Launching Afflatuz.com

Hey Dear Bloggers, hope you all are doing great. I have news to share. For a while, I was desiring to launch another site with a sole motive of sharing some of my favorites. A site to put together a collection of mine as well fellow blogger best work. So, after a lot of contemplation and deliberation, I am launching  afflatuz.com.

Please do give the site a visit, like, follow, read and most importantly, give your love. I look forward to seeing you on the other blog as well.

You can reach the site by clicking here

Thank you for all your support.

 

My Story, Fifty Dollar Bill Published in Indian Periodical

Friends hope you all are having an amazing weekend. Maybe you didn’t know, here is a small trivia about me. I love writing fiction. Stories of all kind – flash fiction, short stories, proses, novella, anything that can make my mind run wildūüėÄ. Some of you may know I wrote one full-length book( currently in the last stage of editing) and writing my second book in parallelūüėÄ. On WP I have not published any of my stories, maybe some proses but not stories. Mostly because I was saving them for the publicationsūüėú.

Today, I am happy to let you know that one of my stories got published in Indian Periodical. It is a work of fiction but inspired by an incident that happened in real life. You can find the link below. Please read and let me know what you think. It will be great if you can leave your comments on the website, provided you find it interesting enough. Thank you all for your love and support

Fifty dollar bill

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France Travelogue‚Äč – Cannes Day 2

Cannes

Cannes, oh¬†you beauty. The glamor, nature’s brilliance, historic monuments, and miles of sea blue settings, Cannes had it all.

Ever since France decided to make Cannes as the world’s film and arts center in the year 1946, the place had been sought after by the who’s who of the celebrity world. Be it leisurely vacation or for the shooting of films like the Golden Eye, Cannes had innumerable Hollywood’s memories canvassed all around the place. Like the locals said, if the hotels had ears, there would be untold stories to tell.

We dedicated about 6 hours to explore Cannes. This time we decided to take the train Рa 20 minutes ride from Nice St. Augustine station.  Right outside the train station, there was an information center. You can get all the tour details or a city map if you would like to explore the place on feet.

We made a left from the train station and headed towards the beach,  about 20 minutes walk along the Boulevard de la Croisette.  Once we reached the waters, we made a slight right to reach the main attraction of Cannes РPalais des Festivals et des Congres.

The Petit train ride was one of the best way to explore the city.  The train was about a 40 minutes ride and ran every 30 minutes.  One could board the train right outside Palais des Festivals for 10 Euros, children under 12 could ride for free.  The train offered a running commentary, with headphones and choice of language. I highly recommend listening to the interesting facts while enjoying the ride.

The tour would take you through the beach side-walk showcasing the famous hotels, the old port, arrays of shops and the old town.

Palais des Festivals et des Congres  was the main attraction at Cannes. We stopped by the red carpet that had graced the past and the present celebrities on its famous stairs. We took some time to enjoy the view, strolled around the beachside park and captured some memories. The toy train started right outside the famous red carpet stairs, and we waited for our ride to arrive.

The toy train ride took us through the famous Boulevard de la Croisette. On one side we saw the elegant strip with the display of famous hotels such as Le Grand Hotel,  Majestic Barriere, and Martinez and on the other side, we saw the beautiful beaches of Cannes.

The train then looped around the Palm Beach Casino, the place where the young and the rich party. The place offered game rooms facing the Lerins Islands, an upscale restaurant, and terrace overlooking the sea.  Shortly after that, the train took us through the branded arrays of shops through the narrow streets of Cannes.

From there the train headed towards the old town, Le Suquet. The town sat on top of a hill overlooking Cannes. The cobbled streets, the narrow pathways and the local restaurants, all provide the distinct flavor of the history of this place which dated back to the 12th century. ¬†The train then climbed the narrow road and stopped by an old fortress – the Notre-Dame de l’Esp√©rance. The fortress was built in the 14th century and offered some stunning views of the old harbor and the city.

The stone roads were laid over 400 years ago and gave the reminiscent history of the old fisherman’s bringing their fresh catch to the old market(Marche Forville) alongside the rue-saint Antonie road.

After 40 minutes of the enthralling ride, we concluded our journey at the Palais de Congres building.

After a quick bite in a close by Italian joint, we headed to the beach. The French Riviera had all kinds of beaches РRocky, pebble, and Sand. Cannes offers mostly sandy beaches. The waves were mild and water was warm enough for us to enjoy the rest of the afternoon soaked in water and sand.

It was time to head back to the hotel and get ready for the Monaco by the Night tour.

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Cerise of Brilliance

She had mirrors all around her presence
some reflecting her soul,
and few absorbing her grace
and then those shining reflectors oozing out
cerise of brilliance
in the shades of hues
that held her audience
in complete captivity,
some called it a miracle,
few said it was a spell
but for me, she was the evenfall
or maybe a summer twilight,
for the sky was her,
so was the hue and the bright horizon
and I surrendered
consumed in her awe

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Afflatuz Post – Never Stop

Friends, as some of you know I have launched another website to post some of mine as well as fellow bloggers favorite work. Here is the link to one of my creation I posted today

Never Stop

Will appreciate your visit, follow and comment. Thank you

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Cerise Hues

She appears in sudden burst,
like the uncalled lightening
in an otherwise quiet night,
and paints my world
with colors of many shades,
and soon disappears
nowhereto be found
but in such momentary trice
leaves behind a trail of cerise
for me to cherish with the hope she will reappear

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What is beautiful

Ckonfab

The sparkle in the eyes of your child
as you come home
from a tiresome day to retire

Your better half nagging reminders
to eat your meal
when you are in the midst of
that important meeting

The unconditional love
your parents bestow
regardless of when you last pay them
an in-person show

The unprecedented love,
the boisterous claims,
the untiring devotion
the feeling of being precious
to someone in this world
make this otherwise chaotic world
a beautiful place to live

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Afflatuz Post – That Smile

Friends, as some of you know I have launched another website to post some of mine as well as fellow bloggers favorite work. Here is the link to one of my creation I posted today

That Smile

Will appreciate your visit, follow and comment. Thank you

Copyright © Shantanu Baruah

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Shantanu Baruah, ckonfab.com, and afflatuz.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content

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