Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated by Marlena, a multi-tasking blogger, who likes to write posts from the life of an interracial family and talk about ‘the fusion of cultures, races, religions and everything that comes along with it’ in her words.

Sorry Marlena, got a bit delayed in putting this up, but well here we go.

My Blogging Journey

I had an anonymous blog once which became pretty non-anon in the course of a few weeks and months. I still go back to it and read it once in a while and smile because I was silly and such a crabby old thing. The silly bit remains a part of me as it will till the day I pop it, I believe, but the crabby facet has been sorted out for the most part. I blogged every day then, and now that I have started a travel blog I like to be regular about picking your brain on what you think too along with liberally scattering my comments in the blogosphere. I would not have it any other way. Don’t know about you though.

Advice to New Bloggers

  • Keep writing as much as you can. It brings regular readers back to your blog and creates the connect between readers and you.
  • Follow other bloggers and mostly you shall get the courtesy in return, unless your blog does not connect with the person you choose to follow at all. There are no fixed rules about following or being followed.
  • Do guest posts for popular blogs. They will grab eyeballs and possibly bring new readers in.
  • Leave out the millions of exclamations, pretty please? Makes me think your eyebrows are stuck up on the forehead in a stance of perpetual surprise.

That is all, really. Now, I am supposed to be nominating blogs for the award. But I am very aware (lesson learned after my first go at it) that it is not for everyone. Thank you, Marlena, I do not know how much my two-bit helps any new blogger, but the hope remains. Cheers.

The Blue Sky Tag

It is a mixed bag, this Tuesday. The clouds keep flitting in and yet the sun manages to part its way through them and shine awhile as I get on with this post on a tag by Jamie. I feel as thoughtful as that gull. So, Jamie’s blog is Don’t Give a Jam and I knew I wanted to follow her blog when I read that she is a firm believer in speaking before she thinks. What are the chances of finding someone that rare, right?

Thank you for the tag, Jamie. Here we go then.

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions
  • Tag 11 people
  • Give them 11 questions to answer

Jamie’s Questions:

  • If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Grilled toast. Though I might pass out from the boredom of it after a while and pass away into another realm where I would get to sink my teeth into something else. Where there is a will…

  • Favourite song of the moment?

Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and the Shondells

  • What’s your favourite meal of the day?

Breakfast

  • What was the last book you read?

Fair Stood the Wind For France by H.E.Bates

  • What’s your favourite thing about yourself?

I cannot be angry for long

  • If you could be friends with one TV character, who would you choose?

Hercule Poirot

  • Do you have a nickname?

Mom (means Wax in Bengali). My mum specifies: ‘Hard category of wax’.

  • What current trend are you loving?

Bell sleeves

  • What’s your favourite app on your phone?

VSOC

  • What do you do first thing each morning?

Raise myself on the bed every morning to give my husband a pursed kiss before he leaves for work.

  • Would this tag make you feel more comfortable with 10 questions rather than 11?

And here I am at the 11th pondering if that is a trick question.

I nominate:

As with all my other tag posts, whoever wants to do this, please consider yourself tagged. So below are my set of queries.

My Questions:

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Do you work out every day?

What are your favourite reads from your bookshelf?

Are you experimental with tea?

Do you have a travel list for the year? What places are on the list?

What can you not do without every day?

The most scandalous thing you have done in life.

Your most treasured possession is…

Spring is…

Any random memory that makes you smile?

Hikes or sedate walks?

That’s all for today….tadaaa 🙂

 

 

 

The Cramm Award

Hiya,

This has been a weekend of chain tags. I am getting through them, not unlike an ox. This is an award post tag from Silvia of thehappiestpixel. She lives in a town somewhere in Spain and is a foodie who wants to make her way to Australia some day to hug a koala. Did that not put a smile on your face? You know where to find her. Go on, then.

The Cramm Award has been created by TheCramm (created by Liv).

The Rules for this Award are:

  • Include that little titbit about who created this award
  • Mention the person who nominated you
  • Share three things that motivate you to blog
  • Share three people who inspire you to blog
  • Share one thing you hope to do to improve about the world
  • Answer your challenge question
  • Nominate other bloggers and give them a fun challenge question

Three things that motivate you to blog:

  1. Ready Reference. My memory shall not get the better of me as I age. When I am chattering with my husband in dentures some day and reminiscing about those carefree young days (because when you are old there is pretty much your youth to look back to, unless you start doing crazy things at the age of 90 like some people do – you know, when they start biking across the world or swing from trees and you can see their ropy muscles), I want to be able to click on this blog with shaking digits and all, and quaver to him, “See this is what I meant. I was right all along,” and shake my head full of white mussed-up hair.
  2.  Blogging has brought me great pleasure in the past. As I did mention earlier in one of my posts, I had an anonymous personal blog which was like the diary of a young journalist. An angsty one. The alternate world I was privy to made it special. That you can have a batch of people in your life who you have never met or probably shall meet — yet they touch your lives in so many ways almost every day. It was time get back into the groove I had found once.
  3. Writing makes me happy. Releases those endorphins. I send stories to magazines and newspapers but nothing gives me the high of having my own platform. The part where I can give my kinda headline, captions and choose the kind of photographs I decide will look good. Yessir, it is my domain. To me blogging is a bit like running in the beautiful, huge park near my place (which makes me incredibly happy everyday). Only when I am blogging, the fingers and the mind run together in conjunction.

Three people who inspire you to blog:

  1. My husband
  2.  Life (for me is a wonderful friend)
  3. You who are reading this

One thing you hope to do to improve the world

Put troublemakers on a non-return flight to Mars.

Challenge question

If you were given a chance to correct your mistake or start a new life, would you take the chance? Why or why not?

I would not. I am inherently lazy so it would mean too much work, plus the mistakes, I believe, have conspired to bring me where I am. I think a lot but I also let certain things be because they are a part of this entire process called living. As a wise author noted: “Let all of life be an unfettered howl. Like the crowd greeting the gladiator. Don’t stop to think, don’t interrupt the scream, exhale, release life’s rapture.”

My nominees

All you bloggers who like the idea of this – go on, do it. 

My Challenge Question To You

What are the things in life you would hold onto and what would you let go of?

And on that note, I shall catch you again tomorrow morning.

Mystery Blogger Award

Hello my lovely people,

How is your Saturday going? I am off to the former Roman town of Cirencester in Gloucestershire. It is a middling day and sauntering in a town sounds like a better idea than walk upon moorlands which we had been looking forward to, but then the blasted weather always keeps changing and the plans do too.

I have been tagged by Cheila on the Mystery Blogger Award. Cheila is a Portuguese girl who lives with her partner and 2-year-old Rosa on the outskirts of Lisbon. Her blog is called Pink For Days. Don’t let the title mislead you. She is candid, humorous and she will get you thinking. Oh wait, I forgot to mention who Rosa is. But why don’t I let you figure it out for yourself, eh?

The mystery blogger award has been created by a blogger called Okoto Enigma.

Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog post
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link
  • Tell readers 3 things about yourself
  • Answer the questions the blogger gave to you
  • Nominate 10-20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask nominees 5 questions of your choice (one weird/funny question)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Things About Myself:

  • I am a rambler by nature. I like to ramble in the countryside and then I also ramble on a fair bit when someone encourages me to let my tongue loose.
  • I have the personality of a dog. My nose leads me places. Into eateries, into bakeries, coffeeshops (the Dutch kind too) and chocolateries, and into second-hand book shops where I sniff up pages of old books like my life depends on it.
  • I am a popcorn maniac. I have it for dinner on certain days. It is like a vicious cycle of not being able to stop. If I do not let my will step in on Day 2, it could very well be a Popcorn Week. A tub of popcorn and a crime thriller on my lap is my idea of bliss.

Cheila’s Questions and My Answers:

  • Do you know where Portugal is? Do you know anything else about my country?

Oh yes, Portugal is one of my favourite destinations in Europe. It lives in a pocket of my mind so it would be difficult not to know where it is. What else I do know about your country? It is that it is a place for the soul, where the strains of Fado just make their way into the heart and leave it aching with melancholia couched in those powerful notes. And the food – the bacalhau, grilled seafood, cherry liqueur shots – is succulent and delightful. Then there are the streets of Lisbon and Sintra which have left me besotted with Portugal as much as writers Fernando Pessoa and Cesario Verde. I would live in Portugal in a heartbeat.

  • What’s your favourite snack?

Phuchka. It is a rustic street food in Calcutta, India. A crisp hollow ball stuffed with a filling of boiled potato, red chilli powder, fried spices, chopped green chillies and tamarind water. You pop it whole into the mouth and when it breaks it releases a spicy and sour goodness. Then giggle a bit because you know you look a tad bit silly as juices often dribble down the sides of the mouth. But then once you have it you know there is no turning back from more.

  • Are you saving to buy something?

The next travel destination.

  • What was the last movie you watched?

Four Lions

  • What is the name of your first love?

Garfield

Thank you Cheila, I did enjoy it.

My Questions to You:

  • What is the most adventurous thing you have done in life so far?
  • Your way of unwinding after a long day of work/being outside/travelling?
  • The most valuable lesson you have learnt so far in life?
  • What kind of music do you have on your playlist?
  • What would the title to your autobiography be?

My Nominees:

As before, I shall leave the choosing to do the tag bit to you. If you like the sound of it, do it…if not, carry on with the business of life. Cheers.

Sunshine Blogger Award

There’s nothing like an award to pep up your blogging steps. For this, I have to thank Roxy who blogs at https://roxannestarr.wordpress.com/. She writes up book reviews and tips on DIY stuff. I had great fun answering her questions. Anything that invites introspection is a wonderful thing, is it not?

The Rules:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

My answers to Roxy’s questions:

1.       What made you start your blog?

I am a day dreamer. When you are one, you tend to be scatty and forgetful. And when you are a deadly combination of those three, you need to have a space to jot down your memories before they fly away. As a result, I started the travelling diary as a way of not forgetting those very moments that have brought me great joy in life.

2.        Dogs or cats?

I am a dog person. I cannot wait for the day we have two big dogs. At the back of my mind is the ever-present factor that I miss Tuktuk, my husband’s labrador, intensely. He was the best being to have happened to me other than his master. He lived a good 13 years and then passed on surely to a heaven that is meant for happy doggies. I do remember that awful breath of his on mornings when he breathed on my face. I never thought I would say this, but I do miss even his heavy, bad breath.

3.       Where do you live and where would you like to live?

I live in Northampton, a town in the British midlands that is known for its heritage in shoemaking. I would ideally like to live in a cottage by the sea in Cornwall.

4.      What’s your guilty pleasure?

Waffles, churros, cakes and chocolate.

5.       I’m baking a cake, what would you like?

Victoria Sponge, please.

6.       What’s the best experience of your life so far?

Hiking to Pulpit Rock in Norway.

7.        If you got the chance to talk to a famous dead person who would it be?

James Dean

8.      What’s your biggest fear?

Losing my beloved.

9.       How did you come up with your blog name?

It is derived from my goofy personality. I have bag loads of stories which will make you shake your head as my husband does so very often.

10.    What famous mystery do you wish you knew the answer to?

When we die, what happens after?

11.    If you had to change your name to anything, what would you pick?

I have a multi-syllabic name. By the time anyone pronounces it, I grow a few grey hairs. I do not know what I would change it to but I do go by the pseudonym of Zara in Starbucks.

My Questions:

1.       Why do you blog and what is the crux of your blog?

2.       What is your idea of the ‘perfect’ life? Are you living it?

3.       What would your alter ego be?

4.      What is your pick-me-up for those times when feel grumpy?

5.       Who is the one person in your life who keeps you grounded?

6.       Who is your favourite travel partner and why?

7.       Five books/films you derive inspiration from.

8.       Do you have a fitness regime? If yes, how do you keep fit?

9.        Which is the most difficult situation you have been caught in? How did you handle it?

10.     The most adventurous activity you have indulged in.

11.    What is the most crucial lesson you have learnt so far in life?

My Nominees:

  1. Fumbling Through Italy
  2. The World According to Dina
  3. Finding Fika
  4. Diane Frisch
  5. Ellen Burne
  6. Barbara and Elena
  7. Anna
  8. Rachel Lishman
  9. Caitlin
  10. Grace Hickson
  11. The Wayfarer