Ephemeral Delight

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We were favored by their presence, even if it was but a fleeting romance.

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Dragon’s Hoard

My mom makes the most amazing bead jewelry. So, we decided to name her collection, Shantanu Creations. To check out more of  her designs, visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/shantanucreations/

Just send a message on Facebook or leave a comment here if you wish to order something and we will get back to you 🙂

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An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

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I know that I shall meet my fate,
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;
My country is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.


This a poem by William Butler Yeats, a great poet and Irish nationalist. The sentiment expressed here is stark, yet hauntingly elegant. The moment before his death seems to have accorded the Airman such startling clarity, that he met his end with complete equanimity.

Pleased

The Blue Sky Tag

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I would like to start by thanking poetrylover for tagging me. It’s a nice opportunity to get to know one another.

My Answers:

1. What’s your favorite song?
‘Stand by Me’, the John Lennon version. There is also a Hindi song ‘Jab Koi Baat Bigadjaye’, with remarkably similar lyrics set to the tune of ‘500 miles.’
I love both the songs.

2. One food you can’t live without?
Hyderabadi Dum Biryani.
Anyone from that city would agree.

3. What inspires you?
Suffering.
To be precise, Buddha said ‘All life is suffering’. He is probably right. I would like to help get rid of as much of it as I can.

4. Do you prefer summer or winter?
Winter.
The best season for curling up with a book or cuddling, depending upon my inclination 😛

5. What are your hobbies?
Reading and animation

6. Do you participate in any sports?
Not unless binge watching netflix is a sport. I suppose I do cycle once in a while, but strictly for fun.

7. Do you regret anything you’ve done?
No. Regrets can only feed the Cocytus, they accomplish nothing.

8. What motivates you?
The thought of leading an enjoyable life.

9. Who’s your favourite celebrity?
Bill Clinton

10. What makes you happy?
Reading and animation 😛

11. What makes you sad?
Broken dreams.

I Tag:
  1.  MovieJoltz
  2. BrewNSpew
  3. Unexpected in Common Hours
  4. From Pyrenees to Pennines
  5. My Art & Me
  6. Cafe: Chill, hang out… whatever!
  7. Epiphany
  8. Michel Montecrossa
  9. 冒険 Vibes
  10. Juantetcts
The Rules:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer their questions.
  3. Tag people.
  4. Give them questions to answer.
My Questions For You:
  1. What is your favorite song?
  2. What do you like to do in free time?
  3. What movie genre are you into?
  4. If you had a time machine, where would you go?
  5. What is at the top of your bucket list?
  6. Are you afraid to live or are you afraid to die?
  7. Who is your hero/heroine?
  8. What helps you get out of bed in the morning?
  9. What do you think of pornography? Do you think it should be banned? (Indian Govt. tried to do just that)
  10. Which blog do you read every day?

 

Reconciliation

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It was hard. Where I’m from, America is the shining city on the hill. The land of the free. The frontier of liberalism and innovation. When my parents asked me to take American citizenship, I remember mulling over it for a long time. I love India. Is it not a betrayal to choose another nation? Then, I read the declaration of independence. I had never read a piece of writing that better reconciled itself to my own dream. Would it not be wonderful to live in a world where all men are created equal? I fell deeply in love with the great American story and wanted to be a part of it. Whatever guilt and doubt I felt, perished in the wake of these words from a wise man ‘Vasudhaika Kutumbam – The whole world is one family’. Whether I’m part of the Indian story or the American one, they are inseparable pieces of the same great narrative.

As I started living here, the diversity of my people, their devotion to civic duty, their tolerance and their compassion as a society for the plight of fellow human beings, were a source of joy and pride.

Alas, pride comes before a fall. As the 2016 election cycle progressed,  I became aware of another, uglier side to the story. A side that refuses to believe in the best of people. A side that cannot abide dissent. A side that has forsaken its faith and forgotten its courage. A dialogue that was disillusioning in its vulgarity was brought to light and it made my heart ache.

I tried blocking out the political commentary,  I tried to find solace in the charming streets of San Francisco, I read manga, I heard my favorite Eminem songs on a loop, I binge watched Gilmore Girls with my best friend, I had endless nonsensical conversations with my sister and yet, I could not block out a creeping sense of unease.

Last week I read about the shooting of two Indian men in Kansas. The shooter was a white man, a despicable fellow filled with hate. He has been arrested. The Indian community is shocked and afraid. However, I have spent the last few days telling people that they are missing a crucial part of the story. That of Ian Grillot, a white man who went after the shooter and got injured in the process. That is the part I would like to focus on. Heroes come in all colors.

No matter how much hate there is in the world, as long as there are people willing to stand up to it, we will be just fine. I choose to believe in the best of people. I choose to be tolerant. I choose to have faith. I live in the home of the brave and I am proud of it.

Speak Out

Mystery Blogger Award

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Thank you, Okoto Enigma, Betcha didn’t know!Ken and Caboosemama, for being my readers, for nominating me for this wonderful new award and for giving me the opportunity to spread some appreciation.

THREE THINGS ABOUT MYSELF

  1. I love animation, both Japanese and western. Most Animes have great plot and most cartoons have great art.
  2. One day I would like to visit Kyoto and take in the setting of one of the greatest manga ever, Rurouni Kenshin.
  3. I love food. I’m a fat bottomed girl and I don’t struggle with my weight, but may be I should start 😛 By the way I love that song by Queen!

Of all the things I’ve written on this blog, this one is the best Pedestrian Regret.

QUESTIONS BY OKOTO ENIGMA

1. What is your biggest fear about blogging?
I blog to escape my fears, so it would be counterproductive to fear anything about it.

2. What are your aspirations in life?
I would like to come to completely like myself.

3. Do you have any secret talent? If yes, what is it?
None that I know of. Believe me, if I had any talent, I would not keep it a secret.

4. Who is/was your idol? And why?
I just mentioned Rurouni Kenshin. It’s protagonist is an assassin who gives up killing and instead starts using his sword to protect people. He is a complete pushover when he is not fighting. However, there is something unbelievably cool about him and he is my hero.

5. Just curious; do you like chicken wing or chicken breast? (Weird question)
Definitely wings, preferably at Hooters.

QUESTIONS BY BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW

1. Do you have a role model?
Yes. Unfortunately, all my role models are two dimensional. In this age of social media, we are hell bent upon tearing down our heroes and I learned the hard way that, no one can be heroic all the time. However, people perform heroic feats every day and no one can deny that.

2. What is your phobia?
My greatest fear is, never figuring out my purpose in life.

3. What dish do you cook the best?
My culinary skills only extend as far as coffee.

3. What is your favorite song?
Stand by me, by Lennon.

4. Do you believe in ghost? ( weird question)
Sure. If you believe in God, you have to believe in ghost.

QUESTIONS BY KEN

1. What do you wish exists?
PSTD – Public Space Transport Department.

2. What motivates you?
The concept of starvation in the absence of work.

3. Do you hate Mondays?
Not anymore than I hate all the other days of the week.

4. What seems so mysterious to you?
After life, but I hope it stays a mystery till all my favorite series end.

5. If you were a bird, who would you shit on? (weird question)
Of course it’s Ronald, or was it Donald?

QUESTIONS BY CABOOSEMAMA

1. What is your most favorite feast throughout a year?
The Ganesha festival we usually celebrate around September. They make all my favorite dishes during that one…yummy

2. What is your favorite sport?
Cricket… I understand the merit of sports, but I find them all boring. I came to like cricket, because it is pretty much the national pass time in India and I couldn’t get away from it. To all you cricket fanatics out there, ‘Bite Me’.

3. Is there any main idea behind your blog`s posts?
Not really. I post whatever catches my eye or takes my fancy.

4. What is your biggest concern about the future?
Will I be able to afford rent, internet, insurance AND food?

5. Would you change anything in your life if you could?
I love everything about my life. I would just change myself. Then it would fit me perfectly 😛

MY NOMINEES

  1. Stories by Shivangi
  2. Tienny The Storyteller
  3. Thoughts in Life
  4. The Verbal Seduction
  5. Grace in Housekeeping
  6. Theresa Barker – Lab Notes
  7. La Audacia De Aquiles
  8. Hunt’s Clubhouse
  9. Maras’ Meraki
  10. Living the Life You Love

QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES

  1. What is the best thing about life?
  2. Why do you get out of bed every morning?
  3. What are your views on love at first sight?
  4. What do all cultures have in common?
  5. Do you hate bras? (weird question)Men can feel free to answer 😛

WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?

“Mystery Blogger Award”  is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

– Created by Okoto Enigma

RULES

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  9. Share a link to your best post.