Mom and the Hair Affair

Backyard photo-shoot on a lazy day, mostly because my acne had finally healed and before new ones start popping out again, I wanted to change my Facebook profile picture.

I come from a family of ladies with long, jet black hair, cascading down their lithe frame, till the knees. That, according to my mom, is the ultimate hair goal. She doesn't understand colors like burgundy or auburn, neither she could comprehend if "Layering" is a hairstyle or a mishap. 

"Did the stylist got bored of cutting your hair!", she once asked my sister who came home with a stylish step cut. "It's too hot outside Mom", she replied with the ultimate defense line.

I still remember the day I got my first blond streaks and a haircut, after my sister coaxed me into it. I had just got down from the car and my mom was waiting at the porch. I was visiting home after 7 months.  She looked at me with all the love and care of the world, and then, slowly, I could see her expression change. She stared and stared some more. Her eyebrows had started reacting too. "Ramo Krishno Ramo Krishno", she uttered in disbelief and went straight inside the house. I was pretty sure it was to get her world famous broom. 

And yes, that was the case, but that broom landed on my sister because my mom blamed her for the 'debacle'. There was some chasing around the house as my sister ran for her life while I explained to my dad that it's not mud on hair but a color. My parents can be so cute at times.

That night I sneaked into my sister's room to give her a life saving tip. "Remember the plan to add blue streaks in your hair", I said, "I don't believe it's a good idea". πŸ˜‚


That was in 2010. Last Dec, I tried to color my hair myself the first time, a 'soft black' it said on the package. But looks like my hair is a little too dark and nothing happened even after keeping the mixture on for 30 minutes (which I now realize wasn't enough). There's a slight hint of Brownish hue as you can see from the picture, but is visible only in the sunlight. There goes my money!! Sigh. My Mom, of course, isn't aware for my experiments πŸ˜‰

Monday Musings #MondayMusings


Happiness Is ...

Happiness is - doing the things you love. 

Happiness is ...

1) Decorating the living room with your own paintings

I have always loved african woman paintings. Always attracted to the life in bright colors and swaying forms. So since I was already in artistic gear, the first two days of the new year were spent painting my heart out. These are not my original ideas but inspired from the ones I found on Pinterest.

2) Receiving Postcard from Japan.

It's been years since I had received a postcard of any sort. So imagine how delighted I was when I received this lovely message from my friend in Japan. Thank you so much Mel.

3) Hiking in the mountains

Fitzroy Falls, Australia

4) Nailing the Side Crow

Side Crow was super tough for me when I first started. In fact, I even gave up practicing it. A lot of wall handstands and weight workout later, I could finally balance this crow pose variation. And when I tried it again, I wasn't dipping anymore, it was straighter than before. This is a step towards nailing one of my Yoga Goals - the Fallen Angel.

Check out the video I followed to get into Side Crow Yoga Pose.

And, of course, FRIDAYS make me happy! πŸ˜‡

Do share in the comment section what activities keep you Happy? 😁

Hey! look what I made

My baby succulents have found a new home yaayyyy πŸ‘Έ 

I am so excited to show you these DIY Concrete planters that I made with some spare cement and then painted both the pots white. The finishing isn't really good, but I hope it would be better next time.

I followed the tutorial here - DIY concrete Pots

You will need:
Containers or cardboard if you want a specific shape. For the second one I used a geometric pattern as shown in this post
White Paint and brush

DIY Concrete Pot
After 24 hours, once the cement had dried, I just had to twist and turn the plastic to take the mould out.

Place a weight on the middle box if it starts floating up.
Do let me know your views in the comment section.

5 New Things Before the Year Ends

Year end always messes with my mind. It's like running against time, fumbling through checklists and goals, trying to tick atleast few of them. As a result, a lot of new things are happening in my life right now.

1) You must have already read about my experiment with DIY hairstyle, how I cut my hair myself to get this beach-y wavy sort of look following a Youtube tutorial.

2) I am learning to drive (which was pretty big on my to-do list). All's good, except I forget to slow down while taking a turn. My husband has decided to paste "L" stickers all around the car, to warn people on the road. πŸ˜‚

3) I have turned pesco-vegetarian. Except seafood and eggs, I have stopped eating all other kind of non vegetarian food. No more Xialongbao, no more Tonkatsu bowls. This is a conscious decision and I hope I follow it through. I have even limited my dairy intake to only yogurt - but that's because I believe dairy is causing my forehead acne. So now my favourite snack is Scrambled eggs stuffed in Avocado.

4) The gaping space beneath the old-fashioned staircase had been bothering me all through the year. A trip to Ikea was enough to solve that problem. The bookcase is a perfect fit. 😍

5) The Oil paints were bought eons ago. Unused, unopened ... but it was time. The last week of the year turned me into a painter too (a rubbish one though).

Yup, it's on the wall too... My husband is left with no other choice 😝
Is there anything new that you are trying just before the year ends?

How to: Cut hair at Home

It's been a while since I had a haircut and my hair was getting really really long, along with a lot of split ends. I was waiting for my annual visit to home before I could finally chop off my mane. You know how moms can get so unreasonably clingy and possessive about their daughter's hair.  Shh don't tell her! πŸ˜‰

My last haircut was over a year ago, which, on a rainy afternoon, I had done myself (check it out here Fashion Vashion). Thankfully, it wasn't a disaster. This time around, I wanted to add some layers as well. My hair is naturally wavy, unless I dry them in the sun (yeah I find it strange too).

So this is how my hair looked BEFORE the cut. 

Looking for DIY hair tricks, I opened Youtube, which in modern world has the answer to all of life's questions. And I found this cool hack. 

Frankly, I was completely skeptical at the beginning. I mean who cuts their hair like this. But since I am known to do weird stuffs, I went ahead and followed the steps.

Youtube Channel - Bebexo - Thank you so much for posting this video!!

The best thing about this cut is it DOESN'T change the length of your hair. Yeah, that's right. That's like magic... to have some layers without actually changing the length... how awesome is that. Those with long hair will know what I am taking about. 

But I still went ahead and snipped off the ends separately. 

How I did it: After washing and conditioning, I towel dried my hair. Applied a bit of hair serum and combed them thoroughly. Be gentle while doing so. My hair were still wet when I cut them, that's to make sure they remain straight and not curl.

And this is how it looks now πŸ˜€ 

I have no idea on how to pose for hair photos, so I just looked left and right 

I love the curls and how it makes my hair look more voluminous. (I wish I had done a better job at combing my hair thoughπŸ™ˆ) In the above picture I haven't used any styling gel or curler (which you can obviously make out πŸ˜). I only oil my hair with Keo Karpin whenever I feel they have become dry. These days I am into this beachy-wavy look (not that I have a choice), so my messy hair actually works for me. My mom, of course, doesn't agree.

Do you cut your hair at home? What's you trick to tame your mane? Please share in the comments section.

Yoga, Fitness and More

1. Homegrown Vegetables

Remember my vegetable patch and how I was trying to protect my tomato seedlings all through winter? They are all grown now πŸ˜€ Look at this batch of awesomeness that I plucked last week.

And here's another batch of tomatoes, mint, chillies and spring onion from my garden. I have planted some capsicum seeds too. Let's see how they turn out.

2. Juicing for Health

Did you try the 5 awesome healthy drinks I posted few weeks back? Well, I made some more vegetable juice, with different combinations.

Beetroot and Green Apple - this is my new favorite!

Kale, Carrot and Lemon

3. Best Nine on Instagram

Not at all surprised that most are Yoga posts, since they are pretty popular on my account. The total number of likes has increased considerably since last year 😁 Extremely thankful for an eventful year 😁

4. Fortune Cookie

Is my fortune cookie trying to tell me something? 😝
These have been distributed in my workplace and I ate quite a lot of them. Not to mention the interesting messages each of them contained.

5. Side Crow

I thought I would never be able to do this. This balance was so hard to achieve, due to low flexibility in hips and low core strength. But last week I could hold it, even if it was only for a second. In the below pictures, it's the one where I am balancing on palms. The Fallen Angel pose is my ultimate goal, but to achieve that I need to find strength to hold a side crow first. Someday... someday.

6. Eagle Crunch

When you follow Blogilates, you don't just crunch, you Eagle Crunch!!

I absolutely love Cassey, her energy is infectious and ever smiling presence makes you stay on the mat a little longer. Check out her Youtube Channel  if you are looking for home workouts.

Here's how you Eagle crunch!!
BTW did you see the awesome sunset I witnessed last weekend? Check it out here - Pocketful of Maps


The Curious Case of Mysterious Pee

By now you must have already read how adventurous my stay was at home. But, my dear friends, you haven't heard the end of it yet. Among other things, a curious case of a mysterious 'pee' had kept the household on its toes. It all started few weeks before my arrival. One fine morning, my Mom and Mausi detected a horrendous smell emanating from the kitchen door. It smelled like public toilets and old downtrodden lanes where people answer nature's call.

Aghast by the audacity of anyone defiling the beautiful kitchen, they were women on a mission (OCD driven mission to be specific), who swore to punish the culprit by hanging them by their thumbs. But who could it be? Apart from the three grown women, resided a teenager, a 4 year old and Nikki - the Dog, in the house. For a minute, all eyes stared at my little cousin who was busy drowning my mom's mobile in the water jug, again. The Dog was a little too posh to indulge in such a shameful act.

"No no, my son couldn't have smelled like that ... this isn't human... it's something else", my Mausi praclaimed ominiously.

"Yes, but what!"

This continued for few more days. Each morning, the household would wake up to a foul smelling kitchen. 

And then they saw, the white creature with eyes glistening in the sunlight,  peeking through the door, eyeing pieces of freshly marinated fish. 

Ahhha...  It was their eureka moment...  The moment when the mystery was resolved. My cousin was no longer eyed with suspicion, but got some 'ear twisting' for drinking a small bottle of Dabur honey and filling the bottle with water. 

Even though the mystery was resolved the problem persisted. The feral cat would defile our door every single night for some weird reason.  It was during this mayhem did I arrive.  My family were at their wits end. Rubbing and scrubbing, day and night with Dettol, Phenyl and whatever unbranded liquid was available. It was on these days that I had to chase my Mom out of kitchen as her surgery stitches were still healing. 


An SOS message was sent to my cat loving friend, who further solved the mystery. Looks like animals like to pee on the same spot if they sniff a hint of their bodily ablutions. I was told that cats hate the smell of orange and lime. So that night, our house was purified with lime and orange juices, sprayed here, there, everywhere.

From what I know, atleast till today, the cat has been exorcised from the house!



Fitness: 5 Super Awesome Healthy Drinks

Two years ago,  I couldn't even have dreamt of doing Headstand (Sirsasana). That was before I started my Yoga journey. A year later, I could hardly hold a headstand, even against the wall. Then came the absolute magical moment when I found balance without any support. This whole journey has helped me find my strengths, amazing me once in a while how much one can achieve through practice. When you stop listening to sceptics, ignore all the negative vibes, you realize that Peace lies within you.

While I was at my parents' place for two weeks, I finished off a bag of rice and probably even consumed all the fishes of the river Brahmaputra πŸ˜‹ Even though my parents eat all boiled stuff and hardly use oil or salt, I still ended up adding 2 inches to my waist πŸ˜… Now that I am back, I can resume my experiments with different Smoothies.

Avocado, Banana, Blueberry Smoothie

Half Avocado, a Banana and a handful of blueberries.
It's a very simple recipe, take the ingredients and blend it in a blender. Delicious healthy drink ready!!

Kiwi, Peach and Blueberry Smoothie

One Peach, one Kiwi and a handful of Blueberries. You can add honey if you find the smoothie too sour.

Beetroot and Celery Juice, with a slice of Ginger

One Beetroot, two Celery sticks and a small piece if Ginger

This totally looks like a Vampire's drink. I loved the zing that ginger added to the drink.

Kale and Celery Juice

7 Curly Kale leaves (you can use any variety), two Celery Sticks and Ginger for taste

For juicing, I used a Breville Juicer and used the waste fibre as manure for my plants. 

Plain Kale shots and Beetroot Juice

This is how I started my Sunday morning. With shots of plain Kale and a drink of Beetroot.

These drinks are extremely easy to prepare, and you can make them in a jiffy. With a glass of nutrition in your hands ... Cheers!! 🍹

10 points to Gryffindor!!

Aloha!! After a three week hiatus, I am back in business!! 

Does the title make you wonder what this post is going to be all about? Well, by the end of the post you will be ready to bestow even your points on this Gryffindor!! And probably I will give you 10 points if you manage to read it all. 

Long post ahead  (Words 1347) :D

1) The 28 year old educated fish-seller that my mom introduced me to one morning, was fun to talk to until he queried about my husband's religion. "Buddhist", I replied, a little surprised by the question. 
"Do the women not apply sindoor in his household". Ahh, my barren forehead must have piqued his curiosity (I don't use vermilion). I didn't reply, but simply hoped that this was the end of our conversation. But you see, people try so hard to prove themselves the pioneer of culture and tradition. What followed next was an impromptu talk on how my husband should be the most important person in my life (equating him to a God like status) and that he should always be my first priority. I have no idea why this young unmarried man bothered to educate me on relationships.
I didn't answer. I wasn't offended. Just sad that the ideology of 'Pati Parmeshar' still exists in my hometown. Meri qualifications gayi tel lene.πŸ™€ 

2) The first few days of my holidays(!?!) were spend outside Doctor's chamber - waiting. When I say waiting, it's not just a simple 2 syllable word. Stretch it to 3 hours, for every visit. But that's not a problem, I saw a number of emergency cases ushered in, which the doctor had to immediately attend to, so the delay is quite understandable. What bothered us all was the nauseating smell of urine in the waiting area. And it was a private hospital too. By the end of 3 hours I had already developed symptoms of migraine.

3) When you are living in a 7 member household without a dishwasher, you get to spend half of your lifetime in the kitchen. Whenever I visit home, I make sure that no one gets to do the dishes. It is my forte... the only thing I can do without causing a major disaster. It's another thing that I broke a cup while laughing at some joke my Mausi cracked. This time thankfully I didn't cut myself. Many stories have been told, many smiles shared and many more life lessons imparted over the sink, while cleaning dirty dishes and chopping vegetables. πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

4) My Mom and Dad are behaving like teenage kids, rebelling against the likes of me, who are trying to take care of them. They just don't listen. πŸ™ˆ

"Will you please put that shovel down, this is not a time to weed out the grass"
"We have a washing machine, you don't have to wash clothes by hand"
"There is no need to mop the kitchen again"
"Please switch off the TV . It's your bed time."
"No need to sweep the whole front yard for just one fallen leaf"
"Noooo... Don't lift that bucket"

That's me, chasing after my parents, spying and catching them doing anything forbidden.

A month ago, my Dad went through a second Angioplasty procedure and few weeks before that, my Mom had a major surgery done on her abdomen, with stitches so ghastly that it still chills me to the bone. 

5) I went home to give my parents a helping hand, but Destiny played some twisted joke on me. On the 5th day, while playing badminton with my cousin, I sprained my ankle. 

My Mom jumped into the kitchen to make some Turmeric milk, lifting buckets filled with boiling salted water and dad went in to the task of finding a bandage and volini spray. I could barely walk the first two days, but by the third day, I was back to chasing my parents around the house. It had been years since I had felt like a hostel monitor.

6) When the demonetization happened, I was in India. Being a typical middle class family, our money isn't just stored in wallets. A random Rs 500 or Rs 1000 note would be tucked between files or in the corner of a suitcase. Sometimes they even find their way to shiny tiffin boxes that Mom calls her piggy bank, safely stored in locked iron trunks. So when the notes where made redundant, the Hati Boruah household spent the next few days treasure hunting the old currency notes. With the ATMs closed and shockingly long queues outside the bank, it's another story how I gathered enough cash to travel back to Sydney. BTW, I totally support the move :D

The bank wasn't even opened yet, but the man at the front had started queuing since 7 am. This line itself was about a km long I was told. That's my Dad, laughing at the ridiculously long queue :P

7) In this mayhem, after I bid farewell to my family and was ready to board a plane to Kolkata, the flight got cancelled. A whole heap of permutation and combinations were running through my head while I waited at the Jorhat Airport counter, trying to determine the next course of action. My flight to Sydney was on the next day from Kolkata and Jorhat has only one outgoing flight each day. If that too gets cancelled then I was screwed ✈. Jetairways allowed me to take a flight from Guwahati to Kolkata the next afternoon. Luckily my flight to Sydney was at midnight. One minute I was at the airport queue, getting a printout of the ticket, the other minute I was running to the bus depot, to buy a bus ticket to Guwahati. 

An 8 hour overnight bus ride - motion sickness gripped me after a decade. My ever so thoughtful mom had packed few polythene bags which I used indiscriminately. The roads didn't let me sleep, my neck dangled left to right, synchronizing with the movements of the bus. And even if I managed to catch a wink, I was woken up by the impact of my forehead against the window pane. 
From Guwahati I took a flight to Kolkata and only then did I heaved a sigh of relief.

8) JetAirways was quite considerate to refund my whole trip. But at the counter, the staff offered me the old Rs 1000 notes. Never have I ever refused money so vehemently. Authorizing a friend to collect the money, I took my flight to Sydney, but not before I gobbled down this awesome looking Masala Dosa at Mani Square Mall (Kolkata).

10) After 54 hours of travel, I slept on a bed in Sydney. I could feel, with intense emotion, every letter of the word GRATITUDE. πŸ˜ƒ

Now be a Dumbledore and give 10 points to Gryffindor - for being bold, brave and defying all odds :D 

What's up at your end?

Hook knee in the Armpit !!

"Hook knee in the Armpit, then sit on your triceps".

She calmly said while effortlessly resting the weight of the body on her slender arms. I was lost at armpit of course. My palms were resting by my feet, in a strange needle-the-thread position, and I could not freaking figure out how the knee was supposed to hook inside the armpit. Like is it even anatomically possible? Well, obviously it was, if your body is made of natural rubber. Since mine wasn't, I decided to load the weight on the triceps and pleaded the elbow to be a bit more adjusting.

Instead of the hybrid Fire Crow arm balance that I actually wanted to do, I just ended up doing a Bakasana (crow pose)

handstand quotes - yoga handstands - strong

And that is how most of my Friday evenings look like.

Ever since I turned 30, my metabolism seems to have slowed down ... like sloth slow, so much that even a whiff of pastry shrinks my jeans (yeah I would like to think that's the case). And since Fridays mean lunch outings, consuming greasy and tasty stuffs, I run out of calories to consume by the time the sun is about to set. Or so says MyFitnessPal calculator. That means, if I even want to eat an avocado, I would have to burn some calories off ... 322 to be precise :P 

Inspired by Rachna, since September I have been keeping a track of my daily meals on MyFitnessPal, which also includes water and exercise. I am finding it extremely helpful to maintain the consumption of calories. You would be surprised by the amount of sodium and cholesterol some of the food items contain.

Remember how I had a hard time trying to maintain a backbend because my palms kept sweating and slipping? Well, I bought these really cool inexpensive Yoga gloves and socks and tested them last Friday. They are pretty awesome :D Yayyy!!

anti slip yoga gloves

I can now get a good grip on the wooden floor while doing Chakrasana (Wheel Pose), without collapsing on my shoulders, or do a Bakasana without the fear of face planting (which I do a lot :P )

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