Category: Random Bits

Happy Birthday Papa!!!


bbbWhen I was in grade 8, I failed Mathematics mid-term exam. To be specific, my marks were 32/100.

It did not matter if I had scored over 80% in the remaining subjects. The red line on my report card came as a lightening thunder for my Father. We were at a dinner when he was told and immediately his face went expressionless. A smile replaced by a grim, sour line across his mouth. Like, he was in utter shock. In denial. He did not say anything and yet conveyed his sorrow. Emphatically.

It was the worst thing to experience as a 12 year old especially when your father is your biggest source of motivation. I remember that feeling.  He was hurt and I felt like an amateur criminal, guilty as charged!

My father’s entire universe revolved around his children and continues to do so. He would never spend a penny on himself but ensured his children attended best schools, ate at the most famous restaurants  and gained international exposure through frequent travelling.

So….what did I do to make up? I went to school from 8 am till 2 pm and then took private maths tuition which lasted from 4 pm till 9 pm. I would sit in the tuition academy and practice every single Maths question – text books, past papers…everywhere!  I did this for the next half term.

Exhausted brain, aching finger joints, blurred vision, constant yawning were now my new best friends.

I kept pushing myself and reminding myself that life indeed begins outside your comfort zone. My final exam result was 90/100. Even till today I am baffled where did the remaining 10 marks go 🙂 but oh well…Thank God!

Maths and I had never been on good terms until my father came along. Everybody was astounded by my spectacular performance and there were accolades coming in from everywhere including friends, teachers….but I just remember one expression, the smile on my father’s face which glistened with pride for me. The smile was back.

A girl who couldn’t even solve a simple maths problem, ended up taking Additional Mathematics in O’levels (grade 9,10,11)  along with normal Maths and eventually scored A’s in both.

That’s how my father inspires me. He has taught me time and again, things worth having in life don’t come easy. If they were easy, then their worth would erode away, simply evaporate! And yes, failure is the first step towards success. Literally in my case! 😉

Happy Birthday Papa!

10th April 2013

Different Worlds

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Silent emotions and choked cries

Astringent notions and hollow lies

In the corner, all alone

Aching for what has, all gone

As blistering fire savours the wood

My frustrations descend and grab me by the hood

As the aroma unfurled

A new story uncurled

Where major players were mischief and deceit

Where major gamers were grief and cheat

Bridges were burnt away

Which connected people every day

In a moment, massive walls were erected

In a spur, remorseful voices were dejected

Valuable lessons learnt

From those who had been hurt

Thrown in a different place

Running a meaningless race

Now, in a different world than yours

Amongst unknown people than ours

Don’t look at my photo and cry

For I am there and would always come by

But the ways have changed

As our worlds have changed

Look at the sky with a beaming smile and you’ll get to see

Look at the sea with a content soul and you’ll know where I be

Close your eyes and you will hear

And finally realize that I am but near

I wait for the day when we would unite

You and me, basking in the glorious sunlight

                                ~~~

p.s:  I wrote ‘Different Worlds’ when I was 22. xx

Blush BUS!

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While walking on a dark road in London Victoria in pouring rain; numb hands, red nose and tear eyes I saw the Blushing Bus

It was a bar on wheels, I spotted people dancing and drinking inside while I admired and walked passed it! xx

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Pret A Manger – My Fresh and Natural Lunch Spot!

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Every time, I entered Pret I got emotional with all the boards on their walls – advocating natural and fresh meals prepared on the very same day, without any preservatives. Instantly, my diet-conscious mind made peace with my guilty stomach – all in the name of being healthy and eating fresh! Yum…

The Sun published an article on 13th March 2013, highlighting the enormous amounts of salt in high-street food chains including our very fresh and preservative-free, Pret. As per the article, Sweedish Meetball Wrap at the cafe amounts to salt worth 9 bags of ready salted crisp!!! Excessive salt is the main cause for a multiple diseases such as high blood-pressure and heart diseases.

Katharine Jenner, of the Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), who carried out the salt survey, said: “If each of us ate a pinch of salt less a day, we would prevent around 4,000 deaths a year. We would also save the NHS around £300 million a year.” Alarming statistics for sure! Immediate and extreme steps need to be taken to reduce salt level by café chains or takeaway restaurants.

Earlier, in 2011, an article in Daily Mail claimed , Pret’s healthy and fresh sandwiches have as much salt as 10 packs of crisps and cereal with same amount of a sugar as a can of coke! Their fresh cheddar and pickle baguette contains approximately 800 calories and 15.6g of saturated fat, just the same as American Pizza from Pizza Express.

Pret has not used the word ‘healthy’ in their brand communication or any of their advertisements which is an extremely deliberate and smart move if not right- away misleading. Adjectives such as ‘fresh, natural ingredients and preservatives – free’ have often been used to subliminally target pseudo health-conscious consumers…a bit like myself.

We go on crazy diets  – lose some weight and in the process suffer from low vitamin, iron and calcium levels and excessive hair loss. We then realise…OOPS! Lets take the healthy and a wiser route…

This is when chains like Pret come in as blessings in disguise. Our knights in shining armour!

I would not have bothered to research about the fresh and natural lunch claims of Posh Pret until recently when I found a blue plastic piece floating in my Cream of Mushroom Soup! This was my inspiration to read about the food brand and find out about their presence.

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