Blog awards

Acceptance Speech of Sorts and Award nominations

Brushed teeth, checked eyes for mascara goop, sniffed underarms, adjusted pants to hide fugly mushroom top, brushed unruly hair…
Drum roll, cue awesome achievement music, oh wait I think my toast is on fire…

Dragging my feet back in front of the mirror, I pick up my hair brush and has my husband been using my hairbrush? MY hairbrush?

See why I’ve been late in thanking two lovely friends for deeming me worthy of blog awards?

First, from lyfbeckons : The Liebster Award (October 4, 2013)

Lyfbeckons was kind enough to nominate me for The Liebster Award. Lyfbeckons is a fairly new blogger.
His post titled ‘Life on the streets – A bitter reality’ is a compelling account of his interaction with a family living on the streets of Ahmedabad, India. I look forward to read more posts from him.


From Priya our sugarfreesweetheart : The WordPress Family Award (October 17, 2013)

sugarfreesweetheart is a gorgeous, brilliantly illustrated food blog that is simply unique. She brings excitement, innovation and fun to food blogging. I’m thrilled to recieve her name banner – hand painted from scratch. It made my eyes well up, how did she know I was a sucker for hand written, painted, hand made stuff?!



Now for the nominations:

1. The Liebster Award :

You can call it Favorite Blog Award, as “Liebster” is a German word for beloved, or dearest. However, there is neither competition nor a jury. And the award goes to…

Chennai Photo Walk: 

‘Home is where the heart is’ and I’ve left a big chunk of it in Chennai, India. This blog captured everyday images from around Chennai. It is special to me as it brings me a taste of home everyday. Hence this award goes to them.

Packed in India:

Absolutely adorable blog. The blog is about “Curating Indian packaging design”. It highlights unique, eco-friendly, quirky, traditional and innovative packing designs in India. Very interesting indeed.

Dorinda at Lakeside India:

Dorinda’s passion for nature, local art and culture makes her blog interesting. An expatriate couple in the Indian countryside will have faced plenty of hurdles. I like her spirit 🙂

2. The WordPress Family Award:

The wordpress family award… hmmm… I would love to turn right back and hand one to Priya. But that would be corny. I’m going to pass this award to some cherished bloggers:

Amit at Mashed Musings: 

Amit is a powerful blogger who can weave dreams and present stark reality with ease. A Gandalf of blogging, this wizard’s Open letter to all the molesters and rapists is one of my all time favorite posts. His posts can be funny too and has had me rolling with laughter.
The reason for this nomination is that Amit is my blog mentor. I can put up something totally crappy or crazy and he right there to nudge me along. Thank you Amit for being a part of my WordPress Family.

Jenna at daffodils and dishwater:

Jenna’s writes straight from the heart. It is difficult to pin this blog to a particular category. Book reviews, off beat articles and down right funny stuff. Jenna has always and I mean ALWAYS something kind to say to a fellow blogger and make you smile. You are a wonderful soul!

Jessie Veeder and The Veeder Ranch:

Daily photos from the Veeder Ranch is something to look forward to. Jessie’s blog is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of her ranch through the photos. Changing seasons, the animals and her beautiful family… it is like you already know them all (not in a creepy way).
I’ve always loved animals and this blog reminds me of what a wonderful world we live in.

Congratulations you all  ‘Beers and Cheers all around’!

If you just happen to have time to read – The Liebster Award comes with a set of questions I have to answer and make the nominees answer as well. Nominees – if you don’t answer these questions they’ll probably send dragons after you or something so… (more…)

She had an affair


Image courtesy: empower dot com

It started sometime around Aug 2007. She was very young and vulnerable. Her simple mind was caught in the throes of post-adolescent passions…

The world was against her, no one understood her. She just wanted someone to talk to. Not necessarily wiser, just someone who would not judge her. Someone she could not bother talking to for months and just go back to; whose doors were always open.

She found that ‘someone’. It was a love-hate relationship. They were on and off. Midnight whispers would be drowned out by the chaos that followed in the morning and they wouldn’t talk for a long time.

Now, they were not exclusive, so there were others they saw. It did not particularly hurt them. Whenever they managed to come together – it was great; mostly it was good; mostly just good.  There were a few people privy to their ‘relationship’ if you could call it that. But they could never be motivated to go steady or be mutually exclusive. She knew for sure at least.

They saw each other when she broke a few hearts and got her heart broken herself. Her someone was patient during long periods of absolutely no contact, while she busied herself with her career. She changed dramatically in a few years. College, work, career, social concern, family matters… It was as though she was slipping away.

There was this boy she started seeing, from a distant land. She left her someone in the lurch and flew away to be with him. They still got together, this time her ‘other’ interest was stronger and deeper. She had fallen completely for this new boyfriend of hers. He was charming, sexy, and chivalrous and seemed to be equally crazy about her. But, she just couldn’t resist coming back to him.

The wedding was fun and crazy and not at all the way she imagined. She seemed so happy. At least that is what her ‘someone’ attributed her absence to.  One day as you brilliant readers would’ve guessed, they got back together and again and again. It was good; mostly it was great!

She had to come clean to her husband. But you really couldn’t keep an affair a secret. He found out. He didn’t mind. Her husband was happy for her. Happy that so many people liked her affair.

Finally that ‘someone’s’ parents recognised her and gave them their blessings. No kidding! She was amazed and humbled by the wishes from her friends, family, stalkers, spammers and  yes, her husband.

The husband found out about his wife’s affair and was happy about it!

And that is the story of how I came to be Freshly Pressed by WordPress on July 20, 2013!

Cherry Pie Award

My Mondays are usually morose and mundane…

When I say grace, I add an extra line thanking God for coffee and my recently acquired and much appreciated ‘selective-hearing-on-Mondays’ skill… (One that does not appear on my resume)

So this Monday morning, I opened my google reader and Voila! Gary had decided to make my Monday!

Cherry Pie Award from Gary

Cherry Pie Award from Gary

Oh and for those who didn’t know, Gary is my official wedding (whenever that is) photographer!

Here is the Cherry Pie Award!

I humbly accepted this along with 9 other fabulous bloggers… Do visit them for they truly are a delight to read…

Thanks a bunch Gary and Paula, you truly made my day!

Blog Awards – July 2009!

I came back last week to 255 unread items in my google reader. As I sit back and read all your wonderful posts, realization dawned. You guys are brilliant. You make my day!

You make me laugh, smile, ponder and you deserve these awards!

First up, The XXtraordinary Blogger award:

You are XXtraordinary!

You are XXtraordinary!

The award goes to:

Sick Days – Alan, you truly are a riot!

Prison Diaries of Ram – Good luck to you Ram…

Crabby Old Fart – For what’s left of your days Donald… We love ya!

Chronic Writer The complete Humor man – Since 1982…

MirrorCracked – Love the new look…You truly are a blogger of sorts!

V-Lokam – A mixed basket that I love!

You are Treasured!

You are Treasured!

Now for the Treasured Blogger Award!

And(Drum roll please) the award goes to:

Gary’s World – For keepin it real!

Mashed Musings – Amit, you are insightful and I envy your photograps!

Apar – For never being afraid to speak your mind!

More awards to come… Thanks to everyone for making my life richer…