A Day in the Life of… A Sloth


My father cracks a cliched joke whenever my family discusses their favourite topic, which is…Β Is Deepika the laziest person on the planet? Father says in jest, if Deepika attends the conference of lazy people (if only she manages to go), and if the host asks, “Who is the laziest person on the planet?” everybody would raise their hands,Β except Deepika. Because, Father says, Deepika is too lazy to raise her hands. πŸ˜€

I do not disagree. I share that wonderful trait with that cute animal — sloth. πŸ˜‰

So, when Trish from Love, Laughter, Insanity wrote about A Day in the Life of… activity, I thought I should not expose myself. πŸ˜‰ But, when I have been shockingly honest all this while here, I should also be brave enough to tell you what a sloth I am. Hence, I chose to jump on the bandwagon.

Day: 20-Mar-2016 (Sunday)

11:30 AM – Gosh! Is it 2:30 already? Am I late to work again? *sulks, tosses, and turns on the bed* I holler, “Amma, is it 2:30?”Β Amma says, “Calm down. It’s Sunday, and it’s 11:30.” I heave a sigh of relief. Why do I do this to myself? I can sleep more.

12:35 PM – I reluctantly wake up, fix myself a cup of tea, scratch Boo, and throw her toys 584 times for her to fetch. Good Boo!

1:14 PM – I open the laptop, read blogs, and leave comments.

2:12 PMAmma yells at me. It’s time for lunch. I attack some greens, and mangoes.

2:45 PM – I continue to read William Trevor’s The Story of Lucy Gault for Cathy 746’s Reading Ireland Month.

5:45 PM – I do not know when exactly I dozed off. I wake up to realise that parentsΒ are not at home. Boo is asleep.

5:56 PM – I make a cup of tea again.

6:01 PM –Β I look at the rising moon, and the trace left by the sinking sun: the sky is now a pink blanket. The house is devoid of people. A comfortable silence descends. I try to sip my tea. But, it is too hot. I read a couple of pages from a book, but focus is elusive. I wonder how sultry it is already. The summer, along with the bitter heat, brings back memories. Some are strange, yet beautiful; some are awkward. But I enter its labyrinth all the same. I think of the tea that’s turning cold now, and I half-heartedly alight from nostalgia. As I leave the room to reheat my tea, I see Boo, sleeping like this moment is eternal, being in the present effortlessly. I let the tea turn colder, and watch her sleep. Peace tiptoes, envelops us, and I ensconce in its warmth.


6:17 PM – I reheat my tea, and continue reading The Story of Lucy Gault.

7:07 PM – I do this doodle for World Sparrow Day.


“How do birds fly? They take themselves lightly.” — Mutts Comic by Patrick McDonnell.

7:42 PM – I do this doodle because I loved An Ember in the Ashes.


“Fear can be good, Laia. It can keep you alive. But don’t let it control you. Don’t let it sow doubts within you. When the fear takes over, use the only thing more powerful, more indestructible to fight it: your spirit. Your heart.”
— An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

8:22 PM –Β Dinner with parents. I attack more greens, and mangoes.

8:40 PM – I feed Boo

9:16 PM – I write a blog about The Story of Lucy Gault, and read more blogs

11:24 PM – I start reading Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air (I check Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, and Instagram often.)

5:15 AM (next day) – I finish reading the book, and retire for the day.

Thank you for reading! πŸ™‚



71 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of… A Sloth

    1. ‘Do not be label-locked’ — what an enlightening phrase that is! Thank you for sharing it with me, OT. The current labels that I am fighting are ‘rebel’, and ‘militant feminist’. πŸ™‚

      By the way, I love slothing, in a way. This blog should have been written, and posted on 23-Mar. See when I have done it. πŸ˜‰

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  1. I enjoyed this very much! I struggle with ‘letting’ myself be content to sit and ponder things like dogs sleeping and memories and peace. I usually think I need to jump and do something. This post is a good reminder to sometimes sit and ‘be’. Thanks for sharing – love the sloth!

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    1. Thank you, Laurie. πŸ™‚ When I began doodling, I thought I was going to spend hours on it, hurting my back. To my surprise, it doesn’t take more than 30 minutes. I am sure you would love Zen-doodling too. It’s so therapeutic. πŸ™‚


  2. I just loved reading this post. Comparing yourself to a sloth was so humorous. Of course nothing is further from the truth as the reader discovers all of the fantastic, as well as more mundane things that happen in your day. Throwing Boo’s toy 584 times made me laugh with delight! We have a dog like that….if one throw is good 584 are just that much better!

    Your descriptions of your parents are delightful….you reveal them to us rather that to tell us…it made me want to be in your family!

    And the tea, still too hot to drink. How many of us share that same experience every day?

    I would love to see a collection of your art, your thoughts, blogs and so on in a published format. It would be a most delightful collection to read and enjoy.


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  3. “conference of lazy people! πŸ˜€ Hahaha your family is awesome . I would definitely come to this conference, you know if it wasn’t too early in the morning and not too far away πŸ˜‰
    Loved this glimpse into your life!

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  4. I loved this Deepika (like everyone else)! What a great peek into your life, and your family. 584 times made me laugh. And, do you read until 5am every night, or just this night?!
    Also, beautiful artwork!

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  5. I definitely tend toward the slothful myself, especially on days I don’t have to work. It’s amazing how the time gets away from you when you’re “busy” doing nothing of note. Love your doodles!

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  6. Ha ha ha … that was hilarious. But you cannot be completely lazy – you did make Boo fetch 584 times – that’s persistence. And also you do decent art. Cheers for the sloth.

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  7. I’m still catching up on Day in the Life posts, but I loved reading yours! I so wish I could sleep so late!! I’m totally capable of being lazy/not moving or doing anything all day, but I’m terrible at sleeping. I need some lessons πŸ˜‰

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  8. Oh my goodness, I miss days like this where I could sleep, read, nap, and drink tea all day … but especially getting to stay up super late (or all night!) reading a really good book. Can I live vicariously through you? Your doodles are super cute AND you’ve left me with a hankering for mangoes. And really, if I had a Sunday without kids, I’m sure my day would be similar to yours. I love laziness. πŸ˜‰

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  9. I love your doodles! I wish I could doodle just as well. You should share them more often – I love just checking them out. πŸ™‚ And of course, you are not lazy! Reading and blogging is work too! πŸ™‚

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  10. Love your 6 pm entry–so poetic! And you win the award for the nightowl. Though can it be considered a night owl if it’s actually early morning? LOL! Thanks for sharing your day Deepika–you made me smile and I love the pic of Boo. And the sparrow!!

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  11. Those doodles – so good! Also, while my sloth days are over, I used to be reigning queen some years back. So, I get you. And while I considered myself a night owl back then, I don’t think I have ever been up post 3 am, so you win there. πŸ˜€

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  12. I had a good laugh! Laziness…tell me about it! I can totally relate to you on many levels there;) Your doodles are brilliant. Kicks me big time to take up my long lost abstract art hobby again. Loving your writing tons! Am heading to explore Zendoodling as well (wink).

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