Live life – The Biscuits way

LiveThe sky was shiny, unclouded and the land was verdant with bright green plants and trees. The old man was walking along the road which was void. The old man was farmer and lived in the village along the hills. The farmer was lonely as his children went to cities for their work and had sophisticated lives and lost his wife to the old age. He still lived at his old wooden house worrying about nothing but always longing for the summer holidays to come so that he could see his grandchildren arrive to the villages for the vacation.

The grandchildren were very studious and were interested in tech things. When they came last year to the village they were surprised and worried that their grandfather didn’t have an internet connection. Of course nobody in the village has heard of the word INTERNET. The old man had his routines. He would wake up early in the morning; go for his morning tea and biscuits in the teashop amidst the chilly weather. He will have a chat with his friends discussing the daily happenings about the headlines and the other news in the newspaper. He would go for the bank weekly once and discuss with the officials there. The farmer was a charming man. The people would see him as angel who brings happiness in his speech and doings.

That summer his son along with his family arrived there for the vacation. The children brought with them the latest tech gadgets. The children were always indulged in viewing videos and playing games in their laptops. They didn’t wish to see the nature’s beauty or talk with their neighbors. The old man was very sad about the nature of children and decided to change their attitude. Furthermore the old man’s son wasn’t happy that his father was going out in the cold morning to chat with his friends or go to the bank walking along the empty hilly roads. So the son arranged for an computer and internet connection to be installed at his father’s home. He also taught him the ways of transacting money and how to check the balance in the bank account. He also taught his father how to use the Skype so that he chats in the video with his grandchildren daily. The grandchildren taught the old man many times but the old man was little bit late in learning them. The son also got a coffee maker in his father’s home and said him to avoid taking the morning walk. The old man was very worried about this but for the sake of the happiness of his son and grandchildren he toiled hard in learning the tech stuffs. But he lost his happiness of his daily walk or having biscuits and the hot coffee in the cold morning. The thought of sitting idle in the old wooden house seeing the whole village working and enjoying killed his instincts. He took the grandchildren then next day on the habitual route he would take for the shop where he would take biscuits and coffee. The hill road was tough to walk with but the view along the edges was so beautiful that the children were so happy. The old man told so many stories to them that they enjoyed the nature’s beauty forgetting the mundane games. They cherished eating the fruits offered by the neighbor which were freshly picked from their fields, played in the small waterfalls near the road edge and imitating like they were sailing on the clouds. As they reached the coffee shop, the children were too tired of walking the hilly road. But as soon as his friends reached there they were enquiring about the children and shared many fables and tales about the village and the neighborhood that the children even forgot about their breakfast. They enjoyed the biscuits which were homemade and insisted the old man to get some for their friends in the cities. The children on reaching home asked the old man to wake them up early in the morning then next day so that they can accompany the old man along his way to the coffee shop for biscuits and coffee.

It is in these simple pleasures that we find happiness in our lives and not by the tech gadgets or the posh life that we live. A hot coffee along with some tasty biscuits is sure to lighten up the mood for the day making it pleasant and happy. Always do the thing that makes us happy and do not live a life forced by others.

Do learn more about the biscuit way through : McCain India

Come Let’s put a smile on that face,


I see the Joy of togetherness

Image credits : Kissan Facebook Page

I relish the days were as a child , I played with my neighbourhood friends. I had many friends and I actually know all their names. Even in the schooling and college days , I still remember the names of every friends and neighbours from my childhood days.

Togetherness is the word which I enjoyed during those days. Suddenly days passed and I found things slowly changed over the course of time. Transformation came and devices were invented , I think for everything which made our life simple and even simpler.

Everyone had mobile phones and laptops and kindle and Tablets and hand held devices which made life easier. I sensed the change over and playing with friends slowly came down and went unseen.

I had a chance of visiting my friends brother’s marriage and I met a child who was 3 years old and he always had a Apple Ipad with him playing games. When his parents were happy meeting their relations and friends after a long time , the child doesn’t seems to be so. He wants to be left lonely and doesn’t even care to speak to their relations and wanted to enjoy the gaming.

My friend and I took him and talked to him and he asked both of our mobile phones and enquired what games do you have and was really worried about us , without games what do you have enjoyment ?

The only way people relish the past is by seeing the social media and laughing at the Lifeless Monitors and screens of the devices. They end their day by hearing to the sings which have high bass and quality headsets.

People travelling in buses don’t enjoy the nature and it’s beauty rather than have their headsets and iPod packed with them to hear songs of different genres ranging from Michael Jackson to Pritam to Ilayaraja to Ar rahman to Anirudh to Katty Perry to Slena Gomez to rapping sensational.

They hate the sound of the public , hate the sound of the whisper sounds and the travelling of the other commutes. Long distance travels are becoming a decision making time to decide which are the songs to be heard while the next travel begins.

Weekends were limited to going to malls, theaters and watching movies or else watching the movies in TV and sitting and moving idle inside the house.

Even festivals were considered to great fun those days and people distribute sweets to those neighbours and would see others and greet them and have a chat with them , when they visit other houses. Usually parents will send the children with sweets to distribute to the neighbours so that children would talk to others and gain good habits and be a good one. Nowadays we cannot see such happenings. The technology have changed those things and made a fast forward to the world in such a small time.

we cannot blame the whole worl for this but we can make reforms and can bring back the world and change the situation upside down in a matter of time.

Nature has given so many things to relish but always we wonder the screen of the ,mobiles and tablets and talk with that. Rather than talk with neighbours and friends and play with your friends and go outside and enjoy the nature and make a way to spend at least the weekends without mobile phones and tech savy devices.

I don’t insist in changing in playlist from Kolaveri and Ganganam dance to RD Burman and Ilayaraja. Change the joy of being lonely to the joy of being together.

Wish to know more about togetherness

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Relish the real joy of togetherness

With Joy of Togetherness,


Book Review – Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

It’s really hard to find a self – help book that touches the very soul of the reader and kindles a about- face of ruminations of the reader. Elizabeth Gilbert, a celebrated author for her Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia” and “The Signature of All Things”  has come yet again with a brilliant book. The cover design is so vibrant and prismatic that it provides a hint that book is going to be a psychedelic journey with vivid explanations. A special appreciation to the cover designer of the book.

What is Creativity ? 

“The relationship between a human being and the mysteries of inspiration” 

The book embark on a astounding read with above quotes at the inception. Big Magic is all about how one can lead creative living in his/her life without immolating our quotidian activities. Creative living can make a difference in our mundane lives and make it more enchanting. The book reveals about how creative living can be achieved by six things : Courage , Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Truth and Divinity. 

Vibrant themed cover of the book 

Liz (Elizabeth Gilbert) emphasizes that creative living can be done without abandoning our daily works and stresses throughout the entire context that her words mustn’t be mistook on this particular concept. She beautifully leads the readers through the ways through which creative living can be done by simple and astounding anecdotes all along till the end. The way she has handled the process of explaining creative living and the phenomenon of Big Magic happenings really instil a hope in the readers.

The author also unravels the faults that each arts seeking people make along their way to attain creative living and the places where they slack in the process. The anecdotes of the Brazilian idea she got inspired from Felipe and the big magic that happened with her author friend Ann Patchette, sure made me thrilled. Each anecdote was related with respective title and doesn’t deviate anywhere else and brought us back to the main plot : Creative Living. 

Overall this is one awesome book that I would recommend to all readers and also to the ones who are not interested in reading self – help books. This is not an mediocre self help book that stresses out to do out of the box things but rather do the typical things to make sure we make our lives happily creative by doing the quotidian things we do along with time spend in our creative field daily. The explanations aren’t too enigmatic and the author is careful not to mislead the readers. Sure I would re-read this book and this one has inspired me to take my life in a creative way.

P.S : Started to read her other books too in the process of discovering her writing style more. 

Here are some of my favourite quotes from the book :

“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.”

“One of the Oldest and most generous tricks that the Universe plays human beings is to bury strange jewels within us all, and then stand back to see if we can find them all”.

“I never asked Writing to be easy, I only asked Writing to be interesting.”

“We are all beginners and we shall die beginners.”

About the Book :

Title : Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Author :  Elizabeth Gilbert

Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing

Genre : Self – Help

Copy : Own

ISBN : 9781408866733

Rating : four_half-stars_0

Links :

Flipkart : Big Magic : Creative Living Beyond Fear (Hardcover)

Amazon : Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Kindle Edition : Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear [Kindle Edition]

Happy Reading,


Book Review : Mrs Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna


I was quite intrigued when I saw Mrs Funnybones in the Amazon best seller list for many days. I mean, I have heard Twinkle Khanna used to write columns for DNA and TOI but haven’t read any yet. So I wasn’t sure whether to try this book at first. But since my mind was fixed on that book, I placed an order and received the book.

The book was quite hilarious and it was an absolute page turner. The reader cannot get up without finishing it, as it was too engaging. It made smile and laugh till the end like a mad man. That is the magic that Twinkle Khanna makes out of her book to the readers.

The book is all about a regular women (Oh No.. She is already a celebrity of-course) who accounts her random and mundane musings of her day to day life with maximum wit possible. It is not an non fiction which emphasizes what to do.There isn’t a place in the book where there are abstruse explanations and doesn’t make you do laugh spuriously. The places where the prodigal son tells the mother that her jokes are always sarcastic and the places where Funnybones mother comes in to the picture makes you laugh out loud. I would recommend this book to all readers as this one will not be  a regular page turner but will make you laugh out more than anything. It’s hard to find a book that can make you relieve from all tensions and this is the one that will be a tension saviour until you finish reading it. The sense of humour she has got is an extreme one.

P.S : I have started to read the columns of Twinkle Khanna regularly ( might be the sequel of Mrs Funnybones who knows)

About the Book :

Title : Mrs FunnyBones

Author : Twinkle Khanna

Publisher : Penguin Books India

Genre : Humour

Copy : Own

ISBN : 978-0143424468

Rating : Image result for 4 star rating

Links :

Flipkart : Mrs.Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna 

Amazon : Mrs Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna


Happy Reading,



India is a

India and Sports :

India as we all know is not only a maslin of cultures, languages, lands, religions, climates and people, but also the land of birth for many games. India and Sport are inseparable. Many games and sports such as Chess, Judo, Polo, and Cards have been transmitted to other countries where they have transformed and developed to its current version and some games like Cricket, Tennis were adapted into our country from other cultures.Even in the ancient times, Pandavas lost their kingdom to Gauravas over a game of gambling. Any festival or a celebration is incomplete without a game in India. Games have been an indispensable thing in every Indian’s life.

“I don’t think there’s any dearth of talent in India – we’ve always had the best juniors in the world”

                                         – Mahesh Bhupati (Indian Tennis Star)

Of all the games, CRICKET stands tall gaining a majority of support from the people. Billions and billions of people are crazy and mad about the game. Incidents such as applying leave for schools, offices and closing of shops during the match days in India is enough to say about the craze, we people have for the game in India. Sitting and watching an entire match even though when the team is about to lose could be seen.  Thanks to the Indian Cricket Team headed by Kapil Dev, who grabbed the World Cup trophy from the then stalwarts of the game, The West Indies in 1983. It was after then the game was much popularized in India. And even more after a particular man came to the game and changed the face of the cricket in the nation. India was known to the world through the World Cup won, but it was known worldwide when he entered and thrashed records.

The young boy entered the game in 1989 and he took the nation’s name to a top level through his efforts. People who were initially his fans, then slowly became his fanatics and at some point of time he became the GOD OF CRICKET. Every match whenever the whole team collapses, billions of Indians eagerly wait for the man to raise the team’s score and lead the team into victory bringing smiles and joy over to the entire nation. SACHIN TENDULKAR, the Demi God of Cricket is an Indian, will always be a moment of joy and proud for every Indian. Thanks to Captain M.S.Dhoni and the younger team that brought all the possible World Champion trophies to India raising our name in the sport, a feat that is still unachieved by England where the sport was found.

” When people throw stones at you, you turn them into milestones “- Sachin Tendulkar

The man behind the popularity of Cricket in India
The man behind the popularity of Cricket in India

Cricket has become the face of Indian sports and has dominated over other games in the past decades. For this level of popularity and craziness, the only thing which is responsible is the simpleness of the game and the support of media. It’s viewed across all religions and sometimes the reason for the unity in India too. Media focuses mostly on the cricketing side rather than picking news from other sports. A new BCCI president adorns the front page of the leading dailies and the magazines while national champion of other sports are cornered to the last page of the columns.  I wouldn’t say it’s the mistake of the Medias. There are fewer viewers for a national athletic meet or a national games event where IPL matches score the top position in the TRP ratings during the summer seasons. Even movies aren’t released during the IPL times.  The only change is that viewership of Indian Super League, an inter football tournament in India, but still it couldn’t swipe out cricketing actions.

A comparison of Indian Premier League & India Super League
A comparison of Indian Premier League & India Super League

Every game is important in India. Children learn games at a very early age of their life and they learn a lot of life values from those games. The main purpose of a game is the values that we learn from them. And physical games also cater to the improvement of health in the children rather than sitting before video games. They learn the spirit of friendship, teamwork, hard work, dedication and never giving up. These virtues not only make them strong but also discipline them into a good person. So as long as any game provides opportunities of learning these things there is not a problem.

But in India, the sporting action was centered on Cricket. But now times have changed, Sachin has retired and the raise of other sports in the International stage has been on the raise. There was a time when every four years, India would long for a lone medal. But now times have changed. Indian Super League and Pro Kabbadi League are gaining many viewers across the country. Tennis has been on the raise in the recent times with the mounting of grand slam titles to Indians such as Sania Mirza and Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi. Many females have been inspired by achieving sportswomen such MaryKom, Saina Nehwal and Tintu Luka to overcome the odds and lead India into the podium of the World stage in sports category.

“People used to say that boxing is for men and not for women and I thought I will show them some day. I promised myself and I proved myself”  – Mary Kom

People tend to complain about the level of India at the world level in Hockey, where we have eight gold medals in Olympics and Dhayan Chand’s legacy. People tend to brood over the past glories of other games and often tend to complain cricket for their present form. It’s the mistake of the people for thoughts like these.

People’s support for other games is essential rather than complaining about the monopoly of Indian cricket. Remember that people’s support was the main reason for Indian Cricket this much and nothing else. Even the National Sports Day is celebrated commemorating the birth anniversary of Dhayan Chand who is a legendary hockey player.  People’s support was the main reason for Medias to take over the sport over others and if people could support other sports and inspire younger generations, many champions will emerge in different sports.

People change the face of the nation; likewise people could also change the face of sporting in India. All types of sports are available in India and it’s up to the people for making it better and if ample support is given also by the government, then India will achieve many things in the days to come.

India consists of a maslin of sports within itself. Its upto us whether to sit and brood over cricket or support and raise the standards of other supports lies in our hands. Let’s take a pledge to support other games as well and inspire every youth to take sport. The government also needs to allocate sufficient funds need for the raise of sports in India and make sports education a must for all school children. Learning will always be fun through sports and I am sure that India will be brighter in the future both in the international podiums of Studies and Sports.

Yes.. India is my country and it’s not cricket centric !!!!

Jai Hind.