December Photo A Day Challenge

I have taken up Fat Mum Slim’s Photo A Day Challenge a couple of times before, and have quite enjoyed the experience. When the list for this December’s Challenge was out, I couldn’t resist. The themes were interesting and I needed an excuse to get back to routine life again. So, guys, I am in the challenge this time.

Please do visit my photo blog every day this month and show some love there! 🙂

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Day 30: The truest of friends

It was that books made me feel that, perhaps, I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I, with them.

~ Will Herondale

For as long as I can remember, I have loved books the way I love dear friends. I enjoy spending time with them, stealing a moment from a busy Monday morning or a lazy Sunday afternoon to be with them. I can turn to them anywhere, at any time, and they, the generous selves that they are, open themselves up to me in all their splendour. They tell me all that I need to know, and are always there whenever I need them. They have helped me tide over some of the most difficult times of my life.

The book in the picture is Nora Seton’s The Kitchen Congregation, a memoir, my latest read.

I can’t think of anything better than my books for today’s July Photo-a-Day prompt, ‘Friendship’.

Day 29: Spooked out in Matheran

We visited Matheran a couple of years back. The OH and I conjured up so many ghost stories in Matheran just before we left on our trip, and we spooked each other silly. We had not read up much about Matheran, and were all the more spooked to find out that Matheran, in the mist and gloom of winter, looked exactly like we had thought it would in our ghost stories.

To top it all, we ‘discovered’ a school called Saraswati Vidya Mandir on one of our evening walks there, just the kind of school that you would come across in a remote hill station in an old Hindi movie. You know the types, right? There seemed to be no one around, and so we decided to enter, holding hands, our hearts thudding so loud you could hear them in the eerie silence. What’s not eerie about an abandoned school on a hill station, surrounded by fog?

This was the view that greeted us as soon as we stepped in.

I would have died there and then had a bell clanged, had a young lad peeped out from the window of a disused classroom, or had an ancient headmaster wearing a dhoti come to have a closer look at us, with a kerosene lantern held at eye level. Thankfully, none of this happened. Both of us lived to take some gorgeous pictures of the views, and to tell you people the tale today.

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For the July Photo-a-Day Challenge. The theme for today is ‘perspective‘.

Day 24: D is for…..

… doll!

This is a rag doll from our showcase, to be specific. Cute, right?

I picked her up for myself when I went to Sutradhar to buy Pinkel for Chirpy. I couldn’t resist the lovely smile, the outstretched arms and the short red frock. 🙂

I am such a child, no? Go on, tell me! 😀

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For the July Photo-a-Day Challenge. The theme for today is ‘D for….’

Day 23: Haathi chaap

The July Photo-a-Day prompt tells me to put up today, on my blog, the picture of something I drew. Well, I haven’t really drawn anything worthwhile after school. I do draw squiggles and different forms of my signature on the last pages of the notebooks I use, though. This prompt had me stumped, because none of those squiggles is worth putting up – that is, if I do not want to scare away the blog readers I have. 🙂

So, for today, I decided to present to you ‘Haathi chaap’, something that I learnt to draw way back in school. It is one of the few things I draw that actually resembles what it is supposed to resemble. 😀

Here goes.

You’ll come back here to read me, no? Pretty please. 🙂

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Title courtesy: Haathi chaap masalas, products whose advertisements I have grown up hearing and seeing.