Lucky me and you! We had means to interact with each other while the rest of the world was under lockdown in March, 2020
I wrote this post in March 2020, just when the whole of the world was going into lockdowns for the first time.
In today’s mad mad world, we are lucky to have one thing that is not affected by the threat of illness. Our blogging!
This thought struck me while planning out my day. Going shopping is out. Socializing is out. And most of the things we do together are out for the time being. But we are lucky that blogging is a solitary occupation. We can blog and be in touch with our friends all over the world. No chances of getting ill or catching a virus, unless it’s of the cyber variety.
Sitting by ourselves, we can roam the world, catch up with our friends and their news and never feel lonely or isolated. We get all the mental stimulation and exciting while never even getting up from out comfy chair. Can you imagine anyone else being this lucky!
So this is what I am doing these days. Nice solitary walks around the neighborhood and getting plenty of exercise and fresh air. And at home, blogging and reading. Took these pictures while on a walk with my grandson today.
Keep well and keep safe. As they say;
Keep calm and blog!
Written for JusJoJan- Exercise, Prompted by Wendy, hosted by Linda
There, amidst a clearing in the dark woods, stood a well-lighted building, supporting all the amenities of modern life. Anyone who came upon it accidentally was amazed not only at it well-kept condition but also at the fact that it ppl was not on any map or GPS!
It was a mystery. Who had put this in the middle of the woods and why was it there? Many hikers and passersby usedthe small cafe to get coffee, or bottled water, or perhaps bought a snack. The toilets were impeccably clean and functional. There were no employees in the cafe, just the vending machines which were kept fully stocked.
Many months passed and one day the serenity of the woods was disturbed when a full squadron of police vehicles surrounded the area.
The locals were shocked to learn that this place was used for drug trafficking where those in the know could buy whichever drug they wanted by using the secret code.
The place was sealed. The hikers and locals still miss the clean toilets.
Written for JusJoJan-Amenities, Prompted by Kim, hosted by Linda
I am sharing this post, re-edited, from September 2018;
Who doesn’t want to be happy? We all do! But what exactly is happiness?
Happy is equivalent to a state of joy or pleasure.
The usual expectation people have about an ideal life is, that it is happy. I agree with you and so would about 99% of people in this world. But what makes a person happy is a big variable. If riches are one person’s idea of a happy life, a good home/ marriage would be another’s. A great and fulfilling job can be the ideal happy life for someone else. We usually base our expectations of being happy on certain conditions and circumstances in life. Nobody would expect to be happy just because he/ she felt like it. Except for a CHILD!!! And here lies the difference which is between adults and children.
We have gradually programmed to co-relate happiness with other things in life, like success, money, a good home, or a congenial environment. This conditioning changes our perception of joy and pleasure. A child can be happy for no reason other than he/ she is feeling buoyant. Children have not yet learned that they need certain conditions to make them happy. I guess what I really want to say that the pure unadulterated feeling of joy or happiness need not be an elusive phantom to be chased all our lives.
Joy can be found in everything around us, we just need to perceive it;
A beautiful vista, a bird’s song, or the laughter of a child, or a loved one can bring us untold joy, only if we open our hearts and minds to it.
The onus of being happy should lie on our own shoulders. ( Or in our perceptions). Don’t give others this job. Decide to be a person who can look for joy and pleasure in little things in life. Don’t wait for earth-shattering events to experience the highs of pleasure. Find your happiness in the little day-to-day event.
Written for JusJoJan-Ideal, Prompted by Astrid, hosted by Linda
I live in a country where all fruits are vegetables aren’t available all through the year.
Seasonal fruits and vegetables are fresh and cheap. Out-of-season fruits and vegetables are from cold storage and are quite expensive. So we usually buy seasonal fruits veggies and enjoy them to the fullest till they are in season. Other than fresh produce, we have other seasonal dishes too.
In winter, the most famous and popular dishes are;
Carrot halva, mustard greens cooked as saag and served with roti made of corn flour. We also make halvas out of split chickpeas flour, squash, and pumpkins in winter.
In summer we go for light, low-calorie foods like fruit salads or dahi bhalas, a dish made of spicy yogurt and lentil dumplings. Our favorite drinks are lemonade, rooh afza ( a traditional drink made from fruit extract and sugar), and sweetened chia seed drink. Chat, a mixture of boiled chickpeas, potatoes, raw onions, tomatoes, and chilies is also very popular.
What are your seasonal foods?
Written for JusJoJan- Seasonal, Prompted by Kaye, hosted by Linda