#20 Theme Reveal AtoZ 2019 “Questions you muse about “

We spend more time with ourselves than with anybody. All the time we are thinking, looking around, listening to sounds, contemplating and taking decisions based on our experience. Also we are questioning our actions  (previous ones and the ones that we are about to make). Is it the right thing to do? Why did I react like that? Was I  provoked? Should I have said no?

I am going to let the cat out of the bag and ask you the questions directly. That’s my blog and that is its identity. Answer the questions and voilà, one step closer to face the reality of life.

Living life to the fullest is not having all the answers but being ready to face the questions with complete determination.

I am sure the April ride is going to be a complete Blockbuster with summer setting in here in India, vacation for school-goers, Cricket-lovers having their hands full(with the TV remotes of course), and a selected few like us who will dabble AtoZ without missing an alphabet.

This is written as a part of Theme Reveal 2019 for Blogchatter AtoZ

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The Eighteen – year old

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The bell rang and she entered, Mom… tomorrow I am going to be eighteen. Isn’t it special?

Yes… Yes… Tomorrow you are going to be a big girl. Little did the eighteen year old know that her Mom had been waiting for this day and dreading it as well.

Aww… Mom, that’s so sweet, but however old… shouldn’t I say young I become, your lectures would be never – ending.

“Tomorrow onwards no lectures” announced Mom with tears swelling up her eyes opening the freezer to take out the ever-favourite Butter scotch ice-cream for the apple of her eye.

I can’t take that statement she said looking at her phone. Did you see Dad’s watsapp status, I look so cute… I don’t even remember this pic. He’s the best…. and so are you.

Mom just smiled… and then added “you are the best.”

Of course, I am the best who has the bestest parents she sang with a tone of pride. O…English teacher, forgive my superlative grammar skills in this sentence.

Mom placed her bowl of ice-cream on the table, sat down and sent a message to Dad, “The lawyer said he’ll come early in the morning to read out the will left by her parents, I asked him to join us for break-fast.”


Nine (t)1(mes) nine is a (w)eighty one

Questy Musings

“Les Français font trois repas par jour. Les enfant prennent souvent un goûter après l’ecole.” This is what a french book says. The french take three meals a day. Children often take a snack after school

Here in my part of the universe we have 3 meals, 2 snacks/fruit/salad breaks, 3 tea/coffee breaks and 1 anytime snack.

This is us. And if I miss any of these at the end of the day… I feel incomplete. This is how we are. Food is an integral part of our life. I am saying this on behalf of all the people I know well. If anyone is offended, I switch to I henceforth. ( As If I care)

Food is comfort, food is energy, food is a means of continuing our journey on this planet. The diet-freaks, the sportziastics, the homme d’affaires, the mannequins of France, the Judges of reality shows, the…

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Hum Saath Saath hain


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Being together is a wonderful feeling if you are with the right person/people. Living with the right kind of people is extremely important. The routine, the grind gets much simpler and doesn’t feel like a GRIND if you are with someone who understands you.

Today’s apprentisage (learning) from Questy Musings is how to make life easy for yourself if you have to live with the people you do not get along with. They could be your room mate, your in-laws, your relatives who come on a long visit, anyone.

  1. You do what you have to do. Do not compromise ALWAYS. (Once in a while is fine)
  2. Keep your priorities very clear.
  3. Stick to your timings, don’t alter your timings to ADJUST to someone else’s timings. Once people know you can move, each time you will be requested.
  4. Define tasks at home.
  5. Delegate tasks if needed to youngsters at home.
  6. There is no need for detailed explanation on your time of arrival. Give an approximate time, do call/message if you are late, of course due to office meetings or traffic. Do get something(food) to make up if you have been really late. It peps up the ambience.
  7. I don’t mean that you have to be very rigid, but in my experience, don’t be the one who always puts others first. You will be losing out on personal tasks, jobs, and it will stress you out at a later point in your life.

Those who feel satisfied with their personal lives are more satisfied with their careers and perform better.

– Michael Hyatt

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Disclaimer: I am not inducing arguements at home. If you are happy adjusting, do it. Don’t crib later about sacrificing for the family. The choice is yours.

At the 11th hour

My First post to #MondayMusings as we crawl into early Tuesday. For me it’s still Monday… so here we are.

Monday is an energetic day only if your Sunday was spent sans energy. Today was no different. Enthusiasm, bubbles of eagerness to complete the week’s tasks took me through the day. Basically through the week. Someone used to say (still says), if the Monday goes well,  all the days of the week will. Okay I agree… on on some Mondays.

Today was a day well spent at work, listened to great advice from a close friend, completed a daunting task, cooked a great meal, and started of Monday Musings. What more can one ask for. The freshness of a Monday is like the dewdrop on a bloomed flower, it’s also like the neatly folded towel waiting to freshen up the week or the cry of a newborn waiting to explore this beautiful world.

Monday Blues are not for me. Musings are. Look again, my blog too says it.


This blog was written as a part of #Monday Musings



Post Eight Years

Its been eight years that I started teaching (in a big way), and the satisfaction is immense. My website’s name itself is “apprendre24” that translates into learn/teach 24 hours a day. Some people find it uninteresting to learn as “Learning happens only in school” and nobody wants to be “taught”. But I stick to my guns and go ahead saying each moment is a learning experience. It is only a matter of understanding.

Anyway today’s learning is about teenagers. The teenager in the house is always docile until it has something to with making him (no gender discrimination, here it is a he) move himself from his cozy corner, be it in front of the computer or on the corner of the bed. The second time he reacts (unpredictably) is when a family member (me, of course) asks him to set the dinner table. Otherwise he is the most calm, fun-loving and enthusiastic person at home.

I realised they have to be instructed only once about a certain subject and then never to even breathe about it any time until completion of the task (a watsapp message in case of deadline tasks). The task will be completed. Converstations must be a listening activity (like in a foreign language class) with a few hmm…’s and okays. Suggestions must be without any expression or gestures. And there you are with a best friend for life.

The teenagers have only seven years at their disposal for the coveted title, and let us enjoy these years along with them asking them to do all that we don’t want them to do which they surely will. Latest example : I just told my teenager son to turn off the songs playing on his mobile that were invading my thoughts while typing this blog and voilà… there he is with the fancy earphones doing exactly what he was asked not to do. All’s well that ends well. Until next time. Au revoir

Smile the years away


A day before the 6th Jan, 2018

c’est le jour de travail et le jour de se reposer. j’en ai fait deux. Quand on aime son travail, on fait ça. Les pensés de la jour… Amuse-toi le moment qui passe… ne pense plus de la situation, c’est parfait pour toi et vous êtes là. Les personnes qui sont autour de vous ont une raison de parler avec vous. Vous êtes la raison. Donc, ne t’inquiète jamais si vous êtes seul dans une foule.