An achievement!

I was an avid reader from my school days. I read all kinds of books. It was hard for people to believe that I loved reading newspapers too. I reserved sometime daily for reading them. Reading books was my favorite pastime and I always felt I was addicted to it. I never knew that one day my feeling would be proved wrong. I bought many books in the last two years, but wasn’t able to complete a single one. Although i continued reading blogs and news on the internet, i got detached from books.
Last weekend I started reading a book named “Mahashweta”, and to my surprise, I got so engrossed into it that I completed the book in two days. It was a short book, but reading it completely was an achievement. So I guess I am not detached from books yet ๐Ÿ˜‰


Look before you leap

I decided to undergo an orthodontic treatment because of the misalignment of my lower teeth. I had overlapping teeth. One of the doctors advised me to undergo the treatment and get them aligned, as there were chances of the teeth getting worn-out in future. At that point of time, I felt it was right to go for the treatment. I didn’t discuss with many people and was not aware of the consequences. But, I learned some things from my experience. So, here I am sharing my experience to benefit others.

I got four teeth extracted for the treatment, as there was no space for teeth movement.
Initially everything was fine. But after re-alignment of the teeth, my facial structure got affected. This is normal inย most cases, but I have a hexagonal facial structure, and hence my case was different from others.
Pushing teeth inside affects more in a square/hexagonal facial structure as opposed to an oval or rounded facial structure. This was not studied by my orthodontic doctor. My cheeks and chin moved inside after the re-alignment. It could not be corrected much in the later stage of the treatment.
So here are some tips –
1. Firstly, if it is a minor teeth problem, don’t go for the treatment.
2. Try getting the treatment done without extraction of teeth.
3. Study your facial structure and discuss with your doctor. If you have a square/hexagonal structure like mine, be ready for the consequences. The depression created in the face after the treatment doesn’t look good.

I hope to rectify the change in my face by putting on some weight ๐Ÿ˜€ย  I hope readers would benefit from my experience, and be careful before undergoing an orthodontic treatment.

My all-time favorite poem

I would like to share my favorite school-time poem..
I recited this poem on stage when I was in school..

– By Sir Walter Scott

Oh! young Lochinvar is come out of the west,
Through all the wide Border his steed was the best;
And save his good broadsword he weapons had none.
He rode all unarmed and he rode all alone.
So faithful in love and so dauntless in war,
There never was knight like the young Lochinvar.

He stayed not for brake and he stopped not for stone,
He swam the Eske river where ford there was none,
But ere he alighted at Netherby gate
The bride had consented, the gallant came late:
For a laggard in love and a dastard in war
Was to wed the fair Ellen of brave Lochinvar.

So boldly he entered the Netherby Hall,
Among bridesmen, and kinsmen, and brothers, and all:
Then spoke the bride’s father, his hand on his sword,–
For the poor craven bridegroom said never a word,–
‘Oh! come ye in peace here, or come ye in war,
Or to dance at our bridal, young Lord Lochinvar?’–

‘I long wooed your daughter, my suit you denied;
Love swells like the Solway, but ebbs like its tide–
And now am I come, with this lost love of mine,
To lead but one measure, drink one cup of wine.
There are maidens in Scotland more lovely by far,
That would gladly be bride to the young Lochinvar.’

The bride kissed the goblet; the knight took it up,
He quaffed off the wine, and he threw down the cup,
She looked down to blush, and she looked up to sigh,
With a smile on her lips and a tear in her eye.
He took her soft hand ere her mother could bar,–
‘Now tread we a measure!’ said young Lochinvar.

So stately his form, and so lovely her face,
That never a hall such a galliard did grace;
While her mother did fret, and her father did fume,
And the bridegroom stood dangling his bonnet and plume;
And the bride — maidens whispered ”Twere better by far
To have matched our fair cousin with young Lochinvar.’

One touch to her hand and one word in her ear,
When they reached the hall-door, and the charger stood near;
So light to the croupe the fair lady he swung,
So light to the saddle before her he sprung!
‘She is won! we are gone, over bank, bush, and scaur;
They’ll have fleet steeds that follow,’ quoth young Lochinvar.

There was mounting ‘mong Graemes of the Netherby clan;
Fosters, Fenwicks, and Musgraves, they rode and they ran:
There was racing and chasing on Cannobie Lee,
But the lost bride of Netherby ne’er did they see.
So daring in love and so dauntless in war,
Have ye e’er heard of gallant like young Lochinvar?


Hope to be free always..

Today, on the occasion of Independence day, let us salute the people who fought for the freedom of our country.. We are leading a happy independent life because of the efforts of those people..
But, we are all aware of the mishaps that our country is seeing these days.. Let us hope that in future we get freedom from these mishaps too.. Jai Hind!

Also, I realize today that my parents have given me complete freedom.. freedom to select the area of study, freedom to select a workplace, freedom to select people in my life .. and it feels so good.. it shows how much they trust my decisions ๐Ÿ™‚ .. Thanks Mama and Papa ๐Ÿ™‚ ..

Don’t go by the looks

There is a plant known as “Maddu Soppu” that grows in Coorg.
This plant is known to have 18 medicinal values.
Every year, during the “Aashaad Maasa”, the leaves of this plant are used to prepare a Pyasam.
The leaves are boiled in water for a long time. The violet-colored extract from the leaves is used to prepare rice with jaggery. Interestingly, only during this period of the year, the extract is violet in color. At other times, it is white. A simple preparation that protects a person from many illnesses.
The violet-colored Pyasam looks scary, but it is very tasty.
So, here is one advice.. Don’t go by the looks…
Everything that looks scary may not be scary.. haha