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3 Ways of Indian Hospitality

Atithi Devo Bhav!” which means “A guest is God” and we Indian firmly believe in it. We always welcome the guest even if he is unexpected and at unexpected time. But the way we show hospitality depends on the type of guest. Now you must be wondering how can there be different types of guest. Yes, there are.

1. Very close ones: If the guest is someone who is very dear and near one to us; we get delighted by his/her arrival which is shown by a wide smile on our face. We welcome this guest by shaking hands or hugging him/her. We offer the best we have at home or even go extra miles to by something from nearby shop or prepare something secretly to please our guest. We insist our guest to eat everything we offered. There are always more than one delicacies. 

2. Not so close guest: If the guest is someone who is not very close to us but at the same time not so unwanted we welcome him/her with a marginally good smile. We offer him/her whatever we have at home. And insist him/her only once or twice. 

3. An Unwanted guest: Ahhh! These are mostly not so related relatives. These are the ones we really don’t like us to visit and if they visit unexpectedly we really hate it but since they are our guests we bound to welcome them with a smile. But mind you, this smile is totally fake. It’s a harsh truth but the entire hospitality process is fake. We offer them some food but don’t really take efforts to go to kitchen and get it. We hope he/she leaves ASAP. If the guest refuses to have anything we are more than happy but pretend that we really wanted them to eat something.

Don’t worry, if you are visiting anyone for the first time you are always welcomed with the best possible way. So don’t hesitate to visit our country and our people, you might just fall in the first category ;).

Note: I’m already busy in hospitality of two guest while posting it ;).


That’s why we love Shopping!

Who doesn’t love shopping? Well this question is not only for girls, ladies and women ;); we all are very much aware how girls are mad about it but guys (at least the ones I know) run away from shopping, even if it’s their own. But after reading this post they might change their minds :).

Shopping….it’s time consuming and wastage of money..that’s what you guys think right? So here I’m going to list down some very interesting points…the benefits which shopping brings along with it.

1. Distressing: Shopping acts as distressing activity for us. I’m saying this from personal experience :). If we are feeling low, our day has been dull; shopping can brighten up our day with all those colorful apparels, shoes and accessories. So you don’t have to take us to meditation center or even have to face those unnecessary fights.

2. Simple and pleasurable exercise: It is well-known that almost 90% girls take a couple of hours to buy one thing. No matter where we are shopping, in mall or on a street; to buy that particular dress we would be walking miles and miles and walking is one of the best exercises; it’s pleasurable as well when it’s accompanied by shopping;). so it saves time and money that we might spend in gym :).

3. Motivating: First two points are quite obvious. But how shopping can be motivating? Not able to guess?.. Well when we are out for shopping we all have certain limits on how much you can spend ( if you think we always shop over the limit), even if we (or our partners) are millionaire. Many a times we face a situation where we like a beautiful dress or jewellery but looking at the price we just can’t buy. This gives us motivation to earn more and more so that next time we are out for shopping we won’t have to compromise or be upset ;). We don’t always like to spend your money.

4. Time with friends: Shopping gives us an opportunity to spend some quality time with our loved ones including you :). And a cup of coffee after that is just like icing on the cake. We can catch up with all the latest news and gossips which we are not able to do as we are busy with office and carrying out other responsibilities. (Even you can get freedom till the time we are shopping, won’t you love it?).

5. Monitoring tool: Haha…the point is quite funny but it’s true. My dear ladies, how many times while trying cloths you feel that you have gained some weight or you not fitting into the regular size? Quite often? well that’s how shopping let’s us know the changes in our body shape ;). And again it motivates us to exercise and regain the shape and weight we (and also you) always wanted to be in :).

6. Awareness: How are we supposed to know about the latest trends and styles until and unless we go shopping? And you too will love to see us in those pretty dresses and accessories right?

Sop guys, shopping isn’t spending money and wasting time, it’s a wholesome experience. And how will you measure that lovely smile on your GF, wife or sister’s face when you allow her to shop the way she wants?

An unusual story

I boarded bus from Borivli, same time same place. It’s been 4 years I’m travelling on this route at least once a month. I’m so used to of it that I know precisely all the stops and the time and everything.

Today isn’t looking different. The bus coordinator showed me the seat. I settled down. Took out my iPod and started listening to songs. Didn’t realize when I fell asleep. “Excuse me” he said trying to wake me up. I gave him a sarcastic look. I really hate when anyone wakes me up from sound sleep. He did that mistake. But the smile on his face brought down my anger to zero. I made a way for him. He sat beside me. He must be 5’10”, an average looking guy, must be in his 25-26 but he had a smile which can make you forget rest of the world. At least it made me forget the world around me.

Now there was no point in sleeping again; I thought. I became more cautious about every move of mine. I was surely got attracted towards him.

This time the journey was surely going to be interesting.

It seemed like he was travelling to Pune for the first time. He asked me couple of questions and I whole heartedly helped him 😉 .

The bus reached Vashi. By now we almost exchanged the basic information about each other. He too was a software engineer like me. He was going to be in Pune for a week for some official work. I told him about my experience of staying in Pune for 4 years, the places I had visited and the places he should see.

The bus halted at Lonavala for refreshment. We ordered some snacks and tea. I somewhere wanted him to ask me for company to explore Pune but then roaming around with a stranger doesn’t fit in my ethics. The more I knew about him more I was getting attracted towards him.

This 5 hours journey was really boring until today. Today I didn’t want it to end. The whole time we were chit-chatting that I didn’t realize when the bus reached Aundh, and now it was time for me to say good-bye. I lifted my bag and started moving when I heard someone calling my name. I knew it was him. I turned back with a hope that he may ask for my number. He wanted to say something; I could see that in his eyes. I was eager to listen to him. He came closer to my ears, leaned down and said those words which took my breath away. I took out my wallet and handed over Rs. 20 note, my share for the snacks.

NOTE: This is purely a fictional story unlike my all posts on this blog which speak about my experience.

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