Monday, 25 July 2016

Unlock Yourself!

Get up and move out
Unlock yourself from this room
Of tyranny and lost hope!

I’m participating in Half Marathon Blogging Challenge with Blogchatter. Today is Day 9 of the challenge.

Linking with Haiku Horizons 

Haiku is a traditional form of a Japanese poetry that consists of 3 lines, following a 5-7-5 syllable rule (first and third line 5 syllables, middle line 7 syllables). They don’t necessarily have to rhyme.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

An Open Letter to my 16-year-old self

Hey Geetika,

Stop crying! What are you fretting over? And what has happened that has made you look like this? You’ve started getting dark circles under your eyes. And it’s not healthy. I know you’re worried about your studies. But stop worrying. Start studying. I know you do, but you have so many distractions piled up while you’re so oblivious towards them.

I know you start your day at 5 in the morning, get ready and then run to the tuition, then school, then tuition, then home, then lunch then tuition again! Half of your day is gone already! While you get back home, you feel this need to talk to someone. I know you don’t have anyone by your side. You aren’t that close to your sister and your brother is too young to talk to. Your mother won’t understand your dilemma. Moreover, your dad is really strict.

I know you want to make him proud and you will one day. But you think way too much! Not your fault either. Every time he enters the home you’re doing everything but studying. Of course, he gets annoyed not seeing you dived into books. But that isn’t your entire fault either. Is it? It is not your problem if he’s home the moment you move away from your study table, right? You gotta to leave books at some point!

You have your school homework, plus tuition homework and above all, self-studies! You are going to get frustrated. Obviously!

And the friends that you have... don’t do so much for them. They’re not worthy of you. They make fun of you behind your back and they want you to be the laughing stock for everyone. Don’t let them do this. Have faith in you. Even if you are alone, you don’t have to run after them. They will anyway part ways with you.

But it’s not all their fault. Everyone has their own interest. They’re inclined towards boys a bit more than usual, and you have in your head that boys will be coming and going, but it’s more important to make your career first. After all, it’s the boards, this year. Of course, your father doesn’t let you forget that for sure!

Life isn’t going to stop after class 10th. And boards are not everything. You are going to have wonderful two years ahead of your school life, if only you believe me. You are going to score well in next two years and that will bring a lot of confidence in you.

You want to stay friends with your friends but don’t want to entertain much gossip pertaining to boys and yet want to be a part of their life. But that’s not how it works. Also, coz you’ve changed your place, you’ve got a few new friends about whom you share with your school friends. And mind you, they don’t like to hear much about them. You don’t know this yet. You will learn it soon and feel sad. Again! But what wrong are you doing anyway? Friends are supposed to ‘share’ stuff right?!

But hey, don’t you be all anxious girl; YOU ARE going to be loaded with friends in the near future. In fact, you’re going to be the best of a friend they will ever have and they will only say this to you. You are going to share their happiness, laughter, joy, sorrows, heartbreaks, and adventures and make some beautiful memories for a lifetime that you will cherish all your life.

And believe me, lots of boys are going to have a crush on you. You will have so many guys as your best buddies, buddies for life. Few will fall in love with you, like you the way you are and make you feel special.

Sure, they will break your heart and you will feel bad but that will only make you strong!

The career that you are so determined to make, will give you new paths for sure, and you will meet some wonderful mentors during that time. They will support you, encourage you, guide you and even scold you. But you will grow... for good!

You will live your life to the full and you will make your parents proud one day.

And don’t worry about your looks or body so much! Your size will vary with age! And you will be happy about it!

And your hair, yes you’ve got curls and they’re beautiful! But you like straight hair more. They too suit you well, but curls aren’t that bad either. And trust me, one day you are going to get them straight, and flaunt them all. Curls make your hair look short but that’s fine.

Ignore what your distant relatives and cousins blabber. Stop fretting over your hair so much.

And your skin and its tone are perfectly fine. Beauty and fairness aren't the same things. Be confident. Smile. That makes you beautiful and not the umpteen fairness creams and face packs that you have. And why are you dying to have pimples so much? I know you’ve never had one and you want to know what are they exactly, but you are going to have plenty of them... to an extent that will make you hide under sheets!!

Sure society gives more attention to fair girls, but you aren’t that bad either. Things will fall in place and you are going to have a wonderful life ahead!

And you know what you’re going to write poems someday! Can you believe it? Once in class 8th, your teacher made you write one, and you couldn’t write one then, but you will write plenty of them in future. If only you know now, that you like writing, you would pursue a career in that and learn a great deal.

And you know what's future got in stored for you? You're going to become a teacher! Ever thought of that? You always wanted to keep in touch with the younger crowd, right? It's going to happen! And your students are going to love you! And so will you!

Did I tell you, your sister with whom you fight so much and wish if she didn’t exist, is going to be your best friend! You both are going to be each other's closest confidantes!  Imagine!! You and she are going to be each other’s lifelines.

Have faith in yourself and in your parents. They do things for you that are good for you. Yes, you love them and respect but have faith in them as well. Learn to connect the dots and always follow your heart. You’re going to do just fine in life!

Your future self.

Disclaimer: The views mentioned above are purely mine and do not point anyone particular. This letter is only written because I wanted to write and doesn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings. It took a lot of courage to pour my heart on paper and it's few of the most honest posts I've ever written.

I’m participating in the Half Marathon Blogging Challenge with Blogchatter. Today is Day 8 of the challenge.


Friday, 22 July 2016

Ten to One: Know me More

Okay, so yesterday I was going through Roshan’s post and obviously, it interested me. I mean I was more interested in knowing more about him but as I scrolled down towards the end, I realized I wanted to do it too. And these tags are always fun to play right? So here I am ready to load you with more information about myself!

Ten Hows!

1.      How did you get one of your scars? I have one above my forehead, smothered with my not-so-thick-hair. I was a child and was tempted to watch the television but the switch of the TV was a bit high. I took a stool and like a brave heart stumbled upon it only to fall on the stairs and hurt myself! Looks like I shouldn’t have acted brave then!
2.      How did you celebrate your last birthday? It was a small affair between me and my close friends. They brought me a couple of things but a personalized card from them made my day :), followed by a surprise by my husband. Isn’t he thoughtful sometimes? I’m happy he is :)
3.      How are you feeling at this moment? Hot and annoyed! Something happened and I am still not over it yet!
4.      How did your night go last? Good. Had a sound sleep.
5.      How did you do in high school? Not so well. Grades were okay but that wasn’t the only thing. My group got split. I parted ways with the one who used to be my best friend. All the girls used to talk behind my back, they used to bully me as well, and I used to sit in the corner and cry. Alone. I had an extremely low self-esteem. I never want my high school back. Ever
6.      How did you get the shirt you are wearing? Bought it last year. It says, ‘Shopping is my cardio’ and hell yeah, it sure is!
7.      How often do you see your best friends? Once in 6 months or once in a year, I guess.
8.      How much money did you spend last month? Haven’t calculated but I did spend a fortune! I was travelling... I had to shop! Don’t give me those looks!
9.      How old do you want to be when you get married? I turned 24 and just after three days I got married!
10.  How old will you be on your next birthday? 28

9 What’s!

1.      Your mother’s name: How is it related here?
2.      What did you do last weekend? Outing, eating junk, chilling out, relaxing, watching TV... what else do you want to know? ;)
3.      What is the most important part of your life? Relationships!
4.      What would you rather be doing? Counselling?
5.      What did you last cry over? Don’t remember. Been a while I’ve shed a tear.
6.      What always makes you feel better when you’re upset? Writing. Sometimes talking to people who're close to me. And sometimes stay mum. The whole day! I know that's quite unlike me, but that is how it is!
7.      What’s the most important thing you look for in a significant other? Understanding  and sense of humour
8.      What did you have for breakfast? Dhokla and a glass of milk

8. You's!

1.      Have you ever liked someone who had a girlfriend/boyfriend? Nope.
2.      Have you ever had your heart broken? Yup. Many times.
3.      Have you ever been out of the country? Yes. Few times
4.      Have you ever done something outrageously dumb? Yes. I do it all the time :P
5.      Have you ever been back stabbed by a friend? Yes. And it sucks.
6.      Have you ever had sex on the beach? Cocktail? Yes. Otherwise No :P
7.      Have you ever read an entire book in a day? Nope. I know it’s sad.

7 Who’s!

1.      Who was the last person you saw? My MIL
2.      Who was the last person you texted? My student
3.      Who was the last person you hung out with? My friend R.
4.      Who was the last person to call you? My sister.
5.      Who did you last hug? One of my distant grandmother and she is really a sweetheart.
6.      Who is the last person who texted you? My student.
7.      Who is the last person you said, “I Love You” to? Husband, who else?!

6 Where’s!

1.      Where do your best friends live? All over the country. Some in Delhi, some in Bombay, some in Bangalore, some here in Kanpur.
2.      Where did you last go? Kolkata.
3.      Where did you last hung out? Lakme Salon with my friend if that counts :P
4.      Where do you go to school? St. Anthony’s Junior College, Agra. Best school!
5.      Where is your favorite place to be? Not yet found.
6.      Where did you sleep last night? At my home.

5 Do’s!

1.      Do you think anyone likes you? Yes.
2.      Do you ever wish you were someone else? Nope....
3.      Do you know the muffin man? Who’s that..??
4.      Does the future scare you? Yes. Sometimes.
5.      Do your parents know about your blog? Of course. They read it when I ask them to :P

4 Why’s!

1.      Why are you best friends with your best friend? We share a lot. In fact, everything when we meet. Without any judgement, we pour our hearts. And we have seen a lot of high’s and low’s together!
2.      Why did you get into blogging? The idea of having a blog always fascinated me.
3.      Why did your parents give you the name you have? ‘cos  they liked it and it wasn’t that common when they kept it, I guess.
4.      Why are you doing this survey? For fun obviously!!

3 Ifs!

1.      If you could have one super power what could it be? Umm... probably erase the sufferings of my near and dear ones. Also, I secretly want to hear what people talk behind one’s back :P
2.      If you could go back in one time and change one thing, would you? Yes, I will.
3.      If you were stranded on a deserted island and could bring one thing, what would you bring? Water. A book, and something to fill my belly.

2 Would you ever?

1.      Would you ever get back together if one of your ex’s ever asked you? Nope.
2.      Would you ever shave your head to save someone you love? Yes. Why wouldn’t I?

1 last question!

1.      Are you happy with your life right now? Sometimes Yes, sometimes No!

Do you want to do this? If you do please drop your link in the comments sections. I’d love to go through and know more about you!

I’m participating in the Half Marathon Blogging Challenge with Blogchatter. Today is Day 6 of the challenge.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Inspiration, O Inspiration

Inspiration, O Inspiration,
Where are you lost?
I’m searching for you all over,
But you aren’t ready to come at any cost!

I’ve spend all the sunny days
Waiting for the night to bring it
Neither on early mornings nor on hazy days
You coming here don’t seem to be fit!

I tried finding you in the posts I read
I searched for you in the musings
I looked for you around me all the time
But only found you dead, in my head!!
Do you want me to tie you with a chain?
If only it was that easy and plain
I know you’re going to give me a lot of strain
And all my efforts will go in vain!

Inspiration, O Inspiration
Just so you know,
I’m not that easy as I look
See I found you, easy and slow!
I’m participating in the Half Marathon Blogging Challenge with Blogchatter. Today is Day 6 of the challenge.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

A-to-Z of Me

Hola everyone! How is Half Marathon coming along? I’m just trying to cope up with it every day. I came across a wonderful post at Shalini’s blog and that inspired me to do it on my blog as well. As the topic says, it sure is A to Z of me!

A- Age: 27

B- Biggest fear: Death, losing people I love. Forever. Abandonment. Rejection.

C- Current time: 6.51. pm

D- Drink you last had: A glass of milk

 E- Every day starts with: Three straight glasses of lukewarm water, followed by a nice rejuvenating shower and then savouring my breakfast. (I know I should exercise. But I don’t. I will. Someday)

F- Favourite Song: Listing a favourite song is quite a task but these days I’m loving, ‘Love me like you do’

G- Ghosts, are they real?: Nope! Though horror movies do excite me though :P

H- Hometown: Agra

I- In love with: My work, travelling, shopping

J- Jealous of:  People who travel all the bloody time!

K- Killed someone: I so wish I did. And in my dreams, I did :P

L- Last time you cried: Long back. Don’t remember when. Touchwood!

M- Middle name: None

N- Number of siblings: 2 and I’m lucky to have them.

O- One wish: To travel the world with my husband and my friends.

P- Person you last called: Husband: P (yes we stay in the same town and yet I called him...: D)

Q- Question you’re always asked: Are you married? Tell us the truth!

R- Reason to smile: Lots of reasons. I can’t be done with one! Writing a post that your readers admire, being the reason behind your students’ smile, having a wonderful family, having the freedom to be just me at times and more and more and more...

S- Sounds that annoy you: cacophonic sounds, the sound of TV when I’m reading, dogs howling, traffic noise... all of them annoy me!

T- Time you woke up: 8.45 am

U- Underwear colour: Purple

V- Vacation destination: Favourite so far- a. Phuket   b. Dubai  Wish list- a. London   b. New York   c. Melbourne    d. New Zealand.    e. Amsterdam

W- Worst habit: In spite of knowing that I shouldn’t do things for the person who wouldn’t acknowledge, I still do it for them and then get hurt L and of course, over-thinking.

X- X-Rays you’ve had: My knees. They’re fine now!

Y- Your favourite food: I like Italian and Chinese. I love Indian Chaat as well.

Z- Zodiac sign: Libra and I'm a true Libra woman. Balanced. Compassionate. Sensitive. Romantic. Understanding. Emphatic. Yes, I’m all of them.

Wasn't it fun? Would you like to take this on?

If you do, please share with me and leave in the comments box below.

Linking with Half Marathon Blogging Challenge with Blogchatter. Today is Day 5 of the challenge.

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