Friday, January 30, 2015

Breaking Barriers Created By Loved Ones

"I think I haven't seen the hardships of woman near to what my mother's generation saw, therefore I chose to write about the woman who created me."

More of then than not a girl born in an Indian family, even in an educated one is taught everything from a very early age about things that would help her have a family of her own happy. The chapati should be perfectly round, the tea with the right amount of sugar, the veggies with the right amount of salt,even the papad roasted in the manner that there is not a single, tiny black burnt mark. As she grows into a woman she is told to talk softly, keep her head bowed while talking to elders, talk in low soft tone and laugh well like a lady. These are the things I never understood as my mother still tries hard to make me imbibe them but when her mother (my grandmother) taught them to her, the times were those of understanding.

You might think my mother was brought up in a very conservative family and hence the rules, but it sadly wasn't so. The family was broadminded, yes but as far as women were concerned there were norms to be followed. There was even more pressure to be all of the above to maintain the family name when you marry into another. My mother did a B.A. (Hons) in English literature from Cambridge. She took up a job with the airlines and traveled many countries and then she married the man of her father's choice as was the norm then in India. My dad was more qualified, an M.B.B.S but the family orthodox. Thanks to the training by her mother, the bride survived a small town after Cambridge and the airline life. The old way thinking of my grandfather dictated that the daughter-in-law of our family doesn't go to work. So my Cambridge educated mother was given a dose that education was important but family was more and then she had two kids me and my brother subsequently and she dedicated her time only being a mother. 

When both of us were old enough, she got bored and the boredom got to her. Being very active always this was the worst phase of her life. The next stage was irritation getting into her being and becoming her. She used to scream at our smallest mistake and the prisoner in her had its time in captivity, the bird now wanted to fly. I clearly remember speaking to my aunt then because somewhere I a free spirit and somebody who always does what the heart wanted understood the layer within her being that surfaced, it was the being pleading to go out and it was my mother. During all her years at home she had been offered various jobs but couldn't go against my grandfather to actually take up one. So she convinced and consoled herself that her primary duty was being a mother and looking after her family.

I was furious and the rebel in me motivated her. Now I thin I either motivated her (her version) or she did it because I was on her head (my version). It wasn't easy. There were heated arguments but in the end she just said it "Give me one chance to be what I want to be. I can be a good mother and a teacher. I wish to educate children. I will go crazy doing nothing and you will loose me." I think that changed my grandfather's mind. He told her to do whatever she wants as long as her duties as before weren't affected. She was the happiest that day.

10 years later...."Mrs Vasanti Vashi (mom) gets the best teacher award". Its her Nobel prize and she thanked many people starting with me and my grandfather. He was to be thanked, for after his initial resistance when he saw her work, her happiness and the appreciation he heard about his daughter in law, he was the most supportive person in the house. The equation changed, trust me I don't get how the minds of people of that era worked, but it worked towards the best. I now at an age where I walk towards marriage I realize that what she did was a great sacrifice at one time and a very bold step at the next when she chose the "And"  for as Albus Dumbeldore told Neville Longbottom "Its easy to fight an enemy but very difficult to find your friends" and in my opinion hardest to fight the ones you love and respect, your family, your people, which in my mother's case was a father (though by law). When I talk about mom I proudly say she is a good daughter-in-law and a great wife and an inspiring mother and a talented teacher.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

How Would I Make Valentines Day Special With Unlimited Powers

I have always wondered "What If I ever could have a Harry Potter's wand?" the answer to it was always going towards being someone I am not. If I really had unlimited powers and wish to make it a Valentines day worth it, before the significant one in my life, I would like to gift my parents - the reason behind my being in the first place, the happiest Valentines Day of their lives.

Like every middle class home, my parents have lived to save and sacrifice for their children. Even though one of them now (me) is economically independent they see to it that our needs and wishes are met before theirs. So If I had a chance to repay them it would be by being the perfect daughter (which I am not) and gifting them a holiday which I feel is the most romantic one.

To begin from the beginning, I would try to be a good daughter. I am a person who firmly believes that entropy (disorder) in the universe is ever increasing as the laws of  thermodynamics teach us. So the first goal is to clean up my room. That would be done in seconds thanks to the magical powers. Though dad is cool with my ways but this is going to be a day my mom wouldn't forget.                   
                              My room mostly looks like the one in the picture, so now imagine the rest :P



The next thing I would again do is cook them a perfect Gujarati meal. A dream for every parents. Now I am an average cook, so to make a great meal at least on one day that would require some special powers and I would invoke them for this.

                                                        The Taj Mahal - from my lenses

The next thing I would want is to help them travel without being crowded by people to the epitome of love, Taj Mahal, Agra. To me the most perfect valentines day would be them spending an entire day there. What better than an emperor's entire life laid out to make that one monument for his beloved queen after his untimely death. It is said that Shah Jahan spent every waking hour of his focused upon the creation of the Taj after Mumtaz's death for it was in her memory. Story writers of the era write that after her death the emperor lost the sense to eat or drink for months and aged rapidly. In his last days while being held captive by his own son Aurangzeb at Agra fort, he wished for a prison cell that had a Taj facing window so that his eyes would open and close only to see his beloved till they closed forever. And today in that very tomb he made in the likeness of her beauty, they lie next to each other, immortalized, united torn apart and then united by death. Undoubtedly no monument in history can be a symbolic of love that spans a lifetime like the Taj. Therefore that is the place my parents, who spent their entire lives caring just for us, spend their day giving time to each other, like the good old times when they were young and their lives were free of our responsibilities.



That' not all. The Taj looks the grandest and most beautiful at night. As the Taj closes at 7:00pm for visitors, and luxury means Taj - the hotel I would like my parents to spend the rest of their time in thebest suite in Taj Mahal facing the Taj and that is what is my idea of a perfect valentines day for the two people I owe my life to. 

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

In Love With Melbourne +Contest

"Melbourne" the term means an urban agglomeration area stands true to its name in being regarded as the worlds most liveable city since 2011. This stands true despite of it being the worlds fourth most expensive city to live in. Quality never comes cheap after all. If you wish to visit the city you can plan it and know all about it by logging on to: http://www.visitmelbourne.com/India.aspx


Here are the things I love about Melbourne.

The Breath Taking View Of The City: Its clean, its modern, its just breath taking. Let the pictures speak.

                             Melbourne City Through The Lenses from Eureka Tower


Time Travel with Museums and Galleries: 
National Gallery Of Victoria- The oldest public art museum in Australia built in 1861. Its international collection includes works by legendary artists like Bernini, Picasso,etc.

                                         National Gallery Of Victoria from the sky


Melbourne Cricket Ground: The ground where you can most frequently spot worlds best Cricket teams.

                                                                       MCG Stadium

Watch how Indians Watch Dhoni at MCG:
                                           

Fall In Love With Nature and Observe Some New Species: Royal Botanical Gardens

                                              Royal Botanical Gardens-Melbourne


Take a Plunge Into Natures Bounty: Yarra River Valley
 When tired with the city life and a constant hustle, noise and need solitude one can easily visit this place for one's inner peace.

                                Yarra River Valley Region- Glimpse during Autumn

Street Art: Melbourne is called the cultural capital of Australia for its stylish and arty. Not only is it a home to some of the poshest art museums but it also nurtures street artists. This amalgamation of beauty across classes and unison of art makes Melbourne different than other cities. 

                                                            Melbourne Street Art

Wan't to Gamble:  The city provides you with fun options whichever way you want to. It hosts some of the best casino's in its Crown Casino Entertainment Complex.

                                            Crown Casino Entertainment Complex
  
Love to Shop? A Sure Place For You: Queen Victoria Market:
 One of the largest open air markets in the southern hemisphere this is undoubtedly a major landmark of Melbourne city. For more checkout this video:



Savour Old Victorian Wines:  When tired if travelling the city has the best options to spoil you.  Savour the best Victorian Wines at Jimmy Watson's.

                                                                    Jimmy Watson's

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Interview with Gaurav Sharma:Author of Rapescars....They Never Heal

Rape - A cancer that has ruined lives and continues to penetrate and plague our society. Unfortunately if you open any newspaper today you will see one report of rape case. It requires our immediate attention and collective efforts of the pen, the law and most importantly the society to create a system that amputates the infected and help the victims heal those Rapescars. Contributing towards this cause with pen is Gaurav Sharma, who is a young Delhi based Mathematician cum writer. He tells the story of a young girl who suffers the ordeal and fights it in her way. 

We wanted to understand what, why and how behind this story and so we decided to sneak into Gaurav's thought process behind this unusual revenge story and here it is for our readers:

1. Tell us the story of how a mathematics teacher turned into a fiction writer?
A-  I started writing when I was eight. So I was a writer before I developed interest in math. I have passion for both mathematics and writing. Mathematics fills my stomach, writing satiates my soul. Struggles didn’t allow me to pursue writing as a career but mathematics helped me to earn my bread and butter.
  
2.  What does writing mean to you?
A-  Writing is a stress buster. It is the subtlest way to pacify the storm inside you. It might be the joy or tormenting something. Pen has the power to express everything, precisely and liberally. I am a very restless and intolerable kind of person. My friends find my views strange. Writing is a mode to find people who may agree with what I think.

3.  After your first book “Love at Air Force” which spoke of true, unrequited love your second book is on a completely different topic of “Rape”, why such a transition?
A-                 “LOVE AT AIR FORCE” too addresses a serious question. People in armed forces have related to it. It was like seeking blessing of my father before entering into the literary world.
After “LOVE @ AIR FORCE” I had started writing a satire on our education system but the alarming rate at which the rapes are taking place scared me. “RAPESCARS” is about my thoughts on rapes. It is what troubles me as a father, as a brother, as a husband and as a part of the society. As a writer, I aspire to create a stir so I chose this subject.

4. Why does rape happen in our society?
A-  Rapes happen in every society. It is a disease of sick mind-set. In our society particularly, we understand the gender relation largely as sexual relation between man and woman. In bisexual relationships, we give so much importance to sex that it becomes an obsession. In India, marriage itself is a licence to have free sex. Women in our country are paying the price of asking for the change. For ages, Indian society repudiated to acknowledge women as another pillar, denied her to study, to make career and to choose her companion for life. It is accustomed to treat women as an object. Rapists are not sex-starved men. They have a serious mental disorder which makes them think that to have sex with a woman is their right, consensually or forcefully.

5.  What do you think can be done to prevent such incidences?
A-   Strong moral education with lessons on etiquettes in bisexual relationships must be a part of school curriculum from the very beginning, making it more intense with every class.
Law needs to be more stringent on rapists. A compulsory death penalty will surely help. Hearing of rape cases should be on daily bases and there should be no provision of appealing in higher courts against the judgment of lower court. The rapists and terrorists must be forbidden to render a mercy plea to the apex court and to the President.

And above all we should teach our sons not to rape instead of teaching our daughters how to prevent rape.
  
6.    How does your book “Rapescars….They Never Heal” address this issue?
A-  “RAPESCARS” is a rape survivor’s perspective. Follow a reported case of rape closely. You will learn that in our country getting rape is a lesser ordeal than fighting for the justice. It is difficult to get conviction unless the victim engages a seasoned lawyer as the prosecutor. In about one-fourth of the reported cases, victims give up because of the snail-paced process, haranguing by the defence lawyers and social stigmas and humiliation. Akriti Dayal, the protagonist of “RAPESCARS” endures all this and when the conviction comes, she feels that it is too less in comparison to what she has suffered. What she does after, is a slap on the face of Law. It is an irony that a victim has to fight for justice and the offender gets every opportunity to escape from punishment.

7.  Is the story inspired by real life or is purely fictional?
A- It is amalgam of some real life stories and is partly fictional.

8.  A lot has been said by politicians about women working in the modern world and wearing revealing clothes leading to rapes, what is your outlook on the same?
A- All I have to say is that a gentleman will not rape a woman even if he sees her naked. Revealing and skimpy clothes can attract you; they can’t reduce you to a beast. If one doesn’t get tempted to snatch somebody’s food, money and other precious belongings…should he lose control of himself on having a glimpse of a woman’s assets?

9.  How can we as a society help women who have been a target of a man’s brutality?
A- Social boycott of rapists and men who torture women is the best punishment in my opinion. If one half of the society feels vulnerable, we can’t call it a society. Neither we have evolved as human beings nor will we prosper as a nation. This country is under-utilising its human resource because men of this country don’t allow women to live without the threat of violation, assault and exploitation. It’s best to cut off the diseased part and prevent it from spreading.

10.  What is the message you wish to spread through your book?
A-    “RAPESCARS” is a mirror which reflects on how our system tortures a rape victim. It involves the Police, the Law, the media and the society. It reiterates that imprisonment is no punishment for a rapist. On the contrary, imprisonment helps the first-time rapist to overcome the guilt and transforms him into a hard core criminal. Rapists should get a death sentence or they should be made to earn their livelihood living in a hostile society. In 75% of cases, rapists are repeat offenders so it is imperative to reform a rapist along with punishing him. “RAPESCARS” is an attempt to bring forth a rape victim’s point of view.

11.  Your book has also been discussed by NGO’s and platforms dealing with these issues, can you please mention some.
A-  Yes the book is a part of ‘Change India Initiative’ and is being discussed by many organisations which are working for this cause. Credit goes to my publisher Mr Harpreet Makkar and the entire team of Petals Publishers and Distributors for this. I am grateful to them for their sincere and devoted efforts in publishing this book.

12.  Can writing help us solve such social problems? How?
A-   Yes writing can help in solving social issues. Many authors have written motivational books. They do help us. I had read ‘Magic of Thinking Big’ a few years back and it did have a very positive influence on me. We can motivate through stories also. I think writers need to be responsible because unlike movies, books don’t have a censor certificate.

13.  A message to your readers.
A-    Dear Readers…it is not Gaurav Sharma but Akriti Dayal who is confiding in you through “RAPESCARS”. As a writer, I have tried my best to bring out the anguish of a rape victim however; I accept that nobody else can understand the pain of a sexually assaulted girl.

You may not approve of the way she seeks vengeance but you will surely appreciate that she raises her voice and vows to continuing her fight against the violation of her persona. I hope you will empathize with her. I hope she inspires many. I hope you will extend your love and support…she really needs it.

Also, I am not trying to preach and teach through this book. I don’t intend to suggest that a rape victim should take revenge on her culprits the Akriti way. It is just an effort to tell everybody how peremptorily we all need to ask for a change in the laws.

Readers Cosmos: We wish you and your book a lot of success and hope that many more writers address such crucial problems of the society in their works.

Gaurav Sharma: Thank you so much for the wishes. I take this opportunity to congratulate The Readers Cosmos for the wonderful work they are doing. I wish more success for you and your team.

The book is now up for pre-order, you can book your copy here now!
1. http://www.amazon.in/Rapescars-GAURAV-SHARMA/dp/8192982742

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Rise Above Fear with Mountain Dew: Darr Ke Aage Hi Jeet Hai!

It was winter, this very time in December 2010, four years ago. I had just been in Delhi for a few months now and was happy to live and breathe in the capital city we so lovingly called "Dilwalon Ki Dilli". Delhi truly has all the colors one can fill their life with and it was the first time that I a PhD student had a freedom to step out and explore the nights. Night when the earth descends to darkness and humanity wraps itself and the cities with dazzling lights. The chill breeze in winters, or a hot summer gust of air both seem cool against the pitch black sky. However all my poetic thoughts had yet to find their canvas for a few months ago I really had to fight with my parents and peers to accept a PhD position even though it was with the most prestigious United Nations Organization for the city was Delhi- The Rape Capital.
  
One chilly night we decided one night to go and have Paratha with my friends at Moolchand, Delhi's famous Paratha place. It is located near metro station, its an open stall, nothing fancy. We were 3 girls and just one guy. After we filled ourselves to satiety with the delicious parathas, standing true to their reputation and were heading home. It was around 12 am in the night. A few metres away from the crowd enjoying Parathas a girl was walking alone, ahead of our car and was followed by guys in a car. They were asking her "chalti kya'” and we saw this slowed down right behind. I was really scared deep within. All that we saw on television was here happening in front of my eyes. Then I started panicking as they started misbehaving with her and hooting. She started shouting and expected the guys to run away, but one of them came out and held her hand and started pulling her into the car. My heart skipped a beat but then what the hell, she would become another story we read in the newspaper? No certainly not as long as I was there. They were about 4-5 men and we were just one guy and three women. We just thought “What the hell! This is just not going to happen before our eyes”.  I got out of the car and started making a noise. I shouted to another to call the police. My friends immediately came out too and the guys started arguing with my friend. I screamed on the phone after two of us dialed 100 “Hello Police…there is a rape about to happen and I started giving the number of the car”. At this moment the guys panicked, got scared and ran away. We then comforted her and after she thought she could trust her, packed her a set of paratha's as she hadn't had her dinner and dropped her at her PG apartment a few steps ahead, where she was initially walking to. She was a classical dancer in training and the next day they she had a performance, she lost track of time while practicing she said with tearful eyes. We just wished her good luck for in our hearts we know ambitious women have no place in the world full of men like the ones that attacked her.

In reality women are not safe anywhere in the country today. We walk of the house with a caution. We roam only in the daylight. In the night even if a moment after dark we are out whatever may then happen is considered our fault. We are told we eat chowmein and lose honor and we are told the use of mobile phones spoil us. The corporate culture or the perfect fit smart jeans attracted a man and so it was natural they force themselves on women. We are basically just given a notion of freedom for there really is none. 

Our parents spend their every penny in educating us, compromising their needs without discriminating between us and our brothers so that one day we can stand tall, but are wings are clipped off. We are made to realize we are women afterall. The word "Rape" unspoken yet slapped with in many ways like "Don't go out anything may happen to you", "Men are animals after all", "The times are not good" etc.  Every time I go out even today my parents have a high BP till I am back and I know somewhere they are not wrong,, the world indeed is bad and unfortunately I have seen it very closely now. 

A woman is not safe but with a little courage you can certainly save one. As the spirit of Dew says “Darr Ke Aage Hi Jeet Hai”





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Saturday, December 13, 2014

When On The Road You Are Not Alone

Each day as you travel either on your own vehicle or by a public transport, there always is a brawl around a minor overtake to a major accident suggesting a lot needs to be done to avoid the same. In 2010 India topped the world in another unfortunate statistic after population, yes death by road accidents when the scale reached 13 lakh deaths per year. Every year since then How can we is the question. In my opinion the following steps should be taken to prevent road accidents, after all as a great man once said prevention is better than cure. 

1. Feel Responsible:
When you are driving the most important thing to remember is to be responsible as you are not alone. If you don't drive carefully you might end up paying for it not just with your body or life but also somebody else's. So can happen with you if someone driving around isn't careful therefore one is collectively responsible when on the road. The consideration is not limited to just other humans or vehicles but also animals. Many a times people just run over an injured dog or a cat but they are life forms too and deserve equal respect.

2. Do Not Drink And Drive:
If you are going to a party and would be drinking there do not drive back yourself. Either take a lift from someone in your group who doesn't drink or use a cab service. There have been many accidents just because of this.

3.Maintain Distance:
In the US when one gives a license test the most crucial pointers taught are distance between two moving vehicles. In an over populated nation like ours there is no such rule which is not surprising. However even if you are driving carefully but the person ahead of you applies a sudden break for any reason you are the one who will feel the full impact of this and will invariably collide with him injuring both you and him.

4. Wear A Seat Belt:
Speaking about collision the first thing that the mind conjures is an image of how that seat belt you hate tying can help you. Do not ignore even if you are bored. Tie your seat belt for sure. 

5. Control Your Speed: 
Do not exceed speed limits greater than what you should when on the road, speed is the cause of majority of accidents. Start from home a little early so that you reach on time rather tha never reach.

6. Wear A Helmet: 
Though this rule is made compulsory by the government for bikers, whether you are driving or not; many think they are more intelligent or its just sheer boredom. Life however doesn't have a second chance like you do when you race in video games. So handle your head with care.

7. Keep Your Phone Away: 
The most common problem is people need to multi-task even while driving, so they talk on the phone. We do understand that time is precious but your time on earth becomes limited if you get hit. So if you have to call or receive an important call, park on one side of the road and do it. People should also understand that the other person is driving. Also keep your internet off and stop using it be it facebook or twitter, before it costs your precious self.


This post is a part of Nissan Safety Driving Forum Campaign in association with Indiblogger. For details check: https://www.nissan.in/innovation/NSDF.html


Since its inception in 2012, The Nissan Safety Driving Forum (NSDF) in India is conducted by The Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., as part of its annual safety driving promotion activities.  Under its Blue Citizenship CSR umbrella, NSDF by Nissan works to build awareness of safe driving in India. NSDF encourages drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts, and participants learn through interactive activities the importance of wearing seatbelts.  They started with New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai initially and this year they would target even the tier-2 cities like Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Vadodara, Nagpur, Chennai, Mangalore and Kochi.

Nissan believes that when on the road everyyone's safety is every driver's responsibility. They therefore conduct live simulations of safety features during a car crash, giving one the live experience that would make any individual never forget the safety instructions and his responsibility on the road. The result has been a brilliant 126% increase in the practice of wearing seat belts translating into saving many lives.  

As Gulza sahab has said:

Mehangi hai ye zindagi
Koi chhota sauda nahi
Oonchi khajuri hai ye
Gamle ka paudha nahi...

So when on the road think "Safety Begins With Me".

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Last Minute Shave

This era is the era where men like to have lot of facial hair, courtesy style icons like Ranveer Singh I suppose. If you check the generation of our parents they preferred a clean shave, so did their Icons like Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan. Its difficult to understand the fashion freaks today and the facial hair is often a cause of the tussle between my dad and my brother, needles to mention who is on what side. No matter what the occasion this generation fails to understand the importance of a clean look and mostly have to learn it the hard way.

It was my brothers convocation. He was about to get his first degree of "Bachelors in Engineering". My parents were excited. Indian parents always feel its more of their accomplishment and it is if you see the way each middle class family like ours this and plan to give their children the best of everything. At each point for some need of ours they have sacrificed a wish of theirs for one of ours. Its their day. My parents were excited from day one, a month ago when the dates were fixed. I shared their enthusiasm for my baby brother was really growing up and had solely on his merits got a great score at AIEEE and now was passing out as an Electronics engineer from one of the best institutions in India, NIT. We also decided on the gift options to buy for him etc. On the other hand my brother took it as just another day and continued working on his robotic systems in his lab. My mother started making all the food he loves that we could carry for him like chevdo, chakli, laddoos, theplas etc. this is a common symptom for the gujju's, the love comes out in the form of food. 

We packed, boarded a train and reached Nagpur a day before. It was a pleasant change for me, a relatively less busy city then Delhi. For my parents the surroundings didn't matter what mattered was their son. So they directly reached the hostel despite my numerous attempts to drive them to the hotel first, but they just won’t wait. And then the obvious happened. Their initial joy over powered by the impact of my brothers look. Long hair, un-shaved for ages, etc. My dad just started lecturing him and he ignored. A lecture never helps a young mind. I on the other hand took his side explaining he would be fine by tomorrow; it was just over working on his robotics project. They convinced themselves for their own sake than his. 

I decided to stay on campus that night for a mission was to be accomplished. We got his hair cut but he was just so adamant on his cool look that he kept this stubble. My dad was so not going to like it for just a few hair remaining. I felt the mission was still unaccomplished. So I went to the on campus store and got a Gillette shaving razor and got it gift wrapped. Before we parted that night after all the food and dance as the entire campus celebrated their achievement into finally conquering the degree, I gave him that gift.

His version of the story is he went to the room and was excited. He opened the gift thinking it might be an iPhone which he so much wanted but was disappointed to see only a razor. Disappointed he slept. Next day was an early morning show and so he got up at the first stroke of sunlight and his eyes fell on the same razor that made him sad last night, the emotion crept over him once again.

He began thinking why would his sister who always gave him what he cherished most give him this. Well the thinking did lead into action for when we saw him after ages my father’s dream of a son was walking towards us. He was neat, clean shaved and well dressed. The sister in me feels he looked the smartest engineer that day. When he got his degree my parents literally stood up and couldn’t wait to hug him. We planned a city tour with other families of his close friends that day, had lavish lunch and dinner and after a long time everyone including my dad was praising him. We left early for my parents had to rest well for we were to leave the next day. As a parting gift I gave him another packet to which he reacted as “You already gave me the best gift yesterday.” 


He reached his room and opened it, It was an iPhone 5s, the latest one then. He was so excited and started jumping in his room while calling me. Every year since then whenever he is home, he is clean shaved. Thanks to Gillette for the golden memories.

If you have a little brother and similar problems (I am sure you do) then try gifting them a Gillette, the shaving experience and the final look can get them addicted. It worked for me!


  
'This post is a part of #WillYouShave activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette'.