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‘S’ for Sister, ‘S’ for Selfie! #Mobiistar

“Having a sister is like having a best friend you can’t get rid of. You know whatever you do, they’ll still be there.” – Amy Li

Having a sister is a blessing and its a privilege if you are a younger sibling. There is always that one person you can count on. They will save you from your parents wrath when you goof up. She is your date for all family events and comes to rescue you from random conversations with Aunty-ji. And, there is always an open wardrobe full of clothes that you can access any time!

If you are both photo-crazy like me and my sister,then you are bound to have albums full of pictures together. Amongst all, this pic is closest to my heart. It was clicked this year when we went back home to attend a family wedding. The photo captures the unspoken bond that we share.

It was like travelling back in time, when we were younger. Sharing the same room and fighting over the TV remote and deciding which side of the bed who will sleep. As kids we used to play together, and this time we were awed by our kids playing. Her not-so-older-kids were taking care of my new-born. Through them we relived our childhood.

We can crib about each other, but dare someone else complain about the other one. As we grow older, new relations are added in our lives. Still, nothing can surpass the love that we have for one another.

Even though I like this picture, but it could have been better if I had Mobiistar smartphone. Mobiistar phone has front, dual selfie camera that captures a 120° wide-angle shot. It surely makes your selfie-experience better. And you an #EnjoyMore with the products functionality. It gives you an edge while capturing all the beautiful memories. Also, you can check more details and buy Mobiistar on Flipkart.

Do you have any favorite memories with your sibling? And do you still fight even if if you have grown old? Would love to hear your stories in comments.

Being a responsible Indian Citizen !

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

India is a democratic country – government of the people, by the people & for the people. We chose our ministers & expect them to keep all things in check. How often do we even think to do our bit for the country ? We do have fundamental rights, but what about the fundamental duties that accompany it ?

Power cuts, broken roads, corruption, bribery – just crib about it & then forget to act. It’s 2016 & high time we take things in our hand. We adults have the responsibility to set good example for coming generations.

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Commit to follow rules

Let’s begin with baby steps. Driving a two-wheeler, then wear a helmet. In a car, put on seat belt. Red light means to stop, so stop & don’t rush through it.Don’t drink & drive. And, if  at all you are caught breaking a rule don’t negotiate with authority – accept the legal course of action !

Promote Equality

Do we even need any explanations about it ? Stop differentiating between people on every small things you can find about. Religion, color ,gender – was this not enough  already that we now make religion based discriminations. There is enough destruction is the world, for a better future we need to ACT NOW !I know I am walking on thin lines here & should stop writing anymore.  🙁

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Become knowledgeable & wise
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Let me be clear – I am not talking only about getting an education. With education we learn facts, whereas applying those facts for betterment is being knowledgeable.Knowledge has no limits or age bar or a defined syllabus.Ofcourse, basic schooling should be given to all & government is doing it’s part by various schemes like – school chale, midday meals, etc. We do see examples in daily life where educated people are the monsters. Highly educated but demand dowry, educated but believe in female foeticide & honor killings, educated but employ small children as workers. On the other hand are the parents not formally schooled but work hard to get their children educated. This act makes them knowledgeable.

Respect those who defend us – our Soldiers

How can countrymen be safe without their sacrifices ? They leave their families to defend ours. Rail,hail or sunshine a soldier is always on duty. Respect them, what they do, how they live. Soldiers do not only constitute of those manning our borders. There are so many roles involved – infrastructure, operations, logistics, etc. All of these come together to keep make our country a safe place. Have faith in them & lets not question what or how they do what they do.

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This is just a small list of things that We – common people can do help our country. What other things do you think can help use make our country better ? Do share your thoughts in comments.

I am taking part in the #DailyChatter challenge by Team Blog Chatter. If you like the post, then do like, share, subscribe & comment.

( The thought process in the post is inspired by the topic of Indispire#138 – How can We,the common public,help our country India?. All images copied from Google images & credit goes to the owners.)

Land of Pokemon Currency – Niue !

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Niue island is one of the world’s smallest independent nation, located in South Pacific Ocean. It lies in the middle of triangle formed by Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands.
Also known as ‘Rock of Polynesia’ or simply ‘the Rock’. Its one of the largest coral islands in the world.

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You can reach there only from Auckland, via an Air New Zealand flight. Currency is NZ dollar. English & Niue are official languages. Alofi, is the capital city & the population stands at approx. 1200.

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Visit Niue to dive into crystal clear water & go snorkeling. You can enjoy swimming with spinner dolphins (April to December) and humpback whales (June to October). Discover the world of coral reefs. It’s not crowded and you get to be away from the city traffic for a change. Explore the limestone caves.

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It has strong cultural society. Sunday is used for going to church & boating, fishing are prohibited by law. Some of the traditions followed are –

  • Hair-cutting and Ear Piercing Ceremony – Boys get their long tail of hair cut for the first time after birth & girls get their ear pierced for the first time since birth.
  • Annual Village Show Day – It’s an annual event where the host village hosts different stalls for food & entertainment.
  • Takai – Everyone will decorate their vehicles or transport fancy items & roam around beeping the horns/ sirens. Residents left behind in villages to watch Takai are given special lollies.

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n1.pngn2.jpgNiue is also said to be the first nation to offer free WiFi services across the country. The most interesting thing about this country is that if offered legitimate Pokemon Currency in year 2001. Five such coins were issued with value of $1 each. Each coin featured one of the five Pokemon characters – Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander,Squirtle or Meowth. Niue also released coins with Doctor Who & Starwars character. I would love to get some of these coins & never have to spend them !

Next holiday season I will surely think about Niue. Do you find it interesting enough to visit ? Also, share your favorite holiday destinations.

 

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PS. Written for Indispire Edition 116: #DiscoverACountry

(All images sourced in from google & all credit goes to their respective owners.)

Random writers !

Randomness of events lead me to write this very random blog post. And the random question for the today is – “When & why did I start blogging ?”

The ideal category of people aim for something & start working towards it. But, the abnormal souls like me juggle through too many things & then stick to one of the many choices.

 Year 2010, just graduated & was awaiting my job joining. Addicted to reading over internet brought me to the world of blogging.The decision to start writing blog myself was a random choice. I was habitual of filling pages with anecdotes, poems, feelings & what not. So, why not start writing online ? You can read my first post here.

 First few thoughts were – it looks easy, so many people write, even I can do it. And, I could not have been more wrong. It’s not that simple a job. It’s your brainchild & you need time to nurture it. Thus came a long break, even before I had taken proper steps in blogging world.

What did I do in all these dormant years ?

Job & Travel. Read loads of traveler blogs & obvious realization hit me that I too wanted to share my travel stories with the world. So here I am, looking forward to connecting with others & making amateur efforts to inject bug of travelling in people. 🙂

This was my story & would love to hear your reasons for blogging.
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This post is written for Indispire edition 114#IAmABlogger

Books & more books !

I am a self-proclaimed book addict & I have no shame in shouting it at top of my voice. Nothing better than reading & getting lost in a different world.I remember watching my dad reading novels till late night & falling asleep. I guess I had caught on this habit very early in life. Now, I have stumbled across this crucial question – Which fiction author’s book/novel you like most? Why ?

Let’s turn back the time wheel & start from the beginning 🙂

As a kid I used to read Twinkle comics, Champak & Nandan. We used to eagerly wait for the new editions & weekends were reserved for reading them. I gradually grew out of them.

One fine summer evening, I was introduced to the world of ‘Malory Towers’ by Enid Blyton. Next few months were spent searching for all the six books of the series.  I used to dream about going to such school. The elaborate description of the towers & the school campus. They are still alive in memories. It was followed by the craze for ‘Famous Five’ & ‘Secret Seven’ by the same author.

I moved on and entered the magical world of Hogwarts. Which kid did not love the Harry Potter series by J K Rowling. To top that I was reading the HP series even during my board exams. We all kind of grew up with the 11-year-old Harry Potter to the one taking his OWLs. The trio – Harry, Hermione & Ron were the epitome of friendship goals. HP series taught me how to stick around even in harsher conditions.

For romance I walked through the pages of  Mills & Boon. Next in line was ‘Shopaholic series’ by Sophie Kinsella. That series mentions shopping in the name itself. I was bound to like them. The  thrill I felt while reading ‘Tell me your Dreams’  made me fall in love with Sidney Sheldon.Off late, I have developed interest in reading fictional mythologies by Amish Tripathi. The thrillers by Ashwin Sanghi & Jeffrey Archer also keep me hooked on.

As you can tell this list is endless. I cannot point my finger to one author & call him/her my favorite. There is wide ocean of authors to choose from & I for sure do not want to make the tough decision of favoring one.  I know there are loads of people who feel the same. Do comment & let me know what authors you like the most…

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PS  – Written for Indispire Edition 113 #MyFavouriteFictionWriter

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