If we were having coffee….. 30 Dec #weekendcoffeeshare

If we were having coffee….. 30 Dec #weekendcoffeeshare

Hey everybody.  I’ve been away a bit without much choice.  Glad to see you as I saunter back towards the last weekend.  And I missed writing too much.  But,  lets look ahead and grab a cup of coffee.

We have happily and reluctantly reached the end of the year.  And I must say this year has been a lot better than the previous ones.  And I hope the same is true for you.

I did start off the year with a ‘Word of the Year’.  My word was ‘Discover’.  It has been a year full of discoveries, in fact, a little too much.  I had forgotten all about it till when talks started on the year end posts, I decided to take stock against my wishes for the year.

Here’s what I planned vis-a-vis what I achieved.  

On discovering my joys of Minimalism – Though the decoration of the new house is still pending,  I still made plans with a more streamlined version.  I also decided to reuse some stuff I already own.  I decluttered cupboards, shoe-racks, kitchen containers.  Everything that did not see the light of day in the past 365 days, is out of the house.  It was difficult at first,  but soon I realised, it did not bother me much after the initial days.  So,  this is going perfect.

On discovering a new place – 2017 is the year I learned to travel.  This year,  I discovered the joys of planned travel.  I travelled to Madurai, Goa, Mookambika,  2 Kerala trips,  short official trips to Gurgaon and Bangalore (or whatever you call it these days).  Never before,  I had done hotel bookings, train travels to new locations.  But 2017 changed all that.  I discovered that with a little planning,  advance bookings,  we can enjoy a hassle-free travel with family and it also does not burn your pocket or put you in debt.  2018,  I look forward to more such travels.

On discovering my writing voice – This did take a back seat but I think,  if not now, then when.  So,  2018 will be all about writing.

On discovering a healthier routine – Thanks to my genes,  I did not lose a single gram of weight.  But, I am trying.  I need to get into routine.  I have ditched the Scooty for short distances,  but the problem is I  need to do that more.

On discovering new writing – This is a mixed bag.  Year 2017 saw me reading less books.  I could complete only 18 books this year.  But,  that was because,  I have been reading more for my studies and couldn’t spare time to read books.  But,  I also discovered some classic writings like Wuthering Heights, Great Gatsby, My cousin Rachel.  Non-fictions I loved were ‘Where the Rain is Born’,  ‘Kissing the Demon’, ‘We should all be Feminist’ and a wonderful translation called Ponni’s Beloved.  I discovered the excellent writing of Liane Morarty’s Big Little Lies where she deals with domestic abuse in a light manner without the gory.  I discovered beautiful romance writing in No Safe Zone, Love Sees no Reason and the Prince’s Special Bride.  All writers I had never read.

On discovering more

I discovered my school friends and college friends after over 20 years.  This may seem odd to the always connected youngsters but in an era where there were not many land phones, facebook, email addresses, there was no way to keep in touch. In case of the ladies,  the changed surnames were a hindrance in finding them. But, the good news is, it was a combination of Facebook and Whatsapp which brought us all together.

During my trip to Kerala for a wedding in the family,  I met and rekindled friendship with many of my childhood playmates.  I realised, as we get busy living,  we just let the years slip by.  How does it feel to meet a boy with whom I used to play lagori after about 30 years! And I search for the mischievous boy in this tall, middle aged, serious gentleman who is a bit scared of his wife.  Or a girl who used to be an athlete we could never beat turn out to be a sari-clad, independent housewife raising beautiful kids.  It was odd,  but I loved every moment of it.

And, now I begin to search for my Word of the Year (WOTY) for 2018.  I hope it becomes as true as it was this year.

 

 

My Word of the Year 2017

My Word of the Year 2017

It has never been my endeavor to have a word define what I want to do.  I found them too childish and funny and swept them away as another New Year resolutions fad.   But as I walked into another fresh year,  I realised there are too many things I want to do,  but I am unable to do because of other commitments.  I also realised,  there is no ‘good’ time to start anything new.  ‘Someday’ is not in the future.  The best time is definitely now.  I have been making some sub-conscious decisions in the past few months.  I realise now that it all does lead up to a single concept or word.  At work,  we had filled up a questionnaire which helped to identify our basic traits.  My first trait was ‘Learner’.  The description they provided fit me to the ‘T’.  It says,  that I am always trying to learn new things.  I am unafraid to venture into new things. But, on the downside,  I also learn a lot of irrelevant things.  Stuff which I will never need anytime in my lifetime.  But I still pursue it.  It is a fact, I know it. Continue reading

Have you heard… a book?

Have you heard… a book?

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The debate between a paperback and an e-book is still on-going among book lovers and in the meantime,  there is another phenomenon on the way.  Audio books.  Have you heard about them?  Did you try them?

Recently, I saw a tweet which mentioned that the person listens to audio books when he goes for his daily jogs.  Intrigued, I checked it out and realised that a whole world of audio books exist and seems thriving while I have been unaware about the same.

What are Audio books?

Audio books are books read out by someone.  You can listen to the book instead of reading it.  The best thing is you know how much time it will take to finish.  Though I wasn’t aware of novels being read,  I had earlier listened to educational audio books and felt it was easier to listen to it than fall asleep reading it.  The reader reads in a monotonous reading tone with the slightest variations.  There are ‘dramatic’ readings too,  but I am sure I don’t want to try them out.  I am happy with the monotonous reading which is similar to how I will read it myself. Continue reading