Archive for May, 2010

Aam nahi khaas!

Who can resist yummlicious, delicious.. and every so juicy aam(mango) ? We had an unexpected feast in office today. A colleague at work, got a huge box of mangoes, from his village.. We were all like little kids, so eager to taste those tempting yellow pieces from heaven! And you know how we ate it? No cutting the aam with knife, and all that stuff. The traditional way – pressing the mangoes till they were soft, and then removing a little bit of the peel from the top to suck the heavenly juice within.

We had our iteration meeting scheduled with our Founder, and yet people were reluctant to leave their aams and go into the meeting. We had to wait for a while to get everyone to join us for the meeting! And you know what I was doing in the meeting, wondering how I would blog about this of-course ๐Ÿ˜›

Truly aam is the perfect misnomer for the fruit .. for it is anything but aam ๐Ÿ˜€

P.S: Nu – I guess it was in my kismet to taste these natural, home-grown aam, even though I missed tasting them at your place ๐Ÿ™‚


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New Haircut (yay)

There is something about a new haircut, that magically uplifts any low I’ve been feeling. It used to be a ritual. Every year, around summer time, I would start cribbing to my mom. “It’s too hot, I want to cut my hair shorter… It has grown way too long..” my list of complaints would go on till my parlour-disliking mom would finally give in, and let me go get my annual hair cut. My hair grew super-fast, and every year, by the time I finally had the haircut, the hair would be at-least twice the length of the original cut. My only instructions to the parlour-lady would be make it short, I don’t really care about anything else. I loved how my head would feel lighter after the haircut, and how I looked completely different each time, it used to be my idea of a makeover :D.

The best part of a haircut would be the blow-drying. My hair would look lovely and voluminous after – and I hated the idea that the look would change, or my hair would go limp if I slept on my back – so I would resist my customary afternoon nap. Even at night I would try to sleep on my back so that it wouldn’t affect my brand new haircut. I’d try to avoid washing my the hair as much as possible so that the “look” remained.

Why am I posting all this today?
Simple, I got my lovely new hair-cut, and I am very very happy ๐Ÿ˜€ :D.

P.S.: An advantage of getting married – MIL herself suggested me that it has been a long time since my last hair-cut, and I should give the parlour a visit if I don’t intend to grow long tresses. I love my MIL ๐Ÿ˜›

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During the pre-marriage stage, a lot of our conversations revolved around what stuff we would love to do post marriage. Here is a list of the stuff.

– Spend weekends away every couple of months, at-least to places that were 4-5 hours away. Or maybe join a trekking group.

– Do some activity/class together, as a couple – salsa class or something similar.

– Look-up exotic recipes from the internet and cook stuff together.. Forget exotic.. we could start with the basics – yummy subway like sandwiches. Make deserts – at-least simple once like cold coffee with ice-cream, milkshakes and the like.

– Invite friends over for dinner once in a while – spruce up the space, cook/order something in. Have a nice relaxed evening.

– Go for evening/ night walks.

– Gym together regularly.

– Get back to reading

Just discussing these would really make us feel so happy and cheerful. I could totally imagine myself doing all of this stuff. Post marriage – let us see where we are now..

– Weekends away – Check. Just one done – Mahabaleshwar, but we are on the right track, Plus we did some weekends to Indore, Pune and going to Ahmedabad soon, so that’s good.

– Activity together – no luck :(.. P is busy with his new job, and we are not that motivated on this one it seems.

– Cooking – has been mostly me, and no exotic stuff, just the regular dal-subzi.. Did try this recipe for cake, turned out pretty decent. And made yummy strawberry milkshake using Mapro Strawberry crush – loved it.

– Invite friends over – this will have to wait till we move out to the new house.

– Evening walks – very rare, but amazing. Completely recommended, if you don’t mind the sweat.

– Gym – not so regular, again P’s new and hectic job to blame. We should try harder. Should push the lazy one a lot more.

– Reading – Got a couple of books, but still have to work on this.. Right now, Grey’s Anatomy is taking up (hogging) all my free time. I am completely addicted. I don’t think I can get out till I complete all the seasons..

I guess, this is not a bad start :).. Right now I am completely psyched about the new flat (will get possession by next year wonly :() and have a lot of fun just looking at home decor stuff in malls. Love those discussions of we will do this – and we will decorate our living room with that!!! Gives me such a high!

What about you guys, any such experiences to share? Would love to read ๐Ÿ™‚

On an unrelated note:

Saw an auto rickshaw today on my way to work which had on its back “Koi muzhe samjhe” (sic) Totally rotfl moment :D. Seriously, how do they think of such stuff?

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Read at your own risk :P

Tagged by DI

According to the rules, we can just say Guilty or Innocent.. but then again who cares :P. So here we go..

Asked someone to marry you? Innocent.. I just dropped hints.. A lot of hints ๐Ÿ˜›

Ever kissed someone of the same sex? Guilty.. Babies count.. so definitely ๐Ÿ˜€

Danced on a table in a bar? Innocent.. Don’t go to bars, don’t dance.. so there.

Ever told a lie? Guilty.. I would really like to meet someone who hasn’t.

Had feelings for someone whom you canโ€™t have back? Guilty.

Kissed a picture? Guilty..In long distance relationship, that’s the best you can do ๐Ÿ™‚

Slept in until 5 PM? Guilty.. We are talking about my afternoon nap right ๐Ÿ™‚

Fallen asleep at work/school? Guilty.. If you ask my classmates, they would have to rack their brains for a time I didn’t fall asleep at school/college ๐Ÿ˜€

Held a snake? Innocent.. Happily so.

Been suspended from school? Innocent.. Even though I slept in my classes.. was kind of a studious kid.. so never.

Worked at a fast food restaurant? Innocent.. This is India.. we don’t get to do such stuff.

Stolen from a store? Innocent. I was terrified of my mom.. wouldn’t dream of doing something like this.. Still am ๐Ÿ˜€

Done something you regret? Guilty.

Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? Guilty.

Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Innocent.. I have to be in a snowfall to do that ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Kissed in the rain? Guilty.. The poor visibility helps ๐Ÿ˜›

Sat on a roof top? Guilty.. Grandparents house in Indore, the top of watchman’s cabin in our colony..were frequent places to sit or play cards during holidays

Kissed someone you shouldnโ€™t? Innocent.

Sang in the shower? Guilty ๐Ÿ˜€

Shaved your head? Guilty… Some ritual as a baby, involves shaving off all the hair.. they say it makes hair grow stronger/ thicker etc.. Still waiting for that ๐Ÿ˜›

Had a boxing membership? Innocent.. Boxing.. seriously??

Made a girlfriend cry? Guilty. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Been in a band? Innocent.. I care about the world too much to make them hear me sing/ play ๐Ÿ˜›

Shot a gun? Guilty.. Went to military camp during one summer vacation.

Donated Blood? Innocent. I am scared, but I would really like to.

Eaten alligator meat? Innocent.. I was a vegetarian till very recently.. Just getting used to chicken and mutton.. and you’re talking about alligator meat!!!

Eaten cheesecake? Guilty. All that hype in friends and BBT, I had to try it.

Still love someone you shouldnโ€™t? Innocent. I am a good girl ๐Ÿ™‚

Have/had a tattoo? Innocent. A huge needle.. go through all that pain, for a permanent tattoo that you cannot erase.. why would I want to do that to myself!

Liked someone, but will never tell who? Guilty. We all have our secrets.

Been too honest? Guilty… I find it really difficult to lie convincingly.

Ruined a surprise? Guilty.. Pretty bad at keeping stuff to myself :(..

Ate in a restaurant and got really bloated that you couldnโ€™t walk afterward? Innocent. I eat but not so much ๐Ÿ˜›

Erased someone in your friends list? Guilty. Anger makes you do such stuff.

Dressed in a womanโ€™s clothes (if youโ€™re a guy) or manโ€™s clothes (if youโ€™re a girl)? Guilty. Wear jeans to work almost everyday.

Joined a pageant? Innocent.

Been told that youโ€™re handsome or beautiful by someone who totally meant what they said? Guilty… Of course he means it! You dare doubt!!!

Had communication with your ex? Innocent.. No ex, no communication.

Got totally drunk on the night before exam? Innocent. Don’t drink.

Got totally angry that you cried so hard? Guilty.. Many many times..

Phew! That was a long list of questions..

Not tagging anyone, feel free to take it up if you like :).

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Few good men (and women :P )

Came across this while browsing on FB today. It is so heart warming to see how many people selflessly came forward to help unknown girls against human trafficking. Reminded me of 26th July, 2007 when Mumbai was battered by rains and floods and so many people came down on the road offering to help.

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In a recent conversation with my Mom, the topic of banks came up, and my mom mentioned the manager of their SBI branch in Ahmadabad. What was different about this narration was that, when you talk about any government based office or your experience with a branch, you typically expect to hear all negative comments.

This was a refreshingly different case. The branch manager, after analyzing the accounts held in their branch, realized that a lot of their customers would benefit from flexi-deposit schemes. Flexi-deposit means that the bank automatically converts your bank balance into FDs whenever there is money in your account. And, when you need to withdraw the money, the FD is broken, and you get the cash, plus the interest that your money earned while in FD. So he decided to go ahead implement the scheme. He sent SMSes to all customers informing them of the scheme and also, since the they rolled this out on a Friday, the branch was kept open on the following Saturday and Sunday, so that they could address any queries that the customers had.

Mom and I were very impressed by this. Especially since govt. jobs base promotions purely on seniority, and there is very less incentive to do stuff to prove yourself and actually think about your customers’ needs.

I asked my Mom, how did you show your appreciation to the manager for what he did? Did you provide feedback on what a great job he was doing?

When it comes to cribbing, and giving negative feedback, we never shy of writing out complaints in the suggestion box, shouldn’t it be the same with positive feedback. We all need encouragement to keep doing a good job, so why don’t we appreciate someone when they do a good job. We should try to not let our laziness come in the way of letting someone know that we appreciate their efforts. Even a small compliment can make someone’s day. I know it makes my day ๐Ÿ™‚

So go make someone happy today!

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