IBMC Challengers – February 2017

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This is a summary post of challengers who have completed or on-going with the Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge for the month of February 2017. The challenge was instantiated in the early second week of April 2016.


Shilpa from the DilKiAawazSuno Blog is the Twenty Eighth blogger to complete the challenge. The emotions and thoughts have taken words and have formed the posts of glory. Every challenge prompt is happy read. The first one can be read here: IBMC #01: Phrase a Paragraph Challenge.

Blogger from The Incognito Writer is the Twenty Ninth blogger to complete the challenge. There are some amazing posts put out there which one will read and enjoy! The first one can be read here: When I See You.

Reena Saxena from the Reinventions Reena is the Thirtieth blogger to complete the challenge. The heart soothing reads can be found for every challenge prompt. The first one can be found here: I am and so I am

Radhika from Radhika’s Reflection is the Thirty First blogger to complete this challenge. There is an amazing ten posts collection out there. Each being uniquely attempted, puts the reader at thoughts and smiles. The first one can be read here: Tick Tock Tick Tock.

Mick from Mick E Talbot Poems is the Thirty Second blogger to complete this challenge. I was astonished by the poetry writing skills and I am sure everyone and anyone will be. The Haiku, Haibun and the variants bring the warmth. Its a celebration of poetry there. The First one can be read here:Haibun

S Francis from the blog SAILORPOET is the Thirty Third blogger to complete this challenge. One is definitely going to enjoy the diverse and curious reads of ten challenges, as I did. The first one can be read here: Setting the Perfect Fire.

Lyrallya from the blog Lyrallya is the Thirty Fourth blogger to complete this challenge. The posts are interesting and bring smiles to the readers. The first one can be read here: Phrase a Paragraph Challenge

Melolontha from the blog Melolontha by the River has completed six challenges this far. They have been an exciting read till now. The first one can be found here: Conquer Your Weaker Self.

‘Thank you’ to all who have taken/been taking the challenge and to all who have liked them. Feel free to take up the challenge if it excites you!:-)

A list of all the completed challengers can be found HERE


The Martian – Review

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I had seen the movie in theater which was released in 2015. This Feb of 2017, when I read the novel, it was double the pleasure. Andy Weir who aspired to be an astronaut in his childhood, instead writes this novel and it is no less than a space travel.

The technical details are a celebration. Andy Weir has done a lot of research to present the details of the plot. Nothing is waived off from explanation while at need. After like twenty pages, the novel takes the reader to mars, stuck with Watney, figuring out ways to contact and reach back to Earth.

A brilliant sci-fi novel, I must say. There is right pinch of Humor. The plot is neat. The presentation sequence is perfect. There is elucidation of right things at right time. It ends perfectly with no drag. Everything is TO the point.

I started 2017 with ‘novel a month’. January I finished the classic – The Great Gatsby. February was a sci-fi. My hands are now waiting to grab something for March!

Missed Calls from Memory Silo

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My Not so Dear Memory,
Eww! This is such a sticky situation. I so much hate you for often putting me in this barrel of used-to suffocation.

I know my remembrance class isn’t very classy and come on, off course I am a professor and known for my memory skills universally, but, my brain isn’t that bad dumpster too. I got to write something for this competition where my memory skills came to rescue in a sticky situation and you can’t make me recall one such good one to pen down? Mean you! Not that I did not have any sticky situations at all. Okay, I had enough and many. Does that mean I never got escaped from such situation and was always bait? Hey no. I don’t remember any such happenings. Okay, may be a few.

Some of them quickly pass through my mind. May be they are not that great ones to put them down. Like that day when a student asked me where I got my degree from, I was baffled in the beginning and then later in minutes could remember and gave the answer. Once when my wife had asked to purchase eggs, I had almost reached home, I then suddenly remembered and rushed back and got them. Once a sweeper had latched the closed door from outside with me and a set of students giving exam in the hall and luckily I had the college principal’s phone number. Once my wife had asked me to remind her to watch her favorite show and I forgot. Then after many hours I switched on the television being scared and that show was for god’s good sake being repeat telecasted. Then, when I checked out after few hours, it was still there and again on weekend.

If you think they were not sticky situation, then hey, you don’t know how uncomfortable I was! It was indeed sticky. My pants had almost become sweat pants. But for this post, I rather need some good ones. Like really good ones.

On a happy note, I remember the month of my marriage anniversary. When my mobile is not switched off from low battery, the calendar app reminds me to take bath every day. I remember that the toilet seat goes up (wait, is it down? Nopes. Up it is!).  I know my wife’s favorite color is not red.  I know that my ATM pin is my date of birth number combination. I always use a pencil to write something so that there is always eraser available to correct the mistakes though I purchase an eraser almost every two days. Etc, etc, etc. That pretty much saves most of my sticky situations. Isn’t that a sign of good memory now? Well, I already have majority of the problems nailed. Don’t you see that?

Dear Memory,
You are so genius. You did bank me by giving the puzzled memories and five hundred words the very right way. Like every single time, you saved my kidney!

Written for a contest which asked to pen down 500 words for – “Memory skills came to rescue in a sticky situation

Don’t Write Poetry.

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I read this amazingly beautiful poem by Charles Bukowski titled ‘But don’t write poetry‘ shared on Asha’s Blog. Thank you Asha for sharing the poem and I could not stop my self penning this down as an inspiration from the poem.


Emotions might get unreal,
Mind could fly to a world of illusion,
Beliefs might fling,
Life might seem amusingly beautiful,
When words might find solitude,
Lines might jazz,
Sadness might mourn,
Expressions might bleed,
Darkness might disappear,

One might see the fictional steps,
To the fairy land of dreams.
Don’t write poetry!

Happily Ever After – Ehh?

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After growing up listening to pixie tales and movies which put in the picture of ‘happily ever after’, the query is that, are we still kid enough to be told that ‘if it’s not happy, it’s still not the end’?

May be its different than what we think. When I sit with a novel and read some heart soothing pieces, I do sense the happily ever after moment. I do feel the same, while for the happy personal and professional moments. But I very well also know that they are momentary. Perfectly assured is that body and soul reaches the happily ever after when we stop living and while others mourn, we rejoice for leaving this sullied world behind.

My intentions are not to pull the same old thread of discussion that it is a myth and we need to learn to live by the moment blah blah stuff. Our ancestors have built an institution of ‘Happily Ever After’ and there must be some real take home to it. May be it’s a phase wise phenomenon that can never be understood. May be it’s a series of stitched stories which all have a happy ending, giving happiness one step at a time, one after the other.

I think it’s possibly this and many more:

  • One has to understand that pain is inevitable and suffering is like really and really optional
  • One needs to learn to use the energy through a positive channel
  • It is completely senseless to brag and cry over a problem for days and weeks
  • When conscience and actions are in the play ground, actions should passionately join the pace
  • Life has no meaning without ‘mad deep passionate never ending love’ towards something at every and any given point of time
  • Slow moving lives who take years to decide minimal something, might end up with nothing
  • Something is really not right if we have time and don’t know how to use it



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Lush? Where’s that?
Asked the muddy clog.
Lush? When’s that?
Asked the murky land.

Lush? What’s that?
Asked the opaque lines.
Lush? Who’s that?
Asked the ignorant dark.

Underneath that lush,
Was muddy and murky.
Beyond that lush,
Was ignorant and opaque.

From underneath to beyond,
Within and amidst,
Flashes and sparkles,
The lush, the real lush!

For the Daily Post Prompt: Lush