Well, it’s been a while I had some gifts stored safely in my locker, all waiting to be shared with the lovely people around. But firstly, I have a list of wonderful bloggers to thank:
1. Archita: A charming lens-lady, spreading positive vibes around. Her posts will make you look at life differently for sure. Thank you Archita for the two lovely award nominations! Experience her world here.
3. The blog Belsbror (the title was chosen in recognition of the author’s younger sister): An aspiring novelist and a challenging realist, his insights and opinions are a treat to read. Thank you for the shining award nomination. Read his thoughts here.
4. Tazein Mirza Saad: An inspiring lady with some beautiful thoughts, she has this wonderful ability to reach your heart with her spiritual posts. Thank you so much for the three awesome award nominations! Visit her blog here.
Awesome Blog Content (ABC) Award
Inner Peace Award
Most Influential Blogger Award
Versatile Blogger Award
So, each of these awards has a certain life value attached to them, something we must imbibe and invoke within us. And these gifts are a constant reminder that we must remain Versatile in our thoughts, light up the dark corners of our mind with Sunshine, never forget to respect our Inner Peace, bring changes in other’s lives by being positively Influential, and make this pale blue planet of ours an Awesome place to live in. Cheers!
The ABC Award requires me to write a word or a phrase about myself for each of the English alphabets, so here it is:
A: Abacus. (I’ve always been intrigued by the simplicity of this ancient counting frame.)
B: Butter. (As smooth and yummy as a baby’s kiss!)
C: Cycling. (My favourite pastime; you can be your own navigator, explorer and pathfinder.)
D: Dogs. (Man’s best friend. Never had one of my own, but will some day. Already bitten twice – once while chasing a tennis ball when I was a kid, and then again in a dark alley. Bhow wow!)
E: Envelope. (I’m still confused whether to pronounce it as “envelope” or as “onvelope” – Recently I had gone to a stationery shop to buy one, and I casually asked, “Do you have an ‘onvelope’? I need one.” The shopkeeper gave me the scariest Star-Wars-alien-stare before handing over the ‘onvelope’.)
F: Flatterers. (Please stay away. “Or else I’ll find you and EAT (err, BEAT) you.”)
G: Gift. (Haven’t got many ‘material’ gifts in life; ‘life’ itself is a gift, I believe. But recently I got a vintage stopwatch as a special gift – and I must admit, it’s a priceless one!)
H: Havisham. (I somehow find this word utterly delicious. Is that odd?)
I: Inquisitiveness. (A quality which has made and broken my life, in many ways.)
J: Jack the Ripper. (This character, whether real or fictional, is one person I always wanted to interview.)
K: Kheer (Payesh). (My favourite sweet dish!)
L: Leonardo da Vinci. (I’ve always maintained I was born in the wrong century; and if there’s one man who I dream to be, it’s da Vinci – a man of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”.)
M: Marbles. (I had this funny childhood fascination for collecting those round-shaped glass marbles.)
N: Namaste. (A slight bow made with hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointed upwards – it’s that simple to show your reverence and adoration for another human.)
O: Oasis. (Never been to a desert, but really want to spend a night in an oasis and a mandolin to keep company.)
P: Poetry. (I’m no poet. I don’t hold a degree in literature. I have no awards/certificates/publications for writing yet. I just feel poetry as lifeblood and pen them down in my own way.)
Q: Queues. (Those long queues of uniformed kids – some naughty, some docile; some short, some tall; some neat, some clumsy – but all ‘equal’. I miss school days!)
R: Ray. (You are not a true Bengali if you haven’t watched at least one film by Satyajit Ray. Stop.)
S: Siliguri. (No matter wherever you are, your hometown and birthplace has that special feel about it!)
T: Tagore’s songs. (There’s nothing more nostalgic, soothing and romantic than a song by Rabindranath Tagore.)
U: Umbrella. (Umbrellas are a necessity during torrential rains; but I believe in not using one whenever there’s a slight drizzle – it’s a chance to be free and feel united with nature. That’s a must.)
V: Volcano surfing. (Riders hike up the volcano and slide down, sitting or standing – I have to try this extreme sport one day! P.S: I’m not crazy, my mother had me tested.)
W: Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. (Thank god it’s not real!)
X: Xerxes. (Xerxes the Great, King of Kings of Persia – never forgot this historical name, probably because ‘x’ is such a shy letter, there are hardly names starting with it!)
Y: Yogibogeybox. (Found this word few days back, while doing some vocabulary scavenging. So, ‘yogi+bogey+box’ means the apparatus of a spiritualist. Where can I get one?)
Z: Zimmer. (Need an adrenaline rush or wish to have a tête-à-tête with yourself? Tune into any track by Hans Zimmer. My favourite: “Time” from Inception.)
(you are free to choose all, any or none of the awards)
1. Silent Fingers
3. Unbound Boxes Limping Gods
4. Busy Mind Thinking
5. Wake Green
6. Talking Experience
7. Renxkyoko’s space
8. Light Touch
9. Deb Adams
10. Kaligrafi Nusantara
11. Manu Kurup
12. Betwixt and Between
14. Michael Monday
17. Everything Aussie
18. Jill London
19. Wing of Dreams
20. An Cailín Álainn
21. Juned11blog – Restless Heart Syndrome
22. Shivani Panchmatia
23. Cynthia Jackson
24. A word or two…
25. Kerstin Centervall
26. Hira Nazir
27. Ann Marie Zagorianos
28. Memoirs of a Dragon
29. Randomly Abstract
30. Joyful Cacophony
31. Writing is the Supreme Solace
32. Two Rights Attempting to Make a Left
33. The Hijabi Musings
34. Thinking of You
35. Who Could Know Then
36. To See the World in a Grain of Sand
I believe, more than the nominations, it’s the feeling of connectivity with a community of great bloggers that matters at the end of the day. So, there are no rules, no limitations. Congratulations to all! Spread joy, stay connected and keep smiling! One Peace, One Love, One World.
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