Is Pyar Ko Main Kya Naam Dun – 3

It was 12.00 Midnight. Rahul walked creepily to Tanya’s house. He rang the doorbell, quickly slipped a letter through gap in the door and ran away.The letter read–

“You are everything that I have ever wanted!

You have touched my heart to the core!!

It’s an amazing feeling that I have never felt before!

Please reach your living room window!!”

Tanya read the note. It was written in the familiar round scribbling handwriting of Rahul. She was confused. She reached her window and peeped out in the darkness, expecting to catch Rahul’s figure. But a surprise awaited her. In the pitch darkness of a moonless light, shined bright candles. They were properly arranged to frame a sentence: “I love U Tanu!”. Never before she had liked the short form of her name. But today, she felt a sensation of pleasure and happiness. She loved the way the “You ” was abbreviated as “U”! She felt that she was blessed.

Soon she saw a handwritten placard “Come on sweety…Come to the balcony!”

Tanya rushed to the balcony. She was standing under a spotlight. She stood there for a while wondering what was happening when a slow rain of rose petals poured on her!

She saw towards the sky….A series of fireworks made of small balloons rose up with a message ..”I love you”. She stood there in awe. Stunned. With a charming broad smile, she found Rahul in front of her. He walked to her and sat on his knees, took out a ring from his pocket and pushed it on her fingers. “Hey, Girl! I am in love with you!Will you accept me? Since the day I’ve met you, I have adored only you. You are the world to me now. I promise to be by your side always through all highs and lows. I will be holding your hands. Let’s get old together. Tanya, I love you, babe.” he winked.

Tanya was looking straight into his eyes. She was speechless. Her heart was pumping faster like drum beats. Her entire body was aroused. It was so filmy till now! Hard to believe the suddenness!

“Am I so lucky? To have a guy like you! I am completely blown away! Swept off my feet!” She hugged Rahul. She went close to Rahul “For the first time, I don’t have any words in my vocabulary!” Tanya mumbled. Rahul tucked her stranded locks of hairs behind her ears. They were coming on her beautiful face. She rose to her tip toes. Rahul held her, gently cupping her face with his hands and pressed his lips into hers. He felt her hands brushing on his face as she kissed him softly. Her wet glistening lips touching him. He tasted her wet lips and it made him thirsty for more. Rahul wrapped his hands around her waist and dragged her closer. Tanya locked her hands around his neck and pulled him down. They kissed softly at first, unsure. He slid his tongue along her lips ,asking to open her mouth,gently she parted her lips .Oh! let me say this guy is an amazing kisser .He’s perfect.Mr Fixbit. He’s mine ….their lips rolled a little more playfully and dug deeper into each other. She had beautiful pink juicy lips. It was deep long intense and seemingly endless french kiss. Tanya whispered, “I love you Rahul”. They were clinging to each other as if their lives depended on. Rahul wrapped his masculine strong hands around Tanya, like he is always there for her from now onwards protecting her from everything.He rubbed his hands up and down on her back, giving her tingling feeling .”You look beautiful,your eyes are seductive in the moonlight Tanu”He murmured , she blushed with a smile. “Happy birthday Tanu”, Rahul made her day. This was her best birthday. “Today was amazing, I couldn’t ask for anything more..”Tanya chuckled.

Rahul came up with a cake from his car. Tanya was amazed. Her big beautiful smile stretched to the widest possible curve. Her tear filled eyes, she just held his hands. “Let’s cut the cake,” come inside Rahul. Tanya sheepishly smiled , embarrassed. Both went inside her house…

“So what’s the plan baby?”Rahul asked ,while heading towards her living room.”Oh !so you were watching Netflix. He paused the TV with the remote lying on the couch”.Rahul smiled and his eyes landed on her.

“Let me make something for you Rahul”., Quickly Tanya ran into the kitchen opened the fridge and took out all stuffs.”Hey! Let me make some waffles for you. She started making waffles in the waffle maker,then piles them with syrup.”you will love it,my family loves it too. The waffles were blueberry, she added some strawberries piled it with a dollop of whipped cream, chocolate chips and a little chocolate drizzle.

“Well ,here you are taste them I bet you will like them,hurry up,” Tanya smiled with brightend eyes.

Rahul gobbleb up all.”Awesome….I never knew you are a super cook. I am blessed then.” Rahul kept his plate back on table.”Tanu, I have a doctor’s conference in Munnar. Would have been better if my beautiful girlfriend will be there with me” Rahul eyed mischievously. His eyes met Tanya she smiled.”Think over it.We will really enjoy it, being together with each other”.Rahul said, Tanya stared at him. All of a sudden how can a stranger enter into her life’s horizon. She was fascinated by his blue irises. Everything happened so fast.Always she thought him as an outrageous flirt but he is with her the seducer indeed,there is something in him iam in his “zone” now.. unbelievable…But he is awesome in everything .And above all “iam in love”.Tanya’s mind was flooded with thoughts distracted by Rahul ‘s voice… “Whatttt?” Tanya questioned. “Nah”, It’s not possible, have an assignment, she gave excuses. “No worries babe! Tell me tomorrow..” Rahul smiled.

“I have to go now,Tanu..It’s already 4 a.m.” Rahul said.

“You know how to make girl’s happy.” Tanya smiled innocently. Her eyes twinkled like a shining star..

Rahul gently put his arms around his waist and pressed his cheek on her forehead, kissed her.”Love you Senorita” Rahul whispered. He headed towards the door, we both were not in a mood to leave each other but …

“Waiting Tanu, think about it – Munnar. Rahul headed towards the door.

“Good night Rahul”. Tania stood waving at him, looking at the sky. She saw a star falling down. She closed her eyes for a wish. Love you sweetheart! She murmured to herself.

To be continued… part -4

responsibility for them.

Is Pyar Ko Main Kya Naam Dun -2

The sound of the beautiful waves crashing up against the shore. Tanya could smell the serene saltwater and feel the cool breeze. She brushed her straight hair with her bare fingers. She was waiting anxiously for Rahul. She had finally decided to have lunch with Rahul. She had not yet envisioned their relationship. They were definitely friends. She definitely felt attracted to him. But she was not sure whether it was something more than friendship. “He is so perfect. It is hard to believe!” The thoughts were wavering in her mind. Then, she saw Rahul walking confidently towards her, and beaming his charming wide smile.“Huh! Senorita, at last, we met here! This is the magical place …” He tailed off and Tanya smiled shyly. 

“How could you appeal to so many girls into your court, Mr Fixbit?!” Tany grinned.

“Look you are here!” Rahul leaned his chair a bit closer to her. The luminescence of his blue eyes behind the glasses sent a shiver down her spine, through her body. She felt strangely electrified and invigorated.

Tanya was a strong, confident woman. Yet this was a new feeling for her. It had happened so suddenly. She must have blushed. Rahul asked, “Is everything alright?”  She thought, “ I am unsure, not my usual self. I am being literally blown off by this cool handsome man!” Rahul looked directly into her eyes, “Its just Us“! Tanya, I am waiting for you, for years! I love you! You are so perfect! You are so beautiful. Just absolutely stunning. Just for me. Believe me. Yes, I had girlfriends but I have never felt this way ever before!” For the first time, these ordinary words sounded bewildering for Tanya. She wanted to believe the words. It was all sounding like a dream and she was no longer aware of her surroundings, the crowded restaurant, the splashing of the waves, the busy traffic on the Marine Drive. All these became blurred and only the handsome visage of Rahul stayed in sharp focus in front of her eyes.

“I love you, babe!” Rahul held Tanya’s hand gently and then firmly. He pulled her and planted a little kiss on her hand. Tanya closed her eyes as if she wanted to capture this moment forever in her eyes. The warmth of Rahul’s hands was giving her goosebumps. Their fingers were intertwined, on the table. An absolutely wonderful feeling. Innocently holding hands like two little children. They stared into each other’s eyes and the moment lasted a lifetime. Snaking his arms around her, That tickles, huh!?” Rahul asked with a mischievous smile. Tanya nodded with a smile. “You make me go crazy Tanya! Like those butterflies go crazy on the blooming flowers! I am in love with you my girl!” Rahul asked in an inquisitive tone. “Do you, as well …..?” He left the question hanging in the air. Tanya nodded. Lacing her fingers through his. It was all satisfying. A blessed feeling. They ordered some fresh fruit juice and sat talking for hours. Bringing back memories of their school days. 

Hey! Do you remember? We both were backbenchers and how we used to snack on those Chocobars?” Tanya asked in a whisper her voice heavy with emotion. 

“You used to eat them all!” Rahul retorted and laughed.

“Oh my gosh! It’s gotten so late! I have to rush back to my workplace for an important meeting!” Tanya said while stroking his cheeks with her fingers. 

Rahu stood up and planted a peck on her forehead. She squeaked, “Goodbye honey!” He smiled.

Tanya hurried back to the office. She was getting late. “Oh, Apologies! Gentlemen, I was stuck in a jam!” Tanya opened the door and before anyone could murmur, she began speaking confidently, “So let us see our product …”.

A faint smile appeared on her face. It was a long discussion about a new product. Tanya glanced fleetingly at her watch. It was almost Six. 

“Let us plan a presentation on today’s meeting guys!” Tanya interrupted, “Let us pack up! Its already Six and it’s a Friday! I am sure all of us want to catch up with something! So we should all peel off now! Fix a date and an agenda. And let us not make it long guys!” Tanya jotted some points in her diary and sipped hurriedly her coffee which had turned cold now. 

Her phone buzzed. “Hey, Rahul! What’s up?!” She slid the keypad and left the cabin for home while talking with Rahul. 

Can’t stop thinking about you ,your eyes they are so mesmerizing..miss you yaar!Rahul murmured kissing the mouth piece of mobile..love you jaan….

“Just going back,Where are you?Tanya asked

“In your heart”Rahul whispered, and kissed the phone…

To be continued part 3..

Is Pyar Ko Main Kya Naam Dun -1

Rahul: Hey! What’s up? Rahul here!Tanya: Hi! Nothing new! Tell me how are you?

Rahul: Sorry I couldn’t call you back. I was busy with some patients.

Tanya: Ya! Ya! You are practically always busy! 

Rahul: C’mmon!!! Really I was stuck yaar. Well this time it was a lady patient. Rahul winked.

Tanya: I don’t understand why all women friendzone you. 

Rahul: Nah! She was a patient.

Tanya: Or a girlfriend?!!! Some old foreign returned!!! Ahha!! Ofcourse you are honest, handsome, tall and fair. But .. you are not my kind!

Rahul: But Miss Senorita .. I want to be in your zone!

Tanya: Nay! We haven’t met yet Rahul! It’s that we were in the same school and same class for four years! Can you imagine? How long back that was?

Rahul: So let’s meet, Miss Senorita!

Tanya: Don’t trust me babe. Who knows I would be a killer now ..! A serial killer! Hey! Do you still remember that serial Karamchand and Kitty duo? It used to be our favourite, back in school.

Rahul: Babe, I would really love to be killed by this killer! Come on! Let’s meet! If the killer is adorable, I can do anything! And I promise, I am not one to be killed without a fight! Tanya: … umm .. Don’t flatter! Let’s plan!

Rahul: Oh Tanya! You sound so lovely. Mesmerising voice. I just can’t stop imagining your face!

Tanya: Hey again! Stop! I have to rush!

Rahul: Everyone you meet is not a coincidence. So we both are now pieces if a puzzle. Lets try to solve this puzzle together! … Bye… Hope to see you soon!

Tanya: … Bye! Rahul kept his phone back. He held his pillow and cuddled himself in the bed. 

“Yes! It’s been years since I have seen her! But I remember she was the most beautiful girl in the class. I can still imagine her soft beautiful face. Her lips with pink tinge. She used to aply a mild lip balm on her lips to moisturise her lips. And they used to glister like pearls. Her smooth milky white complexion made her look like an angel. And her untied hair which used to fly over her face and made it look even more lovely. She was my benchmate. I can still feel the gentle aroma wafting from her. Often our bodies used to brush against each other and I can feel her warmth even now!

To be continued….part 2

A DHOKLA CAKE- A Lockdown Birthday

It was a fine Sunday morning. Eva woke up with a blissful smile. The sunrays were shining brightly. She heard a long beep. Her eyes turned to the mobile. Ahhh!! A reminder! It is mom’s 65th birthday today. She picked up her phone and scrolled for her mom’s name ..Ah here it is..let’s make a video call, There goes the long bell…”pick up Ma”!!

“Hello Beta” a soft sweet tone was waving to Eva.

“Mommy, you are a fairy! Happy Birthday my Angel mom!” Eva shouted

Her mom just laughed. Her laughter was like the tinkling of bells. Her family was sitting besides her. She got a bit teary-eyed. She was missing them all. “Hi Bro! What’s up?” Eva waved her hands and gave a flying kiss to her niece Pihu and sister-in-law, Shagun.

“All is well Di” Shagun said .

“It is lockdown! Otherwise, we would have béen with you this time of the year. Hope things will get normal soon” Rahul said.

The call get disconnected abruptly. Eva checked her internet “Oh!! Its so slow!” She said to herself. She walked into the kitchen to brew a strong filter coffee and searched something to munch. She was hungry. “Oh! Mom you used to look after us so much. I still miss you”, she thought.

Many thoughts wrapped around her mind. With her dad passing away, her life has been stolen in a heartbeat. Mom had managed everything. She sacrificed every happiness for us. This time after eighteen years her whole family planned to visit her for the first time after her marriage. She was having blues.

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Meanwhile, with a cup of hot tea, Shagun was watching the neem tree where a cuckoo was merrily singing.

“Shagun” a sound from side flat startled her. “Hello Rekha Auntie!”

“Hello Beta! How are you planning to celebrate my bestie’s birthday?”

“Nothing, Auntie. This darned Lockdown! I can’t even invite you to the house to wish Mumma in person”. Shagun replied pensively.

“Oh! Never mind! We will wish her from the balcony only! See my grand daughter has made this card! And she is ready with her guitar to sing her Happy Birthday!” Rekha Auntie’s words cheered up Shagun.

She beamed broadly and said, “Thanks a ton, Auntie! Lemme keep this as a big surprise for Mumma!”

Tringgg..

“Hello Pihu!! What’s up? How is everything? Have you planned anything special.” Eva said. It was her neice.

“Nup!! Bua. Please give me a recipe to bake a cup cake for Dadi. Due to the lockdown, we are at home.”

Pihu was  very upset today. It was her grandma’s birthday but due to the lockdown, they were helpless.

“All are busy bua. Everyday we are doing all the household chores..so nothing planned till now.” Pihu said.

Eva remembered she had some pending work too. So she consoled her neice and kept the phone back. While doing her left over work she thought how can she make her mom happy on her birthday.It was a crappy day, she opened one online site and booked an online cookery classes for her mom as a gift.

“I know she will love this” she murmured.

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Tring…tring.. It’s again a video call Eva ran to pick up the phone, which was lying on sofa.

Eva scrolled to the green button. It was dark that side..

“What’s up?”, She was a bit confused.

She saw something moving. As the light switched on…all started singing the special birthday song for her mom. The room was like a fairy house, with twinkling lights, bright streamers and balloons. “Oh My!! Mom!!” Eva shouted from this end.

She was so happy and for a minute she could not speak. Her mother was there with a rainbow smile.

Mom was wearing a new dress.A green gown her favourite colour indeed. Shagun had bought for her before the lockdown. Pihu had made some caps with shimmering papers that had pictures of a heart on it. Shagun had made delicious Dhokla in form of a cake.. ..”DHOKLA ” room was filled with laughter.

“Mom, you are not allowed sweets as the doctor has said. So I made a dhokla for you! Its our healthy cake” she laughed and winked.

“Let’s cut it mom come on”! Rahul said

Eva was in tears, it was Shagun and Pihu who had made it special for her mom”The Lockdown Special Birthday.”

Rekha Auntie and her grand-daughter were singing loudly with the guitar from the balcony!

“Ma! Happy Birthday”…Eva gave a virtual hug to all of them.

Her mother hugged all of them. “It is the best birthday party I have ever had,” she said.

Outside in the courtyard, the neem tree swayed gently in the wind.Toffu, the pup, looked up, his ears cocked . Clearly, something special was happening at the house!

Facing lockdown -ALONE

This Tuesday, 24th March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown. The announcement was made in response to the increasing number of positive cases of the novel coronavirus in the country.It was a sudden announcement, but necessary of course. I am living in a small town, watching people how they are reacting to this lockdown. Sometimes I am frightened because if these few people are behaving like this then, what about the rest…the entire country.

Along with the lockdown, a panic situation developed among the people. Some, are busy in hoarding groceries. Others are cribbing for the little extra amount of work that they have to do as the household help is not coming anymore. A period of uncertainty which needs utmost care. But above all, we need to understand the requirement of this drastic and abrupt measure. All these are because of the safety measures for us and others. We should thank god that we are together dealing with the lockdown.

Many people are living away from their families. They are now stuck. Can you imagine how they must be facing the situation? It must be huge mental pressure for them along with lockdown its effects.

These sudden arrangements are not long-lasting but it has suddenly created havoc and anxiety between peoples.
Many of us are working from home. Today, I talked to a friend and she was wondering how mothers are cooking and cleaning the whole day. Phew!! I was amazed. I asked her how we did it all these years!

I thought I should share my views on how to survive corona lockdown, particularly if you are alone as I am facing the same situation.

1. Work from home

Many of us are working from home and have shifted our base to the online medium. So, I think there must be a lot of anxiety. In this case, I would suggest taking breaks in between the work. Do not panic or get stressed. Organise your schedule so that along with your household chores you can finish the office work as well. We often crib that we don’t have to do things. The one holiday that we get in mid-week sometimes we feel blessed for it. Now we have time. So we can imbibe many things that we have always planned for. We can fulfil our hobbies and yes, the most important thing we can relax. We can talk to people on what bothers us. We can interact online and share our concerns.

2. Do not panic

Being alone really creates panic when you read numerous messages on social media and chat with people. But really, restrain yourself from reading all these messages as many of them are fake. Even I believed many things. Only later I came to know these are fake messages. Its better not to read rather delete such things.

Pick up a hobby, rather nourish it. Yes, you are right! I have picked up BLOGGING. I am happy about sharing things with you all. It is my stress buster. I quickly finish work to take out time for writing. Trying out new things are always a pleasure for me. Don’t say ”I can’t do”. I think we can do everything! All that we need is determination. May be once or twice we may not succeed, but nothing can happen now if we don’t initiate and win over our fear.

So get set go my dearies.

3.Meditation and Chanting

Being alone is painful. Stress is automatically created. Meditation really helps. Various apps are there to meditate or chant. Various chanting mantras are  there which heals our souls.

I do and I feel so I am advising. It gives you inner strength, boosts morale. We are not alone. The world is with us. If you feel and meditate you can see the change in yourself.

Deep breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation are also helpful in stress relief.

Fix a time every day and be regular. These are the minute things which when we adapt, it cures many odds unknowingly.


4. Stay at home but stay in the heart of others.

We all are citizens of India.When there is a pandemic, we should help the government,obey rules and care for ourselves as well as others. Staying at home will help all of us. It will control the spreading number of positive cases. We only are responsible for this. Staying aware is most necessary. I understand being, alone it is difficult but it is necessary at this time.

Earlier, mostly it was heard “time issues…no time… we can’t do such and such”. So you have the time now. Just cultivate your long lasting wishes, your childhood memories, nostalgic photographs or books. All you ever wanted to do and you were missing out due to lack of time – do it now. Stay in the hearts of others. Help the needy ones. Its the time when you can help .They may not be having what we have so, go ahead.

5. Stay Calm and Positive

The most important thing is to stay positive. Don’t forward unnecessary and negative messages on social media. Stop others from doing that. Calmness wins many things. Situation can be handled. Positivity heals many lonely hearts. Reading good books or good stuff in such situations gives one strength . Negativity grinds you like a mortar. Its okay if you stay away from such people. When you are alone such things makes one’s life harder. Stay calm and positive to deal with this pandemic.

I am sure we will be out from these troubles. All we need is to be AWARE.

Facing lockdown -ALONE

Be at home!Be safe..

Tring…tring..

“Hello!How are you Ma?Is everything fine?”Ayushman beta ..you have to come for 15days,  we have fixed Binay’s marriage on 25th April next month ,we will do it at homewith a small gathering ,cops will not be aware of this,your father will deal with them”mother said.

“Tell Sapna to be there for all preparations prior to marriage ask your madam in advance to give leave her for 15days ,she would look for someone else to cook, yehh!! one more thing today is the day of Navratri why don’t you come with Sapna ,Mata came in my dream that this world is going to finish if we don’t worship her in this corona period.We should ask her to heal.Come home “.

Ayushman looked at Sapna..”Ah!! ..yes Ma ,I will talk with Sapna and let you know”.

“Ayush !how can we go?Why don’t you tell them the situation .It’s lockdown everywhere and they are celebrating,Mata will not be angry don’t worry,she will cure all,It’s not time to go out,I will do pooja at home”.Sapna said furiously.

Look Sapna my mother is asking help so go and talk to your madam to leave us, before she  say some reason make her understand that we need to go .I don’t know anything by today ‘s evening inform her.Ayushman said in a goofy tone.

Sapna nodded everything.But she knew what’s the situation ,her madam made her aware of all things by sharing her videos or through tv news channels.But no one from her house was believing.

“Ayushman! why don’t you understand ,It’s not madam, it’s about the people ,we must think about all.How can we be aloof ,do such things hiding to cops about these things .We all will be behind bars if we do not abide rules”.

Sapna was disturbed as her family was not listening to her nor they are concern of the situation .

“Sapna beta ! make some coffee ” it was Ayushman’s father at the door.

How come he is here.why don’t they understand the meaning of lockdown.Oh! Lord why they are not understanding the situation.If iam saying ,iam becoming thier enemy.Sapna was tensed’up making coffee and thinking about how to handle her family.

Sapna made coffee and she came with some crunchy snacks she made last evening.

Oh nice! Make these during marriage everyone will cherish her father in law sipped the coffee.

“Papa! Please don’t misunderstand me.Do you know the situation? Why you are going for the marriage next month.This is a crucial phase.Everywhere there is  lockdown.We should obey our government and stick to the rules.Please don’t come out of the house,don’t misunderstand me but the situation demands.Oldage people’s immunity system is less as compared to younger ones so avoid all these atleast for time being.See,if we break the rules ,we will suffer afterwards.Corona virus is communicable and it’s transmitted through person to person.We should avoid all big gathering , and God will never get angry ,we are her children ,when her children are in bad phase ,she will help them out .Whole world is in taurma.Don’t you feel that”.Sapna begged before him.

Ayushman was looking at her.He was a bit angry that Sapna was against his family ‘s wish she was saying what her madam has taught her… He switched on the tv .They all watched news.Same things were there in every news channel.”Oh god!when the situation will normalise.”Ayushman surfed all channels quickly .

“It’s a panic situation.nobody has taught me. Watch the latest news updates,how can you be so naive, moreover madam told me not to come back here again during this lockdown if I leave this place”.Sapna murmured.

Ayushman looked at Sapna “and you say she is a nice lady ahhaha!! Now I can know her ,what people are saying about her, she is absolutely a cruel lady,I can’t understand why  you like her.You stay here, I will leave this place very soon”.

Sapna was aware of everything but she was in a dillema how to make all of them understand of the situation.

Many of us are fortunate enough to have our basic needs and more. However there are people in remote villages with no access to necessities, people who survive on daily wages, uncertain about the future and if they will have another meal.
People are working on the front lines to keep us all going. This is the time to stand with them in solidarity and contribute in the best way we can.

Sapna told both of them..

It was of no use ,she realised .
Her father narrated his market gossips and how they can kick corona back to China.All rumours and gossips he shared with Ayushman.

 “We are going to have a small get together before marriage with few people from our locality.Nobody will know,don’t worry everything will be  inside our house. I will deal with cops.So, you both come and help your mother”.Sapna’s father in law sipped the left over coffee and gave details about the items to be made and guests list.

Sapna was feeling pain inside that why people are not concious and they are not concern about others.Her voice was of no use.Ayushman was his father’s favourite and no one can ever come in between their decisions.

Tring…tring..

“Yeah !!What happened Uma”? Ayushman’s father answered the call.

“Listen, there was call from Maya, she needs help.They went for a party yesterday , although there were few members ,one of them got positive report today for corona virus.Health officers are putting all others in quarantine”.O lord! Our daughter will be in quarantine.Why this happened with my family ?I have always prayed you.I will donate 121 ladoos lord at temple please cure my family”.She sobbed.

“Ohh!! How this happened? This is nothing , a mere virus , don’t worry , I will be there, everything will be alright, Ayushman ! Take out your bike ,we have to go”..

“Papa, what will we do there ,rather talk to Uma console her,It’s complete lockdown ,we can’t go so far”? Ayushman said 

“Papa, it’s complete lockdown.Nothing can be done now.Thats what I was telling , Uma di should have taken care before attending this party.When we know everything ,why we don’t obey the orders and it is effecting world wide, when it’s there on tv ,why we people are not behaving or accepting the current situation.We should avoid social gatherings, parties etc.Now we have to wait for 14days,hope that Uma di will come back healthy”..

Ayushman hold his father, “papa please take care don’t come out of house.Whatever Sapna used to tell ,I used to make fun of her but now when my own sister is suffering I could able to know now”.

They all looked at eachother, now prayers can heal our world.Let’s be with eachother ,follow rules ,maintain social distance ,do all the needful .

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Let’s not create a panic situation.Be at home.Be safe.

Digital Girls

“Hey! Aarti, what are you doing? You are always with your mobile”! Vimla elbowed her.Meetu when are you going for your next work? Come let’s sit here for a while.

Aarti, Vimla and Meetu went to the society’s park and made themselves comfortable on a bench.

“Aarti! Don’t you think we need to do something? Yaar! With so little money there is always a shortage at my home. Both of us work very hard. My husband and I do everything for our children. Yet, I need to work even more”. Vimla said in a tense tone.

“That’s true”! Admitted Aarti.

“Hey, Meetu! What’s up? How is your life? You are the youngest among us. How many houses do you go for cooking? One of the ladies from the next block was praising your cooking”. Vimla said smilingly.
Arrey! I am looking at all this. It’s a Facebook page opened by my brother and his friend. They have joined their hands to cook a variety of dishes and post them on their Facebook page. They take orders for cooking also on that page. Isn’t it fantastic”?
“Oh! It’s great”! Said Vimla.
“Hey! I have got an idea! Can’t we also start our business and sell through fb page. ” Vimla asked

Meetu frowned. She was surprised at this suggestion. “How didi”?

“Let’s plan. We can if we are determined. Our household problem will be solved too”. Said Aarti.

“Yes! We can manufacture some handicrafts after our working hours. We can craft whatever we know. Then we will post the pics of the items on the fb page. Let’s see if we get any orders. I will ask Geeta and Damayanti too”.

“But what can we make Vimla”? Asked Aarti.
“I can make jute bags”. Vimla replied.

“Oh! I think I can make some pottery. I used to help my father before marriage”. Aarti added.
“And I will colour it didi”! Meetu quickly uttered.
They all giggled and looked at each other with twinkling and sparkling eyes.

They joined their hands, “Let’s do it!”

After going home, Vimla called Damayanti and Geeta. She spoke about this venture of theirs. Both of them were astonished at the idea. It was all new for them. But the agreed gingerly.

“We are with you, Didi”.

Soon the five of them joined their hands for the new setup.
Eventually, they all met and started making handcrafted stuff. Every day they finished their respective housework and all domestic chores. They work hard for making all stuff.

The jute bags looked very pretty. Tiny clay pots and the painted vases were beautiful too. Geeta and Damayanti made handmade soft toys and handmade artificial jewellery.
After a month.

We are done. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! They all gave each other a high five. “Unbelievable”! Aarti shouted.

“Let me start with the fb page”. Meetu said excitedly. She painstakingly made the fb page. It was a basic one but it had neat pictures of all their stuff.

“Di! Can we tell our Madams too”? Damayanti asked referring to their employers.

“Yes. but only if you think they would be good”.

 Geeta murmured.
 Everyday Meetu looked for the orders. They kept their fingers crossed with hope.
“Vimla are you doing some business”? Mrs Dhrite asked.” But you never told me”!

“Yes Madam”. Vimla said hesitatingly as she washed the few leftover utensils.
“Its great Vimla. You are our digital girls. Last night Gautam found your page. Both of us were amazed at the stuff”. Siya joyfully patted her back.
“And yes! We have ordered one jute bag”. She winked mischievously.

“Thank you, Madam. Convey my thanks to Saheb as well”. Vimla folded her hands, as she only knew what gift they had given her.

“Oh, please Vimla! You all are so brave and enterprising. We will help you in whatever way we can”. Siya smiled back.
Siya made a graphic poster and forwarded it to all her WhatsApp groups. She also shared it on her Twitter and Pinterest. She was super excited as she always wanted to help such persons who needed support and wanted to help them grow.
“Oh! Mrs Dhriti why are you helping these maids”. Neha said as she sipped her drink and threw her cards.
 “Have you seen their page? I would urge you to visit it once and you will definitely fall in love with it”. Siya replied as she threw in her trump card.
” And Bingo! I won”.

She stood up and looked at each kitty member.
“Friends! Let’s help them yaar. They are so talented! So, what if they are our maids! They are our digital girls. Even we have not thought of such ideas which these girls did. Ladies! Let’s support them rather than belittle their efforts”. Siya chuckled and smiled at Neha.
“Yes, Siya. Let’s order our kitty gift items from them”.

 Mrs Dewangan stood up and the rest of the ladies looked at each other.

“Why not? Let’s try”.

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Tring…… tring … the phone rang
“Hey Siya … What’s up”?

“It’s very serious Siya. Can you help me”?

“For what”? Siya asked quizzingly.

“Someone has made a fake account of me on FB and put some morphed fake pics of me. I don’t know what to do. I am not able to handle this. I can’t tell this to my husband. He will only suspect me. I am very worried”.
“Well” …

Siya looked around for a second and then exclaimed.” I have got it. Meetu can help you”.
 “Meetu? Who? That cooking lady”? She just rolled her eyes.  
“Okay. if you don’t want “… Siya hesitated.

“No, no … Please, go ahead … I want help”. “Whoever can help me”!! Neha pleaded.
Meetu came immediately and Neha explained to her what had happened.
“Ok, Madam! I think we should report it to Facebook”.  
“But I don’t know how”? Neha replied.
“Don’t worry Madam, I will do it for you”. Meetu quickly reported it to Facebook. In fifteen minutes, they got a confirmation that the fake page has been blocked.
Oh my gosh!!!!!! Neha had tears in her eyes.” You just saved me Meetu”. She wanted to give money to Meetu. But Meetu flatly refused.

“Madam, I came to help you as a woman. Like we help any woman in our cooperative”.

Neha was speechless. Her eyes had welled up with tears. Her face had grown red. She said with a heavy voice, “Meetu today not only have you saved my honour but also taught me what a good human being you are. You are very talented. But I always made fun of you and belittled your efforts. Siya is right – you indeed are the digital ladies”. She gave Meetu a hug.
Tears rolled down Meetu’s eyes.

“Thank you, madam, we might not have the strength to move mountains but we have tiny wings to fly over them”!
Siya called up these five ladies were delighted to share the news that their kitty had decided to buy all their gifts from the digital ladies.
At the mention of the orders, all of them got excited.

They all started to speak simultaneously forgetting the cups of tea they held in their hands!

“Di our children eat at mid-day meal schools and husbands manage to eat at work. We go hungry on so many days”. Vimla said with tearful eyes.

“Though we work so much with so high rates we cannot afford much. So, we had joined our hands to make ends meet”.

They all thanked Siya. Siya hugged them. My brave ladies. You all are wonders in small packets.
Gradually, this group of five ladies grew to ten and then fifty. It came to be a women’s cooperative. They united. They climbed each step. Their Facebook likes button was in millions now! Millions created history.

History made by the brave digital ladies.

10 super ways to spend time in Corona lockdown

We are always running against time. A machine like life. A fast one. It is always controlled by the unceasing tick – tock of the two hands of the clock. As the deadly coronavirus has knocked down our zones, we remain confined to our homes, so as to protect ourselves from getting infected. As a precautionary measure, the Govt has closed all schools, colleges, public places and restricted all public gatherings.

These times look frustrating. But they need not be so. Let us utilise our precious time and make it wonderful and special. Let’s enjoy this de facto state of forcible staycation! 

Let us make it happen! We can plan out and create lot of things even in these constrained circumstances to make it worthwhile to spend our time at home. 

Here are ten simple ideas to do around the house as now we should avoid the crowds. 

Let’s join our hands and help each other by supporting our Government, which is forced to take these drastic steps to prevent the spread of this dreaded Coronavirus.

 1. Explore your garden. 

Do you have some space for a garden? Even a tiny bit? Or a terrace? Or even a balcony? This is the first question which comes to boggle our mind when we think of gardening. Believe me, you can create your own garden, atleast an area for potted plants which gives immense joy. Thankfully, the internet is on and we can use myriad apps and youtube videos to enhance whatever space we have into a lovely garden. Plants are stress removers and negativity absorbers. When a flower blooms or a vegetable sprouts or a plant takes firm roots, it feels divine! The hard work pays. Learn new techniques and cultivate in your own backyard, nurture your own happiness. The seeds of hope you sow shall give you immense satisfaction. 

 2. Create a craft. 


Creativity is one of the gifts to humanity and it creates a space for itself. It could be time to make those bangle boxes for your mom or special friend. Or it could be a painting whose idea has always been in your head. It is time to give shape to those now! There are literally thousands of crafts that can be done. Inspiration can be had from google or Pinterest. 


 3. Kids Time. 

At last we can spend quality time with our little wonders. Being a working mother I do harbour a pang that I am not giving enough time to my kid. We all mothers do think alike in this regard – whether right or wrong. So it is family time with lots of laughter. The more the merrier, isn’t it? It is time to become kids with the kids. Break the frozen ice and live your childhood again with your little one. Family always comes first and relish each moment with them. 

 4. Cuddle up with books and blogging


 Some kids find reading interesting but lot of kids do not relish reading. This is the perfect time to introduce age appropriate literature and stories to the children. Cultivate the habit of reading in them. For sure it will enhance stability and calmness in them. Reading out stories to toddlers will touch their gentle souls and evince a sense of wonder in them. E – books are solution now as having physical books may not be feasible when the shops are in lock down mode. Reading also helps stimulate writing.


  You can write for yourself, start a blog.Express yourself ,your happiness and sorrows,pen down your own thoughts truely saying it gives you a content feeling.Write for your child or for the world.

 So, hunker down with you child !


 5. Cooking 

Cooking is fun and it can be mde into a great team activity among your family members. Plan out a recipe, make a team and prepare authentic mouth watering savouries. You can mke pickles, jams, cakes or cookies! With a pinch of salt and spices make the best for your family. Eating the cooked food can be made into a great heart warming ritual too where everyone sits together to have the meal. Love grows. Of course it grows!

 6. Old is gold


We do miss our school life. Still we can meet out besties and hang out to relish the golden memories. But only this time, hangout online – make a group video call with all your besties and enjoy your school days all over again! You can make a group call to relatives  and long forgotten cousins too. Time to rebuild those bridges! Treasure each moment aa they are precious!

 7. Learn a new language

There is no such age for learning. What with apps like Duolingo its now super easy and fun to learn a new language. It teaches it in an intuitive way too. Also it is time to duat off those old vocabulary books and improve it by learning 3 new words everyday – just as the English teach used to say way back in school. Turn each word into a painting and make flashcards. Make a list of words you are learning and bask in your glory!

 8. Shoot your boots or just rockon

Practice makes a man perfect. So… Shoot your boots … If not perfect, no worries … Just rockon! Sing aloud and tap your heels. Music heals our soul. You may decide on a theme and start your own youtube channel! Smart phones are good enough for this task. But do remember to tweak your privace controls. You may pick up a long forgotten guitar or keyboards left because of lack of time and start practicing again! 

 
 9. Movie marathon

 Oh! My my … Netflix, Amazon prime, Disney plus and so many more! You must draw up a list of movies to see and plan watching them with your family or .. even alone! Treat yourself with home made popcorns while you turn your home into a personal movie hall! Sounds like a perfect day .. isn’t it?


10. Yoga and Meditation

 Heal your soul. It will increase your concentration and your immunity to fight anh disease. Again youtube videos are a saviour. Start with simple asaanas and then go up to the level of your comfort. 
So my dear homemakers and working moms, stay hygienic, stay calm during this unusual lock down period and it will pass like a breeze. It will leave you with a happier and healthier family too!

Pic credit: unsplash.com

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Covid 19-Coronaviruses

Covid- 19 Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS – CoV) and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS – CoV). It is called Corona as it has crown like spikes on its cell membrane. The Latin for crown is “Corona”. The latest of these viruses is the now named Covid – 19 which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, in Hubei province in December 2019.


Common signs of disease caused by this group of viruses are respiratory symptoms fever, cough, breathing difficulties and shortness of breath.

In severe cases it can cause pneumonia and affect other systems such as kidneys and lead to kidney failure as well. It may even lead to death.
Many preventive precautions are recommended which includes regular hand washing covering mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing, through cooking of meat and eggs, avoiding contact with any person showing the symptoms.

Avoid unnecessary contact with live animals and make sure that after contact proper handwashing is done.

So, basically practice hygiene particularly maintain respiratory hygiene. Also take freshly prepared hot food and avoid cold items.
Where did this disease come from?
Most Coronaviruses are present in specific animals. In some cases, these viruses get transmitted to humans. The exact mechanism of tis remains uncertain. This is called a spillover event.


How does it spread?


It commonly spreads through tiny droplets which have been coughed or sneezed by the patient. When these droplets are inhaled by another person, the virus is introduced in the body of the other person. Alternatively, when these droplets settle on surfaces like tables, door knobs or other articles and another person touches them and then again touches his nose, eyes or mouth the virus spreads. Therefore, it is important to cover your mouth while coughing of sneezing, maintaining distance from others and frequent handwashing. Also avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth and nose.


How is it different from Flu?


Usually Flu is a mild infection of the respiratory tract leading to fever, cough, cold and running nose. It rarely causes breathing difficulties or affects any other symptoms. Covid 19 in its milder form is almost like flu. In fact, majority of people are getting only mild flu like symptoms. However, in some people, such as elderly (over 65 years of age), and severely ill people, there are severe symptoms of Covid 19. These are high grade fever, breathlessness and respiratory failure. In addition, other body systems such as kidneys may also get affected.

Is there any treatment?


There is no specific treatment for coronavirus disease. However, symptoms can be treated. If situation worsens then life support measures are instituted. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a “Pandemic”, which means that now this illness affects the entire world and is a major health concern for all the countries. To prevent its spread several drastic measures are required and are being taken. Quarantine is the major step. It involves isolation of the people suspected to have the illness or who have come in direct contact with them. This is taken to prevent further spread to other individuals.


The Central Government of India has taken several steps to control the situation which has engulfed globally. Several quarantine facilities have been set up across the country to isolate the suspected cases so that they do not mingle with the rest of the population. Some of these are being run by Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Indian Army. The Army is running a large facility at Manesar where about 60 personnel are deployed including medical staff. It is being run at the cost of Rs 3.5 lakhs every day. The Govt has brought stranded Indians from the affected countries of China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. But unfortunately, many people who have been evacuated and are facing quarantine are demanding special facilities like boiled food and single independent rooms. This is creating hinderance in the smooth functioning of the medical and administrative staff of the centres.
A problem of this scale requires the people to cooperate and follow the rules set by the Govt, rather than create chaos at the quarantine facilities. The public should understand the gravity of the situation. In severely affected countries the number of the cases are doubling every day. To prevent such a situation arising out in our country it is important to follow the rules and if there are any minor inconveniences then take it in the stride for the greater good of the humanity.
The way the government and healthcare department are handling the situation deserves big appreciation. It is dealing with tenacity and major efforts are being put in place all over the country. The Indian Air Force has evacuated the maximum number of Indians as well as nationals of other friendly countries from Wuhan (China) which is the epicenter of this pandemic. IAF has also evacuated Indians from Iran, Japan, Italy and the cruise ship Diamond Princess.


At this time of extreme crisis, India has not forgotten its friends and is offering all sorts of help, medicines, masks and medical equipment to other South Asian countries. Many virus research diagnostic labs have been set up in India to quickly undertake the testing for Covid 19. As well as India has sent its medical personnel to set up testing in Iran which refused to test Indians due to the high load.


India’s airports and seaports are under strict scrutiny. The Govt has suspended all visas from all countries including those from visa free nations and for Overseas Citizens of India (OCI). All land borders are also closed except for few designated ones with Nepal and Bhutan. All incoming travelers including Indian nationals arriving from or transiting through the affected countries have to compulsorily undergo quarantine for 14 days at the designated centers.
India is helping other countries set up testing facilities and providing medicines.


While all these are done by Indian Government, it is the duty of every Indian citizen to support each other and the government to smoothen the functioning.


Community awareness are being given by the print, electronic and social media. Phone messages, radio announcements and TV broadcasts are informing the general public on preventive measures. Doctors are conducting training programmers and awareness campaigns. The govt has shut down schools, malls and cinema halls. It has advised general public against converging in large numbers. The public transport and aircrafts are being sanitised on a large scale.
In all this chaos and confusion, several people are spreading rumours and other fake news on social media. It is very important to realise that factual knowledge about this new disease is limited and even scientists are learning about it firsthand. One should not fall victim to any such rumours. Also, on should refrain from forwarding social media posts that are unverified. There are verified sources of information such as the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website and the WHO website. The fake news is creating unnecessary panic. In case of symptoms one should freely self-quarantine or admit to the medical facility as required. One should not visit crowded places. There have been cases of people trying to run away from quarantine facilities. This is very dangerous as it can rapidly spread the disease to other people.


It is time to show responsible behavior. Come, let us join our hands as Indians and Humans and defeat this deadly virus!

#EachforEqual

Woman —- is a word that hold up a lot of images in our minds and brings out varied emotions as selfless love, epitome of love, sacrifice, caring attitude and ability of nurturing . Who is a woman?

A daughter,A wife A mom,A sister various roles she plays. We women are the beautiful creation of the God! The angels we are on the earth we make life wonderful all together. Imagining life without a woman is quite difficult isn’t it?. This angel shakes the cradle with one hand and the earth with the other hand. The fact that all the great people of the world are born from the womb of a woman and it is a woman who has taught the basics of life to these great peoples. And that is the reasom why we should respect a woman.

And that is why women’s day is celebrated with so much of zeal and it has spread throughout the world.
It all started in 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter working hours, better payment or equal payment to that of their male companions and the right to vote. It was the Socialist Party of America who declared the first National Woman’s Day, a year later.


Women from various cultural and ethnic groups come together to struggle for peace, justice, equality and development. An equal world is an enabled world.People should work together to create a gender equal world.
Women fought with all odds to emerge as a winners. Courageous women like Lakshmibai, Indira Gandhi, Hellen Keller etc are few examples who fought for equality and dignity.
March 8th is observed as international woman’s day every year around the world to celebrate the velour of women.Around the world the day is used to recognize women who’ve made various significant contributions to the advancement of their gender.Gradually , society is changing and paving the way for the growth and development of women. Women have made strides in the field for example in education, healthcare, equality, and job opportunity,right for voting etc.
The past two decades the world has made incredible progress and innovation.but no country has achieved gender equality.
Last year

#me too campaign was started globally where women used to come up with their stories being molested by men.So,can we say that women are secured? Although they have progressed ,still to go more.Long is our journey to earn a secured place in our society.
On this international women’s day ,women from all different backgrounds and cultures join together to fight for gender parity and women’s rights.

Celebration of International Women’s Day 2020

This year, International Women’s Day will be celebrated with the special 2020 theme, #EachforEqual. “Collectively, we women join can eachother and help to create a gender equal world.
The Generation Equality campaign this year has a motto to unite people of every gender,race, age, ethnicity, religion and country to take actions that will create the gender-equal world we all deserve.
Together, we want to mobilize to end gender-based violence; economic justice and rights for all; bodily autonomy, sexual and reproductive health and rights; and feminist action for climate justice. We want technology and innovation for gender equality; and feminist leadership.

Small actions can have big impacts in making our vision true. On International Women’s Day, join #GenerationEquality and become part of the movement.

Let’s all be #EachforEqual.”Be unite and strengthen eachother to achieve success in our path.
On this women’s day let’s join the campaign wearing purple dress which significe justice and dignity, the color purple has become an international symbol for women since the origination of purple, green, and white as a symbol of women’s equality from the Women’s Social and Political Union in the UK in 1908.Let’s share our pledges and messages on social media using the hashtag #IWD2020.