Friday, November 9, 2018

My Elder Bro - My Guide, Friend, Mentor & Lifeline! #SiblingRivalry




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The relation of the sibling is a unique one in this world. It starts with confusion when the elder one is suddenly taken aback when he/she sees another kid joining their league, which eventually leads to a lot of fighting and crying while they are growing up and finally ends with immense love and respect for each other. They become each other's backbone. From keeping secrets to guiding each other for the best, this is my, Mayank Manohar ode to the relation that I share with my elder brother Mrinal Madhukar.





The best memory that I have, which still wanders in the theatre of my mind, is when I was in 4th grade and my brother was in 6th, and we decided to save our pocket money to gift our parents something on their respective birthdays. It was really sweet of him to come up with the idea at such a young age and his will to make me understand. That's how he is, someone who is always so caring about the people he loves that he will always do something special for them.


My brother has always been sensitive since he was a kid. I remember how when our cousins used to come over and leave, I was the least affected by anyone's departure. But my brother would start crying from the moment he learned that people are leaving and the vacation was over. A few of my cousins prayed that my brother is asleep when they have to leave but seldom had it happened. For me, it was more disturbing that the vacation was over and it was time to go back to school. For him, people mattered, more than that the relationships mattered.


While growing up though I had my own tantrums, I still remember how we used to play WWE on our bed and always kept on trying to imitate the moves of those wrestlers. He would grab me, lift me and toss me on the bed and it always used to end with our laughter and warning from our mother that the bed will give up soon if we continued practicing the moves...and a day arrived, when planks of the bed were replaced. Mom premonition came out true.




The age when we were crazy about the magnets and would go to any extent to get one...it was easily accessible to get after operating the toy collection, we had. Once, we even ruined one of the soft toys that our mother loved, it was a monkey who used to blabber whenever it was slapped. We operated on him and got that big fat magnet out. We got good slaps multiple times for doing magnet business but trust me, it was worth it. 



We have laughed together, cried together and have done a lot of mischiefs together but today both of us are on their respective paths to make something out of the life we have, the best part that exists is we have always got each other's back. He would lie to our mother when she found something fishy in my bag ahead of my school exams. The way, he made our parents understand how I felt about engineering and how I wanted to do something else in my life.

He has always ensured that I get the best of everything while he would settle for normal things. For instance, I have stayed in many cities for my studies while he couldn't. He always pushed me really hard for achieving everything that I aspire for. And the reason that I shared my emotions with him about how I felt about engineering was because being my big brother, he used to take my interviews and literally guide me how corporate interviews are supposed to be and how I was supposed to basically put a lot of butter on everything that I say with a lot of emphasis on a few keywords like team player, enthusiastic, optimistic, opportunist etc. It didn't go well down with me and I realized after getting rejected umpteen times that I was made for something else. But unaware of the fact, my brother was speaking to all of his friends and colleagues to get me a better job on my merit.

That was when one fine day I decided to drop him a text explaining everything which led to one thing to another.  For four years  I am placed in Delhi, pleased and content with my choice of profession and aspiring for more & more.

I have always been on the other side of the shore, where I didn't share the same aim as my bro to stick to the only study in schools or college. There were times when our teachers used to compare between me and my brother and there were times when I would get really agitated by his aim to study more and more. I received good scolding to concentrate on studies but my mind was always busy doing something creative. My bro has been the best student, best son, best brother, best friend and now a really good husband. 




I wish him all the best in his life and hope that he gets the best of everything. I may not have been a good brother at times, but I know I have got your back...that's my real strength.


Reminiscing those days of childhood, a plan struck to start a blog train on #SiblingStories and 36 Bloggers of them amalgamated to share their sweet, salt and pepper encounters of #SiblingTalk.Brand Angtatva collaborated with me to give a new shape to this beautiful blog train journey.


The Campaign #SiblingStories & #SiblingTalk hosted by Ila Varma in collaboration with Angtatva comes to an end after a month-long celebration of adventurous blog train trip with Siblings. I am happy that it ended peacefully minting excellent relationship with new and old bloggers from across the globe. The articles shared by all the participants are indeed wonderful, emotional and funny instances with our siblings and I am sure it has helped in unearthing new facts about our siblings.

Friday, November 2, 2018

The Icon of Indian Cinema - Shammi Kapoor! #ZEE5





The world celebrated iconic Shammi Kapoor’s 87th birthday on 21st Oct.2018 posthumously. In his life, he incarnated himself as a hero of his time in showbiz. His unique style and body language caught the attention of masses, and people loved his attitude and performance.




Born in a family of legendary actors, the genes of acting was already in him. Shammi Kapoor was the son of the great cinema icon, Prithviraj Kapoor, who was a pioneer of Indian theatre and the Hindi film industry. The sibling of Great Hero, Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor rose to success and fame in showbiz industry from 1950 to 1980.


Shammi Kapoor got a career break in Jeevan Jyoti, released in 1953, but it did not grab the attention of audiences. Initially, he faced a lot of criticism for his acting. The failures did not deter his determination to give his best. His real cinema career got kickstarted with his amazing performance in Tumsa Nahin Dekha, that stole the hearts of millions of audience. It proved to be an important milestone changing his career graph in an upward direction. There was no looking back for the next decade in Bollywood…and his blockbuster movies, Dil Deke Dekho, Singapore, Junglee, College Girl, Professor, China Town, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya brought laurels for him, and people recognized his unique style in each of his movies…in a few years, he amassed a huge number of fan following. Even today, he is remembered for his exclusive acting style, and no one could ever replace his iconic style.


On the eve of Shammi Kapoor birthday, ZEE5 has launched a collection of 8 movies of this iconic superstar for the viewers of today and yesteryears. You can tune in to ZEE5 to watch those movies.

Pagla Kahin Ka: Shammi Kapoor played a role of a mentally challenged person. Asha Parekh was his co-star in the movie. This movie and the song, “Tum Mujhe Yun Bhula Na Paaoge” was the favorite number of Shammi Kapoor, and later when mobile came into existence, he set this song as the ringtone. It was a sad movie, and the Indian audience was not so happy to watch their enthusiastic actor portray such a tragic character. It wasn’t a blockbuster at the box-office, but still, people do remember this movie.

Dil Deke Dekho:  Shammi Kapoor was in a comic role in this evergreen film, and it was one of the greatest hits of the 20th century at the Box-office and paved the way of success for the icon in a comic role. His dancing moves caught the attention of the audience. His dance moves were so crazy for that time period that some even compared to Elvis Presley.


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Junglee: In Junglee Shammi Kapoor dawned a new energetic character which contradicts his otherwise subtle way of acting. This movie gave a new dimension to his acting skill. It was one of the most significant hits of Shammi Kapoor. The audience was amazed by his performance in this light-hearted musical movie. Shammi portrayed his character so flawlessly that even today people just can’t enough of his acting skills. Still, the tag “Yahoo” and the song “Chahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe” is gonna be remembered for generations to come.





 Kashmir Ki Kali: It was a blockbuster romantic movie of Shammi Kapoor. Sharmila Tagore played the lead heroine against Shammi Kapoor. The elegance and the grace of both the actors under the backdrop of Kashmir stole the heart of millions. Kashmir Ki Kali was a great hit at the box-office, and even today, it is recalled as one of the iconic movies of the 20th century.






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Shammi Kapoor unusual style aided him to become the heartthrob of our nation. He is an asset to our Indian Cinema, and ZEE5 pays their tribute by introducing his iconic movies of different genres and different time period.


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Monday, October 22, 2018

The Mad World of Crazy Siblings! #SiblingStories





My life has been a thorough roller coaster ride and had many health hiccups. My inner spirit never bogged me down and I continue to be one, who appears composed but is crazy at heart.

Born in a large family with three generations living together, at times, we enjoyed, at times, we got irritated by the intervention of different generations but Today, when I look back….I feel lucky to have interactions with so many people of all shapes, sizes and different mental wavelength as we had people in our family born in mid & late 19th century and We classics born in the late-20th century. Imagine our patience the way we dealt with the oldies.







We had a gang of siblings who were always at some mischief or the other…some were silent in giving consequences and few were loud and I was on the middle path…sometimes caught and sometimes not even noticed.





The gang of siblings included our first cousins, second cousins and my siblings from the same mother…but mind it, till today, we don’t address as cousins…we count them as own born from different mothers.

We all lived under one roof and it might appear unusual to the current generation, we shared spaces in one single large room and my granny was our guard to safeguard us when we entered into an alliance to wash & rinse (Dho Daala)  the few that appeared to be our greatest enemy at the moment…it was all momentary…the elders got busy in discussions and we stood in unison….our bonding was so strong.



I am eldest in my five sibling gang born from the same mother…but we hardly got into rough…but with a gang of siblings with different mothers, the pact was strong still it had several dimensions.

Many lived with us and few invaded our territory during festivals, family functions and long holidays.

Little things added joys in our life. We waited ardently for them to arrive and we had great planning ahead to execute.







In our time, we had the privilege to grow amidst nature…big sprawling garden, well, trees, fruits, and veggies plants…and in winters and springtime, our garden was our home where we ate, played, studied and gave results to our mischief…some time we disclosed the name of the culprit but maximum time, it was handled by ourselves.






I was the one to appear meek but knew well to handle things, get it done by the gang and give a final touch…the frontbenchers were caught easily.

We played games like Pitto,” in winter holidays and the siblings that did not listen to us were made the target to hit during the game…hahaha 😆…and after that in the evening, we helped them in smearing Haldi-Chuna to give relief from pain.



We played Teacher game and therein too, our soft targets were the junior ones, whom we spanked with ruler not too hard but we were versed in the task of being a teacher and giving punishments….we all took turn and sometime or the other…everyone received spanking and torturous speech as it was delivered by the teachers of those days.

We had great fun in food sharing…each one of us had their own taste…and the palette included sweets, sugar, jaggery, pickles, Murabba, Bikaneri Bhujia Haldiram.

We were served in fewer quantities as per our age but the craving to eat wished for more and more…we all in a gang asked elders to serve and after getting, we sat on the roof and amalgamated our choice of food and ate till our tummy was full and craving satiated….mine favorite was Haldiram Bhujia.


We fought with each other but when caught by elders, we helped in shifting the scores to one another instead of making one the Bali ka Bakra.

After heavy fights and scores, still we remained bonded, no ill feelings, no remorse hangover…and if any neighbours tried to pry in our privacy, we united and confronted them with our various tools.

We saved each other from the eyes of the elders if anyone did something mischievous.

We were a gang of mad siblings and we felt comfortable in our group…we shared beds, bathrooms, cosmetics, dresses, and accessories…nothing was defined for a specific person.

Ohh…with sharing of dress, I remember few majedaar incidents where we exchanged dresses, mainly it happened in girls gang and the culprit that was hunted by the elders were saved and the innocent caught but the elders rage too diminished after catching the wrong person and the grim environment turned into humorous one.

Really, I miss those wonderful days of pranks, silly encounters, and huge countenance of mischiefs that we shaped carelessly in our childhood carefree days.


Gang of siblings helps children to learn to share and caring and they come up as a better social being and has the potential to defy hurdles of life with a smile…it’s my perception.


Reminiscing those days of childhood, a plan struck to start a blog train on #SiblingStories and 36 Bloggers of them amalgamated to share their sweet, salt and pepper encounters of #SiblingTalkBrand Angtatva collaborated with me to give a new shape to this beautiful blog train journey.



Today, is Day 15 of the blog train journey and the successful bloggers who have completed their journey are as under:


















Stay tuned to read more exciting entertaining stories.







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This Blog Train has been hosted by Ila Varma and sponsored by brand Ang-tatva in a bid to unravel the past memories of childhood, Khatta-Mitha experiences and to unearth the glorious times spent with our siblings. The time to recall those times and bring back a bit of innocence in our life…After all, Dil to Bachcha hai Jee.


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Earlier, cotton and muslin cloth was used to clean the bums after pee and potty and to clean the baby after feeding, playing etc. There was a concern of washing and drying and it was a real botheration to carry on travels or on outings. The Moms feared going on errands with kids rather more plans were postponed. The introduction of single-use baby wet wipes relieved mothers with the responsibility of carrying cloth wipes and washing them. It brought tremendous changes in the life of a Mom and she sighed with a great relief finding baby wet wipes in her custody.


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Monday, October 15, 2018

Special Bonding - Sibling Love! #SiblingStories








Life is one, yet we are connected with so many people. I too have #SiblingStories and I am eager to share....and Yes, I got a chance to share.

#SiblingStories is a blogging train hosted by varmaila in collaboration with the Brand Ang-Tatva...Esteemed bloggers from blogging fraternity have joined hands to participate in the Blog train for #SiblingTalk reviving the sweet and tickling hours spent with loving siblings and revive golden memories of the past. 


We are 3 siblings. I am the youngest and pampered one born on Valentine Day 14th Feb, J moody at times, childlike at heart.


My Great Brother




I am blessed to have an elder brother who pamper me like a kid. He has always been naughty among all three of us. Our parents gave us great values that have nurture us not only as a person but overall as a good human being. Thanks to them for their love and unconditional support.

Among all three, I have always been a pampered child. I was young in the family so everyone used to listen to my wishes.  I used to have pillow fights with my brother, He used to pull my hair and run away. Then I used to cry louder and seek everyone’s sympathy.

 And then do I need to tell you?

Hahaha. My mummy used to do what... Brother Ki pitai. To honi he thi...
Kabhi Chappal, Kabhi Belan …

My parents used to scold him and ask him -- is it a way to treat a younger sister and I used to feel aahhhhh. And wow… “Fir Kya” bas patch up. Happy ending with gifts and chocolate J

I remember when I had my school board exams, my brother used to drop me at board examination centre and he used to wait for full 3 hours till my exam gets over. That time it was a normal thing for me. But now when I think, I feel happy and blessed to be loved by all. That is all about #siblinglove


My Elder Sister

I have an elder sister too who is more like a mom to me, then a sister. She used to live with my granny (nani) more often and visits during weekends. So when she used to visit us, she was given a special treatment. My mother used to make special dishes.

She has always been responsible and favorite of all. Very respectful, sincere, caring loving and affectionate. In brief, I have inherited from my sis being a social and well-mannered child.

I am blessed to have a sister like her. There were times when I used to feel little annoyed with her over my mom’s inclination towards her. Because she is very understanding, so obviously, mom’s favorite. But over a period of time, I began to realise that there is nothing wrong in it. Parents love all their children alike.

Parents love is unconditional. They never demand anything from us in return.
I remember I was in class VII preparing for my history paper. I was so nervous that I fell ill. I was confused about a few chapters. My sister had helped me at that time. She explained each and every line of the chapter. That made me so confident that I never felt nervous again. I learned the technique of learning.

From that day onwards, I clearly understood that mugging up things won’t help me in the longer run. It’s better to understand the concept and then write on it...it was her guidance that proved helpful in my life.

It’s all about sibling love and the bonding that we 3 share. It’s so beautiful to do write up on this topic that I am feeling short of words. Sibling love is beautiful. Lots of fights, tears of joy, ocean of emotions and happy endings. All that matters when comes to #SiblingStories #SiblingTalk #Siblinglove.

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Pooja Budhiraja, a working mom, a blogger, social media influencer and a homemaker. I believe one should follow his/her dreams religiously and never say No before trying. Life is about Khatta-Meetha experiences and through this post I would like to bring back a few bits of lost innocence.





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