Eleventh..

Eleven years ..ten cities…five separations….two kids.
We’ve been through it all..would love to grow old together in peace now.

Yes, today is our eleventh wedding anniversary…and cherry on cake is Nani and Dadu arriving today.Yay!! And the biggest surprise…WE GOT A BIG HOUSE FINALLY TODAY!Cheers to that …!

The Wild hats

I hope you’ve read my previous posts on the African Safari theme ladies meet that we organised at our mess and which kept me away from this blog for some time.If not you can read about it here and here and here.

We had a wild hat competition to go with the theme where the ladies had to use their creativity and bring along the wildest hat.There was tough competition indeed!Take a look…

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Any guesses as to the winner?

Yes…the winner was No……..2 and the runner up was no…3.

The African Safari-Finale

The preparations all done.It was the D-day and we were all set to receive our guests.

This was our reception table where the ladies signed before they entered.DSCN4853Along with that we had placed a map of africa at the reception where ladies would pin up their raffle numbers.

DSCN4848There was our safari guide Sam ready to guide the pretty ladies in…DSCN4859And look who is standing over our prizes for the evening?DSCN4840All these prizes are handmade and arranged on logs.

A view of the table settings…DSCN4844DSCN4843These folders are also handmade…

And as we waited for our guests to arrive,we had time enough for a photoshoot.

DSCN4879That’s us in our animal prints…

DSCN4889And the hosts themselves at the entrance…I love those tusks ..don’t you?

The guests have started trickling in …with their wild hats(more about those in later posts)

DSCN4909And there goes the raffle ticket…

DSCN4918A lot more fun awaits all…more about it in the next one….

The African Safari

The ladies club which we were hosting this month is finally over.Sigh!Those endless practice sessions, the laughters and disasters,the Maggi for dinner routines have finally ended.

Our theme for this Ladies meet was The African Safari.Here is a sneak peek into our practice sessions.DSCN4711

The works

The works

The kids entertaining themselves

The kids entertaining themselves

The Paanipuri sesssions

The Paanipuri sesssions

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The Dramebaazi

The Dramebaazi

Being a guest…

I picked up this prompt of Maya’s as I was going through her list today and found it interesting.So what is the first thing I notice on being a guest to someone’s house?

Oh,lots …I would say since I am very fond of doing up my own home…I notice every little detail when I am there at someone’s place for the first time.

1. The Name Plate- There are so many different ways in which people are doing up their name plates these days.So I actually make it a point to notice the same as soon as I enter.I have got a new one made myself recently by a blogger friend.You can see it here and here.

2. The entrance and lawn- The way the entrance or a lawn is done up speaks volumes about the taste of the host.My eyes look out for healthy and green plants at the entrance and other knick knacks.

3. Every home has its own special smell or fragrance;so I do notice how the house smells.

4. I have a penchant for wall decor ideas.So the first things that catch my eye are how the walls have been done up.Some people have beautiful family pictures,others have lovely paintings;some may have unique wall shelves and I love accent walls too in orange,reds and greens.

5. Another thing that I always notice are the curtains and cushions.They are an integral part of a home and have a very important part in deciding how cosy a home looks.

So that’s it.

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An emotional overdose.

The Sports Day in school is over.Another major event ticked off the list.The last two days have been eventful and very busy.What with the practices for the upcoming Ladies’ club which we would be hosting next week,the Sports Day practices and Perky’s ill health.

Yes,the evening before her Sports Day,Perk had a bout of vomiting and loose motions along with high fever.I couldn’t take the day off as I was compering the event.So next morning I dressed up a visibly weak looking child and handed her over to the class teacher.I asked her not to participate in the race if she didn’t want to.Perk had continually been winning the race or coming in the second place throughout the heats.It was rather sad for me that she would not be participating in the Final Race.

Anyways,I went about putting my children in order for their events and ultimately headed towards the microphone.The events flew by one by one.Ultimately it was time to announce the race where Perk would have participated.And to my surprise she was right up there in  line with her friends.She hardly had had a bite since the evening before and had thrown up six to seven times.I was all teary eyed when I saw her run at the sound of the whistle.I closed my eyes and said a short prayer .When I opened my eyes once again I saw that her name was among the winners.She had come Third and won the bronze medal.My heart swelled  with pride.I hugged and held her close as soon as I was free.Words failed me and instead tears rolled down my cheeks..Seeing me Perk asked,”Mamma,I know you are not happy because I did not come First.”

“Not at all Darling.I am proud that you went up and ran the race.”

These little moments remain etched in your heart forever and I am currently having an overdose of them.

A humbling moment..

As I had mentioned earlier,Hubby had been busy organising a very important event.It was the Investiture ceremony where all brave officers and units who have done well are presented with gallantry awards  and citations.Hubby had been involved in the organisation of this ceremony for months.

Finally today,on the occasion of Army Day,I was witness to one of the most humbling moments of my life as I saw awardees go up on stage and collect their awardsfor exemplary acts of bravery.I saw the pride on the faces of their spouses and children cheering loudly for their fathers.The whole ambience and atmosphere was so humbling that I had tears in my eyes.

Kudos to all those who make our lives easier by putting theirs in danger.We may not remember them except on occasions like the Republic Day but for us ,Army Wives,our husbands are the Heroes of our lives.I think it is the only job where you work selflessly for people whom you do not know and who do not always think that somebody, somewhere is risking their life for their sake.The stories of these bravehearts are enough to melt your heart.So please,my request to all of you would be to spare a thought for those guarding our borders in difficult situations and pray for them.

And the icing on the cake was when Hubby too was awarded and recognised for his part in carrying out the event successfully.A proud moment for me too!I write very little about him because of the nature of his job which requires some amount of secrecy but I had to share this with you all today.

 

Of winters and Melas

The weekend was super busy and the week’s going to be busier with a lot of events coming up…the big event for which the Hubby’s been preparing comes midweek and the day after that is the Annual Sports Day in my school.That’s not all that kept me away from blogging.The weather suddenly changed here.It rained over the weekend and the connectivity was so poor that I was unable to blog over the last two days.I hope to compensate sometime later.

Anyways, one of the major charms of winters are that they are the time for a lot of ‘melas’ or fairs be it handicraft or food fests or cultural fests or all under one roof.I love attending melas.They are full of life and colour- something for everyone.birth 106 That’s exactly where we were this Sunday afternoon and we had a great time.We shopped and feasted on “litti chokha”(the local delicacy),”pyaz kachoris”,”jalebis”,candies,popcorns and lots more.I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Moving homes?

I have stayed in nine different stations in my 11 years of married life.Thanks to my Hubby’s job!We’ve never stayed in the same place for more than six months.Such is the nature of his job that we’ve had to go out on short two-three months courses and come back again.I think packing and moving don’t scare me anymore.And I have never taken the help of Movers and Packers.The furniture packing is handled by my husband and his buddy pair mostly.Here are some tips which may come in handy to all who have to shift frequently.

1.Follow the GUTS mantra-Give,Use,Throw and Sell.What you may not find useful may be a treasure for others.So lighten your belongings.It also gives you an opportunity to shop and stay updated with new trends in fashion and lifestyle.

2.Wooden boxes are suitable for glassware and crockery.Wrap the glassware with dampened newspaper.The damp newspaper swells after drying and gives your glassware the much needed cushioning.

3.Use steel trunks or boxes to pack clothing.

4.Prepare and involve the children in the process of packing- especially their own stuff.Talking about the new place prepares them to accept situations more easily.

5.If you are like me who does not want to part with her pots and plants,it is advisable to transfer all your saplings and plants you wish to carry in small plastic bags like they keep in a nursery.Prepare a crate lined with gunny and hay to keep them safe in the long and harsh conditions of the journey.

6.Carry important documents with you.This includes your child’s Transfer Certificate/marksheet/report card,medical papers,gas connection books,cheque books etc.

Once you’ve settled down you may intimate the change in address to all important associates.

I hope that this list is of some help to people like me.It is not as easy as it sounds.Packing and moving requires a lot of planning.But if properly planned,it can definitely be less stressful.

 

Visiting Tagore Hill

Its been long since I’ve taken you around Ranchi.The reason being we’ve had very little time as Hubby’s busy with some big event coming up in his office.But this Sunday we managed to squeeze in sometime and visited Tagore Hill.This place is named after The Noble laureate Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore.Tagore hill, also known as Morabadi Hill, is a 300 feet altitude hill .The local history reveals that the hill has close relations with the Tagore family; it is assumed that the poet liked this hill due to its serene beauty and the extraordinary calmness and was a place for his literary work.

It was just one of those places where the moment you step into, you feel you are in a different world.The peace,the calm and quiet seep into your mind and body and one feels entirely relaxed.No wonder this place also appealed to Gurudev.The kids also loved the place despite the fact that there was nothing in it for them.But I think they ‘ve also learnt to appreciate beauty when they see it.

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tg2Just loved the way this house has an old world charm.tg4The sunset from the huge and sprawling terrace.tg5tg6I just loved those doors and windows.Ethereal and charming.

ranchi1The top of the hill….

tg7A view of the city from atop the hill.

So our Sunday was well spent after a hectic and busy week.

Are there any such places in your city?Where do you like to take your kids on a Sunday?