Month: October 2014

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I can’t believe it’s the last day of October. For fear of sounding like a stuck gramaphone record ( do you remember those vinyl discs that played at 33 1/3 RPM on turntables that normally occupied pride of place in a room?) , I still feel this year has gone by in a whirl a …

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Happy Days Are Here Again

The Rashtrapati Bhawan which is the residence of the President Of India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) When songwriters  Milton Ager and Jack Yellen wrote the song “Happy Days Are Here Again” and copyrighted in 1929, they must have hardly imagined that their song would become iconic and a feel good song that would bring a smile …

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Getting Creative with NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo and Me National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel. Here’s a little …

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A letter to a dearly beloved

“Light a lamp of love! Blast a chain of sorrow! Shoot a rocket of prosperity! Fire a flowerpot of happiness!” My dear Beloved I never really understood my aunt’s statement ” my Diwali is when my children come home” . I used to think it was crazy the way she would clean her house till the last knob …

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Fire Crackers on Diwali night

The start of a new year Last night was a big Diwali night, the first night of the start of the merchant’s commercial calendar. As a harvest festival which commemorated the start of another agrarian cycle, Diwali’s Padva is considered one of the three auspicious days where any activity can be started without checking out …

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Pink Sky on yet another Friday

This Friday morning I woke up realising that yet another week was over and that the year will soon be spinning to a close. After a long time I had a good night’s rest – was it because I slept late around 1130ish or was it because it was the culmination of a pleasant day? …

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Musings on a Diwali Morning

In praise of wealth To some people money is the root of all evil, particularly when people fight over a share of the pie. Lack of money also breeds envy, and love of money can encourage greed. But on the other hand it helps economies grow and spreads prosperity. While the pursuit of money without …

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Shopping on Quikr

One of my  all-time favourite cinematic moments is when Julia Roberts as the feisty, warm hearted hooker Vivian goes shopping for a wardrobe on Rodeo Drive and comes out happily swinging her bag and stepping into the first store that turned away and telling the frosty, snotty sales girl that turning her away before was …

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Diwali Gifts with a difference

Diwali in the distant past Diwali gifts at one time meant new clothes given by my parents, a small token of cash given by my father for Padwa and another gift of cash given by my brother for BhauBeej and some more cash from other relatives whom we met during Diwali. We made or bought …

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Arnab’s Loud Noises replace Crackers this Diwali

Normally weeks before Diwali, the fire crackers start bursting and the noise about Diwali makes itself heard. Surprisingly this year it has been pretty quiet and I am willing to bet will be pretty silent. Is it finally dawning on people that we need peace and quiet and not NOISE to celebrate the festival of …

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When Strangers become friends

Blogadda’s latest initiative to get bloggers to collaborate over a story to #celebrateblogging was a unique idea. All bloggers who registered for this online contest were divided into teams of ten each who I presume were chosen at random (or was there an algorithm at work here?). Each team was given a set of five …

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Writing is easy but blogging is not

As a blogger sometimes I wonder what to write about….especially when it’s for a campaign like the Write Tribe‘s Exciting October Daily writing challenge. I mean it’s hard to write about yourself all the time because who really is interested in whether you spent the night tossing and turning? Whether you had a dreamless sleep? …

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Upside down peach pudding

Peach pie I missed the moment A winchie winchie winchie wowee This nonsense rhyme is part of the folklore of my family. I don’t know what my girls meant when they invented this rhyme and even why they sang it so happily every time. Perhaps it was the fact that they liked peaches particularly when …

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What is your favourite Diwali memory?

For many people Diwali has become just another holiday meant to be spent on the beach or an exotic location or even just quietly at home, enjoying a much needed break from the hectic lives we lead these days. Celebrations of the past remain in the past collecting dust like our clothes that lie in …