Dec 31, 2013

Turning 26 & The Year That Was

This year was another of those blink and you'll miss it years, though it was packed with events and life decisions. All in all, even though I am guessing my 26 before 26 was not really a success... but it was a GOOD year. :) In a random order, the year that was ~
  • Quit a job for the first time in my life... Moved on to something that does not fill my pockets, but fills my soul. Enviable, I am told. 
  • Almost got arrested. The seriously deranged.... people(?) I deal with, they are fun. It is fun taking down bullies and telling them, haan karle jo karna hai.
  • I change the world as we know it. NOTHING beats this feeling. Nothing beats the feeling that I am making a difference to the world which is beyond just existing here, being a statistic. 
  • Home is home now. I went through the cycle of hiring hands to do their false ceiling, wall painting, making furniture business. Got to choose the color of the walls & got to be pseudo architect. I would have had a rocking career! (like most other things I like to do, but never took as a serious career option)
  • On the flip-side, this left me no time or money to do the more expensive things on my list, so... well. You win some, you lose some yes? 
  • New blog was made. It did not die a premature death, and crossed the 500 posts marks. 
  • For the first time in years, no wishlist happened for the birthday. No "birthday" happened really, considering I was working (shooting a wedding in Ahmedabad).
  • You know how you break up with someone, you spend a year or so just being resentful of them, of how things are, or life in general? And then you reach this state of... nothingness? Like nothing related to the person matters... you even start being benevolent about their presence. You get philosophical, and get into the live-and-let-live zone... because you realise your life is going pretty okay without them. I got that way for a bunch of people I lost(?) contact with. I don't resent life - or them - for having turned out this way. I only wish them the good in whatever they are doing.. and well, move on.
  • Realised that there are some friends, that need NOT constantly called or hung out with. There are some friendships that simply by virtue of their age have transcended the usual dimensions of maintaining a friendship. School friends, for me, fell into this category. It was nice loosening the hold a bit, and growing along with the others.   
  • Got nostalgic for childhood a lot this year, simpler times, because life is just that overwhelming with activity these days. 
  • Attended someones funeral for the first time. Witnessed extreme pain for the first time. Thought I would never make it if I had to do this. People around me, please live forever? :( 
  • Met a host of Bollywood celebrities, it is wonderful to get to know famous people who are well... just regular people who love the next dog or cat just as much as you would! And most of them are really, really, good looking! :D
  • Attended a Bollywood party, with a glittery attire I will otherwise not be caught dead in. Full on jhatang mode. So this counts as trying things, I wouldn't have otherwise. :P
  • No matter how much I rock my last wedding, I am always nervous about my next one. It is scary as much as it is fun. So.. just cut the others some slack okay? It takes more than just a fancy camera and PR skills.  
  • Married life saw the ultimate drama test (as made popular by the movies and the TV shows) and....  I came out on the top. Bitches be damned! If you are reading this, which you probably are... get off the internet. And get a life. It is seriously NOT meant for people like you. Yes, this time, I actually DO mean you.
  • Watching late night movies, and then getting a coffee became "our" thing. We have literally watched every movie that released this year, even the bad ones. :P (and by that, needless to mention, I mean Hollywood!)
  • I got mentioned in a bunch of newspapers, magazines, online columns, was made to bark and meow on national radio (as promotion for an event), phone no. got RTed by a bunch of famous people leading to creeps calling me up to ask, 'Yeh Sonam Kapoor hai kya?' .... *facepalm* 
  • This year was no good for family time. I realised what a fast paced life I live, because I literally spoke to my mother like 50 times this year. I am always working.. always on the go... phone keeps ringing all the time. I struggle to maintain that I like this, let me be, while mother dearest hates it with a passion. Sigh.
  • I have a good feeling about the next year. 2014 don't let me down okay?
With lots of love & the best of wishes for the new year,
P.S: I am twenty-fucking-six. WOW.
Now Playing: Somewhere only we know | Keane (Glee version)

Oct 29, 2013

Of Moon & John

Work has been crazy hectic & crazy awesome. I turned into a puppy person, because I wanted to meet John. (I am a HUGE fan of those dimples..). I do not know what was the better moment of the day - that I fell completely, irrevocably in love with a wee little cute furball puppy called Moon, or that I stood there and chatted with John Abraham about how cute this aforementioned pup was, and handing the pup to him before a picture perfect shot was taken. I think both. #totalfangirlmomenthappening

Moon came back smelling like John, I swear I am not crazy. 
John is such an incredible person because he was a DELIGHT to shoot with. And an absolutely sweet person to talk to. His mom, Firoza aunty was so much more sweeter! A wonderful lady who loves dogs just as much as we do! :) What a fun shoot. (John's teeshirt said 'Man of Steel'  *sigh*)

Before you ask what the shoot was for, it was for the amazing World For All "Pet Parents" calendar. If you want a copy (I only just wrapped up the design with the team, and its looking so AWESOME, it matters next to nothing that I have barely slept in two days!) email me on and I will be in touch! Cannot wait for the calendar launch, which happens in two weeks. Our calendar has been covered by pretty much every major newspaper / magazine, and the interest generated has been phenomenal. I. Am. So. Excited! Yay us! :)

Do order your copy today. Its a small amount, but it will ALL go towards saving an innocent life. Everyone from our endorser John to the actors featured to the amazing photographer to the wonderful designing & editing team .. and right down to the WFA team - has put in a LOT of hard work, all for one cause. Help us help the ones who need it the most. It's a personal request. :)

... So how have you been lately? 

P.S: Seriously deliberating getting a paw prints tattoo over my heart. 
Now Playing: I'm ready | Bryan Adams

Sep 28, 2013

A Leap of Faith

A month ago, I took a giant leap of faith, done something so crazy.. so unbelievably out-of-character for me - that I could not have predicted for myself. Ever. 

I quit my job.

Why is this such a big deal for me?

Because I, unlike most people - actually make that EVERYONE I know - I LOVED MY JOB! I worked a job, I had no professional degree for (I am supposed to be a software engineer) - yet I loved to do, I have made amazing friends in my team members, I met my husband working for this job and to cut a long story short... it was like home.

So why did I quit?

You know, how sometimes in life, things get too comfortable and you need a jolt to wake you up? How sometimes, you know somewhere in the deepest corner in your heart that your calling lies somewhere elusive, just out of reach.. but if you tried hard enough you can reach there? Where you are is wonderful... but its not enough? It's like being in that wonderful relationship.. just before you breakup and meet your soulmate. :) It is perfect, everything is amazing.. but it is still not quite there yet. 

I have been working for animal welfare ever since I adopted my cats from World For All. Since then, I have fostered numerous cats, photographed many adoption events, spoken to a million people for adoptions, designed and marketed a bunch of posters, managed their social channels.. and had my number plastered all over the city/country. There is something about cradling an animal, that emotion that overcomes every single fibre of your being - nothing matches this. Nothing - NOTHING - compares to the feeling that you saved someones life today. 

So, thats what I did. I traded my fancy, high paying, comfortable job, for a job that allows little renumeration, lots of heartbreaks and tears.. and incomparable joy. I told myself, and many people who were skeptical about my decision - if I am not doing this now, I am not doing this ever.

For the first time in 25 years, I find myself without a plan. Well, a long term plan atleast. I find myself without a daily set schedule, something already decided and tried-tested to fashion my days. I will be honest, its been a month, and it is a struggle to come to terms with this missing order to my life. It is a task to force yourself to sit still at the desk, and quietly get some work done. It is like being let into a candy store after starving all your life, you do not know how to react. Where to go first. What to try first. 

There is a world full of possibilities in front of me right now. This is it. There are a million things, that went under my 'always wanted to do, but never found the time' list. The time for all those things is now. This is me, with my eyes closed, both legs forward, taking a leap of faith. 

P.S: Scotch has been taking full advantage of stay at home mommy... :)

Are you working? Wait first see how handsome I am. Blow me a kiss. Carry on. 

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Now Playing: Wishlist | Pearl Jam

Aug 16, 2013

Travel safe, Louie baby. :(

A couple of months ago, I came across a beautiful ginger white boy outside my office premises. There was a crowd of people, and this tiny thing was walking up to everywhere, with a searching look on his face, asking to be petted. Some didn't pay attention, some shooed him away.. and then he spotted me and immediately trotted over. I bent down to scratch his head, as I always do with kittens on the street.. pretty much anytime I see them, and I could hear his strong purring. He loved it! I saw his shoulder had an injury, so I knew I was going to pick him up and take him home to treat him. But my best friend from school was in town, and I was meeting her after years. I was supposed to meet her in about... 2 minutes. I picked him up anyway, and met my friend in the cab. She saw him and exclaimed, 'Oh he looks just like my Louie!! My cat that went missing a few years ago..' The new kitten seemed to love having two people cooing over him, and that's how he was named. My beautiful baby, Louie.

Made this adoption poster for him .. Such a pretty boy.

Jun 14, 2013


You know how it physically hurts to drift away from someone, when you know in your heart you do not want to. And it is almost shocking when you allow yourself to go back in the past and dig up memories of shared closeness? You just have to move on and tell yourself that you grew up. The one you held dear grew up too. And you are just two completely different people, ... and that is all there is to it. Sounds so simple when you put it that way, people just grew up.

And yet, some days you sit and try to remember when was it that you had started to drift apart? When was it that this 'growing up' happened? Was it when you had your first real heart break? Was it when quit tying your hair into two pigtails and traded wearing ugly black school boots for shiny new college heels? Was it when you somehow made it to graduation finish line without having a complete breakdown and stepped out into the big bad world? Or was it when, corporate life killed all semblance of a social life that once existed, quickly distancing you from everyone that exists in your world? 

You may never know when you grew up.

It will be almost funny to remember how, staying in two different states, meeting only but twice a year for short vacations, was enough for two people to be the closest of friends and now staying in the same city, barely an hour away from each other, and the conversation never goes beyond an occasional Whatsapp. You will never know when memories become things of the past, stashed away somewhere on the top of the closet, wrapped in an old sheet, covered with a film of dust by now. Forgotten, because people moved on.

Remember how a decade and a half ago, life was full of all these amazing stories - like that one time you got blasted for ruining mom's sarees - two sets, one for each of the moms - in order to make a make-shift tent on that terrace you spent almost all of your time on. Or like spending endless hours, armed with only that old blue comb, inventing hairstyles that could be worn to school. Or that one time, you lay close giggling in the middle of the night, torch light in hand, looking up meanings to words in that faded old Oxford dictionary, you dare not ask anyone else. When you began a ritual to 'treat' each other with pocket money saved over Diwali, when a cheese grilled sandwich, pavbhaji and two bottles of old Coke, amounting to a mere 50 rupees, was an expensive luxurious meal for two. 

That time when you breathlessly declared that you had fallen in love with that guy who had grown taller and considerably attractive last fall, and definitely seemed to make some suspicious eye contact with you at Holi. And then the winter after that, spending hours on that same terrace, calls names to the same guy in childish fury, for breaking your heart to pieces. Spending an entire night brushing aside boys and their silly antics, to talk about life and career and fucked up families and a future you were too scared to confront.

It all faded away. The terrace grew too small, the heartbreaks got too big. The future we were so worried about, became the present... one in which you were just a figure on the sidelines. Marriage happened, kids followed. New families happened. New responsibilities happened, and  all our childish playthings were packed away. We went from knowing all to knowing barely anything. This wasn't just falling out of touch, this was more. This was not just growing up, this was growing out of each other. 

It happens. I know. But just this once, can we go back to 90's again and stay there a while longer?

~ Annie. 
P.S: I miss you M. :(

P.P.S: Something that would have come easily to me otherwise, but for some reason it didn't this time around - That time you called me at 4AM, while you were awake tending to your kid and I was awake tending to my sick kitten, and we giggled quietly whispering about how we were now mom's feeding our babies.... I swear I was back to our sleepover when we slept out in the hall, giggling at 4AM. 
Now Playing: To Make You Feel My Love | Kris Allen

Jun 2, 2013

Blogger stats and related revelations! :D

So I read this recent post by PeaBee, in which she mentioned some of her blog's stats, which got me very curiously on my own dash, looking through all the 260 - two hundred and sixty? WOW! - posts and checking out my blog stats! I have added^ / edited* some questions, and I seriously recommend you do this activity in case you have been (like me) blogging for a while! Total walk down memory lane, this one. :)

My first post: Hello World
Okay this is mortifying. As we can see, I had an insane tendency to use a lot of full stops and exclamation points. And utter disregard for correct spelling. In my defense, this was FIVE years ago. And it is ironic and funny how, my life DID turn into a human-rights, save-the-animals themed story. :)

May 28, 2013

Why hello again.

So, dusting cobwebs and generously dousing the place with air fresheners, here I am, out of my blog hiatus. 2 questions - why was I gone and why am I back?

First, easy to answer, I was super busy. As we may be aware, I was on my conquest of the 26 before 26, specifically the 'Do atleast 5 weddings / 20 portraits, the paid kind'. Yes dear awesome people (who still read this blog :P), I have recently crossed off my list item with flourish. This has kept me so busy that hardly anything else has moved from my list!

Second, a little more difficult to answer, but I think I am now wise enough to add my two cents to a piece I read today - 6 Vital Questions To Ask Before You Are Ready To Say I Do. Call it a critical analysis if you will. I'd like to say - great piece whoever wrote it (since the byline was missing.. or mysteriously placed elsewhere), good flow, some great points. So here is what I have to say / add about the whole topic:

Mar 9, 2013

So You Think You Can Dance!

Working alone can make you seriously lose track of time... because you are wasting so much of it! :| To cut a long meaningless story short, I landed on my favourite part of YouTube again - SYTYCD re-runs. :)

Here are some of those perfect, beautiful, flawless dance routines, that never grow old, never seem any less fascinating or any less beautiful, no matter how many times you see them. These are some of the best dancers I have ever seen.. and I so wish they had dancers / choreographers like these back here in India!

Jan 17, 2013

Pick Me, Choose Me, Love Me

So far, it has only been me and the bestie who love watching Grey's Anatomy.

Maybe because we both were introduced to the series very recently, and have been obsessed with it so far. I had been meaning to catch it for ages, but it was only recently that I managed to get hold of all the seasons and LITERALLY watched them in one go. I actually bunked work one Monday (!) because my head was aching from all the continuous hours of watching the series and then stayed in all day watching some more. Haha.

Jan 4, 2013


This is a rant.