September was flawsome yet awesome–a nice mixed month with fulfilling work in progress, connections with wonderful people, travel – some stress and the usual.
Besides work, I spent quite a bit of time offline hanging out with my friends, walking around our local market, enjoying conversations and much-needed sunshine! Because sometimes it is just good to shut everything and go outdoors!
I am working on my ongoing purging. I had set myself a deadline that seemed quite far away when I set it, but now, I see it looming pretty close. December is just around the corner, no? So I’ll have to buck up and accelerate my efforts. But it is so distracting when other things have to be dealt with.
Still, I don’t see myself sacrificing time with close friends to, of all things, declutter, right? I started following the “dust if I must” principle years ago and with excellent reason. I am flawsome like that!
Happy birthday to me!
September saw me turning a year wiser and reminding myself to enjoy the little things even as we stress over some pretty serious stuff. Still, a birthday is always a good reminder to look after myself better and make those wonderful resolutions that I usually try my best to keep. Sometimes I am sincere, sometimes I am not. What to do? I am only 24.
It was a lovely occasion to chat with so many friends who called to wish me.
This month brought one of my favorite annual events which took me to Delhi. The schedule was pretty tight with the conference starting soon after I arrived and continuing until it was time to leave. It was a fantastic event with influential speakers and useful panel discussions.
Still, I managed my nostalgic walk around Connaught Place and Janpath before leaving for the airport. I also met a close friend after almost nine years, who arrived with a bag of books. Super, right? The plan was to go out in the evening for dinner, but the way things went, we decided to stay in, put our feet up and talk, talk, talk. Then we had dinner and walked out only for a lovely sundae. So wise!
When I worked a corporate job, the head offices of the organizations I was with were all in or around Delhi and that meant sales conferences every quarter. Always a rushed trip—but somehow we managed our pilgrimage around CP and Janpath. So, it was a bit of luck that the hotel I stayed in was in CP this time. All in all, a lovely trip for which I am so grateful!
But of course, the trip had its share of freaking out! I almost missed my flight, thanks to a massive traffic jam that did not let us move. My Google maps showed that I’d arrive at the airport at 3.20 for my 3.50 flight—which is cutting it close by any standards. Well I did arrive at 3.20 – and feeling grateful that I’d made my boarding pass at home, ran all the way to security.
There, I had to open my suitcase as their scanner had caught a tiny pair of scissors. Well, I took it out, handed it over and continued my run to my gate, which closed just as I reached it. But kudos to the kind Indigo team that let me through and put me on the commuter bus to the aircraft.
Kindness of strangers
I think I started breathing normally only after I rolled up the ramp to enter the plane. I just had to stop. The staff that greeted me immediately gave me a cup of water, took my boarding pass and suitcase and led me to my seat. How sweet, right? I hoisted my suitcase on to the baggage rack and settled down in my seat.
And it was only then that I realized I had meant to check in my suitcase. Ah well. All’s well that ends well! I spent the next two and a half hours smiling and musing and trying to read. I felt grateful. You know, I just hate to run but I couldn’t help feeling thankful that I was in good shape! Never skip your exercise—you never know when it pays off!
Friends are the best
I wrapped up September by attending Damyanti Biswas’s book signing event at Blossom Book House, one of our iconic bookstores. Meant to drop by say hi and bye. When I got there, had the pleasantest surprise to see another close friend who turned out to be Damyanti’s classmate! I had just received my copy of You Beneath Your Skin and I got it signed!
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced book with its well-crafted characters, absolutely engaging story line around highly relevant topics, all presented through excellent writing. I will post a book review soon!
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And thus, we landed up at a coffee shop and settled down for a long evening filled with conversation and laughter. I think we could have simply gone on well past dinner, but we all had long commutes home, so reluctantly said bye-bye.
A wonderful evening, indeed! It is always great to meet someone you’ve known online for ten years and get along like you’ve known each other all your lives, right? Yup! I am especially fortunate to have met so many blogger friends from across the world!
When women have your back!
Finally, my gratitude goes to a wonderful group of women dedicated to supporting one another. Imagine having a fabulous community exclusively for women, where you can learn, connect, engage and grow!
How did September pan out for you?
What plans for October?
For those interested in my birthday advice, I have this to say. Go ahead, pin it!
Welcome to September 2019’s Gratitude Circle blog hop.
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It’s always so much fun to read about your travels sis. Makes me not-so-afraid to travel myself! Sounds like you had an enjoyable birthday!
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Isn’t it great to have friends like that! Ones that you haven’t seen in years almost a decade and can just pick up where you left off and talk the night away?! I have that with a few of my friends where I know it doesn’t matter how much time has passed I know when we see each other again it’s like picking up and just talking for hours. I’m glad you had a great birthday weekend!
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Oh gosh! that must have been some running. glad you made it. what happened to the luggage? But I agree about the kindness people show. I have seen that most people help. 🙂 I also have a lot of memories from Janpath and CP. I love walking on that street. What a coincidence that in August, I was also in CP and met a school friend after 20 years 🙂
Hugs, Vidya! I wish you a happy October.
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That is so great that you got to catch up with friends even though your schedule was so busy! I’m glad you were able to make your flight, despite the traffic and security issue! Happy Belated Birthday as well!
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Oh I love the title of this post a lot- it made me smile so much.
Sorry to hear about your troubles in making it to the airport but am so glad you did manage to catch your flight. I would have really loved to meet up with you-thank you for thinking of me. I hope your walk around CP was good fun-many interesting sights there for sure.
Superb to see you met Damyanti- she is such a warm and loving person. I am hoping to get my copy signed by her too when she is next in Gurgaon for the launch
That sundae looks decadent and very well deserved- hope it was from Nirula’s. I can eat like 10 of them in one go and no this is not an empty boast 😉
Hope you have a fun filled October ahead Vidya 🙂
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Happy birthday Vidya:) wishing you many more years filled with happiness and joy, glad to read your post on travel, friends, experiences and kindness of strangers. Lovely pictures and inspiring words.. Thanks for sharing
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I love that phrase! “Flawsome but awesome” and September definitely was just that. It also flew by so fast! I’m so glad you had a great birthday too. And the Lady Bloggers group just made it all the more better!
Hi Vidya! Happy belated birthday and I’m glad it was enjoyable. Haha I know the exact feeling when you almost miss a flight. It was about 2 or 3 years ago and me my mom and husband got at the airport a bit late and we had to run. We were super exhausted! 😂 Luckily we had people along the way helping us super fast so that was the best part❤
Happy birthday Vidya ji Thank you for writing such a great post
My Belated birthday wishes. I am glad you caught the flight at the right time. Have a great October Vidya.
24? You’ll always be the sweetest 16 for me <3
Missing a flight is my greatest peeve! I once ran all across Dubai airport because they changed my gate at the last minute. It was like a movie scene where I was was yelling when the gate was just about to close. Gosh, just thinking of it gives me goosebumps!
I so wanted to be at Damyanti's event, but I was suffering from migraine on both days! I could have met you too 🙁
September was kinder than August for me, but October seems to be killing me. Hoping to survive.
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