The Versatile Blogger Award


I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by www.simpleheadgirl.wordpress.com.

Please check out her blog for lovely posts; posts that come straight from the heart. I especially liked her posts ‘Rain Diary‘ and ‘Do but Don’t‘. I also love the tag line on her blog, which reads – ‘Do what you love‘.

Thank you so very much for the nomination.

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The rule book for this award says:

• First of all,give the link and name of the blogger who nominated you, in your post.
• Secondly,give 7 facts about you.
• Lastly,nominate 15 bloggers for the same.

7 Facts about myself

1. I love books, books and more books, and dream about spending all my time reading. Some of my favourite books are – The Fountainhead, Yes Minister, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Rebecca, The Love Story….and the list goes on.

2. I love painting and classical music.

3. I have two adorable children, whom I love to bits.

4. My day starts with a large mug of hot filter coffee that removes my grouchiness.

5. I love spicy food – Indian, Thai, Chinese and Mexican.

6. I am 3 months old in WordPress. I’m having a lot of fun learning the finer nuances of blogging. A big thank you to all my followers, and other bloggers, who have taken the time to stop by and give generously of their time and comments. Thank you!

7. I love Math and solving all kinds of puzzles, especially Sudoku.

And here are the bloggers I’d like to nominate:

1. The Hut Owner Blog – www.thehutownerblog.wordpress.com

2. Tails Around the Ranch – www.tailsaroundtheranch.wordpress.com

3. SwittersB & Exploring – www.swittersb.wordpress.com

4. Soul Gatherings – www.soulgatherings.wordpress.com

5. Paul Militaru – www.photopaulm.com

6. Passion through Poetry – www.movingtowardsthelight.com

7.Mathemagical Site – www.mathemagicalsite.wordpress.com

8.Hush, Lola! – www.hushlola.wordpress.com

9. WriterInSoul – www.writerinsoul.wordpress.com

10.Yes Even this too will pass – www.yeseventhistoowillpass.wordpress.com

11.Unexpected in Common hours – www.unexpectedincommonhours.wordpress.com

12.Cindy Knoke – www.cindyknoke.com

13.Musings On Life – www.kavitapanyam.com

14. Bethula – bethulaworldpress.wordpress.com

15. Empower and Balance – www.empowerandbalance.com

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Enid Blyton & A Cafe in London


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Many years ago, I was on a work assignment in London. Every weekend, I tried to see something of the city, and soon fell in love with it. With the city tour guidebook, I checked out some of the recommended walking trails.

A few days before my trip to London, when I’d come to know that I would be travelling, I made a list. More about that later.

It was another grey and cold English day, as I set out to the Kew Gardens, on one of my weekend walking trails. I spent a wonderful morning at the gardens. By noon the skies had darkened and rain was imminent.

I decided to head back. On the way, I was stopped by the delicious smells of freshly baked cakes and bread from a small roadside cafe.

I decided to go in for a quick bite and checked to see if my list was still in my wallet.

A cheerful looking woman took my order. I showed her my list. I asked her if they served  any of the items on the list – scones, hot chocolate with whipped cream, roasted jacket potatoes, strawberries with cream.

She smiled and asked me why I wanted those specific items. I replied that I’d grown up on Enid Blyton and that the things on my list, featured in most of her books.

My sisters and I had decided that whoever visited England first, would try out those delicious items,  and write back to the others.

She laughed and told me that they had fresh scones and hot chocolate with cream.

I struck two items off my list, feeling foolish and happy at the same time.

The scones and hot chocolate were yummy, especially the cream.

Just as I left the cafe, the lady gave me a small paper bag and said, “Some scones for you to take away, with our compliments.”

I was so touched.  It was a long and happy day – from favourite childhood books to a cafe in London and the sweet gesture of the lady.

I completed the rest of my list before I left London, but definitely look forward to getting started on a new list, this time, with my children.