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On Rainbows,Fairies and being a Mom.

Children are great philosophers. It comes naturally to them I think, as their world view is original, often unique, not yet tainted by hard realities, failures, apathy, insensitivity, prejudice or worse, indifference that characterizes the world view of most adults.Observing children and really listening to them and thinking about why they said certain things (Instead of just laughing and dismissing it as cute which is typically what we adults do) gives us a fresh different perspective to things. I am fortunate in that aspect as I have worked with children for many years and now I also have my own laboratory open 24 hours, seven days a week to study two children aged 10 and 7. :-) They accompany me everywhere I go, except to the loo. There too, if I am not out in five minutes I’ll have a voice pounding on the door impatiently, asking me “ Maaa—Are you in there ? When will you finish maaa? ” :-)Both wanted to be a part of both my book launches and really enjoyed seeing a new avatar of …

Some nice ‘liberated education’!

With a name like Alamelu Padmavathi Ammal (with due apologies to anyone whose name is Alamelu, Ammal or Padmavathi) you cannot be very liberated. Okay—maybe not liberated in a wearing-cropped-denim shorts-spiked-coloured-hair-tank top-with-leather-bootskind of way but perhaps liberated in a I-am-a-forward-thinking-modern-woman kind of a way. I don’t know what it was but the Alamelu I knew, or rather used to know, was not very liberated in either ways.
The first time she met me was about 7 years back. Come to think of it, that was the last time I met her too. :-)It was at a boring office party in a not so boring quaint little town, where the men sat separately and drank for the entire duration of the party and the women were not offered alcohol or the starters. (For the entire duration of the party too) I would have liked both (The alcohol and the starters, not the men or the women!) but nobody asked me. And I was not liberated enough to barge into the ‘bar-room’ full of men, that too …

On Rifles, chocolate cakes and lifetime bonds.

Bangalore Launch-34 Bubblegums and Candies

Many of you writing to me,
Asking me to post on launch at Bengaluru
I feel good, happy, elated
That you want some-moru :-)

Launch went off great,
R.K Misra was terrific,
A born leader, an orator, a patriot,
With an approach which was focused and specific,
Meeting you all in person,
Whom I met only online,
A meeting of minds,
That added glitter and shine,
Book signings, Book readings,
Laughter, deep thoughts, a connect
That’s sums up most of it,
A launch that to me was near perfect!I think pictures speak louder than words. Xh (anoop) has clicked some great ones. Click Here to see lots of them.Also, Varun, Gazal,BimalandPratshave blogged about it. Click on their names to read what they said.I was very impressed with R.K Misra, (yes he has a blog too) who is so down to Earth, Humble, with no celebrity airs, despite having achieved so much. He means what he says.He brings professionalism and transparency to public governance and leaders like him is what our country needs. He started a movement called “C…

Pune launch 34 Bubblegums and Candies.

Saturday evening (4th October 2008) was special. It was the first time I’d be attending a book launch.What made it very special was that it was my own. :-) I did not know what to expect. But I knew what I didn’t want for sure.I did not want to talk about myself. It was not about me. It was about the book. It was about a journey. It was about a message, to live love and laugh, to dance like no-one was watching, to let go of the insignificant things, to live life fully.
They told me I could do whatever I wanted. I was the star.“No” I corrected them “My book is the star.”
So what happened at the launch? I think these people who attended it have said it better.http://godyears.blogspot.com/2008/10/35-bubblegums-and-candies.html

http://blog.prats.co.in/2008/10/34-bubblegums-candies-launch.html

http://sam-memoirs.blogspot.com/2008/10/34-bubblegums-and-candies-book-launch.htmlThe guest of honour was Anuja Agarwal who is now a friend and also VP and Global head of Communications of Duetsche Bank. …

34 Bubblegums and Candies-Excellent reviews in the Media

Indian Express and Sakaal times today carry two lovely articles. And DNA again mentions it in their second page.Click on each one to enlarge and read.
Times of India and Pune Mirror too have featured it.
A big thanks to all of you who have been so supportive, so encouraging with your comments.
I am beaming :-)