“Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else.” Raheel Farooq
I have been missing out on writing my Gratitude posts since a couple of months; blaming it on personal issues rather than laziness to write 😉 But life has been good and blessed and I have loads to tell you. Maybe its better if you grab a hot cuppa of your fav brew!
** Warning: long post alert 😉
BTW we are over with July too; so more than half the year has flown by – is it me or has it whooshed past way too quickly?
♥ Monsoons ♥
Though I am a winter lover, this rainy season has been heavenly. Maybe its because I am enjoying the rains from the comfort of my home and not on the streets in traffic jams and slush. Even as I type this, its pouring outside and the Gulmohar tree is swaying in gay abandon while the cool drops are drenching everything around.
Is it raining in your part of the world? Do you like the rains?
♥ Health first ♥
It all began with a pain in my left wrist and then two months of doctor visits, blood tests and numerable medicines later, I have the glorious conclusion of being blessed with a underworking thyroid gland! Alright, no biggie there as it is quite a common thing.
Morning walks sap my strength (side effect of thyroid), so have settled down to light yoga and stretching with half an hour of meditation. Hopefully, this will help build my resistance and I will soon get my pace back.
I had moved to a new house in April, I can say that by now I am 90% unpacked and settled. I have my kitchen back into routine and yes healthy meals are on the rise while ordering out is becoming a thing of rarity. Yayyyy!! for that!
** Psssst… I am on the lookout for healthy recipes, natural cures and general advise on thyroid, so please feel free to dispense some.
♥ Blog News ♥
I had participated in AtoZ blogging challenge in April and loved the feedback and traction I had gotten on my blog. June saw me into a Barathon challenge, that again got me rave reviews and some new blog readers. I hadn’t realised how much my writing was being appreciated till new readers visited my blog and left me amazing comments on how impressed they were with it.
I have to tell you honestly, that was some ego massage I got there 😉
Since June my inbox is flooded with offers of blog collaborations of all sorts – I am exercising caution and being choosy with them. I have decided to do only what aligns with my blog and belief and not get seduced by the money offered.
June also saw me get into trouble with my hosting server as my blog started to get immense downtime. Suddenly the lifeline of my blog was threatened, leaving me heartbroken. When I tried to figure out the problem, my favourite (up until then) service providers turned hostile, leaving me bereft.
Severely tech challenged, I reached out in desperation to fellow bloggers and was amazed to see them rally around me with great advise and helpful solutions. I am so grateful for being a part of two amazingly blogging communities where writing and supporting each other is the only objective.
** Searching for a reliable blog hosting server & backend tech support for migration of blog, backup and annual maintenance – I am hoping to get some recommendations please. Do keep in mind, I know nothing about coding, hacking…… 🙂
♥ Work Front ♥
Been working on the interiors of a kids store since May, it’s finally bearing fruit and I should be able to share pics in a few days. When clients trust you 100% and let you do everything, the work translates into extremely satisfactory to say the least.
♥ Reading ♥
I got back to my reading stride, which I had been neglecting since a few months. It helped that some generous friends sent me some amazing books to read too. I am also in the middle of a couple of book reviews too. I must share with you three awesome reads of mine – do grab a copy if you can…
- The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy – a compelling read on the world of cats and their ways, set in Nizamuddin area of New Delhi; complete with some amazing illustrations.
- Caraval by Stephanie Garber – a fantasy tale about a circus that comes to life once in a while and the illusions there that let you dream a little.
- The particular sadness of lemon cake by Aimee Bender – unique gem of writing and extremely creative tale.
Second book milestone was that I finally got to host my first ever BYOB meetup at my place. Talking books and meeting book lovers – can anything be more joyous than that?
♥ Meeting Bloggers ♥
One saturday evening, five of us (BAR bloggers) met up in Nehru place – our excuse was that Shilpa was coming from Jaipur 🙂 Meeting such lively women, passionate about their blogs – was like a breath of fresh air. Icing on the cake was the home-baked banana bread by Shilpa, which we all happily polished off.
Looking forward to meeting more such bloggers, so if you are nearby me; do ping me for a meetup!!
♥ Movie Watch ♥
Girlfriends are the best cure for girly blues and that’s just what was cooked up when the latest flick hit the screens – Lipstick Under my Burqa. Six of went to watch this controversial movie as it deals with sexual fantasies of women and wanting to be set free of the oppressiveness of male domination. I loved the movie for the brilliant acting by the protagonists and laud the effort of the film makers to bring something like this to the halls.
Happened to catch Anarkali of Arah on the telly and loved the way this has been made too. A dancing girl of rural Bihar who is molested by one of her “admirers” and how she has to fight society and the system to get herself some justice over it. Terrific acting and dialogues and the colloquial accents are hilarious to the core.
Kaabil was predictable and boring to say the least – missable!
Sachin- A billion dreams – left me with wanting more and there could have been more in it for sure.
August is just another day away and I am looking forward to catching the latest Shahrukh Khan movie this coming Friday – be still my beating heart !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well thats it for me for now. Till next post, Adios Amigos!!!
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