Not Exactly As Planned

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Allen Saunders and the whole bunch of people who are credited with saying this, knew what he was talking about.  My week was not exactly as planned, but sometimes, I enjoy letting life sweep me away in its wake; it is much easier to do that and savor the happiness than resist. Also, I love surprises, the element of the unknown.

We had a mid-week break, with August 15 and 16 being holidays. August 15 was Independence Day – India turned 66 and August 16 was Varalakshmi Vratam, a religious festival that is widely celebrated in South India. So lots of family time together. We wrapped up the week by going out for dinner yesterday!

It has been raining almost all week and we ushered in the week with a few unplanned personal showers. Quite refreshing, since the sun always made it a point to follow right after! There’s a life lesson there, eh?

One day, while returning home by the bus, there was a roadblock on the regular route and the traffic was diverted. The alternate route took us far from home and we got off at the nearest stop and walked home. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon. I wonder if you remember a photo I posted in a recent post, of a tree with purple flowers? Well I returned home via that street and was stunned to see the change in the hues.

not exactly as planned

Here is the photo I had posted earlier. Take a look.

taking one day at a time flowers

Isn’t it pretty? Soon these flowers will be gone. It will be time for the tree to rest, rejuvenate and bloom again in a few months. As I walked along the sidewalk, I looked up to see the sun shining through the branches of another tree with beautiful brilliant blue flowers. My photo does not do it justice!

Vidya Sury not exactly as planned

Look at this – it literally felt as if the sun told me to just relax and enjoy the moment. I listened. I did.

Vidya Sury Not exactly as planned

Here’s a street side temple I see every day. Somebody cleans that little room with the tin roof and grilled gate, lights a lamp for the deity and also ensures the surroundings are clean. You see the trident? It is washed every day and covered in turmeric followed by the red vermillion dots. Lemons are impaled on the sharp tips on Fridays. See the design in front? That is done afresh each day. I enjoy seeing this almost every day, just to see the new one.

Vidya Sury Not exactly as planned temple

This prominent sign en route makes me feel sad. My own red helmet sits on the top of my shoe shelf, and has been there for months now. I fondly dust it every other day. I still can’t ride my scooter as my ankle isn’t healed yet. It will be a while, too. Sigh. The ankle has been giving me hell alright with sleepless nights. I visited the doc and now have to get an ultrasound scan, whose report will decide what to do next since medication alone isn’t helping.

Vidya Sury helmet

Oh well. Let’s look at the bright side. I get to see delightful sights like these when I take the bus. There was this young girl sitting with her arms outstretched so the design made of henna could dry. I tell you, I felt nervous as more and more people boarded the bus and I started praying her beautiful hands should be undisturbed. And then it started to rain. Arrgh. The wise girl simply got off at the stop, unperturbed and waited for the rain to stop. Did you notice the colorful stones embellishing the design? When I asked her if I may take a picture, she looked up and smiled at me prettily.

VIdya Sury bus mehendi

Another event that was not exactly as planned was this one: go ahead, click the photo! Yep. My blog, Coffee With Mi was declared the Winner in the Literature and Personal – Memoirs category in the 2013 Indian Blogger Awards conducted by Indiblogger.in, India’s largest blogger network. What a pleasant surprise this was! Of course I am thrilled.

Coffee With Mi Vidya Sury

And that is how my week went.

How did yours go?

Did you enjoy a memorabale moment?

I am linking up with the fabulous Unknown Mami for Sundays In My City so we can travel the world together!

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  • Reply
    Eva Gallant
    August 19, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Vidya, your photos are lovely. Thanks for sharing them. It had been a while since I’d visited; hope you’ll stop by, also.
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    Philip V Ariel
    August 19, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Hi Vidya,
    Happy to be the first commentor.
    We quite often neglect or un-notice the changes taking places in nature as well in our surroundings. Well captured pics to show the changes in plants. Recently I too posted few pics when I noticed a wonderful changes taking place in nature especially in trees and plants. under the title: See the changes taking place in trees:
    Have a good and wonderful day
    Best Regards
    Keep inform
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      Vidya Sury
      August 26, 2013 at 8:42 am

      Thank you Philip! Yay! for being the first! I like how you put it “un-notice the changes”! It is the truth. We allow our minds to get clouded by trivial things that are transient. Nothing like being in nature to cheer us up!
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    Star Traci
    August 19, 2013 at 7:58 am

    I love that quote –it’s basically my mantra for my blog. I’m glad that the walk became something special, though it’s amazing how quickly the plants change, isn’t it.
    The photo of the henna tattoo is fabulous and I am so happy to hear that your blog is being honored.
    Have a great week!

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      Vidya Sury
      August 19, 2013 at 8:40 am

      🙂 I love to visit your SIMC posts, Traci. By the way, that henna is not a tattoo. 😀 It is drawn manually – with an icing cone filled with the henna paste. The guys who do it are fantastic and take around 2-3 hours. The speed at which they work is amazing.

      You have a fab week too!
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    Christy Garrett @ Uplifting Families
    August 19, 2013 at 8:49 am

    The photos that you shared are beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations on the award on your other blog.
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    Cathy Taughinbaugh
    August 19, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Hi Vidya,

    Love your pictures. The flowered tree is beautiful. Congrats on your award. Well deserved!
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    August 19, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Congratulations on the award!! You totally totally deserve it! 🙂

    And yea, I miss my Honda Activa too.. I miss the joys of riding it around Bangalore!
    Sigh!! I’ve been nostalgic all day and you brought back some beautiful memories!! 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      August 26, 2013 at 8:50 am

      Hema, thank you! I feel very sad to see my scooter sitting in my garage. But I am not sure I want to ride it any more – the traffic is quite horrible!

      Why do you miss yours? Don’t you have it any more?

      Hugs! 😀
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    Corinne Rodrigues
    August 19, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Oh yes, I love how life presents us with wonderful surprises when we are open to taking things as they come.

    The purple bougainvillea was grafted with an orange one? Both pictures look lovely! And hennaed hands – what fantastic work that is. What guts to get on a bus with that though, knowing our buses!

    I’m sorry to hear about your ankle still giving trouble, Vidya. Physio doesn’t help? I do hope it heals fast.
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      Vidya Sury
      August 26, 2013 at 8:52 am

      That bougainvillea looked different yesterday! More orange, and brighter purple right at the top! It is so stunning to look at!.

      You’ve no idea how nervous I was as the bus filled up and the girl sat in an aisle seat – you know everyone leans in on those who’re sitting. Urgh!

      I am hoping the ankle decides to heal quickly too! 🙂

      Thank you, Corinne!
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    August 19, 2013 at 10:12 am

    My husband is growing some lovely flowers and the other day he surprised us with some pretty lilies! Did you notice that parijaat trees are blooming these days. I just love those flowers. And congrats again on the award!
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      Vidya Sury
      August 26, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Oh yes, Rachna! I especially noticed the parijaat trees because there are a few on our way to the market – and I love how they perfume the air and carpet the ground. 😀 There’s a big story behind that flower, you know?

      Thank you – and I am so glad I can say same to you with the award!

      Love, Vidya
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        August 26, 2013 at 8:58 am

        No tell me the story behind parijaat flowers. I would love to know!
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          Vidya Sury
          August 26, 2013 at 9:23 am

          Rachna, make sure to make a new comment rather than reply to this one. It looks weird, so narrow. 😀 Here’s the story:

          🙂 So here’s the thing. Indian Mythology has it that the tree grew from Kunti’s ashes (mother of the Pandavas). The tree blooms at night and the flowers are shed in the day time because Kunti was rejected by Surya the sun god.

          Apparently, according to Wikipedia, there’s a place called Kintur near Barabanki, named after Kunti where this tree was first planted.

          Then there is another one, the more popular one: During the Amrit Manthan (you know where Shiva swallowed the poison and is therefore called “Neelkant because it is lodged in his throat), one of the treasures that came up with the pot of amrit is the Parijat tree. It was taken to heaven and graced Indra’s garden. One day, Narad Muni happened upon it, picked up some flowers and gifted them to Rukmini, Krishna’s wife in Dwaraka. Now, Satyabhama, who was also Krishna’s wife was jealous. She wanted the tree for herself and threw a tantrum with Krishna, who obliged. In the process he got into a war with Indra because the tree belonged to Indra’s wife, Sachi. Anyway, long story short, Krishna won the war and won the tree.

          Krishna, however, offered to let the tree be, but Indra was happy to give it. He didn’t feel bad about being defeated by Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu. So the tree was planted in Satyabhama’s garden. But Krishna, cleverly foreseeing that he would have to deal with Rukmini, smartly planted it on the border of his garden so that the tree would flower on both sides of the fence, thus making both women happy.

          I love mythology. Don’t you? Hugs!
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  • Reply
    August 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    What an interesting day you had Vidya. I hope your foot heals soon.
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      Vidya Sury
      August 26, 2013 at 8:56 am

      Thank you, Suzy. I’ve found that if I notice things around me, it is always an interesting day. 😀 I always notice.
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    Kalpana Solsi
    August 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Loved the changing hues of the flowers and the girl with the henna design. Congrats once again for the award. nice reading your post.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      August 26, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Thanks Kalpana! i am tempted to get that henna design done too…but it would disappear so soon. 😀
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    Fran Sorin
    August 19, 2013 at 4:19 pm


    I just went on a magical ‘walk/ride’ with you. As I read your words and gaze at the photos, I literally feel that I am presently in those places. That’s how powerful your thoughts are. So many wonderful photos – of course the tree- but the henna/be-jeweled hands? Magnificent!!xxoo-Fran
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      Vidya Sury
      August 26, 2013 at 8:59 am

      Fran, you should see that tree now. Brilliant purple at the top and deep orange lower down right up to the bottom. It is gorgeous!

      I saw bejeweled henna for the first time – though I admit she made me worry to death about getting off the bus with the design intact. 😀 It hadn’t dried yet!

      Hugs! I am glad you walk with me!
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    August 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Always love spending the day with you Vidya…that flowering tree was simply amazing and as for your award…richly deserved dear friend. Very richly deserved.

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    August 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Vidya,
    Yu never fail to surprise with your ingenuity.I like your knack of bringing home the with rare vividity the microcosm that surrounds you.The flowering trees,the natural settings,the lovely temple under a tree.This is the magnificent beauty of our country that we would have missed had it not been for your ubiquitous lense that captures and blends every “mini-gem” of a pic within the story you are telling.
    Quite often i have a feeling of deja vu reading your posts.
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      Vidya Sury
      August 26, 2013 at 9:24 am

      Mona, what a lovely thing to say! Deja vu makes for a true connection!

      Hugs and love. I so enjoy reading your comments!
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    Tina Downey
    August 19, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I love your sunny attitude! I’m sorry to hear about your ankle. I hope they can figure out how to heal you. We had a very relaxing weekend camping – I wrote all about it, and my youngest, 13, wrote part of the post!
    Tina @ Life is Good
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      Vidya Sury
      August 26, 2013 at 9:29 am

      Tina, I loved that post! And the next one. 🙂 I pamper myself by receiving my favorite bloggers’ posts via email. I’ve never gone camping, you know, though I do know I’ll love it.

      Vidya Sury recently posted…Walking On Sunshine

  • Reply
    August 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    This post cheered me up!. Thanks Vidya.
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    August 19, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Very nice one…This independence day week end was really cool and long to spend some time with my family…real freedom
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      Vidya Sury
      August 26, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Thank you, Santanu! I love long weekends too. Sometimes we plan a lot of things, then end up simply enjoying the time together.
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    Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs
    August 19, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Congratulations on your much-deserved win in the Indian Blogger Awards! ♥
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    August 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    congratulations on your win in IBA, Vidya 🙂 some wonderful photographs. I like nature so the first four were very attractive to me.
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    Kaarina Dillabough
    August 20, 2013 at 12:55 am

    HUGE congratulations my friend: well deserved. And you have such an eye for the beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Cheers! Kaarina
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    My Inner Chick
    August 20, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Ahhhhhh, the lilac bush warms me 🙂

    And the henna on the woman’s arm is STUNNING. I want to do this on my feet!

    Love you more than lilacs and henna on my feet Xxxx
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    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      August 26, 2013 at 9:41 am

      It will look lovely on your feet, Kim! There are designs that depict scenes from stories, you know?

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    Rhonda @Laugh Quotes
    August 20, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Congrats on the award for the other blog. It is wonderful that you can hear the peaceful messages from nature and actually take time to listen and enjoy them. Thanks for sharing the henna photos as well. Just lovely, I hope she made it home with a blemish.
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      Vidya Sury
      August 26, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Thanks, Rhonda! I hope she made it to her destination safely, too! 😀

      If the face of the cake were missing in my house, it would not be a mystery 😀 The entire top layer would be missing!

      Loved your post, Rhonda!
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    August 20, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Once again congrats Vidya on winning the Indiblogger contest! Yeah!!

    I hope your ankle heals, sending you healing vibes. Hugs!
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      Vidya Sury
      August 26, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Thank you, Ruchira, for your kind words. 🙂 Thank you for the healing vibes. I often find that friends’ wishes and prayer solves most issues for me.
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    Gita sharma
    August 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    hai, congrats it is a great feeling to be recognised for what you do.
    ishall att my pics in your mail .I am still learning all this stuff am not used to blogging/uploading pics etc.I do have a collection of plants and pics of flowers in my garden.I live in Hyderabad and fond of plants /and gardening I have limited space & and end up buying plants thatI like & the outcome my garden is not very organised.Where do you stay in Chennai I would love to meet you next time I visit I usually stay at T nagar at my cousins place I am a tamiliianbut lived in Hyd almost all my life.ihave lived inManhattan N.Y./Ahmedabad /& now back in Hyd.
    About myself I shall write more in your mail.
    I luv gathering smiles, have a fun filled day.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      August 20, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Hi Gita! :-)How lovely to hear about your plants! By the way, I live in Bangalore, so next time you visit Bangalore, you are welcome home. Do you know Pattu in Hyderabad? She is an avid gardener and a lovely person. You’ll find her comment here if you scroll down/up.

      I look forward to your email! Have a wonderful day! Love, Vidya
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    August 20, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    First of all, congratulations on winning the IBA awards. You deserve it. 🙂

    And for these tiny beautiful moments which otherwise go unnoticed, are actually a treat to the eyes. I enjoy them too. 🙂

    Do take care of your ankle and I hope you recover soon.
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    August 20, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    all pretty clicks and pretty facts vidya like always
    Love the mehndi and loved those mehndied hands. I alwyas take mehndi pics. Hope u get well soon
    AND HEARTIEsT congos on IBA award
    enjoy the win

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      Vidya Sury
      August 26, 2013 at 9:49 am

      🙂 I am thinking of your sister’s wedding pics as I write this, Afshan! I can imagine how pretty henna would look on your hands!

      Thank you!
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    Betsy/Zen Mama
    August 20, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I always love your Sundays in Your City!! Beautiful pictures especially the Henna arms. I’m so sorry your ankle is not healing :(. And congratulations on your wonderful award! You’re amazing!

    Thanks for the link up!
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      Vidya Sury
      August 26, 2013 at 9:53 am

      🙂 Betsy, thank you! I am hoping the ankle heals too. My doc seems to think it need surgery. I am not happy about that.

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    Kajal Kapur
    August 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Those are some really nice pictures …and ya the henna hands were really pretty.

    Take good care of your ankle and I hope you get well soon.

    Congratulations on the IBA award…you sure do deserve it 🙂
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    August 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    wow… Vidya You have a way with life… You make it look so bright and warm..I think I have told this earlier also.. but this is exactly what I feel every time I read your posts… I cant agree more with you on the fact that life is not to be planned but savored..Congratulations for the award.. you so very well deserve it…So happy to know you!!!

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    August 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Life is a bunch of unexpected events. One of the beautiful characteristic of life is its unexpected presentation. I think we should be prepared for the unexpected not for the planned.
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      Vidya Sury
      August 26, 2013 at 9:55 am

      That I am, Steve, because more often than not, that’s what happens!

      Thank you for visiting!
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    August 23, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Wow! Her mehndi is amazing and I love the colored stones too! What a great idea! Very brave of her to take a bus under these circumstances!
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      Vidya Sury
      August 26, 2013 at 9:56 am

      I know, Roshni! Just hope she reached safe, and intact! 😀
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    Unknown Mami
    August 24, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Happy birthday to India! The design on that woman’s hands is just stunning.
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    August 24, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Lovely photos…a piece of art that mehndi! N m always amazed at the beauty God bestows upon us….the seasons change and each with its different colors doesn’t fail to mesmerize us 🙂
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    August 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Life may be full of surprises and still not change. I walk each morning now with my new grandson. As we go we study everything in detail each leaf and flower; he for the first time as his neurones grow and connect setting patterns for life, I hope. Yet, each year he will see the beauty of these flowers as if for the first time and marvel at their daily changes.

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      Vidya Sury
      August 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Don’t you just love that, Joe! I’ve enjoyed that with my son. In fact, he’s 15 now and still manages to see certain things with a new perspective, with no memory of having seen it when he was a toddler. It humbles me.

      Enjoy your grandson. Thank you so much for visiting. 🙂
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