….. I have fresh mushrooms waiting in my refrigerator to be cooked. I picked them up from Auchan over the weekend. Mushroom masala for dinner today with rotis, it looks like!

….. I realised how something as simple as going for a walk religiously, every morning and evening, has the potential to turn into a social struggle. I didn’t sign up for that when I signed up to get fitter, to take good care of my health! Gah!

….. I am more in love with Will Schwalbe’s The End Of Your Life Book Club than I was yesterday. It is such a lovely book that I don’t want to finish it – I read it in short bursts and then spend some time savouring and reflecting over the words I read. I am totally in love with Will Schwalbe’s mother – I want to live like she did, I want to die the way she did.

….. my house is full of Nagpur oranges, thanks to an orange-crazy OH. I am tempted to make some orange rasam, which I remember reading about on a food blog, once upon a time. I need to look for the recipe!

….. I am craving for a girl friend who really gets me, who can read the expressions on my face, write long e-mails to me, discuss the colour of nail polishes and TV serials with me, talk to me about books, bring over food for me when I don’t want to cook, and pull me out for dinners and shows and movies. Someone with whom I can be the silly, dumb old fool without fear of judgement. Someone who will tell me what’s best for me, on my face.

…. I want to watch Ram Leela. On the big screen. Not for the story, but for the Gujarat connection.

…. I want to get my hands on a lot of books, different from the ones I usually read. I don’t care if they are bestsellers or not, but each one of them should be a sensitive read and move something within me.

….. I realised the immense power a hug or a cuddle can have, all over again. A heartfelt hug can really cure blues and make you feel more happy, more able to face up to the world.

…. I am craving for street food from Gujarat, thanks to posts like this and this. Wait, it’s not only the food. I am craving for a trip to Gujarat, to get up close and personal with the place once again. For the sounds, smells and sights of the place. I thought I would never feel like going back home again, after my parents shifted to Bangalore – after all, what used to be my house there is no longer my home, there’ll be no eager faces waiting for me at the airport or railway station. But then, the heart lives in a world all of its own. Turns out, I do want to go to Gujarat again, and show the OH the place that I lived in, from my eyes.

…. I realise, for the umpteenth time, that I haven’t really explored Bangalore the way I thought I would when I shifted here. I want to see the nooks and corners of the city, see them from the eyes of an outsider, discover new eateries and gardens that I haven’t been to earlier.

…. I am in love with my pink nail polish. Yes, GB, I finally got it! πŸ™‚

…. I realised how much I love the locality that I live in. Not for the first time.

…. I am in love with Maharani jhumkas. I want!

…. I realised that Christmas is just around the corner. One of my favourite festivals, and I have begun to feel the festive fervour in the air. Lovely!

…. I am tempted to join the December Photo-a-Day Challenge, but am worried about all the space the pictures will occupy on my blog. I have a lot more picture posts and travel stories to write! A Facebook page, maybe? What say you?

…. I realised it has been oh-so-long since I wrote a short story or a poem. I seem to have lost the ability to do that. 😦

…. I realised I also seem to have lost the ability to see the beauty of simple things in life, to think of them and to write about them. I begin with a thought that is simple and sweet, but I end up converting it into something complicated and unable to be explained. Oh, well, maybe I need a break.


42 thoughts on “Today….

  1. Hey! I can be that girl friend who will write you long emails, discuss the colour of nail polishes & talk with you about books. πŸ˜›
    I watched Ram Leela and I think you should definitely watch it, on big screen, and soak in the Gujarat fervor.


    1. @Chattywren

      Yes, I have. I came to know of it when an ex-colleague brought back a boxful from Nagpur. Recently, I bought a box when we stopped at Nagpur, on the way to Kanha.

      I am somehow not a big fan of the orange barfi. The OH loves it, though.


  2. I just wonder how you manage to have time for everything – I know, I know, its all about wanting to do, a bit of planning and shedding of laziness all that.. i get it. But still!!!!!!! You are one super active person (need not be just physical, so much of reading/thinking/writing) uff!
    For now, I can suggest two books for you – 1. Circle of Three – Rohit Gore (a very different, nice book) 2.Shipping News – Annie E Proulx (not very light but WONDERFUL book) Have fun!


  3. You write so wonderfully!!!So who are you kidding?You are the same rockstar when it comes to words πŸ™‚
    The thought of mushrooms and oranges are tempting me so much.I hope you’ll find that orange rasam recipe for all of us πŸ˜‰
    That V.V Puram place(food street) make decent dabelis.Obviously nothing can replace for the same authenticity though.
    And yes a FB page soon please πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€


    1. @Vidya

      Thank you. πŸ™‚

      I hope to make the orange rasam soon. I’ll hunt for the recipe before I get too lazzy to do it. πŸ˜€

      It is so sad that I haven’t ever been to the VV Puram food street. 😦 Should rectify that soon. What place there serves dabeli? Do you remember the name?


      1. Name,I have no clue.But I can tell one thing that ,it is extremely difficult to not notice that place.Your olfactory senses will guide you effortlessly πŸ˜‰
        It comes on to the right side when you enter the street from Basavanagudi side.
        And this is the best time to go because around December,you’ll also get to eat really yummy stuff made out of Avarekalu(Hyacinth beans).


    1. @Ashreyamom

      No, I make rasam using the juice of oranges. Not the peel.

      Amma was telling me, the other day, about how her Amma used to make pachadi using orange peel. She has forgotten the recipe now. A couple of trials at home did not yield good results. Darn! 😦

      I love the street food in Gandhi Bazaar. I have many favourite street food joints all over Bangalore, but what I am craving for now is typical Gujju street food. 😦


  4. Your thoughts are expressed in a wonderful way; you show your appreciation for simple and not-so-simple things. I’m a huge fan of navel oranges. I wonder if Nagpur oranges are similar? I will have to check on Google.


  5. Hi TGND!

    Orange rasam? Very intriguing. Please do share that if and when you make it. K goes bananas over ornages ( he hates bananas. Thought that sounded funny πŸ˜› )

    Those social struggles – tooki poDu I say! Glad you are getting to stick to what you signed up for πŸ™‚

    I understand your nostalgia for Gujarat. Maybe you should just make a trip down n a whim sometime. With OH, ofcourse πŸ™‚

    I splurged on nail colours in Malaysia last week. Story coming up soon. I have become obsessed with them. I can’t paint my nails in certain to clinics but I take full advantage of weekends πŸ˜› Flashy pink? Polka dots? Pungent purple? Daring green? Fluorescent orange? everything πŸ˜›

    For everything else I want to say, just wait for the letter, you! πŸ™‚


    1. @Kismitoffeebar

      You’ve got me all intrigued now. Can’t wait for your letter to arrive. πŸ™‚

      LOL @ bananas over oranges. Will surely look for the recipe I have written about. Need to try it out myself.

      Yes, I think I should plan a trip to Gujarat soon, with the OH. I’d love for him to be able to experience the world that I come from. It would do us both a whole lot of good, I feel. Some day…

      Would love to read your story on nail colours. Please do it soon! πŸ™‚


  6. create another photo blog on wordpress and link to it from here…simple πŸ™‚ and that orange rasam sounds awesome, I’ve never heard of it before, but I love pineapple rasam, have you tried that one?


  7. What a post TGND! So many things you have told πŸ™‚ I feel like reading it all over again πŸ™‚

    Please please join the photo challenge. I love your pictures so much.. but then I also want to hear about your travel stories, so take a call quickly πŸ™‚

    Things that can bring so much joy are usually free of cost isnt it? hugs – what can I talk about them? You said it all πŸ™‚

    Pink nail polish! Yay!! πŸ™‚ Its been a month I put on any polish, my nails are reddish orange in color from the natural mehendi Amma put for me during diwali. I am loving this color too πŸ™‚

    Orange rasam? Pls share the recipe if you have found one. I have an orange-freak at home too *I guess you know* πŸ˜‰

    What social struggle? I didnt get you 😦

    Maharani Jhumkas? I have not heard of them.. time for me to get updated I guess πŸ˜›

    I can totally understand how you feel about your hometown. I have similar feeling about my maternal grandparents place. Hugs TGND!


    1. @GB

      I think I will soon be creating an FB page for my blog, where I’ll join the photo challenge. The temptation is too hard to resist. πŸ™‚ On my blog, photo stories and travelogues and other posts will continue as usual.

      Need to try out the orange rasam once. Will put up the recipe post that.

      I love the colour of henna on my nails too. πŸ™‚

      Google Maharani jhumkas! They are very much in fashion these days! And they look gorgeous – with salwar suits and sarees alike!

      Social struggles – some aunties have a problem with the fact that I make rotis for dinner or order them, while I should be serving rice to the OH. Because I am on a diet and he is getting a tummy as well, I try to avoid rice in the nights. Also, popular opinion is that I should stay home and prepare breakfast for the OH and pack his dabba for office instead of going for a morning walk every day. If I do that, I think I will have to stop walking because it will be bright and sunny by 9.30 and then time for the maid to come and for me to start my other work. Phew! 😦


  8. Orange Rasam!? I mean I am like the Orange fan! Its my most favourite fruit after Mango! I mean Mango is in a different league no… so Orange is my most favourite fruit! πŸ˜› and you can make a rasam out of that.. please to let me have the recipe when you find it! πŸ˜€ sounds like a super idea! πŸ˜€

    Bout the gujju street food! sigh πŸ˜€ I will never get bored of it… having realised how much I wanted to be here once I left Gujarat! πŸ˜€


  9. Ah! mushroom masala yummmmmmmm I have never made mushroom at home ever πŸ™‚

    Oh I wish I could be that friend, only thing, I need to be in Bangalore for that..

    Hitchy’s post made me so Baroda nostalgic :):)


    1. @R’s Mom

      About the friend thing – I will write to you about it, soon. πŸ™‚

      I will share the mushroom masala recipe soon. Just made it, and it turned out well.

      Hitchy’s post made me Ahmedabad nostalgic. It also made me realise I have never really explored the whole of Gujarat. 😦


  10. How do you come up with such cute lists! Do you have a journal which is your best friend?! πŸ™‚

    If I may ask, which area do you live in? It seems pretty amazing!


      1. @Cupitonians

        Yes, I have heard of Terribly Tiny Tales. Will try to think more on those lines. πŸ™‚

        Before going to sleep, I think of a lot of things. Mostly, that is what comes out in my blog posts. πŸ˜€


      2. @Cupitonians

        I have looked through several blog challenge lists, but the topics have not really appealed. Maybe I just need to go ahead and write for them anyways.

        Please do share your list. Will take a look.


      3. I know. Some are more difficult than others. I created my own list so you could probably create your own as well. I need some sort of way to contact you cause it’s an image. Where can I post it?


  11. I saw Ram Leela for the same reason – Guj connection. I swayed and tapped my feet to the music, wanted to imitate the garba steps right at the theatre. Its a treat for Gujjus (born or adopted alike!)


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