December 25, 2014

A Christmas Story

On Christmas day, I wanted to share a story that I came across a few days ago – and it moved me immensely.  Brought to popularity this year by Sainsbury’s, this advertisement was made in partnership with the Royal British Legion commemorating the events of the Christmas Day truce in 1914. It is especially poignant due to the fact that this year marks the centenary of the First World War  It is said that in a historic display of humanity, at around midnight on Christmas eve in 1914, German and Allied armies began to sing ‘Silent Night’ and the original ‘Stille Nacht’ from opposite sides of the battlefield. Nobody knows…

December 24, 2013

Winter Wonderland

It’s Christmas!  I might be one of the few people on the planet at their work desks today, but I will let nothing dampen the spirit! I’m going to listen to the Christmas radio, sing along loudly, walk down to the bakery for some plum cake and go back home to watch Home Alone 1, 2, 3 and then Love Actually – in that order! For now, unable to contain the Christmas in the air, here are my top six favourite Christmas songs – that can cheer me up and get me thinking of a white Christmas, with peppermint striped candy and real snow.  “Let It Snow!” by Dean Martin …

January 12, 2013

O.S.A.

Often I hear myself exclaiming aloud – “What would we do without Google”. Rather, what would we do, without the internet.  While in  India, I realised that I have the early symptoms of what is commonly known as ‘Online Shopping Addiction’. Flipkart was my best friend and I would spend quite chunk of my meagre salary on books, bags, laptop skins and the likes. I continued to remain rather envious of friends in the US or the UK, because online shopping is not only so much more convenient, there are simply so many more choices. For example, for months I have lusted over the HBO Store which is a treasure chest of…

December 21, 2011

Santa and the 80’s

The holiday spirit has set in at work. Our workstations now sport a mini Christmas tree, the reception and meeting rooms are alight. Last Friday the major action was around the office year-end party and Secret Santa. I was given a beautiful potted bamboo shoot plant and I had no idea all through the weekend who my Secret Santa was. Warming up to surprises as well, it seems 🙂 The evening get together was nothing like last year’s party.There were too many new faces. So many changed quotients. But there were traces of old friendships, familiar songs and some really fashionable dance moves. Like every year’s themed office bash, it…

December 2, 2011

Reel Christmas

The last month of 2011 has begun and it looks rather promising on the entertainment front! Although for most, in India, Christmas is not really a huge deal – we have our own set of elaborate festivities to deal with. I’ve never seen or been a part of authentic Christmas celebrations – the ornate trees, carols, the traditional meals consisting of roast turkey, served with roast potatoes, parsnips; not to forget the glorious plum cake and Christmas pudding! Most of these are yet only a reflection of my imagination shaped by the beautiful words of Enid Blyton, Hans Christian Anderson, Charles Dickens and JK Rowling among others. How I would…

December 17, 2010

December

Yes, I graduated. Although I did not get to wear the rented robes, or toss the hat with the tassels or even meet the people I spent two precious years atop a hill. It was a picture in mind that when I would finally post-graduate, the ceremony would be grander; it would all be a little more flashy and different. But I spent the Sunday at home, with the idiot box. However, no regrets. Complicated plans made hardly materialize, and it would be near impossible to expect that the parents would be able to make the ceremony. So I made do with the next best thing- Facebook. Status messages and…