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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 up..it 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 thread..rest 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 always..love u all...

Signing off for now..

                      HAPPY FRIENDSHIP DAY

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Freedom of choice...der??????

The exposure these days kids have is humongous.Thanks to the modern times they know also about a lot of things happening around them and have their views on everything.Gone are the days when becoming a Doctor or an Engineer was the biggest achievement of the parents and kids lives..No,i don't mean to disrespect these fields but now lot of career options are available and respected.Our times only limited choices were available.

But even in these modern times and space,a thought that kept disturbing me is:Do kids really have the freedom to choose? Or we as parents directly or indirectly pressurize them to do what we feel is right??? or our unfulfilled dreams?

Change channels and we find lot of reality shows happening...and most of the kids participating in the shows are for fulfilling their parents dreams.Sure,they have the talent but is it good to do something they don't wish to??? Ask them and the most common and prominent answer we get to hear is "This is my Mother/Fathers dream to become a singer/dancer/actor,he/she could not so i am fulfilling their dream."

I feel its high time we give kids the chance to choose.Choose what they wish to become.At least,they would learn to be responsible for their choices.Maybe they would fail,but at least they would know to take responsibility for their actions.

Everybody has a right to dream and also a right to fulfill them.We as parents,should vow never to burden our kids with our unfulfilled dreams.Let them be the Architect of their future.We as parents are always there around to guide them..when they need it.

Signing off for now..

Friday, August 01, 2014

Paranoid????? no

It happened a few days back when kiddo has given some external exams and i got to know the results saying he got selected for the next level.Of course,i was on cloud nine jumping with happiness that suddenly i got to know from other parents that their kids have also secured a rank!!!!

Suddenly i started freaking out thinking why my kid hasn't scored a rank? Now the jolly news suddenly started prickling me to think where my son lacked? So instead of being happy to see what he has achieved i had started sulking.

Of-course,i was very happy for the kiddos who scored ranks and always pray that they do very well in their future endeavors too.But for me the happiness had reduced by a fold.Later when i gave it a proper thought,i realized i am doing what i had promised i wont do..Compare with other kids and not appreciating what he has achieved now,i am belittling his achievements by being greedy and quest for more.

This,when he himself didn't know what he has achieved.He has done something that,i at his age had never achieved.I honestly i asked myself,Is sulking worth it?? Isn't his participation more
important than his achievement? Not scoring a rank doesn't degrade his achievement..(I myself have never scored a rank..my parents never cribbed about it..:: )


And yes,after all this thoughts i suddenly started respecting him and loving him more because he was indifferent to all of this,even after knowing his peers scored a rank...love u son and i am immensely proud of your achievements..

Friday, July 18, 2014

Are schools safe??????

The whole world is talking about the incident happened in the school where in a 6 year old girl was raped..Shame on such sick minded people who don't even spare small kids.Its a real shame that our lives these days have come to this level that we are not sure of our kids security even in schools.

If the schools can't take enough safety measurements for the security of the kids,what for are they charging the exorbitant fees for???? Parents pay money hoping that they too treat our kids with the same love and respect.Schools are said to be the "Second home" and if this is how its going to be its very unfortunate and shameful.

Schools are supposed to be a place wherein a kid is molded,educated and trained to be become a better human.But if the "so called" teachers practice such shameful sins,what examples are they setting?? What happened in one school might happen in other schools also? Where are the Kids safe then????

Are we trying to say that now we wont be able to give kids a healthy competitive and safe growing years? Don't they deserve this?????

After hearing these things i am scared about the safety of my kid.I'm worried about the impact of these things on them.I am not able to insert "trust" on the schools and teachers.

Its time to think and take constructive steps in protecting the "child" in the children.

Signing off for now..

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Veggies to eat or not to eat?

Still in daze after visiting the veggie stall sometime back..The prices are over the roof..I mean someone tell me how are we supposed to survive in a situation wherein everything except salary increases???
I was horrified to find tomatoes priced at Rs 50 per kg..Worse mom saying its 100 per kg at her place. I just asked her how and what do i cook?? None of the veggies are below 20 per quarter and they don't even look fresh enough to pay the amount asked..

Am i the only one feeling the pinch??? or is that everyone's feeling the same or too shocked like me to react?????

Signing off for now...