An Award Free Blog Now!

I deeply enjoyed participating in blogging awards since I joined WordPress. I am indebted to all blogger friends who considered me worthy of awards. However, since last few weeks I have not been able to respond to many award nominations and this saddens me. I don’t like mingling many awards in a single post: they lose all sense that way–those who are nominated don’t know which awards they are being nominated for or which rules to follow. I therefore consider it better to declare a blog award free than to cover too many nominations in a single post. I still highly value the awards. I feel and hope that I will be able to find other ways to express my gratitude towards fellow bloggers. Thank you so very much for nominating me for all those lovely awards and accepting my nominations so far!


Sunshine Blogger Award Round Five!

Shilpa of iamabloggertoo has nominated me for The Sunshine blogger award. I heartily thank her for her kindness. Shilpa is a wonderful storyteller and a humble person who lives in UAE. Her stories are a great read and you will like to follow her.

Here Are The Award Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you. 
  2. Answer the questions from your nominators.
  3. Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions.

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Versatile Blogger Award Round Four!

Sepultura 13 at Random Ramblings And Myriad Musings and Kally at Middle Me have nominated me for this wonderful award. I heartily thank them. Sepultura 13 is a talented singer with a heart of child. Her posts are full of humor and science. You will enjoy visiting her blog and following her.

Kally has talent for acting and she is a manager by profession. She loves swimming and beaches. She is a friendly blogger and you would love visiting her blog.

Award Rules!

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to the original site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

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Dragon’s Loyalty Award Round Two!

Jake who has an amusing personality and friendly aura blogs at The Peasant Blog  He has nominated me for this beautiful award. I heartily thank him for his kind appreciation. He has been in a formula one team, has an adorable rescue kitten Ralf and owns a classical Mini that was born the same year as him! Still, he thinks he is boring–can you imagine that? 

I don’t know who came up with the idea for Dragon’s Loyalty award but it’s kind of different. Does it mean I am being awarded by the Order of Dragons of China for my loyalty? Or it simply means I am loyal like a dragon? Well, how loyal is a typical dragon anyway? I don’t know! I have neither seen any seasons of Game of Thrones nor watched How to train your dragon!

Award Rules

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Stories Behind Your WordPress Names!

Dear friends,

I requested you to share the stories behind your usernames. I am so glad so many of you interacted and shared. These stories are very interesting and help us better remember and understand names, our cultures and personalities. I have compiled all of the stories you shared via comments and edited a bit those which exceeded 50 words. I hope you will see your story here and let me know if I missed something. I will be glad to edit it for you, or add something if you want. I am really amazed to see how much creativity and history goes behind these names!



Alex Harris : Fit Fish

The Defender of Men!

 Alex is short for Alexander. Alexander stands for “Defender of Men.” 


Calensariel: Impromptu Promptings

For The Love of Tolkien!

My RL name is Cheryl, variation of the English name Beryl (a green stone, part of the emerald family, my birthstone). My username, Calensariel, means green (calen) stone (sar) maiden (iel), a combination of Quenya and Syndarin, two of Tolkien’s languages created for Lord of the Rings which I LOVE!



Shambhavi Sharma: The Amused Mind

The Darling of Shiva! Continue reading “Stories Behind Your WordPress Names!”

Press It: Loved Reading These!

Press It

Give some love to three blog posts you’ve read and loved in the past week, and tell us why they’re worth reading.

I have read a lot of blog posts in last week, but it is easiest to remember the ones you read recently so following three make my favorites list:

Daily Feline Prompt: Meow It!

An excerpt:

“I am still organising the statutes for the CCC (Creative Cat Club), although it seems that the Italian felines are now moving in which is not so good.”

“Do you have problems with Italian cats Tabby?”

“Not really, but Al Cattone is the leader and is boss of the Italian catafia. He says we must pay him protection tuna fish, otherwise he will set his gang on to us and infect our pawpads with a canine virus.”

“That does not sound so good Tabby.”

Why you would love reading it?

The author has a knack for converting every prompt into feline-verse with great humor. I have not read much fiction in my life but whatever I have read has made me feel that Carroll Lewis’ Alice in The Wonderland and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Notes From The Underground are the best forms for me. The Cat Chronicles belong to a class of a great Wonderland where you are inside the head of cheeky and carefree Tabby and her feline friends. I love reading posts on this blog and I feel if an anthology of stories is created out of all posts from this blog–I will never get bored of reading them because this is the type of fiction I love the most. To say this I must have read more fiction to compare it with other but sadly I haven’t and yet it appeals to me a great deal. Humor, fantasy and dissolving boundaries.



An excerpt:

The romance of travel can be highly over-rated. Having been traveling for years, it is not uncommon to find that you have left everyone behind, in the dust, as it were. When you visit home, you learn that the life you once knew has morphed, for you this happened seemingly overnight, for people there, over the years, into a place place unknown, and, worse, unfelt. Sure, you can find threads of yourself here and there in the warp and weave of the old streets and cafes, but your ghost has mostly been replaced by newer, more vibrant ones. For you, “there is no there there”, to quote Gertrude Stein.

Why you would love reading it?

Joanne is a traveller. She has not only travelled in the physical but also in the spiritual, in mind. As soon as I started reading this post I fell in love with it. I felt, as if, she was giving a voice to my feelings: only with an eloquence I might never have, had I tried. I am not a traveller, yet, in my early boyhood days I had a great yearning to go back to the roots: to those villages where I had spent a great amount of my infancy and early boyhood. When I went back to those places they were not to be found. They had disappeared–all that remained was their memories–haunting and nostalgic. But the places I had before my eyes were so different from what I had in my memory and imagination. I hope you would relate to this post and enjoy reading it as I did!

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Dragon’s Loyalty Award!

Nick who is a talented storyteller and blogs at Fiftywordsdaily has nominated me for this beautiful award. I heartily thank him for his kind appreciation. He is a witty person who appears too relaxed(while he is worried all the time about appearing so!) has musical talents and likes tea. I recommend you to visit his blog and follow him!

I don’t know who came up with the idea for Dragon’s Loyalty award but it’s kind of different. Does it mean I am being awarded by the Order of Dragons of China for my loyalty? Or it simply means I am loyal like a dragon? Well, how loyal is a typical dragon anyway? I don’t know! I have neither seen any seasons of Game of Thrones nor watched How to train your dragon!

Award Rules

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The Real Neat Blog Award!

Lou who blogs at Being Me Presently  has nominated me for this award. I thank her from the core of my heart. She has a mastery in singing and is a double honors in Psychology and English Literature. She takes a great interest in improving herself and has been striving to become a better parent, writer and human being. Her writings are beautiful and she is very friendly and sweet by nature.


Award Rules

  • Thank the nice person who nominated you and pingback.
  • Complete the task your nominator assigns.
  • Nominate several bloggers—up to seven, if you like!
  • Give them a challenge to complete, and share these rules.
  • Include the logo, above, in your acceptance post.



My Response to Lou’s Quiz!

Do you have any bad habits? If so what is stopping you from breaking them? Continue reading “The Real Neat Blog Award!”

In Praise of Gratitude!

A heart full of gratitude is a heart full of love! Have you ever observed that we don’t stop enough to thank some of the things which make our lives beautiful. And we also take some family members, friends and things in our lives for granted. It feels kind of odd or absurd when we do thank them. Even in the thanksgiving ceremonies and prayers you read–do you really feel your heart tingling while you do so–with love, or, is it just a ritual which you have learnt by following people around you? Am I truly thankful for this beautiful divine melody, this silence, the night bird, the full moon and the pink soothing winter? Do I stop to feel how they have enriched this moment? Feeling grateful is being content and you are enough, you have enough, you don’t really need anymore than this.

It’s the thanksgiving season. Happy thanksgiving to all my friends. It’s true that I am thankful to have all of you in my life. Your likes, comments, feedback, suggestions and help have made me a better human being and I feel better after interacting with you. I can’t thank you enough for your presence. 

In this spirit, I thank Nena who blogs at You Unfolded for nominating me for Be Thankful Challenge. She is a kind lady who keeps encouraging her fellow friends and shares wonderful workouts and campaigns on her blog. I recommend you to check out her lovely blog!


The Challenge Rules:

  • Share this image in your blog post
  • Write about 5 people in your life you are thankful for
  • Write about 5 things in 2015 that you are thankful for
  • Spread the love and challenge 5 other blogs to take part

5 People I Am Thankful For:

My grandmother 

She is very sweet. I love talking to her and teaching her to read. I tell her stories from Bhagavata Purana and she makes a very delicious tea. I take her on bike rides to relatives and she loves my company. I am grateful to have her in my life!

My Mother

She is also a genteel lady and cares a lot for me. She is the main reason I am here because I had quit home and taken renunciation. I was living in Vrindavan and came here when family discovered me and mother was ill. I am thankful to have her in my life!

Pam Christ  [ You are a nominee for this challenge!]

Pam is fellow blogger friend whom I have not met in person but we have spent a lot of time interacting through blogs and Alumni forum. I consider her a teacher and an inspiration in my life. I feel she is always there with encouragement and suggestions so I am grateful to have her as a friend.

Rashmi Menon  [ You are a nominee for this challenge!]

Rashmi is also a fellow blogging friend and co-admin at Alumni forum. She has consistently kept me inspired and encouraged with her kind words and feedback. She is a creative artist and a wonderful human being! I am grateful to have her in my life!

Dr. Meg Sorick [ You are a nominee for this challenge!]

For the very first few times I interacted with Meg I had an inkling that we were going to be good friends. She is an author with a great sense of humor and she has been very encouraging. I am thankful for her presence in my life! 

5 Things I am Thankful For in 2015:

Good health

I had liver problems earlier this year which have completely gone away and I have lost a lot of weight. Now I feel like a baby!

WordPress Blog

I switched to WordPress in July 2015 and since then I have joined Blogging 101 course and interacted with many wonderful people. I never imagined that blogging could be so much fun and interactive before joining WordPress. I heartily thank WordPress team, happiness engineers(especially Michelle who conducts Blogging 101 course and Sam J. Hamdy who has been such a great support!)Thank you to all readers, friends and fellow bloggers.

The Word of God

Which never leaves me alone and ever keeps me guiding towards more light, bliss and peace.

Mother Goddess Kundalini

Who has been rebuking me for my shortcomings and guiding me towards more love, light and bliss.


Logos, Krishna, Kabir, Buddha, Nanak, Pandit Shriram Sharma, Rajinder Singh Ji, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Ramananda, Gandhi, Chaitanya and all others who always keep inspiring me towards more light, love and peace.

5 Nominees For This Challenge:

You see 3 nominees above in the gratitude section. Two more wonderful bloggers: 


Jane is a prolific blogger and a nice friend. She is a spiritual lady. She keeps sharing with us various poems and creative pieces based on prompts. 

Hidden Delights of Algarve

Ever since I came across Becky in the August 101 course I have found her a wonderful person. She is very knowledgeable and genteel and pictures on her blog are always a delight for eyes and heart!



The Blogger Recognition Award Round Seven!

Henry at Personal Blog of Henry Jones nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. I most humbly thank him for this act of kindness. He is a friendly blogger and I recommend you to visit his blog and follow him. We met in the Blogging University during Blogging 101 course.

Rules For This Award:

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