My first blogging prize :-)

Thanks IndiBlogger and Vodafone for my first prize in blogging. So glad to see myself in the winners list.

Guys, click on the images to read my winning post :-)

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Like HER, give chance to your DREAMS to FLY!

Many of us, times and again, have that dream to take our hobbies or interests to the next level, but then before any action we suppress that feeling by rather stronger feelings – it’s too late to switch careers now or it’s too risky to make name or living out of a hobby. 

But then among us is Srikala, my technology project manager, who last week left her blooming career of 12 years to go after her passion of becoming a painter. Knowing her for three years and  seeing her artistic skills, I am sure she doesn’t need luck to succeed, but I’m still writing this note to wish her all the luck and more importantly fun for her exciting new journey. I’ve utmost respect for her zeal and passion. Hope she’ll make it large, and inspire us to believe in our dreams and give them at least a chance to fly.

I happened to visit an exhibition in Key West with my wife, Isha. The paintings were simply mind-blowing. The artist was there, painting LIVE in front of the invitees, showing his brilliant skills. He obviously didn’t notice us because he didn’t know us. And, I mentioned to Isha that very soon we will be visiting a similar exhibition with the par excellent paintings, and the artist of that exhibition will surely notice us.  I am keenly waiting for that exhibition Srikala.

As a manager motivating me always with a smile, as a mentor telling me where I need to improve, as a friend always praising my blog posts and portraits, or as a painter I just met in that painting class, Srikala you are simply charismatic and I am sure you will always leave a positive impact wherever you go!

I wish you all the very best to come out shining in the world of art.

Keep in touch!

This is how I invited my friends for my wedding

After three and a half months of marriage, while scrolling down to my old e-mails, I happened to jump over my wedding invitation I sent to my close friends.

Feel like sharing!

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Dear Friends,

I won’t be bachelor anymore in a few days. You understand the gravity right!!!

My parents are really elated about this happening and to express their immense happiness, they are throwing a grand party named ”Ayush and Isha wedding ceremony” on 18th December, 2011 at S.G.M Gardens, Meerut. I will be delighted to have you at this auspicious ceremony to shower your love, blessings and yes, genuine support, so try not to give me that ek-aur-bakra-katta stares and smiles at the party, alright ;)

Before my d-day, they are giving me one “jaa-ji-le-apni-zindagi” type of day which happens on 17th December, on which I would love to enjoy my last bachelorhood moments dancing and drinking with you all. On the same day, after I’ll be drunk, they are planning to have our wedding rings exchanged. You know what I mean.

Scanned Card having details of both the ceremonies is enclosed in the mail. Just confirm you are coming single, with spouse, with boy friend, with girl friend or with girl friends. I would prefer the last option for 17th ;-) Accordingly I will make arrangements for your stay. And after admiring the invitation, kindly click on the reply button to acknowledge it ;)

So, be there guys! I am looking forward to your presence!

Love

-Ayush

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Some of my friends’ responses:

‘creative invitation. loved it!’

‘enjoyed reading it. will surely be there and give those looks :-)’

‘very toughful. well written!’

Liebster blog award

A little late (because of lots of changes in my life lately, positive of course) but I am back with my hearty thanks to alphaqsecc for nominating me for this award.

Below comes the rules for this award:

1. Thanks the fellow blogger who nominated you – already appreciated.
2. List five blogs that have impacted your writing in a positive manner, by virtue of comments, posts, inspirations etc – check out below.
3. Leave comments on those blogs letting them know of the nominations – my pleasure.
4. Post the award in your blog – this is what I am doing now :)
5. Bask in the love of fellow bloggers and spread joy and inculcate good karma – yeah, I always do that and will continue!

I am nominating (in no particular order) few of my favorite blogs which attract me time and again, and am sure you also must have been to them, for they are amazingly interesting.

Much love! Preeti Shenoy

Joshi Daniel Photography

Hridyanubhuti

Mumbai daily

Dejavu

Good luck!

Lady Luck

Change is the only thing that is certain in life, long time back I heard or read it I don’t remember. But, I do remember that I didn’t believe it then, for my life was a constant. Like a line with an HB pencil: straight, plain and without shades. Just a simple boring line.

I was getting up at 10:30 in the morning, working in office from 11:30 to 8, having lunch at 1:15, coffee at 4, popcorn at 6 and dinner back home at 8:30 while watching tv, talking long distance to Isha (my girl friend then, now fiancée) while walking in the balcony, convincing her that we would be together and getting tensed myself that how would we be, coming back to my messy room and studying for my examination till 4 in the morning, having cold drink and namkeen in between and finally, crashing to get up again at 10:30.

No change. No variable. Only constant.

And a few months earlier, I heard my mom saying something about Lady Luck which means a woman brings luck and changes your life but I didn’t believe that as well. Indian moms generally say this to get their 28 years old sons to get them married ;-)

Then one fine day I got engaged to Isha.

The very next morning, an email was waiting for me in my official mailbox to inform me that my very long-awaited US Visa has been processed successfully. My manager gave me an exciting news that I am hand-picked by the US manager to work with them in US for a few months. After a few weeks I flew to meet Isha and we had the best of the times. First time we met in zero-tension air with no discussion on our future, for we both knew it will be wonderful now. There was just happiness. Some weeks later, I got a mail from my US manager appreciating my work and in the same week I got a more-than-expected raise in my salary.

I bought a car and was enjoying driving. Every weekend I was out for shopping, both for my US trip and marriage. The same time which was running so slow had started flying. Isha came down to Bangalore over a weekend and we shopped for 25K in just two days and that only for me. And in my last week in India, I flew to Chennai for a night for Visa stamping, then flew to my home for two days for wedding dress shopping, and then flew back in a morning to catch the US flight the very same night. And, did all my packing in the middle of all this. The halted life earlier was on a rollercoaster then, and I was living the every bit of it.

Oh yes, now I believe Lady Luck is true and changes life without knocking – positively for me :-)

Tagline and the biggest news

Since the birth of my blog, I’ve posted few of my stories,  poems, portraits and sketches. I was admiring my blog today (ahh, I love to do so and feel contend to see the traffic increasing. This is the only traffic in entire world I love to see increasing ;-)) and suddenly I saw my blog’s tagline – ‘Just trying to word my world’. Obviously, that was not the first time I was seeing this tagline (after all its my blog and my tagline) but a thought crossed that does the content on my blog really goes along with this tagline? Though my blog represents a little personal and a little creative side of me, but still remains far from my actual world. So, the answer was No!

So, I should either change this tagline to something like ‘My creative shadow’ or ‘Art I said’ or start wording my world to some extent (of course, to some extent. I can’t tell you all ;-)). I decided to go with the latter for two reasons. I feel to pen down some of the happenings in my life and share them with fellow bloggers and my readers. Second, I love my tagline and in no mood to change it yet! Ahh, ‘my world in ink and graphite’ just clicked me as a nice one. Well, might think later about it ;-)

So let me begin with sharing the biggest News: I am getting married in this December to the love of my life. Her name is Isha. We got engaged just a few days back after some struggling weeks, emotional moments and tough decisions, received a lot of lovely comments on Facebook, surprised a few of my friends (mostly females ;-)), still distributing Delhi sweets in my Bangalore office (my office people love sweets from North India) and last friday she flew down to Bangalore from Delhi to transform me into a crazy shopaholic for two days (and yeah, for her shopaholic is a small word ;-)). I am enjoying each and every bit of it and I know there is a lot more to come!!!

And hey, I just had Déjà vu while writing the title for this post. See, I felt to share this as well ;-)