Little pleasures

Are experienced when

  • All my blogger friends come together virtually
  • I get to hear their experiences, share their happiness and learn new ideas and stuff
  • I quench my thirst for writing through disciplined posts for a whole month
  • I see notifications flashing in my WP app everyday
  • I get a chance to share all my happy moments, fears, worries and get lots of warmth back
  • There’s lots of activity going on, as if everyone is literally at the same place
  • I see an accomplishment like this

Thank you all for making my journey through this Blogathon a wonderful and memorable one.

Hope to read more and more wonderful tales of yours…

Hope to share more and more wonderful tales of mine…

Surprises

Are the best ! They make one smile wide and they turn into beautiful memories. Some of the recent surprises that either made me smile or helped me make someone smile are here.

My dearest brother surprised me with salwar suit and a gold coin this Rakhi. I have never thought that I would receive gold through courier and my brother proved me wrong. I still wonder how can someone send gold through courier. The surprises were sweet and shocking. V’s cousin # 3 came home on the day of Rakhi and gifted me the saree after getting the Rakhi tied. The icing on the cake was that all the preprocessing for the saree (fall and pico) was done prior to gifting me, making things all the more easier for me. V’s cousin # 2 ordered an accessory for my office laptop, that serves as a stand as well as a fan, and it has been accompanying me each day ever since it arrived . V’s cousin # 4 has gifted the kurti with his own salary who has finished his graduation very recently and has just begun earning something. Each surprise made the day more and more special !

Sunnundalu

A dear friend often told me how much she liked sunnundalu sweets and asked me to send her some whenever I made them. The lazy me procrastinated it forever. When her birthday arrived in September, I didn’t find a time better than that day to send her the sweets. I surprised her with a box of sweets through Dunzo and it made her smile !

A dear friend turned 40 last November. Under normal circumstances, I would have met her every working day as the friend is a colleague too. I would have been able to surprise her in person. But owing to the current situation, I resorted to Amazon and ordered two books, one which I liked a lot and one which she had been intending to read for a long time. The quilling flowers are her creation by the way !

Hope I get a chance to bring more and more smiles on more and more dear ones in the coming days…..

Change

Last September, A’s school started mixed mode of teaching, providing both online and offline modes of education, giving the students an option to choose either of the two modes. Having been stuck at home for more than a year, A had been desperately waiting for the moment when she could go to school and attend classes in real instead of the online classes. She opted for the offline mode and we went ahead with her choice.

A day into the offline mode, she came home complaining that she couldn’t see properly the contents of the smart board at school. Apparently, her classmates had no problem in comprehending the contents but she had and she had to switch to the benches in the front to figure out what was being shown on the smart board. That evening, we went to get her eyes tested and I was hoping and praying that it would be all normal and it was all just because of something else.

But it was quite evident even during the tests that A had difficulty in reading stuff which I was able to read comfortably. It was clear that she needed spectacles to help her see properly. The ophthalmologist confirmed that A needed spectacles after couple of tests and prescribed some eye drops too.

It was like a shock to me as it was something that I hadn’t anticipated at all. It was a big change and I wasn’t prepared for it. But naturally there was no choice but to accept the change. Over the next few days, I got used to putting the eye drops in her eyes and the spectacles too arrived after a few more days. She got used to wearing the spectacles through out the day, to school and to play as well.

It has been just about four months that she started using spectacles but it feels as if they had been existing from the beginning and it feels like a big change when she doesn’t wear the spectacles for a moment.

Change feels big and scary only when we feel it for the first time, but once we accept it, it is no more a change and hence no more scary….

Weirdo

Since A was down with fever and cough for the last couple of days, we have swapped her place with V’s place during bed time. So she has been sleeping beside me and V shifted to the other room for the last four nights or so. Today she has decided to go back to her place and while shifting the pillows and blankets in the process, it felt as if she was travelling to a different city. Weird me, right ? 😜

When A makes fun of me or something that I say, I try to make a preaching statement in a humorous way and tell her how she should be respecting her mother and ask her to repeat “Matru Devo Bhava” 10 times. To this, her response of the recent times is to put this in a “for loop in a program”. Weird duo right ? 😜

Whenever A and me talk about dresses becoming shorter or A growing taller, I tell her that her height is enough and she can stop growing. She doesn’t agree to what I say and says that her height isn’t enough and she’ll grow more. Both of us know that we can neither stop nor increase the growth but we still choose to argue about this. Weird duo right ? 😜

Current craze

WORDLE !!!!

This is what our current craze is !

Tharani introduced this to us through her blogpost. So thanks to Tharani !!

Three of us, V, A and myself are currently hooked onto this.

We wait every day for a time that is available and convenient for all the three of us and then start playing it.

A’s strategy for now is that we start guessing the word in V’s phone and it is usually taking us 3-5 attempts to guess the word. Once we guess the word, she goes and enters the word in my phone and laughs to herself on seeing the “Genius” response on the first attempt !

Interesting buy

Not sure how and when it has started, but there are certain areas on my feet and toes where the skin has hardened. And when I say hardened, it means that the skin has become so hard that I do not have any sensation at that place and it is completely dead skin. I remember my obstetrician suggesting some cream too to soften the hardened skin. I tried it for some time but then left it after sometime.

Years passed but I have never put any real effort to address the problem except to fret occasionally. I would try to apply some moisturiser regularly but then again shamelessly and carelessly forget about it. I would complain about it again after a period of time. The cycle repeated again and again.

Couple of months ago, during a conversation with V, he mentioned that there were devices available in the market that would actually help remove the dead skin or callus. I got intrigued by it and showed enthusiasm to try it out. Together, we did some quick search and zeroed in on https://www.lifelongindiaonline.com/products/lifelong-llpcw04-callus-remover?variant=30305484636222

Ordered it via Amazon and it came to us within few days of ordering. It is quite compact and pretty easy to use. Priced at around 1000 bucks, I felt it wasn’t too expensive also. I used it couple of times so far and I feel that the mountain of dead skin on my toe has almost become like a plateau or plain. As I keep using it and the dead skin comes off in powdered form, I feel a sense of accomplishment that I am slowly regaining my skin.

I hope I wouldn’t neglect this purchase and use it sincerely to get a permanent solution to the problem.

An impulsive, interesting and self pampering buy of the recent times for me !!!

Mix of worlds

When I went to see what A was doing the other day, she was trying to answer a question in her school notebook by referring https://www.tutorialspoint.com/java/. This was the link that my manager shared with an intern who joined our team this month.

Sometimes I would see her referring “geeksforgeeks” website and that’s the one I see most candidates appearing for job interviews referring to.

On some days, both of us would be holding a rough note book and scribbling for loops and while loops while trying to formulate pseudo code for questions in her text book.

Occasionally, each of us would attempt a solution to a problem separately and then come up with completely different solutions and then discuss the pros and cons of them.

On some rare occasions, she would pass by my laptop and have a look at the classes, variables and comments of my code.

This year A chose Computers as her optional subject at school and our worlds have mixed up. My professional world and her academic world are now slightly mixed up. At the moment, A is enjoying programming and gets a high when she is able to crack something programmatically, but she states that she doesn’t want to pursue a career in software development.

Let’s see what her future world is going to be and if it would mix with my world in any way !!

Silver lining

A is down with fever and cough but the silver lining is that she didn’t get sick at exactly the same time as we did and it makes it easier to take care of the little one !

Multiple people at home are sick but the silver lining is that our Homeo doctor is available 24 * 7 and is reassuring as he always is !

The newspaper is flooded with news of so many people being tested positive but the silver lining is that the symptoms are very mild and that it will soon become an endemic !

Problems might be there in many shapes and sizes but the silver lining is that the solutions would be in even greater numbers !

Book

I have started reading a book last year. I have completed only a part of it and there’s still a long way to go. I have heard about it from couple of people but the thought of reading the book never crossed my mind until last year. The moment I had the thought, I picked up the Telugu book that I had been seeing in the bookshelf at home for ages. I tried reading it but I realised that I wouldn’t be able to complete reading a book of that writing style. And then I googled and found that I was trying to read a translated version of “Autobiography of a Yogi”.

The book has been originally written in English and has been translated into over fifty languages and the book has been in print for over 70 years. This is such an old book and is still being read and appreciated and recommended by so many people. Only when I picked up the English version and started reading it, I realised what a wonderful book it was !

I understood some parts of the book, I loved some parts, I had goosebumps while reading some parts, I was awestruck reading some parts, I didn’t understand completely some parts, I couldn’t grasp some parts but one thing I can say for sure is that I loved the book. And I feel so glad that I picked up this book for reading at least now , if not earlier.

The vocabulary and writing style of the book is so amazing that I was overwhelmed by it. The way spirituality and science are intertwined in this book is so beautiful. The narrations and experiences of the author are so intense that goosebumps are inevitable. The way different dots are connected in an unimaginable manner makes one feel wonderstruck. India and it’s rich knowledge has been portrayed in such a way that all the respect I have towards India have been amplified multi fold.

With each chapter I read, I felt the itch to understand it more clearly, to grasp it more completely, to experience it and to absorb it. Reading some parts of the book, I felt like traveling to those places to see them in real. I felt like learning more and more about each of the wonderful personalities that were listed as part of various experiences of the author.

If reading just a part of the book can make me fall in love with the book to such an extent, I wonder how I would feel when I finish the book. And if I get a chance to read it one more time and I get to understand it better, it would be even more awesome.

Some excerpts of the book are listed down here. I could go on and on about the book but it would still be minuscule when compared to the real treasure that the book holds. I would recommend this book to anyone who hasn’t yet read it and is willing to read it. The book is giving me a whole new perspective of everything and I am blissfully absorbing each and every bit that it’s offering me !!!!

“Look fear in the face and it will cease to trouble you.”

“Thought is a force, even as electricity or gravitation. The human mind is a spark of the almighty consciousness of God. I could show you that whatever your powerful mind believes very intensely would instantly come to pass.”


“Imagination is the door through which disease as well as healing enters. Disbelieve in the reality of sickness even when you are ill; an unrecognized visitor will flee!”

“Intuition 100 is soul guidance, appearing naturally in man during those instants when his mind is calm. Nearly everyone has had the experience of an inexplicably correct “hunch,” or has transferred his thoughts effectively to another person.The human mind, free from the static of restlessness, can perform through its antenna of intuition all the functions of complicated radio mechanisms—sending and receiving thoughts, and tuning out undesirable ones. As the power of a radio depends on the amount of electrical current it can utilize, so the human radio is energized according to the power of will possessed by each individual.All thoughts vibrate eternally in the cosmos. By deep concentration, a master is able to detect the thoughts of any mind, living or dead. Thoughts are universally and not individually rooted; a truth cannot be created, but only perceived. The erroneous thoughts of man result from imperfections in his discernment. The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may mirror the divine vision in the universe.”

“The Hindu scriptures teach that the first duty of man is to keep his body in good condition; otherwise his mind is unable to remain fixed in devotional concentration.”

“Anyone who practices a scientific technique of God-contact is a yogi; he may be either married or unmarried, either a worldly man or one of formal religious ties.”

“Many illustrations could be given of the mathematical relationship between man’s respiratory rate and the variations in his states of consciousness. A person whose attention is wholly engrossed, as in following some closely knit intellectual argument, or in attempting some delicate or difficult physical feat, automatically breathes very slowly. Fixity of attention depends on slow breathing; quick or uneven breaths are an inevitable accompaniment of harmful emotional states: fear, lust, anger. The restless monkey breathes at the rate of 32 times a minute, in contrast to “man’s average of 18 times. The elephant, tortoise, snake and other animals noted for their longevity have a respiratory rate which is less than man’s. The tortoise, for instance, who may attain the age of 300 years,166 breathes only 4 times per minute.The rejuvenating effects of sleep are due to man’s temporary unawareness of body and breathing. The sleeping man becomes a yogi; each night he unconsciously performs the yogic rite of releasing himself from bodily identification, and of merging the life force with healing currents in the main brain region and the six sub-dynamos of his spinal centers. The sleeper thus dips unknowingly into the reservoir of cosmic energy which sustains all life.”

“A cinema audience can look up and see that all screen images are appearing through the instrumentality of one imageless beam of light. The colorful universal drama is similarly issuing from the single white light of a Cosmic Source. With inconceivable ingenuity God is staging an entertainment for His human children, making them actors as well as audience in His planetary theater.”

This and that

I am feeling much better today. Thanks everyone. The throat pain is now gone and has transformed into cold, but it is in a much manageable state.

V is experiencing cold and headache and we got medication from our family Homeo doctor and I hope he gets better soon.

It is FIL’s birthday today but we haven’t had any celebrations as cake cutting or sweets as he himself was coughing quite a bit and the rest of us too weren’t in very high spirits. Hope we will be able to celebrate a belated Birthday soon.

Watched Shyam Singha Roy, a Telugu movie, with family over Netflix. It felt better to not lie down with an itchy throat.

A doesn’t want to sleep yet and is making me listen to songs of One Direction, one of her favourites, while writing this post.