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Shoba Menon.


Vishu Kani :)





Kanikonna ! Casia Fistula

Wishing all my blogger friends a Happy Vishu ūüôā

Weekly Writing Prompt #83   Word prompt by

 (5) Words: | THINK | RISE | RHYTHM | FLOAT| FALL |


     The Summer is up and days are bright                                                             Yet she is inexplicably down                                                                                 An intuition of darkness grasps her mind                                                       She fears to think of it everytime                                                                     Desiccation is tightening its grip                                                                       Making life miserable for every beings                                                           Summer dries up all rivers and lakes                                                              Replacing it with meadows and thorns                                                          Creatures run in panic to quench their thirst                                               Trees strive hard to shield the saplings beneath it                                     Chirping birds and squirrels are out  in search of urn                           Which she fills from time to time                                                                     She prays with fingers crossed                                                                         For some showers to fall from high

     A sense of awakening hits her mind                                                                 She waits for the Sun to rise                                                                               The new day dawn                                                                                                  bringing feasts for her eyes                                                                                 Bunches of golden flowers awaits her                                                             With new hopes and dreams                                                                             Umpteen  golden flowers float in the pond                                                   Reminding her of rainbows, peacock feathers                                            and the rhythm of flute                                                                                        The meadows laid with golden carpet                                                            Was a floral reminder of VISHU, a new beginning.  

All rights reserved: Shoba Menon                                                                    Thank you   for the promt

¬†P.S. I truly believe a kind of telepathy happened yesterday. I wrote and posted this yesterday morning and it rained yesterday evening at my place in Ottapalm ūüôā ūüôā ūüôā

                                   Three Line Tales. 3 Line Tales,  @100words


photo by Caleb Woods via Unsplash

Grandpa and Grandma tried their hardest to feed little Neha but failed miserably. She insisted to see her parents who are now in a parallel universe.  

Twenty years later Neha’s ¬†grandparents insists to see their daughter and everyday she ¬†waits in her terrace for the sound of an aeroplane so as to feed her grandparents.

Every time the age old couples believes her words and waits for the aeroplane carrying their daughter and son-in-law

Shoba Menon.

Written in prompt by Three Line Tales.

Thank you Sonya for running the challenge.

                                         Three Line Tales


Photo by Cathal Mac Bheatha .

Holding his younger sister Anna’s hand , seven year old ¬†John stepped into ‘Top in Town’ bakery to buy ¬†fresh baked meat.¬†

Within seconds his proud face brimmed with sadness when the coins in his pocket didn’t equalise ¬†the price tag of the meat.

The old lady ¬†running the bakery ¬†packed ¬†two extra baked meat for them as it was now her turn to pay for cherishing the two wonderful expressions in John’s face.

Shoba Menon. All rights reserved.

Written in response to prompt by Three Line Tales

Thank you Sonya for running the challenge.

Woman! la douleur exquise

Her love for him was not a random pick.  It happened eons ago.  A leftover from time immemorial. A love ordained by some supreme power. She was destined to love him without him. Her love for him was as pure as the driven snow. She swam the oceans and travelled through time to reach him. But never once he paused to listen to her beats.  Yet she nurtured it and let it grow. She chose to love him without him. she chose to burn setting herself on fire.

She shared her anguish with the Moon, who was there for her consistently, every night.  The bright rays of Sun was the reminder to never lose hope and life.  At times when heart becomes heavy and drown to the depths of despair , the Sea stood by her showing how to deal with every violent rising tide. When uncontrollable tears flow out the Clouds shows its solidarity by pouring down water. They cherished her weirdness and vulnerability , but he never did.  She buried it deep inside herself where it destroys only her.

She acknowledged the truth that he was never hers and will never be. ¬†All she wanted was a genuine and lasting friendship. But in the midst of having fun with his countless girl friends he didn’t have time and space for her.


A bruised soul !

Something I wrote to kill the immense pain caused due to the death of Jishnu Pranoy, a first year undergraduate Engineering student. His colleagues reveal that he was severely tortured by the faculty and college administration over an alleged attempt of malpractice in his first semester exams. He was found hanging, with veins cut and succumbed to death en route to the hospital.

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A short trip to Delhi. As the trip was arranged immediately after Onam ( a festival celebrated by the people of Kerala), didn’t get enough time to plan new¬†destination spots. ¬† Anyway the outcome of the trip was awesome ūüôā .

Quite often we just need to find ways to recharge our mind and soul. A place to jot down some reflections.

The world is so wide and beautiful. The lure of visiting new places is always great. There are some places that grew on me¬†and I can’t get out of my head. Of all the places I’ve been, ¬† (in Delhi) , that have stayed with me more than others is Akshardham , a ¬†temple of Swaminarayan . ¬†I’m completely infatuated with this place. Its about how it makes you feel. It has been a¬†wonderful , divine ,spiritual experience for me. The silence and blissfulness has been an incredible experience. I love ¬†this place and dream about going back ¬†so that I can restore and revive the spirit . That’s how Akshardham made me feel ūüôā


Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi represents Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s unparalleled devotion to Bhagwan¬†Swaminarayan and fulfils Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj’s long-cherished wish for such a tribute to Bhagwan¬†Swaminarayan in the nation’s capital.



In spite of India’s mosaic of cultures, languages, boundaries and human features, its spirituality pervades from north to south and east to west . Together with Swaminarayan , the other deities of Sanathan Dharma, namely, Shri Radha-Krishna,¬†Shri Ram-Sita, Shri Lakshmi-Narayan ¬†and Shri Shiv-Parvati are also enshrined at Swaminarayan Akshardham. Their¬†divine presence inspires faith, devotion and values.

        The other features of this temple are :

1: ¬† ¬† THE TEN GATES – ¬† ¬†Representing the ten directions , symbolizing freedom of thought in Sanatan Dharma as revealed ¬†in ¬†Rig Veda, ¬†“Let noble thoughts come to us from all sides.”

2:   THE BHAKTI DWAR Р   The Bhakti Dwar celebrates  the Indian tradition of devotion with 208 sculpted dual forms of  God  and  His ideal Devotee.

3:    MAYUR DWAR-   The two Mayur Dwars (Peacock Gates) pay tribute to the joy and beauty peacocks contribute to  nature.  A total of 869 stone peacocks in different shapes and sizes adorn each of the beautiful gates.


5:      GAJENDRA PEETH-       A fascinating 1,070  ft long pageant of elephants in stone . It portrays elephants with nature,  man and God, reflecting the message of peaceful coexistence , love faith effort, courage and service. 

6: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†MANDOVAR- ¬† ¬†The ornate external wall of the Swaminarayan Akshadham is known as Mandovar. It features ¬†200¬†sculptured stone figures of India’s great rishis, sadhus, devotees, acharyas and avatars.

7:         NARAYAN SAROVAR Р        Narayan Sarovar surrounds the Akshardham Monument . The sacred waters of 151  rivers  and lakes of India flow from 108 gaumukhs  into the Narayan Sarovar, creating an ambience of a place of   pilgrimage.                    

8:        ABHISHEK MURTI-    Visitors perform abhishek of the murti of Neelkanth Varni with the holy waters of river Ganga   in the Abhishek Mandapam, and pray for spiritual progress, peace and fulfilment of wishes.


10:       HALL OF VALUES-   Exhibition Hall 1-       The Hall of Values , also known as Sahajanand Dharshan, showcases the  values of ahimsa ,courage, endeavour, service , honesty and faith from the life of Bhagwan Swaminarayan through  filims, light and sound shows and audio-animatronics.

11:         LARGE  FORMAT FILM THEATRE-    Neelkanth Yatra-  a superb award- winning  large format period film on the  amazing 12,000 km   journey  throughout India of Neelkanth Varni, an 11 -year- old   child yogi.

12: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†CULTURAL BOAT RIDE – ¬† Exhibition Hall 2- ¬† The spectacular 14- minute boat ride exhibition shows more than ¬† 10,000 years of India’s ancient culture and contributions to the world. ¬†Sail through Takshashila- the world’s first ¬†university. And also learn about the seminal discoveries and inventions of India’s ancient rishi-scientists in the fields of education, medicine, astronomy, mathematics, aeronautics, music, dance atr, architecture ¬†and much more.


14:         FOOD COURT AND SOUVENIR SHOP-         Premavati Food Court serves pure vegetarian delicacies and  snacks. The                restaurant has a cultural decor, serving north and south Indian favourites, and savoury Gujarati items like  Swaminarayan khichdi , khamam etc.

                Akshar Haat, the souvenir shop, offers an attractive range of gift items on Swaminarayan Akshardham.

Private photography is strictly prohibited inside the temple.











Thank you so much Tazeinmirzasaad for nominating me for the ‘Epically Awesome Award Of Epic Awesomeness’. I’ve started blogging ¬†only a year ago . It’s a great honor for me and I accept this award with¬†all gratitude.

The rules say- Tell 10 epic or awesome facts about yourself and nominate 10 bloggers that you’ve¬†recently¬†discovered or follow regularly.

It’s so difficult to define oneself. It will be the others who can define you but no matter how much the world¬†knows about you there are always things that only you know.

Things about myself:

1: I enjoy the moments with my hubby, listening to old melodies until late night.

2: I am empathetic

3: I have a strong intuition and I often commit to listen to my intuitions.

4: I am highly sensitive and emotional .

5: I am optimistic and confident in all that I do.

6: I love reading.

7: I know how to encourage my family and friends, they are truly a part of me.

8:I am happy and content with my life.

9: I love kids ,their smell, to be wrapped up by their soft, tender arms .

10: I love and respect all  religions.

My Nominations:









I nominate your blog because I have learned a lot from you. It has taught me details about the art of blogging.

Thank you all once again …’Happy Blogging’




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