#FridayFotoFiction #Week12

How to participate in #FridayFotoFiction
Every Friday we’ll give you a Photo Prompt
Follow @twinklingtina & @Mayuri6 on twitter and wait for the prompt
Write a 100 Word story on the photo prompt
Use the badge at the end of your posts
Link up with Tina or Mayuri
Read, comment, share on host and co-hosts posts and at least two more posts linked in the party Pro Tip – Networking and commenting is good for your blog’s health and ranks.
Use #FridayFotoFiction in your post and share in social media using the same hashtag.
Every week we will have one featured blogger who is the best reflection of this community spirit

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Why are you Thankful for Love in your life? #ThankfulThursdays

Being Thankful does not come easily and naturally to most, but when it does and becomes a habit it enriches your life.

I was an almost regular writer and contributor for Thankful Thursdays, till Amrita, who co-hosts it with Tina suggested that Deepa and I join them as co-hosts. In a time when it’s everyone for themselves and putting yourself first is the new cool I was moved and amazed by Amrita’s gesture. So, from writing for #ThankfulThursdays I am one of the co-hosts, just one more thing to be Thankful for;

Why are you Thankful for Love in your life?

Love is one of the basics needs of human beings. After food, water, air, health and money we need love and need to be loved.

I will be eternally grateful for the love and sound upbringing my Parents gave me and that I learnt so much from watching them, from helping people as much as you can, in any way you can. In passing on the belief that I always have enough, and to be Thankful for it all.

Thankful to my strict Convent School upbringing, which I understandably hated then, but because of which I picked up the habit of Reading, thanks to Library Period. My love for Reading has ensured that I am never lonely and I keep upgrading myself. Since life is too short and experiences way too many a love for Reading lets you be part of an experience without going through it yourself.

Thankful to you, my readers, who read all that I write and some even share their thoughts in the form of likes and comments. People can argue away that Likes and Comments don’t matter but to me they are a way you respond to my writing and pictures and that matters to me, as that is your way for showing your love.

The love of true friends, who do not shy away from reprimanding you when you’re wrong and double your happiness by sharing it with you when you win.

Most of all I am thankful for the Love I have for myself. I believe that when you fall in love with yourself, it is an affair that lasts a lifetime, giving you the guidance no one can and making your stronger.

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The Power of Prestige

Imagine waking up to the sound of birds chirping outside your window, sunshine trying to peek in through your drapes and doing a shimmy on water gently lapping away in an Infinity Pool. Pathways lined with the fresh green of plants and flowers adding pops of colour to the greens.

And this oasis of calm tucked away in a bustling city.

You’re wondering if you read right, aren’t you?

Yes, you did.

  • Overview
    Overview
  • View from the Villas
    View from the Villas
  • View from the Club House
    View from the Club House
  • A 4 Bhk Villa
    A 4 Bhk Villa
  • Greenery everywhere
    Greenery everywhere
  • Greens & Flowers
    Greens & Flowers
  • The Pathways
    The Pathways

As I’m only describing Prestige Glenwood, the latest project by Prestige Constructions in the upcoming area of Budigere, in Bangalore city.

The Prestige Group is one of the top names in the construction business. Their tastefully constructed properties can be found dotting the landscape of Bangalore, and beyond, and now they are inching towards developing the upcoming area of North Bangalore, by creating housing for people on untouched land. Budigere is located about 20 Kms from M.G.Road which is in the heart of Bangalore City and about 20 Kms from The Kempegowda International Airport.

Prestige Glenwood is just another feather in their crowded cap. Spread over 15 Acres of land, 116 Villas of varied sizes are laid out in an aesthetically appealing layout. Take your pick from from 4 Bedroom Villas to Twin Houses, starting from 3694 Sqft and 3662 Sqft to 2940 Sqft

Each villa has its own private car park and the kitchen opening out to a little backyard, 12 feet floor to ceiling height and its personal balcony and terrace. 24-hour water supply with Solar Powered Geysers and all Bathroom Fittings by Kohler. Generators are on standby as a backup in case of power failure. The Vaastu Compliant construction has all houses face the East, West or North and no South facing houses.

  • The Balcony
    The Balcony
  • The Living Room of the Model Villa
    The Living Room of the Model Villa
  • The Bathroom
    The Bathroom
  • 24 hour Water Supply with Solar powered Water heaters
    24 hour Water Supply with Solar powered Water heaters
  • The Kitchen of the Model Villa
    The Kitchen of the Model Villa
  • 2nd Bedroom of the Model Villa
    2nd Bedroom of the Model Villa
  • The Master Bedroom of the Model Villa
    The Master Bedroom of the Model Villa
  • 3rd Bedroom of the Model Villa
    3rd Bedroom of the Model Villa
  • Dining & Living Room View from above - Model Villa
    Dining & Living Room View from above - Model Villa
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The New Baldwin International Residential School is right next door and a Mango Orchard skirts the border of the property on one side.

Amenities on the Property and in the Club House include, a well-equipped spacious Gymnasium with Machines by ‘Precor’, an infinity Pool, Squash Court, Tennis Court , Badminton Court. An indoor Sports Area, a Yoga Room and Children’s play area and indoor Playroom. A Billiards Room.  A convenience store on the premises will be coming up soon.

  • Tennis Court
    Tennis Court
  • Play Area
    Play Area
  • The Billiards Room
    The Billiards Room
  • Machines by Precor
    Machines by Precor
  • The Spacious Gym
    The Spacious Gym
  • Top of the line equipment at the Gym
    Top of the line equipment at the Gym

Looking to buy your dream home with Prestige? But you think that it may be beyond your budget? Well quality does come at a price, but Prestige makes it easy for you to own a Villa or a Twin House at Prestige Glenwood, or in any of the constructed Prestige Properties with the Power of 3, a scheme that lets you save even as you pay towards owning your own home . It can’t get better than this!Hurry, as this offer closes on the 12th of February, 2017!

For more information on Prestige Projects have a look here

I was invited by the Prestige Group to Prestige Glenwood, but all views expressed are my own.

On Honesty #MayTivation

We all know someone, or probably even are that someone, who boasts of being brutally honest.

They wear that badge with pride, trampling on feelings, crushing confidences and sometimes bringing tears to other people’s eyes with their, self-proclaimed version of , ‘Brutal Honesty’. Sometimes making you wonder what do they enjoy more, the brutality or the honesty? Because, more often than not, the very same people cannot accept anyone else being honest with them. And I am not even talking about being brutally honest here, just plain honest.

Honesty is difficult. People may endorse it, claim to have plenty of it but very few people appreciate it.

We may be honest in our mind but on the journey from thought to words honesty usually transforms into diplomacy, and sometimes even lies. For a number of reasons, like we don’t want to hurt the other person’s feelings, or don’t want to be disliked being the top two.

Should you be honest then? Yes, please! With people who know you, and will appreciate that trait. With people who know you mean well and won’t hold speaking the truth against you.

What about with the others? Keep mum, or be diplomatic, till you get to know them well enough for them to appreciate your honesty.

Wah, Taj!

I am a firm believer of the adage, ‘Start as you mean to go’.

So, when The Husband surprised me with a staycation for New Year’s Eve I jumped at the idea.  When he shared that the hotel he chose was The Taj Gateway Hotel on Residency Road, Bangalore, my immediate response was a double thumbs up.

And that is how the of 31st December 2016 had us driving to the hotel from our home. On checking in at noon we were welcomed with a glass of Lemon Iced Tea. The check in procedure was smooth and we were in our plush room within minutes, to realize that we had been given an upgrade! Joy! Our special New Year’s package included an entry into all the parties the hotel was hosting and of course the stay with breakfast the next day.

The Taj Group of Hotels are known worldwide for their comfort, gracious service and great locations, and this hotel was no different. Our room was tastefully decorated, the bed and pillows were just right, midway between firm and squishy, always very important to ensure a good night’s sleep and wake up revived.

As we knew that we had a night of partying ahead we decided to take a nap, from which we woke up refreshed. The advantage of the location of this hotel is its proximity to the 3 most happening streets of Bangalore, Commercial Street, Brigade Road and MG Road and we stepped out to walk around all 3, shopping, window shopping and snacking for a good 3 hours. The streets and stores were gaily decorated and they all lit up as dusk fell and what a gorgeous sight it was!

Returning to the hotel we relaxed over a cup of hot tea, made to our specification, in their restaurant as we went over 2016 that had passed.

Back to our room, and a luxurious shower with top of the line toiletries later, we watched PM Narendra Modi address the nation as we dressed to the nines to go party hopping and welcome 2017.

The first party had tables pre-reserved for the guests, with eye masks and oversized coloured glasses adding the fun element. A special mention to the attentive and gracious staff who were unobtrusive but at our elbow as soon as they felt we needed something. Custom made Cocktails and Mock-tails which were delicious and food that was flavourful, with enough variety for each palate and preference. The 2nd party was informal with a buffet spread out and a bar that was perennially crowded.

Catchy music had us on the dance floor and we welcomed 2017 with feet tapping, satiated with great food and drinks and the Taj Gateway ensuring a memorable time and New Year’s Eve for us.

“I am blogging about my luxury stay experience for an activity at BlogAdda in association with MakeMyTrip“

The Story #FridayFotoFiction #Week11

The clacking of the typewriter keys resounded in the room, even as words started filling up the empty sheet of paper rolled in.

His words brought to life the lush forests where he wandered as a child, the crystal clear stream he drank from and the pine needles forming a soft bed for his nap. Of his village,  his people, his family and his only love.

He wrote stories people waited to read. Using a paintbrush that he could no longer use lodged in his mouth to help him type, in the absence of hands that could no longer paint.

Linking my 100 Word Fiction Story based on the Photo Prompt with FridayFoToFiction Week 11, hosted by Tina and Me.

#FridayFotoFiction #Week11 #PhotoPrompt

How to participate in #FridayFotoFiction
Every Friday we’ll give you a Photo Prompt
Follow @twinklingtina & @Mayuri6 on twitter and wait for the prompt
Write a 100 Word story on the photo prompt
Use the badge at the end of your posts
Link up with Tina or Mayuri
Read, comment, share on host and co-hosts posts and at least two more posts linked in the party Pro Tip – Networking and commenting is good for your blog’s health and ranks.
Use #FridayFotoFiction in your post and share in social media using the same hashtag.
Every week we will have one featured blogger who is the best reflection of this community spirit

Add Your Linky’s here;

#BookSlutThursday #Week1

#BookSlutThursday by @shalzmojo . Hop over to her Blog to know more.

I am reading two books simultaneously. Yes, I do that often 😀
The Body Remembers by Shauna Singh Baldwin
And
The Lives Of Strangers by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, and it’s a signed copy, mind it! 😎
Yesterday was Saraswati Puja and I prayed to my books and diaries too, hence the #flowers .
That little brass Urli on the top left holds my PotPourri
The 2 slim Diaries on the bottom right are where I jot down my notes and appointments. They are by Rubberband and were gifted to me by my brother.
Below the diaries is a set of 4 Coloured pens and a penpencil.
The pen on the far right is a pen, flashlight to read by, and a stylus all in one. Love this gift from the husband!

Tagging @pratibhaspandey @myawesomeeveryday and @talesfromaaroo to take this challenge forward

What I am Thankful for NOT having #ThankfulThursdays #Week14

Even on the days we feel our worst we should realise that we have the luxury of allowing ourselves to feel that way. Yes, every feeling it is a luxury, whether good or bad, as there are far too many people who are not even allowed to feel.

In the same vein there are traits, attributes that we see in people or experience through them, which make us mentally roll our eyes and say, Thank God I’m NOT that way!

I am Thankful I am NOT;

Miserly: With my affection, abilities, compliments, time, empathy, ideas and patience, to name a few. You could be a stranger, an acquaintance or a friend and chances are you would have experienced either a few or all of the things mentioned.

Rigid: You’ll often hear people saying that as they grow older they become set in their thoughts, actions, habits and outlook. Not me! With each passing year I become even more malleable. And it is a habit that happens unconsciously.

Unaware: Of my flaws. I have a conscience that I keep shining and running, in mint condition, like a prized car. And it responds, by running over and quashing any thought that may remotely go against my natural nature.

Lazy: I love housework, walking to everywhere I can and doing as much as I can myself. The only time you might find me sitting in one place is when I’m typing out a blogpost:) At other times, that Energizer Bunny has nothing on me!:)

Know-it-all: Yes, I do know a lot but I still don’t know it all. The anticipation of learning what you don’t know is what I look forward too. That is what makes life exciting!

 

 

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Say Yes to ‘No’ #MayTivation

No.

Two syllables, and so much thought about using them.
Why are most of us afraid to say No?
Are we people pleasers? Or just plain gutless? I think it could be anything between the two, right?

Saying No is usually preceded with a lot of internal struggle and stress and sometimes even after all that you end up saying Yes, to favours you didn’t want to do, tasks you were trying to avoid and sometimes lending money and things you actually did not want to.

The fear of being disliked and shunned by people, coming across as selfish, are usually the top two reasons.

But.

Believe me when I say this, they world does not end when you say No. The Earth keeps circling around the Sun, not bothered about the word you used. People whom you say No to find someone else to do them the favour they wanted out of you or lend them something you refused to. If people dislike you for saying No, it’s still ok, the Earth shall still continue circling around the Sun but hey, you’ll like yourself more! For being brave enough to say No! So there!

So go on then, use the two syllables when you need to. Or substitute it with it’s other lengthier forms like, ‘I would not be able to…’ or ‘I cannot help you with this…’ or just coin your own!

Say Yes to more ‘No’ and breathe easy and smile!