Eat Well. Live Simply. Laugh Often.

Wow! Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt brought back some old college memories. This blog is a fun site for the hobbies and activities I like to share with the world (and also connect with like-minded individuals to learn from and grow on the way). I try not to keep my posts too technical for the benefit of my followers who are following and reading about my myriad pursuits. For those of you who are so used to being bombarded by books, running and dance articles, I do have a professional life besides all of these. (Time management is the key!) I am a nutritionist by profession, though I try to keep this blog fun by avoiding too many serious posts. So don’t worry! We’ll stick to tradition and keep this write-up light as well.

Our prompt for today “julienne” transported me to those years of university classes. I majored in Food Technology, Nutrition and Dietetics with a specialization in Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) and Sports Nutrition, along with a super specialization in Diabetes Education. Nutrition therapy, however, is not just about planning and prescribing diets on paper but also cooking each of the meals you plan. Principles of food science need to be applied to account for changes in food composition in raw versus cooked foods, meals should be an assorted mix of colors and textures in addition to being palatable. Each food preparation was rated on a “sensory evaluation” chart – an individual score for each parameter (taste, smell, visual appeal etc.), followed by an overall score by adding up the individual gradings.

The cooking practical classes were quite something! Now I’m quite good with my gross motor skills (lifting, punching, jumping), but my fine motor skills are another matter altogether. I’m capable enough to paint, sketch, embroider or engage in any miscellaneous art and craft, but finely dicing and chopping ingredients, applying decorative piping onto cakes or muffins, or cutting vegetables into julienne strips were an enormous task. I still wonder how I got through university exams. (Maybe I made up in theory.)




Tomes and Travels

Holiday haul!

Writer Jhumpa Lahiri had famously quoted how books let you travel without moving your feet. (Courtesy: The Namesake). Books have another role to play in our travels as well – accompanying us as reliable travel buddies when we actually move around the world. I always carry a book or two on holiday – a theme picked based on the place I’m going to visit or explore. In addition, I have a quirk of picking up books (and bookmarks and postcards) from places I travel to – a kind of memento as remembrance of the trip whenever I flip through their pages in future. Locating local bookstores and sourcing books is a must-have on my itinerary wherever I go. This picture depicts my latest haul from my most recent trip – a smorgasbord of titles, authors and genres from three different bookstores.

Has anyone read these books or other titles by the same authors? Feedback is always appreciated. And of course, I’ll share reviews as I go along.



How has the week been shaping up in the blogging world? We’re on Wednesday – my day for picking the prompts (woohoo!!) For the benefit of those (like myself) who were following the Weekly Photo Challenge in addition to the daily prompts, I’m proposing a word that can be used either way. At the moment we don’t have a separate page for the photo challenges, but I loved participating in the photo challenges and have selected a prompt that can be attempted for writing and/or photography.

Today’s chosen word is “smorgasbord“. What comes to your mind when you think of the word and the ways it can be used? Formulate a write-up describing the word and/or a photograph depicting what lends meaning to the word – let’s have your thoughts on “smorgasbord“.

To those participating in the daily prompts, use “ragtag daily prompt”, “RDP”, and “smorgasbord” as tags so your posts are easily accessible to fellow bloggers. For those contributing photos, use “weekly photo challenge” in addition to the other three prompts.

Being a Wednesday, you are invited to post two blogs if you want – one describing the word in text, and a separate one for the photo. Or you could just club the two. The photo option is specially for those who actively participated in the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Here’s the link to the ragtag community page – post all your blogs there so fellow bloggers following the prompts can find you.

Happy reading, writing, photographing, sharing. We love to hear and see it all!

Here’s my contribution for the Wednesday photo challenge using the prompt:


Who Am I?

“Perhaps some deep-rooted atavism urges the wanderer back to lands which his ancestors left in the dim beginnings of history. Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs. Here is the home he sought, and he will settle amid scenes that he has never seen before, among men he has never known, as though they were familiar to him from his birth. Here at last he finds rest.”

~W. Somerset Maugham

Who am I?

The conclusion of my ancestors’ story? Or the prologue to my descendants’ story?


Indifferent Feelings – Affectionate or Catastrophic


~A. Tobias

I’d rest my case,

But I want to argue.

I want to chase.


It isn’t that you’re all that different.

Perhaps it’s the magic of our distance.

We can sit so close, and still be so far.

We live like a funeral, burning brighter than the stars.


I’d plead for silence,

But I like to argue.

This feeling is half-met violence.


It’s like you’re singing melodies,

Starlight smile, piano key teeth

Like the universe just fell on me.

Gone for a while, hide me in a sheath.


Affection at best,

Catastrophe for sure.

Lost just like the rest.


You’re like a present I never wanted.

A gift I haven’t yet received.

It’s just a matter of indifference, I guess

These feeling for you…

I know it’s just a bit of limerence, at best.

Prompt #11: BASTION

As we enter into a new week, Sgeoil sets our prompt for the day. Hope all ye bloggers had a fabulous weekend! Let’s get those writing skills working on “bastion”. I’m reblogging the original post – do follow the official ragtag website for immediate access to the daily prompts, have a read through what others have written on the prompt, and create a pingback or copy-paste your link for your own contribution.

1. a projecting part of a fortification built at an angle to the line of a wall, so as to allow defensive fire in several directions
2. an institution, place, or person strongly defending or upholding particular principles, attitudes, or activities.

Create a new post inspired by today’s prompt.

Please tag it “RDP” and “Ragtag Daily Prompt”.   Create a pingback to bastion . If the pingback doesn’t work, copy your link in the comments below.

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We’re ten days into the Ragtag Daily Prompts and our word for the day is “limerence”. I’m reblogging Martha’s post on her prompt selection. Do follow the ragtag community where all the prompters post on a common platform – in case you have missed any days, or just want to browse through the archives. Create a pingback to your post, or copy-paste your link onto the ragtag community page.

Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt:  Limerence. 


New words come into English all the time. Often they’re borrowed (stolen?) from other languages, words such as tsunami, boomerang and graupel. Sometimes they’re made up, like “limerence.” This word crossed my mind out of nowhere a couple of days ago, and I thought it might be fun (even if the word came and more-or-less went before your time). 🙂

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Ragtag Daily Prompt of the day : Ragabash

Ragabash : scoundrel, ragamuffin, idle worthless fellow, shiftless disreputable person.  Mass noun: rabble or riff-raff

Create a new post inspired by today’s prompt.

Use “RDP”, “Ragtag Daily Prompt”, and “Ragabash” as tags.  Create a pingback to Ragabash. Alternately, copy your link in the comments below.  Do give pingbacks a little time to be approved as they need to be moderated to avoid spammers.

FYI: Ragabash is not in the offficial Scrabble dictionary but is in Oxford and in the 1913 Webster’s which  Wikitionary is based upon.

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