01 April 2017

April and hike

End of first quarter.

New financial year for salaried people.

And yes today my company announces hike and new salary structure gets rolled out from today. We will get to know about it only by Monday evening. I was talking the other day to my colleague who asked me about my expectations about the hike and the renewed salary. I said I had no expectations. She was surprised and asked me if I was Shri Krishna. I laughed out at this reference and said Yes!!

I have learnt to be neutral. I had to learn it the hard way, but I have succeeded now. Money comes and goes. But stress that it leaves on us is enormous. So why worry about something that is going to change every year and above everything else is not in my hands? I am ready to accept 0% also. I won't be alone if this happens. There would be many like me who would face it. But I won't fret or fume. I will accept it and keep working.

Life is full of surprises and I would not let any surprise have a negative toll on my mental strength.

Hike or no hike - Sun will rise in the East and set in the West.
0% or 10% - Moon and stars will make the nights beautiful.
Promotion or demotion - Seasons will change and days will become months and then years.

So chill and make the most of this time. The mercury is already shooting up. Don't let it go to your head. Enjoy the mangoes and enjoy the ice-creams and enjoy the vacations with kids.

21 March 2017

The meow story

I am an extremely friendly person.

I am not afraid of cats or dogs or cockroaches or lizards. I do not shout and jump at their sight or run away from them. I react, but not very sensationally. Cats have been a regular in my maternal house when I was in school. There were 3 generations of cats and we all lived very harmoniously for many years. We all loved and pampered those hairy soft balls of fur and also took care of their legacy by almost opening a maternity home for the cats.

20 March 2017

Morning walk

As mentioned in an earlier post, we are doing a challenge with my girlfriends of targetting 30 minutes per day of exercise or any activity which keeps you moving (e.g cycling, jogging, swimming etc.). On Saturday, I woke up at 6:45 am somehow and decided to utilize the time to go for a nice morning walk. I usually do it at 10 am, but never in the morning as I have to do a lot of things at home, including preparing breakfast and sending T to school. So when I got a chance of doing it in the morning (which usually is the good time), I grabbed it with all my might and went off walking.

18 March 2017

The mosquito menace

I stay in a complex of 9 buildings that are divided into A and B Blocks. A Block has 5 buildings and B block has 4 buildings. Between both the blocks there is a huge road on which kids come to play in the evening. It also has a Badminton court and Football court and older kids play football in full swing and there are lot of other activities, like skating and cycling and cricket happening simultaneously on any given evening. One more breed takes an active part in the evening activities along with the humans and they are Mosquitoes!!!

16 March 2017

Summer vacations, yay!!!

It's almost mid-March and kids are busy with their exams and their mothers are more heckled than the kids are. Kids come to play down and relax a bit, but the moms stay at home wondering how can he/she go to play now? Tomorrow is Biology paper and what not. My son is just 5, so we are little away from this hustle bustle of exams. We are still in that carefree zone and I wish later also it remains the same. 

09 March 2017

The idli fiasco

Staying in Bangalore for more than 12 years has brought me still closer to the south indian specialities like Idli, dosa and wada. While in Mumbai, we specially went to Udipi restaurants to have paper dosa and idli wada sambar and chutney. These items were not prepared daily in my house and it gave me all the more reason to go out and try it out.

08 March 2017

Women's Day

I woke up today to a host of messages on WhatsApp wishing and congratulating on Women's Day. I also went with the flow and wished a few of my dear friends. But I kept wondering is only wishing each other  today the actual essence of it? Shouldn't it encompass something more than just awakening to the thought of wishing each other? Thanks to Aabha my friend who actually put this thought on FB and I decided to write about it.

07 March 2017

Untimely rain - A temporary respite

It was getting very hot day by day and I had to switch on the fan today while working. I couldn't just bear the hot and humid climate anymore. I kept feeling that this is going to be a great backdrop for rains. But I was not expecting the rains to arrive right in the evening today. And not only rains arrived, but also thunder and lightning.

06 March 2017

The new him

It was a very turbulent night for him.

Thoughts clouded his mind, pulse raced and sweat made him wet and vincible. Fear writ large on his face. 

He was not sure how to tell his parents that he is not yet ready for marriage.

He was not sure how to break the news to his parents that he is not willing to get married

To a girl.

He kept thinking all night and dreamt of being ridiculed and laughed at.

Then he saw rays of sun peeping through his window onto his face. It finally dawned on him that he was different and he was not going to be ashamed or afraid of it

He saw himself yet again with supreme confidence and he had a vivid idea of what he was going to tell his parents and the world.

He could at last breathe free.


04 March 2017

The star in the sky

I want to fly
high up in the sky
go up there and see that dazzling star
that I have called since long as mine
They say people die and become stars
and bless you from up above
I want to go there and see if aaba
still watches me laugh and cry
He must have beamed with joy
seeing his Deepa and great grandson thrive
He must have been immensely proud
of the achievements of the apple of his eye.
I thank you aaba for this wonderful life
I will always look up at you and smile
And I know for sure that you and the star will always be mine.

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