Five Places I Want to Visit

Note to my reader: This post is a part (#5) of ’30 Day Writing Challenge’ that I found on Pinterest. The challenge is a collection of simple writing prompts.

Just five ?! 😥 

1. Mussoorie, India

Mainly to meet one of my favourite authors, Ruskin Bond! ⭐

2. 221B Baker Street, London220px-Targa_holmes_museumObviously! If you don’t understand the obvious, reader, I’m not talking to you! 😡  And, NO I have not chosen this after the TV Series, it’s been chosen after the book. I have been a fan since WAAAAAAAYYYY before the new series came into existence. Humph! :/

3. Mattur village, Shimoga district, Karnataka, India

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It is known for the usage of Sanskrit (probably the only place in India) for day-to-day communication. What will I do there, you ask? I have no clue! 😛

4. Bhutan

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The only Carbon Negative country in the world. Seriously, I need a break from my surroundings! ^^’

5. Mendenhall Caves, Alaska, USA

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Oooh, these are one beautiful glaciers!

BTW, how do I get to know of all such places? I READ. A lot. :/

Well, you see…, here, I can do a section so popularly known these days as “Honourable Mentions”. But NO, the title asked me to just say five and I am just going to tell you the five. 😎 (Inside my head, that sentence sounds so smart and intelligent. *sigh* ^^’ )

Where do you wanna go, reader? Let me know. May be, we share similar interests…?  🙂

Love love!

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Update: WordPress just updated me that this is my 50th blog post on ‘Thoughts of a Strolling Mind’ ! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyy! 

My Top Three Pet Peeves

Note to my reader: This post is a part (#3) of ’30 Day Writing Challenge’ that I found on Pinterest. The challenge is a collection of simple writing prompts.

Hmmmm, this is a tough one.

First of all, if you are like me who always struggle to keep up with the “urban” terminology (I coined it from “urban dictionary”, if that makes sense….?!), here’s what Google Mahashai has to say:

“pet peeve
       noun informal
       plural noun: pet peeves
              something that a particular person finds especially annoying.

              “one of my biggest pet peeves is poor customer service”

Thank you, Google. “Jahanpana! Tussi great ho!”

Now that we have established clearly the meaning of the essence of the post, let’s start listing. (Thank god, it’s just three!)

1. When people do not maintain books/magazines/newspapers properly.

It is not exclusive to just my property; even theirs and public (as in library or shops) property. I just cannot take somebody “irresponsibly” (yes, that’s what I think it is of that species of a person!!) turn pages which leave them crumpled or folded or the worst – end up torn! Or folding the book while reading it! Not folding the newspaper neatly (at least take little effort!) after reading! Staining the book, somebody writing/marking anything even with a pencil in my borrowed book!

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(The exclamations at the end of every sentence are self-explanatory. Just in case you still didn’t get it, that portrays my irritation and anger!

Sad that I am just using one at each sentence.)

Just this one pet peeve has the potential to give me nightmares!

2. Tourists who act as if they own the place.

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I am just back from a family holiday trip to Horsley Hills and this is something that I have witnessed during my trip.
I hated, literally hated those “tourists” who sit near the silent scenic views of the valley and play (the so-called melodious) songs with full volume! It is a totally different thing if they are the only ones there (even then! Just shut everything up and take in the nature, PEOPLE!!!). What’s the whole point of you going for a quiet holiday?! And moreover, YOU ARE DISTURBING THE REST OF THE LOT, dammit!!! (Apologies for swearing, but can’t help it.)
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Then there was this other stupid lot who sit there and compare, with all the loud voice they can gather from their throats, the seemingly similar other picturesque scenic beauties they have previously visited! Why the deuce can’t you just SHUT-UP and be in the present and let.others.be too?!

For all such species of people out there, here’s some free advice which you should be taking:

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3. People who don’t read – even worse, are the people who ” (I) don’t understand – why should I read? What’s there in reading?”

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Well, don’t understand how you are just not dropping dead!
Period.

There you go! My top three pet peeves. Share some of yours too, dear reader. I’d love to know you more. 🙂

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Book recommends from a tranquil soul

Hello, fellow tranquil souls !

Being an avid reader, I come up with an escape route everytime I find myself in a situation where I don’t want myself to be in – crowded get-togethers, frustrated mind in need of a quiet space, verge of angry tears, loneliness etc. – yes, a book ! One is sure to find a book in my bag wherever I may be. You never know when the ‘hour in need’ may Pop up!, right? 😉

I do not exclusively follow a particular genre or a language. I read fiction, non-fiction, (auto)biographies, culture and tradition, education etc., and in languages that I am proficient – English, Telugu, Hindi.
               Now, what makes a book fall under a ‘good read’ ? That changes from person to person, though one can always choose based upon others’ opinion/reviews of a good read. For me, a good read is one that is anything but an exclusive romantic feature or a romcom, also I have recently realised that I am not into contemporary adaptations of epics; that possess a standard diction; that is intriguing; and may strike a chord in the person’s emotional balance. I read books that many categorise as the ‘serious’ reads. I am more into classic literature than contemporary.

As a famous Indian fruit jam advertisement rightly puts it, “Mummyne nahin sikhaya? SHARIIIIIIIIINNNNNNGGG ! (Did mummy not teach you? SHARIIIIIINNNNNGGG !)”, sharing books and reviews with one another introduces us to various genres, authors, and writings.

And so, I came up with a blogpost idea – every month I’ll be sharing a review or recommending a book or an author I have read and found to be a ‘good read’ as a ‘Book recommend of the month’. Fellow tranquil souls who may have already read that book can share their thoughts in the comments section and may also recommend books that they think to be of a similar kind, and are free to comment anything relevant in that post’s section. Hope we all find ourselves discovering loads of great reads as well.

Stay tuned for this month’s book recommend, readers !

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