28 September 2009

Triumph .

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Over a leisurely cup of coffee yesterday , me and my hubby found ourselves going down memory lane and discussing what Dussehra meant to us as a child ..

So while my fondest memories were of sitting atop a car , my sibling in tow , watching the gigantic effigies of Ravana , Meghnath and Kumbhkaran being burnt one after the other ..

My creative better half , remembers it as toiling hard the whole day to build an effigy of Ravana just so he could immolate it and then celebrate seeing all his efforts go up in flames ...literally :-P

Life has surely changed a lot since those days , we've grown older , more mature so to say and our juvenile tantrums have been replaced by responsible behaviour.. but there has been absolutely no dearth of mirth ( pardon the pathetic rhyming of words :-P ) in the way Dussehra is celebrated .. Infact the festivities associated with it have grown bigger and better with each year ..what with rotating effigies , the ever so flamboyant costumes and the ostentatious display of fireworks ..

So what if i cant sit atop a car or have the time (or creativity) to build an effigy?? Growing old or being in a different country is no reason why i cant celebrate Dussehra ..

Dussehra as we all know, is rooted in the Hindu epic of Ramayana and is a combination of two words " Dus " meaning ten and " hara " implying annihilated .. its a day when the ten faced demon Ravana was defeated by Lord Rama signifying the victory of Good over Evil ..

So while Dussehra is being celebrated with joie de vivre back home , i am celebrating the spirit of goodness that Dussehra brings and vow to always destroy the Ravana within me and keep the Rama alive ..to always vanquish the evil within me with the goodness of my heart and deeds..

Here's Wishing everyone a Happy Dussehra ..may your evil twin always be too good to be evil ;-)

18 September 2009

When Dreams come True.

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Barbara Padilla Vs Kevin Skinner ..i was on tenterhooks ..these were the finalists of America's Got Talent ..who would be the winner ?
I waited with bated breath as Nick opened the envelope and read aloud "Kevin Skinner " ... i was thrilled .....yayyyyyyyyyy !!

If you were following AGT ( America's Got Talent ) as religiously as i was you would know that it was a close call , i mean who would have thought that Kevin Skinner would beat the odds and emerge a winner but he triumphed , he outshone all the other talented finalists and grabbed the top prize winning $ 1 million and a chance to headline in Las Vegas ..

Strangely , it was not long before that Kevin Skinner, the unemployed chicken farmer was almost made fun of by one of the judges David Hasselhoff during the auditions when he asked him " How many chickens did he manage to catch in a day?" in response to his admission that he was a chicken farmer by profession , bearing an uncanny resemblance to the way Susan Boyle was scoffed at, when she came onto the stage , however , much to the judges chagrin the result was pretty much the same in both the cases .. Once Kevin Skinner sang , the judges had no choice but to applaud his emotionally charged performance and acknowledge the fact that Kevin Skinner was here to stay ..

Now post his victory some people are hailing him as the American version of Susan Boyle while others are occupied with trashing him and giving him flak for being the winner saying he doesnt deserve it since he neither has the voice nor is he a " Vegas performer" ..what these people are forgetting is that, its their votes and appreciation that has crowned him the winner and that they need to grow up !!

Its been a long journey from singing on the porch to singing on the stage and i agree that Kevin Skinner may not be the strongest performer or have the most phenomenal voice but nonetheless he sang from his heart , he has the unique ability to connect with the audience and move them to tears ....He's a diamond in the rough and he was waiting to be discovered and i thought among his various attributes his humility , his Kentucky drawl and his style of singing were extremely charismatic .... He is what the show is all about , the essence of the show about having a talent , a dream despite his humble background , about having the strength and belief in his own dreams giving him the courage to perform and finally pulling it through :-) ..Font size

Kevin Skinner's emphatic win has reinforced my faith in the fact that "No dreamer is ever too small and no dream is ever too big " , you just have to believe in yourself ..

God bless u Kevin Skinner..May all your dreams come true !

13 September 2009

The Holiday .

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Lake Tahoe was our destination this Labour day weekend.. To describe the beauty of this majestic place is an arduous and formidable task , nevertheless i shall try ..

Geographically Lake tahoe is located between California and Nevada and is the largest alpine lake in North America ..Its the most popular destination in winter coz of the skiing activities but summer is an equally good bet ..Infact this split personality of being equally intriguing and captivating in both the seasons is what beckoned me to Lake Tahoe ..

Sat morning saw four friends huddled together in the car and heading off to Lake Tahoe finally at 9 am after much deliberation and good intentions of leaving at 4 am, 6 am and then 8 am respectively ..well no ones to blame here , it was after all a vacation ..right ??
It was a 5 to 6 hour drive taking in consideration the weekend rush and traffic but we were ecstatic and nothing could dampen our spirits, not even the traffic.. After all , its not everyday one gets the company of eclectic friends.. so we chatted and argued , cracked horrible PJ's , laughed and then laughed some more ,clicked lots of pics ,chomped on chicken burgers and french fries and eventually managed to reach around 3 pm ..

Lake tahoe adventure had finally begun ..we checked into our resort , the cabin was not so great but the location pretty much made up for it ..a quick change of clothes and we headed for Round hills Beach & Marina ..

This was our first up close look at the Lake tahoe , half a mile long sandy beach , crystal blue water surrounded by mountains on all sides ,the view was absolutely mesmerizing and the air was as crisp and fresh as it could get ...i just sat there sucking in , on the fresh air , soaking the afternoon rays of the sun and admiring the panoramic views ..The natural scenery was truly breathtaking and i thought this was the closest i could get to heaven but i was wrong ..My tryst with Lake tahoe had just begun ...

Day 2 we headed for Emerald Bay and enroute stopped at Inspiration Point Vista , the official viewpoint overlooking the bay ..and jaw dropping views of the lake was what we got from up here and it was almost surreal , I now knew why Mark Twain proclaimed the lake "to be the fairest picture the whole earth affords." It was as if the mountains came to life around this exquisite and pristine loch ..i tried in vain to capture the beauty of it all but the camera lens seemed almost too small and i just stood there gawking from one side to the other taking in the magnificient views . i was completely enraptured and awe-struck..Lake tahoe is truly a nature lover's paradise and i was in love .

A buffet lunch at an Indian restaurant brought me back to my senses and then we hit the Timber Cove Beach...This time of the year is just perfect for water activities but as luck would have it ,the wind was gusty and we had to be content with renting a paddle boat ..and it was soo much fun ..we spent most of the evening alternating between paddling hard and then just letting go feeling the waves rock the boat ever so gently and then every once in a while the waves would playfully splash on us from underneath as if beckoning us to get off the boat and play ..

Soon it was dusk and we headed to Nevada beach for the annual Fireworks extravaganza touted as one of the biggest firework displays in the west coast ...This year Pyro Spectaculars Inc. was putting on the show with Pyrodigital Consultants..It started a couple of mins later than its stipulated time at 8.30 pm but nevertheless it was an absolute feast for the eyes ..with one firework after the other illuminating the night sky in bright beautiful colors ...

The firework display ended half an hr later but the night was not over yet ,we were yet to enjoy the Nevada side of Tahoe ..indulge in some hedonistic revelry..Infact the lit up casinos are what welcome you on crossing the stateline ...Gambling is after all legal in Nevada and so we did our bit ;-) Content to have thrown some money down the slot machines , we left an hr later, albiet little poorer to catch some z's ...

Day 3, Time to head home but not before we took the Heavenly Gondola ride.. The cable car ride whisked us straight up the mountain to a height of some 9000 ft and surely this was the most stupefying view , the spectrum of colors all around seemed to play havoc with my senses .. everything that id seen in the last two days i was experiencing again , an indescribable rush , an indefinable euphoria.. truly this was the icing on the cake..a befitting culmination to our vacation .

But im not done , there's so much unexplored territory , so much to do and enjoy ..i only hope ill get the opportunity again..
Hubby ..are you listening ( ^ _ ^ )

04 September 2009

Happy Teachers Day.

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School life is reminiscent of so many memories , good memories like playing pranks , evening classes , making lifelong friends and not so good memories like heavy bags ,homework , punishment , its reminiscent of teachers who inspired me and teachers who brought out the wicked side in me ..and speaking of teachers particularly ignites memories of this one particular day called Teachers day ..

Historically it is the day we commemorate the birthday of the reverend academic philospher,the Great Teacher and scholar Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan ..but Teachers day to me as a student meant no classes , no assembly , no homework , it was a day purely marked for fun ..it was a day to let the teachers be the children for a change and a day for us to pull their legs ..

Infact taking a dig at your most favorite teacher or most hated teacher is somehow an inevitable part of a students academic life...
Below i share with you , my school and college friends, fond remembrances of the good ol diggin times..

Ms Sen , who was my class teacher year after year after year till i prayed she quit school ..
Ms Tiwari , my Hindi teacher who never thought twice about beating me , being the Principal's daughter dint matter ..
Ms Ray , my History teacher whose class was a perpetual laughter lesson , now which teacher shows a hand and doesnt whack :P
Mr Siddique, my geography teacher whose punishments were simply unique , designed to purely embarass and humiliate, but not me , i was his pet :)
Ms Taneja , my biology teacher whose diminutive stature was a facade she used adeptly to handle the strongest of adversary meaning students here ..
Ms Chatterjee, my English teacher who was a strict disciplinarian and that meant standing outside her class even if i was just ONE second late ..
My accounts teacher whose class meant time to sneak lunch boxes across rows and under the tables to satiate hunger pangs :)

My Management teacher in college who taught us the subjects of life , sometimes more than her own subject :P
My Economics teacher who was more popular for what she wore and how she taught than what she taught ;)
My accounts teacher who always threatened to throw me out of the window even if i did answer her questions ..
and there was this one teacher who we thought needed a crash course in basic fashion and then this other one who bored us with her endless examples , all the while shakin her head ,reminding me of Amrish puri in the movie Damini ;-)

I could go on and on but i guess im kinda nostalgic now ..no matter how much fun i've made of my teachers ,i will be eternally grateful to them for making me who i am , for imparting the most valauble lessons of life , for being beacons of light and guiding me , for moulding me and shaping my future .
School and college would have not been the same without you !!

Thank you for everything and wish you a very Happy Teachers day :)

03 September 2009

The Preface .

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" The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page. " said Mark Twain.

Well i have read a few chapters now, repercussions of being married to someone who works as an IT consultant ;-)

Jokes apart , to have someone who's so fond of travelling can be a real blessing and out of all his habits that have rubbed off on me , the keeeda ( bug ) to travel and explore new places is by far the best one ..

Travelling to me , brings a certain kind of joy ..
the joy of disrupting the routine and mundane life ,
the joy of being able to unwind and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.. like a leisurely walk in the morning or soaking up the afternoon rays at the beach ..
or just chatting late into the nite with friends over a game of carrom and sipping coffee ..

Travelling may not always mean exploring a new place... it might just be a weekend with friends ..whats important is the experience of travelling beyond the boundaries of the expected and coming back completely rejuvenated :-)

Saturday morning is when the rejuvenation experience or the Labour day weekend begins, when staying true to the spirit ,the labour that is 'me' gets a break from all the hard work she puts in everyday, when 'four' friends get together and drive down to Lake Tahoe often dubbed as the perfect year round vacation and wedding destination..
Cant do much about the wedding part ;-) but surely hope to have a perfect vacation ..

So adios amigos and wish me luck !!

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