The Best Indian Ads of all Times – Part 1

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Most of us have vague memories from our childhood watching Ads on TV with as much (or sometimes more interest) than the main television content . Years down the line ,we might have forgotten the story line and characters of our TV programmes  (can you blame me for not remembering who Prerna  from Kasauti Zindagi Ki ,married and remarried  for like the hundredth time , after her husband died and was miraculously born again !! 😀 )  ,but the good ads remain etched in our memories forever . Here are a few gems amongst Indian ads ,that sparkle with creativity and bring some much needed liveliness and intelligence  into our othewise mundane  Idiot Box viewing . Since all of them could not be covered in a single post , I have arranged them in a sort of chronological order ,starting with the most recent .
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A billion smiles ,Thanks and Tears … The Little Master bids farewell !!

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Last fortnight  Sachin Tendulkar played his 200th ,but more importantly his farewell Cricket Match in Wankhede Stadium ,  Mumbai . For a country which is obsessed with no sport other than Cricket (and has many passionate fans who consider Sachin “God “ ) ,this was a moment which almost brought the entire nation to a standstill .  For three days ,we watched with our eyes glued to the television set ,played fervently for the Little Master’s century and finally realized on a tearful Saturday that Cricket in India will never be the same again .
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And the Mountains Echoed – Book review

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And the Mountains Echoed by  Khaled Hosseini

I think it’s only fair that I begin this review with a not-so-surprising declaration that I am a big fan of Khaled Hosseini’s  books . Till date I have not been able to decide which out of his two earlier masterpieces  I love more – The Kite runner or  A Thousand Splendid Suns  (Most times I lean a little bit more towards A Thousand Splendid Suns ) . So despite warnings in many reviews that his 3rd book did not quite live up to the high standards set by its predecessors, I still felt that as an ardent fan I HAD to read his latest offering and judge for myself .
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Bali Travelogue ,Day 6

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Bali ,Day 6

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We were almost heading towards the end of our stay in Bali and still had not checked out many beautiful sights the island has to offer . So we booked a taxi for a day and looked forward to a day dedicated to sight seeing . We had to begin early , as unlike Ubud (which is central Bali ) ,Sanur is farther away from most  tourist attractions .
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Noodle Bar , Restaurant review

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Noodle Bar , Phoenix Market City Mall , Whitefield ,Bangalore

A rather notable addition to Whitefield area in Bangalore is the presence of Phoenix Mall  .  Large and loaded with international as well as desi brands , it has become a popular hangout with the bustling IT population residing in the area and even other parts of Bangalore . On weekends  , eating in the food courts of popular malls in Bangalore is a rather daunting task ,so we settled for the newly opened Noodle Bar for an  Oriental ,Sunday evening meal. Continue reading

NH8 ,Bangalore – Restaurant review

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The 10 day Ganesh Chaturthi celabrations  saw us taking a break from Non vegetarian food last week and exploring some vegetarian options in Bangalore . I had not eaten the Rajasthani- Gujarati kind of Thali for a long time ,so we decided to head to NH8 in Indiranangar . We had heard some good reviews about the place ,and the restaurant mostly managed to  live up to its claim .

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Accidentally in Love – Short Story

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“Oh ..wow!! Thanks ..That’s just great.. Sure, I’ll mail you my address, I’ll do it straight away …” Raina squealed  into the phone ,barely able to hold the phone properly in her excitement . Keeping the phone down ,she took a deep breath to calm herself and pinch herself to check if she wasn’t dreaming .Her dream to see her name in print had finally come true , her story was going to be published in one of the country’s best selling anthologies ..and she would give Varun the best Valentine gift of his life!!
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Romancing the Rains

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Its raining in Bangalore nowadays !! Though most times it means more traffic and more chaos unleashed on the streets of our perpetually unprepared Indian cities ,yet rains always trigger  some wonderful memories . There is  no bliss greater than looking out from the balcony at the rain falling ,while sipping on a steaming cup of ginger tea .  I remember writing  this impromptu post a few years back and though of sharing the same with you .

Tale of a Rainy Afternoon

It was a dull dark afternoon. The clouds thundered in the distant background, accompanied occasionally by a silver streak of lightning. Ramya sat by the window in her room, and heard the sound of raindrops dancing on the roof. A strong wind opened the windows suddenly and the cool raindrops  caressed against her face. As she extended her hand quickly to close the window, she was reminded of those other rainy days, much long  ago.

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Olivers Ristorante ,Restaurant review

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Olivers Ristorante ,Whitefield, Bangalore

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It was a Friday evening and like most people we were in the TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday ) mode . Me and hubby  decided to head out to Olivers Ristorante  in Whitefield ,which is very conveniently  located in the vicinity . Situated  on the well known Graphite India Main  Road ,it is quite easy to locate (A map has also been given in the restaurants’ website ) . We had done prior booking through poshvine.com . The restaurant have their own car parking which is shared with Ommi Fitness Centre . Continue reading

Granny’s Tall Tale – Short Story

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Here is a short story I wrote very long ago .  Do let me know whether you enjoy it 🙂

Vedika stared at her computer screen blankly and wrung her hands in frustration. Her fingers seemed to be itching to hit the keyboard, but her mind as usual was failing to respond. A minute or two later, heaving a sigh mingled with confusion and despair, she shut down her computer and made her way to the dinner table. Continue reading