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So Many Wonderful Tomorrows

By November 7, 2017 Memes, Travel, Uncategorized, Writing

Once upon a time

your tiny kicks,

like bubbling whispers

inside,

danced upon my heart.

Soon no longer a dream,

your first breath

on my cheek

made me blissful

indeed.

Today, your giggles, your grins

cue answering

sparkly shimmery

smiles.

Tomorrow’s beauty is next.

There is so much a little girl can do – waiting to see what the tomorrows bring!! For dVersePoet’s Quadrille #44, where the word to be used this week is ‘kick’.

I can read this too - says my little girl

My little girl at age 2 1/2 letting us know she can read the map at Great America park:)

 

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The Why Post

By October 28, 2017 Art, Everything Else, Food, Learning, Memes, Reviews, Travel, Writing

My previous(still actively current as well) blog

I started blogging years ago actually and as part of setting up this new blog earlier this month, I even imported content from there (excluding a couple more recent posts).. So you might be asking, why a why I am blogging post? This is more of a reinventing myself as a blogger post – of moving from a free blog to my own space on the world wide web. If then, why import all content from my previous blog? Because that is a part of me as well, and as part of reinventing, I also plan to refresh and redo some of my posts from earlier.

Writing Fuels me

Writing has been a treasured part of my life forever now (well, since I learned to write anyways, and before that, I made up stories to tell my little brother), and blogging is an extension of that.  As a child, I wrote poems, stories, and participated in writing challenges whenever I could. Everything I wrote, no matter what it was, gave me a sense of accomplishment that it energized me, made me happier, made me ‘me’, and that eventually led to a better me, which meant I was able to also help others (tutoring classmates the previous night before finals and all through the year was one of my first such experiences; mom would worry that I would not be able to focus on what I needed to study for, but teaching and sharing my knowledge made me better at it so it was all gooood!) (By the way, I also experience this same energy-up when I work on art or end up taking a really good photograph or somehow manage to have cooked up something yummy that is also healthy)

What was I blogging about?

My initial blog started out as my spot for my R&R – this could easily mean the traditional ‘rest and recreation’ or my little twist on the traditional ‘Recreation and Relaxation’ or my very own ‘Raving and Ranting’.  In the beginning (and even today), I read many blogs about blogging – and many of them had a central message – “pick a niche”. That led me to thinking – what is my specialty? I realized I am more of a Jack of Many Trades (with some level of mastery in a few) and it would be me being me, if I wrote about all of those passions and interests I have. So I have been writing about reading, travel, participating in memes, sharing recipes, tips, my poetry, and photographs, life’s magical moments, parenting and its many facets, reviews of books and products, and more.

And now 

All those varied things that I (plan to) write about inspired me to add the tagline for my blog – this is not a niche-less blog, but a blog(ful) of niches!!  I am still working on the theme, the logo, updating my older posts so they fall in place with my categories, and some more branding to make it more like home, a cozy place for readers to drop by and explore.

Today, I hope to keep doing all that and also include more posts where I can let my readers relax a bit, learn some more, and leave with a smile on their faces, facts in their brains, a spring in their step, and a desire to return (of course)!!…

So here is my question to my readers (old and new) –

what energized you today? Or made you smile? Do let me know in the comments!!

 

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D is for Delhi, and for Dharwad Peda

By April 6, 2017 Food, Travel, Writing

Delhi is what I put in every form where it asks me ‘Place/City of Birth’. And that seems to be enough to make me feel a special connection to this city which I have visited not more than five times in my life (I think, and this includes my entry into the world!) but each visit was a treasure chest of memories its own. One of them is recorded here.
My last visit to the capital city of India was last summer with my DH and my little (well, not so little anymore at 14 and 11 years) ones. (Check – – Favorite Childhood Memories, be it games or books or food or movies or just random somethings – with one additional twist – these are memories I would like to build in the future as well – with my kids, if possible).

Here are some glimpses of Delhi from the eyes of my camera…

#Delhi

Dharwad Peda: This simple looking, often overlooked in the sweet shop (except by die-hard fans like me) dessert is simply put, delicious. While other people might go for the fancier looking sweets shaped like flowers or fruits or all colorful, or rich milk sweets like rasmalai or the cham-cham, or the nuts based barfis, my eyes (and taste-buds) always lead me to this sweet – the Dharwad Peda. Named for where it hails from, the town of Dharwad in north Karnataka, this simple sweet has an interesting history that goes back two centuries. Baba Singh Thakur of Unnao in the northern India state of Uttar Pradesh fled to Dharwad when plague struck Unnao in the 19th century. He started making the pedas and his grandson popularized it – today Thakur Peda or ‘Line Bazaar peda’ or Dharwad peda is known all around the state and elsewhere and always leaves your sweet tooth satisfied. The recipe is zealously guarded but there are faithful copycat versions and recipes and someday, I will eat it whenever I want – homemade! One recipe can be found at easybitesonline should the reader want to attempt it.
And yes, now I share the love for this peda with my little ones too – it is the family favorite!

#Dharwad Peda
Attribution: Wikipedia

Q to the reader: What is your favorite dessert? Have you tried the Dharwad Peda?

Signing off on the letter D as I continue on the #AtoZChallenge and #UltimateBloggingChallenge  
while listening to this familiar tune from childhood

 

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