Peek a boo…

here i come..
slowly resurfacing…
gasping for air
reaching out to familiar faces

weeks and days sped by
in a blur
time i knew not where
it flew

work, took over my life
life, i forgot how beautiful it is….
friends, they buzzed and hugged
life, i longed to embrace once again….

Bid adieu
with a promise,

….. See you soon!!! 🙂

Hola… am back!!! :)

Gosh, its been so long since i was here… Just caught up wit work and life… NO time to breath or indulge in writing of any sort but work related!!! sad state!! i know, which is why these days if i get a bit of spare time, i get out of the house, grab hold of a friend or two and do somethin fun!!

Oh, i havent told y’all about my cousin’s wedding right.. it was aweesome fun!!! got away for a good 5days and enjoyed every minute of it.. After ages, i had this much fun at a wedding… the last was probably way back in 2002 at another dear friend’s wedding in Pune!!!
 [Pic courtesy:Google]


At this wedding, one idiot relative actually came and asked me “dont you feel jealous seeing your younger cousin getting married, and you are still single?” i wanted to just throw a few darts delicately spread with a bit of poison on it towards that person…. and th answer is “Nope, no jealousy ever.. never felt it, and dont think i ever will.. cos am not the “oh, shoot, i aint married yet, will i ever..where is my man… bla bla..” kinda person.. i am loving life, and have chosen to live it the way i want to … No Regrets!!!

Ok, let me not get into that whole ‘families are idiots at times’ phase….
From the minute i landed in Blore, my aunt had enuf work for me to attack.. apart from this, i also made sure that i spent time with L, my cousin, the one who are tying the knot.. she got married to P, a damn sweet guy [ i made it a point to get to know him better, since their engagement, since this gives me the comfort level of being able to talk to him and maintain the relationshiop with L and P later on as well].. the only funny thing abt P;s family is they are telugu, his family, apart from himself, sis and bro in law speak only telugu…so our conversations are all like telegrams…  his aunt came upto me and said “aunty?”.. and i was  like “which aunty”.. she replied ‘P ammagaru”.. my reply “not come”…  😀

The place where the wedding happened was beatutiful… in JP Nagar, abt an hour from Ulsoor, but it was ok, cos we all stayed at the rooms provided there itself.. it was within the Brigade Millenia, called MLR convention center… palatial.. swanky setting and lovely rooms… yummmmy…. wished i could move in there and live!! 😀 lol….

Sat was mehndi at aunt’s home…
Sunday morning all of us woke up at 5, got ready and left for the hall.. had a Veradam [dont ask me what it was, but it was for the guy n girl family, doing it seperately on the stage,] followed by another miniature engagement and then rested for a bit before heading off to the parlor to pamper ourselves… was fun!!
Me, my sis, L , L’s mom, another 2 aunts headed towards the parlor and once there we lost it.. each one wanted something done…and it was probably the 1st time we kids were hanging out with aunts and making fun of each other…. L got her hair straightened, she looked so hot… and couldn get enuf of herself!!!

Got back in time to get ready for the reception… me all decked up in the new saree [ red n gold btw…] thot i shall mingle with all , but got Gift duty!! Yep, had to stand beyind the couple and collect their gifts…hehehe.. Such a tough task i tell u – wanna know why? cos i dint want to come in all the gazillion pictures…. hehehehe… “who’s that girl standing there? why is she in all pics? 3rd wheel??”lolz!!!!
The next morning was the main wedding… As per telugu custom, the girl has to be brought to the mandap in a basket…. her uncles [my dad, chachu and many others] held her in the basket, and brought her all the way across to the other side of the make shift screen[P standing on one side] and dropped her off… was quite a sight…. 🙂 uncle’s were all like- if you had told me earlier, i would have gone to gym and all….

In a few minutes, L was married.. sigh, me and her dear friend R were so emotional..couldnt believe it.. L is like a baby, yes, am quite close to her… we just sorta connected… infact same with R, damn sweet thing!!! 😀

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After the wedding, gen all hanging around, lunch and time passing… in afternoon, L was in P’s room [in mandap] and i hopped across to see if she needed help [ taking off jewellery , changing etc…].. spent a bit of time there, chit chatting with P, his sis, bro in law and others…was nice!!! his sis is also very sweet, and caring… so am sure L will be taken care of !! They are in Tirupati now, will be back today i guess.. and then L is off to P’s house..sigh!!! God Bless them both!!!! 🙂 that day L was to go to P’s house with her mom, basically someone along with her… P’s sis asked me and aunt[L’s mom] who;s coming with L today?” and L looked at me saying “U come no, ma, let Aarti come…plss..”… felt so touched and overwhelmed…. but then since my grandparents [maternal side] were in town, i was to take them out, plus aunt also thot it would be appropriate if she went along… so that was decided!!!

That evening, took granparents out to Forum mall, they had been wanting to go.. dint like it much, only place we went was “Sweet World”-bot quite a bit of goodiess… Next day, when all had gone to P’s house for Satyanarayana Puja; me,sis and granparents went exploring Blore.. and got back to Chennai!!! sigh! dint want to come back at all.. was physically here, but mentally there only….
And now the week has flown by.. work has taken over my life and i jus hope i dont lose it before Dec… 🙂

Managed to watch Golmaal Returns [el crappooo], Dostana [fun movie, had a good laugh] and went bowling, not once, but twice with diff sets of friends…awesome fun!!! 😀

Woww, now that is a long post!!! 🙂 Shows how much i enjoyed myself :)) 

Saree Shopping!!!

I;ve got tonnes of work, but no mood, so taking the time to write on my blog!!! 🙂

My cousin, L’s wedding is around the corner… And my sis and i went Saree shopping [yes, it is L’s wedding, but hey, we need new stuff to wear too right… hehehe]

The store we barged into was Rupkali... Yummy store, anyone wanting to buy a saree [ not kancheepuram patti, or traditional stuff, go here] ..

Why you should go here to shop-

  •  The store has some lovely sarees
  • you are guaranteed a Fun shopping experience
  • they let you try on a zillion sarees and dont cringe
  • There is a salesman who will drape it on you with so much care and love….
  • All in all… An awesome store…. 🙂
  • And….. 
  • They even stitch falls n lining if reqd 
  • To top it all, saree’s are not very pricey!!!

Anyways… here are pics of 3 sarees we bot.. take a guess… they were for
  • Me
  • My sis
  • and Mom!! 😀

Leave your comment with who you think picked out which saree!!! 😀 

Diwali Miracle….

Belated Diwali wishes to all of you!!! 
[Pic courtesy:] 
I had a good time, not because we ate n burst crackers, but because i dint work, and completely chilled out those 2days!! felt really good!!! Guess i need to do this every now and then!!:)
And for the 1st time, we all went out to dinner on Diwali Night!!!  Dinner was at Bombay Blue, College road…. 🙂 [ to write abt the experience  we had there, i need to do another post…:)]

The next morning, as i woke up and went to the loo, i noticed that the water in the fish bowl was muddy looking [yes, the fish sit on the counter top in a bowl :)..dont ask me “what fish”, these are the ones am baby sitting for sis’s friend, while she is in UK ].. 
Anyways… couple of seconds later,i noticed that one of the bigger fish [multi colored guy] was floating on top, lying flat…i got very depressed, and slowly took him out,put him in a plastic cup with fresh water.. Changed the water in the bowl and fed the others… left this guy there, and when i went back about an hour later… Voila.. he was opening shutting his mouth and breathing!!! Yipeee!! i nearly screamed with Joy… was so happpy…. said a silent prayer to the Man up there and put this guy back into the main bowl..

Now such things, make me believe there is Someone up there watching down on us….

and am so happpy this little fishy gets to live… yayyy!!! Yipeeee!!!What a miracle!!! imagine if i had flushed him down… poor baby!!! 🙂

Alright, i give in… i Confess!!!

Caught..roped and tagged ..This time by sweet IHM [which was nearly 3wks back and also by Aparna asking me to bare my soul and reveal my addictions and quirks.
1.Give me my MUSIC: –
I need Music all the time.. Does not matter what am doing, it had better be playinhg in the background and must be loud enuf for me to hear and if i like it [ya,right, like i listen to stuff i dont ], i shall be singing along!! 
– When at work
– When cleaning my room/cupboard
– When out with friends [driving in car, bus, etc]
– When reading a book
– When out walking
– When working out [a MUST]

2. Dont TOUCH my things:-
I hate it when people touch my things without asking me.. Right from my childhood days, have been protective, not possessive about my things [ books, music, bags, right down to handkerchief].. but off late i dont scream when i see someone proding in my cupboard or shelves.. i simply stare em down… 😀
And instinctively i somehow know when someone has been through my things.. if i see a book moved, or a comb out of place in my table or draw, i will know!! Dont make a big deal of it, but do let it known that i dont like this poking around…..

3. GIZMO freak is my nick name:-
Any new gizmo i see, or read about, i have to find out more… Either on the net, or when am in the mall, if there is a store, You bet i shall walk in and inspect.. love gizmos- phones, games, music system, anything electronic…. and there are times when i see someone around me holding an interesting looking phone, or wearing a smart watch when i dont think twice about asking them about it… 😀  
4. Here Doggy Doggy… :-
Does not matter where i see a dog.. i shall instantly start calling to it, and kneel down so i can pet it… Unless the person walking it says otherwise… Gosh, the neighborhood we live in has so many dogs, and all of them are angels!!! Cleo[ who used to live in the house behind ours has moved away, they have gone somewher else… miss u sweety.. she was a Great Dane, who had a thing for Floppy 😉 and would love it when i used to stand near our compound wall talking to her.. dint matter what i was saying, as long as i was talking….]
Ofcourse, there is my Floppy.. who is an angel.. sweetheart… naughty brat all rolled into one…. 🙂

5: Is it 14:47 yet?
A recent quirk that began about 6mths back.. We had a car with the number plate 1447… and then dad gave it away!!! This happened nearly a decade ago!! But suddenly couple of months back i noticed that everytime i looked at the clock, or my phone, the time was exactly 14:47… No, am not fibbing!! honest to god… So, now everyday when i pick up the phone to check the time or stare at the clock on my lappy, its invariably 14:47…. 😀   
Sometimes i look at the time just to see if its 14:47..hehehe…couple of times, it was 14:46, or 14:44.. never later!!

Phew… There is actually more, but shall stop with this!!! 🙂
Apart from this..
  • I love, am actually crazy about Butterflies.. anything with it, i shall BUY [i.e unless it threatens my bank balance]
  • I love  kids, again whenever i see a kid, i go and talk to them and end up playing with them.. 🙂
  • Love doing puzzles… yep,Aparna we have that in common.. still have a big lego set that my uncle got me when i was small 
Ok… now as per tradition, i gotta pass it on to some others… But heck, i aint gonna Name nobody… whoever wants to do it, feel free!! 😀


Ahh, what would i do without my friends??
I would be lost and lonely
Miserable and afraid
but God has been kind to me in this one aspect!!! 🙂
This post is a THANK YOU to all my dear sweet friends, who have been with me through thick and thin [literally] and will continue to be a part of my life…. Also, a BIG WELCOME to the new friends i’ve been making in the recent past!!  

—-> Today has been an Awesome day…
I got a letter from my dear darling friend,N.. with a note from her kids, a drawing by her son and a cute little pic of her doggie Ginger… N and i go back to college days.. infact i remember that the first few months we barely spoke.. i was sitting with some other girls, she with others.. it was only over a period of time that we clicked and since then, the bond is strong.. fevicol i guess!! 🙂
The Aarti who joined college was very very different from the Aarti people know today… 
  • used to be fairly quiet
  • Reserved to a certain extent
  • and would keep things to myself.. bottle em up inside,.. 
But thanks to N and B[another friend, who has now gone far far terms of distance and friendship…] were the ones who helped me unleash hidden skeletons…. 
And that was when i started talking… yap yap yap…. and i am yet to stop!! 😀
I sent her an sms saying  “guess wat.. ginger is damn cute.. my babies[her kids] are adorable- for their letter and drawing, and i have the awesomest bestest dearest friend ever”…. she replied saying “aaroo[thats what most friends call me], you deserve nothing but the best and i am the one who should be saying am lucky to have you as a friend”…. In the morning, when i read her letter, at the end of it, i felt tears…. Dint know why, but knew that i missed her and cherished her friendship a lot!!! 🙂

 ——->Last evening i met with another friend of mine from College, R… She was a brain box, or rather still is.. University rank holder in Bcom and MBA, she was such an independent gal.. Used to just zoom off in her bike and was free like the wind.. Or so we thought… Her dad wouldnt let her work and promptly within 6mths of completing MBA, took her toVizag, and brought her back engaged… me and other friends dint know of this.. [anyways, thats another story… bygones…]

Today, R is a mother of 2 girls, a quiet girl who has resigned to fate and has accepted what life has thrown her way…. 
Hubby doesnt want her to work.. infact gets wild when she does
She wears only sarees, covers her head etc etc at her In laws place[ but thats ok.. small matters]
Has completely changed… 
Today, all she talks about is her children.. how she wants to set an example for them..
how she wants her daughters to grow up independent and strong individuals..
She keeps talking about what a drastic change life has been… going from big town to small town.. from nuclear family to joint family[ her in laws family had about 40members, recently she hubby kids and her inlaws have moved out to a separate house]
Everytime she visits chennai, we meet… she is not one of those i would call “bud chums”, but she is a caring friend!!!

—; Am off to Coimbatore tomorrow nite… just for a day… a friend is getting married on Sunday.. Why am i going for a friend’s wedding? many ask.. 

J has been a good friend since Junior school.. 
known him since 3rd std and we have managed to stay in touch over the years…
Can u believe it.. we’ve been friends for over 2decades now.. woww!!! 
There was this one instance when i had fell down, got hurt pretty bad and was laid up in bed for days..He would come home everyday with a book or movie cassette, sit talk for hours and then head home… 
Mom trusts him more than she trusts me….
Which is why, when he came over last week to invite me for the wedding, i knew then i would be going for his wedding.. no two ways about it!!!  🙂

Here’s to many more years of Togetherness with Friends… all of whom are now more than just friends!!! they are Family!! 🙂

Art of gifting!!!

“Oh, Thank you so much… What a thoughtful Gift“…  
[Thought running in mind: Oh,shucks, they have given me such a lovely gift, what do i give them in return? do i have anything or would cash do?]
Now is that right??? 
Last week.. not once,but twice i had a bit of argument with mom and others at home.. They consented that i had a valid point but couldnt do anything about it… Let me tell you what happened!
Incident 1 
Gramma [shall be known as G]: So, are you coming tomorrow?
Me; for?
G : You know, S has come of age, and B aunt has invited us all in the evening
Me: What? no way, am not coming.. poor kid
Mom[whose name starts with M, shall be M] enters…. 🙂
G to mom : M, what do you think is an ideal gift for S?
M: Ma, safe to give cash..
G: btw, how much did B give for A or P [ me or my sis]?
M: dont remember.. must have been around 250 i guess.  for A, nothing, cos we werent in chennai then..
G: Oh, ok.. so,250 is enuf? 
M: Ma, these days 250 is not done… you need to give 500 atleast..
G; A, get me an envelope, will give the cash, put it in please
Me: what is wrong with you people… why do you give gifts cash for this occasion? 
1st of all, it shouldnt be celebrated like some big dig… 
Stop humiliating kids… i mean, gone are the days when people announced to the world 
And why should you give gift… what did you do? S just got her menses….
G and M in unison : You wont understand…thats how it is.. we have to give something
Me: Tryin to see reason- why????? what was your role in this? or what is the money for? cant her parents provide for her??? dammit… am sure they can buy watever she needs and more…
This is when mom and gramma give up.. and nod their head knowing am right, but continue their discussion.. Moved on from gift to what saree to wear!! Mom said she had a similar chat with my sis about this concept…. celebrating and gift giving for this milestone!!! 
I only pity the kid.. S is only 10 yrs old~!! Sigh!!
Incident 2
 An aunt who is pregnant was celebrating the 8th month function.. Valakappu .. we were all thrilled… this uncle and aunt have been married over 10yrs and they love kids.. and we all love em to bits… so, all of us were extra happy for em!!! anyways , back to the point… we got invited for the Valakappu.. and again on the prev evening, gramma sat on the bed with mom opening the cupboard to pick out saree and started talking about what gift to give… Grrrr [ that was me…]:) here is what happened…. 

Me: G, why do you have to give gift for this? you anyways give something when baby is born… ippo ethukku[why now?
G: we need to… [end of statement…]
me: [ya, right, you thought i was gonna buy that…].. but why? what for?
G: thats how it is.. M, what did they give you when you were preg with P[my sis]?
M: dont remember.. think K maami gave a silver bowl or was it 100 [ 100 was a BIG amount back then]
G: ohh.. ok… i know for I[another aunt of mine], they gave saree.. So, what should we give? plus i think they are going to have seperate seemandam[ another ritual done at mil’s place].. For that we need ot give something! 
Me: what?? not once, but you need to gift twice…. i give up!! Again, i ask.. what did you do? she got pregnant.. so, why should you give gift?
G and M giving me glares : just shut up and help us find blouse for this saree… 
M: ma, give 500 to S[the preggie aunt] and on seemandam, give 250 to P[uncle]
Me: trying to make some sense… wait a minute, you give gifts when they got married… you gift when they are pregnant and again when you go to see the baby?? whats wrong with you people??? 
M: are you coming tomorrow?
Me: [Oh,god.. do they even see logic here..] yes, i am…
M and G: good…!!! [they’ve gone back to looking for a saree, blouse or make some coffee]

I mean, i dont understand why we need to give gifts for occasions like this… i know i know.. we give cos we wanna.. but you compare what they gave.. whats appropriate… and all that!!! what a waste!!! and just doesnt make sense… sigh!!! is it just me???? 🙁

Here’s some fresh stock ma’am….

Yesterday morning  had to go S’s office to drop off a sample [related to work] and on the way back home, bumped into my colleague’s sis,V… Spent a few minutes talking to her[ it had been ages] and then she invited me to join her for a cuppa coffee at French Loaf, Harrington Road… What the heck, went in, we had a cup of Latte, and nibbled on a Mushroom Onion Quiche [i wonder why those yummy things are called quiche.. what the hell is that???wierd name for a dish dont u think??:) ]

anyways… moving on to the main point….we were done, and while leaving, i made a beeline for their bread section, picked out a small garlic bread stick thingy, and a packet of veg curry bread.. but after 2mins, decided against the bread, and gave it back.. immediately one of the manager guys came upto me [ i thot he was a manager, cos he was wearing a tie and all :)] and asked “is it because of the date, ma’am?”.. took me a minute to understand what he was saying …[ding ding ding.. he is talking about manufacture date of bread].. i replied “no, i just realised i dont need bread”… he walked away….

Few mins later, while at the bill counter, another guy pops up behind the counter and asked “ma’am, we’ve got fresh stock, would you like a loaf of that?”… i was like “no, thank you…’.. the schmuck who is manning the till  shows me a bill with the loaf of bread i had cancelled, saying “its already there on the bill, take something instead..” and am like ‘wtf.. i dont want the bread, cancel it..”[ puhlease, its not like i took a bite of it and then gave it back…”… he waits staring at me.. i stare at him.. and then i noticed a movement next to me… one of those tie clad manager guys came over, gave an eye signal to our schmuck, who immediately redid the bill and gave it to me….. 

well… made me wonder how the guys working at places notice small things…. normally, no one would have asked me why i put the loaf back.. but here, BECAUSE it was old stock, they thot i was returning it… and it made me wonder.. what if i had bot it, and it had rotted in a day… would i have noticed the date and gone back  asking for refund? why were they selling stuff that was not fresh?????? hmmm!!! 

Brain drain

its been 3 days…. and i feel like NOT doing anything, but just laying on the bed… everything else seems like an effort… but i cant.. have a bit of work to do, so on my lappy, just tryin to stay focussed for a while…

yesterday took a sick day, and my colleagues were sweet enuf to say “take care babes, we shall handle it here…”.. but there are other projects, where i need to do my share !!!! so, here i go!!

hate being ill… this feverish feeling… throat infection.. heaviness in head is not nice… sigh!!!!