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And then I realized, experiments are the best way to learn and have fun!

Being a market researcher, it is very irritating to see people envying you because of your frequent (read weekly) travel. The pain behind these travels are unknown to them, we fly early morning and return the same day under the darkest shade of night. If we are lucky, then we get to stay in lavish hotel rooms just to admire the antiques in the dreams and catch next day air traveler.

Alas! These travels make me feel tired and often, repellent towards the word ‘travel’!

I feel the same most of the times, but other times, I am just normal human being – who dreams to travel leisurely savoring nature and talking to birds (fancy dreams you know)

Last month, after travelling to 5 cities in 15 days around the country, I was bogged up to the core. I wanted to run away, from the world and from my own self. I wanted to have a good break, where I get sleep without being disturbed by untimely phone calls.

With the basics in mind clear, I searched for all ‘high altitude places’ (Because phone networks don’t work there- HURRAY!). But I knew, even though I would settle down for any place, my companions would have their own choices and timelines. I did not want to undergo adjustments – Remember, I was already exasperated.

I decided to enroll for a women only travel group – a chance to explore new people (which I do quite often but because of work) and get ‘away’ with management skills needed to convince friends.

The first ad that day on Facebook while still figuring out my trip ideas was of JUGNI – offering a weekend getaway to PARASHAR LAKE.

This is what Parashar Lake looks like  :)

This is what Parashar Lake looks like 🙂

Jugni is women only travel group run by two young minds Nitesh and Rohit. Started recently, the Jugnoos (that’s what they call themselves) have brilliant innovative ideas to keep girls engaged and offer them enticing trips.

For me, the idea of having a weekend with new people (and in budget) was a good deal – and a calculated risk also I think.

I had my apprehensions, think excitement of what would it be like travelling with entirely new clan.

We were supposed to meet on Friday night at the bus stop. When I reached, first girl I met made me confident of my decision. She was travelling alone (too), had reasons like me (too) and was ‘nice’ (like me too). I met others also, some first time solo-travellers, others travelling second time with Jugni and rest with friends. In all we were good group of 15 people, from different background! (The trip surely was proving a jackpot)

Next two days were among the best days of my life, and I am sure, for other Jugnis (that’s what we call ourselves now) too.

From sustaining to learning to loving to meeting- the trip had it all. We hopped through rocks to climb to no man’s land, just to realize that map was read all wrong.

The love bites from leeches to unwashed dirty peaches, the trek within the clouds holding hands to the joy of reaching the lake finally (after the labyrinth), from cocooning self in sleeping bags to hearing loud roars of clouds above us, from warming around the bonfire to singing melodiously (I doubt this melodious word here) with other travelers around, we did it all.

The trip proved a gift in disguise, letting me explore myself in better way. It also enabled me to get out of my shell and become confident of travelling and enjoying alone. Even though I had wonderful people around, I did get time to relish my own company.

After 2 days of ‘unexpected’ fun and humor, I was not very sure of ending the trip. We did bid goodbyes to each other, but only to promise to meet soon.

The rajma chawal as the meal to the tasteless omelettes, the Mandi secret to the bus adventure, the Babloo stories to truck ride back home, and the endless clicks to personal gigs- I miss it all.

Some snapshots from the memory lane

Some snapshots from the memory lane

Special Thanks to team Jugni, who made this trip memorable with their humour and glamour.

Thanks Rohit for being a help when I was shit tired to carry my bag pack to the top, for being a ‘PAHADO K DEVTA’ to run among mountains like a pro and for being sensible and caring organizer.

Thanks to the handsome boy Nitesh too, who kept us gripped with his endless jokes and scripts, who made sure to do his after sales ‘just right’ and who also ensured we all get our share of fun ‘wherever’.

With more love, looking forward to join you guys again for wonderful travel stories!

P.S: Girls, you can join them on Facebook here

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No I am not a movie freak. And it is not a compulsion for me to watch every movie. You may find me ‘weird’, but this is it. I am not a hard-core-mad-fan of any celebrity too. I am more of a ‘play’ enthusiast. I like it real 😉

Then why did I decide to watch a movie like ‘Hamshakals’. Well, the reason was quite genuine and humane – I did not want Sajid to have a run for his money!

Okay, to be true, it was a weekend and some bucks in my wallet were desperate to get spent (wasted) – thus, it happened!

For all those who have not been insane in ‘giving it a try’ unlike me – Here’s a sneak peak of what have you missed:

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  • Main leads (Misleads) : Yes, the movie is full of actors –frantic about being funny (which they fail terribly), sexy (Mmm, guys were too busy to get funny and hence, ignored it) and surprisingly multiplying (limited to male actors, seems like some chain reaction is going on throughout the movie).

And dear Mr kareena (Saif Ali Khan)- get a life, you don’t look funny but a frustrated-constipated-moron-ready-to-puke with that wifey taught pouts.

 

  • The (distorted)Story line: Sajid has misinterpreted normal people like us, who search for an entertainment over their much-awaited weekend. He comes out with a story – something from somewhere which does not even make a sense to 5-yr old. The story is a confused mix of ‘run-behind-the-millionaire’s-property’ and ‘being-hilarious-and-make-no-sense’. Sajid, why did you ever try to re-do mistakes post ‘Himmatwala’? Don’t we have enough already.

By god, janta ka pta nai, mei nai maaf krungi…. grrhhh

 

  • The (irritating) Triple roles: Sajid- you think that having Hamshakals in Asylum (with the same name) and then in gay avatar are funny? Ha ha, we found it extremely disturbing like Bipasha. And to top it, you have triple role of all the three characters! What a bloody coincident- we are so stupid to believe you and the story.

 

  • Acting and character(consistency) :  You should appreciate the consistency shown by the team though, even though the supposedly mad characters are on screen- you find them no different than the real Ashok (Saif Ali khan) and Kumar(Reteish Deshmukh). Except for Ram Kapoor (which we kind of applaud for), none of the actor seems to care about the different roles they are performing – everything is same. Also, you get to see the usual stereotype for Gays.

I seriously don’t know where it is coming from because people near me, who by choice are gay, do not swing their hands while they talk. They are quite normal like you and me.

 

  • The funny gags(are not funny): The movie overall is a failed attempt to woo the audience. The motive of dearest Sajid- which he says is to entertain people and make light movies- is far forgotten. And surprisingly, the ‘not so amusing’ stand up comedian Ashok seems to be the Sajid in reality.

 

  • The girls(showpieces):I pity poor Bipasha Basu, she is being very honest in confessing what she felt about the movie. Bips, the feeling is mutual! The movie had nothing for you to do and was one of your wrong decisions. No matter how glamorous the trio looked (Tamannah, Esha gupta and Bipasha Basu) – all they had was to be a show piece in the flop show

Dear Tamannah, we loved your clothes though! You can improve on your comedian skills, after all Sajid(if he knows any) is there to give you personal training!

 

So the movie seems to compete with RGV’s Aag and Sajid’s Himmatwala, not to forget the sissy’s Joker. A complete mess till the end. Also to mention, many scenes and ‘character description’ seemed influenced by the earlier works (Housefull series in particular). Even the songs are a big turn-offs this time.

But, for those who still dare to watch the movie – Ram Kapoor’s mad avatar that hates germs and is wooed by a lollipop is only a ‘giggle’ to watch. Rest is ‘I don’t know what’.

Word of caution – Leave your brains at home (which I don’t know how to do, if you know let me know too)

P.S: I hate ‘Hamshakals’ 

imagesI had been hearing a lot of ‘must watch’ for the movie QUEEN in the last few weeks. Not to forget, every second post about the check-ins at the movie theatre for watching it. Yes, the songs were good, trailers seemed pretty decent but I could not find the exact reason for all the jazz. I did relate it to any other movie with good marketing strategy.

One day, my friend messaged me saying post her know-how of the movie, dude- its complete your type. Excuse me, my type? What was my type! I thought to find out myself. Well, it indeed was a different movie with not only attractive songs, interesting plot, appropriate casting but also a strong message to comprehend and to relate to.

What I believe is that, not only the movie made itself a real queen of our heart; the passage it opted to reach the audience was something to appreciate and applaud for.

1)      Female Protagonist: The movie deals with the life of a woman who has been ditched by his fiancé a day before marriage. Poor girl, pleading and broke. So it dealt with ‘woman in remorse and then coming out strongly’. I may sound little insensitive, though this is what our society is leveraging on these days. And the movie maker did the same. Make a movie on someone who has all the sympathy. (Even, I sympathized with her initially and wanted to see what next)

 

2)      Matching the aspirations with the message:  It is quite relevant that the movie showcase the dream life of an independent girl and how bravely she opts for it when given a chance. Things she would like to do –independently! Well, we all want to do that. Yes, this is exactly what I imagined to do, MANLESS! Movie matched the aspiration of a woman to explore with a clear message of her strength and freedom.

 

3)      Kangana Ranaut and her style-do: well, she was supposed to be a near to ‘behen-ji’ type girl living in Rajouri garden and guess what-she did wonders! Her subtle mannerism and character understanding was astonishing. We conveniently believed that ‘this is not a piece of fiction’. This is something we tend to hear often! ( I also thought she was not the same style diva from Fashion, she completely stole the show)

 

4)      Being open in approach: The director had smartly portrayed the intended message. While he did not miss the scenes of all ‘pitying on bad luck of Rani’, he also seemed meticulous about the ‘free approach Rani and her family adopts’. When the world was crying over the spilt milk, the lady decided to turn around her life regardless of what society might have perceived! Quite a motivation to take forward.

 

Other than the things which are quite evident and forms the strong base for the movie, learning through the journey is also to focus on. Transformation of a ‘helpless woman’ to a ‘strong personality’ gives us immense area to jog on. While we can easily choose what we want to be in our life, the part ‘HOW’ is often ignored. We find ourselves driven by the important people in our life unknowingly. And when they are gone, we find ourselves alone and aimless.

So like the movie has clearly said – believe in yourself and be your own QUEEN

A completely my type piece!

P.S: A must watch for those out there who care response from society for their actions! Happy watching!

The Goan Delight!

Posted: March 13, 2014 in Reviews, Travel
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While Goa seems to be the most happening place in India for us, it turned out an experience of a lifetime for me. Not that I have not been to Goa before, but this time, I am sure it was magically beautiful.

Few things which I believe have helped me to savour the beauty of the place:

1)      Beautiful and loving company: yes, my friends! We have different type of friends, some are fun to be with and some are your agony aunts. With these amazing ladies, I share not only the similar interest, but also a loving, carefree bond which do not ask for ‘how do I look, ‘what I say’, ‘how my brain works’ and ‘what should I do’.  So the best part of the trip was- we three decided to travel together!

2)      Travel is not only to un-bound : I usually prefer taking breaks from ‘not so good’ life and plan to travel. This makes me normal ME again. This time, the motive though same, changed at the last moment. The ‘supposed to be rejuvenating trip’ was ‘celebration travel’ for all 3 of us. We had planned for this a month back in remorse, but life took a positive turn and the trip was a toast of celebration. We were relaxed, without pressure of deadlines and society. No matter, we just stared the sky for 2 hours; it seemed to be partying for us and our lives! A different perspective of different mood!

3)      No show-off : I really think, this was the sole dominant reason which had made our trip to Goa an unique experience. We were so busy enjoying ourselves and in water that we hardly got time to get ourselves clicked. Also that would have meant ‘looking good’, dressing up and posting it on instagram or facebook. We did nothing. Instead, we thought to concentrate on the surrounding. So we roam like dudes on our scooties, hunted the place like monsters and presented ourselves like a queens of no man’s land!

4)      Know the localite: okay this was un-intentional. Our jobs have made us so. The talkative and down to earth lot 😉 . Since we are bound to interact with all sort of consumers on field, the curiosity quotient have actually risen to a dangerous level where we cannot help ourselves but to be a friend to all waiters and hawkers whom we meet on the move! And this had given us a sneak peak of the life in Goa, ease of move and special attention from all. So the queens got their own territory to rule too!

5)      Do the avoidable :  This may sound little out of normal, though my experience says, please try it once! It does work wonders. So all girls trip to Goa was compete turn off for most of my known, the fact that we made no rules to behave was scarier. So yes to dresses, yes to late night drives and yes to friendly flirting- with a pinch of elegance and respect! You are what you are, please don’t suppress the ‘YOU’

6)      Kill your fear  :  this is only for people like me, who are afraid of every second thing. As i said, I was afraid of water and everything. An honest confession 😦 , been to Goa more than thrice, I could not gather much to actually try anything. This time, my friends forced me to try the banana ride. I had prepared myself whole night to die next morning, but here I am writing this ‘write-up’ all alive and laughing at the experience!

I want to do it again and again, all the rides of water now, but I still fear other things! Should travel again to conquer the next thing- may be air or height 😛

7)      Care for no-one:  This is so common; we do say it a lot. But how many of us really do it? We did it this time! We wore the most comfort, days spent dirty and doing what we wanted. All we did was to look into the eyes of star embedded sky, dance under sun, play with water and forget the ‘must see places’! Goa still has unexplored gems to offer 🙂

8)      Last, write and recall! : Now this is something specific to individual. Someone has said, if you write what you feel, you feel it again and when you read what you wrote, the memory comes alive yet again. That someone is ME 😉 Writing helps!

So what i want to say is – please travel, give rest to your phone calls and facebook… you still are human unlike robots that you try to copy!

World itself is a great school to learn from J

P.S: Not a GYAN that I am trying to give, just sharing my experiences- The Goan Delight