Wednesday, February 29, 2012

the joy of long lunches

It's been ages since I had had a leisurely lunch and coffee afterwards....outside of my own home, that is. So when we decided to meet some family for lunch and coffee afterwards, I knew I was in for a treat. Springtime in Delhi is enjoys the warm sunshine, while it's not too cold to sit outside and the sun is not too hot. Lunch was lovely and coffee was leisurely. We finished off around 4:30 in the afternoon and then moved to sit and chat some more in the lawns in the lovely golden sunshine as it paled in the evening.

We had coffee overlooking these fountains....such a charming spot. 

Really, really comfortable wicker chairs with green cushions...on the narrow verandah overlooking the mini-lake and fountains.

Coffee being poured...loved how it caught the light. 

Coffee being stirred. Love the froth and ripples in the cup.

Some more coffee and tea.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

the only success

"There is only one success - to spend your life in your own way." - Christopher Morley

Such straightforward advice isn't it? But then why is so hard to follow. Why is it that we second-guess ourselves, overriding what we subconsciously know to be true, to follow someone else's way? Being my own person is something that I have struggled with for a long time. Everyone always says I'm easy going and sweet, but the end result is that I just go along with what someone else wants. It's ok to do that when you're younger, but as you "grow up" and become a mother, you realize the importance, the absolute necessity of being your own person, so that your child learns to be their own person too. And, you know what, it really feels good.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Surajkund mela

Some photos from the recently concluded Surajkund Mela, which is held every year from Feb 1st to 15th at Surajkund. Each year a different state's crafts are highlighted; this year it was Assam. While it was originally just a crafts mela, now it has become a regular mela, with huge crowds, especially on the weekends, when it becomes impossible to even walk. The best way to enjoy the mela is to go early, around 10am, so you have time to see the crafts and enjoy the bargaining.

Banners strung among the kikar trees of the mela grounds. The whole area is all up and down, rolling countryside, with lots of kikar trees.

A mask maker's wares. These are sawdust masks from Andhra Pradesh.

A general view of one of the many pathways of the mela grounds.

Colorful pennants flying in the wind.

A lady inspecting some fabrics.

Colorful shawls and scarves on display.

More pennants strung across the trees.

And now for the bad parts....the traffic, the crowds, the parking. This year they had helicopter rides too...can you see it in the above photo!

Another parking lot. This is the usual weekend rush....weekdays are quite relaxed.

and more parking. There's also a few remote parking lots, with shuttle autos to ferry people to the mela.

And lastly, some new blooms on our balcony...blocking out all the rows and rows of cars parked at the mela.

Friday, February 17, 2012

afternoons in the sunshine

Home. A lovely word and an even lovlier place to be. I'm enjoying my time off, reveling in not having to do any housework, decide meals (apart from requesting my favorite things to be made!) and everything else that makes up the usual daily grind. Here are some sights from home, my sunshine filled afternoons and the little things that made me happy.

Pale afternoon sunshine streaming across the headboard. I simply love how much sunshine we get in our bedroom. I streams into the room from noon to sunset, and I have the best naps in the sunshine! 

Some simple wooden toys I got for E from the mela. She's been enjoying playing with them, mostly making them kiss each other :-))

She fell asleep holding a balloon one afternoon. Here's it's just slipping out of her grasp!

Warm sunshine making my stole glow.

packing and unpacking

With all the activity we've had in the past few weeks, traveling back and forth to different places, I've become an expert at unpacking only what is needed and then repacking it all with great ease. The hardest part was trying to make it all fit back once you take everything out, so I tried not to do that, but really the bulkiest items were the hubby's shoes and the assorted mens skin care stuff, shaving stuff and the like. All bulky bottles and cans. And then, carting so much stuff around for a toddler isn't the easiest thing in the world, especially when you're going to a colder place, so one packs in sweaters and jackets of a variety of weights. What if it gets really cold? What if it rains? What if she rolls around in the mud and dirties her 3 pairs of pants? And so it goes. I ended up reducing my stuff, and that's how it all fitted in!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Ah Goa!

To me Goa is not just a destination, it's a state of mind! And I love being in a Goa-state-of-mind, wandering everywhere in flip flops, chilling at the beach, religiously watching the sunset from the beach each evening, eating yummy seafood and drinking my fill of Pina Coladas and shandy with Kings beer.

Yes, a wonderful state of mind to be in :-)

Such a typical Goan sight...a cross hanging from the rear view mirror of the car, but so charming nevertheless.

Old Goa....seen before so we didn't do the usual tourist circuit, instead drove to the lesser known places until we found a nice cafe serving chilled beer!

Breakfast overlooking the sea. Loved the dining area of the resort.

Sunset from the dining area of our resort.

Loved all the greens outside our room, and hearing the waves wash up to the beach.

Sunset on Bambolim beach. I couldn't resist taking this shot of them taking shots of each other.