Day-10, Lockdown

‘Very few of us are what we seem.’

Agatha Christie

Most of you must have heard of Agatha Christie, the famous author. Her books seem to captivate the reader, we feel as if the scene described by her is actually taking place. Such a wonderful writer, the genre of the books she writes is mostly murder-mystery. I like reading such stories, and in my opinion her writing style is marvellous. Truth be told, the reader doesn’t have a clue who the killer is till we reach the end of the book.

The past couple of days, I started to take an interest in her books again. I was so engrossed in the plot, that I flipped through the pages with great enthusiasm. In fact, I was so enthralled and eager to know what will happen next, that I finished two of her books in two days!

I don’t know why, but when the murderer was revealed I felt a rush inside of me. This wasn’t a usual rush of happiness, but I was actually sad because the book had ended. Seeing that I have no important work to do anyways and practically nowhere to go. I decided to start another one of her books.

Agatha Christie was a wonderful writer, she always has the reader on the edge of their seats. She encourages the readers to use their imagination, and put their detective skills to work, how you may ask? Well, as we read more of the story, the characters reveal and uncover more clues, some creative readers try to put two and two together to see if they themselves can guess who the murderer is. So, to confirm our suspicions, we are vaguely encouraged by the author to read more.

Of course ( and I speak with experience), when the culprit is found in the end, he or she is a person most readers may not have expected to be at all. And this bewildering fact, makes some of us slightly grin. Because, when the person who uncovered the killer, explains how his or her suspicions were confirmed, we retrace our own steps and some like me laugh at our own selves, about how we were so wrong.

Today, Agatha Christie has been on my mind and I thought it would be fair to write about her stories and novels. I recommend her books, as they are good for passing time and keeping you on your feet.

By the way, the two books I have read are, The Body In the Library & Sparkling Cyanide. Tomorrow I  am going to read, ‘And then There Were None

Like most people stuck at home, when you are free, read these books, as they are for all ages and are worth reading…

Day-9, Lockdown

‘Happy April fools!’

That is today’s quote. I haven’t fooled anyone today, mostly because I am not very good at it, and because I haven’t met any of my friends face to face. Usually, every year on April 1, I go to school and in the evening I go down to play. And my friends and I always have a blast, this day gives us a reason to prank each other, and if the person being pranked gets angry, well we have a good excuse. This day gives us a reason to laugh and make fools of ourselves. Though we do it every day, today me and my friends have got a reason for our playful behaviour.

Today was different though, we were all sitting inside in our homes. All of us had wonderful ideas but, we could not use them. Some of us pranked through calls, but it wasn’t the same as when we meet and talk face to face. Though the results of failed pranking were somewhat hilarious I did feel a little sad on not being able to meet any of my friends.

Honestly, I never really thought I’d be saying this, but I miss my friends. All of them, even the ones that irritated me.

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I have many types of friends, the ones who are close to me, the ones who just love joking around, and even those who just hang around me to find mistakes in me. I have some friends who I don’t like being around, mostly because they are always comparing, they always find faults, they have to show off their possessions, these ‘friends’ bring out the worst in me. I believe such friends are called toxic friends. The word describes the friendship, this word defines the friendship.

I am weak towards those who can easily manipulate, I feel I don’t understand human nature at times. These friends are difficult to handle, hard to leave and tiring to be with. The only solution is to speak your mind, but I feel I have no right to advise the reader how to leave such ‘friends’ that would make me a hypocrite, because I too have not taken action.

This is ironic, I started the article by talking about the wonderful time I have with my friends, and I ended up talking about my rocky friendship, and I have given you a glimpse of my ‘bad side’, so to say. I talked about hatred, and not having guts. I am sorry to have ended on a dark note, on a day which is meant to be light and cheerful. But, I was just giving you a ride in my train of thoughts. Thank you for understanding dear readers.

Day-8, Lock-down

Writer’s Block— that’s what I’m experiencing today. Looking at my keyboard for long, I came up with following. Love to share with you all.

Keyboard
Lying there on her bed,
her mind is in an idle state.
Suddenly a wonderful idea clicks in her head.
She jumps off,
And takes her keyboard,
She wipes the dust away,
She hadn’t used it in days.
Her fingers twitch with excitement,
In her mind a picture she tries to paint.
As she clicks the keys,
A story is woven,
With letters like fine thread,
It was just like her mother had said,
It was better than just lying in bed.
The wonderful sound the keyboard made,
It was music to her ears,
It wiped away her tears,
When she was sad,
Other times,
It just made her glad,
To have a friend,
That only extraordinary people have had...

Thank you for your wonderful reviews and comments, definitely helping me to become better in what I’m doing. Stay Safe and Take Care

Day-7, Lockdown

‘Change takes place everywhere, but only a few people welcome it.’

Doesn’t this quote make sense to you? You might have noticed in lots of situations that some people do not like change and try to run away from it. I heard somewhere that ‘change is nature.’ And I have to admit that I agree with the person.

I can give you an example from the situation we are all going through, the lockdown. Suddenly, we see all the shops are closed, and the roads are empty. Most of the population is sitting inside their houses. In India, we are experiencing summer, during this time everyone prefers going out and about. Well, that’s not the case this year. I can say with surety that, we all are adjusting and adapting.

A few days ago I was watching videos of me when I was young, there was this video where I was standing in my balcony enjoying the rain. I noticed that at that time, our building was surrounded by greenery and we could very well see the mountains, that were far away. Today, when I look from the same balcony all I see are buildings, tall buildings. I can no more see the lush green trees, or mountains. I feel sorry to say, that I had forgotten that there was so much greenery around me. This is what you can call change, I have lived in this place for several years, and before I knew it, I was missing something I never noticed was there.

Today the world around us is growing, and you must have observed that there is change in every nook and corner. New things happening every other day, and we have no guarantee in life that every comforting thing around us will always remain the same.

People change, they grow, they forget. Think about it, the people you know and love, have they always been the same?

What I think is that, even knowledge changes a person. The more well-read a person becomes, the more knowledge a person gains, and the more wiser the person becomes.

This was what I was thinking about today, that is why I cannot say that today was a nice and calm day, because there was chaos going on inside my head, those lush green trees kept haunting me I kind of wished to see them again, and what would happen to my society after twenty years. We couldn’t see the moon today. But, the night sky was still beautiful and full of wonder, nowadays due to less pollution we can see more stars in the sky.

I would conclude by saying that change is necessary and we should learn to embrace it.

Day-6, Lockdown

Confidence
“Everyone needs it,
Courage feeds it.
If its there in spirit,
A spark is lit,
To help us see through
The dark corners
of the cave,
To bring the rainbow in the rain.”

Today I thought I should write a poem and share my thoughts on it . Today was a special day, though the weather outside was cool and pleasant, and, at night the moon was looking beautiful, it was dark orange in colour with different shades of red. In the evening, I thought of the above poem and wrote it down on a piece of paper, and a thousand thoughts flooded my mind.

It is true that confidence is needed, without confidence a person is nothing but just flesh and bones. Because with confidence arises personality, and with personality a person can be defined. The line, ‘courage feeds it’ also makes sense to me. It means that when a person has to do a difficult task, he needs courage. When he has courage he is confident enough to move ahead. I thought this lone to be obvious, because of you have courage you are sure to havre confidence.

Now, the next line says, ‘if its there in spirit, a spark is lit.’ In this line I tried to make a little joke, you can take this line both literally and figuratively. Because spirit helps to kindle fires, and in figurative terms, the sentence ‘in spirit’ means that even if confidence isn’t really there in you, and you feel helpless. Even if you imagine that you are a fearless person full of confidence,a spark will light inside you which convinces you. And this method is tried and tested!

Let’s move onto the rest of the poem. In this part of he poem I referred the spark of confidence to a torch or mashaal. Because the torch shows us the way in dark caves, in this poem by the dark caves I meant the problems we face in life, hence the cave being dark.

Now, the last line says,’ to bring the rainbow in the rain.’ Every rain looks even more beautiful after the rain, so when we have both confidence and courage we can achieve making such a phenomenon take place which is rare. Also this last line gives us another aim to get out of the cave, so that we can enjoy the rain and make others joyful by giving them the colourful rainbow.

We have reached the end of the article, I really hope that the poem, as well as the interpretation made sense to you all my readers! See you!

Stay Safe and Confident!

Day-5, Lockdown

‘The first rain always showers joy.’

Today was a wonderful day, because today I experienced the first rain of the year. The past few days there was some drizzling, but you can’t actually call that rain. Rain is when the sky is all grey, and the droplets falling are huge and heavy, and when the first droplet hits someone, that person’s face breaks off into a huge smile. Rain is a phenomenon, which makes little kids run out in the open and yell with happiness, which makes them jump in puddles and splash water on each other. All of this is rain.

Today it rained heavily, and I was standing in my gallery feeling the raindrops on my eyelids. I kept cheering for more rain. I could see that all families were out in their balconies, happily reaching their hands out. It put a smile on my face, from the past one hour we were only hearing loud thunders but not a droplet of rain. And now it was raining so heavily, all we could hear was the pitter – patter of droplets .

As soon as the cold droplets hit my face, a shiver went down my spine. My mom and dad told me to come inside, because they were fearful I would catch cold. But I shouted over all the thunders and the cold rushing wind, “I deserve this!” my parents laughed and they too joined me.

After the rain stops, that wonderful petrichor gives me a strange sense of satisfaction. Petrichor is an earthy smell that you can sense after it rains. I feel that if you haven’t fully enjoyed the rain you don’t deserve that wonderful fragrance. This scent is like a reminder, that it rained.

Rain is like my friend, its there to cheer me up even on my saddest days, when its raining outside I feel so beatific and free spirited, I forget about everything. Even when I am shivering, I refuse to go back inside. I stay outside until the rain stops. I know what you think, I am rain crazy and it is true. It’s like puddles call me whenever I am around them, they call me to jump in them. That is why, I am the most active during rainy reason 🙂

Today was a wonderful experience, the cold wind in my face, the rain drops, the wonderful smell. This article has me wanting to go back in time and enjoy that wonderful rain one more time.

the hope is blossoming! I’m fighting!

Day-4, Lock-Down

‘Ecstasy is an emotion which overpowers all the others’

Don’t you think that this quote makes sense? I most definitely do. Think, when you are excited and ecstatic do you feel any sadness or confusion in your mind? Most people will answer with a ‘no’. I just wanted to share this little thought before telling you about my day.

Today was nothing special, but it was full of different emotions. I was sad, happy and at a point I was ecstatic, for numerous reasons. Nowadays, to kill time I have taken up a new hobby .This hobby is cooking, I sometimes help my mother around the kitchen during lunch and dinner.

Cooking is a lengthy process,but when you make something and have your loved ones taste it and then compliment it, that moment is what most people around the world cook for. So many chefs say that they cook to touch other people’s lives with their food, though I am not a professional cook I get how that feels.

The food cooked with love tastes much better than food which is cooked without any emotions. Yes, food can speak to the one who cherishes it and does not just eat to fill his/ her stomach. When I cook something and give it to my parents to taste, their comments on the food are so full of love that I cherish them. It makes me feel that I am doing something good.

This blog has honestly made me feel hungry, yes this is what I do, I think of food all day. But food apart, yesterday night I was reading all the comments and I broke off into a huge smile. I thought I am doing something that is making other people happy, and this made my, well night.

So many people have appreciated my work, and it touched my heart. So many blessings, so much love, and readers have shown their appreciation a lot, so after reading that yesterday night, I was so happy today, all I did was jump around beaming wide.

Thank you for making my day – Keya

Lockdown Day-3 … Lemons

Today was an ordinary day, where I did nothing out of the blue. Nothing extraordinary. But at night I felt frustrated and tired of living like this. It is just so boring, staying in the house all day and going nowhere, though you do nothing active or athletic it drains all your energy. I felt like crying due to the boredom, and I have never ever cried for this reason, because I have never been this bored! But like the saying,

‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade’ that is what I am going to do.

I am not literally going to make a lemonade, I am going to look at the good parts of this situation. It is true, I am struggling to find the better halves of the lockdown. But, that does not mean that I am going to give up on this.

When I finished my book yesterday, I tried to find other such books on different websites. I looked everywhere, but I just couldn’t find a book I wanted to read.

Nothing was catching my eye, no story was interesting me.

So I was again sitting idly, staring at a blank wall. This bored me even more, I wailed desperately “I have nothing to do!”

I read everyday on different websites, as the cases grow day by day. My mother says that I should be thankful for staying inside my home, as there is no way that I can catch the virus. But the news of multiple people getting sick and fighting for their lives did not cheer me up.

Though my mom was right, but I just don’t know what to feel anymore, whether to be happy or sad,or excited or bored. From one perspective I can say that I am safe, I am healthy. This is exactly what one half of my brain tells me. But the other half, counts all the cons of staying at home and this half imagines what I would be doing, if I wasn’t under lockdown. This half makes me feel even more alone than ever, I keep reminding myself that all of this is not about me but this is done for my good. I am not the only one sitting at home, and wishing to go outside and breath the fresh air.

In some ways this outbreak also has its own positive outcomes, the healthy people who are ‘stuck’ at home. Are spending more time with their families than they ever have, because lets face it nowadays everyone is busy with their own work and they don’t have time to be with their loved ones. We will never have these many holidays before. Though, we are spending most of our summer holidays cooped up inside our homes but I like spending more time with my mom and dad.

Playing cards, board games, etc. Believe it or not, this virus is also good for the earth’s environment. Yes, when all of India is under lockdown all of the industries are closed, almost no travelling anywhere. This means no use of cars,buses,airplanes,etc. after 21 days the air would feel so clean and fresh. If you look carefully,you will notice that the trees are looking even more green!

So, I conclude by confessing that this article is a way to convince the other half of my brain to shut up!

Day -2 Lock-down

‘Every day is a new day’

I woke up today to the sweet sound of silence. No construction workers shouting at each other,no irritating drilling machine noises or cars honking,nothing. Just pure silence.

My dad entered the room and drew the curtains,so that  sunlight hit my eyes. I stood up as,my mom too entered the room. She was looking glamorous in a saree, today is Gudi padwa! An exclaiming voice inside my head reminded me. Which means I have to wear traditional clothes,my mom reminds me. My reply to this imperative was a desperate no! I don’t like wearing  lehengas and itchy kurtas and pyjamas, especially not during summers. But of course I had to give into her argument,and wear the clothes she had picked out for me.My mom told me to take a bath and get ready,I did as she said.

After  getting dressed I entered the kitchen,and was immediately greeted to the sweet smell of sewai, a Gudi padwa delicacy cooked by my mother every year. The sweet sewai melted in my mouth. After my delicious breakfast we went to the ghar mandir and prayed for blessings which wouldn’t be so hard to send as we were stuck in our home. 

Lunch was a cheerful affair,as we were wearing bright clothes,and everyone was in a good mood. Due to the lockdown,none of the house help have come. And so all the dishes had been piled up from morning. My mom was feeling sleepy and tired, and who could blame her? After all ,she had cooked the lunch and had been doing almost all the chores from the past few days. My dad and I had helped out a bit,but it just wasn’t enough.

As my mom took her afternoon nap, I decided that since I was sitting idle with nothing to do maybe I should help her around the house a bit. So I started to wash all the dishes,and it turned out not to be so boring and I also got a much needed break from screen time. My mother was astonished to find out that all the dishes were clean and set out to dry. She was also relieved,and she thanked me profusely.

I had once read a story of Oscar Wilde, in which the protagonist tells his friend that any creature with a soul always feels warm inside, after helping others. This little chore I did today did bring me warmth. It reminded me that helping others is not a favour, it is a need. This need brings warmth inside of us, giving us the flame we need to keep going.

I started reading at about seven in the evening, and with no breaks (except a much needed dinner break) I completed the book at about thirty minutes past ten. The book was so intriguing, that I was glued to it .I kept turning page after page,and when the book ended I let out a huge sigh of satisfaction.

The joy of completing a book is so fulfilling, it is one of the best feelings. It gives me a rush. Before even opening the book I always have my doubts, but as I turn each page, I always realise that no book is badly written, but every author has a different writing style, that does not match the reader’s way of thinking.

With theses thoughts I sat down to write today’s blog, hoping to give the same feeling of satisfaction to my readers as I feel when I finish a well written book…

Do read my book review, coming next!

Lockdown day-1

All these days, I have not stepped out of my house, and its so depressing. Though, my parents are doing their best to try and cheer me up, by playing board games and card games, but we cant do that all day. So I have spent a most of my day just browsing through various screens(Ipad, T.V., Phone, etc.).And , I know its unhealthy, but I cant find anything else to do. I don’t want to read any books ,I don’t want to study, all I do is just lie on my bed and idle away my time.

Today was no different, but at around fifteen minutes past eight, I heard my father calling me in the living room, he switched on the telly, and flipped from one channel to another, he finally stopped at a news channel, which was odd, because we don’t usually watch the news. I saw the prime minister on the screen, he was talking about coronavirus (isn’t everyone these days.) He said that the government had decided to declare a lockdown, whole India. This news should not have affected the residents of Maharashtra, as we were already on lockdown, (as we have the second most number of cases) but I was devastated, the lockdown extends up till 14th of April, and there is no guarantee that we will be able to come out of our houses even after that date.

I couldn’t think of being cooped up inside my house for another 21 days, the thought alone was horrifying. My parents told me to get creative, and spend my time on more productive things, I agreed. As I remembered we were all in this together, and I was not the only one in this fight. No, the entire population of India was, and that thought was comforting.

Mothers

When we need help,
She wraps her loving arms around us.
She does all our work without making a fuss.
She is always looking out,
And cannot bear to see us pout.
For her that’s her job,
To take care of us ,
And see to it that we never sob.
When I am in her arms,
I forget all my troubles.
She holds me while I sleep,
So I dream only about hope and colourful bubbles.
She works day and night,
For us she can always stand up and fight.
A mother’s love never ends,
And it multiplies because of the love to others she sends.

By- Keya Waghmare

Someone Great To Talk About: Mae Jemison

“I always knew I would go to space”
– Mae. C Jemison

This is the courage that helped Mae to become the first African American woman in space. She is known all around the world for her great achievement. She is a legendary and brave woman, who fearlessly led her first mission in space aboard the space shuttle named ‘Endeavour’. Her mission was called STS-47. When she was a little child she couldn’t decide which occupation she would like to take up when she would grow up. She studied chemical engineering, and was also a physician and NASA astronaut. She also volunteered as a doctor in Cambodia and Sierra Leone. She spent one hundred and ninety hours, thirty minutes and twenty three seconds in space.
Mae’s inspiration to join NASA was an African American actor (Nichelle Nichols)who played lieutenant Uhura on the famous television series, Star Trek.
Mae could speak many different languages like, Russian, Swahili and Japanese. After she came back from space,she realised that her true passion was helping people, improving health and serving the needy of the people inAfrica. So she quit NASA and founded a company which uses satellites to do just that.
All young girls around the world look up to Mae Jemison as an inspiration and as an idol. Her story tell us that it doesn’t matter what our race, gender, colour or caste is, to achieve our dreams we only need willpower.

Someone Great To Talk About: Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks- Social Activist

Rosa Parks may not be known to everyone. But the people who know her, know the efforts she put in to make the world an equal place to live in where there would be no difference between dark skinned people and fair skinned people, so that everyone would live in a fair and happy place. And the people who don’t know who she is don’t worry, I will tell you why she is a role model for so many girls around the world.

I found Rosa Park’s name mentioned in a book named ‘Bedtime stories For Rebel Girls’. Her story was very inspiring. It highlighted the situation in her life which made her so famous. I am going to narrate for you this incident so that even you get inspired and touched and see how huge the problem of racism is.

It was getting late at night. Rosa had finished her work and was coming home in the local bus. At that time Africa was ruled by the whites or the English people. The dark skinned people were treated harshly. As Rosa climbed inside the bus she noticed that the bus was almost empty, so she sat in the first seat. At the next stop a bus attendant came with some English people, Rosa saw them but she did not pay any attention to them. The bus attendant told her kindly, “Madam, you are sitting on the first seat, the first seat is reserved for the whites.” Rosa calmly looked at the bus attendant straight in the eye and said, “Sir, I refuse to move as I sat here and I have all the rights to continue to sit here.”

Rosa spent that night in jail but overnight she became famous for voicing her rights against the Britishers, while the Britishers were still smarting from this insult.

This is the true spirit of a rebel, to go against injustice and to fight for equal rights.

-Keya Waghmare.

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Courage and fear

pexels-photo-339805.jpegTo stand up and fight

to truly put one’s might,

to do something that’s so hard,

it’s impossible to do even some part.

But, to go back and face cowardice,

to be scared and not face the apprentice,

to be flooded with fear.

But to be strong,

to be a rebel and break laws.

Instead, to be timid

to be scared,

but to never be spared.

Choose your path now,

choose between right and wrong,

choose between courage

choose something that is real.

Criticising

man from earth

The art of rating an experience with perfection.

Today I am going to rate a movie I recently saw, the movie’s name is ‘Man from Earth.’ The plot revolves around a man who has lived for 14,000 years! At first when you hear this you will think that it is just a movie without any sense, but later on the movie will wrap you up with curiosity.

It is a very interesting movie the man tells his friends that his age was 14,000. His friends thought it impossible and thought that their friend had gone crazy. While everyone was aging and started getting wrinkles and became old, this amazing man (John Oldman played by David Lee Smith) never ages at all! His friends start asking him different questions, he starts answering them filing us with more curiosity.

Then his friend Harry (played by John Billingsley) asks his wonderful friend if he knew anything about the period of Jesus Christ, John answers after a lot of hesitation he finally tells his friends that he was Jesus Christ! He tells them how he had never walked on water and that he had healed only a few people. His friends were a bit sentimentally hurt that their friend claims to be the god they were following.

The movie is a beautiful picture full  of laughter, understanding and other complicated emotions.

Review by- Keya

Curiosity

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“Curiouser and curiouser”

Do you remember who said these lines?

Yes! It was no other than Alice from the book ‘Alice in Wonderland‘ by Lewis Caroll. This very line shows us the curiosity filled in little Alice this shows that she wants to know and learn more.

Curiosity is another form of innocence. (it is not always compulsory that innocence is only shown in children) Every time a person is curious he/she is only showing their innocence. My mother says that, there is no harm in being curious. We can call curiosity as the thirst of knowing more. Some people think that trying to chew more than we can bite (In this case for trying to know things that are beyond our ability) is a crime.

Many great people tasted success just because of their curiosity and their quench to fulfill their thirst, like Albert Einstein.

So we should always remember that we can be successful only if we remember that being curious never does any harm.

-by Keya

 

Writing..

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To write feels good,

to write feels independent

it feels like flying away,

you feel to dance and sway.

Sometimes this makes no sense

but, the pages of my imagination

so thick, so dense.

Every little word,

every little letter

helps me to understand myself better.

There are peaks I want to reach,

lives I want to touch.

Your dreams should be such,

that people should expect much.

Writing is my pitch, my tempo… It’s me.

I want people to see,

that my pen is an extension of me.

-By Keya

Happy Women’s day!

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Women play a very important role in our lives. Some women are daughters, some women are wives, while some women are mothers. Without women the circle of life is not complete, women cook, they clean and take care of children that does not make them less important or unimportant, as a matter of fact this makes woman more important than men (sometimes, and sometimes both men and women are equal). Imagine this world without mothers and wives. This world would have no colour and no joy!

Every person has some woman in his or her life, we should cherish each moment with our mothers, wives and daughters because we should understand the importance of women in life.

Equality everywhere is necessary, many women now have become equal or better than men. We can’t say anymore that woman can’t go to office to work, because society has decided to change and adapt to the changes. So, no matter what people say, women deserve all the respect as given to men.

HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY TO ALL WOMEN OUT THERE!

By~ Keya


About Image: J. Howard Miller (1918–2004), artist employed by Westinghouse, poster used by the War Production Co-ordinating Committee – From scan of copy belonging to the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, retrieved from the website of the Virginia Historical Society., Public Domain, Link
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Old Memories…

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Little did I know that these

wonderful moments will

turn into wonderful memories.

Little did I see that the sandy

will know no one else but me!

flying in the wind,

part of the tide

those memories are part of me.

those winds,

those rides are nothing but some lovely sea.

full of happy memories,

full of sad ones too!

the newer they are

the older they get

but once they are lost,

I will think we have never met!

~ By Keya

Summer!

The rainbow goes

the sunshine flows,

the flowers and the shady tree.

The cock just crows towards the lonely souls

of no. 4 Stratton Ford and lee.

What do you call a perfect summer’s day?

Some lemon juice, a glass a truce.

It’s almost just as free .

The perfect way to celebrate your summer is just to be!

Coastal Diaries Day – 14

Day 14. January-24.
Puri
We hired a car for roaming around Puri and had planned to go to Chilika Lake near Satpada. We hired a boat from there and started out boat trip around 10:00 which lasted till evening. It was really an amazing experience. We saw some Dolphins but too fast for my camera as they were not in the mood to come near us and pose for us they were maintaining the low profile and we as a good tourists behaved ourselves.
On the way towards Sea Mouth we saw so many beautiful migrated birds enjoying their afternoon after meal time sitting by the bamboo sticks placed everywhere within the lake. Then we stopped by an island parked our boat there we saw so many sea creatures waiting for being cooked. And a guy with a basket full of shells with a real pearl in it.
these girls had live sea food. As in fresh Tiger Prawns and crabs recently caught from the water. I loved the sea on the other side of the island this was really an unique experience when you have a lake on one end and beautiful waves of Bay of Bengal on other.
After food we all were so drowsy but then still visited the ‘Chilika Visitor’s centre’ after coming on land. We reached back around 5:30-6:00. Then we just chilled out.
I’ve noticed that drivers here in puri are really very arrogant and they have this irritating habit of honking after every few minutes despite the car is within the traffic or on the empty road. And also they give money to anyone and everyone who stops them. That can be some random bhaktjans who has arranged some pooja and collecting money from car drivers or a place that don’t seem like a toll booth nor they provide any receipt. Which is so weird.
We got our car today in the evening. Which was receiving so from tomorrow we didn’t need to waste money on any such drivers.
As we’re planning to goto Konark and Raghurajpur tomorrow.

Coastal Diaries Day – 13

Gopalpur to Puri
We had heavy filling breakfast at our resort at Gopalpur and left from Gopalpur around 8:00a.m. vidula and Sumati will be driving today. The drive was almost 150kms from Gopalpur to Puri. It was refreshing and filled with heartwarming landscapes, fields and lots of migrated birdies. I guess this whole area starting from Pulicat and all the way towards Puri is full with migrated birds during this season of the year. That is one of the reason for many beautiful sanctuaries around this area.
I was sitting at the back seat so got a chance to capture some amazing flicks.
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We reached Puri around 12:00p.m had lunch and went to take the blessings of Lord Jaganath . Thr temple was good not clean though the Idol was colourful and very well maintained but the people specially the pandas here are ruining the essence of the place by commercialising and cussing the devotees about how god will curse if they don’t give money or if You won’t buy prasaad there. Which was a bit disheartening though. But the Temple is amazing, I liked the Carving near the Sthambs but sadly, that too is fading away as a new white and red cemented construction is coming on it.
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The temple is popular as one of the four dhams. Puri sees millions of devotees throng the Jagannath Temple premises throughout the year  seeking the blessings of Lord.
The security follows some rules before allowing the devotees inside. They will ask you your religion. I’m thankful he didn’t ask me my Gotra. As only Hindus are allowed to visit the temple.
We roamed around the place for awhile, tried some delicacies and also booked a cab for Tomorrow for Chilika and left for hotel.
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Our car was sent for servicing at a Mahindra service centre.
Then we grabbed a chance to capture the blissful Sunset while coming back to our hotel.
Puri offers the tourist the rare opportunity of witnessing the colourful Sun rise and Sun set at the same place.
Which is rare.
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This was the view from our hotel 😀

Coastal Diaries Day – 12

Vishakapatnam to Odissa (Gopalpur)
January 22.
We left from Vizag around 9:00-9:30a.m. for Gopalpur which is around 300kms today’s drive was bit longer as compared to other days. While leaving Vishakapatnam I wasn’t feeling so good, I think it was the city I felt in love with or may be the place we visited last night. I will definitely come with Sumit again for a weekend stay here. 
Then on the way we stopped at a place for food a typical Odisha cusine was served,  I loved the food 😀

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And here starts our journey in a new state. Each state has its own way of welcoming you. Here in odissa ‘I observed that people on the road contemplate keenly they wait for someone coming in your direction and then head towards them so they can bang or atleast scold the driver who is on the wrong side of the globe according to them’😝

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Gopalpur and our resort (swosti resort)both gave me a relaxing break from the hectic day. The beach was mesmerizing. One of the cleanest and pleasant one. This languorous beach with coconut groves, casuarinas and gentle sand dunes is deserted for miles.

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We just Chilled around the beach for few hours and then had most amazing food at Hotel Mayfair just next to our resort. Which again is a very posh place for commercial meetings. And our day ended with equally soothing and yummazing dessert🍰

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Coastal Diaries Day – 11

Kakinada to Vishakapatnam

January 21.

We started early today from Kakinada and reached Vishakapatnam aka Vizag around 12:00-12:30 p.m. to Vishakapatnam. I liked this place so much it has so much positive vibes around. One of my Neighbor Rashi Gupta is also from Vizag she always have so many lovely things to say about her hometown now I know why. Even our hotel ‘Daspalla’ where we are staying is quite elegant.
The Security at the entrance were so kind, a guy and a lady. The moment we entered they welcomed us do warmly and were so amused to see only girls travelling and driving for so many days. The lady was so curious about our trip and enquired about our route and also showed her concern about our wellness. Later then, everytime we went out that lady was continuously smiling with appreciation:)
We had lunch at the hotel’s restaurant and then had planned to Visit a temple nearby so me and Sumati left the temple is just 18kms near Vizag. It is called Simhachalam It is dedicated to Narasimha (the man-lion), an incarnation of Vishnu. The architectural style of the central shrine is Kalinga architecture.
Had Darshan and Prasad and sat there for awhile. Legend has it that the Ugra form of Narasimha as he killed the demon Hiranyakashipu was so fierce that the image is kept covered by sandal paste throughout the year. The image resembles a Shivalingam covered with sandal paste. It is only once a year, during the Chandana Visarjana that the sandal paste is removed, and the image is seen by pilgrims. During Akshaytritiya.
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We returned back to Vizag and picked Vidula from hotel then we explored the beach road. Vizag is really clean and very beautiful. We also got a chance to encounter a Live Boxing Match there which was something I’ve never seen.
We even planned to visit the ‘Submarine Museum’ but unfortunately it was closed due to renovation work in progress. As it was wrecked badly by the recent Cyclone named as Hud Hud’ We roamed around for awhile and then went to the Hotel ‘The Park‘ for dinner at ‘Bamboo Bay’
It was one of the most romantic place I’ve recently been. But then when you see so much love in the air you instantly miss your beloved and want them beside you to relish the moment🙂

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Even the food there was so amazing .This is among those places I will love to come back with my hubby 😉
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Coastal Diaries Day – 10

Vijaywada to Kakinada aka Coringa.
January – 20.

We had light breakfast at our Hotel in Vijaywada and left for Kakinada we’ve a new companion now. Sumati Madiman, she is a good driver and really perky. She can talk about anything and everything which made this drive more exciting and I’m really looking forward to know her more. I was little bit finicky about Andra Pradesh initially but somehow I felt I hardly know Andhra Pradesh and especially esthetic wise. Telangana and Andra Pradesh is not at all same. I really loved the roads and infrastructure here. Whereas at times I hated Hyderabad roads.
The ride was quite delightful today. We passed Godavari river as most of this area is surrounded by Godavari. We reached around 12:30-1:00 p.m. The hotel was ok but the staff was really very kind.

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After having lunch we headed to Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary. Which wasn’t a sanctuary at all and definitely nothing related to Wildlife either. I guess there should be some wild animals or birds but can be viewed only in the interior of the sanctuary. Where local people or normal tourist aren’t allowed. There was a long wooden bridge so we clicked a lot of pics there.
At the entry gate the lady demanded me for Rs.200 each by saying ‘We need to pay that as we are Tourists’ I was so amused and also bit agitated by the comment. Sumati still laughs about this scene that people calling us tourists. Even later on that wooden bridge ‘People came to us and asked us get our pictures clicked with them’ that was really weird. But we agreed and thought of it as a new experience and enjoyed the attention 😄

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Then Vidula insisted that we should go to YanamYanam [French: Yanaon] is a town in the Indian union territory of Pondicherry. There was not much to explore so we came back to Kakinada.

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Coastal Diaries Day – 9

Nellore to Vijaywada.
19-January.
As it was just two of us, Me and Vidula, we started early today. On the way we stopped by a shack and had some amazing south Indian breakfast.

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I drove almost 200kms today. We reached Vijaywada around 12:00p.m. met Sumati Madiman, our new cotraveller. I was so relived to see her. She added the much required freshness to the drive.
We freshen up and left for ‘Gora Science Centre‘ there we met so many amazing people. We met Subha, her uncles and her Grandmother (Daughter of Mr.Gora), theyall are actually the descendants of Mr. Gora.

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Gora Science Centre‘ was started by Mr.Gora and Saraswati Gora in 1961. The centre with its interactive touch, feel and explore popular science exhibits helps people to understand basic scientific principles and develop critical inquiry. The centre adopts scientific strategies to investigative the claims of the paranormal and godmen. It also focuses awareness building on witchcraft and sorcery and their impact on children and women.
They were waiting for us, we had lunch there. Homemade lunch ahh after a long time.(I loved the Tomato-Baingan Thecha)
Then we visited the centre. And later a reporter from ‘The HinduMrs. Sujhatha Verma, took our interview for her newspaper. Which was so enthralling. While answering her queries I’d this self realization my excitement and guilt regarding the trip that ‘how we all want a break from our routine. It isn’t about the people or place but the same old routine we’re following and yes enjoying it though. Still a break like this makes you feel completely free and rejuvenates your soul.’
On the way to Vijaywada somewhere near Guntur we stopped by a milestone and were so happy to know that the team has already covered almost 3500 kms till now and that again is an achievement in itself 🙂

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