ST+ART -Part 2

Let’s continue the beautification drive 🙂 with the modern age revolution

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Yes ,the Revolution ought to be painted:) Our future!!

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Future can be in being an astronaut too. Isn’t it? see the depiction of moon & might be galaxy!!

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Ferociousness on a hybrid of Bull cum tiger cum “Made in India symbol”. Well let’s not conclude ,just admire the art!

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Some 1950’s women in thriller movie?? My perception ,what’s yours?

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That’s a colourful handsome “Octopus” I guess in the sea..Is it?

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Enjoy ,that’s the end completely upto your Imagination..Jharokha ,Elephant ,Pigeon in window,Chatri..Cool:) Perfect imagination !

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ST+ART : Impressive

 

Guys ,had a visit to ST+ART show at Delhi last weekend & was simply amazed by the unique concept & some lovely art being displayed. Catch on the glimpse of it

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So intricate ,amazing work on multiple containers to give it a single one piece look:)

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Watch this face closely…made up of so many faces ,wanna see a single face ?

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Here’s a close capture of one of the face ..such a depth it is narrating isn’t it guys? Worth accolades!

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That’s so much of Indian -ness..Multiple ATLO’s up for Grab;)

Another image for INDIA !!!

Watch out more amazing pics in coming post. Hold onto your breath & enjoy appreciating artists spread across the world.

 

 

Men =Women

Well that’s a heart –rending 20th century, when everybody is trying out their hands on some amazing gadgets from a 2 year kid to 80 year old, with some incredible innovation going across, it still answers as “yes” to the question if Laundry /household chores are the tasks of women? Well that’s the ugliness of mindset in lovely Indians even today. I do acknowledge the fact that I was born in a typical family with a “gender equality” outlook ,where I did see my dad & uncle working in kitchen to clean the dishes ,leave Laundry ,which seemed to be their favourite time pass twice a week;) ,but the surroundings differed drastically from our family . I could always see aunties in neighbourhood brushing thoroughly kids dresses ,ironing them ,polishing their shoes ,cleaning the house ,which actually made me question my mom when I was in class V.. “Ma ,why in every house, all aunties do these chores while men just sit in the garden sipping cup of tea & reading papers ,is only women responsible for kids & house? “& an amazing answer I received.. “Just wait for next 10 -15 more years & you’ll see vice versa all around” .My mom was working since I was born & dad had to help to her out in every chore so as to main a harmony & share off the load..They both were a perfect role model for me.

Years passed on & I was married…Well marriage was a knock on my class V question, wherein there was a perfect demarcation of women doing household chores & men relaxing & earning money..That was absolutely hard to digest then & even now since nothing has changed ,it’s this mindset in India which has led to a scintillating figures by a survey conducted by third party for Ariel which revealed the below stats : Its really astonishing for a developing country like India & needs immediate change of thoughts in the budding trees !

Just sharing a hilarious conversation with my friend.. “My wifey asked me to do the laundry but my luck had it, I found another pair of underwear to survive a day moreJ

Well gentlemen, This is a washing Machine…much easier to operate than Video game or may be X-Box, just pressing of few buttons with some commonsense will work outJ Try out once & I can guarantee you won’t die …Neither do you have to leave the remote /keep your eyes off the match for long, nor do your friends need to know of the newly developed skillJ

What we wish to achieve is Gender Equality; Men can do the laundry, they can even cook, they can stay at home & nurture the babies, who say’s they can’t? Women can pay for their bills, they can propose a boy, they can be CEO of a company, they can go all in Olympics & be what a man can be…It’s just a matter & game of mindset & willingness to opt for feminine role & excel in it J .Women are not born working their house hold chores but they are trained, so can men get trained, if their parents wish to make them master of all instead of feeding them till throat & asking them to relax & gain kilos ;)!

Guys, isn’t it a perfect time to break upon all the deeply rooted stereotypes in our minds? If women can multitask & excel in all fields why can’t these gentlemen prove & have a sense of sharing the load? Leave the older generation who won’t agree & arrest all our thoughts of seeing their boys work, but don’t leave them in blind fold with these “labels” .Yes being a working women & a wife to an amazing person ,seeing me work all the time has changed his outlook & he is always by my side helping me out in all things ,be it laundry or cleaning dishes or any house hold task ..It’s such a feel good sense to have such a partner who believes in supporting you, who wish to see you happy & not engrossed in these daily tasks..It’s our generation who need to read these lines & change these statistics .It’s not just we wish to realign ourselves ,it’s our moral responsibility to inculcate these values in our kids minds from the beginning.

Kids learn & do what they see, so be a role model to them, give them the right values of “Gender Equality” ,make them hands on to do laundry when you are occupied, let your boys clean their dishes only , let them tidy their rooms ,make them a responsible citizen of a growing nation. Let them not take the bun , sit & relax but ask them to share the pie ,that’s what I saw in my paternal home #ShareTheLoad .Sharing is a way of caring ,to more you share ,the more you care ,educate the boys in all these tasks to ensure a secure & happy future for them.

World is progressing fast & so is India changing, it’ll be a setback if these things remain un-catered. Vouch on; it’ll be no biasness but neutrality you’ll be driving!

I am joining the Ariel #ShareTheLoad campaign at BlogAdda and blogging about the prejudice related to household chores being passed on to the next generation.

 

 

How to make Banana Cake

Hey guys, let’s catch a quick one, Banana cake with Coffee ,well that’s just a amazing combo to have a satiating feelJ especially for me when I love tp pounce upon some home-made cake without those extra calorie icing cakes..

So here is the requirement:

  1. Banana -5 medium sized ,Mashed properly with hands /fork & blend it for a smooth texture
  2. Wheat flour – 1.5 -1.75 cup ,properly sieved twice
  3. Baking soda – 3/4th tea spoon
  4. Baking powder -1 tea spoon
  5. Sugar – Well sieved ,2/3rd cup
  6. Oil – 2/3rd cup (any non aromatic) ,I used extra light Olive oil
  7. Milk –Half -2/3rd Cup
  8. Vanilla essence – 10-12 drops
  9. Cashew nuts (optional) -5-6 cashew into halves

    Steps:

    1. Preheat the oven @180 degree centigrade (in case of OTG ,keep both the rods heated for an even temperature maintenance)
    2. Mash the bananas & keep them aside (don’t worry if small lumps of bananas remain ,just try to even it out with hand blender if you wish to)
    3. Sieve & Mix all the dry ingredients ,flour ,baking soda, baking powder sugar thoroughly & sieve once post mixing all ingredients for uniformity
    4. Add oil & milk to it & blend it slowly to get a uniform texture
    5. Now add Mashed bananas to the above stated mixture & blend will full strength (I blended for close to 15-20 minutes to get a fluffy texture ,since I haven’t added eggs to it)
    6. Add essence & cashew nut pieces to it (You can add raisins/almond as well if you wish to)
    7. Line up the utensil with sufficient oil to ensure no sticking & put it in oven for close to 45-50min
    8. In case of OTG, the upper portion may turn extra brown so you can cover the utensil with aluminium foil for some 20 minutes & remove it later & let it bake then without the foil to attain a perfect brownish texture.
    9. Let it bake at 180 degrees for 45-50 minutes, just check by putting in toothpick/knife, if it comes out clean your yummy banana cake is ready.
    10. Cut & Serve it with a glass of coffee or tea & you’ll have a perfect brunch time to enjoy while adoring the beautiful nature across your windowJ

Common get out of bed & share me your reviews of Banana cake!!

YummyJ

Strings turned peppy

Life brings on so many changes, from a little kid (apple of parents & granny’s eyes) ,to being a charming & notorious student (with favouritism deeply driven;)) ,to a young carefree girl hovering around with numerous dreams (lovely were those days ,was such a pleasure to go far flung in dreams ,what a rosy picture) ,to a dedicated professional (with re-start of learning curve) .

Suddenly there were thunderous sounds emanating, when the trumpet of marriage with a friend was patched up!! Ahh, that was the second dream coming true post earning a decent package (unaware of the trap it brought along ;)).A trap full of love, care ,emotions ,dignity & full of accountability.

Well, every relation has its own strings, some sweet, some sour & sometimes even bitter but yes it handshakes your life welcoming you as a responsible human..Oops…responsible wife/daughter-in-law .Too many contagious gossips in new backdrop, some harsh & some cool yet to be digested, but amongst all lies the love of a husband, care of a new family. Truly speaking, strings do get stretched, disturbing the harmony but the new realm it brings towards life is massive. Suddenly dictionary changes for a girl from being carefree, enchanting, enjoying life to “sacrifice for others happiness”, “rebuild yourself”, “Care for elders”, “adopt new lifestyle”..Blah Blah what not .Guess we all have to adopt this happily & yes they do reap us in a sense of bringing us closer to “Maturity” . But somewhere to keep the harmonious strings intact, I could find the original “Me” getting lost, the passion/creativity in me getting disoriented .I could barely spare my time to Read /Write /Paint /Play ,the phenomenon which was a sort of daily routine transformed into quarterly scenario & that too when my husband used to trigger me .

Close to 4 years passed on in this way ,deeply buried in family affairs ,Job & my lovely experimental kitchen .But there had to be a break which my lively kid brought along with him, the shine in his eyes ,enchanting smile on his face got me back into the memory lanes , I vouched to bring back my lost world. It was not only with the maternity break that I restarted my reading & sketching habit but yes I re-invented myself as a Blogger. Sentences took their frames in wordpress instead of my personal diary ;), they became all the more public! That was the day when I regained my lost lanes; I started feeling all the more ecstatic.

The time frame started changing , as my kid started growing ,so did his innocence & activities ,his fights made me laugh ,his cries with comic faces made me chuckle ,his happiness got me on cloud nine ,his clapping stole my heart beat ,his naive word formations got me bursting laughter all around..Wow ,the world had gone so peppy ,it cheered me up every nano-second .Lost are those boring thoughts & life’s welcomed with more responsibilities but full of satisfaction & yes gratification . As elders say that a child brings back child in you ,it’s so much of truth embedded ,when you see yourself so childish , fluttering around comic words & noises ,playing “Akad bakad bambe bo”/ “one –two cha cha cha”, type games ,dancing around like a fool , listening & enacting on rhymes as “baa baa black sheep/Humpty dumpty” ,with a single reason to enjoy & make your kid’s life merrier J .I’m loving my care free life once again .It has again given me a chance to re-instil the innocence & see it’s because of him that I’ve sat down to write these “Newly made peppy strings” in life !What more to ask ,it’s a contented existence holistically.

Disclaimer: Thanks to my husband & my kid who played a major role in re-aligning my lost world, a world which always gave me a sense of completion.

That’s my snapshot!!


This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

Not so Glorious

I’m a Strong Woman,

I can break all the stereotypes

                                      Don’t judge me by my looks..
                                      As I’m a beauty with Brains

                                      Yes, I’m a multi-tasker,      
                            I can be a Mom or a Model or a CEO,
Change your thoughts & let our fraternity give our dreams a fly, well above all the on-lookers
Wow, that’s like my daughter, you’ve secured highest in Class 12th, one of the best in Biology, I’m so proud of you. You know Srishti, I always wanted to be a Doctor but I could never become one, I really want you to be one, work more hard in the Medical entrance & give my dreams a fly.

But ma ,I don’t want to be a Doctor ,rather my interest lies in pursuing high in Biotechnology & become a scientist ,I wish to do researches on Onco-genes ,which are cancerous cells .Since you are also aware that till date there is no 100% cure for cancer & so many people across the globe lose their lives ,I want to work to give such patients a life of heaven & not hell .

Srishti, that’s fine, but do you know you are an Indian girl, pursuing all these will take so much time of your life, a PHED will itself will take close to 4-5 years & such tedious researches may take many more..Further, I don’t even feel that there are many such institutes in India which can help you pursue your dream.

Hey mom, India does have, but I’m as such targeting an International university which is already into it.

Srishti, I cannot allow you to go abroad.

But why mom? What’s the harm in it? I’m going to pursue something good for human race, I wish to go to US bringing back something innovative & curative attributes .I’m not going there to enjoy or burn out my efficiency in roaming around.

Shrishti ,try to understand beta ,you have 4-5 years to study & then we plan to get you married to some good guy & then pursue what you wish to..What will the society say that we have sent our young daughter all alone?

Mom, your dreams went unfulfilled, now you wish my dream also to remain dream?”

The rugged conversation ended with a deep silence!! Somehow that conversation had a break there but destiny wanted to shower goodies to Shrishti, as she was pretty successful in convincing her Dad, who had always wanted her to nurture her thoughts & fly high!

So a month later, all found her engrossed in filling up the applications for the Entrance tests & with her perseverance she got selected in one of the best universities in California ,where she wanted to be ! Next 3 months which involved in all the preparations, arranging for Student Visa , & packing up the bags ,as she was ready to flyJ

But those days filled up the place with numerous gossips & minds with many agonizing judgements.

See aunty is sending Srishti all alone, she is so vulnerable, they don’t have any known there, how will she cope up?

She just knows how to make a coffee for herself, who will do all the rest for her?

How can they believe the foreigners, just have a look at their culture, I’m dam sure she will come back a ruined child..

You know she could even marry someone & return back..

Blah Blah..What not all did I hear? For the very first time, I felt myself ridden in this stereotypic society, with such a negative blend of mindsets surrounding us. Had it been a boy or for that sake my cousin brothers, these insomniacs would have been clapping & boasting, see he has gone foreign for higher studies.

It happens & yes you have to be strong enough to completely ignore these buzzing bees around, affirming these lines, I moved on to foster my mission .I got the opportunity to work with the best people in this world, which not many people get .Not just professionally but leading a hard life there made me lot stronger personally as well. I learned to cook, clean my dishes, and sanitize my room along with the research for mankind. It had been close to a year I was settled there, when my mom along with one of my aunt longed to visit me . Happily I made all the requisite arrangements, not just to stay but researched a lot to ensure they enjoy travelling around .I had gone completely extrovert, a bold girl sustaining herself to accomplish her dreams.

Welcoming & hugging Mom & Aunt made me a happy being; I longed for an emotional touch & waited for a year to sleep in mom’s lap. But It is often said, people don’t like changes & so my aunt !

“Shrishti it seems you always roam around in a tee & Jeans beta ,don’t forget our Indian Traditions .You’ve also started driving ,in our home town its usually our mates ,the males of family who drive you. I’m not trying to make the environment gloomy but beta don’t forget that you’ll return back soon to Jalandhar & have a different pie of life.”

I couldn’t resist myself , “In India does wearing jeans & Tee ,driving for studies by a girl is looked upon as a disaster? If yes ,let me do the disaster ,I’m still the same Shrishti with respect for elders & people in heart ,I dress up soberly ,I drive for my studies & not roam around ,I’ve learnt to prepare meals ,the one I didn’t for past 16 years ,I’ve learnt to be self dependent in every term which my home didn’t made me. I’m a very much Indian by heart & yes I know where my roots lie at.”

Nothing looking back, I could just see my Mom hugging & praising me all the more!

This was one of the worst stance in my life ,wherein I had to prove to my own family ,It did hurt me ,but yes that’s the challenge in a stereotypic society & I had countered it humbly ,stating that #IAmCapable J ,A girl is capable to handling everything ,she is a multi-takser ,she is an image of Godess ,never ever under estimate the power a woman carries.

It’s actually not shocking to see the way a women is judged, few startling figures that the Nihar Naturals #IAmCapable survey conducted by Nielsen India reveals:

a. 69% of men agree that their judgement of women is based on their looks.

b. 64% of women agree that the judgments passed on them have affected their ability to reach their true potential.

c. 70%of women agree that majority of judgments on women are from family members or friends rather than strangers.

d. 72% of women agree that working women face more judgments on their looks or their clothes than housewives.

Girls, let’s just bang on & break all these classifications, let’s pledge & change the mindsets that people bring along with our physical attributes.

“I’m breaking stereotypes based on appearance by sharing my experience for the #IAmCapable activity at BlogAdda in association with Nihar Naturals.”

Check out one of Nihar Naturals’ #IAmCapable stories in the video below!