July 2, 2015

The Null day!

It is as dreading as any Monday for every one. My Mondays are no more boring but still, I have the liberty to call it a weird day to work as I generally carry the hangover of meeting Mr.ISB on weekends.

People at home are not at home. The husband is working in another city. I am excited to go home and cook - if at all the end of the day let me do it.

The Null day started with reading, which was the single most interesting part of the day. I nearly nullified all the work as Mumbai has been blessed with good maids. *Pinch me* I am yet to finish the book, which might end my day in a better way.

I have realized how much social I am. I need people around me all the time. It is very easy for me to freshen up mentally or introspect in a couple of hours. It get back to the feeling of being with friends or family. I have realized I get attached to people very easy, but have matured myself to be bold enough to distance myself from my own people if required. Breaking up relations is not cup of tea but yeah, detachments in the healthy fashion is in , for me.

As I write this, sipping the hot water from the new mug (Come on, every one is the office has been gifted with the mug with the lid, I swear I did not buy it!) and I realize I am not really addicted to tea or coffee. Tea is something I love to sip because it brightens up my spirits. I can do without it as well.

I have also realized, I get detached to people if at all something is going on in my mind with extra ordinary strength. (Read: Panic attacks or thoughts pissing me off) I escape from social world just to come back with a bang. (Of course this phenomena is not true when I talk to Mr.ISB!)

This Null day brings many thoughts to mind, like first monsoon showers. I enjoy it and gulp it too.

Do you have such days?

June 24, 2015


The dreading P word. Disgusting and embarrassing ? For most of the girls in India. I am going to talk about it today.

How do you feel when you are bleeding as if some one is sucking your energy out? Half or more females on this earth feels a juggernaut scratching and crushing the inner liner of the most strong organ in the human-female body. Uterus. The lining is being destroyed and soon she would be having new eggs. It also means the body is healthy, fit and fertile. This same body has the capacity of giving a birth to the child. But hey, all these glitters are not gold for you. You are IMPURE when you bleed. That means you are in 'Periods'. Do not even ask me from where this word took birth.

We females bleed. Every month. That is Nature's call. The bleeding is a sign of being 'impure' and not 'healthy'.

Impure? Yeah, we are. When in 'Periods'. That is what the 'world' says. That means..

  • We can not take food and water from the common vessels. Somebody has to keep both of them aside for us, in separate utensils. Also let the world know that you are menstruating even when you want them to mind their own business. No folks, this tradition does not have a logic. If we can work  in the office on those days, we can take our food on our own. We do not need rest now, we do have maids now. If we need to take the rest, we would crash on our bed and sleep.
  • We can not sleep on cotton sheets, only synthetic stuff we can use. Right, Stains? They can paint themselves on Nylon too.If you are so worried about hygiene , wash the sheet every single day. For god's sake - it is the blood of a human body and not the shit.
  • We can not go to the temple. God would get impure.Well, Your god can be weak. Mine is not. Goddess whom you worship for education and wealth menstruates too. She should. Some people have an argument that due to hormonal imbalances females carry negative energy during those days which can affect other people. Well, teenagers should be banned too. Why don't we start going for hormonal tests before entering any temple! In fact a rapist can visit the temple, not the menstruating lady.
  • The female who do not follow these touch-me-not rituals has one reason to feel guilty. No one from your house can visit temple as you have already made them 'impure'. *Clap*
  • We can not even chant 'Mantras' and 'Stavans', the impurity flies to the divine God. Yeah.
  • We can not look at Achar and Papad , they would get burnt by the so called laser rays from our eyes. Wow. I  am sure they are not healthy to relish even on normal days but it does not mean we carry such beliefs.
There are many many more 'rituals' to observe in periods. Either people follow it blindly or they follow due to pressure. Many girls keep it to themselves and others believe in the 'venom' like blood of their own body. 

I wonder why do we pray our mothers? Why do we pray 'Devis'? Why do we let a toddler have her mother's milk? Even when she is menstruating? 

Why a father lets her daughter follow these demeaning rituals. Why does a mother compel her lovely child to go through these touch-me-not traditions. 

We know how the human body works. We know we have been told these traditions have some logic but we are not being told that they do no hold any logic in this era. We have been brain washed. 

The truth is when we are menstruating we should take rest, if we feel so. We should do light work out if comfortable. We should eat and drink healthy stuff. We should check on our water in take. We should be clean enough to not to catch the infection. We should tell the world about the state of body cycle if comfortable and if we feel weird we should not. It is not anybody's business.

It is nobody's business. 

June 20, 2015

aPOINTment #5

Long time?!!? I bet. I was dying to type but then some planned and some unplanned situations surfaced out which made me lazy and busy both! Here I am again to blurt out some points!

  • Pondicherry trip on our first wedding anniversary! First already!! I can not believe the time flew so fast, and in such a fashion that I am comfortable enough to take the whole situation as a decade old relationship. There has to be a separate post about our trip which was an amalgamation of food, fun, walk and beach! Mr.ISB has to be thanked enough! 
  • I am stressed for some reasons which I do not want to blog about. Ahmedabad induces stress in me, as I am not there with my family. Even after six years - I have been living out, my heart sinks with nervousness whenever something goes even 0.1% wrong. I have been asked by every one to stop taking so much of stress. I am not sure if I would learn the way in next hundred years.
  • Rains. Mumbai Monsoon showed up , with a real wild swag. All areas lower than sea level in the city were clogged, but thanks to the alert-messages many many people did not leave for offices - did not get trapped. Humanity was resurfaced if at all it was lost. Every one helped every one and among cribbing sessions by media, there were people who appreciated efforts taken by officials. We were house arrested in a way but managed to do puddle (Huge and small) walking and semi swimming with hot filter coffee and Vada pav. No office and home made it an awesome day! How can I forget the Antakshari we played with my in laws.
  • I am back in the office with a LOT of work to do thanks to my past three trips to Ahmedabad, Pune and Pondicherry which is going to cancel out my next planned Goa trip with females of our family. *Cry*
  • I have been travelling to many industrial estates of Mumbai and New Bombay. I am in love with the city all over again. Local trains and people, specially. 
  • I miss Ahmedabad when it rains.There is no smell of Dalvada made in Amdavadi style,With a lot of spice, a bit of garlic, onions and Green chilies! Mumbai, you are missing something. 
  • The only thing I hate about rains is missing my jogging sessions. I hate gyms so I have re-started yoga which has not reached to the level I want to. Slowly. 
How was your last week? :)

June 2, 2015

aPOINTment #4

No more explanations for putting out points directly on the blog. It was a hectic weekend with always hectic yet awesome weekdays. Not a better way to show all of my thoughts accumulated in the tiny heart.

  • First thing first. I missed my jogging and walking morning session. Really. I love the way it makes my body a bit healthier every time. Touchwood.
  • The weekend with The Husband, Mr.ISB was good after travelling in the AC bus for four hours. How I hate these buses. Watching a movie, walk dates, nonstop chattering and do-whatever-you-want-to life style - best gifts Mr.ISB can gift! Intellectual , knowledge worthy chatting keeps the spark alive - How Geeky I know! 
  • The night after which I left Pune for Mumbai was horrible with night mares and getting up every damn hour was tiring. So much that even today people keep on asking why I am not feeling good. Sleeping peacefully is such an important thing! My two days at office is also tiring - in a fashion which confuses every one. I wanted to work and tick the to-do-list but the headache never allowed. Hoping for the best day tomorrow. 
  • Discussions of religions are so sensitive. I am really not sure if I feel attached to ANY religion alive on this earth. 
  • Restrictions and Religions are synonyms. Some day I would love to see getting myself liberated from both of them. No, I am not being forced by anyone to follow any single thing. Just saying.
  • Why are we not so sensitive about our country in the similar way? Why religion is not after the country? Can we see next generation kids wishing 'Jai Hind' in place of 'Jai random religion' sort of 'Naras'? May be it can unite us. Well, not in this birth. Oh by the way, I dont want Moksh, by taking birth again as an animal in this beautiful world is worth it.
  • I miss cooking. I do not feel like cooking due to hectic schedules and other limitations. May be that is back to being 'Me'!
  • I have a big pending shopping list and no time. These are must shopping items filtered from eight things to five. The lazy bums refused to walk over to the shop even when I had time in the weekend. 
  • I love writing mails.People whom I love write/wrote to me. How I love reading those mails again.
How was your weekend? Do you suffer from one topic turmoils? 

May 29, 2015

'Trainy' Talks!

When you travel using the Mumbai Local train, you live with the bottom condition of any society. You can meet people suited also now a days, with corporate smiles. You can spot hundreds of people working as blue collared employees, sweating hard and still smiling. Railway stations of local trains in Mumbai are mini India to live.

As I have been using trains quite often to reach office or return, I have been continuously observing random things which provokes introspection most of the times or create stories many times. I think, title Trainy Talks would definitely give the reflection of mind travelling between Parel to Matunga, which means I travel exactly for ten minutes in trains. Well, that is lucky me!

  • Female compartments are the most colorful ones with all types of bags and tiffin bags hanging around. Believe me I know more numbers of brands making bags - second class or first class than ever.Also I got to know how females protect their purses, at the same time let purses protect them from the push-flow. (The newly invented word, which means the activity done by people catching train and pushing every other possible thing - alive or dead- in front of their already moving bodies!)
  • Stories. How a new bride is disappointed with her sister in law for not gifting her anything. How a mother is worried about the education of the child. How to apply eye liner properly.How to break up with the boy friend. Stories, I love. Even when they are ultra stupid.
  • When I start from office in the evening, how people co-operate now a days, is amazing. As the staircase is too small to cater to the population working in nearby financial high rise buildings, rush is inevitable. I am amazed how people maintain lines most of the time! Moving lines!
  • I am happy to see police patrolling every where on all stations now a days. They really do. I have spotted many passengers being interrogated.
  • The best part of the train is, girls applying make up in the moving train when the station to alight comes closer. I am sure I would never posses this kind of a skill. Kohl to compact powder, back combing to curls! I always get impressed!
  • Books. People read books, many use mobiles and tablets to read while doing longer commutes. I feel jealous as ten minutes travelling does not allow me to  read. I have tried reading whenever I take cab rides to the office, but I get  involved to the extend that I miss my office building every time. Cab drivers fail to understand my addiction. 
  • Shops nearby stations are my favorite spots. You get EVERYTHING under the sun. People try to beat the heat with cold drinks and tasty 'mineral' Nimbu Pani.Females bug vendors while bargaining. Fruits, colorful juicy ones popping out of baskets - are my weakness. Animals or things, everything near railway stations are bright and nice.
While I see people sweating really hard and still smiling from ear to ear acknowledging my move to give them some comfort - I feel trains are very very human!

May 26, 2015

Z is for Zester

Zester is the tool used in the kitchen to peel of the 'zest' of the citrus fruits. Zest is the essence of life, enthusiasm. Spice. Spark.

In our lives, we have many such Zesters, using which we add on some zest to brighten up the life. Zesters are the mood changing things or activities or people. Undoubtedly for Mr.ISB it is 10 hours long sleep, I would list out every Zester I can think of.

  • My blog, It keeps me alive. The bundles of words from my mind being carved on this blog. Nothing can be better than this.
  • My Frock buddy N: We take each other for granted. Most beautiful relationships are without baggage. No blog post can do justice to our relationship.
  • My penpal mail-pal Aunty from USA. Writing to her brings out my real self from the face this world want to see. I am totally transparent when I write to her. Every Single time. In happiness or while I am dull.
  • Dance. It is the state of trance for me. Enough said.
  • Really fast walking with my favorite songs in my ears. Specially in Mumbai where I sweat out bucket loads of toxins from my body. It is rejuvenating for me. Adds up to the zest.
  • Adarakh wali chai and some tea partners to chit chat. Zest would spoil the tea , but tea itself is works as a zester.
  • Reading. I have not done much in last two three weeks due to the super hectic schedule. Though it should be definitely added in the list of zesters. Reading brings out a new world to me.
  • This one is a surprise. Being in the new office with two smartest employers I have ever got. It is like adding up the zest every day in my life. One out of two is smart but I never accept and hence fight. Another makes sure we keep on fighting. That is how we brain storm. Cute ? :D
  • The biggest Zester of my life, which I saved till last, is Mr.ISB. Some times , some one just accepts you as you are, Some times , some one just preserves you while letting you grow. Some times , some one just makes your eyes sparkle by  appearing from no where. That is the main Zester in your life. My best friend and the soulmate. Mr.ISB.
Do you have Zesters?

May 25, 2015

Y for Yum

The latest 'Yum' dishes I am craving for and not having for one or the other reasons.

1. Tim Hortin's french vanilla - No one is coming from Canada to get me two more jars!
2. Sondesh - No buddy is going to Kolkata to get me some K C Das ones!
3. Spanish hot chocolate - Something I would never be able to get in India!
4. Ritters dark chocolate - I think I love European chocolates and not American ones!
5. Di Bello coffee - The Mumbai chain I am yet to explore! I have heard a LOT about it.
6. Cafe Madras/ Tambi Filter coffee - The only wish I can fulfill being in Mumbai on weekdays.
7. Panipuri - Amdavadwali, Panipuri. Mom made. *Drooling*
8. A huge bowl full of fruits like Strawberries, Plums, Blackberries!
9. Self made oat bars - Not to boost my ego but I think what I make they are the best!
10. Chocolate pie from any European country!!!

They are yums, believe me! Y would be related to only Food it seems!