Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Other Stuff

illustration by me.

Been a crazy few months but full of fun and unusual moments. In a nutshell this is what it was all about:
  • Aku looking thoroughly bored in every saree shop trying hard to understand why women love it so much when it's just a long piece of cloth. She had a point.
  • I on the other hand noticed how all the ladies who come to saree shops seemed to have back cleavages.
  • Going shoe shopping and trying to dodge the shoes falling from the ceiling. Always scary. Why can't they store it someplace else.
  • Going to Aroma Thai foot spa and letting our minds go on a one hour holiday.
  • Pretending to understand Gujrati spoken by saree salesmen hoping to get better service.
  • Explaining the length of my blouses as 'it should cover my stomach crease formed while watching too much TV'
  • Experimenting with different makeup looks. Smokey eye was more like black eye unfortunately.
  • Packing cards for what felt like a lifetime.
  • Going out and grabbing a bite when we had too much to do.
  • Planning menus, decorations and everything that goes with it.
  • Crying when my blouse didn't arrive on time and trying to make myself feel better about wearing a non-matching blouse by walking to Carter Road and eating Bhutta.
  • Eating chocolates to put myself in a better mood when stressed. Ok, this is nothing new.
  • Being really bad at helping Anand find a tie for the reception. I don't know why this was so hard.
  • Documenting everything on my phone camera.
  • Not doing anything like we planned which includes eating healthy, exercising and beautifying in whatever way possible. No time. And how does one suddenly transform?
  • Having a thousand thoughts running through my head and still finding time to think about things like - If people didn't eat eggs wouldn't there be too many birds? which in turn would lay more eggs. Eeks.
  • A lot of firsts - got my first manicure, bought my first lipstick and blowdried my hair 5 times in one week for the first and last time.
  • Going to Kerala a week before the wedding and discovering that Bananas there are different. Yellowish-pink banana is just plain weird.
  • Heating my hands over the fire in the kitchen so that my mehendi would dry faster so I could eat faster. Though I'm pretty sure I did eat some mehendi too.
  • My mehendi getting darker everyday for 4 days. So either my hands are really warm or my husband's going to be head over heels in love with me. I'd rather go with the latter.
  • Waking up with orange spots on my feet on the morning after the mehendi and wondering what the hell happened.
  • Not opening the door the the Eunuchs who were demanding money. Such a weird custom.
  • Getting more nervous than Aku on her wedding day while Anand remained as cool as an ice-cube.
  • Making up for missing eating Jalapeno poppers at the wedding with all the desserts.
  • Troubling Aku & Anand to practise their fake smiles for the reception.
  • Watching so many almost love stories happen.
  • Mom not understanding why I would go to buy t-shirts on the reception day just because.
  • Trying to desperately learn last minute makeup tips from youtube.
  • Aku being terrified of eyelash curlers.
  • Sleeping every night with the earings I'm supposed to wear the the next days function so I don't cry at the last moment.
  • Deciding not to have a Sangeet since we are not disciples of Karan Johar.
  • Waking up every morning with Tim Burton/Helena Bonham Carter hair - whichevers worse.
  • And then transforming into something else by the evening.
  • I even started eating salad hoping I'll suddenly look like a movie star. Doesn't make a difference.
That's all for now. I'd better start packing Aku's honeymoon bag while she rests like a princess.
Tomorrow it's back to the normal life and to my non-glam look. Welcome back Tim hair.

And to my Aku and Anand - bon voyage.

And don't worry Aku, there will always be a toothbrush for you in our bathroom. Just remember yours is the green one.
Or there may not be one the next time to prevent grossness.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Wedding Planner

I've been wedding planner for a while now thanks to my dear sister Aku who got married yesterday.
She conveniently made me CEO of her wedding which left me feeling like a one-man band. Something like Vinod Khanna in Amar Akbar Anthony (which I always thought was pretty cool).

So, Aku & Anand met while working in the same Bank a few years ago but he managed to charm his way into her heart by teaching her tennis. Clever one!

This is what I made for Aku so she could send out Save the Dates emails to her friends.

save the dates emailer by me.

But, Aku being Aku thought it was cheesy and rejected it.
Luckily the same didn't happen with her wedding card.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

In the middle of it all

My sister is getting married. It's the biggest event of her life. And mine.

With loads of to-do-lists which seem to be walking the tight rope on my mind, always threatening to fall out, I managed to forget to buy my mother a birthday gift but remembered the food tasting.

I even missed my alarm for the Oscars.

White carnations with red roses or red carnations with white roses? Does it matter?

Am I losing my mind? 
People probably think I'm crazy when I say no peas in the lasagna and no filling in the Gulab Jamuns.

I was on the verge of thinking I needed help or atleast an evening at Aroma Thai foot spa.

And then I saw this in the Mumbai Mirror and it ironed out my crinkly forehead right away.
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