Above the Clouds at Nandi Hills

If you ask a Bangalorean which are the places you can visit in and around his/her dear city, it is highly likely that Nandi Hills may be one out of the two or three places s/he may suggest.

To know more about the place, you can check out what Wiki has to say.

I don’t want to ramble on about how much fun it was to take an early morning trip with my friends. I am not going to tell you how breathtakingly beautiful the place was, how amazing the climate was or the fact that I did not want to leave the place ever. But I will share with you some photographs we clicked. Some others I have borrowed from the net as we were too caught up in the moment to even think about freezing time on camera.

So here goes..

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Epically Awesome Award

*Doing the happy dance*

Though I never really judge anyone based on awards, it certainly makes me happy when I get one of these. A wholehearted thanks to Paul for having nominated me. If you have a taste for poetry and fitness, you should definitely check out his blog by clicking here.

Now for the award..

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Award Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back their site.
  2. Put the award logo on your blog.
  3. I know you’re awesome. Tell us why: share 5 awesome facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 5 other blogs.

Some Awesome Facts About Me:

  • I think food is the answer to every problem. You sure can’t think of solutions when you’re hungry.
  • I quit the Art of Living when my instructor tried to spiritually heal my fractured little toe.
  • I have trouble not breaking rules.
  • I am a trained singer and I even headbang pretty well.
  • I am now placed from campus and I am going to be paid handsomely in about two months time.

Nominees:

  1. Wandering Story Teller
  2. Dr Meg Sorick
  3. Sandra
  4. Leenna
  5. Gabby Clark

Good luck and keep writing some awesome posts guys!

Second Century!

2 months. 36 posts. 6563 views. 2125 visitors. 795 likes. 763 comments.

And now 200+ followers!

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Today morning, I wanted to write this awesome post expressing my love and gratitude to all those of you who have been kind enough to follow, visit and sometimes even dared to do the unthinkable – read my blog. But then I realized I may drive away some of you doing that. So, let me just say this – Thank you!! *Tries to bob a curtsy but turns clumsy*

You guys have given me hope that I may not be that bad a writer after all! I believe a bigger club calls for better writing and I pray to God that I don’t disappoint you.

Once again, thanks for all the love and affection!

Oh oh.. Almost forgot! Special mention to Meloheart and Priscillapower for helping me cross the 200+ mark!

Cheers!!

P.S. Above stats are limited to the likes, comments and  views of my blog posts alone; calculated manually to ensure authenticity of information. (In other words, I didn’t cheat!)

Bringing Etios Home!

It’s time to kick-start the year 2016!

I know, I know. It’s a late start. But a start nonetheless!

There’s  not much to say in this post really. I am writing this to introduce you to the latest addition to our family – the Toyota Etios G!

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After ten years of driving the Santro around, (Yes, ten!) we finally decided to sell it and get a new car. No doubt that I am going to miss the Santro. But, I love the Etios! It’s got everything we need from comfort to style. I definitely suck at the technical stuff which is why I won’t even dare to comment on it!

To add to the joy, my elder brother came home to us after spending a good six months in Mumbai!

And so, we went on a three-day trip taking the Etios out for a spin; the details of which I shall be sharing shortly!

More to say later. I hope the new year’s been treating you well!

Cheers!!

The Real Neat Blog Award.

One more award from my fellow bloggers to add to the shelf! I am thankful to Vikram and Kaushal who considered me worthy of the Real Neat Blog Award. This means even more to me because they are both proficient writers! Do check out Blogmaniac and Expressive Human Original Thoughts. Go go go!

Award Rules:

  • Thank the nice person who nominated you and pingback.
  • Complete the task your nominator assigns.
  • Nominate several bloggers—up to seven, if you like!
  • Give them a challenge to complete, and share these rules.
  • Include the logo, above, in your acceptance post.

Task from Kaushal: Share your most beautiful memory with your parents in a single paragraph.

Every moment I have spent with my parents is a memory I wish to cherish. This includes the times we laughed, we cried, we fought, we took a trip and the times we all snuggled close together in one bed. I cherish every moment we might have spent together or apart. Because I know that nothing beats the love in a family.

My Nominees:

Sunshine Blogger Award!

Tadaan! I know I am late as ever. But thanks a tonne to my friends Anand and Kaushal for having nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!! You should totally check out Blabberwockying and Expressive Human Original Thoughts. Both of them are brilliant writers and I am sure you would enjoy reading their blogs!

Moving on..

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Award Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions from your nominators.
  3. Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions.

My Answers to Kaushal:

  • What would you do if you got $50000?

Take a trip to wherever I can with all that money!

  • What is it that makes you unique?(Any three things)

My attitude, my values and my actions.

  • What is your favorite color? why?

Red and Black. Because they represent the strongest of emotions to me.

  • Outsider or insider?

Outsider.

  • Pet lover or hater?

Neither I guess. More of a stay-away and watch person.

  • Your views on a little pot aquarium in your room.

It would be nice. But then I don’t think I would be able to maintain it.

  • Arranged or Love marriage- preference?

Either ways, I hope I find someone perfect for me.

  • Success or Family- more important?

Family always.

  • Do you believe in past sins and re-birth philosophy?

I believe in Karma.

  • What is your favorite number? Why?

8. Because its my birthday.

  • Can you leave your country if you’ll get better future promises in any other country and settle down there?

It would be a lie to say I wouldn’t.

My Answers to Anand:

  • Which is your best memory?

I can’t pick one as such! Memories from my childhood and college are my best.

  • Do you feel you are at peace with yourself?

I don’t think so. I feel there is a lot I can achieve and that I haven’t pushed myself hard enough to attain those things. In a way, this is what motivates me to redefine my limits.

  • Who is your guide, guru or counselor?

Without doubt it is my Anna (elder brother). He is my go to person anytime anywhere. I know he will be honest and sincere to tell me what I need to know and not what I want to hear.

  • What makes you feel very good?

Accomplishing something I have wanted to or finding happiness in doing something outside my comfort zone

  • Which quality or habit in your life you like the most about yourself?

I am straight forward and I call it like I see it. Even though this often means I have to face consequences, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  • Who are your source of inspiration?

My family, my feminist friends and individuals from the web who help me learn new lessons from either own lives or mine.

  • What is the role of gratitude in your life?

A perpetual feeling.

  • What is your best quality?

I am never afraid to step out of my comfort zone!

  • Has blogging enriched your life? How?

It has. I have read so many remarkable articles on so many blogs! It not just broadened my outlook but also helped me improve as a writer.

  • What is your greatest talent?

Getting uncomfortable!

My Questions:

  1. Which is your dream destination? And why?
  2. What are the three things anybody would notice about you the first time they met you (in person)?
  3. What do you think is your biggest weakness?
  4. Cats or dogs?
  5. What is your idea of fashion (comfort/style)?
  6. Which is your favorite season of the year?
  7. What is your favorite book?
  8. What is the one thing that turns you off?
  9. How would you define happiness?
  10. Name your favorite actors!
  11. Would you rather be born again or live one happy life? Why?

My Nominees:

  1. Ria
  2. Piyusha
  3. Vikram
  4. Moniba
  5. Oba
  6. Jishnu
  7. Tanya
  8. Udit
  9. Jahnavi
  10. Abigail
  11. Josee

Cheers!!

 

 

Marthankali

I was just rummaging through some old files when I found this picture. Reading posts all over WordPress about childhood made me nostalgic I guess! So here’s one more post to my Childhood Diary.

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Taken last year.

That’s a handful of what we call Marthankali down here in Kerala. Wiki tells me its called the Black Nightshade apparently. But for me it has been and always will be Marthankali!

I must tell you that I spent the first three years of my life at my maternal grandmother’s home. This was owing to the fact that my parents were working in Cochin and they did not want their infant to be raised in a city breeding pollution.

My grandmother’s place was also our ancestral home. It was an old yet beautiful house (lets say fifty years or more) with a tiled roof situated in the middle of an estate spanning roughly three to four acres of land. We even had a cow-shed and three cows plus their calves back then.

Coming back to the Marthankali, I have faint memories of how Thaathi (Tamil for Grandmother) used to take me for walks around the estate. I would hang onto the pallu of her saree and trot along while she hobbled around inspecting mango trees, plantains, her vegetable garden and what not.

Depending on my nap time and Thaathi’s schedule, sometimes we would take two or three walks in the estate. My favorite part of the walk was when we would come to the areas of the estate where the Marthankali plants grew. They belong to the herb category of plants I think (if my bio is right) and Thaathi would always cut them to a certain height least the garden became a jungle.

This meant that I could help myself to pluck and eat as many berries as I wanted at my own leisure. I would stand in the middle (I was about two feet tall then) surrounded by Marthankali plants and choose the ripest black berries and eat them. While Thaathi expertly picked out a handful and held them out to me, I would fend only for myself; picking and eating one berry at a time.

This memory does not pertain solely to my childhood. As teenagers, my cousins and I crashed Thaathi‘s place for summer vacations. Though we climbed mango trees and Jambakka trees all the time, going for walks around the property hunting for Marthankali was a tradition we enjoyed. Yeah, it was kind of like a family thing.

Even now, when I visit Thaathi we try and find time to go pluck Marthankali. Usually this absolutely adorable lady (whom I call Thaathi) plucks them beforehand anticipating a shortage of time. I am not going to deny it, I love the fact that she does what she does! A handful of Marthankali pretty much makes my visit to Thaathi’s place complete. Forever and always!

So.. that’s pretty much what I wanted to share with you guys!

More to say later. Cheers!!