Goodbye Dadaji.

My grandfather was a force to be reckoned with. He was like a lion who’s roar would send all the animals in the forest scampering for their lives- but if there is one thing that cannot be denied, it is that he loved us, his family.

I remember, as a child, he would take me with him and my dadi. Where? Everywhere- to the market, to the temple, to school- even to Shirdi which is 1181 KMs away from Kanpur. I, being a very curious child, would often wander and lost on these expeditions with my grandparents. I was never scared though. I’m sure they would get worried and frantic, but I knew I would be safe and so I never cried or panicked and I was always found.

Out of his 6 grandkids, I think I was the one who spent most time with him- purely due to the merit of being the oldest. As the years passed, Shantanu and I went to Shirdi with Dadaji and Dadi again. This time we took them instead of the other way around.

Circle of life.

It is difficult to imagine life without Dadaji in it. Most people don’t live with their grandparents and talk about going to their home during vacations. I have lived with them since the day I was born. When it came to Dadaji- you could love him or hate him, but you definitely couldn’t ignore him. He had a presence that demanded to be acknowledged as soon as he walked into the room.

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In the past few years, yes he became difficult to deal with, almost child like. I feel that it was just because his body could not work in tandem with his desires and his mind- that stayed sharp till the very end. Dadaji was a strong man in his youth. He used to tell me how he could eat 2-3 whole chickens or a dozen eggs. Just the way old people talk- I don’t know if it was an exaggeration. His fierce love for food was well known trait of his. He would make amazing mutton, chicken and fish- specially during Dussehra night. Coincidently, that is when God decided to call him back. My grandfather passed away peacefully in his sleep during the early hours of the morning after Dussehra.

It is extremely difficult to come to terms with the fact that when I go home, his room will be empty. I know that he was proud of me and of Rushit, Shantanu, Vanshika, Archit and Yashima. I know that because we are the only ones who could scold him and get away with it.

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Dadaji made a lot of people cry but he was not shy about shedding tears openly himself. He was extremely caring and emotional. He would always make sure that everyone’s favorite fruit is stocked in the fridge before they came and our favorite sweets are there in the kitchen. He wanted people around him all the time and loved socializing. He just wanted the best for everyone and that sometimes was like a bitter pill that a lot of people could not swallow. But we, his family, knew that his intentions were always pure.

Dadaji will be missed. I wish my children could have met him, but since that wish cannot be fulfilled now, I wish he is in a better place that can encompass the grandness of his personality in its entirety.

Jai Ram Ji Ki Dadaji.

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Lazy weekend after eons.

Having a free weekend is a rare thing when one is slogging at their one year MBA course. We usually have exams on Mondays and so weekends are spent studying (or at least trying to study).
This weekend was one of the best ones I had in a long time. Friday was a long day at college so came home and made some pasta to unwind. Pasta lead to dancing somehow. We scandalized B, who came to hang out with us, by welcoming him with the "UP Bihar lootne" song. He expected a quiet night with us girls and was met with rowdy dancing to item songs. The expression on his face was priceless! The night went on till wee hours of dawn. D made us some pancakes. So proud of her! It was just what was needed to wash off the tiring week.
Saturday morning I went on a long due coffee date with my roomie A. Hadn't really hung out with her in a while. I'm glad we broke the streak! Saturday afternoon, after the lot of us woke up we gathered to prepare a feast fit for the Lannisters. (GoT is back you guys!) RS's chicken was a MASSIVE hit. SB made out of this world sattu parathas.
So sattu is something that PV introduced me to when we made Litti Chokha together a couple of weeks ago. Litti is balls of dough that are filled with roasted gram flour which is mixed with onions, pickle oil and other yummy stuff. I can eat just that with a shovel! So yes, when the sattu parathas were made, I obviously ate the filling more than the actual parathas. Perks of having Bihari friends! 😄
Later that night I hung out and played some scandalous T&D with the Benchers. Laughed a lot and had an Awesome end to an awesome day.
Today, being Sunday, we again had a group lunch with mustard fish and rice from SB's Bengali kitchen and some Sambar that AA made. (These acronyms are getting confusing now!) also had the left over sattu from yesterday. I have come to the conclusion that it tastes good with just about anything. PV's fruit custard was so good that she had to make a second batch.
So basically this weekend has been all about just food, friends and lots of fun. This is the kind of time that I feel we all will remember long after our course ends.
Yes it is hectic and it gets really frustrating at times, but when I realize that only 5 more months are left, I get a pang of nostalgia. I know it's weird to have nostalgia before something has even ended, but there is no better word to describe the feeling.
So with all the SBRs, the assignments, the exams and the classes- we still find time to laugh at each other and with each other- that is what makes us family and that is why this MBA is more than worth every penny.

Too little time… too much to talk about!

So, I have been hounded by a few people to write the blog and I apologise to have been absent for all this time.

The best thing that has happened recently is FINANCE IS OVER!!!! (let the joyous dancing commence)

Here is a snapshot of all the other things that have happened since I last wrote.

  • We had a girls night for T's birthday which ended in us running to shelter our self from the freezing rain. Fun to think about now but was extremely cold then!
  • I went to Melbourne to meet my beautiful little cousin and also see a new city. So much art and culture. It was like going back to the things I truly enjoy from all my heart and soul. Good food, awesome cocktails, beautiful art and interesting history.
  • Saw Van Gogh's art at the Art Museum in Melbourne. His famous Self Portrait was there so took a modern day selfie with it.
  • I experienced the Vivid Festival right here in Sydney and went on a tour of the Sydney opera house. I wish it wasn't so expensive to see a show there! In the tour we saw the various halls and the biggest one had the largest organ in the world which, took two years just to tune when it was constructed.
  • I had the ultimate chocolate explosion in Max Brenner with PV. Waffles, strawberries, Chocolate sauce, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate… there are no words to describe the feeling that first sip of the cozy, warm hot chocolate brought on. *shudders and goosebumps*
  • I completed the Finance assignment on my own and after that we had a wine and dance party
  • We successfully passed our Finance exam and had a wine and dance party after that again.
  • I went to Pitt Street to shop and spend 5 hours at the mall without even realizing it.
  • I have set up the experiment for my research project. It's about which lip color is more attractive. I am doing a neuroscience test for that. That involves me hooking up the respondents to machines that will test their Galvanic Skin Response, their heart rate and their eye movements to measure their psychological response. Pretty Science fictiony! Now I have to analyse the results that the machines have generated. :/
  • Celebrated a few more birthdays
  • Started hard core marketing classes.
  • Had an imprompu Karaoke Party with the 'Benchers'
  • Danced to one of Sydney's best club, Argyle, with T and her roomie.
  • Talked in french after so long with A's French Boyfriend who's in town. 🙂
  • D painted my nails gold that didn't suit me, so I found a Gold that did look good with my skin tone and painted my nails the night before the CF exam
  • Did Art Therapy and made a collage about what all I visualize my life to have in the future. Of course it included books, dogs, travel and wine!
  • I went for the trials of archery and felt like I was on the Game of thrones or something! In my photo I did look like Merida from brave because of my curly hair blowing in the wind.
  • D gave me a beautiful Key ring as a present because my deathly hallows key ring broke! 😦 🙂
  • Felt jealous that all my sisters are having an awesome time in Delhi together without me!
  • Missed my dog like a gazilion times.
  • Did I mention- Finance got over! 😀

Well that's about all I can remember and all that I would want to remember in the future when I go and read these blogs. All the rest is inconsequential.

❤ Xoxo Till I find the time to write again.

It will be a cold day in hell when I start enjoying Finance.

I need to write this sitting in class because an overload of numbers is happening. Corporate finance sucks.  I feel like this is all Greek AND Latin clubbed together. First few classes were fine when we were doing compound interest and simple interest but then loans came in and then bonds came in. The formulas make no sense, the questions make even less sense. It feels like I know how to swim but the water is still pulling me down and I'm kicking my feet and trying to bring  my head out of the water but I just cannot. Every new question drags me down like a great white shark.

WHAT THE HECK!

MBA is hard but this is harder still. I want the numbers to end. I don't want to look at the calculator anymore. The worst is when the professor says that "If you cannot follow it's OK- just use common sense to eliminate answers and select the right one." How can I eliminate answers when I cannot even understand the questions? I gave it my best shot. I now officially give up on this subject.

Going back to my happy place- one of the past weekends was fun. I went Surfing! Who would have thought that I could do something so sporty. I did slip off the surfboard a couple of times but on my last try I mastered it- albeit just lying down- 😀 didn't get the courage to stand yet. Maybe next time! I wish I had a surfboard to stay afloat in Corporate Finance.

I obviously looked really funny in a wet suit but the mortification was worth it because the actual act of lying down on a board and being taken for a ride on the waves was so exhilarating!

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Thank god for a warm day and no rain! Afterwards we satiated our growling tummies at this awesome beach restaurant called Bucket list. What a place… what a meal!

2017-05-27-PHOTO-00000660  The adventures in Oz didn't end there. Last weekend I went Bush walking (which is Australian for Hiking or Trekking)- oh so much beauty and so much pain! It was almost 13 KMs of climbing, walking, skipping and hopping but it was so worth it. The Blue Mountains awed me and kept me going on because every view that was coming up was way better than the last. We walked over and under waterfalls, climbed up 300 stairs and took in some breathtaking panoramas.

The funniest thing is that I did finish the hike successfully  (Got by with a little help from my friends). Once it was over and we came out of the forests, I was celebrating the end by doing a little jig and ended up twisting my ankle 😐 *facepalm*. Because of this very unfortunate sprain I couldn't partake in the Abseiling the next day, but since I have done rappelling before, thankfully didn't miss out an any novel experience.

The car ride there was so lovely with my "Dear Friends"- lots of good music, munchy food and fun detours. I'm glad I didn't take the train for this trip. Since we had the car, we went out at night to a place where the sky was so dark and the clouds so scarce that I could actually see the milky way. For real. I was literally dumbstruck.

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For the adventures right at home, we planned to have a girls night in – which turned out to be anything but! It was like an american movie where house parties get out of hand- ok… maybe that is a little exaggeration- but more and more people joined in and it kept on getting merrier. We finally did have our girl's night the week after that. I made salted caramel brownies which were over before the pan was even cool. 😀 Then S threw a Dosa Party for us. The deliciousness of the Idli Podi and the Egg Dosa are unparalleled.

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Just yesterday we had a grownup dinner party where PV made chicken curry like a pro! She was so kind to take out some for A and me before putting the chilies in! Shame on us though A,  and 은 ate the spicy one with relish!

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So life in Sydney is one big adventure-fest except for the fact that everything sleeps by 5:30pm, including the sun. It is cold and dark for majority of the 24 hours and as such it is difficult to escape the sandman who visit's promptly at aroung 10:30 or 11:00pm making it extremely difficult to stay awake. It's been a while since I have slept so early and for so long.

Enough procrastinating now. Have to go back to studying Corporate Finance as the exam is on Monday #TearsOfSorrow. This weekend will be spent buried in books- but oh well…

 

Photos by Ankit, Diksha and Apoorva!

New Term. New Country. G’Day!

So… Sydney is gorgeous! I am surprisingly at home here and it’s just been ten days that College has started.

It’s a new term. We started on a high with ‘High Impact Teams.’ What an awesome subject. We got to know a lot about our own strengths and personalities through tests that the prof asked us to do. I know that my MBTI personality Type is ENFJ (Extrovert, Intuition, Feeling, Judgement). Now Judgement here doesn’t mean that I judge people (I ABSOLUTELY am the opposite of judgmental) it just means that I am focused and bound by deadlines among other things. What a fun subject. We learned a  lot about psychology and about how to identify the right personalities to form teams.

But now, the studies are back to the dark hole of numbers- Corporate Finance has started… I could cry! I need to use a scientific calculator because I have to use logarithms and obscenely large numbers as powers (pulling my hair out)- the worst part is that the first quiz is today! Thank god the Supply Chain Management course is theoretical and I can study it without going crazy due to the numbers.

Since I’ve come to Australia- I have realized the following about the land down under:

  1. The animals are all crazy looking and sounding- Have you seen a Wombat?
  2. Tasmanian Devils actually do run around in circles!
  3. The weather is amazing
  4. The people are beautiful
  5. The food is a lot like British Food- except that there is a lot more sea food.
  6. Public Transport is expensive
  7. Kangaroos don’t just hop- they also walk on all fours as well as lie down (which is very weird to look at)
  8. Koalas are the chillest beings ever! They sleep for 20 hours a day!
  9. The birds are hilarious. I saw one digging in the ground intently. It saw me staring but it didn’t care. Also there is the Bower Bird that loves the colour blue- so the male will make a shrine out of blue things it finds to attract the female. bowerbird-756720

My affinity towards knowing random facts that I hear is growing in this country because everything is so different from the rest of the world. It feels like the other countries evolved in synchronicity but Australia did it’s own thing. There are new types of animals, trees, climate- just everything is different and I love it!

I have this awesome apartment which is a major move up from the train compartment room I had in Singapore. Its on the 17th floor so the view is just breath taking- be it day or night. The Suburb of Burwood- where I’m living- is vibrant and colorful- except for the fact that most stores close by 6:00pm.

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We are back to real life- have to wake up, get dressed and take the bus to college. Some people are missing the easy life we had in Singapore where class was just a couple of floors under our rooms and we could wake up 10 minutes before class start time. I personally am happy about this change. I like it that we have to get out of the building that we are living in. Frankly Singapore had started feeling a little like prison because you didn’t really have to get out of the campus there.

Can’t wait for Marketing classes to start and these number based classes to end soon. I don’t know how much more of this number bashing my brain can take. :/

Sydney is ticking all the boxes for  “Places I can settle down in” as of now. I’m going Surfing this Sunday. I hope I come back in one piece to keep you posted on my MBA journey!

 

A week of lasts- for Singapore at least! 

So the Singapore portion of my MBA journey is complete. I survived… I persevered… I’m proud of myself! 

It was full of ups and downs. You all were there reading it all as it happened to me week by week! I did so many things for the first time here and I made amazing friends. There are my soul sisters A & D and of course all the others- some of whom made regular appearances in my retellings of my week. 

I have been off the grid for a couple of weeks because I was too busy filling my head with everything I learned in these last four months. I had my Exam Week! There were tears and there were tantrums galore because it is not easy to fit in all the numbers from Economics and Two different kinds of accountancy subjects in my brain which rejects numbers like the plague. But I get by with a little help from my friends and S was such a great help with everything accounts as D was for Economics. Thank you girls! Would have literally been lost without you. 

So this week I did a lot of things for the last time 

  • Used my Ikea bowl and mug
  • Rode the MRT
  • Had Veggie Crunch burger at McD
  • Had a beer at ARC
  • Went for a night walk to my beautiful bridge 

    My bridge. I’ll miss it so much!

  • Used the Washy washy to do my laundry
  • Had ‘milk tea’
  • Had a dressed up night out with everyone 

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So as I bid farewell to Singapore, sitting here at the Changi Airport, I leave with nothing but good memories. 

Singapore- you taught me a lot. Not just about MBA stuff but also about life and myself- and I didn’t think there was anything left to learn about these last two things anymore. 

So now the Sydney leg of my journey begins. The nomad part of me is super excited but the homebody part of me is a little sad to be leaving this beautiful country. 

Well at least I will have all of you guys with me (yes I’m talking to you batch GJAN17)! ❤ I hope Sydney is more beautiful where we learn more and more about each other and maybe something about MBA stuff too. 😉

Hasta la vista guys! 

A week of many firsts

Right now I am doing the same old thing- studying for quizzes- but last week I had quite a few novel experiences.

First things first, I WENT TO INDONESIA!

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This makes it number of countries that I have conquered till now 27/200 (Look at me talking like Alexander the great! :D) It’s been a while since I’ve gotten a new country’s stamp on my passport. The opportunity to do so was just 45 minutes away by ferry and the stamp greedy me couldn’t avoid the temptation- so I booked a hotel, packed my bag and took the boat to Batam. The island looked a lot like our very own Goa with it’s red alluvial soil, green trees and the salty, humid air. Similar shack like shops dotted the street sides and there were resorts and hotels a plenty. I had two days of solitude, serenity and sleep. It was like heaven on earth… sigh… Just me, myself and I and the king size, comfortable bed.

I had delicious Indonesian cuisine, enjoyed the sea side, watched TV on an actual television and basically had a two day vacation in the middle of the week.

P thought she was not going to be in this week’s blog- methinks she is losing her memory. She was a part of two big first time experiences last week! I went to the Central Perk Cafe (Yes, the replica of the one in F.R.I.E.N.D.S) OMG! it was so similar! They even had sets of Monica’s kitchen and Joey and Chander’s apartment. I did have to ‘politely’ request a group of people to move from the orange couch on which, in all probability, they had presumed they had a God given right to sit. They had been parked there since before we arrived and wouldn’t get up even after we were done eating! So inconsiderate! I actually got thank you nods from other groups of people who were waiting for their turn on the couch.

Since it was such an impromptu plan and I had just come back from Batam, I didn’t even have time to wash my hair (which were last washed with hotel shampoo that too after a swim) and went looking like a pony-tailed Severus Snape. How was I to know that after coffee we would actually end up going to one of the hottest clubs in town! *silent head shake* So there I was in a crumpled shirt, with no make up and dirty hair, on my way to 1 Altitude– and it was AMAZING! Wednesdays are Ladies Nights here in town and so we had $10 Martinis and such awesome music to dance to. After hours on the dance floor on the highest building of the city, we were famished of course, so off we went, to a restaurant I had never been to – Spize. I called it a night after that because the boat ride, coffee, dancing and biryani had left me with zero energy- P of course was still all active and went to Bollywood Lah to dance some more! 😀

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Hazy memory in the dark!

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The view from the club- it was on the 62nd floor!

A couple of days later, I had another night of many firsts:

  • I went out with the Singapore experts- The As

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  • I had food at one of the Hawker Centers
  • I walked the Sentosa Boardwalk
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The Boardwalk- If you look carefully you can see the ‘Merlion’ in the distance, It’s got fuchsia light on it!

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  • I went to a Casino in Singapore
  • I took the monorail from Sentosa back to town

Now, this trip to the casino was not a  leisure activity since it was still the middle of the week. We had an assignment for Operations Management that required us to write Order Winners, Order Qualifiers and Order Losing Sensitive Criteria for a few businesses, one of which was a Casino. Now, I have been to many a casinos but never as a customer, so I had no idea why an actual customer would actually select one casino over another. I asked a frequenter for help, one of the As- and he decided to make it a field trip! 😀 (All photos taken by him 😉 )

On Sunday, my bestie A and I  (The one whom I have coffee dates with) decided to mix it up and go have dinner. We wanted to eat at this Indian Restaurant because we really wanted Dal Makhani and Paratha unfortunately they had a wait time of 40 minutes (Order losing sensitive criteria! :D) So we ended up going to Master Prata to have the substitute of the Paratha. These Pratas that you get here are, I believe, originally from South India, they are made of refined flour instead of whole wheat flour and the chefs have a pretty distinct way to stretch out the dough by twisting it and then slamming it to the table again and again. They stuff it with various awesome things- I had egg, mushroom and cheese in mine. Yum!

Well… the coming weeks are going to be hectic since we have final exams. After that off to Sydney! Woo hoo!

I hope I have something to write about this week because after a very exciting last week, this one seems pretty tame and frankly extremely boring.

Let’s see if I can make it any fun. Still have 4 days left!

XOXO

 

The Moradian Effect

Hai from Batam, Indonesia! I have a massive project report to write. It requires a lot of reading and citing- so basically lots of focus and time. In all fairness, I could have done this in Singapore sitting on my bed but, as they say, change is the only constant- I needed a little change in scenery. My train compartment like room started closing in on me till I felt like I couldn’t breathe so here I am- the whole Singapore Strait away, sitting on my king size bed and writing.

The past two weeks have been phenomenal- academics-wise. We had two very eccentric professors teaching us two extremely boring subjects. Prof. Peter Clarke (Peter ‘Clark quay’ according to one very pretty girl 😉 ) who was teaching us, or at least trying to teach us, Managerial Accounting. He was very posh- Irish, extremely funny with his expressions and his over the top reactions to little things like someone entering the class late, and his glow in the dark extendable pointer (that’s NOT what she said LOL!). He is the only professor I have had who was teaching from the book he himself had authored. Actually, If I think about it, it has been a while since I have studied using a book at all! It was really refreshing. His last words to us were “If you ever get arrested, don’t tell anyone I taught you Accounting.” 😀

The other professor was Prof. Boman Moradian- now what to say about this man. He was boisterous, passionate about his subject, funny and pretty aberrant for a teacher. He made us write principles for management that he had coined over the years. For instance, “Don’t be a chindi chor, be a khandaani chor,”, “Make sure you die young; after living for as long as possible.” and “Never ever hypothicate your house or I will find you and kill you.” With all the F-bombs, the ‘Kicks you-know-where’, the Pappus and the Bumboos, Prof. Moradian taught us Operations Management in a way no professor has taught anything before. He completely ignored the book, the guidelines set by the college and the process of grading. He did everything his own way and we are better off for it. You can see the love and respect he garnered in all of our faces in the photo with him.

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The future CEOs with Prof. Moradian “AHA!”

I hope his blessings work and we do end up as CEOs and/or Entrepreneurs.

The rest of the week went by as usual. I was working on, or trying to work on, my project report. I was failing to focus many a times because I started watching my TV shows again- after a 3 month hiatus. So had lots to catch up on. :/ I know, I know.. I have a problem. There should be a ‘Television Addics Anonymous’ for people like me 😦

I did buy rainbow slippers- my old slippers had become permanently pink because of Holi and looked absolutely horrid.

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Some where over the rainbow… skies are blue. And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

I also had my usual, much required, coffee date with A.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake and Mushroom Quiche. *Drool*

A new thing that happened was that I found a fellow Subway lover (yay!) so had a Subway dinner date with P. The McD lovers are a plenty, but to find another person who is appreciative of the yumminess of Subway is a treat!

Selamat tinggal from Batam! More about my trip later.

XOXO

I am Lucky

For me, losing friends is never easy.  I have been here for three months now, the fourth month is starting. I, by the virtue of being a peoples’ person, have tried to interact with and befriend everyone. I already have friends back home- friends I have had for years. But remember the Bigg Boss effect that I talked about a couple of weeks ago? When you live in close proximity with the same people for extended periods of time, three months (which really is NOT ample time to get to know someone) seems like three years and you feel like you have known these people forever.

This is definitely our brain tricking us though, because people are not who they seem most of the time and hence you fall out with people as often as you fall in with them. The out part ALWAYS hurts- even if for a while. Specially for me, because I’m most definitely a lover and not a fighter! So if someone here wants to know me better- what better way than me just telling them? Here goes:

I am a Leo/Virgo cusp- due to this anomaly of my birth-date falling in between two constellations, three things happen.

  • I can never buy anything with my sun-sign on it.
  • I can never get a sun-sign tattoo
  • I have qualities of both Virgos and Leos.
    • I am organized and methodological (My bed and desk will be clean)- But my closet is a mess most of the times, thanks to the Leo laziness.
    • I love making lists (which is pretty evident here)- but I don’t really stick to them.
    • I am calm, collected and patient- till someone tests that patience and then I burst out all lioness style.
    • I am tactful as well as stubborn
    • I love to make people smile (the Leo warmth)
    • One thing that is common to both the sun-signs and I feel I have it in double doses- I am fiercely Loyal (Hufflepuff pride, y’all!)

The above is just a little snapshot of me. Like a Polaroid photo, I am still developing though- and this MBA is fanning the picture.

This past week, I did something that I hadn’t done in a long while! I made a short film. Last time I did something like that was in Undergrad film-making class. You can watch The Video here if you want-  but let me warn you, I am sans makeup and I probably should have washed my hair before filming, but hey, it was one of the many assignments I had to do that week, so I let the lazy Leo side win over the perfectionist Virgo side. This was the final project for our Decision Making class where we had to illustrate what we learned in class in a creative way with our group. I had fun filming with the guys and also brushing up on my very basic editing skills.

I went on a couple of roomie dates with A. One day we walked 3.5 KMs to the mall Vivo City. The walk was the burn the calories from the Tiger, but also because I was really craving Subway. So we awarded ourselves with sub, cookie and coffee. Speaking of coffee,a few days later we went to Starbucks (Yay!) I so miss having proper coffee! The only coffee we get at the cafe in the college is the Vietnamese one- it is black coffee with condensed milk. It is watery and super sweet. Does wonders to keep me awake in class with the caffeine and the sugar rush that I get, but I miss the froth and the bitterness. I also had the yummiest chicken pot pie. Even though I burned the entire roof of my mouth with the hot pie filling, I enjoyed it to no end.

Oh one thing (among a few others) about the college cafe that is awesome is, The Waffles. I’m sure most of you will agree- I do have this tradition of splitting one with D whenever I have it. I absolutely cannot have a full waffle due to the extreme sugar content, but YUM! the hot, crunchiness on the outside and the warm chocolaty gooeyness on the inside— I get speechless.

On that sweet note, I have special mentions today- I have been told that this blog is much awaited every week by two amazing women whom I have had a pleasure of sharing some food, conversation and music with. S and G (You know who you are!) You both are brilliant! I so wish you both were in the GMBA batch instead of MGB! We have to have a girls night together along with all the other beautiful MGB girls! ❤

Oh- On Saturday we had a Global Learning activity- we went to an inspiring place called ‘Dignity Kitchen‘. It is one of many Hawker Centers in Singapore, but the twist that this one has is special and humbling. Everyone who works at this Hawker Center is differently-able (mentally or physically). The man who started it all has been doing this absolutely awe inspiring work of training these people and helping them integrate into the working society. The food was delicious, the atmosphere warm and inviting. It was super touching and even though we all were a little angry at having to wake up early on a Saturday when we started from the college, we all were definitely extrenely happy that we went and saw such a different side of the metropolitan and modern Singapore. Made me realize- I may lose friends, I may have set backs, maths will always frustrate me and I will feel useless and dumb at times, but I am still one of the lucky ones. I am healthy, I have the power in me to be happy, I have a very strong support system in my family and friends and I am in control of my own life.

I AM LUCKY.

Now I just hope I remember this forever.

XOXO.

A Colourful Afternoon.

Last week’s report comes three days too late and that is because I spent the last weekend studying for the Marketing Exam that was this Monday (More about that later). You must have read about me avoiding studying like the plague and doing everything I could in my power to delay it as much as possible- it was all true!

Let’s go back a little because we didn’t really talk about the 5 days that came before the weekend though. Monday was Holi! First festival of the year that I was celebrating away from home. Thankfully my sister went home so my parents didn’t have to miss the both of us at the same time. She had blast with Vodka paani puris and colors and her friends and of course Tintin. I, on the other hand, forgot to have breakfast and as a result had a dizzy spell in class. Hypoglycemia or Hypotension or both. Who knows… what helped though was my lovely friend D ❤ awesome roommates- A & A ❤ Thank you for the TLC girls! Kisses!

The other thing that helped was of course, Holi. There was dancing and colours and a lot of frolic, as is expected out of the festival of colours. All the non-Indians joined in on the fun and it was a total ‘Rang Barse’ kind of afternoon. We were told it will be a ‘Dry Holi’ so there was no water to play with. But no one said anything about the Juice and the Ice! 😀

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Holi Hai!

So after all the dancing and running around, everyone obviously wanted to wash away the colour, sweat and juice- so the bathrooms were full to capacity. While we ‘patiently’ waited outside (your’s truly might have ‘requested’ people to come out fast.) we heard the screams of girls- why you ask? Nothing sinister- the water stopped. So there were girls outside the bathroom with gulaal dripping off them and there were girls in the showers, with shampoo in their hair- while the entire building had run out of water.

It was kind of hilarious. It took around an hour for the problem to be fixed while people like me- not too  grimy and pink- used wet wipes to clean up our faces at least. Most people were too far gone and so the next day you could see some still-pink faces in the class that the teacher conveniently ignored. The usual gig that goes on for a few days after Holi every year.

I know there will be more festivals coming and I will be here, with all the new people I have met here (Can you call the people you met 2 months and 22 days ago new?) . Some have already become like family and some I’m still getting to know. There are so many different personality types. We have a lot of alpha males. That can be expected as we all are potentially future CEOs. The small number of women are strong, smart, independent and just over all amazing. A few of them are mothers and still they here. Studying, making the most of their lives and I feel that they are the ones who deserve the most kudos. They are the true Alphas.

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Who Run the World? Well of course we do! #LadyPresident #GirlsBiteBack

On that note, A and I had a girls night on Friday. We had conversations about life, love, goals and family over Tiger. The wind was awesome and the night was overall a very enjoyable one- swear to do it again A?

I have got mosquito bites all over my feet, the weather is mostly rainy and humid, the ants are crazy and a lot of it just plain sucks.. but I realized a few days ago that I have a month left in Singapore and believe it or not… I’m going to miss it a lot.