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A Dialogue

My life is a train with a single coach. Not enough space for a lot of travellers. But it’s assured that the travellers shall receive my nod before they board. And because I’m a man of small set of people and even smaller means, I have to make the most of what I spend and whom I spend it on. I set my fare and I set my limits to what you get and how much. But I assure you, it’ll be fun!

I’m a man of only 3 languages – English, Hindi and Respect. If I have to explain any view to any stranger – foreigner or alien, these are the only languages I’ll use. I have nothing else in my arsenal. Sign language perhaps, but it’s really not my forte. I’ll possibly show them the green and try to explain the similarities between their world and ours. Make them comfortable. A Blue Label peg ought to lighten them up. I’ll make my guests take a window seat in my train, and let them get amazed at the pace and the beauty of the journey. North, South, East, West, Rains, Sun, Dawn, Dusk, Clouds, Architecture, nearly everything under the beautiful blue skies and anything that can meet the eye at that fanatic pace.

They’ll find it difficult at first but with exercise and training, they’ll start to see their own world through my eyes. Different colors and a different perspective of life.

I’ll probably let them jot down their thoughts in their own language or script and later translate them myself to publish on my blog. That way I’ll understand their language too making the entire journey a dialogue.

Let me dedicate a song for the night too. It’s one of my all time favorites –

Lets find out hows others will entertain me –

  1. Misconceptions About Women: Clothes | She Writes
  2. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Journeyman
  3. when your body senses | y
  4. action | yi-ching lin photography
  5. Looking out my back door: Spiders in the Toilet. | fibijeeves
  6. The Match (Part 3) The Note | The Jittery Goat
  7. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | The WordPress C(h)ronicle
  8. Voices | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  9. Achtung!! | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  10. DP Daily Prompt: Out My Back Door | Sabethville
  11. of obsessions | Anawnimiss
  12. The door within a door | Kate Murray
  13. Through my back door | One Educator’s Life
  14. [M.M.X.I.V. 93] So near yet so far | Never A Worry
  15. Daily Prompt: Out my back door | Love your dog
  16. Would martians like my chairs? | The Flavored Word
  17. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | nowathome
  18. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  19. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/prompt-back-door/Our Back 40 | Living and Lovin
  20. Between Windows… | The Pagal Banjaara
  21. Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Life Confusions
  22. Come Play on My Island | pandora’s island 2
  23. Mother Nature Likes to Play Tricks on us – WANGSGARD
  24. You can take the girl from the country, but not the country from the girl | marjanitalarosa
  25. Through My Back Windows | Awake & Dreaming
  26. Dreary But Encouraging Day | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  27. Daily Prompt: Looking out my front door | That Montreal Girl
  28. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Yet to Know | Shawn Daily
  29. Someone « Averil Dean
  30. Daily Post Prompt: Back Door | thoughts and entanglements
  31. Potential, patience, plumsauce fairies and piccadillies in a winter and boy’s wonderland « psychologistmimi
  32. Sunrise | Vampire Maman
  33. Our Backyard | wisskko’s blog
  34. The View | Flowers and Breezes
  35. Yikes! | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  36. Daily Prompt: Looking Out My Back Door | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  37. My back yard | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  38. The Garden… | Haiku By Ku
  39. Lookin’ Out My Back Window | Random & Real
  40. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Life is great
  41. The Setting Sun | Green Embers
  42. Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Elementary Verse
  43. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | A Mixed Bag
  44. Spring Residence for Mr and Mrs Mallard | Prompt Me Please
  45. I’m a back door man | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  46. Thoughtful Thursday – Honoring Aida Cruz, not Bill Gates | Emotional Fitness
  47. Handsome Fellow | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  48. The View From the Back Window
  49. Lookin’ out back window | Random & Real
  50. Looking back | Mindful Digressions
  51. A Dialogue | Views Splash!
  52. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Bob’s Blog-O-Rama
  53. Lookin’ Out My Back Window – (Daily Prompt) | Roving Bess
  54. The Walls That Are | That Ms Know It All
  55. Daily promt – Looking out my back door | myjourneyeveryday
  56. Daily Prompt: Being Descriptive! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  57. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | My Atheist Blog
  58. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ out my back door « MARGARET ROSE STRINGER
  59. My Back Yard, Then and Now | A mom’s blog
  60. Blooming Beauties | LenzExperiments
  61. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Po’ Girl Shines
  62. Night View | The Living Mirage
  63. Looking for Hope | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  64. View of Spring (Daily Prompt Challenge) | Ana Linden
  65. Out Past the Back Glass (A Poem) | meanderedwanderings
  66. Mountains on her brow | thejimmieG
  67. Outside my back door | mombox
  68. The House Party – Compass & Quill
  69. Doooo Doooo Doooooo Looking Out My Back Door | The Shotgun Girls
  70. Empty out there | A picture is worth 1000 words
  71. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Basically Beyond Basic
  72. Putting the ‘Bad’ into Badminton | Gluestick Mum
  73. Defenceless | vic briggs
  74. Out My Back Door | Rebecca Barray – Writer/Photographer
  75. Lookin’ Out My Back Door | ~Tiger lily~
  76. A source of embarrassment | Willow’s Corner
  77. Daily prompt: Never mind the view, feel the footprint | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  78. CCR Baby | Thinking Diagonally
  79. LOOKIN’ OUT MY BACK DOOR | robinbenjamin4
  80. Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Oh Danny Boy!
  81. Lookin’ out my back door | Passionate about Pets
  82. Daffodils | Overcoming Bloglessness
  83. Only the Blind May See | Lady J’s Library – The Desk of Julia Dina Blackowicz
  84. Daily post: Looking out our back door | Barbara Pyett
  85. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Ramblings of A Nonsensical Nerd
  86. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | SIM | ANTICS
  87. LOOKIN’ OUT MY BACK DOOR | Shetall says
  88. Come, stand with me | Emovere
  89. Lookin’ Out My Back Door | An American in Norway, a Citizen of the World

Harda – A Seed is Sown

A trip back in time will definitely take me to a day in Harda. It’s a tiny town at the heart of Madhya Pradesh. Unnoticeable railway station, shabby outdoors, pathetic roads, and yet an amazingly calm and earthly demeanor that makes you feel at home.

I first met this place on a wet day. Me and my brother were to appear for an entrance test at our first convent school. It was tough – for English was never our forte. They kept talking to us in that foreign language all the while getting us to appear for tests in Mathematics, Science, and English. I don’t remember the marks I scored then, but the principal seemed pretty satisfied with however we had performed. I remember dad buying our books, notebooks, and our uniforms from their stationery shop. I remember the parking, the church, buildings under construction, ducks, birds, green color of the wet trees, incessant rain, and the hooting from the trains passing by the nearby railway station.

By the time, we completed the admission formalities, we got late and dad decided to buy us dinner from a nearby market. I remember us searching for food throughout the town in that rain. The rain, the rain, I just can’t get that rain out of my head. It just never drizzled. It poured all day so hard and with such ferocity, it forced shopkeepers to stay in and finding an eatery was hard. After much search though, we found a street side vendor selling CHAAT and GOLGAPPE (Pani Puri) in a deserted street.

GOLGAPPE – ones that I was going to remember for all my life. Now to let all of you in on what GOLGAPPE are all about, let me show you a picture and the procedure on how they are served –

Pani Puri

These are served with a filling made from potatoes and peas and later filled with tangy tamarind or mango water. You then put the whole thing at one go inside your mouth and let it blast inside, leaving a heavenly taste on your tongue and on the cheek walls. Now, these are so thin, they tend to sog even with mild moisture in the air and that day, it was pouring. So to add some taste to them, he added hot fillings, off the stove. There were no potatoes, only peas and I’m yet to taste anything like that till date. Somehow he had added magic.

When we returned though, all I remember having was a rather unwelcome feeling of separation!

What I’d like to visit from that day again –

1. The GOLGAPPE.

2. The railway station.

3. That rain.

4. That school compound.

5. I’d like to know the marks I scored in my English test.

What I’d like to skip on my next visit –

NOTHING!

Lets see what others have for this prompt

  1. MY POISON IVY EFFECT [EMEM’S DIARY] | She Writes
  2. what if | the hilarious pessimist
  3. Toes like telltale crocuses | Butterfly Mind
  4. Insert End of an Era Cliché Here | AS I PLEASE
  5. A sight never forgotten… | ALIEN AURA’S BLOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  6. Daily Prompt: If I Could Turn Back Time- Psychology Behind Being Present And Daily Life | Journeyman
  7. no regrets | think | architect
  8. The Match | The Jittery Goat
  9. Daily Prompt: If I could Turn Back Time | The WordPress C(h)ronicle
  10. Living in The Early 1900’s – WANGSGARD
  11. Daily Prompt : Turning back time | Love your dog
  12. Those Crawling Days – Undoubtedly The Best | Ambiguity and Fraternity
  13. A is for April: What’s New This Month | My Little Avalon
  14. Personal Atonement | In the Present
  15. May contain nuts | Kate Murray
  16. DP Daily Prompt: If I Could Turn Back Time | Sabethville
  17. Now | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  18. Grey | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  19. Daily Prompt – If I Could Turn Back Time | hometogo232
  20. Back To The Future For A Fresh Start | Awake & Dreaming
  21. My fleeting high school dream of being a genetic engineer. #DNA @wordpressdotcom @postaday | Frozen Spaghetti
  22. What if we can Travel Through Time. | Free Thinkers Mag.
  23. enter | yi-ching lin photography
  24. Daily Prompt: If I Could Turn Back Time | Basically Beyond Basic
  25. Don’t do it | The verbal hedge
  26. Looking Back | Works By Anastasia
  27. If Time Could Go Back, What Would I Do? | From Hiding to Blogging
  28. But All the Time Turners Broke… | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  29. Endless Summer | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  30. Daily Prompt: If I could Turn Back Time | Bob’s Blog-O-Rama
  31. Daily prompt 🙂 | myjourneyeveryday
  32. My First Bloggyversary! | Haiku By Ku
  33. Zin « Averil Dean
  34. Daily Prompt: If I could Turn Back Time | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  35. Presente | Daily Post. – Missmosta
  36. For the Love of …. The NORTH BORNEO RAILWAYS | Duniya Ku
  37. If We Go Back | Flowers and Breezes
  38. Relive those moments… | FREE BIRD
  39. Daily Prompt: If I could Turn Back Time | | Shawn
  40. If I Could Turn Back Time | Dave Kester
  41. Turn Back, Stop at Fifty | Emotional Fitness
  42. The Best Moment Award: Living for the Now and for Mom’s Penguin Stories « psychologistmimi
  43. Revisiting myself | One Educator’s Life
  44. Corn | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  45. If I could turn back time | theoriesinthought
  46. I’d kick my own butt. | Thoughts Go Back
  47. Help Me Distribute Personal Care Items With Dignity
  48. Time Travel | Life Confusions
  49. Daily Prompt: If I Could Turn Back Time | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  50. If I could turn back time | That Montreal Girl
  51. DP: Do Over | Scorched Ice
  52. Travel to the innocence | Life is great
  53. Would I have asked you to dance? | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  54. First Love | wisskko’s blog
  55. DO NOT cash in that stock grandma gave you! | The Flavored Word
  56. Pure Land | Dreams to Reality !
  57. If I Had It To Do Over – Daily Prompt | Why is there bread in my Kool-Aid?
  58. Daily Prompt: If I could Turn Back Time, 01.04.14 | Markie’s Daily Blog
  59. It isn’t a good thing or a bad thing. It is just a thing. | Vampire Maman
  60. Harda – A Seed is Sown | Views Splash!
  61. Daily Prompt: Mother | Morrighan’s Muse
  62. but that was yesterday and yesterday’s gone | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  63. If I Could Turn Back Time | treasurethememory
  64. Disrupting the Flow | djgarcia94
  65. Once upon a summer | mnemosynesandlethe
  66. Do “Do Overs” Exist? | Raising Our Redheads
  67. You can’t always go back. | SusannaAntihero
  68. Glazed in Gold | Call Me Incorrigible
  69. Flowing Backwards | Overcoming to Becoming
  70. That Time We Had to Smuggle Bacon Into the Country.. | Kosher Adobo
  71. If I Could Turn Back Time, from the Daily Prompt | janetcatland
  72. If I Could Turn Back Time: Daily Post | Destino
  73. If I Could Turn Back Time/DP Challenge | Starting Write Now
  74. DP: Turn Back Time – A Question of Moments by Ruswa Fatehpuri | aliabbasali
  75. If I Could Turn Back Time – ROBIN’S REAL LIFE
  76. Daily Prompt: Being able to Relive! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  77. If I could, I wouldn’t . . . | Right The Writer
  78. If I could Turn Back Time… | ~Tiger lily~
  79. Of Days that Once Have Been (A Poem) | meanderedwanderings
  80. Daily Prompt: If I could Turn Back Time. | Ty
  81. It had lights! | Trucker Turning Write
  82. The Two-word Answer | My Author-itis
  83. Hindsight is 20/10 | litebeing chronicles
  84. Back To The Blanket | Edward Hotspur
  85. Letter to My Future Self | the intrinsickness
  86. If I Could Turn Back Time, If I Could Reminisce. | My Renaissance Blog
  87. Daily Prompt: If I Could Turn Back Time | F X T 8
  88. If I Could Turn Back Time | Late Bloomer Liz
  89. Wrong Answer | Speculative Paradigm Shifts
  90. If I could turn back time | A Guatemalan Affair
  91. Fleet | Seat | Retreat | fifty5words
  92. Daily Prompt: If I Could Turn Back Time with More Talking Animals | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  93. Daily Prompt: Born to Be With You | Here I am !!
  94. Still Sand | a sweet bright thing
  95. Back in Time | itsmayurremember
  96. Unrequited | vic briggs
  97. If I Could Turn Back Time | Tonkadella’s Things in Life
  98. Daily Prompt: If I Could Turn Back Time | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  99. If I Could Turn Back Time | Alexia Jones
  100. The Past Unrecovered | Sugar, Spice, and Everything euNice
  101. My Regrets Aren’t What I Thought They’d Be. | ktjjenkins
  102. Mental Time Travel | Psychology Muffins

The Faceless Man

Oh man! 2 days full of blogs in my mailbox, hard work pouring out from so many of them and all of them crave for an embrace, a touch, a tap to let them know that they are “Well Done”! Keep up the brilliant work people… keep my brain entertained and involved. Give me ideas and I’ll give you some. We are a network – just us, no “foreigners”, no outsiders! You care for my blog and I’ll take care of yours! Give and take – share! We share so much – a passion for writing, reading, embracing strangeness, apt thoughts, discussion and a very real tendency to despise physicality! We are very happy with words and the images they create.

It’s one of those images I’ll talk about now. The invisible man.

Has anyone ever noticed, how we do somethings only for the sake of an imaginary image, who always watches you. Whether you are alone or in a crowd, it’ll always be just you and him. All the mannerisms you inhabitate throughout your life, we adopt them for that man watching us from some angle, out of your peripheral vision. He wants you to do things in one particular way. The correct way.

Even the people who say they don’t care for pretenses, like myself, do some things out of habit, only to get a smile on that faceless man! That faceless man who starts watching you, very early in your life, starts getting a face, not from your mirror but people who’ve influenced you the most.

I’m a case in point. I always feel that whatever I do, I do it for an imaginary man, who’s not fat but isn’t lean either. He’s an ideal image. I feel guilty if I don’t do things the correct way because they didn’t satiate that imaginary man! I feel he’d now be shaking his head saying “there goes the fool again” or “does he ever listen to me?”. “Why do you drive fast when you only make a difference of 5 minutes between the speeds of 80 mph and 95 mph?”! I just keep trying to appease him. Sometimes I pass and there’s a high-five, sometimes I fail and show a finger to his face.

He’s the man I listen to first and only then reply. Hence, I’m slow to respond. I have to listen to him for he’s my correct voice. The voice of equality and fairness. He watches everything while I watch only what matters. He’s my answer to all my do’s and dont’s.

I wonder if he’s my conscience or if I’m going nuts. When I laugh, somewhere inside me, I feel like I’m watching another man laughing too, only that he’s much smarter, has better voice, has a fuller laugh , and knows a lot more than I do. There’s never a conversation between him and me. He always knows my questions before I even ask them. He’s always 2 steps ahead of me, only to make matters far worse than they ever are. I feel he’s the reason for a timeless guilt.

Is it a disorder? I feel fine. I love everyone who deserves love. I hate everyone. I don’t ever run away from anything. But deep down I feel I’m being torn apart into two.

I’m not the only one who feels that there’s always someone watching us though. He’s definitely not God, for I feel him. I feel him around me. Just a few days ago, I think I felt his touch on my shoulder. It scared the shit out of me. And then during lunchtime, a colleague of mine, asked me about this third person himself. He had a lot more difficulty explaining it to me than I’m having explaining it to you. See just now, the other man asked me “Are you sure that you are communicating fine?” – oozing sarcasm. Trust me, I’m not talking to myself. It’s another man.

Can anyone please explain it to me? Please tell me I’m not the only one. Just to explain how lazy I am, or have been, I thought of this post about a year back and it comes out only now!

I Died In My Dream Tonight – TWICE!

Have you ever died in your own dreams? Anytime, anyhow, whichever way?

I did. TWICE in one big dream. And guess who killed me – I did. I killed myself twice in a dream. In one of them, I actually carefully inserted a huge knife inside “the me”, who was spread eagled on a bed – tied tight! I saw myself struggle and die.

In the next instance, I killed my other self by smashing my face with a hammer. I felt no pain. I would have smiled, I know I would’ve because there was relief. I don’t remember any other detail from the dream. But is it even possible to see yourself in your own dream? I thought it was impossible.

I woke up all sweaty, tired, but very relieved. My shoulders were lighter, there was no ache that pounded my back. I was seeing clearer and found myself filled with energy. I know I can Google all my answers but I’d like anyone among my audience to explain what I went through?

This Right Here

Ritika Tattoo

 

This right here is a gift for love!

This right here is a promise to stay in love!

This right here is a masochistic rush!

This right here is the fear of needles forgotten!

This right here is the feel of blood trickling down my spine!

This right here is a valentines gift!

This right here is my wife on my flesh – My Star and My Angel!

Lets find out what others did at impulse –

  1. A Supposedly Fun Thing I Should Never Have Done in the First Place | AS I PLEASE
  2. Tea for two | The Bliss of Reality
  3. I Did Something Crazy | Lifestyle | WANGSGARD
  4. On being yourself | Attempted Human Relations and Self
  5. A Watermark, a Ford Falcon and a Creative Commons License walk into an alley… | Greg Urbano
  6. This Daily Prompt Is For Men Only & My Short Story For The Day | The Jittery Goat
  7. impulse | yi-ching lin photography
  8. the city is an | y
  9. Daily Prompt: Let’s go Crazy! | Raevenly Writes
  10. Unlucky | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  11. Comrades | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  12. DP Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy | Sabethville
  13. Caramel Filled Chocolates | Miss Spicy Hat N’ Sugar Socks
  14. Wild Woman: let’s go crazy! | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  15. Let’s go with this. I suck at being impulsive. | thoughtsofrkh
  16. One Crazy Mom » Things I’m Crazy For
  17. THE WORST DECISION | SERENDIPITY
  18. Friday Flash – Impulse | My Little Avalon
  19. Time for some Kitchen Dancing! | MamaMickTerry
  20. Crazy for Thinking I Could Change Him Prayers and Promises
  21. Around The World | swiggityswag
  22. Venturing Beyond the Comfort Zone | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  23. The Convenience of Paradise | the intrinsickness
  24. IMPULSE | dandelionsinwind
  25. Excavating… | Haiku By Ku
  26. Women’s days and craziness | Sue’s Trifles
  27. “Let’s Go Crazy” | Relax
  28. comfort in my crazy | peacefulblessedstar
  29. “Sleep on it” | Hope* the happy hugger
  30. Daily Prompot: Let’s go crazy – African Style | The Pink Cucumber
  31. Dream Job | Why is there bread in my Kool-Aid?
  32. The Drive | Kate Murray
  33. Crazy Train? No, Crazy Bike | Cancer Isn’t Pink
  34. What Do You See? The Forest or the Trees? | meanderedwanderings
  35. Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy | Awl and Scribe
  36. Walking Over There | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  37. Welcome to the Machine | Rob’s Surf Report
  38. Bad idea | A picture is worth 1000 words
  39. spur | A beetle with earrings
  40. What Have I Done? | Flowers and Breezes
  41. let’s go crazy | klstar2000
  42. “Is that Girl WALKING?” – Daily Prompt | Bits & Pieces
  43. Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy, 07.03.14 | Markie’s Daily Blog
  44. Fallen fancy | shame
  45. no direction home, a complete unknown | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  46. Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  47. Daily Prompt: Being Impulsive! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  48. I Dropped Out of Grad School To Become a Missionary
  49. Time for a little daydream.. | Raspberry’s Daydreams
  50. Impulse | The Land Slide Photography
  51. Taming Kittens | Real Life Co.
  52. Out of My Mind….(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  53. Stark Raving Love | Black Ink Pink Desk
  54. Losing Money on an Impulse | A mom’s blog
  55. Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy | Really Random Musings
  56. Think Before You… Oh Wait, Too Late. | meg lago
  57. Growing up a nomad, I always had a “go” bag ready for spontaneity, and possible (yet fashionable) zombie apocalypse « psychologistmimi
  58. I Broke The Projector…SSShhh Don’t Tell Anyone! | Life Confusions
  59. Reflecting on my Magic Kingdom Internship | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  60. Meanwhile, on a Mountain Top… | Green Embers
  61. I’m # 1 (or What happens when you like your own WP Post) | Altared Egos
  62. The Road Calls | Random Words
  63. Impulse – The Daily Prompt
  64. Is it crazy to go against society’s expectations? | A New Life Wandering
  65. Hawaiian Paradise | Jaspa’s Journal
  66. One Decision that Changed My Life Course | Schizo Incognito
  67. Musings: A Little Crazy… | Mirth and Motivation
  68. Gone Sailing
  69. Impulse Control: The Price of Not Following my Own Advice | Bullshit-Free Zone
  70. Going too crazy! | Trucker Turning Write
  71. What Not to Confess to the Person You’ve Been Dating For 3.5 Weeks | Kosher Adobo
  72. Let’s Go Crazy – Ramblings from the Swamp
  73. Daily Prompt: impulse | That Montreal Girl
  74. Stories From My Mind
  75. Slow-Burning Impulse | Serial Distractions
  76. Shepherding in Europe | tuckedintoacorner
  77. The Things We Do At Conferences…. | RePrEsSeD ExPrEsSiOnS
  78. Quite possibly the craziest thing I’ve ever done! | browney237’s Blog
  79. Crazy for Thinking I Could Change Him
  80. Impulse Souveniring | djgarcia94
  81. Impulse. Maybe. ~ Daily Prompt | joannebest
  82. Crazy trips | Life is great
  83. Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy – “Dance & Band” | A Midnight Blog
  84. A lesser-known hamster habit (Daily Prompt: “Let’s Go Crazy, Show Us Impulse”) | Photo0pal Photography
  85. Daily Prompt: Impulse | Lady K’s Lounge
  86. Keeps On Giving | Wiley’s Wisdom
  87. The Blog Farm | Musings: A Little Crazy…
  88. Daily Prompt 03072014: Let’s Go Crazy | Annie, are you OK?
  89. Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy | Basically Beyond Basic
  90. Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  91. Acting on impulse | Willow’s Corner
  92. Tradesmen’s Crossing | aliabbasali
  93. The way out, the waterway | Le Drake Noir
  94. If I could be anywhere | Fonts and Frosting
  95. [M.M.X.I.V. 67] Elevators | Never A Worry
  96. How I Got A Book Published “On Impulse” | The Political and Social Chaos Blog

Zee2Etch – Task #21

Zee2Etch Task #21 has me contemplating on what I posted in Zee2Etch Task #19.

Well here’s one take on that post –

Power

Power 2

A Saddened Diwali!

A Saddened Diwali!

You know you haven’t had a happy Diwali when the only picture worth taking was of the door for the rest of the house just didn’t deserve any attention. Tired, with swollen eyes, we got all that we could with hearts as hopeless as barren deserts. No happiness, just a routine mundane Diwali. A bit of cleaning hither and thither, a clean and glittering temple for the Gods berthing.

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I still have no clue why we went about celebrating it at all. It was all doom and gloom from day one and even though we could feel a lot of strings opening up between each other, my wife and I just wished this torture came to an end. A birthday came and went with nothing but remorse to show for my own birth. Celebrations were a far cry. No cakes, no candles, no talks just emptiness to fill our hearts. And all for saying what was right!!!

To Home and Back – 4 days full of bliss

Sometimes we just need vacations. To run away from our mundane life and the same fucked up people we meet everyday to meet new ones. I needed this vacation. I was sick and tired of the sickening fucked up home and such life. After all that my wife and I bore together in the past few months, both of us desperately needed a vacation or at bare minimum, a change of location. I had tried applying for vacations twice but one got turned down and the other wasn’t even given a heed in my office. But my last attempt got cleared and 2 days and a weekend was what we had to reboot our heads.

It’d been a long time since my brothers marriage and we hadn’t seen our parents and somewhere deep within our hearts, we owed them a visit. So,we decided to rather see them and save our money than run away to some hill station and spend all that we had saved.

It turned out to be a fantastic decision at the end.

The first day was normal stay at home and we just slept through it. A simple foray into a market and we got my mother her most favorite Pineapple cake. Soft and sumptuous as it was, we just couldn’t resist digging our fingers into it but wait was what was in store for us. We also had to go see my in-laws and once we were late to return from there, my parents had already slept. So tired as we were, a simple hug and a birthday wish was all we could offer her that night before we all slept again.

The next day was packed for activities which included a visit to my parents favorite temple – Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain (M.P.). We woke up and got ready in a haste to reach the temple as early as possible so we don’t get to face the extreme heat. But this was my mum’s birthday and the cake cutting was in order. The cake was duly cut and dug in and she absolutely loved it. We then boarded a taxi and started for our journey. Quite frankly, as you will all see from our faces, we are a family of die-hard foodies. And one particular restaurant “Pappu Da Dhaba” holds special fondness among us. It serves hot breakfast with tea and just totally makes our day with it’s taste. The best part is, it’s located exactly at the half way point between Bhopal and Indore and completely satiates any hunger for the rest of the day. Here is one picture of the route I took with my phone’s camera –

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It was a glorious day, bathed in sunshine, with mild heat emanating from the ground, making it so much more comfortable. I hadn’t had a field day in months and I was absorbing all that nature had to offer. We reached Ujjain in around 3.5 hours and headed straight to the temple.

To learn more about Ujjain, please click the link below –

http://ujjaintourism.in/

The temple hosts Lord Shiva in his most glorious of forms. As taking pictures inside the temple isn’t allowed, I couldn’t get any but they certainly are available all over the net. Try and search it out for yourself or visit this site –

http://dic.mp.nic.in/ujjain/mahakal/default.aspx

On normal days, the temple is absolutely packed full of pilgrims at all times but for some strange reason, we were quite early there that day even at 12:30 pm and the temple to our collective sighing souls was fully available for view at our discretion. Here are some pictures we took at the pavement –

This is my family (from the left) – wife, dad and mom!

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Indian rituals wherein we tie threads to trees for every prayer or wish we want to come true –

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We then went from temple to temple, all of whom held historical significance and here are some pictures from them –

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By the time we were done with the 4th temple, moms feet had given away and we decided to direct our journey back for home. It got very cloudy and then rainy by the time we re-crossed the same “Pappu Da Dhaba” but that didn’t deter us from taking a tea break there. Here are some pictures from the way I think are worth noting –

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I was surprised to see something that mom and wife had bought right outside the main temple – a Rudraksh that contained nearly all the elements that pertain to Lord Shiva. I think it’s fantastic. I have tried washing them and nothing but some paint has come off it for I just couldn’t believe that something of this sort could exist, so apparently it may be real too –

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Coming home, late that evening, I couldn’t help but realize how nature tries and holds it’s course while all that humans do gets dissolved in it. We pollute it and then we preserve it but how it has stayed pure at its roots is something what should teach us – to hold on to our firm pure roots.

The third day was my moms kitty party and oh man – how do us guys then realize that we aren’t even welcome home for those 4 hours. They despise us, hate us and then it’s left up to our better judgement to find a place where we can spend those 4 hours loafering around the city. It was that afternoon that I tasted peppermint right from it’s leaves in a nursery. It was heavenly.

The next evening after a lunch at my in-laws, we left back for Delhi.

I loved the journey and couldn’t help but share it with you guys.

Thanks for reading.