June 2017 – Currently

A comeback of sorts with this “currently” post. I have been away (read: not writing for some time) and I need to get back into the groove.

So, currently –

  • Enjoying: Newly married life with this handsome husband of mine. As of today we have been married for nearly 7 weeks and things are great. Saurav is amazing and he makes me want to be a better person. I used to be an escapist who would sprint in the reverse direction of confrontation. Baby steps, but I am learning to stand my ground in uncomfortable situations and beginning to talk about things. There’s still a long way to go, but there’s been some progress which makes me happy.IMG_9370
  • Listening: To the Historium podcast on Podcast Addict app like an addict. History has been an area of interest since my first textbook on the subject back in sixth grade. This love has endured the test of times. I am discovering the joys of podcasts while commuting and I am probably subscribed to every history related series.
  • Reading: A lot of blogs, articles (basically anything that I can lay my eyes on) on personal finance, self-development and motivation. Personal development/self-help books need a lot of concentration and willpower. I am working on getting through them one thin book at a time.
  • Making: Shopping lists in my mind. Sale season just begun in India. While I have enough ethnic wear/occasion wear to last a lifetime from the wedding, I am running low on well fitted pairs of denim. I need to buy more like yesterday. But is it just me or trying on denims is one of the most tiring things? I get bored after trying 3 and convince myself that it’s just a bad day for buying new denims. It just has to be the perfect fit, colour, just the right amount of distressed and should fit into the budget. Dream feels!
  • Setting goals: I want to get into the habit of cooking more often. It’s not my forte but I would like to keep exploring it (partly because I love eating). I am setting myself a goal of cooking a couple of new things every weekend.
  • Wearing: Alternating between the perfumes/body mists Nude from Skinn by Titan and Pure Seduction by Victoria’s secret. Amazing! No other word.
  • Want to start: Working out regularly. Since this is a phase where I am feeling enthused, it’s the right time to hit the nail on the head. I am starting tomorrow. I’ve never given a full blown workout a try. I’ve always felt I need a little bit of motivation (and discipline) in this chart of my life. I’ve read so much about starting with 20 minutes every day, just keeping at it for 21 days and viola – you have a healthy habit. Gosh, it would be amazing to be able to wear anything without worrying. The reason to put this out here on the blog is that it will be just that much more added motivation to report back with progress in a few months.

See you around! 🙂


Off the Shelf – Into Hogwarts!

I love reading. No particular genre. Just books. Even when I was little, I used to gorge on all chapters from my English & Hindi literature text books within a day of buying them for new session. It probably has to do with the fact that stories build a little world of their own around the reader. With an active imagination, I live with the characters, feel their happiness and fall in love with the narration.

Currently, I am obsessed with Mythology. Indian & Greek. My roommate & I take turns at reading books that we buy online or at bookstores. We scourge the stores for best deals, across all possible platforms. It is engrossing to read about Lifestyle, Culture, beliefs, situations, conflicts and conversations that our ancestors might have had.

While quite a great deal of books lie unread in my bookcase, what I keep returning to, is the Harry Potter series. Once every little while, I feel the urge to pick any one of seven books, arbitrarily and immerse myself in the wizarding world that J.K Rowling has so successfully weaved. Their magic has never failed to attract me. And I never get bored with imagining an exasperated Hermione, grinning Harry & Ron.

I plan to introduce my kids to Harry Potter books as soon as they are old enough to comprehend the concept of good and evil, friendship and courage.

Inspired by Daily Prompt

For the Love of Books!

While the music blasted away in my ears, I noticed humongous black clouds in the sky. Within minutes, it started raining cats and dogs. Even after repeated reminders from my room-mate, I never carry an umbrella in my bag. Today, I cursed myself for this blunder that I love to repeat.

To my respite however, a row of shops were in sight at a stone’s throw. I dashed into the first shop, without caring to check the hoarding on the facade. Once safely inside, I stopped for a second to catch my breath and shake off whatever water possible from myself.

My eyes surveyed around, to familiarise myself with the surrounding. I noticed a small, stout balding man standing behind a low counter. He smiled – a full- fledged genuine smile. It was an antique store that housed vintage- classic books, old artefacts and a lot of dust.

Books entice me. We connect instantly. I glanced at the nearest bookshelf and took a few steps in the direction. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the owner smile and settle down with a newspaper. Reassured, I moved with determination and made contact with one of the shelves.

Sure enough, the books were lined with a thick layer of grime, but I was past caring. Picking them one by one, I scoured for the one that piqued my interest. My hands fell on a book of Greek Mythology. I felt my lips break into one happy smile.

I saw one withered old armchair near another tottering pile of books. I looked over to the counter and the owner was watching me. I pursed my lips and pointed towards the armchair. He nodded. I made myself comfortable to devour the whole book. The time flew by.

Soon, it was evening and the downpour had settled into a slight drizzle. I went upto the counter to bill the book and continue my romance with the words. The owner however was very kind. He asked me if I wanted to keep the book for further reading and return it back on a later date. I assured him that the book will be safe with me and I would return it back.

As we were talking, the door of the shop tingled to announce the arrival of another customer. I turned to look back. I squinted to look at the figure silhouetted against the light in the doorway.

And there I was lying on the floor in my bedroom, awakened by an almighty fall from my bed as I tipped over the edge. I recognised my roommate standing over me with a puzzled look.

What a rude awakening!

However, the weather outside brought a huge smile to my sleepy face. It was raining cats and dogs.

Chennai Express- A Review

Courtesy- en-wikipedia.org

courtesy – en-wikipedia.org

Haven’t been able to watch a decent movie in a theater in what seems like ages. Missed Lootera and Missed Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Last movie that I watched was Superman – Man of Steel and umm…well one of my friends actually dozed off during the screening.

So, when we struck a Jackpot of a long weekend, thanks to Id, some of us girlfriends decided to get together and hit the theater to watch the newly released Chennai Express.

Let me take you through the plus points of the movie first – Deepika Padukone, good tracks, picturesque locations and Deepika Padukone (the actress looked gorgeous to me what with her accented Hindi). Coming to the cons – Wafer thin plot, slap stick comedy and logic defying script.

To be fair, the movie did draw some chuckles from the audience in what was a fair enough run time. To cut the long story short – Rahul is on the way to Raameshwaram to take care of some family affairs and en route meets a damsel in distress. By the stroke of fate, their journey’s become entwined with each other. Then its all about escaping the wrath of her Don father, enraged fiancĂ©, cars blowing and oh yeah..falling in love. And you get to see some nice locations and an item song.

If I had to suggest one reason of watching the movie it will sure as hell be DP! :D

A Remarkable Initiative by KFC, Bangalore

Yesterday, I happened to go to KFC, Forum Value Mall for a quick bite after office with a friend. The queue was short and it was our turn to order in no time. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that the staff taking orders at the counter was a person with a disability. He could not hear or speak. He gestured with his hands towards the menu and guided us through the process of placing the order.

English: KFC restaurant, Total Mall, Old Airpo...

English: KFC restaurant, Total Mall, Old Airport road, Bangalore, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was impressed. It is such a novel initiative by KFC India, and such a respectful way of employment for people with disability. Trust me when I say, these people were no less efficient than other employees. They manage their tasks perfectly well.

I had a conversation with the Shift Manager. There is another KFC franchisee store at Total Mall, Bangalore which has taken up the same initiative. This is a step ahead for Social Responsibility by KFC, India. It has found an extremely likable way of giving the society something back.

I could sit and applaud KFC for this step for hours. Hopefully, this drive would pick up an infectious phase and spread to other retailers as well.

Looking forward to it 🙂