Wish you all a very Happy Pongal and hope you had a great Lohri and Bogi.
Fun Fact: If you don’t know, Pongal is also the name of a dish which is prepared today. It is prepared with rice and is generally bland and not spicy. The funny thing is that I used to hate this dish till a two to three years back and now, I am not definitely in love with it but it tastes really good if I put a whole lot of pure ghee. So, if you have not had this dish, you should definitely try it out.
Wish you all a very very Happy New Year. May it bring all the prosperity and luck and make your endeavors come true.
I believe New Year begins every single moment. The moment you decide to bring a change in your life is the one defining moment. May it happen every single day in your life and you have the courage to change one thing a day. Make things uncomplicated, relations deep and trustworthy and yourself stronger everyday. Cheers!
Republished from 1stJanuary, 2015
Good Morning Everyone! So, welcome to the last day of 2016. I thought this would be a good time to republish this post. Have a read and let me know what you think about it 🙂
In the spirit with the new year, I had been meaning to do a post tagged #dump10things since quite long. So, finally, here it is – list of 10 things I would like to get rid of at the verge of this transition from the old to new. Do check out my list and do not forget to share yours in the comments below!!
#1 – Old Grudges
High time to let go of the extra baggage with which we all have been burdening ourselves. If a thing can be solved, solve it. If not, just let it go.
#2 – Taking relationships and people for Granted
#3 – Temper
#4 – Laziness
#5 – Procastination
#6 – Ignoring yourself
#7 – Leading an Unhealthy Life
#8 – Fear
#9 – Negativity
#10 – Not Traveling
Wow! 2016 is already over. Okay, just two days to go. Lot has happened. Many ups and many downs. Lets see.
- January started with a bang. A trip to Goa. Memorable. We took a bike on rent. Huge mistake! If you are going, take a car.
- February brought a much awaited wedding in the family and another trip to my second favorite place in the world, Vizag. I love the city. if you ever want a small town feel with upscale lifestyle, this is the place to go.
- March brought us a trip to Shirdi and Nasik. On a side note, we had almost finalized a property but the deal fell off.
- April got me a lot of bad health. This is when I started noticing I could not sit on the floor or squat. If you ever feel any such major changes in the body, rush to the doctor immediately.
- June and July were great. We finally got a house and signed the sale of agreement. Mom dad went to Greece and got me a lot of goodies 🙂
- August was crazy, rushing behind the workers to finish the house and get it ready for housewarming. I have never ever been so harassed in my life. One of the busiest months of my life culminating in a great and well-attended house warming ceremony. So grateful to everyone who came for us.
- September was laid back with our exhaustion still high. Thankfully, it was raining cats and dogs so we really could not get anything else done. And, a 10 days trip to Delhi. It is my longest stay at my parent’s after wedding. Loved it though mum’s health really took a beating since July.
- October. Extremely disheartening. Lost an uncle. More than emotional shock, it was shocking to see a hale and hearty person, one of the healthiest people in our family, just lying there. It was my first time and I could not stop crying. I can not even fathom the level of sadness the family must be going through. Shock is the only word to describe what entire family felt.
- November. For the first time in my life, I walked up the steps of Tirupati. There are 3500 steps in total spanning over 9 kms. I have never walked that much in my life. Even when we went to Vasihno devi, we took horses. That was an achievement for me, especially considering that I was not really doing well physically. It did take 5.15 hrs though and the usual time is 3-4 hours but I can not climb stairs. It gives me palpitations so I do need rest. And, the best part was I was not tired at all after reaching the destination, not even on the consequent day or days. Pumped me up, really! Do something which you think you can not.
- Demonetization. Honestly, I do not think it to be a smart move. No one keeps their assets in cash. Most of the black money is immediately converted into other holdings by the bigger players. Instead, what I can see is the common man suffering. Poor people, daily wage laborers and daily vendors are the worst hit. And, I do not know how it is going to continue. I am so eagerly awaiting the next announcement.
- Health is Wealth. Never take your health for granted. Be active and be fit. You never know what will happen to you when. Some things are never under your control. And, when something like that happens, your entire world turns upside down. So, be careful and be healthy again.
- And, on a happy note, our woodwork is done and hopefully the first quarter of the new year will see us in the new house. So, yay 🙂
How did 2016 treat you? What all milestones did you achieve this year? Are you resolving anything special for 2017?