May 17, 2016

Transitions - The good, bad and ugly

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Being a partial perfectionist, I always fancied petite arrangements, complete planning and controlled execution. But life does not tread through the path that you carved.

From February 2016 to April 2016 I took a sabbatical on my writing side as the marital bells rang and I got hitched to a loving spouse.

Sounds sweet no? hehe but that's not all. Enter - Life's games aka a personal version of GOT

While the event was merry and things went gung-ho; the situations, the fast paced decisions, decorations, preparations, opinions of a 1000 people (where some of them are almost non existent in life otherwise), moving to a new city, wedding events, resigning the job you slogged for (just before the appraisal season:/), leaving family, friends, the stray cat pet, your 10k digital photos on your home pc, bad health, scorching heat (and somehow I always wanted a summer wedding damn), that cuddly corner of your sofa, facing a death in family, sigh - You name it and I had it!

Transitions are never easy. It's time and presence of mind that helps you stay on track.

Life's never too slow. Time is precious. There might be things you have left undone, unsaid, or thought to do later. You do not know what time has in store for you or for your loved one. Do your thing now, like right now!

I am back to my writing, stay tuned for the saucy stories/fiction/poems & reviews!

Have fun!

Onomatopoeically,
Meow

February 3, 2016

Turn Good Mornings into Gold Mornings with #Colgate360GoldMornings

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Colgate 360° Charcoal Gold - #Colgate360GoldMornings

 What comes to your mind when I say morning? Chaos, cleanliness, fitness, chores, hygiene

What if I said you could turn your good morning to a gold morning?

Wake up to Gold Morning with Colgate 360 Charcoal Gold


Here’s my mantra to a Gold Morning:



Hygiene and cleanliness comes foremost to brighten your mornings and that’s where Colgate 360 Charcoal Gold Toothbrush comes into picture.


It’s just a toothbrush right?
It’s not just another toothbrush. With the base of elegance and royalty, the gold colored toothbrush comes with a combination of charcoal infused spiral bristles and gold colored anti-germ bristles. The anti-germ bristles avoid germ growth on the toothbrush. The soft slim tip bristles bring detailed cleaning along the gum lines and between the teeth. The textured cushion lends a sturdy grip.

 What’s 360?
The toothbrush is not just focused on teeth. Armed with a tongue cleaner; the toothbrush helps achieve 360 cleanliness i.e. teeth, tongue, cheeks & gums

My Experience
The toothbrush is indeed soft & slender, glides quickly along the gum line and cleans well. The bristles don’t go flat on the teeth like the usual soft bristled brushes do. And no there’s no taste of charcoal as you might think. The design is quite intricate and looks classy. It’s amusing how a toothbrush can be made to look this amazing. More like a piece of art. Priced at Rs.89 the brush is not amongst the expensive range.

Here’s a visual comparison with Oral B Zigzag, Colgate Slimsoft Charcoal & 360 Charcoal Gold:


While both the toothbrushes in the charcoal range have slimmer bristles, “360 charcoal gold” wins my vote for the complete cleanliness, grip & hygiene factor.

Have you used the brush? Share your experience
Onomatopoeically,
Meow

February 1, 2016

Gurukripa, Powai - Mumbai Restaurant Review

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A nice restaurant nestled on the busy Saki Vihar lane. There are ample seating options available for groups or couples. Ambience is apt for casual dinners. I tried chicken reshmi kebab for starters, plain kulcha, murg lasooni(suggested by the order taker) & tawa pulav(suggested by the order taker). The succulent kebabs were yummy and the gravy was unique and flavorful. And the pulav was actually the star of our lunch. The crispy vegetables sautéed in spices and laced with the right amount of oil making the rice feel complete in its own without any side dish. Service is prompt and polite. Check in for a yummy experience! 

Check out my review on zomato here - https://www.zomato.com/review/YNNvDN

Onomatopoeically,
Meow

January 30, 2016

My #100HappyDays 2015 #ShernasHappyness

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My #100HappyDays 2015 #ShernasHappyness

It was quiet evening   when I received an email which said – “Can you be happy for the last 100 days of 2015? No matter how this year has gone so far, this is your chance to make it even better.” With an initial reluctance, I signed up. How bad could it be? I might post a fake moment just for the sake of it, miss the day to post a moment, miss certain moments thinking that something can be better than this or at-most I might just stop posting one day.

“Don’t post a fake moment, at all” my colleague chipped in, as she sent a heads up across the table for me joining the event. So I set a reminder every night until the last 100 days of the year with a goal to recollect all the moments of my day and post them out.

Signup – done :: Hashtag – done :: Twitter/Instagram accounts linked – done ::  Game On!

The goal of 100happydays was to cherish even the tiniest happy moments in your life for 100 continuous days, to make us realize how tiny things contribute to more smiles as compared to the big surprises/happiness.

And what happened in my journey of #ShernasHappyness?

From day one to day 10, I scrutinized moments every night as the reminder rang and posted out relevant stuff. I realized happiness gushed in and out so many damn times!

From amazing surprise cakes, baby showers, to smiles across tables, to mom cooking my fav dishes at various occasions, sorting out my first solo trip, gorging the most amazing samosas at just Rs.9, visiting the happiness shrine(yes this happened and I didn’t even know that I was going there), meeting long lost friend at the airport, working out new ideas for productivity and achieving them too, loosing 2kgs, finding that polka dot dress, waist length hair, driving around the town, winning gifts, flowers at my desk, purchasing my own custom domain, leading successful social media campaigns, getting accolades, more readers/comments on my blogs, reunions, cooking – well, getting the exact change in my bag, giggles and more dedicated family time, blogger conferences, checking out things from tasklist, getting more love from the cat (gosh he never reciprocated before this), new born babies, reading success stories that I contributed to in milaap, planning an awesome birthday and executing it, to crazy weddings that happened finally, taking dad out (yeah that’s a challenge), glances from seniors et al. I wondered, where did the sun exactly rise from?

Happiness showed up on my face, actions, things and even from the people around me. I got more compliments, people came back and thanked me even for the tiny things I cared to do for them. People stepped up and helped me when in need and they were kind of people who weren’t even related to my problem or the ones who didn’t know that I existed :P And everyone thanked me for the share of happiness I bought! I mean, I didn’t even do much! I just spread a little bit of happiness.

I had big moments, small moments, multiple moments and even no moments. There were a few days I left office at 8 in the morning and came home at 11 in the night and I totally missed posting on random days. But my enthusiasm never went down as happiness came back around in so many ways. The only difference – was that I recognized it.

#MissionAccomplished indeed! Special thanks to all my dear friends who spread the motivation, to the ones who followed my suit, to my colleague Polo who made me determined to post only genuine happy moments and Sir Roshan who shared his experience with me as a guide!

Wanna see how #ShernasHappyness was like? – Here you go - http://bit.ly/23A23LU

Having someone to motivate you is more than just a blessing. Be that blessing to someone: Speak out that Thank you/Sorry/Compliment & give out your killer smile! Thank you to each and every person who has contributed. And oh yes, you the reader, keep that smile, you look awesome.

Have you taken the challenge? How was it like?/ Would you take the challenge?
Share your comments!

Onomatopoeically,
Meow

January 17, 2016

First Date

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First Date
The night slowly crawled in as I stood outside Starbucks watching merry couples walk by across the street.

“Bear with me, I’m a little late” he texted;
“It’s our first date” I mused to myself.

The strong coffee aroma trickled my nose and I took the vacant seat outside. “Happy Holidays” I wished my solo soul as happy crowds passed by. Sigh, I hated the wait.

“Sorry, I look shabby”. A crisp voice spoke with a happy tone. He stood there dressed in a blue shirt and slate trousers, to my left, with his hair set, shoes polished, his body entwined in an enchanting scent stronger than coffee, and grinned ear-to-ear. If this is shabby, what looks perfect? I wondered.

“Really, I don’t think so!” I sort of replied 10 seconds later. He knew he had cast a spell. No complaints ;).

We spoke studies, hobbies, colors, pets, family and corporate over coffee, chocolates & cookies. Time flew by and I loved the company.

“Let’s leave?” he quizzed.

“Can we walk a bit?” I asked with puppy eyes. Walks meant a lot to me. It gives us the “ME” time. I loved night walks with the breeze flowing through while stars twinkled around. And I wanted to walk with him. And have our first “ME” time.

“Sure”

His fingers found their way and entwined around mine as our steps mutually matched the flow. Smiles Exchanged. And words too!

Amongst many such words, his stubble teased my skin as he planted a kiss on my forehead and I let out a light gasp.

And then followed tiny pecks to the cheeks and the random lip-locks. We reached the metro by then and it was time to leave. He turned around and locked his eyes, slowly raising his hand for a bye, as I gave my hand into his feeling a little heartbroken and yearning for a hug, he pulled me close and enveloped me in a tight embrace.

I could feel his grin on my cheeks as I hope he felt mine.

Such a memorable fate, indeed a first date.

Relived your first date? What was it like? Share your views in the comments below!

Onomatopoeically,
Meow