Thursday, December 14, 2017

Weight Loss

I am on a 3 month weight loss program and so far I have lost

2 months!! 😎

Okay, I know its a bad joke, but couldn't help sharing the forward, this has been the saga almost everyone relate to. I mean almost all of us want to lose weight and we have this resolution every year to do the same but most of us end up doing nothing about the same. I mean we all crib but never work towards achieving it.

Losing weight is something even I keep promising to myself. No not for looking good, or fitting in some dress, but to feel fitter and energetic. I have also read a lot of books and articles which have inspired me/ motivated me but for a very short time, I go back to square one soon 😅.  Eat healthy, motivate self, drink lots of water etc are some of the basics.

I am sharing some tips here which might help me too to keep fit.

1. Look for that friend or partner who is going through the same situation. Talk about it, chalk a plan and then start working towards them.

2.First set realistic goals, as when they get achieved we get a boost and motivation to go further.

3.Join any Zhumba/ Pilates/ Yoga classes and start going regularly. Initially its tough and we feel like giving up but with time we start feeling better.

4.If this sounds difficult, start going for walks. Start with a distance which is achieved easily and then slowly increase the speed and reduce the time.

5.DO NOT GIVE UP YOUR FAVORITE FOODS. Control the portions. Also don't push too hard give some time for things to change and grow on you.

6.Be happy. Keep smiling and celebrate all small achievements as they pave way for bigger ones.

7. Develop a routine and yes, try to follow it.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Pending Jobs

I cross my heart and say that every single day I keep promising to update my blogs and fail Miserably..Blame it on crazy work, mood swings or PLAIN Laziness. All at the end of the day means  the same thing, or drive to same conclusion; IRREGULAR.

Have read a few books; reviews of which are pending. Some recipes tried, edited and lying in drafts for final touch.I don't know sometimes how time flies and all work remain as it is.

So much to do yet nothing to do, so much to say yet,mind goes blank when I sit down to write.
Hoping tomorrow morning snaps me out of this "so called trance" and I start penning down.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Reading Spree

Thanks to the Kindle Unlimited Subscription these days I am on a reading spree. Many books read, lots of reviews pending. The thing is I read and note the points and later forget to write about them. Have noted down some of the beautiful thoughts penned would love to share them here soon.

Have read some really promising authors and stories. The best part of Kindle Subscription is that you dont have to wait for the book :) unlike paperback. Now I have started to enjoy my reading in Kindle. Earlier when I started I wasn't comfortable, was missing holding the book in hand. But now even this form is enjoyed although there's nothing better than the book and its smell.

What are you reading these days? Any recommendations?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Cheers to Kiva

What does the word shot make you think?? Bet you 10 bucks its Tequila shots.  😉 😉
Well this is a ‘U’ blog and we definitely shouldn’t be talking about booze in front of the kiddies or even typing about booze for that matter.

Now shots has a new identity in India with Kiva..These shots from Kiva will not leave you hung over but rather do the reverse, it will help clean your body for you after all that binge-ing you have been doing non-stop.

Diwali is done and dusted until the next year, but our bodies and stomach especially are aching for some closure after a week of nonstop binge-fest.

The overload of sweets, namkeen, more sweets and more namkeen has left me and the family looking for some relief from the cycle. We all remember the home made nuskas that Moms had to get rid of all that after effects.. Kiva is attempting the same with their wonderful variety of shots.

I had my eye on the product for sometime and it was in my grocery list for the weekly shopping when fate smiled at me graciously and I was gifted a variety of Kiva shots in exchange for an unbiased review. Who said you cannot get gifts after Diwali!!! ♥♥♥

Let me start off by saying that the packaging impressed the hell out of me. The bottle is just perfect, enough for a single shot there is no chance that you will over indulge. This a good given that overindulgence is the chief reason for my system being out of sync…

The next thing that impressed me was the uniqueness in the variety factored with the health benefits of each. The taste was not overpowering; it was subtle enough to leave its essence behind that you will remember it. Unique…

Kiva is marketing the Lemon Honey Cinnamon for weight management, go away the Diwali kilos…

The Amla Ashvagandha Giloy for Immunity which is certainly a good thing in these changing weather conditions..

Triphala Ajwain Fennel for Digestion, in case your stomach is more at you than you expected….

Aloe Vora for wear and tear of tissues this is perfect for the elderly folks in the family

I saved the best for the last — NO ADDED SUGAR….

IMO this is the best selling feature, today almost all the products in the market contain added sugar which is the No. 1 enemy of health. So seeing the No Added Sugar label and then verifying it myself by looking at the ingridient list nearly made my eyes pop out…

So what say you, the next time you want to finish a great family dinner break out Kiva Shots for the entire family and toast for the health, after all “Health is Wealth”

Bottoms Up!!!

You can buy them here 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Never Gone Anusha Subramaniam


Siddharth and Veera have a connection they refuse to acknowledge. There is more to Kavya than her snooty social-butterfly act. Mahir is the heartbroken heartbreaker.

Aslesha has built all her friendships on a foundation of lies. Nikhil has spent his entire life learning how to shut people out.

All Aakash wants is a second chance. And then there's Ananya. The one who was born to raise hell and change the world.

PC: Amazon.

My Review:
Its a story of friends,relationships, how teenagers deal with situations, love, loss of dear ones. We all have that one friend who balances all the other friends and is a common favorite. This one is for that one friend. Here the friend dies but she has written down something for each of her friends. How her friends read, learn and react forms the crux of the story.

I liked the way she does justice to all the characters and none of them look out of place.

Their trials and turbulence's are showcased by the author well without overdoing it. I would recommend the new youth to read and learn. Perfect for teenagers who coming of age would instantly connect to this story. Very subtle yet strong and yes, something that talks other than drinking and sleeping around. For us its a walk down the memory lane, an rendezvous with old times.

A very mature read. The author has a flair for writing complex stories. Keep up the great work. Looking for more good work from you.

Rating:I would rate this 4/5.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

After Effects of Diwali

The festive season is over. 😭 I hate this null period. The shops wear a deserted look. Empty boxes around the house. Leftover snacks screaming for attention. More irritating is the thought that nothing there till December. No festival to look forward to.

During the festive seasons, time flies. Everyone around is happy ,brimming with joy, kids playing around, making killa (fort) used to be a highlight and looking forward to show creativity then, this one thing used to keep us busy and give ladies the leisure of time to make yummy snacks. The aroma wafting from the houses used to tempt us and yes, we used to share and taste snacks from almost all houses in our society. Gosh even the thought makes me nostalgic.😇

When we were kids Diwali used to be more fun compared to today, when people don't have time to enjoy the festivals. Festivals those days used to be occasions to meet and greet friends and family. Sadly these days; people hardly get leave on the festive day and whatever time is present people spend digitally wishing each other online rather than face to face. One disadvantage of changing corporate culture. 😏

Getting back to routine after festival is always difficult. Worse it is for people who go home for festive and come back. The sinking feeling of loneliness, missing near ones and the fun times make it more difficult.

Thankfully as yet kids get holidays.

Monday, October 23, 2017

My review: Rise of Kali: Duryodhana's Mahabharata by Anand Neelakantan


The Mahabharata endures as the great epic of India. While Jaya is the story Of the Pandavas, told from the perspective of the victors of Kurukshetra, Ajaya is the tale of the Kauravas, who were decimated to the last man. From the pen of the author who gave voice to Ravana in the national bestseller, Asura, comes the riveting narrative which compels us to question The truth behind the Mahabharata. As the Pandavas stake their claim to the Hastinapura throne, the Kaurava Crown Prince, Suyodhana, rises to challenge Krishna. As great minds debate dharma and adharma, power hungry men prepare for an apocalyptic war. The women, highborn and humble, helplessly watch the unfolding disaster with deep foreboding. And greedy merchants and unscrupulous priests lie in wait like vultures. Both sides know that beyond the agony and carnage the winner will take all. But even as gods conspire and men’s destinies unfold, a far greater truth awaits. The dark age of kali is rising and every man and woman must choose between duty And conscience, honour and shame, life and death…
Picture Source:goodreads

Weight Loss

I am on a 3 month weight loss program and so far I have lost 2 months!! 😎 Okay, I know its a bad joke, but couldn't help sharing t...