Foreword

There is neither a structure nor a texture to this blog. The subject matter can be anything and everything under the sky that I feel about at any given point that I happen to sit and blog rambling about everything in general. My thoughts and views are basically influenced by what I read, hear, gather, and ponder... if there is any copyright violation which I have not duly acknowledged, kindly let me know.

Ref: Chichkoo is what I lovingly call my daughter, kiddo my brother, amma and taatee my late maternal grandparents, and OA is the other adult in the family.

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Jan 31, 2007

Friends in Blogsville... :-)

I have been way too lazy the past few days, just going through the blogs, leaving comments at times and not even that at others. As Jaya, my friend, aptly puts it Mrs. Lazy Bones. Come to think of it, I was never one before marraige ;-).. so it is my being Mrs. LB that is making the difference (hahahaha).. patting myself for the dumbest PJ (poor joke)... I think I have lost it!!!

Friends in blogsville are sure a great support who are there for each other virtually and when we read their blogs, we have an image of them etched in our minds, like say "xyz" from abc blog and we kind of develop a bond with them over some time without ever actually seeing them or talking to them. I for one, would love to meet in person a few of them and get to know the real person behind those expressive write-ups... and recently got an opportunity to know one of them in person and I was on Cloud 9 that we actually spoke, although it may be some time before we meet in person 'cos we stay in two different states.. Thank you Mommy of Two for being so friendly and supportive and making me feel at home. I really really appreciate that.

S feels that I should blog with a purpose and have a theme to the blog rather than put in anything and everything just because I have a space there... well, that point hit home and here I am wondering how should I go about it.. I see a lot of concepts, momma baby blogs, food blogs, picture blogs, science blogs, fiction blogs... what not!! and here is mine which cannot be classified into any particular category, got to do some work there... any ideas?????

Jan 22, 2007

InTeReStInG.. :-)

Rather interesting stuff.....



Well, I never knew that !!!!

In the 1400's a law was set forth that a man was not allowed to beat his wife with a stick thicker than his thumb. Hence we have

"the rule of thumb ".



Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language .



The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was

Fred and Wilma Flintstone



Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.



Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.

Coca-Cola was originally green .



It is impossible to lick your elbow.

The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000



Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair .



The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer



Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king in history:

Spades - King David

Hearts - Charlemagne

Clubs -Alexander, the Great

Diamonds - Julius Caesar



111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321



If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front

leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.



Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?

A. One thousand



Q. What do bullet-proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?

A. All invented by women.



Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?

A. Honey



In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.

When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer

to sleep on. Hence the phrase......... "goodnight, sleep tight."



It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his

son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.



In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down." It's where we get the phrase " mind your P's and Q's"



Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.



Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it..........



I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid aoccdrnig to

rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.



~~~~~~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~~~~~~~~



At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!!!!!!

PS: I happen to get this forward quite some times through different sources and each time I go through this, I try this one out ;-)

Jan 17, 2007

Maatey Mantramu... The Sacred Vows

"Maatey Mantramu.. Manasey Bandhamu..." This telugu song from the movie "Seetakoka Chiluka" happens to be one of my all-time favorite songs which effectively conveys the meaning of marriage in a melodious way and this is one song which I have been hearing constantly for the past 6 months and can go on for I don't know how long.

I am right now past one stage in life, that is, being a granddaughter, daughter, and a sister, and have donned a new role in my life, the WIFE. If one were to ask me how is the journey from independence to interdependence, well...There is a little turbulence at the takeoff but things will turn out just fine.



This particular snap of ours with hands on each other's head is called "Jeelakarra-Bellam" i.e, cumin and jaggery made into a paste and placed on each other's head pledging one to another for this life.

The 6-month time that we had between the engagement and the wedding just flew off without even realizing it began. Me, being me of course, had been postponing quite a few things and it was such a mad rush just before the D-day that I messed up on the invitation list, missed quite a few people.. and I am really really sorry for that. If I happen to miss someone it was just the rush and not intentional. Hope you guys forgive me like you always have, 'cos you know how I am :-)))... sweet, forgetful, little Ms. Sorry..

One great realization
"Weddings are fun BUT only when you are not the one getting married...."



and just an example to prove that is my "poolajada" or my hair decor My God!!! It is so difficult to keep your head straight or move it from side to side even.. and this at a time when we are expected to perform "N" number of rituals infront of what seems like whole town. I bow a hundred times to all those artists(dancers) who manage to deliver their best performances with all the makeup, ornaments, and this one on top of it all... hats off...

I remember teasing Caps for acting like a robot even when nodding the head during her wedding... well, you got your revenge ma'm :-)) I was much worse. You did a great job back then Caps and I mean it.

For more observations on my wedding and weddings in general, keep watching this space.. I got a lot of free time on hand and can blog on anything and everything :-).

Jan 13, 2007

A Happy Sankranthi To All Of You

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Happy Sankranthi.. or Pongal.. or whatever this festive season is called in different parts of India.. For me this is basically the harvest festival, as Sailu rightly says sort of Indian Thanskgiving. It reminds me of ariselu (south-indian delicacy made of rice flour, jaggery, and ghee), paravannam (rice cooked in milk), hari daasulu (takeoff on narada's attire), muggulu (rangoli), basavannalu (the decorated oxen), pittaladoralu, kodi pandaalu (cock fights), parugu pandaalu (running races), bogi pandlu (a ceremony where regipandu, the seasonal fruits are poured over children), gobbemmalu (cow dung pieces decorated with flowers).... aaawwww.. it is a different feel altogether.. with happiness and cheerfulness all around. I sure miss every single thing and not to say, my grandmother all the more. Almost all my childhood memories of any festival are linked with her... this is the second year without her, just getting used to it. She for one thing would always have wanted me to be happy and that is what I can do the least. :-)

This is also considered to be the biggest festival and newly weds are treated royally on this day.. oh yeah... I am missing all the attention and delicacies, sitting here in Atlanta..

For those of you who still can afford to sit back and enjoy the festival in the village backdrop, I consider you are the luckiest souls.

Here is wishing each and everyone of you the very best Sankranti.

Jan 4, 2007

Me Back!!!

Racing thoughts.... hmmmm.. come to think of it.. not just my thoughts, my life as well seems to be on a racing track.. moving with such a speed which I neither imagined nor anticipated.. wedding, break from the job, moving to US for a while.. phew, everything seems like a dream so far.. i mean something which is not in my control. Am I complaining??? Nope... not at all. This is how I wanted my life to be, that is, wanted a break from work, sit back, relax and enjoy life with someone who really cares and understands for a while...and when I got it, it is just too much to take... I am happy, no doubt, just taking some time to sink in.

The transition has been relatively smooth... being Mrs. S is something new but feels like I am used to it for a long time.. being a housewife is also cool so far... my parents say I am glowing and look healthy (nice way to say you have put on a little weight).

Do I miss my family and friends.. well not really, thanks to technology I see them every day for hours together on the cam and speak to them as if they are next to me in the same room (my room in India to be precise) and of course, there is Caps my strongest support pillar.. Thank you guys for making it easy for me and thank you God for S.

Coming to thanking, yup.. I do need to thank a whole lot of my buddies for being there and just keeping me afloat in those tensed up moments... Jaya, Ipsy, Caps, Bhuvi, Appu, Anita, Biju, Baaji, Dolly, Jaya Aunty, Manju, Siri... I just dont have words to thank you all enough.. and for all those who made it to our wedding in spite of it being mid-week and long distance, a bigggg THANK YOU. That does mean a lot to me.

Had been bloghopping for some time now but will start commenting on a regular basis now that i have my home lappy ready and lots of free time on hand.

Happy Happy New Year For all You From Both of Us.

For Evil Eyes on LO