A very short post to wish all my blogger friends a very happy and safe Diwali. I hope the following year be glorious and prosperous for all of you.
Lighten up your hearts,
Open up your minds,
Be a little more kind.
Share the smiles,
Embrace this life,
And be a little more kind.
Not just on the day of this festival
Not just on any special occasion,
All year long,
Just be a little more kind
And to all the other people around.
This is my motto, my belief, in trying to better myself.
A very Happy Diwali to all you lovely people.
“Every writer’s motto read, mad I cannot be, sane I do not deign to be, neurotic I am.”
I think you’d agree with this. What are your thoughts?
As much as I love the festivities, I hate the preparations now, right after my hectic travelling and the burden of my work and studies. And yet, I could not have been avoiding it for long, so Diwali right around the corner, I had to get going with it latest by today. And the only part about the unwanted cleaning that I liked today was getting to go through my book collection and soft toys. As I do not have a proper place to keep my books, I have it stacked at my study table and every other place, but I love them all the same.
So here are some of my lovelies-
PS: I have always loved Noddy 😉
So my little expedition has some good parts too, and that I am going to show with the unprofessional photos here.
The foodie me will definitely start with the photos of the deliciousness.
And now comes all the traditional Gujarati accessories, Of course I wouldn’t return without getting something from it.
The beautiful lake.
Some pictures from the zoo.
Birds giving me all kinds of poses
Some garba dancing to the beats of water drum
Because it was dear cousin’r birthday: (Or we just needed a reason :-p)
Me twirling around:
Well, there is always certain kind of madness with us-
And yet, I am happy that I am back, in time for Diwali.
It took me almost 15 days to roughly do some of the arrangements and yet the bride is left with various other shopping. But now that everything else is fixed from the themes, and menu and the bride’s entry and the reception details, I finally booked my return tickets much to my cousin’s despair.
Honestly speaking, one more day here and I could lose my temper now and all the fake smiles and polite answers would be thrown in the dust. And now I literally dread the wedding. If she has become this crazy one month in advance, I don’t know how she is going to behave on the day of her wedding.
But for now I am just glad to return to my home where I can lie peacefully without worrying about some random demand out of the blue.
My return journey was quite the contrary to my previous one, with little adventure in it, and I was happy about it too. I could not deal with it probably being so drenched and out of patience. So with two different connecting flights bouncing and jerking over the turbulent weather, and a local train, I reached my home, to a peaceful environment after a long time.
My mom greeted me with the best of food which I was missing for long now and putting the November wedding out of my mind for now.
The last few days have been a circus in here with really no time to spare. My days have been occupied with shopping for the crazy bride to be and continuous meetings with decorators, caterers, singers, band people, mehndi wali, safa wala and the unending list of people. And her request for not hiring a wedding planner was still constant despite my giving her various contacts with considerably decent contracts. Instead she insists on my staying here till the wedding which is in November. And honest to God, if I did that, I am going to go mad, literally mad.
Apart from the wedding, the best part was the Dandiya nights and the post navratri celebration which were simply put, fantastic. Of course I did not have a big group of friends there to dance with, but I still danced till my legs ached, and I could listen to my own heartbeats over the loudest of drums. And that is what I call Navratri- well spent.
But it was not the end.
When I said I almost forgot about the purpose of my visit to my sisters place, I wasn’t kidding and then reality hit me hard the next day.
The fresh morning brought news that my dear cousin has fixed people for all work and she just wants me to arrange things and give them ideas. Now this becomes really difficult when you have a decorator but he will be unable to do the required thing or you have a deaigner but his capability stops at a certain point. And she made things really difficult for me.
It took me more than five days to cover up this blunder and yet I am not satisfied with what I have done. To top it all, my cousin, all of a sudden has become the kind of bride who cribs and cries at every petty thing. I never imagined her to be that kind and yet here she was with me, making puppy faces and wanting to be pampered almost all the time. And that is what I am not good at. I mean I could handle brides, but not a cousin who wants to be with her fiance all the time. I mean when am I suppose to do all other arrangements? Obviously I cannot do anything without asking her. And she has very little time for me now!
I have told her that I can be there for a few more days there but then I will have to return. And just at the thought she started her tantrum of very little time and how will she handle everything alone. But honestly, I could not spare anymore time, specially when she doesn’t want to entirely be present.
Though I will make sure that I complete almost all the important arrangements before I leave so that she has less things to worry about.