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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Tales Of fathers and children-Tell me a story

Ever since people began to communicate with each other, "Tell me a story" has been a request of both children and adults. For there is something absolutely fascinating about sitting around and listening to words which come out of someone else’s mouth and trying to put picture associations to those same words. Then finding oneself transported into a the fantasy land which might comprise anything as far removed as fairies, trolls and goblins to the more real adventures of Arabia, World War Two exploits or then the cold war and the numerous real and imaginary spy stories that it generated over the years. 

While listening to stories from almost anyone is good enough for a child whose mind is probably the most curious and absorbent thing in the whole wide world, there is a special charm in asking one’s own parents to tell a story. Like I always did, with my father and do so, right till today, when the two of us get a chance to spend some quality time together.

As children, almost every night for many, many years, whenever we could manage, my brother and myself would wait for him to tell us one of his enthralling tales. I don't know how he did it, but all his stories, whether based on real life incidents or a creation of his imagination, were very exciting, taking us into a whole new world, where we could actually almost see and experience all that he used to talk about. Which is exactly where I started from, that very great pleasure that a child gets when ‘visualising’ what is being told. It is also a matter of great credit to the storyteller for being able to generate such a response in a young and impressionable mind and this is something for which I’m able to give credit to my father only in retrospect.

Particularly memorable were his stories about Air Marshal Arjun Singh (who was obviously one of my dad's heroes)and some of his daredevil missions in the skies, of Naval submarines, particularly the INS Vikrant and all the exciting and adventurous things that things people did on board. Then there were the stories which taught us all about our history, culture, tradition, valour along with great things that people had done and achieved in this world. These were the stories about people like Guru Gobind Singh, Shivaji Maratha, Rani Laxmibai and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Helen Keller.

Then of course, there were the funny stories, which consisted of make believe characters and an extended storyline where the four of us as a family would get involved in their lives and adventures. The real beauty of these tales were that these were a never ending saga and could go on and on endlessly, taking right up from where it had been left off the last time around as there was no defined beginning or an end to these.

Keeping both of us enthralled for hours and hours on end, then after one got over, repeatedly begging him, "Pop, one more, just one more".

And  he would always, always, always oblige.

Tell me a story

Time passed and I became a mother. 

Of a very bright child with an equally hungry mind. 

One who demanded “Tell me a story” whenever she wanted to hear one. So that I learnt to delve into the inner recesses of my mind and pull out some of those I remembered my father telling me and when I ran out of those I learnt to improvise, just as I remembered him doing. Creating some characters with whom the family travelled together, went on adventurous trips with and did a whole lot of fun stuff. One of the characters who became an all time favourite with my daughter was a little monkey who I called ‘Pikoo’ and one who went wherever my mind decided to take him. Alternately, wherever my daughter wanted him to go and so began the next generation saga along with a new series of never ending tales.

Today, as I'm reminded of those days, I'd like to take this opportunity to say “Thank You Pop, for that's where I really learnt my love of storytelling and now that of writing stories. I loved your stories then and love them even more now.”

I close with a beautiful line by Melody Beattie, “Live from your heart, and share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people’s souls.”

Reproduced from Muscat Daily- My Fortnightly column titled 'My Take'

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Berger Express Indi Blogger Meet, Delhi, Fun with paints and a whole lot of learning

All roads led to the Taj By Vivanta, last Saturday, the 25th of February as the eagerly anticipated Berger Express Indi- Blogger meet was scheduled to be held at the venue and I was one of the participants.

At the very outset, let me say that it was a day filled with fun, paints and a whole lot of learning. The icing on my cake- being a part of the winning team when our painting on the theme of Blogging/ Vlogging won the much coveted first prize. 

Applying a fresh coat of paint to your walls  your walls  often means that you first need to get rid of the old coat of paint that you have on the walls. Paint removal can be a tedious and time consuming process but  its also essential to  ensure that your new paint job looks flawless.

So thats exactly where Berger Express Painting.comes to your rescue. As we learnt from Mr Das, the Chief Manager of the company,Berger Express

 is a new age end-to-end painting solution provided by trained painters using automatic tools. It gives the consumer a faster, cleaner, better and hassle-free painting experience. The Express Service is provided by Berger Paints India and is executed by trained painters.

At  the venue- Taj By Vivanta, Dwarka
The driving forces of Berger Paints - reflect the very spirit of its founder Lewis Berger who laid the foundations of brand Berger way back in 1760 in the UK. With modest beginnings in India in 1923, today, Berger Paints India Limited is the second largest paint company in the country with a consistent track record of being one of the fastest growing paint companies, quarter on quarter, for the past few years.

Some major benefits of Express Painting

40 percent faster than traditional painting- also ensures grest quality.

Set up training centres and trained painters for efficient and better painting.

Get sparkling results with  no-mess tools.

Cutting-edge vacuum suction-enabled sanding machines to keep the  house dust-free.

Better coverage and smoothness guaranteed each time.

Certified tools ensure a better finish with high efficiency.

All these benefits and more are offered at no additional cost.

Our team is ready- The process of sand papering begins shortly

Pic Courtesy -Vikram Kamboj

Making the presentation  on Blogging/Vlogging 

Pic Courtesy -Vikram Kamboj

Action Stations- The team hard at work

Bold, Bright and Beautiful -A palette of colours

Team work always pays 

Fun with paints- a demo by the Berger Express team

Mix, Match and make it work
This was followed by a demonstration of painting tools by Berger Paints team. 

Some key tools

Airless Paint Sprayer
 A method of painting that uses high pressure to spray paint, or other materials. Airless sprayers work by forcing paint through a small tip opening at very high pressure; airless spray does not use compressed air. They are primarily used for production work because of their ability to cover large areas in minimal time and because of the reduced over spray there is a considerable saving on material consumption.
 Auto Roller
The auto roller makes painting walls and ceilings easier and faster than ever before. The auto technology offers consistent, virtually drip-free paint application and constant paint feed directly from the paint bucket – ideal for large surfaces.

And so we closed for the day with an interesting and informative media kit, Indi Blogger T Shirts and a Berger Express mug. Topping that, reconnecting with some old blogger friends in addition to making a lot of new ones.

Many thanks Berger Express and Indiblogger. Thoroughly enjoyed my day with you!

Monday, January 30, 2017

What if? Some random thoughts

1.What if Thomas Alva Edison hadn't invented the electric bulb? Would I be sitting at my computer today, and writing this? Or would there have been some other way, some other person perhaps, who would have invented something similar, and I would be doing this anyway?

( Image source-Google)

2. What if there was no chocolate?(!?)

3. What if I could close my eyes, visualise exactly where I want to be, at any point in the day, and get there - Simply by thinking it through?

4. What if children didn't have to 'beg'?

 Anywhere in the world?

And got enough food, education and a loving home to grow up in?

5. What if there was a 'secret place' where we could all retreat to? Where no one could even think of looking?Simply to be alone, think things through, and re-surface rejuvenated.

And go back again, as soon as or whenever we wanted to?

6.What if  everyone could live to be a hundred years old?

7.What if everyone loved animals and took care of them the way they ought to ?

8.What if the roads didn't develop huge bumps during, and well after the monsoons were over?

9.What if babies never woke up parents, or cried at night?

10.What if people stopped using plastic bags -forever?

11. Finally, what if wishes were horses?

Then we all know that beggars would ride.