Welcome 2013!  

Posted by Divya A L


Here's New Year yet again

To pave ways to gain -  
As much joy, as the stretch of the sky
Momentous times void of sorrow and cry

To fight ways to pain –
Enjoy, solve riddles like Holmes
Avert perspectives, change, be an Epitome

Let’s kick start this new year
To make it most memorable and dear!

Welcome 2013!

Have a fantabulous year ahead!  :)

Fabric Paint - 2  

Posted by Divya A L

Did this after a longgggggg time! Though at many places could't get it right! :(


Status: Married  

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The first thing that the marriage does to a person is to keep them BUSY!!

Well, I agree to this without any second thought... But when I look back to find out what I am busy with, nothing strikes my mind, nothing special at least.  

The very first thing that keeps one busy is setting up a home, and how's that:

*  You frequent into the nearby stores/shops so often that the shopkeeper himself gives you a list of things to buy. You know, like buying all the pooja stuff and forgetting the match sticks :-X

*  Keep/move things from here to there, undoing, redoing... until it takes some acceptable shape. Even after that, there are exceptional cases like the kitchen appears all new once Rammy is known to have entered in!! There's sugar in the place of salt and likewise!!

Next big thing - cooking! Its not gonna be too long for it to become a routine... Wake up in the morning, chop chop chop, come back from office chop chop chop... and bear the cacophony of multiple things happening in the kitchen... the mixer, the cooker, and the ever enduring - chop chop chop!! 
[ I was so thrilled to hear and see(photos of stuff he had prepared when in Poland) that Rammy is a wonderful cook... All  his recipes are from the talkative chef Sanjay Thumma. He follows them so religiously that he needs to even use the same kind of utensils that Sanjay uses for cooking!! No wonder I am yet to taste the food cooked my him! Oh ya, he's made some exceptionally good dosas, not to forget, we had got the tavas similar to what Sanjay uses ;) ]

If all these are the "tasks" that keeps one busy, there are lots more - deal with the differences!! All the bachelors and the bachelorettes, a MUST know things about your partner:
1.  Is he/she okay with sleeping on the cot/floor
2.  Is he/she okay with/without fan

If only I knew Rammy snores in his sleep!! :( I can put up with the snore as long as he dares not to touch the fan switch! :P

This is pretty much the daily business after marriage! Yet, I feel I've no time!! :( 

.... More to come

Getting Hitched!  

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"Hello hello" here I ping
A dear Welcome, I will sing

Decided to step into a new life,
To take on a new role - as  a WIFE!!

The Wedding Day is on the 13th of August
Block your calender, first things first!

A little about my fiancee, if you care,
Read on if you have time to spare...

RamMohan, is his good name (Remember Rammy?? ;))
For movies, he is always a game... (like like :))) )
Shopping - not the best of his hobbies(dislike :-| )
Books, travelling, cooking - are his basic interests (like like  - esp the last one ;) )
Languages known - Telugu, English, C
Yes, a software engineer, you see!!
A native of Chittor,
His work, brings him to Bangalore!

As I look forward to the D-Day
 My warmest welcome to you all...
Make your presence, make my day
Most precious, most memorable!

SVK Mantap, Bangalore is the venue
Trace it with this map
I shall eagerly hope to see you
For, each of your presence is a feather in my cap!! 

Moments....  

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A moment of joy,
A moment of bizarre happiness...
Gosh! they just fly by,
Leaving only succulent numbness...

A plethora of memories,
Stormed with emotions,
Brewed by dreams,
All into the ruins...

Moments, some as wonderful,
As wanting to be frozen forever...
While those some others to pass by,
As though they can appear never...

Life is a verdict
For every case on case...
Whats tough is to predict,
the face of the case,
If guilty of sins or innocence...

RIP  

Posted by Divya A L

Some people are close to us by the length of the time we've known them, some because they are good friends, some when we share common interests and so on... However, there are a few of them whom you feel close to heart even if you haven't talked to them, spent time with them or even known them. There's that unspoken bond between those two people who understand each other just like that. I have known quite a few people like that and one of them is an uncle who lived in my lane. I saw him daily while on my way from home to the bus stop during which time he went for his morning stroll... It was one plain smile we exchanged daily. He passed away this morning around 6am after having lived for 60+ years. Heart's feeling heavy for his loss! Strange relationships do mean quite a lot! Not able to fathom the news and difficult to sink it into my head......  Rest In Peace Uncle!

Ain't we all living our lives on the EDGE !!

MOTIvated!!  

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I daily get motivated these days... With time and day, I see it shoot up (linearly for now). I deliberately try otherwise, but I just keep getting MOTIvated!!! (MOTI as in hindi). :(

Inspired by my MOTIvation, I try to make a sincere effort to keep my MOTIvation levels as low as possible!! In the process, there are quite a number of challenges:

Instance 1: Since I've stopped taking yoga sessions, I tried to cut down on eating. Tried to avoid junk food atleast. Since it was a saturday and I had to work, I was at office. For lunch, we ordered Pizzas (damn! I wanted to suggest something light, but as such, it was a sponsored lunch, so didn't want to have a say on that). I made up my mind to stick to Garlic bread.
Challenge: How to say "no"!!
Result: I find myself suggesting someone else to enjoy eating Pizzas without bothering about the calories. And to MOTIvate her, I also had more than I could!!

Instance 2: My "never-to-eat-in-the-next-six-months" food list is not really much. It has Vada, chocs, ice creams, pasteries, fudge, chats and other junk.
Challenge: To keep some of my favourites (all time) on the list!!
Result: I find myself eating vada almost every alternate day. And as if one could overcome the urge to eat chocolates... Esp on seeing mails like "chocs at my desk" etc and I ofcourse consciously picked just one. However, I had to pick 2 more for my friend who wasnt at office that day. So that added upto 3. No big deal. (She forgot to ask about it. Not my fault!!) And the birthday celebrations!!

Instance 3: Its summmerrr!!! So what? Well, I understand this is the season for Ice creams to chill the heat!! Well, I did think of fresh fruit juice option.
Challenge: Risking the quality of water used for the juice. Though ice creams are better that way, it is challenging to accept the fact that the priority here is MOTIvation than taking chances with falling sick!
Result:After having a fruit juice, tender coconut etc, I can bet nothing could beat the effect of the icecreams... Hot choc fudge is the thing to try!!!!

Instance 4: Most recent one this was. That day I was supposed to fast, on account of Sankashta Chaturthi.
Challenge: To remember the date of Sankashta Chaturthi, which happens to be the same day when you are starving/unusually hungry and plan to have biryani!
Result: Had idly VADA, JUICE, choco drink, a heavy meal, Bhel puri, cutlet and again a heavy meal at home!! Never had struck me I had a whale of an appetite!!

Instance 5: Avoid outside food.
Challenge: One can choose not eat and still enjoy the company, just trying to explain ppl around that you really don't like to eat it that day (but your mouth is watering). Avoiding stupid looks of the people!
Result: Have been going to team lunch, team outing, birthday parties, Eat out with cab friends gang, eat out with colleagues and such!!

Hope my inspirations and attempts on working over this is a lot useful, or hope I just get deMOTIvated at the thought of MOTIvation!! :(

Book Review: The man from St. Petersburg - Ken Follett  

Posted by Divya A L

A story during World War it is, comprising the following elements - Poverty, Murder, War, Politics, Anarchy, Love, Betrayal.

The British try to make a secret alliance with the Russians to get them to their support in a war against Germany(who plan to attack France). The Russian Anarchists defy the war as they feel the lives of poorer Russian mass would be sacrificed when they don't even understand its purpose. This man from St. Petersburg known as Feliks is one such anarchist who will find a way out to stop the secret treaty getting signed which will in turn save those innocent lives from the miseries and brutalities of the war. The idea is to kill the nephew of the Czar of Russia (Aleks) which will enrage the Czar to an extent to distrust the British and decline their support.

The story also involves a love triangle which will turn the plans of Feliks upside down with every murder attempt against Aleks. He finds Lydia his lady love, after 19 years and reminisces those youthful days of his. Lydia, however, would be married to Walden, a semi-official diplomat under the Conservative governments, the uncle of Aleks who is involved in the negotiations of the treaty. Feliks also discovers that Lydia would've given birth to his daughter who grows up with Walden, her "papa" and not surprisingly, she'd have derived the anarchist qualities of her real father.

While Feliks is hellbent on killing Aleks, Walden hides Aleks and vehemently tries to see Feliks arrested and sentenced to death. As it dawns to Lydia that only one of her loves could survive at the end of it, she desperately tries to protect them both. Charlotte puts up quite a show in helping her real father get to his target victim.

What I liked the most is the different perspectives that come out from Walden, Feliks, Lydia and their daughter Charlotte. A nice story and damn well written by Ken Follett!

4.5/5 for this one!

Chicken Pepper chettinad!  

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Ingredients:

Chicken 1/2 kilo
2 onions
1 tomato
mustard seeds
cumin seeds and powder
coriander leaves and powder
curry leaves
coarsely ground pepper
ginger-garlic paste
chilli powder
turmeric powder
green chillies - 4-5

Method of preparation:
Heat 3 tbs oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds, wait till they pop. Add onions, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute. Add chopped tomatoes and green chillies and fry for another minute. Add salt, 1 tbs chilli powder, 2 tbs coriander powder, 1 tbs cumin powder and mix. Add a glass of water to this, put in chicken and mix well.... Allow it to cook for about 20 min (till it turns dry). Now add 2 tbps pepper powder , curry leaves, coriander leaves and fry till almost dry! The spicy yummy pepper chicken now awaits you!


~Cooking time: 30 min.
Serves 4.

PS: This was the most yummiest dish I've ever made. It was finger lickin good!! I never knew I had cultivated a master chef in me!! :P :D [I am aware of my habit (good for me bad for you) of bragging about myself] But I SWEAR, it was yummy!!! :)

A gift!  

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All of us love gifts, especially when they come in as a surprise! Today I was pleasantly surprised to receive one such(a lovely bracelet) from my colleague's(bus mate) daughter (studying 12th). Ask why! Honestly, I am really not too sure. All I was told by my colleague was, his daughter was thankful to me for making him be more open and carry a broader perspective towards her (than being in a complaining and restrictive mode) and help him understand her better!

Now that was something I never knew of, and I still don't get a complete picture. :) Anyway, happy to know that I was of some use to someone behind the screen!

ಮಾಯಾವಿ....  

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ನಿನ್ನ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಯ್ದಿಡಿಸಿ
ವಿಖರ ಗೊಂದಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಲುಕಿಸಿ
ಶಿಖರಧೆತ್ತರದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾಸಿ
ಮರೆತು ಮರೆಯಾದೆಯ ಮಾಯಾವಿ!

ಹುಚ್ಚೆದ್ಧ ಬಿರುಗಾಳಿಯಂತೆ
ಗೊಗೆರೆಯುವ ಬಿರುಸಿನ ಮಳೆಯಂತೆ
ಹಚ್ಚ ಹಸುರಿನ ಮುಗುಳ್ನಗೆಯನ್ನು
ಕೊಚ್ಚಿಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಯ್ಢೆಯಾ, ಮಾಯಾವಿ!

ಗಗನದತ್ತ ಹಾಸಿವೆ ಕಣ್ಣುಗಳು
ಹಾರಿ ಹೋದವ ತಿರುಗಿ ನೋಡಲೆಂದು
ನೋಟ ಜಾರಿಸಲು ಯತ್ನಿಸುತ್ತಿವೆ ರವಿಕಿರಣಗಳು
ಸಿಲುಕದೆ ಕಾಪಾಡಿದೆ - ನಿನ್ನ ಛಾಯೆ, ಮಾಯಾವಿ!

ಜೀವನದೂಗುತ್ತಿದೆ ನಿನ್ನ ಅನ್ವೇಷಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ
ನಿಶ್ಕಲ್ಮುಶವಾದ ಮನಸ್ಸಿನ ಹಾದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ
ಕಣ್ಮರೆಯಾಗಿಯೇ ಕಾಡುತ್ತಲಿರುವೆಯಾ?
ಇಲ್ಲಾ, ಮರಳಿ ಮಿನುಗುವೆಯಾ... ಮಾಯಾವಿ??

An Award! :)  

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Thanks Vaheedaji for passing on the award "versatile blogger" to me! I feel very honoured especially when its coming from an ace artist and writer like you! :) I love your creative stuff and they way you make beautiful things by recycling unused stuff!

Not only did you present me with an award, but also gave this opportunity to brag about myself. ;) haha.. And here I go, trying to make the best use of the opportunity provided :P :D

Being obsessive about number 7, following are the 7 things about myself:
1. Strong minded, weak hearted.
2. I love pets and pet lovers
3. Jack of all trades master of none.
4. Talkative to an extent of irritating others, mischievous to an extent of hurting others. But
honestly, I wouldn't mean to do it.
5. Love to freak out sometimes and enjoy solitude some other times.
6. Run a mile for chocolates, shopping and watching movies!
7. Love to do anything new and different.

Vaheedaji, you got me into bragging mood, and now I feel I still have so much to say! :P Anyway thanks sooooo much again! :)))

Flash Mob!  

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I hadn't known flash mob would be so much fun! Yeah, as part of Intel's "Employee awareness campaign", there was a flash mob planned at the respective site's Cafe... Woww!! It was amazing fun!! I had never been part of it before and this was quite an experience.

It was a customized Kolaveri song (my first reaction was... "oh no, not kolaveri again!!" ) and I had missed all the practice sessions due to bad health last week. Luckily, I could make up for all those and be part of the team today :) Oooohhh felt sooo niceeee!!! The crowd's response was amazing and they all had a pleasant surprise and a good time :)))






A weekend that sped by....  

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Yesterday sat to watch the left over episodes of "My Gal" TV series.... There were about 8 more to go and gosh, how time flew I had no clue.... I was crazy to watch it back to back continuously skipping my lunch as well, such was the story. After a long long time, liked this kind of a story. There was humor, there was love, there was pain... all elements bundled together.... Enjoyed watching it... Liked its music as well... :)

Today read this book called "I too had a love story" by Ravinder Singh. The story was touching but narration wasn't great. Somehow , be it in real life or the reel life love stories, 75% of the story will be full of hurdles and pain; 15% of it is the happiness (usually in the beginning) and 10% in the end (if successful - the one which ends in marriage) otherwise, the rest 10% is the 10 times amplified pain. The story in this book, is supposed to be a real life one (of the author himself), and fortunately all was well the first 80%(could read it happily). And suddenly when in the state of euphoria, the fate jumps in from nowhere to explode all the happiness that far, into dust. So, two days just sped by like a flash of light and I have gotten into the thinking mode.

I wonder why things have to be the way they are... Why can't everything be fair and just. Why can't everyone be happy at the same time? Why should life be so uncertain, so unpredictable ? I just don't see any point in this!
If one has a purpose, he may not live till it is served; one who doesn't have, tries everything and lands up nowhere; sometimes there are too many dependencies to achieve a goal; so many compromises, so many justifications, so much of unwanted, unnecessary everything! Even if one is patient enough and does everything that has to be done, for his/other's sake, nothing yields out of it. Life just seems like a garbage!!

Am I only highlighting the negative aspects of life? I don't think so, or may be I am. But whatever the case, the dark side of it looks longer and broader than the brighter side. They just don't seem to be in equal proportion, which would've been a fair play!! There's a creepy grayer side too - the one which makes us think of all these, accumulate more and more of these stray thoughts and avert our focus. Well, trying not to fall for it, let me fix a barricade for these thoughts and take a stroll... Cya.....

My first sketch this year :)  

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Walk not on your shadow....  

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When the eyes seem blinded

With dark and dusk
Of gloom and despair,
Mind rotten and rust

The foray into getting lost
Perhaps, be the last thought
With time, the wounds effervesce
The path ahead could be luminescent
If not glowingly bright..

Walk past the past
Blemish not the present
Walk not on your shadow..
And circle the dark again!

:(  

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God! Please please please help me decide!!!!