not a big deal. And, without adjusting life cannot move on smoothly.

4. Change  – There will definitely be certain things that are too hard to be accepted whether or moral grounds or ethical or personal, try to convince and change them in the other person. If you do your part well, you will definitely be rewarded with acceptance and adjustment from the other end.

5. Compromise – It takes two hands to clap. Similarly, it takes two persons to move on in a relationship happily. And you can’t dream of a happy relationship without making sacrifices and compromises. I am not at all saying to compromise more than what your self-esteem allows but yes, do. At times more, and at times less, but do.

6. Cherish – Cherish, Rejoice and Live the bond you share. Create happiness to be happy.

7. Rely –  Trust is a must for all relationships. If you can’t trust the other person or if you can’t win theirs, is it worth it?

8. Respond – Don’t just react but think about the impact and then react. Weigh the pros and cons of your action to be taken and then respond.

9. Refrain – Stop yourself from fighting and from creating a negative aura around you. Pull yourself away at the time of dispute, once things cool down relax and talk about the issue. Things will turn out to be better. Trust me on that.

These are no psychological principles I read from somewhere but everything that life has taught me. The ‘Tried and Tested Techniques’, you might call them.

P.S. – “I am participating in the ‘Ready For Rewards’ activity for Rewardme in association with BlogAdda.

For more such tips, check Family Bonding section on RewardMe.

In today’s polluted environment and super busy lives that we lead, skin and hair care is a major problem that we face. Somehow we just rely on the synthetic parlour treatments and have entirely forgotten or are unaware about the home remedies and even if we know, we are too lazy or reluctant to follow those, isn’t it? I can’t really help the latter as God also helps only those who help themselves but for the former ones I have some good tips to share which I too learnt from the Rewardme site. The entire credit for these home remedies (Dadi & Nani ke Nuskhe) goes to the one who wrote it.Thanks to whoever wrote it. I am just sharing it with my readers.

Yogurt and Hair care 

Many factors contribute to hair loss, premature greying, dandruff and dry scalp. Yogurt has all the ingredients to help your hair recover and look good. Bacteria and lactic acid help soothe irritated scalps and balance pH levels. Protein, vitamins and naturally occurring fats help tame frizzy hair. Vitamins naturally present in yogurt work better when mixed with henna to prevent greying.

Yogurt hair packs –

  1. One cup of sour yogurt is all it takes to keep dandruff away. Apply and leave on for 45 minutes and rinse. Use once a week for great results.
  2. To tame frizzy hair, mix 3 tbsp. of yogurt, 2 tbsp. of coconut oil and 4 tsp. of aloe vera gel till smooth. Apply and leave on for 30 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water and use a mild shampoo to get the oil out.
  3. Mix ½ a cup of yogurt, 2 whole eggs and 2 tsp. of almond oil well. Apply to scalp and hair, cover with a shower cap and leave on for 30 minutes. Use a mild shampoo to remove oil. See how quickly hair goes from dull and dry to shiny and healthy.
  4. Soak a tsp. of methi seeds overnight. Make a paste and mix with ½ cup of yogurt. Apply to scalp 2 or more times a week. Leave for 45 minutes and shampoo. This will help to reduce hair fall.
  5. 2-3 teaspoons of powdered moong dal and ½ a cup of yogurt as a mask also help to reduce dandruff and hair fall. Leave in for an hour and wash.
  6. 2 whole eggs, 1 cup yogurt and lime juice blended together make a good general hair mask. Apply and leave in for 2-3 hours and use a mild shampoo to wash.
  7. 4 tbsp. of henna, 2 whole eggs, a few shredded hibiscus leaves and 1 cup of yogurt work wonders in getting rid of the grey. Mix ingredients well and leave on for 2 – 3 hours and shampoo.

Yogurt and Skin care

The AHA moment: We have all heard of Alpha Hydroxy Acids which are good for our skin. Yogurt is a natural source which makes it perfect for skin care. As a topical treatment, it moisturizes, gets rid of acne, relieves sunburn, evens out skin tones and moisturises too.

Yogurt face packs – 

  1. To moisturise your skin, apply 2 tbsp. of yogurt on damp skin and leave on for 10 minutes. Wash off and pat dry. Do as often as possible for best results.
  2. Use dried and powdered orange peels, 1 tsp. honey, 2 tsp. of masoor dal and yogurt for a bright and fresh complexion. Put all the ingredients in a blender, apply the paste and leave on for 15 minutes. This pack is a great cleanser and helps to prevent acne breakouts.
  3. Besan (chickpea flour), yogurt and turmeric were used on babies to keep their skin soft and moist. The same pack can be used by everyone either on the face or the whole body. This helps with exfoliating and hydrating. Turmeric is known for its antiseptic properties.
  4. Add a few drops of chamomile essential oil to 3 tbsp. of yogurt and apply gently over sunburned skin. Leave it on for 10 -15 minutes and rinse. Zinc in yogurt helps to take the sting out of sunburns and speeds up healing.
  5. Lactic acid in yogurt not only helps with acne but also acts as a mild bleaching agent. Apply a layer of 4 tbsp. yogurt and 1 tsp. of lemon juice mixed together. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse. Do this thrice a week and see age spots fade.
    1 tbsp. of olive oil and 4 tbsp. of yogurt mixed together can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Do this at least 3 times a week for best results.
  6. 1 tbsp. of olive oil and 4 tbsp. of yogurt mixed together can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Do this at least 3 times a week for best results.

The first and the third of the hair packs and the third of the skin care packs are the ones that my mum and her mum have time and again suggested and i have even followed their advice, sometimes although. And, yes, you see good results.


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Gauri and Sara are the best of friends. It was on the morning of the third sunday of June, when Gauri called up Sara to ensure if she was fine or not. Yes, you guessed it right,if you did, it was ‘Father’s Day’. Both of them pretended to talk as normally as they could, although Gauri knew that Sara wasn’t okay while Sara knew it well why had her friend called up so early in the morning, on this day. They talked as they usually do and hung up in a while, trying to avoid the topic. But the silence spoke well and it was sufficient to convey how Sara felt and her inability to express the pain due to the presence of her mom.

Half an hour later, Gauri’s phone beeped. It was a message from Sara, well anticipated in advance by her. She was dead sure that Sara would leave a text and hence was eagerly waiting for it. She hurriedly opened the message and started reading. The message said, “Father’s presence in one’s life is like Sun. The sun might be hot but once it disappears, it all dark. Similarly a father might be harsh and strict but when he’s gone, life becomes hard and difficult”. She kept numb, her jaws dropped, fingers froze and heart cried as she could feel the pain her friend felt but their was nothing much she or anybody for that matter could do about it. She had just one question in mind, “Why God?, Why do you do so?”

Once she gained senses, she left a reply to call her as soon as it’s possible for her to talk, which she knew she would herself do as from the past many months, this was a routine procedure that they talked when no one was around Sara. That was the only escape route left for her tears. She fought them, she controlled them but in front of her, she rolled them down her cheeks. Only Gauri and Sara’s pillow knew the amount of tears she had shed.

After a short while, Sara called Gauri and made sure she kept free to talk when she called. Gauri picked up the call and asked her to speak her mind and spill whatever inside. Sara kept numb as if she didn’t feel anything and failed to respond. On her insisting so much, all she said was, “Where has Papa gone? Why has he left us alone so early? Doesn’t God know we need him. Mumma needs him. I miss him soooo much, not just today but always, every moment from the day he has left. I wish to hug him once, (at least today), I so wish I could hug him so tight that I wouldn’t have allowed him to go.” And she cried endlessly.

P.S. – I am participating in the ‘#HugYourDad’ activity for Vicks in association with BlogAdda.

“This father’s day, I am expressing my love towards my dad by participating in the #HugYourDad activity at BlogAdda in association with Vicks.”

P.P.S. – I also write this as a ‘Tribute to her father and the bond they shared.’ I write this as a ‘Prayer’ to give her courage to stand against all the odds. I write this to ‘Salute her’ for what she had done save his life. Hats off Girl..!!!

It was a bright sunny sunday afternoon and Shekhar’s had planned to host lunch in their friends circle. The sun was clearly visible after a week of rains when it had been playing hide and seek with the clouds. And, since they hadn’t met in a long while, so Mr. Shekhar proposed the idea of lunch to which his wife nodded in affirmative. He posted an informal invite message in their group asking them all to meet for  a small get – together. Finally they all agreed.

Mr Shekhar and three of his friends are together since their college days and go on well with each other. After they got married, their wives continued this relation and they also became good friends. So, for all the four couples, it was a jolly time.

Although out of excitement Mrs. Shekhar agreed for the lunch but to make the home guest-ready after such heavy rains, on such a short notice was a tedious job. They had a small discussion over the menu and it was sorted. The items on the list that day were gulab-jamun, paneer tikka, manchurian, pasta, fried rice and noodles and sizzling hot brownie with ice-cream to be served as dessert. And, welcome drink was Mrs. Shekhar’s choice. She had recently learned a new mocktail and wanted to try that. The next thing on the task-list was who’s going to do what? And, for some obvious reasons cooking was left to Mrs. Shekhar and her helper while Mr. Shekhar was happy doing the outside chores connected with the market area. They all set for work.

While doing her work, Mrs. Shekhar realised something was to be done for the slightly pungent smell spread over the house after the rains. Although not that noticeable but she wanted the environment to be very fresh and fragrant. She seemed tensed over the issue as she had already tried many tricks over the past week to overcome this odour all through the rains but she didn’t succeed completely. Her maid could sense it and suggested to use some good room freshener to fight the odour. Finally, she called her husband who had already left for the market to bring some good room freshener.

Mr. Shekhar returned home and the lunch was ready by then. Both the ladies were busy with the ambience and presentation aspect. The spray of the ‘Lavender AmbiPur’ left the entire house lingering with the sweet and delicate fragrance which was noticed and appreciated by their friends. The food was as usual very delicious and awesomely cooked. They all had a pleasant, nice and memorable time together, after a long time. From the ‘smell’ Mrs. Shekhar managed to bring ‘smiles’ to the faces of her guests. And in a country like India, where “Atithi Devo Bhav”, (meaning ‘Guests are God’) is the concept, if their guests returned happy, they had to be happy and so they were.

P.S. -I am blogging for #SmellyToSmiley activity at BlogAdda.com in association with Ambi Pur.

It is a general notion and the saying goes like”Mumma’s Boy and Daddy’s Girl”. Though I am both, but a hug from Paa is a bit more special than from Maa in terms of weightage. The reason being it’s rare with dad while with mum it’s more frequent, so it’s special in terms of volume. With mum, you don’t need occasions to exchange hugs and so should be with dad but somehow it is only on occasions. Sad, but true. And, so they are more special and memorable. Yes, memorable as the prompt in itself could make all those treasurable moments flash beside my eyes when i hugged my dad or vice versa.

The reason that you hug your dad less number of times than your mother doesn’t signify that you love him less or for that matter if he doesn’t hug you as often as your mother, it does in no way mean that he loves you any less. Hugs express love and not define love. I exchange hugs with my Mom way more than with Dad, and vice versa but that does not all mean that we do not love each other. It’s just that with dad it’s a little different. His way of showing love is different and special in his own ways. To name some, the way he ensures you have healthy and hygienic food, the way he shares his favourite dish with you as it is your favourite too (after all you have his genes) , the way he ensures you sleep well, the way he keeps awake till you sleep the day before your exam, the way he feels proud of your results, the way he must have carried you to the city zoo, fair, or market, the way he came out of the movie hall having you in his arms as you got scared of the dark or some fighting scene, the way he dropped you to the school, and the way he held you in his arms the day you were born, with a tear in his eyes and a smile on his cheeks.

Out of the many times I have hugged my dad, the ‘best’ was the one on my wedding day. Though words left unsaid and unuttered, the communication was complete. I could sense his fear, his anxiety, his concern, his happiness, his trust and an assurance that he will always be there just the way he has always been. I am sure he felt the same pain that I did while leaving the home that I belonged to and he understood that I wanted him to let me stay with him some more the way I could understand that even though he wanted the same but he could’t let me.

A ‘Hug’ is squeezing someone in your arms expressing affection and love but this hug expressed beyond any words or emotions could ever do. Undoubtedly this is the “Best Hug” that any ‘father-daughter’ duo could ever dream off or experience.

Though I have never hugged him on any Father’s Day (as I said it is on occasions and this wasn’t one amongst those) , but this Father’s Day, I wish I could do so. I long for it. I miss you “PAPA”.

A request to all darling daughters reading this to hug your father on this day, if you usually don’t. Please don’t miss this golden chance. A hug from your side to your dad would convey mine to my Paa.

A big thanks to those who do and to those also who read but couldn’t do.


P.S. – I am participating in the ‘#HugYourDad’ activity for Vicks in association with BlogAdda.

“This father’s day, I am expressing my love towards my dad by participating in the #HugYourDad activity at BlogAdda in association with Vicks.”

*Do have a look on this video, it’s heart-touching, heart-warming, and heart-melting.*

December’ 2020

Aman and Akshay had planned a family holiday together since it had been a long time since they last met. They were known to be partners-in-crime, ‘chuddie-buddies’ and BFF’s. Neither did they claim it, nor was it so much in vogue to display the bond one shared in those times, unlike today where social media platforms know more of your bond than you yourself. Nevertheless, the people around knew and understood what they had in common.

Both the families were on the way to their holiday destination. Their kids were beginning to share a good bond and their fathers were re-living their old days. Past reminiscence have their own ways of imparting you happiness, giving you vibrant energy and leaving you refreshed.

“Let me take you a decade before in time, when we were in college”, said Aman to his childhood friend to which he instantly replied “I’m sure you are coming up next to the last fest that we had organised”. They both stole a glance, winked at each other and laughed out loud. It was surprisingly happy to know that they still understood what the other was to say next.

“Yes, the very same fest where we had invited your favourite singer Ms. Anushka Manchanda, only because you being the cultural secretary insisted”, teased Aman.

“And what about the Mr Allu Arjun? Who suggested his name? And we even had a deal brother, one of your choice and one of mine. How can you forget that, dude?

Listening to their husband’s conversation the wives smiled and said, friends never grow up. And the children were also amused to see the friendly side of their fathers. They thought only they had friends and they talk like this but now they realised friendship is ageless and always young. Both of them were indifferent to the world around and immersed in their own.

They furthered their conversation discussing the songs that she sung and Allu’s dancing moves to it’s tunes left the crowd mesmerised. They literally started singing some of their common favourites from college time that she sang listing from ‘Piya kesariyo’, ‘Behke’, ‘Dum maro dum’, ‘Ek main hu or ek tu’, and ‘Apna har din’. The last being their all time favourite and meaningful, they sang the entire song. Their kids joined. The songs energised them so much that they started to imitate the steps of Allu Arjun, the same way they used to do in their college and their wives had to remind them that they were in train. In one of his films, he was seen doing the Michael Jackson step and it subsequently became Aman’s favourite step. Their memories were as fresh as ever. They discussed the happening of the fest as if it had happened the day before.

‘Anushka and Allu’ made “Aman and Akshay’s trip’ said Aman’s wife to which her friend nodded.  Friendship with a tadka of ‘music’ and ‘dance’ is friendship lived and re-lived.

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So, finally it’s the time to blog for Phase 3 of #CrashThePepsi IPL activity. Should I be saying the long waited moment has finally come? Oh Yes, Abhi! Yes, this is the moment. Oc course I did wait for the phases of this activity as it is fun to watch the videos made by such talented people and get linked to their thoughts and perspectives but I am sure my wait is nothing in front of these participants who have actually put in so much of hard work and efforts. Moreover it was really an entertaining and learning experience. 

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1. Buddies –  A real good example of the BFF’s (Best Friends Forever) kind of friendship. The friendly bond that these guys share is so visibly true, it reminds you of your very own BFF’s. A wonderfully emoted depiction of “Friendship”. Some friends are forever. But, a piece of advice the boys in the ad need to learn some manners. They shouldn’t have opened their friend’s handbag without her permission, isn’t it? I mean it could have saved the girl her Pepsi, no? Lolzz! Probably, I am saying so as when I relate it to my friends, I become that girl who looses her Pepsi and who wants to loose it?

2. India celebrates Pepsi IPL – A wonderful message of “Unity in Diversity”. It truly depicts the varied culture and diverse traditions of our country. Amidst all the differences and distinctions, “We are One” is the message delivered through this ad. I think it does somehow inculcate that feeling of patriotism towards the country.

3. Pepsi – Bujhaye Dil ki Pyaas -The first line that struck me after viewing this ad was, “Humanity still exists”. If only in the real world, we, the youth follow and practice such acts of kindness, this world will truly be heaven, isn’t it? To talk on the ground realities, if we pass on this habit of being kind, the world would definitely turn out to be better. Although I really liked the idea, but I am not propagating Salman Khan’s motto of helping three people instead of saying ‘Thank You’, when someone helps you. All I wish is that some more such kind people are there for us to see around. Help people and feel blessed that you are in a state to help. Kindness pays.

P.S. – “I’m voting for the best ads in the #CrashThePepsiIPL activity in association with BlogAdda from 8th May to 14th May. Are you?”

Disclaimer – I am in no authority to judge these ad’s, it is just the expression of an honest opinion on what I felt about the ad’s. In no way am I related to any of the above ad’s, their making and the participants.  I voted for these ad’s as I truly liked the message being given through them.

*Pic Courtesy – Google Images.