Thursday, 18 August 2016

Something Gothic in India

Hello my dear dear friends! We are back to India from our trips.  I couldn't stay at parents' place longer this year, nevertheless, enjoyed every moment spent there! My little A turned 2 in July. He was delighted to meet his grandparents again. This visit he was able to really take pleasure in different activities and, simply, in communication with his nana and nani (as maternal grandparents are called in Hindi).
My D organized an amazing trip for his parents and sister this time. They visited St. Petersburg and Moscow, and were stunned by the Russian cultural heritage. I do promise to make a couple of posts to present the places they visited there. I, in turn, preferred going with A straight to my parents so we could spend more time together, while in-laws and D joined us in Kazakhstan later. His parents left after 6 days, and he of course stayed with us till the end of July.
Meanwhile I would like to share with you our latest trip to the hills. It was a long Independence day weekend in India. We left on Saturday morning and headed towards Shimla (113 km away from our city). However our stay was about 10 km before it at Tweet Tweet home stay in Shoghi. We opted for a home stay instead of a hotel so that our little A would be able to have home made food. He has a very frustrating habit - when he is away from home, he stops eating properly. I should say thanks to our hosts because they provided something our A likes - plain ajwain parantha, fried potato and milk.
The day we arrived at our destination, the weather turned a little chilled, wet and foggy - exactly what we wanted it to be! This is a picture of a part of Mall Road in Shimla - the most popular place among visitors. You can see many such European style buildings on this street. There shops, cafes and restaurants on it as well.
But the real treat awaited the next day when we planned to go to the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, located in Shimla. I must say, it was an amazing experience! Just look at this Indo-gothic architecture - the facade, the stairs, the passages, the walls... The stone itself reflects that style, and the way the whole territory was planned back then...Unbelievable! There are more places like this India, many churches of the British Raj era.

Our little A, however, didn't care much about architectural beauty of the place and found his favourite occupation there - throwing pebbles in the water pools! Yey! That was tough to take him away from this interesting job when it started raining cats and dogs. The child was refusing to understand that he would be drained in water if came out of the shelter. But fortunately I had his darling book with me which kept him busy until the rain subsided.
 It felt as we were transferred to England for a couple of hours.
 As the Institute is situated on quite an elevation, we took a cab up, but went down by foot. Little A and his dad enjoying the walk downhill.
I hope to come here again...

 I would also like to say thanks to Ms Misantropia for organizing a giveaway, and giving me an opportunity to win this charming necklace which I received by post a few days ago! I absolutely love it and already wore it many times. Hehe.
 So that's it for now. Hope you are safe and happy wherever you are and watching Olympics.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Difficulties, Discoveries and Dreams

Hello my dear friends! The week has come to its logical end... the working week though :P The weekend is yet to begin. Yey! After my last complaint about unbearably hot weather in our city, the sky has had mercy on me and others, and we have been having rains and clouds on and off since then.  I cannot tell how exhausted I was in the past few weeks. Physically and mentally. But things seems getting more clear and resolving at last.
Oh yea, so what difficulties were (are) there that I had to mention them in the title? Many many things going on here currently. And nothing, what I learn again and again, is obtained with ease, especially, when this is something very important to you. We had to deal with loads of bureaucracy, paper work, calls, e-mails, calls again, e-mails again... We had lack of sleep, preparing for something, we had few arguments too and nice talks as well.
Dream keeper by Whimsical dreams
About discoveries now... We had to learn things about each other,something which may not have showed up in other situation. For example, I appeared to be very hesitant in talking to people, asking them something... D appeared to be rather impatient if things go not the way he wants. And much more I guess. The fact is that unless we started some important process in our lives we would have never got so many chances to sit and talk and discuss, and laugh, and encourage each other. We are nearing our 6th marriage anniversary - still so much to explore! We also had to discover that not all those who call themselves your "friends" are indeed "friends". Some events show their true face, true thoughts, true intentions. It is sad but angers me too. However I let it go... I understood that family is most reliable and most valuable in my life.
In addition to discoveries, I had to take a help from one of my university teachers in Moscow and coordinate things with her. Besides the fact that she was the only one who decided to help me and knew what exactly had to be done, she also appeared to be a blogger, and I enjoyed reading her insights in her personal life, her professional endeavors, and, most interesting, her poetry... How exciting it is that we discover something like this about persons who we seemed to  know but actually never had a chance to know better.
Ah well... and dreams. They are big, fat, promising, hopeful, and happy. We really expect that they realize as soon as possible.

I hope that everything is fine in your corner of the world, and that you also have dreams which keep you going...

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

A Privet from My Parents

Hello dears!!! I am not going to start with apologies and explanations of my absence. For some reason life has become really really busy here. My only nook these days is chatting with parents. Because it is a spring time there in cold Kazakhstan, the images of blooming trees and strikingly green leaves make my heart long for home more these days. Especially when Celsius hits here in India the mark of more than +40, the freshness of the views from a native land is precious. Today presenting a quick and easy on the eye post :) Enjoy!
The apple tree, this year is strewn with flowers. I never get a chance to visit dacha during this time of the year.
 The blooming cherry bushes. The white flowers reflect the sunlight. Cherry grows just next to the pine trees there - doubtful neighbourhood but they have managed for the past few years this way.
 The row of pine trees on the left - my parents are particularly proud of them,
 The same pine trees have given peculiar flowers too, hence there will be pine cones afterwards!
I am sorry I couldn't make a post about Moscow visit last year, let's see if I will be able to find time for this, otherwise, will try to provide more of recent photos :)
Have a nice and fresh new day ahead!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Walks in the Rose Garden

Hello and how are you my dears? Phew, the month of March is getting over soon! Where the days are being swallowed? The week starts and it's already mid of it... Not enough hours in a day and not enough days in a week.. Can we invent just one more and call it suppose Extraday? Eh? No I guess this is just imagination...
On a serious note... These days I always think of what is really important in life and what we shall let go... Seeing horrible and scary things happening
around the world, which show that life of someone (including animals) means nothing, what are we left with? Can we make a change?
I am dreading the moment my D turns on the TV... news... nothing positive at all there, he says too... the world will have to come to an end some day... We fear for our little son because things are not looking so good in terms of child safety in India, but then where is safe? No guarantee anywhere. If I was not a parent now it would have been easier to simply live life, but when you have a child all you think of is how to keep him happy and healthy. At the same time one shall be happy too in order to provide a good environment at home, where everyone feels secure and cozy.
Hence I would really prefer concentrating (as mush as selfish it sounds) on my family. Thinking about what happens tomorrow is useless, having fear of all the bad and negative is similarly pointless... That's why I have (and make) one choice which is family.
As I had written before we always visit gardens on weekends. Lately we have been liking the Rose Garden a lot. It has a vast area, beautiful roses to admire, and fountains. The latest is little A's favourite - he loves water in any form and calls it "mam, mam" in Hindi (meaning "water" as here it is called for little kids). Here is the last to last weekend walk, when the weather was slightly cloudy.

I love this kind of color - cream, creamy pink and orange... Next time we visit Rose Garden, I will take more photos of these beautiful flowers.
And the last weekends' walk... Little A likes this garden too, and I think that the pleasant noise of the fountains and overall green surroundings calm him down. He runs in front of us, exclaiming happily with every step.
The waxing crescent... It was so bright!
By the time we were leaving the garden the twilight set in, and we were able to witness beautifully lit fountains.

Yes, it is a good place to divert one's mind and to just walk  and spend precious time with the family.
I realized that I had not posted some very interesting events and occasions during the period I was away from blogging. Like5 days in  Moscow, and visitng my home town. Do you think it is late to do? Or would you like to see the Russian capital? Let me know so I can plan the posts for you my friends.
Have a nice day, and may life be secure and safe wherever you are!

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Russian Meet in India :)

Hello dear friends! Hope things are going on well in your corner of the world, the storms are behind, and there is only good weather ahead... I can apply same to myself too. We have been having a good but rainy weather last week, which I love of course.
Last to last weekend we had a mega-meet of Russian, Belorussian, Ukrainian, Moldovian-Indian families living in Punjab area. About 14 girls, same number of children, and few husbands were there.  We had to go to another city Phagwara which is about 120 km from Chandigarh.
It was a buzzing event, a little loud because of kids, particularly little A, as he found his latest passion there - the stairs... and we had to climb them up along with him; it was good though to shed some calories and gain them again.
Russian meetings are not just meetings, it is usually a feast. Since we live far from our native land, the get togetherS become especially valuable. Good food promises good communication we believe. Each of us cooked a dish or two...We don't do it frequently, but when we do...
Russians LOVE various salads. These are Korean carrot salad and Vinegret salad.
One of the most favourite salads - Olivie, which we usually make for New Year :)
 Mini sandwiches look artistic on these plates.
 Mushroom stuffed eggshells.. I haven't tried these but someone said they were really good.
 Vegetable caviar - my mum's recipe :) It was yumm, though not everyone tasted it.
Chicken tefteli and Kiev cutlets.

Oh well.. not really Russian, but it was yummy! I haven't eaten sushi since Moscow (like 7 years ago?)!!! And NOTE - a home baked bread!!!
There were other dishes too, but I won't tire you with more.. let's have some dessert! Bezet fluffy buscuits:
Poncho cake - a specialty of one of our friends. She makes so yumm and so light!
 We had to drive back already in the evening, and could enjoy these beautiful views once again. We loved these trees growing on the both sides of the road - it is not visible here but the weather was slightly cloudy.
The sunset at river Sutlej...
I am loving these things in India - nature, being able to communicate with my folks and spend time with my D and little A :)

Food pictures credit goes to one of my friends, she takes really nice photos! Thank you!
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