If We Were Having Coffee… 4th December

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If we were having coffee, I’d apologize for postponing our weekly tête-à-tête by a day. Yes, I was bushed yesterday! More about it later, first things first… How have you been?  How was this week for you? 

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I had a very interesting week. I saw Dear Zindagi in a cinema at Kuwait with colleagues. Yes, Bollywood movies are pretty popular here and they are shown with subtitles in Arabic and English. I must tell you that I loved Dear Zindagi. It was such a refreshing take on life and its issues. I loved the life lessons that it put across subtly. And some of the dialogues of this movie are going to stay with me for life.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you very excitedly that I participated in a 11 kilometer walkathon yesterday. It was a first for me. And I totally loved the experience. It was wonderful to see people of all age groups and nationalities come together for this event. Oh, by the way, men and women had separate starts and had to compete within their respective categories. There were women with kids in the strollers and women in abayas and hijab (headscarf) too.

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I completed this 11 km walkathon in 2 hours and 4 minutes. And I am feeling pretty accomplished and proud of myself. The first 4 kms were a breeze and then the blogger in me came to life pretty strong as I started clicking pics en route and even chatted with a few co-walkers. That slowed my pace, but I regained my focus in the last 3 kms and covered up a bit. That’s the medal I got and the organizers sent the participation certificate with stats by email too.

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about this exchange that I had with this young girl during the walkathon. She was walking with her friend a bit ahead of me and I saw the two of them picking empty water bottles which the other people had carelessly thrown around. This act of theirs impressed me and I caught up with them and said that they were doing a great job. I asked if I could click their picture. They agreed immediately. As I took out my phone, one girl mentioned, “All these people (she meant most participants in the walkathon) are not Muslims. Real Muslims don’t litter around.” Her vehement statement made me look at her again. A lot of thoughts and incidents flashed in my head in a second. I wondered, why a simple civic act had to be associated with religion?

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ll have to take your leave as I have to work on a part of my presentation scheduled in the morning. I wish you a great week ahead and I’ll be looking forward to our next coffee together. Cheers ♥

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Modi’s Bombshell? Why New-Economy Employees May Just Shrug

Since Prime Minister Modi dropped the bombshell on November 8th that the ubiquitous 500- and 1000-rupee notes would no longer be legal tender, all India has been abuzz. Minds have raced to grasp the implications. Near the top of the list of obvious questions is this: How will Modi’s bold stroke affect the property market? 

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The announcement has riveted the attention of the whole nation, but the shock waves will likely be felt more dramatically in some parts of the country than in others. In the real estate markets of white-collar job centers, the impact will probably be less of a big seismic event and more of a slight tremor.

Why? A long-term trend is underway in which properties are increasingly purchased by urban, salaried employees—and as a consequence, through aboveboard transactions. Today’s corporate employee is likely to purchase a home or investment property in a transparent manner: a down payment via cheque, with a bank mortgage for the rest. All this comes with a paper trail, clean and clear. Simply put, those who do not earn in cash, do not pay in cash. This contrasts sharply not only with the way that many of their parents or grandparents may have earned, saved, and invested, but also to the practices that are more likely to be followed by those in cash-centered industries.

White-collar, salaried employees are found today in all parts of India, but certain areas have much higher concentrations. Bangalore leads India in the new-economy job boom, whereas traditional powerhouse cities such as Mumbai and Delhi have a higher proportion of other types of income. It stands to reason that the property markets of emerging growth centers such as Bangalore would not be impacted as heavily by curbs on black money as those of more cash-driven cities.

What evidence supports this idea? The stock market offers an interesting data point: A day after the announcement, stock prices of prominent real estate developers across India tumbled by approximately 10%, but those with a concentrated presence in Bangalore dipped only half as much.

It will take weeks and even months to fully comprehend the effect of the government’s audacious measure. But as far as the property market goes, developers and buyers in India’s new-economy urban centers may watch from afar as their counterparts who have remained in a cash-based system find themselves scrambling.

This article first appeared on SmartOwner and is written by Vikram Chari, a serial entrepreneur who ran CCH USA LLC, a large real estate investment company in Arizona. He is the chairman and CEO of SmartOwner, a Bangalore-based real estate firm which enables investors to access high-value assets safely.

 

True Story

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She could not believe that this was happening to her.

The oscillation between hope and anguish made her bite her non-existent nails.

She looked as if she were about to burst into tears when he shook his head and said, ‘The operating system of your laptop has got corrupted and you need to reformat it!”

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Tornado Giveaway : Love, Whatever That Means

 
 
Name of the book: Love, Whatever that means…
Author: Aditi Mathur Kumar

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The Story: 


Hi, I’m Tina. I work for a TV news channel. I have quirky, adorable friends and a Mr. Army Guy who seems like The One. What can go wrong?


Turns out, a lot! My boss is a pervert, the job is meh and no friend is single any more. Also, the special someone is too intense to be true. Help me, someone! 

A punch in the nose, deep romance, lots of over-analyzing, a steamy kiss and pure, crazy Tina makes this book a fun read. Laugh out loud or shake your head giggling – Love, Whatever that Means – will warm your heart.

This is the much awaited second book from the hilarious author of the book ‘Soldier & Spice: An Army Wife’s Life’ which is called the handbook for every modern day Indian Army Wife.

You can buy the book @ amazon.in | amazon.comamazon.co.uk
 About The Author  

Aditi Mathur Kumar is the author or two hilarious (at least according to her) books, a Travel Writer, a Romance and Humour book-hoarder, a Blogger, a Traveller, a Digital Marketing girl, a fanatical Army Wife, a Mother, an Overshare-r and an eavesdropper at random cafes. You have been warned. 😉

Read her two books ‘Soldier & Spice: An Army Wife’s Life’ and ‘Love, Whatever That Means’ to laugh out loud and to fall in love all over again.

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I Know for Sure

Writing today’s post had been on my mind, since yesterday. A blank Windows Live Writer had been staring at me since yesterday. I stared at it for a few more minutes and then went on to check the Facebook notification alert. I spent a few minutes on my timeline and then clicked on a link that led me to Twinkle Khanna’s latest article. I read it and smiled and then moved on to another link of some another article and suddenly I realized that I had a task at hand.

I came back to the blank Windows Live Writer and stared at it for some more time. So, the thing is that I want to write but I just don’t know what to write.

A voice in my head said, write what you know. Writing about what I am sure of or am familiar with would be easy, I thought. Well, I wouldn’t know, until I made an attempt to do so.

So here I go with the list of things I know for sure…

  • I know how it feels to lose an unborn child.
  • I know that one small, thoughtful gesture can make a big difference in someone’s day/life.
  • I know what it’s like to struggle and wait for the success to come your way.
  • I know what it’s like to have to sell one’s most prized possession.
  • I know how it feels to buy it back too.
  • I know how it’s like to risk everything for an idea.
  • I know what it is like to hold on to the past.
  • I know for sure how freeing it is to let go.
  • I know what it’s like to live with fear of death of your loved ones.
  • I know what it feels like to lose hope and then finding it back again.
  • I know what it is to have pain so deep, that you spend countless nights crying yourself to sleep.
  • I know what it’s like to feel alone, like you have no one to turn to.
  • I know what it is to receive support from unknown quarters.
  • I know how it feels to sing at the top of your voice with the singer on the radio.
  • I know that failure is just what is needed to learn some important life lessons.
  • I know for sure that this post has a melancholic feel to it.
  • And I know for sure that a blank page is no longer staring at me.

What do you know for sure?

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Deo Stick Online for Men and Women

If you thought that Deo means spray, then think again.

Cinthol has launched Cinthol Deo Stick which is labelled as ‘DeoReborn’.  Cinthol, with its brand philosophy of continuous reinvention has introduced an innovative product in the deodorant category. It could have come as a deo spray, but it chose to sacrifice and is available in a revolutionary form. Yes, Cinthol DeoStick is a cream based deodorant like you have never tried before.

Watch the quirky television advertisement here…

Cinthol DeoStick …

  • Is soft and gentle on skin image
  • Has 3x long lasting than ordinary Deos as it is made from cream formulation and not spray
  • Is available in 3 variants for Men as…
    • Rush – To kick start your day with a burst of awesome
    • Intense – To feel alive right from the word go
    • Energy – To go about the daily grind, feeling energized
  • For Women the 3 variants are image
    • Aura – A fragrance that’s sure to let you and the people around you feel alive
    • Swirl – The fragrance that makes you get up and go chase life
    • Spark – To give your day a head-start with this awesome fragrance
  • Buy Deo Stick Online for Men and Women at Rs 69 for a 40 g pack.

Watch this film to know how Cinthol DeoStick has to be used or follow these steps…

Step 1:  After a shower, take the Cinthol DeoStick and gently squeeze out a small amount.

Step 2: Directly apply onto your skin, moving the tube in a circular motion. There is no need to use hands for application.

Have you used Cinthol DeoStick? How has been your experience? Does this new form of DeoStick appeal to you?

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If We Were Having Coffee… 26th November

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If we were having coffee, I would ask you to meet me at my hotel restaurant and we’d sit in a corner which gives the lovely view of the pristine blue  Arabian Gulf.

If we were having coffee, I’d say hello and offer you a hot cup of coffee of your choice, of course from the coffee machine in our hotel. My choice today would be café latte for I like my coffee to be milky and sweet. I have cut down dramatically on my sugar intake, but coffee is an exception.

If we were having coffee, I would like you to tell me how life is fairing on your side of the world. Hope you had a good week.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that earlier this week, we went to Kosebasi, a Turkish restaurant. We had ordered Fındık Lahmacun which is a traditional pidette with ground seasoned meat and Sebzeli Pide which is a Turkish Pizza with mushroom, corn and cheese. It was interesting to note that Fındık Lahmacun  was a boat shaped pizza while Sebzeli Pide was a closed pizza!!

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I am pretty disturbed by a recent incident. Our family friend’s 12 year old son was caught cheating during school exams. This has saddened, shocked and disappointed all of us. The child is an all rounder who is not only brilliant in his studies but also plays a lot of sports and wins medals every time. I know that the parents have instilled  the right values in the child but still such a thing has happened.

‘What if it was my child?’ is playing on loop in my head.  And this makes me wonder as parents what do we do when our kids make wrong choices? I know, during our younger days we were guilty of misbehaviour too. But as parents, somehow, such wrong doing from our kids seems like an act of betrayal. It feels like a moral issue. Of course, we will address the issue, reiterate the consequences, help the child learn and guide him in the right direction. But what if all this fails? What if our kids throw their life away?  I know, I am letting this affect me too much and thinking too much into this one misconduct.

At this moment, I just hope that our kids learn from their falls and failure and turn out good at the end of it.

If we were having coffee, I’d take your leave and wish you a relaxing and interesting weekend and a great week ahead.

Until the next cup…

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Skywatch Friday : Silver Lining

The storm was brewing on the horizon and soon it started rolling in faster. The sky which was clear except for one wispy cloud, moments ago, turned into charcoal grey. Clouds began to rumble and darken. The wind was not howling. It was screaming. The sea below started stirring with big waves ready to swallow everything that would come in their way.

Suddenly, there was a crack in the dark storm clouds and a bit of sunlight peeked through the clouds, promising of new possibilities.

Every cloud has a silver lining

More often than not, we find ourselves sitting under a dark, black gloomy cloud. Sometimes, these dark clouds turn into small quick rains or hurricanes and even tornados. That’s life for us. But no matter how rough things get, there’s always something good that can be gleaned from the toughest of tough times. No matter how hard life may seem at the moment, a new opportunity always comes our way to make it better. Though it is hard to believe at that moment but every cloud has a silver lining. There is hope always and it shines brightest in darkness.

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Being Grateful

It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. There are so many people in our lives who make us happy. As Marcel Proust said, these people are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. These are the people who make our world a bit more happier with their presence and leave a heart-warming imprint with their words and actions.

Today, I am grateful for…

  • The Indian chefs in our hotel who are going the extra mile to serve us Indian food. Kuwaiti cuisine, an infusion of Arabian, Persian, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisines is pre-dominantly non-vegetarian. While I am a meat eater, I don’t prefer to eat it in every meal which is the norm here and so is the case with my colleagues. Also the regular menu has just a couple of vegetarian options, which we got bored of eating pretty soon.  We had a chat with the 2 chefs and they said that they’d be happy to cook special vegetarian meal for us every day and since the last 3 days, our hearts and tummies are doing a happy dance.
  • Aaryan, who showed extreme maturity at school. Both KG and I, during our WhatsApp chat had tears of happiness and pride in our eyes.
  • KG who is my strength and my biggest supporter. During our recent chat when I felt so lost and disillusioned. His words comforted and inspired me to believe in myself. And I am also grateful for the way he is managing it all alone so well.
  • The cab driver outside our hotel who greets us every morning with a cheery smile and good wishes even though we have never used his cab service.
  • The Indian staff at the hotel who stop by and chat with us in Hindi and go to such lengths to make our work and stay comfortable.

I must sign off now, as my coffee needs me. Oh, I am grateful for this hot coffee on this cold evening too!

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And I am also grateful to you, for taking the time to read this post!

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Wordless Wednesday – 107

“If I behave as though this is a completely normal situation, then maybe it will be …”  Sophie Kinsella.

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A game of cricket being played in a village near Nanital

In the hills, they might not get the flat ground of 150 yards, but that does not stop them from playing cricket. They truly believe in making the best of a bad situation… because nothing is over until you decide it is.

Sumit Sah, thank you for sharing this picture.

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