Monday, December 31, 2012

Journey of a Woman

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A cold jittery winter night in Pahalgam, India
Expecting father Mahesh was nervously meandering across the narrow stretch outside the Maternity ward. More than anything else he was worried whether it would be a boy or a girl.
Meanwhile her Wife Nandini though much in pain was hoping against hope that she be warded with a boy, knowing the fact that she is carrying a girl. She once felt of committing honour killing as she never wanted a girl as girl would mean all the suffering and probably much more than what she has to suffer. But weary of the laws of foeticide she decided against it.  Soon the news of the arrival of baby girl made her senseless and an eerie spread all over Mahesh’s face when he heard about it.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

A moment to Cherish: Liebster Award

What does liebster mean?
 Going by the denotation of its German roots it means Beloved, Boyfriend, Sweetheart & Dearest.

 What is Liebster blog award?
 In the context of blog writing, it means giving the honor to the most preferred or best loved blog/bloggers.

  Why is Liebster award given?
Liebster Blog Award is an Award that is given by the blogging community to new upcoming and deserving bloggers, (As per the rules set up by the blogging community at large, This award is given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers) in acknowledgement of the good articles and posts they have written. In presenting a fellow blogger with the reward, the nominee is encouraging him/her to continue creating interesting and inspiring posts… And therefore it is also a motivational Award.

A brief:
Where do I start?
Well…I have never, even in my dreams ever wrote a word to get awards of any sorts...this is not why I write for; I write to reach the hearts of the readers through my voice i.e. my writing and I believe if I can touch even a single heart and change their life as such evade them from suffering my work is done.
Getting appreciated and Nominated up for an award is only a glimpse of reaching out to people and I hope one day my dreams would come true.

At this vague end of the year…I was pleasantly surprised by Thewhitescape who nominated me for Liebster award. It’s time I should express my heartiest gratitude to thewhitescape, author of ‘One head many hats…One life many stories’ at . Continuing with the thanksgiving to thewhitescape, wish you this coming year bestows you with profound heights to both you and your writing.

There are few rules for receiving and passing on this nomination further:
  1. Kindly thank the person who nominated you and acknowledge him/her by mentioning their blog link for the same.
  2. Each person must post 11 things about themselves
  3. Answer the Questions that the nominator sets for you + create 11 Questions for the people you have nominated
  4. Choose 11 deserving bloggers and link them in your post
  5. Go to their blog and inform them about this by commenting on one of their posts.
  6. Don’t tag back the person who mentioned you

11 things about me :

1. I changed my name to Anjan (from Mithun in class 9 via court affidavit) after my Mother’s Name Anjali.
2) Born as genuine Left hander but trying my best to become an ambidextrous
3) Fond of cricket but off late I try to keep myself off from it.
4) One of my dreams is to Join Indian Army and serve the nation
5) I believe in dreams and love to live in those dreams
6) I am strong and healthy but deep down I am very emotional person.
7) I believe in simple living and high thinking.
8) I am shy when you meet at front but once you become acquainted I am as friendly as anybody can be.
9) I prefer lighter semblance preferably white though black is one of my favorite too.
10) Apart from blogs I write my own quotes and try to abide by it.
11) last but not the least…I am a firm believer of GOD.

The answers to my questionnaire:

1. The last book you read?  Love Hurts, Love Heals
2. The last book you LOVED?  A Bengali Novel ‘Chander Pahar’ by bibhuti bhusan bandyopadhyay  (I read it after I heard it in FM radio)
3. Do you have any pets? No
4. Did you grow up in a small town or a big city? Small Town
5. Do you have any hobbies other than reading? Yes writing
6. Book buyer? Library patron? Combination?  To be exact I am none of the three
7. Movie you could watch over and over? If Only
8. If you could travel anywhere where would you go? New Zealand
9. Do you know more than 1 language? yes
10. Favorite television show? I love to watch extra innings before any cricket match
11. Your favorite blog? Memoirs of me at

I believe words are the soul of a person and a mirror to look forward to…and in spite of not knowing any of these people personally I am moved by their writing… here’s my list of those whom I think deserve to be nominated for this award.

The Nominees

  1   The Original Poetry-
  2    panchalibolchi -
  3    Riot of Random -
  4    Woman'n'Beyond -
  5    Memoirs of me-
  6   Life is short and Time is swift -
  7   The Little Princess -
  8 -
  9   Apparition of M.I.N.E. -
 10  Ghazala Hossain -
 11  another part of me -

Note:- I don’t know how you rate about being nominated but according to me you all deserve this…
wish I could name another few dozen bloggers here… it was tough for me to choose the best 11 (of my liking) as there are number of other bloggers whose post I cherish to read.

My questionnaire to all those whom i nominated:

1) One thing about your personality that you hate the most?
2) If given a chance to go back into your past…Name one thing you would change in your life

3) If you were given just a day to live what’s the first thing you will do?

4) What do you prefer the most Love or Friendship… please cite the reason?

5) Name one characteristics of a person which will enable you to judge him/her (in terms of good or bad)?

6) What’s the one thing that makes you smile?

7) If you were born again what would you want to be?

8) Will you want to spend all your life with someone who likes to be with you but doesn’t love you or someone who loves you but for some reasons ignores you?

9) Most dreaded dream that you don’t want to come true?

10) What Life means to you in not more than 5 words.

11) Name the most inspiring blog that you came across of late.

Finally it’s time to celebrate…

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Book Review: Love Hurts, Love Heals.

Book:- Love Hurts, Love Heals

Author:- Sundeep Tibrewal

ISBN:- 978-93-81791-14-1


Price:-195/- (I got this book directly from the Author for review)



As the name suggests it would be an intriguing story of bruises and cures over love…but before you jump up to conclusion I must say this one is different. The best thing a book can offer to you is its reality and it’s attachment to a person. That’s the prime reason why people love a story because they can closely relate a person with their life if not the entire story. The charisma of real life incidents and how one copes up with it along with the methodologies to grapple any difficult situation in life, is a real inspiration…and that’s the reason why I won’t rate it among any love stories in fact it would be wrong if I consider it to be a love story this is an inspirational composition. And that’s why I agree with the Writer Sundeep Tibrewal - “The ‘Love Hurts’ portion of the title is actually a misnomer. In fact, love never hurts. It is the absence of love which hurts-love only heals!”   As the feeling of love that exists within our heart even if that person doesn’t exist help us to overcome the obstacles from our life…!!!

About The Author:
Sundeep Tibrewal is an Author and digital marketing professional. He completed his MBA from Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering from Arizona State University (ASU), USA. Currently, Sundeep is the Director of NeoBVM. He was the Chief Product Manager at 9.9 Media, managing their digital ventures, before NeoBVM. He has also conducted “Positive Thinking” workshops for school students in Kolkata. Pay it forward is one of his favourite movies. You can get more details about Love Hurts, Love Heals here.

Love Hurts, Love heals is a real life story of Sundeep (Sundeep Tibrewal) and Neha (Neha Tibrewal).
It’s a short autobiography of Sundeep’s life starting from a remote location in Howrah, West Bengal where he was born. The story endows from building up a phase after he resigned from his job in USA after 2 and half years with a brief preview of his school and higher studies in engineering life along with a short venture of Joint family where he was born and brought upon.

The main Plot of the story revolves on how Sundeep fell in love with Neha in an Arranged marriage, real not reel life romance that lead up to their marriage. Their Honeymoon in Australia and New Zealand blossomed in love. Story gradually moves towards Sundeep’s Career Ambitions of ISB and Neha’s Graduation where their love prospered, Sundeep and Neha’s temporary settlement to Gurgaon after Sundeep’s MBA fostering a desired job in Gurgaon then Neha moving Back to Kolkata during her pregnancy. Sundeep’s continuous frequent from Gurgaon and Kolkata during Neha’s pregnancy, the arrival of their princess Jiya along with their occasional tour and trips to Goa, Singapore and Kathmandu…everything was going on smooth as it was planned along with the marriages and ceremonies  in their families it was then the lightning struck in Sundeep’s life…which changed everything.

Sundeep was left with bruises which didn’t seem to be relieving. It was then what inspires one to read this book and get an inspiration in their life to face the utmost difficulties with relative ease…and as anybody would guess this was the part which I liked the most. It goes on to encompass real gem of ideals to motivate one through various methodologies, to suffice life’s answers on love and healing in its absence. I have deliberately kept the suspense by not revealing what actually happened to Sundeep and how he got the inspiration to move on by provoking the readers to read and analyze themselves.

This book is a boon to read and believe me by the time you finish this book; you will get few measures if not the solution to deal with whatever problems you have in your life. The story ends with a letter from Sundeep to her princess daughter Jiya and about the contents of the letter I can guarantee to all people out there in schools, colleges teens or even grownups you would find it suitably apt in your life…this book is for all age group people and therefore I declare it’s a book to ponder.
It’s a master stroke for all those who are in some problems or the other and if it’s love go and grasp it as soon as possible.
Starting With happy and flamboyant spirits I virtually completed it with tears in my eyes with lot many lessons.

Life’s Adjudication of this book: A book to know what to do when things are not going your way…!!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Porch Lights in our lives

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 Each evening as the city settles down for the night, they come alive like little fireflies. We pass them, when, every time we take a bend down the street, we see the rows of houses on each side, their portals bathed in a warm glow. The ubiquitous porch lights. I wonder sometimes, have we ever thought that how much they are a part of our lives, an important one?
Night after night, they shine, bathing our porches with a pool of warm light, somewhere waiting with the rest of the family for the tired and weary master of the house, somewhere, deep into the night, it waits with the anxious mother peering through her upstairs window for her errant son, and sometimes they add a magic glow around the couple saying goodbye, hurriedly on the steps, away from the eyes of the disapproving father! Their shaded light throws up eerie shadows around the garden, weaving a magical story for the little child sitting on the windowsill, in his own fairyland of giants and green elves and fairies dancing in the moonlight!! They are there, shining each night, catching the twinkle in the eyes of the new bride who with her diamond nosepin glittering by the light, flushed and rosy, steps into her new household. And sometimes you find them showing the way, as the bier is brought out with the matriarch of the family on her last journey. That night too it catches the light again, no not of her eyes, nor of the diamond nosepin, but on the tears of her loved ones.
You find them around the gates of the numerous apartment houses, the light white and cold and aloof, reflecting the sentiments of the residents of the place, where neighbours don't even know their first names! Amidst them you may also find a old crumbling building, majestic still, which has somehow escaped the clutches of the builders, and there you will find the antique lead glass shade, through it's clusters of prisms the light throwing it's myriad hues, reminiscent of the aristocracy still. They are there every night, everywhere around this world, making us feel welcomed in their own unassuming silent way. What touches me is the way they are there, uncomplaining, never demanding nor expecting anything from this world, reminding me of people I know who gives unselfishly but never asks, not even for a smile. It's only for us to perceive, if only   we knew how. 
 The other night as I waited for my daughter to return, by the window, the little pool of light on the steps gave me a reassuring feeling. Did I ever notice it before?           

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Friday, December 14, 2012

A Revelation

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Introducing a Mother:
Have you ever thought about the pain a mother goes through for her child?
Right from the time a new born is still developing it’s sheen in a mother’s womb till the date when she finally goes off to heaven a mother is someone who always, invariably of her own state tries her best she can for her child.

It’s very difficult for you to lift and hold a weight of 100 grams for few hours but a mother does it not for hours or days or months, she does it for years. Starting from the time a new born is still in her womb, to the moment when her child takes baby steps for the first time till he becomes grown enough to live on its own a mother is striving everything for her son’s/daughter’s well-being in spite of bearing all the pain.
 Talking about physical pain do you know:  A Human body can bear only up to 45 Del (units) of pain. Yet at time of giving birth, a mother feels up to 57 Del (units) of pain. This is similar to 20 bones getting fractured at the same time.  It’s said you can bear physical pain…but this pain is unbearable even for the strongest of men.

Abiding the physical pain for the time being… can you estimate the attachment of a child to her mother?  An infant stops crying just at the glimpse of her mother. A mother remains awaken the entire night just to see her child sleep peacefully.  She would not eat until her child has his/her stomach full. A small injury to a child is clearly visible on the concerned face of mother. She would risk the entire world for the safety and prosperity of her child. The emotional bond of a mother with her child is the strongest of all relations.  When you have become an adult a mother is someone who has umpteen difficulty of eating her own food but would be seen with a glass of water caressing her son’s back on hearing him cough just once. A mother affectionate care can be very well understood from the story below:

Son: Mother, I feel ashamed while introducing you with my friends.
Mother:  Why so, son?
Son: You don’t have an eye and I feel awkward to let my friends know about it.
Mother: It’s all right son. I don’t need to meet your friends.

Every now and then Son would curse her mother for being handicapped. He would ask her what had happened to her. But she would never reply.

One day Mother finally met god after prolonged illness and she left a note for his son

I know i have never been an ideal mother for you because of my disability. You often ask me how I lost my eye.  I think it’s time I should tell you because if I don’t say it now I would never be able to speak again… son when you were very young you lost one eye while playing with a dagger. I cursed myself for not being able to protect you from losing your eye, consequently I gave my eye to you so that you can see and you won’t have to live with this disability all your life.

After reading it…son was floored with tears and now he could realize what a mother meant. Sadly it’s was too late for him as his mother was no more with him.

Introducing a Father:
First time he took his son into his arms and started crying. Tears are not for men but can you tell me how a man feels while holding his baby in his arms for the first time?  
A father is known as the first love for a daughter and knight for his son. Do you know the reason for this? He is the only person in this world who would hold their palms without any self motive. The only motive he has is the well being for his kid.
A father is someone who will forgo all for his child, a person who is strong, protective and caring. He would be a guide, a leader, a motivator, and a friend whatever you need he is the one for you. 
From a lamb in mother’s arm when you couldn’t eat of your own he was the one who would make you consume your supper with his hands. To a school going chap in shorts who came home crying with a bruised knee he is the one who would articulate you to be strong by applying Dettol at the affected area.  Finally an educated young man in his office inquiring about the incentives from an insurance scheme, a father is the one who will always speak of the most feasible option without giving any minuscule thought about his personal gain. He is the same all the years… he doesn’t change with your financial ability or your maturity. He would always be the one who adores you, cares for you and when everyone turns their backs on you, you will see a father standing beside you…The story below will make you realize the Worth of a father

Son: Dad, My business has blown away and now am in debt and everybody is refusing to give me a single penny. Please tell me dad what shall I do? Where I can get money?
Father:  Son, you Father is still alive don’t worry about the money.

After few Months…Son’s business overcame its losses and was running into profit, all because of the money his father paid for his debt.
Suddenly one day his Father died from a heart attack.
When son met the doctor he came to know that the doctor had warned his father a long time back of his Artery blockages …Son also came to know that his father had agreed for Bypass surgery and had also arranged the money for it but because of some unavoidable circumstances of his business…his father came up to the Doctor one fine morning and told him…”I have become old and one day or the other I have to leave this place but I cannot see my son losing till I am alive. So I have decided to give Money to my son and not for my operation.”

On hearing this Son was rueful…as the only thing that was left with him was the words his father would often speak to him: “One can always acquire the lost money but a life once lost can never be Acquired

My intentions were not to let the readers know what a mother or a father mean but to cite an eye opening example of the fate our parents have to strain in their old age.
You know the most you can give to  any person is your time and parents are the one who gave their entirety be it their time, money or whatever they had possessed just for your well being …don’t you think you have some responsibilities towards your parents?
Don’t you think they need your respect, time and care if not, anything more during their old age?

Parents who staked their all just for you as you were their only heart and soul and today they have to strain for a painful death just because you don’t have time for them.
Few weeks back I read number of Old age Homes have doubled in the past 3 years …I was so much distressed on reading it that I couldn’t sleep the entire night thinking is this our modern society teaching us? Is this what our parents dream to spend the last few years of their lives? Is the concept of nuclear family means closing the doors for your parents as such either they die on streets or spend in Old age homes?  Is it the reward you give to your parents for realizing your goal to become a respectable person in the society by sending them to old age homes?

I cannot express my agony in words as I am pained to see the plight of our elderly parents.
Parents are most precious of any belonging that belong to us. It’s high time for us to open our eyes and realize the lifelong debt that the parents have on us and feel for their Loss they have been enduring just to make us win. You can never clear off the debts parents have on you even if you spend rest of your life in proposition to what they have done for you. Only thing you can do is to score some plus points for yourself by taking care of them by giving them the adequate Time, Care and respect or else
 Remember one day you will also get old and it will be you on the receiving end…!!!

Parents are the most Precious belonging that we have along with us and we must realize it in time or else we would lose our life in a dilemma of what we have gained and lost in a life worth mentioning…!!!

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