Thursday Challenge–Tools

Picture this…
A 14 hour journey by car from the hills to the plains. (By the way, the hill travel makes you feel queasy and sick!)
Followed by a 3 hour sleep at the guest house.
The rude alarm wakes you at the ungodly hour of 4.30 am. You get ready and rush to the Railway Station to catch the Shatabdi which takes you home in 5 hours.

So, after exactly 24 hours of travel, you reach home and a sight hits you!

An Organised Mess!

The clothes lay in a big heap on a chair. Mind you, they are not scattered everywhere around the home!
The newspapers of 5 days are seen at 5 different places… dining table, bed, sofa, under the table, bathroom…
A fine layer of dust covers everything!! Thankfully, the kitchen is neat and clean!

You call up the maid to inform her that you have ARRIVED!! But, all you get to hear is “The number you are trying to call is not reachable!”

Do you panic? No.
Do you crib? Nooo
Do you remember that your husband, before leaving for his work, had called you in the morning to say that, “Take it easy. Rest. And for heaven’s sake, don’t become a BAI!!”??… NOOOOOO

So, what next?? Without a moment’s rest or even a glass of water…

Well, you methodically start cleaning the whole place. The bedsheets are changed in all rooms, the clothes are put in the washing machine, all the scattered things are kept at their proper place, all the bathrooms are washed, the dust from all the visible places is removed and finally you even mop and swab the floors. It takes you 2 hours to give the spick and span look to your home!!

And the result… a happy and a peaceful and a very tired You!!

Now, everybody keeps their homes neat and clean. Well, not everybody, I have seen many who are never bothered about a messy home! But I guess, I am a fanatic, when it comes to cleanliness.

Now, I could have taken some rest and by evening the maid would have come and she would have done the entire cleaning routine.  Or I could have just let the place be just like that, after all nobody would be pointing any fingers at me or giving me a medal either!

But not me!

I can never sit still in a messy home. In my hearts of hearts, I know, that this is bordering OCD!
Or will it be like in some time, I’ll be able to Let Go of this cleanliness bug, just like I have learnt to Let Go so many other things in life!

I don’t know!

This is a post for this week’s Thursday Challenge, which is Tools (Cooking, Construction, Cleaning, Gardening, Repair,…).

I am very happy using my Cleaning Tools…

Thursday Challenge–Books

It’s Books, this Thursday. 

I was planning to show off the books I bought last week at the National Book Fair, Jaipur. And today’s Thursday Challenge on Books (Very Old Books, Library, Electronic Books, Piles of Books…) is a perfect example of hitting 2 birds with one stone.

The National Book Fair had a VAST array of books from various Publishers, Whole sellers and even Retailers. The best aspect was that almost all the books were available on discounted prices.

The books that I picked up were hardcover fiction from my favourite authors.

Ken Follet’s Whiteout, The Third Twin and Code to Zero. DSC_0134
Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favourite author, so, I picked up 6 of her books. One of the book is a 3-in-1!! So, a triple treat for me!
It’s been a loong long time, since I read Jackie Collins, so 2 books of hers were a part of my book pile!
And recently, I explored the world of Dean Koontz, so I grabbed his 4 suspense thrillers too.
The bestest feeling I have after the shopping spree at this book fair is that my collection of Mary Higgins Clark has now reached to 13 + 2!! Yaaayyy!!
And guess how much did I spend last week on these 15 books??

Thursday Challenge – Roads

In August 2009, we went for an adventure trip to Leh, which is the roof of the world, from Srinagar by Road!

National Highway 1 (NH1) connects Srinagar with Leh. The scenic beauty and natural landscapes of the valley can be enjoyed right from the start to the end of this 475 kms long road journey. Tall mountains and rivers or lakes gives you company during the entire stretch.DSC_0033Sometimes you travel uphill and other times there are steep downhill slopes. There are several sharp inclines or hairpin bends or even blind curves. Some mountain roads are relatively narrow or involve tight bends, so that only one vehicle can pass at a time. Some of the roads truly frighten you. And one surely feels giddy and nauseated when you see down the valley and see the distance that you have covered.New94While travelling on these mountain roads, it made me think about the people who made roads on such a terrain. And the people behind the roads here are the BRO or the Border Road Organization, which Creates, Connects, Cares…

BRO is regarded as a symbol of nation building, national integration and an inseparable component in maintaining the security and integrity of the nation.

Project Himank of the BRO develops the infrastructure in this part of Jammu & Kashmir!
Throughout the journey at various locations, the workers of the BRO were either repairing the road or making a new one. I must say that they are doing a commendable job!!

And also…

“Let us not forget that roads in this difficult terrain have been built not only with mere cement and concrete, but also with the blood of men of the Border Roads Organisation of India. Many lost their lives for the cause of duty on the project. To these men, who always play with danger and laugh at death, duty comes first. These fallen heroes came from all parts of Mother India, to contribute their mite to the defence of their mother land and prosperity of their neighbours”
From an Article ‘Highways to Adventure’ published in ‘THE MIRROR’ Magazine, Jul 1975 The Genesis

Right through the road journey at regular intervals there were these interesting messages from the BRO on the roadside, which are truly needed when travelling on these mountain roads and even on our cities road!

Soak them…

  • 3 enemies of road: Speed, Liquor & Overload
  • Peep-Peep, Don’t SleepDSC_0165[8]
  • Be Mr. Late but not Late Mr.
  • No race no rally, enjoy beauty of valley
  • Be soft on the curves
  • Speed and Safety never meet
  • Safety: Make it a habit
  • Lane driving is safe driving
  • Always Alert, Avoids Accidents
  • Any time, Safety Time
  • Short Cuts may cut short your life
  • Driving with care, make accidents rare
  • Danger lurks at blind corners
  • This is not rally race, drive with grace
  • This is Highway and not Runway
  • Alert Avert Avoid Accident
  • Fast won’t last
  • Take Heed, Don’t Speed
  • Life is short, don’t make it shorterDSC_0447
  • Hurry and Worry go together
  • Drive like hell and you’ll be there!
  • On my curves, check your nerve
  • More you speed, more you skid
  • Enjoy it but while on wheels
  • On the bends, go slow friends
  • Haste make waste
  • After whiskey, driving risky
  • Break the speed, that is the need
  • Drinks and Drive Do not mix
  • Safety on road=safe tea at home
  • Safety is the light, let it shine
  • Good driver is seldom hurt
  • Speed is a knife that cuts your life
  • A spill, a slip, a hospital trip
  • Don’t be a gama, in the land of Lama
  • If you are married, divorce speed
  • Lower your gear, curve is near
  • Drive, Don’t Fly
  • Feel the curves, do not test them
  • All will wait, better be late
  • Kabhie nahin se der bhali
  • Gaadi Chalane ka shauk farmaiye, shoke nahin
  • Tej raftari, marne ki taiyyari
  • Ghar wale kar rahain hain intejaar, tum dheere chalna mere yaar
  • Gati yaani durgati

This post salutes the courage and dedication of all those at the BRO!
* A Re-post!

Thursday Challenge – Wooden

The theme for Thursday Challenge this week is Wooden
I am picking the wooden blocks game which we play frequently with Aaryan, which is the Jenga.

Jenga is a game which is played with 54 wooden blocks. Each block is three times as long as it is wide, and one fifth as thick as it is long.

Three sets of blocks are placed perpendicular to each other till a tower is formed. The game consists of taking one block from any level with one hand and balance it on top, creating a taller and increasingly unstable structure as the game progresses. The game ends when the tower falls

It’s a game of manual dexterity and mental skills and is sure fun and addictive too!

Have you tried your hands at Jenga??

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