Why Have I Been AWOL? : #MondayMusings #MondayBlogs

“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau

Yes, I have been awol from my blog for way too long. What on earth is awol? Absent without leave. You might be wondering what’s eating into my love for blogging. Well, a few things.

Here in India we manage to find ample time to engage in our passion, work and hobbies, if we have good helping hands at home, or if we learn to manage our time better. We are a dusty country and our homes need to be cleaned and spruced up diligently, every single day, without fail. Else you may be surprised to discover, you actually live in an abandoned or haunted house. To cut a long story short, I have not had steady helping hands for over six-seven months now. I used to have a live-in help, not anymore. Having a live-in help gave me the utter luxury of indulging in my writing, and doing justice to my little legacy that I call NatashaMusing. A steady help also allowed me a lot of down time, that included reading time and extra time to nourish and nurture myself, and my interests. 

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The last few months I have been doing the dishes at odd hours, cleaning the fridge and microwave and Oh! how could I forget the kitchen counters, folding laundry, making beds, rustling up lunch box meals, putting the home in order, running a thousand errands, whipping up a meal or two, and so on so forth. It’s a “longer than you think” list. 

But that said, I must add that the family is pitching in big time. I have allocated a job list to every member! Yet I am left with little or no time to blog. I miss the blogosphere, my favourite bloggers and their posts that add colour to my day. Miss tapping furiously on my keyboard and spewing words like a women possessed. And I miss commenting regularly on all the gorgeous blogs that link up with us every #WordlessWednesday. But then, duty beckons and it’s the home front that needs my attention at this point of time.

Yes, I promise to be back, hopefully before the year ends, which is not too long away. In the interim, I’m happy to share with you that  I finally managed to do a few things for myself last week, despite the hectic schedules at home. 

After all, when we take time to nurture ourselves, we can positively nurture others and manage the things that need our attention, better too. 

Unwinding Amidst the Busyness

Literary Festival: During the week I attended the curtain raiser to the Times Literary Festival,  with my book club gang. It was not all that great; but good company, the one odd speaker who was brilliant – Manu Joseph, and the outdoor autumnal setting added to the cheer. I’m so glad I took that evening off, after a lot of prodding and convincing from my older daughter who volunteered to take charge, while I was away. Thank God! for this thoughtful child of mine who is my friend and confidante and my pillar of support.

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Wadrobe Overhaul: I also sorted our winter clothes and that of my ten-year-old girl’s this weekend, with help from her and her Daddy dearest; who else but my DH. I’m so glad my winter wardrobe is in place, and so is hers. This happens to be an arduous task, as it also entails putting the summer wardrobe away. But I’m so glad I was able to wrap up in two days straight. I also managed to discard clothes which we no longer needed, and keep them away to give to charity. It feels good to swing open a spruced up wardrobe, with neatly stacked woollens, that promise to snuggle up to you in a warm embrace, whenever you chose. 

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Reading: On Saturday I also managed to squeeze in half-an-hour of my busy time sipping my favourite Blue Tokai coffee and savouring the enchanting book, Ikigai. So grateful for this little ‘me-time.”

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Movie Date: Yesterday the DH and I caught up on one of our favourite band‘s, all-new-flick, Bohemian Rhapsody. Outstanding performances indeed. Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury was brilliant, and the entire film was such a treat to the eyes. Loved watching the back-stories behind the albums and songs. The Live-Aid performance was extraordinary to say the least. This one’s a must watch, if you still haven’t.

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Theatre: It proved to be one packed-in-a-punch, Sunday. On the DH’s insistence and also to keep my promise, I along with my older daughter and friends, went to watch a play called, Legends of Ila, curated by my dear God child, Zoya. She is the older ones best friend and soul sister. This fascinating tale of Ila, performed entirely in song, comes from the dusty pages of the Puranas. At different points in time, Ila lives either as woman or man. This musical re-telling of the legend explores the wonder and the absurdity of it all: the story, the character, and our own (somewhat limited?) notions of gender. (as quoted by Bedlam and Barefoot theater, the organising company).

The last few months, have seen me detox from the screen and technology. I have barely been on social media. I’m living the real world. This works wonders for me, and will continue to. No Facebook and Twitter app on my phone. But what doesn’t work is being awol from blogging. I miss writing fiction (FridayFiction), I miss my MondayMusings, and I miss my WanderlustWednesday posts too. I’m hoping to get a reliable helping hand who will assist by easing off my chores at home, and I shall once again be able to dedicate my enthralling mornings, in my blogging bubble. So be it. Thy will be done! 🙂

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Linking up with the wonderful Corinne Rodrigues for Monday Musings

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23 thoughts on “Why Have I Been AWOL? : #MondayMusings #MondayBlogs

  1. Vidya Sury says:

    Sounds like a fabulous time to me, Natasha! 🙂 The photos are great, and yes, I loved watching Bohemian Rhapsody, too! I miss the wardrobe swap – our winters aren’t cold enough to actually pull out the woolens, except maybe a light shawl which I invariably do not use. Glad you got time to read and even nicer to hear you have a supportive family and got to spend time with friends!

    Your writing is wonderful and I look forward to see your words more frequently! Love and hugs to you!

  2. Rajlakshmi says:

    You sure have been busy… And look at all the interesting activities you have indulged in. Reading about your family makes me so happy… The warmth and love that you share reminds me of my own. I love watching musicals and live performances. Alteast the ones I have seen here.
    Don’t go crazy about cleaning… Take rest too. Hopefully things will settle down and we will get to see you more in this space.

  3. Esha says:

    I hear you, my friend! There’s so much that eats into our blogging time and I can completely relate to what you are feeling right now! I’m so glad you’re taking the time out to do the things that are important because that is what you really need to nurture the soul! Do take the time to write as well, as and when time permits. I love how determined you seem to be with all your wonderful plans for the coming months. Best wishes with your commitments, my dear Natz!
    P. S. I’m so looking forward to watching Bohemian Rhapsody over the coming weekend provided the spouse is back from his office trip (currently, in Gurgaon!) Cheers to catching up soon. Happy rest of the week to you. <3

  4. Shailaja Vishwanath says:

    Aww that picture of you reading Ikigai is all kinds of heart!

    Thank you SO SO SO SO much for the book. I am beyond touched and grateful for the gift.

    You nailed it when you said that dust is the enemy in India. While most homes abroad don’t have to clean more than once a week, we can’t do that here. And yes, menial work takes up a lot of physical and mental bandwidth. And cooking too 😉

    I always enjoy your posts and I hope to see more of you on the blog when life becomes easier again. Till then, happy reading and being off social media. You need it 🙂

    • Natasha says:

      Thanks Shy. I love it too. I’m so glad Aarshia is a deft photographer at 10. 🙂

      I’m so so so happy that you loved the book so much. <3

      Thanks for all your wonderful, kind words, Shy. <3

  5. Shubhra Rastogi says:

    Hi Natasha, lovely post. I learnt a new word – AWOL. Enjoying life is taking pride in the little things that take place in your day to day life. Having said this, you have had an amazing time with your family. Look forward to reading great posts from you.

    • Natasha says:

      Yes, Rachna, trying to carve a little time to blog amidst the busy schedules. After all it uplifts me like nothing else.

      Yes, you are right there isn’t much to miss n social media really. Thank you for reading and leaving your thoughts dear Rachna.

  6. Meha says:

    Miss Reading your posts Natasha. But, I totally get you. Hope you find a good help soon and can get more ‘me time’. Have a wonderful day ☺️

    • Natasha says:

      Dear, dear Meha,

      So very wonderful to see you here. It’s been eons, yes.

      Yes, I can’t wait to find a reliable helping hand and get started on my writing journey and other interests.

      How have you been?

  7. Aditi Kaushiva says:

    Oh wow! Good to see you managed to squeeze in some time for things you love, despite your busy schedule. Have you read Manu Joseph’s ‘The Illicit Happiness of Other People’? Stunning work!

    • Natasha says:

      Dear Aditi,

      I’m planning to read that real soon. Have asked friend to lend me a copy.

      His new book is Miss Laila, Armed and Dangerous. Heard some rave reviews too.

      Thank you so much for swinging by. 🙂

  8. Nick Wilford says:

    I know what it’s like to have things pile up. We’ve been doing more than housework, we’re having an overhaul with fresh paint, new floors, and more, so I haven’t been that busy online recently. But the “deadline” for that is Christmas, and after that I’ll have more time. I’ll need to, I’m releasing a book in February! I hope you get your time management sorted and glad you’ve done some fun things, too.

    • Natasha says:

      Hello Nick,

      It’s been a while. How have you been?
      Renovating home is a huge task, and wonderful you are at it. Here in India we try and get things done, decluttered, painted and tidied by Diwali, mostly. Maybe next time I’ll take X’mas as my benchmark, that way I’ll have a lot more time. :))

      Congratulations on your brand new release. Bet it’s going to be great. Do keep us posted.

      Yes, I finally seem to be bobbing back to air, and the schedules seem more in place this week. Quite a relief I tell you.

      Have a lovely rest of the year ahead.

  9. Anurag Bakhshi says:

    Good to know that you’ve just been keeping busy and everything is otherwise fine. Hope you are able to get back soon. Try writing short posts every day so that you can start getting back into the habit 🙂

    • Natasha says:

      Hi Anurag, Good to see you here. Been ages.

      Yes, I guess I should aim to go back to writing my 100 word flash fictions.

      Thank God for #WordlessWednesday, I did not disappear from the radar though. :)))

      How’s your muse treating you these days. Loved that travel tale of yours. Pun-ny to the core.

  10. Anindya Rakshit says:

    Great to know that you are back at writing desk…….yes, household chores can sometimes take away the energy and the zeal to do other things…….I have watched Fantastic Beasts, and I loved it, will check out with the Queen biopic…..

    • Natasha says:

      Hi Anindya,

      You won’t believe this if I told you, that just this morning I was thinking of the ‘guest post” I owe you for eons now. Forgive me…
      Good to see you here. 🙂

      Yes, home chores can be fairly draining, no wonder writing works as perfect elixir to the soul and being.

      I missed out on watching Fantastic Beasts- had loved the first one. Do check out Bohemian Rhapsody for sure. Know you will love it.

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