A settling whirlpool served, contained within a circular steel walled vessel, which fits within the palm of my hand. Bubbling with energy of my young effervescent mind. Brimful with the bribe offered to wake me up every morning – until middle school – or so I think. It’s fragrance meandering, reaches my nostrils, drawing out memories of lazy mornings from forgotten corners of my pulpy, boxed up brain. It’s colour, the colour of my clothes on a rainy August evening, boasting my boisterous endeavours on mudroads leading to my house. Each sip a reminder of humble taste we collectively admired. Back when it came in just two flavours. Back when I completed with my siblings to be the first one to be handed the drink. Back when my taste and appetite determined food intake, not the blemishing glances from friends and passersby. Back when no one scorned at my choice of drinks. With each sip my thrist for something vicious fades away. Sipping the last drops, licking the remains adhering to the sides of the vessel, innocence grips onto me. The world seems to be a better place to live in… Even with whirlpools in it.

In other words… I had a tumbler of simmering Horlicks last weekend. A drink I don’t remember having in over a decade.

Of coins and wishes

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Three Coins in the Fountain.”

Have you ever tossed a coin or two into a fountain and made a wish? Did it come true?

Yes, i Have (Answer to the first part of the question). And they were not just one or two.. they were many i am afraid. What i had wished for, i can’t recall. Maybe the reason i don’t remember is cause they didn’t come true (would it be different if it had come true?).

Oh yeah, i didn’t toss coins into a fountain.. they were tossed into rivers. They were tossed over while the train chugged over the long expanse of rivers on my way to my grandparents place.

It seems such a long time ago. Maybe in my early teens when all summer holidays meant a trip to my grandparents. It would take three days, two chugging train changes and one long sleep deprived night, with swinging jitters to go from the source to destination.

It was on the second day ( i guess) that we would pass over the river (Well this would again depend upon the route we chose to travel through). It was either the river Godavari or river Krishna. The moment the train tracks moved from running on land to hovering over the river the sound that surround us would alter from being a distant hum to a very load soft bang of sorts. The bangs occurring in sync with the appearance of each beam/column cast in the bridge. Every person on the train would shift over to where the windows were – the kids were for obvious reasons to be given the window seats at that instant – some daring souls would go and stand along the open doors. As the strong wind waft across our timid faces, we were handed coins to be tossed onto the river from the framed windows. We were specifically asked to wish for “good” things. We would “throw” our coins out the window and strain our necks to actually see if our coin hit the water ( okay, this we would just pretend to be doing to satisfy ourselves that the aim was perfect). Until.. until we heard a cling or clang. If no metallic sounds were heard everyone would be at peace as long as the train zoomed over the hovering bridge. And god-forbid.. god-forbid if we heard a cling or a clang, the one who threw the coin in last would definitely burst into tears. No amount of consoling would stop him/her from crying over missing our aim.

I at times think the reason we cried was cause we felt bad for the coin as the other thrown coin reached its destination but ours was stuck in an unknown location. Maybe the coin broke into pieces because we threw it too hard and it was hurt really badly. (I am amused how we sometimes harbor feeling for the commonest of the non-living things as a child and then as we grow we disrespect rarest forms of living things).

I don’t really think we wished things.. we would just do it for our amusement. At times we would miss the whole river thing cause we would pass over it at night when all of us were asleep.

On questioning my mom about why this was done she told me that this was practiced from the times of Rajas and Maharajas when the coins were made out of copper alloy. It was considered a healthy practice to drink water kept in copper pots or with copper coins in it. Apparently it has some nutritious quality. So when the villages/commoners would drink from such sources of water their health would benefit from it.

Now that we no longer use coins that have been manufactured from copper it seems pretty useless.

And i don’t believe in making wishes. Whether its tossing a coin or locking a lock and tossing the key onto the river or a passing shooting star or they singularly shed eyelash. I mean how can you relate a wish coming true from the occurrence of a totally unrelated scenario?!

I believe everything has a logical explanation. Its just so that we don’t know or we don’t acknowledge the logical reasoning.

On the contrary i believe that if a wish is made on such situations more often than not they won’t come true. Better safe than sorry. 😛

What have you learnt as a child?

What have you learnt as a child?


If a child lives with criticism
He learns to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility
He learns to fight.

If a child lives with ridicule
He learns to be shy.

If a child lives with tolerance
He learns to be patient.

If a child lives with encouragement
He learns confidence.

If a child lives with praise
He learns to appreciate.

If a child lives with fairness
He learns justice.

If a child lives with security
He learns faith.

If a child lives with approval
He learns to like himself.

If a child lives with acceptance and friendship
He learns to find love in the world.. !

What have you learnt as a child?


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The 2-minute drama

“Maggi maggi maggi”. If you are familiar with the brand i bet you sang it mentally in your head. I did 😉

I have absolutely no idea how many times i have had Maggi or the number of times i have heard / seen this ad. A lot of us had fun preparing these 2 minute maggi and relishing the aroma and taste. And at times sing along to the ad jingle. If you have never heard of it.. here have a listen..

Just an intro Maggi is a brand for is an international brand of instant soups, stocks, bouillon cubes, ketchups, sauces, seasonings and instant noodles. Now owned by Nestle. Well the company is now having a row over the instant noodles section of the brand. Instant like in 2 minute. I think the whole marketing strategy is build on the 2-minutes preparation time idea. Tests over several samples of Maggi noodles have been found to contain high content of lead and monosodium glutamate or MSG, a taste enhancer.. the reports suggest the levels are way beyond the permissible amount. A few states in India have already banned its sale. There is a country wide scrutiny going on over the last few days.

A lot of our childhood and adulthood has been dependent on the availability of maggi and its ease of preparation.. with absolutely no skills required. 😉 Some of my friends still depend on its existence to have a meal atleast one time a day. Well i am not such a lover of the instant noodles. The only thing i liked when maggi was made was to smash the solidified noodles with hand into tiny pieces, so that people couldn’t eat it with a fork. 😛

Thats not why i am writing this i am writing this cause with the boohahah of the maggi row the endorsers are being dragged into a  lawsuit. Celebrities endorse a product for two main reasons maybe they just love the product and would like to promote it. Or because they get good money for it. For some its the later. Some of them go as far as going and checking out the quality of product before they actually endorse it. Amitabh Bachan admitted to have done this in an interview. And it seems illogical to drag the endorsers into a lawsuit over the brands negligence of the product quality. And if the issue comes out after five years of endorsers have checked the quality, how are they responsible? Considering the number of products celebs endorse today its difficult to check of the quality of each product.

Will the celebs be acquitted from it Or like the ad says will the whole episode vanish after 2-minute drama?

There are some products that threaten or do change the outlook of the crowd and yes it is harms the mental appetite. Like the skin lightening creams which according to me promote racism. Why not have a lawsuit over these endorsers? They slow poison our minds constantly. Oh you say we can’t do that cause there are no numbers? no statistically proved theory that they are racist? Oh you call it marketing strategy. Bulls**t. I bet if test are carried out on theses samples the reports would give us a very “fair” idea of what the product stands for.

Coming back t o the Maggi topic. I dont get it.. is it just the solid noodles or the masala or both that has high levels of lead in it? If its the masala then its great news. We can adjust you know. Its the “great quality” Indians have. “Adjust a bit yaar..” , “swalpa adjust madkoli..”, “chalao type hai yaar kuch bana lete hai side main. Do minute ki tho baat hai”. 

I think we should call it the great Indian quality. Any more traits that could count as the great indian quality?


Why do we have weekends? there is just soo much to do! We keep anticipating we are going to have a hell lot of time on weekends and keep pushing work off until then and alas.. we dont complete them. Forget all important tasks and concentrate on doing stuff we shouldnt be doing. Spend the sunday night / monday morning making an attempt to complete a dozen of tasks sue the very next day.I shouldnt be doing this often. 😦

Frankly speaking i dont like holidays as they send my working schedule off track.

I just realised we were given a lot of homework to do and i haven’t even started! Writing this to get my mind off the regret of not doing the homework.

What have i been doing this weekend? The harry potter book series and a course i am doing online.

Most of the courses online usually have multiple choice questions to test your understanding on the subject and grade you accordingly. But this is the first course i have taken apart from the programming ones which require we to submit a written assignment. They present me with a scenario and i have to provide them with a probable solution based on the concepts taught and learnt during that weeks video lectures.

Oops.. i didnt mention the name of the course its Gamification. Its a wonderful concept and course. Its more of stategy combined with psychology than science or buisness..as far as i have observed. There is a lot to tell about this course. Will do it sometime later. Probably when i complete the course. 😛

The other activity that has kept me busy are Harry Potter books. A friend of mine kept me urging since ages to read the book. I on the other hand was reluctant to leave behind the charm that the movies had on me.. which i so adored as a child.. that i had not even laid a hand on them.

I still remember the first time i actually watched the .. chamber of secrets movie. Me and my siblings had gathered up all our pocket money to go buy the movie CDs .. There we were in the store with dad buying the latest Harry Potter DVDs. When we first saw the DVDs encased in a cardboard cover we couldnt help but gaze at it (This was some ten years ago). Ever since i have been in awe of the series. I tried putting up a pic of those DVDs and the cover.. i have been looking for them everywhere but didnt find them. They must be packed in a box in some abscure corner of the house. But those specific images are imprinted in my mind.

Today i finished reading the second book in the series ‘Harry Potter and the chamber of screts’. YAY.. I know this Sounds childish, but duh.. I was introduced to the wonderful world of Hogwarts in childhood.. Its hard not to associate the childish me with it. The book is far more intriguing than the movie. The movies were all made with lot of effort. But after reading the book and watching the movie, i would anyday go for “the book”!

I am now officially a “Potterhead”.