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Time To Worship Godliness in Greenery

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness
When they taught me- Cleanliness is next to Godliness, I took the lesson tad too seriously. The principle became a rule of my life and before PM Modi started his "Swach Bharat Andolan', I had my own cleanliness drive that beckoned me from Nagpur to Chennai to Kolkata to Delhi. I have lived in different cities and travelled even more of them. Amongst all the places that I visited in India, Chandigarh is one of my hot favourite and Agra ranks lowest in the list for the obvious reason.

Am I being caustic or sarcastic? Oh, good lord no. All I am emphasising is the importance of cleanliness in our lives, including the globe we live in. 



We are a selfish Human brigade
We human though are the superior of most species, we are the most selfish of all of them. Why? We need to see beyond ourselves, our personal hygiene and space. We need to look after the environment in totality. The earth we live in, the atmosphere we breathe in and the water that sustains our lives. We need to be little more sensitive towards Mother Nature and should not forget the preventive and precautionary actions of nature. 

We need to more alive, inclusive and respectful towards the environment. trust me it does not require mammoth efforts but simple, small steps that we can incorporate in our day to day lives.


What are those steps?
Charity begins at home and cleanliness begins from the neighbourhood. Hence, it is imperative to not just keep your house but also your vicinity, your city, your roads, your rivers and sea clean. How? Here's how-

1) Avoid littering the streets / roads or public places: Oh you grabbed that delicious Vada Pav on your way to the work and ate to your foodgasm delight. You ate every bit of it except the paper/ plastic it came wrapped in. It is very simple and convenient to throw it out the window, on the road/ railway track though. I am sure if you hold back on your litter thrust and secure that waste with you till you locate the nearest bin and then throw inside it, you will feel a greater sense of satisfaction.

2) Spit NO hit: You might be shooting champion but that wall is not your target and betel juices are no substitute for bows and arrows. Consuming that Paan, Tobacco was your personal choice, why colour the walls, streets or stairs with it? Leave your marks in the world with greater deeds and spits don't get counted in that.  

3) Go Best with Your Waste: Food, disposables, napkins, diapers extra are your waste. Be thankful that there are people who volunteer for the public cleaning/ sweeping/ waste disposal job. extend your courtesy/ gratitude to them by being mindful about your waste. Stop dumping them in nearby drains or leaving unwrapped. Wrap your sanitary napkins, old bandages in proper sheets and paper before handing over that poor rag picking child. Just imagine yourself/ your child doing that job and that trick will work wonders.

4) Be thoughtful to what you dump in water bodies: Your water supplies come from rivers, lakes and sea depending upon the available resources and resource management skills of government bodies. You are going to drink, eat, bathe that water and you owe to water bodies to supply you with it. So, you need to equate your love for the God that worship/ ritual that you follow by showing a basic respect towards the water bodies. I am sure, God will love you for this.

5) Tree the World: Deforestation is a big issue. If you cut one tree, you should aim to successfully plant 5 more at least. Plant trees on soil/ land/ reality and not papers. A lot of mining and other projects in India, are developed on land by chopping forests and trees in mass numbers. No matter what the barter policy of planting new trees suggest, a lot of businesses including Government bodies do not abide by the law. If you take planting trees as a moral responsibility, I am sure you will achieve a sense of Godliness in your own way. Trees keeps the air clean, fresh and aides in climate control and preventing soil erosion. 

So, this Ganesh Chaturthi, pledge to bring more cleanliness, more greenery cause there is Godliness in greenery.

Ganapati Bappa Morya!
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Come September, Happy September!

If there is one song that has always been my hot favourite, it is- Raindrops falling on my head from the soundtrack "Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid". 

I totally loved that number and it has the power to uplift your mood, at any time, any age.

Do not know what am talking about? Well, read this-




BJ Thomas, you did it, even after 6 retakes This is a cult classic and I often wonder, why don't they make such songs anymore?


About the movie "Come September" : If you love watching a classic, do try this romantic comedy starring  .  It revolves around the Robert Talbot who owns
an Italian Villa where he spends his summer with his mistress. How one summer he arrives early for his vacation
and finds not one but three different problems waiting in tow for him. It is also a story on older gen vs younger 
generation at a beautiful Italian Summer Villa.



Come September was the first movie to be shown on transcontinental and intercontinental flights.

Here's some interesting dialogue/quotes from the movie-

Robert L. Talbot: You're not making any sense!
Lisa Helena Fellini: I don't *have* to make sense! I'm *Italian*!
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Anna: An old love is like an empty bottle of champagne: you don't refill it, you get a new bottle.
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Lisa Helena Fellini: Anna, do you know what it means to be happy?
Anna: Yes, of course.
Lisa Helena Fellini: But I mean really happy.
Anna: But that kind of happy only gets you in trouble.
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Tony: Medicine's a fascinating field. That's why a woman like Lisa so interesting.
Sandy: Lisa?
Tony: There are 206 bones in the human body. I've never seen them that well arranged before.
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Well, there are more interesting, tongue in cheek dialogues. Suggest, if you have not already seen this movie, go ahead and watch it. If you have seen it already, treat yourself again on this lovely rom-com fare.


So, let's start September on a good note and with a great movie/song recommendation. Let's make most of this lovely beautiful month. If you have any lovely soundtrack/movie to share, do that here. My comment box awaits you :)

Happy September, Everyone :)

Cheers!

Happy Janmashtami 2016




Naughty yet sensible,
carefree yet responsible
omniscient and omnipotent
dear lord and friend.

O Beloved Krishna

Come to my heart,
I heart you!


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Happy Janmashtami to all of you!
Do take a moment and care to read my heartfelt poem written few years back. It is titled- 

[click on it to view]







Hello, Friend- An Open Letter

Dear Friend,

Trust you doing fine and this letter finds you in the pink of your health. I know that is a very cliche start to a letter. However, I still hope you are hale and hearty.

How are you, my friend? It has been a long time that we spoke or met. It is very easy to lost touch these days in spite of technical advancement. No, I do not need anything but it just so happened that I was going through our albums and found this picture of our good times. 

I still remember those days when we became friends and such a good friend that we were. We used to see everything together, sharing love , philosophy, plans, care and more. We did not realize when it became a close friendship that started with an otherwise courteous interaction between two strangers living in two different cities. 

Those endless phone calls, chatting, SMSes and longing to meet each other, spend time together, I still remember all of those. The deep friendship bloomed into love and before we could realize, it reckoned on us.

Initially, I was unsure but given your unconditional love, care and that rare understanding and acceptance of me as a person has won me over. I began to admire you and thinking that you are the answers to all my prayers. It was indeed blissful to find a best friend and then find love in that best friend. The way you looked into my eyes, hold my hands, was all mystical, magical, made me forget all my worries and start dreaming of a future together.

I needed nothing in the world but your company. I was ready to stand up and fight for any cause, because I thought you were with me. Even the time when you decided that we should part ways, I obliged as a friend and tried to go away and start afresh with whatever life that broken friendship had left. Even then I have not given up on you and you had not given on me. We fought to be united and we were united finally.

Irony, is that we drifted soon after uniting with each other. Time and differences have distanced us away. We didn't realize but it did and how. Sometimes, it feels that it was just a few days back that we met each other and then it feels like a lifetime.

Yes, it takes a lifetime to build a relation but barely some moments to break it off. Looks like proximity drifted us apart. Our won love consumed us. Today we stay under the same roof, living the dreams that we once harped on beautifully and longingly. We have almost everything that we dreamt of except the love, except that sense of togetherness that brought us closer.They say there is no reason to fall in love unless you want to name. But to fall out, there might be 100s of reasons if you want them to seep in. 

When I used to ask me as why do you like me so much, I remember you wouldn't name any reason as such. however, today you have a sea of allegations that do not wish to see truth but only harks to destruct.

It has destructed our bond, that basic friendship that our love was based on. Today there seems to be no love but bunch of complains. However mutual in nature, they may seem, we are yet to rise over them. Unfortunately, I have failed to express you in words and you have failed to understand my silence or my chaos behind it.

I know you are a big, busy guy now but I would not take a lot of your time. Just wanted to tell you that I miss you badly. I may not be able to express, you may not understand. While today the world celebrated Friendship Day, I missed that friend of mine, very badly. I have given up on the hope of his/her return. 

I had grown up with notion that true friends will never give up on you but then we are not children anymore and we need to keep pace with the world.

I am too overwhelmed with emotions to conclude this letter. Besides, I feel words are inadequate in a relation and it is feeling that counts. I hope that one day you see through my feelings. My only worry is that it should not be too late.

I know you will make new friends, and one should. But do not break that person's heart as mine was broken. Friendship survives when love loses its way. And true friendship is very precious. Unlike the relations that God gives us, friendship is selected by us. Handle with care, it is precious and rare.

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‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

Kellogs's New Ad- "Khayega toh karega" is distinctively suggestive and, gross too?

Long time no ad? Well, this new Kellogs Ragi ad is turning us mad and you know why. The "Khayega Toh karega" is eccentric, weird and totally out of context.

Do not believe me? Well, watch here to find out more-



What the ad wanted to convey; Kids need good food/nutrition to fuel their physical activities

Either the ad will go unnoticed or become play field for some comedy shows and their gigs. I believe, the tagline could have been better and more enticing than this lazy creativity and stereotype execution.

Our Verdict: Baah! Ignorable.



Tips for Buying a Home When You are Expecting a Child


Vartika and Gaurav were expecting their first baby. It meant the world to them. They both hailed from broken homes and wanted nothing but the best for their children. They have planned their baby well in advance so that baby comes happily to their world and they need not have to be worried about anything. From delivery to education to probable names, they have planned everything except for their house.

It was the first month of Vartika’s pregnancy when the landlord asked them to vacate their property in anticipation of one of his family member shifting there. Vartika and Gaurav were not prepared for this as they have signed 2 years lease with the landlord but this sudden change made them thinking. It was a time to make a quick decision and they decided to buy a “ready to move” house in their vicinity. They wanted to bring their child into their own home but the only challenge they posed was time as we all know buying a house is “no child’s play”.

They were relatively new in the city and did not much about estate agents. Looking for good projects was time-consuming and as a couple, they wanted to save their leaves for a later date. Finding a suitable home is a tedious task and the couple went berserk and clueless with all the different marketing collaterals and property information.

This is not just about Vartika and Gaurav , but many other couples who face the same situation. Last week I met Ahujas, a newlywed couple who were planning to buy a house before they could do family planning but were unsure of what to expect and what to take.

Original Picture from Newsok.com

Tips for buying house when you are planning your child

So if you are an expecting parent or new parents or parents in general, and planning to buy a house, then you would like to follow these tips-
  1. Locality: Given the increasing crime rates, you need to do thorough research of the locality wherein you want to live with your child. The area where you plan to shift should be not just neat and clean but safe enough for your children to live in. This also includes- safety at the premise, outside premises etc 
  2.  Accessibility: Human is a social animal and we just cannot live on mountains like hermits. We need to have accessibility to different things like markets, school, hospital, public transport [basis your preferred mode] 
  3.  Open Spaces: No matter how big or small your home is, your child would need some space to go out and play. City living has taken away the physical activities and flexibilities from a child’s life and unless you want your child to be an introvert, gadget freak whose mode of entertainment is all about playing games on mobile and computer, you may need to look for open safe where your child can meet other children, make friends, play outdoor games, ride bicycle and more. 
  4. Budget: Rearing a child is no easy job. As the child grows, needs grows, the expenses associated with a child largely in terms of education, living etc also grows. The inflation will always be there and you need to factor in your child’s education cost vis a vie your spending capability. Hence, having a realistic budget while buying a house is important. 
  5.  Ergonomics: This is a critical construction factor that you need to evaluate keeping the women's pregnancy and child in mind. This includes placement of stairs or artificial platforms in house. You need to find or build a "babyproof" house.

Well, those were the top 5 tips that you must consider. If you noticed, all these factors lead to one common sentiment/ need i.e. convenience.

We human look convenience in everything including while buying a house. So when convenience is so vital, why not bring it to our process of house hunt?

I have lived in different cities of India and hunting for a house is a tedious task even though when you have sufficient budgets. The “problem of plenty” and the pain of “identifying the best from all possible options” especially in the context of housing, has found some relief. The relief has come in the form of HDFC Red, a premium app developed by banking major HDFC that helps to identify, check and select a right property to buy.

Not just that, HDFC Red also has all this at the convenience of your fingertips with their all-new mobile app that enables you to surf, enquire and check properties “on the go”.

This app is not limited to just metros but has listings from over 23 cities in India. You can download the Android and iOs version the from The App store.

Source: digit

Gaurav and Vartika downloaded this app and with its help, they were able to find a suitable house within a week’s time. It is "ready to move" property and guess what? The house is close to Gaurav’s office and Vartika has already started designing the room for their baby.

So, if you are looking to buy a property for your family, do check out HDFC Red


Four Iconic Characters That You Loved From Star Trek Series

Star trek is one most iconic in the history of the TV and films. It has hooked different generation alike and almost became a part of our lives through our TV screens. The TV series first hit the airwaves in 1966 and impacted popular culture and sciences like no other. It is 50+ years, this franchise is still going strong.

Whether it is the sci-fi setting, the iconic Utilitarian theme/debate “The need of the many, outweighs the needs of the few” or the iconic characters- Captain Kirk/ Spock, Star Trek has a league of its own.

As the new series in the rebooted universe of Kelvin timeline- Star Trek Beyond hits the cinemas, fans and viewers are drawn like magnets to this all new “alternate reality” series of JJ Abrams that is directed by of “Justin lin” of fast and furious fame.

Aha! I am not going to spoil the movie for those who are yet to see it, rather I am writing about the top5 characters from the movie series that touched many chords and are quite popular. Want to know who are they?

1)     Captain Kirk: James T Kirk is the Human captain of the Starship USS Enterprise, who leads his team to explore “where no man has gone before”. He is a mix of geek and space cowboy who cheats the death and never puts his ship or crew to harm. The role is essayed by William Shatner and Chris Pines.

2)     Spock: He is a breed of Vulcan and human. One of the logical and emotional sounding boards of captain Kirk. His character of an alien outsider making observations about the human race is one of the best inventions of the sci-fi. His quirky demeanour, pointy hair, and that famous Vulcan Salute made him a sci-fi legend. This immensely popular role was earlier essayed by Leonard Nimoy and now by Zachary Quinto. Do you know that it was Nimoy who invented the Spock Salute based on priestly blessings?



3)     Data: He is a self-aware, a charming android who is considered as next generation Spock equivalent. He is the funniest and most thought-provoking supporting crew member. He serves as the second officer and has impressive computational skills. Data is immune to all biological disease but vulnerable to all technological hazards like computer viruses, remote control shutdown, energy discharges, chip malfunctioning and more. This role is essayed by Brent Spiner.

4)     Jean-Luc Picard: This human scholar and diplomat, is an embodiment of the intellect-over-brutality ideal that star Trek legacy is built on. He is another popular captain of the Starfleet, apart from Kirk. A lot of debate ongoing as in who is better Captain he or Kirk, take your pick. Picard is considered to be an ultimate delegator of authority who works superbly with Data. Patrick Stewart has immortalized this role and is an absolute delight to watch.

There are other interesting characters Leonard McCoy, Worf, Benjamin Sisko, William Rikers and more. You will be surprised to know even Dr. Stephen Hawking has made an appearance in this TV series.

Right now am waiting to watch the newly released Star Trek Beyond that has received rave reviews abroad. This new enhanced version seems to be well lapped by the audiences. The movie is turning new dimensions with marketing too. Do check out their spaceship activation in Mumbai.

Leaving you with this brilliant trailer for the Star Trek Beyond-






How I Keep My Blogging Positive I

I started blogging way back in 2008 but I was writing ever since I was in school. It all started with my casual conversations with my mama, with whom I would discuss innuendo things on human behavior, our family happenings, life as I used to see, travels and more. He would patiently listen to all my thoughts and lead me through very mature and meaningful conversations. I found a great friend in him who would give precedence to my thoughts and discuss in details, explaining without being judgemental. He took me through my mom's writing and motivated me to start writing. 

I started penning my thoughts in forms of poems. Earlier I will write them randomly on wasteful stationary papers, sooner I started rewriting them in a diary [if they were not lost] and keep it confined in a closet. Very rarely did I allow anyone to read my poems. Not that I feared being judged but because I would not like people to misuse it or copy it or I felt they may not understand. My poems were the bruises and ointment scribbled in words, not necessarily my own, not necessarily for me only. 

I was addicted to my diary and it became my unwanted best friend. I stopped writing the poems for long, and one day I started blogging. 

I have written and spoken at the various occasion as how I started blogging and what it meant to me. Today, inspired by writetribe prompt, I want to share some insights on "how I keep my blogging positive".

1) Writing for Passion and not for commercials: Blogging for me is putting my thoughts in words. Numerounity.com was always close to my heart and in spite of having a great stats and reputation here, I deliberately built another blog [www.hautekutir.com] for lifestyle purposes.  Either it is thus blog or my other blog, I always intend to write with my heart, even though I write fewer posts. I write on social causes too, as I feel for them and want them to reach a larger audience. 

2) Original Content: I write what comes to me- good, bad or ugly. I write on my own- no ghost writers, no inspired content, no word spinner, no greed to be proved best. I write to unleash my thoughts. 90% of the blogs is written in my head, barely 10% makes to posts.  I do not write to bring stats to my blog or be counted in top lists. I am glad and thankful to the people who awarded me top ranks, trophies, prizes and listed me top blogs genuinely. They motivated and encouraged me.

3) Simple communication and no dictionary reference: I loved learning new words but I believe in simple writing that everyone can read. I do not consider my blog as a tool to show my thesaurus or vocabulary prowess but goes with words that will come naturally, replace a lot with simple words so everyone can understand.

4)  Humor and Inspiration: These are the two keywords that I try to focus while I write my posts. Some of you may accord "sarcasm" as another tool, I accept it with the heart as it drives my society and causes related posts. Men, if I do not respect I thing, I openly admit it rather than being a cat who closes eyes while drinking a milk as if no one is watching.

You may concur/disagree with me. Lets keep it healthy, constructive and human.

Best,
Numerounity

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