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Mr. G R Narayanan's house

The other day, after what seems like a life time and is more like 20 years... I landed up in Mylapore... the part of Chennai thats steeped in devotion, prayer and old culture...this area also houses some of the creme de la creme of good ole Madras.
Ofcourse, 20 years is atleast 1/4th of a full life and since places these days seem to transform overnight, I was practically lost in this old- new place...After dropping my older one in her class, me n the lil one started walking up and down, searching for a tuck shop, to buy yet another packet of the orange chips (Lays).
After going criss cross around 3 times over,  I got the chips and some more junk; it was on our way back to the start point that I noticed this old, almost dilapidated building standing like a sore thumb in the middle of the shiny new landscape. Reading the name "Sumanth apartments" was like turning on the tap to a flood of memories.... of days spent returning from Adarsh to Shanthis Aunty's house along wit…

On the brink of an old life...

And so I made a choice.... a choice I had toyed with for the past two years.... a decision that could change my life, certainly my bank balance and hopefully make my kids super happy... its easy to guess... yes I finally quit... after being in the dilemma for 2 years or more... after going through the whole process in my mind over and over again... I finally chose my kids...At one point, I really thought I would have to keep those "chits" that I have heard of... usually folks keep chits at "The big Boss' " feet and then they wait for his august vote. The deal is sealed, when a flower falls on either chit and voila, the decision making is taken out of your hand, just so you can easily thank or blame "The big Boss" later... yep at one point my mind was so befuddled that I really felt like choosing this course of action...Stress is bad and some times its good as well.... extremely stressful times propel you into making big decisions before you can think…

There's two of me!

Ofcourse I am not pregnant (thank God), nor am I having double vision, but when I am a whopping 91 kgs.... I am convinced there's one more version of lil ole me  hiding in there below all the grease and grime:).
More than high time, I focused on "turning the heat on" and melting the fat to find the ahem beautiful person almost forgotten inside :):):)
One more to add to the already groaning list, saved for when I am done with the notice period... of course this item seems like more for asap!!
Wish me luck, folks, I shall keep up an update on my weight loss tales, trials and tribulations:)
More on the KG overload same day next month!



New wounds heal the old....

I felt compelled to "dust the cobwebs" and pick up the lost threads of my random thoughts here.... so here I am...
Life is strange and I am certainly not the first person to say so...just mentioning it coz i can feel its strangeness now.
Though it seems quite improbable to me, recent events were so stressful that it required all my energy and (non existent) patience to sort of sail through it all... once in a while here and there, I almost felt like I was drowning.... at such times, my better half was right there beside me, with his hand out to bail me out of whatever felt like a whirlpool....
A marriage is a life long partnership.... a promise to be there through thick and thin... again this is not something new.. I am merely quoting the marriage vows...but often some "thin" parts of this life long association really test your belief and faith in each other.... there are some places where you feel you are alone.... where you even feel cheated, some parts where its no…

Snippets from our Pondy trip in the Christmas break

Yess, we are visiting our second home... Pondy :). We are not sure why, but both the hubby and I have taken to this small town like fish to the water..... or ahem should I say fish to the spirits :):) lolz.

Yep, the elixir is definitely a strong contender, but that apart, somehow I have always loved small towns, kinda like seeing my life swirl past on that tiny 21 inch screen, which I dont think anyone has anymore....And since Pondy is the closest fix for this yearn to be in a small town and do the cliched "run away from it all" we mostly land up in Pondy for all our holidays... once in a while we go to other places, but those are mostly due to family events and not just for a break.

En route to Pondy... we stopped at the Croc Park; Dooby had seen them all when she was five, we thought  it was time to show Bittu as well, now shes around 6, so am sure she wouldnt forget them...ofcourse if you ask me, one sight of those crocs is a sight to remember for life..no matter what ag…

Nirmala Aunty's daughter

Often, when we were kids, mom and dad would say, "I am waiting for the day when people will ask "Are you Nivedita's mom"....; this ploy was often used to instil the value of all things good :).... as time passed, indeed we came into our own and for my folks' sake I hope it is for all the good reasons :).

After an age it was really a special feeling to receive a call early morning, asking me if I was Nirmala's daughter... this "playing all grown up" aint all fun y'know..... so refreshing to go back to being just your mom's kid :):):), also very inspiring to note that your parents will be always your "parents", no matter what you achieve or "who" you become!

My "adopted" hibiscus shrub

While it is fairly established that it is possible to have a deep lasting relationship with your pet, up until now, I never felt that kind of bond with a plant... well yes I did learn in Science that "All plants are living things"... yes also that they grow well when you play music(soothing) to them... some have a soft corner for Beethoven and so on... but I personally never felt this bond... until I chanced upon a discarded hibiscus shrub around seven- ten months ago. it lay there, uprooted, with almost no leaves on it... my older one and I were in the "planting obsession" phase and while she has moved on... I am still in it... to get back to the story, we both pounced upon the poor plant and I proceeded to plant it eagerly.

I would keep looking at it everyday, almost willing it to sprout a new leaf for days on end.... my mom, like all wise people assured me it would and lo and behold, it sprang to life one day and from then on, there was no looking back :). It f…