A brilliant story to read

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Many of you might already have read this story somewhere else. I found it on a friend’s email and thought it’s worth sharing with my readers. So, here it is for you… a brilliant story!

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“Life doesn’t change in ONE MINUTE, but taking decision after thinking for ONE MINUTE can change life.”


Quote Challenge – Day 3

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        “Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.” 

~ Stewart Udall

Realizing this statement by Stewart Udall, an American politician, is the need of the hour. We must understand the importance of wildlife and protect Mother Nature to ensure a healthy environment for the generations to come.

This is my third and final day in the 3-day quote challenge. I thank my blogger friend Kiran Acharya for tagging me into this challenge. Kiran is a doctor and a creative writer. She blogs at The Sea and Me. Do drop by her wonderful blog for latest book reviews, nature photography and thoughtful write-ups.

Rules for the challenge:

  • Post your three favorite quotes, one on each day for three consecutive days. The quote could be from any book, author or your own quote.
  • Tag three other bloggers with each post to challenge them.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.

On the final day of the challenge I tag my three blogger friends, whose blogs are treasure trove of nature and travel photography –

SuyashSuyash Chopra

Upendra – Vagabond Images

Tom – Spirit in Politics

Hope you three accept the challenge and enjoy sharing your favorite quotes. 🙂

And those who missed my first two days in the challenge here are the links for you – Quote Challenge – Day 1 and Quote Challenge – Day 2.


Quote Challenge – Day 2

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“Life is like a boat in the sea. When the sea is rough the only way to keep your boat moving forward is to keep rowing.”

~ Unknown

Again a quote by anonymous. 🙂  I can’t remember where I first saw these lines but I instantly copied it in my diary. I love this inspirational quote because, from my personal experience, I believe it deep in my heart.

My heartiest thanks to my dear blogger friend Kiran Acharya who tagged me for the 3-day Quote Challenge. Kiran is a rare combination of a medical practitioner (she is a dentist) and a creative writer. She blogs at The Sea and Me. Do visit her wonderful blog.

Rules for the challenge:

  • Post your three favourite quotes, one on each day for three consecutive days. The quote could be from any book, author or your own quote.
  • Tag three other bloggers with each post to challenge them.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.

On my second day, I tag my three blogger friends, who are highly intelligent, creative thinkers –

Shashank – Embark With My Thoughts

Samjoth  Outlines

Jithin PhoTrablogger

Hope you three accept and enjoy the challenge. 🙂  Happy quoting!

PS: Those who missed my first day in the quote challenge here is the link – Quote Challenge – Day 1


Quote Challenge – Day 1

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quote, quotes, wildflower, inspiring quotes“Like wildflowers you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.”

~ Unknown

This is one quote which I find very very inspiring. Even though the source is unknown I thought to start my quote challenge with this one of my most favorite quotes.

It’s fun to take the quote challenge and I would thank my dear blogger friend Kiran Acharya to tag me for the challenge. Kiran blogs at The Sea and Me on nature photography, book reviews, fictions and her thoughtful reflections. Do visit her wonderful blog.

Rules for the challenge:

  • Post your three favourite quotes, one on each day for three consecutive days. The quote could be from any book, author or your own quote.
  • Tag three other bloggers with each post to challenge them.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.

On my first day, I tag my three blogger friends. (Although I have a feel they might have already been tagged by someone… they are so popular bloggers) –

Maniparna – Scattered Thoughts 

Teny The Tea Celebrations

Gowtham – Snap-O-Meter

Hope you three accept and enjoy the challenge. 🙂

Versatile Blogger Award: It feels great to be appreciated

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versatile- blogger award, award for blogging,  blogger awardI agree with Svetlana that it feels good to be appreciated for whatever you do, especially when you pour your heart into it. So when the nomination for the versatile blogger award came from my blogger friend Svetlana it was a rewarding experience. Please accept my heartiest thanks, Svetlana. When it comes from you who has literally seen the world it means a lot to me.

Read about ‘maverickbird’ Svetlana’s fabulous journeys from South East Asia to Latin America and enjoy a visual treat with vivid photographs of nature, lifestyle and culture of different places across the globe. You can follow her blog at maverickbird.com.

My second Versatile Blogger Award nomination comes from Vartika who is a techie with an artistic vision. I feel honoured to receive the nomination from a genuinely versatile blogger Vartika. You can follow her reviews (on books, movies and games) as well as interesting writes on life, humour, society and spirituality at https://vartikaforu.wordpress.com/.     

However, the Versatile Blogger Award has some rules to follow and those are:

  • Display the award on your blog
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 blogs
  • Link your nominee’s blogs and let them know

Seven facts about myself

  1. Honesty, simplicity and decency are some of the virtues I like to see in people.
  2. Painting was my hobby when I was in school. I loved to paint in watercolors. I would like to share one of my school day’s creations here with you – The Tree and The Shepherd Boypainting, watercolor, drawing
  3. Now the hobby of painting has changed to photography.
  4. My New Year resolution has been exercise regularly, but I have hardly exercised in the last one month. 😛
  5. I have gastritis and doctors told me to forget about spicy food but I cannot resist this delicious, sinful thing and often get scolded by my mother for that.
  6. I love nature very much. I always dream of living in a cottage by a riverside with mountains and forest in the backdrop.
  7. I eagerly wish to visit Europe, Canada and Egypt before I die.

The fifteen blogs I find versatile are:

  1. Sunshine and Zephyr by Shweta
  2. Scattered Thoughts by Maniparna
  3. Words by Saru Singhal
  4. Life and its experiments by Ruby Singh
  5. PhoTrablogger by Jithin
  6. The Tea Celebrations by Teny
  7. The Sea and Me by Kiran Acharya
  8. Half a Photograph by Anita
  9. Lifestyle of a Professional by Ankita
  10. Gypsy In Jeans by Divya
  11. A Yearful of Sundays by Ami
  12. I Am by Amrita

Well…here I need to stop because these are the blogs I can recall at the moment. Though I know I need to mention 15 blogs as per the rule. But you know rules are meant to be broken…sometimes… 😉 🙂 Jokes apart, there is always scope for updates later…isn’t it.

So, keep blogging. Keep reading others’ blogs and keep appreciating good works. Thank you! 🙂

Journey from ‘OR’ to ‘AND’: I am proud to be your daughter Maa!

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When I came to know about this topic Journey from ‘OR’ to ‘AND’ provided by BlogAdda and Gillette Venusa topic which aims to highlight the  inspirational stories of women we know – the stories of taking challenges in life and become successful – the stories that defines #UseYourAnd – I could think of only one person. And she is none other than my mother. She has shown me the light of this world. She has been the source of my inspiration in difficult times. It is the story of my mother’s journey from ‘Or’ to ‘And’ in every stage of her life.

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the Woman of Substance in my life

She was given a choice in the early years of her marriage – a choice that is quite common for working women in India – and that is, Job or Family. She had two toddlers and the responsibility of a joint family, as she was the eldest daughter-in-law. She was a staff nurse in a state-run hospital. She had to work in shifts. There were night shifts for seven days in a row and only 3 months for maternity leave (1.5 months pre-natal and 1.5 postnatal). Still she managed to take the pain of giving birth of two babies and fed them and raised them until they learned to live on their own. It was a tough struggle.

Thirty-five years back her ordinary middle class family could not afford the luxury of home appliances to reduce the load of household work. There was no cooking gas, no microwave oven, no mixer grinder, no vegetable chopper, and no washing machine.

She used to wake up at 4:30 almost every morning to cook for the family, prepare breakfast, pack her food, pack her husband’s lunch for the office, make tea and serve to her in-laws (who were not very caring towards her). After all these she used to get ready and leave for the hospital by 7:30 in morning shifts while her in-laws took their own time to get up and sip their morning tea without even coming out of the bed. There was tremendous pressure to handle both at work and at home, especially when you have “non-cooperative” family members. But she never complained to her husband or to anyone else.

After her first child was born she had to join the office after the maternity break. She kept a part-time maid to look after the baby in her absence. One day her husband returned home at lunchtime as he had an errand at the bank. She was at the hospital attending her morning shift. After finishing the work at bank her husband came home to check what their little one was doing. To his astonishment he found the toddler was lying asleep on the floor in the bedroom while her grandmother, aunts and uncle all were chatting in the adjoining room. It was 1:30 pm but the maid did not bathe her, neither did she feed her. She was made to cook chicken and all for the rest of family instead of taking care of the baby. The father was angry and upset. But he didn’t say a word to anyone in the house. He himself bathed and fed his daughter and left for the office.

That was the day she was given the choice. You either leave your job or let your child suffer.

She is my MOTHER.

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A snap from the old family album.

She was born and brought up in Bangladesh and came to India at a very young age after completing her schooling. She took up nursing course and poured all her dedication and perseverance into it and passed with flying colours and got into government service. It was a hard-earned job which she could never give up.  Not even for her child, because deep in her heart she knew what she was doing and why.

She thought practically. She needed to save for her daughter’s education, marriage and for emergencies and difficult times. Life is so full of uncertainties. She was doing all these struggles only to give her child a comfortable, secure life; only to ensure financial stability for the family in future; only to ease off the burden from her husband’s shoulder. She knew her husband, being a clerk at a government office, doesn’t earn big money. Moreover, he was a bit imprudent in money matters.

She was intelligent. She never argued with my father about it. But she never quit her job either. She cooked for us. She looked after us when we fell sick. She was always careful about how we made progress in school. But she was equally serious about her job.

She was not selfish. She always thought about her brothers and sisters. She contributed maximum in her youngest sister’s marriage and took all the responsibilities on behalf of her father.

She was compassionate. Although my grandmother never behaved well with my mother I have never seen her shouting back to my grandmother or behaved the same way as she did to her. I remember, one-day grandmother returned from my uncle’s place with high fever, seriously ill. My mother immediately applied for leave from her office and nursed her day and night until she was completely fit again.

Now after all these years when I look back I can see how strongly she has managed everything and taken care of us. Today we are living a comfortable life all because of her wit, will power and farsightedness.

When my father died a premature death it was like a storm, a severe blow for our family which was going through a financial struggle after buying a flat on loan. It took her more than a year to become normal after losing her husband – her dearest pal which my father was to her. But she was never broken, never gave up, and never faltered from her duties as a mother.

Five years back she retired from her service. In her 40 years of government service she got promotion, she has earned a lot of praise from her colleagues and she made many friends at workplace who still visit our place to see their beloved ‘Sabita Didi’ and call her regularly.

She has proved herself as a good daughter and a caring sister and a loving, dedicated wife and a dutiful daughter-in-law and a protective mother and a supportive colleague and a successful professional at her service.

I am proud to be your daughter Maa! 


This post is a part of #UseYourAnd activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette Venus.

I thank BlogAdda and Gillette for giving this opportunity to contribute on a topic like this and celebrate the story of the woman I honour and love the most. My heartiest thanks to my blogger friend Teny for pinging me in his post titled More than One Label. Otherwise I might have overlooked this update. I would love to read about the stories/views of Svetlana, Pamela, Narmadha and Maniparna on the same. Please visit the following link for details: http://blog.blogadda.com/2015/01/08/useyourand-break-free-with-gillette-venus-indian-women-bloggers. And don’t forget to acknowledge me in the submission. 🙂 Thank you.

Blogging – 2014 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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