Explaining the absence

A lot has happened in the last 6 months, leaving me with little time and even lesser mind space to blog.

Some time towards the end of the November that just zipped past recently, I got married. And I did everything I said I never would.  I married a Delhi boy (oh my god!), had a full-scale wedding (oh my god!!!!!) and will now be staying on a more permanent basis in Delhi (oh dear Lord).

Since November I have moved 3 homes in a span of 4 months. From my solitary existence in my tiny, stone’s –throw-away- from- office accommodation, to a full family and a house in  the NCR,  to  finally settling down in an apartment with the spouse close to office, its been months of packing and unpacking.

I have acquired a brand new set of relatives. The names of many are still muddled up.  I have also acquired a new set of friends.  Work doesn’t allow much time for socializing but the circle has certainly expanded to include many more people than before.

There has also been a good amount of travelling. A trip to the hills with the mother before the wedding, a trip to south after the wedding and another trip to the hills in the Holi break.   Five months and three trips.

Finding a half-way decent accommodation that fit our budget and our need for sunlight and ventilation and was close to office was a task.  Setting it up as been both fun and exhausting.  Its not entirely done up yet and unfortunately we keep meeting some unexpected problems with the place, but we are ready for visitors. Despite the problems the house and the landlord keep throwing up, the place makes me feel  settled. To be honest, it’s the most settled I’ve felt since November. So while I know a lot can be done with the place (some of it needs to be done), I am happy with it.

Hopefully with the mind at peace and some smart jugglery to save time, I will be back to regular blogging.

The life saver meme

I found this meme started by Uma started on  Simran‘s blog. A meme for which I am very grateful . Nothing like a meme when you are out of ideas.:) So here goes..

1) Do you tend to hold grudges against people who have done you wrong? 

Yup.  Takes a while to forgive and forget and move on.

2) What is your astrological sign? 

Taurean- Gemini cusp.

3) What’s the last thing you purchased? 

A pair of brown shoes. Today.  Winter’s hit Delhi, the feet need to be kept warm. J

4) Did you have a baby blanket? Do you still sleep with it? 

Nope.

5) Have you ever tried to cut your own hair? If yes, how’d it work out? 

Thank God not.

6) Have you ever sleep-walked? 

Nope.

7) You can only have one of these things: trust or love.

Both, both. It’s got to be both.

8) Which of the five senses is most important to you?

This is a tough one. I am guessing sight.

9) Would you be a more successful painter or singer?

Another tough one. Singer. Painter. Singer. Yup, singer.

10) What’s a song that always makes you happy when you hear it?

It changes all the time. Right now its this:

Dear Blog

Its not as if I have forgotten you.  Its just that with the audit around the corner its hard to do anything except prepare for The Audit. But please be assured, I will be back. Soon.  And with interesting stories of travel and discovery to tell.

Until then, I leave you with this recent picture taken at Lodhi Gardens-  a not-so-great attempt at bokeh.

Mandira

Whaaa?!

Email Subscription tells me I have 99 subscribers.

99.

WOW.

I only know of two people who’ve subscribed to this blog. And they are family, so they dont really count. The 97 others, now thats the group that has my attention. I  hadn’t a clue so many people were interested in what what I wrote. I am an inconsistent blogger and the comments I get here give no hint at the number of people reading. But 99 subscribers means someone’s reading.  If the stats of this blog are baffling enough, take the case of the  new photo blog. Three days in existence and 75 subscribers.  (!!) Unless there is some serious data monitoring problem with Email Subscription, there are a whole lot of readers I don’t know at all and have never  interacted with.

To say I am curious about this silent group of readers is an understatement. I am d-y-i-n-g to know who you are and what makes you subscribe to the blog. Come on guys,  de-lurk now !!

In retrospect

In the time that I have been away, wordpress has changed beyond recognition.  I am having serious difficulty finding my way around. No wonder my 250 word post  titled“Look who is back” was published as “Look who is back” and nothing more.  I thought ctrl+c and ctrl+v still worked on wordpress. Apparently not.  Technology changes much too fast, if you ask me.

So why am I back to blogging after almost a year? For no greater reason than the fact that I feel like writing again. When I shut this blog, I was at a stage when I felt the writing had stagnated. Life wasn’t offering too many interesting things  to write about. Plus, living in a new city all by myself was taking a bit of getting used to. Writing was then, obviously, the last thing on my mind.  As I type away at the key board I realise most of these things still stand true. I have a life that’s fairly  stuck in an unaltering routine. I work 6 days a week. Hardly travel (going to Bombay doesn’t count). And when I read what I have just written, I realise the writing hasn’t gone up a level either.  Yet, after a year of staying away from this blog and settling in the capital, I just feel it would be a good idea to give writing another shot. I just hope this time I don’t run out of things to say! *fingers crossed*

So what have I done while I was away from this blog?  Quite a bit! I’ve-

  1. Settled into the new job. Acquired a fair understanding of the  people, the culture, the industry. There still a lot that needs to be understood, but a decent start has been made
  2. Adapted to Delhi’s pace. I still miss Mumbai’s pace and energy, but now Delhi seems fine too. 😀
  3. Connected with lots of old friends.  If you’ve lived 20+ years in a city and you return to it, you are bound to bump into people you know all the time. I’ve meet people – friends, acquaintances, old neighbours even schools teachers, at shops, malls, on the streets and each accidental meeting has been a reason for joy.
  4.  Found an alternate hobby to baking: embroidery!
  5. Read an eclectic mix of books, the latest being Priya by Namita Gokhale.
  6.  Joined and quit the gym. I think I was meant to join gyms, only to quit them within 3 months.
  7. Moved homes. Yes, all in the span of one year, I’ve moved two homes.
  8. Travelled home to  Bombay about 4 times in the year. The parents made about the same number of trips. Yes, we are all wondering why I even  bother to live in Delhi. J I also made a quick trip to Chandigarh and Bangalore.
  9. Learnt to cook exact  portions for one.
  10. Gone back to watching movies in the theatre. Latest movie: Mausum. Recommended only till the intermission. The second half of the movie is just chaotic confusing and in part, unbelievable.

That’s broadly it. What have you been guys been upto- Dipali, SMM, Vimmuuu, Monika, Crafty, Homecooked,Swaram, S&S, Hitchwriter?