“The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.”—Frank Herbert. “Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don’t let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.”— R.I.Fitzhenry
Every moment in our lives is a beginning, an opportunity to improve upon ourselves. “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”—Seneca
Life is a journey with many ups and downs. We need motivation every day. It’s good to share your stories of struggles and strengths, with others— You might help someone by doing that.
I always feel mesmerised by the beautiful Sunrise, and make it a point to watch it each morning. I have a wonderful collection of Sunrise pictures, clicked by me. The Sunrise makes us believe that each day brings with it, new opportunities, new hopes, and the promise of a new beginning.
Generation gap is usually referred to as difference of opinions between one generation and another regarding beliefs, values, working culture, lifestyle changes etc.
Once we choose faith, hope, self belief and determination, it’s possible to achieve our goals and dreams. It may take a while, but dreams do come true, with patience and perseverance.
Changing of seasons is the marvel of Nature. Seasons change to maintain the balance in Nature. Our lives can be compared to the seasons, each season being unique and beautiful. We must embrace all the changes of life gracefully, because change is inevitable, as it’s in the change in seasons.
You need many essential documents, if you have to cross the ‘Borders’ of your own country. The same is not applicable to the birds, the clouds, the rivers, the wind, the oceans and so on. How wonderful it would be, if there were no “Borders”!!
Hunger can be of many kinds, food, knowledge, love, lust, sex etc. Predominantly, the word hunger is associated with food. We should all try to eradicate hunger from the World. Food is the right of everyone and hunger should not have any place in the civilised world.
Some places in the World, you dream of visiting one day. NewYork city is one of them, and my long time wish to visit this wonderful place was fulfilled recently. It’s not easy to capture it’s magnificence in photos, but I have tried. Here is a brief account of my 2 days memorable NYC trip.
Happiness is a choice. Nothing can make you happy, unless you choose to be happy. To have a happy life, we must change our way of thinking. Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means that you have decided to ignore the negativity and embrace the positivity and possibilities.
Describing oneself is a bit difficult. Even if you know yourself pretty well, it’s difficult to write about it. People who are close to you, your family, your children are the best to describe your characteristics/ qualities. The ABC challenge is a fun way to let the readers know more about you.
A writer’s mind is always thinking. They don’t feel peaceful, unless they express their thoughts. Strangely, Whether it’s pleasure or pain, they want to express themselves. Writing comes naturally to them—anytime, anywhere.
The trees, birds, rivers, mountains, water falls, the greenery all around, the sky, are parts of Nature, and we are all its inhabitants. Take out some time, from your busy schedule to be amidst Nature, and you will feel peaceful, calm and joyful, because nature doesn’t judge you like others.
There has to be a ‘first’ time, for anything and everything. To reach your goal, you have to take the ‘first’ step, which may not be perfect, but you get going, and eventually, things fall into place. Usually, the ‘First’ time is filled with excitement, nervousness, confusion and uncertainty.
Most people often complain about lack of time, while the real problem is they lack direction. The most important resource, which we have is Time. Let’s not waste time, by keep on complaining that we don’t have enough time.
Why do you write? What do you write about? Aren’t there many writers, already? Do you think, people read, what you write? These are some of the questions, which are often asked to you, when you announce in a social gathering, that you are a writer. As a writer, how do you respond to such questions?
The three important C’s of life are— Choices, Chances, Changes. Don’t miss the Chances, to bring positive changes in your life. Even if you do not succeed, you may learn something worthwhile.
If you have not spent some time in the forests, you are missing something really fascinating on this planet. Slow down, and appreciate the Nature. Forests teach us to be calm, to coexist peacefully, have patience, and share love. And, most important—You might hear your inner voice.
The rough copy is not rough at all. It holds memories, besides shouldering the responsibility of all subjects, Maths. Science, Language, Social studies and many more. It also stores various important information about family, friends, though at the back pages.
Gratitude is an attitude, which we must choose, for that eternal joy and happiness. It’s important to acknowledge the love, support and blessings of those, who have helped you achieve your goals and dreams, by being thankful to them.
Relationships are like ‘sand’ in hand. If you hold it loosely, the sand will remain there. The moment you tighten your hand, the sand will start slipping away. So similar to relationships, hold it on with love and respect, and give personal space, to those whom you love.
To forgive is easy, but it’s difficult to forget. Forgiveness does not change, what has already happened to you, in the past. But, it can definitely set you free, make you peaceful. It’s an important attribute, that not everyone has. Forgiveness has a positive impact on our emotional health.
Snowflakes are delicate, fragile, short lived, and represent the vulnerable beauty and fleeting nature of life. Formation of snowflakes is a natural phenomenon. But, here I am not highlighting the science behind it’s formation, but the visual delight, these snowflakes provide to the viewers.
The Indian Marigolds are the most commonly used flowers, for worshiping, wedding decorations, in festivals, and other special occasions. They signify positivity, strength, and are symbolic of the Lord Sun. Buying saplings from the markets can be expensive. Read on to grow your own Marigolds at home.
Writing is a creative skill, which can be adopted, honed, and polished. Writing is self expression, and it is therapeutic. Writing may be done as a profession, or as a hobby, or as a passion. ‘Practice makes a man perfect’ applies to the writers as well. The more you write, the better you can write.
Boredom is a choice. Some people choose to get bored. In this beautiful World, there are numerous possibilities and opportunities. We can do so much, and the time is always fleeting. So, where is the time to get bored?
Our life is like a Kaleidoscope, changing colours and patterns constantly. We all must adapt to the changes, and take initiatives to sustain the beauty in our lives The creator meant it to be like this—The diversity of people all over the World, forms homogeneous beauty.
Everything in the Nature is interconnected and interdependent. Whether it’s the human beings, the plants or the animals, or any other living creature, nothing is in isolation. If you are observant, you can clearly see the interconnection, Whether it’s the food cycle or the life cycle.
Our life revolves around experimenting, whether it’s educational, personal, social, cooking etc. The more experiments, we make, the better experience of life we have.
Thekua (also known as khajuria, khasta khajur, and thikari) is a centuries-old sweet snack that is traditionally prepared for festivals like Teej Puja, Chath Puja and Vat Savitri Puja.
The most fascinating thing about a photograph is that it captures a moment, which is gone and can not be recreated. For example weddings, childhood, young age, family get togethers, festivals, travels etc. Looking at the photographs after some years, is a sweet reminder of those precious memories.
Situated in the heart of capital city of Delhi, The Taj Man Singh Hotel, is known for it’s classic Indian grace, grandeur, and charm, blended beautifully with World class ambiance and amenities. Having dined, and stayed there with family, I can very well say, that The Taj, is a lifetime experience.
Why do most of us think of our childhood days, when we recount our happiness? Why do we stop watching the ‘Stars’, or watching the beauty of Nature, the full Moon, the Sun. ‘You are here only for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry, and be sure to smell the flowers, along the way.’-Walter Hagen
‘One’ is important, and it matters. We often don’t realise the significance of ‘One.’ The number 1 represents the Sun, in astrology, which signifies motivation, momentum, a natural leader, and a proactive force. ‘One’ can make a significant difference. ‘One’ is powerful, and the pioneer in life.
Blue, as a colour is vibrant, bright, peaceful, soothing, and distinct. Blue, symbolises infinity, is inspiring and encompasses all. No wonder, the colour of the sky, rivers, and ocean is blue. It is the colour of serenity and sacredness.
‘Laughter is the best medicine,’ and we are aware of it. But during the course of our lives, the ups and downs—we often forget even to smile, what to say about laughter. Laughter Therapy or laughter yoga, is a recognised and practiced exercise, involving voluntary laughing for healing and wellness.
Rain definitely has a positive impact on our senses. I have always felt rejuvenated, when intentionally or unintentionally, I got drenched in the rain. I like to listen to the falling raindrops, and I have a fascination for the rainy season. Watching the rain from my window gives me immense pleasure
If you are a good observer, with a creative mind, and an enthusiasm for writing, you can definitely succeed in the field of online writing. Writing and reading should be a regular activity. Patience, discipline and hard work is required in writing as well, like any other field.
The mirror can reflect only your outward appearance, but not your true inner self. We must look beyond the mirror, to see our true selves.
Happiness is a choice, which we have to make for ourselves. Some people tend to be naturally happy, but some people, consciously cultivate it. When we find ourselves stuck up with negative thoughts, we must look for ways to rethink, and embrace positivity.
Growing plants, nurturing them is one of my favourite activity. Asian Pigeon Wings, popularly known as Aparajitha in India, is an easy to grow and maintain plant/ vine. Besides it’s many health benefits, it’s considered auspicious and is used in prayer rituals. It’s also recommended by Vastu experts
“Life is what happens to us, while we are making other plans. Fate is sometimes strange, sometimes predictable, and sometimes unpredictable.” This flash fiction tries to show, that if two people are destined to be life partners, they will meet sooner or later, and “Fate”will make it happen.
Sports and sportspersons provide inspiration and the films, or their biopics are a good way to showcase that. The stories of sports heroes, their sporting journey, fighting against all odds, obstacles to lift the trophies to honour their country, are good subjects to motivate and inspire the viewers
Mother’s Day is around the corner. While I enjoy the beautifully written pieces on this lovely day, it’s difficult for me to write something about my own Mother, who is my inspiration, my guide, my best friend forever. So, I am not even trying. Sharing some beautiful quotes to celebrate Mothers.
‘The best preparation for tomorrow, is doing your best today.’-H Jackson Brown Jr. Today, a significant word, brings thoughts to my mind, that the time is Right here, Right now, Today itself, which is the best and ultimate precious time available to us, and we should make the most of it.
Want to delight your loved ones with yummy cookies? Tea time or coffee time is best accompanied with homemade hot cookies, straight out of the oven. Some easy to make eggless cookie recipes, to make your family time, even more warmer and delightful.
Chitrangada enjoys gardening in her own little space. She is a self taught gardener, and loves taking care of her flowering plants, herbs, shrubs. There’s a lot of possibility, even if you have the option of container gardening only. Nothing like using your own home grown herbs for everyday cooking.
“Then I choose to drown in Hope, rather than float into nothing.”—Melinda Marchetta. If you have Hope in your mind and heart, you can face any challenge, and get through toughest times of your life. Therefore, never lose hope. Hope means to see the light, even if you have darkness all around you.
In modern times, Poetry is much more than syllables and rhymes. It’s a form of art and creativity. A powerful way of self expression, to influence, impact, and may be bring change in the spirit and thoughts of the people, and the society as a whole. If it’s written with heart, it reaches the heart.
“If people are doubting, how far you can go, go so far, that you can’t hear them anymore.”—Michele Ruiz. Parents and teachers should keep on motivating the children and the youngsters by their words and actions. At the same time, hold their hands, and stand by them, if they fail or get exhausted.
What can the mountains do to us, is difficult to describe. They attract us, and we look at them spellbound. They challenge us, to be adventurous. By their Majestic and magnificent view, we are fascinated and enthralled. Just one of those feelings, which I have, when I go near the Majestic mountains
Natural sources of water such as rivers, waterfalls and hot water springs contain various minerals that are good for our health. When the water travels through the soil, it combines with copper, phosphorus, calcium, iodine and many more essential elements that have medicinal benefits.
Spring is the season, that gives you the reason to love. Spring is an appropriate reminder of how beautiful the change can be. Spring is a reminder that better days are ahead. A season of renewal, reawakening, rejuvenating. “An optimist is the human personification of Spring.”--Susan J Bissonette.
In the fast paced life of today, it’s important to spend some time with our own self. And what better place, to spend that valuable time with self, amidst Mother Nature. I have often felt the positive impact it has, on my emotional and physical health. As nothing can be as refreshing as Nature.
When I started using social media, about a decade ago, I was a bit confused to see so many shortened words, to convey a message, or to communicate. The popular Internet Slangs, on various social media platforms have been able to build a global online community, which is diverse yet homogeneous.
During the Worldwide pandemic, a song called Jerusalama, produced by South African DJ Master KG became viral on social media. A group of friends from Angola danced to it in an uploaded video, known as Jerusalama dance challenge. Many dancing groups uploaded their version of the dance, all wonderful.
I believe in the power of prayers, and pray everyday. When we pray for each other, it’s impact increases manifold. To be honest, I am not able to concentrate in my prayers. My mind gets distracted easily. But I do believe that the Almighty listens to the prayers, even if I can’t focus on my prayers.
It’s quite normal to get attracted by the beautiful flowers, blossoming in the garden. Their beauty, their fragrance, their purity, their very presence is enough to make your day hopeful, happy and joyful. But, for a change this morning, the fallen flowers attracted my attention, and made me think.
We are about to mark the end of another year, and we are certainly hoping for a better New year, a better tomorrow for everyone. Hope and faith are two of the important traits of human beings, and although we know that chances of better or worse tomorrow are equal, we still hold on to hope and Faith
We love and admire the natural, unassuming beauty of the flowers. They are not just wonderful creations of nature—many have immense medicinal properties. Ayurveda and homeopathy treatments use flower extracts in their medicines. Green tea, aromatherapy, cosmetics are just a few examples.
‘One Rose is enough for the dawn.’-Edmond Jabes. How true! Each morning, I head towards my little garden. And, if I find a Rose greeting me, my joy knows no bounds. It’s there for a little while. How similar to the human life! You are here for a short time. Don’t forget to smell the Roses.
Spending some quiet moments, while watching the movements of the clouds is therapeutic for me. Not only does it make me wonder, about their beautiful forms and colours, they also inspire me to ‘move on‘ in life. The clouds convey the message that nothing is permanent in life, not even our troubles
A P J Abdul Kalam—Bharat Ratna, The Missile Man, People’s President, author, teacher. One man, with so many titles, in fact an institution by himself, who inspired so many of us, and he continues to inspire with his work and thoughts. Sharing some of the inspirational quotes by Abdul Kalam sir.
‘Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.’—Robin Sharma. Sometimes it’s difficult to come out of our comfort zone and change, or accept the changes. But, change is the only constant. And, it can be beautiful. If not, we may learn new insights from the process of change.
During the journey of life, there are times, when you have to move on against every obstacle. It’s easier to go along the current, but it needs a strong willpower, an unfailing inner strength, to keep on moving. Because, you have chosen the path of righteousness, be prepared to move against the odds
While mostly, siblings are the best friends and companions, we do find, sibling rivalry in some families. Obviously, the parents are the most saddened by sibling rivalry. Can the parents be blamed? If yes, can they handle this? Here are some tips for parents, to handle the sibling rivalry.
There are times in your life, when you want to sit down, relax, do nothing. Sometimes you need to have your own company, to connect with your own self, to reflect, to just sit quietly, to give your precious time to self. Go ahead, and have your ‘Me Time’, without feeling guilty about it.
Rohu is a delicious freshwater fish that is a member of the carp family. Here are two delightful recipes from India: a fried snack/appetizer and a tasty mustard curry.
I heard a gentle tapping on my window. Very soon, the sound changed to tip-tap, then the louder pitter-patter. I had to come out to welcome the rains, for the joy it brings to the hearts of almost all the living creatures, to thank the heavens, to bring this essential element of life, to the Earth.
If you are a Nature lover, a Nature photographer, a fitness enthusiast, the Lodhi Garden, Delhi is an ideal place to visit. Full of beautiful flower garden, huge trees, resident birds, lakes, it’s located in the heart of the city, and has everything to refresh and rejuvenate your body and mind.
This is my mother's recipe for creamy malai vada, a traditional Indian dessert.
Mental stress, anxiety and depression can be fatal. This can happen in this fast paced society. It can take a person in such a dark corner, where he/ she feels alone. And, ultimately take the extreme step. We, as a society can help. Help and hear—so that no precious life is lost.
I do admire, the well maintained, well cultivated garden flowers, in the garden. But all those colourful wildflowers, along the highways, the bushy roads, along the hills, attract me, and make me wonder. How do they grow, without any care, or watering, and grow again, in spite of being weeded out.
A beautiful, self-cultivated garden is the ultimate companion. Gardening is good for the mind, body, and soul. Enjoy these quotes about the joy of gardening.
‘Prevention is better than cure,’ is the common saying. Therefore, it’s important to keep on boosting our immune system, by following a healthy lifestyle, proper diet, and regular physical activity. In addition, consuming the wonderful gifts of Mother Nature-the herbs and spices, benefits a lot.
Kulfi is one of the most popular Indian desserts of all time. Prepared with natural ingredients and natural colours, such as saffron, green cardamom, mango, rose water, and dried fruits, this dessert is traditionally served at weddings. It is a popular street food, as well.
The Human beings have exemplary qualities of adaptability, patience and perseverance. In adverse situations, they have shown immense courage and inner strength, which they didn’t even know, they had. History provides many such incidents, to show the incredible inner power of the human beings.
Many a times, we hear people saying, ‘If I had some more time, I would love to spend some quality time with my kids, my family.’ Due to some unprecedented situations, all around the World, we have to stay at home, these days. Here are some ways, to make the most of it, by doing something productive.
This poem was composed during the pandemic, when there was anxiety, fear, uncertainty, stress, all around the World. With hope, faith, and belief in the power of Prayers, the World was able to bounce back. Because, tough times do not last forever. Keep faith in the prayers. ‘This too shall pass.’
Beautiful, Lovely, Delicate, Pretty—These words are perhaps synonymous with Women. But, besides that women of today are strong, determined, powerful, and achievers. With great efficiency, they manage their homes and professional careers. Some quotes on The International Woman’s Day, 8th March, 2022
The winter season is the perfect time to enjoy this spiced carrot orange cake. Enjoy this vegan dessert recipe.
Charu loved to spend her vacations, at her native countryside. This time her close friends also accompanied her. Having a wonderful time at the country lake, was a regular feature of her visit. But, this time it was different. An evening at the country lake, changed her life, forever.
The glorious land of the Kings and the emperors, valiant warriors, magnificent and enormous forts and palaces, rich culture and traditions with vibrant colours—Rajasthan, India, has all of this and much more.Sharing some pictures and interesting details from my recent trip to Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.
When you are born, your life is a book, full of blank pages. It’s up to you, to fill it up with love, kindness, affection, gratitude and compassion. So that, when you look back at your book, you feel good about yourself. It’s your life. Make it worthwhile.
I'm a big believer in walking every day to keep myself fit and healthy. Most of us are well aware of the physical and emotional health benefits of walking regularly, but it's easy to forget how much good it can do for us. Here are some motivational quotes to help inspire you to walk often.
Age or agility—It’s all up there in the mind. If you still feel young at heart, still feel enthusiastic about your life, you are aging gracefully. Aging doesn’t have to be a loss of youth, but it can be productive, with new set of opportunities.
This is a small tribute to my virtuous father, Professor Bakshi. D. Sinha, a teacher, an economist, an author, a research scholar, an academician,and to me, an affectionate father. He passed away in 2018, but he lives on, through all the noble work, he has done for the society and for the family.
Life is a combination of sweet-sour experiences. It’s upto us to create a balance, in order to lead a worthwhile life. To imagine that there will be no obstacles in our lives ever, is not possible. Joys and sorrows are part of life. To enjoy the positives, you must have the taste of the negatives.
Cooking and baking is an art; an expression of love for those, who love and care for you. I believe, it’s a wonderful therapy, if you are feeling low. Cooking for the family, looking at their excited faces, when the food is served, gives a feeling of satisfaction. Cupcakes are my family’s favourite.
The Road trips with the family are always enjoyable, for me. And, if the destination is an abode of the wild cats, wild animals and birds, staring at you with curiosity, it adds to the thrill and excitement. A short account of my recent visit to the Sariska National Park, Alwar, Rajasthan in India.
Recently, while on a train journey, I was overwhelmed to see the vast, green agricultural fields, some ready to harvest crops. My heart was filled with gratitude for the farmers, who work so hard to grow the food for everyone. How little do we know about the life of the farmer and their hardships?
‘He who plants trees, loves others, besides himself.’-Thomas Fuller. ‘Forests, jungles, trees, plants, provide the oxygen, we breathe. They are the lungs of the Earth. If we destroy them, we destroy ourselves.’ There are countless benefits of trees. Here are some quotes and my clicked pictures.
If you want to make a contribution to the World, to make others happy, to spread joy and happiness; the time is right here, right now. Happinesses is not something, to be postponed. No more excuses of being busy, or having no opportunities. Spread happiness by little acts of kindness and compassion.
Cooking for the family gives me immense pleasure. The secret ingredient is always love, with a little precision and some patience. Weekends are special, so the food prepared, must also be something special, delicious and enjoyable. Baked vegetables, with lots of cheese, is suitable for weekends.
Do not shy away from expressing your gratitude, to the people who have made you, loved you unconditionally, helped you in anyway. Remember to say thanks each day, to the Mother Nature for its innumerable blessings of crops, trees etc., the abundance of Sunshine, and Moonlight, rivers and rain.
Italy has many eternally beautiful cities, with magnificent art and architecture worth seeing. The attraction of the most classic Western civilisation, has it’s foundation in the ancient country of Italy. Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan are some of the most visited places in the whole World.
Does this happen to you? Even when you are not writing, you are always thinking about writing. Every person you meet, or see along on your way, can be a possible character in your next story. You are a writer at heart, if a poem is being woven in your mind, when you are walking in the nearby park.
The first rain showers do something magical to the senses. People, Plants, animals, birds all look happy. With happiness in the heart, everyone seems to be smiling for no reason. This is the time of the year, when you feel like humming a song, not to please others, but because your heart is happy.
We often hear nutritionists, and healthcare professionals, advising us to include Antioxidants in our daily diet. Antioxidant are those nutrients, which protect our body tissues from wear and tear. They provide internal protection to our body cells, stronger immunity, and helps to rejuvenate them.
Life is beautiful. Happiness is a choice. To be positive, even in adverse situations, is a challenge. Be grateful and live, one day at a time. Life can be full of infinite possibilities, when you are together with your loved ones, and content with something, as simple as the morning cup of tea.
Watching the sky, clicking it’s pictures, fascinates me, anytime in the day, evening, or night. The many soothing colours forming in the sky, it’s vastness inspires me, and motivates me to move forward, and keep going. They remind us of the unlimited possibilities, we can have in our precious lives.
She fills your life with love, care, warmth, motivation, affection, blessings, hope and many more things, which only she can give. Love her, and respect her, today, and everyday. Happy Women’s Day, 2022
Can we define love? Love is a feeling, difficult to define. It has many forms, such as, Mother’s love, Father’s love, Sibling love, Grandparents love, love between husband and wife, love for fellow human beings and the love for the Supreme.
How often, in a single day, we take that seat, to relax, to ponder, to study? Can you imagine a World, with no chairs? How difficult it would be for us, to rest and relax our tired bodies? Let’s thank the chair, for always being there, to relax us physically, as well as mentally.
Flowers are perhaps the most beautiful creations of the Mother Nature. Capturing their beauty in the camera is not easy. Their tenderness and their fragrance, can’t be captured. I love to capture their beauty, as they blossom.They have a short lifespan. But in pictures, their beauty lasts forever.
Siblings are like the branches of a tree. Life is not always the same. As the siblings grow up, they may move in opposite directions, but are united at the roots. If the roots are strong and firm to the ground, nothing can separate them, no matter where they go, they are always for each other.
I belong to a generation, who wrote letters to their dear ones, on paper, for communications. Text messages, e-mails are the order, nowadays. No doubt, they are faster, but can they compare with the earlier handwritten letters, when an envelope was opened gently with curiosity, emotions and a smile?
Do you want to get compliments for your radiant and youthful skin? As we age, our skin loses the moisture. To maintain the elasticity of the skin, and delay the forming of wrinkles on the face, it’s important to adopt some skincare methods, such as, facial massage, exercises and nutritious diet.
Life is all about setting goals and achieving them. Complete your education by this age, find a job in time, get married by 30 years of age, and so on. But If you are not able to achieve your goals in the set standard time, then what do you do? A short story to inspire those who are stuck up in life
It takes a long time to build trust. It takes a minute to break the same. Once the trust is broken, it is difficult to rebuild it. Why do I examine the gifted flowers, to see if there are any hidden thorns? A poem, about how to regather yourself, if your trust is broken.
If you are an admirer of the Indian art, you must be familiar with the Madhubani paintings; the ancient folk art practised, on the mud walls and floors, of the villages. The Madhubani art has it’s roots in the Bihar state of India. They are popular even today, during festivals and special occasions.
Nature has always inspired, and motivated me. Not only does it heal, both physically, and emotionally, but also, it can soothe the disturbed mind, like nothing else can. The roaring waves of the Sea, do calm my mind. Nature is therapeutic and the ultimate healer.
While it can't be denied, that the traditional print books are less preferred, compared to the e-books by the tech. savvy people these days, but I do believe that paper books will never disappear completely. The unique smell of the freshly bought books, is still exciting for many book lovers.
Raj and Priya were extremely happy and excited about their holiday plan to Darjeeling. Little did they know, that they were going to get the surprise of their lives there. Enjoy this romantic mystery, set in the beautiful hills of Darjeeling, in response to billybuc's challenge.
Ghazal is a form of poetry, to express the deep and intense emotions of love, in its purest form. It also beautifully expresses the pain, desire, and other heartfelt feelings. I was attracted to the Ghazals, when I was able to understand the lyrics. Lyrics is the most important part of the Ghazals.
The Peacock has an important place in Indian art, architectures and mythology. It symbolizes, royalty and divinity. India loves colours, and the Peacock truly represents it, by its beauty and elegance. One can find Peacock figures in ancient monuments, sculptures, fabric, handicrafts, jewelleries.
When it comes to beverages we prefer tea, coffee, soft drink etc. But how about something more exciting, colourful, delicious, nutritious and a perfect party companion, for the cocktail lovers. These soft drinks are popular among women and children, and suitable for weight watchers as well.
Relationships are tender, and fragile. Handle them with delicate care. Appreciating people, for who they are, and avoiding expectations, is the key to healthy, and long lasting relationships. You may repair anything, but not a broken heart or broken trust in relationships.
Roses, Lilies, Pansies-the fabulous flowers of February. February is the month, when the winter season is about to end in India, and the spring season is all set to begin. This is the perfect month, for spreading brightness, and fragrance, that rejuvenates and fills you with positive thoughts.
When someone we care about, hurts us, by means of words or actions, it can shatter our mental peace and happiness. Consider yourself fortunate, if you have not faced such hurt, by people you trusted the most. Life is based on trust and faith in relationships. If it’s broken, how do you deal with it?
The end of a year is neither an end, nor the beginning. Rather it is going on, with all the wisdom and experience, it has given to us.The new year is in fact, like a new book waiting to be written.
Dance is not merely a profession, but perhaps a form of meditation, self expression and self realisation. The Indian culture is synonymous with it’s rich tradition of classical music and dance forms. They have originated in different parts of India, have different history, names and costumes.
When we reach a certain age, such as the fifties or the sixties, we realize that the life so far, has been spent upon, earning the money and spending even more money than we have earned. Money is important, no doubt. But, can money buy love, happiness, health, peace of mind? No, it can’t.
Music has no language. It’s a form of expression, that can be felt by the heart. It can be enjoyed even by those, who do not understand the lyrics. Besides God, it is the art of music, which is the greatest treasure of mankind. Soulful music can help, to attain spiritual powers.
The cute little birds-the Sparrows. As a little girl, my mornings began, with the sweet chirping sound, of this charming and the ever active bird. So many of them, sat in a row, in the garden, at the backyard, over the roof tops. Sadly, I don’t see them often. Have you wondered, where are they now?
Some deep rooted feelings, and expressions, are best expressed by writing, about how the bond of love grows, and becomes stronger, as we age. Because then you have actually lived like, real Life Partners. Old is gold and precious, is a poem to express the feelings of a long lasting relationship.
Life is so uncertain and vulnerable. We hate to think about this; but what if something happens unexpectedly? Are you prepared? Have you made sure that your close ones do not face any hardships? Have you made your ‘Will’? Do you have a life insurance, in your name? If not, please act now!
Who doesn't need a little motivation? The parents and the teachers, of the young children, have a great role, in tracing the path for a child's success, in the academics and other activities, by providing them, the much needed Motivation.
Naturopathy, an alternative healthcare system, is a combination of Ayurveda, Yoga, Homeopathy, Herbal therapy and other such methods of treatment. This system of healing revolves around the five basic elements of human physiology, the Earth, Air, Water, Sun and Ether.
Life is not always certain. Life is uncertain and unpredictable. Act now, perform duties, fulfill desires, make amends with relationships, forget and forgive, spread happiness. As towards the end of your life, you may look back, and realise, that there was a lot, you could do.
Great leaders and public speakers, use their body language and eyes expressions, to command, persuade, fascinate and mesmerize their audiences or the people. How do you walk, sit or stand, tells others of your personality and your confidence level. So, why not make the most of it?
In the Reiki therapy, the universal life energy flows from the practitioner's hands towards the body, and is utilized to heal the mind and body, the immune system, in order to get rid of the toxins, and this process leads to complete relaxation.
Having completed 10 years, writing for this online writing website, says a lot about HubPages. An ideal platform, for online writing, to hone the writing skills, to interact and learn, to get published, to make some money. The backbone, of course is the HP community.
Some amount of creativity, can be seen in every person. When it comes to creating something with the scrap, it is very satisfying. Not only, will it save your money, it is good for the environment as well. Get creative, and involve your children too, in making these small and useful gift pouches.
Are you the one, who enthusiastically, makes resolutions and promises, at the new year eve? But within a week's time, all the excitement of those resolutions is gone and once again, you fail to keep those goals? Why does it happen? Learn how to make small, realistic and achievable goals and succeed.
Authentic Indian kitchen and cooking, comprises of many specific tools and techniques. Although they have been replaced by modern cooking ware, one feels nostalgic to use the traditional methods on special occasions.It involves certain basic ingredients which are a must have in every Indian kitchen.
What's the best way to describe yourself during a job interview? Should you describe only your positives, and risk sounding like you're bragging? Or should you share some negative aspects of your personality as well?
Reusing raw materials, reduces the possibility to be manufactured again. It reduces the need to dispose used materials, saves your money, is good for our environment. You save some natural resources by recycling and repurposing, old, worn out and waste materials, the kids learn something creative.
Elegant, delicate, colourful, and decorative bangles are worn by women, as part of the Indian culture and tradition. They look beautiful and are considered auspicious. Their sound wards off negative energy. They are worn for good luck and prosperity. It’s an important accessory for the Indian women.
Besan dhokla is quick and easy-to-prepare breakfast that needs few ingredients, is low in calories, is nutritious, and is delicious as well.
Are you feeling confused, struggling with situations, or relationships, unable to take decisions, dying to get that much needed support? If you find yourself in such difficult to deal situations, then probably you need some counseling sessions, by a trained psychotherapist. Yes, it does help.
Indian cinema has produced some of the most talented playback singers of all time. Here is a tribute to some of them.
This short story or flash fiction is in response to billybuc’s picture prompt challenge. This will surely remind you, of your honeymoon days, especially, if you had visited a hill station. What better way to start a long lasting, lifetime relationship, other than the beauty of Nature!
Children and toddlers find it amusing, to keep their parents on their toes. Parenting is a pleasurable, but a serious responsibility. These are the years, which you are going to miss, when the kids are grown up. For now, protect them from the injuries, cuts, bruises, by following child safety tips.
Negative emotions, like anxiety, depression, stress impact our physical health and trigger chemical reactions in our body. It leads to diseases; damage the vital organs of the body. Don’t let your emotions distract you from doing what needs to be done. Controls your emotions before they control you
With better connectivity, advanced technology and communications, traveling is much easier nowadays, as compared to the earlier times.You can choose and book your tickets, in the comfort of your home via Internet. GPS makes the navigation much easier, if you are visiting a place, for the first time.
The Navratri festival of India, is popular all around the World. The men and women welcome it, with a great deal of enthusiasm and joy. They make preparations for this colourful festival, quite in advance, with vibrant, colourful and traditional costumes, matching ornaments, dance training etc.
50th wedding anniversary or the golden jubilee of a marriage, is that special occasion, which calls for a grand celebration. The love, trust and togetherness of 50 glorious years of the couple, must be recognised, and celebrated, with participation by all the close family members and friends.
How much attention do we pay to the trees, when we are walking past them? Have we ever wondered what they will speak, if they could? Would it surprise us, if they said, that 'The Man' is their bitter enemy? Plant more trees, conserve, save and protect the environment, for the future generations.
Concentration is a skill that enables a person to focus on a particular thought while eliminating distractions from their conscious mind. Parents and teachers should help children build their concentration skills from a young age so they can learn effectively.
Anger is a human emotion, which is quite natural and common. Like the adults, the children also get angry. A wise parent has the ability to identify the trigger points, and teach the child to control the anger.Read on to know about the causes, and suggestions to control/ manage the anger in children
Coconut oil is unique, as has been found by the researchers and nutritional experts, as it helps you to reduce the extra body weight. It has less calories, and is effective in boosting the metabolism. It satisfies the appetite, and makes you feel fuller for a longer time.
Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, FaceTime, emails, mobile camera, your favourite music, Instagram, LinkedIn--all this, and many more. The world seems to have shrunk in your palms, in the form of the Smart Phones. Can we go back to the old times? Let’s see, which devices we have stopped using.
Heart ailments are increasing every day. It’s important to watch what we are eating. Including healthy Oats in our diet, may be the first step towards a healthy Heart. Oats may be categorised as a comfort and versatile food. They are easy to prepare, for breakfast, in snack items, and nutritious too
The latest trend for Internet savvy people is, shopping through the web. They prefer, Online shopping in the comfort of their homes to traditional shopping. Why? Because it saves time, energy and money. In addition, You can avoid driving on the busy roads during the peak hours and crowded markets.
Last night, I had a conversation with God in my dreams. I asked him some questions, about the ongoing problems of my life. ‘He' advised me to appreciate the life and count my blessings. What all I do have, and not to complain about, what I don't have. I did count, and was surprised after that.
One step to save the Planet—Help to keep the Earth green by dropping your old Mobile phone into a Drop box. By doing so, you will help to keep the Environment safe, by helping in the recycling process. Electronic wastes contain harmful components, and it’s a global problem, to manage the e-waste.
The challenging times of today, requires our children to develop into holistic, well rounded personalities. It’s important to choose your child's school wisely, for his or her overall mental, physical, emotional, social, spiritual and psychological growth.
One of the most exquisite examples of Indian Art and Architecture, can be found in the caves of Ellora and Ajanta. Magnificent paintings, sculptures inside the walls of the caves leaves you spellbound. Few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit this World Heritage Site.
Delicately prepared desserts with lingering flavours create sweet memories that last a long time. Try this caramel custard dessert, which is my family’s favourite.
Are you always hungry? Are you always trying to lose weight? With most diet plans, you are back to your old habits, within a few days. This weight control plan will change all that, by the restructuring techniques. Once you successfully hit your ideal weight, you can ease into the next phase.
Consider yourself fortunate, if you do not have some unpleasant memories. Consider yourself more fortunate, if you have moved on, from your unpleasant memories. Here are some crazy and unusual ideas, which have worked for some, to get over their unpleasant past memories, to move on in life.
Health experts and nutritionists are of the opinion, that the deficiency of the bitter foods, in our regular diet, is responsible for the growing diseases. These foods purify, are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and possess antioxidants, which are so essential for our immune system.
Every morning, I sit down to pray, but cannot concentrate. I feel guilty and ask for forgiveness to God, with a promise, that I will concentrate, from now onwards. He is smiling, as he always does. But then, the thought comes to my mind, as to how do we pray? Do prayers matter? Yes, they do.
Brisk walking is the safest and the easiest form of exercise, to keep healthy and fit. It’s safe at any age, even if you have some minor health issues. While the fresh air does wonders to your mood, the energy levels, blood circulation; you don't even realise, that you have finished your exercises.
When temperatures rise, there is a rise in our electricity bills also. While we burden our purses, we also burden mother earth by burning lot of fossil fuels, thus harming n polluting the environment.
Some small desires are yet to be fulfilled. The desire to be together with you till eternity. True love can not be expressed in words. To some extent, the flowers can help to express the feelings beautifully. But some deep feelings, and unfulfilled desires, even the flowers cannot express.
According to WHO reports, 6 million people die every year, due to tobacco related illness! Passive smoking is more harmful, than smoking. Small kids, pregnant women, elderly and sick, all are affected
Strong Cravings for the food in general or for a particular food, is a good indicator of the internally controlled responses. Depriving yourself from eating, that particular food, increases cravings. Cravings for specific foods, indicates a deficit of some particular nutrient in your body.
Think of The Indian Summers and you have the vivid imagination of the ripe mangoes, and you can even smell it’s fragrance. Loaded with valuable nutrients, it’s the best thing about this hot season, having religious significance as well. Creating yummy recipes with the raw and ripe mangoes is fun.
Summer season is good for picnics, beaches and vacations. Proper care must be taken to protect ourselves from Heat related illnesses, such as cramps, dehydration, exhaustion etc. Sharing some tried and tested methods to prevent heat stroke, dehydration, especially for kids and elderly.
Quite often, I find people posting Inspirational quotes, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media websites. These quotes are truly motivating, and surprisingly appear just at the right moment, when you are in need of that friendly boost, the most. Sharing some of the positive quotes.
The Colour Therapy, dates back to thousand of years. It is a holistic and powerful technique, and can be implemented by applying the vibrations of energy, to bring about some positive changes in our day to day life.
Recently, one of my friend's husband, was advised by his Nutritionist, to include Flaxseeds in his daily diet, as he was diagnosed with reduced level of HDL, in his routine health checkup. In this article, I am sharing the health benefits of Flaxseeds, as told by the Nutrition, to my friend.
If you are a beginner in the big world of Online writing, and a little confused about how to begin, this article may prove beneficial to you. We all were beginners once, and practice makes a man perfect applies in the art of writing, as well. Read a lot, and write everyday, even if it’s few words.
Healthy Hair is a sign of overall good health. It enhances the personality of a person, besides making him/her self confidant. Many good haircare products are available in the market. Here, I provide information about an Ayurvedic and herbal mixture to clean your hair and make them healthy again.
Powerful personality, dazzling, mischievous smiles, expressive eyes, glowing skin, the ability to mesmerize the audiences with their immense beauty and acting talent—Please have a look at the Timeless Beauties of Hindi Cinema.
If you are aware about the Indian Cuisines, you must have heard about the magical Garam Masala. Though it’s easily available in the Grocery shops, it is best to make your own freshly ground Garam Masala, which is more rich in Aroma and texture. You can also store it in air tight containers.
In the fast paced, stressful life today, when each one is in hurry to compete with each other, or complete his or her job, how about giving some thought to the basic safety needs at home, on roads, for our children. Here is a list of safety tips for the children at home, roads, internet, park etc.
As an admirer of the ancient art, architecture, sculptures and paintings, whether Indian, western or others, I believe that these communicate a lot about the the life and times, of the period, in which they were made. A brief introduction to few of these classical Indian paintings is provided here.
Do you face the problem of your child falling ill again and again? How to build a strong Immune system in children, to fight infections, and allergies, especially during the change of seasons? Children in general are fussy eaters. What are the specific foods to boost Immunity in children?
If you are a Vegetarian and always thinking of increasing your Protein intake, this article is for you. Soyabean is high in Protein content required for growth, energy and other multiple health benefits, for all age groups. You can consume it everyday, with the easy recipes suggested in the article
This grilled chicken recipe is my family’s favourite. It requires very few ingredients, and it's healthy and nutritious, too. Easy to make at home, it is ideal for people on diet, since it does not require butter or oil. Make your weekend special with this delicious meal!
No Indian festival or wedding is complete without sweets—and shakarpara is a must-have delicacy at any Indian celebration. Traditionally, this sweet is exchanged between the bride's and the groom's families. It’s also prepared on major festivals, such as Diwali and Holi.
The Indian festival Diwali is all about lights, sweets, gifts, fun, frolic, happiness and togetherness. The whole atmosphere is full of positive energy and celebrations, and the decorations are for everyone to see and enjoy. Not to forget the exchange of sweets and gifts to express gratitude.
When it comes to giving gifts to the precious ones, I prefer adding that personal touch, with the self made gifts. Daughters are the most precious gifts of God. When they are young, you shower your love which they return, when you grow older. Some gifts to celebrate the mother-daughter, special bond
A good teacher can inspire, ignite and instill knowledge to the students. Every child deserves to have a caring adult in his/ her life. And, that's not always necessarily a parent. Often times it’s the teacher. The teachers must be dedicated and sincere, in order to become a great teacher.
All of us have only 24 hours in a day to complete our work. Can we manage time effectively? Time cannot be managed, but we can manage, the usage of time efficiently, by following some techniques. In every work we do, whether at office or at home, time management is required for greater productivity.
Mehandi application is a traditional Indian tradition. It’s considered auspicious to apply it on the palms on weddings, festivals. Beautiful designs are applied on hands and feet. After application and drying up, it leaves a bright orange colour, which is temporary. The colour stays for a few days.
Bone health is very important for living a normal and healthy life. Proper attention must be paid to the Specific food and exercises, which are meant to improve the bone health, to protect ourselves from bone related diseases, and to prevent Arthritis and Osteoporosis.
The Yoga or the Yogic exercises are preferred by many health conscious people, over some other forms of physical exercises. Because it’s safe, can be practiced at any age, and without getting exhausted. It’s important to learn the proper techniques, to do it correctly, to get the maximum benefits.
Rangoli is a traditional folk art of India. Colourful, vibrant, creative, full of life, they represent the true spirit of India. They are drawn on auspicious occasions, such as weddings and festivals for good luck and prosperity. It can be made with flowers, turmeric or rice powder or colourful sand
Life at 50 can be beautiful, glamorous and meaningful, if you make certain changes in yourself, by reinventing and re-energizing. Discover the new you, by embracing your age gracefully. Follow a healthy lifestyle, be happy, help others and be positive. Most important, take life easy.
What’s the purpose of education? How to achieve academic success? How to study in a planned manner? Know your strengths and weaknesses. A student with moderate ability, who uses his talents methodically to Study, will achieve more success, than a person with greater ability, but is unmethodical.
Busy parents and lonely children is the reality of today's society. Loneliness among the children is on the rise in today’s society. But it’s a necessity, for both the parents to earn, to manage a decent living. How to find a balance so that the children are also given attention, and not neglected.
Holidays and Vacations are an ideal time to make children Learn with Fun. Their immense energy can be channelised into creative and constructive activities. This helps them to recharge, rejuvenate, relax and also strengthen their academics, physical and emotional health, by means of playful methods.
Do you have a tendency to overindulge? Have you been feeling sluggish, bloated, sleep deprived or have difficulty in losing weight? You might need a Detox Diet Plan. It can help you to manage your weight as well.
Wearing Gold is an ancient tradition in India. It’s considered auspicious to pass it on, from one generation, to the next, and to take care of this precious yellow metal, so that, it never loses its shine and sparkle. Gold is not only an expensive metal, but it has sentimental value attached to it.
Are you planning to travel, during the holidays, along with your family? Some essential things, must be kept in mind before setting off, to avoid inconvenience at a new place. Also, remember to take your identity proof, travel insurance, important telephone numbers, medicines, maps etc.