• Life,  My Diary

    Its a Girl !!!!!!!

    Our bundle of joy came into our arms on Jan 27th, making the day the most important day of V’s and my life so far. The birth of our little girl has been the single most gratifying experience of my life until now. Although I have known my little one for a good 9 months,  the kicks and the somersaults I have felt inside me, it was fascinating to put a face to the little person I have known and carried within me. The feeling is just beyond what I can express in words. To put it straight, the birth of our daughter has reinforced my purpose in life. Labor…

  • Photoblog

    It’s Snowing in Austin!

    Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes Silver white winters that melt into springs These are a few of my favorite things.. From the Sound of Music People who know me know that I am a big fan of snow! I can sit for hours and watch snow, the gentle flakes that keep falling on the ground and how it hardens into ice and how it all melts away with the first bright rays of the sun. Its all so fascinating! Last year, I desperately wanted to visit a place that snows in the US and for various reasons, we couldn’t.…

  • Because I Dont Want to Forget,  Travel

    All about Monterrey, Mexico

    The latest stint of my consulting career was Mexico, and I normally travel to Industry-heavy, not-so-popular destinations. Influenced by movies and books, I had a very distinct picture of Mexico – Big mustached men wearing cowboy hats, sipping tequila lazily under big broad trees on a country side. Alright, I am being a little dramatic but honestly, I didnt expect Monterrey to be such an advanced place! Monterrey, being the northernmost metropolitan city in Mexico, the 3rd largest city, nation’s 2nd largest industrial center and the closest to the US border, it resembles any mid sized city in the US! The striking characteristic of Monterrey are its friendly people. People go to…

  • Because I Dont Want to Forget

    BIDWTF

    Because I don’t want to forget is going to be a series of stories and travelogue from my travels in the past. Just as V and I celebrated 5 years of togetherness recently, it took us back in time and we revisited the pictures from the past. That is when realization dawned on me that there have been so many travels, so many stories and moments captured in each travel that have not been shared. Although the stories from each travel are fresh in my mind till now, I definitely dont want to forget those moments. Thus started the idea of BIDWTF, and coming up next is my travel to…

  • Art Work

    The Art of Quilling

    Not too long ago, I was inspired by a piece of art made by my friend Rashmi, and thus was introduced to the world of quilling. The paper art really intrigued me and I decided to give it a try. In a nutshell, quilling is all about rolling strips of paper, moulding them into creative shapes and gluing them together to create a unique piece of art. Here is my first quilling project, and here are the steps to achieve it. Materials you need – – A quilling needle or a forked needle – strips of paper of required width (3mm, 5mm, 8mm) etc depending on what your art requires.…

  • My Diary

    The Drama of Thanksgiving Shopping

    It was my 2nd thanksgiving in the US and was the first time to have taken part in the thanksgiving doorbusters drama. And needless to say, the first time experiences stay with you forever. I was super thrilled to be able to witness the whole mad doorbusters rush that I had heard stories about from friends and relatives in the US. Whether I was able to shop anything or not, I was determined to be a part of the gig. And V was a sweetheart in helping me have a good, safe experience. V has gone through the whole thanksgiving mayhem earlier, so he was a great mentor and helped…

  • Sports

    Swimming at Deep Eddy

    How could we stay in Austin for so long and not venture into swimming especially during the sunny summer months! And so we discovered this beautiful man-made swimming pool called Deep Eddy right next to downtown. What makes deep eddy special is that the pool is fed with clear, cold water from the Colorado river. It is non chlorinated and feels absolutely refreshing to swim in the natural, yet safe environment. There is a continuous inlet and outlets of water and hence acts as filtration. Each lane is 30 meter long with varying depths. The pool in itself looks like a huge tank that stores water in cemented walls, so it brings out the…

  • My Diary

    Turning Thirty

    A Lady Who Thinks She Is Thirty – Ogden Nash Unwillingly Miranda wakes, Feels the sun with terror, One unwilling step she takes, Shuddering to the mirror. Miranda in Miranda’s sight Is old and gray and dirty; Twenty-nine she was last night; This morning she is thirty. Shining like the morning star, Like the twilight shining, Haunted by a calendar, Miranda is a-pining. Silly girl, silver girl, Draw the mirror toward you; Time who makes the years to whirl Adorned as he adored you. Time is timelessness for you; Calendars for the human; What’s a year, or thirty, to Loveliness made woman? Oh, Night will not see thirty again, Yet…

  • My Diary,  Thoughts,  Travel

    Loos reflect culture

    I was watching a TED video about “lets talk crap” and it spun me off tangentially into thinking about my experiences of loos across the globe. I have been a solo traveler from a young age and I first started traveling to Hyderabad in overnight trains and buses. Much to the nuances that come with a solo woman traveling in India, one of the biggest has been using the loos or so-called loos in dark scary random places on long overnight journeys. But more about those amusing stories for another time. As a solo traveler, you tend to get more watchful, you are more observent and you pay extra attention…

  • My Diary,  Travel

    Hola Mexico!

    We were 30,000 ft above land and I woke up when the pilot announced that we were starting to descend to Monterrey. V had looked up the place on google and had told me that it is a very pretty place. So I was excited to see the nature around. It was surrounded by mountain ranges and there were a lot of harvested fields on the outskirts of Monterrey. It resembled rural India in many ways. I could see cows and sheep grazing in the grasslands, unplanned twisted curvy roads drew the borders around cluster of houses and I could also see some tall buildings that edged one of the mountains and…