Re-springing Your Step : Kickstart!

Part of Blogging 101 : Make A Prompt Personal

A typical day goes very sluggishly these days. I get up late, make tea. Watch the scene outside the window. Look at strays – dogs, cats, at cars, the sky, trees and birds. With breakfast done, I read a book, check my blog, check others blogs. I am in auto-pilot mode. Not thinking much. So I decide to do something about it, I get out of the house with my daughter to do a few errands, go to the grocers, go to the bank etc.

She is angelic today, hasn’t troubled me at all. It’s a bit of a walk to the bank, and my daughter insists that she will walk on her own.  She is almost two and is rapidly getting an independent streak. Not that I mind her walking but there is quite some traffic on the road and it can get difficult for pedestrians especially for the small ones. My work finishes smoothly and we are on our way home when my daughter slips, I ask her if she is hurt and we continue walking. Another two or three steps and she slips again. This time I am not sure what is wrong. So I ask her if she is tired whether I should carry her. She says yes. The moment she is up, she lays her head on my shoulders and is asleep in no time. All that walking got her tired. I did not foresee this situation.

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Daily Prompt: Life Without Computers!

Your life without a computer: what does it look like?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us WITHOUT.

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Without a computer, I would need to find a new profession!

I would venture outside more and get some fresh air, meet people and get more photographs.

Photographs which are developed in the dark room and not digitally. Overexposed photos and other goof ups. Oh, dear! I am bad with the digital camera, a manual one would be a disaster.

It will be like the old days, watching movies in the theater or getting video cassettes and watching them on television, listening to music on a Walkman. No reviews to tell us which is the good stuff.

I would miss Google the most. All that information that is easily available to us through these search engines is amazing. Imagine looking for that in magazines, newspapers and books. Saving cut outs of articles we may need. Oh no, not again.

The convenience of booking travel tickets, shopping, even paying bills online, gone 😦

Yet, it would bring us close to people around us, help value relationships. Save us from wasting time on social networking sites.

It would be a nice change for a while but I think I would want my computer eventually.

Sorry, I cannot part with it.

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Daily Prompt : Take Care – Small Battles

Daily Prompt: Take Care

When you’re unwell, do you allow others to take care of you, or do you prefer to soldier on alone? What does it take for you to ask for help?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us HELP.

Awkward is what I feel if I have to ask for help from someone other than my husband. If I am offered help I take it, easily.

When I am sick, I would go to the doctor myself, sleep most of the day. Put off the chores and order some food.

What I need help with is taking medicines. I hate taking pills. I keep staring at the pills as if they will disappear if I stare harder and delay taking them till there is nothing else left to do.

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It’s worse if there are several pills. I take them one by one then I am full because I had so much water, a good excuse to take some time off from taking more pills 🙂

My happiness is always short lived, I have to take the next pill and I tell myself its will be over soon. Put on some music to make myself happy. As soon as one pill goes down my throat I run as fast as a sick person can to the fridge looking for something to get the taste or smell off my mouth. My fridge is mostly understocked so I resort to sugar. In case you are wondering, it works.

Phew! one small battle is over. Relax till the next one is close.

 

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Ripped Into the Headline : Delightful Surprise

Daily Prompt: Ripped Into the Headline

Write about something that happened over the weekend as thought it’s the top story on your local paper.

Photographers, artists, poets show us something from your WEEKEND.

Mumbai gets it’s rains around the 10th of June and this time it decided to surprise us and come early.

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Crazy pouring rain pattering away on tin rooftops of shops, making small puddles on the road. The aroma of hot pakoras and steaming cups of chai.

A change in climate, a change in clothes, colorful umbrellas mushrooming everywhere, people scattering for cover, trees bursting with new life…

Me cooing with my baby just like the cuckoo bird, coo coo.

RSVP : It’s A Party

Daily Prompt: RSVP

Plan the ultimate celebration for the person you’re closest to, and tell us about it. Where is it? Who’s there? What’s served? What happens?

Its a party! What are we celebrating? Do we need a reason to celebrate? Its a weekend and my friends are free so we are having a get together.

There are about 20 people gathered in my small apartment. Its dark outside so we have put on the soft yellow lights, the special Diwali rustic lamp I like is lit in my room.

Parties should be fun and so we decided to have a theme to it. Today’s theme is Wine and Jazz. We play the music and people get their own wine.

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Friends start arriving one by one, each carrying a bottle of wine. The music is playing, its not really jazz just some lounge classics but people hardly notice that as they are busy talking! Everyone is scattered around in small groups.

There is finger food on the table and soon it is all gone so we bring out the delightful pineapple cheese cherry served on ice and its an instant hit. Food that tastes as good as it looks! The wine is poured, glasses clink and there is a happy cheer in the air.

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The music changes to house and people get up to dance, some are content just tapping their feet. Then more food is served, chicken starters and biryani. Some of us are getting lazy and sleepy especially the ones who went to work that day. The volume is turned down low and Hindi film music is playing. Someone in the room starts singing and others join in. The party goes on…

Its always fun when friends are around.