Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Gracias y Adios 2014, Beinvenido 2015 !!

For benefit of all, the subject line means (as you may have guessed) Thank you and Bye-bye 2014, Welcome 2015!!


New Year around the corner...

With new year come the new year resolution. Many say that you make resolutions to break :) How true is that? Do you always fail at all resolutions you decide or do you also make through some? What are the reasons they dont happen? Is it like you were too ambitious or is it that you never gave it a thought as to how will you execute it?

Whatever resolutions you made for 2014 (and if you remember by the fag end of the year ;) ) did you manage to check box some? If yes, what were those??

Have you made some for 2015? Mind sharing those? :)

My Today

Found this very interesting stuff on Reshma Bhabhi's blog and I took the liberty to post it for benefit of all (Thanks Reshma Bhabhi in anticipation)

You may want to randomly note this for yourself and see how the days vary...hmmm..interesting!!!

Outside my window: <write what you see now>

I am thankful... <For ?>

                                       I am wearing... 

I am creating... 

I plan to go to. 

I am wondering... 

  I am reading... 

I am watching

I am hoping... 


I am learning... 

 Around the house... <state of the house as you see now>


One of my favorite things: 

A few plans for this week: 

Why me, God?

Most of us believe, at least on some level, that we need to understand everything. We just need to know why. When we don't, we may feel God has betrayed us in some way. In reality, it's not God who is confusing us or betraying us, it is our belief system. All those inconsistent, partially correct beliefs cause us to question God's fairness in what we are experiencing. For example, somewhere in our belief system, we may have come to believe that we deserve to be blessed because we have been diligent to honor God, been a good person, fed the hungry, or helped our neighbor. We often believe that the things we do should keep us from harm's way. Then when something bad happens, we are confused and ask God why.
Why Me, God? - Changing our Thinking
When something happens that deeply touches us, we often ask, "Why me, God?" We are quick to judge the event as good or bad. What if we were to eliminate the possibility that anything that happens to us is inherently bad and choose to believe that everything that happens to us is always good? Impossible, you say? It has to be one or the other, doesn't it?

Belief systems are changeable. When we discover that something we have believed, even for a long time, is no longer valid, can we not simply change our mind and fully embrace the new? If you are crying out "Why me, God?" you must believe there is a God out there who hears you and you have hoped He would answer you. Maybe there was a time when you didn't believe there was a God at all. If you changed your mind and opened your life to God, then you can also change your mind about judging events as being bad for you.

When we choose to believe that ALL the events in our life are good for us, even the ones that seem frustrating and painful for now.

Our new dialogue should be, "God, this is going to be an interesting journey. I'm excited to see how you are going to bring good out of this one. I trust you will!" 

Soul-mate

Do you believe in Soul-mate? What is it OR who is S/He? Does everyone have a soul-mate?

Below is the definition, but have any one of you experienced or can define this more realistically?

Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we're two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we've found the right person.
– Richard Bach
By that logic do all of us just say that our respective spouses are our soul-mates or is there more to it?

Harmful effects of tight fitting clothes

  • Skinny Jeans, Tight Pants and Digestive Issues

    Tight clothing that pushes into the abdomen, everything from jeans to belts and compression undergarments, can be problematic, "particularly and especially when somebody overeats,"
    Pressure on the stomach, known as intragastric pressure or intra-abdominal pressure, can trigger acid reflux — pushing stomach acid back up through the lower esophageal junction, where the esophagus and the stomach meet, causing heartburn.
    Acid reflux is common, and not just for older adults, according to Dr. Koufman, who says about 37 percent of the 20 to 30-year-old age group gets it. Even someone who isn't prone to acid reflux can develop reflux if they wear a tight article of clothing often over a two-week period, she says. Snug-fitting corset-style shirts can have a similar effect. 


Cosmopolitan

You must have read Cosmo once in a while..sometimes. It is pretty decent, straight-forward magazines. One of my friends had been collecting the magazines to be given to her daughter once she turned a teen. (Or matured enough to understand the content correctly)

Do you think that is a good idea?

Watching Animals in Zoo

Somehow I have never enjoyed watching animals in zoo...in cage. We used to have lot of picnics in school and as family outing to zoos (Bondla being the fav) and any other city that we would go as tourist also had zoo as one of the items.
I never really approved of that. I enjoyed the family and picnic part of it...but not seeing those animals in that condition.
Many people believe you should see animals as rare species and like we visit museum to see antics...something similar is ZOO..Really???
If you want to add it as curiosity factor for your child....you always have encyclopedia, documentaries on TV and CD's to introduce them. Moreover if you still want real animal feel, you can watch them in safari.....where you are in cage and they as free animals in their habitat :)

What are the other takes on this? 

Gold as an investment option


Before proceeding further let us answer a basic question in our mind. Why to invest in gold? Should I invest in gold? Is gold a good investment option?
It is your hard earned money. So you need to answer these questions before investing in gold. Why do people invest in Gold? What are all the benefits of investing in gold?
There are 2 primary reasons why you need to invest in gold.
  • Investing money in gold is worth because it is a hedge against inflation. Over a period of time, the return on gold investment is in line with the rate of inflation.
  • It is worth investing in gold for a one more very valid reason. That is gold is negatively correlated to equity investments. 
The above 2 points could have given some answers to your question “Is buying gold a good investment?”
Return on gold investment
Is it profitable to invest in gold?
This investment proved remarkable from 2006 to 2011.During that time span Gold has given average return of 29% per annum which was any day better than other investment options.
However, the long term average return on gold investment is less than 10% p.a.
As one can say technically or ironically but history always repeats itself. Therefore, we may once again observe the similar less than 10% appreciation pattern in gold prices in near future.
Still, if you want to invest in Gold and cannot resist yourself from the temptation then these are few tips on how to invest in gold correctly!
1) Jewellery buying
Our age-old and traditional way of investment is jewellery buying where one can buy gold ornaments, bars or coins. However, it has its own disadvantages, total buying cost involves heavy making charges (it can be 10 to 20% of total cost).However, when you try to sell the same piece to same jeweler, he will buy it below market rates and deduct those making charges from the total price of your jewel.
2) Investment in Gold coins and bars
Investment in gold coins and bars is also a better option over jewel buying. You need to decide on ‘Where to buy gold coins or bars?”. You should buy gold bars and coins only from jeweler. Banks also sell gold coins or bars. Then why do we advocate for buying god bars and coins from jewelers? To answer this question you ask yourself “How to sell gold coins or bars?” or “Where to sell gold coins in India?”

Banks sell gold coins and bars, but they cannot buy it back. Whereas, the jewelers can buy back the gold coins from you.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Etiquette's

From childhood we have been taught the importance of etiquette's. During course of our growing up, we sometimes forget what we were taught or had adapted. We also make our own behavioral approach which we assume to be a "good manner".

Very recently I was part of the group (5 members) at the lunch table. I know 1 or 2 people but rest were relatively unknown to me. The conversation at the table for most of the time was about the topics/people totally unknown to me. I had no background or clue about the conversation they were having. It was not appropriate on my part to to ask them..who..what..how..when types questions. But then I got thinking, as good manners when we have a new member joining the group, it is essential that we make the person feel comfortable and talk of common topics that all may be able to participate and share their views on.

One etiquette added!

Friday, 12 December 2014

Layers beyond the obvious.

I had again an opportunity to catch a glimpse of Marathi serial Honaar sunn mi hya gharchi. And again there was an interesting message. This time the male lead explains a story to his wife.

He says as a kid he was one day playing in garden and he saw a crow sitting close to his puppy. Fearing that crow may hurt the puppy, he throws a small stone expecting the crow to fly off. But crow does not. This behavior takes him aback thinking how adamant the crow can be. He is not afraid of a boy shoo him away and neither afraid of stone hitting him....what attitude is that?
So agitated he says he picked a bigger stone to hit him...just then the gardener came and said dont throw that at the crow, he is injured and unable to fly. That day he says he learnt a lesson..

We sometimes assume or make a perception upon seeing what is visible to us. But then that is not the ultimate truth. There are layers beyond the obvious. 

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Self-Assessment

Senoritas, do you do Self-Assessment? If yes, what are the take away-s?

  • What is your way of analyzing? 
  • Do you just think in head, write it, note it, or simply dont give it a thought at all? 
  • Does this speculation happen periodically or only when certain situations strike at you? 
  • After having concluded, what is your course of action?

Half Girlfriend...

Finished reading Half Girlfriend by Chetan Bhagat. Not sure why I really picked this...perhaps hangover of 2 States was still hovering. In my opinion it is so-so story...takes you till the end though. Sometimes I feel he imagines a movie and then writes his characters :)
In brief..here it is...
  1. Famous College
  2. Famous girl
  3. Not so famous boy
  4. Family issue
  5. Happy ending

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Interesting insight from the doc

The lady doctor with whom we interacted for our Dengue case shared a very interesting thought. One of our close friends is getting married and she was down with viral. And she also needed to travel for her own wedding. We had taken her to this doc. So the doc asked, if your wedding is in next 3 days, what are you doing there? Why are you not at your home/or where the wedding is supposed to be? So my friend said, she will travel a day in advance and there are some last minute stuff pending.
The doc said, this is all your unconventional modern generation behavior. In olden times we had a ritual that a week prior to the wedding there was a puja held and thereafter the bride n groom were not allowed out of the house. Do you think it was just the ritual? It was done so that the bride and groom could rest well, avoid any untoward incident and generally entire family would gather together so work could be distributed and completed well in time.

I am sure our customs and rituals definitely have a logic and while we should adapt with the changing modern times, there are certain things we should learn from our past generations too.


Monday, 24 November 2014

Uncertain Life...

Our Admin AVP passed away yesterday..he was 54. So..why am I sharing this here? What do you have to do with this? I want to share the reality that hit me...not that we are not aware of uncertainties and deaths but this was shocking!

He was hail and hearty and live wire. The company had arranged a Marathon and there were 1500 participants. He was part of them. The entire leadership was present and participated to encourage the crowd. He was cheering all around and encouraging to run/walk. He himself was walking at brisk pace and must have walked hardly a km. He felt uneasy and sat at the pavement, still smiling broad and cheering participants....move move..he kept saying. There were paramedics, ambulances and doctors on run. He being AVP...he was asked several times if he is feeling fine and he said Yes...he is fine..he will go back to office.

In office cab he came to office...his cabin and received massive cardiac arrest. He was immediately taken to hospital but was declared dead on arrival. Life is so unpredictable. When I heard of this, I was uneasy for quiet a while. When he must have woken that morning, when he must have had tea, waved bye to his family (he does not have children) he must have had no idea this was his final bye...
He kept motivating people at Marathon...said keep moving.....little did he know that he was going to freeze for good.

We have so many plans and To Do stuff and we plan so many things we will do tomorrow or some other day and keep procrastinating...hardly we know when will be our last moment... live life to the fullest Senoritas...Kal ho na ho...

Talking and connects help...

While I mentioned about the Dengue story and some learning I had during the phase, one of it was a fresh perspective and outlook is sometimes so essential! While we three were typically moving around the same conversation about tests/dengue/how-r-u-feeling-now's/temp checks/medicines and struggle to get some food/fruits, Sweta and Siddha coming over for 2 days not only brought fresh perspective but also some energy since we were talking on varied topics.

Similarly, we connect a lot over phone/wats app and we exchange few things here and there. Have you realized how important they are? For that moment they give you totally new angle and point to think about. Our day to day routine is extremely busy.....I buy that......but these harmless...quick energy exchanges is so encouraging!!

Why do we always get under this carpet of being extremely busy with work/chores for days..weeks..months together? Why do we give up on something as refreshing as connects and talking to each other on the pretext of being occupied?

I am fortunate to have some heart to heart conversations with few of my buddies and that is on any topics..from movies..to shopping..to cooking..to recipes..to organizing..to daily updates to family/friends cribs and celebrations....it is always a refreshing insights and I strongly believe this talking and connect really contribute as food for thought....

Coming off age..

Had a nice tingling experience this Saturday. It was normal weekend where the household awakes generally late as compared to weekdays. But this Saturday, it was different. Sanam was up at 730am and was ready by 9am to leave for FOOTBALL match at School. I was still to overcome the thinking of when and where did Sanam get interested in Football??? Yeh kab hua types...
She had told me the previous day that all her friends were going to School to cheer the team for inter school matches.
Very casually sipping my tea I asked her what time do I need to drop and collect her. Pat came the reply.....Drop?? Mamma, please...I am going with my friends...I told you right...Srinidhi..Krithika....(list went on) will be all meeting in our complex and from here we will all go?
I was like...Oh ok....Yes..U did tell me!! Between 9 to 930 there were at least 5 calls between these friends checking where each one had reached. And sharp 930am she was downstairs to join her friends.
Thoughts pondered that I am so used to dropping and collecting her...and today or hereafter she will want to move on her own when it comes to such occasions. I could not resist the urge to go the balcony and watch her. I recollected seeing her as a toddler and now a fine young girl :)
I watched the group till they were out of my sight. I then went on to do my chores.

130pm she was back and then there was continuous 30 min commentary on what happened..right from which team they supported, how the goals were scored, how one guy leaped and fell, how other guy saved a goal...of dripping sweats and dust and excitement.....how the guys were smart and few good-looking and how all the girls cheered their favs....:) I kept listening to her narration and also realizing my daughter has stepped in teenage zone :) :) 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Came across this interesting Kitchen read...

In case any of you get your hands on this book......let me know!!

the kitchn Cookbook
Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire your Cooking


Author:
Sara Kate Gillingham & Faith Durand

How about you? Do you have a kitchen project in the works or a small little change you have recently made? Share in the comments with us!

*~*~*~*

 : Contents :

Setting up the Kitchen
Tools
Caring for your Kitchen
How to Cook Well
 Stocking the Pantry & Planning Meals
The Kitchn's Cook School (50 essential skills)
 Recipes
 Gathering

Here is a link where you can find/purchase this book:

the kitchn Cookbook
Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire your Cooking


A thought...

I was watching this Marathi episode of Honaar Sun me hya gharchi (advantage of being sick & at home ;)

The lead girl made a nice statement. She has just started learning car with her husband and is extremely tensed about it. But at the same time, since he is very patient and teaching her well she is happy and excited to learn. What she says is as follows " As we grow older, we tend to take up things or hobbies which we know we have inclination at or we know we will be able to do as we are familiar with it. What you lose is the ability to do just about anything - just the way as kids we rare to do anything we like, whether we succeed at it or not. As we grow older, we lose that ability "

I felt this was quite interesting to note and share. Do you feel the same?

Monday, 17 November 2014

Dengue and more

While most of you might have read the Chronicles of Dengue that covers the entire story of how we three went through this phase for last 2 weeks, (pasting link here for easy reference)..

http://siddhesh-k3g.blogspot.in/2014/11/the-dengue-chronicles.html

There was lot of learning personally for me....not only pertaining to Dengue and its side-effects but everything and everyone around you...these are the times when you know what you mean to people around you..:)

Monday, 3 November 2014

Getting Back to Routine...

I had a short break from routine and tomorrow I set back in action with my known schedule. In most of my conversations with people, I have seen resentment in "getting back to routine". Why does this happen? I was thinking about it. 

When I go to office tomo, are they going to torture me..not at all? In fact once I am in office I am going to get in full swing at work. Then why do I make face at the beginning? Do they harass me? Not at all...I will have my friends, colleagues come to me and ask how was the vacation, what all I saw, I did..we all will have lunch together...have tea together...laugh..joke..give hi-fives...catch up on missed incidents, escalations, interesting stories and hear genuinely that you were missed......so what is the reason for me to say......ohhhh office from tomo :( Why not...Woww...office from tomo :) :)

What is the theory behind this? When going on vacation, you are excited as you are not going to do what you otherwise do. So when you are back from vacation (always a short one) you still do what you were not doing for a short while. Where does the excitement disappear when you come back?? 
Has it just become a habit? Is it so imbibed on our minds, by our own actions and actions of all around us that all of us feel the same? So much so that even kids say....ohhhhh school from tomo...:I dont want to go mamma :( Lol....are they watching us and unknowingly we are imbibing on their minds too? If you had 10 months ka vacation and 2 months ka work...how would it be? would we be bored of vacationing? 

Even talking to my neighbor, she was like...vacation over na..now back to routine...so sad!!! Why was she feeling sad and making me feel more sad :) :) 

Getting back to routine is really that bad.........really that boring?? And best part is, in a day or two we dont further complain and get back to routine (we really have no choice there) then why crib??Sochne waali baat hai....

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Experience is the best teacher...

Many a times we make an image...perception about certain people. People we hear about, read about, where we have "limited" knowledge about...and we make up an image. It can be so misleading is something i learnt on set of Bigg Boss :) N i would have not understood this if I had not experienced it.

Bigg Boss is a reality show I like to watch as you get to understand how human's react under pressure test..staying under one roof for 100 days with other contestants who are "half-known" to you.

I had formed an image about Salman Khan..having read about his police cases jail..controversy..animal killing..multiple girl friends..creating ruckus outside aishwarya house..so on and so forth. He has never been king at acting..but yes he has been hero of masses. So always an average guy...standard guy...rather so-so guy....

I was stunned at the following abilities Salman Khan displayed LIVE.
1) I believed Bigg Boss to be scripted for TRP ratings. But actually watching the shoot, he spoke for 3 hours NON-STOP...and Extempore. Thoughts just flew from one topic to other as he hosted the conversation.
2) It takes an intelligent mind to catch people at things they are saying "literally" and things they are hinting/tonting at. To be able to precisely read where the other person is leading you and counter him/her is marvel to watch as a show!
3) He has no make up fixes, touch ups and assistants running around him...no airs about being STAR...he was giving serious work and effort and therefore earning his due money.
4) I was initially wrong at thinking that you get pampered as star...people attention and craze...you just have to come..give 2 liner shot and go and sit back in your vanity...and earn crazy money! Here I saw him tired...perhaps legs hurting as he was standing continuously for 3 hours (given that he is turning 50 this month), he had sip of diet coke just once..perhaps his throat might have dried up talking this long....he was pressing his eyes in between...and walking up n down thinking about discussions that was going on.
5) There is a knack to hold conversations...all cannot do it. And specially when you are a host, to keep the contestants involved, audience involved and so many viewers watching on national television, to keep them involved and excited about the shaping of show is amazing skill. To use right and impact-fully words without script is self technique and he displayed so well.
6) He must have definitely done his homework on what he is going to say, how to say...but there were no RE-TAKES, no rehersals....that was what impressed me.

No..pls dont think I am now Salman fan and going all weak in my knees :) But yes...I learnt that I had no right to form an opinion about a person and make general remarks about him without even knowing him. I agree U will not know every person on this earth, so you are bound to make an image about her/him with whatever information you get about them. BUT at-least I would not like to de-mean any one as FALTU going forward. That is my learning ...thank you Bigg Boss :)

Your personality changes with time...

Have you wondered what and how you were as a person 10 years back..20 years back as compared with today? I am sure all will say this is course of nature and as days progress, change in personality is bound to happen as every individuals learns and unlearns something every day! She/He will change as per the circumstances and evolve.

Ok...but now I have a specific question. I was thinking few days back, how I was as Ms Deshpande and how I am as Mrs Bhobe. So here I definitely have the process of evolution with time but if I was in the environment of "Deshpande's" all this while, would my thought process be like how it is today? If I was not in Bhobe family, would my thinking be the same or different?

Point is, how much of people you live with day to day influence your thinking?? I thought on this and I was able to classify some traits that I learnt being Bhobe...perhaps being Deshpande I would have not been exposed to that line of thinking. And there are some points in me which are specific because I come from Deshpande household and I would never experience them as being Bhobe. Very interesting exercise.....try giving it a thought :) :)

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Koshish karne waalon ki haar nahi hoti..

Poem by Hariwanshrai Bacchan...rendered by Amitabh Bacchan...simply awesomeeeee!!

लहरों से डर कर नौका पार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।

नन्हीं चींटी जब दाना लेकर चलती है,
चढ़ती दीवारों पर, सौ बार फिसलती है।
मन का विश्वास रगों में साहस भरता है,
चढ़कर गिरना, गिरकर चढ़ना न अखरता है।
आख़िर उसकी मेहनत बेकार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।

डुबकियां सिंधु में गोताखोर लगाता है,
जा जा कर खाली हाथ लौटकर आता है।
मिलते नहीं सहज ही मोती गहरे पानी में,
बढ़ता दुगना उत्साह इसी हैरानी में।
मुट्ठी उसकी खाली हर बार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।


असफलता एक चुनौती है, इसे स्वीकार करो,
क्या कमी रह गई, देखो और सुधार करो।
जब तक न सफल हो, नींद चैन को त्यागो तुम,
संघर्ष का मैदान छोड़ कर मत भागो तुम।
कुछ किये बिना ही जय जय कार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।

Reactions to common situation..

I was driving back home from office last evening and it was pouring heavily. Such heavy rains in OCT is always welcome as they come as sigh of relief! I would like to share what I observed and got me thinking...

There was a couple on scooter, middle aged...lady sitting behind with legs on both side..wearing salwar and short hair...must be middle aged..scanty but curly hair. Wearing Kurta with deep U cut at back. Since it was raining heavy, she had bent down in neck...taking hit of raindrops on her back and neck and head behind, trying to hide as much behind man's back.
At the side, were 2 girls on the bike, young, sitting behind was girl in jeans and kurta with long sleeves and had long hair...left open. Both the scooters were side by side and in driving in front of me. This is what I observed:

The lady was bending down as if not wanting to get wet, however it was raining heavy and there was no way she wudnt get drenched. The girl at the side, was totally soaking in the rain and was looking up with water hitting her all over. Contrast reactions to same situation :) Was it the age that made the difference? Was it the attitude to life? Was it the mood that was dominating..low & high? When you are in a situation where there is no escape but to get completely get drenched, why would someone still make a feeble attempt to hide? Would it be more "zindadili" to enjoy the rains as is? You anyways had no option but to get wet, might as well enjoy....how often do we wear this attitude?

Something to mull over...

Monday, 13 October 2014

100th Post....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Every step has an importance...every milestone is a conquest...here we are at the 100th post of Aamcho-Konso led by Senoritas :) CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Dips suggested a brilliant concept of celebrating Kumaris, there by celebrating woman and what could have been more apt than that? Further your thoughts will make this post more meaningful.

Here is from Dips on 100th post...
CELEBRATING SENORITAS.
What better way to celebrate the 100th post then worshipping the kumaris !!!
When Madhavi said “share ideas for the 100th post” . I thought talking about the bond a woman shares with another woman should be the apt one.
We all must have come across the forward about a mother telling her daughter who is just married to stay connected with her girlfriends all throughout. I am sure we all will agree with it. Some things are best shared with your women friends there’s no denying to it
For the Navratri I had said mummy has kumari puja.
These are our Kumaris
 .

Even I was once called and I wondered what ‘s this fuss . I did not enjoy it and told my Aaji please do not take me next time .( actually I did not like the mugga ganthi and khatkhate so typical serving in GSB houses in Goa then)Now I realise it is about celebrating the essence of the feminine part of the nature, as there are very few rituals where  young girls are even allowed to participate.
We all must have heard and  read about what it is to be a woman. Let us all say it in our own words for the 100th post of Senoritas.
This is what I have to say, I always thought, there would be no restrictions and prohibitions of any kind on me if I was a boy. Yes I did thought, right from feeling bored to do waxing to cooking. Why only the woman/girls do that. But this changed till I had a daughter. She though very small made me realise that being a born a girl you bring joy along. And that is what we should spread all along.

Viva Senoras!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is my contribution:

God made two specific caricature...Man & Woman. What must have been in his mind when he made women is topic of huge discussions however to me....the first thoughts that flow when I think of girl, woman..this is what comes to me. Woman is beauty, she defines strength, she challenges courage, she evokes passion, she rides on intelligence or perhaps rare these days......the common sense:)
She also has a dark side to her and they say better not to tease a woman to bring out her dark side! Sometimes this amalgam of wonder powers turns frail, weak, lonely and at times used perhaps because of the circumstances thrown on her. 

From Childhood, I have been brought up to believe that Man heads the family, he gets the first right but woman is the strength behind this. That woman will bind the household, that she has the powers to heal and she can roar when there is calamity. Two women responsible for imparting early insights to me are both of my grandmothers, one aggressive and other calm. One woman through her actions is responsible to make me what I am - my mother. 
One woman to make me believe my learning continues is my mother-in-law. And one woman who has brought fresh perspective to my life, taken me next level and instills the faith that is there wonderful journey ahead....my daughter!
My giggling, my laughter, my wit, my thinking wheel is running better cause of MY SENORITAS.....
Cheers to the bond...Cheers to Womanhood..





Friday, 10 October 2014

Tobe ekla cholo re,



Jodi tor dak shune keu na ashe tobe ekla cholo re, commonly known as Ekla Chalo Re, is a Bengali patriotic song written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1905.

The song exhorts the listener to continue his or her journey, despite abandonment or lack of support from others. The song is often quoted in the context of political or social change movements. 

Just heard the rendering by Amitabh Bachhan ....awesome !!!

Sharing the translation of the poem for those interested..
तेरी आवाज़ पे कोई ना आये तो फिर चल अकेला रे
फिर चल अकेला चल अकेला चल अकेला चल अकेला रे

यदि कोई भी ना बोले  ओ अभागे कोई भी ना बोले
यदि सभी मुख मोड़ रहे सब डरा करे
तब डरे बिना ओ तू मुक्तकंठ अपनी बात बोल अकेला रे
ओ तू मुक्तकंठ अपनी बात बोल अकेला रे

तेरी आवाज़ पे कोई ना आये तो फिर चल अकेला रे

यदि लौट सब चले ओ अभागे लौट सब चले
यदि रात गहरी चलती कोई गौर ना करे
तब पथ के कांटे ओ तू लहू लोहित चरण तल चल अकेला रे

तेरी आवाज़ पे कोई ना आये तो फिर चल अकेला रे

यदि दिया ना जले ओ अभागे दिया ना जले
यदि बदरी आंधी रात में द्वार बंद सब करे
तब वज्र शिखा से तू ह्रदय पंजर जला और जल अकेला रे
ओ तू हृदय पंजर चला और जल अकेला रे

ओ तू चल अकेला चल अकेला चल अकेला चल अकेला रे

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Lovely Write up......by Reshma Bhabhi

Reshma bhabhi....read your blog and had the chance to see some amazing pics you have posted on various topics and loved the concept of TODAY (posted 7th Oct).....I am taking the liberty to share with our Senoritas....Cheers and keep writing...

Here's the link Senoritas...

http://digicamsnaps.blogspot.in/ 

Welcome...

Dear Senoritas, 

Please welcome our new member to Aamcho Konso......Vandana Kakodkar ( Sweta's sister-in-law)

Vandan, you have been around for a while and we all would love to hear your views.....So ..get ..set and BLOG!!! :)

What do you do when.....

Have you come across a situation where you are actually "irritated" " angry" or "not liking someone's presence" but you are not able to directly say it to him or her......how do you react??

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Friday, 26 September 2014

Your impact on Indian Economy..give this a thought...

Read the below article and thoughts started hovering on how I could contribute in my own way to the Indian economy...I am seriously giving this a try....I donno if I am prepared yet to be Poorna Swadeshi...but long journey start with small steps right? :)

For now, may be I can replace soap, toothpaste, shampoo and household products....and eventually move on to other stuff IF I FIND IT EFFECTIVE ...

More than 30,000 crore rupees of foreign exchange are being siphoned out of our country on products such as cosmetics, snacks, tea, beverages, etc which are grown, produced and consumed here. A cold drink that costs only 70 / 80 paisa to produce is sold for nine rupees, and a major chunk of profits from these are sent abroad. This is a serious drain on Indian economy.

Coke advertisement says: ‘Jo chaho hojaye, Coca Cola enjoy’. Well, you can consider some of the better alternatives to aerated drinks. You may drink lemon juice, fresh fruit juices, chilled lassi (sweet or sour), butter milk, coconut water, jaljeera, Enerjee, masala milk. Everyone deserves a healthy drink, including you!

Over and above all this, economic sanctions have been imposed on us. We have nothing against multinational companies, but to protect our own interests we request everybody to use Indian products only for next two years. With the rise in petrol prices, if we do not do this, the rupee will devalue further and we will end up paying much more for the same products in the near future.

What you can do about it?

1. Buy only products manufactured by wholly Indian companies.
2. Enroll as many people as possible for this cause.

Each individual should become a leader for this awareness.

This is the only way to save our country from severe economic crisis. You don’t need to give-up your lifestyle. You just need to choose an alternate product.




Read more at: http://www.merinews.com/article/help-indian-economy-boom-buy-indian-products/15770064.shtml&cp

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Are you ready for Dandiya??

Senoritas.....Navratri nu tyohar aavi gayo :) :) Are you all set for next 9 days?

I am sure we all have Dandiya organised in our society typically every year,  one year I had taken efforts to learn the dance properly but now with time I guess I have forgotten or that it just needs refresher course :) When ever we will have our Senoritas meet na, let us all play then :) will be fun:) :)

So tomorrow marks the opening ceremony with Ghatasthapana....here is what happens (as much as I know)
Navarati Kalashsthapana involves invoking the mother Goddess in a Pot or Kalash and sowing of seeds. A kalash with an image of Goddess Durga is installed in the house on the day. Apparently there is timing for this to do and some people even invite pandits. The pot is filled with water and is covered with plate of soil (in olden days they wud cover it with cow dung) and seeds of wheat are sown in the soil. It is watered every day for 9 days...sprinkled water, and by the 10th day you have germinated version of seeds which is used as Prasad.


My South Indian friends have beautiful set up of dolls and decorated images laid on steps. They have display of about 50-60 dolls/images. It is generally haldi kukum time for them. My gujju friends too have puja and make lot of sweets for these 9 days. I have never had a chance to visit any Bengali during these days but I am sure they too will have robust set up. 

On 8th day - ashtami day my mom would invite "Kumarika" and do their ovalni and give them lunch and some gift articles. I do not do any of the above, but thought of sharing with you all.

If you have experiences of Navratri, do share...:)


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Debate Series - 2

For those who have seen Guru Poornima...here is the debatable question:

Was Poornima's decision to ask for career over child right in the context of the movie?

Looking forward to know your views..

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

An Embarrassing Situation

Hello Senoritas. I recently got into a slightly embarrassing situation at a Pharmacy. I had gone to get Sanitary napkins and just before I could ask of it, a guy (very smart looking) walked in. I meet him at my gym regularly and must be just out of college. He hello-ed me and then I didn't know how to order for the pads. There was no one else besides just the two of us. I then didn't want to ask for the pads and ended up buying cough syrup. My reaction would have been different had it been a more elderly guy or a stranger. I later thought over it and found it to be very stupid. I would like to know how you ladies would have reacted in such a situation?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Get ready for the contest!!

Senoritas...we have an interesting numbers again!! Below is how our dashboard looks like...Not bad kya....very good hai :) By below you have an average posting of 30 topics a month i.e one topic a day! Good na?:)
So here it is....when we touch 100 posts, I will do some analyses on 1) maximum number of postings made, 2) maximum comments made, 3) maximum comments received in 100 entries and the winners will get a surprise gift. We will choose the winner with mutual agreement.

Every game has to have a caveat and this also will have :) The deal is I will not post new comments from now till we reach 100....so it is purely upto YOU now to make it to glorious 100!!!!!!

Geared up? Let's go!!!! Let us hit a century!!!!

Updates

Time Management from "7 Habits of Highly effective people".....

I am sure almost all of you have read this book, if not...it is never too late....:)

I want to share one of the most important aspect I feel we should apply to our lives. Divide every task you have in the 2x2 quadrant below and prioritize your work on section it falls into.....come back and tell me if it helped you or not..I am sure it will...:)

This is what the quadrant looks like.
Covey's Quadrant
The 2x2 time management matrix popularized by Stephen Covey.

Every activity can be put in one of the four quadrants

Emails in your Inbox....

Pratima Bhabhi....this one is for you...thanks for asking that question as to what I meant when I said number of emails in your inbox tells the personality type. So here it is:
The saying goes that you should clear your emails regularly, it is sign of discipline and also talks about you as a person. You may have multiple accounts..Official, Gmail, Yahoo, hotmail..you may clear some regularly, some periodically. Naturally you may choose to respond on your office account promptly but say Gmail can be weekly or hotmail monthly or more.....
When you keep all your accounts up to date on daily basis, you are perfectly balancing. Expert at it!
When you do that within weeks time, you are good and can do better. And anything more than that, you are procrastinator :) And this does not apply only to emails, this applies to your attitude in all aspect of life.
I had read the above context and hence had posted that on our blog :)

So all of you, get back to checking "pending" status of all things you must do and get towards better you :)

Have a great week ahead All!

Skin Care....

Can you suggest some Moisturizer, skin care product that has helped you personally? Or any particular skin care habit you follow that you follow that has given benefits??
I know each of our skin type will be different, however this is an attempt understand some good skin care products or habits. 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Starting Debate series...

Since we have been looking forward to put up some interesting debates...here is the first in the ring!

Are you allowed to fall in love AGAIN? Let us debate with various circumstances and our stand on each of them.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Compulsory disorder :)

Is there anything you insist as "Compulsory" action/reaction in your daily ? For example , seeing your child/husband off at the door (now that we have grown ups, school and college may not be applicable) but is it like compulsory?

Particular habits like having rice to complete your meal sometimes is compulsory disorder. People do not feel they had a complete meal if they have not had a spoonful of rice...watching movie with popcorn is like compulsory disorder for few and

Husband has to say I love U too compulsory for few :) :)

Whats your take in such disorders? Do you know of any, you have any??

Organic food....

You must have seen organic food that are available in form of pulses and grains. Have any of you used it, using it? Is it more healthy? Any information on this will be interesting....

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Vacation destination in India?

Which are your favorite holiday spots in India, places you may want to go again and again...places you havent been but plan to go some day....please do share 2 such vacation get-away... 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

About our blog...

I am sure we share the "snippets" from our wats-apps Senorita group chat with our respective family members, if you have received interesting comments from them, please do share here :)

Also, what is your idea about expanding this to few more like-minded Senoritas??

Manipulations and conveniences :)

You must have come across situations where you must have seen practices, rituals being manipulated as per the convenience. For ex: Coconut used in Puja were to be used to make something sweet and to be distributed to all as prasad. With times, we conveniently accept that coconut can be used in regular meals just that it should not be used for cooking non-veg meal :) Some may go step beyond and say veg or non veg, how does it matter. You can use coconut as you wish....

What is your take?  

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Give this a thought !!

If you have been a part of a general conversation - many a times you must have heard "amchya velela asa nhavta" or " we used to do this and that" or " how we saved every penny and lived happily"
True our earlier generation had very sparse resources, whereas our generation were better off than them. Todays generation is still far better placed than we are. Comparison can happen between two things with similar circumstances, When the circumstances are totally different why do we compare the two generations? Are we not responsible in creating the next generation? They are moulded by none other than us - then why do we blame them or rather criticise them when they behave differently? Why does the earlier generation expect the next one to behave exactly the way they did? 
Reshma. Smruti and myself are at the moment exactly in the middle of two generations (which think independently) the rest of you will soon catch up. So what do we do?

ARE WE HOARDERS ?

With so many things flooding the market and a comparatively better financial state makes us buy things on impulse. We end up buying a lot many things than we actually set out to buy. The result of this is overflowing wardrobes, kitchen cabinets and a stuffy refrigerator. Have you realised that having too much stuff in your cupboard also eats up your time as you have to regularly organise it.
Can we stand back and evaluate - do we need sooo much stuff ? How can we keep a check on ourselves ? 
Have you ever wondered just how many things you have which you haven't used for years, and probably you even aren't aware that they exist ?

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Your goodness...is it good or not so good...

I want to put forth a very serious question:

Sometimes out of your good mind you do something for less fortunate...have you given it a thought if it is indeed good for them? For example....you may get some food stuff (Bourbon biscuits, Silk choc, Burgers or Milk shakes, juices and so on) for kids of extremely poor conditions that they themselves may not be able to afford. You do this with the thought that poor kids..they will never get to eat this in their life. So why dont we give them that pleasure and make them happy for the day at least for having eaten that they never knew of !

What can happen is: 1) Those children may demand it from their parents and obviously their parents will not buy them bourbon..max may be glucose biscuits...not Silk but peppermints may be...have we struck wrong cord?
2) Does it instigate a child to desire..want something out of his reach and make them rebel OR depressed at his poverty state?
3) You may argue saying that since they will never get to experience this, you gave them this opportunity and gave them moment of joy. So because of above reason, should we deprive them of one time pleasure? What is wrong in it? You and I can think and understand One time pleasure....does the child has the capacity to understand that? You do this as you also derive pleasure in it and feel "Wow..I did something good for them" Have you really? Could you have done something else..which is more consistent perhaps??

So what does that mean? We don't give them chocolates, pastry at all?? What can you do here and how can you balance?

You may also say..."Madhavi...chad vichar karta...dont think so much :) " Well...this is not my thought alone...but a real experience I am putting forth. :)

Your Email account...

How many emails are in your Inbox...Read & Unread. How many folders do you have you in your email box ( Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail any account/s that you may be using)?

Based on your answers you will unveil some things not known to you :)

Saturday, 16 August 2014

What is in the name?

Dear Senoritas,

Do you know what does your name mean? Do you think there is any co-relation in why you as an individual get that particular name? :)

Monday, 11 August 2014

ME TIME...

LOVE THIS PICTURE..
MY IDEA OF A PERFECT  "ME TIME.".
ME, MY JOURNAL, A BOOK ,AND A CUP OF TEA



Notice the feather as a book mark...

WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF A PERFECT "ME TIME"?






Sunday, 10 August 2014

Wreck your language....

Senoritas.....let us tease our grey cells a bit :) Can you list down 5 words (either in Konkani or Marathi) which you think are not in use now but it was and is part of our language. Let us see how much we think we know our language. And if someone on the group already knows it, then that word will be cut off.
For ex: Kurkut in Konkani is Niche in the wall...most of you may be knowing it but we do not use it in our daily conversation.....
Let us see who gets 5 such words !!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Narali Poornima....

Tomorrow 10th Aug is Raksha Bandhan and Narali Poornima. We all know what Raksha bandhan is all about. So here is little about Narali Poornima,

Coconut Day festival or Narali Purnima takes place in Maharasthra & Kerala. It is celebrated mostly by the fishing community who offer their prayers for their safety to the sun-god Varuna.
On the full moon day of Sravan is celebrated the Narli Purnima to appease the fury of the Sea-god. It also marks the end of monsoon, and is primarily observed by sailors, fishermen and others living in the coastal areas. They offer coconut to the sea on this occasion. A coconut has three eyes. It is said to represent Lord Shiva, the three eyed God. Coconut is considered to be an auspicious offering to Gods. A coconut is broken in front of the deities before taking up a new venture to seek blessings and on successful comlition for thanks giving. 

Narali Bhaat is the highlight of the day and it is one of my Dad's fav dish :) 


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Which is the one movie that you love to watch over and again.

I think most of us are Bollywood movie buffs. We literally grow on them. There are some movies that we love to watch over and over again. There are some which are your favourites. Tell us which is yours and why ?

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Repeat Moments....

Senoritas....can you share few of your fav moments with someone in the FAMILY (pls keep away Couple and Mother-Child moments)...something that brings cheer to you and you would definitely like to repeat those? :)  
(It can be with Cousins, Brothers, Sisters, In-Laws, Uncles, Aunties or CO-SISTERS like us ;) )

Monday, 4 August 2014

COFFEE...

DO ALL OF YOU LOVE  A HOT CUP OF COFFEE??
I love drinking filter coffee . 


                                                                   

                                                                            
I especially love drinking coffee when I come home from a hectic day out .

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WHAT IS YOUR DRINK OF CHOICE ? AND WHEN DO YOU REALLY ENJOY THAT??
DO YOU NEED COMPANY WHEN YOU HAVE THIS DRINK OR YOU CAN ENJOY IT ALONE??

LOVELY ROOMS...

Mix Old and New

I love going through sites with lovely interior pictures.. thought I would share this with you..
This looks so good would look great with our GODHADIS made at home...

Saturday, 2 August 2014

What is your Emotional Quotient ?

How much do you allow your emotions to rule you ?

Many a times we think with our heart more than our head. Our emotions play an important part when we take decisions. Sometimes we take some decisions against our will so as not to hurt the opposite person. How good is that ? Should we think be selfish and think about us first or should we be selfless ?
Hi Senoritas 
As August has started our dear Senoras Madhavi and Reshma Bhabi will not be putting up any questions . I was always looking forward to at least read their interesting questions  though I  have not been a regular in answering them with the same eagerness.So thank you both for getting us out and making us think on different things and more importantly making us write them . 
Well now lets us all see in a year how much pages we fill with our musings.......

Friday, 1 August 2014

Naag Panchami....

Senoritas....since we spoke about holy Shravan month and various days followed in there, i thought of sharing with you the overview of things I have seen in my chidhood and my understanding of its significance.

Today is Naag Panchami, typically devoted to worship the snakes. Snake is also associated with Shiv and hence it is like worshiping him as well. People made snake idols from either sand or kanik or mud. Eventually it was replaced with print on paper. You do puja of this and naivedya is dudh and lhaaya. And yes ladies would put mehendi and fast :)

As you may be aware that there is mythological story for each day of Shravan. I do not recollect all but I do recollect few which my grandma would tell us. The story of Naag Panchami is as follows: A farmer had two sons and while sloughing in field..one of whom killed three snakes. The mother of the snake took revenge on the same night by biting the farmer, his wife and two children and they all died. The farmer’s only daughter, survived as she was married off. So snake decides to kill her and her husband as well. When the snake reaches there, it observes that this girl was doing puja of Naag although she was grieved by the death of her parents and brothers, she pleaded before the mother snake with an offering of a bowl of milk and requested for forgiveness. The snake was mellowed by this and turned into garland of flowers in the puja kalash.

Scientifically if you ask me, during these rainy days since water get seeped into earth, snakes have to come out of their holes and hence we would see them in abundance. With the fear of they attacking human, perhaps it was thought that humans could worship them. And technically if any snake did bite human, then it was adjudged that, that person might have done something wrong in life!! Sigh :)

And quick reference to Shravan Somwar- I will mention the story separately but every Somwar has Shiva mooth. Last Monday it was Rice. Coming Monday it is Til. You can refer to Kalnirnay for this info.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

MY JOURNAL - 31

WELL..THIS ONE IS GOING TO BE MY LAST QUESTION IN THE JOURNAL SERIES. IT WAS INDEED PLEASURE COMING UP WITH THESE QUESTIONS AS IT WAS LEARNING FOR ME AS WELL..MOST OF THE QUESTIONS MADE ME THINK AND I AM HOPEFUL BY THE END OF THE YEAR, I WILL HAVE LOT MORE CLARITY ...THANKS TO THE JOURNAL :) 

HERE IS YOUR QUESTION:
Most of you might have heard this marathi saying" Jawai mulga hoto pan Sunn mulgi hot naahi aani saasu aai hot naahi" [Translate in English: Son-in-law can easily be accepted as son but daughter-in-law cannot be accepted easily as Daughter just the way mother-in-law cannot be like your own mother] 
WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THIS SAYING? DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS SUNN AND AS SAASU :)

RAINY DAY...

It has been pouring since yesterday.. I had a very busy day yesterday and so could not do justice to the weather..

For me rainy season is a perfect season to be at home and to enjoy the indoors. Feel cozy; relish a hot cup of tea and a little time to do what you enjoy doing which is not your routine but, just some “me time” for yourself.

Get up and get those precious moments. Enjoy the rains and the serene feel that it brings with it.

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If I am given a choice and if I am alone, I would love to light some scented candles..

Candlelight

 And sit with a book read or write something 



or just listen to music (old Hindi songs)







 while I watch the rain dropping down.

Rain

What is your idea of a perfect rainy day at home? .

By 
Reshma.


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

MY JOURNAL 30


EACH ONE OF US IS LIVING A LIFE THAT WE HAVE CHOSEN TO LIVE OR HAVE TO LIVE.


SO HERE COMES MY QUESTION FOR THE DAY..

30:  IS THERE SOME PLACE ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE? SOMETHING ELSE THAT YOU WOULD LOVE TO DO .

OR DO YOU FEEL THAT THIS IS JUST THE PLACE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE AND    THIS IS WHAT YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO DO?




To ,
All Senorita's


This is my final question for the month of July 2014
I enjoyed setting up questions for you all, on every even days for the month of July.

It will be a pleasure to see the answers coming up on the blog.. For those who have not answered ,can always make a small book and jot down the answers there. 


Please do go through the questions again and write whenever you feel like or add to the content.

Please start a topic of your interest so that the communication is not lost.


RESHMA.