Monday, March 19, 2012

My first bloggie award! - Thanks Richa!!

My sweet little friend from the blogger world, Richa... had given me this Heart Locket award award somewhere in the month of December 2011 - and me being the eternal procrastinator, never did really mention it here as an acceptance :( Sorry sweetie!

Here is a link to her post :

 This isn't the exact image of the award she gave me - I had to google it because her blog does not allow to copy images :)

The Heart Locket award carries with it some rules though:
1. If you get the award, pass it on to 7 blogs
2. Put the picture of the award in your post
3. Don't pass this award back to me
4. Answer the questions below and post it on your blog.

My answers are:

1. What makes you feel great about yourself?

I think I have a head on my shoulders and am far more confident now than I was in my early 20s. I have evolved as a person and learned a lot about the world around me, which makes me feel stronger. Experiences shape personalities, and though I haven't seen much of the big, bad world; I have learned from whatever little I have had the opportunity to notice around me. I am thankful for this entire circle of awareness.

2. Who inspires you the most? And specifically, which qualities inspire you in each person? You can list as many as you like.

I have a whole list of people around me who inspire in different ways. I admire mothers I see at my son's school who manage multiple children together [3 or more] and with a smile on their face all through - and they manage to drop their kids and go to work as well with not a minute to rest. I always am left wondering how that is physically possible - but I have learned that it is not impossible either. Secondly, I love and admire my dad's perseverance and determination which enabled him to complete an MBA when in his mid 40s and a PhD a few years later. He has and will always be an ongoing source of inspiration.

I would like to pass on this award to seven worthy bloggers:

1. Patty
2. Subha
3. Masala Popsicles
4. Writerzblock by Pallavi
5. Rekha
6. Jyotsna
and, 7. Ritu

I really love your blogs - keep writing and keep smiling ! :)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

News around the world of late that has made me happy!

Tidbits of news in India and around the globe recently that have brightened me up :)

The jurors in India-born student Dharun Ravi's case, who came out with a guilty verdict on Friday that may jail him for 10 years and even lead to his deportation, say his repeated attempts to watch and gossip about his gay roommate's sexual encounter convinced them that he committed hate crime.

The jurors - seven women and five men - had spent over two days deliberating on the 15 charges that Ravi faced, including bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and tampering with evidence. 
Finally Tyler's soul shall rest in peace - justice prevails !! Should I feel sorry for Dharun? No way - I think he deserved this for being the perpetrator of Tyler's misery. Dharun had absolutely no right to do what he did - I have no words to describe what I feel.

And this :)

A Polish woman lay upside down in labour for 75 days to save the lives of her two premature babies after the first of three foetuses growing inside her was born prematurely and died.

Joanna Krzysztonek eventually gave birth to baby girl Iga and boy Ignacy two and a half months later, on February 15, at a neo-natal clinic in the southwestern Polish town of Wroclaw.

“I sighed with relief that there was a chance to keep the pregnancy and to give the babies a chance to be born successfully,” she said.
There are absolutely no limits to a mother's determination and perseverance - that's why it is said that heaven truly lies beneath a mother's feet :)

And this :)

Social welfare officials have received at least a dozen phone calls from interested Emirati families wishing to adopt an 11-day-old baby girl that was abandoned last week in Sharjah.
The baby girl was discovered by a man outside a villa in Al Hera, and was admitted to Al Qasimi Hospital to recuperate from a fever and a cold.
Naeema Al Nakhi, head of the social services section at Al Qasimi Hospital said the baby, whose nationality is not known, was in a healthy and stable condition.
"She was left on the floor without a blanket to cover her up from the wind. If she was left for a longer time in the cold it could have been fatal," said Naeema.
So wow, there is still humanity left in this world :)

By the way an alarming number of babies are being abandoned in the UAE of late... I really wonder why and how the statistics have risen this far - really makes me sad.

Monday, March 12, 2012

w.A.L.L A.r.T

Peacocks and butterflies - two of my favourites when it comes to design and home decor! I handpainted the peacock design on a wall in the living room and I also created the butterflies effect for the corridor.

I love a lot of bright colours all around me - be it home decor or even in the clothes I wear! Hey, I feel the peacock design looks like an ancient Rajasthani tribal pattern, doesn't it?

The blues and greens together combine into a vibrant wedding of design - it is hardly any surprise then, that the peacock is one of the most colourful birds in the animal world. 

Butterflies dance around in the corridor walls of our home. I did a little melange of leaves, flowers and butterflies to give a real feel. 

Then again, sometimes I feel this is a lot of effort for a rental home which we will eventually leave some day. But my love for art and creating decor won't let me sit still - so I guess I will keep creating and we will enjoy it as long as we can! :D

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tag Eleven!

So wow I'm doing this tag thing again - and leaping at it, 'coz I love it so much! I love being tagged and answering random questions that other people set up for me :D Thank you dahling Pallavi for this very new game!!

SO, before I start, here are the R.u.L.e.S :P

The Rules:
1. You must post the rules!
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
4. Let them know you’ve tagged them.
These are my answers to the craziest questions Pal has asked ;)
1. If you were crowned ‘Ms/Mr/Mrs/etc’ World, how would you start your ‘thank you’ speech?
Definitely not in the cliched manner. I'd unashamedly thank myself and my capabilities for getting me the title ;) Yeah!! First I'd thank my own personality and self, and then I would mention the others :P
2. If you had to turn yourself into a cartoon character, who/what would you choose?
I think 'Shaun the Sheep' because he's really funny, witty and he likes to be a leader
3. What would be your response to a troll comment like ‘Your blog is utter crap!‘?
'Simple - the very fact that you're here and you chose to write a comment like that shows how much you admire me and secretly wish you had my creative abilities' :P Howzzat!
4. If you found a bag of cash (huge cash), what would you do? Take it to the police station, keep it for yourself, or any other option?
Oooooh well as easy as it would be, really, to keep it for myself - I really believe in Karma. So I'd take it to the police station for sure. 
5. Describe your first poo/wee accident as a child. Ha ha ha!:wicked: If you don’t remember, then just invent one!
Shuttup Pal !! - no way I am answering this one! :D 
6. If someone pays you a million dollars to watch a scary horror film, sitting ALONE in a graveyard at midnight, would you do it?
I would make a deal with that person that I am willing to share the amount provided he/she and I will watch the aforementioned horror movie together. If he/she backs out first then I get the whole amount! :P
7. What is your one piece of advice to Rahul Baba (Gandhi)?
Sorry I don't follow Indian politics and I don't care because it is such a sorry state of affairs.
8. If you could banish the Bacchhan parivaar, where would you send them?
Hmm I don't think I'd banish them in the first place ;) I love reading the updates and especially Big B's blog :)
9. What is your proudest moment?
Despite not being very intelligent and a genius - I have managed to achieve what I wanted education-wise and that in itself I think makes me really proud. And also the fact that I continue to add to my self-value on a daily basis. A real proud moment is coming up when I finally will get hold of my PGDBA certificate mid this year :)
10. What is your most romantic moment?
Hubby has never been an outright romantic person but his gestures and words mean a lot to me. I got married to him with a different notion of romance in my head but I love how he has totally redefined it for me :) and has made me realize that romance is not always the filmy Bollywood types. 
11. And finally (phew), if you had a time machine, which year would you transport yourself to, and why?
I'm quite happy living in the age where I am in right now. I am proud to admit that I have, so far, enjoyed every phase and do not wish to rewind. Everything has come at the right time to me when I have been able to relish it - so far so good!!
Sorry Pal - were you expecting spicier answers? ;)
I'm tagging some lovely bloggers here:
1. Patty
2. Rose
5. Subha
7. Richa
9. Shanti
10. Rekha
11. Jyotsna
Ok here are my set of 11, here we go:
1. Have you had a 'superhero' moment ever?
2. Did you ever wish you had lived your life so far differently? If yes, then what would you have changed?
3. At what time of the day do you feel at your most energetic best?
4. Do you believe in the existence of the supernatural?
5. Mere paas gaadi hai, bank balance hai - tumhare paas kya hai? ;)
6. Island baby or Mighty Mountaineer - which one is you?
7. Are you a people's person or do you prefer your solitude?
8. Blue for boys and Pink for girls. Why do you think people love to stereotype?
9. Why is the sky so high?
10. If you woke up tomorrow morning and discovered that by a cruel twist of fate - you are now a quadriplegic, how would you react?
11. If you had another chance at love - would you take it?

Get on with it girls - waiting to see all your responses :) This sure is fun!