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International Blog Delurking Week 2019

Each year, the first week of January is celebrated as International Blog Delurking Week.

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Now, what does this mean?

it is an ancient tradition. Well, supposedly, as ancient as the invention of the world wide web and blogging. The first full week in January is about encouraging your real readers to raise their hands up to show they were around on the blog.

It runs this year from the 7th until the 13th. Therefore, you have a full week ahead to drop down your reading cloaks which have been lending you the magical power to remain invisible and check in with an “I’m here” comment. Read more…

Gratitude list May 2018 #MondayMusings

“How do you write a gratitude post when you are feeling low?” is the question on my mind today. It actually wasn’t going to get done if I had not kept a daily gratitude journal.

On 25th April, I started the practice of writing daily in my gratitude journal. I missed a day here and there in between during the month of May but as soon as I got back I made sure I had something to write down for the missed day/s.WaterMark_2018-06-04-12-40-43.jpg

Therefore, despite me not feeling too good about the state of certain affairs these days, I am still able to share my gratitude list with you. Read more…

Gratitude for January 2018 #MondayMusings

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January is coming to an end.

Doesn’t it seem like the time is moving forward rapidly? It is like second nature to us that we live for some event which will take place sometime in the future. We pin our happiness and heighten our hopes on that particular event and say and believe, “Oh, I just can’t wait for it to happen!” And then, that fateful day comes and passes off. What do we do next? We repeat the same thing all over again, pinning our happiness on some new event, waiting for that day to arrive soon and then…that day also passes off. It has become a vicious circle.

What do we miss out in this whole process? The focus on today, the focus on this very moment.

A lot is going to happen to me in 2018. Read more…

13 Questions on books – A Book Lover’s Tag #MondayMusings

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Every morning, I wake up. Trust me I do.

Then, I sit down all by myself for 15 minutes in the living room letting my mind go on for a random wander. To tell you, each day it starts with taking into account the presence of books in the room; the colourful picture books, the dull thicker ones, the box sets, and all the others; and the first thought it creates is gratitude for the books in my life. I can’t imagine a life without books.

Thus, when Esha of Soul Talk tagged me last week to answer a few questions on books and reading, I knew it right away what was going to be the next post on Monday Musings.

Here are my answers to her questions – Read more…

New beginning beckons #MondayMusings

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It has been 6 years of being a mother and dreaming of getting to do things entirely on my own. If you have read my posts from 2014, you will have the idea of where I am coming from – a wailing child forever stuck to my leg dragging on with me throughout the house wherever and whenever I moved, my constant unsuccessful battles to get some me-time for me, my never ending complaints and numerous fights with people around me to claim that some time for myself forcefully and their cursing me with life-long loneliness in return and so on. I have come a long way since then.

Last week, I stepped out of the house all alone for the first time to attend the Women’s Writers Fest, first time without Dhruv accompanying me, first time even without worrying about him. It did not feel awkward at all and was a welcome change to concentrate on other people talking without his interjections. And for a whole day.  Read more…

Let’s just chat over coffee #writebravely

I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words #6‘ and this is my post for the last day, Day 7 in response to the prompt – ‘If we were having coffee…’


If we were having coffee…

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  1. I shall tell you how happy I am that my parents have come to stay with me for a few days. I shall love to treat you with sweets and laddoos, they have brought with them.
  2. I shall tell you there is no other place like Delhi, among all the Indian metro cities, where you can get the best of mithai (sweets). I missed the sweet delicacies of Delhi a lot when I used to live in the UK. All the cakes and pastries of the world are nothing in front of ‘Dilli ki mithai’. 
  3. I shall ask you if you remember my Day 3 post on Delhi – ‘Delhi in ruins’? Just do me a favour and kick it out of your mind for today my mood is chirpy and filled with happy thoughts about many things.
  4. I shall tell you my early morning workload has reduced for the time being with my mother taking care of the cooking part. Mommies are wonderful human beings, isn’t it?
  5. I shall tell you how much I am looking forward to the next 4 days of the extended weekend which means I do not have to wash Dhruv’s white uniform urgently.  You can imagine what holidays mean to me.
  6. I shall tell you that WTFOW#6 has been an enriching experience for me. The prompts were easy for even a not-so-seasoned-writer like me. I had fun writing and bringing out posts everyday and interacting with fellow bloggers, many who have been with me and also many new ones.
  7. I shall tell you that I found my blog’s 200th WordPress follower on the same day on which I had written my letter. She is Sheethal Susan Jacob who blogs at Scribblings. Can I ask you a second favour? Will you be kind and follow her blog on my insistence? I know you love me for who I am and will not refuse me.
  8. I shall tell you as much as I am happy and content with my participation in WTFOW#6, I am also looking forward for it to get over so that I can get back to reading my books. Especially, the ones – ‘Perfect’ and ‘Flawed’ by Cecelia Ahern, which I bought with the Amazon gift coupon I won as the winner of Day 1 of this Write Tribe festival.
  9. Realizing that our coffee is almost finished, I shall ask you if you had a good time having coffee with me? And, would you love to meet me over coffee again, someday? I promise I am going to speak less the next time and let you do all the talking. I promise to be all ears.

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A-to-Z of me #WritingWednesdays

I came across this interesting theme A-to-Z of me on Shalini’s and Geetika’s blogs. It involves stating 26 random facts about me and I thought of taking it up. Thus, here I go.

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A- Age: 35

B- Biggest fear: Somebody stamping the word ‘sanskaar’ into my face. This word is generally stamped to despise or negate other’s behaviours and actions.

C- Current time: 9:51 am.

D- Drink you last had: A cup of adrak wali chai (ginger tea).

E- Every day starts with: Waking up at 5 am. Sitting by myself in the quiet for half an hour with a cup of hot water mixed with lime juice and honey.

F- Favourite Song: This is not an easy one for me since I do not follow latest trending music. I am kind of forever trapped in the hindi movie songs of the 60s era .One which comes to my mind right now is ‘Kuch dil ne kaha, kuch bhi to nahin‘ from the movie Anupama.

G- Ghosts, are they real?: Yes. Let’s just not think about them. Read more…

To be published… #MondayMusings

Let me tell you a story today.

This story is about a girl who nurtured a dream of getting published ever since she was a child.

She was in 6th Std. when, in order to  fulfil her dream, she submitted a poem for the school magazine. The poem did not get published and she knew why. She had copied that poem from her previous school’s (the one she attended previously) annual magazine and her English Teacher would have made out that the poem was too good to be original for her.

In 12th Std, her 10th Std’s Sanskrit Teacher Read more…

A Liberating Conversation – #Monday Musings

We are feeling suffocated.

Why have you held us hostages?

Set us free. Set us free.

I will. I will. Soon

I will. I will. For sure.

I am waiting for inspiration to strike me to Read more…

Doubts and mind’s meanderings #Monday Musings

I have 2 blog drafts sitting in my diary which I penned on Sunday for this week’s Monday Musings and here I am seething with doubt and posting none of them today.

While one of them is about yet another antics of Dhruv, the other is about how I see and handle things, differently from others, in a particular Read more…

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