300 posts down

Thirtysixandcounting was not the original. The original was thirtysomething on a hosting platform called blogsource. Blogsource, of course, decided to give up its virtual ghost and directed me to something called Live Digital. Where I promptly transferred the entire thirtysomething blog, which then sucked up the entire archives of thirtysomething and converted it into something I didnt want to be part of. I mourned. God I mourned. I cried copious tears mourning all the posts that had disappeared into the world of junk emails and deleted trash. And then I squared my shoulders and began another blog. Thirtysixandcounting I called it, because thirtysomething had already been taken at wordpress. And I was thirtysix now. Not the thirtythree I was when I began thirtysomething. I had more candles on my cake. More lines on my face. And more inches on my waist. More shopping related angst to whine about.

Here I am, 300 posts down and wondering if I should quit while I still havent recycled all my material. I must celebrate this milestone the best way I can. This calls for a full out shopping spree, which includes the running into stores on discount and diving headfirst into cartons with the discount stuff piled in emerging only for air or when I finally find the right size. Yup, its my kind of festive season right now with the shops on full festive sales blaze, and infinite mirchi lights twinkling around fascia and disconcertening me with the halo effect (yup, all ye considering LASIK, bewarned that lights in the night will be halo like and god help you if you plan to drive), leading me to rush in and pick up stuff which is far far from the size I need, which will then lead to a return trip to exchange said item of clothing, and because I happen to spot a something that is just so very cute (Yes, I find plain round necked full sleeved black tees cute, and cannot resist them, at last count had 12 of them), pick up said cute item too. I will contribute to the booming economy and hope that the booming economy contributes to me too.

It is Dhanteras today, and by norms I should be out there buying metal. Of the precious kind. But the mater has been very generous this year and I have enough precious metal to last me a couple of lifetimes and absolutely no urge for any more. I’m more a rock and ice kind of gal. You know, those compressed carbon variety that has the spouse develop nervous tics and selective deafness whenever the TVC about perpetual love and such like stone being forever comes on. The only time I received the stones which are forever was when the stomach was all bloated out with nine month old foetus kicking hard at the distended walls of the uterus and all I could think of was when o when would I be able to last a couple of hours without the bladder bursting. Of course, a few days later, the foetus was out breathing air and screaming bleddy murder, and ensuring that I would long for the days when I could sleep for an eight hour stretch without being woken up by sharp shrill cries signaling hunger, discomfort due to potty/su su or general angst at seeing me finally drift into REM sleep, sleep I signed off all rights too since the august stomach cutting day. I did suggest to the husband that a small piece of pressurised carbon be picked up in honour of said Dhanteras and threw in the 300 posts milestone with it. I dont think he quite saw the point. I think I’ll settle for the spoons I decided on yesterday. And ensure these are inscribed with my full name. Initials included.

The SIL has a Very Good Plan. Let me add here, that she is a Very Sensible Person. She picks up a gold coin every Akshaya Tritiya and Dhanteras. By the time her daughter is of marriageable age, she will have the equivalent of Fort Knox worth of gold coins to be melted down and converted into the current in vogue designs for the daughter. All ye mothers who buy the jewellery you like, please be warned that your daughters are solemnly sworn to hate your collection. Therefore you will need to melt it all down and remake them into designs which are incredibly impractical, and therefore tis makes sense not to buy finished jewellery but instead gold coins which can later be made into designs approved by said daughters, which is if, going by current stage in fashion preferences, they dont decide to have a goth black wedding, with silver multiple piercings in unmentionable body parts. In which case silver is currently at Rs 28,000 for a kg. So they can stock up the silver bars.

Mothers of daughters are supposed to be practical about jewellery.Β Unlike me. Who is more likely to take the amount of money which would buy me a gold coin and run into shops to buy shoes and bags. I am Not A Sensible Person. I dont even have the wardrobe space necessary for any more bags and shoes and am rapidly encroaching the spouse and the child’s wardrobes for dumping space. Maybe I need to become a Very Sensible Person, and first create more wardrobe space.

I have a son. Thankfully. Men arent supposed to be fond of gold jewellery. And no, I’m hoping the child doesnt take Bappi Lahiri as a role model. Coming back to gold, the current rate is Rs 16,000 for 10 grams. I rather pick up a good bag. It could be a gold bag. Would get more use out of it. And it would be eye blindingly bling enough too. Ah well, given the current state of the wallet and bank account, I’m so sticking to my spoons.

Thanks for reading me through these 300 posts.


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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40 Responses to 300 posts down

  1. R's Mom says:

    Congrats on 300 posts..keep writing and we will keep enjoying your writings..:):) Infact we should say thank you for giving us the joy of reading your 300 posts!

    R’s Mom: Awww. Thank you for reading.


    • Maria says:

      Thanks for your posts and a well done job on penning those 300 posts. I have been reading your posts for about a month or 2 and love them. Time for celebration….300 posts + dhanteras + diwali+ …what other excuse u need to drop dead shopping πŸ™‚
      Happy Diwali

      Maria: Thank you so much…


  2. aneela says:

    Knox…not Know.
    and zara SIL ka patta bhejna…will narrow down the daughter as DIL. The niece likes younger men right?!!!

    Aneela: This would be a case of a much younger man. You know. Like two decades.


  3. Shivani says:

    Congrats on 300 Kiran! I hope you give us 3000 πŸ™‚ And I’m totally with you on mourning those posts which were lost in virtual space, how much have I missed? 😦

    And LOL @ Bappi Lahiri as role-model. Now I know what snorted-out-of-the-nose coffee tastes like πŸ˜€

    Shivani: Poppy says she read them somewhere. Now I’m going to hound her till she gets me the link…


  4. Rani says:

    Congrats on coming so far. I have said it before and I will say it again, you write beautifully.

    Happy Deepavli.

    Rani: Thank you, and wish you the same.


  5. Ruchira says:

    [Thanks for reading me through these 300 posts.]

    Thank you for blogging πŸ™‚
    congratulations on crossing the 300 mark. Keep blogging and I assure you we will continue to be hooked to this blog !

    And a very Happy Diwali to all in the Manral Household !

    Ruchira: Wish you the same, and thank you.


  6. Aathira says:

    πŸ™‚ Congrats… 300 is a lotta posts!

    I so agree with you.. I would love it if someone would give me the money I am gonna spend on horrible gold jewellery for mon wedding, and rather buy truck loads of sexy designer clothes,bags and shoes!

    Aathira: I’m going to turn practical now and buy only gold jewellery. Resale value. And run around in ratty clothes and shoes and worn out bags.


  7. Meira says:

    I read the word ‘Quit’ and I almost fell from the chair. You scared mePhew!
    Cheers to the next 300 πŸ™‚

    Meira: I cant quit. I’m hopelessly hooked to writing total nonsense everyday.


  8. Poppy says:

    WOW ! 300 Phew! And all of them damn good – you’re amazing. I read your old ones too one jobless day – it’s still there somewhere floating in the internet space (think I even told you about it)

    Congratulations and you totally deserve those lust worthy bags and shoes!

    Poppy: You did? Really? Please track them down and mail me the link please please please……


  9. Rupa says:

    Congratulations and keep writing. love your space πŸ™‚

    Rupa: Thank you.


  10. dipali says:

    Keep up the good work, Kiran.
    Looking forward to the next several thousand posts for now:)


  11. Sands says:

    congratulations on your 300th post. I so enjoy reading them. Gold coins is the way to go but at the price they are today, the only affordable thing is a pair of shoes on discount πŸ™‚

    Sands: Ditto. But that makes me so happy too!


  12. Supriya says:

    Congrats, Kiran! Here’s to 300 more!


  13. Dottie says:

    Congrats Kiran!!!!!! Its a pleasure to read your writing. Here’s to another 300 (atleast)


  14. Sonia says:

    Congrats Kiran!!! Its always so nice to read you :)))


  15. CA says:

    Congratulations Kiran ! Thats a biiiiiiig milestone.
    As for the gold prices … your SIL is sure a very intelligent woman. It would be nice for her daughter to select pattern and get her jewelry from gold collected … but … just in case the daughter turns out not so jewelry loving kind, SIL will have tons for herself πŸ˜‰


  16. CA says:

    Congratulations Kiran ! Thats a biiiiiiig milestone.
    As for the gold prices … your SIL is sure a very intelligent woman. It would be nice for her daughter to select pattern and get her jewelry from gold collected … but … just in case the daughter turns out not so jewelry loving kind, SIL will have tons for herself πŸ˜‰
    PS: Wanted to say good post!


  17. Shobana says:

    Congrats! and happy shopping for the cutlery set.


    • Kiran Manral says:

      Shobana: Nope love, got boring aarti ki thali for reasons best known to any woman who has gone shopping with an elderly relative on dhanteras day.


  18. Veena says:

    Congrats! Hope you keep writing…


  19. Shilpa says:

    Ahh! Well said. I have never found the utility of gold either. Mom decked me with HEAVY jewelery against my wishes coz she thought the inlaws wouldn’t like a simple bride well I removed stuff one by one until all I was wearing by end of the day was a necklace bangles and earrings!
    Please don’t stop writing K I love your posts!


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  21. sraikh says:

    Happy 300th! Heres to many more…


  22. Anon says:

    happy 300th!

    btw, will the halo-effect go away in sometime? or is it a permanent thing?


  23. Hema says:

    Congratulations! Keep writing…and I’ll keep reading!


  24. So? Did you get your monogramed spoons?

    Thanks for writing and don’t you even think of quitting! With you for the next few 300’s…all the way πŸ™‚


    • Kiran Manral says:

      Mamma Mia! Me a Mamma?!?: Nope, I got an aarti ki thali. I went with the elderly relative. We have different priorities in life.


  25. Rohini says:

    300 huh? Awesome!


  26. JLT says:

    happy 300 – most of them have been eminently readable, couple of ’em are real gems.. your posts are like good wine, getting better and better… Looking forward to the rest.. πŸ™‚

    Thanks dear.


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