Ignorance is Bliss!(Daily Prompt)

This post is in response to Daily Prompt – Full Disclosure

 http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/full-disclosure/

A mad scientist friend offers you a chip that would allow you to know what the people you’re talking to are thinking. The catch: you can’t turn it off. Do you accept the chip?

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Dear Friend,

Your parcel with that amazing chip arrived today. Congratulations !! A chip that enables a person to listen to what the other person is thinking while talking to him, is definitely an exciting invention. It might get  you the Nobel Prize  too !!!

The offer to participate in  your experiment is tempting :

  1.  It will be an asset in my workplace. I’ll know exactly what my customer wants. Negotiating deals will be super smooth. Appreciation – Promotion – Salary Hike!!
  2. At home, I’ll know if the curry I’m so proud of is really ‘Yummy’ or a camouflaged ‘ Okay’.
  3. I’ll no longer need to carry pepper spray in my bag when I go partying on friday nights . I’ll know when the guy sitting next to me at the bar is trying to be ‘ more than just friends’.

However, after serious thoughts, I have decided to decline your offer :

  1. Challenges give me a high. I enjoy meeting my customer and engaging in discussions to understand his requirement. The hard work put in to  understand and tailor a deal that fits the customer requirement perfectly gives me immense satisfaction. Having this chip as an assistant will no doubt make my job easy but will not bring in the satisfaction.
  2. When it comes to feedback, my family is usually frank and to the point. In case they sugar coat it, I’m sure they do it for encouragement. The chip will be  a damper, will make me doubt their feedback and will be a major trust issue.
  3. I’m a people’s person, love gossips as well as debates and discussions. With the chip on and complete access to the other person’s thought, the conversations will be very boring.

For me,  Ignorance is Bliss !!

Regards,

Mamta

 

 

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Relic and more…(WPC)

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/relic/

“What images does “relic” conjure for you? A well-worn piece of blue beach glass, the faded pencil markings from a high-school journal, or the curmudgeonly character from the CBC television series, The Beachcombers? “

Golconda Fort, India -This 13th Century relic has seen the rise and fall of many dynasties and is also the original home of the famous Koh-i-noor, diamond.

If you are lucky( unlucky) you might  get a glimpse of Taramati, courtesan turned queen wandering in the ruins.

Really !!!

Check out National Geography Traveller India.

http://natgeotraveller.in/magazine/navigate/india%23U2019s-most-haunted.html

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 Maybe this man saw something !!!

Alive Again ( Daily Prompt)

This post is in response to http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/reviving-bricks/

You just inherited a dilapidated, crumbling-down grand mansion in the countryside. Assuming money is no issue, what do you do with it?

I believe that everything in this world has something to say, a story to share, if only we have the time and patience to listen to it.

IMG_5046-001 An old, dilapidated, crumbling-down mansion will have a lot to tell  !!!

If I inherit one, I’ll visit it as soon as possible.

Walk through all the rooms, maybe I’ll find something of interest – perhaps,a browning ,black and white group photograph of my ancestors. I’ll take a close look and try to figure out if I resemble any of them. Do they all have a big forehead like most of us in my family ?

Maybe,in one of the old desk drawers, I’ll come across a tattered diary that reveals much more than someones day to day rambling. Maybe it belongs to a revolutionary, who penned his thoughts, his groups ideology, plans and views about the prevalent political scenario.

When, I reach the courtyard, I’ll stop for a while and try to visualise the hustle and bustle the courtyard witnessed every morning , many decades ago.

I’ll bid farewell to the mansion, with a promise to bring it’s former glory back. I’ll renovate it and convert  it into a school for the local children.

The mansion will be alive again.

Back of the Queue(Daily Prompt)

Is there something you’ve always wanted to do, but never got around to starting (an activity, a hobby, or anything else, really)? Tell us about it — and tell us about what’s keeping you from doing it.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/back-of-the-queue/

The Rapunzel Dream

Bob, blunt, mushroom – I have basically worn my hair the same way through school, college and to work. It was convenient, required little maintenance, never came all over my face when I played like crazy or rode my scooter. I loved it.

I also loved Vidya’s long plaits, Shirin’s  wavy hair that shimmered in sun light, Mom’s long hair pulled up and tied in a neat bun.2014-05-Rapunzel-Movie-Disney-03

I secretly dreamt of having long , lustrous hair  too. BUT that required – patience, discipline and dedication 🙂

Not that I didn’t give it a try. I once even put it as priority No. 1 on my New Year resolution list. I bought various hair growth oils and gels and religiously applied them before going to bed every night. I smelled of jasmine, hibiscus and other herbs. But as I said, you need DISCIPLINE. The hair care routine lasted only a few weeks ,before I was back to my usual self – brush your teeth, wash your face and jump into the bed.

I admired the various hair accessories displayed in the Kiosks and chose the ones I would love to put on my long hair. These inspirations didn’t go a long way. As soon as my hair started to grow out of shape, poking from behind my ear, my scissors went snip, snip. I told you, it requires PATIENCE.

Even, if I managed to ignore the clumsy , untidy look and grow them a few inches, there would be a wedding party that I needed to attend or an interview call where I needed to look pretty and proper. So a visit to the salon was unavoidable. DEDICATION, flew out of the window.

I still dream of growing my hair long. Now it is shoulder length. I hope I’ll have the patience, discipline and dedication to stick to my plans this time around 🙂

Photo Credit : http://arthawall.com/rapunzel-movie-disney-03/

 

Vending wishes ( Daily Prompt)

Yesterday was unbearably hot and humid.

It’s June end.

According to the weatherman, monsoon hit the Kerala coast early this month….lots of clouds floating in the sky everyday ,but no sign of rain….it should be pouring by now !!!

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The farmers have readied the fields, it’s time to sow the seeds …but the land is parched, the reservoirs are fast drying up…

I wish, I had a vending machine that could bring ‘Rain’. Just put in a few coins and watch the dark clouds gather, hear the claps of thunder, see the lightning flash and enjoy the rain.

But alas, it’s just  a  wishful thinking…

“We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate.
The wind is blowing; those vessels whose sails are unfurled
catch it, and go forward on their way, but those which have
their sails furled do not catch the wind. Is that the fault of
the wind?……. We make our own destiny. “

– Swami Vivekananda

We better wake up and take care of our environment, before it is too late….

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/vending-wishes/ –Soft drinks, electronics, nutrient-free snacks — you can get all of those from a vending machine. But what type of vending machine is sorely needed but doesn’t yet exist? Share your automated retail fantasies with us!

 

 

Contrast (WPC)

  My choice for the WordPress Photo Challenge – Contrasts !!!

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Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
                                                                  – Fire and Ice by Robert Frost

Yes, words CAN make a difference….

Found this interesting video in ‘The Economist’.

Just rambling about what happened in work today to our little babies ,help us de-stress…they are the most patient listeners you can get

Watching them  react to our expression and tone as we read  to them their bedtime tales, make us feel as if we are the best storyteller in the world or may be the best theatre artist ever…

Many a times, reading a book to calm down our cranky kid who just won’t stop yelling, has been our best bet.

Nice to know ,that the rambling and reading to our kids has such profound impact on their brain development…

 

 

Stuck in between !!! (WPC)

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/between-danielle-hark/

This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that says BETWEEN.

 Ravana the antagonist of Hindu epic ‘Ramayana‘ is depicted and described to have ten heads each head representing the knowledge of six shastra and four vedas.

However, some also interpret the ten heads to represent -Kama (lust),Krodha (anger), Moha(delusion), Lobha (Greed), Mada (pride),Maatsarya (Envy), Manas (the mind), Buddhi (intellect), Chitta(Will) and Ahamkara (the Ego).

Hindu spiritual gurus have always stressed on overcoming Self and revere  the Intellect for the elevation of the Soul.

Looks like someone’s stuck in between !!

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Extra seat(WPC)

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/extra-extra/

This week, share a photo that has a little something extra: an unexpected visitor, or a tranquil landscape with a splash of color. A lone carrot in a sea of peas. Draw us in with a humorous detail, or find a photo with an added element that makes it an image only you could capture.

This post is in response to the above Daily Post Prompt. It was too tempting and hence the deviation from the blog’s central theme. Plus, it’s Friday night ..exceptions allowed 🙂

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With the World Cup football fever gripping everyone, old and young,  the ” football ” gets a seat at the dining table too !