Friday, July 29, 2016


This is an exciting meme, where I'm supposed to complete  four given statements. The whole exercise inspires one to think and come up with  new ideas to fill up the blanks. Below are four statements, which I've completed.The given words are in bold letters and are underlined ....

Here is my take:

1. One quirk I have is that whenever I go out on foot, I carry a small bamboo stick with me. If it is funny, then so be it. Since a stray bitch bit dear hubby badly without any warning and that necessitated his getting six injections in the span of a month, I get scared even when I see a stray dog at a distance. This is a menace in India. The animal rights organizations have compounded the issue by not favoring their culling.

2. My favorite comic strip is DENNIS THE MENACE. I simply adore Dennis' lovable, innocent pranks. So many times he even embarrasses his parents by his off the cuff remarks. It is so endearing the way he suddenly comes out with a long forgotten harmless comment his parents had made about the person /persons visiting them. How he irritates his neighbor Mr. Wilson by barging into their house uninvited, is  amusing enough. However, it is gratifying to see the welcome he and his friend Joey receive from good old Mrs. Wilson, who always welcomes them with cookies and milk.

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3. I am really happy the day I experience a feeling of overall wellness. That is the day I accomplish the most and make positive affirmations for the future.

4. If I could go anywhere on a road trip, I’d go to Scotland. Long time back when I’s a University student, I had read Sir Walter Scott’s historical fiction. The magical images of valor, majestic castles, the mountains, farmlands and coastlines he created had strayed into some corner of the subconscious, which nudged me to refer to them in the Fill- Ins. The romance he created with his writing style is well worth experiencing. The road trip might create some déjà vu moments.

Friends,welcome here as always! 

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016


"I personally love a cliffhanger - I think it just extends the pleasure of viewing."

'C' is for 'Cliffhanger'...
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 Have you noticed the cliffhanger endings in daily episodes of T.V. serials these days? I’m sure you have. This plot device ensures the ending to give a glimpse  of a shocking revelation or some unexpected turn about the fate of the main character.  This is something the serial makers use extensively and manipulatively to keep us hooked to a serial by whetting our curiosity to such a level that we wait for the drama the whole day to know what would happen next. The addictive daily food for entertainment in us is exploited to the hilt by finishing the episode at such a suspense-ridden point where surely we would be dying to know how the plot progressed further on.

The faculty of curiosity is part of our DNA and is as old as the human race itself. Especially stories for children are written keeping in mind this element. Why do children go overboard to read JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series? These are replete with magic, suspense and unimaginable elements.  Just recall how small children never feel tired of listening to the  the same story repeatedly! The hunger for thrill, excitement and the curiosity has no saturation point. Otherwise who'd tolerate gossip mongers and slander purveyors.  Salacious filmy gossip provides bread and butter to publishers of ever growing tribe of film magazines.

Our life similarly plays this card game with us frequently. We make our choices and we are sometimes symbolically left hanging from the edge of a cliff until we know the consequences of our decisions.

 Friends,welcome here as always!

Friday, July 22, 2016


This is an exciting meme, where I'm supposed to complete  four given statements. The whole exercise inspires one to think and come up with  new ideas to fill up the blanks. Below are four statements, which I've completed.The given words are in bold letters and are underlined ....

1. I wish I could afford to hire someone to help me learn the intricacies of cyber world associated with what I do. So far, I have been a self-learner with occasional support from dear hubby here and there. He too has learnt through the difficult way of hit and trial. He spends a lot of time at the computer. Being a scientist, he learns it faster and does his banking online. As both of us have entirely different hobbies, he can’t help much. Honestly, I dare not experiment on my blog fearing it might not crash with stupid clicking. However, I feel it is okay, for my blogging journey remains a continuous challenge and I derive pleasure from this constant itch to learn.

2. Zucchini in our part of the country is a seasonal green vegetable and is widely grown here. These days it is abundantly available in all groceries stores and weekly mandis. We cook it as a vegetable dish Indian style with seasoning  of finely chopped onions, garlic pods and tomatoes. My mother used to cook it frequently. It is easy on the digestive system, soothes intestines, helps in warding off constipation and is loaded with vitamins. However, ours is a slightly different variety, as it requires slight peeling of the skin before cooking. The variety, which I had cooked in the U.S., is also available here in plenty.

3. One summertime memory I recall is when I’s about 5 years old and had recently joined school. One day instead of coming home from school, I went to a friend’s house. When I didn’t reach on time, hell let loose at our house.My parents were distraught. Searches were made. A drummer was hired to go from street to street  announcing the details of the lost girl. Ironically,  the drummer also came to the street where I’s crazily busy in some sort of game. Even then both of us peeped through the window. In the evening when we had our fill of playing, I walked back home unconcerned. Through the open door, I could see a group of women sitting around my mom who was crying. As a child, I don’t know how the particular  situation dawned on me, as i ran towards mom and holding her tightly started howling. The women dispersed immediately. No questions were asked. I could only gauge immense relief in the household. I’s too young to be reprimanded.

4.This summer, we had been regularly going on long walks on winding hill roads. It is a part of our work out. Our schedule is some stretching exercises in the mornings and walk in the evenings. Of course, off and on there are some misses also. Yet it affords me an opportunity to capture the lovely scenes around.

Friends,welcome here as always!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016


 'B' is for 'BEAUTY'.                    
  Beauties of nature.                                                      

Pines look fresh after a spell of rain in the narrow valley overlooking our flat at Kumarhatti (HP).

Thickly growing pines  during rainy season at Kumarhatti.
Trees and bushes along the highway - 22 yesterday.

Sky watch  in the evening at Kumarhatti.

Friends,welcome here as always!

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Saturday, July 16, 2016


This is an exciting meme, where I'm supposed to complete  four given statements. The whole exercise inspires one to think and come up with  new ideas to fill up the blanks. Below are four statements, which I've completed.The given words are in bold letters.....

                    Flowers have a way of spreading positivity!
Friendly fill-in for my post! Orange rose in our lawn.

1. I prefer reading one of my favorite books to needless TV watching in free time. Reading a good book gives me immense pleasure.

2. Accepting the loss of dear mom and dad was much harder than I expected. You realize the intensity of pain only after the loss.

3. One way that I can relax is either listening to music or strolling in our driveway. This gives me an opportunity to contemplate on fresh ideas.

4. Hypocrisy and lies, which are increasingly practiced in social circles these days, always make me feel uncomfortable. It may sound idealistic. However, I’m like that.

Friends,welcome here as always!

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Friday, July 15, 2016


Indian Bloggers

Pure blue sky over Shivalik hills after a spell of rain.

It had rained during the day. In the evening the atmosphere looked crystal clear. This click happened.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Indian Bloggers

'A' is for 'Appealing.'

    An appealing foursome!

Rose O Rose!

“What did you say?”

“That today and every day,

Take every plunge with cheer

If you hold your journey dear.

Rosy paths coexist with thorny trails,

Often dirges precede mirthful tales.

That, rain or sunshine,

Consider these divine.

Mountains, valleys and streams

Through them, our life gleams.

That, we are ‘condemned to be free. ’

Our choices may be like barbed trees.

Ups and downs never should you mourn

Since every rose has a thorn.”


Friends,welcome here as always! 

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Nature Notes, Outdoor Wednesday