Showing posts from March, 2018

The Hyderabad Playlist : Visit to Shilparamam

Hyderabad. I never had the slightest inkling that I would spend that the second half of 2017 in Hyderabad. Till June, 2017. I left the job I had been doing for the last two years after graduation and moved to this city with a friend to study for competitive exams. I had taken the plunge without the guarantee of landing on safe grounds. Risk it was, yes, but it gave me an experience of a lifetime.

I had never studied so much and also enjoyed the lectures in equal measures in my entire life. The feeling of going back to being a student was so good. I loved being a student, abiding by the routine of classes, study hours, making notes and being a part of the classroom that had students from every part of the country, of different age groups. I was not really social. But I liked it. A change from two years of monotonous repeated work in the cubicle was most welcome.

We decided to take a bit of break on a certain Sunday and visit Shilparamam- the traditional handicraft village situated in H…

Theme Reveal #AToZChallenge 2018

It's again that time of the year. April & the A To Z Blogging Challenge. And as usual the blogging universe is buzzing with excitement and anticipation.

And of course, how can I forget, nervous breakdowns too!

Yes, conjuring up 26 posts for each English alphabet along with a theme can be a daunting task.

The A to Z Challenge is an international blogging challenge wherein the bloggers post everyday of April, except on Sundays. Each post should have a title starting with the English alphabet of that day. Having a theme is better as the anticipation of the next post is kept alive in the readers. It's like a month long blogging marathon (a term I picked up from Preeti Shenoy's blog) , with Sundays off!

So today is the day, we bloggers reveal our chosen theme for this challenge.

I had first participated in the A To Z Challenge in 2015 with the theme 'Characters from the stories I have loved'. I had successfully completed it, without giving up or missing any letter.

Miss Me, Will You?

Would I fade away in time? Would I fade away from your memory? Like the wisp of a distant wish, Like the figment of an imagination, Like the morning dream That ought to be forgotten.
Or will I linger? Somewhere in the recesses of your mind, Somewhere in between remembrances Somewhere in the multiple folds of nostalgia.
In wintry evenings, In the warmth of winter robes, In bubblegums and Cornettos In voices missed, In silences of words unspoken.
Will I remain Somewhere in blurred videos And ill shot snaps. Somewhere in neon greens, In articulation of my name Somewhere in elevators and stairs And roads that perhaps go nowhere.
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#MondayMusings : Homesick For Another World

Have you ever felt a yearning for something you can’t even define? A keen longing for something you can’t pinpoint even when you are in abundance of everything you want or need.
A dull ache deep in the heart for something beyond your comprehension. A desire you are not aware of. A pain that has not got its due attention. Some grief, not expressed, perhaps. Something. Homesick perhaps, even in the comfort of your own home, amidst the love of your family. Homesick for another world?

Being eternally homesick
It is a feeling that I have long searched meaning for. I have felt this time and again. Mostly while traveling to new places, leaving back known faces, and saying goodbyes, whenever the canvas of life looms large over me- the miniscule human. What am I but a tiny dot in the vast expanse of universe and time? A strange energy fills me, mostly in moments that I realize would become precious memories of numerous tomorrows. I get goosebumps as the vibes take over and it is as if Life descen…

The Shape of Water : A Movie that Reinstated Awe and Wonder

I watched the trailer of The Shape Of Water sometime in December last year. It was enchanting. The voice over started, “If I told you about a Princess without voice….” as the furniture floated about in the room full of water. I was hooked in just ten seconds.

“Experience a connection beyond words.”

The Shape of Water is directed by Guillermo del Toro, the director of Pan’s Labyrinth- the movie that twisted the idea of fairy tales and yet ruled our imaginations for a good number of years. So yet another reason to anticipate the movie and the story it promises.

The movie seems to be a alternate rendition of The Beauty and The Beast. A fairy tale where the beast does not need to change into a handsome prince and there is still a happily ever after.

Both Eliza and the aquatic creature don’t need words to communicate. Language is not a big necessity for connection. They communicate through hand gestures, smiles, and eyes. A daring love story that was unsettling for a while but very fairy-tal…

Why You Should Take The AToZ Blogging Challenge With BlogChatter

Have you ever felt a yearning for something you can’t even define? A keen longing for something you can’t pinpoint. Even when you are in abundance of everything you want or need.

That for me was a sense of belonging. I needed to feel my thoughts mattered. I wanted to project my ideas, my love for novels and the written word out into the space. I wanted to be understood. I wanted to connect deeply, not just for the sake of having connections. I needed conversations, long unending dialogues with people who could empathize, not everyday small talk. I needed to validate my own worth and existence. And somehow, writing and blogging provided me with all of this.

Blogging provided me with the much needed community, empathetic souls that I couldn't have reached otherwise. I drew my daily motivation from blogs, and I still do.

#Gratitude posts, #ThursdayTreelove tales, weekend coffee share, #FridayReflections and #MondayMusings have become a very essential part of my life. Chatty monologues h…

Zika Virus: Symptoms, Facts And Prevention

Zika Virus disease is a mosquito-borne viral infection  that primarily occurs in Tropical and subtropical areas.The rising number of these diseases can be attributed to many factors. This virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes. 
The virus symptoms includes mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, headache, muscle and joint pain etc. Dengue and chikungunya spread through the same mosquitoes that transfer Zika.

Prevention is key for Zika Virus. There is no vaccine to prevent Zika Virus. Protect yourself from mosquito bites to protect yourself from Zika Virus mosquitoes. Battling the disease with the right products, such as that of Goodknight, would help in preventing and ensuring that your family’s health is safe and sound.

Zika Virus - Transmission

Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These are the same mosquitoes that spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.

Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person already …

My Last Trip Before Lockdown

When Covid19 had just put its foot in the country with only 3 cases in Kerala, we had our Ooty trip planned. All tickets and bookings were done since the new year. With just three days in hand, four of us travelled from Mumbai, Pune and Bhubaneswar, to Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, to join a few others staying in the city. And the excitement to finally meet one another after 6 months of that trip to Pune, the Lohagard Trek- we were kids excitedly clicking selfies in our face masks, hurriedly putting a quick dab of sanitizer before hugging one another.

Next day early morning we were to start for Ooty. Sleepy heads, gulping a bowl each of muesli, we started onward journey to Bandipur National Park. Devouring uttapams, dosas and piping hot cups of coffee for breakfast at a restaurant by the highway, chit chats were full on, as was the music and dance in the 12-seater vehicle. Funny anecdotes had us laughing our hearts out, gossips were such a thrill and cooking recipe exch…

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