Category: Life

A friend of mine once told me that when we are happy, we listen to the music, but when we are sad, we listen to the lyrics. He was probably right, or at least that’s what happens to me. And this made me think, that for different times, there are different kinds of music that one might like. So how can one simply pick a favorite, it depends quite a lot on the occasion. That’s why we have the different moods and different genres that we like the most in an appropriate mood.

There are times in our life when we are too worked up and simply cannot take it, that time you’d either leave it all and go to sleep, or go out with friends to vent it off. While in the former case you’d listen to some slow songs, the latter calls for some hard rock and roll. We all have those lazy mornings when all we want is a cup of coffee, and that would be the time most people would simply switch on the radio or play their energizing playlists to get into the mood. And do I even need to mention when we need to listen some slow romantic songs?

There is a time and place for everything, and it certainly includes music. And in my opinion, there is nothing better than music to enjoy any occasion, or as I like to put it, to have a Fantastico experience.  I’ve tried to classify some of the music choices for the different times in our daily life.

Parties: I mean, Duh! What’s a party without some rocking music? No matter if it’s your birthday or a party for your promotion, it isn’t a party till the moment you start dancing on some crazy beats! To get a fantastico music experience in a dance party, you can choose almost anything, from hip hop to rock. And for those classic parties, there’s simply no replacement for Jazz.

Night time: Especially when you’re alone, there are two kinds of music that are uncanny. One would be the classical flute evening ragas, and other is acoustic. Those strings can do the kind of magic you can’t imagine, putting you to one of the finest and most satisfying sleeps you can imagine. For the fans of beats and percussions, go for Pink Floyd, thank me later.

Mornings: Starting a morning with hard rock is normally not recommended. So this would be the time I’d choose the classic Bollywood songs or slow rock like that of Coldplay.

Romance: When you’re spending a romantic evening with your loved one, a combination of classic rock and jazz can do wonders. There are also those Bollywood songs from the 80s, or the Arjit Singh playlists of today that could help.

On a drive: Imagine you’re cruising in your powerful Tata Zica for a long drive, there can be nothing better than Greenday or Led Zepplin classics to enjoy the ride. And may I add Iron Maiden and Metallica to that. Trust me, there is nothing better.

Image Courtesy: MadeOfGreat Website by Tata Motors.

I’m sure after all this, you will have a Fantastico Experience with your music.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can  apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

A world without music.

The title looked scary, didn’t it? For people like me who can’t go on a day without listening to their favorite songs, this situation is practically unimaginable. Thinking about the world without music paints quite a scary picture for me, which is ironically accompanied by a conjuring background score. But for those who aren’t that much into music, is this a possibility?

Let’s see. When I say no music, I mean not even those ringtones that we have in our phones, no rhythms and no rhymes. So waking up to an alarm would be a thing of past. There will only be news channels on television, and in case the Daily soaps or sitcoms are still there, the dialogues would not even be half as interesting. There will be movies, but they’ll either be mute like they used to be back in the nineteenth century, or without any kind of background score. Now Hans Zimmer and A.R Rahman fans would know what it is like to watch a movie with no background score. Imagine a movie like Gravity or Intersteller, or the dark knight for that matter, with no music. Batman isn’t that great a character now, is he?

And that’s not it, everything around us has music. From the ruffling of leaves to the chirping of birds, from the sound of water to the little noise those crickets make at night, it is all musical. There’s music in the trees when they sway, there’s music in the air when it blows, hell… there’s music in the silence too, it just needs the right listener.

So when you think about the world without music, think again, think of everything that you’d be losing. And I’m not talking about the sounds or plain noise, but the things that please the ears and create a rhythm our brain develops a liking for. A world without music would be a world without Clapton, Presley or Bowie. It would be a world where nobody will have an escape from the reality, even for a moment. It would be a world where there will be pain, and sadness, but no music to give you the courage to face it all. A world without music would be a world without life, a place where you breathe, but don’t live.

I cannot stress enough on how important this one thing is for us. Not money, not any kind of materialistic reward can ever be enough to replace music from our life. And I’m at a loss of words to show how much it means to me. But as Hans Christian Anderson very aptly puts, where words fail, music speaks. So I’ll give you a small task. Imagine if you could play one and only one song throughout your life, which song would that be? Once you listen to it now, you’ll realize the emotion that went behind this post.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can  apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

Making life Fantastico!

No matter what you do, what you like and where you live, none of it will be worth it if you can’t answer this one question positively… Is your life Fantastico or not?

These are the words said by a great man, who is also the author of this blog. Well, maybe not great, but above average… Or maybe not… You know what? Let’s not get into the technicalities, shall we?

Before I tell you more, let me give the credits to the all new Tata Zica for the word fantastico, which is on its way to become my second favorite word after Awesome, much like the Zica which is my second favorite car right now!  (The first one will always be bat-mobile, right?)

So what is fantastico? Well, in terms of cars, it is most definitely an amazing and confident exterior, great mileage, a powerful engine, high tech specs and a spacious design… something the Zica is all about. And the analogy of all this with us humans is uncanny.

Think about it. Don’t we all need it? A confident exterior; so that all those meetings you go to, all those presentations you give and the tests you take, you ace them all. Was that possible without confidence?

A great mileage; because if you don’t have the energy to go on all day without getting tired, you’re facing fatigue, which is not at all good for you or your body.

A powerful engine; well, you do need strength to face the tough competition this world gives you in order for you to succeed.

High tech; because no matter who you are, it’s your smart phone that is going to give you the advantage you never had.

And a spacious design… Well I got nothing here, but you get the drift.

My point is that there’s just so much one can do to make the lives of himself and others around him, awesome. And if your life is awesome, you are Fantastico, isn’t it?

Being fantastico is not just about having great things in your life; it’s about being able to live your life the way you want. It’s about being in a state where nothing can disturb the happiness that you have. It’s not about having everything; it’s about making the best use of what you have.

I’d end this with a quote from a very famous movie that Bollywood gave us, 3 idiots, “Don’t chase success, chase excellence, success will automatically follow you”, and it stands true for being fantastico too; you don’t have to put an effort to be fantastico, you just need to live your life your way and your life will be Fantastico before you know it. Don’t trust me? Try it yourself. Goodluck! J

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can  apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

Your guide to being peppy.

The dictionary defines the word peppy as “Live and high spirited”, or something that’s marked by lively action. So going by the definition, I guess we all need some amount of peppiness in our lives, don’t we? And to put that up as an even more important question, how did we lose the peppiness? And the answer to that lies in our fast paced lives where we don’t have time for the little things that give us the real pleasure.

So what can we do to make our lives peppy again? Well, that’s pretty simple if you think about it. You just need to take some out and give it to one of the important persons in your life, yourself.

Let’s begin with the most basic of all, wake up early. I have been advocating that for quite some time on this blog, and trust me, there’s no replacement to that. Try and wake up early one day, freshen up, do some stretching, go out for a walk and take a look at those trees and the chirping birds. Tell me if that doesn’t fill you up with energy!

Hit the gym. Seriously, do it. When you run on that treadmill while Nirvana plays in the background or you do crunches while looking at some hot girl is doing her Zumba, what could be peppier than that? Well, jokes apart, exercise, don’t be a perv.

Refresh that playlist. Yep, I agree that everybody listens to songs, but refresh your playlist and get rid of the same old songs and put up some new fusion music. That ought to help you break the monotony.

Check the diet. No, I’m not asking you to go on a diet or stop eating, but add some cool juices and fruits to your supper and you have a day filled with energy served right to you.

Reunion!!! Yes, a reunion is what you need. Because in my experience, there’s not a single person who can stay quite or show a lack of energy when he meets his old school/college friends. In my case that’s the time we have cops chasing us. Just kidding. Or am I?

Dance it out! C’mon, we’re being peppy here. Put on your dancing shoes or go barefoot, but hit that floor and dance it out. There’s no better feeling than that.

Parties aren’t made for Fridays! Although your job might not allow this, but taking a break every now and then isn’t bad. So go ahead, taka a day and partayyyy! (Well, not in a lame way like that sentence.)

Bunk. Yes… Be peppier than one can imagine. Everybody bunks college, you bunk your office too. And go backpacking. It will only take a day or two, but the memories are going to stay for the rest of your life.

Get a car that is as peppy as you. Or the one that makes you as peppy as it already is. And do I need to spell it out for you? The name is ZICA!

So that’s about it. If this post wasn’t peppy enough for you, try eating some chilly. 😉

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can  apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

It’s 6 AM, I switch off the alarm before it could beep and wake up in a fresh mood, ready to take on the world with my amazing smile.

Wait… that didn’t sound anything like a usual morning for any of us now, did it?

Let’s try again:

It is 8 already; the alarm has snoozed four times before giving up on me. I still feel sleepy but I have to wake up to go to that damn job. And do all those chores I don’t want to.

Well, that was pretty much all of us.

So what does it take to switch from the previous description to the first one? What do all these cheerful people do to wake up so early and stay energized and fresh all the time? Trust me, I’m not going to give you a self help guide here, I’m just going to share a mantra to make your mornings something you look forward to.

I believe in that age old mantra of early to bed and early to rise. So those of you who sleep before 11, have a way better chance of waking up at 7. (Did that rhyme?)

Once you got that covered, you need to make a target. Targets work great on human mind. Once you have something important to do the next day, the morning will be really important.

Next is music, start your mornings with some peppy music, preferably with beats, so that your mind will gain that required momentum to keep you awake and away from slumber.

And last, but not the least, make sure your morning activities make you fresh enough to you know, take on the world. This is where your toothpaste comes into the scene, since this is one thing you use daily and it simply is a very important part of your routine, so make sure there is no compromise made on that front. And the Colgate 360 Gold is your best bet when it comes to all round cleaning and a fresh feeling. (Did that rhyme again?)



So once you have a great start to the day, you can definitely call it a great morning, or wait, a Gold Morning, right? So go ahead, enjoy the experience of #Colgate360GoldMornings .

Make sure you visit to stay updated and have even more Golden mornings!

This is coming from my personal experience, that if you have a good start to the day, the rest of the day will automatically be great. And there is no wonder in the fact that a good brushing partner like Colgate 360 Gold can do wonders to your start of the day. Combine that with good music and a great breakfast, you’ve got yourself a winner! So go ahead, try it today. 🙂

Do you remember the childhood days, when we used to wake up, read the newspaper, go to school, play, study and come back and sleep like a baby? Now-a-days too we do almost similar stuff, just that we wake up because of our smartphones’ alarm, read news on our phone, work on our computers, play games on the laptop, do all kinds of readings on Kindle and tabs, and not to mention, feel difficulty in falling asleep because of all the headache this screen gave us. No wonder the world wants to go back to the old days, but simply can’t afford to.

And in my opinion, one other thing this invasion of smartphones in our lives has done is to make us forget the people we used to be close to, we used to love. Not that we don’t love them anymore, just that this entire social media concept gives us a vague feeling of being connected, and ends up taking us apart from those we need to stay close to!

So what does one do to get rid of that? What is ‘Togetherness’ after all? I believe the answer to this lies in the core values we’ve received right from our childhood.

For me, real togetherness is being able to have the morning tea with my family and have a laugh together on our horoscopes!

Real togetherness is going on a family trip with no phones to disturb us and no computers to distract us.

Real togetherness is remembering each other’s birthdays, without Facebook or a calendar.

Real togetherness is sharing that pizza with 8 pieces among 7 friends… And fighting for the last piece!

Real togetherness is attending a rock concert together with your buddies, and actually enjoying the performance without recording it on our phones!

Real togetherness is feeling that grass beneath your feet and rain drops on your face, and that feeling of bliss no number of megapixels on your camera could ever capture.

For me it’s all about being able to see and appreciate what nature has to offer us, being able to love the people that deserve it the most and being able to realize that technology is to make our lives easier and not to enslave us. We’re so lost in these advancements that we seem to be forgetting the basic things that make us happy. And while Kissanpur has used this approach to remind you of what you’re missing in this world, I used my approach through this blog. It kind of seems ironic that you’ll be reading this on your PC/Phones! So let me make this small request, once you’re done with this article, please check out this website and then this awesome video. And once you realize what you’re missing, shut down the screen and wake up to life. Happy living 🙂

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