When the store clerk declines to take your credit card and mentions that your loyalty points are enough to pay for the dress you’ve picked out

Yayyyyyyyy!!!!!! 

On a thoughtful note: Isn’t shopping at a store so much more satisfying than doing it online? I know online shopping is killing retail stores but the experience of roaming through a mall is so much more satisfying and communal. 

This seems to have been a week filled with girly pleasures. Virtual and very real shopping sessions, long discussions about makeup, oil cleansing, major life events, new cuisne discoveries all over endless cups of coffee and vodka. 

Meanwhile, I’m reaping the the joys of having music loving neighbours. The hip couple next door play the best Bollywood tracks in the evenings. It’s heavenly especially on rainy windy days like today when I’m sitting at my kitchen table in a quiet house with a steaming cup of masala chai and trying to banish a runny nose and a sore throat.

The runner on the other hand, who lives downstairs plays the latest tracks trending on the Billboard charts. They usually get me up and about and in a happy mood in the mornings (though in the spirit of honesty, I’ll admit I’ve had to knock on his door post midnight and through gritted teeth spoken the words “Could you turn the volume the fuck down. Pleaase!!!” when some of his parties have refused to end on game night). 

  
Anyways, I’m digressing from happier thoughts. Back to the sound of rain coupled with the wonderful song floating into my apartment. 

https://youtu.be/bD1gepaUZms 

And there is a song change 😊

https://youtu.be/R0XjwtP_iTY

When you catch yourself trying to rewind 10 seconds while watching live TV 

Side effects of binge watching shows on Prime and Netflix I guess.

 
Been remembering the amazing road trip with the girls around Bhutan. Spent the evening looking through pictures and reminiscing and when that didn’t work, made some lovely Kewa Datshi. Had a fun loud laughter filled tea date with Cma who dropped in on her way back from work. Looks like along with Dubai, we have another girls getaway to plan soon. Yayyyyyy!!!! Happy days to look to ahead.

As I’m posting this, I see MSNBC reporting an attack at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. I hope that humanity as a whole can find a way to stop this evil. We cannot go on this way.

And since “winter has come” in Westeros, I find myself on the other side of the Great Wall 

Looking forward to binge-watching all 6 seasons of GoT before the seventh season starts next month. RV’s sneaky tactics of getting me to start watching has finally worked. I’m wondering if I should put up the video of the supercute Italian guy I saw playing the GoT theme on the piano at the Napoli Centrale.

In other news, in the real world MONSOON HAS COME. Which thankfully means the end of stuffy and uncomfortably hot tropical weather and we can look forward to amazing white noise while falling asleep. But on the flip side, the rains signal the end of the Mango season. So guess what I’ll be binge-eating till the end of this week 😎.

Starting right now!!!

Got to re-live a cherished ritual today. Comfy pyjamas, insane laughter, some chocolate and bowls of ice cream, soulful conversations, honest admissions, stark realisations and a silent knowledge of a relationship that is such a source of strength to everyone. That would have been a description of a sleepover with my girls in a nutshell any day. But this one was different. Even though separated by 3 continents, 3 time zones and 3 seasons, technology seemed to just ease that sense of missing someone dear even if only a little bit.

When life sometimes has sitcom overtones 

https://youtu.be/4tkY08MhfoU

Unlike Phoebe, at our home we’re dealing with an electronic birthday candle that has been refusing to die all day!!!!! Even after the birthday boy got irritated and subject the said candle to water boarding. In the end it has ended up in a dumpster wrapped in an old tea towel. And when I turned around to leave, this is what I heard….

 

PS: 6:45 AM – I’m leaving from mums place and it’s still ringing.

Post PS edit: 10:37 AM – received this message from the SIL – “Di this thing is still ringing 😩”.

The joy of staying locked indoors and leaving the world and all its cares behind


I returned to my apartment after being away for more than a week, amidst the noise and festivities at my family home. Surrounded by way too many people and different energies and expectations, I suddenly found myself craving the joy I find in absolute solitude. On that thought as I mentioned to a friend a couple of days earlier, weddings in the family seem to trigger a very different emotion in me and I may need to work a bit to infer it.