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15 things I plan to get rid of this Bhogi/Pongal

I cannot have a Bhogi Bonfire in the US of A. So, I decide to at least get rid of some of the old things from the home. But where in the world do I begin? 

The decluttering journey may be fun in the end but is definitely painful. Here’s the list of things that top my list.  

Old Kitchen Utensils: These have been just lying there in my cabinets and occupying more space. I want to figure out what i’m really using and toss everything else.

Food: I need some time to check expiration date on everything in my pantry. Some has just been there for a while for nothing.

Spices: It is hard to believe that everything that my mom sends me in a parcel every year doesn’t stay good forever. Especially the ones that I rarely use for making vethakozhambhu .. They become dry and tasteless after a while.

Letters and Bills: We have a bunch of them sitting in a box. I have asked Lemon to get rid of them but he just seems to care less to do the same. It has become a common bad habit now to save every mail. I want them to disappear from my home.

Books: What do I do with these Computer Science and MBA books? We have them in one big suitcase. Suggest me some place to donate them please?

Clothes: I want to give away all the salwars I have. I never wear them now and I want to donate them all. Are there any places which accept Indian clothing as donations?

Medicines: This is another box that I need to check for expired prescriptions & over the counter drugs.

Expired coupons: I’m a shopaholic and I have a bunch of coupons lying everywhere in the house. I must at least get rid of the expired ones..

Throw away Old batteries and instructions manual for the appliances I KNOW how to use!

Towels: How many of these do we really need? I have mine, Lemon has his own and Lime has some. Plus we got some guest towels. Uff!

Lime’s Clothes – I have got a full suitcase of his new-born, Indian ethnic wear and the likes. I love them a lot and do not have the heart to throw them away. 😦

Socks – Especially Lime’s socks. He plays with them. He hides them and even throws them away. Who knows where the other pair is. Every day, the little naughty boy would cry and want to wear only those that do not have a pair! Sigh!

Greeting Cards – Lemon keeps giving me one of these for every occasion. I don’t have the heart to throw them away. But wait! They are not keepsakes, right? So, may be I can get rid of them. 

Toys – I have to figure our which ones Lime actually needs, which ones are of no use and which ones to give away. This is going to be one of my difficult tasks. 

I can’t begin to think how much time all this is going to take. But I’m determined to do this without a second thought! 

Three.

*** A post from my drafts that was written during the chennai flood season! I wrote this letter to the THREE people I love most in this world. ***

Dear amma, appa, paati,

First thing I have been doing, this entire week, as soon as I wake up is call your landline number. The call gets connected, your phone rings, but I never received any response from your end. After a while, I would call your mobile numbers. Only to hear the not reachable automated message. 

It’s been 3 days now since I spoke to you all. I’m worried. I cry. I feel bad. 

Many people will NEVER understand what I’m going through now. Being your only child….being a girl who is staying far away from her parents and grandparent…. And all of you being senior citizens… Makes me worry more! 

I can’t just hope you are doing okay and think it’s just the phone connectivity issues and power cuts in chennai that is making you unreachable.

I want to talk to you all soon. I want to know you are all okay. I want to hear your voice.

Did the flood water come into our house? Are you guys safe? Do you have all the basic necessities? I don’t know. Sigh! 

Please God. Help them. Protect them. Keep them safe. 

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P.S.: I was able too reach my parents after 4 long days that week. They are okay now. 

IKEA Shelf – Home Mandir

I have always wanted to have a nice swami room at my home. For years we have been using a very old book shelf as the mandir. Now that we bought a new house here in Boston, having a nice little perfect space for the mandir was on TOP of my list.

All along I knew what I wanted. The idea was there but I did not know where to get it from. Buying a wooden mandir shelf here in USA would be very costly. When we went to NY for my birthday, we inquired in a number of desi boutiques and found that the ones I liked would cost me around $500. So, like always I started browsing the blog world to get some DIY ideas and I came across this beautiful post from her which seemed perfect.

I exactly mimicked her and I was so satisfied to see the end result.

First, we were lucky enough to get this shelf from IKEA.

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I used a white fabric pen to decorate (read Indianize) the doors. 

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This part was indeed a challenge. I am not very good at drawing kolams or rather I lost touch with this art for 5 years now. But I tried my best to draw this symmetry. 

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And then I wanted to keep Ganesha at the top center of the whole frame. So, I created a backdrop with kolams as shown in the belowpicture.

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Next picture shows the entire backdrop.

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Then came the fun part. I wanted to have the “Gopuram” effect in my mandir. So, we bought a wall mount shelf from Lowe’s and decorated the top with the wooden beads that I got in Michael’s. Like the original author suggested I also used eye pins to keep the beads in place.

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That’s Lemon in action 😉

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The final part was hanging the bells. This was tough. I got the bells from Michael’s. But gluing them to the wooden shelf was a challenge. It took us two to three days to figure out how exactly we can glue them. 

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Finishing touch was gluing the LED lights (from Lowe’s) to the shelf and adding the decorative door knob from Pier 1 Imports.

The final result is shown in the below picture.

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Interested in doing this project for your home?

Here you go –

P.S.: Thanks to her for this wonderful idea. I now have a special place for my mandir at home and I really loved this project. 🙂 

And we are off!

House is cleaned. Laundry done. Dishes are washed. The bags are packed. Our holiday begins in a few hours. 

I’ve been doing a happy dance since 8 AM today. No wait! Actually since last night 😛 

We are going to the Cayman Islands. For a good 5 days. This is a long pending trip. Lemon promised to take me to the Cayman’s for my birthday. But due to his MBA course work this trip was postponed. Every time we see an opportunity to travel we always try to go to a new place. Downtown’s, tall buildings, busy streets all amuse me.. but what we need now is a nice calm vacation. So, we decided to be away from all these hassles.

Last years’ Turks and Caicos Vacation was one of our bests’. I hope this one becomes our best-est! 

Grand Cayman – I can’t wait to see you! 

So, tada peeps. Have a nice long weekend. See you all soon! 

What an awesome day!

Today has been so nice! I had an early morning meeting with all the company executives. The meeting was for around 2 hours. We were making some important decisions for our project. In the end I was so stressed out and badly wanted a break. So I was just browsing the web and came across the below pic. And it made me smile!

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In the afternoon, I had an awesome lunch. Vathakuzhambhu with vendakka curry.

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And then evening was well spent as well. I picked up lime. We went to the dunkins’ to get our favorite donut. Then we went to the indian store to get our favorite snacks. And then to the mall just for time pass. Lime always used to hate the mall play area. He never used to play there. But today was different. He happily joined the other kids and played well.

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And now I’m writing this post on my phone sitting in my cozy bed with the tv on and drinking Lemon juice. Ah! The joys of life! 🙂

Stay tuned guys. Will catch with you all tomorrow.