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Monday, February 20, 2017

Loved at 19, Angry till 24 and Finally Understood at 29

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If love was written on the bed, we would have been on New York Times Best Selling list. We were that good. But if love was to be felt like a warm whisper on a cold February night, we would have made each other deaf -- note the contrast. It was not our fault. We were young. Our bodies dictated our feelings. Maybe, we didn't know how to love anyone at that age. We knew the kind of love we saw in the movies. We didn't read poetry, then. Even if we did, we only read the roses and didn't think of the unmentioned thorns that grow with it. Love was linear to us, not multi-dimensional - one kiss, a phone call, and a handsome boyfriend. And that linear love resulted in only one emotion after our breakup. It made me angry.

I held onto that anger till 24. Then, time took care of it. You become that memory I buried in the someone's backyard. Well, I was afraid of even burying it in my own. You were my biggest mistake. I moved on but carried the dead weight with me all the time. If I liked someone, I doubted him even before the first date. I didn't trust the compliments. I believed all promises were fake. I thought love was to keep the bed warm, not the soul. I took one man's fault and blamed it on men. I cursed men when I should have picked up the broken pieces of my heart and created a beautiful mosaic. But then, I was angry. I was angry because I didn’t understand love.

It was only with age I understood the real meaning of it. Love is not about the longevity of a relation, it’s about the tiny moments we create. Love is not about growing old together either. If you grew as a person even after your breakup, love has served its purpose. So, I did one thing, one evening I sat down and asked myself, ‘What have you given me?’ At 29, the answer was - the ability to love better. Because of you, I know what is love and how to love. I know whom to love too. I know the ‘why’ of love as well. My only regret was all those years I was bitter. I wish I could go back in time and smoothen the arid patch of my life. I wish I could go back and bloom.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

20 Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Special on a Budget

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Some look forward to Valentine’s Day. There are others who feel it’s too cliched. I, on the other hand, feel if there is a day to unwind, relax and have a good time with a special someone, we should never miss it. In case it’s a tiny bit of stress to find ways to make the day special for your partner. Or money is your concern. Worry not. There are many charming ways we can light up Valentine’s Day without burning a hole in the pocket.

Post a Letter or a Greeting Card
Go back fifteen years in time. Ditch texts, Facebook status or WhatsApp forwards. Buy beautiful stationery or card, write your feelings on it and post it. Don’t give it in person. Add a bit of drama to it. Let your partner find it in the mail. It would make a perfect ‘You’ve got mail’ moment but with a personal touch.


And Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!

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Monday, February 6, 2017

10 Valentine's Day Gifts For Husbands That Make Perfect Home Decor Items (Later, Of Course)

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner. While men fret over the price tag on gifts, women are confused as what to buy for the men in their lives. There are limited gifts available for men. Are you tired of picking shirt, perfume or wallet year after year? Personally, I find these items really boring. Wouldn’t it be great to gift them some cool stuff that doesn’t end up in a cupboard after a week? Something personal, creative and fun! This Valentine’s Day I’ve picked these gifts that will accentuate both the day and relationship. And we can use them for home decor later. Win-win, right? These gifts are elegant and score high on cool quotient. Without further ado, let me share the list of Valentine’s Day gifts from igp.com I feel are perfect to make the day special and can light up the home all-year-round -

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This is the coolest gift on the website - Red Harley Davidson Collectible. I am gifting it to my husband. It’s a manly gift. It’s different and makes a perfect piece to adorn the side tables. There are other collectibles on the website - planes, bikes and vintage cars. Choose the one that suits your budget and style.
Price - INR 1735

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Use it for holding a wine bottle. Or be creative and add a plant or book to make it a centerpiece on a coffee table. This bottle holder is contemporary to go with your living room decor or study. It’s fancy and useful. In my opinion, the antique look of this bottle holder is to die for!
Price - INR 990

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For your travel enthusiast and explorer husband, this Brass Nautical Navigation Tool Set is a perfect gift. The trinkets can be placed together or separately at various places in the house. He would love to keep it on his desk, while you can decorate the bookshelf with it.
Price - INR 1425

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Whether you smoke or not, this gift is too hot to miss. Buy a few and use them as a candle holder. There are tons of designs to choose from. It can be used for Diwali and Party decor. Men would surely appreciate the quirky designs and quotes on this one.
Price - INR 325

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This easy on pocket and high on fun personalized coasters are super fun. Add a picture, choose soothing colors and design, and make his day special. If this is your first Valentine’s together, this is a perfect gift. You can use this gift daily. So, it’s money spent well.
Price - INR 340

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This set will add a royal touch to your table. With intricate design and quality finish, it can be used for Valentine’s Day get-together or later during the festival season. You can serve and brag about it to your friends and family. Of course, it would please the man in your life.
Price - INR 5325

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This quirky gift would tickle his funny bones and would be a highlight wherever you choose to place it. Go with the text available or use your own. Whether you share a drink or not, this gift would make a perfect memory for years to come.
Price - INR 570

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Ditch greeting card this Valentine’s Day and choose this personalized message tile instead. Unlike greeting card, you can place it somewhere where it’s visible. It looks classy and goes well with in your book cabinet, bedside table or in the foyer.
Price - INR 425

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Notch up your tea or reading experience with this mug and cozy cushion. Place this cushion and mug where you drink tea in the evening or read newspaper in the morning. Put the picture of the two of you - pick the one from your honeymoon. Add a personal message to make it special. This would be a daily reminder of your romantic days.
Price - INR 745

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Bring the memories alive with the photo cube. Add multiple pictures and message to make it special for your partner. It looks better than a photo frame. Choose this multi-dimensional display of pictures over the linear photo display. It’s colorful, fun and unique.
Price - INR 645

These gifts are affordable and high in quality. Click on the name and buy these products on igp.com. #GiveGiftsNotExcuses this Valentine’s Day.

P. S. - Which one is your favorite from the list and why? Best comment wins IGP voucher worth INR 500. The winner will be announced on 14th February.

P. P. S. - The winner is Subhorup Dasgupta. Congratulations!

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Bookmarked - The 'Way' and 'Why' I Write

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I keep...
Some idle words,
Few hollow lines,
By my bedside.

Half past midnight,
I write some more.
While a few smile at me,
Standing by my door.

Puzzled with this random rush,
I search for meaning within.
I adopt the simple versions,
The ones that touch my skin.

I flip the chapters of my life,
My life looks like an ashtray.
I puffed every bit of it,
But I sing it as a ballet.

I write...I will continue to...
Everyday shaping my endeavor.
With words I'm immortal,
In them...I will live forever and ever.

This is an old poem. Reposting as it reminds me of simpler times. Also, I've been writing daily for over 76 weeks now. I find peace of mind in written words.


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Monday, January 23, 2017

#PerfectMatch

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