Gift Of Life !

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by Sakhi

Nine sets of families sitting in the waiting lounges of nine different hospitals in nine different cities. All have palms joined, fingers crossed and eyes closed, praying hard. Praying hard and hoping for their loved one to wake up, to be healthy again, to be alive and kicking. But amongst those nine families, eight were hoping for the death of the ninth one. Unfortunately, the ninth family lost their loved one. He/she was declared brain dead. The family is devastated and begs the doctor to give them hope, a glimmer of hope that yes, there is a 0.001 percent hope of recovery, but they were disappointed. The ninth person passed away. And the prayer of the other eight was answered. I know it seems like a riddle, but it’s an actual incident.

This is an excerpt, read complete here….

Not just a cup of coffee

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(It could be your story too😉)

John was waiting for the lift to arrive at his 10th floor apartment.  He seemed to be a little restless and a little agitated. Shaking one leg in nervousness he was anything but calm.  To add to his irritation lift was taking a life time to arrive.   And imagine if one is greeted with a foolish question in the morning when the mind is dancing amidst the tides of negative emotions and face is reluctant to show anything except frown.

“Good morning Mr.John, waiting for the lift? asked one of his neighbour as he opened the door to collect milk bottles left at his door.  Answer to this question is  quite obvious but John sarcastically (not in so good spirit ) said “no sir I am waiting for the next Rajnikanth (Indian superstar) movie to release”.  And when you are in…

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Chocolate Covered Anything Day, WOW!

Melanie Sykes in chocolateChocolate, a candy loved by both children and adults alike. But how much can it go on? What edible creations can molten chocolate create? Where in the world are certain chocolate dishes made a favourite staple? Well, in order to find the answers to all those questions, we must do a time hop into the past, for this is the search of the history of Chocolate Covered Everything Day!

History of Chocolate Covered Everything Day
We all know and love the dark and sweet bricks called chocolate, we even melt it down and put on our ice cream! When was this delectable treat created? The history of chocolate begins in Mesoamerica. Fermented beverages made from chocolate date back to 1900 BC. The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the god of wisdom, and the seeds once had so much value that they were used as a form of currency. After chocolate’s arrival in Europe from oversea expeditions in the sixteenth century, sugar was added to it and it became popular throughout all of Europe, first among the ruling classes of the European societies, and then among the common people. Jose de Acosta, a Spanish missionary who lived in Peru and then Mexico in the later 16th century, described its use more generally.

“Loathsome to such as are not acquainted with it, having a scum or froth that is very unpleasant taste. Yet it is a drink very much esteemed among the Indians, wherewith they feast noble men who pass through their country. The Spaniards, both men and women that are accustomed to the country are very greedy of this Chocolate. They say they make diverse sorts of it, some hot, some cold, and some temperate, and put therein much of that “chilli”; yea, they make paste thereof, the which they say is good for the stomach and against the catarrh”

How to celebrate Chocolate Covered Everything Day
To celebrate the day where we coat everything we can in chocolate, we go out and find an affordable mini chocolate fountain, and then we buy whatever we like to go with our chocolate, take it home and set it up, and then enjoy the chocolate covered foods in the comfort of our own home, enjoying it any time we want! We can also celebrate by buying chocolate syrup, heating it up in a bowl and have a bowl of ice cream with a hot chocolate syrup topping.

PS: I would love to know what is that thing that you wanna dip in chocolate and dig in, I have my own naughty ideas about. 😉

A Tribute To My Faded Jeans

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By Kalpana

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Hello Everyone,

Every wardrobe has a pair of faded jeans which is as good as an old companion.  And heart surely bleeds when mom gives away that pair of jeans as a piece of junk.

For every wardrobe’s founder member here’s a small tribute:

You have been my company be it hospital’s corridor or rock concert;

You have walked miles with me be it rocky terrain or a garden of roses;

With you chasing be it goals or bus was easy;

You were my partner in crime in every tryst;

You never let your aging belittle me, more faded you got more beauty you added thus defying the aging process;

It doesn’t matter how many new entrants are there in my cupboard occupying your area, your place in my heart is in tact;

For me it was your value that mattered and was never price;

Now that you left me…

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Crisis- See Our Definition

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by Kalpana

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Hi Everyone,

And a special Hello to all the lovely ladies out there! crisis, a small word embracing anything and everything starting from financial  disruptions of a household to something really critical such as war.  But today I would like to talk crisis on a little lighter note which is by no mean a trivial matter when taken a look from our perspective, from a woman’s perspective.

This is a question to all the beautiful ladies (gentlemen can also answer on behalf of ladies of and in their lives).  Has it happened that a party is round the corner and the first  and foremost worry that lingers in your mind is “What shall I wear?” Or the general expression that comes on your face, a frown exclaiming “I have nothing to wear!” 🙂  No matter our cupboards might be overflowing with  trendy outfits but for that important (seemingly for us) occasion…

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A Very Special Candle Light Dinner

 

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by Kalpana

 

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Hi Everyone,

*fiction by my point of view but could be a reality for someone*

Husband back from office after toiling all day, enters house and dumbstruck by what he sees there.  He finds his house decorated with candles.  He was trying to figure out what special day he has missed from the calendar.  Trying to recollect all important dates (it’s very well known that men have difficulty in remembering important dates) he moves further in the house.  He was enchanted by the aroma in air.  And even more mesmerised by the beauty of his wife who just appeared from kitchen with a tea-tray in her hands.  He was wondering when was the last time he admired beauty of his partner.  She was glowing in the light of candles. While he was lost in his thoughts and questions he was awakened by his wife’s question. “How was your day at office?” she enquired…

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10,000 Hits : Taking My Bows !

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by Sakhi

Dear Reader,

Thank You! These are the two words I can manage to say at this moment. WAIT ! Let me catch my breath and calm my heart. Oh My God! What a heady moment it is. Today some 2600 followers and nearly two months later, I got my 10,000 hits. I got them and let me tell you, I never thought I will. The day I started to write, it seemed like a summit of The Himalayas. A journey I thought I will make in at least a year, or maybe more. I never ever imagined in my wildest of dreams that I will make it. It’s thrilling, exhilarating, euphoric.

If anyone is thinking that I have used some kinda voodoo, then I must say you caught me red handed. I have used a very powerful magic, and that is my beloved father’s blessings. They are with me, guiding me, bringing me to people that would enrich my life with their presence. I know this wasn’t possible without his Midas Touch.

But let me tell you all, it’s not my achievement but your love that brought me this far. If you all hadn’t deemed me worthy and taken the time to visit, read, like, comment, reblog, I wouldn’t have made it this far. It is your support that made a girl like me, who just wrote on losing pieces of scattered paper, collect her wits and pen down something worthy enough for you to read. I am not alone in this journey, some people were there like my constant support. Without them, QuillnParchment might never have happened. It has reached here because of them.

The first one is my friend Sri Satya, you was the one who saw me in darkness, I always tell him that he is the ink in my pen. He inspired me so much, pushed me, pestered me constantly to break my barriers and start a blog. He has been my beta reader ever since, every piece I write, I show to him first, and he despite not being of this field of writing gives me the best feedback. I know that when he decides to write, he will give me a run for my money.

Next is Chiradeep Patra, who is the most humble and helpful person I have met so far in my life. He is an inspiration in every way, and he has played the role of a mentor/godfather to me. He was the one who saw me as a diamond in the coal mine and polished my slowly to make me shine. Today I have his hand on my back as a buck up, and he is my best critic. When he compliments my write ups, I find them worthy. He has a very impactful and noble webzine of his own, works for an NGO, and has a big family and friends, yet he always managed to find time for me.

Next, I would like to give credit to Kalpana, my fabulous writer friend from Belgium, mum, a wife and an amazing person. She has been kind enough to be an Author on my site and helps me keep it up with her excellent articles. I can’t forget to thank Miss Roberta Pimentel, who has a very successful blog of her own but is polite enough to read and reply to all comments. She was kind enough to accept me as a guest writer on her blog, giving me an instant leg up. She wrote one brilliant post in Quill and proved that the greater you get, the more humility you show to other who are still learning to walk.

I would take this opportunity to mention and thank few of my most loyal commenters, Eugenia, She leaves most heartfelt comments. Marshall W Thompson, SR, his comments make you feel connected to him and leave you with a smile. And Miriam Hurdle, her comments have a loving relativity, I feel I know her from before. The best thing I found about blogging is the brilliance of Guest Post. It helped me grow a lot. Last but not the least is Shiva Malekopnath, who has a splendid blog and has a keen eye for music.

The best thing I found about blogging is the brilliance of Guest Post. It helped me grow a lot.I found it is the best way to help each other in the best possible way, giving each other a helping hand, giving that slight nudge up the ladder. Bloggers are great people, they are always eager to help, to advise, to counsel. I love to be a part of this awesome community. It has a Utopia kinda feel, where all live and let live in perfect harmony.

I write daily, sometimes twice daily. There are times when I am unwell or got Writer’s Block and not able to write, but I try to be as regular as possible. Soon I will be bringing Hindi Poetry and Short Stories to my blog too. I hope you all will keep showering me with your love and blessing like you have been doing until now. With your support I see myself making the One Lac hits posts in the near future 🙂 Hope you people make this dream come true as I keep working towards trying to bring better and best write ups to you.

Thank You !!!

Warm Regards

Sakhi

Gender Equality- Men’s Perspective

 

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by Kalpana

I am writing about a  very casual discussion that I had with one of my male friends.  The discussion was about “Gender Equality”.  One of the most talked about, debated topic. One of my favourite too.  Many feel it should exist, many others feel it can be done away with as both genders can never be on the same scale of equality and very few think it does exist.  The count of people belonging to the third category is so small that could be dismissed.  Basically, we are left with two opinions/ sects/ mind frames.

 

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Hi Everyone,

I am writing about a  very casual discussion that I had with one of my male friend.  The discussion was about “Gender Equality”.  One of the most talked about, debated topic. One of my favorite too.  Many feel it should exist, many others feel it  can be done away with as both genders can never be on same scale of equality and very few think it does exist.  The count of people belonging to the third category is so small that could be dismissed.  Basically we are left with two opinions/ sects/ mind frames.

So it was during one of our casual conversation that eventually paved way for our discussion regarding gender equality I got an idea about how men perceive gender equality.  It all started when I came across a news related to domestic violence against women.  Being a women I naturally felt disturbed and expressed…

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