The Liebster Award

Many thanks to It’s Me For You Blog for nominating me for a Leibster Award!

I have received this before, so am reblogging in gratitude, however, I’ll answer the questions, as they are some good ones!

1.How important is Wi-Fi for you? Is warm running water or wireless internet more important? That’s a toughie! I definitely love my WiFi, but then I have a good data amount on my mobile, so I could, I guess, do away with WiFi if I had to, but warm running water is a must for my bubble baths!
2. Name your favourite blogger (any genre) There are just too many to mention just one!
3.If you have to pick a place to settle down forever, where would it be and why? Anywhere my loved ones are.
4.What is one silly moment you’ve had that you’d like to share? My life tends to be a collection of silly moments… hard to choose just one!
5. What is your favorite trait about yourself? My positivity
6. What is your favorite time of day? First thing in the morning when I feel like every day is the start of something good!
7.Tell us your favorite food/cuisine. I love a good reast dinner!
8. Name three destinations you would like to visit once in your lifetime. Australian, The Bahamas and Disney World, Florida!
9. If you could change something in the world, what would it be? Acceptance between all.
10. What are you most passionate about? Teaching my Early Years children and writing.
11. What is so special about your blog? It’s a place you will find no pretences. And you are pretty sure to find something you like. From Fiction to poetry, real life to the absurd, recipes and book reviews and all manner of posts in between!


Liebster Award Nomination – #grateful

Anindya from My Daily Journal has seen fit to give me a special mention on his award acceptance post, and for that, I am very grateful!


Check out his fantastic post here!

I have received and accepted the Leibster award a few times, and as always, I like to reblog the post to thank the Blogger who thought of me. Today, as I have a little time on my hands, I thought I’d answer the questions at least, as that can be fun to do!


Answer these questions, Set 1

  1. What inspired you to start blogging? A friend started a blog, helping with her depression. I wanted to comment but had to log in to WP or create an account. I did, then it asked if I’d like to start a blog, so I did!
  2. What is the best thing you love about your home city? Which city do I count as home? The one I grew up in or the one where I live now? My childhood home city of Birmingham is simply the best because it’s where my parents are! My home now, Gravesend, is the best because it’s where I started my own family!
  3. What are the types of music you usually listen to? I have a really eclectic taste in music. I listen to the radio sometimes and in the car my CD’s range from Bhangra and Bollywood, old and new, to Soul, R’n’B, Pop, Disco, Love songs, Dharmic Shabad too.
  4. Who will be your dream date on any day of the year? As a fulltime working mum, any date, with no kids, on any given day would be good!
  5. Kindle or hardcovers /paperbacks? Kindle for convenience, real books for the feel!

Answer these questions, Set 2

  1. What is your favourite colour, and why? I used to like Peach.. don’t know why, but as I have grown, purple has become my thing! It is regal, and deep, and makes me think of luxury.
  2. Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, for blogging, which is your most favourite? I’m not sure yet… Twitter is good, Pinterest, if you make pin friendly images is great, Facebook, if you have that kind of post that makes people want to share…
  3. Have you visited India? Yes, several times!
  4. For those who have and for those who live in India, what is your most favourite destination here? I really enjoyed my few days in Mumbai!
  5. Can you ever think of leaving blogging? Without a shadow of a doubt that answer is no! I have tried to take a break for a few days, and even that is too hard!!!!

There you go Anindya! Hope you like my answers!

And Peeps, please, go check out his blog!!!

Nominated For The Liebster Award! – Hot Mess Memoir

When it rains… it pours!!! But happy raindrops!

This time Angela from Hot Mess Memoirs has thought to nominate me for the Leibster Award!

As I have accepted this a few times in the past I would like to offer this share as thanks.

Her blog is hysterical. You just gotta go visit!

Leibster Award – The Shelley Wilson Edition!

This morning I was reading posts, and after leisurely perusing, I came upon a post by the lovely Shelley Wilson, author extraordinaire! (She wrote the brilliant Guardians Trilogy, read my review here!)

In it, she accepted the Leibster Award and answered all the questions brilliantly! Then as I scrolled down, I realised that she had nominated me!!!

I have accepted this one several times before, and usually do a reblog of the original post, but seeing as I am on holiday, I thought I would at least answer the questions!


The Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog – Thank you SOOOOO much for thinking of me Shelley!
Answer the 11 questions the person asked you – I’m about to!
Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog to let them know) – I nominate all of you who read this post!
Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions – Answer Shelley’s questions please, they are great!

Shelley’s Questions:

1 Have you met any of your internet friends in real life? I was lucky enough to attend the Annual Blogger’s Bash for the last two years and there I have met many of my blogging heroes and those I consider my Blogily! (Shelley Included!)
2 What’s your favourite TV show? What character would you be from that show? I love too many TV shows to choose one! But if I had to choose a character, it would be Dot Cotton… isn’t she just an institution!
3 What’s your favourite kind of blog post to write? (Book review, personal post, fiction, etc.) Now that’s a really hard one! Because I write a bit of everything! I love to write creatively, but I think sometimes my personal posts are what actually hit a nerve, and help others.
4 What are your most and least favourite things about blogging? I love the interaction, and freedom to write what I want, but I hate the fact I don’t have enough hours in the day to do more!
5 Is there a genre you wouldn’t read? Why? I used to be very much a chick lit reader, with family sagas thrown in, (and some of that saucy stuff too)! But recently, I have realised that I can’t totally write off a genre without trying it, as after tasting Shelley’s YA books, I realised that I really enjoy a genre I would never have contemplated reading before!
6 Which of your own blog posts is your personal favourite? Why? Man, Shelley! You ask some really tough questions! I don’t think I have a personal favourite post, to be honest. There are so many things I write about that it is hard to pinpoint one post I feel particularly special about. Most of my posts about my family are from the heart though and really make me sentimental when I reread them!
7 Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and do they help/hinder your blogging/writing? If no, what would be your ideal pet? I have my darling cat, Sonu Singh, who has been in our life for 3 years now! He can be a hindrance, in that when he decides to come and sit with me, I want to snuggle with him, rather than write, but equally, he has been an inspiration too!

8 What’s your favourite type of takeaway food? I try not to eat much takeaway but if I am ordering, I choose a chicken kebab! It’s a healthy option! Though pizza, Chinese, an Indian, Maccy D’s, KFC… among others, can be rather yummy too!
9 What would be your ideal career? Why? I’d love to be a professional story teller! There is no greater joy for me, than reading stories to my class. I love it so much and I enjoy using accents and different voices, as well as props, to make a story come to life. Imagine doing that all day, every day! (There’s my Drama major coming out!)
10 Which author do you like to recommend the most? I don’t think I really recommend an author specifically (though Shelley Wilson is a most amazing writer ;P ) I am more likely to recommend specific books.
11 Who’s your go to band/artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to? I have a selection of compilation albums which I ‘go to’ if a specific song doesn’t come to mind. I have 90’s R’n’B, or Disco, or failing that, several Bollywood or Bhangra discs that I will play. Yes, CDs. I can’t get the hang of downloading music, no playlists here, compilation CDs all the way!

So, there you have it, a little more about Ritu, laid bare!

And as I mentioned earlier, I nominate ALL OF YOU! Yes, I am a rule breaker!!!!!



Leibster Award from Em Linthorpe!

Haven’t done one of these for a while!

I am part of a fantastic group of bloggers on Facebook, called Big Up Your Blogs! Since interacting with them, I have developed even more blogpalships!

One of these pals is Em Linthorpe, and she nominated us for the Leibster Award, collectively! Now I have done this one several times over, but I feel I must do this, as the group has been so supportive to each other, and I am sat here on my sick leave, so have the time too!

So to the rules…

1) Say hi to the person sweet enough to want to know more about you – and display your award with pride;
2) Answer the eleven questions the person gives you;
3) Give eleven random facts about yourself;
4) Nominate some other people that you think are deserving of this award;
5) Let them know you have nominated them;
6) Give them eleven questions to answer.

So, Hi Em!!!! Thank you so much for thinking of me, and our whole group!

11 questions for me to answer:

Listen up nominees! These are the questions I would like you to answer.

1.  What phone apps could you not live without?

My WP app, all the usual social media suspects, my banking app, and the various photo editing ones I use regularly!

2. Do you still keep in touch with any of your school friends?

Via Facebook, we link up, and a couple of years ago we had a reunion where a few of us got together the year we all turned 40! It was so good to catch up with each other!

3. What is your opinion of garlic?

It is a great flavour, as long as you don’t use too much! And it scares away Vampires… what’s not to like! Come one, you know you love garlic bread…!

4. Do you ever do DIY at home?

Simple stuff, like lightbulbs, and tightening screws… I’m not too bad with flatpack furniture! First proper time painting rooms last summer, and I replaced a light socket too! Hey, that’s not bad going for a Girlie Girl!

5. What are your most treasured books on your bookshelf?

I have so many books, but I think my Set of Noddy books are extremely special as they were given to me when I was recovering from an operation at four years old, and they are complete with Gollywogs and all!

6. What was the first concert/gig you attended?

It would have been an Indian musician with my Parents, Gurdas Maan, amazing singer! The first, and only western concert I went to was to see Blackstreet at Wembley!

7. If there was one thing you could change about your house, what would it be?

New flooring!

8. Have you ever been camping?

I have… two interesting days and nights, for my Duke Of Edinburgh award. A sheep walked into our tent… nuff said!

9. What was your worst kitchen disaster?

I love being in the kitchen, so I’ve had my fair share of disasters… but a recent one was when I made cakes for a school bake sale and they all sunk on me! Never has that happened before!!!

10. What words do you regret saying to someone else?

I’m not sure, but I guess what comes to mind is the few times I have generally blown off at the kids, because I am tired and have a short fuse, then I want to hug them and say sorry… They are just kids, not my sounding board.

11. Give us a brief overview of your gaming history.

Gaming and me… Well, let’s be honest, I am not a gamer really! But as a child, we had a Commadore 64 and we used to play Wheelin’ Wally. Then the Sega MegaDrive arrived and Sonic and Golden Axe were favourites! At Univeristy, Hubby Dearest and pals had the PS2 and Tekken was a game played in large groups. I loved it one day when my totally random pressing of buttons meant I beat every guy in the room! No tactics, just playing like a girl!

Now, I prefer things like the Just Dance games on the Wii!

11 random facts about myself

Apologies if you’ve read any of these before… In the past I did so many of these Award Tag posts that I don’t think I have anything majorly original to say!

  1. I have 29 first cousins!
  2. I can wiggle one eyebrow!
  3. I have a stationary fetish, seriously!
  4. The varied backgrounds of my family make me a British, Kenyan, Indian! But genetically, I am 100% Indian!
  5. I passed my driving test on the fourth go… (no comments about why my accident happened here!)
  6. I hate, really can’t stand, sports!
  7. I went swimming with turtles and dolphins in the Carribbean, what an experience!
  8. I only have one ovary.
  9. My wedding dress took 5 people embroidering for 16 hours a day, for 11 days, to make. Wow!
  10. I had Laser Eye surgery nearly ten years ago!
  11. It’s not often that you’ll see me without a smile. 😀

11 questions for my nominees: Excuse the laziness, but I am using Em’s questions!

Listen up nominees! These are the questions I would like you to answer.

1.  What phone apps could you not live without?

2. Do you still keep in touch with any of your school friends?

3. What is your opinion of garlic?

4. Do you ever do DIY at home?

5. What are your most treasured books on your bookshelf?

6. What was the first concert/gig you attended?

7. If there was one thing you could change about your house, what would it be?

8. Have you ever been camping?

9. What was your worst kitchen disaster?

10. What words do you regret saying to someone else?

11. Give us a brief overview of your gaming history.

And I would like to nominate each and every one of you! You have all been so supportive the past week, since my accident, that I just want you all to know I really appreciate you!

Big Love! ❤

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