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Advert of the year !

Every once in a while, comes an ad that shakes you up, give goosebumps-  goosebumps of joy and delight. And draws you to watch it, again and again! This cleverly made ad, without a doubt, gets my  vote for it as the ad of the year. Join me in enjoying this beautifully made ad, with an enigmatic smile, a nudge, and a fast paced ending! Kudos to #audi  The #audi#advertisement that says it all: The lady’s monalisa smile keeps you guessing till the very end ; and the ad doesn’t say a word, yet says it all. Hurrah for the women of Saudi Arabia, and hurrah for #women the world over… Lets grab our #audi s too, and revel in the taste of freedom behind the wheel. Let the #audi take all women places, give them wings, to wherever they want to fly! Regards Aina Rao, the ambling indian www.amblingindian.com – Quirky reads on India and...
A happy mother’s day

A happy mother’s day

A happy mother’s day! This mother’s day, for some reason, a thought came to mind- what about all the mothers out there who are struggling to feed, bring up and grow their children against all odds- poverty, wars and calamities? What can we do as fellow mothers to make their lives a bit easier? An organisation springs to mind. It is an organisation with a story. Many years back, I read this story and for some reason, it just stayed on in memory( some stories are indeed so powerful). Many more years ago, a lady was running a school in Lucknow, educating poor children. She saw a mother of four breaking a piece of bread into four parts to feed all of them. A piece of bread was all she could afford with her sparse earnings, as a chikankari worker. The middlemen took all the profit. The lady educator realised education was not enough. She took it on, to create a self help group for these women, to create and sell their own chikankari work directly to the buyers. Thus augmenting their income. Over years, the Self help group grew by leaps and bounds, and established itself as a known name for chikankari products. Beautifully embroidered kurtis, sarees, Dupattas and more; mostly sold through exhibitions they hold. Training, advocacy,skill building activities- everything came under their banner. Awards and accolades- including the Bharat Ratna poured in for the lady who started it all ; but the biggest award of all – in my view – is the difference she made to the lives of many mothers and their children, The...
Good times in Goa

Good times in Goa

Good times in Goa… Sun, sea, sand, s** and more- and if that wasn’t enough, just the word GOA invokes images of good beaches, good food, good books+ , sometimes God too. For, if you happen to be the religious kind, it would not be hard to find prayer houses, churches and a host of others, tiny, or large, scattered all over the place, some so nondescript, that you will need to stare closely at what look like annexes to the building gates, but, on closer look, turn out to be little devout delights, built into the ubiquitous compound walls. What you might see again, but not notice unless if you were particularly observant, is the dogs of Goa. Another sheer delight, and in all shapes and sizes, with one common characteristic, their friendly faces and wagging tails telling you that they are welcoming you, along with the locals, as a valued guest to Goa. I usually thought that Cats were the creatures that populated the coastal areas, thanks to the abundance of fish, but Goa is different. And it has to be, right? It is so different from the rest of India with its relaxed beaches, its laid-back attitude, its Portuguese flavours. So what if coastal regions across India and globally ( Bali comes to mind) are thronged by cats? In Goa, dogs happen to be the mascots. Cute and friendly, and ever-wagging their tails, they are a touristy delight too. This time, I met Speed, the Labrador who loves to read books- for he lives in the Literati bookshop ( which now stocks the recently released book...