Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Reflections on A-Z

Dear Diary,

A-Z  is over. While I’m delighted on completing the challenge, I’m a bit sad that I no longer have to think of any more recommendations.

It was a pleasure visiting various blogs, making new blogging friends, reading the comments on my blog posts and sharing my recommendations with everyone.
It amazes me how innumerable times in spite of our words clashing, the content differed and so did the perspectives of looking at it. I had a lot of fun sticking to a theme this year, for a change.

A virtual high five to every blogger out there, who successfully completed the challenge. It was a pleasure to blog the month of April and I look forward to the challenge next year too.

Until then...
Time to recharge my batteries.

The Sunday Visitor.

Snapshots for April

Dear Diary,

Here are a few insights into my life and what I did in the month of April :
Chased this little fella and did my work out!

Binged on Easter Egg.

Welcomed a heavenly visitor for a day.

Celebrated Easter.

Photographed Easter Eggs.

 The Sunday Visitor.

Z is for Zitella.

Dear Diary,

For Z,I recommend : Zitella.

Zitella is a word no longer used in English,  I wonder why? It's such a pretty word.  It means a young girl or a maiden.

All of us are zitellas in some way or the other because I believe that age is just a number. No matter how old you grow, there is still a zitella somewhere hidden inside of you.

My recommendation: Don’t let her go. Hold on to her because she is the one who will make you feel young at heart no matter what the mirror shows you. She will always show you the lighter side of things and make you laugh at your silly errors.

Be a Zitella always!

The Sunday Visitor

Monday, 28 April 2014

Y is for Yabber Away!!

Dear Diary,

For Y,I recommend : Yabber Away!!

Yabber means to chatter incessantly.

For this blog post my two lovely neighbors were the inspiration. One is a little girl of four and the other a boy of seven. They keep yabbering all day long, it’s cute but sometimes it gets pretty annoying too. 

I’m no saint and frankly I don’t have a lot of patience with children but these two are helping me change that.The ironic part though is that when these two are not around, the house is so silent and I start missing their yabbering, longing for them to come back soon.

Looking at these two I wonder, why people are so hell bent on making sense out of their lives, as kids our speech is often unclear and we tend to yabber a lot but still our parents understand us, our needs and our wants. Similarly our life may not make sense to us now but we will understand it sooner or later till then Yabber Away!!

Here’s a picture of us :

The Sunday Visitor.

Sunday, 27 April 2014


Dear Diary,

For X,I recommend : Xenophile.

Let me be frank and admit it, I’m a Xenophile. Xenophilia is described as love of foreigner while Xenophobia is a fear of them.  

Every place has it’s own share of visitors. While one can choose to grumble about them like I have noticed in some places, or accept them for who they are, because after all we are foreigners everywhere except in our homeland.

Why I call myself a Xenophile is because I love observing people, especially foreigners. I tend to strike conversations with them asking them how they are enjoying their stay, which places they have visited, recommend them some nice tourist spots in the city etc. In addition to it, learning a foreign language has helped me broaden my horizons and deepen my Xenophilia. (I may come across as creepy. But I’m harmless J)

That's me!

I’m curious about people, their cultures and lifestyles and often in my conversation with foreigners learn a lot about their country and them in the process. While I detested Geography in school, being a Xenophile has helped me improve my knowledge.

The Sunday Visitor

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Win some, lose some.

Dear Diary,

First off, I ask pardon for not writing yesterday, I was occupied with some work and by the time I finished it, it was too late to blog.

For W, I recommend: Win some, lose some.

This incident happened a month ago. While my friend and I were waiting for our sandwiches, a mother and son passed us. The son in a football jersey  was dejected with his head hanging low and a football in his hands while the mother was angry and kept berating him. They were returning from a football match which I assume the boy lost and therefore the bombarding. My friend affirmed my assumptions.

I was baffled by what I had witnessed. A walk down memory lane reminded me of how supportive my parents were when I lost a competition and how they encouraged me to try again without losing heart. Gone are the days when Participation is what mattered; now it’s winning.

That’s why I recommend ‘Win some, lose some.’

That does not mean to lose on purpose but merely not be disappointed. In life everyday is a battle. It’s impossible to win all of them. No single King in History was undefeated in his conquests. Win some battles and lose some because loss and failure can teach you a lot many things that success cannot. It’s necessary to have a taste of everything in life.

 The Sunday visitor

Friday, 25 April 2014

V is for Value It!

Dear Diary,

For V, I recommend: Value It!

Innumerable times in my life I have heard people telling me, “ You never know the value of something till you lose it. Be it a person or a thing.”

It’s so true. I wonder why it’s that way. Why do we only realize the value of something when we don’t have it anymore? We know that our life is precious because one day we are going to lose it.

My recommendation to you is Value it! Your life, your family, friends , relatives, teachers, the experiences, ambitions, aspirations everything. Don’t wait for the moment of loss to let it dawn on you that what you had was precious. Everything possesses a value and it’s time you saw it and cherish it!

Though maps, charts and graphs never made any sense to me. I especially like this one, it explains a lot. 

What do you think?

The Sunday visitor

Thursday, 24 April 2014

U is for Understanding

Dear Diary,

For u, I recommend: Understanding.

Misunderstanding and distrust causes the downfall and eventual ruin of many a relationship. A little understanding goes a long way in maintaining and nurturing a bond.

It’s often tough to be understanding especially when you are mad at someone or if you are really hurt but you should try. Put yourself in that person’s shoes and you will realize their motives and understand them a bit better. At such times I keep reminding myself what Nick’s father told him, “not everyone has the same advantage as you.”

Here are two nice quotes I came across,

The Sunday visitor

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Try Again

Dear Diary,

For T, I recommend: Try Again.

There are times when we are down and low, failure has knocked out the energy from us and we have no more strength to go on. For those times I recommend, try again.

Dust yourself, rise up and try again, this time harder with more strength, determination and a focus to succeed. Try again because falling down was not your fault but choosing to stay there is. 

Try again because you never know what lies ahead and if you don’t try it will always remain a mystery. Try again for yourself, your hopes and dreams. Try again because it will be an example in the future of how you overcame failure and succeeded.

And as Samuel Beckett puts it:

The Sunday Visitor.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Books Read.

Here are the books that I have finished reading till now.

The Great Gatsby
The old man and the sea
The Bluest Eye
Black Rain
The World of Jeeves
On The Road
Dash & Lily’s book of dares
The Shadow Lines
Those Pricey Thakur Girls
The fault in our stars.
The boy in striped pyjamas
Schindler’s list
The Too Far series
The coincidence of Callie and Kayden.
The redemption of Callie and Kayden.

Currently reading : The book thief.

The SUnday Visitor

S is for Someday.

Dear Diary,

For S, I recommend: Someday.

I read an article a few months back and the writer had written that the week should consist of eight days. The eighth one being Someday.

 I found the article very poignant as all of us have the habit of saying Someday we will do what we have always had in mind. Someday we are going to have that good retired life. Someday it will all make sense.

If that someday actually is a part of a week then we can all pursue our dreams easily and accomplish all that we desire in the near future than the distant one.

The way I look at it is either make Someday a reality or shift all your someday aspirations and make them your long term or short term goals.

The Sunday Visitor.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Reach for the stars.

Dear Diary,

For R I recommend: Reach for the stars.

Many times in life we are contented with what we have, comfortable in our small worlds, while contentment is a good thing, stagnation is not. That’s why I recommend reach for the stars.

Something that my parents told me as a little girl and what I strive to do every single. Sky is the limit and nothing can come between you and the sky. Aim for the stars because if you don’t reach them at least you land on the clouds.

Leaving you with two quotes I like:

The SUnday Visitor

Saturday, 19 April 2014

New Reading Challenge.


What does an avid bibliophile need you ask ? Books, lots of books and a good motivating challenge to read those books. I have got the opportunity and I'm not letting go :


The rules are :

  Runs January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 (books read prior to 1/1/2014 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime before 9/30/2014. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  The goal is to read at least twelve (12) free ebooks. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down.
  This reading challenge is for LEGALLY obtained FREE ebooks. We do not condone ebook piracy. These can be books offered through bigger sites, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, or smaller sites, such as Smashwords and All Romance Ebooks. Ebooks offered through author or publisher websites are acceptable as well, provided they are available free to everyone at the time of download.
  Any ebook format will work for this challenge (azw, EPUB, iBooks, mobi, PDF, etc.). You DO NOT need to have an ereader to participate in this challenge. You can read ebooks using Amazon’sFree Kindle Reading Apps, which you can download for your iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, Blackberry and more. Free audiobooks also count towards this challenge provided they are free to the public. They can't be free as a condition of signing up for a service and they can't be provided by the publisher for review.
  Only ebooks and audiobooks that were available free, in a legal manner, to the public will count towards this challenge. eARCs, library books, ebooks free through Amazon Prime, and/or books won or gifted are not eligible for this challenge.
  Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).
  Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, however, re-reads are not eligible for this challenge. The goal is to read the freebies you’ve legally acquired so that they are off your TBR pile.
  To join this challenge, grab the 2014 Read Your Freebies! Reading Challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, Libib, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2014 Read Your Freebies! Reading Challenge and your profile is not private

The levels are : Coupon Clipper: read 12 books
                             Penny Pincher: read 24 books
                            Buying in Bulk: read 36 books
                             Super Saver: read 50 books
                           Extreme Couponer: read 100+ books

The highlighted level is what I’m aiming for.


Q is for Question.

Dear Diary,

For Q I recommend: Question.

I remember the first day in my sociology class the professor said, “Sociology is about questioning the obvious.”

 His words reminded me of my childhood days. As kids we have an inquisitive bent of mind and wish to know the why, what, when, how of things but as we grow older, we stop questioning. We take things for granted as the gospel truth and never enquire further.

As Jodi Picoult puts it in her book ‘My Sister’s Keeper’

For fear of being ridiculed or mocked at, we often don’t question and are stuck with things and in situations. Be a kid. Question everything, because when you stop questioning, you stop learning & when you stop learning, you stop living.

Leaving you with a quote I like 

The Sunday Visitor.

Friday, 18 April 2014

P is for Pray!

Dear Diary,

For P I recommend: Pray.

Today is Good Friday and I cannot think of a better word from P. I’m not very religious but I do believe in God and make it a point to spend some alone time with him.  I believe that Prayer has immense power and it is the answer to every problem.

I have seen wonders happening with prayer. Miracles happen when you have faith In God and entrust your life unto him. Sometimes our prayers are not answered; we must remember that maybe what we are asking is not good for us. God always gives us what we need because he knows what is best for us.

A guest lecturer in our Literature class, told us “imagine you are a Lilliput and God is Gulliver the giant. A storm is coming but you are unable to see it because of your narrow vision and of course you size but Gulliver can see everything and he puts you to safety. You may complain for a while, but later you will realize the importance of the action and thank Gulliver.”

A classic analogy. Sometimes God leaves our prayers unanswered because he has something better in store for us, far better than we can ever imagine. We need to trust God and all that he does.

You are all in mine :)
The Sunday Visitor.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

O is for Optimism

Dear Diary,

For O I recommend : Optimism.

Today I had paper showing in college, I was a bit nervous about my marks but optimist nevertheless that everything will be all right in the end and it was. With God’s grace I managed to pass another semester with good marks.

A good dose of optimism is what all of us need. Be positive about everything in life and see how it all goes in your favor. Take everything in your stride: both good and bad and you will never have anything to grumble about as my mum always reminds me.

The best part about being an optimist is that when you start looking at the bright side of things, you can show them to others too, so you can pass on your optimism to others. Keep the cycle of energy positive and feel the positive vibes coming back to you.

Here are two perspectives by optimists :

The Sunday Visitor.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

N is for Never Say Never

Dear Diary,

For N I recommend : Never say Never!

I’m not a great fan of Justin Bieber but this is one song I happen to love thanks to it’s lyrics. I believe that one must never say never, because anything can happen. My mum says the more you run away from things, the more they follow you and when you say never the very same things are bound to happen. Reverse Psychology she calls it.

I remember as a kid, my sister always said that she would never be a teacher. There is nothing wrong with the profession, it’s just that having too many teachers in the house she did not want to be an addition to the list. Ironically today she is a teacher and very content with her job and loves her students unconditionally.

By saying ‘No, Never’ you are limiting your chances and opportunities and like the quote goes , “You can never know, unless you try.” Go ahead then, be adventurous, try your hand at something you earlier said never to. You never know, you may turn out to be good at it.

Here's the video:

The Sunday Visitor.


Monday, 14 April 2014

M is for Make it Happen.

Dear Diary,

For M I recommend : Make it happen.

Innumerable times in our lives we want to do something, be something but often are too scared or worried to listen to our hearts and follow our dreams. At such times I remember what my sister once told me, “Listen to your heart and make it happen.”

Our life is very short and to live it with regrets, is making absolutely no use of it at all but if you really want to do something, to be something, make it happen and like Paulo Coelho says in The Alchemist:

Don’t just keep dreaming, thinking someone else is going to do it, or one day when you have a little more free time on your hands, you will do it. Trust me, that day is never going to come. You have Today, use it. Make today happen, because if you don’t make it happen, then you will not be happy with the result of what happened. 

The Sunday Visitor.

L is for Let Go!

Dear Diary,
For L I recommend : Let go!

We are often so attached to things, that we don’t like to leave them behind, while in some cases it’s good in some others it can prove detrimental to our physical and psychological health.

I have seen a few people who are unwilling to let go of their emotional baggage, carrying it around with them, not realizing that it’s slowing their progress down. Some who hang on to their past and forget about the future awaiting them. While some others stay in a relationship, because they are too afraid of the consequences if they walk out.

Hence my recommendation to one and all is Let go! We have one life and it makes absolutely no sense living it by holding on to things that have no value. It’s ok to learn lessons from the past but carrying that emotional baggage is not worth it. Let go of the people who hurt you because they do not deserve you. As Oprah says :

As far as love goes, this quote says it best :

Letting things go,

The Sunday Visitor

Saturday, 12 April 2014

K is for Knight in Shining Armor.

Dear Diary,

For K I recommend : Knight in Shining Armor.

Someone asked me how I imagine my knight in shining armour to be and I was stumped for a minute. The immediate thought that popped in my mind was I’m no damsel in distress to need a shining armor.

We have all read stories where a damsel in distress is tied to a tree or locked in a high tower and a knight in shining armour comes to save her, Following which they drive off happily into the sunset.

I believe a true knight does not always wear a  metal armor but has a heart of Gold. He/ she is one who helps somebody : a neighbor who volunteers to babysit, a friend who gives you company even for the most boring trip, someone who volunteers their shoulder for you to cry on and makes you smile, a good Samaritan who reaches out in times of difficulty.

You don’t necessarily need to know the person to be a knight in shining armor for them. It’s the action that counts. Go be someone’s Knight today.

Yes You!
The Sunday Visitor.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

J is for Judge Not!

Dear Diary,

For J, I recommend : Judge Not!

As human beings, we all naturally judge the other person based on their actions, their appearance, their conduct etc. I think that’s why the saying ‘First impression is the last impression’ came into being, because one is judged on his/her first appearance. What is worst is that one person’s judgement passes on to the other.

Often I hear things about people, but I do not allow it to colour my opinion of the person in question.

We would not like to be put up on a pedestal and scrutinized for our actions, why do it to somebody else? Let people be, the way they are. Accept them for who they are and not how you picture them to be. Someone once quoted this beautiful saying by Mother Teresa : “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.


Leaving you with a nice quote I found :

The Sunday Visitor

I is for Introspection

Dear Diary,

For I, my recommendation is: Introspect Today!

It is a habit we ought to inculcate in ourselves. Introspecting every single day even if for five minutes about the things we did, the people we met, the words we said can go a long way in shaping us as human beings.

Often we do not realize the magnitude of a situation when we are in it, but later as we ponder and ruminate over it, we realize what it means. Keeping short and long term goals is a good thing but they will mean nothing, if you do not take the time to introspect them and see how far you have achieved what you had in mind and what means you used to achieve them. Travel is another great form on Introspection, one which everybody should indulge in to experience the sheer bliss of it.

Here are two nice quotes I came across:

Introspecting as I write this,

The Sunday Visitor.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

H is for Happiness

Dear Diary,

For H I recommend : Happiness

I was inspired by the William Pharell Song : Happy. If you have not heard here it is the link:  Happy - William Pharell  
(I like the minion version as it's cute)

I often hear people who say, only if I have a bigger car or a mansion or a better job will  I be happy. Earlier I used to be like that, my happiness depended on my marks. Then I spoke to this wonderful person who told me that two extra marks would only make me happy for two minutes, but the amount of time that I spent crying over it was much more. I should be happy any way, rejoice that I completed another exam.

Voila since then I try to be happy in every situation. Don’t bother about what you don’t have, if it’s destined for you, you will get it but keep working hard. Don’t equate your happiness with material goods or it will take a lifetime, or more than that to be happy. Happiness is a state of mind and if you can find happiness in small things, you will never be sad. 

Here is a nice quote on Happiness that I found:

Singing Happy as I write this,

The Sunday Visitor.

P.S : Check out The Happy Page on Facebook to see what makes people happy and add your own :)

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