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!

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 ♥

If We Were Having Coffee… 4th December

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If we were having coffee, I’d greet you with a hug and thank you for joining me on this cold December morning. I’d ask you to take a seat and grab a coffee of your choice and let’s catch up.

 If we were having coffee, I’d ask you if you also find it incredulous that it’s December already!! I have a hard time believing this. Where did the year fly by?! But on the other hand, I have been really looking forward to December. Yes, Aaryan came back from his boarding school on 1st for this three month winter vacation.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that since the last 4 days, my schedule has gone for a toss. I am spending a lot of time in kitchen, of course sonny boy is helping me out and is my sous chef. Even before the first meal of the day is done with, we are planning for the second meal and the in-between meals too. So there’s a lot of cooking with chatting happening in our kitchen.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that Aaryan and I are on a TV watching spree. We watched Schindler’s List, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Rock On 2, The Shallows and re-runs of The Big Bang Theory and F.R.I.E.N.D.S.  which is fun always.

If we were having coffee, I’d share with you that recently, I bought Amazon Fire Stick to watch the popular series on Netflix. We watched 2 episodes of Narcos which is about the criminal exploits of Colombian drug kingpins and first episode of Breaking Bad which is about a chemistry teacher who discovers that he has cancer and decides to get into the meth-making business to repay his medical debts. Though both the series are pretty interesting and gripping, they had quite a out-of-the-blue explicit raunchy scenes which I certainly wouldn’t want to watch with my teen. Spending some quality time together turned truly awkward. Gosh!!  Can you suggest any family-teen friendly series on Netflix?

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I have not read a single word since the last 4 days and that’s bugging me a bit. I still have a lot to read in order to complete my 2017 Reading Challenges. I hope, I am able to manage my time better from whatever is left after all chores, cooking and connecting with Aaryan.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that during my last trip to Aligarh, I squeezed in a few hours to travel to Khurja. Khurja is some 50 kms from Aligarh and is the ceramics and pottery city. I have been eyeing ceramics from this city for long and I grabbed the opportunity. I bought some lovely mugs and cups, platters and trays at dirt cheap rates. I am so loving my loot. I cant wait to travel to this small city again. Incidentally, I didn’t get to buy locks from Aligarh though I lost the one for my bag there!

If we were having coffee, I’d take your leave, for the kitchen beckons me, again!! Here’s wishing you a fabulous week and see you soon again! Take care!

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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