Frankly I didn’t have a word that I hated but this prompt made me think about it and one word that instantly came to my mind was “fuck” but again I realised I really don’t hate this word but at the same time I am not for using it also. cAfter thinking for some more time the word that came to my mind was “nationalist”
They have become a nuisance in India. I am pretty sure everywhere in the world it is pretty much the same. The right wingers normally calls themselves nationalist and start fighting at the drop of the hat claiming they love their nation the most. Now what is the measure to quantify the love for nation? Generally and foolishly the political party you chose to vote for. It makes a person who doesn’t vote for that party a traitor. How mature is that?
I also love my nation and fulfilling all my duties as a law abiding citizen. I have chosen to stay in this country despite having opportunities to live abroad. I love my culture and teach my daughter all lovely things about India. I have many nationalist friends around me and believe me I am more real in my love for nation then many of them put together.
So “Nationalists” get real about your idea of love for your nation and find another title that proclaims your political ideologies. Don’t confuse your political ideologies with love for nation.
We all are watching a lot of television and movies thanks to pandemic. All of us have a preference to a particular genre and my favourite genre is crime, suspense , romance and comedy. During lockdown, I got a chance to watch a whole lot of new movies and TV series and watched again some of my old favourites. I am sharing my top favourite movie and TV scenes and why they are my favourite. I would also like to know which are your favourite scenes too! Do share in the comment box!
Game of Thrones – Cersie’s Revenge on High Sparrow
I tried watching GOT many times but couldn’t pass beyond two episode but finally pandemic made me watch it and boy how I fell in love with it! It is one of the most shocking, brutal and engaging TV experience ever. No wonder one of my favourite scene is from GOT. Cersie is the blackest character in GOT played beautifully by Lena Heidy.
High Sparrow troubles Cersie and humiliates her in worst possible manner. High Sparrow definitely underestimated Cersie. The way she kills him and the way the whole revenge is built up in the episode is marvellous. The music, the quietness and the final bang. When you see it for the first time and then later every time it is equally impactful. The best moment is when Cersie raises her wine glass and take a sip watching the destruction with that faint victory smile. Awesome! No hell hath fury like a woman scorned!
2) Pretty woman : Vivian goes shopping
Who doesn’t love Vivian from Pretty woman? Juila Roberts plays Vivian with so much innocence that everyone loves her despite her being a prostitute.
Vivian is shown the door from a posh Beverly Hills boutique thinking she wont be able to afford it from her appearance. Then Edward, Mr. Money bags played by handsome Richard Gere, helps her with a makeover and a shopping spree. After her makeover Vivian confidently walks back in the same boutique where she was shown the door and lets the sales woman know “Mistake! A big mistake”
It is such a relatable movie moment as each of us have had that feeling at some point of time, that we wont be welcome in a shop even if we can afford it.
3) 3 Idiots Chatur’s speech
Do I need to explain it? Its just so funny and hilarious! Its laugh a riot scene
4. As good as it gets
This is one of my favourite movies. Jack Nicholson plays a writer in it and no wonder this movie boasts of many a great dialogues skilfully delivered by Nicholsan. All men should watch this movie as it is a masterclass on how to compliment women. There is not one but two beautiful scenes in this movie which are my favourites. Watch the movie or till then watch these two standout scenes.
The greatest woman alive
5. English Vinglish – Entrepreneur
Sridevi plays a housewife who has been taken for granted by her family. She enrols herself for English Speaking class while on her visit to US. During the class in her broken English she shares that she makes snacks and sell them and then the tutor tell her “ oh you are an entrepreneur!” It is just not a new word for her but a whole new identity. For the first time she realises she is more than a wife and mother is on cloud 9. Sridevi has nailed that scene.
For many women it is such a relatable scene and makes a great cinematic moment as far as women self worth is concerned.
When I see photos of birds , I think of a couple who are dear friends of us. I am not a animal person so it amuses me the passion that they have for the birds. They are from army background which involves moving to lot of places all over India which includes big cities as well as small towns.
it is one of the small towns which I believe led them to their hobby. My friends got an accommodation where there were lot of trees and she could spot many birds. on her evening walks she would go out wth her camera in her hand and click pictures whenever she spotted a bird. Then she bought a book which described the bird and their names.
Over a period of time hey become so good at it that the can hear a bird in the vicinity. when we would go out for a walk she could hear a bird and stand there to spot them. or even worse she could see a bird in the thick of the tress and would direct us so that we could see it. I never could spot though
Slowly being with them and they sharing pictures and names of the birds on the whatsapp group , I have finally managed to identify few birds. the best notable example being hornbills.
I am not really a Yoga person. Reason being A) I am not flexible and B) I enjoy energy of Zumba, aerobics or a weight session more. On any given day Yoga is my last option as a workout. I do understand, yoga is immensely beneficial for our mind and it helps with mind and body connection, still I am not a fan.
One day while I was Youtube surfing a yoga video by Aparajaita Jamewal popped up. I instantly liked this lady who is fondly called AJ. She is not those “Yogini”s with hot bod and scanty clothes showcasing unachievable twisted pretzel yoga poses. She has a pleasing personality with a perfectly fit and healthy body and a humble aura around her. He cue giving skills for all poses were detailed and on point. She got me interested and after searching more on her, I came across her 13 day Yoga challenge. It was conducted three years ago but still I decided to do it. Considering my previous experiences with Yoga , I was pretty sure I wont be completing it but still decided to do it.
So on May 31st I started with the challenge
Day 1: Posture correction class: It was a 35 minute smooth and easy session. I was surprised how quickly the first class went by. I felt fresh throughout the day as it was more of a stretching class. Calories burnt 71
Day 2: Surya Namaskar: Most of us know how to do surya namaskar routine. You should do this class to know how to do it correctly. Day 2 was around 40 minutes and apart from Surya Namaskar, it focussed on abdomen also. This was a harder class than day 1. I had to stop twice in between and I sweated a lot. Calories – 118
Day 3: The last 10 minutes were hard. Overall it was a good stretching and strengthening for spine. Calories 108 .
Day 4: Back stretches – 54 calories. As good as a rest day
Day 5: Most difficult class for me till date as it was about balancing and I am really balance challenged and need to work on it. I will need to practice this class more often to work on my balance. Calories -101
Day 6: This was comparatively easy and doable . Calories 101
Day 7 : I was in mood to skip this one as it was Saturday but I knew if I skipped then I would discontinue it altogether as usual so made it a point to do it. This was about upper body. It was alright. Calories 84
Day 8 : Forward bending class. I felt my balancing has improved minutely. I realised my upper body is quite stiff and these bends were hard. Calories 109
Day 9: This was tough as it focussed on upper body and core and my upper body strength is bad. I had to stop in between. The highlight was definitely side plank. I could not do the whole plank but AJ has given few steps which if you practice, the side plank is possible. I have seen many videos explaining side plank technique but this is by far the best video to understand and master the side plank. This particular video I am definitely repeating. Calories 114
Day 10: This was yoga for weight loss session and it was exhausting. Doing this series without rest day could be the reason I was feeling tired. It was exhausting. Calories 148
Day 11: This was again a balancing session and I found the second half tough. She covered tree pose and eagle pose. I really found it hard. I really need to work on my balance. Calories : 145
Day 12: Twisting for detoxification. This was again a stretching class and it was good. Calories :127
Day 13: Dedicated to practicing the yoga poses done throughout the series. A quick and effective class and its a wrap! I managed to finish the yoga challenge ! Yay! Calories: 105
Yoga is all about technique and one should get a good yoga teacher for that. AJ is an amazing yoga trainer. The instructions that she gives put you at ease and also makes you understand about your body. The tips she gave to put your weight on your palms and feet evenly really helped me to understand my body balance , posture and what was wrong and how to correct it. It was because of AJ I managed to complete the challenge
13 days is really not a long time to see changes in your body but I definitely feel the body has opened up and relaxed. I was not able to sit on my toes and still don’t , but my stance from day 1 to day 13 is so much better. I have not felt grand like how people describe who practice yoga like “I feel so relaxed, calm and connected. May be because I am pretty centred person. I absolutely loved the stretching sessions as they really make you feel fresh and energised. In terms of weight it moved by 100 grams, but then yoga is not meant for weight loss. It is for finding out what your body is capable of. Regular practice of yoga will make your body more flexible and in short span of 13 days I have definitely felt the minute changes in the body.
So am I a yoga convert? To a certain extent! Especially those balancing and upper body strengthening classes as I badly need them. I definitely see myself doing yoga once or twice a week.
The timing of my taking on this challenge was perfect, as the International Yoga Day is celebrated this month. It was a pure coincidence though.
My last blog was on April 24. I just couldn’t bring myself to sit and blog!Not even the writing prompt that I really enjoy. I was struggling with bloggers block. I am not calling it a writers block simply because I was writing and every day. It is just that I was not writing what I could share so I am calling it a bloggers block.
I would see some readers coming in and liking my previous blogs and I was happy that I was still getting traffic, but still could not bring myself to share something.
Everyone is going through something or the other with pandemic. Being in India things are scary right now. Last month, in a matter of twelve hours I heard about six deaths. There was continuous barrage of bad news on TV , social media, Whatsapp messages . Strangely , the usually irritating Good morning messages have also disappeared. There doesn’t seem to be any good about mornings anymore. The pandemic is claiming near and dear ones and it is very depressing.
But today morning, all of a sudden everything changed and finally I wanted to sit and blog. It has been a process though. I have been consciously trying to do different things that will cheer me up and bring me back on track. Life is hard for all of us these days and there is something or the other we are keeping at the back burner because we just don’t feel like it. So what are the things that I did that helped me to feel happy and back on track ?
Not forcing myself – I did not force myself to do things which I didn’t want to do. I consciously said no to things. It made me feel in control.
Maintain a gratitude list – I wrote 10 things for which I am grateful for every day and continue to do so. It can be same things everyday or it can be different. I have thanked Big Bang Theory for being so funny! So anything that has brought you some relief and happiness , express your gratitude!
I ate : I ate a lot of healthy food and also unhealthy foods. No guilt!
I got back to reading : I have a target of reading 15 books this year and I have read 7 of them . I am probably exceeding my target this year.
Exercise – I exercised almost every day.
Gardening – I have been tending to my plants and today morning it was a beautiful site with nice and fresh blooms and thats what made me feel to sit and share. I have attached pictures.
This is probably not my best blog but its special because it got me back to the groove. Hope you enjoyed it and have a lovey day!