Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Do God sponsor vacations?

There is a saying or should I say belief in indian culture that once each day, the goddess of wisdom 'saraswati' blesses your tongue and whatever you happen to be saying at that moment comes true.
I grew up listening to this quote and knew that all it is doing is encouraging us to speak good all the time because you never know when she is gonna come and bless you and then whatever negative or positive you might be saying at the time would come true. And the fear of something negative manifesting in real life keeps you thinking happy thoughts at least for the time that we are aware of them.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Connections!

This post has been in the making for quite sometime. I started, stopped, restarted and all through it the story kept evolving and now it looks nothing like how I had intended it to start.
But before I begin my story, here is a beautiful article about the connections within… 

'Connect' was my word for 2014 and looking back I think the word manifested itself on several levels.  Around the end of 2013, when I was trying to come up with the 2014 word, I struggled with the thought that the word is not complex enough but continued with it without understanding the full impact of its presence in my life.  And now as I look back at 2014, it is coming to me that the intention I chose was so appropriate for the way things have shaped around me.


Sunday, February 01, 2015

Let's start again...

Can I reboot life’s computer and restart the beginning of 2015.

As much as I acknowledge the need for hardships and stress required for an individual’s growth, I am too much of a milestone person, and once in a while, say like every 365 days I’d like to see myself as making a fresh and clean start. And well, to put it mildly, 2015 didn’t give me a clean start and I’d like to start afresh…
So, let's start again and usher in good times in the new year:
'Happy New Year' February is the new January... 

Friday, January 02, 2015

Happy New Year!

Ganesh, acrylic on canvas 16x20, image edited with A Beautiful Mess App
Ganesh, the God with elephant head, is believed to remove all obstacles from you path. In this new year my wish for all is to find your goal and lord show you the path to get to it...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Let me count the ways...

Four year ago we were very lucky to be able to build a house of our choice, right from the perfect floor plan for our family, the neighborhood we wanted and the ideal site to bring our dreams to life…
I loved the house, a sturdy structure, a beautiful body with an open and flowing layout, and yet we as the inhabitants needed to add soul to it in our very own way and go on to filling it with warmth, laughter and life. 
The other day Kellyn from Urban Compass contacted me to write some of the ways I made my house a home and I jumped at the idea… so here are some of the things we did to make it our very own home sweet home….

1. Put souvenirs to good use

You possibly know that we have wheels under our feet and love to travel and that very naturally means a lot of souvenirs. I prefer to pick mementos that I can use everyday and re-live the memories, which starts with my coffee mugs in the morning and end with the coverlet on our bed in the evening and with everything in between. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Gelataria - Venchi

Beautiful thing about taking too many pictures while on a trip is the longer duration required to process them and every single time you revisit those memories, its like a 'staycation'.
I apologize for taking longer to share my Italy trip pictures and intermingling with other posts but I am planning to create a link in the side bar that would show all the Italy pictures and posts at a glance. Till then just go to labels and pick Italy from the list for a series of all Italy related posts. 

Now coming back to the topic, Gelato, as I said before, fueled us during our whirlwind trip through the towns of Italy. Gelato is available at every street corner in a small shops along with cafĂ© and water and they all carry very similar flavors, strawberry, pistachio, vanilla, chocolate, espresso, hazelnut… etc. Almost every city we went to we tried Gelato and they were all refreshingly delightful but this particular shop remains vivid in my memory.


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Disappointed in FitBit

I'm sorry for a very straightforward verdict rather than the usual pros and cons and letting you make up your mind. But that is how strongly I feel about it.
It was the first day of recording 'a week in my life' back in end of october when I snapped on fit-bit for the very first time and was very disappointed to find out that it is nothing but a pedometer on a wrist band which is connected to an app on my phone.