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5 Things Dr. Seuss Taught Me About Life

Today is Theodor Seuss Geisel a.k.a Dr. Seuss' birthday. I didn't grow up reading Dr. Seuss, well I guess that's true for a lot of Indian kids because we read a lot more of British children's books. But I did read Dr. Seuss' books as an adult and I fell in love with them. His books are perfect for kids and adults.

   "On and on you will hike,
    And I know you"ll hike far
    and face up to your problems
    whatever they are." - Oh, the places you''ll go

 This book is one of my favourites. Every WORD is quotable. He talks about the place called "The  Waiting Place..for people just waiting, waiting for a bus to come, the mail to come, or the rain to go  or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow, or the waiting for the Yes or No, or waiting for their hair  to grow. Everyone is just waiting.
 Lesson Learned: Stop waiting for things to happen and don't be stuck in "the waiting place" but  move on and on you go, even if you fail, you keep going and you will succeed in the end. 

  "Today you are You, that is truer than true! There is no one alive who is You-er than you." 
  - Happy Birthday To You 
 Lesson Learned: Just be yourself. I know this phrase has been over-used and done to death, but it  doesn't make it any less true. 

"And when things start to happen, don't worry, don't stew. Just go right along, you'll start happening  too!" - Oh the Places You"ll Go

 Lesson learned: Sometimes we get stuck in life comparing ourselves with others. Don't stew, just  shake it off, take a deep breath and keep doing what you do and you'll get unstuck.

 "The Lorax: Which way does a tree fall?
  The Once-ler: Uh, down?
  The Lorax: A tree falls the way it leans, Be careful which way you lean." - The Lorax 

 Lesson learned: Know what you believe in and stand up for it. Don't be afraid to voice out your  opinions, just because it's not the popular one.

"You ought to be thankful for a whole heaping lot, for The places and people you're lucky you're not!" - Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are

 Lesson learned: Be grateful for the present life. No matter how bad you think your situation is,  there's someone who is worse off than you. 

Have you read his books? Which ones are your favourites? 

Columbus Paczki Guide: Where To Find It?

It's funny how you come up with content for your blog. It's Fat Tuesday and as I was driving somewhere, this lady on the radio mentioned Paczki. And I had to find out what it was, how it looked like and most importantly, does Columbus have it.

Pronounced (Poonch-key, if it's many and Poon-chek, if it's single), it is a giant polish creme or jelly-filled donut. Areas like Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago that have a huge polish-american population, Paczki for Fat Tuesday is a tradition.

Here are the three places in Columbus if you want to indulge in Paczki before Lent begins:

Oscar Winning Classic Romantic Movies List

Ahh.. The Oscars - these awards are so special because they encapsulate the universal emotions of love, betrayal, passion and hope. Sometimes, it does feel like all the oscar winning movies make you want to lock yourself in the bathroom and never come out. But, who says Oscar winning movies have to be necessarily sad and depressing. Here are my top 10 Oscar winning romantic movies. These are classics without an expiry date on them. Enjoy :)

It Happened One Night(1934)- Nominated for 5 and won all 5

The quintessential romantic movie made in 1934, it has everything a die hard romantic would want in a movie. Apparently, this movie didn't do so well financially in the early days, but caught up through word-of-mouth. Also, it has the iconic hitchhiking scene which was later replicated (along with the movie), in Bollywood with Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi.

TCM Fun Fact: For the rest of his career, Clark Gable would insist on wearing a trench coat in every picture, claiming it was his lucky coat because of the success of It Happened One Night

Gone With The Wind(1939) - Nominated for 15 and won 8

One of those few film adaptations that had the same quality as that of the book. I'm looking at you Gone Girl *ahem* Made into a movie in 1939, just three years after the book came out, this movie has everything, the effects of war, race, class and of course, love. I, personally love how imperfect and human Scarlett is. And of course, who can ignore Scarlett and Rhett's sizzling chemistry.

TCM Fun Fact: The iconic "Tomorrow is another day" almost didn't make it into the movie. Before Selznick wrote that speech, the film ended with Mammy comforting Scarlett with the line "He"ll come back. Didn't I say the last time? He"ll do it again. I always know. Mammy always knows."

Casablanca(1942) - Nominated for 8 and won 3

A classic war time romantic movie, it has stood the test of time. This movie has something for both men and women. Not to be sexist, but it has guns, gangsters, war and romance. I am not sure if Ingrid Bergman or Bogart ever did another movie together, but I am happy we"ll always have Casablanca. Come on, I had to use it somewhere ;)

TCM Fun Fact: Did you know that "As Time Goes By" wasn't an original song and was not even eligible to be nominated for Best Song in 1943? It was a much older song, written in 1931, for a Broadway Show called Everybody's Welcome.

Annie Hall(1977)- Nominated for 4 and won 1

Who can forget Annie Hall's clothes in this movie. So 70s and so effortlessly french! Question ..Are you even a Fashion Blogger if you don't make Diane Keaton's Annie Hall's references one in a while? Nope.

I love Woody Allen's movies because those are the kind of conversations I would like to have in real life too. It all seems so real and natural. Like, sometimes I wonder if  his movies have any real script at all? I digress. This movie is truly a romantic movies because the entire story is about this guy analyzing why his relationship with her failed. Seriously, go give it a watch.

TCM Fun Fact: Did you know that Diane Keaton was born with the surname Hall. She later changed it by adopting her mother's maiden name in order to avoid confusion with another actress named Diane Hall.

The Apartment(1960) - Nominated for 10 and won 5

Any movie that is set in NYC wins my heart. And this movie is no exception. Shirley Maclaine as Fran was in every sense the cliched Manic Pixie Dream Girl.This was before the term was even coined. After realizing that her boyfriend would never leave his wife for her, she overdoses and is taken care of by Jack Lemmon. He falls in love with Fran's carefree approach to life (Manic Pixie Dream Girl much?) and they live happily ever after.

TCM Fun Fact: Movie's Advertising Tag Line : There has never been anything like it - laugh-wise, love-wise, or otherwise-wise!

What are your favourite go-to classic romantic movies to watch?

Best Chocolate Shops In Columbus,Ohio

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I went around Columbus looking for the best chocolate shops, "trying" out chocolates because well, somebody had to do it! All four of these shops are locally-owned. So, these are as unique as they come. I love shopping local because it always leaves me with a good feeling and a happy smile, knowing that I am helping someone fulfill their dreams.

Here are my picks:

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