Confessions of a (Hindi) radio listener

If there’s one early invention I love it has to be the radio! I like listening to the radio better than watching the TV any day. The beauty of the radio is in its simplicity. You tune in – you enjoy. And while you feel connected to a particular place when you set a local channel, you can feel equally connected to the world at large when you tune into a remote channel. Here’s what goes through my mind while I’m listening to any of one the various Hindi radio channels: Disclaimer: All offence. Kidding. No offence of course!

Confessions of a radio listener

Listening to the radio is always cool :)

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A love letter

A letter I’ll hand-write for you when I find you.

My dear love

I’ve waited too long for you to even remember how long. And oh how I have longed to sit in your arms, under the shade of a tree and see the sun go down.

I haven’t thought of sweet names to call you. I do want to tell you many things.

I searched for you in different people – which was pathetic – because they were not you. I had a picture of you in my head which was mostly based on the movies we see and the books we read. I often wondered if you’d look like this guy I saw in the office or that guy I met at the store. All I knew is that you’d treat me right baby. And you do. Every single bit.

Love letter

A love letter…I can’t wait to write!

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When life treats you not-so-motherly!

Step-motherly – that’s how life treats you sometimes. You know, how you see in the movies or fairy tales? You know you’re not any less lovable. You know you’re not any less talented or beautiful or correct. At times, in fact, you (and some others too) know that you’re the better one. But you don’t get treated right any ways. You don’t ask for too much either. But they’ll spare no chance to put you down.

Don’t give in to them. It’s not you. It’s them. Don’t succumb.

step-mother, step-motherly,

It’s not you dear. It’s them.

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TV Ads that caught my attention – for good, bad and funny reasons!

If there’s one thing that makes the idiot box look a little less idiotic – it has to be good advertisements playing on it, no?!

I’m not a big fan of watching TV. But when I do watch some, I’m on a lookout for nice ads. So here it goes – some of these might have been around for quite some time now – TV ads that got me notice them:)

Dr Fixit Waterproofing Angry Kid TV AD: This ad left me in splits.

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(Happy) New Year Thoughts

All right, firsts of January make me sad. I don’t intend to be pessimistic. It’s just shocking to realize how 365 days have gone by and so little I’ve accomplished (read improved on myself).

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Had to include a pic and found the thought just in time so pasted it on the pic :)

Isn’t there a way to keep this excitement of a “New Year” and “newness” alive throughout the year?! Every single day? Why can’t every day be treated as the beginning of the remaining of the year? Maybe we should start celebrating something like “Happy New Month” to keep the spirits up. Hehe.

I’ve realized that things I write down I actually manage to get done (touch wood). So here’s my bucket list for the year: Continue reading

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Interesting times

Appetite comes with eating. Guess so does writing comes with well “getting yourself to write”. There are way too many things on my mind lately. A few of them are quite exciting as well (which is not often :))

In fact, life feels new after a long long time. Touch wood.

  • I’m getting better (at least I think so) at dealing with difficult people. Especially women. In the sense that I’m developing my listening skills to focus on what’s going on in their head rather than being an “emotional fool”.
  • I’m halfway through two books I’m reading and am in search mode for what-to-read-next.
  • We got a Teddy Bear. Yep our first ever! He just brightens up our room.
Cute, no? :)

Sweet, no? :)

  • A (rather cute) guy told me he thinks I’m cool.  Whoa and I thought coolness and I don’t go together. Well!
  • There’re just way *too* many things that need to be shopped! And there’s a (long-pending) vacation that needs to be planned. Yay. The mere thought of a vacation refreshes me.

PS: To anyone reading this post – I know this post screams of how badly I’m running short of things to write about :P
Anything to keep my blog alive. Hehe.

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The worst thing is life…

You know what’s the worst thing in life?

  • The worst thing in life is to think/fear that you cannot live without that someone special around you and then getting to lose them and having to spend your entire lifetime without them.
  • The worst thing in life is when you can’t live with your loved one and you can’t live without them. You live anyways.
  • The worst thing in life is not getting a chance to laugh enough with your loved one.
  • The worst thing in life is not having enough memories to cherish.
  • The worst thing in life is letting your loved one go. You’ll regret not fighting enough to have them in your life.
  • The worst thing in life is seeing your loved one in agony. And knowing that you can bloody do nothing for them.
  • The worst thing in life not getting the answers to all your “Whys”?

I’ve seen my greatest fears come alive. I’m living my greatest fears. Every single day. Ever since you left. I miss you D.

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10 Badly mispronounced English words (in India) – A rant and a guide

Dad being a Professor of English, we’ve always loved this language. I do have vivid memories of him giving lengthy lectures on the intricacies of the language. Right from how words are spelled to how differently they are spoken or referred to in the US as against the UK as against Australia to also their Hindi equivalents – he had such a passion for the English Language.

Coming therefore with this background, any wrong pronunciations tend to blow me off. Let me clarify – it is in fact, not the person’s ignorance, I mean since English is only a second language to almost all of us – mistakes are excusable. It is actually the “attitude” mostly that annoys me – the ‘pride’ with which people correct me for pronouncing them rightly!

Mispronounced English words India

Pardon me?

Here we go therefore – A list of some of the most rampantly mispronounced common English words – with also how you might hear people talking about them.  Continue reading

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Email Marketing – 3 Rock-Solid Reasons Why You Should Be Starting With It Today

Reposting an article I wrote in 2012. Also find this on Ezine.

Most email service providers will tell you why you should be doing email marketing. From delivering the highest return on investment [email has constantly returned an average of $50 for every dollar spent on it] to being the perfect add-on for social media marketing – email marketing benefits are varied. However, if all the amazing stats and figures fail to make you sold on the idea of email marketing – consider three rock-solid reasons as to why you should be starting with it today: Continue reading

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The many side-effects of owning a two-wheeler in Bangalore!

Having recently purchased a two-wheeler to commute, I can’t help but write about the agony that is to travel on a motorbike in Bangalore. Here you go, therefore: The many side-effects of switching to from travelling by public transport to your own two-wheeler

  • You’ll miss out on your Tweeting/reading/WhatsApp/blogging or on anything-productive-you-used-to-do-on-your-commute time
  • “Potholes” will become a much-used word in your vocab.
  • In fact, potholes will replace any other monster you’ve ever dreaded in your life.

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