Thank you!800+ followers!!

Is this a dream or a reality ???

I am having 800+ readers on my blog !

800 followers on WordPress. Thank you post for wordpress community

This 2 years of blogging journey has given me a lot to cherish and enjoy. More than 150 post , 16,000 views from more than 80 countries and 800+ readers from all over the world !

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It’s a time say THANK you my wordpress community, my readers and followers who are consistently supporting and liking my posts through various social medias. You guys are AMAZING….

I remember the very first time I got 100 readers on my blog and wrote my Thank you post. Today I am going through the same feeling.

You read my poems….Thank you
You liked my quotes….Thank you
You voted for me……Thank you
You interacted with me…Thank you

Says journey of life continues

Thank you for every word you have written in response to posts
Thank you for that every minute you have spent reading my words.

Special thanks to Yuri , a new member from my wordpress community who helped to touch the number 800.

I remember how this wordpress community helped me to grow and understand the basics of wordpress blogging. How they supported and encouraged me to write more. I used to wait for Friday to get connected with more bloggers on the daily post.

I tried to give back the same with my Friday feature series in 2018. I consider blogging as my passion not profession. I am happy here to be connected with you all . I write what I see around me , I write what I feel about life and I write what my readers love to read. I write because you are there to read….

Thank you and keep supporting me 💕

Happy New Year to all💕💕

Ms Arora

( 👆click to know more about me )

Journey of life continues #journeysays

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Beach Walk from Coogee to the world famous Bondi beach

After a short visit to local market in Sydney we decided to explore the beaches in Sydney the next day.

The new day started early morning drive to Coogee beach to witness the beautiful sunrise at this beach. The Sun welcomed us by rising up from the sparkling water of the sea. The sight of bright yellow sunlight was good enough to fill our hearts with positivity, love , joy and peace on this Christmas Day

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Sunrise at Coogee beach in Sydney

The next was to walk towards the Bondi beach. It was a stretch of about 5 – 6 kms. It includes some steep walk on stairs too. It make take around 2 to 3 hours depending upon how you want to enjoy the nature and number of halts you want to take on the way.

1. Coogee beach – The beautiful sunrise, golden carpet of sand and lush green grass.People of all ages were jogging , giving the message that no matter what your ages , you have to choose to stay fit and healthy.

After climbing few stairs and up and downs of the roads , I could see the some bushes , tall trees and big lawns. The sounds of waves and someone playing violin sitting beside the sea shore, what else you want the nature to give it to you.

The rocks on the shores with some stills of water was giving an amazing view.

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       On the way to Clovelly beach walk

2.  Clovelly beach – Wearing our hats and sunglasses , we reached to our next beach. The stretch of sand and the clear blue water. Now , I could see the people swimming in the bay with their kids. I bet you can’t see such a neat and well maintained beaches anywhere in the world. This beach is having a separate pool for the kids too.

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                       Clovelly beach

The scenic beauty can’t be described in words nor with pictures. On the way to next beach is a big Waverly Cementary.  It is an heritage-listedcemetery on top of the cliffs at Bronte . It is regularly cited as being one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. The cemetery contains the graves of many significant Australians including the poet Henry Lawson.

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                   Waverley Cementary

You will also witness few sculptures on the way by some great artist who come every year here to showcase their talents.

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Sculptures by the sea – Sydney beach walk

3. Bronte Beach – The surroundings will never let you down here. Every step taken by you here will make you to explore more. put a tent or canopy and enjoy the food with full family

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Bronte Beach for family day out

Just before the Bondi beach , there is tourist spot. Stand there and move your head from left to right , you will see only the shiny shimmery silver water hugging the clouds in the sky.

4. Tamarama beach – You can enjoy the surfing on the high waves , do swimming ., Play volleyball or simply bathe in the sun.

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Tamarama beach

5. Bondi beach- Finally, we reached at our destination ‘ Bondi Beach ‘. Now I could find the reason why Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s visit to this beach. The beauty of this beach is undefined. All you could see is people bathing in Sun and surf boards. (  I couldn’t capture the Bondi beach that day, will update soon ). 

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The whole stretch from Coogee beach to Bondi is worth watching. If you are in Sydney, you can’t afford to miss it.

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To be continued ……

Travel adventure to the Emerald city – Sydney

After a long tiring travelling , finally we reached Sydney. The moment I stepped out from the airport I witnessed clear blue skywith some fluffy white clouds floating in the sky. The tall green trees were complimenting the blue . No tall buildings or flats but small cottages on the roadsides were enough to tell the story of this city.

The fresh , pollution free air gave some relaxation to my whole body which was feeling so suffocating and deprived of fresh oxygen being in the flight mode.

After having lunch and a short nap , we decided to explore the near by market in the evening . Since the next two days market will be closed due to Christmas , so we went to collect the daily needs.

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Indian market in Sydney ( Wentworthville) where you can get Indian Grocery easily

To my surprise, the moment I stepped put of the car I could smell the fresh Samosa giving me a feeling of India.

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An Indian store to buy fruits, vegetables etc

Yes , the market was having everything we get in India from fruits to vegetables and sugarcane juice too.

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Caution- If you are any where in the market , stop converting the dollar to Indian rupees otherwise you will come empty hand 😉😉

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Present Education System creating only clerical level employees

Indian education system need to develop more  critical thinking and entrepreneurial skills in young generation 

Recently I have started a project and asked the people to express their opinions towards how our Education System can become better and the areas which need improvement. 

After the first succesful interview , here comes another interview with a women who is well known in Indian Blogging community. She needs no introduction. Do read what she has to say.

  • Tell us something about yourself ( Introduce yourself )

Answer: I am Romila and I began blogging in 2004, anonymously with couple of experimenting pen names, till I zeroed in Novemberschild. Since then till today I have set up and edited many blogs, managed online communities and blogged professionally. My writing has developed from personal musings to social issues, reviews, creative writing and digital content for businesses and more. I’ve been writing since the year 1996 – prose, poetry, stories and articles. My content is globally on many platforms in form of updates, blog posts, guest notes and photographs. Professionally I help brands to promote themselves on social media and digital platforms through hosting chats/developing website content. When I’m not writing for my website or magazines or tweeting, there’s a good chance you’ll find me reading a good book, sipping coffee, listening to ghazals, colouring, watching movies or even sleeping.

  • These days children prefer to go abroad for higher education after 12th standard. What could be the reason for it ? Where are we lacking in terms of education?

Answer: There are a few things that comes to my mind. A) Peer pressure B) Glamour of studying abroad C) Lack of good Institutes. Though this has been improved in recent times but still a lot is required to retain the brain drain.

  • Unemployment is a big issue for the young generation. How can the society and education play its role in it ?

Answer: Our current education system is not meant for real job. It creates only clerical level employees. We need more into critical thinking, entrepreneurial skills. We need a system where kids can grow to their potential.

  • Every now and then we read about the students struggling with anxiety and depression and committing suicide. Can you suggest few measures to be taken regarding this concern ?

Answer: Anxiety, depression, suicide is mostly related to lack of career paths for the students or in better words less knowledge about the paths available in the system. We only know either Engineer or a Doctor. If a kid is not in that path then he is fit for nothing. Parents are culprits in making kids believe that there is nothing apart from these two paths.

  • What should be the role of parents in Education ?

Answer: They need to help kids find their own path based on their interests and not force them on the beaten paths. They need to encourage kids develop a rounded personality.

  • What changes you want to see in Education System in the coming years ?

Answer: A better skill based education system where rote memorisation should be of past. It should develop the entrepreneurial mindset and scientific attitude towards the problems.

  • What inspired you to get associated with this Project ?

Answer: With ageing population if the world India has a great potential to lead the world with skills and manpower. But to tap that opportunity we need education system which not only inculcates the hard skills but also the soft skills. I feel it is out duty to ensure that our kids are trained for the future and also grounded in their culture of Bahujan Hitay bahujan sukhay. We need major change in our education system where our next generation is not mass produced as a clerk but as a leader.

  • Given a chance what will be the first thing you will change and why ?

Answer: Change the education from memorising to project based education, where kids need to learn what is required to complete the given project. This will increase their interest into the given subjects and also show them the practicality of what they are studying.

Thank you Romila for interacting with us on this topic. Indeed the  education must  develop entrepreneurial mindset and scientific attitude to the young generation and produce the leaders for future.

You can meet this wonderful writer, blogger and Noverberschild here on Twitter: https://twitter.com/romspeaks

Dear Readers , do not forget to put forward your views in the comment section.

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When you need to hide your emotions

There are many situations come in our  life when we have to hide our emotions. Hiding the emotions sometimes is not easy. Your face tells exactly what you are going through.

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Hiding the emotions sometimes is not easy. It is hurting and painful , still one has to do at times. 

Should we hide what we are feeling???

Yes , at times. You can not take your worries and problems to your work place and vice versa. Exploding your feelings at wrong place and wrong time can worsen the situation. In such case you must wait for the right moment.

Hiding the emotions is important in certain positions e.g if you are announcing the names of contestants in a competition. You can not bring a positive or negative expressions on your face.

Is hiding the emotions or feelings is difficult?

For some it is very easy. There are people who are always give a blank expression. They know how to maintain neutral face expressions. You can’t judge by their body language or face.
You must have seen an employee coming out from the Boss’office appears perfectly happy or normal giving you no idea what has happened in the closed cabin. May be that person has got good scolding from the boss , yet comes out very normal. Such people are good at hiding emotions. On the other side, there are people who comes out from the office with wet eyes as they are poor at hiding emotions. They express the same through their face as they are feeling.

Hide only to get away from unwanted situation

Do express when you are full of emotions and convey your feelings. Say it now as you never know you get an other chance. Not every time you have to hide your emotions.
You have to do so when you know the situation may get worse. There are times when people may take the advantage of your feelings to fulfil their motives. In such a case you must know how to hide your emotions.

PS – Whether to express or hide your emotions depends on the situation. You are the best judge of your life. Hence decide yourself what you want to do.
And yes ! Do express yourself in the comment section about this article.

Christmas – a centered Acrostic poem

 

Poetry
Christmas poem , Acrostic on Christmas, festivity
Every corner is covered with snow
Every face is holding smiles
Then saw him running house to house
Full with gifts in his big bag bounce
Guess Who ! Santa is coming to the town 
Bringing joy to the town 
Come , Lets make something new
Cookies,pie or big yummy cake 
With lots of sweet together we”ll bake…..!!!!

And the festive season begins….🎅🎅🌲🌲🥞🧀🍔🍢🎂🍫🍭🍡🍩

This poem is written for the prompt given by Linda. Do check out her post to more about such kind of poetry.

Let’s feel the love in the air with this beautiful song

An Ultimate guide for New WordPress Bloggers – Part 1

If you are a new blogger on the wordpress site , then this post is for you. When I joined an year back , I have found this platform to be the best , easy to understand even if you are not computer literate . The community is very supportive.  There are many bloggers who helped me to grow and understand the basics of blogging. I am not an expert as I am still on the way of learning as learning is an never ending process.


Top post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian Bloggers

Today I am going to share the few things which I feel every new blogger on the wordpress must know at the beginning stage.

WordPress blog setup, a guide to new bloggers

Once you have created an account on Word Press , the next step is make your blog reader friendly and easy to navigate. Here are few steps you should take to attract readers and to present your blog to the world.

About page:

This is an important page that you should write first  for your readers to give an idea about yourself and your blog. You may include your picture with a little bio too.
It gives a clear picture to the reader about what they are going to get on your blog. Take a look at my About Page

Menu:

This is a point from where readers are going to see a broad idea about the categories for which you are writing. It helps the  reader to navigate where and what they want to read.

It should be easy and clear e.g. I am writing short stories , my feelings and quotes.  When the reader clicks on Menu , it is up to the reader what they want to read. You can add categories like book reviews , affiliates , food recipes and many more.

More details here

https://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-add-navigation-menu-in-wordpress-beginners-guide/

Widgets :

There is a space on your website where you can add widgets. In the very beginning you may find it difficult to understand what these widgets are all about and why is there a need to add and where to add. You can add these widgets to sidebar i.e. on the side of the website page or at bottom of the page , depending on the the theme. This includes

  • Text widget – for adding text.
  • Search widget – for adding Search bar
  • My community- showing the blogs you follow
  • Recent post- for showing the recent post
  • Twitter timeline – for showing latest tweets
  • And many more ( check Customisation )

For more details , check out this link

https://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-add-and-use-widgets-in-wordpress/

Social Media Profiles :

This helps your follower to get connected with you on other social media platforms. You have to connect the social icons of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to your accounts. This is because your reader may know you better from your other accounts as you must be posting something different on  other accounts e.g. I post food recipes , my travel pics on my Insta Page and Facebook page.

More details here –

https://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-add-social-media-icons-to-wordpress-menus/

Help and support Feature –

This feature has been proven a great help for me. If you have any problem at any time , do leave your question or problem there. The help team will contact you and will give you a proper solution.
You have to be little patient as it takes 12 to 24 hours for reply. But I assure you the team is really wonderful and supportive.

Ways of content appreciation :

New bloggers must know how to appreciate the blog content in a proper way. In the early months of bloggers , I found one of my follower copied my content ( Complete post ) and published under his name. I felt so bad . There are many ways to appreciate the blog content . So new bloggers must know how to appreciate the blog content . Read my related post HERE

To be continued…….

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When you need something more than words

A gentle warm touch of mother can make the world of a child safer and secured…

A gentle warm touch of your friend can immediately give you an assurance….

A gentle warm touch of your beloved can lift up your mood…

A gentle warm touch is a need of person specially when words are not enough to express your feeling. It act as psychological boost for the body and help a person to combat with the difficult situations of life.

It can be felt as the emotions flow from your brain to the other person. In other words , we can say the unseen positive  energy flowing through our body can be felt when you touch someone.

There are some therapies too that follow this concept like Reiki or Therapeutic therapy. These are based on some of the powers mentioned in ancient scriptures and been followed by ancient people. Though there are not proper scientific evidences for it , yet it has its own importance.

Unfortunately we have forgot this aspect of the touch in our lives. The touch,  now a days , has taken another shape. This is something need to be pious ,pure , healer, caring and supportive .

We must too understand when does a person need a touch and of what kind ? Is the next person ready to accept it ? Will you be able to convey your thoughts , your concern , your love or your support through your touch ?

Think about the touch you have received in your difficult times through your friend as a hug….

Think about the touch when you were in high fever and some one sat near you and put a caring hand on your forehead…

There are many instances in our life when we look for it and there are many moments when we received such feelings through a gentle touch…!!!!

Not only human beings animals to understand the language of touch. They are not able to speak your language yet they express their feelings through touching you.

Give this happiness to someone today and see the magic of your touch.

Hold the hand of the one who is looking for a promise from you.

Give a big hug to the one whom you have hurt to say sorry without words…

Give a gentle pat at the back of the one who has put a lot of effort and hardwork to achieve his goal…..

I am sending you the virtual hugs if you too in need of it… Hope it makes you better and joyful.

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With lots of love and wishes for this festival season.

Ms Arora💕💕

Do you  remember any such touch which helped you ? Must be many! Do share any one !

Mystery Blogger Award

This comes to me as a surprise after a long time. It was an year back when I wrote a post for my first award on my blog. I was quite excited and so is this time. Thank you Manas Mukul for taking me back to the memory lane .

These awards not only give us an opportunity to  connect with other bloggers but also help us to build a strong blogging community. Few months back I also started a series called FRIDAY FEATURE POST  where I introduced some of the bloggers on my blog and it was fun doing that.

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Time to know about Mystery Blogger Award🏆🏆

Okota Enigma started this award with the underlying theme being, “It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”

Here are the answers to the questions asked for this Award : 

Tell three 3 things about yourself
(The most difficult part for me to write.)

🌻People say I have a beautiful smile.( see my Avataar)

🌻I love to watch English Sci – fi movies.

🌻I can dance but can’t sing…!!!

What’s your superpower?

In the world of today where people have no time to listen the other person I can understand the emotinal need of a person and listen him/her until he starts feeling relaxed. My patience , stoicism are my super natural power.

What do you want to be engraved on your tombstone?

‘Mystery continues……! ‘

What’s that one advice you give to everyone?

Life is given once… Believe me there is nothing in this world that you can’t achieve but what not is possible is ‘Inner peace’. The moment you get it…Keep that mantra with you always and live happily forever.

What’s your take on soul mate ?

One who knows your flaws yet accept you as you are and understand the language of love

Weird one – What do you love more – Cockroach or lizard?

Ewww….Lizard as it don’t fly like cockroach does sometimes. Two antennas…give me a strange itchy feelings. Even now when I am writing.

Now the Rules for this award 

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Here is link to not the best post but a post with which all bloggers can relate too – blogging- as a hobby to passion and then to  profession ?

Best in terms of stats and views is Have a date with my coffee love  

Now is the time for nominees and here are the names of  bloggers and their blog. 

🏆 Siddhartha dua
https://www.obsoletereality.com

🏆Anjali. https://anjalisk96.wordpress.com

🏆Bhavna https://alifelessordinarywithsaurabhavna.com

🏆Misha bagga
https://theglitteratiaffair.wordpress.com

🏆Doni
https://quotesofdoniw.wordpress.com

🏆Gunjan
http://tuggunmommy.com/

🏆Jaya
https://heartinprintbyjaya.wordpress.com/

🏆Meenal Sonal

https://www.auraofthoughts.com/?m=1

🏆Mann

http://orientalafterglow.com/

My questions to the nominees are:

  1. When did you laughed heartily last time ?
  2. What Inspires you to blog ?
  3. One perfect day in your life ?
  4. Given a choice , whom will you to accompany to a lonely island –  your pet and your girl friend or boyfriend ? Why ? ( weird one )
  5. What is on the top of your bucket list ?

I am eager to read your posts. It is not a compulsion but let’s know more about each other and have fun.

Ms Arora💕💕

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The hidden truth behind the truth

Recently I have come to know many wonderful bloggers through the My Friend Alexa campaign run by the Blogchatter.  Manas Mukul who runs a blog The Contemplation of Joker is one of them. His writings are wonderful. Recently he has written a beautiful story – When I tell the truth. A short fictional story.  This story is the inspiration behind my this poem. Do read the story so that you could relate this poem.

Poem , A hidden truth , love poem

Deep inside was a heart
That was filled with guilt and grief.
She masked her feelings
Which were hidden in the deep

She wanted to express
How happy she is to know this
But she buried her emotions 
As she can never be his

Their worlds were different
And so does their words
Did not understand each other
Oh ! Moved sadly ,Poor love birds

🐦🐦

Joker…..! Didn’t understand
The joke of this miserable life
She was his and he was hers
But this moment was not right.

Ms Arora💕💕

Do read my other poem – A reply to runaway bride inspired by my another blogger friend.

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