Monthly Archives: September 2017


I am done. Tired. Had enough of socialisation.

Two more days of Navarathri. Four more expected visitors. Two visits due. Tomorrow is a big feast.

Sunday this hour I will be a spent force.


Today’s offering

Sago kheer.  I love sago kheer.  The family is less than enthusiastic – “It’s gross” says the kid of the gooey concoction.  Still, on everyone’s life, some rain must fall.

Garbanzo sundal

Flowers gifted by a relative.

Sharing my world

Answering Cee this week.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Walking.  I am a rabid walker.  I walk on the average, about 8-10 km every day.  I also like to potter about in my excuse-of-a-garden,but not right now because there are hundreds of millepedes all over…eww.

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

DRIVER.  I get very car sick as a passenger no matter where I sit.  We visited friends at the other end of town yesterday and took a cab.  I am still a little queasy.

If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?

Time to do more stuff, energy to do more stuff and opportunity to do more stuff – I would like to read a lot more than I am currently reading (which is not hard, I read for half an hour on a good day – I fall asleep by then, which is because I am jumping around like a cat on a hot tin roof all the time !).  I would like to draw and paint (I don’t do that at all anymore), I would like to write more, brush up my German, learn pulli kolam, brush up on my singing, work on more documents, take on more projects…..

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I appreciated the absence of a work deadline this Navrathri – for the past 17 years, I have always shuttled between work and Navrathri celebrations and feeling guilty of not doing either fully.  This year, my Navrathri has had my undivided attention.

The halfway mark

  • Visited all the main people who invited me.  Sang in a few houses.  Navrathri seems low-key, but the past few years, it has always caught up in the final two days.  Lets see
  • Managed to make goodies every day so far, some days, twice a day.  Thanks to Trump.  The DoE deadline that usually falls during Navrathri, making me run around like a head cut chicken, has been postponed this year, probably because renewable energy is not really a high priority to some people who believe that global warming is a Chinese hoax.  So, soaking in the most of Navrathri, for the first time in the past 17 years.
  • Have been wearing sarees on all days so far, all day.  In the past years, I would wear a saree only in the evening, or when visiting people, but this year, again, thanks to Trump, I have been celebrating all day.
  • A few people visited me today, but I expect the bulk tomorrow.
  • Feeling a little tired, but that is probably because of the festive busy-ness.
  • This year I did not buy gifts for visitors.  No reason….just the inertia in shopping.
  • Diwali is less than a month away. I don’t enjoy Diwali. But I need to buy clothes for the family. Ugh, shopping.