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Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Big Bright Moon


The brightest of 2010!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Book Fair


I
spent a wonderful day at the New Delhi Book Fair 2010. I bought some books and I didn't buy some. No regrets with respect to the ones I did buy. Oodles of regret about the ones I didn't buy. But, in all, a day well spent!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Happiness


...comes in every colour and size. The array of sweets at the Adyar Ananda Bhavan. Ananda means happiness and it usually knows no bounds when I enter this store.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Avatar


This bar of Pears soap has been in our guest bathroom for about a month. And it is slowly transforming into another being.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hide and Seek


The moon and the clouds played hide and seek with us.

Dilemma


Life isn’t always fair or rosy or any of those things we believe it is. It is often a test. I’ve learnt that the same holds for friendship too. Every relationship goes through its share of ups and downs. I have some of the best friends anyone can ever hope to have. We’ve grown up together, giving each other shoulders to cry on, taking calls at the crack of dawn to share good news. Some things will never change. There is comfort in this knowledge.


I’ve found myself change over the years though, from being very judgmental to becoming reflective; from speaking my mind out and expecting them to understand just because they are my closest friends to understanding that we may be friends, but we are individuals first. I realized only today that this was the new me. The new me doesn’t say “I told you so” when things go exactly as she predicted. In fact, the new me has been around for a few years now, I just didn’t realize it.


Life is full of choices. My friends are free to make theirs. If I have reservations about those, I can make a choice to keep my reservations to myself. I got a jolt this morning. I happened to reflect on how differently I might have reacted to the same event about 5 years ago. I thought about why I chose to keep mum, when in another avatar I may have jumped out with bucket loads of unsolicited advice. And then I saw this Facebook status message of someone very close to me:


Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over.


Life has brought me to the cross roads and I made a choice today. What do you do when you are in a fix? If you knew that your friend is about to make the biggest mistake of his/her life, would you watch him/her do it or would you speak your mind? Would you watch them go through the fire and wait for them at the other end? Or would you plead with them to listen to you because you "simply know" better?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Republic Day Parade on TV


We're watching the R-Day Parade on TV. Ten years ago, I was at Rajpath with my parents watching the parade in person. An unforgettable experience.

Happy Republic Day! Happy Birthday Appa!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Splash of Colour


A little rainbow inside the cupboard. The Welhome sale is on and we picked up almost everything the store offered. The colours present a welcome change from our original stash of white and blue.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Look Ma, I can tell the time!


We bought this antique style clock in Mussoorie and S got to work over the weekend and fixed it on the wall. I really love the clock and the fact that we can see it from most parts of the house that we actually use.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Cup of Joy


The sun is out today. I spent a good bit of the afternoon out on the balcony. With a book and a cup of hot peach tea.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bridge on the River Yamuna


The dense fog over the the DND flyway that connects Delhi and NOIDA over the Yamuna.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Rainbow


I dress as colourfully as I can in the winter. There can be rainbows even without the sun. A random click in the cab to work.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Goodies


Goodies that Amma sent to me through a friend. The package included a couple of lids, a Telugu cookbook by Malathi Chendur, a T-shirt that my friend brought for me from Dubai and 2 kilos of filter coffee. That last item in the list ... Nirvana!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Stairway to Heaven


The heavy fog on a cold winter night. The scene right in front of our building.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Colours on a Dull Day!


I don't see the point of this "mud carrying" exercise.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Five-a-day!


A local fruit and vegetable market. Sector 14, Gurgaon. This was the biggest market when I first moved to Gurgaon in the 90s. Now, it is just one of the many markets.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Zorbing


This experience defined my day! I went Zorbing for the first time in my life. After three years of rock climbing, rappelling, rafting and trekking with folks from work, it was fun to be inside an orb with S.

Friday, January 15, 2010

A welcome sight

on an otherwise lonely road!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Unexpected Visitors




These little fellas dropped by this afternoon just as we were getting ready for our Pongal feast.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Darkness and Light



Heavy fog on Lohri! The view from our balcony.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Monstrosity


This building in red and white is by far the most horrendous building I have seen in recent years.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Gurgaon-Delhi Expressway

The road I take to work everyday.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Beauty and the Beast


In this case, the beast is the garbage!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Winter bounty






Fruits, roasted peanuts, gajak, revdi and chhole kulchey!

Friday, January 08, 2010

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Dream On...

I'm trying to imagine how my Indian and International "Cousins" will taste! Missed eating at this place in Mussoorie. Well, there's always a next time.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Friday, January 01, 2010

A new sunrise

2010: A new beginning!

Chronicling my year, a picture a day. Project 365.