The Change Award, The Month, and The Hiatus

When I first began to get tagged for awards and such, I used to be super ecstatic. That’s when laziness took over. It’s been the ruling party for so long, but now, the opposition (me, basically) decided to make a move.

Today I’m going to be doing The Change Award, a really neat tag by my good friend Gracie, in celebration of her well-deserved 500 followers! *confetti*

So this time, I’m going to be taking a different angle. Since these questions are rather thought-provoking and I like making things unique, I decided to write my answers in verse. 😀

The Rules: 

  • Link back to me, as well as whoever nominated you (check)
  • Include this: I, Gracie Chick of A Light In The Darkness, created this award to highlight the importance of young people taking responsibility for the future of their world. The Change Award also gives them the opportunity to share with others what they believe in. (okay, I suppose that does it)
  • Answer the questions below (I’ll get to that)
  • Nominate as many people as you like. (that’ll be at the end)

Okay, guys, let’s plunge right in!

Make a list of the things you want to change about schools.

May learning not imprison us
But rather set us free
May grades not be stamped on us
Like they’re our identity.
May we be taught that what we’re learning
Is really for the good
And the reason to seek knowledge
Is not simply because ‘we should’.

Make a list of the things you want to change about local communities.

May kindness be a weapon
Over society’s constant hate
May people learn to respect opinions
And learn to coordinate
May hearts welcome each other
And love, not lies, be exchanged
And when we look back later
May we beam upon the change.

Make a list of the things you want to change about the world, your world.

I want to seize every joy
And fill it into cartons
And take it to my inner world
And finally care for its gardens
Then I want to pluck their flowers
Before they wither and fall down
And proudly place them atop my head
Like a flower crown.


Now that that’s done, here are my nominees (I have tried not to include the ones already nominated, so there)-

Madi
Arunima
Michele
Rutvi
Rae
Rebekah
Lissa
Clara

I’m sorry if I missed you! If you want to do this, there’s nothing stopping you. 😉


Highlights from January

I GOT SO MANY DESIGN ORDERS I ALMOST DROWNED IN THEM

My average bedtime is now 11 pm. I suppose that’s enough said. -_-
So far I’ve had 20+ clients, all in a matter of three months from starting Design Pique Studios, my free web design service! Okay, it’s getting hectic, but sometimes I have to admit that hectic is fun. Plus, it’s one of the main reasons I haven’t been around in a while.

Right now, the site’s on hiatus because it’s getting too much for me to do at once, plus I’ve got waaaay too many exams coming up next month. But some new updates to the site since I first created it is a video which you can see on the home screen, plus a Portfolio page for all my projects.

I STARTED ATTENDING ALICIA SOUZA’S DESIGN MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Okay, you have NO IDEA how excited I was about this. A couple months back I entered a mentorship program, and I was all over the place when I found out that I got selected and- maybe you should check out my post on Design Pique in which I talk all about it and drive you mad. That’ll be much easier.

I READ FIVE BOOKS (working on it), AND BOUGHT THREE PHYSICAL ONES

Haha, five books is nothing for some of you, I know. BUT with my crazy life and orders and assignments from my program alongside, that’s saying something.

Also, we bought three books. OH, COME ON. We never buy physical books. My dad always insists on ebooks because they don’t take up too much space. If you want to know what made him change his mind this one time, it’ll be quite a bit of a story.

We were on vacation to Bombay, and then somehow we figured that there was a certain “book street” in Colaba (read more about that here). I had no idea what that meant. Being a curious family, we decided to check it out.

If you’re a book lover, this is one of the reasons you have to visit India.

It was- you guessed it- a complete street lined with tons and tons of books. Secondhand books. For about half the usual price.

Naturally, I went cuckoo, and so did my dad.

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MY ART RATE WENT DOWN AND THEN… IT CAME UP

I hardly did any art in January. And, well, this probably doesn’t count as a January highlight, but today I took part in a painting competition in our locality. It was conducted by the husband of a late artist, which made me feel nice about taking part.

There was no theme, and I had no time to think something good up, and what I ended up with was… this. Excuse that it looks sort of dark.

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Another little detail is there were three age groups and one winner was to be chosen from each, and my painting won in my category. 😀

I’m not going to talk too much about what my prize was, because I don’t like talking about things like that. But I would like to mention that it included a paintbrush which that late artist used to use, and I will treasure it forever. ❤


The Hiatus

Yep, the worst part.

Orders are too much for my puny being to handle. Plus exams. And then there’s life. This site’s going to be taking a bit of a rest for a few months, but hey, a few months! I’ll be right back in late March. I may sneak in that occasional post, with updates or something like that, and I will be reading and commenting on your posts, but no consistency.

We all need a break once in a while, hm? 😉


Thanks to all of you for reading! See you here again in March, and I hope you have a lovely day!

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Roadside Markets// Indian Bazaar Photoshoot

One of the most prominent things about India is its street markets. They are many things, fascinating, colourful, and bustling with life. But today we’re dealing with colourful.

There is much I did when I was on vacation last December, and apart from tripping, breaking a nail and getting a blister, which is all only natural for someone like me, I also did quite a bit of photography. I’m going to be showing you a few select takes of a local Bazaar in India.

Some people’s impressions of India range from the craziest things like snake charmers everywhere to elephants trampling the streets, but then you actually get there and say hey, where did all of that go? Well, while I don’t deny that it was there once upon a time, I must say that now it just ain’t the same. Fortunately, some things- like this- are not destined to die.

When you talk about Indian markets, they sell everything from fruit, to veggies, to food, to clothes, to daily necessities like soap and toothpaste, and even things made of copper and occasionally even gold. This post will highlight all that and is going to be over real quick. The ride may be shorter than you think, but I hope you enjoy it anyway. 😀

Buckle up! Continue reading Roadside Markets// Indian Bazaar Photoshoot

Reblog- Submissions for InkCraft Issue #2 (Designs and Entries) OFFICIALLY OPEN!!!!!

YAY FOR INKCRAFT #2! Please do reblog and share this post as much as you can- You support is needed! For more details try the Magazine page on the TWW website.

The Writing Writers

Hello there, writers! Sorry, I haven’t been posting on here for who knows how long. I’m really busy with what is called school.

Anyways, time for some exciting news!

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I’d like to announce that the submissions for InkCraft Issue #2 are officially open!

For those of you who are new around here, let me explain.

What is InkCraft?

The Writing Writers Magazine {InkCraft} initiates to feature your work, from stories, to poetry, to writing tips or just any other piece of writing that you will be willing to share. It is a biannual magazine with two issues per year.

How can I enter in my work?

There is a link in this post, which allows you to submit your writing/ cover design.

What can I enter?

Any writing or writing-related articles, tips or other works that can be grouped under our theme is welcome to be entered.

How else can…

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Introducing Seashell, a Free Handmade Font+ Download!

Yesterday, I created my first font, that I am now releasing to the public.

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Seashell has 73 glyphs and is free for personal use. You can use it on your websites and personal projects. I spent a great deal of time on this, drawing each letter and converting the finished alphabet into a font.

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The Glyphs

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Now, I am not a professional font maker and used an online tool to make this font. But anyway, if you would like to give my font a try, download it below:

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Thinking of downloading my font?
Have you ever made your own?
Do you like my mockups?

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April Fool-y Stuff Plus HP Fandom

You know what today is, don’t you?
It’s April Fool’s Day, a day in which the world’s fools unite to pull out the sneakiest pranks on their friends and family.

Now, I very efficiently have realized that there is no point in trying to fool you guys, so in this post, I’m going to show you five of my fave April Fool pranks and jabber about HP fandom because HEY, IT’S FRED AND GEORGE’S BIRTHDAY, DID YOU FORGET??? Continue reading April Fool-y Stuff Plus HP Fandom

Beginning Hand Lettering

I always used to be in a muddle when it came to hand lettering.

I had calligraphy pens, but I couldn’t find the ink. I had brush pens, but they were lost. I didn’t know what kind of paper to use and, the biggest problem of all, I didn’t know how to letter in the first place.

So I made a few desperate attempts by browsing all over youtube, looking for sharpie lettering tutorials and trying to use 3 mm pens to somehow miraculously succeed. But everything was a major FAIL.

Then, I remembered some genius (I’m sorry I don’t remember WHICH genius) who had sketched out some lettering using a pencil. I didn’t really realize it then, but the letters had thick lines when the strokes went down and relatively thinner lines when the strokes went up. So I hastily grabbed a piece of paper and tried it out. And that’s what I’ve been following till now. Continue reading Beginning Hand Lettering

A Little Fun

It’s okay to spend a little time
Capering in the heat
It’s okay to have a little sand
Stuck between your feet.
It’s okay to have a little paint
Streaked across your face
It’s okay if at times your walk
Doesn’t proclaim utmost grace.
It’s okay to spend an evening
Lolling in the dirt
A little fun once in a while
Doesn’t really hurt.

A Little Doodah I’m Up To

Aloha. Long time no see. You must’ve had a jolly Christmas, so I think I needn’t ask.

I was off for a holiday you-don’t-need-to-know-where ( 😈 ).
But next week’s going to be as busy as an ice cream shop in midsummer. The upcoming week, the first week of the fresh year, is officially declared

PHOTOGRAPHY WEEK!!!


What, you haven’t started skipping around like a cuckoo yet? Hm, I guess not. Maybe I should tell you some stuff about photography week, then.

As you know, I’ve been off on vacation and as you probably don’t know, I’ve snapped about a cartload of pictures. But I don’t think it’s a really good idea to dump it all out here at the same time. So, the next week is going to be full of daily posts with a minimum of three pictures each devoted to a theme. It’s going to be fun for me, and it’s my job to make it fun for you too. I’ll try my best, and you can tell me if I did my job well enough when you see a post out here saying Photography Week #1. 

And you know what, you can try and guess where I went for the holidays by looking at the stuff I clicked. I’m not saying you’ll get it in the first attempt, but it’s always worth a try, don’t you think? Well, you’ll just have to wait for three more days. December’s got a 31st, I trust. Wait, lemme check. *messes around with fingers* Yeah,  three days to go.

Okay, I can’t promise that you’ve started cuckoo dancing just yet, but I hope you’ll be looking forward to photography week. I’m dying to get started, but I’ll have to figure out where to, first. As I do that, it’ll be essential for you to go back to whatever the devil you were doing. See you later, folks!

~Mukta@ Born Free

The Mukta’s Diary Awards

Presenting…

The Mukta’s Diary Awards!

I’m inspired by nobody to start this. Yep, it’s completely original, and aims at… um… okay, I don’t know. And, are you wondering who this award goes to? Well, the question is, what does this award go to? It goes to posts, pages and even months of my blog. So basically, I’m awarding myself. Now that you know what this is all about, let us proceed. Keyboard, touchpad, action!


Award 1: The Ancient Post Award goes to…

 for being published on October 4th, 2013.

Award 2: Abundant Comments Award goes to…

 for 10 comments (well, 5 are my own, but still 😛 ).

Award 3: The Vogue Of The Blog Award goes to…

 for 12 likes.

Award 4: Goofiest Post Award goes to…

 for rather senseless content.

Award 5: The Most Popular Category Award goes to…

 for the most responsive posts.

Award 6: 2016’s Most Active Month Award goes to…

 for 15 posts.

Award 7: Most Active Author Award goes to…

 for publishing 82 posts (and being the only author in this blog, heh heh).


That’s all for 2016’s Mukta’s Diary Awards! See you next time! 😉