Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I get to dance again! Yay! OK... it ain't any major concert or anything but I am to give a solo performance (as well as a few group ones) at the hubby's cousin's upcoming wedding in November. One can't help but love these North Indian weddings with all this dancing! Any opportunity to dance is super cool, so am really looking forward to this one!
I had already chosen the song I want to do my solo performance to and today, I started the choreography and rehearsal. After that long hiatus (the last time I performed was at my bro-in-law's wedding in April 2010, which I had written about here), I was indeed very stiff to begin with but after an hour or so, the muscles began to ease and I was more at ease. I completed 50% of the choregraphy and felt super pleased with the progress!
Totally something to look forward to for the next coupla months! Love it!
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Two cool things happened today:
1) I took part in the training that trains us managers on how to hold interviews for the new hires at P&G. It was a fascinating training, firstly for the obvious reasons of understanding the company's process of how they recruit but also because it kinda gives an idea of what supposedly got me myself into this company all those years ago! One of those different kinda trainings and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
2) I finally got back to exercising! With all the busy time at work, the Kerala holiday, the flu & throat infection etc. I had lost about 1-1.5 months without any exercise! It's amazing how quickly time seem to pass when you stop exercising! Sigh. Anyway, so I decided to get back to it this evening. Given such a long gap, I was pretty certain that I would be in horrid condition. But the great news is that I ran 4.5kms which is slightly above my average (about 3km), so I felt really good about it! Now all I need to do is get back to a routine and also get back to yoga! But this is indeed a much a better restart than I could hope for!
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Interestingly, these days I am feeling rather upbeat about my work. A number of factors have led to this - successful completion of certain projects, the excitement of starting on new ones, a few good inspiring talks with some of my bosses, and last but not the least, my own attitude towards work and the role it plays in my life.
You see, there are times when I feel that my regular job is simply a means to earn a living, after all how much more can selling shampoos mean? But on the other hand, there are times when I feel like I really enjoy what I am doing - the high of solving complex issues, pleasing tough managers, understanding the consumer psyche, seeing that sharepoint inch forward, designing a new campaign and seeing it come to life, etc. - all these make the job more than just about making money but something that's simply fun to do!
And I have been pretty much in the second camp most of the time recently. Today, even though it's a Monday, I was super chirpy and happy and consequently, pretty productive at work. I feel in control and I feel good!
And that makes this Monday a Super Cool Monday!
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Today, for the first time ever, I was (or at least I pretended to be) a real videographer! You know, like the ones that carry around all these equipment at concerts and weddings etc. and pretend to be oh-so-cool, asking people to move out of their way as they shoot that perfect shot? Yeah, like one of those!
This came by because the play by my in-laws was to be staged today as well and they asked me whether I could help with the video shoot and I immediately jumped at the opportunity! So there I was with my Sony handycam (which I had not used for 3 years) and a tripod, all ready to be the official videographer for the day!
And I do think I did a decent job. Well, it's not really hard to follow a play on stage with a camera - just a bit of panning here, a bit of zooming there, etc. It's pretty easy job but standing wedged between the tripod and the wall behind me, for 1.5 hours was no joke.
In any case, I managed some pretty decent footage and most importantly, I had a lot of fun! It was my first experience as the official videographer for an event! SO cool!
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Today was the play staged by my brother & sister in law that I had mentioned here. It's been a really long time since I had watched any play and given that this is by the family members, it was even more fun since I got to hang around at the backstage etc.! A few of my friends had tagged along too, and we had a great time watching it together! Everyone involved in the play, except my sis-in-law who is quite experienced, were making their debut on the stage with this play and every single person managed to pull this off even with full time jobs, which made the whole show even more commendable! Had a pretty fun day!
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48.5 - yeah, that's my weight today...48.5 kgs! The lowest I have hit in a really long time! Am not sure whether it is really healthy (my ideal weight is 52 and I usually average about 50 - 51), but this drop is rather unexpected given that I had not done any exercise in a while and had binged to the hilt during the Kerala holidays! So this discovery was totally welcome! Yay!
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Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
A warning well in advance, this calls for,
What you are about to read is beyond the regular.
Call it poetry, call it prose, call it utter crap,
But for reasons not quite explicable
An endless voice boomed in my head, "A poem, I must write!".
Could be the holiday that had ended too soon,
Or the sniffles that was bound to follow.
Could be that for days now, I would be alone
As the hubby hobnobbs across the north of India
Leaving me to handle the laundry on my own.
What's driving something this unusual, it doesn't matter,
There's surely no point harping on the cause.
Truth is, out of the blue, mesmerizing and magical,
Struck an avalanche of thoughts, ideas, dreams,
Threatening to bust the seams of my tiny little brain.
Leading to an urge to tell the world a million things
That in my head, whizzed, hopped and somersaulted.
Flashes of lands and faces seen and to be seen,
Crowding behind eyes shut, waiting to be set free,
"And what better way than through poetry!", cooed I.
So I sat down to paint a poetic picture,
Of the images in my head in all their glorious colours.
And just like that it halted, the whirlwind of my thoughts,
No kaleidoscope in words formed, as I had hoped for
The dull white of the blank sheet of paper, the only colour to be.
Poetry ain't my cup of tea, it dawned on me.
Then again, the day is meant to be beautiful
The flashes and images were for my head alone, maybe.
Beyond my reach, a kaleidoscope surely is,
But a fleeting wish for poetry, a poem in itself?, I wondered
And hence this feeble attempt, poetry or not.
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Sunday, September 4, 2011
Given that today was to be the last day the entire family from my mom's side, who all have gathered for the wedding, would be together... we had a kinda farewell party. Parties here basically mean lotsa food, drinks, music & dance!
And yes there was indeed a LOT of food, all prepared by my uncle and aunt. I was stunned by the very elaborate spread! From what I can remember there were tapioca with chilli chutney, chicken curry, chicken fry, prawns curry, channa masala, fish fry, beef fry, peas & egg, quill egg masala, dry potatoes, paratha, chappathi, rice. All made by just the two of them. Amazing!
The highlight amongst the drinks available was definitely good old Kerala toddy! Fresh from the coconuts!
And then came the music and dance. For the last couple of days I had been hunting for fast paced songs to dance to! My collection was put on a loop and we danced away till the night!
It was an awesomely fun evening and now, like all other good things, this too is coming to an end! Sigh! But I shall be leaving a very happy and satisfied person!
347 more to go.
Onam celebrations have kickstarted in Kerala and what this means is that everyone puts the pookalam (flower patterns) in front of their houses every morning for 9 -10 days. For the past couple of days my mom was the one who put the pookalam in our house, mainly because I was sleeping in until late.
But today, I decided that I will be the one to put the pookalam.
So early in the morning, I sat down right outside the front door of my house and made an elaborate pookalam!
It's been 13 years since I last made a pookalam, so it was very nice to be working on one! Thoroughly enjoyed it!
348 more to go.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Highlight of the day was a visit to the Lord Ganesh temple at Naduvilal in Thrissur, to celebrate Ganesh Chathurhti. What is special about this temple is that it was established by my great grandfather, several decades ago. It had started off as a very small thing but today, there was a big celebration there - in fact, the biggest Ganesh Chathurthi celebrations in Thrissur, complete with Panchavaadyam (percussion performance) and decorated elephants, happened right here!
We spent some time there - praying, enjoying the panchavaadyam, watching the elephants and generally having some good fun together with the rest of the crowd. It was also quite the cultural experience for the hubby!
A good evening!
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Friday, September 2, 2011
Finally it's the day of the cousin's wedding! Pretty much everything that happens at a wedding happened - getting dressed most elaborately, running around and helping out in whatever little ways you can and feeling rather important in the process, meeting and catching up with relatives whom you haven't seen for ages, gorging on awesome feast etc. - all of which can be summarized as pure, unadulterated fun!
Oh I must also mention that part of the fun was contributed by the process of "Mallu-fying" the hubby. It was quite an experience getting him, a North Indian, to wear the Kerala dhothi (called "mundu") and walk around the whole day. He was the center of attention since the simple Kerala folks seemed highly amused by the presence of a Hindi-speaking non-Mallu amidst them, that too wearing a mundu. This amusement gets further heightened occasionally when he splutters a few Malayalam words that he has picked up over the past few days! I must also point out that the hubby, on his part, seemed to rather enjoy all that attention!
Another cousin gets married. Another round of wedding festivities end. But a ton of fun it was!
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Thursday, September 1, 2011
Day - 1 for the wedding... so spent the entire day at the bride's place. Needless to say it was a fun day with a lot of chatter, food and festivities!
One specific highlight I would call out is the experience at the wedding venue where we went for our dinner - especially the tour inside the kitchen there! My cousin's family had opted to go the traditional way of arranging the feast, which means food is not catered from outside, but is made by chefs inhouse at the venue, overnight!
The venue too, is part of a temple, and the building is several decades old. This gives it a very nice charm and walking through it feels like time has stood still and everything has been preserved just as it was all those years ago! It's rather fascinating!
351 more to go.