Calcutta Calling!

Calcutta, also known as the city of joy is believed to be one of those cities where everything takes its own lazy stroll because the bangali babus won’t have it any other way.

The seat of the British Empire in India, this is one city which will make you fall in love with it because of the kind of hypnotizing charm which it has. If you’ve ever walked the rustic streets of Calcutta, you would know what I am talking about.

The energy drives people crazy

I know, you must be wondering if I am sane because I just told that the city is lazy, but what I mean is that the energy which this city oozes is amazing. Waking up early in the morning and taking a jog in the park will help you meet like-minded people who will be excited at the kind of energy you will have.

Even when you are sitting in your office cubicle late in the night and you are tired with the work, take a cab and the taxi driver will fill you in with the dramatics of our very own didi and how he sorely misses dada in action. Isn’t this a laidback energy which drives the city called Calcutta?

A design so impeccable you can’t help but marvel

The modern Calcutta has undergone some major changes with a lot of tall rising buildings coming in and the skyscrapers; this city surely had a breathtaking design. Look at the towering sky kissing buildings, the replica of the Big Ben and plethora of other monumental buildings.

Somehow, my heart still tugs at the sight of legendary Victoria memorial because it helps you behold the transcendental beauty of the perfect paradise.

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Connect with confidence

When you’re in Calcutta, you will surely find the right people to connect. From the desi babus who will be ready to chip in with their valuable piece of advice to the hardcore youth who have a revolutionary take on everything and the shopaholic girls who would be seen frequenting at umpteen malls making the most of discounts and deals, Calcutta has a little something for everyone. It is a true foodie’s delight as our very own adda makes us one of the most talkative bunches of people.

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This isn’t all as you will find some of the best literary artists hailing from this corner of India too. So, whether you are a corporate slave tired of your own life or an artist at heart seeking the true solace, Calcutta will be the home you’re looking for. Even if you are just another guy as clueless about your true calling as me, leave it on Calcutta to help you connect with your inner soul.

Look at the Howrah Bridge and let the city fall for you. Trust me, it does.

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Just like the city, Tata Motors too seem to be inspired by the three pillars of design, drive and connect. Check them out here.

 

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Sweetening Christmas Sans Sugar

Every time we had a party at our home, I remembered the way we all gathered to taste the delicious dessert which dearest mum always made. There is something about desert which makes it sweet and sinful. I could never have enough of it, but on Christmas last year we had a bunch of guests coming up.

We were all geared up for the big bash as we were meeting them after nearly three years. When they came for dinner, they wanted cookies but two of my uncles were diabetic. It dampened everyone’s mood to know that they couldn’t taste my mom’s heavenly cookies. Smart mom played the saviour yet again and she came up with this amazing sugar free Christmas cut out cookies. Here go savour it.

Christmas Cut-Out Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 2 ½ cups of cake flour
  • ½ cup of shortening
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 3 tbsp of sugarfree Natura
  • ½ cup of skim milk
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp of water

Instructions

  1. Take a bowl and add egg along with shortening and sugarfree Natura to it.
  2. Beat it well.
  3. Now take another bowl and add all the dry ingredients in it.
  4. Now, add milk along worth water and vanilla to it.
  5. Pour the flour mixture and stir thoroughly.
  6. Make sure to chill the dough for 2 hours.
  7. Now preheat your oven to 325 degrees F
  8. Roll the dough to 1/8th inch thickness and now cut the cookies.
  9. Bake it for 10 minutes
  10. Serve

It did take some time before these cookies were ready but they tasted delicious and more so, they painted smiles on faces that had gone gloomy because of being diabetic. Isn’t that what Christmas is all about? Spread smiles even if it is sans sugar?

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People Don’t Die, Just Their Bodies Do!

So many times in life, we go through situations that are largely beyond our control. You think you will get a grip over things, but they fail miserably, don’t they?

At times, you may just sit back and contemplate if your life will ever get back on track again, and you think it won’t because you’ve reached a point of no return, but then God sends in his angel who scoops you up and shines bright in the dead of the night.

It doesn’t really takes a genius to know that the angel I am talking about is Mom. There is so much power in these three letters. Sometimes, just knowing that your mom has got your back is enough to give you the strength to bear the most testing of times.

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I have had an easy life most of the time, but we all wear masks, don’t we? The happy people mask their sadness beneath, the contented ones may mask their jealousy and you never know what story someone has lived unless they show you their scars.

I have had my share of scars too. It was too complicated to explain and I thought that the pain of the process is going to shred me into pieces, a little more every day until nothing shall remain.

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They say, when you love someone, it is like cocaine. It gives you a high and you are euphoric and ecstatic and wild, but it is addicting. You don’t realize how deadly love can be, especially if the plugs are plugged one day.

You feel the world has crashed and the whiplash of the mighty tsunami waves drown you, except you don’t die.. You suffocate, you asphyxiate and you still live a death every moment.

I wasn’t myself and every moment felt like a nightmare. I was surrounded by so many memories that it felt eerie to know that the memories are not going to be real. It wasn’t a breakup. It was a loss- the kind of loss where you end up questioning life and what it means!

I had lost my best friend and sometimes your best friend could be even more crucial than the love of your life.

The fact that my best friend had committed suicide was even more unnerving because it shook my very existence. Didn’t it infer that I never mattered enough; that maybe, I had failed as a friend; that maybe, I was responsible somewhere!

There were so many questions eating me up because I loved her, loved her the way you love your friend with whom you’ve spent such a large part of your life.

We were the kind of mates who could converse even without a word spoken! How then did I fail to see the storm that she was fighting inside!

It was all so surreal and everyone knew that while one of us was gone, she had left a live bomb inside me. I was like an explosion waiting to happen.

No, I won’t commit suicide and I was tired of people asking me if I was okay! How could I be okay if my best friend just decided one fine day to leave this world all alone?

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How could I be okay when every pair of eyes looked at me like I was the next suicide case they were waiting to discuss.
I was tired of people asking me if I was okay when they knew I shall perhaps never be!

Terribly tired owing to long insomniac nights, as I headed to my bed 9 days after her death, I found someone sitting on my bed. I didn’t need lights to know who the person was. Her silhouette was enough.

Mom. I said.

She just nodded and asked me to come near.

My mom was one person who could always see through me. There was a part of me that didn’t understand why she was not comforting me for so long.

Seeing her in my room with eyes that showed love rather than pity, I knew she was giving me the time I needed.
“I won’t ask if you are okay because I know you’re not. However, I also know that you’re not going to do the same mistake as Zikka did.”
Zikka! I have been unable to tell her name out loud. This was a nickname mom gave us and we always used to call each other Zikka.

I had no patience anymore and all the hurt and fear broke down as I bared my heart and spoke about the pain of this loss.

I told her I was tired of seeing people with questioning eyes. I told her I didn’t know why Zikka didn’t trust me before she did something so huge.

My mom simply hugged me and said,

“Someone up there writes our story long before we know what a story means. Of course, we can paint our own stars but sometimes in life, we make wrong decisions and sometimes you end up losing someone you can’t contemplate living without. You will always feel that you can’t bear this loss, but you do. Only love replaces love.
You lost your best friend but think of Zikka’s mom. She lost the child she had nurtured in her womb. Nobody should ever take their life because while they go, they leave a lot of live dynamites who end up dying every day. Your job, dear is to be the daughter Zikka’s mom no longer has. Don’t take the blame upon you. The world works in mysterious ways and your Zikka is forever going to be in your heart and love they say is very powerful. You’re very strong. I know you’ll do it because Zikka wouldn’t want it any other way. Do it for her. Be the daughter to two moms.”

It might not be a lot to you but for me those were the exact words I wanted to hear. The pain in my chest was less. Obviously, it didn’t go away entirely.

At that instant, I knew my mother will always be the expert who could excavate me from the darkest of times. I didn’t even need a counselor. I miss Zikka, I miss her a lot but I know that from up above the sky, she is smiling upon me and wishing she was a little stronger too.

I hope I could have helped Zikka but maybe, some things happen because God has something in mind. Like mom says, life is beautiful; if you make it so.

Yes mom, life is beautiful.

I got the right lesson out of it as today I work as a grief counselor.

Often I dream of Zikka and she just says, “You’re smarter than I gave you credit for. Love you Zikka.”

Expert mom once said, “People don’t die, just their bodies do.”

She is an expert, isn’t she?

I am what I am because of you.

Every mom deserves love, appreciation and a hug. Go give her one, now!

This post is a part of My First Expert Story, hosted by Godrej Rich Creme Hair Colour, an expert in hair colouring At IndiBlogger

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Have You App-ed Myntra Yet?

Are you a shopaholic (and it is not permitted to say no!)

Shopping is almost a religion because I believe it de-stresses people. There is a different kind of thrill when you shop your favorite stuff as it releases the negative energy from your system. I still remember how back in the days, I had to haul my parents to take me to my favorite malls which sadly were miles away from my home.

Thanks to the wonderful world of internet, shopping really did revolutionize in these days. Ever since online shopping became popular, my shopping spree has increased vehemently. Now, I no longer need to cajole my parents or sweet talk people to take me to places. All I need is an internet connection and my laptop and a little money to splurge upon things I crave a lot.

However, I always felt like there was something missing when I was shopping online. Shopping requires you to have a personal connection because I used to be one of those who loved the fact that the salesman came up with the right suggestions. I love being offered personally curated contents and being given tips as to what kind of styles would suit me the best.

Hence, I was looking for that extra zing when it comes to online shopping and this came in the form of apps. Recently, Myntra, the shopping giant has decided to go all app from May 15th. I personally believe that it is a really smart move because app way to shop online is certainly the best one could ask for.

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Are you wondering what makes me jump to this conclusion? Hold on! I will explain.

Personally curated items for you!

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Now, Myntra app does offer special selections based upon your preferences. They are willing to walk the extra mile just to be sure that you get what you have been looking for. Too often, you find suggestions like, “Hey, we found that you’ve been looking for trousers, we have a list of items specially handpicked for you.”

Now, this is something which really paints the fattest grin on my face. I mean, who doesn’t likes to feel special. So, what are you waiting for? Wear your golden crown today by installing the smart Myntra app.

The Myntra look good magic

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If you are like me, who needs a little help and a mentor to tell what’s in and what’s not and even the styles that look best upon you, you just can’t miss out on the Myntra look good blog. Trust me, when I say that they have some of the best and the most fantabulous tips and details out there. What’s even better is that you can access all of it right from your app. So, go ahead and download the app and learn the in’s and out’s of how to put your name on the top of the vogue list.

Shopping therapy

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Shopping is therapy to me. You’re sad- shop. You’re elated-shop. You’re feeling what you don’t know- shop. I mean, shopping fits every mood and equation. The fact that the app allows you to shop from everywhere and nowhere gives it brownie points as you don’t even need your laptop. Simply use your phone, place an order and wham, have a gala time.

I seriously cannot for the love of my life fathom why would someone not want to use the app and miss out on romancing the bliss of ultimate shopping.

I have downloaded my app, when are you courting Myntra by getting your hands on their app?

I would have narrated more reasons but I really can’t stay away from my phone when I have already logged into my Myntra account. The deals just can’t get better.

Shop more, talk soon.

 

The REAL EXPERT! Thanks MUM!

On this mother’s day, I want to extend my thanks to my mom who believed in me when the rest of the world saw me with doubt in their eyes. When I was a title kid and could barely separate red from yellow, it was her meticulous choices that guided me into understanding as to what colour would suit me the most.

I still remember vividly how she dressed me up lovingly for school. I remember how she told me to pick the red dress against the blue one for my 7th birthday and today when I am 25; my favourite colour is red and I really don’t like blue today, I know that the expert in her sensed the beauty  and my choices long before I knew what I really liked.

Life often puts you through a lot of crossroads and often being inexperienced, I didn’t know the way to walk. Being a mess and chaotic confusion, I hardly knew what right thing to do was. However having my mom by my side meant that I never had to do anything alone. She was always there beside me to guide me just when I needed it the most.

I have too many memories with her and some of them are very personal as well. I would not share them here but at the same time, I know what it feels like. Mom is the word that brings a smile to a sullen face. Mom is the word that makes you wonder about the beauty of love. Mom’s love is unconditional. I remember my mom scolding me for my first mistakes and I remember her kissing me again to make up for the tears I had in my face.

I remember my mom cajoling my dad to give me the gift I have wanted and I remember my mom asking me not to pursue unwanted things because it is important to justify the things we do. So, mom for me will always be the special person I can’t do without.

This post is a part of #MyFirstExpertStory in association with Godrej Expert, the expert for hair color.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL THE BEAUTIFUL LADIES OUT THERE!

Green Is The New Blue

I just came back yesterday from a fun filled trip to Rajasthan and Delhi. Living in a metro city, I found myself enchanted by the scenic natural paradise that Rajasthan has to offer. Strangely, despite being a shopaholic, Delhi didn’t turn out to be a place I would fall in love with. When I tried to reflect on the whole journey, I found that it is the natural beauty of scintillating nature which actually sets the beats of your heart into motion.

Living in Calcutta, I hardly find the best natural views. So, when I stumbled upon how Studio NH47 in collaboration with Green Yatra is striving to make a difference to the society, I had this strong urge to make a contribution too. Here, I am going to talk of the umpteen ways by which every single one of us could make this earth a paradise in the true sense.

The Bliss of Green

Have you ever really seen wide expanses of road drenched in green? I had the pleasure of watching some of the most beautiful natural sceneries(Back when I traveled to Bhutan) as there were mountains draped in green with huge trees singing to the tunes of the wind. Trust me, that it is a sight that makes your heart scream the songs of love. So, when you are looking to do your bit for mother earth, try and make green the favourite colour. Plant a tree when you can. If you are unable to take out time or place for planting a tree, you can at least make sure that you save a tree. Like we say, a penny saved is a penny earned; similarly saving a tree is like planting one too. Do your bit and make sure there are more trees, more greenery and thereby wider smiles.

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Recycle, reuse and reduce

I had read these 3 R’s back in my school days and I remember how they always fetched me marks in my exam because I knew these principles too well. It is time to implement the theoretical lessons in the practical world. Yes, I love to splurge on shopping, but it doesn’t mean that you should have no respect for recycling materials. It is important to recycle old materials, reuse them and reduce the overall waste which we generate. This is the base of sustainable living and the more people that implement it, the better will be the future of this blue planet.

Bio-degradable products

It is time that we make people aware of the need to use biodegradable products. When you use stuff that do not decompose and degrade, they harm our mother earth. This isn’t the situation you would like your children to face, would you?

Think of the years ahead and how pitiable and lamenting it may be, if you do not care enough to protect your earth today.

Obviously, this isn’t an exhaustive list as there are so many other things which you could do. This earth is ours and if we damage it beyond control, it is only us who will suffer. So, go ahead and do your bit. Every single effort matters because it is little drops that make a mighty ocean.

Watch this inspiring video by Studio NH 47 and join hands in the movement to make this blue planet green. Let’s pledge to a beautiful, greener and happier tomorrow!

We love you, mother earth; it is time that our actions justify our words!

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A Phone To Watch Out For

In today’s era of Smartphone, there are too many companies that are launching new model. However, the quest for a robust phone is still on. Amidst so much of confusion and a plethora of choices, if there is one model which has managed to stand out; it has to be Asus Zenfone 2.

Recently launched, it is one of the most hyped and awaited launches this year. The features are so brilliant that you are bound to consider buying this product. Let us take a closer look at the top features which makes this phone stands out.

A big display

In today’s tech-savvy era, where everyone is busy clicking picture and haggling limelight on social media profiles, Asus Zenfone 2 comes with a stunning 13 MP primary camera. Not only this, the 5.5 inch screen display means that you can view the pictures in high clarity too. There is ample space to zoom the pictures and watch them in precision. No doubt, you are going to love what the ultra high clarity of the screen has to offer.

Powerful capacity

Asus Zenfone 2 is the first phone that comes with 4 GB RAM. This is a brilliant feature because it means that you can easily multitask without having to worry about any kind of LAG. The makers of the Smartphone seem to be aware of the versatility and multitasking needs of most users. This high capacity RAM gives Asus Zenfone 2 n edge over others. Not only this, it also comes packed with Intel atom processor which helps it in offering a superior build. It runs on android OS v 5.0 which is the lollipop.  There are absolutely no performance issues whatsoever with this device because it is a Smartphone which comes packed with excellent hardware and software build.

The form factor

The form factor of a phone is another crucial; point which you need to be mindful of. This phone comes with n excellent ergonomic arc design which means that when you hold this phone in your hand, you will get commendable grip. The 5.5 inch display, the cutting edge design and the overall style of this model by Asus makes it one of the most hyped models of this year.

To make matters even more interesting, the phone has been priced smartly. It is almost impossible to get another phone at this rte. Those who are yet to use the Asus Zenfone 2 should definitely consider buying it because this phone can take your experience of using a Smartphone to an altogether new level.

I bought mine, when are you buying yours?

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