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Past, Present, or Future [Guest Post – Karishma]

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Past, Present, or Future – which phase do you live your life in and why?

First of all, thank you Vanessa for giving me this prompt !!! Because of you now I know myself much better. It helped me in evolving new myself.

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Past : My past is the most wonderful thing that has happened to me, like a roller-coaster ride…..with many ups and downs but yet the most precious time which even today when thought about, brings a smile on my face…..how stupid we were!!! But I suppose that stupidity was the essence of my childhood.

Here I would like to share one incident. I and my younger brother had an afternoon school whereas, my elder brother used to go in the morning….we used to be jealous of him, that he used to get more time to play than us.

One day, we both decided to bunk the school. I was in third standard and he in fourth standard. We went to school as usual and acted like Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan…..so natural ….that teacher decided to send us home as we were having severe stomach ache. This continued for almost 3 days but on 3rd day our bus driver felt suspicious so he decided not to take us back home. And, I tell you, our school was 10kms far away from our house.

Now, we were out of school, bus driver didn’t take us, with no money in the pocket….what would we have done!! And, the fun begins here!!

We started walking and after half an hour’s continuous walk my brother asked what if we take our lunchbox as our parents will doubt us!! What a detective thought!! How foolish that we didn’t knew that even if we walk whole day we would not reach home by 6 in the evening and then what? (makes me smile how smart we were).

So we sat on a bench outside temple to have our tiffin!! Weren’t we smart enough!! But then, my uncle who used to come to the bank near to that temple, he had come for some work. And, guess what, firstly he thought some kids have bunked their school and wasting their time here.

The more we came to close to each other, more shocked were we!! He took us home and then you can understand what would have happened with us. Till today I haven’t forgotten the smacking we have got ….but still I will not call it abuse in foreign terms.

This is just one incident and my past is full of such precious moments….and when you have such a wonderful past, won’t you love to stay in it forever and ever??

And now my answer to this prompt is:

Yes, I live in the present taking along the positivity and freshness of my past to give my future (my kids) the most wonderful future, like the past I had – A CHILDHOOD loaded with fun, enjoyment, foolishness, innocence and TRUE HAPPINESS!!!!!!

And, what about you, where do you LIVE??

By Mocktailmommy – Karishma

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I’m excited to host my first guest on 5 Minutes – Karishma from MocktailMommies! Our past defines our present – we’re the sum of our past experiences; and Karishma has accurately illustrated this point with her nostalgia packed post.

This post is written for the December bloghop #mymojo with Shalzmojo

Linking up for #wordsante with Namysaysso for every post deserves some love

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Manic Monday

Another Monday, another start of a week, another countdown to the weekend. This is all my life is at the moment.

I always thought that I would never be one of those people who succumbed to the pressures and routine of life. But alas, I have become one of those people, which goes to show that I’m just another human being.

I had more pride in myself while I was growing up. I had high ideals, wild ideas, and a passionate drive toward living life with a smile on my face.

Unfortunately, a series of life’s challenges pounded me to a pulp, even though I valiantly fought with every fiber of strength within me. Though I emerged victorious from all the challenges life boxed me with, they did a good job of tiring me out, rupturing my iron will, and smashing my rose-tinted glasses to smithereens (poor poor glasses of mine).

My heart and mind bear battle scars and wounds that burn wickedly when I attempt to soothe them. My soul is sitting quietly in a corner, trying to recuperate from the bashing and punches thrown its way by life.

It’s currently disoriented and fractured. It’s going to take a while before I feel whole again.

Till then, oh, it’s just another manic Monday!

Which reminds me, it’s a good day to hear it’s namesake song

 

This song makes me feel that I’m not the only one going through the routine of life. I guess we all identify with this song. For me, I identify most with the lines:

Have to catch an early train
Got to be to work by nine.
And if I had an aeroplane
I still couldn’t make it on time.

‘Cause it takes me so long
Just to figure out what I’m gonna wear…

I guess that’s why people like Steve Jobs preferred wearing the same colour and style clothes everyday – does save a LOT of time.

Anyway, so how do you greet Monday? With a smile or a frown? Do you listen to any song to PEP up your Monday? Do share. Would love to hear from you. 

Linking up to Write Tribe’s #MondayMusings

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Cheers,

Venice 🙂

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STOP ‘Litter’al Rubbish

If there’s one firmly nailed and fixed characteristic of mine, it is to not litter, NEVER. And if there’s one thing I heartily HATE, it’s people who have no shame in littering anywhere at anytime.

I don’t get it how people can readily and easily throw something on the road, in the sea, on the beach, in building premises, or anywhere else, except the GARBAGE BIN! It is absolutely ridiculous to see well dressed women, with their ace make-up on, and spouting Oxford English, who do not blink for even a second before tossing papers, wrappers, or any waste material out of train or bus windows! I mean, woman, there’s no point of you looking like an educated person when you behave like an untrained creature.

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A patrol jeep drives past litter strewn across Juhu beach, Mumbai. PC: Self.

It just enrages me to witness people treat our spaces like a garbage bin. I mean, okay, I admit that there are few dustbins around but that doesn’t mean you have the liberty to defile any place. I have a side-pocket in my bag where I keep all my used wrappers, papers and what not. I get home and throw them all out in the dustbin there. If there’s no side pocket in your bag, you could carry a paper/cloth bag in which you can keep all the waste material and empty them out in your home’s dustbin. Don’t tell me you can’t even do THIS little. If you can’t, then you’re just a lazy awful piece of rubbish whose character stinks worse than a garbage dump.

I once confronted a woman who threw a ball of paper out of the train window. She replied saying that it was anyway dirty outside (what a dumbshit reason!). I asked her, “So does that make it correct to throw that paper? Is this what you are teaching your children?” Her reply was just an embarrassed and shameful expression.

The floods that happened recently in Mumbai was not solely due to the fault of the BMC. It was jointly the fault of all those so called ‘proud’ Mumbaikars who choke our lovely city every second of the day with their litter!

In August last year, there was a massive clean up of the northern part of Versova Beach. A staggering 2.8 lakh kilograms of trash was cleared! That is utterly disgraceful and immensely disgusting.

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Campaigner for clean oceans, Lewis Pugh at the Versova Clean up. PC

I request you, my dear reader, to stand up and stop people from treating our roads, tracks, and other beautiful spaces, like a garbage bin.

I hope you will join me in putting a stop to such menaces and help make our spaces clean, lovely, and beautiful to live in.

 

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Alexa Rank on 1st September, 2017: 11,373,056

India Rank: 0

 

Cheers,

Venice 🙂

 

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