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I haven't updated my blog in more than a week and I'm feeling miserable about it. I try to write at least five posts a week, but October kept me so busy that I couldn't take out time for anything. Since Internet is now permanently blocked on my client network, I cannot even read other blogs! Yeah, tragic. Somehow I managed to write fifteen posts in October and two of them were mandatory book reviews. I feel sad that I haven't been able to take out time to update my blog, but I wanted to give most of my time to my regular job as it was in a critical state and it was my responsibility to get the work completed. Yes, I managed to get it done in time but the next phase of it started immediately keeping me more busy. By the time I get home from work I am really exhausted and do not have the strength for anything else. Mostly these days once back home, I log in to work again to check on a few things. So well, now you know why I was away from this space.
Almost the whole of October went away with me buried in work. Weekends and late nights too. Thankfully Cal was supportive of it and helped me sail through easily. I hate compromising on the time I get to spend with him, but this time there was nothing else that I could do. He understood that and on the rare weekends that I was free, we made the most of it. This month I read two books to review. Once sucked and the other one was decent enough. Some Indian authors make you lose faith in the entire concept of books. And a few others let us know why good authors are hard to find. One thing I am sure of, I would not be reading Indian authors for a long time to come. I have a lot of books pending to be read and I just hope I would be able to take time off to read them.
I watched 'Happy New Year' and I actually liked the movie. Although it was cliche personified, it was entertaining. I am a die hard Shahrukh Khan fan, but I have hated some of his movies as well. 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' and 'Ra.One' topping that list. I enjoyed 'Chennai Express' too, it was funny in a weird way. 'Happy New Year' clearly lacked a dialogue writer with dialogues being amply borrowed from other movies, but somehow it was chuckle inducing. Deepika Padukone looked so gorgeous and hot that I have finally begin to keep a watch on my waist line and eat healthy now. That girl is so stunning and I completely respect her for her growth as an actress. Yes, she still had a south Indian accent but that only adds to her charm and her dimples. Abhishek Bachchan is clearly suited only for comic roles. I loved him in 'Yuva' and 'Guru', but roles like that come only once in a life time or once in a Mani Ratnam. His comic timing is impeccable and he was superb in 'Bol Bachchan'. Yeah, I'm a crazy fan of Rohit Shetty movies. And I can't believe that this post is getting so bollywoodish. Have I lost my touch of writing?
October finally ended with a trip to Kerala. Road trip with Cal's family for a religious occasion. It all went in the blur as we traveled to Palakkad and Wayanad and back to Bangalore in two days. We left on Friday night and were back on Sunday night, leaving me exhausted to the bone. Sadly, I did not have time to de-stress and I had to get back to work the next morning. As much as my work is taking a toll on me, I love the rush and the responsibilities. I'm being appreciated big time and I'm getting to learn new things everyday. But from now onwards I am not going to let it take all of my time. I'm consciously going to set aside some time for my blog everyday. I'm gonna get back to the five posts a week and I have promised myself that I should have at least twenty posts for the month of November. And I'm going to do everything I can to keep up this promise.
I miss writing poetry the most. I see so many wonderful prompts around me, but do not get the time to put it into words. A lot of words crowd my head as I lie down to sleep, but by then there is no strength left in me to write them down. Even the rhyming scheme is perfect in my mind, but I am unable to put it on print. So I'm going to get over this and write a lot of poetry this month. For myself first. I want to prove it to myself that I can do this. I want to push the envelope and do justice to both my work and my blog, as these are the two things that define me as a person today. Hopefully I should be able to live up to my own expectations.
November started with a bang as I won the WhatTheBlack activity on Blogadda. This is my first big win and I get an iPad. I have stayed away from tabs until now, but this would surely be a prized possession. I hope the lucky streak continues in everything I do. But more than anything, I just want to master the art of time management and multitasking, so that I can devote more time to my writing and reading.
So tell me, how was your October?