November in Pictures

Nov 1st

 

The Big Book Box finally arrived and I was pretty excited about it. I had developed the B3 Buzz which fuelled me through the whole day.

 

Nov 2nd

 

 

Uneventful day, me crashing out at the end of it.

 

 

Nov 3rd                                                                                                                                                     

   

I could never convince Biradar to wear Manyawar, so I convinced Dad instead.

Nov 4th

Met these two after a longg time.

Nov 5th

 

This popup quiz in office had me squealing in delight. And then I remembered that numbers is not really my game.

 

 

Nov 6th

I was intent on making this Diwali a good one. I tried some Rangoli doodles. I even found time to complete The Book of M. The festive spirit was really rubbing it’s pixie dust on me.

 

 

 

 

My favourite pic of the day.

Nov 7th

 

Good work day. In fact, a writing idea struck me in the evening as well and I couldn’t sleep because I felt like completing what I started to write out.

 

 

 

Nov 8th

 

 

I finished writing the first chapter. I finished my work. I ordered so many things off the Internet. I also read a book. I did almost a good amount of stuff. But I don’t know I still felt useless.

 

 

 

Nov 9th

Writing. Crying. Forgot some words again.

Nov 10th
Meetups. Relatives. Sleep overs.
We got the Master Bed.

Nov 11th
Double celebration.

     

Too many pictures this time. And food was too good too.

  

Nov 12th

“Your bag of joy is delivered. Hope it brought a smile to your face.”

Alas, it did not even fit me.

Nov 13th

Ate Thali out in a long time. And the Modso Thali in Jess was really good that day.

Nov 14th

 

 

I feel relatively calm after I let the storm out. And surprisingly, the rest of the day went by smoothly. My friends know exactly what to get for me.

I am a Caprese Tote Girl now 😀

 

 

 

Nov 15th

 

 

 

It is my routine. Me, coffee and chocolate cookies.

 

 

 

 

Nov 16th
My b’day 😊

    

Nov 17th

 

 

My last drink, maybe, before wedding.

 

 

 

 

Nov 18th

More celebrations   & The Shivan Spread 

Nov 19th

The Cisco look on my “parloured” face (bcoz there’s never any noticeable difference)

Nov 20th

 

 

 

Celebrations don’t seem to end!!

 

 

 

 

Nov 21st

 

 

Devkarya at Karai

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 22nd

 

 

Mehendi. And a Storm.

 

 

 

Nov 23rd

 

 

Clatter. Chatter.

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 24th
Henna, Haldi and some Masti

   

Nov 25th
D day

Nov 26th
The day after

Nov 27th

 

 

Temple run

 

 

 

Nov 28th
Unpacking day.

Nov 29th

 

Period day calls for mood swings and a tired face.

 

 

Nov 30th

 

 

 

Yes I did “help” in some household work 😝

 

 

 

 

So, that was my month. This year the November month has put a new meaning in my shweta1625 id. Like my friend once accurately observed, I get super excited about November when it’s coming and once it comes I don’t even feel like celebrating.

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The Intermission

Somehow I feel like my life is getting divided into two clean chapters. The one that I have lived so far and the one that I am going to live later. And this period right now, feels like an intermission between them.

However, an intermission in which my head is swimming with thoughts. And they are not just one directional thoughts , they are conflicts. They are at war with each other and I feel like an observer in my own life.

My biggest moments feel like nothing to me. The tiniest things make me sad. I carry around a guilt with me – of my past mistakes, about the way I make people feel. I feel a mixture of self pity and self loathing. I cannot bring myself to break out of it, to like me or at the very least to be at peace with the way I am.

I don’t feel close enough to explain my feelings to anyone. And I also think that they don’t understand it the way that I am feeling it. Of course, I know that my family and friends have my best interests at hearts and I know they will do anything to keep me happy but how do I keep myself happy?

All my life, whenever I wanted something really dearly, I never got it. I always had to make do with whatever came my way , with whatever was happening to me. Okay, I don’t want to pity myself. Because, I, in my full senses , made the choice of keeping the happiness of others intact over my own. I wanted something and I never pursued it because I didn’t want the repercussions of my choices to affect my family and friends.

It hurts me. It hurts me badly. Still after all this time. I don’t have the education that I longed for, the career that I wanted nor do I have the person I love with me. I don’t have any of it because I made this tragic choice. I molded my life into what it has become today. I have only me to blame for.

I know all the theories of leaving the past behind and moving forward. But trust me, when I set out to practice it, it exhausts me. It drains me of all the will power that I mustered. It poofs away my so called motivation into dust within seconds. So, any minor disturbance in my day goes from becoming a momentary inconvenience to an open coffin full of past mistakes and guilt.

Look at the future and take decisions they say. I did that. With a practical mind. And now, I can’t see anything in front of me. I can’t see anything that’s going to shape into profound moments or even anything that’s going to be special in its own way anymore.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I’m right. But I hope I am with me in whatever happens to me after the intermission.

Pondicherry

There is a bit of French aura in India and it is called Pondicherry.

We had been planning for an all girls trip for a long time and turns out Pondicherry was the place we were meant to visit.

The last time I traveled on a flight was when I was like 6 so this was literally my first time on a flight.

Boarding Passes

Lucky to have window seats both times

Loved this expansive view of night lights

We reached Chennai, safe and sound into the hands of our master planner Niee and spent the night catching up, digging into jar truffles and raiding Niee’s wardrobe.

Next morning we took a bus to Pondi. The East Coast Road which links Chennai to Pondicherry is so beautiful 😍

If u can, have a road trip along this road. It takes like 3 n half hours to reach Pondicherry and if you have the time you can aaram se stop along this amazing road and take in the beautiful landscapes

After we had refreshed ourselves, we set out for brunch in White town.

At Cafe des Arts

The Brunch Spread

White town holds the French essence of Pondicherry. It is spaced out with colonial style buildings with vibrant colors.

The architecture of the churches is incredible.

Basilica of Sacred heart of Jesus

Eglis de Notre Dame des Agnes

Architecture inside

We also visited the Aurobindo Ashram.

Other places to visit in white town are

Immaculate conception cathedral

Sri Manakula Vinayagar temple

Botanical Gardens

Pondicherry Museum

Park Monument

Next we went to the Paradise beach. The water is soo bluee… It’s a refreshing feeling to just look at it.

Take a boat ride from Chunnambar Boat house to Paradise beach and enjoy these clear waters.

Shadow art 😁

In the evening, we did a bit of bar hopping

We checked out Icecubes and Crosskeys.

If you want a more relaxed night life experience, visit the Le Club garden restaurant or any open rooftop restaurant and don’t miss out on ordering the wine.

One of the best things to do in Pondi is to watch the sunrise. And what better place than the Promenade Beach.

Grab a coffee from Le Cafe and sit on the rocks to watch the sun rise up.

Later stroll along the Promenade and see the many statues here.

Mahatma Gandhi statue

French war memorial

Joan of Arc statue

Dupliex statue

Kargil war memorial

Old lighthouse

We also visited Coromandal Cafe.

Most of the cafes here are like eateries equipped with boutiques and books. It’s a break to recharge your batteries.

Stop along on Serenity beach on the way to Auroville

We visited Matrimandir to see the Golden Globe. It’s a meditating center and visitors are allowed to see it only from a view point.

Its a 2 km walk to the viewing point. Enjoy the relaxed walk or if you want rent a cycle along.

Auroville is an experimental town where people from all the world are allowed to live in harmony irrespective of religion and race.

A beautiful thought!! 😊

See the Auro beach too

We visited Bakers street to complete the French cuisine cravings and also to take some for home.

Evening we returned back our bikes and came back to Chennai. But we didn’t leave Chennai without tasting the spicy Chettinaad chicken 😋

Street graffiti