If we were having coffee…   #WTFOW #writebravely

If we were having coffee… #WTFOW #writebravely

Hello friends!  Atlast I hear a sigh of relief, elation and a bit of sadness. Let us talk about this fabulous week we had.

If we were having coffee,  I would tell you that I had such a fabulous week writing for the ‘Write Tribe Festival of Words’.   It was 7 continuous days of writing based on prompts.  There was this whole group of people who became friends during this period.  We egged each other on,  gave suggestions and did everything to support each other.  A bit similar to the April A to Z with fewer number of days.   Continue reading

Peeking into childhood  #MondayMusings

Peeking into childhood #MondayMusings

This should have been a #weekendcoffeeshare post but I has having too much of a good time to open my laptop.  So,  this will be a #MondayMusings post.

Over the weekend,  I met my school classmates after 27 years.  Yes. 27.  For the generation today, this is unimaginable as they have reunions every year.  Even my son had a class reunion within three months of their school closing.  But,  we lived in an age when telephone lines were scarce.  We would phone people only if we need to.  We would talk only what was necessary.  We were forbidden from sharing our phone numbers with sundry people.  There was no internet and computers were hardly beginning to make their presence felt.  Even television was not 24 hours.  Yeah,  we lived in the dark ages. Continue reading

If we were having coffee…3rd December #weekendcoffeeshare

If we were having coffee…3rd December #weekendcoffeeshare

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Hello friends!  Do you feel the winter chill yet?  For a city like Mumbai which is hot throughout the year,  we get a few weeks of pleasant weather when the mercury dips below 18 degrees.  We haven’t reached there yet,  but it is pleasant enough to snuggle into a blanket in the early mornings.  How is the weather in your city?

The past few weeks have been a mixture of emotions.  There was a birthday,  al house warming,  some illness and a funeral.  My grandmother who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for almost a decade finally found peace last weekend.  Though we were expecting this for sometime and also hoping at some times,  it was still a sad event.  The illness had left a strong, vivacious and independent woman completely dependent on others as she was bedridden the past couple of years.  In the end, she did not even remember herself.  And she was in a lot of pain.  May her soul find peace in heaven.

Changing weather brought in a bout of sniffles and cold.  The husband, son and myself caught the cold. We have put that behind us.

We attended the 60th birthday of a cousin of my husband’s.  Surrounded by her husband, children and  grand-child,  she looked every bit happy with her life.  It was good to see her so happy.   It was infectious and we came back home on a high.

Since #demonetisation hit us,  every weekend is spent in a queue either outside an ATM or in a bank.  I also met some friends at the bank queue which I had visited after many years.  We learnt to manage our expenses with limited resources.  Before making any purchase,  we debated and weighed the decision. ‘Do we absolutely need it?’ has been the most common question in the past fortnight.  We were humbled as we borrowed money from our children.  They were the only ones who had cash in hand.  The best part has been people helping each other and adjusting wherever possible.  The world is a good place and there is still hope.

So, another cup of coffee?

If we were having coffee… 6th Nov  #weekendcoffeeshare

If we were having coffee… 6th Nov #weekendcoffeeshare

if-we-were-having-coffeeHey everybody.  How is the post-holiday-back-to-work life treating you?  After four days of sheer laziness,  where we just ate, slept, went for a movie, visited friends and relatives,  it was difficult to get back into work routine.  Does it really take only four days to get you off your routine?  For me it did.  And I felt, the days flew pretty fast.

The first day I spent with my younger son at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya,  Museum for short.  We spent a good part of the day walking in the museum and loved every moment of it.  I had some other outings also planned,  but seeing the tired legs of my 11-year old,  I gave up.  We came back to Churchgate station,  bought our food and sat on the bench.  It was good to rest our legs and watch the trains arrive and go.  My son enjoyed it.

The second day, was date day with the husband for the Movie Ae dil hai Mushkil.  Another fun day,  came to an end too soon.  Day three and four went faster than I could think about it.  This was also the first time,  we could spend some couple time on a holiday.  Till now,  we used to be running around the children,  celebrating around their wishes and schedules.  A few more years and we will start missing their childhood.  My only wish is to spend more time with my 11 year old before he becomes a rebellious teen. Continue reading

Here’s me #FridayReflections

Here’s me #FridayReflections

coffee-flower-reading-magazine-smallOooh! I loved this #FridayReflections prompt.  I enjoyed some of my friends’ random facts and thought of scribbling down my own.  It is a bit difficult actually.  After few points,  I did not have anything to write.  I did make it.

Bashfully I present 21 random facts about myself –

  1. I am a working housewife.  Both the benefits of a working spouse and a housewife as I work from home.
  2. I am a commerce graduate working as a techie in an IT company
  3. I believe there is no substitute for hard work and that hard work always reaps good benefits.
  4. I love tea.. milk tea, elaichi tea, masala tea, ginger tea, green tea, black tea.. just tea.  Sorry kaapi.
  5. I love music and dance.. but as a spectator.  I sometimes record my songs on the cellphone and love to play it back.
  6. I am quite laidback.  I will let life go by till it pulls me into it.
  7. I love to travel and that is what I plan to do when I retire.
  8. My secret wish was to be a photographer.  But middle-class Indian parents ensured I do not get such foolishness into my head.  I still take lot of random pictures thanks to my smartphone.
  9. I love rain, a cup of tea and some gossip.
  10. My best friends are still my childhood friends.
  11. My kids and husband think I am funny and I can make them laugh like crazy.
  12. I am an introvert and it takes me lot of time to be at ease with new people.
  13. I love to read and do not like to part with my books.
  14. I hate people who have taken my books and not returned.
  15. I am always keen to learn new things.  I learnt to ride a scooty when I was 36 and had no cycle-balance. After a few falls and driving the husband crazy,  I finally learnt to ride it.
  16. All great ideas for blog posts, novellas, romances, novels come to me when I am about to sleep or have just woken up.  If I had written them all down,  I would have been the queen of blockbuster books by now.
  17. I had given up my favourite hobby of reading post marriage and when my children were growing up.  I rediscovered my passion about two years back and there is no stopping me now.
  18. I got into blogging accidentally.  I got into it via Twitter.  And I got into Twitter because my favourite actor was active only on Twitter.  Else, I would have never discovered this world of blogging and all of you.  Some perks of liking an actor.
  19. I cannot cook.  I am terrible at it.  I can just about manage.  I have given up any hopes of learning to cook.
  20. I love to be close to nature.  Being a Keralite,  that is not a surprise.
  21. I am a simple, everyday person.  I love my small world with my husband and two sons.

 

 

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