Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Romanticising life


 Hey you beautiful souls, believe. Believe! That each  thing you do through the day is fun. Kill the mundanity . Your morning comments, think about some time to yourself. Listen to your favourite song, or am inspirational talk. Just gaze out the window. Your morning coffee a total blissful beverage, waiting just for you, with open arms. 

The strangers you meet, plant a smile. 

There will always be something exciting in the day. Think of it. You will definitely find it. Even your trip to the supermarket, is actually a cutie little drive by yourself .

Listening to something soft on the way. Catching up with your phone calls. Just find the romance in your little tasks. See how the day transforms into something πŸ₯°.

Even your exercise routine is leaving you glowing and lighter. Think of how good you are going to be soon and can tuck into your favourite desserts without worrying about loading calories . I hope my yoga teacher doesn’t read this πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜….

Life is fun and smiling 😊.

Find the smile!


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Date with my favourite cuisine



 It was a beautiful morning. Resplendent in monsoon showers. Then the sun came out smiling a little. The union of the monsoon and sun could not keep the bridesmaid away, so the clouds had to come. Walking down the cobbled streets, I enjoyed just being with my thoughts. I spotted my favourite restaurant called “ Sunnys” famous for Italian cuisine.

The decision was already made for me. Surprised pleasantly by my friend . We were all invited for a surprise lunch . It was a feast for the senses and the palete. 

We sat under the canopy of trees. The soft hushed tones of numerous conversations going on . We devoured the food. From pizzas, to the salads . Started with a generous helping of crusty bread with herb butter. 

The last but the best was awaited with a bated breath. 

The chocolate ganache with the almond pie. It was purely heaven! A must try!

To die for sums it better.

Being a chocolate person, I went straight to chocolate heaven. A haven for chocolate lovers.

It didn’t end with this.

We went for a little walk and then stopped by another open air cafe . Its known for “ Hot chocolate fudge” and other desserts.

All in all it was a chocolate day .

Enjoyed thoroughly by me.

Surreptitiously loading the calories.

Have a lovely day beautiful souls😊😊Mixed with the sweetness of chocolate 😊

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Positivity



 A beautiful morning starts with a positive mindset.  I start mine with a beautiful group of like minded souls like mine. We all gather half sleepy on our yoga mats . But after few breaths and exchange of words and joyous smiles, we are invigorated.

By the time we are slumped, panting and heaving, we have a new tide of energy running through us. The best part of my morning. The beautiful souls who add beauty to my day. Keeps me smiling till dusk . The joy of doing yoga in the morning . Gulping breaths of positivity and inviting good tidings .

For me its more fitness for my soul, spirit and mind😊. Blessed to have found such a beautiful group. 

The start to the day decides the rest of your day.

It sets the pulse.

Looking after yourself 

Loving yourself 

Validating yourself 

These are the quintessentials for you . Its not just having a healthy diet . It’s the inner health which is equally important.

We take out time to appreciate others. Compliment them, smile at them. Do you practice this with yourself.

Do not wait for others to do it. Nurture yourself , love yourself abundantly, like there’s no tomorrow.

“ Live in the moment”

I learnt this from my yoga practice.

The “ Now” is what you have.

The rest is your intention . Might be there or might not.

Follow your heart’s calling and honour your soul along the way.

Live life in the best way you want. 

The dictates of others will only leave you disappointed and dissatisfied.

Good Morning beautiful souls. Stay blessed always 😊😊

Monday, October 4, 2021

Zest


 The little treats of life add a whole lot of zest to our living. These little beauties keep you going. When we learn to look for them, they brighten our skies like little twinkling stars. On a dark night, its these little beauties which bring a smile 😊 to us.

The soft lulling calmness of an inky dark sky . The night sounds like a restive lullaby. The morning radiant sun which gives a spark of Hope every dawn. The petrichor, the monsoon , rainbow all add to it.

So much to see, so much to hold within. Then why thou worry O’ man?

Your morning cup of positivity brimming for you. Your favourite chocolates adding sweetness to your life. The loving smiles sent wholeheartedly to you, beautiful gifts of love. 

Gratitude for what has been , what is and what shall be.

Today I’m thankful and grateful each morning for the joy of breathing.

Just the simple act of it which taught me its actually not that simple.

Immensely blessed for the simple joys of life!

Keep smiling and have a blessed day and a week ahead 😊

Friday, October 1, 2021

Hello October


 There’s something mesmerising and alluring about October. Its colours and hues always adds exuberance to the spirit of surroundings. The tangerine hues, the burnished goldens and the flaming orange. The soft velvety bed of fallen maple leaves. The woodsy pine scents that waft the air. The cinnamon scent of buns and tea. The warmth around the freshly started fireplace. The cosy evenings . The birth of the cold starts slowly from here. The nip in the bud. The soft feel of the sweater against your cheek. After dinner sitting by the fireplace with hot chocolate and your memories. Sometimes visited by nostalgia, at times by the tenderness of memories and by love. Cocooned in the positivity, the month greets us.

Some evenings sitting with the warm glow of the scented candle you feel the peace and tranquility. Each month comes with its own beauty. 

Pumpkin pies and carrot cakes to add to the colour around you. 

May each be enveloped in the warm glow of pumpkin spirits, autumn πŸ‚ love, warm hot chocolate tidings  and burnished golden warmth.

May your thresholds be enveloped in the best of the spirits of the month 😊

Friday, September 24, 2021

Lips Glitterati


 Make up the quint essential for a woman. Even the dreaded pandemic demands it, in its own way.

My favourites for the fall. Some gorgeous shades which keep me tip toeing.

What I am seen in lately 

1) Some beautiful Sugar crayon mattes . They glide in beautifully. Some recommended shades and my favourites are the following :

a) Honey Rider -Number 28

b)Rose Tyler-21

c) Scarlet o Hara-01

d) Brandy Harrington-17

e) Maybelline  Matt creams - Toasted Brown

f) Maybelline Matt creams- East village Rose

g) Mac - Mehr

h) Mac- crème in your coffee ( My all time favourite)

I)Manish Malhotra- Old Rose 

My season favourites . I’m sporting this often.

My favourite eye liners are 

Manish Malhotra’s Blue , Grey and green.

Sugar’s blue- Dark and vibrant 

Nars-Dark Blue

Eye Shadows

Go with the naturals 

Pearly pinks 

Silver grey

Navy blue for Smokey 

My all time favourite is Naked palette - Urban Decay 

Some of my quint essentials 

The most important is to hydrate . 

Moisturise 

Toner 

Serum 

Keep your skin glowing, luminous.

ExerciseπŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Meditate 

Most important- keep smiling ☺️ 

Stay happy πŸ˜€ 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Crimson hues


The day of the picnic dawned bright and beautiful. The weather was just perfect . The sun was not so strong. Aytan and her son got ready . Just then Myra came to pick them up. Aytan had made sandwiches and her last batch of brownies was ready too. She quickly packed . Myra came up to help her . Aytan looked sunny and happy . Dressed in a sunny yellow beauty shirt and slacks. She looked comfortable. It complimented her and her mood as well. 

They all set out for the picnic . It was beautiful. More of their friends met them there . Sumer was there too. The children got busy with their games . Aytan and Myra decided to play throw ball. It had been a while since they had played . Soon the others joined . It turned out into a full fledged March . 

Everyone dived for snacks and something cool to parch their thirst . The day was fun all the way . The children were found enjoying in the pool . Dinner was by the pool.

Aytan went for a walk by the orchard . Seeing her going alone, Sumer offered to accompany her . They walked in companionable silence for sometime. Then Sumer broke it asking how she was feeling . Aytan was especially in a good mood. They spoke for sometime. 

Then Sumer suddenly caught her unawares and asked her out for dinner on Friday  .

Aytan hesitated but eventually gave in. Sumer smiled at her .

He knew how hard it was for her.

They quietly went back to the group. Dinner was in full swing . Sumer did not leave her after that . He was by her side all evening.

The party had come to an end . Everyone had an enjoyable day . It was time to go.

Sumer suddenly hugged Aytan as she was leaving. Both reluctant to leave each other .

Would Aytan‘s party begin now?

Stay tuned for more excitement in the coming weeksπŸ˜€

Monday, September 20, 2021

Kefi


 I came across this word and instantly found myself being drawn to it. As I was reading, the writer in me started getting excited . Such a relatable word .

Every morning consciously practice this . Make a mental checklist of how your yesterday was. There might have been something joyous even if it was like any other . 

In our everyday lives, we will always found those tiny, cute hidden little joys . We just have to feel them. We are so busy focusing on the larger picture our little joys almost her missed 😊.

It could just be some “ Me time”. Catching up on your pending chores ( likeable ones). Meeting some friends . Just being by yourself and enjoying the solitude. Could be a simple self care routine. Indulging in your hobby. Catching up on a good read . Spending quality time out in the open, amidst nature. Just enjoying the day.

Helping out someone . Being a sound box for a troubled soul. Just lending your joyous smile 😊. 

So many little tiny joys tucked away like little elves. Who meet us just like them. Catching us unawares and then making themselves invisible 😊

Have a lovely day ahead beautiful souls😊

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Joy of the Day


What yoga means to me?

Yoga is the energy which runs through me at each Dawn. The joy of letting go, brought home by yoga. Cherish what you have and enjoy it to the fullest driven home again by none other than yoga. On my mat, I leave all my negativity. Gather loads of positivity, joy and look forward towards the day.

Gratitude another important lesson, I learnt here . How we are blessed with simple joys but are so busy to acknowledge them. The value of breath. The simple beautiful art of breathing . Smile how it livens up the lives around you and within you .

“ Listen to your body” which we hardly do. But we rarely do. 

I owe it all to yoga. When I was fighting for each breath in the hospital, it was the breathing which I had done each morning which came to my rescue. The capacity to fight.

I would sincerely appreciate and send a lot of gratitude to my lovely teacher and wonderful souls in my class. Each morning it’s a pleasure to be associated with all.

I sent a heartfelt thank you πŸ™ to each .

A lot of healing energy and positivity to all out there

I owe my discipline to yoga because of my perseverance from my teacher.

She instilled the love of yoga in me😊

Stay blessed. Stay safe.

Monday, September 13, 2021

The small perfects


 

The cute little perfects in life catch you unawares. A simple stroll down the memory lane. Watching the beautiful streets. Window shopping to your hearts content. Smiling at children. Watching  people rush through their day. It’s so mesmerising to just watch the day go by . Sitting with a book in a quiet little corner. Hugging your world to yourself . For once carefree. You bask in the joy of doing nothing . Tucking into your sweet treats surreptitiously. Enjoying each succulent bite . Catching up with your friends at the end of it . The quaint little street market beautifully displayed. Buying a trinket or two from them. Their wares meticulously picked. 

There is so much of concealed contentment in these moments . Where does a human actually need a lot?

It just needs the right kind .

Solitude is a beautiful treasured possession. It’s an acquired taste . Once you learn to relish it, it becomes like a sought after delicacy 😊

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Red doorway to happiness


 Aytan felt refreshed after a long time. She felt light and happy. She was invited to Myra’s for bbq and spend the day . The day had turned cloudy and beautiful. Perfect day to be outdoor .

She was just finishing her salad dressing, she had promised to take it over to Myra’s. Just then her phone rang. She was sending a silent prayer up there. “ Please let it not be work”. She hesitatingly answered the phone. It was from her favourite spa . She kept thinking, had she by mistake booked herself for something. It was a delightful surprise from her dear friends . She was booked for a complete body massage. She was thrilled. 

She still had time before the part kicked in. It was starting at 4. She quickly went for her appointment. On the way making quick calls to her besties and thanking them. 

After 2 hours, Aytan felt totally relaxed and on top of the world . She loved every moment of it . She came back home and had just enough time to get dressed and go to Myra.

She donned a lemon yellow summer dress. She had been wanting to wear it since a long time. She did her hair in lazy wind blown curls . Her make up was light. Pearl drops sat daintily on her ear lobes.

She was especially feeling relaxed and happy after a long time. The party had started when she got there. Helping her friends do the finishing touches to the quick bites.

Her son looked very happy . 

She was standing by the pool, when suddenly she heard a deep voice in her ear . She quickly turned . Looking into beautiful, tawny eyes. It was Sumer . Last night it was too dark at the lounge to make out the colour of his eyes .

They spoke for a while. Lost in their own world . Oblivious to everything around. Her besties exchanged glances and had a mischievous smile .

When Aytan was alone. They wanted to know everything.

She said” Relax! We are just friends”

They both shrugged their shoulders and answered in unison” We did not say anything “.

Aytan answered” Yeah ! Right !

The party was in full swing . It was relaxing. It was a long weekend. Everyone was off the next day . It wrapped at midnight.

Sumer stayed till the end to clean up.

He sat with Aytan for sometime with their midnight coffees.

He left and promised to call Aytan the next day.

They were all meeting for Sunday brunch and outdoor games at a beautiful countryside farm.

After a long time Aytan was whistling under her breath. Her eyes sparkled. There was a soft glow about her.

Would finally a new door open for her?

Stay tuned for more excitement in the coming weeks.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Women in their 40’s


In their ripe age of 40, do women actually discover themselves . 

The journey till the 40’s is more of a trial and error. Moulded , compartmentalised and then the rebellious being emerges. 

Suddenly one fine day Dana realised, she didn’t want any of her old life. She went into a moody, sullen silence.

No! It was not menopausal!

It was just a rebellion from her inner being.

She was tired of being told from birth to her 40’s to do something in a certain way.

Suddenly one day she was bestowed the role of wife hood,followed without a pause into motherhood and the other various roles. 

Mind you. No journal, no manual, figure out on your own.

She started doing and breaking it.

At the threshold of 40, she realised she wanted a life just for her. Her likes, her dislikes, her joys and her sorrows.

Simple things as enjoying her day off. Doing what her heart felt like. Going out and enjoying herself with her friends. Sitting quietly in a cafe with a book . Enrolling for a hobby class. Booking herself for an exclusive Spa day. Fighting for just causes close to her heart. Dressing the way she liked. Staying fit according to her like. Wearing colours of her choice. Styling her wardrobe to her own desirable choice. Feeling good 😊 

A woman is reborn at 40!!!

When she started voicing her thoughts and her will to do something different, She was looked in shock.

She was told time and again in uncertain terms” Oh! You should see your doctor, you are getting menopausal”!

Ohh !God! Really 

Burst out Dana. 

Please kindly don’t put women in the stereotype compartments.

When she’s upset about something. Its the gud ole Pmsing .

If she has outbursts , ohhh must be the hormones.

Right! Emotions are sleeping throughout.

You give her multi tasking throughout her life and expect her to excel at each .

Women know their mind. They develop a power of assertion. They learn to vocalise their feelings. For once they are thinking beyond cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping.

They learn to look proudly in the mirror of life .

Their reflection smiles back. They start taking care of their neglected selves sacrificed at the altar of taking care of others. 

Women in 40’s are a force to reckon with.

Don’t sign them off. They take this long to ferment in their beliefs and goals.

Their maturity reaches new zenith .

Before you sign a woman off saying she’s menopausal, how about looking at her a little differently.

To all the gorgeous women in their 40’s, this goes out to each one of you! You are the best!

Follow your heart’s desire.


Monday, September 6, 2021

Keep the flame burning


 In the growing turmoil in the world today, a little heartfelt wish sent out into the universe. Each battling a silent battle within and out. Each in need of calm, peace, reassurance and a soothing, calming environment. 

May we all be protected by the flame of healing energy. The power of a wish sent out can work wonders. A silent prayer of gratitude goes a long way. 

Keep sending out healing energy for you and your loved ones. 

Stay blessed. Stay safe 😊

Saturday, September 4, 2021

The undisputed power of a red lipstick


 Aytan was always lost in the world of browns. She rarely experimented with pinks or the bold reds. Dawn to Dusk she worked like a machine. She lost herself to work. A widow at the young age of 30. She was supporting herself and her young son. 

Living in Vienna . A beautiful, breathtaking city was a solace to her . Her family lived far away. Her friends were her biggest support . Her best friend Myra was alway a phone call away . Samara lived just down the road . They constantly tried to ease her burden a bit. She had immersed herself completely in work. 

She was forcibly taken out for a meal and a little fun time with her friends . Life was taking a toll on her. She refused to accept it. Her friends witnessed it all.

Her birthday was coming round the corner. It was decided that her little son who was all of 7 now, would be staying with Myra’s son. He was already very excited.
In his cute little voice, hugging his mother, very matter of fact ,he said “ Mom I am staying at aunt Myra’s for your birthday”.

Her birthday dawned bright after a continuous spell of rain . She was sitting with her coffee and losing herself to sounds of nature . Her son woke up , wished her, gave her a tight hug .

He was jumping with glee . Packing his overnight bag to spend the night at his friend’s place.

The day passed in a blur. Her friends dropped the outfit and make up. Strictly instructed to wear both .
The dress was beautiful. A midnight blue sequenced chiffon. It had a nice floaty, flowy feeling.
Make up was a bit tricky. She was given a bold red lipstick. After accentuating her eyes. She was toying with the lipstick. Wondering whether to wear it or not.
Just then Myra called. “I am coming to pick you in 5 minutes. Be ready”

The decision was made. She quickly started applying it. She stood shocked at the woman staring out at her. This couldn’t be her.
Just then Myra came . She left with her friends. Ready to enjoy the evening ahead. 
After a long time,  She was feeling alive.

They went to a new place. It was jam packed.
A beautiful, lovely, lively  place.

Myra met some of her friends there. They had some guests from Switzerland.

The introductions followed. Aytan was introduced to Sumer. He had recently moved to Vienna for a project .

The evening passed. There was some chemistry between Sumer and Aytan. They could not keep their eyes off each other .

Would the power of a red lipstick finally work its magic in Aytan’s dull life.

Stay tuned for the sequel.




Thursday, September 2, 2021

A beautiful day


 I sent out immense gratitude into the universe this morning. I woke up to a beautiful, rain washed Dawn. 

I opened my window and found nature being rain kissed. The cleaning leaves, the raindrops on buds and delicately resting on petals. 

It was perfect for my morning yoga. After a lovely practice and feeling energised. I rested a whole out in the open . Just listening to sounds of nature.

For once I did not go for my coffee ☕️ immediately. A habit with me. A ritual of sorts. I just sat lost in my thoughts. The restiveness, calm was so therapeutic.

When nature can truly cure us? What do we really need?

But unfortunately we are always so pressured and pressed for time, where do we bask in this silence?

I always remember Robert Frost’s poem

 I have miles to go 

Roads to travel

But today I decided to truly rest a while in the lap of nature😊

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Hello September!


 Hello my birth month. You always have held a special place in my heart. You started the month and I started my journey into the world. At the crack of dawn, I came into the world. While the world was still waking up, I woke up feeling irritable πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ crying extra loud. They said it’s good for my lungs.

Decades went by, grew into my journey. Welcoming whatever was given by life. Sometimes we were not so friendly. Time and again, life and I always ended up reconciling . 

This birthday is extra special because this time I reconciled with death. Truly today is my rebirth. I fought death itself and emerged a winner. 48 hours was all I was given . My struggling breaths, to broken gasps and breathing again without the help of oxygen after a month . Yes its time to celebrate the event called life. The joy of breathing.

Now each moment, I celebrate it fully. Nurture it to my best potential.

Hope September  brings each immense joy. Loads of blessings to each one. Good tidings to bless your thresholds.

May your hearts and hearths be resplendent in joy and happiness.

I have a lot of gratitude for just being given a second chance at life.

My rebirth absolutely. A second to live life again.

Grateful and blessed to have beautiful souls who prayed for me and continue to still keep me in their thoughts and prayers.

I love each one of you immensely and grateful 😊

Stay blessed and stay safe.


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Komorebi


 I came across this beautiful Japanese word last night. Something about it, compelled the writer in me to pen few lines. 

I visualised it in how aptly it describes life. When we are surrounded in the thick of things. A dark foliage of darkness. Mossy thoughts, murky feelings. Swamped in the quicksand of negativity. There’s sometimes no respite. There’s no soul in this world, Who has not known inexplicable pain. Life is a challenge, a continuous test. Yet the beauty is to fight it . To emerge a winner. Stay triumphant in your achievements.

This word made me visualise the sunshine. The beautiful, softness of rays. The gentle touch of it on my being. I discovered that sunshine my writing. My poems a constant ray of sparkling  hope.

Each morning when I write my poems, it gives me the same joy of basking in fresh ,glimmering , glistening sun’s rays.

The other thing which keeps me going is being there for others. When a despaired soul calls out to you in his or her time of need. Just lending your presence.

A tiny part of me left in each’s heart, soul and spirit.

A legacy like the rays of sunshine,

I would love to leave,

In each’s midst,

Long after I am gone!


Monday, August 23, 2021

Musings


 All the beautiful colours of nature are so therapeutic by themselves. What more do we truly need? Surrounded in their colourful midst, so calming and restive.

Sitting by myself this morning. I just looked around and only found cheerful tidings from nature. Leaving me with a smile . A deep sense of gratitude , keeps me going. 

Truly blessed and feel immensely grateful 😊

Monday, August 16, 2021

Power of the Spoken

 

In every war, why are women treated as easy assets . They are not assets to be liberally distributed as and when pleased.

History is witness to countless wars, civil wars, take overs where women have been exploited . Without their will, they are treated with the least expected courtesy and politeness. 

Brutally abused, tortured, assaulted, the after math of spoils of war . Today again, they are being treated to the same . Where have we truly progressed to?

Human rights, does it really work?

The silence of the quiet resounds and haunts deep within each. Yet each stand at the crux of civilisation, helpless, feeling of hopelessness runs deep within.

How can you so casually just start distributing them amongst the victors as spoils of war? How?

Girls as young as 12. How can we sit quiet and witness this horrifying acts. 

For Gods Sake” Spoils of war”!

Which century are we living in? 

Progress and Development is it just a make believe institution?

Women have always unfortunately since time immemorial been easiest to manipulate, manoeuvre them any which way you like. 

Shouldn’t there be basic ground rules for women. Their rights protected even if there’s a revolution . If another country takes Over, Shouldn’t their safety be paramount .

Plagued by the present day situation rampant in the world.

Truly wondering what have we progressed towards,

Progressed or Regressed?

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Freedom



 

Freedom in your truest being . In your expression, thought, form . Free in every expression of thought.

Revel in your independence which is governed by your thoughts and spirit. Independent of other’s opinions and judgment. Following what your heart desires. Your being’s calling . Your soul voice. Listen to it. Honour it. 

Truest freedom is expressed then wholly.


Thursday, August 12, 2021

Labels


 Time and again women are put into different moulds. Judged mercilessly.

The various roles ,she’s expected to play flawlessly.

A woman who’s running pillar to post managing things is bound to neglect herself. Yet! She’s expected to be well groomed, look beautiful, maintain a beautiful house and take care of everyone else.

She’s a human. She is going to have flaws. There are days, she might not even look herself. Days she might just want to shut  herself out. Yet! We do not refrain from putting tremendous pressure.

She has to be well versed in everything. Why  her?

Why only the pressure on women to always look good . Keep their weight off. Balance each role to perfection.

Why? Why?

She’s judged on the basis of colour, weight, her abilities and her emotions.

Why do we always have to sit on the throne of judgment?

Why cannot we sit on the ground of humility and question her in the soft tone of compassion?

Women have today learnt to unite and do away with the labels.

Each one out there is beautiful in her own way and has a right to be appreciated for what she is.

Wholly!!

This goes out to all the wonderful women out there.

Though it’s not Women’s day, Yet , I believe that every day is our day. Without women the world would be a joyless place to live in.

Revel in your being. Do not  let anyone take that from you whatsoever.

Monday, August 9, 2021

Requisites


 Trudging through the path of life. Some paths were rocky, some smooth. Leila would take a breath . While catching a breath, she would always muster a smile. Her motto” Keep smiling” half the sorrows will flee. 

Sitting by herself in a cage, with her hot cup of cappuccino, she thought” Serenity brings a lot of answers to the forefront”! As she was waiting for her friends to join her, she started gathering her thoughts. All her moments of patience, when otherwise she could have been spitting mad. In the face of turmoil, her optimistic frame of mind. How they had silently supported her throughout.

Life is short . Life is lived a once . When you are taking your last breath, what would you like to remember about life?

The beautiful moments spent amidst cheer or the morose ones. Just then her reason for joy were walking towards her. Time to make some new memories and gather more joyous moments .

We only have one life. Hating to sound cliche, but that’s the eternal truth. Live to your best potential. Enjoy each moment.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Imagine the Power of Kindness


 Leila was 21, but life had put too much of burden on her tender shoulders. Her mother was the bread winner of the family. Leila helped her by supplementing the income and looking after her young siblings. She had lost her father at a young age. 

Life’s trials and tribulations never seemed to end for Leila. When her friends were enjoying life, she was burdened with the life’s numerous responsibilities. Always smiling and carrying out. But today, she was too just tired. Exhausted and despaired. She felt broken. Misunderstood absolutely. She found her passion dying for her career. 
She watched the little children playing in the park and suddenly memories of her happy childhood flashed past. The days of joy when her father was alive. That was the last she remembered being wholly, soulfully joyous. 
Suddenly it was all too much for her . She burst into tears. A dam of sorrow being unleashed.

She was lost in her world of misery. She felt a withered old hand touching her hand quietly. Comforting her, reassuring her. She found herself in a comforting warm hug. The scent of her grandma teased her once again. 

After she composed herself. She looked up and found a sweet, smiling warm face greeting her. The warm brown gaze caressed her lovingly. Leila found herself talking endlessly to this kind soul.

After that day, Leila felt a new confidence. A new resilience to mark her being. She found her old self again.
She still remembered her guardian angel who had helped her that day.

The act of kindness was what? What had that kind soul done? Just been there for her. Just held her when she needed it the most.

Sometimes that’s all you need to do. Just be there for another selflessly. Then watch the power of kindness.
Have a great day ahead.

Hope we can practice these little acts of kindness.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Ode to Friendship!


 A beautiful new month greets us anew. What better way to welcome it by paying ode to the most precious, beautiful, heartfelt, honest relationship.

The best parts of life are usually spent during school and college . Those beautiful ,carefree days remind you of what we had experienced. 

Free and joyous. This month starts by paying ode to that day. 

Friends are always by your side. Anytime you need them, they stand true to their word. They are your counsellors, partners in crime, your fun buddies and your sound box.

I still remember those fun moments back from school and college. Sharing our lunch boxes. Playing pranks on each other. Sneaking out and going for a drive. Bunking classes at times. So many fun filled moments, still stored in the treasure trove of memories.

Today also when we meet and go out, we end up laughing silly. Cracking jokes, laughing at our own fiascos. It’s so refreshing and invigorating.

It’s rightfully said “ If you are blessed with good friends, then you are truly blessed”!

I have found some wonderful souls in my poetry community too. I’m immensely grateful to them for supporting me at all times.

I have always been lucky to have some wonderful friends supporting me at all times.

I wish pleasant and joyful tidings to each for this coming month.

May we all have something to smile about each Dawn!

Stay blessed. Stay safe.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Staying Positive!


 Positivity!

Truly what a powerful word! 

There are various times in life that it is the hardest to muster and bring to the forefront. Constantly badgered by criticism, cynicism and negativity, through the journey of life . This one word does immense magic.

How easily we hug the negativity ?. keep replaying it in our minds . 

But instead if we consciously expel that and just think of the positivity in and around us. We will all be much happier beings.

There are very few in today’s world who will genuinely appreciate you or love you for what you are. The others will always be quick to point out your numerous faults.

Just sit for a moment and think. Where are they coming from? Are they perfect? Flawless! Devoid of any faults.

Unfortunately or fortunately for you, they are not.

Then why should we bother about their opinion of us. It truly doesn’t matter.

Start counting your blessings. All the positive things. How you can think about doing something better?

If you start giving in to them, they will always have more power over you.

Never give your power so easily.

You are a strong being. Differently made! Unique!

Then how will another know you so well, to judge you?

It’s their perception of you. Which necessarily does not have to be right. 

So enjoy your being!

Positivity the mantra of life!

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Memories with Grandma


 The lovely moments spent with my grandma . The pampering I received from her .

I still remember her favourite de-tan remedies. Her appalled  look when I came back tanned from my matches Weary and tired, I would come back and collapse .

She would come with her remedies. Dearly  putting my head in her lap and massaging all the remedies surreptitiously into my skin. 

She would say” Isse Tan jaata”!

And then one after the other , over the years , I would be treated to so many.

Today seeing my skin, I owe it all to my grandma.

For years my face wash ,was gram flour( besan), neem, orange peels dried and powdered.

Sitting majestically in my washroom counter.

My hair oil was made with Almond oil, olive oil and coconut oil with curry leaves and methi seeds.

So many things . 

In winter she would just put cream( malai) on my face .

Naturally hydrating my skin . It would feel heavenly after that .

She was a pro in using all the natural ingredients right from the kitchen .

Summer time ! She would make all the seasonal juices. Specially her false juice .Saying “ Nourishment from within is also equally important for the skin”! 

Which is so true.

I follow her best skin remedy which nourishes the skin

“ A cucumber a day”!

Keeps your skin radiant and glowing.

She would end it saying “ Keep smiling”!

Keep stress at bay.

Life is short , so do what your heart wants you to do always”!

Listen to the dictates of your heart ❤️ 

A vivacious persona, she carried at all times .

Reminded by my dear aunt about her home made Kajal with castor oil. Every morning lining her almond shaped eyes. She would so  sweetly give it to all the Kajal lovers .

“ Miss her warmth!

Miss her remedies.


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Simplicity


 When I was growing up, simplicity ruled our lives. We found our joys in everyday simplicity. Enjoying our walks out in the open. Playing joyously. Carefree and spirited.

Meeting our cousins. Spending quality time . Enjoying the corn when it would be pouring . Getting drenched then having Dinshaw ice-cream. 

To meet our loved ones would be the highlight . Weddings and functions were a highlight . We would be getting a lot of time together . 

Every season has its treats . The specialities of the city ruled it. We never thought of materialistic things . Just what planted a smile on our hearts, beings and souls.

Where did those golden days disappear? Vanished without a trace.

Now I sit lost in the concrete jungle , absolutely lost!

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Morning Motivation


 Some mornings its  such a challenge to find something positive in the day. Consciously I have made it a habit to look deeply into the day .

Surprisingly I found more than one thing to look forward to .

I came across a lovely insight, if through your the year we looked , we would have more than 365 things to be joyful about . That is consciously realised.

Subconsciously there might be so many more.

It made me really look forward to little joys and positivity induced acts. 

It really calms me to think we have so much already to be grateful for, gratitude practiced every moment.

Such a beautiful way to practice gratitude πŸ™.

Count our little blessings and spread the joy 😊

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Classically Classy






 I thought of this when I came across a write up on designer, branded wear . Labels , signature styles so forth and so on.

What is being classy?

Is it just being draped and adorned in those labels is termed classy?

Classy should run deep into your soul, in your heart in every feeling.

Helping someone in need quietly.

By doing a kind deed .

Adorn your self in unseen labels of compassion, humility and kindness.

When you are seen by the world , let them see you in the label of kindness worn exclusively by you.

Let your being be stitched in designer threads of compassion made exclusively by you.

Your own signature label.

Let the world see you adorned in the best threads sewn by humility, intertwined and interwoven by soulful diction.

A beautiful signature being remembered for long in the humanitarian world.

Classy in my soul,

I long to be remembered,

Classically soulful,

In all my being!

  

A rain soaked morning


 Woke up to a beautiful Sunday rain soaked morning. 

The gentle sounds of nature and the cloudy smile woke me up with a smile of my own.

Today is a totally no agenda day.

Soaking up to the gentle rain soaked morning and enjoying the lovely wet moments .

The steady beat of rain on my window pane, an inspiration for me to write something spontaneous and heartfelt.

Rarely did I ever sit and enjoy a morning like this, today I took the opportunity and to just watch nature.

So calming and peaceful.

Making me realise to just take a break and let the day unfold .

Take the day in its stride.

Good Morning beautiful souls .

Enjoy the day!


Friday, July 9, 2021

Important


 https://www.instagram.com/p/CRIlXKZFa8p/?utm_medium=copy_link

My English, Urdu spoken word . “ Aham” meaning important.

Importance of being important

Never knew I

Did I feel I was important?

Ever to thee 

Wondered I 

Then my being whispered 

Important you are,

To us 

Us ?

Asked I?

Your body,

Soul,

Spirit,

Heart 

All long for thee!

I realised the importance of truly being important to myself. Once I discovered that magical feeling, I always felt the magic deep within me.

Then why do I seek for outside validation at all?

Now it’s just my being which is my “ Be All and End All”!

Do what makes you happy!

What gives you immense joy to walk this planet?

What makes your soul sing, truly sing!

Once you find all these answers, you will truly be a different being .

Beautiful in the knowledge of being enough .

Have a lovely day beautiful souls.

The weather at my end is truly breathtaking and beautiful.

A bit stormy , a bit cloudy ,

It stands in attendance 😊😊

Monday, July 5, 2021

Shades of love



This one word can work wonders or destroy someone completely .

It can take you to heights of Euphoria or leave you completely in despair.

It sneaks up on you or sneaks out .

Yet if understood fully, it encompasses a beautiful universe within its four lettered boundary.

The need for the purity and honesty of this emotion somehow lost in today’s world.

In the journey of life, needed the most.

Where can compassion come if humility sustain if it’s not accompanied by love.

Love cannot be blamed, if it’s being misused by mankind.

It’s still pure and wholesome.

Keep it beautiful devoid of deceit and then see how magically it works .

How beautiful your journey transforms and starts unfolding .

I always believe the emotion is not to be blamed, it’s the circumstances related to it.

Each’s experience and expectations vary in life.

When those are not matched, then the bitterness creeps in.

We are so lost in our worlds, we do not want to make those little adjustments at times.

Judgments, comparisons spoil it further.

Yet love somehow manages to conquer all. 

Love and it’s shades. It’s sometimes the unseen and unspoken which tends to be the most honest.

Shown in different and unique ways.

Simple questions,

Are you feeling okay? When you are in throes of despair.

When your voice can make the other person ask.

When something small also is taken up for you.

When you can voice your most inner fears.

When you are in trouble, anxious, the first person that comes to your mind.

The 3 am person you can vent it out to.

Love comes in many 

Cherish and rejoice in it.

When you find it, keep it close.



Saturday, July 3, 2021

Finding your moments of peace!


Vacations have become a challenge for many.

Then how do you create your own little special moments. Moments of getaway.

Create it.

Weave your magical moments.

A quiet morning is as meditative as the best pranayama.

Deep in thoughts, restive and assuring.

My favourite time of the day, of course without  my gud ole cup of cappuccino, it’s truly incomplete.

My inspiration for my poetic thoughts, all come usually at this beautiful, peaceful hour.

Lost in the world of phrases and words, I sit wrapped deeply in their warm embrace.

Go for a long drive.

Disconnect with everything for sometime, including your phone.

Pick up your coffee and watch the sunset. 

Enjoy the Dusk.

The quiet, the calm, it’s invigorating.

Setting some time for yourself is very important.

Read a book.

Do something special for yourself.

Finding a wood in the cabins might not be so easy. 

In the easy find your joy.

Be out on your own and see the magic.

I usually set out for a long drive by myself, doing my chores and yet giving myself a break as well.

It works magically on my mood.

Have fun in what you are doing πŸ˜€πŸ˜€.



Friday, July 2, 2021

My most loved things!


 The first moments when you wake up, and realise you can sleep for some more timeπŸ˜€.

Sometimes my energy levels are in a crazy mood, so they take me to the park for a long walk.

At times I’m found on my yoga mat.

A beautiful cloudy morning on the weekend. When you have nothing planned. Suddenly your friends plan a drive and coffee meet.

When I indulge in retail therapy πŸ˜€πŸ˜€. Getting my favourites.

Some evenings sitting quietly by the window and hearing the sounds of nature. In all its glory and magnificence!

The quiet drizzle of the rain on my window pane.

An impulsive spa day πŸ˜€.

My favourite is my morning solitude with my steaming cup of cappuccino☕️.

When I taste my favourite dessert or my chocolate, after a  long time.

The first taste . I just love πŸ’• the feeling.

Sudden coffee dates with my besties or dinners.

A late night drive with my favourite soothing numbers playing.

And the best is an out of town  getaway with them.

Fun with my cousins when they visit me.

Our sudden little fun trips!

It’s  absolute bliss 😊😊

I sound pretty simple right πŸ˜‰.

Have a lovely day beautiful souls out there.

Love each moment, cherish it.

My favourite line” Nothing is promised to us, All we have is now”

Monday, June 28, 2021

Cyra’s coffee thoughts


  Cyra grew tired . Day in and day out. She was falling into a rut. She wanted to do something with her life. Her life did not revolve only in being domesticated . She was growing into a bitter frustration.

One morning she just left everything and took herself for coffee. She wanted to get away from the usual.

She impulsively joined a book reading group. Enjoyed herself thoroughly. They planned to do a poem reading session too. 

She sat with her thoughts and coffee thinking of what she had envisaged of life.

Was she just getting into a rut. Had she forgotten herself?

Only taking care of others.

She realised finally . She had to think of where wanted too.

Mostly after a time we put ourselves into a timetable. From morning to night all planned. Spontaneity takes a backseat .

If you want to honour yourself . Learn to take out time for yourself. 

Meet your friends over coffee or meals. Plan a fun shopping trip. Indulge in a hobby . You are more . You are just not a wife or a mother . 

Your are “ You”!

What are you doing for the” You”.

We are so conditioned to put our priorities before us.

Are you a “ Priority”!

Have you put yourself on the top.

Sadly most of the time it will be a no.

Sometimes you just need to be out. Take yourself for a drive. Treat yourself to your favourite thing. But something you have been longing to. Feel good! 

Dress up . Feel good factor goes a long way in keeping you happy. You need time away from the family too. Do not feel guilty about it.

You owe yourself that.

Cyra found hers. She was a much happier person after she realised it. She made excellent like minded friends. Once a week she dropped everything and gave time to herself.

Are you ready to do that 😊

Friday, June 25, 2021

My first spoken poetry reel !


 https://www.instagram.com/reel/CQirtV0jtbP/?utm_medium=copy_link

Simone’s spa day turns disastrous!


 Simone had planned her spa day since weeks with her besties. Unfortunately on the day of the spa, they both could not make it. Unforeseen crisis!

Simone did not feel like going on her own, so she decided to stay home . She suddenly hit upon a brilliant idea. She planned her own home spa. Quickly excitedly she dropped the children to her mom’s place.

Rushed to the store and bought all the things required for her home spa. She got impulsive and bought some scented candles as well.

Excitedly she came home and started getting ready.she had just lit her candles. Arranged all her things. Just then she felt a gush of water near her feet. She thought the tub had filled and was overflowing.

Her expression turned to horror . Her bathroom was flooding from all sides . She quickly turned the tub tap off. Called the maintenance person.

Her water pipe had burst flooding the whole place!

So much for her home spa πŸ§–‍♂️.

For the next couple of hours, she was drying the carpets. Drying the water out . Finally in the end , she fell into a deep sleep. Her candles burnt out and turned to liquid wax. All her spa essentials neatly laid out without being used. 

Dreaming of her spa!

In the end !

It truly was a dream! Which didn’t get fulfilled!

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Memories With my Dad


Each year the memories come back stronger. All the beautiful years and moments spent in your company.
I hold it dearly in the album of my life!

When I turn the pages ,
Each comes back,
More stronger!
Than Ever!
Distances!
Time!
So much!
That separates us!
Dear Dad!
But your presence!
Is always felt!
Strongly!
Every living Moment!

Today when I see where I have come to.My passion of writing and reading all inculcated by you.
Every night you read bed time stories to me. Still remember the twinkle in your eye! The laughter! The patience with which you read to me!
I miss so many of those moments!
Sometimes I long to sit and read out my poems to you.
Wonder what you would have thought of them!
But I know deep down you must be reading them from up there!
I always hold the values dearly which you instilled in us.
Held like a legacy by each one of us.
Till we meet again.


Monday, June 14, 2021

Missing out on joyous moments!






 So true!

Joy just comes. If we don’t hold it and enjoy it, it can be just as flighty and fleeting.

When joy knocks! Welcome it.

Firstly we have to come out of our to do list OCD.

We are so compelled and captured by our routines, we forget to enjoy life.

Just keep going through it like a boring routine.

Each day there is always something to look forward to and be grateful for.

When we truly appreciate the moment and value it, that’s when we live it.

Life is divided into moments of joy and sadness.

How much we divide it with joyous moments is truly what keeps us marching ahead.

Laughing keeps the tears and years off !


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Poetry and it’s effect on emotions!




 https://youtu.be/zkEQhrdzIcI


It was a very enriching experience speaking of poetry and it’s effect on emotions. I never paid much attention to this when I penned my poems.I would just go by my moods and the flow of it. 

When I consciously say down and thought of it, it actually plays a very important role. 

The other day I was attend cartoon picture Prompt. As I started writing, so many of my childhood memories came surfing up. Long forgotten!

So many which I had never remembered for so many years. Effortlessly pulled out from the treasure chest of memories. 

It was so nostalgic to visit them. Along with that Came some more. 

Poetry does a play a very vital role!

I have discussed it in the episode above and pasted the link too. 

Have a lovely day ahead 😊

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Coffee Tales

 

It was a beautiful cloudy morning. I woke up feeling lazy. Still contemplating my breakfast. Pulling myself together to do something. Just then my friend sent this picture of a coffee shoot. It instantly brought poetry and a smile to my being.The flow of words started flowing of their own accord. Coffee does this to meπŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€.

Totally irresistible!

I have a fetish for coffee and it has to be served in pretty mugs!πŸ™ˆ Sounds like a tall order!

But in fact, I like my coffee in pretty tall mugs.

There’s something about sitting in a garden looking out at the blooms , blossoms and sipping your ☕️ coffee.

Lost in the freshness of the morning munching on fresh baked cookies and dainty sandwiches.

πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ I already feel invigorated!

Rejuvenated in thoughts!

Have a lovely day ahead!

Keep smiling in cofficious fervour!


Stay blessed. Stay safe beautiful souls out there😊😊


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