Ramblings: 21/01/2018

I was going to write this post describing how I felt about loving and growing old with a person for a major part of your life, and then suddenly the person just dying. There’s no other way to say it. Your one person who was your everything is dead. I can’t imagine the pain people feel. I personally cannot bear when a close relation passes. But, this would be your person! My question was going to be – Why go through all that? Why have your own person ? When we know people are fragile.

But, then I realized the countless people who would shout out the many pros of the years having a person to love, share moments, grow together, raise kids.

Life is truly funny. It gives and takes.

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Year 2017

It’s a little late for this post but the usual holiday laziness kept me busy and made me postpone writing this post. 😁

This post is going to be the countdown of my most favorite memories of 2017. I may be the only person who would read it countless times in the years to come, but the smile on my future self is worth the long post.  😊

JANUARY:

The year started with the usual new year (2017) midnight mass with my family. Then back in Goa, the ever awaited event at office – Pulse started and it was amazing. The fact that I was off a full-fledged project was a big bonus for me.
Organizing the quiz event and the Kala Chasma/Zingat dance need a big mention! @Thwe, we kinda rocked it 😁😜
Yeah, I also managed to keep my kala chasma (sunglasses) on even for the Zingat song, which made friends who noticed laugh at the idiot that I am! 😁

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That’s Twinie and me with the medal(s) we won during the Sports day – the one day I deem myself sporty enough to stand around in the sun the whole day getting tanned. 😜

I got my hair highlighted with purple color the second time (which was hardly visible on my dark curls). This time, Thwe gave me company and got the ends of her tresses colored red. Though I was kinda unsatisfied with the end product, during the next few months the fading color perfectly complimented my previously highlighted hair.

This is the month I got to work on something that actually had me interested in coding, before getting myself stuck in something I truly came to hate.

FEBRUARY:

My favorite month right after none. ❤


Owing to the fact that I would be completing my quarter life that month, I decided to fulfill some of my wishes.

So, on the 15th I had a tattoo imprinted on my hand (didn’t want to disturb the tattoo artist on 14th 😉 ) and got my ears pierced on the 19th.

I had my cousin – Joli accompany me for the tattoo and a friend – Pinky for the ear piercing (was a tad tipsy that day). I kinda freaked out when a baby started crying at the top of her lungs when her ears were pierced and I ended up pulling the hands of the guy piercing my ears, until Pinky gave me a slight warning. 😂

IMG-20170219-WA0024On the 20th (yes, the day after I got my ears pierced) was my friends – Aksh’s engagement in Karwar. All dressed up we – Thwe, Twinie, Ruddh and I travelled the 3 hours to the occasion.

Then came the 21st !! My birthday !! As the years go by, my excitement for this particular day decreases more. Like mehh cake, mehhh blow candles, But on one side it hurt (a liiiiitle) to have not cut a single cake – definitely a first. But mehhh life goes on. 😈

The festivities continued with Pinky’s birthday which we celebrated at a nearby restaurant – Ben & Sands and then a visit to the beach the same night.

We helped in organizing the Cyber Champs event (the photo with the group all in black).
I painted a abstract painting for my cousin. Just got the feeling to paint something and that’s exactly what I did! My first solo canvas painting :D.

MARCH

This month was Bhi’s birthday.

My godchild is born ! She was born on the 8th of March, so currently she is 10 months young, waddling along holding her dad’s hand, pointing at everything and trying out her vocal chords. I am not going to be adding any photos of her here any time coz you know they say bhuri nazar and all, and I really don’t want to risk it!

APRIL

April brought along many celebrations.

We started the month with Aksh’s Bach. The Pune girls came for the celebration, which made it perfect from the beginning. We had lunch, massage session, paintball, ross omelet stop and then finally the dinner. To say we had fun would be a really bad understatement. 😂

The next day, I got to spend the day with Niee and Shub who were supposed to leave that evening. Shub went with her college friends. Niee got her second tattoo and then we went to try out the famous Jess’s Fish Thali (famous in our friend circle at least).

Then on the 21st was Nesh’s wedding !!! Didn’t get involved much in his wedding keeping in mind that he’s a good friend. Come to think of it – guess there’s a very fine line between being friends as colleagues and being friends.

MAY

Genius’s birthday!

Aksh’s wedding and reception ! 14th and 20th were respectively the two occasions and we enjoyed a lot!

Pearl’s baptism: it was my Godchilds baptism on the 21st. The day I became officially a Godparent. 😁 Yeah, every time I held her she screamed her lungs out, but who knows she may like me later? :S

JUNE

Hmm… June, June, June, don’t remember anything important during this month.

Thwe’s nephews birthday, where we hogged and played games. 😀

I guess we started our swimming lessons this month. We being – Bhi and I. We “learned” to freestyle, and that’s it. Apparently we didn’t have the strength to even try out the other strokes, like the butterfly stroke which made us look more like frogs. 😀

I went to visit mom, dad this month. Had the most calm, worry-free weekend.

JULY

Aksh’s birthday

Preparation for mom dad’s arrival: mummy daddy were arriving on the 1st of August, which meant I had to make the house spic and span before that. Which meant double checking for dust bunnies, sweeping and mopping every corner of the house. Amazing workout!

AUGUST

mom dad are here ! Mummy, Daddy and my brother reached as expected on the 1st and as I had planned I spent almost the whole month working from home. Like some researchers say – 21 days are more than enough to get used to anything. Getting used to being around family is something that takes less than 21 days. Especially missed were my brother’s snide remarks on everything. When they left it just made me feel out of place here.

SEPTEMBER

Yeah, I spent most of September moping around, missing my family. Wish there was a better way to be with family without any restrictions like would I get a job, would it give good pay, etc. Being away from family for a long time, makes you kind of realize what you are missing.

At the end of the month – had to travel to visit mom dad for some official work and the weekend was free of the usual debates, which made it even more better.

OCTOBER

Start of diet. I made a vow when I was with mummy that I would start a diet once I was back in Goa, and that’s exactly what I did. Dal Chapatti, Steamed veggies and fish, lots of water and fruits, and porridge!!! Included was a minimum of 30mins on the treadmill.

Planning for spinsters party. Yeah we planned for Pinky’s spinsters party.

Yada. Yada. Yada.

NOVEMBER

Continued diet.

Pune !!! After years of postponing this trip, I actually went ahead with it this time! And excluding the few necessary issues, we had the best time ! Bestest best time !! Hard Rock Cafe !! ❤ Thwe, if you are still reading: whenever however we should go again !!!! 😁😍

Thwe’s birthday!

Prep for sangeet, which included practising our dance 😂 staying awake for hours late at night! That too on workdays, ending up in me roaming around like a zombie at office.

DECEMBER

Genius and Pinky’s sangeet and wedding!!

This month was made up of dressing up and going for so many weddings !!! 7 weddings is an all time record for me.

Work was bad but managed it though.

Jazz’s last day 😦

Then at last peace, when I left Goa on the 19th to celebrate the holiday season with Mummy Daddy.

Christmas and New Year was as usual the same with family. Happy and comforting. 😊 just being around family is more than enough during these occasions.

THE END – Year 2018 *-)

I thought of adding a lot of photos and adding some color to this but that’s lots of photos to upload and insert so, this is the best I can do.

Liebster Award

Let’s start with the rules of the tag:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions they gave you
  3. Nominate 11 blogs
  4. Give them 11 questions to answer

I was nominated by Shweta from Shweta’s Diaires. These tags tend to be passed between the two of us by default. Thank you Thwe! 😊

Shweta’s questions are:
1. Why did you start blogging? 

I started blogging in November, 2 years ago. I had a habit of giving philosophical lectures and sending photos of my most recent art to a friend, who then suggested that I start my own blog. A place where I could showcase my thoughts and my trials/errors in art & craft; and that’s exactly what I did. I have not and will never regret my decision.

2. Who has been the most positive influence in your life? 

The most positive influence in my life – that has to be Mummy. No one can beat what I learned and am still learning from my Mummy. Though sometimes she makes me scream at the amount of compromises she makes for us, it kind of makes me proud too, to be her daughter. Close second comes Daddy. Both my parents have taught me a lot and I am proud to have them as my parents.

3. If you could live anywhere for a year,  where would it be? 

If I was asked this question 8 years ago, I would instantly answer – Goa! But, as the years went by, Goa has lost its lustre in my eyes. 

For a year? Currently, I would love to see the Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis. Though I’m not sure if they are visible every night, but it would still be a very good reason to live a whole year in Alaska… or Canada or Greenland. There seem to be many places that the Lights are visible from.

4. What has been the highlight of your year or what is that thing ur looking forward to most? 

(November) Highlight of my year would be when my office team gave me an individual award AND I finally got my promotion !! If that doesn’t light up my year, what would ? 😂

I am currently looking forward to a friend’s wedding. Here’s the thing – The friend is an ex-colleague, who has been one of my closest friends. Just last year, he introduced his fiance to me, who is the most perfect partner I could wish for him. Now guess what? His fiance and I are really good friends too. Bring his sister into the equation and we are the 3 Crazy Stooges 😂

The main confusion – which side would I be helping? The bride’s or the groom’s ? 😂

5. Which is your go-to TV show? 

I really don’t have a go-to TV show. I have a problem in watching any same story line again. I like the suspense and thrill of watching a series for the first time.

But, I sometimes tend to like watching re-runs of Friends or any comedy show on TV.

6. What hobby are you currently into? 

(November) The last hobby that I tried was Mehendi Art which was some months back. During my friend’s wedding, we found some extra mehendi cones and thought of trying out a few designs. That’s when I caught the bug of Mehendi Art.

(Jan 2018) I tried my hand at crotchet and practically spent 5 days straight finishing a roll of string. Entwining and knotting and the end product which was supposed to be a doily had fluffy edges. 😜

7. Choose one – Pizzas or burgers? 😜 

Thwe, you know what I would choose here. Burgers!!! BURGERS!! ❤ with French fries, lots of French Fries. Yes, I am overweight, and don’t care. 😁

8. Choose another – Supernatural powers or Superhero abilities? 

To be frank, I dont reallly know the difference between the two but I think I would choose supernatural abilities. They seem to put in less stress while using their abilities unlike the superheroes. Right?

9. What is the one thing you do best? 

One thing I do best, has to be sleep away my problems. 😁

10. If you could have one wish granted, what would you ask for? 

I wish I get better at making choices. I am so bad at choosing. I want to do everything and nothing at the same time. I want to dance wildly and sit quietly at the same time.

11. Tell me a random fact about yourself

Random. Fact. About. Myself – I have a birthmark on my leg.

Now for the nominations :
Joalita, why don’t you give it a try? 😀
Anyone else who would love to answer the below questions can try too. Remember to tag me so I can read your answers ! 😀

My questions are:
1. What is the one childhood memory that makes you happy in an instant?
2. Your favorite thing about your own blog.
3. Describe your favorite or the last book you read.
4. With friends you would try: a paintball game or a go-karting race?
5. When, where and what was your first job?
6. What are the things that motivate you?
7. What or who inspired you to start blogging?
8. Would you rather read a book and then watch the movie based on it, or the other way around?
9. One extreme sport you would like to try.
10. Which movie/series did you watch last?
11. Choose: Chinese or Italian cuisine? Your favorite dish in the cuisine.

Ramblings: 19/12/2017

One of my worst experiences, being a complete introvert, is when I’m not in any mood to interact but I’m stuck in a public place. I either get rude or completely ignore people which would qualify as being one and the same ?

Like 4 o’clock in the morning at the airport. Nope I’m not talking, not even gesturing. 

It’s especially bad when a person sits next to or opposite you and desperately tries to gain your eye contact and you try your best not to. Which ends up making me look all kinds of crazy. Staring at the floor, at the pizza, at the coffee, anywhere but the person.

Yeah, I tend to be anti-social at times but it’s 4 in the morning !

Christmas Time!

It’s that time of the year again!

The cold winter mornings when getting out of your blanket cocoon seem to be the worst idea.
Christmas songs playing on the FM, letting us know that Santa’s coming.
Decorations on display en mass everywhere.
Everyone awaiting the days to pass till their leave starts. 😀

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Can’t help getting into the Christmas mood. ❤ 🙂

Ramblings: 08/12/2017

You know how sometimes you get the feeling like it wouldn’t make a difference if you did a certain thing? but you go ahead, and it actually doesn’t make any difference?
Like yesterday I was invited for a get-together by my aunt but she didn’t seem to care when I said that I might not be able to make it. Feeling guilty later, I rush to their place to be there for the get-together, after work. But, she didn’t really seem to care that I came.
First of all, why invite someone you don’t want to meet? The person would have taken the trouble to come all the way only to be met by a cold shoulder. (Please don’t imagine a cold shoulder top) 😀
Secondly, If this ever happens to you. Don’t. Give. A. Damn. You did what you felt is right. You know what’s going on in your life. What others have against you is their business not yours. At the end of the day, you will have to justify your actions to your conscience. You matter more than anyone else. However close you are to them.
Yeah, maybe after some days (or weeks/years), you should call them up or meet them and talk about the issue. 😀 😉

Ramblings: 3/12/2017

I used to have this fear of talking to new people earlier. Wondering what they would think of me, whether they would approve the way I talk, walk, laugh or even breathe. 

But, today I realised how far I have come from that shy kid. How much I have grown?

Today after my friends function, I had to work with his friends who I never met before on a certain project. I can’t really pinpoint what it was exactly, it could have been their cool (I mean crazy) jokes, or the fact that they laughed at mine and joined in when I laughed or that they were actually replying to what I had to say, but they somehow got me feeling so comfortable around them.

@thwe: you know how I get when I’m dead tired. 😁 Yeah, let’s just say I. Talk. Too. Much.

But, these guys equally joined in my banter, and we all had a jolly good time. Cracking jokes, while working on the job at hand. And obviously we did an amazing job! 😎❤

oh, and I guess today was the first time I saw a guy actually find a broom and sweep the floor without anyone asking him to. What a sweet, thoughtful guy! Like wow! Guys like that exist! P.s. I’m so in awe coz I wouldn’t bother taking the effort.

I love the new me, and I especially love open-minded, sweet and totally thoughtful people.

Coding ABBA

I love those jokes that only certain people would understand. The following one is for unix users && those who know some ABBA songs.

Today I came across a query on StackOverflow, where a user was having an issue with the man command in his code. The issue? Well, the man command would give a result – ‘gimme gimme gimme’ at 00:30. As expected, the user sounds very puzzled with the result. 😀

In Unix, most programs, and many protocols, functions, and file formats, have accompanying manuals. With the man command, you can retrieve the information in the manual and display it as text output on your screen.

If you go through the replies, a friend of the developer for the man command had this to say:

The maintainer of man is a good friend of mine, and one day six years ago I jokingly said to him that if you invoke man after midnight it should print “gimme gimme gimme”, because of the Abba song called “Gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight”

This is what the developer had to say:

I’m glad that it made some people smile, which after all was the whole purpose of it, and my Twitter notifications and so on today suggest that most people thought it was more amusing than annoying. Still, some people did find it annoying, and six years seems like a pretty good run for that sort of thing; it probably isn’t going to get significantly better exposure than it already unexpectedly has by way of this question. Time to put it to bed.

Just imagine having a friend who would actually implement something that you simply suggested as a joke! What fun! 😀

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! a man after midnight!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Check out the link: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/405783/why-does-man-print-gimme-gimme-gimme-at-0030

Ramblings : 27/11/2017

“When a shepherd turns into a predator,
that’s when the flock must learn to defend themselves.”
– A caller on 91.9 FM Indigo Goa

During my drives to and from office, I always have my FM tuned into 91.9 Indigo FM, Goa. Every morning, RJ Ayesha discusses some issues that are faced by the people of Goa or issues that are common all around the world. Most of the days, I am made aware of things because of her show. I’m grateful for that! Gives me something to ponder on.
Like for example, today the topic was – Goa to be made a coal hub and the nationalization of her rivers. Six villages which include my own have opposed both the agendas. One caller to the FM made the above quote or at least a gist of it, and its meaning was really thought provoking.

Neither is this in anyway connected to the above topic nor would I ever get involved in these political debates, because of the amount of grief and headaches it would cause but its surprising – the amount of difference in thinking between people of a state who have grown up along with each other putting aside the fact that their religions differ. But, religion always seems to trump any rational thinking.

We really need to stop ignorance, blind faith, denial and assumptions run our life and decisions, if we ever really want any positive change in any part of our life, be it – personal, public or political.

Which is obviously going to be difficult.

Decisions (Wedding edition)

Decisions decisions. Let me clear a doubt. Not my wedding decision. 

The scene: My aunt and uncle brought me along to a wedding reception. I don’t know the couple, have never seen them before in my life but yes I have shamelessly hogged on their wedding lunch. The decision now is:

Do I go ahead and run up the stairs to wish a couple who wouldn’t even know I existed before that particular moment and risk being added into their photo album as “that” girl who both can’t recognize. 

OR

Do I wait below the stage and look as my aunt and uncle wish the couple, while I cheekily click their photo, when I know that I have gulped down a plate of free food and 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream without even bothering to wish the couple who financed the whole thing.