The Story Of A Suicide, My Review and Views

Why people commit suicide? That’s a leading question haunting humankind for ages. Why some people find it a better option to end their life than to live it to the fullest? We all know life is not a bed of roses. It throws different challenges at us from time to time. The insight, courage and knowledge with which we face those challenges mark the way of our lives. You see, life is like a burger; one side is birth, another death. It’s what you put in-between determines how it tastes. Life sometimes forces us, drops or just throws us in a situation which becomes unbearable and one seeks an escape. Unfortunately, some find the escape route in finishing the life.

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Recently I came across a book, The Story of A Suicide by Sriram Ayer. The book is a page-turner, with a gripping tale that deals with the life, education, social circumstances, desire, passion and pride of four youngsters; Sam, Hari, Mani and Charu.

Though everyone in this society, in today’s world, is supposed to deal with abnormal stress, tension and often the chasm between their desire and limitation leads to depression. But, in this book, Sriram Ayer has dealt with the vulnerability of the young generation, their dreams and nightmares.

The Story of A suicide begins in a rather happy-go-lucky manner where we find Hari as an easygoing boy, loved and cared by his family. Sam, another protagonist, is from an affluent background and wants to take everything and everyone in his grip, under control.
Things began to unfold when they meet each other at KIT. Here’s where Mani and Charu also came to the scene and, the readers are horrified to watch Mani attempting a suicide hanging himself from the fan in his hostel room!

Mani got saved by his best friend Charu, a girl with indomitable spirit, an independent feminist attitude and enough courage to face the problems as they come. In fact, in the whole story, I liked the character of Charu most well portrayed revealing every nuance of her character. I loved the way she saved her friend, befriended Sam but didn’t want to become a painted doll as his girlfriend saying,
“Sam, women have to negotiate a male-dominated world, so to get ahead we paint a mirage and make men believe that they are always in charge. Like Draupadi said, you men are fools, so easy to please”.

Charu knows and understands the ways of life. She is ready to accept both the good and evil from life and she is resilient enough to take her stride, long and strong. We need more free-spirited and brave girls like Charu in this society.

But, Hari, who has a nightmarish childhood camouflaged under a happy mask, fails to gain that strength. The wealthy lad, Sam, in his persuasion of love and power, begins to take measures that could lead to disastrous consequences. Sam’s friend Aditya acts as an accomplice and, the author directs us to the point what a bad company can do to us, that we should choose our friends carefully.

Mani, a survivor, though, fails to comprehend the feelings, pain and emotions of his closest friend, Hari making the things harder for him.

What happens to them? Why Hari misses over a dozen calls from his father? How a tiny red light from Charu’s mobile destroys several dreams? Well, to get the answers you have to read the book HERE . You can read it for free (great, isn’t it?)

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The author Sriram Ayer has done a commendable job by discussing topics like gay sex, child molestation, cyber-crime, social media addiction in accordance with today’s generation. I especially find his writing laudable as all these issues are perfectly mingled with the story itself and, never it appears that he is preaching to his readers. The excruciating pain a male child might suffer from molestation and the effects that are etched in his heart for the rest of his life would give you a shiver.

I request all my readers to go through the book. It will help you understand the problems of your teenage children better, it will help you to stand by them when they need you most. It will help you to identify the signs of depression and frustrations before it’s too late.

Nobody wants to destroy his own life. But, sometimes, the circumstances make him think like a ‘loser’, his inner voices become malevolent enough to command him to put an end to life. I think suicidal instinct comes when people lose the right track of life and, finds nobody in the vicinity to help him out. They, actually, don’t want to die. They just want to escape and, if at least, one of his friends or family members can lend out a hand, give him enough support, he will definitely try to come out of  the darkness.

“Strangers in the night exchanging glances.
Wondering in the night
what were the chances we’d be sharing love
before the night was through?”

The Story of A Suicide by Sriram Ayer can teach you how to be the light in the darkness.

I would give 5/5 to the book. 

Last but not the least, the incidents in the narration are wonderfully accentuated by the illustrations of Ghana.

You can also visit THIS LINK to know how to help victims of abuse.

“The body is wise, the confusion is from the mind”
― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

Yes to Datsun redi-GO

Datsun India is about to launch India’s first ever fusion car, a superb combination of compact crossover and urban hatchback. A crossover car always has a unique look and is both stylish and effective, performance wise. However, the credit goes to Datsun for introducing the all new Datsun redi-GO, the awesome  Urban Cross.

While discussing with a friend about cars a day before at the office, we were pondering over some of the unique features of Datsun redi-Go. The car looks stunning at a glance and is quite alluring. But, as we delved deeper to explore more of it, we find it as a reliable, stylish, and efficient car.

Here are some of the features which, I think, are the most attractive for this beauty at an affordable price.

The Look: Exterior 

A lot of effort is there to give the car a suave look. It looks compact and sleek yet robust and hardy. The silvery touch is quite appealing. The honeycomb pattern of the Datsun signature grill perfectly frames the Datsun badge. The heightened stance has an edge over the others in this category. The daytime running lamps are an extra advantage. I like the elongated, large, upswept,  headlamps and the tail lamps design as well.

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But the best thing is the high ground clearance. With an 185 mm ground clearance, you are at an ease to deal with low obstacles, a known problem on Indian roads.

Overall, the exterior is classy and elegant.

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The Look: Interior

The interior looks pretty good. The sporty looking high seats with more-than-enough space in the glass areas have given the interior a comfortable and airy look. The dashboard with the modern digital tachometer and the drive computer are there to provide the driver with all the necessary information. The power windows can be operated both by the driver and the passengers making things easier. The compact audio system has Radio, CD, MP3, USB, and Aux-in.

Driving Comfort

To me, driving comfort comes first and as in my family, it’s always my duty to drive, I need to ensure that the preferred car provides that enough. Datsun redi-Go has a 5-Speed manual transmission that gives a swift control and obviously, a seamless response to the driving demand.

The Drive Computer is an efficient and handy feature. It displays the average mileage, distance to empty, fuel remaining in addition to normal features available in other cars. This means you are always in full control of your car.

The air-conditioning is wonderful and, an 89 CC compressor with integrated centre AC vents ensures that passengers on the rear seats are comfortably cooled.

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Fuel Efficiency 

This is a very important factor for Indians, we all know. With the petrol/diesel price always heading northwards, a car needs to be fuel efficient.

The 799 cc engine of redi-GO has an impressive fuel economy of  25.17 km/L. Long trips with family and friends seem to be affordable with it. Datsun uses an i-SAT (Intelligent Spark Automated Technology) with the engine to optimize the performance.

Another important feature is the small turning radius. In a city like Mumbai, you often find yourself in a tight spot while parking. A full turn around with just 4.7-metre turning radius would be of immense help in those cases.

I would like to go for a test drive to have a taste of all new redi-Go from Datsun with all the mentioned features. A test drive through the city roads is most preferred.

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Fun. Freedom. Confidence. The ultimate Urban Cross – Datsun redi-GO – the capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback.

All the images are provided by Datsun India. 

A Fantastico Festival- Diwali

Diwali is truly called the festival of lights. It’s the brightest of all Indian festivals. It is celebrated with much zeal and enthusiasm in every household too. In my childhood, the most wonderful part of Diwali were crackers and sweets. We used to live in a Government Complex and according to our family tradition, Diwali was marked with the worship of Goddess Kali along with Goddess Lakshmi. But the customs were more or less the same. However, all of our relatives were invited along with other friends and we together celebrated the festival. Lighting and decorating the house was an important part and the preparation had to be begun at least one week earlier. Mom used to clean-up the house, I and my sister helped her all the way. There was a condition by mom that who would help her most, eventually was rewarded with a box of chocolates. By this trick, she managed to coax the maximum help from both of us. Quite innovative..huh! But the fun was, Papa used to gift another box to one who had done less work. Those days still bring the smile on my faces.

I was very fond of crackers but, my sister Pinky, was very much afraid of them. Till date, she loves to watch the fireworks more than actually lighting them up. All the other cousins were quite brave in this regard and used to taunt her, including me. A terrible incident happened when once I was making fun of her while lighting a ‘chakra’ cracker. Absent-mindedly, she stepped over the cracker and her left foot got badly burnt. Immediately Baba called up his friend, Dr. Dutta and poor me was taken to task for being so careless….that was a good lesson for me that we should never play with fire.

These days, diyas and candles are replaced mostly by gorgeous LED lamps.Though mom always places diyas in front of our house, the other parts have LED lamps. Nowadays, Diwali is marked with the stupendous task of supervising my little niece who has a penchant for playing with crackers. (I sometimes really think whether she has acquired this genetically from me!). But Diwali is fun still, in every way.

The festival has remained more or less the same for me even after so many years. Of course, we have changed our residence, my sister now lives in a different city and I’m no more a little child but an office-going young man. But the happiness, the feelings and the joyousness of lighting diyas and candles have remained unchanged. My mom still makes sweets, and friends are invited. But I’m calorie conscious now and only pick up a few to her much regret. My sister tries her best to join us every year and most of the times, she succeeds. That really doubles up our happiness. After all, a festival is best spent with near and dear ones. Perhaps it is the one and only festival that truly marks the triumph of light over darkness….goodness over evil. In every house of this country, no matter how rich or poor they are, candles are lighted and everybody tries to forget all sadness.

It’s truly a fantastico festival, in every respect.

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This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

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Impact of Deforestation

Forests are the support system of our existence on this planet. Forests are bestowed as a boon to mankind and are regarded to have great significance economically, environmentally and industrially. But with overpopulation, urbanisation and globalisation, human beings are destroying forests at a fast pace. The situation has become quite alarming now and, depletion of trees or deforestation needs a solution to keep the eco-system a healthy one.

Why has deforestation such an effect on mankind? Let’s discuss the impacts of deforestation to understand the graveness of the situation.

To survive, we need to breathe and that requires oxygen. Trees are a great supplier of oxygen, they provide us with this essential gas through the process of photosynthesis during the daytime with the help of sunlight. So, it goes without saying, the more the number of trees, the more the air would be purer and pollution-free. Indiscriminate cutting of trees can lead to an alarming situation where we could die because of the dearth of oxygen. Not only that, trees absorb carbon-di-oxide during the process of photosynthesis thus helping to keep the balance of O2, CO2, and Nitrogen constant.

Deforestation is one of the main causes of the greenhouse effect. When trees are cut down, the water-cycle gets disturbed and, as a result, we receive less rain. The amount of oxygen decreases and carbon-di-oxide increases. Eventually, heat radiated by the earth get trapped on the earth itself increasing the temperature. This is the main cause of global warming and the greenhouse effect.

Trees stop the flow of rainwater from mountain slopes by acting as obstructions and barriers. This protects the soil from flowing into the rivers and, also controls the probabilities of soil erosion and landslides. The roots of the trees bind the soil together stopping it from flowing away. If the soil is shallow, the trees keep the soil in place by binding it with the underlying bedrock. Cutting down the trees in mountainous regions having shallow soil increases the risk of landslides.

The worst effect of deforestation is perhaps the deterioration and destruction of bio-diversity. Biodiversity is important for ecosystem sustainability, agriculture, medicine, and many other things.

The impacts of deforestation are getting noticed throughout the world and many countries are trying to check it as well as making it a global issue. If proper measures are not taken, the earth will not sustain. Many tropical countries  like China, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh have lost already lost large areas of their rainforest reserve. With population increasing by leaps and bounds, these countries and the world as a whole are facing serious environmental threats. India has declared deforestation as a national emergency.

Since the causes of deforestation are several, it is not possible to get rid of this problem overnight. It would take decades and co-operation from every part of the world. Without trees, we will be an extinct race. So, it’s high time we should ponder over the problem and adopt afforestation as our new motto.

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The Peppy Adventure of Fantastico Four

Disha was looking anxiously to the window. She was waiting for her friend Manisha. Actually, she was waiting for the whole gang, headed by Manisha. She is the most energetic, loveable and peppy of all her friends. She has numerous crazy ideas that make the vacations an adventurous one for all of them. Their gang has four members, Manisha, Kamla, Shaheen and she herself, Disha. They call themselves Fantastico Four! They all live in a little village in Ratnagiri.

Their village is a quaint place with beautiful greenery all around. The scenic beauty is a treat to the eyes. They all love their village, the small school where they read and the mangoes which grow here in abundance.

Mangoes are their favorite. All the four friends love to savor the delicious mangoes. They love it in any form, be it juice, chutney, pickle or just cut into slices. They even salivate on raw mangoes made delectable with salt and pepper.

It is summer vacation now and all the four friends are enjoying the holidays. With all the homework done, even the parents have no reason to grudge about their wandering through the village. But, they are wandering for the past few days with a mission.

The best mangos in the village are grown in Ahmad chacha’s orchard. He exports the mangoes and has strict security in the orchard. Nobody is allowed inside the orchard at this time of the year. Ahmad chacha is well aware of the mischievous nature of the Fantastico Four, who are always on a spree to steal those sweet, juicy mangoes. Ironically, in spite of heavy security, they have always succeeded! This time, Ahmad chacha has tightened the security even more warning the guards not to allow anyone inside.

Yesterday, Manisha said she has a plan to get hold of the mangoes and that she would be telling them about it on the next afternoon. Disha was now waiting for her friends, she was anxious to know about the plan.

A few minutes later, Manisha, Kamla, and Shaheen arrived. Excitedly, Manisha briefed the plan to all of them. Kamla didn’t look happy with the success percentage of the plan, but Manisha cheered her up. She always did that, that’s her nature, spreading energy and happiness in her unique peppy manner.

Just before sundown, the Fantastico Four gang reached the backside of the orchard. They could see the guards roaming even at the back gates. Shaheen approached one of the guards and innocently asked him the time.
– Abhi to saat baj rahe hai, beta, you must go home, aise mat ghumna
– okay, uncle, thank you!

Saying this, she returned. The guard didn’t notice that she threw something in the nearby bush while returning. He was too busy keeping an eye over the gate.

After a few minutes, he heard a baby crying from somewhere nearby. Puzzled, he looked for the source, but couldn’t find any. The cry was so helpless and eerie that he called the other guards watching over the front gates. As soon as they arrived, it stopped. The other two guards mocked him that he must have some sort of hallucination. But as they were about to return, the crying was heard again! Startled, all the three guards were now looking for the baby!

At the front gate, Manisha and Disha just crossed the wall and were busy plucking the mangoes with a long stick. They knew they had not much time. Within five minutes, with practiced skill, they gathered almost 20/25 mangoes.

-Enough, said Disha and within minutes they were again on the road, carrying the mangoes!

Getting the signal from her friends, Shaheen again was on her way to the back side of the orchard. This time, she acted as if she was running and panting.
– Uncle, have you seen my mobile? I must have slipped it while I was talking to you. Can you please dial the number? She said to the guard.

– As the guard dialled the number she said, the same baby-cry was heard. Shaheen picked up the mobile from the bush and smiled,”Shukriya, Uncle”!

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

Love, A Fantastico Feeling


Scientific research says, that love is a feeling induced by hormones. When we fall in love or feel like being in love, some chemical reactions take place in our body making us feel wonderful. Just like the animals secrete pheromones to attract their companions, the human brain releases dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. Though with the development of science, the myths about love has been busted, but still, it is the best feeling to us. A fantastico feeling that can change our life completely!

Love always has its own direction. You can never rule it, you can never show it your own way. You just have to follow the pace love takes, you just have to be a disciple in the temple of love.

We all have perhaps experienced love in our lives. Whether it’s ‘true’ love or infatuation, I’m not going into that controversy. Not on today, at least, because, today is Valentine’s day, the day on which Cupid aims the arrow at all, we get smitten by love.

I just want to share the wonderful feelings that make love a great feeling, a feeling so wonderful and universal, a feeling that has induced millions of literature, paintings, films…everything. It’s the muse of creativity.

Love makes you hopeful and optimistic. Falling in love makes you feel that there is someone out there waiting for you. A little smile or touch fills your heart with positivity and good, happy feeling.

Love helps you shed off the fear. You try to protect your loved one from all danger and disaster. This eliminates the fear in you making you indomitable and intrepid. When in love, we can deal with situations which we couldn’t even think of facing at normal times. This is definitely a gift of love.

Love makes you richer. Not in a materialistic way, but spiritually you feel better, more at peace with the world outside. Without even knowing, you become a better version of yourself. You feel blessed, you feel richer in a way that matters.

Love makes you selfless. We often say he is madly in love with someone. While using the word ‘madly’ we don’t actually mean that he is insane, we want to say that he is so much in love, that he even has forgotten his own self. Just like a madman, he is obsessed with his loved one and his partner’s well-being only. Love reveals a different meaning of life to you.

Love gives you inspiration. It gives you the power to face life with all its hurdles. A feeling of invincibility begins to make way in your mind. When in love, you are ready to things you think you’re able to. This inspiration and motivating attitude are perhaps the best gifts of being in love. It gives you a new outlook towards life. You embrace life in the truest sense. Love gives you the essence of being alive.

Fall in love- to recognize a newer you, a better you. Savour the fantastico feeling called love!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

Waking Up To A Gold Morning With Colgate 360

Every morning we wake up with new aspirations. The morning sun shines upon us with a new smile. Forgetting yesterday’s faults and regrets, every morning we start afresh. The darkness of the night is replaced by the golden hues of the sun, and new hopes rise on the horizon. Why do we feel new and fresh every morning?

As we grow up, our preferences and priorities change. As a child, my mornings used to start with a glass of milk and butter toasts. Mom was the first to wake up and then it was my turn. Every morning it was a fussy affair for me. I used to rub my eyes repeatedly showing my reluctance to leave the bed. I had to, but before the breakfast, as I used to brush my teeth, the fresh taste of the toothpaste cheered me up. Believe it or not, I even ate the toothpaste a couple of times, I so liked the taste!

Now, I can’t afford that luxury of spending time on my bed in the morning except on the holidays. I even skip my breakfast and, this gives rise to fracas often with my mom. But even today, the morning starts as I head to the washroom to freshen up. My morning doesn’t start without brushing my teeth thoroughly. Many a thing has changed about the way I start my morning since the childhood but one, brushing the teeth is still the first thing I do after getting up. This healthy habit has been installed in me from the very beginning of my life and, I think it is the best way to start a day, a healthy wholesome way.

Mornings are new, habits are old
Some energies are precious just like gold
Let’s embrace and shine, cherish the yearnings
Wake up with the #Colgate360GoldMornings.

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A few days ago, an impressive gift package from Colgate India just made my morning even fresher. I think almost everybody will agree with the fact that a healthy brushing habit needs a good toothbrush and toothpaste. In ancient times, charcoal was used to clean teeth. The power of activated charcoal is brought here on the spiral bristles of a golden-yellow toothbrush from Colgate. The toothbrush surely is able to turn good mornings into gold mornings! Not only that, the toothbrush can help us cleaning the tongue, gums, and interior of the cheeks as well, which means, it is an all-around 360-degree cleansing.

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Now, each of my good mornings will be golden, with a better and healthy to freshen up.
A golden morning- not just a greeting but a special way to start the way with new hopes, new smile, and a new freshness.