Engagement Weekend

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It was a fun weekend, where my sister in law got engaged, and my son enjoyed a week off from school. A month of weekends prior to the big day were spent sourcing materials for gifts and customized packing. And the last week was spent packing and labeling well into the night.

Customized gift baskets

Customized gift baskets

And once the function was over and we came home, it just seemed so calm, like we had nothing to do all of a sudden. This is just the calm before the wedding madness begins.

The gorgeous plate to carry the rings

The gorgeous plate to carry the rings

Here in Maharashtra, as opposed to the North, the gifts are giving during the engagement, and it happens on both sides. Usually it is sarees for the ladies and suit pieces or a set of formal wear for the men. In addition to that, all the men are also given a towel and a Gandhi topi. This is just given to the close relatives and not all guests, as most engagement functions run into a few hundred people. We had close to 800 people attend the engagement.

The engagement cake-marble, chocolate and strawberry flavors

It was a great venue, with excellent food, and the best part was they had a playground for the little ones, which kept them well occupied.

Selfie with the bride to be

Selfie with the bride to be

Family Photo

Family Photo

I am so happy for my sis in law, but I’m also sad that I am going to miss her terribly when we visit over the weekends. More than me though, it’s my son who will miss her-he loves going into her room and randomly picking up her stuff to play with, wants to sleep on her bed, and absolutely loves dancing with her. At least the good part is that she’ll just be moving a five minute drive away.

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Mrs. Funnybones: Book Review

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Confession: I have to admit I had been looking forward to this book ever since I found out Twinkle Khanna was publishing a novel via Instagram. Furthermore, there are few authors that I religiously follow and Mrs. Funnybones has become one of those.image

So within seconds of finding out about this book I found myself pre-ordering a copy on Amazon.in. Then began the waiting game and I would satisfy my need of “reading” by following Twinkle Khanna’s Instagram page to get updates about the book. A few weeks back there was a picture of her signing the first 500 copies and I just secretly wished on getting one of those.

Fast Foward to last week: Between the zillion spam and “offer” emails that make up my mailbox, I find one from Amazon Customer Service that informs me that my order for Mrs. Funnybones has been shipped. Victory! I eagerly start looking for the delivery boy and keep checking the shipment tracking (yes, I can be very lame).

On Wednesday, my maid tells me a package has come for me and in all excitement I rip open the covering. There it is!! I update all my friends on having received the book and just about then a thought comes to my mind…just lemme check and see if it’s signed. This is the moment and YES!!!! I screamed and literally scared my baby in the process.image

I finally start reading the book and found myself laughing and cracking up endless times. With some snippets from her columns and other wonderful, relateable, and hilarious stories, Mrs. Funnybones is a winner. Now, I can recount all the instances which I loved…but wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone. Last word though: go and get the book and be thoroughly entertained.

Bloggers & Friends Meet

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Bloggers & Friends Meet

Remember last year when I said that Pallavi and I had a chance to meet up after a year and a half? That was the sad state of our meet ups. However, this year things have been different in the very best way. Pallavi and I have had the chance to catch up multiple times. Most recently, we have caught up 3 times in 3 months and thats a HUGE improvement from our previous state.

First meet with the kiddos

First meet with the kiddos

Being a stay at home mom, I have had the opportunity to come to my parents place in Navi Mumbai quite frequently, and Pallavi, for the weekdays, stays may be 20 mins away. We alternated between meeting up either at her place or mine and I cannot describe how wonderful it felt to be able to do that. Whatsapp allows us to be updated on each others’ lives but nothing can replace a face to face meeting.

Our meets took me back to our childhood in Thailand where we spent countless afternoons, evenings and nights at each others’ places gossiping, reading, napping, eating, watching movies, etc. Parents wouldn’t worry about our whereabouts because they knew we had the company of each other. Our talks would be on the most random topics that would make just perfect sense to us. It was similar this time we talked about anything and everything. It’s surreal that we still talk the same way even with our kids around. I think when it comes to childhood friends, you immediately let go of all your inhibitions and become the same kiddo again.

Proof of poor Selfie skills

Proof of poor Selfie skills

I hope to make my visits to Navi Mumbai more frequently and that those trips involve a meet up with Pallavi. Once a chaddi buddy (childhood buddy) always a chaddi buddy. 🙂

P.S. Please excuse our pictures, we, suddenly, have become the worst picture takers.

Mumbai: Monsoon, Malabar & Marine Drive

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I have been living in India for almost 3 years now (!!!!) and honestly have been the South Mumbai may be thrice or twice. Most of the time my time in Mumbai is spent at my parents’ place in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, which is different city altogether.  I always wanted to have a chance to visit South Mumbai more frequently and recently had just the opportunity. My mom’s childhood friend has a place in Malabar Hills and we decided that a trip to her place followed by lunch would be a perfect way to get over the hump Wednesday.

Enjoying the view from Malabar Hills

Enjoying the view from Malabar Hills

Traveling in any big city is a pain and Mumbai is no different. Even though South Mumbai is technically only 30 km away (approximately 15 miles), it takes pretty much an hour and half or longer to get there from Navi Mumbai. This time our travel had to be planned keeping my 3 month old daughter in mind. We decided to leave home around 8 to beat the traffic but as life goes with a baby we finally left home closer to 8:50. My daughter is getting accustomed to being in the car for longer distances and she was quite content till the last 30 mins when we kept hitting all the possible traffic signals. A few tears later we made it to my mom’s friend’s place in Malabar Hills, home to the infamous hanging gardens, in Mumbai. The Malabar Hills neighbourhood is quite picturesque with greenery, winding roads, hidden bungalows, and tall apartment buildings. We could see the entire Marine Drive from Aunty’s place! We feasted on a delicious breakfast while my daughter played. Taking advantage of being at a home, I decide to nap with my daughter so she doesn’t get too cranky later on.

Our nap and my mom’s catching up took us till around 2:00 PM when we finally decided to go out for a late lunch. Aunty had a great suggestion of going to Pizza by the Bay on Marine Lines. She said the restaurant would offer a beautiful view of the seaside on this rainy day. We went by her suggestion and weren’t disappointed at all. With breakfast still taking up quite the space in our stomach we resorted to ordering a veggie Pizza and a Chilli Cheese Sandwich to split between the three of us. The service was speedy and the food delicious. The view of the sea and people meandering around just added to overall ambience.

Pizza By the Bay

Pizza By the Bay

After our late lunch we decided it was time for us to make our way back to Navi Mumbai. So we bid adieu to my aunt, Mumbai, Marine Drive & the Monsoon. Till next time…

Marine Drive

Marine Drive

Wednesday Evenings

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A bit delayed, but this is my version of a typical mid-week evening/night. I consider my evenings starting from the time Vivaan wakes up from his nap (around 4:30 pm) until he goes to sleep at night (around 10 pm).

Usually by the time my son is awake, the maid also shows up to do the dishes. In the meantime, I get my son to either have a glass of milk or have a snack, and we play for a while and do some reading. Once, the maid leaves I get dinner ready before we head out to the playground (around 6:30 pm) at the condo complex next door for around an hour. If my husband gets home around this time, he comes along with us, or then he tries to join us when he gets back.

Reading a fav: Gingerbread Man

Reading a fav: Gingerbread Man

Today however my husband was back early, but our son just did not want to go to the playground. So, we played with blocks, read a few books, and got him drink his milk. I got dinner prepared, and we decided to go for a drive instead and pick a few eatables. It usually takes us a good 20 minutes to get Vivaan to dress up and brush his hair. Comparatively, today was relatively quick, with him just picking out one tee shirt and a single pair of pants.

On the way back from the supermarket however, my son changed his mind and wanted to go play so we headed to the playground. He absolutely loves going on the swings, and walking up the slides and coming down on his stomach.

Slide time

Slide time

Once we got back, my husband got my son cleaned up and I baked a quick microwave cake. I was thinking of trying a vanilla but my son wanted chocolate, so chocolate it was. Plus, he loves cutting cakes and having everyone sing Happy birthday for me. Today was probably the 10th time this year.WP_20150715_029

Vivaan skyped with his grandparents for a bit, which we usually do once a day and then the three of us sat down for dinner. Vivaan is getting better with his meals, and I don’t have to entertain him or distract him in order to get him to eat. So, we can all finally eat dinner at the same time!

And since he woke up from his afternoon nap early, Vivaan was ready to sleep earlier and was dozing off by 9:30, which is completely rare for him. But, gave me time to post. Good night folks!