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Book Review: Three Men In a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K. Jerome is a classic English Novel published in 1889 that gives a detailed journey of three Englishmen and a dog on the river Thames. The author has done a remarkable job by adding hilarious stories in between that adds to the extra fun to the whole story. I do not have the printed version of this book. I read the e-book from the iBook classic novel collection.

Name of the Book: Three Men In A Boat

Name of the Author: Jerome K. Jerome

Year of Publication: 1889

Number of Pages: 185


Three Men in a Boat (Three Men, #1)

Summary From Goodreads

A comic masterpiece that has never been out of print since it was first published in 1889, Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat includes an introduction and notes by Jeremy Lewis in Penguin Classics.

Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friends George and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them to a ‘T’. But when they set off, they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather forecasts and tins of pineapple chunks – not to mention the devastation left in the wake of J.’s small fox-terrier Montmorency. Three Men in a Boat was an instant success when it appeared in 1889, and, with its benign escapism, authorial discursions and wonderful evocation of the late-Victorian ‘clerking classes’, it hilariously captured the spirit of its age.

In his introduction, Jeremy Lewis examines Jerome K. Jerome’s life and times, and the changing world of Victorian England he depicts – from the rise of a new mass-culture of tabloids and bestselling novels to crazes for daytripping and bicycling.


My Review

To begin with, there are three men who plan to go for a vacation with a dog, and after a great deal of discussion they chose to go for a boat vacation. The three men are George, Harris, and Jerome. The dog is named as Montmorency. As we can relate from the publishing date, this book shows the England that was in 19th century.

The story begins with three men discussing about their illness that they thought they are suffering from but in reality they are not. Since, it was in 19th century, they consulted medical books to refer their symptoms while we today rely on the “Google Doctor”.

I read the prescription. It ran: 5″1 lb. beefsteak, with 1 pt. bitter beer every 6 hours. 1 ten-mile walk every morning. 1 bed at 11 sharp every night. And don’t stuff up your head with things you don’t understand.”

Jerome K. Jerome (Three Men In A Boat)

So, as a matter of fact Jerome was not ill but he made an assumption that he is ill by matching his symptoms to those mentioned in the medical book. Today, we also do the same. Before consulting a real physician, we refer to internet (The Goggle Doctor), match our symptoms and feel that we are suffering from a chronic disease.

You know, it often is so – those simple, old-fashioned remedies are sometimes more efficacious than all the dispensary stuff.

Jerome K. Jerome (Three Men In A Boat)

What it was that was actually the matter with us, we none of us could be sure of; but the unanimous opinion was that it – whatever it was – had been brought on by overwork. “What we want is rest,” said Harris. “Rest and a complete change,” said George. “The overstrain upon our brains has produced a general depression throughout the system. Change of scene, and absence of the necessity for thought, will restore the mental equilibrium.”

Jerome K. Jerome (Three Men In A Boat)

As I said earlier, they were not suffering from any disease. they made a plan to have some change in their daily lives, go to some place, and have fun. Lately, they decided for a boat vacation.

The author puts forward a humorous the story of “Uncle Podger” who makes everyone work, just give orders to his children, and wife, and then complain as to how hardworking he is by literally doing nothing.

The most inspiring part is when they decide to have less items on the boat to keep the boat light. We can relate it to our lives too.

Throw the lumber over, man! Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need – a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.

Jerome K. Jerome (Three Men In A Boat)

Then there is another story of a “Jerome’s friend” who bought cheeses at Liverpool and how Jerome brought those cheeses to his friend’s house, and the whole scenario turns out to be funny indeed.

The most funny part is their packing of stuff for the vacation. We can relate to the packing we do for our vacation too. How Jerome forgets where he kept his toothbrush, whether he kept the boots or not, and then repacks every thing and how they wake up late in the morning and there is a chaos in the scene are all relatable and hilarious.

There is nothing does irritate me more than seeing other people sitting about doing nothing when I’m working.

Jerome K. Jerome (Three Men In A Boat)

Every thing that happens in the story looks real. The train incidence is humorous as to how they caught their train and reached Kingston. The sentences from the book that were true to the world even today goes as follows:

Married men have wives, and don’t seem to want them; and young single fellows cry out that they can’t get them. Poor people who can hardly keep themselves have eight hearty children. Rich old couples, with no one to leave their money to, die childless.

Jerome K. Jerome (Three Men In A Boat)

We are creatures of the sun, we men and women. We love light and life. That is why we crowd into the towns and cities, and the country grows more and more deserted every year. In the sunlight – in the daytime, when Nature is alive and busy all around us, we like the open hillsides and the deep woods well enough: but in the night, when our Mother Earth has gone to sleep, and left us waking, oh! the world seems so lonesome, and we get frightened, like children in a silent house. Then we sit and sob, and long for the gas-lit streets, and the sound of human voices, and the answering throb of human life. We feel so helpless and so little in the great stillness, when the dark trees rustle in the night-wind. There are so many ghosts about, and their silent sighs make us feel so sad. Let us gather together in the great cities, and light huge bonfires of a million gas-jets, and shout and sing together, and feel brave.

Jerome K. Jerome (Three Men In A Boat)

Yet again, Jerome comes up with a story of “two ladies on boat” who were not dressed as per the “boating costume” or clothes that are friendly while going to a water picnic. How those girls deal with the water picnic with their laced up and silky dresses is narrated in a funny way. After that comes the story of “tombs” as to how an old man was after Jerome to show the tombs and the memorial windows that many come to see and how Jerome refuses and runs away from that place.

There are many such short stories in this book related to the things that are happening in the story. The story of Harris and his piano is also witty.

How good one feels when one is full – how satisfied with ourselves and with the world! People who have tried it, tell me that a clear conscience makes you very happy and contented; but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and is cheaper, and more easily obtained. One feels so forgiving and generous after a substantial and well-digested meal – so noble-minded, so kindly-hearted.

Jerome K. Jerome (Three Men In A Boat)

Only those who have worn the crown of suffering can look upon that wondrous light; and they, when they return, may not speak of it, or tell the mystery they know.

Jerome K. Jerome (Three Men In A Boat)

The incidence of Montmorency and the old Tom cat is quick-witted. Their two days stay at Oxford is also amusing where Montmorency had many other dog friends to play with. Their way back home from Oxford is not that pleasant as it started to rain and everything on the boat got wet.

The overall boat journey can be summarized as starting from Waterloo Station to Kingston where they got their boat. They passed through various places like Hampton Court Palace, Magna Carta Island, Monkey Island, etc.

The language of the book is simple and the story is easy to read and understand. The author gives a detailed information about the places he visited while his boat journey, what happened with him, his two friends, and the dog. How they overcome all the pleasant and unpleasant scenarios, enjoyed some while were sad at some point, a mixed up venture on the river and at various stops are amusing.

At last I would like to conclude that the author did a commendable job in putting up the whole story and explained every tit-bits, added other incidences with the boat journey, the stories of George and Henry, etc that added even more wittiness to the whole story. An overall good and fun read.

If you haven’t red this book yet, I would recommend this book to you all. Give it a read, you will definitely like it. Thank you for stopping by and reading this post.

Happy Reading!!!!


WWW WEDNESDAY #3 (August 5, 2020)

WWW Wednesdays

So, after long time I am here with a new WWW Wednesday which was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. We just need to answer three questions asked below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What Are You Currently Reading?

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Currently I am reading “Men Without Women” by Haruki Murakami. It is an interesting book. I just started reading it today so cannot comment more on it. You can get the summary of this book here.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I recently finished reading an e-book “Vedic Physics: Scientific Origin of Hinduism” by Raja Ram Mohan Roy. My goodness, too much information is given in that book that is too much for me to absorb in a single read. You have to read each and every sentence in great detail so that you can understand the meaning. The author had done a commendable job and he certainly needs an applaud. I will write a review on this book for sure. You can get the summary of this book here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have shortlisted this book for my next read, Do It Yourself: Overcome Procrastination, Improve Productivity, and Achieve More Meaningful Things by Darius Foroux.

Do It Today: Overcome Procrastination, Improve Productivity, and Achieve More Meaningful Things by [Darius Foroux]

Summary as on Amazon.com

“Are you also tired of putting off your dreams until “tomorrow?” Guess what! Tomorrow never comes. Am I right? 

I’ve procrastinated and putt off my desire to write a book for a decade. I always came up with excuses like, “it’s not the right time.” Or, “I need to do more research.” 

But in 2015 I got tired of this endless procrastination, and finally took action. Six months later, my first book was published. 

Look, we all have limited time on our hands. And we’re getting closer to death every single minute. That shouldn’t scare. That should motivate you!

Time is limited, that’s why we must do the things we want: Today.

In this “best of” collection, I’ve handpicked 30 of my best articles that help you to overcome procrastination, improve your productivity, and achieve all the things you always wanted. 

Plus, I’ve written an extensive introduction about my life and work philosophy. 

And I’ve made many improvements and edits to the articles. So the content of this book is different from the articles on my site.

In Do It Today, you’ll learn:

1.Why we procrastinate and how we can overcome it

2.How to increase your productivity without being stressful

3.How to achieve more meaningful things in your life so you can enjoy it more

Are you ready to start reading this book? 

If so: Do it today—not tomorrow.

This is all about my WWW Wednesday. Have you read any of these books? Please let me know in the comment section. I would be happy to know about it. Books are the best.

Happy Reading to all of you.

Qualities of A Good Listener

Do you listen to others? Or, do you just keep talking and other’s listen? Do you know that listening is a quality that not everyone possesses?

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.

Ernest Hemingway

This is so much apt in present scenario. Today how many of us listen to others with full attention? We often find people looking at their cell phones in the middle of a conversation. It looks so offensive and rude but it happens. Many people just listen as it is their duty to listen and not the intention to listen. This is not considered a quality of a good listener. Such listeners are referred as distracted listeners. If you are good listener, you should be attentive.

Good listening is rare these days but utmost necessity in a conversation and in today’s world. Malcom Forbes once said “The art of conversation lies in listening.” So true. Listening is an important part of a communication. We need to listen to others. Once you start to listen to someone, that person becomes more friendly towards you. There is a bond of trust between two people. So, start to listen and not talk.

It’s not that hard to find out whether a person is listening to you properly or not. The body language of a person can tell you all. Let’s know the qualities of a good listener and how we can become a good listener.

Qualities of a Good Listener

If speaking is silver, then listening is gold.

Turkish Proverb

How do I know, whether I am a good listener or not? Let us find out the qualities of a good listener.

  1. A good listener is an active listener. This means that a good listener is attentive, and fully present during a conversation.
  2. A good listener is a careful listener. This means that a good listener listens to you with full concentration.
  3. A good listener does not get distracted. This means that a good listener does not checks his/her phone, messages, or emails or does not look here and there.
  4. A good listener cares about you and does not judge you at all. He/she tries to understand the perspective of another person. He/she listens and respects the other person’s views and opinion. A good listener is never judgemental.
  5. A good listener makes a comfortable environment for the speaker by his/her positive attitude.
  6. A good listener never interrupts in between and knows when to speak and when not.
  7. A good listener gives suggestions only when asked for. He/she does not bombard the speaker with questions.
  8. A good listener does not just hears the conversation but makes the speaker believe that he/she is listening carefully.
  9. A good listener never criticizes and shows respect to the other person.
  10. A good listener remembers the conversation.
  11. A good listener understands the confidentiality of the conversation and never discloses the secrets to others.
  12. A good listener believes in the other person, and ready to hear the other person’s perspective.
  13. A good listener has a positive attitude towards solving a problem by listening carefully and attentively.

Many problems in this world can be solved if people start listening to others. We see so many motivational speakers from all parts of the world but how many good listeners do we have?

How to Become a Good Listener?

Now that we know the qualities of a good listener, it is easier for us to understand how to become a good listener. Let us know how can we become a good listener if we aren’t one. It is not that hard to become a good listener or a better one if you are already good at it. Here are few tips to improve our listening skills.

  1. Clear your mind and thoughts before starting to listen.
  2. Silent your cell phone or rather switch off your cell phone before starting to listen if conversing in person.
  3. Do not make an assumption before starting a conversation.
  4. Be attentive.
  5. Be sure not to interrupt in the conversation until asked for.
  6. Use verbal sounds like hmmmm or mmmm when conversing on phone and show positive body language signs when in person.

Listen to your kids. I often observe that when I am working on my laptop or busy in the kitchen, I try to avoid what my kids are telling me. I feel that this is not a good parenting. Parents should listen to their children in all and under any circumstances because we do not know what is in their minds at that point of time. Listening carefully to our child helps to know that child better. Just listening to children can be an act of care and respect for them.

I try to keep my work aside when my son speaks to me so that he does not feel neglected. This I learned recently as one day my elder son complained to me that I am always busy with my work and do not listen to him. So, I am working on it and trying to improve this habit. If a child feels neglected more often, he/she might not come forward to share his/her feelings in future, and this is not good for the overall development of the child.

It is important for our children to know that we are here for them and would listen to all their talks be it useless or useful. This will help in building a trust between the child and the parent. Next time, when you child comes to you to talk, leave all things aside, look towards him/her, make an eye contact, and listen attentively with a loving gesture.

Listen to your partner. Some marriages are not that strong because the spouses do not listen to each other. Listening to others is a key to any successful relationship. We need to listen to our partner, if we want a healthy and long term relationship. Listening properly can sort out many day to day problems between couples. Positive body language and caring attitude during listening helps to show how much you care about that person.

Listen to your parents. Now that our parents are getting old, it does not mean that we do not need to listen to them. Elderly people need more attention and care as children do. It is our duty to take some time out of our busy schedule and talk to our parents. If you live with your parents, sit with them everyday for at least an hour, start a conversation, know their views, and start working on it. If you stay away from your parents, call them everyday, know about what is happening in their lives, what are their needs, what is going in their minds, etc. This small gesture will fill their heart with more love and respect for you. Trust me, your parents are and will always be your true well wisher for life.

Listen to you friends. In person or on phone, talk to your friends, and listen to them. You do not know who needed a conversation so badly. If we are depressed or stressed we look for someone who can listen to us without judging us. Friends come to rescue at this time. Call your friend who listens to you. If your friend calls you, talk to him/her, listen carefully, and give some suggestions if needed.

What are the Rewards of a Good Listening?

Do you know that a good listening can be rewarding too? Yes, it is.

Good listening is not just about hearing, it is way more bigger than that. A good listening is rewarding too. How do you feel when someone listens to you properly? Don’t you like talking to that person again? Don’t you feel like sharing your thoughts again? Yes, we do. Good listening develops trust and good relationship between two people.

Conclusion:

So, what is the take home message from this post? Here’s the nutshell. Once we stop judging the other person during a conversation, we build a caring, and trustworthy relationship with that person. The person feels respected and opens up more and shares his/her heart out. This helps to show love, respect and care to not only your loved ones but also many other people in need.

Do not just hear but listen.

Do not just listen but understand.

Be a better version of yourself, be a good listener.

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Thank you for your attentive reading.

SATURDAY SIX WORD STORY PROMPT #3 (August 3, 2020)

Hello All,

Being encouraged by wonderful comments of yours on my first attempt of “Saturday Six Word Story Prompt”, I am here again with my second attempt. “Saturday Six Word Story Prompt” is hosted my Shweta Suresh at My Random Ramblings. You can know more about this story prompt here.

Prompt for Week #49 (Aug 1, 2020 – Aug 7, 2020)

Rain

My six word stories are as follows:

1. Rain is the gift of Nature.

2. Earth feels lively when it rains.

3. Nature at best when it rains.

4. Uncontrolled rain is a bane too.

5. Stay at home, enjoy the rain.

6. Rain, clouds, thunders are peacock’s love.

7. Rain is a type of precipitation.

8. Harvest rain water for later use.

9. Listen to the rain, its soothing.

10. Listening to rain drops is relaxing.

11. Nature regrows when the rain falls.

12. Rain might lead to a rainbow.

13. It rained, children played, birds bathed.

This was my take on the word “rain“. Which one you liked the best? What is your six word story with “rain“? Please do share in the comment section below.

FRIENDS

This post is dedicated to all my friends who have helped me in my journey of life and still are standing by me. I am blessed to have a few close friends on whom I can rely blindly. I am thankful to my friends and wish them all a Happy Friendship Day.

True friends are like blessings in today’s world. You love your friend and your friends love you back. True friends do not betray. A friend accepts you the way you are. A friend likes you the way you are and never tries to change anything about you.

Love is when two people know everything about each other and are still friends.

Mark Twain

You can fight with, you can argue with, still, you love that person and can do anything for that person. Such a person is a friend.

True friends help each other, stand by each other, care for each other, love each other, understand each other, and do every possible thing for each other.

If you have a true friend never lose him/her. True friends share everything with each other. True friends understand each other better than anybody else.

A friend is someone who listens to all your silly talks, useless opinions, unnecessary suggestions, still, never get bored. You can be stupid in front of your friend. A friend never judges you. A friend is always loyal to you.

I have few friends with whom I share everything, almost everything. I love talking to them when I am very happy and even when I am too low. Whenever I need my friends I find them. I know they are always with me and they will listen to me when I will call them.

Time spent with my friends are too close to my heart. School days, college days, and hostel life become memorable when you have good friends.

Thanks to the social media that has connected long-distance people and you can locate a friend easily. But true friends are beyond social media. True friends stay close through phone calls, emails, messages and are independent of social media.

I will not name my friends in this blog post but they will know whom I am referring to. I don’t have many friends, not talking about Facebook friends but only about my special friends. I can count my friends on my fingers. I still have friends from my school days, college days, and when I was doing my Ph.D. Each of these friends of mine is not just friends, they are now family to me.

I always had friends who supported me. I cannot name them but they know who they are. When I was in school, when I was in college, in the hostel, and during my Ph.D., I always had the support from my friends. My friends never misguide me, always listen to me and give my correct advice. They never force me to adhere to their words and allow me to be who I am.

With friends, you have the freedom to talk about anything and almost everything. Topics are endless to talk upon when you have a good friend. Due to change in the time zone, I couldn’t talk frequently with my friends these days but I know they understand me. I can talk with my friends for hours without getting bored.

For friendship, understanding is very important. You can’t be friends with people who don’t understand you. You need to understand each other. Your likings may not match, opinions may vary but still, you understand each other.

To my friends who are reading this post, this is especially for you all. Thank you for everything. Where ever you are, stay blessed, and stay happy. I know we are busy in our lives, but it doesn’t mean we don’t care for each other. We stay in each other’s hearts. We might not call sometimes, we might not message sometimes but we still are friends. We are friends from hearts. We are friends forever.

This is the only relationship that we make ourselves. We choose who can be our friends and who can’t. So be wise while choosing a friend and be friends for a lifetime.

Do not forget to wish your friends a happy friendship day. Call them or drop a message. Make them feel special today. Lastly, make a bond that lasts forever.

Happy Friendship Day to all My Friends. Have a happy and blessed life.

A Happy New Month: August 2020

Hello All My Wonderful Readers,

Here comes a new month, August 2020. July 2020 is a history now and August is here with all new surprises for us in store.

We don’t know, how this month is going to be yet we can plan it so that we can utilize our time well. As I said, July 2020 is a history now, we should always learn from our past. So, I thought it is always a wise decision to look back, see our journey, and learn from our mistakes.

A Quick Peep Into July 2020

In totality, July 2020 was not as pathetic as June 2020. June 2020 was really horrible if speaking on personal level. If I consider my one month journey as a blogger, July 2020 was a well spent month with 33 posts and 3080 views, which is my highest views in a month till date.

In this month, I concentrated on my blog more than I ever did, posted my blog posts on Twitter and currently have 146 followers there. I feel it is a big achievement as this was just a result of one month dedication.

I also ready few books this month and opened my Goodreads account. I was surprised to find that I have already read 12 books this year.

I also challenged myself in writing by accepting various writing prompts like Saturday Six Word Story, Three Things Challenge, and WWW Wednesday. Though, I wasn’t consistent in these challenges but tried my level best. Click on them to know more and participate in the activity.

On personal level, the whole month was spent at home with family (thanks to COVID-19). I never had such a boring summer vacation ever in my lifetime. Kids stuck at home, they feel so bored and helpless. My husband and I played board games with them like Ludo, Snake and Ladder, Monopoly, and read story books.

Planning For August 2020

I know, it is hard to plan things, yet we do plan, it keeps us motivated. I do not know what is there in the store for me yet I am looking forward with full positivity. I hope, this month will be fruitful in all aspects. Let us keep our fingers crossed.

1. Writing Posts for My Blog: This I always keep as first priority since I started blogging. I, however plan to write and post everyday but sometimes I miss it due other important works that I have. Anyhow, I am still looking forward to put at least 30 posts this month. I have also planned my blog posts for each day so that I know what I am going to write today or the next day. This will help me keep focused throughout the month.

2. Reading Books: I have taken a challenge on Goodreads to read 25 books this year. As I have already finished reading 12 books, I have still 13 books to read. So, I have decided to read 5 books this month and be consistent in posting for WWW Wednesday.

3. Kids and Their Studies: Schools are reopening from 12th August 2020 for new session so this month will be a very busy month. The school district here has planned for remote learning for the first 9 weeks. Let me tell you, this remote learning is not easy at all. It is really tough as you have to constantly monitor your child whether he/she is doing his/her work properly or not. New class teacher, new session, and may be new friends, its not that easy for kids too. But, we will try to be focused and complete the given assignment the same day. This helps in having relaxed weekends.

4. Kids and Their Fun Time: It has been 4 months since my kids have gone out and enjoyed their time with other children. I know they can not do this for at least this year. So, I am planning to take my sons with me for a walk in the evening for at least half an hour so that they can feel relaxed after their studies are over. Spending time in Nature, in the Sun and outside air important for children but this Pandemic has changed our lives drastically. In the evening or after 9:00 PM at night usually there are less people walking and roaming in my society, so this time would be perfect for my kids to ride a bike or just walk.

Since schools are reopening this month after session break, I am looking forward to having a scheduled life. Sleeping and waking up will be on time, and this on the whole will manage everything else. My sons will have their classes from 7:45 AM only so we have to wake up early. Once you wake up early, all works are managed so well.

I am still hoping that this month will be a better month full of positivity and hard work. I hope as a blogger I will grow more this month. I haven’t listed coloring and doodling for this month because I know I will not get time to color or doodle this month as kids will be having their remote learning.

Do you like planning? Have you planned this month? Do you plan your blog posts? What has been your experience with planning so far? Do let me know in the comment section.

I wish you all a very happy August 2020. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy

Namrata

Not So Lovely Love Story

There was a boy and a girl, who met each other for marriage proposal. Both were from different cities and met in a different city. They did not meet alone, but their parents brought them together. This is how arrange marriages in India take place. Hold on, they have just met for the first time.

Let us name the boy as Rahul and the girl as Reena. So, when asked whether Rahul and Reena liked each other on their first meet, they both said “yes”. That means they liked each other. Families further talked about fixing dates for their marriage.

So, till now, the story looks pretty simple and cute. Let us see what happens next. The numbers were exchanged and Rahul and Reena started conversing on phone. Isn’t it normal these day? And good too, because by talking they would know each other better. Their parents were super excited and fixed a date for the marriage.

Their marriage was scheduled almost after a year. The couple was ready to enjoy their courtship. Seriously speaking, the period between engagement and marriage is the best phase of life. Both were happy and satisfied with each other. Days and months passed by and the bond between them grew stronger. They talked on phone for hours, shared pictures, and messages.

Marriage date came closer. In Hindu marriage ceremonies, there are many rituals that are performed before the actual marriage where the bride’s family comes to meet the groom’s family for Tilak ceremony. This ceremony is very special and takes place on a grand scale. So, at both the ends, the families were preparing for Tilak and Marriage functions. The groom got all his dresses stitched for the big day.

In the meantime, just before 2 days of the Tilak ceremony, Reena calls Rahul to do his shopping from her city. Excited Rahul agrees to meet Reena in a hotel. When he arrived in the hotel room, he was shocked, and angry to find Reena sitting with another guy. He asked Reena about the new guy. She informed that this guy was her boyfriend. Rahul was shocked to hear this because everything between them was normal till date and he truly loved Reena,

Reena told him that she is madly in love with this guy and cannot leave him. Her family was not ready for their marriage so she was going to marry Rahul under pressure. She also told him, if he can by nay means take all blames on himself and call off the marriage, it would be a great help for her and that guy.

Since Rahul was not guilty, he refused to agree on this. Reena and that guy forcefully snatched Rahul’s phone and kept him under captivity for three long days.

Now, let see what was happening at their homes. Rahul’s parents and relatives started looking for him as Tilak ceremony was on the next day. There was chaos all over. The groom was missing and the whole house was full of relatives. Nobody had any clue as to what was happening.

At Reena’s house, she was back home and pretended to be normal. She informed her mother that Rahul’s cell phone was off and she wasn’t able to know where he was. So, her mother called Rahul’s mother to know what was happening there. Rahul’s parent informed Reena’s parent that the groom was missing since two days and they need to call off the wedding.

Reena’s parents blamed Rahul for being flicker minded and a fraud and called off the marriage. Rahul’s parents couldn’t say anything and were worried about their son.

Rahul came back home after three days. Their parents were relaxed and happy to see him. Rahul looked normal to them so they did not ask any questions to him. Next day, Rahul informed everything as to how Reena cheat him. He told his parents that Reena was a fraud and in love with another guy. Everyone was shocked to hear this but at the and they were relaxed to have Rahul back home.

Present Scenario: Rahul is happily married to Shalu and a father of a cute daughter. I don’t have any update about Reena.

Moral of the Story: Not always a guy is wrong and a girl is right. Anyone can be trapped and harmed both mentally and physically. Every story is different and every individual is different. It is high time we stop being judgmental.

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Note: This is a real story and the names are changed to maintain the privacy.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello All,

Yippeee!! again an award nomination. I am so glad to share with all of you that I have been again nominated for “Sunshine Blogger Award”. This award is special to me because my first blogger award was also “Sunshine Blogger Award”.

Here are the Rules of the award:

• Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
• Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
• Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
• Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
• List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.


Not just because it is the rule no. 1 to thank the person who nominated me for this award, but I sincerely want to thank Ranjini Madhavan for this nomination. I am glad, I found her on WordPress, visited her blog and followed her. We are not just fellow bloggers now, we have turned into friends who share their feelings through commenting on each others blog posts.

I am also happy to share her blog with you all, https://httpranjustraveldiaries.travel.blog/. Her blog is special. Her blog is full of detailed explanation of her temple visits all across India. When I say her blog is special, I truly mean it because what she delivers through her blog, I don’t do and I haven’t seen many of us doing. She is trying to keep the heritage and Indian culture alive in her small way, indeed through her blog posts. Please do visit her blog for more details and you will know that I was not exaggerating.

Questions and Answers

Why do you blog?
I blog because I like sharing my opinion and thoughts with others. I have always been outspoken and shy at the same time. By this I mean that, when I am close to someone I share almost every thing with her or him and if I don’t know you, I am just a stranger to you. When it comes to sharing my thoughts, I have my opinions on various things and I like to share them with others. So, blogging didn’t come to me by chance, but I planned it, and researched about it. Thus, here I am.

What makes a book good?
A good book is a book that has amazing and thoughtful content in it that is well written and well explained. If it is a non-fiction book like an educational book, it should be error free and explanatory. It should have all the information regarding that subject appropriate for that level. If the book is a fiction book, then it should have a strong story line and it should be interesting to the reader.

Whatever your blog is about, when and why did you get interested in that topic?
When I started to blog, my main motto was to educate people into biological science because I thought that this was what I can write about and it is what I am good at. Then after blogging for few months, I tried writing in different genre and found that I can write my thoughts well too. So, I started writing on inspirational messages and motivation. I also have a bad habit of exploring too many things at a time so you will find some posts on coloring, doodling, zentangles, etc too. I also read books and recently completed 12th book this year, so I also review books in my blog.

If you had to choose one of the blog posts you’re nominating that is your single favorite.
It’s really hard to do this, but since you are asking I would like to list one: What is a Home? What is a house? This is my all time favorite blog post and close to my heart.

What “genre(s)” of your niche do you like best? For example, for a cooking blog — desserts, meat, soups, etc. or for a writing blog (this one’s kind of obvious) — fantasy, short stories, horror, poetry, etc.
Since, I don’t do niche blogging, I am free to choose any genre and that is what I like the best about blogging. So, I can’t choose one genre, I like to write about many things. I am comfortable in writing about biological science because that is my career and my passion but I also like to write about me personal thoughts and hobbies that might interest and inspire others.

Where do you get inspiration for your hobbies/interests/talents?
These day WordPress is my only source of inspiration. My interest in reading other bloggers post has increased a lot and I like reading blog posts and commenting. As far as hobbies are concerned, I have too many of them. I have a zeal to learn many things and explore many things. I feel one life is not enough to learn every thing.

Besides whatever your blog is about, what is your hobby/interest/talent?
Besides blogging, I like to read books (English and Hindi), playing Farmville, and eating my husband’s head (joking!!). What interests me, is everything on my blog. I am what my blog is.

Which of your posts has been the most popular? Reflect on this… why, do you think? Do you agree, or are you annoyed by it? Is it really your best work or is it just what seems like would appeal to readers (in your opinion)?
I never took so close look on any particular post of mine so I won’t be able to answer this. Why any blog post reaches popularity is not always related to whether the post was interesting, well written or not. I think the popularity to blog post is due to how many people reached to that post. I may be wrong though, I don’t know.

What motivates you in life? (This is a broad question – answer however you interpret it)
I generally get motivated by someone’s journey through life. It can be anyone. My parents, my friends, my in laws, my husband all motivate me at some point or the other in my life. I feel I am not what I am alone, I am what my parents and my family helped me to be. I owe my life to them.

Is this the first time you’ve gotten one of these awards?
No, this is not the first blogger award that I got but this is certainly the second Sunshine Blogger Award that I received.

Do you ever feel nervous before publishing a blog post?
Yes, I do. I have also experienced that the more nervous I am the more positive response I get from you all.

My nominees for This Award are

As in my previous nominations for blogger awards I experienced that many bloggers do not turn up for the awards (which is absolutely fine) and all my efforts in getting their links and pasting in my post get wasted so I have stopped nominating anyone for Blogger Awards now. Those who seriously want to answer such amazing questions please do comment in below, I will nominate them all.

For my nominations, the questions will remain the same.

Thank you so much for hanging up with me for so long. I will meet you all lovely people in my next blog post. Till then, stay safe and live well.

Namrata

Motivational Monday

How about starting your week with motivating and inspiring quote? Isn’t it a great idea?

Monday generally tends to be boring as we have to go back to our schedule. While for some Monday is really exciting. It all depends on how we see things. Since the week begins with Monday we usually want to begin the week with positivity and determination.

Motivational quotes help a lot in bringing out the best of us. Don’t you agree on this? So, today I am going to share a very interesting and motivating quote that I just found. I couldn’t think twice before choosing it for today’s post.

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.

An English Proverb

If you are aware of the life cycle of a butterfly 🦋 then you must understand the impact of the proverb. Anyways, let me explain you. Butterfly has a very interesting life cycle.

Life cycle of a Butterfly:

Egg is the first step of the life cycle of a butterfly that hatches into a larvae known as a caterpillar. Caterpillar is super hungry and keeps feeding on various thing to just grow and become fat. Once it’s all grown up, it attaches to a leaf and curls up to form a cocoon into which the pupa resides. After sometime the cocoon opens up and a beautiful butterfly comes out of the cocoon.

We see that each and every step starting from the egg to the butterfly, is very important in the life cycle of the butterfly. None of the steps can be missed and play their important role in the formation of the butterfly.

If you see with curiosity, you will find that the larval stage of the butterfly when it was a caterpillar was the adverse phase of its life when it had to continuous look for food and keep eating and growing. In the pupal stage, inside the cocoon, the pupa rests. This is the most relaxing days in the life of a butterfly. In this stage only the transformation of a pupa into a butterfly takes place. Such changes in biology is called metamorphosis.

There is a very nice video on the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. It is called “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. I came across this animated film when my 5 years old son got this video as a lesson to be done during remote learning. The link of the video is here. If you have children at home, please show them this video. They will never forget the life cycle of a butterfly.

What the Proverb Tells Us?

This proverb tries to tell us that you never know when the good days will come. You might think that this is the end of the life and then it completely turns around to be the best days if your life.

Never lose hope. You never know when are your prayers accepted. You never know when will the ugly days are going to convert into beautiful days. Just like the creepy caterpillar converted into a gorgeous butterfly that can fly. A caterpillar never knows that it will convert into a butterfly when the right time will come. It never knows that it will have wings and would be able to fly high up in the sky. Similarly we aren’t aware of the future. We don’t know what is going to happen with us in the future. Thus we should just use our present to make a beautiful tomorrow.

Perseverance is important. When we have bad days, we often end up losing hope and we start complaining and blaming. On the other hand, in bad days when things aren’t in our favor, we shouldn’t give up. We should still have the hope that everything will turn for good. We should use that time to help us grow strong.

Change is for Good. We should always remember that change is the only constant in nature. In case of the conversion of a caterpillar to a butterfly, the change happened for the betterment of the caterpillar. We should also have trust in the change.

Leave the comfort zone. Hadn’t a pupa came out of its comfortable cocoon it would have never turned into a butterfly. Who doesn’t want to live and work in their comfort zone? Think, what happens when we leave our comfort zone. Transformation occurs. Once we leave our comfort zone and try to do something else with full confidence and hard work, transformation occurs within us. The sleepy and relaxing pupa within us metamorphoses into a beautiful butterfly.

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Conclusion:

1. We never know what’s for us in the future.

2. We should have trust in this change.

3. We should trust ourselves even in our hardest and most difficult times.

4. We should be ready to leave our comfort zone and try something new in life.

5. We should never quit, we never know when things change.

Be a caterpillar 🐛 that is ready to transform into a butterfly 🦋.

What are your inputs on this proverb? When have you left your comfort zone to try something new? What do you learn from the caterpillar?

Happy Sunday

Hello All,

Not so special about this day, yet special day since it’s a Sunday. I wish you all a very happy Sunday and a marvellous Monday in advance.

Enjoy your Sunday with your family at home, have yummy food and relax for the day because Monday is standing at the door with plans for the week.

Here is how my Sunday is going to be. My little attempt to make an Acrostic poem out of Sunday. I hope you will like it.

S = Super relaxing

U = Unplanned

N = Not to worry

D = Day celebrated with

A = All family members enjoying

Y = Yummy homemade food

What’s your feelings for this awesome day? What you do on your Sundays? Feel free to share your views. Thank you for your support and encouragement.

Enjoy your day.

Namrata 😊

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