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Ignorance and Vanity

Mrinal was en route to the airport when her smartphone rang .Her mother's number flashed on screen and despite her nervousness of flying alone to a new city for the first time , she smiled. 
Moms are worrying. Always . 
Just like fathers are busy. Always.
Despite herself she felt her mouth turn bitter at the thought of her father. He was never home, a blessing, considering the way he used to treat her docile mother. Being an illiterate girl from a poor family was the biggest sin of her mother whose beauty and the planetary positions of her birth-chart tempted Mrinal's famous and rich astrologer grandfather to handpick this gem for his foreign educated lawyer son.
It was a sad and loveless marriage full of disdain, contempt and scorn at one end, and duty, agitation and perturbation on the other with two daughters working as a weak bridge. 

She took the call. It was her sister mumbling something amid sobs about an accident ... of her father.

She missed the flight.

******
Years flew by a…

5 Reasons to go ASUS Zenfone2

Well well as if having an ASUS Zenfone2  in itself is not a good  reason enough .. I am supposed to give 5 reasons for having it ! Phew.. I can give fifty.

Now-a-days smartphones are like alter egos. you can't live without them . We are not bothered by carrying the bulky lappy.. okay ..sleek lappy with a bulky charger (chargers are bulky.. you can't deny that !) with us everywhere, instead we have the world in our pocket with the smartphones. And ASUS is brand trusted and much coveted. We all know about the zoom and the boom of Zenfone by ASUS . So when I know about the launch of the very sophisticated , very personalized and very hi-tech  Zenfone 2, I  was and am obviously thrilled. With a whole range of enhanced features and specifications as well as the much high look quotient here I am describing just some of the features which made me carve for it are-

1. Look-
 The ultra slim beautifully carved and crafted Zenfone 2 is a beauty to behold! Its 3.9mm at the thinnest edge and …

Needle : Haiku

scent of pine needles...
                                                      sky a crimson dusk ,bright stars...                                                       I am rapt in love





                                                     needle to sew your                                                       clothes is nowhere... sighed Mom to                                                       the now waxing Moon !


                                                   needles prick my heart                                                    a place you used to dwell in                                                      love bleeds out on snow
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Being Me (FPFS : Day Five)

body stained by sands  oblivious to the waves   am just being Me.


I have been tagged by my soul-sis Maniparnato take part in Five photos Five stories Challenge (FPFS) which is- Post a picture for 5 consecutive days and attach a post to it , fiction, poem or short write-up.It can be anything to suit your taste.
I am tagging  another of my very dear  friend  Nimi on this last day . Glad to be able to complete it successfully :)


#UtkalaDibisaQuiz : Win Free stay at Puri, RatnaGiri and a Lot more !

Welcome to the #UtkalaDibisaQuiz !!Its to commemorate the Foundation Day of Odisha  and is being hosted at  'I' - a blog by Amrita Sabat .
Amrita is a versatile blogger and a dear friend.We both share a love for books, travels,poetry,culture, heritage,Mother Nature and beauty in Life ....

The contest - 
 Its a simple contest where you have to answer a few questions  and voila! you are in .. to be a potential winner :) So just hop on to her blog and get this wonderful chance to win grand prizes from Odisha Tourism!  Check out the #UtkalaDibasaQuiz Rules and Terms and Conditions HERE.
And following are the original prizes for #UtkalaDibasaQuiz #Contest:
Grand Prize #1 - Couple 2N/3D Stay at Toshali Sands, Puri sponsored by Toshali Resorts Grand Prize #2 - Couple 2N/3D Stay at Toshali Resort, Ratnagiri sponsored by Toshali Resorts
10 Consolation Prizes - Lovely Odisha Tourism Souvenir Items sponsored by Odisha Tourism


The glorious prizes are:Grand Prize #1 - Couple 2N/3D Stay at Toshali Sa…

ये दोनों (FPFS : Day four )

मस्तक का  शांत स्निग्ध  चंदन
माँ की आँखों का  मृदु  अंजन 

मेरे आँगन की यह कलिका 
अपने मन की जो है मलिका 

इन दोनों से चहका ये  घर
महका जीवन केसर-केसर

मस्तक = forehead                                                                 स्निग्ध =  soft and glowing
चंदन = sandalwood tilak                                                       कलिका =  very young bud
मलिका = queen                                                                       चहका = twittering 
महका = fragrant                                                                     केसर = saffron (here, made calm and  relaxing  like the fragrance of saffron )


I have been tagged by my soul-sis Maniparnato take part in Five photos Five stories Challenge (FPFS) which is- Post a picture for 5 consecutive days and attach a post to it , fiction, poem or short write-up.It can be anything to suit your taste.
I am tagging  my very dear  friend Dr. Kiranon my Day four and as a part of the challenge, I will tag a new person on Day five.

The Road (FPFS : Day Three)

Standing on that bifurcation, I was lost and confused
Wondering where to go from here and which path should I choose

Both were densely lined by trees, seemed similar in their view
But I was game for exploration and carved for something new

To 'the road not taken' I must go, my heart was telling so
Or should I wait for you to come and solve the matter Lo!

I chose the one with dirt and dust, went with aplomb, felt gay 
Well, I never had any patience for life's humbug monotonous song anyway..

The road was long, unknown and curved, treacherous and unseen
 I found a brook, new friends in winds 'twas not glum but serene

And there I found Him conversing, in that calm and solitude
In moments so still, in roads not taken, I found Life's beatitude.



I have been tagged by my soul-sis Maniparnato take part in Five photos Five stories Challenge (FPFS) which is- Post a picture for 5 consecutive days and attach a post to it , fiction, poem or short write-up.It can be anything to suit your tas…

An Aster (FPFS : Day 2)

Far away in a shade brown-green
stands a flower quite pristine
fit for an arbour of a queen
or, to be a part of a garden scene

It stands there pacific and serene 
with just some weeds to share sunsheen
its purple pinks with golden gleam
pose innocent smiles which go unseen


yet its so happy to flourish there
its shrub is laden with its dainty fare 
The star of frost with a deep pink glare
is gently moving in the balmy air

Bucolic in its purple glory,
charming white streaked lavender bloom
apprises us on patience and bliss as
it waits to be crushed and burnt for fumes

Far away from the maddening crowd
from evanescent cheers and accolades
It teaches rapture in solitude and 
how to be humble and stay blessed

I have been tagged by my friend Maniparna (tonnes of thanks ) to take part in Five photos Five stories Challenge (FPFS) which is- Post a picture for 5 consecutive days and attach a post to it , fiction, poem or short write-up.It can be anything to suit your taste.
I am tagging  my  sunshine girl  Shwet…

Infinite (FPFS challenge : Day One)

became... infinite
                                                   by love, fire, ardour, peace  of 
                                                   benign devotion


I have been tagged by my soul-sis Maniparnato take part in Five photos Five stories Challenge (FPFS) which is- Post a picture for 5 consecutive days and attach a post to it , fiction, poem or short write-up.It can be anything to suit your taste.
I am tagging Archanaon my Day One and as a part of the challenge, I will tag a new person on Day Two.

Sharing with HaikuHorizons

धूप : Sunshine

ललछौंहे बच्चों के चेहरों पे
लाल अबीर बिखराती  धूप

तपे  हुए ताम्बई गालों  पे
स्वर्णिम आभा लाती धूप

सलोने सांवले चेहरे पे
सोना सा  बिखराती  धूप

काले घुँघराले बालों में
उलझ उलझ फंस जाती धूप

मुखर गुलाबी अधरों पर 
मोती सी घुल जाती  धूप

रेशम रेशम हाथों पर 
मेहंदी  सी रच  जाती धूप

गहरी काली आँखों को 
रत्नो सा दमकाती धूप 

खन खन कंगन के नग में
सूरज से,  झलकाती धूप

गालों पे ढुलके आंसू में 
इन्द्रधनुष लिख  जाती धूप



ललछौंहे = reddish tinge                                                       ताम्बई  = copper-ish
अबीर = colour                                                                     स्वर्णिम आभा = golden lustre
घुँघराले  - curly                                                                    उलझ  = trapped
मुखर - lively , here as if about to say something                अधरों - lips
रत्नो  - gems                                                                        नग = precious stone                                     झलकाती = reflects                                                              …

सूरज : Haiku

सूरज लगे 
                                                              समोसों में लड्डू सा 
                                                              पर्वतों  बीच


                                                               sun is looking like 
laddu flanked by samosas 
                                                               when amid the hills

Sleep : Haiku Hindi

सोना है अभी 
                                                      ये  सूरज बुझा दो 
                                                        छुट्टियां शुरू




I want  to sleep more
                                                                so please, snuff out this sun, love 
                                                                  vacations started 



सोना = sleep                                                             बुझा = snuffed out
छुट्टियां = holidays                                                     शुरू = started