Sikhs Show Solidarity After Manchester Attack #WATWB

Compassion is a spiritual quality that is unique to mankind. The ability to see the suffering of others and take actions to help alleviate that suffering is central belief of Sikhism. This noble human trait is something that’s practiced by Sikhs the world over.

Just after the Manchester attack on May 22, the Sikh community opened its doors to those caught up in the Manchester terror attack.

From taxi driver Mann Singh and volunteers from Birmingham, to local gurdwaras, members of the Sikh community were at hand to offer transport, food, water and shelter as people struggled to come to terms with the Monday terror attack in Manchester.

Members of the community with placards reading “I Love MCR” were among the most conspicuous in Tuesday evening’s vigil in Manchester, attended by thousands of people mourning the 22 killed in the Manchester Arena blast.

Names and addresses of four gurdwaras near the area which offered shelter and food to anyone in need were retweeted. Sikh drivers switched off their taxi meters on Monday night, transporting many people in panic to their homes or hospitals.

 


The Sikh community has historically been one people in need could turn to and they did just that earlier this week, as well.

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30 Odd Questions #BlogFest

Since the last couple of years, my blog is seeing a ritual of sorts. After the super hectic and exciting April AtoZ challenge, my blog goes into a deep slumber. I had a lot on my plate this month. While everything got done, this baby of mine got royally ignored, so much so that I forgot its birthday too. On May 1st, I completed 8 years of scribbling virtually at this space. 8 years! Wow!!

There’s a lot to share but nothing like a fun and light post to wake up my blog from its catnap. Debbie from The Doglady’s Den is hosting a Blogfest on her blog. It’s Getting to Know You- 30 Odd Questions. Thanks Debbie for this saviour post, my blog needed just this. So, here I go with answering these 30 Odd Questions…

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

A Doctor! I guess that was more because of limited options then and prevailing societal norms. I quit this dream after failing the first attempt and I am glad that I did that!

Which “F.R.I.E.N.D.S” character do you relate to the most? Why? 

Monica! Because of her OCD for cleanliness, her organizational skills and her being a dependable friend.

Do you like your name? Why? 

I believe almost everyone is possessive of their names and love to wear them with pride. Undoubtedly, I love my name. Doodling my name/signature is one of the things that I love doing!  I find it lame when people ask me, “You are Shilpa Shetty or Shilpa Shirodkar?”

Are you messy or neat? 

Neat. Everything has to be in its place… where it truly ‘belongs’.

How tall are you? 

Ah! Height is just a number. But for record I am 164 cms tall.

How tall were you when you were 10? 

Don’t know.

What is your guilty pleasure? 

I ♥ sweets and that’s my guilty pleasure. I can have sweets as main course and there’s nothing like warm desserts. Aah! Am craving for something sweet now!

What are you saving money for right now? 

Retirement!

How many Pringles can you eat at once? 

I don’t like them!

Tea or coffee? 

I have changed from a tea addict to tea and coffee lover. But when I am truly tired, I need my big large mug of tea and nothing else.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? 

I think as a kid, I was an introvert. But now I am more of an ambivert.

What will be your Halloween costume this year?

We don’t celebrate this in our part of the world.

Sweet or salty?

Sweet, without a doubt.

Favourite social media?

Facebook. Though, I need to curtail the time I spend reading my timeline.

Who is the last person you kissed?

My 15 year old!

What is your favourite breakfast?

Masala Dosa made by KG!

When is your birthday?

20th December

When did you start your blog?

May 1st, 2009.

What is your opinion on the Kardashians?

They are overrated.

How would you describe your style?

Simple, Comfortable and Chic.

What colour is your hair?

Black with some strands of greys. I cant wait to have the salt and pepper look.

What colour socks are you wearing?

None.

What is your dream job?

Librarian.

Dogs or cats?

Dogs.

What makes you weird?

My OCD for cleanliness, hygiene and orderliness…

Celebrity crush?

Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.

Opinion on cigarettes?

H.A.T.E them and one should NEVER smoke them.

Do you want/have children? How many?

Just one!

Three favourite boy names?

Had done a lot of research when naming our son. After filling reams of papers with boy names I really liked, I went in for Aaryan which I had thought of before the research. yes, you may roll your eyes  I like Kshitij as a name too (Yes, I am biased. LOL) and Rahul is another name I like, though it’s pretty common.

Three favourite girl names

Haven’t really thought about this. There are a lot of lovely names these days. (Of course, there are equally bizarre ones too.) I like Kiara, Maya and Myra.

If you’d like to participate in this blogfest, head over to Debbie’s blog…

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Get Your #OneWeddingWish Fulfilled!

A 4-day extravaganza with a handful of family and friends in a place where heritage and tradition met. A celebration that had splendor, affluence and incredible magnificence in an authentic flamboyant palace. Hearts warmed by cozy camaraderie and luxurious hospitality. That was the experience at a destination wedding which I had the pleasure to be a part of, recently.

Usually, when one thinks of a wedding,  hustle bustle all around and preparations happening at a hectic pace is the first thought that comes to mind. But I quite liked this idea of celebrating the start of togetherness away from all this very ‘madness’ with a close group of family and friends at a distant locale.

Destination Weddings are on the rise, all around the world and I can list the reasons why the idea of going somewhere gorgeous and unique to exchange vows is catching everyone’s fancy!

  • Destination weddings are easier and faster to plan. It may appear to be a lot of work with tons of planning but it’s actually not. Most resorts offer interesting and comprehensive packages and have everything you may need. And if you hire a wedding planner, then it’s a cake walk.
  • It’s stress free. Destination weddings have a relaxed feel about them. It’s like a little vacation for everyone; the bride and the groom as well as the guests. So, there is this happy and less formality in the air and more smiles around.
  • It’s high on bonding. Since the guest list is small, there’s more time to bond and know the family members of both the families. It’s the best way for families to meet and have a good time together.
  • It’s like a big vacation with all the people who matter the most. Though it’s a special time for the wedding couple, but it’s a great time for the family and friends to have fun too.
  • The photographs are GORGEOUS. Period. Whether the chosen destination is a palace or a fort or a sandy beach covered with palm trees or a rustic locale or a tropical paradise, the wedding venue would be beautiful in its own way. With the backdrop of the beautiful locales, the photographs can be truly epic and magazine-worthy.
  • A destination wedding is much more unique than a traditional ceremony at home. And yes, your wedding day would stand out from most people you’d know.
  • Oh! It’s sooo romantic. A wedding is a celebration of love and if it has the feel of a fairy-tale affair, how amazing is that!

Destination Weddings can truly transform your big day into something memorable and unforgettable. Do you wish to create such amazing memories on your special day?

Having this one wish (or any other) fulfilled is no longer a dream, thanks to Tata Capital wedding loans. With #OneWeddingWish campaign, Tata Capital hopes to turn that around. Tata Capital Wedding Loan helps you do that one thing that would take your wedding experience to the next level. Tata Capital offers a Wedding Loan at an attractive interest rate of 11.49% onwards with quick disbursal.

Visit Tata Capital Wedding Loan Website to apply and fill in relevant details, along with the wedding wish. After a careful analysis of your profile, Tata Capital will process your loan.

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Being Selfless – Thursday Tree Love #2

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I was at The Westin Sohna Resort & Spa, Delhi, a few months ago. The first thought that I had when I saw this place, the one shown above,  is a no-brainer. Yes, I was totally floored by the view.

As I sat on one of the cozy and comfy chair and closed my eyes, cool breeze of the early morning brushed by, ruffling my hair. I heard the bird chirps which seemed to be coming from everywhere, they were of different intensities, different tones, and may be coming from different heights in the trees. When I opened my eyes, I couldn’t see even one, though.

It was so peaceful and tranquil. If I hadn’t had work that day, I would have loved to read a book with a cup of tea in this beautiful setting or may be dozed off for a little while.

This cozy little haven reminded me that I am able to enjoy this slice of nature simply because someone planted a tree a long time ago. 

This made me realize that when he planted the seed of these trees, he would have known that it would take years for these seeds to grow into tall trees and he might not be around to enjoy their shade. But he acted selflessly years ago and planted the seeds, anyway, for anyone and everyone to enjoy their fruits.

This got me thinking that there’s a big learning from that person who planted these trees and the trees themselves.

  • Being selfless…seeing beyond our personal concerns.
  • Doing our bit bit to help others too.
  • Small little acts that would mean a lot to others.

Grab some paper and list things you do / think you might do, to help others, selflessly! Oh, you can share them in the comments section below too!

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Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago – Warren Buffet

Linking this to Thursday Tree Love, a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur. If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog and link up using the linky. Let’s come together to appreciate the beautiful nature around us.

ZZZ… #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

55 Fiction

The wind was in her hair and the sun on her face while Bob Marley crooned on the car radio.

A smile lingered on her face as thoughts of meeting him filled her up.

Weekend plans were taking shape in her head as a truck crossed three lanes of traffic and struck her car head-on.

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My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Crime Stories in 55 Words.

Today’s story, Z is for ZZZ… or Falling Asleep While Driving.

Maggie’s Law states that a sleep-deprived driver qualifies as a reckless driver who can be convicted of vehicular homicide.

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Young & Reckless #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

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The respect they elicited was admirable.

Their camaraderie was awe-inspiring.

They were tight- like a close netted structure.

Before I knew it, I was one of them.

They defended me tooth and nail. Sometimes, literally.

They gave me everything I never had.

They filled a void.

How can I not kill or rape for them?

My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Crime Stories in 55 Words.

Today’s story, Y is for Youth Violence

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Xenocide #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

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You might’ve heard that blood is thicker…

But do you know that nobody fights as brutally as your own blood?

Yeah, they know what makes you tick and all that…

And you know they fought for me too.

They fought tooth and claw to get their honor from death by wiping clean my husband’s clan.

My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Crime Stories in 55 Words.

Today’s story, X is for Xenocide

Xenocide is “the deliberate mass destruction of one group of people by another group or by a regime, with the intent to eliminate a large part of the targeted group due to its ethnicity, religion, race, political belief, social identification or cultural heritage, or due to rivalry over scarce resources.”

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Paintings Online

Have you ever considered buying art online? 

Well, now you can. Gallerist.in is your one stop shop for buying paintings online.

Gallerist.in is a leading Online Art Gallery based in India & open to the world for connecting art and art admirers. You can search and buy paintings online to decorate your home or office space. 

With more than 3000 paintings, Gallerist is exhibiting the art online created by 900 artists worldwide. Gallerist.in can help you select paintings based on the theme, type, cost, idea, etc. 

There are paintings on various subjects like Abstract Paintings, Buddha, Wildlife, Figurative, Floral, Folk Art, Foil Paintings, Cityscapes, Landscapes, Modern Art, Conceptual, Religious, Still Life, Portraits, Nature etc.

A wide range of drawings are available at Gallerist.in. These include Abstract Drawings, Art Deco, Conceptual Drawings, Cubism, Dada, Documentary, Expressionist, Figurative, Fine Arts, Folk, Graffiti, Illustrations, Impressionist and Minimalist Drawings.

You can select paintings designed for the various rooms of the house viz dining room, living room, bedroom and offices are available too. The paintings at Gallerist are affordable and can suit every budget. 

These paintings are created by using various materials viz 24 Carat Gold Foil, Acrylic, Enamel, Fabric, Ink, Oil, Natural, Pastel, Pen, Pencil Colours, Ceramic Work, Charcoal etc. The painting surfaces are pretty varied too. There are paintings and drawings on Canvas, Ivory Sheet, Rice Paper, Thick Board, Cloth, Silk, Ply Board, Hardboard etc.

India, being the cultural hub of fine paintings, Indian painters are highly sought after when it comes to making art talk, to one and all.  On Gallerist.in you can finding paintings from highly creative and talented Indian painters.

Buddha Paintings 

For centuries, Lord Buddha paintings have been considered as a symbol of prosperity, and wealth. This sentiment is echoed by both Hindus as well the Buddhists

The presence of Lord Buddha in homes has been considered divine and spiritually enlightening. It encourages people to strive for the sense of peace and enlightenment, just the way the lord had done himself. 

There is also another reason people place the images of Lord Buddha in their home and offices. According to Feng Shui and Vastu, keeping paintings of Lord Buddha increase the flow of Chi and bring prosperity and great fortune. You can select from a wide range of Buddha Paintings at Gallerist.in and bring serenity and calm in your life.

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Elegant Dancer Painting

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Krishna Painting

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Locomotives

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Go on and buy art and paintings online and also motivate budding artists achieve recognition and dexterity in their work at Gallerist.in. It’s just a click away, log in and experience an exhilarating escapade into the world of art at Gallerist.in and make it your own.

Workplace Woes #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

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No one said anything. Maybe there was nothing to say.

No one even cringed. Maybe it was routine.

I had always thought that it wouldn’t happen to me.

And if it did, I’d scream. I’d shriek and certainly raise hell.

But when it really happened, I was too scared. Too humiliated. Too embarrassed. Too silent.

My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Crime Stories in 55 Words.

Today’s story, W is for Workplace Harassment

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Vitiating Acts #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

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Raising his hand, he instructed the group to hang back.

He circled around the block and asked them to move only when he was certain that nobody was watching them.

The guys spread out and stealthily moved towards their target.

At his signal, the group covered the cars and walls with graffiti and hate messages.

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My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Crime Stories in 55 Words.

Today’s story, V is for Vandalism

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