Saturday, December 31, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Technology is awesome. It definitely makes life simpler but only if we know how to draw the boundaries. Otherwise, it can be overwhelming and confusing. So what you post and what you share should be done judiciously. After all, Mark Zuckerberg agrees
By giving people the power to share, we're making the world more transparent. J
All said, I miss those forwarded emails and messages from friends in this age of facebook just like how I missed writing and receiving inland letters, postcards and greeting cards after yahoo and gmail came along. J
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
|Chocolate butterflies on roses.... :P|
- Choose a theme, simple yet something that your kid loves. However small your kid is, he or she will be able to understand it.
- Talk to people who have already organized similar birthdays for ideas.
- Plan ahead of time and look carefully into all aspects. But be prepared for something to go wrong, it just happens.
- Shop from more than one place.
- Keep a checklist. Nothing to beat the good old paper and pen J
- Keep the paper plates, tissues, cups, candles, scissors, cake knife, return gifts, wash cloth and others handy or entrust them with a reliable person.
- Try to finish all the shopping part before the birthday, so that you can enjoy your kid’s birthday without being tired.
- Ho, and take a lot of photographs. However shaky they turn out, they are fun.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
A visit to the pediatrician never fails to leave me nervous and the last visit was no different. Probably this was the reason for my lack of concentration and one of the reasons for my wallet being picked in an MTC bus. But you never know…
It was just a rare one-the –spot decision that made me board the bus along with my mom and daughter. After my mom and daughter sat down, I was standing beside them. The two girls behind me looked very scared. They were shabbily dressed and so was the little kid which the girl right behind me had perched so carelessly. Runny nose, sooty hair, blank eyes and a very soiled dress is how I remember the boy (somehow, I feel that the kid must be a boy) who stared at me. He must just be around a year old.
I was previously so worried about my daughter’s cold and all the medicines that she had to take. And now it somehow hurt me more to think that this kid was not even being treated. Kids should not suffer in any form.
You would have guessed by now about how I lost my wallet. They got down in two stops and when we got down I realized I had lost it. There were just a few hundreds but the girls left me with the dreadful task of calling up the bank to block my card, reapplying for the very important pan card and so. Yes, I agree I should have been more attentive, shouldn't have carried my pan card everywhere and maybe shouldn't have taken a bus at all. My glaring mistakes apart the incident has left me very troubled. I somehow am not able to forget the little boy and it has left me with so many questions:
- Whose kid is that? Is the girl his mom? If yes, how can she do this? If no, whose kid is that?
- When she had held the boy carelessly what if he had been hurt?
- Do they get him something to eat throughout the day?
- How will the kid grow up to be? Will he go to school or will he learn all the tricks in this trade before he passes his childhood?
- Isn't this worse than child labor?
- Why can’t the kid have a normal childhood? It is not by choice that he is in this trade?
- How many more kids are being tortured this way?
I know I might never find any answers to any of my questions but I couldn't stop venting about it.
Wish that certain things never happen!
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Our kitchen window sill is a must-stop-food-joint for crows, pigeons and squirrels. Somehow they know that Adhya must be leaving them plenty of ghee laden dishes to relish J And yeah, we talk to them too J The crows are the bolder ones, followed by the pigeons and the squirrels just sprint when they catch sight of us.
There used to be a crow with a small beard that made him easy to spot. He had no inhibitions and used to bravely accept food directly from our hands. He was my mother’s pet and is very choosy about food. He just loves chapathi, dosa and curd rice. But he has been an absentee for quite a few months now.
The other day when the usual ritual of feeding crows was happening I was asking(?) the other crow about the other bearded one. And there he was with his usual caw-caw within an hour! Coincidence? Silly me? Or do crows really understand what we are saying? Whatever it was it just left me too happy for words and I rushed to treat him. And yes he has been regular after that J I’m still surprised about the incident and I’ve been telling everybody about this for the past few days….. J Guess, I’ll never forget about this.
Have you personally ever felt that animals understand us?
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
- keep their best interest in mind...... check options but choose the best thing possible taking your intuition also into account.
- Leave the rest to God :)
Monday, April 25, 2011
And yes…. We are conversingJ. The language is ours to command and it involves a great deal of facial expressions and hand gestures. It has no tense, verb or adjective. Most of the times, it’s hardly a sentence. But still we have fun conversing. Don’t know when it began. Must be the first time she cried on her first day to imply that she was hungry. The loud sirens were her first words and slowly with amma, appa, thatha, tata, ball, a.c (kids these days :P), tata, bye, pali(that’s milk :P), grapes(the r and p will go missing but we can understand it is grapes J)etc there has been a steady increase in the vocabulary. I believe every kid is an artist with so many artistic approaches to make us understand what they want. And the smile she gives when she knows she has driven a point and made us understand is so satisfactory and priceless. J Its like it says, ‘Ho at last you got it…. How hard it is to be a kid’ J
I just wish these conversations never end. Wish we have many more conversations, meaningful or not as she grows and she always finds a friend in us to share her thoughts. These conversations teach me that sometimes it’s better to listen than to keep ranting continuously. We can learn more by talking less. And a great conversation needs a great deal of listening too.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Will she or won’t she????
It was a hot Wednesday afternoon and the morning was no less tiring. After putting the little one to sleep, the process of which is becoming quite a ritual by itself I wished I could shut my eyes for sometime. But no…. there is a big task at hand and if she doesn’t turn up I am clueless as to how I will manage.
I was pondering whether to call her or not even while cleaning the kitchen shafts. Maybe she is already on the way! Then I decide I will wait till 3 and try giving a call. After all there is so much to do.
Her motto is ‘better never than late’. If it is after 3 she usually doesn’t turn up. Ho no…. that can’t happen today. Ok let me check with her first. The first call was missed. I brace myself and call her a second time. This time she picked but without the usual hello and who is it? She gave a short and quick announcement….’I’m in the theatre… will be there by 4’. All I could manage was an ‘OK’.
Checked on the little one and she showed signs of waking up. So cleaned the living room hastily for soon she will wake up to join her toy friends lying in a box in the living room. Then went ahead washed a few utensils, boiled milk and let it to cool. And by my little dynamite was wide awake and ready to take on the evening which these days extend comfortably like 12 in the night.
I had given up hopes of her coming today when the bell rang. There she was with a big smile. I couldn’t but return the gesture. And then she came and sat under the fan, and began….’it so hot…. Sss…. Can I have something to drink…. Tea or milk perhaps…. Ho… and something to eat too….. Biscuits will do but if you have any sweets then that would also do…. But a glass of water first please’. And after a cup of complan and a couple of biscuits (sorry, no sweets today) she started ranting about the film, the actors, some finer points that the director should have tended to, the boring songs, the journey to the theatre and back and finished it off again with a ‘its so hot today’. Frankly, I was not concentrating much on what she was talking. All I could think was ‘There is so much to do…. How do I remind her gently about it’? And then she said those golden words that I have been eagerly waiting for….’its getting late…. I’ll get to the job’. I didn’t forget to thank my stars.
She washed the rest of the utensils that remained and swept the other rooms in a jiffy. She added….’It’s already late, I’ll wash the clothes tomorrow’. I really didn’t have a choice and reluctantly nodded my head. I was happy that the house was a little better than before and yes, the clothes can wait till tomorrow.
She was outside the door and saying, ‘Bye akka…. Will come by tomorrow’. Well, tomorrow is another day.
So do you think I’m complaining? No…. not really…. I’m learning t to cope with this everyday routine. I know I still have a long way to go. But it is good to share and find solace.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
- Getting to know the kids and moms. Some were so amazing to talk too and connected so well within a short time. Preetha, Amirtha, Sowmi, Neela, Gayathri, Priya..... did i meet them all just then? Lali, Priya, Akhila, Vai, Pene, Amala.... were lovely as usual.
- Don't know how many of them laughed at our performances but the first laugh was on us. And that is what made it so beautiful. :)
- The rides, both to and fro. We talked about everything in our travel to and fro. And the return ride was just amazing.... no words to describe. Lets just say we were so happy to be back in one piece.
- The kids.. nirran, maghizh, rishi, adina, illakiyan, sree, anubhav, abhinav..... were just the few i talked to but i could see that they were also having a good time.
- Marrybrown.... the staff did a great job and they took care of everything. I especially liked how meticulous and polite the girl in formals was. Great job!
- Food.... esp. when followed by play becomes delicious :)
- Pene n Subha.... sorry for gettin u late to the event :( It was lovely to talk to u two. Hope we get to meet soon.
- Sugi.... my friend for 10 years and though we talk(that includes crib, cry, laugh, complain, sympathize etc) it is after very long that we are getting together for such an event. Hope she had a great time too :)
- Shobs n Sudha.... with the level of enthusiasm u both have, fun squared will reach heights. thank u for the event :)
- And a big sorry to rajula for not getting in touch with her before the event :(
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Long saturdays and sundays before the Tv.....