I am in love with a girl.
She is sweet, she is innocent,
She is lovely, she is lovable,
She is the girl, I once dreamt!

She has a place,
Too deep in my heart.
But I can never trace
Why she is so far?

She understands my emotions
But doesn't accept her too.
I wish her love she mentions
Wish only I can do!

When will she come to me,
And say you're mine, I need you.
In her eyes love I wish to see,
For her happiness, then anything I'll do

Then all her pains,
Silently I would bear.
And not allow her eyes,
To have a single tear.

But till then wait I will,
Silently, though heart will cry.
My breath ceases, I get still,
Yes, I will wait till I die!

Wish she shows her love,
Before it is too late.
Before I disappear,
If this is to be my fate.

But I will wait even then,
My love will be accepted one day.
She would come to me, her man,
And say, I wished her to say!

I pray my waiting is not too long,
Longer than I can bear.
I wish to sing duets, not a solo song,
I desparately need her near.

Come soon love, my heart is waiting,
Will you not give him what he wishes?
Believe your love and your feeling,
And your emotions are his only riches!
Hey Piyush!
Hiya Roohi :)
I am glad we took this vacation.
Absolutely, it was so much fun.
I guess in-spite of rough start, 
it turned out to be lot of fun.
Yeah, baggage not arriving after a long international flight, 
and with a kid is certainly no fun.
But I am glad, we did get our bags next day. 
Yeah, I am glad too. 
I fear what all we had to buy if we had lost our baggage. 
God knows how expensive it would have been!
Well you know what, it would have been alright,
that's the reason I had taken travel insurance ahead of time. 
And it paid also!
My Piyush, you are so smart!
(Grins and blushes)Come'on Roohi. 
But you know what, I think there is stuff 
I need to tell our reader from this episode. Will chat later.
Yes, yes, of-course, we should 
definitely spread any useful information. 
Love you <3
Love you too Roohi. 
Tata.


Hey there! As I just told my Roohi, while our travel insurance did pay, there are many things I learned from this episode. I am sure all of us are aware of travel insurance policies which cover various problems associated with travel including lost/delay of baggage, flight schedule disruption, health issues, and so on and so forth. As a general practice it is advisable to take any travel insurance as per desired coverage required. And so I did.

Now when our baggage did not turn up along with us, it was a moment of panic. After all we were travelling internationally, were tired and had a 2 year old infant with us. When we approached airlines staff - they were of no help and asked us to file a complaint so that they can try tracking our luggage. So I did and with a heavy heart, resorted to proceed to our hotel without our luggage that night. I knew that we were covered for both loss and delay of luggage so in my mind I made a point to lodge a claim whenever possible.

I informed my insurance provider about my situation via my brother and they emailed procedure and forms. Given that I had not taken my laptop with me, I thought I will fill the forms when I return. Next day - our luggage did arrive - and in the joy, I just signed the paper the guy brought with him and took the luggage.

Now, later when I went through the email in detail about the claim procedure, I realized I had not taken baggage delivery receipt from this person which was a required document. I thought I will ask for the same on my way back.

And I tried that when we were checking in. However airlines was of no help, they took my email id with a promise that I will get the receipt via email. It never did on its own. I had to eventually raise a ticket and that got resolved in couple of days finally with the receipt being emailed to me.

Fast forward, when I actually set out to file the claim, I realized I did not have everything I needed. I had preserved some baggage tags and I thought I had also preserved all boarding passes. But somehow I did not. Anyways, I filed the claim with all the documents I could muster and the insurance company took 14 working days to process.

I had a cover of USD 100 for baggage delay and was expecting USD 300 as payment. However they approved only USD 100 citing the complaint was only for one luggage piece which was registered in one name and I also did not have any receipts for any emergency purchases. Yet they processed my claim.

Lessons learnt -

0. Take travel insurance. Remember Murphy's law, if anything can go wrong, it will.

1. Make sure each traveler's luggage is registered separately when checking in. The baggage tag identifies the name of the traveler and for insurance claim (especially in case of loss), it will be important that the tags are unique per person travelling.

2. Preserve all travel documents - boarding passes, baggage tags, receipts of any emergency purchase carefully until return.

3. Claim early should you have to.

4. When your baggage is delayed (potentially lost), make sure you file a report - this is known as PIR Passenger Incident Report in airlines/insurance terminology. Keep a copy and make sure it is correctly filled and signed/stamped by airlines.

5. Should you are lucky to get your baggage back, do take the baggage delivery receipt for records. Please note that there is cooling period - in my case it was 12 hours. This means that for delay of 11 hours they will not pay anything. For this reason it is advisable to take an insurance policy with as little cooling period as possible.

Do share anything useful I missed in comments for everyone's benefit!
Urban infrastructure in India is almost as extinct as Dodo. When you traverse the vast expanse of our hinterland you will notice the absolute absence of planning and chaos prevailing in each nook and corner. Yet there is an amazing sense in our nonsense, calm in our chaos, a pattern in our haphazardness. But this post is not about finding that needle of the haystack of our nation. Rather, I would like to write about one of the lesser-known, yet amazingly well designed, developed and maintained cities in India.

Close your eyes for few minutes and imagine this.

Wide, well-made roads, laid neatly in a grid fashion. Manicured lawns at each intersection, some with fountains, some with other artifacts beautifying the crossroads. Imagine low rise buildings, spaced enough from each other, following a pattern with soothing aesthetics. Imagine a park every few kilometers. Imagine well-organized clusters of areas each having park, school, dispensary, recreational area and all civic amenities.

No - I am not describing Utopia, this city does exist in our very own country.

The city I am raving about is Gandhinagar - the capital of Gujarat. This is the Greenest City in Asia with 54% forest cover of its total area. The planning was done by two Indian town planners; Prakash M Apte & H. K. Mewada, who had apprenticed with Le Corbusier in Chandigarh.

Here is city's map:
Image Source: Wikipedia

Since this is a city planned around being the capital of Gujarat - the majority of the population is government employees. Lately, people looking for a peaceful life have moved in here. The traffic thus on busiest of days is next to nothing. Traffic jams are unheard of here.

Image Source: Times Of India Epaper
With six lane main roads, you can easily drive around the city.

The city is well connected by wide central and arterial roads which follow a well-defined pattern as in the map. It is not easy to get lost in Gandhinagar!

The design of the city rivals best of the world. Divided into sectors, each block is self-sufficient for the population living in the sector. The design accounts for plenty of open space and well maintained manicured parks on each intersection and all around.

Image Source: Holiday IQ

The planning of the city with enough places to go around and relax makes it my favorite city in India. Take your car/bike/cycle, and just start driving. Be connected with nature, reach the next intersection, known as the circle in Gandhinagar lingo, gorge on some sumptuous snacks, take that "dees-gola" - crushed ice in a dish, enjoy the nice breeze while gazing at fountains - what more can you ask from urban life? The intersections or circles are a nice place for late evening romantic walks with your love. And Gandhinagar probably is one of the safest places in the country. So you can roam around with your partner without any worries and soak yourself in the simplicity and beauty of the city.

Just writing about the place is reminding me all the good times I had over here, may be it is time to pack my bags and get back to this wonderful city to relive the connectivity & design by driving around!


Prompt for #madeofgreat Zonal War

Information gathers from Quora & Wikipedia.

This is Cupcake reporting, from the Planet Earth. Cookie is busying with baking real stuff, so I took it upon me to keep our blog busy and readers engaged.

Poetry, politics, fiction, facts, news, commentary, world-cup, movies - I guess there is no dearth of topics to ramble about.

Being an avid fan of the world of celluloid fiction, I guess I must talk about some of the wonderful movies I have watched with my Cookie. Many of these are of-course the popular ones, yet, there are few obscure titles.

Thomas Gray said -

“Full many a gem of purest ray serene
The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air.”

These unseen gems are worth every minute of the time we spent watching movies. May be by talking about these, we will help them not fade into obscurity. And I must admit, there are few movies which went beyond our inter-planetary intellect on first viewing. May be when you watch these, you would be able to help us unravel some of the plot mysteries :)

In this series, we will take up many titles, but today I will talk about a movie known as "The Frame"
It is an unusual story, dwells into quintessential topic if we hold the power to script our own destiny. The story starts slow, but as the pace sets in, you sit there sitting in awe of what is happening on-screen.

The narration, the pace, all picks up and keeps you hooked until the very last.

Director Jamin Winans has crafted yet another intriguing story. He has proven that it does not require mammoth budgets to tell beautifully interesting stories. All you need is "the real story", a good screen-play and a good eye for camera. Budgets do not make movies worth watching, people do by excelling in their prowess's - direction, acting, music, editing and what not!

** Minor Spoiler Alert **
It is very tough to tell anything more about the story without giving it away, yet I must say that the story nearly dwells in the theory of Parallel Universe. It is not shown explicitly, but if you have been a fan of series "Fringe", you will see the drift.

Go watch it for pure cinematic pleasure. And do let us know how do you like it!

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Festivals are meant to bring back the joy in life, a relief from daily rigmarole. They are an occasion to celebrate and be alive, providing us necessary escape from the daily grind. And if you bring a little element of togetherness then it probably is the best concoction of happiness.

This Diwali our days were unexpectedly busy on all accounts. Coupled with family being unwell, we could not prepare the traditional sweets until the very onset of the festival. We decided that it will be wise to get sweets from outside this time. It was a practical decision given that there was hardly any time or energy for anything otherwise. And thus we got house cleaned and all in anticipation of the festival.

One night, few days before Diwali we were talking reliving our nostalgic memories of weighing gujiyas and what not. Suddenly we remembered my mother who had reluctantly accepted the fact that there will not home made sweets for this Diwali. I guess that was a trigger enough for us to decide that we will make few gujiyas at least if nothing else.

My mom is diabetic and we decided to try Sugarfree Natura this time, for its ability to provide natural sweetness.

I bought all the ingredients:

Maida 1/2 KG
Ghee 1 KG
Khova 200 gm
Cardamom 10 gm
Sugarfree Natura powder

We wanted to keep this as surprise so it was time for late night cooking in the bedroom using induction plate and utensils.

Process:
We first 2 spoonfuls of ghee to maida and kneaded it till it became sticky. Then we added water and prepared the dough with kneading until it became like play-dough. Then we covered it with cotton cloth, else it would have become to dry to roll.

We then set out to prepare the filling. We powdered the cardamom. Then heated the kadai and put khova in it. No need to add any oil as khova when heated becomes greasy automatically. Soon it was rolling in our non-stick kadai.

We roasted it till it became brown in color. We then let it cool and mixed cardomom powder and Sugarfree natura powder and kept it aside.

Now was time for rolling the wrappers for gujiya. We rolled it in small puri size and then filled with little stuffing, closed the puri, stuck the edges and used our groved pizza cutter to cut it in shape. After it was cut, each gujiya was placed under the cotton cloth to avoid drying.

Once we rolled out all, it was time to fry. We heated ghee in the kadai and when it was ready, deep dried all few at a time until slight brown in color. After draining the excess ghee, gujiyas were neatly stacked in dried air tight container for the surprise next day.



And yes - the next day look of our family was indeed priceless :). We really loved our joint cooking session and hope you will get inspired for yours!
Sometime the moment will come 
For me to depart 
Someday it would be the last moment 
That I hear the rythm of my heart 
But I know there will be no regrets 
That I will be content 
For, throughout my life I would have loved you 
Each moment I lived 
For you would have been meant 
And if I would be given few moments more 
I know what I will do for sure 
I will love you sweetheart 
Just as always I did 
Just as always I do 
Dear, I will love you 
But if I could not speak on my last day 
My heart will confess through my eyes 
That always loved you, 
Loves you this heart 
Even when he dies!