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Friends – the most-watched TV series all across the world will complete its silver jubilee year this September 2019 and officially the makers will celebrate the legendary show. Their celebration has started – as you can see on social media. For the fans of Friends across the world – this is not just another TV show – it is an emotion, a sentiment, a piece of nostalgia. The characters are loved for their golden youth appeal – an appeal that is reluctant to lose its charm over generations. Imagine the youngsters of 1994 who watched that show felt the same excitement which the millennial’s of today’ age feel. I am sure our next generation will also have no problem in connecting with this show.

After this popular show, many groups of friends across length and breadth of the globe were trying to be just one of these characters and maintain a friendship just like these guys – now that’s what you call a successful show.

Joey Tribbiani is the only character who got another show with the name “Joey” post the success of Friends. He is loved for his adorable innocence and his stupid questions can make even the grumpiest person also laugh. All through the show, we saw him try various weird things and win our hearts

Check the list below minutely and if all the traits match with you then you are definitely “The Joey Tribbiani” of your group.

Food Is Life & You Don’t Believe In Sharing That:
Food Is Life & You Don’t Believe In Sharing That
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Food is everything for you. If the refrigerator is out of order, you will cancel all your appointments and sit back home to finish every item so that they are not wasted. You always make a point to save your food from getting wasted. Sharing food – the very thought appalls you. If you see a packet of food (or pizza box) lying in front of someone’s door or beside the dust bin – you feel no shame in checking if there is food inside it. If it has, you simply take that home and finish it. To you – food is love, food is freedom, and food is also a very big part of your dreams.

No Job Is Misfit for You:
No Job Is Misfit for You
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If you feel that no job is small or big for you – then you definitely belong to the Joey group. He is an actor by passion and tries to fit into characters but when he is out of shows or plays, he takes up any job. That job can be of a waiter at the Central Perk coffee shop or just standing in a Casino in Vegas wearing old Roman outfit. As long as it pays your bills – if you are also happy doing any kind of job, then, you have a Joey inside you.

Your Reaction Upon Learning Dirt of Your Friends:
Your Reaction Upon Learning Dirt of Your Friends
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Joey always had the funniest, craziest, and the most memorable expressions when other friends used to reveal their secrets to him. Remember that episode where he finds out Chandler and Monica are seeing each other? If you also have the same way of reacting to your friend’s secrets – you know who you are in your group. And your friends also share the gossips with you – just to see you react!

You Do Anything For Your Friends:
You Do Anything For Your Friends
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A friend in need is a friend indeed and you live by that phrase. You simply don’t care about anything when you have to save your friends. And you will pick up a fight with the neighbor next door for your friends. You console your friends when they need and like Joey, you can also pee on your friends if that’s the call of the hour.

Your Best Friend Is Your Soulmate:
Your Best Friend Is Your Soulmate
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In the group of friends, Chandler and Joey were the best friends. More than that they were soulmates, to be honest. The place Chandler had in Joey’s mind, heart, and life – was the most special one which he never gave to anyone else (not even to all those girls he dated). Do you feel the same bond with your best friend? Do you look at the chair next to you and feel like ringing him up and share your thoughts when he is not around?

You Are Proud of Who You Are:
You Are Proud of Who You Are
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You never ever apologize for being yourself even when people think you should. This means you accept the way you are. You know that you are perfect in your own sweet way and this self-confidence is what many people lack.

You Are A True Fashion Guru:
You Are A True Fashion Guru
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Like Joey do you have great looks and a fit body? Is there hardly any outfit in this world that you cannot pull off? For Joey – from the doctor’s dress of being Dr. Ramorey or the Soldier outfit in the Casino to the properly suited look for Ross’s wedding – Joey rocked in whatever he wore. Also not to forget – the ladies handbag that Joey carried for some time.

Defeat Never Defeats You:
Defeat Never Defeats You
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Joey has been chucked out his shows many times, he lost many auditions, he lost many jobs, and many girls left him. But all these setbacks never ever let him go down. He has a funky and cheerful spirit for life. Joey is the strongest of the lot and this trait of him is salute-worthy. That’s why his friends love him so much for his “never say die” attitude. If you also carry the same attitude, you are the Joey of your friend circle.

I fall in that group of introverts but also my author bio says with pride that I can gel like an extrovert. Which one is true will be a complicated question. In my defense, I would like to say that for the sake of the so-called “norms”, “rules”, “livelihood”, and “social prestige” – I have to become extrovert at times.

Like all introverts, I also choose the people for my vicinity in a calculative manner. But alas with time and events, I have lost many close ones – some left me, and I left some. Those emotionally crazy moments in my life have broken me for sure but have also raised me valiantly. A small portion of me still has hope in people. But seriously the major part inside me stays away from all the brouhaha. With a single status (which I don’t see changing anytime soon), over the years, I have developed a beautiful love affair with inanimate things – things that are not made up of flesh and blood.

Why? Because with experiences I have found that these “things” have always held me up in my bad days just like the best buddy. When happiness surrounds me – I am bound to get people around me but when calamity hits me – I have often seen the absence of close people. Therefore, my expectation even from my bestest friends has also drowned.

This blog is a personal experience about love and relationships where there is no tangible human face. It is dedicated to all those inanimate heroes who have accepted me whole-heartedly with a promise of forever love.

The World of Movies:

It is a vast world indeed. There are various actors, directors, stories, and languages to lean on over the weekends, vacations, in flight, or amidst the crowd in local trains. Yes, you may say there are intense human faces and human stories etched in these movies. But they don’t jump off in my room – they are always on screen and never off it. The beautiful locales, interesting plots, and brilliant direction of movies engines my creativity, lets me assume the world, and of course, enhances my knowledge about people. Movies are like oxygen to me – I need it more than anything else. I fall asleep while watching movies (yeah, it’s a lullaby too) and I wake up to watch them. When I am working, a part of me is planning “what to watch today?” Can there be any fulfilling relationship like this one?

The Yummy Food Saga:

Initially, I used to like food and that’s why I never tried to prepare them. But now I love food and that’s why I now know to prepare food. The fresh vegetables, variety of spices and condiments, and proper utensils hold a big area in my love life. Those who have eaten my recipes have patted my back and that’s when I understood food & I – we form an amazing couple together.

My Dear Diary:

Being a writer, can I say I don’t keep a diary? The amazing thoughts that run in my head after or while watching movies or having good food – immediately find a place in my “dearest diary”. Sometimes, I feel that no one knows me better than the pages of my diary. They know my strengths and weaknesses, ambition and heartaches – all.

The Pages of Books:

A Bengali and his/her love or addiction for books are very common. From Tagore to Sharatchandra, from Shakespeare to Sunil Ganguly – I have read many pages, fell in love with the writer or the character intensely. Nothing is fulfilling than waking up to a weekend with a hot mug of ginger tea and a nice book for company.

Apart from books, any online article or Wikipedia page of subjects of my interests occupy my time largely. This habit of reading often leads me to think deeper and understand better.

The Happy Lipsticks:

I have lost count of how many of them I own. When I started my obsession with lipsticks, I had a target of buying 2 every month. But now the buying habit totally depends on my mood and the sale running in my favourite cosmetics website. Since childhood, I was fascinated with lipsticks and now, it has grown into a passion. Red is my most favourite shade and I have all types of red I guess in my kitty. With lipstick also comes the pout-pose (which I call poutopia) and countless selfies.

There are times during the weekend or holidays when I get up in the morning and after taking a bath, I apply lipstick, sit with my beloved movie/book/diary and continue my beautiful and gratifying love affair.

Basically, these abstract things make me feel happy and satisfied which I have never felt in my romantic episodes.

Munnabhai M.B.B.S., Lage Raho Munnabhai, 3 Idiots, PK, Sanju – this is the filmography of a genius named Rajkumar Hirani who is lovingly known as Raju Hirani. Most of the audience and members of the critic circuit divide Cinema into two broad groups – Art Cinema & Commercial Cinema. But this man has broken those fences. His cinema is worshipped by the masses and clapped by the critics. They win awards too and give a stronghold to one’s career.

Every single person who is associated with the movie-making business wants profit. That’s why a good story is a prime requirement. The idea of stories that we see on movies is largely based on the time we are living. Each era has some kind of challenges and moviemakers over the years have tapped in this area to create stories. Some directors simply highlight the features of the time like Anurag Kashyap in Gangs of Wasseypur or Raman Raghav 2.0. And then there are some directors like Ritwick Ghatak or Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra who have tried to bring a revolution through their lenses. But Raju Hirani is a man of vision who doesn’t like walking the road with strong slogans to change the system. He has his signature way of striking the belief system of people.

My answer to the mentioned question of why Raju Hirani movies influence people has four answers that are mentioned below.

Larger Than Life Characters:

Larger than life characters doesn’t necessarily mean that the central character has to wear a Prada/Louboutin, walk-in stilettos, carry machine guns, etc. In Raju Hirani movies, the “larger than life” characters are different than what you have seen so far in Bollywood. They may not be rich but they are filled with extraordinary and revolutionary thoughts. Think of Munnabhai – a mafia of sorts who is fueled by revenge and instead of taking up the gun takes the route of simplicity and humanity to change the dean of a medical college (rather change the norms of the society). Think of PK – an alien who has no address in this big world, has no wealth, or has no motive, still gets robbed. He questions the methods we run the world and wins our hearts.

These larger than life characters are required in a country that is still considered to be poor. But the reality is in our country the percentage of middle-class is more. And that means there is a dream among masses to grow more and achieve success. This is where Raju Hirani succeeds. His movies are an inspiration to many because his characters always start from scratch and work very hard to gain success in the end.

The Art of Saying Simple Things Simply:

There is no need to stretch things unnecessarily when it can be resolved with simple discussions. Farhan Qureshi of 3 Idiots wanted to become a wildlife photographer but he couldn’t say those words simply to his father. Because he belongs to a middle-class family where his dad thinks that if my son becomes an engineer, we will lead a better life with comforts and luxury (that was a rampant thought in the ’80s and ’90s in India and still continues). That scene where he returns home skipping his “campus interview” and talks to his dad – makes everyone cry their heart out.

His Unique Campaigns:

Just think of the campaigns that his characters perform on screen and you will understand why his movies are so special. The campaigns that he runs in his stories are about bringing a change in the lifestyle of people with simple mechanisms. With Munnabhai M.b.B.S. he made “Jaadu ki Jhappi” so famous and so endearing. Whosoever in your family or close circle is shouting or throwing tantrums must be hugged. Why? Because no one actually is bad or walks with bad intentions of hurting others. He/she must be having a reason for that behaviour. And rather than judging, one must be compassionate and considerate towards them. With a simple hug, the anger melts down and you can then connect with that person in a better way.

In Lage Raho Munnabhai, he taught us “Gandhigiri”. The face of Baapu whom we see on notes has become almost obsolete in current times. Raju Hirani simply took up the Gandhian simple and honest way of living to bring changes. But again, the change won’t come in a single day. (Remember that pan stain scene?)

In 3 Idiots, he made one thing very clear to students and parents – don’t run after success, run after excellence, then, success will follow you. Whatever one likes, wherever the passion lies – one should continue honing that only day after day. That’s the simplest way to be both- happy and successful.

Reassuring Faith In Good:

In spite of so many dark areas, mistakes, and atrocities, he always shows us that “good” always meet us in the end. The evil or bad-men in his movies don’t die or get punished. He makes these characters understand the value of goodness and their ideology and principles change. That’s how life should also be. There is always a good and bad person inside all of us. The moment one understands the fact that there is nothing valiant about being bad – the change happens. That’s what happened to Lucky Singh in Lage Raho or Dean in Munnabhai or Virus in 3 Idiots. Therefore, he also hammers on the theory of “forgiveness”. Those who have done something bad must be forgiven so that they get a chance to improve themselves.

Now, who else can connect with the audience like that?

Eggs contain 155 calories, 16% of fat, 13 gms of protein, and a good amount of Vitamin A and D. Some like it in breakfast plate while some love it with rice. In various corners of India, it is consumed in different styles. My mom and granny used to cook the spicy and zesty egg curry where potatoes used to be a prime ingredient. Over the years while staying alone, I have found a comfort zone in my kitchen. So, over the weekend, holiday time, or when the mood is just right, I enter the kitchen to create something new and unique. It is really thrilling to experiment with the known spices.

The age-old recipes made with poppy seeds and cashew nuts always turns out tasty and this egg curry is made with these two prime ingredients. In order to cook something new and royal to impress yourself or any of your loved ones – do try this recipe once.

What All You Need?
  • Eggs: 6
  • Onion: 3 large
  • Garlic: 20 cloves
  • Bay Leaf: 1
  • Black Cardamom: 1
  • Green Cardamom: 1
  • Cinnamon: 1 Stick
  • Cumin Seeds: 2 tsp
  • Fennel Seeds: ½ tsp
  • Salt: As per taste:
  • Sugar: Just a pinch or two
  • Curd: ½ cup
  • Milk: 1 cup
  • Hot Water: 1 cup
  • Cashew Nuts: 10-12 pieces
  • Grated Coconut: 3 tsp
  • Poppy Seeds: 3 tsp
  • Green Chilies: 4-5
  • Black Pepper: 4 tsp
  • Cumin Powder: ½ tsp
  • Coriander Powder: ½ tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder: ½ tsp
  • Turmeric: Just a pinch or two to color the eggs
  • Butter: 50 gms
  • Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves: 2 tsp
  • Kasuri Methi: 1 tsp
How To Make?
  • Take 2 onions and make a paste and keep it aside.
  • Soak the cashew nuts and poppy seeds in hot water for 30-40 minutes first in separate bowls.
  • Now take the cashew nuts, add grated coconut, and poppy seeds and make a fine paste.
  • Slit the green chilies vertically, slice the garlic longitudinally, and finely chop 1 remaining onion.
  • Take half cup curd and whisk it until smooth. You may add 2-3 spoons of water if needed.
  • Now boil the eggs. Remember that you need hard-boiled eggs for this recipe. So, you will need to boil for 10-15 minutes.
  • After that keep the eggs into a bowl of ice-cold water for 5-7 minutes.
  • Now peel the eggshells and pat them dry.
  • Take 1/4th spoon of salt, ½ tsp of turmeric, and ½ tsp of black pepper powder and smear the eggs in them. Remember to prick the eggs before smearing the spice mix on them. Keep the eggs covered in spice mix for 10-15 minutes.
  • Take a spoon of butter and 1 tsp of refined oil and add the eggs and fry them very well. The outer skin of the eggs should become golden brown. Keep these eggs aside.
  • Now take 3/4th of the mentioned amount of butter and mix 3-4 tsp of refined oil and add the whole spices (cumin seeds, black & green cardamom, bay leaf, cinnamon, and fennel seeds). Let them crackle for a few seconds and then add the finely chopped onions.
  • Let the onions turn golden brown. To make them soften fast you may add a pinch of baking soda and sprinkle some salt.
  • Then add onion paste and stir for a minute. Then cover the pan for 2-3 minutes. Check if the onion paste has changed color.
  • Once the onions have changed color and became soft, you can add the powdered spices one after the other and stir for some time. Cover the pan for 2 minutes.
  • Remove the cover and add the poppy seeds + coconut + cashew nuts mixture and give a nice stir so that no lumps form at all.
  • Keep the flame on medium and cook this mixture for 3-4 minutes.
  • Now, add the curd mix and stir for another 2 minutes. Cover the lid and let all the spices mix together for at least 4 minutes.
  • Now add the cup of milk in this pool of aromatic curry and let it boil for 5 minutes.
  • Check the salt and sprinkle the remaining black pepper powder.
  • If you want more gravy then add hot water.
  • Finally, add the sugar and give a stir.
  • Now add the egg pieces and give a nice stir again.
  • Add the remaining butter and decorate with slit green chilies, sprinkle kasuri methi, and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Enjoy this heavenly delicacy with paratha, roti, or rice.

This supremely delicious egg curry was a result of experiments in the kitchen and I have got lovely reviews about it from everyone I have served. It is a wonderful weekend recipe, especially for monsoon and winter weather.

Some people say that “bargaining comes naturally to Indians” while some simply cannot bargain at all. Some even get scolded for paying a huge chunk to the shopkeeper. Then there are some people who bargain like a PRO and make their shopping companions feel safe. They are called for all shopping trips by the family members and relatives. One of my bargaining expert aunts says that bargaining is an art that shines with time and age. It is something that requires a lot of patience to roam around the market and continuous argument with the shopkeeper. So, if you are ok with these two conditions, then, becoming a PRO at bargaining would be cheesecake for you.

Here are some easy steps that you can follow which will definitely help you become a smart shopper.

Give A “Shocked” Expression Hearing the Price:

You must have watched Ekta Kapoor serials – right? So, play the melodramatic expressions of the leading actors getting surprised and shocked in your head and repeat them in real life. It works really well. Whatever the shopkeeper is quoting – you must be shocked and that ways it will be easier to coax the seller. Bring disbelief in your eyes and sound dramatic – this will be fun!

Be Smart When The Seller Is Cutting Down The Price:

The moment you sense that the seller or shopkeeper is ready to cut down the quoted price – seize the opportunity right away. Now push some more and see the limit how far he/she can cut down the price. It will definitely save you from spending some extra money.

Don’t Be Expressive:

The sellers or shopkeepers are way smarter than you are. They see thousands of people like you every day and thus it will take just a 5-second glance at your eyes or body language to know that you have liked a certain product at the shop. And once they know this fact, they also know that you will pay extra to own that object. So, never be expressive about your liking towards a particular thing you want to buy. Instead, be critical and ask questions about the price.

Walk Away & Make Them Run After You:

This may seem funny but it really works wonders. This trick always gets you what you want at your price. When you start bargaining and the seller is not ready to sell away the product at your price – simply walk away. Don’t go too far from the periphery of that shop and you will find that person coming back to you and asking “how much will you pay?” The seller will also negotiate to say “itne mein kaise hoga? (how to manage in this amount?) But you cannot give up. This movement is an indication that you will get your desired product.

Buy Multiple Items:

Always remember that the more you buy from one shop or seller – the brighter are the chances of getting lucrative discounts. Some shopkeepers won’t give that easily and you have to fight for it. Say the same thing repeatedly that you brought so many things and will recommend this shop to other friends and all the jazz. The shopkeeper cannot miss this chance of publicity after all.

Be Shameless:

Always remember that it is your hard-earned money that you will be spending on buying things and thus you have every right to bargain. So, be shameless in asking for more discounts or asking for cutting down the price a bit more.

Lie About Discounts Given To Friends:

Just tell the shopkeeper that a friend bought the same thing from this shop a week or a month ago at a reasonable price. So, why can he/she increase the price so much? Also, add emotional lines like “I came here because my friend said that this is one of the best shops in town and the owner is one gem of a person”. You will surely get what you want that way.

Always Believe That Everything Is Negotiable:

Last but not least, you have to believe that “everything you see in a market is absolutely negotiable”. Until and unless you mug up this point – you cannot be a PRO at bargaining. Try this even at shops where you see “price not negotiable”. A display board cannot decide what you are willing to pay after all.

The personality types of people can be broadly divided into two parts – introverts and extroverts. Introversion is one of the major personality mannerisms identified in many theories of personality. People who are introverted tend to be inward turning or focused more on internal thoughts, feelings, and moods rather than seeking out external stimulation. Introverts are those shy people who have fewer friends and don’t like talking much to people. Instead, they love talking to the self and think on varied subjects. How is it like dating an introvert? Well, you are really lucky if you happen to date any of these shy and quiet bunch of people. Their silence is often taken as arrogance but there are many perks when you are dating them.

Here are some of the benefits that you can enjoy while dating an introvert.

Mostly They Are Readers & Writers:

Most of the introverts are avid readers. Many of them are great writers too. So, they always have beautiful stories to delight you and some amazing words to sweep you off your feet. Also, because they are quite observers and read a lot means they will come up with the best advice for anything and everything bothering you. They will also surprise you with handwritten notes or sometimes describe the regular day into beautiful phrases which will leave you in awe. In total, they will always make you feel good!

Their Sensitive Mind:

These introverts carry a sensitive mind and thus they will understand your pain and agony like no other. If you trust them and tell them about your problems, then, know one thing for sure – they will stick to you through your thick and thin. They are always supportive and will never leave you disappointed. Introverts are the ones who will derive their happiness in your smile. If you are dating an introvert, then, there will be no situation when you feel alone or low because they are very emotional and sensitive.

Eyes of Observation:

Things are bare both in front of you and your introvert love interest – but he/she will see those things which you cannot see rather observe. That’s because these introverts have a keen eye for observation. Their curious gaze lets them unravel many different aspects of things and people around them. They may even say something unique about you which you have perhaps never noticed about yourself. So, in their company, you will always learn something new about yourself and the world around you. Their unique perception about things in the world is so different that you will be amazed at how they can associate so many thoughts with simple things in life. Isn’t that a treat?

They Never Quit:

See the thing is – what is a piece of cake to the extroverts is a long struggle for introverts. It means that mingling with people, being social, and making good friends is the character of an extrovert. Whereas an introvert is never comfortable in social circles and almost pathetic in making friends. They also pick their friends and are very protective of them. So, if you are dating an introvert, he/she will make all efforts to bond with you. When you are having some issues in your relationship this person will try every way to make this relationship work. They will never leave you easily and thus with an introvert partner you can be sure of commitment and loyalty.

Always Attentive:

When you have gained the confidence of an introvert – you have all the attention of them on you. They will always focus on your presence and listen to you minutely. For your introvert lover, you are one of those very few people who can make them comfortable and thus they treasure you. Therefore, they will direct all their energies towards you. You will always be appreciated for all big and small things you do for them and thus you will never feel left out.

Introverts Are Thoughtful:

The most amazing part of an introvert’s character is that they will think a thousand times before acting or reacting to any situation. Therefore fights with them will be devoid of yelling and will be more like an intense discussion over a particular or varied topic. The conversation that you are enjoying/fighting with them has been rehearsed many times in their head. So, when you are in doubts about where the relationship is heading while having a fight, they are already making changes to save it. Apart from that when it comes to happier moments, like a birthday or anniversary celebration, be ready to experience the most thoughtful gifts!

They Listen Carefully & Patiently:

Introverts are always the best people to-go when someone had a bad day because they allow people to speak their mind calmly. So, don’t worry at all – you can come back from work and tear your heart out in front of your introvert partner. That person will not miss a single word uttered by you and after you are done, he/she will surprise you with the kind of coffee or food or movie you prefer so that you tend to feel better. They are that kind of persons who will also appreciate your achievements rather than judging you on your mistakes.

Every year more than 200 movies releases in Bollywood and some of them becomes blockbuster, some become a super flop, and then there are some that go beyond all these parameters and becomes iconic. Today’s blog is about those iconic Bollywood movies that released 10 years ago and made a mark with heart-winning stories, stupendous performances by the lead cast, beautiful music, and top-notch direction. The on-screen characters since then became a part of our lives – inspiring us, making us laugh, making us cry, and permanently making a home in our hearts and minds.

Take a look and remember some of the gems that released a decade ago.

3 Idiots:

Release Date- 25th December 2009

It is perhaps still the best from Rajkumar Hirani’s School of films. All his movies have beautiful concepts and are presented in a way that touches your hearts. 3 Idiots will always remain a special film because it reinforced a very simple logic especially to the parents – let your children be what they want to be rather than pressurizing them. Rancho said “run after excellence, success will follow you” – this phrase is still a motivation for many. The tale of friendship, love, ego, faith, and reunion is loved by people of all generations. It made all of us cry and laugh at the same time.

The spectacular Ladakh, Manali, Delhi, the “baby delivery with a vacuum cleaner”, gate-crashing a wedding, going to dinner at Raju Rastogi’s place, Bhindi – 12 Rs/kg, etc. – frame by frame this movie has become a memorable one among audiences. Above all, it is one of the highest-grossing movies of all times.

Wake Up Sid:

Release Date- 2nd October 2009

It is a cult movie and coming from a hugely commercial production house that has produced only love stories this movie was quite unexpected. The beautiful love story between just out of college Sid and an aspiring writer from Kolkata, Aisha who is way more mature than Sid was knitted beautifully. 2009 was quite an exceptional year for Dharma Productions which is absent in 2019. Karan Johar patronized this coming-of-age drama of a rich, casual, and spoilt brat who becomes a responsible guy. It was the first movie of Ayan Mukerji and he was flawless in his presentation of Mumbai, its people, the outsiders, the monsoon, job life, jazz space, and so many more. Sid Mehra played by Ranbir Kapoor was impeccable and so was the always charming & intelligent Konkona Sen Sharma.

The soulful music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy & Amit Trivedi and cinematography by Anil Mehta won the extra laurels for WUS.

Gulaal:

Release Date- 13th March 2009

Directed by Anurag Kashyap, Gulaal is about the pursuit of power, an expedition for legitimacy, perceived injustice, and hypocrisy of the powerful. Set in the present-day Rajasthan the plot is provided by student politics of a university and a fictional secessionist movement consisting of former Rajput leaders who have become present-day elite. Kashyap handles such issues brilliantly and allows his actors to give a performance of a lifetime and this movie is no exception.

Dev.D:

Release Date- 6th February 2009

It released before the Valentine’s Day celebration and the prime USP was the unique poster. Bollywood has never seen such an interesting poster. Anurag Kashyap wrote the story along with Abhay Deol and gifted four brilliant performers to Bollywood – Kalki Koechlin, Mahi Gill, Abhay Deol, and Amit Trivedi. The unconventional music and quirky yet meaningful lyrics became the face of this movie. The modern-day rendition of Devdas was well accepted and still make us feel good and bad at the same time. It went on to win many awards and accolades.

Rocket Singh- Salesman of the Year:

Release Date- 11th December 2009

Newcomer Ranbir Kapoor essayed the role of Harpreet Singh Bedi, a middle-class salesman who has been a mediocre student all his life. But he dreams of being a successful businessman someday. And he does that really well. He is bullied in his office but he beautifully befriends all his colleagues (just like a smiling salesman) and ends up building his own company where everyone is a boss. A gripping story directed by Shimit Amin and edited by Arindam Ghatak, this movie fared well at the box office. It came from the Yashraj and was quite an un-Yashraj movie.

Paa:

Release Date- 4th December 2009

Who would have believed that a 67-year-old man would portray a 12-year-old boy and that too with conviction? Amitabh Bachchan played the role of Auro who has progeria – a rare disease where a child looks like an old man. He has the heart of a 12-year-old but his physical body looks and feels 5 times older. His mom is played by Vidya Balan and estranged father is played by Abhishek Bachchan. It is a heart-warming movie with stellar performances. And yes, Mr. Bachchan won another National Award for this role.

Kurbaan:

Release Date- 20th November 2009

This is the first serious movie from Dharma Productions. The sizzling chemistry between the then NEW couple Saif Ali Khan & Kareena Kapoor was the prime highlight of the movie followed by Rensil D’ Silva donning the director’s cap after writing a stellar Rang De Basanti. This movie had a very interesting setup and first half and not so amazing second half. But the performances from the cast was top notch. The story was about underground organizations attempt at instilling fear among people through mechanisms of terrorism in the USA. Although a flop movie, the movie is still remembered for its bold & mainstream attempt at global terrorism and soothing music by Salim-Sulaiman.

Kaminey:

Release Date- 14th August 2009

Shahid Kapoor is one of those talented actors who never got his due in Bollywood. The year was 2009 and he was fresh out of his long term relationship with Kareena Kapoor – and this is when all the great roles started to land in his lap. Kaminey is one of those career-changing roles in Shahid’s career which is one of the unique caper thriller movies of Bollywood. An exceptionally gripping narrative that gives Amol Gupte, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Priyanka Chopra, and Shahid Kapoor ample opportunities to shine. The story is set against the Mumbai Underworld backdrop and sees the rivalry between two brothers – one with a list and the other with a stutter. It is also remembered for presenting a sweet love story and of course, the nostalgia-ridden Gulzar lyrics supported by soul-stirring Vishal Bhardwaj music.

Love Aajkal:

Release Date- 31st July 2009

Love is love across time. The definition of love may change over generations but the feeling of pure & sacred love never changes over time. But yes, the perspective of comprehending one’s soul mate surely has changed over the years.

This is the basic premise of the cult movie. Imtiyaz Ali with his brilliantly Sufism romance came up with this breezy tale post Jab We Met and won hearts again. Personally, I didn’t like this movie while witnessing in the theater but gradually over time, I have developed a strange liking for this movie. Two souls who belong to each other are meant to be with each other – and no geography or theory or logic can keep them apart. Rishi Kapoor plays the older generation lover Veer Singh at whose restaurant Saif Ali Khan or Jai & Meera (Deepika Padukone) breaks up mutually throwing a party because their careers are beckoning them somewhere else.

Veer Singh shares his bold, dynamic, fearless, & romantic tale to Jai who finds it pretty strange because in his modern generation love has become quite casual. But he also never knew how strangely he will fall for Meera again and vice-versa. Meera even ends up marrying her boss (Rahul Khanna – oh so hot!) but breaks up the next day realizing her love for Jai never ended. This movie is remembered for its beautiful cinematography by Natarajan Subramaniam, exceptionally amazing music by Pritam, and of course the quirky yet heart-warming dialogues by Imtiyaz Ali – Tu Hamesha Correct Baat Bol Deti Hai Jaaneman…

Luck by Chance:

Release Date- 30th January 2009

That’s Zoya Akhtar’s maiden movie. That is one of those movies that never made numbers at the BO and still is a much-loved piece of cinema among the film lovers. Over the years the fans of this movie have just increased.

Grown up in a filmi-family, Zoya selected to tell the tale of 2 outsiders who want to work desperately in Bollywood and become famous. One of them simply focuses on good acting with little hope from a movie producer she is dating while the other one simply flows with the demands of time. He not only focuses on his craft of acting but smoothly fits into the shoes of the big Bollywood game. It is a movie about how movies and stars are made in Bollywood. Without being biased, this movie beautifully narrates the passion of a girl who wants an identity & zeal of a man who wants to be a star. Supported perfectly by Konkona, Farhan, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, and Juhi Chawla – this movie had its heart in the right place.

The popularity of chai or tea across India is huge. But every state comes up with their specialty in making and serving tea. For example, the famous cutting chai in Mumbai is served in small glasses consist of cardamom, ginger, lemongrass, and fennel. All across North India, you will get to see the prominence of Masala Chai in paper cups and when you visit Ladakh, you will experience Butter Tea. So, basically, the love for tea is the same all over the country – just the presentation is different.

One such tea-loving state is West Bengal where a cup of tea never ends with just a cup of tea – it elaborates into many food/snack items. Chai across the streets of Bengal are served in cute, rustic, and nostalgic “bhaad” or kulhaad. Although a sweet loving state, Bengalis prefer strong tea with less sugar. The common phrase which any Bengali would say while meeting an old friend or relative suddenly is that – “cholo kothao giye ektu chaa-taa khoa jaak”. It means let’s go somewhere and have some tea. But you see there is a “taa” said along with chaa and that refers to countless snack types which are prepared at home for guests, served at street stalls, and also available in restaurants.

In most part of India, the tea time snacks are generally light but you can say that “Chaa-Taa” or tea time snacks in Bengal are almost a meal. Read below about the delicious, crunchy, and fulfilling Bengali snacks that accompanies tea.

Chop & Muri:
Chop & Muri
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Being a Bengali, I cannot imagine my world without chops. Our CM once said that no business is small even if it is running a tea and chop joint at the roadside. It’s sad that she then became the theme for various memes but nothing affected the fame of chops. Available in a variety of stuffing ranging from soyabean to mango, chicken or mutton to banana flowers – the simple potato chop is still the ones that are mostly in demand. Mostly, it is an evening snack served with Muri or puffed rice. I still remember during my childhood going to a chop shop with my Dadu and spent only 1 rupee for Alur chop or potato chop. Well, the price has gone up to 5 or more but the satisfaction is still the same.

Bengalis greet their guests or feast among themselves with a bowl of muri & chop.

Moshla Muri or Jhal Muri:
Moshla Muri or Jhal Muri
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Moshla means spices, Jhal means spicy feeling, and muri mean puffed rice.

As a child, I was fascinated by the Jahlmuri or Moshla Muri wala in local trains. Going out of office somewhere in trains meant a thonga or paper cup of jhalmuri and that cost only Rs. 2. Made from puffed rice, mango pickle oil, onion, ginger, chanachur, jhuri bhaja, boiled potatoes, soaked chana, green chilies, and secret masala powder. They serve it with a slice of coconut on top. In my home, my chhoti dadi still prepares the best Jhal muri. Tea becomes dearer with such crunchy delicacies.

Singara:
Singara
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This triangular shaped delicacy is known as Samosa in North India. Singara is different from Samosa because the spices are different. The Bengali Singara is devoid of coriander seeds and is smaller in size. The stuffing of potatoes are generally not mashed like in Samosas and also the flour cover of singaras are thinner. Bengali Singaras are also not so spicy. These facts make the Bengali singaras lighter than the Northern counterparts. With a cup of tea, any average person can have 2 singaras. It is also accompanied by muri sometimes.

Chirey Bhaja:
Chirey Bhaja
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Flattened or beaten rice is called poha in Hindi and Chirey in Bengali. Bhaja means fried. Raw peanuts, pepper powder, salt, and grated coconut are taken fried with a minimal amount of ghee or clarified butter. It becomes a crispy dish to be enjoyed with a cup of tea. It is consumed mostly during the monsoon evenings.

Mughlai Porota:
Mughlai Porota
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I don’t know the Mughal invented this dish or not but the reality is it is too yummy. The Bengalis prefer to have it from the restaurants. It is served with a spicy Bengali dum alu. The normal flour is used and a big paratha is rolled. Right at the center, the egg mix with onion, red chili powder, salt, and green chilies is poured. It is then folded from four sides and deep-fried in hot oil.

Chicken Pakora:
Chicken Pakora
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Another immensely famous tea time snack is pakora or fritters made from chicken. Chicken is marinated in salt, pepper, and other spices and then boiled for some time so that it becomes ultra-soft. Then a batter is prepared with gram flour, salt, water, red chili powder, and eggs. The chicken pieces are dipped in them and then deep-fried. It is served with cucumber and onion slices with mustard sauce and tomato ketchup.

Chanachur:
Chanachur
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The rest of India calls it mixture which is mostly spicy. But the chanachur of Bengal is available in various tastes of tok-jhaal-mishti meaning sour, spicy, and sweet. When guests appear suddenly without any information, biscuits, and chanachur save grace with hot tea. It is also mixed in moshla muri.

Nimki:
Nimki
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Just the way you make mathri – Nimki also follows the same process. But these are smaller rhombus in shape and have only Kalonji or Nigella seeds as flavor. It is a tasty and healthy snack to be enjoyed with tea in the morning or evening.

Fish Cutlet:
Fish Cutlet
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Oh, how can you think the Bengalis can leave fish from their tea time snacks?

It is available in square, rectangular or even spherical shape and is consumed with mustard sauce and some salad. It is one of the most famous evening time snacks. All the major coffee houses of Bengal have this delicacy. Fish fillets, potato, ginger, and garlic paste. Green chili, cumin powder, coriander powder, onion, salt, and pepper are mashed really well. For that, the fish fillets are boiled in salt and turmeric water for some time and then fried with spices. This mixture is then given shape with palms and then dipped in egg white and then coated with breadcrumbs and finally fried.

Fish Kobiraji:
Fish Kobiraji
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Another famous item is Fish Kobiraji which is generally enjoyed in coffee shops only as it requires quite a patience and skill to prepare at home. When it is served on the plate you may feel that the fish is caught up in the web of the egg. The process of preparing the fish is the same as the fish cutlets but here the fish stuffing is fried with egg in a complicated manner.

Kathi Rolls:
Kathi Rolls
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Kathi Rolls were invented in Kolkata and became a famous item during the British rule only. The skewer roasted kebabs were rolled in parathas and served. Skewers are known as Kathi in Bengali and that’s how the name originated. Over time, many places have tried many types of Kathi Roll recipes. But most of the places make it like a paratha roll with veggies or pieces of chicken or mutton without making kebabs of them. The beauty of having them with tea in the company of friends is a special feeling.

The Bengalis are often known as “khaddo-rosik” or hardcore foodies and these tea-time snacks really proves that.

Marriage they say is the union of two loving souls who have dreamed to spend their life together. But in India, it is a lot more. You have to fall in love with your spouse and then also own and love his/her family. Thanks to Ekta Kapoor, the dramatic saas-bahu (MIL & DIL) relationship in India is known to the world now. There are some families where the MIL-DIL stay in unison, agree to each other mostly and live a quarrel-free life. And then there are some families (read most) where the MIL-DIL share a “not so comfortable”, melodramatic, and torturous life. It is true that you cannot clap with one hand but again it is also a truth of our society that a DIL can hardly become a daughter in true sense.

A melodramatic MIL is one of the toughest persons to live with. Because she will have a problem with anything and everything under the sun and her favorite person to blame is her DIL. The same MIL will react differently when her own daughter complains to her about her MIL. In case, you are living with a melodramatic Saasu-Maa, here are some life-saving tips and tricks.

Be Friendlier To Your MIL’s MIL:

In case the mother-in-law of your MIL is alive, you can be friendlier to her. She will love you because now the older MIL can see the performance of your MIL. Believe me, the older MIL will tell you many tales when your MIL was new to the family. You can sometimes bitch about your mother-in-law in front of the older MIL and she will understand you better. You will come to know about many secrets and weaknesses of your MIL and that will always work as a positive tip. Use these secrets as a weapon when your mom-in-law is trying to prove you wrong or trying to humiliate you in front of other relatives.

Don’t Quit Your Job:

Always remember that you have a life and identity beyond this family and thus never ever quit your job. Taking a leave for some time after marriage and living a proper Indian family life where the daughter-in-law gets up early, does the Puja, and serves the breakfast cannot actually save you. Because your melodramatic MIL will find less sugar in tea & less salt and more pepper in food – every time you prepare them. All these constant complaints will leave you in a frenzy. So, when being a docile housewife is not helping you lead a happy domestic life, then, why not start your job again?

Go back to the office and change your focus to better yourself at work. You will have lesser problems at home. She will still fuss because you are now going out and balancing both home and office – but your achievements at your workplace will be your reward at the days end that will give you some sanity. And most importantly, you will be away from home for a good 8-10 hours and that definitely means less of melodrama in your life.

Don’t Take Her Words Personally:

Make a habit of ignoring what she says mostly. If you learn not to take her words personally, you will lead a peaceful life. So what she complains about your food or cleanliness. Just live your own life and when she starts her complains or creates a scene – make a straight face or put your earphones or give the excuse of your children’s homework’s, etc.

Don’t Visit Often:

It is really a boon if you stay away from your melodramatic MIL in some other locality or city. In case, your husband has the habit of visiting her every weekend and you cannot say him directly, then, start making excuses of your PPT, doctors appointment, Yoga class, cleaning home, etc. The more you visit, the more you give the change to your MIL to eat away your mental peace. And like all melodramatic MIL, your MIL also thinks her son is snatched by a witch-like you – right? So, let your hubby enjoy her mamma time for the weekend.

Remember A Gift On All Occasions:

Never ever forget the big to small occasions at all. Your “full of drama” MIL will get new chances to humiliate you. So, keep reminders on your phone at least a week before the “important dates” so that you have time to go shopping and buy the best gifts for her. Meeting her occasionally and that too with nice gifts would cool her down.

Sometimes Dish It Back To Her:

Every individual comes with a set of limitations and strengths. So, when she has touched that maximum limit of patience, just give it back to her. Always remember, the more you stay silent and tolerate her high-end drama, the more she will be powerful. So, when you give her a piece of your mind – she will mind a distance which will retain normalcy in your family.

Talk It Out:

No other tip can be as helpful as this one. Clear cut communication between the two of you may change your relationship dynamics totally. Your husband loves his mom and loves you too. Any average Indian MIL has thought that her son has changed drastically because of the DIL. Let her know that you realize your husband is her child and the obvious behavioral change is not easy for her. And then follow the conversation by letting her know about certain things that you won’t compromise on. It can anything like – you don’t want tips from her how to raise kids; you want her to call you in advance and let you know of her arrival, or questioning you for not packing lunch every day for your husband.

There are chances that if you let her know your thoughts in a calm conversation, she might change her attitude towards you.

Who doesn’t like to shop? It is said that women love it a bit more than the guys. Some women are extremely calculative when it comes to shopping while some are spendthrift. To some women, shopping is a leisure time activity and for some, it is an addiction. But have you ever thought that your zodiac sign can have something to do with your shopping habit? Yes, it can reveal a lot about your shopping style and habit. Read below and know more about the zodiac signs and the unique shopping styles of the ladies falling under them.

Aries Style of Shopping:

The Aries woman is quite loud and she enters the shopping stores to conquer it literally. She wants the latest fashion trends and colors for the season right away and she is quite an impulsive shopper. The Aries woman also loves shopping because she enjoys the challenge that comes with bargaining.

Taurus Style of Shopping:

She is that kind of shopper whom you see in the movies – swinging by the delicatessen for a sample and sweet treat to accompany her while she is taking a round of the shops. She loves to feel the fabric and gets the finest pieces of luxury and comfort for herself. And that’s why she prefers to shop offline and not online. She knows that she is spending her hard-earned money on her fine and rich taste and that’s why she wants every penny to worth the buy!

Gemini Style of Shopping:

Gemini is that person who is more of a seller than a buyer. If you find someone trading her stuff for an exchange – chances are ripe that she is a Gemini. She is also the one who normally flashes in and out of the shops and checks the latest trends. She even talks to everyone she meets at the shop because she wants to be sure of what she is buying.

Cancer Style of Shopping:

Cancer women (and men too) have a penchant for fine cutlery and home décor things. They have an impeccable sense of aesthetics and thus you will find them shopping more for their home rather than themselves. This shopper will walk miles to find that exact kind of sheets matching her cushions. When you visit her place, you will be served the best chocolates and every cutlery at the barbecue party or Christmas party will match the theme of the occasion perfectly. She is also that kind of person whom you can take shopping when you are confused to buy gifts for your people!

Leo Style of Shopping:

Leo is that person who loves leading the way and you will generally find a Leo woman shopping in an entourage. She will lead the way and make sure everyone got something back home. They are very generous and benevolent and thus shopping never ends with shopping bags only – they believe in a lovely meal afterward. Leo women are those kinds of shoppers who take pride in every item bought. She loves to enthrall people with cute anecdotes buying those things.

Virgo Style of Shopping:

Virgo women believe in small buys rather than big ones. So, they don’t mind going to the same store multiple times a day also. They are perfectionists and that’s why take a long time to settle down on any buy.

Libra Style of Shopping:

Libra people are generally indecisive when it comes to shopping. Every choice they make requires a second thought (several times). So, if not happy, they will return the product. But they buy mostly for their partners and for the self they may buy only once a year.

Scorpio Style of Shopping:

A Scorpio woman is never wrong in her fashion parade. She is always the best, unique, and unconventional at times. So, you can only imagine what discreet eyes of details she carries while shopping. Also, she loves to have a collection of things that other people only desire to own and thus you will find the finest and unique things at her place – be it an antique showpiece or a rare book. Scorpio women also believe in acquiring things and thus everything they buy has some deep meaning attached to it.

Sagittarius Style of Shopping:

You can say that souvenir shops were made for these ladies. They go out of their way to buy a seedpod from a baobab tree or the exotic spices from Africa. They come home, keep the bag, hardly bothers to open them, and then plans to visit the next market. They just feel satisfied that they got something rare or unusual.

Capricorn Style of Shopping:

This is the most pragmatic zodiac sign when it comes to shopping. Every zodiac sign has some kind of weak spots for shopping but not this sign. Capricorn ladies shop only when they know they can afford it fully. They want to be sure that every penny spent is worth and that’s why settle for those things that are of good use and will last for some years to come. In short, they are very intelligent buyers.

Aquarius Style of Shopping:

They love to spend on music, books, and gadgets and don’t mind pre-booking them online. But they also have a great pair of eyes for unique and unconventional things. So, a Scorpio woman would be a great companion for an Aquarius woman while shopping. To get that desired piece of thing they will scout the whole market and will come back empty-handed if the object is not up to her standards.

Pisces Style of Shopping:

They generally don’t prefer the malls to shop and to avoid crowd, they will go to the offline markets at early or late hours of the day or evening. Artistic things top their list and she will also bargain well. Apart from pieces of art, Pisces women love to spend only on useful and necessary things.

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