Blogging for Eternity

***My final inspirational bloggers list.

Tara @ Crimson April has been a continuous support to my blog, and The Tea Cerebration(s) with its two biggest super-vampires the Vampire Bat and the Vampire Owl would love to thank her not just for her comments here, but also for the creative ideas which she has been giving through her blog. I consider her blog as a source and exhibition of wonderful creativity. Still, above them all, it would be for that post-card which she sent and became a source of inspiration to write more and more. As she mentions on her blog, there is a creative energy magnet there 🙂

Moon @ Footloose Forever has been another source of inspiration for me. This place has been my favourite nature blog, and she has come up with some wonderful descriptions of places which has left me with a desire to travel a lot. She also has some amazing photos to support her blog posts. My blog, Movies of Soul has also been inspired from the design of her blog, and she has helped me with quite some insight into buying a domain at WordPress and related stuff. I hope to continue receiving the same inspiration 🙂

Purba @ Reverie of Purba has been a constant inspiration for me with her comments, and I have bought and read her book, The Hidden Letters from Amazon; and despite it not being my genre at all, liked it and the characters in it were very interesting. She has also written another book, Walking in the Streets of Love and Destiny; it feels very good to have an author reading your blogs and supporting you, doesn’t it? If you ask me, it surely does. I wish her best of luck for the upcoming works 🙂

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Simran @ My Friendship is one of my newer friends in the blogosphere, and you know that good things often happen late, but it is a thing of joy when they do. I have been reading most of her poems, and loved the one called Lost Peace a lot. I have read a good number of her poems and hoping to read a lot more. What surprised me the most was she is a fan of Nazriya Nazim and she has watched a lot of movies/music with Nivin Pauly too – that was more than just surprising; her comment on my Om Shanti Oshana review was a welcome twist 😀

Kokila @ Sunshine n Blue Clouds has been a frequent commenter on my blogs, and is the one who has given me the most comments from Blogspot. I have always wondered how many people will comment on my blog from Blogspot; well, she is the one who does that the most, and has inspired me to comment back on the Blogspot blogs which were not among my priorities as I was stuck with my WordPress community for quite a long time. Along with her wonderful Haiku collection, she also writes awesome book reviews. I hope to continue being inspired from her blog 🙂

Maitreni @ The Style Symphony is the recent winner of the contest “My First Expert” from Godrej and it is amazing victory considering the number of posts and bloggers who were involved in the contest – it was much more than the usual number. The team of her and her mom has provided some of those nice posts at this place. I consider this winning post itself as their best ever My Inexpert Mother; My First Expert Mom! I wish her all the best for her future wins as contests are many and she is writing so well; and also thank her for her frequent visits to my blog.

Deeshani @ Inner Thoughts of a Taciturn made it to my blogger network and vice versa, quite recently. I have loved reading her poetry and among them, I have had special admiration for this poem, Rickshaw Driver. Then, Shades of Glee is another poetic work from her which I have enjoyed a lot. Recently providing me with the Sunshine Award, she has been the inspiration that came late, but was here with some of the best blog posts.

Bindu Movie Reviews by Bindu Cherungath is one movie blogger whom I have been very happy about meeting through the blogging universe. Her Om Shanti Oshana review has been my favourite since then. I have also loved to read her views on many other movies including Ormayundo Ee Mukham, Ivide and Premam. Her review on Iyobinte Pusthakam is something which I completely agree on, and it felt extra good to read the opinion there! This paragraph is to the movie love!

I’m blogging for #YouMakeMeWIN to honour a blogger who has influenced me and deserves to be nominated at WIN15.

***The image used in this blog post is also taken from the WIN15 activity from BlogAdda. #YouMakeMeWIN

TeNy

Bloggers and Friends

I have written about a number of bloggers who have been very helpful and have managed to be a lot inspirational during my time in the blogging world. Actually, I have only shared three names with my previous three posts, and I have a lot more of them to talk about. So, I will share five other names and their blogs here, and then I will be left with one more post to write about the rest of my blogger friends. I am actually working on another big list, but now I am sharing something about five people who have inspired me.

#1. I managed to find Raja Reviews and its owner Raja Saravanan at a time when I was wandering around the blogging world aimlessly, or rather it was me and Movies of the Soul which was found. Among the first few friends from the blogging community, he has been a big technical help for my blogging situation, and continues to be so. Buying a domain for Movies of the Soul actually meant about an hour of talk on the phone. He has introduced me to his new place for movie lovers, Flixpack, which you might want to have a look at.

#2. Anoop is another person for whom I need to share some space here. Tranquil Yet Alive is another one of those blogs which go quite some way back in my blogging timeline. He is also my favourite Kerala traveler and I hope to accompany him on a trip. He is the second most frequent commenter on this blog as well as Movies of the Soul. He has been here, and also there, most of the time being the first one to comment on a post. His comments have been a frequent inspiration for me to write more, and the Vampire Bat and the Vampire Owl have acknowledged the same.

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#3. A Few Handpicked Things in Life from Ranjini is the closest available blog to any of my blogs. That would be a total of 23.9km as the distance between the locations of the blogs, and those two towns of Kerala. I have taken some extra interest for Game of Thrones from her, and did manage to watch all the five episodes; that inspiration also worked very well and I have accepted her GoT guidance. I am particularly interested in her new 100 Happy Days writings, and she is also the one with the fifth most comments on this blog and the sixth on Movies of the Soul.

#4. Shweta and her blog Sunshine and Zephyr have been another strong source of inspiration for me. I have loved to read her posts about Iceland more than the rest, and there were a number of quote-related posts which have recently caught my attention, through which she has shared quotes from her upcoming novel – she has also been there at my blog with comments, the earliest going back to the time when I had just started writing here. She has also left me with the Sunshine Award just recently as you might have noticed earlier.

#5. Harsha might be the first Indian blogger to have visited and commented on my blog regularly. All Resource Updates might be the first Indian blog which I had followed, and it started at a time when I did nothing at any place which boosted my blogging and had almost no contact with other Indian bloggers. He let me know that I really need to get my blog accepted at these websites to make things work better. Even though he has been less active on his blog for some time, he has been more active as of now.

The list is incomplete as expected; there are many names which I would love to add, and more of them to come in the final post of this series. There are many bloggers from outside India too, but this activity is limited to Indian bloggers, and so I have kept this blog post in this way. I take this opportunity to appreciate the help and motivation which have been provided by these five bloggers. Thank you all for the support, and #YouMakeMeWIN!

I’m blogging for #YouMakeMeWIN to honour a blogger who has influenced me and deserves to be nominated at WIN15.

***The image used in this blog post is also taken from the WIN15 activity from BlogAdda. #YouMakeMeWIN

TeNy

A Second Sunshine

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Shweta has recommended me for The Sunshine Blogger Award @ http://www.sunshineandzephyr.com/2015/07/and-the-sunshine-award-goes-to

This is my second award of the kind – an award which I am not that familiar with, and I am glad to receive this at the moment. Thanks Shweta 🙂

 

Now for the rules

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you.
  • Nominate some other bloggers for this award.
  • Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
  • Notify the bloggers you have nominated.

My nominees

Shoma (http://shomaabhyankar.wordpress.com)
Yogita (http://www.letuspublish.com)
Tara (http://crimsonapril.com)
Gowthama (http://creatikaa.blogspot.in)
Roohi (http://www.roohibhatnagar.com)

As there are no questions for me, I would like to keep the number of questions same 🙂

I don’t usually publish the money spent, because my relatives will instantly consider it a squander of money. I would still like to share my movie watching statistics at the theatres for the last two years as the “sun shines” 😀

2013Total: 103; Cost: 10234 @99.36 per movie
English: 44; Malayalam: 43; Hindi: 12; Tamil: 4.
Most movies @ PVR Cinemas (27); Cinemax (15).

2014Total: 89; Cost: 7705 @ 86.57 per movie
English: 44; Malayalam: 32; Hindi: 10; Tamil: 3.
Most movies @ PVR Cinemas (33); Carnival Cinemas (14).

2015*Total: 32; Cost: 2995 @ 93.59 per movie
English: 16; Malayalam: 11; Hindi: 3 Tamil: 2.
Most movies @ Aashirvad Cinemas (8); Carnival Cinemas (5).
*As of 3rd July, 2015.

Congrats to all 🙂

When the Sun Shines

 

I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Deeshani 🙂 @ http://www.deeshani.in/2015/07/sunshine-blogger-award.html
Thanks to her for the same 🙂 As a part of the award nomination, I will be answering a few questions.

1.Tell me about your proudest achievement.
Winning the pass for the India Today Conclave with this blog post, The Vision of a Lost Bat.
2.How much time do you spend blogging?
An average would be about four to five hours a day.
3.Do you believe in destiny. Why/why not?
I believe in fate, related to all negative happenings.
4.How do you evaluate success?
That should be by satisfaction.
5.Have you been an inspiration to someone?
I don’t believe that anyone thinks so.
6.What is the most difficult part of the writing process, according to you?
The beginning and the end.
7.Tell me about one interesting and one frustrating thing about blogging.
It is what the “normal non-blogging people” talk about it; both positive and negative.
8.What’s the best thing a blogger can give to his readers?

Content right from the heart.

I am nominating a few other bloggers for the same 🙂
Anoop (http://anooppillaiz.wordpress.com)
Geethu (http://chococurrent.wordpress.com)
Zainab (http://zainabattari.wordpress.com)
Ranjini (http://rangelz.wordpress.com)
Fathima (http://mutafariqkhayalat.com)

Rules
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you.
  • Nominate some other bloggers for this award.
  • Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
  • Notify the bloggers you have nominated
Questions to nominees
1.Tell me about your favourite movie.
2.How much time do you spend at other blogs?
3.Do you believe in life after death?
4.Which is your favourite food item?
5.Which are your favourite mobile and laptop brands?
6.Between cricket and football, what would you choose?
7.What was the best thing you purchased online?
8.Will you watch Terminator Genisys this weekend?
Congratulations to all 🙂

Celebrating Inspiration V3.0

I have blogged much more this year, and about seventy percent of the posts on this blog were written and posted this year, that too with half an year still to go. In the 179 days which have passed so far, I have did more than 180 posts. I have only recently got to 250 posts, and a lot of it has come in the last six months or so. From December 10 last year, I had decided to speed up things, and I have made sure that there is no day without a blog post or two.

I was tired with all these by April. March had something special for me with winning the BlogAdda contest “The World Remade” for the India Today Conclave at Delhi. March twelfth, my birthday was spent in three cities, Cochin, Mumbai and Delhi, and the month was a great one. But it came back down in April, and things came down further with nothing happening with my life expect for eating and sleeping. The energy for blogging was slowly disappearing.

The credit for bringing the inspiration back goes to Archana, who blogs at Drishti: The Gaze with her husband Desh, and has provided some of the most interesting ideas on a wide variety of topics. I haven’t seen a better blog with a husband and wife writing together, ever. There is a lot to learn from the blog, and the way in which it goes on with its ideas inspiring and spreading knowledge is worth the applause. She has been on my IB list of bloggers for more time, but we have been friends on Facebook from April.

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A lot of people whom I know are not aware of how much I blog and there are people around me who think it is a waste of time. Well, sometimes I think that it is very clear for them that I am wasting my time not just in life, but also with the blogs, as someone has brought to my attention during my recent visit to my ancestral home. The advice is always to stop doing the blogging and do anything else. So, the need for inspiration only increases day by day. It is where Archana has been helpful in the last few months.

What Archana and Desh have been writing about at their blog has been very much thought-provoking, and when it is not doing that job, it is inspiring the other bloggers to write more and more. I have been going a little bit lazy about blogging for some time, especially because at one point, I had extra articles left in my computer to post for the next one week or two. Every time when I seem to go towards the end of my collection, I think about not writing, but Drishti and its frequency of posting has been a big inspiration.

Archana has been among the most frequently commenting bloggers on this blog, and in the last two months only, she has become the one with the third most highest comments on my posts. She is also the only person whose blog is not hosted on WordPress to comment with this high frequency. She has also been always there being among the first people to promote my blog in more than one platform. Now, it is some fine support which does motivate a lot to blog more.

She has also been there to clear those blogging doubts. She was also the one to introduce me to Blogmint, and she has told me that it will be very useful to me in my long blogging run. My favourite post from her is a Haiku, titled Beauty and the Beast, and her Haiku and Short Story Collection has been inspiring me to keep writing. The whole vampire team has acknowledged the same. I have also been inspired by the travel related posts from Desh on the Breath-taking Natural Wonders despite traveling so less these days – I rarely see such clarity on blogs 🙂

I’m blogging for #YouMakeMeWIN to honour a blogger who has influenced me and deserves to be nominated at WIN15.

***The image used in this blog post is also taken from the WIN15 activity from BlogAdda. #YouMakeMeWIN

TeNy

Tribute to Haiku Queen

I have known only a few people during my early days of WordPress blogging, and even on the day of the third anniversary of Travel Diaries and the first of Movies of the Soul, I had only two as friends. For most of my blogging time, I have had only two people on my friends list in the social networking sites, and the second blogger to be my friends list was Maniparna. I have been reading her posts since early 2014, during those days when she had another theme and a pet blog dog called Gulgul 😀

I have been thinking about getting a pet for a long time, and then I noticed the blog pet – it caught my attention first; then everything else; not many people got a blog pet, and I have seen nobody else with one. That was my strange reason at that time, but there has been a long list of book reviews and haiku which I continued to read as her Scattered Thoughts went on to become one of the very first blogs which I read consistently.

Along with those writing skills, there is also something about her photography that you need to look out for. Even though I have never really tried to write haiku or book reviews with the inspiration from her blog, I have always been inspired by her fiction, and more than that, her supportive comments on my two blogs, Movies of the Soul and The Tea Cerebration(s) . She has more than one hundred and fifty comments on my blog, more than anybody else.

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She has commented more than one hundred times on this blog alone, more than double of those who comes second and third, and she has done that so consistently – now that is inspiration to come up with more and more posts. She was also helpful in helping my early doubts with the blogging sites. I have been a very doubtful person in the earlier blogging days, especially when related to BlogAdda and IndiBlogger.

She was also the first one to follow me on Twitter and also the one before everybody else to favourite on of my tweets. Yes, Twitter came very late for me, and my social networking idea was limited to Facebook and Orkut earlier – so needed some help with making an entrance into the world of tweeting. We have also been the runners-up of the Godrej Aer Pan India Blogging Contest, and that was the first contest which I had ever had won any prize for.

She has a long list of contest wins and runner-up trophies as you can see on her blog. For people like me who have a slow internet, her blog is also one of the fastest to load. Her work has inspired me for the last one year and a few months; she deserves to be nominated at WIN 15 and I don’t really need to hope that she nominates her blog in any of those categories there because I know that she already did that and also got her badge 😀 Here is one my favourite Haiku works at her place.

Uncle Dracula has said a quote about immortality which I shall not bring to anybody’s attention. Still, a few things are forever, and even though I shall attribute immortality more to the Team Vampire, there is nothing like a Haiku on a beautiful monsoon day with rain drops creating poetry. Long Live the Haiku Queen! Here is a tribute to the inspirational blogger, and Queen of Haiku! #YouMakeMeWIN

I’m blogging for #YouMakeMeWIN to honour a blogger who has influenced me and deserves to be nominated at WIN15.

*The Vampire Bat and the Vampire Owl sends their regards 😀

***The image used in this blog post is also taken from the WIN15 activity from BlogAdda.

TeNy

Her Wings of Inspiration

I haven’t been talking blogging very seriously when I started my first blog on WordPress, The Travel Diaries as the blog on fiction, The Divine Epic came much later. I just posted something about any random journey of mine and logged out, not bothering to think further about what I had written and on who all were reading the posts. The procedure continued for quite a long time with no change at all. I wrote, I posted and I got out of WordPress, but things had to change.

My most read blog, Movies of the Soul had mostly readers from outside India, and there was almost nobody from my home country reading my posts. Most of the visitors were from the United States and there were a fine number of readers from the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. As Jesus said, “no prophet is welcome in his hometown”, and that much I found as I searched for explanations to why I have so many less readers from India. Well, I reviewed Hollywood movies more than the Indian flicks, and that should have been the answer.

It was during my time of not knowing anyone from the blogging world that I came across Namrata and her blog, A Lexical Tapestry. I hadn’t been adding people from the blogging world before that, surely not to my Facebook, and she happened to be the first person from this blogging era to add me on the social media. So she became like the only person I personally knew in WordPress, BlogAdda and IndiBlogger combined. She also came with a Liebster nomination for me with her first message.

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I have been reading her posts for more than an year now, and even though I was slightly disappointed that she shifted to Blogspot from WordPress, I later felt that it was another opportunity to go through another blogging platform. Her determination and variety in writing was an inspiration for me at that time. Even though I have loved to read almost everything that she posted, I remember her post about Sir Boast-A-Lot more than the rest.

There she goes back to her favourite program, Sherlock, and explains what she calls “evil beauty” (The Vampire Bat likes that a lot). She explains the same in fewer words, but you have to love it when a post against the deadly sin called vanity works so well. Another one I remember more than the others is her poem about Ganges, and a comparison there to the imagery of a woman’s life. Then there are the points that she raises about God and His relation to man has a lot of beauty associated to it!

Yes, blogging has been more of a platform to express myself, but it has also been a place to know others, and relate to those who think alike. I have found better people in the blogging world than I have found throughout my life, and this is no exaggeration. Seriously talking more about it, there is almost nobody whom I can relate with, in my neighbourhood. People still ask about the point of blogging. During this age, Namrata happened to be that blogger who became my first inspiration. I have always enjoyed going through her ideas and having long discussions about the same. She supported me a lot during my early stages of blogging.

With her blog posts, Namrata has always inspired me to write more, even up-to the extent that I now post one write-up per day on WordPress, and also to keep trying to bring more variety into my writings. She hasn’t been writing much nowadays, and claims that she is going through a writer’s block these days – so I ask my first friend from the blogging world, my favourite engineer and the first one to comment on my personal blog The Tea Cerebration(s), to nominate her blog in any of the categories at WIN 15, and along with he same, make that grand return to continuous blogging 🙂 #YouMakeMeWIN

I’m blogging for #YouMakeMeWIN to honour a blogger who has influenced me and deserves to be nominated at WIN15.

***The image used in this blog post is also taken from the WIN15 activity from BlogAdda.

TeNy

Liebster: Extra Soul Food

I am really glad to be presented with Liebster award for The Tea Cerebration(s). It is Gowthama Rajavelu @http://creatikaa.blogspot.com who has provided me with this wonderful award. He also blogs at http://snapometer.blogspot.in which you need to visit 😉

I accept this Liebster Award (http://creatikaa.blogspot.com/2015/04/liebster-award-acceptance-and.html) and shall nominate my choice of bloggers 🙂

What are 10 random facts about you?

  1. Whenever I search for a job, I feel like it is against all hopes.
  2. I have more doubts about life than it can be imagined by a single person, unless proven wrong.
  3. I do thinking as a part-time absurdist 😀
  4. I love the season of monsoon.
  5. I really need to play Age of Empires multiplayer; so someone should join me 😀
  6. Game of Thrones is my most recent addiction.
  7. I love my new Asus Zenfone.
  8. Simona the kitty is the best kitten that I have ever known.
  9. I wish there was more awesome dosa in the world.
  10. The win for the post The Vision has surely brought some positive opinion on the jobless me outside the blogging world for may be the first time 😀

Where does your blogging inspiration come from?
I write because of whatever comes to my mind from anywhere, at any moment of time.

Is your blogging simply a hobby? What kind of dreams do you have for it?
Yes, it is a lot like a hobby. I hope to do something good with my life and this is the only way in front of me now.

What is your support system like and who are your biggest supporters?
I think that it keeps changing.

What do you enjoy most about blogging?
That relief after writing down what I had to say.

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed with too many tasks at once?
I keep doing them without thinking about anything else.

What would you do with a large sum of money given to you?
I would travel, starting the journey from Romania or Spain.

What was one of the most moving books or movies you have ever read or seen?
Dogville starring Nicole Kidman.

Where would you like to see yourself in the next couple of years?
At Dracula Castle, Romania.

Do you have a bucket list? Name 5 things on that.
Please read the recently posted Bucket List with 5 things.

What is your single best piece of advice for someone starting out in the blogging world?
Forget about everything else and just write.

And here goes my list of Nomination

Sahithya (http://sahisridhar.blogspot.in)

Roohi (http://roohibhatnagar.com)

Abhijit (http://gadgetgarrio.com)

Najm (http://angellicfrenzy.blogspot.in)

Ankita (http://makeachange1.wordpress.com)

Attention Nominees: Here are the instructions:

Nominees, it is your turn to answer the questions and award some blogs if you are willing. Answer the above questions in your own blog post and then nominate some of your favorite blogs. You can either make up a new list of questions for your nominees or just use the same.

TeNy

A Blog Tour Award

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I have been nominated by Prakash Hegade for the Blog Tour Award. This is something different from the rest, and therefore has a special and unique value. Thank you for this nice gift on the week of my birthday!!! 🙂 https://itsphblog.wordpress.com/awards/blog-tour-award

Rules:

1. Pass the tour on up to four other bloggers.
2. Give them the rules and a specific Monday to post.
3. Answer four questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do.
Q1. WHAT I’M I WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT ?
Q2. HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS IN MY GENRE ?
Q3. WHY DO I WRITE OR CREATE WHAT I DO ?
Q4. HOW DOES MY WRITING/CREATIVE PROCESS WORK ?
4. Compose a one-time post on a specific Monday (date given from your nominator).

1. Four Bloggers i would like to pass on:

Maniparna: http://maniparna5002.wordpress.com
Namrata: http://namratakumari.blogspot.in
Ranjini: http://rangelz.wordpress.com
Shibu: http://shibumathewn15.wordpress.com

2. Give them the rules:

Rules are layered out. I would like to propose the dates: 30th March 2015, 6th April 2015 or 13th April 2015 (Feel free to vary here and there)

3. Answer four questions:

Q1. WHAT I’M I WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT ?
I am working on the next episode of story for my fiction blog with two different timelines at http://divineepic.wordpress.com.

Q2.HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS IN MY GENRE ?
We are all different from each other because we are separate entities, and we are bloggers with newer ideas every day!

Q3. WHY DO I WRITE OR CREATE WHAT I DO ?
I write this way because it defines my world, and it is more of a reflection of my thoughts and the incidents of my life. 

Q4. HOW DOES MY WRITING/CREATIVE PROCESS WORK ?
I just think and write. Something always comes up.

4. Compose a one time post:

I was given the date: 16th/23rd March 2015. Here is the post!

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Dealing with Poverty

Poverty has been rising in the world despite all the steps which have been taken, and it is such a disappointment that Uncle Dracula almost decided to resign from the World Vampire Organization secretary post. I would like to take this opportunity to go deeper into the situation, and see how this “particular poverty” has become a major reason for vampires not being able to live in harmony with the humans yet. There has been the rise of intellectual poverty, spiritual poverty, and now the rise of a new one, the “blogger poverty”.

Where to find?: So, a major question remains where to find this blogger poverty? It is found everywhere, and it is so common among the bloggers who can’t really find any fun in blogging, but still exist as bloggers. You can check for the forums related to contests and campaigns where some people just cannot stand the fact that others are doing good. So what all do we know about their poverty? There should be reasons for their disappointment. Here are a few things they could say for justification:

Some people want to shoot everyone down because they didn't win.

Some great people want to shoot everyone else down just because they didn’t win.

I need some online vouchers to buy rice at home: Yes, they should be so poor in real life too. A fair complaint is decent, but some people makes me think that they are in charge of buying necessary things for home with the vouchers that they have to win from contests and campaigns for survival. Yes, these are the people who can’t respond in a reasonable manner, but wanders around the forums making noise. We have all missed chances due to server errors. It is not the end of life.

Winning is integral part of my perfect life: They ask the very significant question about how they can lose. They were born to be winners in this world of lesser mortals. They feel that their post is so awesome as usual, and so they deserve to be winning every single time. They don’t care about the rules or how well the others have written. They are perfect and needs to keep winning until the end of the world. For them, money is the most important thing in this world followed by fame and it is how things work. After all, they are still poor.

I don’t care about anybody else as they all write nonsense: Here is the natural thing from these people: “Somebody won instead of me and I don’t like it. How can someone who is inferior to me win something that I didn’t? I am so awesome, and only I have the skills necessary for winning”. They use “I” so many times that it makes no sense at all. According to them, “I” always have it unfair, and it is my right to win that prize or voucher. They are like zombies asking for brains and are part of an irritating force. They are so poor and may be they need reservation.

Listen to the Vodafone Zoozoos and understand that they make more sense.

Listen to the Vodafone Zoozoos and understand that they make more sense here.

I hate writing, but can do that for money: Yes, they have to work so hard as a blogger, and they find blogging no fun at all – this should be why they keep complaining about the amount of effort they put into writing. Here is the difficulty of being so poor. They simply can’t take the work as a creative activity or say anything good at other blogs. Yes, register the complaint, but why taking to another level and blaming your own creative work or try to consider others “less creative”? I keep what I posted on my blog despite how the reception is, whether there is no positive result or not; a voucher doesn’t define my writing.

Winning or losing is just part of the game. Some people need to accept loss with grace. It can be because of many things, sometimes because of reasons which are not acceptable. Yes, it can bring disappointment, but can’t we all try again? Do all the contests and campaigns stop with one? Stop showing the attitude of a little kid who always wants his or her chocolates and toys. Grow up, register a complaint in a fair manner and raise the voice in the forum like some decent people do, and if you can’t, just leave it. This repeated declaration of “I”, “me” and “myself” is getting irritating. Also please stop making us feel that the world is going to an end due to the same reason.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Facebook Pages of the movie The Last Stand and Vodafone Zoozoos. *I have been part of a number of quiz competitions, and it is a known fact that you can’t win them all. It could be due to the scoring system, time of the programme, the questions asked and the choice of seats, along with the lack of knowledge. There is the tendency to blame those who conduct the programmes, but the truth is that luck (or God’s grace) plays a major role everywhere, and we should learn to appreciate the chance which was given to us for participation.

*I am a nobody. So the great legends of the blogging world needn’t take me seriously 😀 May be this attitude is because I am more of a loser – not deserving to be in the elite class 😉

TeNy

The Versatile Happens

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On this beautiful day, I remember another award and feel very happy to have received The Versatile Blogger Award from Anita (https://icecandy16blog.wordpress.com) 🙂 I write this down while seeing a picture of Roger Federer holding an Indian cricket team t-shirt with the Bleed Blue hashtag – I love that feeling 😀

Thank you Anita for this wonderful award: (https://icecandy16blog.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/my-first-blogging-award).

Rules of the award:

Display the award on your blog.
Thank the person who nominated you.
Share 7 facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 blogs.
Link your nominee’s blogs.

7 facts about myself:

I believe that the Valentine’s Day is becoming more and more fake every year.
I have found the early morning, best time to read and study.
I can’t stand the dubbed versions of English movies on television channels.
I need more hours on a day – may be I should travel to Venus and claim them.
I believe that opinions should be respected and nobody has the right to abuse in return.
I feel that a movie experience is more personal than any other.
I support American Sniper for the Best Movie at the Oscars this year.

The 15 bloggers:
Anna (http://filmgrimoire.wordpress.com)
Natasha (http://allizzwell.net)
Jaideep (http://pebbleinthestillwaters.in)
Shibu (http://shibumathewn15.wordpress.com)
Sandeep (http://www.sandeeppatil.co.in)
Sanjeet (http://sanjeetv.wordpress.com)
Leo (http://leocraven.com)
Courtney (http://cinemaaxis.com)
Dan (http://dtmmr.com)
Indah (http://indahs.wordpress.com)
Susanne (http://susanneleist.wordpress.com)
Danny (https://dannybreslin.wordpress.com)
Bikramjit (http://mannbikram.wordpress.com)
Faith (http://faithsimone.wordpress.com)
Mark (http://mrmarakai.wordpress.com)

Enjoy your blogging… 🙂

TVB: The Grand Award

Aditya Sinha (http://facetsofadienglish.blogspot.in) has nominated me for an award, the third of this kind – Thanks a lot for nominating me for ‘The Versatile Blogger Award’ (http://facetsofadienglish.blogspot.in/2015/02/the-versatile-blogger-award_6.html). This comes from a blogger who is a lot versatile himself. Do check and see the poem he has come up with, on the nomination; he has also made some nice points about blogging 🙂

Now as The Versatile Blogger Award rule says:

  • Display the award on your blog
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 blogs
  • Link your nominee’s blogs and let them know

Seven Facts about me:

1. I have studied in total five schools.
2. I have always hated Mathematics.
3. Physics was my second biggest enemy at school.
4. I feared Chemistry, but it did me no wrong in the end.
5. I have been on a flight which caught fire.
6. Every morning, I hope to get a Flipkart voucher 😀
7. I feel the need for Yorkshire Tea today 😀

The Fifteen  Nominations:

Ulkar (http://moviemovesme.com)
Jackson (http://moviemanjackson.wordpress.com)
Josna (http://josna.wordpress.com)
Samjoth (https://samjothsashidharan.wordpress.com)
Razia (http://noorsrecipes.com/2015/01/03/mooli-paratha)
Heila (http://heilablog.com)
Aneesh (http://gangsofedathua.wordpress.com)
Nishant (http://www.cheontheroad.com)
Fenil (http://www.fenilandbollywood.com)
Himanshu (https://ourindia.wordpress.com)
Ratnakar (https://historyunderyourfeet.wordpress.com)
Rohit (http://www.rohitontheroad.blogspot.in)
Sujata (http://sujatasharmas.blogspot.com)
Reji (http://www.digitaldimensions4u.com)
Ajay (http://ajthedad.blogspot.in)

Thanks and Congratulations…

The Versatile Season

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I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Moon Roy (http://footlooseforever.com/2015/02/04/versatile-blogger-award-it-feels-great-to-be-appreciated/).

Yes, I say again as she has told her readers, that it is a wonderful feeling to be appreciated for the efforts. She has been a good support and an awesome presence on my blog too. Her blog (http://footlooseforever.com/) has always been a place worth visiting for me too. A big thanks to her 🙂

The rules for the award:

  • Display the award on your blog
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 blogs
  • Link your nominee’s blogs

The seven facts about myself:

  1. I have fallen in love with the never-ending running games on Android.
  2. The first city I visited outside Kerala was Kolkata.
  3. The first nation I traveled abroad was Singapore.
  4. I have done zero exercise in the last few months; feels like I never even moved 😀
  5. I am waiting for someone to gift me tea packets just because I can 😀
  6. I haven’t traveled away from home for a distance more than seventy five kilometres for about six months now, and that is a new thing.
  7. Free Simona the Kitty Fact: Simona now spends most of the time hugging human legs 😀

The fifteen blogs I choose:

  1. Anoop (http://anooppillaiz.wordpress.com)
  2. Simon (http://simonsayswatchthis.wordpress.com)
  3. Ananya (http://www.ananyatales.com)
  4. Alok (https://singhalalok.wordpress.com)
  5. Mary (http://marythelittlewriter.wordpress.com)
  6. Najm (http://angellicfrenzy.blogspot.in)
  7. Sreesha (http://petrchorandclouds.blogspot.com)
  8. Shibu (http://shibumathewn15.wordpress.com)
  9. Umashankar (http://uspandey.com)
  10. Raja (http://rajareviews.com)
  11. Rohit (http://rohitthebest.blogspot.com)
  12. Shrinidhi (http://www.enidhi.net)
  13. Mirna (http://mirnamorgan62.wordpress.com)
  14. Christy (http://poeticparfait.com)
  15. Sakshi (http://www.sakshinanda.com)

Enjoy blogging. Thank you!

Being the Versatile One

Thanks to Prakash (http://itsphblog.wordpress.com) for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award, the first of its kind for this blog, The Tea Cerebrations 🙂 It is good to be nominated on the Republic Day 😀 (https://itsphblog.wordpress.com/awards/the-versatile-blogger-award)

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The Rules:

Show the award on your blog.
Thank the person who nominated you.
Share seven facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 blogs.
Link your nominees’ blogs.

Seven facts about me:

1. I have taken the pledge that Dracula is forever 😀
2. I hope to keep blogging till the end of days.
3. I have felt that cats can be better among the best friends.
4. The number of Masala Dosa that I eat has significantly increased 😀
5. My favourite fruit is the Star Fruit (Carambola).
6. I am mostly vegetarian, even as non-veg will be tried if needed.
7. I wish to see an Indian French Open winner.

Here are my nominations for the same:

Ranjini (http://rangelz.wordpress.com)
Hemu (http://hemendraks.wordpress.com)
Rohit (http://rohitthebest.blogspot.com)
Heera (http://thereadingbud.wordpress.com)
Kim (http://klling.wordpress.com)
Aneesh (http://gangsofedathua.wordpress.com)
Shibu (http://shibumathewn15.wordpress.com)
Mirna (http://mirnamorgan62.wordpress.com)
Jay (http://thoughtburps.wordpress.com)
Shabab (http://vbothransh.wordpress.com)
Vandana (http://vanduchoudhary.blogspot.in)
Shweta (http://www.sunshineandzephyr.com)
Lynn (http://backtowalking.wordpress.com)
Christy (http://poeticparfait.com)
Harsha (http://allresourceupdates.wordpress.com)

Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

Inspiration for the Soul

This is my 100th post at Tea Cerebrations, and an interesting fact is that this century was attained on the 200th day of this blog – 100 (200) with one post on every two days : Not bad for a test match hundred, right? 😀

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I have got my hat-trick extended with the Very Inspiring Award here 😀 And thanks to Namrata (http://namratakumari.blogspot.in) this happened so fast 😉 There are certain special facts about her being the inspirational one for my blogs: 1. She has been commenting on all my blogs for a very long time; 2: She was the first one to comment on this blog; 3: She was the first blogger friend to be on my Facebook friends list. So, Namrata the inspirational blogger has provided me with this inspirational award (http://namratakumari.blogspot.in/2015/01/very-inspiring-blog-award.html) which inspires me and makes me feel like an inspirational blogger 😀 Thank you 🙂

Seven things about me:
1. I feel that working for Romanian tourism will be nice, especially concentrating on a castle 😀
2. My favourite among the sweet ones are white chocolate and milk peda.
3. The only vouchers I have ever known are from Flipkart.
4. The only district in Kerala where I have not gone on a trip is Kasargod (have just traveled through).
5. I seem to think more than The Thinker 😉
6. I doubt what is easier in this modern world; me getting a job or finding goodness in people.
7. I strongly believe that Vikram is the greatest actor India has ever produced.

Here are the fifteen blogs:
I wanted to mention my friend late Jean‘s blog here first as it is going to be two years since he left us. He was always an inspiration. (http://photoshealingwords.blogspot.in)
Heera (http://thereadingbud.wordpress.com)
Leena (https://fashionokplease.wordpress.com)
Bikramjit (http://mannbikram.wordpress.com)
Mary (http://marythelittlewriter.wordpress.com)
Shibu (http://shibumathewn15.wordpress.com)
Harsha (http://allresourceupdates.wordpress.com)
Aneesh (http://gangsofedathua.wordpress.com)
Mirna (http://mirnamorgan62.wordpress.com)
Simon (http://simonsayswatchthis.wordpress.com)
Avinash (http://avirandom.com)
Ashley (http://ashleyblancospeaks.com)
Charly (http://charlypriest.wordpress.com)
Ada (http://ada2writes.wordpress.com)
Bhaswati (http://adoniszone.blogspot.com)

Remember, tea is forever; and congratulations 🙂

A Hat-trick in Inspiration

This is the time for The Very Inspiring Award, for the third time for The Tea Cerebrations, and we should be having a lot of tea on the hat-trick occasion in huge cups 😀

Inspiring Blogger Award

I was nominated by Rekha (http://rekhaaa.wordpress.com) this time, and the fact remains that it was me who was more inspired 😉 Thanks to her for making this three in a row, something that usually needs a penalty in the case of football 😀 (http://rekhaaa.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/1338/)

The rules:
1. Display the award logo
2.  Link back to the person who nominated you
3.  State 7 things about yourself
4.  Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

The seven things about me:
1. I believe that I am living in the wrong time period and require a time machine.
2. I don’t feel that the end of the world is a bad thing, because there is equality in death.
3. I support Asterix for the President of Earth 😀
4. I affirm Honda’s superiority in engine 😀
5. I have bad teeth, and even had awesome root canal.
6. My favourite ice cream is of Blackcurrant flavour, followed by Orange and Pineapple.
7. I hope that one day, I will be the old gamer again 😉

The Fifteen nominated: 
1. Dan (http://dtmmr.com)
2. Pallavi (http://palulife.blogspot.sg)
3. Ananya (http://www.ananyatales.com)
4. Sakshi (http://www.sakshinanda.com)
5. Sandhya (https://indfused.wordpress.com)
6. Kokila (http://sunshineandblueclouds.blogspot.in)
7. Prathi (http://prathi-pat.blogspot.com)
8. Ritesh (http://riteshmokasana.wordpress.com)
9. Kamila (http://spicyroad.com)
10. Rohit (http://www.rohitthebest.blogspot.in)
11. Razia (http://noorsrecipes.com)
12. Mohan (http://advocatemmmohanaksharaalu.wordpress.com)
13. Gaurab (http://www.processingcreativity.com)
14. Saru (http://www.sarusinghal.com)
15. Svetlana (http://maverickbird.com)

Have a great year and drink more tea 😀

Inspiration: Episode Two

Shweta Dave (http://www.sunshineandzephyr.com) has nominated this blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. This is the second time for this award and for any award on this blog (http://www.sunshineandzephyr.com/2015/01/happy-new-year-and-very-inspiring-blog-award/). Thank you, Shweta 🙂

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Hoping that this kind of awards are a nice start, I have kept a page separate for the same, which can be accessed from the top bar of the blog 😀 (https://theteacerebration.wordpress.com/blog-awards/). Shweta has some inspiring stuff at her blog too, where I am a regular reader.

The Very inspiring Blogger Award rules:

  • Display the award on your blog

  • Link back to the person who nominated you

  • State 7 things about yourself

  • Nominate 15 bloggers and link to them

Seven things about myself:

1. I support Sanju Samson as the next wicket keeper of the Indian Cricket Team.
2. I wish to visit the four Italian cities Rome, Venice, Florence and Milan as soon as possible 😀
3. The farthest I have traveled is to Glasgow, Scotland.
4. Among the non-Keralite cities to which I have traveled in India, I love Kolkata the most.
5. I don’t like my chances of getting a job.
6. I believe that I am going to get hit by a reckless driver when on road, sooner or later.
7. I have discovered many reasons to be a pessimist 😀

Fifteen blogger friends for this award:

1. Simon (http://simonsayswatchthis.wordpress.com)
2. Ulkar (http://moviemovesme.com)
3. Moon (http://footlooseforever.com)
4. Jatin (http://wanderingjatin.wordpress.com)
5. Lorrie (http://lorriebowden.com)
6. Kalpana (http://www.kalpanaawrites.com)
7. Lynn (http://backtowalking.wordpress.com)
8. Harsha (http://allresourceupdates.wordpress.com)
9. Leyla (http://darkpink.wordpress.com)
10. Risty (http://garasi82.com)
11. Anita (http://icecandy16blog.wordpress.com)
12. Christy (http://poeticparfait.com)
13. Philip (http://pmespeak.com)
14. Nitin (http://greybmusings.wordpress.com)
15. Seema (http://travelholid.wordpress.com)

Have a wonderful year ahead! 🙂

Six and One Quarter Sins

Haven’t we all learned or at least heard about the Seven Deadly Sins? It has been a major part of Christian teaching for a long time, and was also featured in the movie Se7en about which most people should be aware. Here, I would like to think about them as a blogger with the Latin names also added. The first one should be the Blogger Lust/Lechery [fornicatio] – this has been something that is less related to blogging, and I would like to keep it as a low-profile sin which can stay outside the hell in a camp on the banks of Styx, thus leaving to option to drink tea with Charon when he is free. Some of the other sins will also have the elements of this one in detail. So, this is the one half-sin.

Blogger Sloth/Laziness [acedia]: This is actually a lesser sin among the seven, as it doesn’t affect others. But I would say that the laziness associated with blogging is a sad thing. You have started a blog and you have the skill; then when you choose not to write is a disheartening thing. There might be many things that might stop you, including those idiots who will say that your blog is bad and other terrible people who say that you do useless blogging. No, none of the blogs are bad or useless, because it is a personal thing and the first reason behind it is to bring out our thoughts and feelings. Everyone with a blog needs to write, and lets get rid of our laziness. This one is three quarter of a sin.

Hieronymus Bosch's The Seven Deadly Sins

Hieronymus Bosch’s depiction of The Seven Deadly Sins with sides cropped.

Blogger Wrath/Rage [ira]: I am actually surprised that this still exists. Yes, there are some hate comments which come up here and there just because they can’t stand another blogger, and it is not limited to bloggers, but also to those who just comment with their e-mail id. The usual sinners of this kind are the fans of certain movies, bands or celebrities in the case of movie or music review blogs. They can also be the fans of certain politician, sportsperson or religious fundamentalists depending on the type of content you blog on. They have the tendency to be fully brainless in wrath, and being dumb is just routine for them. Beware, this brings the worst in you, and makes you not yourself.

Blogger Gluttony/Selfishness [gluttire]: Even as it is usually used with food, we can relate this more to selfishness. Take your time to help other bloggers, and leave the “I” side behind. Blogging is something that should feature mutual help and understanding. Some people will say that we should only support awesome posts and the rest should be hated. But I would say otherwise, because all people can’t write the same way – I do see a lots of them with grammar mistakes, but if they are trying their best and their idea is good, who are we to judge someone who had lesser chance to learn English? Then there are people who has some of their post not as good as the rest, but that also should have reasons – lets accept that without being egocentric.

The Holy Spirit and the Seven Deadly Sins shown here

The Holy Spirit and the Seven Deadly Sins shown here. Read if you can 😀

Blogger Greed/Avarice [avaritia]: This is something that works on many levels. There is the line which is drawn between the greed and the need, and that line is something that I wouldn’t like to draw myself, because it is something of personal nature. Yes, blogger Greed does exist, and it will only get stronger as time passes. It will be only later that we will come up with the right definition of the same, as the separating line has to be clearer. May be I can update this section later or write another post completely about this one. With the rising number of bloggers who only look for material gains, I am sure that the time will come much earlier than I expect. Plagiarism can come as a result of this greed.

Blogger Envy/Jealousy [invidia]: This envious side has had a powerful existence. I have been blogging for quite a long time on my former blogs which I had the problem of weird commentors who thought that others shouldn’t blog at all. This kind of breed still exists, mostly as a hybrid between envy and the next sin Pride, which has these people hating the achievements of others. I might not win a major prize in any contest sooner or later, but I appreciate those who win, and have seen these people who are envious of the achievements of others and hope they didn’t win, also posting on forums about it – you don’t win contests or get noticed and you start complain about it because of envy. Yes, you feel that it is not your incapability, but someone else’s fault.

Tower of Babel by Pieter Brueghel the Elder - of vanity and pride

Tower of Babel by Pieter Brueghel the Elder – structure that is a sign of human pride.

Blogger Pride/Vanity [superbia]: The devil’s favourite sin and very much popular among bloggers, there will always be that kind of people who think that they are the best of them all. The problem with this kind of people is that they always want to change the rules to suit them. Whichever site they join, they want people to visit their blog only, and for the same reason, they want to feature on the front page and win contests by degrading others or the basic idea behind the site when they can’t win. They keep having problems with other bloggers winning just because they believe that only they should win. What does it take to know that you are a part of the blogger community and doesn’t stand alone? Is it difficult to understand that the world doesn’t revolve around you?

*All the images used in this blog post are from the wikipedia page of Seven Deadly Sins. **In this blogging world, lets be respectful of others’ works and not complain that others get more recognition or some other person wins more contests. Lets write, and support those who support us, as well as those who need support. If someone thinks “I am so awesome and everyone should read my posts, and I shall not read theirs because they all write inferior posts”, think again. Remember, everyone might not have had the opportunities in education that you had. 

TeNy

First of the Awards

I am glad to announce a first time for this blog: Jay Shah (http://thoughtburps.wordpress.com/) has nominated my blog for  Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Yes, there have been a long list of awards for my other blog Movies of the Soul (http://moviesofthesoul.wordpress.com/blog-awards/) and also a few for my Travel Diaries, but this is the first one for this blog.

Well, this is an award about inspiration, and I am glad that even if I rarely get inspired myself, I still ended up being an inspiring blogger 😀 That should make this award more significant than most of the other awards though 😉 Here is the post concerning the same: (http://thoughtburps.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/so-glad-to-receive-very-inspiring-blogger-award/)

There is also a first in everything, which is why I chose to publish this one as a post rather than as the page like I used to do with the awards for my other blogs. Thank you Jay, for the nomination; you have a very inspiring blog right there 🙂

Here, I have to mention seven things about myself:

  • I have always believed more in death than in life, and I hope for a better world after death.
  • I am now at a new level of tea addiction which you might not want to know about 😉
  • I don’t usually trust people. It has never been my kind of thing; may be I can get a superpower for that.
  • I hate crowds. I would prefer to be left alone or with just a few people, because it feels better.
  • I don’t believe much in winning. I rarely give much value to it. Doing your part well is the better thing.
  • I have become a cricket hater from cricket lover, and the credit for the same goes directly to BCCI as it is now, and I thank them for saving lot of my time.
  • I am a jobless person with not much hope for getting to work in this birth or the next – not even in inferno or purgatario.

Here are the fifteen blogs I’d like to nominate:

  1. Maniparna (http://maniparna5002.wordpress.com)
  2. Namrata (http://namratakumari.blogspot.in)
  3. Gowtham (http://snapometer.blogspot.in)
  4. Kokila (http://sunshineandblueclouds.blogspot.in)
  5. Anita (http://anitaexplorer.com)
  6. Raja (http://rajareviews.com)
  7. Najm (http://angellicfrenzy.blogspot.in)
  8. Tara (http://crimsonapril.wordpress.com)
  9. Shaun (http://beyondboredom.wordpress.com)
  10. Sagarika (http://123sag.wordpress.com)
  11. Vartika (http://vartikaforu.wordpress.com)
  12. Shabab (http://vbothransh.wordpress.com)
  13. Vandana (http://vanduchoudhary.blogspot.in)
  14. Sucheta (http://suchetabiswas.wordpress.com)
  15. Ranjini (http://rangelz.wordpress.com)

Do share the award, and also try to:

  • Display the award on your blog.
  • Link back to the person who nominated you.
  • State seven things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers, linking to them.

Keep Blogging. May this New Year bring awesome results for you. Welcome 2015 🙂

Tea Cerebration 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper vampires with the aid of zombie minions and the little goblins prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. I would like to thank Maniparna for being the biggest commenter on my blog which started this year, with about fifty more than everyone else and Namrata for being the very first commenter on The Tea Cerebrations 🙂 Also thanks to the others who have supported me, especially those in The Hall of Fame and all who have given a comment or a like for this blog so far 🙂 You can also spend some time to read the movie year in review at Movies of the SoulHappy New Year, everyone – keep being awesome and drink a lot more tea 😀

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.