Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Life this October

Its only when the year is about to end that I come to terms with the new year, which explains why I am always surprised with October. Despite its happy distractions of festivals and celebrations and gatherings, it gives me a rude shock: 'Wasn't it just the other day we were celebrating Durga Puja? Oh my god, its a year already!"
So one of the ways to count time is to chronicle it, and with Facebook dumped, my blog comes as the next resort. 
So here's the synopsis of my October.
- Some expensive bang bang - Not one, not two, but three cars!

- Durga pujas - which means a Sari fest
Gifted by Amma, from Vijaylakshmi Silks
Gifted by mother in law, from Lucknow

Baluchari, Wore it last when I was in college

The regular bong sari

Our typical grin pose

- Diwali parties - I had an unexpectedly long diwali vacation, with five days of celebrations. It was wonderful, though in a moment of weakness, I did call my boss to ask for work. 
With Amma at Hosur

All lit up for party at home
All dolled up

Absentee list

Party animals

Neighbours, young and old

- In between all these celebrations, we did something historic - Conscience Keeper and I ran a half in the first edition of Bengaluru Marathon on Oct 19. We scrambled to get to form, so I am glad we finished the race. Though there was a good turnout, and the runners made for a very colourful bunch with all those bright t-shirts, the Mumbai marathon was clearly much more fun. The cheering crowds were missing - people weren't even curious to peep out from their balconies, forget coming to the streets to cheer. Our pacer was also very disappointing. She began too fast, and chasing her exhausted us in the first couple of miles itself. We dumped her quite early in the race. I spotted her running alone some 10 kms later, and I wasn't surprised a bit! There were some other glaring mishaps too - but they served us some very yummy breakfast post-race, and all was forgiven!

Collecting the bib
Runners line up at the starting line
Heading towards the finishing line
With the medal