A tribute to the most used product of the decade!!

Guys, wondering what that is?? Yes, it indeed is: Maggi Noodles!!!!!

 Surprised?? Well, enter s/w pros, staying away from home in rented apartments/PG accos. What comes into your mind first when you think of getting a quick bite??

Ofcourse, maggi noodles!!!

What do you think of cooking after a tiring day at office, and your return to home at 10 pm?

Ofcourse, maggi noodles!!!

And yeah, esp. for the guys, what is the cuisine you are best at preparing? 😉

Ofcourse, it is maggi noodles!!!

Mannnn!! What would we do without maggi noodles!!!! 😀

Losing my views………

Was reading Sudha Murty’s ‘Wise and Otherwise’ yesterday(yeah, ok…i know its complete review is long overdue….patience guys…..). In one of those stories, Ms. Murty asks her son what he thinks are the 3 most revolutionary things of the 20th century, and he gives a really beautiful answer…..

It was then when i realized, that I would have been left speechless if I were to be asked the same question. I tried to think hardddd, but couldn’t really frame a nice answer…. 😦 The same thing happened to me at the cycle rally (about which i wrote here), when I was asked to write a slogan on the banner….I scratched my head hard, but couldn’t come up with a real bright one, and had to make do with an average, so-so one. 😦 That used to not be the case with me some time back, when I had an opinion about most of the things under the sun! and a nice quip always ready  to present it in a good way, as well!  Godd…what’s happening to me!! <talking to myself> Come back…come back!!!1

In the world of melodies………..Part One

My favourite music, or my favourite songs cannot be encompassed in a single article/post….so thought of breaking them up into many. And since currently I need some inspiration desperately, lemme begin this chain by listing out my favourite inspiring songs! So here I go…..

1) Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhaata Chala Gaya…………..

Very soulful, meaningful and melodious! 🙂


Maein Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya
Har Fikar Ko Dhuen Mein Udata Chala Gaya



2) Kisi ki muskurahaton pe ho nisaar…………..

The essence of fine living, in the purest sense! and a very hummable tune! 🙂

(Kisiki muskuraahaton pe ho nisaar
Kisika dard mil sake to le udhaar
Kisike waaste ho tere dil mein pyaar
Jeena issi ka naam hai) -2(Maana apni jeb se fakeer hain
Phir bhi yaaron dil ke ham ameer hain) -2
Mitte jo pyaar ke liye woh zindagi
Jale bahaar ke liye woh zindagi
Kisi ko ho na ho hamein to aitbaar
Jeena issi kaa naam hai

(Rishta dil se dil ke aitbaar ka
Zinda hai hameen se naam pyaar ka) -2
Ke mar ke bhi kisi ko yaad aayenge
Kisi ke aansuon mein muskuraayenge
Kahega phool har kali se baar baar
Jeena issi kaa naam hai
Kisiki muskuraahaton pe ho nisaar..



3) Khulke muskurale tu……….

Find more about this on my already posted article.



4) Kholo Kholo Darwaze

this song from TZP has an amazing comboof lyrics beats and music…very good for lifting your spirits!

Kholo Kholo Darwaze Parde Karo Kinare

Khuntey Se Bandhi Hai Hawa Mil Ke Chhudao Saare

Aajao Patang Leke Apney Hi Rang Leke

Aasmaan Ka Shamiyana Aaj Hamein Hai Sajana

Kyun Is Kadar Hairaan Tu Mausam Ka Hai Mehmaan Tu

O, Duniya Sajee Tere Liye Khud Ko Zara Pehchaan Tu

Tu Dhoop Hain Jham Se Bikhar

Tu Hai Nadee O Bekhabar

Beh Chal Kahin Ud Chal Kahin

Dil Khush Jahan Teri Toh Manzil Hai Wahin

O, Kyun Is Kadar Hairaan Tu

Mausam Ka Hai Mehmaan Tu………….

Baasi Zindagi Udaasi

Taazi Hasney Ko Raazi

Garma Garma Saari

Abhi Abhi Hai Utaari

O, Zindagi To Hain Batasha

Meethi Meethi Si Hai Aasha

Chakh Le Rakh Le Hatheli Se Dhak Le Ise

Tujh Mein Agar Pyaas Hai Baarish Ka Ghar Bhi Pass Hai

O, Roke Tujhe Koi Kyon Bhala Sang Sang Tere Aakash Hai

Tu Dhoop Hain Jham Se Bikhar

Tu Hai Nadee O Bekhabar

Beh Chal Kahin Ud Chal Kahin

Dil Khush Jahan Teri Toh Manzil Hai Wahin

Khul Gaya Aasmaan Ka Rasta Dekho Khul Gaya

Mil Gaya Kho Gaya Tha Jo Sitara Mil Gaya,Mil Gaya

O, Roshan Hui Saari Zameen

Jagmag Hua Saara Jahaan

Udne Ko Tu Azad Hai

Bandhan Koi Abh Hai Kahan!!

 Tu Dhoop Hain Jham Se Bikhar

Tu Hai Nadee O Bekhabar

Beh Chal Kahin Ud Chal Kahin

Dil Khush Jahan Teri Toh Manzil Hai Wahin

O, Kyun Is Kadar Hairaan Tu Mausam Ka Hai Mehmaan Tu…….



5) Liye sapnein nigaahon me….

And ofcourse my favourite…..the song of eternal hope, aspiratons and inspirations!! 🙂

And ofcourse, my origginal idea 😉 , it can serve as an excellent title song for the movie version of Paulo Coelho’s best-seller “The Alchemist”, if at all it were to be made in Hindi! <pat my back pat my back!!> 😀


Liye sapne nigahon me, chala hoon teri rahon me
Zindagi aa raha hoon main



Kayi yaadon ke chehre hain, kayi kisse purane hain,
Teri sau dastane hain, tere kitne fasane hain.
Magar ik wo kahani hai, jo ab mujhko sunani hai
Zindagi aa…..


Mere haathon ki garmi se, bigar jayengi zanjeerein,
Mere kadmon ki aahat se, badal jayengi taqdeerein,
Umeedon ke diye lekar, ye sab tere liye lekar
Zindagi ….

Kabhi tujhko gila mujhse, kabhi mujhko shikayat hai,
Magar phirbhi tujhe meri, mujhe teri zaroorat hai,
Main ye iqraar karta hoon, main tujhse pyar karta hoon,
Zindagi …..



U, ME AUR HUMari misdirected love story!!!

Whoever said that all other intense actors could direct a movie as well as Mr. Perfect Aamir Khan??

Whoever said that the power-packed performances of Kajol and Ajay Devgan could carry off a movie with a badly written script and pathetic dialogues??

And last but not the least, whoever said that if you give a movie a sweet ending, it makes the movie good???

Well, not good, but yes, a little more bearable! It even has a positive effect on the title song, which sounds hopelessly boring at its 1st occurence, but is much more bearable and soothing when it plays at the end!

Well, this story is about a whirlwind, at first shaking-stumbling and then steady romance between Ajay and Piya, who meet on cruise which changes their life forever! Through different phases of love, pursual and resistance, they finally get married! Then, the real love story begins…..

Piya is diagnosed of Alzheimer’s disease at a young age of 28, and while she is pregnant. The trials and tribulations begin, the dilemma about what’s more important, the wife or the child deepens; the obvious decision is taken of admitting Piya to an asylum……relationships sour, the tension gets to all, theories are metted; and finally true love triumphs and brings Piya back home!

And this whole story is told to us and Kajol, by an ageing Ajay Devgan, on a cruise, on their 25th wedding anniversary, where they are, to fulfill their wish which they made on their wedding day!

Touching, sweet, sensitive??

Naah, leaving aside the last sequence, the movie’s far from it. The only thing it can boast of is the acting of Kajol and hubby Ajay, and Kajol’s wardrobe(it’s smart, suave, amazzzing)!!

Rest of the things draw a blank. Vishal Bharadwaj disappoints you completely with his music score, the background score is literally frightening, with sudden jaaring music surfacing at many times; the dialogues are horribly repeatitive and unimaginative; the script is bad, the lyrics are below average, the supporting cast is ineffective(they have completely wasted the talents of Sachin Khedekar, Sumit Raghavan and Divya Datta; and the other 2 from Ajay’s gang of friends don’t deserve even a mention! No, actually Isha Sharvani does..Mr. Ghai….Could you plz tell us WHAT exactly you saw in her and gave her a break????? ).

The lead actors, but ofcourse, do a suppperb job, and Kajol, although not looking young at all; has looked gorgeous!!!

And ofcourse, the direction- I think Ajay Devgan needs to get a little more mature and then think whether he can direct a movie! Or may be he can go for Horror movies or thrillers; for romance is clearly missing from his supposedly romantic movie!! Except for the last sequence which is cho very chweet, but am sure we can’t endure the whole movie just for that!

Rating: Red going on to Yellow!

Cycling away, to health and wealth!! :-)

Last saturday, Krunal, Hemanth and the other enthusiastic and enterprising members of the Green Brigade of my office organized a cycling expedition from our Mangaldas office to TRDDC office at Hadapsar. The purpose was promoting cycling as a pollution-free and healthy way of commutation. And although I had been working till 2:30 pm the nite before, I was all set to go for it at 7 am!

Reached the Mangaldas office, searched for a cycle from among the ones that were manaed to be brought on rent by the Green Brigade, didn’t find any that were short enough, so drove Joseph away from his, and go onto the cycle! 😀

Believe me, although I was mounting(Har Har Mahadev!!! lolzzz) a cycle after many many years(and that too a Gents’ one-see the pic below); it was as though I’d been doing it everyday…. kisine sahi kaha hai, “U can never forget how to walk, cycle and swim!”

Lo!! There we were, a group of young and old cyclists, peddling away on the roads of Pune, with Tipur doing the one-hand cycling act, and happily clicking pictures of the bandwagon!

We had been warned by all the other non-enthusiasts that cycling all the way to Hadapsar is not going to be easy, and that we’ll drain ourselves, but but but!! It was NOTHING of that sort!!! Cycling for 30-35 minutes to Hadapsar and back, with a short Nimbu-Paani break in between, and a sandwich for restoring our lost calories later; didn’t tire us….instead it lifted our stamina, and our spirits! 🙂


In fact, I even started thinking about dropping my idea of buying a bike, and switching over to a bicycle!! That’s sucess for the mission of the cycling expedition, rite? 🙂

Wise and otherwise!

I just started reading the book ‘Wise and Otherwise’ by one of my favourite authors, Sudha Moorthy, and although I have just been able to feast on 3 of the stories, I have almost fallen in love with the book! Ms. Moorthy’s stories are always simply written and yet heart-wrenching; and this book adds further to her glory. Do catch a glimpse if u can; I’m sure you won’t feel like putting it down until you devour it fully! 🙂

P.S. I plan to finish reading it in a coupla days. Shall keep you updated about the rest of it.