Yay!! I am 5…

downloadHi friends… There’s double celebration today. This is my 100th post and on this day, 5 years ago I started blogging. I was waiting to give my 100th post today, so as to make it memorable. The reason I started blogging was my love for Writing. I know, nowadays I don’t write enough! I’m trying to get rid of my laziness and write more. I have succeeded to a certain extent. I have started off with another short story, which I hope to publish in the near future.

I have mentioned in my earlier posts that I never expected to reach any milestone in blogging. I loved writing and I wanted to express myself through words (people who know me well also know that I am a very talkative person). That was the time when I felt that blogging is the medium through which I can express myself. Initially, when I started, I did not even expect people to read it. Slowly and steadily I started noticing that people started reading my posts. The visitors on my blog increased by the day.

It was one February afternoon that I decided to start my blog and by evening I was ready with my blog page and My First Post, that was way back in 2013. I did not realise that time what was in store for me. Few months later I met Mayur (my husband) and something clicked and we were married within a year. What I did not know was, that my husband had read my blog post secretly and was very impressed by it. This made my blog very memorable for me. When I first started off, my blog was called My Space, but I changed it about a year ago. My husband helped me revamp my page to Vaishu’s Corner and designed it for me. Also, when I started off I was using blogspot , but after a year I changed to WordPress. I have been more than happy on WordPress.

Whenever I have been to family gatherings or wedding people have appreciated my blog. Of late, I know that I have been a disappointment to you all. I have not been blogging enough. My husband says that I have to respect my fans and write more. I will not make any promises like I have always made. I will make sure I make time for my blog and keep my fans happy. My family has been a great support in this for me, be it my parents, in- laws, sister or husband; everyone has supported me to do what I love, that is writing. I must in such a case give them happiness by writing more. So, friends, be ready to see me on your timelines more often with my blog posts.

I have, finally, decided that I will no more wait for free time to blog. I will make it my priority because not many people get the support to do what they love. When I have such a loving and supportive family and fans, I know I shouldn’t disappoint any of you.

Thank you so much for encouraging me till now and I hope to get the same encouragement in the future as well.

On the occasion of the fifth birthday of my blog I would like to share with you the post that is very close to my heart. It is the post which I wrote on my grand mom’s birthday way back in July 2015 (which happened to be a year after her death). I will share the link of the same so that you can re-read the post that means a lot to me.


See you soon..

Till then, Cheers!!!


Forever Jinxed with Electronics!!

imagesHi friends!! The title might make no sense at the outset, but believe me, it will make full sense once you finish reading the entire thing. I have always been jinxed with electronics/network. From the very first Motorola mobile I had to the latest laptop, somehow, I feel I am jinxed. Initially, with my basic Motorola Mobile, I assumed that the problem I had was due to the mobile being a basic one. I realised much later that it wasn’t the case. It was just me 😊

The basic mobile and the ones that followed had storage and network issues. I kept changing my mobile every year to somehow get rid of the space issue, but in vain. In a hurry to replace my phone, I always ended up buying something which always conked off after a while. I even ported to Vodafone, but you will realise later that it didn’t help much. My previous Samsung Mobile was very good until recently, when it started troubling me. I couldn’t have any of the apps on the phone since I faced acute shortage of space. I decided to put an end to it and went ahead and bought an Iphone. I thought by buying it I will somehow get rid of these issues, but no there was something else waiting in store for me. God was probably laughing at me when I was buying an Iphone as if to say, ‘See what it has in store for you.’ (insert evil laugh)

I have never been a great enthusiast of Iphone, but my husband has always been . . I decided to listen to him blindly. I did not have any problem in the beginning and everything was absolutely fine. I knew that it cannot be true. I was, in fact, sure that something big is in store for me, waiting for the right time and yes, I was right.

Since the phone couldn’t give me any trouble, the network decided to take over. I have had Vodafone network for years now. I have faced little trouble here and there, but it reached its peak in October. The phone never had network and it was impossible for anyone to reach me. I realised at that time that the Vodafone network had problems in our area, but that went on for a month. I placed complaints, but in vain. The Vodafone customer care gave a courtesy call in between and that was it. I decided to do something about it as it was impossible for me to handle it. I work from home and the months of November and December were crucial for me. I did not have means of access as my registered mobile number was not reachable half the time. If I had to make a call, I had to juggle it by putting it on airplane mode. It was getting too much for me. I used to have a lot of patience, but I lost it completely 😊

Finally, in January I decided to take it up seriously. One fine day, I called up Vodafone and yelled at them (I can yell at people left, right and centre when the need comes). They did not give me any positive help and that is when I decided to port out of Vodafone. After I put up the porting request I got numerous calls from Vodafone, but I ignored them all and decided to take the plunge to Jio. I had no idea about it, but yet decided to give it a try since my luck with Vodafone had run out. Touch wood, I am happy with Jio, but the fact that I am jinxed with electronics/network remains intact. There are smaller episodes of my 4G internet working at the speed of 2G sometimes, even now. The only thing I am happy about as I mentioned is that the episodes of slow internet are smaller and less frustrating than before.

Coming to my Laptop. Oh yeah, that is what I meant when I said, I am jinxed with electronics. My old laptop conked off about two and a half years ago because it was old. The new one I bought was fine in the beginning, but as always it now pops up a message every time saying shortage of space. It has popped up probably fifty times while I have been trying to write this article.

So, what do you want to say about this? Don’t you actually think that I am jinxed with electronics and the like? I really think I am and so does my husband, my sister and everyone around me. By reading this post you guys will be giving moral support to me to lead this jinxed electronics’ life.

I know, this was too much drama to handle, even by my standards.


A New Dawn

Hello friends! As you may have noticed I was missing from my blog for a while now. Over the past few days I was busy with my short story. I was writing it for the Amazon Kindle Storytelling Contest 2017. I read about this contest sometime in April when I was in Mysore. I started off writing for the same immediately. It, however, took quite some time to streamline it and take it in a proper way.  I hope to get feedback on the same from all of you.

A New Dawn is a short story. It is not a thriller or mystery. It is just a story of Disha, the girl next door. She is very simple and down to earth homemaker. Then comes in her husband, Sameer. A normal ambitious businessman who travels a lot. Sameer’s frequent trips on business leaves Disha home alone. Is she happy with the way her life is going ahead? Or does she regret living this way?

Only time will tell! So make some time to read this short story to know this relationship of trust, love and lies as it unravels.

Follow the link given above  to download the book on Amazon.

Why are you still sitting here? Rush to read more about Disha and Sameer and how their life goes on.

Do get back to me with your feedback.


Note: The Cover Page for the book is created by Mayur Sarma 🙂

My Experience in a Public-Sector Bank

Hi friends! Hope summer is at its peak and troubling all of you equally (insert evil laugh emoji). I have been blogging more about recipes and book reviews these days. I thought it’s high time I blogged about something different. As you guys are aware, I have always shared my personal experiences which have had a lasting impact on me. So here I am today, with one such experience.

Few things are so deeply etched in your head, come what may, you will never forget it. This is one such incident which, how much ever I try I’m just not able to erase from my head. Okay, it’s not like I want to erase it. It’s just too funny. I, generally, avoid going to Public Sector Banks. It is not that I have a bias towards Private Sector banks. It is just that I have always had some sort of lethargic experience at my Public- Sector Bank. It always so happens that either the staff is too lazy to do something I ask for or they are busy in some personal conversation.

Last Thursday, I suddenly realised that I must go to my Bank, come what may, as I had some urgent work. I headed to accomplish the same along with other small things at the same bank. As I entered the bank, I had a funny feeling because all the staff members were out of their seats roaming all over the place within the Bank to my irritation. I wanted to go to my locker. So, I specifically asked for the same. They told me to wait. Then after about ten minutes, a lady started accompanying me to the locker with a lot of pit stops. She was a chatterbox (Okay, people who know me from close also know that I am a big chatterbox as well, but there is a difference between chatting non -stop when you’re free and jobless and chatting when you’re at work). Somehow, I managed to reach the locker with the pit stops and was relieved to be there, when she told my signature doesn’t match. Hmm, there was no difference whatsoever in my signature, but she went to re-check it in the system. Fine, she was doing her duty, I thought. She went all the way without asking my name. She came back with the query – Madam, what’s your name? I answered. She, then, returned with a smile saying – Your signature matches. I don’t know why, I felt it didn’t. It is all system scanned right, I think it was blurry when I saw it the first time. To which I replied with a fake smile – No problem. I finished my work and ran out of the locker room, as I didn’t want to waste my precious time in this place (I know I am being mean, but this is not the first time such a thing has happened to me).

After the locker room, I had other pending work to be done – passbook updation and cash deposit. The bank is all well equipped with machines for everything nowadays (it is just that the machines are out of order half the time). I wanted to try my luck at it. I went to the cash deposit kiosk which looked alright. I started my transaction; it went on telling me that the account number is wrong. I tried twice or thrice and gave up. I, then, moved towards the passbook updating machine. It also looked perfectly alright, but it didn’t work despite my numerous trials. I gave up and finally, went into the branch once again (sigh!).

I asked them whether their machines were out of order, to which they replied affirmatively. Hmm, the next question I asked was whether their manual cash deposit system was in place. The Manager assured me that it was. So, I went ahead and filled up the counterfoil and challan and went to cashier to hand it over, when he looked at me in shock (he looked as if I showed him a gun). He told me that their systems were down and he couldn’t help me. To which, I said – But the Manager told me that it is in place. He called the manager and said – Sir, the system is down, so how I can accept cash deposits and the Manager was like – Oh I didn’t know that (I was about to ask, aren’t you the manager, but somehow shut my mouth). Disappointed, I turned to walk away from the branch, when I saw one of the staff, who happens to be a youngster just resting on his chair (as if he is sleeping at home) just staring at me. I turned away the first time, but I could feel him staring continuously. I was like what the hell is wrong with this guy. I wanted to ask him, but, yet another time, I forced myself to shut my mouth. I just ignored the entire situation and rushed out of the bank because one thing I’ve realised is how ever hard you try, some things are never going to change, public-sector banks being one of them.

I kept thinking about what happened at the bank until I came home. I couldn’t control my laughter when I narrated the entire incident to everyone at home. That is when, Mummy (my mother – in- law) suggested that I blog about it. Why not, I thought! It would make a good experience to share, with hundreds of people.

Though I enjoyed narrating it today, I was super irritated that day. I hope you guys enjoyed reading it.

Note: I have deliberately omitted the name of the Bank for various reasons. One more thing I would like to specify here is, I am in not promoting any private sector bank over a public -sector bank. It is just my personal experience.


My Bitter Sweet Experience with Uber

New-Logo-Vertical-DarkHi friends!!! I am two days late this week. It’s been a long time since I blogged generally. It has always been either some recipe or some book review. I hope you guys are enjoying what I am coming up with. I will slowly improve and do a lot more things in the coming days. Life has become so easy for everybody with Uber and Ola these days. I remember the days when one would struggle finding a cab. Uber and Ola have surely been a boon to metro cities where commuting from one place to another in normal cabs would not only be strenuous but also super expensive due to heavy traffic. It has, surely, been more than a year now since I have started using Uber for my commute to places little far off in Mumbai. Before Uber I used to rely on Ola and Meru. They were pretty good too, but not as efficient and fast as Uber at least in Mumbai.

Mumbai is a really huge city. The transportation here is the best we can find in any of the Indian cities. You can hop into a cab or a rickshaw (excepting for people living in South Mumbai) or a train or bus or even metro (only in the suburbs). The Kaali Peeli cabs and the trains being the famous out of the lot. You can confidently step out of your place and hop into a kaali peeli and get to your destination at ease, but there have been times when your kaali peeli drivers refuse to come to certain locations (the farther the destination the better for them). It causes a lot of inconvenience because at times when you’re in a hurry, you end up being in a fix. There have been times when I have stepped out of the house after 6 pm and none of the cabs which passed by me have accommodated me. That is when your Uber comes to your rescue. I started using Uber for this reason.

The first time I took an Uber to my husband’s office which is about an hour’s drive from home (sometimes more than that during peak hours), I was astonished. The price was really reasonable. We started using Uber often after that. The discount we were being given was like an icing on the cake. Everything went well up to a certain time. After that I started facing a few problems. Once when I was to be picked up from Chembur at 10.30 am, I booked an Uber. While I was waiting for him to pick us up, on the App I saw that guy had taken the wrong route. I immediately called him up and told him that he was going the wrong way. He then told that since he has already gone the wrong way, he cannot come back. I had to cancel my ride. I booked another one. The second guy was almost near my location, but for some reason he wasn’t able to figure out where to head. I gave him the directions on the phone, but he somehow couldn’t get it. I cancelled the ride and booked another one. The third time it got a little ridiculous because the guy picked us up from our location but he wasn’t able to start the trip as the location was not matching. We had to get out of the cab and cancel it. I booked the fourth one. Finally, the guy came to the location and picked us up.

After heading home, the first thing I did was try to give a complaint. I put up a complaint on the app, but there was no point doing it. They did not respond. I tried to search for a Customer Care number for Uber India where I could call up and personally give my complaint, but I did not find any. Since I faced the problem for the first time, I ignored it. The inconvenience I faced that day was something which cannot be explained.

The second time I had a problem with Uber was at Chennai. We wanted an Uber to drop us off at the airport. I booked one and our relative helped us with the directions. The driver told he understood and in the next five minutes, he cancelled the ride. I booked another one. The guy told he will make it, but did not for about fifteen minutes. We were to reach the airport. So, we cancelled the ride and we were charged for the same. I placed a complaint on the app but in vain.

The third time I had an issue was recently. We were five of us and we were to return home after dinner at 11.30 pm. So, while returning we had to book an Uber XL and we booked one. I could see that the guy was completing his previous trip. It showed on the app that he would take fifteen minutes. We waited for like more than twenty minutes but there was no sign. I tried calling him up like a billion times but his phone was not reachable. I, then, cancelled the ride and booked another one. The guy was about five minutes away from our location. I called up to direct him. He told me at 12 in the night that he can’t pick us up. I was really angry this time. I fired him. I asked him why he accepted my ride if he wasn’t interested in picking us up. He didn’t have an answer. He was very rude. I did not want to waste my time at that time of the night arguing with him. I wanted to just get out of the place at the earliest. So, we looked for two normal cabs.

What I would like to bring out in this post of mine is that there should be some route for us to contact the Uber Customer Care to give complaints. The lodging of complaints on the App and waiting for their response has not worked out at least for me. These matters should be taken care of and sorted because if it continues this way, I’m sure Uber will lose its sheen very soon. I am pretty sure I am not the only one who has had this experience.

Though I have had an excellent experience with Uber, these incidents make me think twice before I book one at night or when I am in a hurry to get somewhere. What will be the difference between the kaali peeli cabs and Uber, if the Uber drivers start becoming arrogant?

With this bitter sweet experience, I leave this platform open for all of you to share your experiences with me.


Note: The logo has been borrowed from the Internet