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Showing posts from December, 2011


Merry Christmas, all my friends and visitors to the blog. We will be away on a 3-day vacation to Kerala starting today. Santa visited the kids a day early, since we will be waking up in the train tomorrow morning. They didnt seem too happy with their gifts, especially Ash. That is something I need to tackle - there are so many toys around them that nothing seems good enough. When we were growing up, the gifts were so few and far between that we treasured each. Stay happy!

Heralding Christmas

The school celebrated Christmas way early on Dec 3. Which is not
surprising as exams began soon after. Mira's batch was involved in the
Nativity play and she was part of the choir. Here she is.

Anna Ash

Ashwin won the third prize from among 50 participants at the fancy dress competition at V's office. It was the little HCLites day on Saturday at their office, and the kids did a repeat of the characters they did in school - Dora and Anna Hazare. While Mira was taken aback by the anchor's queries in Tanglish, Ash spoke clearly and confidently.  The first prize went to a kid who was dressed as a solar lamp, second to Bheema and they deserved it for the make-up and efforts of their parents.
It made us proud and happy that Ash, who is entering competitions this year onwards, has been able to win a prize. His skin is much better and though he does itch at times, the skin doesnt crack or ooze. In fact it is smooth and slowly regaining colour.


We keep telling the kids that if we dont pay for food we eat at the restaurant we will have to grind dosa batter for them (once upon a time that was a tough job as it had to be done manually using a huge polished stone). Two days back as we were having our dinner at a restaurant, Mira asked me: Will they make us work for them if we dont pay? I nodded. "Oh, these men in uniform here (the waiters), did they also not pay for their food? Is that why they are working here??

Ode to a landlord

Our first landlord in Chennai passed away three days back. His sugar levels shot to unimaginable levels (1200) and he spent two weeks in hospital in a semi-conscious state before he succumbed to death.
I write this obit because of the unexpectedness of death - it is not easy adjusting to the fact that someone you saw often on your daily morning walks (he was a late walker like me) and smiled at you or made small talk at times has departed suddenly and will not be seen any more. And it bothers you a little that he was cut up with us in the past month because our part-time maid had quit her job at his place (that was something between them, but his anger towards her spilled on to us partly because it was his wife who had recommended her to us).
The ground floor of the independent house they rented out was my find in 2000. Though it had been somewhat above our budget then, I fell for it because it gave me a feel of Kerala - a well, a nanakallu (a raised stone platform to wash clothes),…