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The Elevenses. Tag :)

Arjun Sharma, mariner, poet, reviewer, blogger πŸ™‚ tagged a few. It. I’m also It! πŸ˜€ It reminds me of the game catch, we used to play in school… only here, one cannot escape without being seen as a spoilsport, and far be it my intention to give that impression πŸ˜€ (even though I might be one :D)

Tag you’re it!!Β (is what he called it πŸ™‚ )

The Rules:

1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged. (That’s a toughie πŸ™‚ )
3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
4. Let them know you’ve tagged them!

Why do we always have rules? Rules are meant for … ermmm… following, OK!! (I now realize a possibility that there are some kids from school who have found this space and that I ramble about, in an entirely different way, out here. Cannot disillusion them πŸ˜› )

Arjun has asked 11 people these 11 questions:

And here is where he has done it πŸ™‚

1. Describe yourself in one word.


2. Favourite childhood memory

DAddy carrying me around. Me crying. My earliest memory too. Apparently I was just about 2 years and was ill, with jaundice. I still remember it so clearly! Being comforted too!

3. Best accomplishment/moment of triumph.

When kids come and tell me they enjoyed being in my class πŸ™‚

4. Your current job and what you wanted to be while growing up

A story here. In our college we were taken on a “Leadership Camp”, where we had sessions of interactions with some resource persons, and in one of the forms we had to fill out, we had to write what we saw ourselves as being at age 30. I wrote “Teacher”. I was a Science Stream student. The resource person then told us, and they even quoted statistics that most often,Β what one envisions at that age, and I was just 16, is what one most often turns out to be. I have never ceased to be amazed at that! So, what am I? It is obvious isn’t it? A Teacher. And nothing to do with Science πŸ™‚

5. Something that you are good at skill wise

Working with my hands. Untying knots. Stitching. πŸ™‚

6. Name one self invented superstition

Lol. Facing northwards, while correcting papers, will help get it done faster πŸ˜›

7. A real life story that you would definitely tell ur kids someday
Oh the kids have been hearing it ad infinitum πŸ˜€ So I’ll give this one a pass πŸ™‚ Just that I took the road less travelled by and that has made all the difference πŸ™‚ Who else but Robert Frost would I look up to here? πŸ™‚

8. Name one regret that you have.

One? Only? Sigh. I wish I could have joined the Defence Services. I really do. But then, those days, they did not take women on, so there went my chance 😦

9. If you had to change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Less procrastination. More immediacy of things, especially when I want to talk to someone πŸ™‚

10. Something that scares you?

Loss. Cannot elaborate. I don’t need to, I think. Have yet to work myself upto accepting loss. Very difficult.Β 

11. An experience that changed your life.

Being in Ms. Shobha Venkatesh’s English Classes in College. Life-changing. πŸ™‚


My set of 11 questions for 11 others… πŸ™‚

1. In one word, what have you gained, in life, that you hold most precious? (there, that rules out “weight” πŸ˜› πŸ˜› )
2. In three words, a pet peeve?
3. A word you think you use a lot, unconsciously :D?
4. What is it that you love to do, most, and would rather spend your time doing it?
5. What do you think others think of you?
6. Who would you say made you who you are today (other than your parents, if that is what you would answer πŸ™‚ )
7. What gives you joy?
9. If you could go back to one moment in your past, which moment would it be?
10. Do you believe in alternate lifetimes? If so, what is the you there doing now? (It’s actually one question, with two parts :D)
11. What makes you you?


Now to tag another eleven πŸ™‚ *devlish grin*

1. Shail
2. Tito
3. Deeps
4. Smitha
5. Bindu
6. IHM
7. Dhiren
8. David
9. Sunitha V.
10. Deboshree
11. Sandhya Kumar (please? πŸ™‚ )

P.S. Soma, you cannot be tagged. Arjun took care of that πŸ˜€
P.P.S. I changed the title too πŸ˜€

Waiting for the midnight hour, so that yet again, I have a Sunday posting… πŸ˜€

26 February, 2012


Life, one word/s at a time :)

Tag time. Onward with it, then.

A certain Cool Kamikaze Cat had tagged me in the comments section of one of the posts she had read. Now, mind you, you listen to Cats, and you love them, for what they are, and don’t be put off by any seemingly interesting attitudes they may express. They’re among the best of the good Lord’s creatures, right there beside our dogs πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

She popped by, after an interesting discsussion on FB about, well, what else, cats :P, and we made a connect. With cats and dogs it’s like that. No person on Earth is bad, if they love an animal. Especially cats and dogs πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

The link to the post, that she has done is given below. I’m going to twist it a bit. I have to. My mind refuses to think in one word, so… πŸ˜€ Will try and contain myself, if at all possible, to that single word. It’s a personal challenge, so let me see how I do. πŸ˜›

Life in one word – Fascinating!!!!!

Where is your cell phone?

Your hair?
Disappearing 😦

Your mother?
Tall (she’s 5’1″ πŸ˜€ )

Your father?

Your favorite food?
Garlic bread

Your dream last night?

Your favorite drink?
A shot of.. πŸ˜€

Your dream/goal?
Too many!Β :D

What room are you in?
An airy one πŸ™‚

Your hobby?
Day dreaming

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Here πŸ™‚

Where were you last night?
In the arms of Morpheus πŸ˜›

Something that you aren’t?


Wish list item?
Books, loads of them

Where did you grow up?
Still not done, so cannot answer completely πŸ˜›

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your TV?

Your pets?


Your life?
Bitter-sweet πŸ™‚

Your mood?

Missing someone?
And HOW!!! 😦

Running πŸ˜€

Something you’re not wearing?
Attitude πŸ˜›

Your favorite store?
Around the corner πŸ˜€

Your favorite color?

When was the last time you laughed?

Last time you cried?

Your best friend?

One place that you go to over and over?

One person who emails me regularly?

One person who calls me regularly?
Mom / Dad

Favorite place to eat?
In company of loved ones!

That felt nice. And though I did not give immediate answers, or entirely correct ones either :P, I had fun! Thanks Kamikaze (by the way, I had written something called “Kamikaze“, would you believe a few years back. Talk of Karma, talk of Destiny, talk of coincidences, which I have come to believe, are not at all. Meant to happen πŸ™‚ )

The post is being done, as I have another tag to do, and ought to, in the meticulous way that I normally do not work, get it done according to the queue it is in πŸ˜€ :D. Also today being a hartal, hereabouts, I have the time! (I’d have made time for it anyway :D)

Now onward goes the tag. All those who’d like to do it, please use it, as I have done, for a rainy-day-blog-block input πŸ˜€ :D!

25 February, 2012


For My Little One :)

Disclaimer : All the research for this post is certainly non emperical, and based purely on personal observation and bias. Lol. Given that, please go on and read at your own risk. There is a sort of guarantee that you might fall asleep half way (being a rather looong ramble) so please have a cushion ready at the keyboard, where you are likely to topple as you gently fall forward, eyes glazed over. Now that is out of the way, do please continue πŸ™‚

Tag time again, and this one is a special one, for a special person, on a special occasion. The second born of course, after the first one got his place in the virtual sun, here and here πŸ™‚ IHM [again :)] had tagged me on how different the second born has been, and has he wiped the smugness off his parents’ faces πŸ˜›! Going back to her post, to revise and review, I came across my comment, part of which I’d like to quote, as a sort of introduction, to me too, a second born, the middle one of three, the ham of the sandwich, as I am so fond of saying!

Aeons ago I had this to write on IHM’s post:

Now that I know, and have been tagged :D , this is going to be interesting! I am a second born, and I am going to write about how my second born is so very much like me :D :D ! A stirrer and shake-up-er! Certainly wiped the smug proud parent look off the parents’ faces :P !

I know that IHM, Shail, recently, and others, Indygurl and Solilo have all done one or other version of the tag, both before and after IHM’s post, and each of them have been beautifully done. Being a second born myself, I have felt the heat, felt different, and weird, and all that jazz, and have often wondered, of late, if the little one too perhaps did. Now I don’t. I knowΒ  πŸ˜€ !

They say first born are…

  • way more angelic… ??? πŸ˜€
  • way more responsible πŸ™‚
  • seem to mature faster (they ought to, don’t you think, seeing that they need to make space for the second one in line :P)
  • more accomodating, adaptive..??
  • can be easier to engage, in activities…
  • perhaps better readers, too

These I have garnered from snippets shared on different posts with the same thread.

Going by my own history and what I see being made of my offspring (Gosh! what a thought!) I think these are the observations that I deem noteworthy πŸ™‚

  • First borns are indeed angelic ( go on and gloat, all you FBs..Lol!), though naughtier πŸ˜›
  • They’re very friendly and engaging
  • Very easy to care for
  • Not in the least fussy, which however, these days (at home, with my FB) is getting me rather impatient! I do wish my big ‘un would at least change clothes, freshen up when he needs to go out, even if it is with me or his friends :D!
  • They’re voracious readers. He can wade his way through a tome quicker than you can snap his fingers πŸ™‚ I think that has to do with the fact that he had so many story tellers as a child. He was the first grandchild for all his grandparents, and the first baby in the house, for his aunts and uncles too πŸ™‚
  • He’s mature and responsible, yes, but forgetful too πŸ™‚

That is the big ‘un. But then this is about the second born, who has been biding his time; and all that while after the April 12 write for the elder one, I have been waiting to do this for the little one. Though there is this verse, of sorts, intended purely for him, you know one needs to balance well, esp with the kids :)!

So, from Kunju, the elder, and me, this is for you Kunjunni, my little one πŸ™‚

Being a second born myself, I find ever so many commonalities in temperament and thought, that it is sometimes amazing. (At the same time I now sympathize and empathize with my own mother :P)And perhaps because of that we mirror so much of each others’ thoughts, and therefore end up having these absolutely grand arguments and fights, dramatically reacting and over reacting, silent sulks and verbal wars. Not to forget, of course, the fantastic wavelength we are on most times, speaking out each others’ thoughts Too!!

Where do I begin to tell you of him?

An angelic baby (who should have been a daughter, I have said ever so often!) he soon proved to beΒ  truly angelic, determined and single minded when it came to routine, people and activities.

It had been so easy to handle the elder one. He’d go along with anyone and everyone… grandparents, aunts, cousins, neighbours πŸ™‚ and could be kept so easily entertained. Well behaved too, if you dont take into account his fondness for throwing onions and potatoes, and on occasion, the heavy iron out of my parents’ 4th floor apt. in Mumbai :D! Stories fascinated him, and still do πŸ™‚

But, the little one? Oh no Siree! Only his Amma for him, thank you. Everyone else was to keep safe distance, and not even THINK of looking at him, let alone TALK. The very thought! Dear God! His lower lip would jut out, curl downwards, and he’d being with a small wail that grew in volume and intensity! To gloss over… travelling with both of them, on my own, which I had to do often, was no cakewalk :D! Exhausting? Way beyond all that!

It took all of four years for him to permit others to befriend him; till then no other than his immediate family, parents and brother, and maternal grandma were allowed into his hallowed space.

The same little one has a circle of friends too many to count, and all of them from a variety of classes and colleges, and places πŸ™‚

Perhaps, because, with the passing of time, he grew with a charm that seemed to knock people off their perch, while he maintained his space πŸ™‚ I have never figured out how he managed to do that πŸ™‚

He has been a quiet Lion. (Ok he is a Leo too :)) not the loud, and roaring variety; in his pre teens. All of which changed when he finished his Std X. The cub transformed then. Quietly there assumed a young lion whose leadership skills were as astonishing, as they were competent. Other colleagues at my school (where both of them studied, poor things :D) began to wonder at the “smiling baby” who seemed, all of a sudden to have grown up!

Do second borns transform suddenly? I’ve wondered. Growing up in the shadow of a more accomplished sibling (the elder one was a prefect and all that… :)), when they find the sun peeking out at them , after the shadow shifts, do they then bloom?

It seems to have been somewhat similar in my case.Β  With an extra intelligent, talented, athletic elder brother, who always topped his class, played in the U-19 state cricket team, who was Captain of the NDA cricket team later, it was hard to live up to expectations, though none were voiced πŸ™‚ Once he moved out of home, I guess I changed a lot πŸ™‚ First off, I changed courses at college without my parents knowing. From BSc to BA, later informed my folks, who accepted quite gracefully :D! And then got into every possible activity in school, and freaked out. Literally.

But back to my little one πŸ™‚

Once he began his engineering studies, the change became more pronounced. He came across as more confident, the diffidence of his early years having quite been obliterated πŸ™‚ Right up until yesterday, at the close of day, a succesful day of competitions at their inter branch internal competitions at college, he received so many messages of congratulations on his leadership and for his co ordination.

I wonder again. Do the second borns suddenly change with time, and …. I think so. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I did. Mine did.

Second borns… yes

  • They have a mind of their own, and are rather unlikely to change it for anything πŸ™‚
  • They experiment more… avidly; and daringly – hair colours, peircing ears, testing the limits of a parent’s patience πŸ™‚
  • I think they are more creative??
  • Are more emotionally insecure, most times?
  • Seem to always feel the need to prove themselves… πŸ™‚

And this young Lion of mine, I always tell him he is a class apart. He swells with pride. Either way, positive or negative that “class apart” may be, he’s happy not belonging to the herd πŸ˜›

He jumps in with both feet, into anything and everything

He also puts both feet in where they should not be, his mouth, a lot πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ :D!

And then the “sorry” game begins… more to soothe, than to repent πŸ˜€

And finally his classic line… all his, though he did appropriate it from “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum”

Parampara, Mom, Parampara

takes the cake!

Lol. It would seem that the kid has suddenly discovered his heritage, which he discovered similarities with the other second born at home. His mother πŸ™‚

And why, you wonder, am I telling you all this today? This lion, hot on the heels of another young Lioness is celebrating his birthday on 3 August.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Kunjunni πŸ™‚

Mr President you rock! (ref. to earlier post, to know why President..Lol!)

With fond wishes, and all our Love

The First Amma

The First Brother

The First Dogs – Chinnu, Kuttan, Appu and Paru


The First Cat – Malu


May you be blessed abundantly. Always.

You certainly are your favourite thought personified.

Leadership is about Action, not Position


For the Love of Music- Part II

For the Love of Music- Part I

This is a music oriented post πŸ™‚ But, [a nice term I picked up at OG’s space :P] Mallu-centric :P!

This is part II, of Nimmy’s Tag. To share with you 10 songs from two languages, that are personal favourites. I have already shared the English Songs, HERE πŸ™‚

This is Part II- a few Malayalam Favourites πŸ™‚ There will be many who may not follow the language, but then they say, don’t they, that the language of Music is Universal?

For those who do listen to Malayalam songs, I do hope you will find favourites here as well… πŸ™‚ As said earlier, this is only a list of a few that came to my mind, and I know that I shall find more to add. However, Nimmy has very clearly said, on 10!
1. Manushyan Mathangale Srishtichu, by Yesudas

This has to be one of the simplest, most profound, and most telling songs on the times we now pass through. This evergreen, priceless song, as treasured for its music as for its lyrics, and not to mention the gorgeous voice of Yesudas, speaks of how man created religions which then created Gods, and together, the three entities divided the land and hearts of men! The famous trinity of Devarajan Master [music composer], VayalarΒ  [lyricist] and singer, Yesudas have come together to create this historical song, so filled with a worldly and universal wisdom. This has to be all time Song No. 1!!! πŸ™‚

2. Kannadi Koodum, from the film, Pranayavarnangal [starring Manju Warrier, Divya Unni, Suresh Gopi], a sweet romantic film, with some great songs.

The ever so slight, graceful and beautifully rhythmic bobbing of the head, Manju’s, is believed to have been her own addition to the choreography, because the music, the rhythm , the beat of the song simply made her do that while dancing. It is one of the most entrancing performances, and that too impromptu, that I have seen πŸ™‚ KS Chitra’s voice is superb as always, but this one song it becomes so very charming too!

3. Ethrayo Janmammayi, from the film, “Summer in Bethlehelm”

This video does not show the song itself, but clippings from the film, which was a superhit, several years ago πŸ™‚ The humming by Sujatha, and her singing, along with Yesudas is simply melodious. And the lyrics are a romantic’s dream πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ [Translated to mean: I have been looking for you in so many lifetimes… I have so much of love -ishtam- for you… :P!]

4. Enthu paranjaalum nee endethalle vaave πŸ™‚ from “Achuvinte Amma”. Meera Jasmine and Urvashi come together is this lovely family story πŸ™‚

Simply translated the song is a sort of lullaby, a gentle rumination of lovely memories of a mother about her daughter, who is upset with her, and has left home… πŸ™‚ She sings, “No matter what you say, you will always be my baby πŸ™‚ ”

5. Yesudas’s “Arayanname” from Vasanthageethangal [Evergreen Songs], which is not from any film, but a collection of non film songs πŸ™‚

This celebrates the Swan, believed to have been the messenger between the lovers Nala and Damayanti, in the story of Nalacharitam πŸ™‚

6. The Bucket Rap… howlarious song put together by the students of CET, Trivandrum [Oye, OG, ariyaathirikillallo :P!]

7. From “Chitram“, a Mohanlal starrer, this beautiful classical song πŸ™‚

8. Sukhamaanee nilaavu, from “Nammal”, sung by Jyotsna, a young lady, who just passed out of our school about 4 years back πŸ™‚ She won the state award for the song πŸ™‚

How lovely is this moonlight and the light breeze, and when you are beside me, the evening becomes magical… πŸ™‚

9. From “Mazhathullikkilukkam” [the tinkling sound of falling rain drops :)], this absolutely gentle melody πŸ™‚ “Therirangum Mukile

The lyrics again here, are just lovely, as is the mellifluous voice of Jayachandran.

10. The trinity [Vayalar-Devarajan-Yesudas] again, with “Aayiram Paadaswarangal Kilukki” from “Nadhi” an old film, that was a hit πŸ™‚

This has been a landmark film that Prem Nazir acted in πŸ™‚

So that is it, for now, with this tag! Now, Nimmy has asked only for two languages, but this is getting to be so very interesting, that I am going to do part III later, with Hindi songs… Till then au revoir; pinne kaanam [will see you later :)]

Enjoy the music, for it is, as the Bard said, the food of love πŸ™‚

27 May, 2009

Edited to Add:

A few favourites from Ajit, OG πŸ™‚

Nee manimukilaadagal, from Vellithira, starring Prithviraj and Navya Nair πŸ™‚

Ariyaathe ariyaathe, from Ravanaprabhu, starring Mohanlal and Vasundhra Das πŸ™‚

Swayamvara chandrike, from Chronic Bachelor πŸ™‚ Rather funny, this song :P!


For the Love of Music :)

I had been tagged ages ago, by Nimmy, to share some favourite songs in two languages πŸ™‚Β  10 each to be precise πŸ™‚ I haveΒ  decided to do it two or three parts. Since some of it was already in the drafts, from about an age ago, I decided it was time there was some movement on this space, and here it comes, a few, too darned few I must add, for I desperately wanted to add more. These are songs, some of them at least, that I grew up with, some others which I found wonderful for their lyrics, the music, and the sheer joy of sharing in their music. I do hope it will connect with you πŸ™‚ and you will find that enjoyment too!

First off, the English Songs πŸ™‚

1. One of Us – Joan Osborne

Do look up the link and check the lyrics, they are truly amazing!

2. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Roberta Flack

This has to be one of the most deliciously romantic songs ever… and I mean ever πŸ™‚

3. Bohemian Raphsody, Queen

Sang this in chorus at School, came first [our class ie :)] A memorable song!

4. Truly Madly Deepy,Savage Garden

(Embedding disabled… another beautiful song to watch, do follow the link:))

5. Everything I do, Bryan Adams

Now this one give me gooseflesh, all the time πŸ™‚

6. Stay the Same, Joey McIntyre

Embedding disabled 😦 Must watch song, must listen to song :). Can’t quite describe it, but it tugs at the heartstrings πŸ™‚

7. Dr Hook’s Sexy Eyes

Bouncy, bouncy, and raunchy… but lovely πŸ™‚ IHM’s blog has “When you’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman”, so I chose this one πŸ™‚

8. Leo Sayer “When I need you”

Yearningly beautiful… πŸ™‚

9. To Sir With Love

This had to be one of the most inspiring films ever, and this scene from the film is particularly touching and heartwarming! Am sure some of you will remember, and enjoy it all over again!

10. Abba’s “Chiquitita”

Another lovely song… πŸ™‚

11. Vicky Leandros’ 1972 Eurovision Winner of a song, Translated here, in English, “Come What May”. The Original is AprΓ¨s Toi, sung in French.

Heard this first, when dad brought home this LP and was captivated by the voice, the strength of it, and the versatility πŸ™‚ I heard the French version first [no I do not know French πŸ™‚ :)] and later discovered the English version. The lyrics are lovely too!

In English:

This is in French:

And Oh πŸ™‚ so very many more πŸ™‚ This is just an atom on the tip of the iceberg, but then what to do, Nimmy said 10 only 😦 Though I did add one more :P!

More from Hindi and Malayalam to follow in another post. For now, this itself has drained me, though very pleasantly, I must add πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

11 May, 2009, very very early in the day… πŸ™‚