Saturday, April 30, 2016

2016 A-Z Blogging Challenge: The Complete Works

Every year, in April, the Blogging A-Z Challenge kicks off with a bang and now in its seventh year running, it continues to garner even more participation than ever! Click here to read more on the challenge! And if you're participating too, do leave your blog site in the comments! I'd love to visit!


As A-Z winds to a close, if I think back and reflect, I have to say what an amazing month this was!
From the challenging timeline itself to trying out different styles, I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey!
Here's a listing of everything that came out during this period!
A-Z might be done, but I'll still be around! Hope you'll be too!

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Z for Zimbabwe: And Ever and Ever

Every year, in April, the Blogging A-Z Challenge kicks off with a bang and now in its seventh year running, it continues to garner even more participation than ever! Click here to read more on the challenge! And if you're participating too, do leave your blog site in the comments! I'd love to visit!

Sadly, this post also marks the end of the 2016 A-Z Blogging Challenge. I have enjoyed the entire journey and hopeflully you enjoyed reading the posts as much as I loved to write them!


If you haven't read Part 1 of the story yet, read it here

Two years later
Thursday, 12-Apr-2018 (In Person)
“Please, Tanya. I’ll be gone for only a week this time, I promise.”
“I don’t know, Imran. This feels like deja vu. You got a second chance back then because of your excellent workmanship. But that’s all I can afford. There will be no third chances.”
“Monday it is.”

Wednesday, 25-Apr-2018 (Via Telecon)
“I remember your case. Tanya had finally relented to take you back on the project. What is it this time?”
“My brother’s wedding, Sir”
(Pause)

“Didn’t you say you had only one brother?”
“Yes Sir. Only one brother.”
“Didn’t he already get married in Yemen?”
“Yes Sir. That was Yemen. This is Zimbabwe.”
(Pause)

“Polygamy is legal in Zimbabwe, Sir.”
(Long Pause)

“Would you like to collect your termination letter personally or would you like me to fax it over to your brother’s address in Zimbabwe?”

Click here to access the complete works of the 2016 A-Z Blogging Challenge!
Zimbabwe recognizes legal rights for a man to marry multiple wives making polygamy extremely popular in the country. Link: http://www.sundaymail.co.zw/polygamy-two-sides-of-the-same-coin/

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Y for Yemen: Joined in Harmony, For Ever and Ever and Ever

Every year, in April, the Blogging A-Z Challenge kicks off with a bang and now in its seventh year running, it continues to garner even more participation than ever! Click here to read more on the challenge! And if you're participating too, do leave your blog site in the comments! I'd love to visit!


Thursday, 21-Apr-2016
“I’ll need a day more, Tanya. I should be back on Monday.”
“You’re already a week late, Imran. Just one more day. I’ll expect to see you on Monday.”

Monday, 25-Apr-2016
“There’s just the last bit left to wrap up. Tomorrow for sure.”
“You were going to join today, Imran. You better report to work tomorrow.”

Wednesday, 27-Apr-2016
“If you’re not here by Friday, Imran, I’m going to have to talk to HR.”
“Please don't do that Tanya. The festivities were so drawn out, I kept getting pulled into everything and I’m from the family, Tanya. I had to help. I’m so sorry. I’ll join tomorrow for sure and I’ll make up for the delay.”

Friday, 29-Apr-2016
“No Sir. I feel so horrid. I never knew it would stretch out so far. It was just supposed to be a wedding. A quick week off. But then this is Yemen. The wedding feast has been going on for the past nineteen days and it’s my brother’s wedding, I really couldn’t get away. Please do consider this as a genuine personal problem, Sir.”

Click here to find out what happens next in Imran's story!

Click here to access the complete works of the 2016 A-Z Blogging Challenge!
Yemeni weddings are a matter of pride and social prestige. Wedding feasts typically last for an average of 21 days. Link: http://www.travelingeast.com/middle-east/yemen/ten-interesting-facts-about-yemen/

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Friday, April 29, 2016

X for meXico: Too Hot To Handle!

Every year, in April, the Blogging A-Z Challenge kicks off with a bang and now in its seventh year running, it continues to garner even more participation than ever! Click here to read more on the challenge! And if you're participating too, do leave your blog site in the comments! I'd love to visit!


“You’ve ordered this dish at your own risk. Please do not complain that it is too hot or spicy. We will only join your friends and laugh at you some more. Bon Apetit!” says the note accompanying the dish. Whoa! That sure trumps up the dare quota a bit.

Habanero Hell Peppers. The name of the dish does sound a little intimidating but then how spicy can it be for an Indian, right? And with that thought, I give AJ a thumbs up and we go for it!

We gingerly pick up one each of the two deep fried balls and chew off a bite slowly. AJ rolls his eyes at me and shrugs. Boy, are they underestimating us or what! And so, we proceed with the rest of it.

Thirty-six seconds later, I’m on fire. Unbelievable, unquenchable, fire. Like my heart would pop out of my mouth. Like I’m drowning and cannot come up for air. Gasping, wheezing. It takes us three dollops of cream cheese each, two glasses of water and some ice cubes to finally put it out. Underneath the cream cheese, we find a parting note.

“The world’s hottest chili. With love. From meXico.”

The above story is an exception to the A-Z 2016 series since no characters or events depicted in this post were fictional.

Click here to access the complete works of the 2016 A-Z Blogging Challenge!
Note: Since there aren’t any countries that start with X, meXico was kind enough to step in. Native to Mexico, Habanero peppers are rated as the hottest peppers all over the world.  Link source here.  Also, this Youtube video would probably give you an idea of what we went through!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

W for .. well sWeden: Parenting 101

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I wiggle my toes inside the bunny eared sock Mom has pulled over my left foot. My other sock is coming off but Dad doesn’t seem to have noticed. The lady he’s talking to oohs and aahs over me. I put on my angriest face for her. She laughs “Aww he’s so adorable.” Ok, angry face clearly not working. Switch to plan B. Bite her finger.

“Oooh he’s sucking my finger!!! Teething, is he?” Get away, woman!

The wind starts howling all around me and Dad takes off saying his goodbyes. This new blanket I'm bundled in is so soft and smells like cotton candy. We’re almost home. Hey, wait? What? Dad where are you going? Helllloooooo eleven month baby left outside home in stroller, anyone listening?!! Mom! Help! It’s cold, brrrr! I hear them arguing in the kitchen.

“Where’s Krish?” Mom asks.
“Left him outside for some fresh air, he’s fine,” he says.
“Are you crazy? You’ve lost it! This isn’t sWeden! This is India! You don’t leave babies in strollers out the door!” she cries as she comes running to me! I love you Mamma!!!

PS: Since there aren’t any countries that start with W, sWeden was kind enough to step in.

Click here to access the complete works of the 2016 A-Z Blogging Challenge!
Several sWedish children grow up acclimatizing to sub-zero temperatures from a much younger age, barely a few months to be precise as parents leave them out in buggies and strollers to get them a dose of fresh air. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21537988

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