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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

To Your Heart......

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I’ll be around if you need me to
I’ll be there when you cry
I’ll share your tears I’ll hold your hand
I’ll help you then to cry

To cry out loud and tell the world
You’re perfect the way you are
To get up then to move ahead
And show them, here you are

Here you are in mind and heart
No one can take that from you
When you decide you want me to
I’ll tell you all that’s true

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Where's the News?

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 I've always been a newspaper person. For as long as I can remember, I've loved waking up in the morning and reading my paper over a cup of tea, or years back, a glass of chocolate milk. In fact, one of my very first pictures clicked when I was about 1nhalf years of age was me sitting with a newspaper sprawled open in front of me, trying to find out the letter A. Yes, I've loved the newspaper that long.

For me, waking up and reading the newspaper has been an essential daily ritual. If I haven't read it, there's the sense of something missing through the day. With time, I sometimes don't get the chance to read it in the mornings anymore, and I end up reading it at night, or the evening. But that's still not as special as sitting and leafing through it in the morning.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Downloading The 'Silent App In Life

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With smart phones and tablets and laptops and more taking over our lives, it's right to say that there's not really much social life left anymore. While you may or may not agree to this, I surely do.

I have quite a few apps on my smart phone, and one of the most used ones is sure you use it quite a lot too. I have many groups on Wtsapp of which I'm a part. We, as in me and my friends, are in touch constantly, through hundreds of messages through the day. We know what the other is doing, we indulge in fun gossip, bitchy gossip, useful information, educational assistance, home assistance, sale information and much much more. There's never a dull moment, believe you me...

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Someday Somewhere Out There by Debolina Raja Gupta

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A little here
A little there
A bit of me,
Only just everywhere....

That's all I want,
That's all I see,
And one day,
Maybe you will see.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Am Back!

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After months and months and back!

Well there's been a lot going on, and it isn't fair that I just got to think about sooooooo many things but never got a chance to talk about them here :-(  Not fair!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Rituparno Ghosh Passes Away at 49! Shocking...A Sad Day Not Only For Indian Cinema, But For The Entire Cinema Loving World!

 Stay in peace and stay happy Rituparno Ghosh, wherever you are....

Acclaimed and outstanding director and National Award winner Rituparno Ghosh passes away at his Kolkata residence in his sleep at the age of 49, due to cardiac arrest.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Help The Drought-Affected Villages of Nashik: Joint Venture Fed-Ex and Times of India

You're probably sipping from a cool bottle of water right now as you read this, but look at this man.

This iconic pic that was taken up by many news channels and papers to show the drastic effects of drought affecting villages in Maharashtra, shows the helplessness of people against lack of water.

They really need our help - your and mine!

And thanks to a joint venture by Fed-Ex and Times of India, here's your chance to help them in any little way we can. It's nothing really, you don't have to send any money or anything. Barely something out of your kitchen maybe.......

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Me Myself And A Saturday

Don't remember when was the last time I had a Saturday off to myself....

Even if hubby hasn't been around, my little 5-year-old has always been!

Plus the regular office work and other stuff has always made Saturdays seem just like another regular day, but with a little less work.

So today, as hubby is out on a week-long work trip and my daughter gone for the day to her friend's place, it's just me in the house...for a change!

I've always thought that if I get any 'me' time I'll do this and I'll do that and I'll do so so many things...

But now that the day is finally here when I'm getting a few hours of being with just 'me', it sounds crazy, but I really don't know what to do....And I know for a fact that before I will have hardly done anything, this 'me' time is gonna be over :-)

- Debolina Raja Gupta

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

Debolina Raja Gupta

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Do You Wear The Pants?

Just finished reading The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue. While I was definitely charmed by the book, in case you're not aware what it's about, let me give you a brief idea: it's about a real scandal that took place in the Victorian era between a married lady and revolves around her scandalous extra-marital affairs. This was one big scandal that shook the years during the 1860s and was widely reported.

While I'm not going to divulge much right now, I'm soon going to share the review and you can read about it at The Book Worm , what I did want to just jot down is the fact that I'm so relieved I wasn't living in those times....

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

You're Not A Man Unless You Know How To Treat A Woman

The title up there is self-explanatory. Debates, arguments, social norms be damned - if you don't know how to treat a woman, your or someone else's, you're not a man...not a chance!

The numbers are out and once again, with our heads bowed down in shame, bow your's down lower and deeper into the ground if you're a man - India stands amongst one of the top most unsafe countries for women - and we're not even talking of any particular city out here, India as an entire nation is unsafe for women..And it's true!

Whether it's the Indian male's obsession and fascination for 'gori' chamri, or whether it's about atrocities committed on our own fair, brown, dark or wheatish women, the Indian man has a long way to go before he can call himself a civilised being that can be easily and safely be let loose in society.

I have been born and brought up in Delhi, and if you've ever lived in the city, especially if you're a girl, you'll know what it is to be a woman in Delhi. From outright lewd stares that won't spare a minute's thought before checking you out from top to bottom to centre to middle and front and back, to catcalls and straight-out comments asking you to go with them or even something as 'what's your rate', you'll be surprised at how openly the Delhi man does this in full public view and broad daylight. But this is just the commenting and staring. And if you're thinking this is unbelievable, wait till you get groped on a Delhi road in broad daylight, in a busy place, even a market place or right outside your home in the street. Nothing's unbelievable in Delhi, if you're a girl, be prepared to get touched, groped, pinched, stared at, comments passed at and much much more.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bengali TV Serial's On-Screen Cruelty Towards Child Characters

As I was flipping through the channels this morning, I came across a really cruel scene in a Bengali TV Channel - the channel is ETV Bangla and the serial is called 'Ranga Mathaye Chiruni', which is a popular kids' poem in Bengali.

While I'm not aware of the entire background, the serial showed a little girl, of about 6-7 years, who stays in a rich man's joint family. Though she calls the man 'baba' (father), she doesn't seem to have a mother. Being in a new environment, the little girl is scared and sad, missing her mother (who I later learnt has recently passed away), and ends up wetting her bed. What follows is a series of events where the children of the house ridicule her and make fun of her, calling her names. I always believe that children can be real cruel. It's true! And then comes the woman of the house - scheming to punish the girl, make her 'show her her place.' She grabs the thin little girl and brings her to the dirty backyard of the house, which is used for washing clothes and is filled with moss and dirt. She throws the girl on the floor and heaps the wet sheet on her, asking her to wash it up herself.

While I understand that TV serials sometimes need to go over the top, it's really a shame that people in the industry have to show cruelty, especially towards kids, in such a literal manner. Constantly pushing the little girl on the floor, throwing her on the dirty floor, grabbing her thin little arms and shaking her up, boxing her ears, scolding at her, shouting at her......what's going on???!! Don't the censors have anything against such crass serials?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Death of A Marriage

Recently I read an article in a daily newspaper about Sonu Nigam's views on marriage, where he said that he never really believes in the institution of marriage, that he feels marriage is one of the biggest reasons of love falling out of your lives, that the happiest couples or people around are not married. According to the article, the singer believes that marriage makes us take relationships for granted, whether we realise it or not, and that is one of the first and biggest mistake that starts the first crack, and gradually the rest crumbles. I do agree.

My marriage isn't dead.


It's walking, it's trying to walk, it's crawling, limping, sometimes up, quite often down, still alive and breathing in gasps and long breaths....but not running and jumping and dancing....It was sometime, but not any more.

Friday, March 8, 2013

From Mommy To Daughter, The Legacy Continues: Happy International Women's Day

Before I begin, let me wish all you lovely ladies out there a very happy, special and empowering Women's Day! Of course we can't really be respecting and appreciating our women only one day a year, but it's not everyday that you specifically take out time to wish each other and tell them that yes, they are truly special and deserve all the attention! So yes, once again, a very happy, special and empowering women's day!!!

So who do I dedicate this special day to? Of course, the 2 most special women in my life - my ma and my daughter. When I was a little girl myself, and through my growing up years, I was the perfect example of what a rebel daughter is like and what I definitely wouldn't want mine to become!!! (oh I can't imagine myself going through all that my poor ma did!!) but I'm sure that's exactly what she will go through too, it's a natural phase after all. Anyways, the point is, that I was totally this crazy, nerdy, rebellious, aggressive, stubborn young girl, doing things my way, believing that I had a special halo around my head that allowed me to break all the rules and create my own, and some of the craziest fights I had during my growing-up years were with ma! But then again, I was always super-loving, super-protective and super-possessive about her, and still am!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Towards 'The' Kumbh!

One of our friends shared this wonderful and accurate journal of traveling on the road towards Kumbh. Of course we had to share it here...Thanks a lot Gautam Trivedi for this word-by-word account!

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1:11 PM: We have now hit the NHAI highway. Kishan informs us that we are passing through Badhohi district, famous for Benarasi silk.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Serious Aunties Vs. Fun Aunties

Okay, before you start thinking of anything else, I was just talking about how some women, those who have kids or otherwise, suffer this whole life thing with a serious, glum look each day, while some blow away all worries in the wind and live life with full-on fun and energy. I'm definitely the latter types in case you haven't realised it yet....

Well, so I've never been a typical 'mommy' or 'auntie' kind of person, in fact, sometimes I've been so out-n-out childish or free in my attitude that people who don't know me otherwise have mistaken me for being a 'young one' without a kid...just to set the record straight, even those who have kids can be 'young ones' ;-)

So we recently shifted to this new building where we bought us a home and as soon as we moved in, all three of us realised one big thing - that the occupants of the building are really serious - the quiet, sobre, 'decent' types, with no dhamaa-chaukri, no loud music or loud noise, no jumping around and the would I survive????