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Celebrate the Change

Yesterday evening, it started snowing. It was the first snow of this winter in Pennsylvania. My room had become so cold that I lied down underneath the blankets. After a few minutes I called up my aunt and mom to tell them about the snow. Both suggested making Khichadi. Its a dish made of rice and lentils. The very name of Khichadi brought pleasant memories. During my school days, my mom used to make khichadi regularly in winters. As I was not fond of vegetables, she used to add them in the khichadi. I still remember the hot smoke from freshly made khichadi along with fried fish and tomato chutney.

Finally I got out of the blanket and started cooking khichadi. As a tribute to my school days, I also added some veggies. The aroma and the warmth of kitchen removed the laziness of cold. I made up my mind to enjoy this change of weather. I was so energized that I fried prawns and eggs too. Here is the platter after cooking.

Celebration of first snow with hot Khichadi

Celebration of first snow with hot Khichadi

The aroma seemed to warm up the entire room as I sat eating. I went near the window and saw a beautiful sight where the snow covered cars seemed to shine in moonlight.

Had I continued to stay inside blankets, I would have missed such a great sight. On a philosophical note, like season changes, we also face sudden changes in our lives be it work, friends or family. It all depends on us whether to hide inside blankets and resist it or celebrate it with hot khichadi. So how did you welcome the climate change at your place.

The longest drive

They say you don’t get a notice before an adventure. I didn’t believe it until this valentine’s day. My friend Ravi suggested going to Annapolis. After a little bit of discussion, me and my roommate Saritha, agreed.

A picturesque view on the way

A picturesque view on the way

It was a beautiful drive. We had a nice time wandering around the streets of the historic city. Around 7:00pm it started snowing and we decided to return. The moment we entered the highway, it started snowing heavily. I was reminded of the movies on space, where one can see starts coming as the space ship moves forward. The snow fall had become a snow storm. As we went ahead all we could see was snow coming towards us. The speed was reduced to 20miles per hour. After 10 minutes it seemed, the street was covered with ice on both sides. Soon all the cars had their headlights on.

Driving in a snowstorm

Driving in a snowstorm

Then Ravi said he was unable to see the white lines separating the lanes. We looked around and no lines were visible but all the cars were moving slow. In another 20 minutes, the whole 3 lane road had become single lane, with every car moving slowly. Saritha tried to lighten the mood by playing low soft songs. But we all horrified when the car in front of ours suddenly started skidding. It had almost become perpendicular to the direction of traffic when somehow the driver managed to controll it and align it to the moving line. This left us shocked and motionless for a few minutes when David who was sitting at navigator’s seat picked a hotel’s menu and read sandwich as “sanda wich”. At that moment I realized my jaw as hanging out of fear but that remark lighted the atmosphere.

Vehicles maintaining long distances in a blizzard

Vehicles maintaining long distances in a blizzard

My phone was running out of charge. The route never seemed to end. It was scarry but we saw at some places people came out of their cars to help others. These are the times when humanity shows itself. After 3-4 hours of driving we reached home and I heaved a sigh of relief. Thank god we all reached safe and sound. All of us were so tired that we went to Dunkin Doughnuts for a coffee. Then Ravi(who loves to cook) suggested we all gather at his place.

A sumptuous dinner after a snow blizzard

A sumptuous dinner after a snow blizzard

We agreed and after 2 hours we had a sumptuous meal of daal, chapati,paneer biryani and raita. As they say “Alls well that ends well”. I have been to many drives but this was the longest drive of my life. I just thank my friends Ravi, Saritha and David for being with me through this.

A date with snow

Every year as december approaches all the movie channels show movies around christmas. As a child I used to dream about seeing snowfall. I had been at tourist places covered with snow but somehow I wanted to see how it started.

Early morning rains

Early morning rains

It was 26th nov’2014. It was chilly with temperature at 5 degree celcius. Further it was raining but there was something different about it. The water was way too cold. Slowly we saw snow flakes falling with water. After a few minutes, there was no water only snow. I couldn’t resist standing out. The snow kept on falling. Soon everything seemed to be covered with a nice white sheet.

Rain and snow flakes

Rain and snow flakes

Snow covering everything

Snow covering everything

Snow covering everything

Snow covering everything

Although it was cold, still me and my roomie went out for a walk. Standing under the trees with snow everywhere around I remembered the following lines:

Under the greenwood tree
who loves to lie with me
and tune his merry note
unto the greenbird’s throat

A snow covered tree

A snow covered tree

A snow covered roof

A snow covered roof

There are times when we dream and just keep it aside thinking it may never come true. I think sometimes they come true and when they do we are so happy that we forget to thank almighty. Let us remember how many of our dreams have come true and thank God. If there is any that is yet to be fulfilled, don’t lose hope, you never know when it may come true.

A snow covered memory

Today’s challenge was to add more personalization to my blog. When I sat to think about it, the first thing that came to my mind was snow covered mountains and roads. This brought back memories of an amazing trip with friends.

I was brought up in a warm place in India. I always used to fantasize snow as I had never seen it. Once I got an opportunity to visit Aspen with my friends during thanksgiving. It was an amazing trip which got finalized just two days before leaving. Six of us drove in a car from Dallas to Aspen. As we started going towards aspen, the sights I saw left me spellbound. I still remember it fresh. We reached Aspen around 12:00 am. It was warm inside car but the moment I stepped out, it was a dream come true. My feet just landed on snow. I was not able to believe it and wanted to play with snow as soon as possible. But we were also tired of driving so we dozed off as soon as we went to our rooms.

It snowed all night. The next day I saw snow covered roads, houses and mountains. I felt as if I was in some fairy tale. We also went and saw a park full of snow. This blog just gave me an opportunity to preserve that beautiful memory. This exercise has allowed me to learn about headers and backgrounds. Probably I will change these based on my blog posts.