The Art of Bragging  #WordyWednesdays

The Art of Bragging #WordyWednesdays

‘That’s all the tomatoes we harvested in our vegetable garden?’ asked Mom, shaking her head in disappointment, tears forming in her eyes.

‘But mom, it’s only the first time you have grown them,’ I tried to pacify her.

But there was no consoling mom.  She felt it was a disappointment.  For someone, who has always been successful, this was a humble experience. TOMATOES Continue reading

Shopping like a woman :  with Dia and Sameer

Shopping like a woman : with Dia and Sameer

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‘Tell me which one is looking good on me?’ said the Whatsapp message from Dia.  The message also had two images of Dia in different tops.  Sameer shook his head.  He knew there is no right answer for this.

‘They look so dull,’ he responded on the same app.

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If I am not working full time…

If I am not working full time…


Wake up.  Pack off the children to school, husband to work.  Start out on my job.  Do I like it?  Well, definitely yes,  else I wouldn’t have done it everyday of my life for almost 20 years now.  I love the energy of meeting different people,  different places, challenging work assignments.  Every day has been a different day with different challenges to conquer.  So far, so good.  But do I want to continue doing it for the rest of my life.  After being in the rat-race for so long, I have decided to slow down a bit.  The challenges have become routine.

This has led me to think up alternate careers I can have if ever I leave my job.  Many people feel after working for so many years,  we should just relax.  But, relaxing for me is not just lazing around at home.  I know I cannot do it.  I would still be working, but at a more relaxed pace, perhaps for shorter hours, doing what I love to do.  And I have many wishes to fulfill and many hats to don before I call it a day.  Here’s a list to prove I have actually been thinking about it –  Continue reading

Meenmutty waterfalls in Thiruvananthpuram

Meenmutty waterfalls in Thiruvananthpuram

I belong to one of the most beautiful states in India, Kerala, which is a hot tourist destination, even nicknamed as ‘God’s own country’.   But, being from the place itself,  we are used to the abundance of nature and color around us, and take them for granted.  So, when my children visit Kerala,  they would be completely bored with being in the same place.  They couldn’t understand what all the hoopla was about Kerala.  So, we, my parents and me, decided to give them a taste of Kerala and decided to go on a one day trip to a nearby place in Thiruvananthpuram.

gods own country

Googling the same on internet, came up with a couple of popular places like the Padmanabhapuram Temple, Museums, Zoo.. all popular.  But we had already visited them and it was crowded with tourists during the summer vacation.  But it is still worth a visit.  Anyways, we zeroed in on Neyyar Dam and a sanctuary near by.  Next we called up for a vehicle and the driver recommended the place ‘Ponmudi’.  Now my family had heard about it but never been there.   Checking the same on internet,  gave some beautiful images.

And so on a Saturday morning around 7.30am we left home.  It was an odd group.  Two senior citizens – my parents, two juniors – my sons and then middle-aged myself.  The driver was in his early twenties.  We carried water bottles, juice packets, fruits and some biscuits.

Post two hours, we halted at a place called ‘Meenmutty falls’. Frankly, its not on the internet, atleast not the one near Ponmudi.  The place is maintained by the Forest Department.  We had to take entry tickets costing Rs. 20 per adult and Rs. 10 per child below 12 years.  And if we are carrying plastic bottles, it has to be declared and paid a deposit of Rs. 50 per bottle.  They put a sticker on the bottle.  Once we are back and show the sticker bottle,  the deposit is returned.  It’s a very effective way to prevent littering.  As soon as we entered,  we could see the stream which has the water flowing from the waterfall.  The stream is full of neat boulders, the sides are left as completely wild.  We can see the crystal clear water flowing into the stream. w

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