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RAAZI MOVIE REVIEW

#Movie Review

Raazi…. to agree as the word means…and agreement is the meaning of our protagonist’s name Sehmat is actually a tribute to Indian Navy, Army and Airforce!!
This movie is really the need of the hour as it instills feelings of patriotism in the civilians mind apart from invoking respect for the armed forces.

Alia Bhatt a gifted actress with promising eyes like the Disney character…. underneath the peaches and cream Kashmiri skin is an astute spy. She justifies the role of a timid daughter in law and a spy dedicated towards her duty with a great nuance. A deftly directed movie with a strong plot the movie becomes a must watch as it’s based on a true story… “Calling Sehmat by Harinder Sikka.

The movie also briefly shows us the glimpses of Mukti Sena…the freedom fighters of Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) sowing seeds of Pakistan and Bangladesh partition in the year 1971.
All the actors have performed really well. The scene and sets are created so nicely that one can believe it is Pakistan.

The audience is astonished to witness such brilliant spying techniques that the bureau exercised in an era when mobile phones, cctv, google, internet and other modern survelliance gadgets didn’t exist at all.

The music is also beautiful with the blend of Kashmiri touch especially the Vidai song “Dilbaro” reminding me of the Bumro song.

Overall it’s a classy movie, I strongly recommend you all to watch this Meghna Gulzar movie.

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?… “FROM BABY TO GEETIKA!!”

“Baby”…

( What’s in a name ..From Baby to Geetika)

Baby had got tired of standing in the long queue in the hot month of May, in a down-town called Pachmarhi. For a four year old getting admissions in an Army Kindergarten school seemed like an impossible mission!

Some toddlers were crying miserably, while some were hopping around the smart and disciplined eucalyptus trees…which were beaming with pride, as they were painted in half geru and half white colour, like any other army cantonment tree would.

Daddy came out with a bundle of papers in one hand and lifted Baby with a jerk in the other. Baby was struggling hard to scratch her bald head (post mundan) under neath her crochet woolen cap and was trying to adjust her mustard yellow velvety mini frock, while Daddy’s Army stars and badges kept poking her.

“Good morning sweet child!” “How are you?” Said Ms Surinder Kaur, a fair Sikh lady. Her big round earrings seemed to be a big distraction for Baby. “What’s your name child?”, asked Ms Kaur in a soft voice. Daddy and Baby blurted out together- “Baby”!

“Baby!” Ms Kaur reacted as if sky had fallen over head! “It’s OK Sir if that’s your child’s nickname….but we need a proper name to fill in the form..and that’s the name she should be known around the whole world!”

“Sorry Ma’am as she’s the first child, my wife has named her Vandana and my mother calls her Baby, although I prefer Bharati, but I’m afraid children may tease her as Bharat Mata later…so we haven’t decided on a proper name. However we are very happy with the name Baby!”

“No Sir you must let us know a proper name.” Ms Kaur insisted.
Daddy then turned over Baby and asked… “Baby you know our neighbors Subrato Deb uncle, right….do you remember two of his sisters had come over last year for vacations…do you remember their names?” “Hmmmmm the elder one Gayatri and the younger one Geetika, which name do you like the most bachche?”

Hmmm…Baby was aware about the name Gayatri as she was used to of chanting the Gayatri Mantra every night as soon as her mother used to tuck her inside the bed!

“Geetika” was the name that struck the chord of her heart and she said – “Geetika”!IMG_20180405_105904

CBSE Xth ReExam: A Fiasco!!

So here we are almost with the last paper of the so called…and hyped Xth board exams…or rather the guinea pigs batch! Lakhs of aspiring and enthusiastic students welcomed the decision of preparing the full syllabus for their Xth board exams 2017-18 batch.

Most of the schools started tightening their reins on the over stressed students…from the very beginning of the session!!

Orientation for parents, vigorous training sessions for the teachers were conducted time and again for the over stressed students to cope up with the vast and complex syllabus!!

Frequent class tests, unit tests, prelims, preboards were conducted time and again to prepare the students for the “exam war!!”

The parents too supported their wards by participating in any school activity which would demand their presence apart from dropping and picking up their children to various coaching centres or tuition classes!!

But all in vain…as CBSE failed to keep a check in their own system…and a few teachers with vested interest leaked the papers…what a shame for the profession!! A teacher is supposed to be honest abd diligent…and here we have a system with so many lacunas.

Alas!! Our children (please read guinea pigs) will always remember their best days (passing out from school) of their life as a nightmare as still the reexam date is not finalised!!

I would like to wish all the students my best wishes and tell them that all is well even if it doesn’t end well!!

P.S. I would also like to wish all the best to CBSE board management as very soon they are going to face the music by the indignant and frustrated students!!

SUCCESSFUL WEIGHTGAIN STORY

*SUCCESSFUL WEIGHT-GAIN STORY*
*GEETIKA BERRY*
I was always the petite girl in my school/college days…. for which the entire credit goes to my beautiful, disciplined and hardworking mom, who unintentionally controlled my diet and exercise so harshly… that as soon as I got married and became a free bird (as an Indian naval Officer’s wife) I started enjoying my independence and started devouring on food, which happily transformed me into a newly wedded plum bride in a six months time!
Phew! Then came the birth of my two little angels in a span of three to six years of my marriage!!

A Bonny Sonny in the millennium year 1999 followed by the birth of a cute fairy in 2002!
Now folks at home forced me to gorge on dollops of ghee, sweets, and milk that putting on those extra Kgs just seemed absolutely normal…. (Sigh! Sigh!)

Well by the time my daughter turned two…. I had become very fat and that is precisely the time I also decided to take the reins of my life in my own hands!!
I started walking for one hour regularly everyday. I also completely stopped oil and sugar from my diet… and replaced it with little ghee and naturally sweet fruits like musk melon and papaya etc.

My body listened to this amazing regime and I easily pulled down ten kgs. My hubby was proud of me… and so was I in cloud nine!!
But I couldn’t enjoy wearing those lovely western figure hugging outfits , for a very long time as somewhere the food deprived soul inside my body began starving and I started eating ravenously again !

Since then it’s been more than a decade, that weight-loss has become a big challenge for me, till date I’m battling against my bulge and believe me I do manage to get rid of some seven to eight Kilos, but my weight bounces back by the time the eleventh house in my neighborhood comes to know about my weight-loss story!
Yes it’s a Yo-Yo syndrome that I’m suffering with… and though I’ve lost all my hopes of losing weight, but I still have lost my interest in wearing stylish clothes.
Yes friends, to dressup smartly and walk with one’s head held up high, you don’t need a chiselled face and an hour glass figure! All you need is just inner beauty and immense confidence.

Fortunately, I am a softskills trainer and an image builder by profession and I possess natural knack of dressing up, styling and the art of putting right make up to hide my flab in one of veey big events a renowned motivational speaker rechristened me “The Four feet eight inches and eighty kgs bomb”who can blast the best speakers, anchors, orators, trainers and motivational speakers on stage!!

P. S. I’m still walking and trekking and taking care of my health and diet.

My favorite slogan is
Why to fit in when you can stand out

!!”

Lotus:A detatched flower

Lotus flower  is an epitome  of detachment
Equaling to a thousand folded palms
Yet  we are sensing feelings of attachment
And the disillusioned mob seems calm
A new leadership is going to
navigate our nation
There is hope and courage to fight the inflation
Terrorism, illiteracy, poverty and  unemployment
Fundamentalism, equality and woman empowerment
However, the first thing is to have immense patient
As the country has suffered due to wrong leaders
It seems our beloved mother India is a patient
Hoping to be cured by the new healer!

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ELEGY

Winds of Delhi

–         Geetika Berry

 

 

Winds of Delhi blew his muffler away…

The Chinook gusted all through the day…

Palms  holding   lotus  flowers…

Collusion?

Is it a Coup or game of power….

Confusion?

The Jan Lokpal  Bill was inexpedient!

The fellowmen and folks disobedient!

The Mango has a chance  to  choose!

After all it’s tasty in form of “juice”!

 

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