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 was completely different from what I had anticipated it to be. Makes me fair to say that after an arduous struggle, I was satiated to see our baby healthy and kicking and safe in our arms at the end of it. Although the labor was not all flowery, the sound of her first cry was magical. It all seemed worth it. After she came to the world, V left my side for the first time in hours to take a sneak peek of our daughter. Just as she was cleaned and wrapped, V placed her on me while she was still crying uncontrollably and I talked to her. As soon as she heard my voice, she stopped crying the very instant and started looking into my eyes, and seemed like she was comforted by listening to me. She recognized me!! THAT, was THE moment for me. Now there was no stop plug to the tears that were already rolling down my cheeks. It reinforced the emotional attachment towards her and then along with tens of thousands of thoughts in my head, the emotions started flowing. “Oh my god, she is mine!” “Oh my god, she is perfect!” “Oh my god, the responsibility of this tiny human being is ours!”
V and I feel truly blessed and just cant seem to get enough of her.
I now have a new topic to write about, and I am going to refer to my baby as “Jinku” on the blog.
There are so many things I love about March and what tops the list is the start of spring! It is a pretty sight to watch the landscape choke with flowers at their colourful best, the greens of all shades burst forth on bare trees, and ofcourse the water in the swimming pool is not too cold anymore 🙂
As I was driving through stifling traffic today, I had enough time to take my eyes off the road and that is when I was drawn to a lane of Jacarandas. They look like hazy purple smoke when seen from afar and they make the best flower carpets! Ah, the joy of little things.. As I sat there staring at these lovely mauve flowers on tall trees, both my mind and the traffic had cleared up to a smooth drive back home with a big smile on my face. Funny how we miss out on rejoicing life when we are stuck in a ‘rat-race’.
Now that spring is here, I couldnt miss the opportunity of that glorious feeling of just being in water, could I. After a long winter break, I resumed swimming this March and it is great to meet old friends once again. Felt like all of us are marching our way back to the pool after a long hibernation!
The one hour of ‘Me’ time in the pool feels magical – I love doing a backstroke while watching the sun go down, the birds flying back to their homes, the brilliant colors that encompass the steel blue sky and the rise of the milky white moon. At this moment, I can quiet all the voices around me and in my head and just enjoy the moment!
Today has been one of those days when anger took over the best of me no matter how hard I tried to suppress it and it worked out just well at the end.
So the story was I had to get my Dubai visa extended for a month and I had to visit the visa processing agency. I had already made a visit late last week and they bluntly handed over a checklist to me and asked me to get all the missing documents even before checking through the list of documents I currently had despite of me asking them multiple times. So there was this 1 additional document I noticed was missing and today I visited them again hoping it wont take too long. Now they came back asking for an insurance coverage for the extra period although I already have an open valid insurance until I reach India. None of it made sense to them so I grit my teeth and went to the govt office to get additional insurance.
Time and again I am reminded of how appreciation and giving credit to little things any person does can build to become an ocean of motivation and self-confidence in him/her. Not only does the person become proactive and enthusiastic to do things better, he/she also sets higher targets for themselves and surprise you.
I think it comes from the basic instinct of any human being to be felt important. Appreciation can be a subtle act of telling “I recognize what you did, I like it and I care”. It can do wonders in building the relationship between any two people. Be it a husband and wife, friends, a parent and child, colleagues or even the maid who helps you day in and day out (whom we more often than not, take for granted).
On the other hand, pointing fingers, yelling, or punishing a person (unless until absolutely essential) can do no good in getting things done. It not only sets in an unpleasant atmosphere but will also demotivate the person in many ways. Its crucial to get to the roots of the problem, not the person.
So its been a long time since I wrote on my space here. The mundane routine of juggling between work and other essential things had kept me from coming here for so long. As I stare out of my window looking at the lush green plants, the droplets of water on the leaves and the butterflies making their way to the flowers, I realize the manic city life is getting to me.
I am a person who loves change and its interesting how a place can get to you once you get stuck in a cobweb. A routine of just sailing through the day. Such are the times that makes me want to breakfree from the routine, pack my bags and go on a never ending vacation in the midst of nature!
But despite the thoughts that pop up, as I look around to see my loved ones and all the stuff around that I am familiar with, it gives me a sense of reassurance and makes me realize I love what I have.
They say that the courtship period is the most exciting phase of a relationship. But coming to think of it, post marriage seems even more fun! Not only do you get to spend most time with your best friend, you also get all the importance and the attention you have ever been craving for! Let alone a whole new wardrobe for yourself 😉
Retrospecting the ‘event-of-a-lifetime’, it now feels like things got over at the wink of an eye with – the shopping spree to awaiting for the near and dear ones to arrive home to the ruckus we made together. To sum up, it is the indeed the people around who really made the event so eventful. Thanks so much to all those who made it a happy one 🙂 I will relish the moments forever …
I was thinking of old friends today
And how many have slipped away
Stopped calling, got married, lost touch
Found new friends, got busy or just moved on.
Friends come and go, but the precious few always hold on
The list of thick friends is always slim
And its those who remain prominent.
Reminds me of a train journey with destination unknown
People get on, people get off
And there are some who travel till the end
With crackling laughter and colours bold
I cherish the times spent together – forever
This one’s for All you wonderful people I have met so far!
I have tried to put together some moments and memories captured. Please click here to view them 🙂
I read and follow umpteen blog posts of friends of mine and have always wondered ‘how do they get the dedication to write religiously’! And more importantly, how do they come up with such interesting topics to write about! Well, I have always wanted to get started with blogging to share my experiences, but never got around to it. Just like one of the innumerable interests I have but havent traveled that extra mile to realize it.
So my fiance laid the platform and set up the blog for me, not to mention my ‘I dont like this theme’ sessions until we finally stumbled upon something that I liked!! Thanks Vikram! I owe you one.
Now was the bigger problem – Where do I start? What do I write about? and what title do I come up with? Its one of those classic where you want to make the best first impression, but the mind is taxed and all you see is a black board. I hit the mind block yet again. A few that crossed my mind were – ‘My first blog’ or the all famous techie lingo ‘Hello World’ – not appealing enough. So I just decided to write about how I decided on starting my blog 🙂
There you go! My First blog….. yay!