Friday, March 09, 2018

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After a fun 45 days yesterday, mom dad went back home. Its always tough saying bye to parents after getting used to staying with them and a routine setting in.

The house became empty, so did the interest to enter the kitchen and cook an elaborate meal. This time learnt Narayaneeyam from mom. Yes, I am proud to say I learnt and completed it once. Now comes the tougher part, practice and keep practicing till perfection.

Not an easy task, but going to try reading as regularly as possible. Learning should no go waste. One thing I observed I started enjoying reading and learning. Sanskrit words are challenging but the more you read, the more you start relating and feeling good. It relaxes and diverts your mind from all other thoughts in a big way.

This time mom also taught to make Karudams, Vadagams etc. Earlier she used to make and send, this time I tried and felt good learning and making them. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

An Observation

So much have been written and said about the Late Sridevi. We have lost a genuine talent, a brilliant performer. As a female /mom my heart goes out to the kids who have lost their mother, a husband who lost his wife. Yes, she may be a Superstar and as fan maybe we all deserve to know a few things like how she died. But media can show little more consideration and compassion,instead of running the same news for the whole time, its time to respect their privacy and give them their space to grieve for the lost one.

Whatever said and done, whatever said and done ,nothing is going to bring back the person who left.So the only thing we can do is pray for strength of her family and for the departed soul to Rest in Peace.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sridevi An ode to the First Superstar

Woke up this morning to the shocking news of legendary actress Sridevi passing. For some time the mind went numb, all her pretty expressions , her funny dialogues and her mystical smile flashed in my mind.

An actress, who was beautiful, I reminisced her best works Chandni, Sadma, English Vinglish and Lamhe. Just a few days back had watched Lamhe, a movie well ahead of time and realised what a genius Yash Chopra was. Anil Kapoor and Sridevi at their charismatic best. So was Anupam Kher and Waheeda Rehman.

A versatile actress who did justice to all the roles offered to her with conviction. Be it Anju and Manju in Chaalbaaz, Chandni in Chandni, Nehalata in Sadma, Pallavi and Pooja in Lamhe, Shashi in English Vinglish,Sheetal in Laadla, Benazir and Mehendi in Khuda Gawah. You have left a legacy behind.

Rest in Peace Sridevi .You will be remembered always for the work you did and that million dollar smile of yours. A very nice 4 lines forwarded I loved aptly commemorates her contribution.

  • वो "चांदनी" ना राही
  • गहरा "सदमा" दे गयी 
  • जिंदगी बड़ी "चालबाज" निकली
  • सबसे "जुदाई "दे गयी 
  • बडी जल्दी "आख़री रास्ता " से चली गयी 
  • बहुत "लम्हे" बाकी थे 
  • काश कोई "Mr इंडिया "आये और वह "नगीना " लौटा दे ||


Monday, February 19, 2018

Books

So many authors these days are jumping in the writing bandwagon. Lots of new thoughts keep floating these days. Some are really good with their talents. Some not very great. Mythology these days have become a hot genre. After all, everyone has a point of view and an imagination.

Some interpretations I have found very interesting and bold, some just fall flat in their attempt. But its one genre I have been reading a lot and enjoying reading them. Stay tuned for more reviews and thoughts here.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Ramblings

Since 2018 started I have been planning to write everyday a post. But laziness and a little tight schedule has made it yet to start with.

Now have decided to start being a little more regular by at least posting as many days as possible. Taking baby steps towards the goal of 365 posts a year one. Oh I didn't tell you all, I want to write at least once 365 posts a year. Lets see when and how I am achieving that. But I feel now I need to plan by writing more regularly ;setting small goals like a post a day for 30 days.

Maybe that would give me a little push or confidence towards the bigger one.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Simple joys

Simple joys are well, simple to start with 😃 . But the definition of simple joys keep changing with time and age.

Previously eating out used to be joy. Now eating home cooked food is joy.

Always we realize the value of mom cooked food when we have to fend for ourselves.

Watching a movie without disturbance is joy.

Getting hot dosas/ rotis from the tava direct on plate is joy.

Not having to worry about what to cook tomorrow or the next meal is joy.

Getting to read your favorite authors book without having to wait is joy.

An impromptu coffee or dinner date with hubby is joy.

Getting mom's favorite saree and watching her reaction is joy.

The most favorite one being having your loved ones around you and chit chatting with them.

Maybe a few years back had I thought of simple joys of life I guess the list would have been different.
That's what maybe time and growing up does to you.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Book Review:9 Yards of Silk by Sakshi Kiran


This book was sent by the author in exchange of a honest review.

Synopsis:

Shakuntala lives with her son Bharat in a deep forest. One fine day Bharat reminds her of his father, resulting to upset her. As the child goes out to play a celestial maiden Menaka appears in front of her who offers friendship, suggesting to share their stories with each other. Menaka tells her about Kaushik, a sage to whom she was sent by Indra for disturbing his fierce penance and how they ended up falling for one another. Shakuntala also shares her story of meeting and marrying the charming prince of Hastinapur who later abandoned her. During the conversation Shakuntala finds blessings in her life, why she was abandoned by parents at birth and how her estranged husband was just a victim of circumstances for leaving her. After Menaka's departure, Dushyant returns to her in the hope of reuniting with family. Now it is Shakuntala's turn to decide. What would she choose? (less)

My Take:

The book opens well with a beautiful conversation between two very strong females, Menaka the celestial Apsara and Shakuntala. We all know the Menaka and the Shakuntala story. But what I loved about the book was the way they conversed, as two powerful ladies.

 The author has used her imagination; combined with mythology and written a  beautiful story. The story is crisp. These days many authors write about the mythological genre. Putting across their point of view, or should I say add their color to the story/picture. Sometimes its interesting/ thought provoking.

Language could have been better,Some stories I feel should be shared in a language that suits the era.  A good attempt to share a different point of view. The female characters are described beautifully. Although I felt the Kaushik character had more scope for development. I even felt the character of Bharat half baked, Would have liked to read a little more about him.

Overall a great attempt from a debutante author and I would wish you all the best for your future. This book is fast paced and to the point without much lengthy narrations. A beautiful addition to my collection.

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