Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Love me, please!

Bright green mysterious eyes
Calmly, speaking a thousand words
Longing to be loved.

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.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Unraveling the Theme #AtoZChallenge

A to Z challenge has been very special for me and is very close to my heart. It was only for the challenge that my writing took shape and the regime continued. It was the first time, after my blog’s inception, I started writing consistently.

This is the second time I’m participating. Last year it was all random and it went quite well. This year I’m geared up to take it a step ahead and experience the magic it spreads at the end of the month.

And now we’re here, all dressed up, ready to rock and roll (okay few of you have already rolled) and unveil our theme for the coming meddled up month!

I was so confused looking for the theme. A couple of ideas were striking me but there was some or the other point that wouldn’t let them be the one.

From traveling, to cooking, to baking, to movies, to love, all the topics one by one were jotted on the list and then very clearly brought down as well. I think what we write should always interest us and then only it will interest our readers and that happens when a bit of personal touch is added to it. Or maybe a little personal for the readers, and voila! You’re done.

It was this only thing that was holding me back from selecting the theme. But now, no more!

Am I talking too much?

Okay then, time to hold your breath, for the theme is here:

Depicting Feelings and Emotions from A to Z in 101 words

Yes, it will all the assortments of feelings and emotions that one undergoes under so many situations and how every emotion, good or bad, help in shaping one’s personality. They can really trigger the right and the wrong buttons and put us all in trivial situations. Don't you think? Not thinking? Don't worry, I'll make you think this April :P ;) 

Why 101 words? No hassle in reading and convenient in writing. Hopefully.

No, I haven’t scheduled a bit, but I’m planning to do it this week *conditions apply* *fingers crossed*

Oh, by the way, did I tell you I’ll be right in the corner, in AJ’s team (one of the co-hosts of the challenge) as wHooligans, along with Shilpa Garg, LuAnn Braley and Doreen McGettigan, cheering you guys, dancing with you all and making all the required noise!

I’m really looking forward to the A to Z Challenge and I hope you do too!

Lots and lots ready to be served on the plate. Keep writing, keep blogging and keeping visiting!

Stay tuned and I’ll be back with lots of fun for you guys!


Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Random Ranting- #MondayMusings

"Only by Learning to live in Harmony with your Contradictions you can keep it all afloat"
                                                                                                                                    - Audre Lorde

It’s after full one week that I am writing a post. No visiting of the blogs, no replying to the comments... My blog was dormant for a week! Oh No... I wasn’t going through the writer’s block. It was the internet connection! And a bit of travelling as well. Yes, that kept me off from my blog and you guys!

Having no internet sometimes really makes you handicapped! You can’t read much stuff, lest about commenting on articles... The entire day becomes slow and lethargic... Also, it gives birth to guilt... Yes, guilt! For not reading much and the anxiety inside that eats you up for missing out so much on social media. And the list of saved links only surges!

And when you know the coming plans for the week, moving here and there will again take a toll on your writing, you finally decide to break this chain and write a piece of pointless blabbering!
How do you all manage to write and read so much of stuff in such less time? I really need to learn this art. Yes, I’m trying a few different things, but then, o yes! It’s the internet connection that’s the problem, not me, eh?

And books, where art thou lost? Why am I not reading enough of them? I took up this reading challenge on Goodreads, and I can clearly see myself failing at it. Why am I doing this to me? And on top of that, ranting so much about it! What has gotten into me?

I started writing this post in the afternoon and it’s evening now and I have barely managed to write anything. But, O, here’s the thing, I wasn’t home... I went out, to meet a friend! And I am so glad I met her. After ages! It’s feels incredible to catch up with a few friends, after I don’t even remember how many months, err, years!
Good times
How does time fly? How the topic of our conversations change over these years, realizing how stupid and silly we used to be, long back, in our early twenties, and how we’ve grown so much as individuals! Meeting old friends is rejuvenation! It kind of clears the system and brings a smile, simply by thinking about meeting them. It is therapeutic, at least for me! That is one thing that I enjoy the most.

Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.

My friend, who I met this evening, she is the one because of whom I got introduced to blogging.  I used to read her posts and a few other bloggers at that time. And I did start my own blog as well but didn’t maintain it. Writing wasn’t my thing then, or maybe I hadn’t discovered it by then. But that is a different story altogether. Thank you Mansi, for everything! Just the conversation this evening meant how special our bond is and no matter what, we're always going to be like this, always on the same page, no matter how many miles apart we stay, or how less we speak, but our thing will always be going to remain the same. 

I think that will be all from my side today. How about talking what’s on your mind right now, when you come at the end of this post? Tell me random stuff, coz I’ve been writing random stuff.

C'mon.. Now go on...

Linking with #MondayMusings


Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Monday, 7 March 2016

Come, let's #PledgeforParity, this Women's Day- #MondayMusings


With International Women’s Day coming up, the social media is flooded with zillion articles and posters to celebrate the womanhood in the world. Isn’t that a wonderful thing to do? And so I'd like to share my two cents. For I am no different. And it will be more than a pleasure to share the thoughts on my own blog space.

While scrolling down my Facebook newsfeed, I came across #PledgeforParity movement on Naba’s post and that intrigued me right away. I wanted to pledge and be a part of the force where millions of women are joining hands for the equality in the world. And this shout out is more important than you think.

All of us, women, try our level best to share, do, treat, take things equally. And expect equal rights, don’t we? And our families too support us to an extent in this effort. But is it always possible to do that every single time? Sometimes, Yes, but most of the times, No!

Yes, times are changing but there is a lot that still has to be taken care of.

I have a few examples to share and justify my notion.

For instance, let’s say everyone is having dinner at the table or let’s say you have guests over to your place and you don’t have a hired staff to cook things for you, in that situation, watching the woman of the house- making, preparing or serving hot meal looks like big deal? Hell, No!

The man of the house sits with the guests devouring in the tea and snacks prepared by his lovely wife and he gets to make jokes, discuss politics and share things around, completely oblivious to the help her wife needs.

Or let’s say there are friends over for a get-together, will not the wife insist the husband sit comfortably and she will bring water, snacks, glasses, drinks, or whatever. Isn’t that a common sight to witness? And truth be told, we too, don’t see anything wrong in that. Isn’t that the way we’ve been seeing things since our childhood? Yes, exceptions are always there and I am glad there are a few, but not many. Why we don’t feel anything wrong with this arrangement is because that’s how we see things around us.

Let’s say, you’re invited to a family dinner to your relatives house. Doesn’t it become your (women’s) duty, to go and ask if the host needs help? Or is there anything where she can help in serving things? Or if she forgets to offer help, the woman’s family will sub-consciously ask her to help out the host and she will be more than willing to do it.

And if for a change she doesn’t come forward to help, people automatically make assumptions and judge her on her etiquettes and manners.

Isn’t that true?

I don't have a problem doing that chore, but sometimes what I feel is, why is it always a woman’s duty to offer help? And not men to offer for help. And why don’t we label or comment on their etiquettes and manners when they don’t move their asses to help out?

Why don’t we see the kind of arrangement where the lady of the house is chit chatting and the men are serving or offering for help, to say the least? Why are bhabhi JI's only supposed to get up from their places and enter into the kitchen?

I know it will take a really long time to change this system and can be possible with men’s help if only they are willing to. Otherwise, nothing can be done if it doesn’t come from within.

Let’s take another instance.

So a couple of friends hang out together on weekends and most of them are married. And friends with whom you’re hanging out were first your husband’s friends but eventually with time, you too have bonded with them and their wives.

Now, you’re not in town for a few days (may be you’re visiting your parents), in that case, does the husband stops going out with friends on weekends or late nights? Or if he goes, is he back before it turns dark? Of course not!

On the contrary, if the husband is out of town for work or something, of course, the wife wouldn't go out in the night or hang out with his friends? She may go if the couple is staying all by themselves, but she will never go if she is staying with the husband’s family.

It will look awkward, wouldn’t it? Even the husband may not like it in the first place. He too will suggest visiting them some other weekend and chucking them this time. And we don’t see anything wrong in it, do we? Because that’s just how it is. I don’t have anything against it but it’s just an observation that pesters me sometimes.

Again, things are changing, men are changing as well and it will take a whole lot of years to bring complete equality in the world.

According to International Women’s Day website:

The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133.

Until 2133!!! That’s a lot of time!

Such things are so deep rooted and ingrained in our heads, that we don’t even feel the need to fight this issue. And that is why I pledge to challenge conscious and unconscious bias.
I read Richa’s post as well, and what moved me was:

We too wish to live in a world where there is no need for feminism.

And I so agree with this. Why is feminism even a word? Had there been equality all over the world, no such term would have ever existed. Isn’t that a valid food for thought?

Leaving your work the moment men enter the house, keeping things at proper places, organizing their wardrobes, are normal things to do. But why don’t men do such things if they are that normal?

I have pledged for parity. 

On this Women’s Day, are you going to pledge?

I’m sure you too must be having numerous instances in this regard. Why not share your experiences and thoughts in the comments below? Would love to hear them out.

P.S: The examples mentioned above are purely observations and nothing personal. 


Friday, 4 March 2016

Batteries for Life

“Do you think we’ll need more batteries honey?”

“I think they should suffice our requirement and last a couple of months”

“But I still can’t believe John is doing this to us! We’re his parents!”

“I don’t know what to say. I think it’ll be just you and me and other people like us in the old age home”

“Our son has abandoned us John. I’m so sorry!”

“Why are you being sorry? At least we have each other. And these batteries, which are going to be there to support our hobby. Listening music together and dancing on its beat”

Linking this 100 word dabble with Friday Fictioneers

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