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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

maa kasam moments

 A very good evening to you all & welcome to another incredible episode of maa kasam

since it's mother's day we have a special guest today. you may or may not know her, but I know her very well. before I introduce her let me tell you this joke that I received today on whatsapp.

                 teacher: Tell me, Johnny. Do you say prayers before eating?
                     Johnny: No, ma’am, I don’t have to. My mom’s a good cook.
my mom's a good cook too. now without any further ado let's call our guest on stage. she is a mother...yes... the world's toughest,unpaid, full time job with no retirement & no expectation of benefits.
 I-welcome mam.
mam- please call me ma.
I- ok ma. before we chat we have some pics from your childhood.

I- wow you look like yesteryear heroines from the black & white era.
ma- thank you for the compliment. I used to take good care of myself back then.
I- how were you as a kid? shy or naughty?
ma- I was naughty. me & my friends at midnight would steal potatoes from other people's farms and then make some delicious dish. we were cautious to not make the smoke from the chulha noticeable as people would get suspicious.
I-oh you were naughty. what about your daughter? has she inherited this quality of yours?
ma- the naughtiness has only multiplied. she was a talkative kid who used to often get in trouble. once she just stormed into home from school, threw her bag & wasn't saying anything. after much prodding she told that she had a fight with a girl. the girl called her mother into school who scolded her in front of the class. she said she wouldn't go to school unless I accompany her & scold that girl back.
I- how did you handled it?
ma- i went with her the next day. the girl was scared looking at me. I asked her name & talked nicely , smilingly. 
I- your daughter must not have been very happy with you?
me- she wasn't. I told her to shake hands with her & make friendship. she did as I told but back home she was furious. she couldn't understand why I didn't took a stand for her. I told her you had two  choices either to make a friend or an enemy and I am glad you chose the former. being sensible as she is, she quickly understood my point.
I- since you are from a rural background how hard was for you to manage in a metro city like Mumbai?
ma- it was definitely not easy but I met some wonderful people here who helped me gel in this city. back in village I used to wake up early morning, milk the buffaloes, collect firewood, cut grass in forest and carry it back to home, take cattle for grazing and do ordinary household chores. but here I had to learn how, where,what of shopping, making budgets,cooking different types of dishes etc. it was a lifestyle change for me. 
I- your daughter says she loves both of her parents but is closer to you than her dad. how did you built this rapport with her?
ma- as my husband works in Indian navy his job required him to stay away from us. my daughter has seen a little less of him so she became closer to me. it was a huge responsibility but I was all up for it. she was a mom crazy kid. she used to bring the house down if she woke up from deep slumber and didn't find me beside her. 
I-from our trusted sources we have learnt that you have some unusual talent. why don't you tell us about it.
ma- haha. I have a talent of re(verse)- remixing songs. I can sing any new funky song in 60s style of music. this talent of mine was discovered my daughter who happens to be your 'trusted source' too.
I- haha. on this note let's have a look at another photo of yours.
ma- I feel so embarrassed.
I- why? you look so good.
ma- actually one day I was talking to my daughter about trying new things and to never be afraid of new situations. she asked me to wear jeans. so following my words I changed into my husband's t-shirt and jeans. result is in front of you. 
I- what was your daughter's reaction?
ma- she was surprised at first then she told me to wear only jeans from now on. I asked her "did this jeans made be a better mom? "
I- what are some best moments you have spent with your daughter?
ma- I cherish every moment being a mother. I loved late night champi time. giving her coconut oil hair massage. she has long & thick hair.
I- does this champis still continue now?
ma- they do only the roles our reversed now. she helps me dye the greys in my hair. she's keeping me young.
I- we have some more photos. these look very special.

ma- the first one is my wedding photo. I was camera shy. my daughter had a habit of trying out my stuffs like walking in my sandals stumbling a few times, wearing my bindis and Bengals which waited for the moment when her hands were down to slip away. but it was my wedding lehenga which got the most appreciation and attention from her. I dressed her up in my wedding dress. she looked like a gift all wrapped up. she used to suddenly go under a transformation in that dress. the mischievous kid changed into a shy girl. 
I- you are such a lovely mother. what's your secret?
ma- no secrets. I've also made some mistakes. I learnt a lot from my mother & mother-in-law. they are both exemplary & were very strong women. I  don't believe in comparisons. I never draw comparison between my kid & some xyz person. I consider it a humiliating practice having zero motivation.  

I- our sources which you know who, has shared with us a lifeguard moment. why don't you share the story.
ma- as a trouble seeker kid during one of her daily evening swimming sessions my daughter swam to far too the deep end and was close to drowning. I quickly reacted and pulled her out. I got really scared for her. it's one of the most toughest moments of my life. I still get shivers thinking about it. the fear of losing is disastrous. I thank god that everything turned out right.

I- another photo. what do you have to say about that.
ma- aren't we a cool mother- daughter pair.

the tea had finished leaving some tea leafs behind. the sky had turned darker signalling too much time had passed. surfing through photo albums, we lost the track of time.evening turned into night. so this was a one to one with my mom in the balcony of our house with only mom and I in attendance. talking about moments we created moment of moments.   

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Gutthi Of Ek Nayi League

 Internet is abuzz with the #EkNayiLeague speculations. Kapil Dev former captain of the Indian cricket team who won the historic world cup in 1983 is the reason. Kapil Dev can be seen in a series of videos talking about the upcoming new league called the EK NAYI LEAGUE. he is talking candidly ,reminiscing some incidents but whenever he mentions his nayi league a smirk of suspense appears in his face. what is he hiding behind that mischievous smile? what is #EkNayiLeague?  I've watched the videos many times looking for some clues to unlock this mystery. my guesses are listed below-

clue #1-The celeb touch: Kapil Dev has mentioned some celebrities and sport stars in the videos like sania mirza, ms dhoni,yuvraj singh,virendar sehwag & kapil sharma.  he hints towards the participation of these celebs in the show. it could be a chat show with the enigmatic Kapil Dev as its host needling them with questions both easy & difficult. but clue #2 throws a twist into this arrangement.

clue #2- no dil se: Kapil Dev says"dil se khela toh aapki toh googly" & "dil se khela toh aap hit wicket". clearly stating that whatever awaits is not to be played by heart but by brain (maybe). in the  image below he is seen pointing to his head. so I think it might be a game show where your intelligence is tested.


clue #3- next IPL: since Kapil Dev is a great sportsperson himself the Ek Nayi League will be taking up the issue of sorry state of sports in our country. the game show might be played in cricket style. for example there will be a few teams which will compete against each other. depending on the questions the participants answer right the team will score runs & if answered wrong- out!

clue #4- online affair: Kapil Dev is finally on twitter now thanks to his Ek Nayi League project. in the videos also he signs off by saying to join him on twitter. it could be possible that the Ek Nayi League will be played online. twitter is full of celebrities & crazy contest enthusiasts. it might be an online game show.

clue #5- never retire: In one of the videos Kapil Dev is seen giving advice to dhoni to never retire. may be we'll get to see retired sport persons hopefully a 1983 world cup indian cricket team reunion. their knowledge of their field will be tested.

 Kapil Dev as host or as a quiz master will be a treat to watch. he has a great sense of humor and speaks fluently. he will surely be a success in this field too. can't wait to know what really Ek Nayi League is all about. it looks promising &will be a never seen before,one of a kind show. whatever be the surprise for now I am hooked. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kellogg's wale Guptaji ke ghar milenge

 As they say "never say NO to breakfast".  I take that very seriously. it helps refuel our system, gives mental & physical boost.
Those people who skip breakfast I request them to go to Guptaji  Kellogg's wale Guptaji's house. what a breakfast! not the same boring breakfast like in our homes. 100 different recipes. food for every mood.
Still not convinced? OK then try this. imagine your ideal breakfast. what ingredients does it needs to have? strawberry? walnuts? sitaphal or my fave chocolate? well your wish Kellogg's command. for your chocolate cravings Kellogg's present walnut cornflakes choco balls. with love called "first crush wala nashta". I fell in love with the nashta at first sight.
It 's Kellogg's wale Guptaji ka nashta so no compromise on taste & health. first crush wala nashta is not only crunchy, melts in mouth but also healthy as it has the super important ingredient Kellogg's corn flakes.
as I said before there are varieties in Kellogg's wale Guptaji ka nashta. I say breakfasting with whole family gives the food a new taste. but of course you can't serve gossips on plate. for family breakfast time it has to be "passing the parcel waala naashta" sitaphal cornflakes. together with the family during games mixed with hassi thathaka enjoy sitaphal cornflakes.
at times it so happens that someone in the family is feeling low or refuse to eat anything except bhav. how to handle this situation? like I said before Kellogg's wale Guptaji ka nashta is food for every mood.  for all the nakhreelis or the nakhreeleys Kellogg's wale Guptaji present chapatti cornflakes chivda "the nakhre wala nashta".
office or college lunch box must-have-cornflake coconut ladoos "the tiffin wala nashta". because tiffin is meant to be shared. so share these bundle of sweets among your colleagues & have a yummilicious treat everyday. no complaints from your wife or mother about the leftovers in your tiffin. the tiffin will be finished as soon as it opens. Kellogg's wale Guptaji Ka nashta is perfect for any environment.
having a movie night? popcorn is so usual why not try something different ...more power packed. Kellogg's wale Guptaji has what you need "the movie wala nashta"- cornflake popcorn clusters. be the movie how much engrossing your taste buds will be engrossed in the cornflakes popcorn clusters.
now you'll wonder that how much time it takes to prepare such mouth watering,lip smacking snacks everyday. what if I say 10 minutes tops.no way!! yes way!! it's Kellog's wale Guptaji. that's what makes it so convenient to eat & have anytime.. Kellogg's wale Guptaji ka nashta-super healthy,super tasty & super fast! ungliyaan chat tay reh jayenge. nashta with guptaji's family. kya aap aayenge? main toh chali!
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Always together no matter what!

I was nervous. I was going to meet her after 5 years. what would be her reaction when she sees me? will she recognize me? after all I've changed a lot. I am not what I once was. sabina my best friend from the 4th std was in Mumbai. I don't know from where she found my no. but I was glad she called & that she still remembers me. 
At 4:00pm I heard somebody ringing their bicycle bell continuously. I looked out of my window for that idiot. oh my god! she hasn't changed a bit...oh she has. she looked more beautiful & all grown up.  that idiotic but sweet smile was still the same. I ran walked out of the door & smilingly went towards her. she was the excited one. she hugged me tight & said what I was expecting dreading to hear "oh my god. you've changed so much." of course I have. I changed the "changing" topic & asked why was she ringing the bell for. she said " you forgot na? we used to call each other like that when we were kids for our daily evening bike ride. remember we used to race & you always won." yeah I used to be fun as a kid. 
"I was thinking let's do it again!" she said excitedly. "what? race? no way. I've left bike riding & I don't have a bicycle." I said feeling sorry. "don't worry you take my bicycle. I'll take my neighbours".
she wasn't going to hear a no. so I went ahead with the plan. its been a long time since I will be riding a bicycle but it won't be long when she'll know I am not a fun loving person anymore. I've grown more conscious with time. I have very small circle of friends & not popular as I used to be. 
we went riding around the town. the breeze was good. after some time she looked at me & said "race". then she started pedaling much faster. I was trying to make sense of her when intuitively I too started to pedal faster & harder. soon we were racing shoulder to shoulder. I was competitive again like that 4th std me. I was shouting while ringing the bell at people to give me way. I had reached the end ,I had won. I was out of breath ,sweaty but it felt so good. soon Sabina reached me & just smiled. she hugged me & said "you have changed & you are better than ever." I felt more relieved than good. she understands me . she knew me more than I knew myself. she made me shine in my own eyes. she grew the seed of optimism in me & now whenever I feel low I just revive that moment in my mind.