This happened a couple of months ago, and I only remembered to write about it now (thanks to my friends on an online community).
Remember the innovative ‘Blogsplash’ conducted by Fiona Robyn (author of ‘The Most Beautiful Thing’)? My contribution to the Blogsplash was a little story about a touching incident that took place on my last trip to India. I’m very glad to say that of all the entries, mine was chosen as the top entry!
OK folks, here is the much-awaited Golden Trophy award!!
Most of you (er, all of you) had figured out the jumbled words and sentence perfectly in my earlier post called ‘Unscramble This’, and that too, within 3 seconds flat… (much to my disappointment 😦 ) As Uma mentioned, you are a rather smart bunch of people 😛 which I whole-heartedly second!
So here is your very very beautiful golden ‘The F-Un-Scrambler Trophy’.
But .. but .. but, going by the popular saying ‘There is no free lunch’, the Trophy too comes with a small catch 😉
I hereby award the trophy to the FIRST THREE COMMENTATORS, AND THE LAST THREE COMMENTATORS.
(Also, my dearest Deeps did drop by, and technically 3rd from last, but very unfortunately, she did not mention if she had managed to unscramble this or not! But she did mention something on Facebook. So what do you guys think? Should we give her the trophy too? Reply YES or NO and not MAYBE 😉 )
Now, your CHALLENGE is: Proud recipients of the F-Un-Scrambler Golden rolling Trophy are HEREBY TAGGED to put up a similar post with scrambled/jumbled words!! No rules/conditions apply. It just has to be jumbled words or jumbled letters or both, the way you like it!!
Do remember to link back to this original post though, so we maintain continuity.AND please also come back to let me know when you’ve posted your challenge (that way I will get a chance to participate too 🙂 😉 )
And yes, do pass on this beautiful rolling trophy to your winners too 🙂
OK WINNERS, OVER TO YOU!!!
EDITED TO ADD:
Ok folks, we have a controversy now.. and I’ve been (un)justly accused of ‘favouritism’. So to clear my name of this infamous slander… I have to hereby award the gorgeousF-Un-Scrambler Golden Rolling Trophy to the foll. three people who commented on my post on Facebook!! Psst: Since there were only these three, they win both in the ‘First’ and ‘First from Last’ categories 🙂
So when Blogadda wanted to make the community more exciting, I suggested this concept of a WHO-DUNNIT mystery. For the last year or so, I’ve been a huge fan of Ajay‘s stories. When I asked him if he would be interested in writing the mystery for this contest, he very kindly agreed. And what a little gem he produced! On Blogadda’s request (and Ajay’s permission ofcourse), I peppered the story with some clues and distractions 🙄 😛 and it was nice to see the concept coming to life 🙂
To confess, I was really nervous about how the blogworld would respond to this contest. Then, WOW! What a bunch of interesting entries poured in!! What was equally fascinating was the ‘comments section’ with Suranga and the others exuding their sparkling wit in the form of poems, limericks and two-liners 🙂
Strictly, in my opinion: Lila had killed herself. That’s part I. Part II – the way it was carried out/motive/etc. of course is very subjective.
Bloggers had very seriously donned the detective’s hat and came up with extremely imaginative and creative suggestions of the killer/motive/weapon. Some spoke of poisoned beads, some of liquid HCN (wonder what that means 🙄 ), some others of poisoned roses It was real fun 🙂 entries by Gyanban – (who also cheekily tried to mislead people into guessing 😉 ) – Gosh! This guy must work with Scotland Yard!!! and Chatterbox‘s who was quite convincing.
Blogger Archangel very cleverly took an alternate stance, that ‘No smart lady would kill herself’.
Unfortunately, I could not find this particular entry in her blog… hmm.. is this the beginning of the NEXT MYSTERY???!!!
The more I think of it, the more I wish we could have had atleast 3 winners 😉 and even that would be a challenge!!
And now, a totally uninvited vote of thanks:
Thanks to Blogadda for accepting my ideas/suggestions. It has really made me think!! So my blog friends, be ready for more such events!!!!!
Thanks to Ajay for so readily accepting to write a story, when he hardly knew me 🙂 except through Ryze! I am sure we will see your work in print some day. And I will hound you for an autographed copy 🙂
Thanks to Tiku (and the rest of my blog-buddies) for being such a darling friend. If I have got anything out of this entire contest, it is friendship 🙂
Thanks to ALL MY BLOGGER FRIENDS. You make me feel good about myself 🙂 Thank you 🙂 So much 🙂
And I want to thank Hitchy, Dreamer and Smitha , Monika AND Urmila, for having nominated some of my posts in Fiction, Poetry (Lol) and Culinary categories (:roll: ). Thank you so much, people, you made my day!!
Once again, a very Happy Deepavali!! or Happy Diwali!!! (as you like it!)
If you are reading this post, it means you had a nice and safe Diwali, and I hope it was exciting and happy too 🙂
Our Diwali morning went off rather quietly (I had to go out on some work, so ‘Knight and Baby Hunk’ – read ‘Hubby and Kid’ remained indoors), but the evening was lovely. A new friend had invited us over for a fireworks party, and OH MY! What a range of fireworks there was, and all by the banks of the river Thames.
Also, this is my little boy’s first active Deepavali…meaning, he was a real baby until now, so didn’t actively participate with the crackers et al, but yesterday was different. The first time I showed him a sparkler, he RAN!! I had to chase him and bring him back. Slowly, he got into the groove of things, and by the end of the evening, he had held four sparklers, and had watched open-mouthed, amazed at the countless colourful, sparkling stars that lit up the cloudess night sky.
My only crib is that we didn’t have the foresight to have the camera ready. I wish we had taken a couple of pictures!
[Special thanks to little Pixie, for suggesting that we make fond memories of our first Diwali away from home].
And now, back to AWARDS! Yippee!
Swaram had very sweetly given me all these awards…
I love your Blog (goes to all the blogroll)
Addicting Blog Award (again, to the blogroll)
Inspirational blogger (I pass this on to ‘TATTOO’, for her beautiful work, though she hardly blogs anymore)
Dmanji had received tons of awards in Sep. and had passed it onto his Blogroll and Commentators.
I choose this one – ‘Blogbuddies’, and pass it onto EVERYONE in my blogroll and all those who are kind enough to lurk or leave comments 🙂
I also pick Super Scribbler, in order to share it with:
I never watch Star TV. Its rubbish. Totally. And we don’t get Sach Ka Saamna yet, so there’s really no point in tuning into this channel. I accidentally turned the TV on, and this programme was being aired:
I watched, appalled at the casual way in which this guy…(Shall we just call him – The Polygamist – TP) admitted to having an illicit relationship with another woman, and also having a child with her. There he is, standing in court, with both women!
This is what struck me:-
1- The polygamist – Ashok – Looked absolutely cool! He showed no trace of shame or guilt. The only emotion he displayed was distress – at the thought of having to pay some monthly maintenance amount for both families.
2- The wife – Looked resigned to her fate. She has simply watched her husband living with another woman, and even having an illegitimate child with her. She has been abused by him. Disrespected. And ignored. And there she is, standing by the side of her husband. Like good wife Hillary Clinton next to the respectable (ahem!) Mr.Clinton during the Lewinsky affair! And all she claims is for her to be provided for.
3- The mistress – Looked equally resigned too! Like they were all part of one happy family. She actually called the wife ‘Didi’! And all she wanted was her child (an 18 year adult himself!!) back.
And what was the great Verdict?
That the man shall pay a monthly maintenance charge to provide for both his families, and shall not see the mistress again.
What was Kiran Bedi thinking when she passed that sort of judgement?
-Does this man even deserve a family?
-Should he not be divorced from his wife AND separated from the mistress?
-Shouldn’t he be restricted from seeing his children any more? Its not like he has been providing for them or caring for them all through their growing years!
Post-judgement. These were the reactions:
1- The polygamist – Spoke a poorly-rehearsed line about how he made that mistake (of having a second family) without thinking of the consequences.
2- The mistress – She actually cried, because her ‘child’ would miss his ‘father’!
3- The wife – Now this lady really took the cake!! She was all smiles. And why? Because she ‘got her man back’.
So, is this the moral of the story??
Men: Have as many affairs as you want, all you need to do is, come back to your wife at the end of the day
Women: Don’t worry, your man will be back. And you can legally claim maintenance charges from him.
Is this is the message the programme conveyed?!
WHAT THE HELL WAS GOING ON THERE?????!!!
Two women fighting for one man’s affections and/or attentions? Its not like he is a handsome hunk or even a responsible dad!
This man has disrespected the santity of marriage, and has not even accorded his wife the basic respect that another human being deserves.
And the wife? After all those years of humiliation, actually is happy to be back with the traitor that is her husband! Doesn’t she have an iota of self-respect??
I don’t know! I am really appalled at all the above – the man being so brazen, the mistress being so cool, and the wife being so subservient.
But most of all, I am shocked that Ms.Kiran Bedi let this man off the hook, so very easily.
I am sure all the pativrata Bharatiya naaris were delighted at the judgement. A happy ending to a sad story!
Please let me know your thoughts.
On another note, I am ecstatic that this blog post has been selected by Blogadda in its Spicy Saturday Picks! Thank you, BlogAdda and thank you, my dearest friends, for continuing to read and encourage me 🙂
32) If I come to your house now, what would u cook for me? Paneer paratha
33)What’s your current mood?
Tired…sleepy…waiting for a break , from doing nothing 🙂
The rules are:
Respond and rework – Answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, and add one more question of your own.Then tag eight or ten other set of people.
I would like to share these awards and tag the foll. people , to begin with. Others in my blogroll, please feel free to drop by and collect yours 🙂