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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

What a friend....(indeed)....!!!

What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he'll take and shield thee;
thou wilt find a solace there.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Red Door Shimmer

23rd October, 2012 (Tuesday), was a lucky day for me in two ways. Firstly, my Golu gifted me Elizabeth Arden’s (EA) new fragrance, Red Door Shimmer. This makes it my fifth fragrance from EA. And this also kicks off my Christmas shopping.

But what makes the day really special is that on that day I led the entire rosary at my community on my own. I was the leader for that evening. It came as a surprise and I absolutely loved it. All the petitions were spontaneous and I guess my fruits of hard work are at last paying off. And that is why I feel that this particular day has been an extremely lucky day for me.

According to my research, EA’s Red Door Shimmer perfume is a limited edition holiday flanker to 1989’s Red Door fragrance. This glamorous ‘floriental’ fragrance is a modern blend of sparkling fruits, shimmering florals and warming woods. Though it’s a Christmas gift, I have already used it.

The juice was developed by perfumer Clement Gavarry, and includes notes of pear, yuzu leaf, blackberry, pink pepper, gardenia, Casablanca lily, peony, tonka bean, red amber, musk, sandalwood and vetiver.

I won’t be surprised if Red Door Shimmer becomes my signature scent because I have loved it. This new fragrance is one intended for the upcoming Christmas season with a spirit of shimmering effervescence which has already got me in the mood for our triple celebration in style.

Though the bottle is not all that beautiful, I read somewhere that it resembles sparkling champagne. This fragrance is definitely different from my previous collections of EA perfumes yet it’s similar to them in some way. “Red Door Shimmer definitely holds true to its muse while remaining its own fragrance”, writes someone in her column.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Exactly a month back, on 11th September, 2012, Tuesday, I had joined Salsa classes with great enthusiasm. I was very excited to have joined because I have always wanted to learn Salsa. But today I regret to write that I will not be going for my classes anymore. I cannot do Salsa. I guess I just can’t dance. Dancing is not for me. It’s just another dreadful word in my life after DRIVING. Just the way I cannot drive to save my soul, likewise, I cannot dance to save my life. These two are some of those things in my life that I may never be able to do in this birth. Perhaps I will have to take another birth to learn Salsa. To learn Salsa had always been a distant dream and looks like this dream has distanced me from it. Some things aren’t meant for me.

Salsa dance was created by Spanish-speaking natives of the Caribbean and let it be for them. It’s not for a nincompoop Indian like me. Salsa mixes dance influences from Africa and Europe. I am very sure now that it isn’t for me. Though Salsa originated in Cuba in the 1920s; I will have to take another birth to learn it. It is a fusion of different types of dance and music styles, but I know only one style and that is ‘tapori’. And though Salsa is just 90-year-old, this 36-year-old lady will never be able to pick up the graceful Salsa steps. It’s too late for me and my body is unable to take up the strain of dancing. It pains at all possible places. It’s a fact and I have to admit it whether or not I like it.

Though Salsa dancing is a very beautiful dancing style, full of sensuality and grace, I am not meant for it. The rhythm, the dance, the musical excitement attributed to Salsa, which literally means "sauce", isn’t working out for me. This dance oozes with sensuous style, the passion and energy but my body isn’t able to gather the passion and excitement that flows about the dance floor unlike other Salsa dancers. So I quit.

When speaking about something that is of not much consequence, my main teacher in the Confirmation class says that “it isn’t important for salvation”. So to quote him, Salsa dance isn’t important for my salvation. The things that can actually bring in salvation for me are teaching in the Confirmation classes and going for regular rosaries for the entire month of October. So let me continue doing that and not run behind things which aren’t meant for me.


On Monday, 8th October, 2012, I went to Delhi. This was my second trip. I had first been to Delhi for JCK Exhibitions in July 2007. Like all my official trips, these two trips to Delhi have also been very hectic and unorganized. I just didn’t get any time for relaxation. But somehow this trip has a lot of happy memories.

In July 2007, during my stint as a senior writer with JCK INDIA magazine, the only things I remember about the trip is that around ten of us went to Delhi on 5th July by August Kranti express which got delayed by ten hours. So instead of reaching Delhi in the morning of 6th July, we all reached in the night. And the only things we did were interview the exhibitors and work for the daily newsletter; we were back in two-three days time. I think I was back on 8th July. No photographs, no shopping, nothing. We stayed at a hotel called Hans Plaza which was close to Infomedia office and away from Pragati Maidan, the exhibition venue.

But this time I travelled by Indigo airlines and was all alone. I was put up at Almondz Hotel which is situated some 500 metres from Patel Nagar Metro station; though I didn’t have to travel by the metro. This hotel is at East Patel Nagar, a 3-star, with a very cozy room for me and only me.

The venue for the Awards Function was the state-of-the-art Manekshaw Centre, quite a distance from the hotel. Since it was somewhere in the cantonment area, I couldn’t manage to see that many human souls and just caught glimpses of the army schools and hospitals located there. I remember reading names of places like Subroto Park, Dhuan Kuan, etc. which didn’t make much sense to me.

Though Delhi is the second most populous metropolis of India after Mumbai, it failed to impress me. But I am not surprised. The problem with me is that I am so much used to living in Mumbai that any other place has stopped exciting me. Thanks to all my official travels, I have visited places like Kolkata once, Delhi twice, Jaipur once, Hyderabad twice, Bangalore twice and Surat once. But all these places have not impressed me at all. Even though these one-day trips manage to rejuvenate me, somehow the places fail to wow me. But like I said, they act as feel good factors for me and honestly, I wait for these short trips, as they enable to bring for me the much-needed change in my otherwise mundane daily schedule.

Though I was constantly on the go, I clicked some random photographs of Delhi which I have already posted on Facebook. For some, they might be very stupid looking pics, but for me, these are all the memories I have of my second trip to Delhi. Since I don’t have any remembrances of my first trip, I made sure that I click few on this trip. So all the pics that one can see are taken from a moving car – distorted pics of Delhi auto-rickshaw, airport, runway, bus-stop, etc. People will find them stupid but for me they are memories. I just don’t care what people think.

Surprisingly, though I had my initial apprehensions about Delhi, I must say that it was an overall good experience. Right from the word go, I mean Indigo, everything about the trip has been memorable. It was the first time I was travelling by Indigo and I need to state the fact that it’s a damn good airline to travel on. I was quite impressed by their punctuality, so much like me, and both the flights have been pretty impressive. They departed bang on time (1:35 pm) and arrived at the destination (3:15 pm) much before the given schedule and I like them for this. Even while coming back, they took off punctually at 9:30 am and we landed at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji terminal at 11:15 am, much before the scheduled time.

Another good thing about this trip is Almondz Hotel. Like I wrote earlier, I had a cozy room for me and what has left a lasting memory of this hotel is that they serve good coffee. I was bowled over at the coffee. I have had coffee in many five star hotels but some of these have only managed to leave a bitter taste in my mouth. But the coffee served to me in the morning was of just the right blend. Just the way I like it. The wrong blend is a big put off for me. So, Almondz Hotel gets full marks from me for serving me the right kind of coffee for breakfast. This makes my Delhi trip extra special.

So, overall, quite a memorable trip. There were no negative happenings and I am so very happy about it.