Monkton Mondays!

This weekend has quite literally been ‘tornado-like’! My ‘Mommy Gang’ from Goa descended onto Mumbai with a gusto and conquered the city in a whirlwind of shopping, dining and dancing, while Dads babysitted petulant children!! I was along for the ride and consumed prodigious amounts of the ‘good stuff’ 😛 and danced until my knees gave way 😀 No shopping though…not for myself…although I enjoyed watching them go about theirs in a very efficient, almost clinical manner! So exhilarating for the most part, although exhausting!! Visited places I’ve never been to before…Yauatcha, Royalty, China House, F-Bar, and revisited old favorites Olive and Bungalow 9So a very HAPPY weekend but hopefully a quiet week ahead – I need my R & R 🙂

Is it any wonder that this one from Mr. Monkton seemed an utterly appropriate way to describe my Girly Weekend capers?!! Especially when I spent most of the weekend in Delicious Dippiness? 😉 Cheers to the worlds of Happy Chaos 😉

The Dippy Donkey

Have a great week ahead People 🙂

Happy Days…

Sorry this is not about the show – though I worshipped the Fonz – still do!!

Lately my days have been kind of a blur, happily busy with work and friends, until I realized that September is half gone! We’re scrambling to get work ready for the Frankfurt Book Fair while not passing up on any opportunities to live it up, which leaves me very little time to blog 😉

Have spent several long days staring at computer screens, editing, trying to find the right words, thoughts, punctuation marks and others, having long relaxed lunches in the company of old friends – alcohol a must of course – wine, mohitos, margaritas – as a friend of mine likes to say – Jolly!!

Yesterday was particularly wonderful – a dear friend’s birthday, nine women, stiff margaritas mixed by moi, delicious Mexican food and interestingly diverse conversation – all making for one long, potent celebration of the best kind!! Haven’t had as much fun in a long while 🙂

As an Indian living outside India, removed from family with a manically travelling spouse – my girlfriends are my sanity, my lifeline, my raison d’etre! Life without them is unimaginable! We share laughs, cribs, books, jewellery and clothes! We give freely of ourselves – our homes, food, advice and ideas. Solutions to problems, shoulders to cry on and an extra pair of helping hands – we are all this and more.

A big Thank-you to all my Friends, for enriching my life, renewing my spirit and bringing me happy days!

I dedicate to all the Phenomenal Women who grace my life,one of my favourite poems, by Maya Angelou aptly titled ‘Phenomenal Woman’…’cause that’s what you are and that’s how you will forever stay in my heart!


Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care.
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.


– by Maya Angelou