Showing posts from October, 2007

Yipee! Its Halloween!

This was my son's reaction when he found out today was halloween! I was bewildered. He informed me that he was going to get dressed in the evening and go knock on every door and say "Can I have some candy please?". I refrained from saying anything. The rest of the day went uneventfully. He has been nursing a cold, so I had him bunk school today. Was thanking myself for that, or he would have come home and insisted on trick or treating.. after talking to his voiciferous friends! Anyway, he settled down for a rare nap this afternoon... and I had a nice afternoon to myself ! He got up and asked for a snack...and ate it without fuss! He then came to me and said "Alright lets get dressed". I dared to ask "Whatever for?". He gives me an exasperated look and says "We need to go trick or treating!". I told him "If some other kid visits our house, you can go".
I had a long talk with my husband on the possibilities. My husband who convenientl…

If - Rudyard Kipling

I first read this poem in a school textbook in Grade 11. I am not into poetry in a big way... but I hold this very close to my heart! It is truly a work of genius aimed to inspire and uplift at all times. Read on ...
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winni…

Don't you Quit

This poem has kept me going on many days! One of my favorites...(after Kiplings IF ofcourse)

DON'T QUIT - Author unknown
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low, and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you frown a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst
That you must not quit.

College Nostalgia - Part 2 (Forging Friendships...)

College friendships I have always been told last all life. Same is the case for me.
I met some amazing people there who stood by me through all my craziness, and continue to do that today. There are the people who have listened to all my frustrated ramblings then and later in life.
I read this quote somewhere...

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words." How true... the friends I mention here are people who can write this narrative of my life better than I ever will.

Akila (Kil) - One of the first people I met at college! She had a knack of talking just when the lecturer was looking at us, or better still falling asleep. I spent a lot of time kicking her under the table! When she was not sleeping, we were yapping away and getting into trouble for that!
Sandhya (Sandy) - Another of my first friends at college! She sat between Kil and Me all of first year to keep us from getting into trouble! She and I had …

College Nostalgia - Part 1 (Getting There)

Its been years and years since I passed out of college... well not really that long.. but its definitely been a while. I am in constant touch with my good friends from college, who are still the closest of my friends! However all of a sudden this week, I am stuck with Nostalgia... thinking about the fun college days! So here I start a series on my college days!

It was the year 1996... I passed out of my 12th grade with a not so great marks to speak of. I had a 90%, but thats not good enough is it? Like most kids in India, I needed (mind you not wanted but needed) to be an engineer. I had played with computers most of my life (not so common at that point in time). Like all parents, mine too thought my life was doomed if I didn't study computer engg. I had no patience or courage to wait for the "general counselling"! My parents dint want to let their pampered and spoilt brat to rot in the myriad college hostels strewn across Tamil Nadu nor did they want me to travel miles a…

The genetic tug...

I have been hearing a lot about the differences between boys and girls lately in blogs and emails. I decided to do a google search and see what I find, and found some really interesting stuff some saying girls are polite and courteous while boys are brutally honest and lacking in tact. How as they grow older boys are better and loyal friends in comparison to girls. I read another blog which said how society is hard on boys who are not masculine enough! By far an interesting exploration...

I have always blamed it on the genes though. I had seen girls all my life, sweet little things who loved to talk and bawl (girls at all ages do love a good cry).. girls who are polite and listen to you and want to be goody good! Then I gave birth to a boy... one of the first words my son said were car and tractor. As soon as he could crawl he'd be everywhere in every appliance exploring. He is now 3, and he never listens. He wont even stop long enough in one spot to listen... I am in for a lifetim…

What color is your brain

Your Brain is Purple
Of all the brain types, yours is the most idealistic.
You tend to think wild, amazing thoughts. Your dreams and fantasies are intense.
Your thoughts are creative, inventive, and without boundaries.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking of fictional people and places - or a very different life for yourself.What Color Is Your Brain?

Purple?? Yikes!!! All the gray matter turned purple.. this is what you get for being crazy!!

NRN - Interview

I no longer work with Infosys. But still adore the work culture and ofcorse NRN's vision, leadership and charisma.
Here is an interview from Economic Times which I enjoyed reading.

Indiascape - Driving in Chennai

If you have a heart of steel, are adventurous in spirit, have incredible reflexes, have a good understanding of chennai slang and swear words, have a pocket full of cash ... only then I would advice driving in chennai! Chennai traffic is the classic example of the survival of the fittest. The right of the road belongs to the mightiest.

The water tankers topping the list. They supply the dearest commodity water to millions, and are both the most sought for and the most dreaded... they are the menace of chennai roads. The long distance trucks follow close - and move similarly at unbelievable speeds. The rest of the traffic move out and make way for these contraptions. Then come the public transport - bus service. In the peak hours, these buses are loaded to dangerously full with a sideways tilt - always on the verge of toppling over these buses move preacriously at a tilt of 45 Degrees.

Then there are the share autos/ vans which are to the say least murderous! The are driven by men/ kids …


My aunt recently told me Preethi I worry about you, you are turning into a yank!! Yeah I am reading those books on American history, mostly to find out what the american revolution was all about! I am also referring to Autumn as Fall! And celebrating Halloween and Christmas!

The american history is just general knowledge. I love reading, and am always reading something or the other, trashy novels topping the list! So decided for a change will try and improve my perspective!
The language, I wont even talk about... I am myself very confused these days on american and english!

The halloween, bane of having a pre schooler in the US. Last year I spent halloween blisfully unaware of all the fuss! This year I decorated my house with pumpkins and spent the better part of last month discussing costumes. My son changes his mind every 2 days, and we have visited the costume stores about half a dozen times returning empty handed because he changed his mind yet again! Finally we bought the tried and …

Attack of the toddler.

A couple of friends recently asked me "Why arent you writing the blogs anymore". First I was surprised that anyone did read what I wrote.. well I need to be more cautious what I say now right?!! And I thought no one actually read these things!
Anyway, this is for the people who wonder why I keep disappearing from the radar ever so often. That is because I have been attacked, by toddlerhood. I stole this phrase from a book I read which was named "Attack of the toddlers". The book was reassuring, told me I was not alone!
Alright, here is my story.
I sit down in front of the computer and my son comes to me
He: "Mommy why are you at the computer, doesnt daddy have to work"
Me: "No and if he does, he can work on his laptop"
He: "Why dont you work on the laptop?"
Me: "Well..."
He: "Are you going online?" ...
Me: thinking now where did he learn that word "Well yes!"
He: "Are you going to log on to chat?"
Me: Bewil…

Fall colors

End of September, beginning of october is the official beginning of fall. So in the first week of october we headed to the rockies heeding to the warnings from friends that the colors will last only 2 weeks no more. So we dropped everything and rushed to rockies the first weekend in October. As luck would have it there was the university playoffs at boulder (CU) and the highways were all packed with bumper to bumper traffic starting from Denver Downtown - about 30 miles atleast! We were so sure that everyone was heading to the rockies to see the fall colors, so stayed in the packed highway for about 2 hrs, when it finally cleared at boulder and we realised we were so wrong! Reminded me of the queue in thirupathi to see the God!

Anyway, we went to Estes park full of anticipation, we had seen it in summer and it was beautiful even then. And lo behold, fall colors ... It looked not only so beautiful and serene, but I kept thinking how untouched the postcard perfect surroundings looked.