U Be Cute

Follow the child inside of you…


Short lives of Wives

Henry VIII wives

The illusionist packs two tricks,
Carefully placing the ‘i’ before ‘e’, except after ‘c’,
Countless rhymes estranged from its poem,
Encoding a simple meaning into warped confusion.

Crafting a wide angle shot of a marble temple,
Where the fates of the six wives of Henry VIII,
Turned into ornate statues,
Stand on guard outside the grand palace.

The insolence of the high power blades of time,
that make and break human spirit at a cellular level,
Pay a callous homage to these brilliant shadows,
Nicknamed by history; divorced, beheaded, died, divorced,
beheaded, survived.


Share the love with the Liebster Award

Liebster AwardFirstly, a big “thank you” to merakigeek who nominated Ubecute for the Liebster award, visit her post at (http://merakigeek.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/a-to-z-l-is-for-liebster-award). “Liebe” in German means “love” and Liebster means a “loved one”.

Agreed, getting the Liebster award is not the same as being Freshly Pressed (or close). It is a however, a creative attempt at creating a strong blogger-bond and sharing love and appreciation from one blogger to another.

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an award for newish blogs with less than  200-1000 followers given by newish bloggers. It’s a way to recognize other newish blogs in the community and, in turn, keep spreading the love.

Rules for the Liebster Award:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 5 – 10 questions given to you.
  3. Nominate  5-11 other blogs with less than    200-1000 followers.
  4. Post 5-10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Tag your nominees & post a comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them.

About the blog that nominated Ubecute:

Meraki Geek is a very uplifting blog full of creative posts. An admitted left-brainiac the author shares her thoughts on her myriad interests through her fun and bubbly posts. “Meraki” as defined by Meraki Geek stands for “the essence of yourself that is put into your work”. Feel free to visit her blog at http://merakigeek.wordpress.com

The Blogs I am excited to nominate:

Dear bloggers I am excited to be nominating you for the Liebster award since you continue to inspire me with the level of quality work you produce consistently. I am taking this as an opportunity to show you that you are appreciated for it. With that said, I fully respect your entitlement not to accept the award, (if you chose not). If you don’t wish to accept, for any reason, simply do so by ignoring, I will not take it personally in any way. If you do accept just follow the rules above and share the love :).

Also please know that if your name is not here, (and you would have liked to be nominated) then it does not mean I don’t appreciate your blog, it simply means I am committed to making humanly oversights. In short, My Bad! Continue your good work and press-on to pursuing your creative interests!

  1. http://stvrsnbrgr.wordpress.com/
  2. http://shortstoriesdiary.wordpress.com/
  3. http://milfordstreet.wordpress.com/
  4. http://stillbleedingheart.wordpress.com/
  5. http://thismansjourney.net/
  6. http://hortusclosus.wordpress.com/
  7. http://cancerisnotpink.wordpress.com/
  8. http://easterellen.com/
  9. http://ajualuv.me/
  10. http://thefloralbunny.wordpress.com/

Since this is all about getting to know each other better, here are some questions I am presenting to you, along with my own answers.

  1. What is your favorite smell?

I love the smell of freshly cut fruits like mangos, oranges and grapefruits. But I also love the smell of the “oh-so-delicious” deep fried foods such as “pakoras” (deep fried fritters), baked foods (cakes, cookies, pizzas) as well as freshly brewed coffee and masala chai (spiced tea). I pretty much love all vegetarian food and the cornucopia of flavors and smells it offers.

  1. Name one word to describe you.

Child-like. Henceforth the name UBeCute and the tag line “follow the child…” Get it? J

  1. What song is stuck in your head right now (or what was the last song that was stuck in your head)?

“Strawberry Fields forever” by Beatles (I know it’s an ancient classic but that’s what I am into right now)

  1. When was the last time you were nervous? Why?

I guess I feel nervous almost every time I press the “publish” button. I have always been a very private person and to share my own deepest thoughts as well as poetry on the World Wide Web has been a daunting but rewarding exercise. Poems are very personal, and it is a scary thought, revealing your emotions to the world, leaving it open to interpretation and worse “apathetic abandon”. Fortunately, I found that wordpress has a very positive and constructive community of bloggers. High five everyone!

  1. What top 3 characteristics would your ideal boss have?

Ideally, I would love to be my own boss. But I must admit I have been very fortunate to have worked with great bosses and colleagues. Cheers to them all!

  1. What’s something you hate doing? Why?

I hate waking up early on my weekends. Actually, I hate waking up early on almost any day. Because I am lazy like that.

  1. Which store would you choose for a shopping spree?

I rarely go shopping and do most of mine online. The selection is so much better and it beats having to drive in traffic and finding a parking.

  1. If you had to change your username/url to something completely not yourself, what would it be?


  1. How do you know when something/someone is totally right for you?

Follow your intuition, it is never wrong.

10. If you had superpowers what would you want them to be?

I would love to visit the minds of artists, I love and admire, such as Williams Wordsworth, W. B. Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Emily Bronte, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky especially when they were thinking about writing their famous works. What a great experience it would be visiting the creative minds of such artistic geniuses, if admittedly an overwhelming one!


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Waiting for the Verdict

“Waiting for the Verdict” was painted by Abraham Solomon in 1857 and instantly gained popularity in the Victorian era. A close look at the painting should explain why. The painting is a poignant portrayal of human pain and anguish where a common man awaits the verdict of his trial with his family. The future of his family depends upon his acquittal. The painting is so beautiful and genuine in its portrayal of this close knit family that eagerly awaits the “not guilty” sentence for the anguished man. When I first saw this painting, unfortunately I had little idea how famous it was. But the painting was so well received in its own day that the painter was forced to paint replicas of it.

I made a very faint attempt at capturing the scene heavy with human anguish with a poem of my own. I hope you like it and that Abraham Solomon will forgive me for my gauche attempt. Getty & More 028

i. The Man
Outside the courtroom hangs a life,
Tied loosely to a mortal tongue,
The Judge’s “Guilty” verdict cuts the tether by knife,
“Not Guilty” sets him free with children and wife.

ii. Wife
Brows furrowed, gaze askance,
Five mouths to feed, a husband to lose
Face; the ashy color of worry, immobile in a deep trance,
So many lives hang by this man, whose life hangs to a mortal tongue

iii. Mother
A heart painted with contrasting colors,
Besotted love for the grand children, pain for the son,
Smile askew on her sunken pallor,
Heart tied to the son, whose life hangs to a mortal tongue

iv. Sister
A worried sister waits for the Messenger,
Who will bring the final Verdict,
Out to the family in the antechamber,
Sister prays silently for a brother, whose life hangs to a mortal tongue

v. Antechamber
The chamber colored in shades of brown,
Dark with human distress and self-berating,
The Chamber’s ceiling window painted like a church’s pulpit,
Under which sits the wretched man frozen in oil paint, forever waiting…


Monuments or Monumental?

Here are some monuments of Hampi India. I am clearly infatuated with the stoic ancient splendor of Hampi. The architecture and the level of details is par excellence. These monuments are a heritage not just for India but the World and in that regard they are Monumental. The last picture is a random shot of a local market outside one of these temples which I could not resist sharing because of its vibrant colors which I think is quintessentially India. Enjoy!

Hampi Temple South Indian Temple Deity South Indian Temple Local Market

Weekly Photo Challenge

“Some pictures need no words”

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I wanted to share this lovely post that I believe will warm your hearts and put a smile on your face, better than any words can…Enjoy. Feel free to visit the original post here : http://margaretrosestringer.com/2014/04/16/some-pictures-need-no-words/

Originally posted on MARGARET ROSE STRINGER:

All I will do, then, is provide the provenance: these come by email from a very old friend who now lives over in the place where I was born, with whom I worked in a third place when we were both young.

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A wintry day in school,
Learning by wrote, conformance is rule,
Everyone seems to catch on in class,
But I, who yet again forgets homework, detention alas!

At lunch I play alone,
A snow cannonball aimed for my head,
Missed by a few inches,
This whole school thing is way overblown,

Mom is in hospital,
A problem gynecological,
Should be back in a week?
She is so far, we can’t see her, nor speak.

Dad makes egg omelet yet again,
Outside snow falls thick,
Dear God, bring mommy back, Amen,
My sister breaks her tooth.

Next morning I feign sickness,
Dad is too clever to fool,
He packs us lunch and sends us off to school,
Wrapped up in woolens, snow shoes, and beanie hats.

Andrea is my only friend,
I walk with my head down; won’t confide nor vent,
It’s been longer than a week, why won’t she come back?
I take my itchy beanie hat, and stomp all over it.

Back at home Dad looks happy and bemused,
My teacher called to complain,
But he has better News,
Mom is coming back home tomorrow!


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