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When my husband & I answered questions on love

My friend Harshika Daryanani wanted to do a story on couples who’re in very different phases of marriage. For this she desired that Ashish and I tell her our definition of Love, so that she could study and share if love changes with time, or if distance makes any difference in the lives of couples? Here’s how we – Ashish and I replied to her questionnaire:

My Answers

  1. How did you guys meet? What was the first thing that struck you?

Ans:  We met through our parents. It is an arranged marriage. The first thing that struck me was that his mother i.e now my Mum-in-Law was just like an angel. She was so full of dignity, grace and love… got me thinking if the mom is so good, the kid would be so too. And yes he did not prove me wrong. The same dignity, grace and love I feel even now after 20 years of my marriage.

  1. What does the term “Love” mean to you?

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Podcasting, Movies & Moments

Movie Time Friday releases in India theatres“Hello people, this is G Caffè podcast and I’m Geetanjali Kaul bringing you ‘Movie Time’.”

A sound which reverberates in my ears these days. It’s been three weeks since ‘Movie Time’ started on G Caffè. The other day I saw a young girl listening to the G Caffè podcast on her phone. I have to tell you it made me really happy to see that.

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Movies and I have a special connection. I don’t know how this started but since it has, I have fallen in love with podcasting, movies releases and reviews. When I did the 1st Episode on the 17th of May – I was happy as a kid to see it go online on SoundCloud. Though to be frank I sort of did not like hearing my own voice on record… have never liked it somehow on tape … else I simply love it. 

Geetanjali Kaul. Movie Time Podcast for Friday movie releases in India.Well I must tell you what all happens while I record. Before I start, I give instructions to one and all that I am recording and absolute silence should be maintained but glitches do happen. Just when I have done the perfect recording and as I finish, someone will walk in and I need to do it all over again. If I manage that then I forget to save it and need to do it again. And yes just when I’m recording, the doggie MUST bark the loudest … and the horns and loudspeakers must honk and play. Phew…

Geetanjali Kaul. Movie Time Podcast recording for Friday movie releases in India.As I did my 2nd episode on 24th of May, I had learnt some tricks of the trade and I started involving people around me, so now they all know how to maintain silence during podcasting. [Hear the 2nd one on SoundCloud.] 

The 3rd episode went on air on the 31st of May and was hilarious as I had to bribe one and all and give the doggies a bone each so I could record

All said and done it is a journey I’m so enjoying and learning everyday. The next episode comes this day so let me write about it as I have a sore throat and though I know my voice would be sexy but it would be very dangerous in case you guys fall in love with me. So the 4th episode of 7th June for you my dear gcaffians:

MOVIE TIME ON GCAFFE

This week we have four movies rolling down.

Mere_Haule_DostThe first release is – ‘MERE HAULE DOST’: A comedy drama about five college kids who want to go on a bike rally in the Himalayas but do not have the resources. The film is about how these kids deal with the threat of responsibility and impending adulthood, find love and make money in a fast growing and rapidly changing urban India.

Director: Nitin Raghunath | Writer: Nitin Raghunath | Stars: Preeti Gupta, Babita Punetha, Catherine Fallows | Music Director: Divyang Arora | Producer: Pramida Posanipalli, Rajiv Thakur, Nitin Raghunath.

Yamla_Pagla_Deewana_2The second is – ‘YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA 2’.

Directed by Sangeeth Sivan, and the sequel to the 2011 hit film, Yamla Pagla Deewana the film features Sunny Deol, Dharmendra and Bobby Deol from the previous film along with Neha Sharma and Kristina Akheeva (debuting in this film) as the female leads. The soundtrack of Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 has been composed by brothers Sharib Sabri and Toshi Sabri. Lyrics are by Kumaar.

After_Earth_PosterThe next release is the much awaited ‘AFTER EARTH’ – Danger is real but fear is a choice. After a crash landing, Kitai and his father Cypher are stranded on Earth, a millennium after events forced humanity’s escape. The adventure continues.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Writers: Gary Whitta (screenplay), M. Night Shyamalan (screenplay) | Stars: Jaden Smith, Will Smith, Sophie Okonedo.

Now_You_See_Me_PosterThe last release – ‘NOW YOU SEE ME’ – It is an intriguing story of four greatest illusionists called ‘The Four Horsemen’ and how they pull off a robbery with some magic tricks, distribute cash in the audiences and fool the FBI squad. Director: Louis Leterrier | Writers: Ed Solomon. Boaz Yakin | Stars: Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Isla Fisher.

That’s an attractive line up of comedy, sci-fi, mystery and thrills for you this weekend, Have fun. This is Geetanjali Kaul and you are reading Movie Time on G Caffè. 

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Four Hundred Seven Days of joy | 407 days & twinkling stars

gcaffe Founder Geetanjali KaulI wrote my first article on the 9th of December 2011 and by the grace of my good friend I ended up with gcaffe.com.

I did not know even the abcd of blogging then and neither did I know what am I getting into.

Slowly slowly as time passed by I realized this is like an ocean and I want to swim through. See I wrote: ‘I want to swim through and not have to swim!’

Not an easy swim I must say. A thousand times I almost drowned and gulped in so much dirty water, puked out, gulped again, took a deep breath, plunged again, saw so many big ships going by, felt scared of being crushed by them, saw so many whales and sharks, got bitten and bled, plunged again, got stung by jelly fish, took another deep breath and started again.

And then I saw the marvel of a world. I saw mermaids who pulled me out and made me smile, dolphins who took me on their backs and made me glide through the rough waters of the ocean, rainbows and sunshine which lifted my heart when I was down… and I also found a white shadow who made a raft for me to hang on and never let me give up. Then a thousand stars came twinkling and spread so much light. I never saw darkness.

Today, after 407 days of blogging (see my annual report), I stand a stronger and a happier person. More learned than ever and wiser too. My thousand stars are all my readers who come in every morning and night… some are fellow bloggers too. Some I am able to thank… some I’m not. But the truth is that all these would not have been possible without all of you. I so appreciate and value each and every moment you give me, the time you spend on gcaffe site here or its social media pages including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Sound Cloud, Pinterest. This is for all of you. You are my stars.

For all my co-blogger friends I would say that I have learned so much reading from what you all write that it is an amazing part of my journey. A part which no one understands. I’m sure it happens with all of you too. I can say, practically no one (leaving one or two) read what I write… in my family or close friends… due to sheer lack of time or interest (as I work, the first thing I hear is: “You are again on the computer… NO!!!”).  Sadly, blogging is still not taken very seriously – a fight we all fight daily, I guess.

But I’m very happy today. As I connect to each and every one of you slowly and gradually and I learn each day… improvise daily and am able to write against the tide. I’m a happier soul. I thank my mentor and my man without whom I would never be here.

Gratitude from the heart.

gcaffe ~ The Gappuccino

One month of ‘Writing My Mind’

gcaffe ~ The GappuccinoWho prepared the table for me and filled my cup as I waited to turn 40? I was sitting in front of my old laptop and on an uncomfortable wooden chair and it was the middle of the night. This time my mug did not have tea or coffee at the odd hour. Soon the dwelling began here at gcaffe as I put pen to paper to share my musings.

“I know the words, yet I seem to fail. I am moving in my seat and raking my brain, trying to come up with something interesting for you,” I wrote on 9th December 2011. Things took turn then in your presence, dear friends. I realized I have come a long way from the carefree days of my childhood. “What am I living for?” was the big question that moment.

The Gappuccino was born at the stroke of that night to Write My Mind. Since then the days have been happier and nights more peaceful with each one of you acknowledging with your understanding and directing my path. I feel honoured this day for you filled my heart with a new wine.

Here’s G thanking each one of you for taking out time and making the effort to hear me out. And special thanks to Ashish Kaul, Rupali Gupta, Saumya Gupta, Tisha Virani, Sonal Mattoo, Bhanu Pratap, Col. Raj Kumar Kak and Neeraj Bhushan for standing by always.

This is the first benchmark, together we’ll see more.

Now, A Quick Recap Of The Posts Till Date: