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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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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Coffee Tuesdays

Hello, my lovelies!

How are you today? Welcome to this week’s Weekend Coffee Share! As you can see, this week’s been pretty busy on blog and twitter.

It’s a nice day out but not as hot as other nights were, so while the windows are open and letting the fresh spring air in, I think it’d good if it showers early this year.

If we were having coffee today, you’d notice I’m a bit moody today, as I am in my PMS mode. I have a pathetic period cycle, this will now keep me away from my fitness schedule for the coming few days and I hate sleeping and doing nothing. The cramps dont allow me to sit on laptop for long.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d ask you if love reading banned books? I read two and plan to read more.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d ask you which is your favorite song of coke studio series? I love Sukhwinder Singh’s Peer Manawan Challiyan as I love punjabi lyrics and music huge.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you I’ve been trying to avoid the news lately because it feels like the world is becoming a really awful place. But being active on Twitter all the time, make me know the news.

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you how excited I am to think about my amazon debut as an author officially.

If we were having coffee…I would re-tell you about my 4 years of Instagram, 14years of blogging and my blog being a part of Indian blogger directory. Happiness which has no bounds and limits for me.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I have a big time twitter crush but he is just someone who is in a negative phase, I hope he turns positive.

If we were having coffee…what would you tell me? Come on…lay it all out! It’s just you, me, the pleasant sounds of a cafe…and maybe some other eyes in the comment section.

Thank you for having coffee with me. Same time, next week!

‘This #CoffeeTuesday posts has been linked with Isheeria and SlimExpectations‘ 

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Silence is a source of great strength

In the modern world it’s very difficult to go anywhere where there’s no possibility of being disturbed by the sound of passing cars, and the only chance that city or town dwellers get to experience something of the quietness which existed everywhere in the pre-car world is sometimes on Sundays, when the mad rushing to and fro of modern life slows down. This quietness seems so foreign now that it seems difficult to believe that a hundred years ago and before it was everywhere all the time. This lack of quietness has also meant is that people are no longer used to silence, and have even, as a result, become afraid of it. Along with inactivity, silence has become something which most people are determined to avoid at all costs, and which, when they are confronted with it, unnerves them. In other words, in the modern world silence has become an enemy. And this is a terrible shame, because in reality silence is one of our greatest friends and strength. In the same way that the natural quietness and stillness of the world around us is always covered over with man-made noise, the natural quietness of our minds is constantly disturbed by the chattering of our ego-selves. We need silence and stillness to become our true selves and to be truly happy. Personally, silence is something that I am attached to. I love it. I know how important it is. When I’m in a noisy situation, I often put myself in a bubble. I first start out by noticing all the noise, then I try to find the softest sound and focus on that. I begin to fall into a trance, and I’m always left with silence.

This post is written towards #QUOTEDSTORIES 4 – SILENCE – Hosted by Upasna and Rohan

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Book Slut Thursday – Week 4

1. Zahir Dehlvi, an accomplished poet and young official in the court of Bahadur Shah Zafar, lived through the cataclysmic 1857 Revolt that changed the course of history, marking the end of Mughal dominion and the in statement of the British Raj. Dehlvi s memoir, written on his deathbed, chronicles the fading glory of the Mughal court and most importantly, pivots on the violent siege of Shahjahanabad. Translated into English for the first time, Dehlvi s memoir is intensely vivid and moving. An immensely significant historical record of the Revolt as it unfolded, Dastan-e-Ghadar is also a compelling personal account that conjures the dramatically changing world Dehlvi lived in.

2. #1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

3. Brought together in this volume are two of the most moving novels by one of India s greatest women writers The Skeleton and The Man. The Skeleton, translated from Punjabi into English by Khushwant Singh, is memorable for its lyrical style and depth in her writing. Amrita Pritam portrays the most inmost being of the novel s complex characters. The Man is a compelling account of a young man born under strange circumstances and abandoned at the altar of God.

4. Creative Cute Delicious Dot Diary Book is Well made and sturdy, it will handle the abuse you give it while tossing it in your backpack or carrying. The pages don’t get peeled away from the cover, rounded case binding is holding the pages tight.

5. Moustache Friday Bookmark. It says everything.

6. These colorful erasers are perfect for erasing those writing mistakes and keeping on track with the writing skills.

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Book Slut Thursday – Week 3

1. Pietro Ferrero was God’s gift to mankind. We all should be Thankful to him for making us have these scrumptious sweets. Thank God he added Hazelnut in the chocolate or we might have been robbed of the trademark taste that sets Ferrero Rocher apart. Want more than classic chocolate and dark chocolate? Well, Ferrero Garden is a collection of all the amazing flavors. So, the next time you see someone having Ferrero Rocher amaze them with these facts and make them fall in love with the chocolate more.

2. This Classic Century Leather Pen Case is a super stylish way to protect your favorite Cross pen and also other stationery. The leather accessories collection has been made out of 100% top grain leather which has been handcrafted into great products by highly skilled artisans. The blend of form and function, top shelf materials, the softest natural leathers, the technology and the sheer utility of Cross leather accessories have been instrumental in garnering rave reviews from consumers across the world.

3. I have a huge love for calculators. My pink and black from Casio is easy enough to use for day-to-day calculations. Has all the functions right there before your eyes as opposed to the “fancy” graphing calculators that have oodles of functions buried in their OS. The pink makes it so attractive. It works so well it deserves some kindness. This is a neat little go anywhere, do anything under any kind of conditions calculator. Love it!

4. I am a fan of Staedtler and hence no question about the quality which is top class. Lovely dark pencils, rarely break, easy to use and improves handwriting. Premium quality pencil for writing, drawing and sketching on paper and matt drawing film. Unbelievably break-resistant through special lead formulation and super-bonded lead.

5. At first glance, Javier Sierra’s The Secret Supper plows just a little too close to the cotton of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Both novels deal in detail with Leonardo Da Vinci and three of his most famous paintings, The Last Supper (painted on the refectory wall in Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan, Italy) 1495-1498, Virgin of the Rocks (Louvre) 1483-1486, and Virgin of the Rocks (London) 1495-1508.The Secret Supper is set in 15th-century Italy, specifically 1497-98, when Da Vinci was finishing his The Last Supper. Rome sends an inquisitor, Father Agostino Leyre, to Milan, ostensibly for the funeral for Donna Beatrice d’Este, the wife of Il Moro Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, the latter who is Da Vinci’s patron for painting The Last Supper in the refectory of Santa Maria della Grazie. The Duke fancies this monastery for his family burial vault.Javier Sierra’s The Secret Supper is a very well researched non-starter. The story never captures a self-sustaining momentum, a fault that forces a good bit of the story’s importance into the last quarter of the book. Having said that, any book that requires outside study by the reader is a worthy book for consumption.

6. In the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris’s recent bestseller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope’s awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.

7. Each of the Nine lives William Dalrymple describes in his absorbing book is “intended to act as a keyhole into the way that each specific religious vocation has been caught or transformed in the vortex of India’s metamorphosis during this rapid period of transition, while revealing the extraordinary persistence of faith and ritual in a fast-changing landscape”. The popular Western notion of Indian spirituality is bound up with asceticism and meditation, but religious experience in the subcontinent takes many forms, and for every self-denying sannyasi there are numerous devotees who find a path to god through singing, dancing, whirling, sex, drugs and storytelling. Dalrymple is a lively, knowledgeable and sympathetic guide to this world of faith, which is indeed threatened by the rise of modern India. Traditions that have been handed down for generations may vanish, not because people stop believing but because the young, not unnaturally, regard an MBA or a job in IT as more alluring than following in the family business.

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BookSlutThursday – May Week 2

1. The London Eye is not a Ferris wheel. It’s the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheelOn average the London Eye receives more visitors per year than the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids of Giza. The London Eye can carry 800 people each rotation, which is comparable to 11 London red double decker buses. Isnt all this majestic about the eye? I am so happy to have a book mark on the same.

2. The best quality pen from Cross what comes with a roller ball think technology it fits in your hand perfectly without giving any trouble especially the colours of the body is quite interesting which definitely makes me more pieces of this pen.

3. The colorful and attractive adhesive paper tapes which can be used for various decorative purposes are usually just a fancy item in my collection.

4. Post-it Flags stick securely, remove cleanly without damaging the documents and come in a wide verity of colors. Post-it Flags help you plan, prioritize and personalize at work. Eliminate confusion when signatures are required, or you need to differentiate areas to be reviewed from areas where you are requesting feedback or comments. Post-it Flags can also be used track and maintaining person and team calendars, color code by person or project, and manage urgent and day-to-day tasks.

5. These medium sized colored clips demand attention! They add a special emphasis to your documents. They are ideal for adding a touch of class to any report they are attached to. They have holding capability of up to 25 sheets.

6.Who tells the greatest story — God or Manto? Dozakhnama: Conversations in Hell is an extraordinary novel, a biography of Manto and Ghalib and a history of Indian culture rolled into one. Exhumed from dust, Manto’s unpublished novel surfaces in Lucknow. Is it real or is it a fake? In this dastan, Manto and Ghalib converse, entwining their lives in shared dreams. The result is an intellectual journey that takes us into the people and events that shape us as a culture. As one writer describes it, ‘I discovered Rabisankar Bal like a torch in the darkness of the history of this subcontinent. This is the real story of two centuries of our own country.’ Rabisankar Bal’s audacious novel, told by reflections in a mirror and forged in the fires of hell, is both an oral tale and a shield against oblivion. An echo of distant screams. Inscribed by the devil’s quill, Dozakhnama is an outstanding performance of subterranean memory.

7. Caldwell and Thomason’s intriguing intellectual suspense novel The Rule of Four stars four brainy roommates at Princeton, two of whom have links to a mysterious 15th-century manuscript, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili . This rare text (a real book) contains embedded codes revealing the location of a buried Roman treasure. Comparisons to The Da Vinci Code are inevitable, but Caldwell and Thomason’s book is the more cerebral—and better written—of the two: think Dan Brown by way of Donna Tartt and Umberto Eco. You don’t have to be an expert at decoding to see that an excellent cover, high production values throughout, a gripping story, a strong publisher push and reader interest still stirred up by The Da Vinci Code will add up to big numbers for this one .

8. At once a riveting intellectual thriller, a feast of biblical history and scholarship, and a moving family drama, The Fifth Gospel is spectacular…deliciously labyrinthine…this superb Rubik’s Cube of a novel is the best of its kind. The Fifth Gospel is a masterful intellectual thriller that will change the way you look at organized religion, humanity, and perhaps yourself. Ian Caldwell, author of ‘The Fifth Gospel’, takes us inside one of the most mysterious places in the world to reveal some little known facts about The Vatican.

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BookSlutThursday – May Week 1

1. If you ask Shamsur Rahman Faruqi what his favourite place is, he will walk you down to Delhi of the 18th century. It is the land of the poet Mir Taqi Mir. You would see young Mir, clutching a bundle of papers, wandering the alleys on winter nights. In coffee houses and caravan sarais, bazaars and bylanes, couplets would sing and slumber. This is Faruqi’s homeland. He knows how to go down Chandni Chowk and reach the flower-sellers’ market in Mali Wara to buy a bunch of Iranian jasmine. He knows where the attar kiosks are. He knows the houses that mourn the men who have died in battles. It is this Delhi that Faruqi returns to most often in his collection of stories, The Sun That Rose From The Earth.

2. Everytime we talk about ‘Bapu’, we discuss his greatness, teachings and the sacrifices he made for the nation. But how much do we know about the man as a husband and father? No one can tell us that better than his wife Kasturba Gandhi. Though a fictitious retelling, The Secrets of Kasturba Gandhi explores Kasturba’s life, heart and mind – opening some interesting and intimate chapters of Karamchand Gandhi’s life! Author Neelima Dalmia Adhar brings out an amazing chronicle on the life of Kasturba Gandhi, presented in the form of imaginary diary entries. The book is an imaginative re-telling fortified by facts on what it meant to be Kasturba Gandhi, the wife of a legend and a Mahatma -Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi!

3. The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) is the story of a teenager Theo Decker who survives a terror assault at a museum, despite his mother being killed. As he makes his way out of the chaos, he accepts a ring and a message by an old man, upon his last request. He takes a painting along, which he believes has something to do with the old man’s last wish. Theo lives with his friends dreaming about a happy life but is however whisked away to Las Vegas along with his painting. Here he lives with his father, while befriending Boris and the two of them steal from his stepmother because Theo is planning to move to New York. The rest of the novel relates to the turn of events in their lives almost eight years later, with stunning revelations coming to light.

4. Incredibly long lasting, this premium eraser lives up to its reputation of erasing cleanly without leaving scuff marks or large amounts of eraser residue on your paper. It’s ideal for everyday erasing tasks, as well as removing graphite on paper and matte drafting film. Staedtler eraser is a must stationery item.

5. I love these fluroscent colored pens from Uniball. Refillable design with bright, color-matching barrels liven up your writing. Make a striking statement with thick, vibrant gel ink in intensely brilliant colors. The exclusive pigment-based ink forms an indelible bond in paper for intensely vibrant coloration and added document security, so every mark you make is bold and distinct.

6. Carved from the wood of the oldest oak tree in the darkest depths of the ancient forest of Annwyn, this Harry Potter Wand pencil surely bewitches the apprentice wizard in your life.

7. The gold-plated rose is a symbol of love & beauty and an exceptional gift which I gave to myself. The gold rose is a handcrafted marvel made from a real rose selected at the peak of its beauty. It is preserved in a lacquer shell and then plated in pure 24K gold by skilled artisans to create a breathtaking masterpiece. Each rose is one-of-a-kind, unique and everlasting, just like like me.

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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.

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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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