Thursday, April 23, 2015

“Earth Is Calling” | Fix You & Krishna Nee | Ft. Darshana Ananth Harihar...

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K-KNELL OF GREED, KINDLE THE GLORY                                              

I was gently rowing on the beautiful inland waterways, absolute bliss with swaying coconut palms, green grass on either side, gurgling streams, azure blue sky with exotic clouds, and small thatched houses here and pollution, no traffic, no sound except the chirping of birds, no garbage, no nothing that causes the planet to blow its head off! I got up with a start, back to the absurd reality of life and the irresponsible homosapiens ruining the marvellous Earth, God has bestowed on us with all its natural grandeur. I knew the time had come to stop complaining and be the change that we want to see around us.
Let’s begin at the beginning...

The problem
1) The umpteen diapers that are carelessly disposed off, the plastic present in them clogging all the drains
The solution:
        Never dispose them along with biodegradables but ensure that they are wrapped in newspapers and separately put away.
The problem:
2) Not segregating garbage
The solution:
        Always segregate into wet, dry, sanitary and hazardous and please do not mix them up..
 The problem:
3) Using toys made of lead and other harmful chemicals
The solution:
Never buy toys that are brightly coloured in plastic and wood as these may contain lead or other harmful agents.
The problem
4) Ready to school...paper, paper and more paper
The solution:
As far as possible try and avoid using paper...a toddler can be made to use the traditional slate with chalks that are dust free and in the growing up years make them to switch to drawing boards and the like. Never use, abuse or overuse paper, the woods are already crying for help!
 The problem:
5) Careless discarding of batteries and other E –waste.
The solution:
The batteries and all Electronic waste must be disposed off separately and not thrown along with general toxic waste.
The problem:
6) Throwing garbage everywhere
The solution:
Play hard but with a sense of responsibility, never throw things as you please, put them in the proper places. Always encourage children to use the dustbins.
The problem:
7) Open taps, leaky taps,...
The solution:
Always direct kids to close taps after use and never ever waste water...a drop saved is indeed a drop earned
The problem:
8) Lights, fans, Acs...always ON
The solution:
Instruct children to switch off all lights, fans, ACs when not in use. Save energy for the future children too!
The problem:
9) Adults...beware..reckless use of vehicles and consumption of fuel
The solution:
Try to carpool or travel by public transport and avoid excess fuel energy for the next in line!
The problem:
10)            Rampant tree cutting for construction, laying roads and other infrastructure
The solution:
For every tree cut, grow four more! Try and use alternatives for houses.
The problem:
11)          Clogging of drains and choking of sewer lines
 The solution:
Never throw plastic and other non degradable item in the drains or sewage, always allow easy flow for proper draining out.
The problem:
12)          Letting waste water and other waste into lakes, rivers and seas
The solution:
Lakes, rivers and other water bodies are a natural source of water to mankind and not a means for letting things into it. Performing puja and throwing all and sundry into these do not grant good wishes from the almighty!

I could go on and on and on, for the problems are in multitudes but have to draw a line here and focus on these basics to make life sustainable and renewable. The mantra should be reuse, recycle and renew for a cleaner today and a better tomorrow!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

                          A mystical movement called Zen

A phone has become a style statement and part and parcel of the fashion accessories...nowadays we are noticed not only for the clothes we wear but the smart gadget in the palm of our hand!
More than 200 hours still to go to lay our hands on this incredible ingenious phone from the grand Asus stable. Will this be as mysterious as the art of Zen? Let us take a quick look at the features and we will know what we have in store...
Here are five outstanding characteristics that promise all people on planet Earth to turn their smart heads towards this marvellous piece of art:-
1)  Ablaze – A flashy brilliant appearance that is artfully and aesthetically conceived is the first and foremost outstanding feature of this remarkable device. Masterminded to perfection in order to get that unique one of a kind quality aspect and edge over other smart phones in this category. The golden hue colour option indeed makes all of us go gaga over this marvel!
2)  Slender marvel – The fine slim size zero is the order of the day and Asus has achieved the near impossible task of making a nimble phone that will snugly fit into our palms. With a mere 170 grams weight it is a beastly beauty! Navigation, sensor and display add to the fantastic sex appeal! The lithium 3000mAh battery provides non stop entertainment for a incredible longer period of time!
3)  Competence – The sheer power and dynamism behind this sleek device are features that are mindboggling, Be it the 2.3 GHz 64 bit Intel atom processor with an unthinkable 4GB RAM along with a quad core processor and a graphics card that takes gaming to an altogether different level and ably backed by a remarkable response screen that leaves no marks!
4)  Spectacular image capturing – The camera that vividly captures all those memorable moments is eye catching and the pictures are gorgeous, stunning and manifests in real colours and contrast! Who would let go such a canny gadget that make all our memories live forever?
5)  Great value for money – The price is definitely a steal for the power packed action both inside and outside! This is a premium gadget but the introductory offer price may well be under INR 20,000/- (well that’s what the grapevine says!). You have to pinch yourself to believe this!

          So the verdict on this marvel is a gigantic thumbs up as the pros far outweigh the cons and a great product wrapped in beauty and luxury can be ours soon – well the wait almost seems to be over but the suspense is undoubtedly killing! We could be part of this wonderful launch taking place on the 23rd of April in Gurgaon. Head to the kingdom of dreams to watch the spectacular unveiling of a Zen coming alive! I can't wait....any longer... #CantWait4Zenfone2

Sunday, April 12, 2015



O for optimism!

The autopsy reports confirmed the worst fears for our family – my dad and mom were devastated, I was kind of perplexed being in my teens and not entirely knowing the consequences, my brother was in his own cocooned world of comforts, too young to understand.
My mom in her early forties was detected with cancer of the breast , I was just into college and the whole world came to a grinding halt. My dad did not know whom to turn to and was inconsolable but it was my mom who came out of the trauma and said “I believe in karma and good deeds and the lord will not let me down. Let us take the opinion of our Ramesh and I am sure he would guide us through.” She was talking about dad’s nephew who was an angel in disguise; a messiah sent from heaven – Dr. Ramesh, my dad’s sister’s son was a famous surgeon.  The family till that point in time had crumbled, lost all hope of a happy family being together again now slowly started rebuilding the pieces of life. My dad immediately called him up for consultation and went wholly as per his advice. As my mom went through the battery of tests and pre surgical requirements, I had to slip into her cooking shoes and enter a domain that was unseen by me till that point in time. The unfamiliar kitchen domain and the job of managing the cooking singlehandedly were thrust upon me and  I did not know where to begin. Well let me begin at the beginning I thought and started a series of coaching classes from mom as she lay in the hospital bed. I quickly learnt the little nuances of cooking such as making rice, roti and dhal and succeeded in feeding the hungry mouths. So I part of the difficulty was overcome and I sang “we shall overcome” in full glee and all the members too joined in this struggle of life!
Fortunately, there is a silver lining in every cloud and the tests proved that the cancer was restricted to one side and my dear cousin quickly sprung into action and he conducted the surgery of the affected part himself and sent it for biopsy and by God’s grace it had not spread to other side and other organs were spared.  Now there was a glimmer of light shining a the end of the dark tunnel but still there was a long way to go. She underwent radiation and chemotherapy which was terrible on her physically. She could not eat food and vomited, her hair loss was terrible and almost became bald, and all her muscles began to weaken and had become emancipated. It was unbearable to see her in this pathetic condition but the brave lady that she was, she fought all the odds stacked against her and overcame them step by step. As the detection came in the first stages and surgery was conducted without any delay, despair turned into hope and outright optimism of my mom saw us through the difficult times.

Methodically, she carried the post operative recovery and year after year went for regular checkups and for the last 30 years has remained free from cancer. Praise be to her for tremendous will power and optimism and to my cousin for his timely diagnosis and treatment. Now I can look back and feel proud of the optimism which is a vital element in the wheel of life!

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Meet The New Housing

                                        Create and discover a whole new life....with...


Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw
And each and every day we create, recreate, discover and rediscover ourselves.
It is a journey full of moments...some drab, dull and monotonous, some ecstatic, joyful and great, some crazy, insane and maddening, some sorrowful, sad and emotional but in the pie chart of our life, we do have a small segment devoted to path breaking, discovering and trending. This happens once in a lifetime and the incident can never be forgotten, erased or deleted from our central processing unit - it is something that is etched in our brains ...
The year was 2009...
By an impulse I posted an ad for selling our home of 50 years..a home that had witnessed everything - joys, sorrows, turmoils, tantrums, births, bliss, happiness but not change..grandparents, parents and children just staying put and not moving..the home was warped in time and refusing to let go, all had an emotional attachment and could not imagine a life without #108, " Athithi" Green valley layout , Malleswaram, Bangalore! It was an ancestral home and no one ever dreamt of selling it! 
"Are you mad"??? My hubby and children shouted in chorus!
" we are living in this house for three decades and built with sweat and tears of my grandfather and has seen life's ups and downs and moreover it is in the centre of the town with accessibility to every nook and cranny of Bangalore and the sermon just went on and on..."
I said..." look at it this about building another dream house with our blood and sweat which will be a home and a tribute to your beloved grandfather, who will indeed be proud of his grandson and never ever curse him".
Our children will one day be proud and this in generations will become the new ancestral home...and live in harmony and happiness till the world least going by Sir Isaac Newton's predictions of 2060 which is a good 50 odd years from now!"
Thus I had sowed the seeds of change and creating a new domain that will be called ours built with love and devotion.
Search then began for the ideal home that would take care of location, accessibility, resale value, necessities such as water, greenery etc etc...
And suddenly everything just seemed to fall in place...the seed had started to germinate and abracadabra...the house stood before us in flesh and blood with all  the positive energy and vibration that set life going towards the ultimate goal of salvation.
My children had the privilege and good fortune of seeing the house come up brick by brick which I am sure will be corner stones of their lives to aim and achieve. Moving into a whole new world with new surroundings, neighbours, school, college was an experience that one needs to enjoy and building a house in one such grand feeling of euphoria, of a task well accomplished.
A complete sense of freedom and starting a brand new life....

Monday, March 23, 2015

Kellogg’s Waale Guptaji Ki Family Intro 1

Enjoy the lip smacking wide range of breakfast ideas from Kelloggs with the lovely family of Guptajis!

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                         Break the fast

                Rush hour mornings...stomachs
growling, time zipping by...have to take a quick healthy bite that makes our
tummies full with energy to last for hours . What best other than tasty,
healthy and nutritious cereal tiffin of Kellogg’s that breaks the night long
               How true is the phrase
“Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper”, breakfast
as all of us are aware is the most important meal of the day as it comes after
a break of 6 to 8 hours of sleep and rest. It is the first wholesome meal of
the day and is the fuel for our bodies to run in top gear for the rest of the
action packed and nerve -racking day. It not only fills up our stomachs but also
provides the necessary nutrients in the form of iron, calcium and vitamins
which are so very essential for modern day lifestyle. Apart from the
nutritional aspect, the breakfast is vital to the functioning of the brain in
terms of memory, cognitive ability, maintaining stress and moods and also to
control our temper. We are sure to blow our tops if we skip breakfast as it
leads to lowering the glucose levels and thereby lower energies. Research
studies have proved beyond doubt that this meal is the most important intake of
the day and care must be taken to make it wholesome and fulsome!
                 Welcome to the gastronomical
delights whipped up by the Guptaji’s, a wide spread of aroma and taste in every
grain that makes the morning meal complete in all respects. I really envy the
array of morning delicacies topped up with the goodness of grains!
                 But the one that makes me to
drool and enjoy is the one with chapattis and I am reproducing the recipe for
the benefit of all my foodie friends:
Chapatti Cornflakes Chivda
A cornflakes
snack for all times!

Prep time:7 min
Total time:10 min
1 cup (coarsely
crushed, lightly roasted) Kellogg's Corn Flakes
1 tbsp Oil
¼ tbsp Mustard
¼ tsp Cumin
2 tsp Finely chopped
green chillies
A few curry
A pinch
¼ tsp Turmeric
2 tbsp Roasted
/ fried peanuts
2 tbsp
Roasted/ fried daria dal
8 cooked
chapattis (left over), roughly broken into small pieces and lightly roasted
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Powdered

And do you know
Well... to begin
with I am always left with chapattis from the previous night’s dinner which
comes in handy in this amazing recipe. The aroma of spluttered cumin,
roasted  peanuts along with green
chillies and asafoetida mixed with the goodness of corn flakes and wheat
chapattis is indeed palate tickling. Also there is very less preparation time
which is an added bonus in the manic time starved mornings. This deadly combo
makes one feel full and healthy to take on the day’s tasks with ease and
aplomb. There is no oil content that makes us sick or sleepy or with a weird
feeling in the stomach.
                 So who is joining me as I head
to the lovely home of Guptajis for that lip smacking corn flake breakfast  that will make our day complete and satisfying
in all respects and leave us craving for more...yeh dil maange more!
Meanings of
words/Phrases used in this blog page:
1) Tiffin – breakfast as used in India.
2) Chapatti – Indian bread made of whole
3) Guptaji – Name of family in India who
makes delicious items for breakfast using Kellogg cornflakes
4) Yeh dil maange more – In Hindi language
“this heart wants more”


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Coca-Cola TVC 2015 (30 Sec)

 Good spirits of enjoyment with an extra dose of refreshment from Coca-Cola....

                                                 ON CLOUD NINE.....

                                       The word
“happy” conjures up so many images of joy, bliss, mirth, exuberance and good
spirits  ranging from extreme sublimity  to maddening excitement, all embedded in our
brains making our bodies and souls to dance in sheer cheer.
                                       How can one ever forget the great poet
John Keats lovely poetry “Endymion” describing the simple joys of beauty
translating into happiness. What makes one happy is a matter of perception of
an individual and varies with situations that one is faced with.
is God’s gift, redefining happiness... the gurgling streams, manicured lawns of
green, wonderful hues of the rainbow, myriad shapes of the clouds in azure blue
skies, massive mountains with rain bearing clouds kissing their tops,
thunderous roar of the cascading waterfalls, flowers in innumerable countless
colours starting from the dominating marigolds, sunflowers and daffodils to
mellifluous tulips, roses and orchids. The cup of happiness indeed overflows
with this abundance image of nature’s painted canvas.
                                    A long
drive in an open jeep with the loved ones, culminating in gastronomical
delights and song and dance campfires is an exhilarating experience of
happiness that takes me to a new high!
harmonies from the subtle strains of the strings to the rocking percussions are
undoubtedly music to my ears that makes my heart go gaga in jubilation.  As I write this page the peppy song of Pharell
Williams “happy” keeps me company and inspiring me with new ideas.
                                       An impromptu meeting with the friends of yore
sharing pizza with a coke bubbling and fizzing with conversations that take us
down memory lane , opening a floodgate of memories...nostalgia of events gone
by ...euphoric and elation setting in!
                                      When my
sons win coveted prizes, a feeling of ecstasy and blessedness encompasses me
that know no bounds!!
                                       Celebrations and festivals offer so
much gaiety, rejoicing in shining new clothes and jewellery to match, that stimulates
the tired nerves and transports me to cloud nine and I come back refreshed and
                                    I am in
absolute glee at the genial company of my pet puppy, when it wags its tail or
licks my feet, desperately seeking my attention and jumping with joy at
succeeding in its attempt to do so!
                                     A surprise
gift from my hubby, wrapped in splendour, love and affection is the ultimate
paradise to be in and equivalent of being in seventh heaven!
an old couple to cross the road or giving a blind person a helping hand, or
sharing my lunch with the less privileged makes my day and I sense an air of
palpation, a perception of satisfaction of a life worth living!
                                    I am overjoyed at
the resounding victory of our teams be it in cricket or any other sport,
absolutely flying high in intoxication of success.
                                   My heart
jumps with joy on a cheerful good morning greeting, a warm hug, a lovely smile,
a brilliant tweet from the bird in the tree or the radiant sun rise breaking
the dawn, a s

urprise visitor or a mail, or a ‘happy hours’ opportunity,
howsoever trivial these may sound but they all have a profound positive impact
on me and my life!


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Enjoy the
world of happiness with a bottle of coke!

Monday, December 29, 2014

                       Skies on wintry mornings


hues of clouds
scattered clouds
camel in the cloud
add your own
mountains or clouds

                                                              Dusk to dawn

  Mellowing ball of orange swallowed by the waters
Celebrations of crackers lighting up the night sky cover
Another number on the calendar counter flips over
Heralding a brand new dawn of dreams and desires
Shower of yellow mistletoes and glittering confetti
Gifts, goodies, myriad festoons balloons galore
Revelry merry making and wingding that we adore
Hymns, melody, jazz, rock and roll medley
Ecstatic bundles of bambino joys, blessed in New Year
Twelve months of gurgling babbling innocence
 Crawling, nibbling Playing piggy back in cadence
Cherubic and childlike, baby’s first steps, bringing cheer

Departure of near and dear ones leaving memories
Eternal sorrow amidst chants requiems and eulogy
Our hearts anguish and lament in melancholy
They pass into a great beyond and time freezes
Period of looking within and introspection
Hindsight to set things in perspective
Resolutions broken and framed inactive
A flashback recollected in contemplation
Promising ambitions with a future bright and rosy
Yearning for a sanguine morrow with aspiration
Beliefs of optimism and thoughts no cessation
A year of hope for fondness, mirth and all that is cosy!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

                                    Thinking beyond boundaries.....

              As I see this prize winning Google Doodle image, I feel proud that a young girl has risen above animosity and chauvinism on the basis of those fictitious boorish lines that demarcates the boundaries of the various states of India .Full credit to the girl Vaidehi Reddy, who with her awesome painting has united the country by crossing the barriers and borders of Andhra/Telengana and Maharashtra(I understand she’s domiciled in the city of Pune) to reach one of the seven sisters, showcasing the rich flora and fauna of Assam aptly titled as ‘natural and cultural paradise.’
                      The preconceived attitude and notions that exist in our minds to discriminate people based on their birth or habitat in a particular geographical territory is prejudice of the worst kind. Starting from the subtle dirty stares to gross condemnation of people and their cities prevail and flourish in our country despite the modern outlook and exposure to alien lands and foreigners. People despise one another for their nationality or statehood, religion, language, caste, gender, culture, colour...and this list is endless. Be it at work or at college or in a club or a pub or while in a public place or transport, the obvious tendency is to get attracted to one of a ‘kind’, a chikni Dillite chootiya, a jhakkas and bindaas amchi Mumbaiker, a Punjabi kudi, a lollufying machhi, adipoli mallu, a kaam sarsey Bongo or a kaaaho Bihari babu! Our relationships are therefore defined strongly by figmental contours of expanses, neither familiarity breeds contempt nor there is unity in diversity.
                 Racism of this kind lurks in every nook and cranny, from the mighty politicians, who never believe in sharing the God given resources with neighbouring states and hasten to “dam(n)” it and annexation of lands, a la Moghul style even when they cannot rule their own existing state or further dividing the country into more states, to the bollywood actors who, in order to hard sell their movies wear lungis to impress the ‘down south’ and vice versa.
                 Zooming in further let me narrate couple of experiences and I apologize sincerely to my readers for using nativity prefixes in these cases – this was done only to emphasize the gravity of discrimination. My fellow residents are akin to an India with unfriendly neighbours and with whom the maxim ‘love thy neighbour as thy yourself’ hardly works. There is this recluse Punjabi who has never said hello but easily copies whatever I do, right from drawing kolams to decorating the house on festive occasions – a typical made in China stamp! Then there is the Telugu speaking clan who look the other way whenever we cross each others’ paths – like Sri Lanka do with Tamils! Of course, how can I forget to mention the Talwade family, so very annoying similar to pesky Pakistan!  Friendly neighbourhood....bah...who said so...only state prejudices!!!
                 I was a witness to a conversation taking place between a Gujarati mother and her five year old son, who was pestering her to let him swim. The mother could have refused by saying “No beta you will catch a cold or the water is dirty” but she said “beta, look at the boy in the pool, see how Kaala he is, you will also become black if you get in.”- Wonder how Dhoklas give fairer complexion than idlis! The seeds of discrimination are sown then and there and the boy will decide who his friend is going to be, ONLY by the colour! I am saddened to add that my own kith and kin owe their allegiance to the domiciled city and swear by the alien language to “belong” or to “adapt” and conveniently forget their mother tongue. Adding insult to injury is the utmost contempt for other cities and its folks – is it because they do not eat vada pav or gol gappas or bisi bele bath! Truly agonizing to say the least! Hoisting of the state flags are celebrated with more fervour than even our tricolour!
                        Can we rise above this narrow minded sectarian and parochial mindset of intolerance on which our society rests and lay a foundation to think beyond state provinces and prejudices and feel ‘Indian’? No doubt, it is an uphill and daunting task, but I am sure my intellectual friends and family will start thinking of the nation as a whole and not in piece and parcel, ruled by crude lines! There are indeed do-gooders too who respect and regard you for what you are and not for where you are from and may their tribe increase – “Abou Ben Adhem!”
 Janagaamana-adhināaka jaa hē bhāratabhāgyabidhātā!
āba sindhu gujarāa marāhā drābia ukala baga
bindhya him
ācala yamunā gagā ucchalajaladhitaraga
taba śubha nāmē jāgē, taba śubha āśia māgē,
āhē taba jaagāthā.
amagaladāaka jaa hē bhāratabhāgyabidhātā!
a hē, jaa hē, jaa hē, jaa jaa jaa jaa hē..
        Each time I sing our National anthem, an unique and indescribable sense of patriotism swells my heart and I dream of Jambudweepa Bharatavarsha that is one single mass of land devoid of confines that rule and divide the nation- no lines, no zones and no states to distinguish the lands and their settlers and the associated discrimination, prejudices and xenophobia!
          Let us add this noble dimension to our personality and think beyond boundaries.