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 🙂


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


With the advent of numerous devices to stay constantly connected to the virtual world, it has drastically reduced the couple time between us. The other times when we could have spent quality time together invariably end up with discussions of the daughter – what she did, her latest tantrums, etc..etc.. It is not quite uncommon for us to exchange WhatsApp chats like “Has the dragon slept?” even when we are a room apart. Zack comes in home at 9:30 and Moo vehemently refuses to go to sleep unless she had her fair share of daddy time. By the time she falls asleep which is around 11, Zack goes neck deep in his laptop in the melee of catching up with news, movies and when not doing all of these things – WhatsApp-ing. His office has such an internet policy which debars him from using social media and basically accessing all things which can be classified under time-pass.

Before we owned the laptop and internet at home, we used to do stuff together- like talk about what happened at work, who got hitched, good vacation spots, family get the drift. But that was the time before we had Moo. With her arrival, the equations have changed completely. There is a lot more me-time than us-time. From the time Moo wakes up, Zack looks after her till he leaves for work – making her eat breakfast, taking her for walks, putting her to sleep and playing with her. During that time, I finish the household work, cooking, cleaning and sit down for some time reading the newspapers. At night, when I am done with all the work and ready to make the little dragon go to sleep, he leaves us two to ourselves. I cherish this period which I spend with Moo. I (try to) tell her stories, play peekaboo, sing lullabies and finally when she is tired, she comes to me and sleeps on my lap. I am half asleep by the time all the lights are switched off. I was not this tired at the end of the day when Moo was still an infant. Once she started walking, there is not a place which has been undiscovered by her, which does not involve pulling things and throwing them all around, eating and putting all things in mouth except her food, squealing and running away from me when I find her holding something which is not her toy and I admit it tires me out completely at the end of the day. When I speak about the lack of spending time with Zack, he in his zen mode states – “You should rest when she rests.”

So what I think is if we had no smartphones, laptops, basically no internet, we would find at least some time for ourselves. Thank God for weekends, were we go out together for walks or I would have resorted to changing the internet password 👿 😈