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London Diaries - The Plan

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When we planned our vacation, we were in 2 minds on whether to get a Schengen visa and do another European country or to spend the entire 15 days in UK and Ireland. Finally, we decided on the latter as we knew that travelling with 2 kids is gonna considerably slow us down. Then came the question of tickets - we chose Srilankan Airlines despite the longer flight duration as we had an overnite stop over on our way back and we love Columbo as a shopping destination.

As usual when we travel, we relied on a travel agency for our visas and tickets and did the rest of the planning by ourselves. We decided to split the trip roughly equally between London, Scotland and Western Ireland - 5 days each. Hubby and self had explored Scotland up to Inverness, so we decided to go higher up the Highlands this time. Western Ireland was chosen as there were many picturesque spots we wanted to see there - at least the pics from other travel bloggers and websites looked inviting ! We wanted to do a self-d…

When Joy Wraps You in its Blanket...

... you sit back and enjoy it ! And that's precisely what I have been up to in the recent past. We had an amazing vacation where we covered London, Scotland and Western Ireland. Detailed descriptive posts shall follow soon. We also celebrated 11 years of togetherness - no easy feat, but we've done it and we are proud, happy and thrilled that we did ! There shall also be a post on that soon...

Tomorrow the new academic year starts and I have taken on a new challenge to provide a different lunch box every day. Till last year, I used to send the same lunch every day - either bread sandwich or veggie pulao or rice mixed with curd. My son is a foodie, but no matter how creative I am with the lunch box, he prefers to play during lunch break than eat :) ..Over time, this made me stick to just the above 3 easy to prepare items. However, this year, I am going to take it as a challenge - on a best case case scenario, my son will eat his lunch and on a worse case scenario, at least my c…

The Sunshine Month

I have always considered April to be my favorite month of the year - Vishu, my birthday and happy childhood memories ...

As I have been trying to untangle the various independent and interlinked (yes, independent for a rational brain, heavily interlinked for a sensitive soul like me) issues in my professional and personal life, without much success, I still tried to make the best of April.

And thus I planned a long pending trip to Guruvayoor, my native place for my cousin's wedding and then to Lulu mall. (to compensate for a missed school picnic).

Guruvayoor has many strong positive childhood emotions associated with it, and as I prostrated before the lord, I cried copious amounts of tears for all my past mistakes and errors of judgment and asked for forgiveness. This is usually not how I pray and it left me surprised - it was as if I was talking to my childhood friend - someone who would just listen without judgement. I felt a strong sense of inner calm and strangely didn't …

Pregnancy and Feminism - How Heavy or How Lite?

A few days back, I shared this link on FB. It is an extract from a much larger piece on Feminism (which has now been converted into a book) and it talks about why it is necessary to reject the idea of feminism lite.

Being the wife of a natural feminist (yes, men can be feminists too !) I face this a lot. Many people, well-wishers and otherwise, often tell me that I am lucky to have him as a hubby. Let's park the lucky or otherwise bit for a moment, and look at what makes them say this. Lucky you - he is an involved parent. Lucky you - he lets you follow your dreams. Lucky you - he makes coffee for you. Lucky you - well, you get the drift....This does not need any explanation - a healthy union of 2 individuals need not be mired in gender stereotypes at all.

The flip side of this is that it is far tougher for a guy to be a feminist in a misogynist society such as the one I live in. He is constantly bombarded with friendly and not so friendly jabs about how his friends have it far e…

On Faith, Disability, Social Media and More..

I have been reading some very interesting stuff lately: Farnam Street, Melting Asphalt, Paul Graham's Essays, and Base Hit Investing have been some of my favorites*. I have been able to identify with all of these writings quite easily. Identify , not agree. I could get where they were coming from. I shared some of these on social media...and as is the nature of the social media beast, there was hardly any intellectual curiosity induced responses...Not surprisingly, many reached out to ask "what happened?" and "why the rant?" ...It took quite some time to explain that I was sharing something I found interesting and it had nothing to do with any specific instance. Just being alive for nearly 4 decades, gives you enough experiences to identify with certain thought processes...Which led me to think on behaviour triggers and mind bending thoughts and voyeuristic curiosity.  
I love going to hubby's hospital in the afternoons. That is when babies are born mostly…

The Power of Experiences

When you are young, you look at life with a certain freshness of thought and vision, which disappears as you grow older. Recklessness is replaced by careful consideration and dreams are replaced by realistic goals..one might argue that there are people who keep their passions alive till their last breath and I am the first one to agree...But still in the continuum of risk vs. conservatism, the scale does shift towards the right, as experiences are added..

Till recently, I used to think that was a sad fact. Not anymore ! There are certain benefits that come with experience which nothing can replace. While I still scoff at people who respond to a piece of advice (let's say on parenting from a childless person or on career from a housewife) with "What do you know ? You have not been through it", I also now realize that someone who has been through the experience is far more qualified to offer advice than someone who hasn't...

I used to often think that people are too b…

Updates !

Yes, almost 10% of the year is already over. I thought I was done with the miseries of 2016 when I went for the much dreamt of vacation in Cambodia. Well, it was not quite the case. 
The vacation was great although my younger one was literally quite a hand full. I am looking forward to the day she will eat by herself as these days most of my time revolves around trying to convince her to eat ! The history and mythology of the place was mind boggling.The food was amazing as well. Though I didn't shop much, clothes are dirt cheap there. So, all in all a great place to visit. 
The way nature eats into the most magnificent of human creations, showed to me how time is a great leveler. The almost surreal way in which a tree's roots destroy those temples taught me that trees are living things - like no science text book ever can. On a very unrelated note, I wonder why vegetarians often take the moral high ground of not hurting living things ! As far as my moral compass goes - killin…