Sunday, 31 July 2016

My First Novel *Cherished Blogfest* #CBF16

A copy of "Those Dreadful Children" by Enid Blyton is my most cherished possession in the world. It was a gift I value above all because it introduced me to the magical world of books at a very early age. 

My parents gifted me that book when I was in 4th standard i.e. around 11 years old. We live in a small town with not many big bookstores. So one day they just told me get ready we are going shopping. 

Never telling that we will be travelling to another city, Lucknow which is 2 hours from there. Once we reached there they took me to a huge book store - UNIVERSAL.

It was beautiful. There were books everywhere. Stacked in order from top shelf till bottom. . It was love at first sight. I wanted my own library.

My parents that day did not just gift me a book. They gifted me a hobby. They introduced me to my then undiscovered love for reading. There in those racks of freshly printed copies of books I found a friend for life

I don't know why I picked this novel that day - Those Dreadful Children. May be because I was a goody goody child who wanted to know what makes children dreadful. The title was intriguing and so was the book. 

I read it again and again. Every time getting greedier for more and more words and stories. Its been good 18 years since then I never go to bed without one. I also got my dream home library recently.

Its all because of Those Dreadful Children of Enid Blyton's.

What is your most cherished thing? Share with me in the comments.
Written for Cherish BlogFest #CBF16 

Friday, 29 July 2016

My Modern Ayurveda Doctor

Yesterday was a good and interesting day. My baby had sprained her knee last week and she was neither able to crawl nor stand properly. I was really concerned and worried as any mom would be in this situation. I had made sure that she does not strain that knee of hers for the entire week. She was on antibiotics and pain killer. Yesterday I let her try crawling.She crawled normally. I sighed a sigh of relief.
Also its been raining a lot lately in my town. I love rain. Its the most magical season of all. 
And yesterday when I was visiting my parents place I bumped into a modern ayurveda Doctor. He has come down from Kolkata and when I entered the place he was in a deep discussion with my father. There is a tinted glass partition between the drawing room and living room. So I could only make out that my dad is in a meeting with some guy. My mum briefed me about him. Till then I had already envisioned that guy to be in mid fifties carrying lots of leaves and "jadi bootis". 
I also thought that I will consult him once and voiced my thoughts to my mother who totally agreed. So when my father came out of the room after consultation I said I will meet him too. As soon as I entered I was in for a shock, a good shock. It was a guy in his early thirties and he was dressed smartly, had a calm smile on his face. He appeared to be a modern saint to me. 

I said, "Hi!", ever so shyly and sat down on the sofa facing him.
Now sitting I could observe he wore specs, he was little bald on the sides of his forehead. He tarted writing something on his notepad. He asked my name and my age. Then he started talking.
I can say he sure know how to talk and be a good mentor. He told me that whatever we know about Ayurveda is a misconception. He said Modern Ayurveda is all about preventing any disease be it mental or physical.  It is our heritage which is lost and forgotten in India. Many people have thus started misusing the name Ayurveda by making and selling there own good for nothing concoctions and the art and science of Ayurveda for it is both is gradually getting lost somewhere. 
Then he said may I do a routine check up. I was little surprised on hearing that bcoz he had no instrument no stethoscope, etc. He asked me to extend my left hand forward palm side up. He placed three of his fingers around the wrist as if taking the pulse count. First with 3 fingers, then with two and lastly with one. He repeated the same with my right hand. He also saw my tongue. Meanwhile he kept on noting something on the left corner of the page marked with my name on the top as if making a case history. 
Once done with writing lot of codes he started, "Ok, let's talk about your mental health first". Now I am not telling you everything here but I can tell you this much that whatever he said made sense and was totally logical. He said out of all the elements present in my body, my FIRE element is most active. 
My thought on it, " I am on Fire, I am hot and good looking."

He meant, " You are very emotional, sensitive and forgiving. You are like a child but you are trying to cover it up".
He told me a lot about me in detail. It all sounded cool. Then we moved on to what is wrong with my internal body organs and muscles and nerves and what not.
When I mentioned, "So what is alright in me according to you?"
The answer reminded me of the old me. He said, "Everything is good. See you met me before anything could go seriously wrong with you. You would have noticed all this 20 years later when it would have aggravated to a serious condition. 
He prescribed lot of yog asans to do and dry fruits to eat. He also gave me ayurvedic meds. 

Once he was through all 3 of us and was just leaving. I asked him like a child (sarcasm intended) his qualification because I still had my doubts. He told me he is a MBBS and MD in Modern Ayurveda and the course takes as long as any other doctorate courses would.
That kind of satisfied me. I guess I will follow his prescription. At least every time I will take the meds I will remember a guy who was good looking, intelligent and a Doctor who was just talking to me, about me, and listened to me with full attention for full 20 minutes.
How many girls can say that they have had such an experience?
night night 
Mrs. Gupta
P.S. : I started gyming today and managed to twist my ankle. I am going to retire to bed early today.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Ten to one, know me more

I have recently started blogging again thanks to my dearest friend Geetika. I hope I am able to continue it this time. I found this interesting and fun tag on her blog. So I thought, why not? lets take this self assessment, esteem booster, reality check questionnaire.

So here I go:

Ten Hows!

1. How did you get one of your scars? I got hurt in my left side of the lower neck in 10th standard, the cut was so deep that it had to be operated and that is my most prominent scar. It was so prominent that a guy said no to my marriage proposal when he heard about it (lucky me!)
2.How did you celebrate your last birthday? Mr. Gupta threw me a surprise birthday party at our favourite dinner place. It was so kewl of him to do that. I was flattered
3.How are you feeling at this moment? Anxious and restless. That's me. I get bored super easy. 
4.How did your night go last? Good. Me n Mr. Gupta partied till late with two of our close friends.
5.How did you do in high school? I was the fat, ugly and bright student. Deadly combination to have in high school. Pretty invisible to most except for the debates, extempore and prefect duties.
6.How did you get the shirt you are wearing? Wearing a zebra print kurti. My mum got it for me last year. Yeah I still wear what my parents like. 
7.How often do you see your best friends? Rarely. Thanks to the technology we all stay in regular touch. Special thanks to Facetime.
8.How much money did you spend last month? I overspent. It was a lot. There was SALE everywhere.
9.How old do you want to be when you get married? My dad decided that I should be married by the age of 25. He found one for me just 3 months before I was going to turn 25. 
10.How old will you be on your next birthday? 29

9 What’s!

1.Your mother’s name: Madhu, Her official name is Reena, but I like this one better. Madhu in Hindi means Honey. She is a sweetheart.
2.What did you do last weekend? Finished reading a novel by Danielle Steel in straight 10 hours. When I am hooked to a novel there is no stopping till I reach the end.
3.What is the most important part of your life? My daughter and my father.
4.What would you rather be doing? I am blessed to do whatever I want to.
5.What did you last cry over? Not having a great weekend. I cry over all kind of stupid things.
6.What always makes you feel better when you’re upset? Cleaning my wardrobes, putting everything away in order. It calms me down. Also there is "calling my mum" therapy.
7.What’s the most important thing you look for in a significant other? Sense of humour and understanding that we are equal in every sense.
8.What did you have for breakfast? I had a brunch- Dal, Roti, Rice and Kheer (my mother-in-law speciality)

8. You's!

1.Have you ever liked someone who had a girlfriend/boyfriend? Yep, my school captain, Had a major crush on him.
2.Have you ever had your heart broken? Yes, Once.
3.Have you ever been out of the country? Yes. Almost every year Mr. Gupta take me on a trip abroad.
4.Have you ever done something outrageously dumb? Yes. I do it all the time.
5.Have you ever been back stabbed by a friend? Yes, its a long story. I learned a major lesson that day.
6.Have you ever had sex on the beach? Does villa on the sea side count?
7.Have you ever read an entire book in a day? Many times. Like I said I do it all the time.

7 Who’s!

1.Who was the last person you saw? My baby's maid
2.Who was the last person you texted? My friend with whom I was going to go for a walk today and she ditched.
3.Who was the last person you hung out with? My friends and Mr. Gupta
4.Who was the last person to call you? My Father
5.Who did you last hug? My sweet little baby 
6.Who is the last person who texted you? My friend explaining why she could'n make it for the walk today.
7.Who is the last person you said, “I Love You” to? My daughter. I say that to her all the time.

6 Where’s!

1.Where do your best friends live?  All over the world.
2.Where did you last go? Go go Goa
3.Where did you last hung out? Aroma's (a road side food joint)
4.Where do you go to school? Sheiling House School, Kanpur, Our motto is "For others"
5.Where is your favorite place to be? I recently visited Anacapri-Capri Island and has been since dreaming of buying a villa there and settle forever. Its heaven
6.Where did you sleep last night? On my bed, in my room.

5 Do’s!

1.Do you think anyone likes you? Yes. Many.
2.Do you ever wish you were someone else? I am my favourite person
3.Do you know the muffin man? Thanks to my daughter I do.
4.Does the future scare you? Yes. I am always imagining what can go wrong next. 
5.Do your parents know about your blog? Yes, They do.

4 Why’s!

1.Why are you best friends with your best friend? We never judge each other. Its fun when we are together.
2.Why did you get into blogging? I want to be an author.I think it is a great platform to form a base.
3.Why did your parents give you the name you have? My folks are from Vrindavan. Inspired by the place my great grandmother named me Radhika.
4.Why are you doing this survey? For fun and other things I mentioned in the beginning

3 Ifs!

1.If you could have one super power what could it be? To apparate like witches and wizards can do in J.K. Rowling's magical world.
2.If you could go back in one time and change one thing, would you? No
3.If you were stranded on a deserted island and could bring one thing, what would you bring? My guitar

2 Would you ever?

1.Would you ever get back together if one of your ex’s ever asked you? No
2.Would you ever shave your head to save someone you love? Yes. Absolutely.

1 last question!

1.Are you happy with your life right now? Yes, I love my life.

Do you want to do this? If you do please drop your link in the comments sections. I’d love to go through and know more about you!

Mrs. Gupta