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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.

Evernote is hot!!! March 10, 2012

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I read somewhere that Google Trends show that searches for Meryl Streep is at an all time high. I can vouch for that looking at the search criteria hitting my blog. Congratulations to one of my favourite stars for getting that Oscar. She even featured on our quiz at work on International Women’s Day!! I’d like to inform that according to my WP Stats, Salma Hayek & Penelope Cruz in Bandidas is another popular search 🙂

I have no idea how I lived without Evernote. Quite a few people recommended it and the procrastination was all about installing the software on my smart phone. Now, everything goes there except the 2 page long to-do list from work. The only reason that hasn’t gone online is I distrust the internet for work stuff being public even if they are generic and not at all confidential. They are more reminders than anything else. I discovered that I can just mail stuff to my Evernote and things have become so easy.

It’s one of those things that is easy at first as long as you don’t clutter up your profile. That’s the good thing about tagging then. I can always go to the tags if I can’t remember the topic. A de-stressing activity of mine at work is to trawl through food blogs. This being the lent season, it’s mostly veggie dishes to keep the palate satisfied. I love it that I can email the link of the blogs I liked to Evernote.

Once I am back home and if I feel creative, I can just go online on my smart phone and browse away, pottering around with the pans and pots 😀

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…)

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…)

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…)

Who’s your superhero December 31, 2011

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Marvel comics introduced me to Spiderman, Superman, Captain America and Batman. The rest of those superheros, I couldn’t keep up because of the limited availability of the comics in my childhood. (I do admire those comic book collectors who show up in Beauty and the Geek and wouldn’t mind borrowing from them).

Then those tapes of Superman movies came out (with Christopher Reeve) (more…)

What have you been upto this year? December 28, 2011

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If I’d like to compare it to the rest of the incidents happening all over the world this year, my events would pale by comparison. Earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, more earthquakes, droughts! That’s the world! There have been a lot of highs and a lot of lows in our lives too. I’d like to think that we’ve come through the lows making us the stronger for it.

The one high is that I’ve overcome my fear (more…)

A short fun ride in a 3-wheeler … make that 2 December 15, 2011

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There was a farewell lunch at work. The restaurant was only 1.5 km away but we were already weak with hunger. The rickshaws were ready to come for an exorbitant charge and there were 5 of us women, so we would need 2. One chap agreed to take us the short distance for a fair amount. Then he noticed the other two women with us waiting for another rick. Smartly (at the time), he offered his vehicle to ferry all five of us for the cost of taking 2 autos!

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Of Coconuts, shallots and chickens December 10, 2011

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I was scraping some coconut today and got nostalgic. When I stayed with my grandparents, my chores (as a 6,7 -year-old) included scraping coconuts, peeling shallots, shooing away the hens, feeding them grains and then making chappattis. (How many kids these days can boast about these childhood achievements?). (more…)

My hair says thank you November 26, 2011

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I’ve felt irritated all week thanks to an itchy scalp and clogged pipes in the nose. I was very arrogant last Saturday and washed my hair despite sneezing and sniffling all day. After oiling the scalp – didn’t wash it out!

Sunday saw an increase in the volume of the sneezing and the eyes turned red towards the evening. (more…)