DRUM ROLL – #ATOZCHALLENGE -THEME REVEAL 2017

#AtoZChallenge 2017 Theme Reveal is here !!!!

Yipeeee!!! My second year into blogging and my second time in the #AtoZChallenge and I can’t tell you how much i had to convince myself to take this up this year as well. Not that i hate anything about the challenge but more on the other side that is I love the concept of A to Z challenge and being the perfectionist kinda person i am, I wanted to do complete justice with the challenge.

I had my own reasons for being doubtful about it more so because I was not into blogging for the last six months for valid reasons Click here to read I was not sure if I could commit to myself 26 days of continuous writing and that too when i had no theme in my head. And even if i ended up on a theme , alphabets like Q, X and Z alone would make raise the bar of challenge to a whole new level 🙂 I am sure most of you would agree with it. But, i have learnt not to give up and so i wouldn’t this time as well at any cost.

What is the #AToZChallenge about?
Now #AtoZChallenge is all about blogging for 26 days, one day for each alphabet during the April month except for Sundays. It not only helps in networking with many new and old bloggers but you get to learn a lot about yourself while taking up this challenge. Most of us would do a #Reflections post once we “Survive” – yeah that’s what we tell once you finish the challenge. Trust me it seems easy to blog 26 days but when you get into it you fall short of words, you fall short of time, you even fall short of interest. Its not just about writing, you even need to read other blogs which are participating which is essentially the idea behind this challenge.

Does a theme help?
Having a theme is totally up to the participant. While having a theme filters down your ideas about posting it also makes it tough (majority of the times) when it comes to specific alphabets. Many people chose a theme in order to come up with an ebook later on. Some write stories which is good if you have a script in mind; some write poems, some do DIY, some receipes all in all you would find everything under the sky in this blogging world during the challenge.

Theme Reveal
I was certainly wanting to have a Theme as it filters down my random thoughts running all over the place but i ended up banging my head as i would fall short of words for few alphabets and then give up on that idea. Does that happen to you as well ?? (~~ wondering ~~) So today on my way to work i had this Eureka moment of an idea and surprisingly jotting down words for this was the simplest things i have ever done in my blogging life. Sometimes you underestimate the simple pleasures of life.

So let the drums roll while I present to you this years theme of #AtoZChallenge2017 on my blog Life as a Potpourri which is extremely close to my heart and that is 

🙂 🙂 🙂 I am so happy with my theme that you guys have no idea right when the day is about to end here in India. It would be an honor and pleasure to talk about my hometown Andaman and Nicobar Islands where i have been born and brought up with all you people out there. Many of you am sure wouldn’t even have heard the place but just to give a sneak peak here are some facts about #ANDAMANS 

  • It’s one of the Union Territories of India.
  • It’s an archipelago of about 300 islands.
  • It’s has a history related to Indian Independence.
  • The island’s #Radhanagar beach has been rated Asia’s best beach and World’s 8th best beach by Trip Advisor
  • The waters of Andamans have been rated as the 6th best blue waters all over the world
  • It has the only active volcano of India – Barren Island
  • The 26th December, 2004 Tsunami had majorly affected the islands at it was just about 30 mins from Sumatra the origin of the earthquake which measured about 8.9 to 9.1 on Richter scale
  • Your blog friend – Sneha(that’s me) was born in these islands …just kidding, need to save the info for the blog posts ❤

If those details got you glued and thinking then you should definitely check out this blog cause these islands have a lot to offer, only if you ask 🙂 Also i would be using the hashtag #AmazingAndamans  which is the theme as well along with #AndamanswithSneha and #Galfromtheisland

It would be really great if you could give your feedback, comments,suggestions and keep visiting my blog during the April month. Please feel free to connect via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google +

Wishing all the participants the very best! Let’s do this together and celebrate the joy of Blogging 🙂 Hoping to meet many new and old folks during the one month of blog marathon..woohoo!!! Let the games begin.

Live.Love.Laugh and Keep Blogging!!!

~~ Sneha, gal from the islands ~~

Back from a long break – do i regret?

Sep 11th 2016 – that is exactly 184 185 186  187 days since I have blogged and even though I don’t regret being away from my blog , should tell you I have missed this world of Blogging.  😦 In fact even the couple of posts before to last one were just one per month so all in all its been a considerable amount of time that I had been away. And it’s not just the writing part but haven’t read too from all the wonderful people out here whom i absolutely love love love. So many posts to be read and I am going to take time catching up all the reading work, but am sure I’ll manage doing it.

What got me alarmed? Sometimes you need a hit again on your head to come back to senses and that’s what exactly happened with me today. All of a sudden i realized its nearing 20th March #themereveal for the #atozchallenge 2017 and i need to get my ass back up there and participate in this. I had already missed few campaigns from #blogchatter for which I had signed up but didn’t really participate at all. So, yeah for a quick update i would be doing the Ultimate blogging challenge – the #atozchallenge even though am short on theme and time. Last year too all my posts were impromptu and nothing scheduled ahead of time so am experienced with that. Theme is what is actually killing me, any suggestions out there? 🙂

Why i don’t regret being away from Blogging? Honestly the best part about blogging is its your own space and you can do whatever you want with it which is so awesome. Few other things definitely were priority than my writing and that is majorly my regular IT job, few other personal stuff going on, lots of travel both work and leisure. 🙂 I would be letting you know all of it in detail in my upcoming posts for sure (At least the travel part 😀 ). But here is a look back of what happened in my life in the last six months in a fast rewind mode that kept me away from blogging.

~~ Job July 2016 to Jan 2017 ~~

Now let me clear few things 1) I absolutely love my job, it does get hectic like how it was last six months but there is nothing to complain. I have studied hard and worked hard to achieve this place and it would be totally unfair to talk bad about it in anyway. 2) It was a new role for me in my career and I really wanted to do well, it needed lot of hard work and time. The project I was working on is going live  on April 7th and am excited about it. All the hard work and dedication my team and the other associated teams had put in is now going to reap fruits. 3)I had extra responsibilities of my teammates apart from my individual work and hence I didn’t want to let down my team in any way. I always wanted them to look up to me and be inspired to work hard. So yeah, now that the go-live date is just few days from now work is absolutely less which got me back to blogging. 🙂 (of course until the next project but am not letting that stop me from blogging again)

~~ New friends ~~

I am definitely the social kinds, I need people around me, people who accept me for what I am , for making me feel normal and perfect with all my imperfections. And just when I was about to feel that where did all such people go I happen to meet a bunch of people. A friends friend to his friends sister to the sisters friends…and so on we ended up in a group of almost 20 people who enjoy travelling, dancing, watching movies, anytime yes for tea and all sorts of craziness. Personally I think I am the most boring person in the group but the group itself has so much energy that it definitely lifts my mood too. From birthdays to trips we have had so much fun and laughter. Here is a sneak peek of all that we did in the last 6 months. If it was not for them, I would have been stuck 100% with just work work and no fun at all.

After wedding party of a friend in Pune. This was my first time in a pub wearing a Saree and it was fun 🙂
Impromptu drive on a weekend to #Rastacafe, outskirts of Bangalore towards Mysore Road
Surprising a friend on his birthday at midnight and giving him a chocolate facial amidst that beard he had.
And there is one more from another birthday, again same old story beard and the cake
this was after the cake on the face was all cleaned up so that we had one decent pic to upload

~~ Travel. Travel. Travel ~~

The second half of 2016 and right until last month it was all about travel if not work. Thanks to the #Bookkaas (that’s the group name 😉 ) group of friends I talked above. Starting from #Gokarna in Oct , then #Hampi again towards Oct end; #Ridermania in #Goa in Novembers, Goa again for New years in December. Well not just for fun I travel, I even traveled to New York for almost a month for business trip. This was my first time abroad and an amazing experience of Winters. My first time in snow too 😀 ❤ (saving that for later posts) . Finally it was #Andaman my hometown after almost a year for 2 weeks and it was crazy. My #Bookkaas group also flew down for a week to visit Andaman and it was one of the best vacations back home I had. I generally go for a week or so and am mostly at home. I hardly go out to the other islands or beach. Check out the pics below and you’ll know how much fun I had.

To new friends and family in Hampi 🙂 Talk to a stranger and you never know you might become friends for life
A candid pic, courtesy Nithish. On the background the famous Jog falls on our way to Gokarna. That’s Swathy with me
Mandatory Selfies when on a trip – that’s Nithish, me Vikas and Swathy
Epic pic from the Andaman Vacations at Neil Island, waiting to watch the perfect sunset. Still a bunch of them missing in the frame
Sanjay with his Go Pro which captured all amazing views and a lifetime of memories. This is while waiting for our boat at the harbour to Havelock.
One of my fav places in Andaman – Ross Island. You wana know how many shades the color blue has just watch this pic and you ll know 🙂
The Amazing Bokkaas Gang, All 19 of us in a frame 🙂 Thanks to Selfie Sticks
I too managed to click few pics from my cellphone in between all the enjoyment. That’s another one from Ross Island
Central Park , New York -Yeah!!!! In between the business trip one of those weekends when you decide to see New York and enjoy the winter in its truest sense
Airports and Travel is fun when you got a bunch of crazies to send you off!! This is me travelling to US for the first time.
Another epic pic – Ridermania 2016, Goa

~~ Laziness and Writer’s  Block ~~

Being incredibly honest here, even though i had time at hand once a while it was either pure laziness or a writer’s block or too many ideas but not sure where to start from specially after a long break. I could have at least done the Echoes series and maintained some consistency 😦  Every time i would think of getting back there again at blogging i would be like naa not now, maybe once all this work and hectic life comes to rest i shall start and not stop but then you saw right i started this post four days ago and it took me today to finally publish it.

 I have missed blogging for sure, but sometimes its nice to take a break and enjoy other things as well like travel which i did. But promising this to myself that i am going to get back to regular blogging after all i love this and all you wonderful people some who have become such good friends, some from whom i have learnt many new things. Hoping to be start of with the #AtoZChallenge, i still don’t have a theme so let’s see how it goes. Need to just start writing thats all.

Have you ever taken break from blogging? Let me know, if its okay not to blog for sometime – does that affect one personally?

With loads of love love love.. i missed you all 🙂 ❤

~~ Sneha ~~

ECHOES – ANNIVERSARY AUGUST

It’s hard to believe that August came and went by also and we are almost towards the end of second week of September. And you are not aware of how time flies only on two occasions – either you are too busy or each day passing by is what you don’t want to remember knowingly. 

Blog Updates:
I just managed to make one post the in all of August month. Didn’t even realize when Aug 12th passed by which was my first blog anniversary month. So many things happened in Aug about which i thought i would be publishing a post for example – friendship day, raksha bandhan, anniversary special etc. but nothing happened. After being occupied with my full-time work for 10 hours and then almost close to 3.5 hours in travel there was nothing left within me to open my laptop and blog anything. I haven’t even managed to post my video review on 6 Degrees an initiative by Blog Adda. So 80% of the reason for me not to blog was work the remaining 20% and more critical was losing my friend about whom i had mentioned in the last post. This month too i signed up for a blog challenge in the hope that it would push me blog regularly in Sep but i think this is my page my blog and it should be more of me on it whenever i wanted to write and whenever i felt to instead of being obligated to write towards it. That is the beauty of blogging i believe. You own everything about it.

Job:
IT job is fun if you love what you are doing, but it becomes a pain when there is no scope left for realizing whether you love or hate your job:P After more than a month now in my new role and company i think i have started loving my role but it does come with lot of responsibilities which am still trying to figure out how to handle it all smoothly. I am loving what i do, just need to come up with a better time management and planning to deal with my subordinates peers and management besides my work. And yeah now i have made good friends to with whom i can talk stuff apart from work which is a huge relief considering am the kinds who cannot talk work all the time neither can remain silent like a person who doesn’t even exist in the office…na na.not me at all.

Losing a best friend:
I lost my first best friend when i was in fifth standard – Asha. She passed away due to brain tumour. Another close friend in an accident some five years back. Losing people to death in any way is a huge loss but losing someone who are old or are not keeping well is something we are always prepared deep down in our hearts but losing someone young someone of around your age all of a sudden comes as a huge shock. I lost one of my closest friends whom i had known for over a decade on Aug 16th. Shiva Anna or Valentine as i used to call him , fought his battle for life for almost two weeks that he was on ventilator but finally gave up and left us all alone here to find peace in heaven. He was the most sweetest and truest human being i had met. A wonderful boss, a supportive elder brother, a caring son, the life of all his friends he was everything a human being should be. I have never seen men crying and shedding tears literally the way i saw them do during the funeral of Shiv. None of us wanted to believe what was going home. I still wish that i wake up one day and realize it was all a bad dream. To know that i wont be able to talk to him ever, or see his number ringing on my phone, not being able to call him and talk or laugh with him hurts terribly. Life is so uncertain. I hope he finds peace above in heaven and strength to his family and all other friends to bear with his loss.

Losing loved ones has only made me realize to love and respect the people whom i have in my life. Never to say goodbye after having a fight or an argument, you never know it might be the last time that you are meeting that person. We have got a short time on this world stage, as long as we live up to the expectations of that role and perform our part beautifully all is good. The whole play would turn out to be beautiful. 

Hoping to be on track this month in the next two weeks that’s left and to manage my pending post to be published, wishing you all a Happy September. Love and Respect the people around you 🙂 

Thank you Teachers!

Post from the Past 🙂 Happy Teacher’s Day to everyone who has taught me something or the other in life.!!!

LIFE AS A POTPOURRI !!!

Teachers’s day was celebrated all over India yesterday 5th September 2015. This occasion is marked to celebrate the birth anniversary of the second President of India, academic philosopher Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

 || Gurur Brahmaa Gurur Vishnu Gurur Devo Maheshwarah Guru SaakshaataParabrahma Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah ||

Is a widely quoted Sanskrit sloka (verse) which means The teacher is creator Brahma; he is preserver Vishnu; he is also the destroyer Siva and he is the source of the Absolute

And on this day, i take this honor of thanking all those people who have held my hands, opened my mind and touched my heart.

HAPPY TEACHER’s DAY!!! – MOM, the first and my best teacher in life who helped me be the person i am today. I wish you were here cause i really need you now more than ever, your scoldings, your love, your guidance, those letters of yours when we were…

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ECHOES – JOYOUS JULY

July was a beautiful month; Totally awesome for so many reasons. I didn’t realize how these 31 days passed by. Hop along to know how i celebrated this month in my Monthly Favorites section called ECHOES and July for me was a JOYOUS JULY ❤ ❤ ❤

Birthday Month:
What other reasons one wants for a month to be special?! It was my birthday and i beautifully turned 29. Can’t believe its my last year in my 20’s and it was as special as any other birthday bringing more happiness, goals and promises to self. Friends make your birthday so special when you are away from family and they have been a major reason for my birthdays to be so beautiful every year, be it grand or small celebrations it has always been perfect in its own way. So many wishes from all over the world, thanks a ton to all the blogging community and some amazing friends i made through blogging which was special. And a bunch of hugs to my always so special dear friends who pamper me with love and more importantly pamper me with unconditional love. #Happybirthdaytome 🙂 Looking forward to complete all the promises i made to self.

Blog updates:
I am happy i managed to make good number of posts(22) through the #halfmarathon hosted by Blogchatter. In fact i finished two challenges one a list of 10 day prompts which was inspired from a fellow bloggers post followed by 5 more adding to it. I am also gonna post the review for 6 Degrees soon which i am about to get complete again something being encouraged by Blogadda team. It would be my first video post,watch out for more on that. Well one thing which i couldn’t complete was the Word High July hosted by my dear friend Maria and her buddy. I did start it on a good note but lost track of it 😦 Something that am not really proud of my first challenge that i couldn’t complete. I would though try to use those words in my blog as and when possible. Its always good to learn a new language.

New Job:
Yeah so besides my birthday the other major life event was my new job, i mean same job but with a new firm with a better role and package 😛 I now work for an Indian company which am really proud about called the Mindtree. Its been more than two weeks and i feel good about it. Anything new in life is always a mixed emotions there is excitement, there is fear, there is fear of rejection and being accepted. Its all about starting from scratch to make your presence and make your own place in a big team.

I have made a bunch of colleagues with whom i can chit and chat so its good. Work is keeping me on my toes. Only thing not good about this whole thing is the travel to work -24 kms to be exact that is summed up by almost an hour and half an over ride broken down in parts first a cab to the metro then half an hour in metro again half an hour and bus for me to reach the office at 9.15 am in the morning. So my whole schedule has been changed right with the time i sleep and wake-up the time i eat and everything else. But every trouble and pain is worth the peace of mind i get when i wake up each day to head to work that i love.

Cloud raiders: 
Remember last time when i mentioned about this game which i am addicted to Cloud Raiders ? Well the addiction is only getting stronger 😛 That time i was on level 13 and today am currently at 39 with a lot more army and a decent kingdom. Check out the image below. Its a strategic game with lot of thinking and more than that lot of patience needed. Every time i make an upgrade to one of my weapons it takes min 12 hours which i need to wait unless i spend money (literally money) and buy time. Liking the game..oh let me correct..loving the game! 🙂WhatsApp-Image-20160629

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This is my first post in the month of August. One of my best friend is in the ICU for over a week now and is on ventilator after a brain hemorrhage. I request you all to pray for him and for a miracle to happen. He is one of the most purest souls i have met in my lifetime. Having known him for more than a decade now its really a tragedy to see him like this. 😦 All he needs is our prayers and for that miracle to happen.  #prayforShiva

 Hope your July month was fantastic, its almost half a month in August so late to ask that question was not in the mood really. Lets enjoy each day with our loved ones because life is so uncertain. 

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FIFTEEN Harry Potter Movie Quotes – DAY 15 and its a wrap #halfmarathon

It certainly had to be a post on HARRY POTTER after all it’s the magical woman J.K.Rowling’s Birthday as well as Harry Potter’s whom i have watched growing up. Even though am 29 now , i would watch this movie whenever it’s on television. How i wish something like this really existed.Harry Potter and the series is like a part of my childhood which is strongly rooted itself within me. 

As we celebrate their birthday and also wrap up with yet another daily writing challenge the Half Marathon Blogging Challenge hosted by BlogChatter here are my top FIFTEEN QUOTES from the movie 😀 Happy Birthday !!! and for making my childhood special. ❤ ❤ ❤

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Which one is your favourite quote? Find a full featured blog on Harry Potter right from A to Z on my dear friend Vinay’s blog. Happy Weekend!!

FOURTEEN things to do when home alone – DAY 14 OF HALF MARATHON

We all are home alone at some point of time in life,  😦 either our parents are out for the weekend attending some function, our roommate has gone home on vacation, our boyfriend/girlfriend have made plans with their gang, husband’s out-of-town, wife has gone to her mother’s place etc etc or simply you stay alone all by yourself. 

Staying alone for a day is okay, you can just kill time and somehow time passes by. Problem is when the duration of staying home alone is for a good long time and not just a matter of few hours 😀

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Here i am to help you by giving you some real and practical ideas what needs can be done to actually turn over the boring time at home to a fruitful one for yourself. I have personally tried these so yeah you can count of me for the guarantee. Hope you enjoy and try something out of the list

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Unless and until you are way too disciplined or have OCD then you should try reorganizing your closet. It would sound boring and then just something that won’t take much time but trust me when you actually start doing this you wont even realize how time flies by. Other benefits you might just find some clothes of yours which you don’t remember having or that dress you wore on your first date and was kept somewhere hidden which you thought got lost.

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All those movies which have been on your watch list which you couldn’t due to those hectic office hours, taking care of kids and family. Why not watch them now. Pick up your favourite genre of movies and start watching them or maybe pick one from each kind of genre or even a tv series like the Game of Thrones, Sherlock Holmes or even FRIENDS. You can just start watching any episode. Why not order some snacks for yourself or make pop corn and create a comfortable sitting, get all cozy and complete marathon. #ChillwithNetflix

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You don’t really have to be good at cooking to do this. If you are the kinds who cook for yourself, then try something new and something exotic just for yourself. Or if you are not that great at cooking then why not improve your culinary skills. Bake yourself a cake, or try some cocktail. So many recipes are there on google both written and videos to learn from. Trust me a good meal and a glass of wine would just lift up your spirits.

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If you are really not lazy then you can head to a parlour and get yourself pampered. Carry a novel and just read it while the salon people are just treating you like a queen. But then if you are lazy to go to a salon then why not try some parlour tricks at home itself. A pedicure, a hair massage could be easily done all by yourself at home.

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Music is the best therapy for any kind of situation. Why not make a playlist as per your mood and daily activities. We all go through different kind of emotions happy, sad and fun and accordingly we tend to listen to the songs. So go ahead and make a playlist for each kind. Songs you’ll prefer listening to while travelling, songs that help you feel more energetic and would work in your favour while working out in the gym or a jog. Mak a playlist of songs that can help you go to sleep. I have a playlist for this one 🙂 I love listening to Only time by Enya’s one hour sleep music specially on days when its hard to get some sleep.

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People who enjoy reading would anyways find time to read so this ones for people who don’t find time but always have those books in the back of your mind. Whichever way you like reading, a real hard-paper bound book in hand with a cup of coffee like me or the kindle version for the tech savy ones. To go a step ahead, why not post a review for the book on good reads or site from which you bought it. Would always help someone who is looking for a customer review.

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I do read questions on Quora but never tried answering them and one weekend when i was very bored i thought of not answering questions on quora and it was such a fun thing to do.There are so many random questions that people ask on quora from simple to complex and serious questions which you can answer. Highly recommended!!!

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I love singing out loud but being the bad even bad bathroom singer i hate singing publically. And i am bad in remembering the lyrics of the song if i don’t sing it out loud so i actually play the karaoke version with the lyrics opened in another page and i sing my heart out. There are so many sites which have the karaoke music be it any kind and any language. You never know your vocal chords might just get better and you would actually have fun. Try shaking a leg or two while singing to spice things up.

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If you are the shopping kinds go do yourself that retail therapy or just window shopping. You have all the time to try and try and try new stuff. If you don’t wana step out then online shopping is always an option. If finances are not in favor at least you can save items in your wishlist for later (not my kind of spending time but my friends do this hence a suggestion)

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Bucket lists are always a fun thing to do. You can strike of the ones you have already completed and add new ones. Try and figure out the ones you can do within the next month or year, and plan on the ones which need a lot of investment of time and money. Pen down the updated one and post it on your wall so that you keep seeing them and work towards fulfilling it.

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All you need is an internet connection and you wont realize how time just flies. You can be that couch potato and just tuck yourself in bed and watch videos on various topics. From how to’s to movies, songs, learning things. To be exact there are 819,417,600 hours of video on YouTube so you can do the math now of how many days. To make this time even more productive try to learn something new. Learn a new skill or how to improve something that you have been doing. I Personally recommend this. It’s only through YouTube and one of the boring home alone days that i found my interest in zentangle and doodling and started learning them religiously.

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 Science proves that things that are visual tend to stay longer in our mind. If you are the craftsy kinds or the art lovers you can start a journal book or a scrapbook. You can save all those movie tickets, or boarding passes or post cards to make a travel journal or a recipe book along with your fav recepies. Why not make a vision board and decorate it and keep it somewhere that you can see it very regularly. Its fun, therapeutic and a great experience.

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Make list of anything and everything, things you want to do, things you want to buy, things you want to read, things you want to watch, places you want to travel, grocery you need to buy people you need to call up and meet or simply a list just like this one 🙂

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Yeah!! why not. Most of the blogs happen just like this. You don’t have to be the ones who are good with words, you can actually start a blog which posts information from other sites(with due courtesy to the source of information). There are various videos and blogs on how to make blogs so you always have a reference to begin with. So go ahead and start a blog and lemme know .

What do you do when home alone or bored? Something you want to share or give me a tip or two which i could try 🙂 Happy Weekend! ❤

This post is written for the Half Marathon Blogging Challenge at Blog Chatter.

 

THIRTEEN something that should not be TABOO anymore – DAY 13_part01

The number 13 – THIRTEEN in itself gives us chills down our spine. We always associate it with being unlucky, something tragic etc because of all the notions associated with it in the past. So why not discuss something similar. Today it’s about THIRTEEN topics that SHOULD NOT BE A TABOO ANYMORE. And sharing it on my blog is somehow empowering me, and for the first time making me feel the strength bloggers have – to share their opinions and views of some serious issues with the world.

— this should not be a taboo anymore —
1. Mental Illness
2. Menstruation
3. Sex Education
4. Fat/Skinny/Dark/Fair
5. Marital Rape
6. Career oriented woman cannot be a good homemaker
7. Homosexuality
8. Women and drinks
9. Talking about honor killing
10. Divorced/separated/widowed woman = Easy Target
11. Single Parent
12. Men can feel pain
13. Financial Status to judge someone

I actually wrote the entire 13 taboos in detail and it was way too long even for me to do a review check. I made some changes in the last moment and am going to talk about the Thirteen taboos in details in a series of posts post this blog (hence the delay in post yesterday). Let this one be just a peek-a-boo on the upcoming series post.  

MENTAL ILLNESS:
Just because you can’t physically see something doesn’t make it any less real, serious or scary for the person suffering with it. Mental illness needs to be talked about just like any other injury or disease or like a broken leg. Mental illness are of different types ranging from mild to severe like Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Bipolar, Dementia, Schizophrenia,Autism, Attention-deficit and even something which we just neglect Hyperactivity. Mental-Illness

The first major reasons are for late diagnosis of these are because we consider them a taboo to be discussed with anyone even a family member and that is cause when the family members consider it a taboo and are not open to the thought that it can happen to anyone. When ever some one is told to meet a psychiatrist we think the person has gone nuts, but the fact is sometimes counselling helps you to understand what you going through. It doesn’t certify you as a mad person. So if you suffer from one, seek help!! If you know someone who is going through a mental illness, find help for that someone. 

MENSTRUATION:
Yes! it indeed is considered as any other social taboo. There are societies that consider this biological occurrence in female as impure, unclean and even more embarrassing. There are still families who don’t let the woman of the house come close to them, or attend auspicious occasions or do the religious rituals if they are on their menstrual cycle. I mean menstruation signifies the fertility of a woman. If she wouldn’t have been able to have her regular monthly cycle , men wouldn’t have been born. Even talking about periods is considered a stigma. I remember as kids if a girl is sitting on bench during the sports period everyone goes hush hush about it both boys and girls. What is so difficult to understand this? Don’t men get erected early mornings? have we woman considered it as perverseness and not stigmatised u for that then why woman. It sounds more like a disease that we women go through each month. When women buy sanitary pads, shopkeepers put it in a black cover so that no ones knows what you buying as if am buying a bomb to blow up my neighborhood. That smirky smile of the man at the billing counter when he bills the sanitary pad, i just feel like punching him right on face. Or the ads on tv for sanitary pad Blue ink for what? The reality hits when you first see blood instead of the blue color when you hit puberty.attitude-towards-menstrual-cycle-all-india-percentage-women_chartbuilder

Adolescent girls in developing countries miss schools for at least fives days every month -60 days in a year, due to lack of access to sanitary napkins and unhygienic school conditions only because the issue is not spoken out loud. There are so many issues associated with menstruation that need to be discussed, like irritations, infections, irregularity, pcos, PMS etc so that “That time of the month” becomes pleasant rather than a pain and curse for us. If a woman tells you she is not well consistently when you keep asking her whats wrong with you just understand she is on her periods, or if she tells you directly don’t be taken aback and consider her “ooohh she is too open to discuss all this with me” attitude. #dontlettheperiodstopyou !!!

SEX EDUCATION:
As much as rape is a social menace so is giving sex education or even talking about sex a taboo. I remember the first time my mother told me about sex or a physical touch which shouldn’t be appreciated. I was in fourth std when my mother told me that if ever anyone touches you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable just shout out loud no matter who it is or which place you are in. Why can’t all moms tell their daughters about how to be careful? Or tell the boys about how to treat a girl. 1 in every 10 girls in India go through molestation as kids and they never talk about it with anyone even their moms and this leaves a scar in them for an entire lifetime. 418592_517944008220211_1350532575_n-640x424

Sex education is not just about learning the male and female reproductive system. So many teens in India and abroad go through abortion even before they are 20 because of lack of education about contraceptive methods,sexual health, dysfunction and STDs. This encourages misinformation and myths and false cure. So many men have erectile issue and not talking about it with their wives or family doctor simply impacts their marriage,social and domestic life. And this also results in lack of knowledge in doctors as they are never aware of such illness and how to treat these disorders. Sexual education is necessary to identify and be comfortable with one’s own sexuality.

Let me know if you liked the part 01, it would mean a lot of encouragement for me to post about other topics 🙂 Also anything that you agree with or would want to share your opinion about what should not be a taboo anymore.

This post is written for the Half Marathon Blogging Challenge at Blog Chatter.

TWELVE fav one each of the 12 months– DAY 12 OF HALF MARATHON

I was sure what i would be writing for 12 something as part of the #halfmarathon challenge am soon gonna complete 🙂 and that is my TWELVE favourites for each of the TWELVE month. There is always something special about every month of the year, it could be an event, a festival, someone’s birthday any and probably everything. Here i am sharing #myfavorites 🙂

JANUARY : This has to be the month dedicated to NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS. All that you had planned to do last year but couldn’t achieve, all that you want to complete in the current year. It’s all about goal settings and working towards it. Be it a goal related to improving on your finances, living a healthy life, travelling places you have been planning for, ticking of those bucket lists you made. it’s all about paving way for a new year, a new you.

FEBRUARY : No it’s not Valentine’s day that makes this month special for me or my love story, but it definitely is related to unconditional love and this one is the love story of my parent’s when they tied knots for eternity on the 10th of Feb 1980. This is what makes this month so special to me and i love this month because of this single reason.

MARCH : Besides the fact as a woman this month celebrates us on 8th of March every year which is really a proud feeling, what makes it special for me is it’s the beginning of the favorite season of the year SPRING. I love the new leaves on plants and trees, flowers blooming, there is this very special kinda atmosphere specially in Bangalore that is a mix of cold and warm. Winters just passing by and summer is just round the corner kinds.

APRIL : The first day of the month is only special its my one and only loving brothers birthday. Yeah yeah, he was born on the April Fool’s day:P It’s an honour to have an elder brother. Now if that was just not enough, it’s also the birthday month of my sister-in-law 🙂 theirs too was a love marriage ❤ Also it’s the time when schools are about to close for vacations, and for adults its time to start planning for vacations and get their leaves approved 😛

MAY : This month is lucky in itself because it is my mom’s birthday month. If it wasn’t for her i wouldn’t be blogging here 🙂 I love you mom and i miss you so much . It’s summer vacations.. yipee!! I still remember when we used to wait for schools to close both mine and my mom’s(she was a school teacher)  so that we can go for vacations. Time to pack the bags and start the journey.

JUNE : Hmm nothing particular about this month as such, no birthdays, no vacation as such but what used to be special about it back as kids was that during this month i used to do all the school shopping – uniforms, books etc and would wait for the classes to begin towards the end of the month. Also the thought of following month made this month seem too long. All i’d think was the next month, wana know why continue reading 😉

JULY : Yipeeeeee!!! My favorite month of all the remaining ones because it’s MY BIRTHDAY MONTH 🙂 🙂 🙂 I don’t really need any other reason for this month to be more special. It’s time to update my resolutions for the year, make those edits and deletes and additions.I also share this month with my best friends birthday, he is my strength 🙂 and he means so much.

AUGUST : Two important occasions makes this month my second favorite after July and that is FRIENDSHIP’s DAY and RAKSHA BANDHAN. My friends have been my biggest strength and it needs to be celebrated. This Aug that’s few days from today i’d be celebrating a decade long friendship with my best friends and i couldn’t be more luckier to have found them. We call ourselves the #unforgettables 🙂 Now Raksha bandhan is the festival which celebrates the bond between a brother and a sister. And am grateful to have an elder brother who is my strength, my backbone, who supports me in everything i do. It’s also my Blog anniversary and next month its the first blog happy birthday.

SEPTEMBER : I am engineer by profession and September marks the Engineers day on the 15th of September. My mother was a very respected teacher, this month also celebrates the teachers we have had in life on the 5th of September. Also my first ever dance stage performance was during September 1994 🙂 So many reasons to like this month. Also my family festival Onam is celebrated in this month. More on that some other day.

OCTOBER : My dad’s birthday makes this month special 😀 Plus the festival of lights Diwali and festival of good over evil Dusseshra fall in this month. These festivals kind of change in their dates but it’s usually around the same time of the year. I celebrate both these festivals with a lot of love and happiness. It’s time for fun and celebrations, meeting family, going home , eating lots of sweets 😛

NOVEMBER : Two of my best friends have their birthdays this month. And that makes this month special. They understand me for exactly who i am. And guess what one friend out of the two is getting married this coming November and i am already making plans and preparing myself to be the best bridesmaid to her. The other friend has never failed to make me feel special and we have this random question thing that we play since the last four years that we have known one another and that has helped us grow as such good friends. He is in US now and i miss him so much. We haven’t met for the last two years but we never fail to have our usual weekend skype calls 🙂 #thankstotechnology 

DECEMBER : And finally the last month of the year. Being a convent student, Christmas was a huge event for us. The whole month goes in preparing for Xmas celebrations. So this month has always been a happy happy one. I miss school so much during Christmas, and to compensate we play the Secret Santa in office 😛 It’s the month to welcome a new year and to plan the awesome new year party. Well last year this month added another important day infact days to it and that was when my gang of girls sweetest person got married on 1st jan 2015 for which the celebrations has begun almost two weeks before. And she chose me to be her bridesmaid and i was the happiest person to be so. I had the time of my life during her wedding from her bridezilla tantrums to running here and there, taking care of her and other things, being more than a family member everything made her wedding so special.

Too many other important things are also there which makes each of these months special but the ones i spoke about are my favorites ❤ These are the only reasons why i look forward to these months. Too many other birthdays which i just can’t miss cause all these people have made me me. Too many other decisions of life that were made career, life etc.

Which is your fav month? Let me know!!! Is there another list that you would have taken up if you had the chance or somethings that you think i could have written instead of this one. Lemme know , lemme know 🙂

This post is written for the Half Marathon Blogging Challenge at Blog Chatter.

ELEVEN PET PEEVES I CAN’T STAND – DAY 11 OF HALF MARATHON

For beginners what is a pet peeve? It is something that a particular person finds especially annoying or an irritating experience caused by others in which you cannot control .It could be something that we all come across in our day-to-day lives. 

Since the last few posts of mine were very dull in terms of appearance, i have decided to share my 11 pet peeves beautifully illustrated by someone i really admire. Her posts are the first ones to come on my news feed in Facebook and that is none other than Alicia Souza . You can subscribe to her Facebook posts and you would thank me for it later.  

Now me being me, there are few things or pet peeves which are a result of our own actions, hence i intend to share them as well with you guys. 🙂

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This happens to me like ALL THE TIME
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This happened today morning also :(specially when the battery is low and you have put it on charge
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People can be so cold at times na?

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P.S: the names in the images are the pet peeves suggested by the followers of Alicia. So go ahead and suggest her one and if lucky your pet peeve might just get featured on her page.

Please tell me you had fun going through the #petpeeves and the illustrations specially !! 😉 Let me know what are your Pet Peeves. and also if you like Alicia’s work.

This post is written for the Half Marathon Blogging Challenge at Blog Chatter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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