Here are Cee’s questions for the week.
Complete this sentence: I’m looking forward to….
I was going to say I am looking forward to spring. So Da and I don’t have to co-ordinate car parking in the driveway (we have a small driveway and we are not allowed to park on the street). So we don’t have to budget 10 mins for bundling up instead of just wearing flip flops and stepping out of the door. So I don’t have to jump through hoops for making curd/yogurt at home… But you know what, winter comes with its share of joys too. Yeah, I would happily give up the bitter cold weather any day but winter is also a time when we get more family time, relatively less chauffering around, and generally we are focused on getting through our daily routine without distractions. Every season, every phase, every age comes with its pros and cons. You can’t just have the rose without the thorns. So I am just happy to be in the now, soaking in what the present moment has to offer.
What is your favorite comfort snack food?
Tangy spicy Bhelpuri! I simply love love the contrasting and complimenting flavors. Not just snack, I could have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All day, every day. Ok, I am exaggerating but you get the drift, right?
What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?
In the US, I worked as a photocopier in my graduate school. I also worked as a weekend guard for an art classroom. I was so thrilled that I could earn a little something and pay for my train tickets. How much I wish that this was an option back home?
What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. I appreciated how much dance has enriched my life as I practiced yesterday. I know a lot of people think bharatanatyam is age bound, that you stop dancing after a certain age. It is one of the best things that you can do to build your physical strength and to stay mentally agile. It is the most intensive cardio workout and interval training that one could practice. Mentally, it is constantly challenging you. To build muscle memory, to embrace stillness in the midst of action, to keep all your senses alert, to internalize the repetitions and stay in control… truly, it’s a gift that keeps giving, especially when you do it for yourself.