Anything but books tag #MondayMusings


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A month ago, Shantala of Shanaya Tales tagged me to take up this ‘About Me’ post where I have to talk about myself but without mentioning books. In my capacity as a blogger, I must have published numerous posts talking about myself. This is actually what I do consistently every Monday with my Monday Musings post. For this reason, I have started declining award nominations where I am required to answer questions about myself because there is nothing more to write. I am, just, out there.

Now, what prompted me to take up Shantala’s tag?

One, I have to be creative to carve out my life without touching the bookish part. Not easy, especially since when the life in questions revolves around books.  Continue reading

7 things not to do when doing Bar-A-Thon #BarAThon 2017 Day 7

Now that the second edition of Bar-A-Thon is coming to an end today, let me tell you that I had planned to pull out after the 5th day because I got distracted and lost the flow of words. I am here today, typing out this post, thanks to the encouraging chat with Tulika and the wish to see another shining badge on the blog’s sidebar.

For the last day, learning from my experience, I will tell you about what not to do when you have taken up the blogging challenge Bar-A-Thon –


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Answer my 7 questions for #BarAThon 2017 Day 6

I am a mom who has a super inquisitive child who can drive me nuts with his interrogations from the moment I throw water into his face every morning and his button gets switched on. If you ask me, I do not switch it on deliberately but, I happen to brush his teeth. I am a mother and you see I am responsible for everything or atleast subject to questions on everything.

In between raking and scratching my brains and depending on googling for 7 and a half hours per day, I have developed my own set of questions and I need you to help me with the answers today for Day 6 of Bar-A-Thon.


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7 books which made me who I am #BarAThon 2017 Day 5


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The weekend is not exactly a good time to write and read blogs for me with Dhruv at home. Now that his time in school has extended and he comes back home at 4 pm, weekend is the only time left to listen to his chattering and stories and to play with him (I do not want to miss any of that). I am not going to talk about the chores here.

Now keeping in mind that my previous post about our 7 favourite picture book authors didn’t do well, I was aiming to write something of interest to the readers for Day 5 but my creative juices seem to have been suffering a drought. As it always happens, when things get tricky I turn to books. So, here is a list of 7 books which are responsible for making me who I am, in this phase of life – Continue reading

Our 7 favourite picture book authors #BarAThon 2017 Day 4

For Day 4 of Bar-A-Thon 2017, I have put together a list of Dhruv and my 7 favourite picture book authors whose works we have enjoyed reading over the past years –

1) Dr. Seuss

pixlrNo childhood is complete without reading The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. These 2 were a part of our first box set – Dr Seuss Beginner Books Collection. The repetitive rhyming words in the simple stories with a doze of humour appealed the most to us. Dr Seuss books are a vast collection ranging from –

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7 reasons to have a second child #BarAThon 2017 Day 3

I was planning to write another post about books and reading today for Day 3 of Bar-A-Thon. Then, I thought it will lead to monotony. Therefore, I decided otherwise.

Today, I will give you 7 reasons why you should have a second child.

This topic has been widely written about and read and most of my reasons might also be stereotypes. Before proceeding ahead with my reasons, let me first share with you my learning on stereotypes – ‘You might (want to) move away from stereotypes but stereotypes are always here to stay.’

The 7 reasons for all-seasons are –  Continue reading

7 questions non-readers asked me #BarAThon 2017 Day 2

It is Day 2 of Bar-A-Thon 2017 and today I am going to pour out all the questions I have been asked by the non-readers, I have known by the virtue of relation or acquaintance.

Okay, not all but 7 since 7 is the theme for this 15 day long blogging challenge with alternate day blogging.

This is a long post. I couldn’t help it since these questions have waited a long long time to get converted from emotions to words.

For those who will make the effort to read this till the end, I hope you enjoy it.

 Q1: “Madam, aap IAS ki tayyari kar rahi hain?”

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7 ways to make your child love reading #BarAThon 2017 Day 1

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The second edition of Bar-A-Thon has started. It is a fortnight-long blogging marathon for bloggers everywhere.

You can read all about Bar-A-Thon here.

For Day 1, I have chosen to write using the theme 7 and it is on a topic closest to my heart – 7 ways to make your child fall in love with books and reading.

A child is never too young to be introduced to books

For babies, there are board books and cloth books available which do not get damaged or torn with rough handling. Then there are “Touch and Feel” books

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We are trees! #ThursdayTreeLove


There may be nothing special about us.

We are all the same.

We may not be making this picture pretty.

But we are trees, standing tall and alive.

Isn’t it a reason enough to rejoice?

– said the trees and swayed.

This picture was taken in the hills of Chikamagalur on a misty January morning.

I am joining Parul Thakur, this week, with her post for the hashtag #ThursdayTreeLove 13

If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog and link to Parul’s post. Let’s come together to appreciate the beautiful nature around us. 

New interest – Google Voice Search #MondayMusings

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Dhruv’s sickness has held us captive in the hot summer of North India and we couldn’t return home to the cool weather on the said date. While the last 3 days were kind of difficult for him with severe dehydration and stomach infection, there is something he has discovered lying on the bed and recovering and that is Google voice search.

As soon as he is able to muster some energy, he can be heard speaking different combinations into the phone and watching the images. Cars top his search, undoubtedly, followed by his latest interest – sea snakes. Continue reading