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Eeeek, almost a month of the new year gone already??? January's sun is shining bright outside, cloudy days are too few for my liking and dry grass, dry leaves, bare branches everywhere. My weeding is going on and it's so nice to see the uprooted weeds get almost instantly dessicated in the heat and can be confidently left there to be pulverized into the top soil. Our coconut trees are dropping dry leaves pretty often, provoking startled reactions from me each time. 
What better time to feast my eyes on a little greenery like this...

We were at Ottappalam at the beginning of November. I got it into my head that I would like to visit the Kunjan Nambiar Smarakam at Killikkurissimangalam. So the kids and I caught a bus from Ottappalam and made our way to the old poet's village. I reached the memorial, but the view ahead was enticing, so walked a little further to stop at this curve of the road...

I made the kids sit down and started snapping away madly...

...while answering t…

Have you made any magic lately???

Childhood is a magical place... A bit of colored glass can become a secret key into a fantasy world. A stick can morph into a sword to conquer the world, a tyre tube can be an Audi or a towel can become a gorgeous gown. It takes very little to become whatever you want, whenever you want...
As parents, what can we do to make our kids' lives magical?  Of course we do all the grunt work to make them flourish. But apart from the occasional treats like making a favorite dish/dessert or giving in to a long-held demands for some toy does not constitute magic, does it?
In our family, we have certain clear-cut areas for helping out the kids. Anything related to school projects, studies etc. usually falls in my half. So does taking care of kids' artistic/creative pursuits. DH, with his busy schedule can hardly be expected to take part in such activities except on rare occasions. But he always takes an interest in all kids' activities and serves as both constructive critic and cheer…

Movie Review: Oru Indian Pranayakatha

Aren't we in clover! After Drisyam, this Iqbal Kuttippuram - Sathyan Anthikad concoction called Oru Indian Pranayakatha  is a winner!
In short: Aymanam Siddharthan (Fahad) is an aspiring young politician who is widely expected to be successful, but doesn't hesitate to promote himself as much as possible where and when required. Everything seems to be going his way when several things happen all at once and he finds himself toting filming gear for an Indian-born Canadian Irene Gardner (Amala Paul) who is making a documentary. The story continues with their scrapes and narrow escapes. But little does Siddharthan know why Irene has come to India and what she can teach him.
The movie, like all of Sathyan's movies, has a very positive message. I like it better than usual Anthikad movies because it doesn't have that cloying quality this time and neither the lengthy speeches that have appeared regularly of  late.  Humor, romance and pathos are very well balanced and the whol…

Happy 8th Day of the New Year to you all!!!

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What a perfect day to start blogging in the new year! All day it has been cloudy and overcast with little intermittent showers to keep things fresh and sparkly. Yep, down here it is a GOOD thing! The kind of weather in which you want to wrap up in a cozy blanket and snuggle down with a hot cuppa tea and an old-fashioned detective novel. Well, that's exactly what I did after the tasks for the day. Lord Wimsey kept me company with his irreverent and highly intellectual badinage in a venerable library edition that seems to be older than me!
First, here is a bit of color from me to you in this new year!


Looking back at the last year is somewhat inevitable for this first post. What peaks and vales I see! I think the theme of the garden fits my 2013 very well. As most of you know by now, the soil at Karthi is my special despair. I had fancied myself as a fine gardener when I was growing up because I could stick anything in the soil and make it grow, I begged and borrowed plant cuttings…