Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Day in a box!

The beautifully ornamented box in the above click is for storing betel nuts (vakkalu), which my mom got today! :D

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Day 74:..simple beauty

It was one of those busy days, when the day passed by without my notice. Late night, I got my camera and walked around our house for some shots. Here is a beautiful wooden vase in our living room.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Day 73:..a thoughtful gift

A simple thought is worth a million gifts. Yesterday, I met two lovely blogger friends - Arundati & Nandita and they gave me a beautiful notebook with the two small miniature dolls as my wedding gift!. Thank you ladies and hope to see you again next week.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Day 72: Jab we met...

It is always fun to meet & 'see' the faces behind your favorite blogs! Arundati, Nandita and myself met at Coffee Day in Banjara Hills today. It was all fun and laughter and one of best one-hours spent :) :)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Day 71:..we have been honored..

I was skimming through our showcase (in hall) for something and found these, kept side-be-side. the one on the left is mine and on the right is my sister's. My mum & dad are proud parents for two 'Best Students' in the school. ;).

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Day chutney ever!

There is a reason why it is commonly said that - 'Mom's cooking is the best!'. Yesterday, she made this amazing chutney with coconut & raw mango. OMG! with hot rice and a dollop of ghee, I was in pure heaven. She was all happy-happy when I took this pic and said I will post it on my blog!. Love you mom.

Coconut Mango Chutney

1/2 fresh coconut, cut into small pieces
1/2 raw mango, cut into small pieces
8 green chillies
curry leaves
salt - to taste
usual tadka mix - urad, jeera, mustard seeds, hing

Grind - coconut pieces, mango, salt, turmeric and green chillies until chutney-like consistency. Heat oil, fry  tadka ingredients with curry leaves until brown. Mix into chutney.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Day saree

.. on the top is my wedding saree :)..which took us approx 4-5 hours to choose.! phew.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Day 68:..saree from my MIL

..this elegant cream with maroon border Pochampally saree is gifted by my MIL @ tambulalu ceremony. :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Day 67:..lovely gift from my friend G

Remember my dearest roomie G who made these yummy recipes before? She gifted me this saree for my wedding :) Isn't it beautiful! :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Day 63:..officially engaged!!

'Tambulalu' ceremony between both the families happened back home today in some of our close relatives presence. Once this is done, both parties can start inviting and give away marriage invitation cards to everybody. :)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Day 61:..Happy Ugadi

Vikruti Nama Samvatsara Ugadi Subhakanshalu to all of you. May the upcoming year bring lots of joy and happiness into your lives & all your wishes come true.

Above is small idol of Lord Venkateshwara, which I always keep near my computer monitor @ work. :)

Day 60:..ahem ahem...bridal shower!!

I love TODAY!..So many wonderful people around me made it truly memorable - First thing in the morning, I logged into my gmail and I see my lovely blogger friends congratulating me on my post. Then, in the afternoon, my office colleagues gave this surprise bridal shower. :). To be really honest with you, it took me a minute to register what was happening. When I read the words 'Bridal Shower', I was like - W.O.W it is really happening! I AM indeed getting married.. hehe.. I know that sounds funny, but you get what I am trying to say.

They also gave me this lovely card, signed by almost everybody in the office! Thanks guys for everything. See that is why I said before - that I am gonna cry when I leave this office!

Today, I also complete 2 months of everyday photo blogging. yeh!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Day new fun addiction..

Thanks to my would-be-SIL, I am addicted to Farmville now. It is a fun way to spend time doing some - 'virtual gardening' ;)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Day 58: working on a weekend

It sucks to go to work on a weekend. But this warm and hearty 'Thai Curry Soup' @ Au Bon Pain made my day...and Oooooh!, I fell in love with lemongrass..again! it tasted so good, when I dipped small bites of 'Rosemary Focacia' bread in it. yummy!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Day 57:..a book that made me cry

Can you imagine a 26 yr old, crying non-stop reading a book. Yup, that is me and the book is 'The Last Song' by Nicholas Sparks. Should I be ashamed of myself ? Does it every happen to you too? I promise, I tried so hard not to. But I did, it was so difficult not feel the same emotions as the characters do. You know, I do that while watching a movie too. S always feels so embarassed every single time, but it is so hard to control. Any tips for me???

Friday, March 12, 2010

Day 56: all time favorite author

He is my all-time favourite author. If I were in a bad mood or need some humor in life, I would just read a short story about Bertie and Jeeves. There is no way that I wouldn't LOL!..I have read almost all of PG Woodehouse books and 'Thank you Jeeves' is my latest one. As always, it was thoroughly enjoyable.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Day 55:..awful lunch..@ a lovely place

With my boss M, today we headed to a place called 'International Square' in DC for lunch. The best part was this beautiful huge fountain which is right in the middle with couple of eateries around it.

..but it was a nightmarish dosa that ruined my day. Just to experiment, I took a 'Falafel Dosa' and it was awful. I still wonder why I ended up choosing that out of so many options available. I mean the batter was stinky with oily falafel in the middle. So, I threw the whole thing, drank some coke while watching this fountain. The only thing missing was a book in hand.

I would love to go there again, but this time stick to my usual 'known lunch menu' :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Day 54: ..lovely gift..

A very very dear friend and office colleague of mine P gifted me this watch and perfume bottle today as my M-gift. I will surely miss them all and am gonna definitely cry the day I leave this office. Everybody here are such nice and wonderful people that I am truly blessed to be there from past 2 years!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Day 53:..its lunch time..

Place: Corner Bakery Cafe (website) ,Washington DC.

Time: 12:30 PM, Lunch sometimes Breakfast.

 I love their goodies too.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Day 52:..spring is almost there :) feels like Spring has already arrived here on east coast with temperatures upto 60-65 F...and hence this new springy green color lunch bag of mine :)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Day 51: Fruits and Yogurt

..(Fruits + Yogurt) is a combo made-in-heaven. I love it the brand , 'Wallaby Organic Yogurt'. the fun part is the fruit is at the bottom, hence the name - Peach Passion, down under ;).. this is the yummiest, hands-down and above in the pic is my this week's supply!.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Day 50:..a bus I take everyday!

..after a 30 minute metro ride, the next I take to reach home is a 15 min bus ride. The best part it is always on time, unlike its other counterpart (2B) ;)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Day 49: WHBH 2

It is absolutely amazing how much stuff we buy back home for marriage prep. Below are a couple of glimpses..:)



Photo taken by: my sis, S

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Day 48: WHBH 1

It sucks to be so far away, especially when you have your M-day is coming up. Mum, Dad & Sis are very busy with the preparations and every day I pester them to fill me up with things happening, hence the tag What's Happening Back Home (WHBH). you see, I don't wanna miss a thing. ;) the other day, I told my mom & sis about this project and begged her to take some pics and send it to me on a regular-basis. plan is to put them up here, so when I look back, I have all my memories in-tact, in-order. is the first one my mum sis sent a new chandlier which we bought yesterday for our living room.



I love the design. looks so beautiful! Isn't it.


Photo taken by: my sis, S

Day 47:..a 'pass'age to metro

..remember how we had little passes in our RTC busses back home, SmartTrip is like metro-pass here in DC. Even NYC metro has something similar - MetroCard I think!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Day 46: just an another day.. was just an another busy day at work and when I came back home, the latest edition of Vegetarian Times was waiting at my doorstep. It is always fun to get some lovely ideas from such magazines and the feature I love the most is - an ingredients, prepared 5 different ways. this time the veggie is Cabbage
..and the 5 recipes featured are -

1. Red Cabbage Salad with Pears and Walnuts
2. Cabbage Casserole with Leeks, Ricotta and Pine nuts
3. Cabbage Calzones
4. Hot and Sour Napa Cabbage
5. Egg noodles with Cabbage and Chard