Twenty Words Tuesday- Week 17

Hello folks, I haven’t been able to read any of your amazing posts as I have been super busy for the past two weeks with festivities, travelling, examinations and life. I hope to catch-up with you all soon. Until then, keep warm & write!

Last week’s prompt was –Craft. If you haven’t had a chance to read the wonderful 20-word stories of previous week, I am listing down the links to those amazing takes, don’t forget to show them some love.

I hope that I’ve included every tale, let me know in case I’ve missed yours!

This week’s prompt is Book-portals, thank you IT’S ZOË NIGHTSHADE! for the prompt. I expect you guys to have fun with it. Below is my take on the prompt in 20-words, I hope you’ll like it. Now, hop on the wagon and tell me a tale!

Book-portals

The librarian whispered, “MIND THE PORTALS”; ignoring her I picked up ‘Jane Eyre’. After 9-hours I understood what she meant.


To make TWT more exciting, drop a random word (in comments) for the next week’s prompt, I’ll pick the one which suits my moodSurprise me!


Come, join in! All you need to do is:

  • Write an exactly 20-word story (excluding the title) using the prompt (the prompt word may/may not be present in the story).
  • Ping-back your story to this post, so that everyone (including myself) can read your version.
  • Use the banner given below and the tag- TWT on your post, to help locate the story in WP reader.
Twenty words Tuesday

Remember to write before the next prompt which drops in next Tuesday!

Don’t worry! Even if you are late in discovering us, ping-back to this post and I would love to read your tale.

Until next time, Cheers 


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Twenty-Words Tuesday- Week 16

Hello people, I hope you all had a safe Diwali! Wishing you all the very best for the already here, Winter. Keep warm & write!

Last week’s prompt was –Support. If you haven’t had a chance to read the wonderful 20-word stories of previous week, I am listing down the links to those amazing takes, don’t forget to show them some love.

Friends, please never shy away from informing me if I miss someone.

Now, turbo-charge your writing with November’s Resources!


This week’s prompt is Craft suggested by HappySoul. I expect you guys to have fun with it. Below is my take on the prompt in 20-words, I hope you’ll like it. Now, hop on the wagon and tell me a tale!

Craft

Once, his expert shoe-making skill had been his reputation; career; pride; and even identity. Now, it was only his survival.


To make TWT more exciting, drop a random word (in comments) for the next week’s prompt, I’ll pick the one which suits my moodSurprise me!


Come, join in! All you need to do is:

  • Write an exactly 20-word story (excluding the title) using the prompt (the prompt word may/may not be present in the story).
  • Ping-back your story to this post, so that everyone (including myself) can read your version.
  • Use the banner given below and the tag- TWT on your post, to help locate the story in WP reader.
Twenty Words Tuesday

Remember to write before the next prompt which drops in next Tuesday!

Don’t worry! Even if you are late in discovering us, ping-back to this post and I would love to read your tale.

Until next time, Cheers 


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Are you worthy? Self-worth & Mental Health

When you look into the mirror, do you like what you see? Does that reflection bring a smile on your face, automatically? Are you able to look yourself right in the eyes with confidence and pride? Think hard.

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Life would have been definitely easy if all us had our personal Mjölnir – aka Thor’s hammer, to tell us whether we are worthy or not. But since most of us are mere humans so, we have to assess our self-worth by different scales and measures which our society deems fit.

And before you guys start digging all your gold and hidden treasures, let me stop you because it isn’t about money or your ancestry riches, at least I hope not.

How do you judge your self-worth? What parameters do you think are important and necessary? Are these parameters universal? And so on…

“There are numerous questions which I will try and ponder over and you are most welcome to join. I would love to know what you think.”

The more we are moving ahead in time, more we are losing our mental peace. We all are so afraid of lagging behind in this race to succeed that we have stopped thinking about where exactly are we going or what is it that we are running after. And thus most of us, including me, are not satisfied with where we are.

We constantly punish ourselves thinking we don’t deserve to be happy, just yet. As we all have our final goals cut out for us, either by our own expectations or from those of our families, and until that goal is reached we believe that nothing is worth getting happy about. Believing this we forget that even if we cross that final line there will be another line, much farther away, to cross.

There will always be an another line to cross.

We all have, due to the society which we live in, attached our self worth to various artificial things, like money; property; career; job; an ideal body shape; body weight; flimsy beauty standards and what not! And we always fall short in each respect once we start comparing ourselves to the set standards and hence come all the mental disorders.

We fail to notice that all these said standards are only man-made and nothing has been set in stone; we have the right to take things at our own pace and our success and goals cannot be defined on the biased standards set by people who don’t have a clue about what we are or what we want.

I choose to believe that we are a bit more than our job, career, money we own, cars we drive, or how we look. Don’t you think so?

Our self worth should come from something which is beyond all the misconstrusions forged by our kind. What do you think? How do you assess your self worth? What parameters you think we should consider?

We need that hammer, don’t we?


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Twenty-Words Tuesday- Week 15

Hi friends, November’s Newsletter is live now (it got late due to account review hiccups), get your copy here!

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Last week’s prompt was –Self-Love. If you haven’t had a chance to read the wonderful 20-word stories of previous week, go read them now!


This week’s prompt is Support. I expect you guys to have fun with it. Below is my take on the prompt in 20-words, I hope you’ll like it. Now, hop on the wagon and tell me a tale!

Support

His presence was neither her battery nor her charger, instead a power-bank – not always needed but very reassuring, if around.

To read more such tiny tales on this week’s prompt, scroll down to the comment section and find the links to amazing 20-word stories written by fantastic writers!


To make TWT more exciting, drop a random word (in comments) for the next week’s prompt, I’ll pick the one which suits my mood. Surprise me!


Come, join in! All you need to do is:

  • Write an exactly 20-word story (excluding the title) using the prompt (the prompt word may/may not be present in the story).
  • Ping-back your story to this post, so that everyone (including myself) can read your version.
  • Use the banner given below and the tag- TWT on your post, to help locate the story in WP reader.
Twenty words Tuesday

Remember to write before the next prompt which drops in next Tuesday!

Don’t worry! Even if you are late in discovering us, ping-back to this post and I would love to read your tale.

Until next time, Cheers 


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If

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
 
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;
 
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And-which is more-you’ll be a Man, my son! 

by Rudyard Kipling


Very recently, while searching for this marvelous piece (I couldn’t stop myself from sharing it), I stumbled upon this exceptional Poetry Website. It is a huge repository of classic poems, and a dedicated platform for all the poets & poetry lovers. You can submit your new poems, discuss and rate existing work, listen to poems using voice pronunciation and even translate pieces to many common and not-so-common languages.

Their network welcomes poets from all over the world, where you can post your work online, and receive feedback and accolades from the growing community. So, all the poets & poetry lovers, go and check them out!

Photo by Lina Kivaka from Pexels


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The Blue Blanket

He paced restlessly outside his home, which was nothing but just one room, waiting impatiently for the news of the arrival of his first child. The streets were deserted at this hour of the night and the only occasional sounds were the distant horns of the freight trucks on the nearby Delhi- Agra highway. People…

The Blue Blanket-Akanksha Singh — Brother’s Campfire

Very recently, I had the opportunity to write a short story for the very amazing blog of Benjamin – Brother’s Campfire. When I asked him, he agreed immediately and was extremely kind and generous to let me write for his blog. Brother’s Campfire is known for its enticing ongoing tales and I would encourage you to Gather ’round and hear a tale…

All your thoughts about The Blue Blanket are most welcome and don’t forget to participate in this week’s Twenty Words Tuesday; try writing 20-word tale, I hear it is fun! Also, I would love to know if you are interested in a Book Club? I might start one, we can read a book every month together.

Cheers, until next time 🙏🤗


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Twenty-Words Tuesday- Week 14

Hi friends! Last week’s prompt was –Feelings. If you haven’t had a chance to read the wonderful 20-word stories of previous week, go read them now!

Cheers to all those who could join us in this week.


This week’s prompt is Self-Love. I expect you guys to have fun with it. Below is my take on the prompt in 20-words, I hope you’ll like it. Now, hop on the wagon and try writing some stories.

This Week’s Prompt:

Self-Love

She looked into his eyes watched her every wish come true and yet, she was incomplete until she loved herself.

To read more such tiny tales on this week’s prompt, scroll down to the comment section and find the links to amazing 20-word stories written by fantastic writers!


Come me, join in! All you need to do is:

  • Write an exactly 20-word story (excluding the title) using the prompt (the prompt word may/may not be present in the story).
  • Ping-back your story to this post, so that everyone (including myself) can read your version.
  • Use the banner given below and the tag- TWT on your post, to help locate the story in WP reader.
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Twenty-Words Tuesday

Remember to write before the next prompt which drops in next Tuesday! Your precious thoughts and suggestions for some improvement are always more than welcome.

Don’t worry! Even if you are late in discovering us, ping-back to this post and I would love to read your tale.

Until next time, Cheers 


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One White Corner

Demons, they all have been gathered by me; by my life experiences; gifted to me by the people around me, by you.

I am not afraid of them, confronting them is what I constantly try to run away from because otherwise, everything else that I do will start to seem meaningless.

They lurk in the shadows nearby; in the nooks and crevices of my thoughts, always ready to spring out to malign the cleanest of my canvas. But like a wounded soldier I fight hard and unfair to protect that one corner in which I can recognize myself, even if for a brief fleeting moment. Before it all fades away, again, into the meaningless drudgery of everyday life.


An excerpt from a ‘Work-in-Progress’. Are you good at confronting your demons or are you like me?


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Twenty-Words Tuesday- Week 13

Hi friends! Last week’s prompt was –Grey Matter. If you haven’t had a chance to read the wonderful 20-word stories of previous week, go read them now!

Cheers to all those who could join us in this week.


This week’s prompt is Feelings. I expect you guys to have fun with it. Below is my take on the prompt in 20-words, I hope you’ll like it. Now, hop on the wagon and try writing some stories.

This Week’s Prompt:

Feelings

She wanted him because she couldn’t have him and for him she was his heart’s only desire before everything perished.

To read more such tiny tales on this week’s prompt, scroll down to the comment section and find the links to amazing 20-word stories written by fantastic writers!


Come me, join in! All you need to do is:

  • Write an exactly 20-word story (excluding the title) using the prompt (the prompt word may/may not be present in the story).
  • Ping-back your story to this post, so that everyone (including myself) can read your version.
  • Use the banner given below and the tag- TWT on your post, to help locate the story in WP reader.
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Twenty-Words Tuesday

Remember to write before the next prompt which drops in next Tuesday! Your precious thoughts and suggestions for some improvement are always more than welcome.

Don’t worry! Even if you are late in discovering us, ping-back to this post and I would love to read your tale.

Until next time, Cheers 


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How to improve your English?

To improve our life, first of all we need to identify the area which needs to be worked on. Without knowing our weaknesses we can’t strengthen them. Similarly, without identifying the pitfalls in our language skills we would not be able to polish it to our liking.

English is not a single blob of cheese which needs to be fed upon the ancient way but instead it is like a fancy entrée with different aspects filled with numerous layers of varied flavors which need to be incorporated with intelligence and eaten with some craft and appreciation.

Meaning, English is multifaceted.

Every language has various components which when combined artistically gives it the polished touch. Similarly, English language skill has its different areas like Reading Skills, Writing Skills, Speaking Skills, Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary.

You will never get the desired result if you don’t focus on each aspect individually. Its exactly like building your body for the desired shape; to achieve that you need to focus on each specific area of your body, simple aimless cardio routine will not get you anywhere, no matter the amount of hard work you put in.

Additionally, these facets are very much interconnected with each other, you can’t improve one and leave the other. The amount of time spent might vary depending on the personal weakness/strength of the individual but the whole machinery needs to be oiled.

Thus, to improve the English language skill holistically, we need to work on all its facets and then combine them so that the result is splendid as well.

At T.E.C. we identify these aspects and understand very clearly which muscle needs to be worked on and how much. We focus on each skill with the help of well tested and approved ways which are known to work very effectively and demand minimum labour from your end. As working smart is more important than working hard.

We aim at building your English Skills the organic way, so that it gets incorporated in your lifestyle and stays with you forever.

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