Saturday, December 14, 2019

Three Heroes in My Life: People who Shaped My Life

A woman's success is significantly influenced by the men in her life, and the institution of marriage holds a major significance in shaping her journey, both positively and negatively. Choosing a good life partner becomes paramount for nurturing inner harmony and fostering professional growth. My dadpartner for thirty years, has always been my first hero, but in this blog, I would like to shed light on another remarkable hero in my life.

Pregnancy brings profound physical and emotional transformations in a woman's life, prompting her to recognize the invaluable presence of a supportive partner. The purpose of this post is not to boast about my own fortune, but to challenge the common misconception that men are incapable of providing genuine support and understanding. I, too, held such beliefs before marriage, but I want to assure women that there are men out there who truly love, care for their partners, and hold deep respect for women. While they may be rare, they do exist, and it is crucial for us to seek them out.

If you are a man reading this, I hope this post will inspire you to wholeheartedly support your pregnant wife. Understanding her anxieties and insecurities during this phase may be challenging, but the support you offer will be cherished for a lifetime.

Now, let's delve into the essence of this article.

As an expectant mother, I was overwhelmed with anxiety and self-doubt about the upcoming labor. However, having a supportive partner by my side transformed my fears into hope and optimism. My partner not only believed in my abilities but also encouraged me to pursue my dreams of writing a book, making movies, and raising our children to the best of my capabilities.

During my pregnancy, I experienced minimal morning sickness at first. However, as the second month approached, I was hit with constant nausea, often vomiting everything I consumed. In this exhausting time, my partner became my unwavering support system. He held my head while I was sick and took care of the aftermath.

His consistent love and support gave me the strength and motivation to navigate the challenges of pregnancy. Each day, I grew more confident in my ability to overcome any obstacles that came my way.

Throughout the ups and downs of pregnancy, my partner remained a steady and dependable presence in my life. His unwavering support and encouragement helped me conquer my fears and self-doubt, and I will forever be grateful for his enduring love and belief in me.

He never once asked me to cook dinner and always made sure I was well-fed, even when I had food cravings. When heartburn struck, he provided me with soothing juice to ease my discomfort.

As my pregnancy progressed, even simple tasks like cutting my nails became challenging. My partner willingly helped me, trimming my nails and never hesitating to reach my feet or tie my shoes.

He made it a point to accompany me to every maternity appointment, prioritizing them over his own work commitments. He always arranged pillows to ensure my comfort during back pain and even offered hot pack massages to relieve my discomfort.

With the hormonal changes during pregnancy, emotional control can be difficult. While I was fortunate not to experience major outbursts, I did have moments of unexplained weeping and crankiness. My partner accepted my peculiar behavior and constantly reassured me that I was normal, reminding me that I was his greatest gift.

Though we had our fair share of arguments, his sense of humor always dissolved the tension, and we would end up laughing together, letting go of any anger or chaos, and moving forward.

As an active runner, he gave up running when I became pregnant and gained weight alongside me. Whenever I asked why, he would simply say, "I am gaining weight so that you don't feel guilty about your own weight gain." At the time, I didn't fully believe his words, but after giving birth, he resumed his running routine. Now I realize he meant every word. This selfless act is something not every man would do.

I hold immense respect for him, so much so that when I emerged from labor, he was the first person I wanted to see, and there he was, waiting for me. My pregnancy journey wouldn't have been as joyful without his unwavering support.

Dear partner, I consider myself the luckiest person in the world for having met you and making the best decision of marrying you. I thank you for placing your trust in me. I will never forget your support and kindness, and I express my gratitude every day when I see our son. You are my safe haven, and I love you deeply.

And yes, did I mention the third hero in my life? It's our son.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Seeds of Wellness: Unlocking the Power of a Supercharged Seed

In today's health-conscious world, finding nutrient-dense foods that are easy to incorporate into our daily routine is essential. If you're looking for a convenient and delicious way to enhance your diet, look no further than a power-packed seed mix. With a combination of various seeds and nuts, this blend offers a multitude of health benefits. In this article, we will explore a simple recipe for creating your own seed mix and discuss its incredible nutritional value.

Recipe for a Super Seed Mix:

To create your own super seed mix, you'll need the following ingredients:

  • Pumpkin seeds - 100gms
  • Sunflower seeds - 100gms
  • Hemp seeds - 100gms
  • Basil seeds - 100gms
  • Chia seeds - 100gms
  • Flax seeds - 50gms
  • Almonds - 100gms
  • Muskmelon seeds - 100gms
  • Cinnamon - small stick (good quality)


1. Soak the almonds in water for 12 hours to activate their nutrients fully.
2. Soak the muskmelon, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds in water for 6 hours.
3. Dry roast all the other seeds (hemp, basil, chia, and flax) directly, without soaking.
4. Dry roast the cinnamon stick as well.
5. Allow all the roasted ingredients to cool down completely.
6. Grind all the roasted ingredients, including the cinnamon stick, into a fine powder.
7. Store the seed mix in an airtight container to maintain its freshness.

Incorporating the Seed Mix into Your Diet:

Adding this power-packed seed mix to your daily diet is incredibly easy. Simply follow these steps:

1. Take one tablespoon of the seed mix.
2. Add it to your milk, smoothie, or porridge.
3. Consume this mixture twice a day.

Nutritional Benefits:

By including this seed mix in your diet, you can enjoy numerous health benefits. Here are a few reasons why this blend is worth incorporating into your daily routine:

1. High Protein Content: Each serving of the seed mix provides approximately 8gms of protein, contributing to your daily protein intake requirements.

2. Rich in Essential Nutrients: The seed mix contains a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It includes omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron, among other nutrients.

3. Energy Boost: The blend's combination of seeds and nuts provides a natural energy boost, making it an excellent choice for breakfast or a midday snack.

4. Supports Digestive Health: The high fiber content in the seed mix aids in maintaining a healthy digestive system, promoting regular bowel movements.

By creating and incorporating a homemade power-packed seed mix into your daily routine, you can enhance your overall health and well-being. Packed with essential nutrients, this blend offers a convenient and tasty way to supplement your diet. Remember to follow the soaking and roasting instructions to maximize the benefits of each ingredient. Start incorporating this seed mix today and experience the positive impact it can have on your health.

(Note: This article aims to provide general information about a homemade seed mix. Consult a healthcare professional or nutritionist for personalized dietary advice and possible allergies or interactions with medications.)

Hospital Check List

Preparing for the arrival of a new baby can be overwhelming, but with a well-planned list of essentials, you can ensure that both you and your little one have everything you need. Here is a comprehensive list of items to pack in your hospital bag for both mom and baby.

For Mom:

  1. Disposable panties or maternity high waist panties and pads
  2. Breast pads
  3. Feeding bra
  4. Feeding nighties
  5. Feeding apron or nursing cover (optional)
  6. Toiletries - soap, facewash, comb, towel, bindi, bands, toothpaste, and toothbrush
  7. New chapel (inside room)
  8. Head Scarf
  9. Bedsheet
  10. Back home dress
  11. Sanitary napkins or new mom maternity pads
  12. Breast pad and ice packs (optional)
  13. A soft pillow for feeding purpose
  14. Nipple care ointment
For Baby:

  1. Muslin towels - a few
  2. Hooded towel or receiving towel
  3. Swaddle wrap
  4. XS size diapers or cloth diaper
  5. Baby wipes
  6. Baby dresses pre-washed
  7. Hand sanitizer
  8. Mini towels or kerchiefs to wipe mouth
  9. Baby soap
  10. Baby shampoo
  11. Dry sheet mat
  12. Old soft saree or dhoti cuts as backup
  13. Socks, cap, and mitten
Common Bag:

  1. Eating plates - 2
  2. Spoons
  3. Dishwasher gel
  4. Glass
With these essentials, you will be well-equipped to take care of yourself and your baby during your hospital stay. Remember to pack ahead of time and have everything easily accessible in your bag. Happy birthing!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hello Baby - My Birth Story : Welcoming Our Beautiful Hero

Story about the birth of my son...

It's been a few days since our precious Kutty Thangam arrived, and I've been eagerly waiting to share my birth story on my blog.

So Here it goes.. 
That Butterfly Moment:πŸ¦‹
On Jan 3rd 2019, I confirmed my pregnancy through HCG.

Happy Motherhood:πŸ˜€πŸ€°
During the middle of March, I was searching for a pregnancy class in Bangalore when I stumbled upon the Happy Motherhood website. Even though the classes were in Chennai, I registered my number and forgot about it.

Later on, I discovered Anandhi Mam's Sugamana Payanangal series, which was part of Putham Puthu Kaalai. Her positive and motivating talks made me an instant fan of hers. Little did I know that Anandhi Mam was also the founder of Happy Motherhood.

One day, I received a call from the HM admin who explained their Skype program to me. I was initially skeptical because I thought everything was covered in Sugamana Payanangal. However, the admin clarified how the classes were different, and I eventually enrolled for the Skype Elite session since it was more convenient for me.

πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚ That Wow Moment:πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚ 
I had been eagerly anticipating my due date of September 9th, 2019, and felt mentally prepared to handle the pain of a normal delivery. I made sure to walk 15,000 steps and exercise every day, maintain adequate amniotic fluid levels, and had no complaints or gestational diabetes. When the baby's head was also fixed during my 37th week, I was hopeful for a smooth delivery.

10:30 AM:
On August 28th, during a routine checkup, the doctor gave me some unexpected news. Due to medical reasons, the doctor suggested a C-section would be the better option for me and the baby. I was taken aback and felt a wave of emotions rush over me - disappointment, fear, and uncertainty.

My husband, who had been by my side throughout the pregnancy, listened patiently to my venting and concerns. He knew that my safety and the baby's health came first, and he reminded me of that. With his unwavering support, I found the strength to accept the C-section and put my trust in the medical professionals. Although it wasn't what I had planned, I knew that the most important thing was to bring my little one into the world safely. And with my husband's love and support, I felt confident that everything would be okay.

As I was preparing myself mentally for a C-section, another shock came my way. The main reason I chose my hospital was because they allowed husbands to be present in the delivery room. However, the doctor informed me that they couldn't allow my husband inside the operation theater as people often panic and faint at the sight of the procedure. This meant that I had to go through the surgery all alone.

For my C-section, the procedure was scheduled for 7:45 PM and a hospital room was allocated to us. I called our parents to let them know, and they started making their way to the hospital. With some time to spare, I suggested to my husband that he should go get some lunch and come back later.

However, I didn't anticipate the pre-procedure preparations, and as soon as he left, the nurse started prepping me for the operation. I have a phobia of needles, and the thought of being alone without my husband made me feel incredibly weak. When the nurse inserted the needle into my vein for the first time, my hands swelled and blood flowed heavily. They had to insert the needle a second time. I felt so alone and helpless, and tears streamed down my face.

I didn't anticipate that this would be how my labor and delivery would go. It wasn't the ideal situation for me. However, I gathered my courage and made a conscious decision to stay positive, cheerful, and strong throughout the entire process.

7:00 PM:

As they wheeled in a wheelchair for me to be shifted to the operation theatre, I decided to walk instead, determined to show my strength. My parents arrived just then, and I greeted them with a cheerful smile and bid them goodbye.

The thought of the spinal injection was daunting and I was scared when I saw the anesthesiologist, but he was so friendly and reassuring. The first injection wasn't successful, but he patiently injected it a second time, and to my surprise, it didn't hurt at all. I felt numb from my tummy down to my feet, and as my eyes were blindfolded, everything felt like it was happening in a flash. 

During the surgery, the doctors kept me engaged with friendly conversation, and I felt comfortable talking to them. We discussed about Neeya Naana participation(a reality show), as well as other various topicsSuddenly, at 7.47 PM, I heard the most beautiful sound of a baby's chirp. My first reaction was, "WOW!" and the doctor exclaimed, "It's a B...O...Y... Boy!"

  1. I had a strong vision that I would handle pregnancy gracefully and enjoy labor with a smile on my face. Despite some initial hiccups, I managed everything with grace.
  2. My wish was for my baby to be healthy and always smiling, and that wish has come true.
  3. Although I initially hoped for my baby to be born on my husband's birthday, which coincides with the due date, deep down, I visualized my baby being born on an extremely auspicious date and time. It was a wonderful surprise when he was born on a great date, which happened to be Shivaratri as well. 
  4. One of my biggest wishes was for my husband to be with me during labor, and he had originally planned to leave Bangalore on Monday night. But miraculously, he extended his leave until Wednesday, and he even took me to the hospital himself, despite the initial plan for my parents to take me.
My Wonderful Experience with HM!🎁
During my pregnancy, I had a strong desire to maintain a positive and energetic outlook. However, there were days when I felt low and in need of a boost. This is where Ananthi mam's videos came to my rescue, always lifting my spirits and re-energizing me.

By improving my diet, ensuring proper sleep, and engaging in regular walking and exercise, I was able to maintain my energy levels throughout my pregnancy. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed all the activities, particularly the July month activities, which included reading, walking, creative corner, and colorful plate challenges. Initially, I was concerned that taking on these activities in addition to the regular Elite challenges might be too much for me, but I decided to give it a try. To my surprise, I was able to successfully complete all of them for 30 days and even emerged as the winner.

Participating in the Elite daily challenges kept me motivated and engaged, and I can't express enough how much I enjoyed it. It gave me the opportunity to explore my hidden interests and talents. When people of all ages around me ask me if I feel tired, I am happy to say that I don't. I attribute this to following all four pillars of a healthy lifestyle.

My suggestions for Expecting Mothers:
❤ I highly recommend new expecting mothers to start the pregnency course as early as possible so that they can begin incorporating the activities into their routine. It took me two months to get on schedule and by the end of three months, I was able to effortlessly do all of the Elite activities.
❤Be Strong
The following day, I witnessed another delivery experience at the hospital where the mother was determined to have a normal delivery, but it became critical. This made me realize the importance of understanding the situation and severity, and trusting the doctors to make the right decision. It's important to be strong and accept the situation, knowing that everything happens for our good, and the most important thing is having a healthy baby. πŸ‘Ά

A Big Thank you
πŸ™Thank you is not enough. But a sincere gratitude to my hubby Karthik who was always there and took care like my mother and father. Without him, I might have not handled my pregnancy period so gracefully
πŸ™Thank you Anandhi mam and Anitha mam. Doing something that kept me busy always and doing what I love with the HM positive members surrounded is a memorable experience.
πŸ™My Special thanks to Anju, Annapurna, Anshita, Deepa, Deepthi, Jayamani, Jeevitha, Karthika, Lakshmi, Lilly, Nirmala, Poornima, Ramya, Saran, Thaya, Yogambal. You angel’s always appreciated other’s work and indeed it was a super boost.
πŸ™Special Thanks to all Elite members, you have constantly appreciated each other’s work.

Activities followed:
Proper diet and protein intake everyday- 3 to 5 different colors of food, eating more veggies and spinach, dry fruits, nuts and fruits consumption everyday, Mind games, Word games, Sudoku and Math puzzles, Left hand writing, Reading books - Spiritual and fictional, Listening to music - Chant music and favorites, Breathing exercises, Everyday visualization, baby journal and audio, frequent communication with babies, maintaining a happy and positive state of mind, being physically active - Walking, Kegels and exercises (Followed throughout except during 6th and 7th month wherein I was advised rest), Life with Nature - Walk in moonlight, Bird watching, Sunset watching, listening to bird sounds, Keen observation of surroundings, Creativity - Drawing, Black and White artefacts prepared and decorated in room

Friday, August 2, 2019

A lot can happen over a coffee : Chapter 6 (From a Simple Cup of Coffee to a Lifelong Love Story: Our Journey Together)~ The END

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From a Simple Cup of Coffee to a Lifelong Love Story: Our Journey Together

"Karthik," Deepika's voice quivered with a hint of excitement, "I've been thinkin  about what you said. And you know what? You're absolutely right. No one can predict the future, but that doesn't mean we should let fear hold us back. Life is full of uncertainties, but isn't that what makes it an adventure?"

Karthik looked at him with a mixture of surprise and curiosity. Her words were a departure from his earlier response, and he could see a newfound determination in his eyes.

She continued, a smile tugging at the corner of his lips, "So, how about we make a..? Let's face those uncertainties together. Let's embrace the unknown with open arms and write our own story. And who knows, our 'happily ever after' might just be an exciting roller coaster ride with a few bumps along the way."

His heart skipped a beat as he absorbed her words.

Karthik smiled back, a mixture of emotions swirling within her. "Deepika, you never cease to amaze me. Okay then, let's do it. Let's turn the uncertainties into our own adventure"

Their decision hung in the air, an unspoken agreement that carried a weight of possibilities. And just like that, in the midst of uncertainty, they found a newfound courage to face the future together.

As they walked away from the water stream, hand in hand, they shared a glance that spoke volumes. With every step, they were stepping into a new chapter of their lives, one that held both challenges and joys, but most importantly, it held the promise of their love story continuing to unfold.

Years later, as they sat on a hill station and reminiscing about their journey, Deepika looked at Karthik and said, "You were right, Karthik. Love doesn't fade away with time, it only grows stronger."

Karthik smiled and held her hand, "I always knew that we were meant to be together, Deepika. And I will continue to love you till the end of time."

Finally, They lived every happily ever..


Desiring a life companion is something that we all desire. We seek a partner to share in our joys, enjoy our shared moments, and engage in meaningful conversations. However, the selection of such a partner requires careful consideration and shouldn't be rushed.

Reasons like a junior colleague's marriage, the feeling of aging, elderly parents, or societal pressure should not serve as the sole reason for marriage. Opting for matrimony should hinge upon finding the right person, as this person will become your lifelong companion. Marrying due to external pressures does not guarantee happiness if the match isn't right.

It's important to have patience and trust that the right person will come along at the right time. Being in a successful and happy relationship doesn't mean that everything was perfect from the beginning to the end. There will be moments where we might feel hate towards our partner, but it's important to let go of those negative incidents and focus on the positive aspects of the relationship. Life becomes more peaceful and colorful when we do so.

Remember, a marriage is not just about falling in love, but also committing to a lifetime of togetherness. Don't rush into a marriage just because you feel pressured by society or age. It's better to wait for the right person who is a good fit for you rather than settling for someone who doesn't make you happy. When you do find your better half at the right time, the commitment and falling in love will come naturally and effortlessly.
~ The END~

A Journey of Discovery (A lot can happen over a coffee : Chapter 5)

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A Journey of Discovery

The following Sunday arrived with a gentle breeze that carried a sense of happiness. Deepika's phone buzzed, interrupting her morning routine. A smile tugged at her lips as she saw Karthik's name on the screen. She answered the call, her voice laced with curiosity. "Hey, Karthik. How's your day going?"

Karthik's voice, warm and familiar, responded on the other end. "Hey, Deepika. It's been good so far. Actually, I was wondering if you might have some time today."

Deepika's heart skipped a beat, her intrigue growing. "Of course, I do. What's up?"

Karthik's tone held a touch of excitement. "Well, I was thinking—remember that coffee shop where we had our first meeting? How about we meet there again today?"

A grin spread across Deepika's face, memories of that first meeting flooding back. "That sounds wonderful, Karthik. I'll see you there?"

"Absolutely," Karthik replied, his enthusiasm evident. "See you in a bit."

As they ended the call, a mixture of emotions swirled within Deepika. The coffee shop held a special place in their story—it was where their connection had first taken root. With a quick glance at the clock, she gathered her things and set off for the coffee shop, her heart fluttering with anticipation of what this unexpected meeting might hold.

Karthik was sitting at the same table, maps and hiking gear spread out before him. As Deepika entered the coffee shop, her eyes lit up when she saw him. He looked up from the maps, a mischievous smile playing on his lips. "Hey there, adventurer."

Deepika's curiosity piqued as she approached the table. "What's all this, Karthik?"

Karthik's smile widened. "Well, remember how much you've been talking about adventure and wanting to go on a trek? I thought, why not make it happen?"

Her eyes widened in surprise, a mix of excitement filling her chest. "Wait, are you saying you've planned a trekking expedition?"

Karthik nodded, his eyes gleaming with excitement. "Exactly! I know it's a bit sudden, but I thought it could be a fun and adventurous way for us to spend some time together."

Deepika was at a loss for words, a rush of emotions flooding over her. "Karthik, this is... amazing. I can't believe you planned all of this."

Karthik shrugged playfully. "Well, I know how much you love the outdoors, and I wanted to do something special for you."

Deepika's heart swelled with affection for the thoughtful gesture. "You truly are something else, you know that?"

Karthik chuckled. "I'll take that as a compliment."

As Deepika took in the maps and gear, she realized the extent of Karthik's effort. Her excitement bubbled over, and she leaned in to give him a quick hug. "Thank you, Karthik. This means a lot to me."

He returned the hug with a warm smile. "I'm glad you're excited. We'll have a great time, I promise."

With the plan of an unexpected adventure, Deepika's heart raced with anticipation. The coffee shop once again served as the backdrop for a turning point in their journey. As they finished their coffee and discussed the details of their upcoming trek, Deepika couldn't help but feel grateful for the wonderful person who had entered her life, bringing with him not only love but also a sense of adventure that she had been yearning for.

                                                                                 ☕ ☕

It had been few weeks since they had met and they had come a long way from being strangers, forging a strong friendship built on shared experiences and bonding. They embarked on a trek along the path, their hiking shoes crunching on fallen leaves and pebbles after hiking for 13 km. The sound of a nearby waterfall echoed in the distance, contributing to the natural symphony of the wilderness.

"I can't believe we're finally did this, Karthik! Trekking through these mountains has been on my bucket list for so long."

"Haha, you caught me, partner in crime! Trekking these mountains with you feels like we're starring in our own action-adventure movie. Just remember, if we ever get lost, at least we'll have some epic stories to tell the rescue team."

"Absolutely, Karthik! This journey feels like our own little epic tale unfolding. And hey, even if we get lost in the mountains, at least we'll have each other for company. Ready to make some unforgettable memories?" 😊❤️

It was during that  with the majestic view of a distant waterfall cascading down the mountainside, that Karthik chose to express the depth of his feelings. He turned to Deepika, his voice earnest and eyes filled with a vulnerability he had rarely shown before.

In that moment, they arrived at the waterfalls, where solitude reigned, leaving only them enveloped by nature's embrace. Before them, the grandeur of a distant waterfall spilled down the mountainside, a cascade of magnificence painting the backdrop. Amid this awe-inspiring panorama, Karthik elected to bare the profound reservoir of his emotions. With a gaze shifted toward Deepika, his voice carried the weight of sincerity, while his eyes

"Deepika," he began, his voice steady "these past few weeks have been like I've never experienced. The connection we share, the way we understand each other—it's something I cherish deeply."

Deepika's heart fluttered as his words resonated within her. She looked at him, her gaze reflecting a mixture of anticipation and trepidation.

"Deepika," Karthik continued, his tone gaining strength, "I want to take this journey we're on to a new level. I want to walk the path of life with you by my side. Will you marry me?"

For a moment, time seemed to stand still as Deepika absorbed his heartfelt proposal. A swirl of emotions engulfed her—joy, fear, excitement, and doubt all tangled together. She glanced down at the ground, her mind racing as she struggled to make sense of her feelings.

Karthik, I want you to know that you are truly amazing and compassionate. You deserve all the happiness and success in the world. You are a wonderful person, and any woman would be fortunate to have you in her life. But.. 

"But what if it ends up as a relationship that doesn't succeed?" Deepika's voice quivered with a mixture of vulnerability. "I observe broken and unhappy marriages within my circle of friends. It seems like relationships bring pain, and the beauty is often confined to their beginnings. Even in literature and cinema, love stories lack the same enchantment they once held. The days of profound love appear to have faded. Our generation seems to prioritize different aspirations, and the concept of commitment and love isn't always readily embraced." 

"Well, Deepika, no one can guarantee a flawless 'happily ever after.' But fear not, I'll give my best shot at keeping those laughter lines on your face."

She articulated the concerns that had been gnawing at the back of her mind—the fear of heartbreak, the uncertainty of commitment, and the challenges that often came with love.

Deepika decided to have faith in Karthik, emphasizing that amidst all the reasons to hesitate, love stood as the single compelling reason to be with him. She could perceive the depth of her feelings for Karthik. She firmly believed that Karthik reciprocated those feelings just as intensely. With genuine sincerity, she implored not to let go of this chance and to conquer her apprehensions about embracing a new chapter with him.

For a prolonged moment, silence hung between them, heavy with unspoken thoughts. Just as they were about to shatter the silence with words, a snake slithered away from a nearby tree. Their unspoken thoughts were abruptly replaced with a sudden urge to escape, prompting them to leap into a nearby water stream. 

In the urgency of the moment, she instinctively held him tight, their closeness providing comfort amidst the unexpected turmoil. The snake disappeared into the underbrush, and as their heart rates returned to normal, they couldn't help but burst into laughter, finding humor in the unexpected twist of events. Sometimes, it's the unexpected moments that bring people closer, even when words fail.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Jeem Boo Baa

There lived a happy and understanding couple who gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby. The baby is intelligent, cute and kind-hearted.

Kutty Thangam was just one month old and loves to play with parents and grandparents. They always take the baby to the park nearby.

"meow..." The cats said.
"moooooo" The cows made a sound.
“Koo-Koo” The birds chirped.
"BuzzzZ" The Mosquitoes whined
"croak croak ... croak croak " the frogs cheered.
“Quack, quack, …Quackkkk” The ducks from the pond quacked.

The baby always enjoyed the birds and the animals sounds.

One fine day, Kutty Thangam's mom and dad were displaying the black and white Rabbit origami and the Rabbit texture.
Texture Prepartion with Cotton

Origami Rabbit 
The baby got so excited, as it was prepared by the sweet mother when the baby was inside the womb.
"Ma.. Ma....I never saw a Rabbit in the park...." The baby made a cute facial expression.

Mom got an idea and prepared a magical sword, swayed slowly on the rabbit by saying, Jeem Boom Baa”
Waah.. What a surprise…  Both the white and black Origami turned to a little tiny black and white baby bunny. The tiny rabbits cuddled Kutty Thangam and kutty Thangam felt the touch of Rabbit fur and sensed how soft it is... Like the baby’s soft skin.

The baby got excited and offered the colorful orange carrot. The baby, the black and white bunny were so happy, and they played together.

The two bunny rabbits were so stunned by Kutty Thangam intelligence, content and kindness. When asked about the secret, the baby proudly said, my mother used to take care of me from the time I was inside her womb.

My mommy was always happy, read positive books, took care of her diet and kept doing exercise. She was so glad that she found Happy Motherhood! Even my daddy was so supportive and used to sing songs for me. I used to sleep peacefully listening to my daddy's song and mommy's voice.

The kutty bunnies evidently saw how a parents can deliver a happy and healthy baby. The two baby bunnies got disappointed as their mommy Dam and the other animals don’t have Happy Motherhood.

Kutty Thangam thought for a while and promised the bunnies that when grown up, would study about Ethology and will start pregnancy class for expecting animals. The two tiny little Rabbit got delighted.

Years later, after Kutty Thangam and the rabbit grew up, they researched and came up with an innovative training for all the expecting animals.

2050, The world become so peaceful with all healthy, brilliant, positive human and animal kingdom.

Moral of the story :

 Happy Pregnancy =  Happy and healthy baby 
 Healthy Baby = Healthy Future  

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Night Adventures and Unexpected Twists(A lot can happen over a coffee : Chapter 4)

"Okay, then come over to my house," Karthik's invitation held a genuine warmth.

"You're kidding, aren't you?" Deepika's uncertainty tinged her words.

"No, I'm serious," 

"What kind of guy are you? We just met this morning, and it's a bit forward of you to ask something like this," Deepika's surprise was evident in her tone.

"Deepika, let's not react so strongly, and there's no need to overanalyze it," Karthik's interruption carried a soothing undertone, gently addressing the whirlwind of emotions in Deepika's mind.

Karthik's hands fumbled nervously, as he awaited Deepika's response. To his astonishment, Deepika's silence lingered before she abruptly ended the call. Doubts flooded his mind – had he inadvertently misspoken or caused offense? A short while later, Deepika stormed back into his view, a storm of anger on her face. One of her eyebrows arched challengingly, daring him to echo the words he had uttered before.

"Ma'am, just chill. My sole concern is to ensure your safety, that's all."

The moment he met Deepika, a profound realization struck him – he had found his soulmate. Every shared moment became a cherished treasure, affirming his belief that she was the perfect partner with whom he could wholeheartedly embrace life's highs and lows. Despite Deepika's marriage dilemma, he clung to unwavering optimism, confident that their journey would conclude with positivity. 

This certainty fueled his unhesitant invitation to his home; to him, it was a gesture of inviting his future wife. As she strolled, the trees' gentle rustled a cooling breeze that tenderly caressed her faces, leaving her refreshed.

"My friend, do not entertain those wild midnight. It's 11:55, not exactly the prime time for making life-altering decisions!" Karthik chimed in with a chuckle. "And trust me, the word 'yes' is not mandatory here."

"But if you're feeling a bit shaky about it, no worries at all. I can totally be your chauffeur to your friend's place," he added, playfully raising an eyebrow.

Feeling a wave of relief, Deepika's fingers gravitated towards her mobile, contemplating her friends' availability. She hesitated though, wary of the late hour and not wanting to stir up anyone's sleep. An alternative strategy formed in her mind – a quick check of their "Last Seen" status on WhatsApp. Her intention was to reach out only if their online status or "Last Seen" fell within the last 20 minutes.

Karthik understood her intention and secretly wished that her friends shouldn't be available. It turned out that his wish came true, thanks to a bit of luck.

"Alright then, if you really want me around, I can totally moonlight as a night security guard and camp out by your place," he teased, playfully pointing towards the road.

"Fair point," Deepika replied, her tone light. She paced back and forth, her steps leading her back to him. "Or...we could do something a bit more adventurous and spend the night together. Just throwing it out there."

Karthik raised an eyebrow, a mischievous grin breaking out. "Oh really? And how do you propose we do that?"

Deepika thought for a moment before revealing her master plan with a confident nod. "Well, I've heard whispers about this magical spot called Bistro Cafe on Mysore Road. It only comes alive in the dead of night, but it's supposedly safe, quiet, and perfect for some outdoor dining. What do you think?"

Karthik's smile widened. "An hour's drive for a midnight adventure? Count me in."

With that, the decision was made. They piled into the car, ready to embark on their escapade.

 ☕❤ ☕
Bistro Cafe, nestled on the outskirts of Bangalore as Deepika had mentioned, was situated over an hour's journey away from her home. While spending the entire night out wasn't the most practical notion, for Karthik, it stood as a preferable option when compared to leaving Deepika alone or at a friend's place. He harbored an unwavering commitment to her safety, deeming the lengthy drive worthwhile in exchange for extended moments in her company.

As they navigated the path to Bistro Cafe, Karthik couldn't resist stealing occasional glances at Deepika. Her hair swayed gently in the night breeze, her face bathed in the moon's ethereal glow. Lost in contemplation, he pondered the uncertain course of their shared journey. Would their paths converge, or would destiny pull them apart?

The sound of Deepika's voice brought him back to the present. "We've arrived!" she exclaimed.

Karthik parked the car, and together they ventured towards the cafe. Surprisingly vibrant for the late hour, the place buzzed with activity. They managed to secure a table tucked in a quiet nook, offering refuge from the bustling crowd. Their conversation meandered through their past adventure experiences, tales involving friends and family members.Words flowed naturally, and Karthik found himself captivated by Deepika's infectious zest and fervor.

A surge of contentment enveloped Karthik. She had carved herself a place as someone exceptional in his life, and he wasn't going to let her slip away without putting up a fight.

"What would you like to have?" Karthik inquired, his gaze fixed on the menu.

"I'm sorry, but I don't eat anything after 10 p.m. Snacking late at night can lead to health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and kidney failure....," Deepika responded

With a chuckle, Karthik interjected, a playful grin on his face, "Hold on, don't keep going with your scary list of horrors. It's just one night, we will survive." 

Deepika laughed, rolling her eyes in mock exasperation. "Alright, alright, I'll trust your judgement this time."

"Well, thank you, Ms. Cautious," Karthik quipped, his eyes sparkling mischievously.

As they bantered, the waitress arrived to take their orders. After some contemplation, Karthik decided, "I'll have the chicken pasta, please."

Deepika followed suit, "I'll go with the veg salad."

As the waitress left to place their orders, Karthik leaned back in his chair. "So, tell me, what's your favorite childhood memory?"

Deepika's face lit up. "Oh, that's a tough one. But I think it has to be the time spent with my family. Every Saturday night, we used to share stories and sleep under the stars."

"That sounds amazing," Karthik replied, genuinely interested."I've always wanted to try that. Let's continue after our marriage," Karthik suggested with a grin.

She gave him an earnest look, a reminder that their current status was that of friends and that marriage was a long journey ahead. 

"Well," she began thoughtfully, "If you're marrying someone like ABC, and I'm marrying someone like XYZ, we could all become one big family of friends. What do you think?" her tone a mix of dark comedy and playful sarcasm.

"Ah, yes! The ABCs and XYZs of our future family sitcom," Karthik quipped with a wink.

As their conversation flowed, the hours seemed to melt away, replaced by shared stories, laughter, and the promise of a connection that was growing stronger with every passing moment.

When they found themselves immersed in the night, cocooned within each other's presence. Suddenly, the serenity was broken by the sound of approaching footsteps. Karthik's head turned, and recognition painted his face – it was Naresh and his girlfriend Vidya, strolling towards them. 

Excitement and surprise swirled within Karthik as he swiftly rose from his seat, wearing a wide grin and extending a warm welcome to his friends. Greetings and playful taunts filled the air for the next couple of minutes, creating a spirited atmosphere that Deepika observed with interest. 

With a smile, Karthik introduced Deepika to his friends, while Deepika navigated through her momentary embarrassment to offer her greetings.

"Deepika, Oh... your secret's safe with us," Vidya teased, casting a knowing glance at Naresh. 

"Karthik, Deepika – Nice combination!" Naresh playfully teased, seamlessly joining in the lighthearted banter.

As the night unfolded, the quartet reveled in each other's company. Tales and laughter flowed, and a sense of ease enveloped Deepika in the presence of her newfound friends. Their warmth was a welcome embrace in the unfamiliar territory.

When the clock struck 4, and the cafe's closing time neared, Karthik excused himself, promising to settle the bill. However, it was Naresh who intervened, revealing that the tab had already been taken care of. He orchestrated a plan – Karthik would drop Vidya home while escorting Deepika back to her place.

As the night unfolded, the quartet reveled in each other's company. Tales and laughter flowed, and a sense of ease enveloped Deepika in the presence of her newfound friends. Their warmth was a welcome embrace in the unfamiliar territory.

When the clock struck 4, and the cafe's closing time neared, Karthik excused himself, promising to settle the bill. However, it was Naresh who intervened, revealing that it had already been taken care of. He orchestrated a plan – Karthik would drop Vidya home while escorting Deepika back to her place.

Naresh couldn't help but sport a grin as he observed the surprise on Karthik's face. After a brief pause that hung with a touch of awkwardness, Naresh broke the silence, his voice laden with amusement, "You both came in a car, right?" Naresh grinned mischievously. "Take Vidya with you and drop her at her place"

Vidya giggled, catching onto the banter. "Well, it's a brilliant plan."

Karthik's eyebrows shot up in surprise, and he exchanged a quick glance with Naresh. "Wait, what?"

"Don't worry, guys. I was just joking," Naresh chuckled, his eyes twinkling mischievously. "We don't want to ruin your date. I'll drop Vidya off, and you two can enjoy the rest of the night... sorry, morning."

Vidya added, "You two can keep each other company on the way back."

Karthik laughed, shaking his head. "Oh come on, Naresh. You're not ruining anything. We're just hanging out."

Deepika chimed in, playfully adding, "Yeah, and besides, we're all friends here, right?"

Vidya joined in the teasing, raising an eyebrow. "Oh, just friends? Karthik, you didn't mention that part."

Karthik's cheeks reddened slightly, and he shot a mock glare at Vidya. "Alright, alright, friendly hangout buddies, then."

The group shared a hearty laugh. Deepika was taken aback by Naresh's use of the word "date," but she decided not to make a big deal out of it. Naresh hugged Karthik, wishing him all the happiness in the world. 

Once Naresh and Vidya left, Deepika and Karthik walked to the car. Karthik whispered, "I'm sorry about all the teasing. They're just happy for us."

Deepika looked at him with a smile. "No need to apologize. It's all in good fun."

As they settled into the car, Karthik pondered for a moment before asking, "So, what's the next move?"

"I think my keys might be at the office," Deepika said, her voice pondering. "I usually go to my yoga class at 5:30 AM, so you can drop me off there and then I can take a cab to the office once my class is over."

Karthik raised an eyebrow, his expression a mix of disbelief and amusement. "Yoga? At 5:30 AM after a night out?"

Deepika gave a determined nod, a playful glint in her eyes. "Yep, I'm all about that healthy lifestyle. Don't worry, I've got this. And the key situation? I'll handle it."

Karthik let out an exasperated sigh, shaking his head in mock surrender. "Alright, you're the boss. But what if the keys are nowhere to be found?"

A confident grin played on Deepika's lips. "Oh, I will pull out my detective skills. No key can escape me."

Karthik chuckled, clearly charmed by her spirit. "Well, Ms. detective Deepika, I wish you luck."

As they continued driving, Deepika suddenly broke into a smile. "You know, I never thought my night would end up like this."

Karthik smirked, teasingly replying, "Life's full of surprises, isn't it?"

Deepika gave him a playful shove, "Oh, stop being all philosophical."

Karthik laughed heartily, "Alright, alright. I'll stick to being your driver."

Deepika's laughter joined his, filling the car with a light-hearted energy that seemed to encapsulate the entire night.

 ☕❤ ☕

Entering the yoga studio, Deepika could sense the positive aura enveloping her. Despite the fatigue, she was glad she had chosen this path. The yoga class infused her with revitalizing energy. As she checked her phone afterward, a message from Karthik illuminated the screen.

**Karthik:** Thanks for your time  I had a great time; it's one of the best ones.😊

**Deepika:** I'm really glad to hear that! I had a fantastic time too..😊

With renewed enthusiasm, she booked a cab and headed to the office to retrieve her keys. Walking into the familiar surroundings, her keys were exactly where she had hoped – resting on her desk. A smile danced on her lips, a fitting ending to the night's escapade.

Driving back home, the quietude of the night allowed her thoughts to drift toward Karthik. Their unexpected connection surprised her, yet she couldn't deny the enjoyment she had experienced in his company. Perhaps, just perhaps, this was the beginning of something unique, something worth exploring.

At home, as she prepared to retire for the night, her phone emitted a soft chime. Karthik's message brightened the screen.

**Karthik:** Can't wait to see you again. Miss you... Take care. 😊

**Deepika:** Aww, that's sweet! Miss you too. Have a great day!

**Karthik:** You too! Take care and have an amazing day ahead.

**Deepika:** Thanks, Karthik! Catch up soon!

**Karthik:** Definitely! Counting down already. πŸ˜„

**Deepika:** Haha, same here! Bye for now!

With a content heart, she closed her eyes, reflecting on the wonderful connection she shared with Karthik. Their conversations were always a highlight of her day, and the thought of him brought a smile to her face. She cherished the anticipation of their next meeting, the chance to dive deeper into their growing bond.

As she lay in bed, her thoughts drifted between the memories they had already created and the possibilities that lay ahead. She imagined their laughter echoing through cozy coffee shops, their hands intertwined on leisurely strolls, and the countless conversations that would weave the fabric of their unique story.

In the midst of these daydreams, a sense of gratitude enveloped her. She was thankful for Karthik's presence in her life, for the way he had shown her new perspectives and shared his own. She felt a warmth deep within her, an acknowledgment that love was indeed taking root in her heart.

However, as the night deepened and silence settled in, a restlessness stirred within her. She recognized that her feelings for Karthik were evolving beyond friendship, and that realization unnerved her.

Her attempts to calm her racing thoughts with a book or a cup of tea proved futile. The more she tried to suppress her emotions, the more they surged to the surface. It was as if her heart had taken on a life of its own, beating in rhythm with the unspoken words that hung in the air between her and Karthik.

In a decisive moment, she reached for her journal and pen. With each stroke of ink on paper, her emotions found a voice. She allowed herself to express the myriad of feelings that had blossomed within her—joy, uncertainty, hope, and the undeniable pull of attraction. As the words flowed, she realized that her emotions were a testament to the depth of their connection.

As the final sentences formed on the pages of her journal, a sense of clarity washed over her. She had acknowledged her feelings for Karthik, embracing the beauty of their unfolding love story. And while the future remained uncertain, she was determined to embrace each moment, allowing their relationship to evolve naturally.

With a serene smile, she closed her journal and set it aside. The restlessness that had kept her awake had transformed into a sense of peace, a tranquil acceptance of the emotions that had taken root in her heart. As she closed her eyes, she felt a comforting certainty that whatever lay ahead, her love for Karthik would continue to grow, intertwining their lives in unexpected and beautiful ways.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Raindrops of Romance : (A lot can happen over a coffee : Chapter 3)

Raindrops of Romance 

 (A lot can happen over a coffee : Chapter 3)

"It's incredible how we can fall deeply in love with someone in such a short span of time. The strength of a connection isn't always measured by time; it can even flourish in the blink of an eye."

At Deepika's Office...

With each ticking second, Deepika's anxiety grew. The mix of nerves and confusion made her wonder whether she might have already developed feelings for Karthik. In an effort to manage her time effectively, she decided to leave the office ahead of schedule, so she could visit the salon and get her facial done. All of this was in preparation for her first dinner date.

As the clock struck 5 in the evening, Deepika approached Jahnavi, her colleague and trusted friend. With a composed demeanor, she addressed Jahnavi, "I've sent you my status report. Could you kindly gather the status reports from the other team members and submit it to the onsite leadership? I wrapping up for the day."

Jahnavi acknowledged Deepika's request. As Deepika headed for the exit, Jahnavi couldn't resist inquiring with a touch of playful jest, "What's cooking? The punctual one who never leaves the office before time is showing up late and bailing out early today. Something's fishy."

"I've got a few pending banking work from earlier today," Deepika retorted, with an urgency coloring her tone.

Jahnavi quirked an eyebrow, a skeptical grin playing on her lips. "Which bank stays open past 5? I'm not buying that excuse."

Rolling her eyes at Jahnavi's skepticism, Deepika defended herself. "I'm dead serious, Jahnavi! I have a dinner date tonight. His name is Karthik," she admitted, her voice softer now.

Jahnavi swiveled in her chair, studying Deepika intently. "Hold up, really? Who's this Karthik guy?"

"He's the one my parents found for me. If all goes well, we might be heading towards marriage. But I want to know him better first," Deepika clarified.

Jahnavi's raised eyebrows spoke volumes of her surprise. "Well, I'll be damned. I never thought I'd see the day. So, what's your take on him?"

Deepika hesitated for a moment, her expression thoughtful. "Honestly, I'm not sure. We've only had a few phone conversations. But I guess I'm open to giving it a shot. That's why we're meeting again for a dinner date"

Jahnavi found it hard to swallow Deepika's sudden interest in romance.

"Nice try, I can't believe you're actually going on a date, hence I'll stick with your bank excuse," Jahnavi quipped, returning to her work. 

Deepika rolled her eyes playfully, "Believe it or not, Jahnavi! I'm heading to the dating and romance arena."

Deepika couldn't help but laugh at the humorous disbelief in her friend's expression.

 ☕ ☕
While riding her scooter back home, an unexpected encounter awaited Deepika. As she navigated the streets, her heart skipped a beat when she spotted Karthik's car parked on the side. For a moment, she contemplated whether to halt and strike up a conversation with him. But her curiosity overcame her hesitation, and she steered her scooter towards his parked vehicle. As Karthik stepped out of his car, a warm smile graced his face.

"What a coincidence! You were on my mind," he exclaimed. A blush tinged Deepika's cheeks as she struggled to conceal her bubbling excitement.

Deepika's shy smile persisted as he approched her, "Aren't you supposed to be at the office until 8:00?" Karthik asked, a wide grin on his face. 

Deepika observed him closely before replying, "Well, I could ask you the same thing, couldn't I?"

A smile forming on his lips. "You know what they say, Deepika, smart people finish work early and leave early."

Deepika raised an eyebrow and retorted, "Oh ho, is that so?"

"Hey, hold on a second. Did you leave the office for a secret mission?" Karthik's eyebrow quirked up, his curiosity evident.

Deepika couldn't resist a mischievous grin. "Absolutely! I'm on a mission to find ways to Avoid Marriage Proposals."

Karthik burst into laughter. "Well, I'm on a mission to win those proposals and make them fall head over heels in love."

Suddenly, a clap of thunder erupted from the sky, abruptly interrupting their conversation and signaling the forthcoming rain

All of a sudden, it dawned on Deepika, and she inquired, "Hey, wait. Are you telling me that I left early to get ready for a dinner date tonight?"

"Well, it might sound crazy, but hey, that's the reality."

"Oh, I bet! You left early for the very same reason," she questioned him.

Karthik winked, "You caught me," 

"And of course! I needed that extra time to ensure I could leave a lasting impression on my.....par..t.ner, ...well, you know," he wanted to say, but smiled instead.

Just then, another resounding clap of thunder echoed through the air, emphasizing the moment.

With a graceful smile, she shifted the topic, "Isn't the weather beautiful today?"

Karthik's eyes sparkled with playful concurrence. "Indeed, let's seize the moment and relish a cup of nice, hot tea."

Deepika's lips curved into a smile, her response to Karthik's question accompanied by a nod of agreement. In the following moment, they found themselves at a modest roadside tea stall, the fragrant aroma of freshly brewed tea filling the air as they placed their orders. 

However, just as they settled in, the heavens opened up, sending rain cascading down. The rhythmic patter of raindrops on the shop's shutter above created a serene melody. Amused glances were exchanged as they realized the absence of suitable shelter nearby. 

Standing side by side, shoulders brushing against each other, they felt an inexplicable connection, a sensation that transcended words. She couldn't help but wonder if there was a larger force at play, guiding their encounter, their shared laughter, and even the unexpected rainfall. It was as though the universe's hand had united them amid the rain, fostering moment of togetherness. 

Their conversation flowed effortlessly, reminiscent of long-time lovers who had shared years of stories and secrets. To any bystander, it would be difficult to fathom that they had only met that very morning.

As the rain eventually abated, darkness descended upon the streets. The timing was perfect for dinner, and the spontaneous decision was made to head straight to a restaurant, leaving Deepika's scooter parked at her apartment.

As they embarked on their journey to the dinner destination, a sense of anticipation mingled with the cool evening breeze, carrying with it the promise of more delightful moments to come.

 ☕ ☕

Empire Restaurant:
The dinner table gleamed under the warm chandelier light, adorned with fine china and crystal glassware. 

Seated across from one another, their gazes locked in an unspoken exchange, they found themselves interrupted by the approach of a waiter. Standing poised with an iPad in hand, he awaited their dining choices. 

"One Chicken Biryani" , Karthik said, flashing a friendly smile at the waiter. He then turned towards Deepika and asked, "And for you, Deepika?"

Curious about her options, Deepika inquired, "Could you suggest some light vegetarian options?" 

She looked up at the waiter, who patiently listed a few choices. After a moment of consideration, she decided, "I'll go with a Plain Dosa."

As the waiter noted down her order, Karthik's mind couldn't help but comment, *One of the most unexciting dishes ever.*

The waiter turned his attention to Karthik, holding his iPad ready, and asked, "Would you like to add anything else, sir?"

"Oh, and one large whiskey, neat," he replied with a casual tone.

Deepika's eyes widened in surprise, clearly not expecting that choice. "What?" she exclaimed, caught off guard by the unexpected request.

Karthik burst into laughter, his friendly chuckle filling the air. "Haha, don't worry, Deepika. I'm just pulling your leg," he reassured her with a happy twinkle in his eyes.

After the waiter left with their orders, a comfortable silence settled between them. Soon enough, Karthik's Chicken Biryani arrived, and he immediately dug in without waiting for Deepika.

Observing Karthik's hearty enjoyment of his meal, Deepika's inner frustration grew. She watched as he delved into the Chicken Biryani, seemingly unaware of her pending order of the Plain Dosa. His lack of consideration for her feelings struck a chord, leaving her both baffled and annoyed. "Oh man, this guy is totally clueless," she couldn't help but mutter under her breath, her head shaking in disbelief. Despite her irritation, however, the aroma of the food wafting around the table managed to stir her own appetite.

As if sensing her thoughts, he glanced up and said between bites, "Hey, never mind. I'm actually really hungry." Completely clueless about the tension brewing within Deepika, he continued to eat with gusto. 

Deepika found herself wondering if he had a radar for social cues or if he was simply too absorbed in his own world. She entertained the fleeting notion of him possessing mind-reading abilities, although she quickly dismissed the idea with a faint smile. Despite her frustration at his lack of thoughtfulness, there was something endearing about his candidness.

As she observed him, she began to see a different perspective. Karthik, was simply being himself without any pretense. There was a certain authenticity in his behavior, even if it meant being less than suave. It was a quality she hadn't encountered often, and she couldn't help but acknowledge its merits, especially when considering the foundation of a genuine, long-lasting relationship.

As their meal progressed and the conversation picked up its pace, the waiter returned with the bill. Without any grand gestures or attempts at impressing, Karthik smoothly took care of the payment, a small action that showcased a different side of him beyond his initial unromantic facade.

After relishing a delectable dinner, they lingered at the entrance, patiently awaiting the valet parking attendant to retrieve their vehicle. For Karthik, a tinge of reluctance swept over him; he was not quite ready for the evening to conclude. The desire to prolong their time together had him yearning for a little more. As the moment hung in the air, he mustered the courage to suggest a leisurely walk. The mere thought brought a soft glow to Deepika's face, an unspoken affirmation of her eagerness to join him in the idea.

They set off seeking the quieter streets away from the bustling crowd. The thoroughfare was flanked by trees on both sides, their leaves rustling in response to the cool breeze that had descended after a recent rainfall. Deepika, feeling the refreshing chill, rubbed her hand against her cheek, absorbing the pleasant sensation. As they ambled along, the rhythm of their steps seemed to synchronize with the cadence of their conversation. 

As their steps carried them forward, their conversation flowed effortlessly, traversing topics that ranged from eveything. The world beyond seemed to dissolve, leaving only the two of them wrapped in a suspended moment. As their journey continued, Karthik found himself developing deeper emotions for Deepika with each exchanged word, a silent wish forming that the connection he shared was reciprocated.

On the journey back, they found themselves enveloped in a tranquil ambiance within the car, a melodic tune playing softly in the background. As the music played, a comfortable silence settled, allowing them to share their musical preferences, the notes of each song weaving a subtle connection between them. 

However, when the time came for Karthik to drop Deepika off at the entrance of her apartment building, an unexpected pang of reluctance gripped his heart. With each step she took toward the entrance, the distance between them seemed to stretch, triggering an involuntary ache within him. He waited there, his admiration for her growing, until he saw her safely entering her house. Even after a few minutes, he noticed her apartment light was still off. As he observed her from the car, he realized she hadn't yet gone inside. He realized he couldn't let her go into the building without any reassurance. A determination filled him, prompting him to take action. After taking a deep breath, he reached for his phone and called her to check what might be the issue. In that very moment, he secretly yearned for more time to be shared between them.

Deepika voiced her concern, "I seem to have misplaced my house keys. They might have slipped out of my purse somewhere, or I could've left them at the office."

Karthik offered a solution, "Would you like to go to your office or the restaurant to check if they are there?"

Deepika shook her head, her anxiety evident, "No, that might not be a good idea."

Seeking to calm her worries, Karthik suggested, "Don't worry too much. How about I come over and help you with the lock?"

Deepika contemplated for a moment and responded, "It's quite late now, and I don't want to disturb my neighbors by creating noise. But thank you for the kind offer."

Prompted by genuine concern, Karthik didn't hesitate, "What if you consider coming over to my place instead?"

Do Karthik's words genuinely reflect his thoughts?

Hot Coffee Brewing...

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A Coffee Date and A Promise (A lot can happen over a coffee : Chapter 2)

A Coffee Date and A Promise
(A lot can happen over a coffee : Chapter 2)

Coffee & Chemistry

Deepika's phone kept ringing, a ringtone that echoed her mother's unwavering determination. It seemed her mother was well aware that simply agreeing to meet Karthik didn't guarantee an actual meet. Hence, the relentless stream of calls, a testament to her mother's unyielding commitment to ensure Deepika's whereabouts. However, Deepika adhered to a steadfast rule—never answer her mother's calls during these moments.

Her relationship with her parents had always been characterized by kindness and respect, a bond that stood unwavering. Yet, when conversations took a turn towards marriage, she instinctively concealed herself from those discussions and would often switch to an invisible mode. On the other side, her mother was driven by a sole purpose—to witness her daughter's happiness through marriage.

After years of unwavering determination, fate finally intervened, bringing Karthik's profile to her father's attention. He promptly forwarded it to her, setting a new course in motion. Upon receiving any matches on WhatsApp or email, her instinct was to swiftly reach for the delete button and move on.

However, when this particular profile was sent by her dad, her heart orchestrated a symphony of skipped beats. It was as if an invisible hand had firmly pressed the "Connect" button nestled deep within her, bypassing all rational reasoning. How could such a radiant spark of romance ignite in a mere fraction of a second? Especially within a soul that had, until then, resolutely resisted the advances of countless profiles.

*Screech!* .
The car arrived at the bustling coffee shop nestled in the heart of the city. Upon noticing the frequency of incoming calls, Curious, Karthik asked,"Was that your mom?"

Surprised, Deepika exclaimed, "How did you know?"

Karthik's smile broadened, "Why not tell her you are on your way to meet me?"

Deepika admired his quick understanding. As her phone rang again, she answered impatiently, "Yes, mom, I'm at Coffee Day already."


As Deepika disconnected the call and stepped into Coffee Day, a wave of surprise washed over her due to her own choice of meeting Karthik. "What am I even doing here? Run, baby, run," her mind screamed with urgency. 

"Alright! Go inside, grab a coffee, and hit him with the message that 'marriage isn't my thing'.

As they snail-paced through Coffee Day, her mind played its tunes once more, "Marriage? Nah, not my cup of tea. Act childish, and he might just decode your madness, leading him to abandon the whole marriage."

Yet, in an amusing twist, her heart carried on and blindly following its own curious path.

 After ordering coffee, they settled at a window-side table. The spot was a favorite among couples, attracting couples. The scent of freshly brewed coffee wafted through the air, and the sound of chatter and laughter from fellow patrons imbued the atmosphere with vibrancy.

Little did they know, their lives were on the cup of transformation in the following hour. Their conversation flowed openly and candidly, unafraid to expose their true selves. Deepika bombarded Karthik with a flurry of questions, and he responded patiently and sincerely. They delved into discussions about their families, remarkable experiences, dreams, and more. The conversation flowed effortlessly, revealing shared passions. 

The waiter brought their coffee, and as they sipped, Karthik's charm rendered him immensely likable to Deepika. She reflected, "Karthik is truly charming—his smiles and genuine concern are quite endearing. He's too good for any woman, believe me; he's a darling! If I were marriage-ready, I'd have hugged, kissed, and said 'yes' to him. But relationships begin well and eventually suck."

As they were about to leave, Karthik finally posed a last question to her. "So," he began, "what does beauty mean to you?" Without hesitation, she responded with confidence, asserting that beauty was tied to confidence and character.

When the bill arrived, Karthik was adamant about not letting Deepika pay. After settling they headed towards her office. As they reached her destination, Deepika hesitated briefly before stepping out of the car. 

She then shared her wish for a bit more time to ponder over the decision for marriage. With a friendly tone, she proposed the idea of them shedding the roles of potential bride and groom and instead embracing a friendship built on openness and companionship. Karthik readily agreed.

Deepika continued, her voice carrying a mix of sincerity, "I mean 99.99% let's hope this relationship sails smoothly and ends on a positive note. But, you know, there's that teeny tinny 0.01% chance that things might not work out exactly as planned," she quipped, a playful glint in her eyes. "So, how about this? If that tiny fraction comes into play, let's promise to stay friends."

Karthik nodded enthusiastically, affirming, "Absolutely, I'm on board with that." he said, extending his hand with a grin.

With a giggle, Deepika shook his hand, sealing their agreement with a gentle handshake. "Deal," 

He then turned more serious, his expression softening. "But, honestly, No need to rush your decision. Take all the time you need to figure out what feels right for you."

Deepika's eyes met his, "Thank you for understanding, Karthik.."

He smiled warmly. "It's the least I can do."

As a comfortable silence settled between them, Karthik's eyes sparkled mischievously. "Hey, Deepika," he began, his tone light, "Since we are on the topic of spending time together, would you consider having dinner with me tonight?"

Deepika's cheeks flushed slightly, and she couldn't help but return his smile. "I would love to,"

Karthik's smile widened, and his eyes crinkled at the corners. "Great! I'll pick you up around 7 PM?"

Deepika nodded, a soft glow of anticipation radiating from within. "Sounds perfect."

As they shared that moment, the sun cast a gentle glow over the surroundings, as if nature itself was blessing the new chapter they were embarking on.