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Would it sound bizarre if I say that I have an obsession with shoes?

I guess not. Like every other girl, I also love shoes and I think she and she also love them. I end up buying impractical shoes many a times but that’s how I am. You are free to judge me. There are barely instances when I drive past a shoe shop and don’t enter it. I may not buy (though in very rare cases such miracles happen) but I still visit the shops just for fun sake. Shoes give me same utopian feelings the same way as books give me. The extended hours that I can spend at book cum coffee shops, it’s not different with shoe shops. And the confession is that I suffer from bootism apart from procrastination.

Well! I can also say while men love boobs, women love shoes. But does anyone questions them? No but they definitely give big stares when their wives/ girlfriends tell them that they have brought another pair of shoes. Regarding boobs, they have their own fancy reasons to give such as:

It is a body part that they do not have and men always want what they don’t have.

They taste so good.

The shape of them gets us excited.

Boobs are a symbol of fertility.



And gazillion other reasons that you can find here, here and here.

We women have our own reasons why we love shoes.

1. They don’t make us look fat. No matter how many pounds we put on, shoes always fit. They never betray us, and we can always count on them.

2. They make us happy when are feeling sad. We go and shop for shoes during these sad phases.

3. We don’t have to look for a changing room to try them on, and not worry about hidden cameras. You can come with full fledged cameras, and make our movie when we are trying them on. You are free to take the pictures of our naked feet and naked shoes. You can even makes posters of them, and put them on wall.

4. They add vibrancy in our wardrobe.

5. We can wear them according to our moods. If we want to feel on top of the world, we can put my 3 inch high heels. If we want to hit the pavement running, we can rely on our pair of sneakers. When it is snowing, we can slip into double duty heavy boots. Flip flops make us feel at home. When we want to feel like a teenager, we can flaunt my kitten heels. When we want to look bitchy, we’ll wear our snake print boots. Yes! we like all of them.

6. They always compliment our look, and get us compliments in return.

7. With every new shoe we try, we feel fresh. They never fail to satisfy us.

8. Shoes are hot. They make us feel hot as well.


And didn’t you hear what Tom Hanks say in Forest Gump? He said “Mama always said you could tell an awful lot about a person by the kind of shoes they wear.” I agree with his Mama because the first thing that I notice in a person is shoes. At times I am a little judgemental as well but I really can’t help a few things about me. But I wonder do men also care so much about their shoes as women do? Men don’t have as many options as women have but it is such a turn off when you see men with unpolished, dirty shoes or may be tattered at times. I think it’s no big deal with them. If it is I’d like to know.

The only catch with collecting different types of shoes is that they should not lead you in serious back problems, and of course you should know how to carry them off. An article here says that you could be setting yourself up for toe nail problems, corns, hammertoe, bunions, tight heel chords, pump bump, neuromas, and stress fractures. Especially high heeled shoes should be worn occasionally not while you are moving around in your house or going for a day long shopping. Things can turn nasty in that case. So, be careful while indulging in collecting your booties.

A friend of mine told me about shoe police, which controls people who do serious abuse to shoes. The role of shoe police is to put shoe abusers in shoe shaped jail, and make them spend their prison term making shoes. If you find any such people, please report here. Is someone listening?

My internet connection was down the whole day yesterday so, could not post the Doodle Body on time. I have over and often realized that I become extremely upset when I don’t have an access to internet. This is happening with me more frequently now because it’s been almost seven months that I have not stepped out of home ,and internet is my only access to the outer world. But when I look seven months back I’d be lying to myself if I’d say that the situation was much better. The only difference between now and then is that before I used to end up spending so much time on internet because we had just started our business so we used to end up working for 18- 20 hours at stretch. Well! could still be excused. But yesterday especially I became very uneasy about not having an access to internet. I actually thought that I have got an internet addiction disorder . There was something that I read at JD’s blog a few days back that really comforted me. She had asked bloglings like me to get away from our blogs .  And I was really thanking her from the bottom of my heart for sharing this. Taking her advice without much ado I went on the terrace for a walk, read a book, perused the entire Sunday magazine, and finally watched ‘Letters from Iwo Jima’.  If you have not watched the movie, you should.  This Academy Award winner is a war film directed by Clint Eastwood with an excellent cast of Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya.  Letters from Iwo Jima portrays the Battle of Iwo Jima from the perspective of the Japanese soldiers and is a companion piece to Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers, which depicts the same battle from the American viewpoint. My rating is 5/5 for this movie.


To find out whether I am internet addicted or not, I took a test here  ,and got a score of 60. The results were quite relieving but had I crossed 80, I would have been in the category of Internet addicts. I am not very far from the score of 80 so, I need to be a little careful.


50 -79 points: You are experiencing occasional or frequent problems because of the Internet. You should consider their full impact on your life.


So finally Doodle Week has ended. I am both happy and sad. Happy because I wouldn’t have to be organized enough to post every single day. And sad because it was so much of fun and I am going to miss it. This is after many years that I got back to draw something. Sigh!  I think last that I picked up brush was some five years back. Since then college and career took most of my time. So, it became a little nostalgic as well.


Finally, here is my Doodle Body!


I have always been blamed for my laziness. From studying just the night before my exams to paying my phone bills either on the last date or maybe be later than that to canceling the meetings with my friends right on the last moment. And now, making doodles just before the day gets over. When is Doodle Week going to end? It is making lazy bugs like me update my blog every single day, and believe me it’s difficult for me. I think I need to learn a few things from Daddy Papersurfer whose posts are there on his blog at 6 a.m. BST sharp. I know that you can adjust the publishing time of your post but atleast he is disciplined enough to post eyes write his posts every single day. I am such a procrastinator! What? Did I say something? What the heck does procrastination/ procrastinator mean? I think I should start Word Of The Day like Margaret so that I know the meanings of these long, and difficult to pronounce words. The politically correct Free Dictionary says that procrastination means the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time. Although it is not a disease but they end up telling lies to themselves such as, “I’ll feel more like doing this tomorrow.” Or “I work best under pressure.” In truth, they do not get the urge the next day or work best under pressure. But hold on! let me tell you that they are more optimistic than others. The bad part is that they look for distractions like checking their mails like 25 times in an hour, which I confess that I do. This sounds more like revealing a secret on a weekend when you should be languorously sitting on a couch and watching TV, you rather take an inspiration from someone in your neighbourhood , and reveal your stupid secret to the entire world. Procrastinators can change their behaviour but it involves a lot of psychic energy. Now would I be able to get over with this? Okay I’ll try. But what if I tell you that that Albert Einstein delayed speaking clearly till his ninth birthday or he couldn’t ride a bicycle properly till he was 23? Ha! Now I have changed my mind, and I am not going to change myself. When is Doodle Week ending?

Coming to friends, you know they are always understanding, sweet and know about your likes and dislikes. But! Friends also take their full pride in taking vengeance at the right time. I once can canceled my meeting with one of my girl friends at the 11th hour, though at time she said that it was alright and that she understands. A few days later I invited her to for a cup of coffee, and no points for guessing that she didn’t turn up. She coyly said, this one is for not making it up for the previous meeting. And we laughed. Such is life, and such are friends!

Well! I am not a pets person, but if ever I’d like to have any pet it’ll be a rabbit. So, here it is. Though I have made it very colorful out of habit but in real life I think I’d like to have a pure white bunny with pink eyes and it should be fat and chubby. Aww!!:)

Mr. Bhimu Patil of A&M University has been able to discover the real juice in watermelon. He claims that there are Vigra like qualities in the humble fruit.  The common man’s fruit is has an amino acid called citrulline, which relaxes and dilates blood vessels much like the diamond shaped blue tablet, and other drugs meant to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). So, the juicy fruit has been tagged as a libido enabler, and has been laden with the burden of salvaging the scrambled sex life of many men.

This fruit with 92% water by weight can boost nitric oxide levels, which relaxes blood vessels. The sexual potency of the fruit lies in the rind, and not in the fleshy red part that is slurped with much delight. It’s a little opposite of what we generally follow for traffic light business- Stop for Red and Go for Green. In case of water melon, the opposite works better.  The rinds are no more for the horses, it’s for the bedroom charmers from now on.



Now that the beneficial functions of the fruit have been unveiled, men can relish their watermelon smoothies while whispering the sweet nothings such as


My citrulline, my lycopene, beta carotene where have you been?

I have been hunting for you like a libertine.


So it’s the right time to participate in the 23rd Winterville Watermelon Fest 2008😉


Read more here- Science Daily


A survey shows that nine out of ten people love chocolates, and 50%  of them say that they can’t live without it. I am one of those nine people who love chocolates but can live without them. My tendency to put on weight makes me abstain from eating junk food, chocolates, ice creams, shakes etc. To maintain my weight I sometimes end up doing aberrant stuff. I once tried sugar free chocolate ice cream.. I mean how could I expect a chocolate ice cream, whose basic ingredients are cocoa and cream, to be healthy and fat free? To add it all, it tasted pathetic. I have tried fat free potato chips, I make sure that I buy dieter’s sandwich, low fat brownies, low fat cold coffees (no matter how abominable they may taste)… when I later sit down to think of all this it sounds all paradoxical. A few days back there was an article in newspaper which stated that Dark Chocolates can help you in controlling low blood pressure. Well! I don’t suffer from any kind of blood pressure but still this had something to do with chocolates and especially Dark Chocolates, I decided to do a research.. And Yippee!! This is what I found:-

Linda, a 38-year-old mother of three, was so anxious to lose weight she promised to follow any meal plan I recommended. “But can I still have my chocolate?” she pleaded.

A noted New York cardiologist wanted to know what to say when his patients ask him which chocolate to eat for their hearts.

Chocolate is certainly one of the “it” foods of the moment, with numerous studies praising the sweet stuff for its heart-loving goodness. Not only do we have more kinds of chocolate bars than ever to choose from, there’s chocolate soup and even chocolate pizza. It’s only a matter of time before someone bathes in it!


But can the sweet stuff that’s synonymous with Valentine’s Day really protect your heart and fit into a weight-loss program? Well, yes, but not all chocolate is the same.


If you’re going to indulge on Feb. 14 or any other day, go for the purest dark chocolate you can find. That’s the kind loaded with flavonoids — antioxidant chemicals that help prevent cell damage, reduce clot formation and improve blood sugar levels. The cacao plant, which is what chocolate is made from, contains the same antioxidants — including catechins and phenols — found in red wine, apples, onions and grapes.


Look for bars with at least 60 percent cocoa solids (some brands of dark chocolate contain as much as 75 percent). Milk chocolate has fewer flavonoids than dark, and white chocolate has almost none.

As an added treat, chocolate also contains caffeine and other chemicals that help boost mood and may ease women’s premenstrual symptoms.


We don’t yet know the exact amount of chocolate to eat for maximum health effect, but three-quarters of an ounce provides an equal amount (400 milligrams) of antioxidants as a glass of red wine. As my friend Jim said at his 40th birthday party while he toasted guests with red wine and chocolate cake, “Cheers! Antioxidants never tasted so good.”


Moderation is key
But don’t overdo it every day. One-third of an ounce of chocolate — that’s about two squares of a bar — can satisfy a craving without blowing your diet.

Dark chocolate can be loaded with calories, saturated fat and sugar. An ounce has about 150 calories. And it isn’t necessarily the best source of flavonoids, either. You can get similar antioxidants from vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Unlike chocolate, they are low-fat, low-cholesterol, high-fiber and caffeine-free. Still, the type of fat in chocolate, called stearic acid, does not seem to raise blood cholesterol levels the way animal fats do




Woohoo! Time for indulgence, and that too without any guilt. 😉





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