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100 word fiction: The abandoned building..

100 word fiction: The abandoned building

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

“Don’t go roaming near those gates.” Mrs Smith always asked her kids to stay away from the compound gates beyond which lay the abandoned building. It would have been an architectural masterpiece when it was constructed.

But today, it looked dilapidated from years of neglect. Legend has it that any family which came to stay left in the first week itself apparently due to the strange experiences each of them had.

Though no one had stayed there for years, the lights were always switched on at night and the garden was regularly manicured despite the absence of any visible staff.

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

Blogger interview series – Parul Thakur

Blogger interview series - Parul Thakur

I have always believed that humanizing individuals is a great way to understand what they think and what makes them click. In keeping with this philosophy, I have regularly interviewed authors  from different walks of life over the last few years.

And now continuing this theme, I begin a blogger interview series. My first guest is a full-time HR professional during the day and blogger after calls in the night. A working homemaker who hates cleaning and can hardly cook, she is also a family photographer and life lover. She spreads happiness all around through her lovely posts with an aptly named blog – Happiness & Food.

Ladies & Gentleman, welcome Parul Thakur.

Aseem: What inspired you to begin blogging?
Parul: It was the start of 2013 and New Year hadn’t brought anything great. At least, on the face of it. I was on bed rest and unable to walk or stand. Negligence had led to an extremely weak back and I was on the verge of a spine surgery. That was when I realized I need happiness to pull me up from my condition.

I needed to be positive and I had a picture of me cycling. I logged onto WordPress, created a blog and posted the picture. That was the start of happiness and food. Food because that too meant happiness. I had always wanted to pen down my writings at one place and with only a half-hearted attempt way back, this was the one I need to put my soul into.

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Guest Post: 5 Interesting Things To Do In Delhi

Know the time when you are so overwhelmed with your work, that you slip up on keeping tabs on the holiday calendar? Well, I recently had a first-hand experience of the same when I realised that work was almost finished, and I had a long unplanned weekend ahead. Now, inspired by the uber-digital generation of the 21st century, I googled around for happening places which my pocket could accommodate. And, guess what, Delhi trumped the deck!

So, that’s how I got to visit the capital, and learned a few of its secrets. The city is not merely confined to the grand monuments which grace its soils, but offers a number of different and interesting activities for the inquisitive traveller to explore. Here I mention a few of these, which left me with lifelong experiences to share.

1. Art Though ART?

Interesting things to do in Delhi: Delhi Art Gallery

Photo by Nomu420, CC BY-SA 3.0

The city of New Delhi has been patron to a host of virtuoso artists over the course of its richly-flavoured history. Unsurprisingly, the capital city finds itself front-row seats to a cultural renaissance of sorts in the 21st century as well – if the boom in art galleries serves as any indication.

My first expedition was at the Delhi Art Gallery, located in the village town of Hauz Khas, which is perhaps a staple joint of – well, everyone. This 24-year old space is renowned to have one of the most exhaustive collections of Modern Indian art, and I found myself surrounded by over 35,000 unique marvels of ingenuity from Modernists to early British spectrums, along with leading painters of date.

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Skywatch Friday – Poseidon Temple, Athens

Poseidon Temple - Cape Sounion, Athens

A calm blue sky at Cape Sounion overlooking the Aegean Sea

“We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon”

– Konrad Adenauer

Linking to Skywatch Friday 

Thursday Tree Love: Barren trees in Gorky Park

Thursday Tree Love: Barren trees in Gorky Park

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.”

– Kahlil Gibran

Linking to Thursday Tree love, a photo feature on Parul’s blog. 

Lights, Camera, Action! #AtoZChallenge

A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal

I had taken part in the #AtoZChallenge for the first time last year and I must say that it was a really wonderful experience. While I did try my best to blog as well as read on a consistent basis, it wasn’t half as good as the blogging stalwarts out there. But it was surely a fantastic learning experience and a great way to get more eyeballs and meet many more bloggers ‘virtually’.

While my last year’s theme was “Micro-fiction“, this time I am going with something even closer to my heart.

I am a travel freak with a practical goal to visit at least 1/3rd of the world’s countries before I die. Currently that goal is about 33% complete. While I do write travel posts on and off, my next month will exclusively be devoted to “Travelogues“. These could range from posts full of photographs to those having detailed step-by-step itineraries.

So stay tuned for more this #AtoZChallenge.

100 word fiction: The wax figures..

The wax figures

PHOTO PROMPT © Liz Young

A wax museum in the sleepy town of Troddle had risen to prominence courtesy George, one of it’s residents. His museum had figures of famous people from around the town and the cities nearby.

His work was so good that almost all the wax figures actually seemed like real people.

But no one ever knew the secret of his work until the death of his fiancee opened a can of worms.

The police who were already on the search for a number of abductions found that George killed people for money and then turned their dead bodies into wax figures.

100 word fiction: The rise..

100 word fiction

“You need to have the courage to follow your dreams and climb the steps to your goal. You can crib all day long about what you don’t have. Or instead, you can pursue your dream and live life on your own terms. It’s your choice.”

In a country without a history of fencing, Malti had carved out a niche for herself by winning numerous tournaments. And now, she had to move out of India for a few years to train and realize her dream of representing the country.

She knew that it was time to take the leap of faith.

Stockholm Diaries: Landing at Arlanda Airport

Landing at the Arlanda Airport

The Nordics (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Denmark) have been in my bucket list since the time I can remember. The quality of life, the natural beauty, the helpful people have for long attracted millions of tourists as well as immigrants for years.

Landing at the Arlanda Airport

One would usually expect a lot of snow while landing in Stockholm in the peak of winter. But as is the case with the rest of the planet these days, (global warming et all), the day we landed it was just 0 degrees. From high up above, we could see patches of snow, but there was nothing to be too alarmed about.

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Skywatch Friday – View from Helgeandsholmen Island, Stockholm

Helgeandsholmen Island in Stockholm

Dusk falls over Stockholm on a cold winter day..

“The light is amber, the air still; the daylilies have folded in on themselves. Soon, the hooded blue of dusk will fall, followed by the darkness of night and the sky writing of the stars, indecipherable to us mortals, despite our attempts to force narrative upon them.”

― Elizabeth Berg

Linking to Skywatch Friday

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