10 Things about ‘Being Human’ that makes me Thankful #ThankfulThursdays

I believe qualities makes everyone distinctive. It is the outward manifestation of what you believe inside your mind and spirit. It is your nature, personality, and moral fiber. Your character is the attitude and set of mind which indicates to others who you are and what you stand for.

This week I talk about 10 Things ( my qualities) that makes me thankful to be human.

1. I am humble: Humility is a quiet sort of confidence, an inner strength that allows for vulnerability because its possessor cares more about what is true than who is right. I am humble because I am open to criticism and correction without being emotionally battered and bruised by what is said or even how it’s said.

2. I am courageous: Loving the loveable is easy. But loving the unlovable takes courage. Being loyal to your friends is easy in front of your friends. Being loyal when there is pressure to be disloyal requires courage to stay true. Honesty when I know I will be praised for speaking it is easy. But honesty when I know I will be in all kinds of trouble for telling the truth requires all kinds of courage to tell it anyway.

3. I am grateful: I notice the light in the dark, joy in the sad and purpose in sorrow. Where ingrates only see pain, despair and emptiness, I have mastered the attitude of gratitude that sees opportunity and fullness. I am grateful for what others might consider the ordinary and common – that which is so easily taken for granted. I smile at the curiosity of the child who asks question after question after question. I notice the flutter of leaves in the breeze and the blueness of the sky and the crispness of autumn.

4. I am tolerant: I am truly happy hence I am a tolerant bunch. Iam tolerant of others’ mistakes. I am tolerate of the uncertainty of life. I don’t blow up or blow things out of proportion. I live comfortably with change and disruption and opposing ideas and attitudes.

5. I am loving: Love is the great neutralizer of negativity. It allows me to see pain behind anger, to recognize hidden misfortune behind very public expressions of bitterness and to reach out with kindness and compassion to those who strike out in fear and blame. Love truly does conquer all.

6. I am forgiving: Forgiveness at its highest form is forgiveness broadly applied, as an expression of a forgiving heart. It is the attitude of forgiveness. I do not carry the weight of grudges to be crooked and disfigured with hate and resentment. I cannot have burdens of the soul, hence I am lighter, freer and happier.

7. I am selfless: Selfishness is the great destroyer of love and compassion, of kindness, empathy and happiness. The problem is that it is also quite a natural part of the human condition. I truly lose myself in serving others, which has uprooted the crippling characteristic of selfishness and made me learn to release and love and feel. I serve and help and watch the good results.

8. I am funny: I have the caliber to laugh, especially at myself. There is humor in almost every situation. I just have to find it. And laughing is almost always better than crying.

9. I am disciplined: No one watches over my shoulder when I slack off–except me. I have sense of ethics, of what is right and what is wrong, and act accordingly. I am strong enough to say no to life’s many temptations, from food to drugs to illicit sex.

10. I am confident: I always believe that someone out there who is better than you, you can realize your own abilities. Be confident in what you can and cannot do.

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Addicted to Stationery

I tend to classify myself as a stationary collector. I have been fascinated with pens and paper, ever since I was a child. I used to beg my parents for the colourful erasers, holographic rulers, pencil boxes and what not. As I grew up, this interest did not die down and gravitated towards paper, ribbons, pens and other stuff. I cannot walk into a stationary store and not pick up something. Even if I manage to stick to my resolution of not buying, someone else buys it for me – such are my cravings.

Notebooks:

I am old schooled when it comes to making lists or jotting notes or just my thoughts – so no smart phone apps for me. As a result, I tend to pick up diaries and journals from everywhere and most of these purchases are done on an impulse. Here is a pic of some of the new ones from my collection.

Pens:

Colours is something which I can never have enough of and I tend to pick up coloured pens – gel pens, ball point pens, sketch pens – colour pencils, pastels and even coloured ink for my fountain pens. I recently picked up a pen which has 6 different colour refills in it and I can use any one colour at a given time – isn’t that cool.

Paper:

Wrapping papers tend to send me into a tizzy. There are quite a few stationary stores and book shops nearby where I live and I tend to end up browsing there while doing my weekly grocery shopping. I find the best wrapping sheets in the small stationary shops in community centres where they will stock some really unusual ones. For the vintage and rustic ones, my favourite store is the Wishing Chair which has some gorgeous English prints. Oxford Book shop and cottage emporium have some brilliant collection of very India- kinda prints from autos to cows to temples.

My collection has some soft tissue papers, sparkly cloth like thick paper in gold and silver – these are my prized ones and I use them very sparingly. Have a look at the Christmas themed paper I picked up for wrapping up this year’s Xmas gifts.

Tape:

I love ribbons and coloured tapes for making my gifts pretty. My recent addiction is paper tapes which I have started picking up from wherever I can find them.

BookMarks:

Art fairs, flea markets, dastkari haats and of course bookstores are my treasured haunts for picking up book marks. I have some really unusual ones – magnetic ones, metal cutwork, paper cutwork, metal rings, clip-ons and the usual paper ones.

Fridge Magnets:

Not a single trip where I haven’t picked up a magnet for my refrigerator – its my marker for all the places I have been to. Now My friends have also started contributing to this and so I have their travel souvenirs as well to put up on my fridge. I either need a bigger fridge now or no more magnets – what say!?!

I also have some butterfly shaped punchers and paper clips in varied shapes and sizes which is quite a unique thingy I picked up from I don’t even remember now. I just have to find something pretty and quirky to be hooked enough to buy it – never mind the utility.

I know this is a life long addiction and one that will just not be weeded out of me anytime soon! Unless of course there is some AA forum for it somewhere ….. I would love to hear about your stationary collections and fetishes….

About the Guest blogger – Shalini Baisiwala 

Passionate about everything design, I am in love with photography, travel and baking. My writing journey was initiated with my letter writing hobby as a child and has metamorphosised into serious blogging. I indulge with reading fantasy fiction, day dreaming and sipping good wine.  I am pretty much a Social Butterfly and can be contacted at

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Shalzmojo/
Twitter- @Shalz75
Blog – http://shalzmojo.in/
Instagram – @shalzmojo

 

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Wordy Wednesday #2

This Week: Word Prompts

Badge of Honour

Back to Basics

Between a rock and a hard place

Born with a silver spoon

Use any one or two or all the  prompts in your posts.

Many people on twitter think that I was born with a silver spoon, as what they see is an outgoing girl, with decent appreciation for her writings and guys fawning over her. But trust me when I say it was not an easy journey to reach here. There was a time when my life was stuck; it felt like I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. At that time somewhere I read a quote from Joseph B. Wirthlin “Great sculptors and artists spend countless hours perfecting their talents. They don’t pick up a chisel or a brush and palette, expecting immediate perfection. They understand that they will make many errors as they learn, but they start with the basics, the key fundamentals first.” My passion was writing and I had to go back to basics to learn and unlearn about writing. I started reading like a maniac– first part of basics. Then I kept grinding myself to earn the badge of honour in the blogosphere. No demands are asked, too great to bear my words are my anchor that will suffice in the basics, we can always trust to earn honour, upon backing on the right advice.

This post is written for Wordy Wednesday #2– January 2017 #BARWoWe

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10 Day You Challenge | Six Places

I am midway completing this challenge, and it feels good. It does.

1. Disney Land: Someone as kiddish as I am has to go to this place. I have grown up watching all Disney cartoons. In fact, I still have not grown up in that aspect. I have always wished to go there. I so want to go there. No matter how many Disney Land they open up around the world, but I want to go the original one.

2. Dubai: Yes, the glamour allures me. The ostentatious display of wealth allures me. Those are the only possible reasons for my love for travelling to Dubai.

3. India : Being an Indian, it wold be really fair if I scale the country before hoping on the foreign land or calling myself an enthusiastic traveler. I never do that anyway, but critic-critic everywhere. I have always wanted to visit all the “places of interest” listed in the General Knowledge books that we once read or the lost and unlisted places. It might take a very long time to do that, but I have realized it is not that difficult.

4. The Iguazu Waterfalls: The most beautiful of all the waterfalls on earth. Don’t believe? Google it or watch it on Youtube.

5. Paris: The most beautiful city on earth I would say. I really wanna be there once. Paris is my perfect place for a holiday with my love.

6. South Africa: No, Africa ain’t just deserts and camels. It has this place I would love to visit at least once in my lifetime.

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Immolation or Suicide

With small scale of joy and happiness born as a human being she was tenterhook-ed by hurdles. She and her mother were born into the world of poverty unable to care for their physical needs.Her father was no more in their picture.Every element of life threw shame at her. Her self consciousness in dress was sordid, the sympathetic glances of teachers and neighbors made her graven. Yes, she suffered from deadliest Diarrhoeal disease which targets malnourished children. Over the months she adapted herself to make her mother happy as she was the only gift of self forgetfulness.While she tried to remain positive her inner soul suffered from depression. Prepared to become her own worse enemy addicted to suicide in name of immolation she hanged to death. She was able to see her mother shedding more tears than ever and herself rotted in grave rotating, rolling along in a plane to get a second chance.

Her soul in hushed tone left a message to this world

HERE, WE NO LONGER LIVE HAPPILY.DEATH WON’T RELIEVE PAIN, IF YOU WANT RELIEF CHOOSE TO LIVE, FIND THE COURAGE TO MAKE TOMORROW . FUTURE IS MYSTERY LAND WHERE BEAUTY OF SKY ILLUMINATES AS THE WORLD IS ENLIGHTENED. MOSTLY, PAIN WILL NOT END FOR YOU AND FOR YOUR LOVED ONE’S . IT WILL GET BETTER, I PROMISE.

About the Guest bloggerShraesta Suresh

As a child, I wanted to be a doctor then later became a computer science student. Crazy lover of reading and writing ; now I’m more interested in blogging . Emphasis here is on enthusiasm and proof of your inner voice. Starting with least impressive part will get to the good stuff. I feel I’m ready for more challenging and this position really excites me.

Links to share your views:
Twitter: @shraesta22
Email shraesta22@gmail. com
Blog: shraes.blogspot.com

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10 Day You Challenge | Seven Wants

I had to really think about what it was that I wanted the most out of life. I’m sure that a lot of people would have said that they wanted money or material things but, even though having a huge house and loads of money in the bank would be pretty awesome and not something I would ever refuse if offered to me, all I really want in life is for myself and the people who I love to be happy and comfortable.

1. To be happy and comfortable in life.

2. To become a successful writer. I really want people to enjoy my work and want to read it.

3. I really want my kid(s) to be happy and have a good life. I want them to achieve great things, to go places, and to have amazing experiences.

4. I want to spend the rest of my life with Mr B. I want us to build a future together doing things that make us happy and to be a real family with our children.

5. I want to be the best mom that I can be. I want my kid to look back on her/his childhood with happy memories, knowing how much I love her/him.

6. I want to be happy. Completely and utterly happy with no depression and bad thoughts, and no niggling voices telling me how shit I am at everything. I want to love and accept myself with complete peace of mind.

7. I want more time. Really, my life could use a few more hours in the day, or a couple more days in the week. Given that I thrive when I have at least a couple of hours of silence each day, and then I have to sleep and eat.

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#HappySunday

#HappySunday #LinkParty #6

#HappySunday #LinkParty

Welcome Lovely Bloggers!

I have been having a great party this week and am enjoying it thoroughly. It is with immense pleasure that I am announcing the featured blogger of #HappySunday #5.

Simple Indian Moms Focus
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Romila is a freelance writer/editor/book reviewer and a blogger. Her enthusiasm has overwhelmed me. She takes special interest in #HappySunday #LinkParty and has always linked up first. I am extremely happy to have her as my cohost for this week. Welcome On Board Romila!

#HappySunday #LinkParty #6

So here we are with the #HappySunday linky party! Go ahead and link your favorite posts. 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
  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. Link ups are about sharing and commenting so please do as many as you can.
  7. Every week one blogger would be featured as the blogger of the week. He/She would be featured in twitter and in our 4k membered facebook group SimpleIndianMoms.
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 Special Feature of This Week – A Prompt

This week is special in a lot of ways and to make it even more special I am coming up with a prompt to write. In fact I have been asked for a prompt from many bloggers, and I have been wanting to write on something very important and so here we are with the prompt for this week.

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Old is Gold

Kishore da songs are the heartbeat of music to me. I am grown up listening to him from childhood and I feel attached to him when I listen to him. The legend’s birth anniversary falls on 4th of August, August is the month of monsoon and I was travelling on a rainy day from Jaipur to home that night. The weather was pleasant that day and I just love listening to my favourite music in the dim light of road. The drive was smooth; rain droplets entered and were falling on face through the opened window glass.
Happiness for me isn’t measured in terms of shopping or having a luxurious life, but it is long drive on cold nights, listening to radio or hugging the winds on the early summer morning days riding on my active, when the air is fresh and roads are empty. Ahhah, even writing this experience makes me happy and that night was one such beautiful morning. The radio RJ was super that day; He was talking and playing Kishore da hits.
I don’t need a better reason to fall for his sleepy voice, as he was talking about my crush. From that radio session I got to know that Kishore Da had four wives, He is known as the magical artist of India for his breath-taking performances.
He worked with Devanand sir, Big B, Rajesh Khanna. He worked in 100 movies and directed 8 films. Rajesh Khanna and Kishore Kumar the deadly combination Jodi worked together for 20 years. When Kishore Da passed away, Rajesh Khanna said, meri toh awaz hi chali gayi he
And one day Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Da were singing a song together, where it was turn of Kishore Da to sing but mistakly lata Ma’am sang the lines Piya Piya mora Jiya pukare…..So now it was retake needed, but Kishore Da said with his eyes to continue till the end, and at last everyone said that we have to take a retake sir, there is a mistake in the song.
Then Kishore da explained them that there is no need to retake, when Lata Ji will sing her lines in case of mine, the hero will keep his hands on the girls lip and continue with his lyrics this will add a romantic scene in the picture and no one will think of it as a mistake. Everyone clapped hands the brilliant idea of Kishore Da and when the movie was released the scene won the hearts of many.
I was happy to listen to this radio session and here is my Favourite among many other favourites of Kishore Da –
1. Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhagi si…
2. Yeh Sham Mastani…madhosh kiye jaye
3. Ek Ajnaabe Hasina se yuh Mulakat ho gayi…
4. Tariff Karu kya uski, jisne tumhe banaya..
5. Samne yeh kon aaya…
6. Aate jate khubsurat awara sadko pe….
7. Haal Kaisa he janab ka
This is what why we say OLD IS GOLD, nothing beats the inborn creativity in them, they were so natural and alive that they touched the strings of heart and are still holding the first place.
About the Guest blogger – Dixita Mour
Rajasthani | Blogger | Reader | Tea Coffee and Rain lover | Influencer | Storyteller |  hillstationreader.com

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Besties , Billies and Behnas

Well from title you will got that its post on friendship and sisterhood, but what is Billies ? Well it’s the name of my college group. I didn’t have so many friends but I have two girls who made me Billi from studious Nikita. Yes, I am ‘Bhigi billi ‘of my group!

So basically we are three girls Nikey, Rukhma and Nikita (that’s me). I met these girls in Jun 2011, first year and first day of my college. I was scared, shy and I still remember I didn’t speak a word in whole class not even answers (I known it though). In lunch break, I was thinking what to do as I was new to that city I don’t know anything. And suddenly a beautiful girl with mobile in hand a headphone in ears called me, ‘Hey, we share the names , if you don’t mind we can share music too?’ and her smile was so genuine and lovely that I said ‘ yes’ without thinking for moment. From that day onwards we share everything , food , gossips, opinions , vacations , college life , books , cloths to makeup , from a little things to big secrets.  She was Nikey!  The Girl,  who taught me the meaning of friendship.

On the same day I met another blessing of my Life, who looks like me and act totally opposite to me. People usually ask us ‘Are you sisters?’ well we don’t have biological connection but “DNA of nautanki” matches in our case. She is the one who teach me all girlish things from nail polish to eye liner. She is the one at whose home Nikey and Nikita are almost in the category of ‘Satan’ and we did all things to prove that tag right.

This both girls has played important role in my life and my Career too. I never attained any lectures; I didn’t remember a single incident where I need to stand in any queue of college. They have managed from exams to results. They had written assignment for me; from getting study material to parties they managed everything. So they gave feeling of parents too sometimes.

As it happened in every fairy tale, in my case it happened too, separation from them. I had cleared my CA inter examination and I joined office and this golden period ended. I still remember that little fights when I couldn’t manage to be on their birthdays or on result days, as every separation ours was harsh and painful too. But, this time too they showed that bond of understanding is beyond any misunderstanding. They started making sure that I wouldn’t miss any fun.  This much understanding and support is hard to find.

We did lots of outing and 3 picnics together. Shopping to reading, exams to family issues, cooking to food courts, college to marriages our friendship has took shape. Three girls who were enough immature to fight on chocolates are now suggesting each other how to manage relationships and in laws. It says you don’t need hundred of friends, you just need one friend who will stand by your side as ‘karna’ I am blessed to say that I have two “Karna”.

About the Guest blogger – Nikita Dongare

I am a future CA who found peace at words. I am 22 and trying to make own world filled with books and words. Find the real Nikita at Thenikitadongare.wordpress.com and stay connected with me at Twitter – @nikkuuu94

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