Boy! What A Day at RTO

Boy! What a day it has been. I spent a lot of time at RTO today and am much wiser about the inner workings of the Regional Transport Office.

Firstly, it was a no-show by our Honda City smart card (RC book) that had us on the edge. It was more than a month since the card had been given to be transferred to my name and tensions were running high. We needed the card to effect transfer of the car. Countless calls to Ajit the agent and a fair number to Ashish, our car friend and SOS back ups to Pappa ensued. And finally the card arrived today.

Next step was the insurance and NOC for the car. Again have handed over card to Ajit and cheque for insurance. The NOC will hopefully come in a 2-3 days.

Then was the NOC for the Honda Activa. And then it was pointed out to me that the chassis area of the bike has totally rusted. So we need to apply for a new chassis number. Otherwise we will have a problem, registering the vehicle in Karnataka. Though the chassis number is present on the RC book, apparently, it has to be present on the vehicle on some part. So now again the processes for that are on. Once again, time is an issue. Why oh why does everything come together in a big rush at the end, giving so much stress and stuff.

And boy! what a day it has been….

 

 

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The End of an Era…Last Day of Ashok Academy

Well, it happened today, folks. What I consider an epoch making moment in my small little world happened today. It is not something big and fancy which affected the world. No one even perhaps noticed it. But today for the last time, Abhinav and Kaamya went to their very first school Ashok Academy.

A and K in Ashok Academy Uniform

Next year new class, new school, new friends, new teachers…because it will be a new city…Bangalore.

We have had our shares of ups and downs with the school. Downs I will not mention because I would rather that those memories fade with time. But ups yes.. quite a few. The first time the kids started spending extended time away from home. From junior kg, the timing was 7:50 to 1:40. In fact this huge gap is what prompted me in the first place to look for work and today I have a fine writing career of my own.

Ashok Academy is a CBSE school. We chose it because it was close to our home and because we got admission there. We had our initial doubts, but along the way, we realized this was one of our best decisions. the kids have really evolved in the school. they have learned so much. I am happy.

Ashok Academy has given A and K 3 sports days and 2 annual days, monthly open house days and more importantly 2 meals each day.

Annual Day 2012- Jr. KG

Now in Bangalore, I will have to prepare ‘tiffin’ for school for the very first time and answer that dreaded question every mother faces everyday everywhere in the world- “Mum whats for dabba today”

So Ashok Academy, we say goodbye to you, to Sushmita teacher(nursery) Meghna teacher (Jr. KG) and Kanchan Teacher (Sr. Kg) and dear dear ‘Principal Madam’, who strikes terror in the heart of every student. and here’s hoping VIBGYOR turns out to be as much fun, laughter and adds as much value as Ashok Academy.  Academics come and go and in my opinion, creating confident well rounded youngsters is what schools should do and I have no doubt Ashok Academy is on the right track.

And here’s hoping and praying that VIBGYOR in Bangalore is too.

A Cheat Post for 2013

OK, here it is. I have come back here after ages. And though i knew I had made a resolution of 52 posts for 52 weeks, I am seriously lagging behind.

So here is a cheat post talking about the fact that I am lagging behind. Cheat post because it says nothing, yet counts towards the number.

Hahaha.. aren’t i clever?

I sure am.

More soon..hopefully without any more cheat posts.

 

 

When did the Letters Stop

Some days back, when I was cleaning up the junk from another era (my college days), I came across an entire stack of letters and cards sent by friends while I was in Hyderabad. I am just wondering when did those letters and cards stop? The last birthday card I received was in.. (i dont remember)..perhaps a couple of years after my marriage from Anand and/or Amma-Appa (both mine and A’s). But it has been ages since I received a card from a friend. And worst part I did not even realize that the letters and cards had stopped till recently.

What does this mean?  That the friendship of those years has no value? It cannot be that because at that time, it was very special. And today too those friendships have special place. I cannot forget the Jumpackers, our 84 journeys, the Trivandrum Pharmacy trip and the budding romance between two of my best friends.

Now these best friends are married (happily to each other) and have two boys of their own. How often do we meet? Rarer than rare. Is it good? No. But perhaps it is practical. Everyone is busy, everyone has commitments. And often family comes first when there is limited time to be allocated. Perhaps thats why distances do creep in…. Sad, but true.

What particularly set me thinking was a letter from J. We were the best of friends, but now we are no more than strangers. We hardly ever talk. She is busy executive, travelling the world over and I am a busier mom, ferrying my kids here and there. In a way, thank God for Facebook. I at least know whats happening in everyone’s lives. FB kind of helps me take away the pain that letters no longer arrive.

But I just cant help wondering when and why did those letters stop?

The First Day of the New Year 01/01/2013

OK, how is this day different? Not in any obvious way. I woke up as usual carrying the heavy burden of pending work. Had my regular two cups of coffee.

The sun has risen on 2013

The sun has risen on 2013

Went for my walk very very late. And by chance, found out that they are playing the ‘Top 50’ yearend count down on Radio One. Actually I was contemplating skipping the walk. Had I done that, i would not be listening to the top 10 English tracks of 2012 right now. A and I are sitting together, listening to music..at home.. not in the car…now that is something that has never happened before. So i guess 2013 is not all the same same as 2012. Amen to that.

And one more thing. Important lesson – Don’t skip exercise, you never know what you may learn and it will surely benefit you.

Moving on..

With all the brouhaha over the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ series, I purchased all 3. Frankly, I am quite disappointed. I got through the first book with some difficulty. And i have been stuck with the second one for ages. And I have this habit. While reading one book, i feel it is disloyal (?) to switch to another book before finishing one. But New Year’s Eve is best time to break off such ridiculous habits, that hold you back and interfere with your enjoyment of life. So last night, I picked up one of my favorite books for the umpteenth re-read – “PG Wodehouse Uncle Fred in Springtime”. I think this was the very first PGW i read and I was hooked. IMO one of the his very best book. I particularly love the passage between Ricky and his uncle – the Duke of Dunstable, when they are all bonhomie and hearty cheer. Just before Ricky strikes the ‘jarring note’ by asking for 250 pounds for his onion soup bar (!!).

Any case, one bad habit i broke in 2013. You also go ahead and break even more ‘badder’ habits. What say? Lets rock 2013.

BTW reached the top song on the countdown. it is Adele..what a singer..what a voice…

New Year Resolutions for 2013

Launching into the resolutions right away

1. Lose at least 10 kg before April 2013 (as always topping the list).

2. Clean cupboards, wardrobes this and that in anticipation of Bangalore move.

3. Get A and K to eat more healthy.

4. Talk more often to mom.

5. Get less angry. (as if that is possible).

6. Get on Twitter and Google+

7. Laugh more, live more…

8. Get more spiritual. Pray to God everyday and night

9. Update this list more often

 

 

52 Weeks 52 Posts – A Commitment in 2013

As we sit on the verge of 2012, waiting for the New Year to dawn, I find myself sitting on the verge of new opportunities and new beginnings. While it is true that no one knows what twists and turns life will take ahead, right now, I am pepped up  to embrace each of those twists and turns and make the best out of it.

happiness-2013

For better or for worse, by design or by accident, writing has now become the career path for me. For someone who has background in pharmacy and business management and who loves to write and who believes she has a way with words, this is somehow the ideal career. The hours are long, the pay is pitiful, but still something keeps me going. Perhaps it is all strategy work that I do or the thrill of writing, but whatever it is, it is giving me a high.

The big resolution in 2013 will be earn some more money from this passion

2013 will be for me the year of organization. Organizing, prioritizing and categorizing will be buzzwords for a more productive life in 2013.

An interesting post from WordPress that I read today has made an impact. And I commit to writing 52 posts in 52 weeks. One post a week does not sound too much, does it? And to this I add one shortstory a month and paying features every month. All this of course in addition to kids, A, grocery, shopping, maids and so on and so forth sans P. And in Bangalore. Can I do it? I believe I can. If  I organize and prioritize and delegate.

So here’s to 2013 and here’s to living a more fulfilling life with family, friends and more professional satisfaction than ever before. And of course with stupendous monetary compensation.

2013, i welcome you with all my heart.