A Quest on Overdrive … :)

An eccentric rambler on life's lessons and mercies, found and lost… :)


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That Virgo Woman

A pretty spectacle. Pretty. Spectacle. Decidedly determined. All spine. Made of steel too. Not just that. Loyal to the core.

“Her eyes are cool pools of pure love, and when she smiles, she can light up a whole room with her radiance. Better keep her”, said Linda Goodman. “You may never get so lucky again.”

 

I know I got lucky. He got lucky too, when he met her. And they kept each other, in the hallowed house of matrimony. They were pretty young when they did make that house, but you see, that is what it is about that Virgo Woman – you had better get her, for you might not get so lucky again. And he knew that, did he not?😉

She’s not the sort, like her Leo partner, who’d make that entry and crack the wisecracks there be, but you betcha you’d notice her, there’s a mysterious, quiet, waiting quality in this woman, and “passion of the spirit” , a romance with life, if you will – knowing what comes and what goes, and where one deals with the realities and dreams of life.

She’s known what she’s about. Ever since I have known here, that is the one thing that struck me about her – a quietness, but a waiting quietness; a knowing; a knowing about those she cares, and tends to, with that same fierceness of one who realizes it is on her. No compromises there.🙂 Told ya. We got lucky🙂❤

There is a world of love, this moment, that envelops her, reaching out, from a hemisphere and half a world, as she waits patiently for ME 😛 to get to her, in a week’s time, from all of us, here! It would have meant so much to us, and duh😀 her, for only she be missing in the midst of this family, here in the N. Hemisphere, and she be in the S. Hemisphere🙂 For she celebrates her birthday, as the clock strikes midnight, four hours ahead of us here, and we begin her celebrations, in earnest, sending out our prayers, blessings, wishes and much much much love from each of us, starting with the littlest… Ammini😛 , Changaran, Kunju… Nainu, Arun, Archana, Paru, Arjun, Kuttan, Paru (4 legged😛 ) , Appu, Kiru, Lakshmi, Abhi, N’ammai, G’amman, Chitta, Anu, Viju, Trips, Vinu, Mush, Ammumzzz… and of course, and Ash… and the awesome writer of this blog… to who she is her DIL🙂🙂🙂😛😛😛

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Haapppieeeee Neeetiiiiii!!!!!

 

Happiieeeeee Neetikutty! It’s going to be a mindblowingly, jawdroppingly, amazing year. Has to be. It can’t not.🙂🙂 When the collective of the wishes are the sort we’re capable of generating, it WILL Danged BE😛😛 As it always has been🙂😀

And, by the way, I’ve actually succeeded in making the awesomest wish ever, in under 500 words!

God Bless, always, Neets🙂 Love you soh soh soh much much much!

For 30 August, 2016

Missing you so much!


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Soar

As that dream you’ve always had!
Amazing us all, 
Articulating your deepest desires…🙂

Secured to the bonds that 
Scaffold, in certain faith
Serene knowing we’re your safety net!

High, as high as you want
Happy, hearty, in all good humour
Here… we’ll always be, for you, Just For You!

With confidence, knowing all the time, you’re a
Winner in life, 
Working to make what you love to do!

Into a love that holds you spellbound
Inspiring always, with your 
Innate goodness, and goofiness😛

Navigating the skies of opportunities
Negotiating each twist, turn and tack
Nattily, neatly, and with elan, as you always do!!!

Dearest Ashwin

The above is an acrostic in tercets, just to show you how your still-nerdy-hatke mom will never learn the basics of simple things, like simply saying, Dearest Ashwin, Happy wala birthday, Kunjunni❤ but she will the go whole hog and cook up a potpourri of crazy, wacky ideas, that actually come together in an insane but joyful way. Sounds just like your mad mom, no?

Well, this isn’t about her, but you, this day, when you are at this place in life when you’ve cleared the runway for the flight… on a different course in life! The nestling you had been is a sure and certain ace pilot of life, learning each day new skills and newer ways to make life as good as it gets! One thing I know you shall keep doing is this… learn, learn and learn some more🙂 It’s in your DNA – no escape – not that you want to either😛

So, my darling Lion, here goes… (yes, yes, yes, it has started… but there is something so compulsive about a cliché, that I keep going back to😛 )

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A prayer, a wish, a song in my heart for you-
To soar, as that joyful bird
To sing, in wild abandon of love
To laugh at life in silliness and gaiety
To stop a while, smell the grass,
To be thankful for all you have
To be inspired by who you are
To always be able to converse with your loved ones
To run, or sit, or lie down

in the sure and certain knowledge that we’ve got you, we’ve got your back, and are always, always there for you!

Soar, my dear one. Roar, with joy too! Have the best one ever❤❤

Happy birthday, Ash🙂 My bachcha! This song – it says a lot I’d love to! Well Coldplay is going to do it on my behalf! Imagine aaaa!😛

 

 

Loads and loads of Love, always
Amma❤

P.S. That latest black and white pic. challenge – Navmi says you look “quite a bit” like me😀😀 That makes my day, as it does yours too, I hope!😛

For 3 August, 2016

Psst. Glossary – in case you’re too lazy to google😛

tercet-a set or group of three lines of verse rhyming together or connected by rhyme with an adjacent triplet (mine does not rhyme😛 )

acrostic-An acrostic is a poem (or other form of writing) in which the first letter (or syllable, or word) of each line (or paragraph, or other recurring feature in the text) spells out a word or a message. (Your name is the acrostic, dear Ashwin, in one short of  the seven colours of a rainbow, supposedly 😛 )

Birthday Blog Tradition posts for Ashwin, over the years from 2009 :

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Two Good

it is, I tell ya! She is, rather. The day is. Now. (Well yesterday too😛 ) But the best, yet? Today.❤ Read on. (Statutory Long Post Alert*😛 )

When N=2, the probability of the combination of Love, Fun, Frolic, Energy, Enthusiasm, spikes in direct proportion two the availability of N, not two mention the proximity, and the actual date on which the value of T, which is Time, equals exactly two. How do you prove that?, asks L. L being Life. That master Teacher, problem solver (problem creator😛 ), who is Love itself. No conundrum that, I’d say, given that the answer lies in all that the statement asks me two prove.

The magical two has arrived. And if there is one thing that does not deplete, however much you use it, it is Love. In multiplies manifold, in ways that one reads of, in fairy tales, and fictionalized slices of narratives (so they say! I know different!) So it is, most certainly, Two Good that I’m here, where the best part of my life is Two.

Two years ago, I was waiting for school two be done on 7 April, a Class 9 class teacher then, then, who later became “my” Forty-Seven  <3 And this day, dawned with the usual pranaams and unconscious prayer I wake two, each day, two Mother Earth, a wish for goodness all around, most especially two all children, everywhere.. A moment stamped in the virtual world too, one I inhabit almost as much as I do, the real! Little did I know (they knew, but did not update me 😛 ) that the morning was momentous as well!

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Fast forward two about two hours, and the melee  of the school environs – the gaggle of teachers flooding the “godown” as I like two call it – the Photostat room in the lower level of the school, a part of the queue, sometimes troubleshooter for a nagging excel file detail; it’s end of term and marklists, grade sheets were being printed, the gaggle was noisy, nudging each other, waiting impatiently in line, but doing the right thing – waiting😛 – when my mobile rang. I picked it up, seeing it was Arjun, who I presumed, would tell me that Pratibha was home, after the false alarm the night before!

Hi, all good?

Amma, a girl!

Whaaaaattttt? Already? Just a sec, let me get out of this room! Helloooo, helloooo…

Amma, amma… yes, it is a girl!

…..

There we were, connected by that wireless loop over the optic fibres, me hanging on two each vibration that told me, She’s here, already!!! Connected by this new beautiful feeling that comes when life takes you gently, wraps your soul in Love’s whispers, and lends you this miracle, and lets you feel you had a role two play in it. Life begets life, as does Love…

Oh my! Eeeeeeeeeee!!! Reallyyyyy??? Yes, I was jumping madly, spinning, throwing my one free arm in the air, pumping my fist… you get the dotty grandmom routine I did. And Arjun sagely waited it out, told me the time, till I realized he had so many more calls two make as did I!!!

I had two be there! The one overwhelming thought that came two me was dampened just as suddenly! Well, she was here, there actually, and I’d get there, soon enough. Soon soon soon… the mantra! It lent such impetus two stuff I was able two accomplish, so that I could just BE with her, hold her, wrap ourselves in that special love that comes two grandotties and their grandmoms❤

And it all feels like it played out yesterday!

Two much no? I guess I cannot be more obvious as two where write is headed! Two years two that day, (when I made a sort of decision, two be with her on 28th March, each year, somehow, anyhow), I can tell you the answer two the statement that opens this blog for her.  Everything has spiked – heart beats, the fun, the drama, the verbal and non verbal ways we communicate, she and I, and Love, all around, two everyone!

There may be a whole host of manuals on how two parent, or even grandparent – but if you are meant two be either parent or grandparent, and want two be one, heck! No manual is necessary! Some things there are, within, that lead you onwards – and a lot of advice, outside, perhaps unwarranted, mostly from co-parents, co-grandparents😛 – and if ever these leads come from the fount of Love, in its unconditional and pure form, you’ll never go wrong.

Amongst them this:

  • The Grandottie/grandchild shall always hold your heart in her/his palm. Carefully❤ . Playfully
  • You shall do the same. Maybe not so playfully
  • The Grandparent at all times shall resist the urge two keep telling the grandottie’s parents what two do (this comes from the heart😛 ) – but sometimes, the urge gets better
  • The grandmother shall always wonder at the granddottie – and wonder and wonder how the heck your kid got it right😛 – and thank the kid and partner – and congratulate herself, of course😛
  • The granddottie shall evermore be the best.
  • The grandmother shall never recover from being smitten. That’s for life.

So, what is this all about. If the simple fact that the grammar nazi grandmom has thrown, gleefully, two the winds, her grammar rules, and let a certain word rule this blog, you know what’s coming. You do? Et two?😛

Let me give you that applause now, for being patient, for being here,still, if you are, and let you go in a hundred words more, or so🙂

She’s two. I’m two twoo. She be Naina, and I be the grandmom. Last year the Family got together with friends for her – she’s hands down our Numero Uno, (LINK) who, on this day, stays there, with double the love, the charm, the loveliness, the innocence, the fun, the child-like wisdom of knowing what she wants, and how she wants it – she keeps life simple, for us too! Grows us up in ways that are as old as they are new – for we learn them with her.

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Oh yes, my darling, the universe is indeed YOURS :) 

  • The value of sleeping on your tummy, bottom up in the air😛
  • The need two simply run and hug when love overwhelms
  • Two share in another’s food, and share yours as well😀
  • Two not have two discriminate who belongs two your jaat, dharm, whatever, before you smile, reach out and sometimes hug too…
  • Two know each person who is there with you is important two you
  • Two wake each day for just this – be there, play, eat, laugh, run, smile, sleep, give those big sloppy kisses, for no reason at all, sometimes cry when you have two
  • Two live, just that, without pretence

My dearest darling Nainu, you bring such wondrous love, life and laughter two this dotty woman, this rambler, and the lives of all you touch!

May you be blessed two have this kind of Midas touch – that love seeps from the fingers, from your glance, leaks from your laughter, tingles from your tears too…

May the love of life, the love of your loved ones be the guiding star

May you always find fun lurking in every corner, behind those doors, under the chairs and tables, and may it always give you joy!

May life bless you with good health, happy moments, much glee, and an endless supply of energy (your parents too😀 )

May you always be this lovely, inside and out❤

I love you more each moment, my dearest Kunjikutty!

Happyyyyyyyyyyyyy …. *birthday* and again…

Happppyyyyyyyyyyyy…..❤ Nainu❤

Here’s a Hi5, a knuckle punch and a thumbs-up-A-ok Thumb touch too!

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Wise and wonderful – but don’t let that fool you😀

Hugsy wugsy, love and loads of Kissessss from

Ammmooooommmaaaaaaa❤


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For You, Gulshan, with Love!

It is always gracious of a reader, on a blog, to leave a comment. The thrill, the happiness that said blogger feels is quite something else. What if that comment, regular as they come for however the blog posts may be, are in limerick form? Not just a two lines, a few words of general appreciation, but a succinct slice of the essence of the post itself? You’d smile and jump for joy too, wouldn’t you, even if you aren’t the blogger? And secretly wish one was sent your way, even if you be a reader of the blog, or the comments🙂🙂

And when that said Limerick Commenter has a birthday, what virtual gift can one best give her? The joy of her own kind of lines, for a start, right? So here it is… a gift for the Gorgeous Gulshan Gev Bamboat, sometimes Aunty G, too, in the comments section of this blog, and other blogs/updates/posts right on time, each time, for a long time! Shail, thank you ever so much for introducing us in this virtual world🙂 You are someone I have to meet, Gulshan!

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The Gift (of) (for) Gulshan❤

She’s who you’d call a poetic temptress

Her alluring verses and words never fail to impress!

You’d know her, if here, you’ve been sorta regular😛

Her comments come in, right-on-the-spot-spectacular!

‘Coz they be ultimate 5 liners, her own brand, her specialty, the Limerick Seductress❤

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One more, with affection and sweet love, from a young ‘un who’s so taken up with your awesome way of writing, Stargazer aka Malavika, my student🙂

‘Tis a special day today, the birthday of a Queen,
A Queen, who over the realm of Limericks reigns supreme.
In her hands, words like quicksilver meld and flow,
At her command, across paper they dance and go!
And many happy returns I wish– to this indeed, wondrous Limerick Queen!

It isn’t that good, and it isn’t really a funny limerick, but it is my first attempt at writing a limerick, and it was really hard to think up an idea!

Anyhow– many happy returns to Gulshan! May her limericks only get better and better! Please do tell her this from me! (Even if it is without the attempt at a limerick.)

Yours,
Malavika

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Till then, here’s a toast to you….🙂 Stay as sweet and cheerful, loving and laughing, and blessed always! Happy Birthday Gulshan!❤ You’re the best🙂🙂 Hugs!

28 July, 2015

A previous mention of her, here🙂 (LINK)


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For a Special Person!

For

Your grace and humility
The generosity of your love

Your quiet humour
And sparkling laughter

The
Benediction, that is YOU!

We’d like to say…
How very very much
We admire you
How we look up to you
And how you inspire us
Each day!

With-

Strength of Spirit

And the softness of kindness

Empathy, support, and above all

Unconditional Love!

You’ve been an Angel

And the one single thread

That holds us all together.

May we say, this day

We’re blessed, because of you!

And, for always, we love you very very much!

Happy Birthday Nandini!

Happy Birthday Nandini!

Happy Birthday, Nandini!
May happy times flow endlessly
May health, good fortune, peace
Along with Love, flood your being!

For it is this, and more than this…
In goodness that you are deserving of…

The awesome special person

You are, and always will be
For us all!

❤ Wishes from all who love you!❤

For 27 April, 2015
Written a couple of years ago, this is a dedication to one of the loveliest souls I know – my sister-in-law, Nandini🙂 Everyone who knows her will most certainly underscore each word here, and add a few more of their own! Long overdue is this tribute to you, Nandini, and no better time than this, when the family is gearing up for more happiness to visit us :) 

Happy Birthday N! You have been the steadfast voice of reason in our rather engagingly mad family😀

Day#27 of #NaPoWriMo🙂