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July 27, 2016

Our Ideal Yatra

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page"
I am a true believer of this line. There are many trips I have taken till date, few were with friends, few with family, and few alone. But there is this one trip which is very close to my heart, which I and my husband took 2 years ago.

I was in the USA for a work assignment for 4 months, and our plan was to visit Dubai by end of my trip. However due to some last minute changes in my assignment our Dubai plans did not workout. I was very upset about it as I was really looking forward to my first international trip with my better half. Though when our plan failed, my husband came up with a new trip plan. He decided to come to the USA towards end of my assignment and have a road trip here.

Then began our search for cheap International Flights from India to San Francisco with shortest travel time. And finally on 13th July he was there in the USA, I had lots of work on my plate but his presence gave me strength. As I had to go to office too, first few days we explored the down town and nearby food joints only, and decided to go to Las-Vegas on coming long weekend.

We drove a rented car from San Jose to Las Vegas. We did night drive, and reached Vegas after 6 to 7 hours of drive. We had booked our stay in casino Circus-Circus, but we reached earlier than the check-in time so we tried our luck in roulette. Lady luck was on our side that day and we ended the game after doubling our money. It was a nice start to our trip. At 11’o clock when we finally got our room we took some rest. After a good sleep we both got ready and went out to explore the Las Vegas strip.

The energy outside was amazing. There were many street artists out there and there were different shows happening from different casinos. We watched all the must watch shows and explored almost all the casinos on the Las Vegas strip. Around mid-night only we came back to our room, as next morning we had to drive to Arizona to see the Grand Canyon.
We started at 7 in the morning from Vegas to Grand Canyon and stopped by to see the Hoover Dam. Around 2 in afternoon we reached the Grand Canyon. We were mesmerized by the beauty and grandness of this place. By evening 6 we headed back from there to Las Vegas. Around 1 at night we reached back to our room in Circus-Circus and rested.

Next day again we explored the remaining casinos on the Las Vegas Strip and in evening we went to the famous Fremont street. That street has a digital ceiling with vibrant video playing on it with awesome music. It was one of its kind we have seen so far. We explored the city till late night and slept for some time so that we can drive back to San Jose the next day. In 3 days we drove around 3 states of the USA and created memories for life time.

After coming back to San Jose we visited Napa Valley and San Francisco too. Finally I was able to wrap up my assignment with a vacation which was so much fun. This vacation is very dear to me and my husband till date.

October 21, 2015

Real Togetherness

In this digital age when everyone has so much information and entertainment available on their fingertips, it is actually making us isolated from the real world. You can find people looking at their smart phones or tablets while walking. If you fall on the road chances are that you will not get a hand for help as everyone will be busy on their gadgets and will not even notice you. In this digital world we are more connected to a Stranger sitting miles away than someone who is sitting just next to us.   

We had one meal together rule in our house and we used to love it. That used to be our time to catch up with each other. After marriage it was just 2 of us who used to eat one meal together every day. But In-between I happened to go for a long business trip and that was when my husband developed this habit of watching videos in his laptop while having dinner. He will have earphones on so he was totally disconnected from me. This was really bothering me. I even told him that it is bad manner to not talk to the person eating with you and only look at your laptop, but he had many excuses. Like he doesn’t get any time to watch his favourite series, this is an important episode and so on. Even on vacations we used to get more connected to outside world then each other, blame free wifi for that.
But then this onetime we went for holidaying in a jungle resort where there was no wifi. Even getting cellular network was difficult over there. We had no TV in room too, so only way of entertainment we had was each other’s company. I must say that the absence of all the digital connectivity actually helped us connect with each other better. We spent lots of time together on beach and did many fun activities. We had our dinner together on the beach below the sky full of stars. We shared out childhood memories, teenage gossips, dreams and goals with each other. And it actually helped us a lot to know each other even better. We were amazed that even after living together for 2 years we knew so less about each other. And getting off the digital connectivity gave us so much time to know each other so very well. We were so happy with this whole experience that we decided to go to that place again and do one jungle resort holiday each year, where we can be close to nature and each other.

Now that we have a baby, we would like to spend simile quality time with him too, So that we all connect better with each other. And to do that if we will have to be disconnected from the digital world for sometimes then why not, After all this real togetherness is actually worth it.  

August 20, 2015

The Fastest Network

In today’s world when all the information is just a click away from us having good Internet connectivity 24/7 is very important. Now the power of Internet is so much that be it knowledge, entertainment, shopping, or money matters each and everything is there on it. I am a big Internet buff myself, I search for anything to everything on Internet and it is the most trusting source of knowledge I have with me these days.

I am a new mom who is curious about everything related to her baby, during pregnancy and after it also I always turned to Internet to find answers for my questions. My mom was so jealous of it that on several occasions she told me to search the same on Internet if I don’t believe her. As much as I rely on Internet for knowledge that much my husband rely on it for entertainment. He is a big Hollywood movie buff and a big fan of many well-known series. He has a good collection of both and he keeps adding new one to his collection by downloading them from Internet. However he hates to download low quality prints and the good prints are bigger in size which takes longer to download and that makes him really restless. On the other hand I like to be connected on the go all the time, but my mobile data does not support the speed I want most of the time. If I have a question and I am not able to see the video related to that due to Internet slowness it irritates the hell out of me. 
So if we will get a 4G Internet connection which is super-fast, me and my husband will be super happy. I will be able to see and learn a lot of things from Internet be it backing a cake, making baby food, decorating his nursery or how to solve an issue with my laptop keyboard. I will be able to cook with the video running alongside, no more burnt food due to the long buffering time which leaves me clueless about the next step. And my husband will be able to download and watch new movies and series as soon as the good prints are available, no overnight weighting. Having the 4G speed connectivity in my phone will enable me to be able to browse from anywhere and I will be able to keep myself occupied and entertained even when I am stuck in bad  traffic :P

As we both are working professionals, who on most of the days bring work to home will also be benefited by fast network. We will be able to wrap up work quickly and will have more time to relax and unwind. Now we are so much dependent on Internet that having the faster network connectivity is the need of the hour. Just a faster speed connection can change our life so much for the better that I can't wait to try it on myself :) 

March 24, 2015

Nasta Kar ke Jana!!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We should have breakfast like a king and dinner like a beggar but we mostly end up doing the opposite. We eat something not so nutritious and filling for breakfast mostly due to lack of time. Some people skip breakfast to lose weight, however it’s proven that having healthy breakfast everyday helps in reducing weight and stops us from over eating throughout the day.  I like continental breakfast, where I should have wide verity of fruits, cereals and juices to choose from. My husband likes Indian breakfast options like idly, poha, dhokla etc. When I used to stay with my parents my mom used to make sure that no one leaves home without having breakfast. But now being a working woman I don’t get time to cook breakfast every day. I know the importance of healthy breakfast but in the mad rush of reaching office on time we mostly end up skipping our breakfast. I know that cornflakes or any other cereals are a good option for quick and healthy breakfast, but eating the same type of cereal everyday is so boring. My husband specially hates cornflakes because he feels he cannot eat the same thing every day.

I delivered a baby 3 weeks back, and now I am a busy new mom. I am on my maternity leave so in a way I am not going to office and expectations are that I cook some nice breakfast for my husband every day. However things are totally different when you are a mother of a newborn, my baby takes all my time and attention and staying away from him for more than 10 minutes is not possible for me. That’s why I was looking for quick and easy breakfast options and whiling searching for same I met Gupta ji’s family, who is famous for their breakfast options. They eat healthy cornflakes for their breakfast every day, but with a yummy twist. Though the main ingredient is cereal but there is a delicious variation in their breakfast everyday, which makes each day’s breakfast special and different. They serve the same old cornflakes in many different variations like choco mint, banana cinnamon, strawberry etc. They also make tasty payasam, healthy salads and delicious shakes with cornflakes. Can you believe that the same old boring cornflakes can be served in so many different ways? This makes sure that you get the taste and verity in your breakfast everyday without compromising on the nutrition factor. After seeing the breakfast menu of Gupta ji’s family I certainly want to go to their home for breakfast J

Using the awesome recipes the Gupta’s have to share using the kellogg’s cornflakes, everyone can have healthy start for the day. Healthy start of the day with healthy breakfast will ensure a good energetic day throughout.

March 14, 2015

Together, I feel secure

Optimistic outlook to life is the best way to lead life, but staying optimistic all day everyday is a difficult task to do. We tend to feel negative, sad, and miserable about things at times. Sometimes we know that nothing can change that situation or we know how to fix the issue but we just want an assurance from our loved ones that they are there with us to get the energy to get going. I consider myself quite a practical person still sometimes I feel miserable about something and that is when I just need someone to listen to me and be empathetic to me. Before marriage I used to turn to my close friends and my mom for such things. But after marriage it’s mainly my husband whom I look up to for all the support and positivity.

It is very difficult for me to talk about just one incident when he supported me and gave me the positivity I needed to go through that situation. However one incident which I remember more clearly, was this one evening when I came back home crying from office, because of one colleague’s misbehavior. I have considered her more like a friend than a colleague but something which she spoke on my back was very hurtful for me. I get close to people very easily and once I consider someone my friend I be friends with them forever. So for me this came across like a shock. I came home and my husband opened the door for me, I just hugged him tight and started crying. He was furious and was asking me again and again the reason of such outburst, and when I told him the reason he consoled me and asked me to get ready to go out for coffee.

While walking out he talked to me about many other things which were not related to this colleague of mine so that he can divert my mind. And when I looked normal he told me something which I really liked and now I use always. He told me, where there is competition friendship or love cannot be there.  Workplace is a palace where everyone wants to give their best and be the best and then in the race of being the best sometimes people tend to do or say something which can be hurtful to other. May be they don’t mean to hurt you but you are hurt because you took it personally. So in the business world keep professional and personal things separate, when you mix these two you will have problems. I listened to him with open mind and felt how right he is. Even I knew these things but with mind filled with negativity I was not able to think straight. With his support I cleared my mind and then things looked better.  Even if we know what is right what is wrong we still can’t see it if mind is filled with negative thoughts. The positivity we get from our loved ones make us realize what is the right, it’s always their presence which makes all the difference and together we feel safe J

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