Sunday, January 26, 2014

'YOU Inspire'

24th January was celebrated as National Compliment Day at Write Tribe's! A day of spreading smiles and doing good! You know when you genuinely compliment someone and you hear them saying back a shy 'thank you' it warms your soul! So try it today, don't hold back. It is never to late to spread joy, right?

Is it strange when a stranger admires you? A few days back, while travelling to work by metro, an aged lady sitting beside me mentioned how lovely I looked in the bottle green sweater I was wearing. I smiled humbly and mentioned it was my Mom's and a beautiful conversation struck up between us, just like that! I felt so good :) Have you ever praised someone you didn't know? Or didn't know too well? In metro, in the ladies compartment, you see all kinds of girls, women of all ages, all dressed up to their best going off with their daily works. Many a times, a look, a smile, the way someone has done their hair, a color they are wearing that brings out the best in them, does come to my attention but I haven't really gone up to the person and complimented them. I say it my head and intend to go to that person and mention 'You look so lovely today' but haven't really. Have you? Or do you hold back?

Compliment a stranger today! Try it! I'm gonna, for sure, no holding back this time!

and see the world becoming a better place!

:)

So, on this special day gifted Vidya has asked us fellow bloggers to mention the best compliment you've received till date. For me, it is 'I'm proud of you!' This one sentence from my parents, my sister, my husband, friends and family makes my world go round! But specially when my grandparents say 'I'm proud of you', I can't describe the immense joy I feel. My heart dances, my soul sings when I hear this from my Nanaji and Nani. My grandparents are eighty plus and both are ardent readers of my blog. They support and encourage my writing and this means a lot to me! Recently my Nanaji (maternal grandfather) called to compliment me on my writing skills and also offered an idea for a fiction piece! I love him! He went on to say how I've inherited this flair for writing from my mother, to which I had only one reply...that it's in our genes and we have inherited all good from you!! From a very early age, Nanji encouraged all us cousins to excel not just in studies but all sorts of extra-curricular activities. Every summer holidays when we used to go to our maternal home in Lucknow, he asked us to prepare a skit or a dance or a song, and perform at the end of the month. This created a lot of excitement in all of us and was also a very intelligent way of his to keep all us naughty kids busy! Nanaji for all those years, for your constant encouragement and support, for being 'YOU', for being an inspiration, for developing us into all-round personalities 'Thank you!'

My Nana-Nani :) 'YOU INSPIRE'

This half a post won't do justice to the many wonderful facets of my dear grandfather. He is a remarkable person and inspired by him, I plan to start a new category on my blog 'YOU Inspire'. It will feature a person, someone really close or a person whom I just happened to cross path once in my life, but nevertheless has left me inspired! First, of course, in this series is my Nanji's story so watch this space closely :)

And to all you readers, you are beautiful and you inspire me! Thank you :)

33 comments:

  1. Wow, your post reminded me of my own Naanu, who was one wonderful soul. Very classy, very educated, very open minded, very strong and extremely inspiring.

    Lovely to have people in your life who can form the foundations of your soul. Great one!

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    1. Thanks Kajal! Salute to such grandfathers...kindest souls!!

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  2. a sweet tribute to your grandparents. :) and, yes, i often compliment complete strangers - on what they're wearing, their gray hair, how nice their smile is, etc. it is genuine, it makes people feel good and it is free. :)

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    1. Ah trust you to compliment strangers on their gray hair :D lv u for this Tex!

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  3. This is a lovely tribute to your Grandparents. You are lucky to still have them to enjoy. I am so pleased they are proud of your accomplishments here in cyber space. You are a very gifted writer and you spread sunshine...at least you always do when you visit me! ♥

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    1. Awww Kathy *hugs* Thank you for your lovely comment!

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  4. Lucky for you to have such grandparents. What a lovely feeling to be complimented by a stranger. I really haven't tried it ever.. Perhaps I'm a tad embarrassed... But it's a super idea Aditi.. Must try it.

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    1. Thanks Tulika...yes I feel truly blessed to have them! Complimenting strangers is in my agenda too ;)

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  5. Grandparents are special. And complimenting a stranger - what a great idea. I'm going to try it too. Super post.

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  6. Complimenting a stranger... Wow... that's such a wonderful thought and idea. I know it will surely brighten that stranger's day for a long long time! And that's a beautiful tribute to your grandparents! :)

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    1. I'm yet to try it Shilpa...though I say it in my head! Thanks :)

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  7. I have complimented strangers and have had mixed reactions, Aditi! But lovely to hear of your experience.
    I loved reading about your grandparents - and your grandfather brought back memories of mine.

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    1. Sweetest memories are with our grandparents no...such a treasured time!

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    1. Thanks :) I am really...I feel blessed!

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  9. Such a sweet tribute...Thanks for taking us on a journey through this :)

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    1. Most welcome Nabanita :) glad you enjoyed!

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  10. Complementing a stranger is a good idea, provided the stranger is in a good mood. Else I am sure our mood will be soon spoil too. :)

    It is true that we get inspired by so many people. In more ways than we sometimes fail to realise even! It is a good idea to have a category like that. Looking forward to reading more about your grandfather. :)

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    1. True Jyoti...but if someone is in a sour mood perhaps a compliment from a stranger can make them feel better...
      Thanks a lot for your encouragement, I am excited too for the 'YOU Inspire' series :)

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  11. Such a beautiful post and a lovely compliment! :) I am aiming to give strangers compliments from now on...have had strangers give me compliments and it really does feel good! :D

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    1. Yay so now I have proof that stranger love it...go complimenting now!

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  12. A most befitting tribute Adi for nana ji & nani! I will be watching out this space most eagerly for your next. Lveu Great going.......... keep it up!

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  13. Wonderful tribute to your Naanu:) I'm so Proud of You gives me such a high and love the idea of complimenting a stranger::)
    http://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/a-lil-compliment-never-harms

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  14. Such a cute post Aditi. Grandparents are special, aren't they.
    I have and I have received compliments from strangers. Especially in the local trains of Mumbai. I still remember faces of the people who had complimented me though it is more than 10 years now

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  15. That was so cute Aditi! Made me smile.. grandparents are truly a joy! :)

    You are a fabulous writer and I'm glad I know you thru your blog :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Pixie...this means a lot to me!

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  16. I felt a mist in my eyes:How simply,effortlessly and sincerely you express yourself.....Yes,I am proud of you

    Nanaji

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  17. Nowadays, the world has been so corrupt that sometimes, when a stranger compliments you, it kinds feels creepy. I missed those times when I was my youth and I sometimes give a stranger a smile or a compliment-it felt really good and I know that the person I have given compliment felt the same.

    This is a good reminder. I might as well try doing it again :) Thanks for the beautiful reminder.

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