Sunday, July 31, 2016

Story Time #Colgate Strong Teeth



I received four packs of Colgate Strong Teeth with Free Magical Sea World inside from Colgate.I have grown up kids so I distributed them to my close relatives whose kids are school going and one of them rolled out the story. Here it is.


One day Piku was feeling sad & lonely. He was the single child of his parents & parents were working. After school, he was all alone. He was sitting in garden gazing at the sky, his thoughts wandering. He felt his chair wobble and felt a soft tap on his shoulder. When he lifted his eye, he saw a beautiful angel standing staring at him and passing a sweet smile.

“Why are you sad, Piku?” Angel asked.

“You know my name, Angel?” Piku asked with startled expression.

“Yes, I know and I am here to play with you. You won’t feel lonely and sad.” The angel said.

“Come with me, I will show you the magical world and numerous friends to play with and I am sure you will enjoy.” She said.

“How can I go with you? My parents won’t allow?” Piku told her.

“You don’t have to go anywhere. Just close your eyes Piku & wait till I ask you to open. Don’t worry. You are safe with me. I am your friend.” Angel said

“Open your eyes Piku” A sweet voice whispered.

“Wow, what a beautiful lavish Castle. I am amazed. Thank You Angel.” Piku said but he did not find the angel, instead he saw a beautiful fish Mermaid holding his hand.

“Who are you? Where is my Angel?” Piku asked surprisingly.



“I am the Angel. I have brought you in my kingdom and here I am in the figure of Mermaid. This is our Magical Sea World. See around, you will find all the creatures of underwater world. This is our Underwater Castle. This Shark whale will give you a free enjoyable ride and take you on tour to our world and you can play with them as much as you want.” The Mermaid told Piku.



“Shark whale, take Piku around and show him our world. He is our guest, so take good care of him and make his trip memorable.” The Mermaid said to Shark whale.

“Come Piku, sit on my back and let’s roam and play.” The Shark whale said.



“Piku, Keep this Treasure Map with you, if you miss the way, you can reach safe by following the map.” The Mermaid handed over the map to Piku.

Piku kept it safely in his pocket. The Mermaid wrapped a cover around Piku’s body to keep his body warm while swimming in chilly water.

Piku sat on the back of the Shark whale and the Shark whale took off with a thrust.
Indeed it was a wonderful underwater world and he was astounded by the beauty. It was a colourful magical world, colourful fishes swimming around and singing sweet songs. The music of the land was ethereal and he felt very happy to watch them so close.

“Piku, alight from my back and roam around. The creatures of this world will host a welcome program in your honour. You are our supreme guest.” Shark whale said & stooped low to alight Piku.

There was greenery all around and the soft grasses caressed his toes. He wandered in the garden freely, beautiful flowers were in full bloom, butterflies with lights flickered around.



The colourful fishes sang a welcome song and the octopus and the crabs shook their hinges on the tune.

The tortoise trailed like a train. The queen tortoise led around Piku riding on her back.
Piku was very happy and clapped for the show and thanked the wonderful creatures addressing them as his friends.

After the show, Shark whale told Piku to accompany her back to the palace.

“Whale, I want to take some flowers.” Piku said.

“No Dear, you can’t. In our kingdom, you can see and play but cannot hurt someone. See, no one hurt you and so you cannot hurt them.” The Shark whale explained.

“Can’t we stay for some more time? It will be my pleasure.” Piku asked.

“Come on, let’s go back Piku. The gates of the Castle close at night and we will be stranded outside. There are wonderful things inside the palace, the Mermaid will treat you.” The Shark whale explained Piku.

Shark whale twisted her tail and took off for way back.



She stopped outside Castle and showed a close view of the Castle.

Piku was amazed by the enchanting view of the palatial Castle  with high rising towers illuminated with colourful dimmed lights and it looked heavenly and pleasant to eyes.
“Thank You Whale for riding me to the magical sea world.” Piku said.

“Piku, now it is time to return back to your world. Close your eyes.” The Mermaid said smiling.

“Open your eyes Piku, you are back to your world.” A sweet voice whispered.

His chair wobbled and he was back in his garden. He felt happy and was delighted.


This beautiful story was carved by my nephew with the help of Colgate Magical Sea World Cover which tickled his imagination and he stroked it beautifully.

I thanked him and cooked his favourite dish as a treat for the wonderful story. He smiled sheepishly and when I asked him to laugh out loud, he did but the stained teeth could not go unnoticed.

I gifted him a pack of Colgate Strong Teeth and asked him to sparkle his teeth just like his sparkling story and to weave one more from the pictures inside the cover.





Friday, July 29, 2016

Limerick #Peace

 

Peace and war are very far

Yet they entwine at par

At one pace there can’t be both

Leave war adopt peace take oath

To make the world serene and humanity roar.

© Ila Varma 29-07-2016

#PoetsForPeace

Published in Praxis Magazine Online is pleased to present “Peace Poem, 2016″

Written for MINDANDLIFEMATTERS

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Acceptance

 

They accepted her wholly

Willingly acknowledged all her whims

Dreams were linked

Of all the people lonely.

They gave in their more

To call her own.

She could not see through

The love flowing in extremes.

She drifted apart

Cringing all the anticipations

Deliquescing the dreams nurtured.

Acceptance is in both ways

One end cannot adhere.

© Ila Varma 28-07-2016

Written for  Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Acceptance

#If I Met A Ghost

 

If I met a Ghost-  I will ask how life is at Mars, fed up with terrors on Earth.

A quirky wacky line crossed my mind n I found LindaGHill One liner Wednesday appropriate to share.

Masti in Monsoons!!! #Monsoon


Few Lyrics in Hinglish, it's for humour, so go on easy. The props are the things must in Monsoons, Raincoat, Umbrella, Body Lotion, & Ginger Tea. They all make Monsoons enjoyable.








She:I am Videshi n my umbrella is Desi

He: Hey, Me n my Dil both Hindustaani, let's drench in Indian monsoon.

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Jab Raincoat ho Saath,
Monsoons mein no fear,
if it will rain,
we will go insane
wrapping ourself near.
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You are looking awesome in Monsoon, what is the raaz;
Using body lotion everday with naaz.
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They tilted their Chatri in heavy rains to izhaar their pyaar, evading nazar of people near.

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Monsoon ki Masti along with my Chhatri and my friends, jumping in and out of the puddles.

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Granny gifted me a colorful raincoat on my janamdiwas, with viswaas that I wear in Monsoons.
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Raincoat is valuable, kabhie mujhe bachaye baarish se, kabhie meri girlfriend is saved by my mother.

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Body lotion is to Skin just like garam ginger chai in Monsoons.

© Ila Varma 28-07-2016
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Monday, July 25, 2016

“I always wanted to…”

Wants n desires never comes to an end and this crave pushes us further in life. Imagine a life without desire…it isn’t possible. An ambition to do something fruitful pulls out from the cocoon and the man starts searching to fulfil the aim.

Every child faces this question, “What you want to become?” and this question is raised to the child when he is in his primary school and not well versed with life and the world around.

Every child gives big answers, some answers on the basis of interests and some wish to step in the shoes of his parents.

But when we descend into the real world, many times “I wanted…” is side-lined and we pursue other than the pursuits that one dreamt of. There are few who dare to stand rigid on his choice and either they make it or break it.

General crowd sweeps in the crowd that is in trend at a particular phase and his choices depends upon various factors, the trend at that moment, family views, financial issues n lot many other components lead him to make the decisions.

The real ambitions takes a back seat. I was no exception. The same happened with me.

The WOW prompt took me down the memory lane. More than three decades have passed but still the unfulfilled wish lingers.

I wanted to pursue fine arts that is Music. I belonged to the family where importance was given to studies only and Music was a Big No…no. I am a lover of music and wished to pursue in this field to become a good singer strumming the hands on guitar. Three decades before, options were limited and we did not had the privilege of the platform that today the kids have and the perception too have undergone a tremendous change.

I too did not dare because the avenues were limited and there was a fear of been let out behind. The essence of music is still fresh and I breathe music so you can well understand how connected I am with Music. I wanted to become a playback singer and I became a singer…bathroom singer. :)

In my dream, I see myself giving programme on stage strumming electric guitar and the audience applauding. The dream satiates my desire and I feel fresh and happy.

If my coming generation will be interested in music then I will certainly back them and help them to pursue their dream.

At this juncture of life, I learnt one more thing that it’s good to have ambitions and imagination should run wild to catch but seeing the chaos and stress around, I feel we should insist the kids to choose happiness as their ambition and the true happiness will give them wings to fly.

It’s important to be materialistic in life to achieve worldly things and fulfil inner desires but spirituality is equally important to become a good human being and in present scenario where man has become enemy of man and literally people are eating lives of one another so now we need to instil moral values in upcoming generation and show them that there is a world other than the materialism and for that we need only happiness.

Yes, it’s true my desires did not get wings at the right moment but while walking through thick n thin of life, I learnt new things and discovered the key to success is to be happy and share happiness.

 

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‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

Limerick Challenge Week 30: Antonyms



Sweet relationship turned sour

In less than an hour

What the eyes saw was fake

But her heart couldn’t make

Emotions were tough to overpower.

© Ila Varma 24-07-2016



Friday, July 22, 2016

#Friendship Battered-One Liner

 
We met after ages, lunged to embrace him, his bullets pierced me and  I could gaze a sly smile on his face.

© Ila Varma 19-07-2016

Written for One Liner Wednesday

Traditional Indian Wedding


My nephew who has just entered into teens is a query box, a high curious mind and unending queries throttles the mind. We too have gone from the same phase and I know that it's important to satiate the queries of a growing mind.

He was confused watching the customs and traditions and his Big question was why to include cow dung, mud, mango leaves, fire wood ...blah blah in marriage when the two individuals have to marry.

The Indian wedding is not a marriage of two individuals but two families unite and the five elements of Universe too has their role in the traditions.

The reason that I find behind this age old practice is that our ancestors were linked with our rural land and in those days, people had parcel of agricultural land, cattles, elephants n horses, fields, ponds, wells, orchards, so in a way they were linked with nature and for food and shelter, their life thrived on nature. On every auspicious occasions or festivals, all the things of nature were included, it was a way to pay reverence to the things.

With urbanization, links were severed from rural areas but the tradition still flourishes. 

In Indian families, customs n traditions are passed on from one generation to another and in passing, few things have been modified or curtailed as per the requisites of time but still it prospers.

His prompt question was, " When we don't own, why do we include them now in our traditions?"

I too hold the same, but a single voice can't change things in Indian families, rather the single person will be ousted from the social circle.

It's better to enjoy the charm. I was able to satiate his mind to some extent.

I wish to share the snaps of the things included in the wedding ceremony, The Fire, The Earthen Pots, The Cow Dung, Milk, Mango & Tulsi leaves, The Holy water of Ganges, Flowers, The Sound of a Bell.






A pot filled with holy water and flowers immersed in it. The mango leave is used to sprinkle the holy water during worship and traditions followed.



                                
                      The colourful toys made of Clay adorn the Mandapa of Marriage.







                                                         The grains 



   
        The coconut is gifted to the groom. The coconut is ornamented with colorful ribbons.





                                        The Sound of a Bell tingling the environment.


                                                                           
                                                               The sacred fire



                                   
                            The Earthen pots, Diyas, flowers...Nature's Best Things.

In a way, Nature participates in the show.

Pics Courtesy: Pushpam Verma

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lipogram


Today, I have used a tool called “Lipogram”. Lipogram is a kind of constrained writing in which you restrict the use of certain letters usually a common vowel. It is much more difficult to avoid common letters like E, T, or A, as the author/poet must omit many ordinary words. In order to make it more challenging and interesting, I […]

via Lipogram: Sky is Limit — My Feelings My Freedom

i wish

inky night

 

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wordle - 257

 

The sudden spark of bombs

Thumb triggering guns

Chum stand numb

Many succumb

Life crumbles in nanoseconds

Spilling bloods of shots

Few are lucky to crack out

Slick & Lock indoors

The sudden thrum

Leaves survivors estranged

Settling fear & irk

In their minds

Forever.

© Ila Varma 19-07-2016

Written for:  The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #257

 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Absence of Peace!!! #Poetry


Published in Praxis Magazine Online is pleased to present “Peace Poem, 2016″


Wish to see the world
In joy n merry making
Chanting hymns of peace
Singing carols of happiness
Together We Stand
Breaking the barriers of Hatred
Praising the Beliefs of All.

Drop the guns
Spill out the venom
Thriving inside
Clasp hands
Form a chain of peace
Laugh out Loud
Spat the chaos burning inside.

Hey Brother
The day
You extend hand of peace
All the chaos n conflicts
Will wipe out from the devil mind
And
You will feel feather light.

Gaze at
The greens & the colourful blooms
Spirit of peace
Will arise n linger
In your soul
And
Your body will feel fresh n crystal clear.

It’s time to wrap up hatred
And
Bring in peace
To tame the minds
Which are in unrest
And
Thus Peace prevails
Which is absent
Since Many years.

Wish to see
Break of a Dawn
Promising peace n harmony
Everywhere
Crumbling & burning
The hatred n fear
Cracking a sparkling Smile  
On faces of all
And
Minds be clear
Ties of Faith on Each other
Glues Us Together.

© Ila Varma 19-07-2016
#PoetsForPeace

Hope Lost

 

After years, she held the knitting needle. This time, she was knitting for the baby, who was due to arrive in. She would be granny. She was ecstatic about it, gradually giving shape to her knitting skills in afternoons.

"Mamma, I lost my baby. I slipped and the baby is gone." Her daughter informed her over phone.

All her dreams shattered, but still she continued her knitting.

"For whom you are knitting, we have lost our baby?" Her man said.

I will gift this to an orphan, in memory of my grandchild.

Written for One Frame Stories #92

© Ila Varma 18-07-2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

WOW - Superheroes In Disguise






There are many people around us whom we don’t notice but they are the superman or superwoman of our life. Man been a social animal, the life revolves around web of relationships, some by blood and some by humanity. As we grow and move out, the blood relations are left out and the community in which we live, they become closer than blood ties. It goes the same for all of us.

I feel that the support staff who are there at our reach are the superheroes of our life and whose timely approach makes our life cosy and comfortable.

Till my kids were small and I was healthy, I carried all the household chores as well as outside world on my own and I enjoyed executing. In those days, we had two wheeler and my husband handled it. He was in marketing, so most of the time, he was on tour. I managed all the chores along with children by rickshaw and so my dependency was more on the Rickshaw puller.

With two small kids and the baggage, it got tough to cross roads and hire rickshaw. There was one puller, who was quite generous and helped me a lot. He advised me to tell my timings of plying and he would be available on my doorstep at the stipulated time. In those days, mobile services were not there, so fixing "timings" worked. I don’t remember his name but till date, I am grateful for his services because he helped me a lot in those days when my kids were too small and there is only two years age difference between the two, so you can imagine my plight. He was quite trustworthy and he handled the kids with love and care while I bought things n veggies from the market. He rendered his services for absolute four years and never had he failed in his timings. I recall him as a Superman who helped me in the initial years of my family life.

Life is full of ups and down and I have my share off and on.

In 90’s, my husband fractured his leg and after a week, I was confined to bed due to over weakness in my limbs, unable to move. I was in my early twenties and this sudden change gave me a hard blow and I had nervous breakdown. The situation at my place was grim. The fracture got ignored, rather it was taken as a disguise that my husband got ample holiday to stay at home and arrange for my needs. The god was not happy at this situation and tried to test our patience. Both my kids were down with measles. So, there was endless tragedy, one after another and none to take care of us. We had lot of relatives but none turn up. The mother of my husband's subordinate offered her help and she stayed back at our place, managing all the things, especially the kids, who were of three-four years. Her selfless services for more than a month helped all of us to recoup and the best part was that she managed the house and her motherly instinct was great. She was the superwoman in disguise, whose timely help saved my family. To this day, I am grateful and have tried to be available for her needs. But my help is not selfless, it is my act of Thanksgiving.

Since two decades, I am suffering from neuropathy and at most, I need assistance. I am grateful to all my colleagues, subordinates, associates, friends and staff, who are there for me always and they have made my life wonderful at my workplace or on outing or at home.

I am surrounded by superheroes and superwoman and they make my life beautiful and enjoyable and I can’t fathom of life without them. The ties of brotherhood are more intense in my life than the blood ties, because my blood ties are staying far off and are available on web or mobile.

I am grateful to all who have added joys and are adding joys in my life. I salute them with reverence and pray for their well-being.

Cheers to my entourage.




‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Inner Bursts

 

Human enamoured his Pursuits

Accomplishing heights of Success

Lurched Tranquility.

© Ila Varma 15-07-2016

 

The terror around fazed my mind n numerous queries burst out. Where we are reeling too, we achieved success in all fields but let down by own people. People tearing people and the enmity is alarming. Peace vanished from the earth.

Written for Write Tribe 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Impossible - One Liner

 
Politics & Politicians uses the word "Impossible" as "I AM POSSIBLE" and the possibility of impossibility does not stand in their context, they know the correct usage :)   

By Ila Varma

 

 

#1linerWeds

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Three Word Wednesday




Why have you made face


Like Deadpan

You were so lively & strong

My Baby

Return Back to those times

When You were Carefree & Strong

It's tough for me

to watch you struggle

to move & Play

Come Dance to the music

You will come out of all pain.

Mamma,

I too desire to break the barriers

But the deadly Alzheimer's

has put me behind bars

I can't stand music

It's thud is ear-splitting

I can't bear to stand.



© Ila Varma 13-07-2016

(A conversation between an ailing daughter and her mother. It's unbearable for her to see her lively daughter suffer from Alzheimer's and has reduced to a life which has no meaning.)

Written for Three Word Wednesday & Write Tribe Day 4


Rain -You Bring Memories Back

 

Rains brings loud memories back

Which are buried in the stack

Deliberately drenching in the rains

Was our popular childhood games

On charged had flimsy excuses in our sack.

© Ila Varma 12-07-2016

Written for the Limerick Challenge Week 28 - Rain

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Limerick Challenge Week 28 - Rain





Raindrops scatters on plains
Cleaning all the choked drains
Drizzle washes each leaves & twigs
Dazzling sparkling all figs
Filling the pot-holes and lanes.

© Ila Varma 12-07-2016
Written for the Limerick Challenge Week 28 – Rain and Write Tribe Festival

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Heal the Bruised World







Yes, the world is bleeding and it has reached the optimum level of brutality. People are beheaded, families are perturbed for an unknown call. It is the hatred towards mankind and few handful of men whose minds are poisoned have taken retreat to play with the peace and are on spree to kill people, devastate families…the consequence people are living under the trauma and it has uprooted evils in society.

The killings commenced in the name of religion and Islam was scorned for it…but in the present scenario, they too are been the target…so it is false to put the blame on one religion. All religion doctrines peace n brotherhood and the religion is not new to this planet and it is a personal choice. People of all religions have been hailing together since long.

People have been killed in past too but there was a specific reason. They got killed in wars and revolutions, so there was a purpose for laying life…but what today we are reeling is baseless.

It’s time to cover up and bring amendments and save the world, else one day all will be ruined.

Hatred is worse than fire; fire can be doused off but to douse hatred we have to clean our mind and soul.

Hatred and intolerance are the two subjects which are responsible for the ravages.

This is the need of the hour to heal the world and prevent it from further damage.

We need to be collective in our approach to cheer brotherhood in our social system.

Practice and propagate religion for peace and don’t impose on people. Let people have their own choices.

The arms and ammunition's should be used for our safety not for putting an end to life for no reason.

The shows n serials broadcasted should have less violence, no show off of new ammunition, it affects the mind of children n they are easily attracted to them.

Instead of resorting to method of brutality, issues can be discussed, arguments can be won rather than taking life for opinion indifference

We need to be tolerant towards each other and should lend ears to understand the issues burning in the mind.

In schools, Moral Science class should be conducted and the children should be made aware of the values n ethics of life.

Dissection should not be made on majority n minority or on religious ground.

All religions should be respected equally n celebrated in amalgamation, this too will wean out the differences in people and society will improve.

The technology has advanced so much that we are able to monitor other planets, the same technology should be used to search the camps of the groups who are spreading hatred and are responsible for the killings.

Let’s come together and progress for peace so that we save this planet from destruction and coming posterity can live a life of peace and to achieve this aim, we need to sow the seeds of peace now.

Let’s pledge for the day when no mother loses her womb, no couple lose their spouse and we have cheerful people around and mental peace will elucidate people from deadly diseases n depression.

Religion is a faith and if followed sacredly, it will boost the morality of people and will certainly bring in harmony and peace.


The teachings of all religions are so great that if we abide by it then we can have a very systematic, pure and peaceful life and the faces of people will glow basking in happiness.





‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

Friday, July 8, 2016

Poetry Midweek Motif ~ Compromise





Life is a Compromise
It comes automatically
When you are at home
The affection of each other
Let’s you trespass the boundaries
Beyond your wishes & ambitions.



He gratified
My burning desires
And
I in my whim
Never looked beyond
What compromises he made
To keep our love brimming.

Passing through twists n turns
Of life
I concluded
Compromise is a virtue
Which
Nurtures
The knot of relationships.

© Ila Varma 08-07-2016

(Compromise is the important ingredient of any relationship and all has to adjust on their part to survive on this planet. When you are in love of relationships, you act your part and don't feel the burden of it because the love that kindles in your heart makes you do. When you step into the outer world, at each step you have to make your way and that is a Compromise.)