The Place #FridayFotoFiction #Week10

Picture Credit: Saumy Nagayach

Lush tea estates carpeted the ground as far as the eyes could see. That slight nip in the air so fresh it took a while to get used to the unpolluted feel of it and colourfully clad tourists dotting the scenery. Smita let out a sigh as she took it all in, wrapping her shawl around her a little tighter. She remembered their honeymoon here, all those years ago. This was the place where she and her brand new husband had become lovers from strangers. This was the place she chose to tell her husband she would be leaving him.

Written for #FridayFotoFiction #Week10

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5 Apps you are Thankful for #ThankfulThursdays #Week13

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Technology is a wonderful thing!

It has made life so much easier for most of us. Yes, it does get its share of brickbats too, but it depends how you use it, right?

After the advent of the Mobile Phone we thought life had changed. Then Mobile Phone Apps followed and we realized what true change, and convenience, really was.

My Mobile Phone is the most important accessory in my life right now, like it is for many others I’m sure. And the Apps I use for everyday purposes have certainly made my life easier. Even though I use them often, some everyday too, I rarely pause to think of them thankfully. What better time and way to do so than with this week’s prompt of Thankful Thursday, hosted by Amrita and Tina?

So here are the Apps I am thankful for

Google: From looking for how much time is required to boil an egg perfectly to where I could get the best Ghevar in Chennai or what is the best time to travel to Assam, the Google App that has all the right answers. It’s lightning fast, it’s convenient and I have no idea how I survived before I discovered Google!

Google Maps: My sense of direction is so skewed that if you follow mine for the supermarket a few blocks away they just might lead you to a neighbouring state! Which is why Google Maps is another favored app. Moving to a new city 3 years ago, or when we travel to a new city, this is the app that helped and continues to help us find our way around. Since we love driving to places too, the convenience of being warned of  traffic blocks ahead, or immediately getting information about the nearest Petrol Pump if we are low on fuel or the next Restaurant, if WE need to fuel up makes navigating a comfortable experience .

MakeMyTrip: We travel a lot, which means we need to book tickets. With MMT we can compare prices and get the best deals on flight or train tickets. Their booking a hotel along with the tickets is a great addition too. When are are sure of our future travel schedules we book our tickets as early as possible and have gotten lucky with with unbelievable prices sometimes!

PicMonkey: As a writer it is always a plus to enhance blogposts with custom made posters and images. On Instagram too, it is aesthetically pleasing to announce or publicize your posts with unique images. This is where PicMonkey is a boon. Their mobile app is so easy to use that within minutes you could create a poster/badge/picture and resize it according to where you need to use it for (twitter/Instagram etc) and you’re done!

FreeCharge: My online wallet. Pay bills, book movie tickets, order your Gas or even donate to religious/educational/Women’s and more causes, at the click of a button. And that is not all, enjoy special offers and money back too on selected payments.

Jabong: I know we were asked to mention 5 Apps, but this post would be incomplete if I didn’t add my most favourite shopping app, Jabong! What you see is what you get, no cheating on the quality of anything you buy from Jabong. Easy exchanges and returns and money is credited back to your account or credited to your Jabong account. A special mention to their excellent customer care and after sales service!

 

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Be Positive #MayTivation

Be Positive.

Have you ever paused and realized the amount of pressure these two words can put on others and yourself?

Human beings come inbuilt to experience a range of emotions. Some, like love, happiness, contentment, and more are those we know as Positive emotions. Then there are the not so popular ones, like anger, hatred, despair and the like all neatly clubbed under Negative emotions or Negativity.

There is so much pressure to be positive/feel positive/think positive from everywhere, be it family, friends, social media even those whatsapp forwards that do the rounds that most of us are guilty or even afraid to feel anything ‘negative’ and talk about it when we do.

Suppressing any emotion tends to magnify it and it usually finds an outlet in some form. Kind of like putting yourself on a strict diet, thinking of the food you’ve decided to deprive yourself of and then giving in to one mad moment and binge eating, only to regret it later and realizing that portion control works better than deprivation.

In the same way it works better to experience every emotion you may be going through, keeping in mind not to let the not so pleasant ones stay back and become a habit.

Feel everything you go through, do not suppress that, and do not hold onto it either. And after you’ve done so, let it go and feel the relief. Remember portion control works better than deprivation.

This is what Being Positive should be truly about.

 

A Fine Man #WordyWednesday

This Week: Sentence Prompts

Call it what you will, incentives are what get people to work harder.
– Nikita Khrushchev

Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet.
– Henry David Thoreau

My Story based on the prompts for Wordy Wednesday – Week 3

‘Why can’t you be like him!?’

Ramakant was the example citied every time some exasperated parent wanted to give an example of a fine human being to their errant child.

Ramakant rose before dawn, he had cultivated the habit of early rising as he was a firm believer that it was unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet.

After sweeping the inside and outside of his hut he washed his clothes, watered the few plants surrounding it, cooked for and fed his aging parents and dressed neatly and left for work, as the sun rose. He was so precise and punctual you could set your watch by him, remarked his neighbors often.

He made sure to visit a temple before taking the train to work. After invoking the reigning Lord or Goddess blessings, Ramakant also took a few pairs of ‘quality’ shoes or slippers left on the threshold by devotees. A creature of habit, he identified the ones he would pick on his way in and they would leave with him on his way out.

Ramakant was also the first one to reach the caveraneous godown of his paper seller boss. As he opened the one window in the tiny room called the ‘office’ and began dusting around his personal dealer saw it as a signal to approach the back door, where Ramakant had a neat pile of paper ready to sell, and pocket the profit.

Call it what you will, incentives are what get people to work harder, believed Ramakant.

 

Book Review: Lanka’s Princess by Kavita Kane

My only memory of Surpanakha was from a fleeting mention of her in Mythology, The Ramayan to be precise. I knew of her as Ravan’s ugly sister who was attracted to and tried to entice Laxman and had her nose and ears cut off as a punishment and to teach her a lesson.

Kavita Kane takes this commonly known skeletal description and uses her imagination and words to paint a complete picture of the little known Lanka’s Princess.

Surpanakha was named Meenakshi – the one with beautiful, fish-shaped eyes- because of her mesmerising golden hued eyes at birth and loathed by her mother, Kaikesi, ever since. As, a daughter after 3 Sons, Ravan, Kumbhakarn and Vibhishan, was still unwelcome and looking at her ‘ugly face and prominent curved, like claws, nails’ her mother secretly referred to her as Chandranakha.

She grew up watching Ravan, her eldest brother and the apple of her mother’s eyes being cherished and applauded even as she was neglected and all that came her way were taunts and jibes. Ravan was the one who bestowed the name Surpanakha – as hard as nails- upon her after she attacked him by gouging at him with her nails for killing her pet goat, Maya. And the name not only stuck but went on to become her personality, with each passing year and incident firmly rooting her head strong and defensive temperament.

Puberty bought with it a gift of beauty and Surpanaka blossomed into an attractive young lady physically and a shrewd, manipulative schemer mentally. Armed with the knowledge of magic and witchcraft taught to her by her Asura Grandmother even as her brothers were tutored in the Vedas, Upanishads by their Rishi father, she was beautiful and dangerous. The grudge of never having been treated fairly kept growing alongside the thirst for vengeance from her family. Ravan was her special target and she secretly vowed to destroy him at any cost. Little realising that the cost she would be paying with would be immense.

Marrying her brother’s enemy, Vidyujiva, against the wishes of her family was the first step in her plan of revenge. A move that she thought was calculated and would bring her happiness and grief to her family, but did it? Did her cunning plans work, or did they backfire? Did she find love and acceptance or gain anger and bitterness which fanned the flames of vengeance even further?

Kavita Kane writes simply and beautifully. Her descriptive language brought alive the lavishness of Lanka and the many layers of Surapanakha’s personality beautifully. Kane’s words roped me in immediately and as the story progressed I found myself going through a myriad of emotions directed at, and sometimes with, Surapanakha. The story makes you reflect at what is right and what is not, and whether what you’ve believed them to be so far is the truth.  An easy and engrossing read, and a book that calls out to you with its stunning cover and a story to match.

I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

 

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

We are born humans. However, ‘becoming human’ is choice we make.

I used to think that being human would be a trait everyone would hope to acquire, but looking around I realise otherwise.

How am I working towards being human?

I have always been a Grateful person. Life is a bouquet of experiences, some good, some bad and some best forgotten, but if you allow it to then every occurrence leaves you wiser. With each passing year and experiences my attitude of Gratitude gets even more firmly entrenched.

I am Thankful that I can Help people whenever I can and it whatever way I can. It may be a small thing like sharing a link that someone has been looking for to something more serious like being there for a person when they need you.

I am almost obsessed about Giving Credit when and where it is due. Having come across situations where people have walked away claiming my ideas as theirs, used my recipes and pictures and passed them off as theirs to more serious situations with family and friends, has made me even more obsessed.

Empathy helps me understand situations I haven’t experienced myself and being empathetic helps me hone my Kindness quotient as I have realised that sometimes a kind word or gesture is all that is needed, or is all that I can contribute.

Patience is what I had to work on developing and I am glad that I have reached a level where I can wait and watch as compared to my look after you leap attitude earlier

Appreciation is what I do best, even going over the top with it sometimes  * grin * But hey I Honestly believe that less is not more, in this case. Ironically, I have come to realise that Honesty is a dangerous weapon to have, it can hurt others when you wield it but that does not stop me from using it, very wisely, or Saying No as I personally abhor the habit of fence sitting and I always assure that people know what I can do, or cant, and where they stand with me, a nd I feel Better for that.

I am also content that my experiences of life have gone on to make me Better person and not a bitter one and that I still believe in miracles and hope that Good will always win over Evil.

Written  for and linking up with #ThankfulThursdays hosted by Amrita and Tina