Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year 2019

2018 was a year full of ups and downs: unexpected good news on the personal front ~May and some scary news on the professional front in August. I am not sure if I am glad the year is over but I am glad 2019 is here.

Happy New Year 2019 to all the folks who follow or read my blog or accidentally landed on this page. I hope 2019 brings you happiness, good health, prosperity, good friendships, a lot of warmth and love.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Theme Change and general rant

I have been using the same theme for so long now that I opted for a change - I did not want to lose my window settings and so I chose from the same theme category. I may change it again before long as it looks too pinkish for my taste but lets see.

If you have subscribed to my blog you may realize that I am back-posting stuff. I have been busy and tired and worn out but I really really wanted to get back to some of the things that used to and continue to matter to me - like my blog, my reading, my fitness etc etc in that order.

Kuku has gone back to school after his holidays and Bubu is fast asleep - I should be sleeping but I wanted to get at least a single guilty pleasure out of the way before he wakes up and so here I am :)   

I am yet to post the X-mas decoration pics which I always do - waiting as usual for the Arien. The moment he steps in to the house, I have a whole bunch of requests - get this, buy that, hold him, feed him - I meant him not him, etc etc and so the Arien now feels that the office is the only place he can get some peace :D

I hope to get back to reading soon but I doubt Bubu will let me get back to that. Lets see :)

Saturday, December 1, 2018

... Its a Boy!

We welcomed our second bundle of joy, a baby boy, on November 20th this year. All that I had forgotten or romanticized about newborns came back with full force! I kept yelling at the Arien "How could you not remind me about sleep-deprivation, horrid diet etc etc?" while the Arien ignored my complaints.

Some days are good;
Some days, I want to curl up and sleep and wake up on my own - not because a lil one is screaming; Some days, I want to cry.

I wish for additional energy, strength, patience to support both my bundles of joy and the Arien, of course :D 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


1st January was a holiday and you know how hard it is to get back to work after a holiday. So, somehow it felt like I was dragging my feet and taking my own sweet time to, well, to get to office. Then, out of the blue, our team decided to have lunch outside - whoever was in office, at least. It was a super good idea especially because nobody wanted to think about work or actually do any thing related to work today. I raised a token "I brought lunch" and then gladly decided to go out with the team. Diet plans are postponed for a bit :) We ate at Jalsa Gold.

Nice beginning to the New Year!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year 2018

2017 was jam-packed. There were so many posts that I wanted to complete writing and then publish but I didn't do it. I wonder if I should go back and publish those first. I might still do that but for now, I am looking at 2018 and starting afresh.

Happy New Year to all my friends who still visit this blog of mine. I hope this year allows you to do all that you wanted and get all that you wished for. I hope this year is fun, filled with happiness, travel, family get-togethers, and love.  

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Kuku - The Dancer

Kuku loves to dance. My cousin got married in December and Kuku decided to dance at their wedding reception as well. He can stay without food and water but cannot stay long without dancing - as I found out at my cousin's reception. We went to another cousin's daughter's birthday party and the moment they put on the music, he was all set to dance and move and groove. We were surprised at his new-found confidence for dancing in public. Also, he did not mind that both of us were not anywhere around him while he danced. When he saw us, he smiled, waved, and continued dancing. This is a new Kuku - I am glad and worried at the same time. I love dancing as well. Everyone has asked me to enroll him in dance classes but something tells me this is jes a fad - I am not sure (maybe I am hoping this is only a fad!) so, I want to let him enjoy this phase while it lasts before making it a chore (Classes, rehearsals, etc. etc.). I want to avoid bollywood numbers, dapanguthu, etc. so I am not really sure about the options. Do you have any ideas? Please write to me and I'll check on that. Thank you!   

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Lunch at the Bombay Brasserie

After a long time, our team went on a lunch only outing. The place chosen was Bombay Brasserie in Indira nagar. Not many of us had heard of the place but we were all game. Two members from the team, one who was recovering from surgery and the other whose parents were on a sudden visit, could not make it to the lunch. As a result, I was the only vegetarian of the group.
Cocoa Rush

We started with drinks. I did not want to try any of the mocktails and opted to have a lime juice instead. Others tried various mocktails. A number of interesting concoctions were tasted and the one I can remember was Cocoa Rush. Some liked it but some didn't think it was great at all. No consensus at all. There was a discussion on liquid nitrogen and its after effects after cocoa Rush was served at the table which was quite enlightening for me as I was not aware of its use in recent times at all.  

I ordered Aam Papad Paneer, as a starter which was sweet. Mostly paneer dishes are spicy but this one was a variation that was not bad. I polished it off anyway. The non-vegetarians (everyone else) ordered various starters and seconds and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I think I should come here with the Arien. 

I was not really noticing what the others ordered for the main course. My main course had a noodles, coconut rice and a veg gravy that was not at all spicy. A good combination though I would have preferred a bit spice in the veg gravy. I enjoyed it though and polished it off before taking a snap :(

I did not have the dessert. I was avoiding all desserts as part of my new diet and I was also stuffed. I did not even taste it.  That was a big step for me. It looked quite tasty though. The two desserts we ordered. 

Balcony Seating at BB
The place has a lovely ambience and a nice cozy feel to it. The walls are a beautiful white and blue which is very pleasing to the eye - reminds you of the beach. The AC inside was a bit high for us and we stared at the balcony throughout. We were not seated at the balcony but it sure does look inviting, right?

Image Courstesy: http://www.bombaybrasserie.in/ 

Nice place to visit when you have the desire to treat your family to a nice and expensive lunch. Lunch for two comes to 1500. There is no booking and so you may have to wait a bit. I liked it. Have you been there? Let me know what you think of the food.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Despicable M3 -- Movie Review

After a long long time, we saw a movie with Kuku. My Arien cousin picked the movie because he knew that Kuku loves minions. We wanted to see how Kuku would react to the whole movie experience. His first movie experience did not really work out for us (you can read about that here) and we were hoping the second one would be better. It was but only slightly so.

The movie was just ok. The story seemed a bit too familiar - the separated at birth story of Gru and Dru had me wondering if Hollywood was now borrowing from Bollywood. I think the producers are in love with sequels because the earlier film worked. However, unlike Toy Story sequels, I felt more than a bit let down by this movie. Some of the Bratt scenes were genuinely funny - especially with music from the 90s which probably no one else except the Generation X (ones after the baby boomers) would recall.

Image Courtesy: http://www.hindustantimes.com/movie-reviews/despicable-me-3-movie-review-hoped-for-a-unicorn-got-a-one-horned-goat/story-u2fJxfQ5zVjx7krndBOPoI.html

Kuku refused to stay put in his seat or wear his 3D glasses. He walked all around, sat on the steps, tried some pop corn, and some nachos. He kept putting his hand between seats and scaring the couple in front of us. Whenever I pulled him away, he would go for a walk in the darkened theatre looking for a kindred someone who would be good company as they both run up and down the steps. Luckily for me, he did not find anyone.

The Arien commented "I think we should not try this for another 3 more years". I groaned :(

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Kuku, the wedding dancer

We had a wedding in the family. The Arien's niece got married amidst a lot of love, tears, and the general stress and loud words that one associates with a wedding. The surprise package was Kuku, who broke into a jig at the reception and was the cynosure of all eyes. One part of me was cringing that he was dancing for a typical dappankutthu song and the other part of me was surprised he was ready to dance in front of an audience.