Sunday, October 26, 2008

You know you are getting old (Part 1)

When you start thinking that the movies made nowadays are silly and nothing compared to how they were made in the yesteryears. Ex: Andaz apna apna, Hum hain rahi pyar ke. Such simple and innocent films.

Now we have Priyanka Chopra dancing to 'Desi girl' in a sari that seems to hide nothing. Somebody please teach her how to wear a sari. Or, somebody please give her a copy of 'Aaina'. Let her learn a thing or two from Juhi Chawla and how exactly to look like a 'desi girl' in a sari (draped properly, of course). These kids nowadays... Che che che...

Am getting old :-(

(End of part 1)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Beauty treatments... the bizarre way!

The things we women do to take care of ourselves. Grooming is very essential, of course, but if you are bored of the conventional techniques you can always discover new ones. Check some of them out:

Carp cleaning away the crap

I clearly remember, during my childhood days, how I used to dip my feet inside the pond at my mom's place. These small tiny fishes used to flock around my feet giving a really ticklish feeling. I thought they would eat up my whole leg, so never kept my feet beneath the water for too long. Apparently, they are only eating away the dead cells.

A salon in the US called Yvonne is now using this technique for it clients. Yes, as a form of pedicure! The fish being used is tiny and toothless called the Doctor Fish. Since they are toothless, they can't bite off the live skin (thank God) and instead feed on the dead cells instead.

Now I know what to do when I reach Kerala. Set up a salon near the pond! Interested, anyone ? ;)

Venom on my skin ?

Snakes. Venoms. The words itself induce a shiver down my spine. And to put snake venom on the skin ? E-W-W. But its true. It has some anti-aging properties which leaves the skin smooth and wrinkle free. Its there in some creams (Ultra Lux 9 products) which are used even by celebrities. For more details, please contact Gwyneth Paltrow.

Slimy Face Creams

Slime from snails.

Used in face creams.

Good for acne, scars and stretch marks.

Will not be explaining this further. Disgusted already.

And the last but definitely not the least gross-est, presenting to you...

Placental Cream

Human placenta, people! Even sheep's. The most controversial one coz of the human factor involved. Also, the most effective one (as pledged by those who use it) for its hydrating, sun protecting, cell renewal properties. To see the best of its type, visit

If by the end of all this you feel like puking, please go ahead. I will not stop you. Hope you find out many more ways to accentuate your beauty!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Observations on a humid 'Dandiya' night

The only thing I feel like doing now is cutting off my nose. The mere mentioning of someone getting sick seems to be enough for my immune system to lose its power. At the moment am very very angry with this system of mine. I wish it was right here in front of me so that I can yell and throw stuff at it. But then again, if such a thing was to happen it would yell right back at me complaining about my lack of exercise, eating too much junk food etc etc..

Prior to me getting sick, the weekend was a very eventful one. I was feeling a lil feverish and was dead scared I might end up falling sick on the day ILA (Indian Ladies Association) decided to organise the Dandiya nite. Thankfully, my immune system was compassionate enough to let me enjoy for a day or more before it decided to nail me down. I got to meet my good friend there after a very long time. I must say I make a very awful dance partner and had hit her fingers once or twice. I couldn't exactly make out what she was feeling that time but her expression went like 'I would have kicked you, but since we are meeting after a long time I will just smile instead'. Thanks gal ;) (You know who you are)

The good part is I got to see different kinds of people there. The kind who came only to be with their 'special' partners. The kind who came just for dandiya. The kind who only did the Bhangra (weird but true). The kind who kept jumping up and down for no reason. And those who came just to stare at these other kinds. These last kind of people are very amusing. Really. They will do one fancy dance step and then look around to see if any attractive person around happened to catch their splendid move. If not... try try again until you succeed.

And then there were the parents who were perched on a podium way above the dancing floor. Looking with keen eyes and following the movements of their sons and daughters. God bless those youngsters who were caught doing things they werent supposed to do.

In case you are wondering what kind I belong to. I belong to the observing kind. Quite a curious, lil cat, I am! Hmm... or I might even qualify as a curious George. Upto you :-)

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Eat, Pray, Love....

The holidays were great to say the least. The only thing I had to concentrate on (since my mom is back) is eating, sleeping and some more eating and sleeping. I must have put on atleast one kilo from all the biriyanis, KFCs and pizzas. But then again... who cares about weight gain? I feel so happy and healthy! Touchwood...

We also went out quite a bit this time around. Almost every day... which is saying quite a lot since my parents are not the outdoorsy types. But sadly all good things have to come to an end :*( My holidays are over and getting back to work isn't exactly something to cheer about. Oh well..

If you are into reading nowadays (I am for the past few days) I would suggest 'Eat, Pray, Love' by Elizabeth Gilbert. I just started reading and am loving every page of it. I remember I had posted 'The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde within' some time ago (too lazy to search for it and add the link here). Its all about the conflict of the mind and the red pump inside. I am restraining from using the word 'heart' again because that word somehow only triggers off only one thing 'Oh! Dhanya is in love. Talking about hearts and all'. And seriously, I do get that a lot. Maybe its the age I am in or maybe its cos people think I like to be mysterious about such stuff. But believe me, I would be the first one to cry from the rooftops if something so magical was supposed to happen. Anyhow, getting back to the topic. Yes, so I am going to just refer to 'it' as the red pump.

So she explains how her mind is saying something and the pump is pumping out different signals. The confusion arises. Haven't we all been there ? The confusing state of self. Now, when it gets too desperate you end up turning to God and the voice within always answers. The voice. That topic deserves a different post altogether. For Elizabeth Gilbert, the voice offered her comfort, love, and understanding. A 'I love you no matter what you do or say' message. The stuff you want to hear from your near and dear ones. And she would just calm down hearing it. I totally identified with that.

I feel strongly (like her) that God is within you. Close to your heart. The inner voice is God. Whenever I am depressed, I just ask Him a frenzy of desperate questions and He always gets me to calm down somehow. Sometimes its just a 'Go to sleep, Dhanya'. And that sometimes is the best thing to do. 'Go to sleep and we will think about it tomorrow when your head isn't so heavily cluttered'. In the morning, it always does get better. The matters which hurt me yesterday, always feels kinda silly in the morning and I might not even think about it after that.

I guess the book just intensified the spirituality within me. So just had to share my thoughts with you guys.

God bless! ;-)

Saturday, October 04, 2008

And yet again...

Most of you must be aware of the very recent US vice presidential debate. Even if you aren't, am not going tread into anything deep. It was a rather uneventful affair. Palin trying hard to be safe after some harshly criticized answers she gave to interviews regarding the financial crisis. Biden not saying anything directly to Palin, and instead focusing on McCain's policies. I am not going to bore you any further about this. Since it was really a dull affair, this is what one of the Indian readers had to say - DON on Oct 03, 2008 03:09 PM

No enjoyment....they should have talked in UP Assembly...Biden kursi uthakar Palin per Phenkta, aur Palin mike uthakar uska sir phodti. Ise kehten hai debate!!!

I second that!! :-)