Blogchatter A to Z Challenge 2020-THEME REVEAL

I started blogging in May 2019 and since then I have heard and read a lot about the yearly A to Z challenge. The posts that I explored were immensely informative and interesting.

A month of blogging!! How did they manage? These were my initial thoughts.

But then curiosity killed the cat. The moment this year’s challenge was announced, I registered immediately and very enthusiastically.

It was while choosing the theme, deciding how to spread it from A to Z and collecting the initial information that I realized I had bitten more than I could chew!! But then Rome was also not built in a day!!!

So here I am ready to Rock and Roll!!! Fingers crossed.

I was brought up in the picturesque town of Bhimtal (Uttarakhand). It is a place which played a very important part in my upbringing. So, throughout April I plan to take you through a journey in the Himalayas. I will be decoding some explored and unexplored aspects  about the State of Uttarakhand, Abode of Gods.

Join me and let us together explore the varied facets of the lifestyle,social and mythological aspects of Uttarakhand. A journey of discovery from  the epic Mahabharata to the present times.

I am also eagerly waiting to read the posts by fellow bloggers. Meet familiar as well as new people and forge bonds. Hope to have a very interesting time here!!!

YOU MADE ME “The Woman That I Am”…

Dear Papa,
I am neither very eloquent with my feelings nor a prolific writer, but I can say in the simplest words that ‘I do love you’. Having lost mummy when I was seven years old, your love and warmth has always protectively enveloped me. Never once have I
doubted your love.
You have never been vocal and demonstrative about your feelings but you have always been the solid rock I leaned against in times of trouble. I still remember how I annoyed you about everything after Mummy’s death. How you silently suffered. I have
always lashed out at you at every opportunity. I feel sorry about it now.
Be it a difficult Mathematics problem, a Physics Ray diagram, a declamation competition or the doll’s broken arm –you have always been there for me.
A lot of heartbreaks in life were borne with stoic silence by you. The jovial smile, the wave and the nod never needed words to be understood.
I can still hear you humming ‘’Hey Jude, don’t make it bad…’ by Beatles or whistling the signature tune of the song “Ye shaam mastani, madhosh kiye jaye…”
I might have been Papa’s girl, but you cleverly moulded me into a strong, considerate and self dependent girl. You never let success or loss affect me. You taught me to firmly and confidently move ahead in life in spite of all the hardships.


Together, we have felt love and joy, laughter and respect,
We have borne pain and torture, felt despair and disrespect,
We have been harassed and belittled, suffered sarcasm and neglect,
We have seen uncountable shades of life,
We have witnessed numerous sunrises and sunsets,
But those dark clouds of grief did not deter us,
Because it was rainbow that tempted us….
I still do not crack or crumble under pressure,
I still hold my head high, stand tall and erect,
A picture of serenity and strength.


Thank you Papa for making me #TheWomanThatIAm!!!!!


I miss you.


With love,

Your daughter,

P

“This post is a part of ‘The Woman That I Am’ Blog Hop #TheWomanThatIAm organized by Rashi Roy and Manas Mukul #RRxMM. The Event is sponsored by Kraffitti.”

A BEAUTIFUL LIFE IS A COLLECTION OF UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS…..

This Decade Blog Hop triggered a plethora of memories, stirred numerous emotions and touched the long forgotten realms of my life.

Come join me for a glimpse of my life down the decade.

I used to begin every New Year with some new hocus pocus. One year I decided that if I got up early on New Year morning then I would automatically wake up early throughout the year. Did I?

I also had the habit of writing numerous resolutions in my diary and then would religiously break them one by one. My making resolution vs breaking resolution graph was rather consistent for years.

So, how did I begin my previous decade?

I began it with “forgiveness” and “gratitude” and with it I deviated from my consistent record; for it remains unbroken till date.

After years of being miserable, followed by intense introspection I focused on rebuilding the broken parts of my life. I decided to let go of all the pent up anger and mend my fractured relationship with my family. My first step was to connect with a few relatives using Orkut,followed by phone calls. Though it still took me a few more years to actually meet my family(after a gap of nearly 20 years) and let go of all the negativity. It helped me to move on in life without the guilt that I did not try to mend relationships.

THE STRUGGLE ENDS WHEN GRATITUDE BEGINS….

And what a wonderful healing effect it had on my mind and body!!! I felt as if some burden had been removed from my soul. I developed a sense of gratitude even for hardships and life rewarded me enormously.  

Everyone around me knows me as a strong and brave person. But believe me I was not born strong; circumstances made me so. I have traveled alone, lived alone and managed my life on my own for more than a decade now. I am sometimes asked whether I have any hatred for people around me who have not fulfilled their responsibilities towards me. My answer is a big “NO”. And do you know why? Because I always tend to focus on the ray of hope that penetrates the darkness.

Why brood over the negative aspect? Look at the positive side. Their neglect made me strong, let me dream, let me carve a life of my own. It made me what I am today. So why should I crib?

I belong to a generation which transitioned from no phone to landlines to mobile phones and social media. Due to the latter I slowly came in touch with many school friends in the past decade. But life has changed me so much that it is now getting difficult for them to understand me. I find myself at loss of words to explain to them about everything that happened in my life after I completed schooling. I am no longer what they remember me as.

SOMETIMES, HAPPY MEMORIES HURT THE MOST…

Their simple questions about my welfare trigger such painful memories that I end up replying in monosyllables. Due to this I constantly get blocked and unblocked by them. There is a painful time of nearly 22 years that I have erased from my mind but the changes it has brought in my personality are here to stay. I will try to improve this negative trait in the coming decade.

My professional life has always been full of people who have cared for me, helped me develop professionally and personally. Don’t think that I did not face hurdles or encounter negative people but I was blessed with such wonderful friends,that the hurdles and negativity fizzled in the bright light of positivity. I have friends around me believing in my potential more than I do, and this keeps me in high spirits on sad days. This decade I reignited my passion of writing, reading and public speaking. My storytelling sessions over the past decade have been widely appreciated but this activity is solely restricted to school workshops.I hope to take it up more seriously, maybe launch a channel or conduct workshops in the coming decade. Fingers crossed.

SOMETIMES MEMORIES SNEAK OUT OF MY EYES AND ROLL DOWN MY CHEEKS….

This decade I lost a friend and it was one of the triggering factors that started bringing a change in my perspective towards life. Until then like most people I believed that professional achievement was the one and only index of my success.It would be just work, work and work! I hardly read books, pursued my hobbies or socialized. I used to get annoyed when he would plan an outing for our group. I would go only if I was totally free. His death made me explore the various other aspects of my life. He has also left me with a lingering regret of not meeting him enough. Maybe I would have sensed his inner turmoil…Maybe….

In 2019, the last year of the decade two significant events happened in my life.

FIRST: After being a closet writer for years I started sharing my thoughts with the world. First through my blog which I started in May and then through various online platforms.

SECOND: I was diagnosed with Thyroid Carcinoma in June.It was a wake up call for me to take care of myself. So, are you taking care of your health? https://pashmeenachowdhary.home.blog/2019/11/30/are-you-taking-care-of-your-body/ (Do read it).

Call it karmic intervention but writing was very therapeutic for me during my medical crisis.

In 2011 as part of a campaign I wrote some determinations towards 2030.I am happy to share that I have laid the foundation stones for all of them and they are in various stages of completion.

Fate whispers to the warrior, “You cannot withstand the storm.”

The warrior whispers back, “I am the storm.”

Some events of the past decade broke me, some made me strong and some changed me completely. But at the end of this decade my life glowed even brighter.

After all, STARS CAN’T SHINE WITHOUT DARKNESS…

CHEERS TO THE PAST AND CHEERS TO THE FUTURE..

“This post is a part of ‘DECADE Blog Hop’ #DecadeHop organized by #RRxMM Rashi Roy and Manas Mukul. The Event is sponsored by Glo and co-sponsored by Beyond The Box, Wedding Clap, The Colaba Store and Sanity Daily in association with authors Piyusha Vir and Richa S Mukherjee”

YADON KI GADI MUJHE BULA RAHI HAI; KHUSHI SE SEETI BAJA RAHI HAI…

This wonderful  Bollywood themed Blog Hop triggered the voice of my soul and musical memories flooded  my mind.

The past holds soothing memories that enliven my present.

After all  “ Har Ghadi Badal Rahi hai Roop Zindagi….”

My childhood memories are soaked with lilting tunes of Bollywood songs which I heard either on the radio or through my father’s enviable collection of cassettes. Radio programmes based on songs, narration of a movie’s story, cricket commentaries etc were much awaited. Cassettes were either bought or recorded. After hearing them for the umpteenth time I eventually remembered the next song that would play in a particular cassette. It was joyous to rewind and listen to my favorite song again and again.

Life was very simple then.

With the advent of television came Chitrahaar, Rangoli and the Sunday movie. Pin drop silence and concentration were mandatory.

How can I forget Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana? As kids we were given the duty to adjust the antenna.

Sunday mornings reverberated with the sound of “Signal aaya kya ????”

“Nahi!!!!!Thoda aur ghuma antenna”.

After numerous adjustments we would happily settle for the poor reception. Patience was a virtue then. Can you imagine anyone sitting peacefully today, if they did not get what they wanted?

Families and neighbours gathered around the TV sets for these programmes. Nowadays  people do not even sit  together at the dining table.

Family gatherings were incomplete without a lively Antakshari session. It would eventually end in heated arguments about the lyrics. The starting letter of the song would be debated earnestly. These memories still bring a smile on my face.

Animated conversations based on a new movie, or a song and its lyrics were an interesting part of our life . If someone had watched the movie in the theatre he was equivalent to God! Each detail of the movie was discussed, dissected and savoured. It brought people of varied age groups together.

Music is after all the universal language of mankind.

No matter how accessible songs and movies have become now, I still hold on to the memories of a life where we celebrated moments.

So much has changed since then. No wonder “Zindagi ke safar mein guzar jate hai jo mukam,wo phir nahi aate.…”

How can I forget the photographs taken by my Kodak camera. One reel would take 36 photographs. Thanks to it I have numerous albums full of memories of togetherness. In fact getting the photographs developed was another source of excitement. It broke our heart if they did not come out well.

Life was simple and contentment was easy to achieve. Small things gave immense joy.

Today, as I sit warmly snuggled in a blanket on a snowy January evening in Shimla, sipping a fragrant cup of kahwa,various questions arise in my mind.

When we bought our Radio-cum-Cassette player a license was needed. I wish it was mandatory right now too, looking at the negative effects of free access to media.

Where have these joyous moments disappeared in the mad rush for unrealistic achievements?

Why have we drifted apart from each other and hidden behind the facade of social media?

Come on friends in this New Year – 2020 let us resolve to celebrate each moment of our life….

This post is a part of #ALPxGUN BlogHop #BollyExpress hosted by Alpana andPraGun and sponsored by – UnorthodoxpeepsRangPotliExploreKidsWorldSoulfulFood and Praggatti Rao

#ALPxGUN BollyExpress Bloghop

ARE YOU TAKING CARE OF YOUR BODY?

 

24th June ,2019

 I was summoned by my doctor for some emergency discussion as I had been undergoing tests for a lump in the neck for the past few days. On reaching the doctor’s cabin I was told that my reports indicate that I may be suffering from thyroid carcinoma. It was a bombshell for me and everyone around me. I was then advised to undergo further tests.

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8th July, 2019

Results of the tests confirmed the previous diagnosis.

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The next few days were spent in analyzing the mistakes and planning the future course of treatment.

What did I miss?

Where did I go wrong?

How will I overcome this?

Will I die?

Numerous doubts rose in my mind.

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12th July,2019

Today, I got up in the morning and found the answer to all my doubts.

Realization dawned….. My focus towards my health was negligible.

Why?

Because no major sickness had ever happened to me and I was overconfident that nothing will ever happen to me. I wrongly believed that I will remain untouched from any major illness.

 I will exercise when I am old.

I will quit junk food when I am old.

 I will quit sugar when I am old.

 Illnesses come in old age and am not old.

UNFORTUNATELY MY DEAR FRIENDS THIS IS WHAT MOST OF US THINK……..

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Our body gives signs when it is not well but do we ever listen? I ignored my body.

  • I had constant fatigue. I told myself it was because I was overworked.
  • A mild twist fractured my foot a few years back and I was warned to take a calcium rich diet. I promised myself but on and off I broke my promise.
  • I was gaining weight and I blamed it on my fatigue due to which I was unable to go for walks.

As you can see I created a vicious cycle of excuses around me.

We take our health and life for granted till we face some medical emergency.Health is not valued till sickness comes.

  • It is very important to eat healthy.
  • Take out some time for physical exercise.
  • Develop and nurture a hobby that helps to overcome stress as well as keep you occupied in a healthy manner.
  • Read books.
  • Write about your happiness, dreams, sadness etc. Pour it out. You will immediately feel better.
  • Surround yourself with positive thinking and friends. Be there for them if you want them to be around you when you need them. Socialize personally not just on social media.
  • Get the basic blood tests done once a year.
  • Health Insurance is a must. Thankfully I had it and eventually got the best treatment thanks to their full cooperation and prompt funding. (How I beat cancer and what it taught me::: Sonali Bendre’s Interview)
  • Stay positive throughout the medical treatment and beyond.Your worrying is not going to help.It has been proven that stress releases hormones that aggravate the disease.
  • Most importantly stop postponing living your life for an unknown time in the future.

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Has this changed my outlook? Oh yes! It has.

  • Focus is one powerful habit that keeps me going.
  •  I am eating healthy. Not that I have stopped eating out but I keep a check on what I eat.
  • I have resumed my habit of walking.I used to love walking but had stopped 5 years back when I fractured my foot and eventually  became lazy to resume  it.
  • I exercise or do yoga.
  • I am very conscious about my health and take my body symptoms seriously rather than just ignoring them.Of course I do it without being paranoid.
  • I pamper my body. How will I pursue my  numerous goals and dreams if it stops working?

 GREAT HABITS ARE FORMED DAILY..Even though the 21/90 rule can help us to achieve small victories and guide us towards a greater good. Please do not expect some magic to occur after 21 days. It totally depends on your attitude.

The 21 Day Myth.

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Cheers to a happy and healthy life…

This post is a part of Blog Anniversary celebrations of Thoughts by Geethica Turns 3 co-hosted by Zainab and Ashvini.

It is based on the prompt ::::  Today,I got up in the morning and found…….

 

 

Your potential is endless and untapped..

Dear Yashika,

Do not give up when you do not score high in the exams, as long as you are focused on your future,

Do not give up when you do not have the luxuries that your friends have,as long as you have gratitude for your own life,

Do not give up when your dreams are crushed,as long as you dream numerous more,

Do not give up when I deny your request,as long as you understand and trust me,

Do not ever give up my child, for your life is like a butterfly emerging out of the chrysalis….

How?

When a butterfly finally comes out of the chrysalis it has undergone complete transformation i.e. it has changed from a caterpillar into a butterfly.It slowly stretches its wings and adapts to the new surroundings. Upon realising the true potential of its wings and trusting itself ,it soars high into the sky.

Your life my child is also the same. You will blossom and shine at the right moment.

But first you have to believe in yourself.

“How can I know who I am, until I find out who I was?” Jack Frost.

In the movie Kung Fu Panda,Po,a panda was chosen to undertake a heroic mission even though he was everything but a warrior. Po received a Dragon scroll that was supposed to turn him into a Dragon Warrior. On opening the scroll he found nothing but a golden, reflective surface that was completely blank, but it reflected his face. This was the secret to his “limitless power”.

Hrithik  Roshan stammered as a child and due to it had low confidence. He took speech therapy classes and overcame his disability. Today he is a renowned Bollywood superstar.

How did both of them achieve success?

It was because they believed in the power within and never gave up.

Continue to make persistent efforts and you will eventually win in life. You will be amazed to see what you can achieve. You have immense and unlimited potential.

May you be blessed with wisdom, courage and confidence. May you soar high in the sky.

Always dream and try to be better than yourself each day.

Break the suffocating shackles and win in life.

Lots of love my heartbeat,

Bua

This post is part of #childrensday blog train hosted by www.prernawahi.com and www.vartikasdiary.com

मेरी परी

“मां, आओ ना,चलो ना,” नन्ही सी गुनगुन ने मां का पल्लू खींचते हुए बोला। मुस्कुराते हुए दोनों मां बेटी बगीचे में चली गई।गुनगुन हवा में उड़ते हुए रूई की फाहें जैसे सिंहपर्णी के पुष्प से खेलने लगी।

खुशनुमा हवा के झोंके सी है गुनगुन,जो अब लगभग तीन वर्ष की हो चुकी है। इस नन्ही सी परी ने उसके जीवन को रंगों से भर दिया है।अब उसके घर की दीवारें खुशी से गूंजती है।

कौन सोच सकता था की वो छोटी सी कली जो सड़क किनारे एक पॉलिथीन बैग में मिली थी,उसका जीवन बन जाएगी ।

GRATITUDE..

Her life turned topsy-turvy the day she was diagnosed with cancer.

She felt as if the light of hope and joy was forever extinguished.A torrent of negativity engulfed her soul.Full of hopelessness and numerous regrets she reflected on the past trials and tribulations in her life..


And then it dawned on her.She never gave up!


Gratitude filled her heart as her outlook changed.


Her soul lit up like numerous bright lanterns rising up.

She vowed, “I will fulfil my dreams, for life is a blessing.I gift myself eternal happiness and peace.I am a woman extraordinaire.I am a born winner.”


The sky illuminated with joy!

WALTZ OF THE YELLOW LIGHT..

Swirling and twirling rises the gentle breeze, 
The dainty dandelions it loves to tease, 
Delicately dance the yellow flowers,
Humming and flitting around are the lovely bees.

Down trickled the cool showers,
On the dandelions and the sunflowers. 
Mesmerising shades of yellow veil the ground,
Sheltered by the dense newly -leafed bowers.

The sights and fragrances of nature abound,
With the birds chirping in the background.
Bright yellow beam shoots across the sky,
Beckoning the sunflowers to whirl around.

Raise your arms high, towards the sky,
Rejoice and celebrate, without a sigh.
The yellow light has mellowed down,
It is now time to bid goodbye.

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