Monday, August 31, 2015

Imitating Past

his grey hair blackened
standing in front of mirror
he imitates past

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

For The Foodie In You Now, TinyOwl Is Wow

“Honey, do you know what day it is today?” she asked me on a morning Friday.

I thought and thought, but the day being too hot, my mind grew numb, my memory needed a shot.

I stayed quiet, not knowing if I would speak right.

“Fine. Keep sleeping till nine. You don’t even remember the date, and that’s why you I hate.”

The kitchen banged, the utensils clanged, spoons danced in haze, knives and forks flew in rage.

Oops, it was her birthday, but before I could realize, I had already ruined her day. Her mood was spoilt and her anger boiled.

"On your birthday I shall bake a cake, with your name written on top, and decorations I will make. A lavish meal on the table, my sweetheart I promise, this birthday you will forever cherish," my words rushed back to my mind, the vows I had once made with all flavour and shine.

I made a mess, and thus I had to handle the case, with care and caution, I tried to find a right reason.

"My dear wifey, how can I miss your birthday cutie? I just wanted to give you a surprise, trust me 'cause I speak no lies."

She remained silent, at least that was better than being violent.

Actions speak louder than words, they say. I decided to find out a way. I rushed to the kitchen, and started the oven. Luckily, the ingredients were all in stock, and I had to race against the clock. Delays should no longer hold my path, the cake should make her smile and laugh.

I turned on the LPG cylinder knob and subsequently the stove, and what happened next marred my hope. The flame didn't ignite, something was not right, I lifted the cylinder and realized it was too light.

No gas in the cylinder, couldn't fate be any kinder?

But hey, there was the oven, the cake was baking even. I decided to prepare the meal in it, once the cake turns out beautiful and fit. Minutes passed in lazy hue, the morning threatened to embrace the noon, when finally the cake was ready, soft and mushy. I took it out, placed on the table, decorations were next, my heart now stable.

I inscribed her name in creamy white, the icing on chocolate made her eyes shine bright. She gave me a hug, a peck and a kiss, and I ran back to the kitchen for the rest of her wish.

The meal now left, and I turned on the oven. But hey, why this malice, why this treason? The fans turned off, the lights disappeared, the electricity in our house suddenly acted weird.

A power cut in our locality, and with neighbours discussing loud, I guessed what it was all about. Rain had started in full flow, without an indication of the torrents turning slow. There had been a major fault in one phase, and power supply wasn't expected for the rest of the day. What could I do now? My plan had gone astray, wow!

I was sulking over my failure, when I heard her sweet voice near, "It's ok hubby, don't be sady. You tried your best, do not turn your mood into waste. I shall cut the cake now, and share a slice. We shall sing and dance, and it will be all nice."

She cut the cake, and we did celebrate. And then by the window, we talked and waited.

Finally, after a couple of hours, the skies dried in our favour. We went out for lunch, albeit a bit late, but alas, that was in our fate.

Now, when I look back to that day, I realize things could have turned out in a better way. With TinyOwl app in our smartphones, we could have ordered dishes from the comforts of our home. Just a few minutes, and a click was all needed, and the desired menu would have been served in a plate. No need to wait for the rain to stop, or the sun to hop, we could let our taste buds have fun all round the clock.

The app is Tiny, and attentive as an Owl, and thus using it you would never cry foul. It's a blessing to your cell, and trust me, life would turn to be all well. You do not have to befriend hunger, food will be available just around the corner.

I use TinyOwl today, and will use it in future, 'cause ordering food have never been easier. You can choose the stores, and the menu on offer, there are no hidden costs, a reason for your laughter.

I recommend the app, whether Android or iOS, go download it now. The foodie in you will surely shout 'WOW!'

This is my official entry to 'Food Tales with TinyOwl' contest organized by Indiblogger in association with TinyOwl.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

I Breathe Out Fog

I breathe out fog in wintry night
when clouds rob stars away from my sight
and lonely birds chirp and hoot
blindfolded I, point and shoot
I laugh, I cry, I miss my aim
sheared by fear, I'm forever maimed
here is a world where regrets grow
the crack in my heart goes with the flow
and I draw, and build, and rebuild the blocks
unaware of the storm raging my clock

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Cactus In My Tea Cup

every breath I count
is a hill I surmount
famished in thirst
and kissing the drought
my lips are wrinkled
and parched and dry
they smell of ember
and crack and weep shy
but a drop of water
or a drizzle would do
my throat burns red
I feel pain anew
the rooster breaks the dawn
yet the sun doesn't rise
the cactus in my tea cup
bids a gentle goodbye

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Grey - Review

To read the full review, click HERE.

Title: GREY: Fifty Shades Of Grey As Told By Christian
Author: E. L. James
Publisher: Random House
Publication Year: 2015
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Adult
No. of Pages: 576
Price: Rs 499
My Rating: 3/5

Airtel 4G - Quick And Reliable

‘Free 4G Upgrade’ – doesn’t that sound like a dream? Well, if you have a 4G enabled mobile with a 3G sim, you can apply for a free 4G sim, and it will be delivered right to your doorstop, absolutely free of cost.

What could be more frustrating than a slow internet connection? In this fast paced world, that’s booming with information technology all around, we need a proper source of internet to live, breathe and survive. It’s not wrong if we say that our lives are connected to the internet in ways more than we can imagine. We are always connected to social networking sites through our smartphones, communicate via chatting and messenger apps at all times of the day, watch videos on net and download movies and songs for entertainment. For those pursuing studies, the internet opens up a wide array of informative resources to be surfed as per convenience.

A slow internet speed, however, mars all the fun.

There have been occasions when my friends have shared some videos with me, and those took ages to buffer. While they ran smoothly for the first few seconds, I had to wait for the buffering process to finish to enjoy the complete videos. Too depressing I would concur. I am a big movie buff, and love the pay and watch movie services that several websites offer. Unfortunately, my slow internet connection always causes hindrance to all the fun. What’s the point of internet if you can’t use it to the fullest?

Thankfully, Airtel 4G – The Fastest Network Ever promises to revolutionize the internet scenario of India. Its high speed will no longer lead to impatient waits. I can enjoy the videos shared by my friends instantly, as buffering would be seamless and smooth. Downloading and viewing movies will not take hours anymore. In fact, it will only be a matter of a few minutes. Life will definitely change for the good.

My office work demands high speed network connectivity. Airtel 4G is thus the ideal solution to the purpose. Not only will it ensure that the connection never goes off, it will also let me complete the tasks quicker and more efficiently, thus leading to better performance on my front. I can make presentations at half the time, and use a wide range of online resources to prepare the contents.

Airtel 4G comes at the price of 3G, and wow, that’s a bonus. I do not have to spend a lot to get the facility. Instead, it’s being offered to me on a platter. I do intend to apply for a 4G sim card and also install a wifi connection for home. Airtel as a brand has been doing fabulous work over the past several years, and this 4G initiative goes on to show their commitment to the customers.

It’s time to upgrade our networks to 4G. The Fastest Network Ever is here.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Shaadi Brouhaha - Review

Launching a newbie into the Indian matrimonial scene is like introducing a new iPhone in an already saturated market has to be sleek, overflowing with catchy features and better than the already available versions. So when twenty-five-year-old Nitya Trivedi is forced into it by her ever so enthusiastic mother and pestering relatives, she hardly knows what she has bargained for. In her journey to find her soul-mate, she becomes Dollarkumar's Poundkumari, ends up fasting on party days to make peace with her horrorscope, attends hilarious 'arranged' meetings through various matchmaking portals and people - all under the nose of her extremely evil, but deliciously debonair boss Rudra Desai. With besties tying the knot and cousins 'stealing' prospective groom, wonder how Nitya's mother will find the perfect match for her only daughter. But as always, love will find a way in the midst of The Shaadi Brouhaha..

About the Author
Born in UAE and brought up in India, Anjlee Shah has completed her MBA from Cardiff University. Currently she works and lives in England with her husband. Intrigued by arranged marriage in Indian culture, she decided to write her debut novel. In her spare time she loves to read, write and travel.

A primary reason to pick up ‘The Shaadi Brouhaha’ is that it is relatable. A second reason, well, the humour is delectable. Ask for third, and I would say, the plot is damn believable.

Nitya Trivedi, ‘CA pass without fail and currently working with Axis Bank’, realizes she is no better than an iPhone in a saturated market when she is pushed into the matrimonial hullabaloo. All well and good, and though initially she feels doubtful, she confidently goes ahead with it guided by Monali bhabhi, who makes sure she handles questions like age and weight carefully in her matrimonial profile.

Nitya wishes for a partner who will understand her, giver her her own space, and be compatible to her needs. Over the course of time, she meets several prospective candidates, whether it be the US – return Dollarkumar, who admitted being gay, or the ‘blackberry in one hand and an iPhone on his right ear’ Jigla, whose father proudly declares ‘our family members are very impotent to us’. Unfortunately, she fails to find a life partner in most of them.

Until she finds her man, or so she thinks.

The Shaadi Brouhaha’ is a tale that focuses on the nuances of an arranged marriage, the serious issues surrounding it, albeit in a light hearted manner. Through Nitya’s story, we come face to face with the pros and cons that surround this style of matrimony. Getting acquainted with a stranger, knowing what clicks and what not, and then trying to decipher the chemistry is a task that many undertake in the country. Often, we start liking someone, only to realise that the relation doesn’t have a definite conclusion, leading to heartbreak, tears and lots of tears. Nithya experiences the same emotions, the same pain, of a rejection that is totally unexpected, leaving her shattered.

However, as they say, everything happens for good. Love blooms, and blossoms gradually, and as expected, the tale swims through a happy conclusion, but not before it experiences a few twists and turns on the way, which in a way is good, as it engrosses the readers’ attention throughout the journey.

Nitya Trivedi is a character we all know and can identify with. She is real, her confusions reflecting our own stream of thoughts. Her reactions to the prospective grooms, and her conversations with them is often the best part of this book. Not only are they funny, but they also reflect the truth of our society. Nitya meets a number of suitors, but nowhere does the narrative bogs down due to large number of characters, as the author Anjlee Shah has taken proper care to provide unique individual characteristic traits to all of them, thus each meeting brings forward a whole new experience, and a stream of interesting subplots.

The Shaadi  Brouhaha’ shines on several fronts, be it the subtle romance between the protagonists, the suspense never ending in the pages, or the humour that encompasses that floats throughout the book. Anjlee Shah displays the competitive environment encircling arranged marriage, with every person trying to get the best catch. However, at the end of the day, amidst all the arranged marriage hungama, it’s love that emerges victorious, signifying that whether one goes for arrange marriage or not, a successful partnership is one that is full of care, understanding and love; love, love and lots of love.

And it’s love stories like this that makes you feel good and smile, like a smiley :-)

Title: The Shaadi Brouhaha.. : Arranged Marriage Hungama
Author: Anjlee Shah
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors
Publication Year: 2015
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Genre: Fiction, Romance
No. of Pages: 216
Price: Rs 195
My Rating: 4/5

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

Murder with Bengali Characteristics - Review

To read the full review, click HERE.

Title: Murder with Bengali Characteristics
Author: Shovon Chowdhury
Publisher: Aleph Book Company
Publication Year: 2015
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Genre: Literature, Fiction, Crime
No. of Pages: 204
Price: Rs 395
My Rating: 3/5