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Getting over a one & half month weekend!!!

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We have some news people….we return to the world of the earning & employed tomorrow. We are no longer the Great Unemployed from 13.09.2010 onwards. My one and half month weekend comes to an end. Getting severe Monday morning blues. Also a little bit of excitement & nervousness in equal parts. There is the excitement of joining somewhere new – new challenges, new people, a fresh start. There is also the nervousness of moving out of my comfort zone, moving into a whole different setup from what I am used to, the expected politics, leading a new team, the people etc.

I am glad I took this time out for myself and regained some of what I had lost out working crazy hours and practically no weekends. It took a severe toll on my health, apart from the fact that I had not had a proper break of more than 4-5 days at a stretch. I spent some good time with my parents in Calcutta and when I got back to Gurgaon, I came down with a regular cold & cough which left me feeling extremely weak & listless, despite the rest and care that I took.  It took me quite a while to bounce back. I see another friend of mine who has been put on a compulsory 2 week bed rest by the doctors because her body has completely broken down from the stress, work pressure & long irregular hours. I don’t want to be there at the age of 27. I spent lots of time with the Hujband. And I learnt that being sincere towards one’s work always pays in the long run but there is a line I need to draw somewhere between work & life. I have enjoyed this period of doing aboslutely nothing & whiling away days. I did some bit of cooking but mostly spent time with myself. I think I am my own best company. Yes I know that sounds narcisstic. But its a fact. It took some courage to quit my job without another job in hand. But i didn’t regret it for even one moment. (Except the part where I couldn’t shop as I had to cut down on my frivolous expenditure).

The Hujband took me out to celebrate the day I signed the papers. I also shopped finally after ages. I bought two t-shirts & two formal shirts. Oh! And neither of the shirts are white or black & white. I have no idea what non-formal Indian formals are like. I have only bought white/ black & white suits for the past four years. Currently my entire work  wear is black & white. I am looking forward to wearing coloured formals. And having a 5 day week. And regular working hours. We rounded off the super long month & half weekend with a rocking party to bring in the Hujband’s 33rd birthday. Or as he puts it he is 16 years old with 17 years experience 😛

So its back to work for me tomorrow.

 

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September 12, 2010 at 8:36 pm

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Sue Me!!! I Am Selfish!!!

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Ever since I have decided to take a sabbatical, I have had people wondering about whether we’r starting a family and if we are, then getting upset because we haven’t told them about it. I have had random people message me, ping me on FB and call me to ask how many months along am I. How weird and how rude is that? They jumped to their own conclusions and think its rude when I get offended. What strated as a joke has snowballed into something else all together. How difficult is is to understand that I have taken some time off for myself – to sleep, eat, cook, bake, read, write, do up my house, take driving lessons, learn a new language. I know most people don’t generally take some time off right when their career starts peaking, but I did it. I was kind of freaked out at thinking I hadn’t really done anything new since I started working. I don’t have kids right now. I do nothing all day if I so choose or I maybe a whirlwind doing twenty things in one day. And no I haven’t taken time off to get pregnant either. The Hujband tells me to enjoy this time because we don’t know when I would ever get time off like this.

If that is selfish, then yes I am selfish. Sue me.

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September 3, 2010 at 10:25 am

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Its Raining!!! Its Raining!!!

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Heylooo my lovely peoples…I am now back in saddi Dilli (more like rainy Dilli these days). I am pretty thankful that I don’t need to brave the rains and the traffic for sometime.

I got home a couple of days back to a dusty house. And 3 days of both of us being home means it  gets messy all over again. Oh and did I mention that I got home and 2 days later…Wham. I have a cold, sinus, bodyache & fever. I was pretty much sleeping all day yesterday. I decided to venture out to run a couple of errands & pick up a couple of non-white formal (all my office wear is either black or white or black b& white. For colour I have grey & beige) shirts, but the rain made me turn back home. I didn’t want to risk gettting wet in the rain and getting even more unwell.

Wahhhh!!! I miss home. Getting back was a bittersweet feeling – on one hand I was happy to be home again and meeting the Hujband after 26 days; and on the other I was already missing home – my Cal home. Oh and I made good use of my sabbatical – one of my stories is going to be published in Chicken Soup for the Indian Friend’s Soul. And now I shall go indulge one of my longtime dreams – to be home on a rainy day & enjoy some pakoras & coffee & a good book & movie (Yup I do it all together – I am a Gemini after all). I read the book when the movie drags or gets boring you see. Aaachoooo!!! Okay I sooo000 need my hot coffee. And all of you slaving away I shall remember you all while doing so.

PS: Hujband just called. He decided to return home because of the crazy traffic & picked up a bucket from KFC. Pakoras adjourned. List tomorrow for same purpose 😛

 

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August 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm

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Sabbatical Update

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Heylooo my precious….how are you all today?

I am having a good time here in Cal. Swimming regularly every morning (I swear my tummy has decreased by 0.02 mm) or my hogging would have made me put on another 10kgs by now at the rate I am eating. I have been catching up with old friends whom I usually don’t get to meet because of paucity of time (that’s a favourite phrase for litigators btw); hogging (have I mentioned that?) and spending time with the parents. I went for a loud & long dinner last night with friends where a bong friend tells his Bihari colleague “Aabhi tu rakh. Baad mein laagaata hoon” (Can someone translate that in English suitably please :P) and an entire table of 9 people just couldn’t stop laughing. And the poor fellow couldn’t understand what was so funny 😛

I went for “Once Upon a Time in Mumbai” today. Ajay was good, Emran was brash, Kangana & Prachi looked pretty. The first half was more of a love story while the second half was too abrupt. My advise – wait for it to come on the tv.

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August 4, 2010 at 8:48 pm

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Sabbatical: Day 3/ Mommy’s Birthday

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Day 3 of my sabbatical began with a call from an ex-colleague with whom I haven’t really been in touch since I moved to Delhi barring the random FB comments & likes. She was calling to find out about the collague’s husband who has been admitted to hospital. He may have to go in for a surgery tomorrow. Please pary for them.

I also had a few calls from office.

Today is my mother’s birthday and I celebrated it with my parents after ten years. I left for college in 2001 and college would be on in full swing by July end.  Thereafter, I got busy with work. This was the main reason why I came to Calcutta on 27th and will not meet the Hujband for 26 days. he left for his tour on 21st and I left for Cal on 27th. he gets back on 29th and will be in town for 4-5 days before touring again and we will meet only on 16th when we both return home. This is the longest time that we have stayed apart since we got married. Anyway, I chilled the entire morning and afternoon, then went and got the cake. The good thing about Calcutta is the abundance and variety of public transportation available which means I don’t need to take to get the car out everytime; unlike Gurgaon where there is practically no public transportation. I picked up a chocolate truffle from Kookie Jar which we cut when my mom returned home from work. I took her out for dinner later in the evening to Mocambo where I had a fish steak and Ma had a chicken sizzler. I quite like the ambience and it gives stiff competition to Peter Cat. Noone can beat Peter Cat’s chelo kebabs though and I shall now be forced to say that the fish steak at Mocambo rocks as well. that wraps up my day today.

Over and out for now. Tomorrow shall be a new day.

 

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July 28, 2010 at 11:56 pm

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Sabbatical: Days 1 & 2

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Well since I am now officially vella (Finally…Yipppeee!!!), I’m going to try and get back to blogging more regularly.

All said and done though, I am going to miss my workplace and the people there. I had a weeklong farewell and my boss is still telling me to come back. My last day at work began with these awesome dhoklas made by one of my colleagues for breakfast, a conference which made me late for my own farewell lunch and a nice gooeeey chocolatey cake.

Now begins my sabbatical.

Day 1 was spent…guess where? AT WORK. Yup you read that right at work. Bossman asked me to attend one final matter in the Supreme Court where we got a favourable order and I left with a bang. I was wrapping up stuff & one of my ex-clients saw me in the office and insisted that I attend  a conference at 4 pm that day which dragged on till 6 pm; and I finally left office at around 7 pm. Day 1 however ended on a sad note when a friend/ colleague called to tell me that her husband (they were both my batchmates) had been admitted to hospital with a ruptured lung.

Day 2 began with me going to the hospital first thing in the morning to meet my friends. I took breakfast for her and chocolates for him (he’s a chocoholic like me). Treatment has begun and touchwood, he’s responding well to it. A ruptured lung is usually caused by an injury to the ribcage or by lifting something very heavy. However, in his case the doctors say its quite common in men between the age of 25 – 40 having a tall & lean body structure. I went to the airport from the hospital and flew to cal. Flight was delayed by about half an hour and by the time I reached home around 5 pm all I wanted was to eat something. Once the pet pooja was done, I had to take my mommy shopping because its her birthday tomorrow. I also checked out Padatik to see if they would be starting with any workshops soon. Nothing happening on that front now though. Ordered Mommy’s cake and bought her a pretty suit piece as happy budday gift.

That’s it for now…shall keep you guys posted on my sabbatical. Please pray that someone needs a lawyer soon 😉

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July 27, 2010 at 11:53 pm

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Pros & Cons of a Sabbatical

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I’m excited. Its ben ages since I have made plans and been able to follow through with them.

I’m making plans of meeting a friend who’s in India for a month; spending time with my parents; of re-learning driving; of trying out the various recipes I have been wanting to try; of maybe picking up the guitar again; going on a weekend trip with friends. These are the upside of taking a sabbatical.

The downside of taking a sabbatical is NO SHOPPING. The sales are on everywhere and I need to be careful with the money and not shop. Understandably so. I saw this amazing silk blend formal jumpsuit yesterday at a 40% markdown. In merawala pink, AND I COULDN’T BUY IT. As in I could have but I DIDN’T BUY IT. Kindly appreciate. The Hujband didn’t understand what the fuss was all about 😥

Another downside is me having to return the faithful Blackberry to the office and having to buy a sasta, sundar Samsung Corby 😦

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July 19, 2010 at 1:52 pm

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