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.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Salman Khan on Baggout.. Swagat nahi karoge aap hamara?

Being a celebrity isn't an easy task. And if the celebrity is as popular as Salman Khan then there is no chance he can go out shopping in the market or crowded malls. So this is a post depicting Salman's experience on Baggout with some of his mind blowing dialogues.

Hi I am Salman Khan. Hum yahan ke Robin Hood Hain, Robin Hood Pandey. Who doesn't know me? Arey! Everyone know me yahi toh PROBLEMM ho gayi hai BOSSS. No privacy in life. One wrong move and I become the headlines of every news paper and the breaking news of every another channel.

They say no one in Bollywood can beat my fashion and style. Those follower of fashion look at me as an ideal. It is always a necessity for me to look good. Not that I need to try for that but as you know ke Ek baar jo maine commitment kar di fir toh main apne aap ki bhi nahi sunta. 

I was bored of wearing the same clothes by my designer. I wanted to try something new. Something of my selection. But my designer and stylist were strict against this. Phir kya? Boldiya unhe ke Main request nahi karta. Ek he baar bolta hu or full and final ho jata hai.   I decided to wear everything on my own terms and own selection. But for that I had to go out in the malls for shopping which was next to impossible for me. Some suggested me to hire a person who can do this for me. But Mujh par ek ehsan karna ki mujh par koi ehsan na karna. I straight away went to Sanju Bhai's house.



I discussed this difficulty of mine with Sanju Bhai and he gave me an Idea of Online shopping. But who has so much of time to research on different shopping website to know the best available offers. Bhai gave an onetime solution for all my worries and that was Baggout. Thanks to him.
Oops!!! No thanks. Akhir meri dosti ka ek oosul hai.. No Sorry, no thank you


Baggout miraculously solved all my difficulties in wink of an eye. Most importantly it has separate sections for separate buyers like shown below which makes it easier to find items. So many varieties available at one place and even ordering items is easy.


The best part is the amazing offers provided which saves a lot of money. As you know Main Sirf money bhai ke liye kaam karta hoon.

So this is all about my experience with Baggout. Try it out or else hum tum mein itne ched kardenge ki kanfuge ho jaoge ke sans kahan se lein aur p**** kahan se... 

Saturday, 24 May 2014

A Nightmare? Or a Serial Fever ?

The house was flooded with the guests. All my close relatives were busy in my marriage arrangements. I was on cloud nine as my dream was finally coming true. My wedding Saree, the traditional South Indian jewellery everything was set and I was almost ready to be dressed and walk as a most beautiful bride.  

Suddenly I sensed there was something wrong. My Mom and my aunt were discussing something seriously. I went close to them to know what was the matter. I heard them talking that the groom's family had rejected for the marriage. This matter did not shock me. As I was sure that even if his family had went against me in this very last moment, he will be there to support me and will find out some solution to this. I had so much of trust in him that I was sure he will come in few minutes and the marriage ceremony will go on as planned. 

It was then my eyes fell on the marriage invitation card. But, whose name have these people printed on this? There wasn't his name on the card. That means my parents already knew of all this and have fixed my marriage with someone else.This scared me like hell. The only thing that came in my mind at this moment is to call him and hear that everything was alright and he would be coming soon. I just wanted to listen that he love me. 

I went upstairs and called him. He received. I was still sure that he is not going to hurt me in any ways. The trust level was so high. 

I asked " Have you got ready for the marriage?" 
"No" he replied.
"So you want to marry me no?" I questioned.
"No I don't want to marry you" he said in a harsh tone.

I could not believe my ears. A chill ran down my spine. I was sweating profusely. Completely unaware of what went wrong all of a sudden I began to sob uncontrollably. The sweet memories spent with him were swirling in my mind. There was not even one such bad moment I could recall which could make him take such a cruel decision.

I somehow composed myself and went back to my dressing room. The last moment arrangements were still going on as if everything was normal. I thought that it was better to live everything on fate now. I did not want to hurt my mother even more by creating a scene. Being a single mother, she had done a lot of sacrifices while growing me up. So, at least now it was my duty to give her little happiness by all the possible ways that I could.  

I asked my aunt "What is the guys name to whom I am going to get married"?
Earlier when I had seen his name in the invitation card, my mind could not grasp it due to the adrenaline rush.
My aunt said "His name is Sarvagun".

Forget about seeing the guy, I had not even heard this name in my lifetime. Even the mere thought of spending my life with some stranger about whom I did not know even a little, gave me shiver. I heard someone speaking in the distance that the groom works for export and import company. Now the only thing I knew about my to-be-husband was that his name and his profession. Tears flowed down my cheeks again.

I missed him. Once again every moment spent with him played in front of my eyes. I cursed my fate. There was a strange sense of fear of loosing him for ever. I was trembling as the sweat slowly trickled down my forehead.

And then....

I heard a strong masculine voice shaking me "Wake up Sonia its 8. Even today you will be late to work ". I got up with a start and saw my husband lying next to me. A sense of relief embraced me. I thanked god that it was just a dream. I hugged him tight as I will never let him go. He asked what happened to me. I told him about my dream. He laughed and hugged me tight.

We might not realize the depth of our love for someone in day to day life. So, sometimes a nightmare is needed to know how much we love them. 

I have completed one year of my arranged marriage this month and now even the mere dream of going away from my husband has shaken me to my soul. My husband kept making fun of my dream all day long. I am watching a lot of serials (daily soaps) these days. I strongly feel my dream could be a good masala for a daily soap episode. :-P






Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Recharged hair.. Recharged Life..

I have been hearing many stories since I was a child on how confidence changes ones life. Seldom did I believe that such thing existed. But, as they say nothing is permanent in this world, there came a day that changed everything. The day which not only gave me confidence but also evoked a feeling of completeness in me.

This year 2014, started with the rush of Indiblogger Sunsilk Contest. Initially when I heard of this product I was not sure what exactly this product is as it was something new in the market. Moreover, everyday a new shampoo launches with the promises to give silky-long-dark-thick-strong hair. But, I am not among one who keeps changing the product I use, every now and then. Being a loyal user of a GXXNXXR Shampoo and Conditioner from almost a decade I never imagined to change my shampoo even though my hair fall had increased a lot. Only solution that I had found was to chop down my hair to the shoulder length so that they would not get tangled and obviously not break. Days passed into months but my hair fall did not stop. I kept on ignoring it only until I met a old friend of mine who was shocked to see my reduced hair. Yes! My once thick-shiny hair had completely lost its charm. 

This incident alarmed me to take some action and save my hair from becoming even more worse. From then onward I decided that it's a high time now to change my shampoo. There begin my search for a good shampoo and a conditioner. But, to choose one right shampoo out of 1000's was not a easy task. There was I, once again in confused state, wishing to get some magical wand which could solve my problem. 

It was during this time I came across Indiblogger Sunsilk contest and I participated in it. Within few days I received a beautiful gift hamper from Sunsilk for participating in the contest. The hamper consisted of a Shampoo and a conditioner beautifully placed in between the green leaves, packed in a creatively designed container. This brought an end to my search. What else I needed? I immediately dumped my earlier shampoo and began to use this new one. 
Gift hamper by Sunsilk

To my surprise right from the first use I found that my hair fall had visibly reduced. The amazing smell from this product keeps me fresh all day long. The Ginseng root and oil contents in this product moisturizes every hair. Now, after using this shampoo and conditioner regularly since a month, I can see no more fallen dead hair strands on my pillow. My hair has slowly gained back its lustrous shine and I have gained a sense of completeness in me.

Few days later I got a mail in my Inbox. It was a mail from Indiblogger stating that I am the second runner up for the Sunsilk Contest that I have participated. My excitement knew no bound. After all, Sunsilk gave me one more reason to smile. This was the first time I won for a contest on IndiBlogger. Now I am even more confident when it comes to writing. Truly Sunsilk has not only recharged my hair but also my life.
Snapshot of the runner up page in Sunsilk Contest

As though all these exciting things were not enough, Sunsilk again decided to send us the free samples of Shampoo and Conditioner. Even this time I was left in awe after seeing the beautiful packing of the product. Now there is no way to look behind. I don't mind saying I am one loyal user of this wonderful product. 
Thank You Sunsilk !
Shampoo and conditioner sample by Sunsilk


I am not saying one will have a hair like Rapunzel by using Sunsilk recharge Shampoo and Conditioner. But, I am sure that this product is capable to beat the present shampoo that you are using. 

CLICK ME to know more about Sunsilk.

Monday, 12 May 2014

365 days of happiness and still counting...

Its been one year today and yet it seems just like yesterday when we were united eternally in the bond of marriage. In between that day and today, I have felt the love in me only increasing with the every passing day. The more I knew you, the more I have fallen for you.

Today when I think of this same day as last year I remember how confused I was then. Not knowing where this life was taking me. Leaving everything on fate, completely unaware of each other, we began building the castle of our dreams.




Today after one whole year when I look behind, all I can see is our beautiful journey from being strangers to becoming soulmates. I can see how much I have changed and how graceful this change has been. I have changed from an irresponsible spoilt girl into a responsible sensible women with you in such a short time.

The way you support me everytime I get an interview call and motivate me to keep trying even though I have failed so many times in interview is one thing that keeps me going. Some times you make me wonder how do you know the art to handle my mood swings in such a perfect way. You exactly know when I am tired and when I am over enthusiastic. The way you take care of my every little thing, whether it may be your continue reminders to oil my hair every week or it may be to pack both of ours tiffin box early morning when I be in total hurry to wind up with other work, is truly lovable. Its only because of your support that today I am able to manage my office and house effortlessly.

I feel glad everytime, when I see that I am going to spend my entire life with a person like you. This one year was the most wonderful year of my life and I am happy that many more such years are awaiting to come ahead. 

I am left with no words to thank you enough for being such a loving husband. The only thing I can say now is,

I LOVE YOU :)














Saturday, 5 April 2014

Cloud Power!!! A Quick Solution for the Big Disasters.

Won a Microsoft Certification Exam for this post.

“Slow and steady wins the race”. I heard this slogan when I was a child and always thought, this is a mantra to be successful.  But, it was only until I joined IT profession as a Software Developer. It did not take me much time to realize that this slogan has no place in today’s fast paced era. Here, in this place you either have to be fast or screw yourself for being slow.

The only expectation from you is to give good quality software/service that too in very less time. The deadlines mock at you with the every passing second. In such a case the only aim in programmers mind is to finish off the task in hand as soon as possible without wasting any time.

Every programmer would love to be correct right in their first attempt while writing a new code to avoid scrap and rework and most importantly to avoid frustration. More over what if someone asks you to rewrite the same old existing code once again? Well, writing such unnecessary code would only add the wastage of resources which in turn could be utilized in concentrating in some other productive work.

Thanks to cloud computing for being there and bringing an end to such issues.

What is Cloud Computing?

If someone would have asked me this question 10 years back then it was acceptable. But now cloud computing being so extensively used, almost everyone related to IT sector have hit the search engine to know anything and everything about this term creating so much buzz.

But yet, to summarize in simple terms “Cloud Computing is sharing and using the computing resources hosted on the internet rather than having our own local resources”. These resources can be anything like virtual machines, database, servers, software applications and so on.

To make it even more simpler let us consider an Example of a new Online Shopping Website named ‘Shopkart.com’. Now initially when this was launched not many people knew about it and so even the visitor traffic was very less. But with the each passing day this site began to gain the popularity. More and more people visited to shop from Shopkart.The servers were not able to handle so much of load and the performance of the site began to gradually reduce. Inturn, increasing the risk of financial loss due to customer dissatisfaction. To overcome from this difficulty the new servers had to be brought and accordingly the code had to rewritten for the entire application to make it more vulnerable, to handle load and stress of increasing traffic. But this disaster recovery was time consuming as well as costly.

So, the Shopkart decided to go for cloud. Instead of rewriting the entire code the application was just migrated to cloud saving a lot of time of developers from rewriting the existing code. Also the servers were shared from cloud and this prevented the huge cost overhead for getting new own servers. This was a quick, efficient, reliable and cost friendly solution by which the people shopping from Shopkart had always a happy experience.

By this we come to a conclusion that with cloud computing a company can speed up and reduce the costs of existing processes. They make setting up of online applications extremely easier and much cheaper, then before. If we wouldn’t have cloud computing then most of the developer’s time would be wasted in figuring out the server and setting up the routers. But, now we are able to instead focus on actual product as all these things are taken care by cloud.

Click the below image to migrate to cloud and enjoy the benifits...


Monday, 10 March 2014

Smell the hell...

We are been blessed with so many things from the almighty. He created this beautiful world and showered on us with unbeatable and uncountable things. Just imagine, how would the earth be if there was no colour, no sound, no music or no smell. Would it be the same as it is now? Can't even imagine the world without these things right?

Well, let us take a moment now and think. How many times do we really appreciate the good things? Hmm.. We do it sometimes,isn't it?
But, We do appreciate good things only because we know how the evil things are. And that is why god created the evil along with the good. With music came noise and with the good smell came the bad one. Once the god found out that there is no appreciation for the good sound, he created noise. Similarly, when he realized that the people started to take the good smell he created for granted, he just created the bad one as well and said, "Smell the hell..."

            Now this imports my mind back to the days when few of the incidents, I had to experience, when I have literally "Smelled the hell ". Let me share some of them with you.

           One day I was late to office. Since I travel by bus to my office, I had no other option but get into a bus fully crowded. However, I just managed to fit my self in a very little space available. While I was struggling to avoid from being sandwiched in between the other people in the bus, my nose suddenly smelled some kind of a hell of a smell. Initially I could not make it out from where the smell was coming from. But it did not take me much time to find out that this rat like a smell was from one of the man standing near me. The smell was becoming more and more unbearable as the time was passing. I couldn't take it any more and just wanted to breath a fresh air. So, I pushed myself in between the crowded people and somehow managed to reach the bus door and got down from the bus as soon as the bus stopped and inhaled a gallons of a fresh air. Aahh.. relaxed. I did not mind being late for some more time. To me saving my self from the life threatening smell was more important then my boss screwing me for being late to the office.

           The most stinkiest smells, that I often get to smell are in the trains and buses. One can find every kinda odour available in the world in this crowded public transports. If someone had to do some research on most stinkiest smell on the planet then all you have to do is just board some train or bus in India and you are done. Every kind of smell will be available to you free of cost.

           Well, the stinky guy from the bus was however for time being. Just imagine what would you do if you had to stay with a stinky person at your room. During my college days I had a room mate who use to have shower once in 2 days. And God forbids, if there were the examinations going on, then this girl would not have the shower for days together. That would not affect her in anyways, but we, being her room mate would die because of the stinking smell of hers. This time there were no escape also. One day we decided to discuss with her the reason for her not having bath regularly. She replied,"Its very cold outside and there is no hot water available in hostel". Honestly when I heard of this contest in Indiblogger I just remembered my room mate. I wish I knew of Racold Water heaters then. I would have definitely gifted her one and save my self from the horrible smell.
         

This post is written for the contest " What's that Smell Boss??" by Racold Thermo Ltd. Click me to visit.


Sunday, 12 January 2014

Hairy Tale...

Every girl's heart is a cocoon of thousands of wishes. May it be a girl next door who has never applied a hint of makeup in her lifetime or may it be someone titled as Miss Universe. The wishes are the one common factor that binds all the girls in one group despite of any differences.

To burn out that extra flab bulging out from the hips, to have a clean and clear complexion, to master the art of  applying the eye liner perfectly, to be a better cook, to eat her's heart's content without caring of the calorie count, to find a true love. The list that occupies a special place in every girl's heart is never ending.

I am no different. Like any other girl even I have a special wish. A wish that grew in my heart when I read a fairy tale of Rapunzel. It is a story of a girl with a long and strong hair who was been caught by an enchantress who shut her in a tower which had neither stairs nor door but only one window. But one fine day her prince climbs the tower with the help of her strong hair and reaches her. And then they fall in love and live happily ever after.

My wish is something similar. Well, not to have so long hair as Rapunzel but to have thick dark hair to my waist. To have most wonderful tresses anyone can ever imagine, smooth and silky, falling thick and full clear to my waist, rippling and flowing down my back like liquid sunshine. Hair on which I could actually sit. Every time I pulled a brush through them, they should shine like a diamond. To be blessed with each hair as soft as a silk strand and as strong as a metal string. Which I could proudly flaunt where ever I go and delight the feel of those magnificent masses floating down my back when the breeze played with it vibrantly that made every girl envious and left every guy in an awe. Hair flowing like a river when untied and when tied the escaped side locks dancing with joy to the rhythm of the breeze and tickling my face with its soft touch. Hair which I could easily convert into naughty when partying out or turn them elegant while attending a family function. Graceful in either ways.

But as we know, not all dreams come true. As I grew up I realized managing long beautiful hair isn't easy at all. It needs a lot of care and time which I rarely have. Moreover the pollution sucks out life from every hair of yours and  all you can do is helplessly collect those fallen strands where ever you move in your house and throw them in dustbin. My wish to have long beautiful hair died hundred deaths everyday with my every fallen hair. Due to this reason I never let my hair grow beyond my shoulder so that I could protect it from falling. But my wish for long hair is still within my heart. I pray someday I get some magical wand that could make my wish come true.

This post is written for Indiblogger Sunsilk Contest. Click Here.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Yes!!! Priorities do change with time...

It's a strange feeling these days when I open my Facebook account. Its just like yesterday my Facebook feed use to be flooded with the pics of the beautiful girls dressed in super amazing outfit partying hard and today all I can see is the same girls posting their wedding pics or pics either with their babies or with baby bump. 

They say that the marriage changes everything. Yes! that's true. It has beautifully changed my dull boring routine life suddenly into a fairy tale. Well, not everyone are equally lucky. It all depends on the person you choose to spend your entire life with. Mine is an arrange marriage. And I totally believe arrange marriage is like gambling with your own life. If you are lucky enough you win happiness for a lifetime and if your stars aren't with you then its a hell forever. I am lucky enough to get a life partner like Deep. He is someone who cares without limit and love without boundaries. Hmmm.. something like "unconditional" wala love. He plays a guitar for me, cooks food for me when I am bored of cooking, gets bugged but still watches any of my stupidest favorite movie with me without complain, food ordered in restaurant is always according to my choice, he eats anything and everything I cook even if the food is spicy, bitter, salty or has no salt at all, I become a total kid when I am with him and he takes care of me with all his heart. What more then this can a girl ask for! :-)

Life is changing even more rapidly. The things for which I was crazy just a few months back interests me no more. Expense tracker app on my cell phone is more active then whatsapp now. My eyes whose attention was once grabbed by designer bags and sandals now checks out fresh vegetables or house decorative items shops. Just few months back the biggest task for my mom was to wake me up in the morning and now this little Mumma's girl is managing house and work at the same time in a complete new city. Journey from a small town to the busiest metro city of India, Mumbai was never difficult or tiring. As my companion in this journey has taken care of me in every single step that I took.

Year 2013 was a roller coaster ride for me. Life changed and so did priorities. In this one year I quit one job, got married, shifted to new city Pune, once again shifted to a new city Mumbai, joined a new job. Though I am left with no time for myself I am just loving the life I am living.