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Everyone has right to take decision in his life and choose the life partner. I always feel lucky to live with my husband and have a family which is always there for me. It is so good for me to have someone with me who gives me directions and support every day. His presence in my life gives me optimism and motivation to go ahead and live life as per my conditions. He is like soul to me which helps to unwind myself and stay away from all the tensions and worries in my life.I often taunt him about his face book and social media profile and ask him about it. I do check his whatsapp status often and ask about his friends. But all this happens in just a funny manner and with a good intention. Then on weekend watching comedy shows with hubby and dining out help us to get away from normal life and fall in love again.

I like my husband as he is simple and honest. It was my husband who proposed me on my birthday few years back at the foot over artificial bridge at Kingdoms of Dreams in Gurgaon. I remember his proposal to me with flowers creating background scenery. My husband loves watching television and play movies on pen drive after coming from office. I usually often have a complaint that he spends less time on talking with me and I usually switch off the television at times. This often leads to arguments but in the end all ends with laugh and sweet memories as my husband tries to make up stories and lightens the atmosphere. One of the most romantic and funny moment was when he prepared special dinner for me on our first anniversary. He had no idea about preparing anything and his meal was totally a disaster and we got into an argument. But then we again went to kitchen and prepared the meal together this time and it was so much fun and it gave so much pleasure and happiness all around.

On this upcoming valentine day, my proposal plan would be make a short video using a movie editor which will include all our memories from the point when we first met then marriage pictures and the places we visited together. I hope this plan works out as planned and I am able to make it special for him. I think it is the best idea about celebrating valentine day in the perfect manner at home itself.

“This post is a part of #LoveAndLaughter activity at BlogAdda in association with Caratlane.”

Valentine Celebrations

Valentine day is coming and I can see in my inbox with mails coming up every day about gifting personalized gifts from customized tees, coffee mugs, calender and photo frames. If you ask me about these proposal offers and lucrative deals, I would prefer my husband to make it simple and be honest with his proposal rather than spending money on creating background scenery and showing off. Though these offers are good for adventure and trying out once but a girl like me is looking for his love and affection for me and it does not require showing his macho look or taking any risk for me. The statement holds true that money cannot buy happiness and love. Then there are offers from various e-commerce website offering discounts on candle light dinner, special travel packages at famous tourists spots with on call bouquet services, hill top photo shoot and many other ways of celebrating this valentine day and ways of proposing your love.

Everyone has right to take decision in his life and choose the life partner. My decision was love marriage and it was my husband who proposed me on my birthday few years back at the foot over artificial bridge at Kingdoms of Dreams in Gurgaon.I had no idea and was completely left out of words for a minute and then started blushing when he took out the ring and proposed me with romantic song. I accepted his offer and hugged me.

If I have to make a proposal to him on valentine day then it would be not require much planning as I already what my husband likes and loves. My husband loves watching television and play movies on pen drive after coming from office. My proposal plan would be make a short video using a movie editor which will include all our memories from the point when we first met then marriage pictures and the places we visited together. After the pictures, I would give my love message with his importance in my life and that my life is not complete without him. Then before it ends, I would give him a clue that now come to the balcony for a surprise.

After compiling it everything, I would copy the video in a pen drive one day prior to the proposal day. On valentine day when he comes back from work, I would give him the pen drive with movie and tell him to see it while I am going to balcony. After watching my video, he will have a clue and come to balcony where I will be standing with a gold chain and flowers. I would hug him tight and say “I love you” in his ears. I will further treat him with a chocolate cake prepared by me and his name written on it and us both cutting the cake together and having a bite from single slice.

I feel my plan would work out and valentine day will be special for both of us.

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A healthy child makes a happy home

My home is my temple and my family is everything for me. In my family, I have my lovely husband, my cute son and my mother in law. Every day I pray to God that there is peace and harmony in the family and wish for their good health and happiness for all. It feels so awesome when my son is playing away with his friends outside or when at home, running all around the house. His notorious crimes and thousands of questions which he asks me and everyone and keeps us on our feet searching for the answers. I can see the smile on everyone face when I see my son happy in family.

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Our life is full of stress and tensions from earning money, fighting daily issues, playing different roles in the family. All this takes a big toll on our lifestyle but one smile of our son keeps me and my husband going. There are times at home when I and my husband thoughts do not match and we often get into quarrel. This all causes disturbance at our home but we make sure that our child stays away from it. The true fact is that in our home fights, when my son enters into room, we try to change the topic or move out. I would say that somehow he helps us to stay calm and keep the family together. Also my mother in law who is suffering from liver problems for quite some time feels that her grandson is big force of motivation for her to live for another ten years and so want to see him grow and be a successful person.

For me, my morning starts early in the morning waking up to fill the water tanks so that our daily requirement of water is complete. I figure out it as my duty that I make sure we all intake healthy diet with sufficient nutrients. As my son wakes up around 6 am to get ready for school, I try to prepare Tiffin box which includes fresh salad with green vegetables and a sweet for taste. I give my kid milk daily with Horlics and banana. And when he comes back home, I give him fresh fruits to eat with juice. The main point for me is my child remains fit and does not get tired after six hours of school and still have enough energy left to play in the evening and do his homework and still remain happy.

As a mother, I try to support him for everything which is right and motivate him to give his best. Giving love and attention from parents is most important thing in the child. Other factors important for a healthy child is believing and trusting in child. But even after caring so much about him, when there is change in seasons, he sometimes fell sick and misses his school. I feel the dust in the environment, pollution and increasing adulteration and use of pesticides has really impacted my family health and my child in the worst way. His body to fight against infections and diseases is not so strong and requires something more than diet and love. I am happy that there is presence of Dabur Chyawanprash which help to cope infections with its anti oxidant properties and has more than 40 other natural ingredients. We have made a habit at home for everyone to intake Dabur Chyawanprash after dinner instead of eating sweets. Being a mother, it will definitely help your child to live a healthy life.

I will end with “HEALTH IS WEALTH”,so be healthy and be Happy always!

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5 Most -Memorable Moments

In everyone lives, there are certain occasion or life changing moments which are always special and hold important place in your heart and remembered throughout till we die. This could be anything from your marriage, your first job or first baby and much more. For me, these moments are very special and some of them are from era when we were derived of latest technology and were without smart phone or digital cameras. I wish I could capture them all and place it with me but still I am lucky, my father had black and white camera which could help us to have something then nothing. From the childhood to getting adult single to being married and having children and much more, here are 5 most memorable memories –

Getting married

This was one of the most happy moments of my life time when I got married and still remember that special day and going to my new home.

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Our first baby

Yes, I am so excited about it in those days and it was moment when you realize your responsibility and enjoy being called a mom. Getting my small kid ready for school or playing with him. Everything with him was special.

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Being a Teacher

I always had dream of getting a good job and being a teacher to help young boys and girls to learn different subjects and help them. I got my first break early but could not carry it for many years due to family responsibility and my parent’s health.

Buying first smart phone

I love technology and the way it makes our life very easy and help us in so many ways. Technology like mobile phones helps me to connect with friends and relatives and share my moments with them. My first Smartphone from HTC was very cool and advanced. I have clicked more than five hundred pictures with it till date.

Learn to drive my own car

My husband always motivated me to drive our car Alto but somehow I was not keen of learning it. I felt it was very difficult to drive but one day finally I decided to learn how to drive it and today is the day when I drive the car either to drop my kids or need to attend some party or go for shopping to mall. I feel more secure and free when going out in my car.

It is great to have such moments in life. I hope everybody have unique experiences and life turning events in their life.

Entering My new home

Graha Pravesh is very important ceremony for entering into your new home and in our traditions, it is considered as very important ritual and there are so many things to be taken care of before started living in. Back past few years ago, our family was growing and my son needed a bigger room, I needed some personal space and parents in law found it really difficult to live in small rooms without many facilities like doctor clinic or garden. The life took a standstill and my husband office was very far and it took him more than two hours to reach his office before he could even start his work.

So finally one day, we all decided to take a home loan and repay it in future time and let’s move in bigger property and into an area which is close to Delhi region and also centre of the city with all the facilities like hospital, market and adequate supply of water and electricity.

After searching for months, we finally found a villa and which was under our budget and capacity. I like the villa made in western style with 3 bedrooms and one dining room and enough space to park 2 cars. We finally made a payment and rightly made a move to live in new house. But my parents in law suggested and explained us about Graha Pravesh Mahurat which was a ritual and important for peace and harmony before entering the new home.

After discussion with family Guru and based on his astrological calculations, we made an arrangement for Greha Pravesh Puja and also to celebrate this big moment, we called our close friends and relatives. We printed cards similar to wedding cards and sent to all who were invited for this special day. My husband arranged for a Pundit who helped Guru Ji during this ceremony.

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The ceremony was performed as per the procedures and mantra chanted by our Guru in front of fire known as house warming ceramony.After the Puja, we broke a coconut at the doorstep and then everyone invited was served with Indian traditional food and prasad.Everyone felt happy for us and we felt pooja really helped in removing negativity and all fears from the house and brought peace, luck and fairness in the house. After the ceremony, my son had arranged for small party and music function. We really enjoyed dancing together and celebrating our new home entry in big way.

Now five years have passed and we feel like it is still our new home and every day we love to keep it cleaner and try to make it more beautiful. For me, my home is my temple and my family is everything for me.

Summer Vacation in GOA

I will remember my goa trip which is the best trip so far I have experienced in my whole life time. This trip was very special to me and included everything from adventure, excitement, emotions and having leisure time. The trip could be something compared to the one in bollywood films and gave me freedom to enjoy my life as I wanted.

It was second time I was in goa. The first trip was my school trip when I was in class 8 in senior secondary school. As I landed in Goa, I recollected some of my school memories and try to figure out the places and beach where we had a lot of fun. All I could recollect visiting Christian church and cathedral. Also one of the south goa beaches and having dinner near Goa beach side restaurant. The trip started with long drive in GOA cab taking me to one of luxury resorts in Goa at Radisson hotel. This time the purpose of visit was attending my husband colleague daughter wedding. I was really excited to see beach side wedding and it was something unique which I had never experienced in my lifetime.

As we reached hotel, we were greeted with great hospitality and drinks. Then my husband had good talks with his friends at the hotel lobby and soon we got the keys for our room. The room was very simple but very comfortable with all sorts of facilities from wireless internet, TV, Air conditioner, Security lock and hot/cold water facility.

After sound sleep at night, next morning, me and my husband decided to rent a car and went to North goa beach. It was so cool for me when my husband asked me to drive the car. I felt so happy about it and really it was great driving experience for me with so little less traffic on roads and people here had good traffic sense. I could see more two wheelers on road than four wheelers.

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After 2 hrs of sightseeing Goa, we came back to our hotel and then got ready for morning breakfast with other people who came for attending the wedding. It was nice to see various cuisines from North India and special South Indian dishes like Idli Sambhar, Dosa and much more. After heavy breakfast, it was time to relax and we went to ball room for some musical function and there everyone got a chance to sing their favourite songs and dance with each other. Later at night, we came back for wedding ceremony which took place in bigger hall. It was really nice to see the beautiful couple getting married. Next morning, we greeted the couple and checked out of the hotel. Thereafter we went to nearby church for thanking God for this awesome trip. Then my husband wanted to shop for some local beer and cashew nuts, so we walked to market area. We bought colourful dry fruits and Goa famous fenny for our relatives. By 2 pm we were done with everything and went to airport to catch the evening flight to Delhi.

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Visit to Magic Kingdom of Dreams,Gurgaon

I am not obsessed with movies, entertainment or leisure activities and instead in my free time, I try to relax at my home and be social with family friends and relatives. I love teaching and sharing knowledge. But one day on Sunday afternoon, my son gave me surprised and told me that we are going to sightseeing and enjoy something which you have not witnessed as ever before. As he was driving the car, I kept on thinking about which place it could be and why it is so special.

He kept me guessing with flora,fauna,different states and so on but I could not figure out much out of it. Until I felt disappointed and he finally asked me to see the times of India newspaper kept in the back of the car. As I started to look, he told me to check Delhi times and there was big full page advertisement of Kingdom of Dreams. On the first look, it seems to me a big theatre with Indian ancient stories. But as I read furthur,I came to know about culture gully, Zangoora show, Kishore Kumar Jhumroo melody show and different states cuisines.
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Around 7pm, we reached Kingdom of Dreams and we bought tickets to Zangoora show with culture gully entry. I was really excited to see such a beautiful work of art at the front gate and once I entered the main area. We quickly went to our seats and waited for the show to start. As it began, I could not believe my eyes watching those professional dancers performing in the air without any fear of falling down. The live show could not be captured as mobile and camera were not allowed inside. The show ended with Hussain as hero becoming the king and it was a perfect stage drama.

Then we all set to enter the culture gully. As I looked up the sky ,I felt it was morning time and there was change in lighting conditions. It felt as if everything was real and out of the world. Then we went to explore and discover different state items which included local arts, artifacts and their creations. There were also several dance performances by different states in their local language and performance in their traditional dresses.

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I really enjoyed a lot with my family and we had dinner at Punjabi restaurant sitting on wooden table with light coming from the lamp. Then after the dinner, we went to Mumbai state where we bought some Mumbai based tees and for my son, I bought Mumbai swag. I wanted something to carry for my home, so bought Buddha statue from North east stall.

It was really great to enjoy and I would recommend everyone to visit this place in Gurgaon for once in their lifetime.

My Sister 25th Wedding Anniversary

Certainly time flies with flash of seconds as I try to remember the day when my sister was sitting in front of mirror and getting ready and I was trying to make sure her saree and make up matches and she looks like miss universe. Her wedding was kind of emotional moment for me as I we had shared so many memories together and our childhood notorious moments plus much more. There was time when I used to do her homework and she would give me her chocolate and I used to give her my jewellery box and much more to it. It was arranged marriage within the family and it was tough time for her to adjust in new surrounding and live in other city. I felt if I could go with her and live with her as it was first time she is going from home and that too for lifetime. My tears could not stop at the time she was leaving but somehow I manage to keep myself happy and bold.

As I blog about my shy sister and her marriage, we received an invitation with all family members to visit Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh for special occasion of celebration of twenty five years of their marriage and still going strong. My mother and all in the family were completely surprised by the invitation and could not even recollect that they were going to complete 25 years together. My mom decided to make it special for them and we brought a gold ring for my sister as a surprise gift and I bought a check peter England shirt and trouser for her husband.

On the day of their anniversary, we hired Indica car and went to Bareilly in the morning for attending the special function arranged in banquet hall. We came to know that around fifty close relatives from either side of family were invited to meet and greet each other for dinner. In the evening, as the party started and guests started coming in, I could see my sister really happy with her kids. Then they both cut the wedding anniversary cake which was ordered by her mother in law and attain her blessings.Furthur there was exchange of garlands as it was done during their marriage.

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Everyone greeted the couple and gave them gifts with wishes for their lifelong relationship. Then the music started and everyone entered the dancing arena with glasses in hand and shaking their bodies. Later around 9 pm,dinner was served and we all chatted with each other about the marriage day and present occasion.It was great to meet each other and next day in morning,we came back to our home with sweet memories of my sister marriage anniversary.

Varanasi Ganga Holy Tour

Last year in November, I and my family decided to visit the holy land of Kashi popularly known as Banaras and Varanasi. We had thought about this trip about the same time when my great father passed away one year backbit was his wish that he wanted to have holy dip in Ganga river chanting “Har Har Mahadev ” and worshiping Ganga river but unfortunately we lost him due to his medical problems and lost to fight again cancer. It was Diwali time and we thought it as perfect occasion to see the decorated temples and lightings around Varanasi.

We had two families with us and so decided to hire a mini bus capacity of 14 seater.It was my family comprising of 5 members and my cousin family of four and my two cousin sister with us. With my entire luggage packed in the morning, we told the driver to my cousin house in Delhi near Ashram Chowk to pick them up .It was good to meet each other as they joined us for Kashi journey. During the journey, we started with morning prayers from great singer chanting Jai Mata Di and then later switching to religious songs. My cousin sister brought morning breakfast of Indian bread with stuff potato filling and mix vegetable for us. Around 10 am in the morning, we had good delicious breakfast and then we all dozed off for 2 hrs sleep in the mini bus. While around 1 pm, we insisted driver to have some rest and tea break. Right on the highway, around 120 kms before Varanasi, we all stopped at small local restaurant on the highway to have lunch and cup of tea.

We crossed Allahabad around 4 pm and reached Varanasi around 6pm.Our first stop was directly at Ganga ghat for evening rituals across the Ganga River and visiting the famous temple near the main Ghat.Later we had simple dinner at local restaurant and went to Dharamshala for night stay.
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Next day, early morning we all went to have holy dip in Ganga River and then a boat ride with family members. During the boat ride, I really got emotional and started to cry remembering my father but my family consoled me at the right time. No one can take his place in this world and I would dedicate this trip to my father. Later in afternoon we had some shopping for our friends and headed back to our home in the evening.