The army wives is well known for two things – being expert packers and expert chefs! Now, so many army wives are even conquering the blogsphere! Today we speak to army wive Shalini, who is running not one – but two blogs!
How has army life treating you? What is some things you love about army life?
I am still in the learning of becoming that impeccable Army Wife. I guess, it is a never-ending process as you come across varied situations in life which a civilian wife cannot imagine going through. I enjoy the opportunity of moving to different places every two years, to set up a new home – sometimes a bungalow, or even a one-room apartment. I love the fact that we can easily convert the most contorted house into a warm home for our soldier; and that we get to meet new people and also learn different culture and tradition and also celebrate all the festivals irrespective of religion or where you hail from.
How many places have you moved to? Which of these places have you enjoyed the most and why? How many times have you moved house since you married?
Only a couple of times and I have always loved Pathankot of them all! The lush green paddy fields, the foothills of Himalayas, the winter, or the very fact that it is close to many beautiful places including Dharamshala and McLeodgang.
How was quitting your job, and adjusting to the tight knit army community feel like? Did you find it difficult in the beginning?
Quitting the job was a tough decision to make- especially because I was working on a 24/7 project in the IT field. There are, however, no regrets. My work and blogging had kept me busy for a year when I lived apart from my husband. So, it was only a choice. I have always loved blogging and since I have ample amount of time in hand now, I can concentrate on it more. Army community is a different world altogether. It is something that I have always admired- the warmth, the comradeship, and the ladies are always in their cheerful self, come what may. I wouldn’t say it was difficult at any point in time. Because all the meetings and parties are not only for fun, but a learning experience to be prepared to face any situation in life.
Have you been able to keep in touch with friends made along the way?
Oh yes. Definitely. That’s the beauty of it all, right? I fondly remember the neighbors I had who I could run to when I had unexpected guests at home. Or who would leave their dog at our place when they had to leave for temporary duty for a day. Or the course-mates and families who’d invite us over for a cup of tea!
How does it feel living this “nomad” kind of life? How different is it from everyone else’s? Which one would you have preferred?
Uncertainty is a given in our lives. It is scary but equally exciting. And I will not trade this life for anything else!
When you come to know that you have been posted elsewhere, what is your first thought?
In the Army, one thing is constant- the tenures generally every two years! As they say, change is the only thing constant. We can either make a real hullabaloo of it or embrace it gracefully. I have moved only a couple of times to different places. But I have moved houses about ten times. The very thought of packing your entire house in big black boxes is scary, though.
You successfully run and manage two blogs. How did you stumble into blogging?
Blogging isn’t new for me. I had started blogging even before my wedding. But then, I began the present blog to jot down the recipes I had tried in my kitchen. It then grew into much more after I started penning down stories, poems, and my life as an Army Wife. Now I am successfully managing two blogs – Kohl Eyed Me for travel related posts and Something’s Cooking for recipes and restaurant reviews.
Army is famous for its parties! That would put your cooking skills to good use! Any funny dinner anecdote or faux pa you recall?
I used to dread unexpected guests, especially the young officers banging on our door at one in the morning accompanied by the customary anthem, “Mam…….Coffee, please”. Sometimes, it would be a call from my husband saying he has met his coursemate and he would be home for lunch in another 30 minutes! The house in a mess, the kitchen full of dirty dishes and my mind would suddenly ponder over what I have in my pantry for preparing an easy snack or lunch. So yes, if not anything else, life in Army has taught me two things – to prepare a five-course meal in two hours and to be ready for a party in 15 mins- that too in a saree!!
Having been married for 3 years now to your soldier does packing, moving and unpacking still seem like a daunting task to you?
It is not anymore. We are expecting our posting soon and I think, the more organized you are with your packing, the easier the unpacking will be.
Before learning about EZMove, how did you choose a particular Packers and movers? How has your experience been with them? Would you be willing to try EZMove for your next move?
We never chose any Packers and Movers in particular. It was all done by ourselves. I am always scared about the damage to my crockery and books and therefore is extra careful while packing. That is a daunting task. So I am open to trying EZMove for my next moving.
Do you have any funny anecdote or hilarious moving story? And lastly, since you are a moving pro, could you share a few tips or tricks with our readers?
It was always a solemn moment for us, especially packing the first home which you had meticulously set up. We always made sure that all our trunks had numbers and each one had a list, so we knew exactly what was where. When we moved things went back, everything went into the same boxes. We would jot down the contents in a notepad as well. There was always few boxes that contained the bare minimum, in case we had to move to a temporary accommodation in the next location.
We at EZMove.in wish Shalini all the very best for her blogs!