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Street Show

Since morning I was feeling dull. I decided to visit my favorite cafe.

Sudden roar of laughter stopped me. A guy dressed as a clown was doing some act on street. “This guy has some real talent”, some people discussing in hushed voice. Curiosity made me stay and watch the act.

After few minutes, I was feeling refreshed and in considerably better mood. I thought to congratulate him for the great street show but got stunned instead by hearing this conversation.

Standing in corner while talking to his daughter he said, “I think we will get the food today.”

Photo Credit © CEAyr

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Day Dreaming

“Oh my god! Finally I got the Nobel Prize for peace, whom should I thank.”

A sudden loud sound of horn woke me up. I was sleeping, it was a dream. I was in the waiting room of railway station.

Wow.. what a beautiful dream, I should work harder to achieve something in life. This phone has ruined my life. I am tired of being mediocre.

Another loud horn sound.

“What time it is?”

“6.30.. Oh no! my train is leaving. I have to run else have to wait for another 12 hrs.”

Photo Credit – Jennifer Pendergast

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Diligence

Amy, my ex-roomie is a painter but she never got that kind of appreciation which she deserved. This broke her from inside.

When I met her few days ago after 2 years she was still struggling with same problems. I was sensing from her depressed tone that it is not good to leave her alone. I offered her to live with me for few days but she refused to do so.

Today I am calling her since morning and she is not answering, worried sick when I reached her home. She was dancing as her painting is selected for art exhibition.

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Luck by Chance

Luck by Chance is a movie featuring Farhan Akhtar and Kokana Sen. It is the first film of Zoya Akhtar (as a director). Current debate about struggles of an outsiders in bollywood reminds of this movie. This movie is a gem and depicts the bollywood correctly. It also talks about Nepotism which is ironic because main star cast and director belongs to film family.

The movie is about two characters Vikram and Sona who do not have any filmy background. As luck favours to Vikram, he quickly got the break in the big movie and forget about his struggling days girlfriend Sona who do not able to achieve anything big and forced to do Saas bahu serials on television.

Other characters of the movie are also very interesting like Rommy Rolly (played by Late Rishi Kapoor), producer of the movie who do not want to pay much to the newcomer as he is giving him big break, yesteryear heroine Neena Walia (Dimple Kapadia) whose daughter got the movie because of her name inspite of zero talent. Cameo role of Hrithik Roshan as Superstar Zaffar Khan gave a satirical effect which will make you laugh.

Another USP of the movie was music. Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy created magic and lyrics were also very good. Specially the lyrics of “sapno se bhare naina” will transport you to another world. I love these lines from this song :

“Door Hi Se Sagar Jise Har Koi Maane
Pani Hai Woh Ya Reth Hai Yeh Kaun Jaane
Jaise Ke Din Se Rain Alag Hai
Sukh Hai Alag Aur Chain Alag Hai
Per Yeh Jo Dekhe Woh Nain Alag Hai
Chain To Hai Apna Sukh Hai Paraye”

Everything we are noticing in debates these day you will find in this movie. A must watch.

Lesson learned from life

In the path of life, few incidents change our point of view towards life and we learn few lessons which shape our life that we are leading today. I am sharing these lessons with you in this post may be you will relate with them.

1. There are no free lunches – When someone is doing a favour to you there are higher chances that they are expecting something from you in return.

2. People always love smiling faces – Most people don’t care about your struggles and problems. Nobody like sad faces as they are facing challenges on daily basis too.

3. Respect your roots – These days I found people are more attracted to western culture (including me) but this doesn’t mean you start despising your own culture. Unfortunately it became a fashion symbol these days (which I highly condemned). In other words :

जो अपने देश का न हो पाया वह किसी का क्या होगा

No matter which country you are living in, even you are living in US from 20 years still people will call you an Indian, be proud of your nation you are representing us.

4. Self respect is most important in the world – If you will not believe in yourself who will? If anyone is doing injustice to you, it’s necessary to take stand for yourself. As Tulsidas has said :

आवत ही हरषै नहीं नैनन नहीं सनेह।

तुलसी तहां न जाइये कंचन बरसे मेह।।

5. Money is not most important thing in the world – Sometimes we don’t understand the value of satisfaction. Greed of money make us to follow the rat race.

The above mentioned points are not new to anyone, even a school going child know these things. But honestly, while I was writing this post some past memories are coming back to me reminding me how these principles became integral part of my life.

Reading during lockdown

Lockdown 4.0 is on his way. During these days staying positive is difficult to manage. Reading is the best way to escape from reality. I am sharing list of my favourite books which may help them who are looking for book recommendations.

1. And then there were none

Genre – Thriller, Mystery

Agatha Christie’s books need no recommendation but if you are looking for best among her books this is the one. Incredible story line keep you on the edge till end.

2. Tuesdays with Morrie

Genre – Memoirs, philosophical

It is story of a man who is living last days of his life Morrie, the mentor of the author Mitch Albom. On his weekly Tuesday meeting with Morrie, he shared few life lessons with Mitch.

3. The White Tiger

Genre – Social

The complete book review can be found here

4. The Count of Monte Cristo

Genre – Adventure

This historical novel is written by french writer Alexandre Dumas. First published in 1844. It is the story of Edmond Dante taking revenge in a very innovative way. The story line is very captivating. It hold interest till end.

5. Godaan

Genre – Hindi Classic, Social


Written by our own Munshi Premchand. This book is close to my heart. Complete review here

6. Five people you meet in heaven

Genre – Philosophical Fiction

Another Mitch Albom book, I can’t resist to add this book on the list. It is the story of Eddie who died in the accident and reached to heaven, there he met with five people. These five people were responsible for major turn of events during his life on earth.

#QuarantineCooking – Dry fruits Vanilla Cake

We are in the mid of corona disease pandemic and it is suggested by govt to keep ourself in self quarantine.

It become necessary to keep ourself busy these days to avoid all negative feelings. Now it’s a time for self exploration. People are doing different sort of things like painting, cleaning, all sorts of cooking etc. These days quarantine cooking term is trending. Well, I have also tried few new dishes. Here I am sharing a pic of experiment done in my kitchen on the occasion of my husband’s birthday.

#Quarantinecooking

Dry fruits Vanilla Cake

Ellora Caves – Kailasa Temple

Ellora caves are located near Aurangabad in Maharashtra. It is declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It consists rock carved temples of Hindus, Buddhist and Jain.

Hindu temple is named as Kailasa (cave 16). It considered as most remarkable among all caves. I got a chance to visit this amazing place recently so sharing few pictures of Kailasa Temple and will share pics of Buddhist and Jain temples in next post.

Front view of Kailasa Temple
Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
Lord Shiva
Top view of Kailasa Temple

As per Wikipedia, the carver started at the top of the original rock and excavated downwards. Isn’t this amazing?