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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Fear of the Unknown

            It was just another day, a friend and I met for dinner and then decided to go for a drive. We had experienced a very spooky incident during our college’s Industrial Visit. The topic got our fancy and we started discussing that.  A girl got possessed and she had got out of control, it was after we called the local priest that she was back to normal.

            During our last day there, she suddenly became very aloof and went to a junior and said that she is going to murder her roommate that night. The junior obviously in the fun mood didn’t pay much attention to her. After sometime back into the room she went into the bathroom and didn’t come out for a long time, her roommates, worried barged into the bathroom only to find her banging her head on the wall and with blood on her forehead. They freaked out and rushed to call other people.

            The girl was speaking in several voices and constantly threatening to kill whoever touches her. Around 8-10 guys were trying to pin her down on the bed just so she doesn’t harm herself or anyone else but she suddenly had surprising power to over throw all of them.

            I know this sounds something straight out of a movie. It took some of us a while to understand what was exactly happening. It was after she started speaking in different voices and saying that she is going to kill everyone that we realized it was something that none of us had experienced before. She once even ran and tried to jump of the 2nd floor.

            Not knowing what to do, everyone just tried to keep her pinned on the bed until the priest came. He did something and she then fell asleep.

            Thinking about it sent chills down our spine. It was something that you watch in movies, it is something that you hear from friends whose friend’s friend had experienced something like this. It is definitely not something that you wish to experience in real life. In between these talks we realized that they were on an unknown road. There was nothing around us just a straight narrow road ahead without any street lights.

            I have always been very scared of all these things. Although I am not a very religious person but I do believe that there is some power which is beyond our understanding and that  we should take it seriously. I have watched just one horror movie i.e. Paranormal Activity 4, that too because my friends tricked me into watching it. I sleep with lights on whenever I am home alone. Ghost stories fancy me but the time which follows after that scares the crap out of me.

            Suddenly on that unknown road I started to freak out. I took out Google maps but there was no network. I immediately regretted talking about the ghost topic as now that was all I could think of. My friend however just kept driving, we passed a cemetery and I immediately took it as a bad sign.

“Shh… chill I am sure we just took one wrong turn. Nothing is going to happen” he said
“Just get us out of here, it is very spooky here” I told him
“Are you in for a little adventure? Let’s get you to face your fear”

He said that and took a turn next to the cemetery.  All those creepy and scary stories started crossing my mind, I started imagining every possible situation that could go wrong.

Suddenly out of nowhere, straight ahead we saw a small bench. It looked like a fishermen’s colony only that we couldn’t spot any other human. We could see the sea. It was like we were on a movie set.

He parked the car and asked to wait there for a while.
“NO”
“Yes, that’s how you get over your fear. Trust me you are not going to spot any ghost here.” he said and gave me a hand.

I unwillingly got out of the car and we sat on the bench in complete silence. Nothing scary happened.

I realized that all of it was in my head. I won’t say that I am completely over my fear but I have definitely come to the conclusion that something good shall follow.
           


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Happily Unmarried Haul

I had checked out their site lots of time but never bought anything fearing the quality etc. 

They recently opened their shop 5 minutes away from my house and I have become a fan already. It is generally so difficult to pick a gift for guys but this shop has solved that problem.


They have a wonderful collection and some quirky things as well. I am listing down couple of things I have bought in last 2 months you can find these here - http://www.happilyunmarried.com/ or you can visit the shop.

I got this for a friend on his birthday. I didn’t know what to get him but when I saw these dice I knew it was just the right thing to get. Generally we are always lost about what to do; making plans has always been difficult for us. This should solve that problem!





I love Mumbai and all the quirks that come with it. I couldn’t really get myself to use these post its because I fear ill use them all up. It’s a good feeling knowing that they are there.


Everyone needs a daily Superhero dose.



MILF mug. Before you start getting ideas it says Men In Love with Football.



I was eyeing this one for a long time for a friend who is obsessed with movies.



To- do lists. Bought this for a friend who excels at procrastination.


And this one if for me :D Raj Kapoor fan has to have this!




And just because I have mentioned Awaara Hoon, here is a video of that song! <3 o:p="">




Sunday, November 30, 2014

Funny how


I recently met some of my school friend. Although it’s difficult to meet often we sure do make it a point to meet at least once a month. There is so much to catch up on, so many stories to tell and so many updates and gossip to share that hours feel like minutes.

So last Sunday I met some school friends, unable to decide where to go we just decided to park the car on a lonely road and chill there. In between all the talks, laughter and innumerable selfies later it suddenly dawned upon me how much has changed but we are still the same.

Suddenly we found ourselves talking about future and we realized that 5-6 years down the line all of us would be married. We would be responsible being! With family to look after. While we would be chilling like this, I would be planning what to make for dinner in the back of my mind.

It’s so scary at times. How careless we were in school. Obviously we made promises that time to stay in touch forever etc it hardly worked out with anyone except handful few. Obviously back then I would have never imagined my life the way it is now.


Is it just me who is panicking or does every 20 something go through this?



Saturday, November 29, 2014

Silence Is Not Always Golden


Strepsils #AbMontuBolega campaign focuses on the importance of speaking up for what is right.  We have trained ourselves to ignore things that don’t matter to us. To avoid getting in trouble by speaking up and that is the reason we are facing so much trouble. This campaign tells us that it is important to speak up when needed.

When a hero in a movie stands up against wrong doings we enjoy that, appreciate it and for some motivating seconds feel like doing something like that. The moment movie is over and we are out of that dark room into the real world we forget everything about it and continue to ignore things and choose not to speak up. When did speaking up become so difficult?

I am glad that #AbMontuBolega campaign is happening. If a campaign is going to help us speak up and make this country a better place then I think more such campaigns should crop up.

Speaking up doesn’t mean only to the officials and bring about a revolution. There are so many everyday things that needs to be changed. That needs a voice and we should be that voice.

How many times have you seen someone litter on the road?
How many times have you seen someone pee on the side of the road?
How many times have you ignored eve teasing?
How many times have you come across domestic violence?
How many times have you come across cases related to dowry?
How many times have you seen people break traffic rules? Or how many times have you broken traffic rules?
How many times have you paid at a government office to get work done?
How many times have you inquired if the chotu who brings you cutting chai goes to school?

There are many other issues which need our attention and voice. I am not saying that we must have faced all the above mentioned issues, but I am sure that you could relate to at least one of it and what have we done about it? Nothing.

We are so busy in our life that we don’t have time to voice our opinion.  We want our filmy heroes to do the right thing, but when we have the chance to be the hero we avoid it.

It really doesn’t take much. It takes 20 seconds of courage and you’ll be happy with what you did. It doesn’t take much to help a girl who is subjected to eve teasing at the railway station. It definitely won’t take much to tell someone to stop littering; it will make our city cleaner. Denying to pay at government offices to get work done would help curb corruption issues. Make it a point to not break traffic rules, if each one of us decides to do that I am sure traffic issues will go down as well.

Let’s bring speaking up back in fashion. Let’s decide to speak up and be a hero everyday! #AbMontuBolega would motivate you to do so!



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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Garnier Pure Active Real Neem Face Wash Review


The pack says that it Purifies and washes away germs. It has real Neem and Tea Tree Extracts. It fights germs, pollution and removes oil.

I never had pimple problems, but suddenly I faced a major breakout and couldn’t understand the reason behind it. I realized it maybe because I was travelling a lot and was exposed to a lot of heat and pollution (My new college is far away from my house, the commute is tiring). I read online and found that stress and change in routine can also cause pimples, I am facing both these things as well. I tried couple of home remedies but none helped.

I was actually planning to use Himalaya Neem Face Wash but decided against it because last time that I used a Himalaya product it left my skin very dry.

Garnier Neem Face Wash is absolute brilliance. I started using it on 13th November it’s a little over 10 days now and I have seen a major change. My pimples have reduced a lot!!! It also doesn’t leave my skin dry.

It has a gel like feel and is green in colour. Lathers up quickly making it easy while washing your face. It comes in a tube which is easy to use and you can keep a check on the amount of face wash that you are using.

I haven’t exactly used it twice daily, as it is recommended on the pack. I sometimes use it in the morning. Generally I use it after I remove my makeup and night.

I am cynical about every beauty product; I always feel that they are not going to give the same result as they say they will. This one is an exception really!

I would rate it 4 on 5



 




Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Touch Says A Thousand Words


After being together for so long they both had gotten used to each other. Saying I love you was out of habit rather than because they wanted to. Don’t get me wrong they did love each other but the monotony of life had taken away the spark from the relationship.

 After being together for 7 years they had finally decided to tie the knot. It was her dream to plan and manage her own wedding without a wedding planner. The wedding pressure was nerve wrecking. He was under a lot of work pressure and she was going crazy looking after every single detail of the wedding and without realizing it they were snapping at each other.

“Have a look at these flower arrangements, which one do you like?”
“I don’t have time for that now. Pick anything”
“It’s our wedding, it can’t be anything!”
“Baby I have to give this report tonight. Just pick what you like no”
“Alright. And remember we have to go shopping this Saturday”
“I can’t I have a meeting”
“You always do that! There is something related to your work always. Why don’t you understand that this is our wedding and it’s equally important.”
“Why don’t you understand that this is work and I am under a lot of work pressure!”
“Maybe because you never tell me about it”
“Because I don’t want to bother you with things that you don’t need to worry about.”
She went up to him and hugged him. All the anger melted away in a minute.
“You know this hug just takes me away from all the stress. It’s like my instant stress reliever” he said hugging her back.
“I love you”
“I love you too”

And just like that a touch, a hug just solved all the problems. He went back to his work, she went back to dealing with all the wedding stuffs. Sometimes we are doing so many things at the same time that we forget that we have to take some time out to tell our partner how much they matter to us. It’s not that difficult you know, a simple touch can do the trick!


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Each One Needs One



“I have to Pee”, I told my friend sitting next to me.
We were on a road trip, it was past midnight and the last dhaba we went to had horrible toilets. There was no proper water supply, it was stinking and there were about thousand mosquitoes ready to bite. We came out in a second, deciding that we would wait until we find a better place. Which unfortunately we didn’t find.

So there we were past midnight on a highway with nowhere to pee. We talked about how lucky guys were to be able to get to business where ever they liked. Of course girls had to abide by some rules. We waited an hour more but when it was just difficult to wait it out we decided it was time to go the guy way and get it done in the bushes along the highway. That wasn’t as easy as it sounds. Those crazy bushes, rats and I half imagined a snake biting me.

All this just makes me wonder why we need to go through such a struggle for something which is so natural and normal and a basic need!

Just because it causes no real problem to a guy does that mean that we start ignoring the basic needs needed by the other gender? And even if we do find a bathroom, they are not at all sanitized.
This doesn’t mean that it’s just the dhabas and the highway that has problems. Even the city’s Sulabh Sauchalay is in horrible state. Ladies often prefer going to a nearby mall or a restaurant than use the public toilets.

Recently there was a case of a few girls getting abducted and raped when they had gone to a lonely place to relieve themselves. If this is the kind of fear we live in then it really is scary. A proper toilet could have saved those girls the horrors of getting raped.

It’s over 60 years since our independence and the major issue that our PM candidates talk about is building toilets! I appreciate that finally someone has addressed the issues and I hope that he works on it. But 60 years into independence, we have advanced so much but we still have toilet as a major issues? This really sounds sad.

Even during the Maharashtra State elections, one of the party leader raised the same issue. It really sounds logical. Women need washrooms, that time of the month and otherwise as well.

I am glad that Domex has taken up this initiative. Such awareness campaigns help people realize the importance of such issues which generally are ignored or are overlooked. 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

You Can Be Popular Too

“How many of you read books?” the professor asked.
25% of the students raised their hands.
“So which books have you read?” he enquired.
Everyone started shouting out names, from classics to contemporary.
“How many of you read Chetan Bhagat?” was his next question.
Most of the class raised their hand and I thought twice before raising mine. I quickly justified my action with “I have read almost all his books but I am not a fan”

I don’t know what made me want to justify it. I don’t consider myself very well read but accepting that I have religiously read his books is always followed with a justification.

What I think struck a chord between the Indian reads and Chetan Bhagat is how relatable all his books are.

The language is colloquial which makes it easier to connect. Although what angers me is when people start comparing it with other better books or worse, call it literature! It’s a light, fun read and that’s about it. What other authors need to do is write in a language which readers understand. To hell with trying to improve the standard, right?

Sex. There has to be frequent and unnecessary mention of sex throughout the book. It is very important to know that the status of the writer / main character’s sex life.

It shouldn’t deal with anything important. It should be a story of a man leading his life and documenting it. You can do it too! Just write down your daily diary and publish it at the end of the year.

But also keep in mind that it should have the potential to turn into a major Bollywood film. So much so that people trust you so much to sign a movie even before the book is released.


And it shouldn’t exceed 200 pages. People don’t have time for anything more than that, so respect their time!



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