Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Start A New Life!

The loss of a family member is a wound that never heals, never soothes, never calms! No amount of time helps and no matter how much you try, there comes a time when memories flood, you try holding on to happy ones, but you cannot part away with the sad ones!
When I lost my Dad in a road accident, little was left in my life. But things aren't as you imagine, rather than sinking and not living, I had to live, stand for my mother , smile for my brother who had just begun his engineering. Life was not simple. We all wore multiple masks to hide the sadness and sorrow, coz out of our four strong pillars on which our house stood, one was gone - the one which was the strongest! But life doesn't stop, does it!
With a year of education still waiting for me and 4 long years for the brother, life changed. We didn't afford the luxuries which we could earlier, nor did we have a reason to smile. We all felt alone in this world with nothing but darkness all around. Mom stayed back at our native home and brother and I moved on, came to Pune to finish our studies. Mom had to be strong so that we don't give up and vice versa. Finally, things started falling a bit in place.. the sad memories haunted but we were slowly moving.. Finally, brother and I rented a place and started living together and I could actually feel my life brighten. It was a really small apartment, but how does it matter if you have your brother to share it with you. We laughed, we cried, we cooked, we lived! After a long time, I felt better! Before long, we started looking forward to bring mom to stay with us. It was difficult,she had a job and she had memories she wanted to hold onto. A lot of requests later, mom relented and here we were finally living together in Pune - the city of our dreams! It is a small apartment surrounded by greenery. We signed the agreement and moved in, cleaned the house and assembled all we had and then mom came. Fortunately she loved it. Finally this small flat was our abode, our "Home sweet home" and it still is! And life has never been better! We miss you Dad but atleast we are together now - a promise I made to you is finally live!

Yesterday we were discussing about getting a new house! Yes a flat of our own.. Our finances are better, conditions are better and it's time to get our own house! And Dad your blessings are with us! Thanks for being with us, even when not here!
Here's to new beginnings and new starts!

#StartANewLife
Watch the housing video below and start a new life!


Help A Child To Study!!

If you can read this,consider yourself lucky! Not everyone is lucky to get education.
Every child deserves to get the right of education. Else it is a vicious circle, no education, difficult making ends meet, poverty, crime giving rise to even more vices.. Let's do our bit, however small and help educate. I am doing mine, what about you?

Introducing the "Help a Child to study" NGO- Write for them, donate, do your bit!
Let's join hands for a better place!


Activity: Help A Child to Study sponsors the higher education of meritorious underprivileged students, supporting them to achieve dreams of a better future. We sponsor all formal courses above 10th, including 11th and 12th, diploma courses, degree courses, B.E., M.B.B.S. and Postgrad. Through education our students are able to escape the cycle of poverty through their own talents.
Details: We are very proud of our students - who are the children of labourers, small scale farmers, weavers and other families with low incomes. These students have enormous potential to succeed and only need financial support to do so. We are thrilled that today some of our graduates are placed with large companies such as Mahindra Tech, L&T and TATA Consultancy Services.
Support: Education, higher education, sponsorship of students.
Note: We are looking for financial donations to support the higher education of our students, most of whom live in rural areas of Maharashtra and Karnataka.

This post is a part of BlogAdda's Bloggers Social Responsibility (BSR) initiative. I am exercising my BSR. You can too with three simple steps. Visit http://www.blogadda.com/bsr/  and support the NGO's.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

5 Reasons Zenfone 2 is the Best Looking Phone of 2015


Two years back, on this very day we were destined to be WE from YOU and ME! I gifted the hubby a cell phone on our wedding day. Given that I am a lover of giving and receiving gifts, I’d put all efforts possible to search something he’d love, be useful to him and be money-wise too! And here is the ASUS Zenfone 2 to help me out this time!!  Who knows hubby might just be lucky to get this super sexy phone!! Though I wouldn’t mind one for myself too!

Pulling the curtains away to present to you the incredible ASUS ZENPHONE 2-

Here are 5 reasons why the Zenfone 2 is the best looking phone!
  1. It is sleek and slim
    I mean who doesn't love a phone which is a style statement in itself!!
    The luxurious ultra-thin ergonomic arc design, brushed metal finish and concentric circle detailing makes it look bold and elegant at the same time! 
  2. Intuitive Controls on the back 
    Keeping the selfie culture alive, it provides a rear key to click selfies on the go.
    So snap selfies and adjust the volume, nice and easy, without having to search the sides for the buttons.

  3. BIG Screen experience
    The Zenfone2 has an incredible 72% screen-to-body ratio. So it has a 5.5 inch screen, instead of the traditional 5 inch for the given body size.

    Blogging, reading, texting, photography, video watching just made easy!! Talk about innovations eh!
  4. Crystal-clear, razor-sharp display
    The Zenfone2 brings color to life with its amazing high resolution display
    ZE550ML
    1280x720 HD IPS display (267 ppi)
    ZE551ML
    1920x1080 FHD IPS display (403 ppi)
    Isn't that a lot of pixels per inch! The high pixel density and ASUS TruVivid technology makes it a pleasure to watch.
  5. Colors
    Variety is the spice of life. The Zenfone2 offers you just that. Available in five striking colors, it gives you a choice to select what you want. I love the golden metallic finish! Looks fab :)


    It’s beautiful on the outside and on the inside too… Apart from being good-looking, this phone also gives you a simpler, smarter and personalized ZenUI Experience –
  1. Screen space utilization
    The screen space is perfectly utilized, spanning through the available space to provide a simpler, smarter and treat-for-the-eyes UI experience – truly a ZenUI

  2. Multiple themes to go with your mood and style
    ZenUI allows customization – so go ahead pick your own backgrounds, mix-n-match icons and fonts to make the phone truly yours!

  3. World’s first 4GB RAM Smartphone
    Multi-task, transfer data, play games, buffer videos at twice the speed and with no worries of the phone hanging… 4GB RAM!! Wohoo… this is the best part of it.

    Powered by an upto 1.8GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor, multitasking, gaming and watching videos is smoother than ever before! It has a dedicated PowerVR-G6430 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) for a better gaming and graphical experience.

  4. PizelMaster Camera
    A 13 MP Rear Camera with f/2.0 aperture lens and 5 MP Front Camera to capture high resolution photos with zero shutter lag, it also has an effective low light mode to capture photos in low light and night without flash, much better than most cameras out there. It also has real tone flash to capture warm skin tones and lively accurate colors.

  5. Fast Charging
    The only problem I faced with the ASUS Zenphone5 was the battery.. To make it right, the Zenphone2 has a 3000 mAh Li-Polymer Battery for long battery life. More so ever, it has the fast charging feature – 60% charging in 39 minutes!!


And the list goes on and on and on!
Isn't that a whole lot to be packaged into something so stylish and good looking!! I am so looking forward to make it mine :)

If you wanna get one too, get it from Flipkart here.
Visit the ASUS Zenphone2 Facebook page here.
All pictures courtesy here and here.

 #Zenfone2
 #AsusZenfone2

Friday, April 24, 2015

Feeling T-shirty :)

Its hot!!
One of those times, when I'd want to sit at home, put on the A.C., wear my comfy cottons and hog on watermelons... But I am in office, sitting and working.. but thankfully its Friday!!
I am feeling T-shirty :)
Here are the three cute T-shirts I bought from bewakoof.com..
In bright tangerine and red colors and with awesome prints!! Happy Summers!!

My April 2015 Fabbag

Woohooo!! 3 fab bag reviews one after the other..
But then this is the last bag for this quarterly subscription I had applied for... need to subscribe again! Cannot the bag just magically be given to me every month without me having to pay for it :P
Here is my April fabbag -

The bag has a beautiful zebra print and has been tagged as the “Nine to 9 Fab bag”. I like the bag, it looks sturdy and is spacious. Better than the Feb and March fab bags.Here are the products I received:
1.       Sample pieces of Malavara Lime Vetiver Shower gel and Body Lotion 60 ml each priced at 300/- for the gel and 390/- for the lotion
The gel and lotion are too good. The lemony lime smell is mesmerizing and stays for a long long time. I loved the light weight gel and have included it in my comfort bath time. The lotion is nice and keeps the skin hydrated. The smell just keeps me craving for more. When I got the bag, the shower gel had leaked out, so the bag smells all lemony now. The fab magazine and the coupons which came along were all wet and sticky. I had to actually wash all the products… The fab bag crew said they’d replace my shower gel, let’s see how that works! This is product I wouldn’t mind buying for myself given the luxury feel it leaves behind!

2.       Denman Volumizing Hair Brush priced at 475/-
This is a wide tooth brush and does leave the hair feel volumized. I have been planning to buy a hair brush which can easily come in my hand bag as well as my clutch.. This is one such brush, it has a compact handle, smaller than the other brushes I have…

3.       City Color Blush Quad Pink priced at 500/-
I am in love with blushes and with City Color. I got my first cheek stain from City Color in one of the fab bags and the cheek color it gives is perfect. I am more than happy to see the pink shade I got, just look at the color palette… every color is a must have!!

4.       Iraya Manjistha Eye Contour Gel
It is an easy to use, nutrient-rich eye care gel. With the extracts of manjishta and lavender essential oil, it helps cool the eye area, reduce puffiness and swelling, and minimize dark circles and fine lines. Regular use protects and brightens the eye area. I have dark circles and was planning to buy an eye contour gel, I didn’t have too… I have been using it since I got my fab bag and waiting for the dark circles to lighten!



All in all , this is nice bag. Good looking, good smelling, luxurious products!!  

My March 2015 Fabbag


You know this thing about fabbag –
Till you don’t get it, you wait for it!
Once you get it, happinesss!!
Use the product and the happiness multiplies!!
And what better than to share the happiness J

The March fabbag products are fab! Have a sneak peek here


The bag has been tagged as #MakeupForDifference and it does full justice to the tag! Here are the products I received:
1.  Soul Tree Pure Black Kohl – Full size priced at 350/-
The Soul Tree Kohl range is totally herbal, smells good and is available in different colors – black, grey, blue, maroon, green to name a few. I wanted to experiment with the colors and was expecting anything else but black.. but I got black. That said, one application was enough for me to know it is good. It has ghee, natural oils and the color is perfect! It stays on and actually makes my eyes feel cool on application. It is a part of my handbag now and I use it everyday!

2. Palladio Herbal Lipstick –Flame – Full sized priced at 650/-
This lipstick is good.. First it is herbal, second the color is nice and third it smells good and stays on!! And is a part of my hand bag for daily use!


3.  Inveda BB Cream Fair Color – 15ml tube priced at 140/-
This is a small carry tube and is enriched with Almond& Magnolia. Thankfully my skin is blemish free but this does make it look pretty perfect. It doesn’t dry the skin and has SPF 20.  Got the fair shade which blends in perfectly! Must have in my hand bag!

4.  Biobloom hair conditioner – Orange Cinnamon – 30ml sample [200ml is priced at 699/-]
Haven’t used this hair conditioner yet, but it does smell good. It comes with the goodness of cinnamon & orange essential oils which are known to restore strength, add luster and fight frizzy hair!

5. A very very cute pair of Fashionography earrings priced at 249/-
Happiness comes in small packages, doesn’t it and this is one such package.. Look at earrings – Do I have to say more? Aren’t they pretty J


The products are good! This is one bag from where all the products [except the conditioner] I have been using daily and I am happy J
I didn’t like the bag though! Neither the color nor the writing over interests me, but given that it is lying in my dressing table and holding my huge nail paint collection, I have no complaints!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

My February 2015 Fabbag!!


If you read my blog, you'd know how much I am in love with the fabbag! Fabbag is a monthly cosmetic bag service which has 3 deluxe cosmetics & beauty products from top global brands plus expert tips-n-tricks that help get the most out of every product and it's perfect! As much as I wait for a new month to get my salary, I look forward to my fabbag for the month the same! I had a quarterly subscription and I almost lusted for each product in the bag, not to mention used everything too! And so I requested hubby to gift me another quarterly subscription and he did!! [Yes he did, without asking or complaining... Guess he enjoyed how happily I spent the day I got my fabbag for the three months.. the dance of glee I did :P] So, here it is... the review of my February Fabbag!!

Curtains roll up.. presenting the Valentine theme heart shaped Feb Fab Bag -




The bag is good to look at but not the kinds I will carry in my hand.. I did not really like the finishing.. but then to each her own.. and when the bag came with so many goodies, I can happily ignore that minor glitch! Here are the products I received -

  1.     LA Splash Lip Couture Liquid Lipstick - Poison Apple

This is a full sized product and comes in an awesome reddish maroon shade, the darkest color I have till date and worth the wear! It stays on and on till you actually use your make up remover to cleanse it. Rich,long lasting, kiss proof ,smudge proof... but it does dry the lips so moisturize and apply is the mantra! Also it has this slight metallic smell which I don't like on my lips.

2.     Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Plus Nail Color - Practical Plum
Full size product again priced at a whooping 575/-  I am not really fond of the light plum color but what is remarkable is, it stays.. for more than a fortnight on a stretch and has this magenta shine which looks good.. but nothing beyond normal.. Gotta say I like my reds and maroons and pinks more!!

3.     Kama Ayurveda Mridul Face Cleanser and Night Cream
These are teeny tiny sample pieces, perfect for five to ten usages! 
The face cleanser is a combination of herbs, cereals and pulses that gently cleanses and exfoliates facial skin. It is a powder which I mix with rose water and then gently use as a scrub, leaves the skin feeling softer instantly! I am definitely buying this product! The night cream is too small to comment on. I used it for around 8 nights but cannot comment on the results on my skin so soon… so don’t really know!

4.     Avene D-Pigment Cream
Got this D-pigment cream as a sample piece and haven’t used it yet. It is a light formula to correct dark spots and brighten the skin tone. Also, the clinical results say 4 weeks of application does lessen dark spots.. but then I guess I’ll have to buy a larger size for it to last that long!

So all in all, it was a good bag, made me happy as always…
Afterall, what more does a girl want ! A dark lip, a nail color and some awesome face wash! Enough to bring that smile on my face J

Monday, April 13, 2015

Boiled egg-butter onion sandwiches

Easiest recipe if you wanna eat something healthy, yummy and takes less time!

Ingredients -

  1. Boiled eggs
  2. Onions
  3. Bread
  4. Butter 
  5. Black pepper and salt to taste
Get cooking -
  1. Dice the boiled eggs
  2. Cuts the onions in thin slices
  3. Take a pan and saute some butter. You can skip the butter and use oil, but it tastes yummm with the butter
  4. Add the onions and let them fry till light pink
  5. Take a bread slice and arrange the egg dices
  6. Top with the now pink onion slices
  7. Sprinkle salt and pepper
  8. Put it in the toaster and let them roast till light brown
Woohoo!! your sandwiches are ready!
Eat them with tomato ketchup!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Cake!!

In happiness - cake
In sorrow - cake
Lonely - eat cake
With friends and family - eat cake
Birthdays - cake
Anniversaries - cake

Oh!!! The joys of cake baking and eating it too...
You can have the cake and eat it too...
#happiness @cake

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ajnabi ajnabi...

Humsafar banke hum saath saath hai aaj bhi..
Fir bhi hai ye safar ajnabi ajnabi
Rah bhi ajnabee, mod bhi ajnabee..
Jayenge hum kidhar ajnabi ajnabi!

Jindagi ho gyi hai sulagta safar,
Dur tak aa rha hai dhuan sa nazar,
Jaane kis mod pe kho gyi har khushi,
Deke dard-e-jigar ajnabi ajnabi

Humne chun chun ke tinke
Banaya tha jo
Aashiyaan hasraton se
Sajaya tha jo
Hai chaman me wohi aashiyaan aaj bhi
Lag rha hai magar ajnabi ajnabi

Kisko maloom tha
Din ye bhi aayenge
Mausamon ki tarah
Dil badal jayenge
Din hua ajnabi, raat bhi ajnabi
Har ghadi, har pahar ajnabi ajnabi

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