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The Super Sweet Blogger Award!

Hello guys!

It’s been a while since I wrote anything. There has been so much happening. I was down with chicken pox and recently, there was Eid which is an amazing Islamic festival. Anyways, am back now 🙂

I am super excited to be awarded The Super Sweet Blogger Award by Lottie of Book Adoration. Awww, can you guys believe that!. I am so happy. Here is the pretty award:

super-sweet-blogger-awardIt really warms my heart that I am considered super sweet. It’s truly nice of Lottie to nominate me for this award. I will be answering the same set of questions that Lottie answered while accepting this award. So here goes :

Questions:

1. Cookies or Cake? Both? : Definitely cookies! I have never made them myself but I love having white chocolate cookies with Macadamia nuts in it.  When it comes to cakes, well, I do love icecream cakes from Baskin Robbins. They are so yum…

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2.Chocolate or Vanilla?: Vanilla!. I like chocolate itself but when it comes to chocolate flavored things, I tend to stay away from them!. Vanilla has a nice scent and also tastes great. So, Vanilla it is!

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3.Favorite Sweet Treat?: Tough question!.. My favorite right now is Dark Fantasy cream biscuits and chocofils. I love them. Quite unfortunate that it’s not available here in UAE. When anyone asks me what I want from India, I name this!

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4.When Do You Crave Sweet Things The Most?: When I feel sad or low, I crave sweet things the most. I am a comfort eater 🙁

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5.Sweet Nick Name?: Some call me Nazi or Nazu. I think that’s sweet, though I definitely love my nickname Neenz, which most of my friends refer to me as :). But more than sweet, I think Neenz is a pretty stylish name 😛

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Before I reveal my nominees, please take a minute to read Lottie’s answers to the above 5 questions 🙂

Nominations

Here are my nominations for this award. All of them are here for being great supporters of mine and their blogs are cool!

1) Monica of Impressions of a Princess

2) Praseena of Coral Crue

3) Christine of Oh Chrys!

4) Abidha of Abidha Ayyoob’s blog (Updated: Click here to read her acceptance post :))

I would like to mentions some names of people who have been sweet and supportive to me but are not from the blogging world:

1) Deena of Deenass88 on Youtube

2) Rekha aka Rekss

3) Chandra Shristi

Thank you all for being soo sweet to me!. God bless you all :). Please do comment below. I love feedback!

Love always,

Naz 🙂

Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

Hey y’all!

Last month, Lottie of Book Adoration nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and man, I am humbled. To know that my posts (atleast some of them) inspire at least someone out there in this world, makes me truly happy.

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The Rules to accept the award –
Display the award badge on your blog
Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented you with the award
Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers
Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post
Post 7 interesting things about yourself

Seven interesting things about me!

1) In 2004, the eleventh president of India, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, visited a prominent school in Dubai, gave inspiring speeches and interacted with the students of that school plus selected students from all other schools in the whole of UAE. From my school in Abu Dhabi, only 20 students were selected. 10 boys and 10 girls. These students were selected on the basis of their academic excellence and overall good behavior. I am proud to say that I was one of those 10 selected girls!

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2) I have a repeated dream. It keeps coming to me and I have no idea why. I am walking through a park and I find coins (Dirhams – the local currency of UAE) lying around in the grass. I pick them up and keep discovering more!.

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3) I am extremely bad at Maths!. I need a calculator ALWAYS. Sometimes I think I am like Joey from Friends!

4) I am a big time foodie. I love trying all kinds of food, whatever cuisines it maybe. But I strictly don’t like sushi, shark and liver.

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5) I have no dress sense at all. I suck at it :(. I feel real bad about it. But well, some things just can’t be developed I guess or I need professional help…

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See, even Tom & Jerry don’t know what to wear when!

6) I am afraid of hospitals/doctors. I have never been admitted there or anything. But the thought of waiting for the doctor, in a room full of patients with God-knows-what-kind-of-diseases, makes me utterly sick. Hospital is synonymous with being unhealthy and also deaths. By the time I get out of a hospital, I feel more sick actually!. Doctors do good. I have nothing against them (Infact my cousin is a doctor and I am so proud of him!) but hospitals.. *ughhh*…

11601167-funny-cartoon-doctor7) I have had the same set of friends since my childhood!. One of my two best friends is the one I have known since I was 10 years old. The other one is someone I know since 2004 (Both of them were also selected to meet the President from our school!. I have such brilliant friends :)). I don’t make new friends now a days in real life. But of late, I have made many new friends from all over the world, via cyber space thanks to blogging. That’s why I love blogging!!

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Nominations!

I have only four nominations:

1) Dubai Confidential is a UAE based site hosted by 5 people. Their posts feature things in Dubai which you would never find out otherwise. They are too good and their posts are very inspirational.I absolutely love them!!

2) Praseena of Coral Crue is very inspiring because she is a strong person and I highly respect her for that. She had to face some tough times recently but she faced them bravely. I love her posts too. She has a variety of posts up of her site!

3) Christina of Ensconced in YA is very inspiring because she is a writer and her love for books is something that I share too. You can read her three fantastic creations by clicking here. My favorite story is The Perfect Day. All stories require less than 5 minutes to read. So do check them out!

4) Theresa McClinton is one of my favorite authors and I find her truly inspiring. She stays in touch with her fans/friends via Facebook/Twitter even though she has a really busy life with three children and has the most fantastic imagination EVER. I know that she has been awarded this award already by someone else but that doesn’t stop me from doing it again!

I hope you guys liked reading this post. Let me know in the comments below :). Once again, Lottie, thank you so much!!

Love,

Naz

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

Hiya all!

This is a freaking long overdue post. I received a third blog award back in Jan from Monica of Impressions of a Princess. She is a fantastic blogger and one who keeps receiving a lot of awards herself. Touchwood and here is hoping she receives more and more!.. She also kindly passes them onto her friends and followers and this is my third time receiving an award from her. When nominating me for this award, she wrote the following about me!

“I am very grateful to meet a blessed soul. Naz is an uber-sweet, thoughtful, and caring person. I can’t imagine blogging without her. She is a very supportive friend, too!”

Believe me, those words touched me so much!. Here is a girl, all the way from Philippines, giving me such an awesome compliment!. How wonderful is that :D. Monica, I adore you and thank you again for giving me this award!. Do check out her acceptance post of this very same award by clicking here.

So what is the Sisterhood of the World bloggers award??

This blogging world is simple awesome. You get to share your ideas and put your thoughts into writing here. It’s a small slot in cyber space where you can vent out your feelings. But best of all, it’s a place where you get to meet lovely people!. If it was not for blogging, I am damn sure I wouldn’t have met all of you wonderful people following me / keeping in touch with me personally over emails, because all you guys are strewn around various parts of this world!. I feel blessed for having such awesome people in my life. I don’t have sisters myself but through blogging, I have become a part of a sisterhood of the world!.

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In order to accept this award, I have to answer 10 questions set by Monica. So here goes 🙂

1) What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

A : I can control about 90% of my dreams. It might sound weird but I can pretty much change people, situations, scenarios etc in a dream!. It’s like am directing my own dreams. I have very little nightmares because of this. If I feel a dream is going towards being a nightmare, I change it. If a dream is interesting enough (without any interruption from my side!), I can rewind and watch it again at my will and if I am woken up in between an excellent dream, I can go back to sleep and to a certain extent, watch the rest of it!

If you are freaking out right now and think am nuts, please know that this is called lucid dreaming and it’s very much real!

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2) If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

A : My grandfather passed away couple of years ago. Towards his last days, I had the opportunity to spend more time with him but I didn’t take advantage of that. I regret it even now. I used to spend my time either reading or surfing the net, while he was right there in the next room, probably feeling lonely. If I could meet him again, I would hold him tight and tell him that I really loved him and I cherish him even to this day.

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3) Nightly owl or early bird?

A: Nightly owl, for sure!!. The fact that I am not yet in bed and am drafting this post at 3.04 AM, proves my point!

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4) Bare or with make up?

A: I really don’t mind being bare!. I have been that way all my life. You might think I am a makeup nut with all the makeup items I review and giveaway. But my interest in makeup developed probably within the last 2 years and the truth is, I can step out of my home, without makeup, any given day or time. Not a problem at all!. I feel comfortable in my own skin and I am proud of that :D. One teeny tiny confession : I do love liquid black eyeliner a lot!. Even if my entire face is bare of makeup, you might find me with the eyeliner on.

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5) Coffee or tea?

A: Out of these two, I like coffee more. But I really am not a person who has it daily out of habit. I probably have coffee like say thrice a month or so. Not more.

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6) Forest or beach?

A : Forest. I think it’s more adventurous being in a forest. I never been in one though!.

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7) Shoes or sandals?

A: You would see me wearing sandals always. But secretly, I fantasize killer heels :). When I used to work, I used to have six to seven pairs of gorgeous black heels. Ahh!.. Miss them…

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8) Favorite place to travel.

A : I would love to travel to Switzerland and see snow capped mountains!

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9) One food you could never eat.

A : Sushi!. I tried it once and man, it was a horror story for me. I don’t wanna offend anyone. I know for some, it’s an absolute fav. But it’s a no – no for me.

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10) Favorite smell.

A : Hmm, tough question. I love the smell when I enter into the kitchen when mom is cooking up a storm for me. I also love entering into places like The Body Shop or Lush. Heavenly smell!.

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Oh man, that was a fun set of questions, Monica!. I enjoyed answering them.

Now, I have the liberty to nominate how many ever people for this same award. Here are my nominees!

1) Charlotte aka Lottie : Oh man!. What can I say about her?. She is awesomeness personified!. A true book blogger, her book reviews are full of life and energy. I have to thank Monica for indirectly introducing me to her. Lottie had awarded Monica, The Sunshine Award and through that post, I went onto Lottie’s blog and the rest is history. She is a fantastic supporter of mine and a true friend. She is my sis from US!. (Updated later on Apr 17th) Click here to read Lottie’s acceptance post.

2) Christine aka Chrys : An awesome book blogger, an amazing friend and a true supporter. These are the words I have for Chrys. I once won an ebook giveaway on her blog. She emailed me letting me know I won. From then on, we kept replying back and forth. The funny part is that the subject of our email still remains the same [“You have won a bundle of Cameron Jace books”] but we have discussed about literally everything under the sun and the mail count is 97 or so. We are similar in a lot of ways and I find her very interesting. So blessed to have met her!. In addition to doing awesome book reviews, she does Blogger tutorials too. She is my sis from Belize!

3) Coral Crue : I would say Praseena aka Coral is one of my constant supporters. She literally gives me feedback on every single post that I do. I ♡ her. She is positive and understanding. I am glad she is one of my good friends. She is my sis from India!

4) Theresa : She is the author of The Stone Guardian, which I reviewed earlier. For one thing, I felt that authors are like stars in the sky. Bright, pretty and unreachable!. But Theresa showed me that she is indeed a star but a friendly one at that!. She is so gorgeous and down to earth. She interacts with all her friends and fans always, keeping in touch in every way possible. I am so glad I met her, once again through Monica’s blog, where she did a book blitz of The Stone Guardian. She is my sis from Ohio!

There are more people whom I consider my sisters from all over the world. But as this is a blog based award I am unable to nominate them as they don’t have blogs themselves. However, I wanna give a quick shout-out to them:

  • Deena from UK She and I are so similar in many ways. She is so caring and also talented. Her makeup tutorials and relationship advice videos are amazing :). Please check out her Youtube channel by clicking here.
  • Lana from Georgia (the country not the US state :)) – A sweet girl who has been in touch with me over emails. She is a fairly new follower but still, I kinda have already connected to her!
  • Rekss from India – A wonderful supporter of mine and we do occasionally exchange emails :). I think she is very zealous and happy go lucky kind of person!

Rules to Follow:

  • Acknowledge the person who passed the award to you and provide their link.
  • Include the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the ten questions I posted below.
  • Nominate blogs and link those you have especially enjoyed reading. The number you can select is up to you.
  • Notify each individual that you have nominated them.

My 10 questions to my nominees are :

1) One super power you wish you had.

2) You best childhood memory.

3) If you had an option to rewind your life, would you?. If yes, what would you change?. If no, wow!, you sure lived a perfect life!!

4) Being with family (spouse, kids and parents) or being with your best and close friends?

5) Which genre of music do you love the most?

6) If you could star in a movie, which one would it be and which role in it?

7) Any phobias?

8) Best book ever adapted into a movie.

9) According to you, the most romantic place on earth is…..

10) If you could have any voice, which singer’s voice would you choose?

I will look forward to reading your acceptance posts. That’s it for now!

If you haven’t read my acceptance post of my first two awards, please click here :). Thank you!

Love,

Naz 🙂

Photo sources : Clicking on the pictures in this post will lead you to the original site where it was first shown. I don’t mean to claim the pix are mine. If the pix don’t lead anywhere, it’s clicked by me 🙂

My blog receives two awards!!

Hi guys!

On this fab day with it’s fab date (12/12/12), I wish to share a fab news with you. My blog has received 2 awards, The Liebster award and the Gargie award!!.. Gosh I am so excited!!

Monica from http://gongjumonica.wordpress.com was kind to think my blog worthy enough for these 2 awards. Thanks Monica!!.. You guys got to check out her blog as she is a very sweet person and I love the way she expresses herself through her interesting posts. She always supports me.

More about the first award!

The Liebster award

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What does Liebster mean?.  It is a German word which means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. This award is given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers and is just starting out in this beautiful field of blogging.

Now that I received the award, the next step is:

  1. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
  2. Choose 11 bloggers and link them in your post.
  3. Go to their page and tell them.

Here are my answers to the 11 questions that Monica set for me.

1. What is your favorite book series?

Ans : My favorite book series is the Hercule Poirot series by Agatha Christie. Hercule Poirot is a fabulous detective just like Sherlock Holmes and I definitely love how perceptive and intelligent he is.

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2. If you could star in any movie, what would the film and your character be?

Ans : I would love to be in Step Up and be Jenna Dewan!!.. She has such a flexible body, dances her heart out and gets to romance Channing Tatum on screen and in real life too!!.. Who wouldnt love that!… Its lucky my husband doesn’t read my blog posts 😀

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3. If you are given one week to live, how will you spend it?

Ans:  I will spend all my money going shopping, gifting people and staying in exotic hotels, which I love!. I then would have amazing spa treatments. Might as well die looking great!.. Hahaha..

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4. Blue or Purple?

Definitely purple!. I loved purple from the time my husband first gifted me this purple dress.

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5. What’s the most embarrassing thing you have done in school?

Ans: I once did a speech during the Annual Day of the school in front of the all the students and parents. It was a mortifying experience. I felt it to be particularly embarrassing when I messed up the last sentence because deep inside, I was rejoicing that I had reached the last sentence, however, while my thoughts strayed away to my happiness, I forgot the last sentence midway!. Then I just repeated the sentence. Never did speeches ever again!!

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6.  If you could write and publish a book, what will it be about?

Ans : To say the truth, I would have eventually written about Harry Potter if J.K Rowling hadn’t beat me to it!

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7. Iphone or Android?

Ans: Definitely Android. I own a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 🙂

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8. What is your favorite coffee shop and usual order there?

Ans :  Il Cafe Di Roma, Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi is my fav. The one thing I always  order is a chocolaty drink with rich chocolate chips in it, topped with whipped cream. I believe it’s called the Mocha choc. It’s been some time since I been to this cafe. I simply look at the pic and order it!.. Dumb, I know… It looks somewhat like this. The chocolate chips are dropped into it right before serving it and so by the time you have it, the chips would have started melting in the hot drink. Gosh it’s heaven..

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9. If you will be given one chance to change a historical event, what would it be?

Ans : The Jallianwala Bagh massacre which occurred in India back in 1919, where some weirdo along with 50 other armed men blocked the only entrance to a park and fired at all the people in the park leaving more than 1000 people, including women and children, dead. That is atrocity and I wish that never happened.

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10. Real books or eBooks?

Ans: No doubt about it.. Real books win here!… The tangible feel of the books and it’s smell is simply too amazing. I get bored soon when I am reading ebooks.

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11. What inspires you to write?

Ans:  I love to express my feelings and that inspires me to write. I have always been interested in books, which inspired me to read more and write more.

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Alright so all the questions are done.  I should say I had fun answering these questions!. Thanks again Monica 🙂

I now have the power vested in me to pass on these awards to 11 other bloggers, as I mentioned before.  However I have only one person to award this to, as I  do not follow many bloggers who have under 200 followers.  Here is my nominee:

http://coralcrue.blogspot.com

Coral is a wonderful writer and she is also a very supportive follower of mine. She comments on most of my posts and is very active on my blog. Thank you Coral for all the support and kind feedback you always give me. Its a pleasure giving you The Liebster Award!

Here are the 11 questions I have set for you, Coral!

1) What are your talents (other than writing)?

2) What do you think is the best thing that has EVER happened to you?

3) If money was no object, what changes would you make to your life right now?

4) Mountain climbing (adventurous) or stroll in the park (laid back)?

5) Your favorite movie that has been adapted from a book.

6) If you could have a super power, what would it be?

7) If you could be anyone in this life, who would it be?

8) What quality of yourself do you love the most?

9) The best makeup product you cant live without.

10) Explain a situation which you thought was pure serendipity.

11) If you could go back to your teenage self, what advice would you give yourself?

Hope you do a blog post soon, answering all the questions and accepting the award!

Onto my second award!!

The Gargie Award

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This award is given to a blogger who have been outstanding in their field. More details about this award is here.

The rules to accept this award are as follows:

1. Display the award badge prominently  on your site.

2. Publish a post to inform the world of your great achievement.

3.  Nominate some fellow bloggers (who have been outstanding in their field…figuratively or literally)….if you feel inclined.

4. Indicate to your nominees that they have received the award….provided you have completed step three.

Here are my nominees for this award:

http://lacedinleather.com/

http://leahandsam.wordpress.com/

http://www.thebookwheelblog.com/

http://sleepingbootay.wordpress.com/

Congrats to the above 4 lovely bloggers. Hope you will do your acceptance posts soon!

Love, Naznin 🙂