Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award – HAPPY!!!

I wish there was a better word instead of “thank you” to tell someone Mansi from Drowningwings, THANK YOU so much for nominating me for  

 SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOGGER AWARD

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Being new to the blogging world and being appreciated by fellow bloggers is really over whelming and is helping me to be motivated and to keep on blogging…and am gonna keep doing it! 🙂 🙂 🙂 

Rules for the award:

  1. Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.
  2. Answer the 10 questions given to you.
  3. Pass the award on to ‘N’ (as many as you want) other bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated.
  4. Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog.

Questions asked by Mansi

What female person was the most challenging? – Hehehe this one is hilarious. Who else other than Mothers!!! My mummy (as i call her) was a teacher so the “challenge” becomes even more serious 😛 Oh no am just kidding i love my mom, all that i am today i owe it to her and i hate that she is up there with God and not me anymore 😦

What thought made you start your blog? – I always loved writing, from small letters to my parents whenever i wanted to tell them a sorry for being naughty or just say i love you, literary competitions, newsletters in schools and colleges, emcee and then it all came to a halt once i got into my IT job where writing was a rare activity. So i decided to write my heart out and start my blog so in future even though i am not there my words would be flowing in this digital space.

Do you have a quirk which the typical women clichés ? – Well my family and friends say i am more like a guy in my attitude but i know deep down am the typical girl who is romantic and caring and strong and independent and yeah “moody” (also a cancerian so mood swings is like a daily affair 😛  i am not scaring anyone just a disclaimer you need to hit the right chords to know me well )

Name a female blogger you want to meet ? – I think there are so many lovely people out there that i have come across that i would wana meet all of them something like a get together or an All Girls Indian Bloggers meetup (no offense to non Indians considering the geographic difference)

What experience was the most encouraging in your life? – I have been living away from home for the last 9 years and everyday has taught me something new. Some experiences have taught me to be more careful while others have taught me to be not to hard on myself. Some were scary but i turned those incidents into lessons for the future. 

What is writing to you ? – This i would answer by quoting one of my fav quotes –“You don’t write because you want to say something, You write because you have something to say”

Beauty or Brain? – Oh boy i have had some bad experiences when i was so mesmerized by the beauty that the moment the opposite person spoke i was shattered and just felt like why did i do this to myself 😛 Looks can be deceptive totally holds good in such incidents. I guess if you made sense while talking you automatically become a beautiful person ! I adore people who could strike a decent conversation and i love who can just play with the words and make me laugh.

What is your favorite quote and why? –  I feel Quotes help us and so i have summed up my favs here in this post – Quotes that inspired me

What are the characteristics of your ideal man? – I think there is no such definition to an Ideal Man coz there aren’t any Ideal Woman out there. For me the one who accepts my flaws, turns them around as my strength, hangs on during my worst, makes me laugh and more than anything respects my individuality deserves the best of me. I am a die-hard romantic and i would be in awe if he could compliment me in that.

Why you named your blog with the name it is presently having? – Mansi looks like i have answered most of your questions in my already published blogs..what coincidence! LIFE AS A POTPOURRI

So now time to nominate my other Blogging Sisters followed by my questions! All the best and Happy Blogging and making Woman Proud! 🙂 

Nominations:

  1. Mansi – Drowningwings (I want you to answer my questions 😀 )
  2. Miss Twisted Sense Of Humor
  3. Hasmeet Writes
  4. Malavika
  5. DOODLES AND SCRIBBLES 
  6. Catching My Drift

Questions to my Blogger Sisters!!! 

  1. How has blogging changed your daily life?
  2. Define your self in five words
  3. What do you think liberates the woman today?
  4. What do you think the biggest global feminist issue is?
  5. Who is your favorite female author and why?
  6. Do you think “Feminism” is overrated?
  7. One thing that you think you would want to change about yourself
  8. If you were hosting a Girls Night Out what would be your anthem song
  9. If you had to choose a Board of Directors representing your All Women Company who all would you appoint and why?
  10. One advice or piece of learning you would want to tell your daughter and one to your son in future

Waiting to read your answers! Happy blogging sisters….

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SIX WORD STORY CHALLENGE# 7

When i first took up Ben’s Six word story writing challenge i never knew i would get addicted to it and would be looking forward to see the new word that Ben would post every Sunday.  And what follows is a brainstorming session –  one word – so many interpretations – so many stories not only in my head alone but everyone who participates in this challenge. And then to read everyone else’s version of the same word is really interesting.

So my take into the 7th week, this time the Theme being – BETRAYAL 

My trial. Witness hostile. Charged guilty.

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TALESPIN- In Progress

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I really enjoy drawing cartoon characters. I am not good at drawing but i can always see the image and draw (only cartoons for some reason ). I have been doing this for quite sometime and thought of uploading them to my blog as well. So here i am with a new category in my Potpourri – MY LOVE FOR CARTOONS and would be uploading all the drawings as and when i finish them.

My first post is from the cartoon series which i loved watching as a kid – TALESPIN – Wiki link

The character KIT – is in progress 🙂

Watch out for more …..!!!!

 

It took me 10 years to learn this!!!

Note – this is by far one my longest posts!! Please bear with me 🙂 🙂

This Sunday morning i decided to go back in time and review my life for the last 10 years. Until i was 18, the most strongest and dominant of emotions in my head was joy,fun,happiness and confidence which has been amalgamated by many other emotions like anger, fear, sadness, self-pity and disgust.

Lesson Learnt 01: It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, & to make your Happiness a priority. It’s a necessary .Though a little late for a 28-year-old , independent modern aged women i have realized that loving yourself is the best way to live a happy, guilt-free life. In this manner you end up not giving expectations to others neither you start expecting something from others and with such an attitude-you don’t blame a second person but hold yourself responsible for the outcomes – happy or sad, whatever it is.

My mom always said that i am the kinds who learns from my mistakes and i took it up so seriously that sometimes even though i knew i am gonna ruin things up and where i am heading to is a big mistake i ended up doing it just cause i thought its an attitude (learning from my mistakes) am born with…. i was SO DUMB and STUPID!!!

As kids we are always taught to love others, respect others which i totally agree since we are all social animals and need to be in harmony with other Homo sapiens around us. But what i think most importantly as kids we should be taught to love ourselves first. Only when we are happy and love our self we could spread that love to others.In loving others we somewhere down the line stop loving our own self.

Lesson Learnt 02 : SELF – PITY is easily the most destructive of non pharmaceutical narcotics. It is Addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from Reality I have realized that most of our problems are conditioned. We try to find happiness by self-pity which my friends is only a temporary thing. We sympathize with our selves, the situation and circumstances we are in. And in this process we end up creating more and more suffering for us. Like the laws of attraction says  – the energy you send out is what you attract. What i have most importantly learned is that this self-pity leads in a deadlock – we pity and sympathize about our self and then we expect people around us to sympathize for us. If i am sad and gloomy how can i give happiness to others and attract same from them. If I am in a mess there would be some percentage of chances that I was responsible for it, cause of the choices I had made or for the pressure I succumbed to etc. So Self-Pity is a no no!

Lesson Learnt 03:  You teach people how to treat you. By what you allow, what you stop, and what you reinforce. Isn’t it true? I wish when i had said NO on certain instances if at all i had sent out a clear message that a NO meant a NO and not a MAYBE or YES, i would have saved few heart breaks and few failures :P. If at all i had been more blunt in my words, as said before setting expectations (the first point – see they are all inter related only if i had realized). I wish i had built a strong line of defense for myself and not letting people harm me easily. Boundaries that didn’t mean to demean me or anyone else but would  penetrate to people who could handle my worse and my good both equally. And in this process few people might have left me or would leave me – everyone has a right to choose for themselves , if I am not the chosen one then I should accept it. I should be ready to move on and value the ones who chose to stay with me.

Lesson Learnt 04: If you don’t ask ..the answer is always no. If you don’t go after what you want..you’ll never have it. If you don’t step forward..you’re always on the same spot. Ahh!! this is one of my fav lessons learnt in the last 10 years. Be it the profession we want to choose, the relationship we want to take forward, the kind of job/salary you are eligible for, the reason why someone else was chosen over you for a promotion, a better opportunity, or for as simple as the one rupee you are supposed to get back as balance from the shopkeeper instead you are handed over by a toffee. Unless we question things that happen to us we wouldn’t know its credibility. Life is to a larger extent is all about the choices we make so it is absolutely perfect and normal to questions those options life gives you. 

Lesson Learnt 05: I am not a product of my circumstances I am a product of my decisions. When in trouble in any kind of situation – physical, emotional or mental – if you aren’t happy about it you have two options – either accept it or fight it. It could be from choosing to move out of a bad and abusive marriage or choosing to move out cause you thought you and your partner were not compatible. It’s your life you have the right to redesign it for yourself. It could be choosing to fight against a disease you have been diagnosed with or just letting that diseases take over you your body and your life. It could be either telling the ugly truth to someone close to you or just bitching about them on their back and praising them on their face. So either accept things or fight against it. There is no savior. No one can save you unless you decide to take stand and take control of things, family and friends are only there to guide you.

Lesson Learnt 06: Family is where life begins and love never ends. They are always there for you no matter how old you become, how far you have grown in your life, how many people have come and gone in your life…they would always stay there by your side ..ALWAYS! People might come and go, promise you of love and care and suddenly one day shatter your dreams or start demanding in other ways for that love anything and everything can go wrong..but family – specially your parents they would always be there to support you. They would be strict and rude to you most of the times due to the generation gap but somehow they would end up being good for you in the long run. Today where i stand i think i owe it all to my mom who is now no more withe me but always in my thoughts and my dad who has been my biggest support. My elder brother with whom i have fought over things like a tv remote, when he didn’t approve of me having a bf (elder brothers i tell you!! 😉 ), for not being there with me when i wanted to play and he wanted to roam around with his friends. But he was always there when i did something wrong and wanted to be saved by the wrath of my parents he took it all on himself or he always kept a check on me who my friends were where am i going etc etc. Everything i am today is because of my parents and my brother. I love you guys!!muah muah!!!

Lesson Learnt 07: A woman always needs her girlfriends. They are like sisters you pick for yourself. I never understood the seriousness of this ten years back but now i can totally advertise this – Hell yeah!! I am in love with my girlfriends!!! No matter how old you grow , you have a man to love you, you would always need your girlfriends to go back to. I do agree friends could be both male and female but the kind of attachment you have with your girl gang  nothing can beat that friendship and it only grows stronger like a wine over the years. So invest that time in this friendship may be just calling up every one of them on a sunday afternoon over a conference call, meeting them for a coffee, asking them to help you go shopping, just talking to them right from that other girl in office to kitchen tips to sobbing about your heart-break to the new crush in office you would need them every time. I am glad to have found my besties over these ten years – Swetha, Ranjitha, Aakanksha, Sravani, Phanisri, Ahladini, Tulika, Nicy, Sriji and Sonam. These friends of mine have played different roles in my life – the caregiver, the crazy one, the rock, the opposite, the cool one, the honest one, the secret keeper, the i need to talk right now 🙂 🙂 🙂 And yup i have few guy friends who in the truest sense are my soul mates turned into friends without whom i guess i would always be incomplete. I love you guys too!! Who said soul mates only means lovers… isn’t it??

Lesson Learnt 08: Good education, financial stability, confidence is what a modern-day woman needs to have first for herself. Yes and i strongly live by it. Nothing more important than these three things and you could survive in this world. No matter if you have a financially stable partner one must always be have her own cash (for various reasons from moving out to buying something for yourself without thinking about the family obligations) Good education – knowledge is the strongest weapon one can have it can take you far and strong. Confidence- it may not bring you success but makes you ready to face all kinds of challenges.

So these are some of the lessons life has taught me in the last ten years from 18 to 28 life has been a roller coaster ride with so many twists and turns. Some hard times from which i have learnt to come out strong, some good ones which keeps the excitement and happiness emotion still dominant in me. I am not saying i know everything cause life is a journey and you learn with every step and turn. Like Maya Angelou said, “I know enough for today, for tomorrow I am learning.” Life is beautiful and we were born to be real and not perfect.

Ending with one of my fav quote – Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to Dance in the Rain!!!

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Sneha (gal from the island)

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SIX WORD STORY CHALLENGE# 5

Check out the winners for last week’s theme – Purgatory. Couldn’t stop myself from thinking and laughing over and over again when i read the winners post, totally killed it Doc –

Please hold, your call is important (Dr Meg Sorick)

My entry for this week’s Six Word Story Challenge #5 by Ben for week 5 is as below.

The theme for this week is PREJUDICE

 

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Love. Always a reason for happiness.

P.S : Have another one on the same lines, just giving it a short. Couldn’t stop from sharing  – 

Love Stories. Always a happy ending

Thank you Teachers!

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 miles apart for always keeping me grounded, i miss them. I miss you mummy. You have been the best teacher not just for me but for all the students you have taught, i could tell it from the number of students who turned up at your rituals and so many days even after that.

I also thank Subhalakshmi mam who helped me take my first dance steps and nurturing that interest in me when i was just 4, along with Beena Mam and Arpita Hawlader mam.

12 years of my life i have been guided by my Carmel Teachers who have helped me shape my life. Unless and until the roots are strong, a tree can never grow happy and tall. Thank you Sr. Lucy Lobo, Manju ChauhanMridula Rai mam, Afshan Taqui mam,Shanta Mam, Sumita Mam, Sharma Sir, Harpal Sir, Dayawanthi Mam, Benny Mam, Dorothy Mam, Jesurani Rajasekhar, Changappa Mam, Lena Parvathy mam, Trohi mam, Veluswami sir, Kanwarlal Sir, Mary Darsan sir and everyone else…Thank you!!

And finally my coolest engineering teachers – Preetha Anthony mam, Sangeetha mam, Ravi Prakash Reddy sir, Lakshmi Deepthi mam, Sudhakar Reddy sir, Anitha Chepuru mam, Ramacharan Sriramakavacham sir, Smitha mam, Alakanandana mam, Jahnavi mam.

Thank you for guiding me all these years with your love and affection. The most noble job that you do – guide us, support us, inspire us, teach us. Today and every day is a day to thank you.
HAPPY TEACHER’s DAY!!! 

Rashmi Devi and Beeda Anil to the worlds bestest Chachi’s (aunts) who have never let me miss mom in the last four years. I love you two. For teaching me every single day how to be a better person. 

Sasi Kumar : my handsome DAD, for taking place of everyone else in my life. Mummy, teachers everyone else’s role you fulfill without any complaints every day.i love you dad

Sneha(gal from the island)

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SIX WORD STORY CHALLENGE# 3

Check out the winners for last week’s theme – Passion. My favorite and i guess everyone’s fav was – 

His obsession. Her mistake. Their funeral by Sometimes Stellar Storyteller

My last minute entry (missed last week 😦 ) to the Six Word Story Challenge# # by Ben for week 3 is as below.

The theme for this week is MURDER

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She choked him while they kissed.

P.S : Basic Instinct – Lovely movie!!! Sharon Stone – H.O.T!!

Quotes that inspired me!!!

As per Google, the definition of Quote is pretty simple it says – repeat or copy out (words from a text or speech written or spoken by another person) . So simple right?? But aren’t these simple words by some random person leave a huge impact on our lives simply because it contains a wealth of wisdom in a single line.

Read my post on  – How do QUOTES help us???

And there are handful of such simple lines that have kept me going whenever i fell, lost track, lost hope, felt cheated, troubled and crippled in the head. These words changed me as a person, the way i think and even they way i feel for that matter.

I owe a lot to the people who have inspired millions of us from their life experiences, help us give words to how we feel .

—— Quotes that have inspired me and many like me am sure ——

1. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

2. “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.” – Erma Bombeck

3. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

4. “Self -sacrifice ? But it is precisely the self that cannot and must not be sacrificed” – Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

5. “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.” 

6. “Dance is a song of the body. Either of joy or pain” – Martha Graham

7. “Life is worth living when you realize that there are a few heart beats to be missed and a few kisses to be received” 

8. “Life is a pendulum between a smile and a tear” 

9.  “When you came in this world you were crying but the world rejoiced..do something that when you die world cries and you rejoice.” 

10. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” – Helen Keller

11. “It’s not about waiting for the storm to pass..it’s about screaming with the thunder, running with the lightning, and learning to dance in the rain”

Finally the  quote that keeps me going every single day is 

“SHE STOOD IN THE STORM , AND WHEN THE WIND DID NOT BLOW HER WAY, SHE ADJUSTED HER SAILS” – Elizabeth Edwards

Sneha (gal from the island)

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Fears of love – rather fear of falling in love – Philophobia

Anisha Joshi – no better way to express that feeling when your knees go weak the second time, yet you don’t wanna risk falling down!!! I am sure many gals have been through this including me and the feeling you described is so perfect! Thanks a ton for giving words to our inhibitions and our fears. 🙂

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Lets raise a toast to life

She doesn’t know what it is

She thinks of him at times

She wishes to be with someone like him

It is a new feeling, in a new way

She gets the jitters while talking to him

You can feel her heart running a marathon

You can see the shine in her eyes

You can see that smile in her lips

But, she is not sure

She is too scared to fall in love AGAIN

She is strong enough to fall in love for a second time

But, undoubtedly weak to let it go for a second time

Today, while she enjoys talking to someone special

She feels this has happened before

She feels the same

She feels the same fondness and appreciation

She feels the same likeness

She feels like dancing with the daffodils

She feels like singing

She feels the life

But, she also remembers how it all…

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