May be

As I sit here on my porch and the wind chimes above my head ring loud with the strong wind, I can’t help but ponder.
Mind you the birds are singing too. And this one bird in particular, she just seems too happy on this bright sunny afternoon. She’s been chirping non-stop, I did try to follow her voice to find where exactly is she squatting but couldn’t… the big busy branches of the tree are too dense for my naked eyes.
With the COVID-19 lockdowns and social distancing guidelines being lifted slowly but surely everywhere around the world, I wonder what this little bird is trying to say in her chirpy melodious voice.
Is she just happy or is she tying to tell us humans something? May be she is telling us to stay indoors a tad bit longer. Maybe she is trying to tell us that without us this planet was doing just fine.
For all these years, we’ve been only taking from this planet and giving nothing in return, selfish much? Today as we sit indoors, the fact is that the sky is more blue, birds have taken up singing again while the trees are busy dancing with the wind and the animals enjoy roaming free.
May be we’ve tamed this beautiful blue planet a little too much for our convenience. May be it was never meant to be this way. Where has the wilderness gone? May be we are not wanted by other living beings. May be this tiny little outspoken bird is their messenger. May be she is not done enjoying the freedom and freshness of clean air. May be this quarantine set her free. May be she is trying to say that this planet is not ours to ruin.
Just may be.. we should think about our actions going forward.. and act upon it. May be the bird is giving us our final chance.. we must take it, for their is no other way…

Saree: Suta; Shoes: Vincent Camuto

Silver Lining

I have something to share today. As you know I blog when I feel like I have something to share, some thing to write about. I can’t just put up ten pictures and call it a post. It has never been like that on this blog and will never be. Anyways, so back to the topic. My last post might have come across as angry or maybe even sad. But that is not how I am feeling today, or these days. I have come to appreciate some good things this pandemic has forced us in to. For instance –
I have not missed a single day of my workout since the social distancing started. I am beginning to see the fruits of my hard work now. Patting myself for the effort and determination.
I have eaten 95 percent of my meals at home, all home-cooked. Initially, when all this started, I used to miss going out and eating at a nice joint and not having to cook something. But those cravings have subsided. Ofcourse, we still do take-outs once a week, we are no saints! 😉
I am on top of my laundry game. Who doesn’t like clean, folded and ironed clothes!
My sleep schedule has improved SIGNIFICANTLY. 9 pm is bedtime now. You’ve no idea how big of an achievement this is, for us as a family! 😊 Dark circles are a thing of  the past now.
I get more work done from home. Yes, thankfully I am still employed and lucky (and very grateful) be able to work from home. Cutting down on ‘travel to work’ really gives me an extra hour and half during the day to get more work done! No complaints here.
These are just few things which feel like blessings to me. I know all this may not apply to everyone, as these trying times are testing all of us. But my point for this post is to look for a silver lining. This is my silver lining. Hope is the only way we will get through this.

Also today we are celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary. Thought of dressing up in this red lace saree which I teamed up with a crop top for our Italian Lunch take-out. 😛

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).