Thursday, April 28, 2016

X:Xenophobic #A-Z Challenge 2016

"Human Emotions and Qualities" is my theme for A-Z Blogging challenge 2016


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Xenophobic is a word I have learnt to write for this post. Since I am writing about human feelings and emotions, looking of it's kind beginning with 'X', frankly, I did not have a clue until I googled for it.
Xenophobic means afraid or fearful of the strangers or unknown or foreigners.
I was quite Xenophobic when I travelled to US alone. This one being my first international trip there were certain fears and adjustments just like anyone had to go through. Right from catching upon the accent ( yes I had to request them to repeat what they said as it was not easy to get it on the first go), food, people, culture, work atmosphere and what not- was no cake walk. 'Pardon', 'come again' were used quite commonly used by me.
What with everyone talking their own version of English!
I would not say I was exactly afraid to talk to strangers, but in a new place like New York were one finds people from every piece of the world, it takes time to get used to the city itself. It just needed some time to look at the beauty of the city with a open mind, fearless eyes and get used to it slowly. Exploring new places right from knowing where to pick groceries, how credit card works here, road lane discipline, talking to cross cultural neighbors, making new friends, finding the best international pack to make calls to India..Uffff...the list seems to have no end.
 I laugh at myself today, when I can walk on streets of the city midnight confidently all alone, smile at the strangers, exchange hellos and have been independently do things on my own. So, I am no more Xenophobic I can say.
Have you also felt xenophobic when you travelled to a new city or country? Share your experiences here.



W: Woman, watch your steps #A-Z Challenge 2016


     Her life frightfully changes overnight 
entering a house of strangers, every wall eager to tear her
one occasion, three knots, signs for huge expectations
relentlessly toil, act and fear for the rest of life
her family's pride decided by her behavior
submissive to husband, in-laws and the society
giving up her career, passion and herself slowly
getting sucked into a place of void and loneliness
Her problems and pain camouflaged with a fake smile    
she is decided  by the clothes she wear
 the time she gets up and the meal she cooks
often judged by how the guests are  treated by her
time and again, she is the topic to be picked upon
Everything changed in a span of day
shifting from a place of love, care and freedom
to where she does not belong to
striving every day, catering unwillingly to cheap souls
Woman, oh woman
watch your moves,  look at yourself
Be the change you want to see
A life you are gifted, needs approval from none
Do not bother about the ever watching eyes
sacrifices and compromises are not your assets
Love only ones who deserve to be loved
save yourself from the tornados around waiting to swallow you
Your dreams, desires and aims don't end here
If you feel you are out of zone
build the one, where life is still a life you wanted
Woman, you were not born to toil and satisfy any
Stop looking for help from outside
nothing will change, it will never
until you muster courage to save yourself
for the power and potential within, you only need some awareness
For you have this precious life
Live it by your rules, your principles
It is okay to break barriers at times
Oh woman, stop being a victim and stand for the woman you are.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

V:Value life #A-Z Challenge 2016

"Human Emotions and Qualities" is my theme for A-Z Blogging challenge 2016

What is the worth of life?

A question resonates every time
Is it a measure of days I  live
I asked myself sounding shallow
The reason being very lame to believe

Love, experience, people and peace
come as a happy combo to us
materialistic living trying to take over
in the recent trends, creating lots of fuss

stop counting days and start making memories
living each moment to the fullest
in the basket of life, there are roses and the thorns
Value life as it comes, let your efforts be earnest

Comparison only leads to complications
why mourn and crib and lead a life full of sorrow
everyone fights their own battles inside
You will step out, if some gave their pain to borrow

Life is beautiful as it is
a journey of ups and downs, 
Smile for you are breathing  and alive now
for a many of them are jealous of you 
that they are no more here and  already gone
Do I need a better reason to value life?


U: Underestimate #A-Z Challenge 2016

"Human Emotions and Qualities" is my theme for A-Z Blogging challenge 2016

Sia and Sam were school buddies. Sam was a pampered and bright kid from a well-to-do family. 

Sia, on the other hand was an average student from a family who could barely meet their ends.

Sia was always hurt about how Sam's parents ill-treated and looked down upon her.

Now for one, but many reasons.

Her life on wheelchair had made everyone feel that she was a burden to her parents.

There were always comparisons of Sia with Sam.

These impressions on her took not many days to get blown away.

The international awards she won in her paintings came as a surprise one day.

As they read the newspaper, a tight slap befitted the mocking faces.

Destiny holds justice for people who put heart and soul in their passion to succeed.

Never underestimate anyone.

For, who knows we may be the ones getting slapped.