30 December 2010

L'arte d'arrangiarsi..

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"There's a wonderful Italian expression - L'arte d'arrangiarsi - the art of making something out of nothing. The art of turning a few simple ingredients into a feast.. or a few gathered friends into a festival..Anyone with a talent for happiness can do this."
~an excerpt from my current read ..Eat Pray love ..

With New Year just around the corner , waiting with bated breath to come knock on my door,these words are even more significant to me..because they inevitably reflect the reality of life we sometimes forget..the fact that life is about ' this moment ' about Now..
Perfect or Imperfect, Opportune or Inopportune, People or Situations, Something or Absolutely nothing ..its our perspective.. its the way we handle and deal with it ...

coz no matter how hard you try , every once in a while there are things that go wrong , there are friends who become ungrateful ..
AND
as I reflect on the year gone by ..even though things haven't quite gone that wrong, people have.. Infact I've had more than my share of ' undeserving ' friends.. and believe you me, I've sulked and moaned,got angry with myself because my friendships , my relationships , they are important to me.. and I take them seriously..
Perhaps too seriously sometimes..

and therein lies my learning from this year ..

The fact that there will always be people who deserve you and who don't ..
and people who bring you down , take you for granted or don't give you the respect you deserve--they DON'T deserve you ..
people who say all the right words at the right times but don't convey it via their actions--they DON'T deserve you either ..
and these are people who are best left in the past ..

As I embrace the New year , I know I have yet another chance to get things right and therefore L'arte d'arrangiarsi..thats going to be mantra.. because someone said,"Many things can make you miserable for weeks, but there are few that can bring you a whole day of happiness"
and I am going to turn that " Few " into " Many " ..
Thats my mantra , thats my plan ..
What's yours ? What have you learnt from this year and what do you wish to change ?

25 December 2010

22 December 2010

Oh! how I love the rainy days ..

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The rain against my window brings back memories galore
Of crazy times spent together and more..
Never a care in the world , no sore
I've always loved you baby, you I still adore ..

Oh how I love the rain and how it brings out the poet or poetess in me ;) Remember this poem ? It ranks as one of my best ones, so says hubs :D and I agree too ..

On a serious note, it has been raining incessantly and its crazy, yet amidst this craziness I am glad I’ve still somehow managed to mail all my cards.. and as I wrote my cards this year I thought this is one of those many hundred things I want to pass on , teach my children someday in the future ..Christmas after all is all about family, love and relationships ..wouldn’t you agree ?

Two more days to Christmas !!!

05 December 2010

P.S. I Love You

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With you my love , every journey is replete with a myriad adventures , be it the one we started four years back on this day or the one we took to commemorate our four years of togetherness ..

As we grow old together , I know the best is yet to be ..
I know the best is the * being together * part ..
Happy Anniversary sweetheart ♥‿♥
Love ya always !

01 December 2010

So much to be grateful for..

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for my adorable grandparents who celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary y'day ..
I am so happy we got to spend some amazing time together ..Thank you for all the thoughtful things that you've done and all that you continue to still do ..
Love you guys and hope we'll make it to your milestone someday..

for being in Chicago aka Windy City or more apt for now Snowy Windy City ..
I wanted to travel someplace new for our 4th anniversary this year and here I am ..
Thank you my darling hubs for always always making my every wish come true ..

Feeling terribly happy and blessed !!!

29 November 2010

Strings of Friendship

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You would agree if I said its easier to make a friend than to let go but then don't we all lose friends every once in a while ? We lose some to time , some to distance , some to differences ..whatever be the reason, the result is the same .. 'coz we may all choose to take different paths but no matter where we go , we always tend to take a little of each other with us, tucked in our heart , everywhere and perhaps in the all the different kinds of friends and friendships we share over the years with people , the best kinds are ones where you can just pick up right where you left off ... the years apart simply don't matter ..what matters is the simple fact that you were destined to be friends ..

and I know this because destiny with a little help from Facebook ;) brought her back in my life ..She was my best friend in school and not only was my best friend , she was the kind of person everyone liked to be friends with ..caring , loving , trustworthy , thoughtful , kind ..We always knew we were going to be friends for the long run , little did we know that life had other plans , a tumultuous phase in her life took us so far away from each other that all our attempts at staying in touch failed miserably ..
until now ..

Nothing describes the sheer happiness I feel, as succinctly as this poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, who has sight so keen and strong
That it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of my friend."

Thank you for finding me but more so for always staying my friend !!

25 November 2010

Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers ..

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Before I apologise for disappearing on you let me wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving first ..Its the time of the year when family gets together, eats together and most importantly prays together ..thanking the Lord above for his infinite blessings and I hope each one of you is truly happy and content today and everyday ..
Now for where I disappeared , well lets just say Thanksgiving came a lil early for me... pretty much the whole of last month I spent , back home in India with family and friends .. and am I thankful ? You bet ..even though it was a last min trip,a trip that was initially planned for the month of December ..I'm smiling
even though hubs couldn't be part of this trip back home .I'm smiling
even though I was sick for pretty much the last fortnight of my trip ..I'm smiling ..
even though I couldn't touchbase with as many friends as I would have liked..
I'm smiling ..
coz not just today but everyday of my life ..my mantra / my goal is to try and be thankful for what I have ..for NOW ..for what life brings my life today.. coz who knows what lies in store tomorrow.. what I do know is that either way things are a lot better - a lot better than they were or a lot better than they're going to be ... so count your blessings and enjoy/ cherish every moment ..I'll leave you with this forward that is just perfect for today ..

BE THANKFUL

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary, because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving y'all :)

28 September 2010

What is a Man ?

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Its not everyday I wake up early , Infact I ain't a morning person at all so today's been a particularly lethargic day for me and I desperately needed a dose of laughter so here's what I found on the net that cracked me up ....
Well every year Esquire does a feature called " What is a man ? " teaching those who wish to learn about the mystery called man and so Marie Claire put a little spin on it and and asked some of the funniest women in the country their thoughts on " What is a man ? "
So while you read the whole article here ..I'll share 3 favorite thoughts that literally had me LOL :D :D :D

A man is unapologetic, unless he knows you are mad at him, in which case he is busy.
A man is someone who, at some point, will sport a handlebar mustache or secretly wish he could.
A man goes through toilet paper at a surprisingly slow rate.

-Alison Rosen

A man thinks you are "crazy." If you call him more often than he likes, you are crazy.
If you don't return his phone calls as often as he'd like, you are crazy.
If you move on quickly after your breakup with him, you are crazy.
If you mourn for a while and stay single, you are crazy and clearly still obsessed with him.
A man is needy. He needs you to be a lady in the streets, a freak in the sheets, and a mommy/babysitter the rest of the time.

-Sara Benincasa

A man is someone who has five or fewer friends, and can only say five or fewer words to each friend at a time, resulting in a maximum of 5x5x4=100 words exchanged amongst a group of men in any given social situation.
A man thinks the ability to go on and on about different types of Scotch is a marketable skill set.

-Jen Kwok

Got some funny thoughts on " What is a Man ? " , I'm all ears :D

27 September 2010

Movie Mondays- The Town has a Sicko on Wall Street ..

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"I am in love with someone who loves someone else .."

Appalling as it may seem , I assure you this line is not from a movie , infact quite the truth .. But "what am I going to do ?" perhaps maybe the question on your mind .. How should I take it ? Accept it , make peace with it ? or share it by blogging about it ? …Well, I know for sure I surrendered a long time ago , and made my peace some time ago ..so the only viable thing to do now is blog about it ..

So friends, Romans and Country men ,with great pleasure I announce that my hubs is a certified cinephile and I dedicate this segment " Movie Mondays" in honor of his craziness and passion for films.Starting today and hopefully every Monday be back to read reviews about the movie/s I thought I would watch , movie/s he thought he was watching and which we eventually did ;)

Disclaimer-This will have old movies and new, English movies or Hindi, a trailer and sometimes a spoiler, most importantly its my own, sometimes our, take on the movie.. so just in case you disagree , I wanted to be sure I warned you !

Not always in order of box office collections,

Essentially a heist film, this skillfully made crime flick ranks as my favorite this week.. What intrigued me most was what Ben Affleck revealed in one of his interviews, ‘that the actors and production crew went to visit former bank robbers and the FBI to explore the mindset of the characters they had to portray onscreen’ and this, his meticulous research is apparent in the entire movie..The movie is gripping and tense.. Ben’s direction is flawless and his performance stellar , not to mention Jeremy Runner who I quite liked in the movie and who pretty much steals every scene he’s in as the no holds barred hot headed thug .. Infact almost all the supporting cast has done its bit with their engaging performances and contributed to making this gut wrenching movie well worth your cinematic buck :)

My rating – 4/5

A documentary by Michael Moore on the failing health care system in America.. Even if you are aware of how decrepit the system is and waiting for a change that would someday come , this movie is still a worth a dekko..albeit the horror stories from the American health care system in which people die or are refused treatment are not pleasant to watch or for the fainthearted and the comparison to the system in France, Canada, England or even Cuba too good to be true but the fact that the movie provides a platform for dialogue about an issue that’s been politicized and ignored for too long is reason enough that you owe it to yourself to watch the movie and be your own judge..

My rating – 3/5

For me, this movie did not quite live up to the hype it created ..Infact to quote one of the reviews I read on the internet it said " Money may never sleep, but if you watch this in a comfy chair , there’s a good chance you will " .. OK, maybe the review was a little too harsh , and everyone from the wiser now mellower Gordon Gecko / MD to the Life after Transformers Shia Lebouf, from Josh Brolin to Carey Mulligan, has given solid acting performances but even then , it did not work for me.. or maybe it did coz it makes me wanna go watch the original ;) :P

My rating - 2.5/5

24 September 2010

Strangers are just friends waiting to happen...

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Back in April this year , I had hosted a magnet swap and even though the swap wasn’t quite the raging success I’d hoped it would be , it wasn’t quite the disaster either ;) reason being I met a very special person Karina @ Peacelovecupcakeshappiness or Kary as I call her.. She was new to blogosphere and had just started her own blog.. Well, the swap led us to exchange mails and we became friends in no time.. Whoever would have thought that someone I had never met, I could end up sharing so much in common but it was real almost surreal..

Anyways while we were laughing on all the similarities we shared particularly the goofy ones, little did I know that she was also my partner in the Accessory swap that I participated in and I wouldn't be exaggerating if I told you she spoilt me , the absolute lovely accessories she sent me , the anklet , the earrings , the letter , the handbag and more .. I know all the goodness she sent my way deserved a blog post that I never got down to doing ..tsk tsk L but she literally made my day or days is more like it .. and therefore I must absolutely share this with you ..

Her lil partner in crime Miguelito recently turned 7 and here’s a little something special I sent him ..

but what made it even more special is this ..his sheer delight and joy as he unwraps each of his presents ..I had asked Kary to take some pictures so I could see for myself and she did a fabulous job coz it felt like I was right there watching him live .. and while you can check out all the photos here , on her blog , I’ll share a few favorites ..



I hope I’ve got you smiling too ..Have a great weekend J

15 September 2010

Happy Birthday Mommy :)

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This is kinda how I always imagined a relationship with my mother in law or in popular parlance monster in law, would be like, much before I had gotten married.. thanks to the countless stories I had heard , innumerable examples that I had seen ..Maybe it’s the nature of this relationship that a mother in law and daughter in law shouldn’t get along or maybe it’s just a coincidence I’d like to presume that the word in-law seems to destruct any potential for a good relationship to grow into something meaningful even before the seed is sown. What so ever maybe the cause of this love-hate relationship, I know I neither liked the effect nor quite understood it and luckily I never have to..

To you, my mommy, I dedicate this poem by Joanna Fuchs, on your birthday and everyday..

Some mother-in-laws are possessive,
Their child they still want to own.
My mother-in-law’s love is like sunlight,
On both of us it shone.

Some mother-in-laws put you down,
They think you’re not good enough.
My mother-in-law shows approval,
Affection, and other good stuff.

Some mother-in-laws interfere,
They think that they know best.
My mother-in-law lets us be,
She’s better than the rest.

And so I just want to thank you,
For being who you are,
You’ve made everything so easy,
As a mother-in-law, you’re a star!


13 September 2010

Life's a journey , not a destination ..

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Between bidding goodbye to one sister, preparing for the welcome of another and then bidding her goodbye too, the month of August in its entirety has been an absolute crazy but nevertheless fun filled family time.. not to mention it’s flown past with tremendous speed and all and any attempts to be regular with my writing have been in vain … but then again, it’s not every day one gets to be in the joyous company of family.. and whilst the first visit entailed dealing only with my sister.. the second visit had me around children , my 10yr old niece and 6yr old nephew and what a riot that was.. and one hell of a glimpse into the future too ;)

It might sound strange but ever since I remember I have always wanted 2 children, a boy and a girl.. that I haven’t even started working on one is an entirely different subject matter but if I could have my way I’d love to have a boy and a girl , if not , I guess two boys or two girls would work too ;) .. Anyways the point I was making was that having children around made me realize that while I do look forward to having my own someday ..the fact that life will never ever be the same again once they are born is also true.. coz no matter how much one plans , prepares or speculates ..what it really comes down to, is the fact that no one really knows how life will change when they become a parent , they only know for certain that it will .. and while a part of me looks forward to the seismic changes a child will bring in our lives and maybe a tiny part of me also wistfully wishes I could fast forward time, the more 'sensible' part of me also realizes the fact that "this part" of my life , the one that has the two of us together , this will never ever be or feel the same again ..

To sum it all up , I share this quote ..

"The other day a man asked me what I thought was the best time of life. "Why," I answered without a thought, "NOW." ~ David Grayson ..

18 August 2010

100th Post ..

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To all who read , its with great pleasure and pride that I announce that this is my 100th post and I'm positively stoked ..This couldnt' have happened at a more opportune time as Sat the 21st of Aug is my first blog-o-versary..Yes, my blog will officially be 1 year old :)
It took me quite some time to get here but its been one helluva roller coaster ride from " Writing , you mean blogging , who me ?? " to " Hmm ..I can give it a try " to " I think I'm getting good at this ;) " to " I am having fun with this :) "

The ride has had its share of disappointments and frustrations too , like this never-ending phase when after coercing as many people as I could , the no. of followers seemed to have gotten stuck at 14, for what seemed like forever..then this time when life seemed to have been reduced to this wretched obsession with blog stats ..the no. of clicks/ hits i had , the no. of followers , the no. of comments.. Is anyone reading my blog at all ?? Gosh I should stop writing !!

But despite it all, its been a rewarding journey and one I've thoroughly enjoyed.. And while this does call for a celebration, I'd also like to use my 100th post for feedback/ ideas/suggestions.. I'd especially love to hear about which has been your favorite post/posts ..
and this implies to all those who read and never comment, you know who you are and i know you can do it, just this once ;)
and to all those who read and comment ,this implies, Thank you and I know I can count on you to continue doing it :)
xoxo

16 August 2010

I found you ...Again !!

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Woke up Sunday morning to this comment from my sister and that sort of got me smiling and thinking.. I particularly got stuck with this one word in particular -"reacquainted".. to reacquaint oneself means to familiarize oneself anew ..
Strange isn't it ? My sister is someone who's known me all my life.. why use the word reacquaint then ?? but in a weird way what she wrote made absolute sense.. b'coz its true... As long as you're living with your sibling under one roof ..there's time for everything except talking ..and I mean talking , not "Why have you worn my sweater ?" , "I want my earrings back !!" , "I hate you !!" , "Mom , its her turn to do the dishes" etc.. Back then, even sharing a bedroom doesn't seem to make things any easier, coz each sibling is more worried about the fact that the other has access, easy access to her stuff.. Whispering/ Giggling after being forced to turn the lights off may be one of the few joys that you cherish and the fact that you've managed to collect a whole
repertoire of funny stories , family jokes on the way to growing up too..but then marriage , work , studies take you on different paths ..and life moves on in different directions ..

And thats when relationships begin to change ..because even though you may not have let go off each other but you let loose ..Amy E Dean says,
"Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new..”

And that perhaps , is true for all kinds of relationships too , not just between siblings ..because every relationship needs to be nurtured from time to time ..and quite often , stuck in the rut of daily chores and busy lives , one forgets to do exactly that .." make time " !!
Being a good spouse , parent , sibling , friend everything takes work so make that time today and promise to make time for every relationship that matters as often as you can.. a phone call , a message , a letter , snail mail ..anything ..
After all , its the thought " that you thought " that matters :)

12 August 2010

Hasta Luego :)

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Its been a month since I updated anything at all here ..I did not even get to post the pictures I promised for Day 2 and even though I feel a tad bit guilty, I also shamelessly accept I din't seem to mind 'not' blogging at all coz if you've been following , well you know my sister had come to visit me for a month and naturally so, life for me has been busy and good this past month ..or should i say its been better ..
But like all good things come to an end , the joy ride ended and my sister finally went back this Monday ..and boy have i been down in the dumps ever since.. Infact I dont think I've ever missed my sibling so much but the truth also is that I dont think we've ever enjoyed each other's company more than we did now ..and noooo that in no way indicates we're the'perfect' sisters or that it was all happy go lucky all the time ..It was more like this quote of Pam Brown ..she says " Sisters annoy, interfere, criticize. Indulge in monumental sulks, in huffs, in snide remarks.Borrow. Break. Monopolize the bathroom.Are always underfoot .." and we were all that and more ...chatting endlessly , watching back to back movies , sipping on cocktails in the middle of the day ,snacking at midnight , doing chores together , laughing hysterically , trading wardrobes , shopping like maniacs ..add to this fighting and arguing , even sulking a while but thats what sisterhood is all about ..
Aptly worded by Amy Li , " Having a sister is like having a best friend you can't get rid of. You know whatever you do, they'll still be there ;) "
So this one's especially for you my sistah .. Thank you , for being there , for being a special part of my life and for giving me special memories, we both shall treasure .. I miss you and till we meet again !!
xoxo

12 July 2010

Viva Las Vegas

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I havent even managed to share and write about my trip to Vegas and Grand canyon and there's already more in store , like our day trip to the San Diego Zoo this Saturday ..and even though I am torn ..its going to be first things first so here I go ..

The morning of 3rd July dawned at 4.30 am ..it was a groggy morning sure but not for long ..soon we were on our way to Sin City ..the 5-6 hr drive didn't seem to take that long despite the fuel stop for the stomach and the car and we made it just in time around 11.30 am ..
We had 4 hrs to check in and the only thing we could do to make optimal use of the time we had ,was to do some shopping :D :D ..Well even though im smiling now,by the end of the shopping extravaganza i had no reason to, coz I bought me nothing :( and believe you me thats a rare occassion ..one that hubs enjoyed celebrating by shopping to his heart's content :P ..jokes apart I enjoyed playing the role of the magnanimous ( content ) big sister whose job for the day was to pamper and spoil her younger sister and judging by the no. of bags we had in less than 4 hours , I could tell I did a good job :D

And then it was time to check it to our hotel ..
I've been to Vegas twice before and stayed at the Venetian and Wynn Resort ..so this time we tried Aria Resort & Casino located on the southern part of the strip between Bellagio and Monte Carlo ..Aria opened up in December last year and in the six odd months that its been running its already known to be redefining or setting a new benchmark in the standard of luxury ..and that had me curious coz for me the benchmark was the Venetian. Ever since I've stayed there , I've e
nded up drawing comparisons .. In fact having said that I'll confess I enjoyed staying at the Venetian more than Wynn too ..
And even though this post is seemingly coming across like a hotel review now.. certainly not intended , I cant help but share what I liked / disliked about the hotel..
The Room - On the 36th floor , tastefully decorated with lots of brown satin and leather and overlooked the strip ( a clincher ) ,
the bed was soft ( maybe too soft ? - even by plush standards ) ..
the one touch in room integrated technology that lets you customise everything ( Impressive and Bravo !! )
The Bathroom - the shower and bath tub share a single glass enclosure ( my favorite part :D )
the toiletries .. definitely an improvement area ( SUCKS !! )
I guess for anyone who's heading to Vegas and thinking about Aria resort , this should suffice as a heads up ..any more questions can be directed to my inbox and I'll be happy to answer them for you :)

Coming back to what happened after we checked in , well a quick shower ( an hour :) for me and 2 for my sister :P ) and an ensemble change and we were ready to set the town on fire .. dousing it intermittently with tequila and Mai Tai's :D

Lucky for me

The fun had just begun
and it was only the night of Day one ..

Lucky for you

There's no reason to be blue
'coz tomorrow's all about the events of Day two ..

07 July 2010

Shifting Sands of Time ..

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So I haven't written for a while ..a lot happenened in this past month ..one of the reasons also for not writing but not an excuse ..coz after a while there is really no excuse for not writing .. while I agree there are days when you're blank but if you, like me, end up not writing for a while then even on days you have plenty to write you dont seem to be heading anywhere ..
This whole time I haven't written I've begun to understand that writing/ blogging daily involves discipline and to really enjoy it every single day its imperative to devote time to it ..not to mention the fact that I sincerely do appreciate all those people who really can write day in and day out and keep their readers involved and entertained at the same time .. and that also means I've to work on it harder !!

Now for the question where have I been ? Well ..June kicked off with me and hubs moving to a new apartment ..and with that came plenty of work / chores to be done ..Packing , unpacking , decorating , buying new stuff , settling down and blah blah blah ..you get the idea but that's not it ..infact that was just the beginning of an exciting phase ..Hardly had i settled down when plans of my sister's impending visit came to fruition and its been almost two weeks since she's been with me and I'm having the time of my life ..we've been chatting , watching tv/ movies together , playing cards , going shoppin, hitting the beach , chattin some more , cooking , laughing , fighting.. And then there was the trip to Vegas and Grand Canyon over the long weekend :)) ..details for which will be in the next post .. and hopefully there'll be plenty more good times ahead coz lucky for me she's here all this month ..Yipeee !!
So since I'm feeling all so "sisterly" I'll sign off by sharing this quote about sisters by Clara Ortega and dedicate it to my sweet seeeeesters :P

"To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time."

10 June 2010

27 May 2010

25 May 2010

All is well that ends well :D

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Most of Saturday this weekend was in bed for me ..it was one of those days when you wake up with a headache and nothing sucks more than falling sick on a weekend !!
But Sunday saw us heading to the movie theatre to watch one of the most ' ridonkulous ' and awaited movies ..
and it wasnt in the least bit a ' cat-astrophe ' ..If you've watched the movie you surely know what I mean and didn't you just love it ?I thought that it couldnt be a more happy ever after ending and goodbye than this ..but I do wish this wasnt the last chapter ..

And then came Monday ..when I received my accessory swaps package from the lovely Karina @Peace,love and cupcakes and my ..oh my did she send me some wonderful stuff ..Im going to dedicate a whole post to it ..so you'll have to wait for that but here's a little thank you note for Kary in the meanwhile :P
hahahahaha ..no sooner I saw this one I knew I had to share it :D :D ..
But this next one says it perfectly ..
all pictures via we ♥ it
So Thank you , my friend and I have something to give too coz I believe one good deed always begets another..

21 May 2010

I Wanna Grow Old With You

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A friend shared this video on Facebook today and i liked it so much that all i could think of was sharing it with you ... even if you've seen it , its worth a dekko ..


My favorite part was ," So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink , put you to bed when you've had too much to drink " , now who wouldn't love a man like that ??

Have a lovely weekend ..

20 May 2010

18 May 2010

Ain't No Mountain High Enough ..

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"It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend." said William Blake ..
and its happened to everyone of us , at one point in time or another ..when we've fought with our best friends ..and dealt with the issue of to forgive or not to forgive ..

What troubles me most is the word ' friends ' here coz when i say friends , shouldnt it mean that fights should be easier to deal with and probably get over with quicker than when you fought / argued with a stranger ??

Atleast i thought so ..
Sadly , the reality differs..and the reality is that when a friend hurts you, your primal instinct is to shield and protect yourself and this instinct makes communicating difficult thereby making it harder to patch up problems and skewering the closest of friendships..

Whoever said friendship was not complicated was highly mistaken coz I think im finally beginning to comprehend the difference between friends and friendship ...Its the making friends part that is easy, Friendship is hard and keeping that connection strong and resilient during the natural ups and downs that affect almost all relationships can sometimes take more than you were willing to partake with , resulting more often than not in disappointment..

And while id like to believe im equipped and capable of handling disappointment , i sometimes am not ...but as quoted by Eileen Kennedy Moore in the book ' The Unwritten Rules of Friendship '
"Rigid beliefs make disappointments seem unbearable, whereas realistic beliefs help us to accept disappointment and go on from there."

and i have moved on ..

13 May 2010

Thursday Thoughts # KISS Principle

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I hate it when im unable to write regularly but there's so much happening around me that i just wanted to take a break and if you've been visiting regularly only to find no new posts..my sincere apologies..and more importantly thank you for bearing with me :)

One thing that i positively hate in my life is uncertainity, unstability , not knowing what future has in store for me ..it makes me uncomfortable ..but sometimes its all you have in life ..and what do you then ?
"Live simply so that others may simply live. It's a nice idea, but our lives are more complicated and complex than ever.What can you simplify today - your desk, perhaps your thoughts, a meeting? Simple means easy. Simple means asking, Is this really necessary? Simple means keeping it short but sweet.Simple means keeping the focus of your attention on what you need to do now."
Today's mantra is, lets keep it simple.

02 May 2010

Six Senses Sunday ..errr ..Saturday

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Julie @ The world is my oyster is hosting a new meme called Six Senses Saturday which means that todays post was actually supposed to be done yesterday but since i never got around to doing it yesterday , hence i am doing it today ..its better late than never ..right ??
If you enjoy it , go ahead give it a try and link up here ..
Right Now I'm...

Tasting:
A cuppa tea and Iced Lemon shortbread :)

Smelling:
Breakfast being cooked by Hubs ..its the most wonderful part of my weekend ..

Seeing:
2 movies at the same time ..

Hearing:
neither of the movies , instead am listening to Heartbreak warfare by John Mayer

Touching:
The keys on my lappie ..

Feeling:
even more lazy than i did yesterday :P :D

Happy Sunday !!

30 April 2010

Fill in the blanks ( Movie ) Friday

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Ive been MIA the last couple of Fridays but Lauren @ the little things we do is hosting a themed Fill in the blanks Friday and being the movie buff i am , i just had to participate ..join in too , if you like ...
1. My absolute favorite movie of all time in English is The Shawshank Redemption and in Hindi is Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar

2. My favorite movie as a child was Free Willy , infact till date i still can watch it anytime ..i loved the character Jesse and the big orca whale and the whole idea of an umimaginable friendship between a child and a whale !!

3. The best movie quote ever is from the movie Runaway bride ..Its my absolute favorite and it happens when Richard Gere shares with Julia Roberts his thoughts on a perfect proposal and it goes like this " Look, I guarantee there'll be tough times. I guarantee that at some point, one or both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing.But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life, because I know, in my heart, you're the only one for me."

4. My favorite actress is ooh thats a tricky one ..i love Julia Roberts , Meryl streep , Shabana Azmi and my favorite actor is Morgan Freeman ,i even love Keannu Reaves and Naseeruddin Shah , Farooq Shaikh , Aamir khan ..i guess i should rephrase the question to my favorite's' .. :P

5. The movie I could watch over and over is well it might sound quirky but absolutely any movie that ive loved watchin the first time i can watch it any no. of times .

6. My favorite movie genre is romantic movies ..i enjoy comedies and thrillers too but sappy stuff , bring it on anytime !!

7. A movie I'd like to watch this weekend is The Back up Plan ..no matter what anybody says i kinda like JLo ..you can tune in for the review on Monday !!

Have a great weekend !!
xoxo

29 April 2010

Thursday Thoughts # Got a little Attitude ??

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"I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day to day basis is my choice of attitude . It is more important than my past , my education , my bankroll , my successes or failures , fame or pain , what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances or my position. Attitude keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right there is no barrier too high , no valley too deep , no dream too extreme , no challenge too great for me ."
- Charles R Swindoll

28 April 2010

Every Journey Begins with a Pair of Socks ...

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"Why do men hog the remote ? Refuse to stop and ask for directions ?Have such a hard time sharing their emotions ? Why can't they drop their socks in the laundry basket instead of near it ? What does a man mean when he says 'uh-huh' ? ( No, it doesn't always mean he's not listening ) "

And thats what this book - Husbandry written by Stephen Fried is all about ..It talks about Sex Love and dirty laundry - an insight into the minds of married men ..

Drawn from his own conversations with his wife and other fellow husbands aka married men , this makes for one hilarious read .. im only half way through at the moment but im having an incredible time reading it .. and having said that i must also mention that i havent gained any particularly incisive insight into my man's mind but the book does claim to tell a woman more about her man than she'll ever learn by asking him ..well ill just have to finish it to know that , won't i ?

Have you been reading or read any interesting book lately ?

26 April 2010

The Wedding Card

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One of the most significant things that happened over the weekend for me was receiving Gattu Singh's marriage invitation ..you might wanna read this before you read furthur .. but if you're already aware , you know her special day is right around the corner ... in less than 2 weeks time , she'll be married and while im immensely happy for her , im sad too ..coz i wish i were part of the most special phase of her life , i wish i were part of all the celebrations ...i wish i were there for her and having said that ..im also sure that my dearest friend knows that im thinking about her and missing her every single moment .. and here's a little something especially for her ..
Its a poem called Recipe for a Happy Marriage by Author Unknown .

A Good Wedding Cake.
1lb butter of youth.
4lbs of love.
1lb of good looks,
1lb of sweet temper.
3lb of self forgetfulness.
1lb of pounded wit.
1lb of blindness of faults.
1lb of good humour.
1 tablespoon of sweet argument.
1 pint of rippling laughter.
1 wine glass of common sense.
1oz of modesty.

21 April 2010

Postcrossing Love

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Phyllis Theroux said,
" To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart."

Ive always been fond of writing letters , infact i believe that there's absolutely nothing that substitutes the power of written word.. and while we do have the internet and the phone and all sorts of ways to stay in touch now-a-days yet a handwritten letter has the thought , the feeling, the effort and the love and therefore my vote always favors the handwritten letter .. and there was a time when i used to send lots of mail , i used to send cards , write letters to friends and love letters to my then bf ( now hubs :D) , but as I grew older , the frequency grew lesser and lesser and i had almost forgotten the joy of sending and receiving mail . up until now, when i joined Postcrossing ..

Postcrossing is a project which gives one an opportunity to connect with like minded people all over the world by sending and receiving postcards ..the main idea is that for every postcard you send , you receive a postcard back from any part of the world and isnt that amazing ?

Well , trust me it is, cause today i received my very first postcard all the way from Spain and i am absolutely elated ,so much so that even though its pretty late in the night ,i just couldnt go to sleep without bringing myself to first write about it and share my joy..
here's a picture of the postcard too.. isn't it beautiful..??
I think i am surely going to dream of Puerto De La Cruz tonight ..
here's sweet dreams and a good nite to you too :)

20 April 2010

And the Winner is ..

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I can't believe its been almost a full week i haven't had the time to write something in here or for that matter even read blogs ..and even though id love to be regular sometimes its kinda difficult and this is one of those times ...
I aint going to bug you much xcept that today is the day when one lucky winner wins a fabulous pair of vintage earrings from Alex keller ..and the lucky winner is ..# 6

Congratulations Joannie @ raisinganarmy ..im so happy for you .. !!
I hope you enjoy your fabulous gift ...and dont forget to send me an email with your address and also your favorite pair of earrings ..
Special thanks to Alex for all her support and for hosting this giveaway and thanks to everyone who participated too ..

And before i sign off , another giveaway is on the way ..so stay tuned ..
Cheers !!

15 April 2010

Just Dishing It :)

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Im having a party today :)
Where you ask ? well right here ..its being hosted by Amanda @ Serenity now ..So share something about yourself and then hop over and make some new bloggy friends ..

So here are my answers ..
How long have you been blogging and what prompted you ?
I have been blogging since Aug 2009 and I started blogging more as a result of being coerced into it by my hubs ..infact my very first post details my reasons for blogging and you can read all about it here ..
Why did you choose this particular title ?
I chose this particular title for my blog because i knew if id ever write it would come from my day to day life experiences and observations and therefore MY REFLECTIONS just seemed so apt..
What do you blog about ?
I blog about anything and everything under the sun.. my travels , movies i watch , any article ive read or wanna share, books , family , friends , feelings ..my writing is a reflection of my life .
What's your favorite part about blogging ?
My favorite thing about blogging apart from the fact that its a creative outlet ,is that distance is no longer a barrier in making new friends and sharing experiences ..its a whole new world in itself ..
Which famous person would you choose to become your blog's devoted reader ?
If i had to choose one famous person to read my blog everyday , id probably have to give it a lot of thought ..i don't think id be content with just 'one'..
What is the funniest comment you've received till date ?
Well id rather share with you one that moved me most and it wasn't a comment , it was conveyed in person ..It was Grandpa telling me that he really loved what i wrote and more so appreciated the sensitivity with which i wrote and believe you me , having him say that made me real proud coz he rarely praises and therefore such high praise coming from a man of his stature meant a tremendous lot ..

Now that you've had a peek into my life , you can join in the fun too , just link up here ..and don't forget to sign up for my giveaway and mail scramble ..it ends Apr 17th ..

13 April 2010

Fun Times ..A Giveaway and Mail Scramble

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I hope by now you've entered my fabulous Giveaway hosted by Alex for a pair of vintage earrings ..
If you're new here or have missed out on my posts earlier then you're in luck coz there's still time to enter the giveaway , but before you do , here's a small addition to the rules ..
  • If you purchase something from Alex's shop , you earn yourself 5 more chances to enter the giveaway .. just leave a comment telling me you bought something ..
and
  • If you do a post about the giveaway or share a link on your blog you earn yourself 5 more chances ..
Thats a total of 10 more chances to win !!

Also im also hosting a Mail Scramble too ..
the last date to enter now is Apr 17th ..so you have a chance to join in the fun here too ..
Just one more addition, since i have quite a few overseas participation, im adding postcards to the list too ..so you can now choose between sending magnets or a postcard or both .. i leave it to you ..

Now Click here to enter my Giveaway ..
and Click here to be part of the Mail Scramble

and don't forget to spread the word ..!!
Cheers .

12 April 2010

Date Night

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I haven't been feeling too well today but here's a quick update on the weekend ..While Saturday was pretty much at home , Sunday was 'Date Night' for us .. and a happening one at that :)

Hows the movie you ask ? Well, despite the theme being the usual run of the mill kinds , its still a charming movie ..
Its about this ' boring couple from New Jersey ' who put in sincere efforts to keep the spark alive in their stagnating marriage ..but they are so embroiled in their mundane lives that even their ' date night ' is pretty much a routine with them eating the same meal @ the same place ..and thats where the movie is strikingly honest cause its transparent in its dealing of how they choose to show their marriage ...and this transparency reflects through out the movie ..

The movie soon picks up pace, at the uptown seafood restaurant Claw where Phil and Claire decide to go to , with a case of mistaken identity and there on the screw ball comedy becomes even funnier and more ludicrous but amidst all the craziness is a scene in the car when Phil and Claire discuss their marriage and you ,like me will identify with it ..

You'll identify that marriage is not always a cake walk or a bed of roses , there's sweat , toil and hard work , there are fights , arguments and make up sessions ,there's the wringing his neck and loving him all at the same time ..but if you're content and happy , its all worth it ...like Phil tells Claire
" If i had to do it all over again the family , the marriage , the kids ..id still choose YOU "

Me too , Hon !!
:)

P.S ..Have you entered the giveaway i am hosting with Alex for a fabulous pair of vintage earrings ? Click HERE to enter ..

11 April 2010

Getting to Know You

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Mannland 5 is a blog i've only recently discovered and i've had such a fun time reading Keely's posts that today i'm joining her in her weekly feature and participating in the Getting to Know You Sundays .. here are my answers to this week's questions ..

1. What color do you wear the most?
Pink , also quite a bit of blue ..two of my favorite colors .

2. Would you rather have $10,000 dollars or a dream vacation?
A dream vacation anyday ..there's nothing hubs and me enjoy more than travelling and exploring new places together ..

3. Do you have a weird, quirky or unusual habit?
Whenever im leaving the house , i always have a feeling im forgetting something even after ive checked everything twice sometimes thrice ..

4. I really need to start..........?
a new fitness regime ..join the gym nearby that offers hip hop and zumba classes ..what could be more fun than dancing to lose some pounds ;)

5. What was the first blog you ever read?
the ones featuring on timesofindia.indiatimes.com

6. Do you collect anything?
i love handbags ..i just cant have enough of them ..

7. How old were you when you had your first kiss?
sweet 16

8. Do you text/twitter while driving?
I hardly drive but even if i did id never text/twitter.. i guess im with Oprah on this one.. The car should always be a no-phone zone ..

You can also join in the fun by linking up here ..
But before you go , have you entered the giveaway i am hosting for a vintage pair of earrings from the very talented Alex Keller ..Click HERE to enter ..
Have a lovely Sunday ..

09 April 2010

Giveaway Love

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Just before i left for my easter weekend celebrations , i bought this beautiful golden leaf necklace.. made out of vintage and recycled jewelry ..

but more importantly , I also made a new friend ..She's the very talented and thoughtful Alex Keller who has two wonderful etsy shops and today Alex is sponsoring a fabulous giveaway for all my readers and she's offering the winner a choice at her favorite earrings ..yes i said that right..you can choose your favorite pair ..isnt that lovely ??
Here's a little peek at the earrings ..
Candy

Ruby

Frankie

and there's more from where that came from ..check out her etsy shop here ..

Now for the rules of the giveaway ..
1. Visit Alex's etsy shop and leave a comment telling me about your favorite item ..
2. Be a follower of this blog ..
Thats it !!

The winner will be decided on Apr 17th ..
So hurry and Good Luck .
xoxo

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