Friday, January 31, 2014

Guardian of Sentiments

I have often been ridiculed and criticized for insisting on careful usage of things and stuff. I get visibly upset when coffee mugs I hand-picked get broken or chipped, when people borrow my stuff and damage or lose them, when things are roughly used and the like. The following are snippets from different times of my life when I was saddened by some incidents:
  • She borrowed my bracelet to wear it to an outing. When she returned it was partially broken. That was a gift from my cousin sister and one of my favourites.
  • She borrowed my book to read and in turn lent it to her colleague. When the book was returned to me, edge of one side of the book was spoiled, as if someone had taken a bite off the book. The book was a birthday present from my little sister.
  • After having his tea, he kept the coffee mug under the bed. It was broken by accident. The cup had been a gift from my husband (then my fiancee).
  • She borrowed my bright red nail-polish when I was not home. She dropped the bottle by accident and broke it. She apologized and I said that it's okay. That was my bridal nail polish (I was married only a little over a month then) and I had used it only once.
It is very likely that you find the above incidents very silly.You say it's just a coffee mug, a book, a nail-polish! It's just a thing! What's the big deal! Then why do I care so much about using things carefully and keeping them nicely.  I guess it is a part of who I am. It is the way I have grown up. I come from a family where smallest of things are used with love and preserved. Here are a few examples of old artifacts:
Aita (my maternal grandma) got these plates from Bombay in the late 1980s. We had our dessert in these during our visit earlier this month.
When I was about to be born, Maa packed her necessities in this orange basket and went to the hospital.  Today this basket serves a a picnic basket.
Key winding toys Koka (My maternal grandpa) got me and my sister on one of our birthdays..dated back to late 1980s
These glo-worms were a gift from our maternal uncle in the early 1990s

This Chinese Checkers board came to our home a little before my younger sister started school

This pair of coffee mugs were an anniversary gift to our parents from us in 2001-02
This is one of the many books which we inherited from Maa and her brothers. It dates back to 1977. It was one of my favourite books as a kid.
When we go home, we still drink water from the kid-sized steel tumblers from our childhood. The twin beds were made when Deta started on his first job. We have bone-china dinner plates (intact) from the same time. He retired a couple of years back. Now I wear Maa's crochet jacket which she made when she was in the Xth standard. Our home is full of old things. Such things are still in good condition which people normally think is not possible to run so long.

As far as I am concerned, I use my things with utmost love and care. So if you borrow my stuff you are supposed to use them with the same care. If you can't, please don't borrow them. Be it my gadgets, accessories, books, stationery or even my nail-clipper. It's in my genes to preserve things. Old books, gifts, crockery and the like. Since the time Az and I have met, I have not disposed a single rose he had given me over the years. It's been a decade. Usage with love and care is the preservative I use for my stuff. Plus, I believe if you love your things, they will love you back and hence serve you longer.

You say they are just things and that they are not supposed to be given more value than humans. True. But you are not seeing the sentiments I guard in those things. Each item spells love, memories, moments, hard work and effort. So no, it's not just a cup, it's not just a tumbler, it's not just a gadget, not to me. I am a guardian of things. I am the guardian of sentiments. It is who I am. Please let me be.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Dragon Loyalty Award


The "Dragon Loyalty Award" is another of the many chain blog awards, which is bestowed by bloggers on fellow bloggers. My many thanks (once again) to my friend and fellow blogger at Dreamz and Clouds  for passing on this award to my blog, Points to Ponder. 

"The Dragon Loyalty Award is awarded to writers/bloggers for consistently writing back their fans and making comments on other fan’s works.

Like the other chain awards, there are rules attached and they are:

  1. Display the award certificate on your website.
  2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented you with the award.
  3. Present the award to 15 deserving bloggers.
  4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.
  5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
Display the award certificate on your website--Done.
Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented you with the award
Thank you Madhusmita (dreamzandclouds) for this loyalty award. You are one of my most loyal readers and I wish I could pass on this award back to you.
 
Present the award to 15 deserving blogger.
My most loyal readers and followers are my family and friends who are mostly non-bloggers. I would take this opportunity to thank them for their love and support by repeatedly visiting back to my blog. I am passing on the award to only 4 bloggers.
 
Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post--
Done.

Post 7 interesting things about yourself
(I don't know whether the following would be considered as interesting or not!)

  1. I talk to my plants.
  2. I like to cook listening to music.
  3. As a kid, I wished to have a pixie as a friend.
  4. I like to give creative gifts to my loved ones.
  5. I love to wear socks.
  6. I love anything related to fairy tales.
  7. Falling asleep reading a good book at bedtime is my idea of a perfect ending to any day.

My best wishes to the bloggers I have nominated above. I hope you will play along and surprise your loyal fans. Thank you guys for reading my posts!

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Sunshine Award



The "Sunshine Award" is one of the many chain blog awards, which is bestowed by bloggers on fellow bloggers. It is a wonderful way to discover new blogs and spread the word. I am happy to share that my friend and fellow blogger at Dreamz and Clouds nominated my blog, Points to Ponder, for this award.



I could not find the origin of this award but it is said to be passed on to “those who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. Like the other chain awards, there are rules attached and they have changed as they have changed hands over time. I choose to stick to the ones followed by my nominator and they are:

  1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you 
  2. Share random facts about yourself 
  3. Pass the award on to 11 other bloggers 
Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you:

Thank you Madhusmita (dreamzandclouds) for this warm award.



Share random facts about yourself:

  • I have been a bookworm since childhood. 
  • I am a dog person. 
  • I have terrible mood swings. 
  • I don't like folding and ironing clothes. 
  • I hate hindi television soaps. 
  • Music makes me happy. 
Pass the award on to 11 other bloggers: But I am passing it on to only 6 bloggers.

My best wishes to the bloggers I have nominated above. I hope you will play along and spread some sunshine.