Shades of red

She is pretty if she has it on her forehead,

She is slutty if she has it on her lips,

She is deserving of respect if she has it on the parting of her hair,

She is careless if it peeps out of her top,

She is traditional if she has it on her nails,

She is owned if she drapes it on her body,

She’s pure if he sees it on the bed sheet,

But…

All hell breaks loose if it stains her pants!

Strange is the color red…

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This was in response to the prompt word “Red

Love!

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(Un)heard Stories!

As kids, playing around her was their favorite thing to do.. after all, she told them stories when they ran her tiny errands.. every evening they would walk out murmuring and laughing over how forgetful she was and that they could see the glasses on her head all the while when she was looking for them… eyes on the newspaper, she heard them and smiled!

Years went by and they grew up.. went on to become engineers, doctors, entrepreneurs… had a family of their own and eventually kids… “Let’s go to some exotic place this vacation” the kids would demand every time…

Miles away, sitting on a rocking chair in the balcony of her now rustic and crooked apartment, she sits sipping her coffee… 20 years have passed on and she’s older than she was before… her blurry gaze still at the gate, she folds yet another letter that read,

Lots of stories are still unheard and this time I have just one errand for you to run…

Come Home!

This Valentine’s Day, let’s revisit our older valentines…ditch that fancy candle light dinner and grab those trembling hands for a cozy evening walk down the memory lane!

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This is in response to the daily prompt Heard!

Love!

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Lovingly Yours!

It was a particularly chilly winter evening… the cool breeze and tinkling wind chimes made her shiver, more out of the thoughts in her head rather than the weather…

Taking her cup of hot coffee she was about to grab the snugly quilt, when it finally struck her and she reached for the drawer instead! Smilingly she walked towards the her terrace and embraced the cold.. her nose resisting a sneeze and eyes resisting what was welling up inside… amidst the strong strokes of wind she opened the letter that read,

One more reason why you shouldn’t be here with me… The snow could halt the troops from marching ahead but it wouldn’t be able to stop your teeth from clattering…

Sending you windy kisses… don’t blow away!

Lovingly Yours! :)”

Wiping away her tears she smiled at how he could guard the nation, but she couldn’t even guard her eyes!

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This is in response to the daily prompt and my poke pal Ritu who got me in this romantic groove with her amazing #Loveuary challenge! It is an awesome challenge… see the rules here!

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The Mystery Blogger Award!!

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“The ‘Mystery Blogger Award‘ is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion” – by the creator of this award Okoto Enigma.

I am nominated for this award by the very talented Judy… Being the new blogger as I am, she literally made my day… Judy is one of the most versatile bloggers I have come across.. She displays enormous range in her writing skills from relationships to love to life and a lot more..Please visit the blog here and see for yourself…

3 Facts About Me

  1. I am extremely argumentative. I DO NOT GIVE UP!
  2. I talk to myself occasionally… (okay a little more than occasionally)
  3. I am scared of fast moving ceiling fans.

My best post so far: Lantern

My Nominations

  1. Jay Colby
  2. Haddon Musings
  3. A Glimpse of Darkness
  4. Sahil Jain
  5. Erika Kind
  6. The Pradita Chronicles
  7. Ladyleemanila
  8. The Patchwork Diaries
  9. A Dog’s Life?
  10. Feminine Vestige

Answers to Judy’s Questions:

  1. Aside from blogging, what takes your time the most? – Daydreaming….Yepp that’s true!
  2. What part of the world are you at right now? – Mumbai, India
  3. What makes blogging make you happy? – Jusr the feeling of being so liberated and not having to adhere to any norm!
  4. If you can travel at this moment, where will you go and why? – Aurora Borealis, so i can catch it before March!
  5. What’s makes you feel embarrassed? – I have a tendency of embarrassing myself more often than I like…so my benchmark is really high…but yeah I am embarrassed when my tummy makes all kinds of hungry noises right after a meal!

My Questions for the nominees:

  1. The place where you would travel back in time to? (weird)
  2. What is the one thing you would change about yourself?
  3. One thing you would want to do right now!
  4. The last time you cried and why
  5. The one thing that makes you smile

Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their  blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10-20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Go ahead and have fun guys!

Love!

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The scent of a woman!

It was a beautiful morning, with the cool breeze blowing from the window of her room… the breeze carried with it the scent of lilies that they’d just planted in their garden a few days ago… she turned her side away from the window and tried hard to sleep. But here was the scent she couldn’t ignore.. the smell of freshly brewed coffee by her mother.. with her eyes closed she could see her mother sitting by the kitchen table sipping coffee with her legs curled up and head slightly tilted…

She dragged herself out of her bed and tip toed out in the kitchen… she hugged her mother from behind and was almost instantly hit by the scent so familiar to her… the scent of her mother… this smell had not changed in all of her six years of life… the smell of her hair, her sari, the sweat on her forehead from working in the kitchen… this scent was home to her!

Her mother smiled and took her six year old in her lap and cuddled for a while… she reminded her mother of her promise from the previous night to set-up her doll house for her… she knew her mother always kept her word…

How naive could she be! Little did she know that her mother was about to betray her in a few hours..

While looking through the debris, trying to find her mother, she was once again hit by the same scent..only this time she was not sure if it was really her.. because this time the scent was overpowered by the stench of blood, dust and cement…the blast had numbed her ear drums but not her sense of smell…

That day she did not lose her mother, she lost her home!

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This is in response to the daily prompt “Scent” from The Daily Post..

Love!

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#JusJoJan January 30th – Blue

Ever since she was a little girl, she was taught that pink is for girls and blue is for boys! Back then she was too young to acknowledge the ugly truth disguised in these rules of the society.. It so happened that as she grew old she was drawn more to blue than she was to pink…much to the amusement of many..  Each time she purchased a blue dress or a blue gadget, the rebel in her would pat her back for successfully breaking the norms. Little did she know that there were bigger barriers to break as she moved ahead in life.

She was all set to marry her knight in shining armour. The rebel in her was sad for not being able to get herself a blue wedding gown… but she was happy to settle for pink, just this once. However, her undying love for blue found its way through the blue rock that he placed on her ring finger… She couldn’t have been happier.

Sadly, her love for blue did die after all… when she woke up day in day out in his home, all bruised and battered, the love did die… every evening she would look at the scars turns blue and smile at them for loving her so much that they refused to go… when she was told that pink is for girls and blue is for boys, never was she told that there were other roles too, that were defined differently for girls and boys… that boys don’t cry and girls can’t say NO.

It was funny how now each time she looked up at the blue sky all she did was wait for it to turn pink!

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This was in response to Linda’s JusJoJan prompt for 30th Jan “Blue” by John Holton of The Sound of One Hand Typing.

Love!

 

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Conventional Wisdom

I saw this week’s weekly discover prompt on the daily post about Conventional Wisdom..

It got me thinking and I was amazed that there were so many cliches that I have heard during the course of my life and I didn’t agree with some of them one bit.. like not even a teeny weeny bit..

I’ll list a few before I pounce on any one of them with all my might..

1. Oh you’re the feminist types, so you wouldn’t want a guy to hold the door for you or pull out the chair for you right?! – aaarrghhh!!! I have sworn that one more time I hear this, I’ll destroy the world! How can people not differentiate between being chivalrous and being sexist..  holding the door for someone doesn’t give you the right to tell them that the neckline of their dress isn’t appropriate…right?

2. You’re so thin why do you want to go to the gym!!! – well so that I can punch you black, blue and pink! Oh wait Pink has to come first since I’m a girl… right?! It’s about time people realise that being slim does not make you fit… it makes you slim. Period

3. She is angry and cranky… she might be PMSing… – Ofcourse this has to be true… apparently girls can’t have an underlying logic to be mad… all they can have is an influx of estrogen to get them angry…

Now before you think the above rant is one of my feminist posts I’ll quickly switch gears and come to the point… on the eve of 26th January, as India celebrates its 68th Republic Day I thought let me break a few cliches that India is the victim of (mind you there are tons of them so I’ll stick to one) such as India is a country of poor people, yogis and snake charmers.. FYI as per Forbes in 2016, India ranked 4th in the list of 25 Countries With The Most Billionaires in the world.. So that is taken care of…Moving on..

“You’re an Indian? you must eat spicy food all the time!”

Yes I am a proud proud Indian and yes I absolutely love spicy food but NO, Indian food isn’t only spicy…it is sweet, tangy, spicy, bitter, bitter-sweet, sour, bland, and a lot more than this..after having spent considerable time, energy and MONEY on food from all around the world I can say this with utmost pride that Indian food has the most intricate and complex flavors of them all…It will ignite those taste buds in your mouth that you didn’t even know existed…Not only does one need a lot of skill to prepare this cuisine but also a lot of time and patience…(not that this does not hold true for any other cuisine, but what the heck…it is Republic Day)

So next time you encounter an Indian meal, don’t you grab that tissue! 🙂

A great introduction to cultures is their cuisine. It not only reflects their evolution, but also their beliefs and traditions.

Love!

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