Enjoy the Spotlight!

I met a friend after a long time and excitedly told her, "Hey! You have lost weight and you are looking great!".

She said, "Oh, that’s not true!"

I felt very awkward. Here, I was giving a genuine and sincere compliment to this lady and she didn’t accept it.

While I was mulling over her reaction, another incident flashed in front of me. I had congratulated a colleague for giving a fabulous presentation. And he had said, "Oh, it was nothing. Anybody could have done it!".

Both these incidents took me a few years down the memory lane…

Read the rest of the post on Mrs Usha Menon’s blog as a Guest Post, here.

A Warm Welcome…

Welcome to this new home for A rose is a rose is a rose!

I am so thrilled to have this new place for you and me!

A dear friend suggested that I should write a nice welcoming post on this new space. Nice post?? Well, when you are pulled in a million different directions,with full speed,  a coherent, sensible, flowery post is a far cry from reality.

  • I am so hassled at the moment… the maid didn’t turn up today, it’s her third consecutive leave from work and the kitchen looked like being hit by a hurricane. When I called her on the phone, her husband picked up the call and informed that she has left for work. I called again after 15 minutes and look at the cheek of the guy, he disconnects the phone. I called again and he disconnects thrice. Yes, I can be very persistent (a pest in other words!). I blasted the guy when he finally picked up! To cut the story short, I became the maid. On busy days like these and no maid is a sure shot recipe for bad mood coupled with headache!
  • I am leaving tonight for a workshop in Shimla and I have a hundred things to do before that… pack my bags which has to include rain wear and woollens too. Have to send so many official mails and revert on some too.
  • I have to go to the beauty salon too and I guess, I don’t have time for that! But I cant afford to miss going there!
  • My tummy is growling and the breakfast is lying on the table too but there isn’t any time to enjoy the breakfast in peace too!
  • The blog transfer is also taking place today. Yes, it could have been delayed for a day or 2 but then the excitement of moving in a new home is something that I want to savour NOW!
  • Another dear friend from Chennai wanted some artefacts from our Pink City. The vendor has promised to deliver the goods, so have to rush to the interior wall city in the peak rush hour of the evening and collect the goodies and then courier them too today!
  • KG bought a new handset for me yesterday and I am so much in love with my new phone. I look one moment at the laptop  and one moment longingly at the phone. I have so much to explore and configure on this new tech gadget, but I guess, work is priority and it needs my attention.
  • The comments on the my blog are unanswered and the unread blog post count on the Bloglovin’ has reached in 3 digits!!!

It is one of those days, which has all the ingredients of a blockbuster movie… excitement, exhilaration, exigencies, exertion, exasperation…

While I carry on with my day, hope you have a great day!

And once again, a warm welcome, hope you enjoy your visit here!

Cheers! 🙂

We Are Moving!

Very soon, this lil’ blog of mine will be moving to its new home http://shilpaagarg.com

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Currently, it is work-in-progress and believe me it is a lot of hard work.
This entire blog will move to this new address, so you will not miss any post.
Now onwards all new posts will be uploaded on this new address.
I hope your support n love will continue at my new home!!
See you there soon… till then, subscribe to it, bookmark it.
Please visit my new home… I am sure you’ll love it there too!!

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My Guest Post @ Everyday Gyaan

A few days ago, I went to a party hosted by a friend. My friend works with a company which is into multi-level-marketing of cosmetic products. As part of their business model, a group of ladies are invited for a get together. The agenda of the meeting is fun and business. So, along with some fun games and activities, details of the cosmetics are shared with the group.

We were a group of 15 women who were meeting each other for the first time and our hostess was the only common link between us, so introductions were in order. The hostess asked us to introduce ourselves.

The round of introductions started….

Hop on to Corinne’s Blog Everyday Gyaan to Read More!

The New Oil in Our Kitchen

KG, my best half has a passion for cooking. He creates amazing magic in the kitchen, never mind the mess he creates though. His free time is spent either in kitchen cooking something or watching the cookery shows. Rice Bran Oil is frequently used by international cookery show chefs. This was something that has still not made its entry in our kitchen.When I read about the‘Fortune Rice Bran Health’ review at Blogadda. I immediately jumped at the opportunity to experiment with it in our kitchen and see how it turns out to be.Last Sunday, KG prepared Fried Pork Frankfurters and Prawns for breakfast.

In a pan, add a tiny drizzle of Fortune Rice Bran Oil.
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In the evening, KG also made, Chicken Curry with Rice Bran Oil which looked like this…
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I have used Rice Bran Oil in cooking vegetables and even made paranthas with it. We use Fortune Refined Soyabean Oil for our regular cooking. And KG uses Ghee or Mustard Oil for the non-veg cooking. After cooking food with Fortune Rice Bran Oil, there was not any noticeable difference in taste and smell when compared with our regular oil. In fact, KG who is very particular about the tastes and flavours and is quick to note any difference, said that food cooked in Rice Bran Oil tastes no different than our regular oil. It has no virtually no smell.

Also the health benefits associated with Rice Bran Oil, chiefly in decreasing cholesterol, protecting from heart diseases, cleaning blood vessels, enhancing immune system and nervous system and it being good for skin, are convincing enough to switch from our regular oil to Rice Bran Oil.

Cost wise also it is similar to our regular oil. Soybean Oil costs Rs 110 for a litre while Rice Bran Oil costs Rs 115 per litre.

So for cooking for frying, Fortune Rice Bran Oil is the new oil in our kitchen.

‘I am reviewing healthy heart oil as a part of the BlogAdda’s Product Review Program for Indian Bloggers.’

A Bit Wordy Wednesday

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This Halloween pumpkin face flower pot was given to me by Kaddu as a giveaway for the winning a quiz to celebrate the 600th  post on her blog. Since, her pet name is Kaddu, which is the Hindi word for ‘pumpkin’, and the mnemonic of her blog is a grinning ‘Halloween pumpkin’ face, she painted this jar in her official ‘blog avatar’ pattern. Such a creative, apt and unique gift! Appreciate the effort you must have taken to make this gift, Kadambari, which is simply perfect. Love it. In fact it is the first indoor plant in our home and the excitement to take care of it, see the little flowers bloom is a wonderful new experience for us. Thank you for this amazing gift.Recently, there was this fun thing going around on Facebook. It was called Creative Pay-It-Forward! According to it, the first ten people, living in India, to comment on that status would receive, sometime in this calendar year, a gift – perhaps a book, or baked goods, or most likely something handmade- a surprise! There would be no warning and it would happen whenever the mood struck! The catch? Those 10 people must make the same offer in their FB status.

A lot of friends shared this on their Facebook walls and I was lucky to be among the first 10 on Priyaa’s wall. And early this week, I received this surprise gift from her.

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Priyaa from Happy Moments… Well Mostly! was inspired to make these book-marks for me after seeing the Spine Poetry on my blog. It was so thoughtful of you, Priya to send me such a meaningful gift. Truly appreciate it and you couldn’t have chosen a more perfect gift for me. Thanks a lot. Aaryan has loved the yellow and blue one and has decided to take it with him to his Boarding School.

Jaipur Literature Festival 2013

Jaipur Literature Festival, the most prestigious literary fest of Asia-Pacific for all the book-lovers kicked off yesterday at Diggi Palace, Jaipur.

Like last year, this year too, I went to this much talked about fest with my bogging friend Kadambari. We decided to go for HH Dalai Lama’s session. As we were getting ourselves registered and getting the security check done, HH Dalai Lama’s convoy arrived at the venue. He was sitting on the front seat of a SUV and was greeting the Tibetans who were standing on the other side of the road to catch a glimpse (or seek blessings) of their spiritual leader.

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The decor at the entrance

On time, we reached the Front Lawns, and what a sight it was. It was jam packed, there was not even an iota of space to move. Of course all around us were not literature loving people, there must be many who would have come to just see the celebrities! But what a disciplined audience it was! Even before His Highness could come on the stage, there was pin drop silence.

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The ‘elite’ crowd

The spiritual leader was in conversation with Pico Iyer on Kinships of Faiths : Finding the Middle Way. His talk was interesting and enlightening. It was interesting to note that HH Dalai Lama as a young Buddhist, when he was about 7 years old, was not interested in his studies, but the fear of his teacher forced him to learn. And now, in his 77th year, he still considers himself a student of Nalanda University. He talked about secularism, similarities between science and philosophies of Buddha. I expected HH Dalai Lama to be a great orator but that was not the case.

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The close-up

The next session was a tribute to Sunil Gangopadhyay by Sharmila Tagore. Sharmila Tagore looked very graceful and was extremely well-read on Sunil Da’s work. She read some excerpts from his famous novel ‘Sei Samoy”

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Saw Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Tarun Tejpal too. During the break between sessions we saw yesteryear actor, Vijayendra Ghatge. There were so many familiar faces too. That was day one at JLF.

Hail Winters!

They say, don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn’t start a conversation!

It seems every year, I keep hearing, “This year the winters are more severe than the last year!!” Or “Never before were the winters so harsh!”

Ah, whether it’s harsh or severe, mild or very cold winters are meant to be braved and enjoyed!

A quick “Can you answer in one-word (or sentence, yeah some of us love to talk) survey” on “What keeps you going in the winters?”, with the people in my neighbourhood revealed some diverse and interesting responses.

For the Uncle, with a wonderful smile, its loads of warm woollen layers.

While ‘it’s only Pashmeena or Toosh’ for the ladies in my building. Ok, let me clarify, this information I got from the last get-together we had in our building complex.

A friend’s daughter’s friend who stays in a hostel, yearns for piping hot, tasty and delicious home-made food, especially the gajar ka halwa and sarson ka saag and makki ki roti. And her friend loves the moongfali, revari and gajjaks which are synonymous with winters.

And the grandparents on the 8th floor look forward to sitting out in the balcony or garden to soak in all the warmth provided by the Sun God.

While the lady in pink wants to just snuggle up cosily in a blanket with a nice book and a hot cup of masala chai. Wow, I’d love that too!

As for mothers like me, it means some more entertainment management for the kids. While Aaryan is having his winter vacations, his building friends are busy with schools and exams. So, his friends come out to play only in the evenings. For rest of the day, Aaryan has to be kept busy. TV dominates and keeps him engrossed for long, PlayStation games, games on laptop and books holds his interest for a short while. When I banned my child from watching Cartoon Network and its brethren for some time (I feel he should watch something sensible rather than Doremon and Nobita’s gadget stories) and focus on something creative. Inspired by what he saw on Animal Planet channel, this is what he made yesterday.

imageThese are the Walrus, Penguin, Seal and the Shark toys enjoying themselves in Antarctica. By the way, this Antarctica was created in our refrigerator.

And as for the watchmen, it’s the warmth of the fire in the cold of the night that keeps them going.

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What keeps you going in this cold season??

Of W and W!!

I hate it.

At the same time, I am very concerned about it.

Seeing the growing proportions gives me momentary panic attacks.

In a flash of a second, I make plans to take some remedial action. And the very next moment, I find some very important and very urgent diversions.

So, days have passed into months and the reverse is happening. The wide is becoming wider and weak is becoming weaker!

I am talking about the ever widening waistline and the weakening will power to do something about the former.

I have all the good intentions to reduce the bulge and exercise but somehow these good intentions get pushed behind other commitments and mundane things.

One fine day, I get highly motivated and dig out my track suit from the closet and take 2 rounds of the jogging track in our apartment complex and there’s never a second day which sees the repeat action.

Some days I convince myself that I am very tired. While some days, I reason with myself that I had walked up and down the 17 stair-set of office thrice!!!

Some times I have important household chores to do and while some days I am plain lazy.644092_10151310614064714_320412660_n

Also, I have seen that you put off something for one day and ten days will pass by!

Another day in another month, inspired by Smita, I take out our treadmill from the store room and clean it. The day, saw me admiring my hard work of rolling the machine to a distance of 5 meters. Next day, I sync my iPod and download new songs on it. And somehow I motivate myself to stand on the treadmill. When I listened to the songs on iPod, I realised that the sweet romantic numbers which I had chosen could not keep pace with the rhythm of the brisk walking on treadmill. So, since then, my search for fast paced songs is on and till then the treadmill is on a pause mode…

The only form of exercise that I love is swimming and I am very passionate about it. Missing even a single day of swimming is a big No-No for me. But unfortunately the swimming season is for a limited time period and for the rest of the time, one needs to focus on walking, jogging etc.

Going to a gym or walking in the park doesn’t appeal to me much and neither does dieting. So making use of the treadmill at home is the bestest viable option I have. And even availing the benefits of a treadmill in the comfort of my home eludes me.

I guess, I suffer from Exercise Procrastination. Somebody said this and it mirrors my sentiments, “whenever I get the energy to exercise, I sit down until it passes!”

Well, enough is enough and I’m going to stop procrastinating about my fitness regime… once I get around to it.Image 1

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