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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Kahani Thodi Filmy Hai

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Every love story has a hero. By the popular Bollywood definition -

He fights 10 men
Dances like a pro
And, sings whenever need be

Even I have a hero in my story, but he is a little unconventional.

He fights, but with his lady love
He dances like a Pro-Robot
And boy, oh boy - when he sings the entire world comes crashing down!

We are not lovebirds. We are husband and wife, and to fill the eligibility criteria - we fight on regular basis. In our story - savior is #LoveAndLaughter. Laughter first and love later. One fine day as I was getting ready for a party, Alok started blaming me for wasting time. Apparently, I shouldn’t comb my hair, I should go out in just-out-of-bed look. I protested. I put my foot down and took more than the required time to compensate my anger. He fretted, and walked up and down the length of the living room. I am sure he must have burned a hell lot of calories in those 20-minute brisk walk. The moment I came out of the bathroom, he said - I was looking worse than before, and added fuel to the fire. I didn’t reply, which was a sure shot signal that his words have done the damage.

After realising his mistake, he started praising me - complimented my dress and hair. He even lied and said, ‘I lost weight.’ I didn’t budge. He didn’t hit my pride. He made fun of my looks after I spent 20 minutes ironing my hair poker straight. We all know how hard that is, right? We went to the party and I maintained a ‘need to know basis' relationship. He talked unnecessarily to make up for his mistake and I answered in monosyllables. Words were useless. He realised he should do something very irritating in an attempt to get me to speak. And, he started singing.

The song he sang had lyrics of 4 songs rolled into one and tune of Vande Mataram. When the music lover in me couldn’t bear the torture, I asked him to atleast know the lyrics. ‘Ok, I will sing my favorite song!’ he retorted. What followed next made me laugh my heart out. First, he didn’t remember his “favorite song.” He asked me and later gave me all the necessary clues to solve the mystery called - ‘Guess His Favorite Song.’ In simple words, he did this -

Alok wanted to listen to this Shahrukh Khan song with not-so-famous actress. When I couldn't guess it, he acted the...
Posted by Saru Singhal on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

He imitated Shahrukh Khan for a Suniel Shetty song. He was dead sure Akshay Khanna was the main lead of Mohra. I laughed through his comic journey and finally said - ‘You don’t know anything, Alok’ To which his reply was - I know how to make you laugh. And with that my anger melted like butter on a hot paratha. We both laughed at his Bollywood GK (or lack of it.) And, in the evening watched Mohra to celebrate the patch up.

Whenever our relationship hits a snag, humor spices it up. Our story may have bumps, but like a true Bollywood hero, laughter makes things right in the end. Have a look at this video - there are many more like us who make their relationship blissful with a hearty laugh.



Few months later when he was annoyed with me, I took the same course - I sang and danced, but I knew the lyrics.

Finally I danced yesterday. The moment Alok entered the house, I started dancing and singing - mera piya ghar aaya ho ramji, mera piya ghar aaya ho ramji :P
Posted by Saru Singhal on Friday, January 23, 2015

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This post is a part of #LoveAndLaughter activity at BlogAdda in association with Caratlane.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Affimity - Interaction Redefined!

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There is no dearth of social media portals on the internet. We all are using 3-4 sites on a daily basis. However, all of them are cluttered with information. There is random content spamming our timeline. Yes, we can streamline our timeline to an extent, but after a point, we are forced to see useless or repeated posts. How many of you feel this way? I am sure, many would nod in agreement. The other day one of my friends was irked by the number of political tweets in his timeline. The answer to this problem is curated feed. We need a website that shows only the content we want, like - movies, sports, health, writing and books in my case. Last week, I stumbled upon Affimity. ‘It’s exactly what I was looking for!’ was my first reaction when I created an account.

The moment I logged in, it asked me to select my areas of interest. I picked my favorite genres and then it showed items that are handpicked for me. I got great articles to read and through Affimity, I interacted with like-minded people. As a blogger, I use Facebook and Twitter to share my posts with my friends and followers. But off late, due to the algorithm change in these sites my content doesn’t reach many out there. At this time, Affimity sounds like a perfect substitute to connect with others who share the similar interests. I shared my latest post on Affimity and I got instant response from readers. What more I could ask for? It’s the best social media site for bloggers.
                       Various sections on Affimity - pick one you like
As bloggers we constantly work towards gaining more and more hits. We want to expand our reach and get feedback from a large audience base. I want to know how westerns react to my humor posts. Do they appreciate the funny one liners or sarcasm? And, to reach to a greater audience of same interest, Affimity is a great medium. When I shared my latest poem, many people beyond my personal and blogger network ‘liked’ it. I was interacting with the new audience and expanding my blog reach. And I didn’t put in extra effort to promote my posts. I just shared it on Affimity and my post was reflected in the feed of people who share interest in poetry, humor and creative writing. Isn’t it amazing!


If you are impressed with the numbers, interaction and reach; create an account and expand your blog reach. And, the bonus is you can access Affimity anytime on your phone, download its app and open the floodgates of meaningful interaction.

Interact with like-minded people, select a genre - read, post, ask a question or run a poll
Affimity’s home page is divided into three sections - My Channel, Featured Channels and All Channels. One can surf as per their interest or mood. You can post status, ask a question and run a poll, and the biggest advantage is it will be reflected in the feed of those who share similar interest and it will generate response. But, don’t think it’s for bloggers only, it’s for everyone who wants to interact with people having similar passions. Try Affimity and connect with me here.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

I set myself free

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an old page fell out
I unfolded and opened a world filled with you
initials carved on college desk
a bunch of promises that are long overdue

soaked clothes in august rain
lust peeking through white
a meter-less sonnet inked for you
and a cold reaction for a poet's delight

folding it back the woman in me chuckled
the young girl adjusted her hair
knowing too well between strokes
you would have never cared

though I  folded the page back
your fragments remained with me
take all that you left behind - I screamed
let me be free

twenties is a wicked time
you fly and think you can soar
thirties is no less either
these tidbits are hard to ignore

I unfolded the page again
made a paper plane with words out
threw in your direction
from where you once come unannounced

with a flick and some wind
yesterday I embraced the woman in me
with that paper plane flew my remaining hopes
but I set myself free

p.s. - posting a poem after a gap of 3.5 months
image source - here

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