Monday, January 31, 2011

Name Your Blog


I spent the last couple of days reading everthing i could find on how people had come up with their blog names. Its sometimes even more interesting than reading blogs! Out of the hundreds and thousands of blogs available, we pick and follow a handful.. How do we pick what to follow? Is it always based on the content? Or because of a catchy name? Most of us would say both... But am just curious, which do we tend to favour more? Of course no one in their right mind would follow a blog that makes no sense, even if its name is worth a million bucks but other than that....

Its amazing how some are able to squeeze in so much creativity in one single line... A perfect combination of words that says everything it has to about you and your blog, that has a hint of sarcasm and mischief, that shows your humorous and witty side, which is so unique and at the same time perfectly acceptable... The moment you read such names... you think... 'Oh wow! That is so perfect, now why dint i think of this?'

I keep coming up with so many names and combinations and the more i keep browsing, the more ideas come rushing into my head. If given my way i would change my blog name every week! Something different, something jazzy, that is still in sync with what i write... No am not fickle-minded, yes i know what exactly am going to be writing on my blog. Its just that am oh-so-creative *big shameless grin*. I have already been tempted to change it too many times.... but until i come up with something really perfect ( and i mean perfectly perfect, more than allllllll the names i have thought of till now... so tough competition..hmmm) i dont think i'll change it. And of course the fact that i dont want my readers to run away!

So what's your pick? Know any whacky, creative,  just perfect blogs with perfect names?
You can name yours too, and the story behind your name if its on your list :P

You can name mine too. Just a thought! *wink*

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Hair Tales...

Me and my haircuts.. we have a love/hate relationship..
Oh wait..  Before that, we actually go through a few other stages..
Longing for long hair (no pun intended),
Confusion(should i cut? should i wait? cut? wait? ),
Resentment (urgghh... i hate long hair, i have to cut it.. have to!), .. and many more in between.

I decided that i need to cut my hair every six months(minimum). On good hair days, i break the rule and extend it to an year... and on bad/unmanageable hair days.. i decide am going to rush to the parlour the same evening and chop it off.. no second thoughts!!!, when suddenly it (my hair) becomes normal and tame again...

Then there are days when i love my long hair in the morning and start hating it by evening. I don't really pamper it, i don't use any fancy products, never coloured my hair, always wanted to try drastically different haircuts.. but never did. In spite of all this i obsess over it a lot. It has to look perfect all the time.. which it doesn't. It should never get tangled, which it does and lie just the way i want it to...which it doesn't.

And then the love/hate relationship... The moment i cut my hair.. i completely hate it.. sulk for a day or two... crib.. curse the person who cut it.. and immediately start planning on the next one... And the same cycle continues. I decided to keep it long.. love it for a while, think and think and think if i really, really need to cut my hair. And one fine day, in a photo with friends, i spot how dull its looking, and decide i have to cut it. After much deliberation i finally  do it.... aaannnddd... you guessed it right.. i hate it.

Before you label me as a self-obsessed, hair-obsessed 20-something with no-care-in-the-world(except my hair).... in my defence, i have never ever had that 'perfect haircut' that everyone seems to have...
Every time i enter the beauty parlour with a definite hair-plan, the lady seems to have a plan of her own! And before i know it... chop! chop! chop! and she's done... !

Anyway currently i am done with my two-day-sulking-over-bad-haircut, and starting today morning.. i love it! Its not that different from the previous one(i really should experiment more) but at least it looks like it has a life!

Ta-daaaa....


Friday, January 28, 2011

Cooking - My new found talent!

I am inspired!
With all the wonderful feedback from my lovely followers and my family, who actually tasted the dishes i cooked,(am talking about the ones i made here) i decided to continue my cooking for the next three days... Am actually enjoying it! Who knew i was a natural at cooking eh? Its always nice to discover good things about yourself :)

Baby Corn and Capcicum curry

Aloo Methi (Potato with Fenugreek)


Bottle Gourd Gravy curry

My favourite of the three? Baby Corn and Capcicum. I love baby corn and i loved the way it turned out!
Cooking can be fun... when you are doing it for fun... and not at the end of an exhaustive day!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Perception


To No One In Particular -

What we  project is what others see. We project what we want others to see. Others see what they want to see. We want others to see what we project or We want others to see what we want them to see inspite of what we project.
End result - you figure it out!
So cut the act and be who you are.
Quit copying other people.
There is a difference between observing, learning and incorporating ideas from others and blatantly copying them.
Be original. Be who you are.
In blog world and (more importantly) in real life.
There is nothing to be gained by pretending to be what you are not. Be proud of who you are.
Everybody has talent. Some discover it early and some late.
Never ever let someone put you down.
When you are in the public eye, you are judged. Whether you have a personal blog or you are a movie star.
Stick to your values and ideals. Be true to yourself.

- To Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt :P

All in good spirit
Phew.. feels good to have this out of my system!
Nothing specific that brought out this spurt of wisdom :)
Just daily musings...  Thinking about all the issues and insecurities i faced long long ago... and when finally 'growing up' happened... 'maturity' , 'realization' , 'contentment', and a whole lot of other things happened :)

Its one of those days where am happy and excited for no reason at all.. love it when that happens... Its like you have a surprise for yourself that you are dying to find out!
But you cant because you dont know what it is!Vicious circle? Deadlock? Am not making any sense? Yes i agree with the last one :D

All is not perfect. It never is. Am frustrated that am not getting time to finish my paintings. They have been 'half-way along' since so long! Since i decided to cut down my internet time... should be done by this weekend.

Before i put an end to this incredibly random post...
Happy Happy Birthday to my Wonderful cousin Sravanthi! :D
Will come to Chennai soon and we'll go ice-skating!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Proud to be an Indian!

The 61st Republic Day of India


Origin :
The name India is derived from Indus, which is derived from the old Persian word Hindu, from Sanskrit sindhu, the historic local appellation for the Indus River.
India was the richest country before British ruled over us.
It is also one of the most ancient civilizations.


India is the largest democracy in the world.
India is the 2nd fastest growing economy, has the second largest pool of scientists, is the second largest english speaking nation
India is the 3rd most powerful nation in the world.
India is the 4th largest producer of wind energy, and is the fourth largest oilseed producing country
India is the 5th largest tourist genetating market, global retail destination
India is the 6th largest e-commerce hub and service exporter
India is the 7th largest country in the world, and the 7th largest vehicle producing country.
India has the world's 8th largest airport- Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal - T3
India is the 9th largest industrialized economy
India is the world's 10th largest gold holder.

Technology:
Founder and creater of Hotmail  - Sabeer Bhatia
Creator of Pentium chips - Vinod Dahm
President at AT&T Bell Labs - Arun Netravalli
Co-founder of Sun Microsystems - Vinod Khosla

More facts:
Constitution of india also recognizes Bharat as an official name of equal status as India.
India is one of the few countries in the world which gained independence without violence.
Chess was invented in India.
India has the maximum number of postoffices.
India has the largest numner of news channels
Bollywood with about 400 films every year is the largest centre of film production in the world.
Until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds to the world.

The early morning mist... people coved in shawls and jackets... all assembling near the Rashtrapathi Bhavan (Sanskrit for Presidential house/Palace) to watch the parade - thats the true essence of Republic Day in India. For the rest of us.. who are not in Delhi (telling myself again.. that next year i'll be in Delhi to watch it!)
Watching the parade on tv while having breakfast..The smartly dressed marching contingents.. hearing my grandfather's stories about war and life in army for the nth time which immediately transports you back to the freedom struggle and Kargil war... and makes you realise who the true Heros of our country are! The kids, the little heros receiving bravery awards for their deeds..The amazing parade showcasing the richness and wealth of each state in India... from environmental forests to science and technology.. from agricultural progress to child education.. you cannot help but feel a stir of emotions in your heart when you see all this... :)

To pen down all the interesting facts and proud achievements of our country would take time... because of the great number of acomplishments that we have... and continue to acomplish!

Make India Proud!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Girls Night Out - Dinner

Just when i said i had no plans and i was going to spend a lazy sunday at home... something had to happen right? Life doesn't let you be lazy when you want to.. It comes rushing in the form of two best friends - Shwetha and Rashmi, who make you move your lazy butt and drag you out to an awesome dinner... Not that i needed much of dragging!!! We started with a crazy photo session... which we hadn't done in a long time... and when we had finally built up an appetite with all the running around(photos somehow make us all kiddish and giggly)..we headed out to dinner.. After placing an extensive order.. we decided that the lighting in the restaurant was perfect for a few shots. Finally when the food arrived we grew considerate enough to stop disturbing everyone with our flashes. When we were done stuffing ourselves.. we headed home.. aaannnddd.. why am i even writing all this???

I got a warning request from one of them that today's post had better be about this.. so here it is! To many more such nights(and days)!

On saturday i happened to catch 'Dhobi Ghat' [ A Hindi/English movie ]. I had a lot of expectations from it. Its a out and out art film.. Not everyone's cup of coffee..err...tea. In the reviews it was mentioned that it wont really appeal to a person from Mumbai, but others would definitely get a feel of how life is in Mumbai.. Thats the only part i dont agree with..  Every metropolitan city is the same.. You really cant find that big a difference.. especially in moden lifestyles..  There was nothing in the movie that i found new.. or that 'opened my eyes' about Mumbai/life in Mumbai.. Its typical everywhere.. Its just a stereotype that has been continuing over the years(when there really was a noticable difference int he lifestyles and choices of people in different cities). Then again this is just my opinion. And... oh ya Good that they din't have a break in the movie.

[p.s - This was supposed to be yesterday's post... but with internet server being down the whole day (grrr) managed to post this today.. also it made be realise am becoming even more addicted to internet(if thats possible!)... so starting today.. gotta bring down!!)

p.p.s - Welcome to all the new followers! To my world of coffeeandmadness!
            And thanks for following!]

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Weekend happenings..

Its amazing how one single picture on facebook has sparked a series of comments and nostalgic reminiscence. Quite diffent from the usual and boring comments like "Nice pic!", "Looking good!", and the ever popular "Like" among us lazy buggers.... this one was truly enjoyable.

It all started with a group picture someone had uploaded. A class picture, of our 3rd grade class. Its not the first time someone has posted photos from school or childhood, but, it is the first time that almost everyone (who is in the picture) has commented on it. What is so special you ask? Hmmm... I really dont know.. but everyone had something to say about the picture.. What started as casual comments led to friendly banter, teasing someone who was grinningly way to mischieviously, the class topper with the good conduct badge, the class jokers in weird poses, to our wonderful class teacher who (it seems) had given each of us an 'Austronaut pen' when she was leaving school (I really dont remember that.. maybe i wasn't given one!)

I have had no proper interaction with 70% of them over the past few years.. And by proper i mean, proper face-to-face conversation or at least a phone conversation. Not an ocassional "Hi! How are you? You still at the same company?" kind of talk. People have changed.. a lot.. but the one thing that dint change was our love for our school and our class.. Obviously we had all been together for so long..

I always prided myself in having a good memory and being especially good at remembering names.. so i was kind of shocked that i couldnt recall a few(Believe me thats never happened before! So am worried!).
So a big thank you to Swaroopa who has remembered and tagged every single name(which am going to make a note of now) and who is responsible for all this longing in everyone's hearts to go back in time  :)


On a completely different note..
I dint have any plans of going out today, and instead of lazing around the whole day, i decided to try my hand at cooking. I have been planning to start cooking since a long long time.. but having a mom and a grandmom who readily whip up tasty dishes and keep feeding me 24x7, i rarely step into the kitchen except to make myself snacks.. Hmmm... how long can that continue? At least i need to pass on the legacy of my grandmother's wonderful cooking to future generations right? Enough said.
But being the lazy me (when it comes to cooking) i started of with a simple jeera rice and dal fry.. Hey dont judge.. dint you hear me say i dont usually cook at all?
Anyway it came out perfectly and here it is!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Incy Wincy Spider.

So. There i was, happy that it was a Saturday, sitting cozily on my bed, with my lappy and a coffee.. when i suddenly see this giant spider on the wall right behind me! My coffee is all over the floor now... and am trying not to stare at it (the eight legged spider..not the coffee). Why.. why  do these creatures find only my house? I guess you cant help it, when you don't live in the city and you are staying in a colony with trees all around.. Seriously you stand on the terrace and all you can see is green, till the horizon. Lovely place really, except for these dammed creatures. Anyway i was not going to go near it with a 10 foot pole.. so all i had to do was wait for the servant maid to come and get rid of it.

Finally she comes, and i rush her to my room, and she's looking all over with squinted eyes, trying to spot out the huge giant spider i was talking about. Oh my.. woman...! its right there on the wall.. you have to be blind to not see it. And finally she says 'Oh that spec over there?' and she bursts out laughing.
Now am pissed. Because it most definitely is NOT a spec. Its huge.. not huge like the size of my hand but...well... big.. ugly.. creepy... gives me the shivers. Anyway she stops laughing (at my face) because i look like am going to go into a screaming rage.. and hurries out to get a broom stick..

Well well well... clever incy wincy spider began to climb up the bedroom wall here.. and here she is.. making random hitting and swiping motions against the wall with the broom. As if that would get rid of it. By now i realised that she was just humouring me in 'getting rid of it'. Up and up it goes.. and settles right on my wonderful beautiful painting! And the servant maid, looking all proud with her job well done(or so she thinks) looks at me and says "Ademi cheyyadu ippudu... kindaki radu, nuvvu happy ga pani chesuku" [Translation : It wont do anything to you now. It wont come down, you happily continue your work]

This is so not done. So i gathered whatever courage i had, had a talk with God and decided to gently take the painting hanging on the wall out of the room with the spider balanced on it. Clever little incy wincy saw my hands approaching and began to run all over my painting.. Ugghhh.. spider legs all over... I cannot go into details of what i did here(don't want to embarrass myself more than necessary), but i did it!!! Threw the spider out, with my own hands.. and insisted that my servant maid follow it, until it reaches and climbs up some far away tree... far far away..!
By now you would have guessed that she obviously dint do that... Did i scare incy wincy more that he scared me?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Big Why?

As i was sitting in office... staring at the 328 page document i was supposed to read.... my eyes reading the same line over and over again for the nth time without registering a single word...  i started thinking.....



*Why is it that, you promptly feel sleepy when you sit at your desk right after lunch, and, not when you are running to catch a matinee show right after lunch?

*Why is it that, when you are getting out of the mall you see 10 autowalas outside, but, by the time you get all your bags and get down the steps they all vanish?

*Why is it that, the road is empty when you are buying a chips packet on a road side shop but the moment you think of crossing the road... there's traffic everywhere?

*Why is it that, cars almost always break down only on the middle of a busy fly-over?

*Why is it that, when you get tired of waiting for the elevator and start climbing the stairs, you hear the 'ting' of the elevator and when you rush back out, you find a whole crowd trying to squeeze in?

*Why is it that, its only on the days when you are already late to office, there is an amazing movie early morning on HBO ?

*Why is it that, the fabulous shoes that you want to buy are never there the next day?

*Why is it that, on the days you really really plan your work, and actually do it, so that you can go out in the evening, someone comes along and dumps a load of work right before you leave?

*Why is it that, dresses that look perfect in the trial room are just not the same at home in front of your mirror?

*Why is it that, on days when you just dont feel like going to work, coz you know you'll have a bad day, it turns out to be worse?

*Why is it that, whatever happens in your life, you realise at some point, maybe 1 week later or 5 years down the lane, that it happened for your own good?

*Why is it that, when you are extremely hungry and you sit down at the table, with 5 different dishes staring at you, you feel like eating nothing?

*Why is it that, you get such immense satisfaction out of helping a total stranger?

How is it that blogger connects random people from all over the world and makes you friends, when sometimes you dont even know your next-door-neighbours? :)

I guess some questions are best left unanswered!



Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Blogger Sketch #2

Yes its time for another Blogger Sketch! But this is a tad different.... i dint have time to do another sketch... because i was busy doing this sketch(the one below). Its my sister.. :)

Although she is not a blogger, she has the perfect skills to be one (fashion blog, humorous blog - i feel she can carry off anything!). BUT she is a regular on blogger (coz she reads my blog.. hehe ). My #1 follower who is too lazy to comment here but promptly gives her share of comments/views/criticisms on the phone as soon as she reads it!

One of the rarest photos of her, where she looks traditional, doesn't have one of her weird expressions (her most popular : the total confused look ), is not moving/talking with wild hand gestures, and is smiling a perfect smile (which she has no clue how to do when facing a camera). Am glad i found this :)
OK i think i have embarrassed her enough.. I'll let the picture do the talking.....


More to come..............

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mind games.

A simple positive thought - constantly have it in your mind, for a whole day. Is it very difficult to do that?
Oh the games that we play on our own minds!

When you look at the all the issues, problems that you are having everyday, i mean when you really take a close look.. most of them can be simplified and broken down into specific tasks, which when you DO, the problems vanish. Get what am saying?

You know those days where you can't come up with any specific reason why you are not satisfied with 'life in general'? You have everything... a perfect house, well paying job.. but (there is always a but) small things that you keep postponing, procrastinating, pile up and leave you dissatisfied and... in a totally crappy mood for days!

So dissect and simplify that whole cloud of confusion. Have a single positive task - 'Am going to be satisfied with myself today'. Simple enough? Now this is your task for today - to satisfy yourself. So, if waking up early and exercising will satisfy you, finally paying those bills will satisfy you, finishing that long-postponed thing at work will satisfy you, quitting that hated job where you suffer every day will satisfy you, setting aside some time for yourself and doing what you love most will satisfy you, re-arranging your wardrobe, cleaning your house, screaming at your boss, helping a stranger, whatever it is,  then just do it.
But what we do instead is think of all the times you paid but never went to the gym after first month, crib again and again about how you hate your boss, your job, how you are putting on weight and need to start exercising...phew! we are so good at complicating things!

Well i tried it and it worked for me, 2 or 3 single tasks per day to make sure am not grumpy at the end of the day. Ha...I already feel like a saint.. preaching so much!!! Enough philosophy!!! My current task  - to go watch my favourite TV show, eat and sleep and that gives an end to my perfect day :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Little purple dress....

The so called 'good news' that i talked about here has turned out to be no news. Ok i dint really talk about it. Call it my momentary spark of madness! Whatever it is that i, (the-crazy-one) had planned, certain others(so-called-sane-ones) convinced me to drop it(for now). Maybe sometime in the future.Hmmm... am sure this has piped your curiosity and you wondering what could it possibly be :) Let me assure you, its nothing. Well nothing that big at least. Definitely not worth all the hype that am creating here. Am just good at doing that, at arousing people's interests. Or maybe am just lying and it is something really big... Haha am on a roll here!!! Before i blurt out my (top secret) news, i'd better stop.(That was fun ;))

I like bugging my readers :) all in good spirit guys...

I just wanted to show a lovely dress that i got on sale. Amazingly cheap! I wanted something in black but i dint get my size, all they had was this wine-coloured purple one. My LPD :) Ummmm...that sounds either like a disease or a political party... So lets just say "Little Purple dress" .


Inspite of having so many skirts and dresses i always end up wearing my jeans or capris. So this year me and my very good friend Amuktha, made a pact to do justice to all our little dresses. Temperatures are rising again, and its just a matter of days before the harsh summer begins. Also if all goes according to plan, i may be going abroad to a very sunny place where i can flaunt all my dresses. Lets see :)

Which do you prefer? Jeans or dresses?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Food for thought....

Am really hyper right now because of all the coffee and tea i had today... not to mention jumpy and talkative..Yes i know my blog says 'Coffee and Madness' but i have reduced my coffee intake a lot over the past few months.. so yes am on a high now!

Today we went to an amazing new restaurant for lunch called 'Khan Saab'. Completely Mughal and royal (Even the washroom was labelled 'King' & 'Queen' instead of 'His' & 'Hers' so you can imagine!) And at the entrance we were greeted by a huge elephant (not real of course!)


Almost everybody was stopping by to take pictures so even i did! Unfortunately i dint have my camera so had to adjust with my cell..
And for a place that looked so extravagant and flashy...(It was more like a palace than a hotel)  it was unexpectedly not at all pricey.. The food was fabulous, the service was good, and very very cheap! So definitely worth visiting again.. Spent the rest of the day window shopping (and ending up shopping) all the while struggling to walk and cursing my shoes for the horrible shoe-byte that i was getting but that dint stop me from walking..

OK enough with the review.. Now back to serious stuff.. I was chatting with my friends when we started talking about what hypocrites we all are.. all of us.. I really doubt if there is anyone who is not a hypocrite. We all automatically have a different set of rules when comes to us or the people we care about. And anyone who says he/she is not a hypocrite is seriously kidding themselves. I think the only slight distinction is the level to which you show it. Its one thing to be hypo critic in trivial matters, rather than completely and shamelessly pretend to have virtues, morals, religious beliefs, that he/she actually doesn't possess. Again this all my point of view and i could of course be wrong. Some may say that it doesn't matter what it is - trivial or huge - if you are a hypocrite, you are, and that's it. I guess it all comes down to the same thing - there is no good or bad or black or white. Its always the gray shade in between where you find yourself stuck up.

It reminds me of a dialogue in 'No one killed Jessica' where a guy says- that every body, every police officer takes bribes, but the distinction is as to why they have taken a bribe.. for doing something good, or just being plain greedy.

I think that's the maximum level of perfection we are ever going to reach. It sounds pessimistic i know, but as i said i only believe there is a gray area. Unless we have a different set of rules for ourselves, its impossible to survive. The best we can do is try not to hurt others because of our 'rules' (easier said than done!). I guess its a very debatable point. Even a thief picking your pocket in a temple is praying to god that he shouldn't be caught. Everybody has an excuse ready for each and every action of theirs. Who will be deciding if its valid or not? If you try to measure a person's level of hypocrisy on a scale of 1-10 there would only be a particular 'range' but no definite number (i hope that made sense!)

Well anyway... the more i think about it, the more confusing it gets! That's just the way we are (Bad ending to a debatable point i know). So sleep tight and please do think about it and but try not to heat up your brain like me!
                                
                                                                                ♥
                                                                         Chandana

Sankranthi..

Sankranthi has gone by as quickly as it had come... This is the nth time am saying that this month is flying.. I should stop doing that and just BE!
Continuing the tradition, we did put rangolis but without any colours this time(too lazy and too cold!). The only person missing in action was my sis. She would always promise the previous night itself that she would get up as early as possible and help us... and without fail she would be 2 hrs late (by then we would have finished the whole thing including colours)  and prompty come out and join us for the photo!

Our house was packed yesterday.. with relatives and cousins who had come over for lunch. It was a lazy relaxed lunch, with few photos and a LOT of videos...
Here's our arrangement :) Very small when compared to the previous ones when we had 10 steps and spread it all over the hall! We would design a forest and villages and court rooms and one time... even an island! Whatever we could imagine and come up with, would be there.

                       


Thursday, January 13, 2011

And the days are flying by....

Hmmmm.... Blogging is a serious business. Yep it takes hard work, dedication and time! Its my 50th post today and i had planned something big... which sadly dint happen. Yes... that's why i say its no simple game. Am simply not having time! Anyway back to that news later....

So. I finally completed my first course in Art Class. Actually i was pretty fast.. i completed it sooner that it was supposed to be finished.. so happy about that :)

Weekend is here! Well almost... And we are already busy decking up the house for Sankranthi (yes this time full swing!). Spent the whole evening bringing down boxes of all the toys and a lot of dust from the attic. We are having a 'Bommala koluvu' this time(an exhibition of various dolls and figurines in odd (usually 7, 9, or 11) numbered tiers ("padis")). And that too after many years so am super excited!

Will get back soon! Hopefully with the good news!

And also.........

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A little about me..........

Passion for life - Thats what i have.

Well just so you get to know me better... i came up with this list....

Those who know me.. will know what is first on the list!

Books! Yes i can never have enough of them... i get lost in them.. they are my escape route from reality... my way of relaxing at the end of the day... my way of spending a lazy holiday... my way of dreaming... my way of living!


(Not necessarily in the same order)
Painting! Something happens to me when i start painting/sketching... i forget about where i am, people around me, my surroundings, i think i even beocme deaf.



Travelling! Ok i still dont have much to boast about here... i havent travelled the world.. Just started.. But what do we have a whole lifetime for eh?


Music! No music = No life. Need i say more?


Photography! there is something magical about capturing every-day moments of life and making it look like an eighth wonder, all in one single snap. There is no end to what you can do here.


Writing! From the time i realised i can write... my pen (also includes keyboard now.... errr... PJ at its best(or worst?).. i know!) has been my constant companion. Poems, stories, blogs, articles... the list goes on. Even random designs and doodling on a piece of paper express something...about how am feeling at that moment..


Fashion! No girl's list would be complete without this. Shoes. Shoes. More shoes. My weakness.
Not that i would say no to clothes and bags :)


 And at the risk of seeming like an absolute snob.....
Money! Yes its on my list...  Without this the others wont exist. Without this there is no way i can implement my HUGE plans of starting an NGO(not kidding..am serious!). Also on list a retirement home, and a school for the differenly abled, with top-notch  facilities.(Not such a snob now am i? ;) )


What are you passionate about? Share some :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday blues........

Monday morning blues :
(No am not giving you tips on how to beat them)


1. Going back to sleep after hitting the snooze button does not help. Yes you may think that another 15min of snuggling in your warm bed will make you feel better. But NO. You end up feeling all the more worse when you (finally) get out of bed.

2. Dont try to feel better by telling yourself that you have a new pair of shoes/dress/shirt/skirt to wear that day. Once you finish dressing up and looking all pretty, you'll realise (and regret) that you are going for work, and not any place fancy.

3. Telling yourself you'll come home early doesnt help too, cause after monday comes tuesday, and then WTF! Only then the weekend.

But still. Chin up. Face your monday. Work hard. Relax. Doze off. Eat. Work hard again. And be positive :) and Eat!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Movie and shoes!

A busy weekend after a long time... Almost after a month! Pretty damm tired now... i need some sleep.. actually a lot of it. Next week (and weekend) will be pretty busy (sankranthi weekend! Ha! )

Watched the movie 'No one killed Jessica' and it was pretty good, and it again got me thinking about various things. Each one of us has our very own fight/fights in life. It could be with anyone - with yourself, with certain customs you are froced to follow, with practices you are against, with the society, anything. All of us are cheated, used, abused in someway or the other at some point of time in our life. It could be something very trivial or life changing, but nevertheless, we all go through a "fight" in our life. In spite of living in the midst of such tragedies, we all, somewhere deep down, have that 'humanitarion spirit'. All of us are 'ethical' to a certain extent. All of us are willing to reach out and offer any kind of help we can to those in need. Its just a question of shutting out everything else, putting yourself in the other person's shoes, never giving up, trusting each other and doing all that you can do to make things better.

Hmmm.... There are nice people in the world... We are basically all good... (Yes the sudden realization has hit me... not for the first time though!)

Am too tired to put the rest of my tumbling thoughts into words... So ill leave you with this.

And speaking of putting yourself in other's shoes..... i put my feet into these adorable new shoes and i had to have them :) 


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Fun with Tanka!

Tanka poems consist of 5 lines.
It is a lyrical poetry of 31 syllables arranged in groups of 5,7,5,7,7.
In a two-part form with the first part in 5, 7, 5, and the second part in 7 and 7.

An ode to Coffee!

♥Cuppa of delight
♥Oh the desire it sparks
♥with a choco tinge
♥full of frothy fantasy
♥heavenly coffee it is!





(I must say, the first time i read such poems i found them so boring... but it is FUN and challenging to write one on your own!)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Blogger Sketch!

New trend alert!!! Not a fashion trend (maybe ill do that also someday)... but a new trend in my blog.
My hand seems to be sketching away like crazy... so i thought ill do a sketch-a-week of my favourite bloggers... So... the first sketch - is Jahn from Jahn 'n Style , one of my first followers from blogosphere.
Trendy, smart and chic is how i describe her! And she has inspired me to get a dash of yellow into my wardrobe...and ill be doing that very soon!
Do check out her fab blog!!!



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Carpe diem

Carpe diem  :


It is a type of poetry. Latin expression that means 'seize the day.' Carpe diem poems have a theme of living for today.


~In pain we lie~
~our lives entwined~
~we know not the nature~
~of our troubled mind~
~gather the rose bud while you can~
~in time the light,the sun will be gone~
~the same flower that smiles now~
~will tomorrow be forlorn~



Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I get bugged when.........

* Some things just PISS ME OFF! *


Honking when not required. What is with people who honk for no reason at all? The light turns from red to green and there is  immediate honking from people a little further behind. Isn’t everybody waiting to get off the road cross the signal reach home or wherever they are going to 'as soon as possible'? Can’t we just wait for 2 seconds for the person ahead to start the vehicle and drive? Urgh!!!



Contributing to an unclean India. Throwing out garbage anywhere other than INSIDE the garbage bin, spitting on the road. How can we expect to have a clean India if we continue to throw out dirt all across the street? Here’s my simple wish for all those who throw dirt out on the road "let all the gums stick to your dirty big feet".







Boredom. Yes boredom manages to irritate me to the highest possible level. Not having anything to do, sitting idle - NOT my thing!






Glaring headlights at night. You try driving through traffic with with flood lights directly in your face. People! have the minimum courtesy to dip them especially when you are stuck face to face in a narrow road. Else dont complain if i bang right into you (and hopefully break the damm headlight) because i cant see two feet in front of me!





People (aka - relatives) who exclaim (when meeting me after years)
"You are soooooo thinnnnn! dont you eat at allll?"
  Either they are :
1. Completely Blind
2. Jealous because they themselves look like a hippo's behind
3. Plain stupid.
Most of the time i feel like saying one or all of the following things -
1. Am starving myself to death. Just an experiment to see how long it'll take
2. *in the same tone* - "Aunty you are soooooo fatttttt! Dont you stop eating at all??"
3. *earnest face* I really really dont want to end up looking like you.

When you dont ask fat people why they are fat, you dont ask thin poeple why they are thin. Period.

Anymore to add?

Monday, January 3, 2011

I believe.......


Lacking inspiration for a new post today. I cant seem to come up with anything to talk about despite so much going on around me. Somehow as kids, we never seem to have a problem coming up with interesting ideas and games. I saw a spider today in my walking shoes... and it made me realise how long its been since i stopped my morning walk. Whole of december, i completely ignored my fitness regime(yes i have one now).

Anyway it reminded me (as usual) of all the games that we used to come up with when i was a kid... during our morning walks and cycling rounds...I love morning walks in our colony. Its perfect. Back when i was in school... me and my sis would go for walks in the evenings... especially during summer. We would play silly games, collect flowers, and look at the "bhoot bunglow" and try to see through the huge gates for any ghostly signs... and then there was our cycling group... Around 5 of us.. we would go around every tiny road in the colony.. exploring the parks and looking at houses... even then our favourite was the "bhoot bunglow" road. One day we would find people sitting in the huge lawn around a fire... the next day it would be empty.. broken windows remained broken... the grass kept growing... and for us kids.. it was straight out of an Enid Blyton novel... we considered ourselves something like the Secret Seven... had a password and regular meetings in the back of our jeep (we had one then... and never used it much)...

Enid blyton totally ruled our summer holidays...  The adventure stories that we came up with and the places that we invented all in our backyard - right from forests to valleys to secret tunnels.... It was imagination at its best.. Hmmm... Good old days...

Which reminds me... forget about coming up with stories... am not even able to come up with satisfactory answers to my own questions... My answers to these questions :
1. Creating something extraordinary - nothing beats that feeling
2. Having readers - someone who reads and responds, is always better...afterall,every one likes interactive communication.. i totally agree with that..
3. Walk to discover a goal - Maybe because thats what am doing now.
4. Abstract thinking anyday.
5. Intuition - works wonders for me!
6. Facts - nothing against faith... but i need facts... i can never survive on faith alone...
7. I really have no answer for this. I guess ill choose Laughing at your own mistakes.

Thanks guys for answering :)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Take your pick...


1)Art - Creating something extraordinary? or Converting ugly/ordinary into extraordinary?

2)Blogging - Having followers? or  Having readers?

3)Goal - Walk to a certain goal? or Walk to discover a goal?

4)Learn - Love for knowledge?  or  Abstract thinking?

5)Thinking - Intuition?  or  Sixth sense?

6) Belief - Facts?  or   Faith?

7) Laughter - Laughing for no reason at all?  or  Laughing at your mistakes?

Seven simple questions. Take your pick.... Tell me your answers... No judgement :) and you cant say both.