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I am back, again!!

If there is anybody in the world who can say I am back and then immediately disappear then it’s me.. But you know that already, I’ll tell you something that you don’t know – the reason(s) behind my one more magical disappearance and some other interesting (NOT) stuff from our lives..

I have been busy (nothing new you say?) but this time in a good way!! I’ve taken 6 baking classes for friends and neighbours, i.e. we have been baking cakes, breads and cookies. So after teaching the class I also had to work on preparing the class material. It was fun!! Those who learnt baking and their families loved the goodies and that makes me very happy!! A little positive feedback always boosts the morale 🙂

It was once again Zini’s vacation time!! Sometimes I wonder she is perpetually on vacation. There was winter vacation, then the term end vacation, then the summer vacation, then the navratri vacation, then the diwali vacation and finally we come back to the winter vacation!! In between there are some unplanned mini vacations, like election vacation (She is at home enjoying this vacation) .. Phew!! Why do the schools have to give so many vacations?! Why now? Why not when I was a student? Why?! Why?! Ok, so probably we don’t have answers to those questions… One of life’s mistries (or hard truth)?! The good news is that Zini’s formal school has finally started, the days of play schools are over and the uniform, school buses, lunch boxes and homework rule supreme in our lives. Not to forget early morning alarms… Thankfully she has already made a friend whom she was seen hugging and holding hands with yesterday.

The early morning alarms remind me of one more thing that has started occupying our mornings – Yoga.. Yes, once again we started doing yoga. Hopefully, we will be able to continue with the same rigor.

Oh BTW, you remember that post about one of those days? Finally it turned out I had carpal tunnel syndrome. That too kept me from blogging very regularly. I took an injection and already feeling much better. Though I can still do with some sleep (yeah, those early morning alarms robbing me of my precious sleep)..

So how have you been?

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Mein Jyaada nahi maangti!!

Since my childhood I was sure in what kind of home I would like to spend my life!!

I always wanted my dream home to have a lot Hinchka (Jhoola/ Swings)!! And no, the regular Wooden or Metal hinchkas won’t do. They had to be paatiwala hinchka (they feel more like hammock) where I could sleep, eat and read!! And yes, it has to be situated near a river.

I also wanted to have a big garden with lots of mango trees of my own!! So that I can have loads and loads of mango in the season!! And also a swing under mango tree for those lazy summer afternoons, where I can read and sleep and listen to flowing water!!

As I grew up, more and more features started getting added to my dream home!! I didn’t want a big palatial home!! A home where everybody had their own space would be just fine!! But it had to be airy and well lit but not hot!! It has to have kind of laid back feeling to it!! So that you feel that you are on a permanent holiday!!

It also has to have a decent sized backyard where we can have a kitchen garden, preferably with a swing!!

And of course this home has to have a well stocked library once again with a swing where I would read my books lying down!!

Now that I have been bitten by baking and cooking bug, I would also prefer a big sunlit kitchen with a biiiig pantry to store all the exotic ingredients!! A built in oven in a modular kitchen would be just perfect!!

The home should be cool and shady in summers and warm in winters!! Probably I would also want a fireplace in living room!!

And no zatak colours for my home!! Subtle, pastel colours will be great on walls and the furniture has to feel like real wood!! And as I am a lazy ass, I would like Asian Paints guys to come over, move the furniture and my beloved swings, colour the rooms, restore everything including my beloved swings!! Thank you 🙂

You see, Mein Jyaada nahi maangti 🙂

So what’s your dream home like?

Birthday updates..

Thankfully today too I don’t have to think about what to write, I’ll write about how my birthday was  🙂

-Zini refused to believe that it was mumma’s b’day!! She only wished me when her friend wished me!!

– The day started with lots of phone calls. My parents, my brother, my masi, my friends, hubby’s aunts, my friends from previous jobs all called up!! I really don’t know what good I’ve done to get such great people in my life while I always forget everybody’s birthday..Yeah my peanut sized memory and all..

-After contemplating a lot, I finally decided to make vedhami!! And it was awesome, I dare say almost like mom made vedhamis!! Though I made less than half of what mom used to make, it took almost an hour of strictly continuous stirring to get the stuffing ready!! How mom did it for more than two hours just to make me happy is beyond me!! And we are not even talking about violent nature of this batter when heated!! Tomorrow will be the recipe post 😉

– All your wishes made my day!! My social media pages and groups were filled with birthday wishes!!! Every time I receive a wish I am truly touched!! Thanks again!!

– In the evening hubby came home with a cake, which he tried in vain to hide. My friends to came home to wish me and we had a yummy cake cutting.

– For dinner we went out to Yellow Chili, the starters were great, everything else was ok..

We had quite a celebration 🙂

Birthday!!

Thankfully today I don’t have to think about what to write!! Today is my birthday and I’ll write about it 🙂 Yes we are accepting wishes and gifts today 🙂

At my parents’ place birthdays have set rituals about them!! On birthdays, Shiro will be made in the morning. And any other sweet that the birthday girl/boy favored. On my birthday it was always Vedhami and Batakavada or patra!! Yeah the most important part of the birthday celebration was food!! And a new dress too!! Wearing a new dress too was part of birthday ritual!!

And in the evening, we would have friends over for celebration. Chips, cake and gulab jamn were the fixed part of the menu!! And we had Bhaji pao or chana puri as the main course!! Sometime Idli Sambar too featured on the menu!! Birthdays were very exciting days!! A lot wishes (& gifts) from everybody!! A license to act as a brat (nobody scolds you on your birthday 😉 ) and all the special treatment!! Ah, such joys!!

When hubby and I started dating, birthdays meant mushy cards and mushier gifts, I still have some of those gifts and all the cards with me!!

We also celebrated birthdays in office with cake, card and gift!! And of course I could leave for home early on that day!!

Did I say I love birthday?

But this time, the birthday is a little different!! I suddenly feel all grown up (No, I am not turning 30 this year). The day is just like any other day with regular chores!! And I don’t feel the need to do anything different!!

Probably I should make vedhami today…

So what is your birthday ritual like?

Meri RaamPyari…

First of all you go and listen this song and then come back to read this post..

Ok, you can’t go and listen to the song?! I’ll tell you who RaamPyari is… She is this car owned by Amitabh Bachhan, in the movie Akela.. She is more like a friend and companion to him in the movie…

So has been all my vehicles, hence they are called RaamPyari inspired by her!!

My first RaamPyari was red tricycle. And I have loads of photos of me riding it. It was a gift from my bua.  Though I don’t remember much about it, I am sure my mom must have loved it coz me riding it meant peace for mom!!

Then I outgrew it and it went on to become my brother’s raampyari.. Now I had my eyes on bigger things!! So my mom owned this old fashioned black cycle on which she went to office. Now I wanted this. So everytime I was asked to do some chore, I would negotiated this cycle ride. The fact that I couldn’t sit on the seat didn’t deter me from riding it. I refused to go to our helps’s place to call her without the cycle.

Looking at my love for the cycle (and probably to save mom’s cycle) I was gifted with a shiny new Hero Jet cycle!! After all I was a big girl studying in 4th standard now!! I was now entrusted with the responsibility of buying vegetables, this essentially meant that I was allowed to cross the road on my cycle!! And after 2 years, I started riding it to school!! All cool kids were supposed to ride to school on their cycles!! So all friends would ride together to school on their raampyaris and it was great fun!! With cycles at our disposal, we could now easily go to all the friends’ place. So, the days of meeting after school, studying together and of course gossiping started!! Then a didi who had started college passed on her BSA SLR (the coolest cycle) to me!! That was the end of my Hero Jet!!

And then, one year it became cool to own a scooty!! My parents were against me riding it to school and understandably so!! So, now I was riding to school with mom who had now got a Kinetic Honda!! Of course my eyes were on it now… And eventually my parents relented and I was allowed to ride it. This meant that all of us could easily go to movies and restaurants without worrying about buses and all!! Fun days, I tell you!!

I was given a TVS Scooty when the Kinetic Honda finally went out of service!! And that scooty stayed with me till I stayed in Ahmedabad!! Story of my college days are incomplete without it. The mandatory going out and hanging out with friends was done with the help of the trusted scooty. I also used to go home for lunch everyday as my college was near to my home!!

And when I started my first job, the scooty and I together discovered so many new areas of my city!! She went with me wherever I went!! I remember a rainy day, it had rained heavily which meant that I was required to report on duty. A lot of roads were water clogged, yet my scooty and I managed to reach on duty safely!! I have also had a lot of adventures with my scooty. Often I would forget to get it fueled and then it would protest by stopping on the way!! On many such occasions I was offered help by passing people. One night when returning from work the similar thing happened and I was pushing it to a nearest petrol pump when a couple passing on the bike helped me by pushing the scooty!! My parents have still not sold this scooty and it still can ferry me around if it has to and sometimes it does when I go to Ahmedabad!!

Do you have similar fond memories of your vehicles?

Bringing up Vasu…

Are you a new mom or an experienced mom? Or may be an expecting mom or planning to conceive? I would say read this book – bringing up Vasu by Parul Sharma!!

It is fun and totally true!! It has everything, a super worried first time mom who dreams of becoming a super mom, a harried dad, a colicky baby, an entertaining grandmother, vanishing nannies, an irritating neighbour, a competitive friend, a few real friends, fashionable names, entertaining letters written by mom to the baby and a happy ending!! Oh wait!! It also has some bollywood tadka!! This book is completely fun!!

When I read it, I revisit the good (?!) old days of Zini’s first year!! The days when I would jump at any noise during Zini’s nap time, when she would become all colicky through night and sleep through day, when I ate with Zini on my lap, when I worried about her school admission, all of it!! And all these is written in the funniest possible way!! So if you have raised a baby, you would feel that it’s your story!!

This book gives a complete insight in what’s going on in the new mom’s mind!! And anybody who wants to understand a new mom, must read this!! And the best thing about the book is that you can re-read it!! It remains equally funny every time you read it!!

You can see RM’s thoughts on this book here, I got the book after reading her review 🙂 .

Shopping on Sunday evening made me realize that..

Everybody goes out for shopping on Sunday evening, so you should go in the afternoon if you can.

You spend more time in queue at trial room than actually checking out the dresses.

By the time your turn comes the queue at trial room becomes really short, sometimes you are the last to try out things..

When somebody comes out of the trial room wearing a trial dress, everybody checks her out because there is no other entertainment in that queue..

Some of the ladies on trial room duty are really efficient who do proper planning!!

There is always something that you think you should have tried, only if there was no queue at the trial rooms.

You try and select the dresses and come out of the trial room thinking that now you are done with the queue, just to join even longer billing queue!!

I am happy that I got a loot 🙂

I can now manage this “going out for shopping but eating at home” thing with great ease!!

You never return home from a shopping trip at the planned time..

You get a lot of post ideas while standing in one of those queues…

I could have made this a queue post, but I am too lazy to change the title ;)…

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