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Be The Change!

9 October 2017 at 10:35
By: Ananya

Once upon a time, there was a little boy who loved eating sugar. He would chew on his sugar granules throughout the day. His mother was worried that this excessive gorging on sugar would take a toll on his  health. She tried everything from gently coaxing him out of this habit to scaring him to hiding the containers, but to no avail. Finally, she decided to take him to his idol, Mahatma Gandhi, so that the great man could talk some sense to her child.

So the next day, she started on the journey with her son. When she finally reached his Ashram, she saw that hundreds of people were waiting to meet the great man. When finally their turn came, the mother explained to  Gandhi the whole situation, and requested him to talk to her son. Gandhi smiled at her and said, “Please come back in 2 weeks time and I shall speak with your son”. She was confused, but she left without any protest.

Two weeks passed, she went back to the Ashram with her son and this time, Gandhi immediately spoke to her son. Curious, she asked Gandhi why he hadn’t spoken to her son the last time they had come. Gandhi smiled and said, “Well, two weeks ago, I too was eating too much of sugar”. He couldn’t preach what he didn’t practice.

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Relationships begin because, usually, one person gathers the courage and takes the first step. A building is comes into existence because “one” person envisioned it. Revolutions have happened because one person had the courage to stand up for what they believed in and didn’t wait for others to take action. Now, you don’t have to pick up your megaphone and yell for a revolution if that’s not something you want to do (if that’s what you wanna do, then don’t let me stop you). Be an embodiment of what you believe in and you might be able to move others with your belief too.

I see girls complaining about how unsafe the city/country has become and how wearing revealing clothes is not an invitation to unwanted attention. And yet, when there is a news report of some random girl who was molested in the bar, the same girls do not pause to pass judgement. It’s easy to complain about the world, but if you cannot implement the changes in your own life, then you have no right to complain. Do not be a hypocrite. We do not have control over others. We cannot change others, only ourselves.  But in order for things to change, YOU have to change.

If you want to see some change in the world, you must start with yourself. Every significant change that has ever happened in this world has been the result of changes which began at individual level. If you hate how people throw garbage on the roads, then you must make it a point never to do it yourself. Just because “the streets are dirty enough” is an an excuse to add your own litter to it. Stop yourself from doing it, then your family and soon you will have a group of people throwing their garbage in the designated place, i.e., the dustbin. Then you and your family may pass this motto onto their friends, and thus, a chain would be created. It might not make the roads clean overnight, but the city will be just-a-bit cleaner and you would have done your bit in making the change.

Don’t just complain. Be the Change!

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My Week Picks (2016) – Week 12

27 March 2016 at 11:00
By: Ananya

Hello Friends!

Okay, I know I haven’t been regular with my feature because I hadn’t been reading much lately. Last week, I got the chance to read some very beautiful posts, and so I am sharing them with you all. I hope you like these posts as much as I did!

…That’s the Way I Spell ‘Success’

by Pam Kirst

Now this is not exactly from last week. But this is one which I wanted to share with you guys but something or the other came up and then I forgot to (my brain has a great auto-delete system in place). Thankfully, I had bookmarked it, because this is a must-share piece.

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At some point in our lives, we all struggle with the idea of success. We wonder if we have made it, if this is all there is. I know I do. In this brilliant piece, Pam talks about success and what it truly means to be successful. She takes up some very heart-touching examples to make her case. It’s a very inspirational piece and one you definitely need to read if you are feeling the low.

13 SWEET AND SHORT STORIES ABOUT THE TOUCHING KINDNESS OF STRANGERS

by Kindness Blog

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At a time when we question if humanity still exists in this world, Kindness Blog has taken the great initiative of putting together real stories of kindness, so that your belief in humanity can be restored. In this beautiful post, 13 such amazing stories of kindness have been put together. It will warm your heart and bring tears to your eyes.

That’s all for this week. If you came across any post which you’d like to recommend, please leave the link below! I’d love to check it out!

Have a nice day, everyone!

Stay Zingy!

 

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Share Your World (2016) – Week 12

25 March 2016 at 11:30
By: Ananya

In response to Cee’s Share Your World Challenge. 

Wanting something to quench your thirst, what would you drink?

Water or green tea. I am actually trying to go healthy and stay away from carbonated drinks. It’s hard, but am trying. A glass of chilled green tea with some mint in it is working as my fix.

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What made you feel good this past week?

Well.. We had this certain situation at work last week. I won’t go into too much of details about that, but it was hard and really frustrating. I have a low level of tolerance, so I spoke up and thankfully, that resolved the issue. It seems sometimes you just have to speak up!

And what’s better? I got a pat on the back from everyone afterwards. Haha!

When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

Some times I go barefoot, other times I wear slippers.

Would you rather live where it is always hot or always cold?

Cold! Though I live in a place where it’s hot for most of the year, but I just don’t function so well in a hot months. I sweat like a pig, my stamina drops down and all bad things happen. :/

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am working on a painting right now. Hopefully, it will be completed by the end of this week or by the beginning of next week. So, looking forward to see it completed!

Thanks for reading!

Stay Zingy!

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Share Your World (2016) – Week 10

12 March 2016 at 11:40
By: Ananya

Hello! Hello! Hello to my dear friends. I hope you are all doing well!

In response to Cee’s Share Your World challenge!

What would you ask for if a genie granted you three wishes?

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Yeah.. I am greedy

Anyway, getting on with my 3 wishes

  • A 10 year long world tour
  • A diplomatic visa
  • And a heap load of non-taxable money (don’t even get me started on tax)

What experiences are most meaningful to you?

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I have a wanderer’s soul, so I am the happiest whenever am travelling. Meeting new people, exploring new places, tasting local cuisines, immersing in the new culture, learning new stuff, becoming enchanted by the local music and the local colours.. Well, nothing beats those days for me. Add a remarkable book, and you have it all.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A scientist! But as I grew up, it hit me – physics is a scary thing!

Complete this sentence: The best day of my life was….

Best day… Well, that’s a little difficult for me. I hate choosing favorites or picking the best of the  best…

But if I have to pick one I would say it was the day when I decided to dive into the Indian ocean and experience the exotic marine life and the coral reefs. It opened my eyes. It was the day that I found myself (atleast a part of myself)! I came upon the realisation that life is bigger than me, and the world is a beautiful place and there is so much I haven’t seen or experienced yet. So I should stop being the sorry-ass that I was and appreciate and exploit the rare opportunity that I have! I had found my inner peace. And when I emerged out of the water, I was a changed person…

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I got back in touch with one of my best friends from college. We were out of touch for about 3 years now, and I was so delighted when I found her on facebook and she replied back to my text!

I am looking forward to meet up with her in the coming week.

Thanks for these wonderful questions, Cee!

Thanks for reading!

Stay Zingy!!!

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Share You World (2016) – Week 8

27 February 2016 at 09:34
By: Ananya

In response to Cee’s Share Your World  Challenge.

What household chore do you absolutely hate doing?

I hate chores (who doesn’t?). Chores are called chores for a reason. But if I can only pick one which I would love to rid of for the rest of my life, then I would have to pick laundry. I just hate it. For one it’s a never ending process. You have to separate them based on color, put them in washing machine, dry them, fold them, put them back in their places. Tiresome. Oh, and let’s not forget ironing. :/

What was the last URL that you bookmarked?

Ah.. Planets in the 10th house – Alyssa Sharpe

Close your eyes. Listen to your body. What part of your body is seeking attention? What is it telling you?

My throat. It’s telling me I need to drink some water.

Would you rather have a two-bedroom apartment in a big city of your choosing or a mansion in the country side in the state or country where you currently live?

This one is easy for me. I love the hustle-bustle of the city. For some reason it makes me feel more alive and awake. The city lights, the noise, the crowd, I’d take it all. And yes, I would love the two-bedroom apartment. Plus, I am not a fan of huge mansion-like houses. I much prefer small and compact homes. I would rather visit the country side during vacations.

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Share Your World (2016) – Week 7

19 February 2016 at 13:14
By: Ananya

In response to Cee’s Share Your World Challenge.

What are you a “natural” at doing? 

Sleeping? Yeah, I know everyone can do that. But I have a special ability (well, at least I think that’s special)… I can sleep about anywhere and at any time – buses, taxis, office, bathroom…. you name it!

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Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels?

I think multiple levels add a very interesting aspect to the house. Definitely, multiple storeys.

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What was your favorite subject in school?

Computers and English.

Complete this sentence: If only the rain.. 

… would not make everything oh so wet! Because otherwise I love it!

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Stay Zingy!

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Share Your World (2016) – Week 6

13 February 2016 at 06:35
By: Ananya

In response to Cee’s Share Your World Challenge.

  1. What is your favorite word? 

    Nefarious. Yeah.. It’s a negative word, but I just love the sound of that 

  2. What is your least favorite word? 

    Favourite. I hate picking favourites, as I believe in multiple options and such. 

  3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? 

    Creatively – a great blog, a great piece of article, beautiful pictures, etc.Spiritually – a debate on any topic even remotely connected to spirituality. I am an ENTP (or the debater) according to the MBTI, so you get the idea.

    Emotionally – a great movie or a beautiful song, even a beautiful piece of art

     

  4. What turns you off? 

    Hypocrisy of any kind. 

  5. What is your favorite curse word? 

    Shit! 

  6. What sound or noise do you love? 

    The sound of the sea, the sound the fan of my PC makes, the sound of rain, the howling of windstormsea-waves-images-wallpaper-3

  7. What sound or noise do you hate? 

    The noise my mixer-grinder makes. -_- 

  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? 

    Travel writer, Freelancer, Image consultant. 

  9. What profession would you not like to do? 

    Banker! Unfortunately I am stuck in it. Why you ask? The paycheck. 

  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? 

    Well, first of all, I am an atheist, and I don’t believe in the concept of heaven or hell or the afterlife for that matter. If, if heaven exists, I am pretty sure god would say something in the lines of…
    “Do you believe in me now? Let’s have that chat.”

 

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Last week was a great week. After a huge fight with my guy, we have finally sorted our differences and seem to understand each other better now. I am grateful for that fight.

Next week, I am looking forward to watching the latest Marvel movie, “Deadpool”.

Thanks for reading!

Stay Zingy!

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Share Your World (2016) – Week 5

4 February 2016 at 10:58
By: Ananya

In response to Cee’s Share Your World Challenge. She comes up with a fun set of questions every week.  Do check out her blog for fun challenges.

If you had a shelf for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronic devices and things stored on them, people or animals), what would you put on it?

I am not really very possessive except for my books. If I have to choose 3 possessions, hmmm…

My “A Song of Ice and Fire” collection by George R.R. Martin (that’s a set so technically, that’s not cheating), my bed (not that it would fit on any shelf), and 3rd.. maybe I will keep that spot vacant for something from my future. 😉

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If you had a box labelled ‘happiness’, what would you put in it?

My dreams, my beliefs, my realistic optimism, my faith in myself, and my memories. Oh, and my phone and my computer and a working internet connection and my headphones. Yep. That’s pretty much it.

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What do you want more of in your life?

Darn, time! Well, not “time” as in years, more like more time in a day (but I guess that boils down to the same thing). I wouldn’t mind a 30 hour day. Well, I suck at time management, which is probably the reason. But I have too many hobbies to juggle in a day.

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Daily Life List: What do you do on an average day? Make a list of your usual activities you do each day.

List? *gulp*

Wake up at around 8:00 a.m. (I totally hate this part)

Make the bed, walk around the house like a zombie and try to finish my cup of green tea (that goes on for around the next 30 mins).

Shower and get ready, have breakfast, and leave for office at around 9:15 a.m.

Office – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Hang around with friends, go shopping, go on evening walks, etc. for the next hour

Reach home – 7:30 p.m.

Freshen up and sit with my computer, check out blogs, send mails, shop online, watch movies, study for tests, etc etc till 9:30 p.m.

In the kitchen till 10:30 p.m.

Dinner/ tidying up, and you know other basic household chores – 11:30 p.m.

Blog/ read a book/ draw, paint/ edit my pictures/ work on my korean/ play computer games, mobile games/ catch up with my favorite shows, the latest fashion, the recent happenings around the world, videos from my favorite vloggers/ daydream, etc. – till 1:00 or 1:30 a.m.

Chat/Talk to my boyfriend, get ready for and get into bed – 2:00 -2:30 a.m. (I really need to get more sleep).

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful that I was able to go see a concert with my best friends. Looking forward to? Well.. not much expect the weekend. :/

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Stay Zingy!

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Pink or Magenta Flowers

1 February 2016 at 12:41
By: Ananya

In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. The theme for this week is Pink or Magenta flower.

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Book Review: The Color Purple

28 January 2016 at 10:55
By: Ananya

Book info

Title: The Color Purple

Author: Alice Walker

Series: Standalone

Genre: Literary Fiction, Epistolary novel

Language: English

Pages: 262

Year of Publication: 1982

Plot

Set in the deep American South between the wars. It is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by the man she calls ‘father’, she has two children taken away from her, is separated from her beloved sister Nettie, and is trapped into an ugly marriage. But then she meets the glamorous Shug Avery, singer and magic-maker – a woman who has taken charge of he own destiny. Gradually Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit, freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she loves.

The Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker that won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. (Wikipedia)

My Take

I had signed up for a reading challenge for which I was required to read a Pulitzer Prize winning book. That’s when I came across this book. You see, Purple is my favorite color and as such, I was instantly attracted to the book. I wondered how the book would live up to the title, but after completing the book, I can say that the book has aptly been named “The Color Purple”.

The book is written in epistolary format and in the deep South American dialect, and that makes it all the more interesting. Our protagonist, Celie, starts by writing letters to god, and then halfway through the book she starts addressing those letters to her sister, Nettie. You can see how the character transforms throughout the book and how in doing so, her relationship changes with those around her. It reminds me of the saying “you are only treated the way you allow yourself to be treated”.

Once I started reading it, I just couldn’t put it down. It’s a gem of a book. The story warms and chills your heart at the same time. I cannot sing enough praises for this book because no matter what I say, it wouldn’t be able to put it in words. It’s like you see a beautiful sunset and can’t describe the beauty. It can only be experienced.

To sum up the story up in one word – Beautiful.

Would I read it again? Definitely yes!

Favorite Quotes:

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. People think pleasing God is all God care about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.”

“I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ast. And that in wondering bout the big things and asting bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, he say, the more I love.”

My Rating: 5/5 (Outstanding!!!!!)

Recommended for

Everyone over the age of 18 (or the mental age). The book contains graphic abuse, so it’s essential you approach the book with a mature mindset.

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