I Hate Summer

I’m going to stick my neck out and say it: summer vacation is stupid. Because no matter how well thought-out my ideas for their summer vacation ever are, things just never seem to go as planned.  Summer vacation is fraught with expectations. What am I doing? Gee, I don’t know. I hate summers. For most earthlings, summer is the season of vacation, fun-fun-fun in the beach, overly-saturated colors and everything attached to it. During March to May, temperatures here can climb up to 50 degrees Celsius. Just when the earlier cool of winter does blesses my skin with without less of acne for sometime, in the coming weeks my pores will be curse with rashes-like whiteheads and excruciatingly painful acne! Oh god! Just, kill me now… and wake me up when September ends. No, seriously, it starts to cool down after September. Unlike winter countries, when the outside temperature resembles an ice cream storage  fridge, getting inside offers comfort and eventually melts all your frozen bits. But unlike in the tropics, air-conditioners needed freons and they work overtime to cool down the whole building as opposed to fireplaces. Plus the sweat acts as a conductor, thus exacerbating cold. Then the cycle continues once you step out of the structure. The result is a bad flu that happens even if it’s not flu season.

So, in my world… SUMMER IS THE BEST SEASON TO STAY INDOORS! 

And if somebody tells me to go to the beach, the answer is NO. I love beaches, but I am not the sort of person who enjoys that kind of thing in summer. Besides, I can’t swim.

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Leadership #HappySunday

Leaders are not made in a single day – They are cultured through their life.

It is not easy for you or your child to become a leader – You need to make yourself capable for it. Take the initial step.

Waiting for acknowledgement, acceptance or encouragement from people around you has never been a path to become a successful leader.

Take Initiative

Leadership HappySunday

 

“Leadership is the quality of behavior of individuals whereby they guide people or their activities in organising efforts” — Chester I. Barnard

Leadership is an influential process. The leader is in a position to shape, regulate, control and change the attitudes, behaviour and performance of his group members. The latter are supposed to comply with the former’s desires and directives and partially suspend their own judgment and discretion. There exists a particular relationship between the leader and his group members which is characterised by interpersonal and social interaction.

#HappySunday #LinkParty #HS 10

#HappySunday #LinkParty

Blogging is not only writing a post and hitting the publish button. It goes a whole lot of way more than that. The blogoshpere exists because of the blogging communities, their synergies and mutual connections. Link parties is a beautiful way to do exactly this.

This week the #HappySunday #LinkParty is hosted by Vasantha Vivek who was the featured blogger a couple of weeks earlier.

The following are the rules, I would like each participating member to follow the rules for better results.

  1. You can add up to two posts per week not necessarily on the prompt.
  2. Add my super delightful badge(code below) in your post.
  3. I would be commenting on all posts and sharing them.
  4. Use the hashtags #SIM #HappySunday when commenting and sharing for better reach.
  5. Comment on the post of the host and one post above your post.
  6. Blog hops are about sharing and commenting so please do as many as you can.

Featured Blogger Of The Week

 

Prompt For The Week

This week the prompt is very simple and is going to be easy to write too.

Write to us about summer vacation

  1. Your memories
  2. Your plans
  3. Your experiences

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5 Small Joys I am Thankful for #ThankfulThursdays Week 21

The small things in life really are the most important to our happiness.  Think about it, we have small joys everyday. My favorite saying/quote is we make our own happiness.  We can fume about the disappointments in life which slams the door on all the good feelings trying to lift you up.  When you are upset just close your eyes and when you open them look for joys in a sunrise, the beautiful colors of the leaves, your pet licking you or may be having your favorite ice cream.

  1. Starting a new book is such an amazing feeling. It means that first off, I have free time to read. But it also means that this specific arrangement of words composed by another person is about to speak truth into my life and cause me to think, laugh and cry. The possibilities are endless. After I get over my post-book depression, the satisfaction sets in and it truly is one of the most accomplished feelings.
  2. Finding time to be still could be hard to find, but it is one of life’s simplest pleasures. Meditation, prayer, and just taking a deep breath is free, rewarding, and so relaxing. There is truly nothing like those moments where you can feel your brain expanding and working to process new information. Feeding your brain is such a feel good activity.
  3.  Every time I am in a bad mood I try to stop my negative thinking cycle by looking to the people around me and complimenting them. This helps to create positive thoughts, and will make you (and that person) feel better overall. It’s a win-win.
  4. Crossing an item off your To Do list is by far one of the best feelings in the world. Laundry? Done. Paper due tomorrow? Done. Staying organized is a joyous moment for me; it is also a stress reliever to see that pen cross right through that task you just completed giving sense of achievement.
  5. Writing on fresh pages in my journal with an inky, flowy pen. There is something about fresh pages and flowing ink. The best thing about writing is that no matter what I end up writing about it is hard to not grow from it. I cant just read a past entry/post in my journal in which I acted  shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway” No, I say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!” That’s the truth! Writing always gives me the joy of turning into a better person.

Learning to appreciate these things and moments play a huge role in creating a peaceful and happy life. Although the things themselves may be small, failing to appreciate them has really big ramifications! Be Happy Be thankful to small joys of life. It’s so much easier to walk this life if you look for the good in small things and spend as little time as possible on the bad.  What little joys do you love in life?

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Pets Day with Isheeria – March 2017

His eyes are growing shimmer
He romps and plays so much
Although he is still a puppy
He behaves like a grown up doggy man.
He love my touch
and his paws don’t seem to clutch
His cute nose and happy wagging tail
He licks me when I come home
and barks at the mail.
His energy simply puts raw exuberance
which overwhelms me by joy
Caught in your gust, lost in your playful spins
Spiky you are my boy

Dogs are lovable and funny creatures, they’re big and small with all sorts of features. And every once in a while, if given a smile, they can be the very best teachers.  On National Puppy Day – 23rd March 2017, drop by your local shelter and see if you can find a friend. Nothing will make you happier.

 This post is a part of #PetsDayWithIsheeria, a monthly linky party on pets by Ishieta. 

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Holi #ClickandBlogAStory

Holi, one of the most unique and exciting festivals of India has knocked the door this year 2 days back.  Holi is an occasion for a cordial get together, enjoying, celebrating and exchanging wishes and sweets. The message of Holi is universal brotherhood and everyone is invited to join in the celebrations, regardless of race, religion and gender. Expect to be drenched in water, smeared in colors and thoroughly revel in the celebrations. The festival of colors, Holi holds a special charm in the bouquet of Indian festivities, marking a special occasion to enjoy meeting your dear ones, celebrating with colors and savoring lip smacking sweets and other delicacies. The festival has a long tradition in India. It was primarily celebrated to commemorate the victory over evil. It’s that time of the year when the thrillometer is at its peak. Holi, and why wouldn’t they, it is the most amazing festival minus the boring rituals and traditions.

So let us talk about your Holi, how was the festival this year?

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Holi – spreading colors and brightness

“Blue is song, Yellow is music, Green is dance, Red is beauty, White is love & Pink is for joy. I wish all these colors fall on you!”

India, witnessing color of happiness and peace.
Nation comes alive to enjoy the spirit
A celebration of color- Holi!
An experience of content, harmony and delight.

Holika burns amidst merriment and mirth.
Evil overpowered by love and devotion.
A festival to celebrate
An enduring love saga of Radha and Krishna.

Gulal – red, green, yellow and countless.
A day’s canvas – a riot of colors.
Lively crowd running hither and thither,
Rainbow of colors, dashing from every nook and corner.
Disregarding their woe and despair fervent folks,
Rejoicing at the marvel of colors.
A day filled with luster and gaiety,
A day to smear our dreams-
With a splash of vibrant passion colors.
Holi Hai! A spring of unbounded fun and frolic!!

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On being a Woman

 

Femininity is a word that is difficult to say and tricky to understand for me. God has made each person (male or female) showing that there should be dissimilarity between the two. As women, it is our dependability to let our femininity shine. But what does that mean? Do I need to have my nails colored and makeup applied? Is it a crime to enjoy and play cricket? Am I a letdown if a continental dinner is not on the table by 7 pm?

Much of our discernment of what it means to be a woman is shaped by our view of the woman’s role in history. An old adage says timeless lady is known to others as righteous. She is trustworthy and hardworking. She cares for her family, helps those in need, and speaks with intelligence. Woah! Oh my good lord that’s a lot to endeavor for! Is my femininity, then, characterized exclusively by outer appearance and actions, as today‘s media would like to say; or is it characterized by a God-given inward worth I am expected to plant?

To be frank we women haven’t really changed from generation to generation. Proper etiquette, suitable dress, dreams and aspirations, available jobs and societal privileges have transformed, but a woman is still a woman no matter what historical age she lives in. Throughout history, though, judgments about what femininity means have changed but I am extremely thankful to be a woman of 2017. I can go to work in the morning, play sports in the afternoon, clean house and cook dinner all before getting dressed up for an evening of fun with my friends. My parents have not arranged my marriage yet nor am I so fraught to get married though I want to be swept down romantically by Prince charming. I am not likely to sit silently at social gatherings. I have had the opportunity to not only attend but also earn my PhD degree from the college. Yet these have not always been privileges available to a woman. In my opinion, never before women were afforded as many freedoms as we currently enjoy.

I would have never survived in Victorian and era wearing corsets, petticoats, bustles and hats, hair piled high like really high.  They were commended for their resilience and capacity to hold fast to the model of femininity characteristic of their day; but no, that wouldn’t be the place for me.

Neither, though, would I have been at ease in the midst of the modern “feminist” society. Why do women try to present themselves as men’s equals? What do they have to prove? I don’t think women are weak and helpless, yet many women spend their lives trying to look and act just like men, but why? I guess they just want a chance to be treated as a man, but they’re not men and shouldn’t struggle to be one. I don’t know about you or other women, but I would enjoy having someone else hold the door for me, carry my luggage, and fix the plumbing and appliances. Could I do all of those things for myself? Absolutely yes. Would I take pleasure in the chance? Not in the least.

I would say to every woman, delight in the independence you’ve been given to be feminine. Pin your hair up; clutch on a fabulous set of pearls or diamonds; don a beautiful dress that twirls; sport a pair of fabulous heels. Femininity isn’t just an outward mark but an inward quality that comes from being comfortable, even satisfied, with being a female. For me woman is clearly feminine, who is strong and capable. That is the picture of femininity, the set standard for which I strive. I am thankful for the opportunities afforded to us as women today. No matter what generation you live in, God’s kindness, sympathy, and precision make it a blessing to be more than just a plain old woman.

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Act of kindness – #HappySunday

We live in such a high-pressure world that sometimes we forget some very important things as we rush from one busy day to the next. One thing that is often forgotten is taking time to be kind. It sounds like such a simple idea that you might think, “That’s not true, I always take time to be kind.” Maybe you do, but most likely kindness could be a bigger part of your day and your life. You will probably find that by making a conscious effort to perform daily acts of kindness, you will make a difference in many lives. You might be surprised to find that the biggest difference you make is in your own life. The simple act of bringing a smile to someone’s face can create a spark of joy in your heart that will change the way you see the world.

“No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness, and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.” Emma Goldman

Remember, when you perform an act of kindness, you shouldn’t expect to be paid or to receive anything for what you do. Sadly, some people might not even say thank you, but this doesn’t negate what you have done. The act itself should be its own reward.

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” Princess Diana

The possibilities are really endless and as varied as the people you meet in your life. If you are looking for a way to be kind and fill a need, you will rarely have to look very far.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

 

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#FridayFotoFiction Week 14 – The Abandoned House

 

The windows are dark. Paints have chipped and faded. Life has left its mark on this abandoned house. There are whispers in the air talking about ghosts of past from the people who lived here in this house. The roof has caved in allowing rain to wet the inner squeaky floors squealing in anguish. Shadows meander room to room. Life for them wasn’t fair who lived in this house. Uncared for within the neighbourhood, the weeds have grown near the house. It has been colored in murkiness where shades of willow tree hang down trying to veil the abandoned house.

Total Word count: 100

 

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#BookSlutThursday – Week 4

1. The images that touch our hearts most often wear the attire of simplicity. A smiling child, a shower of rain, an evening walk and a heartfelt conversation; they all have the power to move us and secure themselves in our memories for a long time. Twinkle Khanna falls back on this premise heavily in her book ‘The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad’. In all the four short stories she conjures up in this collection, there is certain simplicity- an element of everyday. The book opens with the title story wherein we follow a frail but spirited 17-year old Lakshmi Prasad and her dream to secure independence for every girl child of her village. It is followed by the tale of two sisters in their sixties, trying to piece together their lives between loneliness and unexpected friendship. The third story takes us into the world of a young Malayali woman who continues her search for meaning in life amidst multiple marriages. The final story, the longest of the four, chronicles the trials and tribulations of a village simpleton who takes up the cause of making affordable sanitary napkins for women from all strata of the society.
2. At the age of just 15 Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban – she survived! Now she is a famous political activist, continuing her campaign for education, equality and peace for every child, everywhere. In light of her attainment of the Nobel Peace Prize this book is more relevant than ever. Malala tells a story that demands to be heard! A true story of love, loss and tremendous courage, showing how a single voice can change the world. Malala: The girl who stood up for education and changed the world by Malala Yousafzai.
3. Saadat Hasan Manto’s first collection of stories was published in the 1940s, but his stories have an enduring relevance. Now read by more people than ever before, the simple clarity of his stories about marginalized people, his astute understanding of the complexity of human nature and the poignancy of his stories on Partition transcend spatial and temporal boundaries many of his characters are legendary and his taut narratives are a great source of insight into the human condition. Widely regarded as one of the greatest short-story writers of the Subcontinent, Manto is now, a hundred years after his birth, also acknowledged as one of the most powerful voices of his time. An enigma in his lifetime, and plagued by financial troubles, alcoholism and legal persecution in the last years of his life, he draws a posthumous wave of near-universal admiration. Aatish Taseer’s sensitive translation captures the lyricism and power of Manto’s voice
4. I grew up with metal boxes, and I really wanted one for myself again in vintage print. This is great! It can fit in many gem clips, stamps and small sized photos. The design is great. I get a LOT of compliments on it whoever sees this on my table.
5. I have been using these Staedtler Luna Pencil for quite some time now. These write well, and do not require frequent sharpening compared to other pencils. The body colors are pretty nice too. Added to that is the assurance of the Staedtler brand, made in Germany. Go ahead with this if you want basic pencils that write well, last for a decent time and are reasonably priced.
6. Hailed by many as the holy grail among gel ink pens, the Uni-ball Signo line is lauded for its legendary archival quality ink and continuous smooth flow. With tip sizes that range from 0.28 mm to 1.0 mm and a vivid array of colors to choose from, it’s revered by pen lovers everywhere.
7. Intricately-cut brass metal bookmark is in 24 Karat Gold Plated. The artistic, openwork metal design is enhanced by a rich burgundy silk tassel.
8. You only live once, make it grand. Use that time, exploit that age, waste that life the way you wish. Play by your own rules and change the rules when you lose. It is totally worth the trouble. And so is my handbag journal. This stylish soft to touch notebook has lined guides and perforated pages for easy writing.
9. And that a crystal bowl, famous Dublin cut, which accents the decorative piece, is perfect for a variety of flowers, as well as standing alone as a lovely accent piece.

If you are inspired by this post I would suggest you do the same and share your link with Shalz.

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