#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

 

134 total views, 2 views today

#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.

“I am linking up this post with #shalzmojosays

207 total views, no views today

#BookSlutThursday – Week 3

  1. Reading William Dalrymple and Anita Anand:’s new book, Kohinoor: The Story of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond, I was tempted to draw the kind of charts that are now so in vogue due to the popularity of shows like Game Of Thrones and The Walking Dead, where the body count of important characters runs into double digits. The kind of charts that trace every death that occurred across every season, categorised according to how each gruesome end came about.
  2. Set in the eerie locales of Mussoorie of the bygone era, Death under the deodars the anthology has intriguing cases where myriad of characters ranging from an adulterous couple to a Daryaganj strangler play their part. Miss Ripley Bean, the immortal character created by Ruskin Bond, returns this winter with eight brand new adventures which she resolves with ease. As the elderly investigator, reminiscent of Miss Jane Marple from Christie’s novels, with her terrier Fluff and her accomplices Mr Lobo and Nandu ruminate over these curious cases, not only the young readers, but also the aged feel the pace of the narrative and get hooked till the end.
  3. The English Patient tracks the convocation of four people at an Italian villa – a nurse, a Sikh sapper, a thief, and a badly burned Englishman – who come to forge an unlikely family, and together discover the secrets of their respective pasts, and the emotional wounds they share.
  4. For an affordable pen that writes smoothly; dries quickly and indelibly; won’t bleed, skip or feather; and has the best ink flow of any non-fountain pen; grab yourself the uni-ball. Available in a number of sizes and colors, it’s the best affordable pen around for taking notes or a meeting. This is thanks to uni-ball’s special pigment-based ink, which is designed to sink into the paper, which has the added bonus of making it much more difficult to wash away, preventing check fraud.
  5. Sheaffer teamed up with  Ferrari, racing arm of the Italian thoroughbred sports car manufacturer, to produce this collectors edition of the Sheaffer Ferrari 100. With its wide profile and classy gloss yellow finish, this Ballpoint Pen has a great quality look and feel with Ferrari emblem on cap side.
  6. I love vintage Baker furniture, old globes and unique pieces with character. … ABOVE Antique box collection. You just can’t put into words how mesmerizing you feel when you open the lid and see the kind of space the box offers. I have my bookmarks and tiny stationery items housed in it. All in all it is very beautiful with vintage design.
  7. If you want something a little more unconventional, you must own metal bookmarks. These book accessories look ornamental. Lose yourself in a good book, but not your place when you use this stylish metal bookmark! Makes a great gift for yourself or the reader in your life.
  8. Think outside traditional flower arrangement elements and make roses float in a porcelain bowl. Presentation is everything when you’re arranging a single variety of flowers. To make a dozen roses even more impressive. Miniature roses are perfect for creating this type floating flower arrangement.

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

“I am linking up this post with #shalzmojosays

377 total views, no views today

#BookSlutThursday – Week2

  • Some people collect rare coins, or stamps, or ancient antiques. Some fill their homes with exquisite jewels and vintage vinyl records; hearts swelling with pride as their trophies stagnate among swirling dust motes and the echo of past accolades. Me, I’m a little different. I collect something infinitely more precious than anything I can buy or trade. I treasure Journals. I love collecting notebooks with different covers. From boring one colored ones, to the ones with artistic covers, I love all of them. I have a pretty large collection, and I don’t even use them, but keep buying them.
  • When I first got Uniball pen pack, I thought the color collection was a little random—dark green, royal blue, maroon, turquoise, red, lavender, and neon pink aren’t exactly running buddies. But after writing with them, I can understand why these colors were selected. They all show up well, even the lavender and neon pink, and I’m still not sure which one is my favorite.
  • The book is Korma, Kheer & Kismet: Five Seasons in Delhi peppered with recipes. Every chapter ends with a delectable recipe. There’s Goggia Uncle’s mutton korma recipe, Baba Singh’s Amritsari kulcha, Kuremal’s kulfis, Sita Ram Diwan Chand’s chana-bhatura, Mr Naseem’s sheer kurma, Bade Mian’s kheer, and the Daulat ki chaat, which “relies solely on cold night and muscle power”.
  • Pride and Prejudice has enchanted readers around the world, in every language, for 200 years. established the template for an infinity of romance novels, yet no subsequent love story has ever come close to equaling the delights of the original.
  • I can’t really explain why I love my iPad. Its a device you have to use to really understand its, well usefulness. It’s a thin, powerful internet/email/movie/music device with exceptional battery life and doesn’t need to be booted up. The quality apps extend its usefulness to an amazing degree.

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

“I am linking up this post with #shalzmojosays

543 total views, 2 views today

Teaser Tuesday – Dozakhnama

Hosted by @Should be Reading

Rules:

  • Grab your current read;
  • Open to a random page;
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page;
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!);
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!;

My teaser for this week

 

And do you know what Mir sahib wrote after Nadir Shah looted Dilli? 

Dilli, which was the chosen city of this world, which was the finest people on earth made their home, has now been ravaged by time and left in ruins, this devasted city is where I come from. 

 

244 total views, no views today

Coffee Love #ClickandBlogAStory

The coffee on my lips makes me think of you and that time we sat for hours as if time was endless and the world had stopped for you and me. Let’s stay in a coffee shop read a book or something, let’s have a date wordlessly. Or we can sit on a rock watch the sunset have our favorite journals on our laps write how we feel at the moment. Let’s look on upon disliked stars when we are apart, and wish our hearts were heads, yearning to meet, as if meant to be, compiling our exercise unto body scent, and Starbucks coffee and our weeks of love.

390 total views, no views today

#BookSlutThursday – Week 1

February is more than just Valentine’s Day; it’s also being observed as a global day of book sharing so it also about love for books. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve read a lot of books. Sometimes when I feel like I have a million things to do I take a break, make a cup of coffee and cuddle up in the corner of the sofa with a good book. After just a little while of reading I’ve got my strength up to take care of everything. It’s also a great way to calm down before going to bed. And when Shalz got inspired by the tag #BookSlutThursday  and started her own prompt on books I could not stop myself and hence this post on the same.  For guidelines and details about this please, click here

My collection for my 1st#BookSlutThursday comes here.

1. Amir Khusrau: The Man in Riddles by Ankit Chadha is not ‘written’ but crafted with diligent passion and dedication. Each page of the book is worth appreciation be the written content, images, the design and color combination, or presentation.

2. London Eye Souvenir Plastic Bookmark is a gift from a very dear friend who had been to London and bought this for me. It is just the thing for bookmark collectors. It is very light weight, easy to slip in the book and its iconic design makes it more appealing.

3. Celebrating the Best of Urdu Poetry by Khushwant Singh (Author), Kamna Prasad (Translator) is a rare book for anyone who loves urdu poetry but doesn’t know how to read urdu. In simple terms you are introduced to the legends of Urdu poetry from Mirza Ghalib to Faiz Ahmad Faiz and Mir Taqi Mir. It is simply brilliant collection for anyone who wants to develop a taste for finest Urdu poems.

4. The colorful note slips, my first and perhaps the last purchase from Delhi Airport’s bookstore. This as the only useful stationery item I would pick from that store. The slips gives me peace of mind with better organization. Neon colors add the spark to the notes. Perfect for To-Do Lists, Ideas, Grocery List, Phone Numbers and Other Information.

5. That is a Daisy Flower Brass Bookmark which was a gift from my mom which makes reading more fun and charming for me. The flower dangles on the outside, adding that little element of joy.

6. Raavi Paar by Gulzar has stories from the independence and pre independence era, this classic takes you through the simple lives of men and women getting through their lives in the backdrop of the freedom struggle. Each of them contains a message that’s going to stay with you long after you have stopped reading it.

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

“I am linking up this post with #shalzmojosays

 

574 total views, no views today

Wordy Wednesday #1

This Week: Word Prompts

Educate

Ethereal

Epiphany

Extraordinary

Today I went to the beach to explore epiphany in hope of finding her among the clouds to see her into an ivory shape that would look into my comatose into fashioning a few big discoveries of my own out of her silver lines which were persistent against the pounding winds. It made continuously find the ethereal within the unexciting inner side to keep myself insane and then suddenly I remembered what she told, which educated me on few truths of life that ordinary people find each other, for extraordinary people, it’s much harder.

132 total views, no views today