Friday, August 31, 2012


Khet khaliyanon mein guzarti yeh zindagi
Apni hee dhun mein chalti yeh zindagi
Har pal apna hee geet gaye
Inn palon mein ghulti jaye yeh zindagi

Tasveeron mein dabi dabi see yeh zindagi
Deewaron pe latki murjhayi see zindagi
Ik kone mein sajayi Guldaste see zindagi
Charon aur zindagi phir bhi sooni kyun zindagi


© 2012 Life Begins. Please DO NOT COPY.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

The ”Just Married, Please Excuse” Contest

After reading such funny and amusing incidents from Post Marriage days from blog-wallon starting with ~nm today (Thanks to Yashodhara and the hanging carrot...err the prize)- the memories became afresh in this sleepy brain too. And i got lost in another world....smiling, at-time grinning too...and other times bit taken aback by the fact that it all happened almost 11 years ago. PHEW...wait...while i sigh! SIGH! back..

So after spending enough time laughing at everyone's embarrasment, I felt guilty for not giving others the chance to laugh much ;) ;) Also, why not try my luck at the book atleast as the other carrot - err the lunch is something which will have to wait atleast an year and am not sure Y and the group can wait that long for me.(Just in case you are lost - am atleast an year away from my next visit to India)

Back to the point...

It was third day after i got married. And it was my husband's cousin's wedding day. My MIL and FIL had already gone to the city where the wedding was which is about 1.5 hrs away. We newly married couple along with my husband's elder brother's family had to go there that evening.

Right at 2PM It was declared by SIL that we will be leaving by 6PM much for the understanding that the "newly married" would require LOTS of time to get ready. I took it in my favour and after 20000 discussions with my SIL, "WE" Aka "SHE" decided which sari would be apt for me to wear for the wedding as it was to be my first visit to the whole big extended Inlaws' side family. I was to wear my best and look my best. So no points for guessing the heaviest Gold Kanjivaram was selected. (Did I manage to showoff enough-yet-subtly that I own one such gorgeous sari? Ya? Ya? OK. Thanks)

The selecttion was done and SIL went away to get ready herself. Also in the meanwhile many guests were arriving in the household obviously to congratulate, bless, see etc etc the newly-married. With many rounds with wide smiles and feet touching, I could manage to start getting ready by 3PM.

As the room where I was to get ready was still full of stuff (read gifts, baskets, boxes, suitcases and what not) I had truckload full of challenges.

Here I must clarify that I already knew the sari tying very well. I had no worries about getting ready. My challenges were different. Here is the looooooooong list...

  • I could not wear shoes (high heels) to that room as it had the puja corner there too.
  • I could not locate my makeup box between the piled up stuff(refer above ^^)
  • No mirror in the room - small or full length
  • The selected sari's petticot(under skirt) was the only one which didn't have the tying string in (i don't know how to explain that - i am assuming you all got it)
  • After finding the string, the challenge was to find the thing used to put it in. (Again i dont know what that is called)  I managed to find a pen and used it instead to accomplish that task :)

Anyway I managed the last two successfully. But i still had to tie the sari without heels on and no mirror. I somehow got on the business of tying the sari. First attempt - was hanging from one side bride breathe...
Second attempt - Bigger Disaster....

Are you "" & "" with me as yet ? OK

So after like 5-6 attempts...I finally managed to say "I am ready to go"

Did I mention that in all the numerous attempts in sari wearing no other human being offered to help me (If by any chance you didn't get that -  I am clearly pointing to hubby dear and SIL) And did I mention by that time I had been asked one million times if I was ready and why was I taking that long. Also I had the buckets full of tears which had done enough damage already not by just dehydrating me but also spoiling my makeup.

After all odds - I was ready to go by 6 PM (Proud newly married bahu)

As if the Sari Saga had not been long enough already - after just 10 min from being away from home....the string from my pettocot went ----- Taaaaaaak......-----YES you guessed it right. It broke. As i had used a make shift thin string i could manage to find in between all the mess and also tied it extremely tight as the sari somehow kept slipping - I guess I had taken it to its limit and it gave up. Another bucket full of tears!!

No carrots for guessing that we had to go back home, find another string, do tying again, listen to non-stop "something" from SIL and answer many phone calls from MIL asking our whereabouts and get back in car. By the time we were back on road we were already 1.5 hours delayed. But then we are proud Indians.....we love being fashionably (in its real sense this time) late.


Yashodhara - I must add I am very very curious to read your book. If I don't win, I will order it as soon as possible. All the Best!!

People Go check out the contest. Am sure you will have many stories to share.

 The ''Just Married, Please Excuse'' Contest

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Laughing crying and doing crazy things

Yes that was what I am sure each one of us remembers when we think of those friendships from school and college times.

It was pure bliss....laugh your heart out....cry like never before and do such crazy things that even your mind cannot get a second chance to think what you are upto.
Such was the purity of things we did in those blissful days.


O I long to laugh out loud
And cry my heart out
But those lips dont curve in right direction
and those eyes have just given up

O I long to talk and talk and talk
And heartily scream and shout
But those words dont come out any more
and that heart does not dare

O I long to sit and listen to you
And nod with smiles bursting out
But these ears have forgotten peaceful conversations
and this head is lost in emptiness


© 2011 Life Begins. Please DO NOT COPY.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

7-Days to Self-Improvement - DAY 4

7-Days to Self-Improvement

Want to know what it is" Check out here!


Renewing Friendships : Writing 10 Emails : It's been long time since i connected to any of my dear friends. I do miss them every single day. I miss phone calls and long talking sessions. I don't even remember when was the last time i spoke to a friend - speaking as in heart-to-heart talk Not a quick How-Are-You 10 min phone call. 

I kept trying to call or email friends for quite sometime after i moved here. But gave up after a while when i felt i am not getting any response. 

And hence I totally Disagree with the statement "Distance Does not matter" 
It Does It Does ! 

Now without any further blaming and complaining, I am going to take charge of the situation and reconnect to friends.

I will send a personal email to 5 friends by the end of this month.

I will do my bit and hope the long lost friendships are renewed for good.

I miss you dear friends and I so want to get back in touch and share each smile and tear like we always did.

EDITED TO ADD: I just thought it would be nice to add the names of persons I want to send email to. Here it goes...

Saurabh G

*UPDATE* : i didn't write emails to ALL friends. It felt odd to email to friends with whom i talk/chat every now and then. I wrote to 4 and got response from 2. The other 2 just ignored or are still waiting to reply :)

DAY 1 : Anger Management 
DAY 2 : Homemaker tasks