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An eccentric rambler on life's lessons and mercies, found and lost… :)

Added to the Mantelpiece are…


three more awards, from Shail Mohan, Bindu John and Soma Mukherjee. The versatile Blogger award,the Christmas award and the Candle Lighter Award! Congratulations to all the bloggers who have received the same, and my thanks, to each of you, Shail, Bindu and Soma, for considering this space worthy of the honour you bestow.

Shail, of the blog we all love so much, “Shail’s Nest”,  is a blogger par excellence, and the most deserving of the Versatile Blogger award, when one thinks of the excellent stories, essays, photoblogs, and moving poetry she pens. Versatility should have been her first name, and it most certainly is her second.

Bindu John is a blogger whom I met, virtually, only recently, but her writing and her concern for her students, for humanity, for the ways in which we could better ourselves, is clearly evident in all that she shares on her space “I Think So”.

Soma Mukherjee is yet another warm soul who happened to chance upon this post, on the other blog I ramble about in, A Quest, where I had strung together the poetic comments written in by Govind, and had replied there. On her blog, “Somkriya”, I have read a variety of poetry, stories and essays, and they have all assayed the sensitivity of an aritst, and of a mother, and above all the empathy that permeates and touches, through her writing.

It is indeed an honour to have been picked by these bloggers for the Versatile Blogger award (though I am a most infrequent blogger :D). Shail has also graciously conferred (:D) the Christmas blogger award too. Well there is time till next Christmas, so she reminds me, when she speaks of the “rules ” of receiving the award! And Soma has passed on the Candle Lighter Award!

Thank you Shail!

Thank you Soma Mukherjee 🙂

The rules then.

The Versatile Blogger Awardee has to…

1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post. (Done it :D)
2. Share 7 things about oneself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading.
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.


The Christmas Blogger Awardee has to… (copy pasted this from Shail’s Nest 😛 )

1. Nominate 10 fellow Bloggers

2. Inform the Bloggers of their nomination

3. Share 10 POSTS  you have enjoyed reading of ANY of your Blogger friends

4. Thank the Blogger who nominated you

5. Your Post should be PUBLISHED by 24th December 11 p.m (disclaimer, here, please note is that the year is not mentioned… Courtesy, Shail  😀  )

 ADD the Christmas Blogging Award picture to your Blog Post


The Candle Lighter Awardee, well, has to enjoy it and pass it on in appreciation, is what I have been given to understand!


The Seven Point Me 😀

#1 A ditherer. If there be such a condition. I should have been a Gemini or a Libra (who I am told cannot really decide once and for all! ), if one goes by that eccentricity I carry around.  😀

#2 Love plants, flowers, trees. Don’t, can’t garden, much I try and make an attempt. Some mental block, I think.

#3 Am a cat/dog/animal person. You’ll find out soon enough, how insanely I am that 😀

#4 And so, I am like a dog with a bone, on certain issues, and can be very stubborn 😛

#5 I hoard. I collect. What? Stuff. Almost everything from scraps of embroidery, paper on which something has been scribbled, pens… well, stuff. I am sure I should not continue… writing about them here, I mean!

#6 I’m a survivor. (*smiles mysteriously* 😀 )

#7 Promise you won’t laugh? Please? Pretty please? I am about to shatter my image with this one, but I have promised myself that I will be who I am, so … I enjoy reading all kinds of books, but have had a penchant for Mills and Boon, ever since college! So there! 😀

The common one is that we pick bloggers to whom we’d like to pass this on to, and here is my list of 15. (I decided to go by the maximum :D!)

I’d like to pass these Awards to the following bloggers, though they may have received it already from others 🙂

1. IHM (for all seasons, an inspiration beyond compare)
2. Soumya Sinha (poet, philosopher, and Oh! so young yet!)
3. Sashu (a dreamer she calls herself, an awesome poet too!)
4. Deboshree (earnest, and interesting, her views, her perspectives)
5. Govind (provides food for thought, and for laughter!)
6. Achyuth (a young blogger, who has a way with words!)
7. Tito (sharp sometimes, honest always 🙂 )
8. Shail ( 🙂 )
9. Bindu ( 🙂 )
10. Soma Mukherjee ( 🙂 )
11. Pallavi (always makes me smile, with her posts, her replies too!)
12. Deeps (engages you in a multitude of topics and thought! )
13. Dhiren aka Hitchy: Cricket fiend, and someone who can write on just about anything else too!
14. Shilpa Krishnan ( an extraordinarily talented ex student of Bhavan’s who  is blogging a post per day in “Chronicling the 1000 days before I hit 30 ). She’s already three quarters of the way there!)
15.  Trinath (Musings of a Wanderer, whose muse calls out to him, and he writes beautiful poetry)

I have to also mention 10 blog posts of ANY blogger that I have enjoyed reading. So, offhand, here goes:

Tito’s :  http://indianthoughts.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/2011-bloody-awesome/
Hitchy’s poem: http://hitchwriter.wordpress.com/2009/11/27/the-flame-still-flickers/
Soma’s : http://somkritya.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/autism-is/
Bindu’s : http://bindujohnroy.wordpress.com/2011/11/13/stop-cooking-for-heavens-sake/
Shail’s : http://shailsnest.com/2012/01/03/tigers-threaten-suicide/
Govind’s: http://satmuse.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/lesson/
Sashu’s : http://adorablesashu.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/moon-kissed-this-love
Deboshree’s : http://paneerandpulao.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/year-end-laziness-topped-with-mustard-sauce-meow/
Soumya’s: http://jstfrndb4u.blogspot.com/2011/06/days-tale.html
IHM ‘s : http://indianhomemaker.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/so-how-did-you-begin-your-new-year/

Phew!! I wish you all well, and hope that you will read the posts shared above. They are a delightful mix of poetry, of pictures that speak, of the sharing of self, and of a blogger’s Dharma… Thou shalt keep writing, because thou dost it well 🙂 🙂

8 January, 2012

Author: Usha Pisharody

A rambler, pretends to be a teacher, loves to dream, and go on Quixotic Quests in the Realm of Romance With Life...

34 thoughts on “Added to the Mantelpiece are…

  1. But I thought my middle name was ‘Irreverence’?! 😉 ;P Okay that’s my own name for myself 😉 You know I am secretly thrilled with the versatile tag you have given me, so don’t mind it as a second name too. 😀
    And why that mysterious smile?! Now the curiosity is going to kill me! Aha, so you are a secret Mills and Boon reader? 😀 😀 And you are a hoarder? That’s bigger surprise! 🙂
    Thank you Usha for giving the award back to me 🙂 And you better blog more often!


  2. even before you inform me I am here 🙂 🙂 🙂 To proclaim I am first 🙂 🙂 🙂

    and I am so so glad to be tagged for that poem I am so so happy you remember it 🙂

    That poem I believe has by far been my best work and actually a total accident as nothing I have written after that till day I felt more satisfied 😀

    So fluke hi sahi I am a poet at the end of it all 😀


  3. Congrats Usha and thanks for mentioning the post about autism..you are a genuine warm beautiful soul and its a pleasure and a privilege both to be your friend….thank you so much for the award love ya 🙂


  4. Soma, thank you too, for the award, and for sharing that post on Autism.
    I had only written, after reading about it, and you are one person who knows it, through experience! Hugs to you too!


  5. Usha,
    Kudos to you for taking the effort to share the award and even link all of us 🙂 You are a gorgeous lady, and I’m very pleased to know you, even if it is only through the blogging medium.


  6. Wow… thanks a lot Usha di. I really appreciate the effort that went into this post. I am honoured. And you, of course, are a darling. 😀


  7. THANK YOU!!!! 🙂 Absolutely delighted!! And I love cats and dogs too, you know that! That’s why I refresh your blog to see all the header pictures 🙂 Now I better pass on these awards to 15 bloggers!


  8. Thanks Usha. I always liked the results of an exam 🙂


  9. Congratulations for all the awards, Ushus! And Thank you so so much for passing them to me. Your words and your appreciation mean the world to me, Ushus, you know that! It is an honour, truly! :). You’re a gem and I feel blessed to have you for a friend! Muah & (((Hugs))).

    I am a chronic ditherer too, a lot of times it gets to R, you know, who is always so sure of himself and knows what he wants :D.

    Oh yes you sure are a cat/dog/animal person..have realized that well enough by now going by the adorable headers of your blog and your photo updates of Paru and gang on FB 😀

    Of course I wont laugh! I heart MIlls&Boon big time! Do keep some of your collections ready to share, please, whenever we meet that is 🙂


  10. Great 7 points, Usha! Surely I didn’t laugh reading #7, but was only relieved to know that (Will we ever grow up? ) 😉 Thank you so much for the nomination, the generous words, and for including my post in the list. Truly great honours for me.


  11. Thank you Usha… Again breaking usual patterns to never comment and be the silent admirer (all your fault) i think your assessment of me is a little off.. I am not really tat honest 😛

    But hey i’ll take it ( illengil vallarthu dosham ennu naatukaar parayum :D). Thanks again for even considering me, which means the added responsibility of having to now update more frequently.


  12. PS: Does this mean I have to send it out in to the blogoshpere ??? That is something I cant do. Sorry.


  13. I need to ad these badges and pass them on 🙂 I am going to twist it just a bit … hmm I’ve got an idea 😀


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