Quirky Rakhi Gift Ideas

One of the most awaited festivals of India, Rakhshabandhan is celebrated with much gusto and pomp. Sisters tie Rakhi to their brothers, promising each other of love, long life and protection for lifetime. This day celebrates sibling- love like nowhere else on earth.

Gone are the days when siblings used to gift each other sweets and chocolates. With advent of online shopping, now we all look for quirky gift ideas. Team OrdoAbChao brings you a variety of gifts, so if you are still looking for gift options, quickly head over to the links shared.

Secret Gift box – Secret Taufa has this amazing range of secret gift boxes for both. They take orders via their Instagram handle. It’s a must visit page to have a look at their products. They have curated wonderful array of boxes for brothers and sisters with lovely hand written notes. Surprise your sibling with box from Secret Taufa!

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Scrapbook Album -Get all those fun-filled moments in one album! Had a great trip together, or attended family party? Print the photos and scribble your thoughts as you like in these albums.

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Wooden Tie – This little piece of craftsmanship is in high demand these days. So deck up your brother’s wardrobe with this new addition.

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Hand-Painted portrait – Who does not like paintings?! Especially when you can get your special photo turned into a beautiful painting. Make sure you bring a smile to your sister’s face with such amazing art work.

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Let me know in comments what other gift ideas you have for Rakshabandhan day.

Books vs Movie

Books or Movie-adaptations of books – which is better is kind of ‘chicken or egg’ question. I often find people debating on why should one read a book when a movie adapted on book is easily available. Let us focus on the pros and cons of two age-long enemies.

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Movies are visually more appealing. There are tons of animation and VFX effects that hoods your imagination. It makes you believe whatever goes on screen. Movies are said to be audio-visual entertainment quotient of books with less time investment. However, more than often, brilliantly developed characters fail to make a mark because of the actor’s inability to perform the role. Also, in turn, script writing fails to capture the essence of the original story in the book. A commercial movie often compromises on quality of the story as in book. A film may distort the power of imagination, specially, if you watch the movie before reading the book. Often some characters do not make to screen space, or worse still, the character traits are changes according to script requirements!

‘Books are a uniquely portable magic’ – Stephen King.

Readers have the power to transport to fantasy world anywhere, anytime. The characters can be your friends and stories stimulate your mind. Books allow readers to piece together everything, it bridges the missing gaps, provides in-depth analysis of the characters. You can paint your own picture of any scenario, unlike in movies. Apart from being the best source of educational assistance, books help to develop vocabulary and is convenient to carry around. For me, reading a book does not require ‘planning’, just cuddle up in your nook with coffee for company and be lost in imagination. Books can be with you forever!

To Sum Up:
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Time
Portability
Entertainment
Visual Effects
Price

Which one do you like more – Books or Movies? Please let us know in comment section below.

Best of Netflix: Black Mirror

I had subscribed to Netflix out of curiosity. I WAS an ardent fan of Amazon Prime, however Netflix stole my heart (and eyesight considering the binge – watching) with its superior original content. One of my favourite series is the Black Mirror. The series has tech-driven twists in every episode. We often wonder what may happen with the world if ever-increasing technological development actually takes over. Startling twists are core of each episode. The moral of each episode hits home in unusual ways.

Following are some of my favourite episodes from the series:

NOSEDIVE (Season 3, episode 1)

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An honest approach to how our obsessions with social media approval can lead to eventual downfall. A world where social ranking serves as the actual currency –where “likes” you get due to your social interactions can affect your status in society. Online pretense plays a pivotal role in this story.

HATED IN THE NATION (Season 3, episode 6)

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Every action should have consequences. Internet provides the virtue(or vice?) of anonymity. A Twitter hashtag #DeathTo becomes far ominous when someone acts on the tweets and kills the person without any remorse. It’s a twisted tale of how people post harmful content without consequence or responsibility and eventually becomes victim of their own action.

BLACK MUSEUM (Season 4, episode 6)

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A girl chances upon the ‘Black Museum’ run by a sociopath. The museum hosts an array of old digital technologies gone wrong. This episode also includes Penn Jillette’s Pain Addict.

SAN JUNIPERO (Season 3, episode 4)

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This episode was awarded the winner of two Emmys. The story delves deep into the concept of life and death, as well as existing in a replicated reality. Two very opposite young women in the ’80s explores their romantic love for one another. However both of them are actually elderly but feeling this “life” virtually. The show questions the possibility of living “life” even after death.

THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF YOU (Season 1, episode 3)

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A “grain” implanted behind the ear allows one to record everything you see and hear at any given time. Sounds fun, right? The protagonist discovers how such power can lead to unfortunate events in a dark way.

What are your favorites from Netflix?

Note: All the images have been sourced from Google.

School Admission

These days school admissions are equally competitive as for any job. All the parents desire elite level of education for their children. So right from playschool, children are now nudged towards preparation for school interview.

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Gone are the days when a tad English knowledge was considered as highest form of qualification. I still recall my school interviews, regaling tales they are!

Let me provide a short prelude – I had been and am still a lazy bum when it comes to studies or anything to do with an educational qualification. I had learnt to copy number system from calendar at my tender age. No amount of whacking me had ever purged me of my habit. My parents had lost hope for my sound education. Yet they had taken me to two of the prestigious schools of my locality, Durgapur.

The first one I went to – Parmananda Vidya Mandir School. I remember this particular incident as it was my first attempt in getting into school. The invigilator was clear on the written test. “Write ‘1-100’” said he, as he scribbled the same on board. I understood and scribbled the same – ‘1 – 100’ on my answer on bold letters. Easy peasy! I sat there looking at other kids, assiduously writing away. I was lost in my reverie until the invigilator snapped me out of it. He asked me if I had finished. As proud as peacock, I presented my copy, assuming I was first to complete so. One can well imagine his flabbergasted face!

“This is not correct.”

“That’s what I have been asked to write”

“What comes after 1?”

“2”

“Then?”

“3”

“Please write till 100”

I did as I was asked and somehow I managed to complete within the stipulated time!

How I was admitted in my Alma Mater is still a surprise to me! I do not recall much of it, but my parents recount the day as a miracle. It was rumored that a child’s admission also depended on the interview of the parents in convent schools. My parents were full of anticipation the day we went for interview in Carmel Convent High School. I was dressed in nice floral frock which had bouncing layers of lace. All that I did throughout the interview with Principal, was sway in my frock and smile – mostly because I did not understand what was being asked. I did understand when I was asked what my PAPA’s name is. I did not know who PAPA is, as I was taught to respond to Daddy or Dad. I was asked the colour of my sandals. I did not know what sandal is, but understood it was something on my feet she was indicating so I started tapping my feet. Never did I stop smiling! All these added to my parents’ chagrin, but I was too happy to decipher it. Who cares about any interview as long as you are in pretty dress? I was sent to another room for further interview. What shocked my parents was Principal’s comment. She complimented both of them and said that I was ‘jolly and confident girl’. Those were the words which re-instated the hope that I may, in spite of the debacle, admitted in school And I did! I was admitted to Carmel Convent High School, the school that shaped my growing years.

Did you visit your own school days while reading? I am sure everyone will have such sweet memories of school admission – their own or others. Regale us with your stories in the comment section below. Will be back with more anecdotes, till then Hasta la Vista!

Life in College

My cousin sister has started college recently. While chatting with her, I started reminiscing my college days! As a tribute, I have roped in some those emotions which we experience in college.

1. Freedom

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Probably the last phase when waking up at 12 did not meet raised eye brows or screaming voices from parents. Questions like ‘Are you free?’ did not hold meaning then, as college life qualifies for 24 hours dotted with self-imposed lazy breaks. Now we wake up daily to the irritating alarm clock and miss the college days.

2. Maggi and Cutting chai

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Life saver in hostel. This packet of happiness for hungry souls went easy on pocket. A small heater and voila! You can be masterchef of your room!

3. Pass/Supply ?

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“How much did you score?” changes to simple question like “Pass/Supply?”. College was all about clearing the semester exams every year by hook or crook followed by night – long celebrations. Yet to start on rat race, most of us, care less about the score and more on personal growth.

4. Bunking classes

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Ceremonial procedure for every student – Bunking. One who has never bunked a class or two in college cannot say they have ‘lived’ their lives. Be it to catch the first show of a movie or watching match in college canteen, or better still just to catch up on college gossips. All because we did not ‘feel like coming to class’.

PS : I have bunked classes just to snug in bed.

5. College Fests

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Everyone’s favourite and I am sure we have attended those extra-curricular activities meetings more than classes. The college fests were the most awaited event throughout the year. A gala show of pomp and grandeur, the college fest have bands, DJ, In-house competitions. The month long races came to an end with college fest.

6. Study or not to study?

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Corridor, Canteen, Library, Staircase, Dhaba – No place is imperfect

Hope this list made you visit your college memories. If this brought a smile to your face, please share your experience with me. Also, let me know if there are more to the list!

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Gifts for Harry Potter fans

Accio gifts!

Wish that’s we could say for the Potterhead friends we have. Be their birthdays or anniversary – Or Wait – Even for you, fellow Muggle, Harry Potter merchandise can surely overwhelm you anytime anywhere. Let’s move over the coffee mugs and take a quick look at other HP accessories available in India.

Wand – We have done the swish and swash with invisible wand? Guilty! How about a wand replica to practice ‘It’s leviOsa, not levioSA!’ correctly. Do I see you nodding your head?

Scarves/ T-shirts – We may not have received the Hogwarts letter but that does not stop us from wrapping the scarves around our necks and saunter in room imagining it to be the Great Hall. There are robes available too in case you want the fashion ensemble. For those who want the cheaper option, Souled store has amazing collection of T-shirts with quotes.

Notebooks – Journals with Hogwarts artwork are perfect for those like Hermione. Stationery kits are available for all budgets. There are feather pen or wand-shaped pens, Letterhead and envelopes with Hogwarts insignia available for wee encouragement for kids and adults alike.

Book sleeve – Bleeves as they are called, a soft pouch to keep your books safe while travelling.

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Keychain/Necklace – Quite within budget, you can find such paraphernalia from various sites like Club Factory or Amazon. Easy to gift and cherish forever, these any gifts can brighten up the day for any Potterhead.

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Do you have other favorites?
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