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Tasting of “Mango Chutney”

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Oxford Book Store and Rumour Books India welcoming us at the Book Launch

There are some people in whose Company you feel elated and feel like you too can become an Achiever.

There are some Places, where you get so many positive vibes that one gets a feeling that you too can make a Big Space for yourself.

There are some moments, where you love what’s happening around you and be thankful to the almighty for those moments that have passed, happening and about to come.

Yesterday was an Amalgamation of these. First being the presence of Harsh Snehanshu Bhai and Awesome Authors of Mango Chutney.

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Some of the bright Authors on the Stage.

Secondly being in a Book Store. Book Stores and Libraries in itself are Place over flowing with Positivity, Thoughts, Actions and more so because it has Books in which are sealed Imaginations, Experiences of so so many people. And on top of it, This was a Book Shop housed in an 80 year old Building with Double Height floor, Big Windows and lots of Chai Aroma seeping in through the Cha Bar in the Complex.

Third being one of the many Keen readers who had come to attend the launch & also know more about the Awesomeness called Mango Chutney.

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Oh yes we had the Beautiful Gurleen Kaur & the Elegant Sakshi Bhasin Tulsian to give us company. The Bulbs that Lighten mine and Ashish Tuslian’s Life respectively.

Also, I learnt that when we write then we should “Show, Not Tell”

Am Glad, that unknowingly I have already been doing it since I started writing for self.
Also, I am a Person who writes real long sentences. And some how that may break a Readers flow or may confuse her. So better to write shorter sentences. I shall work on it.

Also, one learning which I came back with was that I need to Read Aloud and Work on my Voice Pitch and  Voice Modulation. 
I’m not bad at it, But when story  “The Rejection Ceremony” by Shubham Kapur was read out by Ms Ramya Maddali, I realised how exactly it should be., The Way she did it!!

Thanks Ramya!

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Requesting Harsh Bhai to sign a Copy for me.Thanks Sakshi Bhabhi for this Candid Capture 🙂

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And here is my Signed Copy. 

Harsh Bhai…. this one meeting has added enough Ink in my Pen to flow for next many reams.

Now, Looking forward to read it today 🙂

Thanks to everyone behind and in front of this 🙂 & also to the Mast Masala Cha and Lil Samosi’s we had there.

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This is a Pic we shall be Treasured for life. (L>R) Shashank Agarwal, Gurpreet Singh Tikku, Harsh Snehanshu and Ashish Tulsian. 
Loved it when Harsh Bhai mentioned ” I’m so glad to meet my three favorite Dilliwalas after such a long time” 🙂

Now time to Taste errr, Read MANGO CHUTNEY!!

Kahi Peene ke Liye Paani nahi, Aur Kahi Manjann ke liye Darya khula hai!

Kahi Peene ke Liye Paani nahi, Aur Kahi Manjann ke liye Darya khula hai!

Saw this today morning in Rajouri Garden, And was appalled to see the wastage.

Took a U Turn, Clicked a Pic, Talked to the Guy, Explained him, Asked him to Shut it and not waste water like this.

Also, Told Him if he does it again, I shall show the pic and complain to his Boss (Builder)

#Possibilities #106


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School Student becomes an Entrepreneur Circa 1994

Circa 1994.

This was the year when my results for Class 10th board were announced. And to me, it seemed as if I have crossed the English Channel even without knowing Swimming.

Ok, I know I am exaggerating. But believe me I didn’t study for my boards. Apart from English no Subject lured me enough to study it. And whatever English I would study and learn, would go waste, because due to my BAD handwriting my teacher was not able to decipher what I had written.

Anyways, I was relieved that now Board Exam is after 2 years… And I can LIVE!!!

For me Living would mean, going back to the days, when I went to Pragati Maidan for any and every kind of Exhibition that was running or to hire Video cassettes of Hindi Movies or Pakistani Plays or Tom & Jerry cartoons.

I loved Pakistani Plays more, the Comedy ones Like Bakra Qisto Pay, Buddha Ghar par hai, Nayee Ammi Purane Abba etc etc.

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Umar Shareef was the person who made Pakistani Comedy Plays So Popular. If you note closely , you may find DNA is same in Comedy Nights with Kapil

And all these Cassettes were rented from a Video Library just 2 houses away from ours in Karol Bagh.

The Uncle who ran this Shop was an Amazing person. He was first a Neighbour, A Family member and then a person from whom we rented cassettes.

I remember, once Budda Ghar par had released and I went to his Video Library and asked uncle “Budda ghar par” hai?

And he cutely Said “Yes beta,Saamne baitha hai” ha ha ha ha….. Such was the relation 🙂

Most of the Times, when we used to go to get a cassette, Aunty would ask us to wait and then would cook some Delicious Anda paranthas. I still yearn for those tasty Paranthas.
I can still eat them, but for that, I need to go to London and not walk down a few steps as I did Earlier. As aunty is settled there now.

After my Exams…. I went to Uncle’s shop and asked for a few latest videos and he told me that he does not have it and shared his decision of closing down the Library.

For Sure, it made me sad and then I Casually asked him what he would do with these 700 cassettes.

And he replied he shall sell them at throwaway price at the earliest

I went back to home, Read an India Today magazine and “while I was trying to sleep the crazy entrepreneur in my awakened”.

I decided to buy the entire collection for Rs 7000 (Rs 10 a piece)



Sep 1994 issue of India Today, I began to Read Every India Today Word to word since I was in Class 8th and whatever English I have learnt is thanks to the Magazine.


Next morning I shared my decision with my father and asked for the money. He asked my Plan, Smiled and gave me the money.

I went to uncle, gave him my offer, he Smiled and Accepted the money.

In my House, I had a Small room on Mezzanine Floor. The kind of room, where If I went today… I would not even be able to stand straight due to its low height.

So, I made around 30 Trips for 2 days, Every trip had me carrying 20 cassettes & dropping it to my room.



(An Actual photo of those cassettes in my Room, neatly Stacked as if it’s in an Actual Video Library)


Decision Taken, Money paid, Cassettes in my Custody, Now What!!

So, the First Step I took was to Sort them. English Separate, Hindi Separate, Pakistani Plays Separate and then sorted it according to new and Old. Next step was to sort them as Original and Recorded.



Sorting was one process That I Loved & today when looking back, I realise that probably Sorting helped me Focus on what to Sell/Push. Also, it is Very Akin to Setting priorities in Life.

Uske baad I fixed the price for New Original Movies @Rs 50. Then I spread a Word of the same to my School Friends and Home Friends about it. They seemed Excited and I sold 40 of them in the same weekend.

40 Units * Rs. 50 = Rs. 2000

I still remember, one of them was “Shahenshah”(Can be Spotted in the Pic above) and was a Special Double Pack and I sold it for Rs 80. Rest was priced at Rs 25.

Out of them, there were 40 of them which were not named. MY only fear was that they could either be Blank, Corrupted or even Porn.

And Porn was the last thing I wanted to sell.

So, I gathered some Courage and asked Uncle if any of the cassettes were X, Double X or Triple X.

He answered in negative. I was not sure whether I felt Relieved or was Disappointed.


Anyways, a query cleared I focused on selling my cassettes and in a Month Sold 300 of them and collected Rs. 10,000.(Average rate Rs 35)

Out of the Money Collected,I Returned Rs 7000 to my Dad. Along with the amount was a small gift, because he had loaned me that money.

After a Month, I had Rs 3000 profit and still 400 Cassettes to Sell. I had already exhausted all my resources and had no Idea what to do with them.

If by any chance, you would have read my BLOG The Gift of Lessons, My Gifting Company Taught Me, You would know that I was a Frequent Visitor to “Sunday Chor Bazaar” behind Red Fort in Delhi

So, One Day I decided to go there and check if any trader there would be willing to buy the remaining cassettes.

So, I went one Sunday morning and talked to a few shopkeepers selling VCR’s and TV’s and shared my reason to be there. Thank Fully, One of them agreed to come to my home and inspect the Cassettes the same day.

Within 2 hours, he was at my home, and after giving the cassettes a Glance, he offered Rs 7 per Cassette!!!!!!

The feeling I got was so Awesome, that I said YES, without Bargaining!

So, that Sunday my Month Long Rendezvous with those cassettes ended and left me Richer by Rs 5800, Increased Self Confidence & Lots of Contentment.

After that I had many more of these Short and Long Term Entrepreneurial Experiences which I shall be sharing in my Blogs to come.

Thanks a Lot for Reading TILL HERE!


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Unconnected, But Connected!!

While Going to Khaau Gali @Bandra, Noticed these 2 Gentleman sitting at peace, Totally oblivious to the Surroundings, Just listening to the Waves and Playing a Game of Chess.

They Didn’t Seem to me Connected, But they were!

#Saw it, Liked it, Clicked it, Shared it!! #48 — at Eatlo Eatup @ Carter Road – Bandra – Friday Night Food walk!

Thailand. Do’s and Don’ts For Tourists!

Thailand picA few days ago, I flew to Thailand for vacations & had an awesome time.  However, I realized that I faced some Anxious Moments while doing anything initially.

This was my second visit, the first being in 2008.

But still, I wished I would have done my Home work well. Not that I did not do, I read many articles… But some how all the articles, Blogs I read didn’t really help me.

Now I am back and decided to write one myself. Step by Step, City by City.  So here it is. Please feel free to share your Views, Correct me, Make Additions in Comments and I shall Edit the Blog so more people like you and me could benefit from it.

It has been an Intentional Effort to write it in simple language, so just Expect information and not some beautifuly written Experiences

Booking the Ticket:

  • Book Thai Airways or other Airlines. Avoid JET: Last time I went in Thai Airways Flight and it was Super awesome in all senses.  As soon as you sit in the Plane, You realized that your vacations have begun. But this time, We Booked Jet Airways as it was offering “slightly” lower rates.  Jet Airways is one of the best in it’s Class in Domestic Flights in India, so we didn’t think much about it. But this Flight was a Disaster with Non Friendly Staff, Small Aircraft (3*3) & No In-Flight Entertainment.


  • Immigration Form: Those you would have travelled Abroad before would know it. But for first timers, you shall get this form almost an Hour before the flight lands. The Form has to be neatly filled and that too Both Arrival and Departure sides.  A Common Mistake is to fill one side and hoping that other has to be filled on your way back. But doing this would cause you unnecessary tension and waste your time too. The Filled form would be presented to the Thai Officer at immigration. She would keep one half and stamp and staple the other half with your passport.Arrival card


Visa: Thanks to a Treaty with Thailand, Indians have an option to Either take a Visa before leaving india, or can take a Visa after Arriving at Thailand Airport.

o   One has to reach the “VISA on ARRIVAL office” which shall be easy to find due to signage’s and Information Counters.  Once there, Pick up a Form and Fill it and Paste your Photograph.


o   Do remember to carry your Passport  size Photograph, Otherwise you would have to get in another queue for getting your Photograph and also spend an Extra 100 Baht (At present, 1 Thai Baht=1.91Rs. For easy calculation, you can just Double it).

o   Once the form is filled, You can stand in a Queue for Visa. The cost for same is 1000 Thai Baht.

o   At certain Times many groups Arrive and the queue may be real long. In those scenarios, you have the option to approach FAST TRACK VISA Counter. They shall charge you 1200 Baht (200 Premium) and Stamp your Visa in 5 Minutes and give back.

o   After the stamping you are supposed proceed towards immigration which is 20 steps away and present your Passport and wait for her to punch in and also verify your details. Your Pic is clicked, Passport Stamped and here you go


  • Ideally you should not face any problem in collecting your Baggage. However, if you don’t get your Baggage or get it in Broken or Torn form, then Approach the Lost and Found office, which is just next to 12 Number Conveyor Belt. There are around 4-5 officers there and leave no stone unturned to attend to your problem. The Only problem you may face is Language problem, as you have just landed and yet to get accustomed to how they speak English.
  • This time, One of my Bag was missing. I approached them and after enquiring, they gave me a Acknowledgement of Complaint, Took a Photocopy of my passport and my original Boarding pass. Since, I didn’t have any Local Phone Number at that time, I just told them the name of the hotel. By the time I reached Pattaya at 10 Pm, which is 2 hours Drive from Bangkok, A message was waiting for me that my Bag has been found and I need to call back. Even before I could call back, another call came at Reception in my presence. They apologized for the inconvenience and told me that they will send the Bag to my Hotel in Pattaya by 3 Am. That was amazing. So, don’t worry if you baggage is missing, They would find it out and even if it’s left back in india, They would ensure that it reaches Thailand by the next Flight.

Exit from Airport and Taxi

  • Once done with baggage and immigration we head towards the Exit Gate. If you have not booked a cab already then, go to the Airport Counter at the Exit and depending on the Distance/Number of People, they give you a Slip with Fare mentioned. It is not Prepaid, as we don’t pay anything at Airport Counter. The options of Cabs are Toyota Innova or a Toyota Corolla. If you have Luggage, then prefer to take one with Overhead Carrier for your luggage.

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  • To go inside the City (Sukhumvit), The Cab Fare would be Approx 500 B. And to go to Pattaya, It would be Rs1800/-.




  • If you are going to Pattaya it is almost 2 hours Smooth Drive. In between the Driver may take a Cut off the Highway as there are many Restaurants where you can have your grub and refresh before moving forward. Burger King, KFC, Starbucks, McD’s being a few of them.IMG_7049
  • Ensure to have your Hotel Name, Address and Phone Number Handy as he may Read it and Understand it better, rather than you speaking it to him. Prefer staying somewhere close to the Beach. The back lane of Beach has some Good Places at Good rates. And there is where the action is.
  • Also Note, That even if your flight lands at night or its’ Dark, You can still go to Pattaya as the Roads are Well lit and the Highway Safe.


  • The Best part of Pattaya is that it never sleeps, so you have Food, Drinks, Taxi etc available at any time at any Corner.
  • SIM card: One should Invest in a Local Number. The SIM card can be procured from any “Seven Eleven Outlet”. The Number (True More) would be for 49B and you can recharge an additional 100B which would give you calling time as well as free 3 days unlimited Internet Access. PLEASE do get the Internet settings changed from “Seven Eleven” Outlet or from a Company outlet, otherwise you would not be able to access internet. (Whats App, Facebook,Twitter, Mails,Google)
  • Transport in Pattaya: Since you shall be staying near the beach, everything would be within walking distance. However, there is big TUK TUK like vans which keep circling around Beach road. You can just hop in along with others and depending on distance pay 10 or 20B.
  • There are a few Attractions in Pattaya like the Dolphin Show, Floating Market, Crocodile farm, Elephant Farm, Tiffany’s Show, Para Sailing etc. My suggestion would be to avoid everything that is also available in Bangkok. As in Bangkok, the scale of Similar Shows is Bigger and better.


  • Activites/Places Unique to Pattaya:

o   Beach: This is not what you shall get in Bangkok, so enjoy at the beach to the fullest. Best time is morning 6 to 11 and then evening 4 to 7 as the tide at this time is the highest and water is clean too. And if you have no intentions to take a dip in beach. Then you can sit on any chair under an umbrella and enjoy your Drink, Buy food from vendors/Hawkers, Get your Arm tattooed (Temporary), Get your Nails painted or your Hair Braided. The charges for these Services would be 100B to 200B. The rent for 2 chairs is Rs 40B and Drinks would be reasonably priced. If you want to go for Para Sailing, then you can ask the Shack Owner and he can arrange it for you. 500B would be cost for Para Sailing. And sometimes an additional cost of 200B per person for the boat that takes you to the Para Sailing Platform.IMG_6983

o   Tiffany’s is another show that is Unique to Pattaya. It’s a Dance and Music show performed by 300+ Artists wearing Glitzy Costumes and performed on a Grand Set, which changes every 5 minutes. This cost of this one hour show is 800B to 1200B. But if you can trace a Local/Tout outside the complex then you can get the ticket 200 to 300B cheaper. The Thai Govt has this provision to give a Discount to Thai Citizens on Entry Tickets to all Country owned Entertainment places. This is a Huge Revenue Generator for Locals, and helps you saving some money. We had planned to see the Show for 800B(Mezzanine), but when we realised that we can get 1200 B ticket(VIP GOLD)  for 800 B, we went ahead with that and enjoyed the show, sitting in the First Row in the centre. So it is not only about Saving Money, but also to get more Bang for your Buck.

o   Also, One place that you Can and should Visit is “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” It’s next to Hotel Marriot in Royal Garden Plaza and has around 13 Attractions to offer. You can choose to see 3 Attractions for 500B or 7 Attraction for 1000B and so on.  My Son Hargun saw it and Loved it.

o   One More place that is unique to Pattaya is it’s Walking Street(Beach Road). This Street has a Mix of Dance Bars, Pubs “etc etc etc”. This place gets into its full mood post 9 and carries on till early morning. Don’t take your Kids along. Stay Safe and in case of any problem, you shall see a Policeman within 40 Meters.

o   As I mentioned earlier, avoid all other shows (Floating Market, Dolphin Show etc.). If you want, you can get to see them in Bangkok at a much grander scale.

o   Food: if you are a Non vegetarian and that too a Sea Food Eater, then This place is a paradise. Stop anywhere, eat anything and you shall love it.

o   If you are a vegetarian, then you can’t have anything even at Mc Donalds. Then Burger King is the Choice with it’s Vegetarian Burger.

o   The best way to enjoy Food is to have it from carts. Steamed Pork Sausages, Fried Chicken, Roasted Fish, Squids, Chicken Rolls, Fruit Salads, Fruit Juices. Everything you Eat/Drink would be great. Along the Beach road, there are a Few Mc Donalds, StarBucks, Burger King, KFC which are open 24 hours. Also, you may find a “Seven Eleven Department Store” every 400 Meters and there you can have Heat and Eat Meals, Drinks, Dry Cakes and much more tasty stuff.



Shall Add some more information in my Next Blog. That would Include, What to Eat, Where to Eat, Knowledge of Currency notes, Where to shop, How to Travel, Important Thai Words to remember etc. etc.


If you are not OUTSTANDING, then atleast STAND OUT!!


Camera ka Janam!- Chotti si Kavita!

To all my Friends… Jinke Liye Camera sirf ek Machine nahi hai,
Ek khaas Zariya hai to Express themselves….

Bobby Roy Bhai….. inspired by your status and hence Dedicated to you 🙂

(Pls ignore the Spellings, Tenth board mein, Hindi Compartment thi meri)

काश ऐसा हो पाता, जो हम देखते है, वो सदा के लिए ह्मारे ज़हन में क़ैद हो पाता….
कही ना कही धुनदले हो जाते है पल, काश उन पलो को कोई क़ैद कर पाता….

शायद यही सोचा होगा उस खुदा ने, जो उसने केमरा का ईजाद किया….
जितना करे उसका शुकराना, वो कम है, क्यूकी उसने हुमको इस परेशानी से आज़ाद किया!
जी एस टी

For a Week, My Bathroom became My Classroom!!

It was exactly this week last year, when My Bathroom “Geyser” Talked to me, and then next day it was Towel, Bathroom Slippers, Tap, Mirror Soap etc.
Don’t Believe me? Read on and see how my bathroom Turned my Classroom for a week.
Thinking of this instance still sends shivers up my spine!!

Gurpreet Singh Tikku

Har Cheez kuch Sikhati hai…… Kabhi Chup rehkar, to Kabhi cheekh cheekh kar hume apni baat samjhati hai!!

(Every Thing around us teaches us something or other… Some times by keeping mum and sometimes by shouting from the roof)


And this was experienced by me a few days ago…. When my Geyser TALKED to me…. Yes it did and it didn’t only Talk it gave me a lesson too. 

And then Every Next Day, I could hear voices from all the Accessories/Fittings in my bathroom and I wondered why I didn’t listen to them earlier.


But I am Glad that I did now…. And that I am sharing it with every one….

April 17, Friday 
Day 1:: Geyser


While I went for a bath….. I heard my Geyser Say…”Gurpreet, It takes me 30 minutes to heat the water in Winters, but in Summers (now)…. I take only 6 minutes to do…

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Mauke Par Chaukka!!

Mauke Par Chaukka!!

Disclaimer :- This is not a Political post. This is a Marketing post on how You can Advertise Your product along with the TRENDS of the market so that people Pay Attention to it.


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