Z – Zehnaseeb

So, here we come to our last letter of this A to Z challenge. The letter of the day is ‘Z’ and the word of this letter associated with my life is ‘Zehnaseeb’. It’s and Urdu word which means ‘fortunate’ in English. Or you can say ‘lucky one’ too.
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Y – Yoga

Here come the second last letter & it’s word of our A to Z Challenge, ‘Y’. Y in my life stands none other than for ‘Yoga’.

What is Yoga and how does it help?

“Yoga means union of the individual consciousness or soul with the universal consciousness OR spirit. Though many think of yoga only as a physical exercise where people twist, turn, stretch, and breathe in the most complex ways, these are actually only the most superficial aspects of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul. The science of Yoga imbibes the complete essence of the way of life.” Art of Living has this answer about what Yoga actually is.  Perfect, isn’t it? ‘unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and souls’. Correct. Yoga is to find union between mind and body, individual and her God, between our thoughts and the source of our thoughts. But according to me, yoga has many – many more powers hidden deep insight those sacred mantras. Which people chant while meditation. That meditation when performed correctly, take us to another level, where everything we craved for on this planet seemed worthless… (I guess). Because to be really frank, I haven’t experienced that power, that divinity, that confident silence till now, and I am far – far away from getting it right now.
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X – X-Mas

Today’s word for X is going to be X-Mas. Yes, the other, the older word for Christmas.

Why did I choose X-Mas?

Because Christmas time is my favorite time of the year. That one week of Christmas celebrations fill my spirits with joy. Though I am not a Christian (but I always believe that I might have been a Christian in any of my past life) I love to celebrate it with my friends and family. The most favorite part of this occasion is decorating the Christmas tree, sending gifts to my friends, and most importantly ‘the rum cake’. Yes, I wait for a whole year to have that cake. And Xmas is that time when I literally jump in the air to have that rum and nuts cake. One could find me in my best moods during that time.
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W – WhatsApp

Here comes our 23rd letter of the A to Z challenge. ‘W’ stands for WhatsApp. Yes…Yes, that tiny green coloured messenger icon installed in everyone’s phone.

There was a time when we used to send individual messages or make phone calls whenever we have to talk to our near and dear ones. We keep our phone recharged with numerous message packs for hassle-free chatting over phone. Am I Right? Remember those message conversations you used to do with your spouse or your girlfriend/boyfriend or even with your BFFs during those chilly winter nights, hiding beneath your blankets? That era has its own charm. I admit.
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V – Vacation

The next letter in our AtoZ challenge is ‘V’. For me, V stands for Vacations.

Aren’t you also feeling excited when you hear this word? In this hectic life this word is quite a breather for us. Yes, I know… same story here.

This word takes me down the memory lane when we used to wait a whole year for our summer vacations to start, so that we could go to our grandparent’s house to enjoy that whole month. We would start planning for the upcoming holidays in advance. We listed our favourite things to do months before. Or, sometimes to different places which we always heard about from our friends. Our excitement made us be on cloud nine on the day before the vacations started. The euphoria behind exploring that new place was always on the extreme side.

I was always a studious child, so I finish my holiday homework in advance and then start my vacations, whether the vacations were supposed to be at my grandparents’ house or any new location. The bus or train journey excites me a lot, and I remember I always take the window seat to admire the landscapes during the whole journey. My most lovable feeling is not when we reached the destination, it’s the journey that made me content. I love the atmosphere during vacations on hill stations. They were much crowded than the other days and everyone seems happy to enjoy some quality time with their families. So many happy faces. So many memories the people are trying to capture in their cameras. Then we collect lots of memories to share with our school friends.

Those were the happiest days.

We still go on vacations but now we don’t crave the whole year for them. Our excitement has changed and that kid is lost somewhere. Now we don’t crave for those ‘softies’ on the mall road instead we crave to have a chilled beer. Life has changed!

That excitement on going for a vacation still remains same but the idea of collecting and sharing memories have changed. Maybe because we have grown up now. And with the growing age come lots of other cravings which are much high on the nerve than in our childhood.

Still, if you find some time for yourself then you must revisit those childhood memories you shared with your friends. I’m sure it will curve out a smile on your face.

Leaving you for some memories to cherish!

U – Uplift

Unlike the other letters, today’s letter gave me a major headache. ‘U’ turned out to be an uneasy letter to find a word worth writing for. After lots of google search and asking within my friend-circle, I finally came to the point that, U for me stands for ‘Uplift’. Yes. Certain things which uplift my mood.

So, if I stress my brain a little to find those things which uplift my mood instantly, I have to think hard, really, as I am a very moody person. Everything depends on my mood. Sometimes, a small act of kindness can melt my heart whereas a whole big act of charity couldn’t. A single rose could melt my anger whereas a whole bouquet couldn’t. A most peppy, weird and ‘truck-chapsong can uplift me mood whereas a melodious tune couldn’t. So, I am like this. My mood variations and swings amaze me too.

Sometimes the sweetest memory becomes the reason for my happiness and sometimes the same is the reason for my resentment. The same person who makes me smile one day, could, another day,  be the object of my hatred. The same music which drags me to the dance floor could became the ‘noise-pollution’ other day.

So, this is me. Up-close and personal. Today fighting within myself and tomorrow fighting for myself. One day the life of the party and on another hiding beneath my shell. Still, music is something which never gave upon me, as it always uplifts my mood. No-matter what situation I am in.

So, this nerd is going to have some mood lifter for herself. See you again with another letter & word. Hope, that one would be much simpler to find!

T – Thank You

Today’s letter is ‘T’ and the phrase that came up in my mind is ‘Thank You.’ An 8 letter phrase which has a solid impact on mankind.

‘Thank you’ is the easiest way to show gratitude towards the many things God has gifted us. We often pray for the things we want in our lives from God. But always forgot to thank the Almighty for bestowing his care and affection upon us. We often expect a lot from our parents and always want them to understand us without uttering a word, but we always forget to thank them for all the love they gave us. We often take our loved ones and their affection for granted and never thought to reply them. Yes, we do! We do such things and they happen unintentionally. We humans have this disorder in our personality to take our loved ones for granted.
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Sample Chapters

PROLOGUE

Why do people write a book?

Do they want to talk about the characters in their head? Do they get the urge to elaborate on the idea that has been gestating in their mind? Or is it because they want a story to be told?

Well, my reasons for writing are not any of the above.

Who is qualified to write a book?

Anyone with a story idea, who has written a lot before, or probably holding a literature degree… Or something similar. A book is usually written by someone who has dabbled in writing previously.

So what am I doing here?

I am Riddhi, a doctor.

Why is a doctor writing a book? What is she going to say? What is her purpose?

I am writing a book as a gift to my soul sister. This is just a few chapters from the long life of Adhira, my best friend since God knows when, and one of the women I admire and love more than myself. My purpose, you ask? I want to tell this story – her life story, and she would never do it, considering it narcissistic. But it is too good to not be told. So for some time, a doctor has become a writer.
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Summary

Adhira… Love, lost & found is a story of a girl, an angel among humans, born on Earth to spread cheer by helping others and making their dreams become realities. She is blessed with almost everything life could offer – good looks, pleasing personality, mesmerizing voice, successful business, caring friends, loving parents and husband. But there is still something lacking and she feels lonely, not at peace with herself.  The epitome of successful self made women, tragedy befalls her when a shocking truth about her life completely turns her life upside down. All of a sudden, there is not enough time to do whatever she wanted. She had not had many expectations from life, but now hoped for some more time – at least until the marriage of her brother with her best friend has happened.
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Blurb

Sometimes we handle everyone but can’t cope up with ourselves, and get embroiled in things we wish to avoid.

Everyone’s life has a turning point. For some, it changes the very core of who they are. Adhira had always been too good for a world that looked at her in a mixture of awe and exasperation. In the world of insecurities and loneliness, she strived to spread love. In the world focused on the self, she taught what it was to put others’ needs before one’s wants.

One devastating piece of news shattered her perfect world, breaking down everything she had carefully built. Suddenly, there was so much to do and not enough time. The world around her crumbled, filled with betrayal and desertion. Will she ever be able to trust anyone again? Who could she trust? Why was she refusing to acknowledge the love that was presenting itself to her? Fierce warring between nursing the wounds of betrayal and opening herself to love again splits Adhira apart. Will she ever be able to love again?

Come, travel with Adhira for a few turbulent chapters of her life, as she wades through love: lost and found.