Tuesday, March 17, 2009

More fun with less pennies

The past month saw us eating out a lot many times. Hubby's cousin and her hubby MR and Mrs IT were here for a visit after 3 years and we were all eager to meet,greet and eat with them. We wanted to show-off our city and how its grown over the last few years and we took them to a posh restaurant with live music and barbecue and spent a considerable amount of money...

Later over the week we (Just hubby and I) met them for dinner and they chose a very casual place to just sip tea, have chaats and talk - like old times when we double dated. And it really was more fulfilling-we did get to talk a lot more than we did that other evening.

And also, we spent a lot less. And thinking about all the times I've had a lot of fun, here's what I came up with:

As kids when all cousins met at one house where mom/aunt cooked the lunch for us (Only drawback was for the said mom/aunt who had to cook for us)
Even today when the family meets at someone's house and orders a simple meal from outside - rather than going out to a resort.
The street food at the food street (Vishweshwarapuram) at 9pm with cousins - we wouldnt have spent more than 100Rs per person and we would've eaten (Ofcourse some on share basis):Masala dosa,Carrot Halwa,Badam milk,Pooran PoLi,Idli,AkkiRotti,Fruit chaat,Masala Pepsi,Gulkand fruit salad with ice cream - quite an impressive list isnt it?
Some evenings at Gandhi Bazaar Bugle Rock where hubby and I eat Bhel puri (Churmuri) for 15rs, a tomato chat for 10rs and a flavoured milk for 12rs - and dinner is done.
All the Double dating we did with the said hubby's cousin and with another couple before marriage...

No doubt we still do spend 100's of Rs. at Corner house and Dominoes - but the fun in eating that churmuri at a street stall is somehow special...

Any such memories where you've spent less and had more fun?

The Indian Spring

Its such a pleasure...

To see the trees in full bloom with Red/Yellow/Lavender flowers with hardly any green/brown leaves. An occasional flower swaying in the gentle evening breeze as it leisurely falls to the ground. The generally muddy ground becomes a flower strewn path.

The smell of warm earth as the first drops of water falls on it (I can even smell it inside the AC room in the office!)...

The colourful butterfly flying around unable to choose the flower to sit on. Bee Hives popping up at every alternate tree...

Watching the orange/red sky as the sun goes down past 7pm...

Children playing on the streets after a stressful exam season...

Ah!It brings a smile even at the end of a tiring day...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Conversation Between Love and Anger

Love and Anger were having an arguement in my head:

Anger: Im so totally pissed off. He doesnt understand.You better stay in hiding until then.
Love: What is it do you want him to understand? Why should I hide?
Anger: He doesnt understand what I want.And if you show yourself to him he wont take me seriously.
Love: Have you told him what you want?
Anger: Why should I tell him everything? He knows me for so long now - he should know.
Love: He might know what's on your mind.But did you tell him when and how you've planned?
Anger:When he knows what I want, then why cant he ask himself? - Why should I explicitly tell him all the time?
Love: You always tell him to express his thoughts - you cant read his mind - The same applies to him. How long are you going to stay angry?
Anger: I want to stay angry until he does what I want - without me having to be specific.
Love: Can you really do that? See how agitated he is - unable to read your mind - you tell him.
Anger: Let him be agitated. Let him think
Love: But this'll end sooner if you tell him - You know he will do it for you.
Anger: I know he will do if I tell him but I want him to read my mind...
Love: So go tell him. You wont even let me talk about anything else with him.
Anger: I think I'll go tell him. I cant stay angry with him for too long... You always overpower me. I dont like that.
Love: Im only reasoning with you - even you know how good he is to you.
Anger: Yeah yeah I'll go tell him and get him to agree what I want. Until then you dont let yourself show.
Love: I cant hide for much longer.Better make it fast.
Anger: OK OK, Im going...told...He agreed...Im gone...He's all your's now...
Love:Ah! Finally, I can be myself now...

The Mosquito Byte...

Warning: Silly snippet that I composed at 4.30am on a mosquito filled morning. Killed around 10 mosquitoes that night and there were still some flying around - thats when these words just crossed my mind...

SoLLe, plz dont bite
U've already had your feast tonight...
Its Early in the morning
And my eyes are burning!
Oh! Dont make me weep,
let me go back to sleep
Go Away pleaaassseee
Let me sleep in peace...

Match making


Once upon a time I used to hate it when someone tried to match make for me. Ofcourse - that's because I had already found my perfect match.Dad was very much into these kind of things suggesting a prospective groom for a friend's daughter and Vice Versa. And I always told him that its not right to 'poke your nose' into their personal lives. If the girl/boy hasn't found their right person yet - then its the parents' headache and that it shouldn't bother him.

Now that the background has been set,I'll come fast forward to the present. I have a friend who is a couple of years younger than me and I really like him as a person.I know he's a nice boy who respects his parents/has no bad habits and is well settled. Well - he has all pre-requisites for a 'Good Match'! I also have a cousin who is very close to me and is a very good girl,cooks well and again has all pre-requisites for a 'Good Match'. Here I guess my Dad's genes came into the picture and I thought these 2 would make a very good pair.I thought about it for a week and then I asked the friend if he wouldn't mind me suggesting a girl for him - I wasn't sure if he would be interested - but he was! Surprise surprise - I called aunt and told her all that I knew abt this guy and made sure I impressed her. Now Im sooo excited that things are proceeding in terms of horoscope and photo exchange that Im already dreaming far far ahead...

This whole thing might or might not work - but its given me such a great high that I now understand why Dad would've wanted to do this. And Mom's pleased that I am now 'grown up' and going their way! - Whatever that means...

Edited to Add: Well it didnt work coz the said cousin has another year more to complete her MBA and so its not going ahead. But,the excitement - as long as it lasted was great - Like I told hubby - "Im so happily married that I feel I should help people with their 'Perfect Match' too... No harm there right? *wink wink* Cant ask for a better excuse to 'Poke my nose' in other's lives! :-)