When You Have Too Much To Do and Too Little Time #MondayMusings

Do you sometimes feel like you have too much to do and too little time to do it? These past few months, I get this feeling frequently. This is when I know all about To-Do lists and prioritizing.

While I am able to manage my work well, I have been lagging behind at my home chores (yeah, surprising, considering cleaning home and washing things are my topmost priorities in life), my blog and reading too.

I feel I have too much on my plate and have been pulled in too many directions. I have had a hectic work month, I am not complaining about it one bit. But that gives me less time to do other things.

The best solution that I can think of is to work more and sleep less. But the thing is that I just cant function when I am tired. I need to sleep to ward off the fatigue.

The other option is to let go off some of the chores. I am doing that a bit, but still a lot is unaccomplished.

I am leaving for work to Bali in a few hours and I have a LOT to do. Of the various things that I have in my list of things to do before I fly out, writing today’s post and scheduling another one are two of them. Thankfully, this post is done but the second post is certainly not happening today, and that is giving me jitters.

One part of my brain is asking me to take a deep breath in and then breathe out and stay calm. And the other part is urging me to take a nap instead!!

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What do you do when you have too much to do and too little time?

Linking this to #MondayMusings

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If We Were Having Coffee #WriteBravely

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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 that I am sharing this post with you from Lonavla. I am here at work. Have had a busy busy day. I had plans to sneak in a few words during the various tea-lunch breaks, but couldn’t even manage to think about this post. It’s 10.40 pm and I am back in my room after team dinner. Though, my eyes are burning with fatigue and sleep, I am determined to complete this last post for the Write Tribe Festival of Words.

Talking about this week long blogging fest, I must tell you that it was truly an enjoyable experience, yet again. With a fabulous group of fellow bloggers to support and cheer you, who wouldn’t be motivated and excited to read and write everyday!! It was interesting to read such diverse and varied creative takes on the various prompts.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I got a rude shock when I opened my suitcase yesterday. I have this habit of arranging clothes, shoes, toiletries etc in my hotel room after check-in. I was placing the clothes in the cupboard when I found them wet and slimy. On careful inspection, I found that it was shampoo. With the panic mode being activated, I frantically looked for the culprit. It was coolly lying in a mess with other toiletries in the bag. I placed the contents of the bag under water in the basin and in no time, it was overflowing with soapy suds. I must have emptied half the water tank just to wash the various toiletries. You know I have this OCD for washing and cleaning things. I was debating whether to wash the shampoo soaked clothes myself or not, but better sense prevailed and I dialed housekeeping to take away the clothes from me, before the urge to wash them on my own got strong. My clothes came back from laundry today and they are smelling of shampoo still.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this will be a short coffee date as I must take your leave now. I have a hectic day tomorrow and have to start work at 7 am. I must catch a few winks in case I want to be productive tomorrow, which I have to be! I wish you a great week ahead and I’ll be looking forward to our next coffee together. Cheers ♥

Linking this to the Write Tribe’s Festival of Words

Day 6 – If we were having coffee…

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My Day from A to Z #WriteBravely

Do you read your old posts? I do. It’s not a planned activity, but happens when I get a like or a comment on an old post or when I want to take a trip down the memory lane or when I just want to read my old posts. What would start as casually checking one or two posts, ends in going through almost all the posts in that category. Yesterday was one such day. I remembered writing about my typical day in 2009 which is the prompt for today’s Write Tribe –Festival of Words.

It was nostalgia galore, when I read about this post which reflected my life and times some 8 years ago. Without a second thought, I decided to rehash this old post and share the same in the present context. Interestingly, most things remain the same but some have given way to the new.

Here’s a peek into my day from A to Z…

In a day, I

  • Accept the challenges that life throws my way.
  • Accomplish miracles with a gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile or a hug
  • Aggravate sometimes a simple issue
  • Amuse myself by playing word games on my phone
  • Bitch about anything that is not to my liking
  • Calmly respond to the pesky telemarketing calls
  • Cheerfully agree to disagree with KG
  • Curiously observe the pigeons hitting their beaks on the glass pane ceaselessly
  • Cynically appraise myself honestly and objectively
  • Determine the plan of action for the day by listing it down
  • Drink 2 cups of masala tea in a day
  • Envy nobody
  • Frustrate the house-help with endless instructions to do her job properly
  • Giggle out loud at the silly WhatsApp forwards
  • Gratefully thank God for all his blessings
  • Hope for the best in everything
  • Irritate myself and others with my obsession for cleanliness and hygiene
  • Jealously guard my gadgets and books
  • Kiss and make-up with an annoyed KG or AG
  • Laze around too
  • Love the feeling of being loved
  • Madly in love with baking though becoming averse to regular cooking
  • Neglect the backend work on my blog
  • Optimistically look at things
  • Peacefully sleep
  • Quixotically refrain from following any healthy workout for long
  • Reject whacky ideas that keep floating in my brain
  • Rejuvenate myself with a 15 minute nap
  • Relax by listening to Mirchi Love at 104 FM
  • Rush to help
  • Sadly remember some memories
  • Shock KG by being away from my laptop for sometime
  • Surprise the boys at home by suggesting, “Let’s not go to a South Indian food joint, this time!”
  • Sympathetically listen to the woes of my house-help
  • Thank God again
  • Think, think, think…
  • Touch base with family and friends
  • Understand the importance of life
  • Value my relationships
  • Worry a lot
  • Waste a lot of time online
  • X-ray the new things a bit too deeply
  • Yearn to be a kid again
  • Zealously work on my projects and assignments

It’s all in a day’s work!

Linking this to the Write Tribe’s Festival of Words

Day 4 – Prompt – Feature a day in your life or someone else’s life

What Do You Treasure Most in Life? #WriteBravely

“What do you treasure most in life?” This question was casually asked one evening during a get-together with friends.  Love and support from family, friends who have been through thick and thin, some special gifts, love notes during the dating days, drawings / notes from kids, good health… were some of the responses that we heard that evening. These are priceless treasures indeed.

I couldn’t share my thought that day, as I was needed in the kitchen for something. If I were to answer that question today, well… family, friends, books, some accomplishments and a very thoughtful gift from a blogging buddy, Sulekha for KG and me, would feature in my list of what I treasure.

But if I delve a bit deeper, my answer would be a bit different. TreasureI am a sentimental woman and have always been like that. I hold close the moments and memories that touch me or bring me joy. I cherish the moment when I learnt how to rock my baby to sleep or the night when we chatted away to glory with friends or the regular things KG and I do together. All these are not spectacular or something profound but moments like these are stored in my heart as great treasures. 

Today, I’d like to share two of my all time favourite treasured moments and memories…

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Some years ago, I was thinking about the troubles that were never ending just like the bus ride back home. So lost I was in complaining to God about my life and my circumstances that I was unaware of the tears that were streaming down my face. When a warm hand touched my hand, I nearly jumped out of my skin. I turned to look into the compassionate eyes of my co-passenger. Before my brain could process a reaction, the lady said, “I don’t know what’s troubling you. But I want you to know that you’ll get through it. Whatever ‘it’ is!”

Her words were exactly what I needed to hear. Those few simple words comforted me. Her words filled me with optimism and hope. And this memory is something that I treasure the most and is close to my heart.

Conversation Over Coffee

It was 2008, Aaryan was learning Abacus at an institute.  Usually, I sat outside his class while he studied inside, because going back home and coming again to pick him after an hour and half was not feasible.

That day, I dropped him at his class and went to the market to do some shopping. Incidentally, that got done in a few minutes. I decided to have coffee in a nearby café. Next to my table sat a man with his coffee. I don’t remember how it started, but we got chatting. We talked about so many things and laughed so much.

Soon, it was time to leave and we just bid goodbye to each other. We didn’t ask for each other’s names or exchanged any personal details for that matter. It was one of the best conversations I had had with a stranger and this is when I don’t talk to strangers as a rule. This is another memory that I cherish a lot.

There are a lot more moments and memories like these, which I love and treasure. There are times when I don’t think about these moments for a long time, but a small hint or another memory brings them right back in the forefront and envelope me in that warm fuzzy feeling.

What do you treasure most in life?

Linking this to the Write Tribe’s Festival of Words

Day 1 – Prompt – Write about a treasure you have…

Surthrive -Thursday Tree Love #3

Last month, I was in Shimla and near our homestay I saw this unusual sight, which I was quick to capture in my phone. You can see here that a tree is growing through a wall. A wall, yes!!

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I am sure that its roots must be long and strong in the ground on the other side of IMG_20170612_091642the wall. But that’s not the point. The point is that this tree had obstacles in its way, well, it was up against a wall, literally and figuratively. And it is still growing. It is not merely surviving but thriving… surthriving that is. See, how tall, towering and green it is, and it’s contributing to the world around it, selflessly.

There’s a lot that we can learn from this particular tree. It’s about surthriving despite the adversities.

We know, life is full of challenges but how do we respond to these surprises that come our way? The problems that we face are not the problems, actually. The problem is the way we approach these problems. Do we allow the setbacks to pull us down and discourage us? Or do we use the problem as a stepping stone and move ahead anyway.

This tree reminds me of us… KG and I. These past few years have been pretty challenging for us, work wise that is. Today, when I look back, I realize that we did not get broken down by the adverse winds. We surthrived even in the most difficult of circumstances. Positive attitude, not playing the victim card, resilience, taking control of the situation, looking at solutions, never giving up were some of the things that helped us tide over the tough times.

Like this tree, we surthrived and I am so glad and proud of that.

How do you respond when life throws you a curveball? Do share your surthrival stories in the comment box below. I am all ears!

Linking this to Thursday Tree Love, a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur. If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog and link up using the linky. Let’s come together to appreciate the beautiful nature around us.

Anything But Books Tag

Shantala from Shanaya Tales tagged me to take up the ‘Anything But Books‘ tag. 

As the name suggests, it’s about answering the given questions but none of the answers should involve books. Sounds interesting? So, let’s get on with it…

Name a cartoon(s) that you love.

It’s without a doubt Tom and Jerry. I have grown up watching it and watched when AG was growing up too. I can watch it over and over again and still find it amusing and hilarious.  In fact, one can learn so many life lessons from them. But that’s another post for another day.

Oh, I like Shaun the Sheep and Pingu too.

What is your favorite song right now?

Kabeera from Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani. This song has been playing on a loop in my head since a week or so. Last week, my mother asked me about this song, when I was with her and she saw me sing it (rather tunelessly) throughout the day. I played it for her and next day she called me to say that she has been singing it all day too.

What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?

Play word games and puzzles on my phone. Currently, I have two of them, Word Cookies and WordBrain2. And there are no prizes for guessing that I am sort of addicted to them. I can also watch re-runs of The Big Bang Theory, F.R.I.E.N.D.S,  Two and a Half Men and some other comedy series. I can sleep or just laze around too.

What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

I love Googling for anything and everything. Why a particular medicine is prescribed, how to replace the printer cartridge (yeah, I am too lazy to look for the instruction manual that came with the printer, are potatoes good for weight loss, are potatoes bad for weight loss, (because Google gives pros and cons of everything), drinking how much water is too much, GST and common man, Punjabi alphabets… these are some of the things that I have asked Google the God since morning. Some of the things I search are really dumb, but I am cool with it, because nothing is dumb for Google.

What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about (this can do with books, I guess)?

Unnecessarily specific!! Huh!?! I don’t know how to answer that! But I would like to learn photography (and use the full potential of the DSLR that I have!), learn and practice The Artist’s Way : A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity, get better and consistent at meditation and Reiki…

What is something unusual you know how to do?

I have this unusual talent of putting my foot in my mouth.

Name something you’ve made in the last year (and show us, if you can).

Tea-Time Cakes. I think, I am getting good at that, considering that I learnt to bake pretty late in life and had a disastrous start!!

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What is your most recent personal project? Screenshot_2017-07-04-14-13-31-521_com.walklogger.pedometer

Recent project?! Hmmm… Well, that has to be the walks in the evening. Three days ago, a RJ on FM Radio informed that 1st July marks the second, second half of the year day. He said that it’s a chance to step back, evaluate your year so far with your goals and objectives (never mind the new year’s resolutions which likely didn’t last until February…) and to take action to get back on track if necessary. Inspired by this words, I took to walking despite the aches and pains and 100 chores staring at me. So, that’s the recent personal project, hope it lasts for a while and becomes a habit. Fingers crossed, tightly!!

Tell us something you think about often (maybe while staring out of windows).

What to cook for the next meal?… this one is going strong right now. I think a lot about my boys. The to-do lists and plans keep running in my head. Sometimes, I travel down the memory lane and re-visit some old memories and events of the past. 

Give us something that’s your favorite, but make it something oddly specific, not like your favorite food, but like your favorite food when you’ve been studying for hours and forgot to eat. Or, you know, something like that.

Uhh…First there was a question on unnecessarily specific and now it’s on oddly specific!! I wish I could answer it related to books. I am telling you about it, anyway. Yes, it’s sometimes fun to break the rules. You know how passionate I am about books, so I keep buying them every now and then. And now I have so many of them lying unread in my cupboard that I have taken this reading challenge of #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks 2017.

But since, talking about books is officially not allowed, so let me think of something else. Aah yes, I love watching good movies without any interruptions and channel surfing, which is just not possible with my boys. Both have this uncanny habit of switching the channel as soon as there’s an ad break. Both of them can watch 3-4 movies at a given point of time. And this is something I can’t handle. So, I record the movies that I really want to see. The idea is to watch it in absolute peace and enjoy the movie completely. Now the best part is that it never happens. The list of recorded movies is growing and I just don’t get around to watch them.

And with this we come to the end of this tag. I loved doing this, hope you enjoyed reading it too.

If you find this interesting, do take it up and let me know. Would love to know more about you! Cheers!

30 Odd Questions #BlogFest

Since the last couple of years, my blog is seeing a ritual of sorts. After the super hectic and exciting April AtoZ challenge, my blog goes into a deep slumber. I had a lot on my plate this month. While everything got done, this baby of mine got royally ignored, so much so that I forgot its birthday too. On May 1st, I completed 8 years of scribbling virtually at this space. 8 years! Wow!!

There’s a lot to share but nothing like a fun and light post to wake up my blog from its catnap. Debbie from The Doglady’s Den is hosting a Blogfest on her blog. It’s Getting to Know You- 30 Odd Questions. Thanks Debbie for this saviour post, my blog needed just this. So, here I go with answering these 30 Odd Questions…

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

A Doctor! I guess that was more because of limited options then and prevailing societal norms. I quit this dream after failing the first attempt and I am glad that I did that!

Which “F.R.I.E.N.D.S” character do you relate to the most? Why? 

Monica! Because of her OCD for cleanliness, her organizational skills and her being a dependable friend.

Do you like your name? Why? 

I believe almost everyone is possessive of their names and love to wear them with pride. Undoubtedly, I love my name. Doodling my name/signature is one of the things that I love doing!  I find it lame when people ask me, “You are Shilpa Shetty or Shilpa Shirodkar?”

Are you messy or neat? 

Neat. Everything has to be in its place… where it truly ‘belongs’.

How tall are you? 

Ah! Height is just a number. But for record I am 164 cms tall.

How tall were you when you were 10? 

Don’t know.

What is your guilty pleasure? 

I ♥ sweets and that’s my guilty pleasure. I can have sweets as main course and there’s nothing like warm desserts. Aah! Am craving for something sweet now!

What are you saving money for right now? 

Retirement!

How many Pringles can you eat at once? 

I don’t like them!

Tea or coffee? 

I have changed from a tea addict to tea and coffee lover. But when I am truly tired, I need my big large mug of tea and nothing else.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? 

I think as a kid, I was an introvert. But now I am more of an ambivert.

What will be your Halloween costume this year?

We don’t celebrate this in our part of the world.

Sweet or salty?

Sweet, without a doubt.

Favourite social media?

Facebook. Though, I need to curtail the time I spend reading my timeline.

Who is the last person you kissed?

My 15 year old!

What is your favourite breakfast?

Masala Dosa made by KG!

When is your birthday?

20th December

When did you start your blog?

May 1st, 2009.

What is your opinion on the Kardashians?

They are overrated.

How would you describe your style?

Simple, Comfortable and Chic.

What colour is your hair?

Black with some strands of greys. I cant wait to have the salt and pepper look.

What colour socks are you wearing?

None.

What is your dream job?

Librarian.

Dogs or cats?

Dogs.

What makes you weird?

My OCD for cleanliness, hygiene and orderliness…

Celebrity crush?

Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.

Opinion on cigarettes?

H.A.T.E them and one should NEVER smoke them.

Do you want/have children? How many?

Just one!

Three favourite boy names?

Had done a lot of research when naming our son. After filling reams of papers with boy names I really liked, I went in for Aaryan which I had thought of before the research. yes, you may roll your eyes  I like Kshitij as a name too (Yes, I am biased. LOL) and Rahul is another name I like, though it’s pretty common.

Three favourite girl names

Haven’t really thought about this. There are a lot of lovely names these days. (Of course, there are equally bizarre ones too.) I like Kiara, Maya and Myra.

If you’d like to participate in this blogfest, head over to Debbie’s blog…

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I Don’t Feel Like Writing #WeekendCoffeeShare

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’ve missed our chats over the past couple of months. Oh, I’ve missed lots of other blogging things, too. But today, I was determined to have our little chat over a cup of coffee at this space.

So, how have you been? Hope you had a wonderful week and are looking forward to a great weekend.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that right now, I am very disappointed with myself. I am observing since the past few months that I just don’t feel like writing. Whatever little I have blogged these past two and a half months, is by forcing myself.

Initially, I believed that it’s just a phase and I would get back into the groove of mindless chatter on my blog in a day or two. But looks like this ‘don’t-feel-like-writing’ feeling has overstayed its welcome.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that it’s not that there is paucity of ideas. Last week I was in Kuwait. I clicked so many amazing sights on my phone with the sole aim of sharing them as a series on my blog here.  At Delhi airport, I was writing a blog post in my head when I observed something interesting. Just yesterday, I came across a beautiful memory lying in my library cupboard and I was so excited to share it with you. And there are so many blogging prompts that I keep seeing all around me. So, you see, I have plenty of ideas, but I am just not able to commit myself to express/write them.

Almost every day, I have opened my Windows Live Writer to write a post, but within few seconds, I just don’t have the drive or energy to write. A big strong voice in my head tells me, “Aah! I don’t feel like writing” and I meekly give in and get back to reading or doing something else. And you know what, this giving up so easily depresses and drains me. Hell, I even feel guilty.

If we were having coffee, I’d like you to know that I am pretty disciplined about my work commitments which involves writing, so, why am I failing at writing on my blog? Am I being plain lazy? Am I lacking discipline? Next month it’s AtoZ challenge and I am wondering should I participate to get into the habit of writing or should I skip it this year for I might just make a mess of it! Should I abandon this blog for a while or may be forever, given the state of mind I am in? I have no answers to these questions that keep popping in my head and this is driving me nuts.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that, on the one hand I want to write on my blog but on the other hand I don’t ‘feel’ like writing. I know this is simply crazy. Can you make sense out of this? Do you have any wise words or suggestions for me?

I wish your coming week is better than the last and that you will stop by the comments and let me know what you’ve been up to!

Until next time… ciao!

Linking this to #WeekendCoffeeShare

Should You Expect Privacy in Public Spaces? #MondayMusings

Picture this…

After a tiring day at work with a splitting headache, you board the evening train to go back home, to find your elderly co-passenger listening to some bhajans on his phone at a decent volume. You look at the phone and will it to stop, but alas it keeps playing mata ke bhajans with the same gusto. You are tempted to ask the ‘Uncle ji’ to lower the volume or use ear-phones but his two smart and extra caring sons stop you from taking that ‘mean’ step. The thing is that the old man is not well and his sons are very attentive to his needs and that touches you. Also, one of the sons has helped you with your luggage, so you are kind of indebted. So, you refrain from doing  anything and just bear the annoying music while the pain in your head flashes hard and hot.

Thankfully, the music stops after an hour or so and everybody goes off to sleep. You toss and turn for a major part of the night because your date with the headache is still not over. You sleep for a while and are woken up rudely by the same bhajans of last night. You look at your phone clock and rub your eyes and look at it again. You begin to have trust issues with your phone so you look outside the window to confirm. It’s pitch dark outside and you kind of apologize to your phone and believe that it had shown the right time. It is the ungodly hour of 4.30 am!

You look around with disbelief. Not a single person in your vision area has even turned and everybody is sleeping peacefully. You try to stare in the old man’s direction, but he is busy staring at his phone screen.

Your brain is directing you to speak up and ask him to stop playing the bhajans but your voice refuses to cooperate. You resign yourself to this irritating situation and take out your Kindle to read. But the words do not register as a throbbing headache is developing beneath your temples.

When you reach home early morning, you fume and fret and pour out all your frustration and anger at the events of last night and early morning at your unsuspecting and sleepy husband. You make him listen to the piece of music that you had recorded on your phone.

Your husband, the good man that he is, makes appropriate noises and tries to smoothen your ruffled feathers but not before saying, ‘Your threshold of patience is pretty low.”

Now, I do not agree with his remark completely. But I’d like to ask you that when in a public space, is asking someone to turn their music down a bad idea? Is it ok for people to play virtual games on their devices with game noises kept on? Is it alright for people to play videos on their phones without using the earphones? Should you be listening to halfalogues of people making long personal calls when at a dinner table with friends or in a cinema? Or listening to people taking calls on speakerphone?

I know that these days mobile devices rule our lives but should that let us forget some basic aspects of decency and manners? I believe, playing music or talking loudly shows a certain selfishness and disregard for public spaces. It is being indifferent to the discomfort of people around you. I somehow feel that all this loud music /talks is encroaching your private space in public and it is pretty annoying, irritating and distracting.

Should you expect privacy in public spaces? What do you think?

Linking this to #MondayMusings

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What Happens When You’re Married for 20 Years!

This day, 20 years ago, KG and I, tied the proverbial knot. OMG! We have been married for 20 years!! 20 YEARS!?!ShowImage

No, I am not going to say, “It was just yesterday or that I married by best friend” or “I’d choose him in a hundred lifetimes.” Nah! Not me. I think, these words are perfect for Facebook updates. Oh, don’t get me wrong, we have had a pretty interesting and eventful marriage, so far. Touchwood! I won’t say all those things because I just prefer to avoid flowery and sentimental language. Yeah, that’s the real me.

Today morning, just like every other day, after having our customary tea together, KG and I got busy in the kitchen, preparing breakfast. Aaryan, our 15 year old joined us too. While, KG was making those perfect crispy dosas and Aaryan was shelling peas, I was doing something equally mundane.

Yeah, I agree with you, both KG and AG are poster-boys for domesticated men. It’s been a lot of hard work, but am truly glad to see that all my nagging and cajoling has paid off.

While I am talking about my boys who are a great help with housework, let me share something which I realized a few days ago. You know, there are quite a few things that I have never done in these 20 years of our marriage and making dosas is one of them. My love for South Indian food is legendary and we make dosas pretty frequently at home. And can you believe that I have never made them on my own, not even once. KG makes them, ALWAYS!! And this realization is making my heart go all awww!!

Aah! How much I have digressed. So where were we? Yeah, in the kitchen! So, as KG was spreading the dosa batter on the pan, I told him, “I want a special gift from you today!”

Engrossed with his dosa, he asked nonchalantly, “What do you want?”

As a smile of an imminent victory was beginning to take some shape on my face and words were just about to gush out of my mouth, when he quickly said, “I am not giving you that.”

I should have had that expression of consternation or annoyance for he just dashed my hopes. But no, nothing of that sort happened for we both burst out laughing as Aaryan looked at us with confusion and dismay.

This is what 20 years of marriage does to you. You know each other so well that sometimes you can second guess what the other person is thinking and can finish each other’s sentences. I have lost the count of the number of times we both started to say the exact same thing at the exact same time. It’s like we can read each other’s minds. We know what the other person is going to say.Though, there are times when we just don’t understand each other. The earlier fuming and fretting over the differences has led way to understanding and respect for each other’s individuality.

Yes, that’s what 20 years of marriage does to you.

Oh, by the way, I was asking KG to quit smoking. I am pretty passionate about him chucking that stick and he is equally passionate about smoking that darn stick. *Sigh*

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