First Friday of November 2017

It was time to celebrate the anniversary of first union, that kept reminding all of us tagged in facebook(Thanks to the automatic reminder). With a short notice and few addition into the girls gang, we were excited and chose the first Friday in November to celebrate. Irrespective of how or more aptly what we are at work, an outing washes the odd feelings and bring out the best among us.

After slipping into the clothes bought for change over with a dash of makeover to feel and look fresh after the routine at work, we were on heels for the annual get together (it would remain an annual party until we break the norm and have another one in near future). We reached the venue early as some of the girls had to get back before 9 pm. A central place was our choice and “No Limits” was the closest; It had a dance floor and I was eagerly waiting to shake my legs for long time. After placing order for some cold drinks and hot snacks, few crazy foto shoot began by “selfie girls”, as I would call them, followed by unending discussion right out of head and heart, about numerous hot topic that cropped up, be it that of workplace or other. No soon, it was 7:45 pm, time to depart for few. While some of them left, a few others including me stayed back for some exercise by shaking our body to be able to shed few calories and feeling happy at the same time.

What a way to start November!!! Here are some pics…..from our union…

Wishing you all a happy year end!!!IMG_7199




On a cold night with memories back and forth

I recollect the irritated me, during a short visit back home and felt like a new weather for two days. The weather is getting harsh out here in Bangalore, yet not as bad as it can get when I first landed at Heathrow on a chilly night mid February. My stint in Luton for more than year forced me to get used to the cold winds that kept hitting glass panes in my room, while I crawled near the heater.


How I am going to manage, was my question before visiting up North? It was almost 10 degrees in Delhi and around. May be, get out more in the cold to be able to bear it a little by little or not wear too many warm clothes? Gulp more of warm liquids…….

But for now or more nights to come, I am simply going to crawl under my blanket with socks on with memories back and forth:)

Love, Vannie




Rain in India—The good and the bad.

It was raining everywhere in India. These rains in July to September are continuous that brought relief for many and concern for many more. I am told and aware that last couple of years, the country did witness very little rain hampering the productivity of food grains. This year rain seems to bring huge relief for farmers, who were offering prayers to the “Rain God”. History books and mythological soaps have showcased enough evidence of sages and kings in earlier days performing “yagna” to please rain God. In my city, the downpour still continues in lighter form and I firmly believe that these prayers have been answered. For me, who is full time house wife and mother, the rain is indeed a boon as sufficient water in the close by reservoir reduces the power crises. Additionally, the weather leaves me with a mood that kept me humming some famous numbers of Hindi and Malayalam songs, in my cozy bedroom. The plants needed less attention and were growing fast in my apartment. I am also a volunteer for an environmental protection association, where plants are distributed free to thousands in the city. During my last visit to the nursery, I was told that only continuous rain did help about hundreds of sampling that included Jack fruit, Neem, Gooseberry, Almond  and few other varieties. No wonder the very sight as I entered the nursery was a treat to my eyes. It was a lot of hard work for a few people that would have gone waste without rains. Well, I guess I am getting off the “rains”.  So here were some of the good things about rains, but what about the not so nice things????



Rains did not end up giving good news or respite all over the country, as many lives were lost in the northern and southern states of the country. I am sure few of you must have come across these reports. Uttarakahand, a state in India was the worst affected. The capital was also not spared. Though Delhi does dominate reports during monsoon for water clogging in most parts, disaster in Uttarakhand defeated Delhi during most days of June. This place is eminent for copious temples and pilgrims flock every year. Heavy rain caused land slides. Building collapsed, water swept almost everything possible, roads were cut off. News papers were flooded with loss of lives and property. Blogs that I read stated selfishness among locals wanting to misuse scarcity of goods to make profit, traveler being robbed, politicians playing their usual role in taking advantage of the situation and army personnel doing their duty in evacuating process. These reports kept coming to and forth. The whole incident was heart melting. My question were – why did God not show mercy on so many people or why did many selfish money-minded build illegal business in flood prone area and why is it that we are still unable to help ourselves and other despite advanced technologies? To these I guess I knew the answers but how many like me could can create a moment of change. Similar questions under different such circumstance keep me awake hoping I will be the part of a positive change.

Jack Fruit Sampling

Jack Fruit Sampling

Neem Samplings

Neem Sampling

Nursery after rains

Nursery after rains

There will always be two sides to a coin-the one we like and dislike. Pour in your thoughts.