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Being Within

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Sam and Susan, contenders of “Dream to Dance” contest planned to marry after the competition was over.

While breathing life into his choreography Sam met with an accident and didn’t get a second chance. Why happiness is so short lived?

Susan danced solo to live Sam’s dream. Audience were awestruck; Susan’s leaps, moves, stretches, expressions, postures, were so well-defined by her dance that the crowd kept chanting ‘once more’. Judges commented that they felt her dance through soul.

On being announced as winner she thought, ‘If only you were here……..’ she paused and corrected herself …’love you for being …within me’

 

 

This post is written for  -100 Words on Saturday – Week 5 – ‘If Only You were Here’

This Week’s prompt is provided by Kajal Kapur of Rainbow Hues.

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Is your Success all yours?

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On the pages or on the screen, a protagonist wins the acclamation of the readers or audience, but what about the rest (who are not in the fore ground) are they appreciated for their strong support?

In real life too many people who are actually in the background and deserve to be mentioned in the forefront are seldom recognized. According to me a successful person should devote at least half of his success to the large team of his well wishers who are sometimes found almost invisible in the background. My aim through this post is to applaud for those unsung supporting people whose help and co operation is often ignored while they build a smooth and clear way for the ones who enjoy the appreciation of the society.

Let’s observe some situations and look for their answers-

A common homemaker, who does all the daily chores following the wishes of her family members, throughout her life, is said to be doing the trivial job rather than receiving a prize of appreciation for being a backbone for her successful family. What’s your say on this?

A coworker whose support, cooperation, comments, advice and competition helped us to get the promotion is looked down upon as an incompetent candidate. Is this rational?

A nanny who rears our children as a mother never gets the same respect; she is behind our solaced mind that attained success in the world. Will she be remembered as the strong part of our fame?

While we were accelerating towards our success path there were many who gave us room, forfeited their desires, stepped back for us; in short made our road smooth to walk on. Will they be given their share in terms of gratitude?

The list may go unending, but the concern is same…

Let’s be modest and spare a little time from our busy schedules to appreciate our selfless supporters, and show our gratitude by recognizing their support.

 This post is written in response to Suzy Que’s post ‘Free Write‘ on Write Tribe.

 

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Luxurious Cage

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After marrying Neil a well-known businessman Rhea looked forward for a hilarious and independent life, but her dreams of self-identity demolished like a sand-castle. It was a man’s-world; Neil like his father and brother found pride in being the benefactor.

“The ladies in our family never go out to work coz they are the big bosses of the family…. So dress, spend, enjoy and look after the family… that’s your only job darling”.

Being a woman of substance, easily available materialistic-happiness was not Rhea’s choice. Now it’s a cold war between the charitable-luxuries and struggling-identity.

She wants to be truly alive, but…

This post is the part of 100 Words on Saturday – 4 – Truly Alive

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Close to Rainbow

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Daisy could not believe life would be so cruel towards her. In only one week everything of hers was snatched away, whatever she possessed slipped away like sand from her hands. Her heart anticipated the black future which she had in front of her. Every tick of the second was making a thumping sound on her wounded heart. She had ruined herself, crying and weeping in alone.’ Will the rest of my life go like this’? She questioned herself. But soon she realized that life demands something more from her, she wiped her tears and stood up with a determination; she dared to do that, which needs an iron heart.

How happy Daisy and Andy were on their engagement day, a month back. It was a red letter day in their life, because they had got green light from their parents after a year long struggle for approval from both sides. They both were delighted, it seemed as they were being showered by blessings. Exactly, two months after their engagement was their wedding day. So, in a very less time all the preparations were to be done, both the families were busy including Andy and Daisy. Everything was to be fixed; the venue, decorations, arrangements, invitations, menus, dresses….and a lot more. Tasks were unlimited and the time was short. Now only one month was left for that much awaiting day….when she turned blue to hear that unbelievable truth.

It was still vivid in her mind, what Andy told her on telephone a week before; she felt that hot liquid iron was being poured into her ears. ‘Daisy, it’s a bad news,’ she became alert…

‘Doctors have diagnosed cancer in my lungs, and it is the first stage………’ After that she could not hear anything else, as she was blacked out. After retrieving her senses she felt that something cruel has snatched away all her happiness and she is left all alone. She couldn’t make out, who was at the grim side, either she or Andy, but actually they both were. Andy’s ill health became Daisy’s ill fate, moreover, Andy convinced her, not to utter a word to both the families regarding his ill health.

As she was trying to emerge from that terrible condition and to act normal in front of her family, Andy gave her another setback. He called her and said that they should break up their relationship, because he did not want her to suffer just because of him. Daisy angrily refused and banged the phone, but Andy kept on trying continuously to make her understand the practicality of the life. Since last week she was in heavy delirium and was finding difficult to face anyone. The idea of being parted with Andy made her go crazy. She wished, whatever she was facing might be her nightmare, so that she can have a bright morning at least.

Passing through the state of imbroglio it becomes difficult for anyone to reach the proper solutions, and Daisy was not an exception, she kept on thinking the way to come out of this state of confusion. She was undergoing a terrible conflict in her mind. She thought that we people are never thankful in spite of having blissful life, but we blame destiny whenever something turn against our wishes. She thought ‘maybe, these circumstances are the test of our love’. Her positivism compelled her to look for a silver lining.

Suddenly, she wiped her tears and gave a call to Andy and asked him to meet her in the evening at their favorite meeting point, ‘The Golden Paradise.’ In the evening they both were in front of each other like strangers, she was meeting him for the first time after that horrible news. He seemed a little feeble to her.

Eventually, Andy asked the reason of their meeting. Daisy cleared her throat and soaked the tears from the corners of her eyes and proceeded, ‘listen to me and don’t stop me! Andy, whatever you advised me, anyone else at your place would have done the same, but now I’ll give you my final verdict’, her voice was firm, she added ‘I am always yours whether I am with you or not, so why not with you? I don’t know what destiny has in store for us, so neither I want to quit nor do I want you to lose the battle’. She further said, ‘I will be with you always and we will marry on the scheduled date’.

Andy’s eyes became wide, he said, ‘what! Are you in your senses’?

She retorted ‘After suffering one full week I have resumed my senses… I have a plan, we’ll marry on the fixed date and you’ll accept your company’s proposal of joining new branch. For our families we will be setting our new home in a new place, but there you will be undergoing your treatment.’

‘Don’t look at the situation through your rose tinted glasses!’ Saying this Andy stood up frantically, but Daisy held his hand tightly and made him sit with possessiveness. ‘Andy please! You do not have any other option.’

It was not easy for him to accept her proposal but her rational arguments made him bow down in front of her decision.

Now, Andy is not alone to suffer his problems, he has his better half with him, ready to face all his troubles. No doubt, their dreams shattered and they fell off on the ground, but that ground is of reality, true love, care, and faith towards each other. Hope they both succeed in their battle and come back as winners.

Wishing Andy pink of health…

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda

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A New You

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She closed her diary with a blow and stood up with force, it seemed like a moment when inner anger leads someone towards danger.

Now there’ll be an end to these dreary nights and gloomy days, walking fast towards the bridge she believed. Mind underwent internal conflict and heart sought comfort.

From the bridge she threw her diary down into the water and saw melancholy drowning…….

A new being stood with dignity on the bridge who believed … ‘life’s a valuable gift to us; if seems difficult to survive in present conditions, change the situations (viewpoint) instead of giving up.’

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Dear Seven…….

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Dear Seven,

Ever since the #Write Tribe festival of words has started with the theme ‘SEVEN’ you have become a popular FIGURE of the whole blogging community.

You won’t imagine that you are hovering on several minds and staying in many hearts since the theme SEVEN was revealed.

Analyzing my state of mind I can make out that all of us are formulating you in our minds 24/7.

While at work or back home I think of nothing except you. Though you are a prominent figure; I always want you to be everywhere.

Searching information about you has made me learn all the idioms, phrases, facts etc having you in them.

You are being elaborately searched, researched, written, read and celebrated on various blogs this week.

I thank you dear Seven for your support in making this festival A SUPER SEVEN HIT!!!!!!!

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Seven Speaks – Celebrating Teacher’s Day

Up and Coming Oral English Activities

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Modern educational technology has employed various approaches, strategies and techniques for the enhancement of English language system and language skills. TEFL training trains the candidates and transforms them into teachers; it also advice on professional development for those who are interested in pursuing ESL as a career. The new portals of TESOL have led us to the new era of teaching and learning English language.

Still there are many learners who are unable to overcome their hesitation because they have never been exposed to an atmosphere which can make their silent talent speak out. Modern educational methods enhance their knowledge, but their real life interactions fail out of nervousness.

According to me there are two main categories of learners: A) which learns out of interest, B) which learns out of need

My aim was to create interest in the second category which learnt for the need of learning. In spite of having good writing skills, these learners feel tensed on not being able to interact with the outside people. I wanted to merge these two categories together in an out of the class room environment.

Classroom studies if combined with the activities out of the box can bring incredible results. According to my opinion only 25% of the students take the initiative to cross question in the class, so what about the rest? You ask them the questions, they answer…it means they should be interviewed all the time!

Debates, discussions, Discourses…the learners participate in these activities because they worry about their class performance and the grades they get on that, but what about their willingness? They unwillingly participate in all the class activities and avoid the eye contact because the feelings of hesitation, fear etc hinder them to speak spontaneously. How can we make them curious learners?

Working as an ESL educator has given me enormous experience in the field of TESOL, and to get the satisfactory results I customized some methods in my own way. Spending 45-50 minutes in a class never seemed sufficient to me; I always strove for more, more interaction with all the students, especially the ones who normally sit quiet and listen instead of speaking in an oral English class. I spread my wings inside the boundaries of my college to give more to and get more from my students. During my lunch break and free time I conducted few programs for my students which utilized my spare time and enhanced their capabilities.

Some of my experiments which worked wonders in the transformation of my students as well as me are mentioned below with a brief description. I want to share them with the whole of my ESL community.

  1. Talking to the teacher in an informal atmosphere– One to one talk is always effective as there is no fear of being targeted by the class mates, the learner open heartedly puts all his/her opinions in front of the teacher and feels satisfied. Everyday a name was picked during the class from the box containing the names of the students and that student got the opportunity to walk and talk with me until I reached my next point.
  2. Lunchtime Oral English Practice– To create the atmosphere of English during lunchtime students were invited to participate in lunchtime oral English practice. Students with queries or difficulties relating to oral English were asked to come unhesitatingly to my office room during lunch time. Initially the students hesitated but later they booked in advance for lunch time meeting. It was a good way to kill my long boring lunch time.
  3. After class social talk– A group of students eagerly wanted to talk after class as they wanted to converse spontaneously without any lesson bounding. I allotted a day in a week to them, where we met in a vacant class. The conversation seemed like we all were the college friends speaking informally about current topics, cultures, literature, family etc. Gradually the number went on increasing, the friends of the students also joined and discussed. A self satisfying feeling emerges in a teacher when the students crave to meet their foreign teacher in order to spend more and more time with him/her.
  4. English Meet up– Once in every 2 months students were asked to organize a meeting where they came up with some kind of entertaining activities and refreshments. Exposure was given to all the students of the college who felt good to speak English when given an opportunity. A nominal share was given by the attendees and the volunteers took the charge of the whole event in the guidance of their Foreign English teacher (me).
  5. Talking on phone- Even not so important telephonic conversations are very important to remove the hesitation of the language learners. No doubt eye contact while speaking is every teacher’s demand, but in my case I feel that the initial hesitation is removed if someone is talking on phone. The person feels 50% safe and confident. In my very first class I used to tell my name and number to the students and invite them to keep in touch without any hesitation. An example of phone conversation and telephone etiquette were taught to them in the beginning classes which helped all of us to have smooth and stress free talk. One of my students, who was very talkative improved a lot because she used to feel good by telling all her matters over the phone. Though I could understand her First Language still she was instructed by me to speak in English. By the end of the course her confidence level reached an unbelievable height.
  6. Speaking with the guests- Usually students feel safe and comfortable when they converse in the company of their own English teacher, on every last Thursday of the month I invited the guests in library to have a free talk with my students and let me tell you that my colleagues played very important role in this activity and I again thank them for their co operation. If the students are given this kind of exposure, it definitely raises the confidence of the learners and they feel that they are being prepared for the future.
  7. English Corners– Though these corners are already being run in the campuses by student’s groups yet the unavailability of a foreign teacher reduces interest in the students. They desperately want a foreign teacher in whose presence they feel their efforts will materialize well because according to them speaking target language is possible only in front of a foreigner. In my presence we had conversation challenges, free talk, Storytelling etc in an interesting and exciting environment. Students got help on their weaknesses too. Overall the teachers and learners can have everyday new fun while they learn.

Here the role of an ESL instructor expands because he/she has to take out extra time and enthusiasm for extra activities. The teacher can influence his/her students inside as well as outside the classroom; the teacher has the power to direct his/her students by creating chemistry with them and providing them with the opportunities which can broaden their horizon of knowledge.

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Soaring over Cloud Seven

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Last weekend we got an invitation for a seminar ‘Dare to Dream’, it sounded cool, I thought of witnessing it. When I attended it I realized that it was a blessing in disguise. ‘A flight of seven minutes’ which we took on his guidance is worth mentioning and sharing…

He appeared in the room with a determined smile. His stance, vigor, voice and confidence were his credentials. He took over since he started and everyone followed him as if he was an illusionist.

He was The Dream Designer.

After a warm welcome and an introduction he gave a motivational speech on how to set our goals and how to achieve them. So far everything was Wow, but after the speech he asked us to close our eyes and follow his voice for the flight of our dreams.

  • The flight of the dreams took off in the form of guided meditation; in a dim lighted and quiet room he projected his voice in such a mesmerizing manner that all of us were bound to follow his voice commands.
  • Hypnotized by his soothing voice and descriptive instructions we traveled a world of our dreams.
  • He took us from our present to the zenith of our dreams and made us soar high over the seventh cloud.
  • The pleasure was incomparable to anything else in the world.
  • Finally he brought us back and handed us to our present self.
  • Our body and mind felt a unique feeling. Our spirits were sky high and we were re-energized, ready to start afresh.
  • He congratulated us and called for a celebration, with a chant …“I dare to dream because I can make it true and I will make it true.”

Now it was more than wow, we had a glimpse of our dream which was going to come true.

After the questions and answers session, we left for home. On the way back I couldn’t help reflecting on that evening.

He had made us believe that dreams are not the ones which we see while asleep, but those which make us restless and does not allow us to fall asleep.

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Seven ATE Nine

Pam is not at all happy with the Face book culture. It has snatched away the crown of an ideal daughter in law from her which she had been carrying with grace and guts since nine years of her marriage. Her sister in law cum competitor, Leena came in the family after the two years of her marriage and was constantly trying to impress mom in law. In the span of seven years she managed to reserve an adorable image in every mind, but was a little less than Pam.

 

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The previous day Pam attended a hen party hosted by her best friend Jia, she had to drape herself in a completely stylish evening gown according to the party theme. As it was provided by Jia at the last moment, the choice option for Pam was none.  Firstly, she hesitated to wear the strapless gown but finally she gathered all her guts and rolled in the fun. Back home she was again a normal household person looking after everyone’s needs.

But this time something unusual happened.

Bingo! Her younger sister in law, Leena hit the bull’s eye without shooting. One of her Face Book friends attended that party as a guest member and now she had the pictures of her competitor, Pam posing as a model. A blessing in disguise!

In the evening on the 52 “LED TV Leena showed all the pictures of Pam to the mother in law, as a wonderful surprise. She was admiring the photos exuberantly. Mother in law was awestruck. Pam was speechless.

 ‘Mom, do you know why 6 is afraid of 7? seven years old Nick asked.

‘No’ Pam knew but she wanted him to win.

‘Because 7 ate(8) 9’ laughing loudly he ran to share with others.

‘You are right dear, 7 ate 9’ she murmured.

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No one did wrong, she assumes…but finally she was not happy…

 

 

Do you feel the same?

 

 

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Linking Seven and Several

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Walking on the beach she was trying to get the answer to an unknown question. She had wanted to enjoy her life, but something always hindered her. Maybe she could get the answer today.

On the beach a small girl built a sand castle, she ran to call her father to see it; by the time she was back her brother had ruined it. She was sad, father patted her back, brother smiled innocently and she started again.

She smiled to see the girl, a lovely daughter and a sister…she recalled something and proceeded further.

She saw a family of three walking hand in hand, a wife and a mother balancing her roles. Again something clicked her mind and she walked further.

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Today the life seemed to show her a connection with the world. The beach scenario filled her mind with new thoughts and many more roles to link with.

She got the answer… all over her life she waited for perfection and postponed celebration. Climbing the life ladder she had been balancing herself and focusing on the steps only. She had always a fear of missing a step or losing her concentration, and suddenly she found that she had reached the middle. She wanted to look down but the previous steps of this strange ladder would disappear once climbed upwards. She was witnessing clarity…

‘From tomorrow why don’t you join me for an evening walk mom; you would have got bored being at home every day,’ back home a daughter in law said to her mother in law.

‘Yeah grand mom… Mom is right!’ said the teenager.

Both felt revitalized.

 

Now she will step up cautiously but will see around to have a wider view of her relations…

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