“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.” – Tyrion Lannister
What the hell has been happening in the world? I have been feeling very low with the political happenings in the country in the recent months. An entire region of India has been silenced and there seems no end in sight there yet. Same was done to a vast forest in Mumbai, even as people protested against it. Diversity and sustenance lost to the axe of political interests. Both cases the government is riding roughshod over the very people who voted them to power. While I pray and protest, it hurts to hope for the best now.
I haven’t been able to do much for Kashmir but I joined a save our forests campaign on social media and have been active in my protests there. While Mumbai battled for Aarey forest, Haryana is fighting for the Aravallis range. The list is endless for the number of forests under threat from our elected political goons. There are days when I excuse myself from the campaign whenever I feel its hopeless. But then I am back and hope to engage with as many people as I can to spread the awareness that #ClimateChangeisReal
The Diwali week saw me put off the morning walks as the AQI levels have been hovering at beyond hazardous due to the pollution. Our world needs a whole load of nurturing but we seem to be in a mood to demolish it beyond repair.
I have spent October in efforts to nurture my world from within and around and glad to see it bearing fruits for me.
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♥ Nature walks ♥
My fresh set of resolves in September led me to sign up for some forest walks in the NCR on October weekends. This was my way to connect with the trees around me that I could still see and touch. God knows when the axe will fall on them.
I did one tree walk each in Lodhi Gardens, Sunder nursery and the Aravalli bio diversity park in Gurgaon with some very knowledgeable guides. Their love of the trees and the local fauna was very evident in their anecdotes and I was thrilled to be a part of it. I even tried out tree hugging and trust me, it was indeed pretty therapeutic.
In fact our guide especially showed us trees that people hug and bow to which is keeping with our traditions. They can be seen telling the tree their troubles or simply talking to them. We could see flower offerings at the base of such trees.
Bonus was stumbling onto the earth collective flea market at the Sunder nursery park after the walk. Picked up some of the gorgeous Darima cheese and Pao bakery sourdough bread which I had sampled in Satkhol when I had gone for a holiday there. Bought back lovely memories and the urge to plan a trip again 🙂
♥ Green Efforts ♥
I finally got down to cleaning out the balcony and the pots, largely because now I cant see any lizards. Damn I really hate those creepy things and avoid gardening in summer months. I have managed to sow coriander (dhaniya), fenugreek (methi) and spinach (Palak) and they should be ready for harvest in about 45 days.
Next in line is attempting to grow my own microgreens. Honestly, I have never done it before and am very apprehensive about it. But fingers crossed and lets see what happens! 🙂
♥ Unexpected treats ♥
A had fallen seriously ill and was bought back to Delhi. Thankfully her health is now back to normal and I went to spend a day with her . It was so good to meet with her and we spent the whole day chatting. I loved the treat of a hot chocolate fudge from Nirula and the home made aloo parantha – total pamper day!!
I had been part of a drive to collect old sarees and fabrics for a NGO that was converting them into Diwali clothes for under privileged children. So it was such a joy to be part of the distribution drive at the local government school in the colony. Some of the stuff was also given out at various construction sites in the area.
Isnt it wonderful to see so much kindness and thoughtfulness in the world? Grateful to be a part of this initiative 🙂
♥ Binging on TV ♥
This month saw me watch some new serials on Hotstar and Amazon Prime. First one was Modern Love which is a collection of some very interesting love stories. There all kind of loves and through all the stories the flaws of human relationships were highlighted in plenty. Except for one, they were all kind of warm and good.
I have started watching Mrs Fletcher which chronicles the life of a single mom after her 18 year old son goes off to college. They both start a new chapter in their lives and its interesting to watch their struggles and triumphs. I especially love the lesbian fixation of Mrs Fletcher- its hilarious and then again very human.
A shout out to Modern Family fans as the new season has started and I am just loving it. Mitch and Cam are the quintessential gay couple without the overt dramatization.
♥ Blogging news ♥
I was able to be fairly consistent with my writing goals in October and am happy to see the blog doing well too. I might do something surprising in December this year too. Last two years, I had hosted a marathon of Guest posts for the entire month and it did fairly well each time. So thinking of doing something interesting this year too.
♥ Health & Fitness ♥
I hit the jackpot with fitness in October as I finally got into my morning walk stride. I have been doing 4.5-5 Kms in 50 mts and averaging it to thrice a week consistently now. Yessss!!! A huge thank you here to Parul who has been nudging and prodding me in this everyday 🙂 In fact I managed to find several buddies to push me on my fitness regime and I am blessed to have them around me.
I met my healer for the monthly health check up and his delight at the improvement in my reports, had me beaming ear to ear. Its all thanks to his treatment and dedication that I have come so far in my health struggles.
One recco I give to you all and thats to add fresh/raw turmeric in your diet in winters. I make a tea out of it and have shared that on my Instagram several times. It has excellent anti-flammatory properties and will help keep those winter sniffles away.
Well that’s it from my world folks for the month of October. Hoping for fresher and brighter tidings in November!!
Joining up with Vidya for the Gratitude Circle Linky
I wrote this post about ZEN in a glen in a tiny corner of Ladakh while I was enroute to Leh from Srinagar by road. I hope you give it a read and let me know if you liked it 🙂