My gratitude bucket for May is overflowing. May has been the best month of 2018 so far. I have been so happy and blessed last month that this gratitude post is going to be a long one. I really do not know where to begin with. Should I begin with my eBook Golden Rainbow or should I begin with my amazing trip to the Central Himalayas or should I begin with the amazing time that I spent with family and friends? I guess it will be better to go chronologically as they happened or else it might get overwhelming.
- Let me begin with April when I was successfully able to complete my A-Z Challenge. All my posts were accepted by my readers with amazing love and warmth. The beautiful comments that I received from my readers and fellow bloggers will remain in my heart’s treasure chest forever. I cannot thank them enough in my lifetime. The collection from my A-Z series was later on published as an eBook called Golden Rainbow by Blogchatter in their Blogchatter EBook Carnival Season 3. Very soon the Kindle version would also be available. Stay tuned.
- For the second consecutive year, TrinaLooksBack blog featured in the list of Indian Top Blogs. It is a great feeling to be on the same page with so many other renowned bloggers. I am really thankful and humbled.
- I am grateful to my better half for helping me put together the manuscript for the eBook. I was traveling when I got the mail from Blogchatter to send the manuscript. I had no manuscript ready and I was neither carrying my laptop nor I had an internet connection in remote Sikkim. A distress call was made to the husband in Mumbai, who immediately tried his best to put together the manuscript. Thank God for these little blessings.
- May began with a bang. On day one of May, my friend KN and her 9-year-old daughter joined me in Kolkata, where I was vacationing. I had kept their visit a secret to my son and the moment he saw them getting down from the cab, his face lit up with surprise, awe, and happiness. I can take birth a million times just to see that face again and again. From that day all four of us turned into perfect tourists in my hometown Kolkata. Since long going on a Mommy- Kiddie trip was on my bucket list. This year finally we could make it happen. A tour exclusively arranged and executed by the moms sans the Dads. Three cheers to women power!!! With KN, I explored Kolkata the way I have never done before. It was indeed great to see the hidden and unexplored beauty of the City Of Joy.
- While taking a stroll in Kolkata Zoo my friend KN, expressed her desire to visit Shantiniketan. Immediately a call was made to my friend Dhee, who is a professor in Viswa Bharati University. He immediately arranged for our stay in the university guest house. Train tickets were booked (courtesy better half) and next day morning we were in blissful Shantiniketan. I have never been to Shantiniketan during summer and therefore had missed the beautiful plethora of colours that you can see during this season. I am thankful that I could visit Shantiniketan, once again. This is the place where I have some lovely memories with my friend Subha as well.
- While in Shantiniketan, Dhee invited us for evening tea and treated us with some amazing home-baked cake and sandwiches. His home is a beautiful abode and I cannot resist sharing pictures of the same.
- Dhee also arranged for me to attend an amazing Bengali Play called “Mayamridangam.” I watched a Bengali play after ages.
- From Shantiniketan our next destination was Kurseong. I am thankful to my brothers-in-law Bidyut Da and Pijush for extending their help in making my journey smooth. In Kurseong we stayed in an amazing hotel called Cochrane Palace that was suggested by my fellow blogger Seema Mishra from Lonely Canopy. Thanks for the suggestion, Cochrane was indeed an out of the world experience. The kids just loved it.
- From Kurseong we went to Darjeeling. This was my first visit to Darjeeling. It was on my bucket list since long and I felt glad to finally make it happen. We spent two amazing days in Darjeeling, enjoying breakfast at Keventers and dinner at Glenary’s. The hotel we stayed was a heritage one and we enjoyed every bit of our stay. In Darjeeling, my son also successfully did rock climbing at HMI. It was a proud moment for me to see him complete the climb.
- Our next destination was Gangtok, my erstwhile hometown. It was an emotional moment for me to visit my old school and old house in Gangtok. The city has changed a lot. It was nostalgic to visit the old places that I used to frequent as a kid with my parents. We also went to Nathula and Tsomgo Lake. The kids enjoyed the snow a lot. It was for the first time that my son experienced snow. Being a practicing Buddhist, visiting Rumtek Monastery was a great spiritual pilgrimage for me. This is the only place where I truly find my spiritual solace.
- Once I was back in Kolkata, hectic yet enjoyable gatherings with friends and cousins started. Met Gupto Kaku‘s daughter M after a long time. We also celebrated her birthday together amidst great fun and laughter. Met my school friends and laughed exactly the way we used to laugh in school. Met my cousins. In Kolkata almost every day I was getting an invitation either for lunch and dinner from friends and family. It was amazing. So many of them came over to my home also, so each day was passing in a jiffy.
- I also watched two Bengali movies ‘Drishtikon‘ and ‘Haami‘. It was after ages that I watched a Bengali movie in the theatre.
- This time I came back to Mumbai in a train. My Mumbai neighbour and her 4-year-old son accompanied me. It was an enjoyable train ride. The boys had their own share of fun while I could spend some time reading and reviewing a book.
- It is nearly a week that I am back in Mumbai and already the fast pace of the city is catching up. I have not been blogging since April and it feels great to be back working. However, I am yet to start my yoga.
I hope you enjoyed my exhaustive yet gratifying gratitude post. Please let me know how was your May. Do leave a comment, I love reading them.
Linking this post to #MondayMusings hosted by dear Corinne.
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