My next blog post..

My last post was on the 20th of February, that makes it 10 days of silence until this post – today the 2nd of March.

I hate it when I have these long gaps between two posts. It’s not that I don’t have anything to write about – I have a lot! Trust me… like the stuff I see, hear or find myself in the midst of – not all of it is as interesting though. However, the ones that are, need to be edited, refined, be of acceptable language and only then can I post it on my blog, i.e if I choose to do so. That takes patience, effort and more importantly Time, which I would like to believe, is the one thing I have in abundance, even with the things that I do in a day.

Well, coming to the week gone by, it can clearly be said, it’s been one of shock, sorrow and a lot of babble everywhere – none more than about Sridevi (the Indian actress who passed away on the 24th of February)  
You, as much as I would have been fed with so much of information over the past few days, that we have reached a point of saying – ‘Enough is Enough’. Though for me it was just news, there were people around me who seemed to talk on and on about the subject – at work, in buses, on phones and of course social media.

In one week so much has happened that…
On Sunday – suddenly all of India became Sridevi fans, followed by the whole of India turning into a discussion board and then into detectives.

I’m sure many bloggers might have covered a lot of different angles of the ‘Sridevi’s death Story’, however, I am not here to write about that. But a definite mention must be made, that she was one of Bollywood’s best and it is indeed a big loss…

If that was not enough, she having a state funeral, got more people talking. To be frank, I was surprised too.. but then what the heck! This is India…we really can’t question anything that happens in the country. Just watch the drama and remain quiet, unless you want to be caught, questioned and in extreme cases thrown into jail for having your opinion. 

…and Yes, we’ve entered into March, the third month of 2018. Didn’t we just enter into 2018? We’re already in March. 

PADMAN – The movie

I needn’t write the synopsis of the movie here, the publicity of the movie has been spread far and wide, or wait! It makes more sense I do…

Lakshmi is a newly married welder who causes a stir in his East Indian village when he tries to revolutionize the manufacturing of sanitary napkins for women.

What I’ll say though is; It is a good movie. Let gender not come in the way, for you to find your way to the nearest theatre to watch PADMAN


Akshay Kumar may be the hero on all the posters displayed in cinema halls and billboards, but the real hero in the movie was Sonam Kapoor.

It takes a man to come up with a brilliant idea but a woman to make it happen. (I’m not sure if that is what happened in real life too – was it?

Time for some reading up I guess.

..through the 👀 of Bollywood

We’ve always associated ourselves with the hero/heroine of a movie when we watch it… “I was him/her once upon a time…”

Let me then take you through some of the characters in some of the Bollywood movies, I closest resemble to – Bollywood ishstyle!

I am Karan (2nd part of the movie) from Hum Tum, the understanding and the good friend to Rhea, yet at the same time, not quite there with his illogical thinking…

I am Sameer Sharma of Mohabbatein, carry the picture of the girl I love, in my heart (not in my wallet) and bumping into her often yet unable to say anything 😛

I am definitely (at times) Aditya Kashyap in Jab We Met, waiting to hop on a train, leaving all my problems behind

The closest character I have practically lived would be Rahul Prakash Udyavar (Shahid Kapoor) & Ram Shankar Nikumbh (Aamir Khan) in Paatshala & Taare Zameen Par [both roles being teachers – minus the music and dance of course] 😛😛

I am Sameer in Dil Chahta hai, a genial, well-meaning, desperately romantic, but confused guy who is prone to romantic infatuations and believes to have found true love whenever he gets attracted to a girl (s)

I am Sunil from Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, a happy-go-lucky scamp and yet everything he wants he doesn’t get…from his results to the girl he loves (which he eventually doesn’t get)

While I have watched so many Bollywood movies over the years, there’s a little something in every movie I’d relate to in the characters.

How about you mention the top 5 characters in Bollywood movies that resembles the closest you in real life? C’mon, give it a try! It’s fun… Aditi? Sonali? Pradita? Rekha?

A Pad, A Man & a whole country!


A Sanitary PAD


PADMAN – the movie release date of which is tomorrow 09.02.2018 and the whole nation is already going crazy.

AND I’m not sure if its because of the concept or for the actor or simply because it’s easy to see and not talk about it. We all know what the movie is about and everyone’s excited about it, men, women, children.. even Ravi Shastri (the Indian Men’s Cricket team coach) who is in South Africa at the moment seems to be interested/excited whatever!

And what’s this all about the PadMan challenge & clicking a pic with a sanitary pad to bring menstruation into the open – on social media?

India has gone bonkers! BIG TIME!

I read on Facebook yesterday that “Ravi Shastri tagged Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and tennis player Leander Paes to take the PadMan challenge” I had to research a little bit to find out, what the PadMan challenge was all about to know what it meant.

This is going way out of hand really! What’s the BIG deal?

Yes, we all know what menstruation is, we understand what women go through every month… what’s to bring out in the open? Akshay Kumar goes one step further saying; “Somewhere it is a man’s fault, and somewhere it is not entirely, because it is a subject like periods which was not discussed in our homes from the beginning….”

Now, what did we do? 

My question is:- Why is a country like India so obsessed with women-related issues? Be it Menstrual health/hygiene, mention-of-mothers at beauty pageants, women showing a bra strap, a women’s cleavage or simply what a woman’s choice is? Or even why Smriti Mandhana is so cute? 😝 (the last of which even intrigues me)

I will be going to watch the movie as it releases tomorrow and you can be sure to expect a post about what I thought of it. Pads, menstruation, periods or a simple pink underwear, whatever it may be, that they show in the film tomorrow.

I will have an opinion..and you’ll know what it is, RIGHT HERE on the extra..aaamile.

‘A Costly Affair’


02.02.2018 – Times of India (Goa Edition)

What an interesting article! Made such interesting reading, most of which didn’t make much sense to me (I’ll have to admit shamelessly), but the picture was appealing, so I thought why not cut out the picture and write a post on it? Good idea right!

I’m never a fact & figures person (exactly what the article talks about), I thought let me take it & put a ‘Savio Spin’ to it and make it my own. [Expect nothing serious here]

Now we all know how wonderful it is to have children (rather make them). One night of passion, a whole lifetime of waiting for this one day – expectations, pleasure and the excitement… and then bam after 9 months, a New life.. a New journey and a big hole in the parents pockets for at least the next 21 years of that child’s life.

Wait! Did I say make? Make Children? Hmm. ‘Procreate’ – sounds better! As wonderful as the whole procedure is to procreation, looking at the future… and the picture above, you might want to push back ‘that moment’ a bit… this is a certainly a very very costly affair! But then on the other side – nothing is ever cheap, even in India. 

I am still in phase I, which is wishing my friends who have babies and attending their baptism parties. Babies are cute and all.. but boy! do they come at a price? 9 months in the mother’s stomach and 21 years of eating into the parent’s savings.

Kehte hain bacche paida karne ka koi sahi waqt nahi hota, jab karlo bas tabhi se tumhara bura waqt shuru ho jata hai

…nahhhh!! who are we kiddin’ 😛 

Children are the biggest blessings to parents, God’s personal gift to every married couple. I myself am a big fan of children (having taught them in schools) Of course children at school and children at home are a whole different set of people. I love children, especially little baby girls <3

If you’re interested in the facts & figures of how much it costs to raise a kid, read the Times of India today or online – Pg 15 (I read it in the Goa Edition) very interesting article. Read it, cut it out and show it to your child when he turns 21 😛😛

The Magic Number to remember is :


Yess!! The * stands for

*at current prices



What’s your market Value?

You know how there are certain items in a shop that are never purchased, its not because there is anything wrong with it, it’s just that people refuse to buy it because maybe no one else is buying it. So in context to the above line, it seems that the value people assign to a particular item depends on the value that other people place on it.

To bring it into context of an individual- if you hear about a man or a woman over a certain age (eg: 30yrs), not married as yet, automatically people assume there is something wrong with this person and since he/she has had no takers till now – is STILL single, does his/her market value then.. go down?

Does anyone know the math to find out one’s market value? Oh wait! I just found a link where you actually can.. check it out HERE
I am apparently worth $1.27 million to round up (or $1,266,016 million to be exact) Not much I know.. but in 10 years I’ll check again, I might be worth a few more millions 😀😀 Go ahead and check yours, You know you want to do it…

I am 35 now, never been married. Reasons for that – maybe I am not interested in getting married OR haven’t found the right person as yet.

Who cares?!!! I’m still worth $1.27 million emojiemojiemoji

If we have sporting leagues around the world that can buy players for ‘x’ amount of money for local teams/franchises, we’d do well to know how much we’re worth too right? Who knows.. in the days to come – we might just be recognized by a number and its price. price

Anything is possible! That said – for every Indian.. linkage to the Aadhaar card is necessary 😂😂😂

Good Question.. not quite the RIGHT answer?

I’m gonna touch upon it because I felt I needed to talk about it and however brilliant or morally correct that answer might have been – that the now, Miss World Manushi Chillar gave that night in China standing on the stage, was technically the WRONG answer to the question asked and she should have been disqualified.

The question asked was:

Which profession according to you deserves the highest salary and why?

Chhillar’s answer was: “Since I’m very close to my mother, I think a mother deserves the highest respect and when you talk about salary it’s not always about cash but I feel it’s the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has always been the biggest inspiration in my life. All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think the profession that deserves the highest salary, the highest respect and love should be that of a mother”

Now let me break down her answer for you..

her first line clearly says ‘highest respect’ instead of highest salary.. (which according to me is a rookie mistake)

.. and then she tries to get back on track by talking of salary and love and respect and inspiration etc etc, going off topic totally! (definitely a minus for me)

Lastly and most importantly, being a mother isn’t a profession. This makes her answer totally wrong.

But that said, we Indians have the ability of twisting the question and answering it in a way that makes us comfortable and appealing to the masses listening. And also we really can’t complain on the manner Manushi Chhillar framed her answer. In India, no question is ever dealt with a direct answer. We would need to first smile, prepare ourselves mentally for a couple of seconds, frame a little story around our answer and put it gently across to the other side. That’s Indian style!

I guess the judges were listening with their hearts rather than their ears.

I’m sure the Indian women who stayed up watching the live coverage of Miss World were in tears/emotional and touched by the answer given, for saying something about ‘Parents’ or ‘A Mother’ or a woman for that matter will always earn you some extra brownie points.. (making people emotional) in this case it won her the crown.

I didn’t watch the entire contest, so I really don’t know whether she was really good in the other rounds besides the answer she gave, that everyone loved and is being talked about even today in India.

Whichever way.. she is Miss World 2017 and India should be proud of her achievement. Well done Manushi Chillar.


Most definitely. No wonder people talk about how ill mannered Indian people are.. especially outside the country. Well, they aren’t any better in their own country, just that their behavior is accepted and hence not talked about so much. I know, I know.. I am Indian too but well.. sometimes its just disgusting how some Indians behave Untitled 

The hotel at which we are staying currently also houses other Indians from other states of India, and it is needless to say they give India a terrible name. To pin point at one specifically, a family of 10 from Kerala ~ Keralites/mallus (heard them speaking in Malayalam) From loud voices to clumsy table manners, it was too hard to not notice their uncouth behavior.  

Sometimes I guess, it would be better to say “I’m from a certain state of India” rather than say you’re from India, people don’t have a very good first impression when you say ‘India’.  

Just done with another BIG dinner meal.. but tasty all the same. Something about the Sri Lankan cuisine that makes you want to go the extraa..aaamile when it comes to ‘one more serving won’t hurt’. The last time I was in Sri Lanka, I added 5 kgs in 5 days, it took me 2 years to get it back down. Looks like the same story this time round, I might just have to work harder this time 😊

2 things I’ve definitely learnt in this trip is:

~ Food can be thoroughly enjoyed when eaten slowly. Enjoy your meal and not just fill your stomach.

~ Don’t worry about the extra holiday weight you’d be putting on, there’s always a chance to lose weight – when you get back home, start walking. Eat like a King, good food is not always available. (don’t do it the Indian way [filling your plate up, take a 2nd serving])

Being Indian is one thing.. behaving like one is another


Bullet Train – India 2022

India and Indians might have had their share on ‘Bullets’, now its time to look forward to its first Bullet train..Wait!! Still some time to go till we see one. Expected year 2022.

But does India deserve a bullet train running at 320-350 km/hr, when the existing trains running at 50/60 km/hr are getting derailed almost at the rate of a couple of trains (or more) every month or two? and a few people dying with every train derailment?

In this scenario, how does a bullet train serve the purpose in the country?

In a country that witnesses children dying out of starvation, women getting raped on a daily basis, people not having jobs, price of food having gone through the roof and people being shot in pure daylight, how can a country’s priority be a ‘Bullet Train’? Even if it is, hasn’t the Government learnt anything from past experiences of the Tejas Express and the Gatiman Express that were recently launched? Going by the initial craze of ‘a new train’ there haven’t been many takers statistics reveal, with both trains running at less than 60/70% occupancy. What is the fate of the future 2022 Bullet train then? Has speed become so much of a factor? We’ve been doing okay all this while..

– so where is the sudden priority of “speed” needed in the country? I know as an Indian, it is no point talking or having a say of how things operate in India and some of the thinking that goes into making some of the BIG decisions. The Govt will carry on doing what they need to do, and all we can do is to watch the drama unfold before our very own eyes.

However on a lighter note, India has got its latest toys to play with, its called monopoly money, flashy colors of new crispy notes. The Demonetization might have turned out to be a big failure, at least the citizens of the country can boast of newer, cleaner notes now-small consolation maybe?


I’m yet to have my own 200 & the new 50 rupee note.

India has never seen a dull day, there’s always something happening.. don’t be surprised with what is to come next. As an Indian citizen we should always be prepared.

Fancy a journey on the Tejas Express?

Everyone’s talking of the latest train on the scene in India “TheTejas Express” (to ply between Mumbai and Goa [Upto Karmali station as of now]) but what do you know – even before the train could start it’s maiden journey, it was damaged..the glass window of which was found cracked.

It definitely isn’t a common man’s train – check out the fares below:

Tejas Express’s executive class fare is Rs 2,940 (with food) and Rs 2,540 (without food), and for AC chair car the fare has been fixed at Rs 1,850 (with food) and Rs 1,220 (without food)

Isn’t that a little too much to spend on a trip – per person? That way the Jan Shatabdi is much cheaper and takes around the same time or an hour or more to reach Goa (i.e Madgaon station instead of Karmali)

Automatic sliding windows, a coffee vending machine, an LCD screen and WiFi..Indians don’t need luxuries, basic cleanliness will do. So, No Thank You, I’d rather take a flight.. at least there we’d get to see some pretty air-hostesses if nothing more.

It is simple..The Railways..logo ko chutiya bana rahe hai…

Find some of the comments below, that Indians have made on various platforms regarding the new train.

— >”govt is doing more than enough for people.. It’s just people need to cooperate and maintain the cleanliness and wealth of train.. I think to achieve this, strict rule need to be made. Otherwise people will litter all around [well said]

— > [referring to the LCD screens behind each seat] “kya is screen pe modiji ki speech chalegi?”

— >”Give it a week, All the fancy stuff will get stolen, bathrooms clogged, seats ripped, Touchscreens damaged. Everyone knows what happened to the Gatimaan Express. Its not that the Govt is not doing anything, its the public who think they have the right to deface public property and then blame the govt. My advice to the railways: Impose unconditional hefty fine or even jail for violators” [the harsh reality]

— > [during the journey] “sirf ek announcement hoga, train ki WiFi service uplablad nahi hai kripya agli bar try kare

— >”Aaj kaal ke chutiye Modi ko baadnam hi karne me lage hai. Kuch kiya to bhi kyu kiya ,nahi kiya to kyu nahi kiya .Mr modi ko 5 Saal to pm rahne do, saalo adhi jindagi khatam ho gayi kuch naya iss desh me hua nahi abhi ho raha hai to uspe bhi ungli karte ho” [clearly a PM Modi fan]

As we all have an opinion about everything that happens in our country, people will talk and then forget and life will go on. I hope to write a similar post on the ‘Tejas Express’, 2/3 years down the line, when the train is not so new anymore. At least one thing we can expect is, considering the route the train is plying on – we can hope the train remains clean.

I love travelling by train, but even for me.. the fare of the journey is a little too much. I’m yet to travel on the 11085||Mumbai LTT-Madgaon AC Double Decker train, so a journey on the Tejas isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

P.S: Expect a few selfies to be taken with the train on social media..