Pizzazz!

Pizzazz!

                  The get-together had been planned a couple months in advance. It would be held at my place, where there would be just us girls ( hubby being  lovingly packed off on a weekend getaway  with his buddies). All of my seven girlfriends would set up camp at my place for two entire days. There would be food, music, gossip and laughter. Lots of laughter. Ah! Bliss!
Frankly, such days are so rare, when we girls  get an opportunity to let our hair down, and simply forget the world. How we were looking forward to it! And, to top it all, we would not be toiling away in the kitchen, sweating it out, while the world enjoyed outdoors. What is takeaway for?  Two of the girls had decided on the menu, again, couple months in advance!
There would be Chinese, and there would be Thai, and last, but not the least, there would be PIZZA – the all-time favourite of every person in our group. We had been drooling over the menu  since the day it was decided. K, being an expert at ordering takeaway, had already decided on calling up her trusted Pizzahut for our dinner. In fact, it was something that was on top of every mind. No sooner had everyone gathered than discussion on food began in full swing.
Health food, junk food, vegetarian fare, non-veg, Indian, Oriental, Moghlai…the talks just wouldn’t stop! Kids and their eating habits, their tantrums at the dining table, add to that the hubby’s tantrums about the health food on his plate! Every one had some or other grouse. But, when  lunch arrived, all was forgotten. The scrumptious, finger-licking (or, should I say, chopstick-licking?) Chinese, was finished in no time.
The afternoon spent in some gossip and some heart to heart chats, turned to evening, when our tummies began growling at the mere mention of the P word! Again, K, being Miss Know-all, enlightened us with her knowledge of 27coupons, a coupons distributor, which played Santa, giving discounts on our menu from Pizzahut. It was utter chaos when it came to placing the orders. The food had to be in a  large quantity. It was meant for eight chattering, hungry  women, who hadn’t had the time of their lives in quite a while. We decided to just go overboard.
Some wanted the appetisers, and  some  the pan pizza, some wanted to try out the new chilli cheese garlic bread, while someone else wanted the plain garlic bread, and we all wanted the desserts. A few medium size pizzas were ordered, as we would be getting discounts on other medium size pizzas. It was the perfect ‘Alice in Wonderland’ moment for us all!  Thankfully, because K had it all written down, it proved  easy placing the orders.
And, finally, when  the favourite pizzas were being wolfed down, there was pin drop silence! No, there were the moans and the groans, followed by the giggles and the chuckles. How can one ever eat a Pizza silently?!  It was one never ending dinner we had  that night, the memories of which bring back that heavenly taste on my tongue even today! The Thai lunch the next day, was equally amazing, but, it’s the Pizza that would stay on our minds for days to come.
The get-together was a memorable one. While saying our good byes, we all decided to have many more such get-togethers, and have the same menu ordered from the same places. Thus, looking forward to the next meeting, each girl went back home rejuvenated, and satiated!

New age shopping.

New age shopping.

                “I have nothing to wear!” I exclaimed, as I stood facing  my wardrobe, inspecting the heap of outfits I had grown bored of. Hubby sat on a settee behind me, with a book in hand, pretending to be deeply engrossed in it. Exasperated at his ignorance, I snatched the book from his hands and tossed it aside.
“I said, I have nothing to wear for the party next week! When are you going to find some time for your wife? Take her shopping? You just don’t care about me anymore!” I went on with my barrage, as hubby sat silently, watching me with an amused look in his naughty eyes. Finally, when he could take it no more, he spoke.
“Have you finished? May I say something now? What were you dreaming about when I proposed a shopping trip last week? And, now,you very well know how busy I am going to be the next few days, don’t you? So, why don’t you go by yourself?  Take my credit card, and go splurge! Splurge to your heart’s content, wifey!” he tried to flirt, forcing a smile on my lips. The idea did seem tempting. I mean, it’s not every day that  hubby can be in such a good mood, so as to hand over his credit card and ask me to go wild!  But, then, one look outdoors and my  enthusiasm evaporated.
I pointed at the sky and made a face, wincing at the sweltering heat. How could anybody think about going shopping in that heat? Pat came the reply from my quick-witted partner, ” Why do you need to travel out there for your shopping, when you can get it all done from the cool comforts of your own home? Haven’t you heard about shopping from home? Online shopping? Duh!”
            I smiled sheepishly and blushed! I really hadn’t given that a thought. How foolish of me! As I sat there, lost in thoughts, hubby came up with some more helpful ideas about shopping at the  online megastore, Flipkart, his favourite  shopping destination. He also began telling me  about the fabulous  27coupons,  a coupons and deals distribution platform, which catered to Flipkart. That meant discounts on a variety of items, right from men and women’s apparel, to accessories, to books, you name it!
I was on cloud nine!  Just imagining going crazy in this new ‘mall’ gave me a high. My mind was made. The next day, with hubby  at the office and the house to myself,  I would switch on the AC, recline on my bed and go shopping! I quickly began preparing my shopping list. It would definitely consist of stuff to be bought just for myself. For once,  I would be totally  selfish. Umm, maybe, I would gift hubby a watch, to thank him for his tremendous help and his amazing ideas.
         The discount coupons would mean an opportunity to shop more, or, shop till I drop! And, shopping online would mean freedom from lugging heavy shopping bags from place to place. My cargo would be delivered at my door step,  flawlessly, and in record time,  to be flaunted at the party! Oh! Is this what he meant by that ‘shopping trip’? Aww, isn’t he such a darling?
         

A house of our own.

A house of our own.

                  “I dreamt we bought a house,”  I would tell hubby, every once in a while, knowing fully well that it would lead to an argument.  Residing in a rented apartment  as opposed to buying a house, used to be the topic of argument between us for quite a long time, where he was all for the former, whilst I wanted to have a roof over our heads that we could call our own. But,  didn’t the famous writer Mr Coelho say that, when you want something, and wish for it with all your heart, then the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it? Well, that is exactly what happened! We bought a house, our own house!

                 Of course, choosing the right one was a tough job. So many things had to be taken into consideration. Its vicinity, its nearness to my work place, availability of all the local amenities, and of course, the most important one: the loan! But, as I said, the universe was indeed conspiring in making my dream come true. Everything fell into place, just like that! We found the perfect house in a cozy little housing colony, far away from the madding crowd! And, I was  on cloud nine!
               Shifting the household items, setting up the house, decorating it just the way we wanted to (without the decorator’s meddling) took up quite some time. But, in the end, we were happy, contented and at peace. It was the first major achievement for the two of us. Well, buying a house is not a child’s play, is it?
             However, as all things come to an end, the excitement, the novelty began to fade as certain realities began coming into focus. For instance, our area had frequent power cuts, or load-shedding, as we call it here. The moment the mixer-grinder would come out of it’s corner, the power used to bid us good bye, leaving us frustrated at all the plans for an elaborate meal getting fizzled out. Then would begin the endless wait, testing our patience and our sense of humour!
            Another major glitch was the unavailability of a scheduled transport system for me to reach my work place. I would wait for hours on end at the bus- stop, waiting for a miracle. At times, my prayers got answered, and at others, I was left fuming and fretting at the pathetic planning by the governing body. Hubby was totally against getting a two-wheeler, as he worried for my safety on the beastly roads. 
           Ah, but, we decided to give things some time. Time  surely is  the healer. We began  learning to find our way out of problems. Slowly and steadily, things began improving. Life began improving. The major step we had taken proved to be the right one! Our house, our home, which we had bought with our own hard earned money, proved to be a blessing. It had been a big change for us, but, a good change, for sure! And, as the saying goes, all’s well that ends well! We decided to #StartANewLife and we succeeded!