Read : The Bench by Bala Iyengar, Blank Space

Bala Iyengar

The Bench is the first story of Blank Space. A story which conveys us the message that inspiration is not about winning or conquering our desires. But inspiration is all about contentment in life.

It is all about facing the truths of life without sadness, but remembering the memories on a positive note. Bala has given life to a Bench and it’s lifetime journey with a lovely couple.

Preethi Venugopala : ‘The Bench’ was the story that I liked most in Blank Space. The lyrical descriptions, the depth of the emotions that are conveyed through the few paragraphs, the characters…everything was memorable.

Sourav Ghosh : I loved it. Touched my heart.

Saurabh Mishra : Read it long back and somehow I felt that my story was coherent with it but just set in another spacetime(metaphorically). I loved the diction. it’s beautiful

Ruchi Chopra : The Bench- evokes strong emotions, celebrate passion of 2 souls….imagery is wonderful & vivid…diction is beautiful…I enjoyed reading it. Bala, best of luck!

Shail Raghuvanshi : Bala’s story explores the charm of sentiment and of nostalgia. It, so beautifully takes you back into time and draws you into the old world charm and beauty of love that is ever eternal, even after death. Thank you Bala.

Namita Sunder :  Soft, silken, soothing ‘the bench’ is like a fragrance you inhale and let it float slowly inside your being. Thanks Bala reading your story was a beautiful enriching experience.

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Scribbling of the Day : Homeless Birds

Bird's home

A new Villa, a new dawn
His day started
with a lemon tea
and the fragrance of the mist.

There came a guest
He felt the poet in him
“Do you have a home?”
he inquired within.

“Look!” gestured
his guest flapped the wings
and began flying high to show
it’s little home – Earth!

His Villa
shrunk little as a hut.



Beautiful Words : From an Alzheimer Patient

Image Credits : Berkozturk

Image Credits : Berkozturk

Dear Friend,

Oh, how can this be

You and I are losing me.

Some day soon

Maybe morning, Maybe noon

I will no longer be the me

You and I know as me.

I ask, what is happening to me,

And the answer seems to be

Words and thoughts frequently scramble

And my conversations seem to ramble.

O, how can this be

You and I are losing me.

What do you see when you look into my eyes?

And neighbors just to pry?

Confusion, hurt, pity and pain,

For I am ill and not insane.

Oh Lord, help me I pray,

And this is what He seems to say,

“Fear not child, I will come and take you home,

To be with me for all eternity.”

What can we do from losing me?

“Nothing” say the experts.

But in my confused and foggy state,

To you I plea,

“Love me,

Remember me

Help me to be

All that I can be

For as long as I can be

The me we know as me.”

Courtesy & Credits : Originally written by Janis Hogan Aplin

Snippet Thoughts : Money is a Spoiled Brat of Human Parents

I would like to call money a spoiled brat of human parents.

When everyone wait in a queue money cries to jump the queue and it will get special premium entry to worship GOD.

When justice remains same for all on book, money cries and ensures justice remains only on books.

When a talented kid lacks the opportunity to learn in a good infrastructure, money cries and buys seats for donations.

When an ethical man follows any procedure, money cries and make him a fool by dealing under the table.

When people starve need help desperately, money cries and goes to hibernate on illegal bank accounts.

When a life is at stake in a hospital, money cries and plays business with death.

When a woman is cornered, money cries and pushes her into selling herself.

When humans earn for living, money cries and pushes them to live for money.

When morality gets sick, money cries and redefines immorality as morality.

At last When society got selfish and then also money cries. It wants them to be more greedy for possessing it.

Write and feed a child for an Year #1

Write and feed a child for an Year #1 : Money and Poverty vs Education and Children

I would like to begin this with an expert “As per UN reports, about 21,000 people die every day of hunger or hunger-related causes. This is one person every four seconds. Most of the victims are children.”

My first question to you, yes the one who reads this. “Have you ever been hungry?” may be when you skip a meal or your breakfast. Some worst cases you might have missed food a day or more, which would be an unlikely experience that you ever had.

So how does it feel to die without food? Horrible isn’t it. It is the cruelest way to die I would say to starve till death.

Another shocking information, it is not that we do not have enough food in this world to feed those who die of starvation. It is a social and economic stipulation which stops them from accessing the food.

The most important reason is MONEY. We need money to buy anything and everything to eat. Those who have less money are prone to hunger. We call it poverty. Hopefully, we all may know who are poor and who are rich! Because they do not live in a second world or in Mars. They live right beside us in our neighbourhood.

But why we do not think about them? Why are not we helping them?


You may counter me with a “NO” But if we are helping them really then why there are poor people still who die without food? So logically we are either not helping them at all or our helps are not helping them actually.

When you spot someone poor, the immediate recovery solution is money. We can help them with some money to buy some food. What’s next?

Shall we continue to help the one with a constant supply of money? Well, we may do if government grants us permission to print money on own. Even our bank balances are limited.

We need to create them opportunities to earn money. It is not a help that an individual can do but together we can do it. We need to build a system. Organisations like the UN and so many genuine NGOs are trying to do the same. However, still poverty exists.

Sadly, we are the very reason for that. As a society, we need to make so many radical changes in our routine way of living and perspective about life.

I can keep talking about the reasons and why and how this system works and leads to poverty, which I am not going to do. Because whatever I may share, you already knew it. Something is wrong with our system, which we need to correct.

But where that change begins? The change begins with learning. i.e. Education. More we understand our system of life with an intention to remodel it effectively and aim for a better society, more changes we can inculcate.

Who need to be educated? Not everyone actually. The prime focus should be on the younger generation. Children needs proper education. A proper education means not just attending the mark factories to get a job and to do the same old mistakes what we are doing now! They need an education for life. To bring a change to this world. To invent an alternate for this money-centric world. This a different topic which I will write later in detail. Now the actual problem is, not all our children get access to education.

Reason – Again Poverty – Money. The cycle remains the same. What is the immediate antidote for those kids who were sent to work instead of schools? They need monetary help as step 1.

Once they get education, it is a well-known fact that they will eradicate poverty from their respective families. Maybe we need to help a generation with direct money, till they get their opportunity to stand on their own.

Organisations like Akshayapatra are doing the same, with monetary help to kids to get their food. Though various state and national governments. also doing such food schemes, still nothing wrong to reach out more kids, who are still missing the radar of rescue of the Govt.

Even for writing this post they’ve committed for helping a kid by donating food. Their purpose is not to gain popularity or raise funds via such posts, but to engage people and increase awareness of helping one another. So I am sharing this first post now. I will come up with four more posts as one can post a maximum of five posts in their blog.

If you are a blogger. Please post five posts and feed five kids. Your words may give them a smile. The change may not be radical, but we will be remembered as forefathers who had begun the change process.

- Din

One Blog post can feed a child for an year. So what are you waiting for.. Please do a post now with a tag #BlogToFeedAChild with Akshaya Patra and BlogAdda.