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रंगत है गालों से रूठी  हुई 
किस्मत की माला है टूटी हुई 
पुस्तक की इनके अधूरे  हैं पन्नें
छालों  भरे हैं हाथ ये नन्हे

पलकों पे धूल  की चादर जमी है
बचपन के माथे पर सिलवट खिंची है
बालों की स्याही, गालों  पे ढलकी
मुस्कान कब की रूठी जा फिसली

कचरे के ढेर से झांकते मुखड़े
खेल-खिलौने, काँच के टुकड़े
चमकीली पिन्नी,  ढंग से सजाना
सिगरेट के कागज़ अनमोल खज़ाना 

तपती दुपहरी, सूरज के पहरा  
रंगीन सपनों से रंगीन चेहरा  
नींद में मन, बुने सपने  सलोना 
"माँ ने लगाया है सुन्दर डिठौना, 

माँगा है हम को  मनौती मना कर
रखा फिर सीने से रोज़ लगा कर "
नींद में यू ममता की खुशबू आये 
माँ ने कही से हो भेजी दुआएं "

ख्वाब ही बस ये काफी रोज़ाना 
बोझ को फिर से हंस कर उठाना 
 कंधे पे बोरी ,पैरों बिवाई 
वीरान मन में बस - तन्हाई  

खो न जाये ये, तारे  ज़मीन पर

SOURCE : Where hath you gone ?
I may not be able to help all the children around the world, but if I see any child in distress, I’ll do my best to help him/her. I’ll never be a participant or an indifferent observer to any sort of injustice met to kids.” - शंखनाद 

Shankhnad : For children

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The Associate : Review

This cover captures the
 essence of the book 
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Book :     The Associate
Author :   John Grisham
Genre :    Corporate Thriller
Published by : Arrow Books
Year :      2009
Cover :   Good (This one)

Being a John Grisham fan I am always ready for an opportunity to read him. And to review, is just icing over the cake !

Like all Grisham lovers I too love him for his finely etched court-room dramas, the examinations and the cross- examinations, the litigations, appeal, hearing, plea and plea bargain,the prosecution, the circumstantial evidence, the indictment, the jury .... and  the verdict .
This one is okay
But he appeals to me more because of the way he writes. 
Grisham creates fine and layered characters mouthing  meaningful clear dialogues and thus a lucid and spontaneous narration. Even the twists and turns seem graceful !

Kyle McAvoy is law graduate with a brilliant academic record, a bright future, humanistic tendencies to follow his lawyer father rather than some big law-firm in New York raking moolah by every passing second and ...... a wild past .

Not Good
And now, he is being blackmailed to join a big flashy New York law firm and fish out the secrets of a law-suit of international importance. 
Kyle is trapped. 
Will he be able to come out of the web or will he play along ... 
The blackmailers are the most powerful , had killed one of his friends from that secret of past and they have the highest level of  sensitive gizmos and bright brains to tackle any technology .....


This cover was  good
considering the story
In one line, the book affirms that -
"Old sins have long shadows"

And Kyle McAvoy's uncommitted sins are causing a rather long and gloomy shadow on his present and future life. 
But the catch here is that Kyle has not committed them so why is he to suffer under that dark looming shadow ?

Like his other books this too offers the readers a remarkable reading style and a detailed slice of life (court/legal life ) feel to the whole narration without being verbose at all ! 

Still ,with this book , you'll crave  for more.

 The story is  nicely woven but it leaves the reader with a feeling of something wanting .

The end definitely makes it more realistic but readers also want justice to be done to the blackmailers and most importantly certain questions were left unanswered ... like 

-how they got the video in first place?

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-who filmed it ? (not important though)

-why did Kyle not share this with his dad ?
It seemed absurd knowing that Kyle share a great relation with his Dad and knew that he will only support and trust him .... still he did not tell him ..even after he was almost sure, he can not be indicted !

Plus it was little lax on the blackmailer's part not to know that Kyle is leaving his room to meet a lawyer so many times .... 

Yes. I do believe things happen.. and David WINS AGAINST Goliath but then it has to be convincing.. with all the cool tracking devices and the highly sensitive softwares hackers, the goons were unaware about Kyle's intention till the last moment was a bit far-fetched and then to know it at the last moment again was confusing .

Am saying it again, that - It happens... but it ought to be clear.

Due to these small but essential facts ignored, I was not impressed by the story and found it - the story and the plot little 'dheela'  loose and hasty 
 its for the gripping account of his writing that whatever of a story was there, I enjoyed it !

A free time fast paced light read.. for a beach day vacation but certainly not his best .

PS. The realistic open ended ending give ample scope for a (better ending ) sequel !

A store !


                                              fountain of joy, bliss ...
                                              store of wisdom .... welcomes me
                                              with smile, always .. Books

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Dusk: Haiku

Source : Forest pond at dusk

                                                         amber and blue sky
                                                         burning clouds on russet-gold
                                                        autumn dusk .... twilight 

With Thanks  to Scarlet :) 

                                                      ruby claret gold
                                                      sunlit drying leaves fall slow
                                                      ochre autumn dusk

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Inspired  by : pics by  Meoww's Musings 
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Haiku : Ripe Gold

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                                                                                                           ripe wheat stalks in noon    
                                                      sway and sparkle in sunshine 
                                                     golden braids shimmer

From the lovely " Kim's County Line "

                                                     smitten, a ladybug sat 
                                                  like the red rose of my love
                                                 tucked at nape, tangled !

Haiku : Cold

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Source : For whom the eyes wait ?
 Compassion and love!


                   wise, prudent leaders
                   can not bring justice, they have
                    hot heads and cold hearts. 

Source : They named you Khushi ?

Written in response to HaikuHorizon Prompt cold.

# Bring Back the Touch ..

Source : The Healing and comforting
 bond ...of Touch
When Aabha hurriedly enters inside the college gates, there were still 7 minutes to 9 which means she can still be in time for her 9o'clock lecture.

" Oh ! Mrs. Raina !"  Aabha must avoid her.. even a simple good morning will take one full minute with her so she rushed past her, head bent, looking steadily at her wrist-watch and once past her, in the empty corridor , she sprinted , entered in the department, signed her attendance , picked up chalk and duster and rushed upstairs for her class of Post grads waiting eagerly for her . 
"Damn !" she forgot the coloured chalks ..will make Manoj -the lanky student from  Hisar, go and fetch them ...
 'Good Morning Batch !' she greeted with her usual phrase, the batch responded and the familiar routine started ...

It was precisely after 2 hours , when she was coming down stairs, with head covered with a thick layer of chalk-dust , sitting like a colourful spray on her rich, dark hair  that she got time to call Prem - her husband . 
He picked after 4 calls,sound busy and answered in monosyllables, distracted, as usual.. 
Its been nine years  that Prem is like this..No... she checked herself, may be only five ..It was sometime after Lavya and then Pihu  were  born that the conversation had cease to flow. She know it is there the love, the loyalty but that spark has gone missing.. Sometimes Prem is vocal about his feelings saying Aabha has become too busy and preoccupied.. 
True,but two school going kids with no help and a job IS preoccupying .

Sometimes she wonders is it really she who is at fault ... a weak voice answered - Yes!
Aabha was amazed at its audacity and as usual, she snapped shut the already faint voice by concentrating on the task at hand - dissecting out the nervous system of Pila globosa .

For another one and a half hours it was the nerves,the neural 
ganglion and the H shaped network of nerves inside Pila .

Its complicated ,the creature being the apple snail, it has twisted its symmetry thus making it hard to find the frail, fibre like nerves. It is because of these weak fibre of nerves that Pila knows when to feed,salt concentration in its body, how to protect itself and all  other life's functions... though weak, frail Pila listens to these... then why is she Aabha Mehta the intelligent,the wise ,the respected, not able to bear that tiny voice of her own conscious ?

She took a deep breath, discarded her gloves,washed her hands and came out of the confinements of the department.
 In front of her the path is lined by tall coconut trees swaying in wind. Poppies and dog flowers planted by the Horticulture students decked the pathway on both sides .. Its a beautiful day, she has beautiful kids and a husband worth dying for then what went missing ...

She sighted Mrs. Raina again. Now she could not avoid her and Mrs Raina crushed her slim figure in her boisterous embrace. Aabha could feel the softness of her fragrant flesh. It was surprisingly cool and she relaxed inadvertently !

 This time she heard the faint voice- the puny sound reminding her of her big fault .. yeah, she has forgotten how to touch Prem's soul and his feelings have turned.. dormant. 


Today Aabha - happy and glowing, eagerly waits for Prem. The bell rings, she opens the door ... Prem is there - bloodied and bruised , with head in bandages, two colleagues supporting him,drowsy from painkillers.Sujit told about the accident and that her phone was switched off . They went.

Aabha takes -off Prem's shoes but can not remove his blood soaked shirt . She sits mechanically.Then on an impulse holds his hand... with all the love and tenderness she have. 
For hours, while Prem is in an unconscious slumber Aabha soak his hand with tears of repentance and love.

Seems like eons. Prem opens his eyes.. they are bright -he has lost blood still, he is full of life and love for Aabha.
He tells that while in sleep he felt as if someone is holding his hand guiding him to her....He tells that the touch was affectionate and comforting as if somebody has absorbed all the pain and drudgery from his body n soul.... It was invigorating ... 

Aabha smiles- holds his hand gently .. Its her Prem - full of spark and love. 
Prem smiles - its his Aabha - who can touch his soul and caress it out of all miseries ... 
Both share the glow of love - Prem-aabh ! 

This post is written as an IB Happy hours Post for #Bring Back the Touch  in association with IndiBlogger and  Parachute Advansed Body Lotion


Golden Home : My Dream 24K Home with Porcelanosa

When the serpent of desire enticed Eve-the first woman into the 'fall' little did it realize what's in store for .. the MANkind .
Because even before the first blush of  love gains full bloom, a woman ALWAYS  thinks no, creates a home - her dream abode .. where she  will live ever after with her man (who is still in the  initial stages of dilemma about gifting her a red heart ..but she 'knows' the look) .. so the man may change but that heavenly house is going to stay and will become grand with each passing suitor err... day 
I am no different and not being unfaithful to Eve's lineage, I too had a dream .. a dream of home sweet home which though has materialised but is  somehow in dire need of upliftment Always! 
So when IB gave the opportunity to make a virtual dream home of 24K gold I grabbed the chance and here it is -

The Basic model of my dream home will allow lots of sun and air into my house along with providing me with options to cut it off as per my wish . So the ventilated facade by Porcelanosa worked perfect for me. 
DAsh Of Colur !

Next is the internal layout and decor`.
Starting with the integral part Kitchen - it must have  LOTS of storage but with minimalistic approach AnD  muted tones with a dash of vibrancy always works wonders for my mental and emotional health which in turn may affect the health of the family members  :) 

Lots of Storage without clutter

The Rich look

Keeping in sync with my always harmoniously contradictory personality, the blend of less and more, colour and grace , space and storage , ease to move along with a comfortable seating arrangement and vast space to look as well as keeping my family close to me while cooking is my teeny-weeny small agenda.  

Seems Tough ? 
 Not exactly. And it is clear from the pics that may be its women like me who have designed these seemingly conflicting yet completely in-sync kitchen designs ....

Use of Space 

Now comes the Bathrooms . 
The places which according to me ought to be most luxurious and comforting .. for me its a relaxing zone.. a 'Me time'
So, it ought to be spacious, vast in  muted earthy tones  with a dash of colour preferably Prussian Blue or Turquoise !
Earthy space... a dash of colour.

The muted tones gives the earthy look and the blue shades provides calm. Alternatively , the master bathroom can be rich in gold and silver with metallic touch ! I love glimmer and shimmer enhanced manifolds when seen from the drops of water!
Rich n shimmering
The 'Season' Shower 
Then comes the CORNERS and the general house area like area near terrace /lounge etc.

Gold countertop basin
To have a graceful and seamless feel to the house its essential to choose the floor and wall tilings wisely.Similarly, the small corners where we put wash basins et al have to be done aesthetically so that instead of  standing out as eyesores,  they will accentuate the beauty of the decor` and the taste of the owner. Just like in the above images.

WALL TILES - The metallic finish tiles not only enhance the beauty of the house but give a rich and luxurious feel to the entire decor`. And they also go well with my taste of more space - less things approach and a de cluttered look. 
They provide glow,shine  and shimmer without displaying artifacts and paintings on walls and thus there is no need of further decoration.  

Infact, The wall itself becomes a piece of Art!

Awesome gleaming Floor tiles .. drooling !

The Taps and Accessories -

An entire range of beautiful shiny gold and silver accessories awaits you at the store and you are just spoilt for choice. These pics are just another example.

 The Wardrobes -With every space and corner of the house beautified as well as made comfortable ,its the storage of clothes and other things which might mar the beauty of an otherwise picturesque home. So the beautiful and highly spacious wardrobes which merge seamlessly with the decor` are offered and I chose my pick happy as a lark !
White Beauty !
Spacious and space saver !

My last Pick aer the non-slipping tiles and floorings/laminations for near and around the pool area.
Non slipping tiles 
I loved this lamination for floor which leads out ..It is so seamless and has a beautiful design . Loved the colour also. 

Laminated floor 

So these are some of my picks from the  Porcelanosa site ,though there is still more to pick but then one house is enough for one life- time and along with decking up my house with these above mentioned objects and facilities I 'll have to invest time and positive energy to make it a HOME ... 

A breath of zest and sunny rays of care, veneer of respect and foundation of love ...along with  24K Province  will make My Dream 24K home a reality .

 The post is written as an entry to Indiblogger Happy Hour post in association with IB, Porcelanosa and 24K Province .

How will You 'Go' Babli ?

Dear Babli,

I know how common it is for you and your family to 'go' out there in the open..  just before day-break. Your parents must have told you, rather ingrained in you the 'benefits' of 'going' in open .They must have told you that -
 its less smelly 
good for our Earth 
and more hygienic ! 
What they forgot to tell is - they don't have a choice.

I know this because, as a young girl from Uttar Pradesh, I had seen this up,close and personal. I had even tried to dissuade Rajni, our helper's daughter of my age, from this practice only to receive the above Gyan

My home was in the outer,silent zone of the city AND my school on other end of the town ... situated amid greenery, away from hustle-bustle which meant I had to start earlier from home than others.
 So, my rickhaw wale bhaiyya would promptly pick me up at 6:00 AM in chilly and foggy northern winters when beside ME only the poor uncouths of the city would be going on with their 'normal routine' thus, somehow making me an accidental partner of their privacy !


Meeting their shady, ghost like apparitions suddenly emerging out from the dense fog was so norml for me that I used to wait for the next hooded , blanket clad figure to appear, walking stealthily with just some kind of  vessel in their hands. I never gave much thought about those sillhouted figures till Rajni made me wiser. 
I still remember the tinkle of bangles of the ladies' hands as my rickhaw passed them as well as the expletives murmured loud enough when some car headlight falls on their partially hidden faces .

So much so for the decency and modesty of women in India!

But Babli,
Things ought to change. And you should start it . You must NOT sit back and watch it happen like I did 25 years back .. was it that back ? 
Source : Unsafe childhood !
what a waste of time !

I witnessed this 25 years back and become used to it after trying one or two of my lame attempts.. that too out of that innocence of childhood ... attempts which were a soothing lullaby for my conscience effective in putting it back to a sound sleep .

No Babli, 
you don't fall in this trap and make people aware - in Maharashtra and Orissa, in Bihar, Rajasthan and in Uttar Pradesh. 

Tell them, teach them- 

 About the dignity of being HUMAN
Of modesty of women
Of dangers of beasts near forests and wilderness
Of  lurking attackers
Of the diseases  like diarrhoea and cholera spread by it .
Of the lack of hygiene .

And I will tell and retell the horrors occurring with girls and children at such occasions like - 

the rape with a 7 months pregnant lady in Delhi while going to attend nature's call on a chilly winter morning 

the death of little children by tigers and other beasts while attending nature's call..

Together we both and all, will teach our rural counterpart to treat themselves as humans.

I, the 'educated-privileged Indian' will be your sincere partner in this crusade and will make fellow educated people aware about it.. will shake them from their apathetic slumber and join hands with the Domex Toilet Acedamy  or the (DTA) launched under Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) in 2013. And by the money raised and collected, toilets will be built in each and every village and hamlet even better, may be in every home ! Babli you and your family will not need to go out anymore then.So let's spread the word and help the cause.  
                                                                    And as I spread  awareness , you Babli take good care of yourself, be bold and practice health and hygiene for a better future :)

Source The Image needs NO WORDS .
About Domex Initiative - 

Its Social Mission programme, launched in 2009, involves partnerships with organizations such as UNICEF with a target to help build a ‘clean, safe toilet for all’. 
Domex is not only a brand delivering functional performances, but also a brand with a purpose and a real commitment towards Hygiene for all.
To bring  the change in the lives of millions of kids, thereby showing your support for it. All you need to do is “click” on the “Contribute Tab” on and Domex will contribute Rs.5 on your behalf to eradicate open defecation, thereby helping kids like Babli live a dignified life.

The post is written as an entry for HappyHour posts in association with #Domex and  #IndiBlogger 


Haiku : Tum

 Gauge the layers of this haiku, read RabindraNath Tagore's Story SAMAPTI : Image Source

                      मेघा बौराये 
                      गमक गया बेला 
                     दिखे थे तुम

ग़ुलाब- The Rose

                 ग़ुलाब एक...                                    डॉयरी के पन्नों में,                                     कोयल ने फिर कुह...