Taking a little mini break.
Just need to do things a bit differently and wanted to be offline for a while. But who knows, I might be back in a couple of days.
Either ways, I find it's important to be disconnected every once in a while, to clear one's head, to focus on other things and to just be.
Here's some photos that I took last summer when I had lots of fun rearranging my desk every week for my desk series project.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Everyone loves a good gift, something like a cool gadget or gizmo, something that one can spend hours fidgeting around with, something that one can spend hours playing on, like the xbox 360. The xbox 360 continues to be on the top of the wish list of kids and adults everywhere, with sales continuing at a steady pace well past the holiday season. It's not on my wish list though, but them I'm in the minority!
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Monday, January 24, 2011
Reading Kamini's post on the onset of summer and photos of soft breezy curtains fluttering in the wind, reminded me of the lovely windows in our old house. In Dubai, the seasons are almost reversed. Winter is the time for fluttering curtains for us, the only time of the year we can open our windows and let the fresh air indoors. Our old house had lovely large windows in every room and I made the most of both the windows and the mango trees outside to capture this unusual part of living in Dubai. Here in our new apartment on the 16th floor, there are no trees right outside our window and the curtains rarely flutter since the windows don't open sideways but outwards. Photos of the curtains in our old house.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Every so often I like to go back to the beginning of my blog to see what I was thinking, feeling and doing. When I first started blogging in 2004, it was a new thing and I always had to explain what it was to people, how things have changed!
Every so often I also re-post a post that I'd written and posted earlier, so here is one that I wrote in July 2005. The photo is of some flowers on my desk taken when we lived in Bombay around the general time that I wrote this post.
Interestingly, I don't have a notice board above my desk anymore, which is something I really miss. And even more interestingly, everyone calls them Inspiration boards now ;-)
Here's the original post.
It’s great to be back in the rhythm of things, sitting at my desk with laptop, surrounded by my familiar, well-loved things. The board behind my desk currently displays an artwork I made in college. It is a collage of sorts, some portions enlarged, some reduced, pasted together to make an interesting form of jagged lines, peaks and valleys, all in black and white of course. Therefore, I consider it an artwork rather than a painting.
My notice board also has a collection of photographs, of my grandparents with my sister when she was a baby, of me and my husband, and a lovely, peaceful picture of the Golden Temple taken in the 1950’s. I also have a wonderful shot of my family taken on a roller coaster ride with a Viking theme at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, the type they develop and hand you as you exit the ride.
There are two postcards of Subhodh Kerkar’s etchings depicting fishing boats, along with a portrait by Pablo Picasso. Other items on the board are business cards of our apartment complex’s Honorary Secretary a.k.a. the Resident God and the AC repair man. Two poems, Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’ and an unnamed one by Claude T. Bissell are also tacked on my board.
These are the things that ground me, the things that make each house we move into a home almost as soon as I unpack these items and place them on the desk. The notice board keeps changing and that’s what makes it fun and interesting. I take a photograph of my notice board every time I change as a keepsake as it will remind me of all the things that were going on in our lives at the moment. In fact, the photo of my college room notice board is one of my favorite photos from those years.
I'm so glad to be back to baking again. I made this chocolate cheesecake for my husband's birthday last month. It was the first time that I'd made this cake and it turned out really nice. The oreo cookie crust wasn't as good as it should have been so next time I will be making sure I pay more attention to it. The cheesecake itself was creamy and rich, even though I didn't use the chocolate that I like to bake with, so that's going to make it better next time around.
Sleep is such a precious thing and at no time does it become even more precious than when you have a baby. I was lucky that Elisha decided to start sleeping through the night when she was 6 weeks old, that too right after a week of colic, so my relief was immense. I was just not able to function without sleeping a decent amount and had to catch up with my sleep as soon as I could. Nowadays, I get to sleep 6-7 hours a night, which isn't too bad at all, but I find that if I don't sleep enough at the right time, or get some uninterrupted sleep in the first few hours of the night or in the early morning hours, then I'm just not able to get going. I know a lot of people having to resort to sleep aids to be able to get some decent sleep, but I'm doing fine on my own. To each her own, I suppose.
Ever since we moved to our new apartment last year, shopping has become quite an entertaining experience. For one thing, there's a much larger selection of world foods which means that there's a much wider range of shoppers. The number of countries that different foods are from is quite extensive and I'm enjoying discovering things that I'd given up on finding here, things that I am so happy to be reunited with and for so many other reasons. The last time I was there, I found someone's shopping list in the cart and among the usual eggs, bread and milk was some more unusual items such as adapexin and some other complicated medicines. This is not the first time that I've found someone's shopping list and I always find it very interesting to see what others are buying.
Posted by Shalini at 9:56 PM
My weekly grocery seems to be getting more and more interesting. I'm always finding some interesting product, overhearing an intriguing conversation or two, meeting an acquaintance or friend and of course finding things to blog about ;-) So, what happened today was that when I went into the Health and Beauty section, I found a full size poster that asked the question do diet pills work in big bold letters along with a end-cap display of product. It got me thinking about just how huge this industry is, and how many people try all kinds of things to lose weight. The number of magazines, books, websites are growing by the day it seems and they still don't seem to be able to keep up.
Posted by Shalini at 9:25 PM
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Apple Crisp made at home one afternoon. Isn't it lovely when you feel like baking at the spur of the moment and find that you have all the ingredients you need! This was one of those impromptu things that I just wanted to have all of a sudden, and it went really nicely with coffee.
Do you remember how I was going batty looking for batteries for the remote of my Bose SoundDock that plays the iPod? Well, we finally got the batteries...about a month back and it's been such a relief. We went to the store at Dubai Mall and the regional director happened to be at the store, and so he took our number and promised to let us know as soon as the batteries arrived. Apparently, others were looking for them as well, and so Bose was getting some shipped in from India. So, we're back in business and enjoying the music.
Have you noticed how all of a sudden there are so many new businesses starting off again. We've been seeing new companies set up shop in the area we live, since this is a mixed-use residential and commercial area. In the past few weeks itself, I've seen advertisements for dedicated hosting which would be perfect for a new company setting up and needing to be up and running at a short notice. Having a website is not even something that most companies consider, since it is the most basic of things these days. It's how things work these days, right.
Posted by Shalini at 9:55 PM
Hasn't just about everyone fiddled around with a TV antenna before? I remember getting spotty tv service on a few channels for a while in college, and since we were getting premium cable for free instead of the basic service we had signed up for and neither me nor my room mates were willing to take a chance to lose the free stuff! Now days, one never sees the old style antennas that we used to fiddle with, but only modern looking stuff that don't even look like antennas. How things change! It's always nice to look back on college days, isn't it!
Posted by Shalini at 9:39 PM
Sunday, January 02, 2011
A photo from last winter at my parent's home. We had some lovely days of sunshine before the cold set in and this one shows the warm light. Here in Dubai, we are finally having the winter that we're famous for...bright sunny and warm days with a cool breeze and chilly nights. What a relief from the heat and humidity of the summer. It's time to make the most of it and so we're taking every opportunity to go out and enjoy the weather.
I was browsing through my retail news feeds this morning, reading about the top selling items this Christmas. As expected, at the top of the list were all the electronic items, but the surprising entry was for humidors and other cigar related items. The sales of all these items seems to have increased according to early reports, although only once the actual figures are releases will we know the full details. Walking through any shopping center, one can easily gauge the mood of the shoppers, see from what stores they are buying from their shopping bags and where the rushes are, but since online sales are such a huge part of the holiday shopping season, one cannot only base one's findings on brick and mortar stores.
Each time the new year rolls around, the newspapers are full of how to make resolutions, how to keep them and of course worthwhile resolutions to make in the first place. Usually, one of the top items is to become more healthy, maybe to switch to a different health insurance plan, maybe something like BCBSNC and of course to eat healthier and exercise more. Did you have any of them on your list? I don't make resolutions since I usually end up forgetting about them too quickly, but I must focus on eating healthier and becoming more sporty this year. Since E has been born, I've been so caught up with her and all the work that accompanies an infant, and now I suddenly feel so exhausted all the time and even the littlest of exertion leaves me tired, so it's time to focus on feeling a little better.
Posted by Shalini at 8:59 PM
Happy New Year everyone! Are you done with all your celebrations or are you still in party mode? Lots of people in our building still seem to be in the party mood, as the barbecue area on the roof top are still completely booked. Anytime one goes up, all the jacuzzi tubs are always full, since the weather has really become so very pleasant with a lovely combination of hot sun and cool breeze making it perfect to be outside as much as one can. And since our winter is so short, we've got to make the most of it!