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And it’s February #GratitudePost- January

Gratitude for January

Before I could even get used to saying 2020, January is already over. And it’s February – my birthday month, one I always look forward to.

Now you may ask, what’s the big deal about a birthday? Well for one, I actually enjoy the feeling of being special. My mum always made a big deal about birthdays and I still remember the plain vanilla sponge she’d make with buttercream stars in pink and green.

Those were the days before chocolate cake when the maximum colour was streaks of chocolate that marbled the vanilla sponge .

So while I look forward to the looming birthday, I’d like to recap the month gone by. I do have a lot to be grateful for.

Food and fun

The market filled with nature’s bounty meant freshly made Undhya

December’s festive mood carried on to January. The New Year began with a cozy cousins’ meet where the food and wine flowed as smoothly as the wine .

Nutcracker at Palladium turned out to be a gem! A delightful lunch of quesadillas and spaghetti rounded off with the signature dessert of the house vanilla ice cream with a slice of cake layered with biscuit crumbs, gooey chocolate, butterscotch and slivered almonds . Celebrating a friend’s birthday was never  such fun!

In mid January the family got together on a windswept terrace to welcome the newest member of the family. All of just four months old, she looked bemused as the rest of us went goo goo gaga over her.

Enjoyed a cappuccino with a cousin at the quaint Blue Tokai tucked away in an erstwhile industrial compound behind the leafy bylanes of Parel.

Upcoming project

Asa, an old childhood friend with whom I reconnected last year has asked to collaborate on a project close to my heart – FOOD.

I was thrilled to be asked to join in a unique, creative venture. Thanks Asa for your faith in me and reaching out to me .


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Sticks and stones will break my bones but these new instruments of torture have definitely improved my movements

With my external rotation just about 10 degrees, my physiotherapist felt I needed more work. So with almost daily stretching and some strength building work, my shoulder is now feeling freer and lighter.

Today I can actually reach out to my lower back and turn on the light switch.

There’s something to be said for waking up sleeping muscles – magic that only a physiotherapist can do.


Finally, after years of being a lapsed reader, I finally managed to rediscover the joy of reading. I read several books this month.

Strangely enough, the books I landed up reading had women protagonists with very bad relationships with their mothers. 

I hope February sees me reading a different kind of book.

Ciao till next month!

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Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!


  1. Wow! B day month sure seems like fun. You know I have somehow stopped being excited about my birthday over the years, it just feels like a regular day but I am glad you still have that special feeling. Keep it coming. And lovely pics of food on the blog!

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Well my birthdays are like any other day it’s just that I feel special from inside . And my grandkids love blowing out the candles on the cake and giving me special cards that they make ….. so actually the celebrations are more for them!

  2. Wishing you a very happy bday once again Sunita. I am glad to see that you enjoyed your day as one rightly should. I believe in an all out pampering on the day and almost every time do indulge in that.

    Happy to see you being a perfectionist in your physio routine- thats the way to ace it. Keep at it my friend and soon you will be back to 100% in no time.

    The food project sounds perfect as its just up your alley- looking forward to hearing more about it. Wish you tonnes of success for it and a very refreshing March ahead!

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