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First Month Review – January 2016

The first month of the year is over already. I know its not the best use of the blog space that wordpress has so generously provided to me and countless others like me to share a part of ourselves with the world, but, I am still going to use some bandwidth to write about the progress on my goals for the year that I very ambitiously put up on my blog. This is to hold myself accountable in the public domain, and believe it or not, its not easy. So, go easy on me for now, people 🙂

Read more books – I did manage to read four books as desired and am on my fifth, but frankly, I am a little disappointed with myself on this front. Here is a glimpse of my reading list –

  1. Daughter of Destiny
  2. Chronicles of a death foretold
  3. Animal Farm
  4. Many Lives Many Masters
  5. Crime and Punishment (Currently reading)

Watch more movies – I watched some good movies over this month. These were –

  1. The Machinist
  2. The Pianist
  3. Wings of Desire
  4. The usual Suspects
  5. Amelie
  6. The American Beauty
  7. Air Lift

Blog more often – This is my fourth post of the month! (Hurray for somehow managing to write these) But again, there is so much I want to write on. The initial wait and procrastination of switching on the laptop and starting to put your thoughts across is the major put off for me here. Any suggestions on how to drive yourself to put in words what you know and want to be known, are heartily welcome!

Travel more – January passed with me being in Delhi (home sweet home), Mumbai (the naval dockyard and Colaba stay), Dehradun (Wildlife Institute of India), Jim Corbett National Park (Field visit) and I am writing this from Gwalior. So, I guess, these count!?

Getting fit – I ran a grand total of three kilometres in the entire month. #EpicFail. I guess this is something that I am doing really bad at!

All in all, the books, movies and travel are giving me more than enough material to blog on and getting fit would just have to be more prioritised.

That’s all for now! Back to the year, marching ahead to a brand new month!

 

 

 

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Love in the Time of Cholera – A Book Review

Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Price: Rs. 399

Love in the Time of CholeraSometimes, you come across a story which is hopelessly romantic; which talks of the love despite class and age and family and health. A story which holds you close, to experience the raggedness of breath and trembling of hands, arising out of passion or pity, one cannot fathom. And then you know, that Love, truly, has no bounds. It can’t be explained, experienced or justified in any one particular way.

Such a story is “Love in the Time of Cholera”; spanning 53 years, 7 months, 11 days and nights. It keeps pulling you inside, to discover the beauty and pain of its being. The story of a young boy and girl, trying to weave their emotions in a coherent whole through surreptitious glances and clandestine letters. The story of their not yet existing but nevertheless blossoming love affair being discovered and the story of trying to separate their destinies. The story of wait, agony, lust, want, passion manifesting so differently in the two parties so as to leave each other as well as the readers confounded. The story of domesticity. The story of a couple. The story of domestic squabbles. The story of love. The story of Love in the Time of Cholera.

And when all these stories, all these threads, hanging around out of so many different places come together to tie the knot so vehemently desired by so many, you know, that the writer has suffered tirelessly to make it happen this particular way.

Definitely Recommended. Especially for hopeless romantics!

BucketList 2014 – Stock Keeping

I am back from the long hiatus imposed on self partly due to the busy schedule in the last three months and partly due to the inherent laziness I had tried so hard to keep hidden.

Anyways, befitting to the last day of this year, this post is meant to be a stock keeping of promises made to self. Let’s see what did I accomplish 🙂

  1. Move to a new place – Not just one, I moved to two different places in the year. The first one was to Mussoorie where I spent the most amazing 100 days of my life, for the foundation course at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration and the second one is where I am currently typing this post from, the place of my professional training and my home for the next six months, National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics, Faridabad.
    At Mussoorie
    At Mussoorie

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    NACEN
  2. A DIY that is actually useful (Not just the art and craft kinds (which are lovely by the way) but the kinds that I may actually use) – Accomplished, the use may depend on my Husband though 🙂The Inside
  3. Visit Goa (I can’t believe I have never been there yet!) – Still not done!! 😦
  4. Take a class – and not a virtual one – Not one, but so many! I got to study Law, Public Administration, History, Economics, Political Science and Constitutional Law, Management and Punjabi at the foundation course!

    Pub Ad Class - 89th FC
    Pub Ad Class – 89th FC
  5. Cook (and eat 😛 ) at least five different cuisines – Eating part was easily done. As for cooking, let us see if the following counts 🙂 In order – Chinese (Chilly Paneer), Continental (Omelette), Italian (Pizza and Pasta) and India (Poha)  IMG_20140816_220329027 IMG-20140705-WA0001 IMG-20140718-WA0000 IMG_20140816_220332364 IMG_20140813_121921686Cooked some more too, but don’t have pics 😦
  6. Read at least five new authors – Read Shashi Tharoor (Pax Indica), Ramachandra Guha (India After Gandhi), M.K. Kaw (Bureaucracy Gets Crazier), Michael Bar Zohar and Nissim Mishal (MOSSAD – The Greatest Missions of the Israeli State Service), Sundar (Dancing with the Maharaja – In the IAS Gullies), B Raman (The KaoBoys of R&AW), George R R Martin (Game of Thrones Series), J.D. Salinger (The Catcher in the Rye), Solomon Northup (Twelve Years a Slave), Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point and The Outliers), Christopher Priest (The Prestige), Upamanyu Chaterjee (English August), Ashwin Sanghi (The Krishna Key) and a few more. Considering that I am unable to recall all the books I read, here is to next year’s resolve – will try to write a review of any book that I read as soon as I am done reading it 🙂
  7. Write more – online or offline – Well, my WordPress annual report says I wrote well enough for the first year in blogging. Happy but need more to do.
  8. Visit a new state in the country – Visited many 🙂 Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Sikkim, Karnataka, Orissa!
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    Gangotri
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    Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh
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    Bangalore, Karnataka
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    Gangtok, Sikkim
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    Chandigarh, Punjab

    Admiring the waves at Chandrabhaga
    Puri, Orissa
  9. Visit a new country in the world – Visited Bhutan this year. Hope to go to more countries next year 🙂

    Replicating the 'Rang De Basanti' Style
    Replicating the ‘Rang De Basanti’ Style at the Paro Airport
  10. An adventure sport that I haven’t done yet – that excludes Bungee, White water rafting, Burma Bridge, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Tire Climbing – Did river rafting, rock climbing that I have done before. Rappelling was the new one. IMG-20141108-WA0000
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    Rappeling
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    Rock Climbing
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    Rock Climbing

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    River Rafting
  11. Be healthy and lose weight – the most common resolution – yet the most difficult one – Managed to lose some kilos and a few inches, thanks to the PT and all the running around in the hills at FC
  12. Go on a few dates with my husband, not the regular movie and dinner kinds – Happened at a few times but ye dil manage more! 😀
  13. Set up a mini library – Work in Progress

All in all, I am glad at all that I did and look forward to another fruitful year!

Thank you everyone for helping me in some way or the other. And thanks to all those who were kind enough to stop by my posts, read and leave there valuable comments. I wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year!