Friday, January 30, 2009

Holidays in India

There were only two things I did back home, eat and shop. That's pretty much all I did. I bought two very pretty salwar sets for my birthday at Naiha (things in India are becoming very expensive these days). I was hogging so much fast food, that I fell sick the second day (what else one can expect if a small person like me eats one whole pizza, ice cream, a north Indian meal, vada, coke and badam (almond) milk all in one day?). I got food poisoning. It was really bad and on top of it my wisdom tooth started to ache. So I had to get it extracted. I was put on a bland diet for a week. That was no fun. But it's home and all that is okay.

This time I had a very quiet birthday. I just went to the temple and then for a nice dinner with my family. It’s been 3 years since I finished college and yet all my friends wished me on my birthday. It felt really good. I always feel I'm gifted when it comes to family and friends.

Since I fell sick, all my holiday trips were cancelled. But I visited many temples in Trichy, Srirangam, Samayapuram, and Veeraganoor. I love going to temples.

This is a picture of my favorite elephant. Each time I go, I take picture of him (or her, I don’t know). I love elephants (now u know why I like temples).

This is the picture of our family deity Aayanaar in Veeraganoor. It’s a small village. My dad used to say that he is a very powerful god. We always make sure that we visit the temple at least once in 2 months. In the picture u can see many horses, people who come here offer these mud horses to God as a token of thanks. I still remember, when I was ten years old there were only 4 or 5 horses, now there are countless. All four sides of the temple are surrounded with horses.

I have some more pictures of other temples. Check them out here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Returning to India

It was one of the happiest days of my life (actually most days are like that), I'm going home after seven months. This is the longest that I've stayed away from my family. It’s time to say hello to my country. Indiaaaaaaaaaa, here I come! I was supposed to book my tickets with Jet airways but I couldn’t. So I finally booked my tickets with Air India Express. The flight was an airbus, really small and a little smelly (believe me it was)! And what’s with the air-hostesses? They're not at all friendly. My flight from Singapore goes to Trichy and then to Chennai.

Most of the passengers were from villages near Trichy so they didn’t understand English or Hindi and the air-hostesses were quite mean to them (except one lady, I don’t remember her name, she was really sweet). There was one very, very arrogant lady. She spoke with a really high pitch (she reminds me of my annoying mess supervisor at PSG college). And the food ( which usually makes me forget other issues) on the flight, consisted of 'jeera' rice, potato gravy, cake, tea and apple juice (yuck! I had apple juice). It tasted ‘okay’. I took a really cool picture of the clouds.

The beautiful clouds from the plane. It's like floating on a bed of cotton or being in heaven.

Oh, I forgot to mention something. The security check. Oh my god! They took nearly 4 hours to check all the baggage. This is the first time they even checked laptops with a strange machine. They used a piece of paper dipped in some liquid and rubbed it all over the laptop. Security was very high in Trichy and Chennai. It's all because of the terror attacks in Mumbai.

I finally landed in India and it felt so good, I have no words to explain the feeling. I missed the Chennai traffic, smoke, pollution, stray dogs, roadside fast food, cinema halls and of course my family and friends. I was glad to be back and my holidays were really good. More in my next post.

Until then, bye.

About Me

Hi everyone! I'm Sivani. Welcome to my blog, Lion City Days. I'm from a small town in Tamil Nadu, India. I did my under graduation at PSG Tech, Coimbatore. Now I am in Singapore to do my Post graduation in design. It’s been nearly 10 months since I've come to Singapore. For the first few months I was quite lonely, but I enjoyed the quiet. Now my life is rocking, not a minute alone. Too many friends you see.

Do you wonder how it happened? It’s very simple, actually nothing about me changed every since I came here. I adapted to this environment. As I started doing it, life turned out pretty good. I actually didn’t make any sacrifices, didn’t lie, and the best part is I didn’t try to act like someone I'm not. I am a very simple person, who doesn’t have much interest in clubbing, high heels and revealing clothes. On the contrary, I love to going for mid night walks, watch the sky with all its twinkling stars, listen to romantic songs with the volume really loud and get drenched in the rains.

I've learned one thing in life, never expect anyone or anything to be the way you want. Just live each and every moment fully, everyone’s life is gifted by GOD, it's just that not too may people bother to open their gifts.

Let me tell you about my blog. I am trying to update all the good and adventurous days that I'm enjoying in Singapore. I will really appreciate your comments and would love to hear about your adventures too. So let's make this blog our place to paint all our good memories and capture moments we experience everyday.