So where are you from?

I get this question a lot. Especially from new people. And by the time I am done explaining, the raised eyebrows rephrase the same as, “so actually where are you from”?

Here is what I try to summarise but eventually end up explaining everything in detail –

I am a Telugu, who has never been to Andhra. We do not have any ancestral home in the state. But my mother tongue is Telugu.

I was born in Chennai, because thats were my mother was born and brought up and her mother resided. I heart Chennai and all things Tamil.

I was raised in Gandhinagar, Gujarat since my father had a state government job. School, college, first job – all in the land of sweet Gujaratis.

I am residing in Bangalore since four years because I moved to this city post marriage.

I can speak very well three of the four South Indian languages but cannot read or write either of them.

My Urdu speckled Hindi is impeccable, confusing people even more. How can your diction be so perfect? You look a pucca South Indian.

So my dearies, according to you, how should I answer this question 🙂


The old and the new

The alarm. The mad rush. Cooking. Eating. Getting ready. Being on time. Trying to br on time. Meetings. Thinking. Over thinking. Worrying. Working. New people. New faces. New place. Feeling young. Feeling old. Getting into the groove.


The crowd. The pollution. The familiar sounds. The mad rush when the bus arrives. The jostle. The push. The clinking of coins. The search for the exact change. The traffic. The lights. The walk back to home. The changed shops. The new shops. The neighbourhood sights and smells at twilight.

I am back to savouring them all. I am back to my old routine. I am back at a 9 to 6 job.

The only change is now I along with everybody else, a tiny new face greets me with a huge grin. Off she runs with her little legs carrying her as fast as she can as I try to get hold of her.

Life is good.

27 on 27

  1. The year till now has been a mix of good and bad – travel wise good and health wise bad.
  2. While in my mind I keep saying I am the same, I have changed a lot.
  3. I have a new love for English romantic movies. Last night, ‘The Notebook’ was seen and relished. We even discussed the movie for about ten minutes, which is completely unusual.
  4. I have not read a book in the last three months. So, so not me.
  5. The month long vacation at parent’s place turned out more eventful and beautiful than I had anticipated.
  6. It has been close to two years since I baked something.
  7. I am learning how to drive a car. The things my instructor tells me which I must do and what I eventually end up doing are vastly different.
  8. I miss updating this blog on a regular basis.
  9. I miss the interaction I used to have with other bloggers here.
  10. Twitter is a good way to pass time.
  11. Instagram is very addictive. But very contradictory. Fitness pages inspire you to work the hell out, and the next feed will be of delicious food which will throw the ten minute easy workout out of the mind.
  12. I am still undecided on whether to get a 9 to 5 job or be a stay-at-home mom.
  13. On Sunday, I went out wearing a short kurti and harem pants. They did not match but I did not care!
  14. The peas carrot pulao which I made for lunch today turned out very delicious.
  15. I need to learn new hairstyles. Getting tired of braiding my hair everyday.
  16. Did you know cheese spreads come in oh so many flavors? I found out just today.
  17. The speed of the teller at the bank is inversely proportional to your urgency to leave the premise.
  18. The day I make innovative plans to spend time with the husband is the day we do not even speak with each other.
  19. I lost weight. People want to know how that happened. I am on everybody’s to-discuss list you know.
  20. The urge to shop online has vanished. I am back to unearthing my old clothes and wearing them as if they were new.
  21. I like the memes circulating in Facebook related to movies.
  22. Riding a bike is way better than riding a car. So easy to move in traffic.
  23. We shopped for gold jewelry today.
  24. I heard from many people today via WhatsApp and Facebook.
  25. Because its my birthday today. Otherwise why would many people think about it 😆
  26. I had a good day today.
  27. I turn 27. Is that young or old? #whattodoanyway