Friday, May 12, 2017

Ms. Ordinary



She was walking down the lane. Tears were rolling down her eyes to the cheeks. She was trying to fight hard with them, to stop them but she couldn’t. There is always a limit.

That day, she was really happy. After all she has made her way across the first hurdle towards her success. Her words were dipped in emotions and her emotions in purity. She made the people knew about her existence with her talent and hard work. She always wanted to mark her presence with her work and today she was toward it. No matter how small it was for the world, but that was really big for her. Her words were getting recognition. Her thoughts were making impressions on other’s mind. Her first poem “The attitudinized individuals” was acclaimed for its essence; not just by the colleagues, the poetry fraternity but also by the common people. The number of messages on the venue’s bulletin board was its proof. Anonymous people were sending her words of praise for the beautiful lines on reality of life.

She thought that now her principles can get the wings to fly.

She ran hurriedly to the parking lot. She took no time in starting her car and after the next few minutes, she was in front of him. She was quick enough to reach him and hugged him with all her might. Water was flowing from her shining eyes and smile was flashing on her face.

She said, “They were clapping for me. I got the standing ovation from all the people who were sitting there. I won!! Yes, I won!!

No words came from the other side.

The expressions on her face changed swiftly bending towards panicky side.
She said again, “I won the first prize.

He said, “Ya Ya.. That’s nice! Congratulation! But you know what I had a much more happening day than yours.
I saw some of the beauties in the office corridors. Their hairs were flowing with the wind over their face like the stream flowing and accessorizing the mountain.
The glow on their face was like the shine of the sun which can make the sunflowers turn towards them.
Their perfect figure made them look like the mermaids with whom you can swim till you reach other end.
Haaassshhh!!!!!!! I wish I could have been with them. I wish you would have like them. But you are an ordinary girl.

She turned back without saying anything. She was out of words that instant. He was her world. She believed she was too for him. May be she was. But a part of that world was absent. And she was blamed for it.

She walked for hours on empty roads.

She failed to make him feel her power; the power of eternity, the power of being fair and square, the power of being truly and genuinely loved.
May be he would have felt but she lacked that one part which was not hers. Yes she looked ordinary by face but her heart was exclusive. Her thoughts resonated the notions that were hard to comprehend but vital for standing out of the queue. She was serene yet insanely mad, she was mature yet childlike. She had toiled the land of trust with love and devotion that made the flowers of happiness blossom in the spring of dedication.

But all this was not ample enough. May be she felt so!

She could hear her own words on the forlorn path.

“Yes they make the world see them,
Like they think they are the only gems..
They create a layer of gleaming reflection on the surface,
Beneath it is all the empty space..
Those who fill the space with love and care,
Pain is the avenue for them to reach upstairs..

She yelled loudly, “I am not!!!!!!!! But they are. And believe me I can be like them whenever I want to but they can never be like me.. Ever.. But I don’t care.”

Thursday, April 27, 2017

They were together, They were apart..!!

Someday, somewhere I have heard “Pura hoke ke khatam hua sab, jo hai aadhaa whi to zinda hai”. Be it dreams, be it life, be it relationship.
I am sharing a Half relationship story at BlogAdda in association with #HalfGirlfriend

#half girlfriend or half boyfriend.

Anonymous story anonymous voice.

It all started spontaneously. Summer was the season. Two different minds yet common attitudes crossed the path. She was not fat but definitely not perfect with curves. She was not dark but definitely not fair in complexion. She was not ugly but definitely not good with looks. Her persona carried an innocence which nobody noticed except him. He was tall, dark and handsome but also reserved and simple in nature. Words occasionally came out of his mouth. 

One bright day amid the chaos of the college campus her eyes reached his eyes. An unknown connection was felt. And the immediate upshot was smile on both the faces.

Friendship was the next step. She was good in talks. He was best at listening. Their chats were filled with colors of expression. She was the painter. He was the canvas.

But her expressions never got the silhouette. She never let her heart roam on those roads. Maybe she thought of a "no entry" board. And he was waiting there for her since ages. But he also visualized "no" in her eyes and hence never confessed.She used to express her possessiveness but never stated the reason. She was more than a friend but not his GF. I still remember the sweet incidents of them. She snatched the keys of his car for fun. Let me tell you no one ever dared to do that with him and he laid down on the road to clinch the deal of getting the keys back. On other occasion, she called his name from the tenth floor and what the name was, "kittu" his pet name. Everyone was down there and surprisingly he just laughed.

Time moved on.

They got busy in different cities and with different work. Rare were the occasions when they met. She wanted words to flow on the top layer and he wanted to dive deep down in water of unspoken words.They never met, they never left.

That day after 5 years, they met. She had changed a lot. Her curves are sexy. She was wearing pomps with skirt. She looked no less than perfect. But he was not happy. He was missing the old beauty, who used to speak her heart out, laugh her heart out, whose childlike behaviour made him fall for her more and more. And when I asked her about the makeover, she said she has done all this for him.Yes she understood the intimacy after distance. 

Yes she craved for closeness but with perfection. And their perfect world were different. The boy wanted a world enclosed within the borders of simplicity and innocence but for the girl, the borders were made of up worldly perfection. This time she figured out a no in his eyes and stepped back. He was more than his friend but not BF.  Though those were their own perceptions but not each other's confessions.
They were together, they were apart.





Tuesday, April 18, 2017

More Indian Always Anytime..!!

Amalgamation is not always “raita”. It can tempt your tastebuds sometimes. And for an Indian, medley means bringing out many colours in the box and then, out of the box. One is there in front of the world (India); I am trying to present one more for you in my write-up.

Part 1: #moreIndianthanyouthink Back in past
Back in 20th century, when a good part of the world was facing the threat of colonial subjugation, India was also that piece of land. While violence was the direct option thought by the first and the second world, the course of action to be followed to earn the much awaited independence was transfiguring on this wedge of world. And the pioneer of this change was a simple old man but with some extraordinary reasoning calibre.

Part 2: #moreIndianthanyouthinkLet’s talk today
Inthe past few years, the sway of the media has multiplied in its reach to a great extent. And the western media has succeeded in finding the place in the sun for its motherland. And bingo! See, the world is praising the success, cultural superiority and technical progress of the other world. But is it true? I don’t deny its goodness but yes, I do deny the superiority.

Part 1: #moreIndianthanyouthink back in past
He was #moreIndianthanyouthink. He settled on a plan of action which was quite an offbeat from others. He made the world believe that strength of will is more constructive than strength of sword. And need not say more sustainable also. And today, despite of world’s incertitude, a country has toured a long peregrination from bottom to up in all aspects. Be it liberty, fraternity, hospitality, or any other front.

Part 2: #moreIndianthanyouthink let’s talk today
It was the time when we performed as multicultural multilingual folks at the school annual function when we were just 8-years old buddies. Yet it made us feel closer despite of regional diversities and differences. It was there when I shared my share of food in the lunch box with a roadside gal. It was there when there was one dish TV antennas in the neighbourhood. Night 8 o’clock was the time for virtual family get-together, gossips and knowing the unknowns in a very intimate way. These dish antennas gave birth to some of the best relationships; the best-friends, the best secret-sharer and many more. It was there when my exhibition’s project was smashed to smithereens and all the fellow classmates helped me to made a descent one from available things on the spot. It is there when we have rajasthani cuisine with Punjabi bangra, bihu with vadapav, sewayiaan on Diwali.
India is much more about a multicultural multi-dimensional democracy. Being Indian is a process. Much more than thought process! Much more than eating process! Much more than dancing process! It’s a life-building process.




Monday, April 17, 2017

Winsome romance got word from unknown heart



Every so often, we come across people who do not speak of anything spesh but their stories emboss charismatic print on our mind as well as heart. I too heard a one, a few days back from an unknown chick when I was travelling to Bangalore. Allow me to narrate that lovely spiel in her voice only.
I was sitting in his room. He was lying in my lap. My fingers were playing with his hairs and a little of smile sprinkled on his innocent face. Yes, once again, I fell for him and his priceless smile. We were only five-months old (since we have known each other) but it felt like that the bond was ages old. We had shared about the past and respected it with our heart. We are sharing each other’s present and evolving with it. And that day too we were together, albeit for small bits of moments. “Do you remember the moment when we started talking to each other?” he asked with a shine in his eyes. “Absolutely” I said. The constellation of felicity found its concluding star in my eyes. And I started roaming in flashback again. It was so all of the sudden, started in the flash of the moment. That was a heart-felt connection. All this started with a casual “hello”. And then, Bingo!! That hello soon changed into everyday talks about each other’s likes, dislikes, passions and dreams. After knowing enough of each other, we desiderated to meet. We started planning for that but one or other barricade showed up each time. Finally, one fine morning, I packed my bags, took the flight with no second thoughts and the other moment, me and my excitation both were in the air for a new and unknown yet much awaited journey. The flight landed right on the time. And as soon as we exchanged the glances at the exit of the Airport, I ran to him and hugged him as tightly as possible. And all he can say, “Beautifullll!!!!” and kissed me over the forehead. And in coming moments, my life was changed. And that day, after 5-months, I was there again, in his home, sharing plates of dinner with him, having dialogues on every petty or of the essence topic. And what’s surprising  to me is that contrary to my personality, sometimes, I just listen to his continuous talks; watch him with his very few yet extraordinary expressions; and in those jiffs, all I wish for a life-long togetherness with him. Yes, I fall for him again and again. Yes, I can get down on my knees and propose him to take all my stupidities and innocence till the infinity. Yes, I want him all. Yes, I want him forever.
And I can see the spark in her eyes. Like the bright sunshine. And her love for him was rolling down to her cheeks and bringing a million dollar smile on her face. The deadly combo of smile and tear was taking shape on her face. She has found life in him. They were like fire and air. She was as fierce as fire and he was as pacifying as air. But her blaze needs him! More than anything! Dependency is beautiful sometimes. Missing someone and being missed is beautiful sometimes. Vulnerability is beautiful sometimes. After all love is all about completing the incomplete. Finding the soul resonating with yours!!!

Monday, April 10, 2017

CASHe - India's Fastest App only lending company

The stage was all set, doldrums were heard all around, people were excited and were awaiting the big announcement to happen.
Yes the event was pretty grand after all it was the first-anniversary celebration of CASHe, India’s fastest growing app-only lending company and it was my pleasure to be part of the celebration.

When the occasion is for the next generation, the venue can’t be less than something awe-inspiring and happening so Hard Rock Café, Worli was where the celebrations happened.




About CASHe
CASHe, India’s fastest growing app-only lending company, provides immediate short-term personal loans to young professionals based on their social profile, merit and earning potential using its proprietary algorithm based machine learning platform.

It is the brainchild of Aeries Financial Technologies Pvt. LTD who launched this innovative technology driven lending platform in April 2016.

The target audience includes young working professionals in the age group of 23-35 years. The loan limit ranges from INR 5000 to 1,00,000 payable over 15, 30 and 90 days.

Here are the key highlights of the company
1. Currently, it is disbursing loans worth INR 1 crore per day.
2. There had been over 1,25,000 app downloads on Google Play and over 2,000
    downloads on the app store.
3. Enlisted on Rubique, a leading financial product distribution platform in March
     2017.
4. Among the top players in the app only lending business.

About the event
The event commenced with the presentation as Mr. V. Raman Kumar, Chairman, Aeries Financial Technologies Pvt. Ltd took center stage. It was a beautiful and inspiring presentation which portrayed the journey of CASHe from a startup to one of the distinguished players in the app lending industry.



On this occasion Mr. Raman made a series of special announcements which were as below -:
1. CASHe raises 25 crores in a series A funding from an investor group led by
    Mr. Mathew Cyriac and advised by Florintree Advisors. 
2. Mr. Cyriac joins the Board of Directors of CASHe as an Investor Director.
3. Mr. Pulak Ghosh, renowned data scientist and professor of Quantitative Analysis
     at IIM(B) appointed as an independent director.

He also thanked the new investors for showing interest in CASHe, applauded each and every employee for the commitment shown in the last one year and welcomed Dr. Pulak Ghosh and Mr. Mathew Cyriac to the Board of Directors.



The presentation concluded with Q&A session where the big guns of CASHe, the board of directors were on the stage to answer the queries.

After the session ended we bloggers thought to have a quick conversation with one of the esteemed customers of CASHe to know his/her experience with the company.
Mr. John joined us for the talk.
A series of questions were shot at him which he answered with quite positivity -:

Q. How was your experience with CASHe?
A. It was hassle free. Using the app is quite easy. You just have to upload 3 docs and
     bingo.

Q. How was the experience with Customer Care?
A. He chuckled and said I didn’t had to call Customer Care once also as everything is
     mentioned in the app itself.

Q. What’s the best thing about CASHe?
A. Well everything about CASHe is awesome so I don’t know which one to choose
      as the best one.

It was quite clear from the conversation how in just one year CASHe was successful in transiting from a startup to a renowned company.

Next we had a round of discussion with the Consulting Head of CASHe to know more about the future plans and the roadmap of the company.
He answered each of our questions with precision giving it a humorous touch.


The bar was open now and also the lunch was served.
Hard Rock Café never fails to impress me whether it is the ambiance, drinks or the food. After treating my taste buds to the sumptuous meal which nearly gave me a foodgasm it was time to head back home.

My Verdict
Being a young working professional myself I was really impressed by the concept of CASHe.
The main USPs of CASHe according to me are
1. Hassle free experience.
2. Instant personal loans on demand by just uploading some basic documents.
    The average time taken for a loan to disburse is just 8 minutes, so basically you
    get loans within minutes.
3. Industry’s first algorithm driven credit scoring platform.
4. User-friendly interface.

With customers trust, investor’s confidence and under the guidance of a robust higher management, CASHe is going to scale new heights and remain the number one player in the app only lending business in near future.
So if you are looking to apply for a loan online, you know where to head to.



 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A girl in the town


She was looking at the emptiness. Her eyes seemed like connecting points and were moving towards infinity and searching for the end. The thoughts were in a chaotic jumble. She was splashing around them to find that one up in the air.  But all her efforts appeared bootless. The one impetus that could make her come out of the aloofness was inaccessible. But this is not what she would have imagined of when she first came in the town. Her eyes had the quest for her dreams. And the only one she had to count on was herself. But that singularity never bothered her the way it is occupying her now. She always knew that the course was going to be tough but one thing she was sure of was that she was not going to miss any beat. But how did she fail to hit the floor? Where was the fault? Whether on her side or somewhere else? Or did she really fail? All these thoughts were brewing in her mind. And she needed the rejoinder. Too early too soon. 
Suddenly, one day, she got a ping. An anonymous person had few words for her to say. He had bought back to the present what was lost in the past. Her veiled world and the rhetoric recounting of it couched in her own specific style. Back in time, she used to phrase her thoughts and hopes in verse with rhythms and flow. But that flow went down the level with others in queue coming up.
It was 11 o’clock in the night. She was just scrolling through her social media page. Out of the blue, a message notification came. She went through it. He was unknown to her. But his words brought some footprints from the past in front on the template of her memory card. That high opinion for her words bought back something which was lost in her a long ago and she really missed that part of her.

The words were like, ‘hey miss.. Though we don’t know each other but I feel connected to you when I make my thoughts dip into your words.. The way you commit words to paper, you make reader’s heart feel the true vibes behind it.. You just don’t jot down few precious moments but you make others rewind theirs’s too.. And that’s valuable.. keep doing this..  and now, allow me to pen down  few of verses of yours..”

“teri aankhoon ke khwaab ab meri zindagi ki tasweer ban gaye, chand lamhe jo tum thehre mere aangan mai wo pal mere liye taqdeer ban gaye”,

“Mere shaam-o-sehar mai tera saayaan bahut hai..
dil ki aarzoon mai khud ko tera paaya bahut hai..
dil-e-nadaan pyar mai magroor-e masroof hai..
ki khud ko haqiqat se mehroom rakhwaya bahut hai..
ae bekhabar massom sun jara (di-e-nadaan)..
wo jod chuka hai khud ko kisi aur hi ki kashti se..
ki tere kinaro ka uske sahilo se faasla bahut hai..
keh uss maazzi se jo kheeche hai teri kashtiyoon ko..
le jae unhe meri leharo ke daayro se kahi door..
teri doori mujhe dard degi har hadd tak ..
par teri nazdikiyoon ne bhi mujhe tadpaaya bahut hai”


And now she had that smile back on her face. Yes she worth it. Yes she had not failed. Yes she was meant to stand-up again, give a beating to falls and rise again to where she always wished for.


This was not the end, rather, a new beginning……………..

The #TigorStyleBack Meet Experience - High on Style

The #TigorStyleBack Indimeet Experience
The brand Tata has been always close to my heart, whether it’s my job or blogging.
In the corporate world I was born and brought up in the Tata family hence whenever I attend a Tata event the vibes and feel are always homely.

After a power-pack performance in the SUV segment, Tata Motors is back to blow away the Compact Sedan sector with their super stylish, “Tata Tigor”.



The moment I got the mail from Indiblogger for the event invite I was in the state of bliss. Delhi being the venue excited me more as it was the first time I was going to visit the Capital of my country.


60 bloggers and influencers from all over India were invited to attend the event.
I got lucky to get a seat next to a renowned travel blogger of India, Divyakshi.
Had a great time knowing the insights of travel blogging and eventually I got some nice tips too. On the airport the Tata Motors had already made arrangements to escort us to the venue. For the first time in my life I had someone hold a placard with my name on it at the airport, the feeling was just awesome. As I always say the brand Tata stands out when it comes to hospitality as they put in their max efforts to make you feel special.



Tata Tigor is all about style and so was the venue 1AQ which is situated in Mehrauli, the heart of Delhi heritage area consisting of spacious art gallery, well-manicured gardens and a unique art and design shop.



Every bit of 1AQ was maneuvered stylishly to match the theme of Tata Tigor.
Right from Styleback Studio, Styleback Square, Styleback Gallery, Perfumer to Coffee Brewmaster, there were various experiences curated specially for the bloggers.
The food served too had a lot of creativity in it with some amazing mocktails and gastronomy based deserts to treat our taste buds.






From the classy exteriors of 1AQ we were transited to the plush interiors of Hyatt Andaz.
The look of the hotel was royal and soothing. We got our room keys and dived into the bed as we were a bit tired. The room was quite spacious and luxurious.


After having a quick nap we got freshened up as it was time to head to the ballroom where the new Tata Tigor was going to be unveiled.
The session started as the who's who of the Tata Motors Marketing team took center stage. They explained us about the striking features and the amazing design of Tata Tigor and what all the car houses in it to suit the needs of a common man.



Cocktails and dinner followed the presentation. Band performance, lip-smacking food and exotic cocktails drew the night forward which was amazing.


 Finally it was time to retire to our rooms as we had to wake up early for our first-hand driving experience of Tata Tigor.
The morning started with a sumptuous breakfast which was followed by the flag-off of all the cars. We were divided into a team of 3 or 4.
Petrol variant of Tata Tigor is what we started with. Our first pitstop was a beautiful point at a hilltop which had a panoramic view of Gurgaon. After clicking some scenic pics with the Tigor we headed towards the Heritage Transport Museum which was our intermediate destination.

After hopping onto some mouthwatering sandwiches we went inside the museum to explore the heritage of Indian transportation.
The experience was nothing less than amazing. I will cover my experience of the museum on my Travel and Photography blog -
Explorerlens
It was time to leave the museum and head back to our hotel in the diesel variant.

Finally after reaching the hotel we had our lunch and made our way to the airport to catch our flight back to Mumbai.
It was one hell of an experience what we always expect from a Tata event and the icing on the cake was it helped me trigger my style statement to a different level.
I met some of the best in the blogging business, Divyakshi, Stuti, Sanjay sir, Monish, Hemal, my rommie Antarick, Zainab, Anamika, Shubham to name a few..!!

The Tata Tigor Car Review
Attractive and classy exteriors and interiors, loaded features like awesome sound system and superb cooling system, spacious cabins and plenty of boot space make this all new Styleback Compact Sedan from Tata a player to look out for in its segment.
The only not so cool factor is the engine which could be a little more peppier and refined.
If priced properly, Tigor can easily become popular among the masses especially the middle-class segment.
Read the detailed review of Tata Tigor here