Why Dresses Are’nt Always A Wise Option…

Beautiful flow-y gowns look elegant no doubt. But I have got a list of reasons why I can’t always resort to wearing them :

1) They do not have pockets – Well none that I have seen. And honestly, pockets are really handy. I, for one, cannot carry those big handbags because they are too much of a trouble and the small ones would be an issue because I would just leave it near the washroom sink somewhere and never realize until I got home.

2) Watch your step! – If its one of those really long ones that reach up to your toes you’re going to have one hell of a time in a crowd. Youd fall face down before you can say “Dolce and Gabbana”.

3) Because you can’t have fun – Not in the real sense anyway. You can’t frolic around with little kids in the park or jog with your dog. You cant even have roadside ice-cream in peace because you’d too worried about your dress the whole time!

4) Its windy out there – Weather is unpredictable and if you want to be prepared for cold weather, normal denim jackets are a totoal no-no around a dress. You have to have some fancy wrap around your dress (and who wants that?). Also, unless you have a sudden urge to imitate Marilyn Monroe, I don’t think wearing a dress in windy weather would be appropriate.

So there you are! Casuals are all- purpose, pocket-having and climate-friendly. Most importantly, you dont always have to act like a “lady” in casuals…you can be whoever you wish to be.

So for that party next week, go right ahead and wear a dress! But wouldnt you rather wear your jeans to go buy milk?

I stand for all things casual!

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Did That Just Happen?

Every person on EARTH should travel to Europe sometime! (Not all at once of
course) Because it is lovely!

Everyday I would see something I never thought looked like that. Believe me, nothing I read about The Leaning
Tower of Pisa could really explain what I felt when I saw it there. I remember wondering if the world looked tilted from the top. I have read, heard and googled all of those places….but seeing is believing. And man did I believe.

From snow fights in the Alps to the sculptures in Rome, from the rides in the red buses in London
to the sight of The Eifel Tower by night….it was so magical! The walks in Germany and the oh-so-fashionable Paris. Austria, Amsterdam, Vatican City, all unique in their own ways.

Have you ever seen those travel brochures with people sitting on little canoes in Venice? I felt like I was one of those little photographs, sitting on the deck of the gondola. Our gondola driver’s name was Roberto (yes,very much Italian).No fancy cruise on some huge ship can beat the feeling of riding on a small gondola in Venice….even though the canals in Venice? Yeah, um not very hygienic. The water is 700 years of sewage (thank God he told us that after the boat ride).

The Big Ben took the cake of course what with me always wanting to see it and all but the Buckingham Palace
bought actual tears to my eyes. It was just so beautiful.

There is so much more but I’m rambling am I not? I won’t spoil it for you. See it for yourself sometime and
you will remember the feeing for as long as you live! (At least I think so…I only came back yesterday so I don’t really have first hand experience but still…)

There are some things I didn’t like though…

1) The pigeons – Why? Why? Why? Why so many pigeons?

2) The keyboards – At least the ones I had to mange with were terrible. All the letters were mixed up!

3) The public bathrooms – No, it’s alright to be dirty…they are after all public bathrooms, it’s a universal
problem. But I have an issue with the paid bathrooms. I didn’t know people have
to pay to go! So every morning we made it a point to finish off all bathroom
business in the washrooms of our hotel rooms…which were free.

Ah well. It was the best trip yet and I hope to have many more with my loved ones.

A word out to all of the amazing friends we made there! You guys rock 🙂

Adieu

What We’re Made Of!

Ring A Bell?

I just want to clear some things up about females. Being a female gives me at least some authority on the subject of females. There are so many things misunderstood about our half of humanity.

1) Pink may not be our favorite color. Yes, it’s true; don’t be shocked. Not all of us like pink and even those who love pink don’t want to live in pink cities and walk through pink fields while gazing up at a pink moon. We know
about other colors and like other colors too, you know.

2) We are not “naturally bad drivers.” Absolutely not. Sure, some of us are bad drivers but some of us are great drivers. Men can be pretty risky behind the wheel; and the more horse
power under the hood, the less safe it is to be out on the streets. It’s not like driving ability is in our genetic code. I’m not saying XX is a formula for crashing cars and XY means you’re a shoe-in for Fast And Furious, Part 11.  What I simply mean is, we all have our driving faults.

3) We prefer to be called “girls” over “chics” or “gals.” Do we look like newly hatched babies of hens? Do you
see yellow-colored feathery friends when you look at us? Um, no.

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And another thing-I assure you that the “gall bladder” is a small organ that aids in fat digestion and secretes bitter juice called “bile” (yes, you can Google it). Gulls, on the other hand, are, well, birds. We are none of those…by all means we are and always will be “girls”.

4) We do not “over react” all the time and do not use crying as a manipulative tool. Just because we express our feelings more than most men do, does not mean we feel “too much.” Crying is a natural response to any intense emotion! There are other ways of acting out—like punching a wall or someone’s
face, using your car as a drag racer out of a driveway, yelling and slamming
doors. Men, sound familiar? Women do these things, too. So no, not every woman
cries and those who do probably need a good cry because a guy just punched a hole
in her wall.

5) Our silence is golden. Not much escapes our attention and we know a lot more than most people give us
credit for. It’s called wisdom folks…something that you believe is alien to us.

PS- Thank you again Lorna! Women Power 😀

Top 10 Things To Do When Bored To Death On An Airplane

Airplanes can be pretty boring…especially when they don’t have those little television screens. What next? Do you just sit there? Nope.

1) Read a book – Works every time. Nothing more to be said.

I look boring to some and comfy to others!

2) Write – Why not? All you need is a pen and a paper and by the time you get off, you’ll have a poem to your name.

3) Anagram – It’s very effective! It takes up a lot of your time (and brain) but its fun to read afterwards! For example, “Justin Timberlake” becomes “I’m a jerk, but listen”

4) Stare out of the window  – Just look out and experience procrastination at its best..that is, if you are fortunate enough to be sitting next to a window.

5) Entertain babies – I can very confidently state that I have never stepped on to a plane where at least one baby wasnt squealing. They are the most amusing and fun to be with humans! Play with a baby why don’t you?

6) Read a magazine – Airplanes provide those free mags. Agreed, they aren’t all that exhilarating but still, desperate needs call for desperate measures don’t they?

7) Make use of the earplugs – Those kind air hostesses always pass out those earplugs so put them to use and listen to some music to pass the time.

8) Play a game – I invent all sorts of games when I’m bored. Since airplanes have so many people, try guessing what each of them may do once they reach their destination. For example: if I were to see a blonde woman in her twenties reading a novel, I would guess she was going to meet a friend for the holidays. On the other hand, an old lady knitting a sweater maybe going to take care of her daughter’s new-born!

9) Engage in conversation – You never know, you might have just found a far away relative…this world is very small I’ve heard.

10) Sleep – One of my least favourites but I’m sure it works. I’ve seen people snore through their entire journey….how on earth do they manage to do that?

Is That A Bird? Is That A Plane? Oh No, Its A Plastic Bag…

I need not explain what global warming is about. A first grader would be aware of what it’s all about. And yet “knowing” and “being aware” are two different things entirely.

For starters, it’s commonly believed that home appliances that are turned off do not consume any electrical power. That is not always the case – in fact, some electronics such as computers, phone chargers and television
sets are drawing power from the grid even in stand-by.

How many times were you made aware that you can help counter act global warming if you plant more trees? Well, it isn’t wrong but it’s important to realize that randomly planting trees can have a negative
effect on the environment, and actually help increase out planet’s temperature. Studies show that plants that are planted near the equator do help but those on the upper latitudes can act otherwise…they can help absorb more heat! Nature lovers should always use sound scientific research as a
theoretical foundation for determining the best places to plant trees near them.

These two examples are only the beginning…ask yourself, are you really doing something, anything to help? Or are you just finding more ways to destroy your homeland? Do you really not care?

Of course I know you’ve read this a million times, but I wish you would read it once more and act upon it.

  • Change your Kitchen Habits — Use reusable containers for food
    storage instead of wrapping food in foil or plastic wrap. You can also use
    unbleached coffee filters, which does not produce the deadly toxin dioxin in its
    manufacturing. Use rags to wipe up spills instead of paper towels, and use
    biodegradable wax paper and bags.
  • Shopping Bags — Plastic bags are not biodegradable even if they say
    they are they do not decompose fully. Also the ink is made up of cadmium, and is
    highly toxic when it is released. Whereas paper bags are reusable and
    biodegradable. However supermarkets use paper that has never been recycled
    before and they always say “recyclable” not “recycled”. Here is what you can do:
    if your purchase is small don’t take any bag, this alone could save hundreds of
    millions of bags. Bring a cloth bag when you shop, or use string bags.
  • Beware of Your Showers — If a four person family showers each day for
    5-minutes, in one week they would use 700 gallons of water. This is enough water
    for a person to live off  for three years.

Its time you started you know….it may not be too late.

There is a website that you can log onto..I am a member of it myself. You just have to enter in your email address! www.ecogeek.org   

Be a hero!

Did You Just Say “OMG”?

I’m pretty sure it’s not just me.

It’s everywhere! I have already expressed my views on the various short forms of everyday words we use on emails and chats and text messages but I have yet to point out how much it grieves me when words like “lol”, “omg” and “ily” are used when we talk to each other.

I was recently discussing the use of such short forms with a friend of mine and the only thing we could think ofwhy people do this is to save “time”. In this “pedal to the metal” world around us, time has become like a deep breath—both a luxury and a necessity that we rarely get and yet, if that is the case, then why do we spend hours on social networking sites? Of course, you could be the exception; I am strictly speaking in general terms.

To be honest, I don’t see how “OMG” can possibly convey the shock and surprise that a well-delivered “OH MY GOD” can express. It’s not satisfying to say just 3 letters when you find your new hybrid that you’ve waited 6 moths to get and pledged your soul to a foreign nation just got paint balled!   

And don’t you start on why you should say “OMG” simply because you are conserving “energy”.

Another friend of mine and I were chatting one morning when I happened to crack some joke. You wouldn’t believe what she said (well, maybe you would). She laughed a little and then said “lol”. First, I thought she was pulling my leg and then I saw she was still smiling. Yes friends, the world most certainly is changing!

There are so many more ways people indulge into such awful language and they are all around us. Spelling is getting worse and so is grammar. And I am worried to death. I do not want to live in a world where people go around saying only 5-6 letters when they meet. How on earth are the conversations going to continue?

Around 25 years later: two friends meet…their face to face conversations will be something like the one given below.

“Hey”

“Hi”

“watsup?”

“nm. you?”

“sme here.”

“gtgnw”

“k”

“bye. hftc”

“bye”

Oh yes, you can imagine your kids/grandkids saying this…

I am not saying I don’t indulge in net slang. Due to the hatred I have for the word “lol” I have never used it and yet, I find myself using other short forms such as “gn” for goodnight or perhaps if I have enough time, I may actually type “gudnight” instead!

Believe me, though; I so terribly want to change.

PS- Did you know “DLTBBB” means “Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite”?

 PPS- A huge thankyou to Lorna…I couldnt have done this without you 🙂

Just My Luck?

 Did you ever wake up with a grey cloud atop your head?

Mom and I have a tendency to wake up earlier than the rest of the household. There are days when I find myself awake at 4 am with nothing to do…so I just hit the hay again. It happened again that day. I woke up early while my brother and my dad were fast asleep locked in their own little dreams. My mom left for school and for some reason I had a holiday that fine morning (is it a general idea that when you have a holiday, the morning is “fine” or is it just me?)I hadn’t eaten so I decided to raid the kitchen while on tip toes so that I don’t wake those asleep. I opened up every cupboard possible and then it caught my eye. Something mom had bought only just yesterday. I knew it wasnt something I could have for breakfast but unable to contain my curiosity, I opened it.

 If only I had known the spices were filled up to the brim.

Well, instead of eating, I was sweeping the kitchen for the next fifteen minutes. And by then, my brother had woken up. He walked sleepily up to me, rubbing his eyes, “Whats all the racket?”

My dad woke up shortly afterwards and gave me some cash to buy a few things from the supermarket downstairs. After giving my brother and dad breakfast, I headed down. It was all fine and dandy until I, with 2 bags, was walking back to the entrance of my building. I mean, the bags werent that heavy….but for some ridiculous reason, they tore. Both of them. Looking like a complete idiot, I half carried half tried to carry the things back. I know I should have gone in and taken two other bags but I didn’t(for the simple reason that I was closer to the entrance of my building) I returned home to find my brother in a state of frenzy (because, as I later found out, he was late for his math class..again) We rushed him out and somehow caught the bus on time(That obviously involved him screaming for his bag and books and me screaming at him for not remembering where they were.)

 

 Still hungry, I returned back upstairs where my dad was ready to head for his office. I finally returned to the kitchen, poured some milk into a glass and crashed on to the sofa. It took me another 15 minutes to first find where the cloth was and then to wipe off all of the milk from the sofa.

There are days when you can watch t.v for several hours with no distraction. This was not one of those days. After I finally found something worth watching, the television went black giving me just one message “NO SIGNAL” . I decided to deal with the chores at hand later and unlocked the balcony door. I  stepped outside with a sulk( because I hit my head on the way) where I saw a lady drying her hair on the opposite balcony. I sighed, forget it..it’s just a really bad day. I looked down and voila….a dead pigeon.

We all have bad days! But I think God gives them to us because he wants us to look back and laugh later 🙂

Sionara!