Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The birthday gift...was a refreshing break!

S’s birthday gift as mentioned here was a trip to Goa, except that we experienced the unexplored side with valleys and forests and I must say that though I was skeptical initially as we had to drive for more than 2 hours on long winding roads while it was raining cats and dogs!( God help S who had to bear the brunt of sharing the space with me in the car!). We stayed in a nature resort ( google for wildernest, Goa...for some strange reason the blog does not accept the web address) and our cottages had a beautiful view of the valley and you wake up among the clouds, literally! They have done an amazing job in developing this place and you have to go within the forests to reach your cottage. You can enjoy the nature as you read a book or go on mini-treks to even get to the restaurant. Nature enthusiasts will love this place…despite the fact that it is in the middle of the forest, it’s very well maintained with no insects or dirt whatsoever! The first day was filled with loads of activities….we reached there to witness a local folk dance by the village folk followed by dinner and we just hit the bed.

The next day we went on a trek to some caves with loads of bats. I reached the top and later came back coz I got shit scared of the numerous bats there….S insisted that they were blind and were equally scared of us, but that didn’t convince me! J …and I was the only one to slip every time and I have scratches on my arms!!
We got back to the resort for lunch followed by some mehandi and in the evening it just poured! We enjoyed watching the rain sipping hot tea and chatting away to glory. As usual, S and I kept to ourselves and didn’t go near anyone lest they start talking…he he…frankly, on a holiday, I am in no mood to make small polite talk with total strangers. We saw other couples and were really amused that they hardly spoke to each other at meal times while S and I were full of laughter and silly laughs like teenagers!
There were some couples with really small kids who kept complaining that it was a bad idea to come here! Honestly, when you come to a nature resort, you can’t expect 5-star facilities or any kind of commercial entertainment. People will small kids must refrain from going here as its really difficult for kids to enjoy this kind of atmosphere as there is no T.V. or any kind of play area or any activity to keep kids involved.
The next day, we hired a cab and hit the beach and soaked in the water for hours together and I was in seventh heaven coz I just loved the water. S kept saying that I look like a rock chick, with the shorts, bandana and the glasses. I was trying hard to protect myself against the sun…anyways, S got back with a ‘baked’ wife! Later, we did a bit of shopping and headed back right in time before it started raining again. The next day, we both soaked in the awesome swimming pool which overlooks a beautiful view of the valley.
All in all, it was a balanced vacation with a good experience of the beach as well as the mountains, I love the water and S loving the mountains respectively! I would rate it as say 8/10 (read super cool vacation!)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

It makes sense to me...NOW!

I read an article on ‘Positive Thinking’ and I badly wanted it to influence me, so that I don’t have any low moments even on rare occasions. The article goes on to say that positive thinking can work wonders!! How? Well, it’s a simple logic which makes sense to me as well. Before we action on something, we think about performing the act first. For example, you think “ I am thirsty! Let me get some water” and then later, we get up and drink water.

Similarly, if you have happy thoughts and strongly keep telling yourself “Everything is fine….There is no reason to be sad”…Indeed, there is no reason to be sad and before you know it you are smiling once again!! J Now that I am “thinking” about being very optimistic and of happy positive thoughts, I will “action” on being positive and cheerful…the analogy works! Right? Right!! J

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Birthday Update 2008

Another year gone by…and another year older (for me, it’s only a number. I don’t fret about how much older I am or anything. I mean it…honestly)…richer in memories…

I went to bed, wistfully thinking ‘Damn! I have to go to work on my birthday??!! (Since I got married, I have never gone to work on my birthday)…mostly; S and I spend the day together doing things I like… S surprised me with a birthday cake at midnight, while I was groggy-eyed and wondered if it was a dream…or was I really eating cake? He gave me a surprise gift, the darling of a husband plotted, planned and lied to me about my gift. He has booked us on a trip to Goa!!! Thoughtful dude that he is, he even booked us on a flight ( as I feel nauseous in cars and it’s a long journey from Pune to Goa!)… Goa, here i come....we go there next weekend, its a long weekend with the Good Friday? I love the beaches and I cant wait to soak in the beack for like...forever? I go wild when I see water. :)

Throughout the day he sent me SMS, called me, sent e-cards and when I got home, there was a huge bouquet of flowers with a card that reads ‘Love you baby’…and I went Awwwwwwww….. :) He may not be too happy about my sharing his personal feelings on the web, but I want to chronicle happy memories in my blog….so that I can look back and smile…tell my kids about their wonderful father.

Lots of people remembered my birthday with in-laws wishing me at midnight, parents singing to me early in the morning, to friends wishing me throughout the day in different modes of communication ( thanks to orkut and facebook reminders, i guess). It wasn’t half as bad as I imagined going to work on my birthday….I cut a cake…and my dear friends at work also wished me, gifts, hugs and kisses….I felt much loved. My dear friends Moni and Srija got me some lovely stuff for the house...something I most definitely loved!!

S, if and when you read this, you made me feel so special and very much loved, as always!! I love you with all my heart!! J (..and no, I am not such a private person!) Thank you my dear parents, inlaws and friends for making it a special day for me!

Edited to add: A colleague walked up to me and wished me. He also told me that his son's birthday was the next day. I smiled...He walked away and then as an afterthought, he came back to me and said 'I really wish he grows up to be someone like you -fun-loving, spirited and the happy person that you are...He made my day!' ( I told him so!)

Monday, March 10, 2008

Random updates...

  • S gave me a pleasant surprise by wishing me on Women's day and by giving me flowers on top of that. Her highness is mighty pleased ;)
  • I am hooked on to the music of 'Jodha Akbar' and 'Classically Mild' by Sonu Nigam...Its awesome and gives me a 'feel-good' sense. ( You can download the MP3 from
  • 99% of the house is done as we wanted to...and I simply love it. The area is beautiful and I love my safe cocoon....don't know if it is an illusion coz its our own.
  • Looks like I have lost pants are starting to hang loose!
  • I have completed about 10 months in my current job...time flies when you are having fun and loads of laughter and smiles!