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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Mar 27, 2011

Money is yours but....


Got this very insightful forward in the mail today...

Money is yours ...but... Resources Belong to Society"

                                  
 Germany is a highly industrialized country...

It produces top brands like Benz, BMW, Siemens etc. The nuclear reactor pump is made in a small  town in this country.

                             In such a country, many will think its people lead a luxurious life. At least that was my impression before my study trip. When I arrived at Hamburg, my colleagues who work in Hamburg arranged a welcome party for me in a restaurant.

As we walked into the restaurant, we noticed that a lot of tables were empty. There was a table where a young couple were having their meal. There were only two dishes and two cans of beer on the table. I wondered if such simple meal could be romantic, and whether the girl will leave this stingy guy. I noticed that there were a few old ladies on another table....When a dish is served, the waiter would distribute the food for them, and they would finish every bit of the food on their plates. We did not pay much attention to them, as we were looking forward to the dishes we ordered. As we were hungry, our local colleague ordered more food for us.

        As the restaurant was quiet, the food came quite fast. Since there were other activities arranged for us, we did not spend much time dining. When we left, there was still about one third of unconsumed food on the table. When we were leaving the restaurant, we heard someone calling us. We noticed the old ladies in the restaurant were talking about us to the restaurant owner. When they spoke to us in English, we understood that they were unhappy about us wasting so much food.

      We immediately felt that  they were really being too busybody. "We paid for our food, it is none of your business how much food we left behind," my colleague Gui told the old ladies. The old ladies were furious.

     One of them immediately took her hand phone out and made a call to someone. After a while, a man in uniform claimed to be an officer from the Social Security organization arrived. Upon knowing  what the dispute was, he issued us a 50 Mark fine. We all kept quiet. The local colleague took out a 50 Mark note and repeatedly apologized to the officer.


The officer told us in a stern voice,
"ORDER WHAT YOU CAN CONSUME, MONEY IS YOURS BUT RESOURCES BELONG TO THE SOCIETY. THERE ARE MANY OTHERS IN THE WORLD WHO ARE FACING SHORTAGE OF RESOURCES. YOU HAVE  NO REASON TO WASTE RESOURCES.ด"

Hope this conveys some message to each one of us...& going forward we think twice before we waste ...

Birds in Summer

Summer is here and phew.. it is draining already :((...

So, dont forget to leave some water for our bird buddies outside... that is a post last summer :).



Mar 14, 2011

A Useful Forward


This was forwarded to me in the mail.. I have not really tried calling any of the numbers listed here but would certainly do so if I find something like this... so passing it on..



1.  If you see children Begging anywhere in INDIA, please contact:
"RED SOCIETY" at 9940217816. They will help the children for their studies.

2. 
Where you can search for any BLOOD GROUP, you will get thousand's of donor address. www.friendstosupport.org

3.
Engineering Students can register in www.campuscouncil.com to attend Off Campus for 40 Companies.

4. 
Free Education and Free hostel for Handicapped/Physically Challenged children.
Contact:- 9842062501 & 9894067506.

5. 
If anyone met with fire accident or people born with problems in their ear, nose and mouth can get free PLASTIC SURGERY done by  Kodaikanal   PASAM Hospital . From 23rd March to 4th April by German Doctors.
Everything is free. Contact : 045420-240668,245732
"Helping Hands are Better than Praying Lips"

6. 
If you find any important documents like Driving license, Ration card, Passport, Bank Pass Book, etc., missed by someone, simply put them into any near by Post Boxes. They will automatically reach the owner and Fine will be collected from them.

7.  By the next 10 months, our earth will become 4 degrees hotter than what it is now. Our Himalayan glaciers are melting at rapid rate. So let all of us lend our hands to fight GLOBAL WARMING.
  -Plant more Trees.
  -Don't waste Water & Electricity.      
  -Don't use or burn Plastics

8.  It costs 38 Trillion dollars to create OXYGEN for 6 months for all Human beings on earth.
"TREES DO IT FOR FREE"
"Respect them and Save them"
9.   Special phone number for Eye bank and Eye donation: 04428281919 and 04428271616 (Sankara Nethralaya Eye Bank). For More information about how to donate eyes plz visit these sites.http://ruraleye.org/

10.  Heart Surgery free of cost for children (0-10 yr) Sri Valli Baba Institute Banglore. 10.
Contact : 9916737471

11. 
Medicine for Blood Cancer!!!!
'Imitinef Mercilet' is a medicine which cures blood cancer. Its available free of cost at "Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai". Create Awareness. It might help someone.
Cancer Institute  in Adyar, Chennai
Category:  Cancer
Address:
East Canal Bank Road, Gandhi Nagar
Adyar
Chennai -600020
Landmark: Near Michael School
Phone:  044-24910754  044-24910754 ,  044-24911526  044-24911526 ,  044-22350241  044-22350241

12.  
Please CHECK WASTAGE OF FOOD
If you have a function/party at your home in India and food gets wasted, don't hesitate to call 1098 (only in India ) - Its not a Joke, This is the number of Child helpline.
They will come and collect the food. Please circulate this message which can help feed many children.
AND LETS TRY TO HELP INDIA BE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN
Please Save Our Mother Nature for
"OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS" 


Mar 11, 2011

Being a mother..

There are a lot of things I learn from the kid and from my surroundings day in and day out.. and there are quite a lot of revelations too which arise from simple day to day stuff which we never had time or opportunity to be a part of and then try it out for self and then decide.

Recently, a couple of months ago to be precise there was this contest for kids in TIA, a virtual place close to my heart and like everything else that happens there, it has left a deep impression on me.  For the first time ever, after about 3 yrs. of being a part of it, I took part in it, basically it had something to do with the kids and I HAD to do it..

To me, personally this contest was a revelation in many ways.  When it was announced, I wanted to do this for Sreya, to make a part of this beautiful virtual world that has always been there for me as the support and motivation that I got from some unexpected corners has been and is really amazing.

No offense to any kiddie contest but only fair, bubbly, chubby kids take the cake and that used to bother me a lot, what are we passing on to our kids that looks do matter and color and features are what make you a winner or the top scorer or something like that.  I kind of hated these contests because they allow you only one vote with so many angels.  In such events, kids are just objects moulded by mothers, they get them ready, they take the pictures, they teach stuff, it is like there is nothing really until at least the kid is around 5 yrs. old or more.  It is more a contest for mothers, in my personal opinion.

I had never really thought much about it, like everything else had this fixed opinion that this is something to be banned :).. why the hell should these kids compete for looks or concept or whatever when it is actually the parents who are competing.

But what I learnt is that no matter how much we shield the kids, the world out there is competitive.  If I shield the kid and fight for right to be recognized irrespective of color, skin/hair texture, body type, etc. it is enough... no, it just is not.. comparisons are bound to be there everywhere and there are quite a lot of insensitive people out there who make looks, even of the kids, a big issue.  I am escaping from it all by just ignoring stuff.

This contest has made me look into myself from a different perspective. I cant stand something happening, how will I tackle the emotions if I see the same biased voting, etc. but then as I thought about it things fell into place, I was afraid, afraid of being a loser, afraid of facing those tiny faces who I cant really vote but love with all the heart and a whole lot of other emotions which had nothing to do with the contest per se.. being scared of something and not attempting it or banning it is not the solution.. just go ahead and try it out, leave the result, put in your best efforts... a thing of beauty is joy for everyone and that is how the world outside is... BUT it is the mom's job to ensure the kid gets beauty from within, features are just not in our hands!!!!

I was torn about voting as my kid was in it and I had to vote her as I cannot let her down.. I am HER MOTHER after all, I have to stand by her no matter who else did or did not.. that was my thought process... All through this I was thinking that I was doing the right thing, I was being a good mother, I was being there for her.. you know, that self-appreciating habit of me the super good mother.... the final touch came in the form of another mom, who taught me something else.. the joy of giving..

Her kid was in the contest too and unlike me who taught it the duty to stand by my daughter, she waited for a while until the end of the contest date, checked all the votes and voted for the kid who was voted the least...  winning or losing did not mean anything to me there, it was participation that was the key but there was a whole lot of difference in the perspective.  I liked her approach lot and appreciated it a lot more... that it is a lesson for my life... I could have done the same and explained the reason to the kid for doing so rather than just blindly standing by her because I should not let her down.  Such tiny gestures are the sign of BIGHEARTEDNESS.  To me, she has not let her kid down, she lifted someone else's spirit which is the beauty of it all..

CHAITU.. Yes, this is you and the post is for you :).   I know you will surely be reading this.  It is a long pending post but I had to put it to words, a valuable lesson not just in parenting but about being humane.

PS:  It was secret voting, but the number of votes were visible... we were just talking when she told me in passing.

Mar 3, 2011

World Book Day

Today, being the World Book day... I guess I need to do justice to my new collection :).. How about you and what is on your reading list right now?

Mar 2, 2011

Tirumala Quiz

Is anybody interested in participating? Even if you are not, just register, so you can get access to the reading material. i promise its a good read about the history of Thirumala. Venkateswara Swami ki chin meeda spot etla vachindi laanti interesting things telusthayi. here's the link.

If you or your kids win, the final round will be judged by chinna Jeeyar Swamy!

HERE

A forward from Chaitali, just passing it on for interested people out there.

Sreekaaram Chudutunnattu...



This is one of the videos I really really loved watching.. isnt it really cute picturization... I liked the lyrics too... the water bubble burst at the end of the video, awesome!!!!



The songs seem to be good... another "To Watch" movie.

For Evil Eyes on LO