Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Old-new, no need to choose and unexpected

  1. The seating arrangement at work has been reorganised across the floor for some 400 people. The machines were shifted to new work locations over the weekend. There's plenty of chaos in the morning - people are hurrying about, connecting their PCs, unpacking boxes, putting up their charts and posters and arranging their desks... and occassionally also forgetting to go to their new locations, and turning up at their old desks, only to find someone new already occupying their seats.
  2. The aerobics class got shifted to Tuesdays and Thursdays instead of the original Mondays and Wednesdays. I no longer have to choose between attending the Yoga class and aerobics.
  3. An old friend from junior college suddenly calls to say he's in Pune, and would like to meet if I'm free. I get late at work, and he gets late too, so we end up meeting at 10 p.m., but I'm glad we do. He's pleasant company and it's fun catching up and getting news from Nagpur. He's a father now and shows pictures of this little daughter with evident pride.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mini meal, cooling agent and Feast Bazar

  1. The minestroni soup at lunch is thick and chewy, and almost a meal in itself. The rest of the food on the menu is quite boring and unpalatable, but the soup and some salad is more than enough for lunch.
  2. A large glass of cool sweet fresh watermelon juice. It cools from within.
  3. There's a show called 'Feast Bazar' on Travel & Living. The host takes us through Morocco and Syria, showing exotic middle eastern cuisine. Natasha and I sit drooling over the humous and the falafel, wishing we could go back to Israel and gorge on those once again.

Oh my God! Are ALL my good things about food today?!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Shared happiness, shared burden and puffed up

  1. Gauri comes running to my desk, bringing with him a semi-eaten chocolate pastry. Rashmiiii, try this! This is one of the best pastries I've had in a long time, he tells me, not even attempting to hide his glee. He's brought along a spare spoon, so I can dig in without wasting time. We share the pastry and the glee.
  2. I can start assigning work to the new guy who's joined the team. What bliss to have someone to share your work load with!
  3. For the first time in my life, my rotis have puffed up perfectly. Each roti's puffing up is followed by a small dance of celebration. And when we have them a while later, they're still soft and warm, and of the perfect thickness. I deserve a pat on the back.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Just like mom, Straight and Punishment

  1. Baingan ka bharta like my mom makes it. It turns out almost perfect - with the brinjal, the onions and the tomatos roasted over the flame and then cut and mixed. No oil. Very healthy and of course very yumm.
  2. Straight. Its hilarious! Vinay Pathak is such a brilliant actor. He portrays the character of Pinu Patel with such sensitivity - the confusion, the straight laced innocence, the eagerness, the tragedy that's inevitable in overly earnest people's lives, the childlike joy and jealousy, he just does it all in so classy a manner that one can't help but get involved in the character.
  3. Gauri is being rude and silly. I chase him in the parking lot and give him a smart rap on the back for being cheeky.

Finally, Only early morning dreams and irreverently funny

  1. I have a gas connection at home, people! How cool is that? Congratulate me! It has taken so many days, so many trips to the distributors office, and so many discussions and arguments with that rude fellow who mans the office that when it finally arrives today, I find it difficult to believe the long and tiring journey is over... but there it is! Sweet!
  2. During my afternoon nap, I have a very vivid dream. My parents are telling me that because I'm not getting married, they're going to shift to Pune on 6th April. Dad has arranged to start his Law practice from here, and I'm supposed to quickly find a larger house. I tell this to mom and she's quite amused. "Didn't you freak out?' she asks me. I pretend to be very hurt by this comment. Don't worry, she tells me, its only morning dreams that come true.
  3. I have started reading My Family & Other Animals. When Shenoy asked me last week what I wanted for my birthday, I told him I wanted this book, and he seemed quite surprised to hear it's title. I haven't read much yet, but what I have so far, makes me want to get back to it quickly. I love the way he's completely irreverent about his family and how he describes the way his family has helped him write the book.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Morning best, balanced and non-hairy

  1. Waking up in the morning, feeling rested and fresh. I wish this is how I could wake up every single day.
  2. I wear neither rings nor any watch, so the new pearl ring and the watch make my hand look very crowded and I keep fiddling with them, not quite liking it. Then I shift the ring to my right hand and the watch remains on the left, and there's balance.
  3. Thank God I'm a girl and have a non-controversial option to opt being non-hairy!