October Gratitude List #MondayMusings

Unlike the previous months, October was amazing. It was erratically hectic yet amazing. The best thing about this month was that I am finally out of my depressive phase. I am again feeling my usual happy-go-lucky self. Thanks to all of you for your constant support and encouragement. Let me list down the things I did this month.

Inktober: In school, I was my art teacher’s nightmare. I guess it was a mutual relationship where both of us dreaded each other. I always hated the art and craft class and the stitching class. In all the ‘sit and draw’ competitions that my mother used to enthusiastically push me to take part, I used to consistently procure the last position. I still remember that in most of those competitions they used to hang the drawings after the competition and mine used to hang in one corner and most people used to either laugh at them or try hard to suppress their laughter looking at my drawing. After enough humiliation, I stopped taking part. It was such a relief for both me and others. However, later in life when I was in college I once painted a couple of t-shirts and gifted them to a friend and another to my cousin. My friend till date has that as a keepsake. So sweet of him.

My major artwork started after I became a mother. My son loves to do art and craft and in order to keep him busy, I used to do a lot of art and craft stuff with him. However, I had still never thought of majorly drawing anything.

Finally, in October I gathered the courage to take part in the Inktober2018 Challenge. I did a whole lot of drawing and loved every single bit of it. I was also humbled to receive appreciation from many fellow Inktober fellows.

Italian: I made good progress in Italian and now “so scrivere e leggere en Italiano”. I always feel excited before my Italian lesson and literally look forward to it. Hope to be able to write an entire post in Italian soon.

Durga Puja: This is the time of the year when every Bengali from all over the world feels excited. This year initially I was not in a very good mood however as the festival started I couldn’t hold myself back and started enjoying fully. We did a lot of pandal hopping, had some amazing adda session with friends, ate like crazy and had awesome fun during the ‘sindoor khela’.


Food Festival: Durga Puja is the time when we eat like crazy and this time was no exception. So each day in the afternoon I was having ‘bhog prasad’ in the pandal while at night we were indulging in chicken rolls, mutton moghlai, chicken biryani, fish cutlet, egg chop, prawn pakora, followed by mishit doi and rasogolla. It was a food fiesta.

Yellow Lover: This Durga Puja my preferred color was yellow and most of my blogger friends who follow me on social media must have noticed. This year yellow replaced my favourite black and blue. Each day I got dressed in a bright shade of yellow and immediately I felt my mood uplifted.  I even put yellow nail paint. Yellow is a bright colour and it always brings joy and sunshine in life.


Lakshmi Puja: Five days after Durga Puja we celebrate Lakshmi Puja. I do it every year but this was the first time that friends and neighbours dropped by to enjoy prasad. Any puja or festival always becomes joyous when others join in. The whole evening was spent on fun and laughter.

No Social Media: This is the second month when I am abstaining from using social media from my mobile. Let me tell you life is beautiful without it. I hope to continue a few more months like this.

How was your October? Please do let me know. Joining Vidya Suri’s Gratitude Circle and Corinne’s #Mondaymusing.


Linking this post to #MondayMusings hosted by dear Corinne.


Happy to join Vidya Sury and her Gratitude Circle

18 thoughts on “October Gratitude List #MondayMusings

  1. neelstoria says:

    Those drawings are good. I used to enjoy art and craft at one point of time but do very rarely today. Your post made me think that probably I should write about that sometime. Wish you a gratitude-filled November too!

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  2. Darshana Suresh says:

    Loved your drawings! Your October was definitely done right! And yes, yellow is such a bright and cheerful colour. There was a time when I only used to buy yellow clothes, until my mom refused to let me buy anything close to yellow because I had too many of them. Anyway, happy month ahead. 🙂

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  3. Shalzmojo says:

    So you have broken up with social media 😉 Ha ha ha thats actually a good thing and a huge pat on your back for it.

    I dont know how you can say you werent good in art in school- these Inkotober sketches are amazing Balaka!!

    Wishing you an even more amazing November – hugs

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  4. Parul Thakur says:

    What a happy month. Durga pooja, art, yellow and all that food – i can’t stop smiling. Good to know that you are feeling better and positive. I can imagine it’s hard but we need to move. Run,walk, crawl – but move. I go with that approach in life. Hope you have a bright like yellow November and may you continue to shine with your art.

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  5. Lakshmi Manoj Kumar says:

    Hello Balaka! Good to see you have an interesting October.
    The Buddha and the spell inks are amazing. The Buddha especially brings out the tranquility in the paper. So well done!
    Yellow paints are love. They are looking so good on your nails. Wow, Im tempted now.
    Like you said, when people join your functions, the happiness multiplies.
    Wishing a great November for you with another good read.

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