Navarathri 2012 – Best time to say “Hello World, I am back to blogging”

It has been quite sometime since I blogged. Not that I didn’t have stuff to blog on, but it was more about finding time to jot down….Life has been all the more hectic, waking up early in the morning to prepare my kids to school, running to office, get immersed in work, even after kids come back and keep on calling over phone until they get bored to do so…Rush back (Wish I could run inside my car which already moves faster!!) home and get back to all the pending work that has to be done…Hit the bed when no part of my body cooperates with my mind to work more!!

Now that Navarathri has started, it has given me more energy!! Getting dressed up for Golu visits even before going to work…Yes, I mean it!! No time, in the evening for that…Kids are having school while most of their friends are at home having holidays…

Hello World!! I missed to put it on writing many events that happened during the past few months…Planning to write more!!

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இந்த நாள், அந்த வருடம் (2002, ஜூன் 18)!!!

டைட்டிலைக் கேட்டாலேச் சும்மா அதிருதில்ல!! ஏன்னா, இது எங்க வீட்டு லிட்டில் சூப்பர் ஸ்டார் பத்தியது.  1999 மார்ச்சில் இனிதே என் திருமணம் திருவாளர் வைத்தியநாதன் என்கிற சந்தருடன் நடைபெற, அதன் முக்கியப் பயனாக அந்த வருடக் கடைசியிலேயே, டிசம்பர் 7ம் நாள், என் சீமந்த புத்திரன், விக்னேஷ், பிறந்தான்.  2002ம் ஆண்டு, ஜூன் 18 அன்று, இனிய காலை வேளையில், 8:46 மணிக்கு கார்த்திக் பிறந்தான்.

முதல் குழந்தை ஆணாகிப் போனதால், இரண்டாவதாவது, ஒரு பெண்ணாக இருக்க வேண்டுமே என்று, மனதினில் ஒரே வேண்டுதல்கள்.  என் தாயார், பெரிய மகனை கவனிக்க வேண்டுமென்பதால், நானும் என் கணவரும் மட்டும் ஜூன்  16 அன்று அட்மிட் ஆனோம்.  ஜூன் 18 வரை குழந்தை என்  கருப்பையில் இதமாக, சுகமாக இருந்துவிட்டு, அழகாய் ஜூன் 18 காலை 8:46 மணிக்கு ஜனனமாகியது.

வளர்ந்து, இந்த நிலை வரை வந்த கதைகள் வேறு இடுகைகளில் இடம் பெறும்.!!

விக்கிபீடியா! இந்தா, பிடியா என் பாராட்டை!!!……..

நான் ஆரம்பித்து முடிக்காத சில வேலைகளுள், முதன்மையான ஒன்று, M.B.A. டிகிரி வாங்க ஆசைப்பட்டு, இந்திரா காந்தி திறந்த நிலைப் பல்கலைக்கழகத்தில்(IGNOU) சேர்ந்தது.  21 தியரி(theory) பேப்பர்களை வெற்றியுடன் முடித்த நான், ஒரே ஒரு ப்ராஜக்ட் வொர்க்குக்காக, 2 வருடங்களாக இழுத்தடித்துக் கொண்டிருக்கிறேன்.  நேற்று, அது சம்பந்தமாக, ஒரு விரியுரையாளரை சந்திக்கச் செல்ல முடிவெடுத்து, மாலை பள்ளி முடிந்தவுடன், இரு குழந்தைகளுக்கும், pizza வாங்கிக் கொடுத்து, வீட்டில் கீழே விளையாடுமாறு கூறிவிட்டு, சென்றேன்.

திரும்பி வந்தால், முதல் நியூஸ், “கார்த்திக் கண்ணாமூச்சி விளையாடும் போது, ஒரு அப்போது தான் நிறுத்தப்பட்ட பைக்கின் சைலன்சரில் சுட்டுக் கொண்டான்” என்று.

பர்னால் தடவப் பட்ட இடத்தைக் கண்காணித்தேன். சற்றே கொப்பளமாகியிருந்தது. உடனே, விக்னேஷ் என்னிடம், “அம்மா! ஏன்  இரத்தம் வரவில்லை?” என்றான்; நான் “தோலின் மேல் பகுதியில் தான் சூடு பட்டுள்ளது. அதற்கடுத்த உட்பகுதியில், பட்டால் தான் இரத்தம் எல்லாம் வரும்” என்றேன். விடவில்லை கார்த்திக். “அப்போ, சதை(flesh)யின் கீழ் இரத்தம் உள்ளதா? அல்லது தசை(muscle)யின் கீழ் உள்ளதா?” என்று தன் சந்தேகத்தை எழுப்பினான். எனக்கோ, மணி இரவு 7:30. இன்னும் குக்கர் கூட வைத்த பாடில்லை. இதில் இவர்களின் சந்தேகம் வேறா! என்றிருந்தது. நான் அவர்களைப் பார்த்த பார்வையிலேயே, விக்னேஷ், “சரி சரி, நீ சொல்ல வருவது புரிகிறது. எப்படியும், நானும், உங்கள் சந்தேகத்தை கூகிள், அல்லது விக்கிபீடியா இவற்றில் தான் தேடப் போகிறேன், அதை நீங்களே செய்யக் கூடாதா!!” என்று கூற, எனக்கு மிகுந்த relief!!!

யோசிச்சுப் பார்த்தால், computer, google, wikipedia இவை இல்லாத உலகில் எப்படி வாழ்வது?? என்று மிகுந்த மலைப்பாக இருக்கிறது. வாழ்க கூகிள், வளர்க விக்கிபீடியா என்று விடை பெறுகிறேன்!!!

We haven’t been apart for such a long time dear!! Waiting for you to come

It has been really, really a long time, since Chandar(officially Vythi, my better half) and me have been apart.  It was way back in January, when he had gone to Bangalore,  immediately after we all, as a family had been to Bangalore to attend my cousin Suresh’s wedding.  After that, we had our own sweet time together, ((although, in between we might have had a few rough times, that lasted a few moments only) for the whole of February.  Then, it was March, and we had our wedding day, which brought us even more memories of our initial meetings, and the immediate days/months after wedding.  We relived those moments.  Suddenly, two days before our wedding day, Vythi told me that he might need to go to Hosur, on an official visit, and he is trying to postpone it, so that he will be there with us, on Friday, 5th March 2010, our wedding anniversary, and then push off to Hosur on Sunday.  As planned, he left to Bangalore, on Sunday, stating that it might be minimum Wednesday, max. Friday for him to return.

I was very much hopeful that, Vythi would make to Chennai by today morning, as he will definitely finish his work, to come back to home, sweet home!! But, alas, to my utter disappointment, he just called a few minutes back, and told that he can come only on Friday morning.

It is really tough to be without somebody, whom you get used to being with, even it is for a day or night. Longing to have you, Vythi,  at Chennai, near me…Please come soon.

ஏழு வயது குழந்தையின் (அ)நியாயமான கேள்வி – “எனக்கு எப்போ மா கல்யாண நாள் வரும்?”

என் வலைப்பதிவைத் தொடர்ந்து படித்து வருபவர்களுக்குத் தெரியும், என் இளைய மகன் கார்த்திக் எவ்வளவு துறுதுறு என்று… இன்று எங்கள் திருமண நாள். கல்யாணமாகி 11 வருடங்கள் உருண்டோடிவிட்டன. இருவருமே நிறைய மாறியுள்ளோம்.  தலைப்பு திசை மாறுவதற்கு முன்னால், நான் மீண்டும் ஏன் இந்த வலைப் பதிவைப் பதிக்கிறேன் என்று காணலாம்.

நேற்று இரவு, படுக்கப் போகுமுன், என் கணவரை திருமண நாளிற்காக வாழ்த்திவிட்டு, அவரிடம் ஒரு வாழ்த்து அட்டையும், பெரிய பார்சல் ஒன்றும் கொடுத்தேன்.  அவருக்கோ அதனுள் என்ன இருக்கும் என்றறிய ஒரே ஆவல்.  நான் அதனை வாங்கச் சென்ற போது, குழந்தைகள் இருவரும் என்னுடன் வந்தனர் என்றாலும், கார்த்திக் அங்கே ஒரு “Play Station Video Game” பார்த்தவுடன், எங்களை மறந்து, ஏன் தன்னையே மறந்து, விளையாடிக் கொண்டிருந்தான்.  விக்னேஷ்க்குத் தெரியும், அது ஒரு ஏசர் (Acer Netbook) மடிக் கணினி. இரவு தன் அப்பா அந்த பரிசுப் பார்சலைத் திறக்கும் வரை ஒரே அமர்க்களம். இறுதியில், அது ஒரு கணிப் பொறி என்று கண்டவுடன், என்னிடம், “எனக்கும் கல்யாணமானா என் மனைவி இதெல்லாம் பரிசாகத் தருவாளா? என்றான்.  அப்போதைக்கு அழுகையை நிறுத்த வழி என்று எண்ணி, “தருவாள்!!” என்றேன்.  உடனே, எதிர்பாராத விதமாய் அவன், “எனக்கு எப்போ “Wedding Day” என்று கேட்கிறான்???

என்ன பதில் கூற??????????

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…..

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.