The Blogger Recognition Award

Hello, everyone.

I realize that I am so late posting this, but I am trying to manage the blog with other things as well.

So, yeah, here it goes…

I am so overwhelmed receiving the Blogger Recognition Award. Being recognized and appreciated for your work is so much pleasing.  I was so happy receiving this award for the first time by this beautiful and soulful lady, Erika Kind. Then I got nominated for the same word by Vasantha Vivek, Hector Sampson and Ashish. Could I have been any more happy?
I feel so blessed that I met these wonderful people on WordPress, who with their kind words, encourage me. Do visit their blog by clicking on their names.
THANK YOU so very much, Erika, Hector, Vasantha and Ashish. I graciously accept the nomination because I love this award.

Something to know about the award :
This award was originally created by Eve @ Edge of the Night

The Rules:

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
    • Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

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A brief story of how my blog got started:
Ready with your coke and popcorn?

I remember writing a long poem and sharing it with my friends. My friends were surprised because they never knew I could write a freaking poem. I was appreciated and I was suggested to make a blog and continue to pen down more. I wasn’t sure if I could maintain the blog and write more poems. But later I did it anyway, and I am glad that I did. I wasn’t regular with my posts for first year of the blogging; however, I gradually started posting quite often and here I am. Last 6 months have been so great; interacting with bloggers across the border, knowing various kind of poetries, learning things, knowing each other so well, that now some are like a family to me.

This is indeed an escape; an escape from everything that bothers you and gives you a headache. Whenever you feel low, you log in here, read, write, and half of the tension and despair is gone. This is an another world, where you say what you really want to say and heart yourself out without the fear of being judged. I want to thank all of you for being a part of my journey, for appreciating my work and for being a friend.

Now I have to give two tips to new bloggers, but I don’t know if I have much experience to give advice to bloggers. I am still learning and I would rather want some advice.
Since it is listed as the rule of the nomination, my two tips are;
1. Read their posts.
When you are done publishing your post, take out time and read posts by bloggers you follow. Read to know how you can improve, to share your thoughts with them, to appreciate their writing and motivating them with your comments, to know different writing styles, or subjects. Blogging isn’t about logging in and posting, it is about sharing your thoughts, experiences, happiness or pain and at the same time sharing theirs.

2. Interact with bloggers. 
Believe me, interacting with bloggers (friends) on the posts and outside the posts helps you to explore a different world, the one you haven’t heard or known before. Each post, each poem, each story, each photo, they all hide something, and when you interact you realize how beautiful some people are. I have met some lovely people here, and they are a part of my life now. You can learn so much by interacting and knowing them. Come on! You have got to take advantage of technology and make amazing friends and learn things that not even books teach.
Erika, Hector, Vasantha and Ashish, when I received my first nomination for this award I had your names on my list, but since I cannot nominate the one who has nominated me, I will just say that you all are worthy of this award and you guys are wonderful.

Onto my Nominations: It is difficult to name 15 out of so many, but these are people who have been there since I started posting frequently and have encouraged me a lot.

  1. William Leeone –  If I have a pizza and you come and ask for a slice, I am totally sharing it with you, yes, that is how much I love you.
  2. Barrira
  3. Izza
  4. Himanshu Bhatnagar 
  5. Annie – I want to say that you are one of the most versatile writer I know on WP. I have learned so much from you, and I like when you call me darling girl.
  6. Darshith 
  7. Prateek Kohli 
  8. Colin – Your blog reminds of the movie – Hachiko!
  9. Heath from I of July
  10. Chris 
  11.  Abyss Brain 
  12. Himali Shah
  13. Daniel
  14. Upen 
  15. Shambhavi 

I know that some of you do not accept awards, and that is absolutely okay. But if you could just leave a comment on your favorite bloggers blog it would definitely make them smile.

Thank You!

-Kritika Vashist

Rabindranath Tagore

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  1. “Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers,
    but to be fearless in facing them.

    Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but
    for the heart to conquer it.”

― Rabindranath Tagore

2. “The small wisdom is like water in a glass:
clear, transparent, pure.
The great wisdom is like the water in the sea:
dark, mysterious, impenetrable.”

― Rabindranath Tagore

3. “Where the mind is without fear
and the head is held high,
where knowledge is free.
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls.
Where words come out from the depth of truth,
where tireless striving stretches its arms toward perfection.
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost it’s way
into the dreary desert sand of dead habit.
Where the mind is led forward by thee
into ever widening thought and action.
In to that heaven of freedom, my father,
LET MY COUNTRY AWAKE!”
― Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali

This is in response to the 3 day 3 quote challenge by  Mon from Transcend. Like always I am posting 3 quotes for Day 3. Today it was about words of wisdom by Rabindranath Tagore.

Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse”, he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his “elegant prose and magical poetry” remain largely unknown outside Bengal. Tagore introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, thereby freeing it from traditional models based on classical Sanskrit. He was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West and vice versa, and he is generally regarded as the outstanding creative artist of the modern Indian subcontinent.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Today’s nominations are:
William Leeone 
Rehman 
Darshith 

Hope you all enjoyed reading the quote. 🙂

Thank you, Mon for giving me this opportunity to share few wonderful quotes.

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About Poetry

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

-Dead Poets Society 

I have been nominated for the 3 days 3 quote challenge by Mon from Transcend.

Today is Day 2 and today’s quote is about what poetry really is. To Robin Williams and to the Dead Poets Society.

Nominations for Day 2 are:
Erika 
Ashish 
Himanshu 

I hope you enjoyed reading the quote.

-Kritika Vashist

True Soulmate

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“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.

A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.

A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master.”

-Elizabeth Gilbert

Hello, everyone. I have been again nominated for the 3 days 3 quote challenge. Mon from Transcend nominated for this challenge and I want to thank her for this, because I absolutely love this challenge and sharing quotes.

The quote for Day 1 is a quote on Soulmate my Elizabeth. She has described a soulmate such wonderfully and truly.The soulmates can be two friends, lovers or anyone. Your soulmate maybe a perfect fit (she doesn’t deny it.)

I remember a close friend of mine telling me that it isn’t necessary that soulmates should marry or live their life together, what is important is that they love each other till the end of time even when they are apart.

My Nominations for Day 1 are;
Hector Sampson 
AbyssBrain
Daisy 

I hope you enjoyed reading.

-Kritika Vashist

Mystical Rumi (III)

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Today is Day 3, the last day of the challenge. I do not wish it to end. However, today I will share 3 quotes by Rumi. You will have to dive deep to know the depth of his each word. 


1. “I have lived on the lip
of insanity, wanting to know reasons,
knocking on a door. It opens.
I’ve been knocking from the inside.”


2. “The cure for pain is in the pain.”

(Here is the answer for all my melancholic poetries. I do not need motivation, I just need to pen down the pain, and some that is left to be felt as I gaze at the night sky.)


3. “My heart is so small
it’s almost invisible.
How can You place
such big sorrows in it?
“Look,” He answered,
“your eyes are even smaller,
yet they behold the world.”


This was in reponse to the Quote Challenge by Midnight Shadow and Gail. Thank you both, I so loved doing it.

I hope you all enjoyed reading the quotes.

– Kritika Vashist

Sunshine Award and more

Sunshine Award

Beautiful Erika nominated me for the Sunshine Award. If you haven’t already visited her wonderful blog, you may want to do it right away or maybe after reading this.
Some sunshine when it rains heavenly is definitely amazing. Thank you, Erika, for such a lovely award.

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Rules:

1) Thank the person that nominated you
2) Answer the questions you were given by the person who nominated you
3) Nominate some other bloggers for this award
4) Write the same amount of questions to the bloggers you have nominated
5) Notify the bloggers you have nominated

Questions asked by Erika:

1. What is your favorite movie?
Ans: There are many, but I shall list two; Ranjhana and The vow.

2.Whose life story inspired you most?
Ans: My own mother’s story and of course, APJ Abdul Kalam’s.

3. What are you doing to bring sunshine into your world when you are in a cloud?
Ans: Writing because it lets the rainbow cover some gloomy sky. (With reference to the tag line of my blog)

4. What makes you laugh?
Ans: My own jokes, seriously! My melancholic phases make me laugh too. I am weird and that is what makes me laugh.

Nomination:
Himanshu Bhatnagar
Vanchula
Himali 
Hector Sampson

Questions for you guys:
1. What is Sunshine for you?
2. Self praising or self loathing?
3. If you were to ask for a wish just for yourself, what would it be?
4. Will you prefer to be a burning candle or a moth?

No obligation to participate. You may or may not accept the award. Congratulation, still 😀


Love Hate Challenge:

I was nominated by this lovely lovely person, Himali, for this challenge. Visit her blog to read some beautiful poetries and narrations.

10 things that I Love
1. I love my family the most.
2. I love God, even though he ditches me sometimes, but as they say; “Things happen for a reason.”
3. I love to gaze at the sky; clouds, flying birds, moon and stars.
4.  I love silence around me. Noises give me headaches.
5. I absolutely love petrichor.
6. I love to write my heart out. I know I didn’t surprise you with this. I love my blog and you all.
7. I love vintage photographs, postcards; everything vintage to say precisely.
8. I love to gift hand-made cards.
9. I love to dance alone, in rain.
10. I love to read. You need to feed your brain time to time. Plus reading is escaping into a whole different world, which is definitely better than the one we live in.

I can list more, anyway…

10 things that I Hate
There are things that I dislike and not hate, but there certainly are few things that I absolutely hate. I know hating occupies space in your mind and we would never want that, but I hate certain things, just because I hate them.

1. I hate eve-teasing, any kind of harassment, and I would never tolerate it.
2. I hate when somebody’s nails have got dirt from all the corners of the world.
3. I hate raw ginger.
4. I hate when lizard forgets that floor is not where she should be crawling.
5. I hate to find that a pigeon shit on my clothe that was hung outside to dry.
6. I hate to chop onions.
7. I hate untidy books and stationary.
8. I loathe the smell of smoke.
9. I hate slugs. Eww!
10. I hate the fact that days are longer than nights.

That is it.


The Dragon’s Loyalty Award

The Dragon’s Loyalty Award is an award for the loyal fan/commenter, whether the recipient is a fellow blogger or just someone who follows and comments regularly.
I want to thank Himanshu, Erika, Himali and Charles for nominating me for my another Dragon’s Loyalty Award. I am so grateful to receive such love and appreciation from you. Thank you very much!

My Nominations for this Award:
Shambhavi 
Darshith 
Chris 
Daniel 
Annie 

– Kritika Vashist

Mystical Rumi (II)

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Again I am raging, I am in such a state by your soul that every
bond you bind, I break, by your soul.
I am like heaven, like the moon, like a candle by your glow; I am all
reason, all love, all soul, by your soul.
My joy is of your doing, my hangover of your thorn; whatever
side you turn your face, I turn mine, by your soul.
I spoke in error; it is not surprising to speak in error in this
state, for this moment I cannot tell cup from wine, by your soul.
I am that madman in bonds who binds the “divs”; I, the madman,
am a Solomon with the “divs”, by your soul.
Whatever form other than love raises up its head from my
heart, forthwith I drive it out of the court of my heart, by your soul.
Come, you who have departed, for the thing that departs
comes back; neither you are that, by my soul, nor I am that, by your soul.
Disbeliever, do not conceal disbelief in your soul, for I will recite
the secret of your destiny, by your soul.
Out of love of Sham-e Tabrizi, through wakefulness or
nightrising, like a spinning mote I am distraught, by your soul.

– Rumi 

This is one of my very favorite poems by this mystical poet. It speaks volume and yes, makes me go wow every time I read it. Dig deeper as you read. You will realize the weight of his words by your soul.

Here is the second quote for Day 2, in response to the quote challenge by Midnight Shadow and Gail.
Hope you enjoyed it.

– Kritika Vashist