Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Random musings...

My posts have become few and far between in the past months...it's not for the dearth of things to write about though... it's just that words don't seem to come very easily to me anymore...so here I am, trying to get back into the groove of writing again :-)

It's been a cold, cold winter for all of us living in the Washington, DC region...snow, snow and more snow :-)...total snow accumulation in the two and half months of winter we've seen so far is supposed to be more than 60 odd inches...apparently more than what upstate New York and Boston put together have seen this season...and to think of it, winter hasn't ended yet...As I looked out of the window this morning , I was elated to see the sun shining down in the area after a really long, long time...this, after I have proclaimed my undying love for snow many a time earlier :-)!!!

The first flurries and showers of snow every winter always give me a big , big ‘rush’ ;-)…the white snow covered grounds, rooftops and the flora glistening in the moonlight add a fairy tailish zing to life and it’s that time of the year when I can just spend hours staring out of the window ,feeling completely in sync with William Henry Davies eloquent words on life...”What is this world , if not full of care…we have no time to stand and stare”...

It’s the aftermath of a snow storm that is difficult to deal with and tends to make me weary...specially with all the “cares” of the real world notoriously glaring down at us...shoveling the driveway, uncanny fears of the roof caving in or the deck collapsing under the weight of pounds of snow transformed to ice, hazards of driving to work and ‘n’ other , often unnecessary ,worries (not that I need any specific reason to get stressed about :-))...and when you have two back to back huge snow storms in an area , not used to being pounded by extensive snow storms, it just makes dealing with the aftermath all the more worse...

Thanks to some lovely friends and neighbors, D and I spent both snow storms, snowed in but partying in the company of some lovely people...

The snow storm over the Super bowl weekend was particularly memorable, less for the havoc it created and more for the fun all of us had...the initial plan was to have an informal get together at home on Super bowl Sunday, watching the game with some friends...but then with the weather forecast turning very gloomy for the weekend, with heavy snow fall predicted on both Friday and Saturday, D decided to turn the weekend into an impromptu ‘Super bowl shoveling’ party...so all weekend we were ten of us at home, making merry ,chit chatting, drinking , eating delicious home cooked food (everyone was an expert on one form of cuisine or another...so we had these whole variety of dishes laid out over the weekend), playing poker and board games, reveling in good music ,hogging on hookah and of course shoveling( we sure had to stick to the theme of the weekend party :-))...so now gambling, in the form of poker, has been added to my ever growing list of vices...nothing to be proud about, I agree...but I believe in living life to the fullest, while I still can:)...anyways, the Super bowl weekend ended on a high note with my team, the New Orleans Saints winning ...not that all of a sudden I love football any more than I used to (all of you have heard me cribbing enough about how neglected I feel due to D’s overwhelming love for the sport :-)), but in the spirit of the Superbowl party and the beautiful town of New Orleans, I was supporting the underdog...and so was happy seeing the Saints win!

Speaking of poker, after winning my first big hand this past weekend, I think I am just getting more addicted to it...it was funny how the guys would hold back on betting each time one of us, girls, bet aggressively...apparently girls are known to be conservative gamblers...and hence whenever they bet aggressively, it’s supposed to indicate they have really, really good cards in hand...talk about
stereotyping:-)!! Folks better be prepared for a fair share of surprises from us girls, on the poker table, in the months to come...

What else...watched "My Name is Khan"...movie totally sucked...Karan Johar should definitely stop trying to be different...and inspite of all my love for SRK, I was left totally disappointed...I had somehow managed to garner enough support to lure folks to the theatre for “Kurbaan”...most of my friends hated the movie...folks were lured in for ‘MNIK’ again, fortunately I was not the initiator of the plan this time...and folks hated ‘MNIK’ more than ‘Kurbaan’...this means I surely have to come up with some innovative bait to lure people to the theatre for the next Hindi flick I want to watch...so called four/five star reviews by Times of India and Rediff will definitely not do the trick next time around :-)

Some gloomy news as well...talks of more friends moving out of the area, taking cue from some dear friends who already moved out last year to make new beginnings in new places...that’s always depressing...it’s so difficult to find people with whom wavelengths match...and when you do find some, you really don’t want to let go...but then that’s what life is about, I guess...it’s never stagnant...people move on...you make new beginnings and life goes on, as one continues strengthening bonds and making memories with old friends and new...

The good news is that my brother is moving to New York City in a couple of weeks...so am really excited about that...I really have missed having family nearby...

So that’s about it really...no life changing events in the past month...just some memorable, snowy times...yes times and memories that make me sit back and smile, whenever life is not too full of ‘care’ and I have the time to stand and stare...

6 comments:

Kasturi said...

Lovely post...as always well written...so will Ashish be with Goldman Sachs in New York?

GNSD said...

Yeah!!! I have been missing your posts for one. Now, we have to get together soon to have some Poker Fun... it is addictive i give you that! Over winter, with amazing reasons to be indoors, we are doing the same. Countless poker sessions. Endless discussions of why we played that hand and not the other. Also, enjoy the sterotyping, it will make your bluffing oh so worth it. :-)
I saw some DC snow pics... its all white. Wonder why didnt i get so much snow when we lived there! Boo!
Shovlling and giving enough food. Thats the best deal i say! Seems like a wonderful time.

Priyanka Rajkhowa said...

@Kasturi: Thanks girl !! Yep...Ash is joing GS in New York, Jersey City actually!!

@GNSD: Yep...lot of things to catch up over...poker, hookah and general chi chat...plan a visit to DC soon...and I hope I can soon use the typical female stereotype to my advantage on the poker tabel ...he he

SBora said...

u must bring your bro over when he comes visiting...
speaking of MNIK-i give KJ some credit for taking on a complex suject such as Asperger's but how about doing some research to authenticate the storyline? i read that Khan's charater protrayal is flawed and that actual advocates of this condition are worried that its sending out a wrong message. i liked Kurbaan for some reason although the scene in which Saif teaches his very american students in hindi totally got me....liked the music though.

Priyanka Rajkhowa said...

@ Rimjhim ba: Yep, will definitely do...and SRK's character was definitely flawed, on both counts of direction and acting...also there were too many things put into the plot to make any sort of rational sense...Kurbaan was definitely a whole better than MNIK and like you said the music in Kurbaan rocked...looks like I may have an ally in you for my next trip to the theatre for a Bollywood flick :-)) !!

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Mariama Sene:

very nice as usual. Loved the super-ball-shoveling weekend idea...

February 16 at 10:16pm
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Priyanka Rajkhowa:

Thanks Mariama....yep turned out to be a great idea, though completely unplanned !!

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Kumud Juneja Trikha:

love reading your blogs...:-)

February 19 at 11:23am
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Priyanka Rajkhowa:

Thanks so much Kumud for dropping by and reading :-)

February 22 at 3:34pm
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