Monday, March 02, 2015

Finding that perfect moment.



Just a little while ago, I was walking my dog. There were two teenage girls walking in front of me and I couldn't help overhearing their conversation.

'What if you are in love and you share with them that perfect moment, but it was not the perfect moment for them? How awful would that be?' said one
'Exactly! It would be so embarrassing!' the other exclaimed, mortified at the very thought.

I guess, with age you realise that it does not matter if it wasn't the perfect moment for him. If he loves you, he is going to cherish the time he spends with you. If you say that this was the perfect moment for you, it would probably be for him too. If he is in love with you, chances are he was too busy looking into your eyes to even think about the perfect moment.

And here is the thing-- Later, when he is alone, he too wonders about what you thought. He too wonders if  you misinterpreted something he said.

So it really is not about the perfect moment, but a whole lot of imperfect moments that make up cherished memories.

Enjoy the time you spend together. You might not get these exact moments back again/.
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Blog marathon completed! Last post :)

So, finally have come to the end of this month long marathon!

It has been exceptionally hard this time, as I had my book tours and a hectic schedule. Despite that I managed to blog every single day, this whole  of February. Hurray!

I blogged from Lucknow, Chandigarh, Delhi and Jaipur. I blogged from airports and hotel rooms. I blogged after book signings and book events. I blogged after being exhausted after a whole day session at the World Book Fair. I blogged after taking two flights and after media conferences. I blogged when I was dog-dead tired and the words were blurring before my eyes. I blogged when I had lots to say and also when I couldn't think of saying anything.

Most importantly, I blogged even when I didn't want to. I think it is important to push your boundaries. That's the only way you grow.

Throughout this blog marathon, there was one person who commented on every single post of mine. Let's give an applause to Alka Singla. Thank you Alka! Even when there was no-one else commenting on a post, I knew there would always be your comment and I was looking forward to comments every single day. (It's a bit disheartening when nobody writes anything back--it feels like talking to a wall!) Also a large dose of thank you to every single person who left a comment on my posts. They helped!

I shall blog again soon.
Till then--take care and have a great Sunday!
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Some more postcards from Lucknow (blog marathon post 27)

Thought I would do a photo post today, as I have some really lovely pictures that I cliked inside the Imamwada during my Lucknow trip.

The steps that lead to the Imamwada

The wonderful Bada Imamwada


 Love the Awadhi architecture.


The beautiful minarets.



The garden inside the compoud of the chotta imamwada.

The mosque against the sunset.

Isn't Lucknow beautiful?

(For those who don't read my blog regularly---I got a chance to visit Lucknow when I was invited for the Lucknow litfest  Click HERE for some snaps that tell you what it was all about)

Do visit Lucknow if you get a chance. There is so much history , beauty and old architecture in the city. And not to mention shopping for chikan work.

I would definitely be going back.
G'nite folks. Till tomorrow.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Workout music (Blog marathon post 26)

Music can have an extra-ordinary effect on our brains.  Studies have discovered that it is intrinsic to all cultures and it aids not only in learning languages, but also for improving memory and focussing attention. When we are taught a foreign language we are always taught simple songs or rhymes.

According to a study published in a UK journal, music also helps us to heal and helps to reduce physical pain. "Listening to music can reduce chronic pain from a range of painful conditions, including osteoarthritis, disc problems and rheumatoid arthritis, by up to 21% and depression by up to 25%," says the study. Music also helps reduce blood pressure,  aids post stroke recovery and boosts immunity.

I need my music when I work out. I usually do my cardio  for about 45 minutes on the treadmill and have my i-pod with me.  Music with a high BPM (beats per minute) help me keep up a great pace, as I walk/run. Studies say that the best songs to work out to are those that have 120-140 BPM.  You can start with a song that has a lower BPM (maybe about 80-90) and then as you warm up and increase your speed, you could go to tracks that have a higher BPM. You can check the BPM of any song on this site.

Today, this was the track i began my workout with:





My other favourites are numbers by
Avicii, maroon 5, Calvin harris, Delhi belly's bhag bhag,  Carly rae jaspen, Swedish House Mafia and some evergreen numbers like Bon Jovi's ' It's my Life' and of course my all time favourite Iris by Goo-Goo dolls..

What are your favourite work-out songs?
Leave me a list in my comment box. I want some new tracks  and would love to know what you listen to.
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