Archive for ‘Nature’

March 18, 2014

Weekly Writing Challege: Power of Names


“What is in the name?”

Can probably be the best opening line for any essay discussing about names.

I really wonder, what is in the name? Will two people not be friends had they not had the names they have? Or will two people be friends because the names they have? Don’t we often get along with strangers we meet while on a journey without even knowing their names? Or sometimes it just the way others look or speak makes us on their side.

But friends are friends. We ignore everything once we are friends with someone. No matter whether we knew the name before or we figured our later.

I myself keep track of names of people I come across just to know where they belong from. Here, in India, with so many religions, communities, casts, languages, etc name can provide a lot of information about people. For instance a Gujarati will have quite business mind while a south Indian will be more hardworking. A Brahmin will (mostly) not eat non-veg food. But now-a-days, some of them do eat which will get your eyes rolling. So you don’t just know about the God a person preaches or the language he speaks but also his nature, the food he eats just by knowing his name!

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December 19, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge – Community


Here is a nice picture of my People!

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My Community!

There can’t be any day better than a day spent with my cousins!!

They are my strength, they are my weakness.
They are my life, they are my happiness.

I may sound little obsessed, but that’s how it is. We meet on every special occasion and we have so many moments to cherish! And still every next time we meet there is some new excitement!

Ah! I wish God will always give us such wonderful moments throughout our lives 🙂

This photo was clicked after we immersed Ganpati Idol in a creek near our home. Every year on Ganpati Festival, we bring Ganpati Idol in our homes and after 2, 5 or 10 days immersed it in water. So it is not just our family here, there are other families too, arrived to say Goodbye to Ganpati Bappa. Bappa is what we call him with love.

So this is how it looks when our entire community get on the floor 😉 for whatever reason it may be!

What does community means to you? Do share!
Diana.

October 31, 2013

Wake Up Sid!


It was some 5th time today, that I watched this movie Wake Up Sid! And I am as amazed and gleeful as I was the last time. 🙂

Sid is name of the protagonist and the movie captures a short phase of his life where he actually wakes up in his life! He realizes that he has a life waiting for him to do something!

It’s very short and simple movie. No glamorous heroines, no muscular studs. Just a normal (and cute) college boy and a girl of late twenties wishing to experience her independence. For a quick summary, the guy is like cool dude, son of a rich but hardworking parents wanting him to realise worth of education, money their hard work. While all he does is waste their money through out the time till he finishes his college. And then, there is this girl who comes all over from a different state to Mumbai, to live her dream of being a writer, being independent, doing everything on her own 🙂

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September 29, 2013

Chapter two


To begin with, I want to inform readers that the preceding chapter of this was ‘The Night’. If you haven’t read it or if you wish to read it again, you can find it here – The Night.

“Come in.” The Doctor responded to the knock on the door.
It was her, Lily. She always entered with a broad smile on her face. This cheered up the Doctor.
“Hey! I was waiting for you. You got late today?” He asked.
“Yea… Had some project work in college.”
“Sit for a moment. I will wrap my day.”
She sat in the nearby chair which was usually occupied by patients. Doctor was busy keeping things back in place. Lily always wondered, what was about this guy that he was so different from others? Why she always felt more respect for him every time she met him? For her, every other guy was a monster. A monster incarnating human. She hated all of them. Including her father. She believed her father was a monster who entered her mother’s life and engulfed her, took her away from Lily. She even avoided talking to boys from her college. Because they will eventually grow up to become monsters. So why befriend them?
There was an intern assisting Doctor. He had crush on Lily. He was like, any normal girl would have found him cute and willingly accepted his proposal. But Lily felt he was a cute monster, very pretentious and never gave him a single chance to talk to her.
But Lily never thought of Doctor like this. Not for a single moment.

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September 1, 2013

The Night


It was the same dark night, like every other. A part of city was deep asleep. Their busy day was just about to begin, in next few hours. While other part was busy doing their chores as their day had already began. Although it is said that the city never sleeps, there is some unique silence maintained during night. People stay awake, but in their own boundaries, continue to work, chit chat, listen songs, watch movies, eat, drink, make love, robe houses but silently.

As the silence prevailed, in a remote part of city, someone was screeching from bottom of heart, asking for help! A woman in a lonely compartment of a fast moving local train. The train was moving as quick as it could and so were the dirty minds of the two drunk men approaching the woman. Nothing mattered to the fearless beasts. May be the bear wasn’t enough to satisfy their thirst, they wanted more. As the woman started shouting more loudly, one of them pulled out a knife from his pocket to threaten her. She panicked. Tears streamed out of her eyes. All terrible thoughts of her dark future rolled front of her eyes one after other. She thought of fighting back. She pushed one of them with as much force as much she can, but in vain. The one without the knife got closer and held her hand tightly. Next came the one with knife. He brought the knife close to her face, swiftly moved around the her lips.

What is he going to do now??

She shouted even louder. But deep down she knew, no one is around to help her.

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August 13, 2013

Poll it guys!!


Tell me people, what do you think?

Since my latest few posts were on girls and/vs boys, I just felt like asking you people what you feel? I being a girl, I think girls are both physically and mentally stronger than boys. But only because we don’t get much chance to show our physical strength we ourselves underestimate our strength 😦 But that doesn’t makes it a fact, does it?

Now I don’t want to aggravate this discussion. I just wish to know your honest thoughts. And would love read your comments on this topic.

Cast you vote please –

By the way, there is one surprise! I have been thinking of a story and a part of it is ready in my mind. I might post it soon! Wish me luck!

August 7, 2013

Girls… are even more!


This post can be thought as a sequel to my earlier post – Boys, you are too much! Well, when I posted that one, I got lot many comments on it, by boys, saying that they appreciate what I think about them. And they sounded like… they were pleased with themselves XD!!

LOL!

I do accept that boys are too much. But I strongly believe, that girls are much more. Just in different areas.. 😉
To begin with… they know everything about people they really want to know about. Their birth-dates, their nicknames, their choices, their favorite movies, favorite this- favorite that. Not just about them but also about their families. And this someone need not be someone they talk to… it can be anyone, their fav character from any movie or soaps or fav player or any fictional character like Harry Potter 😛
They will hunt for every single news about them, every single page on internet that talks about them. They can do this for hours and hours, without getting bored. Boys, on the other hand, even tend to forget things about themselves 😛 (or maybe they just pretend as it is an easy way out of any quarrel!)

It is not necessary that the person is someone they care for. It can be even their enemy, ex- boyfriend, ex-best friend or anybody they just hate – for no reason.

Some of the mandatory things girls tend to know about are cloths of both men and women, food, health and hygiene. I will talk about them one by one.
There are variety of cloths around, made of different material, having different names. They are wore on different occasions. Particular tops goes with particular bottom. Certain cloths look good only in particular color. Also, cloths dispose personality of a person. So they can tell you what to wear to suit your personality and vice verse.

Addition to this are accessories. You can’t wear something if you don’t have appropriate accessories. See, that is the reason why the spend so much time in shopping, they need to have everything perfect. After all, only when they look good, you can experience heaven on earth 😛

I will better not go in hairstyling and make up… or else you will get bored!

As it is generally women who handle the kitchen, they are suppose to know things related to food. One thing I have noticed here is girls pick up things, related to cooking, very fast. They don’t have to mug up any recipe. They just see it, remember it and do it. And they have very strong taste buds and smell buds. They can easily tell what ingredients are added in it. Just they have to put on cooking shoes, at least once in their life. Maybe this is something by nature, transferred from mother to daughter. I would like to add in my first point, that they also know favourite cuisines of their people 😀

Have you ever wondered why girls look so beautiful and how they are so slim and trim? Because they are very conscious about their health and hygiene. They know what they are eating, from where they are eating. Well as i mentioned above they know the ingredients of the things they eat. So if they figure out that this food item has something unhealthy for them, they avoid it. While if they think it has something good for health, they will go for it!

Girls are strong, thoughtful, caring, matured. Only little less practical. They tend to think with heart and not brain. Hold on! When I say it like this, I don’t mean that it is their negative point. There are times when brain takes wrong decisions.

I am glad to be girl or rather a woman now 🙂
And I am sure you all are, too, glad to have a beautiful mother, a pretty sister, a loving grandma, a caring wife, a sweet daughter!
If boys are practical girls are generous, thus maintaining the balance of life.

Take care girls! The world is incomplete without us!
See you,
Diana.

May 28, 2013

Boys, you are too much!


And I mean it in good sense 🙂

It really makes me wonder, how come boys know so many things? I mean, if you are talking about sports, it’s not just one sport. They will know everything about every sport- football, cricket, tennis, biking, swimming, chess. They know it all. They will know who is world champion in which sport, who plays for which team, which team is good , which team is bad, rules of each game, places like stadiums where the game is played, then which stadium is the best one, which team has maximum supporters, which player is gay, which is player is married, to whom, their history, geography, blah blah blah!

 I mean, isn’t that already too much?

 And it is not just sports. They will also know about new technologies  like mobiles, iphones, ipads, tablets, processors, laptops, etc. New cars, new bikes.

 They will know about movies, old ones that were hit in their times as well as the upcoming ones. They are based on which novel or any real incident. About different actors, again their background, current affairs(pun intended :P) Every possible thing one can know.

 They can talk about politics. They will comment on any new law or any new change implemented by government for hours as if they are the ones working on it. They will know everything about who is corrupt, who is not. They will also know any secret motive of a minister behind his move.

 It doesn’t just end here. They will know about different countries, their history/geography (literally), their currencies, their capitals, their stock markets, their financial conditions, what are they famous for, all things like that.

Now I might sound sarcastic, but I not being sarcastic. I am just jealous.
I am here, trying hard to remember things about my close and dear ones, and these people know about the world!

 I feel as if all these things are buried in reins of their brain forever. Whenever any topic is out, they just pull out the remains.  

 Hats off guys!

 Some day, I really wish to figure how they do this.
Till then I will continue to blog 🙂
You keep reading.
Diana.

May 6, 2013

I need a break!


I don’t know what’s wrong with me these days. I am totally bored of everything. I don’t feel like working in office. And thankfully there isn’t much work load as of now. At home, too, I don’t feel like studying or doing any house old chores. And unlike office, I have my exams coming in just few days. :O And I am not that well prepared. Now I am completely dependent on the last day preparation. I just hope it ends well!!

I feel like taking break from everything. Like staying at home. Do nothing. Without worrying about any pending work or studies. Watch movies, watch cricket matches, cheer for my team, watch how my favourite players talk about their teams in the post match ceremony. Then read books late night. Sleep for long hours. Eat all kind of lazy food – like bread-butter or cheese butter or jam-bread and sauce bread. Then all sorts of Cadburys. Drink juices or milk shakes. Then watch television and get to know new songs, upcoming movies, celebrity updates. Read some newspaper, rave about the politicians, how they are messing with our country and how we are never gonna achieve anything. How we are a complete loser!

I also want to spend some more time online. Be little more social. Write regular posts for my blogs, read other blogs, comment and like other posts, participate in weekly challenges, get some followers for my blog too… I want to start a new blog as well. I want to read online beauty tips, read about food good for our health, watch how-to make up videos on you tube, apply homemade face pack, take care of my hair. Then learn Origami from Jo Nakashima, use my Canon cam to take some awesome snaps and get people’s awed expression.

I so very much want to live life like this! To spend a week doing only these above mentioned things. I want break from my regular routine. Only a small one will also do. May be, maybe I will try to get this break as soon as possible. Or maybe not. I am not sure. But I just realised that I just now finished doing one thing of – writing a new post 😀

I am glad I could do it. Hope to see you soon again. I really hope 🙂

-Diana

March 29, 2013

100th COLORFUL POST!


It was afternoon of 27th March. We here in India had public holiday on the eve of Holi festival. The reason we have holiday s that the festival is celebrated, applying colors on each other. It is considered as a means to spread love, forgetting all past grievances, mistakes, misunderstandings, sorrows and believe that life is as colorful as the day.

When I was kid, I would be too excited for this day! Actually it’s not just colors but we also slash water on each other! Wow! It would be so much fun!! We would begin our preparation almost before a week! We would talk about past Holis and would make plans for the coming one. On the next day of Holi, we would compare how much the color has washed off from body. The one who has more color left is thought of as one who most fun! As if there was some competition!

But as I grew up, I stopped playing with colors. I  began to look at the festival as a holiday, to take rest. The colors no more represent the liveliness of my life. Probably, I have grown up a far too much to believe in old customs that we can easily forget and forgive and move on and live life cheerfully.

Carrying this grown up belief, on 27th afternoon, I was lying on my bed. Having shampooed my hair and later conditioned to smoothen, I was to pleased with myself. I was caressing my hair lying lazily when there was a knock on the door.

I opened the door but there wasn’t anyone. I was about to check if there is anyone who knocked and moved on when… Somebody sprayed color on my face!

Burra na mano Holi hai!

“Don’t mind, it is Holi!!” Shouted my cousins!!! My two cousins, with my maternal aunts and an uncle had arrived  out of no where to our place to celebrate holi!!!

And after so many years, I don’t know how many, I celebrated Holi with colors!! Hurray!

And I don’t know when next I will be playing it again, so I purposely got us clicked!!

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Earlier I was bit apprehensive about my hair but later I just thought of ignoring it. Because life is indeed colorful! It is more fun in enjoying Holi with your cousins then getting a complement for smooth hair 😛

Here is a snap of my bro who joined us later. We colored him in green and guess what? He looks like the Hulk!! 😀

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Before I finish the post, I would like to share with you all that this was my 100th post! And I don’t think I could get more luckier but to have a post on festival of colors!

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Life is indeed beautiful. You just need to know how and where to apply color life brings to you! I know it is easy to say and difficult to do and all, but that’s what I am learning as I am growing up!

A belated Happy Holi to all of you!May you enjoy all the colors of your life!

Diana 🙂