365 Writing Prompts: Happily ever after

“And they lived happily ever after.” Think about this line for a few minutes. Are you living happily ever after? If not, what will it take for you to get there?

Yes I thought about this line as I was writing it. If I had asked my mother when she was alive, what makes a person happy? She’d say happiness is having loving siblings, spouse, and children if you are at that stage. Above all contentment is the key to happiness .

It reminds me of William Shakespeare’s quote: Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown- Henry 1V, part 2.

Since I have no crown i.e subjects to deal with, I’m not uneasy, I have good friends, sincere neighbors, loving daughter and one awesome sibling. These are enough for me to say: I am happy. What more can I want?


365 days Writing Prompt: The Glass?

Is the glass half full or half empty?


I think about this idiom in my day to day life,there are times when I’m an optimist and tell myself the glass is half full, then something happens and my perspective changes I see the glass as half empty.

Buddha remarked, “Life is a creation of the mind”.

Shakespeare said “there is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so.”

Flip Wilson’s character Geraldine brought this idea to life, when he said,”what you see is what you get”.

Something which is important to note which makes a difference is to understand what we see in our life has a lot to do with how we see it.

We fail to see our lives objectively, we are subjective creatures hence we see our lives through filters. We all have our personalities, we see things differently.

The word therapist frightens us because we are worried they may change us completely, it is a wrong idea according to Psychologists, they try to help us to see the world more accurately to live our life effectively.

I was always made to believe I was a poor student and I’d never be  successful. I was never confident of myself even though my profs. thought I had a lot of potential. I remember I visited a family friend after my final exam, she asked me how was it, ‘will you pass’ ?

As usual I said I did not know.

She remarked,”maybe you’ll pass and will get third class.” 

I was unhappy, but lacked the optimism to tell her, no I’ll do better. Here was a person who knew nothing about me but did not hesitate to pass her judgement about my academic capability. It was one of my siblings who put this idea in her mind.

No one in my family ever listened to me with any kind of interest. There was no one in my family who ever took the time to understand to know me.  One person who would have shown interest was my father, sadly he died when I had just turned twelve.

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NaBloPoMo Nov.17 How I spent my time yesterday Ranu’s post

Turquoise Chiffon Sari.

Turquoise Chiffon Sari. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was Saturday. I did not plan to do anything,but concentrate on my daily routine,so I translated a song and wrote the daily prompt.

My daughter suddenly said,”Mom do you want to go to Fabricville?” She wanted to look at some fabric for a dress. Her motivation was some of them are on sale. Why don’t we go and check it out. My theory is if I just do window shopping,it  will be fine.But O no, the fabric on sale were too attractive to just window shop.I had to have at least enough material to wear as a sari. Then I had to buy matching fabric for the long skirt and blouse.

Instead of helping Selina. I was busy buying for myself. I was pleased. I ignored the fact I had five or six sarees I did not wear yet. I thought about Auntie Jean,when I was going crazy buying the fabric. She was a sweet heart. Once she remarked, “Chaman,you have so many sarees,you have to live to be a hundred to wear all these”. If she were alive,she’d say two hundred I think. Well I certainly don’t want to live that long, I am thinking of Shakespeare’s poem,’All the world’s a stage,especially the last part,sans teeth , sans hearing etc.”

I love shopping, if I call it quits today,I am sure my things will come in handy for someone. I had a good time at the fabric store.It’s all about having a great time,doing something I love.

DP Daily Prompt: No Longer A Mere Mortal Post by Ranu

The Daily Prompt about ‘Not a mere Mortal’,sounds good.I have a problem with it. It is highly doubtful to attain immortality easily. I am a mere mortal.I can try but to be immortal, by doing what? This is my question.

When I think of immortality I think of Iqbal,Gandhi,Rabindranath Tagore,Shakespeare and so many others. They did not decide they will become immortal overnight. I don’t think they were trying to be either. It is their hard work,their dedication, their endless fight to achieve the truth at the time, that made them immortal.

They are therefore remembered by all of humanity. They were role models. Their work was appreciated.There are people who are trying to follow in their footsteps. It hasn’t made them immortal. It is a very steep mountain to climb. Not everyone can go that far up.

How many have climbed Mount Everest? Not that many! Therefore I can only say,I have neither the tools,nor the enthusiasm,like all those great men to be able to come even a centimetre close to them. I am not a defeatist,I am practical. Therefore for me it is an unachievable feat!

3D panoramic view of Mount Everest. Picture ma...

3D panoramic view of Mount Everest. Picture made using SRTM data, freely provided by NASA. Français : Vue panoramique 3D du Mont Everest. Image réalisée à partir des données SRTM fournies gratuitement par la NASA. Deutsch: 3D-Panorama des Mount Everest. Bild unter Verwendung von SRTM Daten, von der NASA frei zur Verfügung gestellt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shakespeare and Tagore(great minds) Posted by Ranu


Shakespeare (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This morning I suddenly thought of Shakespeare and Tagore. Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616. Tagore was born May 8th  1861 and died on  seventh august 1941.

Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright .He was widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist.

Tagore is a towering figure in the millennium-old literature of Bengal. He composed about seven thousand poems,songs,short stories ,novels,dramas,musicals,letters and essays altogether.He won Nobel Prize in Literature for the English version of his collection of Bengali songs Geetanjali( an offering in songs).

Shakespeare in his play As You Like It,writes about the birth and death of a human being in the most interesting way.He portrays   humankind in this play very skilfully.  About the infant he says: ” At first the infant,mewling and puking in the nurse’s  arms”.

Tagore also writes about the infant in a much different way: he says,” tomar holo shuru,for you it’s the beginning”.

In the second stage, Shakespeare says;”then the whining schoolboy,with his satchel and shining morning face,creeping like a snail.Unwilling to go to school.

In the third stage: Shakespeare writes; “And then the lover,sighing like furnace,with a woeful ballad  made to his mistress’ eyebrow.

The third stage in Tagore’s song is:”You have a companion”.

In the fourth stage Shakespeare writes: “Then a soldier,full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,jealous in honor ,sudden and quick in quarrel,seeking the bubble reputation”.

In comparison, Tagore writes: “You have a boat”.

The next stage in Shakespeare’s poem is: “Then the justice ,in fair round belly with good capon  lined,full of wise saws and modern instances.And so he plays his part.

The fifth stage in Tagore’s poem is: “You are sitting calmly”.

Shakespeare’s sixth stage is: “Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,with spectacles on nose and pouch on side; His youthful hose ,well saved,a world too wide.For his shrunk shank,and his big manly voice,turning again toward childish treble,pipes and whistles in his sound”.

In the last stage Shakespeare says:  ” That ends this strange eventful  history.Is second childishness and mere oblivion,sans teeth,sans eyes,sans taste,sans everything”.

Tagore sums up old age thus: ” For me it is the ending.I have the night before me.I have stars shining.I am restless and moving. My hand is old and worn out. I am free from fear.I don’t have to look for work. I have done everything. My journey therefore is ending”.

Both Shakespeare and Tagore have written about the beginning and ending of life. Although their way of portraying the stages of life  and death is very different. The conclusion is the same.

Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel prize for li...

Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel prize for literature. It is the first Nobel prize won by Asia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)