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Scent Of A Blogger

Today The Daily Post very subtly asked me what my love potion would smell like. In ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ a love-potion is a drink that can make the drinker fall in love with the maker. Whenever anybody gets a whiff of the Love Potion, it smells like a combination of their favourite things thus making them curious to gulp it immediately. But off course if everything was so easy it would’ve been called ‘Twilight’, love potion cannot create ‘love’ it can only create a very strong attraction or lustful passion.So here is a bunch of smells that really makes me put down my defenses and gets in a surreal mood.

1) Coffee

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My favourite smell is obviously the bitter but mild smell of coffee, the smell that attacks your nostrils when you enter a cafe, the enticing smell which comes from the mouth of someone who just took a sip of espresso, the hypnotizing smell of coffee beans in my hand when I am making my morning cuppa. I have no words to describe the smell of coffee except it smells like a ‘busy night’ (pun intended).

2) Chocolate

21 Of The Most Mesmerizing Food GIFs

Do you know that some people’s voice sounds like chocolate? Whenever Benedict Cumberbatch mumbles it feels like he is smothering me in chocolate and licking it off my body (sorry for the terrible imagery). But I love chocolate, the smell of a freshly unwrapped Dairy Milk bar, the smell of my mom’s homemade chocolate cookies, the smell of birthday cakes. Ich liebe schokolade!

3) Fresh flowers

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I don’t care which flowers, whether it’s the half-dead rose from my bedroom window or the chrysanthemums imported from Amsterdam. I just love waking up to the smell of fresh flowers in the morning.

4) Peanuts

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Don’t pity the dead Harry, pity the living and above all pity those who have a peanut allergy. Some people hate peanuts, I hate those people. I mean PEANUTS! Raw peanuts on a beach, boiled peanuts in rice, roasted peanuts when it is raining, peanuts in Snickers!

5) Melted Cheese

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And on the third day God said, ‘Let there be cheese’ and people around the world rejoiced. Whenever I am in my college canteen I always fight with the dude who makes grilled sandwitches because he never puts enough cheese.

6) Tomato Ketchup

I don’t even like tomatoes! But I am one of those nasty people who put ketchup in everything. It’s just so tangy and refreshing and can make bird poop taste delicious. But if tomato is a fruit, shouldn’t it be called tomato smoothie?

7) Fried potatoes

21 Of The Most Mesmerizing Food GIFs

Has there ever been anything more magnificent than the smell of hot french fries fresh of the fryer? French Fries just ought to make you feel better about life. How little things bring enormous happiness!

8) Spicy Ramen

21 Of The Most Mesmerizing Food GIFs

I have less items of clothing than the varieties in which I can cook Ramen noodles. I cook them when I am alone and since I don’t know how or what to cook I just whip them up in two minutes. They smell like ‘independence’ and ‘not needing anyone’.

9) Seasonal Fruits

21 Of The Most Mesmerizing Food GIFs

Fruits are my mid-meal snack and I love the smell of plucking mangoes off trees in my village farm, or collecting blueberries in the forest or simply buying kiwis in the market. The smell of freshness and the dewy mist on them is spectacular.

10) Petricor

The smell of rain, I have no words to describe it.

If you mix all the above ingredients, it will result into a disturbing salad with a yucky taste. But individually, all the above smells can make me drool and get on my knees (pun not intended). What is your favourite smell? Make makes you weak? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

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10 reasons why my Mom is awesome

Psychology says that children try to do all the things that they believe would have rescued their parents. I cannot express how painfully true this theory is. Without realizing, I have been working hard at my studies, scrambling for internship and staying away from romantic relationships- because I don’t want to end up trapped in the four walls of the kitchen like my mother.

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She was a young, beautiful and ambitious woman who grew up in a backward Indian village. Then she moved to the city to focus on her career but her family married her off to my father. Now, I know this sounds like a tragic story but my father was very open-minded and encouraged her to do whatever she felt right. But circumstances can cripple any champion, so after years of cooking for a family, taking care of her two children and attempting to satisfy her in-laws, her spirit got lost in the four walls of our house. I don’t blame her, I don’t blame anyone. I simply feel that it was unfair and if given a chance, she would have achieved great heights. But honestly, I genuinely love my mother. Whether she thinks of herself as a failure, I believe she is a fantastic wife and a supportive mother. One thing she didn’t fail at is raising us to follow our dreams. I know there are times when we all feel a little dejected and disappointed in ourselves, so here is a list of 10 reasons why my mother is awesome.

  1. Mom, you are freaking beautiful– Obviously after giving birth to two children you will be overweight and after sleeping for only four hours everyday you will have dark circles. But your face is the first thing I see every morning, and trust me I freaking love it. Your soft smile and sweet voice make my day. Dad thinks you’re freaking beautiful too, he is just too shy to say it!
  2. You’re sweet to everyone– I know you think that you have a habit of yelling all the time (You do). But whenever we have guests at our house, or if you are meeting my friends or dad’s colleagues, you are so respectful and lovely with them. Countless times, my friends have told me that you are very sweet but I never really told you. Maybe I didn’t think it was important, but now I think it was.
  3. You are amazing with kids– I honestly love the way your attention naturally gravitates towards a baby and you make funny faces and play with them. I love how you talk to them in weird baby language that only the two of you understand. I don’t remember anything of the time when I was a baby, but I wish I did so I would know how much fun we had when I couldn’t even talk.

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  4. You are very open-minded– In a country like India where having a relationship is qualified as ‘ruining the family name’ you always encouraged me and my brother to be modern. You asked us to be honest with you and in turn you promised that you will understand. I love that we have a transparent relationship and that we completely trust each other. You never bombarded us with orthodox thoughts but at the same time you taught us to be focused on our ambitions.
  5. You are a great cook– Okay I admit, I sometimes complain about how your ‘roti’ is a bit too roasted or how your rice isn’t fluffy enough. But I honestly love your food. I remember how I used to open my tiffin in school during lunch time and how all my class-mates would jump to eat your food. They always complimented your cooking skills. No matter how much I love Chicken McGrill Burgers, there is nothing more delicious than your dal-rice with papad.
  6. You and Dad have an awesome friendship– I admit I am one of those silly, ridiculous hopeless romantics who is seduced by the idea of fairy-tale relationships. But seeing how yours and Dad’s was an arranged marriage and yet you are so supportive and caring about each other, I have realized that a lasting friendship is more reliable than a romance that lasts one summer.
  7. You are funny– Have I ever told you this? Holy shit, you are funny mom! You are so funny, you always make me laugh like crazy. I love how you,  me and dad team up and tease brother about how he doesn’t get any female attention. I love how life is easy-going and effortless with you. You are funny mom, you are hilarious!
  8. You taught me to believe in kindness– Sometimes I get furious with you because you have a terrible habit of helping those who hate you. I don’t see the logic of why you would want to be there for those who have only tried to create problems in your family life. But watching you give them a helping hand has made me realized that you are selfless and kind, unlike them. From watching you I learned that I too should be kind to those who are in difficult situations.
  9. You are an independent woman– You are not one of those housewives who always ask their husbands permission for everything. You are a strong-willed, fierce and passionate woman who makes her own decisions. Favourite feminist icon? YOU! Biggest inspiration? YOU! Best friend? YOU! My hero? YOU!
  10. You are my best friend– I don’t know how many 18 year old girls have the privilege of saying this but you are my best friend. You are always there for my when I need you. You are my support when I feel weak, you are my companion when I’m lonely and you always tell me that everything is going to be okay. Honestly mom, you’re the best!
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    I wish I was more loving and caring towards you, but I am not one of those people who express their emotions directly. So I am writing this post which you will probably never read and thinking about what gift I should give you on Mother’s Day. But nothing I can give you, no matter how thoughtful or expensive will ever be enough to fully thank you. Mom, you are fucking awesome and I love you ❤

 

10 Must Do Things in Mumbai, India

With sandy toes, salty air and spicy food- Mumbai will make any quirky romantic feel right at home.

I wrote this article a couple of months back for ‘The College Tourist’ but I also wanted to share it here with my readers. So here it is!

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The Gateway of India

Reputed for being a city of melodious chaos and unfulfilled dreams, Mumbai- the financial capital of India, is a spectacular mixture of traditional methods and modern viewpoints.  A confusing maze where you will see eunuchs brushing shoulders with corporate officials in the crowded trains and grown men in tailored Armani suits turn into excited children when playing cricket- Mumbai offers a variety of unique memories. If you don’t want to be one of those unfortunate tourists who visit the city hoping to unravel the inner workings of the everyday Indian life but only get to witness the city superficially, here is a list of the 10 things you must do in Mumbai in order to experience the local culture.

Watch a cricket match at Wankhede Stadium

There are a number of sports stadium’s in Mumbai but Wankhede is considered ‘the Holy Land’ because international legends have scored runs and deadly pacers have took wickets in the mystical mud of Wankhede. It is the home stadium of ‘Mumbai Indians’, Mumbai’s team in the Indian Premier League and holds a reverent spot in the heart of any dedicated Mumbaikar. Even if you don’t enjoy the sport or are ignorant about the rules, attend a match for the unprecedented enthusiasm of the crowd.

Attend Christmas Mass at Mount Mary Church

In Mumbai, you will find everyone from a Buddhist Monk silently crossing the road to noisy Hindus loudly chanting the name of a Goddess while obstructing the traffic. There is a church on every street in Western Mumbai as most of the Christian population is concentrated there but Mount Mary’s is considered the holiest. If you are not able to make it on Christmas, visit the church any other time and the quaint beauty will not disappoint. If you go a little before lunch time (1 pm) you can have the whole church to yourself and spend enough time admiring the paintings on the wall and the breath-taking architecture.

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The Mount Mary Church.

Eat the road-side food

Sorry to all the health-conscious people who frowned at me, but you are missing out on the mouth-watering variety of food the streets of Mumbai offer. Not all road-side stalls are unhygenic but all of them have ridiculously yummy food. Trying a hot ‘vada pav’ with chutney (a mixture of potatoes fried golden brown), a ‘cutting- chai’ (a small glass of tea),  ’gola’ (an ice-lolly mostly sold near beaches) and ‘butta’ (roasted corn) is mandatory.

Go for a drive on the Sea-Link in the rain

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The Bandra-Worli Sea Link

Mumbai has a passionate love affair with monsoons, they are an integral part of the books we lose ourself in, the movies that we remember and the music we listen to on our way to and from work. Rain defines everything, decideds everything. Therefore if you want to experience rain like a local go for a long drive on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, stick your head out of the black and yellow taxi cab and witness the magic unfolding before your eyes. You can see the entire city of Mumbai from this bridge and with your car at 80 kmph, the rapid wind in your hair and the sweet raindrops on your lips- I swear in that moment you will certainly be ‘infinite’.

Read any book based on Indian mythology

It is extremely difficult to read the original Ramayana, Mahabharata or Bhagvat Gita for someone who did not have an Indian upbringing but you can still immerse yourself in the religious culture by reading books by Indian authors based on these legendary Sanskrit epics. Read books by Amish Tripathi, Anand Neelakantan and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni as their writings are a modern re-telling of stories told to Indian children at bedtime but are mesmerizing and bound to intrigue readers of all ages. Ruskin Bond (my personal favorite), Jhumpa Lahiri and Shobha De also write books with an Indian backgrounds and have celebrity status in India.

Eat at Leopold Cafe

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Outside Cafe Leopold

Although this is not where the locals hang-out (it is usually crowded by tourists and foreigners living in Mumbai), this is a fantastic place to enjoy the mouth-watering delicacies of the city alongside a can of beer. They provide tasty local food as well as a range of inter-continental dishes. If you get tired of eating the spicy, oily street food- come here to eat something familiar and interact with people from around the world.

Visit a Ganesh Temple during ‘Ganesh Utsav’

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An enormous idol of Lord Ganesha

The city prepares itself like a bride gets ready for her wedding to welcome Lord Ganesha- the remover of all obstacles into the homes of Mumbaikars. This son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is the city’s favorite deity as a staggering range of mouth-watering sweets are prepared in every house-hold. The idol is made of mud but is treated with great devotion and reverence- like a divine guest and for 10 days the city bathes itself in Ganesha’s admiration. On the last day of ‘Visarjan’ thousands take to the street to bid farewell to their beloved Ganpati and immerse the idols in the sea at Girgaum Chowpatty. This is the one time of the year when people of Mumbai forget their pain and worry and immerse themselves wholeheartedly in worship of the Elephant God.

Take a ferry ride at the Gateway of India

The most local way of celebrating New Year’s Eve is to head to the ‘Gateway of India’- a historic building that marks the place from which the British entered India and take a ferry ride. There are a number of other historic buildings such as the enormous Taj Mahal Hotel, the Prince of Wales Museum and the stunning white British Library in the vicinity. Grab a seat on the deck of the ferry, head into the endless Arabian Sea and welcome the New Year with spectacular fireworks and new dreams.

Participate in the Holi celebrations

The festival of Holi which is usually in the month of March signifies the purification of the atmosphere by burning stacks of wood and grass in a triangular form representing negative energy. There are many mythological stories associated with this tradition but one ritual that is still carried out after thousand of years is covering each other in colour and water the day after. On this day all the school, colleges and offices are closed as people of all ages smeared in sticky colour and drenched in water capture the streets and throw water-balloons at friends and strangers alike.

Visit Marine Drive

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At Marine Drive

There is always that one spot in every city than every local has a fond memory of and in Mumbai’s case it’s the curved coast-line called ‘Marine Drive’. This is the place where eyes meet, poems are written, letters are exchanged, lips are tasted, jealousies are expressed and hearts are broken. People usually come here with their families, closest friends or significant others but even if you go alone (like me) you will always have the melodious waves and mysteries beyond the sea for company. This place will encourage you to question your purpose and seek the truth, it is responsible for pulling out the innermost poets and philosophers hidden deep underneath the stressed locals stuck in a rut.

With endless opportunities to discover something new everyday, whether it’s a finger-licking dish that reminds you of your childhood, a local graffiti artist who hates the government or a side of your personality that you weren’t aware of, Mumbai is the place for anyone who values freedom, knowledge and harmony above all.

Have you ever been to Mumbai? Would you like to visit our magical city? Tweet me your experience or expectations here. If you like this article read my other works at ‘The College Tourist Website’ here.

The Catcher in the Pie

“DOUGHNUTS!”

Now that I have your attention let me tell you that I have no interest in cooking whatsoever. Not now, not when I get married, not ever. Surely the idea of me drizzling honey on a stack of golden-brown pancakes on a bright sunday morning as my gorgeous husband who looks like a Calvin Klein model walks down the stairs in his plaid pajamas and kisses me on the nose sounds romantic, I’d rather just wake up in my bed looking like a zombie from ‘The Walking Dead’ while he brings me a fruit salad and a warm cup of green tea (no milk).

Even if he doesn’t and turns out to be just as lazy as me and useless as the first slice of bread at least he should have the common sense and basic courtesy to call room service and order hot breakfast. Mainly because I am always furious whenever someone wakes me up from my long, peaceful slumber. My mother understands my helplessness and wakes me up with the warmest smile and sweetest ‘Good Morning’, Dad on the other hand taps his knuckles on my head like I’m a box of Christmas presents. My brother doesn’t really wake me up, he just throws a glass of water on my face and pulls me out of ‘limbo’.

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Coming back to the subject of food- I love eating, and I love people who love eating and I love people who can cook and I love people who I can eat (I should seriously stop watching Hannibal). But there is something about being inside the four walls of a kitchen, staring into a pot of boiling water, inches away from deadly fire that absolutely terrifies me. I admire people who can cook and I hate myself for being eighteen and still not being able to boil an egg. Why do I fear the mystical kitchen? I don’t know! Why I am so horrified with women who spent their whole life there? I have no idea! I just feel that once I get into the kitchen the orthodox society will grab me and pull me into this dark abyss of mandatory slavery and force me to spend my whole life cooking for a bunch of people who threat me like meaningless trash. They will bind me into their sweet words for compromising your dreams and sacrificing your happiness for those you love. Sometimes I feel terribly guilty for my selfishness and sometimes I am ashamed of myself for being downright ridiculous. But I am genuinely petrified of living a life where no one knows who I am and what I am capable of doing.