Sunday is her Holiday

I wish I could fall sick… Sounds weird right?? But sometimes the idea of falling sick seems a luxury. Taking a break from the constant running to keep up with the time… home, office, domestic chores, grocery shopping, traveling and so on. It is silly though but who would not want to stay in bed all day and be cared and get pampering done instead of taking care of everything in the house.

6 am:  I woke up after a sleep of 6 hours and I am feeling fresh that I could get a nice sleep of 6 hours. I had to stay up late as I had some presentation to finish.  Today, I look forward to spending a great day and get some time out for myself.
I prepare myself a cup of coffee and sits down with the newspaper.

7.10 am: The phone beeped…  I picked up the call and the house help informed me that she is not well and taking off today. Sigh!!
I went to the kitchen to prepare breakfast and decided to make Pasta.

7.45 am: Mr. A has woken up. “Can I get a cup of Tea ?”. I heard him from the bedroom. I served him tea, thinking in mind that I will ask him to book a movie show for the afternoon.

11.20 am: Cleaning done, laundry done, I realized I have not ordered groceries last night and went to buy some from the supermarket.

1:00 pm: As I was pondering over what to cook for lunch, the doorbell rang, Ding-dong!!
I opened the door and saw my sister-in-law and her family standing and smiling at me. I was shocked (not surprised) and the next few hours went in cooking, chatting and seeing them off.

6.30 pm: I was tired after day and felt like taking an off the next day, it reminded me that there were few emails pending and I switched on my laptop. Work comes first, you see.

9:00 pm: Mr. A has offered me to help with the dinner and we made a vegetable sandwich and some soup together.
I got inspired by a video and jumped to share with all.

Taking a step towards change, COLORS is starting a people’s movement called #SundayIsHerHoliday and is inviting every man (and woman) to participate in it. The goal of the campaign is to inspire and help men take over the Sunday chores of women, so she can get her much needed time off. The campaign wants to start by inspiring action and kicking-off a conversation around #SundayIsHerHoliday.

Gender equality begins at home and there is a need to make people understand that a woman also deserves a day –off.

A growing number of men are taking on the responsibility of caring for children and taking up household chores as their partner works. But a lot still needs to be done in breaking down traditional gender stereotypes.

I am blessed to have Mr. A and he believes in equality. He helps me in domestic chores and we are supporting this movement.

If you wish to bring this change, please share this and be the change at your house!


Today is Day 28 of the #DailyChatter by BlogChatter








On being home alone!

Working five days a week for almost 10-11 hours  every day, I come back home completely exhausted. I prefer being at home for a couple of hours in the evening during weekdays when I try to relax. Mr. A comes late so I simply sit back and unwinding my senses by doing things which I like. Even as a child, I was sometimes left alone when my parents could not take me along and instead of throwing tantrums, I used to cherish my “me-time”.

Everyone needs a special time, where one should disconnect from all the tensions in my mind and enjoy in own company.

When I was in college, I used to come back to the room after classes, most of the days and that time was spent on reading. I would read endlessly during those days and it was a fun time. When I started working, I hardly found any time to be alone and do anything that I wanted to.

Here are the things, I love to do whenever I get some time alone at home.

Drinking Tea/Coffee

Making myself a cup of hot coffee or my favorite ginger tea and just relaxing is what I enjoy the most.


Grabbing a book and getting lost in the world of reading is my everyday desire and I get to read during the evening, most of the weekdays, waiting for Mr. A.


Walking is good for health and as I am trying to losing weight and maintain a good lifestyle, this is an essential exercise in my daily routine. Though, I do cheat during the weekends :p


Coming back home, as I switch on my laptop, the first thing I do is logging into my blog and drafting out any ideas which came to my mind during the day. Later, I rework on them before publishing.


I have an OCD of keeping the everything clean and organized. Every day, I tidy up the house and kitchen and once done,I am visibly cheerful and content.


Taking a bath releases all my stress and soothes me to a great level.If I feel like spending more time under the shower, I pamper myself with a variety of shower gels and scrubs which I store in the bathroom.


It is said that sleep is the best meditation. I catch up sleep (whenever I can) to wake up with a fresh mind and active body.

After reading all this, you might think I am an introvert. But I would like to tell you that are taking it wrong. I like being alone but only for a short period of time. After that, I start missing people. I am an ambivert, you see. I like social gatherings and being around people but I also need solitude for my sanity.

What do you do when you are alone at home ??

Today is Day 27 of the #DailyChatter by BlogChatter


Mere Wali Diwali !!

The most favorite time of the year is here, It’s Diwali. Since childhood, I have always been excited to celebrate Diwali. The festival which marks the triumph of good over evil, the festivals of colorful rangolis and bright diyas, the festival of merriment where the family enjoys together with a variety of delicacies, the finest of the new clothes and the praying for the happiness and wealth to the almighty.

What comes to your mind when you think of ‘Diwali ‘as a festival?
Diwali is associated with a lot of memories- the annual ritual of cleaning and de-cluttering of the house, the shopping spree of buying vibrant diyas and  rangoli colors, homemade sweets and savories and a handful of crackers like phuljadis and chakris(I was always scared of them).

For the last 9 years, Diwali has become more special as it is the time to go back home and celebrating it with the family, even though it requires planning well in advance so that the commitments are already fulfilled at work front and taking a day or two off to visit the folks. And celebrating Diwali has undergone a huge transformation due to the changing lifestyle.

The earliest memory I have of Diwali is our parents getting into a cleanliness drive before a month. We would help them in sorting out our stuff and giving away all those which was not of much utility to the needy. The whole house was turned upside down and each member of the family helped in the mission.

Now due to hectic schedules, only the regular cleaning and some decluttering is manageable with the support from the domestic help on Sundays.

As a child, I remember looking forward to a variety of sweet and savory preparations my mother used to make. We used to devour in the yummy food without the guilt of consuming calories.

Today we have become so health conscious that we eat only low- calories sweets which are usually bought from outside.

Another special memory which is very close to my heart is making rangolis and lighting up diyas to decorate the house. No one has the time to twist wicks out of cotton and to fill each individual diya with oil or making rangolis at the entrance of the door and these have been replaced by candles, electric lights and readymade stencils.

As a kid. I was never very fond of crackers and would play with only a few. I appreciate that people are realizing the pollution which is caused by the bursting of crackers and indulging into Green Diwali seems logical.

Diwali was all about spending time with family. Going back to parents and celebrating is always exciting and I look forward to the good times ahead.
For that, really to me, is the true essence of Diwali – family and friends coming together to celebrate new, prosperous beginnings.


I have started my preparations for Diwali. Have you??

With this, I wish you a very happy and safe Diwali. May the festival of lights fill your life with the glow of happiness and sparkle of joy.

What are your childhood memories of Diwali??

This is Day 25 of the #DailyChatter by BlogChatter.




I will always be there !


I can feel you in my sighs

I can see you with my closed eyes

You have been an encouragement to me

You have been there to guide me

What else can I say about you

You have been like an air blow

Quietly moving with me

Slowly coming with me

You have been and will always be

By my side

In all dark nights

Like a friend

Like a mentor

Just to say I am always there!!


This is Day 24 of the #DailyChatter by BlogChatter.

Soul Sunday #3

I had a tough week at work and I was completely exhausted by the end of the week. I pondered over the question what can help me and I came across one quote.

I decided to share that here over a session  of Soul Sunday. Have you made yourself a cup of your favorite tea/coffee??If not, please go and make one before scrolling down.

I am hoping today, you start your day off with a smile🙂


“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.”
                                  ― Audrey Hepburn


Do you have a favorite quote which inspires you??


This is Day 23 of the #DailyChatter by BlogChatter.

21 Random Facts About Me

I love making lists and I got excited when I saw this prompt. I jumped to writing down as soon as I reached home after work.


Here are some random facts about me:

  1. Completing a management course, I discovered my interest in writing. I joined a blogging platform 1.5 years ago leaving the corporate sector.
  2. I have a Twin Sibling.
  3. I am an ambivert, I prefer meeting people (who are mostly a closed set of friends).
  4. Every day has to start with a cup of ginger tea and end with a hot cuppa of coffee.I love both of them.
  5. Reading rather than going out for window shopping is my preference if I am free.
  6. I love dosa and sambhar. However, I can never make crispy dosas at home.
  7. I am crazy about handbags.
  8. Winters scare me as I can’t tolerate cold temperatures and the parts of North India are freezing for two months during the season.
  9. I don’t use a lot of make-up. Only Kajal in my eyes and I am ready🙂
  10. I am firm believer in God. I pray every morning but go to a temple occasionally.
  11. I have learned driving twice and still can’t drive.
  12. I have curly hair and I just love them.
  13. Sweets don’t entice me. I am only fond of gulabjamun.
  14. I can speak four languages, but write only two.
  15. I can’t resist buying stationery, colors, pens, pencils and diaries. Though I never use them.
  16. Buying a home and establishing a “me-corner” is my dream.
  17. I rarely get angry and even when I am angry, I can’t express to someone.
  18. Music is my therapy for any problem.
  19. Diwali is my favorite festival and I love making rangolis and lighting Diyas.
  20. I make a to-do list every day and smile whenever I tick one thing off from it.
  21. Blogging has given me a whole new world and I am very glad to my friend U, who first introduced me to blogs.


This post is written for the  prompt “21 Random Facts about me” #Friday Reflections hosted by Sanch of Living My Imperfect Life and Corrinne of  Write Tribe.

Today is Day 22 of the #DailyChatter by BlogChatter.




I Am Not A Choice Of My Husband, But My In-Laws !!

Today, it is the third day in a row, when we had a fight over a small thing. We both had heated arguments and we ended not talking to each other for a couple of hours. However, we were on talking terms soon, without discussing the fight and leaving the matter there only.

Ours was a typical arrange marriage. Our parents came in touch through some matrimonial portal. A date was fixed when the boy and the girl will meet along with their families, in a month’s time. We did not fall in love the first time we met. Our story is not a “Happily–Ever-After”.Three years down the line, I wonder we both accepted to be together forever. I am not sure if I love him or I have got used to him over these years.

Marriage is the most real thing one lives through.

We have innumerous fights in these three years, but we never settled down to a solution. I am very much emotional and he, being a practical person, never try to go back and look into finding the issues. We just move on. And this is creating more spaces between us.

He is always busy with his work. And the problem aggravates when he does not share his feelings or emotions with me. We have never had a discussion on our future. His priorities are different and I am just following him as I don’t have the courage to face the unknown future.

Am I wrong in saying that what I need is a little effort on his part where he expresses his love to me (even in the smallest gesture by giving me a hug someday) and listens to me, as a Friend and not Husband???

There are problems in every family and our family is no different. If I am trying to adapt, shall I expect that he will at least support me and encourage me, even if the relatives don’t approve of my effort??

Walking out of the fight brings our temper down, but never actually solves the problem. And I wonder, if I will ever see love for me in his eyes or just be his wife as his parents have chosen me for him?


This post is inspired by a friend who is having some troubles in her marriage. She wants some advice, do you have any suggestions???


Today is Day 21 of the #DailyChatter by BlogChatter.


OMG, Twins!!!

It’s double the giggles and double the grins, and double the trouble if you’re blessed with twins.
The bond of twins is unique in different ways. To the world, it’s always so amazing and extremely weird too to be twins. People are naturally curious to talk to Twins.

I am that lucky one to have a twin sister. Being twins our growing up was a unique experience. At first, it was cute, getting all that attention and stuff. But this ongoing process gradually became incredibly predictable and included a series of repetitive questions, my sister and I were wondering why people make such a big deal about us being twins.

The most common question was always, “What’s it like to grow up as a twin?”
My answer was, and has been, the same “I don’t know.”

Here, I am putting down some of the questions, which were directed to us, too often.

“O-M-G! You look so similar! Are you twins?”


This is exactly what people ask when they see twins together. Ummm,if we are dressed alike and look similar does not that mean we are twins??

“So, are you identical??”


No, we don’t look alike. We are fraternal. But what difference does it really make?

“Do you wear the same clothes?”


We are grown up now and we buy our clothes as per our preferences. It is true that our parents dressed us alike when we were young and it was cute, isn’t it?

How did your parents manage?


We don’t know, to be honest. But they were never confused and could easily identify us.

“Can you feel it if the other person gets hurt?”


Do you really want to know this?? To be fair, we never experienced this. Though, there are twins who say that they have experienced some kind of telepathy.

“Which one is the oldest?”



Why does our five-minute age difference fascinate you? We are the same age.

“Do you ever switch places?”



This is an especially stupid question if you are asking Fraternal Twins. No, I didn’t decide to take on my sister’s for a day and she never went to give my exams.

“How do you feel being a twin?”


Come again?? I mean are you asking what it’s like to have a sister, brother, etc. Our lives are normal like you. But yes we are Lucky!!

There have been so many questions that I think If I will not stop here, my list would become another book.

Growing up together, I have realized that it’s indeed a blessing to have a twin sister. I feel thankful that my sister is the one person with whom I can share my true feelings without the fear of being judged.

I love my sister and I want to tell her that ” We’re twins and so we love each other more than other people.”

If you grew up as a twin and have faced any such questions, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Today is Day 20 of the #DailyChatter by BlogChatter.