Inspired by Life

Saturday, October 23, 2010

...tell me what you read, and I will tell you who you are...


I have always been fascinated by books, and by those who write them. I have always been enthralled with words, and their powerful effect on the human heart and mind. I have lived a thousand lives, enraptured by the journeys of countless other souls, confined within the tattered covers of old, musty, yellowed, lined pages of these silent yet potent partners of my mind. Books.

Some people collect coins; others, stamps; still others, shoes; I collect words, and books. They calm me, they entice me, they stir in me thoughts that may have long since been forgotten or plant in me new ones, that grow as I read more; they challenge what I believe I know, they draw a world or several worlds that seem to complement or question each other. They open up to me the lives of those who appear fascinating to humanity; those who create a world of their own by just being who they are; those who affect the world so deeply that the very fabric of society and life remains changed forever .Books.

They bring to light the nuances of human emotion; they capture so beautifully, the ebbs and flows of one's heart; they instill in me a desire to be better because someone used the very words that could stir in me tremendous change. I have to admit, most of the changes that I have made in my life have been as a result of the written word, that has led me down a ponderous path, weighing feeling over logic, understanding my place in this world, and connecting me to the fiber of my being. Books.

I will read till I cannot read any more, and that will only be when I am dead.

Best of the Summer 2010

Any summer trip involving travel to 5 states in 6 weeks, has got to be the best summer ever! Aaron and I decided that we wanted to do this since we had too many family things happening to be traveling from California to all these different places - time-consuming and not very cost-effective. So we did what we thought was best - a six-week summer vacation!!!!

It started with a day trip from California to Utah, and then we rented a car and drove to Denver, Colorado for Aaron's friend, Brent Pincock's wedding. We enjoyed the nature and the sights of Denver and loved being at the wedding. We returned to Utah, and spent time with family. I was then invited to interview for a job that I had wanted two years ago, and the job interview was on the East Coast. So, I left Aaron in Utah, and flew to Virginia/DC area to interview. It was towards the end of June, and the summer was in full swing here - the humidity was unlike anything I had experienced out of India!

I had a wonderful day interviewing and decided to stay for the 4th of July weekend. At this point, Aaron and his father and brother, Samuel, decided to take their long-planned trip to DC. So I ended up spending about 10 glorious days in DC, taking in all the sights and soaking it in with real tourist vigor, completely unaware that in less than a week after this trip, I was going to be offered the job to move to Alexandria, VA and live 20 mins from the nation's capitol!

We all returned to Utah for a few days, after which, the entire family of about 11 of us, left to Nebraska to start Jacob's week of wedding events. We decorated and cooked and cleaned for the open house, which turned out to be a success. We then all piled into 3 cars and drove off to Nauvoo, IL for Jacob's wedding and reception there. This was my favorite part of the summer and a very reflective one as well. We had a blast and it was so great to have large families come together and get to know each other.

After all the fun, we were so depressed that the summer was over and we were all returning to India, California, Portland, Idaho, Utah, etc. We have some of our best family memories from this summer vacation.

I will post each part of the trip individually with some fun pictures to accompany the post. I did not want to the memories to fade away without having a chance to document them. I loved time with the family and will always have great memories from the trip.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

This Is It - Michael Jackson - The Man, The Legend.

When I was a kid, the first thing I saw every morning, when I woke up was a poster of a person - eyes lined with black eyeliner, curly black hair, leather jacket and leather pants with innumerable silver buckles, and a shimmery white glove. Michael Jackson.

I was in love with Michael Jackson - he represented love, kindness, creativity, passion, freedom and he was so gentle by nature. But most of all, because he was Michael! No one could dance like he could or give the greatest performances like he did - he was a visionary, innovative to the point of being the guinea pig for all new digital age testing in his videos, creative overflow, perfectionist, rehearsing with an endless amount of energy - and in love with his fans all around the world. He got back every bit of what he gave to his fans and they are to this day the most devoted of any fans. I am one of them and will always be a Michael Jackson fan.

The little boom box in my house was strained to its max as I played and rewound the cassette tapes trying to write down the words of his songs. Then I would play them, sing at the top of my lungs and try to imitate his every move that my 10-year old mind could remember. He was a living, breathing part of my minute existence in a little corner of the world in India.

With each song and album, came a different fashion statement yet the glove and shimmery socks remained. His gravity-defying moves had me spellbound and I was mesmerized by this person. I sang his songs with such passion before I even knew what they meant and before I realized that some of them were so personal and raw to him.

Some of his hits were even before I was born, but I idolized this genius and wanted to be like him and do what he did. His fans were not bound by age, caste, creed or color - his music was universal, loved and embraced by all, his genuineness so tangible, and his love for his fans was untouched.

So obviously, when "This is It" was released to the public, I HAD to go!!

I invited some of my friends and we had the best times of our lives - we laughed and cried and danced in our seats - grateful to be with those who shared the same love that we did for him - the man, the legend, the one and only - Michael Jackson. May your soul rest in peace and surrounded by angels.

I love you.

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Rainy Day....

I lay on my couch, looking up at the skylight, watching the raindrops make splattering patterns on the glass, and listening to them as they crash and explode into little droplets. Somehow, I find this very calming. I look outside and see that the water has washed all the trees, and they are now a shiny green and the trunks are a dark brown, fresh and clean.

On my way into work this morning, there is a chill in the air and the wind is thinking about increasing in velocity. The sidewalks and metro stations are dotted with splotches of colorful umbrellas and raincoats, and people pull their coats just a little bit tighter around their necks.

 I walk outside to get a bagel and the wind lifts my red umbrella up and I have to tug at it to keep it over my head. I am grateful I wore a cardigan today. The air was crisp and I marveled at the rain.

I am singing ... in the rain. 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Tuttle Family

Stewart and Leti have known me since I was 16 years old in India. They were a newly married couple and pregnant with their first child, Jesse. Since then they have traveled the world - India, Panama, Colombia, Israel and added to their family - David and Rachel. After 15 years, we finally live again in the same vicinity!!! I love them dearly and they are are family to me. This is when they came to visit Aaron and I, one day after we moved into our apartment. We had no furniture, which thrilled the kids who did cartwheels in our dining space, and we all sat on the floor and had a great time that evening. I love you, Tuttles!!!!

Hope we can hang out again very soon!

From the Galley...

Here is a glimpse of some of my culinary forays over the past few months:

Carrot Cake:

Chocolate-Raspberry Molten Cake:

Grilled Chicken Pesto Spread with Mixed Greens & Balsamic Vinegar on Ciabatta Bread:

Best Baby Back Ribs Ever!:

What do you think???

I am back!

My dear blog, 

I have missed you so much! My life has been turned upside down and inside out in the past three months, and one of my persistent thoughts was, "I hope I remember all this, so I can blog about it!" The changes have been great and the time is now come for me to start divulging in segments, parts of my summer and the current happenings in my life.  

My trusty camera always saves the day and provides that memory jogger if I fail to remember a certain event or funny story :) So please enjoy the next few blogs as I attempt the capture the spirit of the events and unclog my memory to make space for some fun, new memories!!!