Lime & Lemony LIMCA Book of Records

Limca Records

An Anthology that I co-authored with great set of authors, finds a place in LIMCA BOOK of RECORDS 😀

One item off the Bucket List, I guess 😀

Life threw me lemons and I managed a quenching LIMCA

As my first born toiled for various exams, I would often give him company. I had nothing much to do really as I was down with a major physically debilitating disease. Then death decided to strike the family with all it’s attendant vulgarities.

To kill time and to retain sanity, I started to write small snippets, daily drama and random notes, contributing to various online forums. Once I discovered the aphrodisiac  power of likes, I slowly went onto write  short stories and found some success.

I have been part of three published short story anthologies with hopefully more in the pipeline.

One of these anthologies – Crossed n Knotted- gets a nod by LIMCA BOOK of RECORDS as India’s FIRST COMPOSITE NOVEL 😀  A happy thumbs up indeed.

I blog across platforms and wear many hats. I earn my monies teaching children. I am the Admin of SeniorSchoolMoms, a much cherished educational Facebook group.

I’m at a happy station. What tomorrow holds ? I don’t know.

I wish to enjoy today, to the fullest.

But yesterday was tough and very.

Ours is a mixed marriage. A marriage that happened after much bad blood amongst all the parties involved. Husband and I set up a little Mom & Pop kind of software startup. We made kickass software but didn’t manage to rake in much moolah.

Senior_Junior decided to arrive on the scene almost like a Bharjatiya movie scene, to soothe the soured relationship between the elders. I bawled and how. This was not in the life plan. Nonetheless I still coped with stinky poops, dial-up connections, moody animators, dripping with knowledge through toe-nails waale relatives, wobbly belly which still refuses to go, very matronly wardrobe, adamant visual basic code and erratic sleep patterns of baby, thereby me.

And then Junior_Junior arrived. Husband meanwhile, had moved on to green bucks and managerial positions in ivy league companies. With two kids, it was too much of a load to lug around, this mom and pop show for me. So I wound it up and followed husband around his various postings. The kids grew up and you know the rest of the story.

When destiny  closes one door, other one always opens.

On hind sight, it could be even better.

Since I found my calling (quite late in the day I must say, but still managed to find), thus dabble in writing and daily dispense my random rubbish on the unsuspecting public at large, I have vowed that I definitely do not have the right to remain silent.

Anything that anyone says, can and will be used in my writings.

So there, you have forewarned 😀

Facebooking-oh Zuckerberg! You have us all marked

 

AJ RayBan

Facebook, My Friend, the Omnipresent and Ubiquitous Social Networking Site, was developed by Mark Zuckerberg in his dorm. It now has become our way of life.

I do one thing best in life and that is face booking.

Years of doing this, has helped me figure out the various types of Facebook users.

I may be perfectly wrong but that is age catching up and muh brain wilting, you see!

1) Top of the heap has to be the Forum Fury waalas/waalis. They are upset about global warming, forest fires, female infanticide, women’s rights, depleting animal population, wrong depiction of the fairer sex. Etc. You get the general drift. This fury is a good thing actually. Especially for literate Philistines like Moi, these knowledge posts help in expanding my rather limited mental horizons and stay update.

2) Following closely the first group are these highly Emotional Melodramas who vomit their every volatile feeling, online, almost every instant. It could be work related separation from husband, their latest gourmet creation, a fight with pet cat, passing away of hollywood’s 40’s star or plain old diarrhea of their child.  Nothing is too less not to be shared.

3) Feeling ecstatic with XYZ and 49 others. Now this is a very Groupie group. You could be tagged along with 49 others to feel ecstatic for a variety of reasons. Exercise marathon in the local gym, Nursery school admission or a Seva ceremony. The best way to remain sane is to simply untag yourself.

4) The Know All Judgemental Ones. Most of the forums have these erudite ones, who have ready answers for all our vexing questions and have nothing but disdain for those who do not come up to their high moral standards. God save those blithering plebeians. These wise ones have moulds in cast iron and one needs to fit them to pass muster.

( I have a feeling, I’m a groupie 4! My this bordering on over smartness post is a sure testimony. What say?)

5) Then there are those – Been There Done That and now I have to suffer this callow inexperienced idiot – types! The sheer ennui they have towards the lesser endowed, has to be seen to be believed. They have one survival mantra. “Just chill me Na! or Take a chill pill Honey”, which on hindsight is a great advice to live by.

Somehow I get the feeling, Dear Reader, I am going to get that advice from you.

6) Every one has One such Friend who insists on sharing all 207 photos of their recent trip to Scotia Nova. You better Like, No Love, all of them. She will return the favor right, when you upload your pics? The aphrodisiac power of Likes!

7) A slightly not so cool group which insists on sharing the Shiva and the Jesus messages with a rider of Press 1 like = 100000 blessings or something like that. No glad tidings here. Stay Safe

8) Then there are various Contest Participants who apart from writing earth shattering stuff, need to also gather stratospheric eyeballs. They will share the URL and then ping you personally or message you to like, share, comment. Yours truly is also guilty as charged.

Hey favors taken will have to be favors returned.

9) Some people have such a Happening Life on Facebook. They check in at every mall, pub, restaurant, parlor, supermarket, giving away their location at every event.

Not very safe. Me? I’m just checking!

FB you see, is a great addiction. But seriously, If you don’t safeguard your profile, all and sundry would be writing on your wall and sending you friendship requests!

Facebook is a great handy tool. It depends on you, how you use it and make the best of it.

Reflections

 

A-to-Z Reflection [2016]

On a bored afternoon, I was doing, what I did the best with an utterly blissed out look.

Facebooking!

One of my friends had published a blog. As I went through her post, I saw her gushing friends had suggested her to join the A-Z 2016 blogging challenge and had even kindly gave the URL too. I quickly did a Cut, Copy, Paste as I remembered my very erudite friends doing this challenge the previous year and going utterly ga ga over it. And then completely forgot all about.

Paradise Lost!

Life chugged along with the same is, as is, status quo. As is usual, I woke up at the last minute when a friend posted about this challenge and God only knows why, tagged me.

And all hell broke loose. I scurried from forum to forum, gathered relevant links and then managed to register.

Paradise regained

What a wonderful exercise, it turned out to be. I had no clue what to to write and how to. I had no idea if anyone from the core team would ever read my tripe ( which unfortunately they did and then commented too which lead to my temporary demise. I shortly then revived, when faced with vexing questions like “What’s for food?” )

I managed to survive this challenge with the help of  friends(old and new) Vasudha, Namrata, Deepti, Soma. This writing challenge has also helped me to write the first draft of my novella.

I realized I could produce 500 random words  easily and stitch them together as a Kitschy narrative.

What tomorrow gives? I know Not, But today I sleep proud at a job well done

Needlessly to say, I would be among the first ones queuing up, next year.

Cometh April, Cometh AJ

So there, you have been forewarned 😀