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Friday, June 24, 2011

Thanks For Being So Blessed


Its been a while now that I decided to bring our personal habit of feeding street kids home-made food out in the open and urging others to do the same. So I started the group 'Feed A Kid Every Saturday' on FaceBook and must say, the response has been quite good. While many people were upset that I was setting a wrong example by giving food for free to these little ones, others understood my point that these are just little innocent babies out there, and should not be made to 'earn' their basic right of getting clean food once in a while at least, if not more. Thanks to all those who joined and are spreading the word.

Yesterday we visited the mall for some work, of course nowadays, with the mall culture exceptionally 'routine' in Mumbai (I can say for Mumbai coz I am now based here), we visit the mall for every little thing, be it vegetables or fancy shoes and what have you. So there we were, me and hubby checking out the said stuff, when suddenly my daughter (who is just about to be 4 soon) came up with a new Barbie in her hand..My reaction was 'Not again!!' and ditto for hubby. But after many tears and sobbing and crying, we, as always, relented. A mere doll cost us INR 1300/-, just like that.

Today, I was out with my daughter, and as our auto stopped at the red signal, a little cute boy, hardly 03 years old, walked up with a plastic lid in hand, asking for money. His smile was cherubic even as he was matted with dirt and grime from the streets. As he came to my auto, he smiled and looked up at me. I swear I could have picked him up in my arms then and brought him home...I literally wiped the tears away. I sadly didn't have any food on me, so I shook my head. He smiled and went away to ask someone else. I looked at the pavement nearby. There were 06 of them, starting from age 02 to about 06. And a lone undernourished woman. She had a piece of bread in her hand and was breaking it and giving everyone one tiny piece.

I turned and looked at my daughter, who was elder in age to that little one who had just come asking for money with that sweet smile (he of course doesn't even understand what begging is!)....,my daughter - protected, loved, cared for, and made to know that she is precious....thats our blessing.

And as I turned one last time to look at those little ones there, I said to myself...what a horrible world......

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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Nation Wakes Up To Ash's Pregnancy, The Front Page Style


Woke up today morning, and as I opened the newspaper, there it was - the new that made it to the front page sidelines on merit of its belly owner (and the entire lineage behind it!) that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is pregnant and that Mr. Amitabh Bachchan has excitedly tweeted about it.

Well..............

Ya, Sorry I kept that sentence above only till 'Well', was wondering what to write now. Both the front pages of Times of India Mumbai edition and the Bombay Times Supplement had the same news screaming at the front page sidelines..it was as if they were just waiting when the B family of B town would announce this pregnancy.
As reported, the 38-year-old actress is expecting their first child and the Bachchans are obviously ecstatic...

So while I was talking to hubby over the phone in the day, I told him about this 'BIG' event that has happened in the country today....
Me: you know the front page news today...the breaking news rather...Aishwarya Rai is pregnant.. ;)
Hubby: Oh...hmmmm....yaa....wasn't me ;)

LOL

Congratulations to the proud parents and the entire family :)

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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day Baba

Happy Father's Day Baba....


Father's Day is being celebrated today all across the world....of course each day is special, and like we all say, we don't need to have one single day to express our love for that person who means so special to us. But sometimes it does feel special when you wish someone specially and call it 'their' day, doesn't it? I too feel that the love I have for my baba, my father, is always the same, whether I call him and express it or whether I just keep it in my heart. But living away in a different city, it does feel good to pick up the phone and give a call to wish 'Happy Father's Day'...I can see the smile on his face even from this distance :)

I called my baba midnight last night and wished into the phone...He wasn't expecting a call, he does not keep track of these days, only our birthdays and anniversaries, just like all parents.....but I knew instantly that he felt really happy.

I have always been a daddy's girl, and still am. And I know this is true for most of us daughters. We just love to be called our father's daughter, don't we? Not that we love our mums less, but it's just a father-daughter thing I guess.

I dont need to send him a gift, just hearing my voice on the phone makes his day...And you know what, I am really grateful for having him as my father....for the way that he is and always will be with me, without any conditions attached...I love you baba....

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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Ages Away


Its been ages and ages that I last visited this space. Of course there are no excuses for not doing what I like best - sitting down and jotting my thoughts and getting connected with such lovely people from all across the globe. Blogging happened by chance to me, but once I got the hang of it, it was really something that I enjoyed doing, sometimes even in the middle of the night.

Of late, too many things piled up together and I really was not able to get back here. Well, I did keep thinking of all those friends of mine who often visit me here, read what I write and think, and then share their own views with me and the other users. I did miss all that and I hope you all have been having a lot of fun in the meanwhile.

Something really wonderful has been happening on my book-reading and book-blogging front. Its something Iv really taken up with a lot of fun and interest, of course thats the next step for any bookworm, to write and talk about books, isn't it? So there have been authors from abroad who have sent me their book copies for me to read and review, there have been people in India who have shared their book with me and asked me to review it and talk about it on my book blog, and there has also been some tie-up with blogging sites who have begun sending me books to review and talk about....really really exciting and all happening at the same time ... Im super excited :D

And I just recently received my pre-ordered copy of Amitav Ghosh's second in the Sea of Poppies trilogy - River of Smoke....I was so so excited when I received my copy in the mail .... yippeeee.........

If you are into books and literature and would love to have a peek at my book blog, heres the link for all book worms : The Book Worm

And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta