SHARE YOUR WORLD 9-6-2021 — sparksfromacombustiblemind

Welcome to Share Your World!  I will post four or five different questions each week for you to answer.  Additionally, I offer a ‘Gratitude’ Section for those who like a little affirmation with their questions!  It’s optional to participate in that of course.  There are two ways in which you can participate: Create a Share […]

SHARE YOUR WORLD 9-6-2021 — sparksfromacombustiblemind

Do you believe in soul-mates?  (my definition of ‘soul mate’ is the IDEAL partner romantically).

Sadje answered my answer. I don’t think there is a soul mate. We choose one person, and make it work with them. If this one wasn’t at the right time and place, we’d choose someone else and make it work. Or may not choose anyone at all.

What is soul connection, IMHO, is our children. Mind you, it’s not so in reverse – their soul connection is with THEIR children..and so on. But the bond that a parent has to a child is definitely beyond human comprehension.

What are three scents you like?

Jasmine, sandalwood and eucalyptus. A hot eucalyptus oil spiked bath during monsoon is bliss.

What are some things that you might be considered too old to do, but that you enjoy?

Icecreams, especially chocobar, who-dun-its, and cotton candy.

What is one food you absolutely refuse to share?

Cadbury’s nutties. Can’t resist them. If my kid is around, I’d get TWO packets, so she keeps her paws off mine.

GRATITUDE SECTION (as always, optional)

For the lovely rains we’ve been having, which makes my yard come to life. Also for the calming of the tempest that has been my life all year.

A forward: The four phases of global media coverage of India’s vaccination program

This blog is too far-right-wing (Indian right wing) for my comfort, but this post made me think. For the non-Indian reading this, 10 lakh = 1 million (so 88 lakh is 8.8 million) and 1 crore = 10 million (55.47 crore = 557 million).

Yesterday, India administered a record 88 lakh vaccinations, taking the total number of vaccine doses to 55.47 crore. Since India is regularly hitting the 50 lakh plus mark, we are very likely to cross 56 crore doses today itself. Among these, there are 43.22 crore first doses, which means that 43.22 crore adults have already […]

The four phases of global media coverage of India’s vaccination program — dynastycrooks

Squirrely SHARE YOUR WORLD 8/15/2021 — sparksfromacombustiblemind

Welcome to Share Your World!  I will post four or five different questions each week for you to answer.  Additionally, I offer a ‘Gratitude’ Section for those who like a little affirmation with their questions!  It’s optional to participate in that of course.  There are two ways in which you can participate: Create a Share […]

Squirrely SHARE YOUR WORLD 8/15/2021 — sparksfromacombustiblemind

7-15-2021  When you just need to forget the world for a few hours, what helps you get away from it all? 

Writing. Putting words on screen, moving them around, making them sound good (at least to my eyes, excuse the mixed metaphors), and just seeing a cohesive piece appear from what was once a blank page is the most liberating feeling of all. Sometimes it is brain-frying science, sometimes easy essays, sometimes rants, sometimes funnies – they all serve the same purpose – liberation.

7-22-2021  If you woke up tomorrow with a unicorn horn extending from the top of your head, what would be the biggest advantage and disadvantage of your new appendage? (Mitzi the Horny  FRIENDLY Unicorn)

It would hide my bald spot. Where can I get one of those?

7-29-2021  What is the creepiest thing you’ve ever seen someone do, that you’d be willing to talk about, of course?(Snuggle The “I Like It Kinky” Friendly Bear)

This is India. People are always doing creepy things. Like peeing on the side of the road, staring at breasts, pinching bottoms, getting bribes, being racist….the list is endless.

8-5-2021 What’s the silliest or pettiest thing that tends to really upset you?(Rainy, The Wickedly Obsessive Rain Loving Skunk)

The silliest is when people make fun of/tease others. I can’t take it even as a joke.

Prettiest – Women with long, straight, thick black hair. Reason? See the answer to the second question.

How comfortable are you with meeting others who are very different from yourself?

Very. I am more uncomfortable meeting people who are like me – I feel very exposed and naked. The more different they are from me, the better friends I am with them. Of course, this does not mean I am friends with criminals and such like. Within acceptable ethical and lawful limits, of course.


Grateful to my blog and blog readers for offering me a safe space for catharsis.

Regret is a dish best served not

This year has been one of regrets, for me.  Yes, that’s the word, regret. I have thought, said and done things that I have regretted later.  The problem of falling down the rabbit hole of regret is that you start evaluating all past decisions of your life and wonder if those were right in the first place.  And the brain gets better at what it is trained for, so the more you regret recent decisions and actions, the more you regret past ones.

Another problem with regret is that it makes you loath to taking decisions and doing actions in the present because you are sure you will regret it later.  Every moment of my wakeful time seems to be like that now.  I should’ve been grateful that it was only my wakeful time because last night, I had dreams in which I did stupid things that I regretted doing, while still in the dream too.  Do you think that is insane?  I do.

Didn’t someone or their cousin say that regret is a waste of time?  They didn’t know.  Regret is more than a waste of time, it is a waste of human life.  I realise it now, as I try to put my life back into some semblance of sanity.  Yes, I have made some mistakes.  How does one begin to forgive oneself for her mistakes?  Especially when some of them have altered the trajectory of someone else’s life?  When apologies seem inadequate, what does one do?

Or am I overthinking this, as I am wont to ?   Is there a way out of this rabbit hole?

From elsewhere

During a web search, I stumbled across an article I wrote for a company a year back. Modesty aside, I smiled as I read this article because heck, I must’ve been on a roll when I wrote it. Sharing it here..

Teenspeak in the digital era
“WTH” says my teen, as I pour water over her sleepy head. “KMN”, she groans, when I remind her that online school starts in about thirty-six seconds, and says, “TSNF*”.

[…Read more here: OYS, OFC, SMH, IMP – Teen Texting Codes Explained | Mobicip ]


I keep reading news that India has only vaccinated 10% of its population, and feel terrible. Then I did the math. Here’s the result.

Agreed, 10% is dismal and makes me want to curl up and hibernate until this whole thing has passed. But remember, we are a population of 1.3 billion people. 10% of 1 billion is still a lot of people in absolute numbers.

Look at the absolute numbers (data from here).

Agreed, we are far worse than China (which started vaccinations early), given that we have comparable population. Admittedly we could do better, if only we had more vaccines, better discipline, less corruption, and fewer stupid people who believe all sorts of nonsense about vaccines.

Compare this to an “advanced” Western country – let’s take UK, because it is home to BBC, whose one perpetual rant is about how badly India is doing. UK, 13 times smaller than India (See comparison below, edited from here) and home to 1.2 billion fewer people than India, has vaccinated only one third of our number.

No again, I am not justifying my country. If any, I feel rage at the stupidity that’s pervasive here. I refused to let my maid come back to work until she moved her keaster and got vaccinated. I avoid talking to people lest they say something stupid about vaccines and I go ballistic. In addition to all my personal life fears that I am going through at the moment, I am terrified that there would be another wave of the virus thanks to the 90% who have not been vaccinated yet. I am terrified of another lockdown.

This post is just to convince myself that, yeah, we aren’t doing great, but we aren’t doing too badly either.


Is there a gender difference in socialization?

When my girl friends meet up, there’s usually a lot of ruckus, and there isn’t much intervention from phone calls.

A couple of friends of my husband are meeting at our house today. It’s been 15 minutes since they arrived, and one of them already answered 4 phone calls on his cell.



When one prefers pirandai podi sadam (adamant creeper powder mixed with rice) over pizza, is it conclusive proof that one has aged?