Friday, August 15, 2014

Special @SocialMedia


The year was 2009 ; the aam-junta was still busy scrapping on Orkut. I too had an Orkut account but I was more committed to my Blogger Account, ‘Spirit of Mumbai’   . After receiving a prize for a blog post, ‘Tapori Mumbai’, I posted the photograph of my prized Chopper-ride on Facebook.

Facebook was a novelty then. Most FB_DPs boasted of fancy cars while my DP showed-off a ritzy Helicopter Raven in its full glory, ready to take off at Juhu Aerodrome. I was bombarded with Friends-requests and queries regarding the Chopper-ride. Suddenly I was having more than 1000 FB-friends, who were active in various extra-curricular activities.

The most fascinating and challenging extra-curricular activity, I loved on FB was the Contest. These online contests conducted by various prestigious organizations challenged the creativity, general knowledge, technical knowledge and artistic skills of the participants. The 1st ever FB-contest, I won was Valentine day contest (poetry writing). Next month I won 10 FB-contests, and then I promised myself, that I will win a contest every day. It was a hard task, as I had to keep track of the contest happening on various FB pages. I maintained a special diary for the companies / organizations holding contests, the company’s contacts, recording my prize-winnings from FB-pages, the prizes I won but have not received etc. Then I discovered that Twitter had also started the trend of contests. I joined the Twitter-contest-wagon within a jiffy and soon became famous on both Facebook’s as well as Twitter’s contest-circles.

I was so completely committed to winning contests that I powered on my laptop early in the morning and remained online for 11 to 12 hours daily. Within a year I was a Contest-champ .I joined the secret group of Contest-winners. I received the golden opportunity to meet the legendary author Sir Jeffrey Archer and got an autographed copy of “Only Time Will Tell “. An organization interviewed me about my exemplary talent in winning online contests.

After a visit to my cousin DR. Sandhya Kadam (M.D. Ayurveda), I realized that I have started neglecting my diet and social commitments, while being 24*7 busy with online contests. Now I have decreased my online time from 11 hours to 1 hour daily. It was hard initially to cope up with the withdrawal syndrome. My sister and mother encouraged me to remain off-line.

The most important lesson, I have learned from this episode is, it’s exhilarating to keep winning and still the health is more important than prizes and accolades.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mahesh Bhatt @Bombay Stock Exchange

Thanks a zillion , Hindustan Times , for giving me the opportunity  to attend the interactive session with Mahesh Bhatt and Stuart Sender ' How Cinema influences Culture and marketing " , held at the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Mr. Stuart Sender, renowned Oscar-nominated Hollywood filmmaker and journalist won audience's united approval with his unique observations such as ' The BSE transactions influence the marketing of cinema ' , ' Whatever happens in India , happens on large scale  so makes big impact on the whole world' , 'Today's generation wants instant gratification as they are used to it on Social Media ' , ' Indian mythology has great heroes like Krishna , Arjuna , Rama inspire the Bollywood cinema ,while Hollywood had to create theirs fictionally ' .

Mr. Mahesh Bhatt , aka Alia's Daddy , advocated the Demand and Supply of his erotic films eg. Murder1-2-3 , Jism1-2-3 , Raaz1-2-3 , Woh Lamhen with , " I have to run a shop . I have to make movies which people pay to see. Pleasure seeking is be-all and end-all in today's times. I am catering to the 18-35 audience , which want erotica. Earlier cinema used to reveal the truth , now cinema hides the truth " . He summarized his reason of producing Murder , Jism , Raaz , Jism sequels with " You don't purchase tickets of City lights but of erotic movies and make them hit" .  The audience , which comprised mostly of college students gave thunderous applause to Mr. Bhatt's hard-hitting statements.

Friday, July 25, 2014


5 Black Dreams ... to live 4

I live for my dreams, which are fluorescent and boast of Black theme.
Black is Absolutely Fabulous to flaunt in whichever style you wish to dazzle.
Black is commonly associated with Magic, Power, Secret, Elegance and Authority , all of which I am passionate about . 
Dare to differ about my Black-buttering ? Then please take a look ...

1. Black Judith Leiber clutch :

 Just the very name Judith Leiber spells class, elegance and Exorbitance. Her clutches are heirlooms , to be passed on from one generation to the next. The designer-clutches are so uniquely magnificent that they should  be kept in show-cases for the guests to applaud for. I wish for this Black Cat-clutch for it's aloof preciousness and Dark fantasy.

2. Black Swarovski Bracelet :

The talent, the skill, the craft that assembled this top notch Black Bracelet is worth zillion dollars. Each and every Swarovski jewel is top notch and adds tony dimension to the owner's persona. I wish to wear this snazzy , black crystal bracelet while receiving a prize for one of my literary Gem.

3.  Black Jimmy Choo Faye lace pumps :

The ladies wish for at least one Jimmy Choo in their dream closet. I am no different , but a slight variant with Black Jimmy Choo Faye lace pump is on my wish-list for a long time. Instead of solid leather pumps, the delicacy of the Faye lace adds so much glamour and glitz to this Black Jimmy Choo. I wish to wear and waltz in it.

4. Black Beauty :

That is Jet Black, smoking hot, luxurious car to zip...zap...zoom around, when I am showing off above three Black treasures. I really, truly, absolutely wish for black Zest  car. On the highway, at the signals, in the parking lots, cruising past colleges, malls, offices and complexes my Zest will be gazed at and envied by all.

5. Black Cat commando :

Yessss.... why not ? My very own Black Cat commando, to guard me and my 4 ritzy possessions. I will need nothing less than Zed+ security detail. My last but not the least wish is ... The Black cat commando with hi-fi elex-weapons to frighten away any Black-Spirit.


This post is a part of #WhatTheBlack activity at

This post is a part of #WhatTheBlack activity at

All the images are copied from Google.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Zest For My Life : 5 Stars

My Zestful 5 Stars

I love to live my life luxuriously.  Each day brings new adventures, followed by the excitement. Being a lady, one has lots of merits as in we love so many people, things and situations zestfully. Selecting just 5 things, 5 stars which add Zest  to our life is quite tricky, so I have to be very , very selective.

1 *. E.O.S.S. = End Of Season Sale :  Oh my God .... have you seen the crazy crowd at the various malls ? Infinity, Inorbit , Growells 101 , Raghuleela , R city  etc. Well , I am always one of them mall hopping for all those feverish EOSS. The Dresses , the bags , the footwear , the cosmetics at flat 50% discounts makes me till my cash exhausts. I return from EOSS with shopping bags full of treasures. Just looking at them and counting how much money I have saved, add Zest  to my life ... How swell I will be looking wearing those dresses , shoes and cosmetics !

2 *. Aamen and Adi : My nephew and my niece are not just apples of my eyes but souls of my body. Since their birth , I have been their Mawshi and as they are growing up , they are transformed into friends and confidante. Telling them stories / jokes, helping in their studies, chatting, sometimes scolding them for miss-behaving, indulging in masti, enjoying coffee with them each and every moment spent with my precious bachchas add immense Zest to my life.

3 *. Sidney Sheldon : My most favorite author , whose all books are full of entertainment , excitement and dramatic events . His novels add zest to my life with literary gems such as Rage of Angels, The Other Side of Midnight, A stranger in the Mirror, Master of the Game, If Tomorrow Comes, The Sands of Time, The Naked Face, Windmills of the Gods, The Stars Shine Down and of course his biography The Other Side of Me . Just reading any novel of Sidney Sheldon lifts my mood , whenever I am feeling low.

4 *. Blog -writing : I am writing blogs since 2007 and enjoying the process endlessly. Every time I write a new post , I discover something new about myself or the blog's technology, template , feature etc.  In the beginning , I didn't know about adding pictures, videos, URLs etc. so my blogs were somewhat mundane and monochrome . Now as I have discovered the magic of making my blogs Eye-candy , the Blog-writing has added rainbow-hued  Zest to my life.

5 *.  Merwans : It is a cake-shop for all and a special Treat-shop for me. It  specializes in Cakes ( Chocolate, Butterscotch, Strawberry, Pineapple, Dutch truffle, Black Forest, Swiss role, Eclairs Brownies, Doubledeckers, Black currant, Plum, Almond, Mawa etc.), Patties ( Chicken / Mutton / Veg. Manchurian / Paneer / Mawa / Kheema etc.), Surti maska Butter , Flaky Kharees, Anjeer cookies, Mousse and Softies . Ooh ... just writing about these gets me so excited. Buying so many of these delicacies and sharing them with my family and friends add oodles of  Zest  to my life.

This post is a part of the #ZestUpYourLife activity in association with TATA Zest and

This post is a part of the #ZestUpYourLife activity in association with TATA Zest and

All the images (except 2nd ) are copied from Google .

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cake ... Ooh La La !

Cake ... Ooh La La ( My Beautiful Food )

Vanilla , Ginger , Strawberry , Cardamom , Cinnamon , Butterscotch , Coffee , Lemon , Orange , Chocolate , Pineapple ... you name it and these all essences mingled , mesmerized the 'D' division of 10th class in A.B.Goregaonkar English school...Ooh la la !

We,the 50 students of 10-D had brought Cakes with various flavors to decorate them as a live project for Work-Experience. Just imagine ... we were supposed to  do these cake-decorations ( icing / designing ) on the regular wooden benches where we read and wrote daily.

Every bench was boasting of 2 fresh, homemade ,spongy, fluffy, delicious cakes waiting eagerly to be decorated with colorful cream, candied fruits, tiny silver mint-balls , Gems, Cherries, crystal jelly, designing tools such as piping syringes , guns and handmade cones.

The students as well as teachers were making a beeline at 10-D, to have a look now and expecting a slice of those eye-candy treats after we had finished the decorations.

We began with icing/frosting i.e. covering the top of the cake with cream. Most of us used either White or Chocolate cream as the base and then proceeded with next step of designing. 

I had visited Mongini's and Merwan's Cake-shops to get an idea of Cake-decorations. Eventually I drew my own design, which made my cake look like a Million dollar artifact.

Firstly, I frosted my cake-base with Chocolate cream. Secondly, I divided it into 4 quarters with a ruler. Thirdly, I used Pistachio-cream to draw zigzag lines to cover the 2 opposite quarters. Fourthly, I used Strawberry cream to draw the same design on the remaining 2 quarters. Now my cake resembled a lovely Birdy's nest. In the middle of the cake , I put 4 White marshmallows as eggs. Finally, I put tiny silver mint-balls on the border.

I took out the exquisite Borosil serving dish and placed my decorated Birdy's Nest-cake on it. Last but not the least , I sprinkled the Rose-petals around my cake , while presenting it to the teacher for final grading.

Ooh la la... Yes!

Yes, you guessed it right. I got A+ grade . The teacher complimented me about BOROSIL serving dish , saying " The Diamond sparkles more in Gold-setting."

( This post is written as an entry for the BOROSIL - My Beautiful Food contest.)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Pahela Nashaa, Pahela Khoomar #JodeyDilonKo

'Pahela Nashaa ... Pahela Khoomar ... Nayaa  Blogger hain ... Nayaa Intezaar '

my feelings were verbatim, when I reached 'The Leela' for my 1st IndiBlogger meet. The very 1st IndiBlogger I met was Sabeeha, whose nanee stays in Karachi-Pakistan. What a marvellous coincidence! We bonded at the loo without glue , while chatting about our blogs.

Registration followed by lunch, which comprised various Indian and Continental delicacies. The salads were decorated in such a magnificient style that I did not dare to touch it , for the fear of spoiling it's delightful beauty.

The sumptious lunch engergized us for the Indi-Mayhem...  The debate between  Mumbai  and Delhi Bloggers zoomed in top gear , within a few minutes. The topics were HOT , literally as in 'Which city has HOT men ' ,  ' Which city has best public transport ' , 'Which city has best weather ' and ' Which city has best street-food' . You may want to know , who ( Mumbaikars or Delhites ) won the debates on which points ?.

The Million Dollar answer to this question is We the #IndiBloggers are all Winners . We may stay in different cities, but at the end of the day, we are all Indians.

'Zindagi haseen hain , chahe sarhadd ke iss paar ho yaa oos paar ' , we realised soon when Pakistani TV-star Imran Abbas made the entry and how .... WOW !

#JodeyDilonKo silsila started with Q. and A. between Imran and Mumbai-Delhi-IndiBloggers. All the IndiBloggers confessed their die-hard love for Pakistani TV-serials , TV-stars. 

We vouched for our loyal support and  gratitude to @ZeeZindagiTV for launching the channel with this unique #JodeyDilnoKo theme. We all had so many emotions to share with Sultana aapa ( 1st woman broadcaster from Pakistan) and Imran Abbas, that time flew like Hawaa ka zonka. Imran sang 2 lovely songs in his melodious voice at the earnest request of IndiBloggers. 

The High-tea was served after the #JodeyDilonKo session. We interacted with fellow bloggers over steaming Tea / Coffee , samosas , pakodas and coconut cookies. Lots of bloggers won Wildcraft bags , Flipkart vouchers ( including yours truly for a Tweeter-contest) , cookies , sugar packet and water-bottle. We all left Leela with a song in our hearts , 

'Khooshbu Maheke ... Pyaar Bahaake ... IndiBloggers Chaheke ... Zindagi #JodeyDilonKo'

All the photos are clicked by me with Kodak EasyShare


Friday, June 20, 2014

PenFriendship #JodeyDilonKo

PenFriendship #JodeyDilonKo 

They say ' Pen is mightier than sword ' , I say 'Pen is more Lovely , Emotional and  Delicate than a Rose' . The plain Pen connects the people across cities and countries alike . My Penfriendship with my German Penfriend Diana Blum proves it.


In the late '80's , the Internet was not common , so the only affordable means of communication for school-girls like me was AirMail-Letters for PenFriendship. It was considered UberCool in my school to have penfriends from Foreign countries. We the schoolmates had at least 2 or 3 penfriends from UK , USA and USSR. I was the only one having a German Penfriend. The letters I received from Diana were put up on our school notice-board , to encourage others students.

Our teachers thought , if we cultivate this hobby of Penfriendship , our writing skill will improve tremendously . Our teachers' vision was right. We loved writing letters , exchanging foreign stamps , stickers and birthday gifts with our Penfriends. My penfriendship with Diana lasted through out college. Now a days she is a famous model in Germany.


PenFriendShip #JodeyDilonKo @ZeeZindagiTV   #MUM