Analysis of my 2012

 

new year 2012

So, we haven’t died and its almost the end of this superb year 2012. 😉

Whoever suggested the world will end, kindly tell me the new date to look forward to. I mean, seriously, I was waiting for something to happen, something bigger than a Tsumani or Katrina.

So, I understand lots and lots and lots of things have happened this year – but as part of me keeping a journal of 2012 I am going to pen down whatever I can remember now of my past one year.
Like I said in the “My Purpose” section, I want to remember the good things and cherish them even after a few years. A pity – I have a not-so-good memory so I have a very few things to say about each month.

january

It was New Year – YAY!

Ordered for a new phone and got it delivered – double YAY!!

february

A dull Valentine’s but sent out a few gifts

Came to know about options in MBA from India

marchFlew home (Qatar) for Holi and spent it with family

Got visited by my dad later in the month

Introduced my bosses to my dad and my work environment

aprilA memorable trip taken 😉

mayDecided to <finally> pursue MBA

Started studying for it too (sigh)

juneThe dreadful summers – long hours of job and tiresome running around my power plant

julyAlmost an end of summers – and my will to work long hours

I completed my one year at my company – YAY!

Got my so called hike

Met with my best best buddy before he left for Minnesota

augustI started a new blog – this blog 😀

And I started knowing MN better

septemberA superb response for the blog

Started updating poetry on my other blog too – frequently that too

Time was flying by – form my MBA entrance exams

octoberI left my job, left the city I lived in – without even meeting the people I worked with

Came back to India

Wrote CAT 

novemberCelebrated Diwali with two of my mom’s sisters and partially in the train

I turned 23 😉

Filled a dozen application forms and wrote 2 other exams

decemberGot blog awards – Blog of the year 2012 1 and 2, Liebster Blog Award, Reality Blog Awards,  

Understood the importance of Thanksgiving

Realized I haven’t died yet 😉

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So, officially, it will be an end to 2012. Secretly I am smiling inside, cuz I never thought I will be writing so frequently on this blog – but I am! Looks like the WordPress experience has been a great one 😉

So, in the good spirits and an open mind and heart for 2013, I hereby declare the end of this 2012!

2013

Beauty- an over rated virtue!!

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Beauty is the most over-rated virtue for us humans!

To be frank, I have seen (and heard about) marriages break up, relationships not working out, lots of bullying and harassing, just because someone is not good looking.

Nobody wants to be branded as racist; but they’ll mind if their to-be-son-be-law is not tall enough or daughter-in-law has a protruding jaw line. Worst of all, not many people accept handicapped people in the society.

Outer beauty can be modified with herbal products or cosmetics or surgery, but to what extent? I have seen talented people never able to come out of the closet because they think they’re not good enough to showcase themselves, or because they think they won’t look good in the spot-light. It’s hard to be the one left out to be asked for a home-coming dance or ignored in a group of people partying!

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In my opinion, it’s just the matter of a few years and a game of certain hormones that we don’t “like” ourselves. But once we learn to love ourselves just the way we are it’s a beautiful thing in itself! We don’t need to please someone else to be happy.

Yes indeed I use all these beauty products myself, I apply a body lotion so that my skin is not dry, I use a lip balm so that my lips don’t chip off, I use a hair-oil, shampoo and conditioner because I don’t want dirt or lice nesting in my hair! I do all this FOR ME, my personal gain, NOT to show someone that I have a closet full of branded cosmetics and I CAN very well afford them.

to be beautiful

One day we all have to grow old, one day we all will have a receding hair line, one day we all will have a wrinkled face. What matters is how we deal with it.

Nothing can give us that joy – just smiling at ourselves looking in the mirror – knowing that we’re happy!

being beautiful.. being_beautiful

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Some superb quotes on being beautiful : Source – Google Images

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a revisit to the land of FAIRY TALES

A few days back, my mother referred to herself as fairy godmother. While we notorious kids laughed at her, there was a pinch on truth in what she said.

Fairy tales. We have all heard them. But when I started writing this post, I could not list more than 4-5 I remembered. My list was:

1. Snow white  and the seven Dwarfs

snow white and 7 dwarfs

2. Aladdin

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3. Red Riding Hood

red riding hood

4. Cinderella

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5. Rapunzel

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When I hit the Google, I found a huge list of fairy tales. So I could fish for a dozen more fairy tales- the I have heard before sleeping at night. I loved those tales, all of them. The idea of happy ending lingered on even after the tender years of childhood. Thanks to my mom, and her reference to herself 😉

So as a tribute to her, I made a list of qualities of the Fairy Godmother, as told by Disney. And compared with my mom 😉

  • Personality :
  1. Sweet – Check
  2. Kind – Check
  3. Motherly – Check
  4. A bit absent-minded – Check
  • Appearance :
  1. Short – Check (she is the shortest in the family)
  2. Obese – Check (not really – but we love to call her that)
  3. Elderly – Check 
  4. White hair – Check (a few only actually)
  5. Aqua robe with pink inside hood, large lavender bow on the front – hahahahaha NO
  • Occupation : Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother (in retrospect, she does that for a living)
  • Goal : To help Cinderella , To look after Cinderella (Oh, she does that all day long)

Thanks to her, I re-visited my sweet memories. The blissful age of going to sleep without tension of tomorrow. The splendid age of no worries and a belief in perfect endings. The fun age to compare ourselves to the protagonist fairy 😉

Oh, well, that fun age isn’t gone I feel. I mean, aren’t a few of us still waiting for our prince charming 😉

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Interesting links :

a fairy tale on YouTube 😀

Fairy God Mother on Twitter 😉

a cute website on FairyGod Mother 

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# thanks to the illustrations which I found here

Gave up religion – became spiritual

Born and bought up in India – a country with as many religions as you can count! And the best part – you can follow ANY!

For years I have been a devoted Hindu, followed the N-number of deities, visited XYZ number of temples. And I have read the BIBLE and the QURAN! (thanks to my beautiful friends *i**i*a and *a*i*a who gifted me an insight to Christianity and Islam). I have been to a church, a mosque and a gurudwara and felt equally peaceful thereafter.

World-Spirituality

I respect all the religions, and in all the dissimilarity they all are just the same. All talk about a divine power, a faith, a check on one’s karma. No religion compels people into riots, no religion forces one to keep hatred for another.

I follow spirituality. 

Spirituality

I believe in ONE divine power. I keep faith in my karma. I feel only good things happens with good people. Yes, there are tough phases, but there is always a silver lining.

I feel loved. I feel positive. I feel blessed.

my spirituality Religion vs Spirituality

Some links :

1. Indian religions

2. Religion in India

3. Hindu deities

4. Spirituality 

Disclaimer :

Absolutely NO intention to offend anyone!

Recent roadside incident

With marriage season starting on 24th November (this is 2012), the roads and streets were flooded with band bajaas and baraats. And sometimes dolis too. At such times travelling by road is very (read extremely) tough. Traffic jams take about 2-3 hours extra of your life.

In these circumstances, the auto walas are more keen on taking rides to small distances and going without meter (a crime) and charging high prices if you are dressed well (obviously they know you’re in a hurry to go somewhere).

So to convince an auto driver to take me 15 km away was a task not easy. It took 4 people to try their luck at 9 auto drivers to finally find the one who charged as much as he wanted. (he clearly saw the desperation in our eyes). A young girl dressed well, an old aunt wrapped in woolen shawl, a 7-year-old playing with a suitcase and a house servant trying to tackle a heavy suitcase and a naughty kid. And yet I am sure we caught attention of not many people that day : this is the good thing about Delhi, you can’t be easily recognized in a crowd.

So finally, the greedy but cooperative auto uncle (now I started paying him respect — he is responsible for my life’s safety for next 40 mins or so) took off from my starting point.

But soon, he announced to me, the front tire of the auto was punctured. I kinda choked on my pasta that time. I asked him how long will it take, to which he replied, that depends if we get someone to repair the puncture. After that I stopped eating. We (mostly he) searched for puncture repair guys on two petrol pumps en route to my destination. With no success, and the tire breathing its last few minutes, he finally decided that it would be best if he (read-we) repaired it himself.

So after parking on the roadside, I saw him struggling to convince someone to give him a hand (yea, talk about how tough people are to convince these days). Eventually I told him, no help is coming and that we should proceed.

20 minutes and one flat tire later, I was seated back in the auto only to think, why we dint get any help. Oh wait, one middle-aged man smiled at me while I was holding the auto up(it weighs 610 kg) so that the driver could screw those nuts in the new tire. By the time that man’s conscience hit him, he went past us but then returned to ask if we needed any help. Luckily we were done by then. He then walked back to his rickshaw.

When our rickshaw over took his, I waved and smiled at him. At least he bothered to notice me that day. At least he took 5 minutes out of his life to ask about a fellow traveler  At least he had the courtesy to stop and offer his service to a damsel in distress.

Bless you! Whoever you are, wherever you are!

Interesting Links:

Fact file of Auto Rickshaws

Punjabi wedding traditions : with explanations on Doli, Baraat etc

do brand owners use their brands?

I recently spotted Shahnaz Husain in the newspaper, for the marriage ceremony of  Bollywood actors Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan. It got me thinking, she became such a DIVA of cosmetics industry, why doesn’t her pics look so appealing?

salt, tata

I mean, seriously, If TATAs make the TATA salt, is it necessary they won’t use anything but TATA salt at home? If Reliance has petrol pumps, do the chauffeurs of Reliance owners  go to  Reliance petrol pumps only??

What I am intend to say is, the brand people put out for the public – to buy and use – do the brand owners use it themselves?

For example, (a funny one) do the manufacturers of Wheel washing powder use Wheel washing powder at home? Because clearly Ariel or Surf Excel is kinda more famous! Do Pril owners have Pril at their home?

And I don’t question this because I am confused about brands or which to use. I just got inquisitive after seeing Shahnaz Hussain, if she uses her own herbal products or the more famous brands are flown for her from NYC or London?

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Personally saying, it’ll be easier for them to use their own brands na, they can avail them so easily. But I don’t know if they do! Hmmmm…

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Oh I have a better question, do the brand ambassadors use the brand they endorse? 😉

I mean apart from the free sample or whatever they might get! 😀

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Some Interesting links – 

Economic Times tells us about the race and trend and other stuff about the Indian Brand ambassadors.

List of all major brands and their ambassadors by yahoo.com.

About Shahnaz Hussain :

Biography -> http://www.theforthright.com/shahnaz-husain-profile-biography/

Website -> http://shahnaz.in/index.asp

Blog -> http://www.mylifewall.com/shahnaz.php

Online store -> http://shastore.com/index.php/

smile at strangers : probably make their day better

Many a times it has happened, my heart was breaking inside and I had to show no emotions on the outside. I know how difficult it is, and I have (believe me or not) been in such situations way too much.

What pulls me along on such a day, is a reason or excuse to smile. Absolute stranger, who was probably thinking about someone else and smiling, or was remembering a sweet memory and smiling, or talking to someone on phone and smiling. But somehow ended up smiling at me, and out courtesy and reflex, I smile back.

This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, momentarily I forget the pain inside me and its easier to pretend that nothing is wrong with me today.

Blame my over thinking nature, this occurrence and phenomenon struck to me only after I sat and thought at the end of the day, how come it dint go THAT bad. And the reason would be simple.

Some stranger made me smile!

A smile said it all- she realized her mistake!

girl playing on road side

Around 2 years back, I got heavily scolded by my mom for pulling back to roadside a kid who strayed away to the middle of street while playing.

She scolded me because according to her, that job was of the kid’s mom, who at that time was busy bargaining at a roadside shop, just like us. My mom said, if the mom of that kid was careless, she should learn than lesson, I should not step in to do her job!

little girl playing

I hated her inside my heart, to say such a thing! Because when I pulled that girl back to safe area, she smiled at me. And guess what, even her mom smiled, and I felt she realized her mistake. There was no need to get that kid hurt to make her mom realize her mistake.

The smile said it all, she was thankful I stepped in to take care of her daughter while she splurged into shopping, taking a break from her routine housewife-duties.

And I rolled my eyes at my not-so-happy-with-my-actions mom and carried on with the rest of shopping. I knew this moment is etched into my memory for a long time.

little girl

A to Z of Delhites ;)

alphabets, Delhi

Auntys (you see them everywhere!!!)
Bungalows (display of your assets)
Camera freak (absolutely :D)
Diamonds are best friends (Check out the list of outlets of Jewellery stores in Delhi – You’ll be shocked)
Eating (especially roadside)
Farm house (for a weekend get-away)
Gadgets (see see see I have ******* phone 😉
High society high heels (O, yeah.. SATC)
Imported cars (but bad condition of roads)
Jewellery (artificial is better than real, and most of the times you can’t find out the difference)
Khan market (shopping HUB)
Luxury safari (what FUN 😀
Marriage (excites everyone)
Not real (So true!!!)
O Teri (most commonly used word- after the swearing obviously)
Pubs (in every nook and corner)
Queen size (so common – yet doesn’t stop people for wearing anything they want 😀
Restaurant (5-6 in every street- yes we love eating THAT much)
Sale season (makes people go GA GA)
Tour of Canada (is SO common in elite families)
USA dreams (for one and all)
VIP (nobody is NOBODY in Delhi)
Whisky (on the rocks)
Exercise (~no comments~)
Young (no dictionary had the word OLD)
Zero size (most desirable thing – for men and women 😉

Disclaimer : No intentions to hurt anyone’s feeling!

Note for readers : “Delhite” is a slang given to people living in Delhi

A fun link : Facebook page of  Proud to be a Delhite and I love Delhi and also Meri Delhi Meri Jaan

An interesting link : Samosapedia – The definitive guide to South Asian lingo

Liebster Blog Award !!!!!!

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It looks like the season of awards! I got nominated for Liebster Blog award

Thank you Alison and Don!

From what I read on their blog, this is how it works :

The Liebster Blog award began in Germany for inspiring/interesting blogs that have fewer than 200 followers. To accept the award you are asked to answer the five questions, and nominate three to five blogs that you think are worthy of the award and ask them your own questions.

The questions Alison and Don posed are:

1. What are you passionate about? (Apart from skating Morozombie)

Photography! Really started enjoying it since last few months..

2. What tourist attraction would you avoid like the plague?

Marina Beach in Chennai-India

3. What are the top three things you want to have, do, achieve, or see before you die?

Sky diving, getting a tattoo, a month in Europe

4. Do you think you would ever consider becoming a nomad, and why?

Yes! Because it is an option to run away from responsibilities, relations, feelings and settling down to a place with a person. No liabilities and no strings attached!

5. Chocolate, vanilla or strawberry?

Chocolate plus Vanilla.

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So, I nominate the following people :

1. http://anjaanrahgir.wordpress.com/

2. http://stuffmybrainthinks.wordpress.com/

3. http://daydreamerdreams.wordpress.com/

4. http://vigilkumar.wordpress.com/

 

And my questions to them are :

1. Favorite day of the week and WHY?

2. Choose between Lion and Tiger, give a reason for your choice!

3. When did you last ride a bicycle?

4. Name of the people on your Speed Dial (on mobile).

5. Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt? and Why?

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Congratulations to the nominees! Have a great time!

Blog of the year 2012 :D

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I am grateful to Justine  to find my blog worthy of the “Blog of the Year 2012”. I feel joyous and proud in accepting it!

CONGRATULATIONS to you Justine and THANK YOU to pass the award on to me!

Here are the rules to accept this award:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
5 You can now also join our Facebook page – click the link here ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

I would like to nominate the following blog for the Blog of the Year 2012:

http://thinkingandexperiencing.wordpress.com/

I recently found Nishi01’s blog and was intrigued by it. She is an amazing writer and I am glad I stumbled across her blog!

Congrats to you!

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