If we were having coffee…  July 14, 2018

If we were having coffee… July 14, 2018

If we were having coffee,  I would tell you to come over to my new home.  We will enjoy a cuppa and catch up on some gossip.  That was my plan,  but this week has been too dramatic for me.  It did start off well.  It had been raining heavily since last week due to which I kept postponing my grocery shopping till I reached Saturday and there was nothing left in the house.  Braving the heavy crowd which is typical at our Supermarket,  I replenished my grocery.  As I came home,  I realised I needed to get the wheat flour.  Since, I have shifted to a new area,  I struggled to get my shopping perfect.  But as luck would have it,  it was smoother than I imagined.

On Sunday,  we stayed indoors as it was raining heavily.  Meanwhile, we watched the rescue of the Thai children stuck in a cave.  I was amazed with the systematic way,  the divers and their teams went about doing what is meant to be done.  And the result is that the children were saved along with their coach. Continue reading

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