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The Yogic Way

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I do have my moments. Moments when the health bug bites me and I am off on a bout of healthy lifestyles, long walks and slimming diets. The one who suffers the most for the latter is of course my long-suffering husband who has by now been forced through every diet fad, from the Atkins to the Flexitarian. The logic behind it is simple, based upon a promise he made to me at some weak moment about eighteen twenty one years ago – that he would stick with me through thick and thin. Here I am trying to get thin. And I firmly believe that he needs to be with me. I am just trying to save him from breaking his word. Plus, the unwritten law that holds marriages together decrees that if I suffer, he does too. Read the rest of this entry

You Are Your Mother…Like It Or Not!

Reposting an old one I had written a few years back.

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Like a million rebelling teenage girls, I too grew up swearing I would never turn out to be like my mother when it was my turn to be one. Time and Life have a funny way of ganging up on you and springing the most ironic surprises in your face and making your words come back to bite you. Read the rest of this entry

Dr. Indira Surendran – Doctor Without Borders


Dr. Indira Surendran. She was many things to many people, but to me she was the lady who always smiled. I think of her first as my mother’s friend and then as a doctor. She along with her sister, helped one of my sisters through a particularly difficult labor without resorting to a C-Section. She brought into this world quite a few children in my family including my first born, not to speak of the dozens in my extended family. Read the rest of this entry

Poo Venuma – MB Sreenivasan’s Delightful Composition for Children of all Ages

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34 delightful songs set to lively music, all of them about animals, birds, flowers, bees, the sun the moon, and all things enchanted, that once filled the rainbow-streaked skies and blossom filled meadows of our childhood dreams. That’s what’s been playing on a loop on my computer for the past one week and they have already taken me on several trips back to the carefree days of childhood. Read the rest of this entry

When Crowd Pulling Does not Equal Excellent Acting

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Yes, there is a new kid on the block, just a couple of mustache twirls away from superstardom. But what I don’t get is why everyone is going gaga over him. Yes, he is good and there are a few roles he can actually carry off. His first few movies were quiet good, or rather, entertaining. But then it got kind of stilted. And the kind of worship for him that I see amuses me. Clenching your muscles and glowering does not count as fine acting or a mark of toughness. It is simply posturing. And honestly, he looks quite silly doing it. Accessorizing with a beard that is one size too big on you is not a sign of toughness either. The beard needs to sit naturally on you. This rather reminds me of that unnatural thing growing atop Donald Trump’s head.  Read the rest of this entry

You Can’t Run the Long Arm of the Law

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It was just like in the movies. There it was, a police car with flashing blue lights and a wailing siren weaving through lanes and chasing…. ME! Read the rest of this entry

Trivandrum-Kanyakumari Highway Vs Nagercoil-Chennai Highway; A Tale of Two Roads

During my routine phone call home this morning, my sister mentioned that work is all set to begin on the Nagercoil-Trivandrum Highway in a couple of weeks. Flyover at Parvathipuram, Flyover at Marthandam… I think I heard a host of angels burst into song at that and the rest was lost in the music. Or maybe it was just my heart going into an overdrive of joy. Whatever that may be, it brought to mind this old post I had written five years ago for my column Kochu Varthamanam on Yentha.com.
Reposting here in the hope that during my next trip home, I will not be put through the same torture.  Read the rest of this entry

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