Guest Post: Spiti Valley – A Land of Mystical Experiences


Everest North Face towards Base Camp

Everest North Face towards Base Camp

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Beautifully situated in the serene Himalayan mountains in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh, the name Spiti means the Middle Land. It is the land between Tibet and India. The Valley lies almost 12,500 ft above the sea level. Just like a maze, the roads in and out of this valley are quite confusing. The backdrop and culture of this valley are quite similar to that of Ladakh and Tibet. Picturesque monasteries, fluttering prayer flags and monks in their orange robes add up to the mystic charm of Spiti.

Spiti has a number of alluring places in store that one should visit during their Himalayan Holiday Tour.

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Quote Challenge – Day 1 of 3


Quotes are pieces of advice or sayings by individuals which can inspire or affect the way we live our lives. And that’s why a lot of us follow different types of quotes quite religiously.

Below are the details of the three day quote challenge –

  • Post one of your favorite quotes(different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own
  • Nominate 3 bloggers to challenge them
  • Thank the blogger, who nominated you

Thanks to Parul who has nominated me for this challenge. And here is my first favourite quote:

Live & Let Live

Live & Let Live

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100 word fiction: The power of the written word..


Penning down one's thoughts

Penning down one’s thoughts

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“Writing is the best form of creative expression. It gives you a chance to express your thoughts into words. This is your chance to help the people of your village by bringing forth their sufferings into national consciousness.”

Koel had always wanted to help the people in her village overcome their suffering. She had complained to all the governmental authorities without much success. It seemed as though everyone was hand in glove with each other.

While she did have a blog, she hadn’t maintained it too well. But Anna’s advice prompted her to begin penning down the problems she saw.

Linking with 1oo words on Saturday: Write about a time you gave someone good advice about writing and/or blogging prompt.

100 Words on Saturday - Write Tribe

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – July – My post no 5 for this month.

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Book Review – The Taliban Cricket Club


The Taliban Cricket Club

The Taliban Cricket Club

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Timeri N Murari has more than 14 published novels to his credit including many bestsellers. He has also written screenplays for various movies and plays. Truth be told, I wasn’t aware of his pedigree when I picked up The Taliban Cricket Club. Instead, I was quite intrigued at reading about cricket in a country which has suffered from wars for years on end. Moreover, the story of the Afghanistan Cricket Team has been a true fairytale even among those who don’t really follow cricket. Is the book as good as it sounds? Let’s check it out.

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Is abusing elders a fad in today’s society?


Abusing elders..

Abusing elders..

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Abusing and ill-treating our elders has become more common than ever in today’s fast paced world. These are the same elders who take care of our every need from the time we are born. These are the same elders who answer our every innocent query. These are the same elders who woke up at night when we cried as babies or even teenagers. But when the same teenagers become old enough, they feel that abusing and disrespecting elders isn’t really a big deal.

Be it our parents, uncles or aunts, we always tend to have arguments with our elders on anything and everything under the sun as we reach our teenage years and beyond. Everyone talks about ‘generation gap’ being the main reason for all the problems. What’s this generation gap all about? Simply put, its the  feeling among youngsters that the elders don’t understand them while the elders feel that they are best placed to guide the youngsters since they have seen many ups and downs in life. And there begins the clash.

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100 word fiction: The life of a graffiti artist..


Graffiti art..

Graffiti art..

PHOTO PROMPT – © Jean L. Hays

“Did you say you want to become an artist? Are you crazy? Is it even a profession?”

Sally had come a long way from hearing such comments from her family. For her, life wasn’t just about making money in a dreary and dull job. She wanted to follow her dreams and art was her passion.

Graffiti and street art helped her express her thoughts and frustrations about daily life. The day she was invited to the famous gallery to set up her own street art exhibition was when she realized that her art had the power to make a difference.

Written for the photo prompt and you can read the other entries here.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – July – My post no 2 for this month.

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Five Sentence Fiction: Flames


Flames spreading thick and fast..

Flames spreading thick and fast..

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“Maam, you can’t go inside the house. It would be very dangerous for your life.” Though she tried as much as she could, the officers had a tight grip on her hand and all she could do was stand and watch the horrifying scene.

The Johnson’s had just gone over to their friends place nearby for a simple dinner after having put their children – Kate and Hanna to sleep.

It had been just 20 minutes since they had left when they heard a plane crashing into their neighbourhood setting many houses including theirs on fire.

Written for Five Sentence Fiction Prompt: Flames. Read the other entries here.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – July – My post no 1 for this month.

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Guest Post: Experience Sydney like a local


Everyone who ever visited Sydney realized that it’s a mixture of flawless seaside and cultural beauty, where amazing tropical climate, imposing architecture and laid-back lifestyle create its uniqueness. As a person who lives in Sydney for years, I just adore every part of it.

But when I became a freelance tour guide, I noticed that most tourists head for Opera House and Harbour Bridge, leaving all other magnificent spots completely undiscovered. Plenty of authentic suburbs, monumental places and secluded beach spots present amazing local nooks that show the real Sydney attractiveness. So let me discover the greatest Sydney attractions from a local perspective:

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100 word fiction: The toy store..


The toy store..

The toy store..

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“Daddy, I really love those toys which my friends play with. Can we please buy them as well? I have always seen them buying from this store.”

Katie, Brad’s daughter was a sweet little kid all of 4 years who had brought happiness and joy to their family after years of trying for a child. Her happiness and joy was all that mattered for her parents.

While he always ensured that he inculcated the right values and ideals and made her learn the difference between right and wrong at an early age, fulfilling all her wishes was his most important priority.

Written for the photo prompt and you can read the other entries here.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – June – My post no 10 for this month.

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Five Sentence Fiction: Waves


Are these waves dangerous?

Are these waves dangerous?

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“Covering all the exotic surfing hotspots in the world is surely part of my bucket list. The adrenaline rush while riding a wave cannot be replaced by anything else.”

Being an adventure freak all his life, Ron loved taking challenges head on. And this rush to take up challenges is what cost his life.

As the waves started to get bigger and stronger, he missed his balance, fell into the rough waters and began to drown before he could even realize what was happening.

Written for Five Sentence Fiction Prompt: Waves. Read the other entries here.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – June – My post no 9 for this month.

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