About A Few Handpicked Things in Life

I am Ranjini S, a Chartered Accountant by profession, a writer by passion. While I am from Cochin, I am currently working in Bangalore. If you want to bond with me, you can talk about Harry Potter, Friends TV show or Game of Thrones. I’d like to emphasize that I am a hardcore Potterhead. I am an introvert trying to get better at talking to people. I love rains, reading, poetry – the gut-wrenching types, deep, dark woods, areas with less crowd, the color Purple and dark chocolates. My favorite human beings are my grandmother and baby sister.

ON WRITING

When I was Seven, I was supposed to participate in a story telling competition. I was asked to learn a Story. I didn’t want to. I wanted to make up my own story for the competition. So I walked up to the stage and made up a story, on the spot. As I left, the crowd applauded. Well, that was because I was a Seven year old. The story was rubbish!

The point is, I loved making up stories then.  I didn’t want to just read some story. I wanted to make my own. I used to contribute many poems and stories for the school magazine. I remember giving ten articles one time. I absolutely loved writing as a child. The habit continued even in college. It was when I was preparing for CA in 2010 that a friend asked me to start a blog. I refused. ‘I wouldn’t keep at it’ was my reply. ‘You don’t have to. Just start’, he said.

A FEW HANDPICKED THINGS

I wanted my blog to represent something that I believed in. A Few Handpicked Things help me capture those tiny handpicked moments in my life and thoughts in my head. This blog is a piece of me. You can see myself growing, and evolving through this blog. But that is not all. I want to inspire people through A Few Handpicked Things. When a person reaches the end of a blogpost of mine, he should have changed slightly, for the better. That is the aim.

Right now, you’ll find posts on books, travel, social causes, on relationships and friendships, poetry, a couple of short stories etc. Everything will have  a personal touch to them. Because that is how I write.

A Little More About Me For those Interested – MY Belief

  • Magic is Real. Miracles exist.
  • I believe in God. Many tell me they don’t. They tell me they believe in a power, but not in God. I tell them I name that power, God. They disagree. I realise that they find it cooler not to believe in God, but in a Power. I agree to disagree.
  • I believe in free spiritedness. Though you might find me self contradicting. I am a growing soul and there is a lot left to learn.
  • I believe that LGBT do not require a Government approval. Humans were before the government. Love is beyond anyone’s control. A group of narrow minded individuals CANNOT force their belief upon the mass.
  • I believe that prostitution must be made legal. Making it illegal doesn’t seem to work. Does it? Making it illegal doesn’t give those women another means of living. Does it? Even if it does, will we stop looking at the sex workers in the filthy manner. No. We have been taught to look at women like them with disgust. We haven’t been taught empathy. At least, let them live. Make it legal. Let the women earn and educate their children.
  • A small act of kindness goes around and comes around. Bringing a smile on someone’s face makes the world a happier place. I do not wait to make huge changes. I try my best to make little ones like this.

Purple is my favorite color and there is nothing like Black. I cannot choose from among the two, yet, Purple IS my favorite color. So is Black.

In case you were wondering, I am Ranjini; meaning ‘Delightful; the one who entertains, brings joy to others.’ Ranjini is another name for Goddess Parvati; Consort of Lord Shiva.

113 thoughts on “About A Few Handpicked Things in Life

  1. I can understand how to distance one’s self. Me, too. As for Sri Baba, I subscribe to his daily reading. I love the simplicity of his teaching. And my God is Jesus Christ. Namaste and keep on writting. _/\_ Perpetua

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  2. Oh man! Exams in November and its July!! I am a CA and I remember the nightmarish days before my exam!!

    Best luck! Best luck! Best luck! And more if you need! Wooh! It sends jitters down my spine to remember those days!!

    Thanks for the comment on my blog!

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  3. Ranju, Thank for stopping by in my world and following……….. Very nice to know you through your intro here, …….. :)… Looking forward for your upcoming posts :)….

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    1. :O you had another blog??? I have already written 2 posts on the topic. I wanted to tag you in them but since ur blog was about movie reviews I did not. 😛 Is it valid if I acknowledge u in my post since I already got an invite from Blogadda in the beginning?

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      1. Yes, I needed a blog to show the world that I was more out of order 😀 I didn’t accept tags for the same movie blog reason, but as there were too many of them, I decided that I will start another blog more for accepting the contests and also for personal reasons 😉

        I think it would depend if you have submitted it to blogadda – then it won’t be editable, right?

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      2. Even if I’m writing another post, I got this initial invite from Blogadda. So I wonder if ur tag counts. I’ll acknowledge u anyway. And if ur planning to write again. pls do return the favor. 😛 I’ll tag u 😀

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      3. I shall tag you and get your tag from any competition from now on 😀 😀
        I submitted all three posts for shaving, and it can’t be edited 😦

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      4. And you have time till Monday morning for tagging me in one of those posts of yours, as it seems now 😀
        Btw, hope the Happy Hours proved happy too 🙂

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    1. Thanks a lot. For one, encouraging me too. Two, for that heartfelt wish. It made my day. 🙂
      I just visited your photography page. It is absolutely beautiful 🙂

      Please do visit again 🙂

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      1. Don’t sell yourself short… I think your writings are lovely and one day you will top the best seller charts….
        And thanks for liking my photography… it is something I’m very passionate about 🙂
        PS: Don’t worry, I’ll drop in to your blog daily. Try and keep me away 😀

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      2. I am humbled. That is my dream. And when you say it to me with so much conviction, it is such an encouragement. 🙂

        Oh the snaps are lovely. Isn’t there any comment box? I wanted to express my feelings about those butterflies but the site did not let me.

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      3. You visited my pics on santoshnc.com right? I think you have to log in to comment. Just some friendly advice, do join 500px.com. Its free and you will be mesmerised by some mind blowing photography. Just a word of caution, if you are opening the site at work, do apply the NSFW (not safe for work) filter as you may come across some (really awesome) nude photography. Visit the Popular and editors choice lists.
        If you have any doubts, do ping me 🙂
        Have a great evening and weekend….
        PS: Looking forward to your posts….

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      4. Hi, yes I visited santoshnc.com. I’ll log in and see.
        Regarding the other site, will join and let you know when I do. Have been unwell for a while. I wouldn’t be opening it from workplace since the laptop is provided by the company and I don’t want to take any risks. 🙂

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      5. Why unwell? Please take care of your health. When I was in school, I loved to fall sick (yeah I’m probably mentally unstable :P) so that I could lie in bed all day and read ….
        Dont worry about the site, it was just a word of caution, you’ll probably not come across any image that would seem wrong and bad, I just warned you because I did not want you to see something and then hate me. 🙂
        PS: jokes aside, take care of your health….

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      6. I couldn’t as of yet. I wasn’t well for a week and all I did was update my posts, reply to some comments and take rest. Will check them out once I am alright. 🙂

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      7. Please check out the pics, I’m a reader (can never be a writer) so the only creating I do is with my camera 🙂 and this site inspires me to no end….

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  4. Glad to meet a person who too loves books like crazy 😉 Thank you so much dear for loving my work. Looking forward to read more of your lovely work and to know about your views on books 😉

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  5. Hi,

    I came over here from Kokila’s blog and your blog had me hooked on to it for an hour. I was going through your reason posts and felt that they are incredible. Especially loved the posts on book challenge you are doing and even more love the fact that you are a die hard harry potter fan. Friends used to call me a harry potter fanatic in college and I still remain the same. Read the book umpteen times and it never changes.

    Loved your blog and looking to read more of it 🙂

    Keirthana 🙂

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    1. Wow Keirthana! This is a surprise. Because, if you say you came here through Kokila’s blog, I’d say I discovered your blog earlier. I loved your blog right then. 😀 Let me see if you can recognise me. 😛

      Your comment had me thrilled. I love your writing and getting appreciation from such a good writer is humbling. 🙂 And a fellow potterhead! I was called Harry Ranjini in college (sounds ridiculous but), you know what that means. 😀
      Welcome to my blog 🙂

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  6. HI RANJU!
    Its a pleasure to meet you..
    Its surprising how many common things i found between you and me from your blog, but the strongest thread was being CA final student 😛
    good luck to you !

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  7. Hi Ranju! Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your blog very much. But seriously, you like Sanskrit? I hate that language! I studied it for three years and it was my personal hell 😛 But, we have our choices. Look forward to your posts! All the best 🙂

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    1. Hey Ajay congrats on your nomination and thanks a ton for passing it on 🙂 I won’t be able to write another post on the same since I have already accepted the award and written two posts on them. 🙂

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  8. Hi Ranjini, whats with a lot of CA’s taking to blogging on wordpress, u’ll be my third on this platform :p Anyways, I am Savio from Goa and I believe you are from Kerala, if I am go by what I read above. Good to meet you. I have lived with in Kerala with the local people, I know more than a couple of things about life there 🙂
    Have a great day 🙂

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    1. Hi Savio 😀 Oh well, I would rather say that a lot of writers are ending up taking CA if you know what I mean 😉
      I am Ranjini from The Queen of Arabian Sea 🙂
      So do you know Malayalam? And what brought you to Kerala? 🙂

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      1. well the food to be honest… i don’t love the food but yes, one can put on a lot of weight with the food one eats in the state. Malayalam..no….can’t speak it… but yeah ‘illa’ was the first word i learnt … and a few more…. when we meet i’d share my limited vocab in the langauge. I am in a cyber cafe in Chalakudy as I type this message to u 🙂

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      2. not much…there really isn’t much to do around in Kerala besides going to the numerous bakeries and munch on something (Pazham Pori being my fave) and otherwise the internet or maybe long walks…well I owe a blog post on the 8 days so far I have spent here… I return back early tomorrow. Its been… well…I don’t have a term for it :p

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  9. Ranjini 🙂 well messaging you on a platform like this… a girl from Kerala and myself being in Kerala at the moment..trust me it feels good…really good. I at least know one person even if its thru wordpress. It could get lonely very fast when you’re around strange people who stare at you when you ask them questions (language barrier) but then I understand…but still…
    coming into contact with you is like… ‘u are my savior’ 🙂 have a great day

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    1. Ooh that sounds great! And yes, I agree one could get lonely away from home. Hope you feel better. I have always despised the unnecessary stares people give. For anything and everything. Well, there isn’t much we can do about that. Anyhow, hope things get better soon.
      You too have a great day 🙂

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  10. Nalla Kannukal ! Your eyes are beautiful!
    Lovely intro! Hope you will carry all your great skills intact till the very last. We are polar opposites barring the LGBT and general view about women! All the best and have a great year ahead! Looking forward to reading your posts and listening to u croon.

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂
      I am super glad to know that we concur on the main two important issues. Mostly people are all daggers for those two.
      All the best to you too. 🙂 And well, welcome to my space 🙂

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    1. Oh another CA 😀 Gradually this place is teeming with CAs present and prospective.
      Thank you so much for the advice and that is my plan 🙂

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  11. An interesting About I have come across.
    “Mama Vishaye’
    Yes!
    I have read it fully, no skipping please.
    It was interesting to know that Ranjini is another name for Parvati of Shiva’s.
    And that you are delightful and you bring entertainment and joy for others.
    Wah!
    How can Shiva leave just like that looking back Ranjini.
    I click here the Follow button.
    Fond Regards!
    Shiva

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    1. Thank you so much for finding this space, reading and leaving your thoughts. I am glad that it interested you. A Warm welcome and hope to see you here more often. 🙂

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  12. Loved reading about you .. I came to your profile from your comments on bar a thon posts as your name made me to do so.. your name is half of my name( my profile name is different ,but its so easy to find my original name )Nice to know you..

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