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Bookmarks – Find or Design

You love to read but you keep forgetting the page you stopped at before you fell off to sleep?
Well, that always happens to me. The best way to get rid of this problem, as we all know it, are bookmarks! You can practically use anything you like as bookmarks.

I have listed the things I used to make my bookmarks and it’s not difficult at all.
All you need is, scissors, glue stick, strings/ribbons, needle and threads.

Let’s begin with the things you may just find lying around the house.

1. Price tags

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If you’re a shopaholic, you can save those price tags and use them for every book you might have. Another thing you can use – playing cards. Jokers or instruction cards can be borrowed from the pack.

2. Pen caps

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This might be odd, but we do find orphaned pen caps lying here and there. Decorate or fix them however you like and you can use them as your bookmark too.

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3. The least used neck piece

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Doesn’t matter if you’re a girl or boy, each one of us tends to find the least used necklace or chain in our wardrobes. Fold it into your book opened or closed.
You can also use bracelets or metal straps of old wrist watches.

4. Peacock feather

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If you find one, amazing! Else any other feather will do too. Cut it down at the size you like and you found yourself a beautiful bookmark. If the feather is too light you can attach it with anything you think that would make the balance right.

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5. The delivery box

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How many of us use these delivery boxes often? They are thrown away most of the times. Save a few to make bookmarks.
Cut out a rectangular piece from the flaps of the box. Wrap it up with any paper. I’ve used a plain white paper.

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Paint it, colour it.  You’re a better artist than me.. Let your imagination flow!

6. Laces

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Unused cloth laces if found, you can make really pretty bookmarks outta them. I found this and I wanted to put it to another use.

So, all you need to do is cut two pieces of the same size and stitch them up together with their back facing each other. Pierce a hole in between either of its ends and attach a string or ribbon.

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7. Sequences and beads

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You’re lucky if you find these lying in your house. Cause these look the prettiest.
Just arrange them into a thread however you like and the bookmark is good to go..

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You can also use this as a key chain.

 

There are so many other things you can use. Greeting cards, business cards, key rings. Absolutely anything that comes to your mind!
Go on and make or find your own bookmarks and put those pieces of useless things to work.

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The Lost Rainbow

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I have a memory, a rather old, withered but still strong enough for the impact it creates in my mind.
It might be strange, but here it is. I was little, almost 6. Jumping and laughing around with friends. The next moment we found ourselves running inside the building cause it started pouring. But thank the rain gods, it lasted a good few minutes and we were out again. That was when somebody shouted with glee and began to run up the stairs, we all ran up too holding the excitement within. While almost reaching the last few steps to the door of the terrace I heard a voice, “It’s a Rainbow!” and I remember that I stopped right after listening to that. I was excited, I had never seen a rainbow before. Well it had just been 2 years since I even learnt how to say the word rainbow properly. I began to think, in those few fraction of seconds I had, Huge, multiple waves of thoughts started hitting the brain. “How big will it be? Will it be too close? Will seeing the colours hurt my eyes?” I want to see it, but what if seeing it brings bad luck or something?. I couldn’t stop thinking. Why? I was scared. My friends pulled me through the door, out in the open and all I did was scream and shout and shut my eyes tight. I just couldn’t face this.
Iridophobia is what they say is fear of rainbows. My friends held my hands, “Open your eyes! Its going to fade away quickly”, they said almost in unison, screaming right into my ears. But I didn’t, I couldn’t.
At last when I heard multiple sighs, I gathered courage and looked with squinted eyes. I couldn’t see anything. So very slowly I opened them wide, And there it was, a blue sky with grey and white clouds and NO RAINBOW! “Where is it?” I asked. “It’s gone, honey. You missed it” said a friend, a bit older to me.
“You missed it” The three words still so clear somewhere in the back of my head. Had I seen it, It would have been the first ever rainbow of my life! I would have seen it spread it’s stroke of VIBGYOR all over. But I missed it.
I Keep wondering whenever I think about this incident. Why was I scared? It was just a rainbow. I never even shared this with anybody in person. Was too ashamed to.
But When I think about it now, I only know what it taught me. Opportunity. Everyone knows that a moment once lost will never come back. Well, Opportunity knocks twice if you’re lucky. And what is Luck? Your ability to identify this opportunity.
Never Let a moment pass. No matter what it is. Breathe in like its your last breath to live for. Watch the sun rise and sun set. Look out for moments which put a wide smile on your face. Look out for moments by which you can put a smile on others’ face. The world is beautiful when its happy.
Live each happy moment. Cause that is an opportunity for your heart to feel lighter. That is your moment of seeing the rainbow with its entire glow within your own self.
I didn’t get another chance to see a rainbow ever again even after 17 years have passed. But I never stop looking. After all, when the rains of sorrow in life go away, there is always hope for a rainbow that fills us with colours and new light.

Photo credits – Parag Vyas