Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Things to do before I die... a random list!

See Whitney Houston in action... live on stage, wherever it is!
Concert (s) at the Royal Albert Hall
Cats, Phantom of the Opera (musicals) in London
Visit country side in England... see Anne Hathaway's cottage
Visit Trinity College
See Niagra from both sides
Ride a gondola in Venice
Visit Monaco, Casablanca and a thousand places more...
See the Statue of Liberty
Go to Times Square, casinos in Vegas (and lose all my money!)
Greece, Bahamas, does the wish list end anywhere... NO!

I'll get this list organised someday, for sure! :D

Friday, 26 August 2011

Anushka's Birthday Celebration at Sneha Sadan!

Anushka's 1st birthday celebration began on August 7 by visiting a home called Sneha Sadan in the suburbs of Mumbai that takes care of girls who are either abandoned or orphans. Anushka, along with Joy, my mother and me, spent time with the children there, and we indeed had a very good time! Though Anushka was initially a little quiet, she gradually warmed up to the children! Here are some of the photographs taken.

The celebrations continued in Goa! Here are the links:



Anushka's 1st Birthday at Palolem!

Palolem is one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Goa. I did not believe it till I saw it! I am so happy that my sister insisted that we go to Palolem to celebrate Aanya's Birthday, and all of us agreed to it!

In mid-August Goa is not all that crowded, though there were a good amount of people in some parts of Goa as it was the Indian Independence Day just after the weekend - a long weekend for many. Hence, going to Palolem was a great option!

We reached Palolem late in the afternoon, and the moment we got off the car I got reminded of the film 'The Bourne Supremacy'The beach was featured as the Indian residence of Jason Bourne played by Matt Damon. I remember that the initial footage in the movie showed the natural beauty of the beach, and I could almost connect with what I was seeing with my own eyes to what I saw in the movie. Palolem is spectacular! I had never been to any beach like this before. It is still unspoilt even though many people are talking about it these days. 

A little about the Palolem beach to excite the readers! It takes about an hour to get to Palolem from Margao. Though there are train and bus options to get there, it's best to hire a car to travel to any place in Goa. Otherwise, one can a hire a bike to get around Palolem.

It is a natural bay surrounded by lofty headlands on either sides. The sand is white and the sea is not rough. Joy and I had the courage to take Aanya into the water and walk a bit too. In fact, we saw some surfers there! 

There are various places to go from Palolem, one being the boat ride to see dolphins. We missed all that because all that are closed during the off season months. Water sports are also a big favourite during the season time. 

Since we went during off season the beach shacks were closed for food. We were very hungry and couldn't wait, so we went straight to Dropadi, near the entrance to the beach. It looked nice and had the authentic beach restaurant feel. We had three kinds of awesome prawn dishes besides other stuff and beer. They serve excellent food, and the service was also good.

Here are some pics taken at the beach...


Thursday, 25 August 2011

Goa in the monsoon...

About 3 months ago I decided that we'll celebrate Anushka's 1st birthday in Goa. Joy and my parents readily agreed, and so did my sister after a little cajoling! As a start to the preparations I called my Goan friend who is now a resident of Hyderabad though, and asked for the things that we could at this part of the year. His first reaction was why now, go in October. It took me a few weeks to make him understand that it was because of Anushka's birthday that we were going to Goa, and that cannot happen in October!

Sometimes I feel happy that I don't just listen to what people have to tell me; I have drawn a lot of flak from various quarters for this though! Many other friends and acquaintances warned us, discouraged us, all saying that it's going to rain, and you guys will have to stay at the hotel throughout your trip!

It did rain, sometimes there were little showers and sometimes it rained quite heavily. But to our great luck the rains did not affect our plans not even once... maybe I can call it 'Anushka Luck'! Light grey skies, with a drizzle once in a while, greenery in abundance, comfortable weather, just a few people on the beaches, lovely food... what more could we have asked for! Little Anushka was also enjoying I guess... her food habit and sleeping habit just changed during those days... she was an absolute darling!

Do I still have to say that we had a wonderful time through the four days! :)

Monday, 15 August 2011

Happy Birthday Ms. Anushka Roy!

There are different ways by which one can interpret the essence of songs. Songs can set different moods  for different people. When I was thirteen I learnt Top of the World by The Carpenters, and I had categorised it as a love song; I never thought it could represent anything else. 

Today, as I sit down to write something for my daughter who turned 1 today, the song is ringing in my mind, and I feel the words are so apt to describe what I feel!

Aanya darling, this song is for you! 

"Such a feelin’s comin’ over me
There is wonder in most everything I see
Not a cloud in the sky
Got the sun in my eyes
And I won’t be surprised if it’s a dream

Everything I want the world to be
Is now coming true especially for me
And the reason is clear
It’s because you are here
You’re the nearest thing to heaven that I’ve seen

I’m on the top of the world lookin’ down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I’ve found ever since you’ve been around
Your love’s put me at the top of the world

Something in the wind has learned my name
And it’s tellin’ me that things are not the same
In the leaves on the trees and the touch of the breeze
There’s a pleasin’ sense of happiness for me

There is only one wish on my mind
When this day is through I hope that I will find
That tomorrow will be just the same for you and me
All I need will be mine if you are here"

Happy Birthday my love! All my love and blessings for you. This is your 1st birthday gift! Baba (Joy) you can sing along (in the right key please!)  ... Mama :)