Saluting the Veterans

twinkling perfumz😴

remember starry lights
moonlit summer nights
shimmer coded letters
drapes n hearts a’flutter,
sweeps in a fragrance speciale
like resplendent royale
Queen of the Night!
quietly she tiptoes light
as i inhale a dreamy dream
a million smile stream
she prevails n reigns
through storm n rains,
pretty breeze surrounds
restful peace abounds
night calms n thoughts still-
tis’ curtains on my window sill.

Fragrance

📜Translate Unbiased✍

One realization that surprised me off and on is about religious texts of our World. All the different religious texts were written after the great influential religious leader had passed.

The question is how much was lost through the word-of-mouth-generations? How many narrator biases crept in?

From first original writing, how much was lost in translation?

Were personal biases and preferences influencing the writings of such Writers?

When you are writing can you keep your biases out of your writing; fiction, non-fiction, or translations?

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Proud to Unfurl: Proactive People

Dear Friends,

I must say that I’m so proud of these people to keep a level head in face of all the madness that surrounds us. I have been writing a few posts on how it makes sense for South Asia to Unite (reference in the Pani Puri Post and here: My First Post: https://thinkinkadia.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/2047-execute-change-not-people/ )  But these kids have thought of such an artistic and simple way to promote a beautiful thought! If anything can enable a re-think about Pakistan-India-Bangladesh Friendship, it is Arts and Sports! Congratulations Kiddos! Keep up the creative efforts🎵

https://video.scroll.in/847234/watch-this-beautiful-medley-by-indian-and-pakistani-singers-combines-the-two-national-anthems

This article below is of an amazing couple who quit their teaching careers and grew a forest🌿🌳🌴🌾 for their child. How beautiful is that! I have been dreaming of a similar project, but due to circumstances beyond my control, I have so far been limited to fictionalising concepts. Kudos to them as it makes complete sense to pass on Peace 💞more than education.

http://www.thebetterindia.com/112174/sarang-hills-alternate-school-sustainable-living/

And last but not least: Uber cab service sent this message to taking a stand against hate. Absolutely love it!

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UnfurlThe Joy! Have a wonderful weekend! A huge thank you for your readership and all the new Follows this week.

Welcome to my Blog!🙏

 

Chaat-ting it up with Paani Puri!

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Lets raise a toast, a cup, to celebrate a medley of colours, flavours, and emotions with our favourite matki of joy! I’m talking about paani-puri, a crisp ball full of memories, sometimes experiences, spices, and a love that is beyond borders. No matter which country you are from, or which rung of social ladder you are on, willy nilly you gotta luuvvv Paani Puri!

Just visit any Street Car(t) of Desire, and Lo n Behold, there it is! Ssssh: The secret password to access is, “Bhaiya! Zara ek plate lagana!” Translation is impossible, its significance is depleted in any other language. But you see the machinery of the human hand work from the second that last syllable left your lips. Watch the eye-hand rhythm, no less than poetry in motion, and ‘Bhaiya’ is on the job, serving it up, before you figured out what just happened. He dips the holey, also holy for some, crunchy ball in the zesty minty pool of joy and then the gift is given to you.

You hold it reverently, balancing hope along its cracked fragility, and move the head slowly towards your hand as you also bring the hand to mouth, deft n urgently, its in. Whew!
Arent you glad there’s no mirror around you? Theres a reason they dont put one. The truth of life is that it is an internal experience for you, free of the external surround sound. You smile anyway and enjoy the joy of good things. Suddenly your eyes close, and you disappear in an illusion of an explosion that shook your world of senses. Its a Hold-up! You freeze with a warm tingling inside.

He looks at you just for a split second and knows you want more, because your hand reached out before your eyes opened and mouth recovered from the first experience. Your taste buds and brain work in sync to stop the tongue from wagging words. It is custom spiked with spicy intent!
Bhaiya nods to you while he serves up five others before you. You get the nod and dont laugh because its a secret understanding between siblings. Yes, remember, “All Indians are my brothers and sisters …” It is the singular integrative force that binds Indians together. It IS in The Masala that makes Bollywood films and Desi Boys and Girls click all over the world. You take away Pani-Puri, and you’ve ruined the South Asians forever. But then, where will you go to renew your zest in life? I tell you, it is IN The Paani-Puri. The pursuit of happiness ends right here.

No other place has people drooling in respect as they wait in line! A familial bond is established without Rakhi ties and mighty expectations. A faith in humanity restored as the next paani-puri comes along and you choose to relive that experience again. Compliment now: “Badhiya hai!” Wonderful words make Chaat happen.
And again.

The Standard Operating Procedure at home or in a restaurant is to break-in yourself; efficient tap with your thumb, quickly put a few chana, aka chick-peas, mush potato, raw red onion shreds, dash of sevian, and glitter of green dhania, aka, cilantro. Dip the whole ball in the bowl of tangy drink made with mint leaves and zesty spices will work their magic, that are sprinkled in, delicately to delight!
Don’t think. Just POP it in! You better believe it, one chomps down on the ‘whole’ thing together. Compete with friends and family on Speed and Accuracy of this amazing phenomenon, nom nom!

And yes, please know its okay to crrrunch down on it, otherwise its not paani puri, it’ll just be a soggy bummer, leading to a de-spritualising experience causing monetary devaluation.

I serve this chaaty presentation on this special day for Indians, Indians at heart, or even those who love Indian history because it was common until exactically Sevendy years ago! This paani-puri mania is a pre-requisite to get your South Asian Citizenship. Please check with the government website, SACsy.com if things have changed since I last dreamed it up.
(I have no idea why that turned blue😂).

Statutory Warning: Yes, the reference to Street Car named Desire is meaningful because over-indulgence can end in a minor tragedy.

Did you notice the colours in the pictures of Chaat and Paani Puri? Every good recipe has the colours green, white, saffron, and the ever nurturing golden earth. Thanks for your visit. Good chaat-ting it up with you!

My turn, “Bhaiya, zara ek plate lagana.”

Chomp.
“Badhiya hai!”

 

Picture credits: google search of words paani puri

 

 

Prickled with Fear!

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One cold wintry december night, I went determined to see a scary movie. Sitting in an outdoor screening, on a metal chair, shivering with cold and prickled with fear, I remember this eleven year old pulled wool over her own eyes!  Binnaguri, 1978. Reaction to movie “Jaal.”

P.S. The sketch is my own, made  today, because I couldnt find one on google that showed this view, though there were better childlike images😉

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Prickle

In our perfectly normal world …

What happens in a Jiffy?

Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk.
Run. Run. Run. Run. Run. Run.
Play. Play. Play. Play. Play. Play.
Work. Work. Work. Work. Work.
Create. Create. Create. Create.
Read. Read. Read. Read. Read.
Shop. Shop. Shop. Shop. Shop.
Passion. Passion. Passion.
Emotion. Emotion. Emotion.
Trigger. Trigger. Trigger. Trigger.
!!!Madness happens in a Jiffy!!!
Trigger. Trigger. Trigger. Trigger.
Emotion. Emotion. Emotion.
Passion. Passion. Passion.
Shop. Shop. Shop. Shop. Shop.
Read. Read. Read. Read. Read.
Create. Create. Create. Create.
Work. Work. Work. Work. Work.
Play. Play. Play. Play. Play. Play.
Run. Run. Run. Run. Run. Run.
Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk.

Dedicated to the people affected by madness this week.

Whatever will Be, will Be!

Have you ever had a day that makes you wonder if there is really something to the idea of “getting up on the wrong side of the bed?”
You see, todays been a day like no other.
Umm.
Unusual maybe.
Unique.
Unexpected.
What’s with these U’s today? A U day! Definitely not a me day! If you ask me what happened, then you see, the answer is Unusual too!
Nothing happened. As in, zero value things happened, anyway.
Heat index high. Zero airconditioning efficiency.
Went to the clinic for a routine test. They are supposed to be open. Closed.
Wanted to take in a movie. Both choices not until 75 minutes later.

 

Went groceries, child sweetly passive, unable to ‘rise’ up to the occasion! A consequence is ineffective because it was accepted😂 without desired result.
And then I start blabber c(m)oping. Even that was low quality! Performance score 2 on a Wow Scale of one to ten. I start singing, “It’s not my day today, 🎶” and words start a game of tag, chasing each other like they have olympic aspirations.
Inevitably, we end up laughing about the possibility of the odds of such a series of unfortunate events. Que sera sera, whatever will be, will be🎵

Finally, the child becomes a volunteer and walks into the store with me  and everything starts looking up again. Is it real or surreal?

Not my day, so what would you like: Going home to love the heat, when you are Spirit-U-Ally dead beat?

Lets Organize our thoughts in such a way to make it Your Day, and enjoy it together😉!

P. S. Its worth talking about it because its fun laughing at others’ mishap, so why not give the 🎁story away 😉

The Teen Glare!

Glaring

Parent voice:
If looks could kill,
I’d be dead a million times!
My heart warms fuzzylove,
about half the chimes.

The teens are growing so fast,
Before the Glare goes past,
the Giggles shine on the mast!
Disappearing act, both dont last.

We Moms n Dads, back to family’s apertures-
Obstinate determined persistent nurturers!
Teachers, such try hards, forcing, inspiring,
Dont give up, reminding, ever perspiring!

Child voice:
Annoying old bumpkins on silly springs,
Springing up with least expected things!

Miss, why do you care so much?
We want a free day, teachers’ away!
We are moody, dont want to be quiet n nice,
You non-teacher-parent, must pay the price.

Who the heck do they think they are,
Angels on wings? Leave us alone, go far.
Being close is nice, closed doors are too!
“Mom, would you like a slice of peach or two?”

Have a fuzzy, peachyweachy day!

 

P.S. Inspired by my teen and I told her so. The first line was running through my head. I asked her to guess the prompt. Clue given was “what you just did.”
In response, she literally said the same line, word to word😄. Ofcourse, it ended like many things do, “Ha haa, very funny!”💞but along came a mysterious smile.

Spicy is Nicey!

Spicy is very nicey!
Capsaicin is pricelessy.

Risk-reducing stroke, heart,
n damaging LDL for a start.

Regulates sugar in sweetnation                                                      diabetes; n fights inflammation.

Aids in longevity this way,
Will make cancer prevention sway.

Healthier heart in a trance,
Sexy or not, good for romance.

Sweating steams calories away,                                                                           thus, lose weight not your mind.

Increases pain in mouth,
Reduces pain elsewheres.

Promotes digestion woohoo!
Fights infection for you!

and for starver emptiness,
leading to happy fullness.

Clearing congestion in
Nose, arteries, and skin.

Excess takes numbers away,
Adding years to life’s way!
Spicy

is

Nicey!

 

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🎟Ride the Carousel🎪

Carousel

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Colorful, mythical, fascinating, carved horses,
Zebras, dragons, and warrior’s shining armour!
The glossy paint, music, lights, n sighs-
Ride the carousel! Magic n wonder in all eyes!

I had to research how its made and find out everything I could about this wondrous machine. Hope you enjoy these much as I did! (Took a while finding the right ones!)
1. Very Informative and interesting video of how the hand-carved Carousels come together.
Behind the Scenes at Carousel Works – YouTube

2. Meet the owners here and find out how they began.
The Last Carousel Craftsmen – YouTube

3. Here is the time lapse/ final installation of a piece. You can go to 7 minutes into the video, if you want the carousel look showing through already😉
The Berkshire Carousel Assembly 2016 – YouTube