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Beautiful Reflections... Multiple Reflections...

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Location: Gurudwara Betma Sahib, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India Thursday Challenge: Reflections

My list of smiles...

There are things in life that can add zest to my life at any moment. These things are the seemingly small things, at times taken for granted in the race of life. These things make me smile... they make me happy... they energize me...   Seeing my children happy The smiles, the contentment on the faces of the kids is a confirmed stress-buster. Add to that they push you to do better, to put in more effort, and to leave a better place for them. A good book Ah... the pleasure of reading a good book. The wonder of knowing fictional characters, of feeling their pain, of laughing at their happiness. Living another life, knowing it inside out. And to admire the way the words weave a realistic nest of stories... As I said, the pleasure of reading a good book... Planning a vacation The thoughts, the planning, the visualization of going on a holiday, of relaxing, of taking a break... the planning feels like a holiday in itself... Doing nothing... once in a while The choice to leave all the

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Zest is all in the mind. A positive mind makes for an energetic and enthusiastic person. My first thought when I think about being positive has to do with how to avoid being negative; how to not let my energy be drained by useless, parasitic thoughts. Five years from now The first question I ask myself, when faced with a problem, is whether its outcome will impact my life five years from now. More often than not, the answer is no. Use then use every moment judiciously... John Wooden did say - "Five years from now, you're the same person except for the people you've met and the books you've read" Talk it out I just don't keep it bottled in. Discussing any issue usually puts things in perspective. Our minds have a tendency to blow things out of proportion. Give the thoughts some airing, and they make more sense. There is an old saying - "A problem shared is a problem halved". Is it terrible? Again, perspective matters. I watched an episod

Zestful Dreams - some possible, some not...

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Give me books - all that I need Add to that, some time to read Image Source To open all locks, find me a key Zest is all about being free Image Source Throw in a vacation to brood and just be Image Source Good food is needed for a foodie like me Image Source An awesome ride to bounce back with speed Image Source Books with time; freedom's key; vacation to relax; car of speed; some good food too I need to add zest to life... I believe! One of the dictionary meanings of the word 'Zest' is 'Passion'. So obviously what is needed to add zest to life is to do what one is passionate about... easier said than done. So it is the small things that one enjoys that bring back the energy and enthusiasm to life. I recently read somewhere that the Law of Time is flexible. Time can actually be stopped temporarily or accelerated. That is where I got the idea of asking for time to add zest to my life. It is suppose

Flowers

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Two images of flowers... One from nature... One made from Paper and Plastic (by my daughter) Thursday Challenge: "FLOWERS" (All Kinds, All Colors,...) © Nimi Arora

Amritsar

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The fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan Dev ji's words about Golden Temple, Amritsar "Dithe Sabhe Thav Nahin Tudh Jeha" (Of all places that I have seen, none compares with you) Amritsari Kulche With Lassi McDonald's Pure Veg Outlet near Harmandar Sahib Bullet Marks on Wall at Jallianwala Bagh Phulkari Punjabi Jutti ABC Wednesday Round 15 - A © Nimi Arora

Practical Art...

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Thursday challenge - PRACTICAL (Anything tool or thing that you might use most days,... On way to Amritsar, Punjab from Delhi, I clicked these photos.  Practical Water Storage turned into Art... The Storage tanks being made - To view images on this theme from around the world or to participate in this challenge please click here © Nimi Arora

Pain of Untimely Demise...

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Image Source Early death - reminds me of a beautiful poem my grandfather used to love, and recite. The poem is about a young, blooming flower being plucked. फूल की फरियाद   (Phool Ki Faryad) (Flower's Complaint) क्या खता मेरी थी ज़ालिम तूने क्यूँ तोड़ा मुझे क्यूँ न सारी उम्र ही तक शाख पे छोड़ा मुझे  (Kya Khata Meri Thi Zaalim Tune Kyun Toda Muje Kyun Na Saari Umr Tak Shaakh Pe Chhoda Muje) (O Sadist, what was my fault? Why didn't you leave me on the branch to enjoy my entire life?) जानता 'गर इस हँसी के  दर्दनाक अंजाम को  मैं ह्वा के गुद-गुदाने से  न हँसता नाम को (Jaanta 'gar Is Hansi Ke Dardnaak Anjaam Ko Main Hawa Ke Gud-Gudaane Se Na Hansta Naam Ko) (Had I known the painful outcome of my happiness/beauty; I wouldn't have pretended to be happy when the wind had playfully tickled me) शाख ने आगोश में  किस लुत्फ से पाला मुझे  तूने मलने की खातिर  बस्तर पे ला डाला मुझे  (Shaakh Ne Aagosh Mein

Strength to Enjoy Life...

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What is strength measured in, I wonder, as I ponder over 'Mardaani'. Mardaani... ( Image Source ) Somehow, the word reminds me of Rekha in a Sari, hair open, on a horse, wielding a sword - akin Rani Laxmibai, I guess. What is outwardly apparent is the physical strength. But is it enough, if not supported by emotional toughness? I can't think of a female I know who has wielded a sword or even a stick, for that matter. Never had to (fingers crossed!), but strength some of them have had in bounds. One such person is my aunt, Preet. And this is Preet's story. Preet's a good girl - that's how her mother always talked about her. Born in 1950s India to Punjabi parents, who were 'refugees' in 1947 when they came to India from Pakistan. (Preet's father would, once in a while, rant about having been called a refugee in his own country - but that story is for another time, another blog-post) When she was born, the family was still struggling

Bookworms - socially incapable nerds? #BookWorm

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Disclaimer: This blog is written by a bookworm. And this bookworm is proud to be one. Image Source I have been referred to as a bookworm often enough since, what seems like, forever. I refer to myself as a bookworm at times - one word that explains my hobbies, and priorities. A bookworm is a person who enjoys reading. As for being a nerd, one of the definitions of 'nerd' is 'a single-minded expert in a particular field'. Now to the Indispire topic - "Are kids who read books treated as socially incapable nerds?" My counter-question is "Are kids who read books socially incapable nerds?" Reading is, among other things, about escapism. So, if a person, who likes being alone, uses reading as his/her escape route, is it reading that is leading to a lack of social skills? I am an ambivert - with more characteristics of an introvert. (I am thankful for the day, I learned the word 'ambivert'. I never understood whether I was an &#

Youth and Books... #BookWorm

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According to a survey by The National Youth Readership Survey, National Book Trust, 2010, three fourth of total literate youth (13-35 years) in India do not read books other than their textbooks. That doesn't sound good - 75% of young India reads only when they have to. Leisure reading is obviously an unacceptable hobby for the majority. By the way, is 35 young? Well, the survey considers them young. And being around that age myself, I am more than happy to go along with that criteria. I couldn't find any such previous survey. The Indispire topic is "Reading books has reduced dramatically in today's youth..." Has it? How do we compare it to the reading habits of yesterday's youth? Go back a couple of generations (the generations with no TV) and were the kids reading more? If I see the elderly around me, my answer would be, I don't think so. The article I got this information from, does not mention any such previous survey, so there's no wa

Another peek into Harry Potter's life

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After years, JK Rowling has given us another peek into Harry Potter's life. Image Source Written as a gossip column in 'Daily Prophet' by the bug, Rita Skeeter - 'the bug' is what I always think of her as - it is posted on pottermore.com Obviously written by Skeeter's Quick Quotes Quill, we get a gossipy glimpse of what is happening in Harry's and his friends' lives. Harry is 34 now with a few grey in his hair. Some of what is written in this was known to Harry Potter fans before, as it has been mentioned by JK Rowling in some of her interviews, and interactions with her readers. Image Source The much-hated (and rightly so, I believe) journalist, Skeeter, speculates about problems in Harry's marriage and Ron's marriage too. She gossips about the next generation, brings up the supposed rivalry between Ron and Harry, and describes Hermoines as a cunning  femme fatale . We get to know about achievements of members of Dumbledore&