Everything about winter

Waking up today morning,I realized I am feeling cold.I figured maybe the windows are open but they weren’t. I got off the bed & oh my,the floor was so chilled.I was shivering too so I wrapped myself with a shawl.That’s when I realized that winter has set in.
It seemed like only yesterday I was drinking shakes in CP with my close friends,enjoying the summer.I forgot completely that November is the time when winter starts knocking at your door.So many things had happened throughout this summer and monsoon,that the onset of winter is surprising me for the first time.
Winter is not just about hot beverages,bonfires,heaters and warm clothing,for me winter signifies festivities,sugar treats and romance.We have a winter period of 4 months approx. with December and January being the harshest.
When it comes to festivals,November marks the beginning of it.We have Diwali & Bhai dooj for starters.These two itself last for about 2 weeks.People can’t get enough of it.
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 December ushers in Christmas spirit & you will see malls and other places all lined up with red and green decorations.Its a treat to the eyes which get bored with the usual monotone colors of winters.I personally like the sound of the bells ringing in a distant church.
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This is a month-long affair.January is all about freshness and new year.We keep on partying till we get tired.New year resolutions are in vogue but hardly anyone keeps up with it anymore. 😛 Lastly February brings in Basant panchami and Saraswati puja. You will see mostly women and children wearing hues of yellow,green and orange.Basically its celebrated to welcome the spring season which starts from March.
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Though celebrating all these is tough when you have to brave the cold wave & the dense fog.Its too dangerous.But celebrations give you instant energy & you can face anything.
For me winter is also about cupcakes and cookies.They are my favorite & I can gorge on them daily if I have the chance,not caring about weight gain issue. 😀 Mostly you will find these more during December and January.Cupcakes give you that warm sugary feeling which makes winter more bearable.The cute ones fill you with happiness.It is impossible to stay in bad mood when you see one and eat it.Cookies are equally amorous and irresistible.
Lastly romance,an inevitable part of life,is sure to combine with this cold season to give that warm feeling,no one can avoid.All the warm clothing is not enough to keep you warm when that special someone is with you,beside you to give company,make you laugh,when they make you forget its winter.I don’t know why,but being hugged by that person gives your body that reaction to release those hormones that give that warm feeling. Cozying up,holding each other & all other romantic stuff,makes winter even more inviting.
downloadFor me winters have been beautiful & I hope you find your reasons to make it beautiful too. 🙂

looks matter,brands matter

i know the first thing crops up on your mind,is that when people look out for hot chicks or smoking guys,they look for brands they are wearing or whether they have “die  hard”  looks.Trust me,i know you must have thought about it when you read the title.isn’t it?if it is,like this article!
I am sorry to disappoint you but i am talking on a very different topic.i was just browsing my friend’s birthday album on facebook,& i became so touched.Not because she didn’t invite me,she lived faraway so obviously there’s no question of going over there,but because the way her birthday was celebrated. It was not in a radisson or Pind balucchi or any other high end place.She celebrated it in a simple coffee shop(its not CCD or Barista  or Starbucks).Only her close friends were there,just 3 people & even more simpler cake.The fact i loved the most is the simplicity.The pomp & show is everywhere but the simplicity is hard to find.The cake was a simple vanilla cake with whipped cream on the top.Chocolate powder was used on the cream & cream flowers were made on the perimeter of the top surface.Her name was written on the top with a sweet birthday wish.That’s it.Anyone could tell it by 1 look that it wasn’t from Top breads or CCD or any branded cake shop.

But all of them enjoyed eating & playing with it.There was a cake,some small gifts & 4 close friends in a coffee shop celebrating a birthday.I loved it.I don’t know what you think about it.

But nowadays people take it as a excuse to eat in a 5 star restaurant on other’s money.I doubt whether the fun in that kind of scenario is really from the celebration of birthday or from the emptying of other’s pocket!What was more worse for me is that i didn’t even get a birthday gift.Most of the friends bring a cake for the birthday person,to cut or more to smear on his or her face. :-).But in my case,i got a large beautiful handmade card,forcefully signed by my classmates.(I later got to know that my classmates,signed it out of curiosity.my class is full of guys who mind their own business,not in mine of course.)The card was great,i do agree to it.But there was no cake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😦 :;-(

i was informed that they were planning to invite all our classmates for the party,but they were in so much hurry that these girls couldn’t even talk to them.i didn’t want them either.thankfully!the guys weren’t there.also,they were planning to bring a very sassy cake,but couldn’t because of time issues & also there was no one who could go outside the campus & bring it in.I was about to say,that my college has some simple cakes,but shut it before opening.We sat in the CCD of my college,they gave me a card & asked what would you like to drink.I said i was quite happy with the card & i didn’t want anything else.They coaxed me,said that they would pay for it.Now i was even more hurt.I wasn’t a pauper,i just didn’t like spending so much.I said “okay,lets have a coffee,i will pay mine.”
this way i had my first CCD coffee,on my own birthday,paid by me.Another close friend gave me a birthday call too later on.He brought me a necklace,perfume,smiley ball,a book & a simple cake.he explained me that his friends had helped him with the gifts because i was angry at him for bringing so many stuff.All i wanted was  simple cake & they didn’t even ask me where i was giving the treat.i didn’t know his friends though but got touched by their generosity.one of them said “the cake doesn’t look good,but we all managed with it.”
i was just too happy & i said i don’t go for looks & that it is all about cake.we all smeared each other’s face with the cake & i personally made them eat the cake with my hands.I was just too happy for them.I gave all of them,including my friends, a treat in the college’s dominoes.the rest of the guys asked me whether the order they were giving,was within my budget.i said ” don’t worry,give your order yaar! you were considerate.so i want you to take the costliest pizza.” they settled themselves with a medium sized pizza in spite of my insistence.My friends teased me “this is not a treat,we can pay for our pizzas.We were planning something more.”
I had my patience so i said “but you couldn’t do it right,so just eat the pizza,you are lucky that at least m gvin a treat to you.” & i laughed.
by the end of the day,i was so hurt.I expected so much from my pals,but was surprised how it turned out.
i later came to know that my friends have a penchant for “good looking cakes” & from “good shop”.they won’t give a cake until unless they themselves like it,they don’t care whether the recipient is satisfied.My college is full of even more stylised,highly brand conscious people,but they themselves celebrate within the campus with a cake brought from there.I would rather not celebrate it,than celebrating it such a way.A cake is foremost thing.you can’t live without it.
My birthday is again coming up & their demand list is already there.I don’t know what to do.Sometimes m so confused.I myself didn get their treats,last year & they expect so much from me.I just feel so dejected.

Tender love

This is the story of a shy girl called Shea who  tripped into ” love sick thing” recently & can’t get enough of it.Outgoing Adi,her boyfriend,whom she proudly introduces as her fiance,is the guy whom every girl desires.What brought them together?

Shea was sitting in the cafeteria with her 2 besties & was a common sight in the cafeteria.She is found always in the corner table,away from the limelight,with her usual Friends,sitting in the same pose reading a novel.She was reading “the picture of Dorian Gray”,a classic novel of all times.her specs are sliding off her nose but she didn’t bother to adjust them.She was so engrossed that her Friends had to shake her to remind her that its time for the class.she looked up at them,totally lost & burst out in a lyrical tone.
All art is at once surface and symbol.
Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.
Those who read the symbol do so at their peril

 Her Friends looked at each other & then at her.Tanya said sarcastically”okay princess!get your fat ass up,we have a class now.” Shea got up reluctantly & commented “i have a better ass than yours.”
“you!i am gonna kill you.” & she started chasing Shea.while saving her back,Shea bumped into a guy.she was about to fall down but he held her at the nick of time.
“easy girl!you will hurt yourself & others.” he spoke.
Shea straightened herself & blushed.”i am sorry.”
“omg!someone got lucky today.”Tanya teased her.
“oh shut up!its because of you i bumped into that fellow.”
“then i deserve a treat”
“why?i don’t know him at all & i don’t like him.”
“that’s because you don’t have time for anyone apart from your novels”
“that’s not true!i talk to you as well.”
“that’s not what i meant”
“leave it,you are stupid.”
“no,i am not”
“yes! you are & now shut it,because our teacher is teaching us something important.”
Shea lost the battle,but She started wondering something else.Is she really dull?Is she missing out fun?at that very moment she made up her mind that she will seek fun.
Next day was the same for her,but she was vigilant.she kept an eye for any cute guy she could find.finding a guy is easy.its a great start for her ” fun list”Her friends were amazed but they were happy to help her.
“Hey!are you reading Dorian Gray?”
Shea looked up & saw that it was the same guy who held her yesterday.She was speechless.for the first time she looked at him closely.He was definitely a Greek god.He was tall,extremely fair,black hair spiked up at the right places,very handsome with headphones in his ears,wearing extremely low waist jeans,that was about to fall down & a loose shirt.He was a breathtaking sight.
“hi!aren’t you the same girl who bumped into me?”
so he does remember her ,but from a silly situation of course.That’s a good sign.She gathered herself & replied “oh hi!yeah,so stupid of me.i am sorry again.yes,its that book.”
“i am aditya,but i prefer Adi.I have always wanted to read this particular book.You are not finished with it,are you?”
“no,but if you want i can give it to you later on.”
Her friends were simply staring them.”um,hi!I am Tanya.So you are into novels like our stupid friend?”
He was laughing but agreed to her.
“oh boy!i have met the first guy who reads novels.” shuchi commented.
“not just read!i love them.” Adi corrected her.
the friends knew that if they vanish from there,Shea & Adi would definitely keep up the conversation & would go into detail,so seizing that opportunity,they went away from there giving an excuse.At first Shea was uncomfortable,being left alone with a guy but she took the risk.Adi sat down with her.Both of them started talking about novels,their fav authors,poetry etc.they instantly clicked.
“gosh!gotta go,i have classes now.” Adi said.
“oh me too!i totally forgot.”
“you are in which branch?”
“i am in ECE 1”
“and what’s your name?” He smiled at her.
“Shea!& i prefer it as Shea only.” both of them started laughing at this.
Their friendship blossomed & her Friends knew that it was heading into something else.Tanya took an effort & made enquiries about the guy.He was good & luckily he never had a gf.
one day Tanya got a message from Adi.He never talked to her outside college & never on phone.So it was surprising.
yaar!i think i have fallen for Shea,but i feel she won’t accept me.What should i do?
Tanya was elated,but she herself didn’t know what Shea thinks.So she asked for some time from him.
She called her at home.
“Hey girl!wassup?” Tanya greeted.
“Nothing much,i was just trying to figure out a maths sum.”
“okay!but maths is your fav subject.you shouldn’t have any problem.”
“i know but i am stuck now.”
“of course you will.You can’t concentrate in maths when you are checking your phone every 5 minutes for a message from Adi”
“what?are you crazy?We are just friends”
“oh really?he only talks to you.”
“so you are jealous?”
Tanya grew impatient.”Shea!its not about jealousy.”
Her voice was serious.Shea slowly spoke ” What do you mean?”
“you know it.”
“we have been your friends since kindergarten days & we expect some honesty from you.i hate secrets.”
Shea was totally clueless.”What happened Tanya?”
“Do you like Adi?”
this question took her off guard. “i do.He is a very good friend.”
“hmn,Do you like reading novels with him?”
“do you like talking to him?”
“yep,but..” She was stopped short.It was like a questionnaire.
“Do you love him?”
“yes!” There was silence on the other side.Shea realised late what she had said in haste.
“hurray! I knew it.I knew it.My best friend has fallen in love.”
“Wait!Hell no,i got confused,  said it in hurry,nothing like that”
“stop it Shea! accept this.you can’t hide it from your friends.Everyone knows it.”
Shea didn’t know what to say.She did like him,but is it so easy to find someone who shares the same passion-novel.she always wanted him to be around.She looked for his messages & calls.Its a very different feeling.Is it really love?
“Tanya!do you think i am doing the right thing?”
“yes babes!he is the perfect one for you.” with this she bid farewell & cut the call.
She messaged Adi.
I need a treat from you coz i am bringing a good news for you.
Adi replied.
Tanya!I haven’t even slept with you,so how come good news? Secondly i love someone else.
He was really getting on her nerves now.
dude!are you guys always dumb?Shea loves you as well.
next day,in front of everyone,Adi presented Shea with a wonderful bouquet of orchids,her favourite & proposed her.It was a magical moment for her,a scene from the movies.He was kneeling on his knees & kissed her right hand ,specially the ring finger.
“i am going to put a ring on that finger.”
Shea was blushing so much that some of the girls nearby were giggling.Tanya looked at them & they stopped.Shea accepted his proposal obviously ,before he could even finish speaking & they were a total hit in the campus.Adi pampered her with gifts,but she had to hide them from her parents.
“Adi!please don’t buy me gifts.i hate pampering.”
“you are my princess,i love giving them.”
“then i am the wrong girl for you.i am not like others.”
“okay fine!i won’t give.happy?”
she smiled.They were the perfect couple.even if they fought on something,they made sure it was resolved that day itself.A play was being organised,like every year,& this time,both of them tried in the auditions.They were selected.Studies along with play practise were eating their time.They hardly got time to spend with with each other.
After a gruelling month’s practise,the dress rehearsal of the play came.The dramatics dept. was sitting as audience.Most of the actors were on the stage.some were sitting near the chair.Shea & Adi ‘s turn was supposed to be at the end.So they comfortably sat behind the stage in the greenroom.It was empty except for them.They were chatting happily.Adi showed a mimicry of a teacher & she burst out laughing.He liked when she laughed.It was electrifying.Adi was so mesmerized by her,that he took her hand & made her stand.A slow dance number was being played from the play & he started dancing with her in the green room.
They at first were laughing,but grew silent.They were communicating through eyes & it was a sight to behold.It was a cinderella scene.Adi came closer & held her tightly. a heat was rising between them.His hands were caressing her back,she kept her head on his shoulders.He kissed her head.She looked up at him.they stopped dancing.He cupped her face & said” you know what i am madly in love with you.”
She was blushing.she hugged him again.He unknotted her hair,which fell softly on her neck.She parted away & was about to tie it back but he held her hands & pulled her closer.she could feel his breath on her face.he was very close.she looked into his eyes & knew that passion was playing in them.his lips parted & touched hers carefully.She responded.he tasted every bit of her lips.they were so delicious.their lips were moving gracefully.his hands were caressing her back that it sent a weird feeling down her spine.The kiss was so intense that their boundaries were being broken.He slid his hand through her dress in the front & was hungrily groping her.Shea pulled herself away from him & gasped.
“NO!” She yelled.
There was an awkwardness between them.He loked at her & realised what he had been doing.He was so ashamed that he turned his back & held his hands on his face.Shea adjusted her dress & walked to him slowly.
“hey!i didn’t mean to startle you.please don’t turn back on me.”
“i shouldn’t be doing that.you must be thinking what a rogue i am.”
“no!i love you very much & trust you .It was definitely,er,bit hot, back 5 minutes ago.but i loved every instant of it.i felt so different.it was like i don’t ever wanna lose you.”
“i regret it very much.the kiss was okay but not that!it was aweful.”
she looked in his eyes & the tears hung in them.she cupped his face & kissed him on the cheeks & a brief kiss on the lips.
“don’t do this”
“stop it Adi!this was my first kiss,don’t ruin it for me.”
“fine! but i promise you i won’t do that ever.”
“which one-kiss or touching?” a smile was dancing on her lips.
if you want both!”
“lets leave touching.kiss is more than anything” & with this she started kissing him again.They gave wonderful performances in the play.The play was a success & so were Shea & adi.7 years down the lane,they got married & have raised a beautiful family of 4.
The love is always beautiful.its out of the world feeling.When someone takes the plunge in it,only they know how to define “love”.Love in college is very unstable,immature one,but unlike Adi & shea,they knew how to make it work.they braved the ups & downs together.it was a tender love,which needed nourishment & security.tender because it always had the risk of falling down,but Shea & adi watered & cared it so carefully,that it blossomed into a strong love which stayed with them forvever.

my luck with cooking

My 4th semester has already started & I am getting bored easily because we have no classes going on.Even if a teacher wants to start any topic,my “wonderful”(sarcastic) classmates(mostly boys)
make sure that doesn’t happen.They torture our teacher to the zenith that he or she feels anguished at having to teach our class..My classmates test their patience all the time.Sometimes we 3 girls laugh at this ,sometimes we just get bored,sometimes we get frustrated at the inability to study 😦
But this is daily routine for us.I remember,how our class misbehaved with one of our teachers of 3rd sem.I do agree, that teacher slurs while speaking but we can’t make fun of him all the time :-O.He is old & definitely it would hurt his ego if we keep doing this,but obviously who cares?
Our engineering section is notorious for all the wrong stuff like teasing the teachers,having verbal fights with them etc.You won’t believe that the “good” guys (indeed very good,too much good)made animal noises,even noises made during *** so that the teachers get red in rage & stop teaching us.Its a daily struggle for the 3 of us to stay within our tolerance level.Now you tell me,if this schedule happens daily then who would not get bored of his or her life?
That’s what I am undergoing now.
I came back from my college early & thought of doing something new.So here I am,trying my hand at culinary delights.I chose Baking.I was bored of the usual vanilla cake so I searched my mum’s cookbooks & the obvious Internet for something different & came across Coffee cake.Its quite simple & less time consuming.
So I prepared the batter & taking God’s name,put it in the microwave for 10 mins.I was not confident of the results,& something of that sort actually happened.After giving it a standing time of 10-15 mins,I took it out.
I was totally dejected :-(…it wasn’t fluffy at all.The cake was definitely moist & soft but still i couldn’t make myself like it very much.The colour was nice,the aroma was full of coffee dancing with vanilla essence but it definitely didn’t have the texture i was looking for.I quietly placed the cake on the table & cut a piece for myself & mum.It was okay…I have to improve a lot though.
What I learnt from this is:
  1. Never try cooking when you are sad or angry.it ruins the cooking.
  2. Never try egg less cakes,they usually don’t turnout well at home.
  3. Always try the basic cakes first before jumping onto some other varieties.
  4. Practise makes a man perfect.
  5. Be confident
Anyway you can look for yourself why I am criticising my own cooking.Its just I want to share my honest opinion.
You can see its not fluffy.