Reminiscing about my childhood, growing up in my hometown is not something i consciously do or think about often. But recently certain discussions or random things have been reminding me of some of my favorite memories growing up. Thought i would share those here, and maybe kindle some of your childhood memories as well.

Few days ago T and I were discussing about how nowadays kids have access to a lot of food items on a daily basis, which were more of a luxury for him and I when we were kids. One such food item was ice cream. Nowadays, everyone keeps a tub or box of ice-cream in the freezer all the time, including us. Its mostly Talenti Gelato in our case. But growing up, ice cream was something that we had only on special occasions, when there is a festival, when we are entertaining big group of friends or family. When i was talking about this to T, who had similar upbringing, suddenly I remembered, how my dad would buy Arun ice cream balls every time we have a big non-veg lunch on weekends with our extended family. Do you remember those white balls with blue caps? It was my favorite, and one ball was never enough for me. And the best part, once you are done with eating, you can wash it and use to play ball. We use to play catch, cricket, and all sorts of games. Oh, fun times those were. Its one of my fond memories of my childhood that i have never really thought of before. So it was quite a good feeling when it all came rushing back to my mind :)



Few weekends ago T and I went to U-Village to meet our friends. The boys wanted to play tennis(the reason why we met up), so us ladies stayed back in the U-Village to roam around and do some window shopping. We went to Jonathan Adler's store and were drooling over all his amazing designs that are way out of both our budgets. And then my friend asked if i wanted to go try the "Paint the town" where you paint your own ceramics. If you know me, then you would know what my answer was. Always up for trying something new. So off we went to the Paint The Town studio.



Happy Spring to all of you living on this side of the equator. I am all onboard for the sunnier mornings that light up our bedroom, and the fact that its light out when i get off work in the evening. I have been going on walking mixed with some jogging these couple days. It feels so good to be outside. And i saw a tree in full bloom today. I am happier, my mood is cheerful. I am already making plans to go the Quad in UW, and revisit the places on my first Spring in Seattle post. Ah, i am loving all of it.
Photo by Brittany Wood from WhoWhatWear



When we were in India for 5 weeks in the end of 2016, our days were fully spent visiting relatives, and friends. Although all the homemade exotic indian food were amazing, we were getting a bit exhausted by the 4th week. So when we had couple of days to spare, we decided to go to a hill-station nearby.



Happy Pongal to everyone celebrating this Uzhavar thirunaal. Just like Diwali, Pongal festivities also creeped up on me out of nowhere. But we celebrated it all the same, in our own usual style of dressing up and cooking good food sort of way. Hope you all had a fun time with your loved ones as well. T made ven pongal this morning for breakfast, which is his specialty. And i made millet sweet pongal, which turned out good too. I got the millets from India last month, so i am happy to be already making use of it.

I wore a simple cotton kurta i bought on my India visit. Its from Westside in Chennai. I love the color combination, and the subtle gold details on it, takes this kurta from casual to festive.