How to Make a House Feel Like Home

Top post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian BloggersToday’s world is driven by passion. It is about enjoying this one life to the fullest. We all love to travel and also explore our own world in the process. So there is always a need for new makeovers right from our wardrobe, hairstyle, attitude to the overall lifestyle.

REDEFINING LIFESTYLE

While we define our personal style with the way we dress or speak, our personality gets reflected also by how we live. Today the word ‘lifestyle’ is getting redefined as ‘living life in style’. So even if you travel for work or live away from home, you can always make a ‘house’ your home by adding your element of style to the place you reside.

It is a truth that we put less thought while shopping for clothes, but when it comes to buying furniture, it seems like a huge decision! This is similar to investing in real jewelry. Even if it seems like an asset, you do not wish to stay with that expensive piece, forever…

The mindset is the same while considering pieces if furniture as well. We are mostly on the go like nomads now, open to moving cities for professional and personal reasons.  So decorating the rented house and moving with so much baggage is not practical at all!

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IS THERE A SOLUTION?

Yes!  The good news is that here is a perfect solution! Taking a cue from modern lifestyle, Cityfurnish.com offers a wide range of stylish, elegant and modern furniture on rent.

So you get to enjoy the luxury of style and comfort without any stress. All you need to do is select what you like for a pocket-friendly price. Doesn’t that sound wow? Belle_Double_Bed_With_Storage

PLACING ORDER IS SO EASY

The comprehensive range of home furniture from Cityfurnish.com includes bedroom furniture, living room furniture, dining room furniture and study room furniture.

3 simple steps to follow:

1) On Cityfurnish.com you can browse through a wide range of products.

2) Make your selection and then place the order online.

3) The well trained team from the brand will deliver and install your chosen products within 72 hours, while you simply sit back and relax.

WHAT’S WOW

Good piece of furniture is believed toremo_sofa_set reflect your taste and status as well.

¤ All the products from Cityfurnish.com are made with love, keeping in mind the latest international lifestyle trends.

¤ The furniture designs are finalised after putting a lot of thought process behind them. The research and consumer feedback is given great importance like most well known international players.

¤ Cityfurnish furniture pieces not only look elegant but also provide comfort and value for money.

¤All the furniture products are made in the brand’s own manufacturing facility, using highest quality wood and hardware.

¤ As an online furniture rental company, Cityfurnish understands the importance of good service even post delivery.

¤ Though initially Cityfurnish started as a furniture rental company, with growing realized customer demands, the brand also offers home appliances on rent.

So, the packages include not only furniture but also appliances to make your house a home!

Just choose what complements your style and leave the rest to Cityfurnish!

Have you ever taken furniture on rent before? Does this concept appeal to you?

Taking Stock of My 2017 Book Reading Challenges

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It’s that time of the year when we all sit back and assess and reflect on our goals, achievements and struggles of the year that has gone by. And we also dream and plan for the year ahead. And it’s the perfect time to take stock of my 2017 Book Reading Challenges.

I had taken some ambitious reading goals at the beginning of 2017. Let’s check out how I fared with them.

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2. HT Brunch Book Challenge : Goal was to read 36 books by 31st December, 2017. I posted 49 books for this challenge.

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3. 2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge : Ah! This was my favorite challenge. Thanks to this, I read such diverse books and authors. And the best part was hunting for the books for the prompts and looking at my excel sheet every now and then for review.

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4. The 2017 Audiobook Challenge : I had plans to be a Weekend Warrior ie listen to 5-10 audio books, but I ended up being a Newbie. I listened to just one audio book.

5. Banned/Challenged Books Reading Challenge 2017 . For this challenge, I read Carrie by Stephen King and The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Both these books were banned in schools in the US.

6. 2017 Diverse Reading Challenge : There were prompts for the various months and I aced this challenge truly.

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6. eBooks Reading Challenge 2017 : Of the 125 books that I had read in 2017, only 2 were paperbacks and I was an audio book. So, I aced the last level, ‘Empty the Cloud’ of this challenge. This clearly shows that I am a total Kindle convert now.

7. Humor Reading Challenge 2017 : This is my favorite genre. I wanted to read more than 15 books for this challenge, but I ended up reading 11 only so I completed the Comedy Writer Level of this challenge.

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9. LGBTQIA Reading Challenge 2017 : One had to read just 1 book for this challenge, I read Vivek & I by Mayur Patel.

10. #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks 2017 : While I read quite a lot from my unread Kindle library, I failed miserably in reading physical books which are growing by the day. Will change that in 2018.

In all, it has been an excellent reading year. Despite the challenges of life, was still able to prioritize reading. Thanks to these challenges, I read some terrific books and alternative genres that I would not have discovered or tackled on my own. And that truly expanded my reading horizon. I tracked my progress on an excel sheet and reviewing it from time to time inspired me and pushed me to go for the finish line. And am I glad of achieving my goals?

So, what did you read last year? Have you joined any reading challenge?

Stay tuned to my next post where I will share my Reading Goals for 2018.

Playing the Victim Card


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The family of five had grim and sombre expressions as they waited in the corridor outside the Operation Theatre of the hospital. It was a major health crisis for them. The doctors assured that with medicines and care, the matriarch of the family would have a better quality of life.

Day after day, the children gave their mother best care and undivided attention which benefitted her immensely.

Soon they started seeing a change in her. With numerous friends and relatives dropping by, she started enjoying the sympathy talks and basked in the attention that was lavished on her. She bragged about her illness. She complained about everything and got into self-pity mode frequently. She constantly blamed other people or situations for feeling miserable. She refused to take up any responsibility even when she started getting better. If people told her to get active, she would either get hyper, “How dare you suggest that to me. You don’t know what I am going through” or get into victim mode, “I am in pain and nobody cares for me.”

Needless to say that this disturbed and drained the entire family.

These were the classic signs and symptoms of victim mentality.

Playing the victim actually gave her a lot of power: power to avoid responsibility, power to feel ‘righteously’ sad, power to avoid uncomfortable emotions which would always result in teary-weepy episodes and power to manipulate other people.

Dealing with a self-victimizing person is not an easy task. But it must be dealt with before the relationship with them turns toxic. The children got wiser from their experience and here’s what we can learn from them to tackle the victim mentality displayed by their mother.

  • Do not ignore the red flags. Though the family took action a bit later, but retrospectively they realized that the warning signs were all there from the beginning. They should not have been brushed under the carpet as a bad day or mood swings. Before the other person’s victim mentality starts to negatively impact your own life, it’s important to take action. Sit with the person and make them see the picture and work towards fixing it.

“As long as you feel like a victim, you are one.” – Morgan Freeman

  • Change the story. Help the person to be a survivor in their life story rather than a victim. A victim dwells in the past, a survivor lives in the present. A victim believes they’re helpless, a survivor takes back control over their life. Although the victim mentality is addictive, the survivor mentality is much more empowering in the long term. Change their focus from being self-absorbed to being interested in others. Help them realize the power of gratitude.

They say that victim mentality is a learned behavior, so it can be unlearnt too. Unlearning wasn’t easy but with patience and consistent efforts, my friend and her family fixed the negative attitude that was destroying their peace of mind and happiness.

Have you ever been stuck with someone with a victim mentality? How did you overcome it? Do share in the comments.

Linking this to #FridayReflections

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Word of the Year 2018 #WOTY


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Hola Folks! A very happy 2018 to each one of you!

It’s a brand new year today. It is an exciting time for new beginnings. It’s the time when everyone is brimming with hope, positivity and optimism. It’s that time of the year when we want to ‘fix’ ourselves. It’s the time when we make resolutions and goals for ourselves.

Over the years I have seen that despite my best intentions, most of the new year resolutions are mostly forgotten by end of January while some may stretch for a few more months. And then they are forgotten completely, because life happens!

Despite poorly executed new year resolutions, I have realized that I need something to guide me… Something to help me stay focused and add more meaning in my life.

And then I came across, Word of the Year!!

Word of the Year!

Word of the Year is a new way to approach resolutions. A simple and meaningful word is chosen. It is this word that will guide you every day and all the days of the year. It’s a way to live by that chosen word intentionally and purposefully all year through.

After some thought, a light bulb went off somewhere and I had an Aha! moment. Yes,  I found a word for myself.

I have chosen the word RISE as my Word of the Year – 2018.

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I can feel the energy in this word and that’s exciting me already. 

Here’s what it means to me to live a year by the word RISE:

    • Rise and shine every morning.
    • Rise to the best level of myself, both personally and professionally.
    • Rise above the struggles and set backs and keep going.
    • Work on my spiritual side and let my vibrations rise.
    • Help my boys rise, so that they grow and succeed in their fields.
    • Help people around me rise to the best versions of themselves.
    • Rise above the petty and do not let the little things in life drive me crazy.

These are the thoughts that will be guiding and hopefully transforming me this year.  And with this I am kick-starting my new year.

Have you chosen a word of the year? Do you believe in new year resolutions or Word of the Year? Do share your thoughts!

Should You Get a Personal Loan for Your Wedding?

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‘Tis the season of weddings! The recent Viraat and Anushka’s wedding has made us believe in fairytale weddings once again and has given wedding goals to many. And then there are those who have been “dreaming about this day since I was a little girl”. Well, why shouldn’t you dream of such beautiful dreams, after all, a wedding is a once (or twice, or third time’s a charm) in a lifetime event in your life!

One thing that your dreams didn’t take into consideration is a wedding budget. Right! Despite your savings, you may face a financial crunch while planning for your dream wedding. Should that deter you from going after your dreams? Hell, no! Help is just a call away as several financial institutions offer personal loans to fulfill your dream of a perfect wedding.

A personal loan is a loan granted by banks and financial institutions to fund personal expenses. Since it is an unsecured loan, this ensures your assets are not at a risk in case you find it difficult to service the loan. Thus, it is a convenient option to cover the wedding costs. However, keep in mind that you are taking a loan for a single-day event which could take a few years to pay off. So, it’s important to do due diligence and make an informed decision. You may need to look at the following steps:

Make an estimate of realistic expenses: It is important to list all the expenses that you might incur. Yes, right from venue, food, clothes, travel, photography, gifts, music, miscellaneous.

Assess the gap between the savings and the expenses. Once the expenses are known, calculate the shortfall. This is the amount that can be borrowed as a personal loan.

Search for a suitable loan. Various institutions offer personal loans. It’s important to do a bit of research to get the best loan. Look at the personal loan interest rates, charge structure, processing fee, repayment flexibility, terms and conditions, tenure that suits your financial situation. If you have a good credit score and an excellent repayment history, you may be able to procure the loan at a lower rate of interest. This is beneficial to reduce the cost of your borrowings. Also, you can reduce the total cost of borrowing by opting for shorter repayment duration.

Work on your repayment plans. While getting a loan is easy, it is the repayment of the same that is a bit challenging. Before you borrow a huge loan, it is important to know whether you can afford the repayment schedule. To know how much you need to pay per month, you can use a personal loan EMI calculator. This tool helps you to calculate the equated monthly installments (EMIs) and helps you to plan your financial budget without facing any difficulties.

With all the planning and research done, let the wedding bells ring and make your wedding day truly special and the most memorable one!

Why I said Yes to ActivKids Immuno Boosters

They say worry is second nature to mothers. With the ongoing winter season, this worry is at its peak. Like all mothers, I believe that I must protect my kid from the onslaught of the cold and its accompanying ailments and infections. This would result in me saying No to him for anything that had the potential to make him sick. But then the #YesMom challenge brought a bit of a change in me. As I started saying ‘Yes’ to my child more often, I also said Yes to ActivKids Immuno Boosters.

Why I said Yes to ActivKids Immuno Boosters, an immunity boosting supplement?

Research has shown that kids in India do not receive even 50% of RDA of key immunity nutrients. 75% of the Indian kids suffer from anemia and 67% from Vitamin A deficiency. In fact, 1 out of 3 kids suffer from upper respiratory tract infections. Also factors like pollution, improper diet and lack of physical exercise negatively affect a child’s immunity. Frequent infections due to low immunity lead to long term impact on growth and development of kids.

I said Yes, to ActivKids Immuno Boosters because, it comes from the House of Cipla which is the most trusted and leading pharmaceutical company in the country.

What is ActivKids Immuno Boosters?

ActivKids Immuno Boosters is a unique nutritional supplement for kids that helps build their immunity. It is available in a tasty choco-bite format which gives upto 100% RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) of key Immunity Nutrients:

  • Vitamin A – Anti-infective vitamin
  • Vitamin C – Anti-immune stress vitamin
  • Vitamin B9 – Anti-cold vitamin
  • Iron – Anti-microbial mineral
  • 7 essential nutrients like B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, D, Zinc

The nutrients present in ActivKids Immuno Boosters help build Immunity in the following ways: DSC_1166

  • Provides immune strength to fight germs
  • Helps in blood formation
  • Helps in formation of immune cells
  • Protects body cells from damage
  • Strengthens skin’s defense system

My son is having these bite-sized chocolate bites for the last 20 days. And we both are a happy mother-son duo. He is loving the taste and I am happy that he is having it without any prodding from me and that he has not had any cold/cough which he is highly susceptible to. The breakfast table fights over that glass of milk has also reduced.

However, I was worried about my kid’s sugar intake, since he is having these choco-bites daily. However, to my surprise, I learned that each choco-bite contributes to less than 1% calorie from sugar of the total daily energy requirement and thus presents no risks of dental caries and high calorie intake.

I am glad that both my son and I have said Yes to ActivKids Immuno Boosters for it is fulfilling his nutritional requirements from an early age and keeping him fit and healthy. From my experience with this product and the benefits I have seen in my kids, I would strongly recommend it for you too. It is available here.

I am being a #YesMom with ActivKids Immuno Boosters. Will you be one too?

This post has been written in association with Cipla – ActivKids Immuno-Boosters. All the thoughts are honest and my own.

Preserving Heritage – The Norbulingka Institute in Dharamshala [Guest Post]

Hello Folks. Say Hi to my today’s Guest Blogger Shalini Baisiwala from Shalzmojo. I had the pleasure of meeting her some time back and she comes across as a warm, confident and intelligent woman with inner strength. An interior designer by profession and a blogger by passion. Shalini blogs about her experiences of travel, food, books, mindfulness.

Please join me in welcoming Shalini to my space here and I hope you enjoy her informative travelogue.
Over to you, Shalini…

On our trip to Dharamshala, it made sense to include visits to the beautiful monasteries around the place. Then we heard of the Norbulingka Institute which is a self-sustaining community of Tibetan people who endeavour to preserve their art and traditions through it. Intrigued we deigned a visit to it promptly.

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Nestled in a deep forest with tall pine trees all around and snow clad peaks visible in a distance, the institute could be well mistaken for a health resort. Its located in a pretty region called Sidhpur which is about half an hours drive form Mcleoganj.

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Gorgeous colours painted on the façade of the buildings which are built in typical Tibetan style- the architecture consisted of stepped style of Pagodas but there were no curling edges and natural elements like dressed stone was used to build them all. The ornamentations came from a profusion of colours and geometric patterns painted as borders.

 

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Walking into the place, we were stunned to note the silence; it felt as if we are the only folks there. Not a soul in sight and the only sounds was of the birds twittering in the trees. Bushes of vividly coloured flowers, dense foliage of the trees and a stepped pathway marked through a water body, made for a very pretty picture indeed. I felt as if we have stepped into a luxury resort, hidden away in the mountains. Later I came to know the landscaping has been modelled on the Japanese garden style.

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The open verandas lined with rows of prayer bells made for a very pretty picture. They have a temple, museum, rooms, shop and workshops in the premise which charges 100/- as fee from tourists. One can take a guide at the entrance or simply roam around on your own; we chose to do the latter.

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We stepped into the workshop/shop area where the products (all made in house) were on sale. I wanted to buy everything that was there and only the price managed to restrain me as things were a bit steeply priced. But then handmade items are generally so. The craftsmanship of every item – Thangkas, statues, furnishing items, etc – was superb to say the least. I picked up a silver ring, wooden hand painted frame, a wooden box to match, a yak shaped handbag and a few other motley items.

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The idea behind crafting every product is the story it will tell you; whether it’s through the design or the materials used or the technique employed. Their primary focus is storytelling of their traditions and heritage through them. It’s a powerful idea and is executed brilliantly in every item I saw there.

The people employed there are all masters and their apprentices and everyone is of Tibetan origin. The aim is to provide crafting skills to help them sustain themselves and preserve their culture as well. All the proceeds go towards maintaining the institute.

There is a small café in the open too for the visitors to sit and enjoy some Tibetan delicacies. I loved its name – the hummingbird café!

BTW they offer workshops for folks who want to learn their art and crafts as well. You get to work under a master artisan who will assign a project to you and at the end of the workshop; you will go home with a beautifully crafted item that was especially handcrafted by you. Aint that something now!!!

Their temple is a beautiful dedication by the craftsmen to Buddha and its evident in the stunning embellishment on the walls and the statues. Brilliant colours, patterns and artistry is the impression that you take away with you.

Not to be missed is the Tibetan doll museum where each one of the 150 doll is dressed in typical Tibetan textiles and offers a stunning peek into this colourful and vibrant culture. Entry fee is 20/- to the Losel doll museum.

If ever you are in the area, I recommend a visit to this place just to see the beautiful crafts of the Tibetan people and soak in the serene atmosphere of this gorgeous institute.

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7 Tips for Buying Air Tickets


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7 Tips for Buying Air Tickets

These days more and more people are traveling by air. It has rather become essential due to globalization and industrialization. It is also because the air tickets are now affordable, and the world is getting smaller. Anyone who has travelled by air would know that there are times when the air tickets are available at sky high prices, literally and figuratively. And there are times, when you can fly to the same destination at dirt cheap rates.

If you are a frequent traveler and cannot wait for off season or festive season to buy economical air tickets, here are seven tips that will help you ace the game.

1. Book Early: You have heard the cliché, ‘early bird gets the worm’, but the fact is that it is true. Booking air tickets as soon as possible is the easiest and the best way to get the best deal. Booking within three months to 30 days from departure should give you the best airfare.

2. Search Incognito Mode: Have you searched for a flight and returned to re-search the same flight a few days later and seen a massive price increase? It’s true, your search history, cookies and server details are monitored by these portals. To avoid price hikes, use a private window in your browser or simply open the website from a different browser or computer, to search undetected.

3. Use Travel Aggregator Websites: No matter how good it looks; never book the first fare you see. No matter the hurry you are in, check out a few flight comparison websites before you book your air tickets. Checking these sites will give you a rough idea of which airlines fly your itinerary, what the going rate is and which restrictions might apply. Also, avoid selecting a specific date for your departure–instead select the entire month to know which is the cheapest time to fly.

4. Fly Two Different Airlines: Booking a return ticket sounds simple and hassle-free. Also, the clip_image002general belief is that return flights are cheaper. But the reality is different. Today there are so many airline operators viz SpiceJet, Jet Airways, IndiGo, Go Air, Vistara, Indian Airlines etc, it makes sense to check out flights offered by other airlines. Yes, it’s worth it to mix and match. You will have a better deal that way. Also, you could even fly to one airport and depart from another.

5. Book at the Right Time: Book for air tickets after midnight; that’s when many airlines reload their computers with discounted fares that people reserved but didn’t pay for. Also, the first flight of the morning is usually the cheapest.

6. Use Offers: From time to time you get the emails and SMS from your credit card or debit card companies or wallet cash or coupon sites. Don’t ignore them. Use your frequent flier award miles and travel credits. You may get great offers and discounts through these too.

7. Be Flexible: The day of the week you fly on can make a significant difference in your air fare. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are generally the least expensive days for domestic flights and Fridays and Sundays are the most expensive. Flexible travel plan is another way to save money on air tickets.

Go on and save some money and catch the travel bug and the next plane.

Happy globetrotting!

Do you follow any of these tips? How do you save money when booking air tickets? Are there any hacks for booking flights you’d like to share?

#UnwrapChristmas with Christmas Cake

It only takes a spark to get the fire going.
And soon all those around can warm up in its glowing.
That’s how it is with God’s love,
Once you have experienced it
You want to sing
You feel like spring
You want to pass it on…

A few of us gathered together for Secret Santa tidings, divided by names and united through a common Christmas spirit of sharing. And it is in this spirit that we bring this blog chain to you. I am celebrating the spirit of Christmas with the #UnwrapChristmas blogpost chain.

The arrival of Christmas is heralded by the smells of exotic spices, nuts and goodies in the oven. Yes, the most joyous and magical time of the year is synonymous with the festive cakes and bakes. I was introduced to Christmas baking as a kid by our Christian friends who used to bake Spiced Gingerbread Loaf and Rum Cake during this time. I remember how their home used to smell of candied peel, dried fruit and whiskey/rum.

Since, the last couple of years, I have been baking different loafs and cakes for Christmas, so I thought of sharing the recipe of my favourite Christmas Cake with you here. Christmas cakes are usually rum-oozing bakes with fruits and nuts soaked in the liquor for at least a month, but here is a Christmas Cake with rum/whiskey soaking indulgence in a jiffy.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 11/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 11/2 baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 150g butter, chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped candied fruits
  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease 2 (25cm x 8cm) bar pans, line bases with baking paper.

2. Combine raisins, dates and brandy, let them stand for 30 minutes.

3. Place sifted dry ingredients, butter and sugar in food processor, process until combined. Add eggs and condensed milk, process to combine.

4. Fold dry-fruit mixture and dark chocolate chips into cake mixture, spoon mixture into prepared bar pans. Top with combined candied fruits and almonds. Bake for 60 minutes or till the skewer comes out clean. Cool in pan before turning out.

5. Drizzle some glaze over it, I prefer without it though.

Go on and enjoy this  Christmas cake which is rich and spicy and bursting with boozy fruit.

May your heart and home be filled with all of the joys the festive season brings. Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

This is my third consecutive year of writing for #UnwrapChristmas blog chain. My  earlier posts are

#UnwrapChristmas with Secret Santee!

#UnwrapChristmas Doing a Little Something Extra

I now invite Esha Mookerjee-Dutta to carry forth the Christmas cheer.

Secret Santa 2017


If We Were Having Coffee…23rd December

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If we were having coffee, I would ask you about your week and listen to what all you have been up to too. I hope all is good with you.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about the things that are happening at my end. The first being that I have sprained my back and that has derailed a lot of things in my life. The pain is acute and I have trouble bending my back or standing up completely straight and I certainly can’t sit for long. I have been advised bed rest but lying for long hours is painful as well. All this made me realize that any illness – no matter whether you stubbed your toe, or are blowing your nose constantly with a common cold – is painful.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this forced confinement to bed resulted in two things.

#1. I read a lot. And I am glad that I’d be able to complete my this year Reading Challenges.

#2. My boys pampered me a lot. They made all meals, cleaned home, gave me my meds and hot water bottle from time to time, made innumerable teas and coffees for me, helped me get up or change positions in bed and a lot more. On one hand, I was proud of my well trained domesticated boys. I basked in the love showered by them. I was glad that they’d be able to manage things when I’ll not be around. (I like to believe that they can’t do without me!)

On the other hand, I was truly mad at them. The state of our kitchen was worst than a hurricane hit home. KG has this fixation of using big pans and pots and cooking everything in a complex, extravagant and a tedious way. So, the inflow of dirty utensils in the sink (created by KG) was never equal to the outflow of clean ones by AG. My poor little boy has washed more dishes in a week than I do in a fortnight.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I should get a kick on my backside for cribbing. Oh, not on the backside, for that part pains a lot still. I should be truly grateful for the love, concern and support of my boys and here I am pissed that they don’t manage home the way I do. I should be letting go of the mess and disorderliness but then they call it OCD for a reason.

If we were having coffee, I’d take your leave as the pain has resurfaced again and I must lie down for a while. I wish you happy holidays and hope you have a great time with your family and friends. Take care and stay blessed ♥

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