Magnificient India

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This is my second business trip to Delhi this year, 14-19 Dec 2014. What can I say? I have fallen in love with this country and its people. Yes. It is a 180 degrees turn from my very first experience way back.

I guess it has got to do with the stressful nature of trip then and the kind people I had to deal with it. This time around, it was just so different. Practically everyone was bending backwards to accomodate me in this trip.

A short summary:

  • managed to catch Lingaa the evening before the morning flight to India the next day.
  • shopped like crazy in Reliance Trends
  • Went to Lajpat Nagar. Good choice of materials though I didn’t but any as I am not much into stitching suits. Bought dried nuts from Sindhi and a bag from one of the stalls. Was looking for authentic indian cushion covers but couldn’t find one at a reasonable price.
  • Regret not buying some kurtha tops for the boys from Lajpat nagar.
  • Managed to eat in Moti Mahal Express. 🙂
  • Haldiram shopping was a must
  • Return flight was delayed by more than hour. Initial time was to depart at 9.25pm. The actual take off was at about 10.52pm only.
  • Did not buy liquor or ciggy for family. I no longer want to contribute to their unhealthy lifestyle.
  • First time experienced winter in Delhi. The coldest was 5 degrees. The last trip I made was during summer. Back in May, I experienced 41 degrees.
  • I left a pair of jeans in the room. 😦
  • Bought some aroma therapy oils and incense sticks at the airport. A wonderful buy!
  • Saw few kamasutra coffee table books at the airport bookstores. Looked very nice. Thought of buying one back home. didn’t for a reason which seems silly now.
  • Wanted to buy Mahahabaratha by Kamala Sunbramaniam. Om bookstore did not carry those. I am now looking at other means of getting it here in Malaysia.
  • That said, I managed to get Ajaya, Jaya, Sita & Palace of Illusions. At one point I was reading books by ethnic Chinese authors. Now, it’s Indian authors!
  • Last but not least, the head of the head with whom I deal actually came to say hi when he heard I was there. He specifically mentioned the issues I had dealt with before and the people who had said a thing or two about me. These are the top level mgmt group I am talking about. I was so humbled by the whole scenario. Recognition comes when you least expect it and in ways you can’t guess. Hardwork pays! Thank you!

Lingaa                                                                                                                                                            What could I say? Rajini as the Maharaj rocked! And the intro train sc ene? Warehwah! Though Sonakshi Sinha looked out of place in a poverty stricken village, she was such a delight to watch. I love Anushka however I felt she was too made up for her intro scene. So much so, she looked like a drag queen. She redeemed herself in Mona Mona though.

This is a true K.S.Ravikumar movie. No interference from ANYONE nor was there a George Bush. *evil laugh*


The Addict

In order to curb lil N’s little obsession of getting a new toy every week, I asked him to accomplish something in order to deserve a new toy. So, it is reading on his own this time. And, he impressed me by reading the word ‘bus’ of a bus this morning!

N is 5 years 1 month 27 days old.

The lil Dancing Toddler

A couple of weeks ago, just as he started his 23rd month, D has become more animated. He has gradually progressed to a dancing & singing toddler. He ‘sings’ a couple of his favorite nursery rhymes and tends to dance without cue for music. All these while I thought D was the more reserved one compared to N. Alas, I thought wrong. He now calls out to us to see him dance and sing! 🙂 I need to plan for his big day come this 31st. It’s going to be a family affair with only our immediate families invited.

D is 1 year 11 months 24 days old.

An Array of Mini Projects

Mini Projects

  • I have completed my impromptu mini projects (which stood at 3 initially). I wanted to compile the hymns that I have learned and sung since I was a child. The reason being, I want to start religious lessons at home with both the boys.
  • I have also burned some cds with classic religious songs which were a must have back in the days. I do have some store-bought religious cds. Except for one, the other two were not so classic. If you get what I mean.
  • Next, I have always wanted to put together the writeups and articles about my caste. So that is one project that I have completed last week.
  • I have also uploaded some songs to my ipad.
  • Last but not least of the compilations, is a scrapbook of what Hinduism is all about. The articles I have read and collected all these years were put together, basically.
  • Sarees-I needed to fold some and send others for dry cleaning. Completed the refolding part last weekend. Dry cleaning will be done in parts.
  • Bangles & accessories likewise, rearranged these and made it look more presentable.
  • Chockers-bought a couple and a jimiki to match the kurti tops I bought in India.

On the Go

I realise I have been very active this year, keeping myself on the run with many mini projects around the house and for me as a person. From gardening, to sewing a teddy, mattress for the boys to keeping tab on monthly expenses, frugal living, tailoring the materials I have held on to more than 7 years, to store-room organisation, boys’ toy room organisation, giving away some toys, to putting some money for charity and investing in cross-stitching which I have yet to start upon.

Though I am not reading as much as I want to, I guess I am not complaining much as I am using that time to watch tv and movies-another one of my favorite past times.

I have indulged in a variety of dishes this year, the success rate being higher this year. I would like to extend this on week days too. Not limited to weekends.

Hmmm, I would very well sum this year as an active one!

Reversal of Roles

My parents have returned from a vacation. They were off to Kerala, India. We, the children felt anxious as though we are sending off our kids! Reversal of roles, indeed!

My in-laws were taking care of the boys while we are at work. All went well.