Blogger Recognition Award

blogger-recognition-award-three

I was nominated by Brittany at Perfectly Tolerable. Thank you so much for the appreciation Brittany. This is my first ever bloggers award ๐Ÿ™‚ Everyone do check her blog, she is awesome ๐Ÿ˜Š

This is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers as a recognition of their hard work.  I am amazed at how interactive and supportive so many bloggers have been!  When I first started my blog I really only thought my grandma would read it, but there is a whole community of book bloggers who support one another and it’s awesome!

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers youโ€™d like to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know youโ€™ve nominated them, providing a link to the post youโ€™ve created. (Please make sure you do this step! Otherwise they wonโ€™t know youโ€™ve tagged them.)

1.How I started writing the blog:

From my school days, I used to maintain a diary because I love to write about everyday life, wierd experiences and everything. But saying that, I won’t say that writing a blog was a conscious decision. Few weeks back, I was going through some interesting blog. They were all about daily life and day to day experiences. That’s when I thought that why not start writing a blog, since I can then connect with the global arenas. That’s how my writing started.

2.Advice for fresh bloggers:

This part will be pretty hard for me, because I myself is a newbie! Still few things that I have learned, I can share:

  • Don’t think so much and start writing. Because I think that’s where we all lack, that we plan a lot of things and end up doing nothing. Taking the initiative and actually start writing the blog is very important.
  • Write whatever you feel like. Remember this is your blog and you can present your blog in your own style. Not because someone else has this style and that, you also have to follow their path, no. Just be expressive and innovative in your own way!!

BLOGGERS I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE:

Share your link in the comments if you participate! I would love to see your answers.  Even if you donโ€™t participate, make sure to check out all the awesome blogs! Happy writing ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Advertisement

Unknown….

I thought her eyes were a window,
In a room that housed her soul,
And the things I saw behind it,
Made me think she’d make me whole,
So I started throwing pebbles,
Begging her to let me in.
Until the signs of my affection
Appeared as bruises on her skin,
But what I’ve failed to notice,
Was that her curtains were drawn tight.
And the promises I had thought I had seen,
Were just tricks of light,
She had become just a reflection.
Of who I wished that she would be,
With a life to make mine better,
And perfect personality,
So when her personality shattered,
And I peered into her room,
I found a very different person.

Dream…

She felt him again in her sleep last night. Like always, her dreams are peripheral. An overheard conversation where his name is mentioned; a letter in her hand which she tries to read desperately before she wakes. A Styrofoam cup and half-read book on an empty table where she knew he was minutes before. It’s as though her dreams are a mirror of her waking world, like finding herself walking down the street where she could have sworn to catch a glimpse of him, only to look again and realize it wasn’t him after all !!

The little things…

At darjeeling, pulbazar

Waking up to the sound of your loved ones,
Putting on the comfiest clothes for the day,
The first sip of coffee in the morning,
The sound of birds chirping outside,
And the way the day starts overโ€ฆ.no matter what happened yesterday.
It’s the little things that keep us going no matter how challenging the life is right now.
There’s so much to be thankful for, especially, the little things !!!!

|| YOURSELF ||

I hope you find your acceptance. The kind that rings through your bones, the kind that quiets the voice inside of you which tells you that you are not good enough or that you are falling behind. I hope you forgive yourself for the mistakes you have made, for the past you keep alive inside. I hope you learn to let go of the things that you had to do in order to heal or to grow or to survive. You’re doing your best. You are human. Please don’t forget that.

I hope that you find the kind of moments that take your breath away. The kind of moments that change you. I hope you travel to places that cleanse you. I hope you go to the concerts that ripples through you and makes you feel alive. I hope you that you may be able to converse with and connect to the silent unspoken bits of conversations that makes the stomach surge with the little butterflies of feelings. I hope you surround yourself with the kinds of friends that encourage your spontaneity, that they are always there for you. I hope you live truely and never hold back. I hope that you feel it all.

But most importantly, I hope that you find YOURSELF out there, figuring out your heart and your mind. I hope that you learn to be kind to YOURSELF that you may pick YOURSELF up from every mistake you make, that you may come to love YOURSELF before you love others and that you may emphatically embrace the journey that you are on!

Share your thoughts with me and till then keep reading โœŒ

How my life changed as an elementary school teacher!

As I mentioned earlier in my blog I started myย new job and it’s been 1 year already. I still can’t believe and the last 1 year has really changed the course of my life! A lot of things have changed, my priorities have shifted (which is quite obvious for any job, I guess!)

And I want to share with you all how things have turned in a different way and I am sure a lot of people will relate to this:

Organized:

I think this is a common trait for all the teachers out there! Yes, I really have started picking up my life in a completely different and more organized way. The one week ahead lesson plan definitely makes me plan for one or even two weeks ahead and working accordingly really keeps me organized.

Out of the box way of thinking:

Frankly, it takes a lot to gather all the attention of my students, yes that’s a hard job trust me on this. So every day I have to think about how to get their full attention and obviously, that should be out of the box! Otherwise, they all tend to lose interest after some time and start gossiping among themselves!

Innovative:

As a student, I used to be inspired by those teachers who used to make our classes so interesting and innovative! So, I always try to make the lesson much more innovative and acceptable to my students, so that they can actually participate and learn in the course of the process. So every morning I have to prepare myself for the lesson I’m going to teach and in the most unique way.

Self-discipline: Continue reading “How my life changed as an elementary school teacher!”

Motivation

Did you start working for it? Or waiting for the perfect time? Stop doing that, because the past is already gone and the we have no control on our future! So you better start working now, as the present is in our hand.

We often start planning for the day, and end up distracting from that thinking that we will complete all our pending works tomorrow! But why wait for the tomorrow when we have our today?

Share your Wednesday motivation with me, and till then keep reading โœŒ๐ŸผโœŒ๐Ÿผ

My favourite childhood memory

I am the older sibling of the two of us in my family and so, I was the first one to be a part of the family. But strangely I have clear memories only after my baby sister was born, though the age gap is around 7 years. I remember clearly when she was brought home from the hospital and I haven’t seen any smaller babies before her. I was really excited and as well as nervous about how she will accept me. The day she was coming home I remember, I literally bathed early in the morning, wore my favourite pink dress and got ready to welcome her home. Little did I know then that she would be too small to play with me on that time. When I first saw her, my immediate reaction was, cummon she can’t be a human being, she is just a doll! Then I realised no she was moving and crying and making faces! Now I really wanted to hold her in my arms, but I was also really young and no one was allowing me to hold her. My mom understood that and she told me to sit beside her and she will give my sister on my lap. I was extremely excited and as well as nervous because that was the first time I ever held a small baby. I took her on my tender lap and she instantly looked at me, and I swear she was happy! That was the first ever connection I felt with my sister and never ever realised the feeling! But sadly that lasted for a short time because I had to let her go and I felt angry at my relatives who got to hold her for long and not me!!

Me and my sister

But that was the sweetest childhood memory that I will always cherish in my life. I still feel so happy that I have a sibling and truely great full to my parents for gifting me the best gift ever!!

Exploring Kolkata- Day 1

I have a 1-month long summer vacation (perks of being a school teacher!) and this year I decided to explore my city rather than sitting on a couch all day watching Netflix! Now, why Kolkata? First of all, I don’t have the money for an outstation trip, and secondly, I wanted to know more about my city only. People from different parts of the world come to Kolkata to explore the famous heritage and cultures. So, why not roam around and learn more about this beautiful place?

My first destination was Indian Museum. Indian Museum also referred formerly as Imperial Museum at Calcutta, is the largest and oldest museum in India and 9th oldest museum in the world. This was established in the year 1814 by Asiatic Society of Bengal under the curator Nathaniel Wallich, a Danish botanist.

The Museum is situated in Chowringhee and well connected by Kolkata metro from Esplanade or Park Street stations (Park street is nearer!). Anyway, you can get those details from Google!

Now I am not a professional travel blogger but I am still trying to write about my experience! So the Museum precisely has six sections- Art, Archeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Economic Botany. The first floor consists of mainly archeological and geological sections starting from the Siwaliks to the Buddhist stupas and all. The Siwaliks gallery consisted of the fossil remains from over 15million years ago!!! (isn’t it crazy?)

 

dsc_0010
Remains of Mammoth skull excavated! It’s literally a huge structure.

 

Moving on to the Archeological gallery that showcases a panorama of sculptures starting from the Kushana Period and passing all through the Gupta’s, later Gupta’s, Palasenas and other rich collection of very fine Buddhist, Brahmanical and Jain sculptures from different provinces of India.

 

This is a part of the remains of a south Indian Temple depicting a scene from the Gupta Period.

 

There’s a also a section of coin collection inside this gallery which has a wide range of coins collected from 5th-4th century to present date. The earliest of this collection includes the timeline of Karshapana where copper punch-marked or copper cast coins were made.

Opposite to this gallery is a bit smaller section showcasing the remains of the magnificent railings and gateways of the Buddhist stupa discovered in 1873 from Barhut near Satna in Madhya Pradesh in India. These are stupas profusely carved in red sandstones depicting different lifelong scenes of Lord Buddha. Trust me they are absolutely stunning and I was truly overwhelmed by the neatness of work even from as early as the 19th century.

 

Remains of Temple Doors carved in heavy stones.

 

Now coming to the first floor, there were mainly zoological, botanical and a big gallery of textiles sections. Now I have been to Museum earlier when I was really small, but this time I saw quite a lot of renovations and additional galleries. The first one was the gallery of all the possible invertebrates found in this world (one of the newly added galleries). I quite liked the conceptualization of this gallery showing methodically all the 8 phyla of invertebrates found in the living world.

 

This a tree of invertebrates having different phyla on different branches

 

Now my favorite gallery is the Zoology section where all the remains of different animals are kept and preserved including certain embryos. Also, this gallery consists of large skeletons of early mammoth and huge whales which were all absolutely amazing to see.

 

This elephant skeleton was more than 12 feet tall!

 

Then came the anthropological gallery where the evolution of man is depicted beautifully in a chronological order. What I liked the most about this gallery is huge rotating DNA which is installed here recently. There are many pieces of information written in a very precise manner and obviously, the earliest skulls of human ( Homo neanderthalensis ) excavated from different parts of India are all kept in this gallery.

This was the huge rotating DNA

 

Also on the first floor, there’s one section where all the replenished mansions and an Egyptian mummy is kept. The area was prohibited from clicking any pictures, so I don’t have one! But the mummy is one of the star attraction of this museum!

Overall this trip was an educational and motivating trip for me because I felt proud that in India the largest museum is at Kolkata only and all the rich cultures really inspired me writing this blog so that I can share with the world.

A few more snaps from the day-

 

Ivory Idol of Mahisasurmardini (Ma Durga)

This is a very pretty stone carved door from Rajasthan.

Pangolin!!!!!

That’s me, the explorer!

Also, me, looking at the beautiful sandstone Imambara!

 

Feel free to share your thoughts with me!! Till then keep reading โœŒ๐ŸผโœŒ๐ŸผโœŒ๐Ÿผ

A fresh new start

It’s been forever since I wrote a blog! I was facing a lot of issues and wasn’t in a good mood to sit down and write something. But as they say, life is always a roller coaster and of course, it’s an amalgamation of both good and bad. Right now things are a lot settled down and I am ready for a fresh start.

The past few months have made me realize a lot of valuable life lessons. I have learned to be patient and have certainly realized that peace is the key! Yes, I was also running after something that isn’t under my control. And those experiences helped me to remain calm and wait for the right opportunities and most importantly to be patient. Sometimes hasty choices can lead us to bigger problems. As Lord Buddha said, “freedom comes when you stop caring about what others think of you .” I realized that these words are so true, we all run for something that our society appreciates and not what we want for ourselves. We are always running to impress others and forget what our mind needs.

So yes with this fresh start, I want to rebuild my life with better choices and preferences. On that note, I am grateful to all my loved ones who have supported me selflessly. But most importantly my students have taught me the most valuable lessons. If the world can be seen through their innocent eyes, life would really seem simpler and way less complicated!

 

Look through my eyes, the world is so beautiful โ˜บ๏ธ
Look through my eyes, the world is so beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚