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Project Relax – Part 1

100+ things that make me happy

With Round, I join in here with my list of 100+ things that make me happy. This is an effort make myself calmer, happier, more centered and satisfied in general. Hope that this will add significantly to my weightloss journey. Please see the original happiness post from Round.

Here is my first 10 things – not in the order of preference.

1. Long drive

I love long drives. More when someone else is driving. From the time I can remember I have loved a window seat with wind flying away my hair. Love the long roads and changing scenery. Luckily India is a fascinating country where I do not get bored ever on a drive. In fact I love my drive to and from work as well. It is my time to relax and let my mind wander. A drive across India is heaven. A drive across Mumbai is very good too.

2. Walk on the Marine Drive

This is a special place. This is end of Mumbai. All you can see is Arabian Sea. And some of world’s richest real estate is behind you. There is a concrete pathway on which people sit, stand or stroll on. This is built on reclaimed land. So no gentle beach this. The sea side of the walkway is a straight drop ending in piles of huge boulders. Doesn’t sound very interesting, does it? But the atmosphere is electric. Every single time I have been there, I have forgotten every problem I had. Can’t really explain what it is. Perhaps the lovely wind blowing in from the sea or the decked up families and lovers and old comfortable couples or the apartment complex on the other side of the road (where I do not dream of living in my next ten reincarnations) – I don’t really know what it is. Just sit on the pier and look out and once the Sun sets there is nothing to see also but it just lifts me up no end.

3. Watching a few episodes of Friends

I enjoy watching season DVDs of tv series. Of all that I have watched so far, FRIENDS remain the favorite. There is something so lovely in these six friends and their lovely conversations and antics. I specially love how they get up each time they fall. They are not someone you would call particularly successful but they have the best attitude. So yeah, when I am blue and hopeless, I sometimes make myself get up and plug in a season DVD. Perhaps one day I will grow tired, but till then big fun.

4. Cooking a near-perfect family meal

Do recognize the word near-perfect there. Know that I should not get bothered so much. But it’s such a big deal for me to have everything just perfect. As much as possible I would not let sis-in-law to help. Mom can help but she needs to do exactly what I tell her to. So I would plan a whole menu on these days and cook everything with lots of love and care. I love to see the joy in everyone’s face. Specially brother’s whose praise is difficult to get. Of course I love to eat that meal too. The meal is not always healthy. It is always healthier because picking up healthier options have become second nature, at least when I am cooking not under stress.

5. Cooking and eating a comfort snack

A guilty pleasure now. Well, I have lost the taste for process snacks (the ones easily available) for most part. Not that I never indulge in a packet of chips. But for the most part when I want to eat something because I am down or just feel like indulging a bit – most often I want to make something to eat. About half the time I cook variations of Maggi noodles. Maggi is an immensely popular instant noodle brand in India. It’s holding on to the most popular spot for 25 years now. Most Indians have their own variations and twists. Generally it would be a vegetable laden soupy concoction for me but quite often it is guiltier and spicier. Apart from this too, the main theme is savoury soupy stuff with oats or lentils or again some savoury stuff made of left overs. Generally a bit of nonsense really but I love them. What I need to do is not read a book while eating those so I get a better handle on the quality.

6. Reading

There will be a few more more specific reading items in the list. However I love to read (okay, to an extent) any content. I hoard mails in a to-read folder as I hurt deleting mails without reading. I know I am not interested in company balance sheets (yet) but I will save that mail for years. We often use paper sacks made of recycled newspapers and magazines. It’s a passion to carefully tear up the sack to open and smoothe the paper to read it. Perversely enough I barely read current newspapers. I do sometimes but not really much. I love reading emails of every kind. So yes, reading makes me happy – on the net, on the phone or on plain old fashioned paper.

7. Washing my hair

I love washing and conditioning my hair. Must be the one grooming thing that I do frequently enough. I love the fragrance of some shampoos. Love more the soft, clean and shining hair. I love blow dried hair too. Get that done with a hair-cut. But otherwise, no. Also love getting my hair washed in the salon. They sometimes massage my head a bit too. Lovely!

8. Taking a long shower

Love taking a long shower. Specially using a fragrant body wash or bath soap. Specially in the summer which has started in all earnest before time this year. Specially after working out. It gives such a squeaky clean feel and I feel lighter. It makes me fresh in the morning and sleepy at the end of a day or a lazy Sunday afternoon.

9. Full body massage

Again heaven. Almost always. I often have body pains and aches from everyday stress and of course the body and the feet hurt carrying the immense load. High heels help getting some pains too. It’s heavenly to get a massage done where pains flow away and muscles loosen. I love to get pampered. I love that time of doing nothing and letting go.

10. The view from my bedroom window

This is a bonus that would go away when we leave this apartment. It’s a rented one and quite far from my office. However what a glorious view. The city sprawls on for a while and then there is a small mountain rising up. When the light is mellow in a morning or late afternoon (a glorious golden light or a sepia light comes up at times) or a cloudy day or even on a sunny noon, the view is lovely. I keep looking out and when I do I always feel better. The lights dazzle like jewels carelessly thrown. Rain falls vertically straight or columns of it move with the wind. The mountain gets lost in clouds and sometimes in mist. In a very busy, very crowded city, we have hit jackpot. Do not plan to leave before the rains. However may do later to reduce the commute time.

Looking forward to jotting down the next 10. Do let me know your thoughts. Also if you decide to make a list, do let Round know so we can have links to all of them at one place.



5 Responses so far »

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    Jennifer Lancey said,

    March 23, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

    Nice site. There

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    rosiecheeks said,

    March 23, 2010 @ 6:40 pm

    This is awesome, I love the idea behind this entry! I can’t imagine life in India – It sounds so beautiful, and aspects of the Culture are my absolute favourite. You should take a photograph of the view from your window, so that we can share it with you! 🙂

    I’d like to do this, but I have no idea how to provide the links! I’ll figure it out, I’m sure. And, like you, I’ll keep coming back! You write beautifully. Keep at it!
    – R

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    round said,

    March 31, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

    I love this list, Ini!!!

    Thanks for sharing a part of yourself!

    I’m going to add a link to this entry on my “Relax” page

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    Madsie said,

    April 11, 2010 @ 3:12 am

    Hey Iniya
    Remember the time in 2006 Jan when 3 of us went for that massage at Angsana …….. and followed by that buffet at Le Meridian?

    Iniya – I miss you !!!!!!!

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    ipage promo said,

    November 21, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

    interesting material, where such topics do you find? I will often go.

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