Thankful Tuesdays – #41 to #46 – A Catch-up Post

Written as part of 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge which I’m attempting this year.


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Hobbies, Favorite Possessions, Mentors, Holidays, Fun and Technology

Week 41 to Week 46 – Thankful Tuesdays

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p style=”text-align: justify;”>So far this year, whatever writing challenge I’ve begun, I’ve managed to complete, except perhaps NaPoWriMo, which clashed with the April A to Z challenge. From the beginning of the year, I’ve written the 52 weeks of gratitude challenge, writing about its topics on every Tuesday if I could. It’s been a month since I last wrote on it, so I thought it was time I did a catch-up post for the ones I’ve missed, and then complete the challenge in the weeks to come.

#41 – Hobbies

Looking back in time, in my childhood, I was very unsure what hobbies were. I remember trying to collect drawing books, till the interest in drawing began to wane. At one point in time, I’d had a collection of pens. Reynolds, Luxor, a limited edition Parker pen that was released on occasion of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, ball pens, ink pens… I even added refills to it. Most of that was lost during home relocation sadly. Now my main hobby is writing and reading novels, though I’d say it’s more of a passion than just a hobby. I love both, and I know it’ll remain so for a long time.

#42 – My favorite possession

I’m not very materialistic by nature. I am not possessive about most things, except maybe my books. So my favorite possessions at the moment would be my bookshelf and my Kindle. Over the last three years, the shelf has remained the same, but more and more books have got added to it, and will soon get added to it too. The Kindle Paperwhite, of course, is a recent possession, but I love the experience of reading on it as well. No, it can’t replace the feel of paper, but I read more on it than I used to read eBooks before. So it’s a valued possession that I take with me each day to work as well, to read on the ride to and from office.

#43 – A mentor/teacher

Nothing and no one has taught me more about life than life itself, I feel, so if I’m grateful to any teacher, it’s to the events, both good and bad, that have shaped who I am today. I’ve celebrated the good, stumbled and learned from the bad, and tried my best not to stumble at a similar obstacle again. If I were to interpret this prompt as a person who has mentored me, I think there is no one person who has made an ultimate influence on me. I’ve been guided by many to be the person I am, and not who they feel I should be, and for that, I am grateful.

#44 – My favorite holiday

It’s a wonderful thing to get a holiday from work and spend it with family and friends having fun, or relaxing without worry. Even the weekend holidays are something I look forward to. If I were to say a favorite festival, that would be Rakshabandhan. Being a single child, but growing up in a joint family, I’m quite close to my cousin sister. She and I don’t think we’re cousins, but siblings itself, so we both look forward to that day. It makes me happy when she ties a Rakhi to me, and it makes her happy when I buy her a gift, be it books or clothes or even a treat at the chaat shop. We don’t get a holiday for that though. The best holiday for me is Diwali. The festival of lights has always managed to light up my joys. Though I don’t burst crackers, I love looking at the colors in the night sky and the bright diyas outside most houses, so I’m glad that these festivals are there to bring happiness to life.

#45 – What I do for fun

A tricky question, this one, I feel. I love meeting friends and spending time with them. That’s fun for me. Once in a while, I take a break from office and just go out to lunch with a friend, or meet them somewhere and talk a lot. It’s the company that makes life get a little exciting. Of course, at times I feel that the procrastinator in me takes over, and nothing seems more fun than curling up in bed with a good book, the mobile phone in silent mode and just getting lost in the world that the book creates! Both are fun, and dependent on my mood of course.

#46 – Technology

Technology, and especially the internet and mobile part, is something I am very grateful for. Until college, it was something I wasn’t that dependent on. Today of course, having been blogging for the past nine years, it’s a wonderful thing and one that I’d miss a lot if it weren’t around. I am, thankfully, not obsessed with being up to date with the latest technology. It’s something that changes every single day, and if I were obsessed, it’d be bad for my mind as well as for the wallet! I do wish at times I could have a day or two where I’d not be lost to whatever tension or side effects technology brings with it, and I hope that happens. Right now, I’m too drawn into that world and with my profession mandating it, it’ll be a while for that break to happen.


(© 19th November 2015)

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Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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