As I’ve mentioned earlier this week, its been raining here, in Rajasthan. That in itself is a rare blessing. But, someone up there must be very happy with us down here, cause today we were blessed with a rainbow! A ‘full fledged seven colors showing clearly ‘ kind of rainbow. The kids and me were getting back from the circus! Yes, we have a circus in town these days. Just as we were climbing over an over-bridge, Lo and behold! Right on our windscreen, stood the rainbow. The kids in their 7 years of existence have only seen rainbows in books and cartoon movies and were duly ecstatic. We were so spellbound that we pulled up, right in the middle of the bridge, rolled up the sky-roof and stuck our heads out to soak in the sight. After we had our fill (of our own live rainbow show) and the honking of the cars behind us could no longer be ignored we settled back in and drove out. In all the excitement we forgot to click pictures!
Just like me! To soak in my blessings but forget to put it down in black and white for posterity.
That brings me to the other reason I am writing this post. To duly acknowledge and record for posterity, the other blessings I have received recently. Many of you know about my tentative journey into blogging. A lot of you are personally responsible for my continued existence in the blogosphere. With your comments and visits you’ve made the humble stuff I have to say, special conversations to cherish. A few of you have taken the encouragement a step further and converted the encouragement, into the special things called – Awards!
When I finished studies I assumed my days of awards and recognitions were over. After getting on with adult life for a decade or two I had also started to think the satisfaction one derived from one’s work was its own reward. (Huh! All humdrum I tell you!) There is a joy in receiving rewards. Just like there is a joy in watching rainbows.
Rainbow number One – The Sunshine Award
The Sunshine Award requires
- Answer some questions about myself
- Nominate some of my favorite bloggers
- Let them now that they have been nominated
- Share the love and link the person who nominated me
I would like to thank Somesh Mahanty of Santu Online for nominating me for my first
rainbow award! Somesh is a full-time B.tech fresher (on the job-hunt) and a part-time computer mechanic for his friends. He describes himself as an Optimist, yet a realist. He specializes at cracking practical jokes. Blogging is one of his passions. He is also good at photography. Thank You somesh for my first blogging award!
The questions are
- Love or Money?
Love! that’s a choice I made 14 years back and never regretted!
- High salary or job satisfaction?
I have never worked for a salary or for anyone. I firmly believe in self employment. Fortunately my line of work allows me that freedom and guarantees great work satisfaction
- Favorite Book?
I love books. Picking one will just not be possible. So – Love story by Erich Segal (I am a die-hard romantic), To kill a Mocking Bird – I just love Tich! , Jonathan Livingston Seagull – short and so inspiring, The little Prince – Don’t you just love the simplicity of it, The Colour purple – In some ways it speaks about me, Bridges of Madison county – one of the most romantic books I’ve read. I better stop now or this will turn into a post about the books I love.
- Television character that you simply adore?
Now this one foxed me. I am not a TV person. An occasional movie or so is great but regular TV is not my game. So for lack of a clear favorite let me say I kind of like Malcolm, and the writer from the Castle series. I love the kind of dad he is. As a child I loved Tom and Jerry! I hope that counts :)
- Favorite Music
I have grown up with 60s – 80s English music. The Carpenters, Beatles, Abba, Cliff Richards you know the kind. I adore John Lenon and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Lately I have begun to enjoy old Hindi music too. I also love children’s songs and have a great memory for them. Can still remember every word of a song I learned in grade 3. Considering I can’t remember where I kept my keys two minutes back. That means a lot!
- Favorite type of movie
The types that are usually classified as chick flicks :)
Now, that I have answered the questions. Here is a list of my nominees.
Arindam from Being Arindam
Rachel from Hands free Mama
Zinal from All Things worldly
The idealist from An idealist thinker
Island traveler from this man’s journey
Deborah from Deborah the Closet Monster
Valentine Logar from QBG Tilted Tiara
Darla from She’s a maineiac
Kathryn from Reinventing the event horizon
I could write entire posts about each of these bloggers. I love the kind of people they are! But most of them are older and more popular bloggers than I can ever hope to be and are quite well-known already. I nominate them all for the sunshine award because what they write about fills our world with sunshine and hope!
While I was still enjoying the beauty of my first
rainbow award. bang , came another!
Rainbow number Two – The Inspiring blogger Award
Tapish gupta from Life of 24 hours
Dan from hurdles to happiness
Here are the rules to participate when you get nominated:
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Share seven things about yourself.
- Nominate seven other bloggers for this award.
- Put the logo of the award on your blog site.
- Post the rules.
- Let your seven picks know they have been nominated.
Tapish is an amateur writer and an electronics engineer. He has been writing things since he was 13 !!! Tapish too has varied interests reading, sketching, painting, playing chess or snooker, photography, and poetry.
Dan is a student , majoring in Creative Writing and double minoring in Spanish and Hospitality Management. If that isn’t impressive enough she has also recently completed her first book, a self-help for teens! Her blog is meant to give readers a deeper look into the life of a teenager wanting to become a published author, as well as offer tools and tips of advice to help them ultimately achieve the life-long goal of Happiness.
Thank you Tapish! and Dan! for nominating me :)
I am not sure anyone would want to know any more about me, than is already evident from my posts. But, just in case you do check out the Seven Things about myself . The idea that anyone could find what I write inspiring is awesome. It got me thinking about the bloggers who inspired me. I have interpreted this award to mean – the bloggers who have inspired me to write.
My seven nominations for the The Very Inspiring Blogger Award:
Leo from I rhyme without reason
Someone is Special from Few Miles
Together they manage an event Blogaton. That gives creative challenges inspiring bloggers to write. I have found some amazingly creative bloggers here. Many of them specialize in the art of writing short stories.
Mukesh Rijhwani from My world My space
He challenged me to write my first short story. I discovered I quite enjoyed it.
is a community to encourage and support like-minded people with an interest in sharing and growing their ability to write poetry. I have enjoyed dabbling with their weekly poem prompts.
Neil Reid of Bearly Audible.
Neil is a great poet and spends a lot of his time and effort initiating newbies like me into the fine world of poetry writing.
Shivya of The shooting star
is a brave young girl who has a passion for traveling to lesser known destinations. She writes wonderful travelogues and has inspired me to write some of my own traveling experiences.
Alisa of Where’s My backpack?
runs a weekly travel challenge. She loves traveling too and her blog has beautiful photographs from her trips. I specially enjoyed her recent sunset challenge!
Yousei Hime of Shiteki na usagi
maintains a beautiful blog that she calls the journal of a poetic rabbit. She was the first one to introduce me to the world of haiku.
And now for the last but equally beautiful rainbow of the day!
Rainbow Award – The Kreativity Award
This one I discovered accidentally while doing some research for this post. When I visited Zinal at All things Worldly. I came upon this post !
Was pleasantly surprised to see, she had nominated me for the Kreativity award. Zinal is an MBA in Marketing, works as a Corporate Communications Manager and blogs in her free time. She likes to read, cook and exercise. She is the author of a book , ‘She is not an MBA’. Besides being creative and very witty she is a sweet heart! leaving the sweetest comments on everything I write. Thank you zinal for this award!
The rules to accept the award were simple enough. I had to say seven things about myself, which can be found right here and have to nominate 15 other bloggers. So, here are my nominations for those, whom I find Kreative Bloggers.
Amira from Mind blur
Isadora of Inside the mind of isadora
Madhu from theurgetowander.wordpress.com
Amit Agarwal from amitaag.blogspot.com
aativas from thistimethattime.blogspot.in
TInu Menachery from sameoldnewstuff.blogspot.in
C. Suresh from jambudweepam.blogspot.com
Vikram Karve from Academic and creative writing journal
the wonderful lady from a day in paradise (Sorry! I don’t know the name yet :))
The wonderfully sensitive Zebra!!! :) at I am not defined
Indu at hridyanubhuti
Becky from An improbable life
Shawn from awesomely awake
Julie from Go Jules Go
The writers – mothers community at Peanut Butter On the keyboard
Paloma Sharma from Going bananas
The amazing mom at Transitioning Mom
The incredible runner from Running from hell with hel
Arshat from The Time pass of India
Christine from Blossom rain
I may have over stepped my number limits here and there, but there were just too many inspiring, creative bloggers who I wished to acknowledge for bringing sunshine into my blogging life.
Thank – you all. I sign off with one of my all time favorite songs! Why Walk When You Can Fly? Listen to the lyrics carefully, they suit perfectly, all the beautiful bloggers I have mentioned here today! Cheers to all the ‘flyers!!!’