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Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie.. Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... I Am crazy about music,books,friends and my doggie... :)

Monday, July 29, 2013

S for Strangers..

This post is not about strangers strangers, it is about familiar faces who are strangers! 
No, I am not referring to friends who have become strangers, am talking about faces we have seen or met, but who are strangers.
We know them, but dont really know them
We see them 1st time, but the 2nd time we have no clues who they are

Experienced this? If your answer is NO, then just pretend am not looney and read on... 

On Sunday, was at a book store with friends when I was browsing through a shelf of books when I look up and see this short woman staring at me [no am not judging her for being short, but mentioned her height to make a point]. She was staring at me intently and the minute I looked up, she shuffled and then said "Aarti right? hi, how are you doing? Remember, we met outside H&G?".. The only reason I would have gone to H &G would be to pick up friend's son. So, I instantly asked her if she was my friend's friend. She nodded awkwardly and then mentioned another mutual friend who she knows and with that walked away. 

I was left standing there lost. I had no clues who this lady was. I don't even remember seeing her before. Or had I conveniently forgotten? Pushing this moment aside, I wandered around the store checking out some of the deals posted. 

No sooner did I go around the corner did I hear a voice "Mommy, this is so awesome, I would have buyed it, isnt it pretty mommy". I turned to see a little girl in a cute girl salwar talking animatedly about a doll set. Her mom smartly took her hand, distracted her and was ready to walk away when she saw me and gushed. Hi Aarti, how are you doing? I smiled and said Hi hello. I chit chatted with the kid about her love for Barbies and the lady said "she likes them, but I dont" and said bye and walked away... This face I knew, except for the life of me, I couldnt remember her name :( I dint know where I had seen her, or how I know her, or how she knows my name.. sigh... 

These are not just stray incidents, such moments happen to me oh so often that I have given up self- analyzing  or wondering beyond the moment. Friends make fun saying I know way too many people, or that I am being stalked everywhere I go. Infact, it has become a joke if we go out "so, let us wait and see how long it takes before someone comes over to say hi to you".... 

any such instances? do share. please put me out of the misery of feeling like a looney bin.. lol.. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

N for New Address

After years of yearning
After months of searching
After hours of deliberating
I have finally done it.

I now have a new address.
I have moved
And now can proudly say "I live on my own"

So what if I don't own the place, for as long as I live here, this 1000 sq ft is all mine and mine only! 

For those who know me, they know the entire story, the why the when and the what... But for the others, here is a quick glimpse into the plot. I had been living with my grandparents since 2000, since the time I completed my MBA and while I have no complaints about living there with them, the nagging need to have a space of my own set in a few years ago. I wanted a place where I could host friends, I can cook what I want when I want, I can have sleepovers, I can put away all the things I own neatly and not have to lock them up in suitcases.

It has now been a month and I am loving it. I have had friends over for coffee, I have managed to decorate it to my liking and am also hoping to do up a small balcony garden and one in the kitchen as well [a herb garden of sorts] 

It does feel different, waking up to silence, nobody asking me if I want coffee or not having to put away the laptop to answer the doorbell all the time.

It has been a learning experience and continues to be one every day. I am figuring out shopping for one person, watching how much I spend, watching the amount of things I am adding to the house, being conscious of what I buy and where I store it. I am a virgoan, so no impulse shopping. I think a 100 times before purchasing anything, this extends from groceries to cutlery to art pieces. I am yet to pick up a clock for the house...

The biggest investment I have made for this house is the TV.. After deliberating over this for few weeks, I went ahead and did it.

It feels good to be on my own! No, I don't feel lonely or alone.. I do miss Floppy, but then as I tell friends, I cant bring him here and leave him cooped up in a small apartment when he is used to being in a large house and open space. plus he is also the security at grandparents house .. Heck, I am only 5 -6 kms away :-)

A quick tip for those of you keen on moving to your own space
1. Make a list of expenses you are likely to incur
2. Make a list of things you need and then go shopping
3. Have a budget and try sticking to it
4. Indulge but only if you are sure you can afford the added unexpected expenditure
5. Above all, have fun!! 

Off I go to enjoy the rains from the balcony....  

Wish me luck~!! :-)