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December 21, 2012

Ramanujam -125

125th Birthday for the great mathematician Ramanujam! So proud to have gone to the same school he went to. Here is my high school notebook commemorating the centenary birth celebration.

Ramanujam Centenary celebration notebook

Ramanujam Centenary celebration notebook

March 3, 2011

A wonderful surprise!

Filed under: emotions, memories — Tags: , , — yaadayaada @ 7:48 pm

Boo suggested I get the chairs that S had recently posted in her blog as our anniversary present. I checked out the chairs online and liked it. Found the price from S and was wondering whether I should get them. Then, in the evening, I sent a mail to S asking her if the chairs were available and she promptly replied stating that the chairs were sold to some body else. I was a little disappointed. But what to do, I was not quick enough.

Then next day, I come back from work to hear Chula and Meija of utbt, shrieking excitedly, “Surprise! Here is a gift from Chula, Meija, Ashu and Antu!”. For a split second, I couldn’t believe my eyes and was wondering how utbt found the same chair I was looking for, before my slow brain realized the conspiracy between S, boo and utbt to suprise me. Also kind S had sent a wonderful anniversary gift along with the chairs that she sold to Boo and utbt. Also she was kind enough to drive half way to meet utbt to deliver the chairs. Boo was on the phone conspiring with utbt. utbt had added her special tough with cute cushions for the chair.

Thanks Boo and utbt for the wonderful anniversary present (I know it is also a present for yourself since you both got tired of the beach chair I had in the family room and you guys wanted a comfy chair to sit!). Thanks S for playing along with the surprise and driving half way to deliver. Also thanks for the fragrant gift you had sent! All in all, a wonderful surprise!

Boo suggested I get the chairs that S had recently posted in her blog as an anniversary present. I checked out the chair online and liked it. Found the price from S and was wondering whether I should get it. Then, in the evening, I sent a mail to S asking her if the chair is available and she promptly replied stating that the chair was sold to some body else. I was a little disappointed. But what to do, I was not quick enough.

Then next day, I come back from work to hear Chula and Meija of utbt, shrieking excitedly, “Surprise! Here is a gift from Chula, Meija, Ashu and Antu!”. For a split second, I couldn’t believe my eyes and was wondering how utbt found the same chair I was looking for before my slow brain realized the conspiracy between S, boo and utbt to suprise me. Also kind S had sent a wonderful anniversary gift along with the chairs that she sold to Boo and utbt. Also she was kind enough to drive half way to meet utbt to deliver the chairs. Boo was on the phone conspiring with utbt. utbt had added her special tough with cute cushions for the chair.

February 25, 2011

RIP Anant Pai!

Filed under: kids, memories — Tags: , , — yaadayaada @ 6:37 am

Anant Pai passed away today. Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle won’t be the same without him, but they would carry his name for generations! Who can ever forget Ramu and Shamu, the mischievous twins. His books were the one that got me into reading English books! My cousin was a hoarder of his books and sis & I used to lose ourselves in those books every summer. Mr.Pai played and still plays a big part in getting children interested in mythology, history. We have a living proof, Utbt‘s Chula has been devouring husband’s large Amar Chitra Katha collection for the past few weeks like there is no tomorrow! Thank you and RIP Mr.Pai!

November 5, 2010

Happy Deepavali 2010!

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Wish you all a wonderful Deepavali!

This year, my contribution to Deepavali has been just the eating part since parents are here! Mom took care of all the sweets and snacks! So here it is!

Happy Deepavali!

May 12, 2010

Kids say the darnest thing!

I lift up Chula (from utbt) and dances. Then huffing and puffing the following conversation happens.

Me: Hey Chula! You are getting heavier girl! You are a 5 year old! Very soon, you will be old and strong enough to lift me.

Chula: Yeah! When I am 64!

Me: 64?

Chula: How old will you be, yy aunty, when I am 64?

Me (cursing herself for getting herself caught in this situation) : Well around 100 years old.

Chula: No Silly! You will be dead!

Me: ………………………………

Idhu enakku thevaiya? (Do I need this?)

October 17, 2009

Deepavali 2009

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Diwali 2009

Diwali 2009


Happy Deepavali!

October 10, 2009

Navrathri 2009

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Before Deepavali arrives, here is my golu.



Golu 2009

Golu 2009



Saraswathi Pooja 2009

Sarawathi Pooja


Step 1:

Marappachis(Wooden dolls) from Kumbakonam, Bride and groom dolls from Chennai.

Step 2:

Meenakshi Kalyanam from a friend who moved back to India

Step 3:

Dasavatharam from Madurai

Step 4:

Ajanta statues from dunno where. But at least they are 25 years old. Rasa leela Krisha set from Bangalore. The temple made by a friend. The people around temple from Coimbatore. The siva lingam and banana made of beads by my grandmom.

Step 5:

Chennapatna (from Bangaloer) dolls depicting villages. Kili Josiyam(Parrot Astrology) in the middle given by a cousin.

On the floor:

Chettiar made by a friend. Grocery items in truffle box. Veggies from Coimbatore and Singapore. The minature wooden animals from my grandmom’s golu. At least 50+ years old. The bead dolls made by my grandmom.  Mr & Mrs Chettiar from Coimbatore. Wooden vessels from Madurai, Maakkal(limestone??) vessels from Thiruvanamalai gifted by UTBTkids, Brass vessels from grandmom’s golu and some from Kumbakonam. The Zen garden incense stick stand gifted by a friend.

October 2, 2008

Vaazhkkai (Life), the movie and my first stage performance

Was watching Vaazhkkai, the old tamil movie in Sun TV this week. Vyjayanthimala must have been in her teens when she acted in this movie.  It was her first movie. She dances so gracefully and she looks so cute. Lalitha and Padmini have done the opening dance.(Realised that they were Lalitha/Padmini only after seeing the credits. They are so young as well.) It was a decent movie although the character Meenatchi played by Draupadi irritated me to end with the constant crying.

More than the movie, the songs brought back wonderful memories of my childhood. We played a dance/drama in school when I was in LKG. We enacted (The teachers made us enact) the story of the Foolish Lion and Clever Rabbit. And we would sing the song “un kan unnai emaatrinal en mel kobam undavadhen” once the lion gets angry seeing its reflection. Once the lion dies by jumping into the well, we would all sing “enni enni paarkombodhu ullam kondaaduthe,…. kutti muyal gettikaara thanam theriyum” in the same tune of the song “enni enni paarumbodhu ullam kondaaduthe” from this movie. Since no one would ask me what role I played, let me put it down without further much ado. I was one of the 20+ animals/birds who sang in chorus. I was a parrot with a parrot mask and a green maxi! Hmm… those good old days! Thanks to this movie screening got to recall those memories.

September 21, 2007

Music, Dialogues and Nostalgia

Filed under: memories — yaadayaada @ 6:04 am

Music(read songs) have this magic of enabling time travel. Last night I happened to listen to a song from a movie and was immediately transported to my college days where we cat-walked(!!?!??!) to the music of the song. Was reminded of how we made mixed tapes for our fashion shows and group dances. Although I always complain about how Indian movies have songs in them, but to be honest the songs are the ones that bring these happy memories unexpectedly. Last night, I was all smiles and happy when I heard the song and my better-half was wondering why and my exact answer was “I am so happy right now, I could just die”. Yes, these songs are indeed magical. Songs from aasai takes me to my days in Bangalore. Hearing “Oruvan oruvan mudhalali” takes me to my undergrad days. Listening to Suprapadham or any rendition by M.S Subbulakshmi takes me to the month of margazhi when I was little. The song “Naane naana yaaro thana” and “Poovarasam poo poothachu” takes me to my days in village with my teenage aunt. Listening to the songs from Kadhalukku Mariyadhai takes me the first month of my marriage and the list goes on.

A sentence I often use, “andha kandraviya naan kannala paathen”. I have even forgotten where I picked this sentence from until last night. Last week by some miracle(Sun TV showing something worthwhile for me to watch and enjoy is indeed a miracle), the Sun TV showed a clip from a good old movie, Kalyana Parisu and I was immediately transported to my childhood. I used to listen to these funny movie dialogues(OLi Chiththiram) in the famous All India Radio and Vividh Bharathi along with my aunts, cousins, grandparents and the whole gang and laugh uncontrollably.

My hearty thanks to all those entertainers who continue to bring smiles to my face.

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