Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Thankful!

Between a fiesty two year old, a full time job and playing housemaid, I have little time left for blogging these days. I thought I was doing pretty well on my resolve to post daily until the travel and domestic (mini!) crisis hit!

But this post is not about a rant... I am thankful that my kiddo has been behaving well and letting me work. Am thankful for her toys and cartoons and colours that engage her when I need to concentrate on work. I am thankful that hubby eats whatever I put on the table in the evening and insists on eating out when I am stretched. I am thankful that I am able to manage and hope will continue to. I am not letting the stress get to me. Just being thankful and taking it one day at a time :)


Friday, November 16, 2012

Oh God, I don't have any shoes!

My little one is two going on sixteen. Honestly, she needs her face packs, creams and lipsticks just like mommy. Her outfit has to match. Her accessories have to go with the outfit and she gets a pick of shoes every time we step out of the house. Dressing her up for playschool every morning is a definite challenge and loads of fun. Imagine having a doll to play dressup that has her own opinions :D

So this is what happened last night. When hubs came home from work, we had an errand to run. He said lets  leave right away. I started getting her ready. When she was all dressed sans the shoes, I began getting ready myself. She went off to show her outfit to her father saying I am ready. He asked her to wear shoes as well. So she comes to me and asks for her shoes. I tell her that I will help her with the shoes in a few minutes. She did not like this response and says, "I'll get my shoes". She looks around in the room and doesn't find any. Can you imagine what she says next?

"Oh God, Mere pass koi bhi shoes nahi hai"
"Oh God, I don't have any shoes to wear"

I burst out laughing. When I told my husband, his eyes bulged out and we both agreed we will have some tough tween and teen years ahead. Sigh!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tikka

Hi ppl, today is Tikka as we panjabis call it... or bhaidooj for north indians and bhau beej for those on the western side. Whatever you call it, the essence of the festival is the same. The sister puts a tilak of red vermillion on her brother's  forehead and wishes for his long life. Ever since I got married, I used to send my tikka and a handwritten letter to my brother. This year, we skyped! It was definitely better than not seeing his face at all... he missed the hand written letter though. It was part of our tradition and he cherishes the letters. He claims that he has carefully kept all of them in his possession! Such a sweetheart I tell you...

That's him and me!
Coming to the festival itself, it is always the second day after Diwali. I think this was started for married girls! You know back when the girls were married off at a young age and sent to their in-laws' place. They were sure to miss the families na? Hence the tradition of brother travelling to her house for tikka. On rakshabandhan, it is the girl who comes to the brother's house to tie rakhi. On tikka, the brother does. Another benefit of this festival would be that the brother would come bearing diwali gifts for the whole family.  Kind of befitting the age old traditions of milking the girl's family. Other than this part, everything else makes sense to me.



Wishing all the brothers and sisters a very happy Bhai Dooj!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Entertainer

The traffic signal is a spot for trade in our cities. You can buy everything from newspapers, novels, magazines to peanuts, flowers and soft drinks. Not to mention the cleaners. The ones who have a rag in their hand that they move over your windshield and windows, often leaving it more dirty than before! One such guy was cleaning the car next to mine today. He did the usual- windshield, driver's window, passenger window and a customary parikrama of the car to show he did the other glasses as well. One would expect him to rush over to the driver's window and demand payment before hurrying to the next car. But this one did something different. 
He stopped in front of the car, giving the driver a full view of what was to come next. He raised his hands above his head and broke into a dance! It wasn't a jig, mind you. It was a dance. His arms and legs moved in broken coordination and for a full 30 seconds, he smiled and danced. Once the driver was smiling, he went over and asked for payment. I don't know what that guy paid him for, the cleaning or the entertainment. But i do know that he was paid. In the time it took for the signal to turn green, he'd cleaned and entertained yet another car. All the passengers were smiling in that one too. 
I think it was a great way of softening up his customers. Lets face it, nobody asks these cleaners to clean. They do it on their own accord. And then demand payment. Most of the people don't want the cars cleaned and often end up not paying the children. The time this guy spent dancing was definitely lesser than cleaning another car. I have no doubt that he gets paid every time! As for the people driving, they forget the stress of driving and smile. The others get a free show. Isn't he making the world a happier place?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Happy Diwali

Wishing you a very happy Diwali... may the festival of lights fill light in your lives and happiness in your hearts!



Thursday, November 08, 2012

Thank you Ganga!

By the time you guys read this, I will be on the road. On my way to Rishikesh and it will be my second trip in a month. I feel so so blessed at this moment. I know it is the holy river herself who has blessed me. I went there last month with my small team at work. We were there for one night and had an absolute blast!

When it was time to leave, I looked longingly at the river and wished to come back. I asked the Ganga to call me back. And she did. Another trip from work! Can you beat that? This one worked out against all odds. I am so thankful for that. More to my lovely hubs, who will play stay at home dad (while managing work) for the next 2 days.

I now truly believe that, "Agar kisi cheez ko dil se chaaho to puri kayanat usey tumse milane ki koshish mein lag jaati hai" (If you want something from the bottom of your heart, then the whole world conspires to bring it to you)

And the fact that SRK himself said it helps a lot. Doesn't it?

Rafting Camp at Rishikesh: a glimpse of heaven


Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Unaffected

I would like to remain unaffected... really, I would. But I can't. Kudos to the Indian newscasters of today! They present the stories in such a manner that I can't just stay unaffected. Try as I might. I wish I could take the news as just news and not feel the emotions that melancholy stories bring with it!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The "Pori" Mystery

My daughter is two and we moved to Kolkata a year ago. She has picked up a few words in Bangla at pre-school and her speech has smatterings of those. Often, we do not understand what she is saying! A few weeks back she says, "Mumma main Pori Hoon" (Mom, I am a Pori)

I was taken aback. Pori means girl in Marathi, a language I am fluent in. However, she would not have been exposed to it. Over the next few days, she kept on saying the same sentence; sometimes asking me to tell her a Pori Story. I would go and tell her a story of a girl!

This morning she wore a shirt that had a fairy picture on it. She points to it and says, "Mumma dekho. Meri shirt pe Pori hai!" (Look Mom, there is a Pori on my shirt) And that is when it hit me. Pori actually was Pari (fairy) said in a bengali accent! And now it all makes sense...

This is the pari mystery resolved!

Monday, November 05, 2012

Nokia

I am a Nokia loyalist and have been trying hard to make my modest Nokia 500 work for me. I think it works all right for my needs and is less than a year old. With new and tempting phones and gadgets out in the market every few months, the temptation to shift is very strong. But for now, I am determined to make it work!


Sunday, November 04, 2012

Fun Sundays Vol 1

Hey guys,

Ankita of Corallista fame has been doing Fun Sundays for the last few months and I love those posts of hers.  I decided to shamelessly copy get inspired by her format and do this post; since she tags everyone in the post anyway!

1. Weekend Plans?
My weekend plan was a bucket list of things and I only managed one yesterday! The one I managed was fantastic though!! I got my karwa chauth gifts, a brand new pair of trouser jeans and two lippies. Dark was, blue denim and no embellishments. Do you have any idea how difficult that is to find?? Phew! I picked lippies from lotusherbals.com who had a BOGO going on! Today I need to do tons of chores at home and plan my travel for the week ahead.

Source: http://shop.nordstrom.com
2. Have you ever coloured your hair?
I coloured them for the first time about 2 years ago. Mostly for grey coverage. About a year ago I switched to the Burgundy shade in Lo'real and had red tinged hair! This time I went for the Creme Casting Gloss variant in dark brown and loving it completely. :)

My most recent hair colour
3. Did you have a favourite toy?
Not that I can remember. I was more into story books, arts and crafts as a kid. I remember lots of afternoons painting and reading and not many playing with toys.
My Soft Toys!

4. Your favourite season?
When I was in Mumbai, it used to be the winters. The weather was quite pleasant and cool. Ever since shifting to the North, it is the post monsoon pre winter fall months that I like!

Source: http://www.screensavergift.com
5. What are you reading / watching currently?
I just finished The Unwaba Revelations from Amit Basu. This was part of the gameworld trilogy. Creative writing, but quite absurd! So am taking a short break from reading at the moment.

Source: http://www.risingshadow.net
What about you guys?

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Nip in the air

Winter is coming, there is a nip in the air that I am quite enjoying. my morning coffee tastes (and feels) sooo much better these days. I have yet to get the woolens out of hibernation! Speaking of cold, I am headed up north next week. Its definitely going to be colder there but rafting beckons and I can't say no... ever since my first white water rafting trip, I am in love with the sport... i just wish I can do it every year!


Friday, November 02, 2012

The romanticism of Karwa Chauth

Karwa Chauth is the most celebrated festival in Hindi movies. Isn't it? Thanks to Yash Chopra (RIP), the entire nation knows about the rituals of it! I think he is also responsible for a new breed on converts who want to fast even if it is not their tradition to. I have always pondered what drives women like these to want to fast the whole day. And I think the answer lies in the romanticism created around the festival. The dressing up in lovely clothes, gathering together, doing puja and then song and dance! Honestly, the guys who have directed these must have never fasted coz by the time puja is over, we are conserving energy by speaking less... songs and dance? forget it.

But that's not the point here. All this happy imagery makes people want to be a part of it. And the chaand ka wait. There is an excitement in that too, na? Climbing on the terrace and gazing up at the sky with your hubby. Waiting for the moon to emerge from behind the clouds. Ooooh! So romantic. Forget about the bhook pyaas (hunger and thirst) that is supposed to be troubling you. The romance of the moment should distract you from it.

And with the moon rise, the stolen glances from beneath a sieve, offering water and the tender loving looks. Perfect Indian romance. Don't you agree? How can such powerful imagery not seduce the youth. No wonder even unmarried girls want to fast!!

My first Fast

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Dreams

So, I am trying to blog daily and today, dreams are on my mind. I started the day with weird dreams that left me happy. I don't even remember the dream now, just the fact that it left me happy. Funny, right? Some of my dreams are so strange I wonder where they came from. And others I can relate to... I understand where the thought originated. Its scary sometimes, facing your innermost thoughts head-on! At others, its a pleasant bubble that wraps around you, making you smile in the morning and loving that sweet cold nip. Enjoying the breeze of fresh air as you open the window...

A good start of the morning caused good things to happen today... my happy!! yayyy...