Those were the beautiful days of innocence!
And suddenly one day, we realize we are no more children. What follows next is a stage of confusions. As a teenager I am sure each one of us has felt an urge to be called a grown up. Ofcourse being loved, pampered as a kiddo was bliss but it always irked me when the biggies in the family turned me down by saying ‘You can do your will only when you are big enough, not now’. Really? I was unsure what it really meant… as far as my height and weight was concerned I was doing good.
I was fascinated with the term ‘Grown Up’ and I was in a rush to join the league. However even when I crossed the marriageable age of a female, I was totally incompetent of taking care of myself. Mum was taking care of my food cravings and I needed Dad for every other thing. I was thoroughly dependent on my parents. And more it was first year in the hostel and I was crying and cribbing away from home at every other thing that dint comfort me. Bah!! I knew I wasn’t doing good, getting a tag of an adult was not enough, there was time to be called a biggie… I clasped and waited…
In next three years of engineering I saw myself grow intellectually, emotionally and physically. I had moved beyond my house and my room. The ceilings of the hostel room often made me wonder what the world held for me. And soon came the job and I was face to face with the insecurities, cruelties and pretense of the world. Sometimes I lived and otherwise failed to live to the expectations of many around me… I wondered was this about being grown up…being introduced to worry, work, responsibility, and the difficulties of existence?
But now, I saw the little grey in my parents hair and that was the day when I felt uncomfortable. Yes! I felt I had grown up but there was more to it. I realized I had my responsibilities towards them but they never told me much about their problems. Once, Mom fell ill and I successfully took care of the things around her and of the house too… the feeling of being grown up strengthened. They wanted me to get married now but there was no rush. And one day Dad went ahead and gave me permission to look for my dream partner… he said, Have your choice…you are good to take care of yourself…. Really? Was it the day for which I had been waiting…?
And then finally it came my way, we decided to buy a house and that was the day when my parents discussed the finances. We , trio sat together and discussed the whole plan. I felt extremely happy when my Dad said, lets invest together. This is what I have and rest has to be taken care by you. We have no son and we have never felt the need of it too. Lets buy the house and I know you will take care of us… I had tears in my eyes!!! I had waited to be involved in their conversations which involved big decisions of the family. And this was the day when I really felt, I had grown up!!!!
I don’t think I’d have been in such a hurry to reach adulthood if I’d known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed. – Bill Watterson
This is my First Post as a guest author to Project 365 : We Post Daily!
I dream to jump high
to touch the sky,.
I want them to leap higher,
the long, flowing strands of my hair.
Wish they whispered and whimpered in my ears,
Dear lady, there is no stopping,
Go on, Play, Dance, Sing, Jazz, Speak your voice and fear none,
Keep a bun or a plait or let them lose!
I look around and step back,
The world scares me,
And the fears topple me,
But I know, there will come a day when I will stand tall.
In the same way, the beautiful hair are bothered too,
There comes dandruffs, two ended and rough hair,
It all makes me shy and I fear the laughs from people around,
Thus, I plainly tie my tresses to look ordinary.
Comes the magical potion,
Dove says Pretty Lady, Leave on Me, Just Play!
I Let the wind blow through my hair,
I let it flow through me everywhere.
And there is more,
I blow dry, I color, I straighten, I curl them,
I act my super duper hair stylist,
With a believe that nothing can harm my strands, I dream more!
The above details speak for themselves and if you have been reading Pendown, you must have read about my previous experiences. Now that I have traveled to 7 countries in last 2 years, the travel insect has reached my brains… The heart agrees for no less and Skyscanner is its latest crush…. They are helping me get cheap tickets…. believe me!!! I have already listed my wish countries and I am waiting to get the lowest prices….In the tech savvy age we have it all at a click or a scroll. You want them too…. just scan it here but read the below before you disperse….
Wasting no time, lets Scan the event that brought me closer to it. Below is my unique take on it!
Z: Zeal is the word for me! The mention of Indimeet in the city fills me with enough zeal to blog and it pumps up enough energy in me that stays till the next meet. Thus, if the Zombie Apocalypse happens, I will survive…..And I wish to attend Zillion blogger meets before I die…
Y: No one asks whY when you go for an Indimeet. Friends get jealous when they read the FB status, parents encourage to go ahead and inlaws are proud of having a blogger bahu in the family. So permission granted as always. And I traveled from far, Faridabad to be there.
X: X factor, we Bloggers have oodles of it in us, . We write a post every day, go to events and give feedback right on the spot. Thus the brands love us and loathe us both because we speak the truth.
W: Wait for none, just run to grab the prizes…What were in the cute little boxes with silver paper? Wristband pendrives.. I won too for my tweet!!!! Creative is the word…Skyscanner gave great mementos.
V: Visit Places… See the World…. See near and far beauties…. Skyscanner aims to do that… thats the motto…
U: Universal truth it is… we are expanding.. This was the largest meet ever with 400 bloggers under one roof. Kudos!!!!
T: Travel, Travel, Travel… Yes!!!! Skyscanner told us that they have been here for a while and now they are here in Asia to help us plan our travels… And more from T… the Tweepers made the best of the selfies.. One of the first activities was to get together, click selfies and tweet the reason to travel…people won lots of prizes.
S: Skyscanner has its HQ in Scotland.…. Click here to know lots about it and book your flights . They help you browse flights, hotels and cars in the best prizes. So whose stopping you to scan the globe… The aim of the event was to spread the buzz about them. Read the rest of this entry »
Book Review : THIS PLACE by Amitabha Bagchi by HarperCollins India
Do great stories need to boast of lavish plot, poignant tale, exotic locales, chivalrous hero and a seductive heroine? Nay, not always, even a sweet little tale can have a mighty impact. My belief in this viewpoint has been resurrected by the book that I have wrapped up two weeks back. The book was absolutely absorbing with its magical charms and I am so happy I got a chance to read it.
Amitabha Bagchi’s book, set in Baltimore in the US is a story of a few people who have been bonded closely as they have been living in one place for long. It revolves around the theme of exile, where there is realization of being away from the loved ones, a sort of emptiness and a feeling of closeness with strangers in the new abode. There comes the news of demolition and the fear of displacement bothers them all. A few are deeply affected. This neighborhood plot has a great emotional connect.
COVER PAGE, TITLE, BLURB
‘The Place’, the title resonates with the theme perfectly. The cover page is beautiful. The shade of blue that dominates it all is captivating and the buildings in the upper half speak about the story. Of course, the stage is set by a crisp blurb and did I tell you I have a signed copy and it is hard bound. I won it in a contest!
It was quite good to know that Jabong.com has partnered with Lakme Fashion Week this season to rock the stage. Its called Jabong Stage. The young and vibrant look will be flowing this Summer. Wat say? I am excited!!!
Jabong has come up with a blogging contest and here I am ready with my entry. As bloggers, we are invited and warmly welcomed everywhere where creativity flows and I just love this. If not in real, we can always do that through our writings.
But for this one, I am aiming to be at the LFW and walk the stage… Oh yeah!!! I am not kidding, the prizes are awesome.
The below cool, eye catching, colorful collection is created from the Jabong site. My idea of show stopping statement is adorning an easy, relaxed, funky and stylish dress. Everything should be cool. Shades of blue (cobalt, sky, navy, indigo) always goes with me, it makes beautiful and bold statement too.
I wanted the free flowing look, thus I have chosen a knee length, sleeveless and Violet indigo dress. The smart, sporty and stylish blue colored, full-rim Wayfarers, makes a scintillating combo.
After having attended two fantabulous events organized by India Today Group in 2013, I can bet they always put up a great show. Mind Rocks and Agenda AajTak were simply scintillating. They rocked with great energies. It was a memorable experience to hear, see and meet people of great caliber. If you have read my last posts, you would know it was at these events that I got to see and hear some great personalities very closely and I grabbed a chance to talk to my favorite actor Shahrukh Khan too, one of the most cherish-able moment it will always be.
Now, the most awaited event of the season CONCLAVE is here. The countdown has already begun. Mark the dates, 7th and 8th March 2014. The theme of this year is WINNING.
PEOPLE who make the WINNING VOICES
We live in the world of people who have always be termed as God’s most intelligent creations. Its the people around whom we grow from a toddler to a mature one. People around us have always been a great source of inspiration in our life. All along we are taught to read, learn about people of the past and observe people of the present. Very soon when we learn to reason out, we begin to adulate some and disapprove some. Ever wondered why? Our senses select them as winners. They showcase great winning attitude towards life! Winning for me is to have the right attitude to do the simplest of things in a great way!
Winning is the theme of the thirteenth edition of India Today Conclave.
INDIA TODAY CONCLAVE is a global platform where IDEAS are given birth naturally, debated hard and celebrated brutally. This year too the speakers list at the fest is absolutely drool-worthy. Check here!
As I sat to pendown my thoughts on winning, I was inundated with winning voices. The word in itself is so powerful. Winning stands for many things to me. I have shared my five creative thoughts in the form of quotes, pins and collage.
‘Winning is not just one thing but many. It is a tempting finish to one and glorious start to many other dreamful journeys.’
If anyone said its not about results, they would be lying. Honestly, the three letter word ‘WIN’ is alluring. Who doesn’t love to hold the trophy, lead the crowd and be called a winner? We all do! But to be there and live the moments of the glorious win, one must have a heart to tread the journey. The way you do it makes the difference.
When you start something, you wish to finish it. The thought itself is about winning. The inner urge and the undying passion teaches us many lessons. My journey to winning introduced me to vision, hard-work, motivation and dedication. The desire to be called a winner influenced me to see my shortcomings and work on my deficiencies. The three powerful attributes, ‘Patience, Confidence and Commitment’ came to my rescue till I was declared the best. And then finally, Winning itself made me realize that it isn’t about one stop, the journey is endless. One win led me to another. Read the rest of this entry »