Monday, March 30, 2015

A new life beckons #StartANewLife

In my last post, you read on how I embarked on my journey towards fame, glamour by jumping into acting in films. What more could I write on next other than starting a new life, a new journey.

We often go through periods where you just feel you need to press the reset button and start life afresh. Pity that life doesn't really have such a thing. We are all like trains on a journey, but our destination is unknown. We get in to the grind due to varied compulsions but after a point, we cannot take it any further. You need that fire in you burning to start and do what you always wanted to. We saw this in the movie 3 idiots post which a lot of us were inspired to do what we always wanted.

It is easy to say, follow your dreams, but hard to do. Any one would love to be paid to travel, eat etc, but only if that too was easy. Similarly people think the job that I do, that is Acting must be a cake walk. After all what do we do? Just go there and act! I so wish it was like that, all of us would then be competing agaisnt the Big B and SRK.

I left my day job and started doing films. I acted in one and started on a journey full of uncertainities a new life where I could touch new heights, and face new challenges. It feels wierd. A new journey? probably yes, but are all the things new? No! Yet it is a new life, a second chance where I will go on to do what others dont. I will go on to do what I love doing and do other things simultaneously. I may fall and rise, but there will be no one to blame for it. I shall stand tall and work hard to make it count, because we have one life, not everybody gets a second innings, so make it large.

It gets embarrassing for my family to admit that I am playing around with my life unlike the millions in the country who are doing what they are doing with out their will. Atleast, I am happy. I have started working towards changing my outlook and my only aim is to make sure, you sitting there and reading this aren't doing what you do, reluctantly. If you do, then let us hope that even you get a scond chance and get to #StartANewLife

For all the people who want to #StartANewLife but are afraid of the change, always remember change is good, positive and refreshing. It signifies that you are moving forward, living better, and giving yourselves the chance to be the best you can possibly be.

A brilliant concept by will give a better perspective to #StartANewLife. Watch the video below:

When you live together, life's awesome

I have had a turbulent 3 years. During my masters, all I wanted to do was to become a film maker. I was no where close to achieving that dream and all of a sudden I was pulled into working on a Hindi Movie with some of the biggest stars. Rubbing shoulders with them on a daily basis meant that I was learning a lot from them each day and this started getting me closer to what I wanted.

Soon that stint got over and i went on to finish my Masters in Communication and got hired by one of the largest PR agencies in the world. Through this time I had my family with me to support me through out. They knew that I wanted to be in the movie making business but I was there doing PR. It was great,  but not fun. I knew the stuff, but I did not enjoy it as much. It was during this period that, a friend of mine went and auditioned for a role in a Kannada movie. She however did not go on to act in the movie because of her reasons, but she did something that I shall never forget. She went on to show my pictures to the producers and I was called on for an audition.

And like they say, "...the rest is history". I bagged the lead role in a film, which was a huge huge thing. They say that when you are doing something good, you often face a lot of obstacles before you can finally execute it. That holds true for my journey. After I bagged the role, I wnet on to work in the PR firm for about 6 months before I started shooting for the film. We completed the shoot in about 40 days. It was a tough decision to take. Leaving a secure 9-5 job and jumping into a 12 hour shift, with no security. My mother stood with me through out this. She supported me constantly and let me chase my dreams no matter what. It has been tough on her. She had to answer people on why her son wasn't working, but today when she sees my progress, I know I have made her proud.

If it wasn't for her, I would have continued to sit in an office with AC, gotten fat and yet not been satisfied with my efforts. My movie took about an year to finally come out to be what it looks like today and we just concluded a private screening a couple of days back! It has been a fun ride. If you have your family with you, together, you can chase your dreams, get through any kind of phases and yet come out victorious.

I believe in the inimitable power of optimism just like does. As rightly preaches - most times, it's the company that matters more than the advice, and that is the power of being #together!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Get ready to be fit this Summer with GOQii

It has been around 2 weeks since I got my GOQii band, which, I am going to use to make myself fit and slim and trim! This is the first time around that I am going to use a fitness band. I have never really appreciated the fact that a fitness band can actually help you get fit!

That myth was destroyed after I signed up for the GOQii #BeSummerReady campiagn. Post that, the GOQii has been an integral part of my day to day life. The process to sign up was smooth and easy. Choosing the coach was easier. I had all the info i wanted about my coach. After I chose my coach, I had a pretty nice 20 min chat with my coach who set a monthly target for this month and we also discussed on how I would execute my plan.

I am a total lazy guy! Trust me. All I need is food, sleep and I am sorted. I badly need someone to motivate me and push me to exercise. Thanks to Amee, my coach, I am all pumped up to exercise and get fit.

The GOQii comes with a 3,6 and a 12 month subscription and the pricing is very reasonable. The band is great, doesnt stick to your skin nor does it make you sweat. It tracks my sleep, activity, calories perfectly and syncs with the app almost seamlessly.

I will be regularly updating my journey towards getting fit with the GOQii, keep watching this space for more.

Get ready to #BeSummerReady with GOQii

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spaghetti Kitchen on your plate

A couple of weeks back, I was invited to try out the new Make your Own pasta festival at the Spaghetti Kitchen outlet in Koramangla, opposite Forum Mall.

I decided to go in the afternoon because I can't really eat much in the evenings. The Spaghetti Kitchen is part of the Pan India Food Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (Blue Foods) which commenced its operations in Mumbai in 2000 and fast expanded its orbit covering other major cities across India. Being one of the lead players in the organized retail-food business in India, Blue Foods operates in the food & beverage segments with its lead brands– Spaghetti Kitchen, Copper Chimney, Bombay blue Gelato Italiano, Noodle Bar, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and food courts- Spoon and Foodtalk.

Starting off, I was asked to choose my choice of beverage, and I went on to have wine, that was being served with the Make your Own Pasta festival.One can never go wrong with wine and pasta.

I started off with the appetizers that were recommended to me. First came in the Bruschettas which had three differnet toppings. The first, a aubergine pine nut, second a tomato salsa and the third a mushroom cream one. I had totally forgotten that even vegetarian food had so many options and variations. The bruschettas were perfect to start my lunch with.

Next came in the cheesy baby potatoes. You could ask anyone who knows me, about how I look at a person when he recommends any dish that has cheese in it. "Bring it on" were my exact words! Exactly 10 minutes later, about 200 meters away I could smell my dish coming closer and closer! I mean have a look at their dish. There is so much cheesee!!! The potatoes were perfectly baked and with a little bit of pepper over it, I wanted to end my lunch right there.

But! I was there for the Pasta. Immediately came the alfredo pasta with Farfalle and loads of veggies. Well after all it was make your own pasta festival so I chose to add lots of brocollis, olives and cheeeesee!!!

I had also heard that Spaghetti Kitchen makes some awesome Raviollis! Hence it was my moment to taste them and I ordered the Aubergine raviolli and I cannot express that all I had heard about the raviollis was true! They were simply lipsmacking!!

Well that was my experience at the Spaghetti Kitchen! If you want to go eat authentic pasta and the tastiest raviollis, you know where to head to!!

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