The potato story

Couple of months ago, we attempted growing potatoes by planting a potato bud. At about the same time, it so happened that one of our superiors at work had visited India and over a casual conversation showed us a video of how he had harvested his home-grown potatoes as a hobby. I got all the information I could about how long we would have to wait, when we could pull out the roots. A and I waited eagerly for the big day. The plant grew and withered as expected and when the final day had come, we asked V to capture those precious moments while we harvest our own potatoes. We pulled out the roots gingerly with great anticipation, but all we got was the skin of the bud that we had planted 😦

We were disappointed a little. And then the next opportunity came when a discussion started at parents’ place about starting a kitchen garden. A passed on all the details she knew about growing potatoes. Over the next few weeks, they started setting up the kitchen garden and the species of potato became a part of them.

Ten days ago, my father sent me this picture and my joy knew no bounds on seeing that.

Over the weekend when we visited parents’ place, we saw that couple of more plants were ready for harvesting and we proceeded this time too with great anticipation !

And this is the loot we got ! This includes the top potato too. We couldn’t believe how this tiny potato looked such big in the previous snap 🙂 Nevertheless, potatoes are potatoes, big or small !!!

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Recreation while re-creation …

Apparently A played this game at my friend’s place with their kids.

And she spent the whole of last Sunday re-creating it, bringing her friends over, explaining them the game and playing with them.

Unused Cardboard , paints, quilling strips, star punch, scissors, colour papers, all went into the making

I loved the idea of making the game and the whole process of getting engaged in making it !

Living next door to Alise

Was a book that got added to my wish list in the library for A to read , but was long forgotten . And as starts have aligned to make me lay my hands on that book, one of the two books which I have actually placed the order for, went out of station and the gentleman has kindly picked the one available from the wish list as a substitute. And that happened to be this one !

So yesterday, when the book arrived, I opened it casually to see what it was like. I instantly liked it and started reading it, although it was actually meant for A. I kind of read the book whenever I had time and I should say, I really liked the book.

I liked the book for the cute little elephant making me want one such as a pet , for the way it was shown how each kid could have a different taste. Those little snippets of information which talked of measuring temperature basing on the number of chirps made by birds in 15 seconds, were quite fascinating.

I have no idea if A would like the book, but for me, it was a good read after a long time !!

The joy of doing something for the first time

Is immense. We experienced one such thing over the last weekend. It all started when the extended family came together for a house warming ceremony of a cousin, the weekend before. A discussion started about a 3K night walk for the cause of woman empowerment. Many got excited and wanted to give it a try.

Come Saturday evening, I made couple of calls and it was confirmed that about 11 of us would participate in the event. Post dinner, we assembled at the People’s Plaza to begin the walk. All of us were little sceptical about the cold, but it wasn’t a thing to worry owing to the crowd and the walk thereafter. The walk that was supposed to begin at 9:30 got delayed and began at about 10:30.

As soon as the walk began, we made sure that we moved to the front of the crowd, which would make us walk freely and fast enough. And then we walked and walked. And chatted. And shouted slogans. It was a nice feeling, walking with your family, out on the road, at so late into the night and shouting aloud. A ran for a while, walked the rest, panted for a while, but completed it quite successfully.

The concept of a walk was a first time experience for A, night walk was a first time experience for me and V, walk with a big group of family members is a first time experience for all of us. We enjoyed the whole experience and were back at home by quarter to 12.

Looking forward to more such first of the kind beautiful experiences….

My little successor

A has been asking me to buy a diary with a lock for her, for a very long time, ever since she spotted it at a book exhibition conducted at her school last year. And me being me, I didn’t want to buy it without any reason and said that I would get that for her at next appropriate occasion. She soon discovered that it’s going to take longer time with me and approached V for it. Stating her results in SpellBee as a reason, V ordered one such diary online and got it for her.

A was super excited to receive it. She has been writing little snippets of everything that has made her happy. All those little pleasures of life. When I had a glance at those last weekend, my blog was what came to my mind instantly. What I write over my blog and what A started writing over in her diary are quite similar. Looking at my little successor, I did a mini happy jump. Although it has been only a few instances that she has written, I am glad for now and I hope she continues the journey…

Recent reads

My Gita by Devdutt Pattanaik An ongoing one. Some things are being absorbed by the mind. Some things still need re-reading. This book didn’t turn out to be as simple as I had expected, but requires lots of attention and understanding while reading.

The Diary of a young girl This too is an ongoing one. To imagine what all has been going inside the mind of a little girl in those times, to imagine the living conditions of people in hiding in those times is giving goosebumps.

House of Cards by Sudha Murthy A light read, about people, their attitude, relationships and influence of money and power over them.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Kept me totally hooked onto the book. Right from beginning till the end. Beautiful narration of feelings and emotions. Wanted to watch the movie too, on the cards for now.

Nothing lasts forever by Vish Dhamija Good page-turner. Mystery, suspense and all. This is the first book that I have read by this author, and am ready to pick some more of his.

A comeback

After a long time….

I have been away from this place for a very long period this time. Last couple of weeks were rough, something happening after another, causing some restlessness and lack of energy. Though I knew that this place would recharge me, I kept pushing aside that step. Now, at this point of time, I don’t want to miss out recording some moments as this is the place I look forward to come and relive those moments that brought a big smile.
So Monday was our birthday and it was filled with some beautiful moments.
1. A took lots of effort in planning some surprises for us. She teamed up with her grandparents and she got help from them in executing all her ideas. She made a greeting card, a show piece in the shape of a cube with all our photos on them, organised a treasure hunt for us to reach our gifts. She literally made us run from room to room and place to place in search of clues. I can imagine the amount of enthusiasm and excitement that went on in the little brain for planning every thing . And then she set up a party for us to munch on chips, jellies, chocolates, soft drinks 😊 

2. I wanted to gift V something on this milestone birthday as a surprise, and in a casual conversation with a cousin at a marriage, I decided that it had to be an Apple Watch. I didn’t do any homework. I knew V loved Apple products and black colour was something he liked. So I went for the top model in black and asked my cousin to get it from Seattle on his trip. Three cousins teamed up, one placed the order, the other two went to the store, collected it and executed every thing smoothly without me having to put any effort. Just when I started to think that the mission was accomplished quite smoothly, V started stating that he doesn’t like square watches. And as he kept repeating this at various instances, my panic grew and I didn’t know what to do. After lots of grinding it over in the brain, I decided to leave it as it is and then wait and see. When I gifted it finally at 12 A.M., he was surprised and happy and liked it too 😊 Am glad and relieved.


3. Couple of days before the birthday, my friend at work came to my workplace and surprised me with a beautiful dress material that she had bought from Mangalagiri. And she even gave me tips on how to get that stitched. Those little instances which reiterate that am blessed with such wonderful friends make me so happy 😊


4. FB and Whatsapp were filled with wishes as usual. But what made me more happy was that each superior of mine at different places and phases of my career sent me a Birthday wish and am glad that am there in their thoughts.