The Dream

This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 51; the fifty-first edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. In association with Red Ink Publishers and “Curse Of The Red Soil” by Durgesh Shastri. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton.

It is a dream come true moment, especially for me. Usually, I keep it short and simple, but not this time, as I want to thank a few people for supporting me always. I request each one of you to please bear with me.

Before announcing the results, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for making our dream come true. The dream of having 100 entrants in a single edition. I am glad it came true, and that too, in this special occasion – Blog-a-Ton’s Centennial Edition and my 75th Edition as Marshal – what else I could have asked for! #BlogATon100

I would like to express my gratitude to Blog-a-Ton Founder Marshal Vipul Grover, for creating the grand platform, for trusting me, and requesting me to Marshal it along with Leo. And, how would I, thank Leo for all his help. Without his support, it would have been really tough to Marshal Blog-a-Ton alone.

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On 5th July 2009, Blog-a-Ton was born, a misnomer of the word Blogathon and on 1st August 2009, our first edition was hosted by our Marshal Vipul Grover and after 17 editions, he willingly took a break. Our Ravan hosted once after which, Leo and I took the responsibility on our shoulders to march forward towards our dream. I am a happy man today. Some of our BATOM’s (including myself) are now published authors, and we can proudly say that Blog-a-Ton helped us a lot! Some write because of BAT, some breathe for BAT, and that is what Blog-a-Ton is all about! Celebrate Writing! Keep writing for BAT!

Coming to the results, here is the list of participants and the cheers they garnered. I am happy to be one of them. Thank you so much for voting me.

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“Get up, Sweetheart. The time is 06:30 AM.” She whispered in my ears.

I woke up with a start. I cleared my vision and looked around for my laptop. It was lying on the computer table next to my bed. “Was it a dream?” I asked to myself.

She spoke in a high tone, “You literally spoke each word loudly. Enough dreaming about Blog-a-Ton. 100 participants, 100th Edition? It can happen only in dreams, but the reality is… it is tough to find 100 passionate writers.”

I kept mum. She got irritated and left the room to prepare coffee for me. I got up to freshen up. After fifteen minutes, I went to our living room.

She was there waiting for me with the coffee. I sat on the couch. Sipping the coffee I said, “It’ll happen. I’m sure I will be hosting the 100th Edition.” She interrupted and said, “I am sure you will host the 100th Edition, but I doubt if there will be 100 passionate participants participating in that.”

“I’m sure of that too.” I said looking into her eyes.

“100 writers writing on the same topic in a single day. That is highly impossible unless you announce prizes. Moreover, your hard work go waste each time. You spend half-an-hour on an average every week for Blog-a-Ton and two-three hours on the result days, but the result is… You know it better!”

“But… I’m happy!”

She did not say a word after that because she knew my dream. I am very sure that my dream will come true one day and I am eagerly waiting for that day. The Marshal’s dream!

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A day with Tablet! #betterway

Life of IT Professional with a Tablet is like tablets to sugar patients. It is mandatory to consume one daily. Otherwise, you may end up paying a huge price. I am not an exception to deny Tablet in my life, as my day starts with the smart alarm set in my Tablet. Though it is hard to get up early in the morning in this part of the world, still my smart alarm makes sure that I am off bed within ten minutes of the actual alarm time. There is a secret behind those ten minutes.

Can you guess? The secret is the struggle to reach the Tablet, and then switching it off. I wished turning off alarm is handled in a #betterway. Maybe, a voice command could have made life easier.

Being a music lover, the first thing I do after waking up is to switch on the music player. I had created exclusive playlists for each day of the week comprising of my favourite songs. Usually, I go on with it, but sometimes I may switch between playlists, according to the swing of my mood. And that’s where the struggle is. Maybe a #betterway of handling the Tablet (if it can stand on its own) could have made mornings better.

After a refreshing warm bathe, I offer prayer to God. Then I sit down to have my breakfast as well as check updates on social networks. Sometimes…nah, most of the times, my wife scolds me for either dropping the Tablet or spilling milk from the bowl, while I immerse myself on social networks. Maybe a #betterway of holding the Tablet (if I can hold easily) could have made breakfast time merrier.

And that’s when my smart alarm reminds that all I have is ten minutes to get ready and rush otherwise I would miss my bus. I slip into a thermal wear first, and then I put my pants on, belt and shirt to follow, and finally the winter clothes. Mobile phones inside the pocket, Tablet on one hand, and grabbing the tiffin box bag from my wife, I run to bus stop, only to see the bus leaving the bus stop. I hasten my steps, if am lucky, I would get in. Otherwise, I would wait for the next. Whatever happens, either inside the bus or in the bus stop, I take a corner seat to read news. Maybe a #betterway of viewing a Tablet (if I can adjust the angle) could have made the reading experience better.

I intend not to use my personal Tablet at office. But at times, I have to prepare presentations during the travel, or to send emails after a meeting, for which, I use my Tablet. It is quite handy, but the real issue is the touch screen. All unwanted items pop up while working, which irritates a lot. Maybe a #betterway to view the Tablet (if I can hold it tight) could have made meetings tensionless.

I prefer to watch videos during lunchtime. But holding the Tablet and having my lunch is always a headache. Maybe a #betterway to stand the Tablet could have made lunch pleasant.

On the way back home, I either browse online or play games (Angry Birds or any Car Race), but the problem is placing the Tablet at a good angle, which is always a reason for losing car races. Maybe, if the design is made in a #betterway (to place the Tablet on lap) could have made me a clear winner.

Generally, I prefer to have a coffee after reaching home and then I speak on Skype with the sweetest cutest selfless soul in the world – Ma. Usually, I speak for twenty to thirty minutes, but on certain days, we may speak up to an hour with my parents and in-laws. On such occasions my hand ache like anything, though my wife and I are happy, as we speak a lot with our parents. Maybe a #betterway to hold…nah to stand the Tablet could have made me enjoy the moment.

We have our dinner at around 8 PM. After which, either I read books or write poems. It’s a headache to take the laptop out and type, so I prefer to write using Tablet. At times, when I face writer’s block, I search for the perfect word in my mind for hours, and in the meantime, my Tablet would be running out of battery, which irritates a lot, and typing on Tablet adds the fuel to the irritated heart. There are times, where I have literally thrown the Tablet on the bed, and went to sleep. Maybe a Tablet that could run up to 18 – 20 hours (of battery life) in a day and provide a better touch interaction could have helped me stay in peace. Writing is peace. Love is peace. I want to be in peace, a #betterway to lead a happy life.

Did Lenovo hear me? I think they did or else why did they introduce the world’s first multi-mode Tablet, which is easy to hold like never before, stand anywhere, and tilt like I always wanted to, and has a battery life up to 18 hours?

Yes, A #BETTERWAY IS HERE

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— Someone is Special (@FewMiles) December 17, 2013

♥♥♥ is in the air

This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 44; the forty-fourth edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton.

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Ah! Love is in the air,
The one I dreamed of,
All day and night, for years,
Like a bird flying in love,
Like a monsoon flower,
Like an apple fruit,
She is a love idiot!

The first rain of the season,
Sailing down the seas of wind,
The perfume of chill breeze, and
Enchanting aroma of wet earth,
Endless, like us, ever and forever;
My dearest sweetest valentine,
In spring, we unite into one!

Wherever I see
I breathe you,
I smell you,
I feel you,
I am you,
You and me!
♥♥♥

Just like a couple in movie posters, CD’s and DVD’s, this picture was clicked by my wonderful friend Anand G Anand, courtesy of Apple Blossom’s Photography

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