My cousin is getting married. This time next week I'll be doing a clumsy bhangra at her mehndi [whatever Punjabi gene that makes you a dancing guru skipped my entire family- oh yes throwing us all under the bus here]. While I'll keep my opinions on desi weddings to myself in this post, [you can read about it here with an explanation of the various desi wedding days] I can't help it, I do love the colors, the henna, the songs, the sweets, breaking out your wedding jewelry [and no doubt trying to get baby not to break said jewelry]. Most beautiful will be spending time with my family in my Chachi's cozy, warm house. I know most of our days will be spent running around like monkeys trying to get everything ready, but I'm so happy I get to do this with the people I love most.
Mad Men. My favorite TV show- ever. [Lost seasons 1-2 were beautiful but they ruined it with the rest of the seasons]. I expected to be thoroughly bored with this show that I presumed a period piece for 60's buffs, but its so much more. Not only is it a very true depiction of what I've read of that era, the characters are fascinating- there is as of yet not a single character [not even the little kids!] who are 100% likable and yet you can't look away. Though television, it flows like a brilliant novel. The acting, the storyline, everything is practically perfect. I'm towards the end of season 2 and want to own the entire DVD collection and watch again- its the sort of show I'm sure will reveal more on a second [or third] viewing. If you love reading recap commentary this is my favorite site.
Chai. I'm certain this has made my list before- but chai in the wintertime? With my red tea-pot [and yes, my fellow like-minded chai aficionados, when there is time in the open pot cooked properly with cardamon, caramelized sugar and cooked milk] is beautiful. I can be freezing cold despite layers of sweaters and socks but a sip of chai and I'm toasted from head to toe. If you've been wondering why the colder it gets the increasingly perkier I get- well now you know why. Chai- the best thing about colonialism- ever!