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The Mirror Crack’d

September 1, 2014 1 comment

You wake up one morning to a world without mirrors.  How does your life – from your everyday routines to your perception of yourself – change?


Did you take a look at yourself in the mirror today? Did you like the look of your nose, your chin, your ears, your eyes, your eyebrows, and for guys your biceps, your abs?  Did you yearn for a Hale Berry look or did you want a body  like Sylvester Stallone?

Did you take a look at yourself in the mirror today? Did you like the look of your nose, your chin, your ears, your eyes, your eyebrows, and for guys your biceps, your abs?  Did you yearn for a Hale Berry look or did you want a body  like Sylvester Stallone?

My point is today, people are so obsessed with looks that they even resort to cosmetic surgery to change the way they look – they do surgery on their nose, chin, eyebrows, ears.. they go for silicone, collagen implants and to look trim they go for liposuction.

Cosmetic  surgeries cause chronic pain, allergy, blindness and even death.  And people are still willing  to take such risks.

 Recently, a 22 year girl from Russia  had 100 silicone injections because she wanted the worlds biggest lips in the hope of resembling her favourite heroine Jessica Rabbit. And in Singapore,on Dec 30th, 2009 Franklin Heng, property management tycoon died due to multiple holes in his intestines and stomach in a liposuction surgery gone wrong . 

All of us are born, attain youth, old age and eventually we have to die.  There is no eternal youth whatsoever and ageing is a natural process.  So, why are we trying to create a mask and hide what we truly are?.

We are born with flaws and each of us has our own unique looks, strange mannerisms and behaviours.  That is what makes us stand out from the crowd.  That is the beauty in us.  So, let us celebrate our imperfections.  Let us seek to be imperfectly perfect.

Cosmetic surgery does not make you a different person.  Very often our external appearance is more a reflection of how we feel.  And if you feel great inside you will natural exude a radiant charm.

Cosmetic surgery distorts appearances that we are born with.  It enables us to alter the bodies and come up with something different.

Magazines, music videos and television are also responsible for creating this disgusting obsession with beauty and perfection.  We have slimming advertisements and beauty pageants.  Cosmetically enhanced celebrities are redefining the concepts of beauty and fans are blindly aping them.

Beauty is not skin deep.  I think that putting on those layers of makeup do not make you a beautiful person – although many of you ladies may disagree to that.

After seeing the dangerous results of cosmetic surgery, some Hollywood stars like Kate Winslet and Emma Thomson are now crusading against cosmetic surgery.

Now then what do I consider as true beauty.  It is the beauty in people like Mother Theresa who served selflessly and tirelessly. She was small in stature but rocklike in faith. She started orphanages, schools, hospices and homes.  Her life-long devotion to the care of the poor and destitute in Calcutta won her the Nobel Peace Prize.

Let us find that beauty in the values that we hold, in the work that we do.  The glow in you when you touch someones heart – when you make a change in someones life is true beauty that is everlasing, that is forever.  So, I urge you to find a cause be it only once a month or once in 3 months or atleast once a year  to do something for which you expect nothing in return – not a cent.  Just go and spend some time to plant a community garden, help children at reading, help at an old age home or with the intellectually disabled.  We have to stop always thinkiing from the selfish confines of only our family to include our neighbours, our community and the world at large  We can sow small seeds of change by pitching ourselves for such a higher cause .

Volunteering connects you to others.  It helps you to make new friends and increase your relationship skills.   It can bring fun and fulfilment to your life.  It increases your self-confidence, fights depression and helps you stay physically healthy.

I think the need of the hour is to take a good look within – to do an inner surgery – to find that peace, that happiness, that beauty that we were born with and is always within us. True beauty is that invisible essence that binds all of us in a universal chain of brotherhood.  True beauty is your inner nature and does not require any makeup.


Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://anglo-swiss.blogspot.sg/2014/08/wordpress-daily-prompt-mirror-crackd.html
2) http://spadethought.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/31-08-14-a-world-without/
3) http://linusfernandes.com/2014/08/31/the-mirror-crackd-reflected-mirroring/
4) http://ambitiousdrifter.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/in-my-mirror/
5) http://beartales.me/2014/08/31/well-my-mirror-is-cracked/



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Back to school

August 28, 2014 Leave a comment

The last time I went to school I graduated in Engineering. After that there is this urge to complement the logical thinking of engineering with some artistic right brain thinking, so I decided to learn to play the violin.

Given a chance, I would love to go back to school to study art or master the french language as I studied basic french in my school days.

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can, there will always
come a time when you will be grateful you did.”
― Sarah Caldwell


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2) http://blackandwhiteheart.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/daily-prompt-back-to-school/
3) http://geekergosum.com/2013/07/26/back-to-school/
4) http://booksmusicandmovies.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/if-i-am-back-to-school/
5) http://thecoffeedarling.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/back-to-school/
6) http://ireadencyclopedias.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/daily-prompt-back-to-school/
7) http://retired2travel.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/daily-prompt-back-to-school/
8) http://unknowinglee.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/master-mind/
9) http://dreamingforme.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/daily-prompt-back-to-school/
10) http://fibijeeves.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/daily-prompt-back-to-school-i-dont-got-no-gramma/

Categories: Books

You, Robot

August 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Congrats — you’ve been handed a robot whose sole job is to relieve you of one chore, job, or responsibility you particularly hate. What is it? 

As technology is pervading every sphere of our lives and gadgets are becoming ubiquitous, we are becoming couch potatoes.  So, I do not need another robot to control my life. 

We are outsourcing every aspect of our life today.  We do not want to remember birthdays – facebook gives you a timely reminder.  We do not want to remember telephone numbers, events, names our as our smartphones can do that.  Everything is remote controlled today.  Lights, fan, air-conditioner, TV, the microwave –so if we employ a robot to ease any more of our tasks, we risk becoming more sedentary, lethargic and good-for-nothing nincompoops. 

So, if there is still any task for which I would keep a robot it would be to remind me in a clear voice  everyday – “Hey, wake up.  Get up and run! “ or “ Do some exercise my friend” or “Stop playing with that smartphone and get some work done”!

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2014/08/24/daily-prompt-you-robot-with-the-wordpress-t-shirt/
2) http://seikaiha.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/daily-prompt-you-robot/
3) http://siapositive.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/robwop-the-wordpress-robot/
4) http://threepsandq.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/prompt-daily-postyou-robot/
5) http://vexingpoint.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/daily-prompt-you-robot/
6) http://threepsandq.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/prompt-daily-postyou-robot/
7) http://flowersandbreezes.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/twigs-leaves-and-dirt/
8) http://jahnavichintakunta.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/mr-robot-please-follow-me/
9) http://tidlidim.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/daily-prompt-you-robot/
10) http://grieflessons.wordpress.com/category/robots/

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Work? Optional!

August 22, 2014 Leave a comment

If money were out of the equation, would you still work? If yes, why, and how much? If not, what would you do with your free time?

In today’s world, one has basic needs – shelter, mouths to feed and clothing.  These are just basic necessities and cannot be bought without money. So, we cannot leave money out of the equation.  Ofcourse, money is not the only requirement in life – there is a need for love, recognition and happiness.

Once our basic needs are met then we can think beyond the immediate confines of our family to encompass  our community, our country and the world at large.  But if we are living to meet our basic needs, then it becomes difficult to be altruistic even if we are kind and generous at heart.

 I enjoy doing volunteer work in my free time but that does not fulfil my needs. It gives me a sense of fulfilment.  So, earning money is not to be viewed in a wrong light.  We need money but being selfish, hoarding money and earning money by gambling or wrong means will bring more pain and misery than happiness!


Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://anglo-swiss.blogspot.sg/2014/08/wordpress-daily-prompt-work-optional.html
2) http://badosto.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/daily-prompt-work-optional/
3) http://vexingpoint.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/daily-prompt-work-optional/
4) http://alotfromlydia.wordpress.com/
5) http://flippyzipflop.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/kinda-where-i-am/
6) http://basicallybeyondbasic.com/2014/08/21/daily-prompt-work-optional/
7) https://flowersandbreezes.wordpress.com/tag/daily-prompts/
8) http://terry1954.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/work-optional-the-daily-post/
9) http://travelingtortuga.com/2014/08/21/daily-prompt-work-optional/
10) http://reginamartins.com/tag/dp-daily-prompt/

Categories: Books

Back to Life

After an especially long and exhausting drive or flight, a grueling week at work, or a mind-numbing exam period — what’s the one thing you do to feel human again?


I have realized that sleep and a good rest are vital for recuperation/recharging after an intense period of work, exam or stress.  Sleep is a natural cure for many of our ailments and a good rest without any anxieties can do wonders to your body and mind and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on any challenge!

Here is a poem about sleep that I had blogged earlier:


Lying in the mothers lap
After a fun day
Sleep like a lullaby
Soothes the little infant

Fatigued, tanned bodies
Lie on the pavement
Sleep gives solace to them
Magical,  sweet sleep

Sleep tender sleep
You ease the pain
Calm the nerves
And appease tired souls

Like a loving mother
Who dotes all her kids
You bring tranquil peace
To thief, saint, beggar and  king

Sleep take me on a dream
To a world without walls
Where there is only joy and peace
And one does not belittle another


©copyright skm, March 5th, 2011


Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://pintsof.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/daily-prompt-back-to-life/
2) http://dragoneystory.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/daily-post-back-to-life/
3) http://onemanversustheworld.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/relax-and-unwind/
4) http://moreactionresearch.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/called-back-into-being/
5) http://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/daily-prompt-back-to-life/
6) http://kaapitimes.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/back-to-life-after-work/
7) http://bobbeck1600.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/daily-prompt-back-to-life/
8) http://fibercompulsion.com/2014/07/29/back-to-life/
9 ) http://themasculinepen.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/the-daily-post-back-to-life-read-or-go-flying/
10) http://blainecindy.com/2014/07/29/music-is-the-key/

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Adult Visions

As a kid, you must have imagined what it was like to be an adult. Now that you’re a grownup (or becoming one), how far off was your idea of adult life?


We always think the grass is greener on the other side. So while I was young, I wanted to grow up fast and be a big man. I used to wonder what it would be like to be tall and strong.

I used to see the man with the ice-cream cart and wanted to sell ice-creams like him when I grew up.

I used to believe that grown ups earn money, enjoy luxuries and life would be happy-go-lucky.

But now when I look at a child I can see their innocence and their sense of wonder. I watch them immerse themselves in their games and toys and enjoying every moment. A little toy, a game, an icecream or a candy can make their day.

They have loads of energy and enthusiasm and even at the end the daythey seem to want more fun.

Little did I know then that -As we grow up we harbour ill-conceived notions of people, their colour, race and religion. We build walls around us and we seek to see differences rather than finding the common essence that unites all of us.


Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://tombalistreri.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/grown-up/
2) http://underthemonkeytree.com/2014/07/23/all-grown-up/
3) http://tuckedintoacorner.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/all-growed-up/
4) http://lindaswritingblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/grown-up/
5) http://msbstories.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/am-i-a-grown-up-oh-well/
6) http://fibercompulsion.com/2014/07/23/whod-want-to-grow-up/
7) http://aminaahmedsblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/adult-and-me-lol/
8) http://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2014/07/23/daily-prompt-adult-visions-i-had-none/
9) http://flippyzipflop.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/i-had-it-all-wrong/
10) http://thinkingoutlouddotme1.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/daily-post-adult-visions/


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Middle seat

 It turns out that your neighbor on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your new best friend?


I do not like to occupy the middle seat especially on flights. It is like being stuck between a rock and a hard place.  Sitting at the window you can get to  see the clouds or get a birds eye view during take-off and landing.  If it is the aisle seat, you can get up and stretch your legs or take a walk.

Now coming to the topic of sitting next to a loquacious person.  I like to get to know people and opening a conversation is a great way to do that.  It can become very boring if we are aloof.  Sometimes starting a conversation, we can meet interesting people and make good friends.

But there is a difference between interesting talk, getting to know one another and talking non-stop.

The other day I met one such person.   My colleagues and I were on the train on our way home after work.  This boy started firing a volley of personal questions at us.  He would just not stop.  He even went to the extent of advising my friend to get married.  After that meeting, the next day my colleagues would look out for him on the platform so that we could escape.


Other interesting posts on this prompt:
1) http://pintsof.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/daily-prompt-middle-seat/
2) http://tuckedintoacorner.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/the-seat-switcher/
3) http://tombalistreri.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/small-talk/
4) http://zainabjavid.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/chatterbox/
5) http://agirllikemee.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/my-talkative-bus-companions/
6) http://thinkingoutlouddotme1.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/daily-post-middle-seat/
7) http://risingrave28.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/on-a-train/
8) http://tnkerr.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/daily-prompt-middle-seat/
9) http://alotfromlydia.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/the-middle-seat/
10) http://lettheballoonssailmeaway.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/daily-post-middle-seat/

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Fictional Intruder

July 16, 2014 2 comments

Go down the rabbit hole with Alice; play quid-ditch with Harry Potter; float down the river with Huck Finn… If you could choose three fictional events or adventures to experience yourself, what would they be?


charlie_chocolate factory



I admire such adventures and fairy tales because they allow us to let our minds dream and wander into strange lands.  When reading such books we let our imagination go wild – like Alice and her adventures in Wonderland, Gulliver’s Travels, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory etc.

It’s difficult to choose a single one here.  I will talk about playing Charlie in the Chocolate factory.  I would love to find that golden ticket for a trip to the Chocolate factory and immerse myself in those adventures.  I would also love to meet that lovely family who supported Charlie for whom that visit meant ‘the world’.  This story shows that there is so much happiness in simple pleasures and adventures.


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3) http://whitefeatherfloating.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/fictional-characters/
4) http://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2014/07/15/daily-prompt-fictional-intruder-i-did-it-my-way/
5) http://lavirosa.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/fictional-intruder-the-story/


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29 Spelling Mistakes From India That Will Make You Laugh, Cry, And Gag

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Categories: Books

Instant Celebrity

If you could be a famous person for a day, who would you be? Why?


Flying on a magic carpet
To exotic countries
Greeted with cheers by die-hard fans
Crying to catch a glimpse of me

A shining limousine picks me up
Protected by body guards
From media and paparazzi
Fans vie for my attention

Whatever I need appears
I have the magic midas touch
The world around – a maze of mirrors
Everywhere I look there is just me

Sucked into a vortex
By fame, pride and wealth
Drawn away from love
My own being has deserted me

This mind, intellect and ego
Truth, knowledge and freedom
Happiness, fearlessness and fame
Are all an illusion

Blowing away my magic carpet
Pricking the balloon of my ego
I was pulled down to earth
By a shattering quake

Jolted from my reverie
Half-asleep and inebriated
I held on to my prized possessions
Self-belief and happiness


© copyright, skm, 19th June, 2014


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1) http://tuckedintoacorner.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/famous-for-a-day/
2) http://ambitiousdrifter.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/daily-prompt-you-cant-eat-fame/
3) http://geekergosum.com/2014/06/18/instant-celebrity/
4) http://anonymouslygay.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/instant-celebrity-jlaw/
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