Gratitude List- July

July is usually not a happy month for Mumbaikars. Rains, traffic, potholes, waterlogging, and wet clothes all over the house make our lives difficult. Therefore, the best way is to escape Mumbai during the monsoon and explore the rest of Maharashtra. I have mentioned this before and I repeat again. Maharashtra is a real beauty during monsoon, especially the months of July and August. keeping that in mind we went out on a trip.

Monsoon trip: We went on a road trip to Malshejghat, Bhimashankar, Lonavala, Khandala, and Pune. My regular readers are aware that our Bhimashankar trip was quite a scary one after our car broke down in the middle of a jungle. However, that doesn’t take away the fun that we had during the rest of the trip. It was an amazing experience to drive through hilly lush green terrains with clouds and rains being our constant companion. The intermittent waterfalls were a visual delight. The various shades of green on our way were soothing to our city eyes. Our stay in Pune was relaxing, where the son and husband spent most of their time swimming in the hotel’s pool while I could spend some pleasurable time with Murakami.


When the Mountains Echoed

Rashid Khan Concert: Honestly, I am not a connoisseur of Indian classical music but the husband is. When he decided to take us for a musical evening, both son and I were not very willing. However, the lure of the dinner buffet at the concert was difficult to ignore and so we tagged along. Interestingly, the voice of Rashid Khan was so magnetic that we stayed glued to our seats till the end ignoring the aroma of kebab that was coming from the adjoining dining room. I especially enjoyed his rendition of the song “Aaoge jab tum o sajna


Pro-Kabbadi: The husband got VIP passes for Pro-Kabbadi tournament. Initially, I was not quite enthusiastic, nevertheless decided to go (again the food coupon attached to the pass did the trick). But now, I am really happy that I went. It was such an exciting and energetic event that I enjoyed every second of it. Bonus!! we were seated opposite to Virat Kohli, Abhishek Bacchan, Aishwarya Rai, and Ronnie Screwvala. Therefore, had a nice darshan of the celebrities.


Movie Time: In July, I went for three movies in the theatre. Super 30, Article 15 and Lion King. The last one was a movie date with the son. This month I also binged Netflix and finished watching Typewriter, Beecham House, and The Last Czar. I also watched three shows of Trevor Noah (he is my latest crush!! wink! wink!)

These were the good things that happened in July. The bad thing is I didn’t read much this month and generally have been extremely lazy. I hope to become more active in August. Tell me, dear, reader, how was your July? and, what are your resolutions for August? Waiting to read your comment.

What if today we were just grateful for everything_

6 thoughts on “Gratitude List- July

  1. Natasha says:

    Dear Tina,

    So glad to be back on your blog after an eternity. Sorry I’ve been mostly away, just posting for #WW.

    That’s a lovely gratitude list, and all the experiences sound like fun. I like your road trip the best.
    Mumbai was beautiful. I was there this weekend, and fell in love all over again with the sea breeze and the rains. And of course my homies (best friends) there!

    How is Typewriter? Been meaning to watch it.

    You have a awe-inspiring August and like you I too intend to get back to my reading. It’s been abysmal this July.

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    • Balaka says:

      Hello Natz, so good to have you back here. You should have called me while you were in Mumbai. We could have caught up. It would have been lovely. Please make sure to call when you visit again.
      Typewriter is good but not great. Wish you a great August and if I am not mistaken it is your birthday month.
      Love and hugs

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  2. the bespectacled mother says:

    “Barsega Sawan, barsega sawan jhoom ke”
    It seems the Rashid Khan concert was also about the monsoon going by your favourite song from that evening. My heart tells me it is most likely for me to get crushed over the same person as you so I am going to watch Trevor Noah’s show on Netflix.
    July was ultimate good for me. I blogged regularly joining all the blog hops I have promised to be a part of to the blogger friends who run them. My blog’s stats page shows an all-time high readership for July. Bas ye all-time high kitni hai, ye mat poochna. High hai bas 😀
    Baaki kya achha hua, next Monday musings/ Gratitude post main.

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    • Balaka says:

      I actually was impressed with your blogging this month. I also saw you had a lot of comments 😁 your crocheting is also going awesome. Do watch Trevor Noah he is❤️❤️❤️
      I was moderately okay with my blogging this month.. however my stats are 🙈🙈 but isn’t blogging more about expressing myself than stats?😂😂 This is how you samjhao yourself.


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