Friday, January 29, 2010

Milky Way

I love milk. Do I sound like a kitten or a small pet who loves drinking milk.. I am like that.. Milk is a staple part of my diet. Every morning, without fail, I have to drink a big mug full of milk. I can do away without having breakfast or eating anything throughout the day, but milk is a must. But at the same time, I can drink milk only in the morning. I cant have milk in the night even it is to save my life.

There is a list of specifications that come with it though.. First one is the taste of the milk. I dont drink any milk that is available. It should not smell at all. There is a specific taste of milk that I like, otherwise I cant drink it. I dont drink milk of any brand available. There are just a few brands that I can consume. Then there is a differentiation between cow milk and buffalo milk. Next is the specification with regard to the texture: full cream, toned or double toned.. Wait, there is more to add. I dont put anything in the milk, not even sugar.. Its plain simple milk... Occasionally I may drink cold coffee but then its cold coffee only. I am not a hot coffee person.. Now the last thing about my requirement. I dont like hot milk. It has to be cold milk. Even in winters, I dont drink hot milk. The maximum that I do is, make it luke warm. Now how can I forget such an important thing about milk.. There should be no foreign article in the milk, which means there cannot be any cream.. I pass the milk through the sieve atleast twice, to make sure there are not even traces of cream present in it. One look at cream and I cant have that milk.

That looks to be a big list of the kind of milk that I drink. Having said that, whenever I am on a trip to a new place, I miss milk. Many a times I dont get milk in the morning and it becomes difficult for me eat anything else then. During my recent trip to Rajasthan, we didnt get any milk while we were in Jaisalmer. The first thing that I had, when I reached the station was grab a bottle of Amul Cool Milk. Only I know how satisfied I was after having that. There were other brands available but I didnt want to take any chances with the taste. Once we were in Jodhpur, I had a big glass of milk everyday in the breakfast. I loved it..

So now you can see how much I love milk. Even my relatives know that I drink milk everyday in the morning, even though I may skip breakfast. Do I sound crazy? Its ok.. A person who loves milk is not very easy to find, I guess. I am yet to meet one.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Truth

Read this in the newspaper and found it to be very true...

Q : What is man's idea of honesty in a relationship?
A: Telling you his real name.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Warmth


A bit of warmth in the icy, cold winter season....

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Royal Rajasthan

So I went on the last vacation of 2009 in the last week of the year.. From Christmas till new year.. and what better place could be to celebrate the holidays than our royal Rajasthan.. The places were Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. I went to Jodhpur a year back as well when 2009 was about to dawn, and knowing how wonderful the city is, I had no inhibitions in going there again.

The trip started with a roller coaster ride since I was late in planning for it. Still we managed to get the hotels booked, but the problem was the train tickets. No flight tickets were available and even the train tickets were done at the last moment and that also in sleeper class. Phew!! Its been ages since I traveled in sleeper.. Considering the winters, I knew its going to be tough for both Mom and me. The train stopped at such small stations in Rajasthan, I had never heard about before. The advantage of travelling in the sleeper class was that I got the chance to click some photographs..


After a long 18 hour train journey, we finally reached Jaisalmer and boy!! I had my heart in my mouth when I stepped out of the station. It was a beautiful, small station with intricate carvings done in the white sandstone and no coolies around to help you with your luggage.. Reached the hotel - Pithla Haveli. The first day/night was at the Sand dunes. I had heard a lot about the dunes, had seen umpteen pictures and had a dream of visiting them once. And it was a dream come true. The sand dunes were amazingly beautiful. The camel ride, sitting on the dunes, watching the sunset was a beautiful experience. The evening was spent with a bonfire and watching Rajasthani cultural dance and music program. The night was spent in the tents under warm duvets in the silence of the dunes. Its a different experience and I loved it. Next two days we spent exploring the small city of Jaisalmer - The fort, havelis, gadisar lake, Jain temple, silver jewellery, handicrafts, sandstone crafts, rajasthani food which consisted of Kadhi, gatte ki sabzi, kair sangri, bajre ki roti, dali, baati, choorma, kachori.. Everywhere all I could see was beautifully carved white sandstone which gives the look of wood - so intricate, symmetrical and so beautiful.

After spending three days in Jaisalmer, we were off to the blue city of Rajasthan -Jodhpur. I had fell in love with this city last year and was in the same enthusiasm this time as well. The stay was at Shriram Excellency hotel. True to its name, quite a decent hotel... In Jodhpur, I went beserk with shopping.. It seemed Mom's whole and sole purpose of visiting the city was to shop, shop and shop more.. and Yes, the city is a paradise for those who want to shop.. so there were sarees, suits, jootis, bags, bangles bought for self and as gifts for various people... Saw the beautiful Mehrangarh fort and the blue city from its ramparts.. The sunset again was beautiful in the city. New year eve was celebrated at the Air Force Station. The officers, ladies and the kids, lovely decor in the lawns. It was chilly but still it was nice. Danced till the new year dawned. The best part about attending parties in such places is that even if someone is drunk, they know how to behave themselves. No cheap crowd where you save yourself from a touch here or a brush there.. The food again was Rajasthani. Chakke ki sabzi, naan, veg jodhpuri, kadhi pakodi, halwa, mawa kachori, dal... The whole week I had Rajasthani food and I was not tired of it. Absolutely finger licking, lip smacking and mouth watering food..

All in all it was a great trip. I had the time of my life eating, shopping, roaming, relaxing and soaking the beauty of the dessert and the sand. It is a must visit place if you havent till now.. Rajasthan's royal beauty - where you feel like a queen just like those who lived there once...

Friday, January 08, 2010

Thought

Give my some sunshine
Give me some rain
Give me another chance
I wanna grow up once again!!!
- 3 idiots

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The year that was and is...

Almost a decade of this century is over now.. And it seems to have flew by, considering that I am still thinking about the year 2000 which was quite eventful for me.. Now when I sit back and think about all these years gone, I dont know whether I have lost more or gained more... I know for sure that I have lost much more than I ever thought in terms of relationship(s), but yes I gained a lot of confidence, grew professionally, traveled a lot and have become independent.

I have seen almost each and every aspect of relation that exists. I met a lot of people during this phase and learnt something or the other from each one of them.. Some turned into good friends - friends for life, some just passed by as acquaintances while I have lost touch with most of them.. with some, nothing happened.. Well, all that is part of the game...

Now when I look back at 2000, I wonder what my life would have been if I had not accepted that job offer in Pune.. Would I have still been in Doon or somewhere else.. What would I have been doing?? I know that I always wanted to work.. Looking at the past few years, now I want a break and that also a long one. I want to be at a place where I am at peace. Every year when it dawns, I hope that I dont lose any more relationships.. I have had enough in terms of losing out on them.. Every year I hope that my heart comes to rest and my mind is at peace..

Yes, the loneliness is creeping all over me and sometimes it laughs at me in the silence of darkness.. but I have somehow manage to struggle with it and try to smile.. Sometimes I feel that I am not myself and with each passing year, the distance between me and I is increasing. Like every year, this year also I hope that the sadness inside me dies and start getting happy all over again. I hope I dont lose any more relations... I seriously dont want to... All the best to me.. Amen!!!

Monday, January 04, 2010

Dhan Ta Nan!!!

Its time to rub our hands in glee
We have something for you, dear MTBs
Little baby’s on the way,
Getting bigger every day,
Two tiny feet that will wave in the air
Two tiny hands that will tug at your hair
But before that there is some work for you.
The best we can do, is give you a clue!



Voicing this clue is pretty asaan -
Go looking for a blogger who’s a fitness fan,
Mother of four and a stylish woman.
Also, let me add, she belongs to the money-saver clan.
Good work there, you are one step closer
Take a bow and move on to the next composer.