Elegant Extremes!


School in Goa,  genes from Kerala

Enough to make me go Oooh la la!

Had outrageous ideas as a kid,

Which from adults I always hid!

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Whats The Good Word?

Prompt: Dictionary, Shmictionary

Time to confess: tell us about a time when you used a word whose meaning you didn’t actually know (or were very wrong about, in retrospect)

Confession time again, today!  I confessed just  yesterday I had never heard of Blood Moon till my son told me what it meant.

Well today’s prompt again takes me back to my kids… some of the words and expressions  they use so naturally, would often go right over my head unless I summoned the courage to ask them or surreptitiously look it up in the dictionary or The Miz Know-It-all Google Aunty ! For starters, for  a fairly long time, to me, LOL meant a word, not an acronym and was not very sure of the usage either. Same for ROFL, OMG, TGIF. Now I’m wiser. LOL !!

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Ready, Set, Blood Moon !

Prompt: 10 minutes. You and your keyboard (or smartphone. Or tablet. Or pen and paper). No pauses, no edits, no looking back: it’s free-write time!

This was the first time I had heard of it – a Blood Moon – a rare lunar eclipse that would turn the moon red. A rare event, it is even rarer in that we were witness to a Tetrad – a series of  4 Blood Moons through a 2 year period. To put in perspective, such an event has occurred only twice before in the past 500 years!! Awesome, or what?

I gained this knowledge form my son at the lunch table and was intrigues.  Though the part of the world we are in at present  ( Chennai in India) was not exactly among the favored sites to watch this phenomenon from, we decided to give it a try and found that Moon Rise was at 5.54pm, at Chennai. We traipsed off to the beach – The  Marina Beach –  to have a look-see. This was just a few minutes before the moon was to exit the darkest part of the  Earth’s shadow at 6.05 pm.

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Tread Softly!

Prompt: Handle with care

How are you at receiving criticism? Do you prefer that others treat you with kid gloves, or go for brutal honesty?


Addition or attrition?

Is that the question ?

Or how much can I take?

Be it looks or a cake I bake?

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Ta -Da!

 Prompt: To-Do? Done!

Quickly list five things you’d like to change in your life. Now, write a post about a day in your life once all five have been crossed off your to-do list.

I was sitting in my favorite corner the other day, and doing what I do best – “flashbacking ” my life …

I had always hoped for these things in my life..

1. To be beautiful….inside AND outside!

2. To never lie and never be lied to.

3. To never hurt and never be hurt

4. To be able to help everyone I would like to

5. To be able to make a difference to the people my little world as well as the lives I touch in life.

As I absently rubbed the little statue of Ganesha on my bedside table,

Lord Ganesha on My bedside table - Gifted by my daughter

a light seemed to emanate from it and lo and behold – my favorite God was before me!

“Tathastu”, he said and disappeared. Which meant “So be it”!


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To be or Not To Be

Next in line

Given the choice, would you rather be heir to the throne, or the (probably) off-the-hook sibling?

 Being Queen Bee sure sounds nice,

 The adulation, the perks – all in a trice,

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Sailing in the Clouds: Sunday Stills


“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed…It feels an impulsion…this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.”

– Richard Bach

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My entry to a Cee’s Fun Foto challenge on “ground” – it is  a curious rock, 5 metres wide, apparently defying all laws of Physics,  precariously perched on a smooth slope. The 3 diminutive figures you see are me and my sisters on our visit to Mahabalipuram, near Chennai. 

Lord Krishna, the Hindu God,  who loved butter, would steal a handful from his mothers pot of butter everyday.  This massive natural rock boulder is attributed to a bolus of butter the young Krishna had stolen. India abounds in Marvels of nature and most are usually linked to a Mythological story and this is yet another perfect example of that linkage. Krishna’s Butter Ball. 

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My actions My world

My world
A card made on Mother’s day

 OUT OF BREATH: We all seem to insist on how busy, busy, busy we constantly are. Let’s put things in perspective: tell us about the craziest, busiest, most hectic day you’ve had in the past decade.

What actions do you do to become part of your world?

I wake up

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