Friday, 21 December 2018

Beginners guide to organize life - Part 3



So I am late by two days to post this blog post..... party party all around.

With just 11 days remaining to 2019 I am in a super-panicky mode.

Every year I make almost a zillion plans and I am high on energy and happy that I'll do them all. As the year progresses some become a part of my life, some are guests for a few days and some are readily forgotten.

As December approaches, it starts making me sad and depressed and I panic most times thinking that another year has gone by and I haven't done much. Where's my life heading... nowhere, it is where it was a year back..no changes.

When most people are merry making new plans and celebrating, I do attend parties but at times sulking inside.

Things have changed a bit since I have started organizing and planning my days, some part of which I share here, and so I hope it'll be better in 2019.

At times the question is not planning but expectations. And I fear the most is the expectations I have from myself. It is these expectations that make me want to work at times go beyond what my body wants.

This made me think of the importance of our body and the rhythm that our mind, body and soul have. When all the three are in sync we are elated and when either of these is going in a different direction I feel stressed and I won't be wrong in saying frustrated to some extent.

So this is what brought me to this entire set up of organizing life.

It is to set a routine, a system for oneself. A very specific and personalized system. It works as per one's mind, body and soul's rhythm.

So far, we have about 3 lists. I know many people don't like to write so I have a way out for that as well, which you can see as a cheat-code at the end.

Well I am one of the "lists-people" and so I work accordingly and today we'll be collating all the three lists that we have made to date through my blog posts - part 1 and part 2.

Now using these 3 we can work on our yearly goals or plans.

The best way to do this is by working in reverse order and so we need to put a date and day to every activity or event.

This process can be easily done on pen and paper where one has made the lists or on spreadsheet by using another column ahead.

The idea is to break all of these down and get a clear picture of - yearly, quarterly, monthly, weekly and finally daily goals.

It may get tedious at first and one may feel mechanical in doing this but that is just the initial phase.

Infact it helps in checking the rhythm. If one is feeling tedious or stressed, it means one needs to challenge out fewer things per day and insert some more free time.

For example -

The below mentioned is one of my TO-DOs and TO-BEs  on Nov 25th. Just the sight of same was giving me jitters as how I will manage it.

Nov 25th

Sandra's Birthday Party
Book reading event
TEDx event
Guests will be home for dinner
Conference-Video-call to girls

So I decided to cancel everything except going to the TEDx event and hosting the guests for dinner. If in between I get more time I'll make that conference video call to my girls.

I don't want to pinpoint a minimum or maximum number of activities for a day let your body, mind and soul decide it for you.

Some may function more with more tasks at hand and others may feel burdened by the same. The customization is the key to doing it and enjoying it.

So listen to closely to your internal system to build your functional system.

Now for the cheat-code......for people who are averse to list making, or anything to do with writing, the tip is simple...if you have got all the three lists till now, that will take us through. No further writing or making lists. Just an hour with your phone and the calendar installed. Now pick what you need to do and what you want to do, on the date chosen by you with a reminder. Follow the system here as well. If you know you'll need more than one reminder do so, if you need a reminder few days before, do so too.


Try it and let me know what worked or didn't worked for you.




Every alternate Wednesday is dedicated to stories or instances or learnings that I learn or implement at work. So stay tuned for #WorkWednesdays









Monday, 10 December 2018

Book review : Marketing Chronicles By Nimish V. Dwivedi









I am a marketing professional and creativity, thinking new ideas are important traits for any marketing professional. We always have our thinking hats on, thinking and observing all the time.

There are moments when ideas smoothly flow one after the other like calm waters. And times when we are stuck. At such times, we seek refuge under old instances and cases.

Marketing Chronicles By Nimish V. Dwivedi is one such book which one can use for such situations.

Marketing Chronicles treads from the pre-smartphone era to the post-smartphone era. It uses examples of various brands across segments and sectors to describe the brilliance that followed or the failures that occurred.

Nimish has used these examples to make the reader think.

He has written the book in the most simplest form ever. He has used his own experience of residing in different countries and suggested some brilliant ideas that can be used to make our everyday lives better. The book is divided into short chapters based on the significance and the year of occurrence.

I am a firm believer of the theory - customer service is the core of any company and so my favorite chapter is factoring in first impressions to create brand loyalty.

The book is an amazing compendium and one readily starts liking the rhythm from the beginning. it is a perfect combination of theories and examples. It is an insightful and enjoyable read for any student or young marketing professional. Though for a seasoned marketing professional, given the experience and awareness, this book may seem less interesting at certain places.


Apart from certain typos and grammatical errors, for the content, I'll rate it a 4 out of 5 for being a simple and very useful guide for the upcoming marketers. 


Book Blurb : A compendium of Global and Local marketing insights from the pr-smartphone and post-smartphone eras.


About the author : Nimish V. Dwivedi is a consumer marketing and financial services professional who has observed the changing and emerging landscape of marketing through living and working in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE and Vietnam, besides always observing India outside in. Having graduated with a marketing major from one of India's top business schools - Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Nimish has had the privilege of working with and learning from some of the best marketing professionals in the industry. Starting his career fresh out of campus as an Executive Trainee at Asian Paints, Nimish has worked in senior leadership roles at Citibank, Standard Chartered, Paypal, Mashreq Bank and is currently the Business Director Cards and Payments at VP Bank - FE Credit based in Vietnam.





Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Beginners guide to organize life - Part 2



Organizing is what you do before you do something,
so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. 
             - A. A. Milne


Simply put, if one is aware of what is where and what to do next, it clears one's mind to more things than one.

In my last post - Beginners guide to organize life, I used a simple exercise to begin the journey towards organizing life.

The exercise required all to observe each and every day, each and every waking hour for the next 15 days.

The purpose was to have a wider and clearer picture of the hours spent in a day and take the next step to get more done.

In today's post we'll be going a step further.

Below is my sheet of the past 15 days and what I did. We can use this as a sample and try and understand a few things.







I am a lazy person and love to laze by my days. The same is evident by my worksheet. I have listed the activities but didn't go in details of every hour. You can be as elaborate as you want. The more detailed you are, the more helpful this tool becomes.

Once you have your table ready, either on a notebook or a laptop, now do you see the common tasks?

There are certain tasks or chores that we do everyday. At times we automatically do these as if we were just meant to. Now these form our routine. Like, waking up with bed tea, making your bed first thing in morning or going for shower just before you rush out for work.

The point is, though having a routine is great and it is always considered worthy of increasing productivity, but only when the routine works for you.

Most of the time we settle into this routine and barely do anything apart from it. Even for a simple thing like grocery shopping we need an external push i.e. when we are barely left with groceries to go out and get them.

Let me elaborate by taking the example of my usual day. I am busy most of the time and have no time to -
Talk to my friend
Go for shopping
Do something I Love
Unless I keep thinking about it for days and then do it one day.


To live one needs to explore more do random stuff. One needs physical as well as mental and spiritual experience to keep alive.

I want to go for a vacation twice a year and have been thinking since two years but it hasn't happened.

So with the new year 2019 approaching let's go a step ahead.

Taking from where you left, chalking out what all you do everyday and every hour, this time we are going to make two lists.

List number one will be of things that you do everyday and you need to do them.

List number two will be of things you want to do like throwing a surprise birthday party for your spouse etc.

Make it as exhaustive and inclusive as you can. We'll move further in the next post.



After the last post, few people asked me that organizing will kill creativity, so will be discussing on this in the upcoming posts.

Meanwhile you keep sharing your experience with me. If you have any questions or something specific you want me to help with in your organizing you can always DM me on Twitter - @thefuschialady or in the comments below.



Every alternate Wednesday is dedicated to stories or instances or learnings that I learn or implement at work. So stay tuned for #WorkWednesdays






Thursday, 29 November 2018

Book review : Why I burn like an Oak By Pankaj Kumar






                                          




I was on a business trip when I was introduced to the author - Pankaj Kumar and his family by a friend.

It was a chance meeting at a cafe where she introduced both of us as "Author Kadambari meet Author Pankaj Kumar" an amazing ice-breaker it was. After that we sat for almost 3 hours talking about books and writing.

It was in this meeting that I got to know that Pankaj and his wife love reading and he has recently published - "Why I burn like an Oak"

Pankaj Kumar being a retired army officer, and the book is based on the life of army personnel made me pick the book instantly.

Though we discussed about books, we never discussed any fine details about this book in particular.
I had my assumptions as I sat reading thinking it to be a war based or strategy based book. But as mostly I hear these days assumptions are nothing but assumptions. This one is a love story. 

Sameer, is an army officer and sent to deliver the news of demise of his colleague and friend - Aryan, to his beloved - Sara.

The book revolves around these two characters and how this one meeting sets their life into a new direction.

I am an emotional and romantic person and love reading romance.

This story brings one closer to life and emotions. It is a sweet simple love story and rekindles one's belief that love conquers all.

The storyline is captivating and holds one to the end. The author has used poems too, which renders it all the more touching.

With some editing and grammatical errors, for the story and characterization and been the surprise package I'll give it a 3.5 out of 5.

Book Blurb - Sara had never imagined that she would ever fall in love with Aryan. How could she, wasnt he dead? Sameer was caught between love and loyalty. They both will lead you to the place no one treads on their own will. To the gates of heaven.


About The Author - Pankaj Kumar is a retired army officer, now into full time writing. He has a collection of short stories to his credit and a second novel, - CAUGHT IN AVALANCHE. He lives in Bhopal and works at BORL. Gardening and Poetry are his passion.





Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Beginners guide to organize life


I don't know how people manage so many things?

Why don't I get time?

There's so much to do and so less time?

If I work on professional life my personal life suffers, if I work on personal life, the professional life suffers.

I plan my day seldom get through the implementation.

I delegate yet I am overwhelmed.

You, me, all of us have struggled with some or all of these questions at one point or the other.
Some days we are at our productive best and some days we just let life pass us by.

I know all of this sounds familiar and you have read, researched and followed too many of such things with bare minimum progress.

This is the reason I want to share my struggle with planning, implementation and organizing and how I made things work for me as opposed to me working according to them.

In a series of posts, I'll be sharing step by step or How tos, to organizing your life.

And trust me when I say, it is for beginners, we'll start from the very basic.

Honestly how many of us organize or plan our days? We have our jobs/offices/houses to manage and 'n' number of chores to perform. We do things and keep doing things but seldom write on what we did for how long or if we intended to do something did we finish it or if something could be done in a better fashion. Write and analyse to make things better.

So Dear Beginner, let's begin!

For the coming 15 days observe yourself and how you spent your day.

And chronicle these 15 days. For this, you need a diary or a laptop. I specifically ruled out phone as I want us all to work on the bigger picture.

Now, take a fresh page in the diary or let's work on the Spreadsheet for the laptop.

For the diary, one page per day and for the spreadsheet one column for a day, mentioning the date and day.

Divide the entire page into sections of every hour from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep.

A spreadsheet will look like this - 




Everyday take out some time to sit and write what all you did in that particular hour of the day. Mention as many details as you can. You can keep doing it all through the day as well.

Doing this in itself is going to give you an insight into your day. We will meet after 15 days to go further, to analyse our day-to-day life and organise it better.


Every alternate Wednesday is dedicated to stories or instances or learnings that I learn or implement at work. So stay tuned for #WorkWednesdays















Saturday, 17 November 2018

Life of Kia - Page 2



Pehla Nasha..
Pehla khumar.
Naya pyaar hai...
Naya intezaar.


As Kia was flipping through TV channels this song made her halt. It was one of her favorites.

She switched off the TV and opened her mobile, she wanted to listen to the song from the beginning.
Though the song was one of her favorites, it also reminded her, of him.

Kia was not keeping well since a few days. So his school friend - Aman insisted that he drops her to office for the time being as he lived a few blocks from Kia's house.

Aman and Kia were not very close friends but they understood each other well. They had seen each other through ups and downs, being happy and sad. Theirs was a love-hate relationship. There were days they'll talk like inseparable people and days when will get angry over the other over trivial issues.

Kia found a comfort in Aman, one place she could be herself always. Despite the fights and arguments she could never hate him for long. What Aman thought of Kia was always a mystery to her.

She knew he liked her but he never said anything. He cared for her but he cared for everyone around as well. He flirted with her but same was his conduct with a few other friends.

At times she felt, he was just plain controlling himself from showing his true feelings. Aman's parents had got him engaged 2 years back. His fiancee's grandmother was not keeping well and hence they had postponed their wedding.

Aman and Kia never much spoke about his personal life. Kia used to feel distant whenever he spoke about it and hence she avoided such communication.

One day while Aman was dropping off Kia to office, they were in midst of one such conversation. Aman's fiancee was not well. Aman didn't go into details, probably he knew Kia's interests.

Kia just kept nodding as he spoke. Kia never wanted to appear rude to him. At times she could actually see him struggle through his life, fullfilling his family expectations and hence she never took an initiative. She didn't want to trouble him further. 

At the same time the radio in the car played the same song - pehla Nasha and the first few lines were....


Chahe tum kuch na kaho
Maine sunn liya....
Ki saathi pyaar ka
Mujhe chunn liya....



Kia just heard those lines and stared out of the window. At times songs say what one can never say. She tried looking at Aman, he was too, looking out of the window on his side.

She was lost in her thoughts. The song was her feelings and as she looked at him, she wished those were his as well.

This song and the way they both were looking away from each other, she wanted to hold onto this moment forever. All through the song she kept looking out of the window.

Even today, she just wanted to listen to the first part of the song on and on and on, for two days later it is Aman's wedding with his fiance.




Thursday, 25 October 2018

Book review : Cross Connection : of Culture, Clan and Cuisine By Deepali Joshi Adhikari







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I am a fiction lover and bringing myself to read a non - fiction was a task in itself. I had purchased the book maybe some 6 months back but never came to open it. The book is a real-life account of the author. As the title goes...Cross Connection it talks about inter-caste marriage in India. The book elaborates on the marriage and life after between a Marathi girl and a Bengali Boy.

Though a memoir, the book is succinct and yet full of tit-bits that make you laugh as you go through it. Deepali has written it as someone would see a movie, laying down each character type, one-by-one.

Living in central India, I have known Marathi culture since my childhood. And for Bengali culture...as Deepali puts it...aami tumako bhalo bashi....is the max that I know of. But while reading Cross Connection, I fell in love with Bengali culture. As the title goes, it details their lifestyle, food, festivals and romance. The subtlety of it all surely can make anyone fall in love with the culture and here I mean both the cultures. For me Bengalis won my heart for the newness that I found.

The way Deepali has woven the entire journey in the simplest language, among the least number of pages still managing on including almost every occasion and occurrence is commendable. Of course the urge of a reader to read more goes on and on and hence I found it to be a short read.

Overall will rate it 4 out of 5.

Book Blurb

Marriages may be made in heaven but they are certainly enjoyed and endured here. They are an amalgamation of culture, customs, cuisines and people. In India, where these aspects changes every 100 kms, the equation of marriage becomes complex. A girl conditioned to a certain culture is put in a completely new culture after marriage. I was no different. I, a Maharashtrian, chose to marry a Bengali from only a few 1000 kms away from where I had lived so far. What ensued was a roller coaster ride of interesting incidents and amusing moments. Cross-connection is an auto-biographical account of these anecdotes that happened in this Marathi-Bengali marriage.

About the author

Deepali Joshi Adhikari, simply put - an Ex-banker, freelance writer and a corporate trainer specialising in banking domain. She loves to blog at kolorpencil.com.


You can buy your ebook copy of Corss Connection : of Culture, Clan and Cuisine on Amazon



Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Kitabon ka ghar


As the festive season has already begun, in one of our monthly meetings, at work, the agenda was - De-clutter your workspace.

And a meeting involving about 20 people is bound to be full of discussions and distortions on what is essential and what not.

Amidst all this, one person suggested we get rid of the library.

For an avid reader like me, it was a shock. How can anyone even say so!

But he was not entirely illogical. His reasons were -

1. Over time, number of people issuing books to read, has reduced.

2. Many books are old and in a tattered state.

Given today's technology dependence everyone wants everything on/in their mobile.

Old books are classics but now no one wants to indulge in them.

According to the dictionary, library is - a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals for use or borrowing.

When I was in school, we had open book shelves and we could take a book and get it issued to take home and same was in my PG college.

But my graduation college had books in looked cupboards and same is so with my office. In both these places, the books are issued but kept locked all the time.

We all know - knowledge increases by sharing, then why we need locks. Infact, for that matter, why a library needs that issuing system. Anyone who wants to read should be free to choose a book and read at one's leisure without the boundation of a finishing date.

This is one reason I love the concept of free open libraries.

People, institutions have kept their collection of books out in open for a reader to pick up and read.
This actually helps in making people read who think either they cannot buy books or don't want to.

I know of a person, who is a book lovers but never shares them with anyone. His theory is, if you want to read one of my books, do it at my place, only.

Yes, we all book lovers get possessive about our books but it's a great feeling to share a book you loved with someone and then discuss about it. I have been part of such discussions and I enjoy them the most. Especially when it is a thriller.

Well, I even know a person, who is an avid reader and who wholeheartedly shares each and every book that he has, with everyone. He loves books but more than that he loves talking about what's written in them.

My affair with reading has been on and off as usually any relationship is. I started reading in primary school by looking at the pretty picture books and a few fairy tales that I got as presents then found video games and our relationship was over.

Then took on reading again in highschool with the draw of Nancy Drew's and Hardy Boys and we broke up again.

In senior school, a few classmates introduced me to Mills and Boons and Sidney Sheldon and the rise in hormones pulled me back to my past relationship.

With the busy and tiring work life, reading was also a gone by.

A few years later, met few like-minded reader and reading and I are back again. And this time, this one is forever. If you keep coming back to something, means  that's very very special. And this is the reason I want everyone to read.

I like how people read in different styles. Some draw pictures along, some use highlighters to highlight what they like, some scribble around their opinion, some dog-ear their favorite pages And some want to keep it as clean as new.

But all of this make them so personal and so having a library, whether at home or office is a must.
I have a Kindle library and a mini library at home too.


It's a surreal feeling when you are reading something as it takes you to a different world all together. It opens the imagination and relieves one from the mundane. And this is why I not only want to read but share it with others as well.


To all those wondering, what happened in my office....we still have books and the library...but without locked cupboards. It is an open library now, for everyone to read. 
Besides the management has added few new books as well. :)


P.SEvery alternate Wednesday is dedicated to stories or instances or learnings that I learn or implement at work. So stay tuned for #WorkWednesdays



Thursday, 11 October 2018

Happy Birthday Mr. Bachchan





Dear Sir,


Wish you a very Happy Birthday Sir :)                



I never thought of writing to you but seeing you these days, every night at nine on the television makes me nostalgic.

It's an honour to see you on-screen daily. You still have the same charm and charisma. Infact charm is a rarity in today's time.

What melts my heart and compelled me to write to you is, everytime that I see you on KBC, it reminds me of my late grandfather.

From the very first season of KBC to the last one that he had watched, his enthusiasm was the same.
I never understood why he admired you so much. Whenever I tried to introduce him to the new actors, he would listen keenly but never remembered them or liked them.

It was your style, the way you smiled that had made a great impact on him. When I sit back to think, he used to be cautious of what he wore and generally it was inspired by you.

He was much older than you but still too much in love with you. Maybe this was one reason he was the style and guide icon of our entire family.

We were blessed to hear his life stories and incidents often enough. And one day he told us how fortunate he was, to hear Mr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan while he was pursuing law from Lucknow university. He used to tell the bits and pieces of what he had heard and the aura that Mr Harivansh Rai Bachchan carried.

He liked to read and write every night in his diary and the inspiration was your father. He was in awe of his narrative, his style and probably it automatically translated into his admiration of you.

Today on your birthday, I thought to put my thoughts all out. I don't know if you will read it or not (of course I am sharing it at as many places as I can, so you read it) but it is a happy feeling.

Whenever I see you on television these days it instantly fills me with emotions, for my grandfather and somehow a lot of admiration for you.

You have been an inspiration to many over the generations. There's so much to learn from you and words can never truly justify it. You are, as people say, "The Man of Century". You are the perfect personification of the qualities that we were taught but many haven't implemented in our lives - discipline, sincerity, curtsey, humility, humbleness, chivalry...I can go on and on about it.

What inspires me most is the way you keep yourself so calm and composed. You walk with the times yet retain your style. Sir, you are amazing!


Happy birthday again Mr. Bachchan, Sir we love you :)

Monday, 8 October 2018

Book Review - The Blue Moon Day By Santhosh Sivaraj








One day I got this book - THE BLUE MOON DAY, it was sent by the author for an honest review.

Do you want to know what I think of this book?? Then hop on and read the full review on Novemberschild.com as my guest post...Happy we :)

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Ideas that empower - TEDx Navlakha










We all think of a dozen ideas all throughout the day but seldom implement them. Mostly 90% of the ideas are rejected by us thinking it cannot be practically possible.

Ideas, are important. Well it is rightly said, that "need" is the Genesis of all but "idea" is what helps give it structure.

Last Sunday I attended a TEDx event held in the city and the theme was - Ideas that empower.





The speakers elaborated on little ideas that they thought of and adapted. Ideas which have not just created a name for themselves but also enabled a chain of change.


sugar and spice cookies
Tedx Navlakha speakers


Few things I learned from it, in my words  are -

Start talking wherever and whenever you can on your idea, you don't know how and when the change will start. -  Dr. G. V. Ramanjaneyulu

Work hard and never lose patience -  Madhusudan Patidar

Beauty is everywhere. One initiative can change the entire scenario. - Bhalchandra Mondhe

Make things simple and easy to use, so that maximum people can get it's advantage. - Dr. Geeta Manjunath

The best story is not the one said in words but one set out by expressions - Dr. Ragini Makkhar

No food is bad. One should treat food as friends, some are best friends, some good friends and some are like acquaintances and hence be met in the frequency one would such friends. - Pooja Makhija

For some life is a ordinary and for some it's poetry. - Rakesh Tiwari

Infact this TEDx event was also the idea of a young city girl who decided to do it for the first time in my city. If she wouldn't have dared to think of this idea, I would have never got to experience this in person.



P.S. Every alternate Wednesday is dedicated to stories or instances or learnings that I learn or implement at work. So stay tuned for #WorkWednesdays

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Life of Vikram - Page 1 - The Bucket List.



The alarm buzzed for the third time today but still Vikram was lying on his bed. It was not that he was sleeping.

Vikram was a self-motivated and disciplined and used to take pride in his qualities. His routine was fixed. He used to wake up at 5, go for a sprint, do his workout and to office at 9.

He never actually needed an alarm. He used to wake up even before the alarm buzzed on a daily basis. But today, his mind was not at ease.

At 37, he was single-handedly managing his father's construction company. He had exapnded the business to 3 cities and was in talks with some government agencies for a huge contract.

He had been working since he was 21. All he ever dreamt of was how to take the company to the next level.

His father, who rarely went to office now, had started the low-scale business and grown it to 3000 employess, which now boasted of 10000 employee base under Vikram. Yet Vikram knew he had'nt reached the pinnacle.

He used to work from 9 to 9 and even at home, post dinner, till midnight. Living with his doting parents, he was happy but not content.

Work pressure never took toll on his personal life. He was ambitious but never too stressed. Stress is part of every busineeman's life but Vikram never let it go out of his control. But today, he was bothered enough to unsettle his set routine since past 16 years.

One his senior managers was going on world tour with his wife as part of their - BUCKET LIST.

While asking for the same he told Vikram - "Sir, this is the first item going off my Bucket List."

It did bring a smile on Vikram's face but also left a deep thought on his mind as well. Vikram never had a BUCKET LIST.





He had dreams and he did worked on them but it was only work that featured there. He used to sometime think about getting married but his attractions use to fizzle out soon. Infact whenever any girl used to approach him, he used to distance himself. He used to feel, giving time to someone else was taking away his precious work time.

But today he felt shallow. He always thought he was doing his best, living every moment, planning for his future but what use of all the money and achievements when his life is sans the enjoyment and experiences.

People had many, many wishes, he had none. For him it was like -

having feet yet not walking.....
having eyes yet not seeing the beauty around...
having hands yet no one to feel beside.....
having a stomach yet never feeling the butterflies inside...
having a heart yet never feeling it skiiping a beat.

Was he living his life?? A life he dreamed of when he was barely 16?? Or was he just moving where life was taking him?

He got up and sat on his table. He decided to write down his BUCKET LIST,  what he liked, what he dreamt of in those early days of his life. Sitting with a pen and paper...his mind was blank. Nothing was helping him think...what he wants.




Saturday, 29 September 2018

Before She Met You



Now that the pages are filled,
In the blue, that was first red,
By a girl who has been bleeding feelings,
From her heart as much as from her eyes,
Holding a pen and clutching on to it with all her might.
Give her back who she was before she met you.

Now that the darkness has said its goodbye,
And a new day awaits its first breath,
You still occupy her first thought of daylight,
As you did the last before she closed her eyes.
Refusing to accept everything that went down,
Give her back who she was before she met you.






Now that the times have changed,
A whole lot still remains the same.
She hasn’t been able to let go,
Even when the seasons changed.
And you are the one to blame.
Give her back who she was before she met you.

Now that she has heard from you again,
Her heart has danced it way,
To where she began in the first place.
Little does she know you’ll never be the same.
Yet, she keeps her hopes high.
Give her back who you were when you met her.


This is a guest post by @muskanrajani17

About the Author -

Muskan Rajani, a bibliophagist by choice, a bibliovert by nature and a writer by passion.
Can talk about the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe in one breath. Finds her solace in random
words strung together, blinded by a jacket that makes you think. Makes absurd decisions and
struggles to find perfect endings.

You can read more on THE BOOKMARKED WRITER  


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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Sipping with the stars




Starbucks is a feeling
It is an ecstasy of pleasure,
So Divine that it cannot be measured.
It Gives me a feel a sense of dedication
Drawing the scent of beans and brews,
This is love, a cafe full of mysteries.





I gather here with friends sometimes,
sometimes alone just to tell you
How happy you make me
My love for ‘Coffee’ - it is my final way;
Sharing all my desires of affection,
Showering me of your love and dedication in a cup

Fabulously you are on every corner I go,
Whenever I see you, I have to go to you,
The cappuccinos, lattes, and mochas don’t make me not a loner.






With the frightful weather,
I know I can trust you to warm me up with your hot blanket

Some tell me coffee is bad for me,
I differ, it just makes me feel better.
Many think Starbucks is for the snotty and stuffy
I scream it is a lie! It goes in all weather!

Oh, my love, you are not just a coffee shop, but an art very mine,

I'll take you over wine because you are so fine.



This is a guest post by Novemberschild.


About the Guest Writer – 
Novemberschild, 35, a veteran blogger has been around the blogging sphere since 2004. She is a voracious reader, e-books author, devoted coffee-drinker, avid thinker and a fashion lover who has a huge collection of bags. Music is her passion and you can find her writing most of the time. She is extremely friendly, helpful and a happy person. She accepts bouquets and brickbats on her writings. She can be connected on Twitter @romspeaks.


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