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Mischief in the summer April 9, 2013

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We got ourselves some lovely plants – both flowering and non-flowering. Sitting out on the balcony is more pleasurable if you can ignore the buzzing mossies! Guess who else also loves flowers? The bloody monkeys too!

Yes, you don’t need to reread that sentence. We’ve got a big (and expanding) family of monkeys. They’ve managed to mutilate the red lilies and white flower plants. I’m not sure whether we’ve encroached their habitat or whether they decided to adopt our premises. The head guy doesn’t say much, and neither do the other members in their family. There is a lot of baring of surprisingly healthy and white teeth.

They know how to open the sliding windows if any of them are not locked correctly. They happily get into the bathrooms and take a shower, cooling themselves from this summer heat. Strangely, they don’t appear to do any rain dances in the 2 or 3 occasions the skies attempted to break this drought.

The adults are not so bad. It’s the almost-adult babies that cause grief. Now, why am I surprised. Ask any mother in the homo sapiens. It’s a universal phenomenon


Installed, loving it February 9, 2013

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The two months leading up to moving to our new home was hectic, and confusion reigned. A few new appliances needed ordering, the materials required for the interiors purchased. Couple of old furniture were moved to the new home for refurbishing, touching up. As we started packing up, boxes began piling up in the hall. I wonder, if we had fewer books (fiction & non-fiction), would there have been so many boxes?

We met all kinds of people from the sophisticated to the unblemished & naïve characters. Interacting with them increased our conversational skills in the local language. I trashed Hindi with no misgivings – my directions on the phone to the drivers delivering things we’d ordered would have made the North Indians wince (by the way, what’s hindi for banyan tree?).

It became a routine asking for a discount. Curtains, lights, furniture, painters, cleaners, packers ‘n’ movers. “What’s the best price you can give?” Of course, there were some places that we should have had better deals.

 My leadership skills were tested when DH had to step out on moving day. A shouting match broke out between two men. If DH had been there, it wouldn’t have happened. As it is, I had to get rid of the ‘meek, malleable’ woman image and become someone I didn’t recognize. It took a couple of minutes but they called it quits before getting to fisticuffs. 

I had an allergy tab and put on a mask. The dust rising would have made me a sneezing spectacle otherwise. I never realized that I had so much utensils in the kitchen. After a while, I stopped bothering which crate & carton contained what. It’s been 2 weeks and I’ve just found out what became of my apron.

One mistake I made was not taking time off after moving in. Perhaps, it would have been easier instead of battering my constitution with the longer journey to work and back, then organizing everything at home.

At the end of the day, despite everything, coming home to the unpolluted and quiet home is worth everything.

An eagerly awaited Easter March 27, 2012

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DH and I are strict non-vegetarians. We need seafood or meat for our meals – all three, if possible. If we run out of fish in our freezer, we order chicken or pork for home delivery!

My parents never observed the lent while I was living with them – it wasn’t part of our religious belief. I’ve admired a friend of mine who went veggie for a year and remember thinking that I wouldn’t be able to last 10 days!

There wasn’t a conscious decision to observe this year’s lent. A mate at work said she’d gone veg from the Sunday and it led to a discussion about fasting formally beginning on Ash Wednesday. A suggestion to DH clinched it when he said he’d go veggie with me!

DH’s support lasted for about 20 to 25 days but those initial days would have been tough for me otherwise. DH lost 5 kgs in 2 weeks. The vegetarian fare didn’t hold his interest and the portions reduced even though I’ve tried to be creative in some of the dishes. Sadly, my weight has remained constant but that would be because of the choco bars and the cadburys that seem to find a way into my stomach when the craving for meat hits a peak.

One would think that the images of burgers or grilled chicken leg from KFC would go away after the initial period. Unfortunately, the temptation comes when I least expect them. The weekends are the worst. Needless to say, other “non-fasters” have found multiple occasions to celebrate by dining out and I’ve had to pass chicken stews, fish cutlets, prawn curry, grilled meat, etc.

There are only 11 more days to go! It’s 35 days over!! WOW!! Thank you Lord!

Procrastination – my middle name March 4, 2012

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I don’t know how others do it. Any new thing, they tackle it head on. It’s a challenge and their egos won’t let them back down. Unlike them, once I get the feeling that I’ve been set a mammoth task, I find excuses. If it’s a complex code at work, I turn to the intranet or internet browsing articles or recipes or fashion deals! If it’s to do with “Project Interiors”, I find that reading books (paperbacks or e-books) is more interesting. (more…)

Old vs New February 19, 2012

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What’s wrong with the old ways? One shouldn’t just embrace new methods because they look or sound good. Where is this rave coming from? We were discussing what my requirements are for my new apartment.


Tattoo-ed … not me February 1, 2012

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I caught up with a girlfriend from college. While waiting for me to turn up, she checked out designs at a tattoo studio. When she told me about her intentions to get a tattoo, I was interested. The TV program LA Ink had planted a tiny longing to have one myself. But the pain involved was the deterrent. (more…)

A recipe that refuses to go right January 26, 2012

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It’s an Indian snack that isn’t a complicated recipe. There are mixes aplenty in the supermarkets from MTR and other brands. But I figure that making food from the basic ingredients is healthier than the mixes – especially when there is a lot of negative publicity these days in the media about adulteration of many foodstuffs.

The dhokla is a healthy snack – it’s cooked by steaming in a pressure cooker or a steamer. The first time I tried it, (more…)

Oh no! January 20, 2012

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One of my work mates doesn’t fall in the average Indian women’s height range of 5′ 1″ to 5′ 4″. She stands out unusually at 5′ 8″ especially when accompanied by us (we’re about 5′ 4″).

One guy on the floor started noticing her as he is quite tall himself at 6′ (again the average height of an Indian male is quite low). He got into a habit of looking out for her in the mornings or during lunch breaks as he sat in front of his computer. He thought he fancied her.

He started searching for her in Facebook. He went through the friends lists… his friends (more…)

A professional sleeper January 5, 2012

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I am an ugly sleeper – my mouth is open, my eyes are half-shut and I drool sometimes. I’ve scared a few girls in the boarding school dormitory when they’ve walked past my bed in the dark. Honestly, even I would be scared if I saw my half-shut eyes with just the whites glowing in the dark. (more…)

Am I not pretty? December 31, 2011

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She was standing next to the car, in the shade when we got back to the parked car….