Slowing Down To Win – Superblogger Challenge 2019

Slowing Down To Win – Superblogger Challenge 2019

Super blogger Challenge Week 3 is here and we are all excited. The excitement is at its peak which is natural. Reading around 50 blogs, commenting on them, sharing them is no mean task. It takes a huge amount of time and energy. Some of us are full-time bloggers and some of us are also juggling with full-time jobs and are accountable for many things at the workplace. So how do you get the best of both worlds? By slowing down.

Why slow down when we can accomplish everything well within time?

A very legit question. Slowing down means not reducing the pace of the fantastic work that you are doing but to enhance the detail of what you are doing. Sometimes we complete a task because it is necessary to complete and not because we would learn from it. Let us learn to learn from every task than merely completing it. That will help us move a few more steps closer to the win.

Slowing down means letting others go ahead in this highly competitive environment

Every blog has its own niche and a reader base. Working towards getting more readers is all about engagement. Your engagement on their blog posts and their social media handles. Instead of commenting on 10 blog posts a day, you can try and get only 5 blog posts commented, but be sure to read the post fully and the comment. A heartfelt and thoughtful comment would certainly gain you more followers. Share tweets that you really mean and do not do it just for the sake of it. Slowing down does not means falling behind, it means doing better work. Better work means better rewards.

Slowing down is boring

I am sure you would agree with me, but slowing down is more of a mentality. You need quality or quantity on your blog is also one question you can answer before deciding the approach. Fast pace may get you more readers for some time but quality content would certainly bring some faithful readers who would remember your each blog post. Life is sorted when your message reaches to those chosen someones instead of reaching to a herd of people who do not even care what is on the blog post. Slowing down is boring but also would give you ample time to think about your blog niche and help you get the most out of your creative process.

Ok, I have decided to slow down now what?

  • Think about your blog niche
  • Highlight your strong areas and write posts accordingly
  • Get your social media engagement right on all platforms
  • Complete weekly activity assignment
  • Check out Super Blogger Academy for more information about SEO, Keywords
  • Create your blogging calendar as per the niche

What are the platforms that would get me more engagement

  • Indiblogger
    • This is the best platform to highlight your best posts
  • The Blog chatter
    • Second best platform to get good readership
  • Ultimate Blog Challenge
    • One of the international platform to get some quality backlinks and some really good friends 🙂
  • The Write Tribe
    • A very good platform to share your blog posts. Yet to explore it fully but worth it.
  • Momspresso
    • Lovely place to share your blog posts. It may not bring a lot of traffic on your blog but yes you get a huge readership.

Super Blogger Challenge is an yearly opportunity to shine on. Do your best but do not let it take a toll on your mind and soul. These challenges should be nurturing the blogger in you not to exhaust you..What do you think?

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Strangers In The Night – A Short Story

Strangers In The Night – A Short Story

Strangers in the night
Exchanging Glances,
Wondering in the night
What are the chances
Before the night was through….

A soft jazz was playing as Nilambari was sipping on her Vodka along with her best friend Nilay. It was all perfect, a candle light dinner, on a rooftop restaurant, which was one of Nilambari’s favourite places. Nilambari wore a beautiful black dress with just a pearl bracelet on her wrist which has stars dangling down. Nilambari was a lady of great fashion sense. She always felt like Princess in her own right. Her dressing and her demeanor used to match all the qualities of an erstwhile princess. Nilay had always been a fan of Nilambari, when they dated, even when they did not date, he was her confidante. Nilay was a confident and ambitious young man wanting to get a lot from his life. He was ambitious but much less as compared to Nilambari. Though Nilambari was a quintessential woman, she was more of a dude when she used to be with Nilay. She knew Nilay in and out and Nilay was always very confident that he understands Nilambari very well.

“Yes, yes, I am working on it, why don’t you understand and let me be?” Nilambari disconnected a phone call. It was the third time that she had got a call which made her upset. Before Nilay could say anything, she left the table and stood near the railing.

Fierce breeze was brushing through her hair and all she had was a sheer disgust on her face.

The gates open at the Royal Orchard, a very renowned bungalow in the plush locality in the city and everybody gets to know that it is 9.00 am. Ratish Malhotra, a famous industrialist is returning back from his morning workout in his black range rover. Once he is back, the Royal Orchard comes to life. He is first greeted by his staff and then the people waiting in the lobby to meet him,

As he enters the lobby and goes up to get ready, it takes exactly 10 mins for him to hold the first meet at the breakfast table along with Coffee. His secretary Mr. Anandan calls out the first name, Ms. Nilambari Iyengar, MD of Sundaresan and Sons. The file is kept on the table.

The sun rays seep through window curtains and fall on Nilambari’s face. They nearly wake her up to a severe headache. Unable to find aspirin, she reaches the table and drinks a couple of glasses of water only to realize that it was the second time, despite 3 calls from the office, she has missed this meeting. She hardly remembers the conversation she had with Nilay and how exactly did she reach her home.She makes her a fresh cup of coffee and tries to find out ways to face Mr. Ratish Malhotra.

Ratish before being a successful industrialist was her colleague. They used to work together in a law firm. She was a successful lawyer and won a lot of accolades in no time and he was struggling with every case. He simply could not understand the way Nilambari would handle a case and win it. He would often conclude that being a lawyer was not his cup of tea. Belonging to a very rich and famous family of lawyers Ratish had to take up this profession. There was a sort of competition and comparison between these two. One of who was self made and other one had a legacy. One who was patient and other was ambitious.

After a great courtroom drama which unfolded  in the morning, Nilambari was unfluttered for she knew that the case was hers. She was steering clear from the courtroom and suddenly saw Mr.Ratish Malhotra coming towards her . She was surprised to see him in the corridor..a very unlikely place to meet for a billionaire like him. He was fitter than before and was wearing a nice blue shirt with dark blue trouser, neat leather shoes..shirt with the diamond cufflinks and a rado watch..she was in short of a sigh when she saw him suddenly emerging from the white walls of the court corridor it was certainly a sight to behold. Nilambari always liked powerful men. She always respected the hard work that it takes to reach at that place and adored Ratish for his tenacity. Ratish came close to her and gave a peck on her cheek, as nothing has ever happened between them. Nilambari was startled with sudden display of affection. He just caught her off guard. He was just being himself Nilambari thought for a fraction of second. He stood in front of her and she was fidgeting with the file in her hand.

Why you did not turn up for the meet today? Nila..asked Ratish..

And why have you been avoiding me? That hit Nilambari very near to the hurt that she had from a long time. She tried to be a professional citing reasons but her eyes spoke the truth. Ratish had got the papers to be signed and asked his secretary to get it done..he once again looked at Nilambari and held her hand as if he was assuring. In a fraction of second, he left. Before she could think anything, she had to return to the courtroom and had to win the case, with some final argument. It was just a cakewalk for her.

Courtroom was always her favourite place, she felt secured there. Mentally and emotionally. There was one more place which she felt at home “A Racecourse”. While studying in Lawschool, it was the place which Nilambari and Ratish spent most of their time. Ratish was from a very wealthy family, which owned race horses. Watching them getting groomed and all ready for the races was their favourite thing. Nilambari had this fetish with animals, she always felt closer to them, hence, it was natural for her to get attracted to horse training and working with animals. Besides, much like the law school, horse training was a mind game.

Sundaresan and Sons was the company which hired both of these graduates as trainees. As time passed Nilambari became a successful lawyer and was considered to be the board member of the company. Ratish was just a normal lawyer making money and contacts for his future endeavors for he always knew that there is something else awaiting him. In no time, Nilambari became one of the board of directors and soon she took over the company. It was her dream to be there at the top of her game, Ratish had been with her throughout and he was glad that she finally received what she deserved so much. Was he really?

Racing was a mind game and Ratish knew when it was the time to pull the horse and make it win the race. As Nilambari was busy winning the cases on behalf of Sundaresan and Sons, Ratish was building up his empire slowly and steadily. He knew Nilambari was heading from the heart and also knew that it was a mistake. She headed the firm with a lot of heart and passion, which was not the sustainable way of heading a firm after all. Heated arguments, blame game, politics and so on was the daily business at the company. Nilambari knew it all but could not change much of it. Ratish left the company as he realized that the situation is more about Nilambari and her ego. Soon, Sundaresan and Sons started to raise debt from the market, without much repayment capacity, leading to bankruptcy. Though Ratish raised his empire slowly with patience, he had an eye on Nilambari and the company. The moment the assets were up for sale, Ratish wanted to acquire it. Nilambari was avoiding the meeting because she had never considered Ratish in her league. She wanted to ace it all, worked for it and underestimated Ratish, which was apparent and now when the company was up for sale, Ratish was the first person who had finished the deal as if he was waiting for this to happen. In the corridor when Ratish came to meet her, she was in deep anguish. She was not sure whether Ratish is doing her a favour or it is a revenge for the way she treated him. But being a horse racing fan, all she knew was to win.

She contacted Nilay and asked him to arrange for the table for two as he would always do. Dressed in a Tiny Black Dress looking beautiful, Nilambari arrived at her favourite rooftop restaurant, a moment later Ratish arrived in jet black tuxedo looking as handsome as ever.

He took her hand and asked her for dance to the tune of…

Strangers in the night
Exchanging Glances,
Wondering in the night
What are the chances
Before the night was through….

In her mind Nilambari kept thinking “ Do I not destroy my enemy when I make him my lover?”

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Blog prompt – Enemy/Friends turned lover

Love Thy Food – Valentine’s Day Special

Love Thy Food – Valentine’s Day Special

There is no sincerer love, than the love of food – George Bernard Shaw

Travelling to any corner of India, we find people who are in love with their food. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, we have food stories which have been told to us by our grannies, and grandfathers all through our childhood. Indians love their food more than anything else.

The way to an Indian’s heart goes through his stomach.

If you want to win over somebody, cook him/her good food 🙂 

Every celebration calls for food for sure, but there are those gloomy days which call for good, homely and comfort food too. Some dishes are our love at first sight and some develop taste slowly as we eat them frequently on different occasions. Here are some love at first sight combos which I am sure you would like too

Dal – Chawal

What is life without Dal (lentil) and Chawal (Rice)?. In good times and bad, this combination stands by our side for sure.

Dal chawal with ghee is the most loved dish for all age groups.

Yellow dal is most famously known as Varan in Maharashtra. The yellow colour of turmeric and tampering of asafoetida along with mustard seeds gives it the necessary zing. Dal Tadka or tampered dal with red chillies, jeera and asafoetida also is the best combination for those who do not like the simple yellow dal. One can trace the origins of Dal Chawal from the era of Mahabharata. It is believed that Bhim, one of the five Pandavas created Pancharatna  (Five Gems) dal while cooking for King Virat’s Royal Kitchen.

We love dal made by someone with loads of love and we also love relishing it come what may :p

Chat

What can’t be fixed with Chat..

items like Pav Bhaji, Dahi Poori, Bhel Poori,Dahi Papdi Chat, Pani Puri, Dahi Samosa,Raj Kachori and the likes. Chat scene in India is amazing. In every city you have fantastic chat joints which serve those amazing delicacies made in a jiffy. Puri with Sweet dahi and the khatti meethi tamarind chutney, topped with sev (oma podi), sprinkled with coriander and finely chopped onions. Life can not get better than this. This is where love happens. Love for food I am saying 😉

Green Tea

Bad day, good day, gloomy day, stressed day, horrible day, tensed day all have only one answer….an amazing hot cuppa of green tea.And if you can carry it along with you in a sleek and wonderful bottle or flask or infuser, thats cherry on the cake. 

My favorite product for carrying green tea/black tea is Instacuppa InstaCuppa Detox Double Walled Glass Bottle Infuser

I have never seen such a versatile beverage in the whole world which is a match to all the mood swings and cravings. 

Love my green tea cuppa and everything comes little later.

Khichadi

A true blue comfort food for those who eat and for those who make it :). Easy to make and packed with nutrition, Khichadi is the way to go when you don’t feel like moving from the couch. Perfect for your Netflix binge, Khichadi, Papad, Pickle is the best bet on lazy Sunday.

If you want to express self love, the best way to go about it is not to order anything from the food delivery services but to cook India’s famous one pot meal in your slow cooker. 🙂

Curd Rice

Say bye to acidity, bloating, mouth ulcers and many other ailments through curd rice.

A very versatile dish from South India which can be even eaten with the toppings of fruits like pomegranate seeds and grapes. Get cooler version of Curd Rice by keeping it in refrigerator for an hour topped with all the fruits. You can also get the savoury version by tempering it with mustard seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves, urad dal and chana dal. Comfort food at its best, curd rice is a new way of loving your stomach. 🙂 If you are having a hangover from previous night party, curd rice is the go-to option to detox.  

Rajma Chawal

The colour combination, the aroma of chawal combined with those nicely cooked grains of Rajma and mom’s love is all that you need on any day. Rajma Chawal is more of an emotion when it comes to comfort food. May be because it takes a little thought to soak in the grains and then cook it in the right way to get the right taste.

This recipe is mostly passed on through generations and that brings in a lot of warmth in it.

Food is not just something to eat, it is something which brings all our five senses together. You just don’t taste food through your tongue, but you smell, feel it with your fingertips, hear the making process from the kitchen, see it’s vibrant colours when it is served in front of you. Food is all about stories too, thanks to our ancestors who have laid such great traditions before us. Food is a love affair which was there and will be there for generations to come.

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