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It’s been ages since I wrote anything. The only thing that I write these days is, guess what, recipes! Had somebody told me a year back that I would soon be doing a lot of cooking and that too trying out new dishes with a lot of interest, I wouldn’t have believed that something like that would happen.

These days I rarely read any blogs. I am so out of touch with everything that it was only a couple of days back that I came to know from my sister that Google Reader is going to be shut down! Oh no!

Anyway coming back to what I was about to say, today was one of those rare days when I didn’t have a sink-full of dishes to clean or a bucket-full of clothes to wash during my baby’s afternoon nap and I was also in a mood to relax. I watched a couple of interviews of Mani Ratnam about Kadal. I then read a few blogs including Lakshmi’s, from where I stumbled upon Yashodhara’s blog and enjoyed reading a new blog after a long, long time. I then started watching the movie ‘English Vinglish’, which my sister had recommended. My baby woke up halfway through the movie and she, surprisingly, did let me watch it fully. I liked the movie and found myself agreeing with the thoughts shared by the lead character on marriage and family.

At the end of what felt like a day from my erstwhile carefree-life, I felt like writing something here too.

Happy Birthday, Blog!

Dear Blog,

Happy Birthday! Even as I start typing this post, it’s already 11:55 pm here in Singapore and I am glad that I could wish you here before the end of the day. (Of course, it’s still not midnight in Madras) I do want to write more, but I am feeling so very tired and sleepy. Good night, blog!

A belated hello from Singapore!

It does feel strange when you feel like outsider in your own blog! But that is precisely how I feel like today when I feel like wanting to write something here after ages! Believe it or not, it has been a little more than 3 months since I came to Singapore! And in less than a month’s time, I will be back in Madras on a vacation for about 50 days. Before I answer the clichéd ‘How do you find Singapore?’ I want to pen down the thoughts that keep crossing my mind every time I get one of those rare ‘me-time’ moments here in Singapore.
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Thank you, Rahman!

Dear Rahman,

As you complete 20 years of composing music for films, I would like to thank you yet again for continuing to giving us such blissful and soul-stirring music that only you can. 20 years is no short time period and to me, from the carefree days of childhood to the big moment of embracing motherhood, it has always been your music which has been an important part of my life, a great companion all through.

Among innumerable happy memories associated with your music, THE most special moment happened last year. As I saw my just-born teeny-weeny baby lying next to me and sombal muruchufying the very first time, it was these beautiful lines made all the more beautiful by your music and voice that echoed through my mind:

malare sombal muritthu ezhugave
kuzhandai vizhikaTTume thaayin kadha kadhappil
ulagam vidiyaTTume piLLayin siru mudhal sirippil

Thank you for making the special moments of my life even more special and aiding me in tough times through your music.

As I often say, I am fortunate that I am able to experience your music. Here’s to more and more special songs from you! Proud to be your fan! Thank you, Rahman!

Adikaara Nandi at Kapaleeswarar Temple

The deities, the huge flower garlands adorning them, the Nadaswaram, the band, the kolams on the Mada veedis, the devotees thronging the Mada veedis to get a darshan of Kapaleeswara, the traffic diversions, the pandals on the Mada veedis where the deities rest for a while, the koDa rATnams/merry-go-round, etc. – It’s that time of the year when Mylapore has an aura of festivity and divinity to it with the Panguni Festival on at Kapaleeswarar temple and today is the day of Adikaara Nandi. The deities are taken out in procession at around 6:00 in the morning. I went there at around 8:00 am and saw the deities in procession at South Mada Street.

Lord Vinayaka:

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Mussoorie, Haridwar & Rishikesh

Day 4:

It was a bright and sunny morning the next day which meant that, devoid of mist, we had an even clearer view of the surrounding hills. It was then that we realized that the view from Gun Hill was visible right from our room!

I could stand in the balcony and gaze at the snow-capped Himalayas to my heart’s content.

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Day 3:

We wanted to start the day with visiting the most-written-about place in Mussoorie – The Mall Road. Every website I checked had a mention of a walk on Mall Road as a must-do activity in Mussoorie. On enquiry at the resort, we came to know that a taxi to Mall Road from the resort would cost a hundred bucks, which was too high considering the fact that it was only about 1 km from there! So we decided to walk to The Mall Road itself and from that moment on, walking turned out to be the main mode of commuting for us.
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