KOMAL53's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KOMAL53 KOMAL53's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641083 Summer is creeping in---the buds are beginning to show on the Gullmohar and the Jacaranda.The beautiful Almond tree is changing colour too---i's leaves are turning a beautiful Plum hue and the tiny Almonds have begun to form.Today I cannot ride on Mumbai 's roads ,feeling the playfully light touch of the Breeze in my hair as Sudhir and would sit watching the Sun set over the Arabian Sea ------those were really some of the most beautiful moments that we shared together.Today I am glad that he ... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 07:44:40 EST Life Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638198 My best friend Pushpa's son visited me just the day before.He had a question for me---where did I find the Positivity that I reflect?Now whether or not I sound positive is not something that I am aware of but yes my nature is like a bouncing ball and because of that I wake up ready to face the World with a smile on my face!!! <BR> I have never ever analysed the exact reason why but Ashish's question set me thinking.hard about myself.I realised that I have a very wonderful mechanism inbuilt ... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 01:40:01 EST The World outside my Window--3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632069 Now the third Care Giver,Jayashree ,comes into play.A small petite woman,she is slightly plump and as they in yesterday years----very 'fetching' to look at. She is around Lotta's age and maybe that is why that I'm that wee little bit fonder of her compared to the other two. <BR> What makes Jayashree likeable is her capacity to listen well and appreciatively enjoy the Tales put forth by the other two women.She herself has zillion problems about a million issues but seeing her smiling face on... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:19:14 EST The World outside my Window--2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631285 There are two Care Givers at night----Nirmala Bai and Jayashree who both hail form two different Slums.Of these two Nirmala Bai is the more interesting one.A tall slim,fair ,light eyed lady she is frank person who does not hesitate to call a spade a spade.She hails from a tiny village on the Konkani Coast of Maharashtra and has fascinating tales to tell about the various Ghosts that run amok in the Countryside. <BR> She has kept us riveted with the story of a small hillside Fortress where ac... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 01:02:34 EST The World outside my Window--1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627909 My care givers---each one them---hail from the famous Slums of Mumbai.Alka my Day Care Lady comes from Worli Village supposed to be violence ridden area.However Alka tells a different stor y.Having been brought up there,she speaks of a different World.Of a World that is caring and where everybody knows everybody----a community that lives,laughs and celebrates together like a Family and if need be grieves together too. <BR> She tells me something new each day.Yesterday there was a "Barsey"or c... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 02:13:20 EST The taste of Punjab http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613576 Food that I relish the most is from Punjab. Having spent my first 17 years there,I have eaten of each delicacy to my fill.Like I said Coal was the-cooking fuel used.Our cooks would cook mouth watering dishes in the rustic Iron ovens provided beneath the stoves.There was a great demand for English breakfasts-----Bacon,Oxford Sausages,Ham and Eggs were huge favourites.So also Mutton Roasts with Roast Potatoes the preferred Sunday Lunch menu. <BR> Along with these heavy Indian meals featuring s... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 01:16:32 EST Memories and then some http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612627 Since I can remember India has fascinated me----the culture and it's people are truly worth taking a second look.As a child I was lucky to grow up in the Punjab though we as a family hailed from western state of Maharashtra.The two states have a completely different Geography,History and Topography.While the Punjab is rich in Culture and Heritage in different way from Maharashtra which is equally steeped in it's own rich Heritage and .Culture.This diversity created quite a few droll episodes... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 23:48:22 EST Life as it is---- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611722 Today I am laid up----an invalid for the better part of day..This has definitely been helpful in teaching me Patience---a virtue that I sorely lacked.This also taught me to savour the tiny things in Life----like for instance trying to identify accurately the various scents that waft in through my Bedroom window.Specially the Cooking scents.The people in the Vegetable Patch next door have begun using Coal as cooking medium once more.The warm toasty scent takes me back by atl east 55years.It... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 01:38:07 EST The Daily Needs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605871 Just chanced upon a Travel program based in my beautiful Himalayas.As the Camera and Crew skimmed over the Landscape I was transported back 55 years.The view was more b eautiful and greener but the Tourist population those days was almost non existent. <BR> Daddy had taken us into the sylvan surroundings of an Army Cantonment named Kasauli.As was the practice we were living in the Circuit House.Even today. I remember the beautiful Staircase that rose to the First floor set of Rooms because it... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 07:10:17 EST A New Phase http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604983 The girls have gone home and the hustle bustle has quieted down.Now it is just me and my coterie of Care Givers-----all excellent ladies of high efficiency.My neighbours have once more rallied around and Life resumes somewhat from the point where it left off---of course with a few minor changes.I am back to my Memories and my musings---but then I am a pensive person. <BR> These days I'm realising with each passing day how much I have to mull over for Life has been a truly great experience to ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 07:18:00 EST The View from my Bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585172 Lotta has turned my bed around------I now face the door instead of the wall of my bedroom.This entire process has been full of drama,high tempers and tears.Firstly for a person like me who happens to be the proverbial stubborn Mule.Having my entire household turned upside down willy nilly was definitely NOT something I favoured.The reason for the change of layout also was also due to need if Ritu came home during the last stages.Both Lotta and Sayali shanghaied me into a corner and quite lit... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 03:03:54 EST Living Once More http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583932 The story of being flat on my back can be pretty funny.Specially the very beginning on the30th. September.That morning at around 8a.m. I suddenly collapsed much to my extreme dismay----literally locked into complete immovability.Still being me,I thought that a short stint in the Hospital and a course of a few strong Injections would set me back on my feet once more.However little did I know the new trials that awaited me!! <BR> The first experience was being carried down the Stairs to the Am... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 07:31:39 EST 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583845 My life literally turned upside down in the last week of September,2013 when I was hit by a double whammy----both Ritu and I had Cancer.Hers was in the last stages while my back is badly affected----Ritu died on November 4th. 2013.I am learning to cope with being an invalid and learning to depend on people other than myself to cope with the daily business of Living!! <BR> Since then I have had so many experiences that it has made my journey through the last three months of the year an int... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 04:16:31 EST Events http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543101 Thank You all my very dear SP Friends for you wonderful wishes and Goodies--it was a treat to see these when I finally could log in.At the moment mobility is still a problem but I will be back there full time soon.Lots of News and stories so beware that I could be very boring in the near Future!!Recovery is slow but steady--so just logged in to say that I love you all!!THANK YOU GUYS!! Sun, 17 Nov 2013 00:18:22 EST Dealing with Pain and Sciatica http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489859 The last entire month I've been in terrible pain--am getting my Blood test done tomorrow and later walk in to consul my Orthopaedic Doctor once more. I am hoping to hear about a change in my Vitamin D3 results--hopefully I've risen from deficient to insufficient!!At the moment things are so bad that I even need help to dress!!Once I meet the Doc.I'll return hopefully to the blessed Electrical Ants--love the soothing movement!! <BR> Like me ,my ailments too are unique.This problem is at it's w... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 04:52:57 EST One Crazy Family!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486718 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l241440217.jpg"> <BR> On one of our Trips to NYC <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l823375037.jpg"> <BR> Again NYC once more <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l895726778.jpg"> <BR> Sayali and Shilpa--our neice in Singapore <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l632763590.jpg"> <BR> Kunda and Suhas <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1621177496.jpg"> <BR> Nina--... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 23:18:44 EST Thank You Dear Friends!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485826 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1484305566.jpg"> <BR> Left to Right---Nina,Kunda,Ritu,Sayali,Komal and Suhas <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1969173639.jpg"> <BR> Sudhir's Sisters--Kunda and Suhas <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1698272660.jpg"> <BR> Kunda and Sayali <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1003304117.jpg"> <BR> Suhas and Sayali <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l192680... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 00:03:05 EST Memory Revisited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483310 On the 4th. September 2013,Sayali took me to The Taj--trying to bring back fond memories of my Courtship and early days of Marriage with Sudhir as well as past happier Birthdays.It was pure Nostalgia time for me!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1000129589.jpg"> <BR> Sayali and Me --at The Taj <BR> j <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1243690154.jpg"> <BR> The beautiful Burmah Teak staircase,The Taj <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 03:45:52 EST 60 Years Old!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483305 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1275118632.jpg"> <BR> The Birthday Lamps--Sudhir's sister, Kunda on the left with Vanita on the right. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1817785487.jpg"> <BR> Bouquets of 60 roses--the centre one is from Kartikeya--Sayali's hubby <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2067838083.jpg"> <BR> With Sayali's old friends Lakshmi and Uma's Bouquet <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l213... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 02:58:43 EST I Love Electrical Ants!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465457 To my dismay The Body is up in rebellion once more--Arthritis is back!!Since it is my Pelvic girdle that is affected---it turns walking into hobbling and each and every normal activity can be extremely painful--most of all visits to the Loo!!Since one has no option but to just grin and bear it, I hobbled down to my Physiotherapist's Clinic for some help.She suggested Diathermy to begin with to reduce the swelling in my Lumbar region and also advised the local application of an Ayurvedic Linim... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 06:57:07 EST Moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458669 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l578929737.jpg"> <BR> Me on the day of my Baby Shower--May 1971 <BR> In India every aspect of Life is to be celebrated with some festivity or another.One of the most popular aspects is the 7th. month of one's first pregnancy--this involves a lot of Fun and Frolic--for it is a very joyous occasion.The questions about having babies begin the day of the Wedding itself and can be quite unnerving so early into one's marriage.Specially in our Era i... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 08:20:14 EST Growing Together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449528 <BR> When I was a child my Nanny, Amma would always caution me about building relationships with certain people.She would always press upon the inherent goodness of a person as being the base for a friendship---and looking back today I do agree.One often gets snared by an attractive outer shell but today I can say that it is the good graces and not the looks that define a person. Amma is responsible to a small extent for teaching me to look beyond the surface but my basic naive and trusting... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 04:35:01 EST Kudos to Sudhir http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448297 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l821179581.jpg"> <BR> Sudhir and Me--During my Cancer Treatment in 2007 <BR> <BR> Looking back on 6 decades is perhaps what I've always been looking forward to since as far back as I can remember.Daft??yes possibly mad too but since my early years I've yearned for an opportunity to hark back to "When I was....."!!I look back to see a mostly blessed and charmed life--one that was replete with the best of all that Life has to offer---a fabulo... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 00:08:53 EST Circle Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447159 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l970601654.jpg"> <BR> One of the last Pictures of Sudhir--Our Living room,August 2011 <BR> <BR> The loss of a beloved spouse can turn one's life and mind upside down--I know because it happened in my case.I went into a shocked and numbed state where a lot of things just failed to register and those that managed to penetrate a little but not really enough to elicit sane responses.As the shock began wearing off and the raw pain began registeri... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 01:39:59 EST A Fish Curry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439518 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1052095667.jpg"> <BR> The "Chakki" which was used to grind Flour <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l785036479.jpg"> <BR> The Grinding Stone or "Paataa-Varvantaa/Sil Battaa" using which I learned to flex my Muscles!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1535128732.jpg"> <BR> White Pomfret <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l175289564.jpg"> <BR> The "Khapri" Pomfret <BR> <img src=... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:20:53 EST The Indian West Coast Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438129 Like my friend Cheri while I too love Madhur Jaffrey's Recipes (they are simply AWESOME) our Cuisine is different because I belong to a a very individualistic Community of Hindus called The Goud Saraswat Brahmins---and we are the only Brahmins who ate Fish in Ancient times.We are so called because we are the descendants of a community of Brahmins that lived along the banks of the legendary Saraswati River now extinct.We worshipped the Dieties Shiva,Vishnu,Devi,Surya and Ganesha.After the Riv... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 05:19:36 EST Experiences with Experiments!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434891 When I got married I had just the bare knowledge about cooking---gathered from our cooks and my mother--both of which did not take too kindly to teaching me the basics!! The cooks were at least deferential to their employer's daughter but Mummy was the worst--she never allowed for any mistakes and honestly believed in there being no gain without pain!!With her one had to begin at the bottom--and she trained me to begin at the lowest rung--grinding the Masalas or Spice Pastes using sheer muscl... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 03:53:46 EST Genes--The Quirks and Whimsies!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433960 As I grow older it's amusing to analyse myself and find certain Family traits that I have begun developing as I age--most of these are new additions!!There are a lot of traits in common with my Parents,Uncles and Aunts on both sides as well as my Grandmas too.According to my Sayali we belong to a truly mad cap Family or as our oldest grandchild Trisha puts it "totally Dysfunctional"!!The Gene pool I spring from is pretty confusing.My mother and my husband Sudhir were first cousins as are agai... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 08:03:05 EST A Memorable Rain Drenched Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428928 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l235509209.jpg"> <BR> On the Way <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l449353167.jpg"> <BR> Hamlets on the way up <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l234546777.jpg"> <BR> Drenched Nature <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l197665115.jpg"> <BR> Entering Lonavla <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1628012183.jpg"> <BR> A Peacock Dancing in a Glen <BR> <img src="h... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 04:02:04 EST Awash with Memories---5!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423699 The Nature surrounding us is verdantly lush and Green--the Rains have washed away the dust and grime of the earlier year to put a shine back into the various shades of Green that abound around us.How Sudhir would have loved this Monsoon--for it does hark back to the old days---when it rained cats and dogs for about 4 months every year--cooling Mother Earth and covering her with mantle of beautiful lush Green!!Those days we would love to take long drives into the Sahyadris that are just outsi... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 01:19:13 EST Awash with Memories--4!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417442 My parents were literally babes in the Woods where organising their finances were concerned--for though Daddy enjoyed an extremely healthy Salary both had no inkling of how to invest money profitably.We three sisters always got the best in everything and since those days the idea was that "Money corrupts" they kept us safely away from it.Besides if we had everything that we needed handed to us on a plate--what the Hell did we actually need Pocket Money for??? We literally would save up for a... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 04:51:34 EST Awash with Memories--3!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416293 Writing about Mummy reminded me of Daddy---a veritable scamp!!He was like a little boy despite his position and age--always clowning around,playing pranks and generally livening up the atmosphere at home!!However he was a workaholic too---and because of that we missed out on his company during our---actually my, growing up years.As a child Daddy took me everywhere with him--Trekking into the Hills or Walks to the neighbouring Farms, both he and Jeanneret Uncle took me along---and a lot of my ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 05:26:21 EST Awash with Memories--2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415047 For the last 10 days I've been trying to manage my Health Issues---namely the Stomach Bug!!The one single thing that I actually do not like about The Monsoons is the Water problems.While we usually carry our own Water to most places, sometimes a lapse does occur--and then begins a hellish time---of feverish Indigestion!!Roughly 15 days back I began my Pickling--for thanks to my immobility earlier due to Osteoarthritis and Physiotherapy I had fallen behind because frankly the Heat and the act... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 01:32:26 EST Old Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404163 My friend Pushpa's 14 year old grand daughter Tanisha sent me a Book as a surprise--to my delight it turned out to be "To kill a Mocking Bird" by Harper Lee!! This happens to be one of my most beloved Books from my childhood--I must have been around 12 years old when I first read it.Since then I've read very often but unfortunately my copy got lost somewhere in the 1990s--and so since then I've been looking for this.Re-reading this once more was so very poignant for me--for though I know the... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 01:09:28 EST Awash with Memories--1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403154 My Monsoon this year is tinged with Sadness---I'm missing Sudhir far more than I realised I would---it is like a huge vacuum in my heart,my soul and my life!!Added to this is the devastating calamity that has torn my beloved Mountains asunder and caused such enormous damage to people and property!!The loss of property can be recouped and recovered but the loss of Life is beyond belief---I know that Death is the biggest Truth of Life but to die this way??The gruesome and horrifying Pictures in... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 06:24:06 EST Ganga Rages in Dev Bhoomi!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397922 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l231866073.jpg"> <BR> Lord Shiva getting submerged by The Ganga at Rishikesh--The Statue is 20 ft. high <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l171218396.jpg"> <BR> The Raging Ganga <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1695421844.jpg"> <BR> The Alaknanda--a Tributary of The Ganga in full spate <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l95753695.jpg"> <BR> The Mandakini--another Tributary at K... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 01:09:04 EST Monsoon Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383923 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l695869763.jpg"> <BR> The Lightning flashing on Mumbai's Horizon <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1466209695.jpg"> <BR> Mumbai Sky just before the Rain <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l760780224.jpg"> <BR> The Mumbai Monsoon <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1938226825.jpg"> <BR> The Monsoon Rains <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l342922708.jpg"> <BR... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 23:08:00 EST At Last.....Thank You God!!2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382924 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1107563952.jpg"> <BR> Green Chutney <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1753555218.jpg"> <BR> Kaanda (Onion) Bhaji <BR> There is a slow but steady increase in the Monsoon--still a gentle,peaceful pace but very much there!!The funny thing is that I was only worried about my hip pain worsening---instead surprisingly it has eased a bit !!If I recall correctly the Pain began in April and as the Heat escalated up and up so di... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 23:13:23 EST Mumbai http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382100 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l164337116.jpg"> <BR> The Vegetable Market <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l472880590.jpg"> <BR> The Samovar at Kaalaa Ghoda,Fort <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l665035077.jpg"> <BR> The Samovar <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l267261399.jpg"> <BR> The Fresh Catch <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1408269986.jpg"> <BR> A Traditional Marathi Thali... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 05:23:15 EST At Last-----Thank You God!!!!!-1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381059 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l781555135.jpg"> <BR> The Drenched Vegetable Patch this Morning <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l692229571.jpg"> <BR> Fresh Java Plums--in Season now <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l876647867.jpg"> <BR> The Mumbai High Court--The Place where Sudhir practiced Law <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l89858400.jpg"> <BR> The heady scented "Chaaphaa" Flowers <BR> <img src="http... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 05:39:14 EST Waiting..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378862 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l499101645.jpg"> <BR> The Vegetable Patch and The Condominium Garden in the Monsoon <BR> There is an expectant hush in the Atmosphere---everyone is waiting eagerly with bated breath for the Rains!! We Indians are mad about the Monsoons--for us the Monsoons mean the Season for Romance and Love.For me since my earliest memories I have always adored the Monsoons.After we got married we both were crazy after the Monsoon---and have had many such ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 09:12:56 EST Small World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377504 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1055364530.jpg"> <BR> The view of the Vegetable Patch outside our Bedrooms in Mumbai <BR> These last few days I've been in a wonderful mood---drifting in and out of some of the most beautiful Memories of my life.Reminiscing about my childhood and my memories with my cousins made me so euphoric that the sweltering heat too couldn't make me fret!!For me that is the only thing that bothers me as I grow older---remembering my childhood Summers m... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 03:54:02 EST Just...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376160 First of all the pain has lessened--thanks to both the Physiotherapy Sessions,Excercises and Medications.I'm now beginning to glimpse the glimmer of light at the end of the Tunnel..LOL!!By and by the Week had it's ups and downs.The downs were the continued increasing heat--each day worse than it's predecessor in climbing to a greater level of sweltering Humidity!!The up was a flying visit by my brother and Sil from Kolhapur en route to Europe for their Summer Vacation.It was a beautiful inter... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 00:00:45 EST Battling On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368950 Like my very dear friend Cheri--I too tend to battle against the odds and like her am practical enough to accept the inevitable--in this case The Body is winning so far!!Despite the Physiotherapy and the Vitamin D3 Sachets the pain is still bad at times--because according to the Physiotherapist I'm suffering from a combination ? of 3 ailments--the onset of Pelvic OsteoArthritis+lower Lumbar Spondioloisis and Sciatica---all rolled into The Body together.The pain is a combined product of all t... Mon, 27 May 2013 02:47:03 EST Ours not to Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366402 The rigmarole of Doctors and their Fundas has once more begun spinning out--and with apologies to Lord Tennyson it is "Ours not to question why---Ours to hear and meekly comply" is the order of the day!!Luckily for me, belonging to a Family which is related to a wide spectrum of well known Mumbai Doctors is a boon--one or the other is always there to consult!!This time it was the Orthopaedic Specialist---and and though the Doctor was tied up luckily an appointment was made available by my sis... Fri, 24 May 2013 07:05:29 EST Arthritis???Yes!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361954 Sitting at the Computer for a while is a pain---literally!!After suffering for over a month I finally went to the Doctor.Result?The start of Arthritis coupled with a Vitamin D2 and D3 deficiency---that's what was causing me to walk with a rolling gait,making it impossible to sit for long periods and yes I had to reduce my walks into small 10 minute stretches--but doggedly walk I did!!Anyway there are Pills to help control the pain and bring the levels back to normal.Tomorrow I go back to the ... Mon, 20 May 2013 08:34:28 EST A Silken Skein--1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355839 Yesterday afternoon I got an extremely pleasant surprise.One of my very close childhood friends Anita--known to our group as "Pony' called up from Chandigarh just because a burst of sudden Summer Showers reminded her of me and our childhood and adolescence together.It was a wonderful half hour--reminiscing and chatting about the Past but it completely renewed and refreshed my jaded soul--bored to death in this sweltering humid heat!!A Silken Skein of forgotten Memories opened up----and those ... Tue, 14 May 2013 00:52:32 EST Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354672 Last night my cousin dropped by with his son for a visit.Shekhar or "Chhotu" as he is known is my favourite maternal aunt, Vidya Maushi's son.He was in the area to attend an Engagement Ceremony and recognising the landmarks ambled over to visit us---it was one of the fabulous impromptu Get Togethers that leave one feeling refreshed and chirpy!! <BR> Mummy was the oldest among a clutch of 5 siblings---and Vidya Maushi was number 3.She was maybe 15 years old when I was born--and being the first... Mon, 13 May 2013 03:21:26 EST Mother's Day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353646 My mother was never wished on Mother's Day--we just never celebrated it while we were growing up in India.We were brought up on the old principle that we owe a debt of Life to our parents for giving us birth,nurturing and raising us into responsible Human beings and for that we were indebted to them for life!!Parents were to be always put on a pedestal and venerated.There is a tiny Legend which commemorates this.once Lord Vitthala visited Pundalik while he was attending to his parents' need.P... Sun, 12 May 2013 01:14:20 EST My Beliefs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342752 I was enrolled in my beloved Carmel Convent School when it was but a fledgeling Institution---and my Roll No. in the School Register was 103.I still remember being petrified of Mother Marcia--and in love with Mrs. Samuels--my first class teacher.Mrs. Samuels remained my favourite all through my School years--and Mother Marcia the disciplinarian Ogre till the very end!! How I loved that Aeroplane shaped Building set in a huge Compound filled with thick Banyan and Mango trees.The circular Monte... Thu, 2 May 2013 02:42:42 EST