Day 25- Of Blogging and Marathon

Firth the health updates- I was slightly better today, but K is more or less in same state. From tomorrow husband starts his office, and we too will be alone at home. I have a choice of going to my in-laws place, which I am not very keen on taking up, as its a lot of hassle, take everything along like my laptop, K’s clothes for changing etc, and then come back in the evening. So I may take it up only if absolutely needed. Else, both of us will bore each other the entire day tomorrow staying in a closed room!

This blog marathon has done one good thing. There is so much stuff to read, there are so many people posting everyday, I have discovered a lot of new blogs, Most people are writing about their day to day lives in this 30 days marathon. Its not very easy to come up with a topic oriented meaningful post everyday. So the best option is to post about the day’s happenings, and reading a couple of posts from any blog gives almost the complete story about the blogger. Its is so interesting and fascinating to read about so many different people and their lives. There are some patterns also. Like two of the patterns I have discovered- blogs of women living in the west. They all talk about similar things- the snow, the daycare, the weekly planning of food, the weekend trips to near by places, eating at some place called- Chiptole (i have not googled, but it seems like a great place to eat). There day to day lives comprise mainly of the above things. Obviously very logical, as the lifestyle of people living their is pretty much the same. The other set of blogs which I have come across are the bloggers from the southern part of India. There posts are alos very similar. Its the talk about food in these blogs which generally directs that they are from South of India. i am not very sure if anyone else has noticed this, but I come across a lot of blogs from these two sets of people.

We have wedding coming up in the family on the 30th Jan. On 28th there is the cocktail party. It is husband’s cousin’s marriage, who he is very fond of. We all were very excited about this wedding till K and I fell sick..:( I had though that I would take a couple of leaves and go to stay at the shaadi vaale ghar in advance. However, now that does seem to be materializing, because given our conditions, we are doubtful if we will be able to make it to the cocktail party..:( It is so disappointing. And the saree i bought, about which I have posted earlier- that was purchased for the cocktail party only. Now, I will wear it the next day of wedding, when we have non stop poojas at home. Let us see. I am yet to do the preparation for the wedding as the blouse needs to be sent for fitting and jewellery etc needs to be sorted. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day, and I will be able to step out of this room and get my stuff ready. I do not want to attend this wedding too in a rush, like the way I end up doing at most weddings. In the past due to work pressure, I would always leave things to last minute, and then land up at weddings, in less than the preparation I would have actually liked to do. Its very disappointing, believe me; when your earnings do not go that well with the saree; or your hair is just not the way you had actually wanted. Hopefully, this time it will be better.

See you guys tomorrow. Gn.

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Day 23- Mommy Guilt

..is when you shout at your almost 2 years old, because she is not sleeping after being in the “put me to sleep” mode for around an hour and a half! Both K and I are not well, and its so difficult to handle an unwell child when you yourself are  not well. She is cranky for no rhyme or reason and I am running high fever and bad cold, and therefore am at my impatient best. I must have shouted at her more than a couple of times today. And the very next moment I feel so guilty, its not her fault, but the situation is so helpless, I have zero patience to tolerate her tantrums. I asked the cook to prepare soup for her, we spread a mat on the bed and I was trying to feed her, when she kicked the bowls and all the soup spilled! Phew! I was so annoyed. The she took almost 2 hours to go to sleep. With her in my laps, she kept demanding songs of her choice for those two hours, I get so tired singing with a bad throat, and my legs had started aching…Man raising kids is just no fun on such days. Infact it is no fun at all. This weather has made life very difficult here. We cannot even step out of our room, where the heater is on 24X7. Rest of the house is freezing! This is the worst winters I have seen here in India in my entire life. It was never so bad earlier. There is no sun altogether for days. I just hope and pray that this painful weather gives way to some good sunny days so that we can at least step out start feeling normal again.

Husband is also tired taking care of a sick wife and child. I am afraid that he does fall sick now. We can not afford that. See you guys tomorrow now, hopefully with better health.

Day 22- The 101th Post

I published the previous post and just got this message in my inbox, that I have made 100 posts on this blog! YAY! celebration time..:)

Not sure if I have mentioned earlier, but this is my second blog. Earlier I had a non anonymous blog, which was known to family and friends, and where I used to write mostly funny stuff. However, I realized that I was not being able to express myself freely, so I decided to close it, and start this anonymous space. No one knows about it, except husband. Even he did not know till sometime back, when accidentally he discovered it on my system, and now knows the URL. I kind of wanted to keep it totally anonymous. Am I liking it. Yes. Till now I am enjoying this anonymity. While I know that not many people or rather very few people read this, but I am still satisfied, that I can write whatever I can without the fear of being judged. That is a great feeling.

I started this blog back in 2011, but this has been active only since last year, and I am so glad that I have completed 100 posts here..:)

I hope that it does not take me so long to complete another century here.

Day 21- A short post

I could not post yesterday, as I was very unwell, down with flu and fever. Though I wanted to post at least the status to make for a post yesterday, I just could not sit in front of my laptop. Today is no different. I still have fever, and unfortunately even K is running high fever.

I will keep this post short. With both of us sick, husband was on leave yesterday as well as today. The cook also feel ill, so he had to take of breakfast also, so overall a screwed day for all of us. Tomorrow will take K to the doctor, to ensure that it is nothing more than viral. A long weekend starts in India, and the next week is also busy for us, as one of husband’s cousins is getting married. So hopefully, I will be able to schedule few posts for the coming week, as I seriously want to complete this marathon this year..!

cheers

Day 18- Of Changes

There are some trends which come and just finish off some existing patterns of years. When mobile phone came, the era of crank calls was gone. Not that it was a great thing and should have stayed, but the complete nuisance some people use to create by using land line phones became history with the advent of mobile phones. Mobile phones eradicated this problem altogether! I remember our land line phone ringing at midnight or sometimes bang during the mid of the day, with either no one speaking or some random weird guys murmuring something in the background. It use be both scary and embarrassing. Infact, till the time call tracking was not so easy and simple on mobiles, I even experienced this problem in the initial days of mobiles. People calling from random numbers and then not responding when called back. But with applications like True Caller, and easy traceability of numbers, crank calls is a thing of gone days now! Interesting no, how technology can solve a social problem just in a jiffy…:)

The other day, we were crossing Gol Daak-khana in CP. My FIL showed K the post office and said- “Dekho beta, post office, pata nahi tumhare bade hone tak ye rahen ya nahi..”. Mobiles and e-mails made post offices almost redundant. Inland letters and post cards are history. Though GOI’s speed post service is still used, but the regular Indian Mail, is becoming obsolete slowly. I remember my mum writing letters to my nanaji and me doing the same in the 80’s and 90’s. And people sending those yellow postcards to convey messages..:) As a matter of respect, the wedding invite (the paper card) was accompanied by a post card letter, to invite relatives to wedding. The old ways of doing things, so elaborate detailed. E-mails and mobile phones have eradicated them.

These days in India there is another new trend- Online Shopping. It is slowly changing the way we shop. At any give time of the day, you can see some guys on bikes, carrying huge bags labelled- Myntra, Flipkart, Amazon, Firstcry etc- running across the streets to deliver parcels. I mean earlier it use to be only pizza delivery guys. But today if I stand in my balcony, I can see almost 5-6 guys cross the street in a span of one hour, who are out for delivering stuff ordered on line. They have for sure made life simpler. A lot of stuff which is standard, and does not need much choice, can be ordered online, and delivered at your door step. Its a a blessing sometimes. if the trend continues, it is going to change the way we shop. There will be more delivery guys on the streets than the actual people headed to markets to buy stuff! Not sure, which way it will go, but it could be game changer in a crowded country like India.

Day 13- Tag Time

I picked this tag from TP.

Only one hour left for the clock to strike midnight, and I was wondering what to post today. I do have ideas, but unfortunately, do not get any time to write a meaningful post. I opened TP’s blog and found this tag. Ha! life saver. I am doing this tag today…:)

Rules of the tag:

  1. Answer all the questions. No ‘pass’ or ‘no idea’ type of answers.
  2. No cursing Visha if you found the tag to be difficult while attempting.

Here is the tag –

List all the ingredients which went into making the most interesting dish you ate today.

I ate samosa today at MIL’s place. I am not sure apart from aaloo, salt and other masalas, and maida of course, what all goes into that!

What is the current wallpaper of your laptop/phone/tablet?

Laptop- My company’s logo against a blue backdrop.

On my phone, K’s picture..:)

How do you wear your hair when at home?

In a pony tail. mostly.

When you visit any restaurant, what is the first thing you search for, in the menu?

Hmm, nothing specific. I actually, look at the prices..:D

What is the advertisement from your childhood that you recall even today?

Oh..many. There was an ad of Jai soap, which I used to find romantic even then. The song was something like this..”pehla pyaar…laaye jeevan mein bahaar…pehla pyaar”. A guy going around in a cycle and a pretty docile looking girl. I really liked that ad.

Have you implemented a beauty tip/hack which you were told to, and been mortified by the results?

Once I was told that using a pumice stone the body hair can me removed. I was in class X, and had gone to my tauji’s place. I saw a pumice stone in their bathroom, and decided to experiment and see if the hair on my legs could be removed. I took the stone and started rubbing it against bare skin, without using nay soap! You can guess the results. When I was done after approximately 30 minutes, my skin was burnt due to friction. It was so bad, that by the time I came out of the bathroom, The burn marks were quite visible. I use to wear skirts during those days, and I had to fabricate a complete lie to hide my inept use of the stone!

At your home, where do the newspapers find themselves to be the most useful?

Husband reads them diligently every morning!

During a visit to any mall, what do you find yourself searching first?

Hmm…I am generally clueless. These days we go to mall only when we have some shopping on mind. So I either go to particular shop, or enter Fab India or any book shop…:)

This tag is over now. Explain your state of mind.

happy..:) I am done for Day 13…:D

Day 12- Cheat Post

This is a quick post to say that I am too tied up today to post anything!

My mom is here for her yearly medical check-up. K is still awake, and I do not see a very good start to tomorrow, as she will keep sleeping till late and not get up on time ..:(

Anyway, have a good night and good day!

cheers