Wednesday, March 4, 2015

B+ve Mother

A , B , C ... T ... I checked that list twice, thrice but my name was missing. There was no 'Sujata Tawde' in the passing list of Para Social work-entrance exam. 

I don't remember how I returned home and collapsed in the arms of Aai, how she comforted me and made me sleep. I did not want to get up ever and face the cruel world. I wanted to die and that's that. But life is not that easy. It demands living, death can not be ordered on Flipkart.

I had studied like a zombie for that exam. Every day I got up at 4 in the morning, so that I could study and reach office at 10 a.m. As soon as I returned home at 6.30 p.m., I would eat Varan-Bhaat and continue studying till 11.30 p.m. I had lost the sense of the world. It hardly mattered to me what's happening around, while I was preparing for the exam. 

Next morning, after that horrible results, Aai handed me the news-paper and asked me to read a SC ( Single Column news ). It was about the Mass Media course conducted by  XIC. ( Xavier Institute of Communications)

Mass Media - Journalism.? Well, I always had immense respect for the journalists. Right from the Lokmanya Tilak , Aagarkar to Madhav Gadkari, Kumar Ketkar, Narayan Athavale to Sanjay Raut, all have been my idols. I wanted to imitate their writing style. I wanted to be a part of the social empowerment, which is possible mostly through the newspaper. 

My mother knew my ambition, my dream better than me. She encouraged me to apply for the mass-media entrance test. "No, never. I will fail for sure. How would I pass Mass-media Entrance, when I could not pass Para-Social Work entrance.?"

Mother being mother, she had full faith in my abilities as well as talent. I was shattered, my confidence had gone berserk. My mother boosted my spirit by telling me tales about my childhood. How I always achieved, whatever I wanted through sheer talent and smart work. "Now is the time to prove yourself. You can win. On your marks ... Get .. Set .. Go." I am 100% sure, all mothers have the same blood group, B+ve.  

Mother reminded me the story of 'Shyamchi Aai'. How Shyam's mother pushed the reluctant Shyam into the well, how Shyam almost drowned but then learnt to swim, how Shyam loved his mother even more after that "PUSH". 'Shyamchi Aai' is my most favorite novel. I always compared my mother with Shyam's mother. I am proud of my full-on optimistic mother and worship her like Shyam did.

To cut the long story short, I did appear and pass the entrance test for Mass Media. Next I continued to get A grades in almost all the modules and achieved 1st rank in the final exam. It was such a heady feeling. On the very 1st day of joining electronic media, I got the unique opportunity to interview the Police Commissioner of Mumbai.

The obstacle of failure in Para-Social work entrance exam seems like a blessing in disguise. Had not I failed in that exam, I would have never become the journalist, the award-winning at that too. The credit of this as well as the future awards goes to my Aai.

This post is part of the   Happy Hours activity in association with  Housing
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Make the Axis Acquaintance

"Axis Bank  chaloge ?" I asked the taxiwalla and he looked puzzled , while saying "Arey madam idhar saamane toh hain , aap sirf road cross kijiye". Now this is the TripplePlus point for Axis Bank of having the corporate office near to the main railway station. Customers can just hop in for support services or .... there's the#DigitalAxis Mobile App to assist the Axis account holders. 

How ? We the Mumbai Bloggers met the head honchos of @Axis Bank by invitation from @BlogAdda for #MakeTheAxisAcquaintance activity on 21st February to learn more about the Super-powered Axis Mobile App.

Let's learn more about #axisdigital , straight from Pramod Mulani Sir and Sohini Madam of Axis Bank .

We totally believe in banks for money transactions. Banks like Axis are the safest and most trustworthy options for saving, investing and spending money. Banks are necessary for our daily money dealings , so naturally we want simple banking. We need banks, we can not live without banks and still there are times , when we have no time to visit our bank personally. Under such circumstances what's the sure fire solution ?

Modern, high technology of electronic gadgets have made our lives easier, faster and luxurious in almost all the spheres of life. Smartphones are the toppers among such user-friendly gadgets. The most important part of daily lives , banking, is now safe and secure with smartphones. Axis bank has launched a brand new mobile app with more than 50 features , with many of them being first of its kind.

Axis Mobile App = Carry the Bank is your pocket. Axis mobile app is simple, user-friendly, convenient and totally secure as a mobile banking application. We got to experience the live application , where Pramod Mulani sir showed how to use the app with his own Axis account. He actually transferred Rs. 10 /- each to Axis bank Account holder and non-Axis bank account holder from his own Axis account to demonstrate how easy, speedy and convenient the procedure is. 

There's an added security setting of 8 hours on-board beneficiary , so that no one else can use your mobile and withdraw money.

You can just Switch Off your credit card , when you have either lost it or misplaced it, you can Switch On the credit card when you find it. That's how simple ans secure Axis Bank mobile app is.

We can view our bank account details, schedule bill payments, add beneficiaries, transfer funds, redeem our reward points and do much more transactions , sitting comfortably at our home, office or cafe. Actually all the services offered to us during a bank-visit are instantly available at our command, on our own phone , at our finger tips ... just like Aladdin's magic lamp. And this magic of Axis does not end here. It rewards us for our loyalty with Axis bank.

This post is about 'Make the Axis Acquaintance' meet conducted by Axis Bank in association with 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Why Arfeen Rocks ...

I had a FREE e-ticket for "The Secret Millionaire Seminar" of Arfeen Khan on 7th and 8th February 2015.



(On a first come first serve basis only!)

Date: 7th - 8th February, 2015
Seminar Time: 9:00am to 7:00pm     (Registration Time: 7:00am to 8:30am )
VENUE: Hall No.2A, Bombay Exhibition and Convention Center,
             NESCO, Western Express Highway,
             Goregaon East, Mumbai,
             Maharashtra 400063
- This seminar is absolutely FREE!
- To attend the seminar, you must bring printout of this    E-ticket.
- This ticket admits only one person.
- Management has right to refuse admission.
- Admission is on a first come first serve basis.
- No food will be provided at the event, we suggest you    bring your own.
- No admission after 8:30 AM.

I reached the venue ( NESCO. Goregaon-East )at 8 a.m. Saturday and was super-shocked to see Hall - 2A choc-a-block with eager participants waiting to be ushered in... 2 hours before time. I mean how many Indians turn up before time  for any event , on Saturday morning?. 

So the Arfeen Khan's "The Secret Millionaire Blueprint seminar" was a myth-buster , Path-breaker even before it started ...

I was instantly magnetized to convert my FREE ticket to General Category when I saw those solitaire worthy, life-transforming books and CDs for Rs. 2790/- only.

The Secret Millionaire Blueprint Hardcover Book (Creating Wealth Using the Law of Attraction) Worth Rs.800

You Can, You Will, It’s Your Choice Hardcover Book (A no Nonsense Approach to Transforming Your Life) Worth Rs.800

Rules For Parents Hardcover Book (A Practical Guide for Parents of Adolescent) Worth Rs.800

How to achieve Health & Vitality in Life (Create the Health and Vitality You Deserve in Your Life) Worth Rs.1500

How to achieve abundance of Wealth & Financial Freedom (Creating Wealth and Expanding Your Impact) Worth Rs.1500

How to Empower Your Relationships (Creating Lasting Love and AffectionWorth Rs.1500

WHEW! That's a lot of goodies ... for Rs. 2790/-

As I entered, actually rushed in the hall for a seminar “The Secret Millionaire Blueprint” an exclusive event to share an “underground” self-improvement technology that has never been heard by ANYONE or discussed before, I was in for a shock for second time. Why ? Have a look at the visually excited audience ...

 The audience was sort of famous Mumbai Bhel... the crunchy , spicy , delicious mix of families, couples, friends, youngsters, kids, as well as senior citizens and actors etc. All of us were on our marks... set to go for and meet Arfeen the Great . What Arfeen shared in those 2 DAYS absolutely blew us away... it’s unlike “anything” we had ever experienced before. 

You might wonder … who this Arfeen Khan is and why am I praising him so much …

Arfeen Khan… is internationally recognized as a “Bollywood's #1 Life Coach” with over 25 years of successful track record of helping 500,000 people in just about every category of business and turn their ideas into fortunes across 37 countries. His approach is refreshing amidst a world of small business owners and enriches those who act on his advice.

He has started experimenting with a little-known realm of psychology that has convinced him to have the single most powerful way to break through mental limitations, and transform people's behavioral patterns... effortlessly and automatically.

He has put together path breaking technologies combining NLP, hypnosis, subliminal programming, and the Law of Attraction in a 2 DAY program called as “The Secret Millionaire Blueprint”.

We all have a natural thinking process, however most people use this incredible thinking process to create a destructive outcome. Everything that happens in our life is a result of incorrect thinking. EVERYTHING! In the seminar , we learned how to re-program our minds in such a way that we will become a magnet that attracts wealth beyond our imagination. It is done quite effortlessly. Arfeen showed us how to do that. Nature proves that everything is in abundance and everything happens with ease.

Look around you, everything is in abundance. Everything is plentiful. If you go to the beach you will see millions of grains of sand, trees have produced fruits for millions of years in abundance, stars are in profusion, in fact God has produced everything in abundance. Naturally it is safe to assume that as humans we can also have everything in abundance. There is no scarcity. But people believe that there is scarcity and as a result they always try hard to fill the gap of their needs. If you ask them, most people will say “Money is hard to make” or “I don't have enough money” or “I don't have enough time” This is all a state of mind.


      -       If the whole world's wealth were divided equally among all people, each person would have approximately US $7,000,000.00 in cash.

      -       If the trees of the world were all cut down, there would be enough wood to provide every person in this world with a 3000 sq. ft. home.

      -       The Universe continues to expand outward, and new galaxies are continuously being created.

"Think with abundance and you will have abundance!"

Yes, some people are born to win. They may not have read the books on the strategies of success, they may never have attended a seminar on the subject of personal achievement and growth, they may never have given winning a thought, but somehow success comes to such people very naturally.

Champions do not play to lose or defend. They play only to win. No one in history had become a champion by playing defensive. Winners almost certainly always play aggressive.

This is also the material that helps build the minds of millionaires, the king-size people. Never do they try to defend their positions. They play aggressively - with just one goal in front of them - winning.

WE learnt , from Arfeen ... what is it exactly that the successful people do or think to be at the place they are today

Arfeen changed our money blueprint.  He did an exciting, interactive question and answer session with us . What have you heard since you were a child? What have you seen since you were in school? What are some specific incidents that may have shaped your money blueprint? 

1. What did you hear and how did it affect the way you feel about money? 
2. What did you see and how did it affect the way you feel about money?
3. Were there any specific incidents that occurred that affected the way you feel about money?

Arfeen transformed us into different person; He gave us an oath that we can overcome all of the negative thinking and can emerge as a person with our own original thoughts. 
we can become a millionaire with a king-sized mind. He asked us to print our announcements and display them where we can constantly see them. It will always remind us of our oath.

I am sure all of my readers would love to know more and much more about Arfeen Khan and " The Secret Millionaire Blueprint " Seminar in details.

Be prepared ... on your marks ... to read the next part of this Arfeen Khan ... series

One Two Three .... Arfeen  you ROCK....

Monday, February 2, 2015

Dream-Home with Godrej Interio

My family's bonding with brand Godrej is three generations strong. "Yeh Trust ka majboot rishta hain, sadaa ke liye " .Right from Godrej store-wells , locks, soaps to refrigerators , washing machine , my family has always been loyal to Godrej-products. My family as well as majority of Indian families have brand loyalty with Godrej for 3 to 4 generations. Godrej furniture, appliances, FMCG, Real estate, Agri, batteries, IT and Software solutions, security solutions etc. everything means highest , purest, sturdy quality at the Price. 

The myriad kaleidoscope of Godrej products, my family has owned reflected in my vision , when I received an invite from BlogAdda for an interactive session with my favorite RJ Malishka to review Godrej Interio. 

 The Godrej Interio event where we, the BlogAdda bloggers met the no.1 RJ Malishka at Godrej Bhavan, started with photo-frenzy. I went into paparazzi mode pronto, while clicking the ritzy Goderej Interio. The Godrej Interio host was requesting coffee/ tea , but after seeing the eye-candy interior concepts,  furniture, plush object-d-arts , I could not resist the temptation of capturing them all in my digi-cam...  

Black is beautiful, always. This avante-garde concept of Godrej interio dining room solidifies the black-beauty theory.

Godrej Interio has such a wide range of innovative interior solutions that we, the consumers are spoiled for choices. 

Bed Room ( concepts, beds, cupboards, chest of drawers, dressing tables ), Living Room ( sofas , sofa-cum-bed, recliners, easy chairs, coffee tables, wall units, TV trolleys,  Study, Dining Room, Kids Room, Kitchen ( straight, parallel, L-shaped, single wall, U-shaped )Home accessories, Marine, Modular furniture, Storage , health care, Lab, Mattress, Green products etc. whatever you demand, Goderej Interio genie will fulfill your each and every wish with elan.

RJ Malishka's favorite plug in, chair-recliner-sofa-bed-bluetooth enabled red-throne. You have to see and use it , to believe the description. 

The home reflects our persona, and how! We can choose from the wide array of furniture sets available at Godrej Interio to suit our likes and profession.

Would you like to know, how Malishka's Living room looked before and after the Godrej Interio transformation ? Have a look...

"Make hay while the Sun shines, Dream home with Godrej Interio designs" 
Godrej is well-known for super-hospitality. They bid us, bloggers good bye with a lovely hamper loaded with goodies. 

This post is a part of Godrej Interio Upload and Transform Season 3 activity at

This post is a part of  ' Upload and Transform Season 3 ' activity at BlogAdda in association with Godrej Interio 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Boundary less Laundry

Yatra Naaryatsu Poojyante , Tatra Ramyate Devtaa !
Gods dwell, where the ladies are worshiped. This is a well-known but now a days totally forgotten, Sanskrit Shloka

In ancient India, the ladies had equal status in home as well as in society. We have learned about Gargi, Maitreyi, Ghosha, Lopamudra etc. in history. But as of today, the ground reality about women and how they are treated is totally disheartening. 

There's always a debate raging on about how media depicts women, how women are stereo-typed. In Hindi films women are either glorified as goddesses ( mothers / sisters / wives )or ridiculed as vamps ( bar-dancers / mother-in-laws etc.). Women are never shown as normal human-beings. The Bollywood biggies justify their stand with,"our films mirror, what's happening in the society. We make movies based on the real situations." The social workers, leaders say movies corrupt the mindset of people by glorifying the out-dated traditions, old mindsets, gangsters, feminine modesty, inhumane sacrifices etc. 

Post-independence, the male-members of the family worked outdoors ( agriculture/ industry or service sector ) to earn money, so they were treated as  the providers. Female-members remained indoors to do house-duties and to look after the children . In those days only rich could afford maids for household chores like scrubbing, cleaning, washing clothes etc. The middle-class and poor women had to do the tedious chores of cleaning, washing in addition to nurturing the children. In those days , joint family system was prevalent so these burdensome, laborious chores were jointly carried out by all women-members of the house.

Freedom and Education broadened our mindsets. The social reformists such as Savitribai Phule , Maharshi Karve fought against social strictures to educate women and assimilate them in main stream, to build a strong, independent nation. In modern days, both males and females are educated, both work outdoors, Indian constitution has given equal rights to men and women .We embraced western culture , joint families disintegrated into nuclear families. 

But the old patriarchal tradition still lurks in Indian males. They think of themselves as providers , as owners and treat the women as unpaid bonded labor. Indian males want educated wives to earn income for the family and simultaneously the women are forced to do cleaning , scrubbing, laundry etc. Every member of the family eats food and wears clothes. Both men and women work outdoors to earn the livelihood, then why scrubbing the utensils and washing the clothes is considered a woman's job ? 

Is it just nonsense? No. It's much more than that. Expecting and forcing women to do laundry is the height of male dictatorship, chauvinism, laziness, and selfishness. It's a fact, 77% of Indian men depend on women for doing their laundry. Majority of Indian men ( 76% ) feel that laundry is a woman's job. This pervert feeling provides them with idiotic pleasures such as watching TV. More than 2/3rd of Indian men prefer to watch TV than to do the laundry.

There are solutions for every problem. Gender equality, in all aspects must be taught since childhood in school as well as in family. The parents must treat their sons and daughters equally. Both must be taught the dignity of labor. There must never be the classification of any duty as in this is a boy's duty and this is a girl's duty. The children learn fast through examples, they love to follow the footsteps of family-elders. The mother and father both should inculcate the values of gender equality, dignity of labor and family bonding in their children. One more practical solution for happy laundry is a good detergent like  Ariel  which doesn't harm hands and removes the dirt effortlessly. 

Here's a two pronged solution : Either each and every family-member ( except babies and senior citizens ) must do their own laundry, or every family member must be assigned a day, on which he/ she will do laundry of whole family.
That day is not far ahead , when there won't be any boundary for doing laundry. Every Indian will willingly do his / her own laundry.

“I am writing for #IsLaundryOnlyAWomansJob activity 
at in association with Ariel.”

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Thunder BOLT

Give me Red BOLT

Thunder Bolt or Lightning strike is a sensation , a human perceives  when confronted by an extremely beautiful object, such as BOLT.

Killer Looks ? If looks could kill ? No ways . BOLT has Blessed looks. Love at first sight is possible ... absolutely ... totally ... devastatingly ... possible with BOLT .The basic silhouette is so strikingly stunning that it's impossible to not to love the BOLT

The superlatives, adjectives are inadequate to describe the ritzy, high-tech, ultra-modern, turbo-powered, exclusive, uber cool, futuristic persona of the BOLT from Tata Motors. My nephew Aamen went CLICK-CLICK-CLICK , when he spotted this RED Beauty , in it's full glory at the Oberoi Mall.

This is my Thunder BOLT

" Enough of this fan-frenzy, Give us a solid data, ground reality , to justify your superlatives and adjectives " ... I know this is what my hardcore readers are muttering under their calculated breaths. Your wish is my command ....

Thunderous applause 1: (Modern Engine and high performance) BOLT
 is available in both the petrol and diesel form. The petrol variant features new turbocharged unit. The 1.2 litre Revotron motor produces 90 PS of max power and max torque of 140Nm is offered from a lower 1500 rpm up to 4000 rpm. Driving ability is impressive while turbo lag is minimal and the feel is similar to compact sedan. The 5-speed transmission offers positive and smooth shifts. The fuel efficiency is better.

Thunderous applause 2(Infotainment) BOLT has the touchscreen infotainment system developed in partnership with Harman . It consists Bluetooth connectivity with voice integration, SMS read outs, touch operated AC controls and a picture viewer etc. The stereo has eight speakers with good audio output and clarity. Bolt also has video playback and navigation . Video files stored on the SD card can be played anytime. Navigation function uses the Android phone's built-in GPS and a MapMyIndia app  with four years of free service as well as offline maps.

Thunderous applause 3: (Safety) BOLT XT variant can handle sudden braking or tight corners, with its latest 9th generation ABS( Anti-lock Braking System ) by Bosch with Corner Stability Control ( CSC ). This improves braking efficiency. Dual airbags are also offered for enhanced safety. The improved chassis and softer suspension maintain a better balance between ride and ground clearance. The suspension absorbs potholes and rough roads comfortably resulting in smooth ride. 

Thunderous applause 4: (Space) BOLT is quite tall due to raised height. Cabin is spacious. Foot room, Knee room and headroom are big. Tall passengers can sit comfortably in the rear, which has a firm seat and fine headroom. Shoulder room is also on the higher side. Three adults can sit quite luxuriously in the rugby back seats. There's a handy cup holder in the center console. It has 210 liters boot space. 

Thunderous applause 5: (Sports , Eco , City Modes) BOLT's Multi Drive function allows us to choose between three driving modes. There is a considerable enhancement in the performance and comfort attached to all 3 modes i.e. Sports for a burst of power , Eco for unmatched mileage and City for the perfect balance. These modes offer excellent, relaxed and comfy ride-quality in different situations. 

All these five Thunderous applause plus the Glitzy Glamour of aerodynamic panels with the jutting shoulder, signature grill with piano black background, smoked projector headlamps, a floating roof effect, stylish vinyl layer, a chrome garnish on the tailgate, all-black interior, well-shaped air vents, dashboard layout and partly silver-finished steering wheel with nice grip ... make me eager to #GetSetBOLT ... 

My lucky-charm , my BOLT-band. And yes I have marked out the parking space for the new BOLT that I am going to win. 

I am sure after reading this post , you all are struck by the thunder BOLT. Now the only solution is possess the BOLT, Get Set with the BOLT , so here's the Online Registration  

This post is a part of the Get. Set. Bolt. activity at BlogAdda.

Saturday, January 10, 2015


Life was a FUNtastic roller coaster ride. I was enjoying it with healthy appetite 
of a growing child.  I was studying in one of  the  most prestigious school , 
where overall development of a child was more sought after than  mere studies.
I liked to study regularly cause I loved the heady feeling of getting highest 
marks . Yes , that spirit was instilled in me since time immortal, ' you are the
best, you have the talent , aim for 100 percent , you will get it.'

Studying, reading story-books And playing were all crammed in 24 hours. And 
still I craved for more. One of my school friend had an American pen-friend, 
whose class-mate wanted an Indian pen-friend. I started penning voluminous 
letters to her describing my days full of school-realities, fictional-stories and 
adventurous games. But soon the novelty of an American Penfriend faded out.

And I started wishing for a German penfriend. I loved German cars like 
Porsche, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Ford , Mercedes, Opel etc. I satiated my
hunger to own them by collecting their info, stats, pictures and stickers. I tried
to share my German-cars mania  with my friends but they were like 
"OK fine, can we afford the  Ford ? Ford is not for us, so forget it". And I was
like ... afford ... Ford ... for ... forget ... wow ! this sentence is so rhythmical.

My wish was fulfilled through a neighbor. He had a business associate in
Germany,  whose daughter, Diana was pining for an Indian penfriend. Diana 
was fascinated by what she read about Indian art, culture and colorful festivals.

They say 'Pen is mightier than sword' AND I say 'Pen is more Constructive, Expressive
and Sustainable than any weapon' . The plain Pen connects the people across 
cities and countries alike . My Pen-friendship with my German Penfriend Diana 
proves it.

In the late '80's , the Internet was not common , so the only affordable 
means of communication for school-students like me was Airmail-Letters for
Pen-Friendship. It was considered Uber Cool in my school to have 
penfriends from Foreign countries. We the schoolmates had at least 2 
or 3 penfriends from UK, USA and USSR. AND 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 other students.

Our teachers thought, if we cultivate this hobby of Penfriendship, our 
writing skill will improve tremendously. Our teachers' vision was right.
AND ,We loved writing letters, exchanging foreign stamps, stickers and 
birthday gifts with our Penfriends.

My pen-friendship with Diana flourished throughout high-school
and college. In the school Diana was trained to be a gymnast and 
as she grew up she realized her true passion, modelling. Her mother,
a hair-stylist encouraged her to transform into a graceful model. At 
present Diana is a famous model in Germany.

I AND Diana realized our AND , what about yours ? 

Dear Bloggers  : Rangan Datta -     
Thejesh GN - 
Amar Naik - 
Kiruba Shankar -  
Amit Pattnaik - Dil ke colour pencil se , Amsang - soonev ,
Khushbu - munni of all trades , Manjulika - manjulika pramod ,
Shahen - world through my yeux

#UseYourAnd. Transform your Dreams into reality

This post is a part of #UseYourAnd activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette Venus“.