Monday, May 19, 2014

20 random questions--just for fun.

It's been ages and ages since I did a 'just for fun' meme post. So I decided to do one today. Something that did not need heavy thought, something that was fun and something that I would enjoy doing.
So here are Random Twenty Questions from Sunday Stealing.

You are most welcome to do them too and leave your links in the Sunday Stealing post.

1. Last time you had butterflies in your stomach?
I guess it was a long long time ago. Now I only have stress. No butterflies. Butterflies think the garden is a better place, compared to my tummy and have long deserted me.

2. What was your last alcoholic beverage?

3. Who can you trust?
Undoubtedly this man:

4. Where was your first kiss with your current significant other?
Mumbai Airport :)

5. Favorite Band?
U2, Pink Floyd and some of GNR, some of Metallica,some of REM, Mumford and sons, Steve Hacket.

6. What is something you've learned about yourself recently?
That even when I think I cannot go on, I really can.

7. Do you like anyone?
Ha ha...I love everyone!

8. Do you know anyone who is engaged?
 Engaged in what? ;)
9. What's your favorite number?


10. Who was the last person to make you cry?
I guess it was a film director :)

11. Did you ever go to camp as a kid?
 Many. Had got selected for several basketball coaching camps at national level and attended all.

12. When was the last time you cried? 
A few days back.

13. What is one thing you miss about your past? 
My dad.

14. What is one thing you've learned about life?
That no matter what, it goes on.

15. Are you jealous of anyone? 
I guess I am jealous of people who can take off to any place they want whenever they like, without any responsibility, worry or care. To be honest, I am not jealous of them either---as everything has a price! It all depends on how hard you are willing to work to pay that price.

16. Is anyone jealous of you?
I guess many are!

17. Has a friend ever used you?Friends have suddenly stopped talking, yes. But I have never felt used.

18. Has anyone recently told you that they like you more than as a friend?
How recent is recent? ;)

19. Who was the last person you drove with? 
 My son! (and I say it with pride)

20. What are you looking forward to?
Tomorrow! :) yay! (As I go on a short vacation)


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Sunday, May 11, 2014

What mothers really want.

My mother and me--clicked in Singapore, in the orchid garden that my mom loved.

The first message I got today was from my mom. 'happy mother's day' she had texted. I called her up and wished her the same.

Much is made of Mother's day. Spas declare a 'bring-your-mom-at-a-fifty-precent-discount' offer. Opticians offer incentives for your mother's spectacles. Hospitals offer a free check-up. Card shops scream about gifts for your mother apart from the cloyingly sentimental cards cleverly written to tug at your heart-strings and make you go awww.

But has anyone bothered to ask their mothers what it is that they would like from their children?

Here are three letters written from the point of view of  mothers of children in three age groups:

0--12 years : Apple-of-my-eye
13--21 years: My young star
21 and above :  The adult child.

Dearest Apple of my eye,

Thank you so much for the lovely card you sat up making for me. It is beautiful. Thank you too for the breakfast in bed that you made with your dad. The mess that you left  in the kitchen, the aftermaths of the above mentioned breakfast, for me to clear up is okay. It is after all a small thing compared to the grand gesture.Thank God you don't do it every day. Okay--don't sulk. I was only kidding. I appreciate it. Really I do.

All I ask from you this mother's day is a promise. A promise to put in your best effort in all that you do. It is going to be hard. After all, who does not like an easy path? But I want you to make me a promise that you will go the extra-mile. If your teacher has said that a certain lesson will be done in the next class, make an effort and read that lesson beforehand. Make notes of the concepts you did not understand, and want better clarity on. Read up things related to your topic. Do not only your homework but also a little more. Study hard.

Take part in all the activities that you can, in school. Be enthusiastic. It does not matter if you do not qualify. The important thing is to have tried.

Be nice to people you meet. Be polite. But do not let anyone push you around. Stand up for what you believe in.

I am always with you, every step of the way.

Lots of love

Dearest Young star,

How quickly you have grown! I sometimes just cannot believe that just the other day, you were a baby, needing me for everything. Now, sometimes, it is  me who needs you.

You question me a lot on all that I say. And it leaves me exasperated at times, but you know what--I secretly like it. I know you have your own logic, your own way of looking at things, your own ideas. I am proud of that. It shows you are growing---becoming a person in your own right, ready to take on all that the world throws at you.

The choices before you may be puzzling at times. You may not have figured out whether you want to go in for science or an education in liberal arts or many such options. You may be constantly asked "So what career have you decided on?" and you may have no clue. You know what, it is okay. It will come to you. Give it time, and see what you are naturally drawn to. Do not go by peer pressure and never do something just because that's what all your friends are doing. (Yes, the famous phrase which all parents use-- just because all your friends jump off a bridge, will you-- still holds wisdom)

I know you just can't wait to be an adult. But enjoy this phase. It will be gone before you realise.

And yes--please clean your room, make your bed, take your laundry for wash, and please be polite. That's all I ask of you, this mother's day.

Lots of love

Dear Adult child,

Please call me at least twice a week. Speak to me. Tell me about your work. I may not understand all that you do, but I like listening to you.
That is all I ask of you, this mother's day.

I miss you, you know.

Lots of love


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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

A few blessings.

Most of last few weeks, Indian summer has been at it's full scorch.  But these days, Bangalore feels like heaven.It's cloudy,cool winds blow and the skies paint themselves into landscapes worthy of a Monet's painting.

This was my view.

And as I watched the sun set,  it changed to this:

Truly felt like paradise. It was breathtakingly stunning.

Then the kids were hungry. They wanted a snack. Junk food is something I dislike. I am all for lip-smacking, nutritious, healthy home cooked stuff, which can be made in a jiffy. Here is what I made:

In case you wish to make it, the recipe is here.

 This evening, I made another equally tasty (and healthy)  snack. Here is what I made:

 I spread butter on one side. Then I topped  the other with grated Cheddar cheese, granulated garlic and chilly flakes. (you could just use freshly crushed Garlic too). Grilled it in the oven at 150 degree centigrade for about 7-10 minutes or till the cheese melts.

The kids said it was delicious and  they  simply gobbled it up.

A peaceful day with  fabulous weather, great food and the love of a wonderful family.
Sometimes, the smallest things are the greatest blessings.
I am grateful.

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