Wednesday, 24 June 2015

A warm hug

My Dad was not somebody you could miss!  He had also been the Post Master General of Chennai before he retired. My sisters and I used  to be proud that he was such a prominent personality in Chennai. Our friends would be in awe of my father.  My father would come in the Television News Flashes and we would jump excitedly seeing him. As my father held such an important position, we lived in a sprawling bungalow with a bevy of servants. Apart from this, my father was a very interesting man who had a variety of interests. We shared his interests. He loved collecting stamps and also loved Music and Cinema. He had the most wonderful collection of stamps. Our love for music was inherited from him. I remember him listening to his  favorite  music before going to bed. He had a taste for Carnatic and Western music. I remember enjoying the Carnatic music season  with him and I still remember my trips to the concerts with him. Western Classical was  his favorite too right from Bach to Beethovan. He would take us for movies like "Sound of music", "Gone With The Wind " and "Fiddler on the Roof". I remember particularly enjoying watching "Fiddler on the roof" with him. We used to listen to the Bournvita  Quizz and my father encouraged us to play Chess and Scrabble and thus stimulate our intellect. When the grand children came our Lego blocks and Puzzles  were brought out and my father almost became a child playing with them. We were four daughters and my father loved us to dress up. I remember him complimenting us on our choice and we really used to enjoy his attention. 

Now that my father is in his sixties I feel he has slowed down. Age seems to have caught up with him. Lost is his vigour. He seems like a pale shadow of the man he was. He has lost  interest in music which he so much loved.  But his eyes light up when he sees us. When we get together with my father we try to forget our families for a bit and remember the good old days. This father's day we spent our  time thinking a lot of the past. We shared anecdotes and incidents. The house echoed with laughter.  My father loved every minute of the family time. There was a familiar glint in his eye and when I gave him a hug on Father's Day he seemed happier than ever before. 

This father’s day, I am expressing my love towards my dad by participating in the #HugYourDad activity at BlogAdda in association with Vicks.

Monday, 15 June 2015

An Unforgettable Evening at the Concert

Music and dance is in my blood. I grew up with Carnatic music as well as pop. Yes! We had a mix of the old and new as far as music and dance was concerned. Abba and Beatles interested me though my friends showed little interest in this kind of pop music. When I was growing up I hummed to various tunes of English and Hindi music. Dances also held my fascination. I grew up learning Bharatnatyam and Kathak. When I had children I had little time for music or dance. Parenting seemed serious business and I was quite preoccupied.

Then when the children reached their teenage years I became more free  and the idiot box and the audio system held my interest. I started attending music concerts during weekends. One weekend I saw the advertisement of artistes Allu Arjun and Anushka Machanda. I decided to go for the show. Allu Arjun danced with a lot of fluidity and ease in his moves.  He was a natural dancer with rhythm in his moves. I felt like dancing to his steps. Anushka's voice was really wonderful and her singing and Allu 's dancing mingled well. Anushka's pop number and Allu's dance seemed something out of this world. Anushka  seemed like a natural singer and the strains of the music were a feast to the ears on that warm June evening. Anushka had been part of the Pop group called Viva. I remember hearing her sing long time back and there was more maturity and appeal in her singing. Allu really danced well swaying his body well. Both the dancer and singer mesmerized the audience. The audience tapped their feet to the sound of music and clapped their hands. Such rhythm and coordination left the audience spellbound. I was really happy I came for the show. The evening that I spent at the concert seemed a change from my daily humdrum . The fast number left my heart soaring. Music and dance has been in our culture for years and as a result of globalization has evolved in its own way. Among the younger generation the interest for the traditional forms of music and dance are fast disappearing. Change seems to be in the air and Rock and pop culture is fast catching up and loved by the young. I really enjoyed this concert of Allu and Anushka and I felt I should attend more such concerts to break the monotony. Anushka Machanda's singing was really wonderful and later I heard many of her songs in Hindi and Tamil.  Music and dance are wonderful ways to de-stress and my husband and I felt very relaxed after attending the concert.

I am blogging for #MaxFreshMove activity at Are you?

Friday, 12 June 2015

Radiant Skin

Women are always obsessed by beauty. Cleopatra had bath in asses milk to look beautiful and have a good complexion. A woman's beauty is highlighted by her skin and hair. Indian woman can really boast of excellent skin. Our grandmothers and mothers have lot of beauty secrets that they share with us. Our grandmothers answer to beautiful skin was Turmeric and yoghurt. When we are children we have excellent skin but as time goes by we loose our beautiful skin.This is partly because of aging and the effects of pollution. Ayurveda and Vicco Turmeric has been on the shelfs and for the woman to use for the past twenty five years. Vicco turmeric is mainly turmeric and does wonders for the skin. It helps with oily skin problems and clears the skin of pimples and blackheads.

Other tips for radiant skin is to drink at least eight glasses of water. This keeps the skin moisturized. Eating 4 or five helpings of fruits helps to keep skin radiant. Pomegranates and citrus fruits keeps our complexion radiant. Coconut water is excellent for the skin. The more the antioxidants the better is the tone of the skin as it breaks the free radicular damage caused due to aging and other external factors like pollution. Green tea with its rich supply of antioxidants is excellent. Have a cup of green tea every day. Sunscreens are important as it protects our skin from the harmful UV radiation of the sun. Sunscreens protect us from aging. It's important to use a sunscreen even on a cloudy day to keep our skin radiant and youthful. It is important to use a sunscreen with SPF higher than 30.  A daily intake of spinach is recommended. Alpha omega fatty acids found in walnuts and flax seeds keeps our skin glowing. Fruit facials like papaya face mask enhances our beauty. Regular intake of papaya with its vitamin A content keeps our complexion glowing. Shahnaz Hussain  has a wide array of beauty potions for radiant skin. They are all herbal products. Her products are very reputed and mainly caters to the upper middle class and the Rich. Many Holly wood actors right from Liz Taylor used to buy her products and boast of a complexion envied by all. Shahnaz Hussain's  complexion is an advertisement of her products and how effective they are. With the advent of the working savy woman skin care has become very advanced. We have people going to the dermatologists for facial peels and dermabrasion. Dermabrasion levels the skin, evens the skin tone and reduces the effects of sun damage and other imperfections or flaws in the skin. A woman of Today wants to look beautiful even past middle age so the sunscreen and moisturizer has become a part of her daily regime. To keep the skin from darkening sunscreens are  recommended from the teenage years. Among natural products daily intake of Amla is recommended. Naomi campbell and other celebrities also take lots of supplements to keep their complexion glowing. They say "Beauty is only skin deep" but which woman doesn't want to look beautiful forever.

Note: This blog is written for VICCO Turmeric Cream

Saturday, 6 June 2015

"The Finish Line"

                            Statue of Liberty courtesy:

Dreams goals aspirations this is what keeps us moving and leads us to success in our life. Goals make us think big and reach greater heights.
Well I followed a goal and so I am the person I am today.  I pursued the American Dream and my mentor was my mothers cousin who had migrated to the to the United States in the nineteen sixties. The photos, the stories that they shared made me spell bound. I remember the photos of Walt Disney World  that they shared with us. Lovely glossy photos with the dolphins performing feats watched by millions. America! The land of plenty! The beautiful sprawling homes and the life style of the Americans beckoned to me. So I decided to to write my GRE. I passed my GRE  and left for the United States. Now it is twenty five years since I came to the United States and I have loved every bit of it. It was tough starting out in a foreign country though America is a friendly nation of immigrants. Every step was a challenge. Though I was a strict vegetarian, I had to try non-vegetarian food just so that I would not stay hungry. Many a time I used to think of home when the cold winds of New York
bit my face.  My perseverance paid and after my education at a good School in the United States I landed a job in a good company. I am now living the American dream in a sprawling house with four cars. If I had not a goal in front of me I would not be the person I am today. So dream big as every dream precedes a goal.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.