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Monday, 31 August 2015

Of Angels and Demons.

Jannat (Heaven) and Jahannum (Hell) Achchai (Good) and Burai (Evil) These are common phrases we utter everyday.
Infact, we often categorize people mentally as "good" or "bad" based upon what we think, feel, act or react.

The latest news going on, about Indrani Mukerjea who killed her own daughter, or about Jasleen Kaur from Delhi, who framed an innocent man wrongly and accused him of eve-teasing her and about Hardik Patel who is fighting for the so-called rights of the Patidars and is demanding reservation and has created a ruckus in the state of Gujarat leading to riots at places. All these current happenings ponder me to think on this ever controversial topic.

What prompted these people to do the horrendous things they did?

In today's media world, negative sells. News channels and newspapers are filled with updates on cases like these and we all seem to lap it up. Aren't we all intrigued to know more about the cases I just mentioned above? Why? Isn't it something to wonder? Maybe we are just curious or is there something more to it?

The reason could be because there are two faces to each one of us. Heaven and hell, both reside within us.
We ourselves are responsible for either making or breaking our own lives. We may blame and criticize the entire world, our circumstances and the environment around us, but these external factors affect us only to an extent.

The thing is- both  the Satan and Divine, Heaven and Hell, reside within us.

We carry the Angels and Demons within us, at each moment. They co-exist. They fight with each other

They are present in us, every time, every second,

What we chose, whom do we listen to, depends on us.

When we chose to ignore the inner voice which tells us what is wrong, what is right- The thing which we call our subconscious, our inner consciousness or our inner god or our Angel, then we turn towards the darker side.

The people who chose to ignore the inner voice inside them, who subdue that voice, turn towards the negative side, like the people in the examples I cited above. Most of them, regret it at some point of their lives.

The hero and the villain, the devil and the angel, the good and the bad, both are two sides of the same coin. The angel won't be an angel without the demon and the demon won't be a demon without the angel. They have to co-exist; but yes, one is always more powerful than the other.

The choice is ours. We are What we chose. Hope we all chose the angel within us and let the demon remain in the closet. 

Dream. Imagine. Be Crazy. Be You.

Au Revoir!

P.S- Do read one of my most popular posts- Villains- Exploring the Darker Side-

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Tips for glowing skin - Beauty Basics.

Whether you are a guy or a gal, working, studying or snoozing, one thing is common, We all want to look good. Looking good doesn't mean you need to imitate someone or be a supermodel. Looking good just means being the best version of yourself.
When we feel good about ourselves, the confidence shows in whatever we do.

The basic of looking good, is having good skin. Good skin does NOT mean being fair. It means having a good skin irrespective of your original skin colour. No amount of make up is going to be a substitute for good skin.  You don't need to spend money and time on visiting beauty salons every week if you try few simple things. :)

Here are a few tips which I've tried for a good skin.

1. Steam.
Steaming your face once in a week at least, will help open up the pores and cleanse it from within.
If you have a steam machine, good, if you don't worry not!
Just take a vessel, boil some water after it is heated, shut the gas, allow the steam to reach your face, cover the back of your head with a towel so that the steam doesn't escape. Done!

2. Lemon cleansing.
Don't just use lemon for cooking purposes. Lemon does wonders to your skin. Squeeze half a lemon and apply the lemon juice on your entire face and neck, especially the darkened areas which you feel are tanned. Keep for 2-5 mins and wash off. Alternatively, you can apply it to other dark areas like dark elbows, etc.
Lemon juice helps remove tan from the skin and remove black heads and cleanses it thoroughly.

3. Moisturize.
After face cleansing, it is important to moisturize. Moisturize your face with a mosturizer which suits your face. It depends on the type of skin you have- dry, normal or oily.

Note- When you go out in the sun- use a sunscreen instead of moisturizer. The stronger the SPF, the better the protection from sun.

4. Facial massage.
Massage your own face each day with your own fingertips. Move your fingers in a circular direction over your cheeks, chin, temples and forehead. This will help your face get good blood circulation and help make it glow.

5.  Quick daily detox with Green tea.
Green Tea
I know all of us don't always get time for following a complete detox diet.

For a clear skin, internal cleaning is important.
A detoxification of the intestines is the best way to gain good skin.

The best way to get good detoxification is to drink a cup or two of green tea with ginger, lemon and honey. Adding ginger, lemon and honey helps to stay in shape, adds taste and cleanses the body from within while green tea adds antioxidants to our system which are good for our skin and immune system. They make the best combination ever for the quickest and best detox.

There! Those were some of the quick skin care fixes you can do to improve your skin. Hope you try them and see the benefits!

Catch you all later with some other interesting posts.

Till then,

Dream. Imagine. Be Crazy. Be You.

Au Revoir!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Mumbai Diaries Part 1


It was January 2015, I was back from my month long course in Australia and  was hunting for a job and landed in Mumbai. In fact, I had decided to come to Mumbai  two years back when I was studying. Somehow, I felt I should try and see if working in Mumbai works for me.

It so happened that I landed up in Vile Parle in the Western side of Mumbai, in a PG (sharing paying guest) a system where you share your room with other girls

I shifted my base from Pune to Mumbai and with my luggage, kissing my Mom a bye, landed up in the PG.

I have lived in Mumbai as a child, for 5 years, completed my schooling there,  so Mumbai isn't something totally new to me. But living in a city, away from the comfort of home, was something I wasn't used to at all. I wasn't used to living with just a bed, some clothes, without Television or a washing machine to wash clothes or a maid to wash vessels.  Doing everything on my own! Oh God! that was my first challenge! Doing cooking, cleaning, and the rest! Phew! so tiring!

The other thing  which you notice when you begin living in Mumbai is the humidity. As a person who has lived in Pune almost all my life, the first thing you notice is that.  Pune has a pleasant, non-humid climate, that was my first errr 'not-so-pleasant' observation. Another thing you notice is the lack of space. So many buildings. Property is the costliest in Mumbai and it is difficult to even rent a good place here and those who wish to buy houses, have to pay in crores in the main locations.

I met a girl called Richa Singh in my PG who was my roommate. When I first saw her, I never could have imagined we would hit off instantly and become good friends so soon. She is an event management graduate and was working with Masterchef India for their season 4 at that time in the production department at that time.

We both lived in the same PG with the owner of the house, Seema Rangnekar whom we called "Aunty."

Aunty was at  least 60 years old, thin and a bit err weird.. She used to store food in the refrigerator for weeks and not eat it, put mud from her plants in the kitchen sink and what else! She also had acted in small roles in various Marathi movies and Hindi commercials. She was cold and crazy but since it was none of my business as to how she was, I decided to ignore her as long as she didn't interfere with me and my life.

Anyway coming back to more observations, when it was time to go to first day at work, the Mumbai rush in the local trains welcomed me.

Lakhs of people travel in the well known local trains in Mumbai.

Every morning, it is a sight to watch! It is a sea of people at the station. I realized the amount of human population we Indians have when I entered the station. Haha!

It took a lot of pushing, pulling and leaving a train or two to get inside one and finally reach my work place- a clinic in Mumbai ( I am a physiotherapist by profession and writer by passion)

Another thing you notice is the "vada pav" thelas (shops) all over the city. Yes we do get Vada Pav in Pune and I like it, but the ones available here are pretty tasty and you see people all over eating a Vada Pav on the go to satisfy their hunger pangs or bonding over with friends over a Vada Pav and "Chaai" (tea)

On my first day at work, I met the director of Dhoom and Dhoom 2 series- Sanjay Gadhvi who had come to clinic as a patient.

It was then that I realized that I had come to the city of "Bollywood" I smiled inwardly.

The other thing one notices soon in Mumbai is the cosmopolitan culture. You will find people from all over the country here. I am a Maharashtrian but I love meeting people from other parts. I had always been like that ever since I was a kid. In fact, the best thing I like about Mumbai is it's Cosmopolitan culture.

I find it totally awesome to meet new people from different places and getting to know more about them.

So the climate change, new location, new roomie, Bollywood,
new workplace and new people, that sort of sums up my start to staying in Mumbai.

Keep watching my blog for what happened next and for other interesting posts.

Till then,

Dream. Imagine. Be Crazy. Be You.

Au Revoir.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

India, Where do we stand?

15 August- Independence Day, Azadi Ka Din, Swatantrata Diwas these words mean a lot to us Indians.
In today's times, where we Indians are still fighting for our rights, for things like net neutrality, freedom from corruption and religious fanaticism and what not, I still don't know whether we should celebrate "Independence".

Agreed we are an Independent nation today. Despite being looted and ruled by the Britishers for 150 years, we have risen at a good height. We have set an example to the world in terms of Yoga, spirituality and our Mars Project by ISRO among many others. We are an icon of peace and tolerance and hospitality.
There is not an iota of doubt about all of these things.

Even then, I feel we have a long way to go. We are battling within our nation. We are a nation of contrasts. We have the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor from our nation. The world is abuzz about Sundar Pichai being Google's CEO and then when I see beggars around, I wonder where we stand.

The fact that we still have a long way to go, is something which I guess everyone knows. My question is are we doing enough for our nation?
Are we trying to sort out differences between castes and religions? Are we fighting enough? You, me everybody? Every few seconds, there is someone out there getting raped, killed or fights breaking out on basis of religion. We still have cases of dowry and honour killings where couples aren't allowed to marry each other if they are from a different caste or religion.

We still have women being killed in the womb and child marriages happening. We still have underage kids working at shops as servants or doing labour. Child labour still prevails- We see them and what do we do?? We Ignore. Yes Ignore is what we do,  If all those things still prevail are we "Independent" and "Free" in the true sense? 

 We have set an example of togetherness when we selected the Modi Government to lead us. But do our responsibilities end there?? I don't think so. We can't just crib about the government not doing it's job. "WE" are the "Owners" of our country and we have the "Power" to change it- for the better or the worse. Friends, our country is our responsibility and not just of all the 'babus' sitting in the government offices.

Unless we start doing things at a smaller scale, we cannot expect a big change to happen. We need to stop offering money to get our things done or stop creating litter around our localities. We need to change our mindset and mingle more with each other. The sense of belonging between us needs to grow. I know most of us do it, but some times we get lax, sometimes we have that "Chalta Hai" attitude which allows the terrorists, politicians and other people to take advantage of it. 

Let's say No to "Corruption, Poverty, Illiteracy, Domestic Violence and other issues" Let's say "Nahi Chalta Hai Boss" 

We stand together as one nation today in spite of our differences in caste, race, religion and colour because I know that deep down, we all love our nation, the way it is.

I have been to a foreign land and lived there for quite a while. In spite of it being a perfect place, the warmth and hospitality of our country was something I missed until I came back home. 

Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Mahatma Gandhi, Lokmanya Tilak, Subhashchandra Bose and lakhs of others died trying to make our lives better.

Let's not create hell for ourselves and for our future generations. Let is introspect on where do we stand. Let us move forward together. We still have a long long way to go. Let's be proactive and take charge of our nation. At the end of the day, it is we who will live and die on this land, so let us make it worthwhile, Let us be the India of Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam Sir's dreams, what do you think?