Friday, June 29, 2012

Guest 12 - Welcome Zeebz

Hellow everyone,

Our guest for the day is the lovely Zeebz who writes at The Daily Ramblings of an Eccentric. She is an amazing person with a totally whacky sense of humour. Her posts are not just funny, they are hysterical. She is a new friend and I don't know much about her. So I let her introduce herself (she does it better than I could have done :P). Lets hear what she has to say about herself ;)

"I'm Zeebs. I work, study, procrastinate, and live. Miraculously- all at once. When my earphones get tangled, I try to untangle them by just shaking it. That is the extent of my problem-solving skills. I'm from New Zealand, and my interests are too vast to name (what am I not interested in? Pineapples). I'm pretty much interested in everything I'm not supposed to be interested in. But to name a few- it involves a man named Charles Bukowski, intoxicating-flammable-liquids, and a Brite piano. The reason I say "brite" because there are different types of ones, each with a particular sound. Also, I thrive on music, philandering, and being a nuisance. I have a pet turtle and a pet dog- the only two constant men in my life apart from the man who contributed sperm to my existence. My current interest resides in a mountain called Angel Falls, that happens to be in Venezuela. Yes, I will be climbing it by hook or crook."

Am sure you have a fair idea now how zany our guest for today is :D :D Lets go for the actual post now-


It is an art all of us, but the unrelenting busy bodies of the world, have mastered by our high school years. A time at which we discover how truly productive it is to be unproductive. Arduous assignments, preparation for exams- all fade into the background as we find far more stimulating outlets for our time. A popular favorite is watching tv, which somehow is always fascinating despite the fact that there is nothing on but badly scripted reality shows and commercials that last longer than the programs. And then of course Facebook practically robs me of a couple hours each night, which I spend scrolling through my news feed at least a dozen times rereading the same statuses and wall posts over and over again (I really don't have a life...don't judge me). On nights that I'm feeling particularly useless to society, as well as completely unconcerned by how many hours of sleep I get that night, I will frequent Youtube and watch several unamusing videos only to find one that I actually laughed at (where do people find all the good youtube videos?).

Then there's the more creative procrastinators who will make several rounds through their house, raking their kitchen to find anything to distract them from studying (a plausible explanation for obesity in America if you ask me). My personal favorite, however, is using a kind of reward system while doing homework:

*Internal Dialogue*
Good job writing the title page! go get a cookie.
You deserve it.
Wow a whole sentence?!
Don't push yourself too hard now...
How about you take a break and play a couple games of solitaire?

Clearly, with the amount of effort I put into procrastination it's a miracle that I'm not failing out of university (or am I?). But it gets me thinking, maybe it's the rebels in all of us (and by us, I mean me) that tell us to "stick it to the Man" and refuse to do the pointless busywork that is asked of us (or maybe its just laziness). University/School pushes us to become productive members of society. Initially we resist, instead turning to several unapproved activities to fill the time between school and sleep. We then spend a few hours each night reveling in our anarchistic ways, only to later surrender our obstinate laziness in order to finally meet society's expectations at three in the morning.

(Yeah, we're all sell outs).

I almost knocked my head off my shoulders nodding it all time reading this one as I was posting it here!! I do that all the time, procrastinate again and again!! 
What are you all waiting for? Stop procrastinating now and go check her awesome blog.
Thanks a million Zeebz for hopping in for the Guest Bloggers' month :)

Till our next guest arrives!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lovers' Cove challenge #2

Hello world!!

This is the second challenge at Lovers' Cove that am participating. You can check the first challenge entry here.

Several bloggers are coming together with a story (initiated by Andy sir), different parts contributed by different bloggers. Every new participant has to make up their lines as a continuation of the linked blogger before their entry. The title is undecided and will be named after all the entries are put together. Please head over to Andy's blog for more details on the challenge. I have continued after Janu's lines

My lines (25 words) -

“Let’s just take this slow, shall we?” He said. A mile long smile spread across her face. A soft “thanks” was all she could say.

Like the concept? Want to join in?  What are you waiting for? Hop in. :)


Monday, June 25, 2012

Guest Repeat - Rahul is here again!

Hellow everyone!! 

Rahul from Crash and Burn..... is back on popular demand. As promised, he has returned with the final part of Teri Meri Kahaani. Those who missed the first part, you can check it here.

Teri Meri Kahaani - Part 2

2012 was here.The year the world was supposed to end.Rajiv was fine with that.His foremost concern was just that he would be headed to the other side without a taste of love.Lately a nagging realization had been slowly growing within him-that deep down somewhere he had been comparing all women in his life with Rashmi.She was the benchmark.The unadulterated mercury with which he measured a prospect's hotness in his compatibility thermometer.

So you know you are in love.What happens next?Do you call her up in the middle of the night,when she wakes up all groggy eyes and wonders if you are out of your senses,and then drop the bomb on her?Do you jump the guns on her the moment her name appears in your online chat friends list?Or,in case,you want to avoid being too direct,do you shoot off a long mail pouring out every ounce of pure emotion you felt for her?

Rajiv didn't know what to do.He was afraid that whatever option he selected on the multiple choice question paper of love,he would inevitably flunk.In the high school where Cupid is the Principal,Rajiv was notorious for fetching bad grades.So he just sat on his feelings,like a hen sits on her eggs.Foolishly hoping that love would hatch out of them on its own.

January 2012 Gtalk chat
Rashmi: Wass with you?You don't come on FB.No skype.No gtalk.Is everything all right?I can't even remember the last time we had a chat.
Rajiv:Yep.Everything's cool.You say.How are things @ ur end?
Rashmi:Okayish.I am in a long distance kinda something with this guy I told you about.
Rajiv:The PhD guy?
Rajiv:What's this guy's name?I am tired of just calling him PhD guy!!!!
Rashmi:Pranabesh.Pranabesh Thakur.
Rajiv:Told your folks back home?
Rashmi:Yep.For the first time,my parents seem to approve of my choice.:-P
Rajiv:Ohhh..okk.Gr8. don't sound so excited.
Rajiv:It's nothing.Got an important thing @ my office tomorrow.So I am kinda off.Sorry about that.
Rajiv:So I take it you aren't so lonely out there anymore,right?:-)
Rashmi:I can't say that.It's still long distance and all.Sometimes I still feel utterly miserable here.:-(
Rajiv:Hey gtg.Will ttyl..ok?? 
Rashmi:What?!! :-O We haven't talked to each other since so long..and you leaving now??
Rajiv:Yep.Sorry.Have a long day @ office tomorrow.SO...'s of luck @ the office:-)

Rajiv chose to opt out of opting for options.He didn't want to be said No to.So he never asked.
But take a guy who is in love on one hand.
And his expressing his feelings before the gal on the other.
And you know that the two will inevitably draw themselves to each other.
It is destiny.It's fate.
Just like pirated downloads and anybody with an internet connection inevitably draw themselves to each other.

And so it was,on February 2012,that Rajiv finally decided to take the plunge into the icy cold waters of friendship-turned-into-love.He would finally tell her what he felt for her and get over with it.Leave the rest for HER to decide.And maybe,Cupid!

10 February 2012 Gtalk chat
Rajiv:Hey,I needed to say something important.
Rashmi:Umm...I have something to say too. first!! :-)
Rashmi:No say what you want to..
Rajiv:I insist!! :-)
Rashmi: Cut the crap out,Rajiv!!!!Say it...
Rajiv:I said,I insist!!:-)
Rashmi:Umm...I dunno how to say it.
Rajiv:Try typing it out one word at a time.:-P
Rashmi:I wish I could laugh now..but I ain't really in any mood for it.
Rajiv:Why? :-( What's wrong?
Rajiv:Now I'm getting worried.
Rajiv:Would you tell me already?
Rashmi:It's not that easy to say,Rajiv.If it were I would have told you.
Rajiv:Just tell me,ok?
Rashmi:I think I maybe pregnant.
Rashmi:Yes.Now you know why I was hesitating.
Rajiv:Would I get to know exactly how this happened?:-O
Rashmi:Remember that guy I told you about?The PhD one?
Rajiv:Woooaah!!You don't say...
Rashmi:Hmmm.. :-(
Rajiv:Wow!For the first time,I don't really know what to say.
Rashmi:I am just such a bad person!I feel so cheap!:-(
Rajiv:Hey..hey..hey!!Hold on there.You got lonely.And stuff happened.It's cool.:-) Cheer up!Btw,you sure about the pregnancy thingy?
Rashmi:Umm..I dunno.I will go to the clinic tomorrow just to be sure.
Rashmi:I just hate to imagine what you must be thinking about me right now.
Rajiv:I am not thinking anything.
Rashmi:Don't tell me you are ok with all of this!!!
Rajiv:I am.Except one thing.
Rajiv:Why the hell didn't you use protection??!!! :-D
Rashmi::-( :-( :-(
Rajiv:Hey it is ok.You both are full grown adults.There is nothing wrong in making out!!
Rashmi:My parents are gonna freak out!!!:-( They trusted me and this is how I repaid them.
Rajiv:Ok..don't tell your parents.Problem solved.
Rashmi:I have to.
Rashmi:Coz he and I want to keep the baby!
Rajiv:What?You sure?
Rashmi:I was reluctant.But he insists we should keep it.And he has already told his mom.It's my turn now!
Rashmi:It sounds bad.I know.:-(
Rajiv:Everything's gonna be all right,Rashmi.:-) Cheer up.Your parents may be angry at the beginning.But hey..they will understand.You staying away from friends and family for so long.They must have guessed you may have made out once or twice.It's ok..Trust me.
Rashmi:I wish you were my dad,Rajiv! :-(
Rajiv:Best of luck...and never know...maybe you are not pregnant after all.See what the clinic says.
Rashmi:Fingers crossed,Rajiv.:-(
Rajiv:Everything's gonna be ok.Relax.:-)
Rashmi:You know it's weird.Three years ago,I never imagined in my wildest dreams that one day I would in...THIS.So messed up.I mean I'm gonna get married to this guy!!!And this whole thing had to happen like this.I feel so...
Rashmi:I dunno...
Rajiv:That's what life is,I guess.Takes you by surprise.:-) I've realized it now too.
Rashmi:You did?Why?
Rajiv:Never mind.:-) Not important.

11February Facebook
Rashmi:It's official.I'm carrying a baby!!
Rajiv:Hmmm..and how do you feel about it?
Rashmi:I honestly dunno.At one level...I kinda feel good actually.That I am gonna bring this baby to earth.At another..I am just shit scared!
Rajiv:Told your home yet?
Rashmi:I hate to think how my parents will react!!!:-(
Rajiv:You have to tell them sooner or later.Delaying will only make it worse.They deserve to know,Rashmi!
Rashmi:I hate it when others tell you something you don't want to do and you know deep down they are right!!:-(
Rajiv:Ok.Don't tell your folks!!!Marry this guy!!And then 9 months later...tell ur mom and dad on Skype..Hi mom...hi dad..Look you just became granma and grandad!!!Isn't he cute??Dad,I think he got your nose!!And mom,your lips!! :-P
Rashmi: :-D 
Rajiv: :-D Now THAT would be something your parents might freak out over!!!
Rashmi: :-) Thanks for listening to all this,Rajiv.I couldn't tell it to anybody else.
Rajiv:What?You one else knows?
Rashmi:No.And please keep it to yourself.Please.
Rajiv:Of course.You don't need to tell me that.
Rashmi:I still dunno if we should bring this baby!What if we can't handle it?Both of us still have our studies.I will be off my PhD for a considerable time because of all this.What if I mess up everything?
Rajiv:Look,Rashmi.I dunno what should be done and what shouldn't.All I know is-it takes a lot of courage to be ready to bring an unplanned baby into this world.And you guys already showed that courage.I am proud of you for that.And even if you don't decide to give birth,it is still ok.Coz if you feel you are not ready to be a mom yet,it's best for the baby that it doesn't come here.In either case,do whatever you are ready to face the consequences for.No point debating what's right and what's wrong.10 people will give 10 different opinions.Just take a decision and stick with it.
Rashmi:Hmm.:-( I guess I cannot take a decision I am ready to stick with.. yet.
Rajiv:It's ok.You will do fine.:-) Trust me.

15th March Skype
Rashmi:I dunno if I can go through this!!!!
Rajiv:Hey...don't freak out now!!Everything is going alright,right?Your parents accepted your situation.Pranabesh is ready to tie the knot with you.And I am sure your university will be able to accomodate your pregnancy in your PhD thing,won't it?
Rashmi:It's not the logistics,Rajiv!I dunno if I want to marry this guy!!
Rajiv:Pre-wedding jitters,huh? :-)
Rashmi: :-( I guess.
Rajiv: Hmmm...
Rashmi: Rajiv,do you think it is possible to find the perfect guy to fall in love with?
Rajiv:Umm..why do you ask?
Rashmi:It's is always a compromise,right? You can't have a perfect score on the compatibility test,ever!!Right?
Rajiv:Well,yeah.It's just about finding the best fit.Through trial and error.
Rashmi:And time is a constraint here.We've to find someone in a finite time.
Rajiv:What are you getting at?
Rashmi:Nothing.Just trying to convince myself that settling down with Pranabesh isn't such a bad idea after all.:-(
Rajiv:It isn't.:-) He asked you not to drop the baby.He seems to be a good guy.
Rashmi:He is.Just that I dunno if I love him.
Rajiv:Have you told him about it?
Rajiv:Maybe you should.
Rashmi:What's the use,Rajiv?The marriage date is fixed.There is no going back now.
Rajiv:You can at least push back the marriage.Give yourself time to think about it.
Rashmi:Mom and dad will never accept this.
Rajiv:You don't know that yet....!!!!!!And you'll never know if you don't tell them.
Rashmi:Leave it,Rajiv.Guess I'll just take what comes my way.
Rajiv:Aren't you being stupid now?
Rashmi:I've already done the stupidest thing possible!!!How far worse can I get?
Rajiv:You are being unrealistic here.Your guilt is blinding you.
Rashmi:I dunno anymore.I dunno anything.
Rajiv:You can't let your guilt blind you.After all,you haven't done anything wrong.
Rashmi:If this marriage craps out and say you don't find someone by then as well,will you marry me?
Rajiv:Without a second's hesitation.:-D
Rashmi: :-) I knew you would say this.You sweet you!!!!!!!
Rajiv: :-)

1st April Skype
Rashmi:I did something bad!:-(
Rashmi:We decided not to have the baby after all.:-( The marriage is still on,though.
Rajiv:And how do you feel about this right now?
Rashmi:It's funny.I mean the thought of becoming a mom was finally becoming likeable to me.Yes,there was this concern about responsibilities.But still.There was this some kinda warm inner glow.
Rajiv::-) Must be the hormones hopping and dancing about like the hippies in Redwood National Forest.
Rashmi: :-( Slowly,right and wrong are just becoming text-book words for me.I am doing this,I am thinking that,I am going back on my promises,my decisions changing every second.Why did life suddenly have to become so confusing????
Rajiv:Yeah.:-( Life is confusing me too a lot these days.
Rajiv:Yep.Chuck that.:-) But you know,maybe you two did the right thing.If you guys don't feel ready for this baby,then maybe it is best if the baby doesn't come.A baby deserves a better environment to grow up in.You probably couldn't give that to it right now.
Rashmi: :-( You will always say I didn't do anything wrong,right?No matter how badly I screw up...???
Rashmi:No.I'm serious.And it's like I know I'll always get to hear what I need to hear when I'm with you.And that makes me want to talk with you again and again.You're becoming my addiction.
Rajiv:Nonsense.:-P Of course you goofed up.You goofed up bad.;-)
Rashmi: I did,didn't I? :-( I shouldn't have made out.Fuck! definitely should have.:-) But you just goofed up by not using protection.That's the only mistake you made in my book.
Rashmi::-D Your book? What's it called? "Mistakes which Rashmi can make in my opinion"?I'm sure it must be a flimsy thin book with only a couple of pages.
Rajiv:Nyah.Just a couple of sentences.At most. ;-)

23 April Gtalk chat
Rajiv:28th June,huh? :-) The D-day!!!!
Rashmi: :-) He he.Now it is starting to feel kinda nice you know...all the attention!!Mom and dad enquiring whether I have eaten well every night.I mean they always used to do that.But now there is this extra concern.And Pranabesh's mom calls too.Almost twice every week.
Rajiv:Uh..huh....Being pampered like royalty,huh??? :-D
Rashmi:He he..yeah...hey you know something?A gal at my college asked me a weird thing today.
Rashmi:She asked me if I knew any single nice guy around.LOL.:-D
Rajiv:And lemme guess...the first name that popped to your head was mine? ;-)
Rashmi:Well...not exactly.:-D
Rajiv:O boy!!:-( I don't even qualify as a single nice guy anymore? And I stayed alive to see this day!!!
Rashmi:LOL.No.I meant this idea of fixing someone with someone else.I always found this weird.
Rashmi:Well,I dunno.:-) I mean this whole's kinda like arranged marriage somewhat...I feel..:-P
Rashmi:Gawwd!!I feel so relieved these days.:-) It's like the clouds have swept away.And it finally feels so good to be engaging in pointless banter with you.
Rajiv:Yep.Been a long time since we chatted on inane nonsensical stuff.:-D
Rashmi:Do you watch BBT?
Rajiv:I love it!!!Bazingaa!!
Rashmi::-D He he..Sheldon Cooper rocks!!
Rajiv:He practically owns the show.:-D
Rashmi:Are you into Lost?I am watching the final season now.
Rajiv:Nyah.I just get lost in watching BBT.:-D
Rashmi:You should try Lost.:-)
Rajiv:Hmm...yeah after season 5 of BBT gets over,I guess I will need a new series to grow addicted to.:-P
Rashmi:Thanks for everything.:-)
Rajiv:Why?:-) I didn't do anything.Pranabesh did.:-P
Rashmi:LOL.No.I meant thanks.Thanks to you for just being you.:-D

Sometimes in life,you don't know what you want.And sometimes,you know exactly what you want.And for one of the few times in his life,Rajiv realized what he exactly wanted.He wanted a happy ending.For himself,of course,in the long run.But right now,he just wanted it for Rashmi.

And the day finally arrived.28th June,2012.The day he would lose Rashmi to another guy forever.Strangely enough,he wasn't feeling that bad.He was experiencing one of those rare moments when losing something brings more of a sense of accomplishment than winning it.And as he walked up to Rashmi that day,all decked in bridal wear,he couldn't help wondering how things might have played out differently if only both of them had taken different decisions four years ago.

"Long time,huh?" Rashmi smiled at Rajiv."You've slimmed down a bit."
"Yep.And you haven't done too bad with youself either," Rajiv replied,giving Rashmi an appreciative head-to-toe scan."Say,last chance.I am here.A taxi is waiting outside.Do you still wanna make a run for it?"
"Hahahhaa", Rashmi's laughter swam into his eardrums like musical notes floating on air waves."Don't make that offer again!!You hear me?I might start seriously considering it otherwise."
Rajiv grinned.Rashmi punched him in the shoulder.
"Hey I have to go," Rashmi said in a hurried tone."Lots of stuff to take care of.You wait right here,ok?Don't go away!!!"
"Busy bride,huh?"Rajiv winked."I will be right here."

As Rashmi left,Rajiv started looking around at the wedding hall and the guest assembled.Rashmi was at a distance,merrily conversing with a group of guests.Suddenly,a female voice beckoned him from behind.
"So you are Rajiv,huh?Rashmi told me a lot about you."
Rajiv spun around to see a girl in her mid-twenties standing before him.While not drop-dead gorgeous and a bit on the heavier side,she had a stunning smile and sparkling eyes.
"Mostly good stuff,I hope," Rajiv smiled awkwardly.Talking to strangers,that too from the opposite gender,didn't come so naturally to him.
"He he,mostly yeah." Her eyes shone naughtily."My name is Radha,by the way."
"Rajiv,Rashmi,Radha,lots of R's," Rajiv observed with a joking smile.
"He he," Radha's laughter reminded him of trinkets jingling in a silent night."All your characters have names starting with R too,don't they?"
"Your stories.On your blog.Many of them have the protagonist's name starting with R." Radha's eyes sparkled even more brightly as she said this.
"You read my blog?"
"Yep.Rashmi told me about it.I got hooked to your posts.Read all of them in a week."
"He he,yeah.You have a stalker now,"Radha winked mischievously.
Rajiv immediately turned to look in Rashmi's direction.Rashmi smiled at him from where she was standing.Suddenly,snatches of a chat conversation they had in April flashed in his memory.Rashmi was trying to fix him up with this gal!!
"Wow,a stalker,"Rajiv smiled and turned to look at Radha again."Having one had always been a To-Do in my list of accomplishments."
"So what about your Hogwarts series?You left it midway.Why?"
"Not enough readers."
"Well you got me,"Radha smiled her bewitching smile."Your most loyal reader ever.That won't do?"
"It's certainly worth giving a thought,I guess," Rajiv brushed his hand through his hair as his grin widened from ear to ear.

And with that ends our long wait for the part 2 of TMK :) Am sure you loved it as much as part 1.
Thanks a bunch Rahul for writing up part 2 this fast :)


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Guest 11 - Fab is here!!

Hola world!!

Welcome our guest of the day- beingFab from Shocks and Shoes (she has a very clever pseudonym if you know her real name)!!! Fab is an ex-software engineer and a current stay at home mom to her cuddly toddler. Hers is one of the first blogs I started to read, even before I started my own blog. And not to mention her blog has been a constant inspiration. She is one of the most versatile bloggers I have known. From fashion to health to social issues to books to yummilicious recipes, her blog has it all !! Simple words yet power packed posts is what makes her different from most bloggers. Her talent is in the fact that she can make the most mundane topics extremely interesting and fun to read. Oh yes and not to miss our mutual admiration and love for Bones (yes yes the TV show) and the adorable cat Garfield makes her all the more special :D :D
She has been very kind to agree to do a post for me and am so glad to present the first recipe on my blog (yes not my own but its definitely the first). Lets go over to what she has for us today-

Hello there, fellow Dreams n Drama readers!! I am extremely happy and honored to be guest posting on Swarnali’s blog!! She is a very talented person (as you already know) and I’m sure she’s going to be a name to reckon with in the blogging/writing world!! Her posts are interesting and you can always look forward to something new to read! She has been very sweet to let me put my little recipe on her blog J. This is a recipe I’ve adapted and modified a bit from Parragon’s ‘The Big Book of Baking’.

Chocolate Chip Cookies!!
(makes about 15-17 medium sized cookies)

What you’ll need:

1. 175 g plain flour
2. 125 g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
3. 100 g light brown sugar (I don’t like my cookies too sweet, if you want you can increase the amount)
4. 1 tsp baking powder
5. ½ tsp vanilla essence
6. 1 egg (at room temperature)
7. 150 g chocolate chips

What you’re going to do:

1. Sift the flour and baking powder together.

2. In a bowl, add the sugar and butter and whisk till smooth.

3. Add the egg and whisk well. Add the vanilla essence and mix again.

4. Add the flour mix a little by little and keep whisking till everything has been well incorporated.

5. Add the chocolate chips and mix well. At this point, you’ll have something in between a liquid batter and a firm dough – more of a sticky cookie dough!

6. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius.

7. Grease your baking tin and put a tablespoonful of cookie dough on it. Flatten slightly with the back of a spoon into a circular shape. Do not press too hard. Make sure there is enough space between the cookies so they can spread while baking.

8. Bake the cookies for 10 – 12 minutes, till they’re brown. (Mine got a bit burnt, which is why they’re a little too brown J)

9. Once out of the oven, wait for a minute and then slowly take out the cookies and cool them completely on a wire rack.

10. Enjoy them with a glass of cold milk!!

These cookies are more fudgy than biscuit-y. If you feel they’re undercooked, don’t worry – that is exactly how they should be!!

Do try out the recipe!! Farewell everyone, and as a parting shot, a little dose of Garfield J

Image Courtesy: foxicat

I highly recommend you to try this one out. You are guaranteed a smile once you taste this. Check out her blog for her Nutella cake (its is a must try) and much much more. We are planning to start our own Admiration club for Garfield and Bones, anybody joining us?? :D :D

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Hello Bloggy dosts,

I know I said this is guest bloggers month and only guests would do all the posts this month but I happened to scribble these lines last night and I couldn't help but put it here. (I hope you understand the feeling).


How could it be wrong
When it felt so right?
The love we felt,
The bliss and glory of it,
The warmth that engulfed us,
The joy we knew,
When our forms coalesced into one
During that moment
Which felt more than eternity.
Dear Brother,
Tell me
Was I wrong
In loving you
Different from how they said I should?
Was it wrong
Just because you share a quarter of my genes?
Dear Brother,
Tell me
Isn't love one's own?
And its definition unique for each?
Then why are we afraid?
Then why is our love wrong
And their's right?
Tell me who decides
What's wrong and what's right?

Am sorry I can't write rhyming poems (I envy those who can do that). My lines are not structured as my life isn't structured either. No rhyme, no pattern it is. 
Well, coming to the subject of the poem, its on sibling incest. Yes, it is a tabooed subject for almost all countries in the world. I don't mean to encourage or damn it, the poem is an after thought after reading Tabitha Suzuma's book Forbidden. Its the tale of Maya and Lochan, brother and sister by birth but partners by fate. The subject was so beautifully and sensitively handled that I cried hours after reading it. The poem is about a hypothetical situation where fate has entangled two individuals who fall in love and blood ties do not make a difference. The fear, the insecurity they face is something I tried to portray. Let me know your responses.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Guest 10 - Its TSW

Hellow everyone!!

Our guest blogger for the day is Ste or The Solitary Writer (TSW) as we know him in the bloggy world. His association with the blog world is very old, he has been blogging since 2007!! A veteran blogger, his followers list boasts of  500+ members. Apart from being a wonderful writer , he sketches really well. From short stories to poems; from romance to humor to social issues, his range is huge!! Head over to his blog if you don't know him as yet.
He is with us to share a post on relationships. Lets hear it from him-

To love and be loved!!

'I love you, but you don't care for me,'
'You don't love me like I love you,'

 How often do you come across such statements from your loved ones? It is disheartening to hear such lines from our loved ones especially when we strive hard to make them feel special. Due to our daily activities we could not spend much quality time with them. Trust me for a good lover such words from loved ones are not soothing. Love is a special feeling. It is present in everyone just that by default it is in sleep mode. Imagine the first time when you fall in love with someone your behaviour and attitude changes. Thanks to the hormones which play a vital role in such activities. Trust me, when you are determined to fall in love and spend time with someone, you should be ready to invest some time for them. I was tramping around a garden near my house admiring the nature’s beauty. I keenly observed certain group of people. They were usually couples, of early 20's.There was one particular couple who were arguing with each other. Initially it seemed that the negotiations could be verbally resolved but the argument grew to a next level. The girl was crying and the guy disagreed to her point. He slapped her in front of small ensemble of people. Everyone looked at her. She wiped her tears and silently left with him. Never be aggressive in love. All that you need is some quality time with your loved ones. If you can never donate some valuable time for your loved one, then why fall in love? At the first step, we try our level best to impress the one we love. That is the time we should realize and think about how much time and energy we are going to invest to this relationship. Try to revert back equally when it comes to love. We should give an equal amount of love back. Problems are parts and parcel of relationship. Love is like a game where each team try to give their equal best. It shouldn't be a one sided affair.

Introspect and tell me how you feel to be in love. When you are committed to someone, be focused on small things which would make your loved one happy. Take them for a movie, dinner, a walk along a beach and do things which would make them happy and invoke a smile in their face. Not everyone is lucky enough to fall in love. Be happy that you are amongst those lucky ones to be loved by someone. If you have won someone's heart then be loyal to them and live up to their expectation. Spending some time with them will not destroy your business or profit for that matter. Make them feel special. Compliment and Appreciate each other. Will you still be the same if your lover is not around you? You will certainly miss them a lot and desperately wait for their arrival. No one would unnecessarily harbour special feelings for you. They like you, some qualities of you and certain things in you impressed them making them fall for you. First try to know if you are with the right person whom you are destined to be. In this materialistic money minded world, it might be certain that your partner might be using you as a mere trump card exhibiting fake feelings for you. A true lover's feeling would be authentic and real. Try to identify how much your partner loves you.

The Red Rose-Diamond Ring test.

Perform this test if you want to know whether your partner really loves you. Ask your partner out for a date. Buy a fresh red rose and a diamond ring for your loved one. Give them both , rose on the left hand and ring on the other. However precious a diamond ring may be, a true love would definitely pick the red rose and then take the ring. This would be your true love. It’s difficult to find genuine love in today’s scenario as I have already told that in this materialistic world people hardly care for each other. The one who passes this test would be the perfect person for you.

There might be differences and arguments, but never let your love fade away from your life. Do not dabble in love and exhibit fake feelings for your partner. If you do, then be prepared to see your loved one vanishing away from your life. You will feel jinxed and cry at your own plight. Never fall and fail in love. Sit and talk. Love is sensitive and one should never play with or even try to play with someone’s feeling. By doing so, you are breaking someone’s heart and that person may get terribly hurt. Talk with them and try to resolve the conflicts. True love lives forever and never fails. Be honest, share views and talk amiably with each other. This might help you. Care for the one who loves and make them feel special. Never argue and avoid fight especially when you are in a relationship. This is not good in long term. Never goof up things if your feelings for your partner are true. In the back of your mind, somewhere deep in your heart there lies a small area where your heart beats for your lover. Too cheesy!! After all it is great to love & be loved.

Finally, I take this opportunity to thank Swarnali for giving me a chance to write for her blog.

Signing off,
The Solitary Writer

P.S. -  Wanted to add some color to the blog , was a little bored of the old black and white theme. 
Do you like the look ? Tell me in the comments.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Guest 9 - Lazygul Rashmi is here!!

Hola world!!

I have my bloggy BFF today as our guest blogger. Rashmi from mY F@Sh!nK wOrLd has happily agreed to be my ninth guest here. Rashmi was one of my first followers and active supporters when I started out with blogging. She was always there to help me out whenever I needed help. Fashion enthusiast and a fashion designer in the making, I have never known somebody who has been more dedicated to her childhood dreams. She has the most infectious and brightest smile in the whole wide world and you can't help but smile back.
Lets get to what she has to say to us-

Hello everyone, this is my first guest post ever. I doing it for my dear friend Swarnali and her guest post month.


Today's post is all about the essential items you don't want to be without while stepping out. Kind of a must have if you don't want to be Plain Jane. 

These are all time essentials which can be changed with the requirement of the season and how your skin reacts to the changes of the season. Your skin is your temple. It reacts and tells you which product is good for you and which isn't. The items are as follows-

1. Sunscreens and Moisturisers

I cannot stress on the importance of a sunscreen. I am writing them together because now there are so many Moisturisers which come with an SPF. Choose the SPF content as per the requirement of your skin. Too much SPF does not mean more protection, it might burn your skin if it's sensitive. In moisturisers, if your skin is dry, you can go for a cream based moisturiser or if it is oily you can go for water based moisturiser. And do remember to re-apply your sunscreen every 4 hours.

Moisturising your feet is also very important. It helps keep them soft and moist, eases the pain of a new footwear, even if your are not regular with heels.

2. Hair products

This product is a must if you have a frizzy hair like me. You can use a hair spray or serum before combing your hair. Hair serum should also be applied after you have had a head bath, so that you have a tangle free hair.


Eyes are your assets. Want them to pop out? Use a Kohl. Try to get a smudge free kohl so that it doesn't spread in any season. If your eyes are sensitive towards it, herbal options are available in the market.

My Tip- If your kohl gets smudged too much, you can try applying a line of face powder under your waterline or add a coat of mascara on your lower lash line to avoid the spilling.

4. Lip balm and lip care
You need not wear lipstick for everyday work. But Lip care is must. It keeps your lips moist and soft. A trick- apply lip care atleast 15 minutes before applying lipstick or till it is about to dry and then apply your lipstick to get a smooth texture.

5. Deodorant

Nobody wishes to be the stinky pig of the crowd. Deodorants are amazing and refreshing way to remain stink-free. Now so many varieties like whitening deo, natural deo, etc. are available. You can choose as per your like and needs.

Hope you like this post. I had an amazing time writing this post for you all. Enjoy!! :)

Thank you Rashu, for doing a post for me despite your very busy schedule. Wishing you all the very best for the new things in your life. :)

Till the nest guest drops in

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Guest 8 - Its "Me" Today!!

Hellow fellas!!

Today's Guest is the very sweet Me from Memoirs of Me ( she wants to remain behind the pseudonym,so am not revealing her name here). Blogging has changed my life, literally. And Me is one of those life changers. She is my big sister in the blog world and I fondly call her di. She is always there to listen to me patiently, to all my non-stop chatter.
What makes her special? She is one of the few people who let me be the 5 year old I am. Even if I don't comment on her posts, she'll always leave a comment on all my posts without fail. Unfailing love and care without conditions, that is her!!
She is one of the most positive people I have met in my entire life. She is the epitome of calmness, her head always on her shoulders. Talk to her for a few minutes and you can't help but forget everything and smile. A gifted writer, her posts are always full of positive energy.
I could go on and write an entire post describing her, but since this is supposed to be her post, lets read what she has got for us-

This is my first attempt at 55 fiction. I hope you like it.


I hate you’, she screamed and stormed out of the house. That was the last time he saw her. She met with a deadly accident that night which ultimately took her life. The thought ‘I should have stopped her that night’ haunts him each day as he feels it was his hatred that killed her.

I loved the story. The agony and regret of the "what if", beautifully expressed. :)
If you haven't bumped into her blog yet, do it now!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Guest 7 - It is Rahul

Hell-oh bloggy dosts!!

How have you all been? Hoping you are in the pinks of your health :D

Coming to our guest for today, we have the Repartee King with us today.
Any guesses?
Yes of course who else can it be!! Its Rahul from Crash and Burn..... Describing him is a daunting task, am a little scared I might miss out on something in the course of it. An engineer by profession, Rahul has a natural flair for writing. The undisputed claimant to the throne of sarcasm, wit and pun, he has spun some awefabtastic (in his own terms) tales that you sure wouldn't want to miss. If I ask u to pick up a single favourite from his creations, I bet you can't. Excellent dialogues, "aww"-worthy plot lines, super long tales with surprise twists, yes thats Rahul!!
Ok enough of my blabber...lets go over to the fantabulous (now thats my word for his work) guest post he has sent me to share with you guys. Lets hear it directly from the horse's mouth-


Apparently,no one told Rajiv that out of the 33 million ways a guy can get screwed,falling in love always bags the gold medal in that list.You see,no one could have told him.Since just like him,everybody else grew up being fed on the same fantasy of every Prince finding his Princess Charming somewhere in a land not so far,far away.So through 26 years of his life,Rajiv patiently waited.The door would open one day.His angel would come in.In a pure,white sleeveless resplendent gown,with happy kids running behind her.Her silhouette framed against a blinding,white light.The kids would merrily run past her into the room,while she would remain standing in the doorway.The moment freezes,the whole world freezes,an Indie music starts playing on cue.He and she would spend what would seem like an eternity just staring at each other.And finally,after the wait, which had taken every ounce of faith our hero had, to endure,they would be in each other's arms.Finally.

That was the dream.

But well,reality always has some other,usually devious scheme cooking up its sleeves.And in Rajiv's case,the scheme started cooking in providence's kitchen six years ago.

FB youngsters probably wouldn't know that there existed another site in the cave-dwelling age of social networking called Orkut.It was a rage then.It was what America was to Columbus,Theory of Relativity was to Einstein,and 'Eureka' was to Archimedes.Youngsters in India opened up their arms to this discovery which enabled them to reconnect with forgotten buddies and forge connections with new ones.Online friendships suddenly became a reality and newspapers started frowning over how these were hampering "real" relationships.But soon,some loser started stalking some girl,another posted morphed pictures of someone else,and soon online friendships got fried,ended and shipped off to Also-Ran-ville.

In these tumultuous times,Rajiv and Rashmi met.Through (surprise,surprise) Orkut.Scraps got exchanged for hours,parents raised suspicious eyebrows,friends started pulling legs,even the girl's kid brother joined in the fun,taking pot-shots at his sister.


Orkut scrap December 2007
Rashmi: My bro is a nuisance!!! :-( He starts acting up whenever he sees me chatting with you...

Rajiv: He knows we are up to something,eh? :-P

Rashmi: We are up to something? :-O

Rajiv: What? I was planning to elope with you tonight!!!

Rashmi: LOL. And afterwards..when my parents file a missing diary and the cops catch us..I will tell them you kidnapped me. Chalega? ;-)

Rajiv: Duh! :-( I was hoping,we would be on the run. Sleeping in deserted buildings. On cold floors. Eating while sitting on the pavements. You feeling weak and numb. I carrying you in my arms like a doting lover.All that adventure.And I would just pat you to sleep with a kiss on your forehead. Kiss-napping. ;-) If you like..

Rashmi: Why would you go to so much trouble? :-D You have a crush on me or something? ;-)

Rajiv: Anything I can I do to wash away any doubts regarding that? :-P

Rashmi: Just one simple thing. Go have a crush on someone else..:-D

Rajiv: And in this way folks,Rashmi deals Rajiv's cherished hopes a 'crushing' defeat.*Ouch*

Rashmi: Hahahaha! Go hang yourself!!


July 2008 Rashmi and Rajiv on phone
Rajiv: Life's funny,huh? 15 months ago,did you dream that we might be dating one day?

Rashmi : Life is like a dream, Rajiv.

Rajiv : Do you think we may be in love?

Rashmi : I dunno. Certainly seems a lot likely these days.

Rajiv : Must you go abroad? I mean,can't you do post graduation in India itself?

Rashmi: Rajiv,3 universities have accepted my application. Dad is gonna kill me if I back out now.

Rajiv: Ok.But I thought maybe you should know.

Rashmi: What?

Rajiv: Never mind.

Rashmi: What is it,tell me...

Rajiv: Drop it.

Rashmi: Umm..ok..if you say so. Say,want to watch Dark Knight tomorrow?

Rajiv: Yep.Sure ,why not? Might just be our last outing any way.

Rashmi : Last? I ain't flying before August.

Rajiv : Yep. But I have to go. Infosys called. Have to be in Mysore by the end of July.

Rashmi: I..I don't..

Rajiv: Hmm?

Rashmi: Never mind. Best of luck. Study hard during the training. I heard Infosys has a grueling training session.

Rajiv : Yeah,I guess. Anyway..See you at the movies, tomorrow.


December 2009 Gtalk
Rajiv : So this guy has you floored,huh? :-D Awesome. Told your folks yet.

Rashmi: Umm..yes..But mom and dad don't approve.

Rajiv: Why? :-O

Rashmi: Well,firstly Aman is a Punjabi. Culture differences. Plus he is six two. I am five three. Mom fears I will get a neck sprain looking up to him all the time.

Rajiv: LOL. Or Aman might get spondylitis bowing down to you all the time. :-P Either way...Houston,we have a problem! ;-)

Rashmi: Houston? What's that?

Rajiv: Ohh, it is an expression. Like when Apollo 13 was having it's fuel tanks busted in outer space, the astronaut on board used this line 'Houston,we have a problem.' This line is now jokingly used to refer to any difficulty.

Rashmi: Hahahaha! Yeah. I guess my love story is kinda like the Apollo 13 shuttle.Doomed to get lost in outer space.

Rajiv: :-D

Rashmi: :-D So you say,found anybody yet?

Rajiv: Yeah and no.

Rashmi: Yeah and no?

 Rajiv : There is this gal, Amrita who I think kinda sorta likes me, but..she is committed.

Rashmi: Shucks. :-(

Rajiv: I know,right? :-D So anyway, how is the weather in Worcester?

Rashmi: It's snowing. I made a snowman today. Named it Dork. :-)

Rajiv: :-D Why? Coz it reminded you of me?

Rashmi: Maybe. :-) How is Pune,btw? Lots of chicks?

Rajiv: More like married hens. ;-) All the time accompanied by their roosters.

Rashmi: LOL.:-D And you didn't find a hen to tie the knot with yet?

Rajiv: If I did, that would have been on my FB wall by now. ;-)

Rashmi: Right,right! You can't keep any secrets from FB..can you now?


October 2010 Facebook
Rajiv: What's with all the sad sucky updates lately? Everything ok,na?

Rajiv: Hellooooooooo!!!!??????

Rashmi: Aman and I broke up.

Rajiv: What? :-O

Rashmi: Last month.

Rajiv: What?Why didn't you tell me anything?

Rashmi: You hardly come on FB or Gtalk these days. And anyway,what's the use?

Rajiv: You talked about this to any body?

Rashmi: Who's there? :-( I am the only Indian in this blasted place. And all my friends from school and college are happily busy with their own lives. Shucks! I should never have come to this country... :-( :-(

Rajiv: You want to talk about what happened? Might make you feel better.

Rashmi: Forget it. I will get out of it. Just need some time,that's all.You tell .How's work? Your project still making you stay late in office?

Rajiv: Hang my work! Rashmi, please don't let this eat you up inside. Tell me. Tell somebody. Don't let it burn inside you,dammit!!

Rashmi: Aman was cheating on me.

Rajiv: Shit!!


November 2010 Gtalk
Rajiv: And so this bowler gal comes up to the umpire and says with a puppy face 'You can't call of my over now.I have only one ball left!' And the umpire looks down at her flat chest and says ,'Yep.And I declare it a no-ball' :-P

Rashmi: Isssshh!!!!!!That's just plain gross!!!!!!!

Rajiv: You mean even by my standards??? :-P :-D

Rashmi: :-P Yep. Even by those.

Rajiv: :-D

Rashmi: Btw,thanks Rajiv. I really mean it. :-)

Rajiv: Thanks? :-D For that stupid joke?

Rashmi: Nopes.For everything you did to sort out my shit. :-)

Rajiv: Hey c'mon! It was nothing. ;-)

Rashmi: Ok. If listening to me rant over Skype till 3 a.m. in the morning was nothing ,then ok. :-) Thanks for doing nothing, Rajiv.

Rajiv: I would have stayed awake the whole night, if you had wanted me to. ;-)

Rashmi: You already did so much over the last month. I mean, I would never have been able to do so much.Returning from office at 12 a.m and then listen to a mad gal rant her ass off till 3 a.m. Almost every day.

Rajiv: So much of praise.*blush blush* :-P

Rashmi: :-D

Rajiv: You really liked that guy,Aman,huh?

Rashmi: I cried myself to sleep for one week after the break-up,Rajiv. :-( So yeah,I did fall for him hard.

Rajiv: Ever considered falling for me, in stead?? :-P Then cheat on me with someone else? Scores equalize. Rashmi V/S Boys. Life is beautiful and fair again. :-D

Rashmi: You!!!!! :-D

Rajiv: Totally me. ;-)


March 2011 FB 
Rashmi: You have to pull your dumb self out of this, Dumbledore!!

Rajiv: :-( I dunno. It's just..I'm trying to find someone. It's been so long.And still no sign of her.I feel so stupid these days. That I once thought that there may be someone out there just meant to be with me.

Rashmi: Rajiv,there are other stuff besides love.

Rajiv: Yeah. Those are not looking good either. You know as the Friends song life is stuck in second gear. Stuck. Totally stuck.

Rashmi: You don't like your office?

Rajiv: I don't like Pune anymore.

Rashmi: Why?

Rajiv: Something happened.

Rashmi: A girl?

Rajiv: Maybe.

Rashmi: Knew it!

Rajiv: Yeah.So give yourself a pat on the back!

Rashmi: Spare me the sarcasm. :-) Have you given a thought to switching jobs?

Rajiv: I have.It's just..I don't feel the drive to do anything about it.

Rashmi: You should.

Rajiv: Make me.

Rashmi: How? :-O

Rajiv: I dunno. Figure out something.

Rashmi: Hmm.. How about I send you something? A gift. Will you promise me you'll get your lazy ass to search for another job? :-P

Rajiv: Sounds interesting. ;-)

Rashmi: Deal,then?

Rajiv: Ha ha! I know you ain't gonna send anything. You are sitting in US for Chrissakes.

Rashmi: ;-) Don't bet on it.


May 2011 Gtalk chat
Rashmi: But I sent that parcel two months ago!! :-( It can't take that long,right?

Rajiv: :-( Well,I guess the parcel should have reached me by now.

Rashmi: I triple checked your address. :-( I even called you before dispatching it.Shit!

Rajiv: What did the parcel contain any way? I know you wanted it to be a surprise,but since I may not receive it anyway...

Rashmi: It was a tie clip with a beautiful ornate design. It even had an elegant R inscribed on it. It wasn't much. But I felt it would look good when you wear a tie to office.:-(

Rajiv: ;-) Yep. That cute chic in my office was eyeing it today. It sure gets attention.

Rashmi: What? You got that parcel? :-D

Rajiv: You bet! Arrived last week itself. But then I thought,let's mess with you a little bit.See how you react. :-P

Rashmi: :-) You!!!!! You almost made me very very sad. Did you know that?

Rajiv: Hah aha! :-) Well, I tend to do that to people. Btw, thanks a lot. The clip really looks good on one blue tie I have. The contrast is pretty eye-catching. You really didn't need to send me any gift though.

Rashmi: Yes,I did.:-) Now get your lazy bum to get you a new job,Dumbledore!!!!

Rajiv: :-D Aye aye, captain.I will tell my future self to parcel me a new job right away!!!

Rashmi: :-D Bye,Rajiv. I need to turn in a paper tomorrow. So goodnight,ok?

Rajiv: :-) Sure.Bye.

Rajiv closed the lid of his laptop and leaned back in his chair,eyes focused on the ceiling of his room. He wondered how the tie clip would look against a blue tie.Since neither did he have a blue tie,nor did he receive any parcel. But he was grateful to her. She finally gave him what he needed to kick himself out of the rut he was in and start looking for a new job.


June 2011 Gtalk Voice Chat
Rashmi : You get a job in Kolkata and I get to see it from FB? Screw you!!

Rajiv : He he.Sorry.I just was caught up in a lot of things lately.So couldn't chat with you in the meantime.

Rashmi : I am so glad you finally got a job in our city. How long have you been away? 3 years,right?

Rajiv: Yeah. I wish you were in Kolkata too.

Rashmi : No chance there,I am afraid. This PhD is gonna take my entire life to complete,it seems.

Rajiv: Rashmi,have you ever wondered what it would be like...if you never went away and I didn't go to Infosys?

Rashmi: Plenty of times.

Rajiv: And?

Rashmi: And nothing,Rajiv. No point brooding over what might have been. We are here.We are now.And life will take us somewhere.

Rajiv: Right,right.But still,I can't help thinking sometimes.

Rashmi : And what do you think, Mr.Basu? Having me as Mrs.Basu?

Rajiv : Why not? We would have two little kids.The girl would have your eyes and nose. The boy would have my chin and forehead.

Rashmi : Can we keep a dog too?

Rajiv: Sure. I was just about to say that. An Alsatian? We will name her Sheila.

Rashmi : I was thinking a Cocker Spaniel. And it would be a 'he'. I don't want the neighborhood mongrels hitting on our dog.

Rajiv: Ohh c'mon. Those roadatians wouldn't stand a chance anyway.Sheila would have 'class'.

Rashmi : Umm..let's change the topic. You make the prospects too tempting.

Rajiv: Ohh...ok..By the way, did anyone tell you you look way better on the webcam than in person?

Rashmi: Almost everybody,Dumbledore!! My mom sometimes says I should stay here in US forever. I look way better in Skype. Can you believe that?


September 2011 Gtalk chat
Rajiv: So this guy is doing PhD there too,huh?

Rashmi: Yep.And I think we kinda like each other.He is very easy to talk to. We share a lot of stuff.

Rajiv: Gr8. :-) So how long has it been?

Rashmi: About four months or so.Hey,did you know,Aman called yesterday?

Rajiv: What? What for?

Rashmi: Umm..I dunno..I think he wants a second chance.

Rajiv: What have you thought?

Rashmi: I am gonna say No.We were together for almost 2 years and he just went ahead and two-timed me.I don't think I can ever take him back.

Rajiv: But you still have feelings for him,right?

Rashmi: :-) I dunno what I have for anyone,right now.

Rajiv: Including me? ;-)

Rashmi: :-) Maybe you are an exception, Dumbledore! A rare one.

Rajiv: :-D

And things sped up to 2012. Three things happened to Rajiv by then.

 He was back in his hometown, Kolkata.

He was becoming fatter by the day,thanks to his mother feeding him three times the food she thought he missed out on while staying away from her.

And he realized he was in love.

But epiphanies are funny things. Sometimes they come when they are least expected. Sometimes they come when they are most needed.And sometimes,they come to screw up everything.

Rajiv's belonged to the third.

To be continued...

So dear friends, we sure want to hear what happened next, right?? Rahul, so when are you coming up with the next guest post for me??? ;)