Showing posts from July, 2018

Happy Birthday JK Rowling & Harry - #100happydays - Day 69

No words can do justice to the magic of Harry Potter. Today Harry turns 38, thirteen days after I turned 38. The magic for me started when I was 24 years old and has never ended. Book after book has been devoured time and again in print and audio. Now its turn for the beautiful illustrated editions. 
As for me, I was sorted to be a Ravenclaw just like Luna Lovegood, Gilderoy Lockhart, Cho Chang, Garrick Ollivander among the others who are known to be intelligent, wise, sharp and witty. My patronus is the Red Squirrel and my wand is a beautiful laurel wood wand, 12 1/4" in length with phoenix leather core.
Waiting for Ronav & Samaya to read the entire series and be sorted into their houses! Oh what fun times to look forward to.
This is a part of MY #100happydays challenge - a way to remind myself to pause and find happiness in the little things in life and to live in the moment. To be grateful for all that I have, every single day. Hopefully you will join me in this journey of se…

Queen's Guard for Interhouse Competition - #100happydays - Day 68

For an inter-house competition in school, Ronav was selected to represent UK. He was to dress up as the Queen's Guard. My first encounter with the intimidating guards was when we toured Buckingham Palace in 1999. I have been fascinated by the concept ever since and have been keen on the kids getting a chance to watch the change of guards ceremony. So guess who was more excited with playing dress up!
The British royal family has captured the curiosity of many people, British and otherwise, and they raise lots of questions. However, there’s another group of people that spends a lot of time around Buckingham Palace, and while far less high-profile, they might be just as fascinating. The notoriously still and stoic Queen’s Guardsmen (and women) also raise a lot of questions. A Q-and-Awith a working guardsman set out to answer them. From hats to hot weather, here are the 12 most interesting things. Those guns aren’t loaded…usually
The Guard’s intimidating weapons only have ammo…

The Secret - #100happydays - Day 67

The Secret is a Law of Attraction movie and book, and you may already know how this series popularized the idea of manifestation. The key message of The Secret is that everyone has the ability to create their own reality. In other words, “thoughts can become things”. 

Some of the most famous experts interviewed include Bob Proctor, Joe Vitale, John Assaraf, Jack Canfield and Marie Diamond. Some of them specialize in metaphysics or the quantum physics of the Law of Attraction, while others are leading authorities in psychology or personal development. All of the speakers discuss how desires can shape the world. Plus, they explore how to cultivate thought processes that support manifestation. 

According to the Secret, The Law of Attraction is for everyone, and it’s working all the time. You don’t need a specialist skillset to use it. You just need to develop more refined, positive goals and focus on rooting out negativity in your cognitive life.

Here are 10 that have worked for me:

Reading Journal - #100happydays - Day 66

I love journaling. As a kid I used to write a journal on and off but never stuck to it. Then once I started travelling overseas, I maintained a journal for every single trip of mine. Today I have a drawer full of travelogues that I love revisiting. 
So the idea to have a book/reading journal has been taking form gradually over the last couple of months. I have also been researching online and got a few ideas I'd like to do in my journal. All this time I have been using Goodreads to document my reading journey, goals, challenges and the ever increasing "to be read (tbr)" pile! But the need of having a physical book with handwritten pages filled with the same information and more was something that I could not ignore any more.

It's a process. I have lists (which I love to make) of books I need to read, Indian author books I want to read, books I have read in the last 2 years, my Popsugar reading challenge prompts for this year and book lists of various celebrity book …

Ronav's DIY Bookmarks for his teachers on Guru Purnima - #100happydays - Day 65

Celebrated to acknowledge the selfless induction of wisdom and knowledge by teachers, today, July 27, marks the 2018 edition of Guru Purnima. The word 'guru' has its roots in the Sanskrit language, where 'gu' means darkness and 'ru' stands for the removal of darkness. Hence, it becomes only understandable for an entire day to be bestowed upon the teachers who illuminate our lives with the light of knowledge and wisdom. The festival is of paramount importance to the Hindu, Jain and Buddhist communities of the country, which indulge in festivities as a means of paying respect to their respective gurus.
The Story of the First Guru Purnima (Sadhguru)In the yogic culture, Shiva is not seen as a god, he is seen as the Adiyogi, the first yogi. Over 15000 years ago, a yogi appeared in the upper regions of the Himalayas. No one knew where he came from and what his antecedents were – and he did not introduce himself – so they did not know his name. So he is referred to as…

Happy 3! - #100happydays - Day 64

Today my darling niece Myra turns 3. What a lovely age it is, she is now officially a threenager and I'm sure her mom agress! I'm headed the same way too with Samaya turning 3 in a few days. This little one is obsessed with everything Minnie and hence a Minnie themed birthday for her!

Nieces are wonderful because they are as close to being your own children as you can get without actually being your children! You have a best friend, shopping cohort, and a mini partner-in-crime. You can spoil them rotten and send them home to their parents. You don’t have to deal with the tantrums. You get the good without the bad!

A Blessing For My Niece ~ Barbara MacAdam
Close your eyes sweet baby, and dream without care. The Lord will keep you safe and warm in times when no one's there.
I pray you'll hear His angels singing softly in your ear, of His love and great protection against whatever you may fear.
I pray each day you'll find the strength for each battle to be one, as you learn to…

Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur - #100happydays - Day 63

My second Rupi Kaur in a week. Personally I preferred The Sun and Her Flowers but so many poems / quotes from Milk and Honey resonated with me. Here are the ones I liked.

“how is it so easy for you to be kind to people he asked milk and honey dripped from my lips as i answered cause people have not been kind to me” “Loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself.” “if you were born with the weakness to fall you were born with the strength to rise”“i am water
soft enough
to offer life
tough enough
to drown it away” “for you to see beauty here
does not mean
there is beauty in me
it means there is beauty rooted
so deep within you
you can't help but
see it everywhere” “people go but how they left always stays” “most importantly love
like it's the only thing you know how
at the end of the day all this
means nothing
this page
where you're sitting
your degree
your job
the money
nothing even matters
except love and human connection
who you loved
and how deeply you loved them
how you touched …

Boardgames on weekdays - #100happydays - Day 62

What fun it is to do something out of the planned schedule on a playing board games. We love this game by Chalk and Chuckles called Shape Your Story. 

The Plot : From the towering skyscrapers, to the bicycle on the road to the hangers in your closet. Wherever you are – inside or outside – there are shapes to discover that tell a story. The circle, square & triangle in 36 cards lend themselves to thousands of drawn objects and millions of stories in a game where the artist meets the storyteller. ACTION : Player/s use the 3 shapes (Circle, Triangle & Square) to draw objects/characters by rolling the die to decide the number of cards and the shapes. Shape your object and create tales that you will never forget! Draw and tell stories by yourself, challenge one another in Timed Tales or create stories together in a game of Cooperative storytelling. SKILLS :  Develops oral expression and listening skillsBuilds artistic imagination and creative thinkingEnhances visual-spatia…

1st Salman Rushdie - #100happydays - Day 61

I first picked this book 2 years back but for some reason could not get into it. I started reading it again two days ago and couldn't put it down! I was blown by the imagination the author had and the way her beautifully weaved the storied and had me transported to Kahani. A children's book essentially, Haroun and the Sea of Stories has enticed many adults and left us all wanting more. It is also one of Rushdie's most quotable works. I'm glad I gave this book another chance and hope someday my kids will enjoy it just as much. Looking forward to reading other books by Salman Rushdie now.

Here are a few deceptively simple quotes from the book that made me smile :
What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true? the Land of Chup, a Shadow very often has a stronger personality than the Person, or Self, or Substance to whom or to which it is joined! So often the Shadow leads, and it is the Person or Self or Substance that follows. And of course there can be quarrels betw…

Penguin Dad - #100happydays - Day 60

Did you know that after the female penguin lays the egg, her nutritional reserves become depleted and she must return to feed in the ocean for two months. This leaves theresponsibility of keeping the egg warm through the freezing Antarctic winter to the father. The father spends the two months holding the egg precariously between the tops of his feet and his brooding pouch, without feeding, throughout the brutal winter (when freezing winds can reach 120 mph). If he moves too suddenly or the egg becomes exposed to the freezing temperatures, the chick will perish. But his dedication — and his balance — ensures the survival of a new generation. What a dad!
A recent study commissioned by Flipkart found that modern-day fathers in India have evolved from being merely providers or breadwinners to adopt the role of caregivers and emotional anchors. An increasing number of Indian dads today are as engaged in raising their kids as they are in sharing household chores. They change nappies, braid …

Advice I'd given my mother on her wedding day : Rupi Kaur - #100happydays - Day 59

This brought happy tears to my eyes today. Here it is in it's entirety.
Advice I would've given my mother on her wedding day  ~ Rupi Kaur You are allowed to say NO.Years ago his father beat the language of love out of your husband's back, he will never know how to say it, but his actions prove he loves you.Go with him, when he enters your body and goes to that place. Sex is not dirty.No matter how many times his family brings it up, do not have the abortion just because I'm a girl. Lock the relatives out and swallow the key. He will not hate you.Take your journals and paintings across the ocean when you leave. These will remind you who you are when you get lost amid new cities. They will also remind your children you had an entire life before them.When your husbands are off working at factories, make friends with all the other lonely women in the apartment complex. This loneliness will cut a person in half, you will need each other to stay alive.Your husband and children…

Timeless by Rupi Kaur - #100happydays - Day 58

I have been hearing and reading a lot about Rupi Kaur and have also followed her on Instagram. So when her book Milk and Honey was chosen as the book of the month by Emma Watson's bookclub, Our Shared Shelf, I picked up both her books, Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers. 
I started with The Sun and her Flowers as I had heard her recite this poem Timeless on the Jimmy Fallon show and honestly I was blown. Enjoying the book so far and marking many 'poems' for future reading! 
Here is Timeless in its entirety.

they convinced me
i only had a few good years left before i was replaced by a girl younger than me as though men yield power with age but women grow into irrelevance they can keep their lies for i have only gotten started i feel as though i just left the womb my twenties are the warm-up for what i’m really about to do wait till you see me in my thirties now that will be a proper introduction to the nasty, wild, woman in me. how can i leave before the party’s started rehearsal…

New Fishes - #100happydays - Day 57

Want a pet, but have allergies? Fish are great alternative pets that offer significant health benefits and learning opportunities for the entire family.
For children, an aquarium is fantastic and magical. With only a little help from adults, the aquarium can turn into a unique educational game and an adventure that creates knowledge and lifetime memories for the entire family.
According to science, the benefits of an aquarium are seen in cognitive development, imagination and social and emotional skills. Many studies conducted by psychologists, education experts, doctors and anthropologists have shown how taking care of pet fish has many positive effects on children. 5 of the most remarkable benefits aquariums have for children 1. Encourages learning When you have an aquarium, you can encourage learning by asking your children simple questions that get them thinking. Guided by their curiosity, children learn not only about different fish species but also about the invisible and micro compon…

My Birthday Bucket List of 40 things to do before 40! - #100happydays - Day 56

As I complete 38, my mind races two years in the future to when I turn 40! I have come across many bucket lists of things to do before you turn 40.....some absolutely unrealistic. As I pen down my bucket list of 40 things to do before I turn 40, these are what come to mind.
My Bucket List of 40 things to do before you turn 40 (in random order):
Watch a Broadway Musical : saw Shrek in NYC in 2009Watch your favourite artist perform live : saw Bryan Adams and Norah Jones perform liveWatch the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)Try an adventure sport : Tried scuba diving, still want to try raftingGo on a cruise : Did it in Singapore & ScandinaviaCelebrate New Years in a foreign city :Watched the Ball drop at Times Square NYC in 2010Have 2 kids : DoneWork independently : DoneRun a marathonTravel across Europe by train.Drive on the AutobahnSponsor a child's education : Doing itBuy a RolexGo on a safari in AfricaHave far to many books on your "to be read list" and keep readin…