#marathimuli

After more than two weeks of thinking through whether I wanted to or if I was even in the mood to host a mini Ganesh Chaturthi dinner, I finally figured I had to do it this time. I got a couple of messages from friends who were looking forward to it and I knew it wasn’t going to be like last year. This time round,  everything was going to be different.

Because it is different.

Things change, times change.

What remained the same as last year was the feeling of love and joy, dressing up & being around a few people and knowing that no matter where life is heading, you’d always have some memories to look back upon and smile. To feel grateful for.

Ultimately, that’s really all I care about when it comes to festivals. If you’re like me, spiritual enough to respect that people get to have their own set of religious beliefs and, you’d agree that if any festival is celebrated with the people who love you and people you love, people who have been there for you and people you’ve been there for, and if you’re present in that moment, do a small ritual and feel immense gratitude, it is more than enough. You get to choose how you want to live your experience.

Amongst all the amazing photos captured that day, these three will always remind me that despite everything,

you have a choice.

To pick a family,

To dream freely,

To hope without fear,

To laugh without guilt,

To cry with your heart,

To love with your mind,

To sing your very own song,

To live with what you have and make the best out of it.

P.S. if you’re wondering what’s happening up there… you know, we were just trying to dance on “raat ke dhaaii baje” and “pinga” for very obvious reasons. Also, did you notice my freakishly bendy fingers?

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Mini Gluten-free Pancake Stack

 
Mini Gluten-free Pancake Stack 

Oats flour (GF) + a bit of rice flour + buckwheat flour + coconut flour + soy milk + vanilla essence + baking powder + just a bit of coconut sugar (I didn’t want them too sweet) 

I’m not vegan (yet?) but at times I don’t like eggs in my pancakes so that ends up making them vegan too, since there’s nothing else in them that could possibly make them non-vegan :)

I got too tired to make them all pretty with yummy stuff on it… I’m sure some of you can relate! #chronicillness #pain #fatigue #spoonielife

I made really mini ones (they’ll last me for a few days) as I’ve been bloated for too long now – I could honestly do without eating much right now but considering the amount of medicines that I’m taking, I end up having to eat a little more anyway. Experience has taught me how not having enough food in your stomach and taking too many pills could lead to horrible gastro-issues. So no thank you.

It’s annoying that there is a tendency of this strange bloating leading to unnecessary weight gain in the future. I mean, I’m not being all “oh my god I’m so fat” but I do realize how excess weight could possibly burden my joints even more. It’s just a matter of being a tiny bit extra cautious.

All this is a part and parcel of dealing with such illnesses and we always wil find ways to manage it. At least that’s what I tell myself :)

So, gluten-free & vegan pancakes anyone?

Happy Weekend, all!

❤︎