Monthly Archives: January 2014

100 Happy Days

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Of late, the various #100happydays projects have become a trend within friends and family circle. Since Ahmedabad, which I visited in October, it was my resolution to start appreciating the small things or simple pleasures of life. Honestly, just by saying that I would starting appreciating the little things didn’t change me overnight. So when my sister-in-law, who has probably given me some of the best ideas till date (Teach for India was her suggestion as well :P) mentioned the 100happydays project, I was curious and quickly researched more about it. In the hustle and bustle of life, we tend to forget the little things-I know I most certainly do this. So the 100happydays project seemed to be an excellent way putting a bit of structure of me appreciating the simple pleasures. What is 100happydays? Well, 100happydays project is simple-take a picture of something that makes you happy everyday. How hard can this be? Interestingly, most people can never complete the project. I signed up for it immediately!

Reading a book right before bedtime makes me immensely happy :)

Reading a book right before bedtime makes me immensely happy 🙂

It’s been almost two weeks that I have been following the 100happydays project, and I think it’s working. I seem to be a lot less grumpy and actually have started noticing the simple things that make me happy. Coincidently, I am also reading a book, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, which chronicles the small, monthly projects the author took on to be more happy. Some of her resolutions include singing in the mornings, cleaning the clutter around her, fighting right etc. I am not sure if I can come up with list/resolution of that sort, so instead, my goal is to complete the 100happydays project. I don’t know how much of a difference it will make to me in the long run; actually, I haven’t thought that far either. I am content with identifying the little things that make me simple and be grateful for all that I have got.

Leaving you with some of my happy pictures from the last 14 days.

Sisters reunion with Bobby!

Sisters reunion with Bobby!

Mushroom Bruschettas

Mushroom Bruschettas

Watching the new season of Sherlock!

Watching the new season of Sherlock!

Fifty Shades of Grey

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So, a few days back I was browsing through Dailymail, when I came across updates about the movie based on the best seller by EL James. I still think Matt Bomer would have been perfect!50-shades-grey

And it got me wondering if there was a release date for her trilogy from Christian Grey’s point of view-there was no recent news on that front. But, I did come across some fan fiction instead.

And wow, people really put in a lot of effort. And it’s not just a chapter or a moment, but some have rewritten the entire trilogy. I tried really hard not to be tempted to read them, and just wait for the actual release, but I ran out of patience.

So, in case there are some Fifty Shades of Grey fans, these are some excellent sites:

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A Walk in the Clouds: Emine Fougnar has written all three books from Christian Grey’s point of view, and I must say that it is quite well written in terms of how I imagined him to think and react. She also has it available in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch.

Fifty Shades of Grey: This one by Jane Harvey Berrick includes a few chapters from Dr. Flynn’s point of view when Christian decided to start seeing him as a therapist. There are also chapters dedicated of Grey’s life as he would have been during his early 20’s.  And then there is the entire trilogy from Grey’s trusted aide Taylor, and I definitely recommend it. It is hilarious, even though her perception of the character is nothing as I would have imagined him to be.

Fifty Shades of Grey and More: Written by Monique Lain, the story starts at when Ana finds out that she is pregnant in Fifty Shades Freed, but instead of telling Christian she panics and runs. She does claim that it is happy endings all around, so this could be the prefect read if you are experiencing some Christian Grey withdrawal.

I need to get back to some non-frivolous reading now.

Travel Diaries: Sri Lanka

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The close of 2013 took my husband and me to Sri Lanka! After a year of pretty much running around from here and there, we went on a much needed getaway. It was one of those holidays where we just put our feet up and relaxed. I mean, I even finished two books within the span of 5 days there (will do a separate post on the books I read). Sri Lanka offered us a bit of everything; mountains, beaches and various historical sites.

Some of our highlights from the trip.

1) Trekking up the Sigiriya Rock and enjoying the spectacular views. The Lion fort was built by King Kasyapa

Sigiriya

Sigiriya

2) Enjoying the infinity pool at Heritance Kandalama in Dambulla. My dream to swim in an infinity pool came true!!!

The good life of vacations!

The good life of vacations!

3) Water Sports  and bumming around the beaches of Bentota. We loved the tube ride so much that we did it twice 🙂

4) Delicious Fish Curry and String Hoppers for breakfast.

5) Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

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6) Temple of Tooth Relic in the picturesque city of Kandy (even had time to visit a tea factory there and came home with a delicious light tea blend).

7) Walking around the cobble stone streets of Galle, feasting on some yum gelatos!

Galle

Galle

I am sure we missed some other amazing spots in Sri Lanka and may be we will add them to our list for our next visit.

The pictures and memories of Sri Lanka will keep us happy till our next travel adventure! 🙂