Giving up is never an option…

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Struggling under the weight of the books, Vedant came running into his class only to find that he was late again. The bell had rung and his teacher was in the classroom.

It had been this way since his parents had died in an accident two years back. Vedant clearly remembered that day. He was seven years old and he had gone out to the restaurant with his parents. On the way back, a truck had collided with the car killing his father on the spot. He and his mother were injured and were rushed to the hospital. Though he survived, his mother passed away after a few hours. He wandered about the streets, looking for food and shelter for the next few days.

On one of these days, he was wandering on the roads, his mind elsewhere, when he accidentally dashed into a bike. The couple on the bike were his father’s elder brother and his wife. Once they got to know about what had happened, they took pity on Vedant and promised to take good care of him. Vedant went home with them but knew that he was not going to live a peaceful life as his uncle and aunt had always been jealous of his father’s successful business.

For the next few months they pampered him and gave him many gifts. They took him out to the fair and to the malls and treated him like their own son. But this did not last for long. Very soon, things started changing. They started treating him like a servant and was made to do all the work at home. He hardly got any food and was told that if he needed anything from them, he had to contribute to the family’s income by doing some work. So Vedant took up a job at the local cafe as a waiter. In the morning, he would leave for school only after completing all his daily chores in the house, often getting late for school. After a hard day at school, he would go to the cafe and work from four in the evening till eight thirty. Hoping to get some rest, he would go home only to find a big pile of clothes and a sink full of vessels to wash. Despite all these hardships, he would never let it affect his studies.

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After everyone in the house had slept, he would study for a few hours and complete his homework. Even at school, he would pay attention to what the teachers taught him and would stay back in class and study when everyone else was playing in the ground. His friends would tease him, calling him names like “nerd”, etc. But he never let it affect his focus and dedication. He knew what he was doing and why he was doing it.

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Finally, his efforts were rewarded and he passed his exams with flying colors, much to the surprise of his aunt and his uncle. At the award ceremony to honor the toppers of the school, Vedant was called on stage to speak about his mantra for success. He said, “If there is anybody I would like to thank, it is my aunt and uncle. If not for them, I would never have been able to achieve this feat. They taught me a very important lesson of life- to never give up. They taught me to face the hardships that are thrown at me, to fall down, to stumble, but to always get up and continue walking. If I had lost hope after my parents’death, if I had decided that life would never go back to being how it was, I would have stopped studying and then, I would never have been able to come first in school.”

His aunt and uncle who were sitting in the audience were stunned. They hung their head in shame, unable to face their nephew. After all they had put him through, he still spoke of them so highly, he still gave them so much respect. They vowed to apologize to Vedant and stop treating him so cruelly. A simple act from Vedant led to a huge change in all of their lives.

His story is an inspiration to millions out there who consider themselves to be unlucky, just because they don’t have the things which most children their age have. Just like Vedant, we must try and turn every situation around in such a manner that it becomes our advantage.

– Sneha Ganesh 😊

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Thank You for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger’s Award!

I am extremely thankful to Popsicle Society (https://popsiclesociety.com/2019/03/13/sunshine-blogger-award-4/) for having nominated me for this award. Its truly an honor for me to be selected, especially after merely 11 blog posts.

Its not been long since I started following Popsicle Society but I love her posts. Her posts are always short, sweet and filled with positivity. I am really happy to have connected with her.

The Rules

Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and make a link back to their blog.

Answer the 11 questions sent to you by the person who nominated you.

Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award, and then write them 11 new questions – or cheat and use the same questions

List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

Now for my answers to her questions-

1.Tell us three things about the place and country where you live now.

I have been living in India from the time I was born. This is a country known for its unity in diversity. It is a beautiful place with a large number of tourist spots. Each and every state in this country has its own staple food, clothing and festivals and is a delight for anyone who has a love for shopping!

2.Can you name a teacher you remember for their influence or words of wisdom?

It is extremely difficult to pick one of them but if I had to pick, I think i would choose Preetha Maám, my math teacher in 10th grade. We had a great relationship, much more than a standard teacher-student kind of relation. She was like a friend, always ready to help me with anything I needed.

3.Have you been to a school reunion, if so were you glad you went?

I graduated from school only last year!! But I have attended the reunion, the one that happened this year! And I am extremely glad I went! So much to talk about and so many pictures we clicked!!

4.If money or rarity were not problems, what would you like for your next birthday present?

Hmm, let me think. A vacation to Gujarat and Italy!! Where I am allowed to shop to my heart’s content!

5.If you were stranded on a desert island with nothing and let’s face it, if you were shipwrecked you are not likely to have your favourite books etc. Would you rather have any person with you or be alone?

I would surely want a person with me, there’s no way I would survive alone! Most probably my 2 best friends!

6.If you were offered a part as an extra in a film, what would you like to be?

A  journalist or detective in a horror film!

7.If reincarnation is true, who or what would you be next time?

I would want to be ME!! The same ME!

8. What is your favourite mode of transport?

Walking and the metro train.

9.City, suburbs or rural retreat?

City!! With lots of new people to meet and loads of exciting place to visit!

10.What is your idea of a dream night out?

Music, good food, friends, camera!

Hope you liked the answers to my questions!

Now my nominations for this award are- 

https://aroused.blog/- calmkate

http://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/- The Haunted Wordsmith

http://momentsbloc.wordpress.com/- MOMENTS

https://baffledmum.com/- Baffledmum

http://positivesideofcoin.wordpress.com/- positivesideofcoin

http://geethapradeep.wordpress.com/- Geetha Pradeep

https://easydiet.blog/- ilonapulianauskaite

http://ggsrblog.wordpress.com/- Express the Gabbiness

http://nayakravindra.wordpress.com/- Ravindra Nayak

http://thinkingclearly2018.wordpress.com/- Thought for Change

http://panacheblogs.wordpress.com/- Ramyani Bhattacharya

And my set of questions for these nominees are-

  1. What is the best compliment you ever received?
  2. Three things about you that you feel people should know about.
  3. Your secret wish?
  4. If you had to tell me something about me, what would you tell me?
  5. Your top 5 favorite songs(any language)?
  6. Your favorite quote?
  7. Three specialties of the place you stay in?
  8. Dream holiday destination?
  9. One thing you love and one thing you hate(qualities or traits in people)?
  10. Favorite fiction book?
  11. If you were stuck on an island with five people, who would you want them to be? One has to be an actor/actress!!

HAVE FUN ANSWERING!

Congratulations to the nominees. Am eagerly waiting to see all your answers!

Once again, thanks for all the support from all my fellow bloggers! Keep Writing!

– A happy Sunshine Blogger,

Sneha Ganesh 😊

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Release that Stress….

The beginning of March marks the beginning of various school and college level examinations, and also marks the beginning of anxiety, stress and worry. And to make matters worse, the students are burdened with expectations from parents and teachers alike. With all this, the students end up spending a lot lesser amount of their time on actually preparing for the exam and more time on worrying about what could go wrong!

Here are a few quotes from famous personalities as well as a few from me that will help motivate the students. The quotes are intended both for students as well as parents 😜

1. Don’t study until you get it right, study until you can’t get it wrong. 

2. Believe you can and you are halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

3. Every morning, you have two choice; to continue to sleep with all your dreams, or to wake up and start chasing them.

4. What you do today will directly/indirectly impact your future. Do something that your future self will thank you for. 

5. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to always try, just one more time. – Thomas A Edison

6. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have you start to be great. (Never compare yourself or your marks with another person. Just because the other person was able to top the class, it doesn’t make them great. You are equally great, all you have to do is believe that you are.)

7.  Instruction does much but encouragement does everything. -Johann Wolfgang ( This is more for the parents and teachers than for the students. Teaching the students, giving them tips and tricks to study and forming schedules for them to follow is a very important duty, something which almost all teachers and parents do. But according to me,what is more important is encouraging the students. Giving them the support and motivation they need, helping them stay calm and composed can go a long way. If a student is unable to meet up to an expectation the parent has set for him or her, instead of demotivating the student, the parents should be understanding and tell them it’s ok, tell them that there is still another chance and they can prove themselves. The student is already upset after scoring poorly. The parents must not burden them with more instructions and scolding. They must aid the students by encouraging them.)

8. People learn more on their own than being force fed. – Socrates (This is again something very important to keep in mind. There is no point in doing something just because you have been told to do it. Unless and until you are interested in doing what you are doing, it is not going to yield the desired results. It’s not external force but an internal drive and passion that will help you reach your goal!)

And the last but most important thing to keep in mind is, DO NOT OVERTHINK!!!!! Don’t bother yourself too much, thinking about how the paper will go, what will happen if you forget an answer, etc. Just give it your best. Study with utmost concentration and try to finish as much of the portions as you can. Once you have studied well, the exam is bound to go well. Don’t waste the time you have to study, worrying about the paper and then later sit in the exam hall, regretting that you didn’t study and hence are unable to attempt half the questions…Use the time available to you fruitfully and do not get tensed. It’s only going to worsen the already heated up situation!

Here’s wishing all the students out there who will be writing their exams this year

All the very Best!!👍🏻👍🏻

Sneha Ganesh 😊

The One with the Master Key 🔑

There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish. – Michelle Obama

Here’s wishing each and every one of those super amazing, super courageous and beautiful women out there a very Happy Women’s Day!!

Today is a day to celebrate the achievements of all those women out there who have not shied away from doing things they wanted to do, simply out of fear of what the outside world might think. But its not just famous personalities who have done this, its each and every one of  us too. If today, there is a baby girl born in some rural area and she is allowed to live, it is something for us to celebrate. If there is a teenage girl who is not forcefully married but instead allowed to go ahead and complete her education, it is something for us to celebrate.

All of us hear this pretty frequently don’t we…? That balance is essential, it keeps everything going smoothly. A little bit of imbalance, be it in an automobile or in our digestive system leads to problems I don’t even have to explain to you guys!! Then don’t you think ‘Balance’ is equally essential in our lives too?

Now, let’s consider this balance here. On one side there is a woman and on the other, a man. If I were to ask someone which side would be heavier, it is pretty common for us to hear that the woman’s scale has a lot more things placed on it and hence will be the heavier one, isn’t it? It is a general assumption that this balance cannot attain equilibrium because the woman has a lot more responsibilities and a lot more distractions when compared to men. What with managing the house, meeting deadlines at the workplace and being ‘nothing less than perfect’ (yup, that’s a common tendency!! We women spend hours thinking how, when, what if, etc that if we actually invest that time in completing the task that we have to, it might end up getting completed in a lot lesser time! Well, that’s a topic for another day…) in anything that she does, it is rightly said that she’s got a lot more on her plate. But this doesn’t mean balance can’t be attained.

A woman is made the way she is and given the responsibilities that she is given because SHE is capable. She will do all that is given to her and excel in all of it. That is the power of a woman. It’s just that people don’t understand this. They think she is incapable even before she is given a chance to try. It’s time to change this. It’s time for all of us to believe that SHE is no less than a HE and is equally competent in handling responsibilities. She can balance her work at home and at the workplace and make sure the balance does not get disrupted. Now it’s time for us to realise this and trust her with this. In this way, the bigger balance of life shall always remain at equilibrium.

BALANCE For BETTER!

Letters from a woman-

Dear Society,

Don’t look at me as a burden. I am not one. What is it that you see in the men that make you feel they will be the ones who will fulfill all your wishes, who will make you proud? What is it that you see in them that you don’t see in me? Give me the chance to prove myself, the freedom to make choices that I want to and support me. Instead of setting up new barriers on my road to success, help me remove the ones that already exist. This is my only request to you.

Dear Men,

Don’t consider me to be inferior to you. As soon as you change that, you will stop feeling hurt when I try to do something which was earlier considered to be ‘your’ job. Instead of trying to trample me down and cut my wings, become a source of encouragement and support for me. You will soon see what a huge difference this brings about in your life. I will stand by you and share the weight of the rucksack sitting on your shoulders, not become an extra piece of luggage you have to drag along. Have faith in me and in my abilities.

And last but not the least,

Dear Women,

Never hold yourself back. Trust in your strengths. If something didn’t go the way you thought it would, let it go. Don’t blame yourself and feel guilty about it. Let it go and move ahead. Take the first step. I’m pretty sure the others will help you move forward and not pull you back. And most importantly, love yourself. Be proud to be who you are. You are one of God’s priceless creations! Always remember that!

Love,

A woman like you.

According to me, a woman is one who holds the key to all the various doors and windows on this planet. If she chooses to, she can go through any of those doors and achieve anything that she wishes to!

– Sneha Ganesh 😊

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The Second Chance #FFFC

“But why would you do that Simi??”

“They were any ways of no use to me Rob…the doctors had told me very clearly that I had exactly 2 hours left to live. After I died, of what use would these eyes be to me??”

“How did you know about me Simi?”

“That was when I overheard the doctors talk about you, Rob.”

“Oh, and what were they saying?”

“They said that a four year old boy had met with an accident and had just been admitted. Due to the impact of the fall, the boy had lost his eyesight. I felt so bad on hearing that. A little boy, who had just begun his life on this planet, who had hardly seen and experienced what life had in store for him, had been hit so hard. I did not want you to miss out on so much and that too, from such a young age, especially if I could help. That was when I took this decision.”

“You decided to let them take your eyes away from you!?”

“Yes Rob, I heard the doctors say that the only way to restore your eyesight would be if they were able to find a donor and perform the operation. I immediately told them what I had in mind. They were more than happy to agree. Just as the doctors had predicted, my condition kept worsening and the next thing  I remember is a feeling of eternal bliss, as though all my sufferings just vanished…”

“And the next thing I remember is opening my eyes to find my parents looking at me, their eyes filled with tears of joy. I didn’t know what had happened. The doctor told me that an angel named Simi had saved me. I was too young to understand anything at that point of time so I just believed them. But after a year, I was curious to meet this angel. My parents tried convincing me that you had already gone but I was reluctant to believe them. Finally they told me to come here, to this very spot, and call out to you. They told me that if the angel had saved me, she would surely come back to meet me. They were right Simi, you came back! I am so happy!”

“Even I am so happy to see you Rob. I had always hoped to be able to met you, at least once.”

“Thanks Simi. So are we friends now?”

“Yes Rob, we are.  I will always stay with you, no matter what. All that you do will always be known to me. After all, it is through my eyes that you are seeing the world now!”

Saying this, she extended her hand to Rob and they shook it, making a promise to stay together always.

Simi did not want to disappoint the little boy. She had wanted to silently see Rob grow up and enjoy his beautiful life, but when he strongly believed that an angel had saved him and was adamant to meet that angel and thank her, she did not want to shatter his beliefs. So she appeared in the sky and spoke to the little boy. She was moved by his innocence and ignorance and promised to talk to him whenever he wished to, at the very same spot. She knew there would come a day when Rob learnt what the truth was, but till then she decided not to disappoint him. She considered it a chance for her to live her life too, through Rob’s body. And a chance for Rob to live his life, through Simi’s eyes….

https://fivedotoh.com/2019/03/04/fandangos-flash-fiction-challenge-3/

#FFFC

– Sneha Ganesh

Behind the Intimidating Iron Gates…. – Short Story #writephoto


Sagarika and I had been waiting outside for almost thirty minutes now. We knew they shouldn’t have gone in. There was something about the silent whispers of the old trees and the dark iron gate that stood before us that gave us the creeps. But the three of them were adamant and finally we gave in, on the condition that they would be back in exactly one hour. They tried to convince us into coming along but we were firm in our decision.

The five of us were friends since college and had decided to visit this old town on the outskirts of Europe for our annual reunion. It was a beautiful town with a rich history. We had spent the morning in a cottage with a couple who claimed to have been living in this town for the past 70 years. They told us about the town, its various attractions and also about what people do for their livelihood in this quiet place, faraway from the noise of the busy cities. They also told us about this mansion, which once belonged to a rich man and his wife. They loved plants and had planted various trees in the garden of this mansion. They had no children and looked after these plants like their own children. They lived very happily and many people went to them to borrow medicinal plants as well as to pluck fruits and vegetables. Since it was available in abundance, the wife gladly distributed it among all the people. However, this was not appreciated by her husband. He did not want his wife to give away all the fruits and vegetables, which they had tended to and watered so carefully, to people who did not even pay for them. The wife disagreed, saying that when they had something which they did not need, why not give to those who are in need of it. The couple had many heated arguments about this issue and soon this came to the notice of the local residents too. They were unhappy that they were in some way the cause for all this distress. They decided to go and talk to the couple.

The next morning, when they went inside, all they could see were burnt branches and piles of ashes. All the trees and plants had been burned down and there was no sign of anyone in the garden. Everyone was shocked. Just as they were about to enter the house, one of the locals screamed loudly. Everyone rushed outside and saw the wife sitting on a garden chair with a phone in her hand. Her head was slightly bent downwards , eyes closed, a little smile playing on her lips. If not for the deep blue colour of her lips, no one would have ever suspected anything….she looked so peaceful one would have easily thought she was taking a nap. When they went close by, they realised she was not breathing. They tried their best to talk to her and revive her but finally was pronounced dead by the local doctor. The residents went into the house to look for the husband but he was nowhere to be found. The doctor said that she had been poisoned to death using a rare variety of a berry that grew in the garden. The berries had been found lying in the kitchen. The blue colour of her lips was due to these berries.

The people were sure the lady was not ignorant enough to not know about the poisonous effect of the berries and just eat them. They suspected it to be a murder and their prime suspect was the lady’s husband, especially because of the arguments and fights they had been having for the past few days.

The old couple in the cottage told us all this. They also added that from that day, the husband is nowhere to be found. The locals, the police as well as a detective who was hired have scanned every nook and corner of the garden as well as the mansion, but have had no luck. The lady was buried in the local graveyard and the police dropped the case, as it seemed as though the man had vanished into thin air. The old couple told us that it was rumoured that woman’s spirit still visited the garden and hence no one went near the mansion anymore. They also told us that there was something very unusual that happened in that area. They didn’t know what it was but left us with a warning to never venture near that area.

Despite all this, our curious minds wanted to see what was so unusual. So we asked the locals for the address and not heeding to any of their warnings, went to the mansion. We were stunned by what we saw there. There was not a speck of greenery to be seen anywhere along that road, neither was there a single blooming flower outside the gate of that mansion. But as we neared the mansion, all we could see was greenery. The transition from the dried browns outside to the fresh green inside was unbelievable. We were so mesmerised by the beautiful flowers blooming and the trees laden with fruits that we stood rooted to that spot. Finally Sagarika, who was the first to break out of that spell said,

“Ok, more than it’s beauty, we must look at this practically. It’s impossible for a a little forest to spring up in the midst of a barren desert all by itself. There is something fishy going on here. Even if we don’t believe in the spirit logic of the locals, we shouldn’t completely dismiss their warnings. It’s best for all of us to leave right away.”

I completely agreed with her. There was something about this place that made me want to leave immediately. But the other three were least bothered. They were ready to do anything but leave that place. Namita, being a photo freak, decided to go inside the garden. She was in love with the beauty of that place and wanted to capture it in her camera. Even the other two wanted to have a little adventure and decided to accompany her inside. Sagarika and I tried our level best to convince them and drive some sense into their heads but at this point, they were all blindfolded by the beauty and that had also seemed to have drawn a curtain over their ability to think rationally.

Finally we gave up. We let them go inside but were too scared to go ourselves, so stayed back, promising to warn them if something happened outside. Even they said they would quickly click some pictures and be back in less than an hour.

Now it’s been more than hour but we can’t see any sign of them. They left the gate slightly ajar so we could peep inside. It surely did look beautiful but that served like petrol to the fire of fear that was burning in my mind. The plants looked like they had been cut and all the weeds seemed to have been removed too. The only way this was possible was if a person visited the garden and tended to the plants regularly. We tried calling the three of them but all their phones were not within reach….pretty obvious…we can’t expect mobile signals in this dense little forest 🌳!!!

Finally after more than one and half hours, the two of us got really worried and decided to go inside to make sure they were alright. We went in, carefully making sure not to tread on any of the flower beds. Just as we were about to step into the mansion, I sensed something towards the left and turned. What I saw sucked the breath out of me. I tugged at Sagarika’s sleeve and pointed. Both of us stood rooted to the ground, unable to believe what we were seeing.

We were standing at the exact same spot where the garden chair on which the lady was found dead was situated. And now, on the same garden chair, the three of our friends sat, in exactly the same position in which the lady was found, with their lips the exact same shade of blue as that of the dead woman who was described to us by the old couple!!..

#writephoto

– Sneha Ganesh 😊

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Autobiography of a Shoe

I am a Nike shoe. I was born in a factory in London three years ago. From there I was packed in a box with my twin and loaded onto an aeroplane with a lot of other boxes like mine. I landed in a very noisy and busy place and realised I was in Delhi in India. I was placed on a rack in an airconditioned showroom and from there began the interesting part of my life. 

The next morning, the owner of the showroom came with his attendants. They attached a tag onto me and on many of my other friends. In about half an hour, customers started coming in. Some of them walked past my rack, some read what was written on my tag and kept me back on the rack with a shocked expression while a few others tried me on, but none of them felt I was perfect to their requirements. Slowly my other friends got sold off one after the other until only my twin and I were left on the rack. I wondered what would happen to us. Would they dump us in a dark and dingy storeroom?

But instead, more of these types of shoes were ordered as their demand was really high. Soon I was surrounded by new friends and rack mates. That evening, just as the shop was about to be closed, a young lady came running into the store with a small boy and requested the manager to wait for ten minutes. She told the manager that her son had an interschool running race the next day and his old shoes had worn off, so she had to buy new ones. The manager agreed and she began searching. She made her son try on many of the shoes but none of them fit his feet perfectly.

Finally, she came to my rack and asked for a size eight. The assistant said there was only one piece remaining and quickly took me out and gave it to her. Her son tried it on and it fit him perfectly! So they bought me and left. This was how I came to live in the house of Tejas. 

The next morning, Tejas wore me and left for school. He came first in the running race and made his school proud. From then, he started calling me his lucky shoe. Wherever he went, he would wear me and go. Every weekend he would clean me and polish me till I sparkled like a new shoe.

I was very happy with all the attention I was getting and lived a life of luxury in Tejas’s house.

But soon, he started getting tired of me. I had become old and I was made to sit at the back of the shoe rack. Newer and trendy shoes started to occupy the front rows. He wore those shoes very often and took me out very rarely. After a while, he completely forgot me and I would sit idle, right at the back of the shoe rack. He stopped giving me a wash every weekend and a layer of dust got settled on me.

I sat like this till one Sunday morning, his mother who was cleaning the rack saw me sitting there all covered with dust, old and worn out. So she decided to give me away to their maid’s son. 

Now I sit in a corner of the maid’s house, lonely but happy as I am the only shoe which Rajat (the maid’s son) has. He takes very good care of me wearing me to every place he visits. He proudly shows me and my twin to all his friends and we are treated like celebrities in his house. Rajat loves me and I know that I will live happily with him till the end of my days. Even right now as I am talking to you, I am enjoying myself, basking in the sun as Rajat just gave me a nice polish.

– Sneha Ganesh 😊