Wednesday, 19 September 2018

A Lesson From The Umbrellas

The College Annual Day was a fortnight away.
Students of different religions had different views.

The Principal wanted each student to participate in some way.
There was a notice asking every student to lend her/his umbrella for the decoration.
Attendance was compulsory. Students were to collect their umbrellas after the celebration.

The Annual Day presented a colourful picture with umbrellas of different colours in neat rows above.
PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Sunday, 16 September 2018

The Race

“You will take part in the race?” they asked looking concerned.

“Of course, I will!” I answered cheerfully.

They burst out laughing uncontrollably.

I could not understand what the joke was.

While I was busy training for the race, they were busy laughing.

My friend Rosy had full faith in me.

“I love your passion, dedication and confidence, Ashok”, Rosy said as she gently stroked me.

Did she guess how much I loved her?

Rosy was the reason why I looked forward to races.

On the day of the race, she was dressed in a pretty pink gown.

Standing near the finish-line, she signaled the thumbs-up and victory sign to me.

I pledged to run my best race.

They were looking, but I didn’t care. I ran to her anyway.
WOW: I Ran To Him/Her Anyway

Friday, 14 September 2018

Just A Minute

They took a boat to reach the ancient home.
The researchers took care to be still lest the weak building should collapse.
Week 72 Prompt © Flemming Beier
One room looked recently-constructed with its freshly-painted walls and concrete structure.
The brand-new room had an old clock.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Celebrating Forgiveness - 7 Hindi Movies

Forgiveness is a quality of the strong.
Many Hindi movies have shown the importance of forgiveness. Some movies have the protagonists deciding not to forgive. Except for a few examples in some movies, mostly parents or elders forgive their children or youngsters.
Here are 7 examples that illustrate this:

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Maine Pyar Kiya
Hero's father mistreats his friend, the heroine's father. The latter takes his daughter, the heroine, away. It's a question of high and low status. The 'rich' lovelorn hero is ready to work for 'poor' pay to beg for forgiveness.
Does the heroine's father forgive his childhood friend, the hero's father?
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Hasee To Phasee -
Heroine runs away from home by stealing her father's money to fund her scientist dreams. After she attains success, she lands up at her home.
Does her father forgive her?

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Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
'Rich' hero falls in love with 'poor' heroine and decides to marry her instead of the rich girl his dad has chosen for him. His costly love-marriage results in the hero getting ousted from his home.
Does his father forgive him?

Friday, 7 September 2018

Incredible Impression

Saba returned home after a tiring day at work.
The full moon's view from her window was perfect for her upcoming date.
PHOTO PROMPT © Gah Learner
She had met Rehan a fortnight ago.
That night, it’d be his maiden visit to her place...

The bell rang.
Saba found Rehan at her door.
He had arrived early!

As he entered her apartment, two armed masked-men also barged in.
"Undress now" they commanded.
Saba looked helplessly at Rehan.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Women, Violence And Silence

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It is said, 'Silence is golden'.
But, is it really?

Silence may be interpreted in a different way When You Say Nothing At All...

I feel- 'Silence Feeds The Violence'.
Violence is not right. Lord Krishna has said in the Gita that those who suffer injustice are greater culprits than those who commit injustice.

When something terrible is happening, why are people silent-onlookers, rather than protesting?
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I have shared this in my poem- 'India Needs Bravehearts'.

For example, if a man is slapping/beating a woman in public, people would rather 'watch the fun',  click photos or take videos, rather than raise their voice or come to the rescue of the damsel-in-distress.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Meant For Each Other

Rimi was frantically searching all over her room.
She browsed through the pages of the documents and folders in her office-bag.
She just couldn't find the envelope...

It had simply disappeared.
It had a special note that she had written:

Dear Burglar of my heart,
It's tough to stay apart.
There's a lot I'd like to say,
Join me for a date this V'Day.
I'll be there at 'Cafe Forest'!
Drop in at 7 & be my guest!
This note in envelope is my gift!
Let our love-balloon get a lift :)
WOW - Romantic Story

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

The Haunted House

When my parents selected a new apartment for us to move in, I just didn't see what they saw.
"What's wrong with this home?"
"This place used to be haunted."
My sentence was like a hint.
PHOTO PROMPT © Nathan Sowers
I often say- "one never knows what is hidden from the sight or mind".
From past experience, my parents had enough reasons to believe me.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Dear God, Tell Me!

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This happened the other day,
When I began to pray...
God appeared in front of me!
I was really surprised to see!

“You have a lot of queries!
Now I’m free, ask me please!”
I didn’t know what to do/say!
What a blessing had come my way!
WOW: Conversation With God

Friday, 17 August 2018

Just Let It Flow

The artist felt terribly shackled as her work was not recognized.
Though it won awards, she got no mention...

Tears flooded her eyes and face.
She heard a sweet voice saying "Just let it flow".

Wiping her tears, she was surprised to see a little bird advising her- "Unshackle yourself and go with the flow".
She remembered what wise people have said- "The cause of sorrow is attachment".  

5 Reasons Why We Must Save Photos In Online Albums

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I love clicking photographs.
I feel I am capturing memories.
However, I rarely use or share such photographs. They largely remain confined to my digital device's memory and are housed in privacy.
I have used a few for posting to my blog, but the vast majority remain stored and scarcely get a double look, thereby defeating the purpose why they were clicked.

You may wonder- why don't I post my photographs online?
Like everyone else, even I can upload to photo-sharing social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or to the available online photo-albums, right?
The reality is - my profile photo has been the same over the years across Twitter, FB, Blog etc!
How private can one be in this age of social media when someone or the other is tagging you?!
Who or what is stopping me from sharing pics and tagging others? 

Over the past few months, I have been considering some reasons why we must save our photos in online albums:

Sunday, 12 August 2018

The Last Day Of My Life

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How would you react if you came to know-
If there was a divine light/sound to tell you so-
“Today is the last day of your life on Earth”.
Wouldn’t the news be a shock, ending mirth?

Today is the day I have to revel & live,
Today is the day I’ll enjoy; not grieve!
Pending tasks, unfinished stories,
Half-completed-reports, unbalanced peace...

My procrastination & confidence is to blame,
I thought I’ll live long & life will be the same!
The realisation hit me that minutes are ticking,
‘Today is my last day’- I’m helplessly thinking.
WOW: Today Is Your Last Day On Earth

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Special Student

When she first joined the dance-class, everyone guessed that she was special.
She earned a special seat, attention and care!
She was beautiful.
Her flawless skin dazzled more than her bright yellow frock.

“Here, let me help you begin.”
The dance-teacher kept his hands on her slim-waist and lifted her.
Her delicate frame seemed ready for any move.

The Garden View

She found a garden-space.

Something told her that it's too small for her huge plantation dreams!

She silenced the thought saying- the space is huge for an ant!
PHOTO PROMPT © Ronda Del Boccio
The next moment, she got an ant's eye view of the said garden-space!

The grasses looked huge and the sides of the table like a strong brick wall!

What had happened? How would she regain her previous dimensions?

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Sunrise On The Chilika Lake

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I love sunrise for the new hope, energy and freshness it ushers.
Recently, I had the great opportunity to watch the sunrise at Asia's largest lagoon and the second largest lagoon in the world, Chilika Lake.
This eco-paradise, located in the Ganjam district of Odisha, attracts lakhs of migratory birds.

Watching the sunrise at a tourist place is an incentive to say bye to sleep & the facilities of a comfortable room!
Do you like sacrificing sleep to greet the morning rays of the sun?

When I woke up in the morning and looked out, I could see the lights from the Kalijai Island nearby.
I hurried to the banks of the Chilika ready to greet the sun!

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Design #OpenFuture

I'd change everyone's attitude & perception-
Everyone 24/7 will be their best version!
Spread positivity, enthusiasm & smiles,
Encourage all to do so across the miles!

If all of us think & act this way every minute,
We all can change the world bit by bit.
Let's revel in the similarities we share,
To celebrate the differences, let’s care.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

#RasagolaDibasa : The Spelling Is RASAGOLA

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Rasagola has a historical and cultural link with Odisha, a state of eastern India.
Read about 'Rasa', Rasakora, Rasabara, Rasagola in Odia Dictionary here.

Rasagola is a centuries-old Mahaprasad of Puri Jagannath Temple that is offered to Lord Jagannath and His wife, Mahalakshmi, every year on Niladri Bije, the last day of Ratha Jatra (Car Festival). 
However, most of the world is still unaware about the real origin of Rasagola.

Following the Banglar Rasogolla GI tag in November last year, there has been blatant misinformation. 
Even pink papers like the Economic Times and sites like the Conde Nast Traveller have presented distorted and misleading reports.
You can read these posts for more- "Battle" Over Rasgulla - Misleading Media Reports 
 & Rasagola Project #RasagolaProject
Why is it that no national media reports news about Rasagola in Shree Jagannathji's cuisine?
Why all the national papers did not find this interesting for publication- that this special cover has been released by the Department of Posts?

Sunday, 22 July 2018

The Object Of My Affection

Today on Bahuda Jatra, we had a family-function.
The object of my affection was a part of the celebration.

With my object around, the function was a treat!
For me, it made the Satyanarayana Puja complete!

This object makes its presence felt on occasions-
Irrespective of the big and small celebrations!

It comes in different sizes & colour- cool variety!
These days, one can find it all over, in many a city.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Proven Princess

 "What do you see?"
"The gates of an ancient fort... It's snowing. There's a crown on my head..."
"The fort no longer exists... I'm staying in the same place. Everyone calls me 'Princess'."
Her answers pertained to her past lives as she was undergoing past-life-regression sessions.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Ratha Jatra 2018 : Effect On My Senses

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Ratha Jatra i.e. Rath Yatra, is a centuries-old festival of Odisha that is celebrated all across the world. One of the four holiest places of India (Dhaam) is Puri in Odisha where the Shree Jagannath Temple is located.
In Odia language, 'Ratha' means Chariot (Car) and 'Jatra' means Festival. 
Thus, 'Ratha Jatra' means 'Chariot Festival' or 'Car Festival'.

In Odisha, every locality has its own Ratha Jatra(s).
The capital of Odisha, Bhubaneswar, is also called the 'Temple City' because of its hundreds of temples.
I participated in the Ratha Jatra at the Sri Sri Baba Akhandalamani Temple in Sahid Nagar at Bhubaneswar yesterday. 

Saturday, 14 July 2018

The Seven-Year Itch

When Lora looked outside, a pretty sight greeted her.
Two white pigeons were snuggling on the tree outside her window.

She continued to gaze at the avian couple, though she felt she was intruding their privacy.
Their antics reminded her of her first date with Krish.
She had felt great with him.
Soon, they had got married.
Seven years had passed.
She had lost interest in her marriage...

Cacophony interrupted her thoughts.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Six Minutes Of Fame

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She resolutely continued her perilous journey.
Everyone warned her as usual.
"This is not for you..."
"Don't forget you are a woman..."
"Can't you see the difficulties?"
"Don't take this path."
"It's dangerous!"
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