My memorable luxury stay

Posted: February 3, 2017 in Writing

Have you ever imagined a holiday where you just don’t have to worry about the budget for the hotel or resort and just spend some quality time in one of the best star hotels or resorts? Well! I always do! And believe me, every time bloody budget comes to haunt us. The problem with middle class families is that everything that we plan and do, we have to look at the package which suits our budget. We usually don’t think beyond a home stay or a decent hotel. As long as it has a large bed and decent facilities and accommodates a family, its good enough to stay.

But my opinion of a resort or a hotel changed altogether with my first time experience in a luxury hotel. And believe me when I say this, my expectation has raised to a notch higher. Well this was the time when we had to move to Bangalore due to the job change. And as per any company policy, they provide accommodation for 15 days till the time you arrange for your own accommodation. Usually they arrange for some serviced apartment ,but due to some festival or something all the hotels and serviced apartment within their contract was occupied, but they promised they would do something. So when we finally landed in Bangalore , we were escorted to our hotel and we really didn’t know till we arrived that they had arranged for a star hotel and none other than The Le Meridien hotel. To say that we were shocked would be an understatement, we were completely awestruck.my jaw dropped looking at the beautiful architecture of the grand hotel, the beautiful and grandeur chandeliers which revealed the grandiosity of the place. The marble floor, the humongous rooms which would be equivalent to a standard house of middle class family.

Anyways, we had a time of our life those 15 days. Going to the spa, enjoying the pool side dinner, breakfast serving more than 20 varieties of foods, we felt like royals. The staff were well behaving, and very prompt service. My husband used to leave for office in the morning and I would enjoy the luxurious new life to the core, going to the spa, the gym, indoor shopping, enjoying the cocktail on the poolside. And once my husband would be back, he would have his leisure time enjoying the facilities.

But I must say, one has to have this luxurious experience at least once in a lifetime. Your opinion towards life would change altogether, and you would realise you are missing on all these luxuries to save few pennies in search of a budget hotel.

“I am blogging about my luxury stay experience for an activity at BlogAdda in association with MakeMyTrip“

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An insight to quality education

Posted: October 7, 2016 in Writing

Education these days is a blessing incognito. There were times when we have limited options of schools and colleges and so making a career decision was difficult. Back then, we just had two choices either to be an engineer or doctor, and if we didn’t qualify for either of them, then our fate is sealed as good for nothing by the so called “Society”. The reason could be many, lack of guidance, lack of the quality of education, or lack of options. But thankfully, now there is glut of options when it comes to a college which provides quality education and which makes learning fun.

When we say quality education, there are lot of things that comes into our mind, like the faculty, the facilities, and the mode of education. With people getting technology freaks, colleges have also advanced in technology and provide e- learning to students across.

Well I remember, some 10 years back itself, studying management from top B schools was the trend in the town and people would just Google and research about the best B schools and they had options too. And now, the options have doubled or rather multiplied. With every B school promising to provide the best education and placement.

Now what does this promising B schools provide which make them stand out and stand high from the herd?

  • It is the quality of education.
  • The curriculum they provide and the placement options after completion of your education.
  • It offers vast range of courses which is a stepping stone to success. They have multiple campuses across the globe and give an opportunity to study abroad.
  • Providing real time experiences, taking for a company tour and enhancing the decision making skills and many more.

 

And one such promising institution is the SP Jain School of global management.  I happen to go through their website for a cousin of mine and that compelled to write this blog. This business school has campuses in Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney, each a regional capital and a great backdrop for business education. So this unique Tri city model is life changing and exclusive to SP Jain.

Another important aspect one looks for in a B school is the ranking. Where does the quality of education stand in the herd? Again SP Jain has been featured in the Forbes’ biennial rankings of the world’s top B-schools, for four years now. In 2013-14, it was ranked # 11 in the world.

Providing blended learning model, a modern and innovative form of course delivery that combines online with face- to -face and peer learning programmes, which includes simulations, group – work, real world case studies, and enabling students to relate to theoretical aspects of business to the practical challenges facing today’s global managers. It provides global exposure and offers executive learning programmes for working professionals.

So, all in all, your pursuit for the best B schools ends here. All you need to do is look for the above points which is, Ranking, quality, courses they offer or curriculum, learning model, so on and forth. And I guess more or less all the best B schools do have these. It sure keeps your vision clear, which B school to opt for once you have the above points in place.

Making learning fun makes the education fun and increases the quality with every student trying to give their 100 % in education and other activities making them future ready or making them ready to be the next big entrepreneur.

My love for fiction

Posted: October 7, 2016 in Writing

When it comes to books, I m quite choosy, I look for a catchy title, and a great storyline, thriller combined with love story, with some twists here and there and a happy ending indeed. Basically I love fictions. Well! To tell you the truth, I was a completely different person some years back, and I used to hate books so much so that I had a personal hatred towards other geeky friends of mine. Dont know where this came from, but that was the truth. I used to hate when my friends used to talk about books and authors and used those highly professional vocabulary which a normal person like me could never understand. I used to feel, they are showing off and so I started ignoring these kinds of friends. But the problem was in me and not them. I still don’t know the reason, why I was so indifferent, but later I changed and for good.

I still remember, my very first book was of Sydney Sheldon, “If tomorrow comes” and that’s when I became a Sydney Sheldon book reader. And this very book too, I happen to start reading accidently, and I realized, books aren’t so bad and they aren’t our enemies either. Rather they are our best friends and a best way to pass time. Not that I am a complete bibliophile. But I do love reading whenever I get time.

It was a long train journey from Bangalore to my home town Jabalpur. Almost 2 days trip and I had my Mp3 player loaded with all the songs, latest, old, English, Rock, rap etc. I bought 3 magazines and I thought it would last for the 2 day trip and without getting too bored I’ll reach Jabalpur. But I was wrong, I finished the  whole magazine in 2 hours and listening to songs continuously brought headache which was unbearable and only after having 2 cups of coffee, it subsided. Now I was left with no option at all. Talking to fellow passengers was a strict no, as instructed by one and all. But still I did struck a conversation, a brief one though. Just then, I saw one guy selling some books, and this book caught my eye, I thought I will give it a try, as I had to pass time anyhow. Looking at the title, I was curious what this is all about. And as I started reading it kept me engaged throughout the journey. The thrills, the romance, the twists, it kind of keeps the chord connected. And my journey ended smoothly. In fact it lasted till my return journey back to Bangalore. I was a bit slow reader back then…

Since then, I have read quite a lot of book and mind you all fiction. This is how my love for fiction started. And now when my friends talk about books and authors, it doesn’t seem Greek and Latin to me, like it was back then. And now I have a long way to go, lot of books to read and let everyone know that books are indeed your best friend.

This statement sounds so Cliché but it stands true when you do have friends who are there with you in your good times and bad. Doing crazy stuff together, when all you care about is each other’s company, Rang a bell? Well that’s what friends are for. And I proudly admit that I have definitely lived my live to the core with my crazy friends around me.

To talk about a single friend would be unfair on my part, as we were a group of 5 who did all the crazy stuff together. To say that we were close friends would be an understatement, as we were inseparable, to say the least. Right from nursery to college, we never failed to be by each other’s side.

Talking about crazy things? Well we were technically crazy and whatever we did was too much fun. I am sure my friends would second me on that. School was like boring without them. Even if anyone would be absent, that day would feel so lousy and boring. We tortured our teachers with silly pranks. I remember, there was one English teacher who was very strict and we used to loathe her, she gave us some homework and we hated English homework, not that it wasn’t interesting but for the fact that the teacher wasn’t interesting. Anyways, Next day when the teacher arrived, she asked whether we have done our homework, and to my surprise, half of the class raised their hand that didn’t complete the homework, the teacher was flabbergasted and she was furious at the same time. She asked us to stand outside the class, and the whole class of some 30 odd students were standing outside except for a few sincere students. Now there wasn’t any place to stand outside, so we made groups outside and we were chatting and giggling, and chatting. That was a funny scene. In the history of education, that would be the first time that a whole class is punished and the teacher is teaching just 2 or 3 students. Did I tell you this was all planned? Well it sure was, and we had a blast on annoying our teachers on every chance we got.

Once we completed our school and hit the college days, life was even more fun like bunking classes, going on a long drive. Did I mention, I love military guys . they look sexy in their uniform, and Jabalpur being the hub of gun carriage factory, we would see these army personnel often. So we would bunk classes to flirt with these men on duty, we would stand outside and wave hands and act silly while they would just smile and wouldn’t react, as they are on duty. We would spend some time there and then head to our favourite eateries to hog on some street foods. I hardly remember, if I attended any of the classes in my first year of college and so I shamefully flunked in 1 subject, but that didn’t really stop us from doing crazy things. All these while, my friends have been part of the crime. That’s the best part actually, when you know you have friends who think and act alike, life is crazy and fun.

Singing out loud while driving, following and eve teasing boys. I remember when a guy was eve teasing, one of my friends literally held him by the collar and slapped him and we stood there laughing our guts out. and people were staring at us like we are really crazy .  That’s how crazy we were. We looked forward to every single day. Life was fun back then.

After that, we, kind of, separated in pursuit of pursuing our career. But we still reminisce all these memories and laugh out loud on how childish we were and I guess when you are being childish, you don’t care about the world and do what you like, and that’s when life is full of fun.

It’s been ages that we have actually met, but thanks to the technology, we keep in touch with each other, and whenever they come, we make sure we meet each other. Nevertheless, life is indeed crazy when you have your friends around.

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I think its a great initiative by Zee Tv to bring the best buddies and have a fun-filled chat show #YaaronKiBaraat. I am so looking forward for the same.

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Small steps to a healthy heart

Posted: October 2, 2016 in Writing

I am joining the Saffolalife #ChhoteKadam initiative in association with Blogadda and follow these small steps for a healthy heart.”

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We Indians have a tendency to procrastinate things which we think are unimportant. In the run for money, we usually forget to take care of our health which affects us in the long run. Having said that, staying healthy doesn’t come overnight and we have to take small steps towards achieving our goal to stay healthy and active.

The primary reason for stress and high blood pressure is unhealthy lifestyle and lack of exercise which affects our heart health as well. Being another lazy person that I am, I always keep health and exercise in the back foot. But in the recent past, looking at how unhealthy lifestyle we have adapted to, it’s about time we do something about the same and act soon… According to recent findings from the World Heart Federation reveal that even a small lifestyle changes like eating better, staying active and being happy can make your heart up to 50% healthier.

All said and done, I am not perfectly healthy to give anyone tips on this. I have had my share of unhealthy lifestyle or I still have, for that matter. But I am a big procrastinator. But one incident was a big eye opener for me. My husband is overweight, and he, just like me, delays things for his own good. SO the other day after dinner, he was feeling very uneasy, he was sweating profusely and had chest pain too. The first thing which came to my mind was something related to heart. We both panicked and went on an emergency. After checking all the vitals and doing an ECG, thankfully doctor said there’s nothing to worry, and it’s just gastric and taking care of simple things will help get rid of the same. But he did say that you have to keep a check on your weight. Even doing a Small work like walking to lifting weight etc. makes him feel exhausted too soon and same is the case with me. So finally, I am trying to figure out ways to stay active.

And so on the occasion of World Heart day, this is a self check list on what we should do to make our heart healthy:

  1. Staying active: The only way is to eat light, workout which includes yoga, or a small brisk walk daily, or any other form of exercise. Eating less of junkies. Coming this from me is a little weird, because I am a huge Junkie and I can hog crazy when it comes to junk food. Nevertheless, it’s never too late and I am trying to reduce eating pizzas and burgers (“reduce” to start with). Less cholesterol intake also helps in staying active and keeping the heart healthy because excess cholesterol affects the heart first. Also, drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water keeps us active and hydrated.
  2. Eating better: As mentioned above, less cholesterol= healthy lifestyle. So eating healthy food is a must. In this busy world, couples are forced to eat unhealthy food when both of them are working, but this affects the heart in the long run. So eating better is a Mantra for healthy heart.
  3. Being happy: Last but not the least, the mantra for a healthy heart is to stay happy. Stress and pressure, will only weaken our heart and affect our overall health. SO try to stay happy with people around. Happiness is directly proportional to healthy heart. The more you take stress, the more it’s going to affect our heart, so stay happy and stay healthy.

 

To conclude, following and maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn’t come overnight and one has to continuously strive to achieve the same. So, these small steps will definitely lead to a healthy heart and a healthy you.

The empty Train

Posted: September 29, 2016 in Writing


It was a usual day with an unusually pleasant weather outside. I rolled over my bed to kick start another lousy day. Having my morning coffee with the newspaper in hand, the first thing I did was check the zodiac sign, which was part of my daily routine, as always it wasn’t really different but somehow, I made it a point to check my zodiac for the day.  It said,” It is a special day, and you will meet an important person, and this day will be full of surprises”; I laughed internally and folded the paper to start my chores of the day. Not that I believed what it said, but it became a custom for me to check it.

Staying alone in a city like Bangalore, it was really hectic and travel was something which I hated to the core due to the traffic. So I commuted through metro which saved little time, but the crowd again was suffocating. I literally had to drag myself to the station and once in office, it would take an hour to settle down from the nausea which caused due to sweaty bodies touching or literally pressing one another, the jolts of the trains, and the intense pain due to standing continuously for an hour or more. This was my usual routine and so I used to wait desperately for the weekends to come, so I can crawl on my bed for hours together.

Twas Friday, which means just one more day for the weekend, which was the only reason I was excited, I dressed myself, and headed to the station. I was apprehensive to go to the station for some weird reason, maybe because it will be even more crowded than usual, keeping my thoughts aside, I reached at the station which was quite empty with just a handful of people. It was very unusual, but brushing my fear or thought, I waited for the metro to arrive.

The announcement for the arrival of metro was made, and I got ready with my belongings. Another 2 hours journey to my destination, thinking of which, made me just rush back home and go into a deep slumber. I felt like forever that I had a proper sleep and I really needed one. My thoughts were distracted by the arrival of the train. I see the train roll into the station and get on it. And my eyes were wide open; the train was eerily and unusually empty with not a single passenger inside.

For a second I was dead scared and thought of getting down the train, but even before I could get a chance to make a move, the train started, leaving me with no option. My heart was pounding and if I say I was scared, that would be an understatement, as I was praying for life. After scrutinizing thoroughly and holding a pepper spray in one hand, I took a seat near to the gate, just in case anything happens, I can get down fast.

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After what looked like several hours, I checked my watch and it was just 10 mins and I had almost 2 hours to spend, but nevertheless the little fear that I had was gone by now and I settled comfortably. Watching outside the window, I felt at peace. The greenery, which I never noticed due to the constant juggling around, was incredible. I saw people who were poor but were smiling and having a gala time with the family, they knew they may not be getting 3-course meals daily, but they looked content. I, on the other hand, even after spending lavishly on meals, clothes, shopping etc., I still crib about unnecessary things.

Then I saw a small shop, where a little girl is sitting and studying something, her father was taking care of the customers, and her mother was feeding her. They looked happy together, they may not be running around in the metros but they looked happy. It reminded me of my childhood days, my dad used to work hard for us, but the time we used to spend together was a real family time. We may come from a middle-class family, but my parents made sure we get everything, and now when I have everything, I still can’t find happiness. That’s because happiness lies with people who are content in life.

Little further, I saw some girls playing and running around, and it felt nostalgic, I went back to the memory lane, where we used to enjoy the days to the core, I lost my childhood in the hustle bustle of the city, but it’s never too late.

As the train was moving, I saw many beautiful things which I didn’t realize ever existed in Bangalore. Watching every little thing and feeling contented with what I have, 2 hours went by just with a tick of a clock. But I never felt so happy and relaxed in my life. I don’t know the reason of the train being so empty, but I was thankful that it was because it was a realization of what we are missing in life running around for money, and why we are not satisfied in life.

That one journey in the empty train made a difference and I have been trying to enjoy and being content with whatever I have since. Running around is still the same, and so is reading the zodiac every day because sometimes it tells the truth. I did meet an important person and that’s the real me.

‘This post is a part of Write over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by Blogadda.’

 

Unveiling the romance

Posted: August 9, 2016 in Writing

Love stories always thrill me, whether watching a typical Bollywood movie or reading some romantic fictions, it’s always staggering to hear, read and see the romance unveil. When we hear the word love, the first thing that comes in our mind is the immense love of Laila-Majnu, Heer-Ranjha or shirin-Farhad, having gone through so many hardships, they proved the world that love has no boundaries and it just connects irrespective of the limitations set by the so-called society and love has the power to fight all odds and that’s why love, they say, is divine.

Talking about love is one thing and watching one unravel is altogether different. And today I would like to share the beautiful love story of one of my friends.

Neha is my childhood friend. Right from nursery till college we were BFFs, until she got married to her childhood sweetheart, which I knew all along. But what thrills me is her story and how they got through all the hardships and finally got together. So Sunil was her childhood best friend, but due to some circumstances they had to bid farewell, they were too small to comprehend, but their families had a feud which eventually led them to leave the place. Neha was 8 at that time and Sunil was 12. So after 12 yrs, as fate had decided, they came face to face not knowing that they were childhood friends.

It was her first company. Sunil was her manager. The name did alarm her, but she brushed the , thinking that it’s a common name and he is not the one she has been looking for. Sunil too felt that Neha resembled someone but couldn’t just point out whom. But he was quite friendly and cool manager. Meeting Sunil, she had a feeling of satisfaction which all along was missing in her life, like a lost puzzle. They both felt the chemistry instantly. After few months, during a team outing, when they actually had a personal chat, they came to know that they are the lost friends and their happiness knew no bounds.

And finally Sunil proposed her one day, but the catch here was their families.

They started dating and during one of those dates, Sunil actually told about the feud that their families had. Apparently, it was due to some business dealings their families were in partnership and they faced a huge loss, due to which Sunil’s mother had a heart attack and she was bed -ridden for couple of months until she died. And they got a reason to blame Neha’s father for the same, Typical Bollywood story.

Eventually, they decided to break the news to their families about their relationship. Neha called me all nervous and she told me to stay beside her, and I promised to do the same. So we actually went to Neha’s place and after some casual talks, Neha told her mother about Sunil. Her mother was flabbergasted and was too scared that Uncle will be furious and as anticipated; he was burning red with anger. Lots of shouting and crying happened that day, I still remember it. Uncle actually told Neha that Sunil’s father sent a court notice to return all the money to him, though they were in partnership, he gave wrong evidence showing Uncle as a defaulter, and since then he is trying to pay for the loss.

Neha, the other day confronted Sunil about this and he confirmed that his Dad did this, and he is paying for his deeds, as Karma is a bitch. His dad had paralytic attack few years back and is bed-ridden since then. So finally, Neha and her family went to meet his Dad tagging me along. And as soon as Sunil introduced them, tears were flowing down his cheek, and I could actually see that he was guilty of his deeds. He couldn’t say anything but just folded his hands asking for forgiveness. Neha’s dad too felt bad for him and hugged him and forgave him for what he did.

I actually experienced a 3 hours movie that day unveiling the romance, the drama, the guilt and finally the conclusion. Finally, they are married and happy. I still talk to her not frequently though but whenever we get time, and they really are the typical love -struck couple.

This post was written for the ‘The first real love story I watched unfold’ blogging contest by http://www.bonobology.com/ and http://writersmelon.com/