Hi Guys,

I've been writing 69-word, theme-based stories for the digital lifestyle magazine, The Brown Scooter, every month.

Read off and let me know what you think/feel :)


Mint-O's Ultramintz - Product Review for BlogAdda

It was called the Germopolis.

The bustling city, inhabited by small, microscopic people, was built on a huge, soft pink stretch of land that was fortified on three sides by strong, white towers which was used to keep the intruders out. On the fourth side, there was a deep ravine that few dared to venture into, never to return. It was dubbed Galaorge, the chasm of darkness.

The dwellers of this city never had to go out of their houses to work. Beyond the towers, lay a wide cave that opened up every 3 hours and provided Germopolis with enough food and water and other necessities for the day, sometimes even weeks and months. They worshipped it and called it ‘Le Mouth.’

Unlike the rest of the world, Germopolis only had 2 seasons – Summer and Autumn.

One day while the residents were going about their daily chores, they saw a white, circular object flying in through Le Mouth, hitting their city and scattering into a million pieces. Before they could realize what had happened, the entire city was covered in white, fluffy flakes and a cool breeze kept flowing all around. It was Snow and a third new season had finally arrived!

The whole city erupted into a celebration. People cried out in joy and hugged each other. Few of them tried to feel the frozen flakes on their tongues and shivered when they got one. Those with diabetes were a little skeptical at first but eventually gave in to the new season. They brought new clothes, decorated trees, hung up stockings and went around from home to home signing cheerful carols and hymns.

Whenever I pop a Mint-O Ultramintz in my mouth, I can hear the sounds of a celebration. 

The Mint-O Ultramintz mini boxes that I got for the review from BlogAdda came in a classy, black box highlighted with shades of electric blue and shiny white. On opening the box, I saw the cute little tin case nestled snugly inside a silky piece of cloth which was covering it from all sides. 

There were 60 little white pellets in each box. Though the pellets were tiny, they really packed a punch. Each pellet is made from peppermint oils from France, finest quality menthol and is powered by speciality cooling compounds. Size really didn’t matter here and one tiny mint was enough to keep my mouth feeling fresh for a couple of hours. I tried them out at different times of the day, post lunch and post dinner, and they tasted just perfect. The mints are *really* strong and does the job of being a mouth freshener rather well.

I don’t know a lot of people who consume mints but the ones that do, always go for foreign brands. I also don’t know if that is because of the lack of a worthy local alternative or it has something to do with the quality and strength of the mint.

Whatever the reason, I can vouch for the fact that Mint-O’s Ultramintz is one solid offering and it is both strong and tasty. And at Rs.50 a box for 60 pellets, it is a steal!

They seem to be doing cool stuff on their Facebook page too (refer below!) 

I am reviewing mint-o Ultramintz as a part of the Product Reviews Program at BlogAdda.

All That Matters Is (for INK Live 2013)

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Why do we study?

Why do we work?

Why do we live?

Call it a dream. An ambition. An aspiration. A goal. 

You, me, your cousin, the aunty next door, your boss, the building watchman, the chaatwala, the car salesman, the neighbourhood politician… everyone has one.

Starting your own little company. Publishing my own graphic novel. Representing India at the Miss Universe pageant. Winning the next big client. Sending his daughter to study medicine. Making a brand from himself. Selling a big order to the next corporate client. Triumphing his opposition in the Assembly elections this year. Everyone has one.

What keeps people charged and motivated is their single minded resolve to achieve what is in their minds.

All That Matters is a Sense Of Accomplishment.

People are unique. So are their perceptions of their goals.

Some would say that even getting through a working day is a feat worthy of being rewarded while there are some who won’t rest till they earn themselves national/international recognition for their accomplishments. Some are of the opinion that the tasks your complete in the present is all that matters which is why they love to do everything *today* while some always have an eye on the near future and work towards reaching there.  

In life, the things that need to be accomplished, more often than not, come in the guise of duties and responsibilities, which is why most people feel too lazy or bored to even acknowledge them, let alone pursue and attain them.

We all equate the sense of accomplishment to our inner happiness. The bigger the deed accomplished, the larger the sense of pride, happiness and inner peace. The co-relation also depends on the kind of task, the time required, the actual time one has and a whole lot of other factors. This play of variables in any task is what makes it interesting or difficult, depending on how one sees it, and thereby determines the level of happiness one would be getting on completing one.

We are all warriors, looking to conquer our fears and overcome our problems to accomplish something for ourselves, day after day.

Do we succeed? Not always.

Would we stop trying? NO. NEVER!

If you ask me, being able to write this post in the midst of a hectic work life and a busy personal life is an accomplishment in itself :D

This post is written as a part of ‘All that Matters‘ contest at BlogAdda.com in association with INK Live 2013.

#55wordstory - Tease

Yesterday's theme was 'Tease.'

The sensual oil massage. 

The post bath drying off.

The playful salsa steps.

The bumpy bike ride.

The movie lounge.

The tight hug.

All just tease-rs, to the mind-blowing climax, of a steamy movie!