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The Gratitude Habit: How it helps me

The Gratitude Habit: How it helps me

Forming a habit isn’t easy. It takes work. If you’ve ever tried to create and stick to a new routine, you’d know exactly what I mean. That’s why it’s more important than ever to cultivate the gratitude habit: the idea that there are so many things we can and should be grateful for, in our lives.

I’ve been deeply interested in the art of Zen Buddhism for a while now; especially as a writer, after I got my hands on Natalie Goldberg’s ‘Writing Down the Bones’, this increased visibly. It opened up vistas of the writing experience I’d never tapped before. I learnt to fall in love with writing for the sake of it, all over again.

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Judge Not Another

Judge Not Another

Acutely awake
I lie on my quilt
Contemplating 

Should I have said something?
She was a stranger
It shouldn’t matter

But why did I feel the hurt
The wrenching, searing pain
That comes from self-pity

The image of her scorn rises before me
The look she gave
Spoke a thousand words

She looked down upon me

On my creased forehead
On my unshaped eyebrows
On my untrimmed locks
On my unironed shirt

Quite quietly, she sized me up
Saying a lot without saying a word

Turning I glanced at my newborn
Sucking his thumb

And I smiled;
Appearances are deceptive

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Word count:100

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This is written in response to 

The prompt this week:

“quite quietly”


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Making it whole

Making it whole

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Tearfully, she looked at the ruins before her. Her heart crumbled under the weight of the pain.

She tried to put the pieces back together, but the effort was too much for her. She looked at the perpetrator who grinned. She howled in anger and helplessness.

Soft footsteps came up behind her. Warm kisses touched her cheek and strong hands lifted her up. She turned and sobbed into the firm shoulder. He gently lowered her,sat and put the broken toy back together.

Incredibly, she felt her heart begin to heal. She even turned and smiled at her little brother.


Word count:100

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This is written in response to Write Tribe’s 100 Words on Saturday 2014-9

The prompt for this Saturday was 

 ‘she felt her heart begin to heal’


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Krishna and Kids

Krishna and Kids


Gy loves Krishna and I mean wholeheartedly so. She adores his stories of mischief, the tales of valour and the majesty of his description. Put it down to her love for mythology and the Little Krishna series that used to air on Nick Jr.

She indulges in a great deal of make-believe play. Usually, she adorns the role of a teacher in the modern setting and occasionally takes the avatar of characters from the Indian stories. Even as I type this, she is enacting a scene from the Mahabharata, where Krishna is attempting to convince Arjuna on the need to fight his own flesh and blood.

I can understand the appeal. As a child, I used to imagine I was Meera, the soulful singer in yearning for her beloved, the Lord himself. I used to admire the way Rukmini spoke about her love for Krishna and used a Tulsi leaf to explain this to Satyabhama. And who doesn’t love the mischievous antics of the butter-thief, who used to steal curds and cream from all the households in the vicinity?

So, it wasn’t too much of a surprise that at a recent birthday party, Gy insisted on this as her preferred tattoo 🙂  Honestly, I have to say that I can’t blame her.

Maybe there’s a Meera in her after all!

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