A scenic drive #100 word story


(c) Rashmi Menon

“Oh! Not again!’, Sasha groaned .

The GPS had led her to the same STOP sign for the third time. For the past one hour Sasha had been driving in the same area struggling to locate the campground.

Luckily a park ranger noticed her and helped her.

“Mam, drive on this road for a quarter mile and the campground will be on the left. I hope you enjoyed the scenic drive.”

That’s when Sasha realized that she had ignored the beautiful nature around her in her search for the destination! Indeed, she had missed the forest for the trees.

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Heavenly! 13 word story

It’s timing that makes the ordinary heavenly: A glass of water when parched.
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Mastermind behind healthy food

Mom tricked her child into eating broccoli by hiding it inside a patty 🙂

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Book review: ‘Modern Romance’ by Aziz Ansari


Did you read ‘Modern Romance’ by Aziz Ansari? If not, then you should. Here is my review of this amazing book.

My expectations about the book

When I picked up the book ‘Modern Romance’  by the famous stand-up comedian ‘Aziz Ansari’ I thought it would be a compilation of hilarious stories on romance. I watched Aziz’s Netflix comedy series ‘Master of None’ and I expected that this book will be similar to that series. (Comedy fiction).  I am glad that I am wrong.

What exactly the book was

This book is the result of a massive research that Aziz conducted along with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg. It’s a nonfiction book containing in-depth analysis of the relationships in the past generations and the present. As the author aptly states in this book, a few decades ago, finding a soul mate was about finding a ‘good enough’ person , but now ,in this generation, good enough person  is not ‘good enough’. Everyone is searching for a  perfect life partner.

The book covers a range of topics starting from ‘Searching a soul mate’, to ‘online dating ‘ to ‘sexting ,cheating’, to ‘settling down’. Aziz Ansari presented the results of his research, added  his humorous analysis about the findings and provided some suggestions at each stage of the relationship.

If you want to cheat yourself  by skipping all the chapters, then just read the conclusion chapter.It provides a recap of the previous chapters.  The fact that Aziz himself got into a long term relationship adds credibility to his suggestions.

Key suggestions mentioned in this book:

  1. Finding your life partner is complicated and stressful than it was for previous generations but you are more likely to end up  with a perfect person after all that process.
  2. Technology is playing a crucial role in relationships. Use it with caution.
  3. Don’t think of online dating as dating – think of it as online introduction service. After that, meet the person in real life rather than just chatting online.
  4. Treat potential partners like actual people, not like bubbles on a screen.
  5. With so many romantic options available, instead of trying to explore them all, make sure you properly invest in people and give them a fair chance before moving on to the next one.

My take on the book:

It is an interesting non-fiction humorous book. Every one of us can relate to at least one of the situations presented in this book. If you are  single, then you will have a lot of takeaway points from this book. If you are already in a happy relationship, then this book will reinforce how lucky you are to have a wonderful life partner.

Do read it. Add it to your good reads reading challenge 🙂 If the above review doesn’t entice you, then the fact that the book topped the ‘Nonfiction’ genre of ‘Goodreads Choice awards 2015’ should do 🙂

If you already read this book, what are your thoughts? Do let me know.

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Authors Who Made History: Ayn Rand


Did you come across the following quotes before?

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”

“I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”

“Man cannot survive except through his mind. He comes on earth unarmed. His brain is his only weapon.”

“Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.” 


 If you love the above quotes , then you would be interested to know about the author who not only wrote the books containing such thought-provoking quotes but also a created new philosophy called ‘Objectivism’. That author is ‘Ayn Rand’.

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Reincarnation or Resolution?#100 word story


“I’m sorry but amputating his legs is the only option”, the doctor said to Tony’s parents. Tony’s legs got crushed in a car accident and he was taken to the hospital.  Tony’s world was shattered. That was three years ago.  Today, Tony won a Gold medal in para cycling. Tony’s father proudly told everyone “ No doubt ! My son is the reincarnation of my father. He was a famous athlete in his time”.

How unfair is it – attributing Tony’s success to reincarnation! Tony should get credit for his courage, his persistence, and his resolution to fight the adversity.

The above post is written for 100 word story prompt: ‘Reincarnation’

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A Mom who became an ‘MBA’


Is parenting easy? Is it fun? What does it mean to take care of a child?  I didn’t know what it was till two year back.

Today I want to share my journey from being a naive parent to a Mom who became an ‘MBA’ (? What does it mean? You will come to know)

It all started two years back in India. After working for a decade in the software industry, I had lost the excitement at work. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to pursue my passion in writing, do a part time MBA and learn photography. Around that time, when my husband got an opportunity to move to the United States, I happily agreed to accompany him. While I was planning about following my dreams, I missed one point. One very big point. I had a  4 year old daughter who needed my attention. In India, my Mom used to take care of her while I was at work.  So, I didn’t fully realize that taking care of a child itself will be a full time job.

When we moved to the United states, me and my daughter were alone at home after my husband went to work. We were new to our locality and we didn’t have any friends. At that time, my daughter didn’t even know English to make new friends.  Therefore, she wanted me to be with her throughout the day. If I started working on a laptop, she used to come and sit on my lap. Poor girl, she didn’t know how to pass the time.

I realized that I had to do make my daughter less dependent on me before I could work on my professional goals. That marked the beginning of my new journey as a responsible parent.

In the United States, the first thing every Mom should know is: driving. There is no public transport and so it’s very difficult to always depend on other parents for pick up and drop from school. So,I started to learn car driving. It took a couple of months, a  lot of honking from other drivers and a bit of luck to pass my driving test.

My next task was to teach my daughter English so that she wouldn’t have any problem at her new school. I took membership in the local library. I used to borrow as many as 30 books at a time and started reading to her. Me and my daughter used to snuggle in the bed, and read the books together. We loved this time so much that we read for atleast 2 hours every day: one hour before nap time and one hour before bed time. Further, to help my daughter understand American Accent, we both started watching cartoon shows such as Curious George, Daniel tiger, caillou. We both started speaking in English, even at home. Along with her, I too learned lot of new vocabulary.  All our efforts paid off, when my daughter joined preschool and got adjusted very soon.

In this process of teaching her English, driving her to school and spending most of my time with her, I started loving my daughter even more. Together, we played lot of games such as tic-tac-toe, picture puzzles, scrabble and monopoly. We blew bubbles in the hot afternoons, enjoyed warm evenings in the parks and spent boring winter days baking cakes and cookies.

On her birthday, when I baked a cake,my daughter said ‘You are the best Mom a girl can ever ask for’. Awwww..It was so sweet and I felt I can go to any extent just to hear those words. Tears welled up in my eyes. All I could say was “Anything for you sweetie “. May be my daughter wouldn’t remember any of these when she grows up, but I have countless memorable moments with her and I will cherish all those.

They say that life happens when you least expect it. I never expected that I would enjoy parenting but bonding with my daughter is the best thing that ever happened to me. My daughter became my best buddy.   I love being an ‘MBA’ (Mommy Beyond Anything else).

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Fight with Weight: Blogcast

Dear friends,

I’m Jahnavi. I joined this wonderful community a few weeks back. Here is my first ever blog cast. Here is a brief introduction of the speech before you listen to the audio:

This is a humorous speech about my fight with my weight. I gave this speech in a public speaking club (Toastmasters) and today I am sharing the audio version with you. Hope you will enjoy it. As always, your feedback is appreciated 🙂




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New Year get together

Dec 31st night: 9:00pm.

Loud music was blasting from the speakers. Men were enjoying their drinks .Women were setting up the table for dinner. Four children under 5 years of age were screaming and running.

C:Child W:Woman M:Man

C1: “Mommy, I want the brown thingy that Dad is drinking”
W1(yelling): “Ravi, don’t put your toy truck in the chicken gravy”
W2:“Saritha, Should I add spice to this dish?”
C2(crying) :“Mommy, Usha pinched me”
M1: “Geetha, Where are the ice cubes?”

Every one spoke but no one listened.

Madness ruled the house. New year began in the midst of that chaos.

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5 Blogging lessons I learned this year

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