A Real-Neat Blog Award!

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An award after a long time! ( huehuehue )

I am humbled to accept this award and would like to thank Izzy from Izzy-grabs-life for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog award. (She had nominated me months ago. I saw this post in my draft and when I re-read the questions, My brain itched me to post it)

Awards are fun in the sense that the questions that the nominator comes up with really make you think on aspects you would normally disregard. As in, thinking that you don’t have time for it – but, when you take on those questions seriously, you realize what a treasure you have been really missing out on.

The rules: 

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blog.
  • Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  • Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.)

And here the the questions that made the gears in my brain work: (and to be honest, they are brilliant)

The Questions: 

1. Can you describe the four seasons in sounds? Good! Now, please, show us what you came up with. ^_^

Summer (Sizzle). hahaha; the heat.

Spring (twinkle) imagine a flower blossoming; if we heard “twinkling” when every flower bud blossomed

Autumn (Swoosh) the sound of the wind

Winter; what all I can imagine. But for me, silence would fit this one. Or perhaps, the purr of a cat, the cracking of fire in the fireplace, the whistle of the kettle brewing warm tea, and the silence and serenity of admiring the white snow that blankets whatever it touches. Cold snow that blankets – ah, the irony.

2. Who is your favorite fictional protagonist? Antagonist? Why?

a. Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister. The name Lannister would make you scorn but the only living member of the Lannister family that anyone would fall in love with is this guy. Witty, fearless, kind, undaunted – just plain awesome.

He may be a dwarf, but he has the shadow of a king.

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b. Neville Longbottom. Because:

There are all kinds of courage,’ said Dumbledore, smiling. ‘It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.

It was in that moment (actually, when I really understood the meaning of this sentence at a random age) That I fell in love with the personality and the character of Neville Longbottom.
And then who could forget how he stood up against Voldemort? Just. Brave.

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c. And then Koro-sensei from Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (in simple terms, “Assassination Classroom”). This teacher is an Octopus alien (?-still unknown as the story is still unravelling till the chapter I have reached) for a very disregarded classroom. He is the target; and the students are the assassins. Why I like him is because of his devotion towards the students’ studies and the commitment to overcome their fear of being inferior.

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3. What do you feel most proud of this week (so far)?

Not going astray from my word.

4. What did you want to be when you were little?

A Veterinarian. I loved (and still love) animals. And an artist.

5. How do you spend your free time (even if it’s a few minutes)?

Day dreaming – for which I need not be free tehehe 😛

6. What skill would you like to learn and why?

Scuba Diving. Really. The ocean is vast and I would love to go underwater and discover it.

7. What does being strong mean to you?

Strong. It is being able to know your own strength yet being wary of the strength of others and try not to overpower them and bring them to a disadvantage because of their shortcomings. In simple terms, to be strong is not just with weights; it is with the heart, by being kind.

And, it also means to stand up for yourself or what you believe even when you have to do it alone, and when you are unsure of what is about to happen. And that my friends/readers, is when you become brave.

Nominees: 

Hargun Wahi

Batgurrl

Iridescent Spirits

Small town fashion blogger

Jumbleskine

Journey of a Blogvelist

Deanne

Platosgroove

On Truth.

images WHAT IS TRUTH?

– that is what I googled. And it replied “the quality or state of being true.

And my opinion is: Truth is the utmost reality. It is the very foundation of existence and the possibility of a certain ‘thing’ or ‘situation’ to exist.

Whether it is related to studies, a mystery, finding an answer to an unsolvable question, The reason behind any certain “point” or “situation” or “answer” we seek is actually the “Truth”. I find Truth the most under rated phenomenon; the finding of truth and it’s value. What really amazes me is the value of this ‘truth’.

You see, I consider “Truth” as being a treasure. As I have observed and realized how one must go through what number of challenges or obstacles to reach to a certain point in order to understand what is actually going on in life. And to reach nothing but what? The Truth. And I have also observed it is so not so easily found.

In reality, any kind of truth we seek, we must face many different aspects to reach to it. Normally it would be right there in front of us; in different scenarios, we are required to find it. And who says that it would be sitting there with a label saying “I am the pure truth you seek, human”? In fact, we must especially be cautious of such “Truth”. You may never know how this “Truth” could have been be filtered through time and lies of the envious, the greedy, the selfish or the corrupt that do not want the actual matter to be known. That is why I find the Truth a most valuable phenomenon.

It’s a beauty that can never be bought (you may pay but the value of it is more than money), it can only be found and it is that has happened and cannot be changed.

Interested readers can follow up on this article I found on google – on the same result page as the definition of “WHAT IS TRUTH” http://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-truth.html

I’ll be honest – I did not read all of it, just some bullet points and the beginning of the article. It seems an interesting read, and I shall read when I have time.

DISCLAIMER – What you find in the blog post is my opinion. It has nothing to do with any real life situation –  rather it only has a connection to it’s title. I have written it only because the “Value of Truth” had been bothering me for a long time and I wanted to share it here. Hope It was a good read! 🙂

Quotespirational Thursdays

Its all about our perspective 🙂

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Ramadan Kareem!

Ramadan kareem vector wallpaper Arabic Islamic calligraphy To one and all, Ramadan Kareem! I am many days late to wish it.. but, here we go!

The month of fasting, the month of forgiveness and blessings. It is one of the months of the Islamic calendar that is said to host the revelation of the Holy Quran*. Ramadan is not just about staying hungry or thirsty all day for a month for dawn till sunset – that is just one of the visuals of self-discipline.

Ramadan is about keeping our egos hungry. And how does one do that?

Like one of my friends had reminded me – it is fasting, not only of the stomach, but of the eyes, and ears, and the tongue, and the heart. And to achieve it, one must simply try to by stay away from wrong doing. Wrong doing that is very common among humans which includes anger, lying, back biting, hurting others, disrespecting elders, and so on. This is what Muslims (and other people that I have heard who fast) around the world do their best to observe while fasting, and Ramadan is just this one month that comes around every year as a reminder as to what a good natured human must be throughout a year than rather just for a month.

Anyone who fasts around the world, would fast from dawn till sunset. The person would keep their fast by eating a meal (Suhur*) which includes different items according to each country (for example, we eat paratha* and some curry along with vermicelli dessert, finishing off with tea and water). We carry on with out daily routine minus the food and water, and minus the harmful situations that might entertain our egoistic nature.

Then comes the time for breaking the fast. It is called “Ïftari”* commenced by the evening prayers (Maghrib)*. This is when we break our fasts by eating dates and drinking water and then the other food items. The main being dates which are said to restore all the sugar that the body needed for the day.

And to think! After fasting, such a food item exists, that would actually restore all the sugar requirement of the body! SubhanAllah*!

It is also said that “the gates of hell are closed and the devils are chained.” 

A question then arises: “Then why do people still sin? “. And I have just one answer for this:

images It becomes a habit. Our bad deeds. If the main source of evil is locked up, and we still continue to sin, then it is time to keep a check on ourselves and our behaviour. Not eating or drinking helps to remind us to keep a check on ourself. To feel the hunger and thirst of humans that are less fortunate than us. To know how blessed we actually are.

Fasting is a form of detox for the body and the soul. And it should be carried on not just for one month, but for months to come.

*The Vocab:

Holy Quran:   the divine revelation of Allah (swt) to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)

Suhoor: the meal consumed early in the morning by Muslims before fasting, sawm, in daylight hours during the Islamic month of Ramadan.

Paratha: a flat, thick piece of unleavened bread fried on a griddle.

Iftari: the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan.

Maghrib: evening prayers

SubhanAllah: Glory (be) to God

Do You Wanna Build a Snowmaaan?

Maybe my title is a little bit too cliché. Especially after the movie “Frozen”.

But then again…Do you wanna build a snowmaann??

During my Hiatus, I came across a fine video on making a snowman – OUT OF A SOCK!

I do understand that, in this 7/70 billion crowd of humans, that is not such a worthwhile thing to make a snowman, and that too out of a sock.

But, in my case, the scenario is highly different, as, it is a SNOWman, and even I can make it here in this oven of a city! 😀

True we have SkiDubai and all that facility of an in door snow (and I have never stepped in that place because of reasons), but, its not the same. Its never the same as real nature if it is human-machine made – and that too, if it is human-machine made snow.

“Then pray tell annie, why the snowman out of a sock? Is it not human made?”

BECAUSE Sir, it is a SNOWMAN made out of a SOCK! It would last long and not melt, and must I mention its cuteness and the personal customization details? No to forget that I, a snow deprived human gets to make one too, and in summer?!

So here, the imaginary argument I had with me has been won by me – So enjoy Humans! most of you who are lucky to have witnessed and felt snow in your fine lives!

Now all I need to do is go for white sock shopping 😀

Quotespirational Thursdays

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And that is how you get back on track; if you ever forget or falter in the middle of something that you wanted but start to question.

Pic’n’Post – A Magical work of Art.

chappal The Fiction:  Magical slippers. What everyone needs. You see, as a lazy person, I don’t like walking much, or driving, or even using the public transport! I once went out in a bazaar, and an old lady (with many cats purring around her, as I remember) was selling some slippers. Every pair of slipper had a different pattern. Some had water imprinted on them, others were painted with flame, pebbles, a boat even! What interested me in this particular pair of slippers was the Sakura tree print and the cycle parked underneath it. It felt like a scenery right out of a book. I immediately bought them, not knowing what more they held. Once at home, I tried them out. They had a rubbery feel. Then I walked to my kitchen to make a snack, when suddenly, I noticed my pace was a bit quicker than usual. Experimentinh more outof the slippers, I soon came to understand that these slippers made me “walk” faster. What I realized soon enough was the fact that these slippers were no ordinary slippers! The picture was not just for the visuals, but for the effect as well! I wonder what other slippers would be like ^_^

The Fact: These are actually just a pair of normal, everyday slippers (or flip-flops, if you must). I would have never bought them in my life (reasons? pink, floral print, and rubber slippers) – my mother got them for me. To be honest, I never noticed the bicycle pattern at first It was just a round wheel and some other pattern that I never bothered because of my prejudice (a bit like Elizabeth Bennet, eh?). Then, once I paired them – surrendered to fate actually, -(I can’t live without house shoes in my defense, and I really needed a pair since my feet felt like walking on bare ice- not that its bad, but like any other irony, I am a bit sensitive to cold) as in the picture above, my mind connected the pattern – it put two and two together, and, voila! A Bicycle! I was so happy, really, to see the cycle and under a tree and so neatly made! As if this image/scenery just came out of a book. I just ended up owning them ahahaha. As I have stated on my instagram account says, “These are not slippers, they are a work of Art.”

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On a side note:

This was to be posted a month ago according to my draft dashboard. Yes, thank you wordpress, to be so specific that it actually keeps every thing on track.

I apologize to Curtis, who hosts this amazing event, for not being able to post since my last entry (and that was my first one!) I hope I catch up this time – and for real! 🙂