26\11 Mayhem - A true story!

A young girl fresh out of college, working in a top notch IT company, drawing a heavy 6 digit salary ~~ falls head over heels in love with a colleague of hers - from different state, religion. Blessed with level-headed parents, the couple settle into a 'happily ever after' married life.

A few years into the marriage the guy is transferred to our own amchi mumbai and the girl was to follow soon! The boy with stars-in-eyes books a flat and was zipping away on his bike to the new abode....and it is at this point the entire story goes hay-wire!

This my dear friends happened exactly a year ago...on 26\11 the poor boy fell victim to the mindless 26\11 mayhem in mumbai! Sample the remaining story to know how rude fate can get...

Meanwhile the girl was awaiting to hear back from the guy! The network was all jammed and this she thot was why she hasnt heard from him! The harsh truth isnt something she had even thot of in her distant dreams! A fear started dawning in only when the hours tickled by and she hadnt yet heard anything from him even the next day. She lands in mumbai all alone to search for him...she goes searching in his office, neighbourhood, hospitals,approaches newspaper, TV channels in hope of finding him but all efforts draws a null! At the end of massive hunting all that the girl gets is his bike n ID card at the shooting point but no trace of the body...possibly burnt away in a mass graveyard!

This is no piece of fiction...its the true story of my colleague's cousin! The poor girl almost on to become a psychiatric patient but was thankfully pulled out there by my colleague! She had to leave her family, job back in hyd and rushed to this girl's rescue.......

Today after a year the poor girl still refuses to remove her Mangalsutra and believes that he must be still alive somewhere.

Terrorism until I heard this was just another headline for me! But its only when you hear these stories striking your near and dear ones that you realize how irreversibly life can be altered...wasn't that girl cruising in a same boat like me and you until a rude jolt of terrorism drowned her boat!

                    "There is no way to Peace,
                                  PEACE IS THE WAY"

A Sen'TEA'mental Evening....

What better way to mark 'Jab-we-met' anniv but do things that we love the most - Hanging out n having yum yum food!! N tht is exactly what we did...

Started off with catching the evening show of 2012. The movie is based on mayan calendar which predicts that the world will come to an end on ...an horryfying aspect indeed! A graphically brilliant movie with again right dose of sentiments involved!Make sure you catch this movie on the big screen.

But whats a celebration without yummy food! SO headed straight to Infinitea - a tea bar, a place we have heard quite a bit bit never got around to try! Hmmm the decor was a bit let down...was expecting to find a more chic n happening place...happening it is but wouldnt really call it chic! But man, they know their stuff....mind boggling variety of Tea ~~ the usual suspects Assam, Darjeeling, Niligri, Earl Grey, Green, Black are ofcourse there peppered with a few others tht I havent heard of yet ~~ Oolong,Engime, Euphoria, silver blossoms N each of this comes with their own brewing time.....See the sand timer in the pic?? Wondering if its a piece of the decorum there! Well I wouldnt blame you cause I thot the same.... turned out that its a stop-clock so that you get the brewing time right! N different sand timer for different varieties ~~ 4 mins for 'Orient Pearl' Tea, 5 mins for 'DJ Gold Oolong' Tea(These are the ones which we sampled)!

N if u are wondering if all that we had for our 'Romantic dinner' were 'infini'teas ...well well these people dish out some really yum items too! The one we sampled were 'parmisan fritters', 'Mousha la limosi'(Fish in the Italian style)......N a'fishy' person that I am, I rate this dish a full 9out of 10!!

So the next time u in a mood for some 'TEA' u know where to head to!! N when you are there check out their walls peppered with some neat pics!

All in all indeed a Sen'TEA'mental Evening to remember :)

'Jab We Met' - 3 Year and running

Trying to make sense out of the title?? Strain no more...hop here to know what am referring to!

Ho yeah its the time of the year...3 years as on tommo since we first met :).

So wht plans for tommo?? well the not-so-romantic hubbs of mine has shot down the gifting idea with a very unromantic "Lets stop this gifting mumbo-jumbo"..grrrrr!! But do I accept defeat so soon?? No way!! I hv v slyly convinced to buy me goggles today (so tht will be my gift of the day) n as for his gift.....well am clueless :-p. Thankfully he is game for eating ouut anyday..so that takes care of the dinner plan(romantic???)!!

So please join in wishingus many such years of happy-togetherness(hopefully peppered with more gifts, dinners n vacations)!!

Book Review: "Two States ~~ The story of my Marriage" - Chatan Bhagat-

Yeap Yeap this is the latest from Chetan Bhagat - Two States! Finished reading this book a good month back...grabbed it almost as soon as it was out... not cause am a hardcore fan of Chetan Bhagat but well it just happened

The first thing tht stuck me about the novel is the back cover page that so well enumerates the rules of marriage in India:

Love marriages around the world are simple:
Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy.
They get married.

In India, there are a few more steps:
Boy loves Girl. Girl loves Boy.
Girl's family has to love boy. Boy's family has to love girl.
Girl's Family has to love Boy's Family. Boy's family has to love girl's family.
Girl and Boy still love each other. They get married.

Simple hey... Thou it sounds hilarious THE TRUTH........n u better get this straight! Sabi, this one is just for u :)

N now back to the book! Like his other novels this is a easy read. Tak, tak tak it makes u turn he pages......Simple yet engrossing! Brings about the south vs north divide beautifully.....sample this.... while IITs, IIMs sell in south Indian Matrimonial markets its Fair skins n Petrol bunks that sell up north! Hilarious but the truth again!

So any of u there deciding to have this south-north wedding, gift urself this book n u can pick a few handy tips......n sorry Ms.Dark-skinned-Southie, the only tip there if u gotta impress your fair skinned northie in-laws is to rush to the nearest beauty parlour :)