விஜி ஆன்ட்டியும் ப்ரைட் ரைசும் – சூப்பர் காம்போ!!

பிப்ரவரி 10, 2010. விஜி-ராம் தம்பதியரின் இரட்டையர்கள் ரக்க்ஷித்-ரக்க்ஷனா ஆகியோரின் மூன்றாவது பிறந்த நாள்.  ராம் வேறு ஊரில் இல்லையென்பதால், விஜி, குழந்தைகள் வருத்தப் படாமல் இருக்க, என்னையும் குழந்தைகளையும் பள்ளி முடிந்தவுடன் வருமாறு கூப்பிட்டாள்.  அன்று, குழந்தைகளுடன் இருக்கவேண்டும் என்பதால், அலுவலகத்திற்கு விடுப்பு எடுத்திருந்தாள்.

என் குழந்தைகள், இருவரும் பள்ளியிலிருந்து கிளம்பியதிலிருந்தே, “பசி, பசி” என்று கூறவே, நான், வழியில் வாங்கி வந்த ஸான்ட்விச்சைக் கொடுத்தேன்.  பிறகு, விஜி வீட்டிற்கு செல்லும் வழியில், பிறந்த நாள் கேக், வாங்கிக் கொண்டு ஒருவாறாக அவர்கள் வீட்டை அடைந்தேன். அவளது குழந்தைகள் இருவரும், மதியம் தூங்கி எழுந்து, அழகாய் புதுத்துணி அணிந்து இருந்தனர்.  விஜியின் மாமியார், அவளது ஓர்ப்படியின் குழந்தை மற்றும் தாயார், ஆகியோரும் இருந்தனர்.

இனிதே, கேக் வெட்டும் விழா நடந்தேறியது.

Rakshith-Rakshana's 3rd birthday

Rakshith-Rakshana's 3rd birthday

அனைவரும், கேக்கை உண்ட பிறகு, விஜி, குழந்தைகளுக்கு, கார்ன் ப்ரைட் ரைசும், காளிப்ளவர் பட்டாணி சப்ஜியும் கொடுத்தாள்.  என் இரு குழந்தைகளும், மிகவும் ருசித்து சாப்பிட்டனர்.  கார்த்திக் வேறு, கேட்டு கேட்டு சாப்பிட்டான்.  கிளம்புகிற நேரத்தில், அவன், விஜியிடம், “ஆன்ட்டி, கார்ன் ப்ரைட் ரைஸ் சூப்பர். நாங்கள் தினமும் ஸ்கூல் முடிந்தவுடன் நேரே உங்க ஆத்துக்கு, வர்ரோம். நீங்க, இன்னைக்கு செஞ்ச மாதிரியே daily செஞ்சிடுங்க” என்றானே பார்க்கணும், விஜி அவன் பேசியதைக் கேட்டு அசந்து நின்றாள்.  நான் தான் கார்த்திக்கிடம், “டேய், அவங்களும் அம்மா மாதிரி ஆபிஸ் போறவங்க தான். இன்னைக்கு குழந்தைகள் birthdayக்காக leave போட்டிருர்க்காங்க.” என்றேன்.  பாவமாய்ப் போன கார்த்திக்கின் முகத்தைப் பார்த்த விஜி, “கார்த்திக், உனக்கு, எப்போல்லாம் வேணுமோ, ஆன்ட்டிக்கு போன் பண்ணு.  நான் செஞ்சு வைக்கிறேன்.” என்றாள்.  அதைக் கேட்ட பிறகு தான் கார்த்திக்கின் முகத்தில் பழைய சிரிப்பு தெரிந்தது.

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Crafts made by Vignesh and Karthik at Dakshinchitra

At Dakshinchitra, on Feb 21st 2010, Vignesh made a rabbit out of sea shells with the help of an art trainer. Here is the final outcome of his rabbit craft.

Rabbit made by Vignesh using sea shells

How can Karthik keep quiet.  He tried his hands on clay icon painting, then pot painting etc.  His clay icon after painting it looked like this:

A Kathakali picture painted by Karthik

Then, the kids along with their father tried their hands in pot making.  They learnt to make cute little pots.

Vythi with his newly made pot

Vignesh showcasing his work

Karthik trying his hands on pottery

Karthik trying his hands on pottery

Unforgettable February’s of my life so far

When I look back, I think I have a few Feb’s which remain fresh in my mind….

  • Feb 1997 – No one among our friends gang would have believed that Srivi would get married so early.  B’coz, she was the most vibrant among us, and always wants to do the impossible sort of.. Her parents had two lovely daughters, and wanted them to excel in whichever field they wanted to.  Both sisters were doing computer courses, and Srivi used to tell us that “I want to see the millennium and only then get married” etc. But, her charming prince came on Jan 26th 1997, and this lady fell flat and got married within a fornight, and flew to America.
  • Feb 1999 – It was my turn, now as I got engaged to Vythi, in Nov. ’98, and our wedding was fixed for March 1999.  It was then that I realized that days are longer, and nights even worser, that I just wanted the calendar to run and stand at March 5th 1999.  We just had a month to go, before we lost our bachelor life, and become life-partners.  That year, Feb. 14th was my first Valentine’s Day, with Vythi, and we enjoyed each other’s company very much that day.  Vythi gifted me a cute little pair of earrings. There was lots of shopping going on, meeting friends and relatives to invite them for wedding and so on.
  • Feb 2000 – Viji got married on Feb.4th in the millennium year. Vignesh was hardly 2 months old, but that couldn’t prevent me from enjoying her wedding.  Not only Viji and Ram, we all were waiting for their wedding to happen, and we had a wonderful time.  My cousin, Kamakshi got engaged to Easwar at Trichy in Feb. 2000.  VIgnesh was too small to travel, but I insisted Vythi that I had to be there for her engagement somehow and Vythi took his car, Maruti 800, and we three went to Trichy to attend the function.  It was also a memorable February for my brother Raman, as he and Bhavani got engaged on Feb 14th 2000.

Then, many February’s passed by.  I am not able to remember any other milestone that I could write now. Again, to start with

  • Feb 2006 We decided Vignesh was ready for his Upanayanam and performed his Upanayanam on Feb 23rd.  My brother and his family had also come down from America for that.  It was a double treat as Varun, my brother’s son, was a year old and we did his Abdhapoorthi(First b’day celebration) on Feb 9th 2006.
  • Feb 2007 Viji and Ram had a double treat with the birth of their duo Rakshith and Rakshana, who are their double trouble right now.  But time will fly, and the two will grow into two beautiful souls, making their parents proud about their kids and their achievements.
  • Feb 2009 My cousin, Ramya, who is a real darling and pet in my mom’s side, got married on Feb 8th 2009.  We all had waited for that wonderful day, when she became officially Sriram’s wife.  Her wedding was filled with fun and happiness, and her dad, Kannan, took every pains to make it a grand success.  As we did for Vignesh, we planned for Karthik’s Upanayanam in the tamil month of Maasi, and thought it would fall in Feb 2009, but, it went a little further, and Karthik’s Upanayanam happened on the International Women’s day, March 8th.
  • Feb 2010 What else could be the reason for happiness, than the reunion of friends after a long time.  It has been 9 full years, since Srivi, came to India.  The last ocassion that she was here was in Jan 2001, for her sweet sister’s wedding.  That year, I had a small kid in Vignesh, and Viji too was newly married, and added to that Srivi was shuttling between Ambattur, her in-laws place and Chromepet, her parents’ place.  We couldn’t spend much time among ourselves.  But, this New Year 2010, when she called us to say that she is landing in India on Jan 31st, and will be here for another three weeks, our happiness had no bounds at  all.  The whole three weeks was a pleasure for all our friends.  We had our sweet time, and spent excellent days together, thanks to our respective husbands and kids.  Yesterday, being her last day in India, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to meet her, and took Vignesh and Karthik along with me to her parents’ place at Chromepet.

Bon Voyage Srivi, Ravi, Anjali and Aakash.  We would love to see you all at the earliest possible moment…..

நாங்க யாரும் மாறவே இல்லை!!!

ஸ்ரீவித்யா தன் கணவர் ரவி, இரு குழந்தைகள் – அஞ்சலி, ஆகாஷ், மற்றும், ரவியின் பெற்றோருடன் கனடாவிலிருந்து பிப்ரவரி 1ம் தேதி வந்தாள். அவள் வந்ததிலிருந்தே, எனக்கும், விஜிக்கும், எப்போ அவளைப் பார்ப்போம், என்றிருந்தது.  பிறகு, இரு முறை  பார்த்தோம்.  எங்கள் கல்லூரித் தோழிகளிடம் ஸ்ரீவித்யா வந்திருப்பதாய் நான் கூறியதால், அவர்களும் ஸ்ரீவித்யாவைப் பார்க்க வேண்டும் என்று விழைந்ததால்,  ஸ்ப்லென்டிட் சவென் (Splendid Seven)  என்ற எங்கள் கல்லூரி காலத் தோழிகள் அனைவரும் நேற்று மதியம், தி.நகரில் உள்ள “மன்ஸுக்ஸ்” என்ற உணவகத்தில்,மதிய உணவிற்காக சந்திக்கலாம் என்று முடிவு செய்தோம்.  விஜியிடமும், இதைப் பற்றிக் கூறியிருந்ததால் அவளும் அலுவலகத்திலிருந்து, மதிய உணவு இடைவேளைக்காக, வந்து சேர்ந்தாள்.  ஏழு பேரில், நான்கு பேரால் மட்டுமே வர முடிந்தது.  நான், ஸ்ரீவி, லக்ஷ்மி மற்றும் சுமதி ஆகியோர், விஜியுடன் சேர்ந்து, ஐவரும் சுமார் ஒரு மணி நேரம் ஒன்றாகக் கழித்தோம்.  அனைவரின் வாழ்க்கையைப் பற்றி, எங்களின் கல்லூரி காலத்தைப் பற்றி, என்று பல விஷயங்கள் பேசினோம்.  மிக அருமையாய், அலுவலக நாளாக இருந்தும், நாங்கள் அவ்வாறு சந்தித்தது, எங்களனைவருக்கும், திருப்தியாய் இருந்தது.

அந்த சந்திப்பை முடித்து வெளியே வந்த போது, நானும், விஜியும் முடிவெடுத்தது, சந்தர்ப்பம் கிடைக்கும் போதெல்லாம் சந்திக்க வேண்டும், அல்லது, சந்திக்க சந்தர்ப்பம் ஏற்படுத்திக் கொள்ள வேண்டும் என்று….

At last Ramkumar got his Agra Petha….hehehe…

Although, many of us have a sweet tooth, Viji’s better half, Ramkumar, fondly known as Ram, to our circle, had always had the craze for this sweet called Agra Petha, that too, bought from Mansukh’s Restaurant T. Nagar.

Agra-ka-petha

Earlier during our pre-married life, we friends used to hang around at Mansukh’s often, and have tasted this sweet many times.  Of late, we don’t even meet once a year, and hence, for the last two birthdays of Ram, I used to promise him this sweet, but have never found time to pick it up from Mansukh’s. Yesterday, it was a great reunion of college friends at Mansukh’s’ for lunch, (it owes a separate post for itself) and yes, I got Agra Petha for Ram, and promptly sent it through his sweetheart, Viji.

Welcome home, Srivi!!

I had always known to be roaming around more with my friends rather than my family people.  Especially, our gang of seven, called Splendid Seven, during my college days at Vaishnav College (1992-1995), have gone to almost every happening place at Chennai.  Be it a Sanskrit sloka recitation competition, or a dumb charades competition, or a quiz , treasure hunt and what not?? our gang was used to be seen at most of the inter-collegiate functions.  To top up this, our gang member Srivi, had a cute little sis, Aarthi, and also, two close friends Vijaya and Meena for the Comp.Sc. department.  Thanks to her NIIT classes, we also got another one in our gang, Saiprema.  Immediately after college,  Gayathri, Lakshmi and Geetha got married.  Still, we managed to keep in touch.  Slowly by 2000, all of us were married, and now, all have kids, and the eldest among the kids are 14 years old, while the youngest are 3  years old.  In the meantime, on very rare occasions, we have met, and most of the time, someone or the other used to miss the get-together.

Srivi, who has settled in Canada, and had not visited India, since 2001, had suddenly made up her mind in Jan 2010, to visit India, for 3 weeks in Feb 2010.  When she called Viji and myself, we were very much enthralled to hear her voice, and both of us made up our minds, to catch up with Srivi, as much as possible, to share our secrets, and other girlish stuff.

Feb 4th, 2010, was a perfect beginning for us, to meet. It was Srivi’s sis Aarthi’s son’s Upanayanam, and Viji and myself, went there on a triple purpose, one for the Upanayanam, the other to meet Srivi after a long time, and last but not the least, to spend time between me and Viji, which itself has not been happening as often as we would love to. After the function got over, we spent Viji and Ram’s 10th wedding anniversary, at the best suited place for them.  Although Ram was away, at Belgium on an official tour, Viji, made it for both of them, and we spent time at my parent’s place at Sanatorium.

Our next plan was to meet Srivi, with all our families.  We fixed the date for the meet as Feb 21st, as it was not only a Sunday, but was Srivi’s birthday.  The last b’day of Srivi that I remember being with her was in 1997, the year she got married, and she was about to leave to America, the same night.  Myself and Viji, we rushed to meet Srivi, along with her newly wed husband, at her Thatha’s place at West Mambalam.  Thirteen years have passed by, and still, we are, as close as we were then, and that itself called for a celebration.  Four families, Aarthi, Srivi, Uma and Viji’s, with respective husbands and kids, made it a group of 15 in total (8 adults + 7 kids) headed towards Dakshinchitra , near Mahabalipuram and reached around 12:00 noon.  It was my idea to go there, because, ideally, I wanted a calm place, where the kids too would enjoy exploring the place, and the guys would both baby sit as well as get to know each other well, during which time, we ladies wanted to have time for ourselves.

The kids tried out their hands in various craft work.  Few of the elders too, tried their hands on making pots. Overall, it was a great day spent and we loved having fun together after a long time.