Younger Now


Feels like I just woke up
Like all this time I’ve been asleep
Even though it’s not who I am
I’m not afraid of who I used to be

Miley’s new song –

I feel like we both go through different phases of our lives together ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s an advantage of following a superstar who is some what your age (although Miley is a bit younger than me, but then, I feel so much younger now ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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Little Brother


“Are you ready to meet your little brother?”
She just nodded in reply to her father’s excited question with her beautiful, round, brown eyes saying a little more.

She was indeed excited to meet the new baby in her house, but she wanted a girl, a sister.

Her tiny brain can very well recollect that day, when instead of her mama, her grandma had come to pick her up from school. Mom had gone to see a doctor. Later, mom and dad came home together, looking happier than ever. Father had brought ice cream! Everyone looked happy. Instead of waiting until dinner, father immediately brought plates and served it to everyone. Even grandpa had some (although he is not allowed to)

She hadn’t understand what all were talking about till her mother informed her, someone is going to come to play along with her. “Who-o?” She asked, slightly worried if it wasn’t her neighbor Chintoo, who spoils all her toys. He usually comes at night after dinner. “A little baby.” Mom said, almost in a whisper, like it was a secret.

And as if the feeling of happiness was infectious, it made her happy too!
“A baby?” She asked widening her round eyes and stretching her lips in a curve. “Where is it?” She continued. “It’s in my womb.” Mom said pointing at her womb. “In your stomach?” And slowly the picture was clear to her.

Last year, her friend Suma’s sister was also in her mother’s stomach. She would see their mother coming to school and her stomach looked different. She has asked mom if she would also look like Suma’s mother? Mom had said yes, as the baby grows, her stomach will also grow.
“And will it also be a girl? I want a baby sister just like Suma!”
“We can’t tell that now dear, we will have to wait to see who it is.”
“I am going to pray God daily to give me a sister and not a brother. Boys are mischievous. They fight and they tease and they hit each other. And they spoil all the fun.”
Mom just smiled and said nothing.

Over the days however, she forgot to pray daily. And maybe that’s why she has a brother now. She wanted to tell her father, she doesn’t want him, but he was so happy. Her little mind understood that it is better to keep it to herself.

Dad was extremely happy. He carried her all the way to the car and made her sit next to him in the front seat. They were going to the hospital where mom and her new baby brother was. Dad was as usual asking her several questions, about her school and about her friends. But Tanu wasn’t really interested. She too was giving her usual answers, looking away from him, outside the car window. And all of a sudden, she remembered, a boy named Anurag from her class. He gave her, his pencil when she had lost hers. She also remembered how teacher always scolds him for not saying anything (when she asks questions!).
“Dad! I am really happy to see my little brother! I am going to teach him to help others and stay quite. And I will teach him not to fight and tease. I know boys can also be good.”
Dad was totally surprised by this sudden, innocent confession of his princess. He had actually forgotten her wish to have a sister. But he was glad, that some how, she had made up her mind. “That’s like a good girl!”
And they both excitedly went to meet the new member!


This story is in response to a prompt from here –ย http://thinkwritten.com/365-creative-writing-prompts/

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I miss having friends around


I miss having friends around.

Friends like those in the office with whom I used to discuss a hell lot of things. It might be about office, some trending issue, family, other friends or something very personal.

I never feared sharing personal things with my these friends. Some how I knew, it will not be misused. They would also tell me many things. And some how even I never disclosed them to any one.

Those things stayed in the office. It was kind of unsaid rule. And these friends were like a therapy. They never judged me. Advised me some times, but never forced me to do something. Or they never pointed out my mistakes. They loved me for who I was. They hated things that I hated (like my boss ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) They liked what I liked. I think I did the same.ย We might not meet each other outside the office, but we were still there for each other.

Coffee breaks and lunch times where the times when we had these therapy sessions ๐Ÿ™‚ It really stood for the word ‘break’. Break from being formal, break from being cautious about others, break from holding our thoughts.

I think it is a must to have a friend at our work place, where we spend more than 1/3rd of our day, which means we spend 1/3rd of our life there. (We actually spend 1/3rd of our day sleeping, so it is practically half time of the day that we spend in the office!) And although we can catch up with our other friends on weekends, it is really not that easy.

Honestly, I fear my best friends and my family will judge me. They will always want me to be right, chose the right path, do the right things. So they sometimes impose their ideas on us. But not these friends. It is not like – they don’t care if I am right or wrong, but they understand this is not what I want from them.

Some bonds are different. Some relations are different.

I miss having these friends around.

 

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Paris! – Part 1


Till few years ago, it was no where on my mind to visit Paris, or go to France.
And then, I joined a French Language class just to decorate my resume and to improve my English vocabulary (many English words have French origin). Not just that I learnt a new language, I found a wonderful friend for lifetime andย a dream, that we both saw together – to visit France.

This is a late post, a very late post. I went on a mini Europe trip with my family few months ago. Paris was one of the destinations. And I must say, it did live up to my expectations!

When we think of Paris, the first thing that come to our mind is – Eiffel Tower!

The next one is L’ouvre museum that has the famous Mona Lisa painting

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Arc de triumph

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Champs – Elysees

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To be continued..

 

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If I had a magic wand…


“I don’t have 4 hands! Do it yourself!”

That’s what my mom would say if I asked her any favor when she would be in the middle of something. And I would wonder, why does she needs 2 extra hands?

But I don’t wonder any more. I know exactly what she means.

I am not a mom yet. But I am married, and I work and I am in a country far away from my family where I don’t get any help from anyone. I have to do everything on my own. My husband helps me, but it depends on his mood. And that’s when I realize, what is the importance of those 2 extra hands!!

In school, I would have needed a wand for doing my homework probably or all the things my mom would tell me to do. Today, Give me a magic wand and I will use it toย do all the household chores. I want it to do the dishes, to wash cloths and dry them, to cook food, clean the kitchen, clean the entire house, sort my wardrobe and all the other things that take up my time!

I realized that these are all the things that take up most of my time and keep me away from all other fancy stuff I want to do like blogging, YouTube videos, watch movies, etc.

At the second thought though, I don’t think I need a wand. Because it makes me feel so proud when someone(especially mom) says – “Oh! You manage it on your own? Great!” And this doesn’t mean that I will be less proud if they say “Oh! Your husband helps you in the chores? Lucky!Good.” ๐Ÿ˜‰ But then, are these proud moments worth of giving up all those fancy things?

Well, it is not about their comments, but the feeling of independence that makes me more happy. I know now, I am not helpless. I can do anything to everything, on my own. With the time and practice, I am also learning to manage things within time, prioritize my work. On some days, my 2 extra hands also realize their responsibilities and help me ๐Ÿ™‚

So if I had a magic wand, I will just keep it aside or give it to someone who really needs it. For, I don’t really need it.


โ€˜This post is a part ofย Write Over the Weekend, an initiative forย Indian Bloggersย by BlogAdda.โ€™
What will you do, if you had a magic wand?

I don’t know what is there criteria but I won again! What they say on their blog is – winners who qualifiedย so maybe if we just follow their rules, we get qualified. But it doesn’t matter. I made 2 new friends through this! Click on the badge if you wish to read other WOW posts –
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Once, during a rainy day


Once, during a rainy day, little Aditi asked her mother,
“Mom, can I go and play in the rain?”
“No dear, you will catch cold and fall sick!” mom explained.
“But I can see Ritu out there!” claimed Adu, pointing from the window.
Mom gave the same reason, she had used hundred times before, “She is older and she is stronger.”
“But I am strong too! You said so yourself, yesterday when I was crying!” she exclaimed.
“Now don’t act smart.” said mom plainly.
“Please mom!! If I fall sick this time, I will never ask for anything. I will listen to whatever you say.” pleaded Adu.
“And you will obey everything that I say.” Demanded mom.
“Yes mamma! Everything! But does this mean that if I don’t fall sick, I don’t have to listen to you at all??” enquired little Adu.
Mom was perplexed. She stared at her daughter half amused, half confused.
“I am just joking mamma! I will always listen to you, I am a good girl!” and she hugged her mumma and ran outdoors in the rain!


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By the way, I won! ๐Ÿ˜› There are a lot of us who did. Check out their blog by clicking on the badge –

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Arty Crafty Wednesday


Minions again!! Just little better ones, at least I feel so.

I tried from this –

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I wish


I wish,
I could just cut out some parts from our lives,
When I was mad and angry,
And you were stupid and crazy.

I wish,
I would have never said those words,
The words that brought us closer
And the words that tore us,

I wish,
You wouldn’t have done those things,
The things that made me fall,
And the things that made us fall apart.

I wish,
I wouldn’t have had those feelings,
The feeling of my heart, soaked in your love,
The feeling when my heart was into pieces.

But in spite of all this,
If we are still together,
Then I wish, for nothing else.
For I know, this is all that matters.

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My New Hobby : Indoor Farming Part #2


You can read the first part here.

Fenugreek plant also grows quite fast. But it has more leaves than flowers. Of course, the leaves are the only important thing that we need to consume.

Quick update on #fenugreek plant! It is time to serve them as sabji!! #indoorgardening #indoorfarming

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I also planted the tip of some carrots in a small pot. Initially I had just put them in the water, something we used to do quite often as kids, to see how the plant grows. But my MIL said we can even plant it in soil just as a show plant. I have least expectations of carrot growing at the bottom of this plant. But it does look attractive!

Carrot plants! #indoorgardening #indoorgarden #indoorfarming

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Here is the show stopper ๐Ÿ˜› Mango plant!! My FIL is kind of obsessed with mangoes and mango plant. They had brought few mangoes for us while coming from India, and we also bought some raw mangoes just to eat them raw. And right from the time he saw my small garden, he repeatedly said – we have to plant a mango seed! I already had a pot given by the owner. Now here is a confession, it had a plant in it, quite grown one. But I kind of neglected it. It was good in the last summer. And it dried in the winter. I thought it is natural, the leaves will come back in spring. But they didn’t. Now the roots are still in the pot. But we still planted 2 mango seeds in the same soil.

Having learnt of my new hobby, one of my friends, Vi, shared a post on FB about how to grow different plants indoors? and it had one of the plants on my list – tomatoes!

And now the plants have grown quite tall. I am dreaming that one day they will grow tall enough and give shade during sunny days! (I really don’t know how long a tomato plant grows!)

Quick tomato update! Stronger and taller! #indoorgarden #indoorgardening #indoorfarming #tomato

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And here is the last one, that I recently planted – green chili pepper or as we call itย Shimla mirch!ย It is just 2 weeks old.


Here I am sharing a small video of my small garden. There is one biological coriander plant as well that I had bought, but somehow it is isn’t growing anymore. It dried away even though I watered it regularly. So now I am going to plant new seeds myself to see how it works.

That's my entire garden! #indoorgardening #indoorgarden #indoorfarming

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Do you have your garden? What plants do you have in there? Have you tried indoor farming? What do you think about my plants? Do you have any tips or suggestions? Don’t hesitate to share!

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Arty Crafty Wednesday – A rainy day


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I thought i was doing good, but i don’t know at what point it started becoming all messed up. But it was an honest attempt.

It used to be the first topic for drawing, when the school would start in June. And I think this is best I have drawn so far. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now I don’t know what should be the background color and what color the rain should be. In fact I think rain will spoil the entire thing even more.

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