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Friday, August 15, 2014

TELLing My Tale About TELLing



I was never a master of the art of story-TELLing and my grades at school clearly TOLD that.
An 'A' was what I mostly got, when I had hoped for an 'A+' because I felt I had TOLD it well in my compositions.
And there I sat with an 'A', TELLing myself- 'Never mind. You are good! Remember the times when you were declared the best!'

Years later, blogging happened! A new platform to TELL my stories.
What's best, I was not being rated; neither being TOLD what grade I had got.
I just babbled and scribbled and used a lot of colorful pictures to help me TELL it all.

I was TOLD by many a friends that they were enjoying all that I was TELLING.
And among all these people was a fine young man, who very straight-forwardly TOLD me, 'there is more to see than to read on your blog!'
I did not TELL him that his comment had left me confused.
I could not TELL whether it was good or bad and so, I just smiled.

Then one day, I learned about 5-Minutes Friday- a flash mob, where bloggers TOLD their stories in just 5 minutes.
I grabbed the chance to TELL mine.
Cooked up a piece of fiction and TOLD it to all.
Don't TELL me that you haven't still read it.
Hop over here, read and TELL me how you like it.
To TELL y'all the truth, I think I did a decent job but shhh! I'm trying to be modest ;)

A month of 5-Minute Fridays challenge and I already feel that I am getting better at story-TELLing; TELLing them more through words than pictures.


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This post has been written for Five Minute Friday- the writing flash mob!
Prompt for today - TELL!



Friday, August 08, 2014

FILL- The Story of Four 32-Year-Old Women


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She walked to the bedroom window of her penthouse that faced the New York City skyline and smiled to herself, thinking of the business deal that she had just snatched from her competitors. Paused for a while and then, quickly reached her cell phone and called the chauffeur to tell him to keep her Mercedes ready. They then, drove to the jewelry store in the uptown market. She had decided to treat herself for her accomplishment. She had decided to FILL her drawer with a few more diamonds. She was 32!


She had lost her father to lung cancer. Her mother to poverty. Her brother had run away to a far off land, never to be seen again. Her world had shattered before her eyes at a very tender age but this guy, to whom she had been married for the last 10 years, had FILLED her life with love and laughter, more than what her sad eyes could have ever dreamed of. She was 32!

She had been waiting for this day since years, accumulating the money and the courage to be able to jump off the plane, flying at a height of 15000 feet. And here she was today, on the edge of aircraft door, ready to FILL  the sky with her shrills, as she sky dived. She was 32!


She had pacified her 2 year old to sleep. She knew that her son was hungry but she had somehow managed to put him to 'the bed of rags'! As she watched the apple of her eye lying there, with prominent tear marks on his cheeks, she thought of the incident that had left her crippled and she thought of the man, who had turned his back on her and their child. Tears of helplessness rolled down her cheeks. She quickly shook her head to come back to the present, wiped off the tears and started thinking of tomorrow, when her little one would be wide awake. She will have a stomach to FILL in the morning but no means. She was 32!


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FILL - The story of four 32-year-old women, all from different walks of life, was written for Five Minute Friday- the writing flash mob!
This also happens to be my first attempt at writing fiction!




Friday, August 01, 2014

BEGINning The Sidney Sheldon Journey

It was years back that I picked up Sidney Sheldon's 'Tell Me Your Dreams'. I was in school then. 10 years back!! I do not even remember if I got it from the school library or I borrowed it from a friend. What I remember is, my dad not being very pleased with 'the pick'.

Honestly, I do not even remember much of the story. Parts of the book did contain sensual passages, like all Sidney Sheldon's novels but it was the narration and the flow of story that gripped me. I just could not hold myself from reading pages after pages, chapters after chapters. The plot of the story was amazingly thrilling... something that I had never read nor seen in movies.

'Tell Me Your Dreams', along with 'The Sixth Sense', are the books that I finished in only a few hours, that when I am a snail-paced reader. 



A few days back, that is almost a decade after 'Tell Me Your Dreams' happened, I picked up 'The Stars Shine Down' and the magic of Sidney Sheldon was cast again. The same gripping narration, interesting story line and a protagonist you can see dancing right before your eyes, as you read! Captivating!!

Determined to BEGIN a new phase of the journey that started long ago- To read all Sheldon's books! 


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Written for Lisa-Jo's 5 Minute FridaysFive minutes to write about one word.
The word for today- BEGIN.



Thursday, July 31, 2014

'Whatcha-Got' Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wrap

Things is the kitchen stir up towards the end of the grocery-shopping cycle. You have already used up your favorite items and also the ones that are quick and easy to cook. That's when the real brainstorming starts. You have to work your way with what is left in the refrigerator and on the shelves. Random items here and there are put together to prepare what can be called a 'meal'!

I found myself in the same dilemma last night. With only a lettuce in one corner of the refrigerator and no other ingredients to accompany the green leaves, salad was ruled out as an option. This is when chicken came to rescue and a happy me, cheerfully declared- 'We are having Lettuce Wrap for dinner tonight!'

Now, I had never made a Lettuce Wrap before and I knew the recipes on the internet would list a thousand ingredients, which I did not have the royalty to possess. 

Instead, I used any and everything that I could lay my hands on and came up with a yummy meal.


Lettuce Wrap and Chicken Soup - It's Dinner Time!


 Ingredients:

1. Iceberg Lettuce Leaves - 6
2. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts - 2 pieces
3. Ginger-Garlic Paste - 1 tablespoon
4. Cooking Oil - 2 tablespoons
5. Green Onions - 1 cup
6. Carrot Juliennes - 1/2 cup
7. Boiled Beans - 1/2 cup
8. Corn Kernels - 1/2 cup
9. Peanuts - 1/3 cup
10. Cooked Rice - 3 tablespoons (Optional)
11. Buffalo Sauce - 3 tablespoons or to taste
12. Salt to taste
13. Ranch to drizzle on top


Method:

1. Cut the chicken into small pieces.
2. In a pan, heat oil and then add the chicken pieces. 
3. Add ginger-garlic paste and  a little salt to speed up the cooking process.. Cover and cook till the chicken is done.
4. Meanwhile, dry roast the peanuts in another pan. Alternatively, put the peanut in the microwave for a minute and they'd be good to use.
5. Once the chicken is cooked, add carrot, beans, peanuts and corn. Add some more salt to balance it for the recently added ingredients.
6. Mix well and cook in an open pan, till the carrots and corns are cooked. You'll notice a slight change in color.
7. Add green onion and rice. Cook for another minute.
8. Add in the Buffalo Sauce and mix thoroughly.
9. Take the mixture off the flame and let it cool for 2 minutes.
10. Now spread this mixture on the lettuce leaves, drizzle some Ranch on top and serve.


Since we could not hold ourselves to get the camera out and take pictures before eating,
iPhone photos are what you get to see!


Not the most authentic Lettuce Wrap Recipe but hey! I am not claiming it to be Asian in taste. This is my 'Whatcha-Got' Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wrap that worked very well for me on a day when I was running short on supplies.




'K'reative 'K'ooking on Kreative Korner, what say!! :D :D

Off to grocery shopping.... TaDaaa...








Monday, July 28, 2014

His Algorithm To FINISH?

My Grandfather passed away when I was very young. I hardly have any memories of him. I know him to be a very pleasing and lovable man from what my mother told me about him. For her, he was the one she drew strength from, in her 'new house' after marriage. He died of heart attack, leaving my dad and everyone in the family shattered. It was unforeseen.

Both my maternal grandparents fought their battles against illness before leaving us for the heavenly abode. Though, we saw it coming, we were never really prepared. We wanted to hold on to them forever. We knew, 'it' was the only way they could break-free from their ailment but we still did not want it to happen. Selfish indeed! But God went ahead with his own plans!!


These and a lot of other incidences, lead me to think- What algorithm does He actually use? 

How in the world can a toddler, a youngster and an ailing be under the same umbrella of life and death. Why does a 15-month old has to choke to death because his parents forgot him in the car on a summer afternoon? Why is a 20-something shot to death, when he was out there just to watch a movie with friends. Why does a mid-aged woman lose her life in the car crash, when her kids back home, were waiting for her.

While all these people, who were buzzing with life until death struck them, lose it all... There are some, who have lost all hopes. They simply lie ailing, counting days, because even the state-of-art medical facilities cannot cure them. They breathe but are not alive. They'd do anything to trade life with one of the above but... God would not allow that!

He sometimes does things that are beyond human, or atleast my understanding. Those who are ready to bid adieu to the world are left in the waiting queue (only to suffer more) and the ones, who'd give it all to live, have to give up on life.

Rather unfair, I believe!!

BUT He has His own plans to FINISH it- the Master Plans! The plans we cannot question!


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Written for Lisa-Jo's 5 Minute FridaysFive minutes to write about one word.


The word for today- FINISH.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Introducing Ruby


The two things that come to my mind instantly when I am expecting guests, be it family or friends, are- 1) the house should be at it's best to welcome them and 2) what am I gonna serve to tickle their taste buds. Once I have handled these two, the other things just follow suit.

However, hosting guests, here on the blog, relives me of even these two. No cooking. No cleaning. Only fun and talking.


Talking about talking, I should rather stop talking and let our guest do the talking. Over to Ruby... 


Its indeed a pleasure to be guest posting at Kreative Korner today. Would like to thank Tanya for inviting me to author at Kreative Korner. Looking forward to many more wonderful collaborations in future. Tanya is doing a great job at her blog and wishing her all the best !

We share the common thread of painting and that’s how I am here…smiles…

Well writing about yourself is the most difficult task ever and more so with such wonderful readers around. I am a management consultant by profession and a dreamer, artist, avid reader, blogger & foodie when I am not working. I blog at rubyspalette.blogspot.com and my FB page is- Ruby's Palette-an Art Page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rubys-Palette-an-Art-Page/151451344986239). Though I paint on variety of subjects, I draw my inspiration mostly from nature & abstracts and add a contemporary twist in them.


My recent muse is the palette knife which helps me when I am in a mood to play with textures. 

     


I have a thing for Indian Folk art especially Madhubani and Warli. Madhubani, as it satisfies my hunger for the multi-coloured palette and Warli for its simplicity. 


Thank you so much Ruby for being with us here today and sharing your beautiful paintings. 

Ruby runs an Etsy shop, which you can visit by clicking on the link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RubysPaletteAlso, show some love by hopping on to her blog!

Pssttt... Let me share a secret.. If you visit Ruby's Palette... You are sure to find a 'loved one' there ;)

Hope y'all are having a good week. I am looking forward to this Friday, more for Lisa-Jo's 5 Minute Fridays, that we talked about here, than anything else!



Friday, July 18, 2014

Let Her BLOOM

I am guilty of not following the news channels or reading the newspapers on a regular basis. The only saving grace are the people around me, who keep me updated with all that's going on in the world. Either through direct interactions or through Facebook and I am so grateful for that.

The morning started with one of my cousins posting on her wall about the Protest March she was to attend against the rape of a 6-year-old in Bangalore, India. I saw it but moved forward without thinking much about the how's and what's. Later in the afternoon, I came across this link on a friend's profile with the words 'Sexual Assault On Girl Came To Light After Stranger Called Mother'. I instantly related it to the post seen in the morning and proceeded to read more on it.

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While Nirbhaya's family still await the justice they'd want, there is another family fighting with the same. The 6-year-old, who was raped in her school, possibly does not even know why it happened to her... all she knows is that she never wants to go back to that school again. Her mom would have never thought of what had happened to her daughter, when the later complained of pain. The little girl's dad, would never be able to trust anyone or anyplace with his daughter's safety.

I said it HERE and I repeat- 'Parents, please teach your sons to behave!' Enough of crying and marching and lighting candles for justice. We need to 'watch' ourselves. That girl, I am sure did not provoke the two wild men. That girl was neither drunk nor out on the streets after dusk. Still, she'll have to live with this! 

Spare 'HER'. Let her bloom.



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While blog-reading, I came across Lisa-Jo's 5 Minute FridaysFive minutes to write about one word.

The word for today- BLOOM.

As soon I read the word, the thought of the tiny bud that was tormented and tortured by the two evil souls, crossed my mind and I decided to share what was running in my head. News like this, usually fills me with anger and disgust but today, it brought tears of sadness.

Wish for that girl to remain unaffected by what happened.
Wish for those two b@$*@*** to pay for what they did.
Wish for a brighter and happier future for girls worldwide.
~Amen