Category: Happenings

-The weather has been so beautiful today. It was pleasantly warm in the morning and then it started to rain by the time I left placement.. and it hasnt stopped since. Reminds me so much of home.

-Beni is finally in Toronto! She’s moving in tomorrow morning… I can barely believe this is actually happening. Part of me feels like I am in some elaborate dream.

– In Beni’s honour, I changed the look of my room. I moved the furniture around.. Did some cleaning. Still havent gotten a chance to organise. ugh.. I like the way I have it arranged for now. Its cosy. Maybe I’ll put up pictures at a later date.

– After all the room decorating and cleaning, its past 1 am and as always I am sitting here awake, writing a blog post.

– Time to go watch Lost.

Rain rain rain rain. *sigh*


Ushering in November!

I woke up this morning to a very cheerful roommate. He knocked and very politely asked if I wanted to do some shopping with him. All I wanted to do was crawl back into bed so i mumbled something about 11 am being too early in the morning to wake up. Then I think he mentioned furniture for my room and socks. Socks are my latest fascination. I love socks!!! So that woke me up. In an hour, I was showered and ready to go. I went downstairs greeted by the delightful smell of breakfast (lunch?) and Mr. Sunshine looking like he won the lottery.

Now, I’ve only known him for 2 months… but he has never been this happy. Ever.

And then He looks at me and says those three little words–

“I’m in love”

My sometimes nice mostly mental roommate in love. Pretty amazing..

But I am so happy for him and I cant wait to meet her. If he’s happy that means he’ll be cheerful around the house and that way it will be harder for me to be sad and grouchy. 🙂
I hope I don’t have to wait as long as him to meet my McDreamy.
(Yes, I still watch Grey’s Anatomy… Don’t judge me)

Happy November guys!! Start working on those New Year’s resolutions.. Just 2 more months to go.
I have one already– BUY MORE SOCKS!! 😀

I really should update my blog more often. I don’t like when its all… dead. My past week has been stressful. For some reason, Mom n me have been getting into a lot more arguments. I’m sure there is a perfectly logical reason for me waking up each morning to the sound of her yelling in the kitchen. Someone please tell me what it is!!!! I really can’t take it anymore. I want to find a job so that I can get some time away from the Momster!! that way we won’t kill each other and we can get back to that loving relationship that we used to have.

But gooood news!!!

I’m going to be home alone for a week!! Momster and Justin are going to Saudi. Justin will be back by Friday and Mom plans on staying a little longer! *Peace and Quiet.. Such beautiful words* I wish Sheila was in town.. We could’ve had another week of fun but without Justin “Name, Place, Animal, Thing” just wouldn’t be the same. I miss you Shee..

My mom’s going nuts trying to figure out what i’m going to do for food. She’s convinced that I know nothing about cooking!! Which is absolute rubbish! I can make a real nice peanut butter and jelly sandwich!! and my breakfast cereal… Nothing like it!! Thats food. That you eat to survive. I didn’t say that to her coz’ you never know what could turn her into The Hulk. *I wanna watch the Movie btw* So she’s in there right now cooking up a storm. I have this feeling I could throw a party for like a 50 people and still have enough food left over to last me a month.

I’ve never been completely alone actually. Always had Justin there. I mean… in an “I’m there but don’t talk to me or breathe near me kind of way”. So this is a first. Good training for Can..


I think i’ll sleepover at Gina’s place. *I’m inviting myself over, Gina.. Thank you for being so nice to me*

My Day out

I’m back from my day out. The only thing I remember at the end of all of it is why I hate street shopping so much. Its humid, there are annoying sales men, you have to bargain, you can’t try clothes on and it’s a long stretch of little “shops” so its obviously going to take forever to finish and come back to where you started. (That’s where McD’s is) And omg! Women take forever. Turns out, so do the men.
When I shop, I just go to the mall. Air-conditioned, big, no one’s pushing you around and you can’t get wet if it rains… Coz’ you’re INSIDE!!! Isn’t that just amazing?! Oooh, and malls have a food court!! and you don’t have to walk far to get to it! I love malls. Gimme a nice big wallet and a big mall and watch me go crazy!! 😀

But apart from all that.. I’m glad that we had clear skies. Even though it was hot, I appreciate that better than walking through muck and getting stuck in crowded trains coz’ the tracks are flooded.

I loved the way we ordered at McD’s today. We were about six of us (Gina and Vio had to go get a haircut) and after all the shopping and aimless walking we were really tired. So no one really wanted to go to wait in the line to order food. Oscar, the gentlemen as always, offered to do this for us. Everyone randomly yelled out their order and shoved money into his hands *talk about gratitude* and I somehow had this feeling that not everyone was going to get what they asked for. *no offense Osc* So.. I did the most logical thing I could think of. Got a piece of paper and wrote down our names and what we wanted.
Oscar and Eben walk up to the counter and give them the paper and the guy looks back at them a little confused. (I think he was new coz’ He called for his manager) and then they got our food ready according to the list. (Paras was first.. i don’t know why I remember that) He even read out the names on the list before handing over the food. 🙂 That was funny.

I saw the prettiest little umbrella today. It was green with white dots and little frills. So so pretty. But a little expensive and since I already have Kerala’s no. 1 umbrella- Popy (%$@#^*%^&) I didn’t  buy it… It was so pretty though. 😥

Cab drivers are really mean!! They wouldn’t stop no matter what. I managed to get one cab by standing in the middle of the road and refusing to budge. Osc, Gina, Vio & Sherin got into that one. But Eb didn’t let me do the same thing again and so after waiting for a while we had to walk to the station. I was my usual cranky self. I hate humidity.

The train journey was fun and reminded me of the times we had coming back from college. I miss those days. Getting off the train was a little difficult.. Oscar had to accompany me to the door to make sure I got off ok at Andheri and I’m not still sure He made it back in. It was so horribly crowded.

So Oscar if you’re reading this and you’re alive, gimme a call!!

That was my day. Lots of laughs. Lots of Fun. Good food. Good friends. Little Green Umbrella still at the shop. Life goes on.

Its Me again!

So my blog’s been dead for a while. I just had to face a huge internet bill and so I made choice to stay offline for as long as possible. Its difficult at times. But I manage.

What have I been up to?? Well, turns out Visa work is not a month long process.. takes longer than that apparently. First, my parents drove me nuts because my passport took almost a month before they returned it to me (I was told that it would only take about 5-10 days!!) And then we found out that I have to go to Delhi for the visa interview. Thats this coming Tuesday.. *I am so excited about that* But my Mom went nuts thinking about where we would stay and how expensive hotels were turning out to be and then she would spend all day worrying about the tickets.I didn’t want to book tickets until we were sure how long we would be staying and where we would spend the night and how expensive the whole deal would be. We got all that figured out thanks to Aridhi! *Sends big hug* But now.. Dad calls worried because Delhi isn’t very safe especially with the news of the crazy riots.

That’s when I got mad.. It irritates me that people can say that God will take care of everything and yet add a “but” to the end of the sentence. WHY must there be a “But” at all?!

I’m not super-holy or always charged with faith. And that’s why when people around me who are supposed to be my mentors get worried and fearful it upsets me. Because they are the people I will become. Don’t they get it? They should be imparting Faith… not Fear under the guise of Caution.

I go through fear and insecurity every single day. And when I talk to family/friends and they sound just like me.. it scares me all the more.

What I need most right now.. Is to be sure that God really is in charge. And that means that if he wants me going to this new country and be a blessing there.. He will make sure I get there.

So I don’t care anymore. My surroundings, the people around me, the news reports of Delhi riots.. I DO NOT CARE.

Because I have a GREAT BIG GOD who really has got the whole world in His Hands.


The youth camp is over and we’re all back home.

It was everything I wanted it to be. I wanted this one to be special because I felt like somehow it might be last one in this church… *at least for a while* And leading 170 youth in worship was just so fulfilling. Watching them praise God and worship Him… It was moving for me. I watched them weep, I watched them pray.
I watched and prayed knowing that there is a chance that I might never see this again. My heart was so broken and for the first time I found myself praying for them instead of praying for me.

The worship team did so well. I’m so proud of all of them. They made leading so much more easier for Diana and me. And in Worship was that first explosion from God which lasted for over 2 hours.. I cannot forget what happened at this camp.

Today, at my cell group meeting, all of the people who were at the camp had something to share. One girl said that she actually danced and laughed for the first time in 6 months. Another one said that she felt God loved her for the first time. Someone else shared of the freedom she experienced after giving her life to Jesus. 10 and 11 year olds went home so excited because God had touched them.
Lives changed forever.

History Makers are born. Are you ready for them?

The Future?

So we were at the mall and Oscar thought that instead of wasting time we should distribute tracts. I for one had absolutely no faith or courage or anything but i did point out people to Oscar.Thats one thing I appreciate about the guy. He has no qualms about going up to someone and sharing the Gospel with them. Me.. well, totally different story. I could find out a million reasons why I shouldn’t and what the consequences will be etc etc.
Anyway, the funniest incident. we stop at this shop where I had left a book to be photocopied and Oscar gives the man behind the counter a tract. On the front is a picture of a hand saying “Do you know what your future is?” or something on those lines.. dont quite remember. So this guy seems really happy when we Oscar gives him the tract and he looks up at us and says “Aap padhte ho?” It took us a while before we realized that he was asking whether we were palm readers or fortune tellers. Lol!!
we told him that Jesus knew his future better than any palm reader or fortune cookie. Funny story though.

Pink and more

We finally pulled off OPS! After a month of planning this major pink attack for Oscar, we finally did it. and it was crazy fun! Oscar was there in his pink-ed room, pink balloons and pink flowers and pink satin ribbons tied to his guitars and a basket dressed in pink with all his gifts. And we also wrapped his favorite drink- Pepsi in Pink!!! we wanted to go all the way and get him a pink princess cake but then cake isn’t cake if it isn’t chocolate. Oscar definitely did not see it coming. He walked into his room and stood there trying to figure out what was different and we all came up behind him dressed in pink *well, most of us at least* and he was so shocked and we gave him his basket full of gifts which by the way was a Guitar Tuner.. for fine tuning and the metronome software on a cd. we also gave him some very special music from some of oscar’s favorite bands
For example- Britney- U drive me crazy, Spice Girls- If you wanna be my lover, Backstreet Boys and my favorite Avril Lavigne’s Girlfriend. 😀
and get this.. Shannon knows the words to the Spice Girls song!!!! AAAHhahahahahAHAhahahahahhahahhahaha. Now we know what his favorite band is. Wait til the Worship team hears this about their Worship leader! 😀
Dinner was kebabs.. *mmmm* and Piss-pee. LOL! and the cake.. part of which went on to oscar’s face and in his nose too I think. Ooh and there were the cool candles that wouldn’t stop burning. I want that for my bday!

Oscar gave a little speech at the end of everything. He almost cried I think. and even though we were over two weeks late he was really happy. 🙂

After that we went over to Dalreen’s place to see the baby… who is so so adorable. I’m completely in love with Judah. I love his tiny fingernails the best.

Got home really late but I had to check out this group on FB that Gina was talking about. Its called “I appreciate Christian pick-up Lines” and it has some of the funniest I’ve heard.

Here are some of my favorites-

– “you are so unblemished that i would sacrifice you.”

– “at points in my life i have been referred to as Samson”

– “i believe one of my ribs belongs to you.”

– “i can be your Boaz.”

– “did i just have mud rubbed in my eyes?”

– “now i know why Solomon had 700 wives… Because he never met you.”

– “your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Gilead”

“so, can i clothe you in righteousness?”

– “how many times do I have to walk around you to make you fall for me?”

“how would you like to join my Purpose Driven Life?”

– “let me remove my sandals before I come any closer..”

– “you can lie at my feet..”

– “i’m a proverbs 32 kind of guy and you’re a proverbs 31 kinda woman…”

– “not a big fan of your last name, but thats cool, i can change that.”

– “i sit with my mum at church”

– “i have a bible verse tattoo. its permanent. its also in ancient greek.”

“Me. You. Song of Songs: the remix.”

– “i would have asked you out to dinner, but i just put all my money in the offetory basket.”

– “you float my ark”

I love this the most-
“im interested in full time ministry, and not only that… i also play the guitar.”

oscar and his pink basket. Check out pink desktop behind him.

Aah!! Pink!!!!


Yesterday was the first meeting of our new “young” worship band. Shannon has dumped given us the entire responsibility of worship at the youth camp. And after the initial worrying and doubting and stress and frustration and praying, we met as a band for the first time yesterday. I have to say I was quite surprised. For people who’ve not really played together (some of us have) we sound really good. We have a lot to work on musically. but there’s no denying that those kids have talent! A lot of talent! And combine that with the anointing.. and BAM!!
The youth camp is going to be so fab!! If you are reading this and you stay nearby.. DO NOT MISS IT!

-very excited me!

One step closer!

I have a lot to write about but most of it would hurt a lot of people so I’ll stop myself from writing about it here. Lets just say that sometimes if you procrastinate for too long.. things can get really ugly. But thank God for the grace to forgive. Thank God for family as well.. without whom you’d probably never learn the art of Forgiveness. 🙂

Weeks of working over college applications has finally paid off!! I have been accepted into a college in Toronto for a course that I believe is a step closer to fulfilling my calling! I am excited and extremely nervous.

I have about five months left in Mumbai. I cant believe its finally happening!

This is it. After three years of praying and talking about it and deciding against it and talking some more and praying some more…. AAHHHH!!! its finally happening!!

Surprisingly too much excitement leads to semi-writer’s block. 😀