Monthly Archives: February 2012

What is success?

To laugh often and much, to win respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn appreciation of the honest critics and endure betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find best in others, to leave the world a bit better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. That is to have succeeded.

– Ralph Waldo  Emerson


Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Quotes


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Things that make me happy

I am sick of not knowing what to do when I am bored, tired or sad so making my own personal list of things that are sure to improve my mood .Hoping to keep it handy so that it will act like a motivation when I really need it. Will keep adding on to it.

  • Smile on the faces of my loved ones
  • Playing with Dogs
  • Unexpected compliments
  • Being able to bring a smile to someone else’s face
  • Being loved by people who will love me no matter what
  • Reading interesting books
  • Dancing
  • Manicures & pedicures
  • Receiving handwritten love notes (Sadly I never get them)
  • Romantic candle light dinners (Haven’t done that in a long long time)
  • Being appreciated for who I am
  • Laughing with friends & generally being silly (I do that lots)
  • A good restful sleep
  • Strawberry slush…Yummy…
  • Amazing chicken Biryani/Curry or rather anything that tastes real good
  • Snuggling up in a comfy blanket
  • Organizing a new handbag
  • Making my parents proud
  • Hugs & kisses
  • Vacations after hectic work schedule
  • Cuddling up and watching a good movie with husband.(Am smiling just thinking about it)
  • Getting a new hairstyle that makes me look stunning
  • Surprise wild life sightings
  • Spending quality time with family
  • Laughing so hard that my stomach hurts
  • Slipping into comfy pajamas after a long tiring rough day
  • Nicely wrapped up surprise gifts
  • Free stuff
  • Unexpected day off at work
  • Breakfast in Bed (Husband does that for me when he is in a very good mood)
  • Making lists (Now you’ll know why my blog is filled with them)
  • Warm Baths
  • Full Body Massage (Relaxing)
  • Perfect Hair Days
  • Brightly colored nail polishes (Oooh I love them)
  • Jumping in rain puddles(I Know it’s silly but I have lots of fun doing it)
  • Downloading a fun new app for my phone.
  • Having a truly lazy day…With nothing to do.
  • Finishing a particularly difficult puzzle (I also feel smart and intelligent then)
  • Being on a shopping spree with no spending limit (Alas!!! this never happens. But the idea of it makes me happy)
  • Having a productive day at work
  • Good conversations with like-minded people
  • Losing weight (Oh yeah)
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Lists


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The brave little girl

The other day when I went to a dermatologist, the receptionist told that I had to wait for at least forty minutes before the doctor would see me. This was a first come first serve type of a clinic and I had absolutely no idea that a dermatologist would be so very busy. The lobby was crowded and to my surprise was filled mostly with small kids accompanied by their parents. The kids looked quite at ease maybe even a little happy seeing other kids of the same age. They happily played their own childish games in the packed lobby much to my amusement. I wondered how carefree the childhood is when you are least bothered almost everything and how scared I get to go to a doctor even if he is a dermatologist.

I was busy lost in my own thoughts when I suddenly interrupted by a child scream. I turned to see that the kid was pointing at a little girl in cute pink frock hiding her face in her father’s arms. All kids were soon staring at her. I couldn’t see her face as she kept it well hidden. Her father lovingly patted her head whispered something in her ears and she turned and smiled. I was shocked, stunned and repulsed. That little girl’s whole face was covered with white hairy thing which from a distance looked like fungus. It was scary to look at.

But then I saw something else. I saw her bravely smiling through whatever was there on her face. I realized she is just a little girl who wants acceptance. It must have been so difficult for the child who doesn’t understand why other kids perceive her as a monster when she is just a kid who wants to play with them. The girl kept smiling at the kids around and tried to speak to some of them. But the other kids pointed at her, some laughed, some called names while the others ran away. She lost her smile and looked at her father and he didn’t say anything but smiled at her. Somehow he managed to convey in his smile that he loves her no matter what. And after that the girl didn’t hide her face, didn’t shy away from the staring eyes but smiled brightly through all those unfriendly glances. I felt so guilty about my initial feelings and was super impressed with the little girl’s bravery. I gave her a big bright smile and she gave me an even bigger and brighter smile in return.

Her brave shining smile left a smile on my face the whole day. I hope and pray to God that the little girl gets cured of her disease soon but never loses that beautiful smile of hers.

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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Miscellaneous



Quarter Century Learning

In the quarter century that I have lived on this planet, I have grown, learnt and loved. Some valuable lessons were learnt from experiences. Listing down a few.

  1. Get engaged at least six months before you get married. That phase is filled with romance without any responsibility.
  2. Marry a person you love to talk to, that way you will never get bored.
  3. Take a lot of pictures. Some day when you look at it it’ll bring back some of the most cherished memories.
  4. When you love someone, tell him/her. You never know when you’ll get a second chance.
  5. Take time out to something that makes you really happy. When you are happy it is so much easier to make someone else happy.
  6. Smile lots. It’s infectious.
  7. If something annoys or disturbs you, think if that thing is going to make a difference in your life after 5 years, if it isn’t…Then it’s no point getting bothered about it right now.
  8. Make mistakes. They give you something to learn and laugh about later.
  9. Being genuinely nice to people takes you a long way.
  10.  Hard work and sincerity takes you further than talent.
  11. Enjoy the simplest pleasures life offers. They often bring with them the greatest joy.
  12. If you have to hide your relationship from the people closest to you. Then you shouldn’t be in it.
  13. However good or bad the situation is, it is going to change. Everything is temporary.
  14. Write a diary. When you get old, read it .It will surely bring a smile to your face thinking about the roller coaster ride you have been on.
  15. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
  16. If you eat to get rid of your emotional pain, the chances are you feel guilty about the extra calorie later.
  17. Never lose the urge to learn. You are never too old to learn something new.
  18. Don’t take everything too seriously. You will never remember how much marks you scored in an exam, but will always remember the fun times spent with friends.
  19. Believe in yourself. If you don’t then nobody else will.
  20. There is never going to be a perfect moment. Seize the moment now and make it special.
  21. Make at least one person smile everday.It surely will make your day worthwhile.
  22. Nobody can force you to do anything. There is always a choice. You just need to find it.
  23. Friends are the family you choose. Choose them wisely.
  24. Say sorry when you mean it. Being too proud to apologize ruins relationships.
  25. There is no shame is saying ‘I don’t know’. Nobody knows everything.
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Lists, Miscellaneous




  1. I am the only child of my parents.
  2. I am married to a man who was my first date.
  3. I like the sound of my maiden name.
  4. I have a degree in Architecture
  5. I am a voracious reader.
  6. I read my first book when I was seven.
  7. I love reading thriller and suspense books.
  8. If I really like a book, I’ll read it more than once. I’ve read a few books more than a dozen times.
  9. I can’t stand pigeons and think they should have been extinct like the dinosaurs.
  10. As a child I wanted a pet giraffe
  11. I laugh over jokes nobody else seem to get
  12. I like the smell of petrol, fresh paint & mehendi.
  13. I don’t like loud music and wish they played dance music a little softly in clubs.
  14. I hate white colored  squishy food like curd,mayonniese,yogurt etc
  15. I can’t walk in high heels. I wish I could.
  16. I can’t cook to save my life
  17. I love being in love.
  18. I don’t believe in love at first sight
  19. I am more interested in watching the trailers shown at theatres during interval of a movie than the movie itself
  20. I love painted nails. Manicure & pedicure works can cheer me up.
  21. I can’t enough of handbags but hate clutches (nothing fits in them).
  22. I like street side shopping. Linking Road Bandra & Colaba Causeway are my favorites.
  23. I fall for the cheesiest romantic lines
  24. I wish my husband writes me love letters/notes.
  25. I think my mother is the prettiest woman on earth.
  26. I don’t like kids but they seem to like me
  27. Given a choice I would rather adopt a dog than have a kid.
  28. I can’t stand people who are cruel to animals.
  29. I love dogs and think I can understand their expressions.
  30. I genuinely believed as a child that a buffalo stepped on my nose and that’s why it is small.
  31. I love eating chicken.
  32. I get cranky, moody and extremely irritable if my sleep is disturbed.
  33. Confrontation makes me uncomfortable. Avoid doing it at any cost
  34. I got glasses when I was eight and was extremely happy about that.
  35. I think I have a nice smile if there is nothing stuck in my teeth.
  36. I can still laugh at my father’s jokes even though I must have heard some of them over a hundred times.
  37. I am addicted to my phone. Don’t go anywhere without it
  38. I come from a ‘Reading ‘family and have married into a completely ‘Non – Reading ‘family.
  39. I prefer eye glasses to contact lenses.
  40. It is very easy to annoy me. Some people do it merely by their presence.
  41. I get bored very easily.
  42. It is very easy for me to embarrass myself
  43. I can’t drive a car. This annoys my Husband a lot. Still I don’t do anything about it.
  44. I am scared of Rats and Ducks.(Long story…Don’t ask Why)
  45. I carry a large handbag and put everything and anything in it.
  46. I never get tired of watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
  47. I don’t like sharing my food. (Joey doesn’t share his Food…Remember???)
  48. I pretend to write so that I can tell my left from right.
  49. I am afraid of heights.
  50.  My favorite colors are red & pink(I can be extremely girly at times)
  51. I have zero athletic talent.
  52. I like to put on A.C and make the room really really cold and then cuddle in a thick warm blanket.
  53. I don’t like amusement park rides. They make me sick.
  54. I can change my thought in middle of a thought
  55. I sing and dance like an idiot when I am home alone
  56. I giggle when I feel very cold. It’s quite irritating. Trust me
  57. I hate seeing my name misspelled or mispronounced.
  58. I don’t like being lied to. It’s the quickest and surest way to lose my friendship and trust.
  59. I think men in uniform look really cool.
  60. I think guys with glasses look really cute.
  61. I tend to find people attractive or unattractive depending on their nose. (Weird nah? I know)
  62. I find my husband’s nose very attractive
  63. I don’t like alcohol and hate smoking.
  64. I like solving puzzles. I am pretty good at it.
  65. I can’t be fake. If I try to be it shows. I fake smile at people I don’t like.
  66. Bad spellings and grammar annoy me.
  67. I have fond memories of hometown. Thinking about my home there brings a smile on my face.
  68. I like being complimented.
  69. I get cranky and emotional if I am hungry.
  70. I am a good teacher
  71. Watching Tamil movies dubbed in Hindi is my favorite afternoon time pass. They sure are hilarious.
  72. I hate being alone
  73. I have taken classes for belly dancing. Am relatively good at it.
  74. Someday I want to get a tattoo of my Late Dog ‘Bryan’ who was like a little brother to me.
  75. As a kid I wanted to learn ballet.
  76. I was closest to my paternal grandmother.
  77. I think Aishwarya Rai is plastic and Kangana Ranaut is downright annoying.
  78. I can’t sleep with lights on.
  79. Horror movies scare me
  80. I have long fingers. People assume I am an artist but I very bad at sketching.(and trust me you can be an architect even if you suck at sketching)
  81. I can’t stand Pepsi but I like Coke. Though Limca is my favorite.
  82. I am lousy at small talk. I get really awkward and shy at social gathering.
  83. I had a stone collection when I was a kid
  84. I wish I had a personal stylist. I am in awe of women who dress elegantly.
  85. I send text messages far more than I call people
  86. At one point of time I was really addicted to Farmville. If I had actually done farming for real with that much passion I would have been a millionaire by now.
  87. I have really weird vivid dreams sometimes.
  88. I like to think of myself as sweet, kind and caring .But I can also be lazy, moody and oversensitive.
  89. I wish I had a gay best friend.
  90. If a food is supposed to be hot. I like it really hot.
  91. I don’t like to eat green leafy vegetables. My mom still made me eat it regularly.
  92. I am at constant battle with my weight.
  93. I am very picky about footwear.
  94. I get shoe bite very easily. My feet have at least one band aid at any given time.
  95. I get nauseous very easily. Bad smell, sight or anything nasty can cause it. It is my usual reaction to unpleasant things.
  96. I want to live and own a farm in New Zealand with my husband at some point of time.
  97. I get really excited when I see the word ‘Sale’ on any shop. During sales I can be a impulsive shopper.
  98. Jealousy is one of my real bad personality traits.
  99. I am imperfect and really proud of it
  100. I love my Husband and my parents more than anything in the world.
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Posted by on February 17, 2012 in Lists, Miscellaneous



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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Miscellaneous