My Dear August : A recap of the month gone by

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My Dear August,

I must start with a confession. You’ve never been one of my favourite months of the year. Why? August meant exams, which I of course despised. August also meant a terribly rainy month in Bombay. Both of which made you a seriously no fun August.

This year though you surprised me, August. By being one of my favourite months of 2017, so far! It all started with a trip back home. Trips to Bombay are always special, this one was even more so. With this trip I took a wee break from blogging. I haven’t been happy with where my blog was heading to, and guilty of choking up my blog with posts that were written half-heartedly. This break, this stepping back, gave me a clearer perspective. It gave me the direction I was looking for and ideas that got me excited about writing and blogging again.

The result was instantaneous, my Ganpati Bappa Morya post won the Top Post on Indiblogger, thrilling me. After which MayTivation, which I restarted after a break, won the Top Post too. Also I am starting this monthly recap post! See, the break was good, right!

L-R: Manisha, Me & Dipika

On this trip to Bombay, I met my fellow bloggers Dipika and Manisha. And we met on and celebrated Dipika’s birthday! It was the 1st time we were meeting, but hearing us talk you wouldn’t believe that! It is always fun meeting people whom you’ve been interacting with online, and it what a pleasure it was meeting these girls.

Vaishno Devi

I have grown up hearing that one can only visit Vaishno Devi when the Goddess ‘calls you’ or sends a ‘bulawa’ I am a believer of it now as my 1st trip to the shrine materialised just like that. My friend called me up and asked if I would like to accompany her, I said yes, without a thought. A flight to Jammu, a drive to Katra and we were all set for a darshan. A helicopter ride, an almost 20 km walk, that took us 6 hours, down a steep decline, monkeys grabbing at my bag and more craziness all punctuated with fits of laughter. It took a week for both our legs, and us, to recover but every pain and sprain was worth the beautiful darshan and memories we created in these 3 fun days.

Our Ganpati

We bring Ganpati home for a day and half. This year onwards we decided to go eco-friendly. We decided against buying an idol, and to use a silver idol I was gifted. I used flowers and mango leaves for the decoration which were later used as compost. It felt so good to do the right things the right way, doesn’t it?

The fiction writer in me is delighted that Tina and I have restarted our weekly #FridayFotoFiction. Join us in writing a 150-word fiction based on a photo prompt we share each week.

So you now know why you’ve been my favourite month of the year so far. Thank you for being an Awesome August. Psssssttt, do tell September he needs to be Super.

Thankful. Grateful. Blessed

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