Showing posts from March, 2014

APAD March # 30 - An animal

A very common site in India. Cows are considered sacred by the Hindus and are found outside most temples where one can buy food to feed them. This picture was taken outside the Ram Temple close to our house. It was our son's first experience feeding the calves and he thoroughly enjoyed it. Was such a good feeling seeing him be a part our culture.

APAD March # 29 - On my fridge

A typical mothers fridge, a few holiday cards from friends, notes from school, monthly school schedule and the latest artwork! Wish I had a bigger fridge!

APAD March # 28 - Holiday

Spent the Holi weekend getting some rest and relaxation at Pune. Our so was thrilled to bits with the swimming pool. This picture was taken when we got back to our room from a swim. Our room was on the 7th floor and this is the view we had. Not very interesting I agree, but for a toddler looking down at cars and dogs, it was an experience, while I was a happy mother as it distracted him enough to feed him!

This picture was taken on March 16th at Novotel Pune.

APAD March # 27 - Treat

Our midweek treat! We have been waiting to try the new pizza place near our house for a while now, so this evening my husband and I decided to step out for a meal just by ourselves sans baby. Pizza Express is really a great place with excellent service and a very different menu. Next on the wish list is to try their pastas.

APAD March # 26 - On my table

Bought this cheeky old guy from a flea market in Goa some 11 years back. I was still a dental student then and his toothy smile caught my eye. He has been a part of my clinic from the very beginning.  Love his smile!

APAD March # 25 - I wish I had this

This picture represents everything I wish I had. I wish I had a chance to spend time with my darling sister in law. I wish I had a diamond ring in the real Tiffany blue box. I wish for a holiday in New York City. I wish it would snow here in Bombay so we could wear lovely winter jackets and boots. I wish to experience another white Christmas in NYC..........let's hope all these and more come true real soon.
                                           This picture was taken at NYC in Dec 2010.

APAD March #24 - Communication

Music is the best means of communication. It works across countries, languages, ages, genders, religions. This picture was taken last year at the Norah Jones concert at Mumbai. You can read more about that here.

APAD March # 23 - Breakfast

Experts say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and rightly so. But that does not account for mothers! Morning routines are based around getting the toddler in time to play school and then rushing to get to work from there. On a good day I may get maybe 5 minutes to wipe out my breakfast, on other days I steal a bite or two while feeding my toddler. And yes this is despite having help at home! I get nightmares of the chaos that will ensue the day she gets married! God bless her. Sundays are usually relaxed and this is what I got for breakfast today, egg salad toast. Before our son was born, my husband and I had a sunday morning routine where I'd make different omelets for him and crepes for myself and we would take our time to read the news paper, have some coffee or juice and just sit and talk! That seems like luxury now, but hopefully someday, I will be able to sit down and savour my handmade crepes! Until then I make most of my quick morning bites.

APAD March # 22 - Simplicity

A simple expression of love made by my toddler son at his playschool on Valentines Day. When I went to pick him up that day at the end of the session, he walked out the door with this candy stick in his hand and a smile on his face and very proudly handed it over to me. I know he still does not understand the concept of Valentines Day, but he was mighty proud to have made his mamma something at school. Ah the simple pleasures of life.

APAD March # 21 - Love

Have you ever felt undefinable love so pure and so strong that you feel it may rip your heart apart?Ask any mother, it's the love she feels towards her child.....and sometimes even towards her unborn child. A saying goes, "to be a mother is to forever have your heart walk around outside your body" and only a mother can truly understand what that means. And I understood better than I did the day before, that a part of my heart will forever wonder about, pray for, and be with my child wherever he is at.

This picture was taken at Bangalore on our son's first visit to his grandparents in January 2013.

APAD March # 20 - Someone I miss

It was 10 years ago on this day that I lost my dad at a young age of 54 to a heart attack. No doubt he lived a full life on his terms, but 54 is still too young. There is a constant emptiness since that day, that cannot be filled by anyone else and not a day goes by without me thinking about him, more so now since I had my son in August 2012. I imagine the interactions they would have and how thrilled my dad would be. How he would dote over his grandson and spoil him rotten. It is the one regret that I have in my life that my son will not get to know his grandfather. In my own little way I tell him about his "nana-papa", show him photographs so that he can relate. And as time goes by, I see more and more of my dad in my son, from simple behaviours to how he looks at times. And that makes me feel that my dad is closer than I can ever imagine. One day when he is a little older and can understand, I will tell him all about his "nana-papa". Love you papa and miss you …

APAD March # 19 - In my purse

A woman's purse is her most treasured belonging, she never goes anywhere without it, and to lose it basically means losing her life. Everything is in your purse! Your wallet, credit card, driver's license, keys, cellphone, makeup, to-do lists, perfume, the list goes on. Here are some of the things in mine.
Cannot do without these and hundreds of other little things in my purse. Hand sanitiser, pills, hand cream, lip gloss and some perfume.

APAD March # 18 - A Memory

Some of the best years of my life. People say school is about getting an education and getting into a good college to succeed in life. Well, to me, school is about making memories and good times that will last forever.

This was a class picture taken when I was in grade 5 and the year was 1991.

APAD March # 17 - Wild

While all of India was celebrating Holi, the festival of colours, my husband and I decided to take a break away from the city with our son for a little rest and relaxation. Little did we know what a blessing in disguise it was to get away for the weekend. It was a very last minute thing and we made all the bookings only on Thursday evening. For the last 3-4 years, Holi has been celebrated with a lot of gusto in our society. This year was no different, infact was an even bigger celebration. On entering the building we saw the remnants of colour, food, bottles which were being cleaned away. On inquiring we were told that Bollywood item girl Rakhi Sawant with a huge media crew was a part of the celebrations. Apparently, she was invited by someone who lives in the building. So the party went on for hours, with people dancing to music so loud that it disturbed residents living in buildings across the street. Now don't get me wrong, Holi has always been my favourite festival, and still…

APAD March # 16 - Something I made

Initially, for this photo prompt I was going to post a picture of a long stitch canvas that I had made a few years back, but since I'm traveling and will not get a chance to photograph the frame until tomorrow, I thought of posting a picture I had access to which has the frames in the background that have been made by me. Also the party hats and the 5 foot tall Cat in the Hat have been made by me. These were some of the preparations we did for our son's first Dr Seuss themed birthday. As for the frames, will take a picture soon and post it. It started with one canvas and I loved the way it looked after completing it so I made another. Have a few more that I need to do but haven't found time! It really is a very relaxing hobby if only I had more time!

This picture was taken on 23rd August 2013 at our son's first birthday at home.
As promised, after I got home last night, managed to take a picture of the long stitch frames that I had made. These are put up in our living ro…

APAD March # 15 - I'm reading

The third book in the Langdon series after Angels and Demons and Da Vinci Code, this book has been equally captivating. My aim has been to read Inferno but I want to complete the three books in the series before that. Finally have started this book and hope to finish it real soon. 

APAD March #14 - I care about this

Every child has a right to education and I strongly believe that it is absolutely a must to educate them. For me seeing a girl complete her education and become independent is the single most important thing. It is a cause I hold very close to my heart, and have always donated towards it. So when my help at the clinic mentioned that she needed to enroll her younger daughter at school, I decided to sponsor her education. The older daughter is already at school and she is being sponsored by another lady who my help also works for. For the longest time I have wanted to adopt a little girl and sponsor her education through an NGO, but this worked better for me as I get to see little Divya on a daily basis on her way to and from school, and seeing the progress she's making makes my heart swell as much as her real mother's. All the best in life to you little one, I hope you go places!

Divya after Holi celebrations at her playschool this morning. I hope you always keep smiling!

APAD March # 13 - In my cup

After a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate at home in the mornings, I usually try to have one or two cups of green tea at the clinic everyday. I drink it because I've noticed it keeps my weight in check and also because I am told its good for me. The added bonus is, I like the way it tastes.
Some benefits of green tea :
Weight loss by increasing the body's metabolism.Helps protect against Diabetes by regulating glucose levels.Protects against Heart Disease by lowering the LDL (bad) cholesterol and improves the ratio of HDL (good) cholesterol to LDL.Helps reduce the risk of HighBlood Pressure.Can prevent against Food Poisoning.Can protect against Cancer.Can help prevent Arthritis.Can prevent Bad Breath.Improves your Immunity.Can delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.Helps fight against Allergies.Has antioxidants that help Wrinkles and fight the Signs of Aging.Has Anti Bacterial and Anti Viral properties.Helps in Depression.Has antioxidants "…

APAD March # 12 - A Smile

A Smile is what my life revolves around, literally. A Dentist by profession with special training in Smile Designing, I strive to bring a smile to every patient's face, either by giving them a perfect smile or by relieving them of pain. Initially I thought I would discuss some dental treatments for this prompt, but after seeing a patient this morning, it only fit that I blog about that appointment.
Mr and Mrs S and their 2 daughters have been patients of mine for the last 6 years, ever since I first started my clinic. They have visited dedicatedly every six months and have also referred umpteen number of patients to me. This morning Mrs S came in with her younger daughter for their regular six monthly appointment and informed me that they were moving to another country next month. Mr S had landed an excellent promotion and transfer, and it was a move that would prove beneficial to the kids too. It was a bittersweet moment for me, I was so happy for them for this excellent opportu…

APAD March # 11 - Red

The first colour that attracted our son was Red. He seemed obsessed with the colour from the time he was 3 months old. It was what made him smile the most. So we chose Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat theme for his first birthday and used as much as the colour red as we could. You can read more about that post here
Red is the colour most commonly associated with joy and well being. It is the colour of celebration and ceremony. It is the colour Christmas and Santa are associated with. It is the colour of Love and Valentine. It is the colour used on the red carpet to welcome distinguished guests. It is the traditional colour of seats at the theatre. In India, it is the colour of sindoor and bindi which are the symbols of a married woman. I cannot imagine any other colour replacing red in all these situations.

This picture was taken on 23rd August at our son's first birthday party at home.

APAD March # 10 - Where I Work

My place of escape, my asylum, my workplace, a place I call my own. If you love what you do like I do, even mondays cannot get you down. My Dental Clinic does all this for me and so much more. I look forward to work every single day, to meet and interact with different kinds of people, to challenge myself in every case, to ease someone of pain, to create art in the mouth, to be true to myself and everyone else.
I started my clinic in the year 2008 and since then we have slowly and steadily grown. Patients come and go, as does the staff.....what remains constant is my work and I, and these little pets of mine who give me so much joy just sitting and looking at them swim about. They are a stress buster not just for me, but also for all the patients who come in grudgingly to get some dental work done. 

This picture was taken today at my dental clinic at Bombay.

APAD March # 9 - Feet

When you meet someone new, what part of their body do you notice first? For me, its first the teeth/smile followed by the feet. I often wonder if I was not a Dentist, would I still notice a smile first? Dirty long toe nails, smelly feet are an instant turnoff! My husband thinks I am crazy to make sure our son's toe nails are spic and span, but what do boys know! He thinks monthly pedicures are too much too! Statistics also show that feet/shoes are generally the first thing people notice about another person. 

This picture was taken in July 2010 at Goa.

APAD March # 8 - Women

Today 8th March, is International Women's Day. On this day women across the world are celebrated, respected, appreciated and loved. And often on the very next day things go back to normal in so many households where women are beaten, abused and disrespected. Even Bombay, which was once considered so safe that a lady could travel alone late at night, has now become just any other city known for its increasing spate of crimes against women.  So much has already been written about this, more so now with the increase in rape cases across our country. Here is me two bit on this topic....." A woman brought you into this world, so you have no right to disrespect one."
To all the women in my life and in the world.....wish you all a very Happy Women's Day! Let us celebrate everyday as Women's Day.

               This picture is of some of us girl cousins on Rakhi in August 2013 at Bombay.

APAD March # 7 - Danger

The perception of danger is different for everyone. For me this is dangerous at so many levels, but it is the way of life in the villages of India. Most of the men on this vehicle are probably just hitching a ride. On a trip to the holy town of Shirdi, about a 5 hour drive from Bombay, we came across many a sites like this one. Everyday in the comfort of our car, with seat belts on and windows rolled up, we feel safe, but danger could be lurking just around the corner. Destiny and karma have a huge role to play in everyone's lives, one just had to believe it and have faith.

This picture was taken in 2008 somewhere between Bombay and Shirdi.

APAD March # 6 - Culture

India is most often associated with tea, but the coffee culture runs deep in the southern states. No true blue South Indian would ever do without his or her filter coffee early morning, and this I learned the day I married into a Kannadiga family. On my first trip to the in-laws in Bangalore, I realised that in the south, coffee is as delicious as it is ubiquitous. Being mainly a tea drinker, I feel in love with coffee on my 1st anniversary trip to Coorg. You can read all about the trip here. If you drop into our house early in the morning, you will most likely be greeted with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. So come on over for a cup of heaven to kick start your day!

This picture was taken at Coorg in February 2010.

APAD March # 5 - Life is.....

Life is like a box of never know what your gonna get. A quote made famous by Forrest Gump holds so true. Tomorrow is a new day and no one knows, exactly, what will happen next. Each box of chocolates is different, and there is no way of knowing what is in each chocolate until bitten into. Therefore, like a box of chocolates, life is a just mystery that we come to comprehend as we bite into each new day.

The book Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, has the following: "Just remember, life is like a box of chocolates." ... "You know, they've got these chocolate assortments, and you like some but you don't like others? And you eat all the ones you don't like as much? I always think about that when something painful comes up. 'Now just polish these off, and everything'll be OK.' Life is a box of chocolates."
Run Forrest run and live your life like a box of chocolates.

This picture was taken at the Hershey's store at Times S…

APAD March # 4 - Something sweet

A little treat for my little one who has been feeling under the weather. A box of 6 mini cupcakes in his favourite flavours for him to lick and feel better. And some leftovers for all of us grown ups to treat on. Especially love the red velvet and cafe mocha. Bought them from my favourite cake store Love Sugar Dough close to home. Get well soon baby boy.

APAD March # 3 - This happened today

All day long I kept looking for something unusual that I could blog about today, but surprisingly unlike my usual mondays, today was pretty much a dull day....until I came home from work this evening and saw this. Perched precariously on an electric box, one floor high, was my neighbour's cat catching some zzzz's. This cat reminds me of my 18 month old son who sleeps in the weirdest of angles and looks so peaceful and comfortable. 

This picture was taken today from my living room window.

APAD March # 2 - Water

I have loved water for as long as I can remember. Swimming was always my forte and every year I participated in the swimming competitions at school and still get wet in the rain every year! Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I am a Cancerian, i'm not sure. My dad did not swim, but he enrolled me for coaching during every summer break and asked the coach to train me until " I swam like a fish."
Luckily for me, my husband swims too and loves the water. So when our little one was born, we could not wait to introduce him to the pool. At his 6 month birthday, we went for a swim for the first time as a family and he took to the water just like a fish. He absolutely loves water be it for a bath, the rain or the pool! Looking forward to many beach vacations!

This picture was taken in July 2010 at Goa, India.

APAD March #1 - Play

I have learnt to play all over again. My son taught me how. He taught me to sit on the floor and play with cars. Taught me to throw the ball at him while he tries to hit it with his bat. Taught me to run bare feet on the grass playing tag. Taught me to enjoy getting sand in my hair at the beach. Taught me to swing higher and higher. Taught me to come down the slide again. Taught me to crawl under the table to play hide and go seek. Taught me to enjoy making a mess while kneading dough. Taught me to enjoy splashing water in the pool. Taught me to laugh for no reason at all. Thank you my love for making me a child again!

This picture was taken in August 2013 at Bangalore, India