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So Indian!

Oh geez you should see the shit that Indians do!

Omg, really you mean did your uncle actually hold his breath for the last over during every match in the World Cup? 

Are you kidding me? You want me to believe that by skipping the third question in the exam, you have managed to top it every time? Like how screwed is this logic? 

We Indians do not believe in the rule books because we create our own. We have broken a hell lot of stereotypes and perhaps created even more of them. Regardless of how good, bad, reliable, questionable our history may be, there’s one thing for sure – we are a bunch of crazy little people who believe in our own ideologies and heck we are the winners.

When it comes to Indian way of thinking which contributes to our success story, I can’t help but remember incidents from my own life. Like even today a big fat smile sits wide on my face every time I allow myself to slip back to that beautiful memory.

Dear God.

Ever since we grow up, we are taught to leave things on Dear God. It doesn’t matters whether or not I studied my lessons diligently but keeping Lord Ganesha figurine on the desk during exams is sure to sail me off. No, no I am not even being satirical here. Trust me; I debated with my board examiner for a precise 15 minutes because he didn’t let me keep my Ganesha idol on my desk. Obviously, in the end, he decided Indian religion is larger than exam and I sat like a hunk with the idol on my desk and hello, before you roll your eyes and go judgmental on me, let me tell you I scored a whopping 91 percent and dude, I am a science strident so that is of course some kind of gnash inspired holy smoking good marks, OKAY!

When the school days bid me a teary goodbye, it was time for the swag college period to begin. Some people would think that such religious successful thinking ways would find no place in the swag college days but hey, swag and sanskaar goes hand in hand.

Every exam, I still sat with the same idol even to the questioning glances by some of my colleagues who were too cool for the idol, but guess what again, my CGPA was a whole lot more colorful than their makeup smeared faces.

So, guys you don’t need to be an Einstein to understand that despite what you call superstitions and old belief and strange success ways, we Indians have a way of approaching our things, but, even I was not papered for what was to follow in my corporate career. I mean, I would seriously ask you to wear your seat belts before you take a plunge at the rest of the story because my boss is the epitome of being Extremely Indian when it comes to Indian ways of winning, like he totally blew my mind with his logic or lack thereof.

The corporate classes

As I was sitting on my computer idly punching the keys because hello 4889 lines of code and guess what, 7k errors. Like I couldn’t even face anyone who even gets 7k errors in a single program, – of course! Even now, I precariously took out the Ganesha idol that was always in my backpack hoping he would waive his Harry Potter magic wand and somehow everything will be fixed.

As soon as the idol popped on the desk, I saw my bleeping error and I smiled like a real big hunk. Seriously, the error was sitting right in front of my eyes and it took the Ganesha idol for me to see it. I knew we Indians had the best save up our sleeve. As I hit save and run the program again, guess what happened- no it didn’t run successfully, the errors shot up to 10k like what  a piece of logic!

I was sweating profusely under the burden of my own code when I heard a dangerous voice behind me – “Shruti, what’s the matter? You are setting a new record in the office with 10k errors in a 5k line of code.”

I could dread a hundred possibilities and I wondered if he was going to fire me. I looked at the Ganesha idol again and he didn’t have a single expression on his face. Oh geez, I needed someone.

Boss took a seat beside me and I gulped the water I had never drunk. I could feel the temperature rising and even my blood pressure was playing a swing enjoying the rise and fall with every beat.

He just said, “Don’t wear green on days you have to run code.”

It took me 3 complete minutes to understand what he is telling.

“What? Sir?” I said clearly unable to understand whatever it is that he meant.

“Every time I wear green, I screw up with the code.”

I didn’t know whether to smile or cry or laugh or bang my head.

“Go home and change. I am sure when you come back, the code will run just fine.”

FML!

Here was a boss that wanted me to go home and change and he earnestly believed that this would fix the errors in the code.  All the curious minds out there who wants to know if changing my clothes worked – well it did because one of my superiors ended up coming to the desk and he pointed one big blooper which fixed everything. So, whether or not you believe, I decided not to wear green anymore.”

This isn’t quite the end of the story yet as beloved boss has a string of rules he worships. To give you a sneak peek into his working mind, here is how he operates.

  1. Every Tuesday, we should start the work an hour late. This ends up culminating in more profits.

  2. No red dresses allowed in office during client meets.

  3. No green dresses while running code.

  4. When running code, men should always wear socks on one leg.

  5. No employees with names starting from “G” will be hired. If hired, the employee needs to change his/her name.

I know, these are too weird rules but like some Indians, we believe that sticking these rules has brought us so far and it will continue to do so. You know what, my code has run successfully by sticking to these rules.

As we were talking about all these things, we landed on this brilliant commercial by Lufthansa and as I showed it to my boss, he couldn’t help but grin and told me, “Shruti, don’t you think, they should have featured me in here after all who can be more Indian than me when it comes to winning ways.”

You too can watch this advert to see how Indian we are when it comes to winning ways.

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Beautiful Gold Mornings

What are your thoughts on morning? Do you really love the time invested in making a morning beautiful?

I am one of those people who believe that every morning when you wake up, it is upon you to shape how the day goes. You can both whine and complain about how the day went or you can make a morning gold like and then keep rolling it in the right way.

I recently came across the 360 gold morning campaign by Colgate and it really made me happy because the campaign spoke to me in a lot of ways.

Every time I wake up in the morning, I concentrate hard to make sure that I can come up with a positive thought. I am not the most energetic person in the world and I don’t really spend a lot of time exercising. However, I do make it a point to inhale fresh air as it believed that it helps in infusing the mind working with positivity and optimism.

This for me makes every good morning gold morning for me. I am really glad for the choices I made and I love the way Colgate inspires us to turn every good morning into a gold one.

What do you do for it? Well, brushing your teeth is the first thing that strikes your mind when you wake up. How about brushing your teeth with gold? Sounds exciting right? The Colgate 360 degree charcoal gold will not just give you shiny teeth but will make your morning gold.

Also, waking up next to my sister is what makes me feel happy because she is my world and a soul so great is sure to make my good morning turn to gold. So, yoga followed by a cup of coffee and newspaper is what I consider as an ideal way to stat my day.

It is important for every individual to begin the day on a fresh note as a dampening start to the day will ruin the rest for you. I believe that morning shouldn’t just be good; it can be mad beautiful too.

It really isn’t very hard to achieve it. All you need to do is have a positive motivating thought, the people you love by your side, the perfect smile and voila you are all set.

I recently stumbled upon the #Colgate360GoldMornings and I was amazed and inspired by their concept. They can really turn a good morning into a gold one and will jazz your day like nothing else.

If you want to know more about their campaign, make sure to visit them here.

 

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Hello, guys, I am here with a delicious recipe of a cake that will make you salivate. And don’t worry, it won’t make you fat 😛

Make sure to use SugarFree Natura instead of Sugar and voila! it becomes a perfect recipe for diabetic people too. Dig into the love of this delectable cake and you are sure to come out hypnotized.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cups of melted and cooled butter
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup of flour
  • 1 ½ cups of granular sucralose sweetener
  • A few SugarFree Natura
  • 1 cup of milk
  • ½ cup of softened butter
  • 2 tsps of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups of frozen blueberries
  • 2 tsps of ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Take your oven and preheat it to 350 degrees F.
  2. Take a large bowl and mix milk, melted butter, vanilla, SugarFree Natura.
  3. Mix 3 cups of flour along with baking powder and then add wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Fold it in blueberries.
  5. Spread the mix in the pan.
  6. Take a small bowl and mix SugarFree Natura along with cinnamon and ¾ cups of flour. Now, mix softened butter with a fork until you get a smooth mixture.
  7. Pour on top of the cake.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes.

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So, all set to try your hands on this recipe? Let me know how did you find it in the comments section below. Happy cooking!

Cricket On The Go

With the increasing passion of cricket in India, there was a need of some development which could help viewers manage their time, work, relationships which they otherwise put to stake just to watch cricket.

We all get to notice men around us who get insane when the Indian team is all set to hit the grounds. I have personally seen my brother skip lunch just to watch them bat. The fight for the T.V remote has often turned wild during any championship. Many girlfriends have had their hearts got broken because the boys don’t pay heed to them due to an ongoing cricket tournament. There are endless issues when it comes to craziness of cricket fans.

As said, it is better to be late than never, the UC browser developers came up with a separate segment dedicated solely to cricket and called it UC cricket.

UC cricket is a segment that has been designed for the cricket fanatics to make their routine easy going.

With a simple user interface, it has gained popularity in a short period of time. When you use UC cricket, it will definitely make watching cricket a mobile affair and you don’t have to stick to your chairs or sofas to watch cricket anymore.

Gone will be the days when you will have to ditch your girlfriend just because you can’t afford to miss the game. You can be on a date, enjoy the company of your girlfriend and at the same time, stay updated about all the latest happenings of the game with the help of UC cricket. This sounds like the perfect dream, isn’t it? Well, the good news is that your dream is real!

UC cricket provides users with live scores, commentary, photos, and videos and also live chat feature where users can comment and interact with each other.  So, one can enjoy cricket while at work or college without having to bunk and stay at home.

It is a free to use so you don’t even have to pay for all these benefits.  It is super fast and easy to use thus attracting so many users towards it that people have now switched over to enjoying cricket on UC cricket.

It entertains you, keeps you updated, and saves your time. I am not huge cricket fan myself but if I can have something which could be so easy, why not keep a little knowledge about the game? I have always loved the UC browser and the fact that they have come up with something like this, restores my love for them even more. There is no doubt that things are all set to take a bigger turn and I expect them to keep rolling improvements in time to come. Make sure to check out UC cricket next time you have a match you want to see.

My Buddy Dad!

Parenting has assumed a new direction of late. There was a time when parents were associated with the words decorum, discipline, respect and manners. But nowadays we hear words like friend and buddy.

I personally feel my dad is my best friend. I can literally share every happening of my life with him.

“My dad is my King”, “I am my dad’s Princess”.. Enough of all this. I call my dad, my “yaar”. I have seen my friends shivering in front of their dad and I cannot relate to it.

Me and my dad share a bond like two buddies do. People often tell us that we behave like childhood friends. He becomes a teenager when I need him by my side and I behave like an adult when he is stressed and needs some suggestion.  My mom often gets jealous because daughters are usually more attached to their mothers but I find my life with my dad.

I do love my mom but it is always different when it comes to dad.

There was a crucial time in my life when my dad had a transfer and I had to attend a new school. I was so damn scared of getting bullied that I avoided school for days but then he was the one who encouraged me and in spite of knowing that I was bunking classes out of fear, he helped me stay at home for a few more days with him and shared memories of his school days. He also contacted few of my friends from my home city and got lovely messages from them and finally made me realize that it is not essential that every new comer is bullied. School was then fun.

Then came the time when I had deteriorating results. No wonder my dad studied the entire high school syllabus with me because I found it boring studying all by myself. I was proud of me and my dad’s result as I scored pretty decent in my boards.

Be it my education, relationships or career goals, Dad has always acted as my buddy, mentor and solicitor.

He is the coolest dad one has ever had and of course I am the loveliest daughter too. 😛

This post is inspired by Kellog’s KhulJaye Bachpan campaign. You can find more about them here.

Watch their wonderful commercial here

MOM’s The WORD!

When it comes to recalling the best memories, I have too many with my mom. My mom was there for me when I was in a dilemma regarding the career choices which I had. I didn’t know which stream I should choose and I was a ball of confusion. I wanted to study science and arts together and then there was a part of me that wondered if commerce would be best for me because people said it was an easy choice.

Torn amidst so much confusion and lack of clarity, I knew that I had only one place to go and it was my mom. She didn’t really know a lot about academics because things had changed so much since the times she studied and I did. However, she has always been an expert for me and she knew my instincts and choices way better than I did.

She made me sit down and asked me to relax. She told that such decisions are never taken in haste because one wrong decision would thwart me from making a healthy career. It was then that she asked me to wonder what I really wanted to do with my life. She asked me to visualize were I would like to see myself in 10 years and at that instant, I knew what my calling was.

I didn’t want to be chained with books full of accounting jargons, I wanted to do so much more than that and her expertise helped me make the right choice. Today, whatever I am, I owe it to her.

You are an expert mom; you always were and always will be.

Thank you for making my life the story I would live.

Just like moms are an expert, Godrej Expert Rich Crème is an expert too for hair colour.

Peppy, Happy!

I have always loved the happiness of staying happy. There are too many things that make me happy and merely listing down the little facts paint a big smile on my little face. On this international day of happiness, I want to recollect and share those little and big things that have always made me smile.

Happiness is waking up and feeling that the day is going to be great. Happiness is when I open my eyes and wake up to a beautiful surprise on a random day because your family just loves to celebrate life. I am really happy that I was brought up in a family that always smelled of love.

Life is a little journey and we should all try our best to make it as happy as we possibly can. Happiness is not always bagging a big lottery. It is that random prize which someone gives you because they like the way you carry yourself. I get happy when my sister hugs me for no reason and murmurs that she loves me. I get happy when my friends call me without any pretext and tell me that they miss me. Happiness is when my parents look at me and tell me that they are proud of who I turned out to be.

If you sit down and think, you do not really need a lot of things to be happy about. Being happy is more of a choice than a decision. When you are happy, you will bring happiness all around you. I could list a hundred more reasons for the sake of being happy. I am sure that each one of us has our own reasons.

I love being bright and happy and even if I am going through some really tiring times, I can still spot a happy sign and paint a little smile. For me, happiness is about living a life you will be proud of. I feel happy looking at people who are happy too because happiness is an infectious disease, it spreads from one happy person to another.

I feel happy for being with the people I love, for living the life I got and for choosing the dreams I dreamt. So far, I have no regrets and that is reason enough to be happy. I may look a little bookish and dreamy but if this is what it takes to be happy, I am happy that I chose this.

I would love to know what makes you happy. Happiness is recollecting the things that made me happy and of course grabbing a cold drink right in the middle of the summer heat as well.

This post was inspired by Coca-Cola as it celebrates the international day of happiness. Watch their commercial right here.