of sorts..

First of all, I have been rather tardy with passing on awards and taking up tags. So I decided that enough is enough, it is time that I take up some pending tags and pass on some of the awards. Being extremely lazy, I decided to get a start on the most recent ones and then dig up the archives and pick up the older awards and tags.

Kanagu passed me the Honest Scrap tag.

HipHopGrandma ( I love your name :)) has been kind enough to pass  me the Kreative Blogger award.

Rajlakshmi passed me the Blogger Buddy Award.

Thank you so much Kanagu, HHG and Rajlakshmi, I am so honored.

Kanagu demands that I write down 10 things about me while HHG’s award says that I need put down seven unknown things about myself. I have decided to combine both of these (kreativity, you see ;)).

Now for the difficult part – trying to find 10 things that I have not said already on this blog.

1. I sometimes get worked up on the craziest of things and in that state, am fully capable of making a mess of things I could normally do with my eyes closed.

2. I am quite cowardly in some ways. There was a particular thing that I had been trying to overcome my fear of, and am glad to say that I managed it do it finally, a few days back.

3. Can I talk about how much I like reading? No? ok, just trying! The time in the day, I hate most, is when I have to decide what to cook! I hate it! I have no inspiration when it comes to cooking ! Thank god for internet and to be able to search – Indian meals ideas. Seriously, what would I do without the internet? How would I have survived if I had been born a few decades back?

4. I can never resist the temptation to check my weight after exercising – despite the fact that it never changes – but I am always optimistic, so what if it was a 10 minute exercise session after a 2 weeks of inactivity.

5. I can spend hours researching stuff  – like I did yesterday for Poohi’s school admissions. So much so that I had to drag myself to bed – I was that hooked on researching. But I do this very rarely and only if I find it all that important.

6. The number of windows open on my laptop causes husband to sigh in despair. He refuses to understand that I actually multitask between these windows.

7. Although I have had enough of snow to last me a lifetime, I still can’t help be a tiny bit thrilled when I see a fresh layer of snow in the mornings.There is something magical about it and daughter and I can watch it for hours, our faces glued to the window pane.

8. I love orange flavoured chocolates, cakes and I LOVE marmalade.

9. I can’t believe that I am stuck at the second last point! Thank god I decided to combine both the tags, I would have died if I had to do two separate tags on myself. I have so many un-attempted tags that I am almost scared to look.

10.  I like to peek at the end of the book I am reading, every once in a while. Sometimes because I want to know that everything ends well, and other times, when the book is unbearable, and I want to know if it is worth reading through.

Now for passing on the tag. Most of the folks I know, seem to have done these or are already tagged to do them, so I am not passing them on to anybody. But if any of you want to take this up, please do and please do leave a link if you do. I would love to read. As for the awards, anybody who comments on this post gets them 🙂

This day, three years ago…

I don’t know about you all, but I keep doing this – ‘last year, this day , I was doing this’ or ‘ last week, this time, we were doing this’ or ‘ last month this time, I was enjoying my vacation’ or ‘next month this time, we might be doing this :)’. With all my daughter’s third birthday preparations that’s going on, I’m not surprised that my mind went back to this day – three years back 🙂

Well, this was the day I got to know ‘when’ I would have my baby 🙂 or in other words – my c-section got scheduled 😦 What better way of relating all this – than do the first born tag ! This tag had been going around when I was on vacation and was one of the tags I absolutely wanted to do !

Was your first pregnancy planned?

Yes – Almost by military standards 🙂  I had started folic acid tablets way in advance, had got all fit by regular working out and had also learnt swimming because I had read that it helps in the delivery- all wasted because I had a c-section:( Right down to co-ordinating with vacation plans and work milestones 🙂 It was a completely planned for and totally wanted baby 🙂

2. Were you married at the time?

Yes  – for 5 years and I think a lot of people started believing that there were problems – which incidentally was not true. We wanted to wait till we were both ready for parenthood , with both our careers at a certain level.

3. What were your reactions?
Was esctatic, because  I almost believed that I was not pregnant – so that blue cross was totally wonderful to see! Did 2 tests to confirm 🙂

4. Was abortion an option for you?

Absolutely not!

5. How old were you?

29 yrs

6. How did you find out you were pregnant

Home Pregnancy Test

7. Who did you tell first?

Husband of course – actually he was right there – so did not need any telling 🙂 And then we took a pic of the ‘cross ‘ in the test 🙂

8. Due date?

May 5th – but she was born on April 24th.

9. Did you have morning sickness?

Nope! I was extremely lucky in that!  I just felt queasy when I smelt fried food – no sickness at all.

10. What did you crave?

Nothing in particluar – I just loved food –  I was always hungry – and would eat huge amounts of food – but was very strict with what I ate.  Would eat loads of veggies, highly nutritous food – no fried stuff  – that was not difficult, given that the smell made me queasy 🙂

I particularly loved dosas and there is a portugese food chain here- which I used to love (still love). I had the most wonderful colleagues then. One of the guys actually made dosas and brought it to my place – in wet, London weather – just because he knew how much I loved dosas 🙂 Around that time we had moved house( in my 8th month) – so these guys wanted a house warming. I was in no position to cook  – so they actually came home and cooked the most wonderful chinese food and celebrated it 🙂 It was the most wonderful time!

11. Who/what irritated you the most?
Nothing. Just re-confirmed with my husband who says nothing irritated me 🙂 – apparently I was very sweet – unlike how I am now 🙂

12. What was your first child’s sex?

Girl  – only child.

13. Did you wish you had the opposite sex of what you were getting?

No – desparately wanted a girl – always wanted a girl! We had found out in the 5th month.  Though the ultrasound said that it was  a girl, everybody who saw me told me that I looked like I was carrying a boy – as per mid wives tales – and was hoping that it was a girl 🙂

14. How many pounds did you gain throughout the pregnancy?

12 kgs. I ate very carefully, all the most nutritious food and in the right proportions – so I did not put on too much weight – until after she was born.  I think I actually put on weight after having her 😦

15. Did you have a baby shower?

Nope – I had a team full of men 😦 But they did give me a wonderful goodbye gift – as I was leaving that team when I went on maternity leave 🙂

16. Was it a surprise or did you know?


17. Did you have any complications during your pregnancy?

It was a totally smooth sailing pregnancy – until the last month. I suddenly developed a condition called SPD – Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction.  Within days, from being up and about , I was on crutches and in constant pain. The last month made up for the entire pregnancy being a breeze 😦  Here in the UK, if you have a normal pregnancy – you might not even meet a doctor – you are examined almost entirely by midwives. So the first time I met a doctor was in my 36th week and at that point – I was still fine. Barely a week later I could not walk and a midwife advised me to talk to my consultant(doctor). And 3 years ago, on 20th of April, the consultant examined me and took the decision to go in for a planned c-sec. The only date they had was on the 24th of April. I was not too keen on that date , because my parents were reaching London on that day. The next available was on May 4th and the doctors were not comfortable to wait till then – so 24th it was.

18. Where did you give birth?


19. How many hours were you in labor?


20. Who drove you to the hospital/birth center?


21. Who watched you give birth?

Husband and the ob/gyn team. Husband got to cut the umbilical cord  :D

22. Was it natural or c-section?


23. Did you take medicine to ease the pain?

Epidural. I was totally aware of everything – barring the pain, of course 🙂

24. How much did your child weigh?

2.65 kgs – She was a tiny baby 😦

25. When was your child actually born ?

24th April at 12:20 pm

26. What was your reaction when the doctor announced the sex of the baby?

Delighted – though  we knew. It was nice to get it confirmed though 🙂

27. What was your first reaction on seeing the baby?

Delighted, happy, proud 🙂 She looked totally like my husband 🙂 A tiny replica 🙂

28. Did you cry?

Nope. I just remember grinning away like a Cheshire cat 🙂 For some reason, felt extremely happy and proud 🙂 It was such a magical time! I remember smiling at every nurse and midwife and patient I met on the way to the ward 🙂

29. What did you name him/her?

My little monster 🙂 I call her loads of stuff  – except her real name – she actually used to get scared when I call her by her real name –  I do that only when I am extremely angry 🙂

30. How old is your first born today?

She is 4 days away from turning 3 years old 🙂

My pregnancy was one of the best times in my life. I had a lot of fun, ate all the right things, read every pregnancy book I could lay my hands on 🙂 I had subscribed to every baby website – babycenter and stuff , would check every symptom in the books and the websites – but had an absolute blast! Worked till the last month and got on crutches as soon as I stopped working – guess it shows that I should have worked till the last day – must have been ‘work withdrawal symptoms’ 🙂

This was a tag, I really, really enjoyed doing.. It brought back memories of that magical time of my life that brought my dear daughter to our lives! It is so difficult trying to even think of the time when we did not have her – she has so completely taken over our lives !

Picture Perfect!

Indyeah had tagged me – a long, long time ago. Being the lazy bum that I am, had not taken it up yet.. And now, since I plan to be away for the Easter Long weekend – thought it would be fun to schedule a post – always wanted to do that! See heights of my ambition!

So the rules of the tag are..

We are supposed to be pasting an image for every answer of mine,from google image search,with minimal explanation.

Use as less words as possible.The picture should be able to do the explaining for you.

The questions are:-
1.Your age on your next birthday
2. A place you’d like to travel to
3. Your Favorite place
4. Your favorite food/drink
5. Your favorite pet
6. Your favorite color combination
7. Your favorite piece of clothing
8. Your all time favorite song
9. Your favorite TV show:
10. Full name of your significant other
11. The town in which you live
12. Your screen name/nickname:
13. Your first job
14. Your Dream Job
15: Bad Habit you have
16. Your worst fear:
17. The one thing you would like to do before you die
18. The first thing you’ll buy if you get $1,000,000

Indyeah has added this
19.Your favourite credo in life.:)

Ok, Here  I go 🙂

1.Your age on your next birthday


2. A place you’d like to travel to


Is India – so many parts of India that I have not yet seen and yearn to see..Some of the top priorities are…





belur-halebidBelur Halebid – My husband went there and has been singing its praises ever since.. Have been dying to go ever since!

3. Your Favorite place

home4. Your favorite food/drink


Orange Juice! Husband is worried that I’m addicted to it 🙂

dosaI love Dosas. There used to a place called ‘Chennai Dosa’ – well lets just say that they should have given us ‘Dosa Miles’ or something – we used to land up there so often! Now, I try my hand at making it at home and have been failing miserably 😦


Chaats – I love chaats in all forms! Alas – I rarely get the chance to eat them these days!

5. Your favorite pet

I never had a pet , but always wanted one of these….


6. Your favorite color combination

colourI really do not have any favourite colour combinations unless you count my favourite black T-shirt and blue jeans combo 🙂 But I love splashes of colour! A brightly coloured throw on pale sofas or a green plant in a room..

7. Your favorite piece of clothing


I know you guys must be tired of hearing this- – but its the same old jeans!


and saris – gorgeous silk ones! I love cotton too – but since I hardly ever get to wear saris – it’s mainly silk that I wear – when I do 🙂

8. Your all time favorite song

I must be one of the very few with no ‘all time favourite’ 🙂 Guess I will have to take a pass on this!

9. Your favorite TV show


BBC’s Panorama is one of the most interesting and insightful programmes that I have seen recently

apprenticeBBC’s The Apprentice is another one of the few programmes that I watch these days:)

friendsAnytime, I’m low or just want to watch something – FRIENDS is the one 🙂

10. Full name of your significant other


11. The town in which you live

leedsLeeds, United Kingdom

12. Your screen name/nickname: I don’t have a nickname 😦 Should have thought of this before I started blogging 😦

13. Your first job

softwareSoftware Engineer – How I hate that description!!!!!

14. Your Dream Job

bossladyAnything where I get to be the ‘BOSS’ 🙂

But seriously ,


I think I would have made a good architect- too late for that though 😦

15: Bad Habit you have



16. Your worst fear:


17. The one thing you would like to do before you die

– is to live a full life 🙂 Can’t seem to find an inage for it 😦

18. The first thing you’ll buy if you get $1,000,000

booksLoads of books!


a huge mansion to keep them in 🙂


19.Your favourite credo in life.:)


I had a lot of fun doing this post ! Thank you Indyeah! This tag was fantastic! Now I have got to tag 6 of you!  I think most of you have been tagged, so would like to tag Varunavi, Happy Kitten, NM, Pradeep, Kanagu and Masood. In case any of you have already been tagged – please let me know ! And anybody else, who is interested – please do take up this tag – it’s a lot of fun and I would love to read about you !