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“Let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths”

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This is the only month where its festival moments for all the Jews, Christians and Muslims and I am sure there must be something for Hindus too ;)
At this moment I only remember Tagore’s words…. :)
“You are invited to the festival of this world and your life is blessed” ~ Rabindranath TagoreMy Christmas used to be white Christmas and that too with Carol…now I only remember her since its my 4th Christmas without her…I never missed family when she was around but this Christmas Santa seems happy with my deeds :) as besides lots of gifts from my near and dear ones I am waiting for my biggest gift of my parents visiting me :)!I am sure this Christmas is going to be a merrier one ;)“Tolerance and celebration of individual differences is the fire that fuels lasting love.” ~ Tom Hannah
I wish you the best in this festival season of the year 2007 as with the hope that New Year will be bringing lots of excitement, happiness with peace and good health (amen)“The truth is that existence wants your l…

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love

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As the holiday season is approaching even though it’s a week day you tend to relax and in doing so I am watching lot of movies whether it’s English or Hindi doesn’t matter as long as it’s good :)

“Art raises its head where creeds relax” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

I was amazed to see this movie ‘300’ for which I had a brief session with my friend in Canada who exactly demonstrated me about the strategy that Greek’s used as he had read this book and I have added this into my ‘to-be-read’ book list. Didn’t expect the movie would be this good am saying from the adaptation of the graphic novel 300 by Frank Miller.

It is retelling of the ‘Battle of Thermopylae’. The film is written and directed by Zack Snyder with a genre of historic fantasy. If you like the olden day’s war movie and the strategy that they used then you should try out this one as I liked it ;) and believe me in these men are all with 6 abs boy!!!! Actors such as Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Vincent Regan and Domini…

I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions

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“The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.” ~Norbet Platt

Friends are something that I have always kept near to my heart whether they are my virtual or otherwise!
When I consider friends so special how can I not share my dreams with them? It doesn’t make sense isn’t it?

“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”

Well, here I am sharing my dreams with you and trying to make it come true with all your support and prayers.

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music the words make.” ~Truman Capote
As a part of hobby I write poetries in Hindi – the theme of my poetries are often nature, childhood, love and at times on the current situation where we need peace and humanity!
So far I am writing for my own satisfaction however, my childhood friend who is really supporting me and has encouraged me enou…

“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder”

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Its been a while since I have blogged after my long weekend trip and it was not that I am short of topics :D in fact I have so many topics from day to day life that am unable to decide on which to opt first J
Today’s topic is about bribe :) !
Yes I think even though we don’t agree and don’t support bribing, knowingly or unknowingly everyone tries to bribe by some or the other way!
I didn’t realize this until I heard someone at work was suggesting to buy gifts for other’s nephew or niece so that your work gets done!!!!

“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.” ~Author Unknown

My first reaction to this was WHY? Aren’t we all working for one company and aren’t we getting paid for that?; Then why this extra from your pocket?
I am a strong believer and I believe that one should not be bribed but one should remind them of their duties and responsibilities – but then who has time for all this!

“Though the bribe be small, yet the fault is great” ~ Edward Coke

We all are in the era…

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men

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This Thanksgiving was unusual than before! Family was the theme!

“I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich.” ~Dan Wilcox

We drove around 180 miles and stayed at a hotel room facing right to the ocean at Pismo beach. Sun was at the right moment to set when my camera clicked it all!
The redness with a touch of orange in color brings all the excitement even though it was sun-set time.

“Color possesses me. I don't have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one. I am a painter.” ~ Paul Klee
The best part was the Hearst Castle which is near San Simeon beach. I mean we all have heard these fairy tales and stories of kings and queens who had this big palace or castle where they lived happily ever after. Such palaces, castles which we had only seen in story books and in granny’s stories and yet with the imaginary tales we used to feel so happy and content that we used to go to bed peacefully.

“Be w…

“Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see”

I heard a sad news about my dear friend Zainab in Pakistan that she lost her mother!
It was recently when Pak declared emergency...I asked her while chatting if everything is okay and she said so far it is there is no impact!!! When I asked about her Mom and Dad ...she said Mom is doing great...and so now all of a sudden when Manish gave me this message to me...I just don't feel like believing him! I wish it was a joke...as I just cannot see my dear friend who has all the aspiring ambitions to get into University to fulfill them she lost her mother leaving her, twin sisters, a younger brother and Dad and a elder sister who is married.

May Allah give all the peace to the departed soul and give strength to the family to bear this pain and a great loss - ameen!

I still remember her mom talking to me on the phone saying "Zainab keeps talking about you and I always thought its a myth :) now I feel so better after hearing your voice....!" I think am so unlucky that now I will ne…

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice

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"Happy Thanksgiving to My entire Dear and Near Ones" ~ Dawn

Let’s make the title of this post true! I am sure my few friends have plans on this day and for the holidays that comes along with it. I wish them a safe trip and enjoy their turkey dinner with friends and family.

"Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day". ~Robert Caspar Lintner
When I was in Canada, my first Thanksgiving dinner was with Carol and Stuart and believe me since then I always know the traditional Thanksgiving dinner and no one can fool me there .. lol!
As I move to US, I see there is slight difference in tradition and the concept too; though it means all the same.

May your stuffing be tasty May your turkey plump, May your potatoes and gravy Have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious And your pies take the prize, And may your Thanksgiving dinner Stay off your thighs! For my friends who always wonder what is this ‘Thanksgiving’ all about here is the answer to that:

http://www.crewsnest…

“My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”

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It was the afternoon on the weekend; weather was quite sunny yet cold! A very good time to cuddle up in your comforter and have a nap – yes! I was having my afternoon nap!!!

“Spend the afternoon. You can't take it with you.” ~ Annie Dillard

Suddenly my sleep was disturbed by two ladies in the neighborhood talking and I remember by paying attention to there chat, I heard something like this –
“I wanted to clarify since the name of Pakistani people is so ruined, I want to tell you that we are not like that, and we are nice people!”

“Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down.” ~ Jimmy Durante

This sentence made me curious and I went to my front door when I heard a knock on my door. Looking at the perfect opportunity, I opened the door and I saw my neighbor wishing me for Diwali and then I see this lady – who smiled at me and said – ‘Hi, am Nadia. I just live near by and new to US. I thought I might introduce myself to you all and make some friends.”
I fel…

“Life is a festival only to the wise.”

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Happy Diwali To All Of You...

“You are invited to the festival of this world and your life is blessed” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Probably thats why I always celebrate my birthday with the same enthusiasm as I used to when I was a kid ;)

Have a safe one

“There are no failures - just experiences and your reactions to them.”

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I had experienced earthquake feel I would say before also ~ once in Toronto in 98, Once in India ~ 2001 and this one was the ultimate Magnitude 5.6 earthquake shake…..what an experience!!!!
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”First I was thinking how to tell my top neighbors to walk softly …but by the time this thought cropped in, the whole base of my house started shaking and toppling kind…the chandlers were like the branches and leaves during a windy evening…oh god and guess what after the quake, the USGS reported four aftershocks all measuring under 2.0 within a span of four minutes. I experienced them all without any breaks ;)
"I couldn't help but be impressed by the magnitude of the earthquake."
Well we all were holding hands as the shake diminished :)
“Love is like an earthquake-unpredictable, a little scary, but when the hard part is over you realize how lucky you tr…

“Cheerfulness is health; its opposite, melancholy, is disease”

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Life for Niki was quite as what she decided. She was the one who makes decisions for her and she was doing quiet well that way!
She found her life partner and made sure she lives her rest of the life with him. She was never scared of anything and one can see the optimism and confidence with which she reached glory in life.

“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.” ~ Jesse Jackson

Niki was lying in her bed and was in her own thoughts….!

Time was passing like a pleasant breeze. She was doing well in career. By now she had made hundreds of friends all around the world. Her cheerfulness and friendliness never left anyone untouched.

“Courage and cheerfulness will not only carry you over the rough places in life, but will enable you to bring comfort and help to the weak-hearted and will console you in the sad hours” ~ William Oster
It was then when she started noticing things aren’t the way she managed it or expected.
Small things she started missing…her t…

A characteristic of the normal child is he doesn't act that way very often

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I was wondering why one keep saying I wanted my kid to be like this and like this. This means they are trying to bring certain values or teachings that probably according to them is good or supposed to be good and there children should have!
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” ~Stacia Tauscher
Looking at this complicated world and the time, I start thinking how my parents or even any parents of those times taught there kids good values…?Well, all I can remember about my parents is that they never told me what to do. I was never taught I should be doing this or that. In fact rather than preaching they practiced. I learn certain things seeing what my parents did, how situations they handled and what kind of decisions were made. What one should say in front of others and what may offend others.
“Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.” ~Franklin P. Jones
The other day I me…

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.”

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Yesterday was an amazing day even at work and at home too ;) and today yet another beautiful day where I could meet my old friend for lunch and I realize now that we were only talking and talking no one asked about the food or anything else :D! I am glad it was a great catch up after a year!

“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” ~ Charles Dickens

Yesterday I saw this movie which literally stole away my breath…as the movie was proceeding and it kept the pace even at the end of the movie.

I remember buying the CD of this movie called ‘Yatra’ (meaning Journey), looking at Khayaam’s music , Lyricist like Ahmed Warsi and Naqsh Lyalpuri and the Singers such as Asha Bhosale and Talat Aziz but some how I felt its too classical and didn’t enjoy much!

“The assumption that seeing is believing makes us susceptible to visual deceptions” ~ Kathleen Hall Jamieson

But yesterday when I saw the DVD of this movie, I was more excited as the star casts are ~ Nana Patekar, Dipti Naval …

“If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor.”

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I am surprised that I was tagged..not that no one has done it infact I would say…someone did it so am still remembered ;) ….its Dear Priya who has tagged me and one thing I want to tell you Priya…your name is really pretty and lovable as you are :D!!!
So I have to post the rules for this tag, which are pasted gracefully from Priya’s post: D

“A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.” ~ Marcel Proust

1. One has to post these rules before one gives out the facts.

2. One must list one fact that is somehow relevant to their life for each letter of their middle name. If one doesn’t have a middle name, they can use the middle name that they would have liked to have.

3. At the end of there post, they will have to choose one person for each letter of there middle name to tag. And make sure that each tagged person is notified about this via commenting on there blogs.
Hopefully, they will read the post ;)

“Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; the…

Who reasons wisely is not therefore wise; His pride in reasoning, not in acting lies.

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I was asked to write on a topic ‘Does love need a reason?’ by one of my Orkut friend!
Well, when I was asked my straight answer was that ….no love doesn’t need any reason..it just happens, isn’t it? Or there is someone who disagrees!

“Don't find love, let love find you. That's why it'scalled falling in love, because you don't forceyourself to fall, you just fall.”

Well, I am sure different people will have different reasoning to this based on there personal experience. I believe love doesn’t need any reason it just happens! Some may later dig into it to find what the reason was and they relate it to one or the other!

“It takes a minute to have a crush on someone,an hour to like someone, and an day to love someone...but it takes a lifetime to forget someone”

This is a true story when a girl-Sarah with her fiancé Michael came from Australia to visit India. They planned there visit from Kanyakumari to Kashmir and hence they hired a Guide - Subramanian.
This Guide was suffering…

The country is full of good coaches. What it takes to win is a bunch of interested players

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Today is special day for two reasons…one for India to win the Twenty-20 World cup and second for getting my childhood friend back :)
"Life becomes precious and more special to us when we look for the little everyday miracles and get excited about the privileges of simply being human" ~ Tim Hansel
Day started with a slight dry cough but the excitement of this cricket match was more severe than anything else!By now the whole world know about it, I only want to say young people can always do better but the older ones can guide too ;)! Yes, that’s what I feel- respect for those who did a good job in their time too!
“How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser. “ -Lou Holtz
The match started on a rough note but later took a good lead though the runs were not that good which would give a tough time to the Pak team!When Pak innings came…it was going so well with all pressure on Pak that suddenly …

“The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution”

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Lately lot of things happened…good and bad! But then I am a believer…what ever happens…it happens for good! That’s the policy hence I never regretted in life whatever has happened as everything is for a reason and to teach us the aspect of life. Sometimes we learn it from outside with others experience and sometimes it’s within us with our own experience.
“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future.” ~ Fulton Oursler
But one thing I realized about people, that are when a person leaves an organization, place, town, city, state, country…people talk always about how bad they were and am not saying this is about every person but yes about few whom they always felt was a challenge for them to face. Some people don’t like others just because they feel there presence makes them feel how less intelligent or good or whatever they are! And at such time people tend to avoid just so that there inability doesn’t show up publicly!
“BACKBITE, v.t. To s…