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Friday, June 26, 2015

Lending a helping hand- Sights that linger

Lending a helping hand

There are some sights that linger long after you've seen them and here is one such.

Spotted  this on my morning walk yesterday and loved watching the  beautiful and precious grandmother  grand daughter bonding. 

The old lady was fragile and tired easily but her granddaughter kept her going.

When they finished their walk, they sat on a bench and talked. 

Then got up, picked some pretty white flowers for the 'pooja' at home and carried on.

I continued my walk, then headed home too but not before capturing this moment forever.

I also realised that the roles had been reversed.The child had now grown up and the grandmother had aged...

Some sights truly linger...

Friday, June 19, 2015

My Dad My Hero- A Fathers Day Special

Memories-Waking up in agony and crying with an acute stomach pain at night. I must have been about 7 years old and we lived in Calcutta at the time.

My dad came rushing in from his bedroom and asked me what the problem was. All I could manage to say  was, " My stomach is paining Pop.Very badly."

As it happened that day, our car was at the garage for some major repair and we had no means of transport. It must have been 2 am but my father didn't hesitate. He just picked me up and ran. 

Ran in the middle of the night for almost 1 km, till he reached the home of our family doctor, a Dr. Mrs. Pai. Ringing the bell with quiet determination, yet ensuring that I was doing OK, my dad became a real hero in my eyes that day.

What followed was not quite as exciting. As it turned out, I had a case of severe indigestion ( not appendicitis) as my parents had thought initially, and after a dose of medication and a quiet lie in, Dr Pai drove us back home.

It was about 6 am by then after which my dad proceeded with his normal day's routine- got ready for the office,and worked a whole busy day while I rested at home waiting for him to return.

A bond was forged that day and one that continues till today. 

My dad- about 5 years ago

Of course my dad did all the normal things that dads do for their children.He held my hand as I learnt to walk. He picked me up when I was low. He cared for me when I was sick. He gave me a warm and loving hug whenever I needed it. 

Over and above, he also did some more interesting things such as accompany me for my night shift at the General Overseas Service( GOS) at All India Radio where he would sit in the newsroom watching, listening to and making interesting conversation with all the famous newsreaders of the time.  

A more recent pic with my Dad-H S Serna 
Incidentally, I must point out here that my father was the ONLY parent ever permitted to enter the "secure zone" of All India Radio . The reason, he didn't want to deprive me of a wonderful opportunity to experience the life of an English Announcer( which I only did on a part time basis while still studying at the Indian Institute of Mass Communications). Yet he wanted to ensure that I was safe and that all was well.

Makes me wonder as I sit and write this, how many other dads would have done this for their daughter? I really don't know of even one other such dad.

I could go on and on- my dad told me and my brother interesting stories inculcated a love for the fine things in life- coffee, chocolates, eating out and enjoying being 'foodies' wherever we traveled and so much more.

Cut to the present

In Sep 2013, and then again in November of that same year, my mother had to undergo a major surgery. We were in Muscat while my brother Navtej lives in the UK. While fully abreast with all that was happening on a daily basis, we had planned to come to Delhi closer to the surgery and then stay on as required. Goes without saying, my dad had to bear the entire brunt of the pre op tests- of which there must have been at least 20, finalising the admission procedures, along with a hundred other misc. things that go towards making the entire package of what surgeries have come to mean in the modern day world.

Finally all that was done and over, the date for the first surgery was set in September and we reached well in time for the operation. My husband Avi and I spent our time with my dad during the procedure and realised that he was in acute mental stress. Giving him a tight hug, both of us told him that all would be well, it was a mere matter of time. ( As it turned out, all went well at this surgery as well as the second, far more complicated one and my mom is doing fine now.)

We saw his eyes well up with tears and while he quickly brushed them away, he hugged us back and said, "I really couldn't have done this without  you,  my bacchas."

An unimaginably poignant  moment and I don't mind admitting that a few tears escaped my eyes too. Here was this strong man, my dad telling us that he couldn't have done it without us.

Sab Time, time ki baat hai..

“This father’s day, I am expressing my love towards my dad by participating in the #HugYourDad activity at BlogAdda in association with Vicks.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Energizing Life with dance, music and #MaxFreshMove

Just as variety is the spice of life, freshness is the fuel of life. As one of the key factors that keeps us going, it is exactly why we look for freshness in everything from our food to our relationships and jobs.Everyone’s way of bringing this freshness might be different, but the one thing that majority of people will agree with is that there is nothing better than some dance and music to jazz up one's life. Be it unwinding with some music at the end of the day or venting energy in a club by busting some moves, dance and music make us shed our proverbial skin and renew our vigour for life.

When it comes to dance, there’s no one better than Allu Arjun with his fantastic dance moves and Anushka Manchanda accompanying the performance with her vocals, taking it to another league altogether.Allu Arjun is now clearly unstoppable when it comes to keeping the cash registers ringing at the box office. While the stylish star’s previous film 'Race Gurram' has earned more than 60 crores as ticket sales, his recent release,  'Son of Satyamurthy' has touched a share of 50 crores worldwide. This makes him the only actor in the Telugu film industry to have films crossing more than 50 crores back to back. With box office collections becoming the critical metric to measure success and market value of a star, Allu Arjun has huge box office potential.  The actor is currently getting ready to work with Boyapati Sreenu for his forthcoming film, which will go on floors soon.

Energizing life with #MaxFreshMove.
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Discovered on one of the first and most explosive reality shows in India just before she turned 18, Anushka Manchanda is a brand of musician who is individualistic and ever evolving. Born into rock and roll loving family, she started playing the piano at an early age. Picked from thousands of girls across the country to be a part of VIVA, India’s most successful, all-girl band which sold over half a million copies of their first album, her connect with the youth led Channel [V] to sign her on as a VJ, with whom she travelled all over the country shooting for and hosting music based shows. Launched into the Bollywood playback scene with her first super hit song 'Golmaal', she has by now, worked with the top  Indian music directors.

So when I saw the two of them break into an impromptu performance at the T3 Lounge of the Indira Gandhi Terminal at New Delhi recently, it was one of the most exciting happenings in a very long time! With amazing energy and a huge amount of enthusiasm, they performed a series of two song and dance routines and it was almost ten minutes later when the applause from the delighted passengers waiting in the departure lounge finally died down. 

How it started was really very simple. We were on a morning flight from   Muscat to Delhi on Oman Air this May and were informed that there was a delay of about one hour because of an approaching storm near Muscat. Since those weather conditions are quite regular during the months of May and June, there's nothing that anyone can really do about it, but hope for the quickest and minimal damage mode so that the the storm passes and life can go on and ahead in the most expeditious way. My husband and myself had a book each and it wasn't long before we were busy reading Accompanied by a nice Cappuccino which we bought from a nearby Starbucks counter, it seemed the best say to spend that one hour.

All  quiet and peaceful until we felt, rather than heard a flurry of movement and in a matter of minutes it seemed as if almost everybody around us was making a beeline for a corner of the seating area that Oman Air had earmarked in Departure Lounge for our flight. What could be the reason for that excitement , I wondered to myself and reluctantly looked yup from the very exciting PD James murder mystery that I was engrossed in.

That was when I saw them, and clearly understood the reason for that sudden flurry of movement-Allu Arjun and Anushka Manchanda were right there and by the looks of it getting ready for an impromptu performance! Very exciting I thought to myself and from the looks of it it was clear- all the passengers on our flight thought exactly the same way!

Thereafter we were all treated to a truly exciting performance- Anushka had her guitar and rendered some power packed vocals as Allu Arjun stepped right into that beat and danced...And how!

Did we enjoy ourselves? In a word, totally.

What a wonderful coincidence it was to have Anushka and Allu travelling with us on our flight to Muscat. Normally, a delayed flight is a cause for a fair bit of annoyance  and inconvenience, but if I was to be totally honest about what we experienced by way of that vibrant impromptu concert that morning, this is clearly one delayed flight that we aren't going to forget in a hurry.

In more ways than one...

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