Live in the Moment

IBMC #10: The Happiness Challenge

Well, it’s quite a tough task to define happiness, or even explain happiness in a few words. To put it in the simplest words, ‘Happiness is living in the moment’. Most people waste a major portion of their lives brooding over their past and worrying about their future. Whatever has happened in your life is past and can never be changed how much ever you think over it. The only thing you get in doing so is that you begin to lose your mind. What good will it do if you are anxious of your future. Being worried does not give you any added advantage.

Take joy in the present happenings around you. Learn to find happiness even in the slightest of things such as the sight of a flower. The very fact that you are alive now should be a reason for joy. Be happy for the simple reason that you could see today’s sunrise. The cause of happiness may be different at different points of time, but it’s always the present that makes one happy. Ever wondered why a child seems to be happy most of the time? Or why most adults long to go back to their childhood days? Isn’t it for the obvious reason that children are not bothered about what happens the next moment?

Having said all this, let me tell you what my happiness at the moment is. It’s nothing other than completing the Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge. 🙂

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Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge #10

 

IBMC #09: The Be a Baby Challenge

“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.” – Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist).

This is one of my all time favourite quotes. It was recently that I realised the depth of the statement. Here I’ll narrate my story of how I learned to be independent. It was a step by step process much like a baby learning to take its first steps to finally walk independently.

Having been brought up by overprotective parents, I was always dependent on them. My only interaction with the outside world was with my schoolmates and close family members. My father would accompany me wherever I wanted to go. You woudn’t believe if I said that I had never travelled alone till the end of my teenage years. But it’s quite true that I never ever had used any local public transport too. That was the way I was brought up. As a child, it never mattered to me, but as I grew up and saw my friends quite confident about their lives, I decided to change.

It was then that my first job took me to a completely different place. A new place, new people, new environment and even a new language. That was the beginning. Slowly I learned to do thing on my own. I learned to cook, go shopping, buy groceries, and a lot more, all by myself. It was difficult, but I wanted to do it. Many a times I was scared of losing my way in the new place where I didn’t even know the local language. But like Paulo Coelho said, the entire world conspired in helping achieve what I wanted. Not even once did I lose my way, there was always someone or something that helped me. The biggest change was that I learned to travel alone, be it an autorikshaw, bus, train or even a flight. I still remember the first time I got on a bus. All that I knew was the name of the stop that I wanted to get down. I was really scared if I’ll miss the stop, or what I would do if I got down at the wrong place. I kept my fingers crossed. I was successful in my first attempt and thanked God.

Now I am no more the timid girl I used to be. I am confident enough to travel any where and achieve my dreams. I have learnt to stand on my own legs.

Like Coelho said, “Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.”

Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge #09

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New Generation

The present generation of kids are way ahead of what their parents were at their age. You could take any area, be it their smartness or outspokenness, or the kind of things they know, or the high end gadgets that they use. We, in our childhood did not even know what smart phones were. But its today’s kids who teach their parents or grandparents, how to use the internet, whatsapp or even take a selfie. I was just reminded of the following nursery rhyme, which we as kids could easily relate to:

One two buckle my shoe
Three, four, open the door
Five, six, pick up sticks
Seven, eight, lay them straight
Nine, ten, a big fat hen

I’ve tried to improvise it, just in case the kids might like this,

One, two, here I go
Three, four, take my phone
Five, six, open the cam
Seven, eight, I’m smiling right
Nine, ten, its selfie time.

The new gen kids would surely not require any parental guidance in such matters as using the latest gadgets. Guess, they would be able to relate better with this rhyme 🙂

IBMC #08: The Nursery Rhyme Challenge

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Ohh, I missed it

 

The transit of mercury occurs when the planet Mercury passes over the sun, that is, it passes in between the earth and sun. Thus the planet can been seen from earth as a tiny dot like silhouette moving across the face of the sun. These events are quite rare, occurring roughly 13-14 times in a century, mostly in May or November. The phenomenon was first observed in the year 1631.

It seems I was not fortunate enough this time. Although the facilities were available for viewing, I just couldn’t make it. Tired after a long journey the previous day, all I wanted was to hit the bed at the earliest. Now the next transit would be in 2019, but, unlike the recent one that was visible from most places on earth, would be visible only in South America and Africa. So that means I’ll have to wait till 2032, when there will be a transit visible from India. That’s a long way to go.

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IBMC #07: The News and Paper Challenge

 

 

Watching the Sunset

IBMC #06: The Mass Media Challenge

 

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As I stood facing the sea, in front of this new house, I tried to remember my childhood. This was were I was born, they said. Or at least, this was the place from where I was adopted, when I was three months old. I stood watching the sun go down slowly. I could see an island, and a boat nearby, perhaps taking people to some unknown location, like they took me. The sky was turning red. Red was the colour of love. Was the sky showing its affection towards me for being back here after over twenty long years. If the sky loved me so much, why is it that my real parents couldn’t, that they put me up for adoption. Of course, I have had a great life, thanks to my adopted mom and dad, but I could never get over the disappointment that I was rejected by my real parents. Here I was in search of the very people who left me to destiny. What did they look like, dark, fair, tall, short, I wonder!

No, I was not angry with them, but I wanted to see the people who brought me into this world, at least once. But what if… I tried to push away negative thoughts, but it was overpowering. What if they were no more, I shuddered. Would that be the reason I was adopted? If so, they must be watching me from above, their hearts filled with love and joy. That could be how the sky turned red. The ghosts of my parents, with their unfufilled dreams of bringing up their daughter, must be wandering about here. ‘Please take me with you’, I found myself pleading.

Suddenly the telephone rang, it woke me up from my dreams. I rushed inside to answer the call. ‘Is everything alright madam? Are you comfortable in your new house?’, it was Alibhai at the other end, who had arranged my stay over here.

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IBMC #05: The Not So Quite Quote Challenge

‘I am confused at times. Should I sound? Should I echo?’, Riya thought as should stood in the church hall. She was not sure why she was there. She was no atheist, but she was recently disturbed by the word God. If there was God, why is it that people around her are suffering. She had tried to discuss this with her mom. ‘You need not answer all the questions! You can just laugh and laugh again. There are a lot of things in this universe that you don’t know about’, her mom would say. ‘I knew it! That I don’t know!’ was all that she could reply.

As she stood there her mind reached out to her best friend who had been bedridden for a over a year now. It was an accident that took the joy out of their lives. She tried not to think of those days. Thoughts – they do what we don’t ask for!

She couldn’t make up her mind. ‘At times, we pretend to think on one and actually think everything else!’, she felt. The serenity of the church had a soothing effect on her. As the sun rays through the church windows shed a glow on the altar, she felt a ray of hope. Slowly, she went down on her knees and knelt before God. ‘Lord, please make her walk again’, she prayed.

 

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# IBMC #05: The Not So Quite Quote Challenge.

The sun will rise again

IBMC #04: Hunt a Haiku Challenge

the sun will set slow
people go home for shelter
sun will rise again.

Yes, the sun will rise again, that’s for sure. The setting sun is the nature’s way of conveying that it’s time for you to rest. You need it, so that you can face the rising sun the next morning with a new vigour and set about for your day’s work with a new-found energy. It’s the same with life. There will be ups and downs, joy and sadness, but nothing stays forever. How were you to enjoy the beauty of the sunrise if the sun were not to set. Or how could you be up and lively to watch the sun rising, if you did not rest for the night?  How will you know the joy of being happy when you have never experienced the pain and sadness? It’s quite true that success tastes the sweetest when you have realised the bitterness of failure and rejection.

Never get disheartened if you are in a difficult phase of life. The sun will rise again for sure. Be patient and wait for the dawn in your life. It will take its time. Meanwhile, make use of the sunset to renew yourself, prepare yourself to welcome the sun. Relish in the joy and warmth of the sun once it rises. 🙂

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God’s Own Country

IBMC #02: Freeze a Foto Challenge

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The very sight of a coconut tree takes me back to my hometown. A whole lot of memories come rushing to my head. I could just recount innumerable tales with the tree in the backdrop. Being from Kerala, India, the coconut is a part and parcel of my everyday life, though I miss the good old days now. It was in the backdrop of these images that I grew up from a toddler into the confident lady that I am now. There used to be vast areas of coconut plantation, and to share a walk through those was the best way to connect with a person. I still remember the long walks with my sister, in our teenage days, when we would share all the girlish gossips, comment on our recent crushes, complain about our parents being strict, and a lot more. Those were the best times in life 🙂

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Shoulder of Support

Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge #01

Who wouldn’t love to have a shoulder to lie on, when in crisis? It could be your best buddy, lover, mom, spouse or anyone. They have a penchant for making you feel better. But what if you don’t? In my opinion the best shoulder of support is your own. Nothing will be as strong as that. By the way, it’s quite easy too, trying to lie on your own shoulder. Be strong, never search for external solace, learn to seek support from within you. Trust me, that’s the best feeling you can have, when you realize that you are strong enough. 🙂

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Tick Tock Tick Tock

Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge #01

Tick Tock Tick Tock. She could hear her watch ticking as she waited for the cab. The cab driver must have got tired of seeing her, she thought. It’s been over ten years since she took up this mundane job in a department store. Today was her last day at the job. The decision to quit was her own, although a difficult one. But she had already started to feel the change. There was a faint smile on her lips, which had disappeared ever since she came here. This was a new beginning, an entire world was open before her, waiting to be explored. “I will”, she said to herself and smiled.

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