Nominated in the Liebster Award 2018

Honestly, I don’t see myself as a great writer and nowhere close to the professional blogger friends I have, but waking up to see a mail stating “You have been nominated in The Liebster Award 2018” was such an overwhelming feeling that I can’t describe in words. It is the love and motivation of my fellow writer friends that keeps me going.

I feel so grateful today for being nominated for The “Liebster Award 2018” by my fellow blogger friend “The Introvert Mom Blogger”. She is a single mother and shares her day to day parenting experiences through her blog https://theintrovertmomblogger.wordpress.com. She helps other mommies sail through  the common challenges and struggles we all face as a mom. Do take a look and you will always thank me for introducing you to an amazing blog. Thank you so much “The Introvert Mom Blogger” for treating me worthy and nominating me.

So, as per the rules, here is something about me and my blog – I am a Mom of beautiful twin daughters and a doting wife. Serving an IT Company as an Office Manager, working from home, during the day and a moonlight newbie blogger. After a long tiring day with my toddlers, I try to manage sometime for myself when I write and vent out my feelings. I started blogging in Sept 2017 while coping up with my father’s loss and found solace in it. I write about my parenting experiences, relationships, food experiments, travel, social issues, true stories as well as fiction.

10 Random Facts about me:

  1. I vary from being a lazy to monstrous to loving to helicopter mommy time to time.
  2. Big foodie though it doesn’t look on me 😉 Can’t thank God enough for it 😉
  3. Nature lover and dream to own a cottage in hills.
  4. An amateur painter, craving to pick up my canvas and colors soon again.
  5. I am a family person and for me, not necessarily only blood relatives are family.
  6. I believe in vibe game. People who are meant to stay in your life will stay, come what may and rest will automatically gravitate away.
  7. No place for duality in life. Can’t handle fakeness.
  8. I am a simple person, show offs turn me off.
  9. Love beaches, they are the best escape for me.
  10. Can spend my life eating only chocolates.

 

And here are the replies to the questions that I have been asked:

If you are HOME ALONE for a day, what would you like to do? Sleep, sleep, some more sleep. Did I mention sleep?

Which do you prefer to hang-out, with an introvert or an extrovert? Anyone would do, anyway it’s only me who is going to babble all the time.

Do you love ketchup on your burger or you’d rather have mustard? Ketchup

Is your niche to your blog now the first niche you thought for your blog? Well, mine is a versatile blog, not any particular niche specified.

Where or whom do you get inspiration to blog? Daily happenings around me.

If you would join a cosplay (a practice of dressing up as a character), which cartoon character would you imitate? Minnie Mouse, I still love her and so do my daughters.

What would you like your kids (or future kids) to learn about life? That life is not always rosy and cheerful, its OK to cry and shed your tears. Crying does not make you weak. Also, you need to find your own happiness, carve your own path, look for the positive in every situation, face the challenges and keep going, that’s life.

Are you more of a listener or are you a talker? Talker.

If it is possible to live to another planet, where do you like to live? Mars so that I can witness the beauty of two moons.

What would you ask or say to God if He is in front of you right now? First of all, I will thank Him for blessing me abundantly. I will ask Him to send my father back to me and bless me with the same parents, same kids, same family in every birth. Also, I will ask him to eradicate poverty from the world so that no one sleeps hungry.

If ever you have been surprised by a nomination with Liebster Award 2018 like me, here are some rules you have to follow:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you.
  2. Display the award on your blog.
  3. Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blog posting.
  4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself (optional in 2018)
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award.
  6. List these rules in your post.
  7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated.

 

Now, my nominations are:

http://healthwealthbridge.com/

http://alubhujia.com/en/

Welcome

http://backtofiction.com/

https://sidhujetha.wordpress.com/

And the questions for my nominees are:

  1. What do you do when you run out of ideas what to write about?
  2. Who is your role model or inspiration in life?
  3. Which is one blog of mine you like the most and why?
  4. How you started blogging?
  5. Your idea of perfect vacation?
  6. What are your 5 possessions you cant live without?
  7. Beach or hills?
  8. One thing you would like to change in yourself would be?
  9. Biggest achievement so far?
  10. Do you believe in dreaming?

If you would accept my nomination please follow the rules given. Answer my questions, tag me and notify me of your post by commenting on this blog. Also, don’t forget to nominate other bloggers so that we can support each other and grow together.

Good luck to all nominees! 🙂

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An effort to give shelter to those homeless creatures!!!

Kadam Chhota, Change Bada!!!

We lived in a housing colony of a small town in Uttar Pradesh. The locality was a bit far from the main city, in the outskirts of the town. There was a dense forest that connected our locality with the town. That forest was the shelter to many dogs, dears, snakes and even robbers, so people were always cautious while crossing that area especially during the nights because most of the times, those wild creatures used to attack in the dark hours. Gradually, those stray dogs entered our colony too. Those hungry and thirsty homeless creatures were always in search of food and water and used to snatch eatables from people if they find any prey.
Another problem we faced in our colony was that all the houses were interconnected to each other through the terraces which made it easier for the thieves to rob. Every now and then, there were cases of robbery even in the daylight. In the summer afternoons, when ladies and kids were alone at home, sleeping or taking rest away from the scorching heat, those robbers used to attack. Also, they used to target the families which were out for summer vacations and ransacked their nests.
One of my friends also used to live in the same locality who was a dog lover. She and her husband owned an Event Management Company and were also working voluntarily towards helping the stray dogs. They had adopted many such dogs and used to take utmost care of them like their own kids. She was out of town when those stray dogs entered our area and started perpetrating terror. Everyone in the society was scared to death and people were reluctant to send their children outside to play in the park or even schools.
The day my friend Anshu returned from her vacations, I told her about the situation and requested her to help. The first initiative she took was to start putting some food and water outside her house for those dogs. She encouraged everyone in the area to come forward and join her but initially people found her idea insane and life threatening. They thought those wild dogs will attack and bite them so why to unnecessarily get involved. They preferred to stay away. Gradually, people noticed the dogs were well fed and happy. They used to sleep under the tree after eating the food and stopped harming anyone. Then other neighbours also came forward and started leaving food outside their houses.
The same dogs which were causing troubles for the masses and hurting them earlier became not just calm and friendly but also the “protectors”. They were always alert and helped the people in catching a thief also while he attempted robbery one night. After that, there were no cases of theft in our locality.
Anshu, parallelly contacted an NGO that helped people to adopt homeless animals. 2 of the dogs were adopted by Anshu herself, 7 were adopted by the neighbors and rest were sent to the NGO and were adopted by other people over a period of time. All of them got a family. They were well fed, loved and cared.
It was such a satisfying feeling to see those creatures being loved like a kid,
and living happily with their new family. Indeed, its true that small steps sometimes can lead to a bigger change.
PS: Anshu Jagwani, my friend, left for her heavenly abode last year due to sudden kidney failure at an early age of 33 years. She is no more with us physically but will always remain alive in the hearts of not just her family and friends but also with those little ones whom she had loved unconditionally. This article is an ode to her, to the golden heart she had and to the noble deeds she did.
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All I want is a day off this Mother’s Day! From every Mom’s heart….

Yeah, you heard it right. This is all I want this Mother’s Day; a day off from round-the-clock motherhood duties, a break from this programmed life. Am I sounding unreasonable or impractical? May be, but that’s all I wish. People may call it being selfish, I call it loving myself because #Happystartswithme.

I don’t want to be woken up by my husband or kids or that devil alarm clock. I just want to snuggle in my cozy bed and sleep as long as I want.

I don’t want to worry about the three hot meals of the day to be served to my family. Ordering in or eating out are better choices and will be much appreciated. Feeding toast and corn flakes to the kids instead of oats one day won’t make them sick. Go Daddy!

I want to have my morning tea in peace without getting up countless times in between. Am I expecting too much?

I want to take a bubble bath instead of 2-minute shower.

I want to give myself a much needed foot massage as every night my legs pain as if I have been climbing hills.

As I am miles apart from my Mom, I just want to call her and talk my heart out and listen to her without any distractions. I don’t even remember when I spoke to her in peace.

I don’t even want to look at the sink full of dirty dishes and fully loaded laundry basket. Excuse me for a day please!

I don’t want to babysit my terrible twos, worry about the mess they make throughout the day, act as a referee to their sword fights, change their leaked diapers, shout every minute on them to stop their mischieves and most importantly I don’t want to sing lullabies and put them to sleep.

I want to go out alone and buy myself some flowers and grab a chocolate without a fear of being caught by my tiny two.

I may be judged for shirking from my duties but I would give a deaf ear to all the comments and prefer a day just for myself. What are your wishes for the day, Mommies? How do you want your day to be? Share with me in the comments below.

Love you all, hope you have a fantastic Mother’s day.

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