Showing posts from October, 2009

Dazzled by Lights

Lights across the city makes one feel like they are in a Fairy Tale. What with the load of goodies, sweets and crackers, it’s time for yet another celebration. Diwali is easily the most awaited festival. The same brings back fond memories of our childhood days where bursting crackers was accompanied with delightful squeals, new clothes brought out great fervour in our homes and sweets were devoured with no consideration for our waist lines.

As we grow older the sweets are pecked by the health conscious ones while others continue to feast on them with no qualms of adding a few pounds. Not to mention fireworks have lost their fans due to the throbbing issue of child labour being involved in manufacturing of the same. However despite all this, the festival has still managed to retain its charm for many.

It’s truly an occasion to meet friends over a hearty lunch or a game of cards with vivacious music in the background. Not to mention the numerous productions of Bollywood slated to hit bi…

Living jewels of the Arabian Sea

-By Swetha Amit We have often wanted to have a Maldives experience without travelling outside of India. A little net surfing and we spotted pictures of the Lakshadweep islands, which looked to be exactly what we wanted – a quiet, seaside getaway. And when we finally managed to vacation there, we were certainly not disappointed; Lakshadweep has all the ideal elements of a great beach holiday — gleaming corals, shimmering sand, and fantastic underwater experiences.

We landed on Agatti Island, and were greeted by the gentle sound of restless waves in the lagoon, smiling resort staff, and offerings of tender coconut water. The resort, owned by island locals, consisted of not more than 19 rooms and provided a pleasing contrast to the crush and crowds of city life. Our rooms overlooked the sea which was an exquisite green in colour.

We didn't know too much about the islands except what had appeared in our school geography textboo…

Happy B'day Bapu

Our father of the nation-fondly known as Bapu!! What didn't he do to attain freedom for his nation-innumerable hunger strikes and protests? He was perennially at the receiving end of insults and flak. Yet that didn’t deter him from appearing calm on the surface with a smile which stated that nothing could shake him. Today a national holiday is being declared as Gandhi Jayanti. In honour of his birthday a certain quote comes to my mind “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”.

Considering the numerous terror attacks and political troubles brewing across the world, one can’t help but wonder about this thought provoking statement. It has led to a blackout of humanity altogether that words like peace and harmony seemed to have dissolved like sugar cubes in milk. The only difference being that it does not leave a sweet taste behind.

As I remember him fondly today, I can’t help but wish if only half his principles were put to application, one wouldn’t cease to witness nightmares o…

'What’s your Raashee': Goes over the moon

Ever seen a movie which makes you feel that an option of having curled up in a couch with a mindless book at home would have been better treat? It does not require an astrologer to predict that or what the box office verdict of this film would be. Neither does it take the audience to make a quick decision about the movie so much that it propels them to walk out of the theatre with an air of impatience. This is probably a faster decision than that of the protagonist’s in the film who encounters 12 damsels to find his better half. An ordeal which tortures the people for 3 and a half hours making them wish that they had the ability to having foreseen this fateful evening.

Yogesh Patel (Harman Baweja) an eligible bachelor just has ten days to tie the knot in order to save his family from a financial crisis. Rather bewildered at this sudden prospect, Yogesh finally relents to meeting one girl from each Zodiac sign to decide upon his life partner. Enter the twelve women (Priyanka Chopra in m…