Sunday, 25 October 2015

The Walk Movie: Nothing less than a WOW Experience...

#TheWalk  #MovieReviews

WOW! is the first word that comes to mind after watching this movie. Considering it is based on real
life incidence, the film gets even more mesmerizing.

The film is based on real life story of Philippe Petit who walked on a wire between twin towers and is dedicated to the victims on September 11, 2001 attack. 

The set up is in France and New York, where a young talented wire walker is obsessed with walking between twin towers. Ever since he sees the picture of twin towers in a magazine he makes it his mission to walk on it. During his journey we see how he forms alliances, how he practises, succeeds and fails. All in all its his persistence and dedication that makes him successful. Mind you it is not easy to stand on the edge of a building of 1400 ft height, let alone walk, turn, lay down and kneel on a wire across 200 ft.

The character of Philippe Petit is played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and he did a wonderful job in it. To fulfil a dream as crazy as this one needs dedication and persistence, which in turn converts a man into a arrogant, stubborn mad-man. Levitt did a fabulous job in passing as stubborn mad-man. 
All the other characters were okay, they were there to support him and they did fine job.

Overall, movie is a must watch, but only in 3D. The effects and scenic beauty are just mesmerizing. Over years, across all the movies I have watched, this has been the only movie where everyone clapped in the end - And it was well deserved.

My rating - 4.5/5
Loved it. Hope you like it too

Till then
Take Care

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Quick Titbits - Granny's Prescriptions #2

                                                                                                                       #QuickTitbits #RunnyNose

Dadi Maa ke Nuskhe ~ Runny Nose

To stop a runny nose instantly
Take a drop of mustard oil (sarson ka tel)
And apply it in your nose
Beware it will sting a bit
But it will stop running nose instantly

Monday, 12 October 2015

Poem - My Love

#MyPoems  #MyLove

Since the day I met you, my life is a bliss
With you even a moment, I don't wanna miss

You complete me my love, you are my life, my shadow
With you every moment is the serenity of the meadow

Don't ever leave me, for without you I am none
My life will be dark, as a land without Sun

Oh my Love, how I wish we could be in each other arms
For eternity and be blessed forever in love's charm

But it's destiny that one day we will be apart
Thus I pray you live on my love, and it's me who is first to depart...

For I can't imagine a life of singularity, I cannot fathom alone
Without you it will be meaningless life, a life without any tone...

~~Kritika Gupta Sharma

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Quick Titbits - Granny's Prescriptions #1

#QuickTitbits #RosyLips

Dadi Maa ke Nuskhe ~ Rosy Lips

For beautiful & rosy lips
Add pinch of Saffron (Kesar) in Home made butter (Makkhan)
Apply the paste on lips daily (Preferably at night time)

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Weight Loss 1-on-1: Flaxseeds (Alsi)

#AllAboutHealth  #WeightLoss

Not many people are aware but Flaxseed (aka Alsi in hindi) is a very powerful food product. It  not only helps reduce weight but also has many other (and very useful) benefits.

Lets see what Flaxseed are: Flaxseed (also called linseeds) are a rich source of micro nutrients, dietary fibre, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid omega-3. (source of definition: medicalnewstoday). 
The seeds come from flax, one of the oldest fibre crops in the world - known to have been cultivated in ancient Egypt and China. Flaxseed is also referred to as most powerful food product in many journals. 

There are a lot of benefits of consuming flaxseed on regular basis. To list down a few:
  1. Helps with digestion and weight loss - Weight is a demon that we all want to avoid but due to many factors it always manages to catch up (for most of us). Flaxseed is one of the potent solution that helps reduce weight as it is rich in fibre and essential nutrients. After witnessing it personally, I strongly suggest it to people who wish to lose some kilos. 
  2. Cholesterol - a lot of people suffer from the problem of cholesterol. Nobody needs to state how high cholesterol can have bad effect on overall health. Many studies have shown (and I have witnessed in my own family) that combination of flaxseed and regular exercise not just keeps cholesterol in control but also reduces it for people who are suffering with higher levels
  3. Helps avoid cancer - Given its high in Omega 3 it helps prevent Prostate, Colon and Breast cancer
  4. Improves immune system - with properties listed above (and many more) flaxseed consumption also aids in immune system. It reduces the inflammation in the body and prevents body from various allergies and infections
  5. Many other benefits - there are many other benefits of flaxseed like improve liver health, cardiovascular health, skin glow, strong joints, lowering blood pressure, diabetes etc. This article is just a beginning of how good flaxseed consumption is, you can read up more on internet to find additional benefits

 How to take flaxseed?
Whole seed vs. Grind Powder
It is crucial to know that flaxseed if consumed whole will not be absorbed in your body, instead will pass through your digestive system. Flaxseed should be roasted and grinded first before they are consumed. If you are not sure of how much to roast, I would suggest buy yourself a packet which is already roasted and grind

There are 2 options to take flaxseed, first -  you can sprinkle them on your food, salad etc. and consume. You should do it only if you like its taste. Or second - for people like me, who hate the taste and smell of flaxseed, take a spoonful of its powder, eat it and drink water. do not chew else it will be a nightmare to take it out of  your teeth.  

When to take flaxseed?
 Preferred time to take is twice a day, before meals (breakfast and dinner) to get maximum out of it.

Where to buy?
Flaxseed is available in almost all local grocer shops in India. They are also available online. For people outside India, you can easily get it on your online shops

I hope you liked the article and you will include flaxseed in your diet everyday from now on... If you have any questions you can post them in comments below :)

Till then
Take Care

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Mahatma Gandhi


I have recently lived in South Africa and just like India it too struggled in getting independence. The common thing between 2 countries is that there was one man who made that happen. There it was Nelson Mandela and here we have M.K Gandhi. People of SA love and respect the person who brought them freedom. Oh my, you try say a word against Mandela and I seriously doubt you will live through the day but here in India, we n
ot just are accusing and abusing, we are doing it open in public. No respect hey...
I had a colleague in SA who loathed Mandela, for his own reasons, but every time he had to say something, he would look around him to confirm no one heard... well he was safe with me, I am an Indian, I don't care much about what he says but others did. 

Yesterday was 2nd October, Gandhi Jayanthi, the day which 'ideally' should be celebrated for the birthday of a man who brought us freedom, instead in India, everyone is excited just to have a holiday, yesterday specifically because it offered a long weekend. No one bothers about the man who brought us Independence.

I find it very weird that how exactly the youth of India behaves. When we were little we all (I hope at least) used to participate in various things on this occasion but today, nothing. Instead of remembering and honouring the great man even for a moment, we make advanced plans to booze and party. Yes, you might find me saying all this dramatic but am I really being dramatic? A saw a pole today on Facebook which said little more than 70% people don't care about the 'father of our Nation', well, its not good. As it was aptly said in movie 'PK', the value of this great man is only on currency note, well to be honest, it is the money that holds value, no one care whose face is stamped on it... Sigh!

There are many reasons why Indians hate Gandhi, yes he took some decisions which resulted in India and Pakistan. And its his decisions which many of us suffer till date, but we also need to understand, if it were not for that man, we might still be under the tyranny rule of Britishers and the freedom that we have today would never have existed

Well, hate this article all you want and make all the fun in the world. But I believe we should  be feel gratitude at least a bit for what we have today...