India, Here I Come! (Day Two)

Woke up at three. Made coffee and ate some snacks. Slept off only to wake up at 6am. Slept back and woke up at 6.45am. Got ready and went for breakfast.

By 9am, I was at the office.

Evening we had a small party. A pani puri party with aloo. It was my first. Truly addictive.
I had to bite the first one and spoon the remaining half. After that, I was given the smaller ones in size, enabling me to stuff the whole pani puri into my mouth!

Evening saw us heading to the mall for dinner, not before stopping by this store called Reliance something.

I bought 6 kurti tops at a fraction of the cost back home.

All in all, it was a good fruitful day!

India, Here I Come! (Day One)

I am back in India for a business trip after a gap of 7-8 years. This time around, I am enjoying every bit of it! The last time I was here, I was a rookie manager and perhaps was intimidated by anything and everything India. The business relationship sucked between the organisations and perhaps, it marred my overall perspective of India as well. With exception to the visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal, that is.

Arrived by noon after a 5 hour flight. The formalities were a brief. Walked through the green lane and airport taxi chauffeur was already waiting. Was told a Toyota Corolla would be waiting for us. Instead, it was a seven series BeeMer. Who is complaining? :-D. The airport is awesome. When I first came to Delhi, it was still under renovation. With the mudras just above the immigration counters, wow!

A leading Mall is just adjacent to the hotel. After check-in and refreshed, we headed to the mall. Had lunch first at KFC. After that, we walked and walked and walked. And shopped and shopped and shopped like there was no tomorrow. Some close friends has requested to get some kurtis, Haldiram snacks and sweets. I wanted to get some books. Almost all in the shopping list has been bought. Kurta top for my colleague and me, few books for myself (The Secret of the Nagas, The Oath of The Vayuputras & Asura: Tale of the Vanquished) and one for the boys and Haldiram snacks.

At about 5pm, we headed back to the hotel. Rested and out at 6pm we were headed to the mall again. This time for dinner. Dinner was at the food court. Had a yummy plate of dum briyani combo of chicken tikka masala. Yum! Went looking for more Haldiram. This time for soan papdi. Some for me, some for colleagues and general office consumption. Did I mentioned we had sugar free gelato as well?

Reached my room at about 8pm. I was dead tired. Had a nice long warm shower. Called the boys, hubby included. Watched some shows on tv. Magic Seeds untouched. Slept off after midnight.

The Adventure

This is what happened last evening.

5.00pm

Left the office premise.

5.35pm

Reached the hypermarket. Took the highway, albeit a longer route just to beat the slow traffic. Quickly picked the stuff need. In the rush, forgot to take a bottle of hand lotion. Reached the counters only to see long ques everywhere as only a limit few were open. The 10 items and below counter had the longest, but moving at a quicker rate than the rest.

6.05pm

Paid for the purchases and headed for the exit. The auto gate was closed as it was raining heavily. The rain was getting into the mall.

Barely a minute later, the janitor opened the door to let a few of us daring ones out. My car was the eleventh one from the exit. Got totally drenched within that short walk to the car. The rain was that heavy.

6.35pm

Reached home late. Due to the heavy rain, the other side of the road was flooded due to light rail transit construction going on. Spent about 25 minutes on the road. That other side of the road had to be cordoned and my side had to accommodate the incoming traffic. The traffic manoeuver caused the standstill.

6.40pm

Quickly tidied the house and room. Ran upstairs to take a nice hot quick shower. Hubby was working late. I had to pick the boys up from my parents’ place. If you think the adventure ended here, you are so wrong!

7.00pm

Left the house to pick the boys. The rain had subsided. Whereby, the road was visible now.

7.10pm

The standstill started. A 25 minutes ride became a 2 hours 35 minutes commute instead. I was least complaining. All thanks to owning a smart phone. These were what I was doing. It was a fruitful standstill after all. No. I have not gone crazy due to the bad traffic jam. This is why.

  • Nice songs were playing in the radio.
  • I had food supply meant for D. If I got hungry, I could have eaten that, which I did not, by the way.
  •  Luckily packed a soya bean packet for myself. Talk about farsightedness. The drawback, where am I to find a loo? Double luckily, no such tragedy happened too.
  • Facebooking. Got to know Rajini is now on Twitter. Had to reactivate twitter. It is R.A.J.I.N.I. Therefore, I must be on twitter. Amidst some issues, managed to register myself.
  • I am on twitter again.
  • Whatsapped some girlfriends via our common group.
  • As we are part of another group with a younger kids, a brainwave hit me. We must create another Whatsapp group including these kids as well.
  • With that, I created a new group. Hell broke loose. Two of them are currently in The Netherlands. That did not stop the to & fro messaging, teasing, gossiping and what nots!
  • Called mom/mom called me asking about my whereabouts in between. Decided that the boys should just stay put there. I would drive there anyway just to tuck them in. No point in bringing them back home asleep only to wake them up early in the morning to a ride back there. Plus, it is N’s exam week.

9.40pm

Reached parents’ place. N was fast asleep by the time I reached home. He was the main reason I stayed on as he would be crying and missing me like crazy if he doesn’t see me. I would normally have to tell him myself that he has to stay back with my parents. Anyway, D was wide awake. Played with him and had my dinner at about 10pm.

Stayed on and yapped a bit with father while I was eating. Carried the sleeping N upstairs after dinner and continued yapping, now with mom.

10.45pm

Left parents home at about 10.45pm. Had a nice and pleasant drive back home, with barely any traffic. Of course, there had to be a police road block and an accident. Even that was just in passing.

11.10pm

Reached home. Did some running around, preparing to cuddle up with a book in front of the TV. With Ipad in hand. The Dalai Lama was on TV. On MasterChef, to be precise. Had to watch right! Switched on the Ipad to check on a picture. Heard the gate opening. In comes, hubby. After much yapping and hearing a semi good news, I was too tired to read or even go out.

12.10am

Zzzzzzzzzz

 

 

 

A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul, No Place Like Home & Lovely Bones

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No Place Like Home

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The Lovely Bones

This one is about a teenager murdered by one of her neighbours. The man known by her family. The story is about how the dead child and her family are coping with her death.

Magic Seeds

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