Going on Vacation


After a long long time, I am back in my blog. My work schedule was killing me, and now that it is December, things have finally eased off. And that brings me back to my blog.

So how have things been….we are nearly at the end of another year, and there have been so many memorable happenings this year – the latest being the death of Nelson Mandela.

In India, on the political front, we have the BJP, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) battling out in the Delhi elections, and drawing the battle lines for next year’s Central Government elections. And since elections are around the corner, the ruling party (Congress) is determined to make a fair showing of its prowess (!) during the past 5 years, and trying to shape up for next year.

On a personal front, we are going on a vacation!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!! We are going to the little Indonesian island of Batam for a week – to chillax.  Our trip starts on Sunday and we’ll be back next Saturday, spending Christmas there.

If the hotel has wi-fi, I’ll be providing daily updates of our trip. If not, I’ll come back and give the updates.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

 

 

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Christmas Nostalgia


The smell of freshly baked cakes in the nipping air…..the sound of pealing bells…..the merry chatter of playing kids….these are all part of the special memories of Christmas.Christmas Cake

The word ‘Christmas’ is synonymous with happiness, holidays and cakes.

ExamsIn school, teachers would be in a hurry to finish off the portions for the Christmas exams, so that the kids don’t say that the questions were out of syllabus. Half-Yearly exams were conducted in the third week of December and we kids would be in a frenzy to be done with them. Because, after that would begin one of the most glorious holidays of the year, the 10-day Christmas vacations 🙂

At home, Mom would be busy finishing off the baking and cooking, while we  clamoured to get a Christmas Star hung in front of the house, and start work on the Crib and Tree.Xmas Crib

Another highlight of Christmas was the arrival of cousins and the amount of time we spent exploring the paddy fields, discovering hitherto unknown nooks and niches. Since we live in God’s Own Country, we don’t have any snow (maybe God prefers tropical climates like we have here). However, being December, the weather is slightly colder during the evenings and early mornings.

Xmas Star

These are memories from 15 years ago. For various reasons, it has been at least 6 years since I made a Crib or decorated a Xmas tree from scratch. Now that Baby has arrived in our midst, I would love to make a magical Christmas for him next year, when he is one year old. Till then, I will have to make do with borrowed Christmases at my relatives’ homes.