~ Life has been busy, busy, busy of late, but the good kind of busy. I have had no time to jot down snippets from our Diwali celebrations this year, which is what I am going to do now, for the sake of memories. Better late than never, right?
~ The OH had three days of holiday for Diwali this time around, which were spent exploring the city, chilling out with family, hogging on sweets and savouries, lighting diyas and a bit of shopping. All in all, we had a fun Diwali. How was yours?
~ I bought a book for myself for Diwali – Marina Lewycka’s A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian, a pre-loved copy. I had read loads of good reviews for the book and had wishlisted it. I began reading it as soon as we got home, but was sorely disappointed. It is a dark comedy, but I am finding nothing comic in it. The characters evoke pity more than humour, and I don’t get the history that is an integral part of the book.
I pestered the OH into getting me two sarees. The OH bought me two sarees for Diwali. I loved the process of choosing the sarees – looking at the various options on offer, comparing and contrasting, the trials and the final selections, and the walking out of the store with the precious bags in hand. It has been a long time since I bought clothes for myself, and so this was a welcome change. Both of us had loads of fun.
~ It took me less than an hour to choose the sarees, but I took my own sweet time choosing the book I wanted. I roamed around the store for 2.5 hours, picking up this and that, rejecting one book after the other, till I reached the one I wanted. It didn’t feel like 2.5 hours had passed, to me, but the OH has a different story to tell. 😀
~ Over the festival season, I have gotten so much used to wearing flowers in my hair that I now feel bereft when I am not wearing them! I don’t think they are uncool, never thought so. Earlier, I just used to find it very cumbersome wearing them. I am fine with them now, and love the way they make my hair smell. No chemicals, no harshness, just soft flowers and beautifully scented hair.
~ A pretty little Matryoshka doll was added to our showcase on the day of Diwali. I picked it up from a street-side vendor in Malleshwaram market, much to my mother’s amusement. It is a brilliant orange, and I love it. 🙂
~ While at the Malleshwaram market, I also picked up some scented turmeric powder. I use it occasionally during baths, and am LOVING its scent and the way it makes my skin feel. I am taking the whole ‘returning to your roots’ thing too seriously, eh?
~ The OH and I spent some time with the nephews bursting crackers. It was fun to see the little brats scampering around, choosing which cracker to light first and which later. A lot of pollution, yes, but it was lovely to see the smiles on their faces.
~ The OH and I are not big fans of crackers, and have celebrated silent and smoke-less Diwalis since years. This year, too, we just lit terra-cotta diyas all over the house and admired the way it all looked.
~ Danone has introduced Mishti Doi, did you know? I had never had the Bengali delicacy before, but had heard loads about it. I picked up a packet while grocery shopping the other day, and LOVED it. I don’t know if it is the original stuff or not, but it sure tastes great!
~ I saw Bhapa Doi being made on a cookery show on TV yesterday, and have been craving for it ever since. Gah! Not a great thing for my tummy which threatens to bulge out at the slightest hint of a calorie-filled dessert like that, but the palate wants it. What do I do now?
~ We visited the Vishwa Shanti Ashram and the Goravanahalli temple near Bangalore last weekend, with the mater, the MIL and a friend of the MIL. I enjoyed the outing more than I had thought I would, and took some wonderful pictures (post, hopefully, coming up soon!). I realised, yet again, that there is SO MUCH to explore in my own city, if I only get around to it.
~ We went to the International Krishi Mela in the GKVK campus last weekend, too. Thanks to the huge crowds, we did not manage to really see anything, but I did get my hands on a packet of sunflower seeds that I had always wanted and had never been able to find. Wish me luck with them! We escaped to the plantation area in GKVK, far from the madding crowds, and had a lovely, peaceful time looking at different plants in different stages of growth. (Again, hope to do a post on that soon!)
That’s that for now, folks. Till next time!