For an Uninspiring Day

It’s day 9 of every day blogging and it’s 9.45 pm and I am clueless about today’s post! And this is making me a bit anxious. I am faltering on my plan. I had decided to schedule my posts in advance and I did it for a few days and I was at peace. But due to some exigencies at home and lack of inspiration, I am in this soupy situation.

Memes are best for such occasions. And I came across this Massive Alphabet Meme, Part One, here. Luckily, this Meme has 2 parts, so I can use the Part Two for another rainy day! Here I go with the Part One…

The Letter A
Are you agnostic? No, I am a believer!
What is your age? Never ask a women her age!
What annoys you? Lots of things… it is a long list

The Letter B
Do you like bacon? No and according to KG it is a blasphemy
When is your birthday? December 20th
Who is your best friend? Megha

The Letter C
What is your favorite candy? No favorites, anything with chocolate /sugar is cool
Who is your crush? I guess, I am a bit old for all this jazz
When was the last time you cried? In the afternoon

The Letter D
Do you daydream? Yes, all the time!
What is your favorite kind of dog? I am not a dog person. But the boys are mad about dogs
What day of the week is it? Thursday

The Letter E
How do you like your eggs? Boiled and half fried
Have you ever been in the emergency room? No
What’s the easiest thing to ever do? Sit and read a book

The Letter F
Have you ever flown in a plane? Yes
Do you use fly swatters? No
Have you ever used a foghorn? No, never have and will never in this lifetime I guess

The Letter G
Do you chew gum? Rarely
Ever tried gazpacho? No. Had to ask Google the God its meaning
Are you a giver or taker? Usually, a giver

The Letter H
How are you? Pretty good now that the post is coming to an end
What’s your height? 162 cms
What color is your hair? Black with a few silver strands

The Letter I
What is your favorite ice-cream? Orange Candy
Have you ever ice-skated? No
Do you play an instrument? Yes, I learnt to play harmonium as a kid

The Letter J
What is your favorite jelly bean? None
Do you wear jewelry? Yes
Have you heard a really hilarious joke? Yes, courtesy WhatsApp, read a lot of them daily

The Letter K
Whom do you want to kill? What a question? It is like I kill (or am allowed to kill) people every other day!!
Do you want kids? I have a lovely child
Where did you go to kindergarten? Sophia School, Kota

The Letter L
Are you laid-back? No
Do you lie? No, I am brutally honest
Do you love anyone? Yes, lots of people

The Letter M
What is your favorite movie? One movie? There are lots ZNMD, You’ve Got Mail, TZP…
Do you still watch Disney movies? Yes
Do you like mangoes? Love them

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Karma

Dec 2009

It was a cold evening. I was driving back home when I saw this woman, standing beside her car. I could see that she was so very distraught with worry and stress. Woman looking at smoking car engineAs she looked helplessly once again at the machinery under the bonnet, I stopped by and asked her, “Can I help you?”

She looked at me gratefully and stepped aside.

I looked at all the terminals and the clamp connections and then I saw a leakage in the cooling system. Since it was a something beyond my expertise with the cars, I called up my mechanic, Jay.

Jay assured that the tow truck would arrive in 15 minutes. I suggested that we grab some coffee, just across the road. Her eyes showed a slight hesitation but soon gave way to a smile.

Her phone was dead, so she made a call to her husband from my phone.

We chatted for a while about this and that and soon Jay came with his tow truck. I offered to stay with her, till her husband arrived but she insisted that I left as it was getting late.

“You are a real trooper. I can’t thank you enough, but you must leave now”, she said with finality.

As I said my goodbye to her, she smiled warmly at me.

Jan 2014

I am meeting my prospective in-laws for the first time today. While, the dad-in-law is a bit wary of me and is sizing me up. I must say, his silence is driving me crazy. The mother-in-law though also, hasn’t spoken a word, but her warm smile is giving me a lot of comfort.

“So, young man, tell us about yourself?”, boomed the old man’s voice.

Before, I could say anything, my MIL said with that trademark warm smile, “He is a real trooper and is perfect for our daughter.”

As I absorbed her words, and tried to make sense of it, I looked at her deeply and in that very instant, I realized, it’s a small world!!

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This is a fiction written for the Write Tribe’s Wednesday Prompt 2014 #2 It’s a small world

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My Day, Yesterday

No, there was nothing spectacular about my day yesterday. It was a regular day, like any other normal day that had Aah! to Aha! Moments.

Got up in the morning to see dense fog outside the window and the first thought was to get back into the warm quilt but then one has to earn their daily bread and butter and jam! So, without much ado, started with the daily chores of logging on to Facebook, liked a few pictures and a couple of status updates, then read comments on the blog, wished Good Morning to friends on WhatsApp and while I was about to check Twitter, my phone rang. It was Krishna Bai’s husband informing that his wife wouldn’t be coming to work, as they had some work at the bank!  An Aah! moment for me!!

And this reminds me that we are so glad that we all got our Aadhar Cards. KG and I got it last month while Aaryan got his yesterday! Did I tell you that my picture, the one  clicked by the executive at the Aadhar card centre was like a mugshot of a criminal. I requested the young lad to click another one. He obliged immediately with a smile, though KG was seen clicking his tongue!

Aaryan asked me yesterday, if we could watch Dhoom 3. I immediately logged on to the website and found that there were only 2 shows in the evening and both wouldn’t suit us. The one at 6.30 pm was too early as KG wouldn’t be home by that time and 10 pm one was too late. Since this movie isn’t in KG’s (and even mine) Must See List, so I suggested that Aaryan and I can go for a morning/afternoon show. The child though is keen to watch this D3… guess, he is under a lot of peer pressure, simply declined my offer. He said that he’d watch a movie with all 3 of us together! I was speechless, my eyes brimmed with happy tears and it was truly a proud and a Aha! moment. When this was narrated to the Dad later in the evening, he has promised that this movie would be watched by all 3 of us soon!

Had a small chat with a friend and she generously and lovingly decided to share a few of her books with me. Am I thrilled? Every door bell that’s been ringing after that conversation makes my heart believe that it’s the courier from her! By the way, a few of us decided to play Secret Santa to each other. Yes, Christmas surprise has spread over to the New Year! I have done my Santa duties and am now waiting keenly for my Secret Santa to bring my goodies! So much of excitement and anticipation is in the air!

The day is special also because, I taught Aaryan about the ‘art’ of making a perfect cup of tea for me. He has been a eager student and wants to do all things on his own, without my intervention, but the motherly protective instincts take over.

So, this day goes into the memory of this blog, for Aaryan to re-visit these memories sometimes later. How was your day today?

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Realization

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I fell in love with her the moment I saw her. I was happy to have her, my best friend, who followed me like a little shadow.

And then things changed between us. I started resenting her. The comparing, the labelling… by all around me, got on my nerves, though her love for me was unconditional.

One afternoon, I heard Mom’s screams. The little one had fallen down the stairs and was unconscious.

In those few long moments at the hospital, something changed.

I walked home holding her hand tightly and felt glad that I still had a little sister.

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This is a fiction written for the Write Tribe’s 100 Words on Saturday Prompt, My Little Sister.

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Aisle Be Damned by Rishi Piparaiya

Title: Aisle be Damned
Author: Rishi Piparaiya
Publisher: Jaico Books
ISBN: 978-81-8495-465-4
Number of Pages: 214
Price [INR] : 250
Genre: Non-Fiction : Humor

I have done a lot of live blogging posts from bus, railway stations, trains and airports. I believe, these are the places which are always buzzing with activity, so these are the perfect places to give you masala for a blog post. All you have to do is observe and you come across some really interesting stories.

Rishi Piparaiya’s bio says that he is an over-worked and over-traveled corporate executive based in the skies. So, a person who has traveled the world must have a lot of stories to share. And that is what Rishi has done in his debut novel Aisle be Damned.

Aisle be Damned is a hilarious take on just about everything associated with air travel.

It starts with hunting for baggage trolley…

One of the wheels, of one of the trolleys, in one of the trolley stands, in one of the terminals of the airport, wobbles with one of the most excruciating sounds at the upper end of man’s auditory threshold. Congratulations and you are the lucky winner!

…to how to get seamlessly upgraded to Business Class and how to adopt the BCP (Business Class Posture).

Essentially, the posture requires that you put your boarding card on the armrest, where it is visible to gapers who can read it and register your celebrity status. the posture involves taking sophisticated sips of a beverage at regular intervals. And it requires you to dive into any newspaper that you find, keeping one eye sharply cocked to gauge the reactions of passersby.

It has the hows and whys of micromanaging the pilots and the action plans to counter the airlines Technical Snag routine,  sure shot strategies for winning the affections of flight attendants. There are awesome icebreakers to start conversations with attractive co-passengers and how smart executives deal with the Walk of Shame to the economy section. Aisle be Damned also tells us how a water bottle dramatically improves flight safety and you can breeze through immigration and customs, and a whole lot more

I finished reading this book in a few hours and had so many laugh out loud moments. Rishi has thought of everything that could go wrong or right, when you are traveling by air. Every person who has traveled by air, either once or a million times can relate to this book completely. And the fact that it is written in such a fun and humorous way, makes it an absolute unputdownable. The pictures and captions used in the book are outright funny and amusing.

I could visualize the scenes explained by the author and this gives me an idea that if Aisle be Damned is made into a TV documentary, it would be so fun. Imagine the scene where battle for elbow space on the seat in a flight is showed or the LIFO and FIFO method when boarding via an aerobridge or a bus!!

Overall, Aisle Be Damned is an absolutely enjoyable and insightful read. I agree with the author when he says that your flying experience will never be the same again, after reading this book.

Rating : 4/5

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The Predator’s Game

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Myra admired herself in the mirror as she waited for her nail polish to dry. She knew that she looked awesome.

A horn beeped. She grabbed her bag and rushed out of her home.

A stranger with regular driver, Steve, startled her.

“He is my cousin, he’s new in town”, said Steve.

She frowned a bit but settled in the back seat.

Oblivious to the stares of the cousin through the rear view mirror, she got busy with her mails on the phone.

Soon, she plugged in her earphones, unaware of the looks exchanged and the danger lurking close by.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda. This time the entry must contain three words :  rear view mirror, nail polish and awesome.

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Do Not Disturb

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My ‘Me-time’, the best time of the day.

It’s the time when I can take a break from chores and my demanding family.

Ah, the joy of reading the newspaper in peace or playing scrabble on phone.

Wish I could sit there for eternity.

But then I have to get up and flush the toilet!

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I Can. I Will.

It is just the day two of the every day blogging challenge that I am a part of. The feeling that is very prominent since yesterday is that I am biting more than I can chew.

Though a blank page on the Windows Live Writer is open since morning, I have vetoed at least a dozen blog posts ideas, as none of them were spectacular enough!! Yeah, I have the audacity to think like this when anything should be welcome. I can feel that my grey cells are under a lot of pressure as I have lots on my mind.  And the mind is running in ten different directions…

For blogging challenges, usually, I schedule my posts in advance, so that gives me a lot of time the next day to think, write and read too. But this time, I haven’t organised my schedule that well. And now we have to leave for a dinner at a friend’s place in an hour’s time and the thought of not posting for the day is making me anxious. Of course, I can quit participating in this blogging challenge but a thought which I read long back is reverberating in my head, it says, ‘nothing earthly will make me give up my work in despair.’

So, I am going to try a bit harder, organize my day and thoughts better and schedule my posts in advance and will successfully complete what I have embarked on.

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Taming New Year Resolutions

It’s the New Year today! It is that time of the year when we love to make resolutions, to change some bad habits and/or follow some good ones. The most common resolutions that one comes across are to lose weight, quit smoking, read more books, be more financially wise, be better in relationships, follow some hobby etc

But how many of us actually stick to our resolutions? Last year I started going for walks in the morning with a bang but the enthusiasm vanished within a week. My friend M shared that she had made a nice list and then forgot all about it!

Are new year resolutions meant to be broken? Why is it that most of us are not able to stick to the solemn and serious promises we make to ourselves on the new year day?

Is it because our resolutions are a bit over ambitious? Or is it that we don’t believe in our resolutions?

This is what my friend M and I were talking about, a few days ago. Since we both were not able to adhere to our new year goals, the goals that were so close to our hearts, the ones which we were so excited about initially…

We discussed some more about the whys and hows of our past broken resolutions and decided to follow a process while making resolutions this year. We decided to answer a few questions when making resolutions.

  • Can I KISS my goal/s? Yes, Keep It Simple Silly!
  • Are they Doable. Practicable. Reasonable. Sensible?
  • Do they require a sea-change in my habits? Old habits are tough to break. Am I determined, motivated, committed to bring about that change?
  • Giant leap vs Baby steps? Will I be able to do better with making small changes in my schedule/habit or by making dramatic changes.

I have resolved to walk for 30 minutes everyday while M has resolved to eat healthy and lose a few kilos.

What are your new year resolutions? What is it that you want to do better, do more or less?

Whatever they are, here’s a picture for us which helps us to do better this new year!

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Linking this post to the Write Tribe’s Wednesday Prompt.

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New Year… New Challenges

It’s New Year 2014 tomorrow… a good time for New Beginnings. And what’s better than challenging self. January is going to be a busy month for me, but I’d like to accept the challenge of taking up everyday blogging, because I simply love the joy and delight after completing a challenge successfully! Hope I don’t jinx myself this time by saying this!

Yes, I am participating in the January 2014 Ultimate Blog Challenge and NaBloPoMo

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The Ultimate Blog Challenge is a virtual event for bloggers held every quarter – January, April, July and October.  The goal is to write and share a new blog post every day during the challenge month.

It’s hosted by Michele Scism & Michelle Shaeffer, two entrepreneurs and bloggers who several years ago discovered the amazing power of blog challenges and decided to create the UBC to get more bloggers connected and motivated to succeed!

Why did I sign up for this?
Because we grow by challenging ourselves. I had participated in the last July and October UBC, and it was a fantastic experience.

Richa Agarwal, Kajal Kapur, Suzy Que, Jairam Mohan are joining in this fun of everyday blogging this January.

Would you like to join us too? If yes, all you have to do is…

  • Join the challenge here
  • Register as a Member here
  • Select your category and get Listed on the UBC Blog Directory, here
  • Join the Facebook & Twitter communities
  • Get great blogging tips and tactics : Yes, you will get blogging ideas everyday in your mail!

Are you are joining us?!

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