It is the Indian values that make us win!


We Indians are known for our values and culture. That is what makes us special! The love for the nation is a natural phenomenon, something that I’ve always believed you don’t need to teach. India has always had a rich heritage and culture that is eclectic in nature. We have our values and that is what differentiates us from others. We aren’t materialistic, we value people over things. We believe that God made people to be loved and things to be used but unfortunately nowadays people love things and they use people!


I’ll share a candid experience, a situation wherein I kept my patience and didn’t leave my Indian values and things took care of themselves then. I was introduced into a new project and the project lead was an American guy, nerd who hardly spoke. We were total seven people in the team and I was the last and the youngest to join. The other five people were Indians as well and were pretty pedantic in nature. As I was new in the team I didn’t have a lot of idea about the project and apparently most of the discussions were esoteric. Things became tough, I couldn’t perform as no one was ready to transfer the project knowledge or help me get started with things.


Months went by but I didn’t lose hope. I started working doubly hard. To be candid, there were times when I felt like leaving the job but I wanted to leave on a good note. We Indians respect people and no matter how arrogant a person is, if you continue showing good behavior he will eventually succumb to your good natured personality. That’s what I did as well; no matter how bad I was treated initially I kept respecting others. Good behavior, patience and hard work helped me carve a niche for myself in the team.


The project lead called me one day in his cabin. I was surprised to hear that I was given a promotion. He said to me: ‘Things weren’t easy for you in the beginning but I appreciate your hard work. I have seen guys quit jobs for reasons like these. What made you stay here? I’m just a tad curious to know!’ I smiled and thanked him for the promotion letter. I told him: ‘We Indians are known for our values. We respect people and we always maintain our honesty towards our work. That said we like winning people! Yes you are right, I could have left the job as well but I wanted to prove a point.’ Well he looked pretty impressed and we shook hands as if we both understood each other.



You shouldn’t compromise your values just because things get tough at times. After all that is what we Indians are known for! We are extremely glad that Lufthansa recognizes the global Indian influence and is celebrating the same which is extremely apparent in their latest TVC. This definitely makes Lufthansa #MoreIndianThanYouThink


Tea Vs Coffee









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When you talk about beverages and brews you cannot leave out tea and coffee. The daily life of humans hinges upon tea and coffee to a great extent. Although, there is a lot of history associated with both tea and coffee. If we plunge into data and historical facts, there have been wars for the access of these products.

This itself speaks a loud about the popularity, significance and usage of tea and coffee. It is believed that Tea was discovered by the ancient Chinese rule Shen Nong, when a historical leaf fell into his boiling water. Fortunately, when the leaf fell into his boiling water, he decided to drink it. Not thinking at all about how it fell, the mechanisms and the physics involved; an approach thoroughly unlike that of Uncle Newton. The history of coffee began much later as compared to that of tea. It is believed that coffee was first discovered in Arabia near the Red Sea. So, as we can see both Tea and Coffee have great associated with them.

Tea has a lesser amount of caffeine content in it. The caffeine content in tea is about 40-50 mg per cup. Apart from caffeine, tea has Tannin and Catechin that help in preventing cancer and heart diseases. Coffee on the other hand, has really high caffeine content. The high caffeine content is perhaps the only drawback and demerit associated with coffee. Tea occurs in the form of leaves, while coffee occurs in the form of beans. There are different forms of preparation of tea- White tea, Green Tea, Black Tea, Red Tea and others. Similarly, coffee has different types of consumption as well- Drip Coffee, Espresso, Brewed, Instant, Plunger, Filter et al. So, the users have ample of choices and they can pick according to their taste and need.

Tea is a refined beverage. It has a calming effect and works like a tranquilizer. The pace is slow and tea helps you to relax. It is because of this very reason that most of the Tea TV commercials/advertisements strive to demonstrate and exhibit this calming effect of tea. That is the obvious reason you often see the protagonist saying “waah” after sipping tea, to show and highlight the calmness and satisfaction sipping tea brings to him! On the other hand, the coffee culture can be fast paced and frantic. It gives you a feeling of excitement, helps you stay awake! Coffee gives you a sudden rush; you feel it in your veins!

We Indians consider tea as the king of all brews! Coffee has a huge popularity all over the world, in the United States in particular. In the recent few decades, we have seen many coffee chains growing business in India. Few of the big shots coffee chains are- Cafe Coffee Day (CCD), Barista Lavazza, Costa Coffee and Tata Starbucks. Thus, this stamps the fact that India loves coffee as well! Most of these coffee chains are expensive and way out of reach for the people belonging to the lower strata of the society. While you can have a fantastic cup of tea on road-side tea stalls as well. That’s the beauty of it. India is full of these tea-stalls and each one offers a unique taste. There is this special “Kashmiri Chai” that contains dry fruits as well. Every state in India has a different and unique way of preparation of tea! Still, both beverages have immense significance, taste and usage- Keep sipping!

Do you want to be a NRI?

Rohan KaliaAlso Read this at Half Baked Voices

Well, different people have different definitions of NRI. Some people call them- “Not Required Indians”, while some label them as “Not Reliable Indians”. But it really gets my goat when I see so many youngsters carrying an ardent desire to leave India and settle abroad. If it’s just for education, knowledge or experience then it is okay. Otherwise, our culture is so vivid and rich and there is so much to improve in our country. Then, what is the point in going to an alien land and serving an alien country. It is like you just consume, without giving anything back to the nation! As it remains, patriotism is a totally natural phenomenon- Nobody can teach patriotism!

 When they leave India, they are filled to the brim with emotions. They say they are putting everything at stake to go to learn or earn, so that they can serve their nation better. Soon after a few years, they land in a limbo! They either make excuses of getting stuck in a quagmire or play gimmicks to justify their decisions. Gradually, they plunge into gadget freaks, fast-food lovers, fancy car lovers and fast paced life lovers. The concept of self-concept overtakes patriotism. Although, the Indians living in foreign land find it a bit difficult to confess or admit this fact! I still remember, I saw a man in a party. He was looking suave, wearing a black color suit and having a Rolex in his left wrist. He was telling everyone, how much he missed India! He said- “I have been living in America for more than two decades, they don’t have any emotions whatsoever. It’s like a “machine life” there. No one really cares about you there, I miss my nation so much, specially the rich Indian culture”. Everyone was listening to him with great attention. Suddenly, there was a power cut. Power Cuts and summers are like best buddies, they go “hand in hand”. Everyone was sweating, I was observing that man and he was getting really uneasy. Finally, he gave vent to his emotions- “You know what, that is what I hate about India. The power cuts, the traffic jams- It is so bloody crowded here. No roads, no modern facilities. It is like too below par, when you compare it to the US”.

We have seen and heard a lot of British and American TV Series mocking and making fun of the NRIs, demonstrating how they make funny excuses for staying in the foreign land. Professor Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar), in the famous series THE BIG BANG THEORY told a FBI agent- “Please don’t send me back to India. It is so crowded there! Here in US, I can live as a care-free bachelor. In India, it is like impossible”.  Even in the epic British comedy series GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME you get to see such examples, many of them! For instance, in an episode when a father tells his son that all hair products are actually Indian, the son refuses to accept this fact. The father shouts back at him- “What do you know? You think all we had in India was partition! Not true; we also had side-partition”.

 Well living in India or settling in a foreign country is thoroughly an individual’s decision. But we must try to keep the patriotism in us burning and serve the nation in whatever way we can- Jai Hind!



Katernia Eco Wildlife!


We are pretty fortune that we are surrounded by so many natural things. Things that have both scientific value, as well as aesthetic value! Nature has blessed us with so many natural forests. But you need to have a clear view to enjoy the scenic beauty of the thick forests. We are so busy in this era of rat-race amid these skyscraper buildings that we miss and forget to appreciate the beauty of nature. Every single being in this universe has its importance. Albeit, we shun the existence of other beings on this planet. Thus, we need to find out time to appreciate the beauty of nature and to appreciate nature itself!

India is blesses with a variety of forests and wildlife sanctuary. We have ample of exotic and “rare to find” species of both flora and fauna. Thus, India is a “Hot Cake” for wildlife lovers all over the world. But it is rather ironical, that we Indians ourselves tend to forget that we are surrounded by such amazing wildlife points. One of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Uttar Pradesh is the Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located about 200 Kilometers from Lucknow and 86 Kilometers from Bahraich.

Now a great reason for the tourists to get all gung-ho is the launch of Katernia eco Wildlife\eco Huts. It is started by a young and dedicated entrepreneur, Himanshu Kalia. A guy, who started his career in an IT Multinational, then did his further education from XLRI. No doubt, that landing in entirely different fields has helped him develop the element of versatility! The best thing he did before starting the great venture is spending time there, himself. As they say, the best way to learn about fire is to burn your own fingers into it. You ought to know the ground realities before you plunge into such a venture.

Katernia eco Wildlife\eco Huts not only gives you a chance to perceive exotic wildlife, it also offers you a stay in typical natural Indian ambience. The huts are made in such a way to give you a “close to nature feeling”. Furthermore, there are many additional adventurous activities offered like- Elephant Safari, Horse Safari, Nature Walk, Crocodile Walk, Camping etc.

When Should you go- November to June.

Total Cost- 2000 INR per person for Weekends. This includes food, stay and nature guide for one night and two days.

Enquire About- Elephant Safaris, Individual stories of each tiger, Cultural Programs, Crocodile Walk etc.

Yes Factor- High probability of Tiger spotting, Chance to spend time in extreme proximity with nature!


For Booking, you can contact Himanshu Kalia(+91-9451758642). You can also visit the official website- http://katerniaecowildlife.com/

We give special discount on online bookings. Also, people who are in touch with us on social networking websites can avail lucrative discounts. Please feel free to contact us, in-case you need some more information.





A Poem About Me!



I have a lot of words,
Like sky full of birds!
But should I put them and arrange,
Caging birds, I find it strange!
I speak with the same tune,
To the Boss and the Peon!

I like talking about wine,
Impulsive-Mistake not mine!
I like playing Pool,
Makes me look Cool!
I love talking Revolution,
That seems to be the only Solution!
I love travelling places,
Meet people of different races!
I am not a Deal Done,
There is a lot to be won!

– Rohan Kalia Sufi!


Keep Travelling!


The more you travel the richer you become. It is all about travelling, keep moving in life. When you travel you not only cover distances, you also explore! You learn new cultures, land in un-chartered situations. It also helps you to explore yourself. You get a chance to know the real “you”!

 Aryan woke up on a winter morning; it was one of those “not so happening” types! He went to the gate, picked up the newspaper. A quick glance at the Sports and Global section, tuned into his IPod simultaneously! “No way, I am going to off
ice today, the traveller in me is rusting!”- He said looking at the DVD of “The Motorcycle Diaries” lying in his room! He packed a bit and left.

 After seven odd hours, he reached a place in the hills. He found a niche that was crowd free. He was sitting there, lighted a cigarette and looking all around! “Oh the Great Himalayas”- He said with a little smile on his face. He took out “The Calvin and Hobbes” from his bag, childhood is devoid of logic yet makes so much sense. Tuned into his IPOD, it was all about Mohammad Rafi Sahab and Freddie Mercury (Queen). The same regular Rafi Sahab songs- “Zamaane ne mare, Jawaan kaise kaise(The world has killed and defeated even the best of the youth)”. Freddie Mercury was also on the list that day. He liked him because of the lyrics and complexities in his songs.

 He started browsing his cell, looking for a friend he could talk too. Even after browsing the whole list, he could not call anyone. Thinking about the first lady in his life, he wrote in his diary-

“I still remember the first time you came to my place. It was a typical hot day, in the month of May (this rhymes-non-sense). You looked charming as ever, the sweat on your neck, added to the hotness of the climate. I offered you a cup of tea, didn’t have anything else at my place. You looked at my room, it was in a mess. You tried arranging my books, clothes etc. Now, you are not with me but the memories are still fresh and winsome. I miss you, and I don’t care whether you miss me or not! I knew it was me who ended it. There was a pack of cigarettes on my desk, sporting as a paper weight. You made a sketch of a plant on it. Come see now, a flower has appeared on it! ”





22nd Birthday


 It’s been almost a week since I have turned 22. Normally, I wouldn’t care, I wouldn’t be even thinking about my birthday. But lately, I have been thinking about a few things, that makes me a bit uneasy. It’s not that I think that 22 is old. I know a lot of people who are 25+ and still “smoking hot”. I understand that 22 years olds are still babies in the grand scheme.

 But the thing that worries me about turning 22 is the difference between what I thought I would have accomplished and what I actually have accomplished! I am not one of those ambitious champs and neither do I carry about the world. But it hurts, when you have promised yourself something and you fail to deliver the same on time.

 The only achievement that I have made till now is –“Survival”. Yes, if you can even survive in this world that is a huge achievement. By “Survival” I mean surviving with conservation of conscience, dignity, honesty and prestige. These adjectives are all that matter, rest all is ephemeral. I am filled with vanity, just because I could survive.

 Coming to my failures, the list goes long. I always wanted to travel a lot-but this uncanny fear while travelling spoils the fun. I wanted to write a lot, but I lack thoughts (not words). I wanted to explore music a bit more than what I have. I wanted to land in the uncharted land of spirituality. I wanted to learn more about different cultures. I wanted to do something for my nation, I feel like an idiot who merely consumes without giving anything to the land.

 The list of failures is too long to describe it all. Anyways, I wish myself “Happy Birthday”, although a bit late. And I make another promise to myself-“I will try to remain young forever.”

Age is just a random number for me. And I know how to mould the permutations with numbers!