Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Melbourne... Its not a place, it is a dream...

Everyone enjoys spending time with their loved ones. So do I. Visiting a place once and then revisiting that place in memories, for million times, is something I enjoy the most. Well, not to forget; clicking the pictures at the place and posting the pictures on Facebook, aiming for the maximum likes is another thing I enjoy. Who doesn't?

Lately, I was been discussing with my spouse, regarding our trip to celebrate our second anniversary. He gave me two days to choose a good place and let him know, so that he could research a bit about the place before our visit. There began my search for a perfect place for our second honeymoon. After a bit of research on internet and talking to a friend, I came to a conclusion, that there is no better place then Melbourne to visit. 

That evening, when he got back home, I told him, that I have decided a place to celebrate our anniversary, and it is Melbourne. He laughed and said, " Melbourne is a most livable city in the world and not a place to go for a holiday". His statement made me disheartened. But, I had already made my mind and had started dreaming of my visit to Melbourne. To make my this dream come true, I had to convince my husband. 

Next morning, when he left for his office, I started making plans to convince him somehow. I wanted to do this in an unique way. So, I took my laptop and typed a mail which was like below.

Dear Hubby, 

I know you must be surprised to see my mail at this hour of the day. Having a blogger wife for 2 years, must have made you understood by now, that we bloggers are good at expressing our feelings by writing, rather then expressing it face to face. Yesterday, when you told me that Melbourne is good a place to live and not to visit, I was confused about my decision. Then I remembered my Blog friend Shruti, who had posted her pictures of her visit to Melbourne. I immediately pinged her and asked her about her experience in Melbourne. As expected I got positive response. Now before you start thinking what is so special about the place. let me give you a brief.

Melbourne's historic architecture and modern lifestyle has given this place a complete new meaning. Its famous roof top restaurants, where we can enjoy a romantic dinner and watching a movie underneath the sky is one of my wish. Well, you can fulfill your long lasting wish of having a lager beer in Australia as well. And if this is not enough we can also visit to the Melbourne Cricket Ground of which you can boost to your friends.


Our next visit to Federation Square would be one of the most amazing experience of our lifetime. There, we can not only see the mind blowing modern architecture but also the amalgamation of museums, galleries and also events along with some of the best restaurants and cafes. I have also heard that the live performance at the amphitheatre is one of the best thing that one can ever experience. Do you still think we have to miss this chance?

Just imagine how would you feel driving along the ocean 243 Kms long. Yes, that is the Great Ocean Road. I don't think we can ever get this chance in life. A drive through the Great Ocean Road is the one thing which can be imagined only in dreams. While on this amazing drive, we can also explore so many beautiful places like Torquay, Appolo Bay, Otway National Park and not to forget Anglesea, where we can see kangaroos resting under the trees. Visiting Australia and not seeing kangaroos is not fair, Isn't it?

After enjoying so many things of your choice, I think it wouldn't be wrong to think about my pleasure a little bit lastly. Yeah! your guess is right. I am talking about shopping!!! Queen Victoria Market, which is considered one of the largest market in the world, is what I wish to visit. That pretty red dress which I was not able to find in any malls in India, will definitely be available here. After that lets visit Chapel Street and shop some more. I know shopping doesn't excite you as much as it does to me, but you can do the window shopping as well. 

You may also watch Tanmay and Rohan enjoying Hot Air Baloon here. 

In short, sports lover, fashion freak or a foodie, Melbourne has something for everyone in stores. I hope my mail will help you to decide better. See you in the evening.

Love,

I was still not sure if my mail would change his mind. Now I had no other option but only to wait. He returned back to home at his usual time. But, there was nothing new in his behavior. I guessed that he must have not read my mail. After having his tea he as usual switched on the TV. Disappointed I went back to my room and started reading a book, Few minutes later my eyes feel on an envelop addressed with my name. I opened it carefully and found.....

Two tickets to Melbourne... :)




This post is written for Indiblogger Tourism Victoria Contest. Click here to know more.

Well, readers. I hope you have enjoyed my post on Melbourne and its beautiful places. So, now its your turn to win something. Do answer a simple question given below and you could win a shopping voucher worth Rs.500/-.

"Which of these places would you want to visit in Melbourne and why?

This contest is closed on 05-01-2015. 
No more entries will be accepted

And soo..... The results are out. And the winner is?????
DEEPAK BANDEKAR


Congratulations Deepak, for winning the shopping voucher worth Rs.500/-..


Saturday, 27 December 2014

Bitter truth cures every pain...

Finally, the day had come. It was the most important day of my life. I was meeting him for the first time. The boundaries of long distance relationship were no more in between us. All I knew was, Aniket, my love of life, had flew down all the way from London, just to meet me. There are no words in the dictionary which could explain my feelings. One moment, I was excited and the other, I was nervous. Though we spoke everyday on Skype, meeting for the first time, face to face, of course was completely different. I was waiting in a Coffee shop for him. The butterflies in my stomach knew no limits that day. My old habit of not wearing a wrist watch, made me check my cell phone for the 150th time, to check the time. I silently cursed myself for reaching the place half an hour before the decided time. It was still 15 minutes to go, and every passing second, seemed like an hour to me. 

And then, finally that moment arrived, when my heart literally forgot how to beat. There he was, walking towards me, in his charming smile. He was in white T-shirt and the blue jeans. He smiled and greeted me with a formal Hello and took his seat. His body language could make anyone guess, that his condition was no less then that of mine. His manly cologne, took my breath away. All I could do was to look at him and smile sheepishly. I observed his facial features for the first time and felt how much boyish he looked. "Skype is such a liar", I thought.

He drew a small box from his bag and handed it over to me. Only silence was talking in between us. I opened it carefully. It was a wrist watch. A beautiful one. I looked at him and he smiled once again, driving me crazy. This was his first gift. And the first sign of our love. After having a coffee he dropped me to my home. Though very less words were exchanged in between us, our entire life was curled in those two hours, we spent in a Coffee shop. 

As soon as I reached home, I got a call from him. We talked for 3 hours continuously. I told him how much I liked the gift and he told me his feelings of meeting me for the first time. At one moment, we realized how comfortable we were talking on phone, then face to face. "Ah! these long distance relationships" we both uttered at once and began laughing. We both promised to spend more time  the next day. He asked me to wear the watch on our next date.

I woke up early morning and wore a best dress of mine. My new watch increased the elegance of my dress. I left my house quickly to the same coffee-shop. While waiting in the coffee shop, I took out my cell phone to check the time, out of an old habit. I patted my head, remembering that I can check the time on my new watch now; only to see my watch was missing. Sudden panic gripped me. Even before I could react, Aniket was sitting next to me. Looking at my panicked face he inquired what was wrong. I lied to him saying that my health was not good and I have to get back home. After all, I had to go back home, and search for my missing watch. He was worried now. I told him I have medicine at home which will make me feel better. He dropped me to the house quickly.

I searched for the watch everywhere at home. But, could not find it. After that day, every time I met Aniket, he questioned me if I did not like the watch, as I never wore it. Thinking that my truth would break his heart, I created a new lie every time, and told him how I forgot to wear it. My lie was hurting me more and more, with the every passing day.

Aniket met my parents as well. They liked him. It was his last day in India as his vacations were over.
He promised me to be back the very next month. I was feeling like dying inside due to the lie I was carrying on my shoulders. I finally made my mind to tell him the truth. And with all the courage I finally told him, that I have lost his first gift. To my surprise he smiled and said there was nothing to worry about it and it is absolutely fine.

Speaking out the truth was so simple. I was feeling liberated. I took out my bag to get my house keys. I was not finding it. I searched my bag once again. To my surprise, I found a hole in my bag. The inner cloth of my bag was torn a bit. Shockingly, there were my keys in that torn hole along with the wrist watch.

Aniket laughed at the top of his voice...

Please do watch the video.



This post is written for Kinley Indiblogger Contest.








Saturday, 13 December 2014

Face The Fear...

Every individual has one or the other kind of fear. Many people may pretend that they are fearless. But, deep down their heart, they know the fear they are dealing with. Fear may be of any kind. It might be the fear of height, fear of water or even the fear of loosing someone close. Yes, just like everyone else, even I had a fear. The first thing that came in my mind when I saw this happy hour campaign on Indiblogger, by Mountain Dew team, was the fear that I had been dealt with, for such a long time. Where else could I share my personal experience better then this place?  

Well, since I was a child I was fascinated about driving. I had always dreamed to learn driving a vehicle. Being born and brought up in a small town where only few cars and bikes ran on the roads, my dream felt so normal. Only if I knew, that just a few years down the lane, I would be dumped in a city where the roads were packed with infinite number of vehicles, screaming and screeching around me. And that made me discover a new unknown fear in me. The 'ROAD FEAR'.

Road fear engulfed me completely. I was left in such a state, that my mind began to create all weird scenes, on how I could meet with an accident. Learning to drive was a distant matter, as now I was even scared to cross a road by myself. The days passed into months and months into years but my fear was constant, as I never let anyone help me to come out of it. I had finally made my mind, that now there is no way of driving a vehicle someday on my own.

One day, there was a party at my home. Many people had come. While having a casual talk with the guests, the topic of driving was raised. To my surprise every lady around me were good at driving and I found only me who was being so coward. As if this sinking feeling was not enough, everyone started making fun of me when they got to know that I don't drive. This was insulting. Even after the party got over, the incident kept me awake whole night, thinking what was wrong with me? Once a strong independent girl is now made fun of her fear. I could not take this anymore. And finally, I made my mind to overcome my fear and learn driving, starting from the very next day.

My husband gave me some basic training on driving. Every time I got scared, I reminded myself that all this fear is just the game my mind is playing. The only way to overcome the fear is to face it and kill it forever. After few days of initial driving training by my husband, I joined driving classes, which not only helped me learn drive a vehicle, but also made me more confident on roads. I also learnt various rules and regulations to be followed while on road. This was a complete new experience for me. And most importantly I was feeling liberated.

"FIGHT YOUR FEARS AND YOU WILL BE IN BATTLE FOREVER,
FACE YOUR FEAR AND YOU WILL BE FREE FOREVER"    
                                                                                             - LUKAS JONKMAN







Thursday, 20 November 2014

Today's Healthy Child, Tomorrow's Successful Adult...

They say,  'In every adult there exists a child that was. In every child there exists an adult that will be'.

In this fast paced era, there is a race in every field. Academics, sports, general knowledge or dance, there is a  tough competition a child has to go through, in its day-today life. And this competition is not limited only up till school. There is so much more to do even after the school hours, in so less time. While in this race of life, who has the time to fall ill? If ever someone feels sick then there is no doubt that he has lost the competition.

I personally don't remember falling sick that often even as a child. The credit for this obviously goes to my Mom. I am born and brought up in a small town near Goa named as Karwar. Spending my childhood close to the nature have given me an exposure to many such stuffs which city kids can never even imagine.

In this harsh city life, day by day kid's health is becoming more and more difficult to manage. Even after taking so much of the precautions we can't stop them from feeling sick. Lately, my little niece use to feel very tired. As soon as she would get back home after the school she would directly go to the bed. Once charming and naughty kid all of a sudden changed into a silent girl. We initially thought this was common. But, later she started to have fever frequently. Now this was alarming and we consulted a good doctor. The doctors'  reports were clear that my niece was suffering from typhoid. This was a heart breaking news for all of us. Seeing someone you love the most suffer is one biggest punishment one can get. The treatments went on for almost a month and the entire house was just praying for her recovery. However she recovered soon and is fit and fine now. And with her smile once again our house is illuminated.

Today when I look at myself, I can see a strong independent woman managing the house and work at the same time. I sometimes wonder, if I would still have the same strength and same activeness if I kept falling Ill when I was a kid? Probably the answer is NO. If the roots of a tree itself are weak the tree wouldn't be strong enough.

This post is written for an Indi-blogger and Dabur Chyawanprash  contest 'A healthy child makes a healthy home' 

Friday, 29 August 2014

Hope makes every dream come true...

This is something I was thinking to write from a long time but due to one or the other reason it did not happen. But, today morning when I woke up I made my mind to write this post. This is my real experience of how I got placed in one of the Software Company after trying for so long. 

After completing my BE in Computers I worked in a government firm where I had gained zero knowledge and zero growth for 3 years. After my marriage I quit that job and shifted to Pune. With my weak academics and 3 years of waste past work experience it was next to impossible for me to get placed in any software firm. So, I decided to learn Software Testing thinking that it would help me. After researching a bit on Internet I joined Seed Infotech, Chinchwad branch to do my Diploma in Software Testing.

It was a 1 month course where I got a good knowledge on Software Testing. My tutors Rahul Sir and Shakuntala Mam were the best and even the books provided by Seed helped me gain a lot of knowledge. Apart from this a personality development class of 1 day gave me a complete insight of how to behave and answer in an interview. All this made me think that I was born to be a Software Tester :) 

After 1 month the class was over. I started getting mails about the openings from Seed everyday. I kept applying but due to my gap of 3 years I got rejected in many companies. Rejections really affected me. Even though I did best in the interviews it was of no use. In this world where there is so much of competition the companies would obviously prefer someone who have recently passed out or has some experience in that field. And here I was, who had neither. The most worst part was that in the every company where I gave the interview I was rejected in the last round. I did not get placed anywhere even after 3 months of passing out.

Due to my husband's transfer I shifted to Mumbai. Seed used to send me mails only for Pune companies. I requested Seed to send me Mumbai companies mails instead of Punes. After completing some basic online formalities, within a day I started getting the job opening mails from Mumbai.

But, again the same story was repeated here in Mumbai too and I got rejected in every interview. I was disheartened. So I started applying for the post which were in other fields. Like, I got one mail from Seed for the post of Support Co-ordinator. I applied for it and was selected. Though this was not what I wanted to do, I started working there thinking that its better to do something then doing nothing.

I did not leave the hope and kept preparing about Software Testing when ever I got a little bit of time. Seed kept sending me job openings mails and I kept applying and I was as usual rejected for obvious reason. 1 year passed and still I was not placed as a Tester which had become my dream now. 

One fine day I applied for a company which was very close to my house. As usual I cleared all the rounds which were like. 
1st round - Technical paper.
2nd round - Face to face technical round with Test lead
3rd round - Face to face technical with Test Manager.
4th round - Some HR questions.

And the 5th and the last round was pending which was with the MD. After getting back home I had no hopes that I would be called back for this last round as it had become a habit for me of getting rejected in last round. 

To my surprise next day I got a call from the company. My interview with the MD was over and I was asked to wait outside. I was making my mind ready to accept one more rejection sportively. And guess what!!! The HR came out with an offer letter.
Yes, I was finally selected as a Software Tester after waiting for 1 whole year. And my dream came true :)

If you keep on trying without loosing hope then definitely you will succeed one day. People who write bad review on the internet about Seed infotech, please keep in mind that Seed just give us knowledge and sends us for interview. But, cracking the interview is on us. Seed cant help us in that. 

These days the online job portals like monster or naukri does not help anyone. Forget about landing a job but not even it gets us an interview. At least with the help of Seed we get to know where the current openings are. 

I recommend Seed Infotech for everyone who want to do any course after completing their degree.

Thank you seed for making this possible for me :)

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Life at 418th floor...

The Sun had set and the first stars made their appearance. Richa has always loved this time of the day. She welcomed every evening with her mobile phone, in her balcony till the dark night hovered over the city. The 'Sunshine Towers' her apartment name was promptly displayed as her location, on her phone. From her 18th floor, the city looked beautiful. What more fascinated her was looking at the tiny lights from the vehicles, marching on the busy road. At least that was the time when she could find a little movement in her dull, lonely day. The loneliness in her life was slowly taking a toll on her. She remembered every second of that fateful day even today. 

"Don't be a crazy. Only some supernatural power could make it possible", Richa had cried.

Abhay, her scientist husband, involved in his research from past 10 years, in making a time machine, but ultimately, just became a joke among his peers, has finally decided to move to an unapproachable place. A place where he could completely focus on his research work and one day succeed. 

Abhay had politely told, "What people think as supernatural today, technology can turn all that into reality tomorrow. Just the matter of few days and I will be back".

The days turned into months and months into years. But, there was no sign of Abhay's return, even after 5 long years. 

A sudden door bell, dragged Richa out from her thoughts, back to the reality. She opened the door to find none but a gift packed in a colorful paper. She picked it with curiosity and the note read 'FROM ABHAY'.  

Richa could not believe her eyes. Her heart beat raised and she fell cold. She closed the door and frantically opened the box. It was an ASUS mobile phone. As soon as she switched it on, it displayed a message, 'Press OK to meet Abhay'. Without a second thought, she pressed the OK button. In a moment, she could visualize everything change around her, quickly but surely. The furniture, the wall, the paint, the electronic gadgets everything changed into something she had never seen before. All she could do was to stand dumbfounded, looking at the mobile phone in her hand, not understanding what to do next. The date in her phone indicated 25th July 2114.


She suddenly remembered the balcony where she was standing a few minutes back. She ran there to have a look. The view from the balcony, finally made her sink into the reality.

She could no more view those tiny lights from the vehicles, as the vehicle passed through the multiple tubes like structures, which have replaced the roads. The strange tall buildings everywhere around left her in awe. The giant solar power generator stood proudly in front of her eyes, which screamed that it provided electricity to the entire city. To look at the clouds she peeped down from her balcony. Just then her cell phone beeped a warning message. "You are on the 418th floor of Sunshine Towers. Your 2 minutes in the balcony are over. Please get inside or press 'O' to create an oxygen bubble around you". She got inside her house not wanting to experiment anymore.

Richa started to explore the other rooms of the house expecting to find Abhay there. But, was disappointed to see no sign of him anywhere.  It was getting dark, so she searched for a switch board to switch on the lights. To her surprise,  there was no single switch board in the entire house. She guessed that her mobile phone might help her in switching on the lights. So, she started to explore the other functions in her phone. She found a button 'home' on her mobile and pressed it.  The wings like pop out screens popped out from both the sides of her phone. One screen indicated all the electrical and electronic equipment names and other displayed the options for environmental control. She clicked on lights option on the 'home controls' screen and her house was illuminated with lights. This excited her to try out something more.

It was cold there, so she chose an option to increase the temperature of the room. Some clicks on the required buttons and her room temperature was increased as per her need. Richa then thought of trying something from 'environmental controls' screen. So she clicked on a wind option, which allowed her to enjoy a mild wind that softly caressed her face and gave her a very soothing feeling.  

She sat down on a chair, dumbstruck by the phone created by her husband. After all, she could do so many miracles using her phone, which nobody could have done or seen back then in the year 2014. 

Abhay's words resonated in her mind, "What people think as supernatural today, technology can turn all that into reality tomorrow". The door bell once again dragged her back from her thoughts. Simultaneously, her phone also beeped. She looked at her phone screen which displayed Abhay's image standing outside the door. A message blinked "Press 'U' to unlock the door".

Richa smiled...





This post is written for the Indiblogger contest ASUS, In Search of Incredible 

Image Credits : Mobile images designed by my husband, Deepak.

Friday, 4 July 2014

CarConnect... A perfect place for Car Lovers!

When I first heard of CarConnect contest on Indiblogger, the site drew all my attention towards it. This was because this website was based on Cars. I being a car designer's wife, my husband only see cars and talk cars all day long. He is very passionate about cars and this passion is very much needed in his profession. You can see his designs here.

I told him about this website and not to my surprise he was stuck to it to explore it more. After about an hour he started to smile and said, "Awesome! This was what I exactly needed." Then he started explaining me how much this website is helpful for the car lovers. After looking at his excitement I thought of exploring it myself.


I created my profile in CarConnect website and got to see this amazing dashboard. The tabs like CAR NEWS and NEW LAUNCHES contain very informative news which keeps us updated on latest trends in Market.

Apart from these above tabs, my personal favorite section is COMPARE CAR. Here we just have to select from the drop-down menu, the options like Car Brand, Car Model and Car variant of two different cars and we get the E-mail of the complete comparison in PDF format within 48 hours. Isn't it amazing?




Here on this site we also have options to share our car experience or long drive experience. In this place we get a chance to meet and read many others who have common interest in cars and travelling. Overall, CarConnect is the one place where we can get every information about cars under one roof. A perfect place which connects many car lovers.

This post is written for Indiblogger CarConnect Contest. To know more about Cars please click here.