Posted in Personal, Uncategorized

My Vitamin E Mantra: The story of Vitamin E, in poetry

Not one to succumb to gym memberships and health food, I began this new year in a surprisingly different way. I caved into my best friend’s demands of getting my lazy life in order and took to working out, eating healthy and taking proper supplements. Since she’s a nutritionist, I now have a professionally-charted diet plan and fitness regimen – the perks (or not) of having a nutritionist-bestie.

Wait, don’t look the other way at the mention of the word ‘diet’. It’s actually quite simple and is definitely working for me. I can already feel the difference. You’ll love listening to what I have to say. Promise… hey… wait…

Hey, psst! Listen up, I made a discovery,

About a magic potion called Vitamin E;

Best for your skin, great for your hair too,

It can be found in the most ordinary foods.


I ensure I get my daily dose,

To keep away health problems & woes;

Wondering what Vitamin E is all about?

Take a look at how I use it & clear your doubts!


Source No. 1 – almonds! You can have them raw,

A healthier dry fruit? No, I never saw!

Almond oil & milk also contain Vitamin E

That fights digestive & respiratory disease.


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Note: Vitamin E helps prevent cancer, liver and kidney damage; it slows down Alzheimer’s progression and improves eyesight.

Next up, hazelnuts, rich in Vitamins E & B,

Folate, magnesium, calcium & lots of energy!

Garnish your salads or bake them in muffins;

If not for their nutritive properties, you’d be nuffin!


Not into casual munching, are you?

Craving something rich & wholesome too?

Then lay sliced avocado on salads & toast

Or serve up guacamole – playing the perfect party host.


Kiwi relieves insomnia by inducing sleep

So lap it up for a good measure of Vitamin E;

You’ll love it – it’s fragrant, tangy & sweet

Add some to a bowl of fruit salad for a juicy treat!


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To-do: Sprinkle some sunflower seeds on your vegetable salads and soups for an extra burst of Vitamin E. Pescetarians, good news, you can source your Vitamin E from shrimp.

Kids don’t like it but you do – don’t lie!

Boil it, steam it, or eat it stir-fried;

Rich in Vit-E is our very own broccoli –

The healthy green veggie that looks like a tree!


Not to forget tomatoes – most versatile of the lot,

My personal favourite, this red little blob!

From your morning sandwich to soup in the eve,

It works miracles on skin & hair – see it to believe!


And then we have spinach – last but not the least

Even Popeye loves these delicious leaves;

Loaded with antioxidants & of course Vitamin E,

It’s perfect for soup, sandwich & Palak Paneer!


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Fun Fact: Vitamin E prevents premature ageing and keeps your tresses looking naturally gorgeous.

Don’t forget your supplements that add to the food,

They’re absolutely needed for an energy boost;

When it comes to Vitamin E, I choose Evion,

India’s No.1 Vitamin E brand – it can never go wrong!


Follow my simple fitness mantra & see

How your life can change with Vitamin E;

Get younger-looking skin, better immunity,

Reduced risk of heart diseases & improved fertility.


Vitamin E’s known for its anti-inflammatory property,

The benefits are many in fitness & well-being;

It even gets rid of pesky menstrual cramps,

So go get your Evion & chart a balanced meal plan!

Me taking my Evion supplements, religiously

Did you know? Vitamin E deficiency gives rise to fatigue, hair problems, dull skin and muscle soreness?

#Evion is India’s No. 1 brand recommended by doctors, to help regain and retain your youthful glow and good health. Even Naina, my nutritionist-BFF, can’t stop raving about Evion Supplements – trusted by doctors for nearly 4 decades.

I get my necessary Vitamin E dose thanks to Naina and Evion. Get yours at too!

Posted in Fiction, Personal, Poetry, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Writing


Door locked


I don’t believe this happened,
Can’t accept it’s over,
There’s a lot I’ve left to do,
Still haven’t got closure.

Countless doors to shut,
I’ve people yet to meet;
Untold places I must visit,
Many fond memories to greet.

Please let me go back
Just one last time,
I’ve unfinished work to do,
Lose ends left to tie.

There wasn’t an opportunity,
It happened too fast;
I’m here in the future now
But not done with my past.

The present won’t make sense –
Not until I return;
I miss where I come from,
I’m waiting for my turn.

This place is beautiful,
The people nice and sweet
But my restless heart dedicates
To home, its every beat.

Take me back to my city,
The city of love and joy!
So I can see it one last time,
So I can say good bye.

Posted in Musing, Personal, Writing

Mamma Mia, McCain India!


I return home from college at 7 o’clock every evening, throw my bag on the sofa and run to the kitchen to claim my right on some delectable mom-made snacks, followed by dinner that’s fit for a King. I’ve never really wondered how she juggles work in the office and at home. May be because she’s never let it seem like a humongous task, which I’m certain it is.

Sometimes I feel I should help around in the kitchen but I can barely shuttle between college and tuition without getting drained. I salute all mothers; honestly, I can’t even imagine myself doing this much and surviving to tell the tale. *feels inadequate* *cringes* That’s where McCain comes into my life like an answer to my prayers.


It takes around 3 minutes to cook which means one is only THREE minutes away from heavenly goodness. It’s so easy to make, either deep fry or bake and you’re all done. No hard work involved, yet the outcome is delish!

During one of my feeling-useless moments, an idea struck me. I totally intend to execute it this weekend when my young shoulders aren’t cumbered with a load of studies. *phew*

Here’s the plan (shhh, don’t tell anybody) –

  1. Come Saturday, I get my stock of McCain Smiles and sneak it into the freezer… Also, (at least) one of every other kind, some of which are – McCain French Fries, McCain Super Wedges, McCain Aloo Tikki, McCain Potato Cheese Shotz, McCain Cheese & Jalapeno Nuggets ( Cheese *nomnomnom*)
  2. Wait for mom to move out for her weekend-evening walk
  3. Whip up a batch of these angelic looking Smiles
  4. Wait for mom to return and surprise her with a plate-full of McCain Smiles!
  5. Click a pic of her happy-smiling face!


Ta-da! There you have it! My master plan of bringing a smile on my mother’s face in the best way possible *lifts collar and feels proud* I bet you won’t find anything as cute and smile-able as McCain Smiles!

Okay! Quick question! Hurry up and solve this riddle : What’s crisp on the outside, soft on the inside and delicious all over?

Think, think!

McCain, of course!

No, you’re not getting any prizes for guessing the obvious! Just come on over to share some McCain Chilli Garlic Potato Bites (yummm!) and a cuppa chai! A tasty treat is better than any gift after all, no?!


Double the smiles all around with McCain! –>

(Images taken from the official McCain India website)

Posted in Musing, Personal, Writing

Maa Aschen! Kolkata Gears Up For Durga Puja, 2015

With Mahalaya (Mahalaya Amavasya) marking the end of the Pitru Paksha yesterday, 12th October, 2015 and the beginning of Devi Paksha from today, I could not have found a more auspicious day to post this. The Pitru Paksha (Pitri Paksha), as we know is a period when Hindus observe Shraadh/Tarpan (paying homage by making offerings of food) for the souls of their departed ancestors.

The beginning of Devi Paksha (Debi Pokho) marks the decent of Goddess Durga; when she embarks on her journey to earth. Well, Maa Aschen (Mother, Maa Durga is on her way). Here are a few pictures to support both the statement and the heady rush of excitement the words evoke. The City of Joy is abuzz. No Pujo like Durga Pujo and no better place to experience it that in Kolkata.



“I can’t keep calm because I’m a Bengali and Puja is coming,” they say. I beg to differ. You needn’t be Bengali for Durga Puja to be your most favourite festival in the whole wide world. You simply need to belong or have belonged to Bengal. On that note, I’m a true-blue Calcuttan, part-Bengali at heart and no one I say no one, can ever take that away from me. You can take me out of Kolkata but never take Kolkata out of my heart *goosebumps*

Enough of me, I’ll let the pictures do the talking!

This idol in the making, I found about a week back in Garcha Lane:

Maa Durga idol making

The College Square Puja pandal as viewed from the terrace of the University of Calcutta:


It’s the hard work and sincerity of such people that take shape as these marvelous structures. Don’t miss the two men atop this Hazra Road pandal:



This one coming up at Singhi Park. The sheer number of people that visit are enough to validate its popularity!


The one at Golfgreen Park. Just where you see the Taxi taking a turn, is a lane that had more bamboo work done – probably a setup for the lights.


The one at Mullick Bazar, weeks back. My first pandal-click this year!


Prettying up! Blue lights flank the Gariahat Flyover:


I cannot wait to see these (and more) Puja Pandals when the idols have been placed and Maa’s radiant face beams back at us; our Mother in absolute splendour.

মা আসছেন| Bolo Durga Maa Ki Jai!

Posted in Personal, Reviews

Wow! Momo, Kolkata : Review


If food could be called cute, momo would win the title hands down. I’ve been a fan of these heavenly little cushions right from the word go. Sauntering down Hazra Road one evening, I nearly stopped dead in my tracks when I noticed a brand new outlet of Wow! Momo. Imagine my delight! I’m a foodie whose love for momo is sacrosanct. Wow! Momo has several outlets in Kolkata. You can imagine my joy when I discovered yet another one. Here’s an honest review, from a momo-loyalist.

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This is near the Ballygunge Phari petrol pump. The joint is slightly crammed with 3 tables for two. It seats about 8 people at the maximum and the delectable food more than makes up for the lack of room. The walls have framed images and add charm to the space. It’s air-conditioned, which automatically makes the place comfortable.

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Momo Time, Party Time!

Right from the traditional steamed and fried momos to the Wow! Momo specials, including fish, mushroom, cheese and chocolate stuffed momos, this place has it all! The Chicken Pan Fried Momo in Schezwan Sauce comprises crispy fried momos laden with a spicy-sweet sauce. If you’re someone who likes a little kick of chilli, you’ll surely love it. (I do!) The momos come with a red chilli paste and green chutney.

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Chicken Pan Fried Momo in Schezwan Sauce

Heard of the MoBurg? No? Well, it’s a momo-burger! It’s quite an innovation and an extremely interesting combination. To be honest, I was a little apprehensive but it was de-li-cious! Two pieces of chicken fried momos, sandwiched between burger bread along with a yummy green chutney, red chilli sauce and mayo. Mmmmm, so gooood!

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Presenting… The MoBurg!
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Messy goodness. Yumm!

The Mushroom Fried Momo was a slight let-down. If you’re the kind who loves mushroom to the extent that you get into a tussle with your siblings over the last bite, you’re in for disappointment. I didn’t expect Paneer (cottage cheese) in the stuffing along with the mushroom. Yes, it tasted great but you’ll probably enjoy it better if you’re a fan of paneer.

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Mushroom Fried Momo

Overall, it’s a pocket-pinch because Kolkata has momo stalls and restaurants at every nukkad. However, it’s totally worth it, considering the hygiene level they maintain. Their open kitchen is one of the cleanest I’ve ever seen. Absolutely spic and span! Super impressive and genuinely commendable!

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The Combo, with Pepsi. Eat, drink, be merry!

The Wow! Combo is a boon. Imagine saving some bucks AND have the treat of your life. What more can a perennially broke student like me ask for?! Talk about having your momo and eating it too!

I’ve tried out (and loved – but naturally) the delicacies served at the New Market (near New Empire Cinema) outlet; the one inside South City Mall (in Spencers), is my favourite haunt; not to forget, the Big Bazaar outlet in Jadavpur (Baghajatin). The Harza outlet tops the list though, simply due to convenience.

Here you go! The menu.



Only one teenie-weenie complaint. No Malai Tandoori Momos?! [Wow! Momo, why you do this? 😦 ] I religiously follow their Instagram profile (Username: wowmomos). what hunger-inducing pictures! *drools* Please introduce the Malai Tandoori Momos, A.S.A.P! I’ve got the Chicken Thukpa and Chocolate Momo on my agenda too. See you again, Wow! Momo. Soon. Very soon.

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Posted in Fashion, Personal, Reviews

Lakme Makeup Pro App – Review



In an episode of MTV’s very first season of India’s Next Top Model, the contestants were seen tip-tapping on a tablet, testing the remarkable features of the Lakme Makeup Pro app by Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (a widely trusted company whose brands Indians swear by). I was enamoured. I mean you apply makeup… but you don’t. Get what I mean? No? Wait, I’ll be glad to elucidate.

For starters, the app is free on Android. So yesterday I nicked my mom’s phone to download it. Isn’t available on iOS yet, so couldn’t get it on mine. Why you do this Lakme? *cries* It opens up in front-camera mode where your camera becomes a mirror. You can then virtually try out Lakme’s latest looks without having to drag your lazy feet to the store. You may:

  • Work on your face in real time
  • Or, simply click a picture then and there
  • Orrr, if you’re not camera-ready, you could also select a nice full-face selfie from your gadget gallery instead!


Time to bash some misconceptions! To all those negative review(er)s –

I’ve read a lot of complaints in the Review section of the app, about certain features ‘not working’ or facial features not getting detected. Well, indeed, some eye makeup features don’t seem to work in real time mode. Try clicking a picture instead. They work fine there! Also there’s an ‘adjust’ option to make life easier. Please take some time and have a little patience. In all fairness, I did have some difficulty too. It does need slight improvement! (Psst, hey, Lakme are you listening?) However, it’s technology, something many don’t understand. It’s best left to the experts. Let’s give Lakme a break and cut them some slack, no? The app is an innovative creation after all! *applauds*


The Pro Stylist Looks option – You have a variety of pre-set looks which can be sort by:

  • Occasion – Day time, Night out, Minimal Ethnic & Ornate traditional
  • Outfit Colour

There is also a DIY selection of makeup options to choose from:

  • Skin – To de-tan, add gloss, make it radiant
  • Face – To apply a range of blush, compact, mousse, concealer
  • Eyes – From mascara to eyeliner, kohl to kajal, eye shadow et al
  • Lips – My ‘app’solute favourite, the matte range (I’ve tried it on my pictures, which you can see below), sculpt and gloss

My favourite is the intensity adjusting option. I’m a little averse to dressing OTT and couldn’t agree more with Shahrukh Khan who says it’s better to be under-dressed than over-dressed.

You can save/share your final look and view all Lakme products you’ve used. Select your favourite ones to buy directly from their e-commerce partner. Talk about major convenience! Phew!

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I strongly recommend giving it a shot! It’s a must try!

Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte - Raving Red
Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte – Raving Red (*random thought* It makes my teeth look whiter!)


Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte - Pink Fantasy (which happens to be my favourite)
Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte – Pink Fantasy (Which happens to be my favourite)


Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte - Starlet Red
Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte – Starlet Red


Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte - Tangerine (Yes, the lip colour matches the curtains. Oopsie!)
Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte – Tangerine Touch (Yes, the lip colour matches the curtains behind. Oopsie!)


Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte - Victorian Rose
Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte – Victorian Rose


Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte - Magenta Magic
Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte – Magenta Magic

The reason I instantly took to this App was mainly due to the ease of use. Honestly, I’ve always been comfortable with my no-makeup look but have been trying to ‘learn’ the basics since some time now. The Lakme Makeup Pro App was probably just the push I needed. Thanks for making the experience so wonderful!

Lakme’s sure managed to convert me. Kudos Lakme, I see what you did there 😉

Posted in Entertainment, Fashion, Personal, Reviews, Thoughts, Writing

The Man Bun

One insomniac night this week, lying in bed and going through my Instagram feed, I came across a picture of our very own gabru Punjabi munda, Karan Kundra in this surprising new avatar. I let-slip my phone which landed smack on my face *ouch* Hey, don’t you laugh! You would’ve done the same, it is that beautiful. Look!

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His Instagram has had regular updates in the past week with pictures of him flaunting this stunning top knot. He’s currently in Hong Kong shooting with Sana Saeed, for an all new season of Life Mein Ek Baar, on Fox Life India. So does that mean we get to see him look amazing like this on the show? Woohoo!

Honestly, I’ve disliked the long-locks look on men, I’m all for short hair. Even John Abraham’s flowing tresses at one point, couldn’t impress me. (My opinion, though you probably don’t care.) I’ve had a recent change of mind, though. There’s no denying that the few men who can actually pull it off are jaw-dropping, head turners.

See what I mean?
See what I mean?

Earlier this year, Shahid Kapoor was seen rocking the top-knot in Dubai. After the buzz cut in Haider, his lustrous mane’s all grown out and ready for Udta Punjab. (The upcoming film also stars Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh – who makes his Bollywood debut) Grow on, Shahid! No complaints hair… Err… here!


In this exclusive photo shoot with MW (Man’s World) Magazine for their April edition, Shahid looks incredible. *phew* Is the AC in here even working?!

Is it hot, or is it hot?
Is this hot, or is this hot?

Just FYI, there’s a difference between a man bun and a top knot. The former is, simply, long hair tied back in a bun. The top knot is a combination of a man bun and an undercut where the sides are shot and the hair in the middle is long enough to tie up. They clearly aren’t meant for everyone so steer clear, unless you have the flair, flamboyance and looks to carry it off.

Speaking of panache, here you go – Hrithik Roshan wearing the man bun. What can this guy NOT do, Greek God of Bollywood that he is!

Such beauty! *cries*
Such beauty! *cries*

The word ‘God’ reminds me – Bollywood’s demigod Shahrukh Khan sported the man bun in Don. Many did not quite approve of it. Neither did I. (Just saying.) You’ve got to admit though, that SRK knows how to rock everything that’s thrown his way! There’s a reason he’s the ‘Betaj Badshah’. The King Khan. Whatever Shahrukh Khan does is cool. Just because.

Shush, no one questions the King
Shush, no one questions the King

All this drooling, umm, Googling – who said drooling? Me? Nah! – takes me back to a tiny incident that occured recently. So, there I was waiting at the bus stop, staring into space and minding my own business, when I saw two impeccably dressed men. One of them sported a beard and a super neat top bun. I can’t recollect how many buses I missed or who walked past me or where I was or even who I was, until they were out of sight. It’s crazy I know but that’s an extremely rare sight in my city.

We need more Bollywood hunks picking up this trend and NOW! I believe Ranveer Singh, with his adorable eccentricity, will carry it off with aplomb! The Pogonophile in me also believes we need a word for ‘an admirer of man buns’.

Let me know what you think about the man bun & topknot. Yay or nay? Which Indian celebrity would you love to see sporting such a hairstyle?

Till then let’s hair – hear – it for these handsome celebrities! Round of applause toh Bun-ta hai na, boss!

Bradley (Brad) Cooper
Bradley (Brad) Cooper
Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom
Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf
Jared Leto
Jared Leto
Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
David Beckham
David Beckham


Zayn Malik - Who would believe the lad is only 22 years old?
Zayn Malik – Who would believe the lad is only 22 years old?
Posted in Bloggers Meet, Personal, Writing

Berger Express Painting IndiBlogger Meet – Kolkata

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I love stalking… err… following, IndiBlogger; right from the posts on their website, to Facebook, Twitter and the likes. Basically, on every possible social platform. Wait, that counts as stalking. Oh, never mind! So, when I was snooping on them – uhh, scrolling down the web page, NOT snooping – I chanced upon a post about an upcoming Berger Express – IndiBlogger meet, in KOLKATA. My first reaction was, ‘Whoa! What? Kolkata?! Yay!’ My mind was buzzing with excitement and so loud, that for a minute I was worried my co-passenger might hear me! I managed to get home though the heady rush had me feeling trippy.
I signed up – but of course – and started badgering my blogger-friend, Arnaba (friend first, blogger later) to register too. The event was this Saturday and ever since, the hugely popular Indeep Bakshi song has taken on a new meaning in my life. *Kudi Saturday Saturday kardi rehndi ae*. Ahem! So, the truly grand evening was organised in the ornate conference hall of The Oberoi Grand Hotel.

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It’s been exactly a year to my first post (talk about co-incidences). The initial jitters of being a relative newbie in the blogger world vanished when we were greeted by amiable veteran bloggers. Kudos to the ever-smiling, Smart-Alec(y), super amazing IndiBlogger team for the warmth they showered throughout the evening. You guys are brilliant!
The tone of the evening was set by the anchor – whose subtle sarcasm and witty remarks deserve special mention – who made us ‘sing’ to Ich Will by Rammstein.

Hell Yeah!
Hell Yeah!

We started off with an introduction round. It was an enlightening session where I got to learn about people of varying ages and thought-processes. I honestly surprised myself as I volunteered to introduce my blog. I’ve not really been a mic person. I blog about everything under the sun, that catches my attention. I genuinely believe it’s better to be a Jack of all trades than a master of one (or two), which is plain boring. I mean, the first thing you do when you don’t know why you’re ill, is you visit a General Physician, right? There you go! Your go-to person is always a Jack, trust me!

IndiCapture. Thank you for my favourite pic, Team!
IndiCapture. Thank you for my favourite pic, Team!

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The star of the evening was Berger of course! The brand is synonymous with paint! Think painting, think Berger. We were shown an AV, a presentation and demonstrations of their new Express range. This trusted brand has brought in a product line that simply makes the process faster, cleaner and better.

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They have some powerful machines like the Hand Held Sander, Long Handle Sander, Multi-purpose Mixer, Auto Roller and Jet Washer. Berger brings out the colour in life. This Diwali, you know where you’re headed! Go ahead and let them paint your imagination!

Painting woes, now no more. Berger Express to the rescue!
Painting woes, now no more. Berger Express to the rescue!

Our first activity was the Sandpaper task, where, in groups of about 6, we had to smooth out a rough plank using sandpaper. Berger and IndiBlogger weren’t going to let us just sit around. Clearly, they wanted us to rough it out… I mean… smooth-it-out. (Such clever, much wow.) Our team, Bloggeratti, was ‘done and dusted’ (so much pun) in 34 seconds flat!

This picture is doctored! Nah, j/k, I just said that for pun's sake. Geddit, geddit?
This picture is doctored! Nah, j/k, I just said that for pun’s sake. Geddit, geddit?

The second task took the Berger tagline ‘paint your imagination’ to another level. The teams painted a social cause close to their hearts, on a canvas, with Berger paint! Well, not showing off really, we placed 2nd. Woohoo! We received a Microsoft Portable Dual Charger, each!

The Bloggeratti
The Bloggeratti

Speaking of winning, I won a JBL Portable Speaker for my #BergerXp tweet. (Still not showing off. Really.) Thank you guys for the gadgets and the sense of accomplishment that comes with the win.

I’m so glad Team Bloggeratti selected me to describe our painting to the judges. Impromptu speech that it was. Also, thank you for taking my interview on the Express range, Team Berger! I never thought I’d even be able to stutter, let alone speak, looking straight into the camera. But I did. Whoa! *shudders* I guess I am a mic person after all!

Swag level : Microsoft & JBL
Swag level : Microsoft & JBL

We wrapped it all up with a delicious plate-full of food and dessert, collected our Berger goodie bags and said our final good-byes.

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I only eat salad. No kidding.
The good stuff!
The good stuff!

An experience to cherish for a lifetime, I’m glad I met some wonderful fellow-bloggers. Thank you Berger, and IndiBlogger.

The Good People

And hey! Team IndiBlogger, hope to see you here again, real soon!

As you say, IndiBlogger. As you say.
As you say, IndiBlogger. As you say.

(A few images have been taken from the IndiBlogger Facebook page)

Posted in Musing, Personal, Thoughts, Writing

Once A Xaverian, Always A Xaverian


The thing about clichés is that they’re done to death but undeniably true.

This apparently sudden expression of love for St. Xavier’s is probably because I re-visited it yesterday. From the moment I took my first step towards college from Mullick Bazaar crossing, it was an onslaught of memories. What struck me first was that I was actually walking, not running; which I’d do quite often because I was late for class almost all the time.

Walking past the Church, I checked my reflection in a car window; had a scuffle with my own bag, trying to find my ID card; walked in through the green gates, peering into the Chapel; listened to the sound of the fountain that surrounds the towering St. Francis Xavier idol, as my senses soaked in the welcome feeling of a familiar place. Everything I did was still the same, only probably, for the last time.

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I walked past the stairs – which had become an inescapable part of our daily exercise routine (take the stairs to the 4th floor every day and you’ll know) – and straight into the canteen. Ah! The all-time favourite hang-out spot. Well, besides the Green Benches (in the campus) and Delights (outside) of course. Speaking of which, you cannot miss Au Bon Pain, Cha Bar, CCD & the likes on Park Street which are more often than not, haunted by Xaverians across all departments and batches.

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From frequent group presentations, that definitely made friends out of class mates, to uncomfortably-frequent exams, meeting-up-to-discuss was an unspoken necessity. Speaking of which, I’d like to know how much money these cafes made off us, considering we needed their ‘free’ Wi-Fi all the time *wonders*.

The lush college grounds, Room No. 7, the Computer Lab. and of course our classroom, hold so many fond (or not) memories. What is closest to my heart is the Catholic-institute-aura of college. It reminds me of my Alma Mater, Pratt Memorial School, right from the Christmas decoration, the sound of carols emanating from some distant room, the ‘Christmassy’ feeling in general, down to the green & yellow facade in particular.

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I’ll never forget the times, when I was still a school student and I’d walk past the beckoning yellow-green building with fervent longing and tacit prayers; while the structure greeted me with stoic silence.

Let me tell you I’ve been a consistently good student but by no means a topper. Frankly, I stood no chance of ever studying in the most prestigious institute of Kolkata, St. Xavier’s College. (Not like that killed me or anything; in all honesty and fairness, I wouldn’t swap my three years at JD Birla for anything in the world).

Nonetheless, if an opportunity knocks, take it because, well, an adage says it does so only once. So, this one random day in the month of March last year, my friend suggested I put in an application for a PG Diploma course in Integrated Marketing Communication at St. Xavier’s. My first reaction was, ‘Yeah right. I’m never getting through.’ Talk about optimism.

It’s an impulsive chance I took, without too much thought, which paid off more than well. I have some sense of direction now, which is definitely better than not having any *shrugs*. Some crazy-fun friends to last a lifetime, the respectable top-brass of the Marketing Communication Industry to learn from and a suitcase full of memories; I’m taking back a lot from St. Xavier’s. Lame-pun alert! Xavier’s is my favourite brand. Get it? IMC? Brand? Not funny? Uhh, okay *sighs*.

Thank you, St. Xavier’s. You’ll definitely be one of my most cherished experiences. Ever. Nihil Ultra! *the feels*

With love,
A Xaverian


Posted in Fiction, Musing, Nature, Personal, Thoughts

All Is Calm, All Is Bright

‘I can’t do this,’ I sigh to myself as I rest the side of my warm, worried forehead on the cool metal rim and stare out of the window. Silhouettes of trees – sometimes huts, sometimes just the bare, undulating landscape but mostly trees – whizz past. ‘They’re all going away from me, even the trees’, I reflect as the train speeds on in the opposite direction.
I look around inside, everyone on board is asleep. I return my gaze to the scenery. ‘It’s dark.’ Both literally and figuratively. ‘I really don’t see anyone on my side. It’s a lone battle I must fight. And win. I have to do this on my own, for I’m at the point of no return. It’s all my fault.’
The barely-lit countryside has me rapt. It reflects my state of mind; brooding, quiet, morose. (At least someone is like me.) Yet, there’s a certain charm about it. The view is alluring.
I see a flicker somewhere afar. ‘I think we just passed a village. Distant lamps light up my vision momentarily, only to disappear,’ I ruminate.
‘I’m not surprised though,’ continues my soliloquy, ‘the lamps vanished just like those fair-weather friends of mine.’
‘Ah look! A light twinkles in the distance again. But this isn’t one to fade away. It isn’t transient like those village lights. It’s luminous! It isn’t like the trees, waving as I journey past. Instead, it moves along with me. It’s constant.’
‘Oh! It’s a star!’ With this realisation an immediate calm descends on me. I feel at peace, almost. Its silent communication is spell-binding. I wonder what it’s trying to say. I feel a surge of hope after so very long. The star travels alongside, lighting not the landscape but a fire in the cold hearth of my heart.
Maybe I’m not alone; maybe I have a companion somewhere in the skies. Maybe someone, somewhere is looking out for me after all. ‘I can do this.’