Our first road trip to Nainital!

Located in the Uttarakhand state of India in the Kumaon foothills of  the outer Himalayas  Nainital is a famous hill station. It is at about 6000ft from the sea level. It is in a valley with a pear shaped lake. “Naina” is the highest of all the mountains surrounding the lake. “Tal” means lake and hence the name of the place became Nainital . Nainital lake is also called as Naini Lake.

Last year in the sweltering May month we planned a sudden road trip to Nainital from Delhi for 2 days. Needless to say it was heavenly. My husband had a compensation off and after a long dilemma whether to go or not we packed our bags and started to Nainital with only Google maps in the I phone being the path finder and me a navigator next to the driver’s seat .I couldn’t enjoy the journey much as I was keeping an eye on the maps. The combination of chilling AC in car and the burning sun outside the car gave me an immediate migraine.

I felt bad as I might not enjoy the trip. Getting mislead thrice due to google maps + Indian roads combo added to the frustration. After losing the blue line on google map on Moradabad route finally came back on the track at Rampur. By then time was 9O’clock in the night and we reached the ghat road of Nainital at around 10 O’clock. After two tea and snack breaks we entered the ghat road and Imran who was driving got totally tired. I was exhausted too. Google maps showed a journey of 5 hrs but it took nearly 8-9 hrs to reach Nainital from Delhi.

Every one drives crazy in hill stations. They must be used to it but my heart beat fast when ever I came across rash drivers on the ghat road. I literally closed my eyes at some points. The drive was adventurous as it was pitch black and we even missed the road and went in opposite direction to Nainital. We reversed the car on that narrow ghat road with deep valleys. As soon as we entered the check post I saw the gorgeous lake at the center. The view looked straight out of the poster. I was not in a position to click it but the cool breeze soothed every nerve and my migraine miraculously was gone by that time. We rushed in to a near by hotel. There were up hills or down hills and after reversing for 15minutes and then parking our car we crashed in the room once we gobbled some fried rice.

Next day we first visited the Cave Garden where there were caves of different shapes. We enjoyed entering in to the cave and finding the exits with the help of a  bleak of light.

The Cave Garden

We went on a horse ride which was thrilling and undoubtedly it was the best part of the trip. At first the horse rider assisted us and then we were on our own . It was adventurous to ride on the extreme narrow passages of the hill where there was a path way made for horses. We traveled for 1 hour to reach the Tiffin top or Dorothy’s seat . You can have majestic view of Himalayas from there. Dorothy seat is a stone work picnic perch on tiffin top built in memory of an English lady painter Dorothy Keller by her husband and admirers after her death in a plain crash.

From the tiffin top. Koi milgaya was shot in a school
some where down the valley (The red bricked building is the school)
Horse ride. This was before getting tired.
our horses “Sultan” and “Rustum” (L-R)

By the time the horse ride was over our backs almost got paralyzed  There are many lakes around nainital. “Naini” is the center of attraction. There are other lakes like Bhimtal , Sattal  and Naukichiatal. Naukichiatal is the largest lake with nine corners where we did our boating. There are other places like Ranikhet but we did not have time to visit.

Himalaya View point

The view was awesome and you can actually see the snow caps during winter but as it was summer we could not see any snow ! It was all foggy.

At the Bhimtal lake. 

I liked Bhimtal more than Nainital as it was vacant.

Solitude can be bliss at times

Our next stop was Naukichiatal – the largest lake with nine corners where we did  boating for long. By the time we went to Nainital in the evening boating was closed but the view was heavenly. Below are my most favorite shots.
My most favorite click

Water in the middle surrounded by a calm peaceful town, away from the noise and pollution of the city with cool breeze saying “hi” every moment. Serenity at its best and I for sure felt that nature and people are equally happy with each other in that place!

In the evening we went to Mall road which was very vibrant ,happening and above all extremely clean. I did loads of shopping there and had the bestest jalebi in the world , hot chocolate coffee and wonderful samosa chat. It was a magical evening when compared to the power cuts and sweaty night outs at Gurgaon. The cool breeze lifted our moods instantly.
I saw some thing like this for the first time

The colors !

Candle making is the flourishing business in Nainital. I was so amazed to see candles of various sizes and designs that I ended up buying few.

The center brown one is my fav

Two more things which you should taste for sure in Nainital are Apricots and plums. They are yum!

Colorful Apricots and plum we bought!

Our 2 day pleasant trip ended and we came back to hot and sultry Delhi where we could sit only under AC’s . Nainital is definitely the best summer hang out. A stroll on Mall road in the evening and the horse ride should not be missed.

Nainital looks like below when lit up in the night.I had no good camera then hence could not capture it

Nainital Night view. Image courtesy :Google
This post is written for Indiblogger’s “The Perfect Road Trip” contest in association with “Ambipur“.
When you are here do visit Ambipur’s face book page- “AmiPurIndia”

Learning from the "Chaos"

There is chaos every where. Where ever you go , what ever you do, you can’t stay shielded from chaos. It will attack you in one way or the other. What surprises me most is not the chaos finding its way, it is how thick and mum people stay when it attacks! The basic identity of Indians , well most of them is to “get used to” anything and every thing . In an “old” post I mentioned the heavy rents and advance payments in Bangalore. It is the standard here . Every one follows the norm. No one questions or objects . If you object you will be outcasted with the statement “You are the only one who has problem with this !”  This is a very common statement which is bombarded at me every day. The below are few scenarios !

I live in an apartment in the 4th floor . It is  new and pretty comfortable one with a good view early in the morning and full moon view in the nights which is dreamy. We moved only with the hope that lift/elevator will be ready in 10 days as per the owner’s promise. It has been 2 and 1/2 months now and only the machine is installed. MEN are STILL AT WORK and God knows when it will be ready. I objected and questioned the broker who apologized and said it is the supplier’s mistake. Owner is not to be blamed. I took the supplier’s number and called him. He said he is not the one to be blamed. He did not get the full payment and hence the supply is delayed . I was sandwiched between the supplier and the owner! I was not sure whom to trust. My mom had to visit me and she cannot easily climb stairs. Hulk entered in me and I called up the owner all-set revising the conversation I was about to have. The man who stands tall at 6′ 3 almost shouted at me saying I am reacting a lot and if I have so much problem I should vacate the house. God knows how loud I sounded in phone after that. The maid became a statue and her daughter almost ran out of the house looking at my Hulk aka Kaali(Goddess Kaali) avtar. If only I was a real hulk I would have smashed the owner’s office !! *sigh*

“Hulk”

I gave him left right and center and we didn’t pay rent for the last month and obviously we are not paying maintenance since we moved in. He understood the severity of reaction and apologized . Why does every one wait for the situation to become fierce? I fail to understand. Why should I always have to shout in a booming voice to make people understand the intensity of situation!? My friend suggested filing RTI (Right to Information Act) . I am still thinking on it !

Every thing is heavily priced these days . The movies in multiplexes , clothes and other products in  malls ,furniture , groceries,  petrol, rate card of autowalas, every damn expenditure seems expensive. Even the salary of the maid makes me shudder every month. There are too many reasons for this economy imbalance. Not digging in to them but in a nut shell “Rich get richer. Poor get poorer” and the middle class folks like us always try surviving in the flood of richness by saving our asses from getting burnt by Richie Richs’ and the demands of the poor folks. I really am not sure whose condition is more pitiable. The laborers and servants who demand heavy salaries due to day to day rising economy or “we” who have to bend to their demands and needs! There are even maids who purchased houses in Bangalore- I mean just imagine it is in Bangalore!!

Anyway, the chaos doesn’t end here. Each and every dawn starts with chaos and ends in chaos. Chaos is like a daily ritual in my life. I have to go out. I have to bargain with the taxi or auto driver. I have to argue and make my point that so and so  area is not too far. Why should I pay 10 rupees extra on meter ?! 😦 I go to restaurant and my eyes pop out when I look at the VAT ! I mean seriously man it is too pricey. Once I was treating my friends with pizza at Dominos. The actual bill was some 700-800. Along with VAT it was 1000+ . I shouted even there. I asked to show the rules which decide this. No one had a proper answer and no one had patience to ask and know the facts . We all are bloody used to all this!

Few like me who want to bring change fight , lose their cool and try their level best . Some times even if I come across one or two sensible people who are empathetic and not pathetic it makes me immensely happy. For instance I went to a restaurant called Bhagini Paradise few weeks back . I am planning to actually defame them on every possible site. Its a long pending task. He served us heavily priced starters and was so lazy that he forgot about main course even after taking the order as if his ass was on fire. We waited and waited and as my anger clock ticked at the threshold point I bombed the waiter questioning him ,” The restaurant is totally empty then what was the reason for the delay?“. He gave all weird reasons and guess what he took more revenge on us by supplying the lemon soda before lunch and all the six of us were totally starving. Our eyes were transfixed to the kitchen door but there was no sign of food. He was taking his own sweet time. That was the limit . After a wait of an hour we bombed the manager. He was scared. We didn’t pay for the lemon soda as no one sipped it. I promised him a horrible feed back in-spite of his apology and came out.  Bhagini paradise’s site- http://www.zomato.com/bangalore/bhagini-paradise-marathahalli . My request to all Bangaloreans is to never visit this place !

We then went to Ammi’s biryani outlet. It is quite famous in Bangalore. A small take away with limited seating arrangement but their service was prompt and biryani delicious. He has only biryani and not even veg salad or some thing to garnish . Its a true village style biryani which I loved ! We just mentioned that it would be good if there were onions and lemon . He got them from vegetable vendor and in five min came back with a plate filled with neatly sliced onions and lemon. I felt like just giving a standing ovation after the horrible Bhagini experience. There are very less people who don’t create chaos and make us feel comfortable. The below is their face book page
https://www.facebook.com/AmmisBiryani. It definitely hit me that second that its not always about look and feel of the place!

“Frustrated girl at work”

Chaos is in the day to day chores, at work place while dealing with the boss or a head strong onsite
manager or a team mate who is non co- operative , when a boy friend never understands your needs , a girl friend who just uses you to flaunt you and you come handy as an ATM card and a  security guard , when you are in a bad/failed marriage, when you don’t marry your lover, when you are rejected what you deserve,when you are eve teased, when some one continuously honks in a traffic-jammed road, when you come across highly impatient folks around you , when you answer to nosy people , when you mumble and resist your grumble while talking to boasty people, so on so forth. To that matter chaos is every where around you. It has engulfed you like those electro-magnetic signals which are generated from all electronic devices.

My only advice is please don’t resist the chaos. React when you have to. Shut up and bounce when you need to but never stop the pursuit to make a situation better one and if you happen to be in Bangalore tasting Ammi’s biryani is must 🙂

I am sharing what ‘I Saw and I Learnt‘ at BlogAdda.com in association with DoRight.in.

Thanks for the opportunity 🙂 Do share your views!


PS: I don’t own the images. Image sources:  “Hulk”  and “Frustrated girl at work”

"Z" for "Ze end" and "Zillions of Thanks!" – My A to Z reflections post : The April Experience

Before I embarked on this journey of  “A to Z” I was skeptical , conscious and little scared as I felt I would never be able to make it to “Z”. I have been blogging from nearly 5-6 years. Initially it was just a once in a blue moon blogging which started with my first poem “here” . I started with poems and slowly progressed to short stories , articles and much more. I still remember that amazing evening when a fellow team mate encouraged me by saying that I should move all the poems from email drafts and rusted folder with title “personal” on my office desktop to a personal blog 🙂 Those were initial days of corporate life and I had my doubts. My language was bad and my skills were minimal and who will read it on my blog ?

He insisted and after too many thoughts I went ahead and created my blog on “Infyblogs” (blogs of Infosys where I worked.) I was surprised to see the response. Slowly my network increased and as every one suffers due to mundane working hours there was an instant connection and a “feel good” factor when ever I read the blogs. It was my respite in office and I can’t narrate in words how much I miss that space now !  I made many friends and also enemies via blogs but all in all the roller coaster ride was a life time memory. I am still in touch with them via few groups on FB.


As part of the A2 Z challenge “Corinne” the best cheer leader ever came up with this brilliant idea of creating a group “A2Zers” which motivated me in every possible way. I loved all the Pablo tales and the rest of the posts too :). There were sunny days , balmy days and also rainy days but no complaints and no regrets as I am about to end this journey. Zillions of thanks to all those thoughtful people who bothered to read my lengthy posts till the last full stop and traveled that extra mile to comment. It definitely boosted me. I came across many bloggers out side India. I really enjoyed reading Deecoded by Dee (http://deecoded.blogspot.in/) and Kristen’s blog (http://kristenhead.blogspot.in/) which were a mix of all emotions. Commenting for sure was challenging and I couldn’t cover many blogs which I wanted to due to difference in timezones and due to lack of time. I did what all I could and made it sure that I atleast visit those who visited me. All in all it was a great journey and I would love to travel through the same path again next year. Have to see how it goes. I am both happy and sad that the journey is ending. Happy as I can give more attention to my husband and sleep little more 😛  Sad as there won’t be something entertaining and exciting to look forward to from tomorrow!


Anyway I want to keep this post as short as possible so that many read it 🙂   Lastly a big thanks to Corinne and also a special thanks to “laxmi” for her unfathomable support and appraisal and needless to say I love the way she weaves magic around words!


I simply loved the every day tid bits by Cynthia (http://cynthology.blogspot.in) . Will for sure be missing them. Liked Preeti’s posts and her thoughtfulness to read and acknowledge back (http://mywhitewindow.blogspot.in/). Enjoyed Roshni’s Kiddo’s tales. Revived my own childhood ( http://www.bigaandlittlea.com/) . Got tempted by Ruchira’s travelogues (http://nirjharani.blogspot.in/) . Loved the out of the box thinking of Shilpa (http://shilpaagarg.blogspot.in/) and thoroughly enjoyed her comments too :). If Sridevi’s (http://sridevi-datta.blogspot.in/) poetry made me thoughtful Vidya Sury’s every day posts and ideas (http://vidyasury.com) increased my knowledge! Missed her comments due to her vacation :-/.  Had fun interacting with Priya and reading her .( http://iwrite-myblog.blogspot.in/). Vinita ‘s posts made me laugh and also think (www.blogwatig.com). Janaki’s poems were warm (http://www.janakinagaraj.com/). Few of Meera Srilakshmi’s posts (http://meeraah.blogspot.in/) were my favorites! I used to wait for a thoughtful and straight from the heart post by Naina Madan (http://whilethecoffeebrews.blogspot.in/) even if it was posted late some times 🙂 . Nandana’s (http://cheerfultornado.blogspot.in/) posts are always enjoyable . Loved Shail’s clicks at http://shutterbuglady.wordpress.com/– and needless to say Lucy stole the show.  Bhavya’s story idea is great and am still waiting to see how it ends today i.e. the “Z” day (http://ursilence.blogspot.in) .Some day Some where’s Suzy Que (http://suzysomedaysomewhere.blogspot.co.nz/) took me every day to some where  !


There are few more blogs and many more unique people whom I read as part of the challenge. The response I got back was overwhelming and inspiring. I sincerely hope this camaraderie doesnt fade . “Ze” in french means “The” ! Some native french speakers pronounce English article “the” as “Ze”. Ze end always marks ze new beginning. Till then aurevoir !! ( I wish to learn french soon 😉 ) and once again zillions of thanks to all the readers! Lastly two images made by me to represent the group effort we had put through out this April month!



That Pooh is definitely you Corinne:)

Miss you all !

I felt this reflects what ever I felt during the month of April hence this is my reflections post too! I will surely be taking this challenge again in April 2014 provided I have no major obstacles.

Thanks to Arlee bird and the whole 
 “A to Z”  family once again.
Love
Afshan.


"Y" for "You all made it possible!"

I am what I am and I write what I can.
I was alone in this field when the journey began.
Slowly I gained speed and some times I ran.
I strived a lot to be one in the huge clan.

Like  the penguin of the happy feet I didn’t know my song.
Some times the posts are right and some times seem wrong.
I stopped stressing on the rhythm or a coherent beat.
I danced with my blog which was my only partner and tapped my happy feet.


You all slowly came along and I realised every one has their own music.
Playing your own song and enjoying it to the fullest does the trick.
The essence of “you” is lost when you are all set to mimick.
There is cement which strengthens the wall and to hold up a brick.

The wall of fame is a combination of compliments and brickbats.
Some times you sit a top like a humpty dumpty receiving many pats.
You feel royal and feel sunshine ,glitter and hue around you.
The world is in your fist and every thing you say feels wise and true.

The phase doesnt last long as some one pushes you from behind.
They may sense nonsense around and they are not the encouraging kind.
On those days rather than giving a piece of your mind it is always wise to turn blind.
Be strong like the wall on which you are seated and your place and pace you will soon find!


There are few who praise you to the skies and there are few who push you in to the valley.
There are few who don’t hesitate to call a spade a spade and pass on opinions genuinely.
And there are few who just let you be and be with you in your ups and downs.
They accept you and embrace you during your smiles , cries and frowns!


Those special few are always close to the heart which dances in a mood jolly.
 They praise you when you need it and correct you if you have done a folly.
 When you are short of words they make you laugh by cutting a joke silly.
 They dance to their own songs but they make you feel you are in their family!!

Thanks  to the  “A to Z”  challenge ! Poetry is my strength and I wanted to test it on the last but one day by writing a poem which is straight from my heart 🙂 Thanks to all with out whom the challenge would have been a bland one. Thanks to all the compliments and brickbats. More on the “Z” day . Till then cheerio !
This is my 25th and last but one post for “A to Z blogging Challenge 2013” !  Phew- A sigh of relief

"X" for "X" . Finding the unknown "X" , Xenophobia and much more

“X” is a wonderful alphabet even if it gives us very few options to write as there are less no. of words with X on which we can think and write.

“X” is an alphabet much loved by mathematicians.  It is very normal to find a huge equation in which “X” is “unknown” and you have to solve and find it. We have to find “Y” too some times but it is X which is the heart favorite. You always have to find it and the eureka feeling when you finally find it gives a great relief . I never liked maths. Other than simple equations like X+2=5 rest all used to scare me. Some times I used to feel that this “X” had pasted a big bold X on my face and I used to do many silly mistakes which lead to bad scores in Maths ! Years have passed and we still solve the equations and find the “unknown” . Some times I feel I should solve “X” like below 

or may be console algebra by giving some reply like below 😛

I may or may not like maths but I started disliking “X” due to its desperation to be found. It is unknown till we don’t assign a value to it. Similarly there are many “X-Men” and “X-Women” in our lives. No I am not talking about mutant heroes and heroines from the Marvel world. I am talking about those strangers and unknowns who keep bumping in to us every now and then. The fast pace of life gives us a chance to come across many new people. Even If I don’t suffer a lot from “xenophobia” which is  an irrational or unreasoned fear of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange I some times despise strangers . I cannot randomly talk to some “X” and get friendly. Some people make friends in trains , flights , metros but I am not in to it. These days due to alarmingly increasing crimes as soon as I enter in to a bus or train I bury myself in a book or plug my ear phones and act dead to any passer by if I am travelling alone.

I cannot trust any one easily and I absolutely talk crap when a stranger initiates a random conversation. Later I wonder if it was me who spoke all that . Few conversation snippets I had with few random people are like below.

Once I was going home from hostel for holidays. There was an old man sitting opposite to us and unfortunately we had a train-crossing  signal and our train halted for more than half an hour. Old man started talking to me and my friends who were all girls about the importance of education and getting jobs and how to be strong individuals and how it is most important for a girl to earn. He suddenly looked at me and told, “Tomorrow when you get married you should also be able to stand on your feet!” He was talking as if he was possessed. My friends were giggling and I was feeling sleepy due to his perennial gyaan (lecture). I nodded and couteously smiled every time . The train was not moving but his words were definitely speeding up. From college to country to politicians to cine actors to superstitions the man spoke everything.

At one point I wanted to ask him , ” Ye sab aap muft ka gyaan dete hai or paise lagte hai iske?” (the famous jab we met dialogue by Kareena Kapoor which means do you preach all this for free or do you charge?). From that second I was literally scared to respond or start conversation with some “X” . Instead I will die of boredom . If I have nothing to do I can even count the number of electric poles in the station or just get down and explore  it but I can never talk to strangers! I acted as if I dozed off and by God’s grace train moved that fateful day.

Due to hostel life I used to travel frequently and I have had “X”treme “X”periences with few “X”es . Oops Its sounding like my ex’s 😉 . I meant some “X” again! Few Seniors who were strangers used to rag us in trains. Few random people used to ask random questions to which other than giving polite replies there was no escapade.  My book reading habit immensely increased due to my journeys and half of the credit goes to Xes! This is the only good outcome of the interaction with all those Xes.

Not all Xes are bad. Some Xes leave us in peace and are definitely not very nosy. Two days back I met a girl working in Wipro in my sleeper coach bus. She suddenly asked if I belonged to Hyderabad. As my experiences were not great in past I replied hesitantly. She initiated the conversation and we spoke a lot. Strangely I didn’t get bored. We discussed job market , bench rate in IT companies , monotonous work , Infosys Vs Wipro and so on so forth.  She said as if she is giving an explanation that she is the only child and hence she talks a lot when ever she finds a person with whom she can talk. I smiled and said , “It’s ok. I would have been bored . Good that I have company.” We spoke little more and slept off. Mine was the first stop and hence had to bade good bye when I suddenly realised I didn’t even ask her name. We hurriedly exchanged names and email ids 😛 
I am sure I might not mail back but who knows we might bump in to each other. This is a small world of  X, Y, Zs.

Hence all the “X”periences were not scary and didn’t lead to xenophobia. What are your “X”periences ? Are you Xenophilic or phobic ?
Do you usually talk when some “X” intrudes ?
X is interesting when you shed it and shift from XL to L.

X is not so interesting when you realise you have a fracture in the X-ray.

X can lead to disasters when even a single alphabet is misplaced in the X-chromosomal chain.

X again gets interesting when you know that Xerophilous plants are those which grow in deserts and in limited supply of water 😉 This reminds we used to have a plant opuntia at home ages back. Its flowers are so welcoming even if it has thorns – The plant reflects “life” a lot 🙂



Good day!
Am so glad I finally found “X”. This was much tougher than the algebraic equation 🙂
This is my 24th post for “A to Z blogging Challenge 2013” ! 

"W" for "Wishlist" and "Wonderla"


As the challenge is about to end my brain is getting roasted so much so that cannibals can have it as their favorite dish. Anyway today I am keeping it simple and silly by bragging a bit about me . I want to list down my wish list here with my top 10 wishes which are like below. I want to fulfill few immediately and few can wait!

1.) I wish to read more and more books. I face few changes , challenges and too many obstacles at times and I get carried away and the book I am reading hibernates forever. I am reading “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott  from the past 4 months . God knows when I will be finishing it. I am planning to schedule and read at least 2-3 books for month. I am a slow reader and hence cannot challenge my self a 100 books a year !


2.) I want to travel around the world. The places I want to cover for sure are India, Europe , China , and Australia. Europe for alps , grasslands and for the romance they can offer. I particularly want to visit Switzerland and Italy. Italy for its culture and food. China for its traditions. Egypt for history and to watch pyramids. Australia to feel romantic again 🙂

Australia- Sydney
london eye

Before travelling around the world I want to cover all the dreamy places in India – Kashmir (Leh-Ladakh) , Kerala , many North East places, Goa , Pondicherry and many more.

Kerala House boat
Ladakh



3.)  I wish to get my poems published . Its not just a wish. I want my poems to be published by mid 2014 atleast. Trying for the same.


4.) I wish to get a job. Actually I desire to shift gears to writing but have to see how it turns out for me and ya I wish to get rid of my laziness!


5.) I wish to buy a small resort hill side or sea side and spend my old age there. If not hills and mountains I would love to stay in a house with a beach view or a river view, calm and peaceful away from the buzz of the city! My dream resort should be something like Vythri resorts in Wayanad Kerala .It is a honeymoon resort . The image gallery always steals my heart. Below is a glimpse of the resort.

                                 
I know buying a resort needs butt load of money but fingers crossed to atleast save and buy a teensy weensy resort 🙂

6.)I wish to get rid of few of my fears. I did rafting in Manali and felt good about it. I am highly scared of heights and couldnot attempt paragliding.  I have paragliding , snorkelling  and trekking in my list. There are few more like trying few adventure rides in an amusement park :-/ and also singing infront of a huge crowd. I tried once in college and due to fear was not able to give my best.

7.) I wish I get a chance to shake hands with SRK 😉 and spend some time with him. A coffee , 5minute chat or anything is fine to me and I hope I don’t need an ambulance when I look in to the sparkling brown eyes when I am inch away from him. Oooooh. My heart is already skipping a beat 😉 . I also want to ask many questions one of which would be- how he resists all the brick bats? Needless to say I will get all witty answers and I would make sure to get 1000s of pics clicked with him.

8.) I wish to open a restaraunt or a take-away along with my husband who is a great cook. We even decided the name : “Khan’s kitchen”. Not sure if its already taken. The specialities of Khan’s Kitchen are Haleem , Hyderabadi Biryani and grilled chicken. He makes the bestest grilled chicken I ever tasted.  His veg dishes taste equally good.

9.) I want to sign my own book and give the first copy to mom and share the limelight with few who are near and dear!!

10.) Last but not the least I always want to be in touch with my bestest girl friends. I need them to stay sane. 

PS: All pics above are googled.  I dont own them.

Wonderla and “Water” rides:

Wonder la is an amusement and theme park in Bangalore which we recently visited and became kids again. There are water rides and land rides in wonderla. As we went late we could only do water rides. We were totally drenched and had loads of fun. There was a wave pool , slider , rain dance and many more rides. It was all rain , splashes , waves and unlimited fun. Reverse osmosis treated water is used and it is clean and safe. Few snap shots from wonderla are below
An apt pic to show the fun around

Water slide. I was too scared to try

Wave pool as good as the sea!

If you are in Bangalore wonder la is the best place to visit in summer. It surely is a wonder land!


This is my 23rd post for “A to Z blogging Challenge 2013” ! 

"V" for "Vizag"

Located in south east India in the state of Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam/ Vizag is a port city which is also called “City of destiny.” It is the second largest city in A.P. and luckily my in-laws city. As it is my favorite place I can visit quite often! It has a huge ship yard , naval base and a steel plant. Slowly IT giants are also trying to get their space in the city. It is called “Goa of the East Coast.” Today I am here to present you few magnificent snapshots of beaches in Vizag. The city is situated among the hills of Eastern Ghats facing Bay of Bengal.

There are many beaches in Vizag. The below are my favorite ones . I shall start with Bheemunipatnam/ Bheemli which is just 3-5kms from my In-laws’ house. I deeply love this beach as it is mostly vacant . You can spot fisher men here and there but they mind their own business and it always feels like I own the beach ! Late evenings beach gets crowded and it is the only busy time for all the vendors who usually sell coconut water , chat , corn , bhelpuri or anything chat pata and spicy. I sit for long there just to admire God and his creation.

One of the Bheemli beaches. This one is most vacant
This is Vizag beach road. My friend asked me if I clicked this in Mumbai 🙂
This was at the harbor road.

One should have Mirchi bajji and garam garam (hot hot ) Onion pakodas and soda from soda hub while lazing on the beach road.

Totlakonda Buddhist complex

The above magnificent view is at Totlakonda Buddhist Complex. It is about 15 kms from the city on the way to Bheemli. It is 128 mts above sea level.

The Telugu name Thotlakonda is derived from the presence of a number of a rock-cut throughs hewn in the bedrock of the hillock (cisterns).Thotlakonda was well within the influence of ancient Kalinga region which was an important source of dissemination of Buddhist culture to Srilanka and various parts of south-east Asia. It provides an insight into the process of Trans Oceanic diffusion of Indian culture, especially Buddhism.(Source : wiki)
The monasteries of buddhist monks and the calm and peaceful sea surrounding them gives a sense of peace. The view is breath taking too . It is as good as the Dil chahta hai view of Goa:) There are many other scenic spots like Pavuralla konda and Bavi konda which I didn’t visit yet.

The below is the snapshot from DCH movie.

At the Buddhist monastery remains

vast and lavish greenery of Totlakonda
The rooms of Buddhist monks. I don’t think any other place
can be as holy as this . The only sound came from the
splashes of distant waves.

Rushi konda beach is one more awesome beach of vizag. It is little crowded. Nevertheless best place for love birds , friends and kids. At few points the depth is unpredictable and many accidents happen here. Hence one should be careful after entering the sea.


Late in the evening the waves started roaring.
Beyond this point the sea is dangerous and every
one is warned not to go in to sea beyond the rocks!

This is my favorite capture at Rushikonda !


Sunset at RK beach

Yaarada beach is the mother of all beaches in Vizag. It is 35kms from the city . One can see the Dolphin’s nose on the way to Yaarada beach. The way is uphill and then down the hill with beach in between the hills. I have never seen such a beautiful sight in my life. Lush green shrubs around, sharp rocks and roaring waves made me fall in love with nature all over again. It is not advisable to swim or go in to depths here as currents are unusually high. Many people tried swimming and got drowned it seems. We did not go to depths. The sea was deep even at the starting point which scared me.

Milky white Yaarada beach. This proves the intensity of waves

Our foot steps. walk ,jog, walk steps

A high wave attacked us and my husband was standing on
a 4-5ft rock which was totally covered by the water. 2-3 waves were speeding up
when he was thinking of ways to escape 😛


The Araku Valley, 112 km (70 mi) from Visakhapatnam, is a tourist destination. The Araku hill station is at an elevation of over 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) and known for its gardens, valleys, waterfalls and streams.On the way to the Araku hill station are the Borra Caves, (from Wiki)
Araku valley is inhabited by different tribes and best place to visit during summer. If you go there bamboo chicken should be tasted for sure. The bamboo when kept on fire oozes salt which gives a spicy salty taste to chicken. Its unbelievably yummy, For 500 /- you will get unlimited chicken sufficient for 5-6 people. Below are few snapshots from Araku.  Araku is close to orissa border.
At botanical gardens- Araku
Tree house cottages in botanical gardens

Bamboo chicken at araku! Image is googled 

The below pic is taken at Chaparai water cascade-  which is 11 kms from Araku. It is a water slope where people enjoy sliding . It is harmless but it is better to be careful on the slippery rocks. In the below pic the heart you see on the rock shows Swapna and Sadhu’s strong bond of love 😛 .Where ever we went this heart followed us. It was engraved with chalk or brick on trees and walls at every hair pin bend of the road. If you happen to visit Araku do check out for these names and let me know 🙂

Me at Chaparai
Chaparai slope

Sunset at araku valley

Some other snapshots of vizag which I googled as I don’t have pics now.

Borra caves.They come on the way to Araku. Must visit. Image is googled
Sub marine museum on the beach road. Image is googled
This is view from Kailashagiri where you have the idols of Siva Parvathi. Image is googled


Kailashgiri view taken by me with mobile years back when I went
with friends
The rope car ride at Kailash giri
I am re-posting a poem “Life in Nature” which I posted a few months back when I was mesmerized by these magnificent beaches.

The deep blue sea is timeless, restless and endless any day.
Who doesn’t want their good times to stay?
Funny to see the timeless sea surrounded by sand.
It slips away like time even if you hold tight in your hand!


Sky and sea are merged with an invisible border line between.
Our hearts are intertwined with strong strings unseen!
Sand, trees, rock, hill and sky surround the sea making it beautiful.
I need you and only you to be around me and make me feel beautiful! 

The waves roaring loud, rise high and fall down.
They look small in front of a swimming fish which won’t drown.
The waves are in a rage when they hit a stone.
We create havoc in hard times and we moan!

The sky is huge interspersed with sun moon and clouds here and there.
Our life is big interspersed with challenges and smiles here and there.
The effort is endless and for a life time we make a living.
The huge sky is tiny compared to a flying bird’s wing!



The clouds too turn grey once in a while and shed the rain.
The smiles may turn to tears once in a while to shed the pain.
The sun sets every day between the hills only to rise again.
We fall down and get up to fight even if we are in strain!


Many movies are shot in and around Vizag and sea follows you where you go. Now don’t you think Vizag is the Goa of East coast ? There are many more gorgeous places and beaches which I haven’t covered yet. My favorite holiday destination any time  is the “City of Destiny.”

"U" for "USP – Unique Selling Proposition!"

I thought a lot for some unique  “U” word. I thought about unity , umpteen , urgent , ubiquity etc ! Finally I found USP the most unique word. Actually it is an acronym with too many abbreviated forms. Do refer to this site to know more – http://www.acronymfinder.com/USP.html ! I here want to concentrate on my favorite of all the words – Unique Selling Proposition . Dictionary defines it as

  1. The proposition must be one that the competition either cannot, or does not, offer. It must be unique—either a uniqueness of the brand or a claim not otherwise made in that particular field of advertising.
  2. The proposition must be so strong that it can move the mass millions, i.e., pull over new customers to your product
I am not here to discuss about the brands or their ads but we will have a sneak peek in to that too. USP can be used for humans too who can sell themselves excellently projecting their unique traits and qualities. They can market themselves successfully if they possess some unique traits which no one possesses . There is no limit to talent and there is always a necessity to keep our brains active and functional. There is hell lot of competition every where and to be unique is a real challenge .

You must have faced this question quite often  in interviews : “What is your USP ?” We manage some how in interviews as facing an interview needs faking many a times . Once an interviewer asked me if I did anything different from others during the farewell party in college.I stumbled in the beginning and then replied I was one of the organizers and I gave an idea to give rose flowers and gift portraits and photo frames of their favorite movie actors to girls and of actresses to boys! I was not sure if it was a unique thing to do but the interviewer seemed impressed. The lady in the panel bored her eyes in to me and was sulking continuously. The gentleman was happy by my answer. He again questioned , “Was the idea unique ?” I replied , “Ya. It was.” He again stressed , “Did some one implement the same idea before?” 
I acted as if I was thinking for a second and then replied, “No. It was a new idea and our seniors were happy!” He moved on to next question.

Now who knows whether any one from previous batches implemented the same idea or not. I was just faking confidently . I got the job after a long interview but the interview got me thinking . I was in dilemma. I am an extremely honest person which always lands me in small / big problems. That day I questioned to myself. Which is more important ? Being honest and saying that it was not a very unique idea or faking and projecting it as the most unique idea? Slowly I understood that many project their ideas as if they are most unique and brilliant like our politicians usually do. Depending on the kind of people we are dealing with we need to fake uniqueness at times. 


The USP gives us a UPS –uninterruptible power supply to face the world , to survive in the competitive atmosphere and to just easily do the day to day chores sometimes!


My Mom’s USP is her home made masalas which ease cooking. She makes various powders and spices of different combinations which can be used for chicken , fish , veg dishes. Her rasam powder and khopra (coconut) , Mirchi (red chilli powder) and a garam masala paste are famous which can be readily used in various cuisines and they give a heavenly taste to whatever I cook. My mom’s masalas are a big hit and many of my cousins and friends keep asking the recipes. I even pester her to start an Indian spices store . Along with having the title of “best cook” in the family  she is a great artist who decides the home decor. She used to stitch all my dresses till teenage. After that my tastes used to change every week and it was challenging for her due to disparity in our thoughts and tastes. She paints , does sand art , paper art etc etc. You name it. She can learn it in no time. I keep dreaming of getting my lazy bum off the sofa and doing some thing which can make the house extra beautiful and glittery. The below are few shots which show the hard work of my mom and her USP which never fails to impress us.


Sand art . It adorns the tv room.


The nib painting – This one adorns my room.

Pics are not clear as they were taken by my poor nokia ages back.

The hall planned and decorated by mom

I am not very creative and can decorate my hall using angry birds- stuffed toys or some wall hangings bought at some mall. One day I am surely going to inherit my mom’s talent and stitch a beautiful saree or paint some thing. By the way I was an artist too. “Was” as I lost touch with my pencil sketches. There is a huge folder at home which has to be dusted and my treasure needs to be unleashed. The below is one of the pencil sketches by me. By the way drawing is not my USP.



I am still trying to find out what my USP is. One of my friends told my posts are heart touching and it is definitely my USP. I asked, “Do you really think so?  I can never imagine stuff and write fiction wonderfully.” He said, “You can try but writing these kind of posts which are actually your experiences so realistically is your USP . There are many who can’t do it.” That last line did the magic 😛 I felt good thinking may be many cannot actually write the way I write and may be like him many like the way I write. I was feeling so wonderful that day that I went to CCD (Cafe Coffee Day)  and treated my self . That for sure looked like the starting point of what I am embarking on.

Having said that I for sure cannot write the way many do and they cannot do justice to “my” kind of posts by mimicking me. Every one has their own USP which they need to project properly which is all together a different topic to deal with 🙂

There are few products which project the USP of their brands and products perfectly, where as few are big bummers.

Good and bad ads :

Australia post ad :  Yep the below one is actually their ad. If you really want to touch some one send them a letter. The tag line and the pic are  unique


One more – 

For more check “here” 

The Honey bunny ad of Idea is sweet, fresh and good but it wore off soon. The caption of the sprite soft drink- Sprite bujhaaye only pyaas. Baki sab bakwaas ( Sprite helps only to get rid of thirst. Rest all are useless) is a good one though at times it gets overboard. Century ply ad 
 is good where a wife becomes wild gorilla and smashes every thing in reach but the wooden products stay intact.It shows the strength of the product which is mingled with fun and sense but could have been more unique. Sab sahe mast rahe is their tag line which means the product tolerates anything and every thing and stays strong!

 There are few mindless ads like  Mirinda or Mazaa ad, Sunfeast dark fantasy or amsutra or axe deo or bumchikawaowao(some deo ad I guess. I always forget what ad it is) .Many ads can always be confused with the condom or some other ads .Till the ad ends its tough to guess what it actually is for  but I guess people enjoy watching Katrina holding a slice or a girl savoring the chocolate or biting off a man who sprays axe chocolate deo.  The product gets sold. *Sigh* 


There are many creative ads and few disastrous ones. In the struggle to have a perfect USP some times creative brains chime together churning out a wonderful idea and many a times brains over work and ring incoherently which leads to meaning less ads where highlighting the product becomes last priority !


Enough of the USP gyaan people. It is always important to have some USP which helps us to stand out of the crowd. Being a part of the awesome group “A2Zers” is really a blessing as I came to know the USPs of many people. Few are amazing photographers. Few write magical poems and few weave magic around simple words. Few write excellent travelogues . Few write heart touching posts. Few teach subtle lessons for life and few keep it simple but make us think a lot. I am not mentioning all the names here but hats off to the whole group !


Lastly some thing I got as a forward mail few days back !!

Always remember – 


What is your USP in writing and apart from writing what are your other USPs
 ?
Once again a big thanks to  “A to Z blogging Challenge 2013” ! 
This is my 21st post– WOW just 5 more days are left.

"T" for "T"akes "T"wo "T"o "T"ango"

I actually jotted down many words for “T” . I didn’t do this for any letter. Trust , Tea , Toffee , Tradition , Theist , Tired , Time, Turmoil , Turmeric. Gosh . After writing down all words and banging my head on each one and a turmoil of about twenty minutes ,a friend of mine during chatting suddenly said “Its takes two to tango” and voila here I am with a “t”rendy title and amazing “t”opic. Huh !! Too many t’s there and too many T’s in my title too. Today I am passing on “t”oo many t words for free!


By far it takes two to tango is my favorite idiom. It actually means something in which more than one person or other entity are paired in an inextricably-related and active manner, occasionally with negative connotations.The tango is a dance which requires two partners moving in relation to each other, sometimes in tandem, sometimes in opposition.The phrase originated in a song, Takes Two to Tango, which was written and composed in 1952 by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning. (source : “wiki”)

In simple words “Takes Two to Tango” means involvement of two people which results in a good or bad result. It is some times similar to -“A coin has two sides” which we generally use when we know that two people are equally guilty and are efficient partners in their own crime. Today I remember the time I first used this idiom. I used to be enthusiastic and energetic when ever I got a chance to learn a new word or phrase. I still am an enthu-cutlet when it comes to English. If a person uses a new word I am all ears . I used to read dictionary just to trace new words. It was the best weekend time pass. Anyway coming back to the topic, we had many happening triangle love stories in high school. A boy “X” loved “Y” but then shifted gears suddenly to “Z”. Now Z was not half as good as Y. We all became investigators and tried finding reasons for this sudden behavioral change of X. “Z” acted innocent as if she was not aware of the reason for X-man’s behavioral change. We trusted “Z” as she was part of the group. Then one fine day I suddenly was promoted to be the leader of the girls search squad. Unfortunately one of our teachers was also involved as she knew the whole thing and hence I couldn’t say no.


I was given an offer which I couldn’t refuse 

So I rolled up my sleeves and was all set to prove that X-man was  guilty. I wanted “Z” to come out clean. I followed them where ever they went. It was hectic . I even thought for a while that I should have got my self trained at PQRS detective agency or read Sherlock Holmes little more. Finally one fine day I found out that X man was trying to kiss Z in a vacant class room and she was not retorting. In fact I over heard the conversation and it seemed like she was provoking him! It was a big bummer to me. I took cautious and stealthy steps so carefully that one would think I was a cat. Of course I was one curious cat but in this XYZ case I was not killed !


Image source :“spy girl”


When I revealed the facts to my friends they refused to believe. We didn’t have camera phones or sound recorders then .I didn’t have much evidence but slowly they too observed and believed what ever I told. That day I used the idiom for the first time. “It definitely takes two to tango” you know. 



Few of them had  big question marks scrawled in bold all over their faces. I explained them the meaning of it. Every one loved it 🙂


My teacher was impressed by my efforts and no I was not given any gallantry award . She was so impressed that she promoted me to a higher level and asked me to keep an eye on whole classroom and report her if there is some thing malicious going. I wanted to shout ” Why me ?!! ” then .


Actually they wanted every one to concentrate on studies as we were about to enter SSC (Xth std- The final class of the school) . I obliged and shortlisted few names and handed it over to madam feeling bad about what I did. Our Sister (head mistress) counselled many from the class and warned them that next time consequences will be hard. Stories didn’t end. They continued in hushed tonnes and were always under the wraps :p



Just before our final exams I saw X and Z walking hand in hand in the school ground while having an ice gola. My friend asked me , “You think they will marry ?”. I replied , ” They will definitely marry but with each other or not that I am not sure . It always takes two to tango!” I winked. She laughed. While every one was trying to write their love stories we were busy using idioms , savoring berries, kulfis and golas! It definitely doesn’t take two to tango for what ever we did 😛

By the way do you all know what is 2 2 2 2 2 2 (In alphabets – two to two to two two ). It is a homophonous phrase. Hope you know what is a homophone. If you don’t know when will google come useful 😛 ?

homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. The words may be spelled the same, such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of “rise”), or differently, such as caratcaret, and carrot, or totwo, and too. (source : wiki)

Two to two to two two came from this – A  railway conductor, when asked how long will the train stay at the station, answered “From two to two to two two” (from 2 minutes to 2 o’clock until 2 minutes past 2 o’clock or 1:58 to 2:02). When asked the same question about a second train that will be at the station for the same period, he answered “From two to two to two two, too”. The next day, he was asked the same questions but was less sure about the exact times. His answers were “From two to two to two to two to two two” and “From two to two to two to two to two two, too” (both trains will arrive at some point between 1:58 and 2:00, then will leave at some point between 2:00 and 2:02).  🙂

List of interesting homophonous phrases are- “here”

A small poem by me which has all first words starting with “T” 😀


” Tulip flowers in the field swaying due to air.

  Tresses of hair dancing on the face so fair.
  Tangled hair was caressed by him gently.
 Tousled was his shirt which she held subtly.
  Their lips locked and the kiss was heavenly!”


"S" for "Shahrukh Khan"

Disclaimer : This post is not for the haters. If you belong to an anti SRK community (my experience says it exists) and want to post a hate comment hop on to an anti SRK blog and happily do that 😛

Even before I start writing a few lines on today’s “S” I can sense few frowns , smiles, excitements , raised jaws , eyebrows , love , loathe , few aaawss , few hmmpfs and much more. Ignoring all the love/hate reactions let me dive deep in to what I want to write. “Shahrukh Khan”– Every one in India and few in overseas must be familiar with this name. One of the Bollywood’s super stars who is quite successful and girls at least 5 out of 10 can’t resist ogling him ! He is fondly called as the King Khan and Bollywood Badshah . Keeping aside whether or not he deserves the titles and whether or not he tops the charts now I want to tell a tale of how I fell in love with SRK and his charm.

In the early 90s when we were still in to melodramatic movies and songs which span for more than 9-10min , when “KumarSanu” was the only nasal singer we knew, when heroines meant either Sridevi , Madhuri or Juhi Chawala I saw Shahrukh Khan in Baazigar which won him a film fare best actor award for the first time. Even before that he bagged best male debut for Deewana movie in which the bubbly Divya Bharathi acted. It was Baazigar when I first got attracted to this dimpled man , full of life and I so wanted to be Kajol in the movie. When ever I used to watch the below song I thought he was charming. We have had many romantic heroes till then but no one seemed so energetic and so full of life to me!

No wonder SRK- Kajol pair became India’s favorite. They were so natural together. Where ever I go I used to search for some SRK look alike. There were few look alikes but none as charming as him. If a man had dimples I used to get excited but other than that nothing in him qualified him to be SRK.  If some one had a vivid adam’s apple I used to look at him eagerly as if he would suddenly show some SRK trait but alas! No one was good enough.

Starting from Baazigar I watched all his hit/ flop movies. I remember getting Guddu and Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India! video cassettes which gave head ache to my mom but I enjoyed them. I used to rewind and watch SRK’s scenes when my mom was not around. Yep it was the era of VCR’s and VOLGA and TIME video tapes.  I was still in my primary school and that was the year when I was about to enter high school and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge got released . Its been 17 years and this movie is still running successfully in Maratha Mandir of Mumbai breaking the records of all the movies. A perfect love story set in a dreamy Europe back drop along with the desi punjab flavor which never ceases to steal my heart. I haven’t counted how many times I watched it on TV. Raj Malhotra aka Shahrukh Khan in the movie tempted all girls and women and every boy and man was stressed as the expectations from them would rise.  I had his paper cut outs and posters after the movie. There are many sweet romantic movies in English and other languages but to me DDLJ is heart favorite. Many other movies were released mimicking DDLJ but not even one could recreate the same magic.


I went to the movie along with all the girls in the class on the last day of the annual exams. We were in high spirits and in a celebration mood . Had lunch at a friends place and rushed to theater. We didn’t want to even miss the curtain rising. Raj became a house hold name and every one wanted some one like Raj as their boy friend. I was seriously amazed by the movie and was stark silent after the movie. My friends kept on praising him , his dimples, the songs, emotions , the vibrancy and in a nut shell every thing linked to the movie including the subtitle – Come fall in love . We all were over whelmed. Others were over whelmed but I was madly in love with SRK. SRK or Raj it didn’t matter but I decided that day that If I ever find a man he should be liking me the way Raj likes Simran in the movie. As I grew I was not overtly silly but that dream and hope to get Raj like lover was still intact .
Sarson ke khet – Sun flower fields are linked to love and romance
after this movie
and yes he looks hot with a moustache too. I LOVE this movie
“Paheli”  . Highly entertaining just like the panchatantra stories!

I am tempted to post his images with many pretty ladies but don’t want to drool over my own post  and get jealous as I am not in the pics 😛 

Many more movies got released and SRK’s trademark charm never faded . The charm and fondness only increased with every passing year. He gave few flops and few hits but whenever he acted in a romantic role wooing a lady he seemed and still seems natural. Be it Chalte Chalte , Veer-Zaara or Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi his charisma never failed to entice me. Most of the movies can be watched many times. Few seemed illogical to me like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai or Mohabbatein but even these movies were liked by many audiences. 

I firmly remember that friend ship bands got famous only after Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in India. When his haters were blaming him that he can only act in bubble gum romance and chick lit stuff and cant do a movie in a different genre he surprised every one with his rough look as Kabir Khan- coach of Indian Hockey women’s team in Chak De! India. My heart as always was gone and I loved the way he pulled off the role so easily. Even if there are few disastrous movies there are many gems which can be watched again and again.
Chakde India – a movie which I watch any time it gets telecasted
Above is a cute KKHH snippet for you all
 SRK Rani and Kajol in Kuch Kuch hota hai were compared to the characters from Archie comics- Archie , Veronica and Betty. Its not an exaggeration if I say they indianised and recreated the roles. They didn’t fail to amuse the viewers as Rahul , Tina and Anjali.  SRK acted with all ladies who were ruling then  like Sridevi , Madhuri , Karishma , Kajol , Juhi , Sonali and many more and now he is acting with many heroines like Deepika and Anushka who are topping the charts. Incidentally both the heroines have their precious entry in to bollywood with SRK. He is also lucky as he always gets best music , songs and choreographers and they are lucky as they get him in them!

Every time I watch a favorite SRK movie I discover a new thing. While watching Dilwale Dulhaniya lejayenge for I-dont-know-which’th time I realised that he seemed extra adorable in the red and white striped t shirt when Simran (Kajol) imagines him waving bye to her just outside her door. Sorry couldn’t google out that pic. When I saw Darr I realised he wears the same shirt through out the song “Tu mere saamne” and looked extra handsome in that loose colorful shirt. The SRK-Kajol pair became so famous that people felt sad when she married her long time love Ajay Devgan. They so wanted to see them together always which was not possible.

I can continue pouring my SRK love all over the blog but I want to end it here so as not to bore the readers who are neutral to his charm and even worst to spare the readers who loathe him whole-heartedly . For others who love him like me I know your eyes are glittering.


Lastly few more reasons why I like him

  • He climbed the success ladder due to his hard work and it did not happen in a day or a month . Starting from television debut Fauji he performed well in serials like Circus which gave him a name and fame . He also acted in dil dariya , waghle ki duniya and doosra keval. Yep he acted in an episode of Waghle ki Duniya where he is just a teenager. He drives a maruthi 800 in it and he looks unbelievably cute.
  • His energy and enthusiasm even at the age of 48 amuse me. He is aging gracefully. I did not like his latest Jab Tak Hai Jaan but I still loved it as he was far better than the leading ladies for a script with too many loopholes. Sadly Yash Raj’s last but not a homage to all his love stories made before. Catch a glimpse of the hottie below .

  • He has his share of failures but he is a good entrepreneur and he knows where to put his money . Come on after all one should know the art of earning too !

  • He respects women and it shows in what ever he talks.

  • He is one of the best entertainers India has. Be it an award ceremony or speech at YALE university people look forward to listen to him .
  • I love the way he speaks upfront and straight forward which lands him in controversies many times which people believe he does on purpose !!

  • His comic timing is best. Once he said when ever he feels over confident , he will remember the insults he faces in airport when ever he was stopped at the immigration check.

  • His real life love is like it is in his movies which makes him more adorable. His kinship with his wife is some thing in the lines of a bollywood movie. You can google it out if interested.

There are still many more reasons to list out  but I really don’t want to make it an answer to  an essay question –Give 10 good reasons why you love SRK ? 😛 Also I don’t want to give a heart ache to my husband who already finds every day a battle as he has to  bear with my never ending SRK love (just kidding). You will laugh at me but I was so glad when Imran (my husband) smiled the first time he met me. 


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He has dimples which resemble SRK’s . LOL.  After sounding too filmy let me end this article by saying that I might be mad in this case but every man has his own traits and I don’t push their buttons or point guns on their temples to change. I am glad the way they are. I feel more glad when they don’t try to mimic some one , specially when they don’t make a fool out of themselves imitating SRK 🙂




With lots of love


Afshan

Some one should literally hold my hands and stop me from typing. For now my husband has stopped me 😛 I want to end this with one of my many favorite shots and my most favorite love song !
This is my 19th post for  “A to Z blogging Challenge 2013” !