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Winning over those cold Russian days- I am More Indian Than You Think!

Winning over those cold Russian days- I am More Indian Than You Think!

The wind was cold and harsh. Despite the heavy jacket, it seemed to cut through every muscle of my body. As the snow fell on the cobbled streets of Moscow, I cursed myself for having volunteered for the eighteen month long assignment, in the capital city of Russia. Much to my mother’s displeasure, I had packed my bags, knowing very well the temperature in winters could touch as low as -15 degrees centigrade!!!

As I stepped out of the Domadevo Airport, armed with the one Russian phrase I knew- здравствуйте (“How are you?”), the gargantuan city of Moscow, simply took me by storm. The food, the people, the language, the roads, they all seemed a tad too distant. I missed all that I had taken for granted so far in my life. The music on All-India Radio, which my mom played every morning, the steaming Dal-Chawal she would prepare, and the old Bollywood movies that Doordarshan sometimes telecast on Sunday afternoons.

Some days you just need to create your own sunshine… Shades of Moscow in winters

Eighteen months, how was I going to get through it all?

I walked into a quirky looking café near Red Square…

I couldn’t but help notice the music that was being played. The soulful music of Anoushka Shankar on her Sitar wafted through the air. For years, the sound of the Sitar was unknown to the west, until Pundit Ravi Shankar opened up a whole new world. His daughter, Anoushka Shankar, is now conserving this essence of Indian music. That evening at the Russian Café, the classical music of the Indian subcontinent cast a magical spell on me.

I am more Indian than you think, because the music that day felt so humane, and the Russian café felt more like home.

The Indian restaurant in the by-lanes of Moscow

The steaming bowl of Sambar and soft Basmati rice in front of me made my mouth water. It is said that this lentil-based vegetable stew, made with tamarind, originated in the kitchens of Thanjavur Marathas during the 17th century, in South India.

I am more Indian than you think, because centuries later as a humble south Indian girl, I feasted on Sambar, across the globe in a country alien to Thanjavur or the Marathas.

The day I watched a Kathak performance in Moscow

As the flags of Russia and India intertwined at the backdrop of the stage, I sat spellbound. Young Russian students elegantly performed the “thath” sequence, as the sound of ghungroos and the tablas, echoed across the houseful auditorium.

I surely am more Indian than you think as tears filled my eyes, when the claps from the audience fell loudly on my ears.

And similarly, more Indian than you think is Lufthansa Airlines

Lufthansa airlines makes your flight experience as Indian as possible when you soar into foreign skies. Whether it is the food, the inflight entertainment or the hospitality, feel at home from the moment you step on board. Be welcomed the Indian way and get spoken to in a language you understand best. Lufthansa gives you the comfort of being yourself- that of an Indian!

Here’s celebrating India’s growing global influence as seen in this new Lufthansa TVC. Surely, we are #MoreIndianThanYou

Time surely flies by when you are having fun

I had found my winning way, in snowy Russia, as those eighteen months in Moscow just flew by. When all things around you are Indian, the feeling of belonging to the country, stays within the heart. It is said that when you travel the world, you realize how much of an Indian you actually are. I had finally understood the profoundness this statement held.

Welcome Summer with Bumchums Range of Casual Wear

Welcome Summer with Bumchums Range of Casual Wear

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” – John Lubbock

Summer season brings with it, vivid memories of my childhood- of carefree and fun days. They were days of zero responsibilities, of running around, irrespective of the blazing sun or the sweltering heat outside. Summer days are a joy, and they still are for me.

The desire to go back

I would want to go back to those childhood summers- even if it is for a second. Days spent playing football using a neighbor’s gate as a goal post or, secretly indulging in books that were forbidden. The excitement would begin from the last day of school itself, as we friends would stand longer by the school gate, making plans. The school free days ahead meant getting up late, staying all day in sleep wear and enjoying life to the hilt. Surely summers are incomplete without the playing in the afternoon sun, those indoor games played with cousins and friends, and of course the yummy food straight out of grandmother’s kitchen.

Summer joys for me again- well in another form though!

As the heat of the March month kicks in, I am yet again confronted with the joys of summer- as my two little ones grow up. I enjoy a sort of second childhood as I jump around and play with my two little kids. Summer it is, as they run, play laugh and explore the world around, sans gadgets and electronics. And I bring out the summer wardrobe for them, those that are comfortable, yet come with that element of being cool and trendy. Summer clothes must breathe and allow our children to be themselves. And getting you this much needed comfort are garments from Bumchums.

Bumchums- For the fun of it

Bumchums – Fun it up, is a leading online service provider, where you could buy cool and smart casual wear for toddlers, kids and adults as well. From comfort wear to sleep wear and sportswear, their range of garments are perfect for the summer seasons. They are not only cool and smart, but the fabrics are soft, they breathe and are absolutely refreshing.

Picnics or beach time- Clothes for summer fun!

Choose from among the variety of t shirts, Bermudas, tracks or muscle tees. So whether it is for picnics with cousins or family members, the ultra-comfortable t-shirts-or vests for kids would suit the fun day. Team them up with the ultra-cool Bum chums Bermudas that are available in assorted colors, for that perfect match. And watch your little ones go wild. Let them be themselves!

Summer Fun is for all, Bumchums for girls

The Bumchums range isn’t just restricted to kids and tiny tots. Bumchums ensures we adults too could stay cool. With its vibrant shades and style, the range is perfect for these summer months to relax. Enjoy the evening times having ice cream bars at the colony outlet in stylish Capris. These capris for girls are made with soft fabric and fit the curves stylishly. Whether you want a casual wear, lounge wear or active wear, Bumchums has an option.

Pick these smart and trendy round neck t shirts or crew neck with short sleeves. They come with a relaxed fit, a soft and smooth stretchable fabric that caresses your skin.
Fabric composition is 96% Cotton and 4% Spandex.

Or how about lounge pants ladies? These trousers are knitted with cotton and spandex yarn, they provide great stretchable comfort. It sports a waistband and a drawstring for that superior fit. Fabric composition is 95% Cotton and 5% Spandex.

Unleash the Freedom

It’s a joy to watch young ones laugh and play in glee. Bumchums ranges of garments are those that kids would love being in, the whole day. Let them be in their comfortable sleepwear morning to dusk, or dress up in smart casuals for a movie outing with family and friends. How about that time in the park as they explore their world, gazing at the sky? Bumchums offers the comfort and warmth letting them bring out their carefree attitude. Welcome the summer days and watch your kids live life in the season and garner warm memories to last them a life time.

Data Recovery and Protection on the Occassion of World Backup Day

Data Recovery and Protection on the Occassion of World Backup Day

It’s World Backup Day! 

Data loss can happen at any time. So, World Backup Day is a day set aside to remind us to back up files and protect our data, if not regularly, at least once a year- on 31st March! A back up is essentially a second copy or a reserve of your files/ data that’s most precious to you. There’s nothing more traumatizing than losing your data. And in today’s digital world, there are a hundred odd ways where one could lose their data.

My Blogging Journey

 “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” —William Wordsworth.

These lovely words were my inspiration when I set out on my blogging journey four years back. I wanted a space, to speak my heart out, to share my daily ramblings with the world. Thus my blog “Me Otherwise” came into being. From those initial days of penning down random thoughts, to its present form, my blog has grown from a simple journal to a more professional one. The blog touches a range of topics today-lifestyle, fashion, food and books.

Learning lessons- The hard way!!!

But not all of this was achieved without overcoming hurdles. And the biggest one for me was making sense of the technical nuances of blogging. It may seem way too simple and straight forward, but for someone with a non-technical background, concepts of data security, backups and storage was overwhelming.

Call it my ignorance or sheer laziness, but one fine day I woke up to find I had lost all my posts!!! Months of hard work had just vanished due to a server crash on the host side, leaving me feeling miserable. And that is when I understood the importance of Data Protection. Luckily for me, I had a backup of each of my posts on a hard disk and I restored my data from my backup.

Getting a basic understanding

Before I go any further, let me give you a basic understanding of what exactly data protection and data security is. These two relevant terms are of importance when we speak about securing data in a digital form. Though used synonymously often, there is a subtle difference between the two. Where data security refers to securing the data from accessibility of unauthorized users, the term data protection is ensuring the availability of data for access by authorized users and availability of data in case of data loss.

“When any business or venture with an online presence is growing, it is important it secures its data with an effective backup solution. And for a blog, with a far and wide reach, it makes all the more sense to focus on data protection and security.”

Data Recovery Services

For the security of data, there are professional data recovery services by companies who professionally recover data from hard drives, RAIDs, solid state drives, flash drives, and tapes. Experts companies and their services recover data in complex situations, from servers, and even when there is no data available due to a damages device. Data recovery services will make every effort to get back vital business data, repair drives and focus recovery with verified security.

Stellar Data Recovery

One such data recovery service in India is Stellar Data Recovery. It is India’s leading professional data recovery service company with an expertise in recovering data from almost all kinds of media storage devices like, Hard disk, Laptop, External media devices, SSDs (SanDisk solid state drives) servers, RAID/SAN/NAS systems, database, emails, mobile phones etc… Their data recovery experts can recover up to 100% of valuable data from any storage media device, irrespective of their failure cause.

They do open physically damaged hard drive in high tech Class 100 clean room; a very mandatory environment for crashed hard drive data recovery activity; which is electronically monitored for air quality and particulate contamination 24 hours a day. Stellar has the best-in-class tools, software, experts and experience engineers and techniques, from legacy. The company has been a leader in computer data recovery for over two decades and is the most trusted name in India for providing the best and cost effective Data Recovery Services.

Prevention is better than cure- Securing Data

  • Make regular backups of files in storage devices.
  • Have your anti-virus software in place, to protect yourself against viruses.
  • Use a system of passwords so that access to data is restricted
  • Write protect disks to avoid accidental deletion of files.
  • Use data encryption techniques to code data so that it makes no apparent sense

A Final Note

It is wise to backup data at multiple locations because if your main data storage device (Hard Drive, Pen Drive, Server, Memory Card etc.) crashes you’ll still have a copy of all your files at other sites. Protect hard disks and have a backup plan in place. 

And on the occasion of World Back up day, all that I can say is surely it is better to be safe than sorry!! 

*Featured image source: Pixabay
Pick that Perfect Apartment in Jaipur

Pick that Perfect Apartment in Jaipur

Jaipur, the state capital of Rajasthan, is culturally rich and one of India’s finest cities. With a great heritage, the city attracts millions of tourists every year. Today the pink city is considered as one among the ten mega cities of India. No wonder the real estate market in Jaipur is flourishing, with all the infrastructural development the city is witnessing, and its proximity with the capital city of Delhi. Jaipur is situated on the Delhi- Mumbai Highway, and the city boasts of a well-planned road and railway network. The city is a part of the golden triangle with adequate education, hospitality and healthcare facilities. In this pink city, amidst kings, palaces and ancient forts are residential apartment and flats in Jaipur by FS Realty- a VENTURE OF FIRST STONE.

First stone works on a very unique philosophy, working towards bringing about new beginnings, laying the foundation stone for a good life and a home. According to First Stone,”A new beginning where life travels that extra mile to find newer destinations of a brighter future is what a foundation stone symbolizes”. The interesting luxury flats in Jaipur by FS Realty that are worth considering are as follows.

Project Crest near Marriott Jaipur

Here is a lovely 65,000 sq. ft. project called Crest. It is situated near the Marriott Hotel of Jaipur. The project boasts of a landscape that is surrounded by lush green tropical gardens. It has a central courtyard, where you could find water coming out of large urns. It would also have a roof terrace garden. Just imagine the beauty of intimate water features that come alive at night here. Wouldn’t it be a beautiful sight? There is a very interesting philosophy Crest has adopted in this project which is combining local flora along with exotic trees and plants. The most noteworthy features of this project is the fact that there is no parking on the ground floor. So here is a residential colony with a ground floor that is free from vehicular movement. The project boasts of all modern amenities apart from being ideally located to hospitals, schools and markets.

Project Platinum

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Project Crown- Sharing the common wall with Marriott

Sharing the Common Wall The Under Construction Platinum and Crown

Two projects of FS Realty Platinum and Crown are a class apart and definitely an epitome of urban luxury. And here is why. They share a common wall with the Marriott. Isn’t it wonderful to be a part of this posh enclave that stands tall in one of Jaipur’s prestigious neighborhood? Do you seek a home that is not only amidst nature and beauty, but also connected to the city’s landmarks? Then these two projects are definitely worth considering.

Project Pinnacle

Pinnacle- Ever dreamt of owning a home on a high rise that boasts of 20 storeys? Then Project Pinnacle is just the one for you.  Choose a floor above and get a clear view of the world around. Pinnacle is surely an architectural marvel that would never fail to amaze you. In the lap of luxury, you could get that brilliant panoramic view of the beautiful city of Jaipur. It is surely that perfect home with a view.

Project Coronation

Don’t we all love homes that are planned meticulously in every way? Coronation is one such project. It is a lifestyle home indeed and the interiors speak volumes of the essence of harmony, with a contemporary facade outside. Each apartment in this project is customized to complement your taste and style of living. These homes would surely make that statement.

Each of these projects are a class apart. Take a walk through and you would be left spell bound. That’s a guarantee

Medical Store Embarrassment?

Medical Store Embarrassment?

Noticed how buying condoms is often a nerve racking and uncomfortable experience for many? It does seem quite surprising, considering the fact that, it is the step forward towards being responsible and practicing safer sex.  But then, how could I forget, we belong to a country where sexuality is always behind closed doors, and one seldom displays the minutest possibility of having any inclination. No wonder, people mumble, fumble and whisper, to buy that pack of condoms.

The medical store drama

I was at a medical store recently, and as I stood waiting to be attended to, my eyes caught sight of a middle aged gentleman. Furtively, he glanced over his shoulder and scanned at those at the stores, and then at me. When prodded by the shopkeeper, he fumbled for a pack. Barely audible, his embarrassment was evident. It was like as though he was all set to commit the gravest of crimes.  The other two customers stood with their eyes transfixed straight ahead, ‘lest their eyes make any contact with the pack. The shop keeper picked up a pack from the counters within the store, whipped out a brown paper bag and sealed the edges. It seemed like as though everyone present there wanted the transaction to be completed as soon as possible.

Sexuality- An integral part of being human

There is a large stigma associated with buying condoms. There are instances, where many drive up around 10 kms away from their home to buy that pack of condoms, to ensure those from their neighborhood aren’t watching them buying a pack. In fact, in a survey conducted, it was revealed that the embarrassment factor involved in buying condoms from a shop is the biggest factor that prevented men from using condoms to enjoy safe sex.

The portal- A cheer to many

But now, much to the cheer of many, condoms could be bought without the embarrassment factor. Yes! One can purchase any condom brand, any quantity and at any time with a click of a mouse! They need not disclose their identity and there would be no glaring eyes, no smirks and no grins. One cold purchase condoms online and get it delivered home discreetly. No hassles.

What’s in store?

The web portal condombazaar.com allows this hassle free buying of almost all condom brands in India, without the need to disclose one’s identity. Orders placed would be delivered at the door step. The portal also stocks up, female condom varieties, personal lubricants, vibrating rings and climax delay sprays.

All that the buyer needs to do is to disclose his / her email ID. No need to furnish any other personal information. The site is easy to navigate, and serves as a platform for men and women to get habituated to safe and exciting sex options. Anyone above the age of 18 years can order condoms online in India without having to feel embarrassed.

Isnt this the most convenient way?

Privacy and discretion at its best

Total privacy is guaranteed during transaction and shipping. The payment for the ordered quantity can be made online. Condom bazaar uses highly secured payment gateway, so the payments are highly secured. The word ‘condom’ will never appear in your credit card statement / bank statement. Condoms will be delivered in a discreet packaging. Other than the buyer, no one can notice that condoms are packed inside unless the packaging is completely removed. Discreet packaging ensures absolute safety and privacy.  It will be a tamper-proof and opaque outer cover.  The site has exclusive sections to educate Indian youth about sexual wellness including how to use condoms. An exclusive section for condom reviews allows users to make informed choice while they buy condoms online. The section also carries useful information’s, such as Condom Price in India and information about various condom brands in India

As much as love contributes to healthy relationships and individual well-being, sexual intimacy is an integral part too. Sexual well-being refers to many factors such as physical mental and emotional factors that impact sexual function and reproduction.

Surely with portals such as this, we are paving a way to better and more responsible sexual behavior. 

Ten Fashionable Women’s Wear For Indian Parties

Ten Fashionable Women’s Wear For Indian Parties

Slaying a party is not everyone’s cup of tea, whether it is a traditional wedding party or a rock and roll birthday bash. Women don’t take any such parties lightly and represent themselves in the best possible outfit to look gorgeous, smart and attractive. Find listed 10 of the most popular, trendy, and fashionable party wear for women.

For Traditional Parties

  1. Sarees

Indian Sarees are the most popular outfit for a traditional party like a Wedding reception or family function. The variety and material you get to choose from are massive which make sure that you will get your favorite one.

  1. Suits

Preferably an Anarkali suit or something similar. Suits with heavy work and unique designs are best suited for girls as a traditional party wear.

  1. Lehnga

Lehenga is one of the oldest Indian dress and one of the most popular as well. Lehangas are rich looking and gorgeous dress which suits to Bride as well as guests. It is a colorful outfit which is equally famous among all age groups.

  1. Gown

Full-length gowns are another popular and trendy fashion wear among women for traditional parties, wedding, and family gathering. It is elegant, beautiful and makes you look attractive and different among all.

For Casual Parties

  1. Skirt & Top

Short Skirts look cute on girls, and there is no denying that. You can opt for a skirt and a designer top for your next birthday bash which is one of the most favorite outfits among girls for casual parties.

  1. Short & Tee

Be comfortable, be stylish and be cool in a short and tee which looks stunning on every girl. Go for a casual tee with a short of your choice, though it should be stylish.

  1. Casual Jeans

The most popular women outfit in all over the world. They come In various designs, materials, and distinct style. Jeans go with every kind of top or tee, be it designers ones or casual ones. So next time when you are set to join the party, feel free to wear your favorite and most stylish jeans with an amazing top to look cool and smart.

  1. Dress

A one piece dress is the most elegant and attractive outfit as a party wear for girls of all ages. Length, design, color and pattern depends on individual’s preference, and there is a lot of variety available to choose from.

Bottom Line

Women have so many options to choose from when it comes to dresses and outfits for any party. They have better fashion sense, and that reflects with the variety of different outfits you get to see in a party, whether it is a traditional one or a casual and rock one. These are some of the most popular party wears in India for girls of all ages.

Real Estate In Mumbai – With roofandfloor.com

Real Estate In Mumbai – With roofandfloor.com

When it comes to investing in real estate in Mumbai, most people feel skeptical about getting the best value for their money. This is because, the real estate industry in this city of dreams has for long been overshadowed by various by the unrealistic prices sought by developers. In fact, despite the city boasting of a phenomenal increase in the number of new projects being developed across all budget ranges, investing in a decent residential or commercial property is often beyond the reach of an average investor. Thankfully, the scenario has been changing over the past several months in favor of buyers and investors. In fact, many experts feel that the real estate industry in Mumbai today has become the buyer’s market today, more than ever.

However, in order to get the best deals on real estate investment in Mumbai, it is important for people to consider the following factors before pledging their hard earned money.

Changes In Development Trends

Most real estate developers in Mumbai are not only focusing on developing new properties, but also redeveloping the slums. This has not only helped in further urbanization of the city but has also proven extremely beneficial for its infrastructure development. Although the rates of these properties are decided as per their location, the units that are being redeveloped generally come with affordable price tags. However, it is important for the investors to verify the different parameters of quality, durability and maintenance before opting to invest in both new and remodeled properties.

Promotional Offers To Boost Sales

A majority of real estate developers in Mumbai have flaunted a wide range of promotional offers to boost property sales. This can prove extremely beneficial for the investors as attract a larger number of potential buyers. Schemes such as zero interest rates, deferred payment plans, waiving off of various levies on special occasions and other such schemes have contributed towards turning the market in favor of the buyers. Real estate investors should seek complete details of the various promotional offers being provided by different developers and thoroughly analyze their pros and cons to ensure that they choose the one that proves most beneficial for them.

Choice Of Location

Location is the most important factor that investors need to consider while putting up a huge amount of money in real estate, which in turn depends on the purpose of investment. In case of investors seeking real estate options simply for profit booking, projects being developed at any decent location within or on the outskirts of Mumbai city can prove to be an ideal choice. Here again, the choice of property will vary according to the available investment budget. However, in case the property is being sought for immediate personal or business use, the buyers need to choose the locality by factoring in their everyday needs.

Seeking Help And Guidance From Professionals

Most investors are ignorant about the best ways to verify the above factors, which is why they need to seek the services of renowned professionals in the field. Roofandfloor is one such portal where investors can get honest and reliable advice about the best investment options in real estate available in Mumbai. The company, driven by integrity, is a subsidiary of the 137 year old The Hindu group and strives towards helping home buyers to get the best deals. They offer the following services to ensure that the experience of purchasing a property in Mumbai proves to be a smooth and hassle free experience for the clients.

True Price

The service is aimed at providing the investors with an accurate pricing of the property of their choice, including a detailed cost breakdown about preferential location charges, club membership, registration, VAT and all other costs. This helps the investors to better understand how their money is being used and whether or not they are getting the best value for it.

True Legal

This service aims to educate the investors about all the legal and other aspects related to buying a property, to help them make an informed decision. Through this service the clients also get the facility of verification of proper legal documents for the property as well as the availability of requisite approvals and authentications to avoid any problems at a later stage.

Jaago Re- It is Time to Pre-act not React with Tata Tea

Jaago Re- It is Time to Pre-act not React with Tata Tea

As I sat casually switching channels, sipping warm tea on a lazy Saturday afternoon,  the television flashed one of the most compelling and hard-hitting advertisements of recent times. Tata Tea is back again with its trademark “Jaago Re” campaign. And this time around the brand has brought into forefront what is essentially known as pre-activism, urging consumers to pre-act and not react to prevent social crises.

Pre-Activism- Isn’t it the need of the day?

If this term had to be laid out in a simple form, it is nothing but a sort of awakening, to learn and finally find an answer to underlying problems……well before one strike. The advertisement carries the potent voice of the young girl, as a bunch of people lie sleeping away in the backdrop.  

“Alarm abhi baja nahi, Rape abhi hua nahi. Kisan abhi mara nahi, abhi ye phul gira nahi. Khiladi ne medal abhi hara nahi, alarm abhi naja nahi….” (Translation from Hindi: The alarm hasn’t gone off yet, nor has the rape happened. We are awaiting farmer suicides, bridges to collapse and players to lose medals. The alarm has still not gone off….)

It is almost always, that we collectively as a society react with outrage only after apathy has befallen! We head out on candle marches. Oh well!!!! Of course express anger on social media, crib about the deteriorating law and order of the country. We boil with rage when a catastrophe strikes.

But does it really solve our issues?

Candle marches, Facebook posts, Twitter protests and arm chair activism, it’s time to change our behavior towards what affects our society. The outrage must metamorphosis into a newer form of activism- and that is prevention. Can you and I do something? Of course we can.

  • Make some noise, well before something goes wrong.
  • The government needs to hear- whether it is encouraging our sports personnel or securing the lives of our farmers.
  • Do your bit for your city.
  • Segregate and recycle waste.
  • Be sensible on the road, by doing your bit such as reducing noise pollution and road rage.
  • Raise your children, boys as well as girls responsibly.

Its high time we pre-act than react!!!!!!!                  

New Cars in Philippines From Tata Motors

New Cars in Philippines From Tata Motors

Tata Motors’ vehicles have been in great demand in the Philippines since 2014. The low cost of ownership and availability of diesel vehicles makes the cars, utility vehicles and cargo vehicles an integral part of the country’s transport sector.

Philippines- an archipelago in South-East Asia has one of the most beautiful terrains. Wonderful beaches are just part of one of the world’s longest coastlines. Over a hundred ethnic groups, with a mixture of foreign influences, there is a fusion of cultures here. In this beautiful country, Tata Motors offers commercial vehicles and brand new cars in Philippines, at great prices. Users have an option of both petrol as well as diesel cars.

Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868, the Tata group is a global enterprise, headquartered in India, comprising over 100 independent operating companies. The group operates in more than 100 countries across six continents, with a mission ‘To improve the quality of life of the communities we serve globally, through long-term stakeholder value creation based on Leadership with Trust’.

There is an option available for various users and requirements. From passenger vehicles, diesel cars, small trucks, to pickups Tata Motors offers it all to the Philippines market.

*These are probably the best fuel efficient cars, and environmentally sound in a variety of ways. Tata Motors work with alternative fuels, and have developed electric and hybrid vehicles for personal and public transport, and use some of the world’s most advanced equipment to check and control emissions.

If you want to buy a car in Philippines, think Tata Motors!!

Source: www.tatamotors.ph

The Magic of Warmth!

The Magic of Warmth!

“A soldier doesn’t fight because he hates what is in front of him. A soldier fights because he loves what he left behind.” – Unknown

It was for the third time that we had to cancel our planned vacation. The bags lay half packed on the bed, as I looked up at his stoic face. His eyes said it all; the vacation was not going to happen for some time to come. I didn’t utter a word the entire day.

It’s overwhelming indeed!

From the time of the Great World Wars, there have been abundant discussions and dialogues’ describing what life for a soldier is like. Movies and bestsellers have well portrayed human experiences and mental outlook during difficult military deployments. However, there has been little attention on the effects these deployments have on the wife. When the man of the house is away on military operations, the family experiences significant stress, and dealing with it could be overwhelming.

The wife goes through loneliness, pressures of extensive separation, potential difficulty in bringing up children, disruption in family roles and many a times a feeling of a loss of emotional support.

I didn’t bid goodbye!

And when the unit “Husband” belongs to, decides to make last minute changes to its schedule, holidays planned with families may never see the light of the day. The air of disappointment lingered around as I sulked when the “Husband” picked up his bag to leave. It was evident- there would be a month of separation. The complex emotions were hard to counter, and I stood still without bidding him the ritual goodbye I had been doing so for the last decade.

Loneliness- When kids weave a magic to overcome it

I sat that night on my bed, looking outside the window. The vast expanse of the night created a deeper sense of loneliness. As I propped up my pillow, I felt my 8 year old’s hands moving through my hair. They felt warm as she gently massaged drops of oil with her tiny fingers. Children have this uncanny sense of understanding, of feelings that are seldom spoken. They are better able to comprehend what is not expressed in words and gestures, but what is evident in facial expressions.

Sensing my mood, she felt it right to just give me-her mother- a touch of warmth, hoping it would smooth things over.

I let her move her little hands through my hair, as the warm coconut oil sooth my temples. I closed my eyes. Maybe I was being unreasonable. Being married to the man in uniform, my life is a jumble of both joyous and lonely moments. And it is best I take one day at a time. Well, I wasn’t sure if it was the warmth of the oil or her tiny fingers that brought about this realization to me.

It was a magic of warmth moment indeed!!!!!

“I’m blogging about my #MagicOfWarmth moment at BlogAdda in association with Parachute Advansed Hot Oil

 

*Featured image source: Pixabay