Friday, May 18, 2018

Which One Are You?



It takes all kinds of people to make this world. True. If you look at it differently, at the very core, there are two types. Positive and Negative.

Negative people are … well, negative. Why spend any more time on them?

This morning I was suddenly reminded about the person on my Whatsapp list who was working through a GM diet. I do not remember who this person was; just that she would post a daily status. I couldn’t recollect seeing one this morning. Someone close to me is on a difficult diet too. While I would be hopeless at any kind of dieting, I smile knowing that they’re working hard and going strong! I know of another work-friend of mine, who started out on one such and couldn’t sustain the momentum post the diet. But the important thing was, she had believed in and made an attempt. Having something to believe in - that’s important.

A Facebook friend of mine is currently on a #100daysofrunning challenge, running a minimum of 2 kms every single day for 100 days. #Noexcuses. Every single day he posts a picture of him post the run. And there are folks who consistently like those posts and encourage the run.

Another long-time work-friend of mine back in the States, would run a lot of full marathons. His trick to completing those was asking for and dedicating each mile to one of his encouragers. Needless to say, he would find some co-supportive energy to go on and there were people equally egged to see him complete the run.

I say this, because it’s not a cake-walk to take on something and see it all the way through to the end. Back when I was doing the A-Z challenge, I remember twice along the way where I was so exhausted with the other happenings during the month (all good stuff, hectic though!) that made me want to quit. But then there would be those beautiful souls who would ping me asking for the post of the day, those congratulating and commenting, those calling or just simply sending out positive vibes. I have to honestly say, the posts written those days were more for and due to them.

Of course, like I also said – it takes all kinds of people to make this world. There are those who are not just negative, but insanely toxic. Never encouraging, always belittling. I know a couple of such people and try as I might, I cannot remember the last time they said anything positive about anyone.

Make your own call. Find out if someone believes in a cause strongly enough to make you want to encourage them. At times I find it difficult to support someone in endeavors that do not make sense to me. If I cannot encourage, may I not discourage either.  I have negative phases too; we go through ups and downs. But don’t be someone who stays down there forever. If you need to pick between being an encourager versus a put-down, choose the former. Always the former.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Z: Zootopia!


Long after the last guests of the night had left, Alok stood outside his room with bated breath. While he was glad that his twenty-one pets – a motley combination of cats, dogs, rabbits, parrots, hamsters, snakes and fish had attended his wedding, it was his beautiful bride Nisha’s entry that had taken his breath away. And now she was in there waiting for him. As he parted the curtain of flowers expecting to see a coy Nisha, Rocket - his labrador bounded off his bed and took off true to its name. Behind him, his friends erupted into boisterous laughter.

Lots of individuals love animals. Some as pets, some as care-givers. Zoophilia however, refers to the extreme obsession and paraphilic attraction that certain individuals feel with animals. History has some very infamous references to Zoophilia and bestiality.

Pic Credit: I Freaking Love Animals
This post is written as part of a 100 word microfiction series for the A2Z Blogging Challenge.
Read other posts in the A2Z 2018 Blogging Challenge here.
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And that brings us to the end of the 2018 challenge! I hope you enjoyed reading these as much as I loved writing them! Whether you read 1, 26 or any other number of them, thank you for stopping by! A special thanks to those who liked, commented, fed back reviews/edits. And of course, a big shout out to those special ones who have been encouraging me throughout! I owe you!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Y: Twist in the Tale!


“How can you not like it? Everyone celebrates it on Jun 21.”
“Not a fan.”
“How can you not see the health benefits?”
“Nothing that Zumba or good ol’ aerobics cannot achieve.”
“Flexibility.”
“Please!” I sputter, “a clothes hanger would be more flexible than you!”
“How dare you! Let me show just how flexible I am because of my love for yoga,” he retorts entwining his arms and limbs into a complicated posture.

Ten minutes, I chuckle and lock the door, jingling the keys in my hands as he yells out “Krishna, come on man, I’m stuck! Help untangle me!”

Like Q, Y too did not have any documented philias 😝😝. However, Yogaphilia might as well be. With power yoga, beer yoga, hot yoga and more – the day might soon dawn when they coin something like this for the yoga super-enthusiasts all over the world!

Pic Credit: Do You Yoga
This post is written as part of a 100 word microfiction series for the A2Z Blogging Challenge.
Read other posts in the A2Z 2018 Blogging Challenge here.
For the complete works of A2Z 2016 Blogging Challenge, click here

Friday, April 27, 2018

X: From the land of Far, Far Away!


“Famous Ganges mud. Usually it cost more. I give discount,” explained the tourist guide, Mr. Pratap. His five-year-old went wide-eyed at the sight of the two intrusions, their milky white skin standing out clearly among the sea of brown gathered to get a look or even a selfie with the foreigners.

Twenty minutes later, the kid giggled watching the couple indulge in his favourite game. Scooping up handfuls of swampy mud, they rubbed it all over themselves. Little did Mr. Pratap know that owing to their fear of being followed and bothered, their need for camouflage had trumped his faith.

The fact that there are pockets in India that love, worship and pander to foreigners, mostly fair skinned, is no big secret. Xenophilia refers to the extreme love for such; when the curiosity or amusement rises to the extent of obsession with the visitors from another land.

Pic Credit: Deccan Chronicle
This post is written as part of a 100 word microfiction series for the A2Z Blogging Challenge.
Read other posts in the A2Z 2018 Blogging Challenge here.
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Thursday, April 26, 2018

W: Up, Up and Away!


8:00 AM
“And that thrust is what makes rockets fly,” concluded Mr. Chidambaran, happy that his son seemed interested in science. He wondered why his nine year old was asking questions around propulsion physics though.

2:30 PM
“Don’t you have homework? Stop goofing around with the broom,” said a very cross Mrs. Chidambaran. Arvind’s antics were driving her up the wall.

5:00 PM
“Appa can make propellent shoes. I stole the broom from Amma. Wand?” asked Arvind.
“Got a Harry Potter wand, see? I think it should work!” Divya remarked.
“You’ll be the coolest witch ever!” quipped a beaming Arvind!

Wiccophilia refers to the love for witches and witchcraft. The above micro-fiction is about a light-hearted childhood fascination through the eyes of two innocent kids.

Pic Credit: Creatables
This post is written as part of a 100 word microfiction series for the A2Z Blogging Challenge.
Read other posts in the A2Z 2018 Blogging Challenge here.
For the complete works of A2Z 2016 Blogging Challenge, click here
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