Starlight Award

Hola lovelies!

One of my dearest and most favourite sister’s here nominated me for the “Starlight Award“, thank-you Kri as always. I’m honoured and I cannot apologize enough for how long I have taken to get back and respond to the nomination. I apologize for the delay. People do check out her blog, she is one of most talented and versatile bloggers out here that I know ❤


Nominations Rules:

Nominate your 6 favorite bloggers! In your nominees I would like for you to think at the light emanating from the stars the ones that truly touch your soul with their work, the ones that are the light for you a true STARLIGHT Blogger.


This Award is created to highlight and promote Inspiring Bloggers.
This Award is created to highlight and promote Inspiring Bloggers.

Rules for the STARLIGHT Blogger Award:

1. Thank the giver and link their Blog to your post.
2. Answer the 3 questions given to you.
3. Please Pass the award on to 6 or more other Bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated by you.
4. Include the logo of the award in a post or on your Blog please never alter the logo and never change the rules.

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Questions I was given:

1. How do you deal with a situation where you have nothing to write but want to write?

Answer: Honestly, I have no clue. I have never experienced what we call “Writer’s Block”. Words come easy and the desire to write is always strong, like I say that words are home for me and perhaps I have never encountered such a situation for how you can ever forget your way to your home? 🙂

2. What changes (if any) blogging has brought in you?

Answer: I do think blogging has brought a change in me, for one I have finally realized how important writing was to me, something I was pushed to do by a few close friends (still very few friends are aware of the blog I maintain) who thought I needed this and I had a way with words. Yet, I didn’t believe in my ability to write but my need to vent and let things out and here we are today. I have so many friends across the globe, I have eventually learned to broaden on topics I write and on most days am able to disconnect what I write from how I might actually be feeling. I’m still learning and got a long way to go but yes, diversity is important from where I stand now.

3. What would you like the legacy of your work to be?

Answer: Most of you’re aware that my line of work has nothing to do with writing/literature at all. In-fact, there is nothing in common with what I do in my daily life and there is too big of a disconnect. However, I sincerely hope and pray that some day I will have the opportunity to write professionally and make a difference to some lives. I’m not looking for fame, I’m the sort of person who stays away from any attention but I’d like my words to be heard and maybe they could leave a lasting impression on somebody.


My nominations:

1. Kirsty (I miss you, come back already)
2. Blondeusk
3. Dan
4. Will
5. Annie
6. Paul

My questions for you guys

1. If you could turn back time, would you? why/why not.
2. Will you kill someone to save a loved one? (given you had no other options)
3. One of your deepest fears is?


Note: Thank-you Kri again, I know I have another post to respond to, bear with me 🙂 I’m grateful for the nomination and for the nominees; good-luck guys, as always feel free to participate or not but I’d love to see your responses.

Blessings to all.<3

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No answers

3rd day – 3rd quote

“I feel unspeakably lonely. And I feel – drained. It is a blank state of mind and soul I cannot describe to you as I think it would not make any difference. Also it is a very private feeling I have – that of melting into a perpetual nervous breakdown. I am often questioning myself what I further want to do, who I further wish to be; which parts of me, exactly, are still functioning properly. No answers, darling. At all.”
Anne Sexton, Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters


In continuation of the “3 day quotes challenge” (please refer to the link for yesterday’s post), today I have shared a quote by another literary gem, a person favourite yet again; Anne Sexton. Her works speaks for itself, I need not to say anything about the above quoted words or the lady.


Rules for the challenge:

1. Post 3 of your favourite quotes each per day for 3 recurrent days. The quotes can be of any other people or it may come straight from your own heart.
2. Nominate 3 or more bloggers with each post to challenge them.
3. Don’t forget to utter a thankful word to the person who nominated you.


Today’s nominations for the 3 day quote challenge are:

1. Paul
2. Iamarr
3. lumen (I really want to hear from you, if not too much trouble)

Good-luck to all the nominations. I look forward to seeing your posts ❤ and thank-you Kri and Steph again for this challenge. I loved it and I love you guys 🙂

Versatile Blogger Award!

Here it goes again!

I can’t begin to describe how blessed and loved I feel by all these award nominations that keep coming my way, no matter how much thanks I say, I know it’s not enough.  This time, I’ve been nominated by this absolutely amazing artist, who draws such beautiful sketches that you will not stop once you start going over her stuff <3, Esra Aysuthank-you for the nominations. I’m grateful for it. Please keep drawing and sharing your stuff, guys please go visit her page to see what magic she creates ❤


Rules of the award:

1. Thank the person who gave you this award
2. Include a link to their blog
3. Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you follow and love
4. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
5. Finally, tell 7 things about yourself. ( I have been given seven questions to answer this time with this award)


Here goes

1.If you are to witness/experience something paranormal/supernatural would you share it with someone or would you keep it to yourself?

1. I’d keep it to myself, not everything is meant to be shared 🙂

2.Who are your top three poet or writer? (you can write both)

2. Charles Bukowski, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, Vladimir Nabokov, Anne Sexton and George Orwell (Sorry can’t number or narrow them down more than this)

3.Do you collect something?If “yes” then;what do you collect?

3. I collect poems and quotes.

4.Is there any language/languages you wish you knew,if there is then which one/ones?

4. Well …I’d like to learn Arabic, Roman and Hebrew (Maybe, I’m not sure)

5.Just imagine,beyond black holes;what would you wish there to be?

5. Silence, absolute void and silence within stillness

6.Anything you miss which has become obsolete?

6. Human value 🙂

7.Is there a movie you recommend viewing? What is it?

Movie recommendation can be quite a long list, here are few of my favourite Schindler’s list, The shawshank redemption, Forest Gump, A clockwork Orange and Casablanca.

I can go on for quite sometime with the list but recommending one is too difficult 🙂


Thank-you once again Esra! Really, all these awards mean a lot and encourage me to keep on writing every day ❤
As always, the nomination ground is open for whoever wants to participate and feel free to share any 7 facts you may wish for the blogger community to know about you 🙂

Much Love & Blessings to you all,
B

The Creative Blogger Award

What a lovely way to start the weekend! to be honoured yet again with an AWARD!!
Once again I have been nominated for Creative blogger Award by the lovely writergirl, her writings are passionate and very intense. I have always enjoyed her work and would encourage all of you to check out her page.


The Rules:

  1. Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify the nominees.
  2. Post the link of the blog that nominated you.
  3. Share 5 random facts about yourself.

5 random facts about me:

1. I want to know your story. (Yes, go figure).
2. I have exceptional emotional strength (Okay, so I’m bragging)
3. I eat, breathe and drink books
4. Happiness is a cup of chai/tea
5. I’m (boringly) reliable for people I care about.


Note:
Thank-you once again and apologies for taking this long love, I’m always juggling 🙂 as for the nomination for this award, all of you lovely readers who drop by each day and send love my way, are nominated.

Blessings ❤

Very Inspiring Blogger Award – AGAIN!!

award6Hola people!

You guys keep making my days and I can’t thank you guys enough for all the love you send my way. This time I’ve been nominated for ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award‘ by Geethu and Kri, both these lovelies are my absolute sweethearts ❤ and have tremendous writing power. I would be grateful if all of the readers can drop by and check out there pages, in case you haven’t already 🙂

The rules of the Award

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award
  • Add the logo to your post
  • Nominate ten (10) bloggers you admire and inform them of the nomination

My list of nominations for the award in no particular order:

1. Will: williamleeone.wordpress.com
2. Arwen: https://elpislazuli.wordpress.com/
3. Blondeusk: https://blondewritemore.wordpress.com/
4. Chris: https://chrisnelson61.wordpress.com/
5. Randstein: https://hyperionsturm.wordpress.com
6. Kirsty: https://kirstydavies1990.wordpress.com/

Thank-you for the nominations once again my beauties and apologies for taking this long to revert on the nominations 🙂 Anybody else who feels like being part of this, feel free to join the award. All of you’re an inspiration for me, the encouragement to come back here every day and share a few words and thoughts with you all is something I look forward to.

Blessings to you all.

Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award

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The awards just never stop or more like the love never just stops pouring in here :), Kirsty has yet again nominated me for another award and this time it’s super special xD why? Because it’s the “Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award” ❤
To be part of a global writing sisterhood community, can’t ask for more than that 🙂 Thank-you so much Kirsty, for all the love and kind words you keep sending my way. You never fail to make me smile 🙂

As always, let’s begin with the rules of the award:

  • Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.
  • Answer the 10 questions given to you.
  • Pass the award on to 7 other bloggers of their choice and let them know that they have been nominated.
  • Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog

Answering my questions

1. Is there something you have tried, but will never try again?

Honestly, can’t think of anything that was so regretful that I decided to never go near it again 🙂

2. Do you have a quirky habit?

Yes, I like collecting weird masks and gas masks picture, I also have a peculiar interest in surrealism.

3. What is your favourite memory as a child?

I was always a-lot in to sports but as I have grown older, I barely have anytime to do that any more. All the memories involving playing any sort of game from cricket to football to throwball, well all are my favourite 🙂

4.Who is your best friend? NOT lover/partner.

I have a very small social circle, among them a few very close friends but I can’t pick one person and say, “this is it” 🙂 I’m weird like that.

5. What would your dream date be?

That’s probably the most difficult question for me considering I’m a million miles away from romance but well a casual talk about books over coffee/tea, basically allowing me to be truly myself. Yes, I don’t want any flowers or grand gestures lol.

6. What is the worst thing about dating?

Not an expert on this so I’ll broaden the question a little (I apologise), I think the worst thing about any relationships that comes between two people is a set of expectations they build without ever communicating and then things start falling apart.

7, What is one movie that has influenced your life?

None 🙂

8. Would you change anything about yourself?

Yes, I wish I could say ‘No’ to people, that’s one thing I still haven’t learned.

9. Who is your favourite celebrity?

Hugh Laurie

10 .What was your most embarrassing moment?

I can’t quote any specific moment but I’m generally awkward and just embarrassed in social gathering and can’t make proper conversations.


Now my nominations

1. Naima
2. Kri
3. Shambhavi
4. Vishakha (As promised, I hope this helps 🙂 )
5. Geet
6. Mani
7. Blondeusk

And here is the list of my questions for my lovely ladies:

1. On the bad days, how do you cheer yourself up?
2. Which is your favourite food?
3. How do you let go?
4. How much do you value ‘silence’?
5. Will you hurt someone intentionally or lie to make them feel better?
6. Do you have faith in humanity? why or why not?
7. One thing you really wish could come true?
8. If you had to sum up your life in 10 or less words, what would they be?
9. How do you express anger?
10. What is the one thing that will turn you completely off about a person?


Thank-you Kirsty again for this ❤ and for the nominations, I look forward to seeing your answers lovelies, as always there is no compulsion, anybody who is not up for answering, doesn’t have to do so 🙂

The free writing challenge – I

I have been nominated by the cutest little thing, kritika to the free writing challenge, below are the rules for the task:

  1. Open an MS Word document
  2. Set a stop watch or your mobile to 5 minutes or 10 minutes whichever challenge you think you can beat.
  3. You topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH A TIMER.
  4. Fill the word doc with as much words as you want. once you began writing do not stop even to turn.
  5. Do not cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check in MS WORD (it is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow and for you to reflect on your ability to write the right spelling and stick to grammar rules)
  6. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and capitals. However if you do, it would be best.
  7. At the end of your post write down ‘No. Of words =_____’ so that we would have an idea of how much you can write within the time frame.
  8. Do not forget to copy paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new Topic for your nominees and copy paste these rules with your nominations (at least 5 bloggers).

My word: Reflection

He let out of a sigh as his mind wandered off in that one direction he always wished it wouldn’t. The thoughts of her, always painful yet the most difficult to let go. He knew what he done was wrong, that he had been a coward but he couldn’t bring himself to face her. He remembered how her eyes had brimmed with tears and she had looked confused and lost as he had viciously lashed out at her, blaming her for his failures in life.

“Distraction”, that’s what he had called her, pointing out how her being part of his life kept him from his goals and how he wished she would disappear. As he reflected upon his behavior, he felt more and more weighed down under her pained expression etched across his mind like a vivid memory refusing to go away.

She had quietly walked away, without say a word to him, just wishing him the best of luck with his life and that all she wanted was his happiness and if her being around was being an obstacle to him in anyway, she promised to disappear forever.

It had been a month and he hadn’t heard from her a word from her but in this time he had realized one thing, her importance to him. He kept thinking about her, her laughter and how she was the support system for him in every possible way, when everyone gave up; she stood by him and cheered.

He signed deeply and regretfully, knowing he needed her more than he ever knew and after a little more reflection on his actions, he made up his mind to leave no stone un-turned in finding her.

Time: 9 minutes, 40 Seconds
Word: 288


Now for the nominations:

1. William Leone
2. Izza Ifzal
3. Naima
4. Randstein
5. Arwen

And the word for you guys is, “insane”. Anybody else who is up for the challenge, please feel free to join in 🙂

The Very Inspiring and Creative Blogger Awards

Hey my lovelies!

AGAIN! YES! Another award, this is so embarrassing (in a good way! lol) and beautiful as well. This time I have been nominated for these two awards by my beautiful friend, Fatmawaty, the girl has a beautiful blog and I like how her writings have lessons in them, please do visit her blog (I apologize for taking this long to respond).

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award (VIB) which recognizes bloggers “who work hard to keep the blogosphere a beautiful place”. I’m not sure if I’m worthy enough to be called Inspiring but thank-you, really ❤

Award Guidelines:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  2. Display the award in a blog entry.
  3. List the award guidelines so your nominees will know what to do.
  4. State 7 hidden facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate other blogger friends for the award.

So here goes nothing, 7 hidden facts about me:

1. All flying insects scare the hell out of me (Yes, I scream and run around the house, if I see any)
2. I’m really good at hiding my real emotions, even at my worst of days I can smile through it like it’s nothing.
3. I connect with Sylvia Plath’s words at an uncanny level.
4. I don’t know writers block, never experienced them.
5. I like knowing people on a personal level. I love listening to people talk their hearts out, I can listen forever.
6. I write for “my people”, I love the idea of people having personalized notes from me.
7. I like playing the ‘invisible’ part.

And Fatma was kind enough to not give me one award but two, so the next one is Creative Blogger Award, again thank-you so much ❤

Award Guidelines:

  1. Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs.
  2. Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you.
  3. Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers.
  4. Pass these rules on to them.

5 facts about me:

1.  Words are home to me, I think this is quite obvious by now 🙂
2. I can’t stand lies, there is no white/grey/black lies. I see them as lies.
3.  I’m brutally honest.
4. I love reading books (anything and everything)
5. I suffer from regular headaches.

So now, here are my nominees for both these awards:

1. Kirsty 
2. Kritika
3. Prateek
4. Shambhavi
5. Ayushi
6. Paul
7. Darshith (See I do notice your work xD)
8. Izza
9. Yoshiko
10. Ifrah
11. Shreya
12. Randstein
13. Blondeusk
14. Arwen
15. Naima

Once again, thank-you Fatma. I’m truly honored ❤ and guys feel free to accept the award or if it’s too much trouble, no worries, I will still love you guys 😀

The Encouraging Thunder Award

Hola!

I’m stunned by the fact that I have been nominated again (Still don’t believe I’m getting all these award nominations lol) for the ” Encouraging Thunder Award” by the absolutely lovely Val, please do visit her blog (http://unlooping.uk/), I like the versatility in her words.  Thank-you for nominating me, I’m truly humbled.
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So this award has two lists of nominations;

The first is for bloggers who have spent their time to be very active on my blogs, reblogging my posts, leaving lots of comments and likes to my posts. They are the foundation who have supported my blog up until this far. I am very thankful to these kind bloggers and therefore I grant all of them a special award “Encouraging Thunder” as a symbol of protection from nature:

  1. Megpill: http://pennedbypill.com/
  2. Will: http://williamleeone.wordpress.com/
  3. Naima: http://globalunison.wordpress.com/
  4. Chris: http://milfordstreet.wordpress.com/
  5. Saya: http://sayadpoet.wordpress.com/
  6. Patty: http://iamnotsickboy.com/
  7. Donna: http://dadojodest.com/
  8. Annie: http://surrenderingmyshield.com/

This isn’t the complete list and there quite a few more but it’s difficult to make a list of everyone but thank-you, each one of you for being around, for stopping by, for sharing words and love. It truly means a lot.

The second list is for those inspiring bloggers who have their spent their time improving their blogs creating a different concept in many aspects. I grant them “Encouraging Thunder” as a symbol of protection. He or she could become a good example to follow :

1. Prateek Kohli: https://lifeinquantums.wordpress.com/
2. Randstein:  https://hyperionsturm.wordpress.com/
3. Kritika: https://krivashist.wordpress.com/
4. Izza: https://touchofmysaint.wordpress.com/
5. Devika: https://devikaoberai21.wordpress.com/
6. Blondeusk: https://blondewritemore.wordpress.com/
7. Shambhavi: https://ultimatesolace.wordpress.com/

Moving on the rules of this award:

What you can do with Encouraging Thunder award?

  • Post it on your blog
  • Grant other bloggers with the award

What you can’t do with Encouraging Thunder award?

  • Abuse or misuse the logo
  • Claim that it’s your own handmade logo

What you should do after receiving Encouraging Thunder award:

  • Enjoy the award
  • At least gives thanks via comments and likes and or mentioning the blog who give the award.
  • Mention your purpose in blogging

Since I have already mentioned the award on my blog and also put forward my nominations, here is the last thing I need to do, my purpose for blogging:

When I look back I realize my purpose has changed, I had initially joined for I needed a venting space and a blog at that time seemed like a perfect idea. Hiding behind words and speaking my mind, since socially I’m just awkward and say very little. However, with time, I have made friends here, people I love talking to and interacting with, the wordpress family (if I may use the word) and I have realized that words are home. Perfectly home to me, so no matter how my day goes, I come back here each day to share a piece of my thought process and to hear and feel what others have to say.

I don’t want to drag this too much and bore you guys to sleep 🙂 thank-you everyone for the encouragement and love and thanks once again, Val. This truly means a lot.

Blessings to you all ❤

Leibster Award

Hola again!

This is my third nomination in the same month, can’t say I don’t enjoy all the love ^_^ this time the nomination came the sweetest and wise Kritika. Thank-you so much, I’m honestly moved and still getting over the shock of the nomination. Thank-you once again :), everyone reading this please pay a visit to her blog: krivashist.wordpress.com you will not be disappointed, in fact you will feel your emotions struck by how she uses the words.

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So now starting off with answering the questions:

1. Why are you here on WordPress?

I’m a very reserved person and someone who thinks too much, I would generally rant to my friends over chats and messaging about my issues with people and the world in general and randomly by a few friends I was told to start writing. While the idea at that time seemed impossible because I couldn’t believe I could write and that my friends were crazy to think I could, I was going through a phase where it became necessary to have an outlet to speak out and thus long story short I landed here.

2. Who is your favorite author/poet and why.

Sylvia Plath *hands down*, the woman is magic with words. Hell at most days I believe we should have an emotion called Sylvia Plath so when someone asks you, how are you feeling today? I can say like Sylvia Plath.

3. What will you do if you wake up one day and find yourself in an unknown city?

Initially I’ll be worried about how things changed over night but once it sinks in, I’ll move around to explore the newer life lol.

4. Your thoughts on love.

Over rated.

5. Your favorite book and one book you would recommend to me.

I can’t name one favourite book, for a book worm like me, books are the ultimate home ❤ but yes I’d recommend any of Haruki Murakami, Charles Bukowski and Vladimir Nabokov’s work. However, there are many more I love to read, this alone can be a huge topic to discuss between us 🙂

6. One sober thing you did and one crazy thing you did.

I’ll be a disappointment for you with regards to this question, I’m pretty boring and simple ALL the time 🙂

7. What is on your mind right now?

“So tired of people” exact words lol.

8. What is that one thing that keeps you going?

Mama, she is my super hero.

9. Describe the version of you which you love the most.

The one that refuses to give up even when life keeps making it fall flat on its face, this version of me refuses to give up.

10. How many mosquitoes you have killed? Just kidding.
When you look at your reflection in the mirror, what is the first question you ask to yourself?

None, mosquitoes don’t bother me so I don’t bother them, it’s an unsaid agreement ^_^
To answer the serious question, every time I see my reflection I wonder how I managed to make it so far.

Phew, finally managed to put across the answers 🙂 and I apologize if anyone fell asleep somewhere between the post xD

Moving on next, here are the rules of the Award:

– Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
– Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
– Nominate 10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
– Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.
– Answer the ten questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make ten questions of your own for your nominees.
– Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.
ALL THE NOMINEES ARE FREE TO ACCEPT OR REJECT THE NOMINATION.

So going by the rules, here are my nominations for the Award (in no particular order):

1. Michelle : http://heartwordsforpoetry.org/
2. Naima: globalunison.wordpress.com
3. Izza: https://touchofmysaint.wordpress.com/
4. Will: williamleeone.wordpress.com
5. Arwen: https://elpislazuli.wordpress.com/
6. Ayushi: https://fourwindsinajar.wordpress.com/
7. Blondeusk: https://blondewritemore.wordpress.com/
8. Chris: https://chrisnelson61.wordpress.com/
9. Randstein: https://hyperionsturm.wordpress.com
10. Kirsty: https://kirstydavies1990.wordpress.com/

Here is my set of 10 questions for you all 🙂

1. If you had to describe yourself in one word, what will it be?
2. If you could change one thing about yourself, what will you change?
3. How important is ‘encouragement from others’ for you?
4. What inspires you?
5. Your favourite quote?
6. Brutally honest or beautifully fake? And Why?
7. How important is writing to you?
8. A piece of advise for all those reading this.
9. Tell one thing to your past-self.
10. How do you express anger?

Best of luck with answering the questions and as said above, all of you have the freedom to answer or not answer these questions. However, if you do, I will love to read and know you all a little bit more 🙂 oh and once again, thank-you Kritika ❤