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Say A Little Prayer

say a little prayer ganesha

Okay now. That post title came straight out of the song playing in a loop in my head. Say a little prayer by Diana King. No idea why. Except, years ago – the song often aired on TV and by some strange coincidence, I would watch it. Rather foot tapping music. And you know how some songs just stick in the head, without being favorites or anything like that.

However.

I find the title apt for this moment because it is April 1 tomorrow and that means the big day – the beginning of the A to Z Challenge. Month-long blogging. Two blogs. Tight schedule. Ensuring posts are up on time. And so on, and so forth.

Stress? No.

Fun? Yes.

I am not going to get worked up thinking of how hectic it will be. Every day, when I walk on my terrace, I’ll compose the next day’s post and draft it, and come home and write it. I’ve cleverly been avoiding discussions of how many posts have been written/scheduled on our A to Z Facebook Group.  I intend to carry this serenity through, because, dear friends, it is good for my health.

Of course, I am thrilled at how some of my friends have pitched in voluntarily with guest posts for April and I can’t wait to bring them to you. It is like holding on to something exciting and biting my nails off – thanks to the mandatory waiting! Who likes to wait? Hmph!

April 1 is also significant for me as we’re also going to be busy with school reopening and getting ready for the new academic year. I am a wee bit sad to think it will be the last year for my son in a school setting. Strange to think that this routine will change forever. This is a crucial year as 12th graders are more or less on the brink of deciding on their career paths.  It is also a year of hard work. So we are looking forward to it!

I am glad to say my medical reports are good and I spent time in the doctors’ office bugging him. I am not good at sitting in one place, unless perhaps, I am sleeping or strapped to the chair. I tend to keep walking around – and see what I did. Took photos of the good doctor’s clinic’s wall art.

Say a little prayer, indeed

Rather good taste, I thought. Beautiful paintings. Kalamkari art (a type of hand-painted or block-printed cotton textile, produced in parts of India and in Iran – more about this in another post!)

I wish I could have taken better pictures but there was so much sunshine I couldn’t avoid the glare on the glass frame!

As with all occasions, we begin by invoking Ganesha, the remover of obstacles.

Vidya Sury Say a little prayer

 Goddess of wealth, LakshmiVidya Sury Say a little prayer (1)

Lakshmi’s consort, Lord Vishnu

Vidya Sury Say a little prayer

Little Krishna slaying the serpent demon Kalinga

Vidya Sury Say a little prayer

And my namesake Goddess Saraswati, Goddess of Knowledge, music and arts. Oops…I am her namesake, right?

Vidya Sury Say a little prayer

Hanuman the original example of devotion, loyalty and strength. I am a devotee.

Vidya Sury Say a little prayer (4)

You know I am besotted with the skies. Who wouldn’t be – to see that celestial multi-colored canvas with birds flying?

Vidya Sury Say a little prayer sky

What plans for April? Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge? What? Haven’t signed up? Do it now.  Let’s rock it together!

Linking up with Unknown Mami, who hosts my favoritest meme Sundays In My City – she sponsors world travel via our keyboard. No visa required.

Happy Ugadi to you! (Happy New Year, where I live!)

While the people of Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh use the term Yugadi/Ugadi for this festival, the people of Maharashtra term the same festival, observed on the same day, Gudi Padwa (Marathi: गुढी पाडवा). Marwari, people of Rajasthan celebrate the same day as their new year day Thapna. Sindhis, people from Sindh, celebrate the same day as their New Year day Cheti Chand.[2] Manipuris also celebrate their New Year (Sajibu nongma panba) on the same day.

Here’s a scene from our City Market

say a little prayer vidya sury

Image credited

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22 Comments

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    Proactive Indian
    March 31, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    It’s great to know your medical reports are good! If you bug the doctor now (AND follow the advice he gives you), there are less chances of health problems bugging you later!

    Nice pictures! The City Market photo is the best: colourful, lively and invigorating!

    My A-Z theme, ‘26 Positive Takes on Life’ will generally focus on positive, truly heart-warming, real-life incidents involving ordinary persons whom we can all emulate.

    Happy Ugadi to you!
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    Aditi
    March 31, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Vidya I fall in love with you as you write! Such a lovely post! 🙂 Happy Ugadi to you and your family! Let the good times roll! Can’t wait for A-Z! Hugs!
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    Beloo Mehra
    March 31, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Happy new year! Wow, you use your time at the doctor’s office so creatively. Good for you, Vidya! I love Kalamkari. I should also look for a doctor with that kind of art in his office! I like your serene approach to the A-Z challenge 🙂 I think it is an excellent way to go through this. And prayer certainly helps 🙂 Good luck to you for everything. And good to know that your tests came out fine.
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    Richa Singh
    March 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I know you are going to rock the challenge anyways! And yes counting the posts and discussions are stressful 😀 but also ton loads of fun (and motivation) 😀
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    KP
    March 31, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I take this post as the invocative coconut to Lord Ganesha seeking His blessings before the start of A-Z challenge.I look forward eagerly to reading your posts.
    The Kalamkari pictures are very beautiful
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    Cher
    March 31, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    I love the paintings, Vidya, and especially the scene from your City Market – so colorful!
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    Kaarina Dillabough
    March 31, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    The paintings remind me of the drawings Vidur did when you were in Canada:) And the photo of the market is so vibrant! LOVE your new header: it is so you:) Cheers! Kaarina
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    Corinne Rodrigues
    March 31, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I love that header – I know it will always bring a smile when I visit your blog. But then you always do that anyway, don’t you? ♥
    And about the A to Z Challenge, what’s that? 😉
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    Kajal
    March 31, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Let me begin by saying how beautiful that header looks 🙂 Its cute!

    And yeah, am excited about A to Z as well…and I just said a little prayer 🙂

    The pictures of the gods are great but its the city market picture that caught my eye totally…what beautiful colors 🙂 Lovely!
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    WriterlySam
    March 31, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    LOVE the header, Vidya! I’m relieved to hear you’re in good health:) I’ll be thinking of you, daily, when we each compose our A to Z posts with coffee in hand and fun in our hearts:) xoxo
    WriterlySam
    Resident Bartender for the A to Z Theme Reveal Party!

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    Mary Stephenson
    March 31, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Hi Vidya

    Your plate is definitely full for the month of April.

    Good luck on sticking to the plan. A little more ambitious than I would want to take on. But then again if I prepared 3 months in advance I may only need to come up with a few posts. lol

    Mary
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    Elle
    April 1, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Great header Vidya…puts a big smile on my face that’s for sure. As always you capture the flavour of so much in your pics. The one of the market is a keeper for sure.

    Glad to hear you’re doing well on the health front, keep taking care of yourself dear one. 🙂
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    Sheethal
    April 1, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Love love love the Header! <3 … waiting to read more this month 🙂
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    Sandi Amorim
    April 1, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Love the new header, and the gods and goddesses you shared. I’d love a set to hang in my office!

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    Rajlakshmi
    April 1, 2014 at 8:15 am

    yes… the key is to stay calm and write 😛 loved the paintings … I so wanna be the bird in the sky 🙂
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    Fran Sorin
    April 1, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Vidya- The new heading is playful and loving – perfect for you. You juggle so many balls beautifully that I know this month you will succeed with the A to Z Challenge. with love –
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    Anyta
    April 1, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Love the City Market photograph!

    Good luck for the A-Z Challenge and looking forward as ever to reading your posts in April.

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    Farida Rizwan
    April 1, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I love the picture you clicked of City Market.. it is an amazing view!
    I had signed for the A-Z challenge but backed off a day ago. I am travelling for a few days. Rayyan is not home and Farheena has holidays. I have to take her out somewhere so that she will not be bored. Also decided to take up some activities like stitching and embroidery with her. I knew I could not justice to the challenge, so quit instead of doing it halfheartedly.
    I will be reading and enjoying your posts though. Good luck!
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    Sulekha
    April 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Walking on the terrace or out walking in the park, ideas are like the wind. Free spirited and whimsical, I love making up stories in my head when I am quietly enjoying nature.
    Loved your marketplace picture, vibrant as the challenge we have undertaken for this month 🙂
    Best of luck to your son for his 12th class studies and you take care of your health.

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    Kathy Combs
    April 1, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you Vidya, now I have that song in my head! LOL You will do amazing, because you are amazing and I can not wait to read your posts! ♥ Love ya Vidya!
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    gillena cox
    April 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I know that song; quite a catchy one; have a good week

    Much love…

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    My Inner Chick
    April 8, 2014 at 12:23 am

    I say a little prayer for you))).

    Love you more than the tall pine tree swaying outside my window.

    xxxxxx

    Ps. glad your health is wonderful! We need YOU.
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