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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Diwali ke after effects

Its been almost a month the festival of lights ended....but still the hangover of laze was still there...Thousands of thoughts cross my mind every day but nothing comes on paper..

Every day i think of blogging my thoughts on some issues  and as everyday ends,it still remains in my thoughts only..Today,i decided i would not be lazy and yes,im actually writing.Not that a lot of people follow me or miss me..;) but still i feel i should make an attempt to share what i feel at the point of time i write..

There are so many things we hear about,feel about but never write about it...Ok enough about me sounding like a award winner..;P

Signing off for now and i hope i keep up the promise of writing about things i feel..

Wish me luck


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kishore Da..the magical voice

The day started as usual with the alarm clock buzzing and reminding me to come from the world of dreams to earth..Groggy,half asleep i got up and don't know why started   humming a Kishore da melody..His songs were the first thing that came in my mind that day (normally,the only things that comes to my mind is what to cook and how to convince Little R to get ready without throwing a Tantrum.

Much Later i realized about the death anniversary of the most versatile actor the country has ever seen:The magical Kishore Kumar.He was an enigma,the most charismatic personality i have ever seen,and the other is  Farhan Akhtar..God what talent some people are gifted with.I really feel they are the most blessed people who can multitask and with so much perfection and grace.How else can you describe a single person,who can sing,dance,play instruments,act all with equal conviction at the same time..

He was the voice for so many actors.He was a man of many moods..his songs can make you laugh,cry,smile.He can make you feel alive with his voice.To pick up one song from his collection is like selecting the best memories of life (there always will be another one which would be better) Leave one,i cannot even commemorate 10 best songs,for me all the songs are gems which makes him the voice he is..

Kishore da... You are and will always be missed..The void you created is impossible to be filled.Thank you for making us smile,laugh hum and live life.Your voice makes it all more worthy..

Chalte chalte mere yeh geet yaad rakhna...Kabhi Alwida na kehena Kabhi Alwida na kehena...Rote Haste bas yuhi tum Gungunate rehena ....



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A quickie

Lots have been happening since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India.Atleast,lots of promises are made.I really hope he makes India the country we all wish for,strong,secure and safe.The latest one being the Swacha Bharat Abhiyaan.
Cleanliness of the country,or the place we live in is a basic civic,but don't know why we need to be always reminded about it.This is what we have been taught in schools too but as we grow somewhere the basic duties also we forget.Thank You Modiji for reminding and creating an awareness.I really hope that as time passes memory of people doesn't fade like it happens always and we all stand by the steps taken and follow.

I am not much good in understanding the politics games and the rules of the same.This is something that made me wonder so thought of writing about it.

New movies released,festive season in full swing,lots of online shopping offers.Nowadays,the TV is bombarding with the same ads with different celebs, marketing at its best..
Cant think of anything more so signing off for now...



Monday, October 13, 2014

Which Board to choose from

SSC,CBSE,ICSE and IB are some of the trending boards in India.

Choosing a board most suitable for the child is no mean task.Trust me when i say that most of the parents are confused as to which board to choose.There are 4 boards namely:

CBSE: Central Board of Secondary Education.

ICSE:Indian Certificate in Secondary Education.

IB:International Baccalaureate and our very own 

SSC: State Boards.

A common misconception is that CBSE  and ICSE are similar to State Boards.CBSE is an education board but ICSE is a certificate offered after completion of the course and it is not a board.Still ICSE Board is commonly used to mention this course.

Secondary School Certificate,commonly known as SSC is a public examination taken by the students of Maharashtra,Madhya Pradesh,Gujarat,Andhra Pradesh and Goa in India,Bangladesh and Pakistan,after successfully completing at least  ten years of schooling.It is followed by Higher Secondary (School) Certificate (HSC). SSC is an equivalent to GCSE in England.

State Boards are comparatively limited in content and subjects as compared to other boards.The syllabus is easier and hence less stressful to the students.These schools being state centric are excellent for parents planning to stay in the same state for life.The State Language is compulsory.As the concepts are generally lagging the kids have been given external coaching,if planning for IIT,CAT and other competitive exams.These Schools are great for kids who are focused on extracurricular activities like sports etc.


Central Board of Secondary Education:Also known as CBSE Board.It prepares syllabus for students upto class 12.The curriculum is set by National Council of Educational Researchand Training (NCERT). The board conducts India's two nation wide board examinations: The All India Secondary School Examination for Class 10 and All India Senior School Certificate Examination for Class 12.

Many Schools are affiliated to CBSE syllabus.All Major cities have CBSE schools,hence easy to move around in the country.The curriculum is very good when it comes to general knowledge and general subjects.It allows the kids to experience subjects without going deep into them thus helping them to choose the focus after 10th.This board prepares kids for competitive exams like IIT,CAT,IIM and all entrance exams which are held at National level and it gives better chances for appearing for Armed Forces Exams,NDA,IAS,IFS,IPS etc.The Schools also focus a lot on extra curricular activities.Most of which are compulsory assuring an overall growth of the child.One disadvantage is the length of the syllabus..its very vast.


Short form for Indian Certificate in Secondary Education.It was established by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate.The council conducts exams an all India exam for class 10th called ICSE(Indian Certificate for Secondary Education) and for class 12 called the Indian School Certificate (ISC).

The ICSE follows the basics strengthening syllabus.All the introduction is repeated and then quadratic questions are handled.Even questions are based on the basics.This makes the basics of the topics very strong.This helps the student with a lot of confidence when higher studies are involved.As his basics are strong,half the battle is won.There is a lot of focus on Language and Literature.So good for kids wanting to make a career which involves writing,debating,reading,talking,arguing,surveying,historians,geologists etc.This curriculum is very good when it comes to General Knowledge and General subjects but is unnecessarily vast.

The board is also good for competitive exams like IIT,IIM,CAT,All India Entrance exams,but needs extra time and coaching.Even Armed Forces exams can be appeared after this Board.ICSE syllabus is extremely important for students who prefer higher education abroad.Exams like GRE, TOEFL and GMAT have a lot of verbal ability testing.Its also excellent for those who are migrating from abroad as the curriculum is closer to International Board.One important distinguishing feature in ICSE syllabus is the importance given to projects.Projects are very important and they form the basis of marking scheme in the performance of the student.This makes the student extremely active and improves his thinking ability.

IB Board:

This board is excellent for kids whose parents are globe totters as it enables the kids to get admission into any IB School across the world.There are very few students in each batch thus ensures quality focus on each child.The syllabus is taught in the most interesting and interactive way with the best of the equipments.The overall atmosphere of the school is international,with kids taking teachers as their equals.However,such schools can be extremely expensive.

What we have attempted here is to give a non biased analysis of each schools.However,each board has its own merits and demerits.The choice is yours to see what suits your child the best..

Hope its useful for all mommies and would be mommies..

Signing off


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Books Bucket Challenges..

Ok,its raining challenges in Facebook..thanks to the Ice Bucket one..people are looking for creating new ways of challenges..frankly,they don't interest me much,but yes,when the word "Book" got associated i was all game for it..

When the challenge said to Ten books,made it more challenging.I am sure all the avid readers would agree to this that selecting ten from the whole world is a challenge..:(

So here goes my all time favorite Ten books..

1: असा मी असा मी - पु. ल. देशपांडे: Words fall short to describe the genius of this great author,who writes about simple things in a exotic way.

2. पार्टनर - व. पु. काळे: A very touching story.

3: Not without My Daughter:Betty Mahmoody and William Hoffer:Hats off to the courage and determination of this lady towards her daughter..Mothers can fight the world for their kids..A classic example

4:The Greatness Guide: Robin Sharma.: A good self help book.

5: Shiva Triology: Amish Tripathi: For the first time Mythology gripped me..Hats off to the imagination and the research work.

6:Palace of Illusions:Chitra Banerjee. A very unusual but a valid point of view..To see Mahabharata from Draupadi's Point of view..An interesting read.

7: The Outcast's Queen:Kavita Kane. The whole world knows about Karna..A refreshing thought to hear what his better half felt about the life he led..Great imagination

8 :All Rujuta Divekar Books.:She's a bible for anyone who wants to lose weight the healthy way..Simple,logical and easy to implement.

9: Blood Red Sari:Ashok Banker.: I love all his books.for his research and the way he presents them.

10: All Sophie Kinsella books..: Absolute mood changer..all her books are worth a mention.

Signing off for now...Take care

Friday, September 05, 2014

A for Attitude

An attitude can make or break a person..Everyone,like they have their own opinions also carry a different attitude.

Everyone has both attitudes according to me,no one has only positive and only negative attitudes...Both the colors complete a person..But as cliched as it sounds the fact is a positive attitude really helps us sail through difficult times...Of course maintaining that when chips are down is a helluva task.

When it comes to things not going our way we always find reasons to blame.we keep forgetting to count on our blessings..negative attitude can destroy us..just writing that shudders me to the effect it has on the life of anyone who loses hope and give up.

So friends,try maintaining a positive attitude and please never ever give just means u don't believe in yourself and no,that's not a good thing..

Being happy,being positive maybe difficult but then whats life without some challenges???? :)

Signing off for now...take care.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

F for the Friendship

The most celebrated day after Valentines Day has to be Friendship day.A day when we thank and remember all our friends and celebrate their presence in our life.

I love the celebrations that happen in college during our college days where all we needed is a marker pen and some threads for the "special friends" to whom we tie the all markers zindabad.Nowadays,lot of days are celebrated.

Coming back to Friendship day,wonderful memories surround me when i reminisce this day today..where no markers fill my hand till shoulder..where wishes are virtual.Thanks to technology that we wish  our friends in spite of not being around..

Funny that there are lot of friends who resurface only on occasional days like this..maybe a topic worth discussing is whether they can be categorized as "friends". The Virtual friendships have been given too much importance..So much ki meeting friends and spending time with them have become unimportant.We feel virtual contact is enough to know a person.Nowadays friends are being made looking at their profile,likes and dislikes..We conveniently forget the need to feel "connected" to them.

Missing the wonderful meet at Phadke Road on friendship day,chatting,planning lunches and dinners with friends..and yes,mostly importantly missing the meeting with friends almost daily at our "Adda". We had so much to talk about everyday and funnily when we chat it doesn't go beyond basic wishes..But the moment we talk,we have so many things to say and ask...Chatting has still not replaced talking,thankfully.

There's so much fun meeting and talking with friends face to face that the happiness,the touch,the hug is irreplaceable.

All said and done,i wish all my wonderful friends a very "Happy Friendship Day" virtually ..;) Also,wanna say that u all are very special and very valuable.Thanks for being there u all...

Signing off for now..

                      HAPPY FRIENDSHIP DAY