Sunday, 15 January 2017

Perfect Circle!

My last kolam of 2016..
When I started, I had some other design in mind... 
With lots of errors and uncertainty, this is how it turned out to be !!!

Hope you liked it

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Opposites Attract?

"Adi, we both are so different. I'm not sure how this is going to work out", I had asked Aditya several years before. 

"Come on Shradha you know opposite attracts", he had winked. 

It was still a time when he was madly in love with me and I was uncertain about accepting the proposal. After several months of relentless coaxing, I accepted his love. Rather, I confessed that I have always been in love with him. I thought that it was just a beginning of an amazing togetherness and I was excited too because my life looked crystal clear; the certainty factor often overwhelming me.

Years passed. Seasons changed. Mobile phones came and they were even replaced by smartphones. We migrated from STD calls and moved towards video calls. We also moved on from a time when photograph of a loved one was cherished like a priceless treasure; apart from hiding it from parents, siblings, friends and even a random stranger. And we smoothly transitioned to the current scenario where photograph is just a DP away!

When everything around us changed, one thing remained constant between us - we continued to remain opposites! 

Eventually, when our worlds drifted apart. I struggled to move on. But, he easily held another girl's hand and happily refreshed his life.

"Everything happens for a reason Shradha", Adi had remarked before leaving forever. 
"If that's the case, why did we even meet Adi", I had reasoned. 

"Past is past. You can't undo anything or drown in an ocean of regret. So better accept the reality and look forward", he preached.

I was in no mood to understand his philosophy. At the same time I didn't want to drown in any ocean of regret. After all, I knew that I shall always cherish the times spent with him. Maybe I always knew that our relationship would not have the "happily ever after" tag attached to it. Maybe that's why I had asked him how things could work out between us because I felt we were poles apart. I am emotional, he is practical. When I used to plan for the future, he used to live for the moment.

I wish I was like him too...

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

A Resolution to Forget

This year I shall forget him, she wrote in her diary. 
And she sighed when she noted that the first page of last year's diary had the same lines.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Annual Cake Show 2016

One of the events in Bangalore during December is the cake exhibition. This year it was displayed at the St. Josephs Indian High School, near UB City and was organized by the by National Consumer Fair (NCF).

I was super excited because the last time I saw the cake show was at least two decades before, as a child holding my mother’s hand. I also remember that the show-stopper for that year was the Velankanni church.

The London Bridge - Show Stopper for the year

My favorite... A House!

Tanjore Painting



101 Dalmatian 

For the Ladies...

India's National Bird

Deep under the sea

Aladdin & the flying carpet

Let's go on a drive?

When the worlds of man and woman comes gets married

Let's play chess

Tower Cake

Jack and the Beanstalk

PS: Cake Show 2016-17 was from 16th December 2016 to 1st January 2017 between 11AM and 9PM.
PPS: I was hoping to get an opportunity to buy/taste different varieties of cakes. But, I was disappointed. Did not find any! 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year 2017!!!

Here is another New Year…
Another opportunity to restart, refresh and rejoice!

Like every other new year, I am sure that we would have a list of resolutions…
I have some too…
But let the first in the list be - Follow the following resolutions!
Sounds simple, but, I am sure that it is very difficult.

And I am excited…
Another 365 days to work more, travel more, read more and of course write more!
Needless to say, dream more and give our best to make those dreams come true…

So let’s start this year with a positive note.
Let’s forget the bitterness and forgive others…

Every day let’s close our days for five minutes and thank the universe…
For everything we have…
And also to believe that the greater universe knows what we wants and will give the best!
Oops! I sound like Paulo Coelho all of a sudden… not really, like a tiny Paulo Coelho rather

On that thought, Happy New Year to all of you…
Thanks for reading my posts and for motivating me.
Especially, even in times where I don’t come back and read your blog…
You are rockstars!!!



Saturday, 31 December 2016

Adieu 2016

Every end brings a new beginning. New Year just reiterates this. It's an opportunity to sit back and reflect upon the days that has gone by... The new people we met who qualified to be defined as our friends; whose smile became our sunshine. And some old friends who became strangers due to fault in our stars or due to the villainous act of circumstances or by choice. Of course, few others who came back to our life with a renewed zeal. 

Have you noticed? Memories have a strange way of meddling with our mind. With each passing day, bitter memories are moved to recycle bin and most of the times, without our knowledge permanently deleted. And the good ones only become better. Maybe that's why as we grow up we tend to forgive others for the pain inflicted by them and ourselves for all the wrong choices as well as stances taken.

As I write this last post of this wonderful year, I feel at peace. I realize that I have understood a lot and even got different perspectives about many things. Every day has taught me some lesson or the other.

I have also learnt to appreciate small things in life... A couple of days before, I was walking to the nearby grocery store. I noticed two little girls walking hand in hand with a mischievous grin. When they neared me, the youngest among the two smiled at me and gave a little flower. It was as tiny and cute like her. That simple gesture elevated me off the ground. It pepped up my spirits. I don't even know why I deserved that flower and why she wanted to give it to me. I don't know them at all. Yet, as I recall that incident, I am smiling. That's the beauty about small things. So I have decided to write a note (a sentence or two) everyday about what made me happy that day. I am planning to read it at the end of next year and hopefully feel blessed and thankful. I see people generally posting #100daysofhappiness in Facebook. But this will remain personal - between me and the universe. If you think this is a good idea, I urge you to do it too. On any given day, if you think nothing noteworthy has happened, just smile at a random stranger; like how that little girl smiled at me and offered the flower. You will not only create something wonderful for you to cherish, but also give another person a beautiful memory!!!

On that high and positive note (hopefully), I wish you all happiness and good health in the coming year. See you all next year, i.e., tomorrow. Until then, bubbye

PS: writing after a really long time... And that too typing on mobile phone. So pardon me for the bad font and formatting... And for silly mistakes too...