A Quest on Overdrive … :)

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


A Talent for Being Oneself

… is an amazing gift to have!
And that in itself, is perhaps, is a talent that ensures everything you do in life, you do with great contentment, in the confidence of being who you are, regardless of what anyone else wants you to be.

She’s got that gift. This girl, this lovely young woman, this precious heart, who has come to me, a daughter and a friend and a sister, and more than that, just being herself, beloved and loved.

Chronologically, it has been just over four years since we’ve “met”, but you know how it is that with some people, you “know” them the instant you talk or meet! It has been the same with her, and the other daughter I’ve welcomed into the family 🙂 The knowing, ah! the knowing.

Marriages, even between communities in the same faith, with similar backgrounds are minefields- heck! within the community too, “love”/”arranged” wala… no exception 😀 , but this lass, as I have already mentioned, along with her lad, has not let it change who she is, or changed others for herself. I find this ability of hers, in managing to be her, no matter where she is and with whom she interacts, to be the one wonderful defining quality that makes her so her 🙂 ❤

Pratibha, meaning the talented, the gifted, the light … my dearest daughter in law, celebrates her birthday today. Another precious year awaits, filled with much love, laughter, happiness, good health, hers and her loved ones’ 🙂 , much baby talk, sweet nothings and days quite breathless, and some with the quietude of peace and stillness (though with Nainu around that would be premium 😛 )

Dearest dearest Parukutty, you are loved so much by each and every one of us! May God bless you abundantly with the freshest and purest of things that life can offer, with slices of tang and spice and sweet to relish along the way!

Happy Birthday Darling girl! Stay sweet, chirpy and YOU, always!

Loads of love and hugs, Amma ❤ and the brood at home – Appus, Parus, Kutts, Mia Mommy and Kunju, Changaru, Ammini, along with the extended family of Naana, Naani, Ammai, G’mman, their kids ❤

Happy Birthday Lady in Red!

Happy Birthday Lady in Red!

Let life be that dance you'll ALWAYS want to do! And yes! Got a lot of the kids in there :D

Let life be that dance you’ll ALWAYS want to do! And yes! Got a lot of the kids in there 😀

14 October, 2015



Awesome Three-n-some

He loves the name Awesome
He’s even customized it some
To, if I’m not mistaken, awsumm 😛

Mr. Ausumm :D

Mr. Ausumm 😀

She’s rather a bit more than that 🙂
Awesomer, and I’m not talking off me hat 😀
Though, if you know her, you’ll understand what I’m at 🙂

Mrs. and Ms. Awsumm :P

Mrs. and Ms. Awsumm 😛

And theirs is the best ever
A wee princess, an awesome smasher
Of a gal, with an out and out smoulder 😛

The three liners here, symbolize
I’m a-hoping you’ll realiize
That three is the number to advertise 😛

Simply awesomely three... and counting :)

Simply awesomely three… and counting 🙂

Three, the years they’ve been one 🙂
Three sparkling years in the sun
Three they’ve become, still a loving unit of one ❤

So what I’m at, with this rambling runaway verse
Is a wish, all more than awesome, both his and hers
For their third anniversary, they’re wished all the love in the universe 🙂

With more to come, with each new loving day
More to celebrate, more fun and games to play
And togetherness, laughter, love, success, with you to stay

Happy third anniversary, Arjun and Pratibha :)

Happy third anniversary, Arjun and Pratibha 🙂

God bless you two, no three 😀
With more,so much more, of love and sweetness, and joy ❤
For nothing else more, are you two deserving of…

Trivia, that I find fascinating with the number three 🙂

Arjun’s lucky number is 3
A three legged stand is the most stable…
Pratibha’s lucky number is 5, Naina’s 1, add them you get six, half that you get 3 😛


The number 3 symbolizes the principle of growth 🙂

Arjun and Pratibha may you grow lovelier and stronger, and more peaceful yet, with the soul childlike, and ever young.

For your third anniversary, on 29 June, 2015 ❤ , wishes from ALL of us who love you 🙂

29 June, 2015

Blog tradition post 🙂

First Anniversay here (LINK)
Second Anniversary here (LINK)


The Magic of Revisiting Innocence!

Mornings of slurpy kisses
Waking to a world
Flecked sun-bright, as you are,
With an impish delight!

Yup! Kurumbiiiii

Yup! Kurumbiiiii

Days of playing, on loop,
Peek-a-boo or
Each game a gurgling delight!

Olichuuu... pidichuuuu :D

Olichuuu… pidichuuuu 😀

Spending hours, harvesting happiness,
From looks, hugs, laughter,

Even tears that fall like
Sweet summer showers!

Each of those hours
Reflecting how it has been
With you and me!
And through her, who is yours



I reap that same harvest
A thousand time over!

Dearest Arjun,

May time pass slowly,
When you’re doing things you love
And fly like the wind
When tasks overwhelm…

May you grow more content,
Yet, more excited and childlike
(If that is ever possible 😀 )
May you be brought up, right,
By your lovely lass (es) 😛

*Touchwood that those smiles always stay that sweet and happy!

*Touchwood that those smiles always stay that sweet and happy!

And may God ever keep
You loved, loving and lovable
As you always have been!

My Sun Child!

❤ Happy birthday from all of those who love you ❤

4 April, 2015, for 12 April, Arjun’s, the first born’s  Birthday 🙂
Day#12 of #NaPoWriMo 🙂 Blog Tradition here 🙂

From the previous years, this day:


2011, and this 2011 again!
And more if you just click HERE 🙂


Two to Three

… is the way we count, when we count right 😀

And yes, you can be sure that I know at least that MUCH of math 😛

Now you all want to know, I know, what went from two to three? Not me, even though there is too much of me – MPD, as one of my former students has very clearly, in unambiguous terms, established! But this one isn’t for me, or on me, and if at all, it is only to the extent that this is part of my blog tradition, one that my first born said I probably would not have the energy to do, since I’m into doing so many things I have taken on, and therefore, spread very thin! (I wish it would really thin me though 😛 )

One hundred plus words, and I still have not told you. Typical. And I teach (??) kids to write succinctly. Talk of irony. I’m only saying this here, because I know for sure they are probably thinking that on the other side of the screen 😛 😛 Ok, Ok, I’ll get to it, without further delay!


Arjun and Parukutty , my first born and his beautiful wife, celebrate their second anniversary today, 29th of June, along with the ‘three’ they have now become, their gorgeous, darling daughter, Naina 🙂 

Naina, and her parents, Arjun and Pratibha :) She was two months :)

Naina, and her parents, Arjun and Pratibha 🙂 She was two months 🙂

Arjun and Pratibha, wonderful kids and friends, to their families and friends have slipped into parenthood with the ease of ones who’ve been there, done that – not just once, but over and over again 🙂 🙂 Particularly delightful is the happy mother, unhesitant, unnerved, cool and easy in the way she simply connects with her Chutki 🙂 Oh my! And what do I say of Arjun? How beautifully comfortable he has always been, from the time she was born! None of the usual doubts or discomfort 😀 A lot of young men these days, I’m so happy to see, are absolute pros when it comes to handling little babies! That’s an awesome ‘thumbs up’ from me to them!

Happy Anniversary you two 🙂 May togethernesses be your touchstone – in all that you do, as you have done, so very beautifully all these days 🙂 I love that there is no demarcation of duties in your partnership, and that both slip in well with the things that need to be done 🙂 That’s a tough call for anyone, even in this day and age, but you both have been exemplary in that, as well 🙂 Hugs, big big big bear hugs, and a close close one to Naina my Kunjikutty 🙂 That this partnership of love that is blossoming with you both, is more so because of the wonderful temperament and demeanour you both have – when one goes a bit over the top, that invisible thread is there to calm, and and to bring one down to Earth 😀 I love that, I so love that about you 🙂

I think the most precious gift you could have, ever, is already there, in that adorable bundle of giggling and hooting joy that both of you hold close to your hearts 🙂 She’s celebrating her third month anniversary too, having completed it yesterday, the 28th of June!

For now, here is my heart, full of love and prayers and blessings for you three, for a great great year ahead 🙂 And may you rock on together, for many many many more years of togetherness 🙂 Here are Dolly Parton and Ricky Van Shelton singing it for you 🙂

God Bless y’all 🙂

29 June, 2014


Positively Glowing

… pretty, precious, and permanently upbeat 🙂

That’s our Parukutty!

From the day she’s come into our lives, a few years ago, she has charmed everyone with her unputdownable optimism, and the lucid innocence of her ways 🙂 No matter what the weather, the sun shines out of her face, and her manners! The one thousand wattage of her smile, the peal of laughter at the drop of a hat, the uninhibited manner of her speaking in Malayalam, to all and sundry, without taking offence at our notoriously clannish mallu brigade – she wins hearts as if it is all she does! She does. She truly does.


There she is with that brilliant smile all aglow in the sure knowledge of herself, and how much we love her 🙂

Today we celebrate, along with her, yet another lovely day – her birthday! Though miles away is she from me, and the rest of her extended family, we hold her close in our hearts, as always, wishing her life’s best; loads of love and happiness; the certain surety of hands that will always be outstretched to help; that she knows how very much we love her!

And yet again, it is celebration too, as she and Arjun herald news that the stork shall visit them, and us 😀 😀 ! The happiness we too share is boundless as theirs is, as we along with them await the little one’s arrival, wishing that Pratibha and Arjun have an easy time 🙂 So, yes, it’s official, here – Arjun and Pratibha are going to have a baby 🙂 🙂

That is to add to the already numerous lovelinessess of my dearest DIL (my heart, yes, literally 🙂 ) – and Arjun’s of course! 😛 Do join me in wishing that they have a safe passage to the little one’s arrival, and that all of them remain healthy and happy, and well beloved!

Love you my dearest Parukutty! I know this is delayed by a few hours 🙂 What to do, the internet speed here is atrocious – in cpl!

God Bless you abundantly, my dear! Hugsy wugsy! And loads of kisses!

Happy Birthday dearest gurl! Have the best of years ahead!

14 October, 2013