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Happy Book Lover’s Day!

Books mean a lot to me. They’re like my best friends.

I remember the first book that I ever read, like a book book, was Horton hatches an egg by Dr. Suess.

And I read that and I was like, ‘this is actually fun!’ and I read one more book, and then another and I read more and more and I fell in love with reading.

My mom used to order three to four books online for me every month. The package would arrive and I would be so excited. I started filling up my bookcase with my books. Arranging them according to size, proudly displaying their beautiful spines.

At first I used to read books from some certain authors but then I started reading books written by other authors also. I loved some of the books, then there were some that I didn’t like.

Sometimes, when I feel like being quite, I get a book and sit and read. It’s a wonderful refuge from the current world and events. You can get transported from the real world into this fictional world, into someone else’s story, riding alongside a character into their world and thoughts.

There are some books which make me feel calm, and there are some that hype me up!

There’s nothing better than having a book in one hand a chocolate in the other hand and you’re curled up on the couch and there’s no one interrupting you and you’re sitting and reading.

Since I learned to read, up until now, I have never ever felt so excited for anything than when I’m getting a new book. Whenever the books arrive, I rip the packaging, clutch the book in my hands and just whoop with joy!

I go online, search for books, read hundreds of book reviews, and then shortlist my books and give the list to my mom to order. I don’t have a library or a bookstore nearby so we have to order them online. and lots of times I get pretty impatient for them to arrive. Now I’ve started reading lots of  books online. That way I’ve access to lots of books and I don’t have to wait for days before I finally get to read the books I really wanted to read.

I’m telling you, nothing beats the smell of the fresh, inviting pages of a new book.

Anyways, so concluding this whole rambling post that I wrote above is that I’m a bookworm, I love reading and a happy national book lovers day to y’all!

I love this fridge magnet ☝


Happy Sibling’s Day!

Siblings are an important part of our lives. Having fights with each other, pulling each other’s hair, and screaming, “Maaaaa! Bhaiya’s hitting me!” are the happenings of every single day.

As the younger sibling, I have to take multiple trips to the kitchen to get a glass of water for my brother and opening the door every time the bell rings. And if I ask my brother, “why should I do your work?” the answer is, “because I’m older.

You can’t live with your sibling or live without them. Now, because of his studies, he lives away from us and the house just feels empty without him. It’s like I’m a single child now. Not having to share my Maggi with him, not having to listen to his loud songs or not having him around to disturb me isn’t fun at all.

My brother loves to argue with me, pinch me, bite me and call me bewakoof. But still, no matter how much he annoys me, I always love him and look up to him.

Having siblings is awesome!

Happy sibling’s day!


Pages From My Travel Journal: Trip to Ganpatipule

I recently went on a trip to Ganpatipule with my family. I obviously took my travel diary with me and jotted down all my memories from the trip. So here they are: Pages from my travel journal: Trip to Ganpatipule.

Day 1:

I was so not ready to wake up at 4 in the morning. After I finished splashing cold water on my face to wake myself up, brushed my teeth, got my bag; we headed out the door and got a cab to Dadar railway station. Off to Ganpatipule! Our train arrived on the station and I was like ‘whoa!’ it was a really nice train; it was a chaircar train with big comfy seats and small screens with movies and songs to entertain the passengers. Papa watched Mughal-e-Azam in the on the screen, I watched the starting of the movie with him but then I got bored. I slept for most of the journey.

After we reached Ratnagiri railway station, we took an auto to our resort: Greenleaf; which is an associate of our beloved Club Mahindra. After checking in, we relaxed for some time and then went off to explore the resort. After that, we went to Ganpatipule beach for a brisk walk. We spent some time there and then had dinner. I could see loads of stars in the night sky and was so thrilled.

Day 2

We just chilled out at the resort today. I borrowed some books from the fun zone, we played carrom and foosball at the fun zone and mamma and I sang songs on the karaoke. I clicked some pictures of flowers. We splashed around in the pool and at night while mamma papa played with cards, I read the books I had borrowed. I also had a crazy tickle fight with bhaiya (my brother). I had a lot of fun.

Day 3

Today was one of those rare days when I kept my hair open. I kept it open the whole day long except when I was in the swimming pool. Can you believe it?  Anyway, today we went to the Malgund beach. There were only a few people there. The sea water was really clear and there were loads of shells on the beach, so of course, I collected them. I picked up a small shell and saw something moving inside it. It was a tiny crab! I quickly put the shell down and ran away, startled. After that I made sure to check each and every shell that I picked to make sure there weren’t any crabs in it.

Mamma spotted this jellyfish on the shore ☝



After spending some time on the beach, we headed off to find lunch. We stopped at this place called Mehendley’s and ordered thalis. I ate some aamras and amrakhand (mango shrikhand) it was amazing. After eating we went back to our room. While the others rested, I read the books that I had borrowed from the fun zone library. At four we all headed to the swimming pool to have some fun. We were the only ones at the swimming pool so it was really quiet. Bhaiya kept coming to pull my leg from behind, trying to drag me underwater 😒 and then we also played catch with a ball in the water. It was pretty fun.


Day 4

Today was our last day in Ganpatipule. We took a tour package to visit all the tourist places today. First, we headed off to Ganpatipule mandir and beach.

Saw this mermaid at the beach 🧜‍♀️

After that we went to the Prachin Konkan museum, it was all about the lives of people of konkan from medieval times. There were many life sized statues of the people. Here are a few:

Then we visited Aarey Waarey beach. It is a very beautiful beach, the water is a beautiful sea green color and there are pine trees besides the beach.

Look at that sand! ☝

We visited some more places:

The childhood home of Bal Gangadhar Tilak:

The temple build by Veer Savarkar:

Thibaw palace, home of king Thibaw:

After the tour ended, it was time for us to go catch our train. So we headed to Ratnagiri railway station to get on our train. The train was off schedule so we had to wait there for some time. The train arrived and we quickly boarded it. Off to Mumbai. Goodbye Ganpatipule!


Story: The Best New Year Ever!

Tara glanced down at her to-do list and frowned. It said:

TO-DO List:

Finish holiday homework

Go to the store to bring food for Rocket

Wash the dishes

Make a batch of cookies

Go to art classes

She couldn’t believe it was the day before New Year! It was the second last day of her winter vacation. She had thought that her vacations would go so merrily and she’d have so much fun. But now, she felt grouchy and grumpy. All her friends were outside, playing football, she wanted to play with them too, but mom shook her head and told her she had to finish all the tasks on her to-do list. Ugh. She decided not to dally further and complete all her tasks before the day got over. She wouldn’t be able to play then.

She re-read the list. Her family was having a new year party in the evening and she was making a batch of cookies for it. She decided to make the cookies now. No, chocolate chip cookies would be great. Cookies were fun and she knew how to make cookies like any pro. She put on her apron, took a big bowl and started putting all the ingredients together while humming a chirpy tune. She took the flour, baking soda and sugar and mixed them all together. In another bowl, she took butter, eggs, vanilla extract and mixed them as well. Then she mixed the ingredients of two bowls. Finally, she added the most important ingredient, chocolate chips! Yum. She put them in generously and kneaded the dough. She sniffed it. “Smells delicious!” she said to herself and laid the cookies on a baking sheet and put the tray into the oven.

Then, she pondered over what to do. The next most fun activity was to go to art classes but the art classes were scheduled at two o’ clock. It was only 10:30 right now. She looked over at the fridge where she had stuck her to-do list. It’s my turn to wash the dishes today; oh no! Only two days left for the holidays and I’ve still got to finish math and history homework; oh no! Her dog Rocket’s food has got finished; oh no! Tara’s mind boggled. She didn’t know what to do!

She decided that she’d better sit and complete her homework. She took off her apron and took out her books and sat down on the kitchen table to finish her homework. For the next five minutes, she chewed the end of her pencil and tried to figure out a hard math problem. Her big brother Jai smelled the cookies and was attracted to the kitchen like a magnet. He peeked into the kitchen and saw the cookies baking in the oven. “Hey, when are those cookies going to bake?” he asked. “Those are not for you, okay, those are for the new year’s party. Don’t touch them!” cried Tara. She ran and caught hold of him. “Please don’t eat them,” she said, looking at her brother with pleading eyes. “Okay, okay,” he said shaking her off. “But I’ll eat ten of them.” He walked off and started playing some heavy metal music at a high volume. Tara put her hands over her ears and groaned. “Ten cookies! I should have known. I only made three per person!” she sat down and tried to concentrate. Her younger brother Laksh strolled into the kitchen. Rocket followed him, yapping at his heels “Rocket is hungry,” he said. “And I am hungry too. Can I eat those cookies? Rocket likes cookies too,” he said. “No!” Tara practically screamed. “Don’t eat them, Laksh. And don’t even try giving one to rocket. He’ll get sick! Chocolate is not good for dogs.” “Why are you shouting? I was just asking,” said Laksh and went away with Rocket.

Tara started to complain. “Not only I have to complete all my tasks, but I also have these two pesky, annoying brothers to deal with.” She kicked at a chair in frustration. “Maybe I should just go and do something else. My homework will have to wait.” She took a deep breath and tried to get calm. “I’ll just go and get some food for Rocket.” She went and told mom and got the money, put on her shoes and made her way to the door. She decided to take Rocket along with her, so he could have his walk. Laksh trudged behind her and asked, “can I come too? I’m getting bored at home.” “Okay, but please don’t get me into any trouble,” said Tara. She put Rocket on his leash and went outside. As they passed the playground, Tara saw her friends Naina and Eshan playing badminton. “Come on, join us,” they shouted when they saw Tara. Tara waved at them and said, “Nah, got some work to do,” and jogged on.

They reached the store and made their way to pet food aisle. Tara grabbed the blue and white striped dog food packet from the shelf and as soon as she did this, she heard a CLANK CRASH THUD! She spun around and saw Rocket trying to climb on the shelves and all the tin cans of pet food scattered on the ground, some of them rolling away. “Aah!” screamed Laksh, as a can dropped on his foot. A clerk came running and freaked out and started shouting. Tara got some nasty stares from people around her. “Rocket! Behave yourself.” She held up her hands like a traffic policeman. “Don’t worry, I’ll clean this up. And please be quiet,” she told the clerk who was still shouting. She thrust Rocket’s leash into Laksh’s hand and picked up all the cans and put them into their places. After she was done, she gave a scornful look to Rocket and quickly paid the money for his food and got out of the store.

They went home, Tara muttering and fuming under her breath while Laksh and Rocket were running ahead of her. Tara’s mum opened the door and Tara slammed it behind her. Then she gasped in horror. She smelt something burning! Laksh and Rocket were sniffing the air too. They all ran to the kitchen and saw Jai leaning over the oven with his hand on his hips. “What happened Jai? Did the cookies burn? “Yeah. I saved them in time or they may have turned to black ash. I don’t mind eating burnt cookies though, they are all right,” Jai took a bite from one cookie. “Hmmm not bad,” he announced. Tara’s mom came to her and said, “It’s okay Tara, we’ll make another batch.” Tara was too stunned to answer.

She retreated to her room and plugged in her earphones and put on her favourite song. Then she sat on her bed with her history book in her hand and started flipping through it. But soon, she lost concentration and started moving her head to the tune of the music and started singing along, and then she jumped up from her bed and started dancing and twirling around the room. “Tara, lunch’s ready!” her mom called her. But she was too busy shimmying to the music to hear her. Her dad popped his head into her room. “Come on pop star, lunch is ready,” he said. Tara took off her earphones, “Huh?” “Don’t you want to eat?” asked dad, “come quick,” he said. She and her dad rushed to the kitchen. Jai and Laksh were already sitting there. Tara apologised and sat down to eat her rice and curry. Throughout the meal, Laksh talked with his mouth full and Tara constantly reminded him to not talk while eating. Rocket quickly gulped down his food and when nobody was looking, Tara gave him the rest of her curry. That’s when she looked at the clock and remembered her tasks.

She had only ten minutes before her drawing classes would start.  She quickly took the dishes, put them in the sink and washed them. “Eat quickly, or I’ll get late!” she told her brothers. “I’ve to reach my drawing class at 2 pm!” She placed the dishes on their racks without caring to rinse the soapy water off them. She flew around the house looking for her colour pencils and drawing book. “I’m sure I kept them here somewhere,” she said as she rummaged around her room. “Ease down, Tara,” said her mom. She found her art supplies for her and packed her art class bag.  “Thank you, mommy,” she gave her mom a quick hug and hurried down the street.

Tara ran as fast as she could. The classes were only two blocks away, but she still got ten minutes late. The class had already started. “Sorry ma’am, I’m late,” she apologised to the old Mrs. Smith, her teacher. Some girls at the back of the class looked at her and smirked. Tara realised that she looked like a joker. Her hair was really messy and standing upright on her head. And there was also some curry smeared on her face. “Come in, don’t stand there. We’re doing still life today,” said Mrs. Smith. Tara quickly wiped her face with the back of her hand and sat down at her desk. Everyone was drawing the fruit basket that Mrs. Smith had placed on a table. She took out her pouch and started sketching. The rest of her class went awful. No matter what she did, her shapes came out wrong and finally after finishing the drawing, and taking out her paints, she realised that she had forgotten her brushes at home and had to borrow them. After she finished the painting, (which turned out okay) she accidentally spilled the water in her bowl onto her painting, ruining it.

She felt really bad as she walked back to her house after class. Her day had gone so badly. She had been in a bitter mood the whole day and hadn’t had any fun. She was really sad when she reached home. “What happened, Tara?” asked mom. “Why the glum face?” Tara broke down and started sobbing, “mom, this has been such a bad day, no matter what I do, some disaster happens! First, that disaster at the store, then my cookies gets burnt and now my art piece got ruined. Now I have to make another batch of cookies and finish my homework. And I really wanted to play today.” “I know Tara, sometimes our day goes perfectly, and sometimes it is full of mishaps. The best thing to do is learn from it and make the best out of it,” Tara’s mom hugged her and said, “come on get up, we have a lot of work to do.” Tara smiled and wiped her tears away. While mom decorated the house with streamers, dad helped Tara make the cookies. Soon a tasty smell wafted through the kitchen. “The cookies are ready!” Tara announced. Tara grabbed a plate to put the cookies on. “Uh, you might want to wash the plate before using it,” said dad. Tara gave him a puzzled look and then laughed remembering how she had left the half washed plates before rushing off to class. She washed them all and Laksh helped her by wiping them. Then they both set the table with the delicious hot cookies and lemonade. “Done-dana-done!” said Tara.

Then she remembered her homework. She sat on the kitchen table again, chewing her pencil. “Need any help?” asked Jai. “Sure, thanks,” answered Tara. With Jai’s help, Tara finished her homework in record time. As there were 2 more hours left before the party would start, so Tara’s mom let her go down to play. Tara and her friends, Naina and Eshan rode their bicycles, while Rocket ran along with them giving shrill barks of joy and of course, Tara had fun at her party eating cookies and lemonade and dancing along the music. “This has been the best new year ever,” said Naina. Tara smiled and comically rolled her eyes.

-Adhya Bhatnagar





Poem: A walk on the beach

I love the feeling of sand between my toes,
As cool, fresh air glides over my face,
The ocean-y wind tickles my nose,
As I walk down the beach at a slow pace,

The foamy, bubbly waves wash down the shore,
The crystal clear water is pristine and pure,
It makes a soft sound as it flows on to the coast,
This soothing sound is what I like most,

The wind whispers in the palm leaves,
I take huge whiffs of the cool windy, breeze
The sun is setting in the horizon
As the sky turns red-purple-crimson

Seashells scattered here and there among the sand,
I stoop down and pick up an ornate conch in my hand,
I put it to my ear and listen carefully,
And hear the whooshing voices of the sea,

I love the feeling of sand between my toes,
As cool, fresh air glides over my face,
The ocean-y wind tickles my nose,
As I walk down the beach at a slow pace.

-Adhya Bhatnagar


Poem: Stargazing

I gaze up at the sky,

And heave a soft sigh,

As I see the stars shining bright,

Flooding the sky with light,

Hundreds of them, up so high,

I can’t count them, even though I try,

These dazzling, shimmering lights,

Look so beautiful in the night,

As I lie on the grass, taking it all in,

Watching the stars twinkle and gleam.

-Adhya Bhatnagar



TIGERS: The Majestic Creatures Of Earth

I LOVE tigers. Proud, beautiful, agile, I think they are wonderful.

The biggest species of the cat family, tigers can reach up to a length of 11 feet and weigh as much as 300 kgs.

Tigers are excellent swimmers and can swim up to 6 kilometers. They also like chilling in water on a hot day or just for fun.

A tiger’s roar can be heard more than 2 kilometers away


Tigers are expert hunters. A tiger stalks on its prey silently and then, at the right moment it pounces onto its unaware victim and kills it. A tiger can jump as high as 12  feet and leap 5 meters in length!

Just like a human’s finger print, a tiger’s body has a unique pattern of stripes that no other tiger has.

There are six existing subspecies of tigers on Earth. They are the Sumatran Tiger, Siberian Tiger, Bengal Tiger, South China Tiger, Malayan Tiger and Indochinese Tiger.

Sadly, subspecies of tigers like the Bali tiger, Caspian tiger, and the Javan tiger are extinct. 🙁

There were once 100,000 tigers in the world. Today there are only 3800 tigers in the world. The main reasons for these decreased numbers are poaching and habitat destruction. Poachers kill tigers and illegally smuggle their parts to other countries where the parts of a tiger fetch high prices at black markets. Due to habitat destruction, tiger’s don’t have a place to live and their prey also starts to dwindle. Due to these factors, the national animal of India, tigers, are now endangered. 😟

Let’s come together and stop them from getting extinct. SAVE TIGERS 🐯


I try my hand at making rangolis!

Hi! This Diwali, I had a lot of fun making rangolis. Every day after lunch, I would sit outside my house with my tray of rangoli colors and make rangolis. This time they were a bit better than last year’s (I think). And even though they didn’t turn out perfect, I really enjoyed making them. I hope you like them. Oh, happy Diwali!








A portrait of Ganesh Ji.

A butterfly near a flower.

A peacock in a lotus??? 😀

A simple design.

A design I made with a friend at her house.

DORA! I made this rangoli last year.

These were the rangolis I made. Hope you liked them!


Happy Navratri!

Happy Navratri and Durga Puja!

The goddess is here!

I made this zentangle artwork of Maa Durga as an offering to her.

Do you want to know the story of Maa Durga? Well, here it is:

Long long ago, there was a mighty and arrogant demon named Mahishasura. He was half demon, half bull. He wanted to be immortal.  So he started doing penances so that he could ask for a boon. Appeased, Lord Bramha came to him and asked, “what is the boon you seek?”  “Lord give me the power so that no man or God can kill me.” “So be it,” Lord Bramha said in reply and vanished. With his new found power, Mahishasura became more arrogant and started fighting and taking over kingdoms. He soon got to Dev Lok and overpowered the gods and because of Brahma’s boon, no one could kill him. He harassed everyone and wreaked havoc in everyone’s life. The devas went to Lord Bramha, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. They all decided to make and send a goddess to kill Mahishasura. As per his boon, no man or god could kill him. But a goddess certainly could! They all combined their powers and from their power was born Devi Durga. She headed to the abode of Mahishasura. There was a fierce battle between the two. On the tenth day maa Durga slayed him. This day is celebrated as Vijay Dashmi.