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?

If We Were Having Coffee…16th September

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If we were having coffee, I’d thank you for seeing me. Yes, I would say that even before we exchanged the pleasantries. That’s because I am desperate to chat with you and share all that’s happening on this part of the earth.

Ok, before I get into all that excitement or rather lack of it, let me not forget my manners. So, how have you been! Hope September is treating you well.

As for me, well, I am tired. Ah! This tiredness is not because of hectic pace of life, which will always be the case and I am not complaining about it. I am tired of my internet. Yes, this thing that is now our lifeline. Pathetic does not even describe it. As I write this, the Google Chrome browser wheel is spinning and it’s been doing that since the past 10 minutes. Don’t believe me, see the number of attempts it has taken to download the above image from Pixabay.

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The TWO datacards that I use for internet are just painfully sluggish. Though the mobile data works fine, but blogging from phone is something that I don’t enjoy. So, whatever window of blogging time I got in a day, I used it to read. Yeah, no point in pulling my already thinning hair. Ah! Enough of ranting about this never-ending woe.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I have been watching a lot of videos of Indian Stand-up comedians. Zakir Khan, Kenny Sebastian, Jeeveshu Ahluwalia, Amit Tandon, Varun Thakur, Vipul Goyal, Aditi Mittal, Aakash Gupta, Jaspreet Singh, Sorabh Pant are pretty funny and good in their acts. And there are a lot more who are equally witty and laugh riots. I like the funny observations these guys make from our daily life. It’s something that we all can relate to. Have you watched any of these guys? If not, you MUST!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that Diwali is around the corner and I am in maid mode and busy sorting, discarding, cleaning everything in sight. Despite numerous instructions from KG to take it easy and do this ‘spring cleaning’ in a spaced out manner. But no marks for guessing that I am doing more than I should be doing only to get totally tired and drained at the end of the day. SIGH! When will I learn and when will I let go of my OCD for cleaning!!

If we were having coffee, I’d thank you for having coffee with me and ask you if we could meet next week, again?

If we were having coffee, I’d take your leave and wish you a relaxing and interesting weekend and a great week ahead. Take care and see you!!

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Take a Minute, Change a Life #SuicidePrevention

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. This year the theme for this noble initiative is ‘Take a minute, change a life.’

Statistics reveal that more than 800,000 — one person every 40 seconds — die by suicide each year. Up to 25 times more, or as many as 20,000,000 people attempt suicide.

Every single successful or attempted suicide has grave and cruel consequences. It is not just the death of a person, but it is a tragedy of epic proportions for the people left behind – the family and friends.

Suicide does not take away the pain, it gives it to someone else.

As we know that suicide is preventable. And we all can do our bit and prevent it. We can do it by understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health and in doing so we can help others in crisis, and make a difference.

Know the Warning Signs

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Know the Risk Factors for Suicide

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It’s common for people to think that talking about suicide increases the risk. It is generally believed that if a person is going to kill themselves, there’s nothing one can do. If you try to stop them, they’ll just bide their time and do it later.

However, data shows that suicidal intention is transient.

A suicidal person is looking for help and support. He may feel relieved and cared for. He may be looking for an opportunity to share his distress.

It is our responsibility to look out for those who may be struggling, check in with them, and encourage them to tell their story in their own way and at their own pace. Offering a gentle word of support, compassion and empathy, listening in a non-judgmental way can make all the difference.

So… Take a minute, change a life.

I read a story at Corinne’s blog. It said, “A man who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, left a note “I’m walking to the bridge,” begins a Golden Gate Bridge suicide note. “If one person smiles at me on the way, I will not jump.” Sadly, no one smiled!”… If only someone took a minute…

Why take a minute? Because taking a minute to observe and think can make a difference. Because conversations change lives. So, wherever you are, have that conversation that could save someone’s life.

My other posts on  #SuicidePrevention are

Stigma : A Barrier to Suicide Prevention (2013)

Connect for Suicide Prevention (2014)

Myths and Facts about Suicide (2015)

10 Unusual Sights in Bali

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Work trips are bittersweet. There’s this excitement of going to a new place with plans of exploring the city buzzing in your head. But usually, these plans stay just that way, plans that is, after all, you are at work!!

When I got to know about my 3-day work trip to Bali, Indonesia, I was thrilled. Despite knowing the schedule, there was this small glimmer of hope that I might be able to squeeze in some time to check out a bit of the city.

While the days were spent working, I got the opportunity to see a bit of Bali in the evenings. Though I couldn’t go hiking Mount Merapi, one of the most active volcanoes on earth, or walk through the rainforest Canopy in Kalimantan, or chase the blue flames at sulfuric lake Ijen, or drink from the fountain of youth at Goa Gajah, or watch the sunrise from the top of Mount Batur, or let monkeys climb all over you at Ubud Monkey Forest, I did roam around on the streets of Bali.

Here are some of the unusual and interesting sights and experiences from my recent Bali Trip…

1. Malindo Air needs better translators.

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2. Offerings on the roads!! Small squarish open baskets made of palm or banana leaves with flowers, fruits, rice, cookies, money, oil, incense sticks etc, known as canag sari, are seen everywhere, on the sidewalks, streets, stairwells, ledges, temples, in front of shops, homes, hotels etc. These are the offerings for the Gods and the demons, to ask the good for assistance and appease the evil respectively. So one has to walk carefully without stepping on them. These are swept or thrown away to be replaced the next day.

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3. Udeng : I saw the hotel staff and some taxi drivers wear Udeng. It is headband for a Balinese man. Udeng is used by the Balinese, during traditional and religious ceremonies and gatherings and can be worn every day too.

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This is the ever smiling Steven from The Stones – Legian Bali, Marriott’s Autograph Collection Hotel, wearing Udeng.

4. The currency that makes you feel super rich: When our driver asked us for 2 lakhs for the drive from the airport to the hotel, we were pleasantly shocked cum surprised.

The Indonesian Rupiah is available in the denominations of Rp. 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 as bills. Rp.100 and 100 are in the form of coins, Rp. 500 and 1,000 are in either coins or bills. For the first time ever, I had Rp. 4 lakhs in my wallet.

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That’s another story that Rp 400,000 is equal to Rs 2148 only!!

5. Amazing food at beachside and roadside cafes. Had heard and seen on TV about the Indonesian cuisine which is vibrant, colourful, rich in spices and full of intense flavours. Since, our package had only Indian food (yeah that’s simply ridiculous!), I couldn’t explore much from the Indonesian cuisine. But I tried Nasi Goreng, a staple dish, comprising of fried rice with a fried egg on top and tons of other ingredients like prawns, chicken, vegetables, chilies and more at just about any local eatery. This can be had at breakfast, lunch and even dinner.

Seafood is pretty popular in Bali and we had seafood cascade consisting of tuna, snapper, lobster, squid and prawn which can be enjoyed with local beer.

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6. What’s that in Absolut Bottles? No, it’s not what you are thinking. In Bali petrol is sold in Absolut bottles along the roadsides. They say that the petrol pumps are far in the city so bikers can buy petrol from these roadside stalls. Why only Absolut bottles, I asked the vendor. ‘Absolut holds exactly one litre of petrol, other bottles hold a little more or a little less’, he said in halting English.

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7. Art on the streets. There’s something special on the walls of Bali. Yes, it’s the Balinese street art and graffiti which can be seen everywhere, even on the shutters of the closed shops.

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8. Beauty, beauty everywhere. As we drove from the airport to our hotel, I felt I was at a place which is an amalgamation of Kerala and Goa. The Legian and Kuta beach near our hotel was clean and so welcoming. And the aerial view from the aircraft is simply beautiful.

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9. Shop till you drop… if you are looking for cheap and mostly fake products. T-shirts, shorts, beach wear, sarongs, wrap-arounds, sunglasses, bags, shoes, slippers, hats etc can be bought at throwaway prices. What caught my attention were exclusive shops of dream-catchers!! And there were exclusive showrooms for just slippers!!

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10. Souvenirs galore. Bali also has a great tradition of woodcraft. Wood carved items like masks, artifacts, toys, figurines can be seen all around. It is probably rude, but I cant help but share these phallic souvenirs which are hung in huge bunches like grapes everywhere.

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How do you make the most of a work trip?

Have you been to Bali? How has been your experience and what would you recommend if one goes for a vacation at Bali?

When You Have Too Much To Do and Too Little Time #MondayMusings

Do you sometimes feel like you have too much to do and too little time to do it? These past few months, I get this feeling frequently. This is when I know all about To-Do lists and prioritizing.

While I am able to manage my work well, I have been lagging behind at my home chores (yeah, surprising, considering cleaning home and washing things are my topmost priorities in life), my blog and reading too.

I feel I have too much on my plate and have been pulled in too many directions. I have had a hectic work month, I am not complaining about it one bit. But that gives me less time to do other things.

The best solution that I can think of is to work more and sleep less. But the thing is that I just cant function when I am tired. I need to sleep to ward off the fatigue.

The other option is to let go off some of the chores. I am doing that a bit, but still a lot is unaccomplished.

I am leaving for work to Bali in a few hours and I have a LOT to do. Of the various things that I have in my list of things to do before I fly out, writing today’s post and scheduling another one are two of them. Thankfully, this post is done but the second post is certainly not happening today, and that is giving me jitters.

One part of my brain is asking me to take a deep breath in and then breathe out and stay calm. And the other part is urging me to take a nap instead!!

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What do you do when you have too much to do and too little time?

Linking this to #MondayMusings

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If We Were Having Coffee #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’d tell you that I am sharing this post with you from Lonavla. I am here at work. Have had a busy busy day. I had plans to sneak in a few words during the various tea-lunch breaks, but couldn’t even manage to think about this post. It’s 10.40 pm and I am back in my room after team dinner. Though, my eyes are burning with fatigue and sleep, I am determined to complete this last post for the Write Tribe Festival of Words.

Talking about this week long blogging fest, I must tell you that it was truly an enjoyable experience, yet again. With a fabulous group of fellow bloggers to support and cheer you, who wouldn’t be motivated and excited to read and write everyday!! It was interesting to read such diverse and varied creative takes on the various prompts.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I got a rude shock when I opened my suitcase yesterday. I have this habit of arranging clothes, shoes, toiletries etc in my hotel room after check-in. I was placing the clothes in the cupboard when I found them wet and slimy. On careful inspection, I found that it was shampoo. With the panic mode being activated, I frantically looked for the culprit. It was coolly lying in a mess with other toiletries in the bag. I placed the contents of the bag under water in the basin and in no time, it was overflowing with soapy suds. I must have emptied half the water tank just to wash the various toiletries. You know I have this OCD for washing and cleaning things. I was debating whether to wash the shampoo soaked clothes myself or not, but better sense prevailed and I dialed housekeeping to take away the clothes from me, before the urge to wash them on my own got strong. My clothes came back from laundry today and they are smelling of shampoo still.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this will be a short coffee date as I must take your leave now. I have a hectic day tomorrow and have to start work at 7 am. I must catch a few winks in case I want to be productive tomorrow, which I have to be! I wish you a great week ahead and I’ll be looking forward to our next coffee together. Cheers ♥

Linking this to the Write Tribe’s Festival of Words

Day 6 – If we were having coffee…

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To err is human, to forgive, divine? #WriteBravely

Hello Folks. Say Hi to my today’s Guest Blogger Shalini Baisiwala from Shalzmojo. I had the pleasure of meeting her last month and she comes across as a warm, confident and intelligent woman with inner strength. An interior designer by profession and a blogger by passion. Shalini blogs about her experiences of travel, food, books, mindfulness.

Please join me in welcoming Shalini to my space here and I hope you enjoy her thoughtful post as much as I do.
Over to you, Shalini…

“To err is human, to forgive, divine” – Alexander Pope

But what if I am not in the mood to be divine?

As a child I would often see my parents dismiss things – bad things said about them or people fighting with them. On the other hand, I would get very irked by this and fight with them as to why do they let such things slide? Over time I realized that they are just non-confrontational folks and simply avoid altercations for the ease of things.

When someone commits an act of transgression against me, I go through a whole gamut of emotions. From hurt to anger to humiliation to disillusionment to hurt! I feel betrayed and want to lash back in the same coin.

Why is it that, the moment they say sorry, everything is supposed to be good to go? Why am I labeled difficult, arrogant and stubborn when I say I need time to mull over things and cool down?

Could I please not have a time out?

The perp who has wronged me needs to understand how much devastation is caused by their wrong doing. I need time to sift through my pain and anger, to even consider forgiving them.

I am sincerely irked by the overtly patronizing folks who think they can “sort” this out for me. Listen dude, it’s my effing feelings and my effing hurt. Could you please back off and let me be?

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But no! The eminently sagacious denizens would like to play peacemakers; whether I want it or not. So then of course, I blow up (again, they say)

Their logic is that I am not being rational as I am too worked up. I am also being very stubborn by refusing to bend down.

Wow! Just wow!!!!

May I ask you what/who appointed you the Holy Grail on forgiveness?

And when I say I am ready to forgive, it doesn’t mean everything is as hunky dory as it ever used to be. My trust remains broken and it may or may not get repaired over time.

Again, it’s seen as my refusal to yield to common sense.

Forgiveness is equated with reconciliation when it’s not. By forgiving, I am choosing to move on. I am letting go of what you did to me. I don’t want to make you pay for what you did.

But this by no means should be taken as a sign of getting together. Faith or trust is hard earned and once broken; it’s as difficult to repair as a break in a mirror.

So excuse me if I chose to not to be divine!

So what’s your take on forgiveness, dear readers? By not reconciling, am I seeking retribution in your opinion? How do you deal with wrong doers?

Linking this to the Write Tribe’s Festival of Words

Day 5 – Prompt – Feature a guest – a guest post / an interview

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Kabootar Ja Ja Ja

Dear Pigs… errr I mean Pigeons

Hello. I am told that you and Doves belong to the same family of birds ie. Columbidae. Tell me, how is that your cousins Doves are the symbols of peace while you are labeled as terrorists! Yes, I am not mincing my words. You have terrorized us in our very homes.Pigeon

Early in the morning, I open the door leading to the balcony to enjoy some fresh breeze, the peace and the tranquility around, with my mug of tea and newspaper in hand…. but lo and behold, all I see is you and your brethren sitting on the railings.

Seeing me come, you decide to give me a shock by collectively fluttering your wings madly coupled with that scary noise. Even though, I know the routine, still I am not able to train my body to be immune to your intimidating tactics and I shudder without fail and sometimes I let out a shriek and sometimes it is some spilled tea.

Do you know, how much I love watching the rains from the swing in my balcony? All that talk of smelling the wet earth after the rains has just become some words in the books. And it is all because of you. You have no manners and you poop around like crazies. The concoction of rains and your poop is so fatal that even my nasal hair cringe and singe.

I thought since you specialize in terrorizing us, you must be some pretty smart guys! But no, you refute my belief. By chance if the balcony door is open, you decide to explore our home. On seeing you inside our rooms, we are empathetic and close all the other doors and keep only the door to your freedom open and even guide you towards the exit with our ‘Shoo-Shoo’, but you are so dumb that you don’t understand our directions and cant find your way out.

And today was the limit. When I switched on the air conditioner in the guest room, it made some unusual whirring sounds. I went out to check and I saw a few remnants of  your nest on the top of the AC body. I know that you make nests in the balcony and Krishna Bai regularly cleans you out of your home but what I saw today, after the AC mechanic opened the AC,  filled me with awe and disgust at the same time.

Am I confusing you? Let me explain.

I felt awe for what I saw, because I believed that you certainly took lessons from the high-rise builders whose buildings you have occupied forcibly without any landlord-tenant agreement. You have learnt from them that the foundation of any home/building should be strong. I really admire the learning you have acquired.

I am disgusted that you chose my AC to practice that learning. While it is kind of ok for me to see you building your nest on top of the AC, it is certainly not acceptable that in order to implement your learning you give a strong foundation to your nest by adding so many sticks INSIDE the AC.DSC_0124

Yes, can you believe it that this is the amount of twigs and sticks that were taken out from the INSIDE of the AC!! While it is kind of shocking and I was seething with rage on imagining the possibility of my AC going kaput because of you filthy birds,  and not to forget the hole in the pocket because of paying the AC mechanic, I was filled with admiration for you too.

I admire your perseverance in building a strong beautiful nest for yourself and your babies despite Krishna Bai sweeping away your nest from the top of the AC every other day!

So, I have learnt a lesson or two from you in perseverance and tenacity and love for your family etc etc, but I seriously suggest that let’s be strangers only, like earlier times. You making a home in my home is an intrusion and I condemn and abhor it, strongly.

Please GO AWAY!!

Miss you NOT

A resident of a high-rise building

Linking this to the Write Tribe’s Festival of Words

Day 4 – Prompt – Write a letter

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My Day from A to Z #WriteBravely

Do you read your old posts? I do. It’s not a planned activity, but happens when I get a like or a comment on an old post or when I want to take a trip down the memory lane or when I just want to read my old posts. What would start as casually checking one or two posts, ends in going through almost all the posts in that category. Yesterday was one such day. I remembered writing about my typical day in 2009 which is the prompt for today’s Write Tribe –Festival of Words.

It was nostalgia galore, when I read about this post which reflected my life and times some 8 years ago. Without a second thought, I decided to rehash this old post and share the same in the present context. Interestingly, most things remain the same but some have given way to the new.

Here’s a peek into my day from A to Z…

In a day, I

  • Accept the challenges that life throws my way.
  • Accomplish miracles with a gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile or a hug
  • Aggravate sometimes a simple issue
  • Amuse myself by playing word games on my phone
  • Bitch about anything that is not to my liking
  • Calmly respond to the pesky telemarketing calls
  • Cheerfully agree to disagree with KG
  • Curiously observe the pigeons hitting their beaks on the glass pane ceaselessly
  • Cynically appraise myself honestly and objectively
  • Determine the plan of action for the day by listing it down
  • Drink 2 cups of masala tea in a day
  • Envy nobody
  • Frustrate the house-help with endless instructions to do her job properly
  • Giggle out loud at the silly WhatsApp forwards
  • Gratefully thank God for all his blessings
  • Hope for the best in everything
  • Irritate myself and others with my obsession for cleanliness and hygiene
  • Jealously guard my gadgets and books
  • Kiss and make-up with an annoyed KG or AG
  • Laze around too
  • Love the feeling of being loved
  • Madly in love with baking though becoming averse to regular cooking
  • Neglect the backend work on my blog
  • Optimistically look at things
  • Peacefully sleep
  • Quixotically refrain from following any healthy workout for long
  • Reject whacky ideas that keep floating in my brain
  • Rejuvenate myself with a 15 minute nap
  • Relax by listening to Mirchi Love at 104 FM
  • Rush to help
  • Sadly remember some memories
  • Shock KG by being away from my laptop for sometime
  • Surprise the boys at home by suggesting, “Let’s not go to a South Indian food joint, this time!”
  • Sympathetically listen to the woes of my house-help
  • Thank God again
  • Think, think, think…
  • Touch base with family and friends
  • Understand the importance of life
  • Value my relationships
  • Worry a lot
  • Waste a lot of time online
  • X-ray the new things a bit too deeply
  • Yearn to be a kid again
  • Zealously work on my projects and assignments

It’s all in a day’s work!

Linking this to the Write Tribe’s Festival of Words

Day 4 – Prompt – Feature a day in your life or someone else’s life

Road Map of Life #WriteBravely

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Her pudgy fingers trace the creases on her face.

“What are these?”

“Oh, these are the road maps of the journeys that I have taken in this life.”

“Can I take the same road?”

“No two journeys are the same, but I hope you take some of the same roads and some I hope not!”

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Day 3 – Prompt – Feature a map and write about a place either real or virtual

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