Jan 29, 2008

with me... always!

preethi tagged me to write about one material possession that i absolutely cherish. i'd also recently read dotmom's post on d same tag. well, for someone as possessive as me, writing of ONE is so difficult. more so, after i've read how beautifully these women have written about their beloved possessions, it makes the task that much more difficult!

i love everything i own. the cellphone i bought with my own money *the first gadget i'd ever bought with hard earned money*, d myriad footwear i hoard, which ensure that i never get caught on the wrong foot, the studded brooch passed on to me by mom, d typical & traditional maharashtrian studded pearl set with the nath, the bracelet with the single turquoise stone set amidst diamonds which belonged to my mom's mom and currently rests safely in india, my cherished jewelery box which travelled over the seas to be with me despite weight constraints *it weighs 1.35 Kilos*, the adorable ganesha that suruchi gifted me which i keep looking at all the time, the bright, happy green bell vibs gifted me on my
b'day *she wrote "time to bell the cat" on d packing!*, d marble name-plate vibs got me which spells out my name in one piece of stone, the wine corks i collect, or the beautiful turquoise pendant and earrings which was V's wedding gift to me?

or maybe, my prized collection of stirrers which stir up a gadzillion memories. these stirrers have been with me since i started work. they are placed in an adorable designer cutting-chai glass, which i also treasure!
they've moved with me as i shifted jobs and found a place of honor on all my workstations! they've fought it out with me. and no, none has been stolen.


they bring back memories of my wonder years. they take me back to mondy's & leo's... d amazingly lazy times spent there... there are 2 that read 'toto's'... there's a couple from moshe *the transparent ones*, taking me back to the lazy lunches & mango cheesecake...

there are a few that read "CO" - they go back to my first visit to d sports bar... for some strange reason that i don't recollect, i'd had nimbu pani that day! that also reminds me of the transformation from the first visit to the time i knew the server's family history and the manager knew my fave drinks and my membership number!


the shocking pink are from poly's... and remind me of vibs & d mad dancing-with-the-mirror fighting! d butterfly/bow-shaped ones are from enigma... when we were too tired to go anywhere far *that was near suruchi's place*..
there's a couple from zenzi... three from china joe's and two from Vie... they bring back fond memories of some really well spent evenings... of people who were friends and sadly, can no longer be referred to as the same...

then there are a couple from goa - that remind me of d days when i cud party all night and get back to work the next day... also, of the time when we were 3 single women, partying & getting high on the sun, sand & surf!


the star-shaped ones are from harmless "sweet limes" had at various restaurants in b'bay... a'bad... UP... delhi...


there's the stirrer from my first stay at bro & bhabhi's home in b'lore... there's another couple that we flicked from jumeira in dxb. when, tired after working for the event & starving due to lack of food availability *coz of ramadan!* we finally found food in the "covered, hidden" area of jumeira hotel! that also reminds me of the bonding with AAH... and him picking another stirrer after i'd flicked one, saying "wot the hell!"

then there are those "sent over" by adorable clients, who knew i liked stirrers... smirnoff, bacardi.. coke.
the trumpet stirrer takes me back to when a colleague, D, sang with a band at the not just jazz by the bay... amazing voice, wonderful person. i wonder where she is now...

good times... better memories... and the best possession... people bring back souvenirs. i bring back stirrers.

p.s.:
i tag all of you open to a challenge, to take this up. specifically, i tag suruchi, ks, pixie and lavs! fuzzy & orch, are u gurls done with ur pending tags, so i can start tagging u again?!

edited to add: i hereby officially tag suruchi and galadriel on ALL tags that i undertake. neither has the right to debate this announcement!

28 comments:

Preethi said...

What a treasure trove of memories.. what a lovely collection... and hey btw I collected wine corks too for a while.. then a month back I threw it all into the trash... reading your blog makes me wish I had kept them :P anyway my collection was just to threaten DH to tell his mom about his drinking (lets say she will be absolutely horrified to hear that!!)

Preethi said...

btw that was quick

rayshma said...

hehheee... told ya.. am a sucker for tags! :D
i'm a hoarder... and have varied degrees of attachment *from extreme to very extreme* with most of my possessions...:0)
now, off i scoot to do all that i ignored while i wrote this! :D

Galadriel said...

Nicely done. Btw, you haven't tagged me in eons, what's going on madam??

rayshma said...

hehehe... and that stops u from picking tags bcoz???
btw, now u have to do BOTH tags.. this one and the prev one! :P

Thinking aloud said...

stirrers...that's a cute one!!! A precious list of memories attached!

i have too many lil things which i'm attachd to, and my hubby goes on"throw'...:D

plush said...

wo..nice collection raysh..

Lavs said...

Will take it up promptly. Stirrers-hmmm…I never got to use one. Interesting stuff!

Aryan said...

Oh no you have alovely collection and fond memories dear..
Aryan's mom

DotMom said...

And I thought I was wierd :) stirrers :) That is indeed unusual. Beautifully written post, rayshma.

rayshma said...

dotmom: thanks :) my stirrers aren't weird... they're very pretty! :D as for me... well, that's a different story! :D

aryan's mom: thank u :)

lavs: u've never used a stirrer? or u just didn't notice them? came, saw, commented :)

plush: thankee, babes! u wanna take tag?

suma: hehee... it's too soon for v to ask me to throw anything! also, he knows how possessive i am of silly things! :D

alice-in-wonder said...

Tough, tough. Alright, i will do it soon. :(

Beautiful post though. :)

Compassion Unlimitted said...

Your stirred away to glory...never realised these could be collecters items !!thanks for opening our eyes !!!
TC
CU

Solitaire said...

Yeah you can blog roll me and i will do the same!

Pixie said...

yes ma'am! will pick it up too and complete it! :-)

yours is very nice :-)

the previous one too... forgot to add - it was beautiful... :-)

alice-in-wonder said...

Phew. Finished the tag. Go check out. :D

Parul said...

Yo, I have tagged you again...HA HA HA!!

TheKing said...

Such a few stirrers to stir up so many memories!

This post, I bet, has blended the way when you stir your drink after those ice-cubes splash through.

Mahogany said...

That's so cool! You really brought back some memories for me.

Last October I went to Mondy's after something like 7 years. It's incredible how it is still exactly the same!
(Except for the loos which are thankfully so much cleaner now.)

Orchid said...

stirrers..who woul've thought!!..but now that i think of it, they look awfully cute..maybe i should collect stirrers :)

have a couple pending..and did one today :)..will do soon!

Orchid said...

hey bad bad blogger..messed up my comment!
stirrers!!..who would've thought....but they look awfully colorful...now you got me thinking!

will do as soon as I finish the other 2 i have on my plate and y'know what soon means these days, don't ya??

plush said...

thanx raysh...but na..some other time...will def take up this tag! n btw hows d weather been treatin u?

Prats said...

You sound so like me....pack rat i call myself...and I love those stirrers...
And Rayshma...you're tagged yet again...and this time by me :)

Lavs said...

A tag is waiting for you at my space:-)

Aryan said...

Time for new post...
Aryan's mom

rayshma said...

aryan's mom: yep, coming up soon... lots pending @ my end... :(

lavs: be there in a min! :D

prats: heyy, wow!! tag! for me!? hopping by in a sec...:D

plush: weather's awesome here, woman! been a li'l more in the real world for a change...

orch: hehe... yes, ma'am! know well how soon soon is now-a-days! :D i still dunno how or when i started collecting them...:)

mahog: oh yes! i love d fact that d loos are cleaner now!! even at leo's... same tale... :D

mahesh: i'm gonna stop calling u d king :D hehhee... i don't really drink that much.. but yeah... u got it! ;)

parul: done already... sent ya d link :) but thanks.. i love tags! :)

alice: i came, i saw, i commented...hehe..!

pix: thanks, babes! :)

solitaire: done! :)

comps: thanks! :)

Suruchi said...

the object of affection is no longer with me :(! will still do the post

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