Friday, December 13

BACK TO SCHOOL

          When i hear the word "SCHOOL" it makes me realize how much i miss it. Few days back when i was coming back from office ,i  saw a group of school students rushing back to the railway station to board the train,.Everything about them was nostalgic.The uniform, the shoes, the ribbon, the secret crush, the way they shared a pack of lays, the way they spoke, exam tensions, the discussion of who will top the exam , the assembly programs, the punishments, the cycle ride, getting late to the assembly, scolding from PT sir,the task of writing on the display boards, monitoring the class,mass drills and everything just came down the memory lane.


          March used to be the most anxious month, waiting for the exams to get over and go for a long holiday with family and friends.Group outing was a big no no till class 9. There always had to be an elder to accompany.I remember the first time when we went for the group outing without anyone accompanying us. It was to the good old Spencer.. :). And the exiting part was going to the beach and that too without informing parents.. Well that was a huge deal for me when i was in classes 8.. :)

        When the school reopened in June, there always was an excitement to reach the school early on the first day and get the best seat. But this excitement used to last only for few moments till the class teacher came and made us all sit according to the height order.The uneasy feel when we were made to sit in the first row, the fights that we had when someone pulled our ribbons, the anger that was shown when the class leader wrote the name on the board for talking, the satisfaction that was shown when the name was rubbed from the board when we were silent is really nostalgic.


        The first time when we found some gal had a crush on the topper of the class, cross checking it with the magical mantra called "FLAMES",first time ragging the new student, the empathy that was shared when some rumor was shared about my best friends,how upset we used to be when the class was shuffled,The PT period which was the time to discuss about the happenings of each others class, making code word to speak, writing letters in the code words that were formed so that nobody understood it. Sounds funny now, but it all seems like yesterday.

         When we chased one another in the corridors in Intervals, and returned to the classrooms  Drenched in sweat.When we had lunch in classrooms, corridors, Playgrounds under the trees and even in cycle sheds! the secret agreement that was made to save each other in case of difficulties, the only adventure game that used to be played was going in between the trees and climbing the tress and calling that trekking, bunking the classes in the name of competition practice, silly fights for no reason, playing and falling and breaking were all part of the PT classes. All these are really memorable.

   
         The first business plan that was made in the form of making greeting cards,the first earning by selling them, the profit that was calculated, the execution that was made leaving behind the homework, the revenge that was taken by puncturing the cycle, the mad rush to get the samosas in the canteen, these memories are still fresh.

       The birthday treats used to be kulfis and  lays and cheetos in the nearby shop, the craziness of collecting the tazoos and the freebies,exchanging  the Pokemon cards with friends for the points,month long preparations for the cultural even where there was no major role..Gone are the days. Wish i could bring them back.

      We  learnt, We  played,
We laughed,We cried,
We thought.We fought,
We won, We lost,
We  enjoyed,we grew together
With so much fun in them, so many friends,

So much experience, all this and more!


This is written as a part of indiblogger contest: 




Sunday, November 10

AYUSH- NATURAL GROWTH

        We are all the victims of the supermarket culture. We watch the advertisements, get inspired by the fancy bottles and the way they portray their products and without second thoughts drop them in our shopping basket. How many of us really go through the ingredients of the product and even if we go through them, how many ingredients used, do we recognize? 
I always think that I am taken back to my chemical lab, where my lab assistant gives me list of chemical components and asks me to pick them  from the shelf and start doing my experiment. I have the same baffled look when I look at these ingredients in the products that I get. And how do I know if these components are good for me or not? 
Some argue that, the grandmother medicine that has the Ayurvedic and the siddha components are not trustable. For those who question the quality of these traditional medicine, can u give a 100% assurance about the components used in these chemically processed/synthetic products stuffed in fancy jars are good for health or does not create any side effects???? 
We believe in advertisements, we believe in the brand and get the items, but the very next day the news channels flash these news: 
According to new Indian express : “The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suspended the license for manufacturing cosmetics. The FDA has maintained that the procedure used to make the powder is not healthy and exposes consumers to the risk of developing cancer. “There were unacceptable levels of ethylene oxide, which is a trigger for cancer. Ethylene oxide was being used to bring down microbial load in the powder by sterilization. But it was found that there was ethylene oxide residue in the talcum powder, which is primarily used on infants” 

     “you break the cycle of nature, u fall victim to the pray”.  We are all the victims again. 
  
We see hair dye products saying “no ammonia” and 100% natural. Is ammonia the only chemical used to make the paste black in color.?  But just because it says NATURAL we get that and experience hair fall 
We are all in the instant pick and use world. We need results in a jiffy. Early we get the result ,faster it fades away. But the AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, unani, Siddha, homeopathy) products are slow in giving results, and last a life time. 


Suddenly there is a buzz about the AYUSH products. And the leader in them is YOGA, and the others are not far behind. Food is the best medicine, nature is the best doctor. What we eat should be carefully consumed. Indian food is known for its balanced diet and that is because of the ayurvedic and the sidda components that we use in the food. There is a reason behind everything that our grandmother asks us to take. 
The legyam, the kashayam, the chyavanprash, the oil bath everything has the medicinal property, which keeps us hale and healthy without any side effects. 
Turmeric, neem, chukku, melagu(pepper), tippili, the Indian oils(castor oil, sesame oil, mustard oil), amla, ashwagantha ,guruchi everything has been proved by science that they modulate natural killer cells and helps in killing harmful foreign bodies. These also modulates cytokines which boosts the immunity. 
Indian medicines are completely holistic.2500 year old Indian medicines cant be wrong after all. If we feel it is wrong then it is our understanding that is not correct but not the system. The rich medicinal history should not be lost just because it is written in sanskrit and not many are aware of the language now. 
The sushruth samhita, charak samhita, ashtanga sangraha  has all the evidences of this high level medicine. 
Adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO) ,Ayurvedichealth.org
Sam dosha, samagni, samdhatu malakriyah
Prasannatma, indriyas manah swath abhidayate.
– Sushruta stru 24/41  
 
Health is in balance when all three doshas (bioenergy) and agni (metabolic process) are in balance, and excretions are in proper order. When atman (soul), senses, manah (intellect) are in harmony with internal peace, the svastha (best health) is achieved. 

The Indian medicinal focus is on the health rather than the diseases and the main aim is to enhance the  quality of life. These traditional medicinal systems have been used widely in curing and controlling deadly diseases like chikungunya  and cancer. These great medicinal systems bust be valued and should be used in drug discoveries and development process. 

The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. - Voltair 
This post has been written as a part of Traditional Knowledge, Natural Growth

Saturday, October 26

Who am I ?




I am a little reserved because of my weight and I am not found everywhere
I live below the sand, and they mine to get me and my family out
All my family ever mined will fit the average size living room
I live in Africa and all my other relatives live in Russia,
My mother tongue is Spanish and my nick name is “small silver”
I guard and secure the diamonds
Who am I ??

I am complete ,pure and perfect
The meaning of my color is innocence, wholeness, and completion
I am blessed with the color of new beginning,
Equality ,fairness ,neutrality  and impartiality is the identity of my color
Thus I am used in weddings and happy times,
My color is white and who am I?

     The day i found you, 
     The day i realized you are truly meant for me,
     Million stars lit up the dark,
     like the diamonds in the sky

     You are the brightest, i cannot deny
     like the  diamond held tightly in the ring
     love bonds are meant to last long
     a love so pure. a love so true
     a love that makes me come to you

     You are the angel who is near
     in your arms i have no reason to fear
     you are the charm, you are the brightness
     you bring the smile and make my day

     you are the ruby of my heart
     diamond of my mind
     emerald of my eyes
     amethyst of my cheeks

     my admiration for you  is so precious
     more precious then the gems
     a jewel so protected and valued
     i adore the real reward, which is you.
     i discovered this real love that will never end

I make people realize the true love that is everlasting
you celebrate this day where you find everlasting love with me
who am i ?

I am the ultimate statement of love and quality
i am the preferred choice of the worlds greatest jewelry designers 
i am not Palladium, Rhodium, Ruthenium, Iridium and Osmium,
I am platinum.


This post is written as a part of Indiblogger platinum day of love contest





Saturday, September 14

Future of shopping!!



It's a snowy Saturday, and Amy age 72, sits on her couch and is thinking about the surprise gift that she plans to give her granddaughter for her birthday.

She uses her "6th sense" pendant and chooses the virtual image of the shop that she likes to purchase the items from. She uses her mobile phone to Create a virtual projection of her granddaughter using the picture that she hasand to control it. She makes the projected granddaughter to enters the virtual shop where she finds her personal concierge..



The concierge takes three scans of the virtual granddaughter in less than 10 seconds, then waits for the skin 


tone number. All this info is plugged into a scan guide and there is a list of products that would suit the virtual granddaughters skin tone, her waist size, her shoe size and everything needed for shipping.

The concierge recommends several items, the virtual granddaughter tries several dresses for the fit and chooses one. Amy pulls out the virtual granddaughter from the virtual shop and uses her Smart phone to pay the bill by scanning the bar code, and there is a warning beep saying that the same deign, brand dress is 5$ less in a different shop. So Amy reports this to the sales associate of the virtual shop and gets her dress for the lowest price in the market.



The item that she purchased will be shipped to her on the same day and since she had mentioned that it is a surprise, it will be shipped only to Amy.



The virtual projection shopping.


Amy then opens her laptop and scans through her teenage pics where she sees pics of her in a shopping mall along with her friends  and thinks how much the technology has changed and has made her life much easier. But this "shop-o-home" technique has also made meeting with friends and acquaintances a festive affair.

She satisfies all her need with just a swish of her cell phone. She now plans to meet up with her friends and have a retail therapy done. She informs all her friends about the meet up and checks into the "alter- me" app before heading out for shopping. This app presents to her the best place for shopping according to her needs, and also about the deals available at several places. and as soon as she steps into the shop, the talking shelves guide her to the "new venture" tour place where she can find all she needs stocked up, saving her time..:)
all info about everything using the sixth sense pendant.

These talking shelves also help her to customize her dresses and other items, which will be dropped in her trail room through the "fly-air" technology if she wants to try the fit.



Every info about the clothing that Amy wants, she finds it with the sixth sense pendent. And when this info is fed to the talking shelves, the exact piece with the fit is delivered directly, without the trouble of carrying the heavy shopping bags.!!

She pays the bill using the mobile wallet and heads back home, to see the package that she ordered for her granddaughter waiting to be delivered to her. She hands over the present to her granddaughter and plans to tell her how she used to shop when she was a teenager as her bedtime story!..:)


This post is written as a part of Indiblogger The future of shopping contest.

Wednesday, September 11

Auto fare- boon or bane!

"Auto la yeranum na yerusumma rules pesada" (if you want to get into the auto, stop talking rules). This was the reaction that I got when I was asking the auto fellow in Mambalam to use the meter.


 "The Chief Minister also made it clear that permits of the auto rickshaw drivers would be canceled if they charge more than the revised fare".Their vehicles would as well be seized". However, no one seems to care. 

We were really happy when the announcements came out that the autos in Chennai city will once again see the meter box that was buried few years ago.

 It used to be a strange thing when autos in all the other cities like Bangalore and Mumbai had its meters on , and the auto fellows even gave back 50 paise.


A city is first judged by its transport facility and the autos fares.
Our city is famous for extra-high auto charges and the rude behavior of the auto fellows.After the announcement was made, we all thought that it was a boon for the commutators. 


When I told them, I would pay the fare according to the new tariff structure which translated into around 75 cent hike in minimum fare, in comparison to the fare that was present earlier, all I heard was his scolding.I even told them that I had the conversion fare list that came out in all the leading newspapers, but still no response.

I was determined this time that I will not pay a single penny more and let that auto fellow go. We had to let go of some 3-4 autos until one auto fellow asked 60 bucks for a 1.8 km. I had to bargain with him again when my friends got irritated by all these talks and came to a settlement of Rs 40.

Still I was not satisfied with the settlement, and thanks to the smartphone. I tracked down the kilometer, and it was just 1.2 km, and we should have paid only 25, but we paid 40. 

As soon as we got down, I asked the auto fellow if he could tell me the distance of the place from the station where we boarded, and he refused to tell.

Now this tariff structure, even after the awareness given to all the citizens if not followed properly, will surely be a bane.!!

And what can be done to such auto fellows? I have noted down the number of the auto, but I still feel complaining will not solve the problem. Each and everyone must insist in the usage of the meter or the fresh tariff rates until the new meters are installed. 








Thursday, August 1

Madras to me is....

ழகிய கடற்கரை மெரினா

சியாவின் பெரிய வண்டலூர் பூங்கா

தயத்தை கவரும் வள்ளுவர் கோட்டம்

ட்ட உதவும் பூங்காக்கள்

ழைப்பை உணர்த்தும் தொழிலாளர் சிலை

றோரை வாழவைக்கும் தொழிற்சாலைகள்

ன்றும் அழியா பல்லவ சிற்ப்பங்கள்

றி போகும் மாடி ரயில்கள்

யத்தை தெளிய வைக்கும் அண்ணா நூலகம்

ளியேற்றும் வாழ்வில் பல்வேறு ஆலயங்கள்

த உதவும் புகழ் பெற்ற கல்லூரிகள்

டதத்தால் உயிர்காக்கும் உலகத்தர மருத்துவமனைகள்

 ஆம் இதுதான் நம் சிங்கார சென்னை !!!!!
பெருமை படலாம் நம் சென்னை வாசிகள் !!!!!


Translation in English:

Azhagiya kadarkarai Marina
Aasiyavin pperiya vandalur poonga
idayathai kavarum valluvar kottam
eetta udavum poongakkaazh
uzhaippppai unarttum tozhilalar silai
oororai vazha vaikkumtozhirchalaigazh
endrum azhiya pallava sirppangazh
yeri pogum maadi rayilgazh
aiyattai tezhiya vaikum anna noolagam
ozhiyettrum vazhvil palverru aalayangazh
ooda udavum ugazh pettra kallurigazh
audadhattal uyirkakkum ulagatarra maruttuva manaigazh.

aam idudan nam singara chennai!!
perumai padalam nam chennai vaasigazh!!!!

Sunday, July 21

The unforgetable road trip.

        Planning a perfect road trip is always fun, but when you miss the train and your planned holiday turns out to be a road trip, it is even more adventurous and exciting, And that becomes one of your best and unforgettable road trips.

Our journey started from Delhi on a cold winter morning. It was a family holiday trip with  people of all ages  meeting after so long. The trip was made after analyzing all the travel plans and dates,with the assurance to make it the best trip and a memorable one. But never did we imagine that it will turn out to be a road trip for few of us. :)

The first day of the trip was to the magnificant taj,the historic qutub minar and the magnificent town of Mathura where we  felt the gopikas dancing to the tunes of krishnas flute.

The beautiful TAJ
qutub minar.
When we were about to board the train to manali from simla a thought struck us,No matter your age or occupation, the feel of the fresh air and the long drive could be great stress buster.So we decided to leave the train and reach the destination by road.The road trip was not only destressing , it also helped us form some beautiful memories.To feel the true pulse of a country a road trip is a must.

Speaking with the locals,knowing the importance of a place and having a hot tea filled with the love and affection of the locals was amazing.:) And the water rafting in kulu which is on the way to manali from simla
was awesome.



On our way to kufri

shhhhh... sorry to have disturbed you!!!


Planning the road trip was the most trickiest part as we had only half an hour to plan, and thus we decided to rent a car till Manali. And then trek for a while till Rohtang top. And then stay for the night at the camping grounds


The beas river overflowing with ice cold water.


Shimla (The Queen of Hills) has been one of the most famous holiday destinations in India.Traces of colonial authority are still prevalent in this region, testifying a unique vintage feel.For all the shopoholics, Shimla has the Mall road which is famous for all the, handlooms, handicrafts, and also has some branded show rooms for those who are keen on brands.. We also visited the  Vice-Regal Lodge which is a very popular attraction of Shimla,Surrounded by pine trees and gardens It is built in the Scottish style the building has beautiful wooden interiors. Located on the Observatory Hill the building houses Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. A part of it which is a museum is worth a visit
Indian institute of advanced studies-Simla


Busy streets of Simla

The mall road-simla



the Rohtang pass was a full fledged, inescapable ‘destination’ for tourists from Manali. At a height of 4111 feet,Rohtang pass is 51 KM from Manali,and presents a striking view of the snow capped mountains and the valleys.Climbing the mountains made us hungry and Once we reached the Rohtang we feasted on the Maggie and the pakados that the road side shops offered for 50 buckes at 0 degree. Had a chance to try my hands on the adventure sports too like the paragliding. :) 
snow filled Rohtang

At 0 degree
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Paragliding

Ice barrigades..:)




The next day our plan was to start from the camping area to Manali and head to Amritsar, and luck was that the car that we had rented had a flat Tyre and we were already running out of time. So we had no other option that to get lift from a lorry driver who was kind enough to drop us till, Manali bus stop. And we were relieved to get into a bus to our next destinatio,Amritsar via mandi and pathan kot.

The bus was very crowded and the journey was for around 11 hrs. There was a halt in Mandi for refreshments and food.Well a long journey could make anyone tired and a halt in a place where u don't even find a bathroom is even tiring. Luckily we found a place in a hilltop and that was IIT Mandi and the attender was kind enough to let us inside the campus for few refreshment..:) :)

Finally after reaching amritsar we visited the important tourist places there like the golden temple,Jallian Wala Bagh and the wagha border and headed back to delhi.
In the wagha border.
The bullet holes

the golden temple

Tips for the road trip:

1.check the car that you are hiring.
2. Always plan a road trip with group of friends who have the same wavelength.
3.have a good navigation system
4.A good backpack with a good quantity of clothes ,a torch, and shoes.
5.carrying some snacks, ur ipod/mp3 layer loaded with good music,some chocolates is always preferable.
6.plan you route.
7.Camera,a Map,sunglasses,a swiss knife,plastic bags
8.A first Aid kit(especially when you are trekking)


To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”- Bill Bryson


This blog is written as a part of the Perfect road trip contest conducted by AmbipurIndia.




Thursday, July 18

Brain Wizz-Part2

Check here for the part-1 of Brain Wizz.

Squeeze your brain,fasten the thought process,improve the impulse for you know all the answers to the questions asked in a quiz comp. But those who are faster in remembering the answers hit the jackpot. Here are few questions!...These are the first 10 questions asked in the landmark quiz.More to follow.


1. The Story of My Life, an autobiography by Helen Keller is dedicated to which eminent person who helped direct her education and considered himself foremost a teacher of the deaf?

2. In the cricketing Caribbean West Indies, which country though not an island forms part of this group?

3. What list is this and whose name fills the blank: _____ ➜ Albus Dumbledore  ➜ Draco Malfoy ➜ Harry Potter

4. NASA launched which queen as the fastest manmade object in history on August 5th 2011 on a mission that will end in a high-speed crash into her husband about 630 million km away?

5. If India = Bharat and Japan = Nippon, Greece = ............?

6. It is called the Mehran in Pakistan and is the largest selling product of its type in the country. Its direct Indian equivalent is also the largest selling product of its kind in this country. What brand?

7. The Lokayukta Act 1984 was the first of its kind in India. It was the brainchild of which Chief Minister who was inspired by the successful working of the Swedish ombudsman?

8. The attacks on Krishna as a child by Putana, Trinavarta and other demons so frightened Yashodha that she insisted that the entire village move from Gokul to a more auspicious place downstream on the banks of the Yamuna next to a tulsi forest at the base of Govardhan hill. What place was this?

9. This word of Greek origin means “mound” or “built up”. It is used to describe a class of steroids that increase protein synthesis and build up cellular tissue especially in muscles. That it was a favourite ingredient in the diet of some Indian athletes came to light recently. What word is this?

10. Which river arises in the Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, flows through the city of Jammu and then crosses into Pakistan to join the Chenab?



Tuesday, July 2

Love the train journey

    PUSH, PUSH , A LITTLE MORE and with a shrill she faints. Well this is not the scene in a maternity ward, but the unanimous voice of hundreds of people trying to get down from the train.This is also a test where one side ie people trying to get down from the compartment try to show their strength to those who try to board the train. And finally the stronger group wins the match and only the smarter ones from the weaker side sneak into or get down from the compartment. Others have to try their chance in the next station.


Credits:google.

No doubt Passengers constantly complain about the crowds, the heat, the madness.

"A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”
― John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog"
A person can learn a lot from the train journey also or fronm anything as a matter of fact and the experience is unforgettable.

1. Nothing beats pushing and fighting with the crowd to get a seat in the train. The satisfaction that one gets is invincible..:)
2.We get to make train friends or even compartment friends due to the psychological bond that is formed by doing the similar actions and facing similar problems while travelling.So one more tab added to the list of friends.
3.I bet the stuffs that we get in train like the pens,hair clips,wallets 1 RS samosas, we don't even get when we search for them outside.
4. Want to build the public speaking skill ? get into a crowded train. Even those people who are scared to speak in front of the crowd are made to fight back for the places and even shout!
5.Forgot to workout in the morning? no worries. Get into a train, don't sit. Stand .

Now, a narrow-minded person would jump to irrational conclusions, screaming discomfort, and then blaming the government and municipality for the sorry state of affairs that is our railways.

But the more intelligent ones among us know that this is just another opportunity to learn so many things.


"Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you."-Aldous Huxley











Thursday, June 20

ROMANTIC IDEAS-2

Check here for Romantic idea-1

IDEA # 11
If you are walking by a park, visit the swings and give your partner a ride. This will often bring back happy memories from her childhood.

IDEA # 12

If your partner has a pet that she adores, in addition to buying a gift for your partner, buy a small present for her pet.

IDEA # 13
Go for a walk on the beach. Trace out the shape of a large love heart in the sand. Sit inside the heart and watch the sun go down.

IDEA # 14
Invite your partner to go for a walk. Get a back pack and pack the following items: A picnic blanket, a selection of fruit in small containers eg. strawberries, grapes, watermelon and kiwi fruit. Some cheese and crackers. Some sandwiches. A small tin of caviar. A favorite drink. If your partner asks what's in the backpack, just say a jacket and some lunch.
When you find a romantic spot, ask if she would like to stop for a bite to eat. Open your pack and remove the items one by one to set up your picnic. The last item you remove should be the favorite drink.

IDEA # 15
If you play a musical instrument, create a romantic environment in which to play for your partner. For example, let's say you play the saxophone. Contact your partner's roommate and arrange for her to make sure that your partner steps out onto the balcony of their apartment at exactly 9.30pm.
Drive to her apartment and set up before hand. Place a large sparkler in the music holder of your sax and light it as your partner steps on to the balcony. Play something slow and romantic.

IDEA # 16
On a special occasion like your partner's birthday, plan a treasure hunt for her. The fun begins when you suggest going for a walk on the beach.
When you get to the beach, carry a small bag with you. The bag contains a bottle that you prepared earlier. Inside the bottle is a treasure map. To make the treasure map look authentic, burn the edges with a match.
As you are walking, slip the bottle out of your bag and let it drop to the sand near the water's edge. Walk a little further up the beach then turn around and retrace your steps to 'discover' the bottle.
On the map have a dotted line leading from the beach to a nearby cafe. At the cafe, your partner won't know what to look for so suggest that you just sit down and have a cup of coffee.
When the waitress delivers the coffee, she suggests to your partner that she might find what she is looking for under the coaster. When your partner turns over the coaster she finds a key taped to the bottom. Obviously you will have to set this up before hand with the waitress. Most waitresses will be happy to help a romantic guy out with this type of thing.
At the next stop on the map, your partner finds or is given a spade. Then at the last stop on the map your partner finds a large 'initial of the partner' made up of two crossed sticks. She digs and discovers a locked box. The key unlocks the box to reveal her present.

IDEA # 17
Contact your partner's friends and ask if there was anything she always wanted when she was a little girl.
For example if she always wanted a porcelain doll, buy one for her birthday. She will not only appreciate the gift but also the fact that you were thoughtful enough to find out what she always wanted.

IDEA # 18
Organize a professional photo shoot to obtain a portrait of the two of you as a couple. Frame the picture and put it somewhere prominent. Remember to make sure you give your partner plenty of notice so that she can get ready.

IDEA # 19
Write a note saying
"I thought of you today, and it made me smile."
Leave the note somewhere where your partner is sure to find it.

IDEA # 20
For Valentines Day, buy your partner a charm bracelet with at least 14 charms.
Remove all the charms and let your partner 'find' one charm each day for the first fourteen days of February. On Valentines Day give her the bracelet and any remaining charms.


Source: 101 romantic ideas by Michael Webb, 

Wednesday, June 12

By me, about me.


This post is part of The Chennai Bloggers Club’s Six-Word Memoir Tag. By the way for people who are wondering what a Six-Word Memoir Tag is, wiki says:

   "Six-Word Memoirs is a project founded by the U.S.-based online storytelling magazine Smith Magazine. Like that publication, Six-Word Memoirs seek to provide a platform for storytelling in all its forms."

According to smith magazine it is a place for story telling. Everyone has a story and what better way to express it in just 6 words?

Well i believe the Six-Word Memoir + the elevator style talk would be the key mantras to impress people in the first meet!.. :D

                     

ok , Here is the Six-Word Memoir about me.

                            The Eclecticist who is always optimistic.


Now I pass on this tag to sriram acharya who blogs at  http://mypradoxicalparadise.wordpress.com/. His posts reflect a great deal on what he is passionate about.





Wednesday, June 5

Hyatt-Indiblogger Meet

    We always wait for the indiblogger to put up a meet in Chennai, and crave for the meets as it comes once or twice in a year and none of the Chennai bloggers want to miss this special meet, where we get to interact with the fellow blogger friends and socialise with the other bloggers. This is a perfect platform for us to put forth our blogs to a large number of people.

 And such a special meet did happen and it was organised by "ambi pur". As soon as the poster was put up in the indiblogger site regarding the meet, i booked the seat and informed all my dear friends regarding the same. The thought of meeting so many people after so long is exciting isnt it? . And the icing on the cake was it was organised in Hyatt, and who would want to miss a chance to visit that!? :)

I reached the place quite early along with my blogger friends and was glad to see the others who had arrived much earlier to us. There were "hi-hello" greetings sessions in the lobby where all the bloggers were made to gather till  the registrations began. There were around 230 + bloggers who had come for the meet.Much bigger crowd than the previous meets and i am sure the "ambi pur" organisers would have been happier.:)

We were greeted warmly as usual by the indiblogger family and once the registration formalities were over we took our seats. As soon as the host took hold of his wand i.e the mike it started showering gifts and free movie passes and rocks.. And ya how could i forget the lovely cold single french fry that i got as the gift.:) Well all these were given for a "check-Ur-luck" game where selected participants had to  choose a number from 1-11 and whatever was written behind the chit was given as a gift :)

After the heavy flow of gifts, there was an introduction session or 60 seconds to fame which was a platform to bring in more viewers to the blog and also to portray yourself. :) The Best part is there were gifts even during this season.

After the heavy flow of gifts we were given the sumptuous meal comprising of  the starters,main course and the yummy deserts and some photo shoots with friends. This was the time where we had a surprise behind the screens. We were blindfolded and weremade to sit in a car and were made to smell the amazing fragrance of the ambi pur which was placed in the car which "smelled like the first drop of rain that falls on the lush green grass". So fresh and nice amidst the hangings shoes, half eaten pizzas, old socks and many other things.

After this  amazing smelling experience we were made to tweet about the same and the best tweet won a Galaxy S4. Incredible,but people like me who did not have twitter were sad about this and there came the news that we could also win the super phone by blogging about our experience in the amazing meet.:)

then came the technical info about the ambi pur product and how it works. Well it is always fun to know extra info and share it with friends and get the "she-knows-more;' tag and the session really helped to acquire some extra knowledge.

the last part of the meet was the stage show or adzap, where the bloggers were grouped accourding to the flavours of the ambi pur freshner contents that were given to us. There were five groups and each had to enact a play and the best play which was ours (the smelly movie 4) won the prize.:)

The others plays were office romance,a malayalam movie,rajini style and a imitation of the kounder mani senthil play. Last but not the lest we got the awesome indiblogger and ambi pur tea shirts and ofcourse the photo session.

Well that day was a perfect day with yummy food and friends and stage show and loads and loads of gifts.!!:)