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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


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…

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.

H- Hometown: By the virtue of owning a house, Delhi.

By heart, I have changed cities every 9 years so there is no town which I can call home.

I- In love with:  My son, silence, blogging and yoga.

J- Jealous of:  People who have so much on their platter and yet they manage them all with a smile and an open heart.

K- Killed someone: Not anyone in the last couple of years. Previously the casualty used to be my husband (only in my mind though). I am stereotypical this way.

L- Last time you cried: I cried profusely in June last year. The crying continued for most part of the month and then I decided no more tears now. What was the matter? Don’t ask me.

M- Middle name: None

N- Number of siblings: 1.

O- One wish: I have many wishes. For now the wish is to get a professionally done self-hosted blog absolutely free of cost.

P- Person you last called: That person is always my mother. I just now realised hers is the only number I dial.

Q- Question you’re always asked: Only one kid?

R- Reason to smile: My son’s chatter, getting enough silence in the day to keep my batteries charged, having fabulous and lots of books to read,  interacting with wonderful people virtually, knowing quite a few like-minded people which proves I am not an alien anymore.

S- Sounds that annoy you: I used to like the sound of azaan from a nearby mosque at various times of the day. It served as a reminder to take a pause and think of divinity. But for the past few days it seems there is another mosque which has come up in the vicinity and the sounds of the 2 loudspeakers and mixed up prayers is not soothing at all.

T- Time you woke up: 5 am

V- Vacation destination: Favourite so far is Lake District, Cumbria in North west England. Wish list is Lucerne, Switzerland.

W- Worst habit: I am too much laid back.

X- X-Rays you’ve had: My heels.

Y- Your favourite food: Sandwiches. Easy to make, tasty to eat.

Z- Zodiac sign: Gemini. Yes I have 2 faces.

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.

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…

Let me introduce myself…#Monday Musings

Recently, I joined a blogging group B-A-R and I was asked to introduce myself on its Facebook page. Now, believe it or not I spent half a day pondering upon which aspects of my personality and life to bring out as my introduction.

I weighed upon several aspects about where to begin, what to include, whether I should limit it to the mention of things from the surface or should I introduce something from my deeper self. Read more…

Resolutions and Promises – #Monday Musings

I see Facebook filled with numerous posts of new year resolutions which makes me wonder whether I should too become a part of the bandwagon and make a few resolutions or just be passive about that. Being passive will be so easy (comes so naturally to me). And in case I choose to surf the resolutionary tides ( will not be so difficult either atleast the resolution making part, attainment could be a question later on), then what should I resolve to do in 2014. Read more…

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