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Of flaws, judgements and khari biscuits...

I love attending lectures conducted by Gaur Gopal Prabhu. He is a wonderful speaker and I feel that lot of my perspectives clear up after listening to him. All his talks are published on Youtube, so if interested, you guys should listen to him. He has changed my thinking and beliefs in many ways. 
We are programmed in very odd ways. Look at us. We always yearn for what is not. We never see what we have, we always focus on what we don't. We want and want and want and want something or the other all the time. And if we can't have it, we are annoyed, moody, angry, depressed, upset, sad, disappointed, worried, stressed, anxious, hurt and I can keep coming up with more and more emotions. Because I have plenty of emotions and I know all possible emotions. 
Now look at me. On the periphery I have everything I ever wanted. K, a good family, good friends, travel, work, art and all that I ever wanted or had planned to have by this age, I have. But what is my sole issue. I don't have a…
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Thriving in isolation...it's a beautiful Saturday

A peaceful Saturday. Empty house. Rains. Green tea.

In such conditions, your mind is at it's very best. So my mind, actually my heart, decided to purchase some books today. I love reading, like most people. And I love, absolutely love purchasing books. My dream is to have a big library and a beautiful reading corner with a comfortable squishy chair, lovely lights and dogs for company while K serenades us with his guitar. 

If you ever want to gift me something, you have three good options. Books, stationary and those mix and match earrings from Accesorize. (I love wearing different ear studs in my ears) K always wonders why I like that. He just thinks I am crack to have a flamingo in one ear and a pineapple in the other. This habit I picked up from my best friend R. She loves wearing odd accessories which then rubbed off on me. 

So anyways, moving on from odd accessories and coming back to my very productive mind and heart. I decided to buy books and purchased six books right now. Fou…

Cause life is not always a patchy purple....

The obsession people have when it comes to food, housework and kitchen is beyond me. There are so many things to do in life  (career, reading, watching plays, learning a skill, travel, being social, etc), it is shocking when I see people fixated on the most idiotic and mundane aspects of life, all the bloody time. Sadly I cannot help such people and nor do I want to. I just have to find a way to float my boat by staying away as much as I can from such people.

Trying not to fall asleep, I shall make a steaming MUG of tea for myself very soon. Not a "cup", I need a mug today. Nothing has happened actually. It's just I am on some medication for my measles, which makes me very drowsy. I want to sleep yet I am trying not to sleep. Or maybe I may just sleep for half hour. Or maybe not. 
Damn, I am rambling. 
I guess I will nap after I update my blog, then will have tea and get to work. 

I was cribbing about the latest art work that I was making, turns out that it was not that bad …

Lets not do anything "rash"...

Sunday

As if I don't have enough to deal with, I am sitting now on a Sunday with a massive red rash all over my body. My face, ears, back, hands, basically the complete body is covered in tiny red spots. It has been this way since eight in the morning and has not budged. Everyone is suggesting different things to do, like go to the hospital and take an injection, take an Allegra pill, bathe in neem water, put dermicool powder, put lotion, turn on the AC and let it cool your system, etc.
 Maybe it was some food item, or a bug or probably some karma. Guess I have to bear this rash, enjoy all the extra "attention" from K and relax. 

I have to try everything possible to get okay since I am going out in the evening and I really do not want to be covered in red spots while watching Dunkirk.(Yes, K and I who watch every movie on the first day is watching Dunkirk more than a month post it's release)

I was suppose to go out with The Mother to check out hand crafted candles but I …

Some "Arty" talk while he does Origami....

I have been trying to find time to write a post about my travels but it has been impossible to do that. They say you "got to make time", but sometimes there just isn't any time for anything! I sometimes wonder, where the hell are these precious minutes going?

It's a lazy Tuesday today and a full house. After a very elaborate lunch of chole and vadas, cake and custard along with some paan. K has slept off and I am feeling sleepy just looking at him. But no! I am going to write and then do some art.

Thankfully I have gotten a good number of commissions since I have come back. I have two more to do, which I shall start today. I finally got around to re-create an Islamic pattern few days back. I was so happy while making it but really devastated with the way it turned out. It took me ages just to construct the grid and then I colored them up using pens. Not very happy with the look and finish of the design. Realised I have a long way to go. I need much more practise. Actua…

A not so sinking Mumbai.....

Hello,

I am sitting safely at the Karnik household, while Mumbai poured away. It was a crazy day yesterday. My city flooded and we experienced a torrential rainfall probably worse than the one in 2005. Roads were jammed, people stranded, trains stopped and there was complete pandemonium. 
Yet our spirit was commendable. People all over were helpful, many hosts took in people who needed help, rickshaws were dropping people wherever needed and every single citizen helped in their own way.
I curse Mumbai a lot, the way it is, the traffic, the way our taxes are always wasted, the corruption and the crime. But we do have spirit. Everyone helps when needed, we can be kind and we are united when crisis strikes. Many slum dwellers were serving tea and biscuits to those stranded. This spirit acted like the perfect float to our sinking city.
It was wonderful to see that yesterday. 

I was happy that we were all safe and sound at home. I remembered how in 2005 I was stranded outside my college. Luckil…

Life on my google...

How would life be if we did not have Google? I wouldn't survive London if it weren't for this magical search engine. You can type whatever you want, yes, literally whatever you want and Google will give you a solution.

Google, or to quote K "Jugal" (not Hansraj) is one of the most important aspects of our lives. Most of us would be screwed without it. Recently I read an article where a girl wrote all about her Jugal search engine history. So I thought, let me try that too. It gives you a marvellous insight into a person's character.




So here is some stuff from my recent Jugal (google) history, actually sorry, Jugal sounds weird. I will stick to Google. All this is very recent, in the last one month I have bombarded Google with mad questions and doubts.

Why don't western toilets have locks? 
Yes, I actually asked that. During our one month Euro trip, in every hotel room I saw that the bathrooms did not have a lock. Now it's just K and I, so it's okay. But w…