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Friday, February 19, 2021

Chhatrapati Shivaji - The Greatest Man

 Hi All,

Today, 19th February on the auspicious occasion of birth anniversary of The Great Chhatrapati Shivaji maharaj,  I am trying to write a few lines here. 

Shivaji maharaj is the warrior son of India. He was born in Pune in Shivneri district and belonged to the Maratha clan. His life was highly influenced from the teachings of Ramayan and Mahabharat. His mother, the respected Jijabai played a major role to teach him and carved him as not only a great warrior, king but also a GREAT MAN.

He created a loyal army and to our surprise even the Muslims too were into his loyal army. Around the world a image has been created that Hindu and Muslims don’t go well but deep down we all know that we have been deliberately divided in the recent years of this decade. Shivaji maharaj never discriminated Muslims because he wasn’t fighting the religion but the Mughals and their intentions to conquer Swaraj. There were many loyal Muslims into his army holding various ranks. He was literally the King of his Swaraj..The Janata Raja.

I would also love to mention that many armies are defamed for looting the people and raping the women. History has shown us instances where the Hindu women have taken there own lives to save themselves from these invaders. But, Shivaji Maharaj was one and the only one who has created such a great legacy of people with whom even the women from Moghul clan would knew they are safe and nobody will  dare to touch them .

Shockingly none of my NCERT books have sufficiently taught me about him. Sad reality. It needs to change. Unfortunately People like me are not given the knowledge of the Naval father of India.The forts and bridges built under him are still rock solid to date but if we go and check the bridges built by the so called great British are dilapidated.

 The more I read about him the more I realised how little I know. Indians really need to rethink about whom should we call “great” The Great Akbar or The Great Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

Jai Bhavani 

Jai Shivaji

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Did not fiinish! DNF


I hope everyone is well.

The topic of this blog post is DNF- did not finish! Anything which you left in between.

There is this tag, DNF people of world of books usually use but it brings a lot of emotions along with it. Readers relate with me here. One picks a book to finish but what if you are not able to finish the book? It simply means you are not connecting with the book and to the world it brings in your  hand. I was one of them who used to finish a book even though it is a sheer a struggle to connect. It did nothing but wasted a lot of time, made me prejudiced about the author that I cant relate to what the author has served in the form of a book. trust me, on one fine day, I realised that it is very okay to leave a book in half if you are not able to connect. Stop knocking the wrong door as life is too short to be spend on books you dont like. Dont believe me then just have a look on your TBR :) pick another and enjoy the other book.

Happy Reading!!

Monday, August 17, 2020

Quotes to Quote

                                                              Quotes to Quote

This section is close to my heart and is never ending one!! It consists of various motivational quotes which I find to uplift my spirits and motivate to stay strong!! 

I may or may not know the writer of the quote but I respect the writer to influence many with their words!! Please quote quotes in comments which have touched you in some ways and also mention the author if you know of the quotes I mentioned.

Here starts the list :

1) DO IT - Nike

2) If it does not challenge you

    Then it does not change you!!

3) Change is the ONLY constant!!

4) करत-करत अभ्यास के जड़मति होत सुजान । रसरी आवत-जात के, सिल पर परत निशान ।। - This one I learnt in my school days and is still with me!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Food and People

Hi All,

Hope you are healthy!!

This blog post is about how magically food and people are intertwined!!

India is a country of diversity!! Not only in terms of religion but also languages, subcultures, food, rituals,crafts and attire and the list is huge. You must have heard this "Ghat Ghat pe pani badle Kos Kos pe Vani". Recently, whole of India celebrated the love of brother and sister relationship as Rakhshabandhan. Every part of India must have made something special on the celebration.
 Though, me and my brother are miles apart from each other and video calls tried to fill the geographical gap between us. This Rakhshabandhan, I not only missed my brother for tieing rakhi on his hand but also missed my parents too.

We look forward for festive seasons so that we all can be with our friends and family and celebrate and dive into sumptuous food. Most of the dishes are peculiarly made on the festive days and not on the rest of year. Hence, we all can reminiscence the sweet smells with the time of year and to the culture behind and most importantly People who made them.

            One of the best experiences I been having lately is loving all the delicacies which my Aai used to make in my childhood. Why?? Because, now I know that there are many cities between us and we cannot reach to each other without huge planning. So it is the food which brings all her warmth to me. Honestly, I do not like sweet dishes and hence did not eat lot of  festive delicacies back then. But now that, I am far away from my parents and trying to uplift the legacy of mothers established in the form of food, culture, rituals and trying to cultivate the true essence of  festivals for my child.

                         On every festival now I am inclined towards making the traditional delicacies and magically seeing myself to cherish the sweet dishes. This is nothing but coming closer to my parents. Experiencing the same smell, taste(I know I can never meet hers and mother- in -law's) makes me feel her closeness to me every time. 

Food and people are inseparable and it is not just the dish which the next generation makes but instill the love and respect of  elder ones. 

Anytime I cook anything traditional, it always gives me the warmth and security of love which I make sure to forward to next generation ❤❤ By the way, I made 'nararli bhat (Coconut Rice - a sweet dish)'

                        Certain tastes of life come later with the age!!!


Friday, June 12, 2020

2 Minute Rule


Hope you all are safe and sound!!

Today's blog post is all about how one can Procrastinate the Procrastination.

Before I confuse you further, see what a 2 minute rule states : When you start a new habit, it should take less than 2 minutes to do.

This rule is basically applicable for all of us who are one day super productive while on other days are lazy potatoes and procrastinating every single task at hand. 2 Minutes Rule helps to get rid of procrastinating, getting things done timely and avoid being lazy. 

Currently, Thanks to Mr. Corona everybody is locked under the house with no house helps around plus the busy schedules and I seriously pray for couples who both work and have little kids(little devils). Many a times we juggle and juggle from chore A to B to Zoom Meetings to Awaz nahi aa rahi hai aapki to washing dishes to arre sanitizer to lagao and in between saving laptops from devils running around in the house. At least, this is how my house looks on weekdays.

Washing dishes thrice a day
Laundry a day
Making snacks for the 100th of time a day and endless

The juggling of duties to the chaos in the house pushes us to not do certain task which are not necessary right now but if not done creates a mess.

Initially, when the lock down started I was washing utensils either once or twice a day and accumulating every cup of chai I had. Every unused spoon my munchkin thinks is his toys and make them unusable by sophisticated people and finally they land up into the sink.

End of the day I was left with unlimited unwashed utensils (jaise bhandhara bulaya ho). But in a couple of days I realized that this is taking a toll on me and I am procrastinating going into the kitchen, I am being lazy because somewhere I was struck with the thought that a pile of dishes are had to be cleaned and I don't want to do it but there is no option than doing.

Now, here comes in picture our 2 Minutes Rule :  As per 2 minute rule, do any activity then and there which takes less than or 2 minutes to finish. Like, washing that cup of chai. 

Like :

Want to resolve an office issue long due -  start by adding it in to do's list
Want to start reading a book - start with one or two pages a day
Want to update your resume - start with switching on your laptop
Want to start reading newspaper - start with a one news a day
Want to do laundry but keep procrastinating - start then and there by taking laundry basket to washing area as soon as you take bathe 
Want to start going to the gym - start by putting your gym clothes
want to make your bed as soon as you wake up - do it then and there as it literally takes less than 2 minutes but if not done immediately then you know and I know how boring and improper the room looks for the rest of the time and every time u see unmade bed - the feeling is uhh!!!

The point here is to make your start easiest to complete the process and in no time you realize that it is part of your life. Nobody wants to read a single page for their lifetime as a habit but this exercise will help you gradually to make your habit the strongest and you will stop procrastinating them. 

I have taken examples from management of daily chores but this 2 minutes rule literally helped me in my various aspects of life. It keeps you prompt. on point and cancel the delays

I hope this article will help you in some ways. It has helped me

Please come back to read more and let me know in comments what you think about and shed some light if I have missed anything in here!!

Stay Safe

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Books I love!!

Hi All,

There are certain books that I enjoyed reading. I am always interested in reading books as it takes you to the another world. Sometimes, it breaks your heart, sometimes happy ending..and sometime you never know what is served on your plate!! My observations says that, books with saddening ends have far more better impact on one than to happy endings.

People say you can escape reality if you read books.

First let's grab a cup of chai. Here,I am mentioning a few books that I loved a lot and the hangover is real!!

1) The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne - I am still not healed from this recent read of mine. The book is a work of fiction and based on Holocaust. It takes you on the journey with a nine year old boy. What a read it was for me. Mind you, there are some people who hated or disliked the book.Very few in moderation. The book brings out strong emotional reaction from the reader!! That's the beauty of book and reader. We all perceive differently!!

2) I've Never Been (UN)Happier by Shaheen Bhatt -  This is written by Shaheen Bhatt(sister of Alia Bhatt..Bollywood rag rag mei busa hai na humare) on depression and mental health. Shaheen shares ups and mostly downs of her life starting from her childhood. She shares facts and information about mental health and how the society does not take it seriously because it is intangible. I did not thoroughly enjoyed reading it as some parts were typically boring to me but overall it is kind of must reads!!

3) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - More than all the ladies I want all the males must read this gem. She has beautifully explained that being a feminist is not being a  man-hater!! Many of us have a wrong understanding of feminism in our cute little head. Please read this to know that we all are HUMANS and deserve equality.

4) Wonder by R.J. Palacio - Ohh my my!! Loved reading..loved the fact that I got to read you. The so called "perfects" in the universe are fighting for so little. There are many warriors on this planet earth. It changed me in so many ways!! This book is about a boy who has facial deformity and how he has to deal with it more on the social front.

Now, this is getting hard here. I still have many books to jot down here and we are already on number 5. Acha, let it be..jab pyaar kiya to darna kya.. Let me mention a few more. I promise they are worth giving a read.

5) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini- The book is written so beautifully that I still have strong images of the characters. I read it atleast 7-8 years ago but still cant get over it. This is a heart breaking tale of two boys who unfortunately/fortunately belong to different categories created by society.

6) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon- I loved reading this because my not so cute but surely little head got to know about Autism. Different!!

7) Room by Emma Donoghue - The beauty of this work of fiction was I never realised while reading. But it hit me hard once I became a mother of a seriously cute little munchkin. We are so unaware of the surroundings that such unfortunate events happen in our vicinity and still we are so blinded.

Bus ab ye akhiri

8) The Time Traveler's wife by Audrey Niffenegger - Now about this book I have heard some not so good reviews and so so good reviews. So, I belong to the later part. All about time travelling. If you also want to time travel then buy a ticket and go with them. Today, April 2020 has a lockdown and national and international travels are banned due to bin bulaye mehman Mr.Coronavirus and hence you are not even allowed to go anywhere isliye go with the couple in their time travelling journey ghar baithe baithe.
I loved them❤💕

Thank You for investing your time on what I loved reading.

Let me know that if you happen to love the same or hate or whatever!!

Keep reading!!
Keep sanity soaring!!

Please share if you find worth sharing!!

Friday, April 10, 2020

LOCKDOWN Stay Home Stay Safe

The view is of IT park. No hustle today unlike ages!!

Rest all a little and cherish this moment with gratitude. 

Be grateful if you are not worried for the food you are served DAILY.
Be grateful if none of your dear ones need to go outside to meet ends.
Be grateful if your near and dear ones are not infected.
Be grateful that you will get your full salary once the quarantine is over. 

So rest a little. 
Because we have a shelter to stay away 🙏🏻

One fine day, this all will be over and we all be allowed to go out.. resume our corporate life of tags and codes and you will once again be keen on ‘Kab ye client call khatam ho aur me ghar bhagu’

Har ghadi badal rahi hai roop zindagi
Chaav hai kabhi kabhi hai dhoop zindagi
Har paal ise ji lo jara
Jo hai sama kal ho na ho

Staying at Home is NOT Boring 
It is a NEED of the hour🙏🏻

Ghar per raho
Swasth raho aur swasth rehne do🙏