October 19, 2014

Frankly Speaking - Health is Wealth


It was a Wednesday and she stay put on the bed clueless about the time that passed by.

October 18, 2014

Chaos down under Book review Chaos trilogy


Book: Chaos Down Under
Series: ChaosTrilogy
Author: Nishant Kaushik
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Genre: Fiction/Humour
Level (Easy/Medium/Hard): Easy
Price (as printed): 295 INR

As I got hold of “Chaos down under” little did I know that I would ending up chuckling at every page turn.

October 5, 2014

#WordUp - Indimeet by Indiblogger and BigRock


Surfing through the web and logging on to Indiblogger, a daily ritual of sorts; included checking the home page. The next thing I knew was reading “You have registered successfully!” flash on my screen and my grin knew no bounds!

September 22, 2014

GameOfBlogs – The Escape – Chapter 9


GameOfBlogs – The Escape – Chapter 9

Team – FrontRunners


A few days before Roohi’s accident.

A shattered wine glass was spread on the ethnic wooden floor as tears streamed down her blushed cheek. She pondered in between the various flashbacks of life as she hugged her dear daughter tight. Was there nothing she could do?

Sitting back on the velvet porch, with her teary-eyed lil one tucked in she recollected a few moments she wished she never had. It was a bright sunny day at that resort on Kochi, Green Villas was the name. Roohi was so happy that day that she was running all around the lobby looking for places to click pictures at. Dressed in a summer dress, her tresses flew with the wind. After all it was her candid photoshoot in God’s own country.

Lifting her glares to view the clock Tara posed a question to Shekhar “What, is she late? Benny/Jenny is she even a professional?”

Shekhar sighed at her ignorance. Maybe as she hadn’t seen Jennifer’s paintings or maybe because she just can’t stand people low in class, “She’ll be here any minute Tara, give her a an opportunity at least, I assure you she’s awesome”

“Yeah yeah, can see your awesomeness in the reject letters piled up on your desk” she smirked.

“Hey Tara, I am Jennifer Joseph, you and your daughter are a treat to the eyes” a dusky woman in her late twenties stretched her hand out to Tara. “The pleasure is all mine” Tara replied beaming with the compliment.  Shekhar and Jennifer exchanged a Hi but Shekhar looked different. He looked relieved and lightly happy. Tara didn’t understand why but he seemed different since Jennifer arrived.

The photoshoot was planned in the vast green landscape in the villa. Shekhar was assisting Jennifer by co-coordinating with Roohi as Tara sat back under the petite Garden umbrella. She couldn’t risk her skin to sun tan, no way! “It seems she gels well with children or wait, I guess my daughter is a lovely princess that gels up with everyone. She’s even got a name for her ‘Jenny-Benny’ “Tara thought as she glanced over Roohi running and posing with the pink daisy’s Jennifer bought.
Hours flew by but Roohi never got tired of posing. She had changed over 3 dresses and Jennifer wasn’t tired either. As they laughed and frolicked on the green cover, any third person would have guessed them to be a mom-child pair. “Roohi’s so happy with Jennifer. She’s never like this with Tara. Tara always keeps the reins. Why?” wondered Shekhar.

“And that’s a wrap” Jennifer called out.”Shekhar, I will be coming to Mumbai for a 6 month assignment this weekend. I will be passing on the pics to you then”
“Sounds great” replied a beaming Shekhar
“Yay, Mom I got my photoshoot done, Yay. I’ll show them all to Riddhi..and Mayank and my class teacher too…”

“Mom, have you signed it?”
“Sign? Signed what?”
“The meeting letter my teacher sent across? Mom are you still crying?” Roohi asked with a concerned tone. Tara took a few moments to realize that Roohi was talking to her all the while when she was having the flashback. Those 6 months post the photoshoot were the most stressful in Tara’s life.
“Honey, mom wants to tell you something. Do you remember Jennifer?”
“How can I forget Jenny Benny mom, she was my best friend. Till today I do not know why you beat her black and blue!”
 Tara held Roohi close and played with her hair. “It was not like I didn’t like Jennifer. In a short span she got close to you, clicked your pictures like no one could and she displayed her potential at a young age. But…but she got close to your dad. So close that your dad didn’t care for you, for me or anything in the world. Your dad cheated on me with her. Your dad was the culprit but I tore my anger on her. I couldn’t see any other way. So I just whacked her out of our messed lives. And your father simply apologized promised me that her name would never crop up again, ever! I am sorry honey, I hid this all along. I am sorry” Tara broke into tears as Roohi consoled her beloved mom.

“It’s alright mom. It was a big decision for you. And it’s for me too.” Tara looked puzzled on Roohi’s reply, she continued “It’s over between me and Dad. I hate him and I never wanna see his face again!”

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September 17, 2014

GameOfBlogs – The Escape – Chapter 6


     GameOfBlogs – The Escape – Chapter 6

Team – FrontRunners


Read the previous chapter here

“Hurry, I don’t wanna miss today’s episode. Barbie in Amazonas” dressed in the petite uniform with two neat ponytails, Roohi sprinted across the school ground towards her school gate.

She could see her car a little ahead as she dashed out faster and faster pushing other children out of the way and making way for her and her friend Riddhi. Though a top-notch school, their recent renovation work had left the ground too shabby with all the technical instruments lying around and children making way through it almost daily. Bricks, Mortar and Sand were often dodged by the hasty little ones.  Surprisingly there were no danger signs to alert the children of the possible hazards. Either ways, who would read them, they thought!

A short patch of slimy grey stood in the middle of Roohi and the temporary sand hill. Her plan was to jump over the slime, landing on the hill and sliding down to the gate which was just next to it.

“Lets go from the normal lobby Roohi…Roooohiii” Riddhi screamed out to Roohi and passing by the Cement Mixer. The mixer’s sound made sure that Roohi didn’t hear what Riddhi said.

Pop, she jumped above the slime and then… instead of landing ahead of the patch; she landed right on the slippery wet cement patch, slipping and loosing balance she crashed onto the 100 odd bamboos left haphazardly, and she let out an eerie shriek.

As the bamboos fell over the little child, there was nothing any one could do to save her. She lay motionless, bleeding from the head as the bamboos were strewn around and the school peons came running.
She tried to open her eyes but couldn’t and so she tried to hear. All she could hear was commotion and chaos and then the sound of the ambulance and then it all drained off.

Read the next chapter here

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September 1, 2014

Baramulla Bomber - Svastik Trilogy Review


Book: Baramulla Bomber
Series: Svastik Trilogy
Author: Clark Prasad
Publisher: Niyogi Books
Genre: Fiction/Science Fiction
Level (Easy/Medium/Hard): Medium
Price (as printed): 395 INR

What I initially assumed to be a long read, it actually turned out much quicker once the pace got rolling and man I totally loved it.

August 3, 2014

#WhatTheBlack – Colgate Slimsoft Charcoal Debut


Diamond ring, Gaza, Hungarian Dragon, Mind Games, Laughing Buddha, Bournville, Black Label Whiskey, Hair Dye, Black Kinder Joy (duh seriously?)Black cat (Bagheera), Black Coconut Roots, BLACK BOURBON, Pebbles, Perfume, Poster Phewwwww

July 31, 2014

My Dream destination gone easy with SkyScanner – Here I come Dubai

To travel is to live a dream, but to plan the travel is a nightmare

Amore Mio
Decades have passed by, but a South Indians love affair with the Gulf still remains the same! Given a chance to hop on to a dream trip, the first location my mind screams of is – DUBAI
The best time to visit Dubai is in the winters, which fall in between November to March. And maybe I could get a leave near Diwali.

But when can I get the best deal? Which airline booking site should I refer to? Who will give me the best rates? Oh Jeez there are so many of them, I don’t have the time to scour each and every site! Is there an easier option?

How many times have you dropped your travel plans on not getting the best bus/flight/train/hotel deals?
#ANSWER: MANYYYYYYY countless times :/ *Bucket of tears

Ah ha yes, how did I forget there’s SkyScanner *Dances with joy

What’s SkyScanner?

SkyScanner, a global organization is in the travel business since about the last 10 years (The decade that tourism & travel has boomed). A travel wizard, SkyScanner compares over 1000 airlines & online agents to bring you the best flight/hotels/cars/buses deals for FREE
*No Convenience Fee charged: D

Recommended by The Independent, The Guardian, Which? Travel, BBC Radio 1 and more; SkyScanner comes with a powerful a Flexi Search feature which means you can browse prices across a long time range for example: a whole month/year.

 What’s more, SkyScanner stays upbeat about the latest travel trends and posts them every week at http://www.skyscanner.co.in/news/

My SkyScanner Dubai Hike Blueprint

My budget for the trip stands at 1Lakh INR. Now that I am checking out the all-in-one SkyScanner, my first step is using the Flexi search and figuring out the cheapest price to travel. Choosing the option of flexible dates for a whole month, I zeroed in on November with a go-to date for 11th November i.e. a Tuesday and fly back home on the weekend 16th November. (right on time for my birthday *wink)

I really like the visual presentation here where without hovering on a specific date I can figure out a price range already. On hover I get the intricate flight details as well. Choosing the appropriate dates and time for the flight, I picked the morning flight to fly out and an evening one to come down. Though I saw cheaper rates for 1+ stop flights, I prefer direct flights.

My current selection was highlighted with Tripsta, but I had heard quite a lot about Airtickets so I jumped on “Or book with:” option in the details section. *Feeling glad I finally clicked on the petite green “Select” button. What followed was a landing page acknowledging my selection and…
My travel dates preselected along with the same flight. That means I do not have to  re-do the select flight/date/time etc and I could directly proceed to payment. *Shout out “WAY TO GO BRO”

Around Rs. 14018 are whisked for the flight. Time to book a hotel. Oh, wait a minute…

Whoa, as I come back to the SkyScanner Flight selection page I get this suggestion and oh yes I am looking for a hotel duh!

The hotel’s list is a comprehensive one. Again SkyScanner had my travel dates preset. *Yay. With hotels rated on price, service and many other parameters, I found various choices including this one, the cheapest in the High Rating lot. Believe me I drooled on this one!

Nevertheless I was looking something to be close to one of my must-visit destinations the “Ski World” and #BAZINGA here its is…

So now 14018 + 60799 =74817. Hotel booked, flights booked. How do I commute? P.S. Remember the suggestion back on SkyScanner Page ;)

Oh yes, I love SUV’s I totally drool over them and what’s better when I get them in my budget :D yay A Volvo XC60 suits me good. So as I clicked the select button, I was whisked to the partner website.

Guess what I found there :D *Yay An Audi A3 *drool 

All set with the bookings, 5 days and there’s so much to do… 
My Duba-i-tenary

1. Ski World  - Brrrrrr I get the chills already
2. Madinat Jumeirah – Oh yea baby
3. Burj Khalifa – Must See, Must Do
4. Wild Wadi Water Park – *day dreams
5. Dessert Safari – With belly dancing session ofcourse ;) Masallah Masallaaaah….
6. Mosques – Numerous mosques to soak in their beauty and culture
7. Souks – Bring out the foodie in me
8. Dubai Mall – Women = Shopping
9. Aquariums & Global Village
10. Last but not the least – The Palms >_< wow

Considered as one of the safest cities in the world, Dubai is also one of the most popular WEEKEND destinations, even exceeding Paris

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