Happy Diwali | Diwablog 4

The final one in this year’s Diwablog series is a simple wish from my side to you. Wishing you all a very happy Diwali! A festival of prosperity, where people need to see that prosperity is not just by money, but rather by good health, contentment and happiness as well.

May all of our wishes come true and you get abundance and happiness in everything!

Things I mandatorily require in my friends’ weddings | Blogmas 4

Wedding season in India is in full swing, especially since 2020 was a dull year for many in this respect. Being a serial wedding attendee right now and having planned our own, I and the husband have carved out some serious principles on what makes us enjoy a wedding the most :D. This post is absolutely meant for fun, so feel free to add your principles

  1. If its a typical Indian wedding, it has to be an event outside of our base location: This is simple, it makes the event look more like a vacation.
  2. If the first is getting fulfilled, then it should be a two day or more affair (for full vacation vibes). otherwise I would rather have me traveling to various parts of Delhi NCR during peak wedding season only for a day please. I know I can stay over near to the wedding festivities if there are more days, but it just isn’t the same. When you are in an outstation wedding, there is an entire wedding party accompanying you there and the vibe just gets different.
  3. If it wasn’t clear until now, weekends would be great! I know I can take leaves for a close friend’s wedding, but weddings on weekdays mean some of your friends will not be on leave. Weekdays are the best as they ensure maximum attendees!
  4. Aside all this, I have not been to many day wedding events but I think an afternoon wedding party in Delhi winters would be so perfect! So if you are getting married in Delhi, here’s a good cue for you. πŸ˜€

299 | Bring on the lights

HAPPY CHOTI DIWALI PEEPS πŸ™‚

The festival of lights is something you cannot miss in India, irrespective of your intentions.

I for one get all giddy and happy seeing the colorful lights all around. I am not one who waits for this time of the year consciously (used to as a kid due to family gathering and celebrating together), but when this time comes, it all feels me with happiness. Even the commercial bits of big cities some times, I just try that I generate as less waste as possible, e.g. not fill my home with tons of plastic crap :P.

It is also my first Diwali post marriage, something considered quite a huge deal at least in North India. We are not traveling to my in-laws place this time around due to some constraints, but hoping to see them soon. Rahul and I spent a fair deal tomorrow in decorating our Gurgaon place and the end result was not quite sophisticated (which is what I was going for :P). However, its beautiful nonetheless. Sharing a few snippets below.

Going to my parents place tomorrow and it will be a happy time, this time Rahul included πŸ™‚

Little things about our Diwali decor:

  1. We didn’t buy any new plastic or even metal stuff, except fairy lights and the Bandanwar included some plastic beads.
  2. Since I love putting candles, I rummaged through existing gifts here and at parents place to find super pretty candle holders waiting to be used. Not to mention the joy on remembering who gifted me a candle holder when I was in Dubai. πŸ™‚
  3. So, what did we buy? Few candles, fresh flowers and clay lamps. πŸ™‚
  4. I do think I should have bought some sweets to gift to house helps, I gave them sweets that we already had at home gifted by an uncle.

Might have a small card party at home with friends today. I went to a Diwali card party for the first time at a colleague’s place few days ago & could see how it can get addicting πŸ˜›

Do share what you are doing for Diwali. Chilling in bed counts too. πŸ™‚ But would especially love to know what you are doing for decorating or spreading joy! πŸ™‚

15 | Holiday

Happy Makar Sankranti or Happy Pongal or Uttarayan or whatever the harvest festival is called in your part of the world.

This also means the sale season is quickly going to be over and spring summer collections will be in soon, in case you care. πŸ˜„

Also, I spent most of my time sleeping in today. πŸ˜›

Life Instagram-ed #12

Hi everyone πŸ™‚

I have nothingΒ to say right now, so I’ll just directly move to life snippets that I managed to capture since the past two months:

1. I tried this recipe from The PinkTrends here and I have one thing to say to you all: try it. πŸ™‚

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2. This is from a restaurant, Abbey Road in Cyber Hub, Gurgaon. I liked the fun vibe at this place, extremely good ambiance. However, I reached late here for someone’s farewell so I did not eat anything. Oh, by the way, they give you cupcakes when you leave. πŸ™‚

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3. Eating maggi with a sprinkling of Amul Mozarella cheese and Ching’s Secret Schezwan chutney. My dreamy and unhealthy life. :’) Just kidding, you should totally avoid maggi! I am trying too.

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4. The Navratri festivities in our society. This is the ‘prasad’ after the kirtan. For non-Indians, Navratri is a Hindu festival of nine days where we worship Goddesses. Some people hold events in which they sing hymns called Kirtan and prasad is like sweet little things given as gifts/favours after the event. Like, candies on Halloween? (Oh my God! this was difficult πŸ˜› )

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5. The Goddess idol from the same Kirtan in my society.

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6. I spotted these beautiful earthen wares at a roadside seller’s stall.

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7. Β Then, I tried this recipeΒ from Suraksha di’s blog.

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8. I went to Monkey Bar in Vasant Kunj, Delhi. Frankly, from the newspaper coverage when it inaugrated, I expected it to be a huge place. I was a little disappointed. I liked the food and I’ll definitely go again because there are many things on the menu that I want to try. It’s not exactly a value for money place but let’s just say it is not as pricey either as Delhi’s food scene overall is. :/ Overall, I had a great time (because I got to play foosball for the first time).

I don’t know if I have mentioned, but I am not good at any sports (except running?) so I am embarrassed to try games anywhere because I feel like a loser. As I was with people in front of whom I am never embarrassed, I finally went ahead. πŸ˜€ Now I’ll probably start using the foosball table in my office finally. By the way, this not being good at sports is one of the very few things that make me different from Monica of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. πŸ˜› Why I am writing so much random stuff is beyond me as well. πŸ˜›

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9. The book that I was reading. I know that you know which one it is. πŸ™‚ (If you don’t and are curious, feel free to ask in comments).

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10. Sam’ cafe in Paharganj.

Now, most people find this place overrated. I quite enjoyed my meal. I am definitely going here again. I tried the Lasagna (not in picture) which was very good, these fries and chocolate milkshake. These fries were a little bland for my taste but nothing a little salt on top can’t fix. The milkshake was super yummy. Plus, they have a rooftop seating as well. Paharganj is anyway one of the places I love going to, I am definitely heading here again. Did I mention this place is quite easy on the pocket? MUST TRY.

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11. Rangoli colors on Diwali.

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12. Rangoli part-1

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13. Rangoli part-2

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14. Ching’s Secret new soups that we tried. I liked it but maybe most people won’t. There was nothing exceptional to it but I enjoy all kinds of soups. I try to consume less of these instant ones though. However, they are easy to have and tasty too.

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That’s all! Tell me what all you liked or hated. πŸ™‚