Revisiting Childhood Memories | Part 2 | Mani’s Lunch Home

I have also love South Indian cuisine since childhood and although, there are a thousand places to eat in Mumbai, Mani’s Lunch Home still is my favorite place to go.

When I was in school, father used to take me here once every month. I used to love eating at this place.

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The best part is that the food is still the same—delicious and the price id also affordable. I wonder how the owner can offer such prices in this times of acute inflation all across the world.

Nevertheless, it’s a place to go and eat authentic South Indian cuisine if you’re in my city; Mumbai.

Revisiting Childhood Memories | Part 1 | Juhu Beach

This is one place all the citizens of Mumbai have been; since childhood. It’s the famous Juhu Beach and it’s beautiful.

I have been going here since my childhood. My parents used to take me this place almost every Sunday.

What a time it was!

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Today, I lived the past glory. I visited there again; after many years. The fragrance of the sea was the same. The food was delicious as last time.

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The only thing that has changed is the cleanliness factor. It’s become quite dirty as compared to what it was in my childhood.

But that was like 30 years ago!

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I took the auto-rickshaw as we did many years ago. It’s fun to travel like this. I love the madness of the auto-rickshaw drivers, their stubbornness, their drama and their NOs.

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I ate the authentic street-foods of Mumbai.  I started from Pav Bhaji, then went to eat Pani Puri and completed my food orgasm with the most delicious and colorful of all—Gola.

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I have promised to go there every month now. It’s so much fun there. I love walking near the sea, listening to the waves and watching the sun becoming red and suddenly disappearing into oblivion.

If you’re in India and visiting my city Mumbai, please connect with me to take a quiet stroll at this nostalgic beach.

 

9 Reasons You Should Have Sex Everyday

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If you thought that the only benefit of sex was, well, pleasure, here’s some news for you. Making love is good for adults. And making love regularly is even better.

Not only does it help you sleep well, relieve stress and burn calories, there are also several other reasons why you need to have sex more often.

  1. A recent study says that people who have sex more than twice a week, have a lesser risk of getting a heart attack, than people who had sex less than once a month.
  2. Regular lovemaking increases the level of the immune-boosting antibody immunoglobulin A, which in turn makes your body stronger against illnesses like the common cold and fever.
  3. Stressed out with work or family problems? Don’t let it affect your performance in the bedroom. Not only will having sex improve your mood, but a study has also proven that folks, who indulge in regular bedroom activities can handle stress better and are happier people.
  4. Relieves pain If you’re using a headache as an excuse to not make love, stop doing that. Have sex instead, because, when you’re about to have an orgasm, the level of the hormone oxytocin increases by five times. This endorphin actually reduces aches and pains.
  5. When one has an orgasm, a hormone called dehydroepiandrosterone is released. This improves immunity, repairs tissue and keeps the skin healthy. Men, who have at least two orgasms a week, live longer than men who have sex just once every few weeks.
  6. Increases blood circulation because your heart rate increases when you have sex, fresh blood is supplied to your organs and cells. While used blood is removed, the body also expels toxins and other materials that cause you to feel tired.
  7. The sleep that you get just after you’ve made love will be much more relaxed. Getting a good night’s sleep will make you feel alert and overall healthy.
  8. If you find going to the gym mundane or working out at home a task, here’s another way to help you lose the flab and keep in shape. Regular sex will do wonders for your waistline. Half an hour of lovemaking burns more than 80 calories.
  9. In men, the hormone testosterone is what makes them more passionate in the sack. Not only will it make you feel way better in bed, but it also improves your muscles and bones, keeps your heart healthy and keeps a check on your cholesterol. In women, on the other hand, the hormone estrogen protects them against heart disease and also determines a woman’s body scent.

Prisoners Need Reform Not Punishment

Our Father of Nation—Mahatma Gandhi—believed in reform not punishment and with this philosophy, Additional Director General (Prison) Mr. Bhushankumar Upadhyay and Jail Superintendent Mr. U.T. Pawar organized a workshop in the largest prison of South Asia—Yerwada Central Jail, Pune.

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When one commits a mistake in life, one has to pay a big cost for it. But it’s not the end of life, not even for the prisoners of jail. There is always a ray of hope to live a happy, positive and normal life– for them too. This was the overview of the program conducted by Mind Power Expert, Transformation Leader and Human Potential Expert Mr. Sunil Parekh of RISE Development Academy, Mumbai.

400 prisoners of Yerwada Central Jail attended this 4-hour mind power and life education workshop on 27th October this year.

No one is a born criminal but rather they develop this mindset due to their experiences and circumstances. Due to losing control of the mind at the spur of moment, one has to bear the consequences as per the law of the land; and that is usually a punishment in jail.

While serving in the jail, they lose all hope to live a happy, positive and normal life, but Mr. Parekh shared the technique to change their mindset by explaining them the powers of subconscious mind with lots of practical tools and techniques.

Through the visualization technique, they were taught to paint a positive picture of life after coming out of jail, so that it can manifest into a reality. Through affirmations, they were taught to believe that its possible for them to become a good citizen; again. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a very powerful tapping exercise on 9 meridian points of the body to heal any negative emotions, lessen mental and physical pain and bring about reform.

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Many prisoners cried during the EFT session. Though their minds have become negative, hopeless and their hearts is filled with guilt, anger, sadness, anxiety and fear of future, awareness of their potential and power of subconscious mind can enable them to live a happy, positive and normal life. Their past cannot be changed but a better future can be created by the making them realize their potential, support of the society and such noble initiatives.

This noble and unique program was made possible with genuine efforts of Dr. Datta Kohinkar, of Vishwashakti Foundation, Pune. He attended Mr. Parekh’s Mind Power Unlimited program and came up with this noble thought of sharing this valuable knowledge with prisoners of Yerwada Central Jail.

This noble and genuine effort of Mr. Parekh will be of great help to this neglected segment of the society and will realize the philosophy of our Father of Nation.

 

 

76 Ways To Save Money

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1. Move bank accounts to take advantage of perks and earn more interest
2. Turn off the television.
3. Stop collecting, and start selling
4. Sign up for every free customer rewards program you can.
5. Make your own gifts instead of buying stuff from the store.
6. Write a list before you go shopping – and stick to it.
7. Invite friends over instead of going out.
8. Repair clothing instead of tossing it.
9. Don’t spend big money entertaining your children.
10. Negotiate rates with your credit card company or complete a balance transfer.
11. Clean out those closets.
12. Drink more water and carry a water bottle.
13. Quit smoking.
14. Turn off the lights.
15. Swap books, music, and DVDs on the Internet or at the library.
16. Install CFLs or LEDs wherever it makes sense.
17. Install a programmable thermostat.
18. Buy quality appliances that will last.
19. Clean or change out your car’s air filter.
20. Quit using credit cards.
21. Do a price comparison – find a cheaper grocery store.
22. Make your own when you can.
23. Avoid stress-spending.
24. Share your dreams with people you love.
25. Do a maintenance run on your appliances.
26. Cancel unused club memberships.
27. Buy used when you can.
28. Keep your hands clean.
29. Remove your credit card numbers from your online accounts.
30. Give the gift of labor.
31. Do holiday shopping right after the holidays.
32. Join up with a volunteer program.
33. Declutter to save your sanity and some cash.
34. Try generic brands of items you buy regularly.
35. Stick to reliable, fuel-efficient cars.
36. Avoid the mall.
37. Rent out unused space in your home.
38. Create a visual reminder of your debt.
39. Cancel magazine subscriptions.
40. Eat breakfast.
41. Swap babysitting with neighbors.
42. Don’t fear leftovers – use them up instead.
43. Go through your clothes – all of them.
44. Carry your own lunch.
45. Learn how to dress minimally.
46. Ask for help and encouragement from your inner circle.
47. Try to fix things yourself.
48. Keep an idea notebook in your pocket.
49. Look for a cheaper place to live.
50. Check out free events in town.
51. Start a kitchen garden.
52. Take public transportation.
53. Carpool.
54. Do some basic home and auto maintenance on a regular schedule.
55. Buy staples in bulk.
56. Pack food for road trips.
57. Go through your cell phone bill, look for services you don’t use, and ditch them.
58. When buying a car, look only at used models.
59. Use a simple razor to shave.
60. Find daily inspiration for making intelligent moves.
61. Read books – a lot of them.
62. Make your own cleaning supplies instead of buying them.
63. Suggest cheap activities when meeting up with family and friends.
64. Don’t speed.
65. Buy a smaller house.
66. Always ask for fees to be waived.
67. Don’t overspend on hygiene products.
68. Make your own beer or wine.
69. Cut down on your vacation spending.
70. Cancel the cable or satellite channels you don’t watch.
71. Do more charity.
72. Exercise more.
73. Utilize online bill pay with your bank.
74. Don’t beat yourself up when you make a mistake.
75. Always keep looking ahead.
76. Never give up.

Lessons From My Trip To Yerwada Central Jail

“How many years you got?”

“25 years”

“What section?”

“302”

“Murder?!”

“Yes”

“Why?”

“Our family had been exploited since years. I took my revenge, and ended the chapter. Forever.”

This is one of the many conversations I had today in my visit to south Asia’s biggest prison—Yerwada Central Jail.

We had been given special permission by the Additional Director General (Prison), Maharashtra, to conduct a transformation workshop through our Rise Academy.

There were 350 prisoners in the session.

Who are these prisoners? They are people who have committed a serious or pretty crime and convicted by a court. Some of them were just scapegoats and some were just a pawn of our crime scene, disruptive society and loopholes in law and order.

There are regular people who have committed a crime mostly in a gesture of acute anger and helplessness. Many of them will stay here for a while, say 25 years.

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Some of them for death sentence.

The start of the session was quite haywire because we couldn’t catch their attention.

They’re restless and frustrated. But towards the end most of them were crying aloud. Many felt transformation in 3 hours. Some were indifferent and walked away.

Although, I have visited some jails in past but this was a completely different experience as we got to interact one to one with many.

Most of them are filled with guilt because of the crime they committed. Most of them are products of the exploitative society and income inequality.

No one wants to live in a prison and they dream of a free life. We can’t give them their physical freedom but we tried to give them tools to get out of the emotional prison they live in.

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Life in a prison is extremely difficult and dangerous. Few transform, few become criminal for a lifetime.

The person who was serving 25 years sentence is scheduled to get out in few months but he’s scared and depressed. He has no idea what to do in the new world he’ll enter, with no family or friends as such.

The trip to Yerwada jail has been an eye-opener for me, a more exciting trip than a trip to moon.

Jail is a great teacher. It teaches the value of life, especially freedom. It teacher that, usually, you can’t escape a crime – you have to pay for it.

And what is underlying emotion; mostly?

Anger.

Anger destroys your senses and makes you a monster and in that moment, you do something terrible. You and your entire universe suffers.

I have learnt my lesson and want to request you to manage your anger otherwise it will turn you into a monster.

At the and, I feel, we’re all prisoners in our own jail of misbeliefs, suffering, ego, lust, greed, blind faith, frustrations and anger.

The only difference is they’re inside and we’re outside.

 

It’s Beautiful To Have Love As Your Name, Isn’t It Aroha?

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One fortunate school friend who’s in New Zealand, gave birth to a cute girl some days ago. But this is not what excited me to write this blog post but it’s what they named her and what is more exciting for me is the joy she’s going to feel by having such name.

The friend named her Aroha that means love and affection in Māori language; the official language of the natives of New Zealand.

Aroha is a compound word, the parts include Aro, Ro, Hā, Oha.  These words give many layers of meaning offering a profound message of love and connection.

  • Aro is thought, life principle, paying attention, to focus on, to face or front.
  • Ro is inner, within, introspection.
  • is life force, breath, energy.
  • Oha is generosity, prosperity, abundance and wealth.

Love is a very special and meaningful word to each human being. Each human being has his or her own thoughts about love to guide himself or herself to land safely and smoothly into the kingdom of love. Without this preconceived idea of love, people would be acting like a blind person searching for the light with thousand of obstacles in front of them.

Lovers run this world, the universe, the entire existence. Love was there when nothing was there and love will remain when nothing else will. Love is the beginning, love is the end, love is worship, love is the creator.

Our dear Aroha is so fortunate to have this as her name. She’ll be everywhere, the beginning, the end, the worship, the creator and all of that.

Please bless us.

In this times of hate and intolerance, it’s so beautiful to have such a name. It’s like a flower with sweet fragrance that spreads it everywhere. Aroha, I wish you good-luck in this old and joyful planet because you have just come from the heaven with vibrant and positive energy.

Godspeed.

Whatever is the question, love is the answer.

This is a quite of one of the designers of my life and by going as per the quite, Aroha will be answer to all the questions; all of them. And BTW, she’st the youngest human I have written a blog post on.

I wish I had this name.