Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wishing For A Hearth

Lonely heart, lonely alone,
Cold people, coldness adorned;
Intense thoughts, laughter long gone,
Home doesn't feel like home.

No one cares, nobody knows,
Like guests, come and go;
Like mismatched puzzle pieces,
A wrong picture, they always show;
What do you expect?
With a closed shutter;
What can you find?
When hearts are not aflutter.

So much can change,
With people alone;
Sinking your heart,
Like a heavy stone;
Smiles all lost,
Replaced by snickery;
All that now remains,
Is neat mockery.

Wishing for a hearth,
To call our own;
Wishing for some rain,
For all that we have sown;
Reclaiming the warmth,
Reclaiming our youth;
Living our life,
Like we really should.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Foodie, really?

You say you love food and that you love to eat. So you call yourself a "foodie". Hhhhmmm. Let's check out the following.
  1. I hate sharing my favourite food. Let me have it quickly when nobody is around.
  2. I see something I like in your lunchbox. Hand it over to me!
  3. What's that on your plate? 
  4. Hey, don't you dare touch my plate!
  5. I love this dish! Lemme eat quickly so that I can load my plate with further helpings.
  6. Bring my favourite food in your lunchbox!
  7. Why should I bring your favourite food for you? I would rather save it for dinner.
  8. I don't like what's being cooked for lunch/dinner. Lemme go out/order and gorge on something I love.
  9. Freebies! Will eat/drink as much as I can and grab some for later too!
  10. What are you having? Hand it over!
  11. Hey you owe me a treat! 
  12. What? I owe you a treat? Go to hell.
  13. Hey, what are you cooking? I love that. I am coming over!
  14. There are more people to eat yet! So what? I want more.
  15. I am full. I think I can still gulp down some more...

Does most of the above sound like you? If yes, then my friend you are just plain greedy, not a foodie. And yes, you lack some basic etiquette too. 

If the above don't sound like you but you still do love to eat, then you are someone who enjoys and appreciates food. But you may or may not be a foodie.

Foodies (traditionally known as gourmet, gastronome and epicurean) appreciate food in all forms. They like trying out new dishes and cuisine. They love to explore food of different cultures. They don't order the same dishes when they eat out. They can recommend you good dishes and restaurants. They love to share food so that the others can enjoy it too. They love to feed people as much as they love to eat. They don't gulp down food, but enjoy its essence in every bite. They know and are curious about cooking styles, ingredients and culinary history. Most them love cooking too. They are quite experimental when it comes to food. They understand that cooking is an art and are passionate about food.

So, are you a foodie?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Life Ain't Smooth, Ever

Having a smooth life is the ultimate wish, isn't it? In my short life till now, one thing I have absolutely learned is that life is anything but smooth. It can never be a cakewalk.

They say, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade" (Other versions include, "grab tequila and salt", "make orange juice and leave the world wondering how you did it", etc.) Easier said than done though. It may be hard but it is not impossible.

Life will always throw challenges on your face. It may be in the form of people, health or situations.  You might have to stay or work with people whose wavelengths don't match with you. You might not be keeping well, or have to take care of of someone who doesn't keep well all the time. You might be in a difficult relationship. You might have difficult children or relatives. You might have a difficult boss or subordinates. You might hate your job but need to continue due to various reasons. So challenges can be anything, but it's up to you how you take them on.

We can crib, we can cry. Or we can take life head on and turn each challenge into a life lesson. Instead of blaming God for all of our problems and resigning to it as His will, we should remember that God helps those who help themselves. 

Most of us are unhappy because we compare our lives with others, who we think are doing better than us. But everyone is fighting their battles. All that glitters is not gold. So you never know, what they are going through beneath the surface. And if at all you have to compare, compare your lives with those who are lesser privileged than yourselves. Look for inspiration in people who are not as blessed as you (in health or wealth or relationships) and yet making the best of their lives. Believe me, if you start counting your blessings, your problems will already shrink halfway. 

Problems and difficulties in any form are the ingredients that season our lives. We should not be scared of them and embrace them openly. Look for the positives even when you are in deep shit. Find some humour in your situation (I personally do that). And at the end of it, we can only emerge out stronger and more seasoned. Without problems, our life would be just bland and we can never understand the true meaning of joy. And we humans never really appreciate things that come easy, do we? So tell life to bring it on.

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