Sunday, October 19, 2014

Happy Kids make Happy Homes!

When two people get married, a family is born.
When a child is born, a family is complete.

The child is that one last brick in the wall that constitutes home.. family.. relations. A mother is born, so is  a father. Her tears, sorrows, rashes, sleepless nights, hunger pangs, fevers, injections, first Barbie, calling teddy bears with different names—her experiences become ours!
She is that one bout of happiness that bursts into our mundane existence and we then realise, what we were missing. When my little sister (well, she isn’t that little anymore, but she will always be my little one for me!) was born, God forbid..I hated her!
I had seen my mother go through so much pain for her..the swollen feet, her intense mood swings and nausea, the insulin injections my mother had to inject into her stomach directly for three times every day for months! But then there was that one moment when she was carefully put into my arms, as my grandmother feared I’d drop her for my vengeance!

Well, I do not blame her. I almost felt like doing it. And just then, my sister feebly settled herself into my hands and yawned like she was in the most comfortable and warm bed ever. Perhaps it was that moment that I fell in love with my sister.

When a child entrusts his/her well-being in your hands, it can boost your confidence and happiness to a new zing-level! From that moment on, I did all of what I could have for her. I did try my best to do so. And it has been almost 13 years of doing just that and a little more..

Last week, I got to know that a friend of mine died of a brain haemorrhage. He was in the hospital for quite some time now. However, it left a crappy feeling within me..That guy was my childhood friend. What I felt was not grief entirely, it was the realisation that he was of my age..just 23!

Then I got to know how he was into drugs and alcohol.

I have no qualms against alcohol consumption though I desist drugs of any kind. Occasional drinks are fine, but when a child enters college, he tends to overdo such habits what his peers may call “cool” or the “in” thing. This is where parents, friends-his support system comes to the picture. I’ll always wonder whether Sanjay would have been alive today if I’d kept in touch with him and perhaps stopped him from the over-indulgence. We’ll never know if Aunty’s ignorance regarding his drinking habits had cost them this loss! Or Uncle's indulgence by giving him money, car, etc dug the grave deeper..!

The “what if’s” and the “maybe’s”  always haunt us. Regardless, we must with hope and concern be there for our family and even though the young ones need to flock out of home towards new horizons, it is imperative for the family to be the air beneath their wings.

I came back home with a bottle of olive oil, Dabur Chyawanprash and her favorite pack of kitkat; and saw  my sister gurgling with laughter watching some cartoon programme. She saw me, and ran to me and gave me a big hug. And then, as if to calm me down, she petted me as if I were a kid. Understanding the turmoil that I had been seething with. And in that moment, I found my calm.

The kids are much more aware of things than we were. We've got to move step in step with them.

It is important to be friends with the youth than to question their faith. It is a process towards the natural evolution of humankind.

This post has been written for the Indiblogger write-up on :

"A healthy child makes a happy home"

Monday, July 7, 2014

POETRY: पगडंडियाँ (On To Unfamiliar Roads)

हुत दूर गये, यूँ ही चलते चलते
सोचा, और कुछ दूर तलाक़ जाए
तो शायद तेरे कदमों की आहत पीछे से आती हुई
पर वो तो बस हवा का शोर है..

इतने टीले पार करे, के अब यह शेहेर अलग सा है
नये पुराने मकानो के बीच वो एक गली जो हमारा है
कहाँ मिलेगी अब वो चाए की चुस्की और तुम्हारी हसी
मेरे गोद मे लेते तुम्हारे हर साँस की महक

कौन बुलाएगा मेरे नाम को सौ अलग तरीक़ो से
पर हर बार कुछ और प्यारा, कुछ ख़ास जो लगे मुझे?
शायद इतनी डोर गयी हू, इन पगडंदियों मे से एक चुन्ँके आगे बढ़ने के अलावा, कोई वजह ना तलब रहा

हाँ, यह कोई मरने की वजह तो नही
पर जीना अब कुछ अधूरा सा है
पूरी कर दे ऐसी वो बाअतएं, ऐसी वो यादें
अब बस कहानियाँ..क़िस्सो सा है..

जुब मूड के देखा तो सूनी ज़मीन पे
मेरे ही कदमों के निशान थे
ना तुम थे ना तुम्हारे वो वादे

तब लगा, बहुत दूर गये यूँ ही चलते चलते...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Goodbye Ends! Hair's to new Beginnings!

How can one dare point his eyes at you, you exude of the halo only Athena did. How can one breathe in the whiff of daisies with a dash of lemon that scurries to sprinkle within! Oh, what pity it is, thou are still an outlandish fantasy, o stranger!

Eyes wrinkled, I stare
Why ignore beauty where you seek­—
Magnolias blossoming

 Dancing to chimes in the air
The locks enchant the onlookers
The pied-piper spares none.

No one promises to live forever. But what I can pledge is a healthy experience of this journey. One cannot count the end or the beginning, because we’re all somewhere in the middle of the means to an end.

Cries follow the smiles
Whether nascent or anile
Birth and death flicker like stars

Milestones crossed and by-lanes reached
Somewhere an end awaits us
Towards a new beginning

 The above piece is a prose-poetry developed from the Japanese poetic form, HAIBUN which is a mix of prose poetry followed by a Haiku. It is extremely creative and can be arranged into several phrases. Such artistic freedom results in a lot of variation in the core form giving birth to many styles of poetry I got to know of from Carpe Diem Poetry blog. I hope you like it. 

This post has been written to express my experience and review of the Tresemme Split Remedy Shampoo and conditioner. Tresemme is a line of hair care  products which promises salon quality styling and care at a very affordable price. And the makers of this product profess that Endings Should Never Be Short!
It is no rocket science when they claim to rescue you from 96% of split hair!
But there is simple science and logic to it- Not only does the Reconstructing Complex bind the split hair, the moisturizing shampoo and conditioner nourishes the hair such that the fear of the split hair re-appearing also vanishes! In fact they claim that split ends reduce by 80% in the first three washes!
So how does this work?
The split frayed ends are basically damaged and negatively charged and thus, the Reconstructing Complex is potion-ed with positively charged polymers(Amino Vitamin blend) in gel form.

Does this work?
To be frank, the first three washes only made my hair feel soft and tangle-free though the ends seemed softer than the usual roughness. However, the split ends stayed on. However, by the end of a week's usage, there was a visible difference
in the number of split-hairs I had initially. Well Well, Diana Penty wasn't wrong after all!     

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