Monday, November 30, 2020

December Cheer

 My favourite month since I was little. I just love the festivity and the winter . Brought up in Kuwait, my memories are very beautiful of winter . It used to get very cold . Christmas and New year used to be freezing but I loved every bit of it . My school wore a festive cheer from December 1st . So Nostalgic today .

We would be practising for the Christmas play and carol singing . Excitedly planning activities for Christmas. We had a long week celebration in our school . I miss those days dearly .

Christmas Eve , I would be invited for dinner to my friend’s place . Singing carols and enjoying the sumptuous dinner . 

Christmas added the cheer of red and green . I always felt everyone would be wearing a special , cheery winter coat . 

I just miss those beautiful days . I still live it . Trying to bring some memories back in the present . 

Joy to the world . 

Stay tuned for my secret Santa list . I’ll let you out on a secret πŸ˜‰. I still write one 😁😁

Social Issues

 Centuries have passed 

Decades and Eras 

Gone by!

Our plight has still remained 

The same !

So where is Development 

And progress?

Every Era called us by

Various names 

From concubines , to what not !

From Harems to Brothels 

Names changed a new 

Not our plight !

We are still given dirty looks 

Respect never known 

Not one understood us 

We all have a story 

Just like anyone out there 

Some were forced here 

Some in the name of poverty 

Some disillusioned and duped !

Each more heart rending than the other !

Ohh!! The Harbingers of Morality !

Tell me which one of you have not come and seen any of us ?

We screamed for centuries!

It all fell on deafened ears !

Stoic souls 

Our plight continues till today !!

Our souls were sold 

Our hearts buried forever 

We are only reduced to 

A priced list of sorts !

Everyone puts a new

Price Tag !!

Alas !! It still continues 


My poem on a picture prompt , on social issues .

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Rested

 After a long time and through a lot of trials, I’m at my most rested . Surprised! 

During the pandemic, how is she managing to be so rested . This question must be popping in your minds as you read through it . 

Yes ! The realisation hit me , when I realised sub consciously , I stopped planning ahead . 

Now I truly live in the moment . Take each day as it comes. I just strive to do the best I can “ Today “, just “ Today “. 

Tomorrow is not promised . I don’t know what tomorrow will bring . Nothing is promised . Only what you have now .

What matters is the power of you . And how well you live in the now . 

Pandemic taught me the best lesson of life “ Don’t plan , Don’t stress “

Being a moderate “ OCD” myself . I always needed everything planned well in Advance . Systematically and meticulously running my monthly schedule . Stressing if it would go haywire . Now I just live by the day . And believe me , I’m a much happier being . 

Truly rested and calm . 

Stay blessed. Stay safe . 


Hypocrisy

 Sugar coated words 

Are dripped from succulent lip!!

The words sound like 

Melted warm Honey 

But the beauty of it 

Remains that it does not 

Come anywhere close from 

The heart 

Devoid of Emotions, feelings 

And heartfelt essence 

It just pays lip service 

And only stays till ther!!

Does not touch the being 

Heart or soul !!

So easily forgotten 

What was said 

And easily moved on 

To greener pastures 

Without any remorse 

Or guilt 

Of any remotest kind!!

Halycon

 I remember our best Halycon 

Moments of Happiness!!

Blissful and complete 

Resplendent in its joyous Glory!!

When did it sonder 

Know not I!

I have craved the Minutiae 

In my Album of life 

Treasured it like my Best 

Most precious possession

For a long time to come!

Now in the hands of Moira 

I stay trapped!!

Waiting to free Myself again 

To Revisit Halycon!!

Once Again 

Another Encore 

Another taste of it!!

Taste of Optimism

 The ever lasting 

Taste of Optimism remained 

Steadfast and same 

Like the taste of 

My balm on chapped lips 

Here it worked on my 

Chapped and crushed 


Feeling of defeat 

Every time renewing 

And soothing 

My chapped and broken 

Aspirations!

The taste of Optimism 

Till today remains 

Constant and consistent!!

The same taste 

The same feel!!

Warmth

 In the frigidity of Emotions

And the frozen landscapes

Of hearts and Earth 

Let’s melt it 

With the warmth of 

Our emotions

Veins are turning to ice

Emotions are cold and frozen

Eyes have turned stoic 

Hearts devoid of Emotions 

All frozen and still

I set out to 

Seek the warmth again 

When I could not 

I decided to fill it 

With mine!!

Hope to leave a warmer place!!

And some warmth 

Of kindered souls!!



Saturday, November 28, 2020

A Bigger shift !!

Is Pandemic playing a catalyst to the suppression which was stilled . 

Is  it the calm before the storm 

A storm which is brewing in every corner of the world . A chaotic cauldron of problems which is slowly brewing in the form of  Financial collapse, Recession , Uncountable deaths , Protests and Rebellions .

Where are we heading ? 

I do not see any iota of peace in any form . 

I just see a deep restlessness . It feels like the lava brewing just before the volcanic burst .

Every heart is worried . Every eye tearful. Where is peace ?

This is the time when you have to lend your comfort and support to your near and dear ones .keep the faith on .

Positivity will keep you going.

Keep praying for the world and mankind . 

The storm is brewing .

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Street of Life

 This morning my inspiration was a beautiful lit street . With old lamppost’s and an open cafe setting . Rustic wrought iron chairs and tables. There was a sense of serenity and quiet about it . A beautiful moment from life . 

That got me thinking . Life is something similar to a beautiful street . We keep sitting at the cafe . Some moments are beautifully spent in the company of like minded people. Some are spent quietly , just with yourself. Some with you and your misery . We keep gathering these over the time . Some leave a deep impact, some just touch and leave , some stay on till your last breath.

But what really makes an impact are the people with you . Some become your family , friends turned family. And I have been very lucky and blessed in that aspect . God has been very kind in giving me these “ HUMAN STARS “. When I forget myself, they are the ones who remember me more than I do .

Sincerely grateful and thankful to all of them . My heartfelt gratitude, I sent to each of you . Keep you all time in my thoughts and prayers . Enveloping you in a heartfelt hug of prayers . 

Stay blessed. Stay safe !

On the occasion of Thanksgiving, I thank each one of you for being a part of my life and always looking out for me 😊

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Lost Moments with my Dad

 I was all of 9 when I lost you forever!

Your earthly journey ended forever! I lived more without you than with you . But our bond was strengthened even after you left for your heavenly abode !! untimely !

Life went on . I went on the path taught by you . Life wasn’t easy . But perseverance and strength took me through ! Today again the realisation hit me in all my major milestones of life you could never be with me . But no moment goes without missing you . You were an epitome of true values . You were an ideal for many . You were always the life of a gathering . No guest of ours left without a smile and a full stomach . 

From sports to spirituality a perfect mix . The lesson of self respect was driven right home to me at a tender age . He would always say “ The most important in life is your “ Self Respect “ . Never knock at a door again where you are not respected . Take your responsibilities seriously and always be kind to others . Thankful and Grateful when you are blessed . Never look at people who might have been blessed more than you . Look at the ones who have nothing. Then you’ll always be satisfied and contented . He never instilled the importance of materialistic value in me . His values were much deeper !!

Though it’s been almost 35 years since you have left us . People still remember you so fondly and always say” What a man he was ! “ 

What more do we need in life . And it always makes me proud to be your daughter. 

Today for the first time my poem got published in a book . My long awaited dream come true . I dedicate it to you . In your fond memory , I shall continue penning my thoughts . Till we meet again 😊

Sanjana’s Roka

 Sanjana woke up on a cheerful note . She sat in meditative silence for a while . Thinking of what lay ahead . Today was truly the turning point in her life . That’s where it ended . There was a loud knock on the door. 

The house was a buzz with activity . The flower decorators were already here . The caterers were setting up the tables and arranging the chairs . Sanjana was quickly made to have her breakfast. By the time she could catch her breath , the girl who was going to apply Mehendi had come . She was just settling when her friends walked in . After that it was a blur . After Mehendi they all gathered for lunch. She had just finished lunch and was watching the decoration being completed, when her dress came from the tailors . It looked beautiful!! Her favourite colours !! Her friends rushed her to the room , the girl from the parlour had come. One after the other and by the time she realised , it was 7.30 in the evening. Sanjana looked beautiful in her outfit and jewellery!! Ready for the evening!!

Just then the excited chatter of guests was heard . Amit’s family had arrived too. She was taken down and the ceremony started . Sanjana’s fate sealed with the beautiful diamond on her finger . It winked back at her !!

Dinner followed and her friends danced on beautiful numbers . It was festivity all the way !!

Amit and Sanjana stoke some quiet moments !

Amit asked her “ How does it feel “?

She laughed “ It hasn’t sunk in yet “!

The wedding was in a month’s time. 

Sanjana would have to get down to work immediately. Lots had to be done !!

The house looked beautiful. After everyone had gone ,  She sat with her sisters for a while . Enjoying coffee together. She turned and looked back at the house . It had given her warmth , shelter and happiness. She became poignant, she would be leaving it soon . 


The need for perfection

 Today my thoughts were unusually quiet . Since morning I have been racking my brains thinking what to write . There was a lull. I gave into the lull . The restorative silence . Something compelled me to write this now . It couldn’t wait till morning. 

Lately I have been writing my poems on disturbing and heavy topics . Sometimes as a writer, I think I need the lull too.

What caught my attention at this time was a young girl’s thoughts . I didn’t realise we were living to this extreme in a make believe and to look good at any cost at all times . 

Has love also become commercial . A commodity which you can only experience if you have such and such characteristics.

Firstly the most important goes without saying looks . At the end of the day is that all that matters . 

What about a person’s pure nature . A kind temperament. Being humble . Practising kindness . Filled with compassion. Have all these become passΓ©. 

What touched me was that girl’s soliloquy about how like a checklist love is ticked . Then people fall in love ! 

Really!! What happens if you don’t adhere to it . You are out of the game . 

A humble request teach your daughters the art of being a beautiful person from inside . Make them confident . Teach them to be courageous and brave . How to be kind . Looks should come last . 

Being confident and unique. They don’t need anyone’s approval to be accepted . They just need their own . Educate them so that they walk confidently on the path of life . 

Change your outlook!! Adorn them with confidence and Education. 

Teach them to face life as best as they can . 


Sunday, November 22, 2020

Doorway to Life

 This morning I came across a beautiful picture of a pink doorway . Decorated beautifully with fresh flowers . It was a breath taking vision . Clean and pink . Scented and floral .

I thought to myself imagine our life doorway like this . What would we bringing into our lives then ? Scented floral bouquets of wishes coming into your lives . 

Life unfolds how we visualise it . Always look for something positive . It’s very easy to be bogged down by anxiety , worries and disappointments. We are humans so at some time we might given in to disappointments. If you do learn to bounce back again !! More fiesty and with more gusto !

All days are not the same !! If there’s darkness there will be light too . Dusk gives rise to a new dawn . If the tunnel is dark , there will be light towards the end of it . 

Go with this belief in life that you will get what is meant for you . We all have been given our own share . When we learn to be satisfied with it, our purpose is realised . 

I always think ! No matter how much we have we all have to leave it behind and go onwards to our next destination.

My favourite is a page from history . Alexander ‘s dying words “ Keep my hands out and show the world how I’m going empty handed from the world . All left behind !! “

Play your part in the best possible way and leave the rest to the universe 😊It foo plays its part 😊

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Excitement in the house

 Sanjana woke up with a beaming smile . Truly a turning point in her life . There was a little sadness , she missed her parents dearly . Wish they were with her today to share her joy . 

Her sisters came knocking. She was quickly rushed through her breakfast and was headed to the tailor . Then was dropped at the parlour , while they ran some errands . They had lunch out. Came back home in the evening. 

The flower decorator was already discussing the details with her brother and uncle . In total there were 75 guests . The caterer was waiting for them . They quickly ran through the list and finalised . By 8 in the evening everyone was tired but happy . Everything had fallen in place . 

Her uncle and aunt were truly happy but a little sad . They would miss Sanjana. Sanjana would be leaving for London after her wedding. 

Everyone sat after dinner for sometime out on the lawns . Quickly running through the last minute details . The Mehendi lady was coming early in the morning to do Sanjana and her sisters Mehendi . So far everything looked to be in place .

Sanjana bid everyone good night. Her friends were coming in the morning to help her out . How life changed ? 

Who knew this Diwali her light of Hope would be lit Finally !!

She sent up a silent prayer of gratitude 😊

Life relaunched 2021

 Life can you seriously think about a make over !! Highly recommended. 2020 not good for you . We need a lift of every kind . 

Could you please send work on relaunching . Think about how you could better yourself. What different lifts do you need ? From face lifts to serious make overs , it goes on . 

You have roughly a month to work with, please put to productive use . 

We want 2021 to start with a bang !!!

Brand new ideas 

Brand new way of life 

A new lift to thought processes 

An over all face lift given to the world and Life !! 

Let’s start working towards it . 

2021 needs to be happy , cheerful and filled with positivity. Good Tidings Galore !!

Joy to the world ... we all need it 😊

Happy working Life !!


Friday, November 20, 2020

Taste of Life

 I would often ask this question to life . When I had my quiet moments with him. Which is usually rare 😁Not that I minded it . 

I asked him” Why did you give me so many different tastes of you “?

I tasted bitterness , extreme sweetness , sometimes totally bland . A mix of spice and sweet , tangy and sharp , so many variations of your flavours . 

Sometimes the happiness would bubble within me due to your sweet flavour. Your spiciness would make the tears roll down my cheeks . 

Yet your flavours , I braved . I carried on always waiting for what next flavour were you working on ? 

Life took me through his journey of culinary flavours innovated by him. I bravely went along tasting each one with a smile 😊.

O’ Dear Life ! I carry on with my smile waiting for this bland taste of life to finish soon 😊

Please work on some good culinary skills of yours ! A serious Recommendation! 

Need to enjoy some outstanding Desserts exclusively produced by you 😊

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Thanksgiving

 Gratitude should be the essence of our life . I have always liked the feel about Thanksgiving. Practised with friends and family . Showing your gratitude to all . Sharing your heart , hearth and grub . 

For me every day is Thanksgiving. Everyday is an opportunity to practice gratitude . I have come across many people during the gratitude who have lost their will . They feel everything is lost . But I always think , it could have been much worse . 

I would like to share an incident where I learnt my first lesson of gratitude . A memoir which I hold dearly to . I had seen a beautiful eraser in a stationery shop . I must have been 8 then . I asked my father to buy it for me . He was a very indulgent father . But a stickler for manners as well . For some reason that day he did not buy it for me . I was a bit upset like how an 8 year old would react . We decided to go to our favourite joint at Hardees . I loved the burgers there . 

As we were going in , we came across a boy of 10 . Sitting alone and wiping his tears . My dad asked him in Arabic “ What had happened “?. He hesitatingly replied that he had lost his parents in an Accident. His remaining family was in Iraq . My father called the police . So that he could be in safe hands . We made him wash his hands and bought him burgers and a drink . By then the police had come and took him and promised to trace his family . 

I still remember the smile on that boy’s face . Something about it had touched me . 

Practising gratitude with family and friends is beautiful.

But to do it with a complete stranger is the best. 

Let’s practice Thanksgiving for what we have and intend for the world to become safer , happier and a beautiful place for Mankind . 

May the people of the world know immense joy . Compassion and kindness to fill the far reaches of the Universe . 

Stay safe . Stay Blessed.

Celebrations Galore

 There was excitement since early morning. Amit had gone to receive his parents and siblings . His sister had come with her family. Her brother was here with his . Amit was moving in with them at the hotel . 

They would be coming later on for dinner to fix the Roka ceremony. The house was made ready for the guests . Sanjana was busy in the kitchen supervising and helping with the dinner preparations. Her sisters had to literally drag her out of there bodil.Reprimanded and sent  to her room to get ready just in time for Dinner . 

Sanjana wore a beautiful light green and golden suit . She looked Elegant . She kept her jewellery simple . She was just finishing her make up , when the door bell rang . She could hear the excited chatter from downstairs. Just then her sister Preeti came and winked . Taking her down . 

Amit’s family were very warm . Instantly putting her at ease . It was lovely interacting with all . The Roka was fixed for day after. Her outfit was brought by them . A beautiful Rose pink and golden . Incidentally her favourite colour . 

They had a lovely time . They all left but Amit stayed back . Urging Sanjana to go with him for coffee. Sanjana agreed .

They spoke at length about their likes and dislikes . Amit wanted to put her at ease . He also wanted to know how she felt about his family  . 

Amit was very happy. He dropped her back and headed back to the hotel . 

Her sisters were waiting for her . Quickly planning the next day with her . Their first stop would be at the tailor . Her outfit had to be ready . Then they had to go to the boutique to pick clothes for them . There was a lot of excitement in the house . 

Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks .

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Teenage guide

 Adolescence the hardest and most confusing stage . For the care givers , parents and the adolescent themselves. It’s a phase where there is tremendous transition and unsurity.

Dealing with this it’s a Herculean task ! Some pointers which have helped me dealing with my adolescent students . 

Adolescents are always searching . It’s like they are on an exploring , self-designated journey . The biggest problem is with an unknown destination in mind . 

They will carry a lot of sensitivity around them at this time . Tread with care . Anything you do or say could work for you or against you . It’s like you are handling a very sensitive case in the court . You are the lawyer. How you deal with it , could build your case with your witness . 

They need very strong egos and role models to look upto now . Compassion with assertiveness . How you mix the two is very important. To make an Adolescent trust in you and confide it’s not less than receiving the”  Nobel Prize “! 

Believe me ! 

Sometimes they come with you with their past hurts and traumas . They might just want you to listen to them without judging. Days like that seal your lips . Just be their sound box . Honour them . 

Some days they might come looking to you for Advice. 

Remember! An adolescent will go through severe mood swings . One day they will look the happiest. The next day they will be down in the doldrums. 

Motivating an adolescent at all times is the main requisite . But has to be done subtly. The minute they feel your pandora box of Advices is open , you have lost them. 

To motivate them you have to get down to doing it . To motivate my daughter in exercising . I’m seen more often at the park and on the yoga mat then her 😁.

It’s a beautiful phase. Let them experience it . Their crushes , their likes , feelings . Let them go thorough it. The more you suppress , the more difficult adulthood will become for them . 

What stays suppress in the system finds it way out somehow . 

Listen to them ! They want that !

Academics ! Another Battlefield with the parents . Both standing across on the Battleground. Facing each other like the worst enemies. 

Let them choose their field of interest . Do not force your likes and dislikes on them . It’s not fair !!

For an Adolescent exercising is Paramount. They have to exercise. Their body needs it . 

Again ! What they like !

I’ll come up with more in few weeks . 

Have a lovely day ! Enjoy your journey with an Adolescent!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Health of your Mind

 This has lately been a growing concern . Compelling me to write a little more on this . Each one deals differently with stress . But at the end of the day there is one thumb rule that takes us through life” Survival of the fittest”!.

True ! But are we here  in a competition to prove ourselves how fit we are . No ! Not at all! We are here to just realise our purpose and make the most of our journey while we are still here . 

The pandemic has taken its toll on many . The fear and anxiety is eating into many . Some have financial stress , some are bogged down with emotional anxiety and for some it’s the fear of the Pandemic itself. 

Remember this ! Every decade has been put through this . They have fought and emerged victorious .

I think what is missing is the social aspect . We are social animals ! We have to meet people. Do meet them but be cautious. Go out into the open.  Meet in the park . Organise a small picnic . If your house is big enough, meet by practising social distancing. Sanitize and wear masks when going out on a group . Go for a short drive . Pick up an ice- cream or coffee depending on the weather . Go for a walk out in the open . Listen to your favourite music . Be connected to your loved ones ! 

I repeat ! The sense of being isolated is a killer ! 

Do not let that happen. Take up your favourite hobby . Join an online class . Yoga , meditation, Zumba , Aerobics or any other which you like . If you are a creative person join a creative craft class . If you reading books , join a book reading club . If you cannot find one , make one with your friends. The ones who are interested. 

Let not the pandemic take anything away from you . Learn to manoeuvre around it . Not to give into it . 

If nothing play some music and dance . Sit out in the open and listen to the sounds of nature . 

Stay happy. Stay positive. Stay blessed.

Rebecca Attacked

 It was a beautiful sunny morning. Sisters of Charity met at the “ Tea House “ fulfilling their monthly ritual . Once a month their meeting was held here . They enjoyed their sandwiches, tea cakes and their favourite fragrant tea . Today the mood was a little somber. They discussed the happenings and dispersed quickly. They were going to meet at the candlelight dinner tonight . 

Rebecca had to visit the hat shop . She stopped there picked her hat and went home . 

She was wearing a cream and burgundy gown tonight. She took time in dressing today. It was the biggest event of the year . She was excited to see John . She looked beautiful. Ruby and pearls decorating her slender throat . 

They reached the Manor House done up beautifully in candles and flowers . They were seated at their places and treated to a live musical . The candlelight playing different hues on the seated guests . It looked right out of the fairy tale . John motioned to her discreetly to meet him outside. Rebecca met him in the Gazebo . He couldn’t resist it . She looked irresistible tonight. He took her in his arms and kissed her for long . They were inseparable for sometime. Then suddenly remembered the dinner and went in . They would be missed . 

They quickly went and sat and continued socialising . Just as Rebecca was getting up from the table . She found a note next to her plate . It said “ Meet me in the library! Quick “ It was signed by John .

Thinking he had to say something, she quickly went towards it . As she was going, she heard footsteps behind her . She turned and suddenly she was hit from behind . She fainted with a loud thud .

John had seen her earlier going towards the library. He reached her just in time as she fainted . He quickly carried her in his arms and left the party . Her mother met him outside. She looked all worried and flustered . John assured her and offered to follow them . Her parents looked very worried .

They quickly reached her house . The doctor was called . He checked and said she might be out till tomorrow morning due to the impact . Otherwise she looked fine . John offered to stay at their house in case they needed anything.

John was now more worried than ever !

Monday, November 16, 2020

Lessons unfolded

 I came into this world with a loud gusty cry . Keeping the whole hospital ward awake at 5 in the morning πŸ˜‰. Then started the lesson of don’t do this , don’t touch that . 

Then progressed to can do this and you cannot do that . Didn’t realise when I stepped into my teens . More lessons in Modals of life ! From my literature class to countless grammar exercises it was put in practise in my life lesson . You must do and must not do this . Okay . Understood ! 

Then came the next . You should know this and you shouldn’t be doing this .

Then shall’s and will’s redefined . 

In the journey of learning modals and literally putting it into practise . 

I have stayed with this now . I will do what I want to or rather what I feel like. .

Modals redefined and understood in my own way . 

My new discovery of accepting what I want to do . Pursuing me calling . Enjoying my new found freedom to voice what I want on the quiet crisp white sheets !

Who quietly smile while I relentlessly voice everything !

Good Morning beautiful souls!!! 

Light of Hope Lit

 Day of Diwali dawned bright and clear . There was a lot of excited fervour in the house . Everyone was getting ready for the evening. Sanjana was very busy whole day . Organising the last minute things . Amit and Rahul were out . They came in late . By that time Sanjana had gone to her room . Rahul quickly gathered his parents and sisters and told them about Amit’s decision . He wanted to marry Sanjana . They were all very happy and truly excited. 

Rahul’s father cleared his throat and said “ 

Beta ! We truly don’t have any objection. But the decision rests with Sanjana !

Amit replied “ Yes ! Uncle , I truly understand “.

They all got busy getting ready for the evening. Sanjana wore a beautiful red and gold suit specifically designed by her designer friend . She wore her traditional gold jewellery to accentuate her suit . Her kohl lined eyes were done beautifully tonight. But what stood out was the sparkle and twinkle in her eyes.

Everyone gathered for the celebrations. Amit wore the emerald green kurta gifted by her . He looked good too. While everyone was busy , Sanjana quietly slipped out to light her Diya of Hope . She wandered to herself. Would this year be any different. 

Just then Amit came and cleared his throat . He  said “ Sanjana I really like you . I have grown very fond of you . The qualities I always looked for in my life partner , they all resound in you . Would you do me the honours of being my life partner “.

Sanjana took some time. But deep down she felt the same . She agreed . They hugged each other . Finally both of them together lit her Diya of Hope .

There was a lot of excitement and teasing in the house tonight .

Amit’s parents were coming in 2 days for the Roka ceremony . Stay tuned for the wedding celebrations in the house !!

A lot of excitement in store 😊

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Talking to yourself

 Do we even realise that something like this exists ! Maybe it’s existence, yes! But how do you go about it.   Repeatedly we are groomed and conditioned to our others before us . To undermine the compliments given to us . 

Believe me ! It still makes me uncomfortable when I’m given compliments. It somehow unnerves me . For years I have underplayed it . 

Until I came across a beautiful book . In which it spoke exclusively about honouring yourself. That’s when I realised the grave injustice I was subconsciously doing to myself. 

Yes! I know I have used a very strong term “ Grave Injustice “. It is !

Each one of us is a beautiful, exquisite and a unique creation of the best creators . We need to learn to accept compliments . Realise our strong points and honour ourselves. 

Please do Remember! Do not at any point , let all that make you egoistic, self - centered and cocky ! 

You should always strive to be a compassionate, kind and a giving person. Being there for others ! 

Yes! But being there for yourself too!

Striking the right balance is the key !

Next time ! When someone compliments you , accept it graciously and thank them . 

Remember they have good taste 😁😁😁This was on a lighter note . 

Stay blessed beautiful souls out there . Don’t forget to wear your million dollar smile 😊

Celebrations continue

 The Diwali celebrations were underway . The household was being decorated with flowers and diyas . 

More guests were expected. Till Diwali it would be like this . Sanjana was helping with the preparation of sweets in the kitchen. Just then Amit came . He started helping her too . Sanjana was feeling bad that he was helping her , instead of enjoying. After they were done. He hesitatingly asked her “ Could you please take me to the store to buy Diwali gifts for everyone! I don’t want to put you out . If you could help me , it would be nice “.

Sanjana agreed and went to get ready . She wanted to get Amit something for Diwali too . 

They quickly bought the gifts and decided to have lunch out . They finished and came back home . Just in time for Chothi Diwali dinner . They both went to get ready . Tonight Sanjana was wearing a burnt orange and pink Traditional Banarasi suit . She wore her traditional jhumkas and flowers . 

She came down in time as the first guests arrived . She was doing  the finishing touches. Just then Amit walked in . He complimented her “ you look beautiful tonight ! He look mesemerised . She smiled at him “ you look dapper too ! “

Then she took out the beautiful kurta she had bought for him . A beautiful emerald green kurta . He loved it . He said “ l’ll wear it for Diwali “

He took out a gift bag for him . He gifted her Diwali gift . He had bought a beautiful baby pink and gold saree for her . He had seen her eyeing it at the store . She loved it . 

After that she got busy . Then late at night , they sat together having coffee. 

They spoke for sometime and bade good night to each other . 

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Strength

 This one  word has all the power packed into it . How often we need it? We long to be filled with it . But this is the hardest . The strength to fight the battles of lives .

There is no soul who has not known sorrow , pain or sadness . Each shall taste it like death . In their own way . It’s true . How best we learn to fight and overcome it , is where our strength lies . 

Some days it’s hard . Some phases in life are impossible. That’s when you have to build agood support system around you and draw from your inner reserves of strength. 

There was an incident from college which has stayed with me till today . It gave me a lot of strength then . I was not in the best of moods . I decided to go for a walk . On my walk , I came across a man who had lost all his limbs . He just waited near the entrance. I still remember his smile . A beautiful brilliant smile and a twinkle in his eyes. I learnt my biggest lesson. Not from a text book . Not in the 4 walls of my class room . 

Later on I went back and read the poem “ Vagabond “ . One of my favourites. I still do . 

“ Leisure “ another favourite of mine . So beautifully penned down . 

The brightest smiles and the twinkles came from the ones who materialistically had very little . They had the true treasures !

Remember our journey itself is a treasure of sorts . Cherish it ! Make it worthwhile !

Stay blessed. Stay safe .

Light of Hope continues

 Sanjana woke up next morning feeling elated . For sometime there would  be a lot of excitement in the house . Literally! She quickly got dressed and went down. She was just sitting with her mug of coffee, when Rahul came in and said “ Sanjana I was looking for you ! 

Before she could ask him. He continued . “ I need a huge favour from you . Could you please take Amit for shopping? He needs to buy a kurta for our celebration “!

Before she could make up her mind, Amit walked in . She politely conceded. She wanted to kill Rahul for putting her in a spot . 

They quickly left after breakfast. Amit was an epitome of good manners . They discussed quite a few things on the way . They reached the store , which  had the best stock for Diwali . Amit tried a lot of kurtas and finally decided to buy . Both incidentally Sanjana ‘s choice . One was beautiful beige and golden , the other a deep brick red and golden . 

They stopped to look at a pair of jhumkas in the next store . Sanjana was almost going to buy it . Then she decided not to . Sanjana was window shopping when suddenly Amit told her he needed to get something. He urged her to wait at the coffee shop . 

They quickly headed back home for the dinner . More guests were expected. Some more cousins and an uncle and aunt . 

Sanjana decided to wear a beautiful strawberry pink and gold saree . It was one of her favourites . She had wanted to buy the jhumkas to go with this . She was thinking to herself as she was looking for another pair to wear . She muttered to herself “ I should have just picked it up” 

Just then there was a knock on the door . Amit was standing with a gift bag . He said “ This is a small gift for you . Thank you for taking me around today . I hope you like it “!

Saying this he turned away . Sanjana took some time to comprehend . She opened the box . She couldn’t believe it ! Her favourite jhumkas were nestling and winking at her from the velvet box .

She quickly wore them and went down . She got a lot of compliments. 

Later on when they were sitting on the lawn with their midnight coffees . Amit whispered to her “ My choice is good right “!

Sanjana was in a naughty mood “ she winked  and answered “ The jhumkas ! Yes !!

Amit laughed . He had meant her . 

They bid good night to each other and went to their rooms with a dreamy smile .

Stay tuned for more .

Friday, November 13, 2020

Essence of Celebration

 Why is it that we always look forward to  celebrations ? What is that makes us excited ? What do we actually do ?

I always enjoyed celebrating festivals with my cousins and friends. It was the joy of being together. Sharing a meal , catching up , laughing on anecdotes. The simple joy of just being together. The feeling of happiness would always be immense. Festivals deep down teach you the oneness . The importance of sharing a meal with your loved ones . Dropping all the negativity and looking forward to positivity. 

Personally I have always looked forward to all the festivals. It feels like I’m a part of a big happy family . A part of each one somewhere along the way. 

During the pandemic the festive  fervour has dimmed a bit . Due to social distancing, it might not be the same . But let not the joy be wiped out . Look for means to spend time with your near and dear ones . With a small number of relations . Maybe a zoom party with your near and dear ones . Find means !! Let the joy and excitement take you through !!

Remember it’s just a bend in the road not an end !! 

Stay blessed. Stay safe and stay positive beautiful souls !!

Soon we are all going to rock again to the old tunes !!

Light of Hope

 Sanjana’s hope stayed out every Diwali . A creative director for a prestigious Ad firm kept her busy most of the time . She lived with her aunt and uncle and cousins in a huge house . She lost her parents a few years back in a plane crash . An only child , she lived with her uncle and aunt ( her father’s brother and his wife ). They both loved her dearly , just like their own child . They had 3 children of their own . They loved her as one of their own siblings . Her two cousins were married, having one child of their own . Her cousin lived abroad , in U.K . Still unmarried and in no hurry . For Diwali everyone came down . It used to be beautiful at that time of the year . The house adopted a beautiful festive look . Sanjana was out with her soul sisters , Vandana and Samara . They were inseparable. They had just finished and were sitting at a coffee shop. 

They asked her so “ This year again you will light a Diya in the hope of meeting your Mr.Perfect “! 

She answered with a beaming “ Yes”! 

They quickly had their favourites and wrapped up . 

She headed home . Everyone was arriving tomorrow. After 3 days the celebrations for Diwali would began . She was very exhausted today . Thinking to herself her ritual of lighting that Diya would still continue this year . She had still not found anyone . At this time , she missed her parents . But she was blessed to be given such a loving family . Tomorrow the house will be resounding with joy  and laughter . 

Next morning there was a lot of running around . Shefali the eldest arrived from Delhi in the afternoon with her family . Preeti arrived in the evening with her family. Rahul was coming late at night . This time he said there was a surprise for them . 

The whole day passed in catching up . It was time for Rahul to come. The children had gone to sleep . They kept chatting and waiting for each other . Suddenly there were footsteps outside the drawing room . Rahul’s excited voice boomed “ I’m here “!

Everyone hugged each other . Just then Rahul said “ I would like you to meet my friend “ Amit “! He will be staying with us for a week “

A tall good looking man walked in . Epitome of politeness. Suvave and dignified . He greeted everyone. But his gaze rested on  Sanjana . She also couldn’t tear her gaze from him . 

What do you think happens? Stay tuned .

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Rebecca Threatened

 Her uncle had recognised Rebecca. He was furious . He hated his brother’s family . Perfect way to extract vengeance! He thought to himself. He knew about John’s group too . The secret service of theirs was well hidden . But known to him.

He called his aide and entrusted him with a threatening letter. He wanted it to be discreetly dropped at Rebecca ‘s house . The needful was done . Rebecca woke up to this . She was going to meet John at mid day . Before that she quickly called for her group meeting. They met at Janette’s house . 

She briefed them about what happened. And urged them to be careful. They in turn urged her to be cautious. They decided to meet tonight at the candlelight dinner . The biggest event hosted by Marquis Steele at his Country  Manor House .

Rebecca was just in time to meet John . He was already there . He greeted her with a brilliant smile . She quickly told him what happened. He was very worried . They decided to be on the look out . 

They were going to be meeting at the dinner . He hugged her tight and asked her to be very careful tonight. 

He kissed her on the forehead and watched her long after she left . 

A worried frown  gracing his expression.

Sanity

 Lately there are lot of instances of people losing their sanity . Succumbing to anxiety , depression and paranoia. What is triggering them to it ?

If you look for the answer , it’s actually very simple !!

You always go back to the childhood. It’s not in adulthood where the answers are seeked . It could be some trauma, some unaddressed issue, some buried sorrow . Taking the children through each phase of their issues is very important. Today in this world of social media it’s all out in the open . Everyone wants attention from a totally shallow form. It’s either all out or all bottled in. The right balance is totally missing . Earlier on the Norms were different. Today we live in an attention seeking world . Competition galore . Youngsters are under constant pressure to perform better . Tremendous comparison sometimes from close quarters . At times between the siblings . 

The pressure is mounting . In this scenario very rarely they find true friends . If they have found then they’ll be able to tread the rough waters . If they haven’t then the ventilation happens in the form of anxiety, psycho somatic disorders , paranoia or depression.

The age of free play has taken a backseat . They like to be among machines and gymming . I honestly have nothing against it . Rather the youngsters exercised in a park , out in the open . It’s beautiful to be out with nature . It’s very therapeutic and invigorating. The release of negativity and stress just happens .

The best we could do is be supportive, encourage them and let them speak of their fears . It’s very important for parents or care givers to be their true confidante’s . 

Let them stay positive . Vent out their anger . A sport is a must . Good company is paramount. 

Take them through the journey of life smiling .

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Crescendo

 Today I woke up with this thought . How many times we have danced to life’s tune. It’s the biggest musician of all times . From birth to death , we are only dancing to it’s numerous tunes . 

At times we are rocking and rolling . There are times when we are softly dancing and enjoying the soul music . At times it’s a mad frenzy . Then it’s a foot  tapping Invirogating salsa . The best is waltzing in the arms of your favourite person. From high pitched to low pitched , we are doing it all. 

Then the most touching is dancing in the rain alone to your heart music . The tears mixing with the rain and gently falling by your feet . 

But don’t we beautifully manage all the beats ! Without even realising that we ever had to dance to so many different tunes !! 

How many roles we play in life !

Just a different take on life ! 

The highest is when we reach the crescendo above all this and find our true purspose . Then it’s just the crescendo just takes you ahead . 

It’s like when we are children our choice of music is different . As you keep growing up different likes at different stages . But the last one that stays is the crescendo. 

Discover your crescendo!!

Stay blessed. Stay safe !

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Makeup suggestions

 This comes out on the insistence of my friends. We are almost into the celebration and festive reason . Nip in the air also is a beautiful add on . 

My winter shades are always a bit darker . With the festive season , it’s wonderful to play with dark colours . Winter does call for it . 

Some of my favourite lipsticks from different brands are as follows :

1) Mac - Ruby woo, Meher , Twig, Creme in your coffee , All fired up and party line . 

2) L’OrΓ©al- Divine Mocha ,Beige Reveur and pure rouge .

3) Maybelline -Path finder (155) super stay Matt ink .

Others have good shades too . I’m experimenting with My Glamm too . Once I’m certain about a shade , I’ll come back with more . 

Many of you might be wondering, with the mask on . What’s the use ?

Why not ! Wear your shades . Enjoy the festive season like any other time . Don’t let the pandemic take that from you . 

Eye liners :

I’m expirementing with a lot of greys , greens and blues . Avon has come up with a beautiful grey crayon liner . Mix and match the colours . You can expirement with different smokey eyed hues . I enjoy matching these colours . Grey and green , grey and blue , blue and green  . Whatever works for you. 

Remember! The golden rule is to be confident in whatever colour you use . The best beauty blogger is you ! 

What you feel best in !! Enjoy the season of colours !! 

Message in a bottle

Imagine you are walking down the beach on a beautiful, sunkissed morning . Enjoying the calm and solitude . Thinking to yourself , what is in store for me ? Suddenly your toe touches something cool . You bend up and find a bottle and a parchment . 

Wouldn’t you be excited to open it . You open it and find a beautiful message from beyond “ Live your life to be best . Fill it with laughter , joy and kindness. Let all your dreams , hopes and aspirations become a reality . Let all see the light of the day”.

What would you feel after reading this ? A new surge of hope ! Wanting and willing to do the same . It’s the same like reading a fortune cookie.  Don’t we get excited momentarily . It does  make us think for sometime. 

Every morning give yourself a fortune cookie and a message. See how your whole being radiates with positivity. We need motivators like these . 

Have a blessed day ahead 😊

A captive ‘s desire

 Time immemorial, injustice has been served . Women have always played a multi faceted role in a patriarchal society . The underlying truth is , it has never been easy for her . Living in the 21 st century , what has really changed ?

Dowry deaths, women burned and killed in the name of dowry . Girls sold for money . Flesh trade is rampant . Human trafficking, domestic abuse so many still have no end . Assaults on the rise ! Then tell me ? What has really changed ? 

Today it’s even more murkier . Girls are still buried alive . A male heir mandatory ! Girls are derived from education in some remote areas . Reason it’s a perogative of the male . There are so many instances where a girl is repeatedly shunned . In some places there’s a discrimination in the way food is served . From a young age , she is conditioned to keep the likes and dislikes of the men in the family . Stand and serve food while they are eating ! Why ? For a change why can’t the men serve ?

When a girl is getting married , why is she asked to learn all the household chores . Why isn’t the boy questioned the same ?

In the name of compatibility, she’s left sometimes at the altar and sometimes post altar. If she fails to beget a male heir , it’s the biggest sin she has committed . She’s mercilessly taunted for being a barren .Sometimes even left callously . Does she have the same right if the roles are reversed . 

Every action of hers is questioned by different moral judges . Equality is it really understood or it has just reduced to being spelled in our English essays and readers . 

Abuse if women physically and emotionally is something which really makes me think the most . 

Women have to fight the shackles . Wear the armour of confidence and fight the patriarchal mindset . Some women have reached the moon and some still yearn for the moon . There are two diverse sides of womanhood . The balance is still missing 

Monday, November 9, 2020

Vibrations and connections

 These are things which we always tend to undermine . But if you trace your life path , you will find them always around . We humans are complexed . We don’t understand how we get attached and detached . It’s always a mystery!

We end up in new places . Meet people out of the blue and those people become important over the time . It’s a human maze of relations . 

Our vibrations always pull us to our calling . At the right place at the right time , things just happen . Sometimes it’s like a secret hand playing out your life chess board . 

We feel we are playing our game but we are just pawns . Always treasure your heartfelt vibrations and connections . Connections are what make the pasta of your life more interesting . 

They take us forward towards our purpose !

Purpose another important term heard often . Do we really identify our purpose or is it just our calling or simply could be vibrations. 

What it is , just simply enjoy all. 

Have a blessed day ahead 😊

Note to my Dad

 My journey started with reading fairy tales with my dad . Today as a blogger , when I look back it feels like a long path . I still remember sitting in his lap and listening to fairy tales . Then to be tucked into bed by him . Being read every night religiously by him . Today I owe it to him . I miss him the most today . 

It’s a truly turning point in my life . So many firsts of mine , without you , I achieved . Today I miss you the most . You would have truly been the happiest . I always feel your quiet presence in all my stages of different achievements . 

Today my success of the blog , I gift it to you . An ode to all you taught me . You were always the strongest force and support of my life . Though physically not with me . I always felt you with me at every point . 

Today I owe it to you for my achievement . I would like to dedicate it to you .

I miss you today the most . But I know you are smiling from up there . Applauding my achievement from there . My flair for writing inherited from you . 

Some heartfelt musings of the poet . 

House of Trades

 Lady Rebecca White was summoned by John . They hurriedly met at the park . John asked her about her investigation. She pretended not to know about anything. After a lot of coaxing, she confessed . She told him about the contact living in the “ House of Trades “.

John instantly told her “ You cannot be seen there . A woman of your noble origin “ . Rebecca was also equally adamant . John agreed only if she disguised herself. She decided to wear a glittery mask . He informed the other members of his club . 2 of them were going to accompany her . 

Finally they reached it . It was loud and cheap . Decorated in gold and red . A constant stream of men walking in and out . John did not like getting Rebecca here one bit . Finally with great difficulty, they located their contact . After tactfully cornering her alone they got the information. Rebecca was shocked , it was her paternal uncle , who was behind all this . 

She met few more women , each one’s story more heart rending than the other . She wowed to discuss it with the sisters of Charity . She wanted to work for these women . The shunned members of their society . Yet all the elite did pay them a visit at some point . 

Some of them were sold , some of them duped and some out of a need to earn found themselves here . Woman who had lost the men in their family . They knew no trade . No means of supporting themselves . Rebecca thought to herself. They had to be taught some skill . They had to be furnished with confidence . Give them a means to earn . 

They quietly left the place . John knew there had to be more people involved. It was a group . So far they had got one name . Touching him would be very risky . They had to keep an eye on him and infiltrate slowly. 

John took Rebecca home to help her get out of the disguise . They sat for sometime together. John could not resist planting a kiss on her freshly washed face . He wished he could keep her longer . Rebecca wanted to keep sitting by the fireplace tucked cozily in his arms . Sadly , all good things have to come to an end . She left for home . He had promised to meet her tomorrow at the “ Tea House “ again . Rebecca was due for a visit to the seamstress tomorrow.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

1 year - 365 opportunities

 I came across this and thought to myself “ What positivity “. This is so true !

Every dawn a new sunrise , every sunset the end . If we go with this , it’s actually very easy to be positive . If every morning you wake up thinking, today’s a new beginning. Look forward to the day . Go with this belief that if for some reason, it’s not going the way you like it with the sunset, it’s going to end . Tomorrow is another new day . 

All days cannot and will not be the same . Neither do we ? That’s the beauty of change. We are both in a cycle of constant change without realising it . Subtly changing now and then . 

This thought of 365 opportunities really got me going. If we think of it like that how many opportunities are going to come my way . In whatever form ! Believe me ! It does work !

Remember! Universe is listening ! It’s our sound box . Shout it out to the universe and see how beautifully things unfold . Wa

Wake up with a smile and a positive mindset . Think what new opportunity is in store for me . Start thinking and the opportunity will take shape . 

Life itself is an unknown path and a destination we keep going towards . No journal , no manual to guide us . Each to its own . 

How well we walk the path is the true test !!

Stay blessed beautiful souls and think of the beautiful opportunities lying in wait for you 😊

Saturday, November 7, 2020

A Bygone Era

 Some things from the yester years have a magnetic pull after a few hundred years too. One such Dynasty is the Qutub Shahi . There is something magnetic about it . Whether you go to their forts or their tombs , it’s Mesmerising. Every time I go , I feel a different aura . 

Being a history student and loving history could have added to it . But what I loved was the feel of the place . It always gives a different vibe . I always feel strongly about it . It’s like history is coming alive . 

The beautiful reign of a dynamic Dynasty coming alive once again . Their stories , their fight against power , it’s all so interesting . How each one ruled . The best is the reign of the powerful queen . A symbol of strength and embodiment of a ruler in it’s truest sense 

After a long time, finally their restoration is going on. It’s interesting to see how methodolically it’s been carrying out . Meticulously planned . Whenever I go there , I can feel the glory of the bygone , how they must have reigned . 

Every good thing does come to an end and so did this Dynasty. What I’m happy about it is it’s being restored and preserved for the future generations to witness . 

“ We are gone ! Long after we are gone , you will come searching for us in our resting places . You will bring us alive amidst our resting places “

I hope they start their story telling sessions in the midst of the tombs . The beautiful stories of them , who walked the earth once upon a time . I can go on and on . 

Will come back later with more interesting facts . 

Friday, November 6, 2020

Chance Meeting

 Lady Rebecca White got a missive from her friends , to meet at the market . They were going for their monthly shopping sojourn . New fabrics had come into the market . They needed trimmings , laces from their seamstress. New gowns had to be ordered for the countryside events . It was a never ending story . 

Lady Rebecca White wore her lemon yellow walking day dress . It was a lovely colour making her look even more beautiful .



.It complimented  her natural auburn highlights and her eyes . She was excited to meet her friends. They were going to stop at their favourite “ Tea House “ for tea and scones. One of her favourites after the shopping . 

They visited the seamstress, ordered their gowns . Explained the trimmings . They found good fabric in the market . They ordered their matching hats too. Finally they sat at the “ Tea House “ and ordered their favourites.

They ordered dainty sandwiches too. Special homemade chocolates had just come in . They were served those too. Just then John walked in with his friend . John and Rebecca both instantly happy to see each other there . He joined their group along with his friend on 


their request. It was very enjoyable. They all got busy discussing the events of the past few days . 

John quietly whispered to Rebecca “ You look beautiful today “!

She blushed to her roots !

He gave a soft , naughty chuckle !!

Winter Skin Tips

 The weather has suddenly turned . You can feel a dryness and an itichness . Some tips which help me . Thought of sharing with all of you . 

Tips which work for me :

1) Stay hydrated . Drink a lot of water 

2) Keep your skin moisturised at all times . This is the time when you will have to switch your moisturisers to slightly heavier ones or creamy ones . 

3) Exfoliating the skin in very important . 

4) Do not use very strong cleansers . It dries out your skin unnaturally. Sometimes leading to break outs .

5) Moisturise your skin during the day too. Many of us only do it at night . Winter calls for it . 

6) I usually dab a bit of oil all over and clean it with a damp towel. This helps the skin not to dry out faster . I usually leave the mix in a bottle or glass jar near my shower area . It helps us in remembering. The mix is grape seed Sula oil, almond oil and any essential oil ( few drops) just for fragrance. Mix equal quantities of Sula grape seed oil and Almond oil. It really works wonders .

I usually use a mix of almond oil , olive oil , coconut oil for my hair . Leaving it to assimilate together in a jar . 

This is the time when your throat feels parched and your skin is patching too. 

Be very careful of what products you use . All the oilswhich I have mentioned , please see that they are pure and organic !

Lastly enjoy the nip in the air . Personally my favourite weather . I enjoy πŸ˜‰ winter evenings and the feel of crispness in the air . 

Have fun. Compiled on the insistence of few friends 😁.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Mirage!

 Am I a Mirage ! Wondered to myself. As I was going through some experiences from my bygones , this thought popped up . What am I ?

Am I ,what I think I am ? The mirage created by people based  on their experiences with me . The one looking from the mirror is her true self ! 

It’s interesting to know how differently people gage you . Some will find you kind . Some will say you are proud . Some only speak about your temper . But I wondered truly ! What actually am I ?

Each one of us will deal differently with life circumstances so that’s definitely going to reflect somewhere . Humans are moody , we do get angry , hurt , upset . We are also sensitive beings . Can you all the time be positive , smiling and cheerful? No matter how much a person proclaims , it’s highly impossible. 

And it shouldn’t be too. How are we humans then . Honour every emotion in life . That’s what will make you what you are ! 

Don’t worry about what people think about you . They might be judging you from a space they are coming from . 

One most important requisite is “ Communication “. People who truly matter in your life journey. Keep the communication open . Differences just erode good relationships. Ego is another spoilsport . Who ruins the relationship games in the playground of life . 

Stay happy. Value the ones who value you . Love those who love you selflessly . Practice gratitude . Spread kindness. 

Don’t forget your million -dollar smile 😊 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Tavern escapade

 John and black disguised in the tavern attire . Disgusted with themselves having to look dirtied and sloppy . They walked in looking drunk and pirated. Covering one of their eyes . They sat down close to the table , where their informant was sitting. He gave a subtle sign of acknowledgement.

Two more from the group joined John and black . All 4 were sitting and seeming to enjoy themselves. Just then a group walked in . That’s what they were called “Thugs of the by-lanes”.

A slight scuffle broke out . It was pure chaos .

Suddenly the informant was trying to get up and run . In the uproar he got shot and dropped  dead . 

4 of them quietly sneaked out , refusing to get involved. They couldn’t afford to grab this kind of limelight . They sneaked into the alleys and reached their club safe  and sound .

They crashed there for the night . 

Nomadic Tribe

 I was sitting this morning. Alone and undisturbed with my coffee . The chirping of birds and the sounds of nature breaking the still quietness of the morning. Both my favourites . 

I sat thinking about Gypsies . I don’t know why ? Sometimes , it’s just something, which makes me write . Aren’t we all nomadic and Gypsies ?

Yes ! We are ! Where we are meant to be , we just keep following that path. It could be your work , your passion , or just your calling . Half your life you might have lived somewhere . Loving that place to the hilt . Then suddenly you uproot and try looking for something new . 

We are nomadic . Always looking for something new . Be prepared in life for anything. Sometimes at the most unexpected time you are uprooted , re - planted and re - grown . 

Life and it’s adventures! we are the Adventurers who follow it !!

Have a lovely day 😊

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Candle in the wind

 Today I came across this image . My today’s inspiration. I don’t know what got me writing. 

As a child , I was always fascinated by pretty candles . I would look at them and would feel a new surge of hope within me . Till today candles still hold a special place within me . I still like burning them or decorating them . Pretty , scented ones . But today what I would like to write is something which runs deeper than just burning them .My birthdays would be a special event celebrated with a lot of excitement till my father was alive . After that , I completely hated celebrating it . Somehow I would not like lighting the candles . As a child I associated hope with it . Deep down I related to the hope , maybe which had subconsciously died within me . 

It took me years to come out of it . But it’s strange , that till today , it’s still hard for me to celebrate my birthday. As humans we are constantly visualising a simple act with something profound . 

I never understood till much later the simple act of the candle burning , what in reality it held for me . When I attended different workshops read different books . Specially Louise Hays , spoke to different people.,It started becoming clearer . Then when I took up psychology as a major  subject and studied it in depth . That in turn helped me understanding myself better . 

The reason I’m sharing this today is . In my journey as a teacher , I have come across countless instances with my students. Do not undermine or underplay a simple association of theirs with something. It could have a much deeper meaning . Even a drawing . If they are repeatedly drawing something, it speaks of a need within them . 

Remember this ! No matter how happy a person looks , sorrow does touch each one at some point differently . Each fights that battle to the best way he knows . 

Like I always say “ Always be kind and there for someone. At some point, someone may reach out to you “.

Stay blessed beautiful souls πŸ˜ŠπŸ’

Monday, November 2, 2020

Lost Moments Forever

 Today I was remiscing about my childhood memories . The part which I missed the most is the carefree and cheerful spirit I was . I long to feel the unabashed sunshine while I ran around the park . I fell , scrapped my knees . I got up brushed them and went about playing again . The pure spirit of joy and happiness running through me like a gentle glowing river . 

How we used to look foraward to our weekly sojourn at the park , every Thursday evening. My cousins and I gathered excitedly. Already 

devising the games to play . Of course ! Food also was a very important part . And not to forget our favourite ice- creams . We would run and play to our heart’s content . 

Our parents would be either just watching us or taking a walk . All enjoying at their own pace. No rush and no pressure . After that we usually headed to our favourite pizza or burger joint . Sometimes it would be our shawarma joint . Then head out to the ice - cream parlour. We would come home tired, satisfied and satiated . 

Drenched in happiness and sweat . Yet happiest to the core . How I miss those days !

Our Friday mornings would be spent on the beach . 40 of us would gather . Playing and frolicking in the water . Making sandcastles and collecting sea shells . So happy in our little treasures . We would come back tanned and hot . Grainy and Happy !! 

Our lunch was fixed after a beachy sojourn . Fried Rice and Sweet n Sour chicken or fish . Sometimes if my granny was in a loving mood , which she always was , she would make her pomfret fry . It was lip smacking and would leave you licking your fingers for a long time . 

In the evening we go for a small walk to the stationers . Buying our special stationery for school and one we liked for our collection . 

Delighted with our treats we came back home !

I miss those days spent in Kuwait . Each memory etched forever on my soul 😊

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Goals set for a new month

 Honestly ! I always have a mental checklist or a to do list !!

Journals and diaries , I used to do once upon a time !

But lately , I have thought of it. .

Yearly goals sound very far fetched and it tends to put us off . Whereas a  monthly goal list is more doable. Set out very few important ones . Don’t overwhelm yourself. The most important point is to let it go too. If at the beginning of the next month, you realise that you have only achieved few . It’s totally fine . Don’t beat yourself over it . See how much you could achieve :

Monthly goal list :

Exercise - what have you done and what would you like to do in the following month .

Diet - what did you achieve .

Finances - what were the pros and cons .

Hobby - Did you take up anything new or still trying to pursue the old one ☝️ .

De-cluttering - Were you successful? If not ! What would you like to do  about it ?

Reading - Anything interesting?

Painting-  Tried anything New ?

Time Management- Do you believe in it ?

Social work -  Have you undertaken anything in that regard ?

Bettering yourself- Did I do anything towards it ?

Socialising - How could I fit in ? What more do I need to do ?Was I able to catch up with my friends ?

Shopping - Was I a spendthrift or did I sensibly Shop ? 

You could go ahead and add more . I have written, what I feel is important! 

You could list   down your more specific goals pertaining to you 


A Human Sun

 It’s such a meaningful expression “ Human Sun”. Imagine being respected , valued and loved like that . Without the sun it’s all bleak , grey and desolate . When the sun shines , there’s a new unseen positivity each morning. 

Now put yourself like the sun . Being valued by people around you . Lending solace to a troubled spirit . Being there when needed . Giving your glowing warmth to a frozen heart . Wiping the tears from saddened eyes . 

Always leave your warm mark wherever you go . Long after you have left them , your warmth should be felt . Something I always hope to aspire !!

I would always want people to think if my name and associate with heartfelt , tender warmth . A little remembrance in someone’s heart . A mention when they lift their hands to pray and bring smiles when they hear my humourous escapades. 

Take out time for things which are meaningful. That’s a beautiful legacy you are leaving behind. An ode to yourself.

Stay blessed. Stay safe lovelies πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ’

The Shrunken Year !

 The year started like any other. Suddenly there was a sense of untoward by March . Panic ranted in the air ! Throughout the world . A catastrophic event slowly unfolding . Slowly the sense of impending doom . Then a new set of guidelines and rules made to be followed . 

At a slow pace the world moved. The year is slowly coming to an end. 2020 just shrunk . Time slowly smiled and whispered “ Worry Not ! You won’t feel it !! For once ! I’ll race faster than usual .

And he did.  What is ahead ? We know not ? Let’s just hope that, we find fun and frolic . An end to a disastrous year . Health and well being  paramount . 

Let’s pray that everything eases out for the better . A better brighter future awaits us all 😊

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