Five reasons why I miss the month of Ramzan

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I don’t remember about the good old days, but ever since I entered the corporate rut, the standing up on your own feet or the feel good independent mode, I have been a huge fan of the holy month of Ramzan. I continue to enjoy this month so much more with each passing year and today, I want to share five good reasons for this undying affinity and why I miss the month of Ramzan so much.

1. Super half-day routine
Unlike many others I know, I love, like really, really love the half days at work routine. I mean nothing beats the happiness of leaving work at two in the afternoon. Honestly, I have been more productive at work with these timings and always end up achieving much more in the limited hours. The flip side is that office starts one hour early also, but comeon nothing is free in this life then, is it?

2. Iftari at home
If you follow my posts, by now you would have a good idea about my anti social approach towards life. So yes, I enjoy iftars at home along with my family. It’s so peaceful with customized home cooked iftari including mommy dearest’s special ramzan menu. Call me boring or eccentric, which I am by the way, but I hate going to iftars in crowded, noisy restaurants nor am I a big fan of the zillion iftar deals they put up each year. It’s just not my thing and it always reminds me of an iftar at a restaurant (a famous top notch place) where their cutlery and plates were falling short and their servers kept asking the customers to return their plates. That was a nasty experience! However, apart from these one off sad incidents Ramzan is amazing. I am already dreading the pre and post Ramzan lunch scenes, that will be spent at the hot and crowded office cafes amidst people with no morals whatsoever. I don’t quite like that.

3. Sleep Haven
Ramzan kind of serves the purpose of the much needed hibernation phase for me. In the first few days of Ramzan I sleep so much it’s mind boggling. It also kind of shows how bloody taxing my regular work and home routine. But in this month, I get the chance to set the clock straight and I can actually feel the difference in my health in a good way.

4. Reading Goals
Believe it or not, I do read quite a lot during Ramzan. It is more to do with will power and determination though, but somehow Ramzan gives me the extra push to not lose the momentum on reading. Hence, my reading routine stays on track.

5. Feel Healthy
And of course, most importantly Ramzan makes me feel so fit and healthy. I don’t really indulge in outside food as I mentioned earlier, and along with regular physical workout and daily chores, the reasons to stay and feel healthy are numerous.

So here were my five reasons for missing Ramzan so much. Do share why you miss the beautiful and blissful month too (if you do). 😊

Turning the clock backwards

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I have been thinking about it for so long, but I guess I must accept the truth – I’m trapped in a bloody timely messy zone, for quite a while now. It’s just that no matter what I do or try as an alternative, I never have enough time on me. I’m always, almost all the time feeling tired. It’s been months and months and I have failed to get out of this zone. Not that I have done much on my part to get out of this mess either.

Though I am not letting this fact hamper my regular work life, but it only means that there is additional stress and burden on my shoulders. So, I have no time management issues professionally but personally, there is the red flag right there. Things that I want to do and should do to keep my mind intellectually nourished are compromised immensely, and that is kind of itching me, Big Time!

I guess, it’s cause I’m getting old. Well, people in general don’t get this part ‘cause they think being the four footer that I am, I know jack about ageing. On the contrary, I feel I know a lot more about it than most people. The fact is none of us are getting any younger actually, so it’s silly to try so hard to hold on to acting young and refusing to grow up.

My problem here is that I want to the turn the clock backwards. I need one hour more in my life and it’s not happening. However, I’m listing down ten things that I need to do pronto to get my act together or I might end up a dead cabbage.

Here’s my list of stuff that needs to be sorted soon, real soon.

  1. Get some sleep already

This is where it all started actually. I need proper sleep. I’m not as lucky as some of my friends who look all fresh even with two or four hours of sleep. When I get back from work, I’m tired and I’ve got some daily chores to handle. There are times when I am so tired I crash for a nap, which elongates a bit too much. In turn, I wake up late, complete the pending house work, sleep later than I should and wake up feeling tired the next morning at 6:30 am again. My sleep cycle is totally screwed. So I need to start crashing early. I am going to start by sleeping 30 minutes early and then take it back to one hour and then two hours. This should do! (I hope)

  1. Drink water…plenty of it

Another thing I suck at. I know it has to be done and I am definitely not drinking enough of water. So, at work I will make sure that I re-fill my water flask every two hours. And when I’m home instead of waiting for my sister to bring our water bottle in the room, I would rather fill it up myself and keep it handy.

  1. Work-0ut damn it

It’s shameful that I have to write it down as a reminder for myself because I am one of those few people who were so into working out even as a kid. Now, I struggle to even do the basic exercises early morning just to relax the muscles. So, I need to start allocating 15-20 minutes for at least three days on the weekday, extend this to 30 minutes work out on weekends and once I’m more settled, I need to get in to the habit of walking once again following the same time pattern.

  1. Pray, my child

There was a time, not long ago, when I was actually quite settled as far as my prayers schedule was concerned. All five-times and what a blissful feeling that was. I have not been the sort of person, who needs reminders to pray on time ever. But lately, things have gone down. I do start the day with morning prayers, but then the rest of them are missed either cause there is no room or space to pray at work or I’m simply too tied up with deadlines and blah blah blah. Dire need of disciplinary action is required and I think I can do this, cause I just feel I can.

  1. Turn the page

I really need to 😛 But yes speaking of my reading habits, unlike what many people think, I’m actually the slowest, tortoise cum snail of a reader. I am so slow, I may take six bloody months to complete a book. It’s embarrassing actually when I live with people who can finish their books overnight. But I can’t help it, I am a slow reader when it comes to books and nothing ever fascinates me so much either. I’m generally very sharp when it comes to news and current affairs etc. but yeah literature, the real potion for the mind – I need to work on this one seriously. So, I am going to read at least two pages daily before calling it a day, then increase the number of pages slowly and slowly. I’d still be a tortoise, but at least I’d be turning the pages.

  1. It’s show time

I have always loved watching movies and now I follow some select TV shows too. It’s a healthy form of entertainment. I’d be honest, it really helped me in keeping my mind occupied while dealing with some difficult stuff. You know, at times, you do realize no person can really help or hear you out. You are technically alone in your shit, so that’s when I started exploring the shows. I am at it again and they don’t disappoint as such.

  1. That snake skin is not real

So going back to growing up and getting old. It’s happening. I do feel, I need to start a more practical skin care regime. I’d be honest, it is totally on my mind, but the fact is I’m not making millions here and I need to pick and choose on stuff to make sure I don’t go broke each month. So, the only way I can do this is to start my skin care/hair treatments in alternative months without going overboard.

  1. Click it

Few people know that I love to take pictures and capture moments. I’m not a pro and nor do I need DSLRs to show-off my work, it’s just something that I do fairly well and I enjoy it when I take them with my cell phone. So anyway, after some sad incidents that took place in the previous years, I did slow down on my photography project like hell. As they say, time is a healer and I am pretty much on it already. I do intend to share my work on my instagram account though.

  1. Why so sulky?

I can be really sulky, not with everyone, but with people I love and care. That’s the deal and they know it. Generally speaking, it is quite my nature from when I got hold off my senses and this might never really go. In my defense, I have to say that there are countless times when my folks push me to that extent and really test my patience. Anyway, anyway, I will try, all I can, to keep the sulkiness at a low, but it won’t go lovers!

  1. Cross-Talk (quit this shit)

I’ll be honest, I’m surrounded by this shit. It’s difficult to get away from it, but it is the need of time. Cross-talk in workplaces are a killer, they waste your time, get you into trouble, give people the opportunity to bitch about you unnecessarily and a whole lot more. This whole concept of cross-talk kind of disgusts me so much, I didn’t even feel like putting it on my list, but then, shit happened. This is one thing, I’m actually quite cautiously working on already. It’s crappy and I don’t want to deal with crap – let’s just put it that way. If you need any tips on how to handle cross-talk, let me know.

So that is my action plan guys. Pray that I can go about it practically and turn the clock backwards soon!

The Folly

Snapchat-2103790958I think it’s time,

To leave this path,

All endeavors gone sour,

Now gather your shattered heart,

Put an end to this folly,

On your part.

What would they know?

They be cruel!

Lies and deceit,

On which they float,

You were careless,

We warned you back then.

The world hears you not,

Blind it is,

Your tears and pain it ignores,

Now gather your shattered heart, my dear,

Put an end to this folly for good,

On your part.

It wasn’t about a cupcake – it was Women’s Day

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The cupcake I gave to a boy on this Women’s Day!

A bit too late on my part, but my day was way too long to keep track of time, so I hope all the beautiful women I know and others (whom I don’t) around the globe had an amazing Women’s Day.

I pray that each one of you will continue to shine in your own unique way and achieve all your dreams real soon. May your struggles and efforts pay off in the best possible way. Most importantly, I wish that you will continue to make the most of your life, face your demons fearlessly, fight for your rights bravely and of course be happy, above all.

No matter what each one of us do, at home or outside, it is about time that we learn to respect our own efforts before anyone else does. That is the least we can do for ourselves. It is not just our work that always defines us, it is a lot more than that and each one of us need to take our own journey to discover this.

I am no feminist and though it was just another day, as we say, but it just reminded me how fortunate I have been to be surrounded by some of the most outstanding women in my life; women who have only made me stronger over the years with their love and support when I so badly needed it. I have always cherished you and will to do so till my brain and heart works fine.

Wishing you all a very Happy International Women’s Day!

Disappointment

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Seek more,

Find more,

There’s plenty of it:

An infinite plethora of disappointment.

Perhaps it’s the timing or maybe the stars are aligned way out of proportion. Maybe we’re standing on the wrong side of the bridge; or is it just that our luck fails us again and again? This vicious cycle never seems to break. The more you try to push hard, it strikes back on our face. Have you felt this way? How do you deal with such unplanned and unwelcoming disappointments?

I have been through various phases of disappointments over the years. Some are long forgotten and some have marked themselves evidently, as lessons for life. There is really no getting away from them, so to speak. I mean, that’s how life is with its ups and downs.

People, generally speaking were the prime cause of disappointment (unless I never expect nothing of them, but how practically possible is that?) as I recall. Then, there were times when we lost some dear ones or as they say God took them away from us and we were so helpless. It taught me that we can’t really save anyone, no matter how much we love them.

Recently, I was questioning myself the age old typical question – ‘Why me?’ but then I thought why am I troubling myself with this after all. Nothing can change what has already happened and even if I do get an answer to this question, how enlightened will it leave me?

Is it really worth pondering and graying my hair further?

In moments like these, I choose to sleep. Sometimes, when I am disappointed beyond belief and I know it is humanly impossible to re-shape the scenario, then I simply decide to shut my eyes and get the hell away from this world. Trust me, the next morning as I wake up I feel terribly lighter. I may not be absolutely sparkly and happy (that would be a bit too dramatic), but at least I don’t feel that miserable either. There’s no harm in lessening the burden of these uninvited downers with an escapade that leaves you a bit healed.

How do you deal with disappointments? Tell me about it…You never know how your escapade or tip might actually be helpful for others.

 

Colossal Chaos

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The not so appealing salad  🙂

The week has been quite heavy so far. Tied up in colossal chaos at many levels to scribble something therapuetic for the soul and struggling from an annoying viral for far too long.

However, here’s a little gigantic and rather simple treat – though you just might not love it much (depending on your taste buds).

This mother of a salad tower was built by some of my beautifully comical and lovely girlfriends on Valentine’s Day, when we ran out of foodie options during the lunch break. It was good and the company was even better!

Meanwhile, have a good week ahead. Weekend’s not that far – that is my only motivating pill right now 😊😷