Random chatter

I’m in the mood to write…. hmm… I don’t know what this post is going to be about. Let’s see…. it’s 2009, the new year. Nah! This year doesn’t really feel new, you know! There’s just something about it that makes it not feel so new. Work has taken off in full swing, there’s lots of interesting stuff to do. The art projects are on a little bit of a hold for now, mostly just to be able to take a break and gather new ideas. I mean… it’s not on a total hold, the mind is still processing and absorbing information and inspiration from anywhere and everywhere possible… but mostly background activity. Hmm… what else, the inauguration is coming up… much awaited and looked forward to event, but with lots of apprehension too. Let’s hope he really does all that he promises.

I’ve been in the mood to work out these days, so a lot of that is happening. The classes at the gym are fun… I have always enjoyed them. But, I must mention this new Latin Impact dance class they’ve started that’s better than any. It has so many different types of dances, Salsa, Meringue, Zumba, Belly…. and guess what? Bhangra even! Yeah, Yeah, Bhangra. C’mon, you have to agree that a good energetic Bhangra dance with all that hopping around is quite a workout. So, that’s been the high point of my days. πŸ™‚

Quite ironically, I’ve also been in the mood to cook. Many people ask me what vegetarians eat…. they think we eat just salads and tofu, that’s about it. And that we are being unhealthy by being a vegetarian. I’ve had the chance to explain to several people that a vegetarian meal is not only well balanced, but also very healthy and delicious. Yes, I did use healthy and delicious in the same sentence. That’s possible. It doesn’t have to be bland and cold for it to be healthy. Of course, Indian cooking offers a great deal of variety and covers the length and breadth of vegetables and fruits available. But, not just Indian, any and all cuisines from around the world have a fine diversity of recipes that are yummmmilicous and vegetarian. So, I’ve decided that I’m going to start a new Tag in my blog called “What’s cooking” where in I’ll post what I cook. I most likely won’t have the time to post pictures, but I will post links to food blogs or books, where I got the recipe from, that I use to cook the meal of the day, with my comments about what I did differently, what I liked and disliked about those recipes. And of course, there’ll be posts about some of my own recipes and sometimes restaurants. Oh well! We’ll see how it goes. It’s an experiment and I don’t really want to set down too many rules about what I am going to or not going to do. Just go with the flow. πŸ™‚

Oh btw, Slumdog Millionaire was quite a good movie…. very well made and a rather neat plot, with some incredible acting and not to mention the ever so fantastic Rahman’s music. Many people complain about how the movie doesn’t show the good, clean and developed parts of Bombay, but hey, the movie is about a guy from the slums, that’s the scope of the movie. I don’t think it was the director or script writer’s responsibility to promote Bombay’s progress. It was their job to portray one man’s life in the slums and they pulled that off astoundingly well. I liked it and if people from the film industry want to make other movies that show how developed and high-tech Bombay is, then go for it guys! I promise I’ll go watch even your movie within the first week. πŸ™‚

I just scrolled up and saw that I’ve used the word “mood” three times if not more in this post. I must say really am a very moody person :p They (i.e. the moods) change like you wouldn’t know. I still wonder how R puts up with them and my inconsistencies. Meh! He does it and I’m sure millions of other men do it too. I shall continue to be this way, might even get worse over the years… but hey, he promised to be with me through thick and thin, so this is just a part and parcel of that, yeah!

Of late, I’ve been wanting to get away. I want to take a vacation for a good 2-3 months and go travel, especially India, parts that I’ve never been to and some parts that I have been to but never really noticed it. You know how some times certain things are right in front of your eyes, but you just don’t see them. Some parts of Bombay and Jaipur are like that for me. I want to re-find them, reconnect with them and capture them in a special place in my heart. Of course, I’d like to go to several other places like Egypt, Morocco, Greece, Norway, Machu Pichu… I’d like to walk across any one European country…… there’s so much I’d like to do, the list is tooooo long…but for now, I really want to go to India. Maybe I will sometime this year. Mom’s health has been a concern too, so that’s another motivation to go back home, plus I think it would be a well deserved break, for both of us… I mean, Mom and me. Maybe even think about writing a book with her. There have been some random thoughts about that …. but I still have a lot to gather, a lot to research, before I can nail it down. It’s all a fuzzy picture in my head right now.

I miss friends and family here. There are some really nice friends I have here, but I want more. Yeh dil maange more! :p I wish I could take all my dear friends and put all of us in one city, close to each other where we all live happily ever after.

Hey, I said “happily ever after” ….. that’s an official way to end a story. So, happily ever after. πŸ™‚

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