Of interesting discoveries

The day started with me finding a single tomato in the fridge. And the lone tomato became responsible for the events that led to us discovering so many things today. Each one of us did or tried something new today.

We decided we will have lunch outside first and foremost. Zack had heard good things from his friends about a particular restaurant’s biryani. It had meat alternatives as well, so I did what I usually do while going to a new place – see what else can be visited or shopped from in that area. I found a warehouse selling party stuff and thought to check it out for the girls birthdays. Now the address for the warehouse was inside a mall and Zack said their is a 80% sale for cookware in a Home Depot store on the same road. Lunch and window shopping sorted, we enjoyed the drive with English classics on the radio.

Zack discovered the portion of the biryani was less compared to his appetite but the perfectly cooked chargha blowed him away. Next stop was the party supplies warehouse. I did a 95% plastic free shopping for Boo’s birthday next month. The quality of the paper balloons, garlands, honeycombs and fans was pretty good and I wanted decor items which could be repurposed in the coming years. We got a big shiny Happy first birthday helium balloon as well. No serving ware because we still have leftovers from Moo’s party two years ago.

While finding the parking inside the mall I saw a board for Daiso. I knew from memory it’s a Japanese dollar shop so told Moo I would get something for her from there if she was in a good behaviour at the warehouse. She reminded me only 19 times that I have to take her to the dollar shop. Off we went in search of the shop and it proved to be a wonderland for all of us. Pick up most of the items for a flat A$2.80!! Zack picked up a whole bunch of gardening items, Moo got animal bookmarks, I picked up a milk frother and a heat stapler while Boo was most interested in a toy cat flap and held it all the time while inspecting the bottom shelves in all the aisles. We decided to come again to the shop few weeks later when Boo is asleep in her pram.

The cookware shopping was a complete flop because I wanted a cast iron wok and the shop didn’t have any. They had a floor upstairs reserved for 80% sale items and we went there just for passing time. We found some crockery for throwaway prices and ignoring my constant ministrations Zack has bought a teapot and ceramic salt shaker. The shaker I get it but the teapot? The man breaks one china a month while doing the dishes and he wants to use the teapot to keep refilling his chai. 🤣

This week is going to be interesting..watch this space for the chronicles of the teapot!

Three ponders of the mind

The husband is very weird.

Some days, he will not move a muscle even though he sees me slogging off doing all kinds of household chores.
Some days, he will do any and everything before I even open my mouth even though it is not necessary – like making me a cup of hot milk before I doze off.

Festival means food.

Festivals can be celebrated without family and friends, but without lip smacking and yummy food? I don’t think so. Not to think that we did not have the two this Diwali. But the taste of that drumstick and brinjal sambar still lingers, more than the sight of my neighbor’s amused face on seeing me screaming hoarse to the kids during the bursting crackers ceremony.

Shopping can be done in less than half an hour.

Zack’s took 15 minutes. And mine 20 minutes. We stepped out to shop exactly the day before Diwali, since a week earlier a relative had passed away and the mourning period lasted till Thursday. He had some fitting issues with his trousers, we were asked to come after 3 hours for the alterations to be ready. After waiting leisurely for a rava dosa in the crowded hotel and savoring till the last bite, we stepped into a saree store for my shopping. The sarees which I got have been literally envied by the ladies in the clan. I asked Zack to ‘nazar utarofy’ my precious sarees, such intense longing for my clothes I have never witnessed. I was in half a mind to give them to one of them, but then I could not – they were so pretty to let go 😛

ETA : DauntlessDaisy, Smita, TGND and Seena, here are the photos of the sarees 🙂



Jodhpur Silk

Jodhpur Silk

Novel November

Dear Hubby,

The first week of November saw us doing the Diwali purchases. I admire your patience in taking me to various places to do my sari shopping. But your absolute disinterest ‘while’ I shop is somewhat strange. But seriously, you have to agree, I am way, way better than the women in your family who spend almost half the day in one shop itself. I guess your disinterest stems from waiting endlessly during one such shopping trip during your bachelor days 😆

Last year, we celebrated Diwali at my parent’s place. This being my first here, I wanted to do it prim and proper. I hereby promise that I will never ever say these words in future. My back was totally broken by the end of the day. I loved how you served me my lunch at 4. I loved you even more when you saved some crackers for me which I delightfully lighted at 10. But honestly, I am planning to run off to some place in the coming years.

This was the first time I did something on impulse – booking tickets for my own annual vacation. Before I could change my mind, in less than 3 minutes, I was staring at my confirmation sms. I so wanted to go home in the last week of December, but since it was clashing with your sisters visit, I preponed the trip by a couple of weeks.

November was a breeze, I could not comprehend that it got over so soon. Just when I had finished the sweets made during Diwali, came another occasion to make a new batch of new goodies 🙂