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Month: April 2015

India vs Malaysia: An experience at Ice Hockey

Team India

Team India

Almost all of us would have realized that India had an Ice Hockey team sometime last month. That is when they cried out for funding through Twitter so that they could make it to the Challenge Cup of Asia Division 1 in Kuwait. The usual questions started to swirl around. Since when did we have an ice hockey team? Are they professional sportsmen? Why spend money on a sport which is not even remotely popular in India? But then, something gave way.

The #ISupportIceHockey hashtag became a trend on Twitter as personalities like Anand Mahindra, Gautam Gambhir, the CEO of Micromax and others chipped in. More than 285 donors from over 52 cities came together to fund their trip to this tournament. #ChakDeBarfPe became a clarion call. The team is made of mostly policemen from the Indo-Tibetan Border police, a few servicemen and civilians. Ice Hockey is quite popular in Shimla and Ladakh. But it suffers from basic problems like lack of availability of protective gear, pucks etc. The only international level rink in India which is situated in Dehradun has been lying closed since 2012.

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The Kidzania Kuwait Experience!

Entrance to Kidzania Kuwait

Entrance to Kidzania Kuwait

I had read a lot about Kidzania before visiting their outlet in Kuwait. Started in 1999 in Mexico City, Kidzania has expanded to 16 cities and more across the world in the space of a few years since they started a franchise model to expand their properties. With more than 31 million guests having visited Kidzania since its opening, it is one of the fastest growing edutainment brands on the planet.

So what’s Kidzania all about? Let’s check it out.

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99 word fiction: In the middle of nowhere..

In the middle of nowhere..

In the middle of nowhere..

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“How can you even stay in such a godforsaken place? You stay here for six months at a stretch every year. Don’t you miss us at all?”

Krystal, George’s daughter had come to her dad’s laboratory located in one of the northernmost regions of the world. She couldn’t take in the fact that her father was never there when she needed him. All he seemed worried about was finding ways to save the earth from destruction.

“You know I am doing this for the benefit of humankind, don’t you?” Saying this, he got busy again much to her chagrin.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – April – My post no 6 for this month.

Written for the photo prompt and you can read the other entries here.

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Friendship – Does gender really matter?

Friends with the opposite gender.. Is it possible?

Friends with the opposite gender.. Is it possible?

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From the time we are small, our friends and Bollywood movies all around us teach us that a girl and a boy can never be friends. A lot of parents feel that mixing with the opposite gender can lead to their children losing their way in their studies. And therefore, many prefer their children going to an only-boys or an only-girls school. They feel that with the absence of the opposite gender, their children’s minds wouldn’t wander and they would concentrate completely on their studies. Is that really the case?

Interestingly, from what I have heard from friends who have studied in only-boys schools, their minds wander a lot more into useless activities in classrooms and beyond compared to those who studied in co-ed institutions. The main reason for this is the fact that guys try to be at their best behavior when in the company of the opposite gender.

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Surname – To change or not to change?

Surname - To change or not to change?

Surname – To change or not to change?

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In societies across the world, the practice has always been for women to take their husband’s surname after marriage. As per the so called tradition which all of us have been accustomed to, women get rid of their family (father’s) surname as soon as they get married.  But why is it required? As someone said – What’s in a name?

It’s always said that changing surnames keeps things quite easy. If we consider our personal documents like passports, marriage certificates etc. people tend to raise eyebrows if both the husband and wife have different surnames. Why do they raise eyebrows? Answer: Because it has been followed as a practice for years on end.

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Five Sentence Fiction: Changes

Change in life..

Change in life..

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She loved stability in everything she did in life.

But life’s course doesn’t run on our whims and fancies, does it?

On her wedding day, her fiancee who she had been dating for 6 years left her in the lurch just because her family couldn’t afford the huge sum of dowry the groom’s family demanded.

Unable to bear this news, her father had a heart attack and had to be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the nearby hospital.

In the space of a few minutes, her life had changed completely without warning.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – April – My post no 3 for this month.

Written for Five Sentence Fiction Prompt: Changes. Read the other entries here.

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Keeping your heart and mind in sync..

Heart vs Mind

Heart vs Mind

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There are so many times in our lives when we are confused on whether to listen to our hearts or our minds. From taking decisions which affect our lives or those around us to decisions our day to day activities, we are always in a dilemma on whom to listen to. There are so many instances when we listen to our heart causing our mind to be unhappy and vice-versa. But then, that’s life isn’t it?

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Share the Load with Ariel’s Wash Bucket Challenge

Ariel Wash Bucket Challenge

Ariel Wash Bucket Challenge

In an age where equality is a buzzword for all and sundry, how can washing clothes be only a woman’s domain? Gone are the times when cooking food, washing clothes and doing other household chores was the duty of a woman. In today’s fast paced world where both men and women work in 9am-5pm corporate jobs, there is barely any time to relax. In such a scenario, its unfair to expect either partner to do all the chores at home. And therefore, sharing responsibilities is the best way forward.

In Phase 1 of this activity by BlogAdda, women were asked to blog about the startling statistics on the perceptions about washing clothes. The biggest problem with doing laundry or any other household chore is the stereotype associated with it.

“Dude, how can you even think of washing the clothes? Doesn’t your wife do it?”

“Can’t you get a maid? Why do you have to wash clothes or clean your house all the time?”

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