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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Confessions of my heart

It's been years since I heard his name. I don't even recall the last time I had seen him. But when suddenly he was mentioned once again in the passing to me, my ears and brows perked up; and not much later after that when I saw him... Just a glimpse... But I can swear it was him... My heart skipped a beat, I was all doe-eyed once again and I could feel the twinkle in my eyes, the joy bursting within me and even hear my heart go tra la la la!

Really, I thought there is only one man on this earth who had that power on me. But I was wrong! Here's another damn awesome human who can work magic on me! How could I have forgotten him? But then, I think that's the way craze works. You go ga-ga over someone and as life takes over, your craze takes a backseat. Then years later, just like that a simple chat or a glimpse brings it all back in a flash, and such that even you would be amazed over it.

My guys! Hugh Jackman and Brett Lee! There's none like them for me, and there shall never be. I do have other favourites, even in their field of work, but these two leave me star-struck. I can't even explain what makes me so crazy over them, but they are numero uno for me.

I didn't know I was this crazy about Hugh Jackman until recently when I saw him endorse a new series of a mobile phone brand. I do enjoy his movies and admire his acting skills, but seeing him on tv in that ad took me over like a wave. That moment, for no other reason but just because he had endorsed it I wanted to buy that phone right away.

And when a mobile showroom in my town put out a life-size hoarding of him (with that phone) for me it was like he himself had come to town. I frequented that road as often I could even on mundane tasks, just to catch a glimpse of him and find him smiling at me. And when the shop took down the hoarding months later, for me it was like he had taken away all the colours from my town with him.

With Brett lee, my affair goes back a long time.

(To be continued- click here)

Confessions of my heart (2)

(Continued from here).

I was never a cricket fanatic. For me, it was only a means to gel with my elder sister. We would watch matches together, discuss the outcome, drool over our favourites and look forward for the next match. Somewhere down the line, from amidst these innocent crushes and budding interest one guy caught my attention- Brett Lee.

Maybe it was his deadly attack or his friendly exchanges, but I fell head over heels for him so much that I developed a strong conviction that if I ever befriend any cricketer it would be him , and not just be friends, we would be best friends. I used to even share with my sister, as we lay side by side every night, my imaginations as to the various ways we would meet and become fast friends.

Then my sister got married and moved away, and my interest in cricket too faded away th it. I did keep an update of him via news and media for a while. Then, I didn't even realise when I lost track of him in the hustle-bustle of life but then when he came before me just like that the other day  everything came crashing over me just as strongly.

The promo song of an upcoming football league has several stars from the bollywood tinsel town and the sporting world groove to its tune, and among them is Brett Lee playing football with a bunch of boys.

I had my eyes turned away from the tv when the promo first appeared, and it was my sister to sight him and explain,
"Hey! Isn't that Brett Lee after Sachin Tendulkar?"
My ears and brows perked up instantly at his mention but the promo was over by then and I had to wait for it to come again to confirm to my eyes.

I was not made to wait for long though and when I really saw him for myself then, I was trapped in that second with him and it was only we both in the entire world for me. And ever since then, I have an eye for the promo whenever tv is on and I'm still lost in his thoughts and that one frame of that video and in all those memories of years bygone.

Have you ever felt such a craze for any person?

Do share with us. It would be lovely to hear your story.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The supreme sacrifices

The Holy Qur'an abounds with stories from the lives and times of innumerous prophets, saints and their families who treaded this earth, each with a lesson to treasure and a message to revere.

But one of the things that amazes me is that all these blessed souls who were destined to serve the divine cause, of whose dedication, submission and deliverance the Almighty testified Himself, and whose love for the Lord are beyond limits and comparison, were tested with such afflictions and time and again proved their honesty and belief in the Divine word. Why?

They need not have gone through any of it. They could have lived a life of comfort (if not of luxury), and preached in the shades of silk! But no sir! Nor did they ever desire it nor did the Almighty so prefer. They had a mission and the road was in no way an easy one.

One such story is of Prophet Abraham and his son Ismael, when Allah tested both the parents' and the son's submission to his will by asking the father to sacrifice his son's life in the name of Almighty.

Prophet Abraham passed the test by willing himself to do so once the message was clear. Our Lady Hajira passed the test by accepting it as the will of Allah when she learnt of it. And Young prophet Ismael (a little boy then) passed by readily laying his life by even suggesting his father to blindfold himself during the sacrifice so that his love for his son may not intrude his love for the Almighty.

Allah rewarded them by replacing young Ismael with a ram (a variety of sheep) just as the father moved his blade across his son's neck and thus sparing the lad's life. And was so pleased by their dedication, love and deeds, that He made their deeds immemorable till eternity and including it as part of every cult that succeeded ever since.

In Islam it is celebrated as various rituals that are part of the pilgrimage to Mecca, and as the Eid-ul-Azha or the Festival of Sacrifice, in rememberance of this incident, in honour of these blessed souls and by the Divine command. But the lesson to be learnt are deeper.

What are the lessons you understand from this story? Are we imbibing the lessons in our life? Are we even pondering over them at least?

Wishing a blessed, peaceful, happy and prosperous Eid-ul-Azha to all.

And lo! He tested even those before us

The Holy Qur'an abounds with stories from the lives and times of innumerous prophets, saints and their families who treaded this earth, each with a lesson to treasure and a message to revere.

But one of the things that amazes me is that all these blessed souls who were destined to serve the divine cause, of whose dedication, submission and deliverance the Almighty testified Himself, and whose love for the Lord are beyond limits and comparison, were tested with such afflictions and time and again proved their honesty and belief in the Divine word. Why?

They need not have gone through any of it. They could have lived a life of comfort (if not of luxury), and preached in the shades of silk! But no sir! Nor did they ever desire it nor did the Almighty so prefer. They had a mission and the road was in no way an easy one.

One such story is of Prophet Abraham and his son Ismael, when Allah tested both the parents' and the son's submission to his will by asking the father to sacrifice his son's life in the name of Almighty.

Prophet Abraham passed the test by willing himself to do so once the message was clear. Our Lady Hajira passed the test by accepting it as the will of Allah when she learnt of it. And Young prophet Ismael (a little boy then) passed by readily laying his life by even suggesting his father to blindfold himself during the sacrifice so that his love for his son may not intrude his love for the Almighty.

Allah rewarded them by replacing young Ismael with a ram (a variety of sheep) just as the father moved his blade across his son's neck and thus sparing the lad's life. And was so pleased by their dedication, love and deeds, that He made their deeds immemorable till eternity and including it as part of every cult that succeeded ever since.

In Islam it is celebrated as various rituals that are part of the pilgrimage to Mecca, and as the Eid-ul-Azha or the Festival of Sacrifice, in rememberance of this incident, in honour of these blessed souls and by the Divine command. But the lesson to be learnt are deeper.

What are the lessons you understand from this story? Are we imbibing the lessons in our life? Are we even pondering over them at least?

Wishing a blessed, peaceful, happy and prosperous Eid-ul-Azha to all.

Of Yom Kippur and Yom Arafath

Today is Yom-Kippur, or the Day of Atonement for the Jews world over. The holiest day in their Faith, when all the Jews gather at synagogues to atone their sins, seek Divine forgiveness and please the Almighty so their names may be written in the book of Life for their good deeds.

By co-incidence, today is also Yom-e-Arafath or Day of Atonement/Repentance for Muslims. It is also the holiest day in Islamic Faith, when all the pilgrims to the holy city of Mecca assemble in the holy-plains of Mount Arafath to atone their sins, seek Allah's mercy and pray that He be pleased with us in this life on earth and ever-after. The rest of the Muslim community the world over enjoin the pilgrims spiritually world over through Fasting (optional), prayers and observing certain restrictions as is binding on the pilgrims.

Yom Kippur is the last day of the 10-day period starting from Rosh Hashanah (day one of Teshrie, 1st month of Hebrew calendar when the Almighty begins to write fate of individuals in the heavenly books). People’s fates are sealed on Yom kippur. Jews observe Fast, spend their day in synagogue prayers and abstain from work and all physical pleasures to please the Almighty on this day.

Sharing similar beliefs is the performance of Hajj, where the Pilgrims to Mecca forfeit all earthly chains, abstain from all physical pleasures and spend their days in prayers to please the Almighty, and muslims across the globe bond with the pilgrims by observing certain restrictions as the pilgrims, and spend the day in prayers, from the sighting of the crescent of the 12th month of Islamic calendar, Zil-Hajj till the three-day Festival of Sacrifice (Eid-ul-Azha), which commences on the 10th day of the month.

It is assured by the Almighty that whoever successfully complete their Pilgrimage in true Faith and it is accepted by the Almighty, all their sins are forgiven and they return from the plains of Arafa as pure as a baby emerges from it's mother's womb.

Allah knows better His will behind this phenomenal co-incidence between the two Faiths which are brethren-by-Books, yet divided by conflicts. But, if we are to see, it looks like a divine message of harmony and peace for the two communities and to show how both are more similar than different to each other.

Wishing a peaceful Yom Kippur and Yom Arafath to Jews and Muslims all over the world.

Of Yom Kippur and Yom Arafath

Today is Yom-Kippur, or the Day of Atonement for the Jews world over. The holiest day in their Faith, when all the Jews gather at synagogues to atone their sins, seek Divine forgiveness and please the Almighty so their names may be written in the book of Life for their good deeds.

By co-incidence, today is also Yom-e-Arafath or Day of Atonement/Repentance for Muslims. It is also the holiest day in Islamic Faith, when all
the pilgrims to the holy city of Mecca assemble in the holy-plains of Mount Arafath to atone their sins, seek Allah's mercy and pray that He be
pleased with us in this life on earth and ever-after. The rest of the muslim community the world over enjoin the pilgrims spiritually world over through Fasting (optional), prayers and observing certain restrictions as is binding on the pilgrims.

Yom Kippur is the last day of the 10days period starting from Rosh Hashanah(day one of Teshrie,1st month of hebrew calendar when the Almighty begins to write fate of individuals in the heavenly books). The fates are sealed on Yom kippur.
Jews observe Fast, spend their day in synagogue prayers and abstain from work and all physical pleasures to please the Almighty on this day.

Sharing similar beliefs is the performance of Hajj,the fifth tenet in Islam, where the Pilgrims to Mecca forfeit all earthly chains, abstain from all physical pleasures and spend their days in prayers to please the Almighty, and muslims across the globe bond with the pilgrims by observing certain restrictions as the pilgrims, and spend the day in prayers, from the sighting of the crescent of the 12th month of Islamic calendar, Zil-Hajj till the three-Days festival of Sacrifice (Eid-ul-Azha) which commences on the 10th day of the month.

It is assured by the Almighty that whoever successfully complete their Pilgrimage in true Faith and it accepted by the Almighty, all their sins are forgiven and they return from the plains of Arafa as pure as a baby emerges from it's mother's womb.

Allah knows better His will behind this phenomenal co-incidence between the two Faiths which are brethren-by-Books yet divided by conflicts... But if we are to see, it looks like a divine message of harmony and peace for the two communities and to show how both are more similar than different to each other.

Wishing a peaceful Yom Kippur and Yom Arafath to Jews and Muslims all over the world.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Award nomination denomination2

Thank you Elly Stornebrink once again for the new Liebster Award.

I'm truly honoured and love you for it.
Hmmm! Liebster award is a genuine online social blogger award created to recognize and/or discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere.

According to Lorraine Reguly's research of this award, this award exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. It has German origins – the word “liebster” has several definitions: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart. and apparently boyfriend(!).

It follows similar principles as a chain letter, which means it should be passed forward to a certain number of people?

The choice lies within each of us to ACCEPT it, and continue PAYING IT FORWARD or to refuse to accept it, thereby STOPPING or INTERRUPTING the chain. However, if you stop the chain, you are only hurting yourself (keep reading for benefits you will have)!

Personal views play an important part in our choice to participate. Some people have refused to accept it and have made attempts to “break the chain”. There have been many people who have been nominated, yet refused to accept it, and now their blogs have been abandoned.

Variations have been made over time to the 'rules'. Marketing plays a role in accepting this award, as other bloggers are promoted. (This is not a bad thing, however, since people should help others!)

These are the guidelines to the awardees:
1. Post 11 facts about self.
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by your awarder.
3. Nominate/award 5-11 bloggers you find deserving and probably have less than 1000 followers.
4. Tell them that they have been tagged by you.
5. Include the image of the award in your page.

So, here are my 11 facts about self:
- I'm an aspiring writer, poet, blogger and reviewer.
- My few poems, short stories and articles have been published in Indian print and online media.
~I have been blogging since 2008. Previously in rediffblogs and presently on blogger.
~My various genre include poetry, articles, book reviews, views and analysis, theology, short stories and more recently- haiku and stories for children.
~I hail from a small mining town Kolar Gold Fields near Bangalore in karnataka, India
~I love to read, make crafts and travel.
~I am a die-hard nature lover and sky gazer.
~I love making friends, learning of new cultures and spreading goodness.
~ I also write in hindi and urdu language.
~ I am a self- confessed non conformist, as I oppose several social norms which I find annoying.
~ I love to teach and would love to be a teacher as well.

For my answers to Elly's questions, my nominees/awardees and my list of questions to my awardees,click here.

Award nomination denomination2b

In continuation of the award ceremony of Liebster award

Here is my reply to my awarder (Elly Stornebrink)'s questions:
1. Where were you born?
Bangalore, India
2. What city/town, country do you live in now?
Kolar Gold Fields, India
3. What languages do you speak?
Hindi, English, Urdu, Kannada and Tamil (there are few others I can only understand, and few I can only read)
4. What is your favourite food?
Indian style Pasta and chilli chicken
5. Do you like to cook? If so, what is your specialty, i.e., favourite dish?
I love to cook, and am good in making gravies, soups, salads, dry cooked veges, follow-the-book recipes and desserts.
6. Do you prefer tea or coffee? If so, what kind?
I can't have any hot liquid made of milk unless there's any solid side prepares to go with it.
7. What are your top three to five activities you like/love to do?
Read, write, do crafts, talk and travel
8. Do you sing or play an instrument? If so, what kind of music?
I'm not a music person
9. Have you ever performed in a school play or on stage?
Yes, as a side narrator once and as chorus in a group dance once. 10.When did you start writing?
As a talent/profession oriented way, since I turned 15
11.What do you love to write about: favourite topic(s)?
Reviews, views and analysis, theological, short stories, poems, soceity oriented.

And Here are my nominees/awardees: (though I seriously believe all these lovely bloggers are way ahead of me in the head count, and might even be nearing the mark).

Cindy Ackley,
Sunny Fernandes,
Amrit Sinha,
Roshan Radhakrishnan,
Huma Masood,
Judy Yaron,
Elly Stornebrink,
Alana Mautane,
Shailaja Vishwanath,
Tamika L Mapp

If you have already been awarded with this award, you need not re-blog about it. Just answer my 11 questions :)

And lastly, here are my set of 11 questions to my awardees:

1. Who is your favourite author?
2. Which is your favourite novel and by whom?
3. Which is your dream destination?
4. Who has inspired you the most in your life?
5. What is your philosophy in life?
6. What are the five things you love to do?
7. What are your favourite blogging topics?
8. Which are the languages you know?
9. What are your hobbies?
10. Name one trait in human nature you wish didn't exist? And why?
11. How do you define life?

Congrats to all my declared awardees...

Happy blogging to all!