Haiku : Thief


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                                                               bright plenilune stole
                                                               dark earth's dreamy languor ... There -
                                                               tiptoes the moon-thief









                                                                                                              
                                                                          bewitched she drank rapt - 
                                                                          silver fire, sorrow  beauty 
                                                                          of the opal moon


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The waterfall : A Haiku and A Tanka

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                                                                          festooned with blue mist
                                                                          and water drops like pearl strings -
                                                                          baldachin of falls


A Tanka-
                                                                       
                                                                          धरा गगन   
                                                                          ध्वनित शांत , पर 
                                                                          मौन मुखर 
                                                                          जीवन कलरव  
                                                                          निर्झर मृदु रव 




           ध्वनित - resonated                                                  मौन - silence (here silently )                                                                 मुखर  - gushing , chatty                                         कलरव -  chirping, warbling                                                                निर्झर - waterfall                                                    मृदु रव  - a sweet, pleasant charivari 



For the second Audio Prompt by Ravish Mani  and with Thanks for the beautiful audio.

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'Fresh'


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                                                            dull daily routine 
                                                            familiar and common yet -
                                                            each moment is fresh


A Tanka -



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                                   under the night sky 
                                   snow-white buds crackle, glimmer
                                   fair flowers bloom fresh
                                   sleeping earth, mystical dark
                                   the moonfleet glides bright and calm

                                                                                  

Tanka is a Japanese poem form similar to Haiku with two additional lines of 7-7 syllables. So the format is 5-7-5-7-7 with 5 lines and 31 syllables in total.

Tanka is also referred as 'Waka' meaning 'poetry' in Japanese.

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Weeping Willow : Haiku


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                                                  I sway, glide, sashay

                                                                  like boughs of weeping willow -                                                                                                                                               enthused, in rapture








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                bow down your ego
                Like weeping willows pliant                                             unlearn shooting up 
           
                unlearning helps to                                                           bask in sunshine,dance with winds...
                to sway while rooted

                 be rooted but free
                 accept like weeping willow
                 find peace, laughter,bliss

अपमान : Haiku





मान, अस्मिता
आहत.... अविरल
अश्रु प्रलय 



पीड़ा दव में
चटकता है मन
झुलसे भाव




तृषित सर्प
सी आक्रोश फुंकार
        
हुई वो राख





मान, अस्मिता  = dignity, identity                                    आहत -hurt
अविरल - unending                                                           प्रलय - flood
दव - fire                                                                            तृषित- ferocious
फुंकार - hiss                                                                       राख - ash





for the above prompt given by our very own Ravish Mani 

Honey! Let's make our lives Sweeter .

After the empathetic winters hiding our layer/s of flab under the beautiful Pashmina shawls and Vardhman cardigans, its now the rude summers shamelessly demanding us to adore ourselves in those midriff-baring  two pieces, in diaphanous sheer pastels, looking every inch the summer Diva and the Jungle Goddess decked up in floral prints complete with a flower headgear which we (okay some of us ) are not!


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Our fitness regime is going on fine but the Indian nature of celebrating the Kodak moments (forced mostly) make sure that we are always  in close company of Gunjiyas, dahi-bhalle, jalebi-samose-gulabjamun  and what not .... A thing as mundane as getting our child selected for an essay on 'Mother Cow' qualifies as an occasion for Bengali rosogolle !
I vividly remember an incident when on a sudden power failure, the nursery kid of a businessmen family ejaculated "Oh! the power is gaa...wn" 
 The proud GrandDad immediately send for garma-garm Imartis and Bhagat ji ka Milkcake for entire  neighbourhood basking in the glory of having an English speaking grandson ! I ate (obviously! ) with Rolling eyes . 


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So here comes the rescuer - our tried,tested and trusted  brand Dabur with its Honey Diet to help us prevent accumulating all the calories we intake with sugar coated edibles.
To have Honey a part of our daily diet is a healthy habit for life time. Honey is beneficial than sugar as it contains natural vitamins, minerals,anti-oxidants , a lower Glycemic Index , less calories and is sweeter than sugar.Besides its aids in weight management, in digestion, purifying skin and is a natural soother for sore throats and coughs and colds. 
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There are many honey face-packs and ubtans for soft and radiant skin.
The medicinal value of honey is indisputable . Its a favorite for Dadi Ma ke Nuskhe  which means it is used in a variety of home remedies like a honey-ginger paste helps in combating cough , a honey-ginger-black pepper paste helps in controlling the cold and a honey-almond-white pepper paste increases eye-sight and makes all types of cough simple chole-goyche ! (Its gone !)

 In today's time of weight and figure conscious people, honey is an excellent alternative for sugar as it facilitates weight management. Its a safe option in comparison to those new fads of crash diet plans  which never work or if work then only temporary as once the diet changes, the weight cruelly returns settling itself with a ferocious aplomb at areas which were spared before. At such occasions it follows Murphy's law of  "If a thing can go wrong, it will go wrong " 

But we can prevent this by avoiding crash diets and opting for a balanced diet with honey as an alternative as crash diets make us internally weak,malnourished, irritable even depressive.When you eat very less portions you are prone for outburst of frustration specially on seeing others having a hearty meal ! After all we live,work , toil to have a good meal at the end of the day.

So, let's add a healthy choice, naturally sweet taste and golden sheen to our lives and switch to the Honey Diet  with Dabur Honey.Combined with a balanced healthy life-style it works wonders in making our lives happier and sweeter :)

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Calm : Haiku

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                                                Trees on autumn fire
                                               burnt, bare ... to embrace His Love
                                                new buds spring... calm spreads







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                     bright sparks of passion 
                     coy glow of love- both observe 
                     faith is silent ... calm 








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Browsing Cricket : Living Life !

There are times when my Happy Hours at the Indiblogger have turned into sad hours because my browser is not fast enough. Many other assignments written for competitions and contest also suffered similar fate- wasted due to the snail-pace of the browser and the research done for the topic, the feeling with which the piece is written, the zeal and zest for the cause,the satire ..duly went to the trash folder .
 I switched to another without much success and finally relented and accepted that if you want to meet a deadline, you have to be on your toes checking on the connection, speed and all that stuff thus missing out on other aspects of life .

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 It felt my work was being affected negatively as well as the quality time with my family was decreasing. I was torn in between, to have an update of the activities going on this world wide web and also not willing to let my  moments of daily happiness slide past unnoticed, unappreciated.

Enters a smart kid on the block the UC Browser backed up by the latest technology and a reliable mentor Yuvraj Singh aka Yuvi. 
It is a mobile browser developed by UCWeb much enhanced, upgraded and launched for platforms such as Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Black Berry etc. It offers a whole range of features of which the most outstanding ones the Speed .
 It is on Speed that UC Browser is riding high as Speed is the need of the hour.
We need fast and smart browsers to do a lot of things at a single time, so-much-so that we are putting  the word multi-tasking to shame . 
Specially the ladies of the century have evolved in a way that technology is no more a male domain entirely (though it never was) as not only working women or work-at-home moms Or work-from-home ladies but Home-maker and college girls all are multi-tasking at a level which is just one step away from proving that the Indian concepts of Ashtlakshmi and NavDurga are no more myths!
One single lady is essaying at least ten roles at a given time ranging from a mother, daughter, engineer, banker, writer, painter, designer, wife,blogger, daughter-on-law , baker, home-maker, interior designer..... 
Hence the speed is of utmost importance as she/he /we don't want to miss the action of a match between India- Australia , nor we want to miss the daily dose of soap-operas - they teach us ladies the tricks and tips to survive after-all :P 

 Plus we have to write for our monthly magazine and we have to teach our kids and feed them a  meal cooked not only at home by our own hands, simmered on care and love and garnished with smiles and stories . 
And where do you think that unending anecdotes about my son's favorite Rafael Nadal keep coming up? 
And from where the endless tales of far-off travels to far away lands as far as Iceland and the banks of Volga , complete with directions and landmarks keep tumbling out from my mouth like a cascade at night time ?  

 I would have lost my sanity long back if I was not having this little aid in my mobile to help me. So its the best and the Fastest for me. I have to update the match scores to my husband when he forgets to take his phone with him while tempering his favorite Toor Daal the just The right way .

With UC Browser life seems easy. It has Data Compression which reduces data consumption while using browsing . Its Cloud System makes the loading process quicker and smoother . The "view it later" mode caches images and relevant information for the later offline viewing - a good concept to save data consumption. 
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Its Sharing feature help to share data with all major platforms like FB , Twitter etc. and the data download system allows user to resume downloading from where it was left if in case the browser shuts down or the process is interrupted due to any reason.

 And for  the cricket crazies I have in my family it is the BEST thing as its UC Cricket has one-stop cricket info hub providing live scores, previews, stats, interviews videos...... a match reminders and the comment section ..whew!!  And All within a single click!No more bunking up classes , canceling appointments and providing lame excuses to work !

And after all these features and the speed I am getting, what is the best place to be this IPL season other than having UC Browser in my little phone :) 

You can check its other irresistible features here at ucweb.com



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Blueberries : Haiku


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                                 Heady scent, fresh bite                                                                          heavenly taste of summer 
                                                   intoxicating



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                              cobalt lilac blue
                              silver sheen on amethyst
                              ripe blueberries new



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                         O!dangling sapphires                                                                       clustered happiness on shrubs
                       bliss hanging from bushes


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                       orbs of purple glint
                       nestled under firs and pines
                       jewels from divine 


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                             azure frost dipped  fruit                                                               sunshine plays voodoo on leaves 
                             beryl sparks in woods






Unlocking Childhood


I never realized how time flew till my son -a 7 year old asked for a PSP and I was blank. Of- course I knew that its a Play station Portable but the point was that he knew more than me ! He knew all about the specification, the games to be downloaded , the variants and almost everything .... It was a true awakening moment and it painfully told  me that I am getting passe` ..albeit mentally.

From then on-wards I became more active and involved in the Video Games/Gadgets Arrived corner of the newspaper and .... our relation has evolved into a friendly one - a Buddy-Parenting thing. 

Now he is the one who fixes the wires of TATA SKY and change TV to the CD player mode and I help him in his class- projects and arranging his clothes chest. We enjoy these tasks which were a burden when conducted alone but have become a fun activity now. Its now our quality time together when done with each other. 

I teach him how to water the plants and keep the shoe rack ship-shape while he tells me how to play the Pokemon Game and the characteristics of Charmander

We do crossword puzzles and mental corner together in the 'Bangalore Mirror' and 'Young World 'of 'The Hindu'.
We share evening/after-dinner walk on our roof, under the starlit sky with he telling me about the constellations and the pole star and I sharing the story of 'Dhruv' Indian version of  the Pole star and about some zodiac signs. 

He teaches me about the cricket players, different IPL teams and the WWF wrestlers and I helped him in making his first ginger tea! 


This has evolved in such a beautiful ritual that we both look forward for it . We look forward to water plants and brewing ginger tea to perfection :) It seems not only as the Khuljaye Bachpan  but also as Udjaye Tension session .

We have particularly become fond of our night walks full of ghost- tales and trivia about Dracula and Iron-man (which I religiously have to mug up from internet ) and our ritual of spotting bird sounds. Our progress is very slow as I am very poor in recognizing and at times have mistook squirrel's call for a bird's ! Owl's hooting, crow's cawing, hen's clucking and pigeon and cuckoo's cooing are the only ones we mother-son can boast of  to know.

Now, we are planning to improve and take our buddy parenting relation to the next level where keeping transparency is the only condition and respecting differences while providing genuine reasoning is the only rule. 

Its wonderful to have entry in his world where I can explore and  learn with him .
 Its like growing up all again with my child beside me .We both stumble , we both stand up, improve and cheer for each other

Believe me, its the BEST way to rear a child - to be with him, learn with him and grow with him , experience life the way he does ... 
Thus making every moment (pal)of his life from learning new things to playing to reflecting ...  khushi ke pal  :)


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