The Tale of My Eyeliner :-)

Well, when I go to office I am a plain Jane. I wear crisp cotton dresses a matching watch, many times matching bindi, rarely matching earrings.

Babitha comes to office dressed to perfection. She wears matching earrings / watch / lipstick / bindi and always puts on eye liner. Many a time I complimented her for her neat looks. She sugested I put on eyeliner or at least lipstick which would enhance my looks too. Put on eyeliner and lipstick!! No way!! What an effort to do that. And I wasn't good at putting on eyeliner. I asked her to give me a demo of the same sometime :-).

Today, Babitha noticed I wore watch and earring matching my dress and she offered eyeliner and lipstick. We went to the restroom and she put some eyeliner on me. It could immediately see the difference. I applied some lipstick too. I thought I looked good.
Now, B and I headed to meet Prashanthi. Prashanthi was almost shocked to see me :-). By then I had smudged some of my eyeliner. So Babitha and Prashanthi cleaned it for me.

So much is happening in Cube then how is it possible that Rajan would not react. Rn along with Sarferazul sang "Sajana ne re muje...." :-). Asked me why I was decorating myself. Sarferazul said that adding eyeliner enhanced the beauty of the eyes; only person who gave some good complement ;-).

Rajesh saw me and he came down to my cube and said, "Did you listen to Radio mirchi today, they were talking about how much time women spend in dressing and they spend about 300+ hours" :-)). I walked to Rajat's cube to get some suggestions, he gave a strange look and said U look like a ghost!!

Prasad saw me and said "you look so different. Something different about your eyes. Were you wearing glasses before? Or are you wearing glasses now!!!" rofl. Then I had to tell him that I am just wearing eyeliner.

Next, it was Arul's turn. He looked at me quizzically and asked, "Are you not well!!!”. Prasad and couple of others could make out the difference and they went into peals of laughter. Arul, apologetically asked "Is it something I shouldn't have asked". I explained that it was my eyeliner.

Back at my desk, Prashanthi suggested I clear off the eyeliner as they were thick. I said who will look at me now and half day was done. I added "well, it is just Rajan around". Instantly Rajan added, "You dressed for me. Wow!! I am feeling shy”! We went into peals of laughter.

How I miss the evening walks with you mom!

Till I got married in 2004, I would go out for evening walks with my mom every weekend. I enjoyed this walk so much, mainly because my mom would be giving me all her attention. We would walk all the way from home to Bhasayam circle, which is the shopping area in Rajajinagar. We would buy vegetables and groceries.

Mom would buy me bindis / bangles / clothes / slippers / purses what not. I always admire the way she bargains. Even to this day she always succeeds in getting a very good deal.

We would talk about everything - relatives, about my future, about my brother and father, her childhood, her married life, trails and tribulations of life. She would often consult many astrologers and tell me how bright my future will be.
We would got to Shanti Sagar and have some chat. She loved to eat Dahi puri and I would eat Masala puri. If we didn't eat chat, we would eat some puffs or toast at the bakery. We would drink some tender coconut or some juice.

I miss those walks so much. I wish I was not so busy in life. I wish I lived closer to my mom’s house.


Hic .. hic .. hic ...
I went on and on for 30 minutes. I gulped down lots of water....swallowed some sugar... drank hot water... still I went on hic... hic...hic...

People working around me were getting disturbed. Few gave me methods of stopping them like - holding the breath, opening mouth wide, talking or getting scared. They even suggested I wear a helmet so that I don't transmit signals. Ha ha ha.

Then I thought google is the best place and searched for "Hiccups remedy"

The first result that came up was
30 Second Cure For Hiccups
A cure for hiccups that takes only 30 seconds and requires no props.

I clicked on the link; there were usual disclaimers from the author and other related stuff. My hiccups were driving me crazy. Where is the 30 second cure????????? I impatiently scrolled down and I found the material.

Later when I went though the page again, I did see a link where it directly leads to the cure.

So this is what I did:
Open your mouth, inhale deeply till the point you feel you cannot inhale anymore. Ensure you don't let air out anytime.
Once you feel full, swallow the air. Ensure you don't let air out.
Do not exhale, again open your mouth and try to inhale as much air as you can. Do not let out any air. You can close your nose if needed.
Keep repeating the step 3, till you cannot hold anymore air.
Then exhale.

It just worked.

I tried this and it just worked!!! My hiccups just vanished.