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Bye- Bye September and Hello October !

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As i wrote last month (or was it August?? ;)) about how i will use this page to keep writing about my preps and motivate myself for that, here goes my start for the month of Oct. Well, it is already a day over in October! Woah! How fast! Isn't it? So, bye bye September and hello October!

As a new month begins, new hope blooms and everything feels positive. The fear, of course is that the time is on a roller coaster ride. It is just zooming past at the blink of an eye. I am still working on my proposal and trying to figure my niche and interest. It seems like a long journey. Some days are hard, and most others are harder!

In the meantime, if i have to update about what is happening the past few weeks, then I should talk about the events we organized in Knoxville for our Indian Student Organization-Manthan. Even though I could not spend all my time at the events, I enjoyed whatever little I did. I am glad to be a part of such a vibrant, positive, sweet and in short- an awesome team. We participated in two back-to-back events. Asian Festival (the first of its kind in Knoxville) and also the International Festival (a usual one that we have at our school/university). We had a great event turnout and also did get a decent profit! Of course, we won the award for 2nd best stall at our International festival. So, in short- I just love being a part of Manthan 2014-15! The perils of being a married (hoping to make it sound responsible :D) grad student is that, I miss out on a lot of fun that I could have had if I were single (Arvind, take note :P).

We designed a t-shirt for this group and it has been well appreciated. We also hope we make pretty good profit by selling these :). We are selling it for $10 as a fundraiser for our organization. The next big one that we are waiting for is Diwali (Nov 2nd celebration). And yeah, when I talk of Diwali, afterall, "Dhwani"- the music group might get back for Knoxville Diwali special! Hopefully my musician hubby might perform too!

Manthan T-Shirt for $10. :) Pic Courtesy : Meena Arvind
And hey, how can I forget to mention that it is almost the 8th day of Navratri! Can you believe it? It is super fast. Even though I wanted to keep kolu (Koluveipu), two reasons stopped me from doing so. One was the fact that my maternal aunt (valiamma/periamma) passed away a few weeks ago. She was a wonderful woman and one of my favorite aunts. God bless her soul! Anyways,  since the start of Navratri was the 3rd day of her death, decided to not to keep it this year.

The other reason was of course, simply the obvious: lack of dolls (Indian bommais - idols of gods). Anyways,  I wish "someone" could ship a few dolls for me so that next time i could start with this fav festival :) (hopefully that someone knows whom I am talking about!). Tomorrow is Gandhi Jayanthi, Lal Bahadur Sashrti ji's birth day and of course Saraswathi poojai/Adachu pooja/Durga ashtami as we wish to call it! I will write more about it tomorrow (Oh yeah, i have to get in to the habit of writing something everyday :D).

So, good night and have a blessed night!

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