Saturday, November 16, 2013

R.E.T.I.R.E.M.E.N.T




As I type this piece, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has retired. Also, as I type this piece, thousands others have retired & retiring from their workplace.

Thousands just like SRT who are as good as him at their ‘jobs’ retire everyday from their work. They do well, inspire others. They say goodbyes to their colleagues, collect their belongings in a cardboard box, cut a ‘we will miss you’ cake… and as they walk back home they wonder to themselves, “What will I do tomorrow morning?” They wonder where will they use their work clothes, what time will they have their morning tea, what will be happen to the mail that will be dropped off their work address…

We will all retire, one day. We all work hard. We all make ‘beautiful’ innings be it on the field, cubicle, garage, kitchen, school…

My Nana ji retired as a college principal, a long long time ago. He used to cycle to college. Today, I am wondering what the thoughts in his head were when he rode the cycle from college to home, the last time. I remember the ‘moistness’ in his eyes. After he retired, he worked to restore documents of historical literary work. He inspired us till he left us.

Just a few weeks back, my dad retired after a very beautiful, challenging & inspirational innings. I had dropped him this mail on the last day of his work, “Hello papa! You must be feeling both sad & happy! But I am sure you will enjoy and relax & then you can come and stay with us! Yippiees!!Love you.” And he replied, “Dear Purva, I am not felling sad at all. Of course there will be a change in my life. I feel it would be ‘better’ than ‘present’. I will enjoy life in another way. May do something new.  My new e-mail address from 1st August is….. @gmail.com. Love, Papa.” Today, I am looking back and smiling, my dad had planned his ‘farwell’ so well! He had even created a new e-mail id since he would not have access to the official id! He is 63, he is an inspiration!! And he has taken up a new course and is prepping for his exams! He had an exam last Saturday! J J I am moist eyed as I am thinking how he found the courage to tell us that he would not miss dressing up for work each day, attending meetings, buying a goodie for us on his way back… Dad, you inspire me, each moment!

Today, I wish each one of our jobs & careers were such that we got a chance to connect to millions, beyond our cubicles, and each one of us got the same ‘retirement’ as Sachin got today.

Everyone who retires is sad & deserves a hug.

Respect to SRT & all others who have said goodbye to their work.  

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Do diye zyada jalao...



Do diye zyada jalao... 

I am sure all of us have way too many places, people, moments, memories that deserve the extra two diyas... 

I have a lot to feel grateful this Diwali and I hope it is the same for  you! "The lovely cupcake, my niece, please don’t grow up. The ‘can’t-live-without’ sister, I will always call you at all odd hours. The ‘make-me-proud’ daddy, you are my inspiration. The smile, keep visiting me and all those I love. The books, I loved all the nights I spent with you.  The new-found joke partner, bro-in-law, we rock.The Wi-Fi, you are the reason I wake up each morning. The ‘know-it-all’ mommy, how come you have a solution for everything? The grey cells, please don’t give up on me. The husband, thanks for being a lovely room mate! The Indian Trumpet magazine, thanks for making my life so colourful & stunning! The cosy work desk, can’t imagine life without you. The blessings, keep coming. The deadlines, you make time dearer.The lessons, I am learning. And all the wonderful people I have met & will meet in this new land, Dubai! 

May each one of yours world sparkles a lot more this Diwali!

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Monday, October 21, 2013

The bitter truth about Karwa Chauth!


The DDLJ Karwa Chauth scene!



I have just finished reading a piece on Karwa Chauth by Shobhaa De titled ‘The bitter truth about Karwa Chauth…’, which appeared in Mumbai Mirror on October 19th (Link here, http://www.mumbaimirror.com/mumbai/others/The-bitter-truth-about-Karwa-Chauth-/articleshow/24354820.cms) and I couldn’t stop myself from penning my views on her piece!

I respect the women who fast, and do it with full belief and faith. I will be fasting too and my hands are not devoid of heena! In fact, just two hours back I got heena on my hands and I think it looks lovely.  And while I was getting it done someone commented, “Hey, you don’t really look like the type who would fast!” Now, I honestly don’t know how people who fast are supposed to look! In fact, a few days back someone had even commented, “Hey, you don’t really look like someone who would be a vegetarian!” Again, I don’t know how vegetarians are supposed to look! Am I to walk around with a cauliflower on my head! J  Well, that’s another story.

So back to the piece by Miss.De. Is simple for me, just like I don’t keep the doors of my home open on Diwali in the hope of Lakshmi walking in, I don’t think a fast could lead to the prosperity or long life of my partner. I feel it is a custom and as & when my heart and body allows me to follow it, I will follow it. At the same time, I don’t think not fasting makes Miss. De a terrible wife. I think this is a festival just like many other Indian festivals and each one of us has the right to indulge and enjoy it in our own way! We don’t need to really adopt a ‘feminist’ attitude towards everything. Right? My husband won’t be fasting for me simply because it is a custom followed (as per their individual choices) by women. We don’t wish our fathers, a Happy Mother’s Day, right? If he wishes to fast along with me that is completely his choice, not a judgement on our affections for each other. And yes, some women like to dress up in ‘bridal finery’ on Karwa Chauth, which I think is their way of celebrating the festival! Don’t we dress up on Diwali? Or wear pink ribbons in aid of breast cancer? Or walk into mall adorned with red hearts on Valentines? I see nothing wrong in woman over-dressing on Karwa Chauth just like I see nothing wrong in woman under-dressing while attending ‘high-profile’ social gatherings, fashion dos, et al (which, the internet tells me Miss. De attends just like she attended this one Karwa Chauth lunch). I see nothing wrong in women fasting for a man, a custom, a tradition…just like I see nothing wrong in women dieting to be a size smaller or smoking or drinking to fit in a circle or generally because they enjoy it…  Each one to oneself, right? And yes, I do drink, diet, under-dress and over-dress!!


So Miss De you are a good wife and I am sure your husband would love you irrespective of you nibbling on a macaroon or two or a 1 kg chocolate cake! (Not that I am ‘someone’ who needs to say this to you) Whether you fast or don’t is your choice. And whether the rest of women do or don’t is theirs. But let’s not get so ‘cracked up’ about it! You may not believe in something we believe in, and vice versa. And just one question, did you always spell your name as Shobhaa with a double ‘aa’ or is it a result of something that some astrologer said to you and you believed it would work? Just curious, for the internet says you were once upon a time called Shobha! Beliefs and opinions are funny things, I tell you! But I am glad all of us have our own platforms, papers, FB accounts, blogs...to pen down our views!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Gulf News, not again!


I have been debating with myself over the last few weeks/days on whether I should write this post or not. And there are many reasons for which it should not be written, especially by a journalist for it’s only a journalist who understands that a newspaper is made/created/written by a human being hence errors are bound to happen. I too, have made some at my job and am sure will make some in future too. But today what got me pen this was yet another ‘slip’ in the Gulf News!!

In The Views section of Gulf News August 27th on Page A 27 (http://gulfnews.com/opinions/offthecuff/he-grew-up-in-jail-to-free-his-mother-1.1224232) is a piece titled, ‘He grew up in jail to win his mother’s freedom’. The moment I saw the headline I knew I had it read somewhere recently! The same piece penned with full details (Name, Age) had appeared a few weeks back in Gulf News’ Friday magazine (http://fridaymagazine.ae/features/the-big-story/freed-after-20-years-by-son-i-had-in-prison-1.1207832). While, I was surprised to see the same piece (written by different writers) appear yet again in the pages published by Gulf News, what also shocked me was the fact that this particular one didn’t carry any name (Assuming the names were not to be kept anonymous for the sake of the people involved, wondering why they were not there) and read like a piece of fiction. Two, the tone of the piece in terms of how the husband’s relationship was with the wife, who was in the prison, felt like we were talking of two different people! Three, the amount that the son paid to free the mother, two varied in the two pieces. I am not 100 per cent sure if they were talking of the same mother-son but one read and you would know it is.  Shocking that there is no check to ensure pieces are not repeated or factual errors are not made or stories are printed with complete information. Talking about a few days back I was flipping through the Tabloid! Section of Gulf News wherein I found two events being listed twice! I understand we all live in the world of Copy & Paste but a little thorough won’t harm anyone. At another time, when I called to attend an event I was told it was not scheduled for the day at all! Another slip that comes to my mind, which spoilt my morning cup of coffee, was the misspelling of Red Fort. Another one where the name of actress Vidya Balan was spelt incorrectly in the headline…

The list is long. The work of running a paper is tedious. But then, tomorrow is a new day!

  
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Monday, August 26, 2013

I can survive this day



can survive this day. Days like these that leave me feeling empty and cramped at the same time. Days when ‘RAPE’ dominate the newspapers, TV channels and FB status updates. Days when roads witness candle marches and protests. Days when leaders tell me not to interact freely with men. Days when cops tell me I dress inappropriately. Days when men transform into animals. Days when I secretly thank god it was not one of my loved ones. Days when I say a prayer for the girl fighting it out in the hospital. Days when I shiver in fear. I can survive this day. I have to survive this day. I don’t feel sorry for myself. Today, I feel sorry for my parents. Sorry that I was born as a girl. Sorry that while I gorged on popcorns in a theatre they stayed hungry in anxiety. Sorry that while I worked long hours to climb up the career ladder they stared at the watch and prayed. Sorry that while I became an independent woman they worried that I was growing up too fast. Mom-dad, did I ever let you sleep? My prayers go out to parents with daughters. I wish they can survive this day.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

the rape season?



There are seasons. If you are natureholic then you would know of summer, autumn, spring and winter. If you are a fashionholic then you would know of Autumn/Winter and Spring/ Summer, Fall/Pre-fall. And if you are an Indian then you would know of the scam season, rape season, incest season, dowry season, bomb season, murder season… This phase too shall pass? Once upon a time we got obsessed with kids falling in pits. The whole nation prayed for a child who was in a pit and troops of men tried to save his life. Did no one fall in a pit post-that? Were all the manholes covered after that? We don’t remember. We moved on. Once upon a time we got obsessed with incest victims? Our newspaper splashed gruesome tales. Did no hand reach a place where it should have not after that? We don’t remember. We moved on. Once upon a time we got obsessed with a 23-year-old who was gang raped? Then a six-year-old, then a 45-year-old, now again a 22-year-old… We will soon not remember. We will move on. This is the rape season. This phase shall too pass?

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Let the anger live


This happened to women you and I know. I am breaking their trust and narrating their secrets here because I don’t want this anger to die off. I want each one of us to stay angry.
Some stories have to be told.

I never feared the breeze. It was always a friend. I loved it even when it blew the flower in my hair in the wrong direction. I smiled at it even on the day when it took away my umbrella with it. I always tried to feel its rhythm and sing along. We were friends. We got along well on all days, in all seasons and at all turns. So why did it betray me? Why did it stand away from me, quiet and feeble. Why can’t it meet my eyes today? Why can’t I breathe in it anymore? Why did we stop being friends?
I loved that polka dotted skirt. It was a cheerful lime green with happy white dots. My mother had got it for me for my birthday. I had slipped into it, the moment she took it out from the brown paper bag. I still remember the giggly sound the bag made when I jumped and took it from her hands. It made me smile. I hopped around it till I fell asleep wearing it. I loved how it made me feel and look. I used to love the mirror.  A year later, I grew an inch taller. It could still cover my knees. I wore it to a birthday party of a friend. We were neighbours. When I walked back home, the breeze made my skirt flutter.  It couldn’t cover my knees anymore. It got tainted with a secret I guard. I still look into the mirror. I hope one day I will find myself there. Till then, I stare back at the stillness.

Some voices need to be heard.
It was a cosy winter night. My father had tucked us into bed. My mother was in the kitchen, warming up hot chocolate for me and my brother. We were laughing uncontrollably. My brother was five years elder to me. With pride he was showing us his young moustache. My father had then hugged him and called him a grown-up man.  That night I dreamt of him, my handsome brother. I am sure I smiled in my dream. Next morning, my father taught him how to shave. I watched.
At the dinner table that night mom laid down a special meal. We were even allowed to eat two ice-creams. My father’s friend shared the dinner with us. He made me laugh. He tickled me when my brother teased me, and I laughed again. There was a lot of noise in the room. The pots and pans made a clanking sound when mother cleared the table. My father walked up to his room to play the radio. My brother ran up to our room to get his shaving kit. There was a lot of noise in the room. My voice got muffled. My father’s friend too had a moustache.

Some love stories need to end.
We were a bunch of six. We had all bunked our offices for two days to spend a chilly weekend on the hills. It was a lovely drive uphill. I felt the tiny raindrops on my hand when I rolled down the window. We stopped at a dhabha and ate ghee-drenched paranthas with daal. My friend burped out loud when we got back into the car. We laughed out loud. I was in love with him, even when he burped. We reached at three am. We were exhausted.
We rented two rooms, one for the girls and the other for the boys. My boyfriend had carried my bag. I went to their room to get it. He was alone. He smiled at me and pulled me towards him. It was a cold night. The sun would rise soon. Half an hour later, our friends returned. I went back to our room, without my bag. Next morning, we ordered more paranthas for breakfast. He loved paranthas. I heard him burp. I couldn’t laugh. My head was filled with loud cries.     

Some shields should not guard.
It was a pale blue sheet. The walls were painted in stark white. My mother held my hands in hers. I could see my father standing outside. He looked forlorn and tired. I wanted to tell my mother to be with him. But she would not leave my side. She was my shield. I felt weak, I could not stay awake. I think I slept for a few hours. When I woke up, I saw my mother was shaky. She was trying to rest her head on the arm of the bed. My father was still outside. He needed some rest.
Next morning, they took me home. On our way back they asked me if I was participating in the college fest this year. I was a runner. My room was full of my medals and trophies. I don’t remember if I replied. I stared outside the window. I saw people jogging, some were running. It was very early in the day. Every day I watch people run in the park.  My mother still doesn’t sleep well. My father looks older. I smile at times. I have given up running.

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

lifestyle journalism is not DYING!







In 2012, they said the world will end. In 2013, they are saying lifestyle journalism is dying a slow death!

I am opinionated but I prefer to keep most of my opinions to myself even when I have a reasonably active Facebook account and a slightly ignored Twitter account. But this time around I decided to get vocal with my thoughts on the ‘hype’ surrounding the death of lifestyle journalism because of the sudden action by Outlook group announcing the closure of its three licensed international publications, Marie Claire, People and Geo. Yes, it is extremely sad to see so many people losing their jobs in a jerk but I am not convinced that this is the end. How can it be? I don’t have statistics to share but a trip to any of the magazine vendors is enough to convince me that a lifestyle magazine is born every fortnight, a lifestyle journalist every day and a lifestyle blogger every hour. So it saddens me to think that shutting down of a handful of magazines is making us believe that soon there will be a time when no woman with kohl-rimmed eyes will pick up a magazine to know what she can cook for a festive dinner or how she can keep the flowers fresh. Or no man with his ‘magazines and soaps are for women’ attitude will flip through a magazine to read what are the latest boy toys or fairness products on the shelves. When you finish reading this piece I hope you understand that lifestyle journalism is not a frivolous fad but a real job, the death of lifestyle magazines (if it happens) can’t be blamed on the content of the magazines and that there are enough supporters, readers and writers to keep lifestyle journalism alive, kicking, FBing, blogging and tweeting!

When I landed in Dubai a few months back I had two choices, one to join a full time job as an editor of a lifestyle magazine or two, to start my own lifestyle magazine. I took the risk and chose the latter, my e-magazine for NRIs in Dubai is just one-issue old and I am facing teething problems in running the show. Yes, in the magazine we talk of Bollywood, gourmet, telly, fashion, memories…and the other ‘blah blah’ of lifestyle journalism and each time I approach an advertiser I fear he/she would tell me that they have enough ‘Likes’ on Facebook so they don’t need to place an advertisement. Each time I prepare an edit list of the magazine I am faced with the ultimate question, ‘What’s new in this? We’ve all been there; written that, read that…” Each time an intern (in the very Ranbir Kapoor of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) answers the question I want to be a journalist by saying, ‘I want to travel and host a travel show’ I am reminded of my days as an intern when for the first year all I was allowed to cover for the local city supplement were management seminar and blood donation camps. Yes, things have changed and will probably get worse with Google writing most of our copies, pre-framed emails forming our interview questionnaires and celebs sprouting faster than saplings but I am still not convinced that lifestyle journalism is a job that deserves no respect or lifestyle magazines deserve no readers. Yes, they say lifestyle journalism is the so-called easiest job on earth, often referred to one that allows you to get your hands on freebies but it is still not something that everyone can handle! You may be a party-hopper but what if your job involved attending parties and taking quotes from ‘not-so-sober’ socialites at one am?  You may love the sight of free MAC products reaching your desk but can you work insane hours to meet deadlines at unearthly hours? You may get puppy-eyed at the chance of interviewing stars but do you have the patience to wait for them for hours and then keep mum when they annoy you with their egoistic replies (a lot of us have done that for we have a boss waiting for a story in the office)? Perhaps, not. And to top it all can you deal with people who think all you do at your job is take smoke breaks, attend fashion events, drink in evenings, go for food reviews….?  Having said that I still know a lot of journalists who don’t behave like malnourished African kids at the sight of lavish spreads at press conferences or barter bridal spa packages for half-page coverage in the magazines. Yes, we don’t bring you the breaking news, we are not activists…we create leisure reading, something different than that daily dose of what’s happening in the zone of ‘timeliness’. Journalism is information about people/world on a public platform, nobody ever defined the contours of its context, weren’t we taught at our journalism schools about the hard and soft aspects of it? Yes, we sell dreams…we talk of what you should have, aspire for… we talk of things that we (journos) can’t afford… In my last job, I was the editor of a magazine of a luxury automobile brand while I drove a humble compact hatchback that came at a price of my annual salary (including the standard performance appraisal). But what’s wrong in selling aspirations and dreams? Why can’t we accept the journalism that extends beyond fierce reporting on rape cases or scams? Yes, we’re here to entertain you and that’s our job and we are not ashamed of it.
  
Now if lifestyle magazine will die it will not be because we are failing at making a reader read, re-read and re-visit the list of summer fashion essentials but because we simply don’t want to READ anymore beyond 200 words on FB or 140 characters on Twitter. We still love to know what’s happening in the life of SRK as much as we want to gossip about the lady in the neighbourhood. We still pick up a magazine to know the various options to dine or holiday at. We still take pictures, from a magazine, of a showstopper at a fashion show and take it to our local tailor to get the same outfit…  There are still many more investing in starting new magazines every day! I for one, with no funds at hand, am still hoping that one day I will print my mag! How do I explain this better? Aah, that there are still many who prefer the smell and sound of flipping paper? Or that you can’t swat a fly with a laptop or kindle but can with a magazine? Or that you will get constipated if you don’t read a magazine on the shit pot? Electronic is the way but the death of lifestyle journalism has nothing to do with what we’re filling in the pages! And then here’s the stark truth lifestyle journalism will survive for all of us writers, together, will make sure it does. When I blog, I expect people to comment on it and to initiate the flow of comments on my blog I have to take out time to visit and comment on the blogs of others. When I put a status message on Facebook I know mostly those are going to ‘Like’ or ‘Comment’ on it on whose pictures & status messages I have made my presence felt. When I get a by-line I want my fellow journos to read it, and he/she will, if I also take interest in his/her writing. So we will help each other survive. I don’t know how to end this rather long piece but people keep the faith, we are not a dying breed nor are we in a dying profession!! And yes, till we don't respect what we do no one else will! And I can say so for I am at a position where I am responsible both for bringing in money in the magazine but also creating content for it. 

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Friday, July 26, 2013

take these babies home!

Are you one of those individuals who have a weakness for all things pink? Then, well you have would have completely fallen in love at the sight of cake pops on display at the recently concluded Eventra Fair, Sunset Mall, Jumeriah. We were there last week and found ourselves drooling over the yummy, cutesy and adorable treats from Fuchsia Sweets! Fuchsia Sweets is the baby of Nouran Saad and we must say she is doing a wonderful job raising this one.

Here's a sneak peek of what got us smiling, grinning actually! The pictures are sure to make you feel jealous! :)


Look at the detailing, the stunning bow, the tiny hat, the half closed eyes, the rosy cheeks.... There is just one problem, how the hell will we convince ourselves to eat one of these? These are one of those babies you take home!


The white gets entangled with a soft pink and makes for a visual treat. The tiny pops are perfect to bring a smile to anyone on a rainy day. And please, these are not just for KIDS! We're going to gorge on these too!


Twinkling stars, we want these to light up my day, noon and night! And do you see the baby lanterns up there? Now that's what we call baby perfect presentation!

Want to know more? Meet them at https://www.facebook.com/FuchsiaSweet or follow them on Twitter at @FuchsiaSweets.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a disappointment

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a scene from the film

Milkha Singh

I am not a movie critic or an expert. In fact when someone asks me how a particular Bollywood flick was I steer away from saying, ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’. For I have never held a camera, given orders to a large crew and more. But I do feel ‘happy’ or ‘disappointed’ with films. Not in the ‘I will cry’ way or ‘It didn’t tickle my funny bone’ way but in the way that I feel a film could have been better for the maker is talented, the producer is rich, there is no dearth of talent, the theme was iconic and more.
So when yesterday I walked out of the theatre after watching Bhaag Milkha Bhaag I was disappointed. As I mentioned I am no expert neither do I belong to the generation – ‘I have a FB account so I have an opinion’ but these were the few things that popped up in my head. A lot of you may disagree and I would not want to debate on that.
·         Why were most of the dialogues of Milkha Singh in Hindi? While as a child we saw him talk in Punjabi and from what I know and read he does talk mostly in Punjabi?
·         If the Indian audience can watch films in French and Spanish & can swing to Punjabi numbers am sure a little more of Punjabi would have been acceptable.
·         I understand most films and film flockers go after big stars – But why was not an actor from Punjab chosen to play Milkha Singh? The actor, Jabtej Singh, who played Milkha Junior was far more convincing than Farhan.
·         Why was Sonam Kapoor in the film at all? When a fellow viewer (non-Indian) in the theatre raised a brow and asked me who Sonam was all I could say was ‘She is a model and fashion icon’. Even after her so-called ‘acting’ in Raanjhanaa it is going to take a while for me to call her an actor.
·         Why was Art Malik (a Pakistan born Brit actor) selected to play Milkha’s father? Even in the Hindi dialogues uttered by him one could sense the accent!
·         The script laid emphasis on the girls that came in Milkha’s life before he tied the knot. Why couldn’t there be at least a fleeting mention about the woman he married and is his wife?
·         I would say Pavan Malhotra who has played Milkha’s coach Gurudev would have done justice to the iconic role! Yet again, Divya Dutta was brilliant. Respect.
·         Prasoon Joshi’s lyrics failed too, the passion was lukewarm.
·         In the end, I still had hoped that there would be a befitting tribute to Milkha Singh – not a hazy collage of pictures. At least, the viewers, especially the youth, could have gotten a chance to see the real man or heard his voice.

Honestly, I missed the passion and patriotism in the film. I was expecting a lot more from the man who had us moist eyed and thinking in Rang De Basanti. For that matter, Chak De! India ( SRK - an actor we all love to criticise) touched me but this one completely failed.  This was one good chance to pay tribute to an icon and it was wasted by a team of people, who had the potential to do justice to it. There will never be another Milkha Singh and knowing our film industry nobody would ‘waste’ their time, effort and energies on attempting to make a film on him again. In fact, just reading up the Wikipedia page on Milkha Singh was far more inspiring than watching a three-hour film. Not one dialogue gave me goose-bumps in fact a status update on FB by one of my friends (journalist, Pallavi Rebbapragada) stirred a sea full of emotions. It read, “The rushes of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag remind me of the time we spoke to Milkha Singh for our India Today cover story on Olympics 2012. "Sorry beta, medal haath se nikal gaya" , after which he broke out into a hysterical monologue. Thank you Milkha Singh for adding emotion to our article and telling us how an Olympic contender lives every moment of his life with the despair of losing, and rarely, with the pride of winning.”
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Monday, July 1, 2013

our first step


We are live!! Presenting the debut issue of The Indian Trumpet magazine!
theindiantrumpet.com

To all the people I knew, got to know and will know through this magazine.
 Big fat Indian wedding. Friends, food, family. Tears and happy tears. Heena and happiness. NRI husband. Packing bags. Saying good bye to home.
 Big fat Indian magazine. Supporters, critics and stress. Enthusiasm and challenges. Dreams and deadlines. NRI readers. Proof reading. Uploading the magazine.
The last few weeks have been exciting, tiring, fascinating and challenging. I lived through moments that made me smile and scream at the same time. There were times when the laptop misbehaved, fonts got mixed up and writers and photographers missed deadlines, but then these were  complemented with times when my inbox got flooded with encouraging words, download speeds improved and colours and words just fell into place. And while the ‘new’ bride in me had made me believe that planning an Indian wedding was perhaps the toughest thing to do in the world, I realised that it was easier than living the dream of starting a magazine on your own. (Honestly, my mom-dad and sister were the real wedding planners and I was just the showstopper, but even watching them do it all was exhausting. And yes, they were patient with me both when I chattered about the wedding or mag! ) I also learnt that a husband could be a perfect roommate and be as supportive as a 4 am friend in the hostel room. (I was happy to watch the NRI husband switch roles between being a business development manager and a web-designer & proof-reader.) I even accepted that while I couldn’t do it all in one issue, each day would bring me one step closer than I was  the day before to achieving my dream of  starting my own magazine. I began to smile at the thought that as an NRI, I was getting a chance to love, miss and appreciate the ‘home’ as well as greet, explore and admire the ‘new home’. And honestly, even if someone had told me that this is how the journey would be from Delhi, India to Dubai, UAE, I would have still done exactly the same thing and with the same enthusiasm.
Yes, when this Indian girl landed in Dubai she felt she couldn’t leave behind her passion for journalism& love for home. At the same time, she couldn’t help but play with fonts, colours and words to create something for the fellow NRIs here. Little did she know that hearts & minds from all communities would greet her dream with the same passion and love.
So this is my story. And the story of how The Indian Trumpet magazine came into being. And from here on it is going to be our story for this is your space.
Till we meet next, happy tooting!
Purva
founder & editor

Sunday, June 30, 2013

the lensman



A couple of weeks back I had an idea that of starting an e-mag to feed the NRI souls in Dubai. It’s been a fascinating journey so far and as the countdown to go live with The Indian Trumpet magazine (we go live on July 1, theindiantrumpet.com) starts I’d like to introduce you to the people who joined me to blow the trumpet. Here’s a loud, louder, loudest cheer to one of our trumpet blowers, Nabi Ahmadi. Keep watching this space to meet them all.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

bring on the delicacies!


People who love to eat are always the best people - Julia Child. 
Forks, spoons and knives! Yumm rolls and tandoori delicacies. We love the sight of a table laid down with mouth-watering food! Thanks to our savoury partner, Kabab Kolony we're going to be biting into lovely food at our launch celebrations.

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cakelicious!!


Just yesterday our food writer Prachi had posted this message on her food blog's FB page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Orange-Kitchens/286246328081214) "A party without CAKE is just a meeting" Julia Child! And we couldn't agree more with her!! Thanks to our sweet partner, When in doubt, eat a cupcake we're going to be biting into a gorgeous & yummy cake!!

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

fashionista & entrepreneur



A couple of weeks back I had an idea that of starting an e-mag to feed the NRI souls in Dubai. It’s been a fascinating journey so far and as the countdown to go live with The Indian Trumpet magazine (we go live on July 1, theindiantrumpet.com) starts I’d like to introduce you to the people who joined me to blow the trumpet. Here’s a loud, louder, loudest cheer to one of our trumpet blowers, Jinali Sutariya. Keep watching this space to meet them all.

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designer with a cause


A couple of weeks back I had an idea that of starting an e-mag to feed the NRI souls in Dubai. It’s been a fascinating journey so far and as the countdown to go live with The Indian Trumpet magazine (we go live on July 1, theindiantrumpet.com) starts I’d like to introduce you to the people who joined me to blow the trumpet. Here’s a loud, louder, loudest cheer to one of our trumpet blowers, Navneet Banwait. Keep watching this space to meet them all.

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bollywood addict



A couple of weeks back I had an idea that of starting an e-mag to feed the NRI souls in Dubai. It’s been a fascinating journey so far and as the countdown to go live with The Indian Trumpet magazine (we go live on July 1, theindiantrumpet.com) starts I’d like to introduce you to the people who joined me to blow the trumpet. Here’s a loud, louder, loudest cheer to one of our trumpet blowers, Beth Watkins. Keep watching this space to meet them all.

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the young poetess


A couple of weeks back I had an idea that of starting an e-mag to feed the NRI souls in Dubai. It’s been a fascinating journey so far and as the countdown to go live with The Indian Trumpet magazine (we go live on July 1, theindiantrumpet.com) starts I’d like to introduce you to the people who joined me to blow the trumpet. Here’s a loud, louder, loudest cheer to one of our trumpet blowers, Michelle d'Costa. Keep watching this space to meet them all.

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travel on her mind



A couple of weeks back I had an idea that of starting an e-mag to feed the NRI souls in Dubai. It’s been a fascinating journey so far and as the countdown to go live with The Indian Trumpet magazine (we go live on July 1, theindiantrumpet.com) starts I’d like to introduce you to the people who joined me to blow the trumpet. Here’s a loud, louder, loudest cheer to one of our trumpet blowers, Jayanthi Somasundaram. Keep watching this space to meet the rest. 

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the imaginative one




A couple of weeks back I had an idea that of starting an e-mag to feed the NRI souls in Dubai. It’s been a fascinating journey so far and as the countdown to go live with The Indian Trumpet magazine (we go live on July 1, theindiantrumpet.com) starts I’d like to introduce you to the people who joined me to blow the trumpet. Here’s a loud, louder, loudest cheer to one of our trumpet blowers, Reema Bajaj. Keep watching this space to meet the rest. 

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the thinker



A couple of weeks back I had an idea that of starting an e-mag to feed the NRI souls in Dubai. It’s been a fascinating journey so far and as the countdown to go live with The Indian Trumpet magazine (we go live on July 1, theindiantrumpet.com) starts I’d like to introduce you to the people who joined me to blow the trumpet. Here’s a loud, louder, loudest cheer to one of our trumpet blowers, Megha Sabharwal.Keep watching this space to meet the rest. 

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ahana Deol gets engaged!

I usually don't blog about Bollywood news or gossip! I am doing so today for I got to know that there are a huge number of Dharmendra fans out here !! So well just for his sake, a sneak peek of Ahana Deol's engagemento Delhi-based businessman Vaibhav Vora.





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our little guest writer, author, Facebook Phantom



A couple of weeks back I had an idea that of starting an e-mag to feed the NRI souls in Dubai. It’s been a fascinating journey so far and as the countdown to go live with The Indian Trumpet magazine (we go live on July 1, theindiantrumpet.com) starts I’d like to introduce you to the people who joined me to blow the trumpet. Here’s a loud, louder, loudest cheer to one of our trumpet blowers, Suzanne Sangi.  Keep watching this space to meet the rest. 

our guest writer, managing editor, eFiction India


A couple of weeks back I had an idea that of starting an e-mag to feed the NRI souls in Dubai. It’s been a fascinating journey so far and as the countdown to go live with The Indian Trumpet magazine (we go live on July 1, theindiantrumpet.com) starts I’d like to introduce you to the people who joined me to blow the trumpet. Here’s a loud, louder, loudest cheer to one of our trumpet blowers, Nikhil Sharda. Keep watching this space to meet the rest.

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let the celebrations begin



Let the celebrations begin!! Loud toot to the partners for the launch celebrations (July 1, 2013) of The Indian Trumpet magazine! Our Sweet Partner, When in doubt, eat a cupcake and Savoury Partner, Kabab Kolony!!

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Monday, June 24, 2013

a food maniac


A couple of weeks back I had an idea that of starting an e-mag to feed the NRI souls in Dubai. It’s been a fascinating journey so far and as the countdown to go live with The Indian Trumpet magazine (we go live on July 1, theindiantrumpet.com) starts I’d like to introduce you to the people who joined me to blow the trumpet. Here’s a loud, louder, loudest cheer to one of our trumpet blowers, Prachi Grover.  Keep watching this space to meet the rest. 

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

travel on her mind



A couple of weeks back I had an idea that of starting an e-mag to feed the NRI souls in Dubai. It’s been a fascinating journey so far and as the countdown to go live with The Indian Trumpet magazine (we go live on July 1, theindiantrumpet.com) starts I’d like to introduce you to the people who joined me to blow the trumpet. Here’s a loud, louder, loudest cheer to one of our trumpet blowers, Ayandrali Dutta.  Keep watching this space to meet the rest.

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from london to dubai!


A couple of weeks back I had an idea that of starting an e-mag to feed the NRI souls in Dubai. It’s been a fascinating journey so far and as the countdown to go live with The Indian Trumpet magazine (we go live on July 1, theindiantrumpet.com) starts I’d like to introduce you to the people who joined me to blow the trumpet. Here’s a loud, louder, loudest cheer to one of our trumpet blowers, Chandni Lahoti.  Keep watching this space to meet the rest. 

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

bollywood ishtyle


A couple of weeks back I had an idea that of starting an e-mag to feed the NRI souls in Dubai. It’s been a fascinating journey so far and as the countdown to go live with The Indian Trumpet magazine (we go live on July 1, theindiantrumpet.com) starts I’d like to introduce you to the people who joined me to blow the trumpet. Here’s a loud, louder, loudest cheer to one of our trumpet blowers, Abhinav Bhatt.  Keep watching this space to meet the rest. 

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designs on you


A couple of weeks back I had an idea that of starting an e-mag to feed the NRI souls in Dubai. It’s been a fascinating journey so far and as the countdown to go live with The Indian Trumpet magazine (we go live on July 1, theindiantrumpet.com) starts I’d like to introduce you to the people who joined me to blow the trumpet. Here’s a loud, louder, loudest cheer to one of our trumpet blowers, Gurleen Kaur Keep watching this space to meet the rest.

Friday, June 21, 2013

a graphic genius


A couple of weeks back I had an idea that of starting an e-mag to feed the NRI souls in Dubai. It’s been a fascinating journey so far and as the countdown to go live with The Indian Trumpet magazine (we go live on July 1, theindiantrumpet.com) starts I’d like to introduce you to the people who joined me to blow the trumpet. Here’s a loud, louder, loudest cheer to one of our trumpet blowers, Kamaini Mittal Keep watching this space to meet the rest.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

a satire, a smile


A couple of weeks back I had an idea that of starting an e-mag to feed the NRI souls in Dubai. It’s been a fascinating journey so far and as the countdown to go live with The Indian Trumpet magazine (we go live on July 1, theindiantrumpet.com) starts I’d like to introduce you to the people who joined me to blow the trumpet. Here’s a loud, louder, loudest cheer to one of our trumpet blowers, Sanket B Jack. Keep watching this space to meet the rest. 



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Beginning today, meet our trumpet blowers!





A couple of weeks back I had an idea that of starting an e-mag to feed the NRI souls in Dubai. It’s been a fascinating journey so far and as the countdown to go live with The Indian Trumpet magazine (we go live on July 1, theindiantrumpet.com) starts I’d like to introduce you to the people who joined me to blow the trumpet. Here’s a loud, louder, loudest cheer to one of our trumpet blowers, Ritika Kochhar Bahl.  Keep watching this space to meet the rest. 

P.S: I know I haven't blogged in a while but now you all know what's been keeping me occupied! :)

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Monday, May 13, 2013

coffee for one please!





frappuccino, plain and chocolate muffin

Sometimes, all you need to do is take out time for a coffee date with yourself! And if you may, invite a muffin or two to join you as well. I enjoyed my morning coffee at the not-so-old Tazzina Cafe @ Executive Towers, Business Bay. And I loved it. Have a nice day, people!

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Wishing super mums a lovely day!!




You don't get time to tweak your brows yet look gorgeous!
You don't get time to read the books yet have all the answers!
You don't get time to answer mails yet stay connected!
You don't get time to drink yet say life is a party!
You don't get time to socialise with the seniors yet shine at work!
You have hundred reasons to fret yet you always smile!
Mommies, how do you do it all?
Respect & love!!


....and that's how you do it all!!

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Theatre & the city




What could be a better way to spend a Friday afternoon than being surrounded by a bunch of talented and new faces? So when Social Citi's invite to watch the actors audition for their forthcoming event, Battle of the Best Season One, reached my inbox I was delighted. (Battle of the Best is a competition of theatre plays to bring the best of writers, actors, directors on a platform. The works of these besties will be staged on July 5 and 6 at DUCTAC, MOE.) The Voltas Studio, DUCTAC, was brimming with talent. I walked in to be greeted by the lovely smile of Sadia Noori, the mind & heart behind the event.

Soon not-so-young, young & very young (I was particularly impressed with the acting skills of the very young) actors began to walk in. They took over the stage for just a few minutes each, enacted their scenes, patiently waited for the audiences’ response, introduced themselves… Some were nervous, some were lost, some were confident…but what held them all together was the excitement!!  I loved the way Sadia brought out the best in each by requesting them to show us variations in the same scene, playing with emotions from happy to angry and sad to shock.

This was my first ‘theatre audition’ experience in Dubai and I must say I totally loved it. So much so that on my way back home I was actually trying to enact the role plays of the actors I had witnessed. I did the ‘Step sister speaks out’ and even attempted ‘The Godfather’!

In all, it was an afternoon well spent. I wish the team luck!!
  
P.S: For the uninitiated, Social Citi (socialcitilive.com) is a Dubai-based group formed by a handful of passionate people from diverse backgrounds (fashion, marketing, theatre, social media, marketing, etc.) who work insane hours to bring our city alive! And this time around they’re using theatre as their medium to add a spark to our lives.

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