Shea Sugar Body Scrub by The Body Shop

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I am a great lover of The Body Shop products. Even though they belong to the premium range where price is concerned, believe me when I say that they are totally worth it. If it would be up to me, I would use only The Body Shop products. I am sure I will be earning enough to one day.

Today, I am going to share my review of the Shea Sugar Body Scrub. It was my birthday and I decided to pamper myself with my favourite brand. I was browsing through the store. Since I didn’t really need a perfume or Body wash or any kind of make up, I started looking at the Body Scrubs. I loved the smell of the Shea Sugar Body Scrub, hence I decided to pick it up.

After using it, I can safely say that this is the best product of The Body Shop for me. The Shea Sugar Body Scrub has the kind of fragrance that will make you feel like you have been to a spa and taken a relaxing spa treatment. The sugar granules in the scrub polish the body, removing the dead skin cells and leave soft fragrant skin behind. You don’t even need to use moisturiser on your body after using the scrub.

The fragrance gives me the feeling of being transported to some exotic tropical island and relaxes me if I had a really stressful day. This scrub is definitely a must try. If you have dry skin, you can even use it on your face and you won’t need a moisturiser on your face too after that. Of course, if you are venturing out in the sun, then do use a sunscreen.

This has become the product with which I would love to begin and end my day.

The Palace of Illusions

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I remember reading the Mahabharata in school and liking the story, even though I found it very unfair to women.

Recently, I was browsing books in my library and came across a book titled ‘The Palace of Illusions’ by Chitra Banerjee DivaKaruni. When I read the synopsis, I came know that it the Mahabharata as narrated by Draupadi. I got interested and picked it up.

It traces Draupadi’s life from the time she was born to when she became the wife of the Pandavas and the events that unfolded after that. In her childhood days, Draupadi is shown as a headstrong girl who wants to walk in step with the men and learn everything that is prohibited to a girl in terms of education. She doesn’t want to confine herself to learning only the womanly arts but learn the intricacies of ruling a kingdom too.

It traces her childhood friendship with Krishna and his influence throughout her life. It explores her complicated feelings for another man even though she is married to the Pandavas, an aspect of her life which is something she can’t ignore, forget or let go off. An aspect that changes the course of history for all involved.

I won’t reveal anything more about the book. When you read this book, it will open your eyes to truths you must have never imagined.

I am not an emotional reader but this book completely overwhelmed me emotionally. I had to stop after every few chapters to compose myself before I could continue, yet this was one book I didn’t want to put down till I reached the last chapter.

I cried, I felt anger, I understood the characters of the Mahabharata like I had never imagined possible. This is one book which is a must read for everyone, not just Indians.

Chitra Banerjee DivaKaruni has opened facets of the personalities of the characters in the Mahabharata in such a way that you will empathize with each one of them. I am hooked to this book forever.

Together – The Journey of Friendship

You could be heart-broken, may have lost out on that long-lost promotion, may have had a bitter fight with your parents or you may be just feeling lost in life. Whatever be the situation, there is one person who will always stand by you. In different people’s lives, they are different roles. For someone it will be mother or father, for someone it will be their spouse who is their shelter in difficult times, for someone it could be someone completely unrelated to them(they can’t even call that person a friend, because it will be too small a word to describe the importance of that person).

For me, that person is my dearest friend, Andrea. She came into my life all of a sudden. I am definitely sure that God sent her as my Guardian Angel at a time when I was completely broken and shattered. I had been in love with someone for two years and he had even asked me to marry him, however eventually we split up because his parents were dead against the relationship and he couldn’t go against them.

At that point in my life, I felt my life had come to an end. I didn’t know what to do. On the next day, I went to work and she was the new team member in my team. We started talking and eventually I ended up confiding in her and broke down. Have you ever felt a stranger becomes closer to you than anyone else you know? That’s how it was with Andrea and myself.

When I opened up my heart to her, she didn’t spend sympathizing with me or telling me how bad she felt for me. She presented the objective view of the situation to me, comforted by saying that I did my best and I should be happy and if things didn’t work, it is because they are simply not meant to be and there is no way I should blame myself for the end of the relationship.

That one day spent #together with her gave me the courage and strength to move ahead with optimism in life.

However, it is also countless such moments spent with her that are valuable and more precious than anything else in life. Those days spent #together in a coffee shop discussing our crushes, work problems and family issues, going shopping together and appreciating or criticizing each other’s choices, simply spending quiet time reading together, standing by each other through the toughest of times even when the entire world is against us, being each other’s courage even when we lose our own, believing in each other even when we lose confidence in ourselves – each moment is priceless.

The saying is so true – for most people a Home is a person not a place and for me that person is Andrea. I hope that when we are old with no teeth and hair, we are still Together in this Journey called Life.

If I don’t find my soul mate, what I would love best is to find a home to share with this friend/sister with the help of https://housing.com/ and always have someone to turn to in bad times and celebrate good times with.

Murder of Free Speech

From childhood, I have been a very outspoken kid. Sometimes, my parents appreciated me for it, sometimes they didn’t like it but they never stopped me from speaking my mind. This trait is still the strongest part of my personality. I criticize the Government for the wrong actions they take, I stand up in support of causes I believe in irrespective of how many people disagree with me. But what it came to threat of my life? Would it quieten me? Probably not.

I am deeply saddened by the ruthless murder of three #BangaladeshBloggers in the last two years, the latest being atheist blogger Washiqur Rahman who was murdered for his views on religion. Religion is a personal choice and if you have a right to follow it, I have a right to criticize it without being answerable to anyone and definitely not being murdered for it. The other two bloggers were Avijit Roy and Rajib Haider.

All these cases have been murders in broad daylight, yet the auhorities are turning a blind eye to it. What kind of world are we building towards? If they did something that was against the law, then let law take its due course. And is your religion so weak that it can be threatened by someone speaking against it.

Why would anyone want to stay in a country where their safety is threatened because of having different views from other people? I see my country going the same way and it scares me. I don’t want to stay in an atmosphere of religious intolerance, lack of freedom of speech, no freedom of choice in what I eat and I don’t want my future generations growing up in this atmosphere. I want them to learn about their culture and rich history, but I also want them to be world citizens who accept all cultures, are open-minded, speak their minds and accept other people’s views too. Will they also face life-threatening situations because of that?

Let us come together and make our voices stronger and our solidarity greater in support of Rajib Haider, Avijit Roy and Washiqur Rahman and all those who are being slaughtered for speaking their minds!

Women Empowerment – A Wrong interpretation

She has always been the perfect woman for me – strong yet vulnerable, emotional yet practical, independent, intelligent and a go-getter. And one day, maybe I will go back to this impression of her.

However, today I am sorely disappointed with Deepika Padukone’s Women Empowerment video for Vogue. Under the title of a woman’s choice, we are saying it’s alright for her to cheat in a marriage, practice bigamy and do what she wants to, totally inconsiderate of anyone’s feelings. And ohh yes, when someone does the same things to her, you see crying pictures, tearful interviews and the works – wait, he is a man. He’s not allowed to do that. She is. What a pathetic example of Feminism and Women Empowerment!

Under the guise of women empowerment, are we actually trying to get the upper hand over the opposite sex? That’s not what we want. We want an equation with the opposite sex where equality exists. Of course, it’s my choice to have a baby or not. But is it only my choice? What if my partner is not ready for a baby? Is forcing fatherhood upon him women empowerment? Or is it threatening him that I can throw you out of my life anytime a sign of women empowerment? If he does the same to you, he will be labeled as insensitive, a jerk and an MCP.
When I had seen the video first by Vogue featuring Deepika Padukone, I had very high expectations. I had expected the real issues – Rape, Dowry, Marital Rape, Child Marriage, not this pathetic example of fake Feminism.

Deepika Padukone had the full choice not to do it and that would have been the real #MyChoice.

Badlapur – Don’t Miss The Beginning

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I just needed to go out with friends after a long day of work. My friends were going for a movie and I went along with them. The movie we were seeing was Badlapur.

The movie promos said Don’t Miss the Beginning. And it’s right. If you miss the beginning, don’t watch the movie, because the movie’s first scene is the most important of the scene.

The movie is hard-hitting from the first scene to the last scene. It is a story of what extents can someone go to in order to take revenge. It is a story of impulsive mistakes, cold blooded murders. Varun Dhawan is absolutely esceptional in the movie. His pain, anger and intensity will sear your heart through and through.

Each character in the movie comes with a moral to the story. It is the first movie where I have seen the criminal who destroys the victim’s life giving the victim a new lease of life at the end of the movie.

I won’t give you a synopsis of the movie because the movie must be seen and even the smallest hint of the story will be a spoiler. Hence, this is the shortest movie ever.

Please do go and watch the movie, you will come out raving about it.

Get a better(more loved) car with Quikr Next

Dear Prospective (my) Car Owner,

We study hard in school and college, get a really well-paying, work hard day in and day out, enjoying a little with our hard earned cash and saving the rest of it for fulfilling our dreams of buying the things we have always wanted. For me, a car of my own topped the list, something I had dreamt of since childhood. When we bring a car into our family, it is not just a car. It is a friend, a companion, a travel buddy, a playground for children, a place to de-stress after a long hard day of work with your favourite music on and a long empty road in front of you. I love to travel and see new places, experience different worlds.

Finally, the day arrived when I had saved enough to buy a car. I was abuzz with excitement and nervousness at the same time while travelling to the showroom to buy my first car. I had my favourite all time companion with me who has been through all my good and bad times with me – my mom.

My car entered my life with a lot of pomp and celebration, with a smile on my mom’s face and a visit to the temple. It is my first car and very special for me. I took long drives with it on beautiful coastal roads with the sea travelling along with me. It saw my smiles, my beautiful moments, my funny moments, and poignant moments. It enveloped me in a hug when I was crying and rejoiced with me when I was happy.

It has seen my nieces frolicking in it happily, my mother happily going for a ride along with me. It has seen my father driving it for the first time and felt his happiness when he was driving a car bought from his daughter’s salary and that was the day he thought he was truly successful. My car has seen my dad laughing while he was sitting in the passenger and seeing me trying to learn how to drive.

It has been my friend in good and bad times. Recently, I have been thinking that this car and I are too used to each other now and not enjoying each other as much as we used to. Maybe it is time for both of us to move ahead and find a new companion to build memories with.

Which place will be better than http://www.quikr.com to give my car a new home? This car is very precious to me. I love it like family and will always cherish the beautiful memories we have built together. You are looking at this page, so something in this car has definitely appealed to you. It is looking for its next friend, companion and a new family to love.

Me….I will give this car that I love to you, content in the though knowing that you will love it as much as I do and with this money, I will find my next car using Quikr Nxt.
Why a used car and not a brand new car? Because I have realized how much more precious and loved used cars are and I want to continue adding to that love. My car is waiting for you with all its love and another used car is waiting for me with all its love. Now meet your new car.

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A Quikr Seller and a Quikr Prospective Buyer.

This post is part of the IndiBlogger Happy Hours Topic “Get a better Car with Quikr NXT!”