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 , Growells101 , Oberoi 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

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'


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 atleast 2 or 3 penfriends from UK. USA & 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

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Being Mumbaikar

Being Mumbaikar . . .

Sundays were working days when I was working as a sub editor/ reporter for SAAMANA. It was sunday, around 7pm., I was going towards Elphinston station with my 96k colleague. What's this 96 k ? You might wonder. "Shahannav Kulhi = 96 K' is the acronym for the subsect in Maharashtrian Kshatriya ( Warrior ) community . What's unique about 96K is that it's almost always been the ruling community in Maharastra. Vasantdada Patil, Babasaheb Bhosale, Shankarrao Chavan , Sharad Pawar , Narayan Rane and the present Vilasrao Deshmukh almost all the chief ministers and many of the cabinet ministers of Maharashtra are 96K.


Now back to Bhatankar Road, which goes from Nagu Sayaji wadi to Elphinston Station. My 96K colleague pinched my arm and screamed "Hey look". As we were crossing the road , I was busy looking right and left for the speeding vehicles. My colleague pointed in front of the footware stall. My eyes followed her direction. A teenager girl was kissing her boy friend , who was sitting on the bike.

That was the long shot. The next scene was 70 mm, with the footware stall owner staring hard at the couple.

We continued walking and were getting the close ups of the PDA frame, with the bike in background.The girl in the frame was pretty attractive. The boy was wearing 'I look like John Abraham' teeshirt , which could be taken as pj, such was the contrast.

'So?' my 96K co. demanded reaction. I countered her question with 'so what? it's their life. None of our business.'You mean ,you don't mind? kissing in public?'. She seemed more shocked by my reaction than the actual action ( PDA ). I tried to pacify her as we were almost at the entrance of Prarthana, our regular snacks joint

We settled in with filter coffee for me and dahi wada for her . After the first spoonfull of spicy dahi my 96K co. became more energetic., Will you do that?' She poked her index finger in right cheek to drive home the point. I was furious .'How dare you ask such a humiliating question to a 96K?' I demanded.

My co.'s face lit up with 1000 splendid suns, while saying ' last month, when I asked ,whether you are 96K?. you had snubbed me with ' I don't believe in casteism. Try as much you wish to conceal your caste. it reflects in your personality'.


Friday, June 6, 2014

MUMBAI celebrates "HT NO TV DAY" with Hindustan Times

MUMBAI celebrates 'HT NO TV DAY' with Hindustan Times

                         Why This NoTv  NoTv  NoTv  HT ?

                                     HT has made a Plan ,

                                  Super Plan , Duper Plan

                                         Time Perfect.

                                            Just Do It.

                           Why This NoTv NoTv NoTv  HT ?

                                   Distance la Home Home

                                      Home Member Hate
                              Black Homeground day-to-day

                                       Due to 24-Hours TV

                                      Bright Screen TV , TV

                                            TV effect Bad

                                       Eyes , eyes get Specs.

                                          Our future worse

                         Turn Off TV , Celebrate with Family



Monday, May 19, 2014

#CelebrateCinema with Whistling Woods

Celebrate Cinema with Whistling Woods

#CelebrateCinema attracted me to FilmCity-Goregaon like a bee to the honey-pot. At Whistling Woods ( Film-City ) there were all kind of bees to gather modern / high-tech, albeit sweet nectar from the numerous Media / Cinema / Art related workshops , on 17th and 18th May.

The campus of Whistling Woods , FilmCity , Goregaon is majestically inviting .

First and Foremost , I must thank Whistling Woods , for magnetising me to the gigantic FilmCity with #CelebrateCinema . I am a Goregaonkar since birth so everybody expected me to be a regular at World-famous FilmCity. But the biggest irony is that , I had never visited the FilmCity , till date , till Whistling Woods organised CelebrateCinema with such hi-fi events , panel discussion , master classes for different streams.

The Advertising workshop conducted by noted AdFilm Director Vishnu Sir , enabled us 3 batches ( 5 students each ) to make a full-bodied ( BrandName , StoryBoard , Casting , Location , shooting , editing , music etc. within the Whistling woods campus ) TV Commercial within 4 hours. We not only made a TVcommercial but lots of friends within that time-span of conceptualising and producing the ad. Hat's off to Vishnu Sir for making this workshop so interactive / Enjoyable and creditable.


CelebrateCinema had various brainstorming Panel Discussions ( New voice in Indian Cinema , Socially responsible film making , Cinema 20-20 , Women in Cinema ) ,Workshops ( Chhota Bheem with kids , Screen writing , Dance , Stop motion Film making , VFX , Acting for Screen , Film Editing , Music , Steel Photography , Fashion Styling , MakeUp etc )  , One-on-One discussions with Celebrities , Film-Screenings as well as activity kiosks like ClapsNSlams , which attracted large numbers of FilmiFans.


The 2 high-powered days of CelebrateCinema reached it's zenith when Amole Gupte's Hawa Hawaai gang did a candid , free for all Q & A session with audiance. The special screening of Hawa Hawaai received so many Whistles for Amole's direction and Gochi's dialogues that Whistling Woods came alive in the dark , dead night.