May 28, 2017

From May to May…

I can barely remember what I was feeling, this time last year. I recall a vague anxiety with a pinch of excitement. But that’s about it. But I know for sure that today marks a whole year of me moving away from home to live in the United States. A year that has been oddly educating and definitely humbling. I…missed being amidst loved ones during festivals, family dinners and important occasions for the extended family. Understood that America is quite different from what the movies and soaps want us to believe. Had my heart broken into a million pieces. Got involved in deep conversations with almost strangers sitting on wooden…

December 30, 2015

Roundup

This year hasn’t been the most productive for the blog, but I’ve tried to keep it alive by documenting my travels and random thoughts. As is tradition, I thought I’d put together highlights from 2015. So here goes – in no particular order! > Spent Pujo in Calcutta with my parents, grandmother and extended family. Good times. > Finally took a trip with Ankita and Aditya. Since Chops and I lived in a small one bedroom apartment in Gurgaon, and were paid peanuts, we dreamt of doing this. Budapest was explored and the bucket list item ticked off! Trip highlights here. > Got into heated arguments with friends on their…

December 30, 2013

Looking Back

This time last year, I was undertaking an elaborate year-end blog series and enumerating all things notable that happened. Today, however, I am one of the three people who are remaining in the office during the holiday season and needless to say that the work overload is a tad overwhelming. To add to all the fun, my annual flu bout has chosen this time of the year to visit – so I’ll be wrapping up 2013 in bullet points. Like I mentioned in my previous post, it’s been a slow but satisfying year. But there were just too many things and experiences (good and not-so-pleasing) that happened to make this…

December 29, 2013

2013 | Resolution Rehash

This year was mostly a blur.  I know I say it almost every year, but this one was truly exceptional. Day after day, months ran past me – and it is already time to re-look at the goals-of-the-year and check things off the list (hopefully) and put down the highlights of the year! 2013 was satisfying. It had it lows, but the highs outweighed them in all regards. I set myself thirteen goals for the year and I don’t think I did too badly.  Language. The attempt to better my dismal Arabic skills. Not much progress on this front, the lack of mobility disallowed classes, but my colloquial spoken is much…

September 3, 2013

Already?

One year ago, today I stepped into the minaret shaped door of my current firm, having returned to the city I grew up in. I thought it would be tougher. More trying. I’ve been surprised. But despite the odds, the last year has been a good one, I have to say. I’ve not been the most satisfied on the career front. That remains the only sore point. I spent quality time with family. The positive outcome shows on all three of us. I saved a lot of money. Travelled to my heart’s content. I made a couple of friends at work. Not the kind that I left behind in India….

December 31, 2012

Lucky Number Thirteen

So here we are.  At the end of another year. Recollecting how it whooshed past, making us older and wiser. At the brink of 2013, I cannot foresee what lies ahead, but I know that this year will be important – I will turn 26,  two dear friends will get married, several epic movies will release and I hope various other exciting things will happen. As is customary, it is time to write that resolution post. The one in which I annually make promises to myself. I have decided to call them ‘goals’ this year. Resolutions just sound too dreamy to come true. Hence, I have made a few amends to my list. …

December 29, 2012

12 | 12: Twelve Learnings

Big year for learning, this one. Instances, people, books, experiences – teach. Over nine years of living out of home taught me much. Coming back home has its own share of things for me to learn. These are things I probably knew, but needed reminding: Invest in yourself. Take time to sit alone and get used to your own company. You will be amazed by the way it will feel. If people really want to keep in touch with you, they will always find a way. The world is selfish. There is no one appointed to protect your interests. So keep the superhero suit handy. You can never have it…

December 28, 2012

11 | 12: Twelve Moments Through The Viewfinder

I must confess that this year has seen less of my DSLR and much more of the iPhone camera. Owing to Instagram, a lot of the phone camera photographs taken got absolutely different dimensions and made it to this second last round up post for the year. Photographs are memoirs of the times. They help me remember things of the old, things that I have probably long forgotten. Of the ones I have taken, these are my top twelve for the year. Chocolate chip cake. Just out of the oven. Baby neice Joey on  Saraswati Pujo.Love the sun on her face. The London Eye & the Big Ben.Point of conjunction….

December 27, 2012

10 | 12: Twelve Highlights of 2012

After nine posts, there hardly seems to be anything that I haven’t recounted already, but I thought a year-round up post is necessary; one which talks about the twelve top-of-my-mind things which happened in the year. Apart from the rather hyped apocalypse of course – which well, didn’t happen. Thank the heavens I didn’t follow my initial idea and spend everything I have before the 21st!  Here are my highlights: I quit my second job. One that I really loved. Made a choice. I worked with one of the largest and most prestigious brands in the history of aviation – British Airways. I’m very proud of the work we did for them, and the…

December 26, 2012

9 | 12: Twelve Motion Picture Favourites

Anyone who knows me knows of my obsession with cinema. Rather inclined towards the collection, but I am so proud to announce that the “list” has now crossed 1500. In alphabetical order, these are the films that stood out this year: Arthur Christmas: The Christmas movie I waited over a year for. Ever wondered how Santa actually gets things done? The million letters from children, the nice-naughty index, the present sorting, the wrapping and the logistics. Seems like an absolute nightmare if you don’t have your processes sorted out. And above everything, it’s all got to be in secret until December. This movie will explain all! Barfi: The story of mute…