What If?

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On one such late night, I and my daughter stood on our terrace holding the telescope that was given in her astronomy class( one of those many classes children convince us to make them join when we know it’s not worth it) trying to look at the moon in an attempt to see all the craters and other things that are seen on the Moon. Are you asking me what other stuff? Sorry, I need to go back to the science books to give that information. Anyways, my daughter had already seen all the things very clearly in a moon watching day through a much bigger sized telescope and she wanted me to see them too ( in her small telescope). As you might have already guessed, I could see a clearer view of the moon and make out the craters, however, nothing other than that.

While watching( it takes too long to focus and to make sure not to move your hands, as you are breathing) I had this thought, what if suddenly one day I wake up and find myself on the moon!! How is it going to be?

Ever thought something random things like that? I do, quite often. My mind is the best friend who always accompanies me in all random thoughts and stupid suggestions. So we (I and my bestie mind) discussed how is it going to be to wake up on the moon.

Imagining, the first thing I open my eyes, probably I will have all sore body parts, you know because of no bed and maybe I was on top of rocks. I see not a single living organism around and am all alone. I start getting up and walk around in an attempt to know where I am. Mind you, when I say walk around it probably might look like bunny hops. But hey, I just weigh like a baby on the moon. How wonderful if I weigh the same on Earth? OK, so I search and search looking for a life or anything else. It feels dark, but you know, one day on Moon is equal to 28.5 days on Earth. It’s like, is the day ever going to end? Everywhere its mountains, rocks and huge craters. Wait they looked so small in the telescope, didn’t they?Time to miss Earth? I still try to find some form of a solution. I decide to gather things on the moon surface to show people down on Earth if by chance I go back alive just like how I woke up. By now I started to feel thirsty and no sight of water anywhere. Suddenly there is a drastic change of atmosphere and it is unbearable. Being on the moon is beginning to feel scary and lonely. Moon is really nice to watch from far. I finally go back to sleep and the next time I woke up, I was back in my lovely king sized bed, surrounded by my family, adorable pet and my lovely daughter who is the reason in the first place for these stargazing thoughts on the moon. Oh! I love my Earth and where I live. Maybe it’s time we all try to respect and save the resources, else it might not be really good to shift to other planets. Just saying!!!

The Observing Child

Dear Readers,

(We at Magicmindz like to welcome our new contributor Namitha Akshanthalu. Your opinions in the form of likes and comments are valued by us and we always thank you for stopping by our blog. Without much ado…please read on her first blog)

On one of those odd days when I went to pick my daughter from school, I saw another parent of a kindergarten child speaking to the class teacher. I happened to sit close by and overheard their conversation. The teacher went like this “He is very good in his academics (!!!) and I have no complaints but he is very naughty, throws pencils, sharpener and eraser at other children in the class.” The teacher went on and on complaining and in between questioning the boy “why do you do that? Won’t it hurt others?” If only the boy knew that it hurts because he has probably seen Tom and Jerry, run around beating each other and it’s so much fun!! Oggy and the Cockroaches are no less. Why are children made to watch cartoons? Do we know that Cartoons were meant for adults and not for children?

Cartoons have been used to depict a wide range of political, religious and social viewpoints and often touch upon topics that may be sensitive. As social critics, these cartoonists work best in times of social unrest and movements towards reform. It is more challenging for them to maintain their critical wit in times of tragedy, uncertainty or the threat of war when the tendency is to invoke nationalist sentiment and comfort the public.

For children, what they see is what they do. Most children these days spend time playing video games or watching cartoons. When Jerry burns Tom’s tail, the tail is charred and Tom screams but the very next minute, he is chasing Jerry with his all shiny and beautiful tail as ever. A child who sees this does not understand pain. Children easily get tagged as naughty, distractive, hyper, liar, brainless, shameless, attitude and what not. But do we try to understand the reason behind their behavior? Whom are they trying to imitate? From where are they observing these?

Our parents were not addicted to television, computer or mobile phones. We spent a good time with family, friends, and relatives. Our only distraction was physically going out on the streets and playing. Hence we developed better motor skills and other life skills without being explicitly taught. Can we empathize with the current generation and their lack of exposure to beautiful life? We embrace modern lifestyle in the name of comfort and then repent for our children’s behavior.

Something commonly heard of “I have given him all the luxury in life and buy all that he needs and more. All that we expect from him is to study well and he cannot do that. He is so lazy and irresponsible”. The child cannot study, only because of lack of purpose in studying as everything that he needs is already under his feet and a command away.

 

*Images are subjected to Google

 

Must Have Android Apps on Your SmartPhone

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We cannot think of our days running without our lifetime partner (a virtual one), that is our smartphone. Even children today, have a smartphone and can easily deal with a complex technology. Although iOS has the best of things it is still Android phones that rule the market. So, if you have brought a new phone and still checking out which apps you need to download, here is a list of must-have apps that could be useful.

1. Antivirus security app

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When you own a smartphone, anti-virus is a must. Using the internet welcomes all kind of viruses that can cause serious damage to your device. I for one, cannot live my day without my phone in hands and I definitely don’t want it to fall ill on me.

2. Google Maps

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The Google maps have made it easier to get to our destination. Gone are the days when we had to ask for the address while traveling to a new place and then land in confusions. Instead, we are at that age where our phones or gadgets can guide us the destination perfectly. Now! Isn’t that is handy? Just do not forget to keep your mobile data on.

3. Photo modifying apps

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If you are someone like me who is interested in making your casually clicked pictures into a great image, you should have a photo modifying app. There are several of them on my mobile, such as the YouCam Makeup which lets you look great with face makeup when you are shot without, YouCam Perfect and PicsArt Studio are some to name that you must have.

4. Movies and TV streaming app

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We all do need entertainment and there are certain apps that let you stream TV shows and movies directly and you can watch them on the go. Netflix is one of my favorite but there are others like Hotstar, popcornFlix, Hulu, etc.

5. Fitness App

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Being fit and healthy is the most important thing in life. There are various apps that guide you on being healthy like keeping track of your exercise routine, cardio tracking, meditation with various scenarios, a guide to many food diets etc. Depending on your choice download the app that helps your routine.

6. Music Apps

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Although every mobile comes with an inbuilt application of music apps, there are still many other that lets you listen and stream a wide range of choices of music from their albums. If you are a music junkie, check out apps such as Wync Music, Spotify, Shazam, Jango etc. Find what works best for you and enjoy your day while you work.

7. Evernote

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Evernote a multifunctional tool is a must-have in everyone’s mobile. It helps in making lists, voice recording, to-do manager, web page clipper, note taker etc. It is an all round helping app that makes it an important app to have.

8. Pocket

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Everything is done online these days. People read articles and any other details over the internet on the go. You can save on bookmarks but not much is possible. Pocket, is one such an app that helps you to save web pages to read offline.

Are there any other apps that you think it’s important to have and is useful? Please, do not hesitate to pass the information and let us know about it. Do share your views in comments.

Note: The images used in this article are not copyrighted by Magicmindz. They belong to different sources as found in Google images.

For The New Beginnings

Happy New Year 2017!!!!

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So! Finally, we ended 2016 and put it in the bag of history. I understand that 2016 was not really a good year for many, as for me it was ok-ish.

However, when my phone was bombarded with various photo messages and GIF images of sparkling crackers and lights, I wondered why we celebrate a new year Jan 1st (apart from the religious reason) with so much of jubilation and pomp? Is 2017 going to be any different than 2016, 31st December or for that matter a few days/months before? I cannot really see any much changes at least in my life and all I know, no matter what life moves on, be it 2016, 17 or 18 etc. For new beginnings, we need not have to wait for a new day, new month or even new year. It just sounds like another resolution that we all know, we would never follow the minute we make it.

Perhaps, it is the promise of a new day, month or year is another opportunity to start a fresh, do it all again but in a different way, different methods and reach new goals, makes everyone to celebrate and welcome a new year. I hope that stands true to all of us.

Although, I began the very first hour of 2017, shouting on a kid who was our neighbor. Well, I could not help it when he kept shouting “happy new year” for the entire world to hear and burning crackers which disturbed the sleep of all of us at home(pet included). Do not get me wrong, am not so boring that I dislike partying and celebrating. Also, definitely not someone who wants to destroy a small child enthusiasm but seriously this kid kept on shouting endlessly at midnight.

I remember, someone telling me that a new year day should be started with a good laugh, love, smiling with much patience (which I lack) and with all the good things. I started 2017 with not so well, however, the day went on to be good. I hope the 365 ¼ days of 2017 will bring better things to me and to all of us.

So, here I am! Wishing you all for new beginnings, new opportunities, a chance to do it again and come out winning.

Cheers! To all of you and a “Very Happy New Year 2017″

Thanking my Versatile Blogger Award

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I know there are some blogger’s awards going on that people, I mean bloggers award each other in their circles whom they think suitable to nominate. I always thought I am here yet getting acquainted with great bloggers and writers and am too far to be nominated by anyone. Out of somewhere comes this sweet friend Lorenza (I believe we are friends because there are at least two things we have in common 1) love to write and 2) love for dogs) and tagged me to this award.

In fact, as Lorenza said we met in the blogging world through our dogs. She stumbled upon one of my Bruno articles and expressed her love for dogs as well. By the way, you have to visit her blog to meet her two cute little ones, Buffy and Fluffy. I believe Lorenza is a bundle of awesome energy and we can see it in all her posts. I loved her post on mindfulness and of course the infamous Buffy writings. Well, Buffy tips are so useful if you got pets as well. If not, you will still enjoy reading Buffy write ups. Visit her blog buffyandrenza.blogspot.in. Thank you so much for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award Lorenza.

I and my friend Shalini together started our blog Magicmindz. We have been working on the blog only recently although we created it long before. Since I have started to write regularly, I have met some wonderful bloggers through G+ and also directly on WordPress. Dear all my readers, please accept my heartfelt thanks for always supporting our blog. I like to write on all topics wherever my mind takes me. Working on SEO topics and constrained to the number of words, makes me come back to my blog and write freely. Hence Magicmindz is like a window into my thoughts.

Like all, I did read the VBA Rules and it says that I have to list seven facts about me. After that, nominate other bloggers for this award.

So here are seven facts about me…. I am thinking what to say and what not to……..

Alright here we go,

  1. I love to read. I am on my feet most of my day cause of which, I find it difficult to read a paperback. Hence, reading on mobile is easier. I read so extensively that I carry my mobile even to the bathroom and also sometimes in the shower, oops! Well, there is a stand a few inches away from where the water do not fall. So anyone can reach me anytime (It’s just I may choose to ignore the call, now I said it, don’t sue me)

  2. I dislike cooking and dread spending time in the kitchen. I and my daughter named every room in our house and I named the kitchen as Anaconda… because I feel it gobbles me up! (My time actually, which otherwise I love to spend it on writing).

  3. Am a coffee addict. For me, a vacation will be days alone in my own company with a wonderful book in hand and a cuppa to enjoy. Wow! Just waiting for that one single day… ( am always tagged by my daughter or my dog, who claim to not to live without me)

  4. Am a too emotional person. Tears trickle down my cheeks very fast. Well, that does not mean I am weak. Someone said that “Crying does not mean the person is weak, but the person has a heart”. Simple as that!

  5. I am a night owl but am awake maximum by 6 AM ( is that late for a good morning? Well I just cannot drop down on my bed sooner than 12 AM. I do not get sleep before that. So I write, I watch Netflix, I read, I browse, etc)

  6. I love editing photographs. I have plenty of apps on my phone to edit all our photos and make it look like however we want with make ups and place ourselves wherever we want. Well, we should make use of the advancement in technology you see!

  7. I work as a Ghost Writer and write various articles. The reason am on and off with my own blog is that am chasing targets on daily basis. I write on all niche except topics based on technology. I have no idea why technology dislikes me so much. Every time I decide to try it out, those topics makes it harder for me. So I decided it is best we stay apart from each other.

I have got much more to tell about me, but I guess you would get bored. So let’s get on to my nominations.

I have met some really wonderful bloggers but they are already been nominated being the best. So I got to widen my search. After checking out here are my list of authors of really cool blogs that I found it really interesting to follow.

  1. Priya Sharma – Her blogs – www.passionatebookreviews.com and http://www.romanceaholicanonymous.com If you are looking for some cool books to read, you have to check out Priya Sharma take on the books. She writes cool reviews on all kind of books, and not only Romance novels. She is also a very good artist.

  2. TalkholicMe – Meet Falak Irfan of TalkholicMe. She writes a versatile of topics. Poems, stories, fashion and what not. You will definitely enjoy reading her blog.

  3. Thriti’s Blog – Some write in stories, while some express in poetic. Thriti Das is a blogger who blogs beautiful poems as well as other various blogs. I understand she is already been awarded Versatile Bloggers Award and there is no rule that she need to write another post just because I nominated her. Yet bloggers can have a look at her site if you wish.

  4. Laugh Your Way to Peace, love, and Joy – I find this blog by energy writer Sharon. D. Dillon a very positive and inspiring one. She covers topics on various subjects but everything with a positive attitude. Check out the blog to get inspired and energized.

  5.  Recipe in a Bottle – I would say this blog is as versatile as any other. Because hey you get a different recipe every day. Before visiting the blog, keep your tongue tied. Consider a fair warning, because once you are there you just cannot control your taste buds. Check out some awesome recipes.

Well, although I like to complete the number in nominating, as I said most are already on the list. Hence I like to add to this list some other time when my blog grows and I have an increased number of followers. However, I thank Lorenza for nominating me and all others for appreciating my blog posts with your likes and comments.

Is Hitting Your Child the Only Way to Teach Discipline?

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It was a Sunday evening and we were returning from the “Forum mall”. My daughter had got new skater shoes as a gift for her birthday this year and she wanted to try them out in the mall. We spent some leisure time of the Sunday noon and were on the way back home. We passed through the “Adigas” restaurant, chit chatting in the car about various things. There was a traffic signal showing red ahead us and hence my husband who was driving the car was going slow. My daughter was facing me and I was looking at her. I also overlooked into the window and could easily watch the passers-by on the other side of the road.

Suddenly from nowhere we all heard a loud sound that felt like a slap “Phat”. I knew it was a slap as I saw through the window that was happening in the middle of the vehicles parking space in front of the restaurant.

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My daughter, who was talking to me, was shocked hearing the sound and asked what was it? She immediately turned behind and looked out of the window.

What we witnessed was a mother in the parking area slapped her son so hard that the sound was heard miles afar. But the expression of the boy was heartbreaking, which I probably will never forget in my life.

No, am not trying to criticize the mom here, because I have no rights.

My daughter became silent as she remembered one such recent incident that happened between us. A couple of days back, for reason I do not remember now, I was very angry at her and did scold her on the road while I was dropping her to school. Unfortunately, my voice came out a bit harsh and loud. A friend of her was passing by and heard our conversation. After getting into school, this friend particularly came to her to ask as for why my daughter was being scolded in the middle of the road. My daughter felt it very embarrassing and came home in the evening with a sad face. She told me with tears in her eyes that if she is wrong, she will correct it when I tell it at home but not to speak as harshly in front of her friends and in public.

It’s impossible for me to express how sorry I felt then, but I did convey it to her that it will never happen again.

Coming back to the incident what we saw in front of the cafe, my daughter was able to relate to the situation and probably it made her remember her experience. But what I saw on the boy’s face was painful. He was not more than 13 years of age I suppose. Whatever mistake he did, as detrimental it might be, standing in front of a fast food restaurant where so many people are in the open and facing to the main road, hitting your child as hard as it looked was totally wrong. The boy looked scared, and did not move; his eyes had no tears because fear and pride did not let it role down. But I know, he would have shed buckets later.

Is that right from the mother part? I don’t know what the experts say or the mother’s of grown up kids say for something like this. Am sure given the chance, the mother who slapped the boy will have multiple reasons to justify her actions. For me whatever it is, is not reason enough. Simply because I saw the boy’s face when my mind was calm and could able to feel the pain he must have felt at the moment. No, not the pain of the slap. But the slap, seen by hundreds. For a child, it does not matter that everyone who saw the slap is a stranger and will be forgotten within minutes or maybe in a day or two.

I was not as harsh on my daughter, but I think it’s still not a way to behave as a mother. I owe it to this mother in the parking space we saw who opened my eyes and taught me a lesson. I hope even that was just a first and the mother did realize her behavior too.

We parents, stand as the protectors of our children emotionally and physically both. If we become a reason for our children to feel let down, then there will be no meaning in being a parent. Most often than not, we mothers do lose our calm with the hundred and one things our children do wrong or irritate us in all possible way. But, aren’t they are called children for a reason?

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It is illegal to hit children in many countries. Hitting a child may control his or her behavior for the moment, but it can damage them and your relationship. There are many other ways to discipline our children and hitting is not one of them. I am no novice and I do make mistakes as well. But like our children, we too have some limits. Crossing our limits can harm our own children.

So, be careful and be responsible.

PS: The boy and the mother resembled strongly with their looks which made me believe their relationship as the mother and son!

Time Travel – A Short and Imaginary Story by my 10-year-old Daughter

We are back to school after 20 days of holidays which felt like after two whole years. Spending holidays especially when we had no plans, had been really tough as my daughter was totally bored. Most of her friends got busy traveling to different destinations. We decided to plan next holidays in the December.

My daughter thought of trying something different and she wrote a story, why not? She is a huge fan of Geronimo Stilton and loves any fictitious and traveling into time a lot. Hence, based on little dreams she has, she came up with a story and wrote it in one of her books.

Schools started and she forgot all about it. I took the liberty of sending it to a highly appreciated weekly children news paper. It got published and she wants to tell it to the world. 🙂

Here is a link to her published story. Please share your thoughts.

http://www.robinage.com/wof-read-6233.htm

PS : Request to keep in mind this is a story written by a 10-year-old and who is learning the English language still. So please do not be too hard on judging her language skills.

Thank you