My 3 Mood Uppers! #ThankfulThursdays #Week30

I call them “zombie days.” I’ll just completely shut down and desperately look for ways to distract myself from my feelings.

I suspect we all have zombie days from time to time. I think it’s important to give ourselves permission to not always be happy, but there are also simple ways to improve our mood when we’re feeling down.

Everybody is different, and everybody has different ways of dealing with pain.

My three mood uppers are:

  1. Writing is usually the first thing I do when I’m feeling down. It always helps me get my thoughts and feelings out in front of me.
  2. Watch a funny movie or spend time with someone who has a good sense of humor. Laughing releases tension and has a natural ability to heal.
  3. Whenever I feel dejected I like to read kind emails and comments from my blog readers or read emails from my friends. Doing so reminds me that I’m loved, thought about, and appreciated.

Linking this post with @misra_amrita, @Deepagandhi1, @Twinklingtina and @Mayuri6 for #ThankfulThursdays 

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Black Love

 

Reining me deep, chuckles your black love,
A toothy smile, I’m lit in your dives,
Black black ocean, we waltz underwater,
I twist my leg, your black love cries,

Your love slaves, sips my pain,
A look so abyssal, it chokes me in chain,
Black black eyes, a silent chatter,
A toothy smile, your black love’s mine.

About the Guest blogger: Preety Sharma is an amatuer writer, writing poems, plotting novels. A young one you may call her (just 18, shh) she believes in dipping low and treasuring all she could. A college student. | Sharma Ji ki Beti. | A Tweeter. | Just A Kid. | She can be contacted through her blog or Twitter handle.

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A to Z of Healing

About the author: The Author, Ishieta belongs to a Lineage of healers, and in the A to Z Challenge in 2017, took up the theme of A to Z of Healing. Join her as she completes the Alphabets and shares her notes and experiences on 26 Alternative forms of Healing – Beyond the ‘what’ they are, to what we can do with them & what the experience is like. She writes over at www.isheeriashealingcircles.com

Opinion: For centuries, the idea of “healing thoughts” has held sway over the faithful. In recent decades it’s fascinated the followers of all manner of self-help movements, including those whose main purpose seems to be separating the sick from their money. Now, though, a growing body of scientific research suggests that our mind can play an important role in healing our body — or in staying healthy in the first place. In the present eBook, Ishieta brings her critical eye to this fascinating new terrain, sharing healing therapies and their effects on our body. Examples include that hypnotherapy is a highly effective treatment for patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). But what I personally found most convincing were that Essential oils can also help you relax or sleep, or improve your skin or digestion — their benefits go well beyond a pleasant smell. Essential oils can have a healing effect mentally, physically, and emotionally. Writing a journal is not just about keeping a record of daily events – journal writing provides a unique therapeutic opportunity for facilitating healing and growth. The author of this book guides the reader through developing journal writing to use as a therapeutic tool. Have you ever wondered how can water add quality to our life? Water possesses disease curing properties. By using water therapy many dreadful diseases like breast cancer, kidney stone, asthma etc. can be prevented. Along with Allopathy and homeopathy the new option of water therapy is also available. Water therapy has proved that ‘water is life’ indeed. So if you’ve been sick with illness for any length of time, you’ve probably looked into other ways to heal apart from the advice given by your general practitioner, right? Because let’s face it, doctors don’t have all the answers and most would admit as much. So you scour the internet and bookshelves, looking for that elusive magic pill or at least something to help you regain some semblance of life again, sound familiar? It’s a tough task, especially when there’s so much information out there to sift through. To save you a bit of trouble, I would advise you to read this eBook, regardless of the illness, ailment or disorder you’re currently suffering from.

Cover page: 4/5

Content: 5/5

If you are interested in reading about healing or if my review of this impressed you, I would highly recommend you to download the book here and enjoy it. 

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Coffee Tuesdays

I’m sitting in my favorite place in my bedroom by the window and am SO excited to get to write to you today. These “If we were having coffee right now…” posts are my absolute favorite because I get to just catch up with you like we are sitting and chatting in real in person.

If we had coffee… I would tell you about how excited I am to have reached 2000 followers on twitter. I would tell you about how happy and excited I am about my followers on my social medias are growing, even Instagram despite it being hard to grow.

​I would probably tell you the latest in my own health journey, because it’s always something I’m working on and experimenting with! One thing I’ve started back is Jogging after the summer break.

Since you know I am single, and you would definitely ask me about it if we were really having coffee (haha), I’ll tell you a bit about that too. I don’t know what has come over me, but I feel the most calm I have ever felt about that part of my life. A lot of my fears of “will it ever happen?” have gone away, and I just know, in my bones, that it’s a matter of time. I think that the more confident and comfortable I become in every part of who I am, the idea of meeting the right guy seems closer and closer. I’ve enjoyed sharing a bit more about that part of my life with you. I have always been someone who is open and willing to share my struggles or tough moments with you, and I know that it’s a sensitive area for many women, and I am starting to open up more to the idea of being more transparent about this part of my life with you.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d ask you if you’d read any good books lately and I would love some recommendations.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you how excited I am about my blog these days. So many fun things are happening, I have so many ideas, and I feel like I have more time and energy than ever to really give to this writing.

If we were having coffee together today, what would you talk about?

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Fir Milenge

Blurb: Where words meet emotions, in a rhythm, a poem is born. Believe it or not, there’s no dearth in this world of words or rhythm, but emotions are hard to find My heartfelt expectation from this collection is only to re-introduce my readers with some feelings that get lost and forgotten in this emotionless world. Even if one of my poems could remind you of a person or a situation or takes you back to a deep connection, I would consider myself successful as an author. And if that doesn’t happen, we will meet again (fir milenge).

About the author: Prateek Mathur has been active in the blogging world for over 8 years now. The fluidity of language and style is his forte and enjoys dominance in both English and Hindi. Through his blog, Writefully Yours , he has written on a myriad of topics ranging from poetry to political commentary to short stories. His writing has brought him laurels like winning a national level blogging competition and two publications in the international online magazine The Woven Tale Press. His poem “Fir Milenge” has been presented on an American online radio station as well. Prateek is Food Scientist by profession. Prateek is very active on social media and likes to express his views on current affairs on Twitter.

Opinion:  The eBook has 9 poems of exquisitely compulsive metaphorical structured lists of topics, my hand pushing my hair around to expose my brain, wishing the world silent that these words be all.  The poems are based on underlying structure of meaning and purpose that attacks the subconscious. The imagery, the rhythm and the experience powerfully overcomes the inherent cultural barriers of language as the poems are in Hindi, while placing you in the streets and buses among the dogs, cats, and people of a very specific very conflicted place and time. The masses will easily identify and recognize this book, this work as collected poems, rhymed, versed, metered, properly. After finally finishing the book, being  ready as I neared the end of the poetry to react to the content, I could only conclude that the poetic content has impressed me very much.  But that’s what makes it good at examining the larger questions and for what I liked about it, I recommend reading this eBook. The poems are outstanding.

Cover page: 3/5

Content: 4/5

If you are interested in reading poetry or if my review of this impressed you, I would highly recommend you to download the book here and enjoy the experience of poems. 

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Sunday Featured Blogger #7

With the start of this month May, I am starting a new, weekly series, on my blog.  In it I am featuring 20 bloggers for 20 Sundays till September 2017. 

The Blogger to be featured today is Kadambari Singh 

Can you tell me a little about yourself and your blog – mentioning something known and unknown to the readers?

Hi, I am a marketer by profession and personally a student. I love intellectually stimulating talks and so consider myself a learner and read, listen and observe is my philosophy to move ahead. I have two major OCD

 – to change and improve every month, anyone who meets me after a while has to say I have changed and I mean more than the physical change.

-to plan and write things and a planner addict too.

And do I need to say I am lazy…but working on it.

I blog at www.thevibrantdiaries.blogspot.com and it’s my heart out there in print. It’s is something real something fiction, some dreams some reality.

Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working on your blog or through blogging communities?

The biggest growth factor I found online is blogchatter community.  It taught me about social media dynamics, community factor, alexa and so much more.  Through this I have met some amazing inspiring people, never face to face but the support extended can never be considered less. Stephen from my 1st blogchatter blogbuddy group who taught me so many things from blog scheduling to writing topics and still helps in post ideas. I have made some friends in my city who blog as freelancers, professionals, from start ups and it’s enriching to meet them and learn new things. Best of all met Deepali Adhikary on blogchatter and part of same blogbuddy group and then on my city community and there we came to know that we are from the same place.

What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog? You can tell me about your usual day routine.

My day begins and ends with my office in between I ensure I walk for an hour, click some pictures and read a book along. And the only thing pinches me most is my blog is my heart but I care less about it than my work. The one tip I need most is how to work and consider my blog as my venture without getting lazy and taking it for granted.

Everyone has a favourite/least favourite post. Tell me about your best and worst post and why?

My best post is a story said in 4 parts…Those were the days.

And worst…too many bad posts and the worst will be my attempt at writing some fashion and how to mix up in my early days…and I don’t remember the post title.

Name some of the bloggers – at least 3 of your favourites, whom you look up to and why?

Tina – twinklingtina… She is a superwoman.. I actually don’t know how many hours she has in a day but she surely knows how to make each count.

Shijini – moderngypsy… Just love her love for art and her monthly letters. So much hard work on the blog.

Malini Agrawal – Miss Malini… She makes good money out of blogging something I thought to blog for when I was jobless.

Sandeep Atre – Sandeep Atre…. He writes about relationships, succinct and apt, he has a way with words and almost always hits the bull’s eye.

 Tell me about your proudest achievement(s)? (Related to Blogging)

Completing AtoZ blogging challenge 2016, converting posts in an e book and the Alexa challenge 2016.  Been a lazy blogger 2016 was my first year attempting any challenges and being successful with these two out of 4 I tried.

If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?

My suggestions would be –

– Take it seriously.

– Experiment with everything till you find your niche.

– You are nothing without a community.

I am sure you know me as a blogger or your friend on social media or may be even as a person in real so how would you rate my writings and tell me your honest opinion on me – this would serve as a testimonial (A new section on my blog where I would put these good words…or maybe the bad ones too)

You are the bold, upfront sensible blogger for me. Your writings are you but at the same time there’s a thin line which you maintain and never let anyone totally into your personal life. Your dedication to the blog and the planning and execution is what I am sold out on. I repeat,  please help me with your daily /weekly/monthly planning and implementation I really want to learn.

Kadambari Singh –  Twitter | Blog | Facebook | Instagram

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INKREDIA – Luwan of Brida

Blurb: Inkredia is a land where humans and nonhumans live together in balance, but without ever facing each other, unless… they must. When seventeen-year-old Luwan finds himself in a grave danger, he has to make a daring choice. The village that kept him safe all these years can’t protect him anymore. Either he can stay and die or he can enter the dangerous world outside and make journey to a city that will keep him and his sister safe. But there is a good chance that this journey itself will kill him. He sets out, but only to find that his peril is far greater than his calculations. He heads into a mysterious new enemy, a band of legendary assassins that are usually sent to bring down men of great power. Luwan is clueless why they are after his head, but they don’t offer him the luxury to find an answer to that question. He’s thrown into a relentless run across a great distance. And, as he travels, he learns about fascinating places in Inkredia, about powerful relics and artifacts and… about the dark side of Inkredia. He faces the great force of Ilmor that gives birth to incredible nonhumans. What is the force of Ilmor? Can Luwan protect his sister against such powerful enemies? Will he find answers to all the mysteries?

About the author: Sarang Mahajan, an avid fan of fantasy/adventure novels is the author of Luwan of Brida, a well appreciated book available in India, USA and UK. The book has caught attention of Indian readers as the first, major authentic fantasy by an Indian writer. A wide traveler, he is also fond of travel photography and travel writing.

Review: Thank you to Author and the book club for sending me the copy of this book to read and review it in my blog. When I first saw the book, the title and book cover generated anxiety to read it quickly. As I realised it is of a fantasy genre, it put me off. This is the genre I avoid but I had to read to write this review. Coming to the book now, Luwan is an herb collector and his parents were members in the council of the Lord. He has a sister named Meg, but Luwan leaves home due to a petty fight. His mother gives him a pendant, with a silver spiral in it and a blank book. His father leaves a letter wishing him to visit Tashkrum and meet Shenoble. Luwan, who earns to survive refuses tax collector to pay. Death is the sole reprimand. Meg comes to his hut to alert and save him. Confused Luwan opens up a book given by his mother. He finds out the solution in form of a riddle and decides to hold up his and his sister’s life. Luwan’s best friend Narjo helps them and they run away from Brida. They are followed by Ghork riders, devil creatures who eat human flesh. The question which comes in the mind is – will the simple villager Luwan manage to run safely? Will they be able to survive from Ghork Riders? What are the dangers ahead? Will they reach their destination? If all this has excited I suggest you can pick this book to read further. The book ends abruptly which makes us know that there is next book coming would be continuation to this present book/story. Despite the easy and simple language and not so boring narration, this book has not impressed me in any way. This book is adorned with a great fantasy and is an ultimate entertainment package if you want adventurous reading else you can skip it.

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Find yourself: Come out of your comfort zone

We go through change every day – be it in our personal life or professional. Sometimes it so happens that we get into a situation where we feel very awkward and uncomfortable – especially in the workplace. Neither we can take it up nor can we say NO to it. But from my personal experience what I can say is getting out of your comfort zone actually helps you to find yourself and makes you realize what you are capable of. Getting out of your comfort zone actually makes you to think out of the box and also adds more vibrancy to your life. If you really want to embrace the change around you, there is no other way but to get out of your comfort zone.

The question obviously comes – “What if I fail?” I won’t use the clichéd words “Failure is the stepping stone of success” but I would say even though you fail it will make you to think what went wrong in the process and what can you make better next time to taste the success. It’s not that you try something extraordinary or whacky stuffs when you are trying to get out of your comfort zone – but try something different that challenges you. Initially you will feel that it’s not your cup of tea and feel like quitting. But if you stick to the challenge you’ll discover your new self after few times of failure.

There is no shortcut to success, you have to put in your best and 100% effort and work hard. If you want to achieve something it is mandatory that you need to put your heart and soul to it. Your comfort zone might call you back, since you had been residing there since long, but you need to take a call and break the wall to proceed further and come out of your comfort zone. Moreover you need to have trust on yourself. Make snap decisions but take time in making that decision and most importantly do it in small steps. Always remember its “One Step At A Time”.

I’m sharing my heart feeling through this post from my experience when I was trying to get out of my comfort zone. It would be difficult initially, rather I would say It would look difficult, but if your stick to your goal and give that required effort nothing can stop you reaching your goal.

About the blogger:  Shamik is from Bangalore and because of his love for writing, he takes up freelance content writing works along with Copy Editing and Proofreading work. He calls himself a foodie and cooking is his passion. He loves experimenting with different types of recipes – especially during the weekends. He loves watching movies and ensure traveling at least thrice in a year.

Twitter Handle: @Writer_Foodie

Blog URL: http://themixedflavors.blogspot.in

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNUyaZOC0MW5M3ebk3QgHHA

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Self Acceptance

When you care for yourself without worring about the world

Many times in life we face situations and circumstances that challenge our self perceived value. There are two things that collectively determine who we are at a particular point in our life:-

how and what we think of ourselves

do our actions align with the above statement

When somebody criticises us on something that may not even be true, our world seems to come to an end. We get shattered. If the person standing in front of you in a bank line pushes you and tells you to maintain distance, it is somewhat fine. But when the same person later makes an offhanded comment on uneducated people not knowing how to stand in a queue, you feel hurt. A person you don’t even know, their words poke your entire self esteem and you get into a spiral of negative self talk. That is how fragile the human psyche is. After years of learning, doing appreciable work, having friends and lovers around, we get hurt by such small things.

What we think of ourselves motivates us to do what we want to do in life. When a lady whose dream is to be a beauty queen eats junk food, smokes cigarettes, doesn’t exercise and turns obese, it somewhere affects her value of herself. Her identity is tied to being healthy and aware of her lifestyle choices but her actions don’t seem to correspond with what she dreams. That leaves her vulnerable. And when she will be called names, her reactions will be negative and her value in her own eyes shall diminish. Her aspirations and actions conflict with each other and that makes her doubt her capabilities and worth.

When nobody likes us we want to feel liked. It gives us an immediate happiness boost when somebody compliments or appreciates us. What we don’t realise that by this mindset we are living our lives at the mercy of other people’s judgement of us. Of course it matters what others think of us (majority of us are not psychopaths who don’t care about people’s opinion of themselves). What matters more is what we think of ourselves. People who genuinely matter in our life should be the ones we look upto. The world is full of people who won’t like what we wear, how we look and will joke on how big our nostrils are. And that’s fine. It is their choice to say what they want and our choice lies in staying true to our core values.

When we think of ourselves in accepting light and make sure to act the way that makes us feel expressed, there remains more hope for joy in our lives. Changing who you are in order to please the world will not make any difference. What shall bring considerable conscientiousness to our lives is behaving the way we believe ourselves to be and conjugating our self perception with our actions. Freedom lies in being caring to our inner selves.

About the blogger: Arpit Chhikara loves to write, roam around, sleep and does whatever there is in between. You might find him in social events telling stories or watching art movies. He is young and curious about things that pertain to human behavior. Other than writing, he plans for big things many of which stay in his fantasies. Some of them turn real. Either way, his plans leave him with a story to tell, be it of success or failure. He doesn’t want to be another cog in machine and is working on to gain worldly wisdom through rich experiences in life.

Follow his blog for more of his thoughts, opinions and writings – arpitchhikara.wordpress.com

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The Tree with a Thousand Apples

Blurb: ‘If a criminal was once a saint and a saint was once a criminal, then who is a criminal and who is a saint?’ Inspired by true events, this riveting narrative traces the lives of Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar, three childhood friends who grow up in an atmosphere of peace and amity in Srinagar, Kashmir, until the night of 20 January 1990 changes it all. While Deewan is forced to flee from his home, Safeena’s mother becomes ‘collateral damage’ and Bilal has to embrace a wretched life of poverty and fear. The place they called paradise becomes a battleground and their friendship struggles when fate forces them to choose sides against their will.Twenty years later destiny brings them to a crossroads again, when they no longer know what is right and what is wrong. While both compassion and injustice have the power to transform lives, will the three friends now choose to become sinful criminals or pacifist saints? The Tree with a Thousand Apples is a universal story of cultures, belongingness, revenge and atonement. The stylised layered format, fast-paced narration and suspenseful storytelling make for a powerful, gripping read

About the author: Born and brought up in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, Sanchit began his career as a part-time copywriter. He went on to co-found his own theatre group, worked as a freelance film screenwriter and as executive producer–fiction for a leading television network. His short stories have been published in several publications and lit festivals, viz Muse India, Indian Ruminations, Contemporary Literary Review India and Tata Lit Live to name a few. He has worked with All India Radio as a talk show host and regularly features in poetry recitals at Prithvi Café, Mumbai. This is his debut novel, the screenplay based on which has been long-listed in Sundance screenwriters’ International lab- US. When not writing, he is usually hanging out with his wife or looking for people to play poker with. He says his works explore his fascination for global cultures, societal structures, vagaries of the world and the human mind, but you know that’s all blah.

Review:  The Tree with a Thousand Apples is stories of different people their belongings and their vengeances. Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar grow up in peace in Kashmir. After a dark January night their lives completely change, Deewan flees from his home; Safeena’s mother turns into a ‘collateral damage’ and Bilal becomes poor. Their paradise becomes a battleground. 20 years later destiny brings three friends together. The story of Safeena, Bilal and Deewan pulls the reader into a universe of darkness which makes us question our own principles. The author Sanchit Gupta, has inputs talking to the locals from Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramulla, Sopore and Jammu, which created the landscape, the story, the culture and characters. This is author’s debut book. The book is dedicated to Kashmiri youth of 1990s who struggled through the past 26 years. The writing, the description, the scene is so authentic; giving you the right feel of the events happening around you. The story line and pace are so interesting that you cannot put it down until you finish the book. The author definitely has a strong control with words and has managed to write this story in such easy language that it can be enjoyed by all kinds of readers. I liked that this book gives you an honest insight into the story reflecting the stories on both sides of the coin, without being unfair to any side.

 

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