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Long weekend & Long List of Awards

For those who are not from an IT background, a long weekend (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) means either to head out for a small vacation or get all your pending items in the things to do note list a tick. Its that time when you want to finish off all that you had been procrastinating (this word itself could be a topic of a separate blog post) for a good long time be it as simple as getting that wardrobe organised,that book you have been wanting to read for long, giving your vehicle a wash or even catching up with a friend after a long time.(Gosh i had almost all of that in my to do list 😛 )

What i did on this long weekend finally was – Complete the book “To Kill a Mocking Bird“, organize my wardrobe, clean the aquarium and get another set of gold fish, meet not one but three friends, 🙂  pick my cousin sister from the airport and be a good host to her and yeah a long awaited flea market i would be attending tomorrow….now that’s some achievement with one more day still to go for the long weekend to get over with!!!! Looks like one of my new year resolution to stop procrastinating things is speeding up. yippeee!!!!

So my to do list apart from all the above, had one more major important thing to do, being the blogger i am, i had this list of award nominations that i had been waiting to respond from quiet sometime. Well one more reason for postponing it was, i had to search for nominees to pass on the awards and anybody i wanted to was already nominated more than once or had made their blog award free…so you see i always find a reason for postponing thing 😛 😛 😛 😉

Hence the disclaimer – this is gonna be one long post justifying the subject Long weekend &  Long list of awards 🙂 I guess once in a while a lengthy post can be accepted. 😀 😀 Makes sense right, you write 7 random facts about you multiple times would make the list long, unless i am short of so many facts about myself 😛 😛 😛

The Versatile Blogger Award

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Thank you Christina from Stealing Quiet Time In Noisy Disorder for the nomination, excuse the delay but you now know the reasons!! 🙂 This is one blog you wanna check out people, her love story is the kinds you read in books ❤ and you instantly feel “awwww-ed”. 

 

The Dragon’s Loyalty Award 

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Shilpa, from iamabloggertoo for the love of God’s own country fellowship we Malayalis are all over the world physical and digital gal!! Thanks a ton for that award, appreciations boost up so much of your confidence 🙂 People now you need to head straight to her blog and read the Story section, specially the suspense ones are gripping and keeps you glued till the end. 

The Word Magician Award

Sam, from The Starlit Octave Band  Thanks a ton for that award, happy new year!!! 🙂 You know what I still remember my fav line from your facts and its written in my diary of fav qoutes

“I would say I’m very much “me” type
The one that is rare
For I love to stay original
Rather than fake my life”

Isn’t it a beauty friends??? I love this line of his and i wish we all inculcated this in our lives and am sure the feeling of insecurity would never knock your door. So go check those magical words Sam spins and leaves you coming back for more and more.

A bunch of Awards from the lovely NJ;)

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Yeah, NJ from Ametalk has her own style just like how she showered me with a whole bunch of awards – Versatile Blogger, One Lovely Blog, Seal of Approval Blogger Recognition and Dragon’s Loyalty Awards!!! And i am pretty much sure most of my blog subscribers have NJ’s blog on their subscriber list as well. I really like her writings, she speaks about so many varied topics and the kind of warmth she has for her fellow bloggers is really overwhelming. If all that doesn’t make you go check out her site then what??? !!!!

The WAKAWAFU Award

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There is a theory behind the WAKUWAFU Award and you can read more about it on DrowningWings who had nominated me for this encouraging and motivating award specially even more heartwarming as am a new blogger in this amazing blogging community. Thankuu!!! And for the rest of you who are still reading my longgggggg post the name Drowningwings is cause “you don’t need water to feel like your drowning ,your broken dreams will make you feel so” well thats the theory from the author Mansi who hails from a lovely place called Dehradun, India.

Blogger Interview Tag Award

This was the earliest on the long list of awards that i was supposed to respond to so i would want to end it with this one. I am thankful to 4yearoldadult – yeah you read it right, the 4 year old adult. And he has got an amazing range of topics on which he writes and as he says he is weird they are weird in a good way 😛 The Good-Kinda-Weird.

Random Facts About Me

  1. My family includes my dad, elder brother , sister in law and me
  2. I love doing everything possible in life, i wana learn everything
  3. Baking is something that is on my list to learn this year(or the next one)
  4. A handicraft/diy store is something i have been thinking of lately
  5. Fame is not something that i crave for but i want to be in that position one day where people look upto me and get inspired.
  6. I hate cats (many are gonna hate me for this now) as much as i love dogs.
  7. The only thing i am scared in life(apart from losing loved ones) are SPIDERS..ehh!!!
  8. I am born and brought up in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India – a must visit place.
  9. My choice of movie genre would be- Action-SciFi-Horror-Psychopath-Comedy-Romance.
  10. As mentioned in one of my posts, i suffer from Periodic Attraction Syndrome(that’s what i named it 😛 ) You can read about it here – IMPERFECTION IS INDIVIDUALITY
  11. I got three tattoos and i plan on getting more …shhh!!! m glad my dad doesn’t read my blogs
  12. I love playing board games – business,monopoly,battleship,life,scotland yard,chinese checker,cards,uno you name it and i have played them and i still own all of these back home.
  13. My mom used to write a lot of poems in Hindi, and i still have that little diary of hers that i read whenever i feel low.
  14. I have completed my diploma in Indian classical dance form – Bharatnatyam and Kathak
  15. When i was in my 5th std i was in the Nicobar islands for a vacation where my mom was posted as a school teacher and her house happened to be the first one from the port and the sea was jusy 200mts far from the back door,I was taking a stroll in the beach when i see this baby dolphin wounded on the nose at the shore lying and crying. I just went ahead and hugged it tight and was trying to soothe it and figure out what happened and then with no idea as to what to do i went and called mom and gathered other folks around. Soon there was a large crowd and then the fisheries officials came and did the first aid and took it to the sea and left it. But that first 20 mins that i had with just the dolphin and me is still so fresh in my mind. There is something really magical about these creatures. I want that kind of an encounter again but m sure being lucky with a dolphin a second time in an open sea is only possible in dreams now.

What is your goal of blogging today?

To respond to all those amazing people who have nominated me a range of awards which has been like a shower of love and good words from the blogging world. So yup that is the goal today.

What do you love most about blogging?

I think Blogging is like a blank canvas, you can write, paint whatever you have in your head or whatever is there residing in your heart. You can touch peoples lives through your writing, you can get inspired from others! Its a whole different world, you make this world from scratch the way you want it to, the way you want to live in it.

What is your inspiration for your posts?

Its random, i don’t think that this is the only thing i would be writing. Just like my blog name its a potpourri of different things that i want to talk about. Inspiration could be anything!!!

What do you think about rankings?

Honestly i think it doesn’t matter at all. You should not be focusing on whats your rank to determine how happy you are as a blogger unless you are monetarily thinking about it. I do agree its gives that moment of instant pleasure but let it just keep it that way and not let it affect us.

Do you have a plan for your blog?

Maybe!!! There should be at least some planning like a draft version so that it helps you blog.

What would be your dream campaign?

Hmmm..something like post your pic every Sunday and see how you have grown over a year.

What advice would you give to a blogger just starting out?

Just write what you want to, don’t think about anything else. Just have fun and passion in what you do, that should work the rest of everything else.

How did you get into blogging?

I have been wanting to and tried and tested this since my graduation days but finally i took the serious step of not quitting it since August 2015. I decided to do things that i love, like writing.

Huh!!! Now that turned out to be a realllyyyyyy longgggggg posttttttttttt!!! 🙂 And am not sad about it, when you keep things on pending list they eventually become a lot. So yeah the next time i am gonna stop postponing such things and be more responsive!! Thank you all for those amazing awards and appreciation. Have a great year ahead both personally and professionally!!!

Now here i go with my list of Nominees!! Congratulations and have fun while doing this post! 🙂 Please answer the following questions

1. State 7 facts about yourself

2. Answer questions related to blogging

3. One strength and one weakness about you

Hargun Wahi

Vikas Acharya

Mahaa

Jenn

Jean

Priscilla

Soumya

Darshith

Pratyush

Doc2poet

Hasmeet

Gunroswell

Yogesvr

Aniruddh

PS: You are free to accept or reject the award(s). No obligation

Another SISTERHOOD AWARD and the feeling is special every time

Because am HAPPY!!! yeah…. who wouldn’t be when you showered with so much of love from the fellow WordPress Community !! 🙂 Yes its award time again and this is from my very bubbly and happy-go-lucky girl Dauntless Dream  So here goes another roller coaster ride in answering her questions … …

SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOGGER AWARD

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Thank you so much gal for the nomination!!! And yeah always thought of telling in the comments but i keep forgetting and that is this one line on your blog which brings a genuine smile on my face – “We were born to be real, not to be perfect.” Totally love it!! 🙂 ( i don’t know if there is a heart or love symbol in WP..still new here)

Who is a female figure, you look up to? – No matter how old i grow, how experienced i become, how strong or independent i become; this lady no matter she is not with me anymore in life she has left me with a life full of experiences, stories, sayings, thoughts, advice, love, blessings and prayers and that’s none other than my MOTHER. 

A movie that seems like a representation of your life? – Not yet. I mean somehow i find my shades of characters in almost some movie or series but not in complete sense!! My life could be made into a movie for sure;)

Current favorite song? Too many, changes with the mood.

Something you’re bad at and want to get good at? – I can’t whistle and blow a chewing gum 😛 I  have been trying this since i was a kid

Meaning behind your URL?- Hope this answers LIFEASAPOTPOURRI

The meanest thing someone has ever said to you?- I don’t remember them cause i ll keep thinking about it over and over again. Well lets just say my answer to them would be – You can love me , you can deny me but you can never ignore me !! 🙂 😉

The nicest thing someone has ever said to you? – I am blessed to be loaded with nicest things every time. So many again that i keep thinking about all those whenever i feel low and it just helps me rise up.

Your opinion on feminism? – Feminism is like two sides of the coin. People tend to use it according to their convenience which i think is totally wrong. Feminism is to feel equal in the society to the male species and should not be mistaken as a means to prove them wrong or inferior or get things done easily for you the woman community. And feminism is not just restricted to one gender but should be considered equally in the society. It does not mean hate men or hate girls (every  girl has that one girl on their target hit list :P), it simply means equality in total

What quality do you like in a person?- Nobody is perfect so i don’t expect someone to be perfect in all aspects. But i admire people who are honest to people and honest to themselves, who respect the opposite person and treat people around with care and affection despite difference in age, sex, caste, social and financial status, job profile etc., chivalry in men,intelligent people who talk sense , people who do not have intentions or have actions that harm others. And that one quality that can make me go weak in my knees is someone who can make me laugh. 

Favorite accent? –I think as Indians we are accent neutral.  Any other accent sounds different and good to me.

P.S – Not nominating anyone cause most people on my blog have already been nominated more than once. Sorry sisters!! 😦 

To end with  – WE WERE BORN TO BE REAL, NOT TO BE PERFECT

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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My first Award Nomination!!! Yipee!!!

I will have to thank my new blog friend Grace from 20dayworld once again, this time for nominating me for my first Award Nomination. Thanks Grace once again… Can’t thank you enough for finding me in this big world of bloggers and introducing me to so many cool writing challenges….luv luv luv!!! 🙂 

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And like all Challenges, this too has its own set of Rulesssssss!! ehh!! yes Rules! So bare with it. Its up to you to accept it and continue appreciating new bloggers or just acknowledge the one who has nominated you and just keep up with your blogging. 

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Grace wanted me to answer the below questions so here it goes 🙂 (disclaimer – i have tried to be as honest as possible 😉 )

Why did you start blogging??  I always wanted to share my experiences, thoughts, things i learn with people around and more than anything i apart from dancing i chose writing to express myself. Therefore I started to blog it so that even when i leave this world my experiences of life are there for others to know and to touch their lives in anyway.

Books or Television?? Can’t choose 😦 About Books – I am not an avid reader , but i do have my preferences and always open to suggestions. I make sure i read them. About Television – i watch lot of random stuff anything apart from melodramatic soap operas i think they are a great source of information along with entertainment.

Idea of a dream date??  In the last few years i have realized there is nothing like a “dream date”. Most of the dates are the first time meetup which you prefer over a coffee or a drink. The second date with the same person (if at all) would lead you to dinner/lunch or a movie. Only a series of such dates might lead you to your dream date  with the person you fall in love with and then my friend, the definition of “dream date” for me would be anything from having street food to a perfect dinner spread near a classy beach restaurant, from dirty dancing to backpacking ,walking in the rain, to just be two couch potatoes.

You finding love or love finding you? Have been looking out for love, finding it , cherishing it and then finally losing it. This time – Love is gonna find me!!! Fingers crossed!!!

Favorite Music band/singer?? Too many beautiful musicians/singers/composers are out there, i love and enjoy all genres of music – they keep changing with my mood. 😛

Best year of your life yet?? Each year has taught me a life experience and they were absolutely awakening, many more to come 🙂

Fancy dinners or take out?? Home cooked food any day any time, along with few fancy dinners once a while.

One thing you always carry with you, excluding electronics?? Coffee beans…weird but i love the fragrance when it gets locked in my clutch.

Where is your Happy Place?? My balcony and the view from it refreshing

One of your unique talents??? Nothing unique that i do, but am good at many things. Jack of all trades i would say

Finally, Who’s the Hero in your life?? My hero is my MOM, though she is not with me anymore but i have learnt everything from her, to be strong, independent,caring and to be a good human being. If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane I would walk right up to Heaven and bring you back again mummy.

And now 11 random facts about me:

  1. I am born and brought up in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India
  2. I am a multi linguistic – can speak English Hindi Malayalam Telugu and Tamil( Indian languages)
  3. Played with dolphins in the open sea, amazing experience.
  4. I enjoy action movies more than romantic movies 😛
  5. Blogging is taking a lot of my time but i am thoroughly enjoying it
  6. Have two tattoos, will talk about them sometime later 😉
  7. I hate cats, so much that once as a kid I chopped off its whiskers 😦
  8. Only thing i am scared of in this world are SPIDERS..ehh 
  9. Crazy about movies so much that once in college i watched movies for continuously four days by bunking class and without sleeping
  10. I love pets, currently have two gold fishes which i love to the core. Had a guinea pig once, besides dogs and hens at my dad’s place.
  11. Die hard Game of Thrones fan 😀 😀 😀

Here are my questions for my nominees.

  1. Describe yourself in five words?
  2. What would be your dream job?
  3. Three things without which you wont step out?
  4. One good and one bad thing about blogging?
  5. Who all in your family?
  6. Three things in your bucket list?
  7. What are you most scared about?
  8. Your country and another country you want to visit?
  9. Your favorite quote?
  10. How do you spend you weekend mostly?
  11. How to cope up from a break up (if you had one)?

And my nominees are

  1. Grace’s 20dayworld
  2. A Hopelessly Wandering Mind
  3. A Thought of mind
  4. IMPREINTofficial
  5. newshoundnovelist
  6. Ann Hall Writes
  7. REIVA GEEN

Stay happy, Stay blessed, Keep blogging.

Sneha (gal from the island)

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