Weekly Ramblings: What’s all the commotion about?

Hello blog fam!

How’ve you been? How was January?

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Well, the first month of 2018 wasn’t great for me. There were more lows than highs. But I’ve assured myself that I’m going to get back on track with a bang. *fingers crossed* I’m going to live my life in colour. With the exception of my clothing colour choice, which of course will be black. No surprises here.

Speaking of getting back on track, one thing that has helped me calm me down is my favourite corner at home.

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I light the candle, sit next to this table and just meditate. As much I’ve learnt to let go of people who have had a toxic effect on me, I’m learning to let go of self-doubt, low self-confidence and all the negative thoughts associated with myself. That’s the biggest step I’ve taken this year and it’s good to see I’m progressing.

Self-acceptance is so important. Loving yourself is so important and I’m learning to do that. And I firmly believe in Buddha and Buddha’s sayings. Hence my home sweet home is filled with Buddha statues as well. Keeps me calm and at peace. I want to know what keeps you calm and happy. Let me know in the comments below.

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Now let’s get to the fun part. Food! Last Monday my husband and I had lunch at ID, Satyam Cinemas multiplex and watched Padmavati. I had a Masala Dosai, which was no doubt good. But my favourite at ID is the Pesarattu and ginger chutney. I don’t find that on the menu anymore! 🙁 Second favourite is the Aapam with vegetable stew. Dining at ID is slightly expensive but it is the easiest lunch/dinner option when you have a movie to watch in the same multiplex.

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For more food pictures, you can check out Breakfast on the Run, my second Instagram account dedicated to food, fitness and photography. If you love makeup and ethnic fashion then this is the page for you.

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I generally don’t talk much about the books I read or my choice of books here. I believe each one has their own taste when it comes to books and while I may like a book, others may not. I agree it is the same with movies and makeup products as well. But somehow I love my books so much that it is something I keep to myself.

With all the changes I’m incorporating into my life, talking about books might be one of them. And I wanted to start with Shashi Taroor’s ‘Why I Am A Hindu. This book was gifted to me by VJ Eshwar. I’ve spoken about our meet here.

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Unfortunately I haven’t started reading the book since m husband wanted to read it first. Maybe I’ll talk about it in my next week’s ramblings. But I would like to know if me talking about books is something you would like to read.

 

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Last but not the least, since this blog is my space, I would like to give my two cents on Padmaavat. Apart from Ranveer Singh I honestly did not find the movie interesting. Yes, the larger than life sets, costumes are a given since it is a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film but why was the movie moving at snail’s pace? I felt a lot of scenes and songs were unnecessary and one can watch the movie just for Ranveer’s performance. And one more thing I wanted to talk about is how people are agitated over sati being glorified in the movie. Ermmmm, it is a periodic film that portrays what happened decades ago right? And sati was common then right? So what is all the commotion about? If you really think the movie is an example of misogyny, then take a look at each and every film that is released. Rape scenes, skimpily clad women, item numbers- what are these then? And these are part of films that are made about and in the 21st century. I still remember studying about sati and the sati abolition act in school and I feel it is something that helps us understand women empowerment better and shows us how far we’ve come. It makes me proud that we are kicking a**** and changing the system for the better. It reminds me that we have come a long way and we no longer follow such customs. When your child is reading a history textbook or watching a movie based on a historical event and is confused, help him understand that this is what happened in the past and we’ve come a long way. Remember, you are going back in time only for a few hours and not forever.

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What are your thoughts on all the controversy surrounding Padmaavat? Do you think any publicity is good publicity for the movie or is the hue and cry justified?

 

What are your plans for the weekend? I’m going to spend some quality time with my family. Famiglia first!