Life’s blessings

Pappa’s memories
Aromatic coffee
Watching the skies from our 14th floor french windows
Madre talking & singing to her plants in the balcony
Kiara’s stories & Kimora’s songs 🙂
The drizzle of rain on my face
Fresh bread & eggs (in all forms)
Giggle-berries with the K’s (Once you get them you cannot actually stop).
My sister-in-law’s healing touch
Impromptu singing
Blasting rock ballads on my speakers
Happy attacks
Brother’s sense of humour
Family smiles
The smell of fresh laundry
Warm fresh towels
Baking smells wafting from a nearby bakery
Playing imaginative & made up games in the car
Simple time together with the family
It is the little things that make life BIG.
This is my list so far for today…
What are the little things that you are thankful for?! 🙂

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Vanilla walks

After a few minutes of pranayam every morning, the guitar riffs from U2’s Cedarwood Road tell me that it is time for my vanilla walk. I call it that because I have gotten used to spraying a Vanilla sugar mist just before leaving the house 🙂 It was a ritual of sorts and I truly missed it for some months when I  didn’t go on my walks:(. Now that I am back to it, the feeling is one of relief, of feeling less guilty and of being happy.
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Giving thanks

I have always found the tradition of thanksgiving amazing.

Thanksgiving in America (thanks Google!) has its origins in the year 1623, Plymouth Masschussets where the said governor of the region, proclaimed to the pilgrims to gather and render thanks to the Almighty for all his blessings. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrim Fathers and is held on the fourth Thursday in November. In Canada, a similar holiday is celebrated usually on the second Monday in October.

So while the US and Canada celebrate this festival, I was wondering if we have such equivalent traditions here in India?
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Rendezvous

In Pondicherry, after a rather productive morning of shopping at the Hidesign flagship store, Casablanca and Ma Pondy Cherie, we made our way to Rue Suffren for a rather late lunch around 2 pm. After parking the car, we entered this restaurant from its side entrance. The first thing we saw on one of the walls was a “ship’s wheel (helm)” flanked by a gigantic painted, polished replica of driftwood. A vintage road king bike also joined in to welcome us.
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My Iftar food walk

Iftar is the religious observance of breaking a fast  when the azaan is called out by muezzins from mosques after sunset. This happens during the holy month of Ramadaan or Ramzaan like how it is known here in in India. About five years ago, we started going to the iftar spreads to indulge in the meaty treats at Frazer town, Bangalore. It continues even now.

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