Wednesday 27 July 2022

Silver Bells

Mira was visiting USA for the first time with her parents.

As they were passing by the countryside, Mira was surprised as she could identify the place.

She made her parents stop by an inn near a tree and greeted the elderly shopkeeper by his name! 

Then, Mira excitedly gave directions- 

"A left turn from here and we will reach 'Silver Bells'".

"Have you been here before, Mira?" her parents were startled.

Photo Prompt- Bill Reynolds

Those Blue Letters

Woh Neeli Chitthiyaan - Those Blue Letters

Hindi and English

Dedicated to “Inland Letter”

Poem in Hindi - Received via WhatsApp

Woh Neeli Chitthiyaan

वो नीली चिट्ठियां

वो नीली चिट्ठियां कहां खो गई

जिनमे लिखने के सलीके छुपे होते थे

कुशलता की कामना से शुरू होते थें

बड़ों के चरणस्पर्श पर ख़त्म होते थें

और बीच में लिखी होती थी जिंदगी

Monday 25 July 2022

Vocal For Local - President Droupadi Murmu

Today is a such a momentous day for our India!

We proudly welcome a great and truly deserving woman to the top office. An emotional moment for all of us.

Smt. Droupadi Murmu, an educated, dedicated, resilient, empowered and inspiring woman, has been sworn in as our country's fifteenth President.

She is our country's First Citizen and the commander-in-chief of Army, Navy, and Air Force.

She is a symbol & triumph of hope, courage, sustainability, humility, and the power of education.

Her entire career and life's story is so inspiring. Despite personal loss and having lost both her sons and husband, she never gave up.

She continued working for social causes like a true karamveer.

Wednesday 20 July 2022

The Last Drive

When Lizi came to her senses, she found herself sitting at a table in front of a half-filled glass.

Many unknown faces were staring at her.

They asked, "Are you okay?" 

Photo- Fleur Rind

Lizi nodded.

"Tell us what happened exactly."

Lizi shared, "I was driving my car when I felt very thirsty. I recollect seeing the 'Stop' sign-board on the lane. I do not remember what happened next."

"Which street was that?"

Saturday 9 July 2022

Ratha Jatra 2022 and Bahuda Jatra

Ratha Jatra, the anuual journey of Shree Jagannatha and His siblings, is celebrated with great happiness at Puri Dham, Odisha, and in many places worldwide where there are Shree Jagannatha Temples. 

It is also called- Rath Yatra and Ratha Yatra.

Bahuda Jatra 2022 ; Source- SJTA

The return journey is called Bahuda Jatra. Bahuda Jatra, also called Bahuda Yatra, was celebrated today.

Many people wrongly think that the deities enter the Temple immediately after they undertake the return journey.

Several other rituals are there while the deities are there on the Rathas.
This year, the rituals continue till July 12th.
Ratha Jatra 2022 Celebration Dates -

Wednesday 6 July 2022


The following is a stand-alone story. But, in case you would like to read the previous parts, here they are-

Part-1- Are You There?

Part-2- Bewitched!


Peter knew that his daughter Anna had turned into a mannequin. 

He did not know when and how the spell would end.

Anna's phone rang. 

Her friend, William, had called.

Peter explained the situation.

William arrived.


He had got a giant spinning-wheel.

Peter looked quizzically.

Photo Prompt- Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

"The spindle had cast a spell on Princess Aurora- Sleeping Beauty. May be it will revive Anna."

William tried pricking the mannequin's finger. 

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