Friday, May 31, 2013

The "Small" Wonders!

World is big and everything embedded in it is a wonder.
We used to stop by every creation for a while and ponder.
Remember how we used awe at the sky and the thunder?
How we used to escape from mommy when we did a blunder?

Remember the pleasure of playing hide and seek in a huge play ground?
And the person you were searching was standing just around.
Do you remember the shouts and screams when he was found?
Remember the fights over silly things on a muddy mound?

 Do you remember the endless games even on a hot sunny day?
Remember the gentle breezes drying your sweat in a soothing way.
Remember the tender grass on which hours together you used to lay.
Remember the petals you used to collect when the wind swayed them away!
Remember the diary in which you preserved the petals even if they were wrying?
Remember how the petal held your name in capitals in your neat hand writing?
The preserved petals and the foliage dry up and the ink gets smudged.
So are the memories which in the diary are deeply submerged.

Today as the sky roared and the clouds exploded in to rain,
I remembered the beautiful memories and good old days once again.
It is strange how the rains and the memories are tightly intertwined.
The room holding the past in the brain opens up and the episodes unwind!

Past is the place to visit and not to live but the mind refuses to come back.
Appreciating every small wonder always should not be a child’s knack.
Tomorrow when you go out check the flower in its full bloom.
If you want your present will be exhilarating too. Do not let the past loom!

Stop by the garden when you feel down and smell the rose.
If you feel good about it write down a poem or prose.
Present becomes past in no time so remember to overcome the sorrow.
Moments spent today become beautiful memories for tomorrow!

This post is written in response to WriteTribe Prompt # 4

May Photo A Day Challenge : Day 31. Four things!

The Day 31 prompt for "May Photo A Day Challenge : A challenge that will change your life" - 31. Four things: Choose four things and take a photo. They can be anything. 

Phew ! I can breathe now . Finally the last prompt and the easiest of alllll. Thank god its Friday and thank God its over. I feel relaxed as I can rest and do some thing else now ;) . The marathon of every day challenges ends for me as of now !


Coming to my four pics today, they are just random clicks. Who doesn't like soft toys and key chains ? I have a penchant for them. NOT TEDDY BEARS though. Some how I never liked them much. I like different kinds of stuffed toys. I was mad about angry birds till some days back. My hubby got me my favorite red bird and also the yellow bird in the second pic. The one you see in between them is a character from "THE CROODS" movie by Dream works. Its name is belt. My husband got it at office when the movie got released. Perks of working at a creative place ;)


It is an adorable character. Look how he is trying to make angry birds- the smiley birds. The first pic is of\a key chain I bought in some exhibition . The back side of it has mine and Imran's (my husband's) names written on a rice grain ! The third pic is of a watch I got as a gift on my birthday last month. The last bouquet and the cute teddy were couriered to me by my husband when I had to go to Hyderabad on the valentine's day. A teddy , bouquet of red roses and a hand written note which is so unlike him made me smile broad. No we don't celebrate Valentines day. Hence it surprised me . May be he missed me :p!



angry birds key chain , stuffed toys, Birthday and valentine's day gifts
Check out belt here -  If you havent watched "THE CROODS" do watch !

Ya I know its just four photos but had to flaunt our names on rice grain below ;)


My Instagram dashboard looks some thing like this ! I like it 

Thats all friends. It was fun to know you all through this challenge. Meet some other time in some other challenge. Till then cheers!


Love
Afshan

Thursday, May 30, 2013

May Photo A Day Challenge : Day 30.Tool

The Day 30 prompt for "May Photo A Day Challenge : A challenge that will change your life" - 30. Tool: A tool in the garage or something useful that helps you get through life. Perhaps in a cooking tool. Find one and share it.

There are many tools  and appliances with out which I can't live. We are surrounded by machines and tools. We depend on them more than we depend on fellow humans. A mobile , lap top , stove , tread mill , T.V., , fan , AC . Phew ! If you think of it you will realize that your life will be hell even if one tool is missing in the list!
First and foremost tool/ appliance which I remembered is my oven with out which my life is sure is painful. For a simple cook like me oven is a life saver. I love my LG oven which conjures delicious food in no time. I am too lazy to spend hours on cooking . So, most of the times I boil vegetables or dal or go for grill at times :)  I love my oven
Can you guess whats cooking ? :P
If you guessed it right you like me love maggi. Yes it is the 2 min maggi. Not exactly 2min but may be 6-7min if you don't want it liquidy. 
Any one for maggi ;) ?
One more magical tool with out posting which this challenge and my post would be incomplete is my Nikon - L810 camera. I went crazy clicking pics the day I got it. I used I phone for clicking most of the pics in challenge but for few special clicks I used my lovely Nikon!
Nikon

Nikon and the first ever click by it!
Thats all for now folks! 




Wednesday, May 29, 2013

You only live Once

You want to learn dance and perform on the stage?
You just need to fly by coming out of your cage.
Dance needs a spark with in you and it doesn't have any  age.
It only needs the spirit to dance, to enjoy and maintain the rage!

You want to excel and master your singing?
Go do it now. Can't you see it is your true calling!
Sing and know your song. Tomorrow can never be today.
Your song might change your life. Start without any delay!

Do you want to get rid of the phobia of water?
Do something which you wanted to do with fervor.
Don't just watch from a distance. Go dive in to the river.
You only have to face it to end the quiver!

You want to write a book and make people read you.
Start it now and wonder at what you actually can do.
Till you actually start something you will have no clue.
If you do not start, the to-do list will always be in due!

Life is surrounded by uncertainties, challenges and too much of fear.
Embracing your life like a friend gives you the unlimited power.
You can set your priorities and plan your to do list, now or never.
Once you start fulfilling your desires your life will be your lover!

Count your life not by the number of the years you live.
Count your life by the number of the moments you always relive.
It is your life and with it you cannot be nonchalant!
You only live one life which is enough to do what all you want.


This post is in response to Write Tribe Prompt # 3

May Photo A Day Challenge : Day 29. KISS!

The Day 29 prompt for "May Photo A Day Challenge : A challenge that will change your life29. Kiss: This is our charity prompt. We’re going to kiss MS goodbye. So wear red, or pop on some red lipstick and show us a ‘kiss’!

After reading on "Chicky's blog" I came to know  that "Kissing MS good bye" means Kissing Multiple Sclerosis good bye. Click on the hyper link to know more . I thought a lot as I don't have a proper click with red lipstick other than me in my red wedding dress and red lipstick. No I didn't kiss the groom . I mean I didn't click the pic of it :P
After too many thoughts I remembered a pic I clicked in Nehru zooological park - Hyderabad . Thanks to FMSphotoaday group on FB which gave me too many ideas.

Taken through the glass window
They are not actually wearing red lipstick and their skin is green but a Chameleon changes colors right? So please imagine them in red and I left a red lip stick mark on the photo too. I patted my self for my timing that day! There was a glass barrier hence I was able to click otherwise Chameleons do give me goosies ;)


One more click which I initially wanted to upload is of me kissing Ayaan and Ayaan kissing his mom. Both are my favorite clicks. Here you go ! This was clicked in a house warming party. Not sure who is more mesmerized here ,me or Ayaan :) The one below my pic is the click of  mama(the one in blue chudidar is Ayaan's Mom) - baby kiss which is the worlds bestest kiss!




Please pray for the patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis !

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

May Photo A Day Challenge : Day 28. What you’re doing now

The Day 28 prompt for "May Photo A Day Challenge : A challenge that will change your life" - 28. What you’re doing now: Choose a moment in your day and take a photo of it.

Ok this challenge is getting on to my nerves now. It is really charging on me like the DINOSAUR in the below smiley :(  I questioned my self today as to what to reply to what I am doing now?
There are many possibilities you know. If I take the moment now I am actually typing for the post. Other than that I do anything and everything which every other person does. Irrespective of what I actually am doing the thing which I do forever with out any pause or rest is to DREAM! One should have dreamz unlimited is my life's funda but sometimes my dreams are just crazy and can range from me entering a wonderland- Afshan in the wonderland and ruling that land to being a super woman- No not the elastic woman or the one who can shield the attacks from the opponent. I would love to see my self as the dangerously lovable woman who can charm others with an arrow. A lady cupid may be in a pink costume!
lol :)
 Don't laugh. It doesn't end there . As I would be the queen  obviously I would be treated royally. I would relish the royal cuisines. May be I will have a huge cup cake and may be I would sit on the throne wearing a crown embedded with flowers :)

Used piccollage to add the effects:)


Every one is happy in my kingdom. JUST LOVE and no WAR! We only spread pyaar you know. Ok I know this is a very cheesy line but every thing is allowed in a dream right. So Afshan and her people in the wonderland live happily ever after! If the prompts get more crazy I promise you to show the wackiest side of mine :P


Till then you are saved. Have a good day!


Read it some where : 
One day Dreams asked Life : “When will we all come TRUE?”


Life smiled and answered : “ Never! Coz the day U all come true i will LOSE VALUE”


A poem I wrote ages back for some blogadda.com's competition"Dreams Unlimited"

Few lines from the poem - 

I Dream of a fairy land. 
Me the fairest Fairy with a magic wand!
A genie all time ready for my command.
A life so colorful , bright and so grand!!

I felt there is a real magic world.
There are stories and mysteries untold,
 A kingdom which i ruled.
A warrior who can fight and be very bold!


A castle which is strewn with all gold.
When no owl arrived and nothing caught my hold,
I had to back off and my dream had to mould!

Monday, May 27, 2013

The first love!

Rahul was Seema's first love but they didn't succeed. Now Seema is married to Vinay and has 2 kids. Rahul returned from the U.S.A. and wants to meet Seema at any cost!

"I am in your city. Want to meet me?" asked Rahul. 

 “What if Vinay knows?"

"There is no need to tell him”

 “I am just scared Rahul!”

 “It is your call now Seema. I am staying in Hotel Marriott!”

Next day as Rahul was sipping tea in the lobby Seema walked to him in a red sari.

Her beauty and charm only increased with years”, thought Rahul earnestly.
Image source -"first love"


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This piece is written for 100 Words On Saturday 11 Prompt: YOUR CALL hosted by Corinne at her blog EveryDayGyaan 

May Photo A Day Challenge : Day 27. Can’t live without

The Day 27 prompt for "May Photo A Day Challenge : A challenge that will change your life" - 27. Can’t live without: What would you rather not live without?

As I am done with too many posts on people who mean a lot to me I am going with things this time. I can't live with out books and music. Music soothes me , changes my mood instantly and makes me think. I am not much in to English songs. I enjoy hindi bollywood songs and other regional songs which I can understand. I am particular about lyrics and just let each and every word sink in to me. Javed Akhtar , Majrooh Sultanpuri  and Gulzar Saheb are my heart favorites. A.R. Rehman , Mohit Chauhan , K.K. , Sukhwinder Singh, Kailash Kher , Alka Yagnik , Shreya Ghoshal, Nikhil Paul George and Amit trivedi steal my heart too! There are many names which I am not taking here but I absolutely respect the musical talent. It needs heart mind and soul. Those who naturally have it are truly god gifted.

A day doesn't pass by with out some kind of music. I have my Ipod with 3000+ songs which is like an organ in my body. We both are inseparable. Plugging an ipod and shuffling the songs is all I need if I want to divert myself. I randomly enjoy few English pop songs too :) Akon, Celine Dion , Elton John (Hakuna Matata after all; )) , MJ,  Britney , Ricky Martin and Enrique are few known names to me who frequently come in my playlists.  Its fun to recognize the music in our songs which is copied from their albums! 
MUSIC is much needed even when you work out!

A snippet from a poem I wrote long back - 

The moon lit sky is music to our eyes,
With music the world seems to be beautiful and nice!
The voice of our loved ones' is music to our ears.
A single word can dump all our fears!
I usually listen to songs on Dhingana.com
This is the pic taken by my phone :)
My I-touch which I got as a bday gift.
I was hooked the day I got it


Books - “So many books, so little time.” 


“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” 

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

3 favorite quotes and 2 favorite authors :) That is all I can say to explain my relation ship with books. It might not be a book as such. I love reading any interesting article.I love feeling the gist of a poem or enjoying a piece of art or a creative blog which can keep me glued to it. My pace is slow but my style is like that. I just can't run with the books. Some read library by library every day .I go line by line :( but ya so many books and so little time hence trying to fix a time table and read!

Above are my freshly arrived set of books and my book rack. Eagerly waiting to continue reading Sea of poppies and cant wait to lay my hands on "And the mountains echoed" as it is written by Khaled Hosseini!

 Thats all for now folks ! Have a great day

Sunday, May 26, 2013

May Photo A Day Challenge : Day 26. Fave thing to do on Sunday

The Day 26 prompt for "May Photo A Day Challenge : A challenge that will change your life" - 26. Fave thing to do on Sunday: What’s your favourite thing to do on Sundays? Sleep-in? Eat out? Party? Share.

"Sun"day is meant to be a LATE day when you don't feel like watching the sunrise and you don't feel like having your usual 7O'clock tea or 8O'clock bath. When I was with Infosys Hyderabad I used to wake up by 10 or 11 on a sunday morning and have brunch (breakfast+lunch). Even now my sundays start late and end late. We switch off the alarms and lose track of time. When I check the mobile it will already be 9 A.M. and I hurriedly go to gym. After coming from gym I am  always treated royally by my husband. I sprawl on the sofa and wait for the master chef to serve the break fast which obviously is delicious, hot and just the way I like it. My sundays are incomplete if my husband doesn't cook. Even on weekdays he interferes and customizes the dishes. I don't mind unless until he doesn't judge my cullinary skills!
In the above pic tomato+capsicum sandwich and tea+biscuits were made just today morning by him for a diet conscious me and French toast for himself who is not so diet conscious :p.What amuses me most is the time taken by him to make each dish. I exactly take double the time he takes and I am not very artistic when it comes to cooking. I just finish it for the heck of it. Below is the pic of fried chicken and home made virgin mojito by husband on one fine sunday morning or may be I should say noon!
Trust me it was better than the restaurant stuff. A virgin mojito is around 100-150 in KFC and at home it was better , cheaper and wowwier :) He usually garnishes the dishes very artistically. The above were done in a hurry! My husband who has a dream to open a take away or a restaurant. He is very skilled and just waiting for the right time to pounce!

The real fav thing to do on a sunday is to sleep but I don't want to click it . The other different things I love to do on sunday are below!

Going to any mall or a bookshop and getting lost between the racks. I love window shopping and also the actual shopping . In book stores I sit and browse through the books before deciding to buy but I never actually sit there for long and read like many others. I get easily distracted!


.  It is an interesting store - Reliance time out .Clicked in a mall in Bangalore
 I am a big movie buff. I don't miss a chance to watch the movie on a sunday evening and luckily we have malls and theaters at a stone throw distance from home. Of course ticket price is too much on weekends in Bangalore. Weekdays are cheap but sometimes when I can't resist watching a movie I don't wait for a weekday :)
"Q" Cinemas
Sundays are meant to be lazy but still they are so happening. As always I got up late today, went to gym pretty late and after watching Kai po che on tv posting this sleeping on my bed. Now don't want to waste more time on a sunday!


Ciao you all. Meet you tomorrow!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

May Photo A Day Challenge : Day 25.Us.

The Day 25 prompt for "May Photo A Day Challenge : A challenge that will change your life" - 25. Us: Us could mean your workmates, family, friends or otherwise. How will you show everyone your ‘us’?

Have posted too many pics from the past 24 days which represent "me" , "us" and "we" . Yet again I want to show "Us" . Us here doesn't mean me and my husband or me with my parents. 


In the below collage in the first pic its me with my friends who were a part of that folk dance in which we prayed forest Goddess for rains :P . Can you recognize me in it ? We all were in jubilant moods so jubilant that it actually rained the next day :D 


The best "us" is when kids get together. Its a racket and a perfect entertainment show to people like "us". Hence the remaining pics in this collage are of the kids / bachoos - Bacha party as I would like to call. The second pic of collage has Sami, Danish and Ayaan (L-R)



When the third pic was clicked Ayaan was not born. Sami and Danish were tiny and the one in red (Tabish) is the eldest of all cousin bros and sisters who came from the U.S.A. along with his younger brother in white (Suhaan) to meet the cousins in India. He is coming this month end again after 5 years. He was just 6 then and now he would be 11 years old. I am all excited to meet him and see the transformation both physical and mental :) Cannot really favorite any one here but a little partiality is allowed as it is my blog. My heart favorite is Ayaan ! In the last pic I am enjoying the ruckus he usually creates.

Good day to all of "US!" :)

Friday, May 24, 2013

May Photo A Day Challenge : Day 24. Go

The Day 24 prompt for "May Photo A Day Challenge : A challenge that will change your life" - 24. Go: A green light means go, but what else symbolises this energetic word?

Nature symbolizes a "GO". What else? Nature gives us resources which make our life easy. It is our duty to protect our water bodies , forests , trees and vegetation and every thing which is natural to stay happy. Nature gives us pleasure and rejuvenates us. Below are the pics from Hogenekkal falls which is called "India's Niagara." I was spell bound by these humongous falls. Its a delight to watch water falls which are always going and flowing non stop :). We are nothing compared to these nature's wonders! Check them out. They are divided between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu states.

Breath taking

This was clicked from the view point. "Panorama" view!

Coracle ride is must if you happen to visit. It was
raining when I went which added to the bliss
When nature calls , no not that nature call. When THE GREEN nature actually calls U can only "GO" !

 Deviation from nature is deviation from happiness 

- Samuel Johnson-

By the way the song Dil hai chota sa from Roja has been shot here . Check out the last two minutes of the video ! My heart jumps in joy when ever I hear or watch it;). In my opinion Roja is A.R.Rehman's bestest music.  Hope you also enjoy!



Thursday, May 23, 2013

May Photo A Day Challenge : Day 23.PJs.

The Day 23 prompt for "May Photo A Day Challenge : A challenge that will change your life" - 23. PJs: Pyjamas, we all wear them? {Except you nudists!} so share them. Please.

You will laugh if I say I groomed my feet with extra care and applied nail polish to just click for today's prompt. :P I usually wear them before I sleep . Do not wear them regularly though- doesn't mean I am nudist :P. I am not particular about wearing Pyjamas before I sleep. I am in anything which is comfortable enough to sleep. Some times if I am sleep deprived I can even sleep on the floor wearing ^_^ ^_^  anything and everything ahem :p  .Today I am wearing them since morning and yawning as I am continuously feeling its time to sleep :) Anyway below is the pic. I didn't want to put a high resolution pic of my polka dotted retro pyjama and scare you all. Hence modified it a bit on instagram and PicCollage!


"The tender touch of a pyjama makes me feel I landed on a flower.
The way it lulls me makes me feel it is my lover.
The pyjamas do not make me fly or give me any super power.
But they make me write this silliest poem making me a clever!"

Clever or not clever I can't believe I wrote a poem on Pyjamas today. Don't throw rotten tomatoes at me. You can for sure throw a pyjama party though ;). it is the bestest party. I would be glad to join!
Happy day all of You!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May Photo A Day Challenge : Day 22.Change.

The Day 22 prompt for "May Photo A Day Challenge : A challenge that will change your life" - 22. Change: This can be a hard one, so put your thinking cap on. How can you show change in a photo?

I changed a lot in a decade. A decade- my God!! I didn't realize when it got over. 2002-2012 just flew and I entered twenties from teens and as the clock is ticking I realize even thirties and forties will hit me :( I feel scared at times thinking of all the things I want to , need to and plan to do ! One of those things is for sure travelling and travelling a lot.

Today I will talk less and share a magnificent pic taken during one such travels. I went to Agra in the summer of 2010 and went again in winter 2012. Below pic shows the stark difference between Taj in summer and Taj in winter.
Wah Taj!

Nope I didn't modify the pic. You can clearly see the fog in the second pic. The magical and mystic Taj was invisible till we approached it where as in the first pic you can see the bright Taj basking in the sun light. Actually Taj remains intact. It is the season which plays with it and shows it differently. I wish I went to Taj on a full moon night. People say its a treat to eyes. The luminescent stones will shine and you can get lost watching it. Unfortunately I couldn't stay to watch it. Even the ticket price shoots up during the full moon it seems. One more speciality of Taj is the VIP seat. Lady Diana, Musharaff , Aishwarya Rai and many others adorned it. 

I am not  a fan of Aish but still feel like sharing the below pic which I like a lot.

and no points to  guess that one more person adorned it. Check it out in the below pic ;)


Taj mahal always surprises me. Even the second time I visited I keenly observed the surroundings and enjoyed the intricate designs ,patterns and symmetry. It surely is a wonder! I wrote a post on Taj few months back with few more pics. If interested  read at-"The beautiful and controversial Tajmahal"

"To the mahal of the Taj- Say oye Say Oye  Say oye
To the minar of Kutub -  ------
To the kumari of Kanya--------
To the panjim of Goa- ----- Say oye Say oye"
we all just wanna say , we all just wanna say "-------- I hope I got the correct lines. Remember the continuation of this song ?? This used to be our engineering anthem and an anthem even now ;) Let me know if you recognize it. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

"Behind the "BLUE" Doors!" - A poem


She and her curiosity always stayed indoors.
Her heart trapped behind the bars inside the wooden doors.
Her soul traveled miles even if she did not move an inch.
The desires pricked her like the thorns of the cactus making her flinch!

She was as lonely as the Cactus plant and the deserted street.
She needed permission to sit or squat or to just stand on her feet.
The Cactus still had the pot and the floor as companions.
She was unwanted and inside the doors buried were her passions!
If she boldly stepped out of the door any time of the day,
She had to face the wrath of the master who would love to fray.
Her child hood, youth and women hood are all seamless.
For she knew only slave-hood which was always loveless!

Slavery to “men” whom she feared to accept or deny.
Slavery to the beasts and their erotic desires which made her cry.
Behind those closed doors painted blue she was beaten black and blue.
There was no one to understand her blues even if she gave a cue.


To sing or dance or to even talk to some other is an offense.
Even to think of thinking of her tiniest wishes she always had to pretense.
The doors and the floor were cleaned and even the Cactus was fed.
She was the most used commodity in that house which is thrashed till it bled.


She eagerly used to watch the road as if to meet a human outside the bars.
She used to dream of the moment when she would finally fly and reach the stars.
A smile used to dance on her lips by the mere thought of an escapade.
She knew it was just her dream which slowly would submerge and fade!


She dreaded the evenings when her master would return and bang the door.
If she looked beautiful he would doubt her and call her a whore.
She got used to the treatment and tears dried up and cries became muffled.
Even if she felt sick, vomited or fainted the master remained unruffled!


Her sullen face and bloodied breasts hide in darkness and in shame.
She lives every passing day with a beastly monster who she cannot tame.
She counts her days only to die and leave the hell to travel to the heaven’s gate.
She wants to question the God and know what she did to meet this fate!!


Today I am very sad. When ever I read news like this - "The Eight year old who didnt make it past her wedding night" I shudder , feel sick to the stomach , feel extremely helpless!

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