My Birthday Weekend #MondayMusings

Me: A picture perfect birthday party!

Me: What is that?

Me: A birthday where you have an exhibition of cards, flowers and gifts displayed neatly amid other props, where everything looks just too beautiful.

Me: And a cake?

Me: Oh yes! The cake too.

Me: Husband and Dhruv singing ‘Happy Birthday to you’ song?

Me: That should not hurt. So yes, maybe that too.

Me: And dinner outside?

Me: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, all readymade. Doesn’t matter if it is from outside or someone cooks at home. As long as that someone is not me.

Me: Ahem Ahem. Continue reading

Gratitude list May 2018 #MondayMusings

“How do you write a gratitude post when you are feeling low?” is the question on my mind today. It actually wasn’t going to get done if I had not kept a daily gratitude journal.

On 25th April, I started the practice of writing daily in my gratitude journal. I missed a day here and there in between during the month of May but as soon as I got back I made sure I had something to write down for the missed day/s.WaterMark_2018-06-04-12-40-43.jpg

Therefore, despite me not feeling too good about the state of certain affairs these days, I am still able to share my gratitude list with you. Continue reading

3 things I do not miss about India #MondayMusings

Last week, I shared my list of 5 things which I miss dearly about India.

This week, I have put together a list of 3 things which I do not miss about India. This is a personal list.

The semi-automatic washing machine –

I do not miss the whole day affair of washing dirty laundry twice a week having a semi-automatic washing machine for assistance. It had been a real bane involving multiple to and fro transfers from the wash tub to the spinner.

Why did I buy it in the first place? The answer is I was completely brainwashed with respect to its advantages over a fully automatic model. Tell me I was naive. Continue reading

Living next to history #WordlessWednesday 18

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Craggs Row Windmill, Preston

This structure was built in 1760 and was used as a windmill to grind flour. In the 1880s, the sails were removed and its flour grinding days got over. Thereafter, it was put to a whole range of different uses. It had been an overflow prison, piano workshop, garage, cinema (during the second world war) and a merchant’s storage warehouse. It is not in use now. You can read about it here.

I live next to it. When I first Continue reading

5 things I miss about India #MondayMusings

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Life moves on, inevitably.

Life moves irrespective of the fact whether you want to move on or not. Things, circumstances, and situations change as a result thereof. The issues which you prayed for to vanish do vanish away with time and then you discover the prayers must keep going because there is always something to pray for. The same happens to the good things in life also. Everything is temporary. The permanent lesson is to be grateful for the good times and things in life.

While the journey of gratitude continues, it happens once in a while (or maybe often) that you look back at the good old days and miss the nuances of those days.

Well, I am in that mood today. Continue reading

5 things we love about staying in Preston #MondayMusings

It’s already a week!

We landed here in Preston, UK last weekend. Settling down has kept me busy and I am enjoying this process.

The day we reached here, we were greeted by nice cool and pleasant weather.  After a short nap and freshening up, we walked down to the city centre which is 10 minutes away from our home in just a shirt and jeans. The sun was shining upon us as if blessing us, ‘You are going to be good’. What was meant to be a half-an-hour walk to procure the ultra necessary stuff ended up in 2 hours by the time we reached back home. The best part was it was so much pleasure that we did not even realise how time flew and also the fact that Dhruv and I needed considerable rest after the 13-hour long flight.

After giving us a warm welcome, Continue reading