Gratitude List – November 2016
So it’s time to wrap up November. My favorite month of the year was a good one. It brought together all the elements required to keep me sane – good food, lovely friends, family time and a lot of writing. I am a little sad to let it go but I also understand that what comes has to go one day and November’s time is up.
Early this month, we traveled back to Bangalore after a wonderful Diwali break and since then, I have been feeling the need for change. Change in food, how we look at things and everything else under the Sun. Okay, that’s an exaggeration but still. I went home after a long time and loved my time with my parents. I am already looking forward to my next trip and in Bangalore, I have some masalas to keep reminding me of home. My new ritual of Fish curry on Saturdays is cos of these little things from home. A few easy recipes make me feel I can cook too. Let’s just hope the feeling stays.
This month I am grateful to a lot of things and here they are for you:
Blogging: NaBloPoMo is not new to this blog but this year I was not confident. I did not think I will have enough ideas to write about for 30 days in November. But here I am – with this 30th post and closing the month with gratitude. I wrote every day and enjoyed writing and sharing. Third year in a row and I could not be more grateful about completing the challenge, to push my limits and stretch. The journey is what really matters.
Wikipedia Asian Month: When asked why I edit Wikipedia, I talk about the gender gap and how I believe my edits would help the community and users. However, editing needs time. Also, I am an editor who is active twice or thrice a year. I am not sure how but I was able to create six articles this month and also attended an offline edit-a-thon. I am grateful that I know a wonderful set of Wikipedians who encourage me to contribute. Also, that this group, helps me meet more fellow Wikipedians virtually. Ting Yi, so happy to know you.
Demonetization and Cash Crunch: I would be lying if I say that the cash crunch did not impact me. Yes, I had the option to use credit cards and Bangalore has the culture, but there are umpteen little things that we buy with the little cash we have. A meal from Srinidhi Sagar included. While the move should prove to be a good one for India, I am still wondering how the poorest of the poor are coping. I am grateful that we were able to manage. Yes, the cash I had saved at home needs to be deposited but the office queues have been shorter. I am grateful that there are many good people around who are helping others. Things are running on credit, people are ready to wait and these are all lessons that hard times teach us.
Health and yoga: With a four-day binge eating around birthday and days after, I am back to watching my food. The allergy seems to be under check and I am doing good without a food log. I was able to stay away from junk and for that I am forever grateful to our help. She patiently makes my life easy. I was also able to get regular with my yoga classes. Barring the first week, I did good and also enjoyed cycling in the ‘almost cold’ Bangalore weather. It’s fun and not as bad at it sounds.
Photography: I was able to get a few good shots this month and I am keen on pursuing this new hobby. No, a camera is not on the way but I will take the photography ahead in form of more photo posts. A little practice will make Alice better. I am grateful that I have been able to develop an eye for little details. The learning never stops and I feel this new-found love is here to stay.
How can I forget red velvet cake, the impromptu Vidyarthi Bhavan trip, milkshake at Kaventers, birthday dinner with friends, egg appam and chicken curry? It’s true that you get what you want – food and lot of happiness all through the month. November has brought not just food but the closure of another year in life and these 35 lessons are going to be referred when I feel low. The Sun, the Supermoon, the sky and everything else teach all of us many things about life. You just have to be a sponge.
So, what are you grateful for?