Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Shiva Trilogy

We bought this one at the Indra Gandhi International Airport in April 2014, on our way back from India .. and it took me almost three years to get to the series ...

The books were lying untouched till the last week of December 2016 and I finally said to myself "enough is enough" .. and packed the first two for our trip to Cuba ...

I started reading the first one in our flight to Varadero and was done with the first two .. probably by the fifth day of our trip .. had to wait to get back home as I didn't bring the third book along to Cuba

It was very relaxing to read the books while lying down at the beach .. and listening to the waves and seagulls on a bright and sunny day ...

I read the third one after getting back home and finally finished it last week ..

The books are interesting .. I enjoyed reading the trilogy. I liked how the author tried a practical / story like spin and not like a religious text ... and it was nice that the facts or what we know from the scriptures were also maintained - in terms of names, locations, etc ..

I also know some people will totally not like this trilogy .. but I read it as fiction .. like any other novel and enjoyed it :)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Hello again :) :)

Hello Everyone!!

I have been missing in action .. for four long months .. and it seems like forever

I changed jobs late last year ... and it has been soooo busy ... much more than what I imagined ... of course I moved at a very busy time .. but still I did not think it would get that crazy

It is fun to learn new things .. but it gets too much sometimes

I have decided that I need to make time for myself again and start doing things that I enjoy .. and writing in this space is one of those ..

We did go to Cuba during the last week of 2016 .. it was no where close to what we expected or hoped for due to multiple reasons .. still I am thankful for the opportunity to just relax on the beach and read books and not look at computer screens :) :)

Here are a few pictures of the last sunset of 2016 and it was a very beautiful one :)

Spot the moon in this one ;)

Friday, October 28, 2016

Happy Diwali!!!

It is great when a big festival falls on a weekend .. it means that we can celebrate and have fun!!

The Diwali this year is on October 29th in Canada and October 30th in India .. meaning we will have celebrations all weekend and then Halloween on October 31st :)

Happy Diwali Everyone!!!!

As I mentioned so many times, that I live in Edmonton and it gets cold and we are in deep freeze for at least five months of the year .. the colder temperatures have set in for this year .. but not that bad though .. in comparison to -35 degrees 0 or -2 feels balmy ;)

I was planning to dress up casually for Friday .. and then I wake up to a facebook page full of friends in Sarees and I could not resist the temptation ;)

It was -2 degrees and grey and foggy .. but the weather will be like this everyday for the next six months and Diwali is once a year festival .. so Saree it was :)

It wasn't perfect Saree weather .. but then what fun is life without a few challenges ;)

I went through my closet to find something light and not very goldeny .. but I am done wearing those during the summer ..

The one that I picked is a handloom Saree and has beautiful work and a lovely color combination ... I know in absolute terms it is a heavy Saree, but if I compare it with the rest .. it is relatively lighter :)

I got this Saree by luck .. Mum bought this at some exhibition .. but doesn't remember when and where .. It was sitting forgotten in her treasure chest for some time .. and one of my trips to India .. I raided that chest and picked up a few pieces ;)

I remember trying to drape it a few Diwalis ago .. and did not as it was too starchy (it being brand new) .. This morning I picked it up again and did not give up .. it was a little time consuming process .. but in the end .. I was happy with the results :)

That being said, I was late for work and didn't have time to pick tea on my way to work .. and there comes to my rescue .. my one and only .. he said he will go to Starbucks and get the tea and call me when he is in my lobby .. of course before that he clicked my pictures at home ;)

And clicked more pictures in the office lobby ..

Check out my photographer in the mirror ;)

Beautiful work on the Palla

Halloween Decorations in Office

Friday, October 21, 2016


The sunrise this morning was spectacular!!!

What. A. Show.

Initially, I tried clicking through the glass window .. but no .. a sunrise like this .. needs a little more effort .. so, I stepped out in the balcony .. it was zero degree and wind gusts of 25km per hour ;)

As they say .. No pain, no gain!!

The colors are being reflected in the River too!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Random Utterings ;)

Random Utterings by yours truly ;) ;)

Patience is a virtue, that I flushed away many years ago!!

We buy more Lindt chocolate than we buy aloo (potatoes) and pyaz (onions)!!

I reply "because you are the husband, pray to the Good Lord, that you are born a wife in your next life and you can be right always"  to Rohit's "but honey, why am I always wrong"

Friday, September 30, 2016

Days of Gratitude - September 28, 29, and 30

I decided to do a "Gratitude Challenge" and post everyday for the month of September :)

September has been a busy month with lots going on all fronts, but I have been trying to keep my calm, do as much as I can, and be happy and thankful about the situations / curve balls / opportunities that life throws at us :)

The Fall / Autumn colors are in full bloom right now .. still havn't gone out for a walk ;)

I have been trying to catch some foliage pictures from our balcony though .. but the results weren't to my liking .. sun light too much or too little, glare, not clear, etc etc ..

Today, finally on September 30 - I am happy with the pictures I got and will share those here as a wrap up to the Gratitude Challenge :)

I really enjoyed going through this exercise as I was more aware of my day-to-day activities and more present and appreciative of what I have .. I wasn't able to post everyday but I made notes for each day and posted whenever I could ..

Hope you enjoyed reading it too - Thank you :)

Days of Gratitude - September 27

I decided to do a "Gratitude Challenge" and post everyday for the month of September :)

My sister got back from Tofino yesterday .. she was travelling from Vancouver to Edmonton, in Via rail .. a minor technicality was that instead of reaching Edmonton at 11:00 PM, the train reached at 2:20 AM ;)

She really enjoyed Tofino though and says .. it was the best part of her summer adventures .. and that makes me happy :)

She went on a hike and shared a few pictures .. I think she clicks pretty cool pictures .. frames them really well :)

I have had a rash on my face for a few days .. and I am happy that it is getting better .. I think it was due to dryness as I have not changed any face products .. I waited for the rash for subside earlier, it didn't get any better so I went out and bought Vitamin E cream and cleanser from Body Shop .. that stuff has worked for my skin earlier and it didn't disappoint this time either :)

Days of Gratitude - September 26

I decided to do a "Gratitude Challenge" and post everyday for the month of September :)

The weather Gods were in a good mood today and I decided to make the most of this opportunity .. above twenty degrees in September means Saree to work .. yay!!!

A few of my previous Saree days are here, here, here, here, here, here, and here ;)

Nothing says Autumn / Fall better than this deep yellow color .. I paired the Saree with a printed crop top from Forever 21 ..

The morning was chilly .. so to beat the chill, I put on a navy blue cardigan and burgundy ankle boots .. isn't dressing up fun?

When I said to Rohit, I am wearing boots .. he said "Boots with Saree" .. I said "yes honey, Boots with Saree, it is going to be fun :)"

This Saree is a purchase from a local store in Bangalore .. I bought this in 2001 .. when I was doing Management Training with MYRADA and PLAN ..

It is a very simple everyday Silk Saree with Temple Border .. where the Saree and Border are woven separately and later interlocked ..

Here are a few pictures :)

Days of Gratitude - September 25

I decided to do a "Gratitude Challenge" and post everyday for the month of September :)

It is Sunday and I am relaxed and happy .. My sister is coming back tomorrow night and I am looking forward to it :)

I took care of laundry yesterday and did some cooking .. Rohit said he wants to cook some for Prerna too .. we will have a lot of yummy food in the house this week .. yay!!!

Days of Gratitude - September 24

I decided to do a "Gratitude Challenge" and post everyday for the month of September :)

This will come across as funny .. but I am thankful for the "Fit and Flare Dresses" and "Peplum Dresses"

I love wearing dresses more than skirts .. pants is another story .. I have worn pants maybe five times in the last two years   .. I just don't like pants any more :)

The reason I love fit & flare and peplum style dresses is because they help hide some extra pounds ;)

I could be bloated, but still get a lot of compliments as the dress looks good :)

Days of Gratitude - September 23

I decided to do a "Gratitude Challenge" and post everyday for the month of September :)

Today, I will express thanks for my one and only :)

My dear husband (DH) Rohit .. who is always there for me .. doesn't matter whatever the situation ..

He puts me above and before everything else .. even if I am being difficult or rude or thankless .. he makes sure I am fine .. There are times when I want to be left alone ..but if he realizes (and I also do later) that it is a two person task .. he will not butt out but stay there till I finish whatever I am doing :)

I do not have enough words to say .. how thankful I am to have him as my friend, my life partner, my husband, my partner in crime, my guinea pig , my punching bag ...

When "Eat, Pray, Love" was released, he asked me if I would like to go watch the movie at the Cinema .. I said no, I will go with my girlfriends .. but none of my girlfriends was free - work or kids or prior appointments ..

Finally, I said to him "Ok, you are my boyfriend and girlfriend, can we please go watch that movie before they stop screening it" and he goes "sure honey, whenever you want" :)

This is what he does too !!

His style joke ;)