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Tallying up the accounts

Score for 2009:

Here were my goals for last year:

1. Exercise. Get atleast 8-10 hours of exercise every week.

Result: Trained for the 10K race. Had to cancel the race, but lost approx 10 kgs while training for it.

2. Sketch / Paint / Photograph everyday.

Result: Maintaining a pocket sketchbook, in which I sketch and pen down my thoughts, as well!

3. Be aggressive and proactive when it comes to work.

Result: Trying to do so. Have learnt that being aggressive and proactive works in certain situations and in some situations it is better to take a back-seat and observe.

4. Learn to drive a car.

Result: DONE. Still cannot drive alone. Need a companion for support. However, by the end of this year, I have stopped driving any vehicle (due to obvious reasons).

5. Stick to the daily To- Do list. But also, make time for relaxation.

Result: Have made this a habit. Right now, the key lies in not extending the time for relaxation!

6. Use a face toner and cleanser every night before going to bed. Make it a daily regime.

Result: Hmm. Skin changed completely! Instead of getting a glow, I have a haggard look, inspite of all Body Shop lotions and toners used!

7. Eat healthy…drink cold coffee :)

Result: Started on my own healthy diet plan. When combined with daily exercise, the diet plan works! Reduced caffeine intake (again, obvious reasons) and it is one cold coffee a day…more milk and less sugar and coffee. Also, started consuming more and more fresh lime juice and buttermilk.

8. Go trekking in the Himalayas

Result: Trekked for 60 km in 4 days to Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. It was an amazing experience, enough to last me till the next trek. The Himalayas are mesmerizing…as always. They make me return there again and again.

9. Visit IIT – K, Kanpur and Lucknow….eat chat

Result: Went to the ADEX 09, the annual design exhibition. Gave a talk titled, ‘ A designer’s Survival guide to working in corporate design teams’. First time for me 😀 and it was fun. Ate chat everyday.

10. Go for an after dinner walk.

Result: Going for an after dinner walk, definitely has its advantages. For one, it reduces the time spent watching mindless TV shows and gives me the time to relax and talk with Sameer on stuff not related to our everyday lives. Plus, the weather is almost perfect at 9:45pm and there is no one other than us taking a walk at that time. The frequency of evening walks has reduced but it will pick up again, am sure.

11. Don’t procrastinate.

Result: Difficult to follow. But am on it!

12. Be attentive, focused and prompt. 

Result:But am on it!

13. Make do with the things you already have. Limit shopping expenditure.

Result: Difficult to follow. But am on it!

14. Get the cloth materials lying in the wardrobe stitched and embroider or paint them yourself. ( Lost the embroidery threads.)

Result: Lost embroidery threads and while cleaning up the cupboard, found them at the back. The cloth material is yet to be stitched, because I was not able to find a tailor who could do justice to them (and also I procrastinated).

15. Drink coffee only once a day.

Result: Read result for no 7.

16. Vacation with parents and in-laws

Result: Trekking trip was with parents and other relatives. I am glad that they are in good health (even better than S and me) and proved it by walking faster than both of us during the trek.

17. Get a dental checkup

Result: Difficult to get this done. Sis will be doing it when I go to Nagpur next month.

18. Call up a family member every week

Result:On it!

19. Surprise long lost friends with phone calls.

Result:On it! Instead of calling up people, I have taken to emailing them and staying in touch.

20. Blog regularly

Result:On it, though it is semi regularly!

21. Make greeting cards and write long letters to friends and family

Result:On it!

22. Live by the Rules

Result:On it!

23. Walk in with confidence and a smile

Result:On it!

24. Remember to live in the present :)

Result:On it!

25. Meditate and pray

Result:On it!

There was also an unwritten, though the most wanted wish that I wanted to come true in 2009. And, by the grace of God it has come true. Results will be out in April, though.

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3BT (long time)

1. Kicks…Little kicks (not to be confused with this.)

2. My eldest cousin calling me up and acting all ‘Big Brotherly’.

3. Warm, mushy khichadi with papad for dinner.

4. Relaxing foot massage given by S.

5. God has hit the Pause button on the incessant rain.

6. Waking up to find that lunch has already been made by the maid.

7. Lavender flavored aromatherapy soap from FabIndia….relaxes me immediately.

8. Little cushion between the back and chair.

9. Getting a good morning email from P.

10. Bean bag under my legs while I work. My legs sink into the cushioning.

11. A small paper boat made by A and named INS Viraat R22, kept on my desk makes me smile.

12. Good hair day.

13. Regulated weight gain. Though, I need to exercise more often.

14. Pride and Prejudice. Watching the romance between Lizzy and Darcy.

15. Music…instrumental and vocal hindustani classical music

16. Planning for leave

17. Oranges ….love them.

18. Watching a rainbow (well half of it) , while stuck in traffic

19. Watching ‘Ashi hi Banva Banvi‘ while I work. Videos available here: Part 1, Part 2

20. Going home at the end of each day satisfied with how the day has gone.

3 very nostalgic BTs

1.There is something in the air. Six or seven times this week, I can hear the roar of fighter planes. I crane my neck, run to the window every time a plane passes by. The direction of all planes is the same, the come roaring from the north easterly direction and go south.

We used to play in the street in front of our house, when I was a kid. Whenever a plane / a jet (leaving a smoky trail) used to pass by in the sky, I used to shout ” Bye Bye Anand Kaka”. Anand Kaka is my dad’s elder brother and he lived in the US at that time. In my childhood he and his family were the only people I knew who had flown by an aeroplane. So, every time a plane passed by I would assume that it was him in the plane and he was off somewhere. It took me a lot of time to realize that he would not be traveling in any plane that I can see, and moreover why would planes flying in USA travel over India!!

2. I keep thinking of the Park cities. The Park cities are Highland Park and University Park, two towns near Dallas downtown. Whenever the weather was a bit sunny and a gentle breeze was blowing, I used to ask Sameer to take me for a drive on Preston road and we invariably used to end up in the Park cities. There were rows and rows of beautiful houses and parks, which were an absolute eye candy. After the drive we used to end up in this cafe on Mockingbird Lane.

3. I love chaat. There are only three places where I have truly enjoyed chaat. The places I am mentioning are in no particular order.

One of them is Kanpur, of course. The rewards of eating chat were doubled when we went to celebrate after completing a particularly tedious project or an assignment. Eating chaat at Naveen market was always coupled with a shopping expedition.

The second place is Lucknow. Eating Aloo Tikki and Pani Puri outside Royal Cafe in Hazrat Ganj after shopping for chikankari is a self imposed tradition. It also serves something called as Basket Chaat, which should be called Bucket chaat because of the sheer quantity of chaat that you get in the potato basket. I usually bypass the basket chaat, and have my way with the Aloo tikki and at least 3-4 rounds of pani puri.

When I went to US, I thought I would miss out on the weekly chaat trips that I had got used to when at Kanpur and Lucknow. But, a couple of days after my arrival in Dallas, Sameer took me shopping for Indian groceries to Taj superstore in Richardson, a suburb of Dallas. To my surprise, they had a small restaurant that served freshly made parathas, lassi and chaat! Pani puri was served by dunking the puri in pani using gloved hands. Mexican boys and girls under the watchful eyes of 4-5 Punjabi ladies doled out pani-puri, keeping track of the number of pani puris consumed by each of their customers and even, encouraging us to take more or suggesting lassi / chhaas for us to drink.

In Bangalore, I have not found a chaat place that comes as close to these three.

Seinfeld quotes … after a long time!

Jerry: [during stand-up] To me, the thing about birthday parties is that the first birthday party you have and the last birthday party you have are actually quite similar. You know, you just kinda sit there…you’re the least excited person at the party. You don’t even really realize that there is a party. You don’t know what’s goin’ on. Both birthday parties, people have to kinda help you blow out the candles, you can’t do it…you don’t even know why you’re doing it. What is this ritual?

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Elaine: He recycled this gift. He’s a regifter.

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Estelle: Georgie, I’m a divorcee.
George: No, you’re not a divorcee. You’re just separated. You’re — you’re a “separatee.”
Estelle: Well, I’m out there, George.
George: No, you’re not out there.
Estelle: I am, too!
George: You’re not out there! You can’t be, because I am out there. And if I see you out there, there’s not enough voltage in this world to electroshock me back into coherence!

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Susan (engaged to George): I just want you to know that I love your son very much.
Estelle (George’s mother): You do?
Susan: : Yes.
Estelle: Really?
Susan: : Yes.
Estelle: May I ask why?

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George: Right now, I sit around pretending that I’m busy.
Jerry: How do you pull that off?
George: I always look annoyed. Yeah, when you look annoyed all the time, people think that you’re busy. Think about it… [puts on an annoyed face]
Elaine: Yeah, you do! He looks very busy!
Jerry: Yeah, he looks busy! Yeah!
George: I know what I’m doin.’ In fact Mr. Wilhelm gave me one of those little stress dolls. All right, back to work. [puts on the annoyed face]

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13BTs to make up for the lack of posting

1. Kaminey songs….especially, the title song sung by Vishal Bharadwaj
2. Thank God for those side splittingly funny songs from the movie Quick Gun Murugan. They provide a relaxing break from work.
3. Hot soup, warm toast, snuggly blanket to warm my toes in when I had fever for an entire week.
4. The river is a constant companion while we trek.
5. My diary. Writing the days events, during the trek, at the end of each day is a pain reliever. Takes my mind off the pain in my legs.
5. The masseuse at the GMVN rest house in Ghangaria. His hands work magic on our legs. Slowly but steadily his clientele increases.
6. Birthday weekend! Lunch at Little Italy, an afternoon of shopping sponsored by hubby dearest.
7. Lamenting the closure of a college hangout back home, with a school-mate.

8. Aloo jeera, anda bhurji freshly made at the Ghangaria resort is heavenly! With warm rotis, it is a complete meal for me.

9. Lines. I love photographing lines.

10. My parents. They are so fit, that it would put a 25 year old to shame. They trekked all the way, 60km in 4 days! I was the weakest kudi of the group!

11. Grandparents.

12. How can I forget pasta? Whole wheat penne with all sorts of veggies, a bit of cheese and salad dressing made with olive oil, lemon, vinegar, lemon rind, black pepper and italian seasoning.

13. Surprised voices, peals of laughter, tears of joy….

BTs from all the days that I did not write in this space

1. Got myself one of these babies. Photos taken using this phone’s camera will be up shortly on Visual Trademarks.

2. Flowers (a lot of them) bought from Gandhi Bazaar, early in the morning, remind me of crisp, fresh air and the vivid colors in the flower shop.

3. Sameer and me joined a group that trains for 10K, half marathons and marathons. I have started enjoying running like never before. Running on a treadmill is so boring! Whereas running early in the morning at 6am, breathing fresh air, pushing my body to perform and running that extra mile in every run is so much fulfilling.  I might still be a beginner at running but I am starting to understand why Sameer loves it very much.

4. Yoga mat bought as a spur of the moment purchase, inspired me to do surya namaskar everyday. The fact that I hurt my knee and haven’t done it since a couple of weeks, is another matter!

5. Planning for a trekking holiday in the Himalayas. We are going to the Valley of Flowers, Hemkund Sahib and Badrinath. I am hoping that we also get to do white water rafting. I have done it once before and want Sameer to feel that rush, when the raft paves its way across the rapids.

6. Table tennis everyday. I am a beginner at that as well. But I am learning…but I keep hoping that we would find a good badminton court near to the house and we use those Yonex rackets that Sameer and I bought for ourselves. We used to train with the same Badminton coach, when we were kids.

7. Whole wheat spaghetti with veggies…. 😀

8. Talking to my sis almost everyday.

9. Rain. But I wish it would stop now…

10. Award at the office.

11. Article getting published.

12. Work….have never mentioned work in a 3BT post before. But, yes, it has been good.

13. Cold coffee every evening.

14. Friends getting married.

15. Watching the rain laden clouds sail across the sky like a spanish armada…or a pregnant lady.

16. Which reminds me…Viewing photos of friends with babies on Orkut. Never know most of them were pregnant, so it was a nice surprise.

17. Cubbon Park….so much better than Lalbagh. But then nothing beats playing frisbee in Lalbagh with a Anindo, Shibika, Mainak and Mayank.

18. The picture of Sameer that I painted when we both were angry with each other. It helped us cool down…it was funny.

19. Countdown to the 4th wedding anniversary.

20. Countdown to the 28th birthday.

Day before yesterday was a good day

3 BTs for today:

1. Day before yesterday was a very very good day. Thinking of all the things that happened that day, makes tolerating my today easier.

2. Rain, just as I had predicted, came pouring down yesterday evening…mostly on me. My backpack was fully soaked and when I pried open my cellphone, water came pouring out of it, much in the same way as water comes pouring out of my ears after a swim. Today, the cellphone is dry and though it does not ring, I can still use it. To know when people are calling, I rely on ESP.

3. I held back from writing an article … rather dilly-dallied about it, so I have been asked to GET IT DONE. I make full use of my own notes on the subject and it turns out to be a good experience writing that article. It made me question, think, analyze and create something new.

4 *. I talked for over an hour with my sister who is working here. I am immensely proud of her and of the work she is doing. While talking to her, she asks me to send a parcel of Panini (not to be confused with this) over to her because she is missing sandwiches and the ones she makes are amazingly tasty.

* 3 are way over, but I have just realized that this day was much better that I thought. It might be even better if everything goes okay after writing this post.