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5 things to learn from Sheldon Cooper

Sheldon Cooper








Sheldon Lee Cooper is known to us all, isn’t it! One of the best fictional characters that television has ever seen. Apparently, a lion’s share of The Big Bang Theory’s success should go to the character of Sheldon Cooper. All credits to Jim Parsons for doing full justice to the role. If you observe closely, all the characters in the show are given almost equal footage but Sheldon Cooper makes it miles ahead from the rest of the characters! There is something special about the character, or rather everything about the character is special. Although, the character may seem funny and light but there is a lot to learn from it!


  • Strategize, plan and then move ahead. That’s the way Sheldon does everything in this life. There is nothing that’s not planned and there is a strategy and proper documentation for everything. May it be selecting a room-mate (The room-mate agreement) or selecting a dress for a Halloween party; everything is bestowed with a lot of logic, intelligence and planning.


  • Be specific. Often we beat around the bush, don’t we! That’s something that Sheldon never does. Being specific at times may sound harsh but in the long run that’s always a better thing to do. Also, Sheldon has this fabulous ability to concentrate for hours at a stretch.


  • Always remember your priorities and be passionate about things you like. Yes, that’s what Sheldon always does! He always remembers his priorities and pays full attention to them. At times, we get flummoxed in things and forget our priorities. Also, Sheldon’s passion for science is amazing. Actually, passion is an understatement for what Sheldon has for science!


  • Do what you like, don’t care about what the world would think! Sheldon does what he likes. He may sound blunt at times, but that’s your problem not his. May it be his favourite sitting spot (The sweet spot) or his meal preferences, he does what he likes without giving a damn.


  • Even if you care for people, don’t tell them that you do! Yes, at times we notice that Sheldon actually cares for his friends but never shows it. He has empathy for his friends. He celebrates their success and becomes concerned at their under achievements, but he hardly shows it. When you keep showing people that you care for them, the essence abates and people may start taking you for granted.




Andaaz Apna Apna- A tribute


We Indians should be proud of Bollywood. Yes, indeed Indian cinema industry has given some cult movies to the world. Movies that entertain and refresh you every time you watch them; no matter how old they are. That’s the special thing about these movies! No matter how many times you have seen them before, they are always good enough to catch your attention and keep you absorbed. These Indian movies are big hits not just in India but all over the world. People who don’t even understand Hindi; love watching these Indian movies with subtitles. Sometimes, even the subtitles aren’t required and only expressions suffice the purpose!


One such Indian movie that amazes you always with its sheer brilliance is ‘Andaz Apna Apna’. Yes, it’s been more than two decades since the movie was released but the movie still manages to grab attention. Two decades is a long time, things have changed with time! The trends in Indian cinema have changed; the dynamics in Indian cinema has changed but the movie still manages to impress and grab attention. This in itself is an example of the fact that ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ was a movie ahead of time. There are things that change or depreciate with time but at the same time there are things that retain their value and importance forever! ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ is one such thing that is fun to watch always. Like wine, ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ gets better, more interesting and more entertaining with time!

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Meeting the Team Garbage Bin!

With Garbage Bin










Last year I wrote an article for Half Baked Beans, trying to figure out the reasons behind the success or rather behind the ever increasing success of Garbage Bin. This year I was lucky enough to get a chance to have a banter with the man behind the grand success of Garbage Bin!


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Queen Movie | A Simple Story | A Simple Review



Bollywood keeps surprising you from time to time. Whenever you start feeling that they are short of ideas, someone comes up with a brilliant one that makes you marvel at the sheer creativity and artistic approach. It is always nice to go for a movie on the weekend, just to refresh and enjoy a little. The problem is that we don’t have many options these days as far as the Bollywood movies are concerned. As, apparently all of the Bollywood movies give you the same impression these days. That’s why, it is always good when you get a chance to watch a Bollywood flick that justifies the talent that our Bollywood has!

Even I saw ‘Queen‘ on a lighter note. It was all about endless laughter and ‘fun and frolic’! When I came back to my place late in the night after watching the movie, I couldn’t help thinking about the story and the transformation that the protagonist under went. Life really goes a complete circle isn’t it! I know it’s like a cliche thing but whatever you do comes back to you sooner or later! I had a lot of things in mind after watching the movie ‘Queen‘ but let me share with you a few of the things that I learnt from the movie.

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We don’t need a reason to celebrate!

Let's Celebrate!







India is a land of festivals. Yes, we Indians love to celebrate. We have a positive outlook towards things and thus we celebrate. We love making people happy and that is the reason we celebrate. We believe in sharing joy with others, so we celebrate. India is blessed with festivals of different types, each having its own significance and importance. We have festivals for different seasons of the year. Festivals that every Indian celebrates with immense gaiety and fervor! We don’t make lame excuses for celebrating. Instead, we have reasons to celebrate. Reason as they say, is the stolid/logical cousin of excuse! Apparently, very few countries have as many festivals as we have. We are always full of zeal and zest when it’s about celebrations. Life is all about enjoying moments, so there is no reason not to celebrate. We often hear people saying that we Indians just need a reason to celebrate. No, we don’t even need that! We already have a lot of reasons to celebrate and life itself is a reason to celebrate.

So, we Indians don’t actually need a reason to celebrate. We already have ample of them. A few reasons we Indians love to celebrate are-

  • We believe in enjoying our lives- Yes, we Indians believe in enjoying our lives and thus we celebrate. We intend to make our whole life a grand celebration.
  • We celebrate seasons- We Indians have festivals befitting certain seasons. Thus, we celebrate each season of the year with full enthusiasm.
  • We believe in spreading joy- We love sharing our joy. As they say, “Joy shared is doubled”. We Indians firmly believe in sharing joy.
  • We celebrate moments- Yes; we celebrate each and every moment. For us every moment is special and brings in hope with it!
  • We love people more than money- We Indians love people more than money. We are emotional about things and this makes us special.
  • We believe that money can’t buy happiness. Thus, we love celebrating festivals with people and making everyone happy.
  • We respect all religions- We live in harmony. We participate and celebrate all the festivals. We Indians know how to find happiness. We celebrate success of our friends. We respect the beliefs of our friends and fellow countrymen.
  • We love colors- We Indians love colors. We love wearing colorful dresses on different festivals. We believe in making everyone’s life full of colors.
  • We love food- We Indians are food-lovers big time! We love eating. We love experimenting with recipes. We relish dishes, specially the ones made for celebration of a particular festival.
  • We keep things simple- We don’t complicate things a lot. We believe in keeping things simple. Thus, we celebrate every moment without too many worries.

 So, keep celebrating life! These celebrations make you a better person. They help you to interact with people, share emotions and reduce stress. We Indians must strive to ensure that we keep distributing happiness. Try to engage maximum people in your celebration. Share the joy- Jai Hind!

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North-East…..Incredible India!









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India is a land of diversified culture and traditions. You get to see people of different religions, beliefs, cultures and traditions living here. This is what makes this nation incredible. India is like a huge family where each family member contributes to the well being and prosperity of the grand family.

Northeast India is the eastern most region of the country. This region comprises of the seven states that are commonly termed as the Seven Sisters- Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura—and the Himalayan state of Sikkim. The states are officially recognized under the North Eastern Council (NEC), constituted in 1971 as the acting agency for the development of the eight states.

 Apparently, few of the best things about this part of the nation are the people, the culture, the natural beauty and proximity of the great Himalayas. Northeast region is bestowed with beautiful landscapes and places of great aesthetic value. The Himalayas as we know is something really special. It is a land of prayers! It is a land of immense cultural and spiritual importance. The land of Himalayas fills you with faith, which is a beautiful feeling. It gives you strength, hope and a reason to believe in spirituality.

 The northeastern region is predominantly hilly. The region is also blessed with some of the most spectacular forest areas. There are a lot of wildlife sanctuaries in the region as well. The region is also very rich in terms of vegetation. Out of the nine important vegetation types of India, six are found in the North Eastern region. The region has a great presence of tribes and tribal culture as well. The tribes live a life that is rich. They work hard and live a nice life– they grow all kinds of organic foods, they live in sustainable houses and use sustainable products. Thus, they contribute to the environmental growth and perseverance as well.

The northeastern region is rich in spirituality as well. The Buddhism religion is also present here. The impact of Buddhism is overtly visible in the benevolent nature of the people. I still remember a friend told me that the people in Sikkim are extremely hospitable. “They welcome you with great warmth and enthusiasm. They hear and understand you just like you want to be heard, understood and believed in”. Gangtok is surely a must visit place. The people and their benevolent nature is a special and rare thing! You will also notice prayers written in pieces of cloth and flags, hanging on the streets. It is believed that these prayers are carried to God by the winds that roam these highlands.

There are a lot of northeastern people living in the capital city as well. This gives us a chance to learn about their cultures and ways. Also, this gives us a chance to taste food of different sorts and thus brings variety to the table. The fad that the northeastern people carry for music is also very commendable. We shouldn’t discriminate, we should never be biased. Instead, we must treat everyone with the same respect and hospitality. The northeast is a part and parcel of our nation. The northeastern people treat their guests really well; they deserve the same respect and hospitality. We must always remember that we are all a part of the same family. Our message should always be love as far as it reaches. 

Jai Hind!    

Street food of India!

Rohan Kalia








India has always been a land of ardent food lovers. People in India love eating like anything. Albeit, the concept of becoming health conscious is getting prevalent these days but the number of food lovers has not seen any abatement either. In this era of lavish restaurants and coffee chains, people are missing the experience of the great street food culture of India. When you love food, it is always on your priority. As the great George Bernard Shaw said- “There is no sincerer love than the love of food”. You can gauge a lot about a person by this eating habits and the choice of food he prefers to eat. Street food also plays a key role in helping us increase the immunity level of our body.

The type and taste of street food in India varies with geographical locations. In Kashmir you will find the awesome Kashmiri Tea which has dry fruits in it as well. You also find a variety of non-vegetarian stuff. There is this “Kashmiri Dum Aloo” a special preparation of vegetarian stuff in non-vegetarian style. Hyderabad is another place in India known for its rich food culture. The city of Nizam is well known for its mouth watering non-vegetarian preparations. The Hyderabadi Biryaani is something that no non-vegetarian wants to miss! The places like the Charminar and the Golkonda fort are places with rich street food culture. Eating in Hyderabad is so delicious, it’s like you are forced to pick up food and put it in your mouth.

When you talk about food, taste, street food you can never miss to mention Delhi. The capital city is full of awesome food spots. From lavish bar restaurants to traditional street food spots, Delhi is blessed with the best! You can get a variety of chicken from the conventional “Tandoori Chicken” to the “Butter Cream Chicken”, the choices are many. While roaming on the streets in Delhi you can get a chance to eat “Nankhatai”, the dying Indian ‘biskoot’! The history of “Nankhatai” is pretty interesting. It is believed that a couple of Dutch men started making it in a bakery that they owned in Surat. While leaving India, they handed over the bakery to a Parsi gentleman. That’s why some people call it “Irani Biskoot” as well. You will also get a variety of Afghan food in Delhi, predominantly in the Lajpat Nagar Area. Delhi is also blessed with taste of Tibetan culture. You will get to experience real Tibetan food and culture at the “Majnu Ka Tilla”. The place has history behind its name. It is believed that a Sufi mystic used to help people and ferry them across the Yamuna River for free. Thus people started calling him Majnu (crazy)!

India is jam-packed with street food options. The Indian streets are full of “Paani Puri” walas and the “Chhole Kulche” walas! You will get great desserts like “Jalebi” and “Kesar Milk” on the road-side stalls. So if you are a gourmand then an Indian street with a lot of food options is the place where you want to be. The Indian street food not only suffices your taste buds but also helps you increase your immunity level.