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Saturday, December 31, 2011

5 New Year Resolutions with a difference

So friends another year is winding up its business and creating space for the new one to set up its shop. We all at some point or the other, around this time of the year make New Year resolutions. They last till the will to carry them lasts but still the fun to make a new one every year is exciting. Here are five of the few resolutions that are a bit different but you may like to consider!!

1.  I will not eat what I like – Why would I suggest a resolve like this?? Well if you stay home with parents why not give mom a reason to feel that her kid has come out of age. Anyways once you step out of home there will be no home cooked food to pamper you. In case you are married your spouse can experiment with lots of other alternatives and you never know your home could become famous for your refined tastes and varied cuisines. J

Table Manners

2    2.   I will not wear what I like -   God now this is not acceptable!! I am sure many of you will put your foot down on this. Well if your friends and family praise you for your dressing sense it can become lots better if you choose to take some new tips to dress. In case you dress like a bore or an oldie or say out of fashion why not dress the way icons do. Worth considering if you want to innovate with your looks and bring in some oomph factor with the clothes you wearJ

Getting dressed for office
Getting dressed for office

3    3.  I will not talk to my old friends – Jesus this is insane!! Well I agree but what is great in carrying same old conversations with the same set of people. Some of them are close no doubt, some just good to have and few are even intolerant. They all have known us for years and they have stopped pointing our good or bad. Moreover I feel some take us for granted and don’t value our ‘special company’. So time to take a diversion and make them long for you. The more you go away the better will be their choices of abuses and ways to get you back J
Friends are life
Friends are life

4.  I will not follow the same routine day after day- I guess this could be interesting for some of us. I am sure daily chores like cooking, laundry , housekeeping bore homemakers, studies, college, make the students hate it, and same old job doesn’t interests working men/ women too. Will it not make sense if we swap some roles at home? Bunk some classes at college? Or change the way we work in office? This will keep us unsettled and excited for the new challenges that we create for ourselves J

Daily Routine LIfecyle
Daily Routine 

5   5.   I will not do the right things everyday - This is getting curious as to why am I suggesting doing things wrong!! You all would agree we stop learning beyond an age. This is not because we have become pundit of all trades in life, but because all the mistakes have taught us a lesson. These experiences make us more intelligent and wise. I say start doing mistakes again, appear foolish, laugh at your own self and then enjoy life with a new motto to learn fresh J
Learning from own mistakes
Learning from own mistakes

Don’t do different things in life do things differently J  .Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous new year 2012 !!

Random Quotes #34

My new year resolution is, to stick to my resolution if i happen to make one :):) - Vivek

Friday, December 30, 2011

Random Quotes #33

All gf's  have a common characteristic and that is, to vouch for every other movie as a blockbuster :):) - Vivek

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Random Quotes #32

I don't need 'lots of money', credit cards are just fine :):) - Vivek

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Random Quotes #31

Get me some bad friends i have had some good enemies so far :):) - Vivek

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Random Quotes #30

You might dream of a penthouse, but those who really afford it, do not dream of it :):) - Vivek

Monday, December 26, 2011

Random Quotes #29

For most of us life is a rat race and our bosses the cats :):) - Vivek

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Santa Claus with Gifts
Santa Claus with Gifts

Christmas brings to our mind gifts, greeting cards, church celebrations, cakes, Christmas trees and decorations. In addition to all this, one prominent figure shapes our definition of the festival and that is our very own ‘Santa Claus’. He has been the one for whom the kids wait to receive their surprise gifts and indeed Santa never disappoints. Little they know that their own parents most often or some good soul plays the role of this benefactor. Today for an instance I decided to play in my mind the role of Santa Claus, the gifts I would distribute and to the people I would reach to. Since this is a mere thought funds do not matter and there are no limitations to my imagination.

The first place I would go to is traffic signals of Delhi and give 100 Rupees note to all the kids who are begging for alms. At least for today they need not worry where the bread will come from. I pass by these young children everyday while driving across the city and feel a sense of pain and sadness for them. The world beyond my car window is so starkly different. I am dressed well and have a heater on to keep myself warm, in contrast the beggars are scantily clothed, under nourished and look from one vehicle to another for their survival. I know poverty is a vicious cycle but when basic benefits of a society are not provided to its citizens I feel cheated. To eat less is acceptable, to not clothe well is understandable, to be not able to afford luxury is still ok but to still fight for the very basic needs of food, cloth and shelter is deplorable. So all you unfortunate kids for this one day come and take this money and feed yourself well.

The second place I would go is to all the women of this ‘civilized society’ and distribute to them arms and gadgets for self-protection. Every other day my morning gets spoiled reading about a woman who gets murdered, assaulted or tortured. I ask all you ‘guys’ out there will there an end be to this pervert behavior?? Did you forget that we all were not manufactured in a factory but were conceptualized in a womb that gave us life, shape and form. The same female species protects you as a mother, wife, sister or a friend but doesn’t feel safe after doing so much. As a Santa Claus I give all you ladies the power to protect yourself and obliterate anyone who endangers your safety and existence. I will not mind reading in newspaper that few men are killed every day by females who had to save themselves from their murderers and assaulter's.

Last but not the least I will play Santa for my family and send them wishes and give them my time. They are the ones who do not long for gifts or surprises. All they want is my presence without the garb of ‘Santa Claus’.

Random Quotes #28

Singles look more happy and more fortunate in company of couples :):) - Vivek

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Random Quotes #27

A valid yet unacceptable alternate, to hard work is no work :):) - Vivek

Friday, December 23, 2011

Random Quotes #26

To do or not to do, arises only if, when you know what to do :):) - Vivek

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Random Quotes #25

Either you consider me 'absolutely' good or else change the parameters of your 'relative' comparison :) - Vivek

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Random Quotes #24

A secret will remain a secret until you share it with a woman :) !! - Vivek

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Random Quotes #23

Intelligence deserts me more than often as the same problem poses new to me every time - Vivek. GM !!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Random Quotes #22

Bank is a place that gives us notional happiness for the real money that we put in there :) - Vivek

  *** Also read my post 21 Reasons to send Good Morning SMS.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Random Quotes #21

When I take decisions i have to follow Democracy,
when my wife decides she follows Monarchy :):) - Vivek GM !!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

21 reasons to send Good Morning SMS

Beautiful Good Morning Messages
Beautiful Good Morning Messages

1.You add a smile to someone's face.
2. You never know when a heartfelt wish for someone comes true.
3. You make your own day with a simple deed that means so much.
4. Your dreams are bright because you have to pen something beautiful every morning.
5. Your first act of the day is probably the best.
6. Your morning message goes viral and you become famous among your friends.
7. Your sweet messages will still be used after you are gone. Fame still comes.
8. You are seen as a creator.
9. You are original.
10. Your love life can improve.
11. You can win your love.
12. You harbour good thoughts and that improves your own life.
13. You make it as a hobby and go on to publish your own book.
14. Your blog traffic improves if you put them online
15. You will be an early riser throughout your life.
16. Your English will improve.
17. You might win a contract with a SMS portal or Archies or Hallmark.
18. You give a new dimension to love and people start with morning sms's.
19. Your sweetheart doesn't need any more alarm clocks. Your sms serves the purpose.
20. You keep your love guessing every morning. Her mental abilities improve a lot.
21. You read them, smile and say it all was worth a thought :):)

Please check the label 'Good Morning SMS' in my blog and find some lovely messages.

Random Quotes #20

High tea facilitates more fruitful discussions which would otherwise not happen later, once you get high - Vivek :)

Why Milan Luthria fails in ‘Dirty Picture’

National award for Vidya Balan
National award for Vidya Balan
Everyone is heaping praises on Vidya Balan and even termed her as the only female hero of the industry. After watching Dirty Picture I quite agree with this statement but don’t hold the director of this movie in the same league. I can also write a good review and talk about Naseer sahab’s brilliant work , Emraan Hashmi’s incensed performance and Vidya’s antics but one person who has not done justice to this movie is the Director. It pains to see so many good performances weaved into an incoherent and ineffective story line. Here are my facts to substantiate my claims.

It has been projected that this movie is inspired by Silk Smitha’s  life but nowhere it touches Silk Smitha’s  reality in true sense. Her rise was meteoric and she went on to star in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and a few Hindi films. Her career spanned across 17 years where she starred in over 450 movies and acted in iconic movies like ‘Sadma’ and ‘Reshma ki Jawaani’. Vidya was only depicted as a moll to Naseer and it seemed as if he was the Godfather and her career was solely dependent on him. Excuse me Mr Luthra, a career spanning over 450 films and 17 years can’t be depicted dancing and singing with one old haggard. 

Moreover you forgot to capture the rise and the fall the way it should have been. Neither could you bring out any intensity in Vidya’s love for her Demi god, justify Emraan’s anger nor could you even portray Tusshar Kapoor’s infatuation properly. The animosity that you wanted to show through Emraan was baseless and did not convey why it was there in the first place. You could not capture the loneliness of a star when crowned by the public nor could you really show her happiness at the prime of her career. The depiction of her financial woes in the end is flimsy and I could not understand the last part where you showed Vidya’s movie completely washed out by Emraan’s. There is no compelling reason for your portrayal and you have taken events for granted. Aspects like stardom, rise, fall, competition, insecurities, addiction, failures need a deeper understanding of human joys and sorrows and a sensitive eye for showcasing it. You fail here entirely and leave so many things to imagination for a confused audience. 

Mr Luthria ! I was saddened by the entire effort that you have put in. The story line is utterly flawed, loosely stitched and calls for good sense to capture a biopic like this. The only place where I quite agree is  you have really created a ‘Dirty Picture’.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Random Quotes #19

My Dear Lord !! Protect my friends and land me in all misadventures, i don't mind becoming famous :):) - Vivek . GM !!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dear Mom & Dad

This post was written for Indiblogger's Surf Excel Matic Get Smart Contest - If you had two extra hours in a day, how would you spend it? Though it did not win a prize but i still consider it a lovely post. Please read it !!

Surf Excel Blogging Contest
Surf Excel Blogging Contest

Dear Mom & Dad,

I came as bundle of joy in your lives 30 years back. I am very fortunate to be born as your son and equally proud to call you as my parents. You were my lens to the world and I took my first steps under your love and care.

My joys knew no limits when you hugged me and kissed my cheeks. I felt so protected in your arms and my toothless smile knew no bounds. Mom, I looked the cutest in the dresses you stitched for me, happiest with the toys you created for me and excited with the games you played with me.  I slept with abandon, knowing that my small whimper will wake you both. I learnt my first syllables from you and the first words were ‘Ma’. How could I ever forget. My life was filled with so much affection and love, that nothing else did matter to me ever. What all little things my mind could register, I owed to your guidance and tutelage. They say childhood is the best time of one’s life and I stand testament to that wonderful experience.

I grew up and started going to school. You taught me how to work hard, be disciplined and obedient. Like ever before and as your dutiful child i did secure good marks. My thinking was a reflection of your vision, instructions and guidance. You would recall that I never disappointed you both with my mannerisms, results and behavior in general. Some more years passed and I grew up with age. School transformed to college and my challenges grew many fold. My school mates progressed and kept pace with studies. My friends won prizes at extracurricular activities and events, they danced on stages during functions, and some won medals in sports. I stared at them and did not know what I was supposed to do then without any extra curricular talent. You both complained and comparisons were frequently drawn. and always wished that I was born talented. Let’s accept that our middle class upbringing and resources never allowed us to think beyond the basics of life and developing interests require both time and money.

College ended and I did loose grip on the competition and this is when, the rebel in me started asking questions. I put a question mark on your upbringing, the environment you provided, the knowledge you imparted to me. It looked as if my life had come to a halt and you stood as criminals in my eyes. I fought with you and hurt you so many times, holding you responsible for my failures.Destiny separated us and I learnt the ropes of life with lots of pain, struggle and hard work. I never realized that the values and principles you instilled in me, helped sail through these tough times.

Today I am a very successful professional and considered as a good human being. Now when I look back at all these years and our conversations, I find myself at fault. You provided me with the best resources and to the utmost of your potential. There were practical constraints in life and I should not have questioned your undying love for me. I was selfish and mean to have shrugged off my failures on your limited means and circumstances.

Today when I get few extra hours in life I will start doing the following things. I will enroll for Violin lessons and learn to play the birthday tune for you, Mom. Dad, I will start running, exercising and play badminton. You wished so badly to see me get medals in the school sports meet. Again Mom, I will read good books and make my mind so sharp that I keep on progressing in life. You always used to say ‘Son!! I want you to become a hero,you dance, perform, debate, play sports, become successful and lead a happy life’.

Dad & Mom, after I finish doing these activities, I will call you to apologize again and again, for having hurting you so many times. 

With Love

Your Son!!

Random Quotes #18

I never failed in any interview because my unintelligent looks never invited any intelligent question - Vivek :):)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Random Quotes #17

Married men are like an ape transferred from a jungle to the Zoo :):) - Vivek

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Random Quotes #16

Do not curse multinational guys for pushing their products,they themselves are sold to many brands :):) - Vivek

Sunday, December 11, 2011

HP Bloggers Meet - Delhi 11th Dec

Today for the first time i participated in a Blogger's meet and interestingly it was the first ever in Delhi. To merely say that this was a great event would be injustice to the effort put by IndiBlogger team , Sponsors HP and most importantly all the bloggers who made it . This was superb, thrilling , fun filled and in one word 'Fantabulastic'  event.

You all would be wondering  what makes me mouth so many adjectives in a row . So Ladies and Gentlemen i feel proud to share with you all that i won a HP Printer and three 4GB pen drives this evening. Now you know why i am showering so many praises :)

Won HP Printer at Blogger's Meet
Won HP Printer at Blogger's Meet

This was a different evening and put to good use by meeting all the fellow bloggers and the IndiBlogger team. I  felt that i knew this community  through their writings but putting a face to the name and the personality was pleasure some. The section of Individual introductions was damn hilarious and my jaws started aching beyond a point of time. If you would like to know what were they like, read this 1

' I write on so many things .........but nothing is interesting '

' I have been writing for three years and have not seen any traffic so far (Delivered with lots of smiles and happiness) '.

'I write on break ups, love stories and relationships.(This guy would spend the entire day looking for such events in his surroundings mishaps and then write on them)

'I spend 2-3 hours writing an article on a technology product and then rest 2-3 hours to write the next paragraph.'. The length of comments posted by my "Angrez" readers outlasts my own article. ( This guy won a HP printer too for the best Introduction).

There was this game of finding HP Originals tag using QR scanner software. My team QRAZY won the team event with 14 findings and i won the HP printer for most number of findings by any individual. My count was sevenIn the end there was great debate on censorship of the social media and bloggers take on it. Pretty humorous and witty that turned out be.

My special thanks to the Sponsors - Hewlett Packard , IndiBlogger Team and all the fellow bloggers.

At Indiblogger Meet , The Park - New Delhi
At Indiblogger Meet , The Park - New Delhi

Random Quotes #15

Please apply for a credit card before you apply for a degree from the college of love :) :)  - Vivek

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Random Quotes #14

Do not get into a relationship to experience extreme happiness and extreme pain, it will anyways come in the end :):) - Vivek

Friday, December 09, 2011

Random Quotes #13

Last night i promised my wife the stars and the moon, but by the time i started, it was already noon :D :) - Vivek

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Random Quotes #12

In a relationship do not claim to love more, you might be asked to prove it :):) - Vivek

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Outsourced Reproduction

We all are not new to the word ‘Outsourcing’ in the field of Information Technology but what if we hear it in a very personal space like Reproduction. Till today this life cycle was from bedroom to the maternity ward but our very own Aamir Khan added a new aspect of ‘Surrogacy’ to this experience.

First of all congratulations to Aamir and Kiran Rao for becoming parents through IVF(In-vitro Fertilization)  and kudos for their boldness to come out before the world and accept the same. Celebrities like Aamir are role models for the society and such avant-garde steps draw attention and ignite minds very fast. The online media, news channels, print media all are giving this news its due importance and I really feel happy about it.

Aamir Khan with Wife Kiran Rao
Aamir Khan with Wife Kiran Rao

My intent to write this article is to discuss a subject that has been taboo for us so far. ‘Infertility’ due to present day lifestyle is becoming a very common phenomenon among married couples. Owe it to late marriages, changed lifestyles, medical conditions or day to day pressures couples are facing difficult times reproducing. We never have the courage to discuss this problem with the world in open and the stigma to be termed infertile weighs very high. 

Some statistics that I would like to point out here. India has a population of 30 Million childless couples and  40% males and 50% females in the age group of 18-25 suffer from some or the other form of infertility. Is it not time that we as a society accept that not being able to reproduce normally is not a sin and there are alternative means to enjoy parenthood?? 

Surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman carries and delivers a child for another couple or person. This woman may be the child's genetic mother  or she may carry the pregnancy to delivery for compensation.
There could be situations where couples may need to arrange for surrogate pregnancy like:

1)      Male / female infertility or other medical issues which may make the pregnancy nonviable.
2)      The female preferring the convenience of someone else undergoing pregnancy, labor, and delivery for her.
3)      Single person wishing to have his/her own biological child.
4)      Tougher requirements to fulfill for adopting a baby.

We as a society must understand that some couples may need medically assisted reproduction. We have a long way to go and there is a need to prepare a framework to legalize surrogacy, protect rights of surrogate mother and more importantly find answers to our moral dilemmas. It’s time we sit, understand and accommodate disabilities rather than showing pity.

Random Quotes #11

My greatness is one thing but understanding it lot depends on your mental abilities too :):) GM Guys !!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Random Quotes #10

Think of a brilliant idea, its good only if someone has already thought of it :) - Vivek

Friday, December 02, 2011

I will call you back

In today’s world our lives have been limited by gadgets and internet.  What still remains as an alibi to physical togetherness is the satisfaction to have communicated with our near and dear ones using technology. Considering these devices as the only medium of our connection to the outer world we still need to say very often ‘I will call you back’. Our busy schedules puts stress on our minds and it scampers for time to pay equal attention to multiple events and people.

Be it a  professional or personal connect everyone hears the same cliched reply but the probability of professional acquaintances receiving our call back is higher compared to our kith and kin.

Spending Time with Family is Important

There were days when I used to sit with my sisters, brothers and friends and share each and every event of life though how much insignificant it might be. Occasions like festivals, birthdays, and marriages had only one thing in common i.e. meeting and being together. The pranks, fights, stupid activities, movies, eating outs had one unifying theme of physical presence. Life was much simpler then and the outside world was not so big . I would say means were limited, dreams were small and there was a fear to explore beyond the laid boundaries.

Today we have come a long way from that era and possibilities are limitless. We earn packages, afford vehicles, spend on luxury and other thrills that money can buy. The only change is we end up enjoying these phases in isolation and away from our families. I very often wish on many moments that my parents, siblings and friends were with me to experience the joy. It still remains a wish most of the times.

To bring out my point, all I say is we end up neglecting those who grew up with us, who shared our successes and failures and who care for us like no one else. With each passing day our bonding with relatives and friends grows weaker, understanding of them diminishes and our fondness for them grows faint. We cannot change the way the world is being run, nor switch our jobs to our hometowns or be at every event in the family. One thing that we can always and should do is call back as soon as we find time. You never know there are some whose world is still small .

Random Quotes #9

Even if you cut short the shortcut , it will still remain a shortcut :) - Vivek

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Random Quotes #8

If you suddenly become unintelligent and patient chances are you have got married my friend :) - Vivek

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Random Quotes #7

I suggested my friend to write with his heart and soul. He started with Eulogies :):) - Vivek

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Love is True

Love is Immortal
Love is Immortal
The people we love are few,
And our love for them is so true.
Every day every moment so new,
We wish time with them never flew.

With them we share and care to do,
Why they come in our lives wish we knew.
Seasons pass and reasons accrue,
They leave and bid us adieu.

They go far away from our view,
Moments spent together we will later value.
A new reason will be again be born,
In no time they will come back to you.

Whenever you think of them always smile ,never rue,
In their hearts they love you too.

Random Quotes #6

The day i decided to change and be like my dad, he too started changing for good !! :) - Vivek

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Random Quotes #5

The only topic that has a different meaning for the entire sea of humanity is 'Love' :):) - Vivek

Friday, November 25, 2011

Why this Kolaveri Di ?

This is the title of the song from a Tamil movie ‘3’  which means ‘Why this murderous rage, girl? . This song has become a rage among millions of youngsters via the  social networking sites like Facebook,Twitter and You Tube. The song with close to 4 million+ views on YouTube in less than a week has taken the internet community and media by storm. These lyrics are absurd and unintelligent but the fun quotient is very high. I just love the way he is singing, his attitude is carefree and provides a perfect demeanor for the song.

Kolaveri Di - The National Rage
Kolaveri Di - The National Rage

Some more news to chew upon!!

·         Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar slapped.
·         Home Minister P Chidambaram targeted with a shoe.
·         Congress MP Naveen Jindal had a shoe hurled at him.
·         BJP leader LK Advani targeted with a slipper by a disgruntled party worker.
·         Former CWG head Suresh Kalmadi got a slipper flung at him.
·         ‘Team Anna’ member Prashant Bhushan was beaten up in his chamber.
·         Former telecom minister Sukhram was attacked inside the court complex.

Is there a spark shimmering in our hearts that needs a platform to unify in a big blaze?Are we as a nation waiting for series of Anna movements at the India gate? 

The series of these courteous ‘public’ gestures at present and in the past made me ask a simple question ‘Why this Kolaveri Di?’.  Dhanush sings something irrelevant and the nation goes gaga. Our very own elected politicians act stupid and we manhandle them , how unfair. The theme is the same, both are occupying our mind share with their meaningless acts yet they meet with different responses. So far we have enjoyed our politician’s acts like we are currently enjoying this song but the time has come to stop accommodating this nonsense from the elected representatives of the public. 

It goes without doubt that the young generation is the architect of the nation, and the future depends on us. If we come collectively on issues like governance, policies, inflation, poverty, scams, education the point will be made. The public sentiment and rage has to channelize in movements that can change the course of this nation. The youth of today needs to divert his or her attention to issues that have national importance. Let’s hit 4+ million views and viewpoints on every issue that will impact this nation and its citizens.

Random Quotes #4

We learn to forget, some forget to learn; in the end both are equally dumb:):) - Vivek

I will call you back

Check back this space for my article on the most cliched line of our daily conversations ' I will call you back' !!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Leadership Talk from Jug Suraiya

Leadership Talk from Jug Suraiya
JS receiving a momento, My humble self with JS.

Jug Suraiya (JS), the iconic Associate Editor of Times of India (TOI) was at our office for the Leadership Talk series. It was indeed a privilege to interact with this intellectual human being and i thought of immortalizing this experience in my blog. I grew up reading TOI and regularly follow JS's column Jugular Vein and Second Opinion. While the former contains humorous, witty, irreverent and often satirical opinions on anything from current affairs to travelling, the second is for more serious deliberations on issues of present importance. Of late 'Dubyaman' , the cartoon strip from 'JS' has caught my fancy.

So coming back to the talk, the topic was 'What defines a leader or Who is a leader ?'. 'JS' very succinctly put forth this definition: 'A leader is the one who empowers you to achieve your dreams, that one would not have otherwise, due to skepticism of his own's abilities' . JS substantiated this thought by walking us through his life and the vital role that Desmond Doig played in molding him as a future leader of Journalism.

'A true leader passes the baton on the day one and builds a team that is equally competent like him'. I liked this idea and reflected back on my career. I had couple of bosses in the past and one or two really stand out in the periphery of this hypothesis . They believed in my abilities and supported me through thick and thin. The wait to get results out of my work was long, but they reinforced to keep the charge on. The end is not that important as is the journey to the destination. My professional interaction with these leaders did shape my thoughts,actions and decisions in professional life and career. I often say that what we become is an amalgamation of myriad experiences and learning out of our interaction with the outer world. It's sheer luck that we meet and work, with leaders like 'JS' in our lifetime.

'JS' has recently penned a memoir, titled 'JS and the Times of My Life: A Worm’s eye view of Indian journalism'. I got my copy personally autographed by 'JS' and have started reading it already. The author shares with us deep insights from his own life that is cleverly woven with satire and good humor  An interesting and  engaging read ,Pick your copy soon .

Random Quotes #3

Marry only if, the challenges left, are none !! - Vivek

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Random Quotes #2

Why look at the mirror everyday when you know it has no artificial intelligence :):) - Vivek

Monday, November 21, 2011

Life in a Metro

Piyush and Priya have been married for some time and still finding it hard to cope with the lifestyle in a big metro. It was love marriage but gradually they are spending less time together. Piyush has become stagnant in his operations profile and the new bosses do not think too high of his skills. Priya on the other hand works for a retail chain as their brand manager and is doing very good in her career. Piyush is ambitious by nature and wants to achieve lots.

'Priya!  I cannot drive to office late everyday just because you cannot stitch your acts in time. There has to be a sense of discipline or else you find an alternate way to go to office.' Piyush honks the car continuously.

 ‘Piyush!!  The only time we get together are these journeys from home to office and back. You want me to stop that as well.’ . She come running and gets into the car.

Mad Rush in Metropolitan Cities
Mad Rush in Metropolitan Cities

‘Look I have been supportive of your job and you know that very well but for the sake of your job I can’t sacrifice mine. I am under tremendous pressure at work and can’t ill afford to run slack. I can achieve plenty provided I am allowed to concentrate on work.’

‘Oh so you mean I am the reason for you not doing well or getting raises, promotions or a better switch?' 

‘I don’t want to spoil my morning so let’s stop here’. The traffic moves like a snail even on the express way. Piyush has an internal meeting with the Sales Team and does not wants to get late. 

‘Piyush! you have changed a lot, you don’t tell me your thoughts nor you love me as you used to.’ Why for god sake women pick up fights early in the morning? Don’t they have sense of time or place, sighs Piyush.

'Priya ! It’s just that men get happiness when they do well professionally and women when their house is in order. In our arrangement we have to first decide who the man is and who the woman is.’ 

‘What do you mean?? You want me to drop my career and raise a family now?We agreed that we will not talk about this for at least next 5 years.'

Silence accompanies them for the rest of the journey and in their minds thoughts flow.

'I fought against my parents to get married to him, broke my relationships with family and friends just to make him comfortable. I am earning to share his burden of EMI’s, ever spiraling living expenses and saving for a comfortable future.'

'She is the only girl I loved and always dreamt of marrying her. I want to do well in career so that I can take good care of her and the family. The question of family will only arise when we sit and decide a pit stop. But who has the time. Her ego and career is more important than anything else. What will we do of the money when there is no time to be together, no kids to relax with ,no future to live for.'

They reach her office gate.

‘Priya do you mind leaving everything and going back to Dehradun, parents are there, life will be easy, we will earn less but we will be much happier’.

‘Don’t get silly ideas!! I will take a week off and let’s go on a short vacation. We need time together’.

 ‘Yes I even think so, in this mad rush of daily life we have stopped spending quality time with each other.’

‘Have a Good Day’.

They hug and depart smiling with a renewed hope to start afresh.

10 years later….

‘Priyansh ! Come fast or else ask mom to drop you to school’

‘No daddy I am coming’.

'Get into the car you both!!'

Random Quotes #1

Mornings are as foggy as my dreams. Wow !! Gods are confused too .
                                                                                                         - Vivek

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Too Posh to Push

Aishwarya Rai Bachhan had a normal delivery
Aishwarya Rai Bachhan
Seemed like entire country was waiting to hear the news of the new born and congratulate the Bachchan family. Thanks to the media when everything is ubiquitous now, then how can a very important detail like this be missed out. Yes you guessed it right !! Aishwarya Rai Bachchan did not opt for C- Section but 'pushed'. Wow ! What a feat at 38 years of age and i must say I am impressed. She has been an ambassador for so many brands and helped them build a perception but this one stands out.

The optimal childbearing age is between 20 to 35 and beyond that moms run certain risks like difficulty in conceiving, abortions, and increased risk of complications for both mother and infant during pregnancy and delivery. Usually it is taken for granted that  older mothers will go for C Section and not take chances at all.

With this great job Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has sent out a very very strong statement. Mothers to be with adequate preparation , motivation and mental toughness can deliver normally irrespective of their ages. Ash has taken a bold step and i feel this will be trend setter among celebrities, if not masses. Many congratulations to you Aishwarya and i am sure brands like Dabur , Chavanprash , Vatika , Horlicks, Glucon -D , Amul will be seen queuing outside Jalsa post your recuperation .

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dreams I Believe

Poem on Childhood Dreams
Childhood Dreams

I stood ground with all decisions made,
To live every moment as it takes.
Suddenly a sharp turn came winding by,
The temptation to walk rising high.

As I walked on the path aimlessly,
Saw a girl walking ahead of me lonely.
I never knew her journey till there,
My mind said there is a lot to share.

I followed her deep in the woods,
Twists and turns, a search for truth.
Across the mountains was her village,
Family, folks a long lineage.

She left and came the other day,
Happy, cheerful in a pleasant way.
Deep in her eyes pain hiding by,
Her smile, a cover to deny.

This time I stopped her to greet,
Fearing if she would retreat.
But seemed she knew me for years,
Laughing and smiling with no fears.

So much to talk between us,
Hours seemed frivolous.
Deep secrets and stupid dreams,
We knew everything it seemed.

Days flew like moments with her,
I never knew when she came near.
Love was all I felt in her care,
Something so different so rare.

I asked her so many times,
She always replied in rhymes.
Why she loved me so much?
A simple reason nothing as such.

Years later one day she sat along,
And shared with me a fairy song.
Her grandma told her story of a hero,
Good charming and a very nice fellow.

She dreamt of him day and night,
To be his best man's bride.
She waited for years all along,
Her dreams and her faith still strong.

'Grandma told me everything about you,
You will come in my life I knew',
People who believe in stories are few
There are some which turn to be true.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I Apologize

I am Sorry
I am Sorry
The acts can take disguise of words,
To keep justifying their legality.
Being right is no longer an option,
Past comes out of obscurity.

The demons come out of the closet,
The mask no longer prevails.
Images tumble down in a jiffy,
An effort life long now it entails.

Life's story in images comes through,
Moments of weakness and pride.
All woven to complete the album of life,
When foolish mind failed to decide.

An act done wrong or insane,
Had no consequences seemed then.
I kept on running from what I did,
The shadow grows taller again and again.

I delve in the heart of my own culprit,
To judge if it needs relief of leniency.
But the bad seed sown had grown big,
The river had flown into the sea.

Then I met someone naive and true,
The moment had come to decide.
If i can live with the guilt for life,
Or choose a way for the pain to subside.

With faith in god and self promise made,
Never in my life will i lie.
I gathered courage to use few words,
With heartfelt pain i apologize.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Beautiful Flow

Beautiful River Flowing
Beautiful River Flowing
A stream of river flowed by the hills,
Small ponds and lakes did it fill.
It touched the rocks and the bottoms,
Caressed the flowers while they blossomed.

Small pebbles and sand did it take along,
Together they made a flow so strong.
Every particle and soul it touched,
All who came across, got blessed.

Be the flowing river smooth in its flow,
Spread happiness wherever you go.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Easy yet Difficult

Spending time with self
Hiding True Emotions
Easy to meet someone,
Difficult to remember and revive.
Easy to call someone a friend,
Difficult to keep the relation alive.

Easy to be true to someone,
Difficult to accept lies.
Easy to express love,
Difficult to feel silent eyes.

Easy to enjoy your loneliness,
Difficult to come out of guise.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Sun and Moon

Poem on The Moon and The Sun
The Moon and Sun

The Moon said to the Sun.
Look here I am more beautiful,
Occupying the sky so rightful
Galaxies and Stars are my pearls,
In the midst of them I twirl.

I reside in the hearts of lovers,
Their sweethearts envy my glitters.
The artist waits for me to paint pictures,
The poet in the din of night renders.

My golden beams illuminate the night,
Fantasies in my presence take a flight 
Every soul waits for me to adorn the sky,
To rest and dream high

The sun replied.

In my light you sparkle and shine
Be modest you beauty divine 


Few Other Poems from my collection :

Love is True
Dreams I Believe
Beautiful Flow
Easy Yet Difficult
Sun and the Moon
A Sales Guy's Perspective
Happy Deepawali
Thanks Dad 
Happy New Year
Merry Christmas

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Sales Guy's Perspective

Sales Target are stiff
Sales Target are Always Tough
Finding my way in the roundabouts,
I seek the sun in the clouds.
Life seems running a unknown course,
I wait for the future to disclose.

Dreams riding on the ocean splashy,
I wait for every morning to be happy.
Throw up a challenge and bog me down,
I will get up without a frown.

There will be many loosing hope,
But I promise to keep myself afloat.


Few Other Poems from my collection :

Love is True
Dreams I Believe
Beautiful Flow
Easy Yet Difficult
Sun and the Moon
A Sales Guy's Perspective
Happy Deepawali
Thanks Dad 
Happy New Year
Merry Christmas

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Deepawali

Deepawali Wishes and Poem
Deepawali Wishes and Poem
Here comes the festival of lights,
To fill our hearts with delight.
The city will be decorated like a bride,
Generations celebrate without a divide.

In old memories our minds would freely amble,
Miles across we would travel.
To join our Kith & Kin in good times,
What would we do of nickels & dimes??

We promise to make the most of it,
Among family & friends so close knit.
Festivity on our mind at such a large,
Let the happiness at will , march.

Firecrackers will illuminate the skyline,
Diyas and candles spread the ‘bright’ light.
Ladoos to sweeten the occasion,
Gifts for small ,big and everyone.

May this Deepawali bring you good health,
And Goddess Laxmi bless with wealth.
Lord Ganesha provide an auspicious start,
Fortune & Prosperity always be your life’s part !!


Few Other Poems from my collection :

Love is True
Dreams I Believe
Beautiful Flow
Easy Yet Difficult
Sun and the Moon
A Sales Guy's Perspective
Happy Deepawali
Thanks Dad 
Happy New Year
Merry Christmas