Is it Pisanthrophobia?

Hello beautiful people,

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I have been researching on this word from a last couple of days. I came across this from Kavi Akka’s profile. Pisanthrophobia is a term associated with people who have issues with trusting people. After pondering over for good 50 minutes I realised that I have this issue in me. Either I end up trusting people too easily ot I just end up detaching them by not trusting them.

“Every person is not the same Surbhi,” she said.

What happens when people around you are fake? When people around you just know how to hurt you or torment you. When things are never good around you. When people find ways to misuse your thoughts. When people decide to betray you. When you are surrounded with all the negtativity in the world. How can you take a deep breath and relax in this chaos?

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Either you need to stop trusting people or you can keep on becoming a fool. Canadian lifestyle has one main mantra. Never ever trust anyone. First confirm the things and then go ahead with the information. Nobody will be happy by your success so you should better stop sharing your happiness. It will be a happiness for you but you will end up giving others the chance to hate you. Keep the things to yourself.

Do you know why people fool you and why some others are difficult to be fooled? Sometimes you end up giving a clue to others that you are an easy nut to crack while others turn out to be a mystery to be solved. If you plan your life and never share your stuff with anyone then you are an unpredictable person. Nobody will get to know about your intentions and your life. Hence, nobody can assume about you. But if you treat everyone as your friend and end up sharing things then anyone can predict about your behavior, reactions and many more. So, you better start focussing on your behavior and try to be an unpredicatable person.

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Liebster Awards it is!

Hello lovelies,

I came back to my world after a long time and what comes as a surprise is the Liebstar Awards. I am nominated for this by Zeba Noor who is an ardent follower of my Confessions of an Immigrant series. Thankyou so much love for nominating me for this.

Liebster Awards 

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This award exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. It has German origins – the word “liebster” has several definitions: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart and boyfriend. It follows similar principles as a chain letter, in the sense that it should be passed forward to a certain number of people. It is said that the Liebster award was created to recognize and/or discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere.
Other awards are a part of the whole “meme“. These include “One Lovely Blog Award”, the “Sunshine Blog Award” and the “Versatile Writer Award”. (source Zeba Noor)

Rules:

  • Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions given by the blogger
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers
  • Ask 11 new questions for them to answer

Thankyou so much Zeba Noor for this amazing nomination 🙂

As per the rules I will answer the questions one by one:

Why did you choose your blog’s current name?

The name Raga is my pen name and when I started the blog on wordpress I thought of this name and it sounded so perfect : Raga’s Voice where Raga is related to Raag in music and Voice is the voice that is from someone’s heart so Raga’s voice is a musical voice of a girl who writes from her heart and wants to share her thoughs with everyone.

What are your blogging aims till the end of 2017?

When the year started I had a lot of aims for the blog as I wanted to do some blogging marathons but after shifting to Canada, things changed and I started with Confessions of an Immigrant series so I would like to finish the Canada chapter by the end of 2017.

If you were asked to get a weird/unusual piercing on your body, where would you get pierced and (optional) why?

I hate piercings as it gives you a lot of pain. My friend had one piercing on her nose so I could guess how much it pains. But if I ever thought of doing so by mistake then I would try it on my nose only.

If you find Rs. 10,000 in a park, what would you do?

Well, first of all I will look around here and there is someone who is looking for it. If not, then I will go to the nearest police station and hand it over to the police.

What is the first thing you do in the morning and why?

This wierd but most of us do it. I switch off the my phone alarm and check the latest updates on my phone.

There is a flood warning and you’re stuck inside with no power. How will you pass the time?

Seriously speaking, my imagination ends here. I have no clue to what I shall do in that situation.

If you could have a super power, what it would be and why?

I would love to be invisible because I don’t want to be seen and found. I want to see others and know what they think about each other behind their backs.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten while traveling?

The basic chips, snacks, mom’s mithi rotis.

 

How is your handwriting according to you?

According to me, I don;t have a good handwriting when I write very fast but when I am decorating it, then its appreciable.

What is the one technology you can’t live without?

my phone

What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?

Haven’t discovered yet 😉

 

Now I further ask my set of questions from the nominees:

  1. Your favourite book
  2. Your favourite Author
  3. Your Favourite style of writing
  4. Your favourite reading genre
  5. Your hobbies other than reading and writing
  6. Your favourite destination
  7. If you were given a choice which one you would choose? beach or hill station
  8. Your idea of a true inspiration
  9. Any confession you would love to make while writing answers
  10. Your favourite hangout place
  11. One habit which your best friend hates about you.

I would like to nominate Kavipriya Moorthy, Manvi Singh, Pallavi Sareen, Ruchi Rai, Arish Dhawan, Rubina Ramesh, Helly Chatterjee, Banaja Prakashini, Sandeep Sharma, Manpreet Kaur, Addhya Anil.

Things Changed, Time Taken, Now Back to Action!

Hello Fellas,

You guys must be knowing that I am almost away from the writing world from last one month. Most of you think that I have vanished. But it is not like that. I had taken a break as I have shifted to Canada. Things changed, time taken and now I am back to action! I will try my best to finish the committed reviews. Moreover, as you know I have started Confessions of an Immigrant, which will go on for a long time. I am also working on collection of short stories that will highlight Canadian Culture. Not only this, I have not left anything. I am still working with PustakMandi. We have launched a new site which is a part of PustakMandi. http://www.allaboutlives.com/ This site is a new ray of hope for all of us and it will include all sort of reviews. Since I am a reviewer, I will come up with reviews be it movies, receipes, college life, books or anything. Also, I will write about some facts about Canadian Culture so that you can explore Canada through me.

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Coming to Half Baked Beans, Author Paradise, Kalamos Literary Services, I am still with them. I will catch up with them and resume the work. The Book Club, I am working with them and I will surely be signing up blog tours but that will be ebooks only as paperbacks will take forever to reach Canada. But if someone who has all the patience in the world and want to give me the paperback then they are welcome to do so.

I know time difference is the biggest hurdle but still I am ready to work as I can’t leave reading and writing. I had great time working with Kaffeinated Konversations and YuGen Team. They have been the most inspiring experiences of my life. Due to time issues I couldn’t continue but still I am in touch with them and I get to know what is happening.

Product Reviews have been delayed like super delayed which I will soon catchup. I am not taking up Indian Product Reviews now as shipping the things to Canada will be an uphill task. So, for now either I ll stop or start with Canadian product reviews.

I am looking for some interesting Editing Projects and book reviews are closed for 3 months. I hope I have made myself really transparent and clear so that nobody gets any idea that I am away. I am here to stay so I won’t go away.

There might be availability issues because of the time difference but I am sure if managed properly things will come back on track. Till then stay blessed and stay tuned!

100th POst: Inspiration Regained!

Hello fellow readers,

I am happy to announce that the post you are reading today is my 100th post. I never knew I would reach here so soon. It is an amazing feeling and an urge to share so much. To be honest, I have a poetry exam day after tomorrow and I am hear scribbling my thoughts as I couldn’t get over the thought of writing, maybe I am too much addicted to writing. When I started this blog, I didn’t know that people would love me here also. I was happy with my blogger posts until I realised I need to categorise my posts and the themes. I was following Kavipriya Moorthy’s blog( https://kavipriyamoorthy.wordpress.com/)religiously and she was the person behind my joining wordpress. She told me to shift here and asked me to move all my previous reviews here. After that I was so engrossed in creating new posts, new categories that I almost forgot to shift the things. I felt, they have a place and I should make them stay there only. But what about that blog now? It kept on bugging me until yesterday I decided to make it live by posting some enteratining stuff like health related issues, food recipies, relationships, movie reviews(www.reviewswithsur.blogspot.in). By this way, I can use both the blogs. Okay,I am digressing here. This post would be different as it is a pure non- fiction where I would talk about my journey of blogging. And this is totally different from my regular posts. I keep on adding new sections to my blog to make it look lively.

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Blogging is not everyone’s cup of tea. The idea of blogging bloomed when my first story was published. I wanted to share my thoughts. I used to write on other’s sites but I wanted my own space for writing. I felt my writing was confined to my diaries only. Till now I have written 60 diaries and out of them 20 are safe as others, I had lost it when construction was going on. It was a big shock for me when I came to know about it. At that time I decided that I need some other way where I can write, maybe online. I had known about this blogging thing and many times I have discussed about it with my friends. They used to tell me that :

“Surbhi you have to be regular with the posts as if you don’t give time to your readers, you won’t get any followers.”

I was in grade 12 and I had my boards to handle so I couldn’t have given time but that thing just got fixed in my head that I couldn’t give time. When I started reading certain blogs, a desire to be read took birth in my mind. I just wanted to be read. I used to update things on fb, my poems and many things and people used to appreciate me too but still I wanted those people to appreciate my works who were completely stranger to me. The reason being, they would give me their honest feedbacks as compared to the people I know.

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They always say( I literally don’t know who? :P) that sharing your thoughts with strangers is better than sharing with your loved ones as they don’t judge you. With this point, I remember Hazlitt’s words, who always said that one should travel alone because during that journey you can be a different person. For me, blogging is like travelling and witnessing a new side of me. When I start writing, I really don’t know what I would end up writing. I never plan things when it comes to writing a short story, writeup, snippet or anything.

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My first trial was Inspirational Diaries. They are in the Writeups(https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/category/writeups/) section and those who haven’t read must read it. I am sure you will get inspired by reading those short stories about people. I feel everyone in our life plays a significant role and teach us something or the other. I wanted those people to know that what impact they have left in my life. I wrote about them like how they inspired me and the diaries are still going on as the list is too long. Then the other thing I started was Tagged Diaries(https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/07/23/tagged-diaries-mysterious-u/). Here, I wrote about those people whom I have given some tags and how they justify those tags. It was entirely different and people really loved these concepts and everytime they used to ask me, when are you writing about the next person? It actually boosted me.

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Convent Diaries

My other attempt was Convent Diaries(https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/slam-books-in-convent/). Being a Conventee, I wanted to show my attachment so I wrote a writeup where I had talked about Slam books. There are many things which are to be covered so will update that soon. Convent is my solace and I consider it Heaven for me. I am so much attached to it that I can’t express. I am always in a state of tabula rasa when I have to express my thoughts about Convent. I can go on hours writing about Convent.

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Friendship Diaries

The other was Friendship Diaries(https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/category/friendship-diaries/). For me friends come before relations, yes I go dictionary wise. So, they do deserve a special corner in my blog. I have made a separate section for them as I am updating about my majors on their birthdays and yes, I make them feel like Prince and Princess. There is alot to add about my friends, I am waiting for their birthdays.

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126th birthday of Agatha Christie

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Book Review of This love that Feels Right by Ravinder Singh

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Guest Post by Usha Narayanan

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Spotlight

With change in time, I have added Guest Posts(https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/category/guest-posts/), Interviews( https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/category/interviews/)and Spotlights(https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/category/spotlights/), Book Reviews(https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/category/book-reviews/), Short stories(https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/category/short-stories/), Poems(https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/category/poems/). The best way to know about others is guest posts where I invite people who talk about their fields. The best part was when Vipul Madhani, CEO of Pustakmandi launched the site Authorsdock on this blog. The next best moment was when I had interviewed Sudeep Nagarkar on my blog. Soon, I will be updating the interview of Novoneel Chakroborty and Preeti Shenoy. Spotlights are the sneak peaks of upcoming novels which might interest the audience. This was completely a new experience for me. My main work here is updating book reviews and I enjoy doing it. Next, I wrote heart warming short stories and all were related to me somehwere or the other. I wrote just one poem and will adding more soon. Yes, shayaris section is still empty but will soon fill it.

Introduction

Launch of Authorsdock

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Interview Session with Sudeep Nagarkar

My journey of blogging is still going on and I am sure, I will surprise you all with many more new sections. I have shared my personal and professional thoughts here. This blog is like my baby and I will nurture it with my beautiful words. I would like to thank my regular readers and followers  as without them, my posts are nothing. Sometimes my net plays ping pong with me so please bare with me if I ever post late.

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This is yours only Surbhi Sareen, signing off with her 100th post. I hope you like it and any suggestions for the improvement of the blog are highly appreciable.

FRiends are Melody of Life!

It is exactly 11:44 and I don’t know why I am writing this exact time. Maybe because after a couple of minutes a new day would start. What is so special about a new day? This new day is no normal day where I would get up and go with the flow. This day is really special to me and I have been celebrating it from last so many years, maybe from the day I learnt about friendship and friends. Am I going to tag anyone in this post? I don’t know. I am just writing what is running in my head and my fingers are quickly typing them. This day is Friendships Day. When we talk of this day, friendship bands come to our mind. I still remember when I was a kid, I used to buy so many friendship bands for my friends and we used to count how many friendship bands one got. But after so many years, I have realised,that that was just formality. Now what matters to me is a true friend and his or her time.

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Time changes, isn’t it? How from materialistic world we enter to a world full of emotions. I still don’t know why I am writing it as my day would go just like another day. But still I have some hopes that it would go well. I personally feel we don’t need this day to celebrate friendship but yes, sometimes these days only bring us close to people. For a second or rather say for the sake of doing we do it and this momentry post or status makes us feel good. Physically nobody can be there with us but mentally they can be. We can be connected to our friends in hearts and spiritually.

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Today, I am away from my friends. They are my life and I can go to any extend to make them happy. I miss them badly. I divert my mind by working day n night. At times I need to talk to them, but I avoid talking to them. Why? The reason is they have their own lives and I don’t want to bug them with my thoughts. Sometimes, I yearn to hear their voice or at times I cry like anything just because I miss them. I miss those heavenly times that we spent together.

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I remember when I was 5 years old, I gave all my toys to my friend just to make her stay with me for some more time. She was ready to take my toys but was not ready to stay with me all the time. I used to cry after she used to leave but one day I realised that if today she is going to her place then the next day she comes back to me. She will never leave me. This is momentary seperation. Years passed and one day she left me, not only she ,all my best friends left me. I was left alone, in that house, in that room, in that heart. Yes, I am in contact with them, I talk to them, but that separation and that feeling can never be replaced. I feel lonesome. I feel if I make friends they will leave me because everyone leaves you, even this body is not permanent.

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You might think that why I am updating this on this day only. This is because I am in a pensive state where I have realised that friendship is a spiritual connection and when we need someone and they are not with you, it feels bad. You can fight with the whole world if you have friends. I am glad that I chose certain bunch of people who always stood by my side. But coming to be present in front of me at that time, they were never there. Some were but some weren’t. All I want to say is Happy Friendships Day, Have a great day with your friends and I miss my friends.

Its 12:18.. I am ending my rant. I haven’t mentioned anyone because I don’t want to. I know they know my feelings and have accepted me with my flaws and strengths. I love them and I badly miss them.

Case of missing Whatsapp Dp

BREAKING NEWS : The missing of display picture on whatsapp has created a havoc. Many people are getting in depression and above all, relationships are affected.

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Case1

Shamli : Nikhail your daughter is in wrong company!

Nikhail: What happened? What has she done?

Shamli : She has hidden her profile picture on whatsapp. She is surely having an affair that is why she is hiding it.

Nikhail: Yes, I will ask her tonight.

Jiya: Yo dad! Wassup?

Nikhail: I need to talk to you?

Jiya: Ya say?

Nikhail: Are you hiding something from us?

Jiya: No! What happened?

Nikhail: Then why your whatsapp dp is hidden?

Jiya: It is not hidden dad. I don’t know what is wrong with it. Some technical problem.

Shamli: Nikhail, your daughter thinks that she is smart and we are all fools here. She is lying. Keep a check on her!

Jiya: I am taking your phone. When you will tell me the truth then only you will get.

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Case2

Wife: I want a divorce.

Husband: What!! Why?

Wife: You have changed alot and this is a negative change.

Husband: I am not getting what the hell are you saying?

Wife: You don’t love me anymore. Are you dating someone else?

Husband( dumbfounded) : Are you in your senses? Why would I do that?

Wife: Then why your whatsapp dp is hidden? It always shows our picture but today it didn’t show. So, this clearly means you are cheating me. Otherwise, why would you do that?

Husband: I really don’t know what has happened. Trust me babe, I love you.

Wife: No, you are lying. Now my lawyer will speak to you.

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Case3

Jan KAum : I want to file a missing report.

Officer: Yes, please give me the details.

Jan KAum: My whatsapp dp is missing. Can you please help me find that?

Officer: When you saw it last?

Jan KAum: Yesterday I updated my dp but nobody messaged me to praise about my dp. I found something suspicious. I checked the dp, it was there. But when I asked my wife, she said it was not there. I was baffled when she said all that. And today, the reporters have shown this news of missing dp. Please take some action about it.

Officer: Okay! Thankyou for corporating with us. We will deal with this.

The investigation for the missing dp starts and when they find out that the leads are at Jan’s home. They surround his house. The officer goes in his house.

Jan Kaum: Hello sir! Have you found out?

Officer: The culprit is in your house.

Jan Kaum: What are you saying? I live here with my wife and my 7 year old kid.

Officer: Come with me in this room.

It was the kid’s room and he was lying on the bed with phone in his hands. He opens whatsapp and laughs. He had accidently created the hide your dp option. When The officer confronted him, he got scared. He told his dad,

Kid: I was chatting with my friends and I had your make your changes id. I accidently did that and thats why everybody is unable to see each others dps. Sorry dad!

Jan Kaum: He quickly changed the settings and everyone could see the dps.

HEnce, The case of the missing whatsapp dp was solved and the option of hide your dp was introduced.

P.S. : I wrote this random writeup on whatsapp dp. There is nothing real in it. It is to lift the mood and mock at us only as we are so addicted to whatsapp these days.

 

 

 

 

Rains Series : Part1

It was a pleasant day. I decided to go to an exhibition with my dad. The exhibition was boring and I was lost in myself. I had no interest in what that sales girl was telling me about a certain piece of cloth named PLAZo. She was enthusiastic and I was least interested. I was unable to concentrate anywhere because my mind was lost in him. I told my dad to drop me to my class and he agreed to it. We were on activa and don’t know from where, it began to rain heavily. Dad stopped the activa near a bus stop. There were some people who were already standing there. We occupied the nearest available chairs. My salwar was completely soaked in water and I hugged myself tightly. I noticed a familiar face gazing at me. He had worn black shirt and blue denims. It was him. I saw him after two long years. He looked changed. He had put on some weight. I wanted to wave but guilt overpowered me. A drop of tear rolled down my cheek. I had turned my face and began to notice rain. I was looking at the rain and somwhere, his eyes were not leaving my sight, waiting for the answers of his unasked questions. But, I had no strengths to face him.

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My dad shifted all his stuff in a plastic bag that he always carried. He looked towards me and said,”The rain is not going to stop for the next two hours. So you get an auto and go to your French class since you are getting late.”  I agreed to his suggestion and nodded. He looked for some auto. He looked for some autos and their he got one. My dad and he, both called for the same auto. I sat there and he was too there with me in that auto. I was in a state of tabula rasa and my mind was bugging me with so many questions, ” What if he asked me? What if he hates me now?” Suddenly there was a bump on th road and I was about to fell when he pulled me towards him. I was breathing heavily and my wet black-blonde hair were on his face. He met my black eyes and we both were lost in each other. After some nano seconds he carefully tucked one strand of hair behind my ear and whispered,” You still look beautiful and your heart even today beats for me. Your silence gave all my answers.” I was taken aback and kept flaunting his innocent eyes. The auto stopped and it was his destination. He stepped out and went away in the right direction. I kept looking at him till he was out of my sight. My heart was bleeding with pain. I wanted to call him but couldn’t. He was my past  which was like rain, that comes, makes you wet and goes. After that the rain stopped. I reached my class but still I could feel his warmth and his hypnotic voice.

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