Sunday, March 22, 2015


The Crowning Glory of the rising Sun makes my eyes happy. The early morning orchestra of assorted birds' chirping makes my ears happy. The king of fruits, Mango makes my tongue heavenly happy. The Jasmine-perfume makes my nose happy and touching the cool dew on fresh flowers make my finger-tips happy.  

I return home, all tired, hungry and sweating from the suffocating, crowded train-journey, everything seems dark, futile and useless. At that crushing moment, the one and only eager, expectant, welcoming face of my mother makes me Happy, Happier ... Happiest of all. 

Childhood is the most happiest of all. We are happy cause we are pampered by the parents at home and by teachers at school. We are happy because we play a lot and study a little. We are sheltered, we are cared, we are loved by our  relatives as well as by the neighbors. Everybody loves Children and children respond to that love abundantly. Love makes us all happy. So Childhood = Happiness  

Generally children are happy, but I was happy only when I was with my family or with my close friends. I loved to be either with my mother, sisters, aunt, uncle or with my favorite teacher. The funny thing was I wanted my mother to be always with me, even in school. As soon as mother dropped me at school and turned about to return home, I would cry foul. How could my mother leave me alone?. The only thing that pacified me to stay put at school was Cream crackers ( Chocolate flavor ). My mother packed my lunch-box with Bhaji-Chapati and a tiny packet of Cream-crackers. Even today, I love to munch on it. 

I grew up and joined college, where chatting, hanging out with friends made me excited. I liked my friends' company as well as reading Sidney Sheldon's novels made me immensely happy. I crave for luxury and still the simple things such as freshly made Ginger tea with potato chips make me gourmet-happy.

Mall-hopping, Window-shopping for dresses, bags, shoes and wrist-watches make me sight-happy. That means just the sight of those cute, costly luxuries make me happy and inspires me to work harder, to earn more. 

My nephew Aamen and niece Aditi make me refreshingly happy with their bright smiles, foolish pranks, silly jokes and warm hugs. 

My diary, with it's myriad content about my school, college, office and random memories make me nostalgically happy. I love to write about anything under the Sun, over the Earth and in between the lines. The brand new pages of diary make me happy with the numerous possibilities of subjects to be written in it. 

"Happiness is doing things for others, without an iota of selfishness, gaining satisfaction from others' happiness", which my mother practiced but never preached. Someday I wish to follow her path. Amen! 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

7Star MotoE

Moto E ... Moto E ...Moto E ...screamed the newspapers , TVs, radios and even my 13 year old nephew Aamen, plus my 39 year old Electronics-Engineer brother , when I was searching for a latest, high-tech smart phone to buy. I was doing my own R and D about Moto E with friend, philosopher, guide, the omniscient Google. Lo and behold ... the verdict was unanimous ...Moto E ... Go ... Get it. 

May I confess?. My final decision was based on the elegant, aerodynamic looks of the ritzy Moto-E. After all this hoopla , I am sure all of you are eager to have a look at my snazzy Moto-E, which I purchased on March 18, 2015 from Flipkart .As usual Flipkart's delivery was prompt and perfect.

Well, we the ladies have oodles of 6th sense and we do use it ostentatiously. 
I wanted to buy a smart phone, and my first choice was Nokia. As an Indian , I am a brand loyalist, whether it's Colgate, Godrej, Surf, Vico or Parle-G, I buy whatever my parents have bought. 

I have used 2 Nokia handsets, 1st from the year 2003 to year 2009 , and 2nd from the year 2009 to till date. They both are still in fine mint working condition. Don't believe me ? Have a look at my loyal companions ... 

But, now both my Nokia handsets have become obsolete. I can not click sharp pictures. They don't have high-tech micro-processors, modern operating systems, large storage capacity, big TFT LCD Touchscreens and WiFi en-ability etc. 

My new Moto-E ( 2nd Gen ) 3G ,possesses all the above features , plus much more. So I #ChooseToStart with the new Moto-E. The most important features of my elegant Moto-E ( 2nd Gen ) 3G are : Android v5.0 ( Lollipop ) Operating system, 5 MP Primary Camera , 0.3 MP Secondary Camera, 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor, Dual SIM ( GSM + UMTS ), Expandable Storage capacity of 32 GB, 4.5-inch TFT LCD Touchscreen, a long-lasting battery,  and the price is so reasonable. I can not believe that I got so much more by paying so less.

My first smart phone, My Moto-E won my heart's approval with it's glitzy, white elegant looks. Next I started browsing through the manual which won my brain's approval with it's fantastic features. Moto-E's key-features are more luxurious than Five Stars ... My Moto-E dazzles with 7 Stars  : 

1st * : Moto-E has 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU and advanced graphics. It switches smoothly between different application. We can listen to music and browse the web simultaneously. It is future-ready with 1 GB - RAM.

2nd * : Moto-E has 2390 mAh battery which lasts all day , we don't need to recharge it again and again. 

3rd * : Moto-E has Android Lollipop operating system, which offers the best Android experience. 

4th * : Moto-E shoots beautiful pictures and videos with the 5 MP primary camera. The front camera is superb for selfies and video chatting. It has 4x Digital zoom. 

5th * : Moto-E has adorable curves, which are comfortable to handle. The speaker gives melodious music experience. The waterproof coating and Corning Gorilla glass protects my phone effortlessly. The anti-smudge coating keeps the fingerprints away.

6th * : Moto-E has advanced Internet connectivity with Pre-installed Browser Android, v4 Bluetooth, Navigation technology of GLONASS, BeiDou with Google maps, Wifi, Micro USB and 3G. 

7th * : Moto-E has various useful apps such as Google Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, Google Chrome, Motorola Assist, Motorola Migrate, Moto assist.

So How do you like my 7 Star-studded Moto-E ? Grand enough to go for it, order it right now from flipkart. Well, you can always drop in at home to have a look and drool over it with Aam-Panhe. It's quite a cool Deal.

Sunday, March 15, 2015


"Oops, I have forgotten the keys , we have to return Home and collect it" - Sandhya, my cousin-friend declared with alarming hurry. We were already late due to the office-rush hour and to top that lateness, we had to return home.

Our mobiles were constantly buzzing with friends, threatening to call 100 , 101 , 102 ,... if we didn't reach the venue within a second. As if we possessed couple of time-machines. Now that's typical of school-friends. They take you for granted. They think of you as Omnipotent and Useless in the same instance. 

We pacified them with the coolest promise of Magnum Chocolate Infinity Ice-candies, if they didn't kill us on arrival. They bargained for 2 candies each, we cursed Foreign Direct Investment in retail but our taste-buds were already in raptures. 

At last, we reached the venue for the get-#together / reunion of school-friends, exactly an hour after the scheduled time. We were fashionably late but still received the warmest welcome with open arms I mean mouths. So... our Get-together started on Sweetest-coolest note of dessert first ...  

The cool candies warmed up the spirit of our group. We had so much to catch up from school-sendoff ,college to jobs that everybody was talking, listening, laughing, munching on snacks simultaneously.  

As the day progressed from morning to noon, we still had so much to share with each other, that we kept on postponing the lunch, which was planned at a fashionable restaurant. We decided to order the lunch at home, rather than going there all dressed up and missing on the fun-moments of a boisterous company. What an awesome decision!. We enjoyed the delicious food while chatting, laughing, singing ( parodying) and praising each other's healthy appetite. 

One of our friend had recently lost her child to cancer, so she was reluctant to join our get-#together. We cajoled her to join us just for a few minutes and surprisingly, she got so enchanted with the warm camaraderie that she stayed for a night-over. None of us showered her with gaudy sympathy, instead we chatted in general about her college-days and her latest promotion to the managerial post. 

We were pulling each others legs about extra-weight and extra-curricular activities such as Dream-jogging, mall-hopping and window-shopping. We exchanged tips about saving money, investing, cooking and last but not the least BEAUTY / FASHION as if we were the page-3 celebrities. To top this, we shoot a catwalk of one of our most beautiful friend and threatened to upload it on the Facebook page of our school. She bribed us with black-forest pastries, for not going ahead with our atrocious plan. I wish I could upload that catwalk video here ... but I have to remain loyal to that creamy-soft pastry which tasted heavenly at that moment of togetherness. 

Our friend who had become a pessimist, was undergoing a psychiatrist's treatment to recover from her child's death, joined in our pranks and enjoyed this school reunion to the fullest. Picnic is a tonic and being #together with friends is an elixir of life, which rejuvenates, motivates, inspires, strengthens us for ever and ever. The richness of friendship is infinite, it can not be measured in rupees. On that most memorable day of school reunion ,our friend's journey from pessimism to optimism inspired all of us to remain #together and #lookup in the time of happiness as well as in the crisis.

Monday, March 9, 2015


Every Indian student must pass, actually with flying colors through that horrible hurdle called S.S.C. results. Not only the student but also the whole family is on tenterhooks on that D-day. I am an Indian in general and Mumbaikar in particular, so that D-day was particularly more horrible than usual.

I wanted to join Arts stream and my father was adamant on Science. In a patriarchal society , mothers have no say in important matters such as the career and well being of her child. My mother wanted me to pursue my dream, but she was a silently-suffering spectator on that fateful day, when I had to adjust and take admission for the commerce stream even after gaining 82%.

The 2 years of commerce college were like a nightmare. I studied hard, but it was an aimless journey. I started taking solace in science fictions. My favorite author was Jayant Narlikar. He had written awesome stories about Super-computers and their gigantic power, which was a rare-novelty in the 80's. I remember writing to my German penfriend, that I wanted to learn computers and she was amazed.

The biggest irony was, I was sure of succeeding in computers , even though I could not learn , something as mundane as commerce and my father who did not allow me to pursue Arts was eager to pay the costly fees of computer management diploma.

I started my search for a proper computer institute , with Times Of India ( Hindustan Times and DNA entered Mumbai, very late in the year 2005 .) There were only Apple ( now Aptech ) , NIIT , Datapro , Datamatics , IGCS and few little known institutes offering computer management diploma to H.S.C. pass students. Apple and NIIT being well beyond my budget , I opted for Datapro at Bandra.

I got up at 5.30 a.m. as I was about to #StartANewLife ,I did not want to be late and miss a moment of my first day of "Computer Management Diploma". The atmosphere at the entrance of the Datapro was charged up with a 1000 splendid Suns. Learning Computers was so hot and happening, even at sky-high rates. Most of the students were graduate and had joined for post graduation , while just 3 of us were H.S.C. pass. The other 2 girls were accompanied by their parents, while I was alone. The Computer teacher patronized us, the 3 under graduate students, by constantly firing us questions about flow-charts, conversion from binary to decimal, decimal to binary, computer commands, terms and eventually calling us scholars.

I made friendship with those 2 undergraduate students , Vijee and Meenu. We  decided among ourselves to top the Computer fundamentals ( 1st module of Diploma in Computer Management.) While the other P.G. students were busy chatting and giggling , we 3 joined the library and borrowed the Computer fundamentals books. Earlier too , I was a book-worm and now I was reading only computer books. Within a month the syllabus was over and it was the time of examination. Though I had studied hard, I had a doubt about getting highest marks, so I studied some more and still more...

We received the question paper, and I could not believe my eyes. All "Fill in the blanks", "Match the following " , 2-marks-questions, even the flow-charts were so easy. I don't know , whether it was just a co-incidence , or Sir's way of patronizing us further , but all 3 of us got the same marks , 94 out of 100. And yes, We the three undergraduates stood 1st in the Computer fundamentals class full of P.G.-students.

Naturally , there was no looking back after this spectacular victory. That was my chance to #StartANewLife and I grabbed it with both keyboard and mouse. After passing "Computer Management Diploma " with distinction, I was selected for a World Bank Project.

Please check , to #StartANewLife.

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. #lookup . 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....