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Three Line Tales: Pandora’s Box

He was a Judas, like a snake in the grass.
Swathed to her conscience tightly. Romance with Nature, closed the Pandora’s box for her and she was left forever with her beloved.”

On June 5th, World Environment Day, I wish the earth heals herself and nature embraces us with her love and we break free from the cans of worms that has troubled us for so long.

Witnessing Sunsets from my Balcony.
Plant sapling. Grow with Greens.
My favourite place in lockdown.

Travelling for me, has been so important that I am entwined with the soul of it. I wish, this time, when tourism begins, we be more alert to keep us and our surroundings safe.

Inspired from Three lines Tales prompt by Sonya

Featured photo: by Claudio Schwarz via Unsplash

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Red Dot

“She was playing in the fields
It was five in the eve
Sharing chuckles and giggles with her peeps,
Suddenly, her eyes see her pants bleed.
She wasn’t informed of-
About these monthly norms, so
Befuddled! She runs, with a
A timorous sob,
And Shows her mother
Her Imbrued shorts.

Hush Hush, she was told
To grab the piece of cloth
From a 12 year old,
you are now a lady grown
Prepare with adornments
For your ceremonial flaunts
It’s a monthly deal, your body has owned.

And this ‘Red dot’ shows up
Every 28 days like the moon is sought.
But with these 5 days,
Many social stigmas are brought,
Prejudices and discrimination heavies her bloat.
Towels torn to be used for repititive clots.
Unaware about the hygiene
Her life is though put, on a Risky shot.

Infrastructure, sanitary supplies,
Medications are needed a lot,
Be aware not hide, cause
Periods are not a shame
Or a taboo to be thought!”

I am a little late in posting this but, Better late than Never.
I think almost every woman who reads my post here, is privileged enough to get the necessary supplies for her menstrual hygiene but I believe she must be certainly connected to women( like helpers, cooks, maids, any friend, acquaintance,e.t.c) who don’t have much access/ awareness about the importance of menstrual hygiene. And I too participate in spreading information about this, which is crucial in this time of adversity. Doing my duty as a Netizen, for those who are deprived of their Fundamental Rights.

‘Periods in pandemics’
The pandemic has adversely affected millions of women and girls from economically disadvantaged sections of the society who are finding it difficult to manage their periods safely, hygienically and with dignity.

The UNICEF-launched a week-long campaign #RedDotChallenge for ensuring all girls manage their periods safely.

The campaign was launched ahead of the Menstrual Hygiene Day — to recognise the importance of menstrual health and hygiene issues and bring to attention the difficulties faced by adolescent girls, further exacerbated amidst the crisis.

The theme for this year’s MHD was ‘Periods in pandemics’.

The Menstrual Hygiene Day is an annual event which was initiated in the year 2014 by the German based NGO WASH United which aims to benefit women and girl worldwide through their awareness programme. May 28 was selected as the day to acknowledge that 28 days is the average length of the menstrual cycle.

India is also participating in the campaign through social media, many celebrities including the former Miss World Manushi Chhillar  have come up with their posts of awareness.

Indian Railways took the initiative to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene among women passengers on Shramik trains.

Assam Branch of Indian Tea Association (ABITA)-UNICEF celebrated Menstrual Hygiene Day in various tea gardens (ABITA) with the sole objective of creating awareness among the tea garden community on ‘Menstrual Hygiene Management’.

You may Read Covid-19-periods-in-pandemic-9-things-to-know

About this crisis in African countriesI have started.

Also some Indian government schemes associated with this mission.

Menstrual Hygiene Scheme by Indian government

If you wish you may share this post and spread the word, if you have suggestions, do comment below and please I request to talk to women or girls who work under you about their conditions. May be you can help them in some way. Thank you.

Thanks for reading.

Ps: I forgot to mention out something, yes I know Men might hesitate to share these talks straightaway with women, thinking they might offended or something. I can still help you in participating, so this month, when you give your helpers(male) or your employees a salary, do gift them a packet of sanitary napkin with piece of advice to protect their wives’ or loved one’s health.

Thank you again.

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Namaskar!

हवाओं को वश में करना आसान नहीं होता l
135 करोड़ को घर में ठहराना आसान नहीं होता।
बवंडर के बीच नौका पर सवार होकर
उसे चला पाना आसान नहीं होता।
बस्तियों को तूफान से बचा पाना आसान नहीं होता।
घुट रही सांसों को नया जीवन दिला पाना आसान नहीं होता।
अपने प्रिय से बिछड़ जाना आसान नहीं होता।

सूरज की तरह सबको चमकाना आसान नहीं होता ।
हर बगीचे की कलियों को फूल बना पाना आसान नहीं होता।
अपने अतीत को बदल पाना आसान नहीं होता।
हर किरदार को निभा पाना आसान नहीं होता।
कल को आज बना पाना भी आसान नहीं होता।

वैसे तोह सब कुछ समझ आजना यह आसान नहीं होता
पर इतना समझ लो कि “देश को अकेले चला पाना, यह तोह बिल्कुल आसान नहीं होता”।

I am so grateful to everything around me, each one of you who has kept me safe till now, the air around me, my flowers, people who have directly or indirectly come in my zone of influence very single entity who has been supporting each other to fight and survive, I am truly blessed to have them.

Our government is running tirelessly to provide best support to us, and now started to UNLOCK the country in phases. We ought to give them support so that they can work efficiently, let’s realise that everything is for us. The rules, the restrictions, The exemptions, everything is for you and me . So let’s join them to best coordinate,

cause its not so easy to do everything Alone.

Happy UnLock1.0.  Keep healthy. Stay positive and safe. Keep loving!

Police on Duty
Glimpse of the lockdown phases
Movement of stranded people to their homes
Movement of people by foot to their homes, when urban cities where they were working for livelihood, got shut
Unlocking of Transportation services
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16 Adornments

मैं इश्क़ करने से डरता नहीं,
वो इश्क़ में फनाह कर देंगी, खौफ इस बात का है।

में उनका इंतज़ार करने से मुकरता नहीं,
वो इंतज़ार में श्रृंगार से तबाह कर देंगी, डर तोह इस बात का है ।

© 2020 Khwabo ka Sapna

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are doing fantastic!

Almost every girl in India has played a game called ‘Ghar-Ghar’ where in she will dress up nicely with all the makeup and do the house hold activities with her fellow friends. So Today I am going to share about a ritual which every Indian Woman  cherishes to do in her life.

We know Brides of India, dress up on the day of wedding or festivals and put 16 Adornments or Solah Shringar to give them a Goddess-like Aura. So I am going to give an insight to what the Shringaar looks like.

Solah Shringar means 16 Bridal Adornments that include sixteen steps that women follow for her beautification from head to toe. Maharani or Queens of medieval times in India used to perform the Solah Shringar whenever they made public appearances.

Pre-Solah Shringar

Traditionally, before commencing the Shringar oiling and washing of the hair is done. The complexion of the bride is then enhanced with ubtan or Angrag. It is made by mixing  sandalwood, kaliyak, agaru, turmeric powder, gram flour and oil,  It was made in different types for use in winter and summer. Both men and women used it for fragrance and coolness. And then follows her ceremonial bath.

Then she adores herself with the Shringaar along with her Bridal/festive dress.

16 Adornments Include:

1. Bindi

Bindi

The bride wears a big bindi/Dot between her eyebrows. Traditionally, it used to be applied with the help of the vermilion powder, but now the gem-encrusted bindis are popularly used.

Significance It is said that the Bindi is applied where the ‘Agya Chakra’ exists. The Agya Chakra is situated in the middle of the forehead, between the eyebrows. It is also known as the “third eye”. The Agya Chakra is the centre of clarity and wisdom. Hence For concentration of the Mind, Bindi is included.

2. Sindoor/Vermilion Powder

Sindoor

Sindoor or vermillion is a red-colored powder that is applied on parting of the bride’s hair. it is worn by Married women only.

Significance– This ritual has a sacred significance. The color red denotes marriage and the well-being of the husband.

3. Maang Tikka

Maang Tikka

Maang tikka is a hair accessory that adorns the forehead of the bride.  It is usually made out of gold and precious gems.

Significance– This ornament increases the charm of the bride as it highlights her face.

4. Anjana or Kajal

Kajal

Eyes are accentuated with Anjana or Kohl or Kajal,which is applied on the edges of the eyelids to make the eyes look attractive. Earlier, Kajal was prepared by collecting the soot of an earthen lamp by lighting a wick in clarified butter or ghee.

Significance-It is put to protect from Evil eye.

5. Nath or Nose Ornament

Nose RIng

The bride also wears a nose ring which provides the traditional ethnic Indian look. The ornate nath, which is comprised of clusters of gems or pearls, is supported by a gold chain, which is fastened behind the ear for support.

Significance- It is believed in Ayurveda, that if the nose is pierced on or near a particular node on the nostril, it gives relief in the pain during periods. Also, another theory holds that piercing must be done on the left nostril as the nerves on that side connect to the female reproductive organs and thus, during childbirth, the pain is comparatively less.

6. Haar or Necklace

MangalSutra

A souvenir from the husband to his wife is Mangalsutra, – necklace made out of gold and black beads.

Significance-The Haar or the necklace is another adornment which is symbolic of prosperity. 

7. Karn Phool or Ear Ornaments or Earrings

earring

Karn Phool or earrings is another important element of Bride’s makeover. It is worn complementing the haar or necklace. They are also Called Jhumkas and are indispensable for a woman doing the Shringaar

Significance-According to Ayurveda, the lobe of the ear has an important point right in the center. This point is one of the most important areas for reproductive health. Moreover, piercing of ear also helps maintain a healthy menstrual cycle in females. It is said that when people wear earrings, the flow of energy is maintained in their bodies.

 8. Mehendi

Mehendi/Henna

Applied on hand and feet in beautiful designs is an element that makes the bride look different from the rest with her feet and arms.

Significance- The red, brown/maroon color of Mehendi is considered to be auspicious and signifies love between the couples.

9. Choodiyan or Bangles

Bangles

In Bengali/ North eastern cultures of India, women wear Shankha Pola and Loha, bangles made of Shell, Lac and Iron to convey their married status. Women from Punjab wear Chudas, red and white bangles made of ivory and embellished with semi-precious stones, to symbolize their married statuses. Bangles of green, red ore maroon colors adds a Goddess like beauty to a woman

Significance-It is mandatory for the bride to wear bangles, which signify the long life and prosperity of her groom.

10. Baajuband or Armlet

Armlet

Bajuband, also known as armlets, is worn by the bride on the upper part of the arm.  It is common to see Rajasthani and South Indian brides wear them.  Baajuband is either made of gold or silver and can be embellished with gems or pearls.

Significance-The area where Bajuband is worn is an acupressure point which helps women fight many physical problems like Headache, Muscle and bone pain.

11. Aarsi & Haathphool

Haathphool

Haathphool are the eight rings (barring the two thumbs) that the bride wears on both her hands.  These are attached to a central flower adornment on the upper part of the hand.  Apart from wearing eight rings in the fingers, the bride also wears the Aarsi which is the thumb ring

Significance- Aarsi is usually set with a mirror which enables the bride to get a glimpse of the groom. The reason behind this was that earlier, the brides had veils which did not give them an opportunity to see their husband to be.

12. Keshapasharachana or Hair Accessory

Hair Accessory

This stands for the hair adornment. Jasmine flowers are traditionally used because of their long lasting fragrance.

The Jadanagam of South India, or, literally, the hair-serpent, is worn by brides to decorate braided hair. The rakkadi at the back of the head in the shape of the sun, symbolic of brilliance and power, is followed by the crescent moon, evocative of calm and peace. The third piece is the fragrant thazhambu flower (screwpine).

Significance- to enhance the beauty.

13. Kamarband or Waist Accessory

Waist Accessory

Kamarband is the waistband that enhances the graceful shape of a female silhouette. This ornament is made out of gold and embellished with gems. Significance-This ornate belt also helps in keeping the dress or sari in place.

14. Payal

Payal Anklet

Payal also known as anklets are chains of silver or gold with chiming beads and designs hanging to it.

Significance- While, the bride walks in these anklets, it signifies the entry of Goddess Lakshmi.

15. Bichuas 

Toe RIng

Stands for toe rings which are made in either silver or gold.

Significance-They are usually worn on the second toe and are significant of married life.

16. Itar or Scent

Scent

Itar or scent or perfume is another element of the Solah Shringar

Significance-It lets out a fragrance which keeps the bride smelling good throughout the long duration of wedding rituals.

This Completes 16 Adornments, they may slightly vary from culture to culture in India some may add Lipsticks. Nail paints etc but overall this whole Shringaar holds a prominent significance to the entire womanhood in the country.

And love, when added on with the adornments, Completes her Beauty.

Thanks for Reading!

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Anger

समझ से पहले
भाव, जिनके मस्तिष्क में
करते है विस्फोट
ऐसे थरथराते शब्दों
का तांडव है यह क्रोध ।

तामसिक आहार की तमस
का बुखार है यह क्रोध।
प्रतिशोध से परिपूर्ण
आत्म युद्ध में
अपनी हार है यह क्रोध।

विकार का विमर्श से सस्ता
व्यापार है यह क्रोध।
बुद्धि को अंधकार में छिपाई
इन्द्रियों का बस अहंकार है यह क्रोध।।

© 2020 Khwabo ka Sapna

It’s about anger that’s developed in a mind when emotions lose stablity and control. And it’s very important to learn to maintain this balance between our mind and intellect.

If mind wins, intellect loses in that situation, and when intellect is put in darkness, the soul is wounded and so does the impatient mind who craves for peace or healing(because untrained mind always runs to find solace outside but never settles with just it’s own self) gets angry and anger if remained unchannelised,Mind you, yes unchannelised anger becomes the cause of his suffering and branches of suffering shoots out really fast. And therefore More suffering.

It’s also dependent on the food we take, be it for our stomach to survive or for our thoughts. It’s believed in Ayurveda that We become, what we eat. So watching everytime what we take inside, puts us into the Law of attraction naturally. We take what’s better for us, we are in tranquil state. So Anger is just one part of our incapability of stopping our mind to hijack our intellect. And hence the loss happens. I remember a verse from Bhagwad Geeta(a Hindu Scripture) which has helped me many times to control the imbalance of my emotions and that is :

‘indriyani parany ahur
indriyebhyah param manah
manasas tu para buddhir
yo buddheh paratas tu sah’

TRANSLATION: The working senses are superior to dull matter; mind is higher than the senses; intelligence is still higher than the mind; and he [the soul] is even higher than the intelligence.

It’s our choice that We do a business with reaction which is mind’s natural tendency or response which is intellect’s light , See which’s profitable!

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A Notification

Namaste! Hallo! BonJour! hello!

I believe that you all are keeping yourself safe from the ailing air around and your family and friends are also doing fine. I am sure we shall conquer this one too, Humanity had always done it in the past-Survived, learnt and Evolved!

It’s a different post am sharing with y’all today.

What’s one thing that you do very often, almost everyday ?

I think you’d all agree with me when I say that checking the Notification of any of the enaging media, has become sine qua non for all of us and definitely am no exception to it.

I posted a blog yesterday ‘White colour wings’ and my cellphone was beeping because of the notifications and I, so, open my WordPress App and see a Comment!(and certainly a happy moment for me cause I have very less followers and I love to see someone liking what I write) by ‘Buddingb‘. Nomination!for an award! I take a double look! Yeah, there is someone who appreciates my work and to be honest, I was unaware until that time, that bloggers have some online awards to motivate, discover new blogs, and this one does the same. Liebster Award, the word ‘Liebster’ in German means Friend and so one of my blogger friend has Nominated me for this one and am pleased to share it with you all.

I am touched and thank Buddingb for this gesture, Gracias Querido!

So let me introduce my Amicus, Buddingb– blogger whose artistic words are expressively blended with intelligence and emotions. I think what else do we need to get into his flight of fancy? So, La La La!! I am also onboard when I read his write ups. Really like, Title, Anne, Inception etc. they have filled a sense of curiosity in me to click, open and read when a new post is put up.

I wish you keep on penning more and more. Buddingb can be reached here- buddingb.wordpress.com

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  3. Share 11 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 5-11 other bloggers.
  5. Ask your nominees 11 questions.
  6. Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post.

Questions asked by Buddingb and my answers to them :

  1. Which is your favorite city?- Well, I love to go to Rishikesh,India. The word Rishikesh/hrishikesh means ‘Lord of the Senses’ ,I find the city magical, it has connected with my inner self through my senses.
  2. If you get to know that you are going to die tomorrow, what would be your last conscious act?- Wow, I’d close my eyes and experience state of samadhi(meditation) to not do anything and experience a detachment just before dying and be ready to die.
  3. Where do you live?- I live in the capital of India
  4. Favorite food?-umm, that’s a difficult choice you asked me to make, I think I love to eat Indian cuisine and street food(Pani-Puri)
  5. Where did you travel last?-Gujarat, India.
  6. How would you define love?-state of devotion.
  7. What is essence of life for you?- doing one’s most righteous act but sometimes I end up with laissez-faire of life( main Zindagi Ka sath nibhaata Chala gya har fikar ko dhue me udaata chalagya ie Let it be).
  8. If someone cheats on you, will you accept him/her back within your present framework of reason?-Yes I will. Sometimes its just the bad actions not a bad human. No-one is good always.
  9. Beach or mountains?- certainly mountains
  10. Road trip in bike or Car?- Car, preferably. I love to go by bike also but as a pillion rider.
  11. If you answered the above ten already, you are kind souls. thank you.- Yes I did. Thanks for appreciating.

My Questions for the Nominee:

  1. What kind of writings do your love to read and write?
  2. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  3. What’s the first thing that you do after waking up?
  4. If you had the ability to turn back time, what time period would you return to?
  5. I give you a magic wand that can do anything what one thing would you like to do with that?
  6. Do you like solo travelling, if yes, then whats the most important thing you learnt while doing so?
  7. What do you love to cook?
  8. Do you believe in the concept of soulmate?
  9. Share any of your two most liked books/songs?
  10. What do you do when you feel ecstatic?
  11. If you have answered my questions, I again thank you for your time. Do you want to ask anything to me?

My Nominations:

The Godly Chic Diaries

The social vigilante

Tiffany Renee Harmon

The Travellothoner

The Perceptions Square

Vivek

Srijan

Yassy

João maria

Thanks all for reading. Spreading love! Take care.