Once upon a time there was a cottage upon a hill
A maid lived over there whose beauty could kill
Any young lad on the face of the earth
The maid’s heart was pure, nature full of mirth.
Yonder came a boy from the city one day
Fair he was, handsome too but hey …
He proudly caressed his stubble as he walked
Happy was he, but our maid was shocked !!
The boy fell in love, head over heels
Seeing the maid he thought,”look kills”
He wanted to marry the lovely belle
“How to win her heart? who can tell?”
“Dress like a gentleman, mind your manners
She likes everything modest, hates dazzle and banners”
Said a friendly guy to him.
“And what about my lovely stubble? do it need a trim?”
“Stubble? Oh God! she hates it from her heart
You should get rid of that part.
That’s the only thing that stands between
You must look shaven and clean”.
“But I love my stubble” said the man
“It’s symbol of masculinity and looks good
I’m fine with this”.
“Okay”, said the friend, “then forget that demure miss”.
The man thought and understood.
Masculinity has nothing to do with his stubble-hood.
If he continues with this trend, uncool and old
He should miss the opportunity to struck gold.
One fine morning he made himself free of stubble.
“Oh, yes, now I’ve got rid of that messy trouble
I’m looking so clean and fresh
I’m happy being stubble-less”.
He went to the garden to get a single rose
“A rose for a rose, she is a poetry, no mundane prose”
He dreamt and went to meet the girl
With a red rose and a string of pearl.
The girl’s happiness knew no bounds
She was overwhelmed to see him around
His new look. no stubble and so cool
She accepted his love, her mind so full.
Thus ended the love-story and they got married.
With the ‘no-stubble’ look that he carried.
A perfect couple they look so happy and pure
Gone was that trouble, STUBBLE no more.
I’m accepting Maniparna’s tag through this post.
- Missed chances- Stories or instances where you missed out on an opportunity because of a non-shaven face.
- Luck or Confidence?- Will you leave your fate in the hands of destiny or will you step up and say yes to a well-groomed face to be at your best everyday? #WillYouShave.
- An instance when a stubble came in the way of a man’s chance to make a good impression.
- An instance when a well groomed look ensured that they struck gold on an opportunity given to them.
Ritesh was still feeling lazy to wake up on the Sunday morning. The sun too seemed to be half-awake as the meek rays were trying hard to warm up the locality at 7.00 am. Winter time, thought Ritesh, a comfortable season to soothe everyone and also that special time of the year for celebrations. The small town, where they reside, has nearly all the facilities of a big city except the tremendous hustle and bustle, and of course, the pollution. They lead a tranquil live and yet that is so much alive. The thought at once brought a feeling of calmness and peace on him. The chirping of birds, the tring-tring of the milkman’s cycle accompanied by the occasional honk of cars …made him so fulfilled.
He was about to get up from his bed when a sharp, shrill voice tore apart the peaceful ambiance of the morning.
“Oh! It’s that Mrs Gupta! again.” thought an irritated Ritesh,” it has become almost a daily ritual now”
Mrs Gupta was their next door neighbor, her husband held a high position in the office and her father is a millionaire with great political connection. So she took it as her right to do anything as she wished. Most of the times, she took her two pet dogs outside and just beside the entrance of Ritesh’s house, the two dogs urinated and often pooed!! Ritesh’s mother has told Mrs Gupta politely many times not to make the dogs doing such things at that place…all in vain. Every morning she kept on calling her dogs in a shrill, serrated voice,” Come, come Ginny and Johnny…sit sit …yes sit here my sweetie pies”.
Ritesh cringed his nose as if feeling that obnoxious smell and gooey sight from his bedroom. Thinking something in his mind, he got up from his bed and went outside.
“Hey there Mrs Gupta ..good morning” Ritesh smiled as Mrs Gupta murmured “Good morning” while her dogs were doing their usual chores.
“One thing I want to tell you ma’am and consider this as my final” said Ritesh in a stern and bold voice “Kindly prevent your dogs from doing such things just outside our gate. Not only it looks and smells unhealthy but it’s also making the whole surrounding a garbage. Haven’t you seen the ”Banega Swachh Bharat” campaign by the Government? Aren’t you and your family are contributing your bit to this? It’s so strange that respected and powerful people like you are behaving like this and are setting a very bad example.”
Mrs Gupta tried to said something but couldn’t find any words. An almost inaudible “sorry” came out from her mouth.
Ritesh happily came inside the house and said her mother,”Mom, it’s time that we should raise our voice about anything that is dirty. It’s the need of the time. We shouldn’t be silent spectators anymore. If you think your voice is soared, please take a Strepsils, clear your voice and shout out against everything unclean. It’s our right and it’s our duty. Strepsils is doing a wonderful job by spreading these words and making us aware of our rights.The voice and power of common man empowered by Strepsils.”
“Let’s exercise the power of our voice & work towards a Swach Bharat.”
Kyuki Bin Bole Ab Nahi Chalega #AbMontuBolega
Ritesh’s Mom smiled and nodded her head,”Thanks Beta, I’ll remember your words and Strepsils”.
To know more about Strepsils and #AbMontuBolega campaign, please watch this video by visiting their page HERE.
Touch, the word brings a lot of sensation. A sincere touch from the deepest core of the heart can heal every wound. A touch of love can fade out the anger from one’s mind. Remember that famous “Jaadu ki Jhappi“of Munnabhai? Wasn’t it a touch of love to refresh one’s mind? It acted in a wonderful way and that was not totally a filmy drama. It happens in reality too.
In our college we had a group of friends, Angshuman, Aranya, Nisha and me. We used to do everything together. Teachers used to say that we had been glued together. But we knew that the invisible adhesive was friendship and love. We were always united and partners in every crime. Once Nisha made a cartoon of our Maths professor on the board and before she could wipe that out, the professor arrived at the class. One of our classmates fell for his persistence and intimidation and spilled the beans. But the teacher was perplexed when all four of us stood together and each claimed that he/she was the artist! I still remember that he took all four of us to the Rector who ordered us to stand at the lawn for the whole day. We actually enjoyed that punishment.
No good thing lasts for ever. Our group was about to scatter as Angshuman’s father had to shift to another state for his job. When we got the news, we all were shocked and shattered. We were not able to understand the situation at that age and Angshuman even cursed his father for being a Central Government Officer! But we just had nothing to do but bear the painful separation.
On the day of their departure, the three of us went to the airport for the send-off. Both Aranya and Nisha were sobbing and I was trying my best to conceal my tears. Just after the announcement of the final call, Angshuman hugged Aranya and me. Nisha was standing by my side, she held out her hand and Angshuman took her hand in his. That moment, that touch clearly told us one thing, they were not mere friends but they shared deeper relationship.
Touch reveals a lot, it has its own way to speak out. Angshuman and Nisha are still in love with each other and we make them butt of our jokes reminding that very first ‘touch’ they shared. #BringBackTheTouch has proved to be so literal in their lives.
This video from http://www.pblskin.com/ ( Parachute Advansed Body Lotion) spreads a beautiful message, #BringBackTheTouch . Do watch it and feel the power of touch.
It is said “home is where the heart is” and a home which fulfills one’s every wish, turns every dream into reality, is a perfect one. But a perfect home, as we visualize it in our mind, is something hard to build. Sometimes it’s difficult to find the suitable tiles, sometimes the flooring gets all the wrong way and when it comes to bathroom and kitchen, it becomes really hard to choose the right things from a plethora of designs and varieties. So here is PORCELANOSA with their exquisite range of wall floors, tiles and just everything one needs to create a dream home! The entire range will make you gape in awe. Creativity and perfection go hand in hand here.
So, here are some of my favourites which I would like to pick for my ‘dream home’ to make it heavenly and exclusive.
First of all, for me, the walls get the most priority before anything else. Because walls are those contour that encapsulate all other decorations. I would like to pick the Metal effect wall tiles for a bright, warm radiance and glitter. So, Arabia Gold (1,5 x 1,5 cm) would be shining as bright sunrays on one side of my living room.
I’ve a love for bathtubs, all the days toil can be washed out when one relaxes in the cozy lukewarm water of a tub. So, I’m simultaneously choosing this bold, black beauty for the embellished bathroom. A perfect match, isn’t it? A play with the light and shine contrasted by the boldness of black.
Next comes the flooring, which is almost as important as the walls. For my bathroom the Borneo Sage (43,5 x 43,5 cm) The colour is in perfect sync with the wall and the shimmer looks natural. Not only that, the texture creates a sober tone as it’s single coloured.
Now, Ithink its quite clear that I’m a bit obsessed with the bathroom section 😀 Yes, I am. For I believe that every day should begin with a nice feeling and end with a pleasant note.
Kitchen is nonetheless that part of the house that satisfies our gastronomical pleasures. I want my kitchen to be minimalist and trendy, and this time it is G690 Roble Petróleo / Roble Blanco Cal model from Porcelanosa. It’s creative, versatile with enough storage place for an ideal kitchen. Moreover, components, such as glass or KRION® countertops has been used to make it exclusive in the truest sense.
Finally, comes the turn for my dream wardrobe and for that the top priority is space, space and space. This Terra Yeso Brillo model, I think is just tailor-made for my need. A simple yet elegant look with customized space organization. Perfect for me.
So folks, this much for today. The above mentioned things are enough to make me satisfied to the fullest extent. Porcelanosa is an unique site with the widest range of choicest products I’ve explored so far. To know more about them you can visit 24kliving.com. A noble and pure form of lifestyle.
P.S. All the photographs used here belong to PORCELANOSA.
This post is written for Indi-Happy Hours for the campaign “Pick as many items as you can from Porcelanosa to build your dream home. Tell us why you chose them and why” in association with Indiblogger, http://www.porcelanosa.com/gb/ and http://www.24kliving.com/.
India is shining. Indian scientists have successfully sent spaceship to Mars and a metro city in India is no less that any other of its kind in any part of the world. But what about rural India? What about the villages which hold most of the Indian population? People are still leading a primitive life in most of the villages, especially in Maharashtra, Orissa, West Bengal, and some some southern states.
The problem which is weakening our country in every sphere, indirectly or directly, is the problem of open toilets. We’ve stepped into the space but still we can’t ensure a clean, sanitized toilet for each and every home. It’s a national shame. Little kids, young women are becoming victims of this unhygienic practice. Open defecation is giving rise to various diseases thereby increasing the child mortality rate. Those who are surviving, are suffering from poor physical conditions. If a greater part of the population in vulnerable to diseases and are forced to live an unhealthy life, a country can never develop further.
Let’s consider the case of Babli, a little girl from any of the insignificant villages of India. She has to wake up even before the sunrise everyday. Because she, along with her mother, goes to the nearby field to attend nature’s call. They have to go so early as they find it beyond their dignity and modesty to perform those chores in front of other male population. But this practice is really unsafe. Last year, during the rainy season, Babli lost one of her elder cousins. She went out in the early morning to defecate and died due to snake-bite.
Babli goes to the local school which is 10 kilometers away. Even in the school there is no proper toilet. She finds it really humiliating when occasionally she and her friends have to use the field nearby. They have to go in groups so that some of them can form a sort of guard using their dupattas. But why the condition is so bad? Babli thinks sometimes. Why no one is understanding the importance of good hygiene and proper sanitation? A clean toilet can be a solution to so many problems. They don’t have to make the fields filthy with faeces. The excrement, scattered along the field, will no longer be an open source of diseases. The terrible smell will not be a torment any more.
Babli knows that in this way they are polluting the ponds, rivers and lakes too. During the rainy season, almost all people in her village suffer from diarrhea and other intestinal diseases. This is because the rainwater carries those excrement and make them flow down to local ponds and lakes thereby contaminating them. As there are not many source of water in the village, they’ve to use those contaminated water for household purposes, if not for drinking. Is there no one who could help in some way to get rid of this situation?
DOMEX has understand the plight of millions of Bablis and therefore has launched a programme named Domex Toilet Academy or DTA. Under this programme, Domex has taken the resolution to build 24000 toilets by 2015 in the villages of Maharashtra and Orissa. Such initiative is really praiseworthy and it’s our duty to spread their voice everywhere through blogging.
We wish Domex all success in this wonderful initiative. #ToiletForBabli is of utmost importance than anything else.
P.S. You can bring about the change in the lives of millions of kids, thereby showing your support for the Domex Initiative. All you need to do is “click” on the “Contribute Tab” on www.domex.in and Domex will contribute Rs.5 on your behalf to eradicate open defecation, thereby helping kids like Babli live a dignified life.