The Husband’s Birthday Lunch At Farzi Cafe: An Underwhelming Affair

Farzi Cafe had always been on my list of eateries to visit in Bangalore, thanks to a number of blog posts I have read praising the place. I was in awe of the very innovative ways in which the cafe presents its food. So, it was Farzi Cafe in UB City that we chose to celebrate the husband’s birthday recently, and headed to for lunch. True to the reviews that we had read, the cafe did dish up food in very different ways, but we, sadly, ended up underwhelmed by the whole thing.

Read all about our experience of lunching at Farzi Cafe, on my photo blog!

The Beginning Of School And A Schoolmoon

The bub starts school this June.

After a lot of thinking and researching and soul-searching, we decided to go ahead with the Montessori method of teaching. I still have my fears about the method, but we want the bub to be in an atmosphere that doesn’t put undue pressure on her, letting her learn at her own pace, in her own way, at least in the initial few years. We love the concept of Montessori, and the few friends I have talked to about this have vouched for it. We have had naysayers, too, but the husband and I have made up our minds to give the bub a chance at this system, and the system a chance to work on the bub.

We were fortunate enough to get her admitted into a school that follows purely Montessori methods of teaching (there are many schools that call themselves ‘Montessori’, but aren’t really!). We liked the school, and got good vibes from the teachers and principal, with whom we talked to at length. Soon, very soon, too soon, the bub will be a ‘school-going’ child. Life, as we know it, is going to change, for all of us in the family.

As I stand at the crux of a huge life change, I am as worried, fearful and doubtful as I am happy and excited. This is a big, big, big decision that we have taken on behalf of Bubboo, and I hope (pray, fingers crossed) that it works out for the best. The OH, being the OH, is unruffled and unperturbed about it all, at least on the surface.

Considering that life is going to get crazier than it is now, once school begins, and because we have been having quite a few stressful days lately, we decided to take a vacation. Within the span of four days, we had in our hands a travel plan for parts of Northeast India – a place that I have always dreamt of visiting. It was as if the place called out to us, and chose us to come over. Last-minute preparations and packing were done, and we left on our holiday – I choose to call it a ‘schoolmoon’ – a week ago. We just got back to Bangalore after a little over a week’s time of visiting fabulous places that had us ooh-ing and aah-ing, made us introspect, and pushed us out of our comfort zones. We met some very interesting people, and had some lovely experiences that I will cherish for a long, long time to come. Stories from the trip will be up on the blog soon, hopefully.

Please do pray for us to fare well and send us positive vibes, will you? And do wait for the travel stories – I promise they will be worth your while!

Till the next time, be good!

Life And Times With The Bub

The little one gave all of us a big, big, big scare over the weekend. The stud we had put in one of her ears somehow got stuck in her piercing, so much so that the entire front portion of the earring disappeared! We tried to remove the earring, but we had to stop because she started bleeding from the piercing. She was, thankfully, fine otherwise – in no apparent pain, playing and talking normally.

The first ENT doctor we took her to just wasn’t ready to listen to us. We repeatedly told him that this wasn’t a new piercing, but he went on blaming the ENT who did the piercing (which was 2 years ago, BTW). Much to our horror, this guy suggested getting the bub admitted in hospital and operating her under general anesthesia. Common sense prevailed, and we decided to seek another opinion.

The husband and I rushed the bub to another hospital, another ENT. She said she could remove the earring, that she would have apply some ointment to numb the earlobe, that we would have to hold the little one’s head tightly. The proceedure would be done right there, in her chamber, in front of us, she said. She told us to be prepared for an incision too – she might have to make one, in the worst case. Almost tearfully, we gave her the go-ahead. Thankfully, the earring came out soon, with lesser fuss than we had expected, without the doctor having to make a cut. I couldn’t thank the doctor – and God – enough. We brought her home in an hour or so, and she is perfectly okay now.

Apparently, the screws we had put in the bub’s earrings had gotten infected, and one  earring had sunk in. The other earring, too, would have gone in the same way, in a couple of days, had we not noticed. Phew! So much stress in the span of just a few hours! But then, there’s nothing like a visit to the emergency section in a children’s hospital to make you count your blessings in life. This incident has made me grateful and stronger, if not anything else.

All’s well that ends well, though. We have been asked to apply antiseptic gel on both her earlobes for about a week, and to rest the wounds for at least a couple of days before we try to put other earrings back on.

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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On Getting A Breast Check-Up And Massage At Fortis La Femme, Richmond Town

A while ago, I was invited to avail of a free breast check-up and a massage at Fortis La Femme in Bangalore, in exchange for an honest review of the hospital and its services. This post is about my experience at the hospital.

About Fortis La Femme, Bangalore

Fortis La Femme is a boutique hospital exclusively dedicated to women and children. The hospital, located in Richmond Town in Bangalore, was launched in 2016, after a successful run in Delhi.

The hospital boasts of well-trained and experienced doctors across specialisations like gynecology, pediatric care, surgery for women and children, and pediatric ICU. It aims at helping women lead a healthy and happy life, from teenage gynecological issues and birthing to period-related issues and menopause.

I had heard a lot about Fortis La Femme’s birthing packages, which assist women in having stress-free pregnancies, deliveries and post-natal care of babies. They also have a section called Mamma Mia, which aims at providing care to women during pregnancy and after delivery, as well as pre- and post-delivery massages. The hospital also conducts coaching classes for pregnant women and their partners, teaching them exercises and counselling them, so as to avoid panic when labour pains set in.

Considering the increasing incidence of breast cancer in India, Fortis La Femme held a two-month-long ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Program’ through October and November 2016. An all-woman bike rally, free breast check-ups for women, and discounts on mammographies were offered as part of the program.

Address

No:62, Richmond Road, Behind Sacred Heart Church (Entry from Mother Teresa Road), Richmond Town, Bangalore – 560025

My experience at Fortis La Femme

I must say I had a lovely experience at Fortis La Femme, right from the time the husband and I entered the hospital to the time I left.

The valet helped us park our car at the hospital, while the very courteous and friendly reception staff guided me to the doctor who would be conducting my breast check-up. The moment we entered, we were struck by the fact that there was no ‘hospital smell’ lingering in the air – the air, in fact, smelled quite pleasant, putting us at ease instantly. The hospital itself, in no way, looks like a typical hospital – the vibe is warm and welcoming.

A friendly nurse checked my vitals, and led me to the doctor, who, again, turned out to be very soft-spoken and sweet. The doctor patiently took down my history and that of my family, and answered all the doubts that I had. The breast examination was gentle and courteous, quite unlike the inhumane probes that I have encountered in the name of check-ups at certain other hospitals. She was helpful enough to tell me little changes that I could make to my lifestyle to avoid health complications in future.

Then, I proceeded to Mamma Mia in the same premises for my massage, where I couldn’t help but admire the beautiful orange-and-spice scent that hung in the air. There, I was greeted by a very jovial and sweet massage therapist, who enquired about the type of massage that I would like to avail. I opted for a neck and back massage, which was done very well, with a beautiful, beautiful ginger-and-clove-spiced oil. The massage was lovely and utterly relaxing, with the therapist enquiring about whether the pressure she was applying was good enough for me, from time to time. The massage suite is quite luxurious and nice, and I wish I could have had this luxury when I had just birthed Bubboo.

Overall, I would say, I spent very little time (relatively) at Fortis La Femme, but I couldn’t not get impressed by it.

My verdict

Honestly, this is a hospital that doesn’t have a hospital feel to it at all. It doesn’t overwhelm you, rather eases you into your treatment, making you feel special through all of it. Gone are the days of stern-faced doctors with whom you couldn’t converse at all, I say. Friendly medical staff and open conversations are in, and Fortis La Femme seems to be doing a pretty good job at it all.

Notes and disclaimers

  1. I was invited to the hospital to avail of the breast check-up and massage, free of cost. The views expressed here are entirely my own, unbiased by anyone or anything. I do not stand to receive any kind of gain by recommending this hospital to you.
  2. I just wasn’t comfortable getting out my camera and shooting pictures inside the hospital, so this has to be a non-picture post. If you wish to see pictures of the hospital, please do Google.
  3. The names of the doctor who performed my breast check-up and the therapist who did my massage have been withheld, for reasons of privacy.

 

 

The 2016 Year-End Meme

It is the end of the year, and I am in introspection mode. Hence, this post.

  1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before? 
  • I took up a short meditation class with The Art Of Living group. I haven’t been following anything they told me to follow, post the class, but it sure gave me an insight into yoga and meditation. I hope to go deeper into this in 2017!
  • I delved deeper into the world of food blogging. I began to understand different types of ingredients and cooking processes better, started experimenting a lot more. I started attending various food-related events, and started getting to know the food bloggers’ community in Bangalore a bit better.
  • We celebrated the kid’s second birthday.
  • I experimented with a part-time job, quit after a short stint, and became a full-time stay-at-home mother.
  • We visited Calcutta, a place I had always dreamt of visiting! We got to be a part of the Kali Pooja celebrations there, something that I will always cherish.
  • We visited the Sai Baba temple at Shirdi, another place that I had always wanted to visit.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next?

The only two ‘sort of’ resolutions I had as 2016 began were: To lose weight and begin to lead a healthier lifestyle, and to figure out what I wanted to do with my time post baby.

I would say I haven’t succeeded at all, with respect to the first resolution. Today, I am even more heavy than I was at the start of 2016. 😦

With respect to the second resolution, I have been moderately successful. I still haven’t figured out exactly what I should do, but I can say I am on the way. 2016 saw me experimenting with a few different things, trying to understand myself better as a person. May 2017 make me see light in this regard!

Now, for 2017, I have the same two resolutions plus three new ones.

1. I want to seriously lose weight and move on to a healthier lifestyle (which is at odds with the food blogging that I do, to be honest).

2. I also want to delve deeper into myself and find out something that would keep me satisfied and productively occupied, without having to compromise on my time with Bubboo.

3. Moreover, I want to devote time, money, energy and attention to fulfilling those little dreams of mine, like travelling to a place on my bucket list or buying something that has always been on my mind.

4. I want to work on bringing Bubboo up really, really well – do what it takes for that. Not that I am not doing that already, but that is a large life area I’d like to dedicate more focus on in 2017.

5. Finish all those pending tasks that I desperately need to get around to doing. They have been pending for ever. Create a passport for Bubboo, for example, and get Aadhaar cards for us done, things of that sort. Hopefully, the house and our lives should run more smoothly once we get around to doing this.

3. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

I would say there are a whole lot of moments from 2016 that will stay in my memory forever. Little moments doing silly things with Bubboo, for instance, or attending my first event as a food blogger.

4. What was your biggest achievement of the year? 

I began to accept myself the way I am, began getting comfortable with myself, began understanding myself a whole lot better.

5. What was your biggest failure? 

I failed at keeping stress at bay. I failed at keeping mommy guilt at bay. I failed at keeping my weight under control. I We failed at maintaining a spic-and-span house.

6. Did you suffer illness? 

Yes, I did, off and on. Let’s just say 2016 wasn’t my best year, as far as health was concerned. In fact, I have been appalled at just how vulnerable my health is, in 2016.

7. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? 

To be honest, my family’s. We were at loggerheads through most of the year. This is one thing I hope will improve in 2017.

8. Where did most of your money go? 

Baby stuff, the running of the house

9. What did you get really, really, really excited about? 

Nothing really, really, really excites me these days – there is always something or the other on my mind, things/events have been happening at the last minute, and I have been unable to really soak in the feeling that I am about to do something exciting.

That said, I was happy about attending the food-related events I attended, celebrating the bub’s second birthday, and visiting Calcutta.

10. What song will always remind you of 2016?

This song. I loved the wealth of meaning in it. And, yes, I heard this song only in 2016!

11. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder? 

I think I am at the same level.

12. What do you wish you’d done more of? 

Been more mindful of the voice of my heart, maintained a better home, maintained my weight, and paid more attention to my health in general.

13. What do you wish you’d done less of? 

Eat junk food.

12. Did you fall in love in 2016? 

Yes. I began to love myself more in 2016, I would say.

13. What/Who was your greatest musical discovery? 

To be honest, we haven’t been listening to much music at all. There has hardly been any music playing at home for the last 2 years, which does make me really sad. I can’t say I made any new musical discovery in 2016, except for the Mohabbat Hai Yeh, Jee Huzoori Nahin song I mentioned earlier.

14. What did you want and get? 

Time at home, with the bub.

15. What did you want and not get?

Peace of mind

16. What was your favourite film of this year? 

I didn’t watch many movies in 2016, but I caught up with some good ones that I had missed while living under a rock after childbirth. 🙂 Of these, I loved PK, Ki & Ka, and Piku.

17. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 

I turned 34 this year. I had a mostly blah birthday – I got my periods the same day, I remember, and the hubby was working. The OH and I fought over some silly thing. We then went out for an Italian dinner, and the bub behaved – that was the only bright spot of the day. Oh, and my mom made me some awesome gajar ka halwa, just like the old days, and that totally, totally cheered me up!

18. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? 

Losing weight, for sure.

19. What kept you sane?

Blogging and cooking.

20. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013. 

I’ll tell you more than one!

  • If you love something about yourself, your life or the people around you, acknowledge it. Be grateful.
  • Keep doing the things that nurture you.
  • It is okay to put yourself first, if you aren’t harming anyone else in the process, that is.
  • Believe in yourself before you try to get others to believe in you.
  • Acceptance is important, but make sure you aren’t complacent. If there’s something about your situation that you would like to change, work on it.

21. Which new places did you visit in 2016? 

Shirdi. Calcutta. I saw Madras with new eyes, too.

22. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Dil dhoondhta hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din

That’s it for now, folks!

How has 2016 been for you? Do take up this meme and reflect on the year gone by!

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This is not the first time I have taken up this end-of-year introspective meme. Check out my previous versions of the very same survey.

In 2012

In 2013

If We Were Having Coffee…

… I’d tell you of how we still haven’t decided on a school for Bubboo. This fact has been scaring the living daylights out of me, but the OH is super cool about it. We are almost 80% sure we are going with the Montessori method of learning, though, and all of the schools we have visited in this regard have told us there’s no hurry. For them, the ideal age to start schooling is 2.5 years and above, and they aren’t bothered even if we bring the kid in at 3.5 years of age. But then, I am concerned about securing an admission in the school we choose for her, whenever we do so!

… I’d tell you of how fast I think Bubboo is growing up, how she is now a little girl with a mind of her own, tastes and preferences of her own. The baby features are going, going, gone!

… I’d tell you of how I have been enjoying attending some foodie events, lately. There have been restaurant launches, menu samplings, awareness programmes, and what not. I have been learning a whole lot about the way the world of food blogging works. There is a lot for me to work on in this regard, and I am constantly amazed at the possibilities.

… I’d tell you of how I shamelessly sent my latest book hit-list to the in-house Santa, the OH, and of how, after some hounding, he ordered Come Into My Kitchen and Tiffin: Memories And Recipes Of Indian Vegetarian Food for me. A friend was kind enough to share her copy of Butterflies In November with me. I’m still hunting for the other books on the list, but I’m all set as far as my next three reads are concerned. 🙂

… I’d tell you of how, by the day, I am growing more and more enchanted with cookbooks with stories – books with recipes and anecdotes from the author’s personal life. There’s such warmth, such beauty, such passion for food in these books! I am in no doubt I am going to check out more such books in the near future.

… I’d tell you of how I got charmed by all the winter veggies on offer at our regular vegetable vendor’s, when I visited yesterday. There’s tonnes of things I could make out of them, so many winter specials, some known to me, some unknown. God bless me with strength, good luck, patience, and a well-behaved toddler, so that I could get around to doing at least some of the things on that huge list!

… I’d tell you of how we are invited to a lot of birthday parties for 5-year-olds these days. Like, there have been four or five such parties in a row. I’m clueless about what to gift them. Suggestions, please? I’d love to give them creative things, but I’m not sure whether such small kids would really take to them. I’d like to gift books, but I don’t know what kind to pick up for them!

… I’d tell you of how, this time around, I am just not able to feel the Christmas fervour in the air, though we are just four days away from the festival. Normally, I’m hopping with excitement this time of the year. Any suggestions to bring back the cheer?

… I’d tell you of how it has been ages since I wrote any fiction – poems or stories. I used to write good ones, now that I think of it. They just don’t come to me these days. 😦 Will I ever get my mojo back, in that regard?

… I’d tell you of how there are a lot of interesting things happening in Bangalore this time of the year. The annual cake show, for instance, and the Night Market Festival at The Fatty Bao. I don’t know whether I’ll be able to attend any of these, but I know I’d love to.

… I’d tell you of how I’ve been daydreaming about strawberry picking in Mahabaleshwar and visiting the Rann of Kutchh ever since I heard that the official ‘season’ for visiting has started. I know I’m craving to visit these places, but I don’t see any way we’ll actually get to visit. Everyone around me is raring to go to Goa this time of year, but these are the two places I am lusting after this year.

.. I’d tell you of how I think it is high time I take Bubboo to Ahmedabad, the place where I grew up, the place that I share a special bond with. I do want that trip to happen soon, but then, there are way too many chores waiting to be done before I can take this up.

… I’d also ask how you and your loved ones have been!

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If We Were Having Coffee…

… I’d tell you of how Bubboo’s second birthday celebrations went off smoothly. She seemed to like the cake I had ordered (one with her favourite animals on it!). She also seemed to enjoy herself, given that there wasn’t much of a crowd around – we had invited only very close family. I can’t believe she has entered the third year of her life!

… I’d tell you of how tensed I am feeling about the fact that we still haven’t decided on a school for Bubboo. Everywhere around us, people have gotten admissions or are fighting tooth and nail for them, or their 1.8-year-olds are already going to school. I know we are doing the right thing by waiting it out, researching schools, and trying to get Bubboo into one where she will fit in, but still I can’t help worrying – that’s how I am. We are still not even decided on whether we’ll be going in for Montessori schooling or traditional. It feels like such a big decision – it’s the first few years of her life when her brain is rapidly developing, and I am freaking out at having to get it perfect, for her sake. Wish us luck and clarity, please, will you?

… I’d tell you of how much I’m enjoying experimenting in the kitchen these days. I mean, I always used to enjoy that but, lately, I am getting more and more creative in my experiments. I am using new techniques, new ingredients, daring to deviate from the way things are usually done in the kitchen. I love just how much I am learning in the process.

… I’d tell you of how I am facing a sort of reading slump these days – nothing, absolutely nothing, is making for interesting reading. The latest I picked up were two well-accepted books – The Matchmaker Of Perigord and A Man Called Ove – but could get into neither. I think the lack of interest could also be because of the fact that I have got a too-full plate as of now, my fingers into too many pies. Way too much is happening, at a very rapid pace, and most of it is leaving me stressed out and tired. I will wait for this phase to end, and hope to pick up a beautiful, beautiful book that will simply blow my mind away.

… I’d tell you of how much I loved attending some foodie events recently – the sampling at Route 42, the Diabetic Dessert Trail, and the Diabetes Masterclass. Each one of these events has been enlightening – in the sense that it has opened me up to a whole lot of possibilities, as far as food blogging is concerned. I have learnt a lot about the food blogging ecosystem in Bangalore, at least, and can’t wait to learn more.

… I’d tell you of how some big-time changes have happened at the OH’s workplace, and we aren’t sure of how things are going to turn out in the times to come. We surely have our fingers crossed. Things haven’t been very smooth for him, at work, lately, and we are wishing the recent shifts will change things for the better.

… I’d tell you of how I am feeling far, far, far away from the corporate professional I used to be, once upon a time. I don’t think I can ever get into that kind of role ever again, except if it is a really, really special firm. It is sort of sad to think about how, maybe, I might never work again, but something deep inside me has changed, and I can’t deny that. I hope I will find a middle path.

… I’d tell you of just how tough it is to try to be a food blogger and try to keep your health in check, too. The two seem to be mutually exclusive to me, at least as of now!

… I’d tell you of how we’ve been going almost cashless for a while now, thanks to the demonetization. Good move or bad, I don’t know, but the demonetization has surely taught me that anything can happen at any time, and that you have got to accept it. It won’t be long before we have got to go stand in a queue at a bank – we have escaped doing that so far, somehow.

… I’d tell you of how my heart goes out to a neighbour’s 16-year-old daughter, who recently met with an accident. The girl is a a sportswoman who has always dreamt of making it big. She has never been academically inclined, and studies on a sportsperson’s quota. She was returning home, walking, after her early-morning practice recently when a drunk car driver jumped the red signal, hit her and ran. Thanks to CCTV footage, the idiot driver (I don’t have any good words for him!) has been arrested, but the girl is now lost. She has had a near-death experience, a life-threatening surgery, a rod in her foot, and a big, big, big blow to her career as a sportsperson. Why on earth do people drink and drive? Fun for you maybe, but see how much it can impact the life of the people you might hit on the way! No fun for them. 😦

… I’d ask you of how you and your loved ones have been doing, too!

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