It’s a boy:-)

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Hey guys!

I have been away for a while (thank you if you had noticed) and the reasons have been many. In fact, more than I care to count. And these few days have changed my life forever as I have been promoted to the post of father from husband. Yes, it’s a boy. I have been blessed with a beautiful baby and I couldn’t have asked for more.

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Piku’s 1st Diwali🙂

के  धूप  से  तपती  धरती  पे,

ख़ुदा  कुछ  यूँ  मेहरबान  हो  गया;

खिलाया  इस  बगिया  में  एक  फूल,

और  मैं  बाग़बान  हो  गया ||

                             -doc2poet

He is the best thing that has happened to me, like ever and the feeling is too flamboyant to contain in my heart and it will eventually seep onto my blog.

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He has my eyes and her smile,

A bit of us both, with his own style;

My cutie, my love, my childhood and fun,

The trophy of my life, my darling, my son!!

                                              -doc2poet

Also, New Year is coming and I have a few plans for my blog and I am sure it will be exciting. For now, thank you for all your support and keep in touch for more.

See you soon (and hopefully more often)

Free Bali Trip: #JoyOfGiving

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Hey Guys,

It is the festival of lights, color and sweets and it just got sweeter ‘coz I have been blessed with a baby boy. The mood is set, the time is right and @blogadda has struck the perfect cord yet again. So, here is a beautiful gift for all the travel bugs out there. Here it goes:

I am a member with Royal Resorts @ https://royalresorts.co.in/ and they have awesome properties all over the world. Recently, I booked a trip to Bali for a friend but he will not be able to make it. So, I have decided to offer it to anyone out there for free who is interested . You may gift this to your loved ones too…but make sure to get the guest certificate in their name.
Note: These properties are only available for members but you may visit there on my invite. So, it is a one time opportunity. Don’t miss it:-)
The joy of giving: Gift, hope, smile, promise, love or even yourself.
Here are the conditions:
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1. The booking is for 7N/8D at Royal Candidasa, Bali for a couple.   http://www.royalresorts.com.au/indonesia/royal-candidasa . However, you may choose to stay for a shorter duration also and considering the discount it will still be a good deal.
2. Date of stay: 3rd Dec,2016 to 10th Dec, 2016. However, the dates may be rescheduled but subject to availability and an additional fee may be applicable.
3. A guest certificate in the name of the traveler with all terms and conditions will be issued.
4. It is available only as a one-time offer for free for the complete stay. However, you may have to pay  fee for issuing guest certificate (may be up to 10,000 INR)
5. It does not include airfare/visa or any other commodity not mention here. It only includes stay at the resort.
Interested candidates kindly leave your details in comments and I will reach out for you.
Thank you🙂
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This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda. This week’s WOW prompt is: “The Joy Of Giving”.

Gearing up for Diwali

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      Ravan was the primary antagonist in the Epic Ramayana but he was not all about negativity. He was a great scholar and a worthy opponent of lord Ram himself. There is no denying that Ravan did some good things and Ram did bad things too making both of them grey rather than black and white. Of course, one grey-er than the other but the point is that we can choose to see good in both of them. So, wouldn’t it be better if we plant the seeds of Ram in our lives rather than burning wooden Ravans. Burning effigies of Ravan may have been a custom, a symbolism but it is hardly anything more than a blob of smoke in present times. People barely know more about Ramayana than what was shown in the famous TV series. Yes, because we don’t read anymore, don’t question and that’s why we don’t know why things are being done like the way they are. So, it is more like an obligation than a celebration.

Tumultuous milieu,
Insouciant soul in saudade,
Life lost its purpose…

                                 -doc2poet

             The world around us is changing, so should we. I hope we decide to plant a tree instead, in the name of lord Ram, to celebrate Dussehra. Because I feel creating something is much better than killing. It will be a more constructive approach; at least a positive one and the Ram born inside us will eventually kill the Ravans in our hearts and minds  while making the city  green and clean.

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            I hope we can come up with greener ways to celebrate our festivals so we can keep the spirit alive, celebrate our rich cultural heritage and pass on this legacy to our kids with a positive message.

We just went past #Dussehra and #Durga-Puja and the fireworks of Diwali are just around the corner, here is a post from my archives portraying the changing face of festivals and the need to fix them. Hope you had a wonderful extended weekend studded with festivities and wish you a Happy and prosperous Diwali in advance.🙂

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दीपावली के शुभ अवसर पर…


होकर  विजयी  प्रभु  राम  हैं  लौटे,

के  दीवाली  का  त्यौहार  है  यहाँ, 

आतिशबाज़ी  की  चकाचौंध  तो  है,

पर  धुएँ  के  गुबार  हैं  यहाँ, 

फ़ेसबुक  दुआओं  से  सुसज्जित  है,

पर  परिजनों  का  तिरस्कार  है  यहाँ,

हर  द्वारे  दीपक  जगमग  हैं,

पर  सड़कों  पर  मरता  कुम्हार  है  यहाँ,

लक्ष्मी जी का पूजन है,

पर दहेज प्रथा की मार है यहाँ, 

के  देसी  घी  के  लड्डू  हैं,

पर  खाकर  इन्हें  बीमार  हैं  यहाँ,

पकवानों  से  फ़िज़ा  महकती  है,

पर  भूखों  की  कतार  हैं  यहाँ,

ख़ूब  सजे  हैं  चौक- चौबारे,

हर  जेब  में  लेकिन  उधार  है  यहाँ, 

दो  नावों  पर  सवार  हैं  सब,

और  जाने  गुम  पतवार  है  कहाँ,

के  हम  हैं, तुम  हो  और  दीपावली,

देखें  किस  करवट मझधार  है  यहाँ…

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Tribute: #YaaronKiBaarat

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                 There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger and live life to the fullest. They balance our tipsy-turvy lives, add a bit of tang and fun, offer a shoulder to cry and most of all, keep the party going. They are the wonderful, the shining and everlasting FRIENDS. Friendship marks our life even more deeply than love. Love may sometimes degenerate into obsession but friendship is never anything but sharing. Sharing love, time, smiles, grief and anything to everything. We may find a friend in our soul mate, kids, parents, colleagues or even boss. What matters is that you find one. And I have been lucky enough to have met wonderful friends almost everywhere I happen to be.

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कहते  हैंअच्छे  दोस्त  यूँ  ही  नहीं  मिला  करते ,

पर  उसने  ये  दामनकुछ  इस  तरह  सजाया  है ;

के  हर  मोड़  पर  मिले  नायाब  दोस्त ,

और  हर  एक  में  जैसेवो  ख़ुद  ही  समाया  है ||

                                                                  -doc2poet

                It has been too long to remember when we actually came close but one thing is certain that it was destined to happen. It may have happened when we shared our tiffins in class 3, when we played classroom cricket in class 8, went movies together in class 12, fought for each other, stayed up all night for studying, those 12am birthdays, 4am walks and tea, our marriages, and now even kids. I don’t exactly remember when we became BFFs from just friends but I am glad we did. I have been friends with my schoolmates since class 3 and collegemates from 2003 and now they are a part of every small or big event by default.

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के  इनसे  ही  दोस्ती  की  पहचान  है,

तकल्लुफ   नहीं, कोई  राज़  नहीं,

के  इनसे  ही  खिलती  मुस्कान  है,

शुक्रिया    खुदा  है  तेरा,

के  इन  लकीरों  मे  लिखा  इनका  नाम  है ||

                                                              -doc2poet

                 As much as I adore friendship I love anything that celebrates it. Movies and TV have been a rock-star in this celebration. I loved the movies Dil Chahta Hai and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara which showed us the other side of friendship. Harry Potter series is another one that I love for reasons more than just celebrating friendship but I’ll keep it for another post. Another such series is about to start today on Zee TV. For the first time on Indian television, a fun-filled chat show Vivo Smartphone presents Yaaron Ki Baraat (http://www.ozee.com/shows/yaaron-ki-baraat) co-powered by Amazon.in and Brooke Bond Red Label will put celebrity friendships to test through a series of fun challenges and tasks. Isn’t it great!! Celebrating real life bonds of our reel life stars on our very own silver screens in the comfort zones of our drawing rooms.

The  fun, laughter  and  small  talks,

The  road  trips  and  late  night  walks,

You  gave  meaning  to  everything  I  knew,

Rejuvenated  my  life,

Wanting  nothing  in  lieu,

With  you, my  life  is  like  a  grand  fest,

You  are  my  buddies, you  are  the  best…

                                                                      -doc2poet

                 This is going to be a grand show with celebrity overdose and a laugh riot with Ritesh Deshmukh & Sajid Khan as hosts.  The first stars to feature on the show are none other than the greatest of greats BigB himself and the tough guy Shatrugan Sinha. Don’t miss the show tonight at 8:00 PM on Zee TV. Visit here http://www.ozee.com/shows/yaaron-ki-baraat if you want to know more about the show. Be happy and mount the fan wagon for the show. See you tonight🙂

Sunshine Blogger Award

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          Feeling so proud…received two wonderful award nominations from my fellow bloggers this weekend and I couldn’t have asked for more. I accept both the awards (obviously) and thank all the readers and followers for their love and support.

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                Niyati S has nominated me for “The Sunshine Blogger Award”. She is a doctor and blogs @ https://perfectlyimperfectniyati.wordpress.com/ where she speaks of beauty tips, travel, poetry and more. Do visit her blog and I am sure you will love it too. I thank her for considering me for the honor and wish her all the luck.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are inspiring and bring sunshine into the lives of their readers and fellow bloggers.

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you (Shouldn’t be on the rules but I didn’t make them).
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers, making sure each one knows that they are nominated.
  • Answer the 11 questions you’ve been asked and pass them on.

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              Rekha Sahay has nominated me for “One  Lovely Blog Award”. She is a scholar with a PhD. in Psychology and an exemplary resume which boasts of a vast experience in teaching and writing. She has a beautiful Hindi blog @ https://rekhasahay.wordpress.com/   where she showcases her stories, poems, recipes and articles on psychology, travel and current affairs. This is the one you can’t afford to miss. I thank her for considering me for the honor and wish her all the luck.

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Nominate other bloggers, making sure each one knows that they are nominated.
  • List 7 things about yourself and pass on the beacon.

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Here are the 11 questions I was asked. You can pick any 7 while considering the second award.:-)

  • Which country are you from?

Ans: India

  • What, according to you, is the best thing about blogging? 

Ans: For me, it is the feel good factor, the satisfaction that keeps me going. I get to express myself and connect with like-minded folks; it’s a win-win deal so why not?

  • Your favorite animal is?

Ans: Never  thought about it but I guess fishes. I love them more in their natural habitat rather than a bowl. I have been under the sea and it was awesome.

  • What is your idea of friendship?

Ans: Friendship is what lasts forever. Here’s a post describing it better: Saludos Amigos

  • One song you’ll never stop listening to.

Ans: I think there’s a song for every emotion, every moment; so I will have to change over but Hothon se choo lo tum’ is a nice one.

  • Do you watch YouTube? If yes, who’s your favorite You Tuber?

Ans: Not so often but I have seen ‘BB ki vines’ and he was funny.

  • Do you love animals? 

Ans: Yes, but I don’t like pets.

  • Who prepares your lunch? 

Ans:  My wife > myself. I love to cook myself but donning the cooking apron takes more than just love. I cook whenever I can though.

  • What is the best thing that’s happened to you, till date, in life?

Ans: I would say I am expecting the best one soon:-).

  • Morning person or a night one?

Ans: NIGHT. In fact, I have seen the rising sun more often when I was awake all night.

  • Favorite brands – clothes and skincare. 

Ans:  Clothes: Well! Levi’s makes the best jeans for me.

           Skincare: My wife takes care of my skin more than I do; so, whatever she chooses…

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And finally the nominations for both the lovely awards:-

1)    Jiggyasa

2)    M S Mahawar

3)    Arti

4)    Daisy Willows

5)    Jyotirmoy Sarkar

6)    Deepa

7)    Berkanaluz

8)    Arohii

9)    Ajay kohli

10)  Jyotsana

11)  Rupam Sharma

         Congratulations to all the nominations. You are free to accept or reject this award but you will always be an inspiration for me. Thank you so much:-)