Uff, Yeh Blogging & Tum!!! #ILoveBlogging

Since childhood, I have a habit of scribbling…in those days, papers were used for writing and I scribbled my outbursts both healthy n jovial ones as well as disastrous ones…it was my way of venting out my emotions which I didn’t share easily with anyone. Papers and pen are my companions and I trust them.

I am not an introvert or extrovert, a blend of both…at times, one can find me loud and at another time, they may find submitted to myself. Many see me as the snob or of proud nature…and generally in initial encounters, very few are able to understand me…maximum misunderstand me and get to know me better with times.

I cleared my battles of life with scribbling my emotions on paper and kept them properly tucked in a file. I have a habit of re-reading it a number of times. With time, the mode of scribbling changed and became digitized and I moved to system & keyboard leaving my favorite pen & paper…but the process of venting out remained the same.

Soon, I deciphered the world of blogging and gradually started posting my emotions, experiences, and observations that I daily encountered in my life and now, it has become a habit to post daily, if perchance, I miss…I become impatient and wait eagerly to venture in my world of blogging and on this valentine day, I admit that I am in love with blogging.

Don’t ask me When, Why & How I fell for blogging….I can’t describe figuratively but I can assure that my heart yearns for blogging.

The reasons are ample and realistic…the first and foremost is that my mood swings make me a writer, a poetess, at times, I act as a journalist and in few instances, I pry in others privacy, so I become spy…and handling numerous professions are making me versatile with each passing day.

My emotions don’t bottle up…through blogging, I emit all the foulness brewing inside me and I feel fresh and light and the readers’ comments boost my confidence and at times shakes with bitter comments…unwanted comments give us space to improve…my experiences of life say so.

I paint my blog red when my passion and love speaks loud and in those best moods, I write poems of love and giving the form of compositions makes me more passionate and it rekindles the rage of love inside me.

The incidents that I encounter in & around my life and the experience that I derive from those moments, I instantly give it a form of prose or poetry and it helps me to learn from those small things of life…the good ones rejuvenates me and the bad ones gives me a lesson to learn….and jotting down is wonderful.

The captivating moments of nature, is captured under my lens and I love to share on a blog.
The habit of scribbling remained the same but there was a great transition…when I wrote on papers, it remained under the cover and only I had the permission to read but the world of blogging brought tremendous transformation and the outbursts are now on the public platform and people are free to read, comment, appreciate or criticize.

The most appreciable quality of a blog is that by reading the notions of others, we learn a great many new things, learn to know more about the changing perceptions and reflections of people and this sharing help us to reform our ways. The joy of others adds joys to our life…other tough times comes as a lesson to learn from other mistakes…sharing makes the people caring.

In the world of blogging, you can find answers for every query…the arena is vast and the specialty of one’s character or profession reflects in their blog…you can easily find answers to your query about pregnancy & parenting, cooking & baking, lifestyle & beauty, travel & tour, love & emotions, spellings & grammar and many more.

I love blogging because I love jotting down my emotions, perceptions, reflections, experiences, and observations that I encounter around my life…it has given me a digital identity on various social networking sites…discovered many friends from different niche and we learn a lot exchanging our ideas and love to participate in the ongoing contests in the world of blogging and meeting the deadlines.

When I get impulsive, my family asks me why are you so impatient to blog…why so much priority been given to blogging…I give them a smile with a wink and say it aloud, “I am in love with blogging”…hearing this all the three men of my family sing in unison, “Uff, Yeh Blogging & Tum.”

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Sky Under My Lens #Ooty #Coonoor


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Pic Credits: Copyright 2017 @Ila Varma


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Taj Madikeri, Coorg!!! #MMTLuxuryStays


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The word “Honeymoon” itself gives butterflies in stomach, so you can imagine my status very well. After getting married and heading for honeymoon after a fortnight. You will be amazed why I chose to go for Honeymoon after a fortnight of my marriage. The reason was that I stayed back with parents so that my wife could mix with my family and she’s recognized in the family, few may feel weird. Anyways, each individual has its own way of looking at things.

I will share my secret of our destination. Our Honeymoon stay was wonderful in the lap of nature and peaceful ambiance – Coorg at the famous Vivanta by Taj, Madikeri. The staycation added colors to our trip and the days afterwards.

I will not delve more about my alliance with my beautiful lady but would definitely delve into minute details of the staycation @ Taj Madikeri.

We started from Bengaluru by car in late evening and by morning, we had our eyes gazing at the amazing valley of Coorg from the stunning lobby of Taj Madikeri. We were given a warm welcome at the reception in a regional manner. The start was so beautiful, our expectation rose high and the team of Taj met our expectation without any hiccups. Frankly, the service was much higher than my expectation and imagination. 

The majestic property of Taj mesmerized me from within. Its grandeur, architecture, aesthetic design and the location of the property is surreal and breath-taking. It is tucked into the hills and greenery sprawls all over the landscape of hills and forest.

From reception, we were escorted to our beautiful cottage by a buggy. The Buggy had to basically run down the slopes of the hill and we could see the other beautiful cottages on our way.

As we stepped inside our cottage, the intricate design, aesthetic sense & simplicity simply awed us. It gave us a royal feeling for sure. My wife was mesmerized and we thanked ourselves for choosing the best we could, considering that we did not wanted to travel too far from Bengaluru.

We were asked to visit the Breakfast dining area. The spread was nicely decked up and consisted basically of all types of cuisine – Continental, North – South Indian specials, some special delicacies of Coorg(Kodagu) and wide choice of juices. We tried as much as we could, it was sumptuous.

The lunch and dinner varieties were equally amazing and there are no words to describe how well Taj stands out from the rest. 

The property also has a small museum which reflects on the history of Kodagu (Coorg) along with some plantations of coffee, tea and strawberry.

The lobby of the hotel stands at the best place, offering view of the entire valley. The infinity pool adjacent to it, only make the view stunning. The Barbeque restaurant at the foothills – the Grill along the pool is mind-blowing for what it serves.

We enjoyed the stay at Taj thoroughly and the courteous management stole our hearts – right from the reception, during our stay in the property, housekeeping staff, F&B teams at Ferntree and the Grill were amazing.

The property is immaculately clean and grandeur and they take too much care to maintain the cleanliness of the property.

Due to professional obligations, we stayed for three days & two nights but the memory of the stay is etched in our memory and I look forward to many more stays at Vivanta by Taj, Madikeri to enjoy the lavishness in the luscious backdrop of Coorg.


Rating: 4.5/5.


Here are my few clicks of the Taj property which I managed to click when I was relieved from my newly wedded bride.
Overview of Taj Madikeri, Coorg.

                                                                    View from Lobby




                                                                                Breakfast Joint
                               

                                                                  Internal View of Cottage

                                                             Cottage Decked up #Honeymoon Package

                                                                           Neat Decoration with Warm Wishes

Inputs by Ila Varma, in the voice of my Son.
“I am blogging about my luxury stay experience for an activity at BlogAdda in association with MakeMyTrip

Last Will!

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“Khat Khatt Khat” the sound coming from the adjacent room took me out of the reverie. I checked my watch, it was 2 am.

“Pa…what are you doing at this time?”

“Nothing Beta…venting out my emotions.” Pa said without stopping his hands on the typewriter.

As usual, I entered Pa’s room with morning tea but didn’t find him on bed

He was sleeping on the typewriter.

I turned towards the table to wake him up.

He was cold & the typed papers were scattered all over.

I gathered all the papers.

Tears rolled down.

It was his last will.

By Ila Varma Feb.2017.

Linking to Friday Foto Fiction Week 11, hosted by Tina & Sirimiri.

(99 Words)

Thank You God!!!

We count our blessings for what we have but today I had to
count on my blessings for the things that I don’t have. In one go, it sounded
ridiculous to me but when the concept sank in then I understood what message it
conveyed between the lines.

It asked me how I am thankful for the things that I don’t
have in my life as having those will be adding trouble to my joyous life…it
wasn’t easy to find the weeds in my life…I brooded long and finally, it worked
out.

I profusely thank the Supreme Power that he hasn’t instilled
Jealousy in me that doesn’t mean that I can share my love with someone…not at
all. In my context…I don’t have inert properties of J in me…I feel happy if
someone related or unrelated is happy… If my siblings do well, I feel proud but
never ever I am J at their accomplishments…care pours in from my heart but
never ever it gets mixed with J…I am really thankful that the Supreme Power did
not inject me the chemical properties of Been Jealous.
Cheating & Playing Politics weed is not in my fields…I
am quite straight forward and raw and an initial interaction with anyone mars
their opinion about me…they try to shoo away from me…but when someone is
associated they thank their stars…I am honest and poor at playing politics, at
times, it poses issues but still I thank Lord for not instilling these poisons
in my blood.
I am not Greedy for wealth nor I get infected with other’s
wealth…I am only greedy to acquire information & knowledge through books,
internet and experiences. I am very much contended with what I have & I don’t have complains to unknown power.

I am tea-lover and prefer drinking black tea without sugar but thankfully I am not addicted. I can live without it. I don’t have any Addiction of any kind in my life, no drug abuses nor alcohol.


From bottom of my heart, I thank God for making me what I am
and keeping me aloof from the evils and my prayer continues to keep me as I am
today, polish my qualities for betterment not for becoming a monster.

Pic Credits: here





My Five Favourite Shopping Platforms #Online


Online
Shopping…there was a time when people had immense fears engraved regarding
online shopping…no one budged to take interest…if anyone tried to take the
initiative, he was given lectures not to indulge…reason was clear…people didn’t
had faith in online shopping and the past remnants are vivid in my memory.
In
my childhood days that is late seventies and eighties were the regime of
parcels and there were some shops who parcelled the chosen articles via parcel.
There were few agents who had brochures of the items and they took the order
over brochures…few shops delivered proper goods but few sent cartons in parcel,
no chosen item and this way families were duped so they believed in direct
shopping, convenient & trusted.
Gradually,
time changed and the initiatives of reputed brands changed the mind-set of
masses and people ventured out for shopping and they tried from cheap items
initially and now people shop for more than lac and in this way, the reputed
brands played well to win the hearts of Indian population and finally they
achieved their mission and now people of all financial strata indulge in
digital shopping and today, one can buy tickets for travelling abroad to a
mopper of household item.
In
the comforts of our home or office, we can book tickets for movies, tables at
restaurants or can enjoy food on the table via home delivery, just you need to
have the connectivity and digital payments facility, shopping is at your
fingertips.
You
don’t have to rush in for marketing things of your choice neither you have to
chase the sales guy to serve you better. In cosy corner of your home or office,
you can choose from different brands, colors, price range etc.
Today,
I am online shoppingholic and I happen to buy grocery items to furniture items
and that too in relaxed aura…no pollution, no jiffy or jammed traffics…I have
not tried jewellery items, still I need to visit the brand of my choice and
feel the texture of it before going for it…not dared till now but I believe shortly
will dare to indulge.
If
you step in my house, you will find maximum home décor, furniture, wall
hangings, carpet, home accessories, dresses, carpets, rugs bought from online
shopping…I love shopping but this online shopping has many advantages and now I
vouch for online shopping…shopping done with cool mind & comforts.
The
major brands where I indulge in shopping are as follows:
1.    
Flipkart
The
first online shopping I indulged in, was on Flipkart and my first purchase was
novel. Frankly speaking, initially, I had fear of getting duped so I started
with a low cost item and gradually the sphere of shopping widened as my fear
subsided and I dared to get Geyser through online shopping. My hubby too
discouraged me in the beginning but now he is happy that he is not disturbed in
the weekends to be on shopping spree and my choices and the brands availability
at Flipkart had bowled him clean.
This
platform beautified my house with their range of furniture, wall shelves, bathroom
cabinets, rugs, carpets, bed sheets and other household items. Their return
policy is amazing so no fear if by chance you receive a product damaged in transit.
They have wide range of furniture items and the price range is broad, so you
can buy according to your capacity.
3.   
Snapdeal
This
platform comes handy in festivals, there are awesome deals on household items
and I never miss those deals. Here too, you can purchase from a broom to grand
sofa…I have purchased centre tables for my living room at a splendid price.
4.   
Amazon
Initially,
I wasn’t comfortable with Amazon but now they have changed their style of
business and its quite amicable and user friendly and range of products.
Initially, I started with MTR packets which I don’t get in Patna. Before
Amazon, my son parcelled MTR packs of my choice from Chennai. One day, he found
that it is available on Amazon and he shared the good news…now I am regular
customer of MTR products. I check for enticing deals on Amazon for grocery
shopping or for clothing and I plunge in whenever I locate deals of my choice.
 
5.    
Zivame
This
platform helped me a lot to choose from varieties of lingerie’s, which I never
got a chance in stores…When I shopped from store, I asked for the packet with specific
number and straightway came out of the shop blushing. I felt very shy and this
shy nature never let me discover the up-to-date undergarments. Zivame solved my
issue completely and I wander on this platform for hours before zeroing in for
my size and design. I feel awesome shopping online.

These
are the major platforms that I use for indulging in online shopping. There are
times when we buy on impulse, it depends how one takes it. Some take impulse
buying as negative. The best thing about online shopping is that there is no
need to rush or screech…tune in the music and do your shopping coolly. 

Writing this for #MondayMommy Moments prompt.

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