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Posted in Cafes N Cities A premium Lifestyle magazine: https://cafesncities.com/nostalgia-a-way-of-gratitude/
It was just like any other day. Nothing special or planned! Day was going ‘ON’ at its normal pace. However, all of sudden my husband offered to take us out on a long drive. Me and my little angel readily agreed! It hardly took us 30 mins to get ready and we were on wheels! Cold breeze and lovely gathering of clouds in the sky were complimenting us for the drive. We almost drove for 100 kms with a single stopover for ice-cream and coffee for ourselves. Just then while sitting on the bench on the lake side watching the huge mountains, I saw my daughter innocently licking her ice-cream.
She was looking so adorable that I couldn’t take my eyes off her!
Realizing that getting busy with our daily chores how at times we become ungrateful for forgetting that happiness lies in the small things in our day to day life! How often do we take time out to be grateful and live just in the moment appreciating all that we have rather than complaining about all that we want, desire or hunt for…?
Few moments of silence and not knowing what happened to me, I started to tease her and play around with her. I was cuddling her, making her laugh her heart out. She hugged me and started jumping out of excitement. The innocence in her smile, crispiness in her voice was making the day more beautiful. Making me feel blessed and grateful for all that I have in life.
As soon as she was done with her ice-cream, I took her to a nearby pleasantry shop and asked her to get something for her.
She started to pick up all sorts of colourful toys, filling them up in her little hands and tiny pockets! I couldn’t stop laughing. Just then she found an ‘ELSA TUSUM DOLL’ and threw the rest of everything away! I took that doll in hand, made it a puppet and started teasing her, calling her name in a blabbering tune…. “We got one more pet name for her! Our secret.” Our conservations started with that doll making her a puppet, taking her to a fairyland that got converted into a story…
Not realizing that almost 20 mins had passed, we were busy playing like this. People have stopped and gathered around enjoying our ‘Doll Puppet Show’. That was the most unforgettable minutes wherein we had forgotten everything else, especially me! I was just in that moment with her! I came back to present with the sound of applause around me. Feeling embarrassed at the same time, glad, I got up, smiling to everyone, took her in my arms and went to the counter. Happily, purchased the ELSA DOLL and left.
It has been a couple of years now, my little angel from single digit has grown to double digit with her age, still our puppet shows in the morning and odd times in the day to play around with the tiny little doll is ‘ON’ making us both forget our actual AGE.
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Since Long time I have wanted to start my day with writing my mind here, Pouring down my feelings, emotions, sentiments, experience and all whatever I have gone through. Finally thought why not start from today itself. As its 1st October today!
What’s so special for today? Well everything. We humans have a tendency to be ungrateful, complaining more and being less thankful. I have learned my hard lessons from life and the 1st and foremost is of being ‘Thankful’. I am starting my beautiful day today with a smile, thanking for everything – EVERYTHING in my life. I have witness we can stay happy if we complain less and look our life with all the happenings in it with a different attitude.
Here, today I am elated as my daughter’s exams got over yesterday. Ah, what a relief truly. Though still she is in her primary grades but the stress of her exams for more than two weeks I felt was on me. I felt as if I was appearing for my board exams. I studied each and every subject with her in detail to make her understand and prepare for exams. No doubt I revised my old portion and learned a lot of new things. So, Yes I am grateful.
She took me to my previous days of learning. I was forced to recall my combined studies that I had been doing with my friends and classmates. What fun it used to be. More gossip and less studies (I guess that’s what combined studies are! Isn’t it?). Midnight tea breaks and instant Maggie Noodles were the centre of attraction rather than the focus for the result and marks. We have one or two black sheep in the herd, who were studious and were behind the ranks but the rest all of us were badass cracked heads 🙂
With all the fuss and drama that we went through jointly for the past two weeks were thrilling. So finally yeah, here I am celebrating the HALF YEARLY EXAMS completed and looking forward to the ANNUAL EXAMS now.
Just two days for exams to get over and marks have started to pour in. MCQ marks! First I learned the abbreviation of MCQ – Multiple Choice Questions! I am not so into the marks that are scored for this year exams but still I am! Mind understands that we are going through hard times. This Pandemic situation has made everyone adopt the change with new lifestyles. I am debating these days with myself for marks scored and grades received! Is it truly important? Especially in today’s situation! When all our children are taking online classes. It’s the virtual school they are attending. More than eight months have passed and they have not met their friends, or talked with them personally or hugged them. No more going out of home, or doing any physical activities. Everyone is just trapped in their own secured homes for the sake of safety! So what children are actually memorising by course learning and understanding, are these things gonna work for them in future or in practical life? I agree knowledge is important but how we use it and implement it in our practical life is altogether a different chapter.
Well, Writing my journal here is On & OFF. So Day 3 here precisely can be the other day also :-). Anyways, in no time it was the weekend. From March 2020, since this Pandemic started everyday is a working day, at the same time all days are like weekends. Full family has ‘Work from home’ schedules. School from home. Initially it was great but now it feels like loads of never ending work. Household chores, other works, professional work, personal work, everything has come under one roof. Pretty sure making everyone go crazy now. Most of us must have gotten acquainted with this new lifestyle, but am sure there are still many who are struggling to get adjusted and adopt this. It’s not easy I know. But with no choice left we have to learn to cope up with this routine.
Anyways, so yeah as I said it was a weekend and I decided to treat myself with movie night after a long long time . . . The other day I was reading reviews about the movie ‘Five Feet Apart’ released in 2019. Release Date: 15 March 2019 (USA)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Justin Baldoni
Written by: Mikki Daughtry and Tobia Iaconis
Cast: Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moises Arias
The movie is influenced by the Novel ‘Five Feet Apart’ by Rachael Lippincott released on 20th November 2018.
“Humans touch our first form of communication. Safety, Security all in a gentle clasp of fingers or a brush of lips on your soft cheek connects us when we’re happy, bolsters us in times of fear, excites us in times of passion and love. We need that touch from someone we love as much as we need our breath but I never understood the importance of touch. His touch. Until I couldn’t have it. So if you’re watching this, and you’re able, touch him. Touch her. Life’s too short to waste a second.”
She realized the importance of touch when she longed to hug her best friend, but she couldn’t ever again. “Could you ever love someone, you can never touch,” This question, questions our sanity and our beliefs of love. The answer lies in ourselves, would ever fall for someone, whose lips wouldn’t ever fall on you? Would you stay away from them, just to keep them alive? Would their survival ever mean to you more than yours?
Stella and Will, the protagonists of the drama unknowingly meet in a hospital and they are obliged to keep apart six feet at all times. However, Stella steals an inch from Cystic Fibrosis, and the disease was indeed indebted to her, by robbing all her joys of her adolescence and the distance is reduced to 5 feet. So, that’s why it’s titled Five Feet Apart. Apart from the premier protagonists, you’d love the tale that’s intricately crafted with a huge amount of amour and even all the other characters like Barb, Poe, Julie, and Abby, my personal favourite.
Few of my ‘Favourite Dialogues’ from the movie
“If I’m going to die, I’d like to actually live first.”
“How long will I live my life afraid of what-ifs?”
“I’m tired of living without really living.”
“…I want to be fearless and free. It’s just life, Will. It’ll be over before we know it.”
“…Don’t think about what you’ve lost. Think of how much you have to gain. Live, Stella.”
If this year has taught me anything, it’s that grief can destroy a person.”
“I think a well-drawn cartoon can say more than words ever could, you know? It could change minds.”
If you read this till the end, take a deep breath, feel it, feel the life oozing inside you. Be grateful for the breath, be grateful for your life, express your gratitude for everything as not everyone receives the joy you’re treading by.
It’s my birthday month. I can see the excitement for my upcoming birthday all around me. All my loved one are trying to hide it from me though I can easily feel it. Preparation and planning to surprise me have started much before then I thought. My daughter being the most EXCITED to celebrate it made up a gang with a couple of my close friends and families. All the secret phone calls and their murmuring kept me hooked up and suspicious. The more they tried to hide it, the more I would peep in to destroy their planning. Whole week turned out to be like the ‘Hide & Seek’ game in our house. Can’t wait for the final surprise on my Birthday. I can be a spoiler but I don’t want to be! So, yeah here I am supporting them all but keeping quite and acting as I don’t know anything. . .
But the secret of my life at my home front is ‘I am the Planner’. Planning and implementation can’t be done without me! So YES, I am there but NOT there. . . He He He. . .
The day started with a fantastic surprise by my beloved daughter and her father. I could hear their whispers in my sleep in the early morning and knew they were planning out something for the morning and just waiting for me to wake up. Here, as I knew something is cooking up I took my own sweet time to wake up! My daughter was sleeping with me in the early morning but when I opened my eyes to get up I couldn’t find her beside me. I had to scream at both of them to signal that I have woken up. Initially I thought to creep in the Living Room and surprise them with whatever they were doing, but then as I said I didn’t want to be a spoiler so I had to call them to our to bedroom.
To my ‘Surprise’ they came up with a cup cake. Candle on top of it and two beautiful fresh ‘RED ROSE’. I was teasing my daughter by not blowing away the candle, she got hyper and stated MAMMA do it! After a few mins of teasing and having fun, I like a good baby did what I was asked to do and they hugged me singing the ‘Birthday Song’. On my Birthday I was not allowed to make breakfast. So I waited for the next surprise. My favourite Breakfast presented in the most elegant way. I truly cherished each and every moment of the morning.
My little angel got the ‘Birthday Card’ she has made at night and showed it to her father announcing proudly that I am the 1st one to wish mamma at midnight 12:00 O’clock. He looked at me and I couldn’t stop myself but to blush.
Then I was honoured with few of my favourite songs played in the background for almost half of the day. After lunch my little princess left to give a surprise to me in the evening stating have the gala movie time with DAD (daughters really grow up fast). She has planned everything with selection of the movie, the ambience, décor, and few snacks. I was thoroughly enjoying the pampering. In between yes calls and messages for the ‘Birthday Wishes’ that I kept reverting.
Now after the movie as soon as I planned to take a nap, the doorbell rang. I had my little munchkins on the door. Had a bigger surprise when few more friends arrived with freshly baked homemade cake. This was the surprise! The real fun started. My daughter along with our family and friends had planned this ‘BIG BOX’ surprise. Wherein my gift was wrapped in two layers of boxes with lots of confetti’s and handwritten wishes. My task was to guess who has written which wish and then only I can proceed.
Guess What? I guessed all the wishes written by whom WRONG! Now this was the most exciting part. I kept guessing wrong. None of my answers were correct. The room was filled with laughter and at the same time it was upsetting few and infuriating other rest of them. But I was enjoying it thoroughly. Finally as they had no choice left, I got all my gifts as they were for me!
Day didn’t end here! As soon as everyone disbursed for the day and I was relaxing on the couch, just 15 mins to go for the clock to strike twelve and change the date and day – the doorbell rang again. I was like who could be now at this point of time in the night? My little one opened the door and I had one more surprise. I had one of my best buddies at the door! she came up with her little munchkin and of course a DELICIOUS CAKE. Again an advance well planned surprise which my daughter knew. We cut the cake exactly at 12:00 and had it with a lot of fun and chit chats!
What A Day! I truly had the best time. Every year I think this is the best BIRTHDAY I had till now, but the later year proves me wrong with the previous year giving me ample memories to cherish with the best time spent with my loved ones.
This blog is especially dedicated to the books – My Books! A Book where I am the AUTHOR!
A few where I am CO-AUTHOR. Will be sharing my collection and contribution to the writing world. Also will keep on adding and updating for future references 🙂
This book is a collection of various articles and works on non-fiction based on some real-life experiences. Subjects like Happiness, Hobbies, Challenges, Perfection, Relationships and Technology are covered in this book. Personally, I feel we all are full of emotions and sentiments. Knowledge is everywhere and can be enhanced more with experience. We can overcome all negativity and achieve anything through love, friendship, acceptance and hope. Destiny can be made and changed!
They taught us what pain is… Sacrifice is their Middle name… Yes, they are CALLED as Mothers.
Real stories of the mother about the journey of 9 months of having a baby. Released on Mother’s Day.
Motherhood generally describes a part of woman’s life but the word often carries a woman’s world in itself. Being a girl, you are often asked to get married as soon as you enter valid age. Once you are married, the immortal question to plan a baby comes in the queue. then this story usually starts from the good news. It goes through a long journey of patience for nine months and ends with a melodious cry. This is a story every woman has lived. A story every girl imagines about.
Use Name Lamiya Siraj in Reference.
A special Anthology for Mother’s Day. Launched on 10th May 2020.
Mother – Yes a small word but carry a lot of strength and a power to hold things.
As Father’s Day is jut around the corner, and when it comes to Papa, we never do anything special for them. Lets break this stereotype this time, and gift our father a book with a content on HIM.
Can You think of an memory attached with the ‘SCENT’ in life? It could be of anything, but surely close to the heart. Am Sure you must be having more then ONE!
Our brain stores memories through everything we touch, experience, taste, smell, see and many other such things. ”SMELL” certainly is an element, which helps stored memories to flash out.
I personally feel the SCENT – SMELL is the strongest memory trigger. Memories and emotions are a strong combination in itself.
It can be a smell of perfume associated with ‘SOMEONE’ we are close with, or a strong SCENT of lilacs. It could be the scent of the OCEAN or the Mud of first rain after summer. It could be the smell of coffee or tea made by mother, the first thing in morning. Smell of your favourite food, perfumes, flowers, books and its pages, and so much more…
It can be connected to an event that has a strong emotional impact on us in the past. So when we smell that particular smell, it can trigger an emotional response. This can happen even years down the road.
It’s a fact that our sense of smell is automatically heavily connected to our memory system. Few such memories are engraved in me for lifetime. The scent that evokes memories for me is Eucalyptus. It has always remained closed to my heart. It’s my absolute most favourite scent, that is full of nostalgia, love and simpler times. My childhood memories are attached with it, with lot of functions, celebrations and gatherings.
Eucalyptus was used by my mother in the mixer of freshly homemade ‘Mehndi’ with few other ingredients. Till date no celebrations are completed without applying it on our hands. The aroma of mehndi stays for days on hands and months in hearts.
Also the smell of gentle monsoon breeze takes me to afternoon sitting outside our house on a porch with my mother and friends.
Anytime if I happens to smell such familiar smell in life, I try to take it in me as much as I can as an storage for the upcoming days. It makes me feel alive and energetic.
Do share with me what is yours? Would love to read your share!
Thinking loud as of present situation is demanding this that is distance getting us distant with all our relations during this pandemic when we all are quarantine? This tricky situation in all of ours’s life what we are facing, that does distance between two persons make them distant? Well answer to this question vary from person to person on personal experience and how they handle their relationship. Distance cannot be only in romantic relationship, let me make myself clear here! It can be between friends, siblings, parents, mother-daughter, teacher-students, boss-employees and all those who you can think of right now. Any relation that makes your soul happy. Makes your day brighter. Keeps you going for the day, week, month, year and life!
First thing we need to know; it’s gonna be hard.
Not being able to see their smile or feel them will be tough, and you’ll get a sense of loneliness. But, if you’re lucky, so will be he/she. It means that both of you are feeling the same feeling that you want each other. Make sure to keep up with them, ask about how their day was and be affectionate, keeping your expectation at a bay. You can get to know them more by calling on the phone, texting each other, and/or video calls, all perfect ways to maintain a strong relationship.
You’ll have to know that not many people can do a long-distance relationship because of the fact that they can’t see each other. But, if you can have a strong relationship from a long-distance, you’ll find a love better than any relationship you can have with a person near you, because once you finally see them in real life, the outcome is much better.
If you believe that you found the right person, are smart with your decision, and can maintain loyalty to this person, then absolutely go for it.
Let’s free ourselves from the boundaries we have set. Break the walls. Communicate and spread love expressing our feelings. As we never know ‘Kal ho na ho’ (today is all we have)!
Pairs! I was thinking loud by repeating the word pairs in my mind and all of sudden my slothful daughter from the couch in front of me – thanks to quarantine, all of sudden screamed ‘Mamma do you know how many pairs we have in our living room’?
Raising head from my laptop with surprise I asked her What? She completely bored in afternoon got up and started explaining me in the most confident manner like – have conquered the highest peak of Mount Everest in replying me back. See Mamma we have
With this now she started joking around after some serious talk that also we have two doors, two windows, two chairs and much more…. Innocently, she has touched the topic with an essence to think over for all of us. I had no choice left but to agree with her. We both then laughed our heart out! She filled me up with pride about her observations skills. Staying more then a decade in the same house, I never thought this way and today when I was wanting an write-up on Pairs she not only saved me but gave me my article!
But this definitely left me with deep thinking about how important Pairs are! Was this a co incidence or mistakenly co incidence happened with me! Is this indicating me further to think of for my personality, that how important it is to have a pair – a Soulmate! Here by partner I don’t only mean married couples! No! It could be anything or any relation. Friends, sibblings, couples parents and so much more! Many a times we are in pair with someone for emotional ground and other for spiritual.
On border scale in reality aren’t we all pair up with something or other in our lives. Emotionally, spiritually and in many other ways we depend on an partner! To make us feel complete, confident, reason to be happy, look forward to and much more…
The word “Life” is as deep as it gets. Life is a tough place to tackle and conquering all the battles by your own is a big challenge. Given that we are human, it follows that “doing life” is made easier if it is “Shared” & ”Paired”.
I have witnessed life on the streets watching from my balcony, that have completely gone quite now due to Covid19. ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ is the motto going on across the globe. Everyone have started participating in this actively now, understanding the seriousness of the present condition.
I recall the days, when we have spend time here. Family talking a walk. My daughter cycling with her friends. We family friends gathering and chit chatting with playing few games. A group of ladies sitting and chatting with munching’s. Children playing football and badminton. Street full of life and now craving for life!
I pray this calamity comes to an END and we get our life – our routines back!
A home is a reflection of soul. You go anywhere in the world but home is the place that you start missing in a couple of days. Home gives me a feeling of being alive, safe, secure and complete. It allows me to grow with all my insecurities and shortcomings. It’s like a cacoon for me – whenever I am sad, lost, scared, it’s a place for me to retreat to. I want to thank my husband for enabling me to fulfil my dream of decorating my home as per my will, making it paradise. My soul is attracted to my home, like flowers are attracted to the sun to grow…