Friday, October 12, 2018

The (Un)Clever Monkey! - A tale by Diya

Once there lived a monkey that was so proud of itself. He would never lose an opportunity to show off how clever he is. One day, the weather was so hot that the monkey felt very thirsty. It searched for water everywhere. But then, the scorching heat had dried up all the lakes and pools.

After a long search, the monkey finally found a mud pot which was half-filled with water. The monkey felt half happy as the water was only half full. But then, didn't I say the monkey was clever? Or so he thought about himself. He had an idea, after all, the clever monkey should have read or heard about the thirsty crow story from the past. He looked for pebbles everywhere, but he could only find a big stone.

Well, the crow can't be more clever than me! Poor creature! The crow is weak and can carry only small pebbles. I can lift and carry a big stone instead and in one go I can bring the water to the brim. Its time to show the world how clever and stronger I am. Thinking so, the monkey dropped the stone into the pot. The monkey was expecting that the water would come to the brim and soon it can quench its thirst. Alas, it was only a mud pot! As soon as the monkey dropped the stone, the pot broke and spilled water everywhere.

The hot sun quenched its thirst by drinking the splashed water. The poor monkey was still thinking, "where did I go wrong"? May be I will get another chance to prove myself.

-to be continued with another tale, another time.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Tea Proposal

It took nearly two and a half years for the young couple to get some private time since they got married. A quick recap:

Every single proposal always ended up with the guy saying those three magical romantic words to his girl. In the case of the young couple too, it happened in a more-or-less similar way. "Will you marry me?", that counts to four, the young girl recalled.

"But you used three words when you proposed me, and those three words aren't even remotely romantic. It was blunt", she snubbed him in a teasing way, as always. "Enna kalyanam pannikariya?".

It was time for him to mend his mistake. He did not want to waste this opportunity and put a full stop for never-ending tease by his wife. After all, what is more perfect than to make a romantic proposal by taking her to visit the symbol of love? He made elaborate plans and booked tickets to Agra.

He kept the plan secret, but she guessed it would be something more than just a tour to the romantic spot. Standing in front of the most beautiful monument, she thought he will propose properly this time. 

Time passed, from dawn to dusk, with no hurry. There was no sign of him proposing to her yet. "Will he ever propose to me in a filmy way?", she thought.

"Here, have this my dear", he gave her a cup of chai, having another cup for himself. They had just made their exit. She felt the aroma of freshly brewed masala chai while having a sip when he gave her a rose and made the proposal, just the way she wanted. She could not contain her excitement.

"Why did you chose to propose outside of Taj Mahal with a cup of chai, but not inside like everyone does?", she asked him on their return. 

"If I proposed to you inside the Taj Mahal, you would remember it only whenever you look at the ring or the Taj. But now, you can remember whenever you have a cup of chai, which both of us will have together almost everyday! So, no more mocks and only memories :)", he replied.

They smiled together when they heard, "Chai, Chai..." from the train vendor.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


I am feeling very low and disconnected to the existing world. There is no fun in my life right now. No thrill, no excitement. I don't even have a mindset to complain on things. I don't like it this way of me. I just found this somewhere to list down at least 10 good things happened to me in my life. I hope hit helps me whenever I feel low.

#1 I have got a wonderful parents!
#2 I have got very good friends and a few well-wishers!

#3 I have the bestest life partner one could ever dream of!

#4 Wonderful Wonderful Daughter!

#5 I have a Degree more than I ever wanted in my life.

#6 I had a pet for myself.

#7 Lived in different timezones.

#8 I think I still have my beautiful nieces in my life ;)

#9 Never ever longed for any gadgets.

#10 Never ending dresses and footwear

#11 Learnt Dancing, Driving, Ice Skating, Photography, little of gardening, Dutch blitz , Badminton and here comes the most recent one "Swimming"

#12 And a few good comments on my beautiful hair. Oh yes!

#13 And finally to end with, a decent Blog ;)

I guess this should be enough for the mood-lifting!

May be, now its time to master any of the hobbies mentioned above or to learn a new one!

I hope this entry will help me when I am in bad mood again!

Friday, August 4, 2017

God helped him!

As all the young couples do, there was a silly quarrel between Sriram and Janaki.

Janaki was very mischievous girl.
It was now over 24 hours after their silent war.

Janaki was now expecting him to convince her, which Sriram failed to do. The house became more silent, starving, just the way opposite to their minds.

Janaki's mind was full of questions: "Why is he not convincing me? Why is he not initiating the talk? Should I initiate the talk? Should I quarrel with him again? I am hungry! What to do? "

Sriram brought a cup of mashed potato. Hungry Janaki wants to grab the cup and empty it in a snap, but the Egoistic Janaki refused it.

After a couple of minutes hunger pinched Janaki's empty stomach, So she changed her strategy to quarrel by eating the entire food without leaving any for him. Slowly she peeped into the hall to check on Sriram. A little happiness in her face to see that Sriram also didn't eat the mashed potatoes.

Janaki banged into the kitchen, stole the entire bowl of creamy mashed potatoes topped with pepper and cilantro. 

She was unable to finish them all, but her new strategy made her complete the bowl. She went to Sriram to make him jealous by telling how yummy the lunch was!

She joyously told him that she eat all the potatoes and how tasty it was and without leaving him a bit. 
He was very happy to see his angry wife's happy and victorious smile in her face. After admiring it for a while, to her shock, Sriram silently pointed his fingers towards the pooja shelf where a left a major part of it as a offering to God.

There was sudden burst of laughter between the two.

So, God helped him!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Hashtag SaveOviya

Hashtag SaveOviya! 

How does it involves me?

Well, The show BiggBoss Tamil started on June 25th, 2017.
I tried watching the first episode, me to myself "I am sorry", could not watch it for more than 5 minutes!

After a long time I happened to sit with my mom, Alas! That was the most interesting episode #JulieBackstabsOviyaEpisode. Curiosity in me made watching all the episodes from the beginning.

In the beginning I didn't understand why Oviya was rescued right from the beginning. But weeks after weeks, I, unknowingly started admiring her patience. When everyone in the house ignored her, even without knowing any reasons she stayed calm. She was even pleading Julie to ask for apology to her from her heart(less). After 3 or 4 pleading sessions as a normal human being she started showing her hatred towards Julie. Which was 100% right from my view.

 ~Secondly, When she came to know about her support and popularity never took it to her heads. I liked that one too!

 ~Thirdly,  I liked her Boldness when Mr.Trigger raised his hands.

 ~Fourthly, She gave her utmost importance to her self respect, during the red carpet task.

 ~Fifthly, Its  human tendency to make mistake. The same mistake by Oviya was to mistake Aarav's OVER-FRIENDLY behaviour as love. And this one-sided love made her behave this way with him.
Which I guess, she is out of her mistake by now.

PS:( on my fifth comment) I would have accepted Aarav's argument if it was his own decision. He himself accepted that Gayathri's advice changed him. I seriously hate people being puppet of other's views.

And this one mistake does not over take all the good qualities of her!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Hi Blog! long time.. no see.. Was busy with nothing, Just wanted to say you 'hi' and ask how you being?

Also to share a thought!!

Like everyone else in the world, I missed my child hood days. Days when at least a few around me admired my daydream's'(of-course, not really).
Time when nobody found mistakes in my fantasy world.
To my surprise, I knew, time changes; people grow faster than I thought; but expectations: grew even faster than I expected!

I used to day dream to have highly luxurious house filled ONLY with happiness everywhere(impossible right!! now I know), super dooper car, only friends and lovable ones' existence, blah.. blah.. blah.. (which I  believe most of us does)

And here comes the fate in action.
And I used to share this super fantasy story with a FEW of my kith and kins.
Unknowing of the fact, that my fantasy story would cause some reason for their jealousy, I shared this with my close relative who was supposed to witness this almost 20years back 'onwards'. But that person was not very friendly with me or that person didn't have much time previously to listen to them, but now unfortunately happened to hear them.

Expectations are more like practically achievable wish, and these should not be shared with every one around us (lesson learnt). Our wishes can create jealousy or at least their stomach burn. If they share the same  thing with us it is our boon to listen to them, and if the vice versa happens it would be the world's worst sin that could ever happen.

 Day dream is more self centred, I bet no one day dream for others ;) Only we knows what we expect. Its I.

And if this is the situation of my expectation (day dream), what in the world would happen if this dream come true!

Once again I wish the cause (person behind) of this article would read it!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Nuakhai Milan

Nuakhai is an agricultural festival observed in Odisha, a state from eastern part of India. Nua means new and khai means food. This function is similar to Pongal being celebrated in southern part of India during January.

This year, we got an invite to join the celebration of this function at our apartment complex. The following are the pictures that I took covering the event from preparation till the end.

Slideshow of other pictures

Making of Nuakhai Milan

The Wait

Guest Lectures

Cultural Entertainment

Kid's art exhibit