Monthly Archives: September 2008

Life in a Village

I reached Kerala safely. My train was supposed to reach Kottayam @3.15 am. By 2.30 I wake up. I saw some people waiting at the door to get down. Then one TTR went that way. I asked him “Sir, which is the coming station?”. He told “Ernakulam Town”. “Then next is my Kottayam station” I said myself. I went near the door and confirmed it. Immediately I called up my brother in -law (Tom) and told I have reached Ernakulam. As I was travelling alone, my father -in law and Tom rushed to the station by 3.10 am. I was waiting for a long time to see Ernakulam station. 1 hr went like that. Then again I started to sleep. Around 4.45 my train reached Kottayam. The man on the next berth wake me up. I was so sorry to disturb many people’s sleep. Now I am @ my in-laws place. As I haven’t stayed there long after marriage, most of the people don’t know me. Few of them asked me at which class I am studying. What a humiliation!!!. Tom is telling that most probably it will be spread in the village that his brother has kidnaped a +2 girl. Ha ha. Waiting for more fun..

Happy and Prosperous Onam

Onam is celebrated in the beginning of the month of Chingam, the first month of Malayalam Calendar (Kollavarsham). This corresponds with the month of August-September according to Gregorian calendar.

Carnival of Onam lasts from four to ten days. First day, Atham and tenth day, Thiruonam are most important of all. Popularity and presentation of rich culture of the state during the carnival made Onam the National Festival of Kerala in 1961. Elaborate feasts, folk songs, elegant dances, energetic games, elephants, boats and flowers all are a part of the dynamic festival called Onam.

The Story Behind

Story goes that during the reign of mighty asura (demon) king, Mahabali, Kerala witnessed its golden era. Every body in the state was happy and prosperous and king was highly regarded by his subjects. Apart from all his virtues, Mahabali had one shortcoming. He was egoistic. This weakness in Mahabali’s character was utilized by Gods to bring an end to his reign as they felt challenged by Mahabali’s growing popularity. Thus Mahavishnu came in the form of “Vamana” and asked for 3 feet of land for thapassu. Mahabali agreed and Vamana became a huge man started to measure. In his first two steps he measured the heaven and earth. For the third step, Mahabali showed his head itself and thus went to the hell. However, for all the good deed done by Mahabali, God granted him a boon that he could annually visit his people with whom he was so attached. It is this visit of Mahabali that is celebrated as Onam every year. People make all efforts to celebrate the festival in a grand way and impress upon their dear King that they are happy and wish him well.

10 days we are arranging flower beds like this

Onam flower bed

This is the world famous Aranmula Nehru trophy boat race
onam boat race

On Onam day all the keralites have a sadya (grand meals)
Onam Sadya

After onam celebrations the tiger and hunters come
tiger play

A cute picture of our Mahabali (we call him Maveli too)

Humein Tum Se Pyar Kitna – Everlasting Love Song

This is my favorite song.�What a touching feeling and meaningful lyrics. One of Kishor Kumar’s best songs.

KUDRAT- 1981

humein tum se pyaar kitanaa, ye hum naheen jaanate
magar jee naheen sakate, tumhaare beenaa

sunaa gam judaee kaa, uthhaate hain log
jaane jindagee kaise, bitaate hain log
din bhee yahaa to lage, baras ke samaan
humei intajaar kitanaa, ye hum naheen jaanate
magar jee naheen sakate, tumhaare beenaa

tumhe koee aaur dekhe, to jalataa hain dil
badee mushkilon se fir, sanbhalataa hain dil
kyaa, kyaa jatan karate hai, tumhe kyaa pataa
ye dil bekaraar kitanaa, ye hum naheen jaanate
magar jee naheen sakate, tumhaare beenaa

Ayurvedic Beauty Tips

Our skin and face are always exposed to pollution, sun rays and chemically formulated beauty tips. These easy Ayurvedic therapies help you to get a clear, healthy and glowing complexion. Using natural ways can help you stay beautiful for a longer period without undergoing the side effects of the chemicals

Some simple secrets to attain a naturally beautiful skin.

  1. Mix equal quantities of cucumber juice, rose water and lime juice. Wash face and apply it overnight. Rinse off in the morning. This clears the complexion and keeps it healthy.
  2. Take 50 ml. of raw (not boiled) milk and mix a pinch of salt and two teaspoonful of lime juice in it. Use it as a cleansing lotion. It helps to clean the deep pores of skin.
  3. Mix equal quantities of lime juice, glycerin and rose water. This lotion if applied to the face regularly at bed time is very useful to remove pimples, blackheads and other stains of the skin. It makes skin soft, and can also be applied to other parts of the body (hands, feet etc.)
  4. Take 50 ml. of tomato juice and mix with one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply this mixture to the face. It helps to make the skin soft and glowing.
  5. Take equal quantities of turmeric powder and wheat flour and make a paste with sesame oil. Apply it to the face to remove unwanted hair.
  6. Apply orange juice to the face for smooth and soft skin.
  7. Take 30 ml. of cabbage juice and mix one teaspoon of honey in it. This mixture, if applied regularly to the face, helps to keep the wrinkles away.
  8. Make a paste of raw carrots and apply it to the face. Wash it after one hour. The skin will become glowing.
  9. Regular application of mint juice to the face helps to remove stains.

Happy Teachers Day

teachers day

I was so lucky to get so many sweet teachers in my life. I won’t forget my nursery teacher Raychel. Still now I and she remember the effort she took to teach me the first letter in Malayalam. At the age of 3 I started to go to the kinder garten with my sister. There my teacher mrs.Raychel taught me how to write the first letter in Malayalam. The second day when she wrote it again in my slate, there was some slight bending. I started to make proble. I showed her how to write it correctly. What a great student!!!

In first standard, my class teacher was a nun named Assisi. She loved me a lot and used to get gua and chocolates from the convent for us. She is my ever time favorite teacher. I am so sorry that I couldn’t meet her when she was in dieing bed. I came to know that when somebody went to meet her in the hospital, she expressed her wish to see me. I was in Bangalore that time. In second standard I had a teacher called Sheela. She came to teach one year in our school. I remember the day when the photographers came to take pictures of each class wise photos; she glued her bindi on my forehead. How sweet na? I am remembering many other sweet teachers like Mary, Annie, Komalavally, Syamala, Aisha, Rugmini, Mariyamma, Valsala and all. I won’t forget our principal in H.S when we were in the 10th class. She is Mrs Syamala. She did some special pooja before our annual exam and gave all of us that prasad. In my PUC time most of the teachers were not friendly with people. But 2 teachers Maya and Sree were very good. In my diploma time also I got many good teachers. Valsamma, Shajimol, Chandrika are some of them. Many guest lecturers also were there. I got some good friends from them. One of my favorite friends Ajith is one of them.

My First Salary

Indlaw communications was my first office. But I got my first salary somewhere else !. After I reached New Delhi, first few months I was searching for a job. I was new to the city and language. So I used to go with my sister to her office. There my job was just chat with her boss and surf the internet. He, A.K Gupta, is such a sweet person and still now I have contact with him.

He used to take me out when he is going to meet his clients and tell them that I am his daughter. I am so thankful to him for the efforts that he took to open my bank account and took care of me when I was ill. After I got job in indlaw also, he used to come and take me to the hospital; whenever I fell sick. OOOOOooooh. What I was saying was about my fist salary. In his office there was only image editing and flash development only. As I was completed my computer engineering diploma, I was trying for a job in software development only. And i didn’t know any flash designing and all. Now also. After a couple of weeks, he got some power point related work. So he gave me some part of the work. I worked on it for 3-4 days. That client was also a good guy. He made the payment on completion of the work. (Most of his Indian clients were not paying him on time. And our Gupta sir was such a poor guy that he doesn’t know to fight with them). Gupta sir gave me 2500 rupees. It was in 2002. For my 4 days work I got salary. I never expected it. I was utilizing his computer and internet to search for jobs and entertaining. I just helped him in return of that. I cried with joy. I can’t tell you how happy I was that time. He used to give permission to my sister to come with me for interviews and late in office. Mine and his account was there in the same bank (SBH). I didn’t have an ATM card that time and I was getting a cheque. After my each salary date, he used to come and deposit my cheque and withdraw money for me. It is very difficult to find such sweet people in this world.