#RiotGrams October 11-20, 2017

As you know, I am doing the Book Riot Instagram Challenge #RiotGrams this October. This is a challenge to showcase books for the various prompts all through the month. It’s a great way to connect with fellow book lovers and know their choices and recommendations.  Another thing that I like about this bookish challenge is to see some very stylish and tasteful pictures. And I believe that is a wonderful way to observe and learn some photo skills. No, you aren’t going to see some dramatic changes in my photo skills.

I did a round-up of my posts from October 1-10, 2017 here

Today, I am sharing my entries for this challenge from October 11-20, 2017.

Hope you enjoy checking out my take on the various prompts!

October 13 : Mugs, Tees, Totes, Swag. This prompt has made me wonder if I am a true book lover!! I pride myself on being a bookworm / bibliophagist but I dont have a single bookish mug or tee or pen stand or cushion or a tote bag. Oh, I had a tote bag which had "The Bag of Small Things' printed on it. (For the uninitiated, it was inspired by Arundhati Roy's book, The God of Small Things). But looks like it is lying somewhere in husband's office. All this is going to change now for my next buy would be some bookish merchandise. Thankfully, I have this mug which came with the review copy of The Calling by Priya Kumar. Do you buy bookish merchandise frequently? What all you have in your bookish treasure chest? #riotgrams @bookriot #readersofinstagram #Bookaddict #bookstagram #bookworm #bookhoarders #ilovebooks #bibliophile #readingmylife #readmorebooks #challenge #bookish #octoberchallenge #bookishmerchandise #mug #totebag

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Got any favorites from these 10 posts? Have you read any book from the ones showcased here? Do share in the comments section!

Their Hysterics #WriteBravely

55 Fiction

She fumes, she frets.

She pleads, she screams.

All they do is mock and tease.

‘You are no good’, they screech.

She implores them to dance across the space so that she could pass their beat on to others.

But they turn their back with disdain!

Aah! The drama between the writer and her words.

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If We Were Having Coffee… 17th October #WriteBravely

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If we were having coffee,  I would ask you about your week and listen to what all you have been up to too. I hope all is good with you.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that last week all was not good with me. My father who is 75 was suddenly seeing 2 images instead of one. A quick visit to the Ophthalmologist ruled out any problem with the eyes but suggested something to do with the brain. 

Next day, we took appointment with a Neurologist. She asked a lot of questions and took detailed notes and then ordered a MRI. The MRI got done after a long waiting time and the result came out normal. We heaved a sigh of relief but it was short lived as the next day the doctor suggested CT Scan of the brain. Since it was to be done on an empty stomach, so we scheduled it for the next day which was our third visit to the hospital. The report of the CT Scan was given to us late in the evening and by that time the doctor’s OPD timings were over. We saw the doctor on the 4th day with the CT Scan report, after a long wait and she pronounced the report to be normal.

I could see that the doctor was flummoxed. She asked a few more questions and referred my father to another senior doctor.  Since it was a late hour, the senior doc had left the hospital by that time, so we were asked to see him the next day.

We met the senior doc on the 5th day, who probed a lot more, checked the reports and wrote a detailed note.  With his note we saw our earlier doctor again and she assured us that it’s all fine (she meant no stroke or clot or tumor in the brain) and the double vision would go off on its own in 2-3 weeks. She prescribed 3 medicines (and one of it is a multi-vitamin!) and asked my father to use an eye patch so that at any given moment only one eye is functioning.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we all are mighty relieved with this but these 5 days have been LONG and tiring, both physically and mentally. I wish the hospitals find ways to get people started on treatment without long waiting times or multiple clinic visits or super expensive tests. And this happened to us in one of the best private hospitals of our city. I wonder how the situation would be elsewhere.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that these 5 days in the hospital, observing people around me, gave me a lot to be grateful for. While I was cribbing about the long hours at the hospital for 5 days, I came across people who have been for months in the hospital and have sold their lands to get the best treatment for their loved ones.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this weekend I was at Udaipur for work and I found time to watch a movie (Newton) alone and enjoyed some amazing food, alone again! See what I had for breakfast and dinner….

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If we were having coffee, I’d thank you for having coffee with me and wish you a very happy Diwali.  May the joy and merriment of this beautiful festival surround you and your loved ones with all things happy and positive.

Until the next cup…

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#RiotGrams October 1-10, 2017 #WriteBravely

I am doing the Book Riot Instagram Challenge #RiotGrams this October. This is the first such challenge that I am participating in. Needles to say that it is exciting and challenging to look for books for various prompts and it’s interesting to see diverse range of books for a prompt. What also adds to the fun is that I get to show off my books too. 😉 

I thought of doing a round-up of my posts for this challenge on my blog here for the benefit of my readers who aren’t active on Instagram. I plan to do three blog posts this month, each covering ten days of the challenge. 

Today, I’d like to share my posts from October 1-10, 2017.

Hope you enjoy checking out my take on the various prompts!

But first have a look at the #riotgrams challenge at a glance…

Got any favorites from these 10 posts? 

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Life Sentence #WriteBravely

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Samit stood at the window. Outside, it was raining cats and dogs.

The weather reflected his mood, the uncertainty of the situation eating into his peace of mind.

He tried hard to disguise his feelings about the hopelessness of the situation but failed miserably.

Gloomily he looked at the road below and a thought began to grow in the back of his mind.

He looked again. Longer this time with steely determination in his eyes.

No, it will not be a death sentence, rather a life sentence for him.

Yes, he will push himself to live till his last breath.

Growing despite odds

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Day 3 – Terminal

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Lock Away the Memories #WriteBravely

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A voice reprimands, but do I heed it? I turn back nevertheless and let the mind wander through the lanes that are familiar and nostalgic. I re-play the moments of the past, turn memories over and over with hope that they turn live again. But they remain frozen in time as eyes shine bright with unshed tears.

I wipe the tears of love that did not last and a time that now is past.

It’s time to lock away the memories of the past from the light of the day and dark of the night to live and smile again!

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Day 2 – Nostalgic

Pearson brings first-of-its-kind Virtual International K-12 education to India

Pearson, the world’s leading learning company has launched first-of-its-kind Virtual International K–12 Education in India with International Connections Academy (iNaCA).

Bringing accredited U.S. education directly to your desktop, the iNaCA provides a flexible world-class curriculum for students studying in classes up to class 12. It aims to help students learn in their own way and at their preferred pace through a personalized and engaging experience that includes various multimedia tools such as enhanced videos, social, adaptive and game-based learning.

iNaCA prepares students around the world for post-secondary success. The school has a 100 percent college acceptance rate, with graduates attending elite universities such as Yale, UCLA, and Julliard. iNaCA students outscore their peers across the US on the SAT and ACT college entrance exams, and beat the global average on AP exams.

Vikas Singh, Managing Director, Pearson India, said, “Education is rapidly evolving in India. Personalized learning and real-time analytics have become essential to help in a child’s holistic development. Having recognized these needs, the iNaCA brings an advanced approach to learning that can help maximize the potential of each student. Our unique curriculum, experienced teachers and an immersive global classroom experience are designed to address the challenges faced by a student today and facilitate his/her progress in the best possible manner.”

Vikas added, “iNaCA enrolls students from more than 50 countries around the world, who have multiple opportunities to interact with one another and share details of their culture.”

The virtual school serves well for:

  • Personalized academics for students pursuing passion in Sports, Music of the Arts
  • Families, both native to India and expats living in India, who are looking for an American K-12 School
  • Children who have missed their school admission cycle
  • Children with learning differences who are highly gifted or students for whom mobility is limited due to physical disabilities or those who have Attention Deficit Disorder and other special needs
  • Accredited School-at-Home Options – Personalised learning environment

“International Connections Academy was created to help ambitious students around the globe to achieve their dreams by providing a personalized, flexible American education wherever they might be,” said Mickey Revenaugh, Co-Founder and General Manager, iNaCA. “We are thrilled to welcome students from India into our innovative International Connections Academy family.”

Know More about INaCA & understand what a virtual school experience is check out this video:

The virtual school setting of the iNaCA enables students in any part of the world to make full use of its unique curriculum. The flexible learning environment puts students in touch with highly-qualified, U.S. licensed teachers who can provide essential guidance and support. The teachers personalize lessons, evaluate student progress and provide feedback and assistance through real-time virtual sessions to offer a targeted support based on student learning.

In line with the vibrant global school community, iNaCA students participate in online special interest clubs and activities from the Robotics Club to Student Newspaper, from the Chess Club to Quiz Bowl – with peers from around the world. This helps students develop extra-curricular skills and develop their personalities beyond the classroom in an international setting. Additionally, the academy offers a U.S. recognized diploma to high-school students, which is accepted by various colleges and universities, including Harvard University, Cornell University, among others.

The last date of enrolment is 15th October, 2017.

About Pearson India

Founded in 1844, Pearson is the world’s learning company, with 35,000 employees across 70 countries worldwide. We have expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives.

Our unique insight and world-class expertise comes from our long history of working closely with teachers, learners, researchers, authors, and thought leaders. Our products and services are used by millions of teachers and learners around the world every day.

We are organized around three key stages of learning –

  • K-12
  • Higher education and test preparation and
  • Vocational and professional education.

Established in India since 1998, Pearson has introduced its wide range of products and services in educational institutes as well as directly to the learners.

To know more about visit in.pearson.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Pattern #WriteBravely

55 Fiction

The tension was building up in him.

He needed a release, so he did what he liked doing under such circumstances.

Once finished, he stepped back to admire his bloody handiwork.

Excited, he walked out but turned around for one final look.

How could he forget that?

An incomplete knife set would drive him mad. 

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Day 1 – Prompt – Pattern

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Auto Driver Offers Free Rides to Help the Needy #WATWB

At first glance, 42-year-old Prabhat Pradhan may seem like your average rickshaw driver in Bhubaneswar, but a day in his life will tell you just how extraordinary he is. For the poor who can’t afford to ride in his auto, Prabhat has been nothing short of a saviour. In the last 20 years, he has offered a ride to over 7,000 people, completely free of cost!

“Work is god. Physically handicapped, elderly persons and accident victims can avail free transport in my vehicle” – this is what’s printed at the back of his auto, and Prabhat swears by it.

It all started 20 years ago, when Prabhat was on his way home one night and spotted a man who had just met with an accident, pleading for help. Although a crowd had gathered at the spot, no one came forward to help the man. But neither did Prabhat. When he later found out that the man had succumbed to his injuries, Prabhat was deeply impacted. Two decades later he is determined about the kind of help he wants to extend to the needy and has no regrets. Fuel expense too doesn’t bother him. If he’s lucky, a few generous people help him out with the financial support he needs. (Source)

Why I like this story?

It’s because this story proves that anyone can help anyone. Ok, we can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. Each and every one of us can find a someone out there to help. We can all do something, even if it is a small thing.

Remember that what goes around comes around! Research has shown that being kind to others increases our own levels of happiness as well as that of the recipient.

Also, it has a knock-on effect – kindness is contagious, so it makes a bigger impact on our surroundings than we might think.

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This is the seventh celebration of the WE ARE THE WORLD BLOGFEST #WATWB which is carried out every last Friday of the month, and which aims to spread love and positiveness in this vulnerable world. A celebration of heroes who can still restore our faith in humanity, especially in this period when our world seems to be full of endless series of horrible happenings.

Our generous co-hosts for this month are: Michelle WallaceEmerald BarnesAndrea Michaels, Peter Nana, and myself.

Instant Noodles Myths Debunked

When I think about instant noodles, some scenes pop into my head immediately: my son’s face which lights up on hearing the word Maggi, midnight snacking with roommates during hostel days and the sight of Maggi Points en-route our journey in the hills.

At our home, Maggi noodles are our go-to meal to curb those in-between meals hunger pangs or when we want to cook something simple, easy and quick.

For us, Maggi noodles is a comfort food but usually our family and friends frown upon this ingenious convenient food. They say that it’s unhealthy or that it is low on nutritive content.

I think it’s time to debunk these myths and speculations about instant noodles…

Myth 1 – Instant Noodles are Unhealthy.

Fact – The thing is that most of us cannot think in shades of grey. For us, it has to be black or white, strong or weak, good or bad, healthy or unhealthy.

clip_image001 Actually, there is really no such thing as an unhealthy food, it is just unhealthy diets. If I were eating only instant noodles as every meal and every day, that would have been unhealthy. When I am eating the right amount for my body and getting plenty of nutrients by not limiting or avoiding food groups, I am having a healthy balanced diet. There is not a single food that can be labeled as healthy or unhealthy when consumed moderately.

A balanced diet and an active lifestyle is what really makes the difference.

Myth 2 – Instant Noodles have High Content of Fat and can cause Obesity.

Fact – It is recommended that in a day, 50-60% of total calories consumed must be from Carbohydrates, about 10-15% from Proteins and 20-30% from Fat.

It is interesting to note that Maggi Noodles has this in this very combination which is also in sync with the recommendations made by Indian Council of Medical Research. This combination of Carbohydrate, Protein and Fat is seen in all variants of Maggi Noodles including the recently launched Maggi Oats Noodles.

I read that:

“According to ICMR recommendation on Dietary Guidelines for Indians, the total Fat in the diet should provide between 20-30% of total calories. Depending on the level of physical activity and physiological status, the Fat intake in the diets can go up to 50g per person per day.”

The Nutrition Information on the pack of Maggi Noodles shows the Fat content to be between 11-13 gms which is well within the recommended guidelines. This means Maggi Noodles contains just 1/5th of the daily fat requirement. It is much when compared to food you eat without thinking like a sandwich or pulao.

Coming to Noodles causing obesity. Well, obesity occurs due to excessive amount of Fat stored in the body and usually occurs due to inadequate physical activity, hormonal imbalance and unhealthy eating habits.

Myth 3 – Maggi is Fried.

Fact – To answer this, we need to understand the cooking process of Maggi Noodles. A Maggi Noodle cake goes through 5 step cooking process before it is finally packed which includes steaming, baking, frying, cooling and drying

So yes, it is fried, but that’s part of its manufacturing process for packaging and a longer shelf life.

The Bottom Line

It’s OK to have Instant Noodles for those in-between meals hunger pangs or camping trips or just like that, but do it in moderation. Hope this sets the tangle of instant noodles, straight.

So, when are you grabbing your next bowl of Maggi Noodles?

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