Why the hurry??

Have you noticed that we, indians, are always in a hurry? Why??

We kind of lack patience in general. We want to rush through every damn thing. Be it standing in a queue, the most impatient person one would notice would be an Indian.

But during wedding parties, it’s the opposite. We would be the last ones arriving cause only then we might grab all the attention, perhaps!

Airport scenes are a fun to watch. We kind of reach late, then rush through all the formalities of baggage check in, security and least bothered about the others too in the line for this. And want to be the first to board and descend from the aircraft!

Have you noticed (of course you would have if you too aren’t the same type) that we Indians love to disobey rules and regulations and set up our own which suits us.

The aircraft scenes are one of the most hilarious and pathetic of them all. When announcements of putting on the seat belts are given we Indians love to take our own sweet time to fasten them and the crew needs to come and remind us of the same, a kind of royal and special feeling engulfs us I guess to be the center of attraction for things as simple as these.

Then the classic scene when the aircraft is yet to land and we are already ready with our seat belts off. And when the actual landing takes place, then our patience has no limits and we are all ready with our seatbelts off, standing up and already taking the cabin baggage from the overhead spaces and least bothered if it might fall on someone else or have the courtesy of helping others to take their baggage first in case theirs is overlapping! But no, we feel the need to take out our bags first, come what may!

And standing in the aisle already, wanting to head out of the aircraft first before everyone else, even before the doors open. Heights of being impatient.

It’s the case even while crossing roads we seem to be always in a hurry.

Is it a case of basic etiquettes or its in our DNA??

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Social media and parents.

Nowadays, along with us our parents too are mobile crazy and social media enthusiasts. It was a shock for me when my mother told me I needed to teach and explain to her how to operate a smart phone and make her familiar with whatsapp and create an id for Facebook.๐Ÿ™„

When I asked her the reason for her sudden exploration and wanting to know it all about these social media apps, her answer was because everyone (all those crazy relatives both maternal and paternal side) are into it and she too wanted to show that she wasn’t far behind in all this and could now communicate with them through these social media platforms.

Now the tough part of explaining how to handle and use those sites! But to my surprise, my parents grasped it soon and now the result being they are 24 /7 on these sites forwarding and sharing jokes and posts to me although I don’t use these two applications much. But I’m glad they picked it up soon as I being out of India it isn’t always possible for me to call them up so they can always drop in a message whenever they feel like chatting with me through these apps. That way we wouldn’t feel the distance and longing of speaking to each other. In short, all happy ๐Ÿ˜Š.

Tried teaching my in-laws but they weren’t keen and blamed old age and lack of interest in all this and said they were happy with their serials on TV which in my opinion are nothing but a sure shot way to lose sanity but no point telling them that. And then they are comfortable with the humble land-line phone which works fine with us too.

Now after all this tutorials and kind of going berserk explaining innumerable times, the problem now is if I posted anything on fb my mother would be the first to like and reply enthusiastically to my post ๐Ÿคฃ. And if I’m not seen online for a long duration, then messages would pour in from her side on whtsapp as to where am I and why am I not seen online for quite a long time. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜

And sometimes my parents take these posts on fb and whtsapp so seriously that inspite of telling them it’s all fake news and are rumors being circulated I become the know-nothing -at-all at the end of the day and those half baked news are trusted more than their own child.ย ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

But then the way I look at this is parents at this stage suffer the ’empty nest syndrome’ with their kids gone away for studies or are married and are settled elsewhere and they feel bored and lonely and now at this stage they have no much topics to talk about with each other, their mobile phones come to their rescue and the silly little fights they have trying to prove to each other as to who knows better to use these apps and mobiles and sharing and discussing posts that they receive on their mobiles is just hilarious to watch.

When I told her about my blog, she was excited and wanted to read it but then I didn’t want to see her comments here now on every post. I can’t take that torture and embarrassment anymore now and so that topic soon came to an end without giving her a link to this site. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

So tell me who else can relate to this post and do share in comments if you all too have humorous incidents regarding your parents usage of the internet and social media apps.

Deepveer wedding ๐Ÿค—

So, finally Deepika padukone gets married to Ranveer Singh. This was a much awaited wedding of the year. The hyperactive Ranveer’s marriage to dimpled beauty Deepika.

What amuses me is why do celebrities choose to marry outside their own country. Like deepveer chose Italy as their wedding destination. India has such beautiful destinations and now with the winter season too, it’s the perfect time for any wedding!

Well obviously it’s their choice and as though the common man’s opinions matter to them. It could be due to media’s interference of covering a high profile wedding and the privacy issue of the marrying couple that celebrities choose a quieter and a place away from this madness of being hounded 24/7, being continously photographed and also security issues too.

Ranveer looks like a man full of love for his lady. His eyes speaks volumes. But Deepika, having had a lot of affairs earlier looks like having the ‘I’m fed up now and just want to settle down’ type of attitude that made her give the green signal to Ranveer. She doesn’t seem to have that passionate look for him whenever they are seen and photographed together or maybe it’s just my thoughts. ๐Ÿ™„

Missing all the photographs of the beautiful couple , wedding lehenga pictures and thinking what tough competition Deepika would have had from her now husband Ranveer with regards to his dressing as all of us know his wonderful taste in clothes and style of dressing! ๐Ÿคช

Here’s wishing the couple loads of happiness and love as Alauddin khilji finally got his Padmavati. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜

Country progressing or going backwards?

Sometimes I wonder if our nation is going forward or going back to the cave period? Corruption, caste – religion based issues still rampant. People everywhere around the world are fighting to gain their rights and come forward where as in India to gain seats and reservations in jobs and colleges people are fighting to show themselves backwards!

Government spending crores of money on statues for dead leaders whereas the living are struggling for homes in the streets and battling every single day of their lives. Pollution and climate changes are not ‘yet’ considered as grave issues and people fighting over if crackers are to be bursted or not for Diwali seems to be a bigger issue! Rivers foaming, forest fires, garbage dumping and burning does not seem to be as such an important issue than ranveer-deepika’s wedding and baby Taimur and re-naming of states and cities!!

India is a huge country and has its own share of problems as any other country but after 72 years of independence what exactly have we achieved in terms of being a corruption free country, stringent laws for criminals, road and safety, education for all, poverty eradication, health care, job creations for all and many such issues are still a dream to be fulfilled.

We, civilians still behave in the most disgusting manner. Spoiling the image of our country seems to be the most important agenda. Just yesterday was watching a report where in they showed after the recent inauguration of the signature Bridge of Delhi , which itself was a ruckus creating scenario, how people from different areas are visiting this bridge just for taking selfies and literally creating a traffic standstill due to their foolish actions.

And within a week of the bridge’s opening to commuters a peanut vendor was seen bringing in his goodies and selling to people who come to bask in the beauty of the bridge! This is just one such vendor and within no time it will become a commercialized place with dozens of stalls selling sandwiches, chaats, juices and what not and the place will turn into a picnic spot and block traffic with policemen too getting a share in all this! Such is the plight of the system and its inability to take stern action against all such malpractices happening right in front of them.

Its a week since Diwali has gotten over and the state of Delhi is grappling with pollution and smog. But no, people were hell bent on bursting crackers inspite of the Supreme court’s orders of banning crackers. Now these same people are crying over the issue of their city being polluted and not able to breathe. This was definitely in our hands to adhere to the rules and not burn crackers for the safety of the environment. This could have been well executed by people but they needed to defy the law and now facing the consequences which has only started and will grow into a more complex situation in the days to come.

Blaming the government for every single issue is not the solution. We, as civilians need to become responsible citizens and abide by the rules and project the country as a better place to show to the world.

When the scientists talk about climate change, its a “real” situation and a dangerous one too which all of the countries need to come together and co-ordinate and apply them to their own countries so that we give back to nature whatever we have destroyed and make this world a better place to stay for the coming generations.

China was facing a severe case of pollution inspite of being the most populated country and the citizens were facing a hard time to breathe in their own surrounding areas of stay. The government took up this issue seriously and took up one area as an experimental case. They built a huge tower, taller than the Qutab minar in between high rise buildings and fitted them with filters that could absorb all the pollutant factors, which could cleanse after some stipulated time and fresh, non-polluted air would be given out from this tower which could be inhaled without any worries. This experiment proved to be a major success and several towers like these were erected and to an extent China could tackle their environmental issues and provide their people with fresh air to breathe. Yes, the cost of building these were high but then why not if they guaranteed good health and pollution free air for all which is of prime importance for the generations to come.

If there’s a will, there’s a way. Whatever one says about China, they should be applauded for their dedication, hard work, manpower and the will to make their country proud inspite of natural calamities which grapples the entire country often. But still they fight and come back stronger than before. This is something India needs to learn from them.

If they can, so can India. We are a country rich in culture, heritage, manpower, labour, natural resources and gifted landscapes. We need able people to tap these resources and help them in their initiative to make the country stronger.

Dynasty politics should be eliminated, rumors and politics based on religion and caste are just dirty tricks to gain votes.

Whichever government rules, people are the ones who bring them to power, so decision lies in the hands of the people to see their country heading towards or going backwards.

Friendship.

Was watching this wonderful video on BBC about a Brazilianย  fisherman and his bonding with a penguin.

 

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Theย  kind hearted fisherman, Mr Joao Pereira de Souza found the Magellanic penguinย  in 2011 in a critical condition. The penguin was washed up on a bed of rocks, starving and covered in oil. Mrย  Joao spent a week nursing the bird back to health , givingย  him a bath and feedingย  the endangered penguin and giving him the name Dindim. He expected the penguin to find his colony once he healed. But Dindim refused to leave!

He stayed for 11 months with Joao and once its feathers grew back , itย  finally disappearedย  one day. But in a couple of months , he was back with his favorite human. Every year this penguin swims 5000 miles from Argentina to Rio de Janeiro just to visit this man who saved him. For the pastย  4 years now Dindimย  comes to visit Mr Joao. He visits in june and leaves to go home in February and every visit he becomes more affectionate and happier to see Mr Joao. Dindim spends eight months of the year hanging out with his human soulmate on a beach outside of Rio de Janerio and is believed to spend the rest of the year breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile.

“I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,”ย  says de Souza .
“He lays on my lap, lets me give him showers, allows me to feed him sardines and pick him up.”
Experts believe that Dindim thinks de Souza is “probably a penguin.”
“I think the penguin believes Joao is part of his family โ€ฆ when he sees him he wags his tail like a dog and honks with delight,” said biologist Professor Krajewski, who interviewed de Souza .

This pair’s bonding is truly incredible and has left scientists baffled. But one thing is for sure, their friendship and love is beyond words and will surely go down in books!

Isn’t that beautiful?

 

 

Whole lot of kids..๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ญ

Yesterday was a day well spent in cleaning up my kids drawers and wardrobe. Phew! You never realize what’s all in there once you literally start from scratch. Many unwanted papers, inkless pens, no head-no tail pieces of toys, books which haven’t been touched for ages but was bought on kids ever demanding request finally only to be lying in one corner of the shelf . ๐Ÿ™„ Like these, many such things which I’m absolutely clueless as to when and why was this even bought in the first place and oh yeah, some received as return gifts from birthday parties or some of them received from cousins, relatives, uncles and aunts though at that point can’t say a ‘no’ to them.

Being a mother to 2 daughters, accessories are something that are found in my girls cupboards. So, yes, these two aren’t an exception either. They have loads of them, courtesy me๐Ÿ˜. Clips, head bands, neck chains, bangles, bracelets, you name it they have it. I love to see girls dressed up with all those dangly stuffs matching with their outfits cause I too did all of that when I was growing up and had a huge collection of all such things though now prefer to keep it low as don’t want to look like some walking talking shop of accessories.

So, after discarding many things on scrutinizing, I was finally left with some bangles which was small in size now and would not fit both of them any more. As I do not have any domestic help to hand it over to in case she had a kid or so, I was left thinking as to what do i do with these. Then my husband popped in between telling me to throw them away rather than keeping it in a packet back into the cupboards. I gave him ‘those’ looks and told him to keep his idea with himself as I can’t bear to see it go into the thrash can! They were pretty bangles bought with so much love and interest but as kids grow these do not hold any good for them and they are least interested to try it out even to see if it fits them or not.

Moral of the story : I am never ever going to buy such things again in future for them and waste my time, efforts and money only to be discarded later. Lesson learnt!

So i packed them all in a packet and decided to give them to any maid servant in case I came across any when i go to pick up my kids from school. As i stepped out of my house with the packet, I remembered I needed to get some grocery things for the house and I got into a small supermarket just below my building where I stay.

As I go there often and i’m familiar with the owners, who happen to be a husband – wife duo, who sit at the counter turn by turn , I casually asked aunty who happened to be there today if she had small children at home. And her reply was, “I have 7 children of my own ” ๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜. And I just stood there thinking, wonder what made them stop at 7 and why not 10 or 12?? Or it’s break time now and the rest of them are being planned and would happen in the near future? ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

7 kids?? I have no words to explain what I felt when I heard it from her. Was she literally a child-producing factory?? It’s their choice and all of that but can one imagine having these many kids in a house? the expenses involved in bringing them up, the stamina required to take care of them, feed them. What else does one need to go berserk?? ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„ They haven’t heard of child planning i guess. Which age are they living in??

She said her eldest one is 19 years of age and the youngest is just around 3. Anyways I handed over the packet of bangles to her saying in case it fits any of her kids and she was very happy on receiving it and just then her husband came along with two of her youngest children, a girl and a boy who happened to look around 4 and 3 years of age.

The mother (aunty) showed the daughter those bangles and a spark of happiness shone across her face and on her mother’s instructions the little girl smiled at me and told me a “Thanks” and I smiled back telling her to wear them and stay happy.

They sent me off with a smile but somewhere I was sad as I left thinking about the parents trauma of bringing up those kids, not 1 or 2 but seven of them!

A house full of children. Chaos, noise, confusion, temper tantrums, fights, sibling-rivalry, and a HELL LOT Of PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE!

Everyday’s a festival for them. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜’

A wild one, for sure!

Grocery shopping.

I love grocery shopping more than shopping for clothes and accessories. Shocked? Guess, I’m different.

I love to see all the eatables displayed in shelves, the shiny packets of pulses, different spices, chocolates, chips and what not! I feel they seem to be looking at me and shouting to me, “buy me, buy me” ๐Ÿ˜ and sometimes I do get tempted and buy them when it’s absolutely not necessary but then can’t resist a packet of crunchy chips or a yummy chocolate for that matter.

I go with a list of absolutely necessary items to be bought but sometimes end up with things which I thought i never would buy, now beat that. And when you have the whole family with you shopping for grocery then God bless you!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Along with shopping for stuffs, I love observing people too. You get to see a variety of species and sometimes they give you ample moments to laugh too.

Family being the first types. They come with a long list. The husband, sometimes being the grumpy one and just wishing that this whole episode comes to an end and giving those treacherous looks to his wife while the kids would be yelling, crying and demanding whatever they see and what catches their eye mainly candies and chips while the parents would be explaining to them the harmful effects of eating those while they themselves catch hold of some food which isn’t healthy either and drop it into their trolleys ๐Ÿ˜…. Talk about eating healthy and double standards! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Then you have those love couples, catching each others hands, all lovey-dovey, yet to have kids, who have no clue what and what not to buy and would be roaming around the supermarket as though it’s a park. They would scrutinize every product, and place them back on the shelf with a look to each other mostly from the husband to wife which kind of means, “she ain’t going to cook that or knows how to cook that so why waste money on that”. And their walks continue further to some other department of the store and finally they end up with a couple of things (mostly 3-4 items) and find their way to the counter and you think to yourself what were they doing all this time inside that supermarket finally to end up with ‘only’ with some things??!!

Then you have the single types. They are sharp, come with a pre-determined mindset and a list of what exactly needs to be bought. They waste no time, get their hands on the things they need (mostly healthy stuff) and finish their shopping and reach the counters as quickly as possible and leave!

And amidst all these, there are people who have the habit of peeping into others trolleys and realize that they have missed buying those things themselves and seldom forget that it must be lying somewhere in the corners of their kitchen cupboards and end up buying them again!

And after finally having done with all the shopping and reaching the cash counters, suddenly a realization of something important needs to be bought and few more things are left to be billed and there’s still time left, that run that’s made to that specific department to get your pending stuff, that calculation of the place and time you take to reach there and back to the counter is like a do or die situation but you successfully achieve your aim and reach back at the nick of time with a smile on your face and a voice in your mind telling you, “mission accomplished” ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

There you go, all happy and satisfied with a trolley of wanted and unwanted things till next time the same cycle repeats again. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š