Season of (19) Awards… yipppeeeee…!!

A series of awards here…..WATCH OUT…. 😀

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Leibster Award from My Rabbit Hole Trips – a very sincere gesture, which I truly appreciate.

Questions I got to answer –

1. Where in the world is Carmen San Diego? not in my pocket 😀
2. What is your favorite day of the year? the days I get a genuine appreciation
3. What is your personal theme song? “I like to move it move it”
4. If I have 10 cookies, and you take 3, what do you have? a sharing friend
5. You are stranded in space, what is your one item you must have with you? clothes
6. You just stole Trump’s hair, where do you hide it? I would not steal
7. Why do you put up with me? I am improving my toleration skills 😉
8.  Clowns? Scary, or cool? Funny 😀
9.  This fairytale will describe your life… none
10.  If you were a superhero, who would you be? superwoman – who else 😉
11. If you could have plastic surgery, what would you have done and why? remove my second degree burn marks from my legs

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Leibster Award from Angie

Questions for me –

1. What was the most interesting place you’ve been to? Why? Airports – they’re the best

2. If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? What would you ask him/her? Angelina Jolie – how do you manage those bunch of kids, career and husband?

3. What’s your favorite dessert? Can you make it? Chocolate Mousse – yes

4. Have you ever lived outside your country? Where and how long? I have lived only in 2 countries – I consider both my homes equally

5. What’s your dream job? Being a writer. I am almost there. Blog – done, Newspaper- done. Now a novel.

6. What’s the most embarrassing thing that happened to you? My brother pulled down my pajamas – he is 9 yrs younger to me 

7. Best book you’ve read so far. Sidney Sheldon, Dan Brown

8. 3 things you can’t live without. Water, Air, Light

9. What’s the most bizarre food you’ve eaten? a local dish of Kerala – don’t know its name

10. What are you scared of? My father’s disappointment in me

11. Happiest moment in your life so far. Writing as a free lancer for a leading daily newspaper in Middle East

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Leibster Award from Elaine White

Questions to be answered:

  1. Do you have a light side or a dark side? I am 50 shades of rainbow colors
  2. Who is your intended audience and why should they read your blog? Youth and women. They both are the most imp sector of any society
  3. What’s the most amusing thing that’s happened to you? Being nominated for a local pageant 
  4. If your life were made into a movie, who do you picture playing you? Priyanka Chopra
  5. Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate 
  6. Do you have any deep dark secrets you would admit to your readers? I have but I won’t 😉
  7. Who is your favourite book character? Any detective is my favorite book character
  8. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever done in your life? I rather not say 😀
  9. Do you prefer films or books? Meaningful books and entertaining films
  10. What’s your favourite colour? White
  11. If you could have any pet in the world, fantasy or real, what would it be? Anything – I love animals

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Another Leibster from ramblingsofabipolarwoman

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Very Inspiring Blog Award from a rambler , svkishere, Ruby, Eva, Sonu, Leanna Harrow, notes-to-ponder, Emily,  Martina and from Desiree (I love your boys btw)

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Sunshine Award from Imthatkay and Lilyluna

Versatile Blog Award from Ruby. Check about the blog here

Beautiful Blogger award from PrimalNights

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Last but not the least -> my first ever Dragon’s Loyalty Award from Ajay.dragonsloyaltyaward

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Leibster (4), Inspiring (10), Sunshine (2), Beautiful (1), Versatile (1) and Dragon’s Loyalty (1) Blog award – 19 awards mentioned and acknowledged in this post……!!!

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I am humbled by these gestures and really smiling with all the teeth I got beaming like a tube-light. 🙂 

I really hope I can keep writing, keep inspiring and keep reaching out to all other bloggers out there! Cheers.

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Connecting with Nature

How often do you take a stroll in a garden?

How often do you prefer walking than taking a vehicle?

How often you breathe in fresh air?

How often you read a novel under the shade of a sun?

How often do you notice nature’s beauty?

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Are the above-mentioned things even important to you?

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To me, it is…

Snaps from my recent visit to Lodhi Gardens – DelhiIMG_0259Lodi Garden is one of Delhi’s most beautiful and popular parks. Here monuments are located amidst landscaped gardens. The most prominent are the 15th and 16th century tombs and a beautifully decorated mosque. There are smaller structures belonging to the late-Mughal period as well.

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The Lodi dynasty in India arose around 1451 after the Sayyid dynasty. The Lodhi Empire was established by the Ghizlai tribe of the Afghans. They formed the last phase of the Delhi Sultanate.

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As there is little architecture from these two periods remaining in India, Lodi Gardens is an important place of preservation. A favorite picnic spot and a joy for morning walkers with lots of greenery and trees.

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Benefits of morning walk –

• helps to lose weight    • reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke

• reduces type 2 diabetes risk    • improves lung’s breathing capacity

• helps in the management of stress    • helps to treat hypertension

• protection against miscarriages

• very beneficial for the people suffering from insomnia. 20-30 minutes’ walk after the meals in the night can help to reduce the stress levels and can also helps in the digestion of the food which in turn gives you a sound sleep.

• supplies fresh oxygen and blood to each and every cell of the body which is required for the transport of every nutrient in the body

• reduce the risk of cancer and if someone is already suffering from cancer then it helps in the fast recovery and survival of the person

• improves the brain power    • add years to your life

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Most common excuses for not going on a morning walk :

1. I am too busy    2. There are pet-walkers and the stray animals

3. The virtues of sleep    4. Walking is for the old, I work out

5. I play sports – that’s enough    6. Garden/Park is too far

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I think we owe it to ourselves – to be connected to nature – make the best use of its gift. We may be too busy today, but won’t we be too late if we don’t take an action soon?

I love Sidney Sheldon

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Sidney Sheldon (SS). I love him. I absolutely do. He is the only author, whose ALL novels I have read. He published them in this order.

The Naked Face (1970)
The Other Side of Midnight (1973)
A Stranger in the Mirror (1976)
Bloodline (1977)
Rage of Angels (1980)
Master of the Game (1982)
If Tomorrow Comes (1985)
Windmills of the Gods (1987)
The Sands of Time (1988)
Memories of Midnight (1990)
The Doomsday Conspiracy (1991)
The Stars Shine Down (1992)
Nothing Lasts Forever (1994)
Morning, Noon and Night (1995)
The Best Laid Plans (1997)
Tell Me Your Dreams (1998)
The Sky Is Falling (2001)
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (2004)

I read them considering how I could beg-borrow-buy. I don’t remember exactly when I read my first SS novel but I remember first one was Master of the Game

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I have met many people who say SS novels are for kids and they lack a certain taste which epics or classic fictions have. I believe- To each its own. If people can appreciate Harry Potter series, Twilight Series and 50 Shades of Grey series, C’mon SS series was good enough too. 

The story build up, the plot, the characterization, the minute description of each and every turn on the road and peck on the cheek in fact elates the quality of his novels. It keeps you hooked on to the book till you know what is going to happen Agreed, sometimes it becomes predictable, but hey! you can’t  judge him for that. All authors become predictable if they write many many many novels. (Dan Brown is an exception I feel).

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So as a tribute to one of my all-time-favorite authors, I write this post and shamelessly fearlessly say that I can read his books over and over again. For people who act as book critics and yet secretly are charmed by Christian Grey or Edward Cullen, you just CANNOT judge me!!!!