Share Your World – April 5, 2021

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Do you think psychic abilities exist? 

I don’t think that psychic abilities exist, it’s just that some people have a very keen intuitive nature and that helps them to learn in a glance what others can take days to learn.

I remember the tv show, “Mentalist” in which the protagonist seems to have psychic abilities, but he is just a very keen observer. Someone like legendary Sherlock Holmes.

How would you describe peanut butter to someone who didn’t know what it was?

Something that can be creamy or crunchy, brown, and yummy. You can spread it on bread, toast, or a cracker. Tastes good with chocolate, bananas, jam, jelly………

Why does an octopus squirt ink?

To make you blind so that it can get away! Natural defense. Or if the opponent is small, it may consume it as a meal after blinding it.

Who are two of today’s greatest entertainers in your opinion?  (can be actors, musicians, singers, etc)

Morgan Freeman

Tom Hanks.


Please feel free to share a moment of gratitude in your life! 


Both I and my husband have gotten our covid vaccination. My husband got his second shot yesterday and I will get mine on 20th April.

New April lily is blooming.

Discovered this hive on one of the flower planters today.

The weather is great. Not too hot as yet!




Share Your World – March 29 2021

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What is knowledge? 

I think knowledge is what we learn in life. The process starts from the day we are born and continues till we have an open mind. The moment we think we know everything, we stop learning.

How do you define consciousness (self awareness)?

It’s the knowledge of our inner self, and what’s around us. Through consciousness, we also attain a perception of something which we cannot see but feel.

Is it possible to prove that other people besides yourself have consciousness? 

Everyone has consciousness, but not everyone has a conscience.

Would you be able to tell if time had been altered in some way? 

Do you mean like a time warp? Perhaps, but I’ll have to live through it first. Till now time has a one-way linear flow, from past to present and then future. After all the stories of going back in time or change what happened in the past, the concept seems probable but in fact, it is not possible.

Do you like potato chips (they’re called ‘crisps’ in Europe I believe)?

I like everything potato! Fries, crisps, chips, mashed, or in any other form.


On this side of the world, it’s coming into Springtime.   Celebrate Spring by sharing an image or anecdote that shares “Spring”!   Alternatively, it’s coming into Autumn on the other side of the world.  Please do the same for Autumn!   Thanks! 

A photographic journey of the first April lily blooming.

Found this one growing by the roadside.




Share Your World March 22, 2021

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If not now, then when?

There’s no better time than now, and nothing better to start with yourself. I am talking about change that we want to see in the world around us. We need to change our way of thinking and behaving before we expect others to change.

We have to be the ambassadors of change.

Can you describe your life in a six-word sentence?

No regrets about past, no worries about the future!

( oops, these are nine words, but describe my life so well!)

Do you remember that thing people used to say, about how you swallow eight spiders a year while you sleep? It’s not true, but do you think you’ve ever swallowed any? What bug do you think you’ve eaten the most of by accident?

To my knowledge, I haven’t swallowed any spiders but who knows! I might have swallowed/ eaten crow when I spoke out of turn a few times!

I do suffer from Foot in the mouth disease!

What’s the best approach to resolving conflict?

If it is my mistake, I apologize, if it’s a family dispute, I try to pacify the conflicting parties but I don’t advocate on behalf of one to the other. That just creates resentment.

Gratitude Section

Where do you find inspiration?


I find inspiration from my blogging community, my family, and life itself.

Thank you so much Melanie for these wonderful questions. I appreciate how much effort goes into thinking new questions every week.



Share Your World – March 15, 2021

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How well do you know your next-door neighbors?   Do you like them?   (credit to Cyrannyfor the question)

I know our neighbors on both sides, but the ones on our right are more friendly so I interacted with them more. They are really decent people and are very caring. The one on the other side are not here most of the time as their children are studying in America and they spend most of their time in the USA. Besides they aren’t that friendly either.

Do you have a full length mirror?  (credit to Sadje for the rest of the questions)

I have a couple of full length mirrors which came with the house. I try not to see myself in them as there is no use of making myself sad and depressed. I only take a peek if I want to see how my clothes are looking, for example a sari needs to be draped properly.

(for the men)  Do you shave every day or do you like the ‘stubble’ look, or a beard?

I don’t like my husband‘s stubble look. Not a well groomed look!

(for the ladies)   How long do you spend putting on make-up in the morning?

I sometimes bother with an eyeliner and rarely put on lipstick. On most days, it’s just skin care regimen which takes 5 minutes.

How many items of clothing are in your bedroom (or closet) and not hung up?

Most are hanged after I iron them. Only my night clothes are folded without ironing.


Do you have a happy place?


I have a happy place in my mind. I feel relaxed when I am on top of my daily routine. I can relax then and enjoy my walk and my music.

( PS; the above question for which Melanie had very generously credited me, were originally posed by Cheryl of the Bag lady )




Share Your World March 8, 2021

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If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be for?  (Covid considerations are suspended for this question)

I would invite my immediate family and close friends for an open air barbecue party. Though Melanie has kindly waived off covid restrictions, I think we should be prepared for them for at least this year and the next. Actually, I’d like to have this party for my sixtieth birthday!( it is in November this year! )

Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.

A picture can show what sometimes the words cannot express fully. Besides, an image can be different things to different people!

Where IS Waldo?   (Waldo, for those unfamiliar with him, is a cartoon character featured in many ”find Waldo” images and puzzles)    No this isn't an April Fool's prank, it's actually Where's Waldo Week on Google Maps | This is the Loop | Golf Digest

  <——  WALDO

I think he was in Washington the last I’ve heard. But he keeps on traveling and could be anywhere now. Even in blogosphere!

What’s the best part of waking up?

Being alive. If I wake up in the morning, I am alive. Now I can get my cup of real coffee and get down to the daily routine.

Would you rather be covered in fur or covered in scales?

Neither, thank you very much! I already am quite big and don’t want to add more to my volume.

GRATITUDE SECTION (Always optional) 

Feel free to share your gratitude for our world!


I am grateful that it rained last night and delayed the advancing summer. The weather is lovely these days, flowers are blooming and walking outside is a treat!




Share Your World March 1, 2021

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Is every piece of truth worth telling?   (credit to the magnificent Cyranny for this one)

Nopes. If my truth is going to hurt someone, it is better to keep quiet. If the truth is important in the sense that it can change how we look at life or people, then it needs to be told.

Whom do you miss more Freddy Mercury or Prince?  (if you don’t know who those people are, just skip this question.  It’s cool).

I liked both of them but wasn’t a big fan. So neither.

If you could only email or text people for the rest of your life (no other form of communication), which would you choose?  

I would prefer texting. Email is time-consuming.

Would you prefer to work the midnight shift at a really creepy out of the way motel OR work alone for eternity?

I’d rather be working alone than at a creepy out of the way motel at midnight.

Bonus question because yes, these are a weird bunch this week:   What’s one secret you’re still keeping from your immediate family? (no details required.  You could say something like “The lost weekend in 1982”.  You can also answer “Why I NEVER keep secrets from my nearest and dearest!”).

How much I really weigh!

And I’m not telling anyone except my doctor.

GRATITUDE SECTION (always optional)

Please feel free to share something uplifting that you’ve experienced so far in 2021.


My older daughter received her doctorate degree all the way from Washington university via snail mail. It took almost three months to get here. We are so proud of her achievements.




Share Your World February 22 2021

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QUESTIONS (an “odd” basket full today)

Have you ever ‘butt dialed” someone?  (‘butt dialed’ means have you ever made a phone call that you weren’t aware of making, because the buttons on the phone got pushed by your sitting on them (in your pocket) OR having something in your handbag press against them?)

Many times!

My phone is in my handbag when I’m out of my home and I usually manage to dial the last dialed number if I accidentally unlock my phone. It’s usually my husband or one of my kids.

If you were given 1000 acres of land, what would you do with it?

I think if I am given money with this land, I would like to start a wind farm. A clean source of energy!

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on-line recently? 

I did see a movie that I liked very much before the lockdown days.

Johnny English strikes again.

Have you ever eaten something off the floor?  ‘5 second’ rule applies or not (the ‘5 second rule’ is that if you pick up the dropped food within a set time frame, it’s still ‘clean’ and you can safely eat it)?

When my piece of dark chocolate falls down, I pick it as fast as I can and eat it. Though I’ve never eaten anything “off” the floor!


Feel free to share your gratitude with everyone in the form of a quote, a thought or an image.


I am grateful every day for the blessings that are bestowed on me and my family.

This week I am grateful for the fact that my family is safe and healthy. My grandson’s school is going to be 4 days in person and I could finally go with my elder daughter for a manicure and pedicure at a nearby salon, fully masked of course.

Thank you Melanie for these fun questions.



Share Your World February 15 2021

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Do you feel you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?

I think I do ask questions, but mostly I Google!

Sometimes people get irritated when we get too inquisitive. But as a rule, I think asking questions should be encouraged and so should answering them.

As long as the questions are NOT personal.

When did you fail to speak up when you feel you should have?

When someone was being unkind to me, I was too intimidated by them to speak up. It wasn’t such a big deal at that point but I felt later that I should have stood up for myself. And should have gotten into the habit of doing that. I still struggle to take a stand for myself. I guess old habits die hard.

When was the last time you felt lucky?*

I always feel lucky when I get up in the morning. What if I didn’t get up at all?

Whatever the day brings, I can handle it because I am alive.

What is a boulder?

Boulder is that shoulder that is frozen solid, like a rock. It could be due to the fact that you’re being given the “cold shoulder treatment” or it could actually be a medical condition when the movements of that arm feel so painful that it feels like you’re moving a very heavy load!


Feel free to share your gratitude with everyone!  


I am recovering nicely from my gallbladder surgery and am starting to eat somewhat normal food. Even have been able to have coffee a few times. Yay!



Share Your World February 8, 2021

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In your opinion, do May/December romances ever work?

I think it’s not the timings that decide the fate of a romance but the genuineness of the feelings. True love may strike in August or January, even. The thing to do is to examine the feelings closely and not get swept away with the holiday spirit.

What physical action or gesture do you find romantic?

I find genuine gestures of care romantic. For example, giving someone their gloves to keep their hands warm when it’s freezing or offering to cook dinner when the other person is not feeling up to it. Anything that shows that the other person loves with all their heart.

What is your idea of a romantic dinner?

Dinner cooked by someone else or paid for by someone else. Don’t expect me to cook your dinner, over a hot stove for hours and serve it in candlelight. That would just kill the idea of romance.

Is ‘love’ a real ‘thing’ or merely a physical-chemical response and brain activity pulling our emotional strings?

It can be both. The lasting kind has the right chemical reactions backed up with a lot of affection. Pure chemistry doesn’t make the relationship strong. I really don’t believe in love at first sight because one needs to know a person to love them. ( This is my personal opinion)

GRATITUDE SECTION (as always optional)

How do you show your loved ones that you love them?

(image borrowed from Rory, an awesome bloke!)

I care for them, more than I care for my own comfort. I listen to them when they need an ear and support them when they need a shoulder to lean on. And give a good talking to when it’s needed.



Share Your World February 1 2021

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If the government offered to suspend all laws, and law enforcement for 24 hours, letting you (and everybody else) do whatever you wish… Would you be in favor of it, or not?  (Credit for this question goes to Cyranny and her Daily Quickie Question)

Oh no, absolutely not!

I’m not the sort who would be in favor of any unlawful activity and on top of it, EVERYONE would be free to do as they pleased. A very good recipe for a MEGA disaster.

What would be the creepiest thing you could say while passing a stranger on the street? (We’re suspending the whole social distancing and Covid involvement in this scenario)

Hi, it was fun last night, wasn’t it?

I’m sure it would confuse them no end!

As a child, what did you think would be great about being an adult, but isn’t as great as you thought it would be? 

I thought, like almost everyone that being grown up and being able to do as we pleased would be just wonderful. But alas it is never like that. First, it’s the parents and later the pressure of the society. And when we have families of our own, they want us to do things their way!

What, in your opinion, has been blown way out of proportion?

I think we have blown the concept of being super achievers way out of proportion. We should do the best we can but not all of us can be the ones who are at the top of the ladder. It’s okay to be midway and be content with our lives.

In the end, it’s better to be at peace rather than famous or tremendously successful.

Gratitude Section (Optional as always) Where is your ‘happy’ place?  


My happy place is in my mind. When I have nothing pressing to do and can relax with a good book or read and blog on WordPress.

Thank you Melanie for these lovely questions.