Oculus October

Dear Hubby,

Finally, finally we found the perfect sofa for our living room. I don’t think we could have got a better deal than this. And the colour contrasts with the curtains beautifully. Though it transformed the living room,  it started our financial downfall vortex, which sadly is continuing till date 😐

This month gave me enough health scares. The painful medications added with office workload made a complete mess of me. Enough torture was given to you and the BFF during those times – I am thankful to God for giving them enough strength for tolerating a nutcase like me.

October saw us discussing and debating an important career move of yours, am eagerly awaiting its outcome in January.

The naming ceremony of S’s baby – all the guests had one question. Why did the baby born in January have a naming ceremony in October. I visited the old city market area for the first time and to my eyes, the vendors were downright rude. They would not let me or your aunt touch any of their wares before purchasing. Now how would you buy fruits without touching them!! The lunch was oh-so-awesome. But the I think the real reason I hogged the food is because of the constant running between two floors of their apartment.

Every bad has some good in it. Sandy affected many, many people in US adversely. But it gave unexpected holidays to you. And lesser work later  🙂

And the very last day of October – I want to ask you a question. Was it really so difficult to drive through the rain to office that you bunked 😛


Avocado August

Dear Hubby,

We finally made the trip to Shirdi after postponing it so many times. I had never travelled with so many people before, that too in a train,  so it was a new experience for me – coordinating the ticket reservations, cab bookings, cooking and packing and hotel bookings. 19 people vacationing together is bound to have its moments of happiness and problems. I was happy we made a bit more than the money we invested in Tambola. After having loss in two games in a row, I was not in a mood to play again. But then I found your excuse hilarious. “Sit on the lower berth, it was lucky for him, he won 500, it should be lucky for you too.” Just to prove you wrong, I played again, and to my surprise, I won enough money to recover our losses. Must say, that seat was lucky 😀

In the middle of a planned vacation, the impromptu short trips to other tourist places proves to be more exciting. In less than an hour, all of us were ready to travel to almost 100km by bus. Thanks to your cousin, we got a good rate, else am sure someone would have swindled us. The Ellora caves were so mesmerizing, I wish it was our primary reason for our vacation. Certainly 2 hours is not enough. Hope we wish to visit them again later. And if we do visit Ellora, we should also plan for Mahabaleshwar, I have heard enough about the varieties of berries it has to offer.

I think we are not cut out for a peaceful journey every time we step out of for a vacation. The arduous journey of reaching some remote junction to catch our connecting train back, the lack of time to even rest for a while in the middle and the insane amount of running due to wrong platform announcement at the railway station made me swear that we are not stepping out again before we have each and every ticket of the travelling party confirmed. This is what happens if we follow the belief that the tickets will get confirmed at the last-minute.

We did not get the expected amount of rains here and that depressed you because we had installed the rain water harvesting system in the anticipation that we would get to use clean, natural water. From the day we had the installation set up, we had the tank filled up to a maximum of 5 times only. Hope we have rains in abundance the next monsoon.

Just when we were recovering from a tiring journey came the news about your uncle’s deteriorating health. Again the madness started. Of running to and fro. The last 3 days of August were very, very hard and trying. From the day he was admitted till the day he breathed his last in the first week of September, we made four 350km round trips. Both of us used to get so exhausted and drained out.

This month was rough as well as soft. Certainly like an avocado.




Dear Hubby,

Oh, the kind of headaches we faced in this month!

The first week had a huge chunk of bank holidays which made it difficult to do the urgent money transfer – online as well as offline. I still think the authorities should have given us sufficient time and not just 2 days to arrange this huge amount of money. Your sister is so resource worthy. The way she rustled up her contacts and arranged the money is such a short span of time – I don’t think anyone else could have done that. I can’t thank her enough.

April added one more EMI to the existing bunch of loans. I wish we finish off this loan by the end of next year. But between the two of us, I must say we do a commendable job of managing the loans and finances. Things are best when they are vested 🙂

There are still matters of concern – your love for credit cards is unfathomable to me. I agree we get more reward points and discounts while shopping with the credit card and it is a true life saver at times – but still, if we are not careful and even a wee bit lax, we might end up paying more eventually, which has already occurred many times 😐

Towards the last couple of weeks one by one all of you fell ill. Viral infection, cold, fever, cough and what not. I was unaffected. To think about it now, you were waiting for me to get infected, so that the immunity is built later. But my dear, you do not know the power of raagi as well as tulsi – I had asked you many times to partake a bit of the ‘kanji’, but no, you are as stubborn as a 3-year-old. The number of times you made fun of me while I used to have raagi is so many! Even though it is not so tasty, it makes one healthy and keeps them that way – lesson for you 😛

April was not particularly enjoyable. But life taught us many lessons.