शहर

Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar

मैं उस शहर
में बसती हूं
जिसका कोई
ठिकाना नहीं

उसके घरों में
रोशनी है
और उस रोशनी से
मेरा कोई याराना नहीं

लोगो का क़ाफ़िला
है मेरे संग
लेकिन मैं मेरे संग नहीं

मैं उस शहर
में बसती हूं
जिसका कोई
ठिकाना नहीं।


This picture was taken by me, from Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. Throughout my life I have been to various places. My parents had a transferrable job.

After my marriage, me and my husband moved to different places too.

Doha, Qatar was one such place, where we stayed for few years. It was one of the most memorable experience. Its a beautiful city. Do visit, whenever you have a chance.

Always, keep some wanderlust alive in your heart!

Cheers!

Scrumptious Sundays!

Mutton pulao, salad, boondi raita!

Being a foodie, cooking and trying out different recipes, excite me! Sundays have a special place in my heart, as we all are chilled out and enjoy as a family. In the above image, is mutton pulao, onion and tomato salad accompanied with boondi raita (which is my favourite). Do let me know, if you want me to post recipes as well. Will be more than happy to share!

While I enjoy my lipsmacking food with my beautiful family, I hope you all are having a great Sunday too! Keep smiling! Have fun.

Cheers!

One day

Image from unsplash by Aaram Ore



I have been waiting
for my eyes to water,

for
I want to keep staring as long as I can,

its so serene to look at you
my darling river,

maybe I cannot move and touch you,
but with my love
your heart will gush in waves,

and that’s how we will meet,
one day,
a river with a mountain.

Guest Post: Rupa Jambholkar

Today I am featuring Indian blogger, Rupa. I am presenting a post from her own blog, a touching poem about her love for her husband. Here is her own short bio. “I am an engineer by degree. A home maker by choice and an artist by soul. I live in Mumbai, India with my husband […]

Guest Post: Rupa Jambholkar

Thank you so much Pete, for this opportunity to be a guest on your blog. Please do read beautiful stories on http://www.beetleypete.com

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You and the night sky!

Image from weheartit. Credits to the respective owner.



I took the night sky, 
in the cusp of my palms, 

and
filled the hollows
in my soul,

so,

when you reach for me,

it will be the stars,
you will
always behold!
_____________________________________________



Thank you for visiting. I hope you liked this poem.

Love,
Rupa

The 5 top learnings,after I watched Indian Matchmaking on Netflix

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”– Lao Tzu

We all need to be loved, and love someone. It can be a partner, family, our career or our own selves. I watched this show Indian Matchmaking and wanted to share a few learnings and intricacies of human nature. 

So, for people who hasn’t watched it, Indian matchmaking is a web series on Netflix showing how arranged marriages are “arranged” in Indian culture. It also throws some light on some deep rooted values, relationships and culture in India. 

Image from internet

If we go, not long back, the equation between a girl’s family and a boy’s family was quite different. Majorly the boy’s family would be looking out for a homely girl, definitely had an upper hand in setting the rules. And the girl’s family would usually oblige. 

This concept was widely accepted in many Indian households. But as time passed, waves of change can be seen.

In recent times,  the girls are usually brought up, to have a mind of their own. They are more capable of earning their own living, without any obligation to answer the society at large. 

The most interesting aspects are the changes in the boy’s mindset. What I saw in the series was  boys are now looking for a strong woman, with independent mindset. They no longer want their wife or partner to be dependent on them and want them to grow in their careers. 

Surely, this is just a beginning. There are undoubtedly, many decades to go, before we can see some real change in perspective of the society (including women)  towards women. 

Well, now keeping the gender disparity aside, the five basic elements of human emotions that I observed, transcending countries and cultures were-

1: Everyone is seeking out for a good person.

This is the basic requirement, kind of non negotiable. A person should be good. It sounds so simple yet is an important element in a healthy relationship.Yes I mean what’s the use, if you have good looks, money, power but you have an abysmal heart, or a cunning and shifty personality.

There is nothing bad in being good. Kindness is truly beautiful. 

2. Nobody wants to be lonely or end up lonely. 

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.” George Sand

The characters in the series, tried all sorts of platform to get a partner. Like Aparna from Houston, who tried everything and hence ended up seeing Seema Taparia- the match maker, to seek a perfect life partner. 

Aparna is a good looking, successful lawyer but a lonely one.Good looks, career, money are all parts of life but not your complete life. Sharing it with someone makes, it all worth it. And she knows it. 

Aparna, image from internet

Relationships makes one open to accept life as it is and makes one go beyond own needs. Having a partner to share your life is one of the most, fulfilling experience. 

One has to be more open and flexible towards life and what it brings to you. Just like Aparna, initially she was quite rigid in her perspective but once she opened doors, the possibilities of good life partners, expanded.

Not necessarily ticking all the marks in the checklist but still making her happy and grounded. 

3. No matter your past, you can always be a happy and a nice soul. 

“Sometimes you get so high on life only because you truly know what it’s like to live from the bottom of the barrel.” Curtis Tyrone Jones

This guy called Vyasar  was so inspiring as he had a rough childhood and growing up years. But the kind of  person he turned out to be was incredible. He was so good hearted, kind, humorous and a positive person. 

Vyasar, image courtesy internet.

That was a good learning for me as well. There are many negative life experiences in everyone’s life but how we deal with it and come out of it, is what matters the most. 

So, whoever you are, wherever you are, try to stick to one positive experience no matter how big or small, and shape yourself on basis of that. You always have an option to be grateful, kind,peaceful and happy! 

4. Always have a mind of your own and don’t be afraid to try again.

This trait was seen in Akshay. Yes, Akshay! That mama’s boy who would do anything his mom would ask him to do. 

He listened to his parents but not instantly, he had a certain expectations from his life partner, and he did not accept anything other than that. 

Always have a mind of your own. Listen to everyone but do what you actually feel is right and best for you. Cause finally it is your life and you have to live with the results of the decisions you made.

And don’t be afraid to try again, even though, things didn’t turn out the way you wanted. Keep trying! Give yourself a second chance. Just like Nadia, she had a heart break but still moved on and found Shekhar!

Nadia, image courtesy internet.

5. Last but definitely not the least. Go with the flow. Surrender.  

You really need to surrender and  accept what life has to offer in the moment. 

Like Ankita from Delhi. After having failed relationships, she finally realised, that she is a bussiness woman and she loves it. That’s her calling for now. If someone has to come along, he will. Relationships, though important should not define your life.

Do what you love, and trust that everything will fall in place. Sometimes you have to let go and surrender.

Ankita, image courtesy internet

We often put our happiness in a tiny box. 

“I can be happy only if I had a great body, or if this would change in my partner or if my kids were better in that, or if I just got that promotion.”

Why  are we so closed with our concepts of peace and happiness? 

Why can’t we open ourselves to the possibilities, which not necessarily comes inside our  -happiness box? 

If we try, we might be surprised! And end up feeling “why didn’t I try this before, its making me feel so much better about myself.”

Happiness is like water. Remove all obstacles and it’ll come rushing in. Or it’ll wear away at them slowly and get the last laugh in the end . . . Because ecstasy is our destiny. Curtis Tyrone Jones

All we really need is to break that shell, that box, that mindset, where we shut ourselves. 

Simply grab life with open arms, wherever and whenever you can. Just give life a big hug, no matter how it is. And it will love you back in most unexpected ways you can imagine.

Do share your views! Thank you for reading.

Cheers!

Love needs no fancy flowers!

I pulled out the chair for you,
but forgot
you weren’t there.
I made your favourite chicken curry, spicy and hot, just the way you want.

I envisage, the way you relish it,
licking your fingers,
and asking for more.
You know and I know,
it’s too hot for you but you still love it.
And I wonder why?
I see the way you look at me ,
with your loving eyes.
Even though I look like a pallid soul.
And at that moment , I try to steal my glance away from you, but your eyes stay fixated on me.

And then you hum,
an old romantic song to compliment me,
but I pretend that I don’t blush nowadays
and I somehow manage to smile,
to hide the fact that, I still feel so shy.

I cannot elucidate to myself, how can you see beauty in me, especially now, when I fail to see it anymore.

And how can you, after so many years not be bored, of an insipid me?

Yes I did hear the doorbell, my eyes have lit up, I know it’s you.
And you know that, I was thinking about you, waiting for you, so stop smiling and give me a hug.

The curry is still warm,
so is my heart and so are your arms,
And now I see what I saw, the same love to begin with.