He was late again. My work-aholic bf had absolutely no time for me. While I had all the naughtiest thoughts of him, he seemed more married to his job. Hmmmph! :3 Since, there would be no sight of him tonight as well, I took my scooty out and decided to ride away my frustrations. Some way along the deserted highway, the breeze gently blowing my hair, I soaked it all in. Indeed, my scooty seemed to give a bigger high than my bf these days. As I drove on, I saw someone waving at me. Someone needed a lift? I thought to myself. Who could it be...that too, this late at night and in this deserted highway? There was no other vehicle at sight.

As I came closer, I could see it was a man, trying to stop me for a lift. I slowed and from the headlights of my two-wheeler, I could see the most handsomest hunk I had ever set my eyes upon. He was hot as hell and as he smiled at me, I nearly swooned. I remembered my bf, but didn't want to think of him. Not this night, with this hottie right in front of me. Tempted, oh hell...I sure was. I got excited thinking what could happen ahead....ooohh! ;) He flashed a grin as I almost stopped in front of him. But then...... I remembered my mother's words - ''ND, don't talk to strangers and never give a them lift, ever!'' My mother's words thundered inside my head, and reluctantly, I shook my head at this handsome hunk. I started speeding my scooty again, but not before I saw the expression on his face change.

As I sped, to my horror the handsome man too started moving...errrr running infact, at the speed of my scooty :o More I accelerated, more faster he came, alongside my scooty - an evil grin now playing in his face. I sped, he ran...I sped, he ran.....side-by-side! Me in my scooty, he in his legs.......and now, that I noticed - were two feet above the ground :o What happened next?


Four friends were returning home from a function at another village. They had to pass through a thick bamboo-tree forest, and were advised never to look back while passing through it. The path was narrow, so, they walked one-behind-the-other. It was a dark moon-less night, and the tall bamboo trees made it seem even darker.
As they walked, the first three friends heard a huge thud behind them. But remembering the advise not to look back, they walked on. Meanwhile, a huge bamboo tree fell in front of the fourth friend. Trying to catch up with her friends, she hurriedly tried jumping over the fallen bamboo tree. Just as her leg was mid-way above it, the bamboo tree gave a wicked laugh and sprang up, taking the fourth friend along with it. A wicked howl of laughter rippled through entire the forest and then a LOUD 'Gulp!' The fourth friend was gobbled up. The other three friends walked on one-behind-the-other ignoring all the noises behind.

As they walked, the first two friends heard a huge thud behind them. But remembering the advise not to look back, they walked on. Meanwhile, a huge bamboo tree fell in front of the third friend. Trying to catch up with her friends, she hurriedly tried jumping over the fallen bamboo tree. Just as her leg was mid-way above it, the bamboo tree gave a wicked laugh and sprang up, taking the third friend along with it. A wicked howl of laughter rippled through entire the forest and then a LOUD 'Gulp!' The third friend was gobbled up. The other two friends walked on one-behind-the-other ignoring all the noises behind.

As they walked, the first friend heard a huge thud behind her. But remembering the advise not to look back, she walked on. Meanwhile, a huge bamboo tree fell in front of the second friend. Trying to catch up with her friend, she hurriedly tried jumping over the fallen bamboo tree. Just as her leg was mid-way above it, the bamboo tree gave a wicked laugh and sprang up, taking the second friend along with it. A wicked howl of laughter rippled through entire the forest and then a LOUD 'Gulp!' The second friend was gobbled up. The first friend of the lot walked all alone now, ignoring all the noises behind.

As she walked, a huge bamboo tree fell in front of her. Taking a deep breathe, she didn't hurry to jump over it; instead, she decided to walk around it. She was smart and she reached her home safe.


As he locked the door and switched off the lights, my heart skipped a beat. His breath filled the room, echoed *shyly*, by mine. I had been waiting for this night for far too long. Our night, atlast...all ours <3 As he walked closer and held me from behind, my heart started racing madly. Scared and excited, both at the same time. He murmured my name huskily and nuzzled at my neck, I groaned with pleasure. It was far too romantic than all those millnboons I had read. His hands played with my hair, while his face plunged deeper at the base of my neck. My neck never felt more sexier than it did tonight. His hand held me steady, my knees having gone so weak already. He then, whispered my name, with urgency....yes, Oh yes!!! I was ready too...oh so ready. While his mouth traced my neck, I could barely hold the excitement of what lay ahead, I heard a noise, just near my ear....was it metallic?? I didn"t bother....I closed my eyes as I continued soaking in the pleasure. And then, I felt a sting near my collar-bone....my my...I thought, my lover was getting naughty or what ~ biting me like that ;) I ignored the sharp pain, as my lover penetrated deeper and deeper. I heard some swooosh siiiiip sounds, along with his rapid breathing...I moaned with delight..the pain in my neck increasing..... I felt weak....but then, I ignored thinking...who doesn"t become weak in love? The long sluuurps continued with me barely conscious now... My lover, meanwhile, dug his fangs deeper and deeper into my throat, sucking the blood out of my veins, an evil grin on his face....he was a Dracula

He looked deeply into my eyes. He was the most handsomest man I had ever been out with. 'I have something to tell you,' he said, his voice deep and sexy.
'Yes.....tell me', I could barely whisper. His eyes held mine, in captive, over the glowing candle.
'I am a ghost'. He said. He was my new bf. We were out on a date, our first <3 'No, you're not!' I retorted, not convinced. I hardly expected this...I was expecting to hear something errrr more romantic :3 'But then, I am, I am, you've got to believe me', he tried to convince me, almost pleading now. Maybe, he was trying to impress me or whatever with something unusual...I decided to play along. 'Ok fine, I'll believe you are a ghost, only, if you give me some proof.' I drawled, 'Say, become invisible, right now!' I challenged ;) He flashed me a smile. 'Hey, thats an easy one'! Saying this, my bf vanished right before my eyes, into thin air. He was indeed a Ghost !!!‘



The Dreaded Topic : When I saw the topic, I was actually like - Eew...Do I really have to write about this, what will my readers think, why am I trying to write about my periods, is there a dearth of topics in this world that I now want people to read about my private stuff, afterall, is it even a topic to discuss openly? Well, I'll be honest, there's a certain hesitation when the topic does come up. Its not as if I've never written on it, I did, several times infact, yet, the hesitation, the unease does creep up from time to time. After all, its not that easy is it to shrug away what or how we've been brought up...the traditions the taboos et all that we've been taught since young. Nonetheless, the internet, over the period of time, has indeed played a vital role in opening up the mind a-bit atleast, especially, when we come across other people having gone through exactly what we have. The more we read about their experiences, more sillier such taboos or apprehensions seem. And that's why, here I am trying to write on the topic again, to make others as well as myself, lot more easier and accepting towards this glorious gift we women have been gifted with.

The First Discovery : When I was young, I of course, didn't treat 'period' as a gift at all. For me, it was more like a curse. I hated it. The discomfort, the pain, the fear of unwanted-stains, the prohibitions...it was all too much to bear for a tiny teenager like me. I remember, when I first had it, I didn't even know what the hell it was. I saw blood, and I panicked. I tried to check everywhere if I hurt myself. I was really clueless as to where the blood was coming from, with no visible sign of injury, and yes, it was in my panty - so, it felt more weirder. Being somewhat detective-minded ( heavily inspired by the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys/FamousFives ), I tried to solve 'The Mystery of the Mysterious Blood-flow' myself, unsuccessfully though. On the third day, convinced I must have contracted something really deadly or must be dying slowly, I went hesitantly to my mother. With tears flowing down my cheeks, I was like...'Mum..I don't know, what is happening. Blood is coming out of nowhere, everyday, help me. Am I going to die?' My mother immediately realised what was going on, and soon, my whole life changed. But I still didn't know why we had the damned thing in the first place, even though, I was made to follow all those monthly rituals/prohibitions ( viz don't wash hair first 3 days, don't eat sour/tangy stuff eg pickles, lemon etc, don't touch anything religious or anyone too, don't go out to play, PHEW! ).

The Marriage : We had a ritual after my first period, that I really found funny. When my elder sister had it, four years before, I actually enjoyed it not understanding a thing, being curious and eager too if I'd have it as well. It was marriage to a banana-tree. Sounds funny, hah, but that was what exactly happened. So, those period days ( my first ), I wasn't even allowed to appear before any male members of the family. On the last day, I was made to bath ( with my mother/sister and other females of the family putting haldi on me ), wear new clothes ( like a bride ) - because, it was my marriage day! Not to a boy, though, but to a banana-tree instead. The priest came, uttered many mantras and made me follow various rituals, put sindoor too ( on behalf of the banana-tree :o ) and finally, I was declared married to the banana-tree, because, I was grown-up now. Later, guest & relatives came and showered me with gifts and I enjoyed that part the most. Of course, I still didn't know what was going on...I mean, after being treated like an untouchable, I was suddenly being celebrated too. However, the other periods that followed were without the marriage ritual or gift's, sigh!

The Piercing Pain & The Annoying Stains : Needless to say, these two essentially made my life ( those 5 days ) a nightmare. The pain ( all around my lower waist and back of thighs ) would come either on the 2nd or 4th day, and it would be excruciating. After suffering for months on end, I somehow got the solution to it when accidentally I dozed off one day, after twisting and turning uncomfortably in my bed for hours. That tiny nap was hardly for ten minutes or so, but it did the trick. So, henceforth, whenever I started getting any signs of the pain, I'd rush to bed and force myself to sleep. If sleep came, I was lucky; and if it didn't....well, the helpless twisting and turning would continue. However, I had no such trick with the stains. Initially, we were made to use clothes and I had a harrowing time with it - what with the washing, the smell, the heaviness to carry it around. Sanitary pads finally came to the rescue, phew!

The Enlightenment : It was only in my late-teens that I finally got a faint idea of what was going on. Friends whispering and gossiping around, the blush-blush during biology classes, the boy-girl analysis, and finally the orientation-course our school had for the senior students where this subject was subtly covered. It has although taken me decades to come in terms with the reality of it all. I still hate it, but I am able to tolerate it more :-) not like those by-gone days, when I almost wished I was a boy instead :|

The Period : What is it after all? Now, that I finally had the 'gyaan' I could merrily share the knowledge with those who are still clueless and trying to pull their hairs out, trying to figure it out, like I used to once-uppa-time. Well, all females have ovaries in their bodies that have eggs in them. After we hit puberty, every month, one of the eggs come down the fallopian tube to meet the sperm ( gifted by the male - you know how. And, even if you don't-know-how, we'll discuss that in another post ). So, if it meets the sperm, baby happens. But in absence of sperm, the egg that waits has built a wall of-blood ( and proteins/
vitamins etc, while preparing for the baby ) around the uterus, finally flushes itself out. And that my friend, is the 'period' ( since it occurs after a gap of few weeks consistently ). Having period from puberty till menopause-time, means you are healthy, and there's nothing to worry about. But absence or excess of it may be a problem.

The Acceptance : Period has an important role to play ~ in the bigger scheme of things. We women, are gifted with this unique gift of being able to give birth, which is actually so empowering. Every female species ( esp in mammals ) have this phase ( although, they may be slightly different from species to species ), and its how nature works, and cycle & circle of life progresses. The fact that God has given us females, such a powerful role to play in taking the universe forward, it somewhat relaxes my mind - that, hey, its not such a bad thing after all. Sure, it is uncomfortable, but for the role it plays, it is very well worth it. And when I try to teach my mind that way, periods become so much tolerable that I actually take #periodpride in it! True, there's nothing gross about periods. Its the most empowering and creative privilege ever gifted to women. Value it. Rejoice it :-)
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