The not-to-do listย 

Ordinary people make the to-do lists. The Extraordinaire make a not-to-do list. ๐Ÿ˜œ So here’s the I’m-not-doing-this resolutions for 2016. 

*I will not watch a movie on the first day of its release and worry later about how I had wasted 250 bucks. I will duly wait for a week, look for reviews and then proceed. 

*I will not give in to spur of the moment decisions and end up buying things which I will never touch later ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

*I will never attempt to curl my hair on my own. Period. 

*I will not read cookbooks to sleep and end up cooking in dreams and none in real life ๐Ÿ˜†

* I will not ask my manager for leave like a good kid and end up listening to an hour’s lecture as if my absence is gonna shut the company down. ๐Ÿ˜

* I will not ask the husband to go shopping with me when I’m in desperate search for ‘the kurta’ ( you know the one which is in our mind, but difficult to find in shops, so we go through 5-6 shops in search of it) because he is not that patient. ๐Ÿ˜

* I will not wait until the last dress left in the closet is unfit for wearing, to do my laundry. 

* I will not attempt to make ice creams, especially the store-bought ones which claim to be easy-peasy. (I ended up eating all of it last time)

* I will not buy any more indoor plants because I have this rare talent of letting even succulents to die. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

* I will not turn the front camera ON until I reduce my weight. 

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

The new year, new Me nonsense

Yes yes, the same old nonsense that we keep doing year after year, even though we (OK, me! ) hardly continue the New-me after January.. But what else can be done other than resolutions on the first day of New year. 

My 2015 was not what I expected. All that in the next post, for here I am resolving to let go off negative thoughts atleast today.

Last year we had planned two trips – Goa and Coorg. Of course we didn’t go. ๐Ÿ˜• This year we are planning on a 10-day international trip. *Fingers crossed*. I managed to do two of the resolutions made last year. I completed last year’s blogathon (Yay me!) but neglected blog for the rest of the year ๐Ÿ˜œ

One accomplishment of last year was I finally went for a one day baking workshop and learnt to make cupcakes. This was a wish come true โ˜บ๏ธ

So here we go, this year’s priorities! 

๐Ÿ”นHealth, of course. 

๐Ÿ”นCooking. Too much junk food n door delivered food has made me gain 10 kg last year. This year, I vow, to cook more! 

๐Ÿ”นManage money. I mentioned something about saving money last year but as soon as I clicked Publish off it went from my mind ๐Ÿ˜. I’m not earning much nor do I like getting financial help from our parents. So keeping in mind the trip, I really need to save. 

๐Ÿ”นPush aside negative thoughts and think happy thoughts. B watches Healer Basker’s videos in YouTube. I never listen but off late I’m thinking what the hell , let me give this a try. He talks about healthy food habits, yoga n natural ways for healing, FYI 

๐Ÿ”นRead more! 

I know I’m singing the same old pallavi*.. But we can always hope, right? Nambikai tha vazhkai!!** ๐Ÿ˜‰

We are kick starting the January blogathon today. I’m more than looking forward to read everyone’s blogs than writing in here. All the best everyone and wishing you all a happy new year. โ˜บ๏ธ

*pallavi – chorus 

**Nambikai tha vazhkai – life is all about Hope! 

My little hope story

If someone asks about me to my family, I’m sure they would throw in words like ‘independent’, ‘bold’, ‘outspoken’ in their description. Myย cousinย has always wondered how I can travel alone or how I stay alone at home when parents are out of town. This must sound stupid to some, I agree. But we are from the South and ‘outspoken & independent’ are not the descriptive words people would use for a girl.

The truth is, I’ve been afraid, always. But I’m good at pretending to be brave and hiding my fear. When I was 17, I was packed to Pune and my Hindi was limited to reading and writing. Conversations in Hindi made me run for help. Travelling by auto or even grocery shopping panicked me. All my classes were meant to be in English and not always did it happen in my favor. I was not allowed to call Mummy for consecutive days. My guardian* said that would distract me from my goal. (I didn’t have a goal).

After eleven months of living away from the family and gaining nothing out of that stay, I finally came back home. I did not achieve anything. I did not clear the PMTs. Neither did I learn to speak Hindi fluently. My dad and mom were much more disappointed than me (I was just happy to be back). My dad, who kept telling that his daughter would conquer her fear over Hindi in a matter of few days, was not okay with the fact that I came back as a failure.

I reluctantly took up Engineering (and Biotech, to be precise) in a not-so-popular college. I always had the feeling that I was a loser. Coming first in the department didn’t change it a bit because I scored less than average in my GATE exam. And I hit rock bottom when I failed my TCS interview.

I was looking for one reason, a small silver lining, anything, something to prove I wasn’t a failure. Good news came in the form of M.Tech admissions to my dream University. My parents were again reluctant to send me to a city, alone. But the ticket to Anna University was the answer to all my problems and I was confident about it. I had to persuade my father and for the first time in my life I cried to him about how I thought I was a failure and this was my second chance.

I have always mentioned in this blog about how much this city has changed me. It’s been four and a half years now. I’m working in one of the ‘safest’ MNC’s and I’ve been living off of my hard earned money and I no longer have the need to pretend that I’m strong and independent. I’m living the life of my dreams and it all started with moving in here. Had i not moved in here, had I not literally begged my father, I would have been married, transformed into a mother-of-two and a homemaker. (Not that it’s a bad thing). And I would have been behind my husband for all of my needs, nodded my head in agreement when people talk about ‘clothes provoking a man for rape’ or ‘how girls should not be allowed to work’.

I know that my Dad and my husband are proud of me and I wish that one day my guardian (I miss you!) would call me and say the same thing.

This post is written for’s ( Lookup stories. I have not fabricated anything mentioned above. ๐Ÿ™‚

*The guardian – someone very close to me, Dad and brother.

The last day

The last day of the first month in this new year.. I will not say I don’t know how the month passed by.. Bcos only me n God would know how much I had to think to write something each day to complete this blogathon.. But yay.. I managed to finish it. Many posted regularly but some lesser mortals like me added two posts in a single day to make up for the missed day. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ To think I actually did something for the past few days is in itself a great achievement. I once read that when you do something for 21 consecutive days, it tends to become a habit.. I seriously doubt that applies to blogging as well, but let’s see. I got used to typing out the day’s post only by the end of the day and today was no different. ๐Ÿ˜œ I had lots of fun these 30 days.. Started following new people and almost know everything that’s happening in all those participated’s life. Thank you for all the comments in my posts n for all your wonderful posts that made me laugh, made me think and made me jealous.


Day 30: Second chances

Blog about the three things that you have been putting off for the future, which you would do right now if given a chance.

Second chances are like God-given. To right the wrong.. To undo the past.. A chance to turn your if-only’s to I did it! If offered a second chance in life, I would definitely ask to go back to the past, to not grow up and stay with mom. But since I’m given a chance to do something I’m putting off for the future, I cannot list time-travelling ๐Ÿ˜œ

Something I’ve been putting off:
1) To join baking classes – Even though I suck at cooking, I love to bake. There’s nothing in the world that I would want right now. Not even a free trip to Hawaii. Ok, scratch that, I might wanna go. Such a traitor I am.. ๐Ÿ˜œ But on a serious note, I’ve been wanting to join some proper classes for baking, but the non-availability of said class that would suit my free time or the distance from the place to my house, makes me wanna cry loud. And, the fee! Of course.
If I were given an chance, say like a two or three week holiday, I would run to my school senior, even sleep in her house and learn all that’s there to bake a cake as beautifully as she does.

2) The trip to Bhutan
– Ever since I saw some super duper pics of Bhutan, I just wanna live go there. I have to save more so I could manage to enjoy an international trip with the husband without blowing up our savings. But if given a chance, say, I won a lottery I could easily go. Along with a paid holiday!!

3) See, the thing with the above two wishes is, either I must be paid a hell lot of money or I should be unemployed to take up classes. So, my long time dream is to open a books-cum-cupcakes shop. I can get both my wishes come true, if this one is made possible. Baking like a pro and don’t-have-to-beg-for-leave situation at work !!
Again, if I had the guts and confidence to face my manager, to talk right in front of his nose, to walk off with pride saying that I quit.. If I could do all of that.. I will open my shop!!
If only!!!!

โ€œThis post is a part of the #SecondChance activity at BlogAdda in association with MaxLife Insuranceโ€.

Day 24: I – Movie time

Ok I missed a day in this blogathon ๐Ÿ˜” I was very tired and also completely blank as to what to write. I mean, I can talk about things for a longgg time that sometimes B pretends to listen. But to write here and make it not boring is reallllly difficult

Today we went for I movie in Phoenix mall after trying to book ticket since the day of its release and failing each time. I was much excited about it but to my disappointment we went nearly 30 mins late. From what I saw, I pretty much liked it and donno why people are giving bad reviews. Vikram’s hard-work, Shankar’s magnificence, PC Sriram’s breathtaking visuals, AR Rahman’s stunning bg score.. It’s kinda lengthy but didn’t make me feel bored like Lingaa or Kaaviyathalaivan..

China was absolutely beautiful.. But i think the flower garden looked a bit unreal?!? Not sure though.. Do watch the movie..

Trisha got engaged and almost all the guys in office have the same sad status. And the husband is feeling too much.. ‘Ayyo trisha trisha trisha ‘ has been his azhukural* these days.. ๐Ÿ˜œ


Day 22: This is Ajith here!!!!

Pizza guy: Your ordering in the name of Pratap and you’re calling from Ajith house?
Caller: Yeah that’s right.. Yeah this is Ajith here..
Pizza guy: Ajith aaaaah?!!!!!

Hahaha this was soo much fun to listen to.. This video of an audio clip is doing the rounds in Facebook n all social media right now!!! A friend told me about it and I checked it out in YouTube.. Mannnn!!!! Thala absolutely stole my heart !! So simple.. So much of patience.. Not even showing the least amount of anger when the phone is being passed around.. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ sweetly answering their questions..

Please do check it out from here

This call was made in 2009. And the video was uploaded yesterday, I guess..

Day 20: Swag!!!

Ok ok I’m hyperventilating.. Coz how cool your picture can become with this awesome app!!! Pure love I say!! Word swag is a fantastic typography app that lets you add quotes and text layouts.. To all this who already know about it, forgive me, but I just installed it now and can’t get enough of it.. I mean, half the apps in my phone are for photo editing and I just can’t stop falling in love with this one!!!

Dear VSCO Cam and PIXLR express, I will not leave you behind.. My love for you will still continue..