Happy Wednesday Lovely Readers! This week I'm delighted to feature the first Wonderful Woman who has come highly recommended from others, rather than someone I have had the pleasure of getting to know myself... 

According to those that know her, Arthi is extremely lovely, friendly and conscientious. She is a very caring person who is always smiling and she brightens up people's days just by being around them. 

She is a very talented woman and a marvellous seamstress, who makes a lot of her own clothes that could rival those made professionally. When asked to mend a client's medal ribbon, she did so happily and the client was most impressed.

Arthi and her husband Karthic are also both wonderful cooks and have impressed people with their culinary skills... She has inspired me to try some new recipes and expand my cultural horizons.

They have just moved to Wellington from Hamilton and people were very sad to see her leave, but no doubt many of the friends they've made will keep in touch. 

Arthi, I wish you both every joy and happiness on your next adventure and hope you enjoy exploring your new city. Wellington is a fantastic city - so full of art, culture and design so there is plenty to keep you busy. I'm sure you will touch many people's lives there and have a wonderful time... x

Now over to you: 

1. What does Lovelyness mean to you? 

The clear blue sky, the raindrops, the flowers, the ocean….. anything that is simple is lovely. 

2. When are you happiest? What brings you joy?

Waking up after a good night's sleep; after eating home cooked food, with a full stomach and no space even for water; upon finishing my craft projects; having morning and evening coffee with my husband.

3. What are you most grateful for in your life?

For such a lovely husband, for my Mom and Dad for making me the strong woman that I am today.

4. What would you list as your top 3 priorities in life? 

  1. Live life to the fullest.
  2. Be happy and peaceful.
  3. Never hurt anyone.

5. Who’s your current role model and why?

I have no role models so far in my life. I believe in “Your life is your own footsteps.”

6. Who do you see as being lovely and why? (Famous or not)

Kids. Kids are always lovely without any expectations.

7. What's your favourite type of food? 

I live and die for “Biryani” – a traditional food. 

Recipe on  tarladalal.com

Recipe on tarladalal.com

8. What are your favourite pastimes?

Here goes the list:

  1. Sleeping
  2. Cooking, obviously a close second.
  3. Crafts
  4. I can’t be a techie without wasting time online
  5. Mobile games
  6. Shopping – shouldn’t it be the first on the list? Hmmm… :P

9. Do you have a favourite quote?

Thirukural # 616 By ThiruValluvar.

Thirukural # 616 By ThiruValluvar.

Translation: "Determined efforts result in prosperity; idleness will bring nothing."

10. Where’s your favourite place?

Home, wherever that is.

11. Which is your favourite season and why?

Being from a tropical country where there is no seasonal difference, I am just experiencing seasons now after a very, very long time without.

12. Do you have a signature style?

I and my home are lookalikes... Pretty and tidy sometimes, haywire and messy sometimes! Yeah yeah… I am lazy…

13. Who was your biggest inspiration growing up and how have they shaped who you are today?

My cousin, Priya. She is a strong and powerful woman, with great character. From her I learnt how to face life as it comes and take bold decisions, which happens every now and then.

14. Which qualities do you value most from those closest to you?

Truth and honesty.

15. What are your best attributes? What are your worst?

I'll admit it… I can be easily bribed with a teeny tiny piece of chocolate. 

I am a bit short tempered. But I have learnt to my maintain calm and not turn into a witch.

16. How would you most like your friends to describe you?

A funny, caring person to go to.

17. If you could pick any place in the world to live, where would it be and why?

It's New Zealand, because that is where I live now. I love where I live!

18. What are your aspirations for the future?

I am trying to reduce the usage of my gadgets. I'd love to give up my mobile phone some day.

19. Can you recommend: a lovely song, a lovely movie, a lovely book?

  • Song: 

             “Putham Puthu Boomi Vendum
               Nitham Oru Vannam Vendum
               Thanga Mazhai Peyya Vendum
               Tamilil Kuyil Paada Vendum” – By A. R. Rehman 

    Translation: "Need a new earth, Need a new sky everyday, Need golden showers, Need a Cuckoo to sing in Tamil" (My mother tongue)

  • Movie: 3 Idiots – Hindi (An Indian Movie)
  • Book: Preachings of Swami Vivekananda

20. Any Lovely Last Words?

Let your thoughts be always great & progressive, even if success eludes you.