Monday, October 31, 2011
This record was achieved via a combination of runs, dance, yoga and even a 8km walk once.... all of which have contributed significantly to my health, am sure!
So here's to the closing of my healthiest month!
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Sunday, October 30, 2011
So that's exactly what happened today. After dropping my mom at the airport (and feeling adequately blue about it), I made my way to this friend's place for a highly overdue catch up. She works at P&G as well and we go back a long way, right from when she worked with me as the Asst. Director for one of my plays. She is by far one of the most dedicated, hard working, responsible people I have worked with, who has also a great initiative in getting things done without me having to specify every single detail, which is something I really appreciate!
So yeah, we decided that it was high time we had a catch up and that's exactly what we did. Over some awesome chai and yummy risotto that she made, we yapped away for 3 straight hours. Like I mentioned above, we could start off right where we stopped last time (which was probably a year ago) and not feel any of the time gap at all! That feeling always rocks!
We did part by saying that we should catch up soon again. Not sure how much of that is gonna materialize, but for today I loved this overdue catch up!
290 more to go.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
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Saturday, October 22, 2011
Like I had mentioned yesterday, today I hosted my biggest ever party!!
OK fine, given that I don't exactly host many parties, getting it to be the"biggest" wasn't really that tough. But it was definitely one of the best times I've ever had!!!
Together with the Mausams gang and a few close friends who were invited, we had a super duper blast!!! I was grinning like an idiot throughout, with all the excitement (and also the Rosso Martini) and loved every bit of the experience! I dunno how to replicate all that excitement into the blog but let me just write down a few highlights:
a) The fact that many of my most favourite people could make it!
b) Decorating the house with some Diwali paraphernalia and electric lights!
c) Lighting the diwali lamps with the help of all the friends who got to the party early!
d) The super popular Pani Puris! These were catered and turned out to be a major hit with everyone! We had people ditching our Bingo game to have Pani Puris!
e) The yummy menu with the awesome carrot halwa and rajma salad that a friend contributed to the evening, Mom's green peas curry and payasam as well as the catered pulao, tandoori chicken and malai kofta! Yummm!
f) Soju, which the hubby had bought from his most recent trip to Korea and which came in the cutest little containers. It turned out be the biggest hit amongst all the drinks (which were way too many, by the way) of the day!
g) The Bingo (also known as Tambola/Housie) game which turned out to be downright uproarious! There was ongoing confusion about the rules, about the numbers, accusations of cheating whenever the hubby won a game (which he did with remarkabe frequency) and ridiculously high decibel noise throughout.
g) Dance, dance and more dance!!! I believe we got every single person in the room to dance at least for one song! The best was dancing or rather running, to the fantastic D K Bose (Bhaag Bhaag) song! All of us were on our feet for that one...just madly doing the running-man... it was AWESOME!
f) Last but not the least, getting the security guards of our condominium to come all the way to our apartment to escort the guests out from our door until the gates, to ensure that we party no more past midnight! Apparently they got a record number of complaints from the residents, thanks to us! How amazing!!!
So there... My first proper party and I had a really, really, really amazing time!!!
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Friday, October 21, 2011
So today, after work and a very good session of yoga, I went on two rounds of shopping - one round with Mom and Jumilah and another round with the hubby. Then it was about getting the games ready, songs ready, wondering a thousand times whether the food would be enough, whether the drinks would be enough and basically feeling super excited about the upcoming party!
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Thursday, October 20, 2011
I was rehearsing the dance for an upcoming wedding in India and my mom, who is in town, decided that she too wants to learn. "I was a dancer in my younger days as well", she said proudly.
So she joined in. I taught her a few steps and she started to follow me! For about 30 minutes, the mother-daughter pair danced away!
It was a very fun experience! More so because her dance was accompanied throughout by her chatter - "How am I doing?", "Pretty good, no?", "Only this step is a bit hard", "Oh am getting it now", "See.. see..", "Ho.. so tired... ", "I was a dancer in my younger days..", "Good Good!"...
300 more to go.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Am writing this on October 17th and I have decided to combine the posts of the last three days simply because all three are focused on films - three films that I happened to catch, one on each day, and which pleasantly surprised me for different reasons. I must add that there were other small, nice happenings during these days, such as a great yoga class, a great dance rehearsal session with the hubby, a good time catching up with a friend, a good time planning for the visit to Dhaka film fest, a nice Sunday evening spent with the hubby and mom at my favourite destination Clarke Quay and hogging on some awesome food (including McDonalds french fries which I haven't had in ages and which are just so sinfully yummy, great kebabs at Marrakesh, mom's egg curry, Jumillah's pancakes with honey, etc. etc)! But I have chosen to focus on the films because well, sometimes I prefer to be more of a film buff than all the other things I supposedly am in my life.
So, here we go.For the 14th of October, it was a very small Malayalam movie called Ayur Rekha. It is exactly the kind of the film that I would have very easily given a skip if I went strictly by its star cast or even its trailer, but I happened to catch it, having nothing else to do in the evening. And I was very fascinated to realize that it was a very mature, very interesting and very different film. Not in terms of its storyline, but in terms of its execution. Some of the characterisations, scenes and dialogues were very new and different for Malayalam cinema and really took me by surprise. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
On October 15th, it was again a very small and pretty much unheard of Hindi film "Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster". This one was outstanding, really! The performances were all par excellence and I was very impressed by the direction! I would have easily skipped this one as well, if I were to go by its tacky title alone (it means "Master, Wife and Gangster"....), but decided to catch it after some good reviews from a few friends. And I was so pleasantly surprised! Excellent film!
On October 16th, it was the much awaited Malayalam film, "Salt & Pepper". Now this too is a small film, but definitely not unheard of. It is one of the most successful mini-budget Malayalam films of recent times and I had been hearing way too much about it and it was only on October 16th that I finally got a chance to view it. And man, even with all that high expectation, it blew me away! Such a simple and heart-warming film, so refreshingly told! And as the name suggests, one that really encourges gastronomy! The movie made me smile, hungry and at times, even wanting to cook (God save us all)! It is just the kinda film Malayalam cinema needs these days - original, simple, witty and real!
As you can see, it's been a very film-y weekend. Awesomeness!
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Thursday, October 13, 2011
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Thursday, October 6, 2011
It was time for him to go, like it would be for all of us. But the world stopped in its tracks and paid him respects, unlike what will happen to a lot of us. That alone makes this day a special one.
I don't plan to write a long note on Steve Jobs and what his contributions were to this world - a lot of others have already done that in a much more beautiful way than I ever can - but today, I did spend a long time reading about him and his wonderful messages to this world.
Here are a few that I want to keep in my head for a long time to come:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
"Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”
A true icon. Respect!
Rest in peace.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Of course, I went to work and all that, but I didn't feel like doing anything beyond that. I simply wanted to rest, without too much excitement on anything.
So after work I got back home early, I had my dinner early, I went to bed early.
That could be looked at as pure laziness but for today it's just want I wanted!
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When we went for the Durga Puja Ananda Mela last Saturday, we had decided that we will definitely be back for the main day of celebration, the Ashtami day. We also decided that we will deck ourselves in Indian attire and really feel part of the celebration!
So that's what I did... I wore a salwar in true Indian ishtyle and set off for the Durga Puja!
It was awesome fun! A few friends and bro & sis-in-law had also joined and together with a few thousand other Indians, we celebrated Durga Puja! Which basically meant we watched the ceremony, looked around and observed all the fellow decked up Indians, had a good Indian dinner and chit chatted for hours!
It was like a full fledged Puja celebration! Loved it!
316 more to go.