Fandango’s Provocative Question #97

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

Here’s this week’s provocative question:

Is it more important to you to be able to help yourself, help your family, help your friends, help your society, or help the world?


I think whatever we may feel emotionally, the first priority is to help oneself. When I will be able to look after myself, I can then extend a helping hand to my family and friends. The term of helping here would mean helping physically, emotionally, and financially.

As far as helping society and the world around us, that takes priority over ourselves and our family. The reason is that we don’t have to extend help for physical or emotional support to the society but rather help in form of doing things consciously to improve the living condition of all humanity.

We can be environmentally careful, avoid discrimination, and be law-abiding without putting a strain on ourselves. And this I feel is a duty for all human beings, all over the world.




Rory Asks; Predictable or spontaneous?

A new set of questions from Rory;

Are you naturally a predictable or a spontaneous person?

I think I am both. I am predictably spontaneous. I will do things on spur of the moment, as everyone who knows me can predict.

Has the arrival of the pandemic made you want to become more predictable or more spontaneous?

Pandemic hasn’t changed me much. I will do things my usual way and not worry about the consequences. I have however become more careful about mine and the health of others.

If you are wanting to become less predictable and more spontaneous or adventurerous what would you introduce to your life and environment to make that happen?

Now, this is a tough one. If I wanted to become more spontaneous or adventurous, I think I would take up activities that I don’t do now. Like traveling more, going for nature walks, and explore new authors.

What do you not do, but you really want to but have never had the opportunity to do so?

I think I’ve done most things that I wanted to do in my life. I’ve tried stuff that was challenging at least once. And at this stage of my life, I should do things I am comfortable with and not just because I see someone else doing them.




Share your World- November 23, 2020

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Jim came up with some interesting questions for Share Your World this week.   6,432 Cornucopia Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free Images - iStockQuestions

What is worse than a dentist with bad breath?

• A dentist with bad breath and no mask. They would be the worst type because they can make you sick.

Have you ever been rejected by someone that you liked, or been told that you were not good enough for somebody else?

• I will tell you something which you’d find very interesting about my culture. When I was young, it wasn’t the done thing for girls to have boyfriends. So there was no occasion when I would profess my liking to someone and they would reject me. We were only allowed to go out with our fiancé after the engagement. And even then only very progressive parents would allow that.

Our life partners were chosen for us by our parents and so the onus of accepting and rejecting proposals was on them.

Did you ever want to have toast for breakfast, only to find that all your bread was covered in green mold?

• Yup, many times. But now I keep my bread in the fridge and it may go stale but seldom moldy.

Did you ever sneeze so hard that your whole body hurt?

• Many times. I used to pinch my nose when sneezing and that used to pop my ears. Then my grandma told me the I could puncture my eardrums by doing that.

Did you ever buy clothing on the internet that did not fit, but you wore them anyway, since you didn’t want to pay the $5 shipping charge to send them back?

• I bought jeans from Levi’s and they were too big ( surprise) and I returned them without checking the return conditions. They deducted $ 7 for shipping. After that, I never ordered from them directly.

As a nod to the upcoming American Thanksgiving Holiday which happens this Thursday, please share in the Gratitude Section anything you might be thankful for this particular November.   I know it’s tough (for some) to find anything to be grateful for, but there are always things if one cares to look for them.   Have a joyous week!   MBCgivethanksgobbletilwobble

• Though I am not an American, I still am grateful for a lot of things this November. I had a wonderful birthday this week with all my kids and grandkids around me. This was very special.

• Donald Trump lost the elections and I think people all over the world are thankful for that.

• The weather here is wonderful. Slightly cooler and cozy enough for us to enjoy sitting near a heater and enjoying coffee ( decaf)

Thank you Melanie and Jim for this opportunity to share our world.



Blogging Insights- What’s in a name

Tanya is the host of this series


Do you use your own name for blogging?

I don’t use my name for blogging. The name of my blog is keep it alive and I use a pseudonym, Sadje as my moniker.

If you use a pseudonym, what are your reasons for this, and what led you to choose that particular name?

Like a lot of other bloggers, when I started my blog, I was wary of revealing too much about myself on a public forum so I decided to use a name that is somewhat similar to my name, and yet it isn’t my name. This way I have privacy and am free to express my opinions without any fear of repercussions from my friends in the real world. It is quite liberating to be semi-anonymous.

Is there an interesting story behind your User Name?

It was a chance that I ended up with Sadje as my username. It was a typo and I click okay before I saw what I had entered as my username. I then googled Sadje and found out that it is a name in its own right. So that’s how I ended up as Sadje @ Keepitalive!

Thank you Tanya for giving me this opportunity to share my story about my blog name here.



Fandango’s Provocative Question #96- Deep or wide?

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

The provocative question today is simply this…

Do you think it’s better to have a broad knowledge base or a deep knowledge base?

A person who has deep in-depth knowledge is a specialist. Beingspecialistaboutfield.


We meet both types of people and we do need them both. A specialist is needed when the task at hand needs someone with deep knowledge and expertise. While a generalist is needed when there is a requirement to tackle more than one set of tasks.

personal preferenceI.

Knowledge should to be valued regardless of its breadth or depth. Both aspects are necessary for our survival.



The Friday Four # 6

Rory is the host of Friday Four

The Friday Four
Once A Fortnight Question Game
Today some more brain tickling thought provokers!

Are you a perfectionist or can you take a step back and accept less than perfect?

I was one but now I’ve mended my ways. It wasn’t that I wanted things to be perfect for me, but I wanted things that I did to be perfect. Now I have realized that sadly I am an ordinary human and since I have no superpowers, my efforts will never be 100% perfect and that is fine.

• How often do you save online articles to your favourites list for reading ‘later’ and more importantly when do you then read them – as in when is your ‘later?’?

When I am rushed for time, I save posts on my reader to read later. But I do get to them in a day or two. If I can’t do that, I un save these posts because most would have become irrelevant by that time. There are certain posts with recipes, movie suggestions, and tv shows that remain saved till I have used that information in a useful manner.

When was the last time that you actively involved yourself in doing absolutely nothing for an hour and what did you do in that hour of nothing?

Just this evening, I sat on my lounger and did my coloring on the “Happy color” app. It was an hour or so. I also “do nothing” when I am playing my card games, solving puzzles, or just listening to music.

But if you’re asking, doing nothing as in nothing at all, that only happens when I sleep.

When was the last time that you were engaged in a difficult conversation and if you can ‘what was it and how did you do?’

What? Are you telepathic?

I just now had a difficult conversation with one family member. They were asking me to be more upfront with my emotions and feelings. And not keep things in my heart, where they fester and cause resentment. I was denying that I am not resentful, but they were insisting that since I am human, I must have some resentment!

The upshot was that we agreed to be more forthcoming about our feelings. (Haha)



Life is a box of chocolates?

Rory posted a very interesting post a couple of days back where he asked his readers;

• If life is like a box of chocolates how many are in the box?

• What flavors would there be to represent life?

• If you had an everlasting box of chocolate that provided to you your personal choice in chocolates and candies how many would be in that box and what are the flavours?


• If you equate life with a box of chocolates, it would have to be essentially a box from Harry Potter’s world. Where the chocolates can be extremely good as well as thoroughly yucky!

If I look at my own life, I got an equal share of good and not-so-good flavors of chocolates in my box.

There were tragedies in my life as well as things that were excellent too. But I think it is true for most of the people in the world. We have trials and then triumphs too. That is how life works. The element of surprise is the biggest blessing in this whole scenario. If we knew a bad thing is about to befall us, we would probably be half dead with apprehension before it even happened. And if we knew something good is coming out way, the anticipation would be greater than the real thing.

• This mythical box would need to have as many chocolates in it as there would be days in a person’s life. For each day is a different flavor and a different surprise!

• Life in terms of chocolate flavors would go something like this;

(All these flavors are borrowed from the chocolate frogs of Harry Potter world)

Happiness; Dark chocolate with orange flavor

Contentment; Milk chocolate with truffles

Achievement; A whole box of Quality street

Loss; Bitter flavor, like ear-wax

Disappointment; An empty wrapper

Failure; Mud flavor

Fear; Cockroach flavor

• If I had an ever-filling box of chocolates, I would really like them to be all flavors of dark and milk chocolate but they would have to be calorie-free!

This is my view on this very tricky question!



Share Your World – 11. 16. 2020

Melanie is the host of SYW


Welcome to Share Your World!

Oddball Questions:

Is cereal soup? Why or why not?

Cereal can be part of a soup but cereal with milk and sugar doesn’t classify as soup in my mind. Some soups do use corn, barley, or wheat.

What are some interesting ways to answer everyday questions like “how’s it going” or “what do you do”?

How’s it going;

Still alive and kicking!

Not dead yet!

As well as could be expected, considering who’s in charge!

What do you do?

I am a chef, nanny, housekeeper, and chauffeur! ( Mom)

Nothing much, just eat and relax!

I don’t think you’ll be able to understand if I told you!

What was your favorite toy growing up?

It was a doll that my father brought for me when he went to Harvard. I treated it with so much care that I had it till I was in high school.

If you have a pet, and you could ask it three questions, what would you ask?

Don’t have any pets.

Attitude of Gratitude Section (Always Optional)

What’s one simple thing society at large could do to improve our world?



If we as a society inculcated only one habit, we would improve the quality of life immensely;

To treat others as we want them to treat us!

Thank you Melanie for these wonderful questions.



Blogging Insights- Dreaming big

Tanya is the host of Blogging Insights


What are your “dreams” regarding your blog?

I think I wouldn’t use the word dream because it implies another level of ambition. I have hopes for my blog.

I wanted my blog to pay for itself;

That is not going to happen as for some reason I cannot get the word ads on my blog. Now I have abandoned this idea and have accepted the fact that I will have to pay for the pleasure to blog.

• I want to make a change;

This is something I hope I am achieving and in the future will continue to do so. I want to bring awareness to my readers about the issues of health and other social problems. I hope that I can bring some joy to my readers too and maybe provoke some new and positive thoughts.

I want to improve my writing skills;

I think I’ve achieved this to some extent. Before I started my blog, I hadn’t written ANY stories. Now I can do that with ease. I cannot claim that I write very well but it is a start.

I may eventually write a book;

Blogging is a good practice and I might eventually write a book. I don’t think it’ll be a storybook but rather ideas and perspectives. I am not sure about this yet but there’s no harm in planning.

So to date, these are the hopes and aspirations for Keepitalive!

Let’s see what the future brings.

Once again a big thanks to Tanya for these interesting questions.



Fandango Provocative Question # 95

Fandango is the host of Fandango Provocative Question

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

There are estimates that there is nearly 25 billion connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices around the globe today.

Your smart watch, your smartphone, your ISP, your laptop, your car, your TV, your bank, your insurance companies, your home’s thermostat, maybe your refrigerator, your washer/dryer, and even your doctor, can all be collecting, storing, and sharing your personal information. So can Alexa, Siri, Apple Home, Google Hub, and your Nest or Ring doorbells.But what does this mean for your personal privacy when all of this data about who you are and almost everything you do is out there being stored and maybe being shared in cyberspace? Just how secure is all of this data about each and everyone of us that is routinely being collected and analyzed?

This leads to today’s provocative question, which is essentially about the trade-offs between privacy and security. There are those who argue that you can have security without privacy, but you can’t have privacy without security.

So the question is…

Which is more important to you, privacy or security? How much privacy are you willing to give up for security?

My response;

While I agree that privacy and security are both very important, especially nowadays, we are unfortunately living in a world where there has to be a compromise.

If we want the convenience of online shopping, we have to surrender a little of our privacy by giving our credit card information on the website. The important thing here is to be careful where and to whom we are giving this info. There are trusted websites where we feel secure and are less reluctant to divulge our financial information.

Then there is social media, where people not only share their personal information but opinions too. This can and has become a big risk. The information collected from Facebook has been used to influence people in the 2016 US elections.

I do online shopping and have used my cards on a few trusted sites. But on Facebook or for that matter, WordPress, I have not given my true name or details.

It is not much but I do try to protect my privacy and keep my information secure.