Wednesday, July 29, 2015

3-Day-3-Quote Challenge (Day #3)

Fellow blogger and dear friend Madhusmita from Dreamz and Clouds nominated me for the 3-Day-3-Quote Challenge. 

The rules of the challenge are to post a favourite quote for 3 consecutive days and pass on the challenge to one blogger each day.


I came across the above quote few weeks back and it really struck me. In reality, how many women can actually be herself? Some way or the other she is "tamed" to behave in socially acceptable ways. What do you think?

Today's nominee: Choki Gyeitshen at Journey With Choki G

Read Day #1 post.
Read Day #2 post.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

3-Day-3-Quote Challenge (Day #2)

Fellow blogger and dear friend Madhusmita from Dreamz and Clouds nominated me for the 3-Day-3-Quote Challenge. 

The rules of the challenge are to post a favourite quote for 3 consecutive days and pass on the challenge to one blogger each day.
The above quote is from Winnie-the-Pooh series. And it is the quoted by the boy character 'Christopher Robin'. I find this quote very motivational.

Today's nominee: Namrata at Wrapped Up In Thoughts.

Read Day #1 post.

Monday, July 27, 2015

3-Day-3-Quote Challenge (Day #1)

Fellow blogger and dear friend Madhusmita from Dreamz and Clouds nominated me for the 3-Day-3-Quote Challenge. 

The rules of the challenge are to post a favourite quote for 3 consecutive days and pass on the challenge to one blogger each day.


The above quote is my current favourite. I could not find the original author of this quote. Truly said, isn't it! In pursuit of becoming important, people often forget to be nice. I believe if you are nice, you have already become important.

Today's nominee: Pratikshya at Magic Moments.

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Fading of Handwriting

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Sometime back, I started noticing that my handwriting has worsen. More importantly, I realized that my hand seems rigid on holding a pen and it refuses to move across the page lucidly. I literally have to force my hand to make my cursive right. My hand stiffens as I try to write as if it were a freezing winter morning. The curves sometimes become sharper and sometimes more slanted. It is even becoming difficult to put down my proper signature on official documents.  And this really worries me.


When was the last time you had written some long notes by hand? Personally I don't really remember when I did. All that we really write these days are small notes here and there. We don't even use a pen in several days together. All day long we can find ourselves tapping away on the keyboards of our desktops/laptops and smartphones. Previously when I had to go shopping, I would scribble down a list and place it in my bag. These days I make that list on my phone. The culture of writing by hand is definitely on the downside. My imagery fears that one day mankind would no longer know how to write by hand and typing would become the new handwriting.

The same fear made me 'google' the issue "Handwriting vs. Typing". Let me share a couple of interesting articles I found on the same:

Whatever be the pros and cons of hand-writing or typing, I believe hand-writing is so much more humane. Remember how in school, we were rebuked for our clumsy handwriting! Additional marks were given in tests for neat handwriting. I studied in a missionary school and was taught to write in cursive. About a year back, I saw a lady writing in a specific cursive handwriting similar to mine and I couldn't resist asking if she did her schooling from a missionary school. And she indeed had!

Then who can beat the charm of a handwritten letter! When Az was away abroad for a couple of years, email and phone-calls kept us connected. But still I would write him a letter on special occasions. I believe handwritten letters are so much more romantic and intimate. As a kid, Namz and I would write a lot of letters and wait in anticipation of their replies. Nothing can beat the sheer joy of opening and holding a handwritten letter. (My old post 'Days of Letters') And what a joy to open a yellowed letter after many years!

With the ease of technology to tap away words, it needs conscious efforts to use more of pen and paper. I try to write to-do notes everyday, that being the only things I actually have to write down. When I feel like writing a post or an article I do that virtually as it gives me the ease of editing and rewriting without leaving scratched out words or sentences. It becomes the fair copy without actually having to make one. Until a few months back, I was maintaining a personal journal. That at least had me writing long notes from time to time. Now I am not even doing that. Most people today maintain e-journals, once again eroding the age-old charm of handwritten stuff. 

In the present day, where kids are learning to use technology first and the alphabet later, handwriting seriously seems to be fading away. With that, I wonder, what will become of sciences like graphology and arts like calligraphy. How will we scribble notes on the margins of books and personal work to leave a trail? Shall we be curbed of the three-dimensional freedom we have with a pen and paper? Shall we limit the use of hand movement (while writing) like we have done to our legs?

The fading of handwriting saddens me as well as scares me. How does the same make you feel?


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Humbled By Fasting


Today is the 19th day of Ramadan. During this month, the most frequent question that I am asked is if I, too, am fasting. When I answer in affirmative, the next immediate question is "Why?"

Now this "Why?" is a tricky as well as an important question. Tricky because the questioner tries to find out if I am being forced to fast (most of them think that); important because I feel responsible to present the correct picture.

A very few people actually believe me when I say that I am not forced to fast and that I fast because I like or want to. Most of them even blurt out that my husband should not ask me to fast, that I should be allowed at least to drink water. My poor husband. Well, I seriously fast because I like to. No one in my marital home, including Az, has ever asked me to fast. In fact Az's relatives are surprised when they learn I fast too. 

In a Muslim home, Ramadan is a festival. We enjoy fasting together. Our plans and routine revolve around it the entire month. Even the members who are not fasting don't really feel like eating much during the day. So it is really difficult not to want to fast. Also, once you observe the fast in the proper manner (eating just before sunrise and breaking fast at sunset), the body gets habituated and the fast becomes doable. And when you finally break your fast at sunset, the feeling of gratitude humbles you immensely.


Funnily, when I am not fasting I am again asked "Why?". This question, too, demands a responsible answer. Most non-Muslims have varying notions regarding Ramadan. Many believe that all Muslims have to fast during Ramadan, or that if they start fasting they have to continue the entire month. So I need to provide the correct information. Well, one may not fast on various grounds like traveling, health issues, pregnancy, etc. Exemptions from fasting and means to compensate have also been clearly defined. (Click for details)

Fasting during Ramadan is not a burden (Read my post The Gift of Ramadan). It is not just about physical fasting. It is about self-restraint and abstaining from all things negative. It teaches us to appreciate everything that we have been granted. Last but not the least, it instills in us empathy and humility.