2016 · Challenge on Nature Photography · PHOTOGRAPHY

Day #3 of Challenge on Nature Photography

Day #3 of the #ChallengeOnNaturePhotography. About the picture: Macro shot of Rose during Spring.

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2016 · FMS-Photo A Day · PHOTOGRAPHY

February Photo a day Challenge

Fat Mum Slim’s February Photo a day challenge’s theme is out! Being an aspiring photographer and in love with my Canon T4i, I am really looking forward to this photo challenge this February.

Based on the given daily prompts, we are expected to post a picture each day.

Good luck to everyone who is interested in this contest!

I am sharing the theme post on Fat Mum Slim’s blog:

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2016 · A-Z Challenge

A-Z Blogging Challenge

Few weeks ago, I bumped onto the information about this A-Z challenge, while surfing some blogs. Well, the signups are open today.

In the month of April, we need to blog continuously for 26 days(except Sundays), with blog post starting with each letter of alphabet every single day.

April 1st – Letter ‘A’

April 2nd – Letter ‘B’

April 4th – Letter ‘C’

April 5th- Letter ‘D’ and so on..

I signed up for this contest today and am really looking forward to it! 🙂

If you are interested too, you can check this link and signup for it !

 

 

 

 

2016 · Challenge on Nature Photography · PHOTOGRAPHY

Day #1 of Challenge on Nature Photography

This is a new photography challenge currently doing its rounds on social media. For seven days, we need to post images of nature and nominate one new person everyday. Each photo should be tagged with #ChallengeonNaturePhotography.

Yesterday, I was nominated by my friend Raj. My Day 1 starts today. Here is my picture for today!

Pristine view of Lake Hamilton from our room at Lakeside point Inn, Hot Springs
Pristine view of Lake Hamilton from our room at Lakeside point Inn, Hot Springs
2016 · Daily Prompt · PREGNANCY & BABY · WRITING PROMPTS

My Baby’s Impact – My Favorite Time!

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Courtesy: http://www.shutterstock.com

Having a baby surely comes with its share of pros and cons. Those sleepless nights, hair pulling, moments of shocks & surprises, freaking out, hand-on experiences, learning, unlearning, re-learning, making mistakes, lamenting, moving heaven to earth and running from pillar to post while trying hard to figure out why your baby isn’t calming down, despite you religiously following all the rules of the book: “how to calm a baby down”; and finally, being envious of parents who can pull it off together excellently – these are the cons of parenting. Some of the pros include – giving life to another human being, rejoicing and spending your quality time with another little living being, small triumphs and gratifications, watching his growth spurts, witnessing his fascinating milestones, receiving praises and accolades over successful parenting, and definitely the rejuvenation you experience when you see him smile.

Four months ago, I gave birth to a beautiful human being, having gone through twelve hours of labor pain which didn’t even recede despite anesthesia, and the only savior was epidural; followed by intense post surgery pain due to last minute cesarean, medicine to abate pain and inconsistent bed rest. It was even painful for me to hold my baby accurately and breastfeed him. I made a conscious effort always to carefully get up, walk, bend over and carry him fearing that I might exert too much pressure on my c-section stitches.

I had turned into a zombie with numerous alarms beeping on my phone for every three hours to remind me of his feeding times. I have even woken up at wee hours in the morning like 12 am, 3 am and 6 am – just to feed him, change his diapers, swaddle, sing and rock him to sleep. Several times, I have even pulled my hair out trying to figure out – What else should be done for his wailing to stop? Why wasn’t he feeding right? Why didn’t he have accurate number of wet and dirty diapers? Why wasn’t he sleeping right? et al. Our house had even turned into a war zone trying to find the other person to deflect the blame on.

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2016 · Daily Post - Weekly Photo Challenge · PHOTOGRAPHY

Optimism – Weekly Photo Challenge

Today it snowed for the first time in 2016. To stay optimistic in sub zero temperatures and freezing winter, I enjoy the serene snow-clad ambiance, despite biting cold.

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This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

This post is entry for Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge

2016 · Daily Prompt · WRITING PROMPTS

Yawn- Don’t kill me, please!

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There are plentiful things that bore me to death – ranging from gossips, uninteresting conversations, narcissism, lectures, meetings, et al. But, the most important thing that ‘kills’ me is boring and disengaging presentation. How many of you have sat in the audience when someone is flashing his power point on the projector, across the room and rendering his imposed discourse on the dispassionate, incurious and lackluster crowd?

A powerful presentation creates a wonderful impact on the audience, drawing their attention towards your matter in the presentation. You will get to express yourself correctly and the audience will be able to grasp the matter accurately.

Things which bugs me are:

  1. Essays on slides – The whole purpose of power point presentations are be concise and maintain brevity. Slides with bullet-ed points comprising of a line or two attracts the audience. Some people have the tendency to write essays on their slides and read it exactly word-to-word from them, sans the eye contact with their audience. I wish to stop these people right there and tell them “Hello, I can read English too”!
  2. Not elaborating the matter – This is in conjunction with above point. Some people just read slides and fail to elaborate the matter, thus boring the audience.
  3. Not keeping eye contact – It is really mandatory that the presenter keeps eye contact with his audience to assure them that he knows the matter and also make them feel important. Some people give presentations looking at walls, ceiling, floor and at their slides, completely oblivious of their audience.
  4. Not engaging with their audience – Everyone hates to sit in monologue conversations. If you are just going on with your discourse and not taking any questions from the audience, you are totally losing their attention.

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2016 · CHALLENGES · Fiction · Short Stories · WRITING PROMPTS · Writing Wednesday · Yeah Write

Yeah Write – Enchant-Her

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He had created a tiny time of enchantment. Little Anna held her parents’ hands as she waited patiently in the long line at the gazebo.  It was a cold windy afternoon. The gazebo was packed with enthralled kids and their parents, everyone decked up in multiple layers of clothing including sweater and jackets to keep themselves warm in the biting cold and against gushy wind. Every kid excitedly waited to meet him, despite freezing cold. Everyone assumed that they have been good this year. A twenty foot tree stood in the garden beside the gazebo. It was beautifully decorated with plethora of ornaments of numerous colors. The excited shrills and hollers of kids filled the air. Infinite camera clicks rebounded the arena. Chatters, laughter and shrills filled the air. The line at the gazebo started becoming shorter.

A huge chair was placed at the center of the gazebo. It was neatly decorated. A well dressed man in red and white fur shirt and pants sat on it with poise. He had a long white beard and a thick mustache running over his upper lips. A red and white fur hat covered his head. It couldn’t protect his ears from cold. A thick black belt ran across his stomach. A sweet wide grin ran across his lips. He was patiently waiting for every kid to come up to him. His bag was loaded with variety of candies and candy canes. Whenever a kid from the line ran up to him, he smiled, picked up the kid and carefully made it sit on his lap. He softly whispered “Merry Christmas” into the kid’s ears and with a lovely smile asked “What’s on your wishlist “?. Every kid in front of little Anna excitedly squealed and ran to sit on his lap when it was their turn. They handed over their wishlists to him. He took every wishlist from every kid, opened it, read it, then, neatly folded and placed it into his red sack, that lay beside his right foot. Then, he carefully bent over, grabbing a piece of candy or candy cane from his goody bag and handed it over to every kid, whilst smiling and posing for their pictures that were being captured by their parents.

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2016 · 42 WORDS · CHALLENGES · Fiction · Flash Fiction · WRITING PROMPTS · Writing Wednesday · Yeah Write

Yeah Write – My First Swim

poolIt was the first time I tried to swim in our house pool water, four feet deep. I tried and tried but in vain, kept drowning with frustration and pain. Snorkeling mask facilitated aplomb, confidence and kept me floated until I gloated.

This is an entry for Yeah Write’s Micro Writing Challenge #249

 

2016 · Daily Post · Daily Prompt · WRITING PROMPTS · Writing Wednesday

My Audience

Audience-Courtesy Google Images

Every performance, activity and feat requires an audience. A good audience encourages the performer to give his best, eases and relaxes his mind and also provides comfort during the performance. Some performers require ‘well known faces’ amidst their audience; whereas, others require strangers. Some feel comfortable receiving encouragement from loved ones; whereas others from strangers. For me, I would love the presence of strangers than my own family and friends.

Since my childhood, I have given numerous performances like song, drama and dance recitals. Every time that I went on stage, I was consciously aware of the fact that my parents and friends are paying rapt attention to every word of the lyrics that came out of my mouth, every step I took in my dance and every move in my drama. This ‘conscious mind’ has always put tremendous pressure on me to give my best, stressing me out that I might fail or let my family and friends down. Honestly, I didn’t enjoy performing under stress. It was also demotivating whenever I didn’t win a competition under this stress. Even during my MBA graduation walk, my husband was amidst the audience hollering and cheering for me, whilst happily snapping pictures, that I was consciously aware of, when I took a walk to receive my degree from the dean. When I married and moved to US for the first time,every time my husband(who is a great cook) ventured into the kitchen whilst I was cooking totally freaked me out. It made me so conscious that he might not like my cooking style or my food. Even today, I literally push him out of the kitchen whenever he steps into it.

Therefore, I can safely say that I need strangers amidst my audience to help me ease and give my best performance.

This post is an entry for The Daily Post’s-Daily Prompt:Witness Protection

2016 · Cakes & Pastries · FOOD

Eggless Red Velvet Cake – Recipe

img_4224I have started a tradition to celebrate LO’s birthday every month when he turns a month older. Thanks to P for gifting me the new Kitchen Aid Mixer, my baking love continues and I am able to bake different variety of cakes for LO’s monthly birthdays. This time,I rummaged Pinterest for some ‘eggless red velvet cake’ recipes and found an easy one. Received raving reviews from everyone who tasted my final product.

Sharing the recipe:

Ingredients for baking Cake:

  • All purpose flour – 2.5 cups
  • Sugar – 1.5 cups
  • Cocoa powder – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Baking soda – 1 tsp
  • Melted Butter- 2/3 Cups
  • Milk – 2 cups
  • Distilled white vinegar – 1 tbsp
  • Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
  • Red food coloring – 1.5 tsp

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