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Early Childhood pampered by our parents

This is the time we don't understand the value of money and more often than not, we are also pampered by our parents and relatives.

Education - Key to success

We continue to live on our parents efforts but build a foundation for our career. Education and Graduation dependent on individuals interest and affordability.

We have started earning after graduation!!

Well, we are less dependent on our parents, now that we have started earning. Starting a family and Pampering our children is part of this phase.

Older we are, Wiser we get

We get older, children start schooling.Time to think about loan payments, savings for retirement, we earn, spend on necessities and we save the rest.

Finally the day has arrived and start enjoying retirement

Retirement reduces our needs but not expenses. The extras that we saved supplement the social security and pension and keep us flying till the END!!.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

How Pimples affect confidence

Personally I never had a Pimple all my life. I don't know if that was because I never had teenage life, but I was definitely gifted with a skin that didn't produce pimples. I am working in US and when I visited home about 4 months back, my parents wanted me to see a girl whom they had shortlisted for me. The girl was energetic, enthusiastic, seemed very confident girl and reasonably good looking with what I presumed smooth skin. I didn't have any hesitation in agreeing to the marriage and went back to US after my vacation was over.

When I came back for my marriage four months later, I was in for some surprise. With marriage just 4 days away, I asked her out for dinner in nearby restaurant. She agreed and we went there. I am seeing her after 4 months and I couldn't believe my eyes.  Her face had about a dozen pimples and half a dozen black heads. Initially I found it difficult to take my eyes off her pimples, particularly the one on her cheeks. She must have been used to her friends staring at her pimples. She now seemed very shy and under confident. While I couldn't believe that few small pimples can have that effect on an individual, I understood her feelings as well. Here she is, few days before her marriage with a dozen pimples and black heads. I kept the discussion away from her pimples and praised how she has managed to stay so thin. I wanted her to feel good and be the same girl I met few months ago.
After marriage she told me that she had just one pimple and she went to a skin doctor and after the treatment, it multiplied into a dozen. We went back to US I first looked for some over the counter medications but was afraid as some of them can even cause cancer. So I looked for references and took her to a skin specialist. He prescribed some medications and it took well over 4 months for her face to come back to normal. That smile on her face made me feel good that I took the effort to treat her.

Though I never had a pimple all my life, I have the experience to understand what it means for a person who has pimples and how it affects their self-esteem. It may be worth taking the precautions rather than treating them, if one is prone to get pimples.

Note: This post is written for Indiblogger's Garnier Pure Active contest sponsored by Garnier. For additional information see No Pimple Marks and Neem Face Wash.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

How I proposed to my Girlfriend

Sunday afternoon, I was sitting on the porch. Just few weeks to Valentine's day and am thinking how to invite Tina, the girl I am in love with for the Party. It was just last year I had gone to a Valentine's party with my friend where I met Tina. She is a gorgeous, energetic, talkative girl, 5 feet 9 tall. We chatted for a long time that day and still couldn't forget her answer about marriage. It seems she is waiting for the perfect brave-heart. We met couple of times in my friends house during dinner party. Six months later, I invited her for dinner date which she accepted. I couldn't forget those special moments. Is she also in love with me?

My thoughts were disturbed by the calling bell. After answering the call, I decided to act and invite her for the Valentine dance and dinner. My father used to say that you can never succeed if you are afraid of failure. I called her but didn't know how to express. After 5 minutes of conversation, I invited her. There was a silence for few seconds which unnerved me but said she needs to check her calendar and let me know the next day.

She called the next and confirmed she can make it to the dance and asked the location etc. I was exited and immediately rushed to Jewellery shop for some presents and a ring. I decided that I should propose to her on the Valentine's day.

The D-day came. She was dressed like a princess and I was sure any man would fall for her. We were dancing and after 5 songs, I decided it was the time to plan my attack. My brain was thinking how and when to make the proposal. I suddenly noticed a mike near the DJ's corner. In between songs, dancers were resting for few seconds waiting for the DJ to announce the next song. I immediately picked up the mike and announced  "Ladies and Gentlemen, I have an important announcement to make. I am in love with a girl and want to propose to her". Then I kneeled before Tina, took her hands and told her "Tina, I love you. Will you marry me?". The whole dance floor was silent. Tina was also taken back and didn't know what to answer. While some dancers were smiling, I could faintly hear one lady saying "So cute. I hope the girl says yes". The silence was broken when Tina responded "Yes, I will. But you need meet my parents and get their acceptance". All the dancers and clapped and the DJ dedicated the next song to us. We danced in joy, relieved that the proposal has been accepted.

Now, this is the third anniversary of my wonderful married life with Tina and am going to the same dance floor for our annual ritual.

Note: This post is written for Indiblogger's Cupid Games 2015 contest sponsored by Closeup.