July 23, 2011

Day 77: Oh my Gold

I watch this program whenever i am home that is called Lisa Ray says Oh My Gold and runs on TLC every night at 9. Its got Lisa Ray visiting different cities and checking out the gold jewelry at some of the famous stores of that city. Of course, that means that we get to see the kind of jewelry that is popular in different parts of the country and the styles and designs in vogue. I have seen the episodes shot in Kochi, Hyderabad, Delhi and Chennai. Much as i love the gold that is on display, I am coming to hate the show since i cannot tolerate the anchor. Agreed she has bounced back from near death and is living her life to the fullest, but that doesn't mean she brings in that persona on screen. Everything is surprising and wonderful for her. There is something fake about her that i can't seem to describe here. She makes these weird noises and gets over enthusiastic. And i would rather the anchor was a person who knew something about the cities of India and the traditions and the kind of jewelry that is made in India. Maybe i will not watch the show anymore, but the love for all things gold persists ;)

July 21, 2011

Day 75: Life is about taking chances

Yepp. Am just back from the evening show of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. I went in with very high expectations- Hrithik's movie, rave reviews about it being similar to DCH, beautiful locales and a brand new multiplex.
At 5, after wrapping up work in the office, a bunch of us set out to Cinemax in Bangalore Central on ORR. Heavy traffic and rains ensured that we reached the place just on time to grab a bite and make it to the movie.
The movie opens with the engagement of Abhay Deol with Kalki. Abhay is his ever so cute self and Kalki plays the nagging, possessive fiancee to the T. We get to know about three friends who had a pact to go on an adventure trip before the first among them gets married. Fahan Akther plays the Mister i am so funny and cool Imran, who we are told writes commercials.
Hrithik plays Arjun, the workaholic who is neat, tidy, systematic and thinks that having money equals being happy.
As the movie opens up, we get to know about the inner demons that the three men are battling. There are three "surprise" adventure sports in store, as per the pact. The clever lines written by Farhan Akther are bound to keep you in splits. And you identify with a lot of the scenes that have friends poking fun at each other, bickering at times, supporting and understanding each other in times of need.
Farhan trying to woo Katrina, Hrithik's obsession with work, a Hermes bag, a chudail alert, Abhay's engagement scene are high points of the movie.
Though the movie tends to drag in between and the ending itself is slightly rushed, the performances leave you feeling happy. Abhay Deol fits perfectly in his character. Hrithik, as usual, is splendid :). Farhan Akther has the best lines among the lot.
The back stories tend to get boring. The locales did not make me feel that i want to go to Spain right now. I also missed having a touching scene in the movie that made me cry. Absolutely nothing that touched my heart so much that i shed a tear.
But the movie did evoke the sense of adventure in me. Made me want to seize the day and see the world. Cause after all, this Zindagi na milegi Dobara. One life, live it.

July 20, 2011

Day 74: Lifestyle Sale 2011

I too, like most of you have all those privilege cards from all the stores that i shop in. Each time i make a purchase, i swipe the privilege card. What am i ultimately going to get out of it, i don't know.
So about a week back, when the Lifestyle Sale began, i got an sms about a preview for the members of the Inner Circle of Landmark Group. Could not make it that day, but made a mental note to take a look at the sale. It kind of did not occur to me why one would need a preview. Until i landed at Lifestyle yesterday evening.
The place was thronging with people who had come all out in good numbers in a weekday to buy stuff simply because they were on sale. There were rows and rows of clothes of all possible brands with prices slashed. I don't know how, but they even had branded diamond jewelery with a big discount.
I don't know how many times i was prompted to pick up stuff on a impulse. But then good sense prevailed and before putting things into my shopping basket, i asked myself the ever important question- Do i really need it? That way, i did not end up with tonnes of shopping bags, unlike the lady in front of me in the billing queue. I did not count the number of bags she had, but her bill was certainly more than fifteen thousand rupees. And her son told her that the stuff would probably suffice a year and he was not going shopping with her for another year :)

What i took back from the outing:
1. Best to visit sales in the week 1 of the sale, so that you can get the best of the loot.
2. People go crazy during sales.
3. Try to avoid weekends as much as possible, unless of course, you want to see the entire population of Bangalore at one place.
4. Always ask yourself if you want the thing on sale or you are buying it just because it is cheap.
5. Keep in mind the fact that the sale is on just because the store wants to dispose those goods :P

Happy Shopping :)

July 19, 2011

Day 73: LV and Samsonite

For anybody who loves travel and travels often, a good travel bag/backpack or suitcase holds high value. Its got to be practical, brave all kinds of weather, be compact, fit in all possible things and must be something one can flaunt ;)
Does a travel bag inspire you to travel? I don't think so. It can be a wonderful travel companion, yes. However, two ads of luggage that i saw recently urged me to step out, go out there and see the world and all that. It is a momentary tug wooing you to buy the bag and go out travelling. Two different brands, different price segments, but both goading you to buy their ware. One asking you a question, as to where life is going to take you.

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The other coaxing you to step out and see the world.

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Both made me want to take off. Maybe i will. For now, a Samsonite seems affordable. I will put the plan of getting an LV on the back burner ;)

July 7, 2011

Day 61: Drink of the day

A long day, lots of window shopping, dinner outside, tired muscles and cold weather. Perfect setting for a drink.

And what a relief! All the stomach problem vanished in a jiffy after drinking-


BINDU JEERA SODA
P.S. Always better to see the full picture before reaching a conclusion :P

July 6, 2011

Day 60: One photo

Seen outside the cafeteria in the office