Monkton Mondays!

Here we are again…another Beginning! Aren’t we lucky? πŸ˜‰

The weekend has been one of spring cleaning and planning ahead…getting ready for a new school year, a new financial year and very soon on Gudi Padva – the Hindu New Year! And with Easter being a symbol of rebirth – there’s no escaping a fresh start it seems! It is of course also April Fool πŸ˜› although I’m not sure how that ties in with new beginnings. Perhaps it means we are fools for believing in them πŸ˜‰ Or perhaps it means we would be fools not to!

I believe in the latter…I love a new beginning, who doesnt? I like the way it smells and tastes and feels…ephemeral like snowflakes on the tongue yet ethereal like the stars. And although I’ve stopped making resolutions (coz I never can seem to stick to them :P), I found one from Mr. Monkton that is rather perfect for the solemn occasion πŸ˜‰

Let us be lovely


I hope you find countless opportunities to be Silly this week! It’s a wonderful way to live – Trust Me πŸ˜‰ Or don’t! Trust Mr. Monkton πŸ˜›

Happiness always People πŸ˜€Β May you find what you need!

Have a wonderful week ahead!


It feels so strange…visiting my own blog after long months away! That’s why the title! I didn’t plan for this to happen, and all I can say is I was too busy living Life with no time to write about it! 2011 has been another life-changing year (I’m beginning to seriously wonder whether there are any other kinds!). It’s been a roller-coaster of a ride from start to finish, at times enjoyable, at times – the pits!

If I had to summarize in a nutshell, here goes…Dad was transformed from an independent, intelligent (if crabby!) person, into a Shadow…a Man in retreat. All that remains now is a shell of his former self and all we can do now is wait and watch. Ironically as Dad retreats, his grandson blossoms in leaps and bounds. Everyday brings new words, new thoughts, new actions, and more mischief! He’s grown into a little man now! A mischievous man, an utterly exasperating man, a man with an inexhaustible penchant & talent for trouble πŸ˜‰ In short, a man after my own heart πŸ™‚ I watch them both and observe how Nature can be at once so brutal and magical. This has been the hardest part of 2011, watching helplessly while my Dad fades away. And yet in a true testament to the resilience of the human spirit, I’ve managed to find Happiness amidst the chaos. I’ve progressed from denial to acceptance and learnt that no matter how troubling the times, it isn’t in my nature to stay constantly unhappy. It’s too exhausting and not at all worth the effort unhappiness seems to demand. So instead, I’ve looked for and found Happiness in the little things and more often than not have been rewarded beyond belief πŸ™‚ Ishaan helps…as always πŸ™‚

I’ve surprised myself by making friends πŸ™‚ Yes you read right…Friends as in plural not ‘A Friend’ πŸ˜› Given that I had given up on ever making new friends here in Goa, I was over the moon to finally find a group of like-minded women who wanted what I wanted…that’s to say…wanted to have fun, plain & simple! A group of us Moms from Ishaan’s class at school got together and decided to make ‘Enjoyment of Life’ our one-point agenda πŸ™‚ And boy are we good at it πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ Parties, trips, coffee mornings…we’ve been on a roll πŸ™‚ So of course, Hubby had to go and take an assignment in Bombay, just as I was getting the hang of Goa! How typically Male of him πŸ˜› And so here I am at the beginning of 2012, preparing for yet another move in a space of two years…this time with a 3-yr-old in tow!! I need your prayers people! Well, at least he’s got into a school in Bombay…a miracle of sorts πŸ™‚

Oh well…c’est la vie πŸ™‚ In October, we finally made the trip to Singapore with Ishaan!! He got to meet my girlfriends, the women who were with me, when we started the adoption process. The women who held my hands through all the waiting. He’s a great traveler!! Slept on both flights coming in and out of Singapore πŸ™‚ We had a wonderful time at the Zoo and the Bird Park and just being together as a family, Β just the three of us, in a long time πŸ™‚ I can’t wait for our next vacation together πŸ™‚ December was fun too:) Made our annual trip to Mahabaleshwar with family and had a blast!! Learnt that Ishaan away from home is a different story! A much improved story if I must be honest! He’s naughty but controllable and plays the part of Β ‘Mama’s little helper’ to perfection πŸ™‚ Spent a week in Bombay, settling Hubby in the rented 2-BHK we will call home come April. It’s going to be an enormous transition from my parents sprawling bungalow to the tiny 5th-floor apartment, but at least the neighborhood is quiet and the view from the windows is the green of coconut palms πŸ™‚ I think we’re going to be alright, and it’s most likely going to be only for a couple of years until we move again πŸ˜‰

I don’t believe in resolutions, probably coz I’ve broken every one I’ve ever made πŸ˜› I do hope that my return to writing will be moreΒ permanentΒ than temporary, seeing as it always brings me joy and fulfillment πŸ™‚ So far 2012 has been promising πŸ™‚ I’ve seen Sherlock Holmes (although technically it belongs in 2011 coz I saw it on New Year’s Eve, but Hey! Who cares!)… and fallen in love all over again with the extremely talented and quirky Robert Downey Jr πŸ™‚ He’s always been a favorite of mine and he’s absolutely smashing in this second movie πŸ™‚ I hope there are many more movies planned for the future. Take a bow – Guy Ritchie πŸ™‚

I’ve been meaning to read Stieg Larsson‘s Millenium series for a while now, but was always put off by reports of it’s explicit graphic sexual and violence content. Didn’t have the stomach for it last year, but did finally buy the whole series on sale πŸ™‚ Have just finished Reading Book 1 of the Trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and am glad I finally decided to read it. A well-crafted thriller with interesting characters. Am on Book 2 now. Learnt that the author passed away after submitting all the three manuscripts and so never learned of their phenomenal success. Life is full of ironies.

A little something to ward of that 'Evil Eye' in 2012 πŸ˜‰

And so here we are again…at an end and a beginning πŸ™‚ I rather enjoyed the end and I’m looking forward to new beginnings πŸ™‚ I wish the same for you πŸ™‚








Here’s to a good year People!!