Chai And A Chat #96 #ChaiAndAChat #CoronaDiaries Week 20

Another week of holidays have slipped by, and as I type this, I am actually sitting in a different location, for the first time in 20 weeks! That is why I apologise for the delay. Being with Pops and Mum, I forgot to write and schedule this last night, but I think that’s a good enough reason to be late to the posting party, isn’t it?

But I have had a really great week, so if you grab that drink, we can get started.

  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that Monday started with Rakhsha Bandhan, or Rakhri, as us Punjabis are more likely to call it. This is a day where brothers and sisters celebrate their bond with one another. Us sisters tie a speciat thread around the wrists of our brothers, and pray for their good fortune and health, and they in turn, vow to keep us safe from all harm. The original Hindu name for the festival means exactly this, Rakhsha means to look after, and Bandhan means to tie together. so we had a mini tying ceremony for my two, then I spoke to my brother who is not here, with me, and we popped over to the in-laws in the evening, so I could tie one on my brother-in-law. The extra bonus, for us sisters, anyway, is that the brothers tend to ‘gift’ us, so it can be quite a profitable day, if you have a lot of brothers! But the most important thing, is the love we shre, ovbiously!
  • If we were having chai I’d have to update you on the writing front. And I wrote every day, again, except for Sunday, where we were travelling. Another 10k plus added to the manuscript, so I am beyond excited! I even started to look at covers for book two, as I think that will spur me on even more!
  • If we were having chai I’d hang my head in shame and admit thata, rather than actually doing it, there was more talk about clearing up the house. We had a set of builders come over to give quotes, but beyond that, nothing. What we have realised is thta we need to empty our closets, and get rid of them (some are falling apart!) so that we can paint all the walls, so that will need to become one of my missions…
  • If we were having chai I’d mention that unexpected cricket took over the weekend, with Lil Man having a match on Friday, a friendly with players of all ages from his club, and he took another wicket, bowling and catching the batsman out, and a bonus game with the 4ths (he’s going up in the teams) where he took another wicket. Things are looking up for him and his cricket, and as long as the weather is good, I’ll be there to support!
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Cricket Friday #lifeofacricketmum #hot #hesaleftyspinbowler

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  • If we were having chai I’d excitedly tell you that I was also interviewed, TWICE, this week. One for a radio show about Human Interest stories, talking about my teaching and writing, and the second, well, I’m going to be a guest on the Great Writers Share Podcast! Me? Asked to be on the GREAT WRITERS podcast? Wow! I was so stoked to be asked. I just hope both the episodes are okay!
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that one of the things I invested my Rakhi money into, was a new set of brush pens, for all the letterring I am about to start doing! I was ridiculously excited, I can’t explain! But before I got them, I was practicing lots, and here’s another of my little projects.
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that, as I mentioned before, I am finally with Pops and Mum. I was dreading the journey, as the AC isn’t working in the car, and it is rather hot here in the UK, and the last few years, I haven’t had the best of luck with the traffic on this usually three hour long journey. However, the weather/traffic Gods were looking down on me. I think they felt bad that I’d had to wait eight months to see my parents. Warm weather, but manageable with the windows down, and no traffic meant that we arrived within three hours! And it is so wondeful to be here, to wake in the morning, knowing I’m going to spend the day with two of my favourite people in the world. 💜💜
  • If we were having chai I’d leave you with a photo of Sonu Singh, who is currently missing us, but keeping Hubby Dearest company!
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Early morning read with my #furrymuse

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This week, I will enjoy a few days, relaxing with the folks, but we aren’t going anywhere. Just a few walks around the Green that is in front of their house. When we get back, I must try and do some of that clearing out I keep on mentioning!

And, yes, the writing thing, that is still there, too. If another 10k appeared that would be awesome, but No biggie if it doesnt. I’ll be happy with any words.

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48 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bhavana
    Aug 16, 2020 @ 07:46:29

    Enjoyed reading it

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  2. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Aug 11, 2020 @ 15:06:55

    So glad you got to see your family Ritu. And had interviews and managed to write too. As ever you always astound me. xxx

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  3. Jennie
    Aug 11, 2020 @ 14:49:55

    We finally tackled the closets! When the new bathroom goes in and replaces a closet, all that stuff had to be moved. We played ‘keep or toss’ (I toss, hubby keeps.). But, the stuff we had to keep needed to be stored in other closets, which meant doing the same exercise with all closets. It was wonderful!! I have a huge pile to take to the dump, which feels sooo good. You can do this, Ritu!!

    I have wanted to say something to you for quite a while, and your wonderful family celebration brings it to the forefront. The Indian families I know and also teach are family centered, kind, value education, give their children a moral compass, and are great people. I see this over and over again. We can all take a lesson from the Indian culture and families. I think I’m not alone in this observation. Best to you, Ritu!

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  4. willowdot21
    Aug 11, 2020 @ 08:02:39

    Have a great time with your folks Sis, sounds like last week was a really good one 💜💜💜

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  5. syl65
    Aug 11, 2020 @ 04:51:55

    Glad you decided to visit your parents, Sister! Enjoy the walks, talks and every moment with them. Congrats on the interviews 🤚

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  6. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Aug 10, 2020 @ 23:00:25

    Hey, Sonu is back too. Lol Sound all very funny and best for relaxing. I think its wonderful meeting your parents again. What a horrible time between. Congratulations to this wonderful festive day, Sis! Why dont we have such one???? We should make it a national day in all coutries of Europe too. As i can see you are very fast and disciplined in writing too. Congrats again. Wish you a wonderful week. Be all well and stay save. Michael

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  7. Erika
    Aug 10, 2020 @ 20:15:42

    Enjoy the time with your parents and a peaceful time. Not going anywhere sounds very relaxing!

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  8. johnrieber
    Aug 10, 2020 @ 19:11:50

    A busy week to be sure, with positives and challenges…glad you are making it through this #quarantinelife safely!

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  9. John W. Howell
    Aug 10, 2020 @ 16:42:30

    Super celebration. Would be nice to have that tradition. Enjoy the parents.

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  10. robertawrites235681907
    Aug 10, 2020 @ 15:43:09

    I am so pleased for you that you’ve managed to finally visit your parents. I can’t imagine not seeing mine for eight months. A terrible thought. I am sure your interviews will be wonderful and they will, hopefully, result in some sales for you. Great going with the writing.

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  11. Maggie
    Aug 10, 2020 @ 15:27:56

    What a lovely celebration! I envy your visit with family. It has been so long since we have seen anyone. Congratulations on your interviews!

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  12. dearanonymousfriend
    Aug 10, 2020 @ 14:33:47

    Enjoy time with your folks! We just returned yesterday from two weeks with our oldest and her family. Saddened today that I woke up to just hubby and not the bouncy wonderful smile of Little Miss. No snuggles to start my day, just laundry. We didn’t go anywhere either, but just being with them was more than enough to keep my heart smiling…

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  13. Dan Antion
    Aug 10, 2020 @ 12:56:16

    Sounds like a pretty good week. Congrats on the interviews and I’m so happy you got to see your parents ❤️

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  14. ellenbest24
    Aug 10, 2020 @ 10:03:42

    Happy family celebrations Ritu. The Hindu faith as I remember have really kind days that remind everyone the importance of family. While working in New Delhi I loved getting fruit on Thursday from girls in yellow sarnies . The sign of auspiciousness they told me.

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