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…


             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.🙂



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…


This post is written for Indispire Edition 90: We have been celebrating Diwali in the same age old manner for hundreds of years with crackers, oily…

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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.


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 ||


                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 ||


                 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 ( co-powered by 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…


                 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 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 @ 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.


  • 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 @   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.


  • 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.


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…


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:-)

Poetry is born…

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कैसे  न  लिखूं  ?

चाँद  सा  धवल  ये  काग़ज़,

बेचैन  लहरों   सी  मचलती  स्याही,

कैसे  ना  उठे  लफ़्ज़ों  का  तूफान,

हो  जायें  गर  ये  एक,

जैसे  रूह   को  मिल  गया  हो  इलाही ||


I learned a new word recently  (pronounced ‘Mu-ang-ta’) & I loved it. Hope you like it too:-)

मर्ज़ : #Health

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The viral syndromes are yet again knocking our doors. The numbers are still on the verge of being called an epidemic but the panic is already through the roofs. All Delhiites please take notice…

Health Advisory:

  • Beware of mosquitoes (use nets, repellents, etc)
  • Symptoms to look for: High fever, chills, Joint pains, malaise, rash, etc
  • Consult your doctor ASAP
  • Take only Paracetamol for fever and pain
  • Drink plenty of fluids to maintain hydration
  • Most importantly wait for 5-7 days for the symptoms to resolve and take rest…

If you follow these simple steps you will be hale and hearty before you know it…while you are on rest you can browse through my archives of course…

Here’s a poem to put things in perspective…

स्वस्थ  होकर  जाते  मरीज़  के  दिल  से  निकली  दुआ

धड़कानों  की  धुन  पर  गुनगुनाती  फिर  कोई  ज़िंदगी,

 ख़ुशियों  में  डूबे  कोई  दिल, जो  था  कभी  ग़मज़दा ;

रूखे  से  लब  थिरकते  फिर  ख़ुशी  से  मिलकर ,

जब रोम-रोम  हो   स्वस्थ  और   मर्ज़  ले  विदा ;

 भावुक  मन  नम  आँखें , करती  हों  जैसे  इलतज़ा,

और मीठी  मुस्कान,  काँपती  आवाज़,  करती  शुक्रिया  अदा ;

है भाव  विभोर  ये  तन  और  मन,

के   क़ुबूल  हुई  हो  जिसकी  दुआ, ये  रूह  वो सुकृत आबिदा…

ये  रूह  जैसे  वो  आबिदा…


Stay safe, stay healthy…