International Women’s Day – My SuperWoman #5

The world is celebrating International Women’s Day on 8th of March. Please join me in appreciating all the women who have made a difference in your lives. I am doing a series of posts, one each day until the 8th of March, to thank the women in my life.

Today’s superwoman is the lady who brought me to life; Mumma.

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I am your reflection! 🙂


I do not know if god exists, but I know you do. And that is enough for me. They say I am your replica but I cannot imagine myself sacrificing everything for others, I do not think I can ever be as strong as you and I am not sure if I can ever love someone as selflessly as you love me. How do you do all that you do?
God forbid, but if I have to choose one woman in my life, it will always be you. I shall always need your superwoman powers in every step of my life.

I can never thank you enough for everything. And no amount of words would ever do justice to what you are to me. 🙂

International Women’s Day – My SuperWoman #4

The world is celebrating International Women’s Day on 8th of March. Please join me in appreciating all the women who have made a difference in your lives. I am doing a series of posts, one each day until the 8th of March, to thank the women in my life.

Today’s post is dedicated to the lady who has loved me with all her heart and only expected a smile in return. She was there for me when I needed someone the most. I had ruined it all and she came into my life to give it a new definition. And since then has stood by me like a mountain. My aunt; My Bhuaji.

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They say she is not my own and I should be loving my own more than I love her. But when has love weighed who is closer to you on the basis on blood relations? She loves me unconditionally and I can never repay her. I love her more than anyone and nobody can change that.

You have always given, given all your time and love to so many. You never expected anything in return and they took it that way. But you know that I love you and will always be by your side, maybe not physically many a times even though I will want to. You are my pillar of strength and I want you to be there for me always.

Bhuaji, please don’t cry when Bhabhi reads this out to you. :*

International Women’s Day – My SuperWoman #3

The world is celebrating International Women’s Day on 8th of March. Please join me in appreciating all the women who have made a difference in your lives. I am doing a series of posts, one each day until the 8th of March, to thank the women in my life.

This post is dedicated to a lady who I always refer to as ‘My Manager’ although I have had two different managers after her and I now no longer work for the same firm.
It was supposed to be my first day in office after the training when I first met her. I need not say how scared I was, there was a fear of something I had never experienced. With all those ‘ifs and buts and hows and whys’ in mind I met my manager. She had this aura around her that calmed me down instantly, after some 30 minutes of one-to-one with her I had answers to all my ‘ifs and buts and hows and whys’.

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With ‘My Manager’. This is a picture from ‘Twin Day’ celebration in office.


Over the time my admiration for her only increased. I was in awe of how she handled every single thing. She was always available and lead by example, be it being on time in the office or the sharp 1’o clock lunch or any fun outing with the team. Wait; let me first say that she has a daughter who is now studying her Engineering. She is this cool mum everyone admires, yet get as excited as a baby when it comes to chocolates. It is amazing how she balances her work and personal life.
She is such an amazing listener and has patience in abundance. You would never hear of her favoring one to the other. Her assurance and confidence in one drove them to do better. As for me, she always motivated me to come up with something better. All that I am today professionally, I owe a lot to her. And not just work, she has unknowingly taught me a lot about life in general.

Padma ma’am, I respect you and you will always carry this special place in my heart. You are my idol and I hope to be a tiny percent of what and how you are. 🙂

Not every Manager is as bad as we imagine 😀 Guys, share your experiences about your managers and we’ll see if I was the luckiest of all 🙂

International Women’s Day – My SuperWoman #2

The world is celebrating International Women’s Day on 8th of March. Please join me in appreciating all the women who have made a difference in your lives. Starting yesterday I am doing a series of posts, one each day until the 8th of March, to thank the women in my life.

We all have this one friend who understands us like no one else, who knows us in and out and is always there for us whether to pull a leg or to lend a shoulder.
I have a crazy and super mad friend who I call my BFF and she is a superwoman in every sense you can imagine.

College, first year, first semester – the first time we met we knew we are meant for a forever of togetherness. We were never like the other girls who stuck by their friends 24X7, go out for lunch together and gossip about every single topic they found. When all the hostel room lights went off, both of us would still be wide awake and it was then that we sat and talked for hours and hours. There was hardly a third person mentioned in our talks, we were never over talking about us. Today, after almost eight years of knowing each other, when we still talk for hours, we will be talking only about the two of us. We have never understood how people got time to gossip about a third person.

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Over the years, she has played many roles in my life. She has been a friend, a sister, an inspiration, a stylist and a photographer, a bodyguard, my ‘mal-nutritional’ other half and my muse. She pampers me like anything and makes sure I am ruined. She is the friend everyone wishes for, and I am have her! There is nothing great in any of the thing she does, but her greatness comes from the fact that she is perfect in every single thing!

AJ you are my other half, and I just cannot imagine my life without you. I hope the message is loud and clear to our future husbands. 😛 😉

Guys, this Women’s Day celebrate it with the girl who has always been there for you. Cheers to our friendships! 🙂

International Women’s Day – My SuperWoman #1

The world is celebrating International Women’s Day on 8th of March. Please join me in appreciating all the women who have made a difference in your lives. Starting today I’ll be doing a series of posts, one each day until the 8th of March, to thank the women in my life.

They say a younger sister is the best gift one can ever have. I was lucky to get one just 2 years after my birth, but fate had different stories written for us. We never stayed together after my 3rd class, she went on to stay at our uncle’s place for various reasons. The maximum we were together under the same roof was for 10 days and this too happened very recently.


A mere thought of staying away from my family, away from dad and mom, sends me chills down the spine. And she, my sister, has been staying afar since very little. Needless to say, because of this we were not as closely bonded as other siblings. But, this hasn’t stopped her from being my super hero.

I am so proud of how she has turned into as a person, the immense strength she was shown at all the lows and the manner in which she fought through all the negatives in her life. Trust me when I say she has seen a lot, she has gone through so much many of us would never imagine. There was everyone pulling her down everytime she tried to hold on to a rope. And she fought them all, all alone. She was down, but never out. She fought all her battles and I respect her for all that she has acheived and now aims for.

When you think of your childhood, you remember all the silly fights with your siblings, those hair pulling, climbing on the other and figuring out the superior one. For my sister and me, these are not memories, this is what we do now 😀
I am happy that we are bonding together since a few years now and our relationship is only getting stronger. No matter what, I’ll always have you back Monika! And I know she will be there for me. I know I don’t tell you this often, by often I mean almost never, I am truly blessed to have you Monika! But hey! don’t you forget, I am the elder one, so it will be my rules! 😛

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I would love to hear your stories of your sister, drop them in the comments. While celebrating the Women’s Day this year, remember of all that your sister has done for you. Make some time of your busy day to give her a call and let her know how special she is to you. You need not tell her that in words, maybe just fight with her and she’ll know. 🙂

29th February – This leap year

How many of us have wished we had an extra hour a day? 24 hours is many a times too less for us to accommodate work, family and also find some time for ourselves. We crib, complain of not having enough time. This is a fact that a day only has 24 hours and we are not getting a minute extra how much ever we wish for it.

But wait! Maybe 29th February is that wish granted to us.

We get one whole day, 24 hours extra only once in 4 years. Don’t you think this itself is a reason to celebrate?
“They say you don’t value what you have got until it’s gone, but sometimes you value it but never know when it’s gone.”
We are given this one extra day, but we have never realized it’s importance. We sit cribbing about the lost days, how we could have done a hell number of things yet could not.

Let’s make this leap year count. Let’s make this 29th February memorable. Let’s do something that we did not have time for on our regular days.


Take a day off on this 29th.Pamper yourself. Visit a spa and get that massage you have always wanted to. Or maybe just sit down calmly in your house and meditate. Find yourself, get that spark back in your life. A hobby that you have wanted to start again, go for it.

How about cleaning our closets? Do not delay it any more, stop procrastinating. Mark this 29th Feb in your calendar to find the hidden clothes from the corners of your wardrobe, the dresses you do not remember still exist, the summer memories.

Have a place to visit? This year the 29th of Feb is a Monday. Take the day off for a long weekend. Get your bags packed and plan the trip with your friends.

How about visiting your parents? Plan a surprise.Ask your siblings to come over to your parent’s house too. Believe me nothing more can make them happier than seeing you. They always had time for you, they still do. How about you finding some time for them now? Take them out on a picnic, sing with them and let them do the stupid stuff. Let them know that you are there only for them. Spend some lone time with your Mom, talk to her. She will have hundreds of things to tell you, the ones she waits to share with you. You will see the smile on her face, not just listen to her voice over the call. Notice those wrinkles on her hands, the marks on her forehead. Instead of her preparing the lunch for you, you do it for her. Let her rest for this one day. Show her how she means the world to you. Travel back to time without a time machine. Remember the TV remote and the pillow fights with your younger ones? Do it. Your home is one place where you can be as you are, as you want to be. Do not let this go.

Don’t be upset if for some reasons you cannot visit your parents. Take the day off for your kid. Spend some time listening to all their rants, all the crazy things they do with their friends. Be a friend to your kid. Play their favorite game with them, or something that they have always wanted to do with you. Tickle them until they beg you to stop. And when they are tired and asleep, take your spouse to the terrace where you have planned the surprise candle light dinner for just the two of you. The ordered food and her favorite wine with a slow music in the background. Look into her eyes and tell her how you fall in love with her each single day. Tell him that he is the man you always dreamed of. Watch a movie together, how about watching the one that you both first saw together.

Have a secret crush on someone or want to propose your partner? Do it on the 29th. Plan for a romantic date and take her out. Secretly invite all her friends and yours. Get flowers, violins and the ring. Going down on one knee, propose your partner to spend their life with you. How perfect will that be?

And, if it is your Birthday on the 29th of February, this year you are getting to celebrate it. Make sure to make it special. Party hard. You deserve it!

All the things mentioned above can be planned out on any random day. But since we always whine and grumble of the limited time we have, let us make this one extra day this year a special one. As for me, I am finally planning to get that one thing done which I have been postponing since forever, and is too personal to disclose it here 😛
You guys, celebrate this day and let it go down as one of the best day of your forever. Do share with me what your plans are in the comments below.

The JNU Controversy – Where do I stand?

The incident after which JNU has been making headlines with every newspaper across the country, every single news channel’s prime time ‘show’ happened on the night of 9th February, 2015. And if you are wondering why am I coming up with this post after almost a fortnight of the incident, well I was waiting to get stories from both sides and not forming an opinion based on the sensationalized media reports.

Please read the complete post and form your own opinion. All that is written is my opinion and you are entitled to have a different view.


Afzal Guru was hanged to death for his act of terrorism and the attack on Indian Parliament on 3rd February in 2013. Students in the JNU, mostly from the political activities group and supporting the leftist ideologies planned to have a cultural event named  ‘A country without a post office – against judicial murder & Brahminism’ and have events like debates and skits. Students from the other political group ABVP were in support of the hangings and took the program organized as an insult to the country.

While the event was on, anti-India slogans were heard, chaos was created all around and the negativity that we do not need in our lives was the prime outcome of that event. BJP MP Maheish Girri and a few members from the BJP’s student political wing ABVP filed a complaint against the anti-national activities with the Delhi Police. The Delhi Police registered a case of sedition against “unknown members” and arrested Kanhaiya Kumar, JNU Student Union President who was also a part of the organized program.
Then started the media trial and you have witnessed it all.

I’ll list down a few things in points.

  1. The media came up with videos of Kanhaiya Kumar and a few of his supporters shouting slogans “Leke rahenge azaadi”,“Hame chahiye puri azaadi”,Pakistan Zindabaad, Zindabaad Zindabaad”. The media linked Azaadi to Kashmir while Kashmir was no where mentioned in those videos. Was it because of Pakistan? Did the media before scandalizing the video try to understand the before and the after of it?
    Arnab Goswami, I need not tell who he is, on his show labeled a student, Umar Khalid, also a part of the program and seen just next to Kanhaiya in the video, was branded as “anti-national”. And more so, because Umar Khalid is a Muslim, Mr. Arnab Goswami inferred that he was against Kashmir being a part of India, brought it up as an insult to the Siachen martyr,Lance Naik Hanamanthappa in his rant.
    The next day, a longer version of ‘the video’ was circulated on the social media where Kanhaiya and his supporters were seen shouting slogans that they do not need nationality certificate from RSS, ‘Azaadi Bhukmari se’,‘Azzadi Punjiwaad se’,‘Hum lekar rahenge azaadi,kuch bhi kar lo’. Another video showed the ABVP supporters shouting the ‘Pakistan Zindabaad’ slogans and not Kanhaiya and his team.
    Dear Mr. Arnab Goswami, why did you not show the complete video on your channel? Why did you now not reprimand the ABVP supporters causing a chaos and then filing a false case? Is it now against the law to oppose the RSS? Who were you to label Umar Khalid as an anti-national?
  2. The event organizers were not singing praises of Afzal Guru, they were against the death penalties. This is a discussion which has been going on since many years all across the country, and it was one of those discussions in JNU on 9th February, 2015. If this is against the law, arrest all the people who have ever disagreed to capital punishment.
  3. Why has the police now failed to arrest the people actually chanting anti-India slogans?
  4. Such was the hate spread against the students of JNU that when a student asked the auto driver to take him to JNU, the auto driver says ‘Why do you want to go to JNU, let me drop you to Pakistan’.
  5. Such was the hate spread against the students of JNU that people began pointing out that they were studying on tax-payers money. Would you say that if your child was studying in one such government funded university? Are you jealous that you could not make it to the list of one such college?
    Stop insulting the students who have worked really hard to reach there.
  6. I was always an active and a passionate debater. And of what I know about debating is that you need to come up with points to rebuttal your opponents, you need to convince the audience why your point is stronger than your opponents. Debating is not about shouting at your highest pitch, debating has never been about insulting your opponent. You must respect your opposition even when you do not like what they say, that is what is the essence of a debate.
  7. We believe in what we see around us. The media, the politicians are using this to control us. Stop trusting in what you see at a glance. Learn more about it, look into various other aspects of it. Do not start shouting because that is what your neighbor was doing. Form an opinion of yours. Respect other’s opinion. Accept when you realize you were wrong.
  8. You see a hashtag trending on twitter, but how many of you know that those hashtags are trended by people of their own. Be it Kejriwal or Modi or the JNU anti-national tags trending on twitter. Please understand that they have a section of people on the social media to this. They are paid to trend a topic. So stop believing in a trending topic, that is not all that is happening. There is an other side to a coin, even if you do not want to accept it.
  9. How many of you lawyers now attacking the journalists and the JNU supporters tag yourselves as anti-nationals when you take up cases for money and prove that the wrong is right?
    How many of you tag yourselves as an anti-national when you throw garbage on the streets? Don’t you consider this act as anti-national? You are ruining the image of your country, you are against the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’.
    How many of you tag yourselves as an anti-national when you refer to the people from North-East as ‘Chinkis’? You do not speak it out loud in the public now because you will be fined for it. But you still do!
    How many of you tag yourselves as an anti-national when you hate someone only because you do not share the same religion? You now do not follow the constitution of India.
    How many of you tag yourselves as an anti-national when you rape a woman/man or do nothing to help the victim but just stand there watching? Where does your morality go then?
    How many of you tag yourselves as an anti-national when you see a child working for your comforts? Just think what if you were in that position.
    How many of you tag yourselves as an anti-national when you disdain gays? Don’t they have their rights to live as they want when you do what you want?
  10. India is a democratic country, you are given the freedom to express and raise your voice. Understand the power of ‘freedom of speech’. Please do not just play around this power given to you. Raise your voice against all the bad happening around you, but also learn to raise your voice to appreciate the positives.

Please try to gather more information about an incident before you form an opinion and go out to degrade someone. If you still did not get the gist of this post – These are my opinions, you may tag me as ‘intolerant’ and ‘anti-national’ because I know these are the words in trend now. Well, I won’t be one just because you say so.