Sacred love

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One fine day, YOU happened…

You walked into my life and touched the darkest corners of my soul.

You made your way, showed me dreams like fancy tales, I liked.

I remember how we began, day and night long talks, sometimes warm & cozy, sometimes amorous & couquettish and many times healing & counselling. After all the laughter, the emotions that we shared….Love happened!

I knew it was love, wild yet ethereal. Selfless and indubitable. The kind of love where everytime my eyes met yours, it melted me into a merriment!

There is something about you that makes me go weak in the knees! Your voice soothes my heart, ur eyes that shone with light, capture me in your trance! Ur honest and candid self, fills my heart with pride.

I didn’t fall in love with you! I…walked into love with you, with my eyes wide open, choosing to take every step along the way!.

I chose you, to love you, a very different kind of love…Sacred love!

I fell in love with the shattered and broken pieces of you, and when you showed me your tender side…I fell even deeper!

I promise you, as long as forever, I’ll be by your side. I’ll bring you sunshine, I’ll comfort your fears, I’ll be your friend, your lover, your soulmate, your guide.

I promise you, as you take leaps in your life, I’ll never fall away from the gift of ‘US’, for my heart only beats for you..and my soul only pines for you!.❤

Paris – The city of love!

Yeah, Paris it is!!

Once your in Europe, Paris would always and anytime be your best option to start your vacations with. I am no different. Ever since I learned in my school days the wonders of world, Paris was my dream destination. I always dreamed of standing on top of the Eiffel Tower and shout out my name and wonder if it echoed back ( lol, just kidding!) But yes, I am glad I could make the most out of this trip.

Paris, France’s capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its picturesque 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture, and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. (Source Google).

We had planned a three day trip. Since we live in Belgium, Paris is around 4 hours journey by bus. So we had opted for a journey by flexibus. Since we wanted a more comfortable trip, considering the demands of my 2 years 10 months old son, we had booked an apartment through Airbnb( this is the best one trust me).

We started early morning and reached Paris by early afternoon. We had our lunch and started for Eiffel Tower. Throughout Paris we travelled by train. We had a three day pass/ ticket to travel anywhere within Paris by train.

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The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Trust me the first glance of the 300 meters high tower fills your heart with awe! It stands there tall and strong cutting the winds with pride. I was more than overwhelmed. We had a lot of time to stroll around and beneath the tower. Also not to forget the very long queue for the tickets to sommet (top of Eiffel Tower). After around 2 hours of waiting in the queue and half n hour near the lift that takes you to the top, we were finally there, on the sommet, top of Eiffel. I have a phobia of heights so I was more nervous. My kiddo and hubby where pretty confident and enjoyed posing for photographs. Nevertheless, this was once in a lifetime experience and I enjoyed to the core. You see a Panaromic view of the entire Paris city (don’t dare to peep down if you are like me,phobic to hieghts!)

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Our second day was pretty relaxed. We woke up had our breakfast a headed for museum de lourve, famous museum of art and literary work and yes the one having the monalisa painting and Nike of samothrace statue. It was overly crowded but a really large museum. French paintings were the best.

After spending around three hours in the museum, we headed to our next spots, Notre Dame de Paris. It is an iconic gothic church with a literary link. Beautiful and one of a kind.

Next we visited the hilltop church, the basilica of the sacred heart. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris, France.

Our next stop was Arc de triomphe. The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. With this we were pretty exhausted and ended our second day.

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The third day was all reserved for shopping on champs elysees street. We could not cover the opera house and Disney land as I mentioned we travelled everywhere through train and was pretty time consuming. But yes, we are planning for a separate one full day trip to Disney land just for my dear son and I would write about that separately 😊

Enslavement of social media!

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Tringggg!! Rang the alarm. Yes it was time to wake up, snooze the alarm and check what the rest of the world is doing. The first precious twenty minutes of Mia’s day, and many more hours in the rest of the day were wasted on knowing what her so called friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whats app were upto. “Not that being connected with the world or having accounts on social networking sites is bad, but seriously is it worth to begin my day with?” She usually wondered but couldn’t get over it.

Social networking sites, no doubt have created a huge perception of virtual friendships and relationships which influence us more than our real friendships and relationships. Mia was suffering this.  Yes, social media had enslaved her, and she could feel this. She could not remember the last time she had any romantic talks with her husband or the last time she laughed profusely with her friends. Any short breaks during work would be checking Facebook and Twitter. Any outings with family meant clicking lots of selfies and photos and before you even reached Home, posting it on social media! Her whole life had become public. People knew where she is and what she is doing every moment. Mia knew her life was getting trapped in this online offline business, but she just didn’t had the spine to get over it. She was scared of getting isolated. All the attention she got through social media was too tempting to give up.

Next day was her birthday. She had around thousand friends on Facebook and many more followers on Twitter and Instagram. She wondered how many really cared? A long pause and a deep breath, Instantly she opened her phone and deactivated all her accounts. She wanted to find out how many would really care to call her up and wish her. Her heart was pounding hard and curiosity aroused when the clock past 12 at night. She couldn’t sleep. There were some beeps on her phone and then She felt a peck on her cheek. She opened her eyes. It was her husband who was awake to wish her. 

Next morning she checked her phone, there were messages from a very few close friends and colleagues. She had decided to spend the entire day with her husband so She left her phone home and headed out to spend a beautiful day together. 

Relationships are meant to be real. While on one hand social networking sites seem to bring people together and connect them, on the other hand it can also bring social isolation which can lead to a host of emotional, psychological  and mental problems. Sadly social media has also created jealousy over illusions. Some people are envious of things, lifestyles and relationships that don’t even exist in real.This can also lead to anxiety and depression. And not just health problems you might also fall prey to online predators, cyber bullying, identity thefts and many more cyber crimes. 

Any technology or tool has good and bad impacts on human life. Social media is the same. Limited and professional use of such networking sites can create a better balance in your life. Mia realised this at the right time. Before her addiction to networking sites, took a troll on her life she had moved out and got over it. 

All relationships will have value if nurtured and real. Your online relationships may be satisfying, but they might not be as satisfying as the ones constructed primarily through and by face to face communication. At every heart of a human relationship, there is a human need to give and recieve- honour, love and assistance. So connect with people online but also know when to go offline and enjoy your real life. 🙂

Keukenhof – The tulips garden!

Well yeah! I am in Europe 🙂

It’s been just ten days since we moved to Belgium. And I feel any one who gets an opportunity to stay even a few years in any dam country in Europe is the luckiest of all! And yeah, I am one of them. I have decided to make the most of my stay here, explore Europe and its rich heritage and cultural diversity and yeah of course write about it. In short, a few travel dairies coming along 🙂

Today’s post is about Keukenhof, the most beautiful spring garden in the world.

Keukenhof : also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world’s largest flower gardens. It is situated in Lisse, the Netherlands. According to the official website for the Keukenhof Park, approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares (79 acres).

Keukenhof is located in South Holland in the small town of Lisse, south of Haarlem and southwest of Amsterdam. It is accessible by bus from the train stations of Haarlem, Leiden and Schiphol. It is located in an area called the “Dune and Bulb Region“. [source: area,location and direction taken from wikipedia]

Keukenhof is open annually from mid-March to mid-May. The best time to view the tulips is around mid-April, depending on the weather.

I visited on 23th April, which comes in the best time, hence could make the most of it. Millions of tulips and daffodils made the best day around flowers. An unforgettable experience. Take a look at the pictures 🙂

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My Lame photography skills couldn’t really do any justice to the place. It’s far more beautiful than what is captured in the pictures.

 

 

 

 

Dry baby, happy baby!

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How pleasant it feels to wake up with a happy smiling baby? Ask me! 

My mother, though she tries hard to cope up with the changing generation and life style of people, she still has her own norms when it comes to taking care of your baby.  

The day my LO was born, the hospital people tugged a new born baby diaper of some xyz brand on my baby’s bum. I still remember the horrified expression on my mom’s face after seeing the diaper. ” They put diaper to such a tiny baby! He will get rashes…how will he sleep…his legs won’t grow normally and later it causes problems when he wants to walk. Diaper is a strict no! I am going to remove it” she said this and the moment the nurse went out she removed my baby’s diaper and tied a piece of cloth (which she had stitched in a diaper style with strings to tie a knot and safeguard it). While I do believe that everything that is ‘modern’ may not be ‘good’, and some old methods which our mommies follow when it concerns to our babies really work well, wearing a diaper instead of cloth was something I really wanted to follow. 

My definition of a happy baby is when he is tummy full, sleeped sufficient and DRY…! The cloth thing would not give me this. That day my mother had to change nearly 15-20 cloths as my baby would soil them every 15 -20 mins. More than her I was tired seeing her efforts. I suggested we should put on diaper, but then she bombarded me with a big lecture on how cruel I would be towards my baby by doing this. I gave up!

We coped up with this for a month. I had sleepless nights. My life was stuck in the cloth diapers!  All I remember about the first month of my motherhood is changing those cloth diapers every 15 min, after a heap of diapers soiled…soak them in dettol water, put them in the machine to wash, unfortunately if they won’t come out dry then tug them on the cloth stand one by one. 

After my LO was a month old, one of my close friend came over to see my baby. She gifted me a pack of baby nessecities which had Pampers brand diapers in it. I thought I should use them. Without my mom’s knowledge I once put on Pampers diaper to my baby at night. My LO woke up only twice at night because he was hungry and NOT because of a soiled diaper. I had the most peaceful sleep of my life that night! The next morning when my mom woke up, she was extremely happy seeing my LO playing merrily. And when I told her the diaper story, she was happy and accepted the fact that this change is for good! 

Babies are extremely delicate. They are born with the need to be loved. They can only express their pain and discomfort by crying. It is a mother’s duty to understand what is best for her baby and provide him with the same. Breaking the old fashioned conservative norm of cloth diaper and switching to pampers diapers was a good decision indeed. The best part is these pampers baby dry pants keep your baby’s skin dry and healthy for upto 12 hours. Alas I got my much needed sleep and a dry baby, is always a happy baby!!  

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A simple eggless blueberry cake recipe

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Blueberries…yummy and sweet ! But frankly speaking after trying this yummy yet very simple blueberry cake I am liking berries more in the cake 🙂

Here am sharing a recipe for a simple eggless blueberry cake!

Ingredients:
1.5 cup : plain flour/ self raising flour.
1/2 cup : butter melted.
1/2 tsp : baking soda.
1.5 tsp : baking powder.
1 cup : condensed milk.
1/2 cup : powdered sugar.( vary this depending on how much sweet you want )
1/2 tsp : vanilla essence.
1 tblsp : lemon juice.
1/2 cup : blueberries

Method:

* In a bowl mix plain flour, baking soda, baking powder, powdered sugar.
* Add vanilla essence to the butter and mix well. Then add this into the flour. Mix well.
* Add condensed milk and start whisking.
*  Add a little water and continuing whisking until everything is mixed well and you get a batter of smooth consistency.
* Add lemon juice and stir well.
* Fold the blueberries into the batter slowly.
* Apply butter to the cake pan and pour the batter into it.
* Bake this for 30 min in a pre-heated oven at 180 °c.

Yummy blueberry cake is ready for u to hog!

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Lights…!!!

Luminescence from the stunning decorations of lights throughout the streets of London for Christmas and the new year’s was one of a kind.
Sharing some extremely eye soothing decorations that I captured at the Oxford Street, London.

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