Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 : To WOMEN


On 23 March, 2012 on the occasion of Gudi Padwa, which signals the arrival of the Hindu New year, i achieved a personal milestone, overcame a huge personal challenge.  So moved was i by this achievement which i attained singlehandedly that i made the above Logo.

I had NO idea then, that nine months later  in December Jyoti Singh Pandey would strike like  lightning, rousing every Indian from every corner of our country, in a united outrage at the gang rape.

Yes, 2012, indeed is the year Women AWAKEN and ARISE..

Last evening i was part of a Candle march for Damini and for every  woman , a silent, peaceful protest that her death and sacrifice does not go in vain.


Perhaps the greatest challenge in 2013 would be to sustain the fight for Women's safety and let Damini be a harbinger of CHANGE in our society.  A change of mindsets that grants women RESPECT , SAFETY and EQUAL rights as citizens of India.

Good bye 2012, indeed you were like NO other year of my Life.

May we all enter 2013 with NEW perspectives on every issue that matters to us on a daily basis.

It's time to look ahead to 2013.

The count down begins..................
                                                                                            

The 150 Milestone


Happy to share that Daffodils  has made its way to 150 countries now.

It is milestones like these that egg you on to be regular churn out yet another interesting post and enjoy Blogging.

In one day we will enter a new year.

2012 was different from any other year of my life. It was

Explosive

Psychic


Volatile


Adventurous


Marvelous 


Painful


Action Oriented


Goal oriented


Wanderlust


Revealing


Have always looked forward to the New Year, but never like this.  2013 should be awesome after the dramatic and unbelievably action packed 2012.

More about 2013 in my next post.  So enjoy the remaining hours of 2012  and wait for the countdown!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Jyoti Singh Pandey : An ANGEL in disguise


29 Dcember, 2012,  2.15 a.m. An ANGEL died in Mount Elizabeth Hospital , Singapore.

To all of us Indians Damini, or Amanat, the gang rape victim, a  Physiotherapist  by profession, became a symbol of CHANGE.  Change for the way we view women   The way we view women' s safety.  The way a nation treats  the second half of is population.

For  thirteen days this ANGEL  held the country together  in one momentum that cried out INJUSTICE. protests occurred all over the country.

 We have had ENOUGH .  It was heartening to see the youth spell out their anger and outrage at this ghastly incidence.  More heartening that the literate and illiterate  BOTH condemn this ghastly act.

It was a sense  of outrage that made me and my daughter protest  at India Ggate with the Delhi cyclists.  Since Section 144 had been declared by the govt., we were  not allowed to go as per our plan to go on a silent protest from India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhawan with our banners.  So we stood quietly with our banners, talking  to the media who was present there.

During the past fourteen days,  as Damini battled  with death bravely,  was  reminded of two incidents in my life.  They had been shelved in some back corridors of my life and they were fished out to the present  in wake of what Damini endured.

To be gang raped and be hit by rods.  To have rids inserted in you.  God, are they even humans? What kind of psychopaths  are these men?

My first awareness of what  it means to be a woman in this country and what kind of silent sufferings , fear and injustice a woman has to bear came at age 12.

We were in Mumbai.  The year was 1976.   My mother and my three sisters were stopping by at Mumbai on our way to Zambia.  In the short time we had in  Mumbai, we traveled via  the Mumbai local trains.


I vividly recall what i was wearing   The memory is still crystal clear.  I was wearing a maroon parallel and a green and maroon  skivi.  As we got in the crowded train and stood in the centre, a man who must have been between 25 and 30 touched me in a most offensive manner   Shell shocked i could not believe that this could happen to me when my family was around me.  But he took advantage of the crowd.  I stood frozen, bearing it all unable to protest, call for help or  say a word.  I was all of 12.  Some time later  relief came as i sat on the seat and was relatively SAFER.

I was so stunned by this incidence that till date i never told anyone about it.  But it has stayed in my memory all these years  Damini's death has led me to share my most personal encounter.

The second incidence happened when i w.as 20. I had to travel to Delhi for n entrance exam.  The entrance  exam happened to be in between my semester dates   So i had no choice bit to travel in the afternoon, from Chndigarh after my exam was over.

It was winters and by the time i reached ISBT, it was dark.  I had taken the risk to travel and reach Delhi in the evening as my cousin had promised to pick me up from ISBT. Those days there wet no mobiles.

As i lugged my air bag ans stood waiting for my cousin to arrive, i had the scariest  one hour of my life.  Every passer by gave ma glare  a young girl, all alone, presumably waiting for someone.  And a little while later a  man  with luisty, beqdy eyes came  and stayed put near me.  He said nothinga nd did nothing, but his presence and offensive eyes  sent shivers down my spine.  I havd never seen such evil and lusty eyes in my life.

The bus in which i was travelling  had an elite looking man in his mid thirties .  As i stood waiting there he  crossed me and i was in a dilemna .  could i appeal to him for help? For protection.  He seemed well educated and  from a good family   But would he help? What if he too turned out to be suspicious.  It seemed he too was waiting for someone as he stood near  by me. Althouhg i never got any negative vibes from him  could not muster enough courage to appeal to him for help.  After ll he too was a stranger.  A man. The way this beady man looked  as i  stood there u what i needed to Oscillating between asking for help or not.   i prayed to God for my safety and wondered why my  cousin  had not been  careful enough to reach ISBT at the time we had fixed in advance.

That one hour was full of  cold fright for my safety.  And i  cursed myself for making that trip to Delhi at evening hour.  Finally when i had given up all hope of surviving that day, my cousin appeared  from nowhere and i burst out crying.  Such were our times.

Any young girl/woman who has traveled by public transport has faced  eve teasing and sexual harrasment  ( putting it so mildly) and a fear of her safety at some point of her life. When will all this change?

 As a mother of two young daughters it has always been a dilemma granting them freedom at the expense of their safety.

Perhaps the one thing which has changed is  awareness.  Today it is heart warming  to see young males fighting for women/s cause.   Raising their voice at the gross injustice of Damini's gang rape.

And it is not just the literate man who is aware of the wrongs doings happen to the women in our country.  My dhobi who has two young daughters, said  to me:

I  saw you giving your interview on NDTV.  Good to see such protest .'In sab ko PHAANSI de deni chahiye'.

And  as i sit here typing, he walks in to clean the car and says:  Ladki mar gayi.  Ab to phaansi DENI he padegi.

Damini, you are the harbinger of CHANGE.  With the  PM Dr Manmohan Singh,  The President Pranab Mukerjee ,  CM of Delhi Shiela Dixit condemning the  gang rape and subsequent death of Damini, you have singlehandedly made our country wake up to  the sorry plight of women's safety.

The fight will continue.  We will not let your death go in vain.You will live in the hearts  of not only every  Indian, but every ounce of humanity  You were indeed an ANGEL in disguise. One who sacrificed her life for  WOMEN's cause. For SAFETY  of women. For JUSTICE . For New LAWS . For exemplary PUNISHMENT. For WRONGS  against women

RIP Damini

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The TAMANA Cause



Today i spent a lovely afternoon with the  Tamana group.  This was the winter Carnival in aid of Tamana's vocational Training school and i simply had to make the journey from Faidabad to Chanakyapuri.

The Canival's venue were the lush green, enormous lawns of the British High Commission in Rajaji Marg.

The roads along side the venue were lined up with parked cars as more and more Delhites  came to show their support for the NGO and the Cause.

The whole  carnival  had a festive look with balloons  at the gate, inviting you inside.




Tamana is a non-profit voluntary organization registered in March 1984, created solely with the purpose of helping the cause of mentally challenged, multiply disabled and autistic. Tamana is recognized by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India, Department of Social Welfare; Govt. of NCT Delhi and is registered with the National Trust.

Tamana offers an Individual Educational Program for every student, aimed at social and economic independence, which incorporates special education, regular academic program through the NIOS, therapeutic interventions and vocational training. Each Centre of Tamana offers -speech, occupational and physiotherapy, life skills training, computer education, music and dance, weight management and physical fitness, sports and extracurricular activities, counseling, behaviour modification, diagnostics and assessment facilities, family counseling.


Tamana was born out of the living faith and optimism of Shyama Chona, mother of Tamana Chona, who was born with cerebral palsy. To begin with, this child was saddled with problems. But slowly, bit by bit, with the help and guidance of her mother, she started to cross the innumerable hurdles that hindered her progress. At times. her progress was nothing short of miraculous. This inspired her mother to extend the same kind of help and guidance to other handicapped children. And thus, the Tamana -the charitable society- was born.

The journey for Tamana the organization and Tamana herself has been arduous. Nonetheless both are success stories today. Tamana Chona has fought all odds and is a teacher in the Infant branch of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram. Tamana the organisation which started with 4 students, today has hundreds of students between ages of 4 years -30 years enrolled in its three Delhi branches- Autism Centre -School of Hope, Tamana Special School and Nai Disha.

Thee was everything from Home Linen, Jewellery, Apparels , Kiddie stuff and more: 








 Students of  Tamana school and  Nai Disha, performing at the Carnival:





And finally Tamana Shona took to the stage: 


She wouldn't rest till her mother, Dr Shayma Chona joined her :)

  And she was in a real festive mood.  So she went over and invited a male audience to shake a leg




and he obliged happily!





And guess who was the Surprise of the day.  None other than the Herbal Queen.  Shahnaz Hussain came to lend support and appreciation to the Tamana Cause.





The Carnival had an inviting Food Court where you could sit and enjoy food under the bright Winter Sunshine:



For the Non Vegetarians there  were plenty of Kababs and delicacies.






And this was my Lunch :))





Innovative Cushions for Home Decor.


The mandatory Kid's Section :



As the post tells it was a wonderful Carnival for an even more wonderful Cause!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ageing with Waheeda



This article appears in Today's issue of BRUNCH Magazine. I found it  to be very good advice from an iconic actor, Waheeda  Rehaman .  So sharing it here.

ACCEPT YOU AGE : With age, you grow as a person. so learn to understand yourself.

SAY NO TO BLACK : Don't dye your hair.  when you are 70, everyone knows  you are grey, so why hide it.  So let it be.  It is more graceful.

ACT YOUR AGE : Don't try to look younger than you are. - even if you are an actor.

KEEP IT CLEAN : Don't use make up when it is not needed.  I still don't use anything but kajal, unless i am shooting or having a big event.
 season.

BE CALM : Yoga, walks and meditation help a lot.  I have been doing it for years. If you are calm from within, it always shows.

MOISTURE :  It helps,  every season

STAY HAPPY : Happiness is the key to beauty.  If you are content mentally and emotionally, you'll stay beautiful, no matter hoe old you are.

I agree with most of them.  Perhaps you too do  :)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Broken Hearts


As i woke up this morning, i woke up to the deadly news of the Newtown massacre in the US.

Using three guns, Adam Lanza, age 20,  killed twenty Kindergarten  children, six adults and himself at Sandy hook Elementary school in Connecticut.

The shooting appeared to be the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, according to AP.
Reacting to the senseless and bone chilling shooting, a tearful President Obama said:

``As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it is an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods and these children are our children. And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.'' 

So what made Adam Lanza so mad that he forgot reason, goodness and every other sensible thing, and ALL he could think of was giving DEATH to innocent people.  His madness fueled by anger would not even spare the twenty innocent kids?

It is incidents like these which  make us wonder, where we have gone wrong as a family, as a neighborhood, as a society,  as a nation, and as a world.

Such incidents dont just happen.  They have been simmering and brewing in the killer's mind.  

There is perhaps only one remedy for such rage.  Care. Love.  Afffection. Empathy.  Hug.

But it too late.  Gone is Adam.  And gone are those innocent 26 people massacred.

A blot on 2012, just as it was on the verge of ending.

If we could learn from such incidents..... I for one am very keen to  folllow the investigation of this heinous act.

Let this be a lesson for all of us as we enter 2013.  Let us not bee unfair, to anyone. let us not hesitate from showing a little care, a little love, a little empathy.  let us endeavor NEVER to allow rage to overcome all sense of reason and logic.

We grieve for your Newtown. For your broken hearts.

RIP

Saturday, November 17, 2012

One LAST Time



The King of Roamnce, the ace director , the late Yash Chopra announced that the unnamed  movie he was working on in 2012, would be his last.  And destiny made sure it was to be so, even if he changed his minf.  For he passed away three weeks before the film's Diwali release on November 13.

I have just downloaded the son CHALLA,



 and its magic is working  wonders, just as long  long ago Rabbi stormed the music  world with his  chart busting songs, Bulla and Tere Bin.

What happens when you have an ace and seasoned Romantic director, with  legendary stalwarts like A R Rehman, Gulzar, the Badshah  SRK, the most desirable woman on the planet , Katrina Kaif and a talented  actor Anushka Sharma. Wait.... there is another interesting fact.  Director Aditya Chopra  debuting as a poet:


Teri aankhon ki namkeen mastiyan
Teri hansi ki beparwaah gustakhiyaan
Teri zulfon ki leharaati angdaiyaan
Nahi bhoolunga main
Jab tak hai jaan, jab tak hai jaan


Tera haath se haath chhodna

Tera saayon se rukh modna
Tera palat ke phir na dekhna
Nahin maaf karunga main
Jab tak hai jaan, jab tak hai jaan



Baarishon mein bedhadak tere naachne se

Baat baat pe bewajah tere roothne se
Chhoti chhoti teri bachkani badmashiyon se
Mohabbat karunga main
Jab tak hai jaan, jab tak hai jaan..



Tere jhoothe kasme vaadon se

Tere jalte sulagte khwabon se
Teri be-raham duaaon se
Nafrat karunga main
Jab tak hai jaan, jab tak hai jaan


— by Aditya Chopra


So needles to say you get a Blockbuster.  A romance, Yash Chopra Style, ONE LAST TIME, in the form of:

JAB  Tak Hai JAAN.

Some interesting facts, courtesy Wikipedia ( WHAT we would do without Wiki :))  )

Lyricsmint.com had to say this.......

Finally Yashraj's untitled project gets a name and it is Jab Tak Hai Jaan. In meantime we have heard many names like London Ishq, Yaara Silli Silli, Yeh Kahaan Aa Gaye Hum, Jai etc. But the now the suspense is over and name is finalized. Yashraj Films revealed the name of the name in today's (11th September) newspapers, they revealed the name and released a poem with it.

Wiki says: 

The film was shot under the working title of Production 45

 The romantic scenes of the film were directed by Chopra's son Aditya Chopra to give the romance a more contemporary feel.

In June 2011, Yash Raj Films released a statement announcing a new directorial venture by Yash Chopra which would coincide with the 50th anniversary of his career in Bollywood. The producers also announced that the film would release on the Diwali 2012 weekend.According to Chopra, the film was planned in early 2009 but he did not want Khan to work on any film other than his simultaneously.

 In an interview with The Telegraph he said, "My film is an emotional film. It is not comedy, action, escapism...This is what we call an internal film. There are only three characters [and] their emotions, happiness, sadness."
A teaser trailer was released along with the theatrical release of Ek Tha Tiger as well as through the firm's official YouTube channel on 15 August 2012.The 1:30 minute clip showed glimpses of Yash Chopra's successful yet acclaimed directorial ventures and then highlighted his upcoming film. The trailer incorporated the prelude of the song Challa as the background music. Yet again, the film remained untitled as "Yash Chopra Romance." The teaser crossed over one million views in less than three days.
The main theatrical trailer of nearly 2:30 minutes featuring the film's title was released on 20 September 2012 through Yash Raj Films' official YouTube channel.[35] It received a million views on the first day and 30,000 likes within a week, surpassing the record held by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, making it the first film trailer in the world to achieve this number in that span of time.


Some critical reviews:

Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and stated it was "attention-grabbing from inception till conclusion. The drama only soars higher and the complex love story gets more and more gripping as the conflict between the characters come to the fore."

Rachit Gupta of Filmfare gave it 4 out of 5 stars and wrote, "At a gracious 3 hours runtime, JTHJ feels like an epic love story. And it is just that. JTHJ is the perfect adieu to a hallmark career. It is the best romantic film made in this generation.

Mark Olsen of the Los Angeles Times gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and wrote, "The film has a freshness that would never lead one to think it was directed by an 80-year-old while at the same time it has a sureness of tone, a certainty about itself even at its most audacious, that comes from the hand of a seasoned master." He remarked, ""Jab Tak Hai Jaan" serves as a fitting tribute to the career of Chopra.

Lisa Tsering of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Director-producer Yash Chopra's film -- his final project before he died -- delivers not only the romance and human touch, but also reflects a modern sensibility

At almost 3 hours it is a considerably long movie but three things hold u captive: the locales, soulful music and the drama unfolded by the three lead actors.

In my posts i have mentioned that i am a big fan of Aishwarya Rai, but with this movie Katr4ina has floored me.  Just as Aishwarya's run down the wooden staircase  to meet her Devdas, was an aha cinematic moment, Katrina clad in a peach lehnga  gliding across the snow to meet not her beloved,  but Sir Jesus. And  to me they are at par with each other.

if you love cinema, and if you love Yash Chopra style romance





, go see  JTHJ,  for this is happening One LAST time :)

And for me, there is just one thing left to do, rush and buy  a CD of the movie :)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

आज की रात







आज की रात
एक अनोखी रात
आज की रात
 सपनो की रात

आज की रात
 मिली मंजिलें
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 हुए पूरे इरादे

आज की रात
बंद डिब्बों मैं उमंगें
 आज की रात
खाली कमरों के वाडे

आज की रात
 चन्दन की सुरभि
अज की रात
दीयों की लौ

आज की रात
एक मीठा एहसास
आज की रात
एक मीठा सन्नाटा

आज की रातरात
हुए बुलंद इरादे
आज की रात
 किये पूरे सपने

आज की रात
 एक शीतल चद्दर
आज की रात
एक ठंडा झोंका

आज की रात
बेहोश चांदनी
आज की रात
वो टिमटिमाते तारे

आज  की  रात
गूंजे सन्नाटे
आज की रात
एक मधुर विश्वास

आज की रात
छोड़ी करवटें
आज की रात
वो उडते  कदम

आज की रात
 बेपनाह इंतज़ार
आज की रात
न आयेगी दोबारा

आज की रात
न  आयेगी दोबारा

GOOGLE BABA ki Jai



I saw  this on Facebook.... not mine for sure,  but loving it so much that sharing it here.


Om Jai Google Hare !!
Swami Om Jai Google hare

Programmers ke sankat, Developers ke Sankat,

Click main door kare!! Om Jai Google Hare !!
Jo Dhyawe vo pawe, dukh bin se man ka,
Swami dukh bin se man ka,
Homepage ki sampatti lawe, Homework ki sampatti karave, kasht mite work ka,
Swami Om Jai Google hare!!




Tum puran search engine

Tum hi internet yaami, Swami Tum hi internet yaami

Par karo hamari Salary, Par karo hamari apprisal,
Tum dunia ke swami,
Swami Om Jai Google hare.

Tum info ke saagar,

Tum palan karta, swami Tum palan karta,

Main moorakh khalkamii, Main Searcher tum Server-ami
Tum karta dhartaa !!
Swami Om Jai Google hare!!


Din bandhu dukh harta,

tum rakshak mere, Swami tum thakur mere,

Apni search dikhaao, sari reasearch karao
Site par khada mein tere,
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Google dev ki aarti jo koi programmer gaawe,

Swami jo koi bhi programmer gaawe,

Kehet SUN swami, MS hari har swami,
Manwaanchhit fal paawe.
Swami Om Jai Google hare.
BOLO GOOGLE DEV KI ————- JAI... !!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Daffodils at 140!

This is NOT about Twitter :)

I have  yet to get stuck on tweeting.

!40 represents the number of countries where Daffodils has reached..... some relatively unknown.

Sharing the flags and  little fact about some of the special counties where Daffodils seems to have reached out to an audience :)



Honduras

Honduras is a republic in Central America. IThe country is bordered to the west by Guatemala, to the southwest byEl Salvador, to the southeast by Nicaragua, to the south by the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Fonseca, and to the north by the Gulf of Honduras, a large inlet of the Caribbean Sea.
Honduras was home to several important indigenous cultures, most notably the Maya

Uganda

Uganda  officially the Republic of Uganda, is a landlocked country in East Africa. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, being also shared by Kenya and Tanzania.



Albania

Albania officially known as the Republic of Albania , is a country in Southeastern Europe

Algeria
Algeria , also formally referred to as the Democratic and Popular Algerian Republic, is an Arab country in the Maghreb region of Africa. Its capital (and most populous city) is Algiers.


Andorra
Andorra , is a landlocked microstate in Southwestern Europe, located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France. It is the sixthsmallest nation in Europe, having an area of 468 km2 (181 sq mi) and an estimated population of 85,000 in 2012. Its capital,Andorra la Vella, is the highest capital city in Europe, at an elevation of 1,023 metres (3,356 ft) above sea level. The official language is Catalan,


Aruba
Aruba is a 33-kilometer-long (20 mi) island of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea, located 27 km (17 mi) north of the coast of Venezuela.


Barbados
Barbados is a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles. It is 34 kilometres in length and up to 23 kilometres in width, covering an area of 431 square kilometres . It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 kilometres  east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea


Belarus
Belarus , officially the Republic of Belarus, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe,bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital is Minsk.


Belize

Belize is a country located on the north eastern coast of Central America and it is the only country in the area where English is the official language, although Kriol and Spanish are more commonly spoken.

 Belize is bordered to the north by Mexico, south and west by Guatemala, and to the east by the Caribbean Sea


Croatia
Croatia , is a unitary democratic parliamentary republic in Europe at the crossroads of Central Europe, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean.

 Its capital and largest city is Zagreb.


Ecuador

Ecuador , officially the Republic of Ecuador , which literally translates as "Republic of the Equator" is a representative democratic republic in South America, bordered by Colombiaon the north, Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean to the west.

 It is one of only two countries in South America, along with Chile, that do not have a border with Brazil. The country also includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, about 1,000 kilometres  west of the mainland.

Brunei Darassulam

Brunei , officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo, in Southeast Asia.

 Apart from its coastline with the South China Sea, it is completely surrounded by the state of SarawakMalaysia, and it is separated into two parts by the Sarawak district of Limbang.

 It is the only sovereign state completely on the island of Borneo, with the remainder of the island belonging to Malaysia and Indonesia.


Guernsey

Guernsey , officially the Bailiwick of Guernsey , is a British Crown dependency in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy.


Kazakstan
Kazakhstan  officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a country in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. The ninth largestcountry in the world by land area, it is also the world's largest landlocked country.

 Its territory of 2,727,300 square kilometres  is larger than Western Europe.Moreover, lying on both sides of the Ural River makes Kazakhstan one of the only two landlocked countries in the world lying on two continents


Laos
Laos , officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic, is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south and Thailand to the west


Latvia
Latvia , is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by Estonia , to the south by Lithuania , to the east by the Russian Federation , to the southeast by Belarus , and shares maritime borders to the west with Sweden


Lesotho
Lesotho , officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is a landlocked country and enclave, completely surrounded by its only neighbouring country, the Republic of South Africa. It is just over 30,000 km2  in size with a population of approximately 2,067,000.

 Its capital and largest city is Maseru. Lesotho is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The name Lesotho translates roughly into the land of the people who speak Sesotho. 


Lithunia

Lithuania , officially the Republic of Lithuania  is a country in Northern Europe, the largest of the three Baltic states
 is situated along the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea, to the east of Sweden and Denmark

Macau
Everyone has heard of this, thanks to Bollywood awards and this being a HOT holiday destination!

Macau , is one of the two special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China, the other being Hong Kong

Macau lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from Hong Kong to the east, bordering Guangdong province to the north and facing the South China Sea to the east and south.

The territory's economy is heavily dependent on gambling and tourism, but also includes manufacturing.

Mozambique
Mozambique, officially the Republic of Mozambique , is a country in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest. 

The capital city is Maputo.


Papua  New Guinea
Papua New Guinea , officially the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, is a country in Oceania, occupying the eastern half of the island of New Guinea (the western portion of the island is a part of the Indonesianprovinces of Papua and West Papua) and numerous offshore islands. 

It is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, in a region defined since the early 19th century as Melanesia.

 The capital is Port Moresby.


Haiti
Haiti , officially the Republic of Haiti , is a Caribbean country. 


Tunisia
Tunisia , officially the Republic of Tunisia, is the smallest country in North Africa

It is an Arab Maghreb country and is bordered by Algeria to the west, Libya to the southeast, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east.


Turks and Caicos Islands
The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory consisting of two groups of tropical islands in the West Indies, the larger Caicos Islands and the smaller Turks Islands, known for tourism and as an offshore financial centre.


And finally, my Alma Mater too is reading Daffodils :)

Zambia , officially the Republic of Zambia, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa

The neighbouring countries are the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, MozambiqueZimbabweBotswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west. 

The capital city is Lusaka, located in the south-central part of the country. 

The population is concentrated mainly around Lusaka in the south and the Copperbelt Province to the northwest.

Zambia

Not a bad reach, eh? :)))))

Hoping to break into more lands and islands...........

[Courtesy Wiki]