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imageThis is an awards post by an extremely laggard person. I am late as ever but I do accept all the nominations with utmost delight! These awards…they pump me up and make me want to dance; do that Gangnam style step. Only they need a lot of thinking and writing and energy and so, I am always late. Then again, they are a great medium to interact. Now without further ado, I’ll get started!

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award…was nominated by Deb and xiaohuamaobiji(Yen) for this. It surprises me to an extent because I only have a handful of girlfriends and I keep quarrelling with them too! Nevertheless, thank you very much you two. I accept the Sisterhood with open arms! 🙂 Do check their blogs out. Deb’s daily grateful posts make me smile every day. She constantly reaches out and encourages you beyond measure. And Yen is a very diligent blogger who also happens to be a bibliophile. She must have totally forgotten that she nominated me, in another era!

HERE ARE THE RULES (COPIED, PASTED): AND YOU ARE FREE TO BEND THEM!

•             Put the Award logo on your blog

•             Thank the person who nominated you, linking back to their site

•             Answer 10 questions the person asked you

•             Nominate 10 blogs and notify them

•             Write 10 new questions for them

Answers people!!!
These were Deb’s questions.

1. What’s your favorite song? No particular favorites. Fix you by Coldplay coming in my mind. And in hindi, Rangrez from Tanu Weds Manu.

2. What’s one thing you are grateful for? My family, totally.

3. What’s your favorite day of the week and why? I love Saturdays. Why? Each of my Saturdays go differently, unlike other days, may be that’s why.

4. Do you work or are you retired? I work.

5. Early Bird or Night Owl? Oh Night owl since forever. I do wonder what being an early bird would feel like.

6. How long have you been blogging? Less than a year, almost a year. How do I put it?? 0.833 year. I started blogging in Dec’14.

7. What did you want to be when you grew up? If I remember correctly, I wanted to be a doctor. And now if given a chance I would like to ask my younger self, why did you want to become a doctor??? They have to cut bodies. Basically, I wasn’t much serious about it while growing up.

8. What do you do for relaxation? I listen to songs. I dance. To put it more correctly, I monkey dance.

9. Which of your own posts is your favorite? oh! I think I am bad with favorites. I did like a line I wrote in this one post “I’ll imbibe you such that the difference cannot be told”, no favorites apart from that.

10. Do you believe in ghosts? I am so scared of (movie)ghosts.. Don’t ever want to face one in real life. That does make me a believer I suppose!
These were from Yen.

1. What type of weather do you like? I do like all weathers. BUT winters, I Loooove..they have their own charm.

2. What is your favourite colour? Mustard I guess.

3. What is your favourite drink? Does mango shake count? I love mango milkshakes. I don’t drink much otherwise.

4. What is your favourite pastime? Sitting idle, talking to my friends.

5. What do you find inspiring? Rooted and hardworking people. You know who don’t crib about every second problem. And even if they crib, they get past it.

6. Do you have pets? No. :(. I want one so bad. My friends say I won’t be able to give time.

7. Do you cook? uhh. Shudder. I have to cook as I stay alone. But I don’t find any part of it amusing. I wasn’t born to cook, but to shop, that’s what my apron says, so you can get the idea.

8. Coffee or tea? COFFEE.

9. If you could only live on one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Burger may be, something related to bread.

10. Use 3 words to describe you. (thinking…) Capricious, Sensitive and Biased(towards things or people I like)

Okay so ladies, here are my nominations,

Melinda, missbookthief, mysticgitana, rachel,  Sandrakrupajnanda, shefali, Cindy knoke

and these are your questions:

1. Does your age obstruct you from doing any thing?

2. When was the last time you danced and to which song?

3. Do you hum when you bath?

4. Most comfortable clothing for you?

5. Do you like your name? Have you googled on what it means?

6. One topic that instinctively triggers your feminist side?

7. One good habit of yours that you are happy about and could flaunt?

8. Tell one quirky habit of yours? (That you find quirky)

9. Heels or flats?

10. Describe one moment when you were completely awestruck.

imageStarlight Blogger Award, was nominated by Salmanmariah for this. She has a twin and I get so darn excited by this very awesome fact. Her blog is a collection of various interesting topics. Thank you for the nomination, been a month, so apologies too!

Rules :

1)Thank and link back the person who nominated you.

2) Answer the questions posted to you and create your own set of questions for the nominees.

3) Nominate other bloggers.

Answers:

Q1) Who has been a Starlight in your life? my Mommy, so proud of her.

Q2)What is that emotion you will never want to be without? This is coming out like a very tough question to me; I’ll never want to be shut..like this is it, no where further to go…want to be always open to possibilities.

Q3)If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I would probably eat more, eat healthy, not be how careless I have been.

Q4)If you could keep only five possessions, what would they be?(I am not thinking it over)iPod, iPod’s charger(coz the battery would die), a pen(coz I carry one everywhere), my glasses(cannot do without them) and a bag.

Q5) If you ever had to describe yourself in one word.. What would it be? I have answered it as whimsical before, so this time I’ll change a bit. Mm….Uncertain (because that’s how I have been from  past few days)

Neerja, nimz, william, colinpaul, roopesh

Your questions:

1. What thought makes you get up from your bed in the morning?

2. One scary incident of your life? Like horror scary, not tragic scary.

3. Are you weight conscious or you eat without any worry?

4. Which festive occasion you love the mos and why?

5. Are you a talker or you know, otherwise?

imageAnd now the one that had me going weeehooooooo…Versatile Blogger Award by bp7o9(popular as Beeps). There was this particular line that made me all gooey. “So I’ll take some time to acknowledge people who’ve let everything hang out on the page”. :-). <3. She is the first one I have come across who would put so much of her time to acknowledge fellow bloggers, ever so generously!!! Thank you and hugs(even if you are not a hugger) Do check her blog!
Rules:

– Tell seven random facts about you.

– Link the person who nominated you.

– Nominate other bloggers who you think bring various things to the plate(I have tweaked this rule a little..nominate as many you like!)

Now BP asked me to Dig Deep. Here is my attempt. Seven things you didn’t know about me:

1. I am always uncomfortable with the way my hairs are tied. I keep changing it several times in a day. I’ll make a bun, then a pony, then will let them loose…Is this some sort of disorder that I am not aware of?

2. I am a stacker. I pile up so many useless things. It is very difficult for me to even dispense a filled notepad or an over used top. So my room keeps filling.

3. I don’t quite like umbrellas. Sure they look cute, but I don’t like using them. I would rather drench in the rain.

4. I also don’t like heart breaks; but apparently I am on a heart breaking(aka getting my heart broken)spree without choice. Does the chain ever end?

5. I want to muster enough courage one day to hold a snake(non poisonous of course!) in my hands. Which would be a hell lottttttttttttt of courage.

6. I don’t quite like porno movies. I don’t get the kick! Sometimes I wonder if it is odd.

7. Till now you would have realized, I don’t like so many things. This is one bad trait of mine. I say No a lot due to my stubbornness. Is stuck up the word? No I won’t call myself that, but a little difficult, yes.

My nominees:

Tejas, shitij, aakansha, Deb, poetryandchocolates, Soumya

Okay amigos, I am done here! Phew. Thank you! 🙂

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Rainy season and it’s pouring awards!

Where to start with..humbled, overjoyed, excited, ecstatic…yes yes..all of that! These nominations make me smile. So let’s get things done that I have been stalling from a few days.
A word of Thank You for the nominations:
Firstly to the ever so generous Darshith, who has nominated me for a bunch of them and in that moment, made me go like Whaaattttt?!!! It’s delightfully rare to see a guy with an expressive side. His posts lighten my mood!
To the beautiful Alisha who is at the very same time observative, she writes and stirs your emotions..
And Debbie who I have recently got to know in the blogging community, last I read from her was about a fun day out in Scotland! She is ever so active to respond to your comments, which I admire.

For the Starlight Blogger, Darshith gave me an option to choose amongst a set of questions and here are my picks:
How do you define *LIFE*?
Life is mysterious at many levels. I think its definition changes with what you are going through at that very moment. For now, life seems pretty cool to me, but in blink of a moment I might say Life sucks! or Life is beautiful! you never know..I never know.

*Emotions* – How do they guide an existence?
They are what differentiate us from machines…they are the reason we connect to other people. They guide our actions. Some say I have become emotionally detached but that again is an emotion of being secluded, the need to be alone. If you look around, we are all entities acting on our emotions, be it good or bad. On a lighter note, the so-called emotions in form of emoticons, I love them too!

Do you believe in Destiny?
Oh…I vehemently do! Every new person I meet, I feel destiny plays some part in it. They say a man is a maker of his own destiny and that is in a way true because our decisions, our actions have consequences; but destiny is that light at the end of every tunnel. I guess when I am low, I rely on destiny more, which is little mean of me. :D.

Okay one down!
Apart from this, I was nominated for Sunshine Blogger Award and Dragon Loyalty Award, how good a feeling it is to know you are spreading sunshine in some part of the world in some other person’s life. As far as loyalty is concerned, I will continue to be one loyal follower! 🙂
For the above three awards, my nominations are:
debyonce
himali
NJ (Neerja)

Now about Creative blogger award, I find this one a little too over-whelming! 😀 and as it happens, I have been nominated for this before(A Certain Creative Blogger Award)
But there is nothing wrong in yielding five more facts about yourself right?! so here they go:
1. I am a Taurean, and despite of calling it a no big deal, I do read my sun-sign and happen to rejoice if they write something nice. The other day it said: “Little voices are whispering in your ear today, Taurus.” and I was like…ooo really! Basically I enjoy reading my horoscope.
2. Love to play Sudoku, and try getting better at it.
3. Injuries give me creeps; have a habit of making HUGE deal out of TINY scratches.
4. Typical girl trait: Don’t like it if some girl has the same bag/dress/shoes that I bought recently.
5. Loooooove dark chocolates.

I would nominate:
lilrant
Lauren (i think I have nominated you before too! If so..just bear with me)
Ginni Deville

For the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers, here are my answers Debbie, and luckily I have done this before, so my nominees can find the questions here:
Ahoy Sisters!

1- What inspire you to become a blogger?
The fact that there are many things I can’t easily talk about but can certainly write on!

2- An item you never forget to bring along with you?
My wallet I guess, and my iPod…feel incomplete without it.

3- Favourite type of food?
Home cooked food, probably because I am too lazy in cooking and love those rare occassions when my mom cooks for me.

4- Favourite type of movie?
Romantic ones I guess…or atleast if they have some sort of emotional connect.

5- Are you able to go out without using any makeup?Why?
Yeah anyday..it would be an understatement to say I am new to makeup…fact is I am no where close to the knowledge of makeup. Never pondered over it much, I do like getting dressed up though! 😀

6- Which topics makes you follow a blog?
If I relate to anything mentioned in the blog, I follow. Also, travel blogs intrigue me. I instantly get an urge to visit those places and do those things.

7- Who is the person you most admire?Why?
Satan, that is the nickname for my best friend. I like his outlook on life, the way he never really worries, his know-it-all trait and his childlike innocence. He is faulty at many levels and I admire him for accepting that.

8- Getting old or being immortal?
I guess getting old. There is one phrase about “getting old gracefully”, I quite like it. I want to have many many many beautiful moments in the process of getting old.

9- Favourite musical instrument?
Guitarrrrrr…Like the sound of it, love the feel of it, I suck at regularly practising it and one day I will beautifully play it! Amen.

10- Something you can’t live without?
I will give a frivolous answer for this one..can’t do without my shoes..I have loads and loads of them..different varieties.

My nominations for this award are:
izza
Lindsay Rose
ahava

Wow this got pretty long..All done! Have a good day people!
P.S. : Nominees don’t feel obligated, I am telling you before hand.

Ahoy Sisters!

So..this time it is Sisterhood of the world bloggers award. I feel overjoyed and humbled at the same time. I hardly knew such awards existed when I first started blogging…good or bad..in a way they do instigate you to keep writing. I guess that is certainly a good thing! 🙂
I got nominated by Lauren who is the cutest girl around in my blogspace..she is earthly and real and intelligent..She will frown on crappy things and rejoice on happy moments..love reading her posts..even love her blog title.. https://justapreciouspenny.wordpress.com/..you guys have got to check it out!

Alright..rules are pretty simple…you get nominated…you nominate other bloggers..and since it is the sisterhood…this time nominate only fellow girlie girls! Answer the questions you have been asked and then present your nominees the questions of your choice. So here are my answers to Lauren’s questions:

1. Why did you start blogging?
A guy had broken my heart and I wasn’t finding any comfort in talking to people around me..so one of those days…blogging just happened..it was impromptu. And all is well now. :).

2. Do you like to read? If so, what book(s) would you recommend?
I do like to read, but I guess I am not a voracious reader. I love Jane Austen’s Persuasion and yeah I like Dan Brown’s novels. Currently read John Green’s Fault in our stars but it is a sob fest!

3. Do you prefer Converse or Toms?
I am more of those flip flops girl.. 😀 .but if you ask Converse..Toms haven’t much catched on in India yet.

4. What are some things that girls in their twenties should do? (any advice?)
Trips and lots of trips..and not holding yourself back from something you really want to do! Should do what your mind says. :). Age no bar.

5. What is your favorite Disney movie?
Well…right now Tangled is coming to my mind..i liked that movie.

6. If you could visit anywhere in the United States, where would you go?
Haven’t yet..but if I do visit I’ll try and cover a big slice..:)..New York first.

7. Do you have a pet?
Nooo…but I so darn wish. Want to keep a turtle or a bird. Just scared if I would be able to give it due care.

8. [This is stolen from Nicole, but it ‘s a great question!] What is your favorite quote and why?
I don’t have a “favourite” quote in particular, i love this one from “Flipped”:

Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss; but every once in a while, you find someone who’s iridescent, and once you do, nothing will ever compare.

9. Pick a super-power you would want for a day.
I would want to fly and meet all of my loved ones in that one day.

10. What is your favorite family tradition?
Whenever we gather up..which is not very often…we go for picnics..I just love that time. And then there is this singing game antakshari that my family plays..I and my bro will team up against mom dad. It is super fun!

My Nominations:

https://awanderingstoryteller.wordpress.com/

https://poetryandchocolateandbooks.wordpress.com/

http://charlenechic.com/

http://lettersofburlapandlace.com/

https://ipsyvsbirchbox.wordpress.com/

Questions for my ladies:
1. What drives you to write?
2. Five must haves when you are travelling?
3. Do you ever get jealous of your girl friends? And do you think it is normal?
4. What is you favorite thing to shop?
5. What is the most likeable thing about you, according to you?
6. Give me one good song that comes to your mind right now?
7. Nights or days?
8. One TV show you can watch over and over again? (Friends in my case)
9. What do you like about old times? 90s.
10. Say you were a guy instead of a girl, what difference would it make? (Apart from you missing on this nomination 😀 )

A Certain Creative Blogger Award

Well as much as I am delighted on being nominated for the award, creative seems too big a compliment for what I do here. :). Nevertheless, I would like to thank ajayi for nominating me and reading my posts and making me feel all special. She is full of vibrant energy and that reflects in her blog. Her writings exhibit positivity and a feel good factor… https://thrillofbliss.wordpress.com/.

Rules are pretty simple:
– Share five facts about yourself.
– Thank the person who nominated you and post their blog’s link.
– Nominate other bloggers.
– Pass on the rules.

Okay…so facts..might be abstract but true:
1. I like reading books but I read them at a realllyyyy slow pace. Call me the tortoise amongst readers. I somewhat live through them and bookmark every third page and laugh and cry along with them. On odd days, I also wonder if it is some character flaw of mine and if my brain processes slow. :D.
2. Love to shop..live to shop. I know it is material happiness but means so much to me!
3. I don’t like hurting people. Not with my actions nor my words. If someone has been rude to me I would rather make them realize it’s wrong than avenge for it. Having said that, I sometimes get rude with my friends but that is all silly banter and gets sorted in a day or two.
4. I like changing my hair style every now and then. Experimentation and the fun involved is all too good! Want to have boy-cut hairs in near future.
5. I don’t have much affection for kids yet..they look very messy and delicate. Now being a women I might have to have kids later far later..but I would better have a pet and demo with it first,..to see if I am up for a baby!

Well I would like to nominate:

https://lifeinquantums.wordpress.com/

https://akansha1104.wordpress.com/

https://poetryandchocolateandbooks.wordpress.com/

https://awanderingstoryteller.wordpress.com/

https://justapreciouspenny.wordpress.com/

Mighty interested in digging out facts about you people. :)!

P.S. I am very happy for a friend on his job. Patience/hardwork/prayers pay off. Just making a note.

Liebster Award

Hi all! I was nominated for the Liebster Award by shaudvr and I am supposed to answer the questions she put forward. This is something I am new to, but anyway makes me glad you nominated me shaudvr. :).

These are the rules:
1. Link the person who nominated you to your blog post and let them know you answered their questions.
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate other bloggers (11) for the award that have fewer than 200 followers.
4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

Here are my responses:

1. Why did you start a blog?
It relieves me in a way. I feel happier when I have written something and shared it across. I also relate to many others who write different stories from their lives. Blogging engages me.

2. Do people (friends, family) around you know you have a blog?
My closest friends, they know. My family, currently no. My colleagues and acquaintances, no. I wanted it to be more of a me thing where people who scarcely know me don’t give their opinions on my thoughts.

3. Where do you get inspiration for your blog posts?
My blog posts usually contain random thoughts that run in my mind, I see or experience something in my routine life and some days I write about it. Most of the times, I write when I am alone. So, may be seclusion inspires them.

4. What is something about yourself you feel like you need to work on?
I have to learn detachment. I want to be less affected by people around me. Some have become my weakness. I want to be content with myself. I do try.

5. What does blogging (writing) mean to you? (a hobby, way of expressing yourself e.g.)
Catharsis might be the right word for it. When I write something, I feel I have took it out of my mind and let it out to the world. These are just words coming out but they are my words, they are what I am in a way. I write and I let a little more bit of myself out.

6. What is your dream job?
Mmm, I still don’t have answer for this yet.

7. Who inspires you?
Hedonists inspire me. People who have suffered and still come out strong. People who have risen from the earth, started from the scratch. My mother inspires me for the person she is.

8. What is the most beautiful place you have visited so far?
Manali, India, comes to my mind right now. It was breath-takingly, refreshingly beautiful. Snow every where, the sun, the trees, the wind, the streets, everything to fall in love with!

9. What is your all time favorite movie?
I love this movie, The Prestige. I equally love, P.S. I Love You and DDLJ(Hindi). So that makes three of them.:).

10. What is the most delicious food you have ever eaten? (I’m a foodie, so I couldn’t resist.)
I love everything my mom cooks. So home cooked chhole bhature, dosa, dhokla, dahi bade. All these are Indian dishes. :).

11. What is a quality you admire in people?
Genuineness. Honesty. People who are unassuming and comfortable to be around.

Well these questions did make me ponder. Now, my questions, your answers. :D. I would like to nominate the following:
1. littlerayofsunsian
2. ipsitanayak07
3. K. L. Register
4. Ankit Mishra
5. womenwhothinktoomuch
6. Toothless Hedgehog
7. Pratik Akkwar
8. quartervida
9. shewritesoflife
10. typingandthinking
11. littlemissunsure

I would really love to read your answers and know you more! Thus the nominations. Following are my questions:
1. You started a blog because?
2. What do you love doing the most? Any activity.
3. Your favorite writer and the book you like most.
4. Describe one trait of yours that you find silly.
5. First childhood memory that comes to your mind?
6. You are most comfortable in what kind of clothes?
7. Summers or winters? Why?
8. Something you have learnt from your parents?
9. Do you think you’ll be writing after 5 years from now?
10. Best and the worst thing you find about technology?
11. If you had to keep a pet, what would it be?(the ones already having can describe theirs)

To the people I have linked, please do oblige if you find time. :). Ciao.