What was 2017?

Hi!

I started this draft about a month ago, what does that tell you? That I was stumped. I was stumped like someone running into the blocked barrier at Platform 9 and three-quarters at King’s Cross, London.

Last week, thankfully, I attained a day of revelation, as I logged into my Google account and opened up my Maps timeline. Now, I have something to say about 2017.

2017 has been bitter-sweet (the bitterness was rather more substantial than the other years in which it was meant to be just an offhand remark). I can’t speak about one of the bad things that happened, however. It involves loved ones and there should be some boundaries to what I write in public. The other bad situation was that I’d reached a certain age (and relatively, the older people of my acquaintance became dangerously old) in which I was fated to go through loss.

After that very short passage, let’s move on to the sweet stuff. And that is quite enough to fill volumes (I think!).

🙂

Trips

I have made 17 trips! 9 of which do not count as I travelled to my parents’ for festivals. The other 8,

  • Bestie’s Birthday in Chennai
  • Aunt’s Grhapravesh in Theni
  • Friend’s Wedding in Chennai again
  • Bestie 2’s Wedding at home (Madurai)
  • Bestie 3’s Engagement in, guess where, Chennai!
  • Random relative’s Wedding in, you’ve got to be kiddin’ me, Chennai.
  • Bitter Memory in Tiruppur
  • Family Vacation to Mumbai (lots of great pictures in the link)

This age is also causing my girl friends to break out news of engagements and marriages. As seen above. Joys and smiles multiplying like bunnies right now!

Work

Work is going very well, thank you for asking. And that’s a big achievement in itself. ‘Nuf said.

Books

I have read 65 books in my Goodreads Reading Challenge! That’s twice the amount I read in 2015, and twice the happiness! I am so grateful to myself in my attempt to bring back the High School version of me. Reaching this mark is a marvellous step in the right direction.

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A sneak-peek into the list that made it this year! Also, check out the beautiful purple book on the last row, written by my bestie!

Writing

How happy I am for the things that have grown for me in Writing this year!

My book has crossed its half-finished mark, and I had had one Beta Reader review the first half. Apparently, my book is everything I dreamed it should be! What better review can a Writer want?

Another project which I had dreamed of in the first half of 2017, took shape in the second half. It’s still going to be #SuspenseProject, so, no details are to be given out in WordPress. Just wait and watch, World!

(Search #SuspenseProject on Twitter; they form the best tweets!)

My short stories finally worked in 2017. I’ll always remember this year for that, no matter what. You see, I was under the impression that I cannot write short stories. Well, 2017 proved that wrong.

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WordPress history is jaw-dropping. My love to all the love thrown at me, Readers! ❤

Events

  • Romeo and Juliet at the Jagriti Theatre by Quiver Productions (they used the original script!!!!)
  • Riding Madly Off In All Directions at the Chowdiah Memorial Hall by the Naseeruddin Shah family
  • Acted in a private production, Helen of Troy at Le Méridien, Bangalore (I nearly forgot that this happened!)
  • Experienced the movie of the millennium, Baahubali : the Conclusion (effects of this phenomenon are on display here and here)
  • First visit to Bessie Beach, Chennai
  • Hosted my bestie gang at my parents’ for the first time (we were college hostel buddies)
  • Team outing at Guhantara Resort
  • Bangalore Literature Festival at the Lalit Ashok
  • Everything-we-went-to-in-Mumbai
  • Comic-con, Bangalore
  • Team event at Bangalore Club
  • Geminid Meteor Shower
  • Bharatanatyam Drama influenced by the Tamil poet Bharathiyar at Raja Mutthaiah Mandram

Oh God, was that enough? I am overwhelmed. I hope 2018 lives up to the standards. At three weeks in, I should say it’s looking pretty good!

Love,

Priya

The Timeless One

Hello everyone!

It has been a long time.

have been a bad blogger.

And, I am going to hell.

I KNOW.

I’m so sorry, folks! If you need a short recap of the last few months, here goes.

  1. I got more responsibilities at work
  2. People (including me) got sick a lot in October
  3. Diwali was celebrated
  4. I went to the Bangalore Literature Festival
  5. I started on NaNoWriMo, despite my misgivings (I wanted to focus on my two novels, you see. But, NaNo kinda creeps on you and tempts you in so many ways. This time, I got #SuspenseProject.)
  6. I went to FRIGGIN’ MUMBAI, baby!
  7. I had my first ever Comic-con

Let’s go back to the subject matter of this post (point 6). Go ahead, have a look at our pictures!

(All of them are credited to my brother, Yagaagowtham, unless specified otherwise)

(For those of you who are here from Yagaa’s side and want to focus on the pictures, just skip the sections titled The Story and you’re good to go)

Day 0

The Story

We took an evening flight to Mumbai from Bangalore. The funniest thing that happened was that Maa got a headache from sun exposure. Yes, on a FLIGHT. Since we flew in a north-westerly direction, the sunset played just opposite her window! Maa remarked that she’d had four-hour long bus rides that hadn’t given her any such thing. Great start, people!

Our hotel was the sweetest one we’ve ever stayed at! We had a writing desk at a window seat in our room and I immediately resolved to write a bit of this post every single night (and threw the resolution out that very window when I fell into a silent love for Mumbai the moment I stepped out on Day 1; you know the kind of love that fills you with awe and makes you question your credentials of ever possessing it?). Some people convinced me I can talk about it now, so, here I am, typing away, one whole month after our trip. Plus, I also ran into an actor from Yeh Hai Mohabbatein at the buffet on Day 0. So, I did completely flip out.

Flying from Bangalore with the family.

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Airport Queues.
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Add some Bling to your Journey!

And then, of course, landing at Mumbai.

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The Lights of the Road.

Hotel Ginger, Andheri East.

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Snapshots

Day 1

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An Ode to the Tool.

Do not panic. The following Super-Healthy Mix is NOT my breakfast. I had Croissants with sugary marmalade and Chicken Sausages. I wonder why anyone would think hot milk was better for cornflakes than cold milk.

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Breakfast.

Agenda

  1. Fort Area
  2. The Gateway of India
  3. Elephanta Caves
  4. Nariman Point
  5. Chowpatty Beach
  6. Shree Mahalakshmi Temple
  7. Hanging Gardens
  8. Mannat
  9. Band Stand Promenade and Walk of the Stars
  10. Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount

The Story

We (Maa) made ourselves get an early start in order to beat weekday traffic in the city. And somehow we got ready (Maa made us) and got in the taxi Daddy’s friend had arranged. We had a super-duper schedule (see above) and planned to accomplish as much as possible with our limited knowledge of the traffic levels. Someone (Maa) had the bright idea of recording times, costs, and all the background information and some others (not Maa) thought it was pretty useless and not fun. But, I guess someone (from the others) is using the log to flesh out this blog post (thanks, Maa).

To sum up the day, we all fell for South Bombay. Everything from Dadar to Nariman Point is just sheer joy to visit. The Fort Area? I wouldn’t mind staying there permanently. My past time would be just walking around and gazing at buildings. I’d totally be okay with that. Period. The road traffic is a lot like Chennai and very opposite to Bangalore. It just flows, man. Do not hesitate to take the road if you visit Mumbai and are from Bangalore. I tell you, it’s actually peaceful in comparison.

The Elephanta Caves were not too remarkable to me. But, the ferry ride and the monkeys who are such good posers were enjoyable. Yagaa was actually calling to them to turn this way and that, and guess what? They obliged ever so perfectly. It’s true that they say Dravidian languages are the roots of civilisation, because, Tamil yielded the most response from those monkeys.

I loved the entire concept of Marine Drive. It’s a walk, a view and a beach combined. What beats that?

But, the beaches at Mumbai are not made for beaching. Generally a lover of the Coromandel coast beaches (Kerala, Goa), I did not like Mumbai’s beaches. Our driver told us that Aksa and Versova in North Mumbai were a tad bit cleaner. So, we determined to try one of those on Day 2. But, what you want to look out for is the street food! The Pani Puri was delicious at Chowpatty!

The rest of it is ensconced in the picture captions. So, have at it.

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Big B!

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  • Fort Area
  • The Gateway of India
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Taj Mahal Palace
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The Gateway of India

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On the Waters!

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  •  Elephanta Caves
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The Broken Chug-Chug
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Mangrove Forest
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What Natural Magic is This!
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For Sale
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Blue Canopy on Sails

On the inside

Wildlife!

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  • Nariman Point
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Nariman Point
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The Usual Crowd
  • Chowpatty Beach

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  • Shree Mahalakshmi Temple
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Antilia, 4 inmates 600 staff
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Offerings to the Goddess
  • Hanging Gardens

We had to skip this because there was repairs going on at the Garden.

  • Mannat

You know what it is, don’t you?

(Hint : It’s the name of King Khan’s home)

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This quote was right opposite to the house!
  • Band Stand Promenade and Walk of the Stars

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  • Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount
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1905, it says.

Snapshots

Day 2

Agenda

  1. Powai Lake
  2. IIT-Bombay Tour
  3. Film City Tour
  4. Aksa Beach
  5. Golden Vipasanna Pagoda

The Story

So, determined people (not me) wanted to visit North Mumbai on Day 2. I was all for changing our hotel reservation to South Bombay. But, we laid plans for Day 2 as above. We had place holders to circumvent the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and go to North-west Mumbai after driving through the IIT and taking a Film City Tour.

We also said we’d visit the Aksa Beach, seeing as it is far from the main city and probably cleaner.

You know how plans change? Yep. That‘s how.

  • Powai Lake

Powai has a sign that warns against crocodiles. And, it was pretty dirty water too. So, did not see much there. Just click, click, and bye.

  • IIT-Bombay Tour

That WAS good. The whole campus made me re-consider my resolution to not study more. It was such a comfy place in the middle of a forest. Man, I wish I’d had the mind to study harder during my schooldays (Hahaha! I so do not wish that!).

  • Film City Tour

So, we arrive. And, we find out that they have set timings for the tours and that we cannot get in for another one hour. Big bummer. So, what do we do? Insert an unplanned agenda item!

  • Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Despite the initial dampened thought of animals, ugh, why, ew, and strike that out of the agenda, we were pretty excited when we pulled up and got our entry passes with a lot of enthusiasm. Turns out, it’s quite a loooong walk to the Lion and Tiger Safari point. The forest itself was very picturesque, but, a lot of man-made structures stood in the way of taking good pictures. Later, we found out that we should have gone on the bus to Kanheri Caves inside the Park instead of the Safari. But, we did get on the Safari Bus. And the poor lions and tigers were caged unlike how they should be in a National Park.

  • Film City Tour

We took a later Tour, but, it was so worth it! You know, the guys who act as guides, they have quite a lot of showmanship!

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  • Aksa Beach

It was predicted to be too far from where we were. (Global Vipasanna Pagoda was dropped too; it was close to Aksa)

Alternative plans?

  • Juhu Beach

Turns out, we arrived at the most perfect beaching-time. Sunset.

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Arabian Sea
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God-Pose!
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Not Enough Words.
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Frothy Waves!
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Dunk-ed!
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Retreating Flight.
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Will you buy one or just take my picture?
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You pop, fizz, and buzz e-lectric.
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Paanwaala

The Vada-pav at Juhu is to die for! EAT IT, EAT IT, EAT IT.

  • Andheri East

We went out to dinner with a friend of Daddy’s who came to meet us.

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Candy, please!

Snapshots

Day 3

Agenda

  1. Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir
  2. Shri Mumbadevi Mandir
  3. Taj Mahal Palace
  4. Colaba Causeway
  5. Asiatic Society Library
  6. Horniman Circle Garden
  7. Chhatrapati Sivaji Terminus
  8. Parsi Dairy Farm
  9. Taraporevala Aquarium
  10. Marine Drive

The Story

So, we were back on the South Bombay track! YES! I was very happy this morning. It was Daddy’s birthday and we were all a-buzz with enthusiasm. First, we had planned prayers at two very important shrines of Mumbai : Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir and Shri Mumbadevi Mandir. It took us through the little gallis and nooks of Dadar area. It was very exciting to watch commuters and early businesses begin their day. I begged and begged for the 11:30 at Maratha Mandir, but, no luck. Apparently, one had to meet every single person’s interest during a group trip (sigh).

But, we made it to lunch. At the Shamiana, Taj Mahal Palace. It was quite unnerving until we actually walked up the front door and ran our bags through the x-ray scanner. But, it is very hospitable, I must say. We loved the food and hope to visit again.

The one thing to note about the Chhatrapati Sivaji Terminus : Is it really a train station or are you pulling my leg? Come on, seriously? You sure? All right, just wanted to check! I mean, such a beautiful British-worked building that looks like a giant church and you have trains inside it? It blows my mind! And they have these huge ceiling fans for the travellers, with about 12-foot long blades. Those should be more common in other railway stations, we all voted.

  • Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir

It was super un-crowded on a Thursday morning. So elegant, yet, simple idol and worship.

PS : I loved the laddus.

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Iconic Black Taxis.
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You talk. I talk.
  • Shri Mumbadevi Mandir
Shri Mumbadevi Mandir
Jai Devi Maa!
  • Taj Mahal Palace
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Daddy’s Birthday Lunch. What better spot did we need?
  • Colaba Causeway

Street shopping! Tried my first hand at bargaining (I was preparing myself for the visit to Linking Road on Day 4).

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Obsessive Gardening!
  • Asiatic Society Library and Horniman Circle Garden

There was work in progress here too! I was saddened because I so badly wanted to see this.

But, all we saw was this.

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1804!
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Wide Angle.
Horniman Circle Garden
Channe!
  • Chhatrapati Sivaji Terminus

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  • Parsi Dairy Farm

Had some yummy milk-based sweets! Rabri is my new favourite sweet!

  • Taraporevala Aquarium

It’s right on Marine Drive. It’s got a good variety of fish. It NEEDS BETTER MAINTENANCE. I was feeling so sorry for the aquatic creatures in the place!

  • Marine Drive

This was simply, peace. I did not spend my time clicking away. I just sat down and shut out the world.

Snapshots

Day 4

Agenda

  1. D. Y. Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
  2. The Jewel of Navi Mumbai
  3. Sewri Fort
  4. Flamingo Watch Point
  5. Linking Road

The Story

Somehow, we ended up going to Navi Mumbai. We chose two places there in order to sweep around the area, and those happened to be the Stadium and the Jewel thing (apparently, it has a lake and a park).

The thing I looked forward to most about Day 4 was Linking Road and street shopping. Such a good time I had there, but, the guys were quite bored. We also had brownies from Theobroma! The highlighted story is Daddy trying to declare to us that he had down a budget of 2k to buy lunch at KFC for four people. We laughed in his face and told him that a dozen folks could eat well there for that price. (And, adding an achievement to our caps by convincing our South-Indian palated parents to eat at KFC)

  • D. Y. Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

This was just a placeholder to see how Navi Mumbai is. Again, every single person I know was surprised that we actually went to Navi Mumbai (totally a residential area; just the highway to Pune was an important thing there).

  • The Jewel of Navi Mumbai

It was as pointless as the name sounds cheesy. Google it and wow to yourself for a couple times, but, do not bother. The stinkiest lake ever.

  • Sewri Fort and Flamingo Watch Point

We went hoping against hope that flamingo season had started. But, it had sadly not.

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Look at those masts!
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This reminds me of a very specific nightmare I had as a child.
  • Linking Road

Bargaining training proved its worth! Best place ever!!!

  • JW Marriott

Surprise dinner plans with Daddy’s other friend! We met two people who had been living in Mumbai for twenty years and loved their company. Aunty told us, “Mumbai is the City of Good Luck. Do you notice that the Goddess Lakshmi faces the city side instead of the seaside at the Shree Mahalakshmi Temple?”

Awe-struck.

PS : Ed Sheeran was staying right at Marriott at the moments we had spent there; his concert was on Day 5 (after we left Mumbai, of course (grief-stricken wail))

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Lamborghini Gallardo at Traffic Lights.
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Surprise Dinner!
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Waffles? At dinner? Hell, yeah.

Snapshots

Day 5

The Story

Everyone asked us very excitedly if our flight back was on Air India and if so, which flight number. We were pondering on the mystery when they explained. Only some domestic flights belonging to Air India flew from Terminus 2 of the Mumbai Airport.

Me : So?

Other person : You guys have to see Terminus 2!

Me : Mumbai Airport is pretty dull, man.

Other person : scoffs You saw the dumb domestic terminus on your arrival, didn’t you?

Me : Yeah.

Other person : facepalms

So, they discovered that our return flight was from the famed Terminus 2 and built up our hopes for a good show. They were not wrong. One could add that to the list of attractions Mumbai has to offer. Please, book return tickets on Air India and hope that your flight number is on Terminus 2.

Funny incidents on the flight back, did you say? I am so glad you asked. There was a fly on board, buzzing around Daddy’s head. And they served breakfast which we did not anticipate and wasted pathetically. And, and, the best thing : the pilot announced on the speaker that ‘he had taken shortcuts and we would be landed half an hour early’. What he actually meant was that there was little air traffic and hence he could choose the most direct flight route that was possible to Bangalore instead of accommodating other flights in his flight plan. But, of course, we were all thinking, “Is he landing us in Bangalore or halfway there?”

The flight – sniff – back – sniff sniff – HOME – wails.

Mumbai Airport 2
Time pieces again!
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Don’t drink and … fly?
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You go there for the Art.

Snapshots

 

What I loved most about Mumbai,

  • Very organised traffic
  • Large, LARGE roads
  • Pedestrians are top-priority
  • Taxis and auto-rickshaws run on meter. Strictly.
  • Very good food in small restaurants
  • Hygienic water is found everywhere
  • Seafood is not as common as you would think a coastal city would have (Thank God, I hate it!)
  • It has Marine Drive
  • I just love the whole place!

I hope you liked our pictures! See you soon with an expo of the Comic-con!

Love,

Priya

Celebrating Unproductivity

Hi Reader!

Happy weekend to all of you out there! It’s Saturday morning and I am very much awake already (surprise!).

I wanted to celebrate the spectacular failure of my W-Log posts today. It seems like none of my task-logging mechanisms work. This is getting insane. I don’t seem to follow my diet and/or workout plans either. And I wanted to enjoy the undisciplined whim my soul has taken upon itself.

Life is totally unpredictable. You might want something to happen that instant and it won’t. You might plan ahead for the day and the entire day bails on you. You might think, “Oh good, I’m home early. Let me just work on this thing I wanted to do for a while now,” and an unexpected problem crops up. It happens. You can’t help it, and you can’t magically fix it.

Everything that gets in your way is a lesson in itself. You learn to cope, you learn to deal with it, and hopefully, you grow. And one begins to see patterns in life this way. Whenever I plan to go to gym, either it starts raining, or it is too cold to use my motorbike, or I get this bout of laziness (this last one is totally my rebellious psyche). So, I learn to check the weather predictions before I plan to head out. And I learn to not waste my time waiting for the climate to get warmer and start a regimen I can do at home. (Again, laziness makes me pull up my quilt and bury myself in it, but, that’s okay.)

That’s what I mean. It’s okay to get bombarded by things which hinder your plans (inner Monica Geller yells shrilly). But, it really is okay. You get your knowledge and move on.

I have always firmly believed that it’s never too late to make changes in yourself. I know that if I am eighty years old and then I get the notion of learning Spanish, I would try. I would try as much as I can, and probably, if I wanted it that bad, I would accomplish it.

Hindrances don’t place a full-stop to anything you want to do. Laugh about them, dodge them, and try again. You never know how much your life would become simpler then.

Lots of love for the drama,

PPD

PS : I just realised that I crossed 25 posts on this blog! Yay! Now, that‘s some productivity.

W-Log #4

8:55 am

Good morning everyone!

I am awake and ready to leave for office (thank God, it’s only ten minutes away). The main thing that is keeping me going today is forgiveness. I forgive myself for being such a procrastinator. I forgive myself for failing in a lot of my plans the past three days. I forgive my pressing needs for pushing into the time that I could be doing my fun tasks. I forgive everything.

I want to sharpen my focus and not let the cloudy, comfortable weather invite my laziness today. Tasks are up!

Today’s List

  1. Office
    • Fix current issue in Task 1
    • Special task 1 (this is getting out of hand)
    • Fun task 1 (YES! I waited for this stage of this task!)
    • Task 2 basics part 1
  2. Diet and Workout
    • Gym (please, PLEASE go?)
    • Diet shopping
    • Food prep
    • Jogging (this failed already)
  3. Writing
    • Prep 1 for next MS (do I need say more?)
    • Plan for fan-fiction story
    • Book 1 1k (reduced this)
    • Book 2 1k (and this)
  4. Reading

When one plans something and decides a time and place for it, and it does not happen, what does one do? Curl up and cry, curse and hit self on the head, or lie around in a lazy delusion that one would never accomplish it. It’s not gonna happen by itself, you know?

There is no magic in real life. Being a Potterhead myself, it wounds my heart to simply utter those words. But, it doesn’t stop them being true. There is NO MAGIC in real life. People cannot and should not expect things to happen for them if they do not move a muscle. That’s why today I forgave myself for being lazy and planning my day improperly. That’s why I woke up with an energy to conquer the sun today. That’s the secret.

Wake up and smell the roses. But, they’d be there only if you’d planted and watered them in the first place.

W-Log #3

9:17 am

Hello!

Happy Lazy Morning to everyone! I am properly awake only right now, because my tasks for yesterday ran late (and I still did badly) and my friends had a group chat going till midnight. I’ve been doing all my chores since 7:30 in a vague, zombie-like manner. But, that’s okay.

The rest of the day should be smooth. It better be.

The expected result of the day is lesser negatives. The list goes shorter and with more emphasis on Writing (I’m kicking myself for performing poorly on this for more than a while now).

Today’s List

  1. Office
    • Test current issue in Task 1
    • Special task 1 (you better at least start it today!)
    • Fun task 1 (hope the others show up)
    • Task 2 basics
  2. Diet and Workout
    • Gym (just make it to the gym, will ya?!?)
  3. Writing
    • Prep 1 for next MS (FINISH IT TODAY)
    • Plan for fan-fiction story
    • Book 1 2k
    • Book 2 2k
  4. Home
    • Laundry

Today’s idea is to add emphasis to my higher priority tasks (Office and Writing). The trick to making up for bad days is to have a priority list of your existing priorities. I know that you’re going to call me insane and obsessive. Hey, I do what I do because I like it. If you don’t like this way, just retain the tasks for the next day and pray for the best.

Lots of luck for a great day! 😀

11:57 pm

Whoa, what a long day! Okay, quick listing now.

  1. Office
    • Test current issue in Task 1 : Done, some left over (+7 points)
    • Special task 1 : Did NOT start it (-10 points)
    • Fun task 1 : Progress! (+10 points)
    • Task 2 basics : Nope (-5 points)
  2. Diet and Workout
    • Gym : NO (-10 points)
  3. Writing
    • Prep 1 for next MS : Not yet, move it out to a few days later (-5 points)
    • Plan for fan-fiction story : Not drafted, but, basically done (+7 points)
    • Book 1 2k (-5 points)
    • Book 2 2k (-5 points)
    • Discussion with photo editor for short story 1 : Great job! (+15 bonus)
  4. Home
    • Laundry : Did it! (+10 points)
  5. Reading
    • Half-complete the Alchemist : Yes! (+15 bonus)

Total = 64 – 40 = 24 points

Better than yesterday. But, still disappointing. I think I am in a Writer’s Block. Should work on that tomorrow.

Lesson of the day : Add priority to the high priority tasks when you find yourself slipping.

Grim determination,

Priyadarshni

 

W-Log #2

6:00 am

Good morning, World!

I’m fresh and upbeat today morning and I managed to wake 15 minutes before my alarm (yay!). Today’s strategy will learn off yesterday’s progress. My tasks will be broken down into pieces which would fit better into my result framework. And they will be easier to keep track of.

I think my upbeatness is owing to the fact that I ate a lean, protein-rich dinner (I should set an observation log going to analyse the effect of eating healthy!).

Okay, my goal for today is balancing of priorities. Let’s see the list.

Today’s List

  1. Office
    • Resolve current issue in Task 1 (breaking it down, see?)
    • Special task 1
    • Fun task 1 (don’t need to reminded of fun, right?)
  2. Diet and Workout
    • Diet shopping
    • Jogging
    • Gym
  3. Writing
    • Prep 1 for next MS (manuscript, like who doesn’t know THAT?)
    • Plan for fan-fiction story
  4. Reading
    • Finish and review Ove

As I see it, I start on a new category of tasks today. Remember folks, it’s all about balancing your priorities.

If you have a bunch of things to do and you are sharp and alert when you start them, go through them round-robin. That’s the easiest and not-so-dullening way to accomplish them.

Another important thing is balancing all your priorities. Say you have one huge thing due by the next day. You struggle with it all night. But then, the next day you find out that your milk has run out because you did not go shopping the previous day. So, you gotta balance your ‘categories’. If one thing is taking up your entire time, just pause and intersperse it with small tasks. Balance.

Good luck to me and you! Have a rockin’ day! 🙂

11:17 pm

I’m very sleepy right now. So, this will be a simple update.

  1. Office
    • Resolve current issue in Task 1 : Done, but, not perfect (+5 points)
    • Special task 1 : This hasn’t even been started (-10 points)
    • Fun task 1 : Other people haven’t started on it (-5 points)
  2. Diet and Workout
    • Diet shopping : Did that! (+10 points)
    • Jogging : Yes! (+10 points)
    • Gym : No (-10 points)
  3. Writing
    • Prep 1 for next MS : No time for this! (-10 points)
    • Plan for fan-fiction story : Same story (-10 points)
  4. Reading
    • Finish and review Ove : Finished (+10 points)
  5. Miscellaneous
    • Planned for career growth (+15 bonus)

Total = 50 – 45 = 5 points

I mean, what good is that? Seriously, Priya! I am super-angry with you. Seems like yesterday’s lesson hasn’t sunk in yet.

Lesson of the day : Balance different kinds of priority tasks. And, never EVER forget previous lessons.

Lots of self-directed anger,

PPD

W-Log #1

8:00 am

Hello to all you wonderful people!

I’m starting a new category of blog posts called W-Logs. They are, by definition, WordPress Logs. They will be my new calendar of productive tasks for every day moulded into an achievement/failure framework. I am so very excited about these!

Let’s face it. We’ve all tried post-its, diaries, to-do notes, planners, and paper lists for planning out the tasks for the day. I’m trying this method right now, after having failed in every other one.

All hail IISuperwomanII for her Vlog channel which gave me this idea!

Today’s List

  1. Office
    • Task 1
    • Special task 1
  2. Diet and Workout
    • Workout at home
    • Food prep
    • Diet shopping
  3. Writing
    • W-Log #1
  4. Home
    • Laundry
    • Clean room

Since my biggest problem with sticking to my plans is laziness, I’ve decided to make my plans themselves simpler. Easy, don’t you think? Na-huh.

Everybody goes wrong with that one. They think they are deciding such few and easy-to-do tasks. But, really, those are complex, depend on other factors, and simply drag themselves along into the next day. Thus, messing up the next day as well. The trick is breaking them down into small, SMALL parts of tasks which are rationally completable in one day.

Let me see how my trail run goes today. Bye for now! I will finish this post at the end of the day! Cross your fingers for a good result!

Great day to you guys!

9:16 pm

Okay, I’m back! Let’s see how I fared today.

  1. Office
    • Task 1 : Poor execution (-5 points)
    • Special task 1 : This hasn’t even been started (-10 points)
  2. Diet and Workout
    • Workout at home : This was done perfectly (+10 points)
    • Food prep : Also, perfect (+10 points)
    • Diet shopping : Missing one item from my list (+7 points)
  3. Writing
    • W-Log #1 : Check! (+10 points)
  4. Home
    • Laundry : Could have done more of it (+7 points)
    • Clean room : Double the planned amount of cleaning (+10 points) (+5 bonus)
    • Shopping : Got a few things for my room (+2 bonus)

Total = 61 – 15 = 46 points

Not too bad for a first day. I want to see lesser of a negative score and more bonus points.

Lesson of the day : Break your tasks down into parts for a more satisfying outcome.

See you tomorrow!

Love,

Priya

PS : If this is really weird to people who think they are intruding upon a stranger’s life, please ignore this category of posts. I will still update my regular posts in this blog.

PPS : If you are like me and want to live your organised life goals, watch out for more tips I will add in these posts.

PPPS : I will not elaborate on my tasks, especially those for the office, because, you know, there has to be some boundaries.