Saturday, November 18, 2017

Iron rich golgappas (pani puri)

Key Iron Ingredients : Spinach, beetroot, whole bengal gram, chickpea

Duration : 40 minutes


For golgappas

Whole-wheat flour – ½ cup

Suji – ¼ cup

Maida – 1/8 cup

Spinach – 8-10 leaves

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

For Filling

Boiled sweet corn – ½ cup

Grated paneer – ½ cup

Boiled chickpea – ¼ cup

Boiled whole Bengal gram- ¼ cup

Black pepper – ½ teaspoon

Red chilli powder – ¼ tea spoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Mango powder – ¼ teaspoon

Salt to taste

For golgappas water

Water – ½ liter

Beetroot – 2

Green chilli – 1-2

Lemon – 2

Sugar – 2 table spoon

Black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon

Roasted grinded cumin seed – ¼ teaspoon

Black Salt – ½ teaspoon

Salt to taste


1.      Take all the flours and mix well.

2.      Grind spinach with little water.

3.      Knead the dough with the spinach paste.

4.      Make small balls and roll them with the help of rolling pin.

5.      Leave them for 40 minutes so that crust is formed on upper side.

6.      Deep-fry them on medium fire.

7.      Spread them on the paper so that paper absorbs excess oil.

8.      For filling, grind boiled sweet corn.

9.      Gently mix all the ingredients, add spices and salt to it.

10.  The filling is ready.

11.   For water, dissolve sugar in the water.

12.  Peel beetroot and cut in small pieces.

13.  Grind beetroot and green chillies to make a paste. If required add little water to it.

14.  Squeeze the paste to collect red coloured water below in a bowl.

15.  Add that to sugar water.

16.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

17.  Keep it in freeze and serve chilled.

In this recipe, I have used iron rich ingredients like spinach, beet-root, chickpea and whole bengal gram. I have added limejuice as it contains Vitamin C for better iron absorption. I have cut the vegetables with iron knife and used vessels made up of iron for cooking it to increase the iron content in the recipe.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Movie Review : Qarib Qarib Singlle

Qarib Qarib Singlle is a middle-aged love story. A new concept indeed for Bollywood! Not so young and vibrant Yogi (Irrfan Khan) and Jaya (Parvathy Thiruvothu) meet via an online dating site. They are polar apart personalities. Yogi is a rich person who has lots of money to spend where as Jaya works in an office and spends her money judiciously. Yogi loves poetry and Jaya loves nature. Yogi is a chit-chatter where as Jaya is quiet. Yogi likes books and Jaya is techno savvy. They plan a trip to Rishikesh, Jaipur and Gangtok to explore their past relationships. During this trip, crazy incidences happened which help them to understand themselves in a better way.

Irrfan Khan plays well the role of jovial guy whose jokes everyone enjoys even his ex-girlfriends. Parvathy plays her role nicely. Her round face is attractive and big eyes are beautiful. She looks stunning in the last scene when she is wearing dark pink colour silk sari with turquoise blue blouse.

Movie is full of funny scenes. But I liked the one in which Yogi and Jaya planned for a trip to date. But instead of booking rooms in hotels, Jaya books rooms in an ashram in Rishikesh. Direction of Tanuja Chandra is nice. Neha Dhupia’s face looks bonny and aged. The rest of the cast is interesting.

I was laughing throughout the whole movie, tears were flowing from my eyes. Neither my laughing stopped nor my tears stopped till the end of movie. Tears smudged my kohl eyes, wetted and blackened my fair cheeks. I paid no attention to them as the movie was too gripping, enjoying and funny.

Watch this movie to laugh, laugh and laugh!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Vodafone – Super city campaign

“What happened, dear sister? Why are you sitting alone? Is there something that is troubling you?” My little cousin asked.

“I want to make Delhi a better city, a smart city” I replied.

“From tomorrow onwards, you should go to your office on cycle rather on car. There will be less air pollution which will make Delhi a better place to live.” He laughed aloud on his stupid joke.

“It is not funny. And it not that simple.”

“Sis, I can suggest you some of the positive ways to improve the city after all it is our city.”  

“Hotspot, you are so sweet.”

“You know sis, Vodafone has already done a lot to improve Delhi and NCR! Vodafone has created the first air purifying bus shelter in the city so that we can breathe in pollution free air while waiting for bus. Vodafone has also created the first Wifi bus shelter in Gurgaon. It provides free Wifi to all customers for 20 minutes. A milestone in digitizing Delhi and NCR!”

“Vodafone is digitally connecting Delhi and NCR by providing free Wifi zones like Airport, Khan Market, Delhi Haat, DLF Mall of India, Fortis Hospital etc.”

“All over Delhi and NCR, Vodafone provides free Wifi at 120 places. Vodafone receives one customer appreciation every 30 seconds.”

“There are 1.2 crore Vodafone customers in Delhi and NCR which means half of Delhities are using Vodafone. Vodafone is #CelebratingSuper.”

“Let us make Vodafone choice of everybody in Delhi and NCR. I will suggest you some ideas that whole Delhi and NCR will be talking about VODAFONE only and none other mobile networking company.”

“How is that possible?”

“Sis, you are giving a big responsibility to a little child.” He winked and continued. “Vodafone should target students as they can be Vodafone permanent future customers.”

“You mean to say both school and college students.”

He nodded in a style and said, “Mobile library is the easy, quick and fast way to do that.”

“Mobile library, a moving vehicle with has books on varied topics which stop at different places so that poor and underprivileged children can be benefitted from it.”

“My idea is that mobile library will have no books, no books at all. But it will have free Wifi access for everyone. There can be some trained staff to encourage school and college students to use Wifi to study more and to learn more. The students should be motivated to utilise information in making projects, in solving their problems related to Maths, Physics and other subjects. They should be encouraged to get the detailed information about the topics they like to read and to talk about more. All information should be just at the click of a button.”

“If they click the button leading to wrong or dirty information then....... I mean..... you know.....”

“Such sites can be blocked.” I was hesitant and he was confident.

“Free Wifi will help them in becoming more learned and responsible citizens.”

“On using free Wifi, they will know the importance of Vodafone Wifi, how useful and beneficial it is for them. Then they will shift to paid services of Vodafone which means more customers for Vodafone.”

“My little business expert!”

“Vodafone sign boards should be made on metro pillars by doing vertical gardening on them. It will give clean air to us and more customers to Vodafone! The walls of huge concrete buildings can be covered with vertical gardening. On huge roofs, roof top gardening can be planned in such a way that an aerial view as seen on Google maps imprints ‘Vodafone’.

“Vodafone is doing a great job but what we can do as residents to make our city better.”

“As a kid, I can make a drawing of smart city.”

“God has blessed you with a beautiful hand and mind.”

“My parents motivate the people residing in our society to use two-bin segregation system for garbage. Segregation is the first step of waste management. Green dustbins are for disposing of wet waste which includes waste from fruits and vegetables, cooked or uncooked food, leaves etc. and blue dustbins are for disposing dry waste which includes paper, metal, plastic products etc. It helps in segregating waste as they recycled differently. Wet waste is organic whereas dry is not. Segregated recycling helps in cleaning the environment quickly.”

“You know a lot about garbage management.”

“I learnt this on a Youtube video which I watch using free Wifi at Delhi Airport while waiting for my flight to my grandparent’s home.”

“Free Wifi zones will make people more intelligent and aware.”

“For that, metro stations and railway platforms should be free Wifi zones and all passengers should be given free Vodafone oxygen bombs.”

“Aloe vera growing in a plastic vessel with Vodafone printed on it. The plant requires least maintenance as it can grow well in less water and plenty of sunlight. It grows well in Delhi weather. It can be used as an ayurvedic medicine for stomach and face.”

“Nah! They should give tomato plants, as the plants will bear red tomatoes, similar in color to Vodafone logo. Organic tomatoes will give fresh air and fruits to Delhites.” He plucked a ripe tomato from the plant growing in the pot on the windowsill of the room and gulped it down.

“Have you ever done anything to make Delhi and NCR a better city to live?”

 “Last Sunday we went to a nearby slum area, it was stinking as garbage was scattered everywhere. If Vodafone, starts a new scheme that no garbage zone will be free Wifi zones then India will become garbage free overnight.” He smiled.

“What if after getting the facility they again start polluting their surroundings.”

“Garbage free, neat and clean colonies can be made free Wifi zones for specific period. If they maintain the same level of cleanliness, then the facility can be extended, else withdrawn. Persons residing in other colonies and societies will be motivated to make their surrounding garbage free.

“Garbage free India will encourage more foreigners to visit India. They will give more business to Vodafone while calling back home or while using internet to search decent site seeing or a nice restaurant nearby or while booking a cab or while making payments.”

In my Diwali vacations, we went to a nearby village to educate farmers how to improve their farming knowledge by teaching them how to watch Youtube videos on the topics related to them. I showed them videos on how to prepare gobar gas plant, how to use solar light to run tube-wells, how to generate electricity from wind, how to make rain harvesting pits, how to use battery operated vehicles, how to do organic farming, how to make vermicompost and how to make more money. I didn’t teach them how to count more money.” He giggled.

“How was the sewage system in the village?”

“My father taught them how to prepare low cost disposable sewage systems and told them about the links from where they can gather more information about it.”

“Vodafone help start-ups during their incubation stage by giving them Vodafone products.” I told.

“They can give free Wifi for those who use toilets with closed doors.” There was naughtiness in his voice as well as in his eyes.


 “Why do you call me Hotspot?”

“Because I can access information from you free of cost any time with just a click.” I lightly touch the tip of his nose with my index finger.

“I tell you a secret that I didn’t like to eat spinach but now I have started eating spinach like Popeye as I grow organic spinach in PVC pipes in my balcony.”

“Let us make a video to share this information with family, neighbours and friends.”

“Excellent idea!”

“I am unable to upload my video.”

“Sis, first of all you shift to Vodafone leaving X, Y, Z companies behind!” He said with a laugh.

Worst optical illusion

I was driving my car on NH-8 and was struck in a traffic jam near Bilaspur. On both the sides of my car, there were huge trucks. There was some space created in the front. I moved my car slowly forward and felt I am going backward. I put a harsh brake not understanding why my car is going behind and I might not hit someone behind. I was confused. Bewildered me, took two deep breaths to calm myself and to analyse what had happened. My car was in the right gear to move forward even then I was moving backward. I realised that I had a worst optical illusion because of huge trucks on both sides of my car.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sell in 60 seconds

“Sis, why don’t you sell your 5 year old mobile?” Pixel, my little brother asked me.

 “This mobile is in good condition, working and does not have scratches.”

“Buy a new, latest model mobile with more features.”

“Pixel, I don’t have enough funds to buy a new one.”

“Sell this to generate funds.”

“I tried to sell it to many. None of them is interested in buying such an old model of mobile.”

“You didn’t try to sell it to me, otherwise I would have bought it.” He said with a wink.

“What would you do with this?” I asked curiously.

“Thats a secret. By the way, to whom you try to sell it?”

“Once I tried to sell it to my driver. The deal was finalised. I handed over the mobile phone, charger, its box, bill and ear phones to him. He gave half of the decided money. He asked to use it for one day and then pay the rest of the money next day. I agreed. Next day, he returned the mobile and all the accessories. I returned the money. He asked for the rest of the half money. I told him that he didn’t gave them to me. He laughed and said that he was not asking for  the money that he hadn’t paid but he was asking for the money spent on taking care for this oldie goldie mobile. It was real tough job to take care of 5 year old mobile for 24 hours. After that I never tried to sell it.”

“Have you tried to sell it online?”

“Without seeing, using and checking it, who will buy it online?”

Cashify is an online site which gives you the best value for mobiles, laptop, tablet, T.V. and Imac. To sell on Cashify is simple, easy and fast. I am sharing Cashify app with you. Sis, download it on your mobile.”

While I was downloading the app he told me, “I shared the cashify app along with my unique code with my friends and relatives. Everytime any of them transacted, I got paid. You would not believe that I earned Rs. 150150 till now. That means I can buy a new tablet with the earned money.”

“Pixel, you are genius. You not only solved my problem but also you are making money with that. That’s great!”

“I am, no doubt!” He giggled. “Now fill in the simple details about mobile like mobile switch on and off, discolouration issues, display or touchpad issues, screen glass condition, front camera and back camera not working or broken, any defect in volume button, Wifi/ GPS button not working, any problem in power/ Home button, delayed charging or other defects, battery faulty and speaker not working etc.”

I clicked on the relevant information related to my mobile.

He instructed further, now, it will ask about the original charger, earphone, box and bill.”

“Ya. I have all.”

“You will get a decent price for that.”

“My device is too old and it is not under warranty.”

“For nice deal tell the truth, don’t lie and don’t hide anything.”

“Fine, my little teacher! How can I correctly decide about the phone’s overall condition?”

“Sis, if it has minor scratches, normal signs of usage, external housing intact, no broken port, no dents or cracks on panel then it’s overall condition is good. If scratches or dents on panel, discolouration of panel, external housing intact, minor cracks then its overall condition is average and if multiple dents or scratches and back or front panel broken then overall condition is below average.”

“Overall condition of my mobile is good.”

“Can you guess the price of your mobile?”

Looking at the screen, I almost screamed, “Wow! Amazing!! The price displayed is much higher than the price at which I was selling it to my driver six months before.”

“Sis, apply the coupon code. Get more offers with this coupon at Amazon 5% extra, at Lifestyle 9% extra and at Mantra 15% extra.”

“Pixel! I love you. Now I can buy a new mobile just because of you. The money I was short of to buy a new mobile is now enough.”

“Sis, Sell the used gadgets before your house become a museum or junkyard of old devices. You can also sell your 30 years old T.V. online. Cashify will ask about the brand, size, screen, sound, remote, age and physical condition of T.V. It will pay a decent sum of money at the time of pick up in cash or the mode of payment you have opted.”

“I admire the idea of getting your device priced, scheduling a free pick up, getting paid instantly. I will recommend #CleanUpCashOut to my friends, relatives and neighbours.”

“Sis, let us make a video about it to show it to our friends.”


Dear readers, Do not forget to add the coupon code CLEANCASH to avail an additional Rs.250 on the sale of your gadgets on Cashify.

DARK Diwali

This Diwali, I did not celebrate the festival of lights as my father had expired just a few months back. All houses were decorated with vibrant lights, attractive rangoli and colourful hangings. They were filled with sounds of laughter and enjoyment. It was only my house, which was DARK. Seeing others houses illuminating and mine in darkness I recalled an incidence that my maternal grandfather shared with me, “When I was five years old, my father died on Diwali night. We didn’t celebrated Diwali for forty years. All houses were illuminated except ours. Every house had beautiful lights, eye-catching decorations and enjoyable celebrations apart from ours. As a child it was painful to accept that darkness, sadness and loneliness. Amidst financial problems we faced because of sudden death of my father, the most disturbing was not to celebrate the festival of lights for years and years. It is a custom if somebody dies on Diwali then Diwali is not celebrated in the family until somebody is born in the family. After forty years my niece was born. All the neighbours came and coaxed us to celebrate Diwali as Godess Lakhmi had appeared herself. Thereafter, we started celebrating Diwali.”

When he was on his deathbed, he used to pray, “O God! I do not want to die on Diwali. I do not want to spoil the festival of my family. Please select some other day for me to leave this body.” And God listened to him. 

I thought that only this year I didn’t celebrate Diwali but he didn’t celebrate Diwali for forty years though the reason was the same - death of father.

Friday, October 13, 2017

A bottle of Coke

Diwali Mela like any other fair was organised in my society with lots of stalls of food, household items, costumes, jewellery and other utility items with dance programme admist loud music and spectral lights. I hardly got any time for such celebrations. On my best friend’s request, I spared my time for this fair.

We are foodies, so attacked the food first. Tried lots of spicy as well as sweet dishes like jodhpuri mirchi pakooda, bhalla chat, tikki chat, blue berry muffin, chole bhature and pan kulfi. These days, my tummy is not used to eating such a spicy food. To digest all these stuff, I need a bottle of Coke!

While drinking it, my mind recalled a year back incidence. It was the convocation day of Sadhana Intensive Course that was organised at Gangotri in Sivananda Kutir. After attending convocation, we returned to Gangotri town, near the taxi stand. We were waiting for the other batchmates to come back to the meeting point. I was feeling hungry as I hadn’t eaten anything since morning and whatever little I had eaten came out because of sever travel sickness and vomiting. During lunch, I handed over my food to Mr. ‘G’ one of my batchmates.

I group of friends ordered samosas, tea and soft drinks. The samosas were too spicy. To digest them I was drinking Coke. Suddenly Mr. ‘G’ came and joined the group and discussion. I took a sip of Coke.

“You are drinking Coke! You are eating samosas!!” The utter surprise in his voice showed that I made a serious offence.

Mr. ‘G’ raised his eyebrows and opened his mouth. His eyes widened and his pupils even more. Little horizontal frowns appeared displacing bigger vertical frowns. His bulged eyes forgot to blink atleast for fifty two seconds. Atleast. He freezed. I laughed.

“It is just a bottle of Coke!” I said. “Anybody can read your face like a book!! ANYBODY!!!”

That transparent face, I always recalled whenever I had a bottle of Coke!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Height of fusion music

“Today we are going to celebrate ‘Dandiya Night’.” The anchor announced. I heard it while sitting on a sofa in the drawing room of my friends flat. The programme started well with a Gujarati song. Then they played a Haryanavi song ‘Mera nau dandi ka bhijana’. I was bit bewildered as how one can do dandiya on Harayanvi song. My confusion increased as the next song they played was Punjabi. May be they are trying fusion music on Dandiya Night! One after another, they played the songs of different states of India.

In the last, they played ‘Haat ja tau pache ne!’

I must say this is height of fusion music! ;)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Birth and Death

My Facebook status
I am thinking too much about birth and death. From where one comes and where one goes to?

Mr. ‘K’ replied

We all come from atoms and become atoms again

I replied

:D A scientific answer. Actually I was searching for a spiritual answer.

Mr. ‘K’ replied

Spirits are also made of atoms....2 peg rum (also a spirit) lagao...sab samajh mein aa jaayega (try 2 peg rum (also a spirit).... you will understand everything) :-)

I replied

Nice pun

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Royale Atmos – Environment friendly paint

“O-two, Go out and play in fresh air.” I asked my little cousin who was playing brain vita.

“Sis, do you want me to play in air pollution? Or do you want me to play football wearing mask to protect myself from pollution. Moreover, playing in polluted air will lower my I Q level and I won’t be able to win more games in brain vita.” He replied.

“Then, you must know that inside home pollution is 5 times higher than outside and sometimes even more.”

“O, really!” He exclaimed and moved one marble on the board.

“Even, in this room you will be surprised to know that a pungent smelling dangerous pollutant is found and its sources are pressed wooden furniture, cupboards, drapes, foam insulation and carpet. Its name is formaldehyde.”

“And how does casual-dehyde pollutes air?” He giggled.


“Dressed up in ‘3S’ – shirt, snickers and slippers!” He chuckled.

“No, dressed in female attire - sweatshirt, skirt and sandals.”

He laughed aloud and I smiled.

“Come with me, I will show you air pollutants in the kitchen.”

He put his game on the table and accompanied me to the kitchen. He told. “In the kitchen, gas stove is a major air pollutant.”

“Besides that unvented gas from kerosene heater and wood stove emits carbon monoxide.”

“Is carbon monoxide sister of carbon dioxide?” He inquired with a fun in his voice.

“Carbon monoxide is formed when there is not enough oxygen to produce carbon dioxide. Carbon monoxide is colourless, odourless, tasteless, and highly toxic. It is more harmful to humans and animals as compared to carbon dioxide. It causes dizziness, nausea, headaches and sometimes death.”

“Dangerous sis!”

We were standing in the kitchen and I explained further to him, “Nitrogen oxide is also produced from the same sources as carbon monoxide and harms human body similarly.”

“Dangerous bro!”

“Radon is a radioactive gas which is colourless, odourless and tasteless enters silently like thieve in our homes from the surface beneath and from water sources. We are totally unaware if we are inhaling unsafe air.”

“Dangerous DAD!”

“Well ventilation reduces the production and hazards of dangerous family.”

“As soon as I entered the kitchen then my head started aching. It must be because of the presence of these poisonous gases.” He put his left hand on his head.

“Let us open the windows and doors for proper ventilation.”

“Are cockroach killers the source of air pollution?” He pointed out at two bottles placed in the corner of the kitchen.

“Yes, insect killers are source of air pollutants. After spraying, windows should be left open for some time. Let us move to the drawing room and find out sources of air pollutants present there.”

We moved to the left and there was a huge drawing room well equipped with all the modern facilities.

“Aladin’s magic carpet!” He giggled.

I noticed that it was blue coloured carpet with intricate designs woven on it. He sat down on the carpet and ordered, “Fly Carpet Fly and take me to a place where there is no air pollution.” He repeated it several times. When the carpet did not move, he concluded, “There is no place now left in this world without air pollution or my drawing room is the safest place.”

I smiled and explained, “Plastic side tables, chairs or any other plastic products and carpets are the source of styrene which is carcinogenic.”

“To prevent it we should buy more eco-friendly products.” He suggested. I planted a kiss on his left cheek.

I further explained, “Sofa foam, wooden table, fireplace and panels also cause indoor air pollution.”

“We frequently used air fresheners, candles and agarbattis for fragrance. They also add a little to the air pollution.”

“True. You are my intelligent little brother!”

“ Let’s go to the bathroom and I want to show you something new. Sis, come fast!” He hold my hand tightly and almost dragged me. We took to the right, passed from a gallery and at the end; there was a combined toilet and bathroom.

“You have to come inside to see that.” He left my hand and hurriedly went inside.

Curiously, I entered and found he was standing near a handmade devil.

“I made this dustbin. I took a empty cardboard, pasted the coloured paper cuttings to give it a look of a devil.”

“It is very beautiful.”

“ If you press this wooden piece.” He pointed towards the base of dustbin. “Then the devil will open its mouth.” He took out a small piece of toffee wrapper from his pocket and put it in devil’s mouth. “Now, you can try.”

I smiled and said, “Floor tile, pipe insulation and vinyl ceiling are made up of asbestos. The lose fibres of asbestos are hazardous to health. They can cause cancer. This pollution can be prevented by buying good quality asbestos products and by constructing and managing them with expert’s hands.”

“Oh my Gosh! The water pipe started leaking again and fungus has started growing.” He exclaimed.

“The mold, mildew and insects increase air pollution inside house. They cause irritation to eyes, throat and nose. This can be prevented by closing any leakage (as biological sources grows more in moisture), by cleaning the area and by keeping it dust free.” I sighed and continued, “Chloroform which causes cancer is present in chlorine treated hot water showers.”

“I will smell and if it smells like chloroform, I will not bathe.” He winked.

“Naughty boy!” I drew his attention towards a deodorant placed on a glass shelf. “1,1,1 trichloroethane which destroys ozone layer (2 -6 miles away from earth) is produced from aerosol sprays. It is always better to buy non aerosol sprays.”

“ha ha. How wrong I am to think that I can fire aerosol spray to one foot but now I come to know that I can fire it as far as 2 - 6 miles!”

A car honked and he rushed towards the garage saying, “Wow! Papa, came home early today.” I followed him.

He was disappointed to find that the car was not theirs and it stopped at the next door.

To divert his mind I pointed towards a genset and asked, “Do you use it quite often?”

“Not much. We have back up of solar battery. In case of emergency only we use it as it causes air pollution.”

I saw a small container of paint thinner in the corner of wooden shelf. “Paint strippers and thinners contain methylene chloride which is a volatile liquid. It causes nerve disorder and diabetes. The containers should be properly sealed to avoid evaporation. They should be brought in the required amount only. Their storage should be avoided.”

“Oh that! I have to paint a wooden board for my school project. It will be finished in that project. We are standing from a long time and my legs are aching now.”

“Let us go to bedroom and take some rest.”

He lied down on bed and I opened the cupboard to take out my bag from it. A sweet smell entered my nose. I told him, “Tetrachloroethylene is ‘dry cleaning fluid’. It’s sweet odour fumes on clothes can cause nerve disorder, damage to liver and kidney.”

“Riya, my classmate is just like tetrachloroethylene.”

“How?” I asked with bewilderment in my voice.

“Sis, she is very cute, her voice is sweet but she is idiotic. The more I converse with her, more damage I cause to my brain nerves.”

“Para-dichlorobenzene is used as air fresheners, disinfectants, pesticide, deodorants and moth balls. It is colourless solid with odours and a long term exposure can cause cancer.” I drew the structure of para-dichlorobenzene on the paper and showed him.

“There is a plump boy in my class, his tummy is just like a benzene ring and he farts every now and then. Sitting close to him for long time will definitely put me in trouble.” He laughed aloud on his own joke. “Sis, you explained so nicely about air pollutants but don’t you think that you forget to tell me something?”

“Like what?” I inquired.

“VOC? What’s that? Very Obedient Child like O-two!!!” He laughed. It was like a soothing temple bell pealing and echoing.

 “VOC’s means Volatile Organic Compounds. As the name indicates, they are organic compounds that are volatile. They evaporate at room temperature causing air pollution. Formaldehyde, methylene chloride, tetrachlroethylene and paradichlorobenzene are all VOC’s. Paints, pesticides, glue, printers, photocopiers, permanent markers and certain building materials are the source. To prevent air pollution from VOC’s one should buy ‘Low VOC’s’ or ‘No VOC’s’ products. Only the quantity needed should be purchased from the market and the storage of VOC’s at home should be avoided. They should be used in well ventilated places.”

He closed his nose with a hanky and said, “From where this foul smell is coming?”

“May be this rat farted.” I saw it crawling on the bed’s headrest.

“It is not a rat, sis. It is guinea pig. Its name is Oink.”

“Oink’s dander has fallen on the headrest.”

“Does my lovely pet causes air pollution?” He asked with a surprise.

“Yup. Respirable particles are suspended particles, which we inhale with air. They can be from pollens, pets, dust mites, cooking smoke particles and tobacco smoke that can causes respiratory problems and eye irritation. They can be controlled by proper ventilation, cleaning and maintenance.”

 “A week back, we had a family meeting on the prevention of indoor air pollution. We decided to clean air by growing plants that clean air more like aloe vera, peace lily, bamboo palm, snake plant, spider plant and garden mum in waste and unused vessels. Father quitted smoking, mother stopped using sprays to kill insects and I stopped playing outdoors.” He said with a little wink.


“There was no time to play as I have to work harder to clean air. In the meeting, I explained them about Royale Atmos, the revolutionary paint that purifies air. I with papa went to the nearest Asian paints showroom and brought Royale Atmos paints for our house. It was I who decided which shade of paint to be picked for which room. Out of more than 1750 shades of Royale Atmos, to chose the desired shade was a challenging task for a little boy. I lifted those heavy paint buckets to the car and from car to house. You will be surprised to know that I painted my room myself.”

“Wow! You painted your room so well.”

“Thanks! Thanks!! After painting the house with Royale Atmos paints we solved the indoor pollution problem to a great extent. It has a carbon activated technology which helps in trapping formaldehyde molecule and breaking it into smaller molecules that are harmful.”


“Don’t you watch T.V.? Haven’t you seen the advertisement in which Deepika Padukone wore mask everywhere except in her house as her house was painted with Royale Atmos.”

“Ya. I want to paint my house with Royale Atmos.”

“To breath in pure air at home, you must.” What have you drawn on these sheets? Show me.” On seeing me holding some drawing sheets, he asked.

“I was thinking for writing a post on my blog about air pollution, its causes and possible solution.”

“Let us make a video. I will shoot it for you. We will share in on Facebook for our relatives, neighbours and friends.”

“That’s a great idea. Let us mix my knowledge and your knowledge for better solutions.”

After watching it, he said, “What a boring video! In school, when teacher showed such boring videos then I go to sleep with my eyes wide open!!”

“But how can you sleep with your eyes wide open?” I desperately wanted to know this secret.

“Practice, Sis, Practice. Practice makes a child perfect!”

“O brother!”

“By the way, when your are planning to paint your house with Royale Atmos?”

“Next weekend, I will be free. But which shade should I chose of blue colur as it is my favourite? I will need you valuable advice in selecting the correct shade.”
“Sure. Any time, sis, anytime for you!” He gently hold my hand and said, “Aladin’s carpet didn’t fly and stayed in my drawing room because of Royale Atmos paint on the walls. My drawing room has the purest air. Now air is so clean that you can do yoga indoors.”

I spread the durrie, sat down cross-legged and took a deep breath. I said, “You are the oxygen of my life.”

“That’s why my parents named me O-two.”

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Beauty Vs Ugliness

While walking on the side road, I noticed a car stopped on the other side of  the road. The father (I assume) sitting on driver seat drew the kid’s attention who was sitting on the next seat towards something on the trees may be. The kid searched for a few moments and then looked with surprise. The view brought a big smile on the kid’s face.

I heard some loud rasping screeches. Although loud braying were not at all pleasing to the ears but I was sure that such a high pitched voice must be of some big birds. I could recognise most of Indian bird’s voices but they were new to my ears. I hurried towards that spot, looking in that direction to get a glimpse of a surprise. In between the trees, in a far off balcony, I saw two long-tailed blue and yellow caged macaws. The two birds were huge, magnificent and vibrant. I was mesmerised with the view till two ugly crows came from nowhere and sat on the balcony railing.

“Their beauty caged them whereas their ugliness freed them.” I thought.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

On my father's death

“Chandrika, forget everything as if nothing has happened.” One of my elderly relative tried to console me when I was crying uncontrollably on my father’s death.

“I can’t forget him.” I replied amidst of my sobs.

“You have spent so much time with him. He taught you so many things. You have lots of sweet memories to remember. But look at me, I have never seen my father.”

I stopped crying and looked at him with a surprise.

He told, “When I was one and a half year old my father died. I couldn’t remember his face.”

“You must be having his photograph or portrait.”

“We were not rich enough to afford them therefore there is a vast blankness for me on remembering him.”
“One person, Mr. ‘X’ was walking bare feet on hot summer. His feet were burning and he was cursing God because God had made him so poor that he couldn’t even afford a pair of shoes for himself. On the way, after sometime he met a person who didn’t have lower limbs and was creeping on the hot road with the help of his hands while his hips were rubbing against hot road with his every move. Mr. ‘X’ thanked God for giving him feet.” I recalled the story and wiped my tears.