28 August, 2014

What's so special Today!

When you come with hands like these people are bound to ask question. Yes I am accepting the hard fact that people can come and ask anything, we are Indians you see.

So when a colleague asked "Ma'am attending a marriage today?" 
I quipped, "No, got married long back and paying Toll Tax for it, the annual Toll Tax" ;-)

Yes, its Hartalika Teej today, we women fast today for the well being of our husband log. Traditionally we aren't supposed to eat or drink anything till next morning but I keep a chilled out fast. Have coffee, sabudana khichdi or whatever is acceptable as traditional fast food. I added traditional because if I just say Fast food the meaning changes in today's context ;-)

Smart quip also reminds me of what happened yesterday. When I was getting the mehndi applied, a call came for me on my Mom's phone but with both my hands tied up (literally ;-)) I asked my Mom to take the call and say I haven't come from office yet.

As soon as the call was done my son quipped, "Kisko Ullu banaya?" (Whom did you fool?) We were like zapped!!! Thanking God that at least he didn't say any thing when the call was on.

Too Much I Say!!! Too Much! A little too much!

27 August, 2014

Blogging N Me!

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are entirely personal and I wouldn't expect you to feel offended with them because at the end of the day it is each to its own.

I started blogging in June 2008 and have completed almost 6 years. 6 lovely years I would say. I have written about my beginner years many a times so would not repeat it but what I want to write about is the present times. If you follow me regularly you will realize not only has my frequency of updating the blog reduced even the spontaneity has reduced. It isn't that I am short of ideas, I have enough topics to write on, enough books to review and more than enough blogs to read & comment on. Then what the hell is missing, you may ask.

Let me try analyse my thoughts. Let me try to pin point the reasons behind my disillusion towards blogging

How you behave or feel is sometimes directly related to the environment around you. To say that I am in love with the present Blogging atmosphere will be akin to lying. I have slowly slowly started hating the commercialization of blogging. The dozens of contests, numerous blogging platforms, innumerable blogging events are just too much for me to digest. When I had started blogging, it was for the passion of writing. I had always liked writing but it took me years to hone my writings (not that they are perfect even now) and this blog was my platform for honing my skills. I used to share what happens in my life and I had decent readership. The blogs that I used to read at that time were in similar vein. Simple writings but a wide range of topics. It was fun to read others as much as it was fun to write. However its no more as much fun to read others these days. On an average day at least 5 blogs (in my reader) would be writing on the same topic because they are all participating in a similar contest. Then there are blogs who would have shared a story and all of them on same them theme. Then there are days when I read a personal story but the last line says "this post is written for XYZ", basically a sponsored post and I would get bugged up. 

You must be wondering how does what others write affect me. To put it rudely, My Father what goes but the fact is I get affected. For me blogging is as much about reading as it is about writing. I have this WhatsApp group of Bloggers, (a closed group where we can talk about anything under the sun) where we have had numerous discussion on this issue. We always end up reminiscing the good old days of blogging when we used to rush to book the 1st place to comment, the days when the comments in themselves would make a separate post, the days when we were always in a hurry to update our blogs & read other blogs.

And then we also remember how we used to get excited about getting interviewed by various sites and platforms. How excited we used to be about becoming mini celebrities, we would share the interview link with family & friends etc. But things changed over time, at least for me. I started feeling that we bloggers are being used by various platforms to get clicks. I remember that I used to avoid giving interviews but then the bug bit me and I debuted with a technical website (I wrote about it here) called Webneetec. At that time it was putting up interviews of all bloggers and we were feeling blessed. We all have our mini celebrity moment you see! So, the interview was published, read, commented on etc etc. and then a year or so later it disappeared. Just Like That! The website exists, providing technical solutions etc but the interviews don't. I concluded that may be when they had launched the website they needed a specific number of clicks to get into search engines and may be they needed certain footprints on the blog etc for which they did all this tamasha. But the matter of fact is that I felt short changed. 

The above incident and other related incidents in concern with various blogging platforms disillusioned me big time. Before you ask me why am I bothered with what others do, I mean you can blog on what you want and I can on what I want and trust me you are absolutely right in that. Each of us blog for our own personal reasons. If I don't like what you write I can go take a hike (It rhymes ;-)). I can stop reading you or like in my case I can peep in, read a little and not comment. As is commenting is not a compulsion, I would rather read the post and not comment for the sake of commenting. And that is the very policy that I have been following. 

Before you start questioning my blabbering let me tell you the purpose behind this post. These thoughts have been weighing on my mind for a long time and I had to get it out of my system to may be re start blogging like old times & in times like these the blogs that I will mention below bring a smile to my face, these are the blogs for whom I refresh my reader, these are the blogs which make me want to crawl back to my old ways :-) and few of these are dormant blogs, I would love to see them come back to life!
  1. R's Mom - She is the best :-)
  2. From The Editions of Green Boochi -  She reminds me of my old self :-)
  3. TanduriPaniPuriLife - I love her honest posts and I keep waiting for her to update
  4. Zack & Visha -  I simply love her writings, she makes me laugh.
  5. A Dash of Pepper -  I love her straight from heart writings :-)
  6. Pixie's World -  This story woman has a lot more spice than she shows.
  7. Hitchy's World - This Man needs to start commenting like old times
  8. Monika's World - One of my old timers, we share a bond beyond blogging :-)
  9. Any Excuse to Write - Well she needs to find an excuse & write like old times.
  10. Mashed Musings - I am a fan of his blog but Man! you need to update
  11. The Song of Life - Madam, time you updated your lovely blog
  12. Perceptions - My Two Fulus - My Sakhi, I might not comment but I do read you :-)
  13. MentallyPresentPhysicallyAbsent - Reema you are taking your blog title too seriously ;-)
  14. Bedazzled - I love her writings but these days she just talks about books...I want the old Bhags back!
  15. Living My Imperfect Life - I might not comment but I do read you my dear :)
  16. The Girl Next Door - I might not comment but I do read you my dear :)
  17. V - Lokam - The best for the last....My Blog World is incomplete without you. Can you please join me in crawling back?
I hope to come back to my old self
I hope that my favorite blogs remain as unadulterated as they are right now
I hope I have not offended anyone
I hope I start minding my business and be less bothered about what others are writing, I always have the option to stop reading
I hope the first I hope happens :-)

The comment section is all yours :-)

P.S. Edited to Add that I also miss Cracking Saks for her cracker comments, Crafty for her super sweet hugs, Ashwathy (I know what keeping you busy :P) & many more old times whom I connected with....can you all please make an appearance?

18 August, 2014

While I have been Away...

Hellos!!! How have you been my blog? I know I am logging in after a long time but last one month has been quite challenging for us. I had committed myself to return to regular blogging and that is why I started the photo challenge in July. Despite all odds I tried my level best to keep up with the pace but I failed on the last day. I did not post on 31st and I have my reasons for it.

As I said July has been a very upsetting month for us; health wise. My BIL (I have talked about his health Issues in this post Doctors - Proxy Gods or Devils in Disguise?). After two years of the detection of his ailment the creatinine level started rising suddenly. Within a week it reached a point where we were compelled to decide that there is no escaping from the Kidney transplant now. In a jiffy my In Laws left to be with my BIL & SIL and my parents arrived here. The formalities are on and we are expecting the operation in next 15 days, please keep us in your prayers.

Then I fell sick towards July end. What a nightmare it was, I was throwing up every time I ate, my blood tests were clear and then the doctor in my office gave me a prescription. Despite taking medicines my condition did not improve, not a single morsel would stay in my stomach. We consulted another doctor, a battery of tests were conducted and in the meanwhile she made me continue the old meds. When I went back with the reports she tells me that the side effect of one of the medicines I was taking was "vomiting". I was so bugged up, she knew I was weak, she knew I was throwing up but did not bother to discontinue the medicine. I was bugged up with my previous doctor who failed to highlight the side effects when she first prescribed the damn medicine to me. What kind of doctor do we have. 

Anyways, August kicked in and preparations of Arnav's birthday began. We had a small get together and my boy was so bloody excited that day that I can not tell you. The menu was simple

  • Cake - Continuing the tradition of elaborate cakes, I made a train cake this time. I had researched a lot on the icing this time and fortunately everything turned out well. Kids loved the train, Arnav had a twinkle in his eyes when he saw it and my effort was well worth the smile I got.
  • Pav Bhaaji
  • Gulab Jamun &
  • Wafers
I made the 1st two at home and last two were bought from stores. I could have bought the other stuff also but I wanted to give the same kind of experience to my son that we have got. I mean there is another kind of excitement when everything is done at home. Here are the few images from the day 

The Train Cake

Arnav Express Loaded with Goodies

Another Cake

Cutting Time

Having fun with his best fren from the building

By the time the party ended we were dead tired but happy. Happy and amazed with the way time is flying.

Two three more eventful things happened this week. RM visited home and we had a gala time but another post on that. And we managed to find a quaint place by the sea which deserves a full post but here is a glimpse from there

So how have you been?

30 July, 2014

Lost - Day 30

Doesn't he look so very lost :-P and yes he is sitting just outside our office...what? Dogs also need protection from rains ;-)

29 July, 2014

Repeat - Day 29

Pot holes do a Repeat of last year that too on a newly constructed.highway. Btw we will be paying toll for this highway.

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