Tuesday, May 14, 2013

For You







 Let's get rich and build our house on a mountain 
Making everybody look like ants 
 From way up there, you and I, you and I
 -Ingrid Michaelson - You and I Lyrics 


Because sometimes, being corny is cute, delightful and lovely! :)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Self-indulgence

Because I am trying to be all fancy today...


Cheese & crackers, Celery sticks filled with cream cheese and creamy CHOCOLATES. All for me.
Talk about self-indulgence.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Wedding Shopping

Ages since I attended a wedding and with tons of  cousins (particularly females) in the family there is practically one every year. And despite visiting home almost every year, I still manage to miss them. What can say-a combination of bad luck and bad timing.

But this year I am hoping to get lucky. A cousin is getting hitched in September and I just might be able to attend. But whether I make it or not I have started day dreaming and shopping for the wedding. Dressing up is definitely one of the fun aspects of any traditional Indian wedding and so I am thinking Kanchivaram sari matched with traditional Amrapali jewellery...mmm..something on these lines.


Image 1  This, rater simple looking sari ...
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Image 2 Paired with these red & green earrings...
Image 3 Unless of course these become available in green instead of blue!

If I am giving away the impression of being a fashionista obsessed over clothes and dressing up then nothing can be far from the truth. I am the quintessential fabindia-kurta-jeans clad wannabe fashionista in real life.I would say this is probably my first post discussing clothes and jewellery and it probably looks out of place here. But, come on now humor me :)


Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Steaming Hot Weekend

Now how hard can it be to post a picture a day!?! *sigh*.No good excuse to fall back on and so slightly embarrassed here is a glimpse of what I did over the weekend.

I learnt  to make momos at a friend's house, shared a couple of pictures instantly with someone over whats app and re-lived some sweet memories of snow capped mountains, hot momos and a darling companion from a while ago.

As for the momos- steaming hot with the special tomato sauce to pour over and a bit of chilly sauce on the side was mouth-wateringly delicious!



Saturday, May 04, 2013

Since It Is Friday

So welcome back to me I guess. Been away for a bit. I have been working my destiny to the hilt-that of a struggling grad student with multiple deadlines and trying to live a life somewhere in between. Blogging naturally took a backseat in the list of things-to-do although it did not keep me from visiting some of my favorite blogs.
Today, after my usual, everyday ritual/routine of blog hopping, I started my work when quite unexpectedly the mind wandered to my blog wondering what was happening to it..how many visitors, stalkers, friends and lovelies had stopped by. And so I logged in and checked. Well, going by the numbers....hmmm...lets just say if my blog was a tv show it would not have lasted an episode let alone a full season. Yep, self deprecation was never an issue for me.
Anyways since I take my blog a bit too personally (but not seriously) I do not wish to see it simply die and fade away into the blogger blackhole. So here is the plan to keep it kicking and going and hopefully less boring. Post a picture (everyday if possible) that held some sort of significance to me that particular day which basically translates to endless possibilities, unless of course inspiration strikes and I want to ramble on about something.

So here is for today..since it is Friday


Saturday, April 06, 2013

Can't Wait

So guess what? I was checking out one of my favorite blogs and I read the NEWS!!
Before midnight is going to be released soon..well in May this year. The third in the series.
I want to flip and do somersaults or just jump up and down with joy (more likely). Thats how excited I am. And after watching the trailer it looks like they are married and together after that chance encounter in a train many years ago!!! Enduring love..how lovely is that!?!

And here is the trailer (love the french song in the background).



My favorite quote from the trailer " Sometimes I feel you are breathing helium and I am breathing oxygen". hee

Friday, April 05, 2013

Documentary Movies

I seriously have a lot of work to finish. But the idea of lot of work ironically slows me down. I wait and procrastinate in misery knowing very well the work load is indirectly proportional to time.
But despite such clarity the mind refuses to act. Then as a lame attempt to feel useful and busy or basically avoid the guilt of wasting time on trivial pursuits, I watch documentary movies. I convince (have convinced) myself how watching documentaries, not only increases my awareness on issues or things that matter but also I do not pass out from boredom.
And so long story short I watched two documentaries last and this week, both fascinating and highly recommended. Here is a short clip/promo for the two movies.

This one is Kumare. I thought it was quite interesting except I wonder why he had to do the fake Indian accent. That was unnecessary. I mean there are many who speak proper English in India, without  heavy accents!



This one is The Highest Pass. It is about this fabulous road trip by 7 travelers on Royal Enfields from Rishikesh to Khardungla pass (supposedly the highest motorable road in the world at 18,380 ft) via Manali and Leh. Watching the documentary gave me goosebumps and the thrills. Wish I get the opportunity and the courage to go on one. There was a spiritual component too which I felt was not very convincing.



I guess I must try and get back to work now and get something done before I drift into another daydream or stumble upon another fascinating documentary movie.

Monday, April 01, 2013

My Conscious Mind Says



Free Birds at Rishikesh


I love you.
Says my conscious mind
as I think of you

I love you.
Says my conscious mind
as I think of what you said

I love you.
Says my conscious mind
as I think of what you did

I love you.
Says my conscious mind
as I think of the way I responded

I love you.
Says my conscious mind
as I think of any troubles I faced

I love you.
Says my conscious mind 
as I think of  all the happiness I felt

I love you 
Says my conscious mind 
as I think of what the future may hold

And no matter what
I know,without doubt
Says my conscious mind
I love you.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

At The Beach Today

It is a rainy day today. But it wasn't so in the morning. So I went to the beach. The surfers, the joggers, the artists in the park, the tourists, the locals were all there. Starbucks had a ridiculously long queue. So I strolled lazily without that "tall" hot chocolate I was planning on getting. I don't like the beach much. I prefer the mountains, the coolness of high elevations. It makes me feel on top of the world, literally and figuratively. My last trip to the mountains was incredible. I miss the company, the companionship, the exhilaration, none of which I experienced today morning, at the beech. Maybe because I do not enjoy the beach much and my "company" was not there. I know, I am repeating myself. Anyways, since I was at the beach and since I carry my Instagram installed "smart" phone everywhere I go, here are some snapshots of my morning trip to the beach.




I don't like the beach much but still.....lovely huh?

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hand In Hand


                                                                  Source: whitebuffalowoman.tumblr.com via Frania on Pinterest


Inspired by this image..

A guy and a gal or you and me, hand in hand, here is what I see

Two destiny's match, meandering through life, setting goals and succeeding.

Two travelers, wandering the world, together, backpack and all in wanderlust pursuits.

Two kindred spirits, being together, sipping hot chocolate in a cafe, on that cobbled street by the river watching the world go by.

Two hippie souls, in hippie drapes and hippie attitude seeking freedom, feeling liberated.

Two lovers, building a home on that hilltop, living and loving just the way the hearts desired.

 Two dreamers, dreaming without limits, forging ahead with determination till life's end.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Love, Smile, Tear, Flutter

Random Things that made me- think of "love", brought a smile, shed a tear and made my heart flutter. 

This image by Julia Brokaw that I found here







This memory of being at the banks of the Ganga




This song by Counting Crows

This dream of travels with soulmate












These lines from this book


Sunday, March 03, 2013

The Trip

Back after an exceptionally magical trip. Magical because the experience was  beyond what my creatively limited  mind could ever dream up. And it was exceptional because of whom I traveled with, the places we went, how we went and all that we did.

I want to write this post as a travelogue but afraid it may come across as impersonal and detached. I want to write this post as an enriching, earth shattering personal experience but afraid it may come across as too personal, emotional and perhaps too mushy and sentimental. So how should I proceed? Oh well, indecisiveness prevails...but here goes and hopefully the narration lies somewhere between impersonal and personal. Not too detached and yet not too personal where either case, one reading, may not be able to relate.

We went to Uttarakhand (somehow Uttaranchal sounds more beautiful than Uttarakhand.Why did they ever change the name?) and explored Dehradun and Mussorie which were rather disappointing and Rishikesh which sort of made up for the earlier  disappointments. Rishikesh was decided over Haridwar and floating a flower platter in the Ganga and witnessing the Ganga aarti together  was an experience that will remain beautiful, overwhelming, meaningful and extraordinary to us. Later people told us of places where we may have enjoyed more but at the time, especially after our profound experience at Rishikesh, we felt  it had to be something beyond to maintain the state of mind we were in.  That is when, on a whim, we decided to travel to Himachal, all the way to Dharamshala or to the land of the "Buddhas" as I would like to call it.Thank god for off season travel, acquiring  last minute bus tickets to Dharamshala and return tickets to Delhi, to catch our train back home was rather easy.

After a 12 hour surprisingly comfortable journey, disregarding the bone freezing cold( it was early Feb but being from the warm, tropical South the night temperature was sufficient to feel ourselves freezing) we reached Dharamshala early dawn, when the town was still sleepy and dark, except for those small motels guarded by sleepy recptionist/watchman expecting that odd tourist showing up at odd hours. 

Since our trip to Dharamshala town was completely unplanned and since we had not done any reading on the place, we were not sure what to explore. And since time was limited, after checking into a small lodge, a quick cleaning up, a nap and a breakfast later we set off to McLeod Ganj. With frequent buses from Dhramashala , reaching MG was pretty fast and easy and we felt instantly at home in the small hippie, buddhist town. Again thankgod for off season travel, we found rooms at  cheap rates. After checking in we did the usual  touristy thing as well as non-touristy things and after two days of careless wanderings, bid farewell to the town with an excellent  lunch of fried momos, tandoori chicken and chilled beer at a reasonably fancy place. From a purely tourist perspective, visiting naddi for a proximal view of the snow capped mountains and the Dalai Lama temple was indeed  lovely and definitely recommended.

Our return bus ride to Delhi was not the most comfortable which is putting it rather mildly, and neither was our return train ride back home as magical as our onward journey( blame it on a rather well packed noisy compartment) but none of the experience-good or bad would have meant much without the company I was in. It was all of 10 days that felt like a lifetime well spent, in a far far magical land, blissed out and incandescently happy! *touchwood*

Sharing some pictures hoping it inspires someone to pack that bag and travel and as a concerned citizen perhaps boost India's tourism revenue.


Urban Sprawl- Mussorie


The Ganga At Dusk


Floating Flower Platter

 
Venerating the Ganga

The Sadhu At Ganga Ghat



Snow Capped Mountains-Dharamshala
The Buddha-McLeod Ganj

McLeod Ganj-Streets
McLeod Ganj





The "Royal" Machine At McLeod Ganj