<![CDATA[Huma Masood - Silken Scribblings]]>Fri, 15 Jan 2016 20:31:19 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[A short love story]]>Thu, 09 Jul 2015 07:37:55 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/a-short-love-story They were a happy and well to do couple; people respected him and adored her.

Only she knew that he was a thief and only he knew that she was a liar.

He was a thief, he had stolen her hope and her dreams.

She was a liar, she told everyone that she adored him, that he kept her happy.

Their's was a short love story...it ended a week after their wedding...
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<![CDATA[Mistake Quote]]>Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:24:22 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/mistake-quote]]><![CDATA[          Cover Reveal of                                  She Loves Me,                                          He Loves Her Not       by Zeenat Mahal]]>Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:52:55 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/-cover-reveal-of-she-loves-me-he-loves-her-not-by-zeenat-mahal
Stripped of her illusions, Zoella creates her own twist in the fairy tale, beating him at his own game.

 

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Zeenat Mahal 

 

Blurb 

 

Zoella’s been in love with Fardeen, her best friend’s gorgeous older brother, since she was ten, but he’s always seen her as a ‘good girl’—not his type—and he can barely remember her name. Besides, he’s engaged to a gorgeous leggy socialite, someone from the same rarefied social strata as the imposing Malik family.

 

Zoella has no chance with him.

 

Until a brutal accident leaves Fardeen scarred and disfigured, that is. Suddenly bereft of a fiancee, Fardeen is bitterly caustic, a shell of the man he used to be, a beast that has broken out of the fairy tale world he once lived in. And a twist of fate lands him his very own princess—Zoella.

 

The beast, however, is a far cry from the Fardeen of her dreams. Stripped of her illusions, Zoella creates her own twist in the fairy tale, beating him at his own game.

 

 

About Zeenat Mahal 

 

Zeenat Mahal (@zeenat4indireads) is an avid reader and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She has an MPhil in English literature from Government College Lahore and holds a MFA in creative writing from Kingston University, London. She won a BBC short story competition in 2001 and has been a regular contributor to newspapers. Zeenat has eclectic tastes and an insatiable desire to learn. Her romances are a heady mix of the traditional and the contemporary, old world values face the challenges of a shrinking globe that impinge upon and help shape South Asian sensibilities.

 

‘Haveli’ is Zeenat’s first published novella. Currently she is working on a literary novel with elements of magical realism, while continuing to write romances. She can be contacted on her FB page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zeenat-Mahal.

 

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<![CDATA[The Jugadu Indian Week Day 2]]>Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:59:28 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/the-jugadu-indian-week-day-21We, Indians, are known across the world for our skills of inventing, adapting and creating solutions for daily problems.

In short, we are the jugadu nation.

Devoting this week to the latest jugaads, yet to be mass produced and be available to general public

This one takes the cake. 

No coil smell, no allergies, no preparation for a good night. 

Just remember "par utne hee phalao jitni chadar ho"��

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<![CDATA[The Jugaadu Indian Week]]>Sun, 30 Nov 2014 08:00:56 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/the-jugaadu-indian-weekWe, Indians, are known across the world for our skills of inventing, adapting and creating solutions for daily problems.

In short, we are the jugadu nation.

Devoting this week to the latest jugaads, yet to be mass produced and be available to general public
The Econowash is an awsome idea that will, no doubt, make the life of many easier.

It is affordable, low maintenance and portable.

Come on India, towards better quality of life !
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<![CDATA[Beginnings.... a poem]]>Wed, 05 Nov 2014 07:20:52 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/beginnings-a-poem
This post has been written for Prompt of the Month; a feature of Writer's Ezine
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Your melodious words were pleasing,
Like shiny pearls on a string,
You speak sweet and optimistic,
The smoothest words you pick.
But these words, you squander on me
No longer impress, nor affect me.
Neither eases my grief nor pain
Given by you, but, again
 
I heard you affirm,
But do you ever conform?
You want me to trust you
Once more, to forgive you!
Trust is like an eraser,
Each mistake makes it smaller.
I think, of the futile pain
Given by you, once again
 
You promised, you assured,
You said I am not being fair,
I listened to your romantic claims,
Not believing, all the same.
Once more, I would have given in
But I know, once more, you will fib
The hurting, the sadness, the pain
Given by you again, and, again.  

I believed you time after time
Now it’s time to get off the dime
To walk new roads, new places to visit;
Time, not to forget, but to forgive,
To say goodbye and departing;
And look forward to a new starting;
To declare the end of the endings;
And trust the magic of new beginnings....

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<![CDATA[Top 10 books I don't mind rereading]]>Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:37:11 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/top-10-books-i-dont-mind-rereading
  1. The Pelican Brief - John Grisham
  2. As the Crow Flies - Jeffrey Archer
  3. Coma -  Robin Cook
  4. Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less - Jeffrey Archer
  5. Pretend You Don’t See Her - Mary Higgins Clark
  6. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  7. The Master of the Game - Sidney Sheldon
  8. Kane and Abel - Jeffrey Archer
  9. P S I love you - Cecelia Ahern
  10. Toxin - Robin Cook
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<![CDATA[Silken Scribbling...]]>Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:38:50 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/silken-scribbling
Life is the best preacher.
That hurtful word,
That weak moment,
That embarrassing situation,
That sad feeling,
All teach you valuable lessons...
make you strong and savvy...
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<![CDATA[Quote, unquote]]>Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:43:51 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/quote-unquoteIf you have something unique to say, based on your experiences, observations, or your philosophy. Share your quote along with your name on the Contacts page, better still email it.

Just make sure you send your own words.

Would love to hear from you guys......
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<![CDATA[A Snack with a twist]]>Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:21:43 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/a-snack-with-a-twistPictureCone filled with lettuce n salad
As many say variety is the spice of life.

All cooks, be they celebrity chefs or housewives or homemakers, endeavour to show variety in their cooking. Often they experience with presentation, garnishing or by substituting ingredients for novelty.

However, a true culinary artist is not afraid to experiment and thinks out of the box to create a novel dish.

One such novelty that I came across is a cone filled with salad...

Looks interesting but didn't try it yet....

Putting up a pic for the "Masterchef" in you ;)




Please check the poll below:

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<![CDATA[Lower your blood pressure naturally...]]>Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:32:12 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/lower-your-blood-pressure-naturallyCame across this interesting bit of information on Prevention Digest - looked good enough to be shared as a health tip.

Salt alternatives: low-to-no-sodium flavour enhancers.

- Vinegar, lemon juice and tomatoes: Acidity adds its own taste and brings out the essence of other ingredients.

- Peppers: Black pepper, jalapeno, chilli powder distracts the tongue.

- Onion and Garlic powder: Add aroma and depth.

- Herbs: Dried (oregano, thyme) and fresh (cilantro, parsley, basil)

- Spices: add piquant tang.

Hope this info can be used by BP patients.... share if you care.... 

U can download my infographic at http://www.pinterest.com/pin/560979697307951671/



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<![CDATA[Hey Dreamer....]]>Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:28:36 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/hey-dreamerAn inspiration to believe in our dreams and never lose hope....
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<![CDATA[Live Stress free]]>Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:07:26 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/live-stress-freeHuman mind is very powerful. 

The energy of the mind is the essence of life. -- Aristotle

The monsters of the mind are far worse than those that actually exist. Fear, doubt, and hate have hamstrung more people than beasts ever have. -- Christopher Paolini, author


A interesting story that I came across; it depicts how even the minor worries grow with time, even not taken care of...


A psychologist walked around a room while teaching an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin “chatter” and hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down and quieten the chattering mind.

Experts say just a little mind training goes a long way to quieten the mind chatter in stressful situations. It helps a person to learn how not to get caught up in his or her thoughts, but instead simply to acknowledge them and let them go.
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<![CDATA[Monsoon thoughts]]>Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:39:20 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/monsoon-thoughtsThis post is a 5 sentence fiction to prompt rain, written for Lillie McFerrin Writes and Ultimate Blog Challenge Picture
One beautiful morning, when it rained they thought ….

Child… Wow, it’s raining….no school today

Husband…Let me call friends over for tea and pakodas

Wife…Let me finish housework early… nice day to go on a long drive in the rain…why is the maid late…

Maid…It’s raining …I don’t have an umbrella I’ll get wet on the way, should skip work today… ;)

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<![CDATA[Said is "dead"]]>Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:28:06 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/said-is-deadPicture
And if not, then let's kill it...

Let's replace say with more descriptive "say" verbs...

This 100-word list is long, however, still incomplete... accuse, acknowledge, add, admonish, affirm, agree, allege, announce, answer, argue, ask, assert, assure, beg, berate, boast, brag, call, caution, challenge, chant, claim, command, comment, complain, confess, confirm, consent, criticize, cry, declare, demand, describe, elaborate, enquire, enumerate, exaggerate, exclaim, explain, giggle, guess, howl, inform, insist, interrogate, interrupt, joke, laugh, lecture, lie, mention, moan, mock, mumble, murmur, narrate, note, offer, order, point out, praise, pray, preach, promise, prompt, protest, question, quip, quote, rant, rave, recall, recite, regret, remark, remember, reply, report, reprimand, request, resume, retort, roar, scold, shout, shriek, sigh, sneer, specify, stammer, state, stutter, suggest, taunt, tell, urge, warn, whine, whisper, yell, …..

add a few more......

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<![CDATA[The Master Storyteller]]>Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:04:53 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/the-master-storytellerI wonder how many readers thought of Jeffrey Archer after reading the title of this blog.

A blogger buddy and I were discussing a short story collection by Jeffrey Archer, today. It brought back memories of days long gone, when I would start on a novel and the world would cease to exist for me till I had finished it. Miss those careless days....

Back to the topic, this post was not planned (as per my blog schedule), however, I felt compelled to dedicate it to the master storyteller today.


I was and am a big fan of Mr. Jeffrey Archer, by the way. He is in a class by himself - in his expert hands a simple plot converts to an epic journey with larger than life characters.

I could go on and on, but "to cut a long story short", listed below are few of his captivating novels I highly recommend to my "bookworms buddies"

Novels

Kane and Abel
As the Crow Flies
Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less
The Eleventh Commandment

Prodigal Daughter
Honour Among Thieves
First Among Equals
Only Time Will TellShall We Tell the President

Anthologies
A Quiver Full of Arrows
A Twist in the Tale
To Cut a Long Story Short


Let me know if you know a good book to recommend...

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<![CDATA[The Art Of Anger Management]]>Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:26:24 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/the-art-of-anger-management This is a 100 words post to prompt whistling, written for Velvet Verbosity and the Ultimate Blog Challenge
Everyone gets angry one or another. It is the easiest way to vent our frustration.
But is it justified, always and in the right proportion.... dont we often overdo a little bit.


I recall a quote: Speak when you are angry and you'll make the best ever speech you'll always regret.

But is there another aspect... People who never show anger risk being taken lightly by others.

So what is the solution?

First Cool down ...your anger hurts you the most.
Then, show your anger as much is justifiable.

It is an easy-to-overcome obstacle. Next time when you are angry, try counting till 10 or whistle your favourite tune....

Try it... you wont regret....
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<![CDATA[Your words are precious]]>Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:19:26 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/your-words-are-precious Your words are precious and pleasing, Like costly pearls on a string,

Your words are lively and optimistic, The smoothest ones you pick.

But these words, you squander on me; No longer affect me, nor impress me.


You promise, you assure, You say I am not being fair,

When you insist, Ask me why I still resist,

I hear your claims, Not believing, all the same.


I know you affirm, But do your actions ever conform,

Now you sit back and mope, Then again, your words give me hope;

Your words coax me to think and wonder, But now your actions should speak louder.

So remember, darling,

Love is a beautiful word, no doubt, But your actions take the crown.

Love is truly the most beautiful noun, But it’s the supporting verbs that count.

Love is the sweetest word whispered, But what your actions say is preferred.

You words may be precious and pleasing…

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<![CDATA[Dare to Dream]]>Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:51:58 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/dare-to-dreamThe following 5 sentence fiction was written for prompt "pages" by Lille McFerrin Writes and for The Ultimate Blog Challenge 

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Finally, it was here, on the table right in front of me.

I opened the package enthusiastically, but cautiously, as I was aware of its precious contents, the author’s copies send by my publisher.

I held a copy for the longest moment, just gazing at the cover with my name below the title.

Then flipping through the pages, I took in a deep breathe inhaling the fragrance of the newly printed pages.

And, then, the alarm rang.

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<![CDATA[Startling....]]>Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:26:18 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/startlingPicture
STARTLING

START  ING

STAR    ING

                   ST  R    ING

                   ST        ING

                   S          ING

                   S          IN

                               IN

                               I

The only 9 letter word in the English language where you can remove one letter at a time and still create a word.

Do you know more such words?


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<![CDATA[Coal smoking food for flavour]]>Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:03:03 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/coal-smoking-food-for-flavourPicture
Use 2 heated coals (1 will also do), ghee(oil) and spices to  create intense, refined smoky flavours without sweating near a barbeque stand – coal, wood-fired or gas!

Technique: Heated coals are placed (on a piece of bread, small steel bowl or a hollowed onion) at the centre of this dish, combined with whole spices and topped with ghee (clarified butter) or a 1/2 teaspoon oil to create ‘rich’ smoke. The dish is tightly covered with heavy air tight lid – I prefer to do this in a pressure cooker so I cover with pressure cooker lid without the whistle, of course) and left to ‘cold-smoke’  for a couple of minutes (read 5 to 15).

Results: Refined, smooth, smoky flavour

 Level: Easy

You can smoke everything from water, to salt, rice, meats and vegetables.

Have you come across it before?

Would you use this technique?

 Where would you use it?

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<![CDATA[The "Quintet of Radiance" Award]]>Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:14:36 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/-the-quintet-of-radiance-awardPictureThe "Quintet of Radiance" Award
Thank you Tina!



This award is and will always be special as this is my first blog award.

To be appreciated for her writing is every writer's dream.......

Friends, Tina shares her thoughts at The Sunny Side of Life

So here are the Rules
1. Display the logo on your post
2. Thank the blogger who nominated you
3. Using the alphabets, describe yourself
4. Nominate at least a few bloggers

I am...


Aspiring writer

Bright book reviewer

Curious researcher

Determined blogger

Elegant

Friendly

Graceful

Helpful

Indian

Judicious

Keen learner

Lazy cook

Mature

Nature lover

Observant

Poised

"Quintet of radiance" awardee

Rebel

Sophisticated

Tale teller

Unusual

Voracious reader

Wild-headed woman

(e)Xuberant

Young

Zingy



I nominate...

1. Melenge Archana K B  

2. ifs buts ands etcs...  Vinodini Iyer  

3. Shankhnaad  Kiran Acharya

4. My School of thought   Jaibala Rao 



Congrats and all the best.....



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<![CDATA[5 English words without a rhyme]]>Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:28:35 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/5-english-words-without-a-rhymeHow would you rhyme these, any ideas...
  1. bulb
  2. orange
  3. angel
  4. silver
  5. month
I am not so sure either, so instead I built a fictional sentence using the five words. Here it is

A month ago, I had not sold a single orange all day when an angel bought an orange in exchange for 10 silver coins and a magic bulb.

any more suggestions.....



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<![CDATA[Be your own kind of Beautiful]]>Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:47:20 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/be-your-own-kind-of-beautifulPicture
After a critical accident that took away his eyesight, Akash was admitted in a private hospital for operating procedure to restore his eyesight.

It was there that he heard Gauri’s voice for the first time and fell in love. Talking to bright and cheerful Gauri had lifted his broken spirit.

He waited every morning, for her rounds, to hear her soft, melodious voice and sweet, kind words. Of course he had never seen her but he believed her to be as beautiful as her voice. His feelings for her grew and he made up his mind to propose to her immediately after his recovery.

Just as he had intended, after his recovery he went to meet her. At the reception he asked for Gauri. But when Gauri came, he was stunned to see the same girl, whose marriage proposal he had casually rejected without a second thought because of her “less than fair” complexion.

Akash was not able to see beyond her skin color; he had to lose his eyesight to see her inner beauty.  

Beauty isn’t about a pretty face; it is about a pretty mind, a pretty heart and a pretty soul.

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<![CDATA[I am being slow poisoned...]]>Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:36:16 GMThttp://thescribblings.weebly.com/silken-scribblings/i-am-being-slow-poisoned

Yesterday I realized I am being slow poisoned. I was casually surfing the news channels, when one in particular caught my attention. I watched the screen, bewildered, as the reporter of a reputed News channel angrily lambasted...er.. the system (I think).... for allowing us to ingest poisonous vegetables that have been injected with cancer causing oxytocin.

He had my utmost attention as he reported about vegetables grown in my area vicinity. He interviewed farmers, with faces covered, who casually justified why they were forced to inject the banned chemical oxytocin, easily available at the local chemist, in fruits and vegetables.

In short about oxytocin, it is a chemical hormone that is banned as it causes unnatural changes in the living cell DNA. It induces cellular changes causing, in children and adults, various cancers, impotency, infertility, liver poisoning, kidney damage, etc. (for more click)

Various channels have been repeating such sensationalizing news items regularly in the last 8 years or so, but there is never a follow up or any action taken. Neither is there a solution to this problem as we are unable to distinguish between the normal and the poisoned ones.

As a precaution against this, it is suggested by guest experts to wash the veges well; but if the chemical is contained in the flesh, then how effective is washing at all...

I wonder if this news item serves any purpose other than just creating panic. A person confesses to using banned substance, that kills, on the national TV  and gets away with it?

No authority is questioned, no action has been taken, no debates are held on this important issue ... just 2 days ago, there was a debate on 2 national channels about a divorce granted on grounds cruelty where husband didn't allow the wife to wear jeans. Is this not a cruelty of the worst kind.

This kind of news reporting is just time slot filling by 24x7 news channels to help raise TRPs just like the soap serials.

And where does this leave us: the general public?

It's time the socially responsible channels took the next step up by raising questions to the concerned authority, and taking other concrete steps to enforce the ban such chemicals.

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