Monthly Archives: July 2011

Paint a Picture #1


A creeper entwined around a palm frond..

In the walkway leading to the pantry at my workplace, an admirable sight has caught my attention in the past couple of days. Before painting the picture with my thoughts, I welcome you all to pen down your musings and interpretations on the photo. I would love to see a variety of ideas and stories cropping up around this picture.

While writing the entry, it just occurred to me to start a series called “Paint a Picture”.  Once in a while, I will put up a picture of something that has intrigued me or caught my attention for some reason. I welcome your interpretations on the picture, and I hope it will brew some interesting ideas and add many dimensions to the picture. It can be anything from a single word to a a few lines, preferably limiting it to 5-6 lines.


Ho Shuru Har Din Aise!


For those who need a translation – “Let every day begin like this..”

No, I don’t drink Nescafe. I’m not a big fan of any coffee. But it’s the Nescafe jingle – they simply got it right and nice.

What got me started on this entry was a perfect Sunday morning. Simply delightful, not overdone, just the right tone for a day to myself.  I’m going to describe here the elements of  a perfect start to my day. It’s my recipe and may not work well for everyone, and may even seem cliched for a few. But believe me, when you have to skip your breakfast and morning news, rush to your office and work in a cubicle for 5 out of 7 days a week, a perfect morning is made up of rather uncomplicated small things that we miss out on.

I love waking up early. I concede that it’s not the easiest thing to do, but once I manage to break the force that holds me down to the bed at 6.00 am in the morning, the feeling is excellent and nothing less. Excellent is the word.

Get moving! Yes, it’s 6 00 am in the morning, and it’s time to get some light exercise. It sure adds some energy to the morning.

Splash! A cold shower will do the trick of weeding out any remains of tardiness that’s left even after exercise.

Reading the news or a book while sipping on a refreshing cup of tea comes next. I like the quiet mornings, watching the dawn break into a lovely blue,  reading, and enjoying the aroma of a classic breakfast tea.

After an hour or so, it’s time to plan my day. Highlight the activities that need to be marked off as done. Mentally go through the chores that serve as breaks amidst ongoing work.

Followed by breakfast time! It’s a Sunday, so time to flip an omelette (or a yummy dosai) and throw in a couple of kiwis or strawberries on the plate.  A good hearty breakfast is the best part of the day!

After that, it’s time to go about the day as planned. When things are as right as above – that’s when the jingle “Ho Shuru Har Din Aise” rings in my head!

There you go, as simple as that. In contrast to a harried weekday, where I have to rush out of the house at 6 40 am, skip my breakfast and stare at my work at 7.30 am, I love my simple Sunday mornings.