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RIP Uncle Pai

I fondly recollect those good old days of summer vacation especially. Free from school burden, the lazy hours were spent dutifully flipping the pages of the all time favourite Amar Chitra Katha. The tales of the God and Demi Gods indeed ignited a mystical feeling within us. As children, mythology never failed to fascinate us. Probably this was what helped in inculcating the right values as we grew into big swans, ready to face the world. Morals from these tales were imbibed in our subconscious minds which helped us in crossing the hurdles in life. Philosophical quotes derived from these stories inspired us to take things in our stride.

These Comic books undoubtedly influenced our thoughts and ideas to a large extent. It is sad to know that the Author of these works-Anant Pai who is fondly known as Uncle Pai is no more with us. He will be missed and may his soul rest in peace. Amen. RIP Uncle Pai.

Universal Studios: Flight into fantasy land

A trip to Universal Studios in Singapore arouses childlike enthusiasm in Swetha Amit and provides her a quick visit back into childhood
-By Swetha Amit

Theme parks have always been a fascination for children. Fairyale and Disney characters and magical roller coaster rides make a visit to a theme park a joyful experience. The trip ends up being a treat for adults as well, who get a rare chance to bring out the child in them, making it a must-visit place irrespective of its location around the world. Inaugurated in March-April 2010, Universal Studios in Singapore has gained popularity in no time.

The grand entry: Situated right next to Sentosa, Universal Studios seemed to overshadow it. As we entered the fantasy land, we were greeted by colourful candy carts and Kung Fu Panda posing for photographs. We joined the long queue waiting to click pictures and got our turn and a warm hug from Panda. It helped that we had a map of the s…

The Big Day

Four years ago, it was a dishevelled squad which faced defeat at the hands of the Minnows. This was a game which sent shock waves across the country especially when it was their exit ticket from the World Cup. Not many have forgotten the 2007 disaster, though later that year a much younger Indian team brought back smiles on to their fans' faces after winning the T20 champions’ title.

Dhoni is known for his cool stature and great captaincy skills. Many are hoping to see a repeat of the 1983 world cup. What makes prayers even more earnest is to seek sweet revenge against the Bangla Tigers this Saturday which is the first game of the World Cup? With every successive year, Bangladesh has been improving as a team. Will Men in Blue manage to tame these tigers and get their revenge that they have been waiting for?

With just three more days to go, heres wishing Team India loads of luck!!

Valentine's Day

‎'We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.' Happy Valentine's day!

Chocolate Day

What initially was my best friend during my childhood days turned out to be my worst enemy as I grew older? I've always had a sweet tooth and indulged in chocolates for what seemed like eternity. Last few years however, having been bitten by the fitness bug, I had no choice but to bid this friendship goodbye. This also meant goodbye to the fat percentage and persisting tooth problems.

As I reflect back in times, these no doubt gave the needed feel good factor especially with exams around the corner or post exam results. A chocolate shake was what I needed to boost my spirits up. A chocolate cake was what I looked forward to when birthdays were around the corner. Swiss chocolates were an incentive for me to do well in my maths tests back in school. Despite severing ties, this old 'friend' of mine no doubt evokes sweet memories instead of leaving a bitter taste in my mouth.:)

Despite its several not so great side effects, this pal of mine continues to be a favourite among mill…

A call from God

It wasn’t a usual Sunday morning I woke up to considering the dream I had. As I recollected the image, it was the one of Ganpati Bappa beckoning me to seek his blessings. Wondering what it could have possible meant, I decided to pay my visit to Siddi Vinayak Temple which was long overdue.

It isn't known to be crowded on a Monday, especially around noon time. However as I reached the holy abode, I was quite taken aback to see a long cue of people perspiring in the hot sun and waiting patiently to get a glimpse of the almighty. I stood there as well for around an hour. I hadn't finished my lunch since I didn't realize that it would take around 2 hours including the travel time. I soon got immersed in my own thoughts wondering why God had called me and the strange dream. Before I knew it, the line started to move fast and it was just a matter of time when he graced me with his Darshan. It was a massive crowd out there pushing and eager to get a glimpse of this powerful deity o…