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Merida – Zentangle Post 02

Drawing is exercise for a restless imagination – Tim Burton

One thing that could irritate an IT person is a long weekend…i mean literally four days of holidays and you have nothing to do or nowhere to go cause your friends don’t have as many holidays as you. So the only resort to kill time, not get bored is to DRAW!!! 

So here it is the result of a 3 hour dedicated work. I don’t know what to name it so suggestions are open 🙂 

Zentangle Girl

Instruments used – Drawing sheet A3 size, Sakura Pigma Micron (08/03/01/02) – they are amazing specially for zentangling, Camlin Klick Pro mechanical pencil. 

Image outline from google!

When Love Arrives – Did you know, will you know???

What is love? Did you know when love arrived, would you have known when love had arrived at first in your life, did you know when love left ?Most of us have our own version of love in our heart and head, which certainly changes if you have fallen in and out of love in your life. Today i don’t want to talk about love but would want to share something with you all that i was introduced by my close friend Vikas (during office hours 😛 ) and now i am addicted to it, that i listen to it everyday once.

 I came across this Spoken Poetry by Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye who have beautifully expressed love in their poem and in its spoken form.I sincerely request you all to listen to this, if you haven’t and would love to hear your thoughts and comments on it. 

So when Love Arrives, welcome love and make love comfortable and when Love Leaves, Appreciate and Respect it and make way for more Love!!! Love brings out the best and worst in you, love helps you grow as a better person every time Love Comes and every time Love Leaves!

P.S. I am sure few would have already watched this and have been following them, this is for the ones who didn’t know. After all blogs are supposed to share what you feel and know!Isn’t it???

Lyrics:

I knew exactly what love looked like
in seventh grade
.
Even though I hadn’t met love yet
if Love had wondered into my homeroom,
I would’ve recognized him at first glance.
Love wore a hemp necklace.

I would’ve recognized her at first glance.
Love wore a tight french braid.
Love played acoustic guitar,
and knew all my favorite Beatles songs.

Love wasn’t afraid to ride the bus with me.

And I knew,
I just must be searching the wrong classrooms;
just must be checking the wrong hallways.
She was there, I was sure of it.
If only I could find him.

But when Love finally showed up,
She had a bullcut.
He wore the same clothes every day for a week.
Love hated the bus.
Love didn’t know anything about the Beatles.

Instead,
Everytime I tried to kiss Love,
our teeth got in the way.
Love because the reason I lied to my parents.
I’m going to… Ben’s house
Love had terrible rhythm on the dance floor,
but made sure we never missed a slow song.

Love waited by the phone,
because she knew if her father picked up
it would be, (heavy breathing)
“Hello, hello… I guess they hang up.”

And Love grew…
Stretched like a trampoline.
Love changed.
Love disappeared
slowly, like baby teeth
losing parts of me I thought I needed.

Love vanished like an amateur magician,
everyone could see the trapdoor but me.
Like a flat tire,
there were other places I had planned on going

but my plans didn’t matter.

Love stayed away for years.
And when Love finally reappeared,
I barely recognized him.

Love smelled different now,
had darker eyes,
a broader back.
Love came with freckles I didn’t recognize,

new birthmarks,
a softer voice.
Now there were new sleeping patterns,
new favorite books.
Love had songs that reminded him of someone else;
songs Love didn’t like to listen to
so did I.

But we found a park bench that fit us perfectly.
We found jokes that make us laugh.
And now Love makes me fresh homemade chocolate cookies.
But Love will probably finish most of them for a midnight snack.

Love looks great in lingerie but still likes to wear her retainer.
Love is a terrible driver but a great navigator.
Love knows where she’s going,
it just might take her two hours longer than she planned.

Love is messier now;
not as simple.
Love uses the word ‘boobs’ in front of my parents.
Love chews too loudly.
Love leaves the cap off the toothpaste.
Love uses smiley messages in her text messages
And turns out,
Love shits.

But Love also cries.
And Love will tell you, “You are beautiful.”

And mean it.
Over and over again,
“You are beautiful.”
When you first wake up,
“You are beautiful.”
When you’ve just been crying,
“You are beautiful.”
When you don’t want to hear it,
“You are beautiful.”
When you don’t believe it,
“You are beautiful.”
When nobody else will tell you,
“You are beautiful.”
Love still thinks,
“You are beautiful.”

But love is not perfect,
and will sometimes forget,
when you need to hear it most,
“You are beautiful.”
Do not forget this.

Love is not who you are expecting.
Love is not what you can predict.

Maybe Love is in New York City,
already asleep.
You are in California, Australia,
wide awake.
Maybe Love is always in the wrong timezone.

Maybe Love is not ready for you.
Maybe you are not ready for Love.
Maybe Love just isn’t the marrying type.
Maybe the next time you see Love is twenty years after the divorce.
Love looks older now but just as beautiful as you remembered.

Maybe Love is only there for a month.
Maybe Love is there for every firework,
every birthday party,
every hospital visit.

Maybe Love stays.
Maybe Love can’t.
Maybe Love shouldn’t.

Love arrives exactly when Love is supposed to.
And Love leaves exactly when Love must.

When Love arrives,
say, “Welcome, make yourself comfortable.”
If Love leaves,
ask her to leave the door open behind her,
turn off the music,
listen to the quiet,

whisper, “Thank you for stopping by.”

Spread Love !!! Spread love through your writings, poems, views!!!  –Sneha(gal from the Islands)

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Jean – You asked and i answered!

This post is specially addressed to Jean from Miss Twisted Sense Of Humor who had asked me few questions in her Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award for which she was nominated by me only 😛 🙂 and am so glad she had answered my questions (tough and that would definitely make you think before you pen down – do have a look at Jean’s Answers!

So now time to answer her questions (i love this part about blogging helps know the fellow blogger a little bit more every time):

A unique quality of yours? – hmm sadly i don’t think i have anything unique about me but am good at doing many things be it academics, dance, art, sports, cooking , entertaining people with my stories, being a daughter to a Hindu Dad and Muslim Mom, being born and brought up in Andaman and Nicobar Islands,India etc etc isn’t that UNIQUE 🙂 

What’s your jam? – My playlist changes with the moon ( am a cancerian and our mood changes with the changes in the moon 😛 ) so yeah too many songs from too many genres and languages. I am a multi linguist (Indian languages alone , haven’t crossed the country yet)

What are ur views on alcohol? What’s ur preferred alcohol and why? – I am gonna be very straight with my thoughts here. It’s clearly known that too much of anything is not good for health. So if one wants to get into trouble so be it have as much as you can. Everyone is grown up to make the choices they want to and i think that’s totally fine. Only thing that i cant tolerate is doing irritating things, losing control, puking around, ending up hurting others and oneself and then blaming it on the alcohol. I have tasted all kinds of liquor but i prefer a red wine on any day it goes with any kind of audience, place, mood and yet looks classy!

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when I say ‘feminism’? – I sometimes feel its over rated, 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.

One character in a book/movie who you connect with? – I think i have more than Fifty Shades of Sneha so i personally connect with many characters both in books and movies and i like that and wouldn’t want to restrict myself to just one. I could  be the Cinderella one day and fighting out in the battle like a Spartan queen, Some days i am the Joy from Inside out and some days i am the Cersei Lannister or Mystique from Marvels for being powerful and clear in what they wanted 🙂 🙂 🙂

Do you have any regrets? If so, what is it? – I do many during different years of my life but that feeling would last for a month or two till the time i am done repenting about it and crying but then i treat all of those moments as lessons learnt and add them as experiences in my life. But only regret that’s constant throughout is i always end up thinking from my heart and land up in trouble i forget to carry the brain along 😛

What is the stupidest thing you have ever done? – I’m actually embarrassed to tell this.:) I accidentally walked into a men’s washroom in my office. And i have a proper justification for this. It was my first day in that particular office campus and i was hurrying to catch my office bus in the evening, and most of the times i have seen the ladies washroom to be on the left of men’s washroom which was not in this case. But thankfully there were hardly any men, just a few washing hands and setting their hair ( i didn’t turn to the other side, lucky me:) ) And then when i realized i had entered the wrong place which took almost a minute or two i ran out of the door without even looking back.

One person that you would die to meet – In the literal sense, I would die to meet my Mom again! That should answer it all.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you be? And don’t say home! – Anywhere in this world would do if i could survive one the climatic conditions and two with my loved ones. But i would like to visit Corsica, Bora Bora ,Bali some day.

What do you think about me? 😀  Please be honest! – Hmm so one day i end up at this 19-year-old gal’s blog Jean and i read her posts and more specifically her post Okay (deep breath).This is it!!! and i was happy to know that she was all sorted to know about herself what she actually liked and things she hated (at 19, i was busy doing my graduation and accepting my daily changing attitude and persona). Few things i could totally relate to her in her post being south Indians, breaking things and not hearts, not having a backspace key for my mouth etc. She is fun, young, bubbling with ideas and things to talk about and for being very honest in her words. So Jean, be the way you are, be in love with yourself and make every one happy around you and with your posts in the blogging world. Wishing you all the happiness and love girl! muah 🙂

P.S: I hope i answered your questions 🙂 Waiting to hear from you. Loads of love and many congrats for the award once again!!!

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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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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Why and what is Life as a Potpourri?

Potpourri – for many this word would be new or even if is known you might well assume how does it relate to life. So to start with what does a potpourri mean is given below (from our common source of searching things – Google o’namah)

potpourri definitions

Isnt life – a mix of different things, a mix of emotions, a mix of experiences, a mix of things we learn over the years, a  mix of habits, notions, principles, actions !!???? 

Yeah..I enjoyed doing many things, talking about different topics and i never enjoyed keeping those experiences to myself. I would end up telling everyone around me about it. In fact, on doing some homework, i found out that the point of many popular blogs is to share the wisdom people have gained, and equip others to accomplish those same goals from as simple as – how to boil eggs to how to make varieties of egg recipes, from distance between one’s home to the airport  to travelogues on leh and ladakh. From posting about movie reviews to on how to write short stories..infact what and how to start blogging?

So here i am with my blog Life as a Potpourri, in which i would talk about different topics i am interested about, things i have learnt and maybe come use to someone else too. 

I am gonna talk about my views on different things in life, about recipes which i have tried and tested(and tasted) , my travel diaries, poems and quotes which have inspired me, simple things that can turn into beautiful home decors and yes…am gonna post questions – to know your thought about it and the best answer would be getting a surprise from me.

The surprise could be anything ranging from – a small gift, a chocolate, a handmade greeting card  -anything that comes up in mind 🙂 So looking forward to participation from folks when i posts polls!! 🙂 ( feels like am bribing you guys 😛 )

Sneha (gal from the island)

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