UBC31: Done and done!

When I started the Ultimate Blog Challenge, I was quite sure I would give up before I reached the end (and I almost did a couple of times). Posting everyday seemed an impossible task and truth be told there were several days when I couldn’t think of anything to write and thought it would be easier to just skip a day. But, some how, I got myself to sit at my laptop and today, look! I’ve got UBC31 in my post title!

Through this challenge I’ve discovered some really talented bloggers (Shashank, Vinodini, Tina and Chailtali come to mind immediately). I may not have read all their contributions this month but every time I did, I’ve been glad my cursor stopped at their name.

To quote the husband, my “blog seems fuller. It looks better now”. It gives me so much happiness to see 100+ published posts. I know for most people that happens within the first six months of blogging but for me, it’s taken almost three years to get here. Posting regularly requires a lot of discipline and until this challenge I honestly thought I had none. Now I know different and like a cricketer who risks it all once he has crossed a century, I feel the need to see my score grow and grow! 🙂

Blogging everyday has also improved my viewership in a way that I never expected. So, I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to come to my blog and read, comment and like my posts. You’ve encouraged me and helped me complete this challenge. Thanks to you, I am thinking of creating a page for my blog on social media because I finally feel like people will enjoy reading what I write!

Congrats to everyone who has completed this challenge. I hope to see you back at my blog. I know I will keep visiting yours! At the risk of sounding like Dora the Explorer, I’m going to sing, “We did it! We did it!” and urge you to join in with me! 😀

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For the last time this July:
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So quickly it ends…

Today is Day 7 and the end of the Write Tribe Festival of Words. When I signed up to do this, I was really enthusiastic. But, as the 1st of September drew nearer and nearer, I began to get very apprehensive about being able to complete this challenge. I’m thrilled I made it to the finish line and as I cross it, here’s what I want to say:

Being a part of this festival has been absolutely wonderful because everyday for the past one week I’ve had the chance to read some absolutely great posts..more than usual anyway! I looked forward to what each new day would bring me and thanks to some delightful posts, I have learnt a lot of new interesting things too. 🙂

I had more visitors to my blog than I’ve ever had before in one week and it was wonderful to see comments on my otherwise usually lonely pages. The challenge was to get myself to write everyday but, I’m so glad I was able to…I managed to get a little discipline into my writing regime and I hope I can carry it forward…It was such a good exercise to rack my brain into thinking of new things to talk about everyday…and I had such a fabulous fun time doing it.

Finally, I’d like to say thank you! Thank you to all of you who took the time to visit my blog everyday and leave a comment and thank you Corinne for providing a platform like this for me to get a chance to read some brilliant posts and add my little contribution everyday.

-xoxo

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I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words 1st – 7th September 2013.

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Happy half birthday!!! almost….

So about two hours after my earlier post got posted, this friend of mine called me from across the sea to complain that I appeared to be more grateful for my cat than her. So, this is for you and be warned that this could have been your “from the heart birthday present” but now you’re going to have to do without it…or anything else perhaps…

Shopping. Eventful auto rickshaw rides. Confusing people on the telephone. Endless hours of laughing. Late late night talks. Trying to force electrolytes down my throat and then drinking it yourself. Discussing really weird stuff. Fights and silences. People getting confused with our names. Yelling at me like my mother (worse sometimes) when I didn’t do what you thought I should. Encourager. Birthdayssss!!! 🙂 “You decide what to eat tonight, I decided yesterday.” Surprise hugs. Crying together. Adviser. Movies. Reality TV. Ammi’s Biriyani. Chung Wah’s Chinese. Secret keeper. Comforter. Bringer of Arabic sweets 🙂 Experiments in the kitchen. Cockroach slayer.  Falling asleep on my shoulder in the auto rickshaw. “Wake me up in 10 minutes okay?”. Lots of love. Classmate. Colleague. Roommate. Super close friend. Sister. 🙂

Happy almost half birthday! 🙂

The “I’m grateful” list

So, I am grateful for a lot of things and today is as good a day as any to make a short list, in no particular order, of a few of the things I’m thankful for:

  1. My parents, who are the best I could have asked for
  2. The unexpected, it takes my breath away and leaves me momentarily speechless
  3. Music, in most forms
  4. Photographs which get me all nostalgic and remind me of times gone by and how things have changed, or not
  5. The feel of a child hugging me tight
  6. My brother, who I’m growing closer to as the years go by
  7. Ice cream
  8. People who have believed in me my whole life
  9. The internet
  10. Failure and disappointment ( you can only go up from the bottom)
  11. People who can crack random jokes and make me laugh
  12. Faith and the strength it gives me
  13. Writers of books I’ve been touched by
  14. Electricity
  15. Cell phones and long conversations
  16. Whatsapp and Facebook (for some reason they go together in my head)
  17. Holidays
  18. Buffy, our pet cat who is the most interesting wonderful cat ever
  19. The rain and the cleansing cooling calming effect it has on everything
  20. My belief in the existence of true love.