Vacation trips

I had been to the railway station recently to see off some of my relatives.  Since its school vacation time, I saw a lot of children at the station for catching the train to go off to their roots.  they were just not excited about the trip.  all they could probably think of would be the harrowing time they have to spend meeting strangers who are closely related to us.

It brought back lot of memories of the time I used to go to my native place in Kerala from Mumbai.  Me, my parents, my brother and sister.  It was such an exciting time.. we used to look forward to the trip for some 3 months or so since we book the tickets.  Unlike today, in those days, we used to undertake a 3 day journey from Mumbai to Kerala.  For the three days or 48 hours we spent on the train, life would be completely changed like the landscape outside.. we used to pass the smoke emitting factories, chawls, gutters of Mumbai.  This would soon change in the next 2 hours wherein we used to reach Lonavala and Pune.. beautiful landscape and waterfalls.  not to forget the monkeys at the station.  the second day in the train is longer wherein we used to pass the barren and rock filled and completely dry landscape in Andhra Pradesh.  By late evening of the 2nd day.. we used to enter Tamil Nadu briefly and then touch Kerala.  Kerala on the third day is a dramatic change. All that nature, green fields,  lush trees.. and whole lot of people, houses we used to pass.  Such a lovely sight.  And all the anticipations of reaching my home with the number of aunts, uncles and cousins and second cousins.. 2 great grandparents.. Wow.. it was so exciting.  Spend whole of 2 months getting in touch with your roots and deepening and strengthening the bonds further.

Fast forward to today’s young generation.. they get to spend at the most 2 weeks of their lives in their hometown.. in today’s times of nuclear families and faraway jobs, there is no chance of meeting the extended family in the short two weeks.  the roots are not deepened. the bond is not there.. If today’s young generation is not deep-rooted, will the next generation be just flying over the places.. wonder what will happen.. and all this in a short period of about 35 years! Incredible!


A Daily Walk

A Daily Walk

Daily Walk
Daily Walk

Every day (almost) I go for a daily walk.  This is a ritual I do in the evenings.  My siblings ask me, what is so great about it? Who has the time for this? We can’t see anything positive about it.

To be honest, initially, it was very difficult for me to take the time out to go for this walk.  Earlier, my children were too small and I couldn’t really leave them home alone.  Then, it was their schools, tuitions which made me time-bound.  On top of all this, the 4 hour commute to work and putting in 8-9 hours at the office everyday.  In a routine medical check-up, I realized all my vital stats were northbound.  It had not reached any danger levels but the threat was there.  By then, I had started working from home and my movements were limited to the inside of the house and no exercise whatsoever.

That’s when I decided to take control of my life.  An hour needs to be spent on myself.  And not in front of any digital gadgets like TV, laptop, cellphone, ear phones, kindle or even my books.  I had to take time out for myself away from the daily routine.

After many years, this needs some preparation, mentally and physically.

First, I thought up every excuse to avoid the walk and gave a logical reason to negate the excuse.  That was a big block in my mind which I overcame.

Second, I decided to start off with a 15-20 minute walk come rain or shine.  Since, I had solutions to all my excuses, there was no way to avoid it.  I literally forced myself to get out of the house.

Third, to avoid boredom, picked up different routes everyday.

Gradually, I began to increase the walk duration and over a couple of month’s time, I was able to walk for 1 full hour and some more.

The other important thing, during the walk, is the thoughts that we have.  Its a time to connect with yourself.  Reminisce about life in general, think about what do you want to achieve, how are the children growing up.  Listen to the sounds of life on the way – the birds chirping, wind blowing, people talking, children playing, vehicles honking.  See the colors of life – the trees, flowers, the people. Take in the surroundings, be fully aware of it.   If nothing, just sit down and watch the world go by.  Its beautiful.

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The daily walk has given me many benefits, medically and mentally, and would recommend you to start on the same.   As per statistics, the productivity at work has improved too.  So, get your pair of walking shoes and start off.


About Myself….

Hello dear Reader,

A warm welcome to my blog.  Lata Image

I am Lata.  I am based out of Mumbai, India.  I have been blogging since June 2014.  It has been a good journey since then.  Read all about it here.

I had initially started off with baby steps into writing non-fiction.  And have since then ventured into fiction, short stories, poems.  I have discovered aspects of writing which I never even knew existed and its been pure pleasure.  Blogging for me started off as a hobby and hopefully,  someday I will have a good story to turn into a book.

I want to thank the blogging community that has helped me, held my hand, guided me throughout my blogging journey.

The blog name story –

Many people ask me about my blog name.  Hmm.. I call it ‘Hot Cup of Kaapi’ which means ‘Hot Cup of Coffee’.   ‘Kaapi’ is Coffee in local south Indian languages to give a sense of my roots.  Also,  I want the blog to be a positive place,  where we can meet and share stories and comments over a cup of coffee.  It will never give out tips or ‘gyaan’ (knowledge) of anything. Also, I do not plan to be involved in politics though its a hot topic when having coffee.

Personal – 

I am married and have 2 sons.  I live in Mumbai and also work full time.

Hope you enjoy my posts as much as I enjoy writing them.

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Dream Teacher : Buddha or Lord Shiva

You can choose any person from history to teach you any topic you want. Who’s your teacher, and what do they teach you? #Dailyprompt

Let me think of what I want to learn first.  I would like to learn about spirituality from someone in history.  I’m so disillusioned with all the books and websites which offers a lot of information.  But, what about teaching?  How would it feel being taught by someone who is ready to elaborate on the nuances would be really interesting, a different experience altogether.

I have wondered what makes people follow certain rules as prescribed by the spiritual leaders (doubt the genuineness).  I mean, does it mean anything?  Is there a logical or scientific reasoning behind it.  Like I know people who fast on certain days of the week,  or wear a certain colour on a certain weekday.  This, I refuse to believe to be spiritual reasoning.  There has to be some simple or basic reasoning behind it.

So, who can teach me such stuff.  Would it be ‘Buddha, the enlightened one’?  or will it be ‘Lord Shiva – the Universal Teacher’.