Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Trek, Waterfall Rappelling and River Water Bathing

This is what I did yesterday.  l had gone on a trip organised from work. The day started really early and after a three hour drive away from the city we reached the base village. This was a popular trail and the base village has lots of homes which offer food, clean sanitation and resting options to trekkers. We were in one such home. I loved the poha and upma they served.
The trek was an hour long affair and I surprised myself by being one of the first five to complete it. Sure I was panting and I did start to cramp my foot but that did not stop me. For someone who absolutely hated treks in school and used every possible excuse to avoid it, this was a big thing. What also surprised me was the fact that I actually enjoyed it :)
Trek done, next came the reason I signed up for this trip. The waterfall rappelling. See the rock below? That is where we rappelled! After about have the way, the rock surface disappears and we have a free fall. Add to that a gushing waterfall and it is a pure bliss! 
Waterfall Rappelling
This is the rock surface we rappelled on
We also saw an ancient 2500 year old cave! The sad part was that there was novisible effort from the authorities to promote it. It was a small cave but it has another waterfall that covers its mouth in the rains. And this second waterfall would put a jaccuzi to shame. We spent a good hour there playing in the water. By this time we were famished and headed back to the base where hot homemade chicken waited for us. The food was as good as the morning. Since we were the first group to come back, we had about two hours to kill at the base. 
There was a river running through the village, it was early evening, the clouds ensured there was no sun and a gentle breeze was blowing. Well what can I say, we sat in the middle of the river on rocks. It was such fun to sit there and have the water flow around us. An excellent end to the day that refreshed us for the ride ahead. 
On this trek, I spoke to a colleague who is an avid trekker. She was one of the organisers and said that her group was scheduled to go for another trek the next day. Today when I am nursing a sore back, she is out climbing another hill! We met her friend who has been trekking since he was nine. He leads the treks for their group and is actually a doctor by profession.
Talking to them made me realise that we spend our days so engrossed Iin the everyday chores. So few of us actually do things that make us happy regularly. Be it reading a book or learning to dance. Be it playing a sport or gardening. There are people around us who follow their hobbies and passions and yet are successful at work. Such a balance maybe tough to strike but is truly the way to live fully. No?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Don't Cheat... On Your Diet

So I am still on the Wheat Belly Diet. I had to stop it for sometime and gained weight as I stopped it :( Last two months I have been quite rigorous and am losing inches more than kilos. However, being the foodie that I am, I do give in to temptation more often than I would like to. So yesterday, I gave into temptation again and had a pizza.
Sad part is, I did not enjoy it as much as I usually do. I felt guilty throughout. And then from evening onward, I experienced severe stomach ache. The ache continued till this morning too. And then while thinking about the reasons I figured it was probably because my stomach is not used to eating so much wheat these days. Throughout the day, I felt uncomfortable. While I am happy that my body is rejecting wheat and will breakdown the deposited fat to gain energy, I am unhappy with my lack of control.

So from today, I am willing myself to exercise better control and eat the high protein stuff and chuck carbs more. At the end of the day, it is all about the control... Isn't it?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Happy B'day Suma!

There are friends and then there are soul sisters... Suma is definitely one of mine...!

The nicest happiest blogger on the beauty blogging scene, I don't know a single person who does not love her. She is intelligent, super talented and strong willed. There is so much I admire about her that if I start listing it down, I'll fill volumes... So I will just tell her this..

Suma, you are one inspiring person. An example of how you can be successful and humble at the same time. As a friend, you are a great listener and give sound recommendations. You don't impose your friendship and have always been there when I needed you. From the first time we met, you went from beauty blogger to good friend within minutes. I look forward to your visits all the time :) I hope I have been half as good to you as you have been to me...

Happy Birthday Suma
Wishing you a very very happy birthday and hope that you have a smashing year ahead....

Monday, September 16, 2013

Stealing a Cup of Coffee

Before you guys think that I go and think of me as a kleptomaniac, I must clarify that its not so much the cup, but the time to enjoy a cup that needs to be stolen. Omigosh! Long sentence na? Did that make sense? No? Let me elaborate...

Our days are hectic. We live in a fast paced world where the 24 hours we have in a day seem grossly insufficient to do all that we desire. On such days when I wish for a break, I go steal a cup of coffee. The heady aroma relaxes me and the caffeine wakes me up. These 5 minute breaks on a hectic work day are really good for me. I am happy to stand up and walk to the coffee machine. Any excuse to stretch your legs is good. No? Typically, I'd meet a few people on the way, smile or chat up a bit. This helps divert my attention and generally gather user feedback, understand whats going on with them etc... coffee machine grapevine is the best!

On the relatively easier days, I love to linger over my cuppa... reading a few articles online, checking out forums on the web and general catching up with my online activity :) Whatever I do, stealing a cup of coffee is a high point in my day...

what's yours?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Is it the beginning of the end?

So the verdict came. The much awaited verdict came yesterday. All of the nation was rooting for those 4 to be hanged and the courts did not disappoint. With all the jubilation on social media declaring that this is the beginning of the end, I was unsure. Nirbhaya's was a case that carried the country's sentiment with it. If the verdict was any less than the death sentence, the media and public backlash on the judicial system would have been immense. Without going into the technicalities of the case, I never once had a doubt that the verdict would be any less than this. What remains to be seen is how long the proceedings take in the higher courts and how much time it actually takes for the guys to be executed...

But at the end of it, this is only one case. There are thousands and thousands of other victims who don't have the media and public support that this case had. What does the verdict mean for them? It gives them hope... immense hope that they receive justice in the same way. As for the people who think they can do whatever they want and get away with it, I just hope it will be a deterrent and prevent the crime from happening. Because even if the wrongdoers are brought to justice, the life of an innocent is tainted forever. And even a death penalty cannot pay the price of a damaged life....

Friday, September 13, 2013

Something Better Around The Corner

They say that when you want something and it does not happen, something better is around the corner. In hindsight, when you connect the dots, you can see the pattern clearly. Each event influences your path of life in such a way that it makes slight alterations!

Till the time that better thing turns the corner, you sit twiddling your thumbs... sigh!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Invisible People!

My boss (lets just call him B) was in the city last week. He happens to stay very close to my place when he visits and so the route we take to work is the same. One day, after a long round of meetings, he found no cab free (and willing) to take him home. He was hassled for a bit and then one auto rickshaw driver, who had refused him and was watching for the last 20 minutes asked him to sit. His condition was that he would not take him from the main road but from lesser busy side roads. B agreed.

On the way, they got chatting. And a very interesting conversation it turned out for B. For me, it scared me out of my wits! While talking about crowded and alternate routes, the auto driver mentioned about a 'Madam' who comes on this route everyday and she always prefers the alternate. 'She stays in building X, has a 3-4 year old daughter who goes to playschool. I have seen her many times. Have even dropped her a few times." Needless to say, B was intrigued. He probed more. Turns out, the driver described 'Madam' pretty accurately and even mentioned the location of the play school!

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Next morning, as B recounted the incident to me, my expressions went from empathy about the transport to amusement about the driver's boasting of routes to downright horror about his knowledge about 'Madam'. Those of you who haven't guessed, I am pretty sure that he was talking about me. Incidentally, so is B. I mentioned this to hubby and he said, "Yea, sounds like you. All the auto wallahs here know you". I thought he was jesting. And then he mentioned that when I was travelling for work, he took an auto one day and dropped baby to school. The auto driver asked him about me!!! He recognised baby and said, he has dropped us before. Imagine my shock!

I never realised that there are so many people around us who are watching us. I think of them as invisible people. But apparently, I am not as invisible as I would like. This information bothered me a lot. But, I am at a loss to decide what to do. My alertness may have gone up a few notches but am not sure if I am worrying just without a reason or not.

Questions... Questions....

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Isn't It Amazing...

...that a few lines of skype chat with your best friend can do wonders for your soul? Much more than any self help book or motivational speech!

Thank you for speaking to me...!

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Pure Bliss!!

Those who know me well, know that I am a complete water baby... I love to be in the water. In fact, the sight of a water body calms me... and then its no surprise that I enjoy swimming. I am not the best swimmer around, but I can betcha I enjoy it more than anyone else in the pool. Even the kids who are just splashing each other with water.

I swam after a gap of a few weeks today. A real hard, limb aching swim and I feel I am in heaven. I am so charged up and full of energy after those laps that I finally understand what fitness freaks mean! Every time my arm ached or my foot began to cramp, i'd fix my eyes to the end of the pool and simply concentrate on reaching there. And i'd do it! It was sooo great. Hubby said I had a grin of unadulterated happiness on my face throughout! I know, I replied. It was Pure Bliss!

A sample grin during swimming!

Monday, September 02, 2013

Random Ramblings...

Last couple of days have been very very hectic. There was lots of action at work, lots of things at the home front and some emotional moments to deal with. Throw PMS and a dental surgery into this mix and you have one hot mess - me!

As I sit back and look at the moments gone by, I realise that a lot of them were spent in a limbo. And yet there were those exhilarating moments of joy, small victories to be celebrated and emotions worth keeping close to my heart. Good to know that I am living these moments and not just going thru them.

And right now, life is good. I met up with my blog buddies again and though this one was shorter by comparison, time just flew! When you connect with like minded people, friendships become so easy... and if it were not for the internet, I would not have found some of those people...

I also saw Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Chennai Express last week. Loved both of them. Different genres but entertainers complete. Kudos to Farhan Akhtar for his work in BMB. He has to walk away with all the awards this year...! And I hope my dear SRK gives us another My Name is Khan-esque performance soon. His monkey act is getting repetitive now and not really age appropriate.

I haven't been reading a lot these days. I blame it on my schedule. I miss it so much. Itching to pick up the Mughal series by Alex Rutherford. And more than that, I miss writing. I am working on a new idea for a blog series and hopefully that will see the light of the day soon!

Till then, be happy :)