Saturday, July 12, 2014

Over a cup of Tea

We Indians tend to take our right to Freedom of Speech seriously. Talking, or better say chattering comes naturally to many of us. Well, before someone plans to bash me, let me clear that I mean it all in a good spirit. No offense.

When it comes to striking a good conversation, we’ll always find a couple of people around us, dying to let out stories narrating how their dog is the best in the neighbourhood being a rare specie, or how the daughter of their friend’s friend eloped with a guy , only to return 2 year later with a little kid, cute enough to please her parents’ bad temper. The axiom is that more often you are likely to not get bored for long, if you are travelling alone in a plane, train or a bus. Even in an auto ride back home, by God’s grace you’ll be accompanied by people who have pledged to keep you awake on the way. Heavenly souls. And if not that, you yourself may enjoy conversing with the autowallahs, and may be get an insight into their plight. It’s largely believed that sometimes talking to a stranger does wonders. 

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Liebstered, again! :)

Hola Amigos! :D
Even when I was off grid, yet again, this blogger friend remembered that I am lovable. Okay, may be she meant my blog. So, thank you Pratibha (Wingardium leviosa) , for nominating me for The Liebester  Award, which I accept with no grace but greed. This comes as a happy surprise because I had actually been missing award and award posts from people.
Oh I am so crazy about awards! :D

For this I thank, first of all, my readers...then, my mother, who thankfully hasn't disowned me yet for spending so much time on brother, who lets me use his system which is far better and faster than mine which makes me feel I am using a pen, my diary, my dictionary, my thesaurus, my specs, all the food in the world, water, air.
I’ll shut up now. K

And here Pratibha has come up with some interesting questions I’d love to answer:

Your favorite book and why?
Listing favorites is just out of my capacity. I end up loving every other book I read, for different reasons. I’ll better name a few loved ones:
A Walk to Remember (on the top, forever) for, I must say, everything. I loved Jamie as a person. I loved how Landon loved Jamie. The narration, the idea of leaving boxes at every shop for charity, at the starting of the year, the beautiful lines penned by Sparks, and a lot many things!
The Fault in our Stars, for its fresh story, jam packed with wit, romance, emotion and humor.
The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank). I read this one long back, and don’t remember the details well. But I remember loving it a lot.
A Tiger for Malgudi. You don’t always get to read such amazing pieces with a Tiger as the protagonist.
A Thousand Splendid Suns. The story promises to stir your soul. It happened with me, at least.
Those Pricey Thakur Girls. The book and its saucy!
And currently I am reading ‘Like a Flowing River’ by Paulo Coelho, and no prizes for guessing I am loving it, for the short stories and experiences he has shared. They teach a lot. I am sure very soon his other works will walk into this list.
It goes on and on....

One movie/book that you can read/watch any number of times?
A Walk to Remember. For obvious reasons.

Your favorite comfort food?
I am not much of a foodie, but I am in a serious relationship with Pizzas these days. I’ll anyway name a dessert. Chocolates! What else? :D
Provided they aren't much sweet.

Your favorite cartoon character?
Tweety. I don’t why. I love his cute look perhaps. :D
And also, I loved all the characters in the cartoons that were shown on Tiny TV....Oswald, Noddy, Bob the Builder.....

Your one Guilty Pleasure?
None, as such :D

One thing that you absolutely hate?
Whenever I have to lie. I make sure I do that rarely.

Why did you start blogging?
My maternal uncle asked me to :P
There were some kind souls who thought I write good, and when I showed him my silly poems with childish eagerness, he suggested me to start a blog, which I did, a good two years later K

You dream holiday destination?
Spain, and all the hill stations!

One thing that you want to change in yourself?
I want to get away with the low self-esteem deep rooted in me.

Most embarrassing thing you ever did?
Ssshhhhh!!! :P

Your favorite quote?
A tough thing again!
Okay, I’ll copy one from the ones I've pinned on the board just above my head :P
“The desert weed lives on, but the flower of spring blooms and wilts.” – Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner)
One more please :D :
“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.” –John Green (The Fault in our Stars)

A good read, was it?

Okay, now everyone I read (and the ones who read me) deserves this one. But, but I am naming a few whose answers I’d love to read, and also those whom I perhaps haven’t nominated before :D
Red Handed (RED HANDED)
Silent Crusader (The Shaded Shadows)
Amrit Sinha (Live Your Life)
Privy Trifles (Memoirs of Me)

Congrats, people! :)

Here, the questions:

·         How would you introduce yourself to anyone?
·         What do you adore more? Your past or present?
·         Night, nature, rain or people? What makes you want to write a poem?
·         What kind of a person you believe yourself to be? One who gives in to the demands of the situation, or the one who stays stiff, come what may?
·         Best compliment(s) you got on any of your blog posts?
·         Do you like your name? If not, then what name would you choose for yourself, and why?
·         What controls you more? Heart or brain?
·         One book you think every living being should read at least once?
·         Your take on the inflow of so many phone applications?
·         A movie you wish you were a part of? And which character, of course?
·         A few (honest) words for my blog, please? (anything to complete 11 questions!)

Now, I know those were some completely out of sync questions. They are all random. But they did take time to be typed down, so nominees,  don’t try to escape them, okay? And happily pass them on to other lovely bloggers. :)

Thank you! :)


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Everyone is Beautiful

Human race is materialistic. Profoundly materialistic. More often than not we are reined by physical beauty, of everything and to be precise, of our fellow humans. Happily not caring about the better aspects of one’s personality, we choose to judge a person by his/her looks. And here I am talking about the general human tendency. There are many sensible souls too.

What we often fail to register is that the actuality of a person lies beyond those looks. It takes just common sense to understand that the exterior gets blemishes, what stays strong all along is the interior. That is, thinking of a person and how well he/she puts that to live a life reflects the real beauty. Many a time the poor people around us are looked down as filthy beings. Why? Because their clothes are dirty and they eat dirty. If we are that tidy then how much of it do we choose to share with them? This being said about the class difference, some don’t even pay heed to people around  them. A schoolgirl with a hairlipped face gets the bench all to herself, not out of kindness, but because her snooty classmates find her out of place to fit in to their stature. And irony strikes in when that same girl, 10 years down the line comes up after a makeover. Ah! She’ll be talked to in a way like she was always sought after. Just that back then in school she seemed introvert. Claps to that!

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