28 November, 2009

a dash of madness in ME

I’ve a dash of madness!
Yeah, I do...this trait of mine with trace of madness in me  takes me every time to a very different yet special world!
Where there is romantic tales and robust poems surrounding the aura and colors of the painting swinging to and fro recreating the melody in the passion!
 Wow...I enjoy crossing bridges in my imagination…perhaps slide-glide possibly through the crazy zeal.

~Abstract Painting © Nikita |my friend|

Love it or Hate it…O dear, just Tell it!
I made my point clear for no more latter confusions.
There is no point in holding back, on your very true and strong feeling that what reflects you the best.
Sharing actually empowers us and we get to know each other better.
Don’t just dwell in pain, don’t blame but Claim your joy through sharing your sentiments. Your sentiments surely seek concern, speak your soul.
Do not withhold the agony but express the ecstasy in you. Expressions can only make things much easier.

Telling with words is not the only way…sometimes just a tiny glance, an eye contact or a humble touch can just solve your mind puzzle. Of coarse who cannot forget the big teddy bear hug or Jaddu ki jhapi, playing wonders.

Sharing thoughts motivates to be together and bring things in sync. Why feel unrequited, rather declare yourself and make an initiation. Be braver and Believe in yourself. You have no ideas how much you embrace others with your presence and miraculous words!
I don’t want someone to be afraid to speak out. I want you to speak and not feel sorry. Cross the bridges of hesitation and talks...to convey in conviction!

Speak for your shame and
Speak for your fame,

Speak about,
From where you have intend and
For truly you have been destined.

Speak polite speak delight
For the anger that dines and fear floating in your mind.

Speak to claim, Speak to tame
For your sentiments deposit deep in the sand.

Speak for the forever footprints you have in your heart
For the alluring Charm captivating in the past.

Speak for your bend,
Speak to mend,

Speak to hear,
Speak to be listened...

Don’t let your words be imprisoned.
Have a word…share the world..

Dare to say something that sweeps everything.

Rare the eternal bliss butterfly
To make the most of your life.

Don’t shun but speak to Preach,
Speak shall only recreate the Reach.

Speak for your gratitude,
Speak for your generosity,
To the most sublime gracious innocent purity,
Retreat and again speak to rejoice the response’s clarity!

What you shouldn’t speak and what you should have,
Wriggle out the technical terms,
Conquer the struggle and Speak Free.

Speak for the confusion,
Speak with fusion,

Scream and sometime do patter-patter.
Speak for the sake of calm
Speak against conceal, it won’t harm!

Speak and state
The enclose to disclose
Speak to show the best in you is still to enfold

Speak and Smile
Say naa…Something for Sharing awhile…!!

My self-love for the Creativity is triumphant, and I cast a proud glance at the madness in me!
After reading the above…I’m sure you will agree that I do and definitely possess with pleasure that dash of madness in me!

Wooshh..goosh..shhhh…the madness flows in me!!
Don’t worry I have not still left the surface in insanity!

Roman philosopher Seneca, quotes that,
There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
~Hey, I did not declare myself a genius …Did I??

Perhaps, I do not forget to believe that,
The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limit.

And I come in the second category, never-ending, unconventional yet bountiful with wide infinite thoughts and beyond doubts not bound to any restraint to creative limit.

Probably because, I do not resist responding, perhaps I remain myself and Speak!
  • The beautiful painting above is an  Abstract Painting made by Nikita , my chweett childhood buddy!
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  • Feel free to Share your Story and thoughts on the Post and Painting as well.. Speak!
  • Thank you so much for going through this post and accepting me with a dash of madness ;)
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24 November, 2009

Pink is Pretty

Note: 55 Fictions is precise form of micro-fiction that refers to the works of fiction limited to a maximum of fifty-five words.
The 55 fiction present below is an attempt that reflects on the unconditional love, hope, faith and courage. Perhaps, let go through some fascinating fact first.

~ Roseus is a Latin word meaning "rosy" or "pink."
Pink itself is a combination of red and white.

"In Western culture, the practice of assigning pink to an individual gender began in the 1920s. From then until the 1940s, pink was considered appropriate for boys because being related to red it was the more masculine and decided color, while blue was considered appropriate for girls because it was the more delicate and dainty color, or related to the Virgin Mary.
Since the 1940s, the societal norm apparently inverted so that pink became appropriate for girls and blue appropriate for boys, a practice that has continued into the 21st century." (ref:wiki)

Pink is pretty ~ (55 Fiction)

“Why you like Pink?” I asked,
She said, “Being a child I loved wearing pink frocks.
My pink-blush was a talk of the town...”

After some giggles... I asked, “Do you still feel same?”

“Pink holds passionate moments…
But today, I adore Pink in admiration for
..being courageous survival of Breast Cancer",
my grandmother proclaimed.

BREAST cancer is the second most common cancer in Indian women. The incidence is more in urban than rural women. It is more prevalent in the higher socio-economic groups. The risk of a breast cancer is one in 30 in urban India and one in 65 in rural India.

  • 10 facts about Breast Cancer are as follows:
  1. Breast cancer risk increases as one gets older. But the fact which also cannot be ignored is that women of all ages are at risk for developing breast cancer. You are never too young to develop breast cancer! Breast Self-Exam should begin by the age of twenty.
  2. The majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer don’t have a family history of this devastating cancer. However, if your mother, sister, or grandmother ever had breast cancer your risk is significantly increased.
  3. Risks for breast cancer include a family history, atypical hyperplasia, delaying pregnancy until after age 30 or never becoming pregnant, early menstruation (before age 12), late menopause (after age 55), current use or use in the last ten years of oral contraceptives, daily consumption of alcohol and obesity.
  4. The cause of breast cancer remains unknown and is not completely preventable. The real key to surviving breast cancer is early detection and treatment.
  5. The first sign of breast cancer usually shows up on a woman's mammogram before it can be felt or any other symptoms are present.
  6. Breastfeeding may actually decrease the risk of premenopausal breast cancer.
  7. Every 13 minutes a woman dies of breast cancer.
  8. More than 1.7 million women who have had breast cancer are still alive in the United States.
  9. It is reported that one in 22 women in India is likely to suffer from breast cancer during her lifetime.
  10. The majority of breast cancer patients had no known risk factors, other than being a female. So, early detection and treatment of the breast cancer is only possible if there is a proper awareness about this very frightening disease.

Ribbons have been used to express solidarity on the part of the wearer with the identified cause since the early to late 20th Century. Pink Ribbons (and the color pink) are used to express support for women (and men) who are diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

The pink and blue ribbon was designed in 1996 by Nancy Nick, President and Founder of the John W. Nick Foundation to bring awareness that "Men Get Breast Cancer Too!" However, a man's lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is about one-tenth of 1%, or one in 1,000.

Pink was chosen for the pink ribbon for breast cancer for a specific reason. The color pink is bright, vibrant, a strong, healthy color. This puts it in direct opposition to the often very debilitating and destructive nature of breast cancer. Pink provides feelings of caring, tenderness, self-worth and love, acceptance. Pink is also seen as a feminine color representing compassion, nurturing and love.

...talk to
your family
about the breastCancer
as to
create a knee
jerk reaction towards
Breast cancer is a very personal disease as the breasts are a strong part of femininity and what makes a woman a woman. Choosing such a color that is a bright, healthy symbol of women was seen as a positive and striking way to increase awareness of breast cancer as well as support funding of research to fight this disease.

CORRECT ME if I’m wrong in displaying any facts mentioned in above list.

Also, it is REQUEST to all to propagate and spread the awareness about this very terrifying disease..

Don’t feel shy in breaking the ice over this issue in the family, be it your sister, your mother or even your grandmother...Talk..to create a the knee jerk reaction towads the reality!

Painting above is thyself painted and is Pink Emotions @ rachi creations..
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19 November, 2009

Celebrate You - blogger bond Award

Golden sun rays passed its fingers through the curtain and followed by some drizzle. Within minutes I discovered a beautiful Rainbow, this morning. Celebration was already in my mind and this colorful rainbow added a tint as an approval to my celebration. Celebrations are magical moments and here it defines my passion.

It is the celebration of the colorful journey I had being a blogger. Throughout this roller coaster ride, I enjoyed learning and sharing my expression with you all.

  • This post of my blog is hitting 100th post, a lucky Sachin’s Century…!

From:: HummingToday~ Blogger Bond Award

I take this moment as an extension of the bond being shared with blogger buddies.

Also it’s a moment where I want to thank all the people..who have directly and indirectly involved in motivating me in creative existence.

# Throughout my blogging expedition, I have maintained long posts..
..not deliberately but co-incidentally, so kindly bear this one also as a long post.

  • Trace the Trail:

I still remember few of my very first blogs I followed were of Priya, Lena and Ode Writer. Amazingly,Priya and Lena hold a very special position in my blogging subsistence ever since.

I have been blogging seeing as two years. But it’s been in recent times that I have actually, started following frequently in routine some very enchanting blogs.

Thanks to Blogger "Follower widget’ and ‘BlogRoll widget’, it made much easier to be constantly in touch with the new posts of yours.

Neeraj, PriyanRSV, Rajtilak,
Srivats, Shruti,

I follow the above mentioned bloggers because each bloggers and their blogs are ingenious and philanthropic. Each one has a unique way of writing and each one possess an exceptional ocean of wisdom and creativity.

Many among you have honored me, helped me and enriched my thoughts with the ideas and outlook towards life. I want to thank you for accepting me in your list of BlogRoll making me feel accepted. Thank you so much for acknowledging my Spark.

I’m glad that I enjoyed their discovery and in return got as many as my friends, the buddies, the well wishers with an everlasting bond creating a harmonious world of its own in this blogosphere.

  • Rear the Celebration:

As my celebration started with the colorful rainbow, roller coaster ride, I thought and scooped the flying colors of the butterfly to add creativity in the celebration.

So here’s my token of love, affection and creativity in form of rachi creations.. only for you.

"It is a bright little effort made to share and dedicate this blogger bond Award with you". This award is for YOU as "You are Phenomenal! and Your Blog is Unconventional in the Willful Way.."
Kindly, COLLECT and accept it as one more award in your list and honor me. Let me Celebrate You.
 # For your convenience, I have created a small size of Award.

...let us together CelebrateLife!
Celebrate friendship amid in blogger's

AmitSemwal, Geetali, Madhulika, Nupur, NikitaBK, Nirmala, PradeepRao, Payal, Tanushree, Suparna, Siddharth, Vinit, Suneeta(suni)..and many many more my dear friends.

The Contribution listed talent hunted heads, my very true friends who believed when I had cease my belief in myself and in Humming Today.

It is indeed worth being feeling like accepted.

Also well goes the saying that,When a wife has a good husband it is easily seen in her face.

(BWT: hope he celebrate today taking me out on dinner :P)

Thank you Hubby,for making Maggi and Tea for me when I'm busy
 in my Humming thoughts:)

Keep the spark Alive..

Thankyou for being endearing and persistent in reading.
Let the video loads completely..Enjoy! Celebrate You!!

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16 November, 2009

an urge to fiction

Note: 55 Fictions is precise form of micro-fiction that refers to the works of fiction limited to a maximum of fifty-five words.

It’s an attempt to focus light on the various dimensions of sheer neglects and mind set of people, leading to the pitiable predicament prevailing in the society.

unnatural born Mother

"She looked gloomy and dismayed.
With three kids she stepped in the crowd.

She had baby girl a year old in her arms, 
Second was a four years old young boy and
Other was around five years old girl.

Remarkably, her own age was seven years old.

She begged with her siblings in the train. "

Girl childhood

...40% of Indian population is consist of 
children(below 18years old), 
out of this 25%are engaged as child labourer,
nearly 60%
of thechild workers areGirl Child..
You will find many such under age girls and children on the road, in the crowded trains and swarming market places begging for her family. This is just an extension to their struggle and dreadful life.
A humble age when she cannot take care of herself, she is asked to take care of her siblings too. Where she is supposed to hold a pen in her hand and go to school to study, she is asked to hold her sibling in arms and go to train and beg.

Is this a justice to her and her childhood?
Is it fair to consider a girl child as a lesser child?
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12 November, 2009

Sweet Simple Signature sandwich

Grapes turn sour! Nope I’m not saying any sour grape proverb. Few days back I bought some grapes and they were too sour to eat :(

Being cozy on the couch, up my heals, holding higher up the bunch of sweet and luscious grapes and eating each one at a time, is what I love the most.

Yeah! Even I’m lazy and I love it.

A lazy day and me a lazy one, takes two slice of bread and heap of sugary sweet jam over it and in my mouth goes a full of life bite, bouncing me back so lively.

However, when the grapes turn sour, I prepare sweet jam, simple! The recipe of the grape Jam is very easy and hardly takes time to prepare.

This recipe is for all who are happy to revisit and will revisit the happy childhood days. Enjoy this delicious comfort food.
So let’s hop a bit into some history, facts and origin of the grapes and jam sandwich followed by the Grape Jam recipe.

Grape Jam Sandwich

  • Grape fruit:
A grape is the non-climacteric fruit, botanically a true berry which grows on the deciduous woody vines. Bunch of tiny fruits, grapes are eaten raw and are used to make jam, jelly, vinegar, wine, grape sees extracts, raisins and grape seed oil. Grapes are also used in some kinds of confectionery. It is grown in clusters of 6 to 300, and can be crimson, black, dark blue, yellow, green and pink.

  • Nutrition Value of Grapes:
The rich nutrition and anti-oxidants in grapes make this fruit wonderfully healing and is a miracle help for many ailments. Tiny grape has high content of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and abundance of minerals which includes calcium, chlorine, copper, fluorine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, silicon and sulphur. Grape seeds have highly protective flavonol anti-oxidants that scavenge free radicals and promote the growth and repair of tissues.

  • Origin Fact about Grapes:
The appearance of Common Grape Vine (Vitis vinifera) is a species of Vitis on earth has been dated to between 130 to 200 million years ago. Mankind’s relationship to this plant dates to the Neolithic period.

Amazingly, the ancient Egyptian ‘Hieroglyphicsalso shows the cultivation of grapes for both eating and wine production. "Hieroglyphs" refer to the characters made by graphical figures, be it animals or objects. The features that are visually well arranged about heavenly bodies, natural phenomena, animals and plants, God, humans, residences and households were used for 3000 years for recording Egyptian.

Ancient Greeks called this system Hieroglyphs, literally "sacred writings", because it was mainly used by government officials for God.

Wild grapes were harvested by foragers and early farmers. For thousands of years, the fruit has been harvested for both medicinal and nutritional value; its history is intimately entwined with the history of wine.

  • Origin of Jam Sandwich:
Jam Sandwiches are a type of cuisine which are composed normally of two slices of bread, butter or margarine, and jam (traditionally strawberry) which is normally consumed at lunchtime or as a quick "snack." Ref.wikipedia

Jam Sandwiches are thought to originate at around the 19th Century, in the United Kingdom as an affordable food which was mainly consumed by the lower/working class people of cities such as London. The plausible reason that most lower/working class people consumed this as a major part of their diets is that it was the ingredients that it is made from cost little to manufacture and due to taxes being lifted on sugar in 1880, became widely available as a cheap foodstuff.

So here is the recipe of Grape Jam.

Ingredients for grape Jam

Ingredients for the Grape Jam:

  • Grapes fruit- 250 grams
  • Sugar – ½ cup
  • Lemon juice – 2 tbsp

For your convenience TWO different ways are mentioned to make this jam. One method is making the Jam in the Microwave Oven and other making the jam on the popular common Stove. Choose the method that you feel comfortable in. Follow the steps accordingly.
 Making of Grape Jam

Making of the Grape Jam in Microwave Oven:

  • Wash the grapes enough to remove the dirt. Slip skins from grapes. Remove seeds from the grapes if any and cut into half.
  • Mix the sugar and grapes in the microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 100% power for 3-4mins, or till the grapes are softened.
  • Microwave (covered) the mixture at 60% power for 7-8mins, or till its slightly thickened and translucent. Stir in between to prevent scorching.
  • Stir in the lemon juice, pour in sterilized jar and refrigerate.

Making of Grape jam on Stove:

  • Wash the grapes enough to remove the dirt. Slip skins from grapes. Remove seeds from the grapes if any and puree it in the mixer grinder.
  • Transfer the puree of grapes on a heavy bottomed pan.
  • Add sugar and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is completely dissolved. (Do not allow mixture to boil until sugar is dissolved)
  • Bring jam to a boil and boil rapidly without stirring until the jam has reached the setting point. (This can take from 5 to 20 minutes)
  • Keep stirring frequently until the pulp is broken down into a thick mixture. This will take about 20-30minutes.
  • To test the jam, remove it from heat, then drop a teaspoonful on a chilled plate and chill it for 1 minute. Tilt the plate: Jam should remain in a mound and not run. If jam runs, continue cooking at a slow flame and let it boil for sometime.
  • When it is really add the lemon juice and mix it well.
  • Seal and store in sterilize jars and refrigerate.Jam is ready. Relish it!!

This Grape Jam sandwich of for all those who haven't eaten one for years. It's just one humble bite that takes you straight back to your childhood. Enjoy this sweet simple signature sandwich, Happy Children’s day :)

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05 November, 2009

Perception Reflection - Part Two

I’m heartily overwhelmed to see a great participation in enriching the discussions with your visionary thoughts and ideas in my previous post.
People who have come up first time reading this post are requested to go through the comments and Part One post, 'Perception Reflection -Part One' before reading ahead.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to share here their unique point of view. I enjoyed each and every response of yours.

So with the same enthusiasm, let us get back to the beginning, 'the question' and review it ones more...

  • How do you see this glass?
  • What do you perceive this as 'Half-Filled glass or 'Half-Empty glass?
"Half-full or Half empty glass is an idiom which is used to explain how people perceive on events and objects. Perception is unique to every individual and is simply one's interpretation of reality". Ref. Wikipedia.

Now to the question that my friend asked me, “What do you see?”
I said, “half-empty glass.”

Although, I knew the right answer prior, I felt that I need to give an honest answer. And not the one that I had learned from the theories.

So my honest answer was, “I see half-empty glass!!”

Despite that reply, deep inside me I knew "I wasn’t a pessimistic person," at heart as this concept of half-empty glass defines.

  • My perception was:

It’s just that I cannot avoid looking both the positive and negative aspects of the situation. If, I focus over the positive issue, then what’s the big deal. As when it’s positive it will help any way. Where as, if I look into the negative aspect first, I can prepare myself to any harm that the negative thing might create. I only want to be more cautions and careful to the things, to avoid any last minute crisis.

However, my view did get enhanced to learn things by going in flow Spontaneously with time.

The amazing thing was, my dear friend, my roomie did not argue with me over my split wide opposite prospective. However, I did think for a minute that she will definitely yell on me and prove me wrong.

  • And my friend’s prospective was:

It’s not about the half filled or half empty glass. It’s not also about the glass or the water or something else inside. It’s about the Prospective. I see the half full it makes me value the half empty. Without it I would not even notice my rest half full. I see it as a well-balanced perspective. A wholesome in life, like the symbol of  the Yin&Yang, dark&light, hot&cold, low&high, sad&happy and so on. It is; complementary opposites within a greater whole. Without one you will not notice it the other left one. My glass is half full and half empty and I love it completely!

Her clear approach in thoughts took me to a surprise. In a micro second it was eureka! Suddenly, I realized we were very different person in nature, strangely like half full and half empty glass view meant together for wholesome friendship.

  • Now consider this:

"I’m grateful that I have this opportunity to at least hold the glass in my own hand – let the glass be my life. Now what I like to add in or forget something to add is completely my decision. It has my absolute control over the things in my life. In the same way, at what level or no level I fill the water in the glass is my choice to make.

I have this power to fill, refill or over-fill the glass with water or anything. Believing, that I’m still fortunate enough to have the opportunity to have my glass in my hand.  Like my loving life is still there to live at the fullest."

  • Conclusion or Beginning:

It’s amazing to see how one picture reflected to some very unique and different prospective. I’m sure each one of us who said must have ones gone through their own personal priorities, choices, beliefs, experiences and wisdom.

Choosing who is wrong and who is right is completely not significant. Vital point to remember here is that we have our alternatives intact. We need to make right choice according to our need.

And as I have said in my earlier post, I have learned to prove myself wrong and again undo the things and relearn the distinguishing attributes. I enjoy this change and learning practice, we need to refresh and review our point of view every time and start again to fight the problem.

As you see, one picture has depicted an infinite number of responses/choices. Similarly we have ample number of alternate ways to consider the best for us.

Playing this discussion I have also observed something very unique distinctive aspect that despite of being so intense in our thoughts for life philosophies, what keeps us flowing smoothly is that little gentle embrace of Creativity in our thoughts and ideas!

Let the exploration of creativity in us begin.

Heartily thank you to everyone who read this post so persistently. And I highly appreciate all the people who shared their prominent views.

I feel so good that after so much of churning, I’m able to enhance my thoughts. I hope you also feel in the similar way. 

~Keep the spark Alive..
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03 November, 2009

Perception Reflection - Part One

I have always believed this firmly that life is all about learning. I don’t worry or get scared to take risks as I know they shall lead to innovations and enrich the creativity. I’m glad that my thoughts are free to fly and not bound to any rigid tradition.

Sitting down to write this, I have just realized that a lot of my wisdom seems to have come from interaction with my parents, friends and blogger-buddies. Their thoughts, critical acclaim, feelings and above all the perceptions to view the things have tossed many times my philosophies that I follow.

And I have mounted and mounded my observations many a times. I have understood and learned to try getting into a diluted different aspect to many of my strong beliefs and opinions. I have learned to prove myself wrong and again undo the things and relearn the distinguishing attributes. I enjoy this change and learning practice.

Reflecting the same:

While I was in college, I remember one day my very dear friend, my roomie tossed me a question in an aim to introduce me one of the most important philosophies of life to lead a happy life-style.

She took a half-glass filled glass and asked me “What do you see?”

It was the same question that long back in my childhood my father had asked me, teaching something very unique aspect.

I was pretty sure that I knew the answer, the right answer! But than I thought to revisit my honest perception and at the same time try be acquainted with her perception too.

Ever since than my perception hasn’t changed but surely have enhanced with my friend's view of point.
Today, I have added few more thoughts to it with time.

Rather than just tell you what our poles-apart answers were, I’d like to hear your diverse response to the same question. I’m looking for some pioneering prospective. Your ideas/ thoughts shall be respected and consider valuable to enrich our distinct aspects of looking things.

I shall sum up this post with my and my friend’s answer with the perception in the next post. Mean while I shall like to go through your responses.

  • How do you see this glass?

  • What do you perceive this as
'Half-Filled glass
'Half-Empty glass ?

  • Kindly participate in sharing your word by adding your responses in the comment section.

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