Photo Challenge – 2

Water Drops. 

Rains are amazing; even more amazing is the view after them. After the rains, all I go out to capture are the drops. I went out, as the rains had just stopped. Armed with my mobile phone and a (cheap)macro clip-on lens; I knew something or other would be there, waiting for me. Droplets can be amazing to capture.

It was office time, and the work was completed. I had some spare time, so ventured out. The thing about macro photography is that they can be quite tedious to observe. You need a keen eye, an eye for elusive details to see them. Luckily for me, I was glad to have seen the beautiful view.

Hanging Drop
A drop of water hangs between two leaves…

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बचपन की याद

हम अपने ही घर में मेहमान बन जाते हैं
जब अम्माँ हमारा स्वागत करती हैं
क़दम रखते ही बचपन की यादें घेर लेती हैं
आँखों में एक नमी सी झलकती है

आँगन में ना अब हम दौड़ते
ना ही अमरूद को तोड़ कर खाते
छुट्टियों में चार दिन की लिए घर आते
सारी यादें समेंट कर फिर वापस चले जाते

बचपन की वो यादें
वो थप्पड़ और चाटें
उन्ही ने तो सही रास्ता दिखाया
वरना हम तो सड़क पर ही पाए जाते

यादों को समेटते
चाचा चाची नाना नानी को याद करते
वो चार दिन ख़त्म होने को आते
बिखरा हुआ बचपन को समेटते हम नज़र आते

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Without the Higher Authority – Final Conclusion

Start is difficult, and the previous two days have taught me the lesson. Making meals means dirty dishes, means more work for me. I decided from now on (for the next two days), I’ll have my meals at canteen, nothing too fancy, just regulars. I’m getting smarter.

Smart is just another fancy word for me, and how I wished to use it wisely. Forgot to water the plants today; thank God for the gorgeous weather here (and that I had watered them yesterday), they were still hale and hearty. I’ll totally miss out on things, so I decided to make a checklist for daily chores and travel planning. Thanks to it, I was able to download tickets and all and pack toiletries; which would have otherwise been missed, I’m pretty sure of that. Read More

Journey of my blog…

If ever there was an award for “The most infrequent blogger ever“, no wonder I would have been the king, dethroning every other for the last year or the previous one before that.

Consider the world a vast ocean, where you venture out with your very own small boat when blogging for the first time. With every (regular) post, it’s like you’re investing on that boat itself, going a little bit far from the shore where it all started. Move even further, and you will find other boats too, other like minded people with there own boat, out to venture in an adventure. We interact, make completely new friends. That’s where we gain followers, likes and comment. Quite a correlation.

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If you have to fake it to make it, do it.

For if you need some motivation to start off your day, or maybe if life has got just an upler edge over you, all you need is a hint of self confidence. And you will see all those fragile enemies vaporised in the ether. This reposted blog by The Higher Authority will sure cheer up the day and if not all, give you a few ideas for that inner Hercules in you to conquer the world….

 

High Heel Confidence

Have you ever doubted your worth? Have that ever crossed your mind? Well, I’ve.

What I’ve done to gain confidence to say: ‘I AM WHO I AM’ today.

The way you treat or see yourself sets the tone for how other people treat and see you.

To receive a positive outcome, you can not give a negative effort. Likewise, to receive good vibes from others, you NEED to feel good within yourself .well that’s hard because everyday, we are constantly fighting a battle against NEGATIVITY . But by simply repeating positive affirmations and embracing who you’re, you’re going to start feeling like a QUEEN . And that’s one of the best ways to gain confidence .

Know yourself what you stand for and who you are.

How can life be an adventure if you have no goals? Same goes for you! How can you be confident if you don’t know…

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Photo Challenge – 1

Starting today, I am giving myself a challenge. I will upload a picture, shot by me, at regular intervals, and do a writeup on that. I will call it Photo Challenge. It’s going to be a tough task ahead, so why not do it!!

Up until now, in most of my blog posts, the scenario was quite the opposite. I would do the write-ups, and then search for the relevant image to compliment that. And I guess most of us bloggers here follow the same.

Hope I survive this new challenge, and in the process of it all, test myself and keep you guys entertained. Since it’s a new endeavour, any suggestions and advice is gladly welcome.

P.S: This lovely picture was captured on a lovely evening at my office site on iPhone, and edited in Snapseed.

And as always, I wish myself all the best in this endeavour.

Without the Higher Authority – Day 2

Today I thought to make my day more productive. And they don’t charge tax for thoughts. So it’s ok. I can have vague thoughts.

Yes I did the laundry, made myself some good food (only I wished it was good) and ignored the dishes and watered the plants. Only when I was about to sleep at night, I realized that I forgot to collect the clothes hung out to dry and the ones washed in the washing machine were still there. My dining table has become a mess laid out with the essential commodities, like the deodorant and tomatoes and onion.

How I wish to end the day on a “High” note, but instead turned on the air conditioner and slept peacefully, still thinking of how I wished to watch a movie or two over popcorns.

Without the Higher Authority – Day 1

Self loathing, my eyes brightened at the idea of reliving the past in the future. I could imagine the drunker stupor kicking in, dance music playing with disco lights, then transgressing to psychedelic rock. And I would feel “Comfortably Numb”.

Trust me when I tell you this was a sweet dream. Today, all I did was wake up early (6 am instead of 8), did the dishes and laundry, cooked the meal, forgot to take a bath and rushed to office. Came back tired, slept, woke up, had a beer and meal and slept again. Neither did the drunker stupor kick in nor I had “High Hopes”. And I totally forgot the laundry.

Life is difficult; and I have a week ahead of me to get the taste of this medicine.

With Love, Happy Birthday

Staying true to my words albeit little (quite) late, here’s a beautiful poem for the wonderful person (otherwise known as The Higher Authority). Work held me up, or maybe I’m a Lazy Lad, and it’s quite evident to you, so bear with me.

It’s 3rd of May
So is your birthday
While you enjoy your holiday
I sweat it out at; it’s my workday

Changes been too much
You handled it all with the golden touch
Smile adorned your face always
Like you waited for me at the doorway.

Wish you all the happiness
With all the sweetness
Promise to be by you side
As I hold you in my eyes with pride.

Dreams do change to reality at times
You are always the lucky sign
Moments turns to hours with you
This life or another, ‘ll always say “I do”.

The One where the Higher Authority leaves for home

I may have tried to “man-up” bidding you farewell even though it’s for a week, as I write this, tears start to make their way out, force themselves out in the open. Been together for the last 15 months through thick and thin, it isn’t that easy to just let you go. Just to ease myself in this humdrum that’s going inside me, I ordered an extra strong coffee without sugar, taking a sip while thinking of you and writing it down here. I was asking you to be strong, but the truth is I am as weak as you when it comes to saying you goodbye.

As I write this, I’m already in tears, sipping that coffee, sitting in public, thinking of you. I still have a long drive ahead of me (430kms), and will be missing you badly there. Sorry I cant write further, as I have myself to console. Well on the brighter side, I get to play my playlist while driving without annoying you.

Happy flight. See you in a week.

Death: Short Story Part 2

When the Higher Authority laughs more at the Instagram Posts and other silly videos rather than at my jokes, without even giving a look towards me; an inside voice says “Dude, you are screwed (बेटा, तुम तो गयो).

The One with The Higher Authority’s Permission

Sarcasms aside, higher authority actually deserves the title. What do I do? Wake up, get ready, have my breakfast, go to office, come back, go to club, freshen up, dine, and have a few chit chat moments, and go to sleep. All of my day’s work counted on 10 fingertips. But to make chores of my life be counted on 10; a hundred works go uncounted in the background.

From simple stuffs like changing sheets to taking the big decisions; all goes through the higher authority. We have a pact; the higher authority takes all the small decisions- things to buy, things to cook , finance related and all while I take all the big decisions- like should the country impose this law? Where are we going with the financial crunch in the country and how do we tackle them and all. Our work is cut out clearly. Read More