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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Where Are The Cards?

Whom do you have to trust the most? Aaa-aaa.. do not be impromptu in answering that. I am not looking for answers that read - my mom, my husband, my sister or my best friend. Breath and read the question again. Whom do you have to trust the most? Yeahhh.. you got it! We are not talking about choice here. We are actually talking about- not having a choice!

For me, it has to be all those people in banks & post offices and those involved in online shopping.  These people/officials remain behind a veil. We never really have a face to associate with and tracking (because of the long chain) gets complicated. We can never really be sure that the parcel is not tampered with or our money will be used for the right purpose. We never really have a choice but to place our trust on the unknown system and it's people.

This is exactly what I did last month. I relied on the postal services to get the cards I had made for my parents' birthday, to reach them (not on time, just REACH them!).

Since, I wanted the envelop of cards to land at my parents' doorsteps without my telling them about it in advance, I just kept quiet. Days went by and with each call from them, I expected an elated tone exclaiming that they had received the cards.

When that did not happen for long, I started calling the Indian post office to get an update. (Thank God! I decided to go the registered post way!!) After several unsuccessful attempts of calling the Indian post office, I finally learnt that the mail had reached Kuwait (where my parents live) and I was asked to check with the post office in Kuwait. Now, the only way to get that done was to tell Dad about the cards... and kill the surprise!! Blah!!

Like always, Google was consulted before taking any action. (Hail Google!) But what Google threw back was unexpected and unacceptable. Almost all the reviews said- 'Forget your mail. You'll probably never see it again'. Sigh!!

So now, mom & dad know about the 'surprise' and if that's not it, they'll have to hunt for the 'surprise' as well.

The good part, I clicked a lot of pictures of the cards before mailing them. And here they are....



Just in case you are wondering why do I have two almost similar looking cards, let me tell you that the blue one is for MummyG and the orange is for MummyK. Luckily, I did not have to post MummyG's card, since we were together on her birthday. Thankfully, no misplaces there.

Which color combination for the quilled cards did you like more? And how about that shirt on dad's card?
More importantly, do you think my parents would ever get the cards? **still hopeful**

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Super September

The title for this post could have very well been 'Slow September' but that would have been unjust!! There are no two ways about the fact that I was a happy girl on the morning of October 1, only because September had ended and the doors to the last quarter of the year had opened but I could not get myself to have a boring title for the post. After all, September had it's own goods and that is exactly what we'll talk about here :-)

You saw the August cards here! I made some in September as well.
Here's just a sneak-peek. Will share the pics as soon as all the cards reach their recipients. 

Sanket has been very cautiously attending to professional calls lately.
The goodness can not be over-looked but not having him around is not easy.
But like they say- 'Kuch paane k liye kuch khona padta hai.'
(Translation: No pain, no gain)
However, both of us have been progressing well in our designated roles and that's the joy of it
**Touchwood. Evil, you better stay off our way. We are in no mood to mess around.**

We have finally decided to part ways with this black beauty.
After hitting the roads in  Pune during courtship and 
facing the severe weather conditions of Delhi (together), 
it's time now to call it quits. 
Aaahh... parting never comes easy!! 

Chandni Chowk & me!! 
The visit to India's biggest wholesale market has been planned and re-planned and then cancelled a dozen times now. This picture is from the day that I finally boarded the metro to Chandni Chowk inspite of the heavy rains in Gurgaon but the showers followed me all the way to Chandni Chowk!!
The moment I set foot on the streets that had stores with the prettiest Indian wears, down came the rain. Needless to say, I had to come back without being able to shop. 
No window shopping either :-(

We are family of technology enthusiasts. Each of us owns one or the other Apple products and still waits for the arrivals of new gadgets. When Apple recently launched their two new iphones- 5S & 5C, it left a lot of it's fans disappointed. The ones who already own an iPhone found nothing new in the latest models. But... does Apple need to worry about that? 
No!! According to the market updates, iPhone 5S is being sold in 6-figures and the supposedly 'cheaper' version is not very far behind. The 'C' in 5C is definitely not for 'cheap', friends!!

Between all this, we celebrated a few birthdays in September... Sister-in-Law's, Dad's & Mother-in-Law's. While the first two were in different countries and all that could be done was to wish them on phone, we did celebrate my MIL's b'day!

Talking about birthdays, it's my Mother's birthday today :-)
And as I write this post, I'd like to wish her a wonderful day today, a very happy year ahead and an amazing life to come. Love you, mommy!