Friday, 21 October 2016

Love in Frames - Frame 4

Vivek switched on his laptop. His desktop came alive with the changing screensaver, a beautiful image from their recent holiday. His mind wandered to their first holiday, so many moons ago.

You had packed so much into those two large suitcases; I wondered whether you had misinterpreted the honeymoon as a migration. You haven’t changed much, have you? Packing enough for every imaginable contingency! 
But of course, you forgot to pack your toothbrush into your bulky honeymoon packing! That however seemed so minuscule an oversight, considering I had forgotten to pack the one thing you constantly reminded me before the trip – the camera! How did we survive those days without the mobile-camera, I can’t imagine. I was in the throes of misery and self-loathing, agonizing over the missing camera. I had so wanted to capture your beautiful face and our new love on camera and now…now…all those dreams were shattered by my blunder! I was fretting about miserably while you calmly smiled and said, ‘Atleast, now I won’t have to wear good clothes and make-up all the time!’ I realized then that capturing those moments and framing them for life through my mind’s eye was way better than peering through the lens all the while, trying to correct an already perfect moment!

A bike with a tightly spooned couple on it, whizzed past the taxi. Diya idly wondered how they managed that stunt in the hot summers.

Were we ever that young? Yes, we were like them too, carefree and madly in love, on a bike breezing through the muddy roads in a pelting downpour….our rainy honeymoon! A washout it would have been if you had kept raving and moping on about the damned, forgotten camera. I was upset too, but I couldn’t bear to see you beat yourself up over your folly. I was glad I managed to cheer you up and we did manage to get a few goofy photos at that local dingy photo studio, sitting in a dummy car, in front of Shalimar gardens….priceless shots weren’t they!


Image source: Pixabay

Disclaimer: All the characters in the Love in Frames series are fictional, any resemblance to anyone living or dead is purely coincidental and unintentional.


Copyright © 2016 KALA RAVI

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

What's in a number?

What's in a number I say? Never a fan of numbers, I blank them out whenever possible. Well, out of sheer habit, I missed seeing that I had already posted my 100th post! 
But never to late to party is it? And anyway, like I was saying, what's the big deal about numbers or stats for that matter!

Image source: Pixabay

Hey and hello dear friends, go grab yourself a cupcake and settle down. And what are we partying about, you ask? 

Its to celebrate,
  My 101th post 
and also the
First Blog Anniversary 
of Relax-N-Rave!!

If some of you are wondering, 'Woah....just one year?', join me, for I feel I've been a part of Blogosphere forever!!
Not a blogger by making, this is something I kind of stumbled into when I was at loose ends with choices in my life.
My Blogger account was created in March'15 simply with the idea of some place online to copy-paste-share some rather lengthy WhatsApp messages that I had started passing around and hounding people to read.
Having spent my growing years reading fantastic books, writing is a dream come true;  giving wings to my imagination, writing my own stories, in my own little online space.
Then around this time last year (Oct'15), I published my first serious writing (well, actually a humour series) - Of Bais Gone by (A Saga).
As I shared these posts on my WA and FB groups, I was greatly encouraged by the responses.
It was like a man-eater getting the first taste of blood (sigh! Wish I'd come up with a better analogy), I wanted more; to reach out to a wider audience but with no idea how to go about it. I wondered where it was that all the action happened.
And as providence would have it, I bumped into twitter!! (Reactivated a dormant account to be more specific!) Twitter was where I found other bloggers and blogging communities and therein started my voyage of discovery! I was bewildered and awestruck by all the mind-blowing blogs and bloggers I came across!
Clumsy and tottering new steps found support from generous souls to whom I shall be eternally indebted. 
Friends I have made in the virtual world are now a part of my real world!

Friends who are established bloggers, encourage, push and prod me on to strive harder and despite my whimsical character, I am trying to do just that. Challenges and Community keep the writing mind sharp and personal engagements strong.

If you think a year into blogging is no big feat, I agree. It may well not be, for everyone else but for me, yes it is a big deal! I have finally started telling people that I am a blogger, an identity that took me some time to acknowledge
I've done posts in genres I was comfortable with or knowledgeable about while some posts were in genres that were discoveries for me too - where I wracked my brain or feverishly researched before posting them online.
I am still blown by some of the stupendous blogs I come across every single day, that's the beauty of the blogging world, new discoveries every day! 
And have I matured as a blogger?
Besides cutting short my over-long ramblings, I think I haven't changed much. Blogger etiquettesa hitherto alien concept, is something I am now familiar with!
I am not really bothered that I am still on a supposedly derelict and on the verge of extinction 'Blogger' platform. My goal is to write and of course preferably be read too; purpose served, me happy! Personally, I am pretty comfortable in my 'Blogger' home that's much like a pair of well-used shoes that you don't want to flip over for strappy stilettos that look great but are a big pain! (ughh! Even worse analogy - shoes = home, what's with me?)
I may not have much to brag about in terms of blogging-milestones, but believe me when I say, each post I deliver is a labour of love. So 100 deliveries in a year - I am doing good I say! Honestly, a year ago I would never imagined I'd be here!

My gratitude list would run into several posts and I am wary of missing out any names, so I'll just say,


My aim for Relax-N-Rave? It will always be a fun place, 

'A cool hangout to plunge into and chase away the blues.  
Just the place you need to unwind, relax and recharge.'

I hope to stand by these words and continue to relax and rave - yep, that's the best way to do it, isn't it?
Another thing I promise you is, in this blog-o-mine - You'll find something new and authentic every time you're here! You'll have stuff that's quirky, moody, funny, informative, prepared for surprises and always expect the unexpected here!  
A bit pompous, eh? Yeah, its my blog baby, I have exclusive bragging rights here ;)
Saving the best for the last, I could never have done any of my writing without my lovely family's support. Family that helped me with their loyal - 'YOU'RE THE BEST' attitude! Putting up with my countless requests to review and edit my rants, being told off for over-the-top write-ups or plagued to publish ones that they considered worthwhile!
So cheerio folks, keep reading , keep spreading the love around, its one thing that doesn't get exhausted, just keeps multiplying and comes back to you manifold!

Also adding this cliche line: Miles to go before I sleep :)

Hugs and Love,



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