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Sunday, November 5, 2017

#100HappyDays: My Empty Canvas

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#100HappyDays: My Empty Canvas
What brings me back to this challenge after 3 unsuccessful and one successful attempt? 

Well, the last time I completed this challenge, my major takeaway was to smile, accept and embrace every situation in life. Somehow, the daily grind of life consumes us too much that we forget to live in the moment. The negativity around us is so much that we don't realize how they start effecting us mentally. 

Right now I should be content with my stagnant life, or as they say, an ideal life with a good family and a good paying job. I am content, yes. But am I happily content? 

You can never have all the aspect of your life sailing in the same sea. Some might be sailing in the most wild and turbulent sea while others are in a calmer space. I don't know if that is what happening to me right now, but I just want to be a li'l bit more positive at this point in time in my life. Also, this is the only way you have when you are not having many people to talk to!

Probably, my daily grind is making me forget my lessons I learnt  the last time from my #100HappyDays challenge. 

So, here I am again. I am going to add one picture for the next 100 days in the empty space below. And I really hope to start the next year in a more happy and positive way! 

One pretty amazing thing that the challenge website page says:
"It is not a happiness competition or a showing off contest. If you try to please / make others jealous via your pictures – you lose without even starting. Same goes for cheating."

So yes, I am doing anything to show off or to make anyone feel bad or good. Posting this on my blog is just a gentle reminder to myself that life is good! :)

I want to take my Alexa Rank to the next level with #MyFriendAlexa.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

8 Things You Will Relate to If your Boyfriend is from Kanpur!

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8 Things You Will Relate to If your Boyfriend is from Kanpur!
[Disclaimer : The content may be linguistically objectionable! Also, no intent to hurt anyone's sentiment. I love my Kanpuriya. Please take this one in a sporting spirit!]

When you start dating, there are a lot of things that you might start noticing in life which you must not have done before. And when you date someone who is different from you, geographically, professionally or socially, you tend to stereotype some group of people.

I know this is complete stereotyping but I couldn't help myself  but write this!

There are plethora of blogs and articles on dating a Bengali guy/girl. Or may be an Punjabi. Or a Tamil. Basically the mapping of your region to your characteristics as a partner is very profound in the world today!

I have always thought Kanpur to be a small city with people living here hardly knowing anything. But then, I had to un-learn that in completely different manner. I bumped into this guy from Kanpur and later on started dating him. And I realized, though the city is small the people there are a lot smarter! And that is the only good thing I have to write about Kanpur! *kidding*

Before writing this, I started to do a li'l bit of research to know how people think about dating someone from a region or community. I found about almost every place and community:

No offence, but there are people who date people from Bihar and blog about that too:

When I searched about people dating Kanpuriyas, all I could find was this:

I thought may be this is the small city effect. So I replaced my search word with Uttar Pradesh. The results were exactly same as above.

Now, I could jump onto few conclusions:
1. Man, these people are horny AF!
2. People don't date people from this city (or state for that matter!)
3. And if they do, they are too embarrassed to accept that publicly!

I admire people from Kanpur. For obvious reasons. That and also because I might get a kantaap if I don't! I have lot of friends from Kanpur. But when I started dating one, I realized that no matter if the guy is Punjabi or an IT guy or has been living in Delhi for more than a decade, he will always remain a Kanpuriya. Yes, his being from Kanpur is going to be the most striking feature of his.

Things that you will relate to if you are dating a guy from Kanpur:

1. You receive a lot of khaini, Zarda, Rajnigandhi etc jokes and you know you are silently NOT relating them to your other half. 

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I could never understand the pan masala jokes earlier. But now I know that what Kanpuriyas are famous for. And trust me, even if you know that your other half is not one of these, you can not stop laughing!

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2.  You can not do even the most innocent of the things on this earth without looking dirty to your other half. Or to yourself. And start questioning your existence. 

For example, enjoying a ice-candy. Period.

3. Your vocabulary improves.  Improves to a different level altogether. 

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4. Kanpuriyas have a sweet-tooth. They can have sweets in any quantity. 

And no matter how much you make fun of Kanpur you have to agree that the desserts in Kanpur are the best. My personal favourites are the banarasi ke ladoo and badnaam kulfi. 

5. The jokes around them are never ending. And you know that the jokes are so true!!!

6. Speaking of jokes, the sense of humor of these guys is killing. Yes, you would want to kill yourself. But then, the only thing you can do is just meekly laugh. At yourself. Out of pity. 

Two ears fell in love...dono ke beech mast-ishq tha!

7. The love for Kanpur and it's people is undying. 
Yes, it is a small city but that doesn't mean everyone knows everyone. No, I don't stereotype to that extent. BUT that is true to some extent. All my friends from different social circle who are from Kanpur somehow know each other.

Not just that. They can magically sense other Kanpuriyas and can start a conversation. Anytime. Anywhere.

We went to a mall in Gurgaon for lunch once. The parking wala bhaiya happened to be from Kanpur and he recognized our car was from Kanpur too. Because UP 78, du-uh! He gave us the token for parking and then the conversation went ahead like this:

Parking wale bhaiya: Arrey bhaiya, Kanpur se hain?
Him: Haan bhaiya. Aap bhi?
Parking wale bhaiya: Jee!
Him: Bahute badhiya. Or btaye, sab badhiya hai?
Parking wale bhaiya: Haan bhaiya ekdum.

I am sure if the car in the rear didn't honk we might have had a company on our lunch date that day!

I don't know if I will ever stop by to talk to anyone from Delhi or a Bengali, for that matter ever. Anyhow, these are few things which I surely need to learn!

8. You have to go to Kanpur once just to believe that everything happens in a better way back in Kanpur. 

I really used to think of Kanpur is a small city - nothing like Delhi. I have to admit. I was right. Kanpur seems far better!

But everything aside, people from Kanpur are really good at heart. And no one can validate it better than I can. And this is no consolation after the bashing which I did above. I am just stating a fact!

Do you have anything more to add to this? You can do it anonymously in the comment section if you wish too. Not everyone is as brave as I am in admitting the fact that they are dating someone from Kanpur!

And before I end this post, there is one last thing I want to add. When I started dating this guy, many people told me that the language used in Kanpur is pretty bad. Being from the anti-stereotyping squad, I did not believe it. Plus, my boyfriend is the epitome of sophistication so I never had this experience. But then, I came across this newspaper clipping to actually believe that!

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'Nuff said. I think my time is up! #Kthnxbi. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Mini Instagram Post 9. #DoorsOfIndia

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The Mini Instagram Post 9. #DoorsOfIndia
The Doors 
of the world
Are surprisingly
Open unless
You lock them

This story has also been published on the Tata Pravesh website under the #DoorsOfIndia campaign. Do have a look!

5 Reasons Why You Should Opt for a RO Water Purifier

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5 Reasons Why You Should Opt for a RO Water Purifier
Water plays a vital role in all our bodily functions. Thus, it is paramount that you constantly replenish your body’s water reserves. With the pollution levels rising and the changing climate every few kilometers, enquiring for a RO waterpurifier price is necessary in the modern times.

Generally, the water supplied from lakes or rivers usually contain slight amount of contamination, which is enough for giving birth to diseases such as Cholera, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, etc.

Here are 5 reasons why you should opt for RO water purifier

1. RO purifiers not only kills the bacteria but also removes them whereas an UV purifier leaves the dead microbes in the water. 

2. RO purifiers requires electricity only to boost the tap pressure of water. UV purifiers requires electricity even for normal tap pressure

3. RO purifiers remove harmful salts and metals like rust, mercury etc. from water. 

4. Pre-filteration system present in RO purifiers enables them to work even with dirty water!

5. RO purifiers also deal with dissolved harmful pesticides. 

Finding the best RO water purifier in India is a need because of the numerous impurities present in the water. With Livpure’s Reverse Osmosis water purifier give yourself the goodness of pure drinking water. It uses a semipermeable membrane that helps to eliminate the finest traces of impurities such as heavy metals and pesticides as well as prevents water-borne diseases. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017


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Internet has made us all so lazy! But that is only because they have made our lives easier - easier to an extent that we, at least I,feel stepping out of the house to do something that can be achieved online as a waste of time and energy. Well, that is partially true!

Shopping has been made easier with the amazing blooming of e-commerce in India. Imagine, now you don't even have to step out of your house when you run out of the daily use products like ketchup! But what is fascinating is that you can even sell your items of less or no use online!

There are many websites and apps which help you in getting rid of your old products. There are pros of these online places -

  • You don't have to go outside and go to every shop to get the best price - the negotiation happens online with your potential buyers

Well, that is the only pro that comes to my mind. These online places are full of cons -
  • If you are a girl, you get to hear a lot from some creepy people who are not at all interested in buying the product but giving you a taste of "cyber bullying"
  • It is very, very unsafe a feeling when you ask someone to come to your place to see the product you are selling. For smaller products, it is still possible to take the product somewhere but for bigger things like a treadmill, you have to ask the person to come to your place
  • The chats/telephonic conversations for negotiation are very frustrating at times 
I will share a funny story of me selling my treadmill on one of such online selling place. 

So yes, it can be embarrassing too! 

However, I am done with selling my things online. I have started following the age old practice:
  • Maintain your product well and use it till it completes its life cycle.
  • Send it for recycling - I have saved my old kabaddiwalah's number again
Till now I talked about things which are not producing any e-waste. But what about the things you are using - phones, laptops, computers - which are e-waste after they have lived their "useful life". What do you do with them?

The mantra is again simple:

For electronic gadgets, the old kabaddiwalah might not just work as the option for recycling. For this, please contact e-waste recycling management organization like Karo Sambhav. I shall be writing about it in a different post because noble movements like these require more space!

I talked about selling of your gadgets on Cashify. So, what exactly is this website? It is an online platform where you can sell your gadgets for a reasonable resell price. You can only sell the gadgets which are still in the "useful life" state - that is - they still work fine and can be repaired to perform the functions they are meant to do. 

This is how Cashify works:

That means it saves you from a lot of trouble:
  • True price, based on the quality and condition of the product as specified by you, is given to you by this website 
  • No hassle of negotiating with different buyers
  • No safety concerns as the authorized Cashify folks will be collecting the products 
  • No more going to the electronics market to get the true value of your laptop - and running from one buyer to another. 
You can sell the following electronics on Cashify:

All right, so one personal tip - you might find the prices for mobile devices a li'l less as compared to that of the exchange prices - but then, Cashify saves you from a lot of trouble as already discussed. Also, for laptops, I found cashify a great source to sell. My old laptop, some 7 years old, was sold here on a price which I was not expecting at all had I gone to the local shops or sold it on the other online selling places! 

Cashify is soon launching the repair feature for mobile phones. And that is going to be one very useful feature according to me! I mean I am so occupied that I don't ussually get time to go to the authorized repair shops to get my phone repaired and thus keep on using the faulty device. Yes, I am that busy and lazy! 

This website is surely the better thing to look forward to -sustaining the earth and providing good value to the customers!

Also, you can get extra INT 250 on the products sold by you by applying the code : CLEANCASH.