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Friday's Project and two movie reviews...

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Last Friday I accomplished a lot on the organizing front since I gave the computer a holiday. So today too I didn't turn on my laptop till now. Yesterday I checked out the Plastic-free Living Guide site (which my friend Remya shared on FB - thanks Remya!) and found some very interesting ideas on bringing home less plastic. This couldn't have come at a better time, because our favorite grocery store has started charging for plastic bags. Yes, I admit it, even in this age of awareness there are people like me who become environmentally conscious only when it pinches the pocket!!! The site contained a link to a video tute of a lady making five bags from a t-shirt and I went, "Hey, I can do that!!!" 
So this happened....

I had an old cotton chudi that was awaiting transformation into kitchen rags - which I have plenty of for the time being - which I transformed into 7 bags today. I didn't use the tiny sleeves or the top part of  the pyjama. The big, "handled"…

A lucky Friday the Thirteenth!!!!!

Whenever the 13th of a month and a Friday come together, I give a day's holiday to my computer. It started out of the notorious virus scare and since then has become a sort of holiday for my comp. This Friday was no different. I disconnected myself from the virtual world and concentrated on some long-due chores and rearrangements in Karthi.
On Saturday, we made an early morning trip to our neighboring Ayyappa Swamy temple. Our breakfast was a bit late than usual and before starting lunch prep, I decided to check my email. What I saw in my blog mail folder made my jaw drop and I set up such a holler that poor DH who had just arranged himself on the bed for a leisurely newspaper read came running. 
My mailbox contained a message (sent on the thirteenth) from a member of the Travancore royal family who had seen my write-up on Princess Aswathi Thirunal Gouri Lakshmi Bayi's book Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple and had brought it to her notice. She had requested that a message should be …

Out of the mouth of babes...

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This new year, I gave our elder son a small diary to record his days. I hoped it would be an exercise in composition for him and that I would save them so that he can look back at his own writing one day and enjoy it. The novelty factor and "writing a diary like Amma" was exciting in the beginning. But then he was always assailed by every writer's doubt, "What shall I write?" At first I had him think about his day and record the highlights. His contribution for each day was two or three sentences at the most. But I didn't push him so that he would not feel that it was a forced task. Last Friday, he was bored while I was writing away, and pestered me a bit too much about what he should write. I snapped and told him brusquely that he could write anything as long as he quit pestering me. He wrote for a while and then asked me politely whether I would like to read what he had written. Contrite for having lost my temper earlier, I accepted the offer. This is wha…

Finally, I've switched to part time!

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Today I'm inclined to be in a little nostalgic and sentimental mood...
Here's our younger one about a month after he was born...

And here he is when he was an expert at pulling down all things that were 2 feet above ground

He still had no teeth on his first birthday...

And we had to bribe him with tens of Parle-G biscuits to get him dressed up like this...

This is him exhausted after his second birthday party... reminds me of one of Kamal Hassan's poses in the posters for Sagarasangamam!

And this is the famous mud baby picture

Here he is on his third birthday...grinning, no doubt, in anticipation of wolfing down that cake...

Now why am I so nostalgic? Here's the answer...

Nidhin has started going to school today. We actually meant to enroll him this June in LKG, but when we went to the Montessori school in November to fill the application form, he went in and started playing and refused to come back when we called him. That was a signal to us that he was ready to join. So he ha…

Helllllloooooooo 2012!!!

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Wow, what a way to begin a new year! The last day of the year I got a surprise mail package from one of my dearest friends. Let me show you!


That is the first page of a fabulous desktop calendar that she has made. It's a joint family venture with my friend providing the illustrations...


That's the picture for the January page. And each picture is accompanied by a short poem by her very talented daughter who happens to share my birthday. So you can guess that she echoes my sentiments exactly as follows! :-)


Each page is delectable and I obviously can't put all the pages here. It is all the more special because my friend has an extremely demanding IT job and has made this special effort in the midst of her hectic job.

Once again, thanks a lot Anitha!


The next gift came in a more homely shape and attire and insisted on lightening my load in the new year...


Yup, our firstborn insisted on making dosas in the morning!  He made up for lack of technique with a lot of enthusiasm...