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2011 – just the name sounds so sci-fi, doesn’t it? Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are raring to go in this new year!

I had a great trip to India – thank you all for wishing me well on this trip. To borrow a phrase from one of my readers (thanks, Sharoon!), I soaked up the glorious medley that is India and came back content in the heart and nourished in the soul.

I couldn’t have wished for more beautiful weather while I was there! India (at least the southern parts of it) has seen an unprecedented amount of rainfall these past few months; the vegetation has probably been blindsided at first by this unseasonal bounty, but then it obviously decided to take advantage. Everywhere I turned, there was lush greenery. Living in the not-so-green section of the U.S, I’d forgotten how vibrant and dazzling the color green could be.

In addition to spending time with family and friends, I also crammed in some sightseeing – both historic and natural — into my already short trip. It made it all pretty hectic, but if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change any of it.

I read this advice somewhere: pack a scented candle or a body lotion that you have never used before, when you’re setting out on a special trip. When you’re back home, all you have to do is whip out the lotion or the candle and voilá, you are transported back to an enchanted time. Of course, as it usually happens, I read these wise words after I came back from my vacation.

So, I’m going to do the next best thing. I have taken quite a few pictures during the trip, but how many times will you look at plain pictures, right? Now, if those photos came with the tales of behind-the-scenes, then that would be something!

I’m going to supply those stories for myself so that all I would have to do to go back in time and place is read those words. Words that would remind me what I heard, how I felt, and what I saw when I was either posing for the picture or snapping them.

I’m going to blog about my trip, on and off, for the next few weeks. My hope is that while chronicling the moments for myself (and my daughter, with whom I happily shared this jaunt, and who helped add new dimensions and perspectives to it), I’d be able to provide some entertainment to you all.

Also, this would be my way of thanking everyone who has had a hand in making this trip such a precious one for me!

Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s to hoping each one of us finds some semblance of peace, something dear to remember the year by, in 2011!

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I know it’s a little bit early to be writing about Thanksgiving, but that’s not exactly what this post is about. It is simply about giving thanks. I believe it’s never too early or too late to say a simple, yet heart-felt, ‘thank you’ to anyone.

One evening, a few years ago, I stood in the long checkout line at a grocery store. My cart was sagging under the weight of all the odds and ends that make up an average week’s worth of groceries. In front of me stood a woman, with just a carton of milk in one hand and a loaf of bread in the other.

Unlike me, she didn’t seem to mind that the line was moving at the speed of an especially lazy sloth (okay, I’m taking poetic license here — strictly speaking, it’s not laziness at all that makes sloths as slow as they are). The lady turned around and smiled at me and took stock of my cart. And then she did the most amazing thing. She said to me, “Why don’t you go ahead of me in the line?” I thought I was hearing things. She must have seen the confusion on my face, because she laughed and said, “I had a wonderful day today. Letting you check out ahead of me is my way of thanking all those people who helped make this day a beautiful one for me.”

She practically floored me. I mean, we don’t see such kindness very often these days! And the sentiment she expressed was so simple and lovely that it stayed with me. It taught me to never be shy to thank someone sincerely, if they helped make a difference for you. Even if it’s something as small as your best friend giving you a spontaneous hug because she notices that you’re looking frayed around the edges, or something bigger like a total stranger stopping on the road to lend you a hand with changing a flat tire.

Thank you all for coming to my blog again and again to read my rambles. I really appreciate your presence here as well as your encouragement. I’ve learned as much, if not more, from all your insightful comments as I did from my research of each of the subjects I discussed here so far.

I’m going away on a trip to India shortly to see family. I’m leaving behind my laptop and all those implements that would let me be online at the touch of a button. This is my way of thanking my mind and body for still sticking with me, despite my driving them both to exhaustion more often than not. So, I won’t be blogging for a while. Neither will I be able to read your posts for a few weeks, but I’ll definitely be thinking about you all.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful time with your loved ones!!

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