Friday, 27 February 2015

#UnconditionalLove with Asus Zenfone

The valentine month is still with us, drawing our attention to companionship and gifting.

Technology has substituted human companionship to a very significant extent.

Smartphones have now become our truest companions and celebrating this, Asus has an exciting offer with Flipkart.

The all new Zenfone, offered in many variants, is being sold at an exciting price & in an Exclusive Deal at Flipkart.

This exclusive deal page on Flipkart details all the features and advantages of the all new Zenfone, along with its variants.

Enjoy this cute little video, released by Asus to mark the occasion & as a tribute to #UnconditionalLove

Happy shopping.

Happy Valentine's, once again.

Cheers :)

Friday, 6 February 2015

Celeb Chic with Zovi

My first fashion rule, forever - be yourself. 

So, this #BlogForZovi post celebrates a look that lets us be ourselves & yet express a statement at the same time.  

In short, a look that checkmates the fashion police without actually playing chess with trends.

Yes, I am talking the Check Shirt look.

While every fashionista worth her individuality has a check shirt or two in her closet & every celebrity has featured this look, my favorite of them all is Deepika Padukone:


No, she wasn't sauntering into or out of an airport.  She attended a birthday bash :)


The red-navy-white check shirt along with the distressed jeans & tank top (well, technically, its a gunjee I think) is a celebration of normcore at its best.
Here is how I'd do the same Celeb Chic with Zovi:

I quite like white taking a bolder share of the top as I think it nicely challenges the traditional plaid effect.
There are two candidates this checked top can be worn with:
Many celebrities have done the Checked Shirt look, as I have said but Deepika's is my favorite as it epitomizes normcore chic at its truest.  I also later caught Jacqueline Fernandez doing a slightly more glamorous version of this look (thanks to that red pout):
So, here's to checkmating the notion that to make a fashion statement, one needs to doll up. No. 
An useful hair tip to remember with a check shirt - a high ponytail goes perfectly with it though Deepika has pulled off a messy bunch up quite well.
Cheers :)

Sunday, 1 February 2015

My Definitions

A single me - a multitude of passions.  

A single me - a multitude of labels.  

This post is about the things & roles that define me:


Well, I am fiercely individualistic.  A born rebel if you push me enough for that to manifest.  I don't like being typecast & I despise the 'assembly line' life our patriarchy serves upon many of our ilk - study till you are 21, marry when you are 23 to 25, be a mother when you are 25 to 28, if required & family wishes so, be a mother yet again when you are 30 to 32.  Whether you have a career or not is incidental.  I despise this 'assembly line' imposition.  

Yes, its a privilege to be a wife and a mother - but wait - there is a lot more for which each of us is born for.  So, its important to be an individual AND a career woman AND a daughter AND a wife AND a mother.  

Please, for heaven's sake, don't push me to choose.  You will regret your failure. Push to be one & you are likely to lose the entire me.  Because I am not capable of being partitioned.  I come as a sum total that is greater than its parts.  Split me into single labels & you have destroyed something reasonably precious.  I am, unapologetic about being an individual first, before anything else. 


I cherish womanhood.  I'm ever so thankful to Nature - Indian patriarchy, practical equal opportunity challenges and crime against women here, notwithstanding - for endowing me as a woman.  Given a chance, I would love to be born a woman again.  I love the emotional, intuitive & sensitive quotients I come blessed with - as all women do, in relatively additional measure.  I love our world of hues & colors, fabrics & textures, gemstones & jewelry.  I love that we can procreate, care and share like no other creation ever can. AND, do all that in addition to delivering every conceivable role in the planet. 

 I owe this lifetime - not just life - to my parents.  Remember that pivotal Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) dialogue Kajol's character throws at her father Amrish Puri's character, "Will you give me a month of my own life so I can live it?".  I never asked my parents for it.  They understood, without me asking for it, that I was anyways born to ask that of them.  Give they did - not just a month - but decades.  And, they paid a huge social, financial & now, health price for it.  Yet, they let me live my journey and life. So, no matter what I am or not, this is one role & belonging that overtakes all else in my life.  As it ought to.


Ever since I know myself - I have invested in my career.  Its been so inseparable from me through the decades.  My investment has been so intense that I know not of anything else that defines me so comprehensively.  I was 13 or 14 years old when I decided my profession & then stuck to it through adolescence & early youth.  I was 18 when I insisted (and parents wholeheartedly supported it) I get a two-wheeler driving licence to ride to my umpteen classes & interests.  Most of my time from age 19 was invested - from as early as 05.45 hours to 21.30 hours - in the pursuit of my profession.  Take that away from me & you are taking away my lifetime away from me. The void will be life consuming.

Sports Aficionado:

My first love has to be sports - it started with tennis, thanks to Delhi (where I grew up) & its lawn tennis.  If there's Cricket, Tennis, Soccer or Formula 1 (F1), there's got to be me.  Ardent fan with interests in sports broadcasting [no, noodle straps won't be my claim to fame - my deep understanding of the sport and fluid articulation, sure will be].  Donna Symmonds would be my ideal sports broadcaster - a woman commentator who commanded respect, inspite of being a woman in a (then) men's field - not because she was a woman, but inspite of being a woman.  

Theater & Communication:

I did theater as early as when I was 14.  I don't know if that has anything to do with my passion for communication - verbal or written.  I deeply enjoy theatre & am a deep believer in the power of communication - clear and caring, being my hallmarks. 


I love fashion - hues, colors, textures, fabrics, designs, silhouettes.  One huge benefit of being a woman - i get to indulge in it to the hilt.  No getting boxed in a handful of colors [how do many guys live in just black, white, brown, grey and navy?]  


Mine is a lifetime relationship with gems & jewelry.  I love the translucent & natural gemstones.  All the same, I revel in jewelry from a range of materials - be it wood, glass, grass, polymer clay, paper or of course, precious metals & gemstones.  I am an avid collector, designer & jewelry lover.


I started collecting coins when I was a child.  That grew with me and blossomed into a full-fledged passion as I traveled the world on my own.  Proudly cherish my 'Coins of the World' collection - each coin articulating an underlying story by itself. 

Gardening & Flora Enthusiast:

Owe this to my maternal Grandfather and my Mom - green fingers both.  I absolutely love natural flowers.  There is nothing equal to natural flora when it comes to driving home the power of Nature.  The multitude of colors, textures & patterns - the seasons & sensibilities - are just mind boggling & soul warming. If there is anything that can de-stress and heal as much, music would come a close second to this. 

That's me defined as pluraly as I come, wearing many hats in one!  

Hope you enjoy reading.  What are your definitions?

This post is a part of #UseYourAnd activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette Venus.

Cheers :) 

Since I am currently surviving through a nightmarish stalking experience, in the interest of personal safety, I am refraining from posting my photos & instead posting my avatars.

My Journey from OR to AND

My journey from OR to AND has been long, arduous & synonymous with my lifetime; that is, its as long a journey as I have lived.  Yet, its been deeply fulfilling - quite simply, it is the story of my life.  But for this journey, from OR to AND, i wouldn't have lived at all - I would have merely existed.

To begin with, I never ever accepted the "OR" pronouncement - as a girl child in what seemed an incurable patriarchy, I was born resolute & resilient. Thankfully blessed with parents to match.

So, here is my story and journey of how AND replaced the OR in my life:

Tomboy AND a Lady:

Society says a Tomboy cannot be Lady-like? Trash it. Empty Recycle bin. Look no further.  Here is proof: In me, you get an incurable tomboy, very fond of sports, sports tourism, bikes and gaming.  As an adolescent girl, I used to negotiate with every boy in my locality to trade my bike with them for a solo ride on their Hero Honda :) Well, pretty much everyone was willing, as long as I let them do the pillion [ah ah, its not as much me, its concern for their bike dearest].  But, still, that was my best negotiation ever in all my life - sticking to my stand that I ride their Hero Honda solo. 

AND, I grew up a passionate lady.  Loving the woman Nature endowed me with. Respecting my body.  Loving hues & colors.  Loving fabrics & textures.  Deeply loving & having an intimate lifelong relationship with gemstones & jewelry - designing, collecting, treasuring them.

Regular readers / followers would know well that both the aforesaid traits are so innate.  

So, I can wear delicate sheer fabrics & dainty jewelry, exhibit the choicest feminine traits Nature endows us with - emotional, sensitive, intuitive - AND also enjoy sports, bikes and gaming deeply - enjoying, articulating, contributing and debating.    

That's a Tomboy AND a Lady - in one me.  And, I have no plans to give up being one for the other.  By the way, what is OR? 

Highly Educated AND "Sanskaari" [Cultured]:

Every parent in this Country, at some point, gets told (trust me), "don't educate your daughter beyond limits; she'll go out of your hand". 

Highly educated girls & women, are considered tough to rein in (to social patriarchy standards).  These well educated ladies are supposed to (in popular cultural connotation) bypass cherished ethnic culture & traditions. So says society, you are either highly educated "or" sanskaari. 

I didn't care; thank God for my parents. 

I have four professional certifications in my chosen field, topped up by a qualification in Computers & Application Software.  I stopped only because there just wasn't anything else left to do in my field from a formal education perspective (though learning avenues are as wide as an ocean].

AND, I am as 'sanskaari' as you will get anywhere in the world - I am deeply spiritual, almost have an everyday conversation with 'Nature'; I understand my religion [born practicing Hindu] & revere it for its tolerance, its inclusiveness & am thankful to my parents for inculcating in me the ability to understand traditions enough that I respect them - I firmly believe many rituals & traditions had the best health & social benefits, often - just that, our ancestors probably weren't as adept at marketing & communication as us!  

Oh yes, some rituals & traditions have proved to be incompatible, with time & changing socio-environmental reasons - barring those, I derive much fulfillment from many of the customs and traditions.  One of my most healing habits include gathering fresh flowers from my Mom's garden, stringing them into fresh garlands for the temples in my city.  Lighting a lamp lights up my soul.  Going to a temple fills me with positive energy.  I do all of it for my own sake - at my own will.  Never miss an opportunity to conjure up a colorful Rangoli - be it Diwali or Pongal. You have to be Madras born to known the art of making 'kolams' :) I wouldn't trade that for anything in the world.  I understand & can articulate eloquently on many of our scriptures & mythological masterpieces.  I rock a western outfit as attractively as I rock ethnic apparel - a jumpsuit to a sari.  Who says if I look great in western apparel, I can't pull it off in a sari or a salwar suit?  That's too much to give up on either side.  I have cultivated a feminine contour to revel in & celebrate both western & ethnic attire.   

That's highly educated AND "Sanskaari" - in one me.  And, I have no plans to give up being one for the other.  By the way, who needs OR? 

Single Woman AND "Solo Traveller":

Well, this is serious.  Crime against women has captured popular newsprint only in recent time.  Yet, even worldwide, single women travelling solo is & has always been frowned upon - from a physical safety perspective.

I have, thanks in plenty measure, to my fondness for sports & jewelry (as aforesaid), loved traveling the globe.  In pursuit of both.

I have traveled as a single woman to South Africa to watch the Cricket World Cup AND to collect African jewelry, be it an unique wood giraffe bracelet-bangle or a 9K African gold pendant with bushman art on it.

I have traveled as a single woman to the Melbourne Cricket Ground & the Adelaide Oval, to delight the cricket fan in me.  Oh wait, I also traveled so I can collect Australian Opals & natural colored diamonds from the famed Australian mine.

I have traveled as a single woman to Sri Lanka to watch a final match at the Premadasa stadium; AND bought the choicest of sapphires from Kandy :)

I have traveled as a single woman to Vancouver - as much as I rejoiced in a sail boat [ah, Vancouver's water life], I loved collecting British Columbian Jade!

That's a Single Woman AND a Solo Traveler - in one me.  Oh yes, I used 'Find & Replace' option in my life - to hunt out the OR & replace it with AND.

Regional AND National:

This, I owe to my parents.  Raised very pluraly, I have naturally grown to be an 'AND' citizen. 

I love my mother tongue Tamil & my birth city & hometown Chennai.  AND, I love so many Indian regions & languages as much - I speak fluent (AND classical) Hindi & Urdu, a splattering of Punjabi, Malayalam & can understand quite a few other Indian languages.  I can recite Sanskrit hymns & slogans effortlessly. 

On Hindi - Bollywood, please take note, I am a passionate 'Madrasi' AND I speak blemishless Hindi - someday, I hope to make an impression enough on Bollywood that caricature portrayals of 'Madrasis' speaking comical Hindi (with an unforgivable accent) stops.  For good.

I love Punjabi food, Bengali desserts & gold jewelry designs, Rajasthani blue pottery & gem stones, Rajasthani & Gujarati textiles & handicrafts.  I collect bamboo cookware from North-east India!

Chennai is where my soul resides but India is home.  Classical music deeply heals me.  Carnatic music is what I was born into, but I have a deep liking for Hindustani music as well as global genres ranging from R&B to Sufi. 

Global AND Rooted:

Thanks to my Dad, who bought as many as two to four newspapers in my little girl years [yeah, we didn't have the internet of things then & almost everyday, there used to be fracas for the morning newspaper in a small household], I grew up globally exposed.  And, I have truly belonged globally, that way.  I understand, have traveled to, vibe with, articulate about & contribute to multiple Countries, in my own little ways. 

I call myself a born German Football fan.  I long to (have) see(n) Ayrton Senna, on live TV, in his prime.  Where else do you get as humane & vulnerable a Champion in a high precision, high engineering sport? I drool over Pierce Brosnan [from Remington Steele to his 007 tryst].    

AND I am as fiercely rooted an individual as you can ever come across.  I have always worked with my hometown Chennai as the base [I could travel for as long as it takes, but I gotta be back here].  Chennai is where my karmic energy springs from.  But, I harness it from here, give back here & also globally, in my own little, humble ways.

Independent AND Dependent:

If you thought morons can be persons but oxymoron can't be a person, here we go:  you are reading about a self-confessed oxymoron.  I love Formula 1 (F1) racing yet am damn afraid of driving in my own city [its a jungle!].   
I am fiercely independent.

AND, deeply dependent.  Puzzling?

As a woman, I love having my profession, working hard & earning my bread (and all my indulgences).  No sugar daddies for me.  Yet, I long for & am dependent on a protective, loving household.  I would love for a companion to go through life together - to watch the sunrises & sunsets, to raise a child, to travel the world, to read the classics, to see the plays, to drown in the music, to critique the movies, to explore the night sky, to learn the skills, to play the sports et al. 

That's an independent AND dependent me - all rolled into one. 

This is my story of OR to AND.  How I chose to #UseYourAnd.  How I always made choices - not compromises. How do you #UseYourAnd?

This post is a part of #UseYourAnd activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette Venus. 

Cheers :) 

Since I am currently surviving through a nightmarish stalking experience, in the interest of personal safety, I am refraining from posting my photos & instead posting my avatars.