The Wrong Man Part 1: Prologue and Chapter 1

Here is another breathtaking story series from my writer buddy Zaf..
Please don’t forget to read the condition..

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Prologue

The girl awoke on the cold stone floor, disoriented. As her vision cleared she realised she was alone, darkness surrounded her. She looked into the solitary light that hung right above her illuminating a small circle with her at the centre. She tried to sit up but her hand and legs were tightly tied together. She started crying, what else could you expect from a 9-year-old?

She lay there unable to move, sobbing and occasionally crying out for help. There were no other sounds to end the frightening silence the darkness surrounding her accompanied. She fell asleep soon, her fragile mind refused to stay awake during this terrifying ordeal. She woke up a while later to find nothing had changed. She was hungry now, she could feel her stomach grumbling. But thoughts about food were the last thing on her mind, she missed her parents, her mother most of…

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Another year again!

365 days passed by!

Time to change the year column in our life. 2017 on doorstep!
Life will move on again. It will run and slow down often. Keep up the pace and be with it! πŸ™‚

Smile at everyone and everything! It will be hard sometimes. We will find it difficult to cope up. Hard paths will come and go. Smooth roads will not be easy to find. You may had big losses in the past year. Big achievements too. Expect everything for the next turn round the sun!

So be Brave! Except the worst & give a deep sigh when it is over. Except the best & smile at it the best smile you can give. Pamper the life. Love your family. Keep your best friends. Play with the kids. Cuddle up with your love. Hug your buddies. Travel with the best people in your life!

People will make you smile. They will make you weep. They will make you cry. They will make you laugh. They will make you tensed. They will scare you. They will hug you. They will tickle you. They will hurt you for sure.

Say good bye to every bad things you got till now and give a fresh kick start.

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Let’s say Happy New Year together!

May Almighty bless everyone around the world. πŸ™‚

Thank You my readers!
Have a nice time ahead!

Long Three Months!! #Part_1

My dear readers,

I would like to call you my dearest readers. It was a long break from me on WordPress only because of my lack of time to sit and write. I was out of calm environments and I was torn apart by the crucial schedules and work loads. And now, Here I am.. Expecting myself that I am back!! πŸ™‚

What happened after April 30th?
Why I vanished from the whole WordPress world. I have the most dumb answer. I was running out of time. o_O
I shifted to another job on the mid of May which shook my whole routine. I m working from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm (often that goes beyond 9.00 pm) and loosing myself on my already set track. I was expecting that all my mind freaks will settle down once I m back in to the track. Now what is that track? I was thinking yesterday (Independence day is not a holiday for me; Even Sundays are working day) what I m loosing for the past 3 and half months of running and what I got on these long time! (It’s not so long, but for me it seems too long!)

Replay in slow motion : May,2016 to Till date πŸ˜›
Bangalore Diaries
Bangalore! Not so rocking city for me. On the start of May I got interview for a placement in Cochin. Interview was held in Bangalore. that’s how me and my dad started our journey. Bangalore was a dream destination for me till then. May be the hype I got from my friends and family made me think that Bangalore is always rocking. But things were different for me. To a country fellow like me,Β BangaloreΒ is more than unbearable. From the first day itself I started hating the traffic, the busy moving city andΒ everythingΒ inside it. I nailed the interview and got my posting again in Cochin (Another city where I m trying to get gelled up for the past several years! 😦 City hater me ).
It will be hard, if I didn’t mention about my super cool brother who taken care of us on my interview journey. Vishnu, blogger cum dancer cum my sweetest brother; who roamed with me and Dad a whole day leaving his chores behind. Thanks honey!Β 

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Selfie with Darshith, Dad & Vishnu.. πŸ™‚

Things changed when I was directed to join at Bangalore for the first one month and my lone journey started there. Exploring Bangalore. On a cold morning 5 am I got off in Yeshwanthpur Railway Station. Every city have its own beauty on each time. So that’s how I started enjoying Bangalore morning! Chinnaswamy Stadium, Planatorium, M G Road, Brigade Road, Lakes, Parks.. And Udupi Garden. That was my destination for then, my guest house. Β For another one month that was my den, the burrow where I wished to end up every night. In a month Bangalore became my friend. First day itself I got a Kannada sweetheart Swati to roam around and gupshup (My secret quality). May be Swati is the one reason, I blended with the Bangalore city, hectic traffic and terrible rain. We explored hotels at lunch breaks and tried all street foods on our tea break. We walked through the street laughing; careless. We talked about everything under the sky. ❀ We had two weeks together and in that 14 days we became closer to each other. πŸ™‚ That’s how some relations are. We will never come to know, that this is going to happen.Β 

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Work Station gupshup with Swati.. ❀

Bangalore gave me another partner in crime too. My new colleague, whom I met on the third week of guest house life. The silent salient designer. From the moment we met on wards, he broke my shell and got in to talk (Then I came to know that I did the same to him also πŸ™‚ Introvert boy.. ) We ate together, we traveled together; still, we are the same.. (another two add-ons came to our team πŸ™‚ )

Bangalore was galore of memories..
The city where I met my buddies of lifetime, writers by destiny.. πŸ™‚ Darcy & Sana!
Yeah! It was on a middle of night we three met and laughed hugged and laughed.. Meetings happened again.. To cherish forever & ever!!

Now!
I miss Bangalore. I miss Bangalore weather. I miss my morning walk at the streets at Udupi. I miss those careless nights. I miss being alone at room and reading books till my eyes die for sleep. I miss something over there..

So that’s it. Bangalore gave me two beautiful people into my life! So many memories to cherish & tons and tons of happiness!

Do you wanna go Bangalore again?
NO.. Please.. I’m happy here.. πŸ™‚

More on way! Right now I m signing off after Bangalore Diaries!
Time out!!
I missed you all here.. I missed WP.. I missed writing..
Happy blogging! ❀

ZENTANGLE #AtoZchallenge

Zentangle is a type of doodling.. I came to know about that from Sneha and I started researching about it.. I love art always.. And Zentangle seems to be a special one.. I started experimenting on it for the past few months.. Now my new micro tip pens arrived and I am going to start zentangling again.. Zentangle is the best pastime which gives you concentration, accuracy and more creativity.. It is a way of drawing anything with repeated patterns.. Any one who is not so familiar with drawings can also do this.. This is similar to doodles.. πŸ™‚
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For more about Zentangle click here πŸ˜‰

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Thus, it’s the end of marathon writing.. April A to Z challenge 2016.. πŸ™‚

Yaaay!! I am done.. πŸ™‚ Thank You my readers for the constant support & encouraging comments.. Will be active always with the grace of Almighty..

Keep writing!! πŸ™‚
Happy Blogging.. ❀
Love you all.. πŸ˜‰

Waiting for May.. πŸ™‚

YOU #AtoZchallenge

Hey YOU,

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Yes YOU.. Give me a smile.. πŸ™‚
You are awesome.. You are unique.. You are someone who can do anything.. You are strong.. You can catch the wind.. You can fly in the air.. Close your eyes; you can feel yourself.. πŸ™‚ You are beyond your imagination.. Really!! You have strength.. You can dream.. You can chase.. You are what you think of yourself; not what others think about you.. πŸ™‚

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Stay positive.. πŸ™‚
Smile Always ❀

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XEROX – The best buddy of Engineering Students #AtoZchallenge

maxresdefaultYou may feel it funny.. But this is right! Xerox is the best buddy of Engineering students.. At least in the exam days.. I don’t know whether this happens in Kerala only.. πŸ˜‰ The whole academic year will go like a cultural event and in the end teachers will go mad and we students.. We are already mad.. There won’t be any text books available in the library.. There won’t be any notes and the only destination is Xerox centers near the college.. There will be a big queue which we have to beat and get the necessary photocopies of study materials.. This is a part of every Engineering students life, while he is in Government college or Self-financing.. πŸ™‚ Those bundle of black and white papers will be the best friend for next days till the exam.. There is a tradition of handing over those bundles to our junior batch.. πŸ˜‰ That’s how I am linked with an X.. πŸ˜› Xerox.. πŸ™‚

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WordPress #AtoZchallenge

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For W nothing is better than this.. WordPress and I met three years back.. It’s around 3 and half years back.. I was in search of some designs by Lijo Reny Architects and I found their blog in wordpress.. Then I thought of starting a new blog (The old one in blogspot was damaged) πŸ™‚ That is how this 3 year old child is born.. πŸ™‚ My domain was in another name at that time.. Then I changed the name, got familiar with the wordpress process and found those wonderful wonderful writers here.. This is the best writing platform I ever had and some people I got from here are family to me.. πŸ™‚

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I met some masterminds.. some magicians.. some thinkers.. entrepreneurs.. everyone..

WSo.. WordPress for W.. πŸ™‚ Big toast to my people.. πŸ™‚ The family here.. πŸ™‚
Sri Di.. Neerja.. Deepika.. Kavya.. Bala.. Darcy.. Srinath.. Piku.. Sneha.. Rupzie.. Hema Di.. Tejas Bhai.. Jenny.. Jackie.. Jithin.. Teny.. Bhanu.. Bikram.. Love you all..

Veneziano – the villa project #AtoZchallenge

By the time I am writing this I am not a part of my old office anymore. But when I remember of the word V, the only one comes to my mind is Veneziano, the villa project I worked on when I was with my previous organization. There is nothing more to write about the project, that is why I m sharing some photographs of the Project.. πŸ™‚

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Club House.. πŸ™‚

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B type Villas

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At night πŸ˜‰

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Front view

 

UNITE – stay together! #AtoZchallenge

bloggers-unite2Stay United.. I don’t know which is important.. I heard people saying stay united when I was a kid and when I grew up all I heard is stay independent.. May be life is all about choosing where we have to stay together and where to stay independent.. For me, I m independent up to an extend.. But as a family or in a relation I believe in togetherness.. Family & friendship is togetherness.. Nothing can beat that effect.. Home will not be home if there is no laughing.. stalking and talking.. and obviously fighting (the moment we realize the togetherness most).. That’s what family is.. I laugh at my dad.. tease my mom.. hug my niece and talk till the morning to my sister.. I can scold my Aunt.. fight with my little brother and sleep with my sister-in-law.. Togetherness is a wonderful feeling.. Uniting is as hard as parting.. Understanding each other in a better way.. Either it is a husband or wife.. Or a son and father.. anyone in a family.. ❀

when-spider-webs-unite-they-can-tie-up-a-lion-quote-1And friendship.. Uniting is a blast.. Unending laugh.. πŸ˜€ And the depth and loyalty is found when we are in a crisis.. We will know who will hold us.. and if we have a problem we will know who will stand beside us.. That’s what is unity.. πŸ™‚ So unite & stay together.. Always love others around us and love yourself!!

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Tendulkar’s speech! #AtoZchallenge

Who don’t like Sachin Tendulkar?
I guess even people who hates cricket loves him.. At least his smile.. πŸ™‚

Sachin in many ways inspires me.. His autobiography ‘Playing it my way’ is a brillaint work for a cricket lover like me.. As I said yesterday cricket is in my blood.. And Sachin is a reason behind it.. Such an Innocent and down to earth person.. Legend!! I salute him..
Today I would like to share with you guys Sachin Tendulkar’s retiring speech he made on Wankhade Stadium.. It’s worth a read and truly marvelous.. πŸ™‚

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‘All my friends. Settle down let me talk, I will get more and more emotional (crowd gets louder as he composes himself). My life, between 22 yards for 24 years, it is hard to believe that that wonderful journey has come to an end, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank people who have played an important role in my life. Also, for the first time in my life I am carrying this list, to remember all the names in case I forget someone. I hope you understand. It’s getting a little bit difficult to talk but I will manage.

The most important person in my life, and I have missed him a lot since 1999 when he passed away, my father. Without his guidance, I don’t think I would have been standing here in front of you. He gave me freedom at the age of 11, and told me that [I should] chase my dreams, but make sure you do not find shortcuts. The path might be difficult but don’t give up, and I have simply followed his instructions. Above all, he told me to be a nice human being, which I will continue to do and try my best. Every time I have done something special [and] showed my bat, it was [for] my father.

My mother, I don’t know how she dealt with such a naughty child like me. I was not easy to manage. She must be extremely patient. For a mother, the most important thing is that her child remains safe and healthy and fit. That was what she was most bothered and worried about. She took care of me for the last 24 years that I have played for India, but even before that she started praying for me the day I started playing cricket. She just prayed and prayed and I think her prayers and blessings have given me the strength to go out and perform, so a big thank you to my mother for all the sacrifices.

In my school days, for four years, I stayed with my uncle and aunt because my school was quite far from my home, and they treated me like their son. My aunt, after having had a hard day’s play, I would be half asleep and she would be feeding me food so I could go again and play tomorrow. I can’t forget these moments. I am like their son and I am glad it has continued to be the same way.

My eldest brother, Nitin, and his family, have always encouraged me. My eldest brother doesn’t like to talk much, but the one thing he always told me is that whatever you do, I know you will always give it 100%, and that I have full faith and confidence in you. His encouragement meant a lot to me. My sister, Savita, and her family, was no different. The first cricket bat of my life was presented to me by my sister. It was a Kashmir willow bat. But that is where the journey began. She is one of those many who still continue to fast when I bat, so thank you very much.

Ajit, my brother, now what do I talk about him? I don’t know. We have lived this dream together. He was the one who sacrificed his career for my cricket. He spotted the spark in me. And it all started from the age of 11 when he took me to Archrekar sir, my coach, and from there on my life changed. You will find this hard to believe but even last night he called to discuss my dismissal, knowing that there was a remote chance of batting again, but just the habit we have developed, the rapport we have developed, since my birth, has continued and it will continue. Maybe when I’m not playing cricket we will still be discussing technique.

Various things we agreed upon, my technique, and so many technical things which I didn’t agree with him, we have had arguments and disagreements, but when I look back at all these things in my life, I would have been a lesser cricketer.

The most beautiful thing happened to me in 1990 when I met my wife, Anjali. Those were special years and it has continued and will always continue that way. I know Anjali, being a doctor; there was a wonderful career in front of her. When we decided to have a family, Anjali took the initiative to step back and say that ‘you continue with your cricket and I will take the responsibility of the family’.

Without that, I don’t think I would have been able to play cricket freely and without stress. Thanks for bearing with all my fuss and all my frustrations, and all sorts of rubbish that I have spoken. Thanks for bearing with me and always staying by my side through all the ups and downs. You are the best partnership I’ve had in my life.

Then, the two precious diamonds of my life, Sara and Arjun. They have already grown up. My daughter is 16, my son is 14. Time has flown by. I wanted to spend so much time with them on special occasions like their birthdays, their annual days, their sports day, going on holidays, whatever. I have missed out on all those things. Thanks for your understanding. Both of you have been so, so special to me you cannot imagine. I promise you [that] for 14 and 16 years I have not spent enough time with both of you, but the next 16 years or even beyond that, everything is for you.

My in-laws, Anand Mehta and Annabel, both have been so, so supportive [and] loving and caring. I have discussed on various things in life, generally with them, and have taken their advice. You know, it’s so important to have a strong family who is always with you and who are guiding you. Before you start clapping, the most important thing they did was allowing me to marry Anjali, so thank you very much.

In the last 24 years that I have played for India I have made new friends, and before that I have had friends from my childhood. They have all had a terrific contribution. As and when I have called them to come and bowl to me at the nets, they have left their work aside to come and help me. Be it joining me on holidays and having discussions with me on cricket, or how I was a little stressed and wanting to find a solution so I can perform better.

All those moments my friends were with me. Even for when I was injured, I would wake up in the morning because I couldn’t sleep and thought that my career was over because of injuries, that is when my friends have woken up at 3 o’clock in the morning to drive with me and make me believe that my career was not over. Life would be incomplete without all those friends. Thanks for being there for me.

My cricket career started when I was 11. The turning point of my career was when my brother (Ajit) took me to Achrekar sir. I was extremely delighted to see him up in the stands. Normally he sits in front of the television and he watches all the games that I play. When I was 11/12, those were the days when I used to hop back on his scooter and play a couple of practice matches a day. The first half the innings I would be batting at Shivaji Park, the second half, at some other match in Azad Maidan. He would take me all over Mumbai to make sure I got match practice.

On a lighter note, in the last 29 years, sir has never ever said ‘well played’ to me because he thought I would get complacent and I would stop working hard. Maybe he can push his luck and wish me now, well done on my career, because there are no more matches, sir, in my life. I will be witnessing cricket, and cricket will always stay in my heart, but you have had an immense contribution in my life, so thank you very much.

My cricket for Mumbai started right here on this ground, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), which is so dear to me. I remember landing from New Zealand at four o’clock in the morning, and turning up for a game here at eight o’clock just because I wanted to be a part of Mumbai cricket, and not that somebody forced me. That was for the love of Mumbai cricket, and thank you very much. The president is here so thank you very much, along with your team, for taking care of me and looking after my cricket.

The dream was obviously to play for India, and that is where my association with BCCI started. BCCI was fantastic, right from my debut they believed in my ability and selecting me into the squad at the age of 16 was a big step, so thanks to all the selectors for having faith in me and the BCCI for giving me the freedom to express myself out in the middle. Things would have been different if you had not been behind me, and I really appreciate your support. Especially when I was injured, you were right with me and making sure that all the treatments were taken care of, and that I got fit and fine and playing [right] back for India.

The journey has been special, the last 24 years, I have played with many senior cricketers, and even before that there were many senior cricketers with whom I watched on television. They inspired me to play cricket, and to play in the right way. Thanks to all those senior cricketers, and unfortunately I have not been able to play with them, but I have high regards for all their achievements and all their contributions.

We see it on the mega-screen, Rahul, Laxman, Sourav, and Anil, who is not here, and my team-mates right here in front me. You are like my family away from home. I have had some wonderful times with you. It is going to be difficult to not be part of the dressing room, sharing those special moments. All the coaches for their guidance, it has been special for me. I know when MS Dhoni presented me the 200th Test match cap on Day One morning. I had a brief message for the team. I would like to repeat that. I just feel that all of us are so, so fortunate and proud to be part of the Indian cricket team and serving the nation.

Knowing all of you guys, I know you will continue to serve the nation in the right spirit and right values. I believe we have been the lucky ones to be chosen by the Almighty to serve this sport. Each generation gets this opportunity to take care of this sport and serve it to the best of our ability. I have full faith in you to continue to serve the nation in the right spirit and to the best of your ability, to bring all the laurels to the country. All the very best.

I would be failing in my duties if I did not thank all the doctors, the physios, the trainers, who have put this difficult body together to go back on the field and be able to play. The amount of injuries that I have had in my career, I don’t know how you have managed to keep me fit, but without your special efforts, it would never have happened. The doctors have met me at weird hours. I mean I have called them from Mumbai to Chennai, Mumbai to Delhi, I mean wherever. They have just taken the next flight and left their work and families to be with me, which has allowed me to play. So a big thank you to all three of you for keeping me in good shape.

My dear friend, late Mark Mascarenhas, my first manager. We unfortunately lost him in a car accident in 2001, but he was such a well-wisher of cricket, my cricket, and especially Indian cricket. He was so passionate. He understood what it takes to represent a nation and gave me all the space to go out and express myself, and never pressurised me to do this ad or promotion or whatever the sponsors demanded. He took care of that and today I miss him, so thank you Mark for all your contribution.

My current management team, WSG, for repeating what Mark has done, because when I signed the contract I exactly told them what I want from them, and what it requires to represent me. They have done that and respected that.

Someone who has worked closely with me for 14 years is my manager, Vinod Nayudu. He is more like my family and all the sacrifices, spending time away from his family for my work, has been special, so big thank you to his family as well for giving up so much time for my work with Vinod.

In my school days, when I performed well, the media backed me a lot. They continue to do that till this morning. Thank you so much to the media for supporting and appreciating my performances. It surely had a positive effect on me. Thank you so much to all the photographers as well for those wonderfully captured moments that will stay with me for the rest of my life, so a big thank you to all the photographers.

I know my speech is getting a bit too long (crowd roars with ‘noooo’), but this is the last thing I want to say. I want to thank all the people here who have flown in from various parts of the world, and have supported me endlessly, whether I scored a 0 or a 100-plus. Your support was so dear to me and meant a lot to me. Whatever you have done for me.

I know I have met so many guys who have fasted for me, prayed for me, done so much for me. Without that life wouldn’t have been like this for me. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, and also say that time has flown by rather quickly, but the memories you have left with me will always be with me forever and ever, especially “Sachin, Sachin” which will reverberate in my ears till I stop breathing. Thank you very much. If I have missed out on saying something, I hope you understand. Goodbye.’

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All my respect and loveΒ to Sachin!! My hero!!

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