Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Five Little Witches

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five little witches
knock loudly on wooden doors
their words - "trick or treat"





Monday, October 20, 2014

Tales Of Bliss



books, designed on the shelf
to be read, worshiped
and cherished

awestruck
I wonder at the marvel
how these gems are penned
by mortals who rise above the rest
their words resonating deep and wide
across timeless horizons, over pink clouds

I pray
and I wish
to imbibe these values
of greatness beyond boundaries

someday, perhaps a few words
from my dusty pages
would rain 

and I shall sleep in peace
carrying a hope
and tales of bliss


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Release

releasing her fears
she sets afloat paper boat
lost stories on board

This Haiku is shared with Haiku Horizons - Release.




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Health Is Happiness

Children make the house more vibrant. They are the source of happiness and the joy that binds the family together. Their playful antics, the naughtiness and their innocence add beauty to any abode. However, when these children fall sick, a gloomy atmosphere haunts the entire household.
I recently visited a friend of mine while vacationing in Delhi. He is married, and has a five year old kid. Always a jovial person, Arpan, my classmate from school, was known to be a man of unparalleled humor, always being the life of any social gathering. However, when I met him after almost half a decade, his appearance narrated a sorry tale.

I found him aged beyond years. When asked about the reason, he said that things were all going well until the last few days, when high fever gripped hold of his son. Always an active boy, the five year old Kito was now confined to bed. The medicines were hardly doing any good, and the fever was accompanied with chills. A few medical tests, and it was evident that the little child was suffering from Malaria.

Immunity plays a key role in our lives. For a kid, that's of prime importance. A healthy kid leads to a healthy teenager, and eventually to a fit adult. On the contrary, a kid who is not taken care of properly turns out weak as he grows older. With proper supervision, Kito got well after a few days. The family doctor then suggested to give him proper food, reduce his junk intake and make sure that he gets a good dose of outdoor games and activities. Also, he suggested a spoon of Dabur Chyawanprash for the child, every morning and evening, as he said that would increase his inner immunity, providing resistance to germs and diseases of all forms.

Kito recovered, and the house was back to its brimming self. Arpan once again returned to his natural form, cracking jokes and entertaining me and others with his bagful of humor. Kito often invited me to play Cricket with him, along with his friends, and I didn't mind. After all, isn't it nice to relive your childhood? I was doing exactly that.

My vacation eventually came to a pleasant conclusion, and I bid farewell to my friend and his family. The last few days taught me how important a child and his/her health is to the entire family. Shouldn't a kid be provided with the best of care, so that not only he/she keeps smiling all the time, but his/her parents too live in a happy and peaceful ambiance?

That is the world we should all look forward to. That is the dream we should all turn into a reality.

After all, Health is Happiness.

Indeed !!!


This is my official entry to 'A healthy child makes a happy home' contest organized by Indiblogger in association with Dabur Chyawanprash.

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#GharWaliDiwali - Memories And Moments

There are moments when you just want to be at home, with your family, spending the time with your loved ones over heaps of laughter and tonnes of joy, the hustle and bustle of the busy streets sounding musical even in its cacophony.

That’s the magic of Diwali, that invites you, embraces you, and celebrates the occasion of togetherness, emphasizing the values and the cultures we are all born with, signifying the warmth and affection that are rooted deep within us.



As I look back at the tracks of time, the festive aroma grips me, driving a smile on my face after a hectic day at work. Diwali had always been one of the most awaited festivals of the years. As soon as the new Calendar was hung on the walls, the first question that crept in my mind was – “When is Diwali?” School days came bundled with a two days holiday, and a week - long advance preparation of buying fireworks for the occasion. Initially, I insisted on crackers, but then the high pitched sound caused by them, resulting in discomfort of those residing in the nearby old age home, made me do away with them. Diwali then turned into a peaceful procession of light, fire and fun and frolic.

After a week of preparation focused on cleaning the house and buying new clothes for the occasion, as well as gifts for families and friends, the D-Day finally arrived. Diyas and lamps were placed at various positions in the house, resulting in an illumination so radiant that I felt all problems being swept away in the bright rays of hope.

Fireworks adorned the evenings. The grounds burst in sparkling showers, while the skies rained in colorful extravaganza. Friends and families came together, and a seemingly endless day of enjoyment began with refreshments, lightings, chit- chats, games and delicious food. The celebration lasted long into the nights, the sleep bugs disappearing for the day, and the festive enthusiasm gripping hold of the vibrant energy in me.

Staying away from home, these moments revisit, bringing those smiles and cheers that are somewhere hidden in the closet of my hearts. I get out of my building, the lanes and by-lanes that have become my new abode in the last one year, greet me with fervor anew. I, with my friends, munch on Kurkure, and a few sips of Pepsi, sharing the memories that we have all relished with our respective families on occasions of Diwali. New bonds are formed, and friendships attain an all new meaning on this festive occasion. True, I miss the beauty of #GharWaliDiwali, but then again, the festival never fails to brighten me up. With communication today so fast paced with the advent of internet, home is just a few clicks away, and though there are miles that separate me and my family, the love we share on this occasion beats with every heartbeat.


This is my official entry to 'Diwali - a time for family!' contest organized by Indiblogger in association with PepsiCo#GharWaliDiwali.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tea On His Saucer

tea on his saucer
he sips and reminisces
black hair turning gray


This Haiku is shared with Carpe Diem - Tea.



Friday, October 17, 2014

Beep Beep


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*** AVOID EXPLETIVES ... ADOPT BEEPS ***

Beep beep
Yeah that is you
Beep beep
Aah oh so true
Beep beep
A curse in time
Beep beep
Like bitter lime
Beep beep
You are hateful
Beep beep
Just be grateful

'cause you are alive
My dagger my knife
Are lost in the kitchen
That's filled with lichens
I'm scared to go
And thus no show
Revenge some day
Till then don't cross my way

Beep beep
You are devil
Beep beep
The worst evil
Beep beep
Yes that is you
Beep beep
Aah oh so true


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Audience

amidst passing crowd
old man plays his broken drum
a sole cat listens


This Haiku is shared with Haiku Horizons - Drum.




Escape From Hell

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trapped by zombies
I would love comedies
last wish you say
gonna be my way
'cause they could bite
and I would fight
till breaths run last
and time flies fast

one, two, three and five
forget the count, I gotta strive
run, run, run, jump and run
chase is on, let's have some fun
I would live to tell this tale
and then name it - 'Escape From Hell'
mountains high and oceans shall I scale
until am safe, and all is well



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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dance To The 7 Tunes Of Success - Review

Change the world with your standards of excellence
It’s time to breakthrough, not breakdown. It’s time to give your all and not give up. It is time to put your best foot forward and Dance to the 7 Tunes of Success
Success is not just about achieving your goals, it is about making the most while you’re on your way to your goal. You are happy when you achieve success, but you also achieve success when you are happy. 
Dance to the 7 Tunes of Success puts together the 7 invaluable pieces of life’s puzzle in the right sequence and pattern to bring out the real potential in each one of us. The 7 tunes of our life work wonderfully in rhythm to reveal the gifts we possess. It is thus time to break out of our comfort zone and create a legacy for a more purposeful world. It’s time to broaden our horizons with new and powerful ideas on being happy and making a positive difference to life. 
Let the ideas take you to the next level. Let that time be NOW!

About the Author
Nishit Lal is a renowned speaker on self-development and high achievement. A former employee at Infosys, he has conducted several leadership and emotional intelligence workshops for a wide range of audiences using Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques. With a Bachelors degree in Technology and a Masters in Human Resource Management, he conducts interesting and powerful training programs to transform lives. Prior to this, Nishit has authored two widely acclaimed books. You can reach him at nishitlal@outlook.com.



What is success? The simplest of answers would be – something that we all crave for. Pretty obvious, isn’t it? But therein lies the complexity. People have different goals in life, achievement of which they term as success. However, the goals of two people may not be alike, and what one can term as success may not seem so to the other person. In a world of relativity, where there is no definite scale to measure the parameter, how do we find out what is success? Moreover, how can we make sure that we are successful in our lives?

Nishit Lal tries to answer some of these questions in his book ‘Dance To The 7 Tunes Of Success.’ As the name suggests, the book deftly points out 7 key ingredients that can help a person achieve success, and ensure a path towards his or her destination. These seven items that have been mentioned are – Passion, Purpose, Productivity, Perception, Possibilities, Practice and Potential. Separate chapters have been assigned to each one of these. The author starts out by defining these terms, and then proceeds onwards to unravel the secret recipe.

One can find several self – help and motivational books in the market. Why should one pick up this book? The reason becomes obvious as you start reading it. The definition of the seven essential ‘tunes of success’ are apt and totally justify their selection into the list. The author then analyzes each of these terms, pointing out what it could mean in different scenarios. Through situational observation and detailed analysis, Nishit Lal successfully presents to us his thoughts, ideas and the purpose of writing this book. He never beats around the bush, and is direct in his language. The best thing about the ‘Dance To The 7 Tunes Of Success’ is the use of snippets every now and then. The stories and life incidents of several legendary icons have been penned down, which serve as a much needed push to the readers in achieving what seems impossible today. True, no one was born successful, and only through sheer will power and hard work can one taste the delicacies of success.

The cover of the book, depicting a person flying high, in blue sky with tinge of yellow, is perfect keeping in mind the theme it deals with. The flowing water below, and the bridge, add a sense of serenity, and the readers feel entitled to pick up the copy and give it a look. The colors and the background art add a positive aura to the book.

Dance To The 7 Tunes Of Success’ is interactive and introspective. The narrative is brisk and you don’t feel like stopping in the middle. The ideas presented in the book can be implemented by any person in quest of success, with results likely to follow. This is one book that can really liven up your mood, and motivate you to walk faster towards your goal. A book that can be read any time, any season, and any where, ‘Dance To the 7 Tunes Of Success’ should be right up there on your shelf.


Title: Dance to the 7 Tunes of Success
Authors: Nishit Lal
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
Publication Year: 2014
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Genre: Self - Help
No. of Pages: 168
Price: Rs 225
My Rating: 4/5