Monday, 20 March 2017

Theme Reveal #AtoZchallenge

As the clock ticks 12:00 and the calendar changes the date, 20th Mar 2017 it is!
The theme reveal day for AtoZ Blogging Challenge 2017.

This is my second year of participating in the challenge and though I haven't scheduled any posts yet as opposed to last year, I am not anxious at all. This challenge has already set its place in my life and I know I'll be able to come out of it better than before.

I have already set my heart on a theme and I am sure the theme will touch all of your hearts as well. Coming 26 days of April I have challenged myself to write a fictional story woven in the 26 alphabets. It is " A love story", in these 26 days I will introduce you to the life of two very different people Meer and Meera, how the story moves and ends, for now, even I don't have a clue,  seems we all have to read it through.

Stay tuned for an almost real yet fictional, almost predictable yet unpredictable, seen yet unseen, heard yet never heard of, story of two hearts.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

A2Z blogging Challenge announcement post #April #AtoZ

I made a plan for 2017 and it was to be more organized, plan and implement. The planning is done to a certain level but implementation is lagging and how!

But one thing that I zeroed on was the April AtoZ Blogging Challenge and this is my announcement post for April AtoZ Blogging Challenge 2017.

2016 was my first year and I am so glad that I participated and completed it. I had a great support system in form of my beautiful BLOGCHATTER community. There were constant cheers which motivated to carry on.

As it was my first I read many blogs on “how-to” and “what-to” and so had a checklist of my own. I read that the posts should be short so that maximum people can read it in rush and so stuck to shorter posts.

All this reading made me think and I came up with the theme “Memoirs“ for my 2016 April AtoZ Blogging Challenge. It was all last minute but love it was.

The BLOGCHATTER community not only motivated all along but had a terrific action plan as well.  There was a mentor for each group. And as and when one was stuck someone was there to help get through. We were even rewarded on completion :)) A beautiful #rangroute journal <3

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We were encouraged to make our very own e-book and yay!! I did compile some of the posts into an e-book - The wink, The smiles and The butterflies :)

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This year it is going to be bigger and better. I may go beyond shorter posts :)
I have already set a theme in my mind, will go for an e-book and also putting it up on wattpad :) :)

Theme reveal 2017 will be up on March 20, Stay Tuned!!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

I Love My Blog

I take on the baton of Blog Love from Geethica

There is something really special with this month called “February” whether you are dating or married to someone or single, love is in the air from February 1st.

I am single but always elated in February because February,  the month of love is also my birthday month :) :)

But this February 14th is dedicated to my baby, my blog.

I started this blog because I wanted to write and moreover wanted people to read what I wrote. A deep down dream of being a writer was accomplished through my blog.

When I started the very first time I was scared as what I write will be there forever and hence never poured my heart out but some refrained words. There on there was a lot of reading other blogs and copying their style making a mesh of writings.

Some other things took priority and the blog was put on hold for quite some time… literally… but when it's in one's heart it is never lost. Surfing and scrolling I found a community (BLOGCHATTER :) ) and the revival of my blog happened.

Today I am sorted (slightly ;)) on what I want to post and definitely bold enough to pen my heart out. My blog makes me feel like an entrepreneur nurturing it's venture. Going back on the older posts actually make me feel like looking at my baby grow.

Everyday I learn something new. Often enough I implement new plans, new ideas and experiment. We (my blog and I) are taking small steps but definitely getting on with each other and growing with each other. 2017 is going to be more special in bringing us a step further as I am executing my blog calendar. It is indeed beautifully said…

प्यार ना दिल से होता है ना दिमाग से होता है, प्यार तो इत्तेफ़ाक़ से होता है....

Yes….I am in Love and I Love my Blog.

I pass on the baton of Blog Love to Seema

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Why wait

Driving is so soo soothing. Maybe it is the moving car acting as a babycrib or the beauty of the surroundings. But at times driving in city becomes a task with traffic and the ever lasting rush to reach the place that one can barely enjoy the ride.

As my friend and I drove through the city just to grab a coffee we waited at a traffic signal as it was red light. My friend was driving and instinctively she drove ahead breaking the signal saying “why to wait there are no cameras here “

Yes there are no cameras here and it reminded me of one of the NLP teaser workshop that I attended.

NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming. It dwells on the concept if something is ingrained in the sub conscious it is never lost.

Coming to where we were since childhood we are been given bits and pieces which say do this or this will happen. Like...drink milk or baba will come. Or a teenager boy getting to ride bike when his parents are not there.

This is conditioning and it happens unconsciously by parents and people around which somehow make way and penetrates one's mind forever. The same reason why we didn't stop at the traffic signal despite being the right thing to do as there were no cameras.

With NLP such events can be avoided. As the motive is to absorb the concept so that it becomes a habit and effective practice.

I am a big fan and promoter of the swachch bharat abhiyaan.  The government is making huge infrastructural investments in making public toilets (free of cost, as opposed to previous sulabh sochalay) creating awareness about using toilets, using dustbins and keeping the house and city clean.

One thing which people are yet to be educated on is… NOT SPITTING. One major problem in India is spitting and people don't even realize that it creates so many germs. It seems as if it is in their sub conscious that they can spit anywhere and actually they require to spit n number of times in a day.

I think there should be some approach like NLP used since one's childhood so that people neither spit nor break the rules when none is watching. DON'T YOU!!

Starting this week every alternate Wednesday is dedicated to stories or instances or learnings that I learn or implement at work. So stay tuned for #WorkWednesdays

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

GOALS ahead!!

Almost a month down in the new year and that time when either people couldn't keep any resolutions or have broken their resolutions or are struggling to keep up. Personally I don't like the word resolutions. I prefer GOALS.
Every year I used to make a list of to-dos for the coming year on 31st December and as I closed the diary the same were already put to a closure and never looked at again. This year from December starting I saw a lot of posts from blogchatter, my blogging anchor about planning, goals ahead, blogging calendar and that just set the pace.
So this year I decided I am going to have some goals and then see how it turns out. But how do one differentiate between resolution and goal. According to dictionary

- an official decision that is made after a group or organization has voted: to approve/adopt a resolution.

- a promise to yourself to do or to not do something.

noun (TARGET)
An observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more or less fixed timeframe.

What I would say, Goal sounds better plus with a more fixed time frame.

In one of my monthly meet-ups the topic of discussion was indeed New Year Resolutions and reading the same I thought I'll pass it. But I went ahead and attended it and as for most meets it was memorable and knowledgeable experience.

So in order to get on with goal setting (incase you haven't yet or were not able to implement the same) here are the pointers that you can remember --

Get a closure on previous year.
One it means to close what happened last year rights and wrongs and move ahead. Second if certain things are pending or have room for growth the same can be carried forward to the new year to complete. As for me I have left everything of 2016 in 2016 and will be starting afresh in 2017….besides as I said, I have never seen the resolutions again after writing them so the baggage is going to be huge so it's better left alone…:)

Make a list of new Goals.
Make a new list helps set the pace and theme for the new year.  Like for me I am going to have few segments - Personal,  Professional etc. and sub sections in the same.

Deploy the 10 Goal method.
It is said that you should make goals but always keep in mind not to have more than 10 goals at a time. People believe having more than 10 goals are sure reason not being able to keep up with most.

Action plan.
Write those goals on paper in present tense and prioritize. Mention one goal on one paper and jot down the date to complete, the difficulties you are going to face and come up with a plan to overcome the same.
I am applying this method for this year and given the time frame though I have been late at reaching certain milestones but the journey has started and I am sure by the end of the year I'll reach the destination.

Do share your goals for the year and how you plan to achieve them.

Starting this week every alternate Wednesday is dedicated to stories or instances or learnings that I learn or implement at work. So stay tuned for #WorkWednesdays

Friday, 20 January 2017

The coconut trees

It was my second day on job and my officer in charge asked me to report at the other branch for few hours for a meeting. This was the week before Diwali and the entire office was decorated. Already my job profile enlisted travelling to all the branches but I never thought it would start so soon.

I had been living away from my family since 10 years and in Pune since 7 years. I knew the entire city at the back of my hand. My base branch was always known as the biggest branch in the city and so I was happy to be part of it.

One of my colleagues, Pooja, said she will take me along to branch 2. We went on her scooty and as we approached the branch she told me it was located in an old bungalow now rented to the bank. The landlords still occupy one half of the bungalow. I could very well imagine how it will be just like those old houses where the branch is in front and the residence behind. Mostly the tale of an elderly couple living in India alone and their kids abroad. The elderly gets a regular income with security.  As I set my eyes to where we were heading I was taken aback.

She was crossing the lane towards a bungalow located on the corner and my my this is huge. We approach the main gate through which the path leads to the bungalow. There are two lush green lawns on both sides. One of the lawn has a fountain at the corner and few sculptures are placed artistically at the center. The other lawn has a special gate to enter covered with bougainvillea. There's a swing and tea table set up too. The lane is lined with tall coconut trees bearing the fruit. both the lawns are lined with coconut trees. As we park her scooty I see a pond with fishes and two small lotus buds poping on one corner. This is not a bank this is a resort.

The bungalow-rented to the bank, was almost the same size as my base branch but as we entered, it seemed more majestic. The office was on the second floor and as we took stairs there was diwali decoration all around. This branch looked more lively than my base branch.

On the second floor, the stairs landed us to a verandah. The right took one to the office and the left opened to the terrace...wooohoooo!! The verandah had couches to sit and as one looked towards the terrace, the open terrace, few chairs strewn around, some people standing and looking around and the coconut trees ...HELLO GOA..!!!

Almost the entire staff was gathering at the terrace for group photos. I also reluctantly joined them. After a few photos people started getting back to work I also moved towards the office. The front office had a seating area and few girls were still posing around. Pooja also joined them and pulled me too.
These girls are really chirpy and though we are meeting for the first time yet it feels that we have known each other since long.

Especially this tiny little girl with long, black, straight hair. She must be barely 5 feet tall, dusky complexion and her hair touched her waist. I don't know why but I am instinctively drawn to her. I can see her looking at me from the corner of her eyes. I ask her for her number so that I can send their pictures and she, Ritu, smiles and shares her number. Her smile was so innocent that I could barely take my eyes off her. My phone rings bringing me back to senses. And reality strikes....The caller id says - Nisha, my fiance, I am about to get married in 3 months.


Every second friday stay tuned for my doze of fiction.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Feel the rush!!

As she stood backstage, she could clearly hear the crowd cheer and knew he was on the vocals. As he sang her favorite song she rushed towards the stage and the sparkle rushed to her eyes. She knew he will search for her and she will be there all smiles. But all the time his eyes were glued to the crowd.

Dejected she made way back and never saw the drummist who played with all the vigor and his eyes on her...just her.

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The posts are part of #fridayfotofiction hosted every friday by Tina and Mayuri.

Every friday, fiction it is!!