Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Snubbing the Stubble!

Let's face it - hair is always omnipresent in unwanted areas. People who are desirous of having healthy hair probably go overboard with their prayers because they end up with every other part of their body being hairy, except the head! 

And speaking of unwanted hair, the next stop is getting rid of it and heck, staying well groomed. Which means, no stubble. Yes. Not only does it look icky, it speaks of gross neglect. Whether it's the hands, or legs or wherever, I hate that unclean stubble that some people just love to flaunt. 

By the way, there's a difference between stubble that's outright sexy and one that makes a man look like a roadside swarthy thug. Leave it on a day longer than it should be, and even a decent man would look like a potential rapist or molester. So men who are reading this post - keep that in mind!! ;)

Men who sport a ghastly, unclean stubbly face also look ill, according to me. Even if the man in question is a perfectly healthy individual, he still looks sick and depressed, I feel. I wouldn't trust a man looking like that with anything important and neither would I hire someone like that for an important post if I were in Human Resources. 

On a different note,

I am constantly reminded of a string of incidents from many years ago. Fellow students in my Grade 10 classroom in India, the typical breaking-into-the-mid-teenage-years boys who used to giggle at the mere mention of a boy in their midst needing to shave. It was a big macho thing for them and they saw it as a initiation into manhood.

Mooch Nahi toh Kooch Nahi...? ;-)

(This post is a part of the Protest Against Smelly Stubble Activity in association with BlogAdda.)
I have picked up a tag from Richa who blogs at Clouds, Rain and Sunshine. I would like to tag Subha, Pallavi and Rosemary to write a post with a minimum of 200 words and maximum of 300 words using either “I hate that unclean stubble” or “His(My) clean shaven look bowled me(her) over” and weave a creative story around it. You never know your post could even win. Also if you are writing a post in response to my tag, PLEASE mention the same at the end of your post. 

To know more on it see -Protest Against Unclean Stubble Activity in association with BlogAdda.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Appa : Dad : Father Figure || Happy Birthday || :)

Very recently I had the opportunity to handcraft and paint two beautiful cards for the two dads in my life, my father and my father-in-law. One I have known since birth and the other I have known since the day I became his daughter in law 10 years ago.

My father has always been a huge inspiration in my life. He has been the one to shake me up on the days I have felt too complacent and snuggled inside my comfort zone. He has taught me the value of time and that how time waits for noone. He has inspired me to shrug off my lazy blanket and get moving. In the literal sense he tried to push me into joining the gym with him but me being me, I just couldn't keep up to his enthusiasm and commitment.

But in other arenas, I am just glad I have been able to steer my life in a direction that he is now proud of. He has always instilled in me the love for education and has supported me and motivated me towards gaining more knowledge and for that I will be eternally grateful to him. From him I have learned how important it is to stay positive and look ahead instead of moping around wondering about 'what if' and how not to keep crying over spilt milk. Yes, the milk was spilt due to carelessness or lack of focus or just bad luck but hey, wipe it and either fix another glass of milk for oneself or just drink something else or walk away : But Do Something about it :) Is what my dad taught me and I follow it till date.

On the other hand, there's my quiet and unassuming father in law. I have only known him in the last decade, much lesser than I have known my own father but trust me, he is so inspiring in ways that he truly does not realize himself. His spirit of kindness and his compassionate nature are known by all who know him personally over the many many years. If there's a person who can help in any situation, it is him. Whether it is direct or indirect, it does not matter but He Will Help. Like my own father, my father in law is also deep in the quest for knowledge  and he enjoys reading and discussions. We enjoy our own chats and we also enjoy analyzing people and their personalities. He has inspired me to change my attitude and always keep smiling no matter what, just like him. I enjoy that he is only able to look ahead and see the positivity in every situation, regardless of how bleak it is.

My father is turning 60 in December and my father in law just turned 70 in November but both of them are ageless, according to me. Age is all in the mind, the numbers don't matter. What matters is our thirst for life's many surprises and how many of those gift boxes we want to open and let reveal to us so that we can enjoy them - these are life's lessons taught by these two wonderful men I have known.

Happy birthday to both Appas and may you both live strong and healthy for many many more years :) :)