Time Lapse

As it seems to me,

Days went while years leap,

Holding hands we spent time,

I stood by you and you, mine.

As it seems to me, the time brought,

Every second, minute and hour hand go,

Bringing joys and our flow,

Shades of hair, yes, its grey from black, Oho.

With every day, we looked into each other’s eyes,

How we cared those tough times,

Like a sail and winds love,

We are here, aged at same clock.

An time lapsed, I see now,

It’s a love unbound,

Letters became reality,

Our relation, became our entity.

 

By, Masoom Jethwa

Bio note:  Masoom is a science graduate currently working on the planetary atmospheres in Space sciences. He is a Python and Perl Programmer. He blogs about the anecdotes on feelings, life and social experiences.

Blog: Link to Blog – https://mpjethwa.wordpress.com

Microblog: Link to Twitter – https://twitter.com/masoomjethwa

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Birds of Prey

Blurb
You wake up from deep slumber, parched and famished, and find yourself in a bottomless pit—dark and dingy with the foul smell of excreta and rotting scars and no seeming way to escape—what do you do? This is the predicament that ex-ACP Anton Pinto faces when he reluctantly joins the investigation of mysterious disappearances of men from affluent family from the suburbs of Mumbai. There is an inexplicable pattern behind the abductions and all suspicions point towards an old, physically-challenged, mysterious lady. Soon, Anton discovers that the seemingly unrelated men have one common link—the most popular and expensive international school in Mumbai and an undisclosed crime. Following clues that span from schools and old-age homes to illegal dingy hospitals, Anton is led through a labyrinth of incest, abuse, torture and suffering, spanning decades. What secret does the school hide behind its gates? What was the undisclosed crime that is thirsty for justice? Will Anton be able to save the men? Will justice be served?

About the author

Archana Sarat is an Author and Poet for the last ten years. She shuttles between Chennai and Mumbai and loves both cities passionately. Her works have been published in various popular newspapers, magazines and anthologies like The Times of India, The Economic Times, The SEBI and Corporate Laws Journal, The CA Newsletter, Me Magazine, The Science Reporter, the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, the WRIMO India Anthology, the GloMag Literary Journal and many more. She is popular in the online world for her flash fiction that appear every Saturday, called ‘Saturday Shots’. Though she is a Chartered Accountant by qualification, she took up her childhood love for writing as her vocation. She has a Diploma in Creative Writing from The Writers Bureau, UK. She lives with her husband and two sons in Mumbai. You can connect with her at www.archanasarat.com. Birds of Prey is her first novel.

Review

‘Birds of Prey’ is author’s debut novel and a very well written book. The story is about series of happening in Mumbai where men vanish with no trace and no motives. There is Inspector Anton, who tracks this matter to put an end to crime and comes to know about vengeance arising from personal experiences of child abuse. I love thrillers and I found this plot to be very smart. The author has used easy language and took me 2 days to finish this book. This book has raised the awareness of child abuse through fiction. The narration is worth appreciation. Many details from the book are heart paining making me wonder if such things really happen daily? The creativity of the author is worth applause.  The story comes from many perspectives, each of them convincing, trying to struggle to take sides. I suggest this book if you are intrigued by edge-of-the-seat thrillers and enjoy reading crime genre.

“I received a review copy of the book from Readomania in exchange for an honest and unbiased review”

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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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To Tip or Not To Tip

It is damn confusing every time I go out for a dinner or a lunch. Whether the waiter should be tipped and if yes then how much?  The answer to the first question is yes almost always and second is a debatable topic. I believe that since the waiters are being paid by the hotel, they should not be given tips. Then, the question of how much crops up. It has varying answers. Some people say 10% of the bill, some 15%, some 5% and some say and pay according to their moods, whims and/or depending upon the service. So, this is getting confusing for me every time. I do not support the tipping rule. The morality on the involved is questionable.  After all the people that are working as waiters are not depending on tips and it is not in some sense our duty to tip them. I don’t know…am still confused badly!!

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Why Networking Is Important For All Bloggers?

Still I remember the day when I created my blog. Initially the posts got many likes and followers. Slowly the numbers got reduced. I felt I was alone. I was in a hibernation mode, waiting for my status hike. But nothing happened magically. I was totally depressed and thought to quit blogging. At that time, I was introduced with the power and strength of networking.

Now with almost 3 years of experience and lessons learnt in the journey of blogging, I list out Why Networking Is Important For All Bloggers:

High Traffic Rate

Based on your frequency of posting, there is a high chance for your traffic rate to get increased. Every time when you publish a post, then you are creating data in the web sphere. And social media sites can help in sharing your posts to wider range of readers. That attracts more traffic to your site. It’s like Social Media Karma – If I share others’ posts, I get my posts shared too!!!

Personal Tips: Initially I had only my personal facebook account. Then I realized the need for opening a facebook page for my blog. Next I came to know that Twitter pulls more traffic to your blog. Now I have fb, twitter & tumblr accounts for my blog. My best score would be given for fb and twitter. So what are you waiting for? Go create your social media accounts and get connected to the world.

Extended Friendship

Through blogging and social media, your friendship circle expands. Now you are able to make global presence and a wider reach. Your friendship gets amazing as an extended family. Friendship will provide you directions, guidelines, sharing and caring. They will help you in getting connected with many others. Be happily connected!!!

Personal Tips: I have earned many friends through blogging and networking. Among many, I like to mention a few, such as Srividhya, Anamika, Bilna Sandeep & Corinne who had their initial positive impact on me and my blog. To get more friends, leave positive and encouraging comments on other blogs, reach them out for any suggestions and attend blogger meet ups.

Blogging Community

Blogging includes reading, writing and sharing. There are many blogging communities who support fellow bloggers and motivate them to excel. Write Tribe, Blog-A-Rhythm, Blogchatter and IndiBloggers are my favorites. They help us by providing weekly sharing threads, writing prompts, conducting contests and challenges, hosting linkup parties, publishing guest posts, and blogger interviews. Blogging is nothing but Post, Comment & Share!!!

Personal Tips: Knowing the power of networking, I have a guest post series in my blog – “This Mom’s Life” – an interview type guest post of mommy bloggers. Through that I have got so many wonderful friends. That series is the closest one to my heart. I do welcome guest posts by other bloggers and do write guest blogs for my friends. And this post is one such, done for my friend Romila. Thanks dear!!! Think uniquely, come with creative ideas and do guest posts. Host blogger interviews and guest posts of your favorite bloggers. Reach out to reach better.

Support and Encouragements

Networking assists you with support and motivates you with encouragement. It also helps in Blogger / Brand collaborations. Thus by bloggers can get transformed into influencers. There is wide spectrum of opportunities for bloggers. True blogging is like flying a kite; and networking raises it higher.

Personal Tips: I am happy to share with you all that my dream of becoming a published author is shaping into reality. I have contributed for “100 Moms One Journey”, a book to be soon released by Parul Agarwal. I am also contributing for an e-magazine – “Raising world Children” by Aditi Wardhan Singh. So utilize every chance that comes your way. Accept and do reviews, host linkup parties, provide give-away. Encourage your readers to come back. Always end your posts with a Call-To-Action like share your views, add to the list, suggestions are welcome.

Monetization

Ultimately every bloggers’ dream is to earn money from their blogs. Monetizing your blog is an art. You have to learn and play safe. Alexa rating, hit ratio, SEO rated posts provides a stronger impact on the blogosphere. Through advertisements, survey polls, sponsored posts and paid product reviews, your income starts flowing. Blogging Thumb Rule: Invest time at present and reap the money in future!!!

Personal Tips: I have recently signed MoU with a parenting website. Also I have started doing book reviews, product reviews and sponsored posts. Keep watching the status of your blogs, get inputs from your readers, learn about various blogging tools and plug-ins, research about SEO techniques. Self hosted websites attracts many brands and companies than the free websites. Invest some time and money to get higher price as a reward.

 Author Bio

Vasantha Vivek loves to call herself as a happy woman, daughter, sister, wife, mother, teacher, friend, mentor, seeker, lover. She’s from Kovilpatti, a small town of Southern Tamilnadu of India. She’s a teacher by profession. She worked as a professor at an Engineering College for nearly 15 years. She has learnt a lot as a teacher. She hopes that she had inspired some hearts during that period.  Teaching is her passion Reading is her love. Cooking is her heart. She enjoys reading and writing very much. She starts & ends her days with reading. She blogs @ “My Sweet Nothings”. She’s guest authoring in various sites like Indian Moms Connect, Monsoon Breeze, Parentous, Women’s Web, mycity4kids & World of Moms.

Featured At:The Times Of Amma, Stories of Motherhood!, Smart Indian Women

To read more stories of Vasantha Vivek, subscribe to her blog: http://mysweetnothings.in

Social Media Links: Facebook , Twitter

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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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A Walk in the Rain

Blurb

Love is poison that kills you. Love is elixir that keeps you alive. An unreciprocated love keeps you alive but kills every day. Heartbroken Sunny lives a reclusive life, trapped in the past, living in his memories. He has no complaints about his life but refuses to embrace the present. Saloni is a prostitute who is desperate to earn money by any means. She does not care about exploiting others to fulfill her purpose. Fate unites the loner and the prostitute to embark on a life changing journey of retribution and self discovery. Lovelorn Sunny turns misogynistic after Sandy, the only girl he loved walks away from his life, unannounced. He suffers painful solitude for almost two decades with the relentless haunting of her thoughts. A distressed friend Imran, vows to change his life forever. A surprise planned for his birthday turns into a tragedy that claims the life of his dear friend, triggering a series of unbelievable events. As Imran gets killed by a stranger, Sunny’s calm life suddenly turns into a turbulent storm. With nothing left to live for, vengeance becomes his ultimate mission. His reluctant alliance with a prostitute to trace the killer sets him onto a nerve racking adventure of life and death. Both are bound to a common goal with different motives but destiny has its own motive. A walk in the rain is an intricate tale of intense emotions, driven by hair raising twists and turns.

About the Author

Udai, an IT consultant by profession, is an avid writer and poet. Having good imagination skills, writing became a natural choice for him. Many of his poems and stories were published in school and college magazines. He is currently working on his untitled second book which is a crime thriller.

Review

A walk in a rain is a simple cute story with a lot of sub plots within main plot, giving a feeling of Bollywood movie. The plot has so many things like a movie; boy-girl romance, villains, fights, suspense etc. This book is a roller coaster ride of intense emotions, plot twists and nail biting finish. It’s a tale of love, and retribution of Sunny,Sandy,Saloni,Pooja and Imran, which gets interconnected. Surya, or Sunny as he is known to his friends, is a system programmer. He doesn’t socialise much, a lingering effect of an indifferent father and secluded childhood. But the few friends he has, he cherishes. Saloni is a prostitute forced into the job by circumstances and the greed of others. When fate brings Saloni and Sunny together, they witness the murder of Sunny’s close friend. As Sunny sets off to avenge his friend’s death, he enlists the help of Saloni who agrees but asks for money in exchange. The two set off to catch the murderer. Author has adopted a simple narration, comprehensible to even the first time readers, which suits this YA romance. Characters are well fleshed out. Each one is complex by nature. But then it is their life events that have made them what they are. To understand them one has to understand the underlying emotions that are slowly exposed as one progresses with the story. Each one acts his/ her part well and that in itself is a plus point. It helps one to relate to their actions and reactions. Language is simple much suited to Young Adult. Pace is perfect for the chosen demography but the style needs a bit of fine- tuning.

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The Woman Warrior

A storm whirling up,
Fighting against the odds
She survived the trial
Rising above all

Singing the song of her struggle
that followed her day and night
Yet, she reflected a smile back
Sending out a vigor of a warrior

Pen was her sword;
Words were her move
The memories that brought her weaknesses
She cut them off with her muse

A knight in shining armor
The children thought of her.
She was their fairy-tale
They found a mother in her.

By, Nikita Agarwal

Bio note: Hola! I’ll keep my introduction short and crisp. I am a commerce graduate, who is trying to figure out what to do with my poetry. I love writing poems; this is what keeps me going through life. To give you a feel, I’ll tell you my tale in six word – “’Where are you?’ ‘Searching for myself’.” For more such six word tales, or short verses, or poetry, follow me at – Blogspot   Instagram  and  Twitter

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Work Life Balancing act for #WomanBlogger

Work is always demanding, be it at office or home you’re expected to work for many hours to complete your tasks, and sometimes, the expectation is set to be available 24/7. It’s commendable to excel at your work, but when it creeps into your personal life it can ruin your mental and physical happiness.

You need segregation to achieve balance between your personal and professional lives. Many experts have pointed out, balance isn’t about building an unfathomable wall between your personal and professional lives, but finding ways to connect and integrate the two. Quite often people believe that to achieve success, they must give up their personal life. However, work-life balance is very much possible in a meaningful way.

“I’ve learned that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time”. -Oprah Winfrey

”Reconsider your definitions. We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.: – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Excerpts from Google.

Some great vices from the legends, Here is my list of ‘balance your work with life’ and be happy:

  • Time Management: maintain a routine, implementing the daily routine will help keep you on track to achieve the balance you want. Work plays an important role in life. It keeps the life going, school fees paid, vehicles running, bank loans paid. Hence, setting up the day in advance comprising Work, Health, Family and Me-time is all the more important. Right thing at right time will make you happy & healthier.  
  • Learn to Unplug: We live in a world which never sleeps, you are on the job virtually all the time, sneaking on your phone while having a family lunch is a new trend now. But try and turn of f from the outside world, it provides time to recover from stress. It provides the much needed time to recharge, for newer ideas to surface. Ever wondered why writer’s block gets better by unplugging from writing temporarily? Our brain too needs time to rejuvenate.
  • Keep your approach flexible: Do not force yourself to cling on the invisible lines of set standards. Being flexible is as important ingredient in work-life balance as charting the routine is. Keep the ideas flowing; but adhering to strict regime of publishing daily and also managing the other work is tough to achieve. Keep flexibility in your schedule, it will save from last minute rush of meeting deadlines and compromise with quality.
  • It’s alright to be imperfect at times: Perfect idea or thought is a fantasy, in reality there is always scope of improvement. There have been times when I keep scratching my head for perfect blog post, but then after writing for hours realize this is still not shaping up. So it’s alright, accept the flaws and make scope for improvement in the next one. 
  • Defy Envy: a most vital cue for a happy work-life balance, do not let the Envy creep in and destroy your peace. Instead learn from other’s achievements. Many prominent bloggers provide opportunities for newbie to learn via linky challenges, contests, guest columns, etc. Do not hesitate in joining few.

Hope you like my tips on Work-Life Balance for #WomanBloggers. Thanks for reading and please share your thoughts with me on www.gleefulblogger.wordpress.com

Guest post by , Dipika Singh

About her: GleefulBlogger (Dipika Singh) shares her candid thought through her blog: www.gleefulblogger.wordpress.com her areas of content revolves around woman empowerment. She has donned many hats, from studious kid on the block to a full time romantic, from serious censoring role with International Banks to lecturing MBA aspirants. Now, she’s hands on mommy and a full time blogger.

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How will you #BeBoldForChange ?

Today, the world is celebrating the ‘International Women’s Day’ and I, being a woman is feeling thrilled but more than that – I am feeling thoughtful of why are we celebrating this day and exactly, what purpose are we fulfilling by dedicating this special day to the women? Are we really getting something out of it? On Googling, I came to know that “International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.” (Are we really moving towards gender parity?)

I also got to know that the day has been occurring for well over a century now and is growing from strength to strength but looking at the present rate of crime against the females; I am unsure whether we would ever close this gender gap.

No matter what gender and age group you belong to, look for possible ways how you can bridge this gap and help emancipate the condition of female gender – all over the world and across each section of the society. There are 100 of ways that you can do to do your bit for this movement but I believe the following pointers are the fundamentals, which could strengthen the progress of this broad vision that we all have seen.

Support other woman

I recently read this wonderful quote – “There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.” ~ Madeleine K. Albright

For a few minutes, I gave it a thought and realised how unwelcoming we women are to our female bosses. Whenever a woman with great leadership skills tries to make a point, how she is perceived as ‘Bossy’ by her subordinates. This is disheartening to know that most of those who think like this are females only. And, through experience, I come to this conclusion that the cause of this attitude among females is jealousy for the other woman. If a woman won’t support the other woman then, how we can think of other gender to show support to us. If we all women together stand for each other then, no other force can pull us down. So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.

Raise your voice against crime

Never ever seal your lips on seeing even a minute crime against the woman. I strongly feel – if you don’t raise your voice against the crime done to woman, then you are encouraging it and it is going to be more dangerous in future. For you and for your people!

Don’t be a victim

They say – women are the weaker section of the society but I am of the opinion if a woman gathers all her inner and outer force then no one can stop her and face her. If you are molested in the public, then retaliate without feeling embarrassed. It is not your fault; the one who did wrong to you should feel ashamed. If you are emotionally and physically abused in your home – STOP it right away! You are capable of fighting for your rights and you deserve equal respect in the society.

Practice what you preach

We all talk about gender parity and show concern for the falling sex-ratio but how many of us are really doing something to balance this gender gap? How many of you have thought about supporting an orphan girl child? How many of you really wished that your first child be a baby girl? Or, how many of you have celebrated the birth of a second girl child? The point here I am trying to make is – if we really want to change the condition then it is important that we practise what is being preached and discussed year on year. Adopt a girl child. Stop killing female foeticide. Respect the other woman.

Be the change

Here I am remembering the popular quote by M.K. Gandhi – “Be the change, you wish to see” to emphasize on the importance of initiating the change from within. It’s very important that to encourage others to follow you, you take that first step. Dear men and women, if you really wish to see the change then, it’s high time that we all bring some changes in our lives and deeds. Take that small step and see how it changed your life and the lives of others. Do you want education for all? Then, do something for this – start educating that poor girl child of your house-help. It is these small things that can bring big changes for the future generation.

This year the theme of IWD is #BeBoldForChange and each one of us are required to take some action to accelerate gender parity.

I, through my blog DigiMother, pledge to create awareness about work-from-home options for mothers so that they can build work-life balance. I support and will forge women advancement. What action would you take to bring that change?

Take that action NOW!

Written by, Neha Jain 

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