Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Lesson in Perseverance

Yesterday while i  was having my siesta, hubby walked in  and said, '" Hurry, come outside. And bring your camera!"

"What happened ?, i asked curiously, reluctant to move out  of the warm quilt.

"Operation Honey", he remarked, a slow smile on his face.

"Operation Honey?,'' i repeated dumbly.

" Has my cousin come from Delhi?". i enquired.

"No.  Remember the Beehive you asked me to get removed?", hubby smiled knowingly.

"OIC', i said with more understanding.

" Bring your camera", hubby reminded me.

I got out of the quilt in a jiffy and took out the camera form the cupboard and went outside to the verandah which was the venue of Operation Honey.

We have a solitary Bottle Brush tree in the corner of the verandah in our home.  Solitary because the Gul mohar tree dried last year, due to an invasion by white ants.  Faridabad's soil is infested with white ants and it was indeed disheartening to see the tree i had planted with my own hands die after nearly two decades.

Every Spring,  the Bottle brush tree would bloom


without fail, turning to a riot of red flowers. Compared to other trees like mango it doesn't rise to a great height , but this one had not done badly.  So much so, that a beehive  sprung up, and that too at a somewhat low branch.  Several times i had asked hubby to get it removed, lest some naughty kid hit a stone and sent the bees on a stinging spree.

So today, hubby did the needful.  Today was the time for 'Operation Honey!'

As i walked towards the verandah, i saw a man crouched on the floor.




  He held a beehive,


The Beehive
bereft of bees in his hand.  a polythene containing some more pieces of beehive was kept aside.  And the most unbelievable part was the swarm  of bees



The swarm of Bees on the floor
 adjacent to the man, calmly stuck together on the floor.

"How did he dislodge the beehive from the tree?" i asked hubby

" he lighted a beedi and held it near the beehive.  the bees went away and he easily removed the hive form the tree", answered hubby.

I realized he was a professional.  and he kept an eye on the trees and today he approached hubby with a bargain.

I watched in fascination the whole process unfolding in front of my eyes.

 Fifteen minutes later he was gone.  We couldn't get any honey as he was reluctant to part with the honey comb.  As for us, we were happy to see the imminent danger of a stinging spree be done and over with.

Two hours later i ventured out of the home .  As i looked up to see the spot whee the  beehive had been , i was shocked.  The bees were right there on the same branch at the very same spot.


The bees AFTER Operation Honey
 I rushed inside and told hubby about it.

"How is it possible that they are back? the Beehive is no more?"

" Perseverance", replied hubby.  " They will make a new one again"

As this sunk in, i realized that it was back to square one.  But i somehow did not want to upset the bees again.  So i let it be.....

Minutes after their home had been destroyed, the bees were back , all together to build a new home, rear new bees and to pollinate and make honey.

Bees , although classified  as pests, are useful to man both for pollination and for making honey.  There is a lot we can learn about perseverance and diligence from these tiny insects which live such a disciplined life, co existing together in a swarm.


Christmas Blogging Award




Christmas is just around the corner.  It is countdown to 8 days.

My Punkymood  girl is happily displaying  "JOYOUS' mood.

There is a free invitation to attend  Christmas Celebration in my locality.

And Santas across the world are gearing up to live up to the hopes of millions of kids.  It is a different matter that nowadays kids know that Santa is their good old Grandpa from the locality.  But who cares!  Festivity is in the air. Love is in the air.  Hope is in the air for a brand new 2012.

So, i thought of something to do for my Blogging Fraternity.  A Christams Blogging Award tag, that will bring Bloggers closer this season. So, here are the Rules:

                                Nominate 10 fellow Bloggers

                                Inform the Bloggers of their nomination

                                Share 10 POSTS  you have enjoyed reading of ANY of your Blogger friends

                                Thank the Blogger who nominated you
                 
                                Your Post should be PUBLISHED by 24th December 11 p.m

                                ADD the Christmas Blogging Award picture to your Blog Post

So, here i go nominating 10 fellow Bloggers:

Shail

Rachna Parmar

Tikuli 

Chicky Kadambari

Giribala

Anuradha Shankar

Bhagwad

Arvind Passey

Sangeeta Khanna

Vidya Suri

And here are the TEN POSTS i have enjoyed reading the past  few months. Who are the bloggers? Read and discover for yourself... that is the whole idea......

Sons, marriages and nosey-parkers

Being a daughter, old age and the empty nest

Fall Of The Feminine

Flavors of Comments

Just Jockeying

Can't end marriage over sari :)

It Hurts

Don't have kids!

5 things To Do AFTER I Die

And so we gave courtesy a decent burial

So happy Reading.  Happy Blogging, and wish you MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


Versatile Blogger Award



Debajyoti, a newbie Blogger nominated  me for this award.  I came across his Humor Blog  Post on Indivine.  Just a few months into Blogging, he has a bright future lined up before him.

This is the second Tag category i am doing....

The Rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are:

                                Nominate 15 fellow Bloggers

                                Inform the Bloggers of their nomination

                                Share 7 Random things about yourself

                                Thank the Blogger who nominated you

                                Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your Blog Post

Networking is good for Blogging and here i aim to bring Bloggers whom i enjoy reading on a regular basis and some which i  have recently discovered barring a few old ones....

Kiran Manral

Ritu Lalit

Shail Mohan

Shilpa Garg

Alka Gurha

Saru Singhal

Indian Home Maker

Purba Ray

Arti

Kavita Saharia


Sudha Ganpati

Farida

Suranga Date

Joshi Daniel

Mani Padma

Besides these 15 Bloggers, there are so many more i read and enjoy.... hope to Tag them next time. so, don't be sad if you don't see yourself in this list :)

Now those 7 random things about me:

I did part of my schooling from Africa

My all time  favorite dessert is Mango ice cream

Love meeting people and am a good host

I feel blessed to have my parents living so near to my home

Have no patience for elaborate shopping [much to the regret of my daughters :)]

I taught in school for about 5 years

Love the adventure that Travel brings

This brings me to the end of this post..... Thank you Debajyoti Ghosh for this award!

Happy tagging and get started!!!






Friday, December 16, 2011

81 Yayyyy!



No, no.... i have not turned 81! ( though i secretly wish i could live that long and see what my grand children did with technology :).

It is definitely NOT a cricket score as the only time i was charged up about Cricket  was when we watched the finals of World Cup and India went berserk when we won.....

So, what is 81???

It is my Indiblogger Rank.  My highest ever! So i am chronicling it as a motivation for the future.  My regular blogging is responsible for this.  And every time i am either too lazy or not charged up enough to blog, this post will be a reminder of the gratifying aspects of Blogging.

Thank you Indiblogger for 81!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Own A Colour


Own A Colour and Help Save a Child's Life

This is a unique effort by a small group of individuals passionate  in their belief that small acts can combine collectively to save the lives of many children, one child at a time.

Your average computer, smartphone and tablet can display 16.7 million colours.

That's a lot of colours!

This website, wants to  NAME each and every colour for at least Pound 1,to raise money for the children's Charity UNICEF.

All the money raised will go directly to help transform Children's lives, so go ahead and pick a COLOUR for yourself, NAME it, and also tell the Website what  this color means to you.

I Just named one for myself.  My colour is a warm shade of RED, which is the colour  for 2012.

I Named it RADIANT 2 and its code is HEX  #ca4a5b.

DULUX is a partner of this Campaign.

It may be a small contribution of Pound 1, but its a terrific way to help the Cause.

So go to the Website, 'Own A Colour' and follow the simple instructions, choose you colour, name it and be a proud Owner.  And spread the word, just as i am doing......



Just Do it!!

Apni Dilli

Republic Day Parade in N Delhi



After having spent five years in Chandigarh pursuing my Masters, i felt  the need to spread my wings. At 21, Delhi beckoned to me.  It was a strange pull that made me  give up the option of doing Reasearch and pack my bags and shift to Delhi.  Soon after,  i got married and we lived in Delhi for the first two years of my married life in South Delhi.

During those two years i wanted to take in all that  Delhi had to offer. So from eating Chinese from parked  vans to dining at House of Ming and Haveli, Ice cream sessions at India Gate post dinner, attending the Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan, visit to the Zoo, attending the Crafts Fair in Modern School, Barakhamba road, rides at Appu Ghar, visiting  The State Emporia at Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Walking at Janpath,   the book Exhibitions at AIFACS, exploring Books at Teksons, Crossword and Sehgal Brothers in South Extension, eating at Karims in Nizamuddin West, Eating at Nirulas and more ... we did it all.

And then came the Life changing decision when we shifted to Faridabad.  in  1988.  Faridabad was almost a ghost town, though slated to be the Industrial hub of Haryana. I would miss the Delhi life sorely  and make frequent trips to be happy.

Decades later when my daughters grew up, i decided that they needed to discover Delhi. So, during the Commonwealth Games i took my daughters for a wonderful trip around Delhi via the HOHO bus. You can read about it here and here .  And also made them take a Heritage Walk in Chandni Chowk. You can read about that too, here.

Today, Faridabad has emerged as a great town, now being  easily connected to Dilli  via Metro.

On 12 th December, 2011,   Dilli turned  100! And understandably Dilli  was trending on Twitter.

I have picked up 50 tweets.  The Dilliwalas will surely relate to them, and for the outsiders, it is a dekho into the mind of a Dilliwala.  Take a look:

#whatIloveaboutDilli picnic lunches at Lodhi Gardens, dog, tiny tot, basket-carriers,frisbee and a quiet spot to snooze in sun after !

#whatiloveaboutdilli - Walking in the Lutyens' zone on weekends, with lots of trees and less noise-- and my secret places in the aea

 #whatiloveaboutdilli  Foggy mornings, sunny afternoons. Metro rides, walks in the park. Midnite snacks at Pandara Road. Lassi in Karol Bagh 

#whatiloveaboutdilli Lower rent than Mumbai.

Flowers and trees. Skies and sunsets. Jamun in the summer. Roasted bhutta. Roads that take me home. #whatiloveaboutdilli

#WhatIloveaboutdilli the gigs & plays... Every day of the week in winter. And the food, nice wide roads, dozing off in the winter sunshine

 #WhatIloveaboutdilli Auntyjis in pretty shawls in shaadis, the kada prashad at Bangla Saab, the Pahadganj madness at Nayi Dilli station

#whatiloveaboutdilli Airport transit metro, mall meals, the idea and emptiness of Gurgaon. 

#WhatILoveAboutDilli this constant entanglement of chaos and calm it offers. Yeh sheher nahi mehfil hai!


#whatiloveaboutdilli amrita shergill marg. i take a turn on to it even when i don't have to, just to be able to drive down that beauty

#Whatiloveaboutdilli dost, khana peena, khuli hawa, greenery, broad roads, shopping :p

#whatiloveaboutdilli The sunday book market


Sardi ho toh dili ki ho warna na ho #whatiloveaboutdilli

#whatiloveaboutdilli Sooji ke Golgappe 

Jamming at the JNU campus on #PearlJam's last kiss on a winter afternoon #whatiloveaboutdilli

#whatiloveaboutdilli The Chaat, the Momos and the cute Punjabi mundas!! Haha ;)

One who murders can get bail and go to pub for parting and marriages #whatiloveaboutdilli

#WhatILoveAboutDilli... Absolutely everything, the people, the food, the seasons, and the smell of gilli mitti when it rains.

#Whatiloveaboutdilli beautiful architecture, clean roads, dilli haat, parathe wali gali, winters, family... All my bachpan ke din :)

#Whatiloveaboutdilli "INDIA GATE"(I am filled with deep patriotism when I looked at AMAR JAWAN JYOTI ((the flame of the immortal soldier))

#Whatiloveaboutdilli easy sloooooooooooooooooooooooooowww life

#whatiloveaboutdilli - Khan Chacha :-)

#Whatiloveaboutdilli butter chicken,butter naan, butter in EVERYTHING :p

#Whatiloveaboutdilli long drives in the rains :) on EMPTY ROADS :D

#whatiloveaboutdilli it is always alive n happening!!!

#Whatiloveaboutdilli... dilli de sonee kudiyan .....

#Whatiloveaboutdilli...AIIMS par 4am baaje bhe paratha omelet milta hai :-)

I was in Delhi to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Wow! #Whatiloveaboutdilli

#whatiloveaboutdilli is north campus of delhi university n d life there.

#Whatiloveaboutdilli...people ordering chinese food at Sagar ratna :-)

#WhatILoveAboutDilli hauz khas village ke chote chote restaurants n cafe's

Parks, free concerts in the park, flowers in Spring, the smell of parched earth in the rain, woodfires in winter #Whatiloveaboutdilli

The METRO rides!!!#whatiloveaboutdilli

#Whatiloveaboutdilli BTW (Bitto Tikki Wala)

#Whatiloveaboutdilli – wide open spaces, history at every turn, multi-cultural milieu, crowds at cultural dos."

#Whatiloveaboutdilli dilli ki kudiyan aur unka tashan.

#Whatiloveaboutdilli seetu neetu te teetu di gaddi on back of autos'


Happy Birthday Dilli. I may pretend to hate you, but in my heart you're the best. #whatiloveaboutdilli


#whatiloveaboutdilli Delhi Metro. Truly world class. And well maintained. And growing.


#Whatiloveaboutdilli - Chandni chowk ke Jalebi, Purani dilli ka mughlai khana DU ka crowd, Ridge ka environment, Khan market kee shopping !!

#Whatiloveaboutdilli is trending awesomee.... oh Chak de Dilli! ♥

 #whatiloveaboutdilli khan Chacha rolls

#Whatiloveaboutdilli the fact that, how tradition, values and growth survived together

Bhaiyya Dhaniya aur Mirchi toh daalo.. Thoda Aur... 

#Whatiloveaboutdilli ChainaRam ka Karachi Halwa

#whatiloveaboutdilli: i have been to more than 16 countries and 20 cities but nothing like delhi !!!

The real india #whatiloveaboutdilli


#WhatILoveAboutDilli Every Delhiite is a foodie.




Koi Jugaad hain ??? 


#Whatiloveaboutdilli - Being stuck in traffic jams. If it were not for them, I wouldn't be half as active on Twitter as I am now.

 So, what do YOU love about Dilli?



Sunday, December 11, 2011

11Dec, 2011 : Chilling with INDIBLOGGER in Delhi


I have a bit of sad news...... while editing my Post, i accidently clicked on a button and my post vanished into the thin air :((((

I can't possibly type ALL that again.  So for the new readers.... ill have to settle for a Photo Post. sorry about this !



The Welcome note at Park Hotel, N Delhi

The meet well on its way

Scanning and hunting for the # HP stickers using  Smart Phone

Anoop announcing the winning team

The HP stickers for the first game of the meet

The second game: collecting max witty comments


In search for comments......

Time for a coffee break







With Abha Iyengar

Abha Iyengar, Santosh Bhangar, Purba Ray, IHM, Ritu Lalit and me : women Power :)

With Vibha Malhotra

Yummy!

Prateek Shah moderating the TV Style Panel discussion


Indiblogger's gift for EVERY Blogger

A parting shot.  It was gr8 meeting old pals and fellow Bloggers: Prateek Shah, Zephyr, IHM, Purba Ray, Ruchira,  Ritu Lalit, Sangeeta Khanna, Arvind Khanna, Anshul Tiwari.


It was also fun meeting new bloggers: Abha Iyengar, Santosh Bhangar, Jyotsna Verma, Abhishek Joshi, Vibha Malhotra, Ekta Khaitan,  Rituparna Mukerjee,Sushmita, Pallavi, Hitesh Rawat... and others whose name i cant recollect.......

To sum up.... ther Indiblogger meet was a super duper success!!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tagged!

Its been some time since i did a Tagged Post.  So why not again?  Am all game for this...


Here is  how this  Tag works:


Rules: 

1) Blogger is nominated to take part

2) Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category.
The links are:
- Your most beautiful post
– Your most popular post
– Your most controversial post
– Your most helpful post
– A post whose success surprised you
– A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
– The post that you are most proud of

3) Blogger nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part. 


4) These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate another 5 more bloggers 

5) And the Tag goes on.....







Here i go with my LINKS:


MY most Beautiful Post:


Little Moments of Happiness 


This is one of my Beautiful Posts.Cos Happiness is mandatory for a life full of contentment, and this post shares those little things we should be thankful for in life.




My most Popular Post:


As You Turn 21 Surbhi


This post was an overflow of a Mother's love for her daughter turning 21.  My daughter's friends were surprised a the extent i understood my daughter. Many claimed to have become my "Fan"!




My most Controversial Post


50th Post ; Enigmatic Women


This post albeit one of my Popular posts, is also a contoversila one.  As a few readers did not agree with my choice.  I selected these women not necessarily for their goodness, but for the enigma surrounding these women.  Some alive and some dug from History.




My most Helpful Post:  


Understanding Breast Cancer


Understandably this was a well researched post, meant to create awareness about Breast Cancer.




A post whose success surprised me:


Rim jhim rim jhim Rum jhum rum jhum


I never expected this post to have so many views.  It proves one thing for sure.  Not matter how tech savvy our lives become, nature will never fail to inspire us.  And who doesn't like to frolic in the rains!




A post i feel didn't  get the attention it deserved :


Inspiration or Addiction?


This post was to debate on the influence of Internet on our lives. Is Internet a boon or  something that has gnawed on our relationships due to the immense influence of the virtual world.




A post i am most Proud of:


My Father's Daughter


This is one Post i am proud of.  I am happy i could pay tribute to My Dad, who was instrumental in shaping my personality.  Love u Dad!


And now that i have dug into my 104 Posts and hand picked 7 of my best, i pass on the baton to 5 Fellow Bloggers:


Shail: Her introduction, "...Take your pick and be bored to death" defies the writing talent in her.  From poetry to prose on social issues, she posts it all.
                                                                                                                                 
Zephyr: A self proclaimed nag who started off by  nagging her son through emails made the smooth transition to the cyber world.  Equipped with a razor sharp memory, sheddelves into her past and present and posts on family and social issues.


Shilpa: Am avoid blogger with close to 400 posts, she is a prominent face in Blogoshpere.  Read her 'Ten on Tuesday" posts and more.


Alka Gurha: Her tag line says,  " Mostly contemplative, sometimes reflective but always tongue-in-cheek.  Besides writing to escape from mundane, she expresses her views on current affairs and more.


Obsessivemum:  A woman who admits to being an obsessive Mum to her adorable twins.  She even has a meter which regularly monitors her twins age, right down to the  countdown to their  next birthdays. You'll find ample tips on Parenting, Books and more here.


So here you go.... hope you enjoyed my 7 Posts!