It has been quite an incredible experience to capture the best moments from January, February and March, April, May, June and July, August and September. In today’s post, I write about the most cherished memories from October – a month filled with festivals and November – a month I wish I could delete from the calendar every year.
October holds a special place in my heart because of my fond memories of Durga Puja. While I have never been very keen on celebrating this festival after losing my mother, last year I made a conscious choice to let my toddler understand the significance and joy associated with this festival by helping him be a part of it. And this year, the unofficial childhood club formed by my husband and his friends began its first-year journey of conducting Durga Puja. A group of people with a strong sense of belonging to the took everyone by surprise as the festival turned out to be a grand success with everyone soaking in the emotions of joy and bliss.
Immediately after the festivities were over, it was time to celebrate my husbands birthday. I managed to pull a surprise on him with the help of his closest friends and their families making this celebration a very memorable part of 2018.
On Nov 12, 2011, I had lost my mother to a deadly disease. Ever since I have always been scared of this month. I have barely managed to do something constructive or think anything positive in November for the last seven years. But this year, I decided to get a grip on my biggest fear of losing a loved one. As the first step towards conquering my inhibitions, I attempted the National Novel Writing Month challenge and began writing my second novel ‘The Corpse Connection’. It wasn’t an easy feat to complete the target word count of 50k words amidst the festival of Diwali and a planned trip to Mumbai but I managed to ace it successfully. While the novel is still not complete, I am hoping to bring it out in by early 2019.
This was also the month where we took the last vacation this year. Mumbai had been in my husband’s bucket list for a while now and despite my third visit to the city, it was great fun to explore the city with my family yet again. Also, the fact that we could finally execute the plan of a family lunch at Shamiana restaurant, The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel made this trip a little more special.
I am grateful to all those who have read and appreciated this series. Stay tuned for the last post in recap series on 29th Dec where I talk about the month of cakes and trees – December and also bring out my goals for 2019.