A Photo Essay: The Sleeping Cat

The Sleeping Cat #1
I was in a deep sleep
The Sleeping Cat #2
when I was woken up by a some noise
The Sleeping Cat #3
Bah! It was some noisy kid
Wish this human would cuddle me instead of taking photos.
The Sleeping Cat #5
Yes, please!
The Sleeping Cat #6
Human! Cuddle me here.
The Sleeping Cat #7
The Sleeping Cat #8
Wide awake! Nothing like a cuddle to wake you up and feel great!

How To Take Care of Books

Updated on June 8, 2016

Dear Book Readers,

Try as I might, I cannot forget the trauma I endured today, when I was reading a book and feel the urge to say this for the common good of mankind and all library users.

DO NOT pick your nose and stick the boogey with your thick black nose hairs on the pages of the book. Doing it even on a page is not okay but doing that on every page from page 15 to 60 is unacceptable. Makes me wonder, how hairy your nose is!

Pointers on how to take care of a book

  1. Do not pick your nose while reading a book.
  2. If you do, wash your hands.
  3. Stick the hair and boogey in a tissue and wash your hands.
  4. Do not stick the boogey with hairs onto every page you read. A book is not the place to stick your nose hair you plucked with your fingers.
  5. If ¬†you do, clean the shit up! With alcohol. Just don’t do it, please.
  6. If you want, do this with your own books not borrowed library books. Because nobody wants to discover your hair stuck on every page for 2 chapters.

Besides, the book was meant for medical students and people with advanced science degrees, not 3 year old kids. God help me, if you are a doctor.

P.S: I cannot bring myself to read the book now but I diligently cleaned the pages¬†with a sanitizer. Don’t ask me why.

Updates: I went to the library and showed the book to the librarian. I had missed out on cleaning 3 pages which was good because I could show the librarian the condition of the book. I told them to create some educational poster telling people not to do that! Phew!

Sisterhood of the World Q&A

Madh Mama has nominated me to participate in the Sisterhood of the World Q&A!
Madh Mama blogs about intercultural relationships and her life being married to an Indian and all the drama that comes along with it. I love reading her blog because it is an authentic¬†account of the everyday life of a woman. I really hate it when people are fake and act like life is all hunky dory ¬†on social media. Besides, I totally love gossip. Hmm.. maybe I should blog about my personal life more because people would love to know behind the scenes life of Boiling Wok ūüėõ
Questions for me:
1. What’s your morning routine?
 My morning routine can be split into 2 parts which are not convergent at the moment Рthe real one and the fantasy one.
My fantasy routine:
  • I bounce out of bed¬†without alarm¬†around 6:00¬†AM
  • Do some yoga, meditation and journaling
  • Cook a healthy lunch and breakfast for the day
  • Have a nice breakfast in a mindful way
  • Get ready¬†using my natural and healthy beauty routine
  • Go to office on time at¬†8:30AM

My real routine:

  • Wake up 10 minutes after turning off 2 alarms between¬†7:30-8:25AM
  • Rush to the bathroom and think of 3 things I am grateful for if I remember to.
  • Do 5¬†minutes of stretching¬†sometimes but I always feel great when I do it, so I am trying not to skip it.
  • Have a quick shower
  • Wash my face with raw honey or milk – hey, at least part of my natural beauty routine is in place.
  • Drink water with saffron
  • Take my food and tea, if any which is usually prepared the night earlier
  • Reach office anywhere between 8:40-9:20 AM
  • Turn on the computer in office
  • Drink my chai and eat some snacks and fruits in office.
2. What are the best books you’ve read lately, and why?
I have been reading a lot lately and consuming a high number of graphic novels recently because they are quick reads and fun.
I am currently reading and enjoying more than expected – Blaft anthology of pulp fiction which I thought would be no fun and ToxinToxout.
The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction, Vol. I Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World
Graphic novel I read and liked in the last 3 months –¬†
Other books I liked are –¬†
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life Looking for JJ (Jennifer Jones, #1) Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion
3. What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
Dating and marrying my husband considering that he was not Indian ūüėÄ
4. What are you an expert at?
Organizing, decluttering, reading, making anything and everything into stepwise bulleted points and doing nothing and staring at the wall for a real long time.
5. In what way are you similar to your family, and in what way are you different?
Stubbornness is a trait we all share. I am different in terms of religious and cultural beliefs, my interest in holistic health, organic cosmetics and minimalism.
6. What’s your craziest goal?
Not a goal per se but I would love to set a lot of things right if I ever became the political leader of India but I am not interested in joining politics and I am aware that it is going to be one of the most draining experiences of my life.
7. In what ways do you hope the world will be different as you age?
I hope it becomes everything we wished for the in the 60s/70s with optimism like science improving our lives dramatically and not in a pessimistic way like earth destruction or some deadly virus spreading all over or our lives taken over by zombies. 
8. What’s on your travel bucket list?
A hell lot of places ranging from so many places in India to Americas – north and south to Europe to Australia. Basically everywhere. ¬†I haven’t travelled much lately except going to the USA. Also, I like slow travel which means more time off needed ūüėõ
9. What’s your biggest pet peeve about your spouse/partner?
Can be quite critical of  things and sometimes I just am not in the mood to listen.
10. Who would you cast to play you in a movie based on your life?
Frankly I cannot think of a single¬†person for this role ūüėÄ

My nominations are:

  1. Pepper
  2. Princess-Butter
  3. Anawnimiss
  4. Ruth
  5. Blue bride
  6. Mersha
  7. Jocelyn
  8. My Era
  9. Carly
  10. Sarah Von
  11. Audrey
My questions are:
  1. One beauty product you would recommend to your girlfriends
  2. Three books everybody must read
  3. Favourite online shopping site
  4. Favourite phone app
  5. One dish you are really good at making and its recipe

One of the best piece of life advice

nullOne of the best pieces of life advice I have read recently has been from this article. Especially #11.

“Don‚Äôt give fucks like fucks are going out of style.”

‚ÄúGiving a fuck‚ÄĚ is basically your life‚Äôs currency.¬†If you give a fuck about everything and everyone, you‚Äôll quickly run out of fucks, or even worse, go into fuck debt.”

Sometimes, when I am overthinking someone’s reaction or things they said, I remind myself of this.If giving a fuck were like giving money, would I really be willing to spend my money on what they thought? It is quite helpful in reframing my perspective when I am in the worrying/overanaylsing mode.

Readers, does this make sense or seem helpful to you?

On finding a refill

My pen ran out of ink the other day and I did not throw it away because I wanted to buy a refill. Why generate more plastic waste by throwing away pens right? However, I could not find a single refill in any of the books¬†or¬†stationary shops. They all had pens but no refills. In the end, I had to buy pens because they simply don’t sell refills. So much for being environment friendly.¬†

As much so many of us advocate individual action to drive environmental change, some most of it is quite difficult or plain inconvenient without the corresponding change in policies. How many businesses really want to change unless forced to?