Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day.

This is the first year that my little girl is old enough to form the words and wish me. Being game to celebrate anything right now, at my husbands prompting, she came running to me and said “Happy Mama’s day!” before covering me in baby kisses. I don’t need anything else.

When I was growing up, I don’t think I ever wished my mother on Mother’s Day. I don’t think I even knew when it was and so today, three decades later, wishing her feels awkward. Now as has become my way, instead of saying how I feel, I’m going to try and type it out.

Thank you. For being patient but still putting me in my place every now and then. For listening to me complain but taking my side only when I’m not at fault. For allowing me to make my life choices but still choosing my outfits for functions. For making all the sacrifices and yet encouraging me to take the paths you didn’t. For being the baker-mom that caused every other kid I knew to envy me. For giving me your recipe book. For making me believe that I can do whatever it is I dream and still never pushing too hard. For enduring even when it must have been so hard. For being my guidepost.

I love you and if I am half the mother to Aarti as you were and still are to us, Aarti is sure one lucky girl.

Happy Mother’s Day Ma!

XOXO

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UBC31: Done and done!

When I started the Ultimate Blog Challenge, I was quite sure I would give up before I reached the end (and I almost did a couple of times). Posting everyday seemed an impossible task and truth be told there were several days when I couldn’t think of anything to write and thought it would be easier to just skip a day. But, some how, I got myself to sit at my laptop and today, look! I’ve got UBC31 in my post title!

Through this challenge I’ve discovered some really talented bloggers (Shashank, Vinodini, Tina and Chailtali come to mind immediately). I may not have read all their contributions this month but every time I did, I’ve been glad my cursor stopped at their name.

To quote the husband, my “blog seems fuller. It looks better now”. It gives me so much happiness to see 100+ published posts. I know for most people that happens within the first six months of blogging but for me, it’s taken almost three years to get here. Posting regularly requires a lot of discipline and until this challenge I honestly thought I had none. Now I know different and like a cricketer who risks it all once he has crossed a century, I feel the need to see my score grow and grow! 🙂

Blogging everyday has also improved my viewership in a way that I never expected. So, I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to come to my blog and read, comment and like my posts. You’ve encouraged me and helped me complete this challenge. Thanks to you, I am thinking of creating a page for my blog on social media because I finally feel like people will enjoy reading what I write!

Congrats to everyone who has completed this challenge. I hope to see you back at my blog. I know I will keep visiting yours! At the risk of sounding like Dora the Explorer, I’m going to sing, “We did it! We did it!” and urge you to join in with me! 😀

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For the last time this July:
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So quickly it ends…

Today is Day 7 and the end of the Write Tribe Festival of Words. When I signed up to do this, I was really enthusiastic. But, as the 1st of September drew nearer and nearer, I began to get very apprehensive about being able to complete this challenge. I’m thrilled I made it to the finish line and as I cross it, here’s what I want to say:

Being a part of this festival has been absolutely wonderful because everyday for the past one week I’ve had the chance to read some absolutely great posts..more than usual anyway! I looked forward to what each new day would bring me and thanks to some delightful posts, I have learnt a lot of new interesting things too. 🙂

I had more visitors to my blog than I’ve ever had before in one week and it was wonderful to see comments on my otherwise usually lonely pages. The challenge was to get myself to write everyday but, I’m so glad I was able to…I managed to get a little discipline into my writing regime and I hope I can carry it forward…It was such a good exercise to rack my brain into thinking of new things to talk about everyday…and I had such a fabulous fun time doing it.

Finally, I’d like to say thank you! Thank you to all of you who took the time to visit my blog everyday and leave a comment and thank you Corinne for providing a platform like this for me to get a chance to read some brilliant posts and add my little contribution everyday.

-xoxo

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I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words 1st – 7th September 2013.

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I get by with a little help from my friends…

It’s a friend’s birthday today. He and I aren’t the closest people in the world and truth be told we can’t spend five minutes together without arguing but funnily enough, I wouldn’t hesitate to turn to him if I needed to…

I got to thinking about all the people I’m lucky enough to call my friends…the ones I’ve known my whole life and the ones I’ve just met. The ones I can talk to about pretty much anything and am in touch with all the time and the ones I hardly speak to, email or text but who I know I can still talk to like I’ve never lost touch. The ones I absolutely love and the ones who I can’t live with or without. The ones I involve in all my little disappointments and who cry with me when I’m upset and the ones I talk to about my greatest joys knowing they’re dancing with me…

I’m blessed to have friends like the ones I do. People I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world…you know who you are…and quite honestly, I don’t know what I would do without you…thank you for always being there…thank you for giving me the privilege of calling you my friend…