Sunday, October 19, 2014

Be a Fan of Garnier BB

           My first memory of cosmetics is of the Johnson baby-powder. My mother re-bathed me with that powder after the daily bath of water. I must have crinkled my nose all those times. Still, I like Johnson baby powder's unique clinicy-soapy fragrance as it is associated with my darling niece and nephew's childhood memories. 

           Primary-school days were filled with the ever familiar Pond's Dream-flower talc. I loved it's sweet rosy aroma, especially when used by my mother and aunt. But I felt suffocated with the powder on my face, as it left me sweaty and uncomfortable within a few minutes of going out in sun.

           This is the history of my relationship with cosmetics. I loved the smell/ essence/ fragrance/ aroma of quality-cosmetics when used by my near and dear ones but hated to use them myself.

           Last month I complimented my friend Priya for her lovely glowing complexion. Priya being my BFF, shared the well-guarded secret of her lovely glowing complexion. She had recently started using Garnier BB Cream and everybody including her daughter and neighbors have noticed the positive effect.

           I decided to break my fast of Cosmetics and use Garnier BB as my skin has been throwing some major tantrums now-a-days. Before I start with my looks, let's start with Garnier BB (Beauty Benefit )'s looks.



So what exactly is Garnier BB, in short ? At the introductory offer of Rs. 99/- , What does it offer me and my skin ?


Thank God , I mean Garnier BB, for feeling so light, smooth and clear when I squeeze out a small dollop of it on my palm. The first Feel and Smell of Garnier BB are refreshingly welcome for my senses. It's love at first sight, smell as well as feel. What more can I ask for? I am already loving it even before applying and waiting for the end-result. 

How on earth Garnier BB manages to be so naturally addictive to make a fan out of someone cosmetic-skeptic like me ? 


Garnier BB is made up of active, pure, quality natural ingredients. It is dermatologically tested to ensure respect to all skin-types. 

What is the perfect way to apply Garnier BB and how to get the most out of this Miracle Skin Perfector ? 


Every day, since knowing Priya's Beauty-secret, I first wash my face thoroughly with water. Wipe it dry with soft cotton napkin. I apply tiny dots of Garnier BB on my face and neck eg. forehead , above eye-brows , tip of nose , cheekbones, chin , earlobes etc. and rub it gently in light circular motion from middle of face outwards on perfectly clean skin.

Garnier BB brightens, smooths and moisturizes my skin. It is an All-in-one daily moisturizer that instantly beautifies my skin and spreads evenly for a flawless finish. It's light and comfy texture blends perfectly into my delicate skin. It's a new generation of skin care. It combines multiple beauty routine steps in one and saves time. It is enriched with natural ingredients like essence of Cherries, Bilberry extract which helps firm skin and Ginger which boosts the natural process of skin's regeneration.

So , How do I feel like after using my Daily All-In-One Moisturizer ? Any wild guesses ?  


Since then Garnier BB is my BFF ( Best Friend Forever ) and I want to share it with you all , my lovely friends.



This post is written as a part of contest held by  IndiBlogger with Garnier / L'Oreal India PVT. LTD.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

CelebrateBlogging with #SMWMumbai

                                          TrendSetting #SMWMumbai 


             I was gearing up full throttle for #SMWMumbai, by participating in Social Media Week Mumbai Facebook contest. And as you can guess by my previous blog-posts Special @Social  ... I won that.



   Now , you must be wondering , why I was so eager to attend #SMWMumbai ?
           What's all this hullabaloo about? ...


             Social Media Week is a worldwide event exploring the social, cultural and economic impact of social media. The mission is to help people and organizations connect through collaboration, learning and the sharing of ideas and information.
              SMW was held simultaneously in 11 most happening cities of the World. The cities were Berlin, Chicago, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Mumbai, Rome, Rotterdam, Sao Paolo and Sydney
       The city theme for SMW Mumbai 2014 was " Social Media For Social Change "
                                  The focus for SMW Mumbai 2014 :
        Social StageTracks covering social media’s impact on social change. (politics, public accountability, urban development projects, CSR projects, social entrepreneurship impact).
         Pioneers stageTracks focusing on trends and opportunities in social media technologies, agency initiatives, corporate directions, internet of things, connected economy, big data ,analytic, security, privacy of social data
          Social horizontal in vertical growth: Social media application in verticals specific businesses : Healthcare, e-commerce, retail, fashion, gaming, music sharing, media, marketing agencies, sports, entertainment, education, lifestyle businesses, fund raising, the world of community economy.

           Startup Stage
Tracks focusing on showcasing startups and entrepreneurship opportunities powered from and on social media.
           The  Event Formats were : Class, Demo, Google Hangout, Keynote, 
Multi-format, Networking Mixer, Panel Presentation, Showcase and Workshops

           Social Media Week-Mumbai gave the perfect exposure for learning, sharing and collaborating ideas and  knowledge from professionals and experts from various fields.

 So, How was the scene at the venue Novotel, Juhu Beach, Mumbai for #SMWMumbai ? 
               The most magnificent Flower-full welcome for #SMWMumbai-delegates



                   The mission, "Trend #SMWMumbai" has been in progress since few months. It succeeded, bang on as #SMWMumbai stood 1st among the 11 Worldwide cities including Berlin, Chicago, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Rome, Rotterdam, Sao Paolo, Sydney where #SMW14 -SocialMediaWeek was held.
                    The Twitteratis were the real super-stars of #SMWMumbai. They made it trend with passion and back-breaking hard-work on the very 1st day , 1st show with elan. 


                      Germin8, a Big Data analytic company focused on helping understand and act in real time on the gazillions of conversations by the stakeholders, was Social Media Partner of #SMWMumbai





Oh ... Yes. It's me at the l.h.s. down-corner among the top 15 Twitteratis  Roshan Gupta , Nikhil MakwanaNitesh Mishra , Amit Panchal , Manish PandeJeevan Kesavan , Kavita Parmar , Jigar Gogri , Tejas Jinaral , Arun Yedery , Zayne and Sujata Tawde who created Big Buzz at #SMWMumbai .

The Novotel , Juhu beach's star-studded set up, dazzled the audience with it's spectacular grandeur and brilliant sessions choc-a-block with luminaries from numerous Social Media-fields.


Yellow Seed , the Official Content Partner of #SMWMumbai organized an unique, impromptu Speed Blogging contest , which made the participants go crazy at the keyboards with high adrenalin rush.


The most applauded session was, The key-note by Rohit Varma-Co-Founder and Managing Partner of R Square Consulting 




The various sessions conducted on 1st day :

 1. How Social Media is changing India ? 
2. Winners have product strategy, losers have social media strategy.
 3. Are brands effectively using social media? Are they too focused on volume instead of value? 
4. How social media converts us an inspires us.
 5. New age flight club, Social media, Disruption and Viral.
 6. Tell me a story 
7. True Wandered
 8. Common 2 Uncommon
 9. The future of now : connecting the dots between the virtual and real worlds
 10. Has social media changed the face of political campaigning- US vs India scenario .



My Goal :Gaining the Gyaan, achieved 100%. So what if my stomach was burning with severe acidity! It's not everyday that you can survive on snacks for Pure Passion of Social Media .

 It was time to head home. The swaying palms at Juhu Beach bade us, "See you soon at the 2nd Day of #SMWMumbai  ".



The Twitter Analytic photo is shared from the Facebook wall of Germin8 


                       This post is written as a part of #CelebrateBlogging activity with BlogAdda 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DUPLICITY : Chapter 13

                                                                        

Team : Writers’ Express (Round 2)


                              Chapters: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 78 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18

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"Mamma, let's go to Infinity Mall tomorrow. It has Planet Infinity and Hamleys. Many of my school mates go there every Sunday. It will be Grand FUN, when all 4 of us go there and enjoy various rides." Roohi.

Cyrus and Shekhar thumbs-uped Roohi's suggestion. Tara pulled Roohi's cheeks affectionately. Tara pampered Roohi, to the hilt. She had become a bit more possessive of Roohi, since the Bhabha-Hospital episode. It had been an order of the 'Dutta' family, to take sundry decisions regarding leisure, entertainment etc. according to Roohi's whims and fancies.

That night Roohi ate her meal without making any fuss about vegetables. The dinner turned out to be rather chirpy affair, with Roohi's constant chattering about tomorrow's Infinity-picnic. Her infectious spirit altered the mood of whole household. Within no time all 4 of them were chit-chatting infinitely about what to do, buy, eat, drink, which movie to watch and which rides to choose at Infinity.

Finally, they all wished good night to each others and went in their respective rooms to finish their night-chores. Tonight Roohi did not need daddy to tell her a bed-time story. She had lots of dreams to dream about tomorrow's picnic. Going all the way from Hill Road-Bandra to Infinity-Malad, was picnic indeed for Roohi. She had series of dreams, where she was Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow-white etc. etc. Shekhar could not sleep, till he checked on Roohi's happy, contended face in her bed.

Roohi, was the first to get up early that morning. She burst into Mamma's bedroom with " Good morning, Mom, Dad. Get up early or we will be late and traffic-jammed." Tara and Shekhar followed Roohi's order to the t. Next Roohi rushed to wake up her late-riser Kumbhkarna uncle Cyrus. Cyrus was neither a Mom nor a Dad, so he refused to obey Roohi's order in the beginning but then a better sense prevailed and he also rose from his slumber.

Freshly bathed, hastily breakfasted, uniquely dressed up Dutta family left Hill Road Residency in their Ford Fiesta. Shekhar andTara were chatting about coming election while Roohi and Cyrus were discussing rather fighting about which movie to watch at the Cinemax ?

Thankfully, there was hardly any traffic early in the morning so they reached Infinity mall quite comfortably. Everything was happening so soft and silkily that nobody could have guessed , what fate awaited them in near future .

  On the ground floor of Infinity mall, the Duttas could not resist the inviting flavor of freshly brewed coffee of Costa Cafe. Costa's open booth enabled them a surrounding view. 'Hobby Ideas' - the art and craft shop, opposite Costa was Roohi and Tara's next destination. Roohi's craft-teacher had assigned an Environment day-collage project, which was to be submitted within 2 days. Papers, pencils, colors, glue stick, glitter, beads, laces, dry weeds, colorful satin ribbons etc. were purchased and paid for.

Tara was fond of doing artistic gift-wrapping for her near and dear ones. Her favorite cousin's wedding was still a month away but she wanted to do some fancy gift-wrapping for the assorted gifts she had purchased. 'Tresorie' , was Tara's 1st choice, when she wanted exquisite stuff of top-notch quality. Here Tara went berserk, loading her shopping basket with numerous eye-candy artifacts such as silk-scarves, Velvet boxes, zardosi laces, handmade paper bags, organdy flowers, potpourri etc. for wedding trousseau. 

Shekhar and Cyrus finished their large cappuccinos and joined them at Wrangler's to shop for Cyrus. Tara purchased 3 shirts and 2 trousers for Shekhar at Louis Phillippe to wear at the different ceremonies of her cousin's wedding, ignoring his protests. At Mango, Tara bought 2 western outfits for herself and 2 Midi-frocks for Roohi. Her wedding shopping could not have finished till she bought 3 stilettos for herself, 2 ballerinas for Roohi from INC-5 and 2 crystal-studded clutches from Esbeda. All the while Tara was making her pesky choices, Cyrus was getting restless, Roohi was fretting about joy-rides and Shekhar kept calm like a Buddha statue.

Roohi started running on the escalators to reach Planet Infinity. Shekhar had a hard time coaxing her into slowing down. Cyrus intervened with " Roohi, if you don't behave yourself, mamma won't allow us to watch the movie". Roohi's 1st stop was at Video game machines, where she played car-racing, finished on 4th position, twice. Her favorite slot-machines gulped down her 500 credit points within no time. Tara joined Roohi in bumping cars arena with unbridled enthusiasm. Shekhar and Cyrus cheered them. At the bowling alley all 4 made such a hungamaa! 


What the Duttas did next ? Hold your breath, fasten your seat-belts and join them in 'Astro Express'. Yesss, that's a show-stopper-ride, a 360 degree roller coaster, with tracks winding around the gigantic play area. The ear-splitting sound it blasts, is horror-terror for the ears. Roohi and the rider-kids went wild with excitement as the ride zoomed up and down the tracks, with alarming speed.

Tired and thirsty, Roohi was now craving for Pepsi or Sundae Brownie. Tara and Shekhar , both refused to give in to her foolish demand so she settled for MOD's chocolate donuts. Shekhar and Cyrus gorged on Masala Dosas and Medu Vadas from Malgudi Days, while Tara sipped the mineral water. Once satiated, Roohi wanted still more rides, but Tara's strict NO cooled her down. They rested for a while. Tara and Roohi joined the on going Origami workshop at Hobby Ideas. Cyrus was carrying his laptop in a backpack as usual, so he and Shekhar went at Starbucks for WiFi and coffee.

Cyrus was looking out for a comfy corner to settle in, when Shekhar spotted his Hillroad Residency neighbor ," Hello Aryan, how do you do? This is Cyrus, our erstwhile PG turned family-friend. And Cyrus this is Aryan Ahuja, our neighbor. He is an excellent Table-Tennis player, just like you" called out Shekhar to a surprised Aryan. He was having coffee after a Table-Tennis match at nearby Goregaon Sport club. Aryan Ahuja, a Punjabi man with lean, sporty physique exchanged a warm, friendly smile with Cyrus. Shekhar further informed Aryan that Cyrus is a budding criminal lawyer , an avid fan of crime-serials and possess the nose to smell out the culprit. All this Shekhar-talk impressed Aryan to the core.

Aryan invited them both to his table and proudly chatted about his TT-match, played and won that day. Now it was Cyrus's turn to get impressed by Aryan's TT-talent. He requested Aryan to teach him some TT-strokes. Aaryan accepted Cyrus as his student kindheartedly and asked him to join their society's Sports-club for TT practice, every morning. Cyrus was excited to learn from a pro like Aryan. Till then, Tara and Roohi had finished the Origami workshop and were ready to return home.

Aryan had ridden on his new KTM Duke, while coming to the Goregaon Sports Club. He offered Cyrus a ride back home and that was just the beginning of their fast friendship. Soon Cyrus started frequenting Aryan's home so much that Roohi hardly found him free to study and play with her. Tara who still had some doubts about Cyrus's odd behavior preferred his proximity to Aryan. She kept a close watch on Cyrus and sometimes found his activities somewhat suspicious. She wanted to make sure, before spilling the beans about Cyrus to shekhar. She needed full-proof evidences before accusing Cyrus of anything at all. She made it a point to inquire after Jennifer's well-being, whenever Cyrus received a call from her.This irritated Cyrus very much and he started avoiding Tara, by staying outside as much as possible. Resulting in Aryan's home, being his 2nd home. It became easier, less riskier for Cyrus to call Jennifer from Aaryan's home. To solve Maya's murder mystery, it was essential for Cyrus and Jennifer to remain in touch, constantly.


And they lived happily ever after ?

keep reading the 14th Chapter to find out ... what next

Read the next part of the story here : Chapter 14


“Me and my team are participating in ‘Game Of Blogs’ at BlogAdda.com. #CelebrateBlogging with us.”



Saturday, September 20, 2014

WordUp Rocked Big with #IndiBloggers

BigRock...ing  IndiBlogger meet : #WordUp


As it happens only in Bollywood movies , the first IndiBlogger, I met at The Blue Frog was none other than That Desi Girl , The Rapunzel , Pretty Pallavi. Guess what , she was declared as the lucky winner of Moto-G by BigRock.




The eager . enthusiastic IndiBloggers , mobbed Sir Amit Agarwal ,as if he was the SuperStar of BlogWood .



The BigRocking IndiBlogger band, started the #WordUp event with Blast ... 
We the IndiBloggers had Rocking time , literally from the very start.


The Big Show-stopper title unanimously awarded to Scherezade Shroff



It has become now the trend to make new friends, at every #IndiBlogger meet. 
Big round of applause to my BigRocking cube-mates


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Still curious , what all happened at #WordUp ...

09:00 – 09:45  : Registrations + Breakfast
09:45 – 10.00  :  BigRock-IndiBlogger -Welcome

10:00 – 10:15 - Vinit Goenka - Key Note
10:15 – 10:45 - Amit Agarwal - Blogging Tips
10:45 – 11:15 - Anshul Tewari Of Youth Ki Awaaz - Blog Promotion
11:15-11:45 - Lakshmi Rebecca- Chai with Sunit Singh
11:45 – 12:15- Varun Krishnan - Blog Monetization
12:15 – 12:45 - Shree Krishna Chepuri- Legal aspects of blogging

12:45 - 13:30 - Lunch + Networking 

13:30 – 14:00 - Harsh Agrawal - SEO
14:00 - 14:30 - Scherezade Shroff - Day in the life of a blogger
14:30 - 15:00 - Snigdha ManchandaCreative Writing
15: 00 - 15:30 - Bhavish Ailani - Stand-up Comedy

15:30 - 16:00 - Hi Tea

16:00 - 16:45 - IndiBlogger & BigRock - Closing ceremony- Prizes

The IndiBlogger meets are absolutely famous for it's generosity. Till now , all of you must be expecting the photograph of the goodies , we all received.

Here we go , 1. BigRock - Laptop-backpack in tangerine-black combo 
2. BigRock-Wave Speaker 3. IndiBlogger -Blogging DNA T-shirt 
4. Free WordPress domainHosting + .ME domain ...

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 Let's meet at the next #IndiBlogger meet . Till then Keep Rocking .... BIG!














Sunday, September 14, 2014

DUPLICITY : Chapter 3



                                                           Team : Writers' Express
   
                     Chapters: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 78 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18   
          
                          Read the previous Chapters of the story here
                                                           Chapter 1: Pawan Hegde
                                                           Chapter 2 : Partha Sadhukhan
               
             
                     "Daya darwazaa todo," bellowed ACP Pradyuman
Cyrus grimaced ... that trademark order of ACP, so very famous in whole India.
‘Why doesn’t he get it copyrighted? Or instead of repeating the whole sentence again n again, why doesn’t he just short-form it with  DDT? Indian TV programs are so hopelessly idiotic and still it's world's second largest TV market. We have Rs. 42,000 crore TV industry that reaches 800 million Indians. I must be a true blue Indian to love it all,’ Cyrus wondered .


             Cyrus was sprawled on a Sofa-cum-bed, which had now become his all-night throne, for enjoying his daily dose of TV serials. Shekhar, who had just finished his favorite chore of tucking Roohi into bed, joined Cyrus.

         "How's Mumbai growing on you? You seem to have fitted here seamlessly,"  Shekhar said.


                 "Yes, I have started addressing all sundry people as 'Boss' and they love it. I adjust myself comfortably on the 4th seat, like a pro. I even claim the seat , as soon as I get in the local. Instead of Golgappa, I order Pani-puri at Elco arcade. One week ago, when I was a newbie here, a taxi-driver smirked, when I asked him to turn right at the Red-light. No more Red-light for me, it's signal now. I relish cutting-chai on street and pumpkin latte at Starbucks with same gusto. In the beginning, I was miserable as I missed my niece, Tiana  a lot. Roohi has more than filled her place with love and HOME-WORK ( that's  Bold and Dutyful not Beautiful ) These Mumbai-kids have such a vast home-work, project assignments, I wonder, what do the teachers teach in class?" Cyrus asked rhetorically.


              Shekhar agreed wholeheartedly. "In our days, we learned almost everything in school, from our teachers. We returned home with little home-work to do, lots of spare time to play and enough time left to help our mothers with household chores. But now …. Thanks to you, I am getting a little respite from Roohi's never-ending string of project-assignments. Roohi enjoys doing  her project-work with you. Tara is delighted with Roohi's new-improved, school-grades, since you joined forces with me.”

              "Forces... reminds me... Roohi is forcing me to buy her a Strawberry ice-cream-cone almost every day, while returning from our daily park-visits. I confess, that I could not deny her and since yesterday, her voice is a bit hoarse. Hope it's not serious."

               Shekhar "Yes, I noticed that and gave her Vasakoff- syrup, in the morning. Cyrus, you should not be too indulgent with her about ice-creams and cold-drinks as she catches cold faster than normal. Health-wise she is rock-solid like me but tonsillitis is something that bothers her often "

               "Sorry Shekar bhaiya for giving in to Roohi's sweet-talk, I will take utmost care of her henceforth." Cyrus apologized with heavy heart. He cursed himself for being negligent in his duty as an uncle.

                Shekhar assured Cyrus that Roohi will be fine in the morning. After wishing good-nights to each other, they both returned to their respective beds. Cyrus decided to get up early in the morning and accompany Shekhar in walking Roohi to the school-bus. That way, he could check out on Roohi's well being first hand.

                  Roohi was so excited to have her late-riser, Cyrus uncle accompany her to the school-bus, that she asked her dad to stay home. She wanted to show-off her brand-new Cyrus uncle to her school-bus-mates. She introduced Cyrus to her friends, " Hey, meet my Cyrus uncle, all the way from Delhi. He loves Doraemon and Shin Chan. He sings and dances to 'Char bottle vodka' better than Yo Yo." Here she winked at Cyrus mischievously. " Isn’t he awesome?" Roohi's infectious enthusiasm fooled Cyrus into believing that all was well.

                  Shekhar and Tara were at the dining-table, having Orange-juice and Kellogg’s corn-flakes. Cyrus joined them with a mug full of black coffee and choco-chip cookies. Shekhar was discussing about his early morning appointment with Ms.Lekha Khanna, which was influenced by Tara's contact in media.


                Tara encouraged him to go easy and be accommodating to clients’ demand. Shekhar agreed reluctantly saying "I thought Demand and Supply theories existed only in the Economics textbooks, but who am I  to differ with Ms. Terrific Tara?. Anything for you my dear". Here Shekhar spread his arms ala Shah Rukh Khan and repeated that world-famous Marathi dialogue "Tumchyasathi Kay pan."  I want you and Roohi to be happy always 24*7 . It's for Roohi's sake I am wearing bandana now-a-days, though it makes me sweat profusely. One of Roohi's school-bus-mate teased her, “Tera baap takaloo.” It caused her so much grief that she persuaded me into wearing bandana to cover my  baldness."

             Cyrus had decided to stay home that day. He was feeling a bit home-sick and wanted to chat with his mom for an hour non-stop.

             Tara had planned an important Tele-conference with her UK and U.S.A. counterparts. It was so urgent that it should have happened yesterday. Tara left home in a hurry but still looking like, straight out of Vogue-cover , not a hair out of place. Shekhar and Cyrus both gave her admiring smiles with different contexts.

              Shekhar made sure that his home resembled a warm, cozy place and not a pigsty before leaving Cyrus with a, ‘Bye; Have a nice time’.

               Cyrus took a leisurely bath, poured himself another cup of coffee with lots of milk and sugar this time. He installed himself on his throne for that long pending chat with mom. He was startled by a shrill telephone ring just at the moment he was about  to dial his mom's number.

             .... Meanwhile, Roohi was feasting on huge slices of Black-forest cake in the school-bus. It was the full-blown, mega-hyper birthday celebration of her BFF Kimaya. Kimaya's treat, that too with her favorite Black-forest cake, how could Roohi resist such a deadly combination?.
Within minutes of stuffing herself with cake slices, Roohi's aggravated, sore throat could take it no more. Roohi was vomiting  violently and her friend was trying to help her with water and tissues. The school-bus attendant came rushing to Roohi's rescue but it was in vain. The bus had reached the school-building. The attendant carried Roohi to School's in-house medical clinic.
The doctor checked her pulse, sponged her and decided to shift her to a hospital immediately. The school-principal and class-teachers were informed and were trying to contact Roohi's parents continuously.

                Tara was busy with her foreign counterparts in Tele-conference room, so she had muted the mobile, while Shekhar had completely switched off his mobile to concentrate totally on his meeting with Ms. Lekha Khanna. At the Bhabha hospital, the municipal doctors  were adamant. They refused to admit a patient in such a serious condition without  any family member to sign the case-paper. The class-teacher finally tried to reach the Duttas on the landline number, which caught Cyrus by surprise as he was about to call his Mom.

              Cyrus picked the receiver to hear an agitated plea of Roohi's class-teacher, calling him immediately to the Cooper hospital. Cyrus was shocked by the horrible news of Roohi's severe condition. Firstly he tried to reach Shekhar and Tara on mobile. Both were still unreachable. He stuffed the cash from his cupboard in his wallet, locked the door and rushed downstairs without caring for his disheveled condition. He stopped an auto-rickshaw and barged in without requesting "Chalenge kya", he ordered "Bhabha chalo. Quick!".The rickshaw-wala zoomed through the early-morning opposite direction traffic easily.

             Cyrus persuaded the municipal doctors with his Parsi charm and broken Marathi. He got Roohi admitted in an ICU ward as well as he managed to get urgent treatment for her within a jiffy. They had put her on IV-fluid and the medicines were being administered through IV. Cyrus was keeping an eye on Roohi's shallow breathing and simultaneously trying to reach Shekhar and Tara. Cyrus could not move away from Roohi so he called up his friend and briefed him about the serious situation. He gave Tara's office-address and asked him to go and personally fetch Tara.

                First time in his life, tears streaming through his eyes, Cyrus prayed not only to Ahura Mazda but all the gods in the whole world for Roohi's well-being. Whenever he spotted any little movement in Roohi's motionless body, he called for doctors and nurses to check her.

                 Cyrus's friend had picked up Tara from her office on his bike. It must have been the first time in Tara's adult life, that she looked disheveled, with her hair astray and her immaculate dress creased. Tara's face was scrunched up in dreadful worry for her little angel. She tried to embrace the bed-ridden Roohi but the doctors stopped her and soothed her with the report of her improving health. Roohi was out of danger now, but still needed 24 hours medical attention.

             Cyrus decided to stay home for 2 more days to help the Dutta-family which had become like his own. By now Cyrus’s friend had managed to contact Shekhar. He joined Cyrus and Tara in sharing the news of Roohi's improving health. Doctors assured them that Cyrus's timely intervention had provided Roohi with prompt medical assistance.

              Shekhar and Tara, especially Tara was speechless in gratitude for this quiet, nerdy Parsi boy , whom she had refused to have as a PG in the beginning. First time, Tara realized the warmth of Cyrus's voice, when he called her Bhabhi.

              It was the day of lot's of First Times. Secondly , Roohi as per her Rock-solid constitution , improved rapidly within 2 days. The Dutta family now 4 members strong returned to their Hill-road Residential Heaven in high spirits

                    And they lived happily ever after ?

                    keep reading the 4th Chapter to find out ... what next

Read the next part of the story here : Chapter 4: Shilpa Gupte
                                                            Chapter 5 : Manjulika Pramod
                                                            Chapter 6 : ShazninPathak
                                                            Chapter 7 : Anuradha Khanna Pentapalli
                                                            Chapter 8 : Anuradha Khanna Pentapalli



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