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.

H – Harry Potter

So, our next letter is ‘H’. H for… Harry Potter.

Great! I could never have thought that one day I will love this series to this extent. I still couldn’t believe that I read all those books in one go.

I was never a Harry Potter fan and never really had that urge to read HP books. I remember my cousin read that series and praised it a lot and asked me to read but I gently shrugged off her request by saying that ‘I won’t like those highly imaginative HP books.’ At that time, I was about 10 or 11 years old. But, when today someone asks me about what would be my favourite series of books, I will gleefully scream ‘Harry Potter’. And this whole transformation credit goes to my dearest friend who literally forced me to read these books.

I marked it in this year’s resolution calendar to read this series. I started reading the first book of the series ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ without much excitement, as the only motto to read the book was to impress my friend. (*Laughs*) But as I read further and came on the 2 or 3 chapter, my interest suddenly shot up and I ended up reading first 5 books in just 11 days. That was the fastest reading speed in which I read any series of books. And I started loving it to such an extent that I decided to watch the movies too (which I used to avoid before).

I won’t mind sharing that I don’t like HP series of movies much because they don’t show the whole story and it was a huge disappointment for me. I realised not all movie adaptations of books are good. They mould the concept as per their business strategies and that’s where the actual story is lost. And it’s quite okay too, how much of a story can they show in 3 hours? So, justified enough! But, book lovers like me prefer books over movies.

That is how the magical world of Hogwarts created by J.K. Rowling cast its charm on me too. I love each and every character whether it is Harry, Ron, Hermione, Professor Dumbledore, Hagrid, that snowy white owl – Hedwig, the cute house elf – Dobby and other characters too. All thanks to the Queen who wrote such a wonderful series of books. Now I regret refusing my cousin who wanted to introduce this magical world to me in my childhood. I miss that but I’ll make sure my child would start her reading journey with Harry Potter Books.

I can never thank you enough my friend for introducing me to this series. You not only introduced but forced me to read it! And I ended up loving them.

See you again with the next letter and the memories attached with that.