Friday, October 22, 2010

My kid is growing...

Disha is going to be Eight this January. She is growing up really fast. When she was very little I was thinking, when will she grow up and takes care of her own things. Now when she is quite young to take care of her day to day routines, my thoughts are taking me in past. I am reminiscing  those old days. When i used to carry her - close to me, in my safe hands, with all my warmth. When she spoke her 1st letter & 1st word. When she took her 1st step - those balancing acts and efforts, looking at me with the feeling of achievement after walking that step. When she 1st time ate her food using spoon, when she sang a song (3 full lines of a song).

Now, when she converses with me, its more like talking to a friend than a mother. I am enjoying it. She is more confident, more assertive, more accepting as well rebellious (sometimes), very emotional (hardly show any), very understanding (that scare me sometime), intelligent, playful. When i look at her, I think, "Dishu you look so big. You are growing up. Please stop for a while. I want to enjoy your this age and don't want you to become mature. I want this free bird like kid."

Today, she gives me time, talks to me, want my company, likes to play with me, likes to fight with me, loves me. I can still carry her (although with struggle) and hug her as tight as i want, kiss her as long as want. She likes it, wants it, enjoys it, feels happy about it. She has started asking me "Mamma, you only mine na??". I always reply her " Yes babu... I am yours only. You are my lovely child." Not sure why she has started asking this. But she likes that I am only her possession and not anybody else's.

I always ask myself, Tomorrow, when she will be grown up and in her teen age, will she converse with me or want me and my time like now? And the answer comes "YES". I know, if now I am giving her time, tomorrow she will definitely give me time and we will have same fun as now. Although such days are far but looking at today's urban world/westernization, with exposure to televisions, cartoons and friends in school, I am worried for tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Delhi Darshan after CWG

This Sunday, my family agreed on going to have lunch at Andhra Bhavan. They serve "Andhra Thali" and somehow all of us are quite fond of Andhra Food. So, we went to DELHI. From last couple of weeks, it was all about DELHI=CWG/Kalmadi and I had not visited Delhi during CWG. So it was a pleasant surprise for me looking at CP (Connaught  Place) and India Gate & Rajpath areas of Delhi. Sharing few pics here from my Delhi Darshan after CWG.
Raj Path
President's House/Rastrapati Bhavan
Raj Path
India Gate

Thursday, October 14, 2010

And here comes Navratri !!!

Navratri - Nine nights of Garba, Dandiya, Puja, Aarti. Dashera - The day when Ravan - the demon got killed by the God Ram.

That's the ancient definition of Navratri & Dashera. Now comes to the modern world where Navratri means, masti, Garba, Dandiya, fun, food and lot more.

In Ahmedabad young girls & boys are so excited about navratri that they start preparing for coming nine days before few months. Preparations??

Oh!!! Yeah...
  • Beauty parlor appointments
  • Shopping for new Chaniya-Choli or Kediyu-Dhoti - 9 pairs
  • Shopping for matching jewelery/accessories 
  • Shopping for matching footwear
  • Ticket bookings for famous party plots where these Garba-Dandiya are going to organize.
  • and more 
Please note that this could be the outdated list since i have not attended A'bad Garba from last 10 years. In Gujarat, Dandiya nights goes till 4 or 5 in morning. Gujju enjoy it to the fullest. Nights become days and days are lazy and sleepy. I recommend each non-gujju to must visit A'bad, Vadodra, Anand during Navratri and feel the energy in the air. It will be memorable experience. For few it sounds like a madness or craziness but for gujjus its another chance of enjoyment, fun and stress free time.

Gujjus are known for their celebrations and enthusiasm for any festivals. And they are die hard fan and follower of Navratri-Garba/Dandiya. I stay in Noida - Delhi and when Navratri approaches, my search for places where dandiya party takes place starts. Now, we have a Gujarati group in Noida and this year we are organizing 3 night dandiya mahotsav in Sector-50 Community Hall. I am planning to go there and enjoy each bit of it for 3 nights. I am also a die hard fan of Dandiya and whenever on any Gujarati Channel i see garba, I start performing same in my TV room. My daughter looks at me with puzzled & questioned face. The emotion i see on her face is - "Mom what are you doing and what are you up to.... Please stop it.... :-)"  As soon as i hear sound of Garba or Dandiya music, my legs start feeling the thump and my hand start feeling the movement. Wow!! What a feeling... I think Punjabi people might be feeling same when they hear Bhangra music or song.

I have plan to enjoy all 3 nights of navratri and forget all my worries.

Happy Navratri to all!!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010


I am missing my Ba (Dadi) a lot now than earlier. I lost her on 8th Sept and then after I am continuously thinking of her and the things I wanted to say her or time i wanted to spend with her. As a Dadi one think of her as a very orthodox and old fashioned one. But she was totally opposite - Always encouraged me to try new things, allowed me to do things my mom used to deny for. Whenever I visited her, she was sitting on her THE Chair and waiting for me. And whenever I left A'bad she was always there sitting on her THE chair in veranda to say good bye. That's her place in veranda where she sat every evening and kept an eye on what all is going on in society.

I still remember the days when she cooked great food for me when i used to come from school or college. She was an expert in cooking great gujju food; be it Undhiyu, basundi, dudh-paak, lasan ni rotli or anything. Whenever i fall sick, she cooked me lasan ni rotli and dudh. I am having chronic back pain and whenever i call A'bad, she had these 3 questions ready to ask on phone 1.) How is Kumarbhai? 2.) How is Disha? & 3.) How is your back? Keep good care of it. You are still too young to have this problem.

She was very very attached to all the kids in house. Be it her grand children (me, my brother and my cousins) or her great grand children (my daughter or my cousin's daughters). Always saved us from parents' scoldings. She was a pillar of our house after my Dada. She never took a retirement even after her grand daughter-in-law came in. Her that quality making all of us to remember her since she was always attached and involved in all sorts of conversations. She never felt lonely be it in my friends gathering or my dad's friends gathering. She had topic to talk about with everyone.

I am going to miss her a lot. My parents are in US and whenever i visit A'bad people ask me "who is there?" and i used to say proudly "My dadi is there". Now i will not have that to say. I was lucky enough to have my grandparents with me all through my childhood. I recently visited her in May and that time I could not spend quality time with her as I went there for 2-3 days. I will always regret that I wanted to say few things to her i could not tell her or wanted to spend some good time i could not do it and will never be able to do so.

I learnt a lesson that never think i will do it tomorrow, do it today. Want to say good things to someone, say it now; want to visit places, visit it now; want to try new things, try it now; want to do things you like, start it now. You do not know what will happen tomorrow.

Love you "Ba".

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Good to be or not??

To be sensitive is good or bad? To be perfectionist is good or bad? To be particular is good or bad? To be reliable is good or bad? To be hard-working yet keeping silence about your work is good or bad? To be loud and brag about your work is good or bad?

People who are hardworking, silent, reliable - Are they getting what they deserve? Or People who are loud, brag about their small work done, not at all perfectionist, not at all particular - Are they getting more than they deserve?

One should be what you are or one should change based on situation? One should leave own good qualities or one should stick to it?

Till date, i am able to stick to my own qualities, my culture, my roots and most of the times i never got disappointed with results. But looking at the trends, shall I change myself?

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Anything within limits is useful; exceeding limits, it is a poison. That is the problem of today's youth, you see – unrestrained indulgence, thinking that indulgence is good. What youth has to face in today’s world: temptation for money, for position, for wealth – this is how it all starts.

The youth have a great responsibility – not towards others, but towards themselves – to examine everything that today’s society, including their family and their parents, are teaching. Like building a compound wall around your house, character is a protection around your life. Lose the character, life is lost. It is open to anybody to shoot at you, to destroy you. Avoid all temptations and you will be good, you will grow, you will be respectable, and you will be happy.

That was for youth but it is very important for family/parents also to be available when your young kid needs you and your support the most... If they don't find your support they will find other means to recover from situation. It's very delicate age and you as a parent or a family member should help the youth to show the right direction. Most of the times this support requires lots of patience and endurance from your end but achieve it since that is worth of your kid's life.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sansarik world!!!

Why people are like that? Why do they hurt each-other? Why do they want themselves to be center of all events? Why they have useless self ego?

In last couple of weeks, i have been listening to conflicts happening between two/more people. Such incidents not only make affected people unhappy but other non-involved people also get affected. The reason behind the conflict is nothing but self ego and immaturity. When i sit back and think about these incidents i feel sooo pity about affected people. Just because one person wants to be center of whole; he/she is putting so many people in trouble and emotional trauma.

Recently, when my very close family member told me that she had some not so good experience with one of the other family member (why not so good because that person had hurt her ego) and she now doesn't want to keep relations with her, i simply told her that just forget it and try to be big hearted. Because of such petty issue, don't spoil your life time relations with the family; at the end that person is yours only. But i don't see her taking my simple words positively and she is still passing through bad emotional phase. Why??

Similar incident happened in my professional life. I really feel bad & de-motivated. Best part is that the people in authority are not doing any thing and keeping their eyes closed. Again it happened just because some one is feeling insecure about own existence.

From my perspective, such things happened because people feel insecure, have useless self ego, want to be in limelight all the time... I agree, all of us have self ego, but we should not use it in negative manner which eventually harm others. Let's be positive thinker and utilize own strengths instead of spending time in bitching about others. I also do so sometimes but that's human nature and my intentions are/were never to harm someone.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

What is next?

Yes, i mean what is next in life?

I find myself an ambitious girl. I always want to reach to next level. For me once i achieve one level, i start thinking about what is next. I believe that this energy keeps me motivated but along with that it also makes be competitive, hardworking and focused. But with these plus points there are few negative energies which becomes active - dedicate more time to the task decided, start getting impatient if things do not move fast, health problems increases etc... If i start something new at home or office, i start giving 80% of my time to that task which results into low time for family or office. Sometimes I think is it the sign of discontentment or unhappiness?

For people who are content with what ever they have are happier and live life to fullest.

I decide to not think what is next and live in presence. Will remain happy and healthy as they are key to success.

No matter what happens!!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Another Year...

Happy New Year.....

One of my best friends is getting married in Feb and i am really happy about her.... When i think about my friends and importance of their's my life or mine in their life, i feel that there are few friends of mine who are really important to me and i don't give second thought on doing anything for them even if we don't get in touch regularly and there are few for whom i am at higher priority even if i don't give them calls or sometimes don't reply to their messages....

Why it happens that for some you really care even if the other is not really doing extra compared to few other friends....

I recently visited one of my college friends... She is again a happy go lucky girl....I again fall in love with her attitude towards the life... I am learning, observing, noticing, feeling.... mind is going on and on, can't stop it, its doing it job.. what is my to control mind...its the one controlling me or i should control it...

Resume the post - same thoughts, same feelings, control your mind... feel the difference of controlled and uncontrolled mind... people around are so tuned to control their actions by directing their minds...i am amazed...want to re-start meditation...want to re-feel the controlled mind state...