If We Were Having Coffee… 17th November

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If we were having coffee, I would thank you for taking the time to meet me here over a cup of coffee.  I hope you are looking forward to a relaxed weekend.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I am suffering from that dreadful blogger’s blog. I have religiously stared at the blank screen for long periods of time, every day of the week, hoping for the grey cells and fingers to work in coordination. Alas! They refused to look in the same direction. I cajoled and begged them, but they haughtily turned their back on me. Left with no alternative, I wandered around with self-pity and despair and snapped at everyone I met. I drank gallons of tea and coffee to wake up my dead grey cells and aimlessly read posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. When that didn’t help in any way, I picked up my Kindle and read.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that though I didn’t write a single word on this blog of mine, but I read a LOT of words. I have read some 95 books from January 2017 till date. I still have to read 30 books by December 31st to complete my 2017 book reading challenge target. It’s a bit challenging,  but am sure I will be able to do it.

If we were having coffee, I’d share that this week, I read a lot of my old posts. I observed that some of my posts are absolute gold (God, I cant believe that I had written them!) and most are absolutely cringe worthy (God, I cant believe that I had written them!) Do you love and hate your old blog posts?

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I had an amazingly unbelievable experience at the passport office last week. My passport was nearing expiry, so I went to passport office last Friday to renew it. I had got an appointment for 11 am. When I saw the queue, I had a mini heart attack. But was surprised to see that the entire queue for that time slot was sent at one go. Once we entered the office, there were half a dozen counters to cater to some 20-25 of us. In no time, I was guided from one officer to another and in flat 50 minutes I was out of the office. The officers were so professional, efficient and courteous that I was simply blown away. The icing on the cake was when I received a SMS at 4 pm stating that my passport has been printed and despatched via Speed Post. Yes, my passport got renewed in a day. And I got it in my hands on Monday. Now isnt that truly impressive!!

If we were having coffee, I’d wish you a great weekend while I’d go and pack my bags to leave for my work trip to Aligarh. It would be my first trip to this small city in Uttar Pradesh which is famous for locks. I don’t need locks but I am surely going to pick one or two.

If we were having coffee, we would have been draining the last dregs of our cups, and it would be time for us to say goodbye. 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!

If We Were Having Coffee… 7th November

 

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If we were having coffee, I’d welcome you to another round of coffee catch-up here on my blog. There has been so much happening in my life these days, and I’m sure a lot is happening in your life too!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that last weekend, I was at Vadodara for work and met a dear blogging buddy, Vinodini Iyer. You know, the switch from the virtual world to the real world was so smooth for us. We met at That Place and we were so comfortable talking as though we had known each other for years, which we actually did!!

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I have met quite a few blogging buddies. I have met Vinita Apte, Tulika Singh, Sulekha Rawat, Shalini Baisiwala, Nibha Gupta, Rekha Dhayani, Kajal Kapur in their respective cities,  Swathi Ram and Chiky Kadambari at Jaipur and have even met Scorpria in Kuwait. I have met Shailaja V, Vidya Sury, Sid Balachandran, Roshan Radhakrishnan, UK, Vinita Bahl, Ritu Lalit, Seema Rao, Maitreni Mishra, Rahul Prabhakar, Meenakshi J Iyer, Sonal Mathur, Pawan Soni, Arvind Passey and many more during the various Blogger Meets.

If we were having coffee, I’d share with you that it is always exciting to cross the border from virtual to real world. There is a bit of apprehension and a lot of anticipation. The thing that plays on your mind is that will their style of communication and personality, match with the one that shines through the words on their blog?

If we were having coffee, you would like to know my experience of meeting bloggers in real life, right? Well, it has always been like meeting old friends. I would say that the virtual blogging buddies are friends for two reasons. (1) Because they are lovely people and that is why we connected in the virtual world and (2) because we share the same passion of blogging. On our blogs we share our deepest and truest self, which we may not be the case with most of the people around us in real life. Since we have been reading each other for long, we are able to relate with each other and that connects us more strongly.

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you if you have met any virtual friends and how was your experience?

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that last week I have had two separate incidents where my real life ‘friends’ acted like ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing. And that they have been acting nastily on and off has truly saddened and disheartened me. All this while, I tried to brush their bad behavior under the carpet, but now, I believe I need to let go of such toxic relationships for my peace of mind. Easier said than done, I really need to do that!

If we were having coffee, what would you talk about? Please share a snippet of your day/life with me below in the comments!

If we were having coffee, I’d thank you for joining me here today and hope we meet soon again. Until then…

If Were Having Coffee… 31st October

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If were having coffee, I’d wish you a hello and thank you for stopping by for a cup of coffee and some conversations here.

If were having coffee, I’d tell you that today I woke up feeling, “Aah! I don’t want to get out of bed and I don’t want to do anything!” Actually, I had this feeling yesterday as well. Yesterday, I thought, that this was due to the weekend work trip. So, I spent the entire most of the day, relaxing and reading in bed. I thought I deserved the day off for I had worked hard the previous day and that too on a weekend. I had a good time catching up on my reading and generally lazing around. But at the end of the day, there was this little feeling that I didn’t do anything meaningful.

If were having coffee, I’d tell you that his lack of motivation today morning despite all the rest yesterday bothered me. I ignored the long To-Do list which was staring at me and called up KG who is away for work. Among other things, I told him about this lack of motivation despite a hundred tasks looming large over my head. He coolly told me, ‘there are always 2 roads in front of you but you can only take one road. Decide for yourself which road you want to take today, the one leading towards productivity with satisfaction at the end of the day or a lazy day with instant gratifications but disappointment at the end of the day.’ And suddenly, it was clear to me about the road that I would be taking today.

If we were having coffee, I’d share that isn’t it wonderful to find that talking to someone outside of the situation can help sort a lot of things which you are not able to do with self-talk. Thanks to KG’s wise words, I ticked off a few things from my list and that included this post too.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I will be completing my Instagram #RiotGrams challenge today. It was lovely looking for books for the various prompts and sharing everyday and of course connecting with hundreds of other book lovers and their books. I will be posting the third and final round-up of this month long challenge on my blog in a day or two. I hope you have seen the earlier 2 posts here and here.

If we were having coffee, I’d ask if you’d be interested in Fat Mum Slim’s November Photo a Day Challenge? The prompts for the entire month are given in this picture below.

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Playing along is really simple! Just look at the list each day and take a photo using the prompt as inspiration. So, for example, Day 1 is BLUE, so all you have to do is take a photo of something BLUE! You can do it on Instagram and Facebook and also on your own blog. You can check out all the details here.

I would love to do this November Photo a Day Challenge but only if I have company. So does this interest you? Let me know.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it’s getting late as I have to catch up on the other items on my list. It’s been good to chat with you and get this ramble off of my chest. Thank you for listening. Wishing you a wonderful week.

Until next time, take care of yourself.

Linking this to Day 9 of the Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge#writebravely #writetribeproblogger

If We Were Having Coffee… 17th October #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 would tell you that last week all was not good with me. My father who is 75 was suddenly seeing 2 images instead of one. A quick visit to the Ophthalmologist ruled out any problem with the eyes but suggested something to do with the brain. 

Next day, we took appointment with a Neurologist. She asked a lot of questions and took detailed notes and then ordered a MRI. The MRI got done after a long waiting time and the result came out normal. We heaved a sigh of relief but it was short lived as the next day the doctor suggested CT Scan of the brain. Since it was to be done on an empty stomach, so we scheduled it for the next day which was our third visit to the hospital. The report of the CT Scan was given to us late in the evening and by that time the doctor’s OPD timings were over. We saw the doctor on the 4th day with the CT Scan report, after a long wait and she pronounced the report to be normal.

I could see that the doctor was flummoxed. She asked a few more questions and referred my father to another senior doctor.  Since it was a late hour, the senior doc had left the hospital by that time, so we were asked to see him the next day.

We met the senior doc on the 5th day, who probed a lot more, checked the reports and wrote a detailed note.  With his note we saw our earlier doctor again and she assured us that it’s all fine (she meant no stroke or clot or tumor in the brain) and the double vision would go off on its own in 2-3 weeks. She prescribed 3 medicines (and one of it is a multi-vitamin!) and asked my father to use an eye patch so that at any given moment only one eye is functioning.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we all are mighty relieved with this but these 5 days have been LONG and tiring, both physically and mentally. I wish the hospitals find ways to get people started on treatment without long waiting times or multiple clinic visits or super expensive tests. And this happened to us in one of the best private hospitals of our city. I wonder how the situation would be elsewhere.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that these 5 days in the hospital, observing people around me, gave me a lot to be grateful for. While I was cribbing about the long hours at the hospital for 5 days, I came across people who have been for months in the hospital and have sold their lands to get the best treatment for their loved ones.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this weekend I was at Udaipur for work and I found time to watch a movie (Newton) alone and enjoyed some amazing food, alone again! See what I had for breakfast and dinner….

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If we were having coffee, I’d thank you for having coffee with me and wish you a very happy Diwali.  May the joy and merriment of this beautiful festival surround you and your loved ones with all things happy and positive.

Until the next cup…

Linking this to Day 5 of the Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge#writebravely #writetribeproblogger

If We Were Having Coffee…16th September

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If we were having coffee, I’d thank you for seeing me. Yes, I would say that even before we exchanged the pleasantries. That’s because I am desperate to chat with you and share all that’s happening on this part of the earth.

Ok, before I get into all that excitement or rather lack of it, let me not forget my manners. So, how have you been! Hope September is treating you well.

As for me, well, I am tired. Ah! This tiredness is not because of hectic pace of life, which will always be the case and I am not complaining about it. I am tired of my internet. Yes, this thing that is now our lifeline. Pathetic does not even describe it. As I write this, the Google Chrome browser wheel is spinning and it’s been doing that since the past 10 minutes. Don’t believe me, see the number of attempts it has taken to download the above image from Pixabay.

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The TWO datacards that I use for internet are just painfully sluggish. Though the mobile data works fine, but blogging from phone is something that I don’t enjoy. So, whatever window of blogging time I got in a day, I used it to read. Yeah, no point in pulling my already thinning hair. Ah! Enough of ranting about this never-ending woe.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I have been watching a lot of videos of Indian Stand-up comedians. Zakir Khan, Kenny Sebastian, Jeeveshu Ahluwalia, Amit Tandon, Varun Thakur, Vipul Goyal, Aditi Mittal, Aakash Gupta, Jaspreet Singh, Sorabh Pant are pretty funny and good in their acts. And there are a lot more who are equally witty and laugh riots. I like the funny observations these guys make from our daily life. It’s something that we all can relate to. Have you watched any of these guys? If not, you MUST!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that Diwali is around the corner and I am in maid mode and busy sorting, discarding, cleaning everything in sight. Despite numerous instructions from KG to take it easy and do this ‘spring cleaning’ in a spaced out manner. But no marks for guessing that I am doing more than I should be doing only to get totally tired and drained at the end of the day. SIGH! When will I learn and when will I let go of my OCD for cleaning!!

If we were having coffee, I’d thank you for having coffee with me and ask you if we could meet next week, again?

If we were having coffee, I’d take your leave and wish you a relaxing and interesting weekend and a great week ahead. Take care and see you!!

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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.

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