Need your help fellow bloggers!

Hello my fellow bloggers!

I recently attempted to write a blog on growing safety concerns for women in India. It was part of a competition and although the deadline was just in 12 hours, I thought of challenging myself. I wrote a piece, but you all are the real judges.

I would be obliged if you click on the link, like it and leave a comment on how you like (or dislike) it.

🙂 It’s important to me, so please visit the like and LIKE it.

https://www.facebook.com/events/183605251839824/permalink/185323025001380/

Thanks a lot..!!

God Bless.

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Seasons of Awards :)

Inspiring Blog Award and a Versatile Blogger Award from Shilpi

Very Inspiring Blog Award from Rachna

Its always nice to get awarded for something, and even better when you don’t expect it at all. My heartfelt thanks to Shilpi and Rachna.

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~ Thoughts on Versatile Blogger Award ~

The sheer sub-title of my blog – “versatility is not an over-rated virtue” explains my stand on this.

Everyone is special, unique and versatile. Everyone can multitask. It is just a matter of recognizing your self.

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~ Thoughts on Inspiring Blog Award ~

There are two sides to the same coin, hence someone who inspires others is in turn inspired by someone else.

For many days now, I have been thinking, who inspires me? After a lot of thought I realized a lot of people and a lot of things inspire me.

So is it good or bad?
Am I easily inspired/manipulated or should I think I am surrounded by inspiring things by default.

Maybe it is a state of mind.

Many resolve to Gods and prayers when they’re low. I just look at people and things around me and it elevates my faith.

Even the feeling that I am inspiring inspires me!

100th post

When I was told to start a blog in 2011, I had completely ignored that piece of advice, and my parents would agree I should have. As a favor and kick-start, a friend started my blog and published my then-most-recent poem as my first blog post:

https://sakshivashist.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/is-rishte-ko-kya-naam-doon/

I saw the blog, I saw the likes but nothing stirred inside me to go forward with it or write and publish more. Then a second poem was put up to inspire me.

https://sakshivashist.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/regrets/

I thought about it, nothing clicked. There was no time or will to sit and write a blog. And as a final effort to push me, this was published :

https://sakshivashist.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/shades-of-emotions-1/

After these 3 initial kicks for inspiration and motivation, there was a radio silence for almost an year (nine months to be precise). Later in 2012 – after my first post was published, I decided, Okay WTH let me have a look at how this WP works.

I looked. I liked. I published.

https://sakshivashist.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/i-n-s-p-i-r-e-d/

Unluckily no one pressed a “LIKE” on this. Ever.

Same thing happened with my next post :

https://sakshivashist.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/un-silsilon-ko/

No like. No views.

I was wondering was was going wrong. I started looking around at blogs of others. Left a few comments on the poems which I liked. Then the next poem, which was close to my heart, finally got some attention.

https://sakshivashist.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/final-departure/

I decided to buck up (coincidentally that was my next post) and yes, I got one more like and follow from last time. I got 4 likes. 😀

https://sakshivashist.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/buck-up/

For next 9 posts…I had 1-2-3 likes. And then the tenth one broke all records and was liked by 7 people!!

https://sakshivashist.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/a-call-from-conscience/

My first double digit likes came from a post which I din’t expect from – 30 bloggers :

https://sakshivashist.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/come-back-home/

Next few posts again had a dry spell. hardly more than 5-6 people stumbled upon my blog.

But after https://sakshivashist.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/engulfed/  – I never saw a post with a single digit like!

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Even now these poems are the only ones which remain with minimum clicks and hits :

– buck up ! –
a heart not-so-strong
~ no more love ~
a victory story
*tick-tock*
It goes on-n-on…

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Since the blog began it has been viewed by 14000 people from the following countries :

    1. United States
    2. India
    3. United Kingdom
    4. Canada
    5. Australia
    6. Pakistan
    7. Philippines
    8. United Arab Emirates
    9. Singapore
    10. Qatar
    11. Belgium
    12. Netherlands
    13. Germany
    14. Indonesia
    15. Malaysia
    16. Kenya
    17. South Africa
    18. Egypt
    19. Italy
    20. France
    21. New Zealand
    22. Romania
    23. Sweden
    24. Thailand
    25. Mexico
    26. Brazil
    27. Saudi Arabia
    28. Nepal
    29. Nigeria
    30. Ireland
    31. Algeria
    32. Spain
    33. Kuwait
    34. Switzerland
    35. Bangladesh
    36. Morocco
    37. Norway
    38. Russian Federation
    39. Poland
    40. Denmark
    41. Greece
    42. Finland
    43. Turkey
    44. Viet Nam
    45. Austria
    46. Ukraine
    47. Serbia
    48. Sri Lanka
    49. Republic of Korea
    50. Hong Kong
    51. Mauritius
    52. Slovenia
    53. Portugal
    54. Lebanon
    55. Czech Republic
    56. Taiwan
    57. Jordan
    58. Albania
    59. Slovakia
    60. Costa Rica
    61. Israel
    62. Japan
    63. Zimbabwe
    64. Iraq
    65. Argentina
    66. Jamaica
    67. Tunisia
    68. Maldives
    69. Hungary
    70. Palestinian Territory, Occupied
    71. Oman
    72. Bulgaria
    73. Libya
    74. Lithuania
    75. Estonia
    76. Colombia
    77. Armenia
    78. Latvia
    79. Puerto Rico
    80. Azerbaijan
    81. Bahrain
    82. Ghana
    83. Georgia
    84. Croatia
    85. Yemen
    86. Trinidad and Tobago
    87. Malta
    88. Chile
    89. Mongolia
    90. Venezuela
    91. Luxembourg
    92. Guatemala
    93. Grenada
    94. Sudan
    95. Bahamas
    96. Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic
    97. Syrian Arab Republic
    98. Lesotho
    99. Bhutan
    100. Moldova
    101. Guam
    102. Isle of Man
    103. Bosnia and Herzegovina
    104. Bolivia
    105. Northern Mariana Islands
    106. Micronesia
    107. Panama
    108. Myanmar
    109. British Virgin Islands
    110. Rwanda
    111. Kazakhstan
    112. Ecuador
    113. Uganda
    114. Vanuatu
    115. Cambodia
    116. China
    117. Nicaragua
    118. Suriname
    119. Guyana
    120. Belarus

As of 2011, there are 195 independent sovereign states in the world, about 60 dependent areas, and five disputed territories – as listed by UN.

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Which only means I have Miles to go before I sleep.

Miles to go before I sleep.

Super.Sweet. Boo yea!

Pankaj Sarkar, a super talented Indi Poet, nominated me for this super sweet blog award. Now what to say about it, it so super sweet.

Well, exactly….its called the SUPER SWEET BLOGGING AWARD 😉

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And as the rules go, I have to say 7 things about myself. So, here they go:

1. I live in self-doubt. All the time. 24X7.

2. I did my schooling partly from the fast-moving city Delhi and partly from the dry Arabian sands of Qatar.

3. I cannot give anyone directions to any place in Delhi.

4. I am good in navigation. (The above point might state otherwise)

5. I am very choosy when I have to pick a sweet to eat. I have preferences and choices in sweet dishes, chocolates, cakes, ice creams, anything sweet.

6. I have put on almost 8 kgs since my graduation 2 years ago, unintentionally tough 😀 😉

7. I am starting to dis-like this blog award thing. Alright, maybe Freshly Pressed would be a nice title next, but enough of these awards.

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Now few things you really should know –

1. I am sure there is no blog police who will arrest me if I don’t pass on this award to some other people.

2. I am greedy, so no, I aint sharing this award.

3. I am not nominating other people. The blogs I regularly read and drop by, they have felt my presence over there. No more Ctrl C- Ctrl V of their blog links here.

4. The people’s whose writing I genuinely appreciate, they know it.

5. My favorite chocolate is

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Share the magic. Make a sweet memory today!

Leibster reminds me of Lobster

Blame my habit to write rhyming poetry and to still feel my nursery rhymes were amazing, but yes I think of a Lobster whenever I read Liebster.

Recently I read it when I got nominated for a Liebster Award by MJ. I love her only based on the fact that she is from Delhi 😉 Oh, I love Delhi-ites. I have actually written a post on it. If interested, this is the link to it <http://cruisingthroughmylife.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/a-to-z/&gt;

Coming back to the topic, check out my nomination and her blog here.  I kinda know nobody will click on it and read, but I still wanted to add the link 😉

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Her questions to me <and other nominees> are :

1. Would you rather live on a beach or a desert?

I have lived in a desert, so would like the option now. 😉

2. Do you write at some fixed time during the day or whenever you can?

I write mostly at night (my internet is faster) but I usually schedule my post to be published around 9 am-12 pm IST. Although WordPress tells me, I am usually active around 12 pm.

3. What do you think is the key to a better world for our children?

I am positive thinker, but I really feel world cannot get better, there is no scope of turning around or re-winding. We just have to make the best of what is it our hands. There is no hope for a better world.

4. If you were given a choice of being part of a new world on a new planet would you accept and why?

Absolutely, would love it. Who doesn’t like a fresh start? But I would like to take my family along, nobody else.

5. What kind of writing do you enjoy reading?

I read a lot and I love it. Newspapers, journals, novels- fiction, non-fiction, poetry, autobiographies, even agony-aunt columns 😛

6. Do you remember the dreams you dream during the night? Do you document them?

I remember a few of them and I document them in the form of poetry, or generate a thought thinking process with it and write a post about it on my blog.

7. Describe yourself in one or two sentences.

Proving day-in-and-night-out that versatility is not an over-rated virtue.

8. When I say ‘India’ what is the first image that comes to your mind?

I picture my home, lots of colors and amazing food.

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Now my turn to nominate people and ask them a few questions 😉

http://entangledinparadox.wordpress.com/

http://ivonnemontijo.wordpress.com/

http://charliezero1.wordpress.com/

http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com/

They all are totally different and unique sort of people and I would love to see their answers to the following question. (One request, please ping me and let me know when you accept the award and publish a post about it, I really would like to know your answers…)

1. Dreams or Fantasies? Why?

2. What would be the idea of a perfect gift for you?

3. The song you listen to most.

4. Define Life in 7 words.

5. Two famous personalities you admire and why.

6. Is 13 lucky or unlucky? 

7. What irritates you the most?

So bloggers, I hope you’re having a fabulous new year. May this 2013 bring prosperity in all your lives. God Bless.

A blessing to “Shine On”

My sincere thanks to Ganesh, an IT intellect, a fellow traveler, a superb blogger and a dedicated family guy.

To get a Shine On Award was a total surprise. Out-of-the-blue as they say it.

There were no rules told regarding this award (Phew!) and I ain’t sure how many people can I nominate and pass this on too.  Anyhow, my nomination is here. A perfect “happy-holidays” gift from this gentleman.

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Out of respect and love for the following bloggers, I hereby nominate them for this award.

http://soumyav.wordpress.com/

http://actualfreedomdjustine.wordpress.com/

http://gentlestitches.com/

http://raysofthedawn.wordpress.com/

I hope you guys keep blogging *hugs* and Shine On 😉

nicknamed “sunshine” and receiving the “Sunshine Award” :D

Well, its different to be nicknamed “Sunshine” and an absolute different (overwhelming) feeling to be nominated for “Sunshine Award” for my blog.

I got this award on 12/12/12 😉 But owing to my hectic schedule, I decided to wait a while and accept this award a little later. So here we are today. Me and my another blog award!!!

Firstly, the rules and regulations-

1. Thank the nominator 

So thank you Arindam Saha for this honor. He won this award and decided to pass it on to me. You can check his blog out here.

 2. Add award logo 

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 3. Answer the questions 

Comics or Fiction ?

Fiction- its more closer to reality than cartoons in comics.

Trekking or Swimming ?

Neither. I am asthmatic – climbing 25 stairs in a go is difficult for me- so trekking is out of question. And I don’t know how to swim- I tried, but the story as to why I dint succeed is a long one.

Sweet or spicy ?

Not too sweet, nor too spicy.

Sunset  or Sunrise?

Both. Its the beauty of nature that we have such scenic timings every freaking day.

Comedy or Classic?

Comedy. In this boring-dull-monotonous-daily life laughter adds up moments in our living.

Silence or Noisy?

Silence. Its any day better.

Winter or Summer ?

Both.

Mountain Sight  or Beach Sight ?

Beach.

Cooking or cleaning ?

Cooking. Cooking. and Cooking again. Then maybe cleaning.

Chicken or Fish ?

I adore both of them. Chickens are cute the way they walk and run around. And fishes are just spectacular…they got fins 😀

Cheese or butter ?

BOTH. (Yummmmmm……..)

 4. Nominate them further 

* wordsrhymesandrhythm.wordpress.com (this site is dedicated to creative poetry aimed at changing the world)

* journeythroughlifeblogdotcom.wordpress.com (Realising the truth…)

* mitwaswork.wordpress.com (thoughts, shadows, reflections)

* memyselfandela.wordpress.com (One sees clearly only with the heart.The essential is invisible to the eye.)

Do spare a few minutes from your busy life and check these out.

My hearty congratulations to all. Enjoy. And HAPPY NEW YEAR. 

blog-of-the-year-2012 ;)

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I am grateful to muZer  to find my blog worthy of the “Blog of the Year 2012”. I feel joyous and proud in accepting it!

CONGRATULATIONS to you muZer and THANK YOU to pass the award on to me!

Here are the rules to accept this award:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
5 You can now also join our Facebook page – click the link here ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

I would like to nominate the following blogs for the Blog of the Year 2012:

fivefeetfiveinches.wordpress.com

gentlestitches.com

I loves the blogs and I hope other readers who come across this post like it too.

Congrats to you both!

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Appreciate the Appreciation (a.k.a. One Lovely Blog Award)

I was nominated by bloggers:

Lokesh Fouzdar  (Pleiades513) -> http://pleiades513.wordpress.com/

and Justine -> http://actualfreedomjustine.com/

Thank you so much Lokesh and Justine!

I am honoured, humbled, inspired, ecstatic, emotional (and what not) 😉

So, if you’re not familiar with this award, here are the details……

To accept this award:

1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.

2. Paste the award image on your blog.

3. Tell 7 facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other blogs that you would like to give the award to.

5. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen and let them know about the award.

Here are 7 facts about myself:

1. I’m love cooking.

2. I am currently reading 50 Shades of Grey – the second part

3. I am obsessed with wrist watches – I have around 20 😉

4. I am extremely obsessed with footwear – Got more than 2 dozen 😀

5. I love festivals – they’re such happy occasions! A reason/excuse to celebrate!

6. I am a woman/female chauvinist (whatever be the lingo, I hope you get the point). Since many years!

7. I really want a belly piercing and a tattoo on my back and wrist and ankle and arm 😉 that’s it for now!

Here are the 15 blogs that I am nominating in no particular order.  (I love reading all these blogs)

Check ‘em out.

1. http://raysofthedawn.wordpress.com/

2. http://uppermost.me/

3. http://landoffun.wordpress.com/

4. http://sonalidalal.wordpress.com/

5. http://storyfresh.wordpress.com/

6. http://keyquotess.wordpress.com/

7. http://inkedpen.wordpress.com/

8. http://kiramoorescloset.wordpress.com/

9. http://charliezero1.wordpress.com/

10. http://thecheekydiva.com/

11. http://milanpoetry.wordpress.com/

12. http://samvadaurkavita.wordpress.com/

13. http://soumyav.wordpress.com/

14. http://justspokenthoughts.wordpress.com/

15. http://whenintrovertspeaks.wordpress.com/

Cheers to all nominees!
Enjoy the moment 🙂