Posted in Awards, Tags

The Indian Sweets’ Lover Award and The Cookie Lover Award!

Happy Makar Sankranti, guys!!

Hey Pals!! So, today is a popular Indian festival called Makar Sankranti…for more details just Google it, I’m kinda ahem, somewhere between lazy and tired 😶. On occasion of this festival, I’ll be doing The Indian Sweets’ Lover Award!!

I’m probably one of those people who will get diabetes when they grow up because I eat way too many sweets for my own good…but you can’t blame me, sweets are the best 😭🖐️. And Indian sweets are unbeatable!

I was nominated by Prashansa @ Reader’s Alcove (who is also the creator of the award), Rabhya @ Rab’s Bookish Planet, Srishti @ The Srishti Blog, and Dhriti @ The Tomboy Diaries. Thanks to all of them! The first three have awesome book blogs with great tags and reviews, and the fourth one is a younger blogger who writes some really cool poems! I was also tagged by Anjali @ Studio AD, a blog I recently discovered. Go check out these blogs, guys! Now, let’s get started!!


The Indian Sweets’ Lover Award

The Rules:

  • Thank the person/fellow Indian sweets’ lover who nominated you! (or whose blog you found out about this award through)
  • Answer the 5 Indian sweets-related questions and add one of your own!
  • Share some pictures of your all time favorite Indian sweets.
  • Nominate 5 or more bloggers who love Indian sweets and leave an open nomination for every Indian sweets’ lover around the world.

1: What are your top three favorite Indian sweets?

How dare you ask just three?! This is gonna be so hard, uff. Well, okay so I have Rasmalai, Malaipuri, Ghewar and malai chaap (yeah, these are four, sorry cannot choose 3). Oh and also, there is this really popular watermelon-shaped barfi that is often eaten at weddings- I love that too!

2: What’s an Indian sweet you haven’t tried yet but really want to?

Bold of you to assume that I have not tried a sweet. Just kidding, lemme think…hmm, I do not think that I have ever had Shahi Tukda before, so I would love to give it a shot.

3: Name one sweet which is traditionally made in your city/state (This was also Srishti’s question)

Oof, that would mean I would have to reveal my city. Without being explicit, I am just gonna say that the petha of my city is famous worldwide.

4: Which kind of ladoo is your favorite?

I think my favourite are besan ladoo, they always make me drool!

5: Have you ever tried a chocolate flavored Indian sweet? If yes, name it.

Yes, chocolate petha! It is very good, you will not be disappointed!

6: Dhriti’s question- What kind of Indian sweet are you?

I took this quiz to find out and I got Kaju Katli apparently…which is the one sweet I actually find kinda boring, but okay.

7: Rabhya’s Question-  One sweet that you can eat for the rest of your life?

Can I though? I think rasmalai because it is neither too sweet nor does it lack sweetness. And I would be content eating it daily, hehe.

Here is my question- What is your least favorite Indian sweet?

And here are the pictures of some cool Indian sweets!

So this is the famous jalebi 😃
This is malaipuri 🤩
And this is the watermelon-shaped barfi I was talking about 🤤
And these are a combination of various sweets *dies of hunger*

I nominate:

No pressure on y’all, only do the award if you can and want to.

  1. Mokshba di @ Happy Panda
  2. Sam @ Diary of a Dreamer
  3. Khushi and Kunjal @ Duo Disseminators
  4. Siya @The Dramatic Drama
  5. Shivi @ Shivictionary
  6. You!! If you love Indian sweets and want to try out this awesome award, go for it ‘coz I tag You!

The Cookie Lover Award

I was tagged for this a long time ago by Siran @ Far from perfect. She writes fabulous poems, guys, you need to check out her blog! Also Simran, you didn’t specify any questions so I just answered the ones that you answered, lol. Now, let’s do this!!

Also, I can’t figure out who the creator is, so sorry about that.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person/fellow cookie lover who nominated you! (or whose blog you found out about this award through)
  • Answer the cookie-related questions and add one of your own!
  • Share some pictures of cookies you adore! (can be pics you’ve taken or ones from online, just be sure to give credit where credit is due.)
  • Nominate 5 or more bloggers who love cookies and leave an open nomination for every cookie lover around the world!

1: What are your top three favorite types of cookies?

Chocolate-chip cookies for sure, then there are these biscuits called Dark Fantasy which are way too good for anyone’s good. And my sister made some at home once, I do not know what they are called but they rocked!

Fig rolls! They look so yum!!

A Dark Fantasy biscuit, hehe.

I would be an oreo, because people really love them and they are used in almost all kinds of other desserts.

5: Why do you love cookies?

What sort of an absurdly ridiculous question is that 🙂? That is like asking a reader why they love reading or asking somebody who is gonna commit suicide why they love dying (which technically, they don’t, but that is beside the point). I love cookies bEcAuSe tHeY aRe sWeEt !!

6: Have you ever tried making cookies at home and how did they turn out?

Nope never. I do not like cooking…like at all!

My question: What is in the middle of cookies?

And here are is a picture of cookies!

So my mom made these once!

Once again, no pressure if you do not want to do this.

  1. Dhriti @ The Tomboy Diaries
  2. Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner
  3. Ashmita @ the fictional journal
  4. Sahi @ My World of Books
  5. Stara @ The Pool Of Thoughts
  6. You!! If you love cookies and want to try out this awesome award, go for it ‘coz I tag You!

That’s all! I hope you enjoyed reading it! Do you like Indian sweets? Let me know an Indian sweet that is your favorite, down in the comments! 😀

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The Aesthete Blogger Award

Yes, I’m doing this award, and you’ll be delighted to know that I don’t even know what the word “aesthete” means 😃.

Hey Pals!! Today, I’m doing The Aesthete Blogger Award. I was nominated by the ✨creator✨ Ashmita @ the fictional journal herseld, and also my Priyamvada @ #DiscoverYou and Betty @ The box of Wonder!. And since I like the sound of the word “aesthete”, I am going to do this tag (oh btw, I still didn’t google what the word means). Thanks for the tag, guys, do check out these blogs because they have fabulous content!


The Rules:

  • Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Show some love to the one who nominated you!
  • Mention the creator (Asmita@ the Fictional Journal) and link it back to the original post.
  • Tell me a something about this world that you admire.
  • What is your favourite form of creativity?
  • Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!
  • Ask your nominees 4 questions.
  • Share something you created. (can be anything!)
  • And lastly, just so you know: I LOVE YOUR CREATIONS!

Asmita’s Questions:

1: What colour is your soul?

I took this quiz on Buzzfeed to find this out, and they said blue. Hehe, that’s my favorite color too! Apparently, “I have an honorable soul and I strive to always do what’s right.” 😇

2: Think about your happiest memory. Then tell me the book/song that you are reminded of?

Okay so, my sister got married recently. And her marriage was of two days, and it was in Ranthambore (a place in Rajasthan, India). And I literally had the time of my life. If I could live any moment of my life again, it would be those days. It was so good! I was so confident about my looks, my clothes, my demeanour, and just about everything.

The book this reminds me of is The Selection by Kiera Cass, because America had to wear all these gorgeous outfits just like I did 😍.

3: Finish the sentence: once upon a time, there lived a turtle in…

…a shell, but you see, the shell was a tad bit too hard for the turtle to be able to break through, so he was never able to hatch because he suffocated to death before even being born.

This is called dark humor, kids. 🙂

4: Do you have an aesthetic?/What is your favourite aestheitc?

Oh, so that’s what you meant by aesthete!! Anyways, after doing lots of research, I think I might fit under either the light academia aesthetic or the indiecore, I am not sure.


Priyamvada’s Questions

1: How would you describe yourself in three words?

I’m an apple.

2: As per you, what’s the best part about being a kid?

Being ignorant. Half the times, you just don’t know what is happening around you, you’re not worrying about making memories or thinking about moments slipping away in seconds, you’re just…living.

3: What memory makes you feel the most nostalgic?

My sister’s wedding, hehe.

4: If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I am a little insecure about my body, not gonna lie. So, I would change my constant worrying about how I look, etc etc.


Betty’s Questions

1: When do you usually listen to songs?

When I’m hanging upside down from the chandelier-

Heh, no. I have no particular time. I listen whenever I feel like it.

2: Which book would you recommend to people who don’t read books?

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

This was an addicting read, and it can leave a good impact on you, the kind of impact that you don’t even realize hit you until after a long time has gone since you finished it. It’s got mystery, drama, romance, and overall, it does a great job in depicting the ugly reality of life.

3: What would be your site’s name if not what it is now.

Books and Words, because my genius brain did the mistake of naming my blog that once.

4: What are you obsessed with?

Books, as if you didn’t know that already. But apart from the usual answer, I’m also obsessed with…um…with uh…um…eh, I can’t think of anything other than apples 😒.


I tag:

  1. Kira @ Kira Jeanette
  2. Sep @ Bookishly Yours
  3. Dhriti @ The Tomboy Diaries
  4. Simran @ Far From Perfect
  5. Devangi @ Just penning down my thoughts
  6. Harini @ Book Spiral
  7. You! If you want to do this award, go for it! I can’t wait to read your answers, so I tag you!!

My questions:

  1. What’s a stereotypical assumption people have of you?
  2. Who was the last person you told a secret to?
  3. If somebody gave you a million dollars to spend for 24 hours, what would you do with that money?
  4. Finish the sentence: I looked at the man in the frock…

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed it? Let me know what you would do if you were given a million dollars for a day, in the comments 😀.

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The Sunshine Blogger Awards 🌞

Hey Pals!! I am really happy to announce that I have been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by six wonderful bloggers. Merlin, how did I manage that many!? 🤩

First, I would like to thank Riddhi @ Whispering Stories for the nomination. She has bookish content ranging from tags to reviews and her site is super awesome. Another big thanks to Divya Didi @ The Mindful Homemaker by Divya for considering me worthy for this award. She talks about self help stuff and I can assure you that it’s a brilliant. Thank you so much to Tiction @ Fictionally Crazy for nominating me, the girl is on a hiatus right now 😒, and it will be an understatement to say that I miss her posts. Thanks to Lilly @ Lilly’s Little Library for nominating me too, she’s back from her hiatus, so do check out her posts out. Next up, thanks to Anushka @ Anushka Stories, she writes some really beautiful poems you should never miss out. And the latest one- Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger, her bookish content is just as cool as any other!

There’s a high chance I’ve missed somebody by mistake. It’s because of the fact that I save all the tags I get tagged for and one day, half of them got deleted when I uninstalled WordPress 😐.

And lastly, sorry if this post is way too late 😭. If it’s any consolation, I had prepared this draft way back, and I edited and updated it today. Also, if any of you ever tagged me for anything, it’s on the way, it’s just taking time. Also, to make this post not too long and bore you to death, I will be skipping the questions are repeated.


The Rules

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Answers to Riddhi’s Questions

When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging on 17 May, 2020. It was the time when quite a few of my classmates had put Whatsapp statuses of the blogs they wrote so that sparked my interest in blogging. My elder sister’s roommate, who also happens to be my first follower here: Aastha Didi @ Parinda suggested WordPress and here, out of boredom, inspiration, interest and a need to make my thoughts known to people, I posted my first blog, a short story names A Haunted Adventure in Broad Daylight. I put it in a link just in case you want to check it out.

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

I love making new friends here, sharing my ideas and discovering new blogs. It’s a really friendly community and I love interacting with new bloggers. I find real joy in writing my posts because it’s just way too fun and I like it when people read them, and even comment.

What is your least favorite thing about blogging?

Umm… I guess, I spend too much time blogging and that increases my screen time which is really not good for my eyes that already need spectacles.

What are your hobbies besides blogging?

Listening to songs
Chatting with friends
Reading

What would the title of your biography/biopic be?

Nehal the Apple!! 😀

Some advice for people who have just started blogging

One: Don’t ever give up… you might think no one reads your blogs, that’s not true. And if it is, go around making blogging friends, it’s a friendly community. Just don’t give up!! That’s the 🔑.

Two: Make sure you utilize maximum features of WordPress, that you are passionate about blogging, that it gives you joy. If it causes pressure, there is no fun in it.

Three: Do not compare yourself with other bloggers (another thing I can’t do at times). Be happy and content with the number of followers you already have. A soul, named me, once said: Strive to be better but do not lose your good in the process.

Yeah, look at me, trying to sound all experienced, *pats herself on the back*.

Describe yourself in seven words (Cause it’s the seveth question)

A girl parrying her way through life.

Dogs or Cats?

Dogs!

A TV show you can binge-watch forever?

Mahabharata… Did I ever tell you that I can never ever get over the beauty of Shaheer Sheikh!!

Just look at him! Just look at him, okay? How can someone not fall in love with him!? He’s the most gorgeous, beautiful and the sweetest Bollywood celebrity of all time.

One of his pics from Mahabharata

And no, I’m not done yet, look at him again. Here:

I am really sorry, but i can’t help it, he’s just so adorable 😍😍.

A song you relate to? / A song you will never get tired of listening

A song that I totally relate to and love with all my heart is Tera Yaar Hun Main by Arijit Singh.

Who is your favorite author?

Neil Gaiman!! I just love his writing style, the way he makes me imagine stuff as if it is happening in front of my eyes. He’s a big inspiration.


Answers to Divya Didi’s Questions:

Do you like to travel? What was the last place you visited?

Oh, I indeed love traveling to new places, exploring different ideas and cultures but I haven’t been to many places actually. The last place I visited was Mukteshwar, near Nainital.

Do you spend time looking at the sky? Or do you find it boring?

I do believe that sky is a really magical thing. I don’t find it at all boring to gaze at the sky, something or the other always catches my attention. But I don’t look up at the sky that often.

Your favorite childhood memory

Though I still like to call myself a child I get the point of this question. I am really fond of playing with my BFF in school. 6th to 8th standard were the best years of my life. I had so much fun playing with my friends until these harsh times took it all away 😅. There is still hope to make good memories in the future.

What do you do when you feel bored?

What is the important morning ritual you practise to make the rest of your day happy?

I do yoga exercises lots of times though 😂, so yeah.

Do you read books? What is your all time favorite book?

Of course I don’t, haven’t read a single one 🙂.

What is your favorite color?

It was always 💙 but recently I have acquired a fascination towards 🖤.

Do you have any interesting family ritual?

There is one…umm…😅

Do you like to write your goals in a paper or prefer using gadgets?

If they are reading goals like monthly TBRs and stuff, I note it all down in a journal. But if it’s blog post ideas, crazy dreams I had or interesting writing prompts, I put it all in the “Notes” app.

What is one food you can eat all three times a day?

Apple, to nobody’s surprise.

What is the important lesson life has taught you?

That I am lucky and grateful for all that I have been given. Hard times come and go, all I need to know is to never give up (this is such a struggle at times).


Answers to Tiction’s Questions:

What is your spirit animal (And, no, Joey won’t work, if you know what I mean)?

So, I just asked Tiction herself what a spirit animal means. Lol! And from what I figured is that it’s an animal you relate to. I guess that would be a rabbit or a squirrel because I love them, they are so cute I get way too excited at times which I associate with these two cuties.

Do you play a musical instrument? Which one? and, if not, which one would you like to?

Well, I love playing the guitar. And right now, I don’t wanna learn any other instrument apart from drums.

What is the movie you can watch forever?

None, I’ll probably get bored pretty quick.

Describe yourself in six words.

Bookdragon, weirdo, emotional, short-tempered, lazy, hard-working.

What song makes you dance so much that people look at you weird?

Khalibali 🤭!! This is the part where people realize how very weird I can be. But believe me when I say that I practically know all the steps of this song and love to dance like a monkey when alone in a room on this song.

Also, Bala!! If you haven’t gone utterly crazy upon hearing the beats of this song, you are seriously missing out. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Indian or not, you will still love it.Last to last year, all that I did at school was dance like hell at this song (oh, fun times, I want ’em back 🤧)

What memory is the closest to your heart?

Man, where are these deep questions coming from Tiction!? Well, I was extremely happy when I got the Harry Potter series but I have now moved past that feeling. I guess all the fun me and my bestie have had in these last 4 years all combine to form a perfect memory I will treasure forever. Plus, I’ll never forget my time with TWC.

If you could change your name, what would you change it too.

Glad you asked. Here you go:

  • Eleanor
  • Anjali
  • Luna
  • Ishita
  • Caroline
  • Arushi (that’s one of my friends’ names btw. I’ll make sure that I never let her read this post)
  • Hermione
  • Shraddha
  • Cassidy
  • Aditi
  • Jenna
  • Believe me, the list goes on. But yeah, I also really love my name so wouldn’t ever change it 😌.

10: What is your favorite book? (Can be many!)

Last year I would have said Harry Potter, now I guess it’s Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, but honestly, I can’t be sure, there are so many great books to read out there.


Lilly’s Questions:

What’s your favourite book genre?

Historical fiction! Yes, it comes as a surprise to me too, I used to hate this genre, but now I devour these books because I just love them so much.

What’s your favourite blog?

Okay, um…you did NOT just ask that, lol 😂🤨. How do I even say anything!? I love so many blogs I follow, but if I comment a lot on any blog, that means it is one of my favourites.

What is your least favourite book?

This is a hard one. I guess any book I give 1 star rating, for instance- I thoroughly despise A Wrinkle in Time, it went from being my favourite to least favourite.

What point in time would you want to live in?

World War 2, yes, that’s how much I am crazy for historical fiction.

What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?

bUTteRcOtcH!


Anushka’s Questions:

What is the best thing about my blog? (Anushka Stories)

I love your poems, Anushka! The visual imagery in them is so good, I wish I could write like that too!!

Who is your favourite character in a story book and why?

Leo Valdez, Magnus Chase, Nate Macauley, Remus Lupin, Rudy Steiner.

Who do you love the most? and why?

Uh…that’s a very *ahem* thought provoking question! Will give it lots of thought and then *ahem* skip it….*runs*

Would you rather help a person or ask a person for help?

I would rather help a person, I kind of have this thing where it is hard for me to let people in to help me, and if I do ask them, I feel very bad and just not tell them what happened. I love helping people out though (and I am not bragging or anything).

Mention some weird things you usually do?

Most of the things I do are pretty weird, I chew on the back of my pen too much, I talk super fast, I laugh at the wrong situations, I use random emojis for sarcasm, lol, the list goes on.

Do you like reading in the library or would you like to read online.

Library!!


Jessica’s Questions:

What is your favourite book you’ve read so far this year?

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. This is one book that I think deserves all the hype it gets and much more, I absolutely loved this book, it was so beautiful and heart-wrenching!

What is one of your guilty pleasures?

Sweets! I can’t live without sweets!!

If you could have any fictional creature as a pet, which one would you choose?

A pygmy puff! Aren’t they just so cute!?

Name a fun fact about yourself.

Hm…🤔 Well, I guess most of you might not know this, but I really love taking part in anything related to narration, acting and speaking.

Any authors/books you’ll never read?

I will probably never read any other book by Sarah J. Mass and John Green, not because they are bad but because I guess they are just not my type.

What is the best movie/TV show that you’ve watched this year?

I haven’t watched a single new movie this year, but I have started watching Friends and it’s actually pretty good, I don’t LOVE it like most people do, but I really enjoy it!

If you could switch spots with any character in a book/movie/TV show, who would it be and why?

I would be Annabeth Chase, that way I would have loads of adventures and get to have Percy!

What kind of music do you like listening to?

Pop and country usually.

Name your last 1 star read.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. I feel kinda confused between a 1 star and 2 star for this one, so I’ll say 1.5. This book was very disappointing.

Would you rather have the ending of every book you read spoiled or be able to read a book without being spoiled but never know the ending?

How cruel! I would rather get the end spoiled, the suspense of not knowing what happens would just kill me.


Aaaand that was it, the final edited and updated draft of my Sunshine Blogger Award, I am so so happy that this is finally out. It was about time. If you have actually read this far, I applaud you 😃, and I love you, for this means a lot for I know how busy our lives are these days.

My Nominees:

These are all wonderful bloggers you should definitely check out. And there is no pressure in doing the award if you can’t for any reason, I totally understand.


Questions for my nominees:

1: What is one talent you would love to have?
2: Who are some of your favorite bloggers?
3: What do you think is the best way to deal with hardships in life?
4: What is the biggest struggle you find in blogging?
5: What would your instant response be if an ostentatiously dressed someone who appears to have authority walks up to you and announces, “You’re a wizard/witch!”
6: Leave a link to your first post.
7: Are you an introvert or extrovert?
8: What, in your opinion, is the secret to happiness in life?
9: Have you ever unfollowed someone on WordPress intentionally?
10: Have you posted a YouTube comment that got more than 1K likes?
11: Share a book recommendation that kept you engrossed.


If you have read this far, I applaud you 👏. Thanks for reading my post. Let me know a big struggle that you come across when blogging.

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The Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

Hey Pals!! I am extremely happy to announce that I have been nominated for The Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award by Esdi @ Esdi Blogs. Thank you so much for the nomination Esdi. She has a wonderful site with loads of bookish as well as other fun content, don’t forget to check it out 😉. As for the award, let us begin


The Rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog.
  • Make a post of the award (with photo).
  • Post the rules.
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.
  • Nominate 10-30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.
  • Follow Vincent Ehindero to qualify for a free blog promotion, shoutout and more blogging opportunities.

Answers to Esdi’s Questions:

1: How much does this award mean to you?

A lot! I have been nominated for several awards on WordPress but I always thought that the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award was something really special because I really appreciate Vincent. I love his blogs, always make me laugh, and his genuine love for all other bloggers is truly fantastic. So yeah, this award means a lot to me.


2: What is the one word that defines your blog?

At least that is what I think. My fellow bloggers would probably have different views on it but I have fun writing my posts and reading them later on so that’s what I decided to go with.


3: In what ways should an ideal blogger inspire his/her followers?

I definitely think that interacting and being friendly with the people who read your posts should be something that every blogger should practice. At least I tend to be more interested in such people because I find them good-natured.


4: What is your secret to gaining followers?

I believe that I have quite a good number of people who follow me, and I am so thankful to them all 😍, I guess it was all a matter of interacting and exploring WordPress that led me to this point.


5: What are your blogging goes for the near future?

Just publishing all the tags and awards I have been nominated for, I guess 😂.


6: What will you miss after the pandemic ends?

Yes, I’ll miss my Di. My sister works in Mumbai and she has come to stay with us in this pandemic. So I have gotten so used to her presence that life without her will now be really dull and unimaginable 😢.


7:  Name of country you want to visit.

Greece!! Oh, and North Korea (I know that sounds crazy)!


8: What is your favourite subject in school?

Library 😁!

Oh wait, that’s not a subject, that’s a period, right 😜?

So then, my favourite subject in school will be English Literature. I love English and I love reading stories because they are really interesting and always teach me new words. And okay, I have to admit that I feel that this subject is the easiest of all 🤭.


I Nominate (no pressure at all):

  1. Anushka @ Anushka Stories 💡
  2. Moksha Di @ Happy Panda 😄
  3. Cherelle @ A Bolt Out of the Book
  4. Riddhi @ Whispering Stories ✌🏻
  5. Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner 🦇
  6. Ashmita @ The Fictional Journal 🌝
  7. Pannaga @ Just Dreamland 🌈
  8. Evin @ A Curly Sue’s Ramblings 🦄
  9. Jheel @ crazypotterhead!
  10. Silver Stone @ The Bored Side of the Phone 😁
  11. Ahaana @Windows to Worlds 🌏
  12. Akriti @ Recipe Of Life 🌱
  13. Sadje @ Keep It Alive 🖊
  14. You!! If you want to participate in this award, I nominate you 😀.

I badly wish that I can tag more people, but I have to study 😞. So, please consider yourself tagged if I was unable to mention you.


Questions for my nominees:

  1. How much does blogging mean to you and how much joy do you get in it?
  2. Have you ever actually been caught doing something wrong in school?
  3. What quote keeps you motivated during harsh times?
  4. What is a dream you had when you were a child?
  5. Sweet or spicy?
  6. How will you define “COVID-19”?
  7. In your opinion, what came first, the chicken or the egg?

What do you think came first? Chicken or egg 🤔? Let me know in the comments 😀.

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4 more Mystery Blogger Awards 😁 (at this point, I’m not sure I’m mysterious anymore 😂)

Hey Pals!! I am pleased to announce that I have been nominated for The Mystery Blogger Award by four cool bloggers.

Thanks to Sanskriti @ Portals into Books for nominating me. She is a new book blogger in the community and has fun posts, so do show some support.

Another thanks to Poorwa @ Poorwa’s Blog for nominating me. She’s a really sweet person with diverse posts, don’t miss them out either.

Thanks to Aakriti @ Recipe of Life for the nomination. My fraaand here has some amazing posts of various kinds, so go check ’em out too.

And finally, thanks to Riddhi @ Whispering Stories. You probably already know her, but if you don’t, now you do. As for the award, let’s begin then, shall we!?


The Rules:

  • Put the logo of the award on your blog. 
  • List the rules.
  • Answer the questions asked.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award.
  • Tell your readers three facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 10-20 other bloggers and notify them.
  • Give your nominees 5 questions to answer, with one funny question.
  • Share a link to your best post.

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”


Answers to Sanskriti’s Questions:

Who’s your favorite character from all the books you’ve read?

Leo Valdez 💖.

What is something you always look for in books?

Just a story that keeps me on the edge of my seat. A story that completely breaks me. A story that makes me laugh out loud. Just about anything that makes me enjoy and love the book.

Do the covers of the books matter to you?

Absolutely 😀! *yeah, look at me confessing without any shame* I tend to be interested in books with gorgeous covers and usually don’t read ones with weird covers…weird as in ones I don’t like.

Do you prefer cooking or baking?

None! I only prefer eating 😋.

Who’s your all-time favorite author?

Neil Gaiman. I love that he’s not just a fabulous story-writer but also an incredible storyteller.


Answers to Poorwa’s Questions:

What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

Making lovely friends here!

Do you worry a lot?

Yeah, I guess 😓. I try not to but then again, who doesn’t?

Do you like to take risks or play safe?

I absolutely love taking risks 😁. Just for fun, I sometimes even change my name in school Zoom meetings from Nehal to Spongebob, cause why not!?

What’s the color that reflects your personality?

I literally just took a Buzzfeed quiz to find this out. And it says 💚, says that I am “calm”. Which, if you know me in real life, is not the first word you would use to describe me 😂. So I don’t know.

What’s the one thing you don’t like about yourself?

My inability to control my anger.


Answers to Aakriti’s Questions:

Do you want to change your blogging niche?

Hmm… I don’t think so.

What is a perfect weekend in your perspective?

One where I read…and read…read again…read some more…and basically keep reading for 48 hours straight 😍.

Sweet or Savory, what do you prefer?

Sweet 😋. Have you ever had balushai? It is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!

Are you productive?

Absolutely not 😃.

If tomato is a fruit then why isn’t tomato puree a smoothie?

Reveal me thy secrets tomato

Hmm…🤔 I guess it’s because tomato puree isn’t tasty like smoothie.


Answers to Riddhi’s Questions:

What is one Christmas themed book you read in 2020?

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

What is your fatal flaw? (Yes, you can take a quiz to find out)

Why take a quiz, when you can take three 😂!? Of all the results, the only one that felt even a bit close to reality was: I work alone.

What is you Hogwarts house?

Gryffindor! And a little bit of Slytherin, I guess.

Who is your godly parent?

I guess Poseidon…I love water 😬.

Name three authors whose books you read in 2020 for the first time.

Sarah J. Mass, John Green and Kaise West.


Here are three facts about me:

  • I am a human being.
  • I am an Indian.
  • I am a girl.
  • 🙂

Here’s a link to a post of mine that I like: Six Word Story #7


I Nominate (no pressure, guys):

  1. Kripaa @ Dream Diaries 📒
  2. Sadje @ Keep it Alive 🎇
  3. Ananya @ Drawing My Fantasies
  4. April @ Booked Till Midnight 🤟
  5. Heather @ Bookish Belongings 😃
  6. Georgia @ Lost in Neverland
  7. Julie @ One Book More 📗
  8. Tess @ Unbound Library 📚
  9. Bibliobibuli’s Book Blog
  10. You!! Yes, if you want to participate in this award, I tag You 😀!!

My Questions to my Nominees:

  1. Do you have a tattoo?
  2. Are you the one who humors people or the one who tells them what they really feel?
  3. Share a favorite memory you have of your school.
  4. What do you do when you are angry?
  5. What is the middle of middle and the end of end?

That’s all. Thanks for reading. Do you know what is the middle of end and the end of end? Let me know in the comments. Stay safe. Ciao!!

Ps: If you have ever tagged me for anything, I will get around to it. It’s been a little busy these days, but I’ll definitely do it at some point.

Posted in Awards

The Beautiful Blogger Award

Hey Pals!! I’m so delighted to announce that I’ve been nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award!! I was nominated by Shivi @ Shivictionary. She has an all-in-one kind of a blog, from memes to riddles, she misses nothing. So go check her out. As for the award, let’s begin!


The Rules:

  • Link to the blogger who has nominated you.
  • List 7 random facts about you.
  • Nominate 7 creative, beautiful bloggers and let them know about the nominations

7 Random Facts About Me:

This might be hard considering y’all know pretty much everything about me already 😂. But I’ll try:

  • My birthday is on 20th March.
  • I live in India, that seemed obvious 😜 (and that’s it, the formal facts end here).
  • One of my favorite and least favorite emojis is “🙂” this.
  • I love Shinchan.
  • I also love Spongebob memes though I am guilty of never having watched the show 🤫.
  • I prefer audiobooks over all other book formats, not because they are better (which they aren’t) but because of how much they have helped me.
  • I don’t like cooking.

I Tag:

This is an open nomination. It seems really unfair to me to tag just 7 bloggers when my belief is that every human is beautiful! So I tag Everyone. I would love it if y’all decide to participate. Don’t hesitate to accept it. I tag YOU 😃!


That’s all. Thanks for reading. Let me know if you have ever watched Shinchan 😁. And do participate in the award if you like. Stay safe. Ciao!!

Posted in Awards

The Outstanding Blogger Award

Hey Pals!! I am so happy to announce that I have been nominated for The Outstanding Blogger Award by two lovely blogger friends.

A huge thanks to Aanya @ Soaring Firebolt for nominating me. Guys, go check out her site, it’s filled with stuff every Potterhead would love plus she even has her own book out which is so c.o.o.l. I highly recommend visiting her blogs.

Another big thanks to Riddhi @ Whispering Stories for the nomination. She has loads of bookish content, as well as her own tag, Just Some Bibliophilic Things, which is so f.a.b. Don’t miss out her fun blog either.

This award was created by Colton Beckwith. This is the original post!

Also, the second week’s prompt for GIF-y Love is now out on Tiction’s blog for anyone to participate. Check it out here.


The Rules:

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

My Answers to Riddhi’s Questions:

(Aanya wrote in her post to choose any questions from the ones she answered but honestly, I tried but couldn’t do it 😅. Even in exams, choice questions make me go bananas. I’m sorry, my bad! Hope you don’t mind Aanya. I’ll just answer Riddhi’s questions.)

1: What’s the one thing you’ll never do?

Huh 😂? Idk, this question made me laugh. This is weird. Probably never eat anything non-veg. Sorry pals, creativity seems to be zero right now. Again, what is this question Riddhi 😂!?

2: One book you will protect with your life?

Omg none! As much as I love books, life is way more important 😱!

3: The most tragic moment of your life? (If you do not mind sharing)

Ah, let’s not talk about it right now and spoil the happy mood of anyone here, huh?

4: One thing you enjoyed about staying at home for the past few months?

Talking with friends and chatting with them on WhatsApp between classes. It is so much fun.

5. The one food that you will eat, even on a full stomach?

What better time to use the site icon, huh 😀!?

Cause an apple a day…never did keep the doctor away from me 😖. But anyways, I love apple way too much. I like NEED it as a salad at lunch and dinner. I have an addiction to apples.

6: One book that you can reread forever and not get bored?

Harreh Pottah!!

7. Which post that you have written is your favourite? Share the link as well.

I wrote a post named It Will Hurt. It’s a fun, short story that I wrote and I think y’all might like it.


I Nominate:

Beware: Emojizzz on the way!!

To all the people I have nominated, including You, there is no pressure in doing the award if you don’t


My Questions to my Nominees:

  1. Are you the last-bencher kinda person or the teacher’s pet one?
  2. What was one dream you had that you gave up on?
  3. Describe your blog in three words.
  4. Maths…love or hate?
  5. What is the most annoying thing about your sibling (and if you don’t have one, do you want to)?
  6. Have you ever recommended someone something you haven’t done (like a movie you haven’t watched)?
  7. Share a good movie recommendation.

That’s all. Thanks for reading. Do let me know if you love or hate Maths down in the comments. Stay safe. Ciao!!

Ps: If you in any way think that I love Maths, you are so wrong lah 🙂!!

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150 Followers, 1000 Likes, My Bestie’s B’day and an Award Nomination🤩 (Thank You, Pals!!)

Hey Pals!! I would like to give you all a BIG THANKS for making this possible. I am thankful to each one of you. Recently, I hit more than 150 followers as well as 1000+ likes!!

Ahh, thank you so much to all for supporting me 🤗. You are all great friends and talented, wonderful people. Thank you so much 💖.

And today is also my best friend Ipsita’s birthday 🎉. I know she isn’t on WordPress but she’s one of the most special people in my life and I just couldn’t not talk about it here when I am posting on that day.

💖 HAVE THE BEST BIRTHDAY IPPU 💖

I am going to visit her today and we’re gonna have so much fun after a full eternity 😌. We’ve missed each other so much and I am soooooo excited!!!!!! Best wishes to my cute bestie in every fields of life 😀.

I am also pleased to announce that I have been nominated for The Black Cat Blue Sea Award by Riddhi @ Whispering Stories. Thanks for the nomination Riddhi. She has an incredible site, she even has her own weekly tag, Just Some Bibliophilic Things, which is pretty cool. Make sure you check it out.


What is the Black Cat Blue Sea Award

This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.

The Rules:

  • Anybody nominated can nominate seven (lucky number) other bloggers.
  • Anybody nominated answers three questions.
  • The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.
  • If any of the questions asked are offending or the nominee simply does not want to answer them, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.

Answers to Riddhi’s Questions:

1. What is the one (or more) thing you want to do before you die?

I would love to give myself a haircut, and that too a silly one, at least once 😁. Has anyone here done that?

2: Are you an extrovert or an introvert? What is your favourite thing about being an extrovert or an introvert (whichever you are)?

I think I am an ambivert. It helps me share as much as I think I can without sharing too much, so that’s something I like about it. Though I am not sure if I am an ambivert 😅, I just prefer to think I am.

3: If you could trade lives with the fictional character would you do it? And if you had to, whom would you choose?

I am not sure I would. I would love to but not many fictional characters that I love are vegetarians 😂 and I can’t change that about me. But, if I exclude that, then I guess I would happily trade places with George Weasley so I could be Fred’s twin (disregarding the tragedy) or I’d be Annabeth because that way, I would be able to date Percy 😍. I would also enjoy living the life of Adèlaïde from The Doldrums as I would have fun time with Archer and Oliver and would get to eat those delicious croissants (the egg less ones, of course).


I Nominate:

This is such a fun and unique award, I wish I could nominate more than seven 😦. But I’ll stick with the rules. So here are my nominees:

  1. Soni Didi @ Soni’s thoughts
  2. Snoopy Doo @ snoopydoo77
  3. Divya Didi @ The Mindful Homemaker by Divya
  4. Madeline @ Bookish Mutant
  5. Jheel @ fantasybookworm!
  6. Claudia @ Claudia Reads Books
  7. Lucy @ Sunstar Books

Questions for my Nominees:

1: What is the one thing you want to do before you die (I’m gonna steal your first question Riddhi because it’s fab)?
2: Name one of your guilty pleasures.
3: If you could star as the main character in a movie, which one would it be?


That’s all. Thanks for reading and supporting ❤. I literally had so much fun answering these questions. I hope my nominees have fun answering mine (if they do the award). Let me know one of your guilty pleasures in the comments, irregardless whether I nominated you or not. Stay safe. Ciao!!

Posted in Awards

The Liebster Award

Hey Friends!! I am super excited to announce that I have been nominated for my 2nd award on WordPress- The Liebster Award. And not just by one, but three fantastic bloggers 😍.

First and foremost, I would like to thank Dakshali Didi @ A Thought On My Plate for considering me worthy enough for this award. You guys should definitely check out her site. She writes some really beautiful poems.

The second person who nominated me was Hema Didi @ Frameofsoul. She takes part in various writing contests and is one of those people who will say something in their posts and you will have to stop reading and take a moment to ponder on the bitter truth in it.

The next pal who nominated me is Riddhi @ Whispering Stories a.k.a. my “kindred spirit” because we are just so much alike. She posts bookish content like me and I think her posts are super interesting. We discovered each other pretty recently and have been friends since then.


The Rules Are:

•Thank the kind person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
•Answer the 11 questions given to you.
•Nominate 11 people and ask your nominees 11 questions of your choice and notify them that they have been nominated.


Answers to Dakshali and Hemalantha Didi’s Questions:

Q: Introvert or Extrovert? Reason?
A: I would say an Ambivert. I like sharing my thoughts a lot but definitely not all and not with everyone. It basically depends on my mood. So I guess I am a bit of both.

Q: Which is your favorite movie and why?
A: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules 😂. You want reason: Loded Diaper!! Also, in Bollywood, I really like Sholay.

Q: When is your birthday?
A: My special day is on 20th March😀. So, make sure you wish me then 😉.

Q: Who are your favorite bloggers?
A: Most of the people I follow are great bloggers so I can’t really say.

Q: Describe yourself in five words?
A: Kind, short-tempered, hard-working, emotional and bookdragon (yeah, because I think bookworm is an understatement😜).

Q: What’s your ambition?
A: I would love to be a journalist.

Q: What’s special about the country you live in?
A: I love how India is a diverse country. There are so many religions and each religion accepts each other and even celebrates each other’s festivals. I also love how uniquely our country celebrates festivals. India’s culture is the best too. You should definitely visit our brilliant nation. #ProudIndian✌🏻

Q: Favorite destination outside your country?
A: I have never been outside my country but I would love to visit Greece.

Q: Best advice by your best friend?
A: Has my best friend ever given me good advice? For sure! Do I remember what it is? Nope 😑! Not at all!

Q: Your best way of passing time?
A: Fun Fact: I love reading novels😉.

Q: Tell one of your good memories.
A: When I got my Harry Potter box set on my 11th birthday as a gift from my sister, I figuratively died of joy 💓.


Answers to Riddhi’s Questions:

Q: What is your favorite book series?
A: Harry Potter has always been the closest to my heart 💖. It is just utterly fantastic.

Q: What is your favorite song?
A: It is really hard to choose one because there are like a thousand fantastic songs out there. But I love everything by Taylor Swift and the One D boys. As for Bollywood, I can happily say my favorite one is a Punjabi song called Badnam (at least, for now).

🤟This song never gets old, it’s still fantastic🤟

Q: Favorite movie?
A: Again, Sholay in Bollywood and Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules in Hollywood.

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I have a healthy addiction to novels 📚, can’t live without them. I love playing guitar 🎸 though I am still learning and I love writing blogs 🖊.

Q: Dogs or Cats?
A: I don’t really know. Kittens are cute though 🐈.

🙈Stop looking at me with those cute eyes🙈

Q: Favourite genre?
A: Fantasy, sci-fi and dystopian.

Q: One genre have you never read?
A: I couldn’t come up with anything much except adult romance. Lol😅!

Q: Favorite month of the year?
A: March! Not just because it’s my birthday month but also because it is the month where the climate is pleasant. It’s neither sweltering hot nor biting cold. It also brings… Holi!!

Q: One thing that people love about you?
A: Probably the fact that I read a lot of novels.

Q: One character you would die for?
A: Leo Valdez because he deserves to live more than I do. He has been through a lot and I all I wish for him is happiness.

Q: Which habit of yours do you want to change?
A: I wish I was not so short tempered. I also wish I had the ability to handle stuff without taking much stress. I wish I didn’t worry so much about the future at times.


My Nominees Are:

Nathi @ Wayward Scribbles
Dulcy @ Stories
Mahesh Mali @ Awesomengers
Ashes @ Potterheaded Foodie
H.R. Phoenix @ penable
Aanya @ Soaring Firebolt
Rishika @ The Ethereal Unicorn
Garima @ Blogger Garima
Dimple @ Miss dimple.com
Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.
Harsh @ Cryptic’s World


Question for my Nominees:

•What is one thing in life you learned the hard way?
•One subject you always flunked in school?
•Best memory of your school?
•Ever called a teacher “mum” by accident?
•Do you think you will be able to make it out alive in The Hunger Games arena?
•What is one unpopular opinion you have about anything?
•Are you good at taking selfies? If yes, then I am serious need for some tips! So help me.
•What is going to be one thing about this pandemic that you will reminiscence later?
•What is your favorite emoji?
•What do you do when you feel really bad about something?
•Recommend us a novel we have probably never heard of that you loved.


That’s all. Thanks for reading. Let me know your favorite emoji, irregardless whether I nominated you or not, down in the comments. Stay safe. Ciao!!

P.S. My favorite emoji is “🙂” this smile here (for now). I use it with my friends when I am being sarcastic 😜. Lol!!


Posted in Awards

The Mystery Blogger Award

Hey Friends!! I am super excited to announce that I have been nominated for The Mystery Blogger Award!!

😄Balle Balle😄

First, I would like to thank dear Simran over @https://perseveroflife.wordpress.comfor nominating me. She is an awesome friend and you should definitely check out her posts. She writes encouraging stuff and is truly motivating. Thanks a gazillion again for nominating me dear Simran.

This award was created by Okoto Enigma. It’s an award for bloggers with ingenious posts who inspire and motivate, who find enjoyment in blogging, who are the best out there and deserve all the recognition they get. That’s what it says!

Here are the rules:

Put the logo of the award on your blog.                                                               •List the rules.                                             •Answer the questions asked.     •Thank the kind person who nominated you and leave a link to their wonderful blog.                                •Mention the creator of the award.        •Tell your readers 3 facts about yourself.                                                       •Nominate other 10-20 bloggers.            •Comment on your nominees’ blog to let them know that they have been nominated.                                                    •Give your nominees 5 questions to answer, with one funny question.         •Share a link to your best posts.

Three facts about me:

•I was inspired to read because of my elder sister, Sona di. She bought me my first ever novels.                                  •My best friend’s name is Ipsita who shares the same surname as mine and she is super cute and lovable.      •Ever heard of Fun Pops?? Man, I love to eat them so much.

Ipsita’s pic from our picnic in Feb

Answers to my dear nomintor’s questions:

Q: What is your dream in life?               A: I would love to be a writer or a journalist😅.

Q: What keeps you motivated in these difficult times?                                         A: The fact that they will end someday. And I keep myself busy by indulging in my hobbies, just try to be optimistic. It works!!

Q: Tell me that one quote which inspires you?                                                A: “Always be nice to people. Whatever how bad they are to you, to show them you are not like them.” I am pretty sure it was said by Louis Tomlinson, one of my favorite singers.

Q: Are you a story-teller or a story-listener?                                             A: A story listener. I love to listen to stories, be it novels or just a summary of an event or movie. It feels nice to listen to good stuff. Though, I would love to be a story teller.

Q:  Are you a tea person or a coffee person?                                                         A: I don’t drink tea, like, at all. I love cold coffee. Doesn’t even take me a minute to drain the mug😄.

One of my best posts is “It Will Hurt”. It’s pretty good, check it out, you’ll like it. You can find it here: https://nehalsays.wordpress.com/2020/06/27/it-will-hurt/

Here are my Nominees:

Ava Tripathy http://avem.home.blog/    

Aastha Kanwar       https://aasthakanwar.wordpress.com/  

Sonali Paikaray https://chirkytales.wordpress.com/                    

Aahana Aggarwal.                                   https://themysticwagon.wordpress.com/ 

Jan Paul       https://janpauld.wordpress.com/                                                     

Bookshelf Life   https://bookshelflifenow.wordpress.com/                                                                  Liahttp:// liathepoet.home.blog/    

Roth  https://rothpoetry.wordpress.com/        

Bookworm blogger https://bookwormbloggerweb.wordpress.com/ 

Claudia  https://claudiareadsbooks.wordpress.com/        

And if it is allowed, I would like to nominate my nomintor, Simran.  

My Questions for my Nominees:

1: What inspired you to blog and how did you decide upon your content and can you recommend 3 other good bloggers (Sorry, that’s a lot in one question)?

2: What advice would you give to those bloggers who feel that they deserve more recognition?

3: What one song fits your current mood perfectly?

4: What Hogwarts House are you in (if you have ever taken any such quiz)?

5: Name a guilty pleasure (You can’t say you don’t have one).

If you have read this far, I applaud you. If you wanna be nominated, don’t feel shy and do let me know. I would love to know about more bloggers and would be more than happy to nominate you too.

Sorry if the points and all are not systematically arranged, IDK why WordPress is behaving like this.

Thanks for reading. Hope you have a great day. Ciao!!