Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A browser that bowls us over!

Enjoy this post as it unfolds before you on UC browser!

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 For all the action, turn to the twitter handle at #YuviSurfsUC

                             A browser to bowl us over!

April 2, 2011....Wankhede stadium frenzy was brought alive on the big screen, all of us glued to it, leaving behind our chores, schedules, meetings, study and work. Nothing in the world could be traded with the enthusiasm and exuberance happening at this moment, an Indian win in the final of the world cup played between India and Sri Lanka was fervently prayed by the cricket crazy nation and I was very much part and parcel of this mania! Chanting slokas to appease every God to make it happen.. And then it the win but in the penultimate over, the power conked out and the backup generator just would not start, playing spoil sport in our delirium which had now reached a crescendo! A smart guy took his phone out and tried to get the live action on it but the browser did not match his smartness and refused to co-operate and we were left high and dry! If only UC browser was there....sigh...It taught me a lesson the hard way - switch to UC browser and never to miss the action anytime, anywhere!UC browser is a super fast browser that is available for a variety of platforms to do wonders in search and play! It is the next gen application giving instant live updates on games, scores, statistics and all what we look forward to in a game that is watched in the stadium and mind you, all these come absolutely free and uninterrupted. No lags, no pauses, no buffering, all smooth and seamless that redefines surfing! A sure and faster way of browsing that helps you to be in the thick of cricketing action while doing the regular work at the same time. Now I can eat, drink, study, cook, work, romance and party but also be in the gallery to watch the beauty of the game, a grand stand view indeed!   Cricket is always around us in the form of test cricket, limited overs match or the latest trend of the shortest format, the 20-20 and we must be ever ready to be stumped or bowled over! A game that glorifies batting, bowling and fielding, all rolled in one! The grace and poise of a cover dive, the ruthlessness of a pull shot, the cheeky edge past the wicket keeper leave us enthralled. The fiery run of the bowler sending shivers down the spine of the batsmen and the googlies that trick them is an eclectic mix that one can ill afford to miss. A single ball may turn the tide, a wonderful catch can save a match and a sixer off the last delivery can seal the win and the cup! The players set many a milestone and records that are shattered by the minute; this 22 yarder is a treat to the statistics minded too! For all those who think that it is 11 fools playing and 11000 fools watching think twice; see a game of cricket with an unmatched browser and let the euphoria engulf you and I am sure you will surrender to the religion called cricket!

“Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it....”George Bernard Shaw

And the game of Cricket in India is a pseudonym for patriotism, a game invented for eternity. We breathe and live by it and the rules are ingrained in the minds every of Tom Dick and Harry or should I say Meera, Tanzil and Antony!

The nourishing nectar

Stay fit and feel young with Dabur Honey!

                            The nourishing nectar!

32, 34, 36, 38, 40...even numbers you think?...hold your horses, dear readers, these are my waist sizes growing by the day. Slim waist, toned body, flat tummy are now things of the past. My stomach is literally six pack or more with bulges of fat and no muscle! Binge eating has become the order of the day with scant regard for health and fitness. Who can give deep fried crispy samosas or vadas a miss? Not me, never...a foodie that I am! Outgrowing the clothes in the closet like a bubbly teenager is not at all forthcoming for a 45 year old middle aged woman with umpteen health issues to boot! 
The alarm bells are ringing...take control before fat takes you over! And then I decided enough was enough; sneakers were searched and dusted, the brisk morning walks were back, breakfast replaced by cereals and lunch by salads, yoga, which has taken India by storm, was introduced to my stubborn and unyielding body but the icing on the cake of good health was Dabur Honey, the nourishing nectar! 
The golden liquid manna is a bonanza for looking and staying young. The calories are taken care of by the vitamins and antioxidants present in honey and it aids digestion easily. The age old grandma's therapy of honey for fighting coughs and cold is an astounding remedy in today's polluted environs. It also tones the skin and nourishes it to a glow that will make people around you go green with envy!
The scientific process for testing the quality of real honey by aficionados and beekeepers has been adopted by Dabur which makes it really a jackpot towards health. Honey aids are subsistence and sustenance of good life. It has become a prerequisite for avoiding diseases and ailments caused due to over eating, abusive eating and binging. 
Honey is a complete food as it contains nutrients, minerals, vitamins, proteins and amino acids and these are the building blocks for a healthy body. One can replace sugar with honey in our beverages, can use as spreads on bread, and many of our favourite sweets can be made with honey! So if you are on the lookout for an healthier alternative then switch to honey, it will do a world of wonder to your body and soul! I would love to post pictures of me prior to having honey in my diet and post the switch; but that will be too much of blowing one’s own trumpet and I leave it to the readers to try the magic potion themselves to see the results! You will be gloating with pride on the all new looks that will kill!
All it takes is two spoonfuls of the golden syrup to stay young, healthy and well nourished; after all, a healthy mind is in a healthy body! Take care and say yes to honey!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Kelloggs Chocos Khuljaye Bachpan TVC (Hindi)

                                         Sidekicks to our children

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe said, “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other wings!”

“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach” very true this quote is for the essence of good parenting is to be a role model and the children follow by example. Children more often do not listen but they copy, imitate and reproduce what the parents do!
Good parents from time immemorial have always been great friends, guide and philosophers and the first phrase “friends” is the prime deciding factor to establish a bonding and relationship with kids! Building trust and involvement in the processes of various elements make up a beautiful dimension of parenting.  Allowing them to be the way they actually are and making them to do things on their own rather than having a hawk eye approach does wonders to the upbringing of a child. This does not mean being a confidante or a partnership with mutual benefit as this causes lot of burden and hardship on the child that he or she becomes weighed down more by our problems than theirs.
I recount here the delicate role my parents played in my upbringing which I try hard to emulate and follow but the bitter truth is, I have failed many a time. I was named “Sunita” which meant “well brought up” and I can stand up and take a bow for the belief, trust and confidence they vouched in me that helped me to become strong, determined and independent in thought and action, to judge what is right and wrong and where to draw the line. My father was indeed a buddy, a pal, a sidekick who was my first teacher in everything, a perfect role model ; be it a game of scrabble or building a crane from a mechanix set or a board of carrom or a game of badminton, he was a perfect comrade and companion, an alter ego to be precise. Not only the rudiments of the game taught but also inculcating the watch word of sportsmanship! It is just that the games today are substituted with gadgets and gizmos!
There was never a repeated chorus of “go and study” by my parents as there was a schedule in place which was carefully drafted with sufficient breaks to ward off monotony and boredom – the prime reason ought to have been “simply putting themselves in my shoes” and that did the trick. A monotonous lecture of “in those days, when I was young I used to study 6-7 hours and my dad would never let me play or watch TV” unless I finished my work” will obviously not go down well with present age kids who do not want to be tutored but to be taken along. This was already in place and a maxim with my parents and they excelled in being “a distant authority” and I fell in line automatically without being forced to!  Raising children is fuelled by giving their diligent due and importance. Being a tyrant or a dictator is NOT going to help but rather opening the doors of the unknown for them to explore and react to situations will go a long way in making them to emerge as survivors to be fit and correct the mistakes by encountering them. Believe me it does take a lot of courage to raise children and being a referee or a whistle blower makes parenting bizarre. If we as parents control our emotions and behaviour, then automatically we set up an environment of understanding, patience and believing in solutions. Success of good parenting depends on positive involvement of parents with children as they close their ears to advice but open their eyes to example that is; we have to be what we want our kids to be! My parents did not push me beyond the limits but at the same time never did what I was capable of doing and so I learnt simple chores at an early age such as to iron my own clothes, polish the shoes, and pack my lunch and so on.
Extreme degrees of buddy parenting sets a bad precedence as we tend to share our sorrows and burden them with our difficulties; it may assume the form of incompatibility with spouse, financial difficulties, office stress and pressures and the like. The children who take their parents as ONLY friends will over react and try to solve these issues in addition to their own woes and end up confused and depressed. It is a two way process wherein we become confidantes and mutual sharing of secrecy happens leading to confusion and chaos! On the other end of the spectrum, is the autocratic big boss who sets the rules of the game and the child has to abide by them in letter and spirit; in this relationship the bonhomie and trust is lost and rebellion starts to occur and everything goes awry.
Essentially it means that parenting is a tactful and strategic art that requires guerrilla warfare mixed with righteous leadership by example, a cocktail of guile (not giving in to their whims and fancies) and innocence( after all childhood is a short season but parenthood is long!) . However, the cornerstone or building blocks for fine upbringing is friendship, trust, guidance, attention, right attitude, ability to listen, lending a shoulder to cry on and not being judgemental. Playing the different roles to perfection is easier said than done and no handbook can teach us to become good parents, it comes with experience!

My children see me as superhero!
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