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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Boring Blogpost

**Like the name suggests, this post is going to be the most boring post!! Read at your own risk!! **

I am bored... I have nothing to do at the moment... no exciting plans for Christmas... I am sleepy and I am hungry.

It's 9 AM and I am sitting at the airport since 3:30 AM. My flight, which was supposed to depart at 5:50 AM got cancelled and I have to wait for another 2 hours before I take the 5-minute flight to Chicago. This is not all... have to kill another 8 hours at the O'Hare Airport Lounge and then a 5 hours flight to San Jose. Gosh!!

Since I have nothing interesting to do I am watching people and airplanes landing & departing!!


  • I see a woman munching on potato chips while she looks out of the window, lost in her own thoughts. It makes me feel all the more hungry :(
  • Another lady in her late 60's has been sitting in the same position, swaying her head like a pendulum. Her way of killing time, I guess!! 
  • Oh... a sweet, little girl with a very fancy, pink cap just  went past me. 
  • Home Turf just opened for the day. No customers yet!
  • A group of security personnel are enjoying their break from work.
  • Starbucks is making good money ;) As any other morning.
  • Sanket is back to his Sleeping Beast mode.
  • No new photo albums or exciting status updates on Facebook.
  • The men look like copies of one another. The same :| expression on all the male faces.
  • Otherwise well-received Christmas Carols and Santa Caps are disgusting me all the more, at the moment :S
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My sister thought that the last post was boring and I agreed with her at once. I did enjoy writing  'Year 2010 !!' but while I was half way with the proof reading, I knew it lacked the factor that hooks a reader. I decided to go on with it because it was my window to the past and intend to do it every year. Wondering why I don't have any comment on it yet!! I need to hear from you guys even if it's bad things. 

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My swelling has vanished and I am glad that I would look normal in the CA pics. I did not go to the doctor ( because I could see the improvement or probably because I was lazy). Back to normal, the reason remains unknown, though!!

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It's Christmas... and I am gonna be at the airport for almost the entire day ( with no cake) :( :(
However, I wish all of you have a wonderful Christmas :) Have fun!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Year 2010 !!

My Year in Status - 2010 is a hit among Facebook users these days. Has to be... who does not like to flip the pages of the book called 'Memories'? I do not usually give in to these applications on Facebook but this particular app had caught my attention since the very first time I saw it. After trying to ignore it for quite some time, I finally tried it myself. Here is the collage of my Facebook status messages for the year 2010... one of the most eventful year of my life!!


This collage drove me crazy and I went to the extent of going all the way back to my first Facebook Activity and this is what I found.

First Five Facebook Friends
  1. Pulkit Anand
  2. Anushri Arora
  3. Sanket Sinha
  4. Ritika Anurag
  5. Noopur Johri

I went on to track all my status messages and believe me... it was fun!!  Give it a try if you have time on your hands. Interestingly, I joined Facebook in October' 2007 and my first status update is dated for February 12, 2009. I have had 80+ updates since then. Here they are-
  • is preparing for the life ahead!! February 12, 2009 --- Was probably planning out the life post-marriage!! Not sure
  • is killing time!! February 16, 2009 --- I have absolutely no idea how and why I had nothing to do.
  • is missing the holi celebrations @ "home" March 10, 2009 --- and that I will always do because nothing can beat the holi celebrations @ "Preetam Nagar, Allahabad" :( :(
  • is happy that holi was not as dry as it seemed to be !! March 12, 2009 --- Thankfully!! :)
  • is exploring the land of Arabs...beaches...villas...cars...malls... March 28, 2009 --- Kuwait
  • moving ahead....one step at a time !! May 4, 2009 --- Post-Roka status update!! Relationship Status: 'In a Relationship' --> 'Engaged' :)
  • 3 Idiots: Go... watch it!! December 26, 2009 --- I still stand by it... watched it for nth time, day before yesterday.
  • Big Boss 3: Taainn taaaiiinnn fissssssssshhhhhhh December 27, 2009 --- was really disappointed with last year's results. Hope that does not happen again!!
  • Lost n Fouuunnnddd!!!!!! December 30, 2009 --- Gosh... I almost lost my Engagement Ring. Glad that it still adores my finger... pheewww!!
  • Monday morning cudn't have been better... with the sun shining with all it's might... got a chance to get behind the steering wheel... a successful experiment in the kitchen with another one queued up... time to laze around and log on to facebook!! Who says life gets boring when u get married and are alone at home all day!! January 18, 2010 --- Gurgaon Days :)
  • Hope none of my friends in Pune were anywhere near German Bakery!! Take Care!! February 13, 2010 --- Sad that it happened, glad that my friends were not there!
  • Happy Valentine's Day to all you people in love!! Hope you had a great day!! February 14, 2010 --- :) :)
  • has put a new shade of nail paint!! February 15, 2010 --- I don't have that nail paint with me anymore :(
  • had amazingly tasty Sanket-cooked chicken curry for lunch today !! Finalllyyyyyy..... ;) February 21, 2010 --- Sanket now has a few more items on his menu card. Lucky me :D :D
  • celebrated her Third Manniversary today :) It was a busy yet fun-filled day!! February 22, 2010 --- It was 13th yesterday :)
  • ‎'Find the word', 'Geographical Antakshari, Chinese at Comesum, Knitting, Watching the people go by and unlimited bakwaas helped us kill 5 hours at Nizamuddin Railway Station!! At home... finallieeee !! February 27, 2010 --- :D :D
  • Chatting with him online is always so much fun!! February 27, 2010 --- I am doing it right now as well :)
  • ‎**Chips.. Aloo k papad.. Idli.. Mathri.. Samosa.. GUJIYA.. Shakar Para.. Matar Paneer, Dahi Wada**... Rangoli... Puja.. COLORS... pics... Wishing everyone a very happy and colorful 'my favorite' festival :) ENJOOYYYY.... February 28, 2010 --- :)
  • Watch 'Beowulf'.... amazzzzzzzzzing work of animation!! March 6, 2010 --- I don't remember ANY thing about the movie now!! Strange... but that's me ;) ;)
  • Women's Reservation Bill : We don't need it coz we believe in 'Gender Equality'!! March 11, 2010 --- !!
  • IPL III... action is back!! March 11, 2010 --- I hardly followed it... courtesy, the 'big things' that came up right after that.
  • Complete... finally!! March 11, 2010 --- The Blue sweater that I made for Aarush. It fits him so well :) :)
  • Got so much in my small little head that it's becoming difficult for me to pull out one and put it up here !! March 19, 2010 --- Not so good days!!
  • It has been only a couple of days but seems like ages.... Gawwddd !! March 27, 2010 --- Glad it's over!!
  • Arreeee yaaarrrrr..... April 1, 2010 --- Must have been some trouble with my passport... I am sure.
  • Today was better than Yesterday...and I hope Tomorrow gets better than Today!! April 3, 2010 --- Yes, it was and it continues to be :) Thanks for all your wishes :)
  • Time is the most disobedient child... When you want to stop it, it slips away like grains of sand... and when you want it to go by, it gets as slow as a tortoise!! April 6, 2010 --- State of mind ;)
  • There's more Mosquito Saliva than blood running in my body!! Sanket Sinha , just wish that weird idea of yours gets practical ASAP :( April 7, 2010 --- The idea of making human dummies with some kind of poison to kill mosquitoes, so that when these little, annoying creatures bite the dummy, they take in the poison and DIE... Aaahhh!!
  • Two khoya Parathas... one deadly sin!! Followed by Kadhi-Rice and Chocolate cake... April 9, 2010 --- :D :D
  • What a day... April 10, 2010 --- was too short!!
  • What a day ... :( April 15, 2010 --- was too bad!!
  • Today is(was) Thursday... how could things go wrong today?? April 15, 2010 --- Passport saga
  • Waiting desperately for MONDAY... ( That's a rare statement... but this time it's true!! ) April 18, 2010 ---- Passport Saga, again
  • Back here after a long looonng time !! May 2, 2010 --- back to Facebook
  • Back Together... :) :) June 1, 2010 --- :) :)
  • has just had the yummiest Tandoori Chicken!! June 5, 2010 --- the 'yummiest' got all the more yummy :D
  • weather.com's forecast for Michigan comes true after a long, long time!! It's raining (finally) but unlike my friends in Pune there's nothing much to rejoice about the rain here. Hope the clouds are beaten by the sun tomorrow morning !! June 15, 2010 --- Weather.com, you are doing good... keep it up!!
  • Gurinder Chadha's It's A Wonderful Afterlife: After Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice, this one is disappointing :( June 16, 2010 --- :( :(
  • Nintendo Wii, PlayStation Move and NOW Microsoft Kinect.... it's a boon to be born in this era of electronics!! Enjoy!! June 17, 2010 --- We own one now :D :D
  • is back to the world of colors!! June 28, 2010 --- :)
  • Gawwddd... is everyone FBing rite now?? I have so many Notifications!! June 29, 2010 --- Yes, they were.
  • needs to clear the mess and get back to the daily chores, after the long and beautiful weekend at Niagara Falls!! July 6, 2010 --- That continues to be the story after every weekend ;) ;)
  • Dauda dauda...bhaaga bhaaga saa... July 7, 2010 --- Time after 4:30 PM ;)
  • ‎...and the beautiful weather is back!! :) July 8, 2010 --- I am already dreaming about the color 'Green'. No complains, though!!
  • When it's night in India... FB becomes just so boring. Jaagooo people, jagoooo!! July 8, 2010 --- It's getting better now with Daylight Saving ending and my friends here :)
  • OK... so all my friends in India are awake now... hope they dont go off to sleep for another couple of hours!! Let's rock FB with extensive FBing... what say?? July 9, 2010 --- We did that!!
  • calls it a quit with laptop for the day!! She has more interesting work up her sleeve rather than straining eyes on this machine. July 13, 2010 --- :O :O
  • is wondering whether something is wrong with her choice of films or Bollywood is just not coming up with good releases!! July 15, 2010 --- Thank God... nothing was wrong with me ;)
  • A great family get-together, successful surprise party, Uno, variety of chicken recipes, trip to College Park, MD, Washington DC on the hottest day of the season, shopping at Ikea..... last week was so much fun!! :) :) July 26, 2010 --- :) :)
  • Fire at SB Road....What's going on in Pune? Hope it starts raining heavily to help the firemen with their work!! Also, keeping my fingers crossed that none of my friends were any where close to that building. July 29, 2010 --- Safe!!
  • has new set of colors... yaaayyy!!!! August 3, 2010 --- it always drives me crazy ;)
  • Chala li gaadiiii :D :D August 4, 2010 --- but I still don't have the license ;)
  • Acrylic paints just passed the 'microwave test'!! August 5, 2010 --- Eureka :P :P
  • SMC Allahabad won the best school award :) Yaaayyy... proud to be an SMCian!! August 9, 2010 --- Award or no award... I am always a proud SMCian :)
  • nothing!! August 11, 2010 --- ;)
  • wanted to eat something good... so she decided on MAGGI!! August 11, 2010 --- :D :D
  • Why is FB getting so boring these days?? Is it's end near?? August 19, 2010 --- ??
  • 40+ notifications in less than an hour :O thanks to the conversation between Ritika Anurag and Pria Arora on MY wall. August 20, 2010 --- That's the way they are... cannot help!!
  • Sanket Sinha and I celebrated our 9th Manniversary at Bamboo House!! Ice-cream cake to follow :) August 22, 2010 --- we went there shortly after our Wedding Anniversary as well and we did have ice cream on 22nd :D :D
  • It's not Friday... how come everyone is up so late?? August 26, 2010 --- No idea!!
  • Promoted... promoted... promoted!! A step up on the family ladder... yayyyyy!!! :D :D :D August 27, 2010 --- :D
  • wants to fight with Ritika Anurag just like we did as kids!! September 2, 2010 --- :D ;)
  • Mama-Mami are on their way to meet you Aarush :) September 3, 2010 --- waiting to put this update again!!
  • "long fun and family filled weekend!".... says Aarush :) September 4, 2010 --- for you sweetheart :)
  • Goshhh... girls can go crazy when it comes to commenting on pics.... Nidhi Seth, Seema Sanjay and I have already proved it... it's time for Tahlyan Sonya and Oshima Sharma to show their talent!! September 20, 2010 --- and it continues... though nothing can beat the 20th September activity on Facebook!! Cheers to Girl Power :)
  • Ritika Anurag... the only person who remembered our 10th Manniversary :) Thanks sweetheart... love you!! September 22, 2010 --- :)
  • I know who is the happiest person today... it's Sanket Sinha!! Reason... he has a new camera in hand and it's manual to keep him busy !! September 24, 2010 --- He has so many other electronics to keep him busy now... gosh... this guy is crazy!!
  • It's difficult being a Vegetarian.. especially when you are away from home :( :( October 5, 2010 --- :(
  • Red... Orange... Yellow!! October 11, 2010 --- Fall Foliage
  • Mackinac Island!! October 12, 2010 --- Amazingly beautiful!!
  • ‎100 mails in a chain with Ritika Prashant. Cheers to our friendship, girl.... though we don't share the same roof anymore... things have not changed much. Our gossip sessions are unbeatable!! :) :) October 13, 2010 --- and counting!!
  • Good Days lined up!! Karwa Chauth, Diwali, B'day, Anniversary, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, B'day again :) :) October 21, 2010 --- :)
  • is super excited :) !! October 26, 2010 --- Karwa Chauth :D
  • is watching The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (again) and is missing the fun she had while organizing the Movie Premier at OFSS... the non stop mails in her inbox, the unending queries, last minute ticket distribution, customized seating arrangement and a group of people who thought that the movie was boring!! October 28, 2010 --- :) ;)
  • FB status of 50 percent of my friends says that they are home or gonna be home soon!! Now that gives a feel that Diwali is round the corner... Have fun guys :) :) October 30, 2010 --- Our First Diwali, together :)
  • It's November.... yippyooonnn!! :) :) November 1, 2010 --- almost 10 months for next November :(
  • Round 1 over... countdown to Round 2 begins!! :) :) November 8, 2010 --- over :( !!
  • Yet another amazing video by Sanket on my b'day :) November 9, 2010 --- he is just too good with this :)
  • Nidhi Seth, will miss you... Vihaan... your camera... our nonsense chats and all the fun we have had together :( Have fun and enjoy your stay in India :) See you soon :) November 14, 2010 --- Miss you :(
  • After all the monthly celebrations.. it's time for the BIG one :) Thanks a lot everyone for the wonderful wishes!! -SankeTanya November 22, 2010 --- Thanks again for the wonderful Anniversary wishes :)
  • A Snowy Start to December!! December 1, 2010 --- I want more of (safe) snow!!
  • PLEASE stop crying people!! Enough of "GIRL KILLED Herself After HER DAD Posted This ON Her WALL!" December 16, 2010 --- I hope not to see this anymore!!
    More to come!!

    Wish you all a very Happy New Year :)



Sunday, December 19, 2010

Weekend with a Swollen Face!!

While Sanket is attending to his 'Call of Duty', I thought I'll catch up with mine on Facebook, Gmail and Blogspot!!

After an absolutely lazy week, which measured a big 'zero' on the activity scale, the weekend has been pretty good so far. Two movies back to back on Friday night... just the perfect way to start the weekend. While 'Break ke Baad' was pretty entertaining, except for some hosh posh here and there... 'Benny and Babloo' was more like reading a novel. Would have loved to watch Rocky 3 but we failed to beat the Sleepy Beasts within us ;) 

Break Ke Baad: 3.5 out of 5!!

Benny and Babloo: 3 out of 5!!

SATURDAY:
Woke up with a weird pain! However, the satisfaction of sleeping past 10 a.m., grocery shopping in this festive season, amazing party by Gole family, Bingo-Dumb Charades-Antakshri and great Indian food made me forget all of it. Unfortunately, this pain-free stage did not last long and I went to bed with a swollen face and a lot of pain. :( :(

SUNDAY:
Airway Lanes Bowling Alley with friends was a great start for this Sunday morning!! My 'Baby Balls' were just not good enough for Strikes but I was happy with Spares and Blowouts ;) Ohh... I did chip off a couple of nails :(
Our Bowling Gang
Sanket & I: Matching-matching... again ;)

Sadly, my swelling is back!! The right side of my face looks like a cantaloupe. I stand before the mirror smiling and watch the left half of my smile reach my ear while the right half looks real grim :( I am not sure what the reason is but I just wish it gets better with the big trip coming up!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Lazy Days...

I don't have much on the table nowadays... but that does not mean I cannot write... rigghttt?? We can always talk about how things are in the pipeline and how we are just not doing anything about it. While most of us believe in finishing off things well before time, I am the one who would just sit back and wait for the last minute to come!! Anyways... I do not have anything REALLY important to do these days, so all I do is sip coffee, read, watch TV and spend most of the time looking out of the window, watching the snow!! :D :D


I am sure the Snow God would be really pleased with me by now. The way I observe and enjoy snow must have impressed Him. I know exactly what the temperature is gonna be like throughout the day, the chances of precipitation, the direction of winds... courtesy weather.com. I get upset when the icicles melt, when the snow gets clear or for that matter, when the Sun starts shining with all His might. Clicking pictures from my snow covered patio is my favorite activity these days :)
Foot pritns.. all that was left behind
The Lone Ranger

Birdies at the Tea Party!!

Nature's Artwork

My dear Icicles
The view at night

People say that I would get bored of this new love in my life very soon. MAY BE!! but as of now... I am having a really good time :)

A part from snow...
  • On the Creative Table... a photo book that I gifted to Sanket on our First Wedding Anniversary. 
  • On the Kitchen Platform...  Butter Chicken :)
  • On the Reading Desk... The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • On the Technology front... exploring XBox Kinect
  • On the Television... watched all episodes of Sasural Genda Phool till yesterday ;) ;)
  • On the Bollywood-Flicks-To-Watch List... Action Replay and Allah K Bande done!! Loads yet to be covered!!
  • On the To-Do List... a zillion other things... like always :D :D
Happy Winters  :) :)

Monday, November 01, 2010

November is here!!

My favorite month of the year is here again... NOVEMBER!!

The November Calender looks like this--

  • 1st to 4th      : Diwali Preparations
  • 5th               : Diwali
  • 6th               : Diwali Party
  • 7th               : My Birthday 
  • 14th             : Expecting a package from India :D
  • 20th to 28th : Family Time
  • 22nd            : Marriage Anniversary

Being the birthday month, it has been my favorite since childhood. The last couple of years have added to the excitement  and fun; it is now the month of my Wedding Anniversary as well :)

Talking about the weather back in India, the mornings are fresh and the days are sunny... just the perfect weather!! What fascinates me more than anything about the weather is that wearing the woolens remains optional ;) Eager to experience winters in this part of the world. Expecting snow...wooo!!

It's gonna be all the more fun this November with events lined up back to back. After the Halloween fun last night with my little friends, we will be celebrating Diwali in a few days. Like the last two years, this Diwali will also be away from 'home' but at home!! Come to think of it, Mom-Dad, Ritu and I have not been together on Diwali for the last three years. This one will add one more to it... FOUR!!

While I AM missing the Diwali celebrations at home, this is gonna be OUR First Diwali after marriage. We have already started the preparations and will do our best to make it a memorable one :) The Diwali Party with friends will be fun as well :)

Being away from the Home Country, one undoubtedly misses out on a lot. Sanket is missing Gwalior and the lit-up streets. The good part is that it leaves your mind working at a super sonic speed and you keep thinking of ways in which you can recreate the magic... and that is exactly what we are doing these days :)

November always keeps my spirits high... it will be family time for us around Thanksgiving!! Mummy, Jijs-Dids and Aarush will be here... loads of chatting, fun while playing Uno, the infectious laughter and an adorable baby will adorn the house. Looking forward to it... :) :)

Ohhh.. I love November :) :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Left Hand vs. Right Hand on the eve of Karva Chauth

  • Karva Chauth became a buzz word on Twitter leaving most of the members clueless.
  • Times of India states while the North Indian females were busy preparing for the festival, it was fun to see the rest of the world's reaction to Karva Chauth. There were curious queries from clueless people.
  • One of the sites says 'Nowadays, Karva Chauth is more of fun than a serious festival.'
  • The other site claims to have discussed all the details of this auspicious occasion. The only point it missed was the reason behind it.

Anyway, I am not interested in the media reports (for the first time) because I have my own story to share.


After watching Mom observing fast on Karva Chauth for years and the numerous scenes in movies, it was finally my chance to be a part of it. Keeping the fast, getting all decked up, preparing delicacies, performing the Puja, waiting for the moon, the chhalni (sieve) part  and finally... eating :) It was my turn to feel the excitement as well as hunger and thirst; the former being more prominent and dominant.


The preparations started a couple of days in advance especially with the Mehendi/Henna application. After doing it for a friend of mine, it was my turn. I knew that it would be difficult to put it on my right hand but I started off with the Henna cone in my left hand. This is what the design on my right hand looked like.


After seeing this, the right hand knew that it would have to put up a brilliant show to save some grace. The poor fellow thought and thought and thought and decided to cover the entire forearm to show his talent. The following is the picture of right hand's efforts.


Help me to decide which one is better!!


The excitement was not limited to Henna... it was at the zenith all day long. I was waiting for this day to get dressed up in the best of dresses, jewelery, makeup :) :)


The best was reserved for the last... the Puja. I have no idea why the females are supposed to see the moon and the husband's face though a sieve but to tell you the truth, I really liked it :) It was filmy indeed but a pleasure!!


About the fast... it is not difficult at all. Though, we got a bit restless during the last one hour with food waiting on the table and clouds hiding the moon, the rest of the day was pretty good.


Love Sanket for fasting with me (and for a zillion other reasons). It's not that I wanted him to refrain from food (and more importantly fluids) just because I was fasting for him but... it feels good :)


A note for all those who fast with their wives... Kudos guys!! and for those who don't... try it once, your wife would be a lot happier, trust me!!


P.S.-The driving force was only and only OUR love!! 



Monday, October 04, 2010

The Last One Month!!

Hey...


I have been away from blogging for a month.. wow.. that's a pretty long time but the question is.. what has kept me busy all this while... hmmm.. let me think!! Well.. a couple of things. like


  • A fun-filled fortnight with family, which includes my one-month old nephew :) The bad part is... when I came back, the house was in a mess. My husband says that he missed me so much that he did not feel like doing 'anything'... haaa!!
  • A painting... yup... only one. I agree, a-painting-a-month is not good stats but sadly that is what my graph is like these days. The good part is... the 'Along the Reflections' series is complete. 
  • Cleared the written stage of the Driver's License Test. I know... it's not all that big but I am thru and glad about it. The difficult part is.. Skill Test to follow... pheewww!!
  • Enjoyed and still enjoying the changing weather. Temperature falling to almost 36 degree Fahrenheit at night. The exciting part is... the changing colors of Fall... yaayy!!
  • Lost my camera :(  Sanket got a new one with more features :D
  • Took a break from kitchen for a couple of days. The interesting part is...on all the other days I did loads and loads of cooking... from Chicken curry, Shahi Paneer and Chhole to Dahi Wada and Samosas.
  • Made some new friends. The fun part is the Family Picnic, Satsang and a Trip to Gull Meadow Farms for Apple Picking. 
  • Had so many birthdays in the family, which includes my Grandfather's 90th :) !!
The days that have gone by have left behind a bag full of memories and hard disc full of pictures :)


A couple of pictures from my series on 'Reflection'. Details to follow. The other two paintings can be seen in the earlier posts.