Breaking gender stereotypes – the kitchen saga

Last evening, my twenty-seven month toddler came asking for the ingredients to make chicken biriyani. He was pretend playing with his grandfather while I was busy with other chores. I was clueless about the answer. Despite my obsession with devouring biriyani at every possible opportunity, I couldn’t recollect ever making an attempt to cook it. Truth be told, I detest cooking. To put things into perspective, I actually hate the sight of kitchens except the time when I need to make my customized cup of sugary-milky coffee. I told him to check with his father after he returned home because his father definitely kept himself updated on the process of churning out delicious home cooked meals.

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Restaurant review – Marco Polo, Kolkata 

The city of Joy celebrates every festival with equal vigor and enthusiasm. Park Street area in Kolkata is where people flock to celebrate Christmas and New Year. The area beautifully decorated with lights, trees has an ongoing street food festival during this period. With the variety of restaurants available, this can safely be labelled as a food lover’s paradise. Over the Christmas weekend, we decided to brave the crowd of Park Street and head towards one of the best options for fine dining in the city – Marco Polo.

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The glass pane outside

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2017 – the year of taking the plunge!

Just two days to go before we bid adieu to 2017 and welcome the new year. 

Since this is the 50th post on my blog and probably the last this year, I thought I would keep it about my personal journey this year. Three and a half months back, I started soniasmusings.com. It was born out of my love for the craft of writing, my desire to be self employed and my choice of being around to enjoy every milestone and growing phase of my toddler. I used to be a high profile Banker working with the country’s top Bank. Except a good profile, glamorous position and great pay, I don’t remember ever being very excited about my banking job. So while I won a lot of awards and accolades, my heart was never into making it bigger. However giving up all these to do what I thought I was passionate about took me more than a year. It materialized only after I became a mother. Having lost my mother to an un-diagnosed ailment in 2011, I became a motherless new mum in Sept 2015. Without anyone to guide me through this new phase of life, it was really difficult to cope up with the additional responsibilities in the initial days. A supportive husband, a doting father who doubled up both as the grandparents for my son and empathetic in laws helped me sail through this. I was determined to learn everything that was needed to take care of my son on my own. Six months later,when my maternity leave was about to get over, I realized that I had grown so attached to my role as a mother that going back to the corporate world had long ceased to be an option for me. Thus began the shift from Bangalore to Kolkata, the switch over from the coveted seven figured salary to getting nil credits in the account every month end.

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“90 to win” – can cricket have a scientific approach?

India is a cricket obsessed country. Winning a match is celebrated like our own victory while losing is mourned like a demise in the family. This Christmas weekend, comes a short film that provides the viewers with a unique and more rational perspective on this otherwise always emotionally charged up game.

Cast

  • Kafeel Jafri (Rajat)
  • Nishu Dixit (Pakhi)
  • Rahini Goel (Zoey)

DirectorAB Chakravorty

Duration27 minutes

GenreMath Fiction


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Movie review – Tiger Zinda Hai – does the tiger growl or couch?

Second last week of the year – the makers of Tiger Zinda Hai (TZH) have decided to give a grand and larger than life farewell to 2017 with a movie that begins with a bang and ends with a boom. First day second show of TZH saw me apprehensive about my decision but what an experience did it turn out to be!

Cast – 

  • Salman Khan (Tiger/Avinash Singh Rathod)
  • Katrina Kaif (Zoya)
  • Sajjad Delafrooz (Abu Usman)
  • Angad Bedi (Namit)
  • Girish Karnad (Shenoy)
  • Paresh Rawal (Firdaus)
  • Kumud Mishra (Rakesh)
  • Paresh Pahuja (Azan)
  • Poorna (Anupriya Goenka)

DirectorAli Abbas Zafar

Duration – 2 hrs 40 mins

Genre – Action Thriller


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An ode to menstruation, cramps, sanitary pads and the new age #PadMan 

Last week, the trailer of the much awaited movie #PadMan was launched. Starring the dependable #AkshayKumar, multi talented #RadhikaApte and fashion queen #SonamKapoor, this was the maiden venture of #MrsFunnybones production run by author and actress #TwinkleKhanna. Based on the real life story of menstrual man #ArunachalamMuruganantham, this is his journey of becoming a social entrepreneur by manufacturing machines to generate low-cost sanitary napkins and motivating women to become financially independent through the machines. All this started because he wanted to make his wife’s life easy during those days of bleeding. What makes this movie interesting and worth appreciation is that it is one of the rare films to openly talk about topics that are still hushed behind closed doors. Yes women bleed every month, quite a lot of them suffer from severe cramps and indeed they use sanitary napkins or now even menstrual cups to keep themselves dry and comfortable. So why do we need to pretend like it doesn’t happen or worse still that it is a matter of shame!

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