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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Cycle Art

In this cycle art how many cycles are used? ;)

This is 675th post! :)

Friday, May 29, 2015

Jain Temple @ Tijara

I visited Jain Temple at Tijara. It is a group of three temples. In this pic one can see the idol of Chandraprabha. The beautiful stairs make this view breathtaking! This temple is so peaceful and serene that one feels like sitting in the lap of nature. In the premises of the temple a large lawn with attractive flowers and trees is well maintained.

The main temple has a huge idol in a hall with sitting arrangement for many persons who can do prayers simultaneously. The brass bell at the entrance produces a loud dong. There is a small hall where children can enjoy the moving puppets depicting stories from mythology. Outside the temple one can purchase grocery at cheaper rates and of very good quality. Unpolished dals, chickpea, pickles, papads and badi tastes superb on cooking.

The third temple is at far off place in the interior of village Tijara. There are lots of paintings describing about the Jain philosophy of life. It is a good place to visit if one has a few hours and want to go for outing near Delhi and NCR.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Goat cart

Carts are generally pulled by oxen, camel, horse, pony, donkey, large dog and male buffalo. This is the first time I saw a cart pulled by goat. Traditionally they were used in Rajasthan to carry light weight articles and small children from one place to another.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A car of difference!

I went to Heritage Transport Museum located near Manesar. This car grab my attention as I can see my so many reflections in it. Amazingly I can see myself in all the reflections, small or large.
I can be seen clearly, clicking the photo in the circle of tyre. ;)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Edible crocodiles


While walking in a market, I saw these bakery products displayed in the window of a shop. Although different shaped bread were attractive but edible crocodiles were irresistible. The crocodiles were not scary but tasty! ;) 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Road Romeo


I attended the launch party of Road Romeo. The interiors are classic and elegant with a touch of modernity which make them unique. Wooden double doors and lamps with brass valves are the main attractions. The seafoam green color used here and there makes it lively.  

I had a refreshing mojito which had a perfect blend of mint, lemon and sugar syrup and some starters with a delightful blend of Hyderabadi and Kashmiri flavors with green spicy chutney. The owners personally attended me with love and gave me momento key-ring and bouquet of flowers. Overall it was a great experience to visit Road Romeo. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

#FoodMood contest

Road Romeo, an upcoming restaurant in the heart of Delhi which has organised a Food Mood contest. The photographs of four mouth watering dishes were posted for which one has to dedicate a Bollywood song to it and the winners of the contest will be invited to the launch event of restaurant along with a friend. The pics of the dishes they posted and a Bollywood song which I dedicated were are follows:-

1. Dum ka MurghDum dum deega deega, dum ka mugh tasty tasty!
2. Dum Aloo - Aaj na chodongi tuje! Dum dama dum!
3. Rogan Josh - Hosh uda deta hai mera, Rogan Josh ye hai aisa!
4. Shami KababYe shami kebab mastaana, madahosh kiye jaaye,
                                    Muze dor koye khinche, RoadRomeo ki or liye jaaye.

And yes, I am the winner! :) I will be going to attend the launch event of Road Romeo tomorrow. :))
  

Friday, May 22, 2015

Weight loss kitty

"Today we are having our weight loss kitty." Mrs. 'D' said.
"What's that? Never heard of that!" I asked.
"In this kitty every first Saturday of the month we all members gather, measure our weight and have a cup of tea with one Marie biscuit only. The person who losses the weight more in one month is the winner."
"Sounds interesting!"
"Today I ate khichadi and in the party will wear shirt and top so that I weigh less."
"You can wear bikini then you will weigh even more less." I said with a wink.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I steal the show

“Will you be going in business meeting with these grey strands on your head? My mother taunted me. She took a deep breath and said, “Top businessman from all over India will be present in the function and it is a life time opportunity for you to enhance your professional growth.”
“What should I do there is not much time left? I was busy from the past five days preparing power point presentation of our company’s products which are to be presented in the meeting.” I said.
“People will be more impressed if the presenter looks attractive. Nah!”
“I will be wearing a head gear to hide my grey hair.”
“Instead of hiding, show your beautiful long curly hair.”
“These white strands look so ugly. And I don’t want to use henna; the reddish brown colour multiplies my age many times.”
“You can try hair dye.”
“Oh no! They contain ammonia which is harmful for mucous and eyes.”
Godrej Expert Rich Crème contains ZERO ammonia moreover it contains Aloe Vera and milk proteins. After colouring hair, Aloe Vera will provide soothing and healing effect to your sensitive scalp which is prone to irritation. It will solve your other problems by removing dead skin cells, by promoting hair growth and preventing hair fall.”
“The color of dye is so artificial that anybody can recognise from a distance that the hair is dyed.”
“Godrej products are available in seven beautiful shades. You can choose the colour according to your hair colour. You can even go for advance option for brilliant hair colours”
“I have no idea. How will I mix the colourant and developer in right proportion?
Godrej crème comes in two pre-measured sachets. Just cut, fully squeeze and mix them. It is so easy, quick to apply and gives perfect results.”
“It will be very costly.”
“It will cost you only 30 rupees! Godrej Expert Rich Crème gives highest quality in lowest price!!”
“Unbelievable!”

I confidently presented my products in the meeting and surprisingly get several decent orders. Behind my every success in my first expert, my mother whose advice to colour my hair with Godrej Expert Rich Crème made me centre of attraction. Whether it was my GodrejExpert hair colour or my presentation skills or both but I steal the show!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Review of Kardaliban – A Spiritual Divinity

Kardaliban is a dark, dense and alienated forest situated in Andhra Pradesh. There are high mountains and thick forests and some parts of it are permanently shrouded in darkness. The trees are 200- 300 feet high. There are many ferocious beasts and venomous reptiles. The ant hills are 10- 15 feet high. The atmosphere of this forest is highly spiritual as it is the beloved abode of Lord Dattatreya, where his incarnations emerge in and stay in subtle form all over the space of Kardaliban. In this forest Sri Narasimha Saraswati disappeared and Swami Samartha manifested. As soon as one enters the forest, one feels the sanctity of the place. This place is full of divine waves that helps in the cleaning of one’s consciousness. The dormant spiritual powers are awakened and one experiences supreme peace, bliss, ecstasy and enlightenment. 

It is one of the holiest places of India. It is the favorite of sages, monks, friars and all such pursuers of divinity. This book tells about the divine Kardaliban Panch Parikrama which consists of a tour of five important places i.e. Vyankatesa Coast, Akkamahadevi Cave, Datta Paduka – Sri Swami Samartha Incarnation Place, Markendeya Rishi Tapo Sthali- Bilvavan and Akkamahadevi Temple. This parikrama helps one to realize the ultimate truth and facilitate one’s work on earth. It increases one’s capacity, efficiency, energy and zeal for work and opens the new path of success and removes obstacles coming in the path of fulfilling materialistic and spiritual desires. It gives all sorts of worldly and unworldly pleasures, prosperity and happiness. It gives inner joy which can only be experienced and not expressed. According to author, Lord Dattatreya opens the new path of success and removes obstacles coming in the path of fulfilling materialistic and spiritual desires. It gives all sorts of worldly and unworldly pleasures, prosperity and happiness. It gives inner calmness, peace and joy which can only be experienced and not expressed.

The book explains about this journey in great detail, Lord Dattatreya shrines across India, sixteen incarnations of Lord Dattatreya, Information about Kardaliban Seva Sangha Trust and a collection of rare Lord Dattatreya’s mantra, strota and aaratee. Photographs are very attractive and informative. This book is also available in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, Sanskrit, Telugu ad Tamil. For more information you can login to www.kardaliwan.com.

Prof. Kshitij Patukale, the author is Director Insurance Academy, Pune. He is a well known author, columnist and social worker. His writing style is simple and impressive.


In the last pages of the book there is ‘An Appeal to the Readers’ to take this book to as much readers as possible by informing one’s relatives, friends, colleagues and acquaintances about this book, sharing the information about Kardaliban with one’s friends on social networking sites, giving it to employees, giving it as gift, selling this book, distribution of book by influential people or becoming Kardaliwan Seva Parivar member. I will be donating this book to Ashish Library, Ashish Shopping Center, T.P. Scheme No. 9, Rewari, Haryana so that the members of library can read it and be benefited from the valuable information.  


Kardalivan-Ek AnubhutiKardalivan-Ek Anubhuti by Kshitij Patukale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Kardaliban is a dark, dense and alienated forest. There are high mountains and thick forests and many ferocious beasts and venomous reptiles. The atmosphere of this forest is highly spiritual as it is the beloved abode of Lord Dattatreya, where his incarnations emerge in and stay in subtle form all over the space of Kardaliban. In this forest Sri Narasimha Saraswati disappeared and Swami Samartha manifested. This place is full of divine waves that help in the cleaning of one’s consciousness. The dormant spiritual powers are awakened and one experiences peace, ecstasy and enlightenment. It is one of the holiest places of India. This book explains about the divine Kardaliban Panch Parikrama which consists of a tour of five important places i.e. Vyankatesa Coast, Akkamahadevi Cave, Datta Paduka – Sri Swami Samartha Incarnation Place, Markendeya Rishi Tapo Sthali- Bilvavan and Akkamahadevi Temple. This parikrama helps one to realise the ultimate truth. It gives all sorts of worldly and unworldly pleasures, prosperity and happiness. It gives inner joy which can only be experienced and not expressed. This is written in a very lucid and impressive way.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

A date with nature!

It was always my dream to click the photos of butterflies. They used to fly away before I clicked the photo. This photo is a real surprise for me as I could spot five butterflies in this pic; three on the top flowers and two on the right below side of the photo.

I thoroughly enjoyed this date with nature!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

I am feeling blessed!

I showed interest in reading 'Kardaliban - A Spiritual Divinity' by Prof. Kshitji Patukale as First Reads on Goodreads. This book is about the Holy Secret Place of Shri Dattatreya and... The Sacred Incarnation Place of Shri Akkalkot Swami Samarth. Shri Dattatreya is the incarnation of three Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv. On the same night I saw Bhagwan Dattatreya in my dream.

A few days later I received a mail from Goodreads that I had been selected as First Reads Lucky winner and I would receive a free copy of the book. I am feeling blessed!

Friday, May 15, 2015

So many butterflies!

Can you count the number of butterflies in this pic? ;)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Life is like a wheel!

Life is like a wheel, it keeps on moving, turning and evolving. The part of wheel which is down will come up and the part of wheel which is up will come down. This is also like life that moves on continuously; difficult days will end into happiness and happy days will turn gloomy. As life moves on spreading different colors of life, the maturity level of person also increases! Keep moving, keep enjoying the different shades of life! :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Romeos!

Then : Uff! Ye Road Romeos!
Now : Uff! Ye Net Romeos!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PIKU

After a long time, I thoroughly enjoyed a movie. 'Piku', is based on the life of a Bengali girl named 'Piku'. The relationship between Piku and her father is the main theme of movie and it changes as the movie progresses. Her father is retired, settled in Delhi and is suffering from chronic constipation. He wants to visit Kolkatta. Because of his poor health he decided to go by taxi. The journey through car is depicted beautifully and humorously by the director Shoojit Sircar. Amitabh Bachchan plays the character of Bhaskor Banerjee excellently. Many years before in the movie Anand he depicted the same character with perfection. Deepika Padukone acted well. Irrfan Khan's eye movements are worth watching.

In the end of post I will say, Piku is simple, witty n crisp! Don't miss it!

Monday, May 11, 2015

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Down the memory lane!

Dear Ma,
It was you who taught me to distinguish between the two things which appeared similar to me but were quite different such as ‘b’ and ‘d’, ‘6’ and ‘9’, ‘blue’ and ‘violet’, ‘cow’ and ‘buffalo’, ‘mango’ and ‘pear’, ‘left’ and ‘right’, ‘multiplication’ and ‘division’. When I grew up you taught me the most important thing that need to be distinguished all through the life – the ability to distinguish between ‘honesty’ and ‘dishonesty’, ‘truth’ and ‘lie’, ‘faithfulness’ and ‘unfaithfulness’.

I still remember the day when my classmate, baby ‘V’ decided not to make the project on ‘Diseases caused by mosquitoes’ rather get it done from a doctor on pay basis. I requested you to also get my project work done from him as I would not be able to give it a professional touch how hard I might try. You explained me that for doing any work there are two ways – one is difficult, long and requires lot of hard work but there is success in end for sure and other is short, too easy and tempting but one will fall or get in trap any time. You asked me to choose one out of two options. As I have faith in you, I opted for the success in the end. You helped me in making the project from library books and newspaper cuttings related to health. It took my whole three days to collect, analyze and compile that data where as baby ‘F’ enjoyed those days in watching movies and cricket match.

I and baby ‘F’ submitted the project on time. Next day in the school, as the teacher entered the class, she called baby ‘F’ and asked, “Did you made the project yourself?
She nodded.
Teacher shouted, “Tell me the truth.”
She said, “Yes, I made it.”
The teacher wrote a big zero on her project report and showed to the class. “If anybody repeats the same mistake, I will give a BIG zero. If you need any help you can come to me anytime, I am always there to help you but don’t you dare to get it done by others.” The teacher punished baby ‘F’ for telling a lie. Your guidance to choose the right path saved me from being humiliated in front of the whole class. I realized the importance and significance of truth, honesty and faith in your teachings. That day I can never forget!

Yesterday at work place, Mr. ‘D’ gave me a lucrative offer for changing some figures in company’s data. The bribe was too tempting too resist but the values you had incorporated in me were still there. Without any hesitation, I declined that offer.

Your values, teaching are always with me to guide me, to overcome obstacles whenever I find them on my path of success.

Your dearest daughter,
Cutie


Dear readers, “I am writing a letter about how a mother teaches honesty to her child with the Max Life Insurance i-genius #YoursHonestly activity in association with BlogAdda.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Gender Equality at home

“Yesterday we returned from a five day tour of Rajasthan. The house was extremely dirty and it took me six hours to do the dusting, mopping and changing bed sheets. My mother cooked the food for the family while I washed all the dirty clothes we accumulated in our journey. Oh! I am hell tired. And I am feeling sleepy in the office.” Ms. ‘F’ said.
“When you were working was your brother busy?” I asked.
“Yes, He was watching the cricket match between India and Pakistan.”
“But he could have helped you in washing clothes. These days, it is very easy to clean dirty clothes because of good washing powder like Ariel.”
“My father and brother don’t help us in work chores. On returning home after office hours they both either watch T.V. or read newspaper or sometimes play video games on laptop.”
“Auntiji and you both must be dog tired after working for whole day in office and doing all household work without any maid.”
“My mother screams more frequently on me than earlier. I feel it is because of decrease in her efficiency with the increase in age where as the pressure of work at office and home remains the same.”
“You should convince uncle that aunty is now not able to cope up with the office and household work because of that she screams and shouts more. Any family member can’t divide her office work but atleast you all can together lessen her work pressure at home. You should persuade uncle to help aunty in household chores like chopping vegetables, attending door bells, washing clothes, watering plants and serving food. When uncle will start helping aunty in household chores your brother will follow his example. Look as soon as I am out of the house my husband look after the house from cooking food to looking after the kids. As you know my parents and in-laws live with us, he takes care of them as well. Proudly I will say, he earns more than me and manages the house even better than me! Last weekend lots of guests turned up in our house and the maid took an unexpected leave. There was a huge pile of soiled dishes which he cleans all alone while I was cleaning the house, changing the bed sheets and cushion covers and helping the kids in doing their home work. After finishing our respective works, we all sit together to watch the latest release of Ranbir Kapoor. We have a gender equality at home that’s why we all enjoy life as no need arise to vent out the frustrations accumulated because of imbalance in household work. Our life is balanced and happier as we have gender equality at home.”

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Roasted barley

In the pic you can see roasted barley. It is a healthy snack eaten in summers in North Indian villages. The crop harvests in April and barley is roasted and stored. It is eaten during hot weather till rains starts pouring in. This is a rough to eat but a good munch. It is grind in powder form to make sattu. Sattu is dissolved in water and sugar is mixed in it. It is either eaten in semisolid or liquid form as the person relishes. It gives cool effect to body.

Eat or drink lot of sattu this summer and stay cool. :)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Try with a fresh mind!

Mrs. 'G' updated her Facebook status.
"I tried to make khandvi but I am unable to make it thin like a sheet and can’t roll it. Either it becomes lumpy or doesn’t cook properly and sticks on the surface on which I spread it. I have tried it eight times What should I do?"
One of her friend, Mr. 'F' commented, "Try not to cook too much or too less. Settle somewhere in between."
Mrs. 'G' replied, "I tried once more but again failed."
Mrs. 'X' suggested, "Put the layer of oil on the surface of thali or slab."
Mrs. 'G' replied, "Not able to get the desired results."
Mr. 'P' advised her, "Go to sleep, you are tired now, give it a try tomorrow with a fresh mind."

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mulberry fruit

Mrs. 'L' posted in a group on a social networking site.
"I want to purchase mulberry fruits. From where can I buy them in city 'X'?"

Many persons suggested the name of different markets and shops where she could find the summer fruit whose season lasts only for twenty days. She were dissatisfied with all the answers and wanted to buy from a market which was just walk able distance from her house.

Atlast Mr. 'V' suggested.
"I have seen three-four mulberry trees on 'Y' road near 'B' school. Many persons climbed the trees and picked up the fruits from the trees. You can also try this, as it is very close to your house." ;)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Buying a house for a couple

I tried to open the door with the key. It didn’t work. Daily I opened the door with the same key but today it was as low as me! Not in a mood to move further. I was feeling blue because my home loan was not sanctioned by the bank and my application was rejected on a baseless ground. And with this my dream to buy a house of my own came to an end. With disappointment, I rotated the key once more with a little force to tackle the rust inside. This time, I could open the door.

I put my bag on the table and sat on a sofa, turning the pages of a newly arrived magazine. Suddenly I saw an advertisement of a developer who had developed a very large society near Greater Gurgaon, a property spread over 105 acres in the lap of nature. The flats had all the modern amenities, plenty of greenery and natural calmness. The 1800 families were already living there. I lost my heart not to be in those lucky families. I felt suffocated inside the room.

For some fresh air, I moved towards the balcony of my house in which I was living from the past five years on rent. As I opened the door of balcony and steeped into it, I saw an Indian myna coming towards the balcony who changed its flight direction and sat at some distance on the windowsill of the toilet. I was observing its movements and it was observing mine movements. Surprisingly I came early today and it was not expecting me at this time in the balcony. It was holding a small dry leave in its beak. Oh My Ghosh! It is making nest somewhere in my balcony!!

Three months before I bought a wooden bird house and nailed in on the wall near the air conditioner. In all the hustle and bustle to buy a new house, I forgot about the bird house. Suddenly a tree pie came from nowhere and that bird lose hold of the leaf from its beak which it must have selected after rejecting scores of leaves. The leaf danced in a rhythm half because of wind and half because of gravity. It attacked the tree pie so rigorously that tree pie would never dare to come again in this area. A small bird shooing a large size bird confirmed me that Indian myna had made its nest. To take rest, it sat on the air conditioner box. My eyes moved towards the bird house. Another Indian myna was curiously peeping outside from the round opening of bird house.


Even if I didn’t get a house for my own but I was happy as I had given a house to a pair of birds who were busy in protecting and decorating it in their own style. This gave me immense happiness. Surely than buying a house for me!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Next book on Time Management?

"Wow you have written a book on meditation!" Mrs. 'L' said elatedly.
"Previous year my two books on Vastushastra were published." I told her.
"When did you get the time to write? Mrs. 'G' asked who was standing beside us.
Mrs. 'L' said light heartedly, "Her next book will be on Time Management!" 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Double cheating = Prize won!

In a function, the anchor asked all the members who were present in the hall to stand up. He asked those to sit down who were wearing leather shoes with buckles. Some guys sat down. He asked all the ladies wearing saree to sit down. Only one middle aged woman sat down. Next he said those who were holding a hand bag to raise their hands. I was in the group and holding a small red pouch in my hand. I was feeling sad that now I have to sit down. But he gave a twist in the game and asked to remain standing. I felt relieved that I was safe. He said that those who were wearing green color top to sit down. My top was mostly yellow in color but has a few wide stripes of green in it. He asked them to sit down. I remained standing as the main colour of my dress was yellow. I was happy as I was still standing. I would definitely get the prize. He gave one more twist to the game and asked that the persons who are sitting won a mug as a prize and those who are standing who nothing. Without wasting a second I sat down as I have green color WIDE stripes in my dress.

"Two negatives make a positive!." I thought. "And double cheating can make you win a mug as prize."

Friday, May 1, 2015

Launch of a smart phone

CEO of the 'X' company was on the stage to launch the new model of a smart phone. He hold the two phones from back side in both of his hands. Down the stage were the media persons who were clicking the photos and making videos of the new launch for good coverage. On the seats were sitting bloggers who were going to write about their experiences in this function and why they are interested in buying this mobile. The hall was big and full of people.

The lights were flashing on the stage for more photos and for better results in videos. One of a media person who was standing below the stage asked CEO to switch on the smart phone and show them. CEO clicked the button but it didn't start. He tried it four-five times but alas the result was the same. He handed over one phone to the person standing near by and again clicked the button twice or thrice. But the mobile was not in a mood to show its lights and colors.
"Atleast you should have learned it properly to switch on this new model before coming here." Someone screamed so loud that it was audible to all present in the hall.

Dear readers, this is my 650th post! :)