Got a whim for the gym? Excellent.

Draping on your sofa,with a cola can in one hand, and a delectable packet of potato chips in the other, fixating on the alluring tv screen for hours…

This kind of playful self-indulgence sure seems enticing and gleeful at the first thought, but subsequently only paces you towards pounding up a few extra kilos and growing a potbelly. Sadly,later when you try to squeeze yourself in that dazzling party apparel but can only scream with grimace, it suddenly dawns upon you that you are missing out on a very significant aspect of your life. A healthy body and lifestyle.

The very thought of never being able to glamorously fit inside your chic dresses again, starts giving you a nightmare. So shedding that undesired flab, which is belittling your confidence and wrecking havoc on your social life ,should become your prime motto rightaway (inevitably,after that intimidating thought that soon you might loose appeal and never be able to sport a svelte look again!creeps!).

You are left with no choice but to hit the gym for a regular workout.You might have never planned on going down that road before,but it seems the sole floating beacon of hope amidst such tough tides. Hence, loosen your purse strings a little,stack up on the gym clothes and gear up for a daily rigorous regime.

Here’s why you would have not made an incorrect decision.

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  1. Survived a dreary day? Feeling low and frazzled? Take a quick jog to the gym and work up a sweat.You will end up feeling quite better about your day .This is so because a study has revealed that exercise helps the release of more norepinephrine in the body,a chemical believed to be effective in moderating the brain’s response to mental stress and anxiety.Thus,a good work out comes to your rescue when you are all worked up and have lost your marbles! Not only does it alleviate your mental stress levels but also helps the brain to deal with the existing tension that is stifling your life. Two birds with one stone ! 11001135264_22ab4d2aca_o.jpg
  2. Do you loathe your body for not exuding a magnetic appeal? Do you cringe everytime you are talking to someone new,because underneath all that gabble,you are actually fretting over how fat you are looking today !Chances are that exercise will increment your self esteem and gently uplift your self-image in your own eyes.So what are you waiting for? Shove that drowsy blanket away, pull up your gym boots and hit the treadmill.The way you will feel about yourself when you walk out,will never let you be work-shy again.16355459146_48bc963e05_o.jpg
  3. Is your daily regime grilling you?Are you often bored or driven up the wall by your monotonous routine-work?Time to abandon the hectic grind,and make a run for the scenic beauty and bright weather,by taking your workout outside.Do this and here’s what you score!

A peaceful hour away from the mess,solely dedicated towards upheavel of your physical fitness and sprucing up a perfect body contour.A complacent hour to give a free flow to your thoughts and make your imagination run wild.
More so often,you might end up solving some grim issues of your life,with their more vivid understanding;now that your blood circulation increases and your brain cells get a power-boost! Viola! 😀

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4.Gorging on five handfuls of almonds daily is no longer a more reliable way to a sharper memory than an hour of daily-workout, which fortuately, entails production of more cells in hippocampus,responsible for sharper memory and faster earning.Hence,next time,when going for a sweaty break,don’t have an ickle of doubt in your mind,about returning an Einstein. 😉9678555375_1f2c3cfcf4_o
5. Forever been thinking that exercise can only resort to burn a few calories?The bad news is you might have been living under a rock. Fortunately,the good one is not far behind, and is so much bigger, to eclipse the bad one wholly. 😛  Okay!The fact is that research has found out that exercise can help recover from addiction.It means that the alcohol and drug addicts(and food and sex and plethora of other kinds!)have now a chance to turn over a new leaf in their lives,by shedding away their subsidiary adherence to the addiction.

Even as meagre as 20 minutes of workout,can prove effective in taking their mind off the temptations and they won’t feel the need to scratch their old itch, by acting upon their whim,and yielding to their addiction.

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6.Has your boss been yelling at you,of late,that you have lost your lustre and your creative skills are slowly pining away?Have your peers been edging you out on every new idea and project that is pitched-in? No need to lose spirit! Just hit the trails for a long jog,or work your dumbbells at the gym, for a huge burst of energy as well as creativity!

Exercise refreshes not only your body but your mind too,and that might just help you to bin that “looser”tag at your workplace  and bring up seamless bouts of unbridled creative thoughts which can,for sure, trail you towards a shinier future.

So,as it seems there are many upsides to it,carve out a stern schedule and regularise your presence in the gym. Stop being lazybones and instead give a healthy kickstart to your day,with a healthy exercise.

Yes,it is hard to stick to the routine with an unflagging energy and spirit everyday,but once you are in,you will not be able to go about your day without doing it!! You will feel more comfortable in the pain cave,instead! And,all that becomes possible by just keeping one thought in mind:

It’s not about sculpting a size-zero figure or six-pack abs,it is about just going for a better one! 🙂

Sorted.

It is not that difficult as you think. You are so conscious about where to start that you are unable to see what heights it can attain. Unclench your fist and let the fear shed away. The farther it will go, the higher you will pace. The only thing standing between you and what you want yourself to be is what you are not letting yourself be. Unafraid, that is. There are so many thoughts clamoring for your attention inside your head that you fail to surpass the din and look beyond all the hoopla.

All these problems cluttering your life are just pieces of garbage that would be effectively dished out once you take the control of your life in your hands. Don’t try to just hang in there, poised to face everything, with drooping heads and listless sighs. Instead, switch the control mode on. Clobber the negativity with a hard-hitting hammer and nail it down to the floor. Show it that it should never dare to get in your way again. Take the reins in your own hands and drive your own sleigh. Hog all the possible current opportunities and create them where none exist. Screw the ennui. Stop getting miffed. Start making lists, huge ones, and then get on to them with all the zeal that you can gather from inside your soul. Sure that conscience inside you knows better than you think,right?!

You are concentrating far more energy on what the world has got to say about you, when ironically, it has got nothing to say about you for real. Well, what have you achieved so startling that it should prize you!? And how will you ever, if you keep bothering about how you are bothering others?! Duck it; the world will never be happy enough, so it’s high time you got yourself a bit out of that happiness scoop before it eventually melts away . Listen to everyone but care about doing only what you think is right. Identify your priorities, think about your dreams, set your goals, plan your strategy and mull over it for quite a good time. Faith will cover the rest.
People might or might not take stand for you but your belief will never desert you; it will drive you forward in such scenarios where nothing else will.

This is it..or so I think.

2016 is already up, high and knocking about and I am vehemently chasing deadlines, trying to get as much stuff off my checklist as I can. This year, I’m trying new things, things that I have never even tried giving a shot before. Or those that I have always feared. And most prominently, working on chalking off procrastination and getting the shit done. We are living in a mad rush, always buried under work or busy catching up with all the fun, so much so that we never sit back and think about the stuff that we would actually want to do. So in a bid to clear up my mess I have shaken things around a bit so that the truly valuable ones become easily detectable inside my head.

IS IT THE GYM TALKING..?
Basically, I joined a gym last week, I thought a good workout would help me prune out all the vile flab I have successfully managed to gain on all the happy winter nights. Plus I have been feeling a strange rush of vigour inside my body these days which earlier felt just rather dull and inactive. This feeling is magical and makes me feel so alive that I would like it to continue staying with me for the next few months. So, gym is here to stay for a long time.

AND THE BIGGEST CULPRIT IS….
Time. Because I can never have enough of it. It’s always running out when I have never even completed 10% of what I meant to do. To circumvent this grave problem, I just need to find a vendor who sells TIME at superbig discounts( as my second biggest problem seems to be money!) so that I can buy it in voluptuous amounts and then never let it slip away so unsatisfactorily.
Okay, to seriously address this problem, I really need to start managing my time more effectively. That just reminded me that I would be better off reading my book now rather than ticking away at my keyboard. I have realized that it is easy to declutter our disorganized lives if we are really willing to. All that we are missing is a sharp and bright focus. Bring it on and the blurry image will not seem so blurry anymore.

It is imperfect..Or is it?

We all have some definite perceptions inside our heads of whom we could call the PEFRECT one. We make lists, define specific bullet points, highlight our preferences with a bold marker pen (and keep the background plain white for them to be MORE obvious ) and kind of always want OUR way with things that go around us. We try to segregate and classify every friend-giving-out-soulmate-vibes we happen to meet in our lives as the one who fits the bill or not. But guess what! Life doesn’t play by the rules that we invent for ourselves. It has got its own set of waves to throw our way. Sometimes it’s so ironical that we find ourselves embracing a situation we would have never even imagined to be in, or liked to be in.

But there we are, trying desperately to go off our usual routes to defend and appreciate this magical change now. May be, it is true then. When LOVE happens ,all the predefined rules and conditions go out of the window. Love is the only real substance there that drives us to put our footsteps where our heart is ,and the rest becomes garbage .

Some people may not possess the exact qualities we have always been looking for ,but they yet seem to make us wonder and admire them for some reasons.May be it is because with them hanging around, things tend to fall into place as they were always supposed to be at the end of our huge list we had been scribbling down our whole life. With them, we might not be getting all the ingredients checked off on that list to get the recipe right but the dish is sure to intoxicate us with all the love it has got to offer.And be there the exact qualities or not, this LOVE never fails to sweep us off our feet. Just like we had always wanted it.

And here comes Christmas!

‘Tis that time of the year when you can officially expect gifts and hugs and cakes! Santa does not seem a childhood fantasy anymore and christmas carols sound even more merrier in the picturesque blanket of snow embracing the trees!
Feeling dejected or gloomy is the last thing you want on your mind right now and all you are bothered to share and care about is love. Loads of it. Whatever the hardships you have faced all round the year seem to dissolve away in the cheerful festive happiness around you , rending you intoxicated with emotions and love.

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And for what it’s worth, you can dizzily go prancing about, shopping till your cards get maxed out and no one can complain! You can devour your favourite plum cake without an ounce of remorse.(You don’t need to fret about all the extra flab you might put on,under those warm,fuzzy,cute layers! 😉 )

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And even if you have no special plans for Christmas, you can still dig inside your blankets, and watch your favourite “Christmas” movie of all-time! Though I’m gonna stick with “Modern Family” this time.(It issss GOOD!!!)  Hey! Not that I have got nothing better to do on Christmas…but..umm..yeah..you got the point.

Anyway whatever you do (on Christmas or otherwise) the crucial thing is that it makes you happy. What is the entire point of taking all the pains and completing a job,when you do not even enjoy a single sliver of it. It is never going to be a spectacle then. Because you never loved it, no body else will. And I think that’s the most depressing thing in the entire universe, getting stuck in a rut where you’ll never see the light of the day!

So take a little time out each day for doing things that you would actually love to do so that you do not let little moments of happiness skip past you.

2015 has been a huge crazy whirlwind, but what can be more soothing than ending it on a pleasant note by vowing to reform all the wrongs ,appreciate all the rights and never bog down before circumstances. So as I sip on my hot cup of tea( and head for the sandwich already  😛 ), here’s wishing you a very awesome Christmas ! May the ghost of the Christmas past never haunt you! 😛
Be happy ,make this new year count and do not feel guilty for being a little self-indulgent ! 😉

Happy holidays! ❤

My Clingy Girlfriend.

 

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Men would go yikes on simply listening to the name of the book, and would madly run away, far and farther and the farthest they can go, to avoid even the  manifestation of their own so-called clingy girlfriends cling to them even when all they want to do is just casually read a book.

Women. Some would get furious and lash out as they might believe they cannot be pigeonholed into a stupid stereotype and others, the breathing-down-the-neck-of-your-boyfriend-every-nanosecond types, well, they would still lash out, though secretively agreeing that they perfectly fit into this domain !

But, take note here. Don’t frame your opinions just based on its name. This book is “not” about the mess of a man’s life, written monotonously with a drab and depressing tone.

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This book is a big-time rollickingly gut-busting account of a simple Bengali boy who flocks to Mumbai to make some good money but there unfortunately (and fortunately) gets adhered to his  “clingy” girlfriend who clings on and on and on to him, smothering his life.

With a lot of side-splitting humour and some ridiculously funny punchline smeared across its pages it is a sure-fire recipe for some light-hearted chuckles, if not full-blown hysteria, all the time. With the smooth narrative, you will find yourself on the last page of the book in a jiffy! With a wry smile on your lips, ofcourse.

The stark irony of the entire writing is that it is narrated with a man’s point of view but is actually written by a woman. Honestly, as I picked up this book and read the remark it entails on its cover page, I could not totally buy it that a woman can give a take on relationships from a man’s point of view! But Madhuri Banerjee has really delved deep into a man’s conscience and successfully carved out a perfect portrait of a man’s psychology. At no point spanning these 249 pages, did I feel that I was reading a female author.

My Clingy Girlfriend – Synopsis

A Bengali boy finds a Punjabi girlfriend who both have different ideas, different ideals and different ways. (No. Don’t perceive it as the clichéd storyline designed specifically for a typical Bollywood movie, it is not about the families from two opposite cultures being pitted against each other. ) The book infact is lot more generic and strives to paint a general picture in our head. About two different sexes that has been portrayed in this comical read!

You secretly empathise with Obrokranti for putting up with his impatient, precarious, over-possessive, giving-irrelevant-excuses, throwing-silly-tantrums, mind-numbingly clingy and annoying, pain-in-the-ass girlfriend, Radha, who simply cannot work to live on her own and is banking on Obro for all her financial, emotional and physical needs and somehow still manages to put him at fault at all times of day and night.

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Sometimes you also hate Obro for just having sex in his mind for most of the times. Obro’s mentality is astounding in all respects.

This is not a simple love story. This book is about a complex relationship. That’s the beauty of this book. That’s what makes the story so tangible and distinct.

Positive points

What is so remarkably amusing is the whole Bengali feel the main character tags along with him. Well, the Bongs will easily relate to all of the precious pearls of knowledge he dishes out all the time about what Bengali men need and what Bengali men love. For the rest of the culturati, it is a great insight into the heart and soul of a very prominent culture in India.

The “Notes For Dummies” Obro ends up writing most of the times, can prove just as useful to men as calling up your girlfriend every hour (yes, I too think it sounds hyperbolized).These are some alluring guideways to sneak up on the secrets to the “success” that can only be defined and understood by a man. So click them, print them or frame them, just brush them up regularly to not repeat Obro’s mistakes and to live a happier life, before a clingy girlfriend eventually, asphyxiates it.

Madhuri Banerjee does not mince her words while outlaying the story .The brutally honest and straightforward endeavour will make you fall in love with this terrifically fierce and powerful writing, embellished with words which are bare, stark and true. Not honeycoated to be fed softly into the readers’ minds.

She has sketched lively and dainty characters that resonate with the trending Indian lifestyle and times. The characterization is so emphatic that the important message of having a personal space in a relationship that she tries to send across is received very aptly.

An overly-protective Indian mother who showers her son with too much care and concern, a boyfriend who respects women (though secretly wishing to score with as many girls as he can), a girlfriend who just cannot stop cribbing, a good-for-nothing boss, a cigarette buddy, a mentoring sister, a stupidly competitive brother and a gay-but-not-so-gay head, all put together make for this intriguing cocktail of cackles and giggles that will make you laugh, think, feel and stop and deliberate at different points. 😉

Negative points

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While Obrokranti reflects a sensible and diligent 20-something guy who wants acknowledgeable things from his life,his girlfriend Radha has been caricatured as a psychopathic maniac who seamlessly raves and rants with her insecurity and does not deter from giving 40 missed calls to his boyfriend within a single hour.
So her character feels somewhat overstated and cooked-up,not even slightyly attune with the reality of the times.FOR MOST WOMEN.So I think a little more justice to her character could have won a thumbs-up from all ladies.

Memorable quotes from My Clingy Girlfriend  ❤

 All Bengali moms think their sons are Jesus Christ and they themselves are the Virgin Mary.

 

This is the so-called fun part of my job known as ‘brain storming’. AKA ‘mental masturbation’.

 

Great insight- I always behave badly for four days every month. Every month. Period.

 

Women count the seconds while you’re away. Men count the days to be away.

 

I didn’t tell them then my secret desire was to go to Mumbai. The land of voluptuous women who wouldn’t have a problem if I stood close to them, because there is simply no space in Mumbai to stand at all anyway.

 

The time taken to have an orgasm is inversely proportional to the time taken to beg the women to be ready.

 

The good day must have happened when the final over of an India-Pakistan match was on and the entire country was watching TV while you and some chutiya were trying to see if you could reach the place in twenty minutes.

 

Yes, I did remember what she had done to me. But I also remembered what she had done for me.

Excerpt from My Clingy Girlfriend

In such a situation, a man would rather just finish his meal than make a run for it. I saw Radha walk towards me in slow motion-like the slow motion run that women did in all SRK movies, with him standing with his arms wide open to let them know they needed a point to stop at-and my balls split wide open. Instead of stepping back from the food and making a run for it, my super- brain decided that this could be the last meal I would have and I quickly gobbled up some four-five large bites of food before she got to the table. I finally looked up at her and she was glaring down at me.

My colleagues didn’t even glance at us. Bastards were too busy eating to notice if one of their own was getting murdered. I could see the fumes coming out of Radha’s ears. I quietly licked my fingers, walked to the wash basin to was my hands and followed her outside the restaurant. Only then did one colleague raise his head. ‘Eh, at least give money for your portion, bastard,’he said. Asshole. Didn’t he see that I hadn’t even made out a will yet, and this would be the last meal of my life? But since I had no Facebook friends left, I thought it would be wise to have a few colleagues on my side. So I put a few hundred buck notes on the table and left.

From its cover page, the book might be dismissed as another infernally monotonic tale of contemporary Indian love stories. The name might seem to sum up its story and kill the suspense quotient but clearly, after reading it I am convinced, that it is not just another disappointing cliche. The story has its own interesting ups and downs and is sure to keep you hooked from page 1.

Entwined with loads of quick-witted humour and words of wisdom, apparently, this book will leave you in splits and make your day (probably even month)!

Read the complete review here.