Vidya Sury’s Weekly Roundup

My Epic List of Favorite Reads This Week

Image by 愚木混株 Cdd20 from Pixabay

Okay, first, a confession, in case you’ve seen the image above already elsewhere — I turned her expression into a smile. She looked sad, you know.

Now that we have that out of the way — the next thing on the agenda is — no apologies for delaying this roundup. I truly meant to do it but too many things got in the way — unavoidable things. Paperwork is like that. And I am still not done with it because I have taxes to file before the end of the month. Weird how, even when we get a few months’ extension, we still try to push it close to the deadline, no? Do you do that?

One thing I did enjoy doing was browsing through the Walmart website looking for stuff for my son. His birthday is next week. I didn't get him anything special — just some things he needed. But of course, I spent more time than I should and after sneaking in Prince and Def Leppard t-shirts into my wishlist I felt happy. And realized I could have an alternate vocation as a personal shopper. Oh wait, I already do that for many friends, so there.

In other news, remember that plant corner I showed you the last time? Well, there’s a brand new leaf in the glass jar. I also got two more plants and they’re thriving, thanks to the crazyass nonstop rains we’ve had for the past ten days. We hear this may continue for a bit longer before it lets up. We did see sunshine this morning and felt so happy. Ran up to the terrace to see this sweet sight — baby clothes swaying in the breeze. So charming to breathe in the fragrance of soap in the warm sunshine and listen to birdsong!

Vidya Sury‘s photo of her terrace’

In a fit of joy, I cleaned out a couple of shelves that I had been putting off because o̶f̶ ̶s̶h̶e̶e̶r̶ ̶l̶a̶z̶i̶n̶e̶s̶s̶ I was busy. I had planned to pack off my music system — I bought it in the early nineties and it still works. I listen to the radio regularly.

But once I got the dust off it, well, I just had to place it right back. And fiddle with the radio. And play an audio cassette. And down that rabbit hole, I merrily skipped along! (For curious minds, that little motorcycle works. Pull back, release, vroom!)

Vidya Sury’s photo of her music system and stuff.

I’ve also been enjoying the interaction with my cohort in Kristina God’s Online Writing Kickstarter BootCamp and it is fun!

And? I’ve been reading. A lot. I strongly urge you to grab your favorite beverage and settle down to enjoy yourself.

Let’s go!

I am super-excited that my sister Vanita Cyril has joined Medium (finally!). She’s my rock and one of the most amazing writers I know! I am thrilled to introduce her to you. May I ask you to please follow her? (just hover over her name and follow) And read her posts?

Trista Signe Ainsworth’s experience with making miracles happen is so beautiful — I can identify with it!

Sandra Pawula has an excellent post on the art of letting go and how it can put us on the path to peace and contentment.

Shameem Anwar asks an important question in his post — is education enough to make a good human being?

At The Daily Cuppa, Katie Michaelson presents the Walkabout, a new series, featuring herbs and Plants and Recipes For Health. Most interesting. Please check it out.

To move past the idea of dieting and a one diet fits all approach, we feature stories, information, and recipes about herbs, veggies, fruits, and more from authors with diverse specialties.

I found Evelyn Lim’s post about releasing anger through tapping most interesting — what a gentle way to effectively deal with a serious problem!

Tamil’s post about taking leaps of faith in your writing stole my heart! Love the points she makes!

Sally Prag’s post about celebrating a family birthday is so special!

Yana Bostongirl writes about what it is like to experience corporal punishment brought back some nightmarish memories of my own. Sadly, this practice is very much prevalent.

Pene Hodge’s stories are always heartfelt and this one was no exception, where she explains why we should forgive today — regret can be a heavy load.

I absolutely enjoyed Winston’s post about the best thing that happened to him. Such a heartwarming and inspiring read!

Karen Schwartz’s post about embracing her illness brought tears to my eyes.

Liberty Forrest, Author talks about what to do when your life has blown up — how to deal with the shock and put the pieces together again. Solid advice, as usual!

I enjoyed Dr. Preeti Singh’s post inviting us to put that laptop down and go spend time in nature. I am in!

I’ve never been a fan of ranting or complaining or whining about people in my posts. Clearly, Kristina God feels the same.

We’d rather see positivity. Like Jimmy Misner Jr.’s post about his favorite people.

Zeenat suggests some lovely ways to be kind daily — after all kindness knows no boundaries or borders.

In her usual delightful way, pockett dessert asks, do you love yourself enough? As I’ve mentioned before, not only is her writing charming, but her posts are a visual treat.

Talking of visual treats, here is one from Barb Dalton where she takes us on a tour of Montréal with her stunning photography.

Clearly, I must get my travel fix through my favorite people’s posts — here’s Adrienne Beaumont’s trip to Bacharach.

I enjoyed Lucy Dan 蛋小姐 (she/her/她)’s post about how culture impacts our understanding of sleep

Sujona Chatterjee’s post about not letting the fear of outcomes keep you from reaching your purpose is a wonderful read.

I loved Jill (Conquering Cognitions)’s post about how we see things more clearly when we stand in another’s shoes — standing applause to her daughter.

When Kris Bedenian asked who’s ready to get up and groove, I jumped up to join her.

Enjoy Thief’s mastery of words in his poem Dreams.

William J Spirdione writes enchanting sonnets every Sunday at The Daily Cuppa.

Want to laugh out loud? Read Ali Hall’s open letter to ALDI —I am still giggling!

And once you start, you can’t stop. Here’s Srini’s account of how he almost saved his friend’s love life.

Have a lovely week ahead, folks! Thank you so much for your presence here today! I appreciate you!

I wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving week!

Vidya Sury Collecting Smiles ❤ Did you smile today?

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