Friday, July 17, 2015

The Quote Challenge Day 3 of 3


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I have been away from writing for more than a week. I haven't  written a single line from a while. I had been in hustle-bustle, working towards getting my work permit . Finally, I received it on this Wednesday.The longggggggg wait is over. Yes, I wanted to emphasize the length of the wait: -P.  I was always known as the busy bee among my friends or family.In fact, I would like to be the one.But, after my husband came to the  US from his company I had no choice but to resign my job at one of the IT giant, where I began my career as a Software engineer. Since my visa type would allow me to work we didn't deny the offer . Yes, my husband knew my career aspirations and he was completely aware that I am not a person to sit idle without a job. All looked smooth, nice and easy until I arrived and applied for my work permit. The hard time began later. For reason not aware, my case took a real long time to get approved. In place where I was supposed to get it around 3-4 months, from the date I applied it took more than twice the time to process. Ask me about immigration questions today, I can guide anyone in and out. So much research had to be done and left no option undiscovered- *wink*

Blogging, Travel and photography are what kept me alive I can say. So many places to visit, so many lessons from which I learnt to be  my better self amidst my core frustration of not having a job.I yelled and cried almost everyday.Today, I finally hold the work permit and I am all eager to grab a job.All my day goes in applying for a job or preparing for an interview. When I hit my bed dog tired, my mobile beeps with the posts my fellow bloggers publish. I can just not resist reading them, any time of the day. I read them while I travel or during a break I take from my preparations. But, I have to admit that I am really not able to write one. I am not able to think beyond my present circumstance. Maybe when I get what I want after this long time I am stuck to it and not able to think anything beyond.Having begun as a passionate blogger, I miss writing very deeply. I am not taking a break here, but slowing down. I hate the feeling of staying away from my blog or not regularly reading posts from my wonderful friends. But, for now my job search has gained a priority.But I promise to keep visiting whenever possible.


Enough explained and confessed, here I share the third quote in the Quote challenge. This quote is what kept my endurance intact(at least most of the times) in my recent days.It makes me stronger every time I read these lines.It is simply the  apt one  to keep me boosted when I drain of zeal or confidence, drowning in self-doubt.


Turn your wounds into Wisdom



So now you know it is not how highly placed your birth is but, what you decide to make of your life.

 If you sit down and wallow in self  pity you would amount to nothing and life would move on without you. 
Remember, it is not over until you say so… 

Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah is one of the most inspirational and a powerful woman of the century.She is a hero from zero. A woman power, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Her life history right from the time she was born -is a series of agony.She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, saying she was raped at age nine and became pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy and the list goes on. But she did not give up. She found her way out of her difficulties and emerged as a successful lady. So much to say about Oprah and her achievements, a single post is just not enough.Without reinventing the wheel, I share what is available on the Internet.

Gifting you all, the  confidence nugget from the Lady power. To Inspire.To Motivate. To live a life full of wisdom and power.Not the one with pain and wounds.



Dee Dee , Thanks for nominating me for the Quote Challenge.

As a part of the challenge, I am supposed to nominate 3 bloggers to take this up.But, I would like to keep this open to the readers. If you also love quotes just like me and other friends who have taken part in this, then I am waiting to read your collection.

This is what the 3-Day Quote Challenge is all about.

1. Post one of your favorite quotes (different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own.
2. Nominate 3 bloggers to challenge them.
3. Thank the blogger, who nominated you

Cheers Everyone!!  Happy Weekend !!:)

You can read the Day 1 quote here and Day 2 here.




Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A Scary Surprise


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Genre: Fiction
Word Prompt- Thief (Fiction in Five sentences)
I threw myself on the bed, dog tired after my busy day had  chosen to wind with a power cut, leaving my cell phone out of charge.

On a stormy night with all sorts of scary sounds- of rain, wind and thunder, I also heard the door knock once, twice and many more times - my gut clenched and my heart began to miss  beats -one after the other.

Fear gripped and  I soak in beads of perspiration, wondering if it was the thief or the ghost, forcing me to recall my karate moves as I cursed the fact that I had no phone to call the police or the neighbour aunt.

Mustering some courage and holding a knife tight in my right fist, a roti stick in the left, I slowly peeked in the door lens to watch the impending danger.

I heaved a sigh of relief as I saw my lovely husband standing outside-dripping in rain, a bunch of red roses in one hand and a cake box in other to surprise me on my birthday for which he had come back early from his business trip. 

Linking it into Five sentence Fiction: Word prompt -THIEF




Chalk and Cheese #Fiction

PHOTO PROMPT © Stephen Baum

"How have you been?" his eyes craved an answer, despite trying to look plain.

"Well.. Great! and... much better" sarcasm and taunt smeared her every word.

"Can we talk? I still love you" Sham yelled.

"It's all over. We are as different as chalk and cheese. I can't work it out anymore" whining she tried to move.

Her aloof response made him look grave.

Helen and Sham parted in different directions after they passed through a tunnel which was once upon a time their secret place to meet.

Like a temporary storm, the whole story ended in misery and misunderstandings.

Linking it up with The Three Words on Wednesdays #Week 345 - where I have used the words aloof, temporary and whole to weave a story 

and

Friday Fictioneers- A picture prompt- Fiction in 100 words









~Times Change!

Bathers, 1950 by George Tooker

We grew up holding hands
fighting odds together, wrapping life in love bundle
turning our every frown into a smile
we stood as mutual support, never to stumble

How much I rejoiced in your company
clicking pictures on the river side with you at every turn
a single friend had made my world
But, Ignorance you threw at me, in solitude I burn

Times have changed, leaving me sink in pain
Seeing you fall for another woman is hard
My old faded memories with you take over me
with faint hope, the candle of our friendship- I still guard

As I swim in summer my lonely strokes
I saw you both passionately kissing at the beach side
At the changing room, I turn back, looking away from her
part of me jealous, the pain of missing you I hide

She has perfect figure and attitude
looking sexy, slender and soft in the towel she clad
How can I parch in your lovely life like a trouble
A friend in me wishes you luck, leaving a lover in me sad


Linking into A prompt each day -Prompt 38 – Midweek Wordle #6 where I have used 8 out of 10 words -never, stumble, love, turn, hard, river, looking and old 

Also linking it up with MagPie Tales: Mag 277.- writing for a picture prompt every week



It's Award Time -The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank You - Dee Dee

I am very happy and excited to receive my first award as 'The Versatile blogger'. I wanted to blog since many years. But, on a depressing afternoon I started one.Though it started with tons of frustration as a vent out space, I soon realised that this space can embrace much more than mere rants.Love, life, loss and everything one can relate to.I am glad I kicked in and I can't halt or stop writing for any reason.It's pure joy to connect to various bloggers and read their tales and troubles.We mutually inspire each other.I am getting better each day as I write and connect with my fellow friends here.Life is all about it. Isn't it?

This is a small milestone and I am aware there is a long way to go.

Special Thanks to Soumya Prasad, she has been kind in guiding a newbie to the world of blogs.She has inspired me in more than one way.Her writing is simply brilliant.She rocks in whichever topics she writes about.


The Rules, if you get an award is
1. Display it on your blog
2. Thank the person who nominated you. - Thank you, Dee Dee
3. Share 7 Facts about yourself


Facts about me



  • I love to travel. A lot actually. Me and my husband make sudden escape plans and scoot to places and live a traveller's life.
  •  A hard-core foodie. I try all cuisines and restaurants.Indian food is my all time favourite.
  • An  amateur photographer. I love to click pics, especially anything related to nature. Oh yay! I have a huge collection to share:)
  • I believe in companionship and have been blessed to find one. My husband=my best friend.
  • I paint at times- random strokes
  • I love to read as much as I love to write. Romance is my favourite subject
  • I can dance to any tune instantly. I can choreograph too.
4. Nominate up to 15 bloggers. Link them in your blog and let them know. 
   I visit these guys frequently and reading their posts is a wonderful experience to me. They    are simply awesome.


  1.   Soumya Prasad
  2.  Kalpana Solsi
  3. Vinay
  4. Sushshree
  5. Archita
  6. Cifar Shayar
  7. Ananya
  8. Archana kapoor
  9. Tina Basu
  10. Geets
  11. Rosey Pinkerton
  12. Parul Thakur
  13. Ajay Pai
  14. DimScribbles Dairy
  15. Helen







Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Quote Challenge - Day 2 of 3


These lines are one of the frequent quotes I read when my motivation keeps draining.I have gone through a lot of confusions and conflicts when it comes to people.There were instances where some people who expected a lot from me and wanted me to dance according their tunes.I was not the one to give in.I have understood that world is a crazy place to live in.  I figured out in a hard way that being myself was the best solution.I talk what I feel, I live on my own terms, I don't heed to any one's  commands. I also make sure I don't hurt any body's sentiments. But neither do I hurt my own.People who mind for every little thing and do not value my thoughts no longer matter to me.It's not possible to make the whole world happy right?


I am blessed with a hand full of friends and a immensely loving family who are there for me always. Anytime. They know me in and out and they are the ones who come to me when I need help. They are there to  sing and celebrate or reprimand me when I go wrong. I can be myself with this set of folks. No acting required.We mutually accept each other as we are.I believe every one is unique and different. Forcing ideas on others will never last a relationship with any person.That is so much constraint. 

Be yourself, do what feel, talk your opinion. Life is easy that way. Isn't it?



The three new blogger friends in my new journey of blog ride are nominated here.
Kalpana Solsi,Sushree,Vinay Leo R




Dee Dee , Thanks for nominating me for the Quote Challenge.

This is what the 3-Day Quote Challenge is all about.

1. Post one of your favorite quotes (different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own.
2. Nominate 3 bloggers to challenge them.
3. Thank the blogger, who nominated you

P.S : There was a huge delay in writing the Day 2- Quote challenge. It was supposed to be written on the consecutive day but I am doing it on the consecutive week.



Friday, July 3, 2015

Remnants of Memory




PHOTO PROMPT – © Jean L. Hays

Genre:Fiction
Word count:100
I walk the same path a year after on the sand, taking my steady steps, where nothing but remnants of dance and song memories remained.

The incident is  still so fresh.

I remember  colouring our old  trucks  in little graffiti style I knew which we drove for the performance that day.

The sole survivor recalls of the violent and killer desert thunderstorms that came quickly without warning  uprooting and  toppling everything, burying them underground 


Dancing on sand dunes, a step after step, after swirling ropes and holding bamboo sticks, the desert folklore had become faint after the troop had disappeared.





Flames of Desire


"You have done your best, I am sure it is going to be a super hit" his words sounded raspy but definitely concerned.

"I hope, I really hope" another voice uttered in somber tone, which was obviously nervous, as he  made an eye contact over a drink, holding his friend's hand who had been a shadow and spine in his life.

 His first movie as a hero was going to be released the next morning, for which he had spent years in troubles and turbulence  along his bumpy ride in the film industry.

He tossed all night in thoughts without a wink on his eyes,  dwindling in mind about his chances of success in certainly the most unpredictable field of career and aspirations.

He heaved a huge sign of relief and shed happy tears hugging his buddy for receiving good response on the very first day -his  obedient  efforts had reaped fruit, while his flames of desire were still burning in him to achieve more.



On the Bench



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Sitting on a bench, overlooking the vast sea,
Leaning on you watching the pristine sky, sharing stories.
Our fingers entwined, union of two souls,
Here we sit, laughing in joy, dissolving worries.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

My Heart-felt Words in my space #NaBloPoMo- Day 2

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The theme for July's NaBloPoMo is CONNECT. 
The topic for the Day 2 NaBloPoMo challenge :-
Do you write only for yourself, or do you use your blog to try to connect to other people?


This was exactly the question in my mind before I started my blog a couple of months before. I wanted to own a blog since a long time. But, what do I write? What is going to be the theme of my blog? Do I write my story? Well, who will read it? Is it necessary to share what I write with others?....and a million more questions had puzzled me like crazy.

The hunt for the name of the blog was another vicious cycle . I won't digress to that for now. But the easiest way I could de-clutter from my confusions was to  just write.No shortcut to it.A travel bug in me suggested  me to  write a travelogue, so that I can share my experiences and travel tips. Without digging for answers, I went ahead and  wrote my first post on my blog which was about my trip to Gokarna.The scenic beauty and serenity of the place had left me mesmerised.That was a perfect vacation with my husband.You can read about it here. 

 Initially, I started with the thought of keeping it personal and venting my untold rants, my feelings and my frustrations (without hurting any body's sentiments) and keeping it to myself, just like a closed dairy.Later, came the concept of connecting to people . I made wonderful blogger friends and enrolled in a few blogger communities. Reading thoughts and experiences in fellow blogger's space gave me enormous inspiration. They are brilliant and super talented. Slowly, my space was noticed and appreciated. Connecting with people made me learn a lot. Slowly, I began writing for various prompts everyday . Be it a word/phrase/picture prompt- I kicked in for what ever triggered me to write. Tiny fiction or micro stories have become my recent interest. Poetry is my all time favourite. I began writing poems when I was 15. I wrote on various topics and won some contests at my school and college. I don't say they are excellent ones, but I enjoy them and they are definitely not that bad either . By and large, though I write on topics that are close to my heart and life, keeping it personal; I still enjoy sharing and connecting with people through my writing. My blog is my reflection.I like to keep it that way. Some people may like it and some may not. But that's not my concern. I write with my heart . And there in a phenomenal value for every word I write.

Connections are powerful and essential in blogging.Especially, for the newbies like me who are taking baby steps in the world of blogs- it is a source of motivation.Expanding the horizons of my imagination through constant learning, motivation and  sharing are  the beautiful aspects of connecting. There is a priceless joy when someone makes time to drop by, read my post, and say they like what I write . I don't write keeping  the intentions of having a crowd throng to my blog. It makes my words bland when I write for the sake of writing . Every word I write should be out of my passion and interest.From heart and not mind.

This is what is kept me going and made me reach a small milestone of celebrating 50th post with 5000 views. One of my blogger friend has been kind in nominating me for 'The Versatile Blogger' award.I am immensely happy about it.I am not boasting here.I am completely aware that this is just the beginning and I have a long way to go :) 

My heart felt thanks to all my blogger friends for their time, suggestions and kind words.




Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Quote Challenge : Day 1 of 3

Quote Challenge : Day 1 of 3
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DeeDee has nominated me for the Quote challenge. Here I share the first quote.

On the first day of the challenge, I have chosen this quote as it closely connects with my blog name.Quotes are something that I start my day with.Along with my cup of coffee.I have an app installed on my phone that beeps with a lovely message that keeps me inspired all day.

 In certain instances, I can convince the whole world- except for one. That's me.Being tuf on myself. But sometimes it so happens that when the whole world screams curse I remain calm and collected as I am convinced with what is right for me. It's  a constant battle between the inside and the outside voices.In what ever condition, there is a little voice of faith, dwelling inside me, knowing me better than anybody on the planet .It whispers words of hope to me.This is the strongest voice that motivates me constantly.I don't care what others say or feel about me. I don't want to yield to their opinions when I don't feel them right. I have my own way of life and I am clear about the decisions I take. For the pessimists around, I give a damn. As longer as the ray of hope shines inside me, I choose to remain deaf to the negative world. I strongly believe that there is little possibility in every impossible situation. Being positive helps me explore that angle. Joining hands and singing the 'NO-NO' song in other's troop ruins  my chances of achieving it. Isn't it better to hold hope at heart and listen to my inner voice, instead?

The three new blogger friends in my new journey of blog ride are nominated here.

DeeDee- Thank you so much for the nomination. I have read the quotes you have shared in your space  and your thoughts on the same.

Quotes are addictive I say! *wink*

This is what the 3-Day Quote Challenge is all about.

1. Post one of your favorite quotes (different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own.
2. Nominate 3 bloggers to challenge them.
3. Thank the blogger, who nominated you.



Earth Laughs in Flowers- Happy 50th to my blog:)


 





 

 



Sharing my few clicks of flowers and making this post colourful as I celebrate 50th post of my blog. I am very happy for churning out 50 posts in 2 months.It's just the beginning. Long way to go:)

Thanks for all the support friends:):):)





                                                          

Vows of Love



As we exchange the rings and vows of love 
The church bells chime this hour
The crowd applauds
as we kiss, a sign of togetherness

 Our difference burns into ashes
As your eyes slips in mine
As we tie the knot of trust
for our lifetime friendship as equals


A new phase we step into, holding hands
to learn a new chapter like two small children
In times, high or low
I will promise to Love you, with my heart and above

PS: Linking all the words in the prompt and weaving this Love poetry
Words in our Wordle: Kiss, Hour, Crowd, Two, Church, Burns, Slips, Learn, Small and Children

                          

Memory Garden



On a lush bed of greens
A lovely flower smiles, tall and shiny
Sight to behold - adding a leaf into my memory garden




Divorce #MicroStory



Just like the papers and property
were split into  two
our own parents
building an ice wall between me and you

cuddles and kisses- going to end
distance seems to fiercely grow
 screaming in agony, we part
'Divorce' not between us, Bro.

Written for Micro Writing challenge 220 on YeahWrite


   




~Love Melody



To the plain lyrics of my life
Your love adds the right tune, 
Together we sing the melody of love
On this bright summer of June.


Your fingers fly over the tiny keys
I fall for you again and again as you sing,
As you wrap me in your arms, mesmerised I lay
Like a chorus my heart bells ring.

let the time freeze  and we won't move an inch
a song after song, for the love we share,
holding our hands, our senses soak in music
A Love melody- gently colouring the air.

Linking it with -Write or Die Wednesdays hosted by Mia of The Chronicles of Chaos and Vashelle of Shelly’s Cabaret 




Connections - What I say, What You Understand?



I am so glad and excited to be part of my first NaBloPoMo challenge. Fully aware that July is going to be quite a hectic month for me, I first thought I will not commit to this.But the theme is a fantastic one.Something of my type. CONNECT!!

I love connecting and socialising with people.They can be my own family, friends or even strangers at times. Every person is so unique on this planet.Whenever we connect to every single person a memory is added into our basket.Need not be a good one always.While good connections make you smile again and again, bad ones give you a free lesson and warning about how they can be avoided next time. Having said that, here I share my thought on the first prompt of the challenge. 

Today's Prompt: July 1

Do people generally understand what you're trying to say?

I could interpret this question in multiple ways. At a superficial level, if one has to understand you, talk slowly and clearly.Communication skill is the key here. It is not simple as it sounds. The accent of some people can kill your time. They go on to say in their style which is hard to assimilate to your brain.Huge List of bad experiences I have. Mind the pitch and tone of your words.They really matter.No mumbling. No jabbering.Do not hurry to put your point across but make sure the person understands what is being told.

Stephen R Covey's The 7 habits of Highly Effective People - explains the concepts of communication at their best.


A step further, do people understand what I say? Well, not all people. It totally depends on who is listening to you.For instance, say I am undergoing a trouble. Not all people will understand the actuality of the problem. It so happens sometimes, even  in a group of friends, each will understand what I say in a different way. At their own wavelengths, 
probably.Being in one's shoes and understanding a situation is nearly impractical I feel.If they had undergone a similar situation (Unless the shoe sizes are close:P) then there is a positive chance.There are also a class of wonderful people who try to understand one's feelings and help if possible. That's on humanitarian ground and a different topic altogether.People to whom you matter understand you with very little spoken or even when you are on mute.Emotions and sensitivities are absorbed by different people at their own frequencies I feel.

Pun intended!
People who heard you, forget what you said. whereas, Listeners try to interpret them. Understanding what you say- is well executed by people who are interested in the conversation and chose to listen over mere hearing. Did I make sense here?

Written for NaBloPoMo Challenge 2015 :Prompt 1-July 1