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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How do writers write?

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             Being a blogger I like to ‘claim’ to have a little experience in writing – you know, I blog, and its a ‘kind of’ writing.

             I think there are certain nuances to how writers write. Mind you, I am not talking about the writing style, but how writers ‘get to’ writing and/or ‘when’ they write. Let me explain.

             Let us consider Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He was a physician who wrote his famous ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and other stories when he were free with no patients to attend to. So, in my mind I picture him sitting at his physician’s desk, when there are no patients, taking a pen and a paper thinking, “let me write a story,” and ideas, and plots, and sequences, and characters, and words would flow from his mind through his pen onto the paper. And Voila! We have one of the greatest detectives the world has ever seen. Of course, there would have been many many MANY drafts, and crumpled papers before the final beauty came out. (I wish to think otherwise.)
           Another of my favourite authors is Jane Austen. I imagine her sitting at her desk that has a beautiful flower vase and writing away her finest writings.

             In a nut shell, what I believe is writers just…. write. Whenever they want to, whenever they feel like it characters and plots and words just float around them like lotuses waiting to be picked.
             But me, even a small blogger as I am, I cannot write whenever I want to. Words just don’t come. I mean, even when I force myself to sit and write something down, I wouldn’t be satisfied enough to publish it or even save it for future editing. It’s not a writer’s block. For me, ideas and/or writing happen just at the spur of a moment. An idea suddenly pops up, and if I do not write immediately, it just doesn’t happen again. Even if I somehow just remember the gist of it and try writing about at least an hour later – it just doesn’t happen. The moment’s just gone. That’s all. Almost all of my blog posts, including this one, happened at the spur of the moment. May be that is why I am inconsistent in my posts. Many ideas come to me when I am doing some other work that cannot be avoided (Apparently, J.K.Rowling was sacked from her job for “day dreaming” when, actually, she was working on Harry Potter); and when I do want to write about that idea later, I must have completely forgotten what it was or the words wouldn’t form the way I would have wanted them to be! 
            And, I do not have any writing desk, just any comfortable position at the moment does the work.
So, what are your writing stories; or of any talent/art form for that matter? Do comment and let me know.
Cheers!

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