R – Riddhi

Next letter ‘R’ consist of a very special word, which is Riddhi.

It is not just a word. It is my whole universe. Riddhi, my daughter. No matter whatever I write today about her, my words will always remain short of what she is to me. Her presence to me is divine in my life. She completes me and has made me the person I am today. She gave me the most amazing title of my life ‘Mumma’. Every other word becomes insignificant in front of this word. She gave me the bestest gift of my lifetime by coming into my life.

God blessed me with this angel on 17th Sept 2015. That was the happiest day of both (my husband & me) our lives. We secretly wished for a baby girl during my pregnancy period and our excitement got doubled with her arrival. I remember the first time when doctor gave her to me! How scared I was! She seemed so fragile and I was scared that I would hurt her by touching her. Her rosy pink cheeks were the cutest things I’d ever seen. They become more pinkish whenever she cries. When she grabs my fingers in her tiny little ones, I felt like my world was enclosed in them. Watching her sleep for hours has become my favourite pastime during those days. I had never ever seen any other infant up close in my life and with Riddhi, every experience was a bliss for me.

When she was about 7 months old, she started crawling and that was the most memorable moment for me. As, for first few days I felt like there is a small mouse racing inside my house. I know it’s insane to relate her with something like a mouse but it’s the first thing that came into my mind. I remember every memory associated with her on my fingertips. When she started holding a spoon, started eating solids, drinking water by herself, took her first step, and what was the first word she spoke. The insecure feeling she had whenever I was away. How she ran and hugged me whenever she got excited. How she holds me tightly whenever we visited the Doctor and I started crying, seeing her injected. I know every mother does remember all these things… I am not alone and that is why being a mother is an incredible experience by itself.

I started celebrating every little occasion because of her which previously I’d always thought of as a waste of time. Actually, now I started enjoying everything. I enjoy doing all those silly things with her, jumping on bed, dancing to songs, making funny faces, tickling each other and so many other things.  Though, I was not the single child of my parents I always lived alone. So, doing those silly things with Riddhi brings back my childhood. She completes my circle and now I don’t crave for anyone’s presence in my life. This naughty kid filled up my life with every possible colours.

As I already said, no-matter what I write I could never have enough words to describe her presence in my life. So, winding up for now.

As of now, I am going to play with my naughty kid. See you tomorrow with another word.

Q – Quillpad

For the next in the A to Z blogging challenge, here comes the most questionable letter ‘Q’. Questionable because, we have very few words beginning with this letter and to search the one relevant with your life is another impossible task. But, I somehow found out the most connected word from this letter.

‘Q’ in my life stands for Quillpad. I know many of you don’t know what Quillpad is! Don’t go searching on Google, I’ll make it easier for you. Quillpad is a website which helps us translate words in different regional languages.

Basically, it is a website used for translation. Quillpad helps me a lot whenever I have to write my poems or stories in Hindi. It is a very hassle free experience to write in Hindi language through this website. Otherwise, one has to install hundreds of fonts and paste keyboard stickers to do the same. I am a huge fan of Hindi literature be it in reading or writing. I love to write in Hindi, first. And that’s where this website becomes my partner in writing.

So many poems, so many stories, so many emotions got their words through Quillpad. Strange, how a simple website or application becomes part of your life!

This is it for now. This freaky girl is taking rest until tomorrow. See you again with another word & another memory.

P – Plants

So, the 16th letter of our AtoZ Challenge is ‘P’ and P for me stands for Plants.

Plants… what would our world be without you? You gave us life. You gave us fresh oxygen to breath. You make our environment clean. And what we do with you? We cut you to make more space for our living. We destroy you to make our life better. We kill you to live our life leisurely.

I am a nature lover and I love to collect different kind of plants. Though, here in Gurgaon, I don’t have enough outdoor space to plant them yet I manage to create a small greenway for myself. I have many indoor plants and few of them are on my workstation. Their fresh green leaves encourage me to think positively. I always want to do something like what environmentalists do for the environment. But that wish didn’t see the light of the day.

So, I made a resolution in my life. I planted a tree or bought a plant into my house for every special occasion of my life. I started it from my Birthday and I am maintaining this without a fail. Trust me, it makes me feel alive. Nothing is this world excites me more than a blooming flower or plant in my balcony. New, fresh green leaves reduce all my tensions and make me happier. Plants have this positivity stored inside them, they make your perception much cleaner and fresher when you spend some time with them.

Don’t believe my words? Go and try this. I’m sure you will love it.

Place a plant near your desk and see the difference in your thoughts. Place them in your house and see the difference in your life.

If you cannot do the big things, do the small ones. It can change a lot. And at this day when the world is showing the results of global warming, try to plant a single plant whenever you can. As much as you can. We cannot stop the pollution which has already spread a lot in our environment… I understand. But, we can take small and simple steps to prevent it from growing further. Each step you take, each seed you sow, will bloom one day! We have already done enough damage to our earth, now start healing the damage.

I am doing this. Will you?

Think and act!

I will see you another day with another post.

O – Ochre

For our next post in AtoZ Challenge, I want to share one beautiful yet funny poem ‘Ochre’. This one is written by my dearest friend, in this, she has shown sarcastic & intelligent side of her personality.

‘Ochre’
Two hearts fused together
The universal symbol
Of love and more
Easily blended with
The ochre faces.
In many forms, most similar
Often misused, mostly confused
The tongue peeking out, just kidding
Two fat tears leaking, laughing helplessly
The lips grinning wide, with devilish plans.
One eye shut, one open, the standard wink
Filling the spaces where words couldn’t.
Black, Brown, White
All different faces
Are now orcher!
Dhivya Balaji

This piece of art is something I don’t want to go unnoticed.

See you soon with our next letter!

N – Novels

Here comes our 14th letter of AtoZ Challenge. That is ‘N’.

N stands for many things in a person’s life but for me it stands for ‘Novels’. Yes! Novels. What would my world look like if I don’t read all those novels? Novels not only designed my childhood but also shaped my future too. Who makes me an author then? Novels/Books are as important a part of me as music and breath are.
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L – Love

L is the letter for today. For me, L stands for nothing other than Love.

Love is the strongest emotion, the supreme power, a blessing from God! A deep feeling of affection. So many forms and each one is beautiful.

Here, I am not talking about the love we see between couples. Instead, it has a huge meaning apart from this selfish and self-centred world. Love makes us see things differently. It is the supreme power, which compels us to see the positive side of others. Sometimes, I wonder what if this 4-letter word doesn’t exist in our life! How would be the world look like? What would be the face of mankind then? What would humans do? What should we teach our children? How would music and art and other good things be created? What would happen to the classics then? All these questions have a similar answer – Love is the driving force behind all good things in life.

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M – Music

Another letter for this AtoZ challenge is ‘M’. Yes! Magical ‘M’ stands for Music.

If there is one thing that I cherish and love most in my life apart from books, it is Music. I don’t think there is a single person in this world who hates music. They may love different forms of it. Music is the only thing which accompanies us in the phases of our life. Everyone has their unique taste in Music. Some love classical whereas some prefer rock. I am a kind of person who likes different songs in all genres of music.
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K – Kindle

So, we have come to our 11th letter ‘K’. No, it’s not K which we generally use in replying to messages. It is K for Kindle. Yes, another asset of mine.

I recently got a kindle paperwhite, which my dear husband gifted me. I am a bibliophile and I never ever thought that one day I will crave for something like a Kindle. But, it happens, due to the phase I am in. My naughty kid doesn’t allow me to read books as paperbacks. Whenever I open a book to read, she always snatches that and runs away. It’s frustrating for me but I can’t do anything. So, I ended up choosing the Kindle device for some time till I get back to my normal routine. But to my surprise, Kindle is a new and nice experience for me. Also, now I don’t need an external source of light to read my books. I really like the way it makes reading easy for me. Now, I can read at night with this magical device without disturbing my kid. Or I should say, she let me reads hassle free.

The Kindle will always remain in my heart because the first book I read on my device was Harry Potter, and I already shared about how much I love that series. I can’t thank Amazon enough for giving us this device.

So, now this bibliophile is signing off to read Twilight series on my Kindle paperwhite.

See you another day!

J – Journals

When it comes to ‘J’, I only remember the word ‘Journals’.

There was a time when we used to write everything in our diaries. Especially, in our teenage. I remember clearly how much I loved to write in my diaries. My writings were on random concepts, just anything and everything, be it my daily routine to my views on various topics. Those were the days when people actually had enough time to maintain their journals or diaries. Nowadays, when technology has grown much further, those diary entries are replaced by blogs and phone notes.
But I still love writing in my diaries. Now even I cannot maintain my old habit of writing diaries regularly but whatever I do I always keep a diary near me. I love the smells of old paper and pens. Paper and pens have the most beautiful love-story between them. And I enjoy and nurture their love-story ahead.
I wrote the whole first draft of my debut book ‘Adhira’ in a diary. Yeah! The whole story. I really enjoyed that phase as I felt like I was going back to school days. I wish I could go back to the era where computers and this ‘tick-tock’ of keyboard was not mandatory for writing in our daily life, which nowadays has become a necessity.

This is it for now, enjoy your writing and I am going down the memory lane to find some diary memories of mine that I will share with you soon!

I – IPL

How would you react if I say ‘I’ for me stands for IPL. Yeah, that’s right! Indian Premier League.

As Indians, cricket runs in our blood. I am always an ardent cricket fan. I have many childhood memories of watching cricket with my dad, cheering for the Indian team sitting infront of our Idiot box. That cheering increased in volume whenever India played against Pakistan in World Cups or during other series. We would burst crackers and shout aloud in streets when India won the match. After my father’s demise, I’m left alone on that couch as he was my only cricket partner. But the craze never faded. I still get goose bumps whenever I watch repeat telecast of Mahendra Singh Dhoni lifting world cup of 2011 by defeating SriLanka by 6 wickets in finals. Or when my most favourite cricketer, Saurav Ganguly waved his T-shirt in Lords’ Stadium. These are some memories every cricket fan could remember on his/her fingertips. I still cheer for my team, my country. I still shout for every sixer, I scream when our player gets out, I celebrate when our team wins. World cup is like a festival for me. I mark all the important matches and manage my schedule according to them. I eagerly wait for another whole 4 years after a world cup series ends.
But now cricket format has changed and we have this Indian Premier League organised every year, called ‘IPL’ in short. I know few of my fellow hardcore cricket fans wouldn’t like me saying that I like, actually love, this series as much as I love the matches of an individual country playing against opposing country. Because IPL is a different format where every player unites for a team and plays for that team instead of their own country. They keep the dignity of this ‘gentlemen’s game’ alive. I love watching foreign players uniting in those colourful jerseys of IPL teams. IPL makes bonding between players much stronger. They play, they win, they celebrate together as a team. Obviously, they got paid for playing in those teams but we can buy a player by bidding but not their game. Not their spirit of playing. And that is what I liked most about this short format game. It looks so amazing that MSD in playing under Steve Smith’s captaincy or Mitchell Johnson is playing under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, without any hassles. This is the charm of this game.

I am a Kolkata Knight Riders fan since the beginning of this game. Reasons? You may ask? Just because I live in Delhi – NCR, my dedications are supposed to be with Delhi Daredevils. Logically its correct! But I have many reasons to support KKR. Firstly, because I’ve always been Saurav Gangully’s fan, secondly, I had a huge crush on Gautam Gambhir back then and third, the most important one, its SRK’s team. This reason is above all and I am proud to be a knight rider because they won 2 IPL trophies and played well in all seasons though. So, no doubt about whom I would be cheering this year also.

No matter how well your team is doing… keep cheering!

See you soon with the next letter and the memories attached with them. Till then, this illogical cricket lover rests.