One Fairy-tale to Write

I watched as she opened that blank notebook, and I sat beside her under that zapota tree. It was the time after tea, and we had the river flowing by our side. She kept looking at each page of the book until she reached the back cover.

“There is nothing in this book. There is not even a single word or page number” she told me.

“Of course there is nothing. It is not supposed to have anything. A blank notebook was all that was supposed to be there” I replied.

“It should have what we need, right? Shouldn’t it be about our future? At least it should have something about our present life, don’t you think?” she asked me.

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“No, it will have what we make of it, with our lives. We begin from here, and what we have will be our memories for flashback” I told her.

“What about our fairy-tale? We were creating the best of them all, weren’t we?” she asked.

“We write it down in this book. The pages begin where the prince gets his princess” I replied.

“And when the princess gets her prince. You know how important it has been for her” she added.

“Yes, when the two protagonists get each other” I said.

“I believe you were writing a Cinderella story. I now know that the princess is going to get her prince sooner than she expected – you need to complete that one” she said.

“I have come to the end of it, which is a new beginning” I told her.

“My fairy-tale intends to be a long one, and I can see that. This one book won’t be enough to contain even one percent of it” she remarked.

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“I felt that on the 24th of July, and then again on the 24th of August. We will write them in our souls and bigger books” I told her.

“I have written a lot in my soul already, and I am sure that it has already been read by the one who matters the most. You know how deep the letters go into my heart and soul. So, are we watching that sunset?” she asked.

“Yes we are. It is why we are here” I replied.

We walked to the rock at the end of the cliff and saw the sun disappear behind the hills. I took out a pen and started writing on the first page of the book while she looked with a smile that was more beautiful than the sunset.

“What are you talking about? This is not in line with your usual posts. Who is this lady? I know that you are not engaged or married yet. I feel that there is something fishy” said the Vampire Owl.

“Soon, Mr. Owl, very soon, everything shall be revealed. There is no big mystery here, but a few things unknown for now” replied the Vampire Bat.

“You are keeping secrets from the vampire community, Mr. Bat. And I consider that to be a very dangerous trend that threatens our brotherhood. It even causes trouble for the thread that binds us” remarked the Vampire Owl.

“Well, you will know, soon enough. It is quite simple a thing, and tomorrow is the seventeenth, a big day” added the Vampire Bat as he disappeared into the darkness beyond the woods.

***The images used in this blog post were taken by me on my Sony Cybershot DSC-W310.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

TeNy

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Vanity for Dummies

Vampire Bat: Greetings, vampire apprentices. Today, we are going to have a special class on Vanity. It is the Devil’s favourite sin and the most hated thing in the New Vampire World. We don’t tolerate vanity and we don’t allow it inside our souls. But it still gets in at times, but that is not normal. I apologize for calling this special class, but as the special festivities have brought too many holidays this week, we had to take this step, and it is approved by Uncle Dracula and the Vampire Elders. So, lets show you some instances of true vanity with sample humans who will tell you what they want.

Sir Money who knows the value of rupee: I earn more than you and later my son earns more than your son. Then there is the daughter who is married to that rich family with trees were money grows, while your children are not earning enough. I go to different homes and tell them that my children earns so much; I usually ask how much their off-springs earn, and then start talking about my child. I have been doing this for a very long time and so I know how much these people might earn under different circumstances. So establishing superiority here is quite easy.

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The Legendary Property Master who requires a lot more: I look at how much property people own, and it has been my idea of a smart person. People should always buy more and more property, because what is a man without land? I remind people that my children were married to families which own a lot of property. Do you have money to buy some property? Then lets buy some. I can introduce you to a few people who are related to my son’s wife or my daughter’s husband. They are so rich that I often wonder why we are so rich, influential and awesome.

Book-er of Job who knows what everyone needs: I know what everyone needs, and it is the job. If you don’t have a job, you got nothing. Learn from my son and daughter who have such a high job and are earning a lot. They are so awesome that people at their office appreciate them each and every hour saying “Well done my boy” and “Well done my girl” – it keeps occuring so much that people know them by the name Well Done. You don’t even have a job. What is the point then? Why do people who don’t have a job even try to live? It means that you are nothing.

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Lord Education who has no wisdom at all: My children are so brilliant that they search for notes on Google. They don’t even use text books. They are so loved in the school that the teachers call me every day to talk about them. All teachers tell me that they are awesome, and even the headmistress says that she has seen no kids like them. At a point of time, they were even able to smuggle a mobile into the classroom even when there was heavy checking all around. How cool is that? They are so smart that movies like Loham can use them for some smart moves.

The Status Seeker who finds a lot more: I have always felt that it is always about status, and related to what we show to the others. So, lets show a bigger image to them than what we really are. Only those who pretend that he or she is better than the others can have the power. So, I am going to be better than me. After all, my children are married to such big families, and their achievements should reflect through me. I am going to make a big impression out of nowhere just like Premam movie did.

The Great Knight of Marriage who wants people married: The true destination of everyone is to get married, and then there is the need for kids, then to get them to school and to college, then to their marriage and so on. What is a person who is not married? See how my children have chosen their partners from big and perfect families. If you need guidance about the same, you can contact me. As all my children are married, I am looking to find some people to give marriage advice.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of the movie, Hotel Transylvania.

TeNy

Overlords of Weddings

There is something about the weddings these days. It used to be a scene of respected union which the society had approved. But that has changed a lot. Nowadays, it has become a place to show one’s vanity and show-off. They used to be moments when friends and relatives genuinely attended the function and wished happiness for the bride and groom. Wedding function used to support marriages at some time, but now it is a place to show how much money you have, and there is also a certain amount of buffoonery associated with it.

This is the age of couples who keep talking to each other through Facebook despite being in the same room, but that is the subject for another blog post in detail. There are the kind of people who we know in real life, and on Facebook, they are like the best couple ever, posting sweet comments about each other and the Facebook community is like grading them with a hundred out of hundred. Well, they are the product of weddings like these. They are good at projecting this fake image of happiness, and we might never even know if they have divorced.

Here, the beginning of this nonsense starts with the pre-marital course. This weird thing had never existed at a time long ago when our parents had decided to stay with each other forever. Well, now this has started for no reason, and will force people to attend, because these common men and women can’t know anything good of their own, and they need guidance about this simple thing. So do the divorces decrease? Absolutely not. This is only the reflection of the thoughts of some people which say that everyone is terrible and are not fit to get married.

Thank God that there are celebrities like these who follow simplicity & show the right path.

Thank God that there are sensible celebrities who follow simplicity in wedding.

Well, as we have already established that people can’t have love for the better half by their own, and only by listening to the talks of some random person can someone be good to their wives/husbands in a class room, the next procedure comes easily. After all, a wedding is the awesome way to waste your money. I wonder why they don’t stop these people from doing this terrible wastage of money during that pre-marital course – the first thing to be taught should be to marry for yourselves, not for the public – are the things not that simple?

The show-off starts with the car itself. Why do you want to rent a big car for wedding when you have a car for yourself? It is a lie in itself, isn’t it? Yes, you can ask for the cars of your friends and relatives, but why is it so significant to arrive inside a big car? Does a Jaguar make someone a better person? Is it a sign of better marriage, and do you live like jaguars during your life time? Is it how the fake fairy tale begins? I remember one of my friends in college; during her marriage, she made the choice to go for her own Maruti Suzuki Ritz – she could have chosen any bigger car; but she chose her own. But it is a rare case.

I do not like the clothing which is too costly, but it is still the case of wedding, and people will need it. Yes, people will want to look good on the day, and this comes with the hope that one doesn’t need to marry again. So, it is okay to look stylish, but then too, do not take those ridiculous photos wearing sunglasses and showing buffoonery, not because you want it and not because some weird photographer is asking you to. Show some dignity with the function. When you are wearing fine clothing, behave with dignity. You are not marrying for the photographers – please note the point. Always know the photographer you choose.

Also stop being a gold showroom. Wedding should never be about gold and money. Then there is the food. If someone wishes to have more food items, let him or her go to a bloody restaurant. This is your wedding function meant to be attended by people who care. If someone doesn’t, they can just leave. I remember reading the news that actress Rima Kallingal and director Aashiq Abu had celebrated their wedding by donating money (photo shared above) – the point here is that wasting money on a wedding is not something that can be related to love. Look for a wedding with goodness, and not extravagance.

***The image used in this blog post is from the following article on which credits are clearly shown (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/celebrating-their-wedding-with-charity/article5301931.ece)

TeNy

Hypocrites at Home

When someone say #ShareTheLoad, there will always be people who try to make use of the situation just to claim to have done so and show themselves to the others as bloody righteous people, but in reality, they are not doing any favours at home and are only making things worse. So never judge a family and its members by the cover, because sharing is something which should come from the heart and not for showing off.

Our nation has its own share of hypocrites who have that kind of attitude towards their wife and children, and let me assure you that I have known too many of them. They are too much worried about what the society thinks about them and keeps on pretending that they are great family men, always helping the lady when someone else has come to the house. The interest in cooking and washing just reaches a new high when someone else is at home.

#ShareTheLoad – it comes to them when someone from outside the family is looking. They also make great speeches about how women should be treated so well and why one needs to be part of the household work. It will be that kind of a speech which makes the guest feel that the lady is lucky to have this special gentleman as a husband. But no, it is just about words, and it is available without much work, and acting comes naturally to some people who deserve the Oscars of life.


Ariel hopes for you to share the load, as you can see 🙂

There are men who don’t help their wives at all with absolutely no share, some others who do help, and the last category is the most disgusting of them all – the hypocrites who wants to make everyone believe that they do, and makes an impression of a Holy Family which lives in that house. They might continue to do so as they can, but the truth is that they can’t fool everyone all the time, and sooner or later karma is going to get to them and deliver the much needed poetic justice.

One has to wonder why some people have to pretend to be what they are not. It is clear that they have no respect or care for the other family members. Well, they can continue to say that it is not their department, and still claim to do so in front of others. It is their department; actually it is the department of everyone in the house and there comes a responsibility towards making a home and it is not done by one person who do so much work when another person spends all the time in leisure.

It is not enough that they are completely useless at home and wanders around being unworthy of running a family, that they return to trouble those who do the work correctly. They even claim that the work is not done properly, but in their mind, knows that they can’t do it even in a half-good manner. Yes, they say that it is not their department, but they should try to claim some place in that department too, because home should be where the heart should be! The house is the department of everyone, even the pet cats thinks so!

Those who can’t do that will be better people if not married. They become terrible examples to people around them as well as the new generation. It is simple – if they can’t do the family any good, they shouldn’t be married. This is also applicable to those who only listens to their brothers and sisters. Better be a selfish loner or a hypocrite who lives alone rather than become someone who is a curse to the home. One won’t have claims for making a better home if all that the person can do is to bring troubles and think only about one’s own life! Don’t be a hypocrite or selfish brute, just #ShareTheLoad

I am writing for the #ShareTheLoad activity at BlogAdda.com in association with Ariel.

TeNy

Annabelle’s Own Choice

It is important to be well groomed and nicely shaven, no matter what opportunity we are looking for. It doesn’t mean that it a must, but it is surely a bonus, something that we can’t ignore. There is the advantage of looking better and tidy, and it is impossible to deny it. There might be that important day in your life, which comes to you all of a sudden, and it is the best to shave and be ready for it. Lets take the case of the following story, which includes the famous dolls/toys/action figures (Annabelle, Chucky, Snow Job, Outback and Sentinel Prime).

Swayamvara, that age old practice of choosing one’s own husband from among a goup of suitors, was given to a girl of marriageable age, long ago in Ancient India. It might have disappeared from its own land, but it has managed to thrive in another world, just like Christianity and Buddhism manages to thrive far away from its birthplace, rather than at home. This world is not something that all of you might approve of, but its existence is a reality.

The tears that used to be Annabelle's blood - romantic stuff :P

The tears that used to be Annabelle’s blood – romantic stuff 😛

It was Annabelle’s day. The doll had prepared for the big day, as she prepared for the big function, and the most important day of her life. A lot of dolls were to arrive at her place, and most of them were from far away lands, beyond the oceans, and even from beyond the dark woods and the valley of death. A big feast was arranged for the day, and Annabelle had decided that she would surely choose someone this time.

The dolls had arrived much earlier than they were supposed to, and Annabelle slowly made her way in the middle. She stopped for a second, looked to the right, and immediately put the garland on the neck on one doll without spending much time looking at anybody else’s faces. It was so quick that almost everyone was stunned. The music started and the swayamvara was declared finished. The selected person was Chucky!

Chucky and Annabelle: A match made in the spirit world :D

Chucky and Annabelle: A match made in the spirit world 😀

“I knew she loved me. I knew she loved me” yelled a happy Chucky as he was throwing knives at statues.

“What the hell?” asked Outback, the G.I. Joe. “I am a real American Hero and a Joe. A soldier here, and she chooses the serial killer? What is wrong with her”?

“I am a Sergeant and even I am not chosen, damn it” said Snow Job, his friend and the other Joe who had arrived with lots of hope. “I understand that she is also possessed, but a serial killer is too low for anyone”.

“Even my robotic self was not chosen. I am evil too. Why was I not chosen? We could have taken over the world, my dear Annabelle. I had even made a plan with the Great Vampire Owl about the same. Three time winner of the best robotic beard and I still lose here” said a disappointed Sentinel Prime.

“I win, I win” screamed Chucky as he cut the head of two statues there.

"The Shining" Chucky - he knows what you are cooking :D

“The Shining” Chucky – he knows what you are cooking 😀

“Seriously, this is the best groom you could get?” asked Outback.

“At least, tell us why” said Snow Job.

“Why not? See how well-groomed Chucky is. He is clean shaven and see how well his face looks. He is so cute right after the shave” explained Annabelle.

“Somebody get me a transformer razor” screamed Sentinel Prime as he ran outside.

Moral of the story: Always choose to shave, worry not about the rest.

This post is a part of #WillYouShave activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette.

*All pictures used in this blog post are from the official Chucky and Annabelle pages on Facebook. I’m tagging some of my blogger friends for the same activity: Ananya, Shabab, Ranjini and Najm. Please don’t forget to mention that you were referred by me in your post.

Here are the themes for your blog post-
Topics for Men:
Opportunities – Stories or instances where you missed out on an opportunity because of a ungroomed look.
Luck or Confidence? Will you leave your fate in the hands of destiny or will you step up and say yes to a well- groomed face to be at your best everyday? #WillYouShave?
Topics for Ladies:
An instance when a stubble came in the way of a man’s chance to make a good impression.
An instance when a well groomed look ensured that they struck gold on an opportunity given to them.

TeNy

Bringing Back that Touch

Watch the video to witness Nimrat and Parambrata #BringBackTheTouch. Check http://www.pblskin.com/ for more.

*Here begins another story. All the photos of kittens used are mine, and are intended just to show “the touch”.

It had been a long time since they talked. It was the big day that spoiled everything. Nothing had worked as they wanted, and the situation had brought the worst in them. They were pretty much confident that nothing was to be done to improve their relationship. Each and everyday, they used to call someone who could inflate their egoistic sides and take them to another level. They were blessed with some nice friends who loved to see them in trouble due to jealousy about their happy life.

Even as his parents had gone to New York to visit their grandparents, her father’s home was set just at the neighbouring flat, and so it was easy to run away from home – even as she was staying there now, she could come back at regular intervals and take what she wanted. She would just go into their home when her husband was not there, and would take her things to her father’s home. She thanked God for such an opportunity, and hoped that she would be more awesome alone.

Notice that touch on the tail - & the innocent expression :D (taken on my GT-B7722)

Notice that touch on the tail – & the innocent expression 😀 (taken on my GT-B7722)

It was the story of the couple who was part of the biggest love story at the college or rather the colleges, as they studied in the nearby colleges for graduation. They met during a quiz program, and even as both didn’t have a high opinion of each other at that time, they became really close, and they joined the same college for post graduation, even as he had to change his major to get admission at the same place and she had to stay in the hostel. That actually went smooth compared to what was to come next.

As one of them belonged to the Christian Knanaya community which practiced a strict tradition of endogamy and the other belonging to a big Syrian Christian family with a huge, highly respected ancestry, sparks were going to fly, and they did. The former’s traditional hatred for love marriages and the latter’s addiction for their ancestry and social status had kept them away for three years until one day, a miracle happened in the form of his parents giving consent, and it was only seven months ago that her parents approved of the same.

“Are you doing this just to make us mad? When we agree to your relationship you don’t want to be in it. Do you want us to hate him so that you can love him?” asked her mother.

“Both of you won’t understand” replied her.

“It is only because we understood you that we agreed to your marriage” said her father.

“You know something? I am going to take all my things from there and is never going back to him” she added as she walked outside slamming the door with full force as her mother kept on staring.

“What are you staring at? She is obviously your daughter” screamed the father.

She ran into what used to be her home in full speed, only to ram into her husband dropping both of them on the sofa with torn the curtain over them. There was a moment of silence after the touch.

The kitty shows how to touch ;) (taken on my GT-B7722)

The kitty shows how to touch 😉 (taken on my GT-B7722)

“Do you really think that we should become a bad example of a love story after all these things we have gone through?” he asked.

“Absolutely not. As far as you can do the cooking today” she said.

“Is it Parachute Advansed Body Lotion that you are using?” he asked while holding her hand.

“Yes, that hasn’t changed during these days” she answered.

“Lets cook then. I think I will try to make dosa today” he said.

“Can we watch P.S. I Love You today?” she asked.

“And after that, 50 First Dates” he said as he rushed to the kitchen.

“And don’t forget the curtain” she added.

There was never the need for words to find an excuse or show the love, and even as they didn’t look at each other for days, there was the magic of touch, a moment which once again ignited the spark of love in them which had gone unnoticed in the busy life. They found passion, and realized the ultimate truth that there was no lack of love, and their romance had not vanished into thin air just because of an argument – Parachute Advansed Body Lotion believes you can #BringBackTheTouch.

This is written as a part of the Happy Hours campaign from Indiblogger and Parachute. Check the link for more details: http://www.pblskin.com. #BringBackTheTouch.

TeNy