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Incessant Soliloquiser & Habitual Rambler with a spade..
August 21, 2016
 

# WHY ?

The question there is seldom an answer for......

Why ?

Isn't Life as such, so many questions...?
Unanswered...Most times..

SHAZIA
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August 21, 2016
 

# Writing Prompt

FORGIVENESS

What is it about Forgiveness that makes us all want it ?
And what is it about the same forgiveness that makes us so miserly in giving it ?

Why Forgiveness ?

If we are clear about what we want and that too in a principled kind of way; Would we do something we shouldn't or musn't.... Which makes us seek forgiveness in the first place ?

For we ALL, ALL... without fail, know heart of hearts, that we have done something we should not have.

The rest is just about justifications and justifying the "rightness" of that act, step, action or decision..

Well... moving on, why then are we so stingy in giving what we ourselves want so desperately..?

Incidentally the w...

MORNING PRAYER
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August 21, 2016
 

# STAMP STORY

The Bamboo to me has always signified the permanence of life sautèd with rigorous doggedness to survive..

The mighty Oak has always thudded to the earth. At some time or the other.

When did anyone hear such news of the Bamboo..?

Unlikely. And even if there was a whisper... It is likely that is was no more than a rustle... in the forest..

The grass gets trampled upon due to its position and supplication.
Not so the Bamboo.

'Cause it is a Tree as much a shrub, It is a plant as much as it is a tall.

It is rigid enough to bend with the storm and return post it..

It grows from the roots akin the grass, yet because of its stature it cannot be trampled upon..

Isn't it stature...

BAMBOO
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August 18, 2016
 

Addendum to Parents..

We owe a lot of gratitude to our parents.. for their love, undèrstanding, support, contributions and much much more....

For had it been for them would be able to..

Breathe, see, speak, hear, smell, feel, sense, emote, love, hate too, understand, learn, listen, seek, infer, apply, imply, relate,

acquire relations, friends, friendship, Grandparents , Uncles, Aunts, cousins, brother, sister, son, daughter, and the rest..

Speak.. language, languages, grammar, phrase & paraphrase, compose, truth, not untruths, whisper, shout,

Show... feelings, sense, joy, understanding, happiness, sadness too, like, dislike, swagger, stumble, jump, crawl, walk, run, sit & Sleep to...

PURSUE PEACE
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August 17, 2016
 

© Parents are God's gift to us for being born to them...

As a Rule.
Some folks may have a different take.. But how many are exceptions to the rule ?

Now while nobody including Parents lay any claim to being perfect, and None are..
In fact, NO ONE is..

And though everyone does something or takes some decision thinking that THAT is in everyone's interests.. or at least their childrens... and though the rightness and correctness is in all probability a matter of perspective..
And though each generation finds their Parents to be from an ooolldd generation and that the gap is tooooo large to bridge and that THEY will neverrrrr understand our issues and problems...

Fully knowing that what Par...

IN THIS TOGETHER
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August 17, 2016
 

# CSC
1.
Robin - Batty.. my innuendo on Ur bachelorhood was only tongue-in-cheek...

Batman - Have some hand in glove humor first..
~~~~~~~~~~~~~XX~~~~~~~~~~~~

2.
Batman - Why U biting my hand..?
Robin - Eveh since mah employment with U, de only meat I tasted is de leather in Ur glove..

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3.
Batman - U idiot..what do I wear if U wear my underwear ?
Robin - Boss.. Sorry but my wife refused to wash mine..

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LETTRS LATTE
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August 15, 2016
 

# TITLE CHALLENGE

If I Tell You I Love You

If the day does come that I do tell you I love you, then..
1. Believe it.
2. Never Doubt it.
3. Nothing else should matter.

For I say what I mean
And I mean what I say.

To be able to verbalize such a powerful and powerladen statement which has volumes of meaning loaded within it, cannot be made..
in vain,
in jest,
in rhetoric
or meaninglessly..

I hail from a time where a Man was His Word.. And His Word was all that mattered.

Word was Faith.
Word was Belief.
Word was Honour.
Word was Revered.
Word was Irreversible.
Unto Death.

I am, so I do.

I Love You.

Whether you do me,
is not the question..
It never was.

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August 14, 2016
 

# I DARE YOU (IDY)

Love..

The tug at the centre of the chest was more surprising than the heavy calibre bullet that had endeared itself to my heart in trying to get as close as its dispatcher had intended.. many moons ago.

This was also more surprising and strangely made me feel more inadequate than I had ever felt in my life, which in itself has been quite a count..

And surprisingly the cause for my chemical imbalance was a woman. More a Lady..but no less a woman.

The chance "encounter" in, of all places a friend's party constituted an introduction to a 'girl' who was introduced as a friend.

I know Trouble when I see it. This was one with a Capital T.

Aloof in a crowd, seems ...

LIZ LONGLEY
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August 14, 2016
 

TO DARE..

The ability to dare is an act associated with the spirit of adventure.. The ability to step out of ones comfort zone.
The ability to accept ones shortcomings, failings, and inadequacies and still want to be there, in the middle of nowhere.. where the comfort zone of habit and rote ends..

The sheer confidence in one's own abilities and the eagerness to face the unknown, is what probably keeps an individual interested in the act of wanting to undertake The Dare....

Wanna Dare ...?
Is what a friend asked me,
Was it my friends confidence in me or my friends confidence in my abilities to redeem myself..?

Scary... No ?
When someone else has more confidence in you than you yourself...
...

HIGH JUMP
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August 11, 2016
 

The Senses and Discrimination..

This is a followup to a mention by another great view expressed by Kay, that if the world were blind would not be all of us be more accepting...?

My tuppence worth...

" It would definitely make all of us more accepting and acceptable..
Because the eyes have always been the biggest discriminator followed by the ears and then the mouth...
Because the discrimination starts first when we see..
Then only when we hear what hath been said... So the ears take 'seniority' over the mouth.

When have we ever seen the blind being judgemental ?
They even are generally not critical and definitely not cynical..

They cannot afford to be. They haven't learnt that quality.....

IN THIS TOGETHER
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August 10, 2016
 

#TITLE CHALLENGE

LOVE WON'T LET ME WAIT.


Love won't let me wait from joining the Forces, because sometimes the love for a greater cause cannot be seconded to a more personal one..

How can I keep the requirements of the Nation pending for a smaller cause like my own ease, love and comfort..

Had it not been the wise old Chetwode who immortalised the quote for posterity and generations of Leaders and Officers, that....and I quote..

" The safety, honour & welfare of the country comes first always & everytime..
The honour, welfare & comfort of the men you command comes next, always & everytime..

Your own ease, comfort & safety comes last, always & everytime...!!"


And then...

FIND PEACE
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August 6, 2016
 

# TITLE CHALLENGE


I'm Going To Make You Love Me

Why ?

Why would I want you to love me ?
What makes you so special that I would want you or anyone to love me ?
In fact, what makes me so special that I need to be loved ?
For that matter since it is said that, "Charity starts at home.. ", does it necessarily imply that I even love myself ?

If yes, why ?
If not, why ?
or better still, why not ?
even better, need I ?

What is the kind of person who makes a statement like the ibid ?
And more important, is it necessary ? To satisfy whom and to what end ?
Is this statement in its true form, True Love or then Firm Resolve ?
If it is True Love, then does it need to be stated ...

DECIDE
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August 4, 2016
 

#TITLE CHALLENGE

STAND BY YOU

The ability to Stand by someone, is a term encapsulating character in itself.
Who stands by someone ? Why ? And how ?
What entails standing by someone ?

First, the meaning of 'standing by you',
To stand upright next to the person with whom allegiance is owed/sworn/expected due to common beliefs, values, thoughts, relations or then interests to name just a few..

Good or bad, irrespective.

To stand by someone requires courage, integrity and belief.
Interests also matter. Intentions too.
Ability is a prerequisite. Strength too.

Good or bad irrespective.

The how entails, holding firm onto the ground so selected,
until death do us apart.
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PEACE
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July 26, 2016
 

Kargil Vijay Diwas,
Kargil Victory Day !!

The lucky one's fought the war...
The not so lucky sing their praises...
Cheers to the comrades in arms who laid their lives in Kargil.
May Your glass always run over and Your land be full of milk and nectar...

U tried, U died...
The few, the fearless...

I wish we were U and U we...
If not in this battlefield...
I hope we do meet in a life next..
well lived,
well served,
served for thee..  

The Unit,
The regiment,
The Great  Army.

Happy Kargil Vijay Diwas to all..

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HISTORY
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December 4, 2015
 

FRIENDSHIP

Someone made a mention about why friendship plays an important role in our lives....

👍
A friend made a mention that..

"The only concern is that these days even friends are virtual 😊 when I die and there is no Facebook update or WhatsApp message then there will be no one to take the body for last rituals !!"

My take is that,

Everyone needs atleast one friend within arms reach ..
For the good times.. everyday in fact or the end..

Lucky and fortunate are those who have succeeded..!!

Though everything is transitory,

True Friendship is a constant,
like God , Quiet and Peace..

Its there,
We just need to find them,

Go find.. 🙏

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ORIGINAL
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November 26, 2015
 

गुरुनानकदेव जी द्वारा श्री जगन्नाथ मंदिर, पुरी में गाई गयी अद्भुत आरती” 
Once the famous Indian actor Balraj Sahni asked the late Nobel Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore, "You have written the national anthem for India . Can you write an international anthem for the whole world? "

"It has already been written, not only international but for the entire universe, in the 16th century by Nanak", replied Tagore.

He referred to the Sikh arti (ceremony of light).

Gurudev Tagore was so enamoured of this arti that he personally translated it into Bengali. 

As legend has it, in 1508 A.D.
Guru Nanak Dev visited the famous temple of Jagannath at Puri in Orrisa, which was very well known for its arti f...

TIMELESS MESSAGE
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November 21, 2015
 

Someone made a mention about how we sit in our little world's and look over the horizon..

So my thoughts for Ur penny..

"Yes, we all intersect each others lives from our own little studios..

That's the beauty enhanced by the visions and foresight of
Mr Vinton G Cerf,
Mr Drew,
Ms Araceli,
And their co-authors...

And then artists and amateurs of all hues and backgrounds  fill in the blanks or spaces with their colours, thoughts, opinions, art and brush strokes..

Those envisioned sights become a reality when their authors or inventors starts leaving their brush or nib marks on the screens at the end of their noses..

Think on positively,
Stroke on boldly,
Write on intelligently...!!

M...

WHAT DO YOU SEE?
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November 18, 2015
 

The Romantic 1950s and 60s...


Yes the 50s & 60S were the most romantic of ages in the recent past..,

when life was simple and much less convoluted,
less of gadgetery and more about relationships and values,

when it was more about outdoors & less of couch, potato & keyboards,

when it was more about family and love and less about individuals and likes,

when gay and rainbows were just that and not insinuations,

when blue was for boys and pink for girls,

when boys wore shorts, men trousers and girls wore skirts and women that and dresses,

when a drink was to be social and not to get drunk,
though the minority did push the tipple,

when black and white was in and colour a...

SWAN
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November 20, 2015
 

Someone made a mention of Connections....

The ultimate connection is aligning the head, heart and intentions with The Force field called God..

The moment you align with anything, you establish a connect with the other part and that connect is called a connection..

Can one make a connection with something one is not aligned to Or subscribe to or in agreement with or consonence with ??

Anyone ...?

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THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY
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November 18, 2015
 

Today 18 Nov is Rezang La day     

  
This is the epic battle of Rezang la. As a child I had heard the story many times. The epic battle of Rezang La. The name had a zing to it. Rezang La. A battle fought at an altitude of 18,000 feet in Ladakh.

120 soldiers of the Indian army against 5,000 soldiers of the Chinese army. The Chinese also had Artillery support. The 120 soldiers of 13th battalion of Kumaon Regt had no artillery support.

Rezang la is the story of unparalleled valour, raw courage and victory buried in the overall humiliation of the crushing defeat  in 1962.

The story always brought tears in the eyes but filled the heart with immense pride. The date is still etched in my min...

CLOUDY SUNSET
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November 14, 2015
 

# PRAY FOR PARIS


Liberty, Freedom and Victory..

CAN NEVER & NEVER WILL BE TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU or ANYONE ELSE.

PERIOD.

Stay Strong,

Keep the Faith,

&

Stay Alert.. !!!!!!

WE SHALL OVERCOME.
PERIOD.


THE WORLD IS WITH YOU FRANCE.

PEACE FOR PARIS
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November 14, 2015
 

# CAPTION THIS


d = e + cs - ( i + iq)

Where..

d   = Density,
e   = Education,
cs = Common Sense,
i   = Intelligence,
iq = Intelligence Quotient

density = trying to bend a magnet around a rock..!!!

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TECH BURST
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November 13, 2015
 

# WOD

BIPARTISAN

The ideal bipartisanship is when all steps are taken involving the bipartisan
mind and heart..

Can we ?
Is it really possible ?
Think about it..

Can any issue meet all parameters of bipartisanship of the heart and mind ?
Is this Utopia ?
Does Utopia exist ?

Or then does it only conform to an intangible space between the heart and mind..?
Bipartisan here too..?

Does bipartisan Utopia and Reality exist too or either..?

? keep wondering...

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SPIRAL GALAXY
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November 13, 2015
 

CAPTION THIS

Pride made his chest swell,
In turn his smile shone thru,

in radiance due to a stellar performance...
as he exited !!

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CARBONIZED
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November 13, 2015
 

SIMPLICITY

Pooh..
is all about life & living... simple and still deep,
Love everything about Pooh.

Simplicity always has depth
Only the strong can be simple,

It is the forte of those who rely more on themselves,
It is their deeds and their Faith,
That are simple..

It takes effort to be simple..
Some are gifted by God
And hence remain simple..!!

Either ways..
Simple Rocks !!!!
👍🏻🙏🏼

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YES
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November 11, 2015
 

Dear Lettrs Staff..

Hi guys are doing a fantabulous job..
Staying ahead and being pro-active requires all of You to be on your toes..

And you're doing it with easy aplomb ...
Kudos to all of You and keep us motivated to continue spilling ink on paper.. in our own orbits and fashions..

And THANK YOU so much for the Diwali addition...
                                                                                                                                             

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PANELS
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November 11, 2015
 

Caption This

Playing Hide & Seek..
"Will You shine enough for me to able to liquidate quietly..?" whispered the Silver Cloud to the Golden Sun..

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MOON PUNCH
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November 10, 2015
 



It is good to be laid back, even lazy, some say..
Actually getting to spend a little time with oneself, is medicinal,
Hence to value time spent with oneself, is essential. Truly.
Period.

Am a little circumspect about the term Penpal.
What is the mandate of a Penpal ??
Why not a Friend ? In the real sense ..??

I have temporarily just accepted this term called penpal, actually wonder what it actually means..
Don't identify with the term directly though..
Friend is more direct and probably meaningful,

Older folks and children are two sides of the same coin..
They ask questions and look at life with honesty and simplicity..
So Ur good, if on that address...

Being confu...

KING OF THE JUNGLE
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November 10, 2015
 

HAPPY DIWALI

Six things we traditionally do during Diwali, which if we do with understanding would make our Diwali spiritual and meaningful :-

1. Cleaning of house - Let us also clean our mind of all the accumulated dirt of kama, krodha, moha, mada, matsarya, and lobha

2. We buy/ bring in new things - let us acquire true knowledge

3. We eat sweets - let us share and sweeten other lives, particularly of the down trodden

4. We light lamps- let us light lamp of knowledge and spread it.

5. We do Laxmi Puja - let us pray for furtherance of our spiritual wealth.

6. We burst crackers - let us burst our ego - noise less. but peace descends..

Shubh Deepawali🌹🙏

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THE JOY OF SOX®
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November 7, 2015
 

HAPPY DIWALI

Wishing one and all a very Happy & Prosperous Diwali..!!

May the festival of lights bring joy, peace, contentment and succor to you all and your families...

And do try giving a ray or little "Diya" of light and hope to the less fortunate..

It will give You a special tingle when You see a smile and gratitude brought about by genuine care and love...

All things genuine, especially the genuine smile has a different glow and radiance..

:~)

Happy Deepavali once again..

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