Z At Last #AtoZChallenge

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This is my fourth time at #AtoZChallenge and my theme this year is Sparky, my 11-year-old Dalmatian. You can read all about my theme here.

Adorable SheToday is the last day of this blogging challenge and I have had a wonderful time writing posts about my darling Sparky. I hope to compile all these posts and make an eBook, the title will be, Sparky, of course :)

I have shared stories about Sparky all April, I even dug out pictures from our old albums for my posts. There was an urgency in my writing as Sparky is very unwell and I wanted to make this memory with her, even though she can’t read at least she could feel my love and witness my emotions.

The letter of the day is Z and all I can think of is the assortment of stuffed toys we have at home for Sparky. Here is Sparky with her collection of animals, her own private zoo :)

Zoo

By Sulekha Rawat

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You and Me

Welcome to my blog.

This is my fourth time at #AtoZChallenge and my theme this year is Sparky, my 11-year-old Dalmatian. You can read all about my theme here.

Adorable She

HAIKU FOR SPARKY


You are my precious 

Mine to love and hold always

My guardian angel


  

You know everything 

Al my smiles and all my tears

You and me are one

 


By Sulekha Rawat

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‘Xmas’

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This is my fourth time at #AtoZChallenge and my theme this year is Sparky, my 11-year-old Dalmatian.You can read all about my theme here.

Adorable She

Sparky has always loved Xmas, maybe because she came into our lives during this time. She was born on 7 November 2003 but we brought her home just before Christmas, so that she could stay with her mother and get the essential nourishment from her milk for at least 6-7 weeks. We have seen little puppies that are separated from their mothers before they are 4 weeks old, they look so sad and undernourished.

My daughter, Shloka, loves Christmas more than anyone else in our house. She insists on getting a tree every year and decorates the tree lovingly, she ropes in all of us in this activity, bless her sweet heart.

This year was special as my son, Kartik, was going far away from Delhi for two years to study Business Management, and this was the last Christmas we were all going to be together. Sparky’s failing health also was a concern, so we made a celebration out of decorating the tree.

Here are some of the pictures we took during decorating the tree and a few of Sparky with her new toy, ordered from flipkart by Shloka Didi :)

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By Sulekha Rawat

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Why Do I Love Thee?

Welcome to my blog.

This is my fourth time at #AtoZChallenge and my theme this year is Sparky, my 11-year-old Dalmatian. You can read all about my theme here.

Adorable She

Why do I love thee?

A lifetime won’t be enough

Eternity won’t suffice

The words will fall short

When I try to tell you

What you mean to me

Do you not see

The joy you bring to me

How do you overlook

The waves of your love

Soaking my soul

blueusWhat can I do to show you

Your true value in my life

Leave me alone for a day

And see if I can survive

Your love keeps me happy

Your loyalty lets me sleep,

Peacefully at night

Man’s best friends

Are aplenty

You are,

My truest friend.

By Sulekha Rawat

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Vital

Welcome to my blog.

This is my fourth time at #AtoZChallenge and my theme this year is Sparky, my 11-year-old Dalmatian. You can read all about my theme here.

Adorable SheHAIKU FOR SPARKY

 

Veil of cheerfulness

Covers the pain and sorrow

My brave Sparky smiles

 

Very special She

My darling angel Sparky

Don’t ever leave me

 

Visage full of joy

Shields from us hurting insides

True warrior she.

By Sulekha Rawat

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And the Blog-A-Rhythm AtoZ post featuring my post ‘VACANT’ :)

“Some days I think of a million things I could write about in my blog, but when I sit in front of my computer screen, I have nothing to say. My mind goes blank, vacant. I feel like a fraud, an imposter in a writer’s body. Aren’t writers supposed to be full of new and interesting ideas, ready to write up a storm at the drop of an ink drop from their eloquent pens?

Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead. ~Gene Fowler”… contd

Unconditional

Welcome to my blog.

This is my fourth time at #AtoZChallenge and my theme this year is Sparky, my 11-year-old Dalmatian. You can read all about my theme here.

Adorable SheUnconditional Love

 

Unconditional adoration showered on our hearts

Unstinting affection poured on our souls

Unmistakably we are her Moon and stars

Unquestionably she is our Universe.

 

Unhesitatingly she follows us everywhere

Uninhibited joy in every step

Unconcealed are her feelings for us

Unaltered her generous love

 

Unbridled her enthusiasm

Unrestrained her welcome dash

Unmasked her bark, happy

Unconditional love, thy name is Sparky.

 

By Sulekha Rawat

 

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The Avid Reader :)

Welcome to my blog.

This is my fourth time at #AtoZChallenge and my theme this year is Sparky, my 11-year-old Dalmatian. You can read all about my theme here.

Adorable SheI know Sparky cannot read, but it sure looks like she can :) And her eclectic taste in reading is reflected in her choices captured on camera here.

 FB_IMG_1429757454008reading Sparky reading the newspaper PaperBy Sulekha Rawat

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Snake in The House

Welcome to my blog.

This is my fourth time at #AtoZChallenge and my theme this year is Sparky, my 11-year-old Dalmatian. You can read all about my theme here.

Adorable SheThe letter of the day is S

Another story involving lots of people with their names starting with the letter S and their encounter with a Snake comes to mind.

Sparky has always been curious about everything around her, she has to sniff and smell everything that she encounters along the way. We might forget to stop and smell the roses in our hurry to reach from point A to B, but she takes her own sweet time doing the same :)

One day, Sparky was sharpening her snooping technique and sniffing sense by investigating the various nick-knacks kept in the long corridor of our house in Kochi. Shloka happened to see Sparky in action, going towards the door in a low crouch. Like a tiger cub hunting its prey.  Right outside the door was this coal Iron box (It was a family heirloom we had brought back from our ancestral house in Himachal Pradesh), and for a moment it seemed like she was merely mistaking it for a cat outside.

This is not the same snake :)

This is not the same snake :)

Sparky sniffed at the Iron box suspiciously, as if wary. She then  took a few steps back and then leapt up to pounce! Meanwhile, Shloka had managed to get a closer look at that oddly shaped shadow that Sparky seemed to be attacking, and realized that it was actually a slithering snake. She managed to reach Sparky in two bounds and scooped her up before turning around and running to our room yelling, ‘Snake, snake, snake snake snake!’

I was up on the bed, before Shloka rushed in with Sparky in her hands. We called up the admin office and they sent over someone to come and take the snake (a baby Viper, or Krait, I really don’t know), out of our house. The brave lady caught it while I stood on the chair and constantly admonished my kids to do the same. I believe she took it and released it on the banks of the channel running along our residential area.

I am glad Sparky has come away with a great adventure, safe and unharmed. I, myself, am petrified of snakes, but that is a story for another day. :)

By Sulekha Rawat

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Review of My Book Of Poems – A Patchwork Quilt

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Letter of the day at #AtoZChallenge

Dear readers, I write this post from cloud nine, for my wonderful mentor and guide, Mrs Kanwal Bedi, is the chief guest writer here at my blog today.

The charismatic and charming Mrs. Bedi was instrumental in my journey into the field of creative writing. It was with her encouragement and support that I first dared to venture into this field, by conducting my first-ever classes in creative writing for children at Kochi, Kerala, almost 10 years ago.

Having had the privilege of being a part of the NWWA (Naval Wives Welfare Association), Kochi, where Mrs. Bedi stood bravely at the helm, leading by example, I have had a number of delightful opportunities to work with her.

I remember a particularly wonderful time, while the institute library was being renovated, and we spent hours arranging hundreds of books in their new shelves to display. We had a great time unpacking the myriad assortment of books and putting them up alphabet-wise in their respective bookshelves.

Mrs. Kanwal Bedi has written this beautiful review of my book, I am thrilled to have her in my life, as a friend, guide, mentor and teacher. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! :)

                                                          A Patchwork Quilt

front-cover-newDear Sulekha and Shloka I have been mulling over your poems for a few weeks now. I just pick 2 or 3 poems to read at a time for the beauty of each line and verse to sink in. Just when I decide on a favorite poem the next one seems better and the next and the next so I give up. Each one has a story to tell.

Your poems enthrall my mind and mood. Shloka is as gifted as you Sulekha. Such depth in thought and expression at a young age is so remarkable. This book of beautiful , funny, sad, heart wrenching poems will be my companion for the years to come. Thank you for touching the strings of my soul.- Mrs Kanwal Bedi

Mrs Bedi lighting the camp fire at our NWWA, Kochi picnic at Eizhimala, Kerala.

Mrs Bedi lighting the camp fire at our NWWA, Kochi picnic at Eizhimala, Kerala.

By Sulekha Rawat

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p.s. Sparky’s story will resume from tomorrow :)

Queen of The Castle

Welcome to my blog.

This is my fourth time at #AtoZChallenge and my theme this year is Sparky, my 11-year-old Dalmatian. You can read all about my theme here.

Adorable SheThe letter of the day is Q

Today I share Sparky reigning over us, a true queen of the castle :)

sofa

Watching the match

Sparky watching the MI and CSK match :)

 S on Ysssstanding sy sleepcloseupred sofaBy Sulekha Rawat

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