It has been a while that I lay my hands on something which matches my mindset. To tell the truth, I have been brought up in a very orthodox brahmin household where God was everything. We literally grew up thinking that HE is our family member. For me it was not very clear till recently, but my sister was and is a staunch devotee of lord Vishnu. I wasn’t the bhakta of a type, but I used to read a lot and interpret books related to mythology my way. Ranjan and His Many Lives was a sort of an eye opener.
Ranjan and his many lives brought back my childhood and in a way adulthood too. Ranjan’s contemplation with god (or his own self) are something we go through everyday at every point in life. His understanding of Bharathi’s songs and mythological stories (especially Mahabharata and thus Geeta) is impeccable. Understanding is not enough sometimes; it is also important to pen it down for others to know. When they say Geeta, Bible or Quran, people step back and think before they could decode it. Prakash Balasubramanian has done his best while decoding many stories and instances in Mahabharata. His perception about different stories gives you a better outlook of the contemporary world.
Ranjan’s Contemplation and the ability to relate it to different situations in Mahabharata and other stories in Indian Mythology is a unique way to connect the ethos of ancient society to the modern world. As we go back with him, we also see that those values are still applicable at every step of our lives.
A well to do family and a poor but upcoming family is neatly portrayed by the author. Being in Chennai from the last 10 years I could see all the scenes as they were narrated in front of my eyes. Amma and Appa, Tara, her kids, Lekha, Kanagamma all of them are effortlessly portrayed.
I lost my Mom to cancer, so despite the will to live, I am not sure what happened to Ranjan. The author has wisely left the end of the story to be interpreted by the reader.
A very nice and easy read with italics for Ranjan’s Conversations.
Getting more visitors on the blog should be the first aim of any blogger. The main aim of the blog is to reach to as many people as you can. And with social media that is absolutely possible. But creating blog posts applicable to all social media platform is still a trivial aspect of blogging. I am sure you would agree. So what are some things which needs to be thought about before conceptualising the blog post?
Identify your niche
Identify your niche and writing about it is the first step towards the successful blog. On Facebook, these type of posts in series garner more attention, as you are giving information about a specific topic.
Write Topics in Series
You can deduce a timeline. May be 8 posts or 10 posts of 500 words. This would help being relevant to the topic and people can find similar posts together.
Write helpful posts
Your posts should be insightful and should elaborate on something which people can try. In short create posts which are helpful to others.
Detailed and Data Centric Approach
It is easy to write something based on data. Posts which you write should be based on data and should be detailed. Doing research before writing a post would help multi folds.
Underline or Italicise important points
This is more of a formatting tip but goes a long way to enhance the reading experience. Underlining, quoting or Italicising will help your readers skim through the content when they are in hurry.
Write Content Outline if the post is too long
Having a content outline is a must if your content is too long. Your readers should be able to hop onto the content that they want to read.
For great content, it is highly necessary to keep it crisp and clear. Hope these tips will help you. In the next post, we should see about how detailed a post should be…
Blogging is slowly becoming a full-time occupation with advent of Social Media for people who are good at writing and know how to market their skills. There are a couple of major aspects which are covered by blogging. The first one is that this occupation is geographically independent. You can very well be in your pajamas and work the whole day from your bed (Sounds Interesting?). The second one is that once you have a considerable amount of following you can actually amp up your blogging skills and become an influencer. This is the intangible benefit of blogging where you become popular among your internal and external circle. But there are downsides to it too. Blog traffic is generally a cause of concern and it actually takes a lot of efforts to bring a considerable amount of visitors on the blog organically. Organically meaning without any adverts or paid to boost.
Blogging is fun when you get organic traffic on your blog without much hassle. Fortunately, there are many avenues where you can post and appreciate people’s work which might get reciprocated to you. There are exclusive platforms for blogging which bring you the steady stream of visitors but what when the life happens and you stop taking the effort to appreciate other bloggers, the traffic plunges and the next step could be a complete STOP to the process of conceiving a blog topic, researching over it, writing and publishing. How to overcome the traffic woes that a blog is going through? Well, the A of Social Media Marketing for Bloggers is KEYWORDS. (Looks complicated? Not really!!)
What are Keywords?
Keywords are the important words which define your content on the blog. As bloggers, we need keywords because they are the anchors to which the content gets attached to in the sea of search queries. Using simple words and phrases as keywords would simplify the search and it would rank your content on the first page of any search.
Easier Said Than Done? Yes, it indeed is..but we can get there slowly….
How to identify Keywords?
Keyword research is an activity which has to be conducted before writing blog posts. Knowing the ranking of the keyword in the search engine it is easy to know what is the competition for a particular keyword. So if there is not much competition for the keyword that means it is the less searched word on the search engine. You can realign your keyword to match the word which has more traction on social media.
Start with a topic, your idea or the main word which is called as “Seed”
Research about this word on a variety of websites. While researching you should look out for the way the website has used the keyword.
Create a list of keywords that are used by various websites and identify their popularity on Google’s keyword planner.
How to use keywords for Search Engine Optimisation?
Once the keyword is in place, you can write your blog post weaving 2 keywords in 100 words. As per the search engine guidelines, the keyword density in an article should be 2%.
If you do not want to dig further there are plugins which you can use to Optimise your blog post as per the keyword.
This plugin covers the basic Search Engine Optimisation for the websites and is by far the most downloaded plugin that is there for SEO.
WordPress Bloggers can easily download this plugin and start identifying the keywords through the Google Keyword Planner tool. Ranking on the first page of any web search is a hard work which pays. Blogging with a keyword is always a sound plan to keep those visitors coming.
Watching Sherlock Holmes – The Blind Bankerwas surprising. The first shot is of the museum which focuses on the tea kettle, a deep blue one and the lady explaining about the Chinese Tea Ceremony. That shot was an iconic shot which remained with me for a long time. May be because when the world is totally obsessed over numbers and money, this girl in the museum had been there to protect the kettle and also finds pleasure in explaining the museum visitors about an ancient tradition related to Chinese Tea. Little offbeat yet surprising!!
It is not a widely known fact that the tea ceremony has been originated from confluence of the philosophies of Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism.
China is pretty known for their tea culture. Tea in China was initially cultivated as a herbal medicine and it was used mostly within temples. Calming effects is the main reason why monks used tea. It is also to show humility and respect to nature.
What is the tea ceremony called?
It is called as He Jing Yi Zhen meaning peace,quiet, enjoyment and truth. Chinese people relate all these important things in human life to the Tea Ceremony.
The importance of the tea ceremony is not limited to personal experience, it is rather a social and traditional event in China.
Here are six important aspects of Chinese Tea Ceremony:
Attitude: The person who carries out the ceremony should be pleasant, elegant and should be confidant.
Selection of Tea: Aroma, taste, shape is the main criteria for selection. Also, if there is a story behind the type of tea and name then it is a cherry on the cake.
Selection of water: Water should be light, pure and clean to avoid mingling of unnecessary chemicals in the brew .
Teaware: It is the most important part. One should be careful while choosing teaware. It should be such that the participants in the tea ceremony should be appreciative for the beauty and utility of the teaware.
Ambience: One can not have tea when it is chaotic around. The environment should be clean and ambient. Presence of an elegant as well as an intricate artwork is considered to be enhancing for the ceremony.
Technique: Gestures, hand movement, clothing are considered to be paramount while brewing tea. Chinese people believe that the ceremony needs to be complete in all these aspects.
As I travel back from my Chinese Tea Ceremony thoughts, I see my desk which is clean and tidy. I also have an elegant poster in front of me, I am dressed elegantly and have all that which needs to make a perfect brew. Further, I would like to indulge in some peace while sipping on my tea. I slowly take out my InstaCuppa Detox Double Walled Glass Bottle Infuser, which is a glassware and has an infuser which will keep tea leaves in water dipped for sometime. Chinese tea also helps to boost weight loss which is quite natural, once you have composed demeanour, weight loss is just a tea cup away…let’s do it the Chinese way..:)
Here is a short video about instacuppa detox bottle which is my favourite bottle to carry beverages.
As a participant of my very own Instacuppa Tea Ceremony, I appreciate the teaware ( which is a fine glass and design is very articulate) and proceed to enjoy the whole ceremony which is centered around me and my Instacuppa.
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Being on the Yoga mat is an experience in itself. For me it is a huge responsibility but Yoga with Adriene walked me through effortlessly.
Off late, procrastination has become a part of my lifestyle. Approximately 4 months ago I fell in front of the ground while running and twisted my ankle, that was a kind of downfall to my fitness regime. As much as I should not blame that fall, I will, because that was something I still remember. Then started a series of injuries which has prevented me from being myself. Has it ever happened to you? You want to be yourself but some other power wants you not to be. Funny isn’t it?
So, not being myself is not my favourite game.
Not enjoying it but yes, I am also in the process of learning. Sometimes, being yourself also means posing limitations on the variety of things and emotions that you go through and feel. If you feel bad, and being yourself is not expressing it, then expressing your feelings may teach you something unique. That is my experience of these 4 months. Off course, I blame my depleted endorphin levels for all the emotional mess that I have been through.
And now, not being normal is my new normal 🙂
How did I come to terms to it? ( Well, I had no other option) I had to literally wrap my head around many many things happening at the same time.
For a hard core Taurean like me who loves being grounded for like eons, these small changes were like a huge life changing moments.
I dread for them everyday and they keep coming onto me. It looks like a huge red flag as they shake in front of a bull in bull flight. Do I fight? Yes I do and so far I am successful. In one such fight that I had, I have learnt to tackle it with yoga with Adriene. Those who know me know that I am not quite a Yoga person. Not at all. My patience levels are terribly low and I like some happening workout business ( outwardly), This was different though. I got to know about Adriene from a fitness community on FB. As my usual behaviour goes, I contemplated doing it for couple of weeks. But ultimately Adriene convinced me to take up her 30 day Yoga practice.
In this Ultimate Blogging Challenge I am going to write about how everyday is changing the way I process my thoughts.
Day 1: Discern
Adriene is all about calmness. She is so comfortable with herself that you feel like “Wow”. The first day of Yoga is Discern. She takes you through some simple moves which would help you find out why are you on the yoga mat ( that’s what she says). Being on the Yoga mat is an experience in itself. For me it is a huge responsibility but Adriene walked me through effortlessly.
I should brag here for a bit and tell that my 5 AM routine helps me the Yoga practice with calmer mind. Throughout the day it is simply not possible to walk through it. Though it is too early to say anything or tell anything about the practice that I am doing, creating a good space for your practice helps a lot. Find your own place in the house, terrace, gallery, garden anywhere for Yoga practice. One place dedicated to it makes a lot of difference. If you don’t have that place, then please try and create one.
After years of Jumping, skipping and doing umpteen hardcore exercise reps at 5.00 am in the morning, Yoga comes like a whiff of fresh air. I loved it to the core and I am looking forward for the next day Adriene. 🙂
This post is written for #UBC Ultimate Blogging Challenge for #blogboost #ultimatebloggingchallenge
Hello everyone, here! Happy New Year 2019 to all of you. A fresh year starts and one can see 365 opportunities on 31st of December every year. A New year often ushers in a lot of positivity and endless possibilities.Bidding goodbye to the last year and welcoming the new year has always been a moment of nostalgia. The year or years which are never going to come back. I get retrospective when the countdown to the new year starts. I suddenly realise the time which is passing by and which can’t be brought back. Time for me is more than a resource. It is a fourth dimension to my living existence. I have always been a time-conscious child and now a careful mother. Whiling away time or doing nothing given a lot of time hurts me like nothing else. I respect people who spend their time meticulously.
About Planning And Time Management
The 5 AM Mommies believe in the miracle called planning and time management. It is an art as much as it is a science. Thus, new year is of immense importance to us. I am of the firm belief that not only a new year can change your life, but any fresh moment can transform your life and you will be like never before, only if you allow yourself the same.
I am a huge fan of resolutions. Getting new journals, life size planners at the beginning of any new year and planning the day, week and months has been a favourite affair of The 5 AM Mommies and now slowly the children also seen to imbibe it.
You can read our love for this all the time through our blogs. We second the thought that ,”If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Planning doesn’t assure success, but if we don’t plan we are left in a bewilderment which only few can relate to.
The 5 AM Mommies are health conscious. We are fitness freaks. We are marathon mommies and wish to handover/pass on the torch of healthy eating to the coming generations.
This year I have made a few small improvisations when it comes to my food habits. Even if they are small changes they require 200 percent willpower to bring into practice.Please note that I am a vegetarian.
Here we go:-
Yes, we eat as per plan. But, the most important habit I want to cultivate this year is to sit calm while eating, recite a prayer and then eat every bite consciously. I have a habit of planning my food quantity as well,pre-hand. But sometimes when I need more energy, by eating consciously, I am going to listen to the need of my body and give it the fuel and the amount of fuel which is required at that point of time. It sounds simple but is a big task in itself.
This is a growing and upcoming fad diet as you may call. I have followed it in the month of December and found it very much useful to keep my mind away from food(which is the only comfort for me). So, when my body doesn’t need food, I am not going to load the calories just because I planned or because I am on a high or my mood is real low. Basically, I am not going to be an emotional eater.
Amp up my Hb, Calcium and Vit D levels:-
As a mother, we often tend to ignore ourselves, grab whatever is available to eat. We mostly operate on low battery levels, thanks to running errands at our home. I have a resolution to have a tab on my daily intake of iron rich sources,( dates, spinach, pomegranate, apples, and beetroot) and also have a rich serving of calcium( ragi, tomatoes and many others).I take an oath to bring in the goodness of nuts and fruits to my plate. Dairy shall be given its due importance and it will find a way to my diet through a bowl of yogurt, curd or paneer.As I hate drinking milk. I am also going to bask in the Sun every 10 minutes of the day.
Swap Green tea with the regular sugar tea or the masala chai:–
Basking in the early morning rays of the Sun while sipping on fresh green tea, charges you for the day like anything. I am slowly getting into this habit and mind it, I have started to cultivate some harder ones from the last year.The purpose is to skip the empty calories the very thing in the morning.
Eating sweets and desserts guilt-free:-
I have been brought up in a household where sweets (homemade) formed a meal at least twice a week. Celebrations meant sweets from Mom’s Kitchen. If I scored well in any exam, I could see the lovely bowl of Rasgoollas in the fridge the very next day. Growing up, every sweet bite felt criminal. But, indeed, sweets played a big role in making us feel loved, and also served a much needed pat. I have decided to incorporate 2 servings of sweet to my diet plan. And if someone offers me sweet, I will accept wholeheartedly without giving my diet excuses.
Good thoughts, Good relationships and good Times:-
Good food also means good time.Good time with family and friends. Good food also means good thoughts. I am going to nurture quality thoughts while preparing food for the family. Strong relationships bond over great food. Thus, I resolve to put more than 100 % while cooking thus, welcoming new times. Please note that we also run a food catering businessFood is medicine. I am going to stick to these resolutions at least for an year. I wish it becomes a habit by this 21st January, itself. I dare to make a wish! Do you?
This post is written for Ultimate Blogging Challenge 2019