May 24, 2011

Day 10

Missed yesterday, and am cheating today. For today's post, here is a link from today's post on my other blog- Soup for dinner today :)

May 22, 2011

Day 8: Evening snack

I am sure it is not just me whose stomach starts growling by the time it is five in the evening. During weekdays, I have to silence it with a cup of tea and a sandwich or dosa to go along with.
But on a weekend, it is always a nice snack along with chai.
So today, i made myself spicy vegetable paniyaram to go along with my ginger chai. Rain would have made it perfect, but the CSK-RCB match makes up for it. Tea, match and snack. I love weekends!

What did you have for your snack today?

May 21, 2011

Day 7: Shopping

Missed posting yesterday. The shots i took did not turn out very great.
Here is my acquisition for the day:
Four cute ceramic tea mugs.
A new hypermarket has opened in mysore in an upcoming mall. People flock it as if they have never seen a mall before! At any point in time, (a generalization i am making after three visits at different times of the day over the past week), all the 11 counters are full of people. But given the kind of stuff and the offers in store, I am certainly not surprised.
The mugs, priced at rupees 13 each were a steal :).
Called EasyDay, the hypermarket is owned by the Bharti group and it sources stuff from their Bharti-Walmart stores.

May 19, 2011

Day 5

I looked for a title for a while,
confused, i let go with a smile.
On a day with zero inspiration,
that i spent only on relaxation,
despite thinking hard and long
And trying my best to write.
All i have is a bunch of lines,
To make up for today's post.

May 18, 2011

Day 4: The great equalizer

Woke up early today morning. Was going through the newspaper while having tea. That's when i heard a real loud ring tone that was unfamiliar. I was wondering if Amma's taste of music had changed so much overnight! That's when i heard. "Haaa, naan Jaya maataaDta idini. Sanje 4 ghante ge bartini."( ha, this is Jaya speaking. Will come there at 4 in the evening). Jaya, ladies and gentlemen, is my maid. She carries a mobile phone, and can be reached on it in case she is delayed or there is unexpected extra work at home.
So out of curiosity, i went through Amma's phone. That's when i noticed a number of phone numbers that read something like, Lokesh-flower, Vasu-plumber, Suja- gardener. There was a painter, carpenter, mason and tiles layer in the list too. Asked her about all these numbers. She says, all of them are reachable through the phone. One phone call, we tell them the job at hand and when we are free and they are there on that day if they are free.
It got me thinking as to how much the mobile phone has changed their lives. Carpenters and plumbers are so hard to come by these days for small odd jobs. Their phone numbers get forwarded by recommendation if their work is prompt and good. And that means more business to them. All of them have a vehicle for transport and a mobile phone for connectivity. And we consumers, just have to make a phone call for the fixing service. Absolutely no need of visiting the store or waiting for the person to turn up. Make a phone call and probably another as a reminder. And have that leaking tap fixed without much effort!
About a few years back, the mobile phone was a thing of luxury.Today, it is hard to find someone who does not carry a mobile phone. I myself maintain two of them ;). And well, whether it is my dad or the chief minister or the gardener, one common thing between them is that all of them have a ten digit mobile number on which they can be reached!

May 17, 2011

Day 3: Escape!

There are days when I want to tear my hair apart, ditch the job, pack my bags and set off to a wellness camp or travelling up the hills. When I feel that I have had enough, what is the point of doing what I am doing, the whole purpose of existence gets questioned. The idea of seeing the world, without a care or worry starts creeping into the mind. If only that was an option everyone had!
Everything starts appearing wrong and the whole world looks like it is against you.
It is at that point that I stop and think of what made me hold on for so long. And i call Amma up. She brings in sanity and balance to my life.
And it is at this point that i apply leave for a week and set off home. Not running away. But taking a well deserved break after too much work. One week. In Mysore. Fresh air, endless cups of tea, and the joy of being at home.

May 16, 2011

Day 2: Just when you thought...

...that the rains would bring the much needed respite from the heat, that the pitter-patter will be music to ears, when you raise your head from under the umbrella to feel the drops hitting your face in full filmy style, when you step out of the air conditioned office into the open and smell mud, just then, right then the crazy car guy has to come and splash the muddy water on your dress! Damn the guy! And damn the roads in the city, full of potholes.

Dear God, please do something so that :
  • The Namma Metro work gets completed blazing fast and there are fewer vehicles on the roads.
  • There is more soil and trees along the roads so that the water can seep in and not remain on the roads.
  • The people sitting comfy in their cars do realize that there are pedestrians who are walking on the road and are forever dreading the mud splash attack because of the speeding cars.
One day, I want to be able to walk around in Bangalore with the umbrella, enjoying the rain and not have a single worry about slush or stench or potholes! Just me and my tanhai and a nice rain song playing in my head, rim jhim gire saawan!

May 15, 2011

Project 365

Too much work, too little time, it is easier to update facebook status, 140 characters is much more cooler. Well, if one wants, then one can give an endless list of reasons for not updating one's blog regularly. I can give a bunch of excuses too, for not writing in the past 3 months. Instead, what i have decided to do is to take up Project 365. It is something that i noticed on a cookery blog and it hit off with me immediately. One post a day, for the next one year. Does not have to be a long drawn post. Can be a picture or a little vignette of something that left an impression- maybe an ad, a TV show or something on the way or at work. Am sure my life is not so uneventful also that i would not find one thing to write about and share.
Will 365 posts be an overdose? Dunno! Not even sure if i can keep up everyday. So not making it a hard and fast rule to write ;). But the idea is to try my best and write. It is more of an exercise also to improve my writing skills. More like a journal that will let me look back at the year that was :)
And no, this is not going to be an experiment that's all about I, Me and Myself. It is not a platform that am using to dump information about what is happening in my life. It is just a challenge to see whether it is possible to come up with one post a day.
And here i set off on the 15th of May 2011. One post, everyday!