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Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie.. Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... I Am crazy about music,books,friends and my doggie... :)

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

[TV shows] new concept... Ali Saleem aka The Bhegum

Was surfing thru the channels, and came upon BBC where they were showing a program about Pakistan and how it has evolved or not thru the years... and one snippet was about this TV show conducted by a beautiful lady called The Bhegum... and lo behold, it is not a lady, but a man dressed as a woman... and He/she talks/discusses various sensitive issues.. outright accusations about politicians... and much more..

Amazing... 1st Lola kutty and now Bhegum.. wonder why people(read as audiences) would rather watch a show done by someone pretending to be someone else and ENJOY it rather than go for the real thing.... strange .... us Human's seem to be very strange indeed...

Ali Saleem is just another Pakistani bisexual, son of a retired Army colonel who likes to dress like a woman and interview celebrities and news makers on TV. He's also South Asia's first drag queen talk diva, who has made quite a name for himself over the last eight months with his Late Night Show with Begum Nawazish Ali...............

Some info about The Bhegum--

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Holidays n wonderful New Year...

Looking back at the months gone by,
As an old one ends making way for a New Year,
We contemplate on what brought us joy,
And think of our loved ones and dear special friends.

Reliving all the wonderful times,
Remembering each moment of our lives
We tend to reflect upon who really counts,
As the bright new year arrives.

I think of you,
As i say a prayer "Keep them happy and give them all they desire"
I think of you
As i welcome the New Year
Knowing, you will be with me every step of the way..

May you realize your fondest dreams
and take time to recognize and enjoy
each and every blessing.

Happy New Year, And many more!

Happpy Holidays and a wonderful new year to
all my blog friends
and to those i am yet to come across... :)

Monday, December 24, 2007

[Theater] PIF plays

Over the past couple of months, everytime we had a readmeet, i got to know little bit more about the concept of PIF - Politically Incorrect festival.. this was a play, or many issues taken up and presented to the chennai audience by a group of young enthusiastic theater lovers... each one was into something different... studying, writer, Techy, etc etc... but PIF brought em together..

The plays took place on 22nd n 23rd Dec and must say it was very diff from others i've seen and quite interesting... hope they go further....

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Bringing back sweet memories... "Frangipani"

I was in delhi couple of mths back.. and thats when i got to spend a lot of time with my baby cousin Lakshmi.. she is adorable and angelic.... :)

one day, when me, uncle and L were getting back home from an outing at Dilli Haat, she suddenly said "Frangipani".. i was lost, perplexed, wondering what she was talking about.. had no clues basically.. asked uncle wat she wanted.. he then spoke to L and said "kuruvi, tell aartikka wat Frangipani is"..
and she with all innocence replied saying" its a flower"....

today, was browsing the net for some info on one of the topics i was working on, and saw the name "Frangipani" pop up, bringing back lovely fond memoriess of that incident in delhi....

we then got back to my uncle's house, n she promptly took me to their balcony and pointed to the Plumeria and said "this frangipani".... woww~!! i was stumped.... :)

Pic courtesy- Rachel greig]

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Happy Birthday Floppy... :)

Yipeee.. Floppy turned one today.. for those who dont know him, he is my baby.. my angel... my gift from God... my doggie... :)

I sure am lucky to have him part of my life.. and how he came home is a story in its own..
It had been nearly 2yrs since Boss died(the boxer we had, she passed away on Dec 31st.. heart breaking moment n horrible couple of days followed) )

Anyways.... sighh.... we dint have a doggie at home, i was too upset to bring one home and dint think i had it me to lose one more dog...

Aa little bit of rewinding here - we had a puppy Sheeba in our house about 10-15yrs ago, and she was a baby when we bought her, but died exactly 42days later.. one morning i wake up, and grampa tells me ever so gently she died... Gawd, how i cried... and then again Boss... but i know life follows death and its a chain.... so maybe Floppy is my angel for this time..

Jan 14th 2007, i was going out, walking down our road, and saw this little guy lurking beneath a water lorry... he was adorable.. hidden near the tire, he was just peeping out and going back under... got back home, all excited, dragged my sis and went back hoping he was still there... voila, he was... we petted him a bit, looked around to see if his moommy or others were in sight.. nope, nobody around... and i did the "best impulsive act of my life"... carried him n brought him home... all came out to see what the commotion was... and saw this tiny scrawny pup.. me and my sis P were soo excited and happpy.... fed him milk, and he followed us around... we couldnt get enuf of him... :)

we finally got the green signal from all at home to keep him, provided we got him chked out by a doc( cos his skin dint look too good, n he had fleas too)... we promptly did that 2days later... Doc gave himn a clean chit, said he was a smart guy, about a mth old and seemed to have done just fine out on his own.... named him Prince Floppy(not floppy disc, but floppy as in flops on his butt all the time...lolz..n well, Prince - ask my sis, her choice.. ;o)) and he has been with us now for nearly a year....

Since we brot him home Jan 14th and doc said he must be a mth old, we took a guess and think today is his bday... Dec 15th... :)

he is a sweeetheart.. adorable... loveable and u just cant resist petting him... he might not be the most well mannerd, wont sit if you tell him SIT, he just might look at you wondering where the biscuit is or why you aint petting him, but he is angelicccc... love him to bits... the entire family does...

Happy Birthday Flopppy.... Cheers~!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

2007 Mixed bag`

Was just thinking about how this year was and here are the thoughts that poured in....

This year has been different from the one's before.. i dont know this for sure, but can risk taking a guess.. :) [who else but me knows right ;o)]

- In Jan i brought home Floppy, who was lurking under a water lorry couple
of yards from my house.. it was Pongal, Jan 14th, when i spotted him, and on impulse brought him home.. he turns 1 in another 2days time.. yipeee~~

Pic 1[on right] - how he was couple of days after coming home..tiny baby ...

Pic 2[on left] - how he is now.. all grown up n upto no goood..

- Sometime in March, aunt told us she was suffering from Breast cancer, and hid it from us all cos she dint want to trouble us... :( and so her treatment began in this month... i took her for her 1st body scan... not a gr8 experience i tell u and till date, must have gone along for numerous chemo, radiation and other stuff... hope she gets out of this soon n gets back to normal self..

- Work - [touch wood] it has been going great.. i've been doing writing and training... and new projects keep coming my way, some i take on, others i say "thanks but no thanks to".money has also been good, and even if i am busier than i was while working with the corp, i am enjoying what am doing.. no regrets, no complaints... :)

- Weddings - attending back to back weddings, from end of the state to the other... went for a friend's wedding by BUS to Kallakurichi and then returned, got back on the road to Pondy.. whoa, what a trip that was...

- Experimenting -
*with food, trying out diff unique recipes....
*new parlor(only cos i won a voucher thru radio contest -
*travelled by bus(for the wedding, read prev note if u dont know wat am talking about)

- Blogging -
back into the blog world full fledged..came across some very interesting blogs; bloggers from chennai; made some friends too.. and met one such lovely fun gal who's here on a visit [Vids, if ur reading this, advance b'day wishes sweets]

This year is also when i have set many personal records.. hehehe... i dont think these have ever happened before... :)

- Working beyond hours and having fun... wooopiee dooo

- Visited Delhi after nearly 12years and had the time of my life.. zimply awesomee..
Made some new friends
Got to stay with a friend n spend time with his family(they are adorable n sweeeeet)

Met loads of people who were just online friends
Had Tequila for the 1st time
Freaked out
Made a quick trip to Ajmer, Jaipur and Pushkar too.. [shall not talk abt wat happened there...hmfph]

Need i go on.............

- Was without using the computer nor doing even .00000000001% of work for 6whole days...wowwwieee... :) ..

- Most number of hospital visits[aunt, floppy, uncle]... they are all on the way to getting back to PINK of health ;o)

- Buying the laptop i have always wanted.. Sony vaio....
[N17 -] ... Yayyyy.. now if only the net would work.. shucks...

- Nearly stopped watching TV [except for the odd couple of mins i catch while taking breaks from work].. tv is boring.. esp since i dont get AXN or Star world.. rest is just crappppyyyy...

- Reading a lot [diff genres, diff authors].. not on comp, but real books, that have pages and covers... ;)

- Saw maximum number of movies.. [esp Nov - Dec == more than i can count on my fingers ;o)]

- Got to see some temples in Chennai that i have never been to.. the Madhya kailash and
Ashtalakshmi temple(absolutely beautiful)

shall add on as i can remember... :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

" The graveyard as bustling café"... Yewwwwwww....

yep, that is the headline in today's edition of The Hindu in the Newscape section.. i read it and was like "yewwww".. how can someone have coffee in a graveyard.. That is just plain spooky,eerie and creeepy and disrespectful to the dead...

This is exactly what is happening in Ahmedabad where a cafe exists and has hoards of people coming in to have a cuppa Tea or coffee and read paper, have candle lit dinners (yea right...with a ghost sharing the table with u... ) etc...

here is the article.. read on if you dont believe me... :-)

AHMeDABAD: In India, death is a part of life — and, at one restaurant here, a part of lunch. The bustling New Lucky Restaurant is famous for its tea, its rolls, and the graves between the tables.

Here, elderly men page through newspapers and argue politics in the morning, young couples share candlelit meals and hold hands after dusk. That the candles sit on graves adds to the ambiance.

Krishnan Kutty Nair has helped run the restaurant built over a centuries-old Muslim cemetery for close to four decades, but he does not know who is buried in the cafe floor. Customers seem to like the graves, which resemble small cement coffins, and that is enough for him.

“The graveyard is good luck,” Mr. Nair said one afternoon after the lunch-time rush. “Our business is better because of the graveyard.”

The individual graves are painted green, stand about shin high, and every day the manager decorates each of them with a single dried flower. They are scattered randomly across the restaurant: one is up front next to the cash register, three are in the middle next to a table for two, four are along the kitchen.

The waiters know the floor plan as a bus driver would know his route, and they have mastered the delicate dance of shimmying between graves with a tray of hot tea in each hand. “We’re used to it,” said waiter Kayyum Sheikh.

The restaurant dates back to the 1950s when K.H. Mohammed opened a tea stall outside the cemetery, said Mr. Nair. He had helped run the place and became Mohammed’s partner. Business was good, and the stall kept expanding until its tin walls encircled the graves. Mohammed died in 1996.

Some say the restaurant is disrespectful. “They should maintain the decorum of the graveyard,” said a Professor of history who asked that his name be withheld. Asked why he did not want to be identified, he said: “Because I have my tea there.” — AP....

Wonder what is next in store for us.. [leaving with shivers running down my spine]

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Eight Gifts That Do Not Cost A Cent

  1. The Gift of Listening…
    But you must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

  2. The Gift of Affection…
    Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

  3. The Gift of Laughter…
    Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, "1 love to laugh with you."

  4. The Gift of a Written Note…
    A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

  5. The Gift of a Compliment…
    A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job" or "That was a wonderful meal" can make someone’s day.

  6. The Gift of a Favor…
    Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

  7. The Gift of Solitude…
    There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

  8. The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition…
    The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it’s not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You.

Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us.

[dint write this.. found it on the net :-)]

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Whatta name for a street....

Today on my way towards Mount road, i caught site of something i just have to share with all.. wen going thru Greams road, about 100yards ahead of Asan memorial school, there are slums n lanes on the left.. and a lane had the name board that said "Thideer nagar"[suddenly lane/street/colony if you were to literally translate it] .. i mean puhleasee.. what kinda name is that?? where do you wanna go? "thideer nagar"...hahahaaha... did it just sprout out of nowhere or did someone spot the lane out of the blue.. suddenly....

and there is not one, but two streets with this name... the 2nd is in Saidapet.... what a way to confuse people... 2 Halls roads.. 2 Thideer nagars.. wat more???? ;)

Pah.. where on earth do people come up with such names from...

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

[cooking] Spinach daal

Yesterday, got a chance to cook after long.. our cook had taken off..
i saw this interesting recipe in the paper and decided to try it out.. i love SPinach.. so this was Spinach daal..

here it is... was yummy, even if i do say so~~:D

[this is exactly how mine looked as well]

What you need:

Spinach: 2 cups

Onion: 2

Green chillies: 2

Cooked green gram dal/moong dal: 1/2 cup

Tamarind: 1 small sized ball

Tomato: 2

Urad dal: 1/2 tsp(for tempering)

Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp(for tempering)

Oil - as much as you need

Salt- to taste

Curry leaves - 4-6

To do

in a pan, heat oil and add mustard, urad dal and curry leaves. to this, add the chopped onions and green chillies. When they turn to a golden brown, add the chopped spinach and fry well for a couple of mins.

Put a pan and the green dal to cook in it, once that is done, add to the fried spinach and onion along with the tamarind(that has been soaked in water n strained), chopped tomato and salt. Boil for about five minutes..

If you want, you can grind the spinach.. but i like spinach as it is.. and it sure tastes yummmy with Roti and Steamed rice.. enjoy~~~

for more spinach recipes, you can chk out this article in the Hindu.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Lola Kutty

Was still surfing through the pages of the "Woman" magazine.. Oct issue [yes,thats how updated i am ...lolz] i saw an interview wiht this cute gal, Anuradha menon, from chennai who is the onscreen Lola Kutty... wow~~

here is an article from the net.. u dint think i would sit and type out the whole interview here now, did u?? duh~!! ;)

Plants.. no more..

Was just browsing through this magazine called "Woman" and found this interesting article about plants that one can have at home... only difference being , they are not real plants.. they are solar powered gizmos... eeeks.. wats happening to the world..

here is what am talking about.... see for yourself..

Everyone likes a bit of greenery in their home or workplace. The problem is most houseplants need constant TLC in order to survive. But even if you've got green fingers and the touch of Titchmarsh, you can bet your watering can your plants won't wiggle about like Flip Flap Q Minis.
Flip Flip Q Minis These impossibly cute solar-powered gizmos are destined to become the artificial pot plants of choice for style-savvy photosynthesis fans the world over, as they require zero maintenance.

Flip Flip Q Minis Even more impressive is the fact that these hi-tech indoor plants move and jiggle when exposed to light - the more light (real or artificial) they get, the more they move. And you won't need a single battery because the movement is 100% solar-powered. Brilliant, eh?

Flip Flip Q Minis Standing only 8cm tall, Flip Flap Q Minis are supremely portable, so you can take yours wherever you may roam and brighten up any room in an instant.

These miniature marvels have already won Japan's coveted Good Design award, and when you get your mitts on one you'll realise why. From the funky transparent packaging and delightful little pot to the cartoony leaves and hypnotic movement, Flip Flap Q Minis have got cult written all over them.

Put one on your desk or windowsill and we guarantee you'll be unable to suppress a grin every time the little leaves begin to sway. Who'd have guessed watching a plastic plant could be so therapeutic? Indeed, here at Firebox HQ we've gone Flip Flap Q Mini mental, so hurry up and click Add to Cart before the whole world follows suit.

[courtesy :]

Flip Flip Q MinisAnd they dont come cheap. they cost 6.95 pounds each..... phew...imagine that....

Monday, November 19, 2007

Got a new chair

Yipeee.. i finally got my new computer chair.. been wanting to buy one for a while.. and did it yesterday.... but i gotta wait till tomorrow to use it.. concept of tuesday not being a good day...sigh.... :)

here she is.... ishnt she a beauty... ;)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Mind your manners plsss.... duh~!!

God, it pisses me off when people come for concerts and cant stop talking... today eve we had gone for the last show of Nov fest and there were these 2couples sitting behind us who were yakking away to glory..

I thot i talk a lot. but these 4specimens couldnt stop.. 1st they were talking abt planning a trip away for the new years... then pause... i let out a breath of relief.. and then they resumed.. this was DURING the show.. how insensitive of them... and they were again talking.. making fun of the musicians, their music and Gawd, i was just abt ready to give them a piece of my mind..

And trust me wen i say i dint have to strain my ears to hear them.. nor was i eves dropping... i just couldnt enjoy the music cos they wouldnt shut the F up... yeckk.. why do such people even come to concerts??? if u dont know music... cant enjoy it..appreciate it.. dont know artists... they u shd stay at home or go to some club n get drunk..,.. absolutely dimwits... who just dont know how to behave... and these are all 50+people... not even youngsters.... ufff.... n today being the finale, there was no break, they played on.. was amazing.. and these ppl were commenting on how there was no interval and debated as to whether there would be one or not.. and finally before the last song was over, they were out... phew..wish they had done it earlier....

Aaarti... A very disgruntled fan....

Thursday, November 15, 2007

What kinda news is this...

Day before was flipping thru the paper(The hindu) in the morning and saw this as part of main headlines. . was stumped... i dint know if i shd be happy, freak out or gasp at the beauty of our news team...

There was an article about how a Python that was now 13feet long, must have escaped from its enclosure when it was a baby.. and yipee, they found it.... i was pissed off upon reading this.. what the hell where the guys at the zoo doing all these days? and why on earth would the newspapers want to publish a news item like this that insuts our Zoo's capabilities.. wonder what other animal has gone missing and wonder if they are stil alive or become another's lunch or dinner.. am appaled to say the least hearing such sob stories...

here is the complete article from the paper..

Aaarti... a very pissed off chennaiate... :(

Sunday, November 11, 2007

ha ha ha....

Now, this guy is the ultimate... he has me laughing no matter wat state of mind i am in.. and i know many of you enjoy his comics n take on life too..

here are some.. shall keep adding on...

for those wondering what am talking abt.. duh... its calvin n hobbes ofcourse ~ ~ :)

Friday, November 9, 2007


What a day it was.... Diwali - the festival of lights was sure bright and lovely~~~

The day started off around 8am with me saying Good morning (had been working the nite before, so woke up late)... then showered... got new clothes (it is customary to receive them from the elders in the house with their blessings) .. then wore the new saree (its pretty..shall post pics in a bit)... and burst a couple of crackers....

and then came evening.. something we were looking fwd to .. no,not the evening, but wat was in store in the evening... :)

me, my sis and cousin were all set to go watch Om Shanti om (with shah rukh khan in dual role...ok..ok..wont ruin in for those who've not seen it yet).. but this i must say.. the movie was good fun, entertainment in full swing~~ :)

shall come and write about the movie.. but for now, work beckons~ :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

May the festival of lights be the harbinger of joy and prosperity.
On the occasion of Diwali
the atmosphere is filled with the spirit of love,
here's hoping this festival of lights brings your way,
bright sparkles of contentment,
that stay with you through the days ahead.

Best wishes on Diwali and New year. :)

For those who want to know more about this festival.. here is where you can go,

Monday, November 5, 2007

10 Principles to follow..

Have read this earlier and today came across something similar on a networking site...

Pretty interesting and easy to follow.. give it a shot... :)


Stop and ask yourself today, " How do I really feel about myself? " Before you answer read these ten principles.

(1) Never think or speak negatively about yourself; that puts you in disagreement with yourself.

(2) Meditate on your God-given strengths and learn to encourage yourself, for, much of the time nobody else will.

(3) Don't compare yourself to anybody else . You're unique, one of a kind, an original. So don't settle for being a copy.

(4) Focus on your potential, not your limitations.

(5) Find what you like to do, do well, and strive to do it with excellence.

(6) Have the courage to be different. Be a self- pleaser, not a people pleaser.

(7) Learn to handle criticism. Let it develop you instead of discourage you .

(8) Determine your own worth instead of letting others do it for you. They'll short-change you!

(9) Keep your shortcomings in perspective - you're still a work in progress.

(10) Focus daily on your greatest source of confidence

have a love day~~~ keep smiling... stay HAPPPY :D

[edited it a wee bit cos i realized this had way too much GOD fearness in it..hehehe]

Saturday, November 3, 2007

I won... i won.... :)

I've always been crazy about english music and movies.. and back when i was in college, used to be glued to the radio Times FM between 7-9pm, and have entered almost all their contests n won couple of prizes too.. but then, the RJs i used to listen to moved out, i got busy but now have gotten back to listening to the radio, while in the car mainly...

Last evening was returning home with mom after a shopping spree at Spencers and Radio city had one of their sms contests on.. i send in answers once in a while but so far nothing happened.. last evening they gave a plot of a movie and asked for the title..
i knew the answer and so thinking "why not" , sent the sms...
got a call around 6ish , a guy on the other end introd himself saying he was from Radio city and i have won the sms contest and to come n collect my prize today.. wowwiee.. was so excited~~ after longgg.... :D

And today went to their office in Tnagar to collect the gift.. i got myself a gift voucher to a parlor and a box of sweets.. what a way to welcome Diwali... :)

Radio is back.. yipeee~ ~ :D

Friday, November 2, 2007


Ever since i saw the episode on Travel n living or one of those travel channels, i have been curious about tequila.. especially cos of the way they drink it..

They put a pinch of salt on their left hand near the thumb n have a slice of lime ready. n a shot glass with tequila... dint know why people lick the salt first, gulp the drink in one shot and then instanly suck on the lime... anyways, this thot played around in my mind for years and finally i got to try the same during my recent trip to Delhi..

We were at a friends house for lunch party, and there was some yummmy food and loads of boooze flowing freely...till that moment when P, the host brought out a full bottle of tequila n said its been lying around, "Shots ho jaye" [shall we have some shots].. so all of them got up n R poured out shots for everyone, ie, whoever wanted to have it.. i was looking at it with curiosity... and R is a sweet dear friend, so went n told her, i wanna try too, but never done it before.. :) that is when she became my tequila guru.. hehehe...

Poured out a shot, asked me to show my left wrist, and promptly poured a spoon of salt near the thumb and gave me a slice of lime.. just wen i was wondering what to do.. pat pat pat came the instructions.. lick the salt (all of it :O), then gulp the drink in one shot, no sips and then suck the lime again instantly... sounds easy right... well here goes..

i licked the salt.. (yeckkk.. was so and gulped down the drink in one shot, with wee bit left in glass , then gulped that down as well.. and sucked on the lime... the drink burnt a bit but after that i dont know where it went... saltiness was also gone.. lime too disappeared with the drink.. was fun.. waited a bit to see if i got tipsy, but luckily dint... that was sure a fun experience.... :)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

What an experiment

Was catching up with a dear friend of mine,V who had come from out of town on some work.. And we were talking about partying and about what it means to get High on booze.. And she told me this experiment she tried years ago that was soo hilarious but cute...

Way back when she was in her 20's , she had gone to Europe to explore the place, and one day got curious about whether a person can get a high drinking wine, and actually got out of her hotel room, bot a nice big bottle of wine..

Got back to the room, locked the room, and sat on the bed and began gulping down glass after glass and would ask herself "Are u ok?, anything happening?... hehehe.. and decided to stay locked up inside just in case she lost it .. but then nothing happened.. and she said she finished the entire bottle and waited waited for something to happen... and after a while gave up and got out of the room to chk out the town.... lol...

Thot it was sooooooo cute.... hehehehe :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The Sunscreen song

Was having a chilled out evening over a cup of coffee with a good friend of mine, S, when we started humming the song playing in the background, a Bryan Adams... one of our favorites.. we had even made it to a concert of his abt 2yrs back.. and then we started talking about other songs that we like and i mentioned I hope you dance by Ronan Keating.

she then perked up and asked me if i have heard of this song called "the sunscreen song by Baz Luhrmann... i said nope, and made a note in my mind to get home and check it out.. which i promptly did.. downloaded the song and its simply awesome... here is the lyrics to it.. its not really a song, in the sense it doesn't have music, beats etc but it is a song cos it flows so well.. the words make way too much sense.....

the link about the song ----

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.


Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.


Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.


Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen. :)

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Lights.... camera... click click.... :)

An evening at Amethyst and i was looking up at the sky.... saw the light bulb suspending from the tree

while watching cricket match late at night, i love playing around with my phone during breaks( that little interval that comes between overs).. prefer this to surfing channels.... :)

the same light in our living room taken using night mode... i think....

one more version of the light......... gosh,i love my phone..... sooooooooooo much........... :D

Friday, September 21, 2007

what a life....

The state of a cobbler near my house.. had taken one of my footwear to be fixed and saw the place he calls his work place... a shack on the platform.. with nothing but a sheet of plastic to protect him from the sun and rain.....

Seated on a couple of cardboard, he loooked like he doesnt get too many customers... maybe all have moved on to bigger stores to get their shoes n chappals fixed..

He sits here all day.. waiting and waiting.... saw me walking towards him and he was lik "vamma ,eppadi irukka"..[come my dear, how are u doing?].. i have passed him by during my walks in morning, to the gym, to buy veggies( the store incidentally is in the complex right behind where he sits) and would smile at him if i noticed him.....

Was done fixing my sandals n then when i asked him "evvalavu[how much?]".. he replied with a smile " nee evalavu kudukkanumnu aasai padariyo, avalo kudu [give me how much ever you feel like giving]"... woww, i was soo surprised... i did pay him enough, and told him if he wanted more to ask, but he put his hands together and thanked me.... :)..

what a way to make a living.... felt so bad......

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Ganesha n Happinesss

Vinayaka Chathurthi @ home

A festival celebrated in the month of avani on chaturthi (4th) day .Vinayaka is the first to be worshipped whenever we start anything and he holds a special place in our hearts and homes...

He is worshipped by many names like Vinayaka, Ganesha, Pillayar(which is how we call him here in TN), Vigneshwara, Gajanana, Ganapathy, Mooshika Vahanaa,n some more.. he rides on an animal called Moonjoor(a large rat kinda rodent).

In our houses we celebrate this pooja in a grand manner. the puja room is done up with plenty of rice flour kolams(rangoli minus color). My uncle buys a new Vinayaka idol(made of clay) for all our houses(my parents,grandparents and his own). along with a decorated umbrella to place behind the idol. It is then decorated with flowers, a Erukampoo malai((calotropis garland) and bunch of arugampul( a type of grass specific to pillaiyar/vinayaka)

Puja is performed by our family priest.. different kinds of mothagam(kozhukkattai -sweet made using rice flour for outer cover and coconut +sugar filling, urad daal salty filling, sesame powder filled); vadai; payasam(kheer made using milk and rice), appam( a sweet made using wheat flour,water and jaggery) and idli(yes,we give this as a blessing as well today) are all placed before the lord and his blessings obtained...

Once the puja is over, my gramma went about her daily pujas and then it was lunch time. since there was so much to be done for the puja, lunch is kept simple.. mom,dad,sis, uncle aunt and cousin had all come over and spent the day here.. was fun...always is..

There is a temple at the end of our road where they do elaborate puja and in the evening Vinayaka comes on a round on his royal chariot visiting homes... i am always amazed at the beauty of the decorations and ornaments he wears... looks so grand~~

It is said that the day after the Chathurthi, the idol must be moved from the place where it was kept and then subsequently immersed in the ocean....

We normally go on a drive during the evening, a tour of the areas where different kinds of Ganesha's are on display.. there is usually one BIG Ganesha and multiple smaller ones... this year will be a first, of us not stepping out.. all are too tired... :)

Anyways, today has been a good day and lord Ganesha showed me that he does care abt me by giving the day a wonderful start... making me smile... just hope he keeps this going.. else he will have to listen to all i have to rant... :D [ he is my friend,confidante,sounding board and some more.... ]