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Sun, Sand, Stars and Dreams

The chronicles of a misfit Indian teen

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January 2013

Sunshine Awards! :)

The Sunshine Award is symbolized by a flower that one blogger can give to other “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”.

I was nominated for this award by justonegirl, who is one of my all-time favourite bloggers and writes amazing posts at http://offmychestblogdotcom2.wordpress.com/
Her writing is wonderful and I hope you all check out her blog, if you haven’t already.
This was the very first time my blog was nominated for an award, and even though I know it isn’t the Oscars or the Booker Prize, I’m very happy.
I woke up this morning, dreading yet another day of continuous studying for finals, which really is depressing (due to my unfortunate habit of procrastinating), it really made my day.
I know I don’t blog much these days because I have my finals throughout February, and I really have to get down to study. But, I promise I’ll make it up in March. 🙂

As with most awards, the Sunshine Award comes with a few simple rules:

Acknowledge the person who gave this award in a blog post.
Do the Q&A below.
Pass on the award to 10 deserving and inspiring bloggers, inform them and link to their blogs.

Q&A:

Who is your favorite philosopher? I don’t really have one. I like some quotes of a few personalities, which are motivational, but they aren’t necessarily philosophers.
But, I do like quotes by Swami Vivekananda and he is a philosopher. So, yeah.

What is your favorite number? Quite frankly, I do like maths and consequently all numbers, but somehow I do have a special attachment to the numbers 3 and 7. (Maybe because they appear in my birthdate)

What is your favorite animal? Dogs. I’m totally a dog person. Dogs are friendly, cuddly, cute, grateful, and are faithful companions.

What is your favorite time of day? Evening. When it is not too sunny and hot (but I do live in a desert, so it is hot for the most part of the year). And when the setting sun baths the entire place in a reddish-orange to pinkish glow. Beautiful.

What are your Facebook and Twitter? I do not want to share my personal Facebook account because I would like to remain anonymous, but my twitter handle is @SunStarsDreams
Please do follow it. 🙂

What is your favorite holiday? Diwali or Deepawali. The Indian Festival of Lights. If you would like to know more about it, I’ve written a post about it here: https://sunsandstarsanddreams.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/diwali-the-festival-of-lights/

What is your physical favorite activity? I was never an athletic person. I was always a curl-up-in-a-corner-and-read type. But, I used to enjoy dancing when I was younger. But, now, I do absolutely nothing other than a little bit of yoga in the morning. And I do enjoy that.

What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Coffee. Coffee Coffee. For the win. 😀
I’m an absolute coffee addict and though I don’t mind instant coffee, my favourite is the South Indian ‘filter’ coffee, which is absolutely amazing.

What is your passion? I love writing. Writing is like a part of me. Even if I am really busy, I make sure to write at least something small, on paper, that too with a fountain pen. (Yes, I know it is kinda old-fashioned, but I love it.)

What is your favorite flower? I love all kinds of flowers, but my favourite is jasmine and lily. It reminds me of my late maternal grandfather’s lush and colourful garden which was a delight to the senses. (I remember that in vivid detail, though I last saw it only when I was around 2 or 3 years old.)

My Nominations:

1. Azna Parveen who is an amazing and wonderful teen blogger. And who is also an old childhood friend of mine.

2. Bhavia – Her blog is yet another of my all-time favourites.

3. Maya who maintains an amazing blog and she was one of the first people who told me that they liked my blog.

4. Wandering Pebbles who is an amazing photographer and whose photos never fail to make me smile.

5. Coconut Chutney – Her writing is wonderful and her blog posts are funny and great reads.

6. Me and the Wild West
She’s yet another teen blogger who is wonderful.

All these people are wonderful writers and bloggers and apart from that, good people.
I urge you all to read their blogs and follow them too. 🙂
Thank you. 🙂

The Desert Bloom- A Facebook love story : My entry for the ‘Get Published’ contest

It wasn’t the typical girl-meets-boy, boy-meets-girl and they fall in love.
No, it had a slightly different twist, for they met face-to-face only after falling in love.
How, you might ask?
It began when Shuhaib liked Shruti’s photo on Facebook. He then sent her a friend request. She responded with a “Do I know you?” message. He replied by introducing himself. She responded likewise.
They ended up chatting on Facebook for a while after which they exchanged phone numbers and ended up calling each other and finally they agreed to meet.
They only managed to get a glimpse of each other, yet, they had the same thought, “You are beautiful.”
Now, dear reader, you might be wondering, what is so special about this, right?
But, the problem was that the two of them were poles and miles apart. Shruti was from a Tamil Brahmin family whereas Shuhaib was from an orthodox Urdu Muslim family from Kashmir, and the two of them were juniors at a high school in Saudi Arabia, a very conservative country which frowned upon pre-marital relationships.
Besides, Shruti was a brilliant student who always scored in 90s and never got into trouble, whereas Shuhaib was the happy-go-lucky, athletic guy who was happy to ‘just pass.
This story revolves on their relationship and the problems they face, both among parents and in the society.
To know whether their love might find acceptance and whether their relationship still continued steadily, even after they finished school, do wait for the entire story.

What makes this story ‘real’:
As I am an Indian expat living and studying in Saudi Arabia, this is something I have seen and heard a lot among my friends.
This story explores forbidden love in a land full of strict traditions.
It also is a celebration of youth, of the fantasies and the realities and problems, one faces during adolescence.
This story is an exploration of the joys and sadness in the wonderful process of growing up, as told by a teen age girl.

Extract from the story:
Shuhaib had messaged me again. I was trying to ignore him and his texts and phone calls since he asked me to be his girlfriend. I can’t believe it. Only the ‘plastics’ and those whom I considered as bad, in my class had boyfriends. Then how could I? What would become of my reputation of being the topper and the responsible one of the class?
Besides, what would my parents do? Amma would start sobbing and tell something about how I went bad or something along those lines and Appa would be disappointed and seriously angry. And I don’t think I could deal with it.
Yet, one part of my brain told me that Shuhaib was funny, handsome, witty, and — No! Stop! I told that offending part of my brain. I mustn’t think like that. I must concentrate on my studies and try to get into IIT-M as per Appa’s wish.
I planned to de-activate my Facebook account as soon as possible.

“This is my entry for the HarperCollins–IndiBlogger Get Published contest, which is run with inputs from Yashodhara Lal and HarperCollins India.”

If you do like my idea, please do vote for it here at: http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/511/
The more votes I have, the more are my chances of getting published.
Thank you. 🙂

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