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My magic 2 hour clock to break the cursed Hymn

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120 minutes, that was what was offered on the table. ‘Go on take it’ said a voice inside me. As much excited I was to pick up those minutes, I was also scared. I thought how useful these could be and at the same time I also thought, being the lazy guy I am what would happen if I turned them into another lazy memory…..

No you won’t! said my heart, and I believed it. And when I picked up those 120 minutes, I imagined what they could offer to me and amazing would be the understatement to what I could do with those 2 hours. This is how I would spend my 2 extra hours in a week…

Day 1: Monday

Everybody thinks life starts on a Sunday, but life really starts on a Monday. Many people like me hate to get up in the mornings. Standing in queue for the bathroom in a PG hostel where I live, just to take a hurried bath so that I can reach office on time, or 15 minutes late as the records show. Yes that’s my start of every Monday.

Day goes by and evening approaches, in all my work, youtube addiction and messaging that someone special, I forget to have any time for myself. I want to, ‘but there is no time’. It’s like a hymn that my lips have learnt to say without my knowledge. There at that particular moment I realize what I have in my pocket. My 2 hours. My extra 120 minutes where I can do anything I want.

An invisible alarm starts up for my 120 minutes and the world stops. It’s just like in the matrix training sequence, where they can pause time. Whatever happens in life doesn’t bother me, because those 120 minutes are mine.

I start by doing my most favorite activity in the world- Writing.

Even though I am a copywriter I barely get time to write what I truly love- Poetry. It’s not like I am a big shot at it or anything, hell I don’t even follow the rules sometimes. But poetry is one way through which I have lived through many of my emotions. Be it my first breakup or how much I hate war. Poetry has always helped me to express what I feel in a much better way.

Tell me i love you with so much depth

That the ocean itself, screams out looking at your's.


Tell me i love you with so much strength

That the hurricane falls down on its knees, weeping out of its glory.

Tell me i love you with so much intensity

That even the raging forest fire turns itself to dust, in shame.


Tell me i love you with so much love

That love itself may find its true worth today.

This is of my favorite poems.. and inspired by this i wanna write something like this.

Trust I this world, because it gives me hope with each sunrise.

Trust I every person I see, because I see a smile waiting to breakout in everyone of them

Trust I this time, because I know it will come, where I see all I hope coming true

The only problem is just placing that trust on myself, to believe.

I know it’s nothing much, hell maybe others will think its complete crap, but I don’t care. It’s my life and the way I see it, anything that makes me happy as long it’s not illegal, is good enough for me :).

And suddenly that alarm goes off, saying my time is up.. That’s how I would spend every Monday of mine. A poem to start my week, which would make me believe that anything is possible. That world can be a place where I can do what I love, no one to hold me back, not even my own lazy self :).

Day 2: Tuesday

Same ordeal follows, but I am so happy with what happened yesterday I cannot wait to start up my 2 hour clock which allows me to do all the things I love.

Tuesday is a day filled with just as much work, presentations and all those things. But it is also special because it’s an unofficial lucky day in our family.

According to my mom, everything from a fridge, TV, to a washing machine that we have bought for our home was on a Tuesday.

Following this tradition, I am going to shop. With the small salary that I have, all of it goes into expenses. After that whatever gets saved, I cannot spend it coz of that hymn again.. ‘there is no time’. So Tuesday’s I am going to shop. Online shopping is easier and will get things delivered right at my doorsteps. So from a water bottle to my fav pair of jeans, I am going to shop for everything that I need and window shopping for all the things that I want. I want to shop online, because nobody makes a sour face when you go out of the store without buying, so… :P.

Day 3: Wednesday

I want to write again. As much as I love writing poetry, I love writing stories. I have written 3 short stories still now. They are not awesome or anything, but I like them.

So starting that magic 2 hour clock I am going to start writing again.

You may not believe me, but I have at least 17 stories in my mind which I would love to get on paper. I know the start, I know the climax and I know how every one of them is going to end. So why am I not starting… again.. the hymn ‘there is no time’ comes back. “OK, all right, you are just plain old lazy” you might say but just picturize this.

Travel for 1.30 hour every morning in the bus to reach office within 9:30 (if my boss is reading this, I try sir, I really try :P). Stay there for almost 10 in the night to reach back home by 11.30. I just don’t have the energy to be creative enough to write. So Wednesday’s I am going to assign to writing again, because I want to get published.

I know I have the ability to write stories which people would care about, even if they don’t turn out to be bestsellers. I know I have that within me and with these 2 hours I am going to complete that. I am going to write all the 17 stories, currently stored in ‘D:\THOUSIF\BRAIN\ SECTOR 37\ Stories to be turned into novel’ and try to get them published.

Day 4: Thursday

As soon as you step out of college and get into a job, you dedicate yourself into it in such a way that you forget some things. In my case, it was my friends.

Yes, I am a horrible person; I can say that by the dirty looks that you are giving to me. Trust me, not a day goes by where I don’t remember them. Everyone has done something special for me and I remember them every day, just not able to pick up that phone and call them.

Work does stress me out, where a brief might come any minute and I have to run into a meeting. So starting my mystical 2 hour clock, every Thursday I am going to call every one of my friend even if it’s for 5 mins and let them know that I care about them.

I have always believed in the value of friendship and with this vow, I am going to keep the promise made. No matter what happens, these 2 hours are dedicated to my friends.

Day 5: Friday

I start this day with a smile because I know tonight is going to be the start of the weekend. I am going to start the 2 hours and I am going to plan what I am going to do in the weekend. Every week the same thing happens, either I plan too late or I just do things in such a hurry that nothing satisfies me. I have to read the novels I rent on the bus, I don’t even have time to just sit back and relax to read a book. So I am going to sit down on Friday, switch on to my fav internet station and plan out the things to be done for the weekend.

Day 6: Saturday

My fav day, because I can get up in the morning anytime I want as it’s a holiday. Yayyyyy :P. Still I don’t understand one thing about holidays. As soon as you get up, the day goes so fast and turns into night in a blink, even if you are doing absolutely nothing.

Here’s an example of how that happens: Get up at 11, bathe, breakfast, till then it’s time for lunch, I watch a lil TV its already four and till I plan to do anything its 10 o clock.

So the Saturday that is going to come I am going to work on what I planned on Friday and I want to do something that I have not done for a long time (Read: Almost never)

I live in Bangalore, so on Saturday I want to hop on the first bus and reach Madikeri, my hometown where my parents live. The ride is almost 7 hours and till I reach it’ll almost be evening. I just want to reach home take a bath and activate those 2 hours and within these 2 hours I want to cook with my mom.

I want to do it because, my mom has been very lonely after my sister passed away 2 years ago. I haven’t been able to give her proper time because of my studies, projects, and work. I want to be with her to talk to her and know everything happened in that week, and I want to cook because I want my mom to know that I care for the things she loves. She loves cooking but because I live so far away she has lost her interest in it. She feels there’s no one to cook for. I want to reinstate her confidence and show her that I care about her and I care about her cooking, and I want to be there for her to see her smile while we are having dinner. I want to use those 2 hours for that, to see her smile.

Day 7: Sunday

Another holiday, I am home and I can wake up to the sweetest alarm I’ve heard in a long time. My mom yelling my name asking me to wake up and take a shower :P. I have missed that alarm for 3 years now. The thing about mothers is that, you only get to know their true value after you are on your own.

So I want to listen to her voice calling my name and then go down and hug her and say good morning and devote the day to the most important person in my life, my dad.

Being in his shop all day for the past 27 years my dad has done a lot. He has worked day and night, even on Sunday’s, to give me a good life. I want to be there for him and help him with the shop. Activating my 2 hours, I want to help him more in the shop to give him that 2 extra hours of sleep which he has lost for the past 27 years. I would savour every minute of it and I would love to see the fresh look in his eyes when he wakes up again.

As evening comes, I would say goodbye to them and catch a bus back to Bangalore to start my week again, but this time I would have the magical and very very useful clock of 2 extra hours in my pocket. The 2 hours which would let me do all the things that I love and care about.

All this would be possible with the 2 extra hours I’d get from Surf Excel Matic where I can turn the hymn ‘…but there is no time’ to ‘ …but I have 2 extra hours’. The 2 hours that I get, I am going to spend making a lot of memories and I know that I’d love each minute of it.


This post was written for the Indiblogger competition ‘If you had two extra hours in a day, how would you spend it?’

I want to thank Indiblogger and Surf Excel Matic for giving me a platform to express what I felt. I had a lovely time writing this post; it would not have been possible if not for them. Thank you.

Disclaimer: All images have been taken from google. I have no right over any of them.

I am not twenty four- A book review

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When I first started reading the novel, I was negative already. It started in a way how chetan bhagat starts his novels. Where the author describes how he listens to the story of the character he met and then narrates it. But still, I started reading the novel, where the central character Saumya describes her story to the author.

Saumya is a girl born and brought up in Delhi. She cannot live without her morning coffee and is a girl who would not step out of the house without her favorite pumps. After her completion of MBA, she gets ecstatic when she gets selected to work at the prestigious Lala steel. But surprises start when she gets to know that she actually has to go to a steel plant in karnataka called torangallu.

It all starts going bad when her name is mistaken as a guy's name. Reaching torangullu, she starts hating her job straight away. A girl who has grown with skirts and boys going owl eyed on her, gets thrown into a place which she least expected. Things then change for the better with her hampi trip, where she meets Shubrudeep Shyamchaudhary(Shubru for short). Shubru is a weed addict and with his travels all around the world is an interesting character in the story. She gets drunk with him, gets fascinated by his stories and likes him from the first day itself, but after that first night they don’t meet again

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Saumya returns back. She gets to know about her job that she is a member of action team in Lala Steel, and things start to go horribly wrong. She is not only emotionally taxed, but a physical wreck too.

One after the other, things start to happen, where she reaches a point when she decides she cant do her job anymore, when along comes back shubru in her life.

He is what every girl dreams. Hot, intriguing and extremely good looking, but still with his discreet aura, he has something special within him and when saumya gets to know that, she is both surprised and awed.

If I have to start, I’d start by saying. When I had finished the novel, I was satisfied. To say the truth, it has been a long time since I have been satisfied by a novel. There were constant surprises going on and as the book says this is one of the stories, where you won’t feel as it’s yours but will still empathize with the character.

Saumya story from the start holds you with utmost interest. Starting with her first move to torangullu from Delhi, where she is thrown into a job she dislikes. She learns how life can be a complete contrast from city to a village.

The characters in the novel are laid out at its best. There are times when you will close the book for a moment and sit back thinking what the hell is happening. For me that is the key to decide whether a book is good or not. It should provide with moments where you feel a shock so strong that makes you close the book, close your eyes and you’re just stunned by its narration.

I must say, I started reading the book in a negative aspect, but as I read along it dint take me 10 pages to turn into a positive state of mind. The book holds your interest throughout and gives you many memorable moments which will stay long with you even after the book has been finished.

Besides the central character, I loved shubru's too. What starts out as almost just another boy toy soon becomes such an integral part of the whole story.

I think in the modern Indian author era where every story is just about some IIT or IIM guy finding true love, I must say this book by sachin garg is one hell of a firecracker.

The story is strong and there are characters for which you would care for. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and I have to say, I was thoroughly impressed by the story and the novel itself. Sachin garg has instantly become my favorite with this one.

I wanna thank blog adda.com for sending me this book. Really guys if it wasn't for you I would have never have found such a talented storyteller. Sincerely, thank you.

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Qvendo -The king in International Fashion

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What is the one thing that makes you feel good no matter what happens in a day? Be it a day when your boss yells at you, or a day when things just aren’t going as you planned, there is always that one thing which at the end of the day can set things right…..

A pitcher of beer, a night out with friends you might say. But other than these there is one activity where you not only spend, but earn too. You earn confidence, jealous looks and many more and that activity is shopping.

Many may argue that shopping is a boring thing to do and you end up strained and exhausted at the end of the day. But that need not be the case. With advancements in technology come the advancements in convenience. Now with just couple of clicks you can be at your office or home and whatever you desire can be yours and that’s where QVENDO.com comes in.

As unique as the name sounds, QVENDO’s quality and service provide more than any website could. It is not just a website; it’s a place where you can experience the easy, wholesome and awesome experience of shopping. When I first got to know about the website, it said it was a private INVITATION-ONLY shopping club. I was instantly intrigued, and quickly furnished the details to became a member and when a saw what it held inside. I was stunned.

Products from international brands at prices you cant even imagine is what it held inside.

Take your pick: True Religion, Hugo Boss, Dolce & Gabbana, Tommy Hilfigher and many more. To be honest, I dint even know couple of brands existed till I checked it in the website. As I was browsing through I lost the sense of time. It was only when my senior manager came and yelled at me, did I see I had been going checking the site for 3 hours! The layout and the presentation is so attractive and fascinating that I was hooked.

I went back home and I made my list about what I want.

Thousif’s dream Shopping List:

Replay Gents Watch - RH7312NJ1

Replay Gents Watch - RX7307NF

True Religion Longsleeve Bike Seat Rock N

True Religion Shoe Black

True Religion T-Shirt Black

Porsche Design Purse Cognac

Feraud Belt Blue, Red, White Men

Giorgio Armani Shades Black-Brown

The North Face Messenger Red

Pink Poodle Bag Celebrity-Amy-Black

WATCHES

Going through the website, which is eezy breezy by the way, my first stop was the sale ongoing on REPLAY watches.

Being a huge fan of wrist watches, I browsed through the sale and found 2 which I loved.

Replay Gents Watch - RH7312NJ1

I just couldn’t take my eyes of them. Just look at the RH731. The golden yellow color bezel standing out majestically along with the numbers in the same color, I felt like a magnet getting attracted to it. My eyes had moved in so close to the monitor that without my knowledge I was kissing the watch. Yeah it looks so good.

Replay Gents Watch - RX7307NF

Another one is the RX730. This watch is what you called a delight. Strap made out of pure leather again with the yellow contrast setting in so beautifully in the display. Its amazing.


Shirts which make you love religion-True Religion.

Not bad for a tag line I think :P. Anyways, just take a look at those shirts. You can wear them and stand out even if millions are around you. The True Religion Long sleeve biker’s shirt with its design and prints is a treat to watch and one can only imagine how well it feels like when worn. One look and I was completely bowled over. I love t shirts which have a design on the chest as well as the back. But this is just phenomenal. When you wear it and go in your bike or scooter for that matter, you will attract more than just looks ;)

When I shop, I also tend to check the ladies section, and the reason is my girlfriend. I believe any good thing which you have has to be shared with your better half too and QVENDO gave me just that with its true religion sale.

Take look at this t-shirt for example. Black, her favorite color and a majestic print! I mean how can a person not fall in love with just the looks of it. This t-shirt also came in my wish list because she had gifted me a similar one which had a side arm patch and if I can give it to her. It would bring such good memories and would make a beautiful moment for us.

Finally coming to my most favorite item other than watches - SHOES

I am not even gonna say it. Just look at this shoe from True Religion and tell me you don’t love it! I mean, its leather with an awesome horse stitched design and looks like a shoe lover’s dream come true. I just want it, that’s all I can say. I want it like now!

Wallet - Porsche Design Purse Cognac

I saw the name Porsche and I was sold. I then took a look at the specs and I was thoroughly impressed. Leather wallet to hold my money and cards with the name Porsche on it, yeah it would not only be cool, but it would be an epitome of coolness.

Belt- Feraud Belt Blue, Red, White Men

I am a huge fan of T and jeans as I have said and wearing this belt with my fav pair of jeans would be really cool. Look at the color and the make. Leather with such a fine blend of colors. Being fashionable does not get better than this.

Shades, Armani Style. Giorgio Armani Shades Black-Brown

If your stepping out for a lunch, or a long sunny road trip with your friends. These shades will not only look cool but will let your eyes stay cool. Cheesy I know :P. But I can’t help it. These shades look amazing. I remember I had borrowed a pair of Armani glasses from one of my very rich friends, and they were so comfortable. After that day I have always wanted one.

Bag - The North Face Messenger Red

I am and always have been a huge fan of one sided bag, a messenger bag to be precise. Looking at this bag, I was just drawn to it. Look at its features.

Polyester red messenger bag, Secure Velcro and buckle closures, Adjustable shoulder strap and removable hip belt, Large main compartment and internal pockets, Ideal for rugged day to day use

Yeah, I want that one so bad, and it’s in my favorite color. RED!!!

Pink Poodle Hand Bag

No its not for me :P. Again, this for the lovely lady of my life.

To be honest this was the first time I had heard the name of Pink Poodle hand bags. And as I was browsing I took a look into this one and I couldn’t take my eyes off it. I thought of my girlfriend and it’s her birthday next month. She was saying I’d need a nice hand bag and it could not have found a perfect hand bag than this one.

100% leather and a design to kill for! It’s amazing, yes it is, and it would be the perfect gift with that t-shirt I mention above.


QVENDO is not just a website that sells clothes. It’s like a land that provides you with a way to fulfill all your dreams in regard to international fashion, where you can own anything from Armani to Tommy Hilfiger at prices you could have never imagined.

I know my boss is gonna be very happy this year because I am gonna work hard and get myself promoted just to buy all those things in my wish list. Cannot wait!

You can also make your own wish list by visiting this exclusive link and becoming a member to fulfill all your needs in regard to international fashion. Just browse once and you’ll know the difference between normal websites and QVENDO.

This post was written for a contest called ‘Discover Qvendo’ on Indiblogger. If you liked what you read, then vote up, I may win and end up making my friends jealous :P.. Here’s the link J

Disclaimer: ALl images have been taken from QVENDO.com. I don not own any right over them.