Solitude

Our recent trip to India was soul satisfying. (Btw, thankfully we came back a month ago, way before all the lockdowns and travel bans). While in India, I basically just did ‘nothing’. I woke up, ate and slept. In my humble opinion, we all need such times in our lives when we are not running behind something. Though this trip was absolutely impromptu and the reason behind the trip was definitely not ‘leisure’ or vacation, I still had a very relaxing time there.
This trip made me realize that we don’t realize, in general we run behind too many things in life. From the start of the day to finish we always have things/activities/chores planned. Our To-Do list is never ending and stuff keeps piling up – it’s the story of our mundane routine lives. From now on, I have decided to block time in my to-do list to do NOTHING. Yep! This time will be used to absolutely do nothing. No nail spas or facials or shopping trips – Just nothing. I don’t know what I will be doing during that time. May be I will pick a pen and notepad and just write my thoughts or may be I’ll just sit and relax and stare at the wall. This feeling of ‘I have nothing to accomplish’ right now would be so freeing since we are always ‘on the go’ and rarely have time to sit and do nothing.
I wrote the above paragraph two weeks ago, when things were not as crazy as now. Looks like I won’t have to ‘make’ time to do nothing, we have been forced in to it anyway. Ok, maybe not nothing, some of us are still working from home, tending kids and the elderly but you know what I mean.. No traveling to work, no socializing, no partying equals to more free time. How are you spending all this ‘extra free time’ at home?
On the plus side, staying home more means more opportunities to wear a Saree. I am sure liking the freedom of dressing up my way – everyday!
This light weight printed chiffon saree in mustard felt perfect for a ‘work from home summer afternoon’. Bought it in Kanpur (India) from a local shop, you can find similar ones here and here. Classic Clarks Moccasins.

Serenity

These are crazy times. Nothing feels real, it feels as if we are part of a movie and events are turning out how it would happen in a movie. I am not going to tell you what to do, I guess you already know all that, thanks to the health officials, social media, TV and all other news outlets. We all know what to do and what not to do during these crucial times. Let’s do the right thing and stay home as guided.

Wore this soft cotton handloom saree to brighten up my mood and day. The skies are grey outside today and so is my mood with everything going on around us. May we emerge even stronger after all this.. and may this pandemic is behind us sooner than later. Wishing good health and safety for all.
Saree is from Suta, white pumps are Abella. This saree did not come with a blouse so matched it with a bluish-gray blouse (my design).

Small Circle

As I age, I’ve realized my circle (‘Circle’ here means the people I call mine, the people I am closed to, the people who understand me, the people who know the true me) keeps getting smaller. I have no room for people who are fake or pretend to be my friend or well wishers. Does this happen to you too?
I feel life is too precious to be wasted on wrong relationships. Keeping my circle small and close has really given me the opportunity to stay away from unnecessary ‘pretend’ friendships, gossips, from getting wronged and getting heart broken. I still get misjudged because I can’t change other’s perception about me, neither do I care, nor do I have the time and energy to do so. I love my small world and love the people in it and also love being loved by them unconditionally.

Here, in a cotton saree gifted by the mothership on a Sunday afternoon – leaving for a day of errands. Punjabi jutti is from a local shop in Amritsar from my recent trip to India. I have never worn a cotton saree before, and this saree completely changed my perception of cotton sarees. What a breeze!

Holiday Cheer

Now that the holiday cheer is over and everyone is back to business, can we talk about how desperately we wait for the festivities to come and how quickly they get over! I feel the same every year, do you too Ha! Just kidding.. ofcourse this time flies by, because we wait for it so impatiently, we enjoy it, we celebrate, we eat good food, we dress up, we party, we get together, we (try to) forget our sorrows and just enjoy the beautiful moments, we make memories – well my list is infinite.. I just love holidays and celebrations way too much. What can I say.. I am a romantic at heart!
In another news, we are traveling to India! Its going to be our first visit as a family of four.. how exciting that is! I just can’t contain my excitement. These days are being spent packing suitcases and making lists of things we don’t want to forget. And I am equally dreading the journey with my two little ones. Oh God, help us.
Below – Keva’s third meeting with Mr. Claus and the boy’s first. Clearly he wasn’t amused.