Tuesday, May 30, 2006

A Hot Day and a Jump Over The hedge



It was long weekend time ... For a change we did not go visiting any place, much to the surprise of all my colleagues. Though as the weekend neared, Rajesh's murmurrs started "We are not going anywhere at all. Why don't we go for a day's trip to blah blah ... or atleast half a day trip to blah blah ... ! Log agar pooche - Long Weekend ko kya kiye - we will say summit mall shopping gaye .. Cha! kya bore ho tum ..." Despite all his rantings, the weekend turned out to be a very restful and enjoyable one - he admits that himself now.
All plans for "Fanaa" (one that i had been nursing ever since I saw that poster on rediff ) got washed out due to lazy waking-ups at 10 or 11 in the morning. With a promise that if the reviews turn out to be good, we would go next week - i diverted my mind to other activities.
It was a damn hot time in town this weekend. With the mercury rising upto 97 on Sunday afternoon; there was hardly an inch free space in the pool in our apt complex. It tempted me also to go and take a dip; but alas neither did i know how to swim, nor did i have the right outfit for the same. We got bit by the "Green" bug ; so there was a frenzy rush to all the possible nursery and "home depot" nearby to grab as many potted plants as possible and lay them in a row in our patio. I must say , it is a fine sight out there now.
I drove like crazy over the weekend , to try out to those "transport" wings that just sprouted out of me. Every single chance possible, I lay my claim over the steering wheel of the car.
We ended the weekend on a wonderful note, by putting the free tickets we had got earlier, to watch "Over The Hedge". Every time I go to see an animation movie, I am amazed by the sheer ability of those people who work behind the scenes, to turn the simplest of unthinkable plots to the most interesting, comical and lovable movies. A simple movie about how animals try to collect food from humans and store for their hibernation season, with loads of hidden pun about humans' craze for food - is what the movie is all about. Loud applause for Bruce Willis who has added so much charm and character to the racoon with his voice! ...
A Must - see for all those who love animated movies ...
There goes by another long weekend .. and I am left longing to see the bend of Friday evening again!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

I am the luckiest !

It is kinda too personal to be writing about my husband on a blog - well! that is the way I look at (not many may feel that)!
But his act of yesterday's touched me so much that I thought I would put in a small writing to say just about how lucky I am to have the bestest husband in the whole wide world.
He is the most caring, calm and loving person ; next only to amma. Well, you might say, everybody would say their husband is soooo caring, loving .... then what is so special about Rajesh ... Well, he is special ... He stands every single tantrum of mine without opposing or uttering a word. If we go to BK and it is ceasar's salad today ; and garden's tomorrow only because I want - he agrees. If I want to eat out ; so be it; If I won't buy raw banana because I don't like it - there is no objection.
Every evening when I come back from work, there is a special snack ready for me at home; even it has been only seconds before me that he arrived. Tea is made the way I like it (bitter and almost sugarless ; though he loves more sugar in his tea) ...
Yesterday I had a training till late night; so this darling person comes home - in 15 minutes prepares chineese noodles and tea and gets them to office for me to have it .... Oh! I was touched beyond words ...
I can go on and on about him .... words would not be enough! I am the luckiest! Thanks Lord!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Missing Home





I miss home .. waaaahhhhh ... booo hooo..... I cried one night ....

I miss amma ... her calls of "viva ... endhuru mani aaru aachu", her wonderful tea with the "vatta" biscuit(as paati calls it) ; chattering away nineteen to dozen with her while she is plaiting my hair; the well-packed lunch box she gave me daily; her telling me everyday "tiffin box eduthundiya, kannadi edunthundiya; cell eduthundiya; seri po vera onnum vendam"(did you take the tiffin box, spectacles, cell - okay go you don't need anything else)" ; calling her once a while from office to chit-chat on what she is doing/complain about how appa inevitable always calls her when she is sleeping and calls me when i am at lunch; miss hugging her and sleeping a night; laughing and making fun of her when she imitates periamma by asking "thoongiyaaaach" just before sleeping... I miss amma....

I miss appa ... his grumbling about my chatter in the mornings; dropping me off at the bus stop; cribbing why i don't do my MBA; arguing about my lack of interest in the day-to-day happenings in the world; complaining when i cut out only the crossword portion in "Hindu" to take to office;admiring how he religiously did puja everyday;his calls in office everyday just to say "ah! vera onnum illaye" (okay! there is nothing no?);his everyday advice about how i should wash my face as soon as i come from office; his frowns if i did not wear the bindi;the fights for TV channels; his constant complaints about MTV and V-TV(that is how he calls V-channel);his occasional hugs and kisses when i am sleeping;some good discussions when he is in a jolly mood;his scorns on my watching hindi movies;his ever-favourite question "Unakku indha diary eyudhara payakkam edhukku thaano?"(why do you have the habit of writing diaries).... I miss appa...

I MISS HOME !!!!! ....

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Zoooooooooooooooooom............



I got my temporary driving license ......... yooooooooo hoooooooooo!!!!I passed the written test and took our car for a test drive to the nearest grocery store.....
Admist my tension, not able to find where the brake/accelarator is , rajesh's running commentary on how to drive, the excitement of being behind the wheel on the main road for the first time, fumbling with the indicators, fuming at rajesh's comments .... accelerating when i should brake , braking while changing lanes .... I managed to go to the store and come back home ....
I Survived !!!!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Mind "Blogging"

Recently I have been looking at a lot of blogs, and to my surprise found that almost 70% of the people I know - blog. It came as a very amazing surprise to me. I found a lot of what was happening in their lives in their blogs. I got to know of the recent past of many a folks, whom I have not been in touch with for the past year or so. I was very happy to see how this small concept of blogging has made the world seem so much more "smaller".

It made me sit back and think how quickly and enormously the world of communication has grown.

When I left school, I had only two friends I could keep in touch with , and that too because they were close to where I stayed. We did not even have a telephone at home, so I never took down the numbers of others. And then when I got to college, I kept in touch with friends through letters. I still remember the thrill that I would feel to see a letter for me in the letter board of the hostel. Ah! those long letters from Rajani, Smitha and Sirisha ...
E-mailing was a big fancy at that time. There was just one geek who knew how to open an email account using the "Text" browser, and I bribed my friend to ask him to open an account for me. I used to sit in awe in the huge line in CC (Computer Center) watching people mail and wonder how they knew so much.
It was 1 in the morning, one day when my cousin (the elite few who had a computer and internet at home in those days) show me what a website is - she logged on to MTV's website - and I was in all admiration of the concept of a website (something we don't even give a thought about today because it has become as common as breathing).

Today I have all possible ways of keeping in touch with my friends, searching and finding about long lost acquaintances (www.batchmates.com enabled me to get in touch with two of my class mates from class X). My father got in touch with his friends of 1969 batch through a yahoogroups! This made me indeed wonder in amazement , just how far have we come in communication!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

The "Lady" of the Ring



I always wore the one gold ring I posessed on my middle finger. It was a sort of desire to different from the routine of wearing it on the third finger, and a sort of rebellious act - when my father forbade me to do so, as the middle finger was supposed to mean the snake finger and one was not supposed to wear a ring on it (guess Americans would have a totally different explanation to give! hee hee). But it changed when I landed in the US of A. During my stay here, for some reason I was wearing it on my third finger - when one day my User asked if i was married. I said - No. He said - then why are you wearing your ring on this finger? That charmed me a lot - for at this point I was madly in love (luckily married to the person now), and it gave me a romantic, sentimental, mushy-mush feeling to wear a ring on my third finger and show it off to the whole world (Back in India, there is not much significance to a ring on a finger - atleast from where I come from).
So much for an intro - today while entering office I wondered why a ring on third finger - to symbolise marriage and I read up a bit on it ... So, here goes.
The third finger theory - is quite known i suppose - the vien from the left hand third finger leads to the heart and since marriage is the closest thing to heart in a person's life (they did not know pace-makers in those days), it is placed on this sanctimonous part of the body.
The reason for a wedding ring -- ah ! there are quite some interesting theories I read about this.

  • One theory - the one found very hillarious (not sure if it is true or not) - is the fact that the word groom and bride seem to have been derived from horseman(groom) controlling his horse with a bridle(bride) - so a ring signifies a noose with which he controls the bride... Dare the husbands of the modern world try it !!! ...
  • Most of the other theories are centered around the fact that the ring is a circle. Even from ancient days, a circle has been considered the most magical thing, something to be in awe of (remember the Lord Of Rings). It signifies completeness, wholesomeness and most natural shape in the world. And similar a marriage is the most complete thing in life, signifying love and eternity. (Forever -- a question in these days).

The next thing is the matter for the ring. But obviously gold - because it signifis purity and is supposed to ward off all "evil". Strangely this one fact remains consistent in any tradition that you consider, be it American, European, Greek, French, Indian, Japanese or any other. Though catching up fast with Gold these days is Platinum.

Diamond on the other hand has always been the engagement ring - can you beleive that even in the 15th century it was used for engagement rings !! It was to signify that like a diamond , which is the hardest stone, a engagement and therefore marriage would last forever. Personally i never could understand the fancy for this rock. I get better shinny stuff in Pondy bazaar for 1/1000th of the price. Romans considered marriage as a barter, so the engagement ring was given to the bride as a 'security deposit'.

One last note - In Poland, there is a tradition of paying the bride for a dance. The married couple celeberate their honeymoon with money earned this way! Tcha! had I know this before, I would have got married to a Polish :)

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

What Should I Write?

It is little more than 2 months since I even ventured in this way. Though I would open IE almost 96 times in a day, it would be only to type the one URL that launched the (currently) world's best application (because I am involved to a teeny weeny bit in developing it).
But then though I was not-even-worth-a-penny(read free-at-work), I did not feel upto blogging, only because - I did not know WHAT to write. Just almost anything I thought seemed either too stupid, or too personal to be written, or too boring , or too-whatever-else-you-can-think-of.....
So, I did the thing I am best at - reading other's blog, and as usual- reading Kumari's blog enthused me .. and breathed life into my otherwise dull fingers ...
I decided i would shake off the thick coat of murk and dust shroud around me, and pen down something - even if it were a meaningless ramblings...
Atleast I re-started to write...