If We Were Having Coffee…

… I’d tell you of how I have started taking little, baby steps towards better health. I have been brushing certain health issues under the carpet for quite long. I haven’t been going for regular check-ups. Also, post-baby, my eating habits have been quite bad – I have not been eating healthy at all. I’ve been giving in to cravings all the time. I haven’t been exercising regularly, and am quite, quite overweight. Guilt over all of this has been keeping me up in the nights often, as a result of which I have been tired in the mornings and unable to go for a walk or exercise. Such a vicious downward spiral! I had to break it somewhere, right? I took the first step towards breaking the cycle by getting a complete health check-up, recently. The results haven’t been bad, but some stuff isn’t great either. I know just what to do to improve, now. When all the figures are before me, in black and white, on a piece of paper, it pushes you just enough to exercise and figure out ways to improve your lifestyle. I did myself a huge favour by going for that check-up. It did need a whole lot of guts to go for it, too, so, yes, I’m patting myself on the back for it.

… I’d tell you of how we have still not zeroed in on a school for Bubboo. We do have a couple of schools in mind, but haven’t finalised anything. It is freaking me out a bit more every single day. We have to step up on this, and soon.

… I’d tell you of how a few places have been calling out to me. Madurai and Madras, basically. I want to explore these places thoroughly, discover the little and big secrets their streets have been hiding. Why these two places now? I don’t really know. I think places, like books, call out to you when you are ready for them. I hope they will make the trip happen, too.

… I’d tell you of how Paati, my paternal grandmother, hasn’t been doing well. For over a year now, she’s been entirely bed-ridden, not even getting up from the bed to walk to the living room or the washroom. I can see her weakening, day by day, and it is saddening to see her like that. Every time I visit, she tells me of how she wants God to send for her now.. I don’t know what to say. Thankfully, Amma takes good care of her – having someone by your side, to help you, to care for you, in old age, is a luxury that not everyone can boast of these days.

… I’d tell you of how I started reading this book called The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats, with great expectations. Sadly, though, the book is super-disappointing. I can’t wait for it to end, so I can get on with reading something better. Sigh!

… I’d tell you of how I have just been unable to write. I mean, I can write book reviews and stuff about food, but nothing that really, really moves me. Nothing comes even when I try to keep my mind open, and sit with the keyboard and a blank document on the ready, waiting for the words. I feel blocked in that sense. I so want this to change!

… I’d tell you of how Bubboo amazes me every day, with all her questions, all the stories she conjures up, all the things she soaks up from her day-to-day life. It feels like just yesterday when she was a tiny, mewling, breast-feeding baby. She’s now a little girl, ready to go out into the world. Will I ever get used to just how fast she’s growing?

… I’d tell you of how, on the foodie front, I am continuing to do experiments in my kitchen. I’m trying to walk the fine line between ‘being a foodie’ and ‘eating healthy’. 🙂 There are some lovely recipes that I can’t wait to put out on the blog. Wait and watch!

… I’d tell you of how, lately, I have been thinking a lot about Bubboo’s growing-up years. I mean, when she is nine or 10. I’m sure parenting then won’t be just about feeding her the right food, bathing her, getting her to bed on time, or making sure she gets enough physical exercise. It is going to get a whole lot more complicated, and that is scaring the living daylights out of me! The book that I am reading now, a yet-to-be-released one called Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland, is causing this feeling, largely. I hope we do a decent job of parenting Bubboo through the years!

… I’d tell you of how the OH and I recently celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. We had a simple, homely celebration, that included a lovely lunch at Nasi And Mee. He got me some little things I wanted to experiment with (read: soaps, chocolates and some other foodie stuff). I’m yet to get him his gift. Boring, eh? But we had fun! 🙂

… I’d tell you of how all my days feel like a blur. I don’t really know what I’m doing all day long, but the time seems to pass really, really quickly. At the end of the day, I am amazed that the day is actually over! I so want to add some meaning, some more charm to my days. I don’t want them to pass, just like that!

… I’d also ask after you and your loved ones. How has life been treating you lately? What have you been up to?


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18 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee…

  1. Great job on getting the check up done ! Regarding raising an older child, you just evolve as a parent somehow. Their needs change and you grow with them. I actually think I am a better mom to a four yr old than a baby. Growth is exciting in so many ways


    1. @Popgoesthebiscuit

      Yes, we do evolve as parents. I have realised I am a better parent to Bubboo now than when she was a baby. I thought I was the only one who felt so. 🙂

      That said, I believe it is important to bring up a child well, without trauma, without the child having a childhood that he/she needs to recover from, as some wise person once said. That is critical.


  2. TGND.. a great job taking that first step. I got my full body health check done last december after procrastinating it for over 2 years. I know what my problems were (are) and was unnecessarily getting scared imagining newer issues. What a stupid mistake! I am glad I pushed myself to get that health check done and actually it was not at all that bad.

    Bubboo is growing up eh?! I still remember looking her just born picture and your post.. it just feels like yesterday 🙂

    I have been to Madurai and we could spend only one day. As we were there during peak summer, it was intolerably hot. But that amazing food… I am drooling even now 🙂

    I just finished reading Immortals of Meluha and started with the next one in the series. Cant wait to get to those books you recommended.

    My days feel like a blur too! I mean time flies off so fast that I am not sure how to cope up anymore. We are already in February!!


    1. @Greenboochi

      Thanks, GB. I kept procrastinating on getting the complete check-up done, too, but now, I am so glad I went ahead with it. Now, I know what exactly it is that I need to do.

      I hope you get around to reading the books I had recommended to you, soon. I think you will love them, at least most of them. 🙂

      Oh, yes, I am constantly amazed at just how fast Bubboo is growing up!

      I am hearing a whole lot of things about the food in Madurai! Can’t wait to go now! 🙂


    1. @Lina

      I have always been writing.. I still am, but just not the kind of stuff that really moves me. I hope I get back to that kind of writing. Any tips?

      I would love to get in touch with you regarding things to do in Madurai! Thank you for the offer to help! There’s no sign of the trip happening, though. 😦

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      1. Maybe you could try participating in flash fiction..I have participated twice…
        Let me know if you plan a trip..It’s like the best food joint


      2. @Lina

        Could you share some links to flash fiction contests?

        If we were to plan a trip to Madurai, how many days should we plan for? We would definitely want to experience more than the Meenakshi temple. We are also up for trying most of the vegetarian food the city has to offer too, of course! 🙂 That said, with a toddler who refuses to sit at one place or walk around or explore, we can’t do much every day. Suggestions, tips, please?

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      3. Porotta of course..my personal favourite is kumar mess..then do visit Pudumandavam..lovely bangles, kalamkari cloth and etc..It’s right opposite Meenakshi Amman temple..Then there is Sree Sabari’s..If you visit that restaurant do try the Vada curry Dosa..totally great..then there is Blaack Forest…you’ll be surprised by the desserts you find there though a traditional town..Then comes the amazing sweets..Prema Vilas..One of the best Halwa n the world..It is near the Railway station..Please try the older shop and not the new one…Shri Narasingh sweets..try the milk sweet and this sweet samosa (if your lucky it will be available )..There is lot more to do!


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