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Sunday, 16 October 2016

THE FESTIVE SEASON IS HERE...HOW ABOUT THE 'GIFTS'?

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Finally, it's that time of the year when festivities, marriages and parties galore! You have Dussehra, Karwa Chauth, Diwali, Bakri Eid, Gurpurab, Christmas and the New Year all converging together during the last 3-4 months before the year comes to a close. Thus it's celebration time with plenty of bonhomie and bonding time between family, friends and loved ones! And it's also that auspicious time of the year when you exchange gifts to express your love towards family, friends, near and dear ones! Did I just say gifts? Did it send you into a tizzy? Or did it give you a panic attack?With the spiraling prices of essential items and household budgets going haywire...it's time to get creative and think out of the box! 

Monday, 11 July 2016

CATCHING UP ON LOST GROWTH...SECURING A HEALTHY FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN!

The growing years of a child are similar towards laying the foundation stone of a building. Just as it takes brick by brick and stone by stone while laying the foundation with meticulous precision before it takes shape of a villa or cathedral likewise cementing the life a child with proper nutrition, good moral values and a sound education are paving the way towards their future as an adult. And in this entire process, all it takes is a single brick to be out of place for the structure to crumble. The same situation can be applied to the life of a child till he matures as an adult, once the balance is skewed, it causes impediment towards growth, progress and development for a healthier future.

Friday, 3 June 2016

A DRIVE TO REMEMBER!

Driving can be one thrilling ride to those who seek adventure while for some it's a pain considering how congestion in urban metropolises have dramatically increased even as traffic rules are flouted unabated!

Well, there's no solution to that as I foresee in the near future...but what we can guarantee ourselves at this moment is one helluva fun and wholesome ride that gives us the freedom to drive in style and confidence.So,the big question here is...how to make your next drive - 'A Drive To Remember'?

With the all new Datsun redi-GO that's up in the market, this car is here to promise you a memorable driving experience, thanks to it's versatility - "the capability of a crossover with convenience of a hatchback" that offers you the best of both the worlds! 

Saturday, 14 May 2016

IS YOUR FACE 'MAYBELLINE' READY FOR THE SUMMERS?


A sparkling midsummer surprise just arrived at my doorsteps yesterday! Aha...a glittering beauty pouch from Maybelline New York to drive away my summer blues! 

Let's have a look at what's inside!

1. Maybelline New York White Superfresh with Pure Perlite

2. Maybelline New York Baby Lips SPF20 Lip Balm (Cherry Kiss)

3. Maybelline New York The Colossal Kajal

Thursday, 11 February 2016

FASHION RED ALERT: AHOY, VALENTINE'S DAY IS HERE!

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The season of love is finally here! It is that part of the year when cupid strikes even those who are least expecting it! 

Of gifts, heart-shaped balloons, movie dates, candle-light dinners, dancing etc...a mystical magic rents the air!

Occasions such as Valentine's Day not only gives us relationship goals but some outfit goals too! It is yet another reason for us to rejig our wardrobes after the year end festivities that we've long left behind.So, in short...here's another reason for us to shop and look drop dead gorgeous on the appointed 'V' day! 

But as you all know,shopping is not so easy as it seems to be particularly when you have to streamline your choices to "Red", a color synonymous with love! A color to be splashed across the fashion marquee if you have to make a perfect style statement on Valentine's Day. In short,you have to think red and shine in red if you have to paint the town red! Unless you are single, you could pull out just another LBD or jumpsuit from your wardrobe. For girlies who are at the initial stages of your relationship, could opt for a nice sunny yellow frilly/lacy dress that could mark a bright new beginning towards a new chapter of your relationship. But for those in love...it's the time to make the best impression and put your best foot forward!

Monday, 8 February 2016

EMBARKING ON A JOURNEY TOWARDS LIFE'S DREAMS: ON FINDING MY WAY...

Life is learning game...at one point you are on a high, feeling on the top of the world and then at another, you are at the lowest ebbs of your life. However I have not let such situations get the better of me or deter my spirits. Over the years I have devised a mantra on how to deal with the latter i.e. coping with my failures, limitations, disappointments etc. as I find my answers to them from the "stars".

Confused? Quite an unlikely place to draw inspiration from, isn't it? 

When I am low, sad and disappointed,then on a quiet starry night I go to the terrace of my house and gaze at the stars. Lost in my thoughts I ask God, does every star have an identity of its own? Or does it get lost somewhere in the constellation? And what about me? Am I too a star that's lost somewhere in the crowd as well? And then I get the answer when I hear my inner voice saying, "Child,look at the sky and behold, no stars are overlapped with one another. Each one has a distinct place and space of their own as they appear and shine the night away to their glory. And if by day they are not seen, it doesn't mean that they don't exist. They do, they of course do! Even the cloud cover in the night sky cannot diminish their power and purpose in the universe."

Thus as I navigate my way on a journey called "life", I always remember this conversation with God that I had about the stars and derive the courage and strength to conquer my fears and doubts as I march onward to conquer my dreams. I always affirm that I too am a shining star with a purpose, objective and reason that God has put me here to fulfill. 

Saturday, 23 January 2016

"GOLD MORNINGS" HAVE ARRIVED...TIME TO WAKE UP!

There's a secret mystery box from Colgate that's on the out limited  exclusively to just 300 privileged participants (Oh and I happen to be just one of them...I made it just in time!) which goes by the name of "Gold Mornings" and my Sherlockian skills are on the overdrive to decipher the contents before they arrive at my doorsteps. 

It is likely that I might be receiving the hamper in a day or two because time is of the essence and the deadline is nigh. 

Thus before everyone arrives at the same conclusion on their idea of a "Gold Morning", I have to work round the clock to arrive at my findings! Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock!

Thus, the big question here is - What makes a Gold morning?

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

OF CHOICES, CHANCE & CHANGE...IT ALL BEGINS WITH THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS IT!

Greek philosopher, Socrates once said, "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new".

It is so easy for us sitting on our couch in front of the television or reading the local daily and pass judgment or criticize people on what should be done without ourselves partaking in the process that could actually change things on the ground and make a difference. 


I believe change is happening around us,in our own lives and yet we act oblivious to our surroundings. Take for example, the people who work in our homes and around are instruments of change in their own little way. 

My household help,Vijay hails from Uttarakhand but chooses to work in my city on a two job shift is inching towards a new chapter of change and victory in his life. He is making a sacrifice of staying away from his family to make a dignified living in order to provide the best education to his sons and daughters so that the next generation of his family could secure a job in a skilled profession. Once on a casual conversation with him,I inquired about his daughter to whom I had sent some of my study books that were lying in my store room,he was beaming with joy when he told me that his daughter had recently secured 70 per cent marks in her matriculation and had even got a scholarship for her higher studies in college as well. And not just that,she wanted to become a doctor in the future! It is the seed that Vijay sowed when he consciously decided to move out from his village to afford a good living and education for his children that his daughter today could aspire to become a doctor!

Likewise is the story of the local junk dealer in my neighborhood who braves the cold in winters,the harsh sun in summers and the heavy downpours in monsoon as he keeps pedaling his way on his old bicycle when he goes about buying scrap, newspaper and metals from different households only to provide a decent living to his family and educate his son to realize his potential of becoming an engineer. 

These are some of the choices both men and women make as they take that leap of faith when they embark on a journey towards change.