Another year zoomed by and here I am with my annual post!!!😉
So 2018 saw me being more focused at work…with having to stay away from my daughter but career wise, 2018 gave me the boost I needed…
So January saw me chilling out with my 15 month old daughter..partying..visiting my parents and getting to meet my nephew Laksh..
Rhea my daughter too bonded with him,displaying signs of being the elder sis..🤗
My dad was the most happiest having both his grandchildren with him for the various occasions that followed..
A few ups and downs and Feb – March I was with my in-laws at Banares, who wanted to spend time with their grand daughter..
(I love Banares..you can find my many links to posts on banares..) My in laws stay there so visiting that place makes me soo soo happy..
April, ahhh the most difficult month for me as I joined work..wanting to do my fellowship..I had to leave Rhea at my dad’s place…the thought of leaving a 16 month old baby and going away for few months was heart breaking.. I am sure all the mother’s can relate to this..
The turning point when your baby needs you, your baby hasn’t ever been without you since the time she was born and you decide to wean her off abruptly..ugghh It was truly difficult for me..sooo very difficult that I ended up sick with high fever that lasted almost a week after leaving her.. I have never fallen so sick in my entire life..moments of sadness..loneliness..mixed feelings about not having your little one around you is truly depressing but I had to do what was best for both of us..So gearing up for what was in store I started work at a completely new place..
May, saw my dad visiting us with Rhea…I was apprehensive thinking what if she has forgotten me-her mother!! But to my delight after 57 days of staying apart, my lil one was shy on seeing me and readily clinged to me, that is when the saying “Only babies know how their mom’s heart beats both inside and out ” sounded sooo true to me..cause only she could know that..
June, saw Rhea travelling back with my Mil and the parting was difficult..she being soo small couldn’t understand what was happening ..I just wanted her to be happy with or without me..
I dived back to work..focussing on sharpening my surgical skills..
Thus passed June..July and in August..I visited my daughter..just for a couple of days but it was soo amazing to see her chattering away nonstop and clinging back to me…the goodbyes are always painful..
I cried and cried that yet again I had to leave her with the only consolation that I would be seeing her soon in about a month’s time..
End of September, my lil baby was with me again..my in laws visited and stayed with us for a month..
It was a hectic yet calming month..I had my work and Rhea too..
Morning to evening slog at work and evenings coming back eagerly to see an equally excited Rhea..who used to jump and shout with happiness on seeing us..
October, my daughter turned 2 years old!! My my a biguhh girl..seemed like she was born just yesterday and now she is all grown up( I am sure all parents feel that way)
We had a low key celebration, we had our trip to Singapore too, a much needed break from the hectic everyday schedule..
Rhea is back with my in laws now..happy as can be.. November and December she celebrated Diwali and Christmas with them..hoping to catch up with her soon..
Thus ended 2018 for me with ups in my career and my daughter learning to be independent at such a young age..
I am actually happy cause when I look back I see that me and Rhea both are in our happy zones..
Maybe it is essential for all mothers to make that decision, be it weaning off your baby or getting back to work..
It is heartbreaking for every mother but as I always say one has got to do what one has to do..
I see many friends complain that their toddlers just don’t stay without them, don’t sleep or eat without them forget that, they don’t even go their fathers..
That way I am quite lucky cause Rhea has adapted soo well.. I am sure in her lil heart and mind she does want Mumma and Dadda ( maybe)
But she is such a cheerful and adjusting kid that I am indeed lucky that I get to be her mother…
So this sounded more like a mother’s day post rather than the year that was..but for me it was truly an eventful year and hope that the next year sees me getting to be with Rhea more..
Apart from Rhea..I found new friends..acquaintances.. colleagues..call them anything, a bunch of wonderful people at work!!
It is indeed surprising that how one year you are all alone,a mental wreck, deprived of sleep and hating socialising, with a one year old to take care of, attending to her needs being the sole priority of life..at times of depression, questioning what is the use of being soo educated when all you are doing is changing diapers and cooking meals and then reminding yourself this is motherhood and it has to be enjoyed with its ups and downs..The very next year you are soaring career wise and the little one is blooming into an awesome individual with a mind of her own..
Life is good..touch wood…
..I have no regrets..I love being a housewife/career woman and a mother
Now what’s in store for me the next year only time will tell..🤔
As always, What do I look forward to, in this new year..👀 👀
Ahaaa..hmmmm..errrrr…nothing much..no specific resolutions cause I don’t stick to them but yes, every passing year I find myself evolving to be more mature..
So there you go you have a mature me,Nee!!😛
A silent prayer to god to keep my dad healthy, hearty and in good spirits..💕💕💕
So once again I am really happy to share this with my wonderful wordpress friends.. 😃
Not sounding overtly dramatic
Hope all of your dreams come true too..
May all of you achieve what you have always wanted..
Let good health and peace prevail..
Make some one happy each day with a little act of kindness..( m still trying too)
Live and let live..💕💕💕💕
And let’s all jingaa la la la hooo people!!!💃💃💃
Until next year… It’s the time to disco ..whoo hooo
It is the last Sunday of the year..I haven’t been very active these past few months so as I was making a dish for the very first time I thought why not share it with my reader Friends here…
This dish is a Hyderabadi special, I have had this dish many a times at a friend’s place or at a restaurant especially accompanied with Biryani..
Now why Hyderabadi is because it is a very normal almost everyday kind of dish especially in muslim households everywhere more so in Hyderabad..
It is usually had with plain white rice or my favourite Biryani..
🌶️🌶️Mirchi ka Salan, meaning Mirchi= chillies
Salan= thin gravy usualy made of peanuts
Salan is a Urdu word for curries..
Without going too much into the stories let me start..
( I haven’t taken the pics in order)
We use Bhajji chilli’s, they are these huge big chilli peppers..
The Ingredients are (approximate values)
*Chilli peppers : 6-8
*Peanuts : a cup
*Star aniseed : 1-2
*Coriander seeds : 2 tablespoons
*Red chillies : 3-4 ( depending on how spicy you want it)
* Tamarind : lemon sized ball soaked in water
*Onions : 1 ( big one)
*Tomatoes : 1 medium sized
(The traditional authentic recipe requires sesame seeds…poppy seed and dry coconut…I don’t have them so making it with the basic minimum ingredients 😜 and of course it tastes good this way too🙈)
🌶️So first dry roast the peanuts and remove their skin..
🌶️Dry fry the star aniseed..corainder seeds..red chillies..
🌶️Put them all in a mixer and make a thick paste with little water( grind to a thick consistency, shouldn’t be runny)
🌶️Once done transfer to a bowl..
🌶️Make a paste of the tomatoes and onions and keep aside..
Clockwise..Soaked tamarind…peanut paste…onion tomatoes paste and chilli peppers
🌶️Wash and dry the chilli peppers and make vertical slits…
🌶️Stuff them with the above thick paste..
🌶️Take a pan, with a little oil..(a couple of spoons)
🌶️Sauté the stuffed chillies till they get a light brown char..
🌶️In another pan..heat some oil..add in cumin seeds..add in the onions and tomato paste..fry fry till the raw smell is gone..then add the rest of the paste used for the stuffing and stir away till the oil layer separates on top..
🌶️Then add in the fried chilli peppers..water about a cup to be added..
🌶️With occasional stirring, cook till the gravy is thick and the colour changes, indicated by the oil layer at top of the gravy..
🌶️The consistency of the gravy can be adjusted accordingly..
🌶️Garnish with freshly chopped coriander and serve hot with plain rice..rotis..parathas or the quintessential Biryani…yummy!!!😋😋😋
Here’s wishing everyone a happy hungry Sunday..💞🤗
Hey everyone 🙋
( Before I begin, I am at an eye screening camp..at a steel plant in a remote area of Andhra Pradesh,with a staff of 600 employees ..the majority were screened over the past two days..today is the last day, so basically I am jobless…to be read as no patients😛 so I type away)
As I sit here at an eye camp site, lost in thoughts…surrounded by trees..machinery..mountains..open spaces and a steel plant amidst all, I ponder away..
A day before it was all windy with mist and a day later the same skies have cleared up..
The sun shines brightly through the trees and it’s a warm feeling..not hot but warm…a mix of chill and warmth prevails!!
A few scattered trees rather shrubs, winter flowers just blooming here and there..open windy spaces all of which is making me reflect on the year that was..
I have made soo many new acquaintances if not besties..
A year which saw me climbing up the career ladder…excelling in what I do…overcoming my fears and with it even having to stay away from my lil one..
A year can make so much difference..getting to know different people..their mentalities..how diplomatic or how naive people are..
Gelling along with young and old at the same time..
Yes thoughts overflow and as I pen ( rather type it down) I am still pondering what the next year has in store for me..
A part of which I know I will make it happen and a part which is unknown..
“Just go with the flow” being my tagline which has changed, thanks to a book I am reading currently which states “Don’t go with the flow…be the flow”
Oh awesome I thought so let’s see, let ME make and be the flow the coming year..
Let’s see what is in store for me..
Wishing all my reader Friends happiness and good times..🤗 Enjoy the pre Christmas blast!! While I still ponder away…😉
Hey everyone 🙋
So what was I upto…apart from waiting for the long long much awaited one day of not having to go to work-
It’s a holiday yeeaahhh!!!
I had to do the usual routine pujas and stuff..
Puja at my home!!
Puja at my parents house!!
Puja at my sister in law’s house!!
Puja at my workplace
So there you go, along with Lord Ganesha, we too got to enjoy the various yumm puja foods!!
Next we have Dushhera and Diwali and many miscellaneous festivities coming up, which I look forward to..
Hope you did not look at the moon😉!!!Have a great weekend everyone🤗
The last couple of weeks have been hectic what with patients pouring in after the festivities..
India has sooo many festivals that come August and the festive season begins…
We had one celebrating the goddess of wealth, Mahalaxmi vrath…it’s like a puja done to appease her..
We have another coming up this week of our favourite elephant headed god…Lord Ganesha who is the lord of wisdom and all new beginnings…
Any auspicious occasion, celebration of any sorts is incomplete without invoking the blessing of Lord Ganesha..
Even if we buy a new vehicle we take it to the temple, get it blessed by Lord Ganesha and then use it…such is the belief in the elephant headed god…
Ganesh chaturthi is celebrated widely across our country, more so in the South of India and Maharashtra!!
We have huge pandals erected with huge huge idols of Ganesha being worshipped for a finite number of days..
The idols are usually made of clay to help easy immersion post the pujas..
With the changing times we now have eco friendly ganesha themes too..
Most of us bring the idol of Ganesha home and celebrate..
you can check out my previous posts on him
Come Ganesha chaturthi and I drift away to my childhood memories…
I guess it’s only links and links are all I have to take you down the memory lane…😉
While this interesting story is part of it too…
So while I await the much needed holiday and gear up for the pujas, do check out the links, so now you know how the festivities progress!!
Have a great week ahead everyone and Happy Ganesh chaturthi to all my friends celebrating it..🤗
How oft a summer shower hath started me,to seek the shelter of a hollow tree..
Clicked these enroute to a tribal eye screening camp..
The hollows in the tree reminded me of the famous Enid blyton series The Faraway Tree
Wish I could live in or at least visit such a magical tree of the lands beyond..just a thought and a wish…😛
Have a great week ahead everyone…🤗🤗🤗
It’s that time of the year when sisters tie Rakhi around their brother’s wrist and pray for their wellbeing and in return get loaded with gifts too😜
The elder sister act!!
Rhea and Laksh..
(For the new readers..Rhea is my daughter and Laksh is my nephew…)
Though the two siblings (Rhea and Laksh) are far apart, the bond is shared by tying the scared thread “Rakhi”…
Rakhis accompanied with sweets…
Waiting for the day when the elder sister will actually tie Rakhi to her younger brother, till then read along my saga…
Have a great week ahead everyone..🤗
A post long pending..
Work kept me busy,
June makes me happy
Soo soo happy,
that I wonder why..😜
Here is a little play of words penned, rather typed when I came across the many gulmohar trees, laden with beautiful bright red flowers and tender green leaves, in full bloom inspite of this scorching summer heat!!! Seriously a soothing sight for the sore eyes..😎
The Gulmohar Tree🌳
As I passed by my house,
I saw the fiery red spout..
Behold the blooming Gulmohar tree,
With bright red flowers and leaves soo green..
The road looked royal,
with flowers strewn by..
I dared not tread, lest I destroy..
The beautiful flowers fallen down,
Embers of coal on the ground..
A carpet of finesse and velvety look,
Filling up every crevice and nook..
As the leaves glisten in
the bright red sun,
Do stop and take a look,
for the gulmohar is in full bloom..🦋
Have a great week ahead everyone🤗
Happy women’s day!!!
So I woke up today to find the phone filled with forwards and statements about women power and roses, rights and blah blah blah 🙄
Did anything change?? For me or for you?? We were working and slogging yesterday, we will work today and tomorrow too..the story continues day after day..
No the grapes aren’t sour..just being practical…😜
Here is a forward I received,
Happy Women’s Day! But, are there any Happy Women somewhere? Where do the Sad Women go?
When I wished her Happy Women’s Day,
She said: “Why I am not included?
If Happy Women can have to themselves a day,
Why are sad ones like me excluded?”
“Shouldn’t it be just Women’s Day,
Whether they are happy or sad?
I have just this little something to say,
Women’s Day be for all, good or bad.”
I looked at her strange reasoning,
Ability to convert into argument everything;
And then I thought, without seasoning,
What flat taste a salad would bring?
So I bowed to her from below not above,
My dark cloud lined with a silver ray;
And I said, “You are right here too, love,
Have your kind of Women’s Day”!
Pssst: Things to do..Give some extra money to your maid and let her also enjoy women’s day.
Go pamper yourself in the parlour or shop shop cause it’s a day to splurge.😈
So enjoy and bask in the wishes that come in today .. cheers to all the women out there..🍻🍻🍻