19 May 2015

Arya Stark Of Winterfell

With pride and ego they all play,
The dangerous game of the Seven Kingdoms..
To lay claim to the great Iron throne.

Shining under the soft light,
Clanking on another steel, here I practice
Dancing lesson with my master.

'Moving swift as a deer,
And quick as a shadow..
Fear cuts deeper than swords.'

Thin long sword glints in sun,
My grip tightens and my lip utters..
Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne.

The list grows day after day,
Eyes sharp and slender hands firmly clutching..
My Needle, looking to pierce into their skin.

'Anyone can be killed,
Valar Morghulis..
But I am no one.'

In the name of Old Gods and New,
I am Arya Stark of Winterfell..
Waiting to avenge.

Inspired by Game Of Thrones, one of my favorite series. And Arya Stark is my favorite character other than Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow. Needle is the name of Arya Stark's sword. :) 

Do you watch GoT? If yes, who is your favorite character?

14 May 2015

#CrashThePepsiIPL : Cast Your Vote

After the longest Commercial Break we ever had, Mr. Crumbles and I are back again for the phase 3 of the #CrashThePepsiIPL. This time it is to VOTE.

Basically, Voting symbolizes Democracy. Voting has built Empires and even brought down Dynasties. It is the SUPER of the super powers. And in our country we use voting to its fullest potential, whether we cast our vote or not is another story. From politics to reality shows, from best actor to the worst movie, from favorite fairness cream to playing XI of the IPL matches, voting is everywhere. In this era of hashtags and likes, voting has attained a complete makeover.

Along with Mr. Crumbles, I’m voting for the best ads in the #CrashThePepsiIPL activity in association with BlogAdda from 8th May to 14th May. Are you?  

Get ready to Cast Your Vote! Because, Every vote means a lot!

And this time it is about voting for final winning People’s Choice PepsiIPL Ad to be featured on TV during the last leg of the Pepsi IPL. Advertising is Catch 22. Love them or hate them, we can neither live with them nor live without them. Perhaps this compelling madness pushed us to write this post.

Before we cast our vote, today again we decided to sit and watch the finalists one more time. Crumbles told me, ‘Take your bathroom break. Grab some snack to nibble and another Pepsi not to grumble. Wear your thick glasses for not to miss the potential ad to be shown on TV.’

Challenging the ads we usually watch on TV, this year’s #CrashThePepsiIPL campaign Ad entries were bit wacky, quirky, romantic, thoughtful and what not. Still at most times there were even blatantly dull ads. So far there have been 5 winners picked by the esteemed jury. Have a look at them here. Now our job was made easy – we made up our mind to vote for the potential advertisement among many best entries that already made its way to the finalist gallery.

Out of many ads we watched, two ads impressed us both.

#1 - The Perfect Partnership by Saachi Agarwal

This is a stand out Ad in the entire finalist gallery, for obvious reasons. It’s the only ad that is completely animated, of all the efforts made by actors and actresses in the other ads Roy and his better half Girl in this ad have been perfect. It’s the only ad which carries the color of Pepsi from the start to end, every frame of this ad has the Pepsi Blue and Pepsi Red highlighted to perfection. The viewer of this Ad is kept in the feel of Pepsi’s spirit throughout. The love story is so cute and catchy, the “wink and laugh” from the girl and the made for each other marks on their hands contributes well for the romance. And what place on earth other than a Big screen at the PepsiIPL match could be better to find your better half? This ad is a perfect partnership of a well thought script and the top notch sketching skills of the maker. Now we know that PepsiIPL is the secret to #ThePerfectPartnership. We vote for this as our first pick of the people’s choice ad.
#2 - Burrp by Karan Sagar

This is one burpy ad of all, Lol! It connects to everyone who has had a Pepsi and burped while watching a PepsiIPL match, which roughly comprises of more than half of the population in India. The ticking clock in the background score during the 5-10 seconds of the ad, gives a perfect picture of boys who wait to grab the remote from the girls to watch the PepsiIPL match. What comes next is the most burp-iest sound ever made in any ad. Burrrp! Burrp! Burrp! - we counted 6 and the girls were off the couch. The burp at the end tells us all the fun the boys had with PepsiIPL. We vote this as our second pick of the people’s choice ad.
We believe these two ads will make a mark if they go on air. And hence we VOTED!


 Discovering the Divine in nature,
Still standing with a little faith..! 
                                                  ~ Meera

Thanks to Baggout team for selecting my blog as one of the Top 15 Socially Active Photography Blogs in India.

This picture post is also shared in Wordless WednesdayThursday Challenge theme - Peaceful and SkyWatch Friday.

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9 May 2015

A Story Of The Wish Master

Kids are playful, crazy, creative and a lot more. But do you know that kids are very detail oriented? Yes! Their attention to details is so perfect that even a small change can’t go unnoticed by them. They know what they want and these days, we love giving it to them!

I loved this video for it is such a cute and heartwarming tale of this adorable little girl, Yashi. Oh, you must watch how she is so specific about her Stefie and how the magical Wish Master fulfills her wishes. I loved the kid's imagination on how her wishes come true. The video brings me happiness and smiles.

But is it possible to fulfill every kid’s wishes? Well, if only we turn out to be a genie or a Santa or got the help from the modern day Wish Master.

The summer is for everyone, but it’s always special for kids. Every kid awaits the summer to unleash the fun and excitement within. This summer I have a childish task to perform. My cousins are celebrating their first son’s first birthday. So what’s the task for me? I’m supposed to organize the birthday party. How difficult is to conduct a party for kids? I would wanna take back my word “Childish Task” after my planning started. I definitely needed a hand and of course a mind to complete my plan.

I started off with planning the venue, cake, food and other logistics. That seems to be the easy part and here comes the tough one. My cousins told me that there would be a handful of kids invited for the party. And I had to make plans to entertain them after the cake cutting. I’m fond of kids, but entertaining these many kids is like mass babysitting during a 20-20 match. Every kid will be wishing for something in a birthday party and fulfilling every kid’s wish is OMG.

With technology, planning, creativity and a perfect partner I think I can still stand on my feet at the end of it. To engage and entertain the kids, I along with another cousin invented few interesting games like Mummify the Daddy and Caterpillar Race while my next task was to focus on choosing gifts for the kids. Gifting is joy. Receiving gifts is even more joy. That moment when we see a happy smile in the faces of our dear little ones, nothing can replace it.

I reached out to one of the most reliable shopping destination, Flipkart, where the gifts and happiness can be delivered in a jiffy. I hopped onto the mission with a big smile. With three days to go and Flipkart having an exclusive section for Baby & Kids, I started my hunt for perfect gifts that makes kids play and learn the fun way.

Moving around was easy with the well organized filters, categories of various flavors and recommendations. It was like going around a huge Kids Store with a best catalogue in hand, I ended up adding the following gifts to My Cart.

Colors intuitively attract kids and they would love hands-on experience. Finger Painting is one such activity that will let the kids open up their creative minds and feel the colors with their bare hands. The “Toykraft Getting Started with Finger Painting” was the perfect choice.

Girls love the kitchen right from the early age. But gifting the regular kitchen set was not on my mind. I wanted something innovative and unique. When I laid my eyes on “Funskool Play-Doh Breakfast Buffet”, I was excited myself. Given a Play-Doh she can cook anything out of her imagination and this looked like a yummy choice.

Scribbling and Nibbling are kids favourite pass time. I saved the nibbling for myself and looked for some fun toy for the scribbles. “Fisher Price Doodle Pro Travel” came up as the topper. With this magic doodle parents can save their walls from their little doodlers.

Boys and Trains go a long way together when it comes to play time. I wanted to add a train set to my cart, which was affordable and tough for the boys to play with. “Thomas & Friends Take n Play Thomas at the Sodor Lumber Mill” was right at my finger tips. This is the best way to keep the boys busy while the Moms do their chores or watch daily soaps.

Now I had to surprise the birthday boy with my gift. My Nephew has been curious with shapes since he started to grab things. “Hamleys Shape Sorter Cube” will be a perfect birthday gift for him, where he can feed his curiosity with colors and shapes recognition. I bet my cousins will love to see their little one challenged with my gift.

While I was going through so many kids gifts in Flipkart, the “Peacock Senior Architect” grabbed my attention. This is so similar to the building blocks set my brother and I used to play when we were kids. This piece of art brought back my childhood memories. Those were fun days and I remember how my Mom boastfully placed the finished piece in the showcase out of our reach. I immediately added this to my Wishlist, thanking the Wish Master - Flipkart.

Now I’m all set to rock and roll the birthday bash making #EveryWishFulfilled for the kids. I should say without Flipkart, this mission planning wouldn't be so much fun.

I have written this post of my choice of 5 Great Gifts for Kids on Flipkart for #EveryWishFulfilled Campaign.

6 May 2015

Cupid’s Cooking

This is a tasty story about Mr. & Mrs. Iyer. What makes this a tasty tale? Let’s find out.  

Everyone plans ahead and well for their honeymoon. What nobody can plan, surprises. It’s not necessary that romance blooms only in chill hill stations or amidst scenic views. Love is unexpected and crazy. Cupid had cooked a best romantic dish for Mr. & Mrs. Iyer on their honeymoon enroute to Shimla.

Delhi was the only pit stop and with one day’s stop over there, nothing was planned. The long but quiet train journey in the Grand Trunk Express, ended at 06:30 AM in New Delhi. This is their first visit to the Northern part of India.

Mrs. Iyer was already hungry with her habit of early breakfast, which Mr. Iyer was not aware of. As soon as they got down at the busy New Delhi Station, her eyes were already looking out for some quick breakfast at the station. But Mr. Iyer had other plans. He seem to have planned to visit all the monuments in Delhi that day, before they leave for Shimla. Now this is a perfect newlywed couple situation, the wife hungry with no plans and the husband busy planning for photography sessions.

Mrs. Iyer followed the lead of Mr. Iyer and took a taxi to visit the India Gate. Surprise that she did not raise the voice of her grumbling stomach in hunger. Once the couple reached India Gate, off went Mr. Iyer busy clicking his pretty wife in front of the Monuments. “Say Cheesesssss” and he zoomed in on her face for a click and that’s when he noticed the gulping throat of his hungry wife. She was having the pretty smile on her lips though, not disappointing her excited husband.

Mr. Iyer smiled within himself and went close to Mrs. Iyer. Moved the hair on her face and whispered in her ears, “Are you hungry?”. She nodded with a lovely pussy cat face with wide open eyes and said, “I can wait for the photo session to complete”. Both smiled for a second thinking on how stupid Mr. Iyer was (after all it’s the Husband who is always stupid and lovely). But Mr. Iyer had no idea about the places to eat in Delhi. Now was the moment where he needs to put his pretty wife’s hunger in front of the monuments.

He took out his smartphone and looked up for the restaurants in Delhi based on their current location. Wolah! There was one right behind their view of India Gate, Cafe Lota. Mr. Iyer pointed his finger behind Mrs. Iyer and said, “There’s a good place right there, let’s take a walk”. Grabbed the lite luggage in one hand and the happy wife’s hand with his other they started walking. The camera was hanging but behind his shoulders, a sign from Cupid that the romance is cooking.

The couple reached the restaurant and took a table for two. The menu was presented and he took it. Asked her "Close your eyes for few mins and visualize the monument we saw. And I will order". She was happy and worried too, "He doesn't know my taste buds, how's he gonna order". She held his hand and closed her eyes.

Within few minutes, “Open your eyes” he said. She was surprised to see all her favorites in front of her. Pancakes with Maple Syrup, Omelette, Poha, Coffee and mouth watering Cheesecake, she was on for a treat. She smiled big and started eating, didn’t mind to ask him to start first. Eventually he too joined her breakfast feast. She was still holding his hands as she ate. Now that’s the aroma of love!

Over the coffee she started, “Okay, what other monuments are we going to visit today?”. What he said next swept her off. “Let’s make this our first food journey together. I’m replacing monuments in Delhi with the best restaurants in Delhi”, he said. She was awestruck and all smiles. They both sat together and mapped out their day with Dhabas, Kebab Corners, Chat Houses and Tandoori Joints. Before they headed out on their journey, Cupid has served them the best dish called “LOVE”.

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