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आज जाने की ज़िद ना करो ... After 74 days of shelter-in-place, After more than 101,000 people have died in the USA alone, After 5.8 million infected people worldwide ... Phase I of reopening has begun ... Even though there are 170 children with covid-19 related Kawasaki heart disease in NY, Even though there has been a surge of strokes in young adults due to thromboembolic complications in covid-19 patients ... Perhaps now is not the time to venture out just yet ... आज जाने की ज़िद ना करो, यूँ ही पहलु में बैठे रहो हाय मर जाएंगे, हम तो लुट जाएंगे, ऐसी बातें किया ना करो, आज जाने की ज़िद ना करो. #life #lifeinthetimeofcorona #love #loveinthetimeofcorona #time #waqt #aaj #aajjaanekizidnakaro #hindisongs #ghazal #stayhome #staysafe #travelphotography #travel #travelling #photooftheday #photography #photo #bigben #clock #london #writersofinstagram #writer #writerscommunity #writerslife #indianwriters #writersofindia

8 days ago 0
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Maine khushboo ki tarah tujhko kiya hai mehsoos . . . kabhi guncha kabhi shola, kabhi shabnam ki tarah, log milte hain badalte hue mausam ke tarah. mere mehboob mere pyar ko ilzaam na de, hijr mein eid manaye hai moharrum ki tarah. maine khushboo ki tarah tujhko kiya hai mehsoos, dil ne chheda hai teri yaad ko shabnam ki tarah. kaise hamdard ho tum kaisi masihaye hai, dil pe nashtar bhi lagate ho to marham ki tarah. #eidmubarak #eid #peonies #basil #tulsi #flowers #flowersofinstagram #plants #plantsofinstagram #green #greenthumb #dog #dogsofinstagram #ghazal #urdupoetry #ranasahri #jagjitsingh #photooftheday #photography #photo

10 days ago 0
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Bear with me : #shelterinplace Day 56 This pandemic has brought into sharp focus what we need and what we only want. My wants are few. My needs are fewer. I drive a German car I bought in my first year in practice, 23 years ago. The British fountain pen I write with was gifted upon graduation from medical school more than 30 years ago. The designer handbag I carry was bought for my mother at an Italian airport, 40 years ago. The watch I wear was bought on a trip to Switzerland, in the previous century. If a tree falls in a jungle and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? If a person dresses up and no one is around to see it, does it make sense? I’ve got my pajamas on, I’ve taken my contacts out, the only diamond sparkling is perched on my nose, the size of which is measured in decimal points. In the past 8 weeks we’ve whittled down the bare necessities in life to ... food. (And WiFi). I no longer feel the need to keep up appearances. But . . . I want to sip a steaming cup of coffee in a sidewalk cafe by Sacre Coeur. I want to have high tea on High Street in Hampstead. I want to have chaat and chai in Connought Place. I want to have kimchi in Korea. “And don't spend your time lookin' around, For something you want that can't be found, When you find out you can live without it, And go along not thinkin' about it, I'll tell you something true, The bare necessities of life will come to you” I’m not one to stay at home. I’m accustomed to going to town on most weekends. I stray even further away on school breaks. I miss my meandering ways. Turkish delights in Turkey... Greek yogurt in Greece... Swiss chocolate in Switzerland... Pad Thai in Thailand... Italian ices in Italy... #lifeinthetimeofcorona #loveinthetimeofcorona #food #tea #chai #barenecessities #travel #traveller #traveltheworld #travelphotography #travelholic #travelindia #travelwithfamily #travelwithkids #foodtravel #foodtravelstories #love #life #writersofinstagram #writersofindia #indianwriters #writer #quarantine #quarantinelife #quarantinestories #FlashbackFriday

30 days ago 0
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Khatta Meetha : Hamare ghar mein do do khansame rehte hain. Beti the baker and Pati the dehati bawarchi. Yesterday I woke up to Pati elbowing out Beti for kitchen space. Beti was baking blueberry muffins. Pati was stuffing samosas. Beti is making the newest coolest viral thing. Pati is making comfort food from his childhood. Dalgona coffee is cool? Anyone my age is wondering when did phainti hui coffee become viral. Hard to believe that a cup with a teaspoon each of sugar, coffee and milk that we used to sit with friends and beat and pass it to the person sitting next to us to continue beating is only now the newest coolest coffee beverage. As for Pati, we’ve learnt to make roomali roti and a myriad meals. I’ve been told I make satvik khaana. Not as a compliment but grudgingly bland. Pati adds garam masala to my life. Beti creates la dolce vita. #cookinginthetimeofcorona #lifeinthetimeofcorona #loveinthetimeofcorona #fatherdaughter #husbandandwife #motherdaughter #cooking #cooks #coffee #dalgonacoffee #masala #indianfood #india #indian #indiaphotography #indiatravelgram #indiaphotostory #indianwriters #indiawrites #indianwritersofinstagram #writersofinstagram #writersofindia #writer #photooftheday #photography #travelphotography #travel #traveller #kerela #kumarakom

1 months ago 0
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Dard-e-Dil 💔 Khel Khel Mein and Karz . . . Doosra Aadmi and Do Dooni Char . . . Laila Majnu and Love Aaj Kal . . . Kabhi Kabhi to Kapoor and Sons . . . Social distancing in the time of superstardom ... He had come to our school in October 1973. It was after the release of Bobby. He was in Dalhousie shooting for some unreleased movie with Rita Bahaduri. Here was this superstar and we were ordered by the nuns to stay far from him, not to bother him, to let him walk around our school unencumbered. Memories of a school outing to the cinema hall and watching his movies ... Khel Khel Mein ... The wonder years in Jalandhar ... Sitting in a rickshaw and going from one cinema hall to another. From a 3 to 6 show in one movie hall to another for a 6 to 9 show ... Hum Kisse Se Kum Nahin to Amar Akbar Anthony ... Sixteen candles ... Spending my entire summer holidays in Punjab as a teenager. A week in Mohali, another in Dharampur, one in Phagwara, ek aur in Wadala. We were sixteen singing ”main solah baras ki tu satrah baras ka”. It was the year of Karz ... Mirror image ... Then we grew up and so did he. His second coming as an older character was just as magnificent. What a pleasure it was to watch Chintuji in and as a Kapoor. My father was turning 90 and was admitted to the hospital. We arranged for a surprise 90th birthday party and realized most of his friends were too invalid themselves to attend. We too took the iconic photo of Singh and daughters since 1927. Kapoor and Sons ... Hamesha se hum Aap Ke Deewane hain 💔 #rishikapoor #childhoodmemories #childhood #hindimovies #hindisongs #hindicinema #hindiactors #love #loveforcinema #life #death #lifeanddeath #loss #grief #indianwriters #writersofindia

1 months ago 0
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तादाद ... tadad Irfan Khan, 53 Richard Hake, 51 Floyd Cardoz, 59 Actor Journalist Chef All a part of my life. One entertained me often. One informed me daily. One fed me occasionally. All departed life during this quarantine period. Not all to covid-19. The trending hashtag is #gonetoosoon. When is it considered ‘gone too soon’? I was 37 when my mother passed and 53 when my father passed. My mother was not yet 75 and my father had completed 90. Yet I wished for them to have remained in my life longer. Not in my memory but in my living room. I fear for my girls being orphaned before attaining adulthood and self sufficiency. Modern medicine makes it seem like a personal failure if a patient succumbs. We have doubled lifespans in a matter of decades. Even during this pandemic the goal of lockdowns is that each person be given a fighting chance. There is no prevention, there is no cure. It’s becoming abundantly clear that sooner or later we all will get exposed to the virus. Survival depends on supportive care, there being enough beds in the ICU and enough ventilators to let breaths be given and taken artificially. There is a word तादाद ... tadad. It refers to an amount. The amount of time something is meant to exist for. After which amount of time it can no longer exist. Plants have a तादाद. Some redwoods exist for hundreds of years. Some evergreens are cut down come Christmas. Some are planted annually while perennials perchance perish from a lack of sun or rain or an abundance of sun or rain. Animals have a तादाद. Elephants can live past a hundred. Dogs rarely past fifteen. Humans fight with their तादाद. Science is their weapon of choice. But we are often felled. The battle is lost by accident or by disease. #life #death #loss #lifeanddeath #science #health #lifespan #irfankhan #writersofinstagram #writersofindia #indianwriters #writing #writer #hindiwriters #travelphotography #travel #travelling #traveller #switzerland #cemetary #flowers #flowerphotography

1 months ago 0
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I finally went grocery shopping after each and every fresh item was khatam and our fridge was completely empty. No pyaaz. No tomatoes. No aloo. No milk. No biscuits either. Nor chips. Not even bhel. The man of the house wanted us (rather the girls) to learn how not to waste food and to become the frugal gourmets. My ‘tween complained that we used to have such interesting food but now in covid times there is nothing good to eat. And so now that she can eat whenever she wants there is nothing she wants to eat. Aaj toh party shuru hui hai ... strawberries with whipped cream, fresh bagels with cream cheese, chocolate chip cookies with milk ... Kaun kambakht dal roti khaane ko jeeta hai ... #lifeinthetimeofcorona #loveinthetimeofcorona #foodinthetimeofcorona #food #foodphotography #children #daughter #motherhood #motherdaughter #photooftheday #travelphotography #tokyo #japan #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writer #writersofindia #indianfood #indian #indiancooking #indianwriters

1 months ago 0
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“The significance of your activity is gone. And the significance of your inactivity has come into force” ~~ Sadhguru Day 35. Week 5. Month 2. Every day is exactly like every other day. I had thought I’d have so much time on my hands to do so many things in and around the house. I haven’t done spring cleaning. I haven’t cooked gourmet meals. I haven’t read a book a day or a week. I have bookmarks placed in books read part way through that I haven’t picked up again. I haven’t practiced piano. I haven’t put pencil or paint to paper. I haven’t learnt French. I haven’t started yoga. I haven’t even binge watched a Netflix series. Not even Tiger King. Current affairs is my preoccupation. What keeps you occupied? Other than an exponential growth of dirty dishes. #lifeinthetimeofcorona #loveinthetimeofcorona #shelterinplace #stayhome #stayhomestaysafe #home #work #preoccupations #occupation #hobbies #dirtydishes #quoteoftheday #photooftheday #writing #writingcommunity #writer #writersofinstagram

2 months ago 0
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The Story Of More: “We wake in the morning and leave our homes and we work, work, work, to keep the great global chain of procurement in place,” (she writes in a section focused on food waste). “Then we throw 40 percent of everything we just accomplished into the garbage. We can never get those hours back. Our children grow up, our bodies wane, and death comes to claim some of those we love. All the while, we spend our days making things for the purpose of discarding them”. ~~ Hope Jahren. #throwbackthursday #food #market #foodmarket #farmersmarket #foodmarkets #foodwaste #work #worklife #worklifebalance #wasteoftime #quoteoftheday #foodphotography #foodphoto #photooftheday #travelphotography #thailand #bangkok #italy #venice #beijing #china #india #delhi

2 months ago 0
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Nanak naam chardi kala, Tere bhane sarbat da bhala. ... ‘Chardi Kala’ ... A state of mind aspiring to eternal optimism and joy. ... ‘Tere Bhane’... Content in the will of God. ... ’Sarbat da Bhala’ ... Everyone will be well. ... At this time no other Ardas can be more apt. ... Happy Basakhi 💙. #baisakhi #happybaisakhi #sikhi #sikhs #sikhtemple #sikhworld #sikhcelebration #happynewyear #nishan #nishansahib #chardikala #terebhane #sarbatdabhalla #ardas #prayer #photooftheday #quoteoftheday #travelphotography #anandpursahib #punjab #india #photographersofindia #indianphotography #indiaphotographers

2 months ago 0
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"Easter is the only time when it’s perfectly safe to put all of your eggs in one basket." ~~ Evan Esar. #happy #easter #happyeaster #eggs #eastereggs #easteregghunt #quoteoftheday #photooftheday #photo #photograph #photography #garden #gardenphotography

2 months ago 0
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“I still believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and true love. Don't even try to tell me different”. ~~ Dolly Parton. #happy #easter #happyeaster #bunny #easterbunny #rabbit #quoteoftheday #photooftheday #photography #photo #photograph #nature #naturephotography #naturephoto

2 months ago 0
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Day 28 #shelterinplace “Yeh sama, sama hai yeh pyar ka, Kissi ke intezar ka, Dil na chura le kahin mera, Mausam bahar ka”. There was a time when perhaps we all said “if I had the time” and now when it’s not a question of ‘if’ I am completely non productive. Now that I don’t have to ‘find’ the time I’m not carving out time to do what I had thought I didn’t have the time to. I have come to realize that I read much more whilst waiting in the car for the girls to finish their myriad music lessons and their various sports coaching. . . Nowadays I wake up to the BBC news hour. Go on to half an hour of DW world news. NDTV brings us India info wars on corona. Then it’s two hours of the local NPR radio station. The NY Times is read cover to cover. Exhausted from a multitude of multimedia live updates I take Feroz for a two mile walk and refresh my sight with the signs of spring blooms. I let my mind wander aimlessly during these walks. I realize that I am happy to just stay home with my family. Labeled as being of advanced maternal age and high risk, I will do whatever it takes to sustain my health so that I’m able to nurture my children and facilitate them in attaining a self reliant adulthood. #istayhome #istayhomefor #family #daughters #children #home #dog #love #life #loveinthetimeofcorona #lifeinthetimeofcorona #stayhome #stayhomestaysafe #photooftheday #writersofinstagram

2 months ago 0
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“I believe this moment in our lives will finally be a memory of when we had all the time on our hands & our loved ones in our arms”. ~~ Shah Rukh Khan. @iamsrk #loveinthetimeofcorona #lifeinthetimeofcorona #love #life #behappy #blessed #family #children #time #memories #moments #momentsofmine #quoteoftheday #photooftheday #hand #handphotography

2 months ago 0
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pinhan tha dam-e-sakht qarīb ashiyan ke... urdne na paye the ki giraftar hum hue... #mirzaghalib #mirzaghalibpoetry #ghalib #ghalibpoetry #urdupoetry #urdushayari #urdu #quoteoftheday #ashiana #home #shelterinplace #stayhome #lifeinthetimeofcorona #photooftheday #spring #rooftop #tiles

2 months ago 0
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“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken”. ~~ Oscar Wilde. #self #selflove #selfportrait #selfie #selfdiscovery #selfreflection #selfisolation #themakerypcselfie #photooftheday #photo #photography #photographer #selfphotography #quoteoftheday #quote

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