Saturday, June 7, 2014

If I Could Invent One Thing To Make The World A Better Place It Would Be.......LBC Post

........a compulsory evening walk. It would get people out into the fresh air, away from the television and they might even talk to each other.  Not to mention get regular exercise........

Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.........

With thanks to the LBC Blogging group for continuing to provide blogging inspiration, week after week.  (Links in sidebar - and thank you Shackman for providing the topic

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Catch Up Post for LBC

Life is hectic nowadays.  My children had the examination results recently, followed by the round of admission applications to college etc.  My husband (around who my life revolves, naturally) has had major work commitments and has resorted to coming home at all sorts of odd hours (as he commutes to the neighbouring city).  In short, life is not at all regular and has, in fact, gone out of hand at times.  So this is why I'm so late with my LBC post this week.  And last week.....


I had to think a little about this one.  I'd have had it up on time last week, but this topic, provided by the former LBC blogger Delores caught me off my guard.  Odd habits? I don't have any of those?  Or do I? I've examined my conscience like the good Catholic woman that I am and I realize that I do indeed have an odd habit.  It may not be odd in Ireland from where I originate, but it's definitely odd in India.  It's carrying a handbag.  I carry one around with me wherever I go.  Even if I'm in the house, I have to have my bag in my sights somewhere along the way.  Well, the house is pretty big, of course, but still....

Years ago, so my Aunty Nuala tells me, possibly on the Late Late Show, a popular Irish talk show which is practically an institution, there was a discussion.  Apparently the participants were some of the prominent men at the time in Irish public life and the well known Irish feminist, Nell McCafferty who is an amazing woman and a really talented writer with a cutting wit.  Anyways, the males present were being asked some question about how they appreciated the women in their life.  Now please bear in mind, I didn't see the show, my aunt did.  Aunty Nuala and I are very alike and have similar views on many things.  So the gentlemen present, being grilled, all admitted to a man, that they seldom remember the birthday of their wives.  So Nell fixed them with an accusing stare (as only she can) and told them that they all  needed 'a belt from a good Irish handbag'.  In Irish parlance, regrettably, a belt doesn't just mean a clothing implement, it also means a slap or a blow from something.  I wonder why?  Anyway, the way I look at it, a blow from an Irish handbag would be a formidable one indeed.  My handbag is usually laden down with stuff.  Purse, keys, the (three) books I'm usually reading plus the kindle.  The hairbrush, the makeupbag (unless I'm off make up at the time, which is the usual form since I became a mother), not to mention whatever magazines or periodicals I happen to be reading at the time.  My husband couldn't believe the contents of my bag when he became familiar with my ways long ago in Ireland before we married.  "Why carry all this stuff around?" he asked.  I merely smiled and said nothing.

The handbag in the photo is very light in comparison to my usual bag of choice.  Once I was in Crete and I purchased a leather bag which looked like a schoolbag.  I still have that one.  I prefer bags made of real leather and even strong cloth.  And yes, I have loads of them.  Handbags and shopping bags are my particular weakness.  Besides books, of course.


Nice topic, this one.  Chosen by Ramana, my rakhi brother from Pune, so I believe.  It's the literal translation of 'Amen', the word with which Christians end their prayers.  Unless they're Indian Christians, in which case they'll say 'Ameen'.  As do followers of the Islamic faith, to the best of my knowledge.  Apparently, the Sanskrit version is 'thathaastu'.  Sanskrit being the scriptural language of Vedantists, those who follow the Hindu faith or philosophy.

Amen, indeed.  Or maybe, tathaastu!

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This is my contribution to the Loose Bloggers' Consortium (LBC) group blog topic of today - and last week!  LBC links are in the sidebar and readers here are invited to check out the LBC bloggers at their convenience.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Pepsi IPL 2014 - According to Manan

The Pepsi IPL 2014 event is going on.  Even the Indian elections cannot overtake the cricket mania which is gripping this nation.

In any case, I'm not much of a cricket aficionado - the cricket expert in my house is an eleven year old boy, aka my son, Manan.  I'm now going to hand this blog over to Manan, to write to his heart's content about the cricket craze.

Take it away, Manan!

IPL gets tougher and tougher every year. My favourite team is the Mumbai Indians, the winners of  last year's IPL event. This year, their best player is not playing. His name is Sachin Ramesh Tendukar, the legendary cricket player known as the Master Blaster.The Mumbai Indians are now struggling while Sachin Tendulkar can only sit in the stands, cheering.The captain of the team is now Rohit Sharma. He is my favourite cricket player.He has already scored two fifties in the tournament. He is the hope for the Mumbai Indians now.I wish they move on to a good position this year.

There have been some exciting matches so far in this tournament. My favourite one was between the Kings X1 Punjab and the Chennai Super Kings. I was cheering for the Chennai Super Kings but Kings X1 Punjab was the stronger side this time.The Man of the Match Award was given to Glenn Maxwell for his unbelievable knock of 95 runs of just 43 Deliveries.

Apart from Rohit Sharma, the other great name is Kieron Pollard. He is an all rounder. I like his batting. His highest score in IPL is 78 off just 48 deliveries which was a fantastic knock. The Mumbai Indians lost the game. I enjoyed the suspense a lot.

We had some great matches so far. Hopefully there will be many more as the tournament goes on.

This is great, Manan.  Thanks very much for contributing to my blog, Manan

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Is Negative More Honest? - LBC Post

This fascinating topic is brought to us courtesy of Loose Blogging Consortium member The Old Fossil.

Is negative more honest?  You mean is it more honest to be negative, sad and depressed when you're actually feeling depressed, sad and depressed?  Instead of putting up a 'sunny side up' face and smiling through your tears?  Well, I suppose so.

Why pretend everything's okay when it's not?

When you're happy, you can show a happy face to the world. And when you're sad, likewise.  Why pretend?

So, if you're negative, it's more honest to show it, instead of putting on a brave face and pretending that all is well......

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Elimination/All You Need Is......LBC Post

Today is my birthday and as I write, all I have to say is that the days, the nights the weeks - they all come around way too
fast.  Last week, I got a request to do a review of a Hindi movie.  No, the filmmakers weren't exactly handing out free tickets, but they wanted bloggers to blog about this movie and as the theme of the movie was peace, I thought I should do my bit for Mother India or Bharat Mata as she's locally known.  My country-in-law, so to speak.  So blog I did on the basis of seeing the movie trailer and hearing the music.  And somehow the whole thing coincided with my LBC post, which I missed out on doing.    The post for which I'd suggested the topic. ELIMINATION was the topic and all I have to say is, how in the heck did I come up with a name like that for a post? Could it be because I have two kids who've just done their examinations.  My son has done his Class 12 examinations (School Leaving) and my daughter has just done her Class 10.  My daughter will now progress towards the Class 12 exams and my son has to try for admission to college.  So depending on the results, even the slightest half mark could result in his elimination from the list of candidates for a particular course.  I'm hoping and praying my kids get great results and that my son will get into a course he wants to do.  So it's a hard time for us as a family.

So what is elimination?  You could look at this topic from several viewpoints. My take on elimination is that it is the process of the removal of competition.  Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

This week's topic is courtesy of the wonderful and erudite blogger from the USA, Shackman.  And the topic is: All You Need Is.......shades of the hippy of the Beatles are coming back to me as I write.

Hence the photo of hippy woman playing music.    All you need is love,  say the Beatles.  All I need is the air that I breathe, say the Hollies.  So what does one really need? Apart from food and a roof over one's head and an education?  All I need to feel absolutely fine is a stack of books to read (including the Bible) and plenty of music to listen to as I go about my work and I'm sorted. I might need a computer to write with, but  I know how to keep myself amused and can spend hours on my own, happily and contentedly. I haven't watched television in months.  Haven't missed it either. And that's about it, really.

LBC topic ELIMINATION courtesy of gaelikaa (me!) and LBC topic ALL YOU NEED IS....courtesy of Shackman.  I count it an honour and a privilege to be a member of the wonderful Loose Bloggers Consortium, which has to be one of the longest lasting internet blogging groups around, given the transitory nature of a world where things can change in the blink of an eye.  You'll find LBC members listed in the sidebar and you are welcome to visit and comment on all their blogs.  The image of soccer players, in connection with the elimination topic, is courtesy of All Free Download. The image of the birthday cupcake is courtesy of mrsiraphol at  The image of the hippy woman playing music is courtesy of Witthaya Phonsawat(whaat?)  at

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Do We Really Need Another Social Network? Well, Let's See.....

Social networking has really taken off during the last few years.  There's Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google+, Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr...there seems to be no end to it, really.

The most time consuming type of networking seems to be blogging.  Blogs are online diaries and can be found on Blogger, WordPress and Tumblr, as well as various other sites  Netizens can write about general things, or a specific subject.  There are craft blogs, book blogs, life blogs, expat blogs, to name but a few.   With regard to blogging, it works best when you visit and comment on blogs of a similar interest.   Then there's Twitter, which introduced microblogging - a blog in less then 140 characters. Not to mention Pinterest, where you can create virtual pinboards of internet links of interest and share them with your friends.The most popular kind of networking seems to be sharing links, photos, events and opinions on Facebook.  Write a sentence, share a photo and you're gone. To show you've seen a friend or relative's post, you just have to click 'like'.   Is there really anything left to do in social networking?

Well, apparently, there is.  Ever heard of  I just have.  Like about twenty minutes ago.  Well, of course I joined.  I promote books and review them and I'm on pretty much everywhere.  However, once I provided the list of my Twitter and Facebook contacts, I was informed  that I really am a pioneer, as none of my contacts have joined this newtwork yet.  So I shall wait until someone else does.

Although I don't have contacts set up as yet, I think I've figured out what makes this work.  You get a list of topics and you can select your area of interest.  Then your page gets feeds of conversations and opinions which the network feels would interest you.  You are free to join in the various conversations.  I presume one can also add one's own opinion too, if one so desires.  

It will be really interesting to see if this new network is as successful as the earlier ones.  I shall wait and watch.  I presume the opinions can become Tweets and Facebook posts if one allows it to happen, thus getting exposure for one's personal  opinions on a grand scale.

In a way, I think this new network could be a lot of fun.  On the other hand though, I feel that the utmost discretion is required.  I mean, it may be okay to say you hated the new Spiderman movie, if you did.  On the other hand, shooting your mouth off about controversial topics can be somewhat unwise.  I'm not in favour of letting the world know my opinion on each and everything.  On the other hand, it's good to know that there is a facility to make your voice heard if there is a social issue about which you feel strongly and want to make your views known on.

So with regard to, I'll give it a fair hearing.  I'll wait and watch and see how it goes.  And who knows?  Perhaps this time next year, will be as much a part of our lives as all the other social networks we enjoy, like Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.  We'll have to wait and see.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pepsi IPL 2014 - According To Me!

Now that the Pepsi IPL 2014 is in full swing, I think I'm going crazy!  Not as a crazy cricket fan, mind you.  As a crazy cricket mama!  Mama as in mother, not mother's brother as 'mama' means in Hindi.

My ten year old son Manan adores cricket.  He plays every day in the park along with a gang of friends and it's impossible for me to get him home to study.  But now that the Pepsi IPL 2014 is in full swing, it's hard to tear him away from the television, where he regularly parks himself, to watch matches and follow scores.

As a concerned mother, I was always thrilled that his interest in sports was getting him out into the fresh air. Nothing like seeing your youngster pursue healthy, sporting activities, I always say.  It makes me feel that as a mother, I'm doing something right.  The first term tests have just finished however, and as the tests drew to a close, the last minute look over his schoolbooks in the morning replaced by his being glued to Star Sports, watching out for great and memorable cricket moments before his school tempo arrived.

When my mobile went missing late in the night, I found the kid watching cricket under his pillow.  

Is this a problem?  No, not really.  It actually makes me smile.  The season makes my kid happy.  It won't last forever, after all.  And you know it's hard not to catch the fever. That air of excitement regarding the game is just about everywhere.   I think I'm actually getting to enjoy the game and the various personalities involved. Well, just let's say I can tell a Chris Gayle from a Mahendra Singh Dhoni.  And the Delhi Daredevils from the Mumbai Indians (Manan's two favourite teams).

And do you know what?  I'm sure Manan's test results will be just fine!

Many thanks to for the illustration, "Cricket Bowler Bowling Ball Cartoon" by vectorolie.

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