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September 2016

I am a movie buff. I can watch any kinda movie, of course there are some exceptions. It could be in the theatres, Netflix, YouTube or Einthusan. There are some movies that actually leave an impact on you. I am not talking about the after effects of a movie which I usually have for a week or so. Like say I watched Superman, I would be in that same mode and makeup stories in my head of how it will be if I had a superpower blah blah. What I am talking about is movies that teach us something. Enough of my ranting. Here is list of 3 such movies that I watched recently and i highly recommend 🙂

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1) In-Lawfully Yours – This was released in 2016 and I watched it on Netflix. Starring Chelsey Crisp, Lisa Renz, Leticia Rivera and directed by Robert Kirbyson. I never really had any expectations from this movie and the name itself was a bit weird to me. The synopsis was even more weirder where it said ‘the girl falls for her sis-in-law’s husband’..huhh..Neways, I started watching it and I lovedddd it. It is not like any cliche RomCom where boy and gal get attracted to each other , lot of nudity, pub nights, drinking blah blah. This is a very simple love story where the boy and girl actually fall in love after getting to know each other. I will not spill the beans but let me tell you a draft version.
Jesse, a New Yorker, whose husband cheats on her and head for a divorce. Her father-in-law dies and Jesse returns to her widowed mother-in-law’s town to help her pack so that she can move in with her son. Here she gets acquainted with the local pastor who is her widowed bro-in-law. What follows is the struggle for Jesse to fit into the new town and in the process falls in love with the pastor. Things get more complicated and there’s  witty humour between the couple in quite a lot of scenes.

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The love story between the two is shown in such a beautiful and pure form. Also it shows a very beautiful bond between the daughter-in-law and mother-in-law. I just fell for it. Very rarely do I get to see such movies nowadays, especially in Hollywood. I was not really surprised when the movie got just 3/5 in IMDB coz I know people don’t dig for such meaningful deep stories anymore. I loved the simplicity, humour and of course the love 🙂

pink-hindi-movie-dialogues-shows-how-the-society-treats-our-women2) PINK – No points for guessing this. It’s in the news for quite sometime now. I watched this with my mom. I felt like every girl in India will relate to this. It focuses on sexual crimes against women and how it is perceived in India. There is lot of victim shaming due to which, more than 50% of women who go through it, never even file a complaint. This movie exactly depicts that and the courtroom drama that follows in the second half keeps the audience occupied. Flawless acting by all the main characters Amitabh Bacchan, Taapsee Pannu and Kirti Kulhari.

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Throughout the first half,  I was hoping and praying that the girls are safe and nothing more terrible happens to them :(. Through the second half, I felt I could understand and feel every dialogue the girls told in the courtroom. Especially there is a scene where Tapsee says ‘Kisiko Achha lagta hain Sir Ki Is Tarike se Chue, Zabardasti?’ and the way she says it, I literally felt something crawling on my back and got goosebumps. It’s a must watch movie. If you still haven’t, what are you waiting for?

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3) Gone Baby Gone – This is a fantastic thriller movie directed by Ben Affleck. With a fantastic casting like Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris, you can expect some real good acting. Well, before i watch such movies, i make sure there is no ghost or supernatural powers involved. That is because such movies continue to haunt me forever :(. Ok so coming back to Gone Baby Gone. A 4 year old girl kid goes missing from her house at night. Investigation begins but there are no clues or suspects for the next 3 days. The Baby’s mom is a drug addict and doesn’t show any remorse. The baby’s aunt takes this case to 2 private investigators. Then 2 more detectives join in this search and they discover it is not just a straightforward kidnapping case. But this is not the end.

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After the first half, the story will totally take a turn and by the end you will be left wondering what just happened. It gets confusing and for a already confused girl like me, I had to read the Wikipedia later to understand each and every detail:P. Do not miss this movie. It is available on Netflix. It is one such movie which makes you think about what’s right, what’s wrong, the law system and throws a hard slap on reality. The only part that I hated is the ending but then again it’s each one’s personal opinion. I don’t wanna give out more details on this. Watch and let me know if you liked it 🙂

I thought I am done with 3, I suddenly remembered this next movie. How could I not mention it. It beats all the above 3 movies to no 1. 

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4) Don’t Breathe – Ohhh My Godddd !!!! This was my reaction when I watched this. Like I said earlier, I make sure it’s not a horror story. But again my guy had told me it’s a little scary. I was comfortable when one of my cousin who is equally scared as me was ready to accompany me and 2 other brave cousins of mine :P. It had me on on the edge of the seat throughout the movie, every minute. There are some scenes where there is absolute no volume or noise. It’s just quiet and dark and people moving around, you don’t know what is gonna happen next. Full credits to the camera work, they have shown some scenes like real life.

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Three young burglars (a gal and 2 guys) hatch a plan to steal a hefty sum of money from a blind man’s house. The small time thieves gather information about this house in an abandoned neighbourhood where an old blind man lives with his dog and is believed to have got a hefty settlement from a court case. They break into the house with ease and expect to walk out with the money without any hassles.Once they are in, the tables turn. The rest of the movie is all about the burglars trying to escape the house alive.Yes, the blind man is scary and his dog is even more scarier. There is also a secret revealed which is totally shocking. Me and my cousin were literally covering our eyes with our hands and were watching through the gap between our fingers :P. And yes, we also embarrassed ourselves by screaming a couple a times. Hats off to the director Fede Alvarez and the blind man played by Stephen Lang. Do not miss this movie, you will not regret 😛

 

Until Next Time,
XOXO,
WWGal 🙂

September 28, 2016 6 comments
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Helloooos……I commute to office in bus by my company provided bus. During the morning journeys, everyone usually listens to music or take a nap. But my return journey is never boring. I get to see and meet different kinds of people . Here is a list of 8 kinds of people I get to see when travelling in bus.

1) The Loud Speaker – This kind is self-explanatory. People in this category are on phone and talk irritatingly loud all the time. I get to know that there was spicy tandoori chicken for lunch and he/she had to use the office restroom for his/her’s business’ after that….huh..

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2) The Workaholic – People in this category take their work along with them wherever they go. They are always on their phone/ blackberry discussing work and sometimes even open up their laptops and start working in the bus.

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3 ) The Sleeping Beauty – People in this category fall asleep like they are sedated. They sleep with their mouths wide open and sometimes even snore . I do feel jealous of them sometimes and wish I could get such good sleep:p . They are truly blessed but the person sitting next to them , hmmm not so much.

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4) The Lovey Dovey couple – This too is quite self-explanatory. This kind of people are found in couples and seated next to the window. I usually avoid sitting next to them but sometimes there will be no other seat vacant. Now what happens after I sit? I am too shy to even look at them so I avoid looking outside the window and end up staring into the space or at my phone screen. They will be getting all cosy trying to hold hands n all that and here I will be with my cheeks red as though I am the one holding hands with that guy :P..

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5) Mr. Sweaty Pants – I have seen this mostly among men, please don’t judge me :P..ok so this guy finishes his workout and instead of taking a shower, what does he do ? He comes straight into the bus and occupies a seat. What happens next is horrifying. He is in his gym clothes (imagine shorts ) ,sweating and since he himself feels sticky, he sits with his legs wide. I try to avoid such seats but sometimes I would have no other option. The whole journey I try to hold my breath as much as possible and also balancing myself not to touch his hairy legs or hands even by mistake, thinking ‘what did I do to deserve this’ .

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6) The Chitter Chatter – This category of people loveeeee to talk. I am not very good at conversations and do not like to converse much while travelling. But do these people think about that? Noooo, they go on and on and on.

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7) The BFF’S – People in this category will be girls in a group who love to gossip. After a tiring day at work, all they need is someone to vent out to and this is the time they get. They continue to gossip until they reach and sometimes i get to hear some of the juicy gossips, u know ‘who is dating who types’ 😛

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8.) The Silent Observer – Well, I belong to this category :). These silently observe everything happening around them and I must say I quite enjoy it. :p

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Until next time,

XOXO,

WWGal 🙂

September 15, 2016 6 comments
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Hi there Beautiful,

Welcome back 🙂 ..Today I will be reviewing one of the amazing lipstick  from M.A.C. This is among their cremesheen amplified range in the shade Full Fuchsia.

img_5364Thanks to one of the girl from my besties gang, who gifted this to me:). This was way back when I wasn’t a makeup lover and lipstick was well ‘just another lipstick’  for me. But I am so glad because although I had heard about M.A.C cosmetics, I never ever owned any of their product. So this was like the first high end lipstick, my very own and definitely not the last one 😛

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Verdict :
Is this a Yay or Nay. It’s definitely a Yayyy for me and I would give it a 5 on 5 without batting my eyelid. I love everything about it. Infused with pearlized pigments and a moisturising serum blend, this cremesheen range lipstick is the new Yin and Yang for your lips:).
 
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What makes it Yay
  • It’s cream amplified that means it has a very creamy texture and glides very easily.
  • I use it without a lip liner as the pointed shape of the lipstick makes it easy to apply along the lines.
  • Like all other M.A.C. lipsticks it smells amazing.
  • Single swipe is more than enough but you can always go for another layer.
  • One of major plus points is this shade suits any skin tone be it fair, medium or deep.
  • Stays on for about 4 to 5 hours .
  • Classy packaging and travel friendly.
By the looks of it, you might feel this shade is a bit too much for morning wear but you will be wrong. There is a very similar lipstick from M.A.C in candy yum yum but unlike it, full Fuchsia never looks like on the face ‘PINK’. Infact I am quite surprised that there are a lot of reviews written on Candy yum yum but hardly any on Full Fuchsia.
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Here are the other specific details on this.
 Key Claims and Benefits
  • Provides instant and long-term hydration   – True 🙂
  • Conditions lips – True 🙂
  • Provides instant high shine –  True:)
  • Dermatologist tested – Hopefully True 😛

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After single swipe followed by a tissue dab.

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Price : 17$ or around 1000 Rs for 3 g / 0.01 US oz
That is the usual price of M.A.C lipsticks but so much worth it. So if you are thinking of buying this, then please do not hesitate, go ahead and paint your lips pink 🙂
 
 
 
 
Until next time,
XOXO,
WWGal 🙂
September 10, 2016 3 comments
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It’s one of my most favorite times of the year again :). Ganesh Chaturthi… I am from the coastal city of Mangalore and here we call it CHOUTHI :). So what is Chouthi ? Lord Ganesha is the elephant-headed son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and Chouthi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is also a symbol of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. On this day,  we pray to God that every new task or job we start is successfully done without any obstacles. Also to grant us with good health and happiness. Now that you know what Chouthi is, let me tell you a little about how important this festival to me is.

In Hinduism there are so many Gods and Goddesses.If you ask me which god do i believe in the most, I would say Ganapathy :). To explain why, let me put it this way. We all know mothers are the next best thing to God or rather Mothers are equal to God. So when someone says Mother, my Mom ‘s face comes to my mind. I see God in her. Similarly you will see your mother’s face although you know that even other mothers love their children equally. It is just that we can relate so much to our own Mom as we have seen her unconditional love and we have grown up following her beliefs and learnings. Similarly when we say God, I get Ganapathy’s face as he has been the one I believe in the most, from the time I have learnt to pray. He inspires me a lot and gives me strength and confidence from within. He is like my friend and hears me out through prayers. So yes, for me it’s Ganapathy above all. Amir Khan rightly said in 3 idiots movie that our heart is very weak, we need to keep reassuring that it’s going to be fine by saying ‘ALL IZ WELL’ :). It is the same thing. In moments of despair, when we doubt ourselves or when things are not under control, we need to reassure ourselves. I get that by praying. That brings confidence in me and I am assured that there is someone looking out for me and it is going to be okay. Praying also teaches us the act of gratitude by being thankful for what we have. Basically it gives us a channel to express ourselves.
Well, enough of this philosophy. It might be very clear by now that i loveeee Lord  Ganapathy 🙂. Chouthi is one of the most important and celebrated festival in my maternal family. So let me tell you about how my family celebrates it.

My maternal side family is a huge one, quite literally too :P. My mom has 8 siblings, 6 boys and 3 girls including herself. I have around 18 cousins and most of them are married, so their spouses to add on.About 35 to 40 people gather in one house and there is total chaos. A chaos that you like to be in. I would call it ‘WONDERFUL CHAOS’ :).The decoration of the pooja Mantap starts the previous night. Oh! I forgot to tell you, the Ganapathy idol that our family worships isn’t the one which we do Visarjan. What is Visarjan ? Well it is nothing but the idol immersion into the sea/river or any water body and usually done for idols made out of mud. But ours is made of silver and is passed on to generations. My grandpa received it from his father when he was a small boy and my grandpa used to conduct the official pooja until 3 years back when he passed away :(. Now it is passed on to my eldest uncle and he performs the pooja.This particular Ganapathy idol has been there for more than 200 years in my family. Isn’t that spectacular? It has been passed on to so many generations and we still pray with the same devotion :). It is indeed a grand event for our whole family. So here is the silver idol.

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Lord Ganapathy silver idol

Below is the Ganesha mantap for idol, flowers for decoration and the pooja mantap set up the previous night.

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Ganesha Mantap

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Flowers for decoration

Pooja Mantap

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On Chouthi day we have to prepare the Ganesha Mantap where the idol will be placed. My uncle performs the customs. Here it is. He is all set 🙂

Ganesha mantap setup

 

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Performing Mantap Pooja

Every year the mantap is decorated with different themes. This year it was the arecanut(betel nut)leaves and flowers theme. It looked so so beautiful, we couldn’t take our eyes off  :). So once the idol is placed in the Ganesha mantap, uncle will place it on the pooja mantap in the centre.Look how gorgeous the Lord looks.

rsz_fullsizerender_8 (1)There are lamps and diyas lit around, pooja thali has been kept ready, aarthi is getting prepped up. Then for around an hour my uncle goes through all the stotras basically asking for the family’s prosperity.

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Pooja mantap

Once this is done, ladies will gather together and sing bhajans in Lord Ganesha’s praise.Then we place all the  food as prasadam in front of God. Now it is time for aarti. There are 3 levels in this. The small aarti, medium one and a big aarthi. Everyone stand up to pray holding their palms in namaste position and my uncle does the aarti. Oh what a beautiful sight indeed!

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I close my eyes every now and then to pray deeply.I am filled with emotions and  have tears in my eyes. I see everyone around me joining hands and praying with utmost dedication. Then we offer  a pradikshina(turning round in a circle with hands joined ) to God. After this it’s time to make a harake(heartfelt wish).Once that is done we do another pradakshina. Then it’s time to prepare the Naivedya.Naivedya is the offering to God and should be done before we recieve the prasadam.This Naivedya will be on 2 banana leaves. All the married ladies come forward one by one and serve the food on the leaf and here is the final look :).

rsz_fullsizerender_27Then we seek blessings from the the eldest family member,  my Grandma and she applies Shri Gandha (sandal paste) on our forehead. Then my uncle offers theertha(holy water) to everyone,  one at a time. Then there is a prarthane(prayer). We all pray in unison for the well-being and prosperity of our family :). So after this the pooja is officially complete.

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Its 4 pm by the time all this done and everyone is super hungry. Now comes the hogging part:).All the finger licking good food. We sit on the floor and banana leaves are laid in front of us and food is served.There are countless items and each one tastes better than the other:). Now you might ask where is the pic ..well I was so hungry that i forgot to click pictures..sorry :(…Then we had a nice family time, chit chatting and laughing. A day well spent 🙂 .

 

Do you have any questions on this? Did you celebrate Chouthi? Do let me know in the comments :)..

 

Until then,
XOXO,
WWGal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 6, 2016 21 comments
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