Category: Festivals and Relationships

Jog Brain Jog!!!!

Hello world!!!! here I am back again….. 😀 hopefully for a longer duration now 😛

What a day for (re)come-back….. a new day! a new year! Happy Ugadi, Yugadi or Gudi Parva to all!!!!

so the article for the day is also going to be new…..


Keeping the brain healthy and happy is the easier than we think; and it takes less than 15 minutes a day to keep the brain active for the whole day. Here are some of the interesting ways to keep your brain healthy and active –

Solving Sudoku or crossword – This will cater to your desire as well as keep those million grey cells craving to be in use, at work.

Playing chess is a good option but not all of us are good for such a “cerebral” activity since we are more accustomed to something which peps us up faster than something which is time-consuming.

So what? there are “fun” activities for people like us….. Learn to do something creative – learning pottery, music, dance or any other fine arts. Walking on the beach, making sand castles also makes the brain happier and hence more active….

Even writing a blog helps…. the amount of brain used in writing this up, collecting info about the topics, collecting topics itself keeps the brain at its “toes”.

One shortcut for brain health

  • Do not keep doing the same thing for a longer duration.
  • Try doing something new, however small it is, everyday…. this keeps you enthusiastic and happy everyday (today I joined twitter…. it might be very small thing to do, but my brain was very curious to figure out the way it works, which kept my brain happy for sometime).
  • Do Work as if it was Play…. enjoy the work you are doing, in spite of it being quite uninteresting and monotonous…. since one thing is for sure – “Unless you take care of your work, your work will not take you”
  • Read, Read, Read…. yes reading, whatever it might be – biographies, novels, articles and even comics will help…..

So bottom line is “Keep your brain happy for you to be happy


Hello World!!!!! I am BACK!!!!!!

It has been quite sometime that I have penned down anything. Its either time or topics or interest which deprived me of entering into this ‘serene world’…..

But during this weekend, with a total urge to find out the time, topic and interest, I sat down to find a suitable theme for my GRAND COMEBACK…. 😀

Last Saturday, 14th of November happens to be the birthday of our first prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru…. popular among kids as Chacha Nehru. This day is celebrated as Children’s Day,as a tribute to Nehru’s  love for children.He believed “Children are the future of the nation.”

As a mere coincidence, happened to come across this video about a kid, who sells fans made of peacock feathers on the streets of Mumbai near the hanging gardens, but is amazingly multilingual.

He has learned all these languages, just by following the conversations of various tourists who happen to visit the place. This can be considered as his “strategy” for marketing and eventually sell his goods or as a special gift he has been bestowed by God.

But the saddest part is, he doesn’t have the privilege of attending school, and spends all his time selling fans. According to a survey done by the UN, India has the largest number of uneducated children (around 50%). Apart from this, we find a considerable number of child laborers in spite of having a ban on employment of children below 14. How many houses still have their domestic servant who is a kid? How many times have you not come across various cases of child abuse or cases of juvenile crimes  in news off late?

Our ex-president,  Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam mentions in one of his addresses – “Children who belong to weaker sections of our society are undernourished, and only a small percentage of them manage to complete satisfactory education. We need to think specifically for them. Education is indeed a fundamental right of every Indian child. Can we allow the situation to continue in which millions of these children are forced into life long poverty?”

Given the present situation, I wonder when will Nehru’s and Kalam’s dreams might come into reality???? But as a responsible citizen of the country, I believe its our duty to do our bit towards making a under-privileged child see a brighter tomorrow……

Young second generation Indian residing outside India was asked by his mother to explain the significance of “Diwali” to his younger brother, this is how he went about it…

” So, like this dude had, like, a big cool kingdom and people liked him. But, like, his step-mom, or something, was kind of a bitch, and she forced her husband to, like, send this cool-dude, he was Ram, to
some national forest or something…. Since he was going, for like, something like more than 10 years or so….. he decided to get his wife and his bro along… you know…so that they could all chill out together. But Dude, the forest was reeeeal scary shit… really man…they had monkeys and devil s and shit like that. But this dude, Ram, kicked with darts and bows and arrows… so it was fine.

But then some bad gangsta boys, some jerk called Ravan, picks up his babe (Sita) and lures her away to his hood. And boy, was our man, and also his bro, Laxman, pissed… all the gods were with him… So
anyways, you don’t mess with gods. So, Ram, and his bro get an army of monkeys… Dude, don’t ask me how they trained the damn monkeys… just go along with me, ok… So, Ram, Lax and their monkeys whip this gangsta’s ass in his own hood… Anyways, by this time, their time’s up in the forest… and anyways… it gets kinda boring, you know… no TV or malls or shit like that. So,they decided to hitch a ride back home…. and when the people realize that our dude, his bro and the wife are back home… they thought, well, you know, at least they deserve something nice… and they didn’t have any bars or clubs in those days… so they couldn’t take them out for a drink, so they, like, decided to smoke and shit… and since they also had some lamps, they lit the lamps also….so it was pretty cooool… you know with all those fireworks…. Really, they even had some local band play along with the fireworks… and you know, what, dude, that was the very first, no kidding.., that was the very first music-synchronized fireworks…. you know, like the 4th of July stuff, but just, more cooler and stuff, you
know. And, so dude, that was how, like, this festival started.”…. 😛

Today fifth of August happens to be Shravan Poornima, the full moon in the month of Shravan.  Today is the day which celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. Its Raksha Bandhan – a day when a small thread  strengthens the bond between two individuals.

The festival is marked by the tying of a rakhi, or holy thread by the sister on the wrist of her brother. It is a day when the siblings pray for each others’ well being and wish for each others’ happiness and goodwill.

The name ‘Raksha Bandhan’ suggests ‘a bond of protection’. On this auspicious day, brothers make a promise to their sisters to protect them from all harms and troubles and the sisters pray to God to protect their brother from all evil.

It is not necessary that the rakhi can be given only to a brother by birth; any male can be “adopted” as a brother by tying a rakhi on the person, whether they are cousins or a good friend.

After this intro on significance of Rakhi, here is some interesting trivia –

  • Rakhis are consecrated in rice and grass before they are given, and are traditionally tied to people familiar with the Vedas…. (I wonder how familiar are the people to whom I tied rakhi… 😉 )
  • The rakhi is believed to remove sin from one hand and provide safety to the other…. (Mukund and Harsha.. plz thank me for removing sin from your hand… 😛 )

Being the only child of my parents, I have always longed for a elder brother with whom I can share my thoughts, who will always be there to guide me, and with whom I can quarrel as well.

Today happens to be a very profitable day in my life since I have earned not one but two brothers.

Mukund – A elder one, with whom as I said earlier  share my thoughts, a great mentor, but yes cannot quarrel (not because of respect for him but because he is already scared of me 😀 .. so no question of quarrelling).

Harsha -And just like one of the Buy 1 Get 1 offers we get to hear these days, even here I got a free younger brother with a elder one. A great friend, very empathetic, quite sensible (I get to learn this from him sometimes….) guy.

Thanks Mukund and Harsha for making this day so special for me…. 🙂

Few lines to thank you guys(which definitely is not my creation.. ;-))…

Its a small thread that has traveled a long way.

From pulling each other’s leg, to growing into best of the friends….

Today its paused, at another milestone,

on the journey of friendship and love….

May this small thread bind us forever