Wish I had a Pen Pal!

‘Pen Pal’ was a very interesting concept during my school days as there was no internet, no mobiles etc., at that period of time.  I remember the advertisements for making pen friends or pen pals used to get published in different magazines and news papers.  Many times I had a desire of writing to somebody especially a girl and make friendship. But my dream never took the shape of reality.

I had published an article few months ago on my webzine Candles Online, ‘Living above negative situations,’ where I had mentioned about my childhood and teenage days. There was a loneliness living inside me during those days. There was a hollow within me. I was deprived of a friendship though I managed all those situations by God’s grace but the deprivation for a friend didn’t go at all. So what I used to do? I used to dream of a friend who should be a girl whose life should be full of sorrows which means we should be identifying with each other well. We should share all our sorrows and heartaches with each other on that life-less paper. I was dreaming how I will wait for the letter to come to my house and I will open and read desperately. But regrettably I was brought up in a very conservative family where my elders were not all open to these things. These kinds of stuff were not so cool for them at all.  I had to suppress the desire of having a pen pal.

Later in the life when I started taking my own decisions I made a great pal whom I used to call ‘Sassy.’ She was from Philippines and was very beautiful. She was married, who loved her husband and son a lot. But she was sad always as her husband was jobless. I used to encourage her every time when we contact each other. She was a very nice friend of mine. Even she called me once on the phone. Remember, ISD calls were very expensive then. But she did call me. That was a great feeling. But unfortunately she was not my ‘pen pal’ but a ‘chat pal.’ So my ‘pen pal’ dream of my childhood became a reality in the form of a ‘chat pal’ when I started working and was staying alone. I had many online friends during my bachelorhood. But she was the best among all.

Life changed. I grew in life and I know, once I joined different writers community, I got pals after pals. I never got a pen pal though but had many pals online. Some were forgotten and some are very precious to my heart who are still part of my life. Some say I have inspired them and some have really inspired me a lot. Pals are pals.

But even today I think, “Wish I had a Pen Pal!”

(Originally Posted HERE)

Her Wings….



They were both caterpillars, they crawled their way out and kept on changing skins, making it more adaptable to surroundings, Evolving. They both went inside a Cocoon, they both needed to hide from the outside world, they both needed to change and to grow. They both emerged as with wings, ready to fly, all beautiful and Graceful, they both were willing to spread their wings and take a flight to the skies and see what it has to offer. They will both die if you catch them in a net and keep them in a jar. They will wither, they won’t last long in confinement. The story of a woman and a butterfly is not very different, the main difference is one is real delicate, and the other is real strong.


Letters To Sakhi…On Her Birthday….

Today, a year has passed since my last birthday. Yes, you guessed it right, today on January 20th is my birthday. So today I want to tell something to my younger self from the year 2016, she needs a letter from me. Actually, I have two letters.
Dear Sakhi,
Life is an all time low. You are worried sick about mum’s health. You are missing papa badly. I know your pain, I went through it. I wouldn’t tell you that you stayed stationary while everyone else moved on. I won’t tell you that you worry too much. I won’t ask you to move on. I know how many times you already heard all this. I know you are much stronger and much improved since yourself from 2012, 20th January. I love you, it was a very tough journey you made. I have counted all your tears, and I know as you read this letter you won’t trust it’s from a future you. I sound too cheerful to believe. But this is the very purpose I am writing this letter. You need to know.
You need to know that life will get better as this year passes. You will have friends on next birthday, yes friends. Don’t look so disinterested, and don’t roll eyes, I know you are a real pessimist but you need to listen. By this time next year, you will have unconditional love, undying friendship, passion for writing, goal to achieve, resolution to fulfil, books to write, a blog to run, a name in writers community, a small space for yourself among legends and you will live happily. Don’t be so surprised my love, I am not like the astrologers papa consulted, who made so many promises but all in vain. Wipe those tears and let me hug you real tight. Let me kiss you endlessly.
The thing you need to know is that you will find everything you need. Not a penny less, not a penny more. That the magic you are waiting to happen, will happen, just you won’t see the magician with a wand in his hand. Papa will lead you to great things baby. He will guide you every step. Mum will be fine, she has nothing, no scary diseases. You will happy, she will be glad for you. And you will find a wizard who will weave all your dreams in a fabric and adorn you with it. You will find someone you have always wanted, to share ever pain with, to hear it all out, to give you a million smiles. He will be there to cherish you and value you. And there is some surprise there too. Just don’t look too hard, let your heart be your guide and never think twice. You will find people who will lead happiness to you. You don’t even need to try.
I know you are so weary and so tired of playing games, of making flowers from quilling, but just hang in there. I know you are thinking of birthdays that were celebrated with papa, but you and me, however we cry, Papa, can’t come in that same form. But know that he never left us either, he was with you, he is with me, he will be with us. Don’t let yourself go into that darkness, I know it’s beckoning you, I know it’s calling you. Just know that you do have a future. Stay. Be sane. Be safe. And I will always love you, you will have me, come what may. Happy Birthday to you !
With love,
PS: Stop hating doctors. And yes, mum is doing great to put all the cash in bank, trust her. 😋
My second letter
A letter to my older self, from 20th of January 2018
Dear Sakhi,
Hello, how are you ? Hope you are doing great. I am looking forward to meet you already. You know I am writing this you on your last birthday. How is mum ? Have you got made Chinese once again ? That would be a hat-trick. I know you love Chinese. How is your bronchitis and allergies ? RG must be a banker by now ? You met him ? Or has he given up on you ? Sri must be doing MD, what hospital he got into ? It must have been thrilling when he did it. I know how much you missed him. He is still around, right ? C.P. Must be still the same helpful and jovial godfather to you. Tell me he is better too, I do wanna hear that. Too many questions, but I am so thrilled and eager. You know me, bipolar, too happy or too sad. But I have improved. Hope you are even better.
So finished your first book? I think you planned some 32 to 35 chapters. You are too lazy, I hope it’s not eating dust somewhere. And what happened to epic, tell me? To Arjan and to Nakshatra and to Vidyut and Kaya? Don’t tell me, which ones dead? I loved them all, my characters. How is Shubhi doing? And Abhi? Are they with you right now? Give my love to them all. And Hey! Tell me about the blog, how is it going? You must have done wonders by now. How many followers you have? And how many posts you made? Last time I knew your agenda was once per day. But you are crazy enough to make it two or three. You were always stubborn and determined. And still quilling sometimes? What became of dance? I bet you haven’t changed One Plus Three, mum will kill you.
How are Ram and Noorie, stop beating him yaar. Are you happy? Don’t let me know you are sad. I know you are being nostalgic. I know you well girl. You hate separation, goodbye, parting. I know you are missing papa. Heard his voice recording today. Hope no termites showed up again. Munmun must still be eating Paneer daily. Chachi, Akanksha, Guddu, all fine na ? Any news if you becoming an aunt yet ? Hahahaha, inside joke I know. Don’t be angry yaar. You know me na. You remember 2016, good year it was, tell me how was 2017 ? Write all the answers in a letter and send it to me. Chacha must be retired now ? And Mama, still here or gone back home ? Remember what great Gajar Halwa he brought.
I love you, I wish you to be happier than I am. A tight hug and lots of kisses from me. Don’t cry, if things aren’t so good, don’t cry, it will be better again. Remember, what papa used to say, “life comes in a full circle”. I give you all my good wishes and all my hope and all my blessings and all my love. I want you to have everything. I want you to be love and be loved. I want you to be healthy, hail and hearty. I want you to be celebrating this birthday with all your friends, more than I have. I want you to have a great party. Just know that I love you already, just know papa hasn’t left you, just know mum loves you no less.
With love
PS: I was planning to invest some money in share market, will it be good?


Blow Those Bubbles…

Today is Bubble Bath Day! Individuals have been getting a charge out of hot showers for a huge number of years. In Ancient Rome, showering at an open office was a piece of the day by day routine for general residents. An outing to the Roman showers may incorporate a dunk in the caldarium (hot tub), a brief break in the laconicum (sauna), and a reviving swim in the frigidarium (cold pool).
Up until the late 1940s, the average American washed once every week for personal cleanliness. Today, a day by day shower is standard, yet it’s imperative to enjoy a lavish soak each once for a little while. A bubble bath can open up your pores, scrub your skin, and unwind muscles.
Get a jug of your most loved bubble bath item and fill your tub today evening time to observe Bubble Bath Day! Make a quieting spa climate with mood melodies, candles, and a towel to pad your neck.


Amazing Amazon: Pack Light

2d77371b0f6d182556cb04e4e467bffbOhk ! So today I had this weird idea that if I need to go on a camping trip deep into the jungles of Amazon and have been told to pack light and carry only the needed stuff what all will I take along. Now I want to lie to you all; this post is inspired by countless episodes of Man vs. Wild, and Bear Grylls has taught me so much. Call it being pompous, but I believe I can survive the wilderness. The marshes and mangroves and thick forest with bears and snakes and insects crawling all over the place(though I can’t eat all the stuff he does).

Now, what would be necessary? What are the things that are compact and lightweight, easy to carry and compulsory?
I think the first thing I will take would be a Swiss knife. It has so many useful attachments that it will come handy in many things big and small. It is heavy but small. I think it’s a must take along. Next would be a lighter. Now Fire, we all know is the first thing man discovered that led us here. If it weren’t for the fire, we would still be in Stone Age. You know they say that our bodies developed so well because of the nutrition and the nutrition we got only after we learned to cook on the fire and make our food tender and chewable. More chewable food meant smaller jaws too, making us look beautiful. So, now we must have a newly refilled lighter on us so that we are saved all that stone rubbing and spark making labour.

cdbb27e550d4d010c1beb9a9ba5a995dThird will be a Water Canteen. Water is the Elixir of life they say and most important element to survive. In the jungles, water can be found in rivers and ponds, but they are stationary while we need to keep moving. So a Canteen is must to carry water along with you and save you from dehydration. It’s said we can live without food but not without water. Fire and Water can make life much easier even in adverse situations. And if the water is stagnant or impure, just filter it with a sieve made from the corner of your shirt and boil it.

On my list next comes First Aid Kit. It is obvious to fall down on uneven terrain and scrape your knee or get stomach infections because the berries you ate from that tree were not to be consumed. So, what will you keep in your medical kit? I think I will keep few band aids, some basic antibiotics, painkillers, some antiseptic like Dettol, a puff of medicated cotton and some bandages. A strip for diarrhoea, a tube of cream to apply on bruises on cuts, paracetamol and an antacid and lastly some Asprin. This being taken care off, I will be much more relieved and on my guard. I can easily fight off some small injuries which are bound to happen.

stock-photo-24529202-fireplace-in-forest-at-dusk.jpgThen I would like to have a watch on me that has long lasting battery life and can serve as an alarm, stopwatch, and compass too. This is needed to keep track of your direction so you can avoid moving in circles and you can always oversleep when tired so this alarm can wake you up after some rest to be back on your feet. Now the thing I will name is very evident; it’s a Camera. I know that our high-end phones have everything, but they work on battery, so it is always good to use more fundamental things when moving in a primitive environment. Another vital thing to pack are some energy bars, a couple of Snickets and Mars bar for scenarios when you can’t forage for food easily or have no energy to move on.

Keeping Hygiene is important even when you are trying to live the Neanderthal Style. Keep a couple of Travel Soap Paper with you and some Antibacterial Solution. A very basic Flashlight/Torch is also a must keep looking in the dark after sun down. Throw in some extra batteries too. Wear a Money Belt/Waist Pouch and leave your wallet at home. You don’t need money, just keep some for need. It can carry a lot of small tidbits making you hand free and unmindful of stuff falling out from pockets. Then comes the less important stuff like a change of clothes, a sweater if it gets cold, a pair of sunglasses to shield your eyes, a Hat to avoid heatstroke. When wearing the clothes for such journey or packing them make sure they are covering you from neck to wrists and from waist to ankles, so there is minimal chance of insect bites. Denim is always advisable as they are a thick fabric and not east to tear up. It will help you in your rough, tough journey and pics will come great. 🙂

a3382ea26a0b7251c387d5ba780037cd.jpgKeep one plastic sheet with you that can serve as a Mat, a Raincoat, A small tent or even a Hammock. Fill your waist pouch with anti-itch cream, a toothpaste and toothbrush, a sunblock, a few sachets of salt, pepper and chilli flakes, some pen and paper and a power bank. A bottle of some kinda inflammable liquid won’t be bad if you can manage to find space in your waterproof backpack.( yeah, you are thinking right but lost those Lights, we don’t want you to set the jungle on fire).

That would be all! You are ready for that adventurous adventure now. Just hang those binoculars, wear a pair of sturdy hiking sneakers and some light coloured clothing, notch up those sunglasses up your nose and put that straw hat on your might head. You are ready to take on the world now. Don’t forget to grab your phone and fill some awesome music on your iPod.

PS: On second thoughts, packing a snake bite kit wouldn’t be too bad. 😉

100 Things About Me

  1. Full name: Sakhi Bansal
  2. Zodiac sign: Cusp-born so Half Capri-Half Aqua
  3. 3 Fears: Reptiles, Doctors and Loneliness
  4.  3 things you love: Babies, Butterflies and Hail Stones
  5. 4 turns on Perfume, Tie, Voice and Eyes
  6. 4 turns offs: Unhygienic, Short in height, bad breath, body odour
  7. Your best friend: My school friend, Shruti
  8. Sexual orientation: Straight 🙂
  9. My best first date: On my Birthday
  10. How tall are you: 5’4
  11. What do you miss: My Father and My Granny
  12. What time were you born: 13:02
  13. Favourite Colour: Black, Blues in all its Hues
  14. Do you have a crush: Yes, Ben Affleck
  15. Favourite quote: “What you seek, is seeking you” by Rumi
  16. Favourite place: Delhi, Dream place would be London
  17. Favourite food: Street Food, Mughlai, Chinese
  18. Do you use sarcasm: Yes, a lot
  19. What are you listening to right now: Neighbours water pump, it’s wee hours
  20. The first thing I notice in new person: The eyes, The expression. It tells me why they are here
  21. Shoe size: 6
  22. What Flower you love ?: Mogra, Pink Roses
  23. Eye colour: Indoors Black, Outdoor Brown
  24. Hair colour: Brownish Black
  25. Favourite style of clothing: Long Skirts, Kurtis, Scarves
  26. Ever done a prank call? : Yes, on would be bro-in-law, few others too
  27. Meaning behind your URL: It’s the primitive pen & paper. Writers Tools
  28. Favourite movie: Hundreds of them, Pretty Woman
  29. Favourite song: These days it’s Closer by Chainsmokers
  30. Your relationship with my parents: Devotional, Lovely, Unconditional, Friendly
  31. Favourite holiday: From the past, it would breeze…. A South India Trip
  32. Tattoos and piercings? : Pierced Ears
  33. Tattoos and piercing you want: A Tattoo on collarbone, probably a scripture
  34. Do you ever get “good morning” or “good night ” texts? : All the time
  35. When did you last hold hands? : Just tonight, with my mum
  36. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? : An hour
  37. Where are you right now? : In my bedroom
  38. Do you live with my Mum and Dad?: Mum, as papa passed away
  39. Are you excited for anything? : Yes, my blog and new year
  40. Do you have someone of the opposite sex you can tell everything to? : Yes, a friend
  41. When was the last time you hugged someone? : Today, hugged many people
  42. Is there anyone you trust even though you should not? : Yes, a brother of mine
  43. What is something you disliked about today? : I had a fight with my mother
  44. If you could meet anyone on this earth, who would it be? : These days I have an ick to meet Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister
  45. What do you think about most? : wWhat to write and what not to write
  46. What’s  your strangest talent? : I can’t cook simple things but complicated ones I do easily
  47. What was the last lie you told? : That I am doing great
  48. Do you believe in ghosts?: Yes, in spirits
  49. How about aliens? :  Believe in possibilities, so kinda yes
  50. Do you believe in magic? : Very strongly, not that Abra ka Debra, but a mystical energy
  51. Do you believe in luck? : Sometimes, yes
  52. What was the last book you’ve read? : Me Before You
  53. Do you like the smell of gasoline? : How did you guess? I like Kerosene Oil
  54. Do you have any nicknames? : Yes, but I won’t tell you
  55. Is there anything pink in 10 feets from you? : Yes, many curios and photo frames
  56. Favourite animal? : Polar Bear, Penguin
  57. What do you think is Satan’s last name is?:  Ummmmm, Hells, just like Wells
  58. What’s a song that always makes you happy when you hear it? : Cheap Thrills by Sia
  59. If the whole world were listening to you right now, what would you say? : Love your parents, they are a piece of heaven just for you. Do it before you miss the opportunity.
  60. Do you have any relatives in jail? : Ummmm, distant, yes
  61. You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what’s even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What is that power? : Teleportation, I imagine and I am there
  62. What would be a question you’d be afraid, to tell the truth on? : My Age(haha)
  63. What is your current desktop picture? : My Father’s Last good Picture, I need to see him every few minutes
  64. Left the house without your wallet? : Yes, borrowed money from servant
  65. Bullied someone on the internet? : Umm, have been bullied, but never did to any
  66. Played on a sports team? : Yeah, in school. Baseball fiasco it was
  67. Smoked weed? : Inclined too but sanity prevailed
  68. Are you a vegetarian/vegan? : Vegetarian but eat eggs as I am lactose I tolerant
  69. Been overweight? : Yes
  70. Been underweight? : No
  71. Been to a wedding? : Yes, many
  72. Been on the computer for 5 hours straight? : Everyday
  73. Watched TV for 5 hours straight? : Many times, back to back movies
  74. Been outside your home country? : No
  75. Gotten your heart was broken? : Yes, numerous times
  76. Broken a bone? : Yes, Humerus
  77. Been to prom? : We had school party, so yes, it was all girls school
  78. Been in aeroplane? : Numerous times
  79. Had a crush on someone of the same sex? : Mmmm, yeah. Won’t tell who
  80. Learned another language? : Tried to, French
  81. Wore make up? : Yes
  82. Dyed your hair? Yes, once got them streaked
  83. Voted in a presidential election? : No
  84. Rode in an ambulance? : No, it’s scary
  85. Had a surgery? : Hell, please don’t say that
  86. Met someone famous? : Yeah, few actors, on top was Shabana Azmi
  87. Stalked someone on a social network? : Umm, 😉 yes
  88. Been fishing? : Been on fishing boat but no fishing
  89. Helped with charity? : Yes many times
  90. Been rejected by a crush? : Yeah
  91. Broken a mirror? : Yeah
  92. What do you want for birthday? : My childhood, or Rajnigandha, laughter
  93. Were you named after anyone? No, just chosen randomly
  94. Do you like your handwriting? : Hahahaha, hate it. It’s childish
  95. What was your favourite toy as a child? : Barbie Doll n her dresses
  96. Favourite Tv Show? : Friends and Fullhouse
  97. Where do you want to live when older? : Here only Delhi or max London
  98. Play any musical instrument? : Whistle or nothing
  99. What are you dreadful at ?: Cooking
  100. What are your greatest achievements: Writing and loving all
  101. Anything You want to tell ?: Yes, I enjoyed answering these questions

One Last Hug To A Lovely 2016

Life itself can be one hell of an exciting ride. There are parts of it when the ride is simply smooth, cool and unwinding then all of sudden everything gets quick, topsy-turvy and at bewildering speeds. Eventually, everything just goes in reverse, and you get all woozy once more, and before you know, it’s all back to smooth, cool riding.

That is precisely what transpired amid the previous few of months and simply like riding a genuine amusement park exciting ride wherein you’d love to get another ride after the fantabulous experience, I need to get another ride of this thrill ride of life. I’m almost certain the vast majority of us have experienced such a scene in life, this, truth be told, is not my initial one – I’ve been through this sometime recently, yet, this year appears to be superior to last numerous years.

2016 brought me back to life, and my tears turned to smiles, and my sobs turned to the sound of laughter. I know up there in the sky lives an angel who sprinkled magic dust on me. He is no one other than my father. I saw him laughing with me, and it made me even happier. I have felt I have lives after being dead, like someone brought me back from the dead. I got something invaluable, I got Hopeful.

I won’t lie to you all; I am scared to enter this new year, I fear that the magic might end and that I will not be able to carry it forward with me into 2017. I am scared to step foot into it, but I know time stands still for no one. I hope that it will be better, that it will see me reaching few of life goals.

I hope this new year sees QuillnParchment reach new heights and all of you will shower me with your love. I hope I will write better things for you; I wish I will be able to be live up to your expectations from me. I am like a baby who has just learned to walk; I am unsteady and unstable on my feet. I will fall many times, I will hurt myself too, I will look at you people to offer me a hand and help me stand back and make my journey.

2016 realised this very big dream of mine, to write. I had this passion in me for a long time but never has the confidence to pen something real except some small writing on free paper. But I am thankful to a couple of people who instilled that confidence in me and told me that I could do it. And here I am, I am happy I did it. I have one less regret in life, one less complaint with myself. It certainly makes me feel worthy and happy with myself.

My next dream is to dazzle my readers with a book. I am working on it; it’s not easy. It will take a lot of hard work and determination. But I have an edge; I have you people who keep refining me by telling me what are my strengths and my weaknesses. I have a good imagination and ideas float in my head; it’s full of stories were untold. I have this zest to let you all see what I see. Wish me luck.

I wish you all A Very Happy New Year. I want to thank you, yes you, my lovely readers. I appreciate all tens of you who read what I have to write. I see you all as beautiful people, stunning thoughts, good souls, caring hearts and with unaccountable potential. If I can do it, so can you! Reach out and touch your dreams, don’t worry about falling, your angels in heaven will be there to pull you up, and your angels on Earth are here to catch you if you fall.

India Bids Adios To 2016: 50 Things To Remember It By

2016 has been harsh.

With the clampdowns on everything from nourishment to free discourse, and additionally the loss of some of our most loved popular culture symbols, it’s nothing unexpected everybody is numbering during the time till the year is over.

Be that as it may, we should look on the brilliant side: 2016 was additionally set apart by some astonishing accomplishments made by Indians in each field, from space missions and Olympic games to ladies’ rights and ecological preservation.

  1. 23-year-old Dipa Karmakar changed over an entire country into enthusiasts of acrobatic with her challenging moves in August at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Despite the fact that the Tripura local—and the primary Indian lady acrobat to fit the bill for the diversions—didn’t win an award. She built up herself as a name to recall by being one of only a handful few of gymnasts on the planet to execute the Produnova vault, also called the “vault of death.”
  2. Two other Indian ladies additionally snatched the spotlight at the current year’s Olympics. 21-year old badminton star PV Sindhu from Hyderabad turned into the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the amusements and also the most youthful Indian to ever win an award. Also, 23-year old Sakshi Malik from Haryana demonstrated that wrestling is a game for ladies, as well. With her bronze decoration, Malik turned into the main woman wrestler to win at the Olympics from India.
  3. At Rio de Janeiro, Summer Olympics Indian competitors proceeded with their winning streak, even as TV stations back home chose not to communicate their deeds. Devendra Jhajharia, Mariyappan Thangavelu, and Deepa Malik conquered massive chances to bring home decorations for a spear, high bounce, and shot-put, individually.
  4. Eighteen-year-old Aditi Ashok turned into the youngest golfer to partake in the Olympics when she played at the Rio diversions in 2016. Ashok, who hails from Bengaluru, is as of now positioned 112th on the planet and became the leading  Indian lady to win a Ladies European Tour title in November.
  5. The Indian football club Bengaluru FC impacted the world forever in October by achieving the finals of the AFC Cup. It was the first run through an Indian group had made it that far in the prestigious competition.
  6. Ravichandran Ashwin, the world’s leading bowler, helped India secure its fifth back to back Test arrangement win prior this month. There’s genuine science behind his method, and that has made him a standout amongst the best bowlers in the amusement.
  7. In November, the Indian ladies’ hockey group beat China in the to win the Asian Champions Trophy at most recent minutes of the finals match.
  8. India proceeded with its furore for peculiar Guinness World Records in 2016. In September, a group of 20 individuals from an Andhra Pradesh sweetshop concocted the world’s biggest laddu, tipping the scales at 29,465 kgs.
  9. Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra set up herself as a force to reckon with in Hollywood, as well, showing up on the front of W magazine and displaying an honour at the Emmys. And all her diligent work has paid off (actually): Chopra positioned eighth on Forbes’ 2016 rundown of the world’s main 10 most generously compensated TV performing artists, winning an expected $11 million in the 12 months finished in June.
  10. Performing artist Deepika Padukone likewise did her bit to crush Indian generalisations by playing a cowhide clad renegade with a practical Indian articulation in the Hollywood activity motion picture xXx: Return of Xander Cage.
  11. In September, India’s wealthiest man, Mukesh Ambani, presented the Reliance Jio benefit with the world’s least expensive information rates and free voice calls, changing the amusement in the nation’s telecom showcase.
  12. This was additionally the year Indians looking for another show to fling watch got to be distinctly ruined for decision. Netflix, at last, came to India in January, allowing viewers to (legitimately) watch everything from old top picks like Gilmore Girls and That ’70s Show to firsts, for example, Master of None and Jessica Jones. Furthermore, in December, Amazon stuck to this same pattern, presenting its video spilling administration valued at Rs499 for a year.
  13. Then, India overwhelmed the US as far as web clients. At 227 million individuals, India’s web client base is currently the second biggest on the planet after China.
  14. India’s economy performed truly well in 2016, as well. With a GDP development gauge of more than 7%, India is relied upon to keep up its position as Asia’s quickest developing significant economy.
  15. Urban Indian customers were compensated in 2016 with the passage of significantly more remote brands, from Spain’s in vogue Massimo Dutti to Japan’s moderate Muji.
  16. As the world fought with a Zika episode, Bharat Biotech, an Indian organisation, turned into the first to document a patent for immunisation against the infection, demonstrating that neighbourhood firms can likewise be way breakers in logical research.
  17. In a major stride forward for unseasoned parents, India is looking to grow the legitimate arrangement for paid maternity leave to six months. Besides, privately owned businesses have even extended the advantage to new fathers. Deutsche Bank, for example, now offers six months off for fathers who are the essential parental figures of their newborn children.
  18. The Indian government chose to quit building coal plants, at any rate until 2027, and to empower the improvement of renewable vitality sources rather, a solid move in the fight against environmental change.
  19. In September, the Adani Group revealed the world’s biggest sun based power plant, situated in Tamil Nadu. The venture took eight months to finish and can deliver 648 MW of force.
  20. In an offer to help green cover and battle environmental change, India set out on a drive to plant a huge number of trees in only one day. On July 11, a gathering of volunteers in Uttar Pradesh planted 49.3 million tree saplings.
  21. The Indian government in the interim has reserved over $6 billion to make new forests, with an arrangement to expand India’s green cover to 33% of the aggregate land mass, up from 21.34%.
  22. In January, Sikkim turned into India’s first natural state, creating yields, for example, maize, paddy and cardamom that are free from hurtful pesticides and composts.
  23. A natives development in Mumbai finished in August with the world’s biggest shoreline cleanup, freeing Versova shoreline of more than four million pounds of waste.
  24. One of the most blazing refreshment drifts in the West had Indian roots this year. Fashionable people from Sydney to San Francisco found one of India’s most loved home cures: turmeric drain also called Haldi Doodh.
  25. India’s Supreme Court, at last, decided that temples can’t boycott ladies or confine their entrance. The historical point choice was focused at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Hindu sanctuary in Kerala which doesn’t permit ladies matured somewhere around 10 and 50 to enter on account of the disgrace connected with the feminine cycle.
  26. India’s Ministry of Urban Development and Google attempted to make things somewhat simpler for local people searching for an open latrine in 2016. Google Maps now gives the areas and opening hours of more than four thousand collective and open restrooms as a component of a push to help access to sanitation.
  27. In acknowledgement of her work for the poor in India, Pope Francis proclaimed Mother Teresa, a holy person in September. Destined to ethnic Albanian guardians in 1910, Mother Teresa went ahead to build up the Missionaries of Charity sisterhood in India in 1950, tending to the down and out in Kolkata’s ghettos, and collecting both acclaim and feedback for her techniques.
  28. Regardless of India’s traditionalist demeanour to sentimental connections, new businesses thought of thoughts to make life less demanding for unmarried couples in 2016. New Delhi-based StayUncle attached up with lodgings to help couples lease spaces for only a couple of hours with no judgment or good policing. Later, Oyo Rooms stuck to this same pattern, offering access to “couple-accommodating” inns.
  29. By chance, India is presently one of Tinder’s main five developing markets on the planet, drawing 14 million swipes a day as Indians venture up their scan for snare ups, easygoing dates and even love on the web.
  30. India’s space office, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), had an awesome year, with somewhere in the range of 34 satellite dispatches. In September, ISRO propelled 20 satellites into space on a solitary rocket, the most astounding number it has ever sent at a solitary time.
  31. ISRO additionally tried a model of a reusable space carry in May, which diminishes the cost of space missions by a tenth.
  32. On Dec. 26, India’s atomic ability was shown when it directed the fourth test dispatch of the Agni-V rocket, an atomic proficient, intercontinental ballistic rocket.
  33. Asia’s third-biggest economy outperformed Russia and Saudi Arabia when it came to protection spending in 2016, making India one of the main five resistance spenders on the planet.
  34. Indeed, even in the Indian Ocean, India is utilising its muscles. From 2011 to 2016, the nation’s maritime voyages over the Indian Ocean have expanded by 300%. This was mostly an endeavour to fortify its nearness in an area where China is progressively attesting its impact.
  35. An Indian film about ladies wrestlers from Haryana, customarily a patriarchal state, made a blockbuster opening this month with a gathering of Rs100 crore more than three days. Dangal—created by on-screen character Aamir Khan—depends on the tale of Geeta and Babita Phogat, two wrestlers who went ahead to win global decorations for the nation. The film indicates how their dad, Mahavir Phogat, pushed back against sex generalisations that limited the game to men.
  36. Arundhati Roy, who won the Booker Prize for The God of Small Things in 1997, reported that she would distribute another novel following a quarter century. Titled The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, the novel is relied upon to discharge in 2017.
  37. Sushma Swaraj, India’s outer issues serve, ruled Twitter in 2016. Swaraj gave careful consideration to each demand sent to her on the microblogging web page and even protected a few Indians stuck abroad.
  38. It’s likewise been an awesome year for Indian music significant others with everything from the trippy electronic shake on The F16s tremendously anticipated new collection to the sun-kissed hints of the pastel-suited team, Parekh and Singh (Wes Anderson-affirmed!) And after all of Chris Martin’s appearances of affection for India (counting that godawful video), Coldplay at last made that big appearance in Mumbai.
  39. Tesla’s Elon Musk said he needs to open a Gigafactory in India to create the lithium particle batteries required for electric autos. On the off chance that it works out, it could mean a major help to India’s assembling part.
  40. India’s unhindered internet activists won their battle against differential valuing for web based applications and administrations in 2016.  In February The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)banned telecom suppliers from charging distinctive costs for various administrations, successfully obstructing Facebook’s Free Basics arrange.
  41. The number of Indian unicorns—new businesses esteemed at $1 at least billion—went up to eight in 2016 with the expansion of Shopclues, an online business stage, and Hike, an informing application.
  42. American organisation Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) said it is in chats with the Indian government to convey its ultra-quick rail framework to the nation.
  43. Nineteen-year-old Reshma Qureshi demonstrated that corrosive assault survivors could be capable promoters for social change. Qureshi strolled the runway at New York Fashion Week this year, putting forth a solid expression of magnificence and style, and also advancing the #EndAcidSale development.
  44. Narendra Modi kept on traversing the world with a push to fortify India’s outside strategy. On the whole, the head administrator set out to no less than 17 nations in 2016.
  45. This was likewise the year Indian generation organisations put resources into unique video on the web. From to Tripling to Better Life Foundation to Ladies Room, Indian web arrangement assumed control YouTube, allowing viewers to find homegrown ability.
  46. This year, Indian ladies talked up for their rights, pushing back against the generalisation of the resigned, compliant spouse. For example, a Bengaluru lady turned down a proposition to be engaged in light of the fact that her life partner didn’t care for her canine and needed her to dispose of it after the wedding.
  47. For another situation, a lady in Kanpur declined to get hitched because her future prep’s home did not have a can.
  48. India’s lastingly misfortune was making the carrier, the administration controlled Air India, figured out how to make operational benefits following nine years. In 2016, the carrier made Rs105 crore in working benefits surprisingly since 2007. India’s other local carriers, as well, have posted benefits after over five years of misfortunes.
  49. India’s legislators endorsed the nation’s greatest assessment change since Independence, the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The GST will supplant no less than 17 state and government charges and bring them under one brought together expense structure.
  50. Lastly, India aggressively pushed forward in its fantasy of going cashless, notwithstanding the defective execution of its demonetization drive. Leader Modi needs 1.3 billion Indians to go money free and utilise advanced instalment benefits. If fruitful, that could build straightforwardness in the Indian economy and keep individuals from avoiding charges.

What Tree Did You Fall From ?


Find your birthday and its corresponding tree.

Then, see the meaning behind it below. Do you recognize yourself?

Dec 23 to Jan 01 Apple Tree
Jan 02 to Jan 11 Fir Tree
Jan 12 to Jan 24 Elm Tree
Jan 25 to Feb 03 Cypress Tree
Feb 04 to Feb 08 Poplar Tree
Feb 09 to Feb 18 Cedar Tree
Feb 19 to Feb 28 Pine Tree
Feb 29 Poplar Tree
Mar 01 to Mar 10 Weeping Willow Tree
Mar 11 to Mar 20 Lime Tree
Mar 21 Oak Tree
Mar 22 to Mar 31 Hazelnut Tree
Apr 01 to Apr 10 Rowan Tree
Apr 11 to Apr 20 Maple Tree
Apr 21 to Apr 30 Walnut Tree
May 01 to May 14 Poplar Tree
May 15 to May 24 Chestnut Tree
May 25 to Jun 03 Ash Tree
Jun 04 to Jun 13 Hornbeam Tree
Jun 14 to Jun 23 Fig Tree
Jun 24 Birch Tree
Jun 25 to Jul 04 Apple Tree
Jul 05 to Jul 14 Fir Tree
Jul 15 to Jul 25 Elm Tree
Jul 26 to Aug 04 Cypress Tree
Aug 05 to Aug 13 Poplar Tree
Aug 14 to Aug 23 Cedar Tree
Aug 24 to Sep 02 Pine Tree
Sep 03 to Sep 12 Weeping Willow Tree
Sep 13 to Sep 22 Lime Tree
Sep 23 Olive Tree
Sep 24 to Oct 03 Hazelnut Tree
Oct 04 to Oct 13 Rowan Tree
Oct 14 to Oct 23 Maple Tree
Oct 24 to Nov 11 Walnut Tree
Nov 12 to Nov 21 Chestnut Tree
Nov 22 to Dec 01 Ash Tree
Dec 02 to Dec 11 Hornbeam Tree
Dec 12 to Dec 21 Fig Tree
Dec 22 Beech Tree

APPLE TREE (the Love) – of slight build, lots of charm, appeal, and attraction, pleasant aura, flirtatious, adventurous, sensitive, always in love, wants to love and be loved, faithful and tender partner, very generous, scientific talents, lives for today, a carefree philosopher with imagination.

ASH TREE (the Ambition) – uncommonly attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with fate, can be egotistic, very reliable and trustworthy, faithful and prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over the heart, but takes partnership very seriously.

BEECH TREE (the Creative) – has good taste, concerned about its looks, materialistic, good organization of life and career, economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable, splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diets, sports, etc.)

BIRCH TREE (the inspiration) – vivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly, unpretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors the vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm, not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and content atmosphere.

CEDAR TREE (the Confidence) – of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes luxury, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, determined, impatient, likes to impress others, many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waiting for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.

CHESTNUT TREE (the Honesty) – of unusual beauty, does not want to impress, well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat, but irritates easily and sensitive in company, often due to a lack of self confidence, acts sometimes superior, feels not understood loves only once, has difficulties in finding a partner.

CYPRESS TREE (the Faithfulness) – strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give, content, optimistic, craves money and acknowledgment, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered, unruly, pedantic, and careless.

ELM TREE (the Noble-mindedness) – pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest demands, tends not to forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, likes making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.

FIG TREE (the Sensibility) – very strong, a bit self-willed, independent, does not allow contradiction or arguments, loves life, its family, children and animals, a bit of a social butterfly, good sense of humor, likes idleness and laziness, of practical talent and intelligence.

FIR TREE (the Mysterious) – extraordinary taste, dignity, sophisticated, loves anything beautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism but cares for those close to them, rather modest, very ambitious, talented, industrious, uncontented lover, many friends, many foes, very reliable.

HAZELNUT TREE (the Extraordinary) – charming, undemanding, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody, and capricious lover, honest, and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment.

HORNBEAM TREE (the Good Taste) – of cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, good taste, is not egoistic, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads a reasonable and disciplined life, looks for kindness and acknowledgement in an emotional partner, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with its feelings, mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions, very conscientious.

LIME TREE (the Doubt) – accepts what life dishes out in a composed way, hates fighting, stress, and labor, dislikes laziness and idleness, soft and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom, often wailing and complaining, very jealous but loyal.

MAPLE TREE (Independence of Mind) – no ordinary person, full of imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-confident, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, has many complexities, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.

OAK TREE (the Brave) – robust nature, courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not like change, keeps its feet on the ground, person of action.

OLIVE TREE (the Wisdom) – loves sun, warmth and kind feelings, reasonable, balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm, well-developed sense of justice, sensitive, empathetic, free of jealousy, loves to read and the company of sophisticated people.

PINE TREE (the Particular) – loves agreeable company, very robust, knows how to make life comfortable, very active, natural, good companion, but seldom friendly, falls easily in love but its passion burns out quickly, gives up easily, everything disappointments until it finds its ideal, trustworthy, practical.

POPLAR TREE (the Uncertainty) – looks very decorative, not very self-confident, only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organizer, tends to lean toward philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership seriously.

ROWAN TREE (the Sensitivity) – full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

WALNUT TREE (the Passion) – unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egotistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromise.

WEEPING WILLOW (the Melancholy) – beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathetic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner.